Last month for the Paper Pumpkin Deal!

I know it seems like I keep going on about Paper Pumpkin, but it’s just that awesome. For $19.95 a month (plus tax, if applicable) you can have a complete craft kit delivered to your door, shipping included. That’s about the same as a latte a week, only you have something more lasting.

With the current special going on through the end of March, you can get a three-month subscription for $54.85. Not only do you save money with this deal, you also get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item in the process!

If ever there was a win-win, this is it.

Even if you’re not a crafter, you probably love someone who is. Paper Pumpkin makes a great gift, whether you send one or more!

Check out what was in the February kit:

If you’re looking for more flexibility, click here to see an alternate way to use this kit.

You can also search “February 2015 Paper Pumpkin” on Pinterest for even more creativity!

To order, click here:  I MUST HAVE PAPER PUMPKIN!

Paper Pumpkin: It’s what’s for (after) dinner.

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CASEing isn’t just for cards



In my last post I mentioned that I keep cardstock scored and sorted to give me a head start on my card making. This is a picture of the method I use, which I found on Pinterest, that links back to this post at Paper Pursuits.

Although the blog author uses her box mostly to store quarters, I use mine for quarters and card bases.  

To make the dividers, I bought these 5″x8″ index card dividers from Office Depot, then cut them to 7 inches so they would fit in a standard photo box.

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I then used my handy Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label Punch to punch out a divider in each color of cardstock, that I then adhered with my snail adhesive over the existing alphabet index label. (I have seen this done with other punches, and I think the File Edgelits would also work well, although I didn’t have those when I created my system.) 

Next, I printed out some file labels with the name of each color and stuck them onto the coordinating color punch. I usually buy the assorted packages of Stampin’ Up! cardstock, so that I have at least a couple of pieces of each color. This helps me save a little money and still have the right color when I need it. Once I get to the point where I’m almost out of, say, Regals, I will cut and score the remaining pieces and put them in my file box. When the new package comes in, it will go into my paper-storage cube until I need to break it open.  

I do buy whole packs of Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Basic Black because those seem to be my go-to colors. Also, if I’m working on a certain project that I plan to make in multiples, I may buy a whole package of that color. One day I hope to have a package of each color, but until then, this method works for me.

Pinterest is a great resource for craft storage and organization, as well as cardmaking ideas!

What is your favorite organization tip?

Along with the dividers, photo box and printable labels, here are the supplies I used:

Making a good thing even better

SAB New Arrivals_Page_1 SAB New Arrivals_Page_2There’s no card making for me today. I have my final Master Gardener Level I class tonight, so I won’t be home until pretty late. But, I still wanted to make sure to share some exciting Stampin’ Up! news!

Four new products have been added to the Sale-A-Bration promotion!

These products will be available beginning March 1. If you are not sure what Sale-A-Bration is, it’s a yearly, much-anticipated promotion that allows you to choose between special stamp sets, paper and accessories with every $50 you spend out of any of our current catalogs. (Catalogs and links are available in the sidebar.)

The upside to Sale-A-Bration is you can earn free items by doing something we all love to do anyway — order creative, high-quality Stampin’ Up! products. The downside is, all good things must come to an end, and the end of Sale-A-Bration is March 31.

While you’re checking out the new SAB offerings, take a look at the Weekly Deals, too. Lots of great bargains under $8!

Making time for stamping

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Because I spend my weekdays working for The Man, the bulk of my crafting is done on the weekends. So is the bulk of my laundry, bill-paying, errands, paperwork, housework, etc. Since there are only so many hours in the day, I’ve been thinking of ways I can get more happy-stamp-time in.

I decided to try to do some stamping during my lunch break, whether at home or at work. I’m lucky that I get an hour and a half (thanks, union!). That gives me enough time to eat and still have an hour to kill, if I stay at work. My office is in a college library where there are plenty of tables around. If I go home at lunch, I get maybe half an hour of crafting time, still time to do a little something.

The secret, I think, is to embrace quick and easy projects and do a little preparation to make the most of what time I do have.

Today I went home for lunch and cut one sheet of the Best Year Ever DSP that I earned from Sale-A-Bration into six pieces. Like all Stampin’ Up! paper, the colors make it easy to match card stock, ink and embellishments. I already keep scored card stock in a photo box with dividers, which also saves time.

After dinner I was able to take advantage of my prep by putting together two cards pretty quickly. The patterned paper on these two cards is from the same sheet, just two different sides.

Are these the fanciest cards I’ve made? No, but they are fun and colorful and I’m happy to have them available for when I need them. It was also nice to finish a couple of projects on a day I otherwise wouldn’t have crafted at all.

The best part is that most of what I used was earned for free through the current Sale-A-Bration promotion!

Best. Day. Ever.

Here’s what I used to make these cards:

Price: $99.95

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Back from the future with Freshly Made Sketches 174

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So I (finally) noticed yesterday that the dates on my blog posts were wrong. It turns out I was on Uganda time, which is a tad different from Montana time and made my posts look like they were posted a day ahead. It was a weird feeling seeing “future me” online, although I did try to take advantage of the situation and see if “future me” knew the winning lottery numbers. No such luck, so I guess it’s back to work for me tomorrow.

My date problem has been fixed, so this is “now me” sharing the card I made for Freshly Made Sketches #174.

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At first, I thought I would use washi tape to make the diagonal shape for this challenge. Then I remembered I had something better than washi tape — the Stampin’ Up! Tape It stamp set! I love this set because it’s like having washi tape in every one of the Stampin’ Up! colors. I used Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Tempting Turquoise, Tangelo Twist, Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi.

To make the diagonal shape, I stamped each piece individually on Whisper White card stock that I then cut out. I glued each piece where I wanted it on another piece of Whisper White card stock then cut it to fit across the card. So, even though it looks like the washi tape pieces are stamped right onto the white base of the card, it’s actually a separate piece that is glued down, which makes it a little raised and gives it some dimension.

For the shape, I decided to go with a Daffodil Delight balloon from the Celebrate Today stamp set, which allowed me to combine my sentiment, as well. I used a Mini Glue Dot to hold the Calypso Coral Bakers Twine, than anchored it with a Calypso Coral button, part of the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack that I earned during the current Sale-A-Bration promotion.

So there you have it! I may remake this card for different occasions. The simple design with some color changes would work well for a baby shower card, thank you card, or everyday card.

Here’s what I used for this project:

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Snow, Kardashians and Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge PPA240

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It’s snowing today in Bozeman, which means it’s the perfect day to stay in and stamp. Also, I heard the Kardashians are in town, which is an even better reason to stay inside and stamp.

I thought I would try my hand at Pals Paper Arts challenge PPA240, my first attempt at a sketch challenge.

Here’s the sketch:

Pals Paper Arts PPA240

At first I thought following a sketch would be easy and straightforward, but I soon found out the challenge is in choosing a theme, stamps, colors, materials, etc. When I started, I was sure I was going to use the Celebrate Today stamp set, which features balloons. I stamped a bunch of balloons in different colors, but really couldn’t get anything going.

Next, I decided to try a stamp set I hadn’t yet used — Petal Potpourri. One of the stamps in the set looks like a crocheted flower. I love vintage crochet, so this one spoke to me. I tried stamping it in various colors until I decided on the color combination of Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake (I stamped this on my pad before stamping it onto card stock) and Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla card stock.

I used the Thank You banner from Itty Bitty Banners and the coordinating Bitty Banner Framelits for my sentiment. Although you can’t see it in the photo, I stamped the inside with the “Your kindness knows no end,” sentiment from the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set I earned for free from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. (I masked the ellipses, because punctuation.)

I wanted to keep the background paper fairly simple, so I went through my stash and noticed the polka-dotted paper from the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. Even though this is a Christmas paper, some of the designs can be used anytime. (This paper is on clearance now, so get it while you can!) The card base is Crumb Cake, and I sponged the edges in Baked Brown Sugar.

For the vertical band, I decided to go with linen thread wrapped around the card. Once I had everything in place, I thought the card needed a little more umph. Something from the amazing Stampin’ Up! embellishment line, perhaps.

That’s where I ran into problems.

I love that Stampin’ Up! offers embellishments to complement their stamp sets. Unfortunately, I never think I’m going to need them until the time I REALLY NEED THEM. (I’m looking at you, Venetian Crochet Trim and Artisan Embellishment Kit.) It’s mostly because I lack the accessory gene, despite being from Texas and having generations of matriarchs who went so far as to accessorize their pajamas.

With my Gold Sequin Trim to the rescue and a button I found in my button box, I was able to finish out the card. But, I think I would have liked to try it with the pearls from the Artisan Embellishment Kit and the Venetian Crochet Trim.

The moral of this story, kids, is to get the embellishments! They can take an average card to the next level.

Here’s what I used in this project:

An easy way to start papercrafting

 It was 1989. Spiral perms and long denim skirts were the height of fashion. My kitchen was a mauve and blue temple to dozens of ceramic geese. And scrapbooking was becoming all the rage, with people everywhere cropping their photos into shapes that included triangles, circles, stars, even ice cream cones.

Some things have changed since then (thank goodness!) but papercrafting is still as popular as ever.

It can be overwhelming trying to find a starting point to scrapbooking or card making. There are so many supplies to choose from just to begin.

Paper Pumpkin makes it easy.

Whether you’re just wanting to see if the hobby is for you or if, like me, you are looking to restart again, Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution.

For $19.95 a month (shipping included), you’ll get a kit that contains everything you need to complete a project and get your crafting game on. Each month is a surprise, so there is always the anticipation of what might be in the bright red box. Along with the supplies, you’ll get directions that explain how to make the projects shown. If you’d rather, you can come up with your own creations using the supplies or you can head over to Pinterest and find ways other creative people have used the kit.

But, wait! There’s more!

Through the end of March, you can get a three-month subscription to Paper Pumpkin at a $5 discount. That’s three months of crafty goodness delivered to you for $54.85 (plus tax if you live in a state with sales tax, which in that case you should move to one that doesn’t have a sales tax. It’s awesome.)

After you order, you will receive a code via email that you can redeem at paperpumpkin.com.

To order, just click here: Let the fun begin!

To find out more information, click here: I need more details!

Oh, and here are this week’s deals. The Celebration Basics is another kit that comes with everything you need to make a fun banner and treat bags. It’s a fabulous deal at full price; an even better one on sale!