Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More Dinosaur Pieces

I still love the coordination between the Pieces & Patterns stamp set and Pick a Pattern DSP.  I'm sad this set is retiring.  So I pulled together a quick, easy, (and funky) card for mama.

The pink flower and tropical leaves remind me of Florida, where Mom is, so maybe the dino could be an alligator??  This card uses the sketch from Global Design Project #138.

Grab your favorite retiring items while you still can!  Stamp sets are guaranteed through May 25, but paper, accessories, and retiring colors are while supplies last.

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns; Paper: Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern DSP; Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Basic Black; Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Aquapainter, Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SSC179 Sweet Bike Ride

Good Sunday Everyone!  Today we have a color challenge for Sunday Stamps.

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #336.  There's still time to grab some retiring colors like Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum used on this card.

Here's this week's color challenge. Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Bike Ride, Pedaling Past (Inside Sentiment); Paper: Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Foil Frenzy DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Watercolor Brush, Build a Bike Framelits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Technique Tuesday: Black Ice

Hi Everyone!  For May's Stamp Club, I thought we'd try the black ice technique.

This technique reminds me of tintype or daguerreotype vintage photographs.  I'm using the lovely set Waterfront from the Occasions catalog, which is returning in the Annual Catalog (yay!).  I'm not sure the origin of this technique; I used instructions from Melissa Kerman.

I put my tintype photo on a polaroid layout - is that mix-matching eras?  I kept it simple, focusing on the technique, and put the sentiment on the inside.

Here's the outline of the technique:

  • Starting with a silver foil sheet, use the direct to paper (DTP) technique with Basic Black Archival ink pad to create black linear streaks (heavier on the edges, light in the center).
  • Stamp images with Basic Black Archival ink.  Set aside to dry or heat set.
  • With a Versamark ink pad, draw the pad very lightly across the front of the sheet in a vertical direction using the DTP technique.  Don't apply any pressure; let the weight of the ink pad do the work.
  • Cover the entire piece with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • See Melissa's YouTube video for tips on the amount of pressure to use for the DTP technique.

Stamps: Waterfront; Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets; Ink: Black Archival Ink, Versamark; Accessories: Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Graduation Days

It's that time of year for graduations.  I've made lots of these over the years, so reinventing with current stamp sets is always a fun challenge.

Using the retiring Number of Years set and coordinating Large Numbers framelits, I starting making an eclipse card.  It wasn't really growing on me, so after a couple iterations, this is what I ended up with.

The mortar board was created with my e-cutter, and a file saved from a couple years ago... ah, smart!

Stamps: Number of Years, Watercolor Wishes; Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Pick a Pattern DSP; Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: 1/8" Black Cord, Large Numbers Framelits, Balloon Framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

And another one, fun and bright using retired patterned paper and Freshly Made Sketches #249.

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Watercolor Wishes; Paper: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White, A Little Foxy DSP, Neutrals DSP; Ink: Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Linen Thread, Fox Builder Punch, Balloon Framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Turning 29 Again!

For this month's Stamp Club, I am highlighting another retiring stamp set, Number of Years, which coordinates with the Large Numbers Framelits.

This is a great set to use for personalized cards/scrapbook pages with the particular # of years, anniversaries, school grade, etc.  So what number could I use for Stamp Club that would please the masses?  Well, everyone knows someone who just keeps turning 29 years old and refuses to get older.

I do love the flower boughs in this set and hate to see them go.

Stamps: Number of Years; Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Naturally Eclectic DSP; Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Lemon-Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Banner Punch, Stapler, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Retirement sale is continuing.  Make sure to grab your favorites before they are gone for good.  Selected items have been recently DISCOUNTED, so don't miss those savings!  See list below.

Retiring Product Discounts:
Annual Catalog Retiring Lists:
Occasions Catalog Retiring Lists:

  • Dates: April 9 - May 31, 2017 (or while supplies last).
  • Orders can be placed as a demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Accessories will be available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we'll keep producing retiring stamps until May 25 (not accessories - accessories are only while supplies last).

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

SSC178 Watercolor Wings Take Flight

Hello Friends!  Today is another Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.

For Stamp Club, we are focusing on some retiring stamp sets.  The one featured here is Watercolor Wings along with coordinating Butterflies and Bold Butterfly Framelits.

I also used the sentiment from another retiring set, Butterfly Basics.  For the inside pop-up feature, I used the measurement details provided by Julie Davison.

Here is this week's sketch by Annette.

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Butterfly Basics; Paper: Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace DSP, Vellum; Ink: Lemon-Lime Twist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Butterflies Framelits, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Apr 2018 PP: You Are My Anchor

Hello Paper Pumpkin Fans!  I'm so excited about April's kit.  I love the masculine theme, perfect for Father's Day!!  Here's a fun card I came up with to utilize those fun tiny images.

Did you see the return of Coastal Cabana?  ;)

Stamps: February 2017 Many Happy Birthdays Paper Pumpkin Kit; Paper: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Whisper White; Ink: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana; Accessories: April 2018 You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin Kit, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Alternative ideas and projects are a great way to get more use out of your Stampin' Up! product.  As part of the exclusive Paper Pumpkin Gurus group of demonstrators, my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes photos, step-by-step instructions, all measurements, and full supply lists.  Here's a sneak peek at this month's alternative projects. 

And a quick look at how this month's kit was originally designed.

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Past Kit Spring Cleaning Sale

Want more past kits and refills? You’re in luck! Select past kits and refills are now on sale at deep discounts as part of the Paper Pumpkin Spring Cleaning Sale! The sale lasts until May 9 or while supplies last so don’t wait. Get yours before they’re gone!