Friday, 22 March 2013

A week of Birthday's!

March is a busy month for birthday's in my family/friend circles.  Makes me wonder what was happening in June...oh wait, FATHER'S DAY! That's why there are so many March babies ;)

I've been holding Birthday Stamp-a-stacks lately so I'll be sharing some of those cards the next few days.

 This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. It was Pinterest. I might need a Pintervention! I did however, completley change it! The card I originally pinned was a Christmas card! Basically I copied the layout and the rounder of 2/4 corners on each square of DSP. It's amazing how that tiny little change makes such a difference! Your thoughts? 

I'm crying. As of today, I'm not able to order any more Sycamore Street DSP. I've fallen for these designs and colours. Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Crumb Cake. They're like close friends now. It's going to be a tough day. I'll get over it. Eventually. Like TOMORROW! Tomorrow I'm going to my first ever DIVA DAY!! Sooooo excited for this event! Our queen bee (aka Desiree Spenst - my upline) set out some incentives for us to reach specific goals and if we reach them, we get a morning of spoiling and crafting! So excited to be going!!

Enjoy your Friday!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: Moving Forward
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo classic ink
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine
Tools: 1 3/8" square punch, corner rounder punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Large oval punch, stampin' sponge
Adhesives: Snail, dimensionals, glue dots

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Happy Birthday!

It was my 30th birthday yesterday! Kind of a bittersweet day. Sad to see my 20's go, but excited for what this new decade will bring. I saw this ecard on Pinterest and it's so true for me!
 To celebrate, I'm having a Big Shot SALE! Anyone who purchases a Big Shot from me will receive their choice of two FREE Textured Impressions embossing folders AND two Sale-a-bration items! Contact me to place your order by 8pm March 21st, 2013.

Here's a card that I saw on Pinterest (but changed the colours and things to use SAB products!) Sorry it's so dark.

Enjoy the first day of Spring!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: You're Amazing
Card Stock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Sycamore Street (SAB)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry classic ink
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels
Tools: Big Shot die cutting machine, Polka Dot TIEF, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Paper Snips

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Oh, Hello revisited

 I'm still lap-topless laptop-less and haven't had a chance to take and upload photos yet so I hope you don't mind if I share some more faves from the sample boards at Leadership Conference back in January. 

When I first saw the Spring Mini Catalogue, I wasn't really in love with Oh, Hello. I thought it was cute, but didn't buy it. Then I started seeing samples on other blogs.  Inner war wages. "I've already bought so much from this mini, I should hold off." I did hold off and my patience was rewarded! Everyone was given a FREE Oh, Hello stamp set at Leadership! (Sometimes a little will power is rewarded!) Once I had the stamp set though, I caved and bought the coordinating Framelits!

Anyways, here are a few lovely samples featuring Oh, Hello.

Isn't this fun? I cannot WAIT until Stampin' Up! gives us a hexagon punch! That Honeycomb folder is sweetness!
Have you tried this lace tape? NO?!? You NEED to! It's wonderful!

 This one's my fave of the bunch! Loving Island Indigo (do you have to go Mr. Indigo? I love you!) with those sweet "paint" splatters. There are just so many little parts to this card that make the whole thing awesome! Paint splatters, stitching, hint of doily, fun much!

I hope you've enjoyed the photo montage of Oh, Hello!  

Thanks for checking in!


Wednesday, 13 March 2013


You might have noticed I'm a few days late on my post! I've been having issues with my laptop for quite some time. It has no battery life which means I have to be attached to the wall all the time and if the power cord jiggles even wee bit, the whole thing shuts off. Just in the last few days I've had the "mouse wander of death". Basically, the sensor for the mouse (built in) is shot. I tried using an actual mouse with USB port but it does the same thing. The mouse pointer slides off the screen until it's gone completely.


I'm in the market for a new laptop. Only problem is, that takes money and I just spent most of mine during Sale-a-bration! It was worth it mind you, but now I have no laptop and I'll be sharing our "main" computer with my Star Wars Online addicted husband. What's he doing right now you ask? Why, he's reading a Star Wars novel of course! (Star Wars is a cult for men, I'm telling you!).

So, all of my photos are on my laptop which means I don't have a new project to share, but I can share some of my favorite Leadership cards. Hopefully I haven't shared these before.

Hopefully this will tide you over for a while! If you'd like to help me acquire a new laptop, feel free to head over to my online store or join My Paper Pumpkin!

Be inspired!


Saturday, 9 March 2013

You are...

Does anyone else struggle with missing deadlines? I'm talking about papercrafting challenges here.  I've made a few cards for challenges but I can't seem to get the photos taken, edited, and uploaded in time. I guess that's the "challenge" part for me. 

Anyways, all that to say, I made this card for a sketch challenge but I didn't get it uploaded to the site on time so...ya. Missed it. To be honest, I can't even remember what site the challenge came from so maybe it's all for the best :)

Here's the card:

 It's pretty basic...not a lot to it but I'm so drawn to the colours. It's just Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, and Baja Breeze with a Very Vanilla panel. I'm pretty sure the stamp set is called "You Are" and I believe it's a demonstrator only stamp set. I borrowed it while at the Papercrafter's Paradise Retreat. I think it would be a great start to use for downline cards or just encouragement cards in general.
I'll have to play with these colours some more. I love how it could be a masculine card or just a soft anybody card. 
 Even the little flowers are sponged! Great technique! Easy and effective! Did I mention cheap? It's only $4.50 for a package of 3 sponges. I cut each sponge into 8 wedges which means that you can have 24 different colours of sponges and they'll only cost 18 cents each!
Ready to order? Head over to my online store and don't forget to take advantage of Sale-a-bration! There's only a couple weeks left before it's gone for another year.
Let me know what's on your sale-a-bration wishlist!
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: You Are, Morning Post Alphabet
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi Classic Inks
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla.
Tools: Itty Bitty punch pack, 1 3/4 circle punch, stampin' sponges.
Accessories: Basic pearls 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Sweet Floral

Have you ever had a mistake turn into something pretty good? That's what happened with this card.  I had planned to use this for the spotlight technique that I shared at my last technique class (post to come soon), but it just didn't look right so I tossed this aside.  I came back to it a bit later and just added some shimmer mist (alcohol mixed with a few drops of shimmer paint in one of our stampin' spritz bottles). It's so difficult to photograph shimmer but you can kind of see it. It's much prettier in person. 

I have 5 rolls of Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon so thought I had better put it to use! I like just the little snippet of ribbon adorned with an antique brad. The floral image is definitely the focal point, but it's prettied up by the presence of some satiny ribbon and delicate brad.

 Raspberry Ripple isn't high on my favorites list so I haven't used it much (if at all).  I am starting to fall for it though and love it paired with pink pirouette. I did sponge the edges of the soft suede panel with soft suede ink to soften the edges. Love that effect!

What do you think? My mistake turned intoa super quick and easy card! I estimate that if you were to CASE this, it would take you under 10 minutes to complete.  There's your challenge for the day!

Thanks for looking,


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet Floral
Card Stock: Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink
Accessories: Stitched Satin Ribbon, Antique Brad, Shimmer paint, Stampin' Spritzer
Other: 75% alcohol (not for drinking-for spritzing!)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Just Because

I mentioned in my last post that I went on a Pinterest inspired card making binge. I'll share a few of the cards I created today. A few cards I loved so much that I just copied them exactly. No changes whatsoever. 

 Of course I was drawn to this card because of the yellow and gray (actually Summer Starfruit). I CASE'd this from Diane Squires at Stamp and Embellish.  There are a lot of new products too! The honeycomb folder and two tone ribbon are from the Spring Mini Catalogue, and the Sycamore Street DSP and Vintage Verses stamp set are FREE through Sale-a-bration! 

You might notice the hints of white on the honeycomb texture. I rubbed a craft ink pad in Whisper White very lightly over just the raised parts being careful not to get it inside. Love it!

 I love the Just because stamp with the pretty flourish. Definitely has a vintage feel to it. A lone rhinestone adorns the open space. (By the way, isn't that two tone ribbon fab?!? I love the gray and black threads and the shimmer it gives! It's even more gorgeous in person!)

Hope you're having a great start to your week! Don't forget, it's DOWNLOAD DAY! Head over to my online store to see the newest downloads


Stampin' Supplies:
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP
Stamp Set: Vintage Verses
Ink: Basic Gray classic ink, Whisper White craft ink
Accessories: Two Tone ribbon (black and gray), basic rhinestone
Tools: Big Shot Diecut Machine, Honeycomb TIEF, Extra large oval punch, corner rounder punch

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Just Stamp

While at the Papercrafter's Paradise retreat last weekend, I worked on a lot of Pinterest cards that I had really liked. We had various challenges throughout the weekend, and one was a Colour Challenge. If you've never done one before, a colour challenge is when you are give a few colours and you have to create something with ONLY those colours. White and Vanilla don't count.  The colours we were given were Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, and Sahara Sand. I added Very Vanilla to the mix.


I had seen a "STAMP" collage on Pinterest that I loved so I decided to re-create it using these colours and my own personal style. (Sorry for the reflection, I put it inside a glass frame). 

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I'm even thinking of offering it as a class! Who wouldn't want this in their stamping space? It inspires me just looking at it!

I used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies to cut out the letters STAMP in Sahara Sand.  I ran the letters through the Big Shot again inside of the Fancy Fan TIEF.  There's various embossing and sponging on a lot of the squares. It's fun because each square is different. I had a lot of fun putting this together. I'll include the products used in the "Stampin' Supplies" section at the end of the post. 

Hope you're inspired!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, That's Amore DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Sahara Sand, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Vanilla Flower Trim
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies, Honeycomb, Fancy Fan, Chevron, Delicate Designs, Needlepoint Border, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stampin Sponges

Friday, 1 March 2013

A Day at the Fair

Sometimes I think coming up with a title is the hardest part about blogging. 

I didn't really go to a fair. Not today. I mean, I have been to a fair before. I just though that a fair is a likely place to see a Ferris Wheel, which is what our card's main image is today.

I CASE'd this card from my upline, Desiree Spenst. I changed up some of the colours and used a different print from the Sale-a-bration paper Sycamore Street, but other than that, the layout and elements are the same. 

The Ferris wheel image from Feeling Sentimental was inked with Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, and Island Indigo ink using sponge daubers. The Sycamore street ribbon (in Pool Party) and button (Rich Razzleberry) dress up this panel. That's one of the new Large Basic Rhinestone jewels in the centre of the button.

That's the Ticket (stamp set) contains some versatile images for all occasions. Stamp it and then punch it with the ticket duo punch and you've got an easy and fun accessory!

Here's one last peek at the whole card. Cute, eh? (Yes, I'm Canadian)

Enjoy your Friday!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Feeling Sentimental, That's the Ticket 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Island Indigo classic ink
Card Stock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP
Accessories: Ribbon & Button from Sycamore street, Large Basic Rhinestone, dimensionals
Tools: Ticket Duo punch, Sponge daubers