Summer Time Theme!

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Welcome to this week’s Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

This week is a timely challenge – it’s Gail’s Clean & Simple Summer Theme 馃檪

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This one was a bit of a challenge for me; what to use for a summer theme? 聽Then, it came to me….

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Fireflies聽in a jar! 聽Although it’s a summer ritual I’ve never participated in, I’ve read that it’s quite a ‘thing’, in certain areas. 聽Also, the fireflies can be called lightning bugs.

I wanted to use some summer fresh colours, so I started with a card base of Old Olive cardstock, then added a panel of Daffodil Delight. 聽These 2 colours make me think of the green grass, and sunshine 馃檪 聽I stamped the jar image from the Jar of Love stamp set in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock, then added the fireflies; some in the jar, and some already escaped (because you’re not supposed to actually keep them in the jar, right? 聽that would just be wrong!) 聽I coloured the little bug butts with my Daffodil Delight Marker, and stamped the ‘glow’ in Daffodil Delight ink. 聽The wings were coloured lightly with a Blender Pen and Smoky Slate ink, then I added Clear Wink of Stella glitter to the bugs’ wings and tails, for some extra shine.

I added some shading around the jar using my Smoky Slate and Soft Sky Markers. 聽The jar lid was stamped onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock in Versamark ink, then heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. 聽I quickly die cut it using the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits and the Big Shot, and attached it to the card front using Glue Dots. 聽The sentiment was stamped in Old Olive ink.

In this photo, you can see a close up of the fireflies, the shading and the lid:

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This was a cute a quick card to make – after the initial thought process! 馃槈 聽I am thoroughly enjoying this Bundle (I save 10% by buying the Bundle of stamp set & Framelits, over buying the separately), and I know I’ll be using it a lot more!

I hope you’ll go to the Watercooler Wednesday page, and check out the rest of what the Design Team have created for your inspiration. 聽Be sure to link up your card too, for the challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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200th Paper Craft Crew Challenge!

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Wow – it’s our 200th challenge for the Paper Craft Crew!! 聽This is such an exciting milestone, and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

To celebrate with you, members of the Design Team are offering Blog Candy on their own blogs! 聽To enter win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and the winner will be randomly selected after the challenge closes. 聽*winners address must be within Canada to receive the prize*

This week we have a great sketch for you:

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So many fun elements to play with on this sketch! 聽I decided to change the focal shape from a circle; here’s what I did:

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When I first saw the sketch, the easel from the Painter’s Palette set jumped to mind, so I had to go with it! 馃檪

I started with a card base of Basic Black cardstock, then layered a panel from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack. 聽This was perfect, as it gave me another chance to play with the new In Colours that I love! 聽I stamped the large brush stroke from Work of Art in Peekaboo Peach onto a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, then angled a piece of Basic Black cardstock behind it, and attached them to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽I then laid another strip of the same Playful Palette DSP pattern horizontally, and angled a piece of Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon on top of that.

I stamped the easel onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and cut it out by hand. 聽Then I stamped the flowers, leaves and butterflies from the Garden in Bloom stamp set, using Memento Black in for the outlines, Peekaboo Peach for the flowers, Sweet Sugarplum for the butterflies and Emerald Envy for the leaves. 聽I used the retired Squares Framelits to cut out the middle from the easel, and popped it over the ‘painting’ using the new Foam Adhesive Strips. 聽 I attached my art piece to the card front using Dimensionals. 聽The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in Memento Black ink; I used the Paper Snips to cut banner ends on one end, and glued it next to the easel. 聽I stamped the push-pin in Memento as well, hand cut it, and added it over the sentiment with a Glue Dot.

I think this is a fun card, and like I said, I really like the sketch from which we worked.

Remember to leave a comment on this post, so that you can be entered into the draw for my Blog Candy!!The lucky winner will receive their own Painter’s Palette stamp set!!

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*Because I’m a Canadian demonstrator, the winner must reside within Canada.*

After you’ve left your comment, be sure to check out all of the other Design Team blogs and creations, for more opportunities for blog candy, and of course for awesome inspiration! 聽Just head over to the Paper Craft Crew page, and you can click on each of the projects to go to each team member’s page.

Thanks for joining me today for this special post, and thanks for helping us reach our 200th CHALLENGE! 馃檪

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The Ultimate Bundle!

You’re probably wondering just what am I talking about – what ‘ultimate bundle’? 聽Is this something new that Stampin’ Up! is offering?

Well, yes and no! 聽The ‘Ultimate Bundle’ is the the Starter Kit that you get when you join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Wait – don’t go anywhere – you haven’t heard me out yet – there’s more to this than just a sales pitch. 聽Trust me!

Now, everyday the Starter Kit is more than worth the price; you choose any products you want, totalling $165, and you only pay $135! 聽You also get FREE SHIPPING on your kit, PLUS you get business supplies for free! 聽Oh – you also get 2 months FREE Demonstrator Business Web Service, plus FREE access to the demonstrator only online site, Stampin’ Connection, which gives you access to literally thousands of project photos, plus discussions on everything from product tips to card swaps. 聽 And of course, you will continue to receive a minimum 20% discount on your personal product purchases, and earn at least 20% commission on your sales!

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But – if you JOIN BEFORE JUNE 30TH, you get ALL THAT PLUS 2 EXTRA FREE STAMP SETS OF YOUR CHOICE!Any value!! 聽That’s right – any value! 聽That means you could add up to $135 in value to your Starter Kit, depending on which 2 stamp set you choose!

Are you wondering ‘what’s the catch?’ 聽Well, there is no catch!

You join my fun team of stampers, the INKcredibly Creative Crew, as a demonstrator; you build your own fabulous聽Starter Kit, you make future purchases at 20% off, sell to your friends and earn 20% commission – and all at your own pace, in your own style!

You can choose to either remain a demonstrator by simply purchasing to get your own products at a discount, or you can decide to make this your business – either part or full time, and make yourself some money. 聽It’s as easy as that – no pressure! 聽I’m here to support and guide you if you choose to hold parties and/or classes, and sell. 聽And so is the incredible Stampin’ Up! 聽home office! 聽And if you choose to not continue (because you don’t want 20% off??), then that’s all good, too – simply stop purchasing, and you’ll simply ‘drop’ from active status.

If you’d like to talk about this Ultimate Bundle a.k.a. Starter Kit with me, please either give me a call at 604.298.0472, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca 聽 If you’re ready to JOIN NOW, simply 聽CLICK HERE, 聽and get ready to Join the Fun!

I’m looking forward to having you join my team, and share the fun with you!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Celebrating the New Catalogue!

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Woohoo!! 聽 Can you tell that we at the Wacky Watercooler are a *little* excited about the new Annual Catalogue, and all the wonderful things in it?! 馃檪

Welcome back, my friend, to our June blog hop! 聽This month, as you can see, we are all about the new – new stamps, new colours, new papers – new everything! 聽Each of our posts will feature our favourites; well, as best as we can narrow them down, to just a few projects!

If you haven’t joined one of our blog hops before, it’s very easy to enjoy all of the projects created for you. 聽Each of our blogs is linked by ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons to the blog after and before; all you have to do is click the buttons in one direction, and you’ll be taken through each participating blog. 聽If the technical gremlins get involved, and there’s problems with the buttons, you can simply click on the ‘Home’ button, which will take you to the complete list of all participating blogs, and you can go from there.

My post is last on the list, so you’ve probably arrived from Heidi Weaver’s blog – Heidi not only creates amazing projects, but is also our coordinator for these hops! 聽I 聽know that you’ve enjoyed Heidi’s projects; she is so creative!

For my first project, I’ve combined a couple of my new favourites; the new In Colour Peekaboo Peach, and the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits:

Jar of Love

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love puns and a play on words, so I just had to use this sentiment! 馃檪 聽Of course, I had to purchase both the stamp set and framelits – why not, when you can avoid fussy-cutting, and save 10%?!

I started by stamping the jar image in Smoky Slate ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then stamped the water in Pool Party ink, stamped off once, to keep it light. 聽On another piece of white, I stamped the goldfish in Peekaboo Peach ink, then used the Everyday Jars Framelits to die cut them using the Big Shot. 聽To give the fish a bit more of a 3D look, I used my Stylus from the Simply Scored, and rubbed all along the middle of the fish, so that it stands out a bit more, then popped it into the water, using a Stampin’ Dimensional. 聽The sentiment was stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

For the Whisper White panel, I used my Work of Art stamp set, and stamped the background using the square-ish brushstroke in Peekaboo Peach ink, stamping off once each of the 4 times I stamped it. 聽I then added the little spots from the Painter’s Palette stamp set above and below, again stamping off once.

I wanted to add some interest to the focal area, so I took my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and a piece of Silver Foil Sheet, and die cut the ‘wave’ shape. 聽Using the Precision Base Plate with this type of detailed thinlit makes it so much easier to release the die cut piece after cutting! 聽I attached this, using Glue Dots, over the middle of the panel, then added the jar on top, using Dimensionals. 聽A few scattered sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment, and this quick and cute card was finished!

My next card uses another of my favourite new Bundles; the Floral Phrases stamp set, and Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.

Floral Phrases

I also used the coordinating Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper on this card; I just love the whole suite, but I don’t have everything – yet!

I was so excited to receive my order with this bundle, and was ready to play – when I realized that I have run out of the coordinating cardstock – which is Night of Navy! 聽Can you believe it?! 聽Well, I decided that I’m crafty, I can figure this out – so I used the Not Quite Navy cardstock and ink, which actually looks like the light flower in the DSP, don’t you think? 聽Kinda like Night of Navy, but stamped off once! 聽Work with me here, okay!?

I started with my card base of Not Quite Navy cardstock, and layered a panel of Whisper White on top of that, using Tombow Liquid Glue. 聽I then used the Detailed Floral Thinlits and Big Shot to die cut the smaller of the two floral pieces, and used the edgelit that comes with the set to create the smooth edging of the flowers on the die cut. 聽I attached that to the top of the Whisper White panel, again using Tombow liquid glue, and then glued the piece of DSP to the bottom portion. 聽Using the Not Quite Navy ink, I stamped the sentiment across the middle of the card, and added 2 small Pearl Basic Jewels to each side of the sentiment.

Of course I had to finish off the inside of the card as well; I used the large sentiment聽for the inside that is suitable for a wedding, or anniversary:

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I also stamped the border image along the right side, so I could leave a lot of room for writing on the bottom of the card.

My last project was so incredibly easy to make, I almost feel guilty!

Serene Scenery

Usually, I would create a background like this by either watercolouring, or sponging, or doing a direct-to-paper inking, and it would take some time to complete. 聽But guess what – I didn’t do any of that – I simply stamped the images on top of the beautiful Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. 聽That’s right – the background was already there, on the DSP – all I had to do was stamp on top of it. 聽If you haven’t seen this paper stack, you have to look at it, now. 聽Go on – I’ll wait! 聽It’s on page 174 of the catalogue, and if you want a close up look, you can go online to see it. 聽One side of each sheet has photorealistic images, and the other side have awesome graphic designs. 聽Did you go look at it? 聽Okay – I’ll carry on, then.

I used the lovely Wetlands stamp set, and stamped the little Pipers in Soft Suede ink across the sand. 聽I then stamped the sentiment, also from Wetlands across the top right, also in Soft Suede ink, then attached the trimmed piece of DSP to a panel of Island Indigo cardstock. 聽I then wrapped some Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim around the right side of the panels, and tied it off in a bow. 聽I then attached the whole front to the Crumb Cake cardstock card base. 聽Do you get why I was feeling kinda guilty? 聽This was such a quick & easy card, and yet that DSP makes it look like a million bucks!

So that’s it for my projects; trust me, it was really difficult to limit it to 3, and if I had endless time, I would have kept going! 聽But, you have lots more projects to see, if you didn’t start at the beginning of the list, you’ll be going there now – simply click on the ‘Next’ button to be taken to Kath Ricks’ blog – I know you’re going to love her designs!

I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave, before you head off. 聽Thanks for spending some time with me, and with the Wacky Watercooler gang for this month’s blog 聽hop!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Garage Sale Update

Hello stamping friend! 聽It’s taken me almost a week, but here I am with the promised sharing from last weekend’s garage sale!

We started out very early in the morning; I met my friend and fellow demonstrator Penny Hanuszak at 8:00 am, to get in the line up prior to set up at a local scrapbooking company, who rent out their parking stalls for us crafters to set up tables and sell our products.

Here’s some pictures of Penny and I, as we’re getting our tables set up:

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There were about about 60 plus sellers there, so you can image it was pretty busy! 聽Apparently, the line up of buyers started at about 9 am, for the 10 am opening! 聽Once the people started coming in, I couldn’t see past the front of my table until almost noon! 聽Here’s a picture of part聽of the lineup; we crafters are a dedicated, deal-loving bunch!

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The above picture was taken by someone from the store, and posted on their Facebook page; you can just see the top part of my face on the right hand side, beside the white car – which belongs to Penny, and you can only see the top of her hair, behind the red-haired shopper!

It was a fabulous day for a sale; the weather warmed up as the day went on (I even came home with a bit of a sunburn, as those clouds were very deceptive at keeping the sun聽hidden!), and I’m happy to say that I brought home a lot less that what I took with me!

I will be working on taking pictures and listing the stamp sets that I have left to sell; I have a page on my website聽HERE where I will list them (I still have some listed, but it needs to be updated).

Thank you to everyone who came out to the sale; I did see several of my lovely customers there – I hope everyone found a great discount on what you were looking for!

Please come back to my blog tonight, to join in our Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, featuring all new products and projects, from the the New Annual Catalogue.

Until then – happy stamping!

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WWC72 – Jeans Colour Challenge

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Welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

These challenges have been such fun, allowing me to try out the new In Colours, stamps and tools that I recently ordered.

This week, Jean has created a colour challenge for us:

WWC72 Jean's Color Challenge - new in colors

In this challenge, 聽you can use 3, 4 or all 5 of the new In Colours on your project; and of course you can add any neutral colour as a freebie.

So I was delighted to try out a new Bundle that was just delivered to me last Friday – the Jar of Love stamp set, and the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies:

jar of love

I even managed to work 4 of the 5聽new In Colours! 聽Amazing 馃檪

Mason jars are such a huge trend in home decor these days; Stampin Up! was right on the ball (see what I did there – Ball mason jars!) in bringing this bundle out now. 聽The best part – you can Bundle the stamp set (which has 37 stamps!) with the Framelits, and save yourself 10%. 聽Because you cannot get just the stamps, or just the framelits, trust me on this one!

I started with a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock, and layered a panel of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock on top of that. 聽I took my Whisper White panel, and stamped the outline of the jar in Dapper Denim ink, after stamping off once. 聽I then stamped the water, also in Dapper Denim, but I stamped off twice, to keep it lighter. 聽I then stamped the stems in Emerald Envy – I used a combination of stamping full strength, stamping off once, and twice. 聽(the former florist in me just had to get those stems into the water! LOL) 聽I just love how you can easily achieve such different depths of the colour, simply by stamping off!

The adorable flowers are 2 steps stamps – the smaller ones were stamped first in Peekaboo Peach stamped off once, then the small detail stamped full strength. 聽The one larger flower was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum – again, first stamped off once, then full strength. 聽I used the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits and my Big Shot to die cut them, and layered them over the stems, using Glue Dots and Dimensionals, so that they do look like an arrangement.

In this close up picture, you can see how the flowers are layered:

WWC jar of love

How about those cute little fireflies! 聽I stamped them in Basic Black Archival ink ( my neutral), and the used a small round dot image stamp and Peekaboo Peach ink to colour in their little tail lights! 聽Of course, there is a framelit for die cutting them, too! 聽I attached them, buzzing around the flowers, using Stampin Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Whisper White, and it and the Dapper Denim layer behind it were die cut using the Big Shot and the Tags & Labels Framelits.

After attaching my stamped panel to the card base, I added the new Ruched Ribbon in Sweet Sugarplum around the neck of the jar, and added a bow to finish it off.

What do you think – I hope you like it. 聽If you have time, I always love to read any comments you care to leave.

Now, you will definitely want to check out what the rest of the Watercooler Artists have designed for your inspiration – please have a look on the Watercooler Wednesday page. 聽Then, I hope 聽you will create your own card or project, using your new ink pads, and link up for the challenge. 聽I will be looking for you!

Until next time – happy stamping.

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Sketch Challenge with Paper Craft Crew

Welcome back, stamping friend, to another challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!

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This week we have another great sketch challenge for you:

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I just received (another) order of new products, and I really wanted to use the new Floral Phrases stamp set and Detailed Floral Thinlits – so here you go!

PCCCS199 Floral Phrases

We’re having a very dull, dreary day here, and no matter what I tried with the lighting, the Elegant Eggplant just keeps looking like Black! 聽So, you’ll have to take my word on it – the stamping, die cuts and cardstock are Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White – no black ink involved!

To create the top die cut, I placed the smaller of the 2 floral thinlits onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and then placed the edgelit along the end of the flowers, then ran it through the Big Shot. 聽Using the additional edgelit gives you a nice, clean finish to your flower shapes. 聽I then attached it to my Whisper White panel using the liquid Tombow glue; simply placing little dots of glue along the wider areas worked perfectly.

I then stamped the flower image in Elegant Eggplant onto Whisper White, and used the Ovals Framelits to die cut it, and the Elegant Eggplant layer behind it. 聽The stamp is created so that the different areas pick up different amounts of ink, which gives you that lovely tonal effect. 聽(next time, I’m going to stamp using the Baby Wipe technique, with blended colours!). 聽The sentiment, also from the Floral Phrases set, was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White, and punched out using the retired Oval Punch. 聽I used a sponge dauber to add a little bit of Elegant Eggplant around the edges, just to help it stand out a bit from the flower image.

Finally, I attached all the pieces to the card base (again – Elegant Eggplant; not black!), then added a couple of the gorgeous Metal Rimmed Pearls.

You can see that I did stray *a bit* from the sketch, but the general shape is still there, and recognizable! 聽I will definitely be using this fabulous bundle a lot in the coming year!

I do hope you’ll take a look at the what the rest of the Design Team have created for your inspiration; simply go to the Paper Craft Crew page, then create your own card to join the challenge!

Thanks for spending some time with me today; if you 聽have a comment, I’d love to read what 聽you have to say!

Until next time – happy stamping,

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Thoughts for Orlando

Hello stamping friend.

I had planned to use today to tell you about the craft garage sale I participated in yesterday, but I’m going to put that aside until tomorrow.

Today, I just need to share that my heart hurts, terribly, for the people, their family, friends and loved ones, who were senselessly killed and injured in the shooting in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last night.

I don’t know what is going on in the world; there seems to be a general, total lack of regard for human life. 聽No respect. 聽No tolerance. 聽And that’s what makes me so sad.

We need to practice more understanding, tolerance and acceptance of others. 聽Regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion, or anything else – we all deserve respect, and life. 聽 We are all ‘a fabulous work of art’.

So, in today’s post, I just want to share this card that I felt compelled to make today, for the people of Orlando, who are suffering the consequences of one man’s deranged thoughts.

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My thoughts & prayers to you, people of Orlando, and also with all聽members of the LGBTQ community. 聽This heinous act of murder聽is a reflection only of the person who committed it; not on the people it was perpetrated against.

~Deborah

 

Clearing Out

Well, as you 聽know, with a new catalogue comes the list of retiring items. 聽Most of us have a lot of items that retire each year; yet we don’t always part with them right away.

That’s me! 聽Hang on to what I love, until finally I have to admit that it hasn’t been used in a while, and needs a new loving home 馃檪

I’ve been busy this week combing through my stamp sets, punches, dies, papers and even inks, picking out the retired items that I’m taking with me tomorrow, Sunday June 12th, to a giant craft garage sale.

If you live in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, you may want to come check it out! 聽This is an annual sale, that is very well known and well attended, with about 60 vendors, all with tables full of stamping and scrapbooking goodies to sell.

clipper st garage sale

I haven’t made a list of what I’m taking to sell – I should have thought of that when I was going through & pricing it all! 聽But whatever I do bring home with me, I will take pictures and put on my blog here for sale. 聽Of course, in accordance with SU! rules, I’m only allowed to sell within Canada.

I’ll be sharing some pictures from the sale tomorrow; maybe I’ll see you there!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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FLASH SALE TODAY!

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Have you been saying to yourself ‘One day, I’ll try Paper Pumpkin’.

Well – TODAY IS THE DAY!!

That’s right – get ready for a FLASH SALE!

Starting at 4:00 pm (PST) today, new subscribers can get their first month of Paper Pumpkin for ONLY $7!! 聽You don’t want to miss out on this deal.

This Flash Sale will last from 4:00 pm today until 10:50 pm on Friday, June 10th.

Wondering what all the excitement is about? 聽Here’s Carrie Cudney from the Stampin’ Up! home office to give you the scoop:

If you haven’t seen Paper Pumpkin before (where have you been hiding!?), take a look at the Paper Pumpkin Pinterest page – there’s always ideas on making the kits just as they come, plus sharing alternative ideas on what you can do with the supplies that come in the kit.

To sign up for your Paper Pumpkin, simply CLICK HERE, fill out your details, type in the Promo Code ONEDAYDEAL and you’ll be on your way to receiving the June kit, delivered directly to 聽your door. 聽Remember – this deal starts at 4:00 pm today!

Happy stamping!

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