Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Playdates

The July Paper Pumpkin kit arrived and I was so impressed with the amount of product it holds as well as the quality! So, I launched Paper Pumpkin Playdates! (PPP for short!)

Join PPP by subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin before the 10th of the month via the link in the left column. It's $24.95 a month including shipping. Your kit will ship directly to you in about a week. When I get mine, I'll be working on alternative projects using the kit contents plus other Stampin' Up! products. Then, on the last Monday night of the month we'll get together and create. I'll supply the extra materials for you to make my projects or you can choose to make the projects as they are from the kit. The fun part is getting together and creating! Oh yeah, and snacking.

Here are the projects I created with the July Wish Big kit. It contains: a set of photopolymer stamps and ink spot, 6 cards and envelopes, 6 printed gift boxes, 12 tags, 3 sheets of stickers, a sheet of die cut foil stars, a spool of ribbon, and Baker's twine. By using some extra tools and supplies I was able to create so much more!

I made the top card with just the contents of the kit. The card directly below is a stepped up version using some extra products and design techniques.
Again, the top card is a simple version from the kit and the bottom card is a stepped up version.

The party theme inspired these projects.

-cut a card base in half to make 2 place cards

I used 4 of the tags and some extra products to make this banner. Attach it to bamboo skewers and suspend it over a cake.

Punch a circle in the top of a gift box and trim the inside flaps so that the top of a treat bag pokes out the top.

I stamped the purple stripes with VersaMark and heat embossed the stars with Silver embossing powder.

Use the Big Shot and Bigz Gift Bow die to cut Silver foil card stock

To make a bigger box, I cut the top off and inserted a section of scored Window Sheet. The adhesive strips are left over from one of the sticker sheets in the kit.

I used tags like those on the boxes on some cards.

All those star embellishments got me thinking about magic, which inspired some mechanism cards.

Pull on the ribbons and this card opens into a banner! (see next photo)

Before putting this card in its envelope, turn the heart around several times to twist the twine. When the card is opened the heart will spin!

I used another stamp set for the sentiment.

Use framelits to cut out the circle in the card front and mat. Adhere 2 stamped heart stickers together over a length of twine and adhere the ends of the twine between the mat and the card front.
I had lots of heart stickers left, so I made this card.

Another star sticker design.

Don't forget to sign up from my link before August 10th to get the next kit!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colour Block World of Dreams

The blocks of colour on this simple card are made by inking acrylic blocks, used for Stampin' Up! Clear Mount and Photopolymer stamps, then stamping them on card stock.

-World of Dreams 134183
-So Saffron ink pad 126957
-Sahara Sand in pad 126976
-Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad 132708
-So Saffron card stock 105118
-Very Vanilla card stock 101650
-Basic Black card stock 121045
-Clear Mount Block C 118486
-Clear Mount Block D 118485
-Basic Rhinestones 119246

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Direct to Paper World of Dreams

Swiping ink pads directly on card stock to create a background for this silhouette scares me, but the effect usually turns out fine. Remember that new colours are created when inks are applied over each other. Also, take into consideration that the inks will fade a bit when dry.

Check out Michelle Zindorf, to see a real master of this technique.

-swipe the top two-thirds of the mat with a So Saffron ink pad
-swipe the bottom third with a Soft Sky ink pad
-swipe the overlap with a Pink Pirouette ink pad
-use a sponge dauber to ink the corner with Old Olive ink
-ink the image on a Hello Honey ink pad
-use a sponge dauber to add Soft Suede ink to the tips of the seed heads and the edges of the leaves
-use a sponge dauber to add Mossy Meadow ink to the stems and leaves
-stamp the image on the mat
-cut a 4-1/4 in. length of burlap ribbon down the middle
-to reduce bulk, remove the threads until 3 rows remain beside the stitching
-adhere the frayed edge to the back of the left side of the mat

-World of Dreams 134183
-So Saffron ink pad 126957
-Soft Sky ink pad 131181
-Pink Pirouette ink pad 126956
-Old Olive ink pad 126953
-Hello Honey ink pad 133643
-Soft Suede ink pad 126978
-Mossy Meadow ink pad 133645
-Lost Lagoon card stock 133679
-Whisper White card stock 100730
-Pool Party card stock 122924
-Sponge Daubers 133773
-Burlap ribbon 132140

Friday, July 18, 2014

Layered Vellum World of Dreams

The vellum layer over the stamped leaves softens the images.

The butterflies are Gold heat embossed on vellum, too.

-cut largest oval framelit from copy paper with Big Shot
-adhere to mat with temporary adhesive
-stamp leaf image
-remove mask
-adhere vellum layer over stamped mat
-stamp sentiment with VersaMark and heat emboss with Gold embossing powder
-cut 2nd largest oval framelit from mat with Big Shot
-use Big Shot and Woodgrain embossing folder to emboss mat
-adhere to card front
-stamp butterflies on vellum with VersaMark and heat emboss with Gold embossing powder
-punch butterflies and shape with bone folder
-adhere butterflies to card front

-World of Dreams 134183
-Four You 130535
-Papillon Potpourri 123757
-Pear Pizzazz ink pad 131180
-Wild Wasabi ink pad 126959
-Old Olive ink pad 126953
-Garden Green ink pad 126973
-Always Artichoke ink pad 126972
-Mossy Meadow ink pad 133645
-VersaMark pad 102283
-Pear Pizzazz card stock 131201
-Very Vanilla card stock 101650
-Mossy Meadow card stock 133676
-Vellum card stock 101856
-Big Shot 113439
-Ovals Framelits Collection 129381
-Woodgrain embossing folder 127821
-Elegant Butterfly punch 127526
-Bitty Butterfly punch 129406
-Heat Tool 129053
-Gold embossing powder 109129

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coloured World of Dreams

Silhouette images offer a broad range of possibilities for techniques. One of my favourites is to colour directly on the stamp with markers and this image from World of Dreams works beautifully.

The "eggs" in the nest are shaped from punched card stock.

-ink the stamp with Crumb Cake ink
Colour the stamp with markers
-Old Olive on the leaves
-Soft Suede on the branches and nest
-Chocolate Chip on the branches and inside the nest
-Marina Mist on the bird heads and backs
-Blushing Bride on the bird breasts
-stamp on Naturals White card stock mat
-dot the bird eyes with Chocolate Chip
-ink dauber with Crumb Cake and sponge lightly on Soft Sky card stock
-use Cupcake Builder punch to cut "eggs" with candle flame
-use an embossing stylus to shape the "eggs" on a foam pad
-roll half a glue dot into a ball and adhere to back of "egg"
-adhere to nest on card front

-World of Dreams 134183
-Gorgeous Grunge 130514
-Hardwood 133032
-Crumb Cake ink pad 126975
-Soft Suede ink pad 126978
-Old Olive marker 100079
-Soft Suede marker
-Chocolate Chip marker
-Marina Mist marker 119679
-Blushing Bride marker 131265
-Naturals White card stock 102316
-Early Espresso card stock 119686
-Soft Sky card stock 131203
-Crumb Cake card stock 120953
-Cupcake Builder punch 121807
-Decorative Label punch 120907
-Curly Label punch 119851
-Embossing Stylus 125624
-Stampin' Pierce Mat 126199
-glue dots 103683
-Linen Thread 104199

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Open House Make and Takes

Thanks to my wonderful friends who made it to the Open House on June 30! I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

For my wonderful friends who couldn't make it, I decided to post the Make-and-Take samples with instructions.

Work of Art Card Make-and-Take

I used all the images from this versatile new stamp set!


-score and crease 4-1/4 X 11 Strawberry Slush card stock to make a 4-1/4 X 5-1/2 in. card
-ink the dot image with Strawberry Slush pad and stamp on the card front
-ink the curved brush-stroke image with Pink Pirouette pad and stamp twice on a 2-1/2 X 4-1/4 in. Whisper White mat
-ink the large brush-stroke image with Daffodil Delight pad and stamp twice on the mat
-ink the small brush-stroke image with Pear Pizzazz pad and stamp on the mat
-ink the chevron image with Tuxedo Black Memento pad and stamp on the mat
-ink the long brush-stroke image with Gold Metallic Encore pad and stamp on the mat
-ink the heart image with Strawberry Slush pad and stamp-off on scrap paper before stamping on the mat to lighten the image
-ink the sentiment image with the Tuxedo Black Memento pad and stamp on the mat
-adhere 1/2 X 4-1/4 in. strips of Basic Black card stock behind the mat
-cut a "V" from Basic Black chevron ribbon and adhere behind the mat
-tear the edge of 1 X 4-1/4 in. Crushed Curry card stock and adhere behind the mat
-adhere the mat to the card front
-adhere a Rhinestone to the heart
-ink the heart image with Strawberry Slush pad and stamp it on a Whisper White envelope
-ink the chevron image with Tuxedo Black Memento pad and stamp it over the heart on the envelope

Project Life Scrapbook Page Make-and-Take

Stampin' Up! has partenered with Project Life, a pocket memory keeping system designed by Becky Higgins.

It's so quick and easy to create this page.

Or, use the pre-cut pieces and turn the elements into a card!

Choose Gold or Silver
-4 X 6 in. Metallic Vellum Specialty Paper
-3 X 4 in. Metallic Foil card stock
-Metallic Foil die-cut star
-Metallic Glimmer card stock die-cut stars
-Metallic Baker's twine
Gold Metallic version
-score and crease 5-1/2 X 8-1/2 in. Island Indigo card stock to make a 4-1/4 X 5-1/2  in. card
-cut down the Metallic Vellum mat to 4 X 5-1/4 in. and adhere it under the 3 X 4 in. Metallic Foil mat
-cut the sentiment with Little Letters framelits and the Big Shot
-adhere the die-cut open star to the mats and trim the overlap
-adhere the mats to the card front
-tie Metallic Baker's twine to the Metallic Foil die-cut star
-use dimensionals to adhere the small die-cut stars to the mats
Silver Metallic version

Decor Make-and-Take

Add some embellishments and turn these sweet little wooden mini clothespins into adorable fridge magnets!

-cut magnet sheet (from Dollar Store) and Crumb Cake card stock with the Scallop Oval punch
-adhere card stock shape to magnet shape
-cut Typeset Paper with the Oval Punch and adhere it to the magnet
-use glue dots to adhere the mini clothespin to the magnet
-tie Crumb Cake Seam Binding and Venetian Crochet trim to the clothespin
-tie Linen Thread through a Vintage Faceted Button and adhere to clothespin
-adhere an In Color Sequin to the clothespin
-adhere Pearls to the button and the sequin