PCCCS156 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Welcome back to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

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I’m so excited about this week’s card – I got to use one of my newest stamp sets!

This sketch just called out to me – I hope it does to you, too, so you’ll join the fun.


I knew right away what I wanted to do, and the set I wanted to use. 聽This was a bonus, because inspiration doesn’t always come that easy!

Here is the card I created:

PCCCS156 garden in bloom

I’m so thrilled with this card, it’s silly! 聽And really, I have to give the credit to the fabulous sketch; and to Stampin’ Up!, who coordinate the papers and inks so nicely for us, even I can look like an artiste! 馃槈

I started with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock, then layered a panel of English Garden Designer Series Paper on top. 聽I cut another strip of Night of Navy cardstock, and stamped it with the dots from the Watercolour Wings stamp set, in Night of Navy ink. 聽I attached it to the left side of the card base, and added 3 Candy Dots in Melon Mambo.

To make the flower panel, I took a piece聽of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the flower outline images from the Garden in Bloom stamp set in Night of Navy ink. I then inked up the inner colour stamp with Lost Lagoon ink, stamped it off once, then stamped the inside of the flower. 聽The leaf outlines were stamped in Mossy Meadow and the centres stamped in Pear Pizzazz; the butterfly and bee outlines stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 聽The inner stamp for the butterfly was stamped in Melon Mambo, and the inner part of the bee stamped in Daffodil Delight, as were the flower centers.

When I finished stamping this panel, I layered it onto another panel of Night of Navy cardstock, and attached it to the card front. 聽I then stamped the butterfly using the smaller butterfly from the Watercolour Wings stamp set; I inked up the outside layer with Night of Navy, then the inside shading with Melon Mambo. 聽I then die-cut the butterfly using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Framelits. 聽I then copied the layout on the sketch, and placed the butterfly & bees down the right side of the stamped panel. 聽To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment from the retired Bitty Banners stamp set in Melon Mambo ink, and die cut it using the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, then tucked it in next to the bottom bee, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Voila! 聽Card finished, and me super happy! 聽:)

I hope you’ve caught some of my silly happiness, and feel motivated to join in the fun – come check out the cards that the rest of the design team have made, and then create your own card, and link up for the challenge! 聽You’ll be glad you did 馃槈

Head over to the Paper Craft Crew page – I’ll see you there!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Weekly Deals & New Catalogue Excitement!

Hello stamping friends! 聽My goodness; it’s Tuesday already!

I’m all discombobulated about days & dates these days; school holidays do this to me, and then yesterday was a civic holiday (B.C. Day, for our province), which really threw me off track!

Now, you’re probably wondering why the title of this post says ‘new catalogue excitement’. 聽I mean – the new catalogue started a month ago, right?

Yes – but, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, today is the first day to pre-order from the new, upcoming holiday Occasions Catalogue!! 聽*squeee!* 聽Yes, I’m really excited, for the fabulous things I ordered; plus, my order has already shipped!! 聽Yahooo!! 聽That means that I’ll have it in my hot little hands by next Monday, which means I’ll be able to start creating samples, and sharing them with you!! 聽:) 聽Did I mention that I’m excited?! 馃槈

If you want to get in on this pre-order, you can!! 聽All you have to do is join my Team, and sign up as a demonstrator! 聽That’s right; join now, and you’ll be able to put together your Starter Kit choosing items from the current Annual catalogue, as well as the upcoming Occasions catalogue!! 聽You’ll be the envy of all your friends, plus you’ll be ready to start sharing the fun with your friends right away!

I know I’ve talked about this great opportunity before, but I just want to make sure you know – YOU聽CAN DO IT! 聽Whether you want to build a business, hold parties, classes & earn free trips; or want to sell to a few friends, or you just want to take advantage of the great 20% discount for yourself – the opportunity is there for you, and you’ll have the support of me and Stampin’ Up! to make sure you succeed in exactly what you want. 聽So you can go ahead and click on the Join My Team button on this page to sign up now, or send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll be happy to talk to you more about joining my team :)

Now that we’re into August, the Weekly Deals are back to normal; 6 great items at great discounts for the week! 聽Here’s what you can get from today until next Monday, Aug. 10th:

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Those are the newest In Colour Blossom Accents that are on special! 聽Now’s the time to stock up on your Baker’s Twine for holiday wrapping, and the ribbons – well, they’re gorgeous, what else can I say? 聽All great deals, just for you.

That’s it for me for now; I will be back this evening with a new challenge card made for the Paper Craft Crew! 聽I hope you’ll come back & see me then.

Until later – happy stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – Masks & Sympathy

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Hello everyone – welcome back to another edition of the Creation Station Blog Tour! 聽I’m so glad to see you here; you may have arrived to my blog via the amazingly talented Dena Renkow, or our fearless leader Jen Arkfeld. 聽Either way, you came from talent, and you’ll continue on that way after my blog!

All of our participating blogs are linked in a circle, so all 聽you have to do to see them all is keep clicking in the same direction – either ‘next’ or ‘back’, and you won’t get lost.

This tour is all about using our Decorative Masks (page 157 in the Annual Catalogue), and creating a Sympathy project.

I’m waiting to receive my newest masks – I’ve ordered the Happy Patterns ones; so in the meantime I’m going to show you what I did using the Stars Mask from the Hearts & Stars set.

I didn’t attend convention last month, but I did hear about a technique shown on stage, where you use your Decorative Mask, some Dazzling Details, and a Sponge Dauber. 聽Well, I was intrigued, and just had to try it for myself!

stars mask

I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and laid the Stars Decorative Mask on top of it. 聽I got out my Gold Dazzling Details, and squirted some onto my Silicone Craft Sheet. 聽Then I picked up some of the Gold onto a clean Sponge Dauber, and applied it to the Stars Mask; I continued doing this until all the stars under the White cardstock were covered.

As I hoped, the stars were very sparkly, and not opaque; leaving them very light-looking. 聽While they dried, I washed off my Mask – remember, the Dazzling Details are basically glitter in a glue solution, so you don’t want to leave it on your Mask too long, or it will be very difficult to clean. 聽As I did it right away, it cleaned up very easily; I even washed off my Dauber, so it’s ready for next use (though I will still reserve it for use with Gold Dazzling Details; I keep 1 Dauber for each colour ink/glitter I use).

Once the stars were dried, I pulled out my White Christmas stamp set (I’m thrilled that this set carried over to the new catalogue!), and stamped the trees/hill image in Soft Suede. 聽I then added the reindeer in Crumb Cake ink, the snowman in Memento black ink, and the cardinals in Real Red ink. 聽I coloured the snowman’s scarf & hat using Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red聽and聽Pear Pizzazz; his carrot nose was coloured using the Tangelo Twist Marker.

The reindeer was coloured using Crumb Cake ink & a Blender Pen; I didn’t want him to be too dark. 聽I then added some shading to the snow & sides of the trees using the Soft Sky marker.

I then attached this stamped panel of a panel of Soft Sky cardstock, and wrapped a piece of retired Real Red stitched ribbon around the left side, and added a strand of Gold Sequins to the knot. 聽Then I layered these panels onto a card base of Real Red cardstock. 聽I think this is a very festive & glittery winter card! 聽I took the photo to show off the gold stars; it’s actually not quite that ‘brightly’ glittered in real life! :)

My next card is a sympathy card, but I wanted to do something a little different, in not using an actual ‘sympathy’ stamp set. 聽I don’t own any of the most recent ones in the catalogue, but I do still have my favourite, Thoughts & Prayers, which has still available.

I decided to use one of the sentiments from the Thoughts & Prayers set, but used different sets for the card.


My card base is Pink Pirouette cardstock, then layered with a Tip Top Taupe cardstock panel.

The next panel is of Very Vanilla cardstock, which is stamped with the flower image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, in Pink Pirouette ink. 聽I then used the same ink and randomly stamped the ‘splotches’ image from the same stamp set.

For the聽smaller panels, on the centre one I stamped the sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers in Tip Top Taupe ink, then sponged the sides in both Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake inks, using Sponge Daubers.

The other panels were stamped with the medium flower image from the Everything Eleanor stamp set. 聽I stamped them in Versamark ink, covered them with Gold Embossing Powder, then heat set the powder. 聽I then took a Blender Pen and Pink Pirouette ink and coloured the flowers; then used the Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the stamens. 聽Each of these were edged with Crumb Cake ink using a Sponge Dauber.

I then layered each square onto a slightly larger square of Tip Top Taupe cardstock; the 2 flower images were glued down using Tombow Multipurpose glue; the sentiment was glued to the Tip Top Taupe cardstock, then popped up over the other 2 images using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽To finish off the card, I attached some loops of the new Gold Metallic Thread behind the sentiment.

Here’s a close up picture, so you can see the gorgeous gold embossing!


That’s it for my projects for this Tour; I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and got some new ideas for your own projects! 聽I’d love to read your message, if you have time to leave one for me :)

My blog is the last on the tour, but if you’d like to start again, or came in part way, just click the ‘Next’ button to hop over to see Jen Arkfeld’s fabulous projects. 聽Or you can travel backwards by clicking the ‘Back’ button, and have another look at Dena Renkow’s great designs. 聽Whichever way you choose, you’re in for a treat for the eyes!

If you’re interested in the products I used for today’s projects, simply click on the image(s) below. 聽Until next time – happy stamping!

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Last of Christmas in July

I’m baaaack! 聽:) 聽Yes, I’m back to share the final 3 cards we made in my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack!

The timing is just right for this; I’m finishing sharing these ‘current’ Christmas cards, and in just a few days, I’ll be pre-ordering from the new Occasions Catalogue, which is full of fabulous new sets for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en and more!

As I said at the end of yesterday’s posts; if you’d like to be able to get your hands on product from the new catalogue a month before ‘the public’, you can do that, just by becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and joining my Team! 聽You get to choose $155 in product from any current catalogue*, plus the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals items. 聽You’ll also get a free business kit valued at approximately $70, plus 2 months free of your own Demonstrator Business Web Service! 聽Not to mention a free box of catalogues, and free shipping! 聽All this, for ONLY $125!!

* the Occasions catalogue pre-order period is from August 4th – 31st, 2015, so to get this product early, you can join during this period.

If you’d like to talk to me about this great opportunity, give me a call at 604.298.0472, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca , and I’ll get right back to you! 聽If you already know you want to join, just CLICK HERE to go directly to my sign-up site, to聽fill out your information and select your products.

Now, back to sharing some Christmas cards! 聽This first one is made with another set that was carried over from the last Holiday catalogue, and it also has a new coordinating set! 聽It’s called Wondrous Wreath:

wondrous wreath

Actually, everything on this card is made with current product, found in the Annual Catalogue! 聽The card base is Real Red cardstock, and the DSP panels are from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. 聽The stamp set, Wondrous Wreath is on page 72 in the catalogue, and the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies are on pg. 172 – but your can 聽purchase the stamp set & Framelits as a Bundle, and save 15%! 聽 And to make your dollar go even further, the Framelit set also coordinates with the Circle of Spring stamp set on page 77 (and you didn’t hear it from me, but there’s another set coming out that coordinates with them, as well!!)

The wreath was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Old Olive ink, with the berries stamped on top in Real Red ink, then cut out using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits. 聽The word ‘Joy’ is also from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits set, and was die cut from Brushed Gold cardstock; the bow & ribbon were stamped in Real Red ink,聽and layered were onto the wreath image.

We stamped 2 of the wreath images; they are layered back-to-back, and the inside sentiment is stamped behind the wreaths. 聽We didn’t cut out the centre of the wreaths, as we didn’t want the inside sentiment being seen from the front, and distracting from the ‘Joy’ on the wreath.

Here is a side shot, so you can see how the card goes together:

wondrous wreath side pic

It is the wreaths that are holding the card base, and the front bottom panel, together! 聽Another way to do this is to attach a piece of Window Sheet between the front top & bottom pieces, but I decided to just use the wreaths.

This next card uses stamps and punches from more than 1 year ago – but I bet you’ll recognize them!

fireplace scene

How’s this for a ‘throwback’ card?! 聽Quite the combination of old & new, I’d say! :) 聽I started with a card base of Sahara Sand, and layered it with a panel of Cajun Crush cardstock that I had first embossed with the Brick embossing folder. 聽I wanted to add extra dimension to the bricks, so what I did was first run my Cajun Craze ink pad over the raised ‘mortar’ side of the embossing folder. 聽Then, after running it through the Big Shot, you can see that the ink is pushed into the ‘mortar’ lines, making it darker than the bricks!

I then added a mantel of Sahara Sand cardstock that had first been stamped using the Woodgrain background stamp, and rounded the corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. 聽I used the banner from the White Christmas stamp set (in the current catalogue; pg. 68) and stamped it in Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock, and fussy-cut it using Paper Snips (these are great for small cutting!). 聽The stockings are from the聽retired Stitched Stockings stamp set – stamped in Old Olive and Real Red inks – and punched using the matching, retired Stocking Punch. 聽I don’t know if I’ll ever part with this set – it’s so cute!

I created the fireplace by cutting a rectangle of Basic Black cardstock, and made the ‘wood’ from Sahara Sand cardstock, stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp, and cut out using the Tree Builder Punch (current in the catalogue). 聽The flames were made by stamping small blossom details from the retired Build a Blossom stamp set, and punching them out using the coordinating, retired, Blossom Builder Punch. 聽(see – I 聽use these things! 聽and some people call me a hoarder!)

This was a time consuming card to make, and I wouldn’t not recommend that anyone try to mass-produce this!! 聽I love it; it’s cute, but it’s a lot of persnickity work!

Our final card is another traditional Christmas theme, made using the First Christmas stamp set:

first christmas

I know that this was a popular stamp set when it was out, and a lot of people do prefer the religious Christmas sets; you won’t be disappointed when you see the new catalogue!

Since the main image is a silhouette, I wanted to keep the focus on it, and not on details. 聽So I kept this card ‘clean’, with few embellishments.

The main image was stamped in Soft Suede onto an oval of Very Vanilla, cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits. 聽The star was stamped above the silhouette, using the retired Gold Metallic ink. 聽The sentiment was stamped on a simple banner shape in Soft Suede, and punched using the Banner Triple Punch.

A panel of the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in Gold was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card base of Crumb Cake, and the stamped images layered on top. 聽Now this is a card that you could mass produce!! 聽馃槈

Well, I hope 聽you’ve enjoyed seeing what we made at my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack! 聽If you missed yesterday’s post, with the first 3 cards, just keep scrolling downwards on this page, and you’ll see them .

Now I’m off to keep creating – there’s another Creation Station Blog Hop coming up this weekend, so I hope to see you then!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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More Christmas in July

Hello again, stamping friends!

Wow – where has this week gone; it’s already ‘hump day’! 聽Not to mention, where 聽has the month gone! 聽It’s just been flying by so quickly (please, don’t tell me it’s my age!)

I promised to share with you the cards that we made at my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack, so here I am to share the first 3 with you. 聽Everyone made 12 cards; 2 each of 6 designs.

Since the new Occasions catalogue hasn’t come out yet, we used a lot of retired stamp sets, which I’m sure a lot of you still have as well, so I hope these cards will inspire you to pull out your existing sets, while we wait for the new catalogue, which is full of AMAZING new stamp sets & products!

The first card actually uses a current set, as well as a retired one:

candlelight christmas

This card uses the current Build a Birthday set (for the candles) and the retired Ornamental Pine stamp set (pine needles & baubles). 聽The card base is Old Olive cardstock. 聽On the Whisper White panel, the pine branches are stamped in Old Olive ink, along with the sentiment. 聽The candles are stamped on scrap Whisper White in Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate ink, and cut out by hand. 聽The baubles (ornaments) are stamped in the retired Gold Metallic ink, and punched out using the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch; we then hand cut the topper and glued it back onto the baubles. 聽The candles and baubles were layered onto the stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the candle flames stamped using Hello Honey ink.

After stamping and layering, we wrapped a piece of retired thick Baker’s Twine in Mossy Meadow around the left side of the panel, then attached it to the card base, again using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Our next card uses a holiday set that has been carried over into the new Annual Catalogue; Festival of Trees.

festival of trees

The trees and their pots were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock, using inks in Real Red, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. 聽The trees were punched out using the matching Tree Punch 聽(it also matches the new set in the Annual Catalogue called ‘Lots of Joy’ – pg. 69). 聽The little pots were quickly hand cut using the Paper Snips. 聽A panel of Real Red cardstock was layered with a 2″ strip of Merry Moments DSP (current in the catalogue), and wound with Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, and tied off in a knot. 聽The trio of trees were then attached using Dimensionals, and a Gold Foil star attached to the centre tree. 聽The star was created by using the star border die that comes in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die set!

Our 3rd card uses a set that was a huge favourite from last year’s Occasion catalogue, called Gentle Peace:

gentle peace


This is a gorgeous image, which can be stamped onto Vellum paper and coloured as a stained glass window. 聽Since we were doing 12 cards, I knew that there wouldn’t be time for that much colouring, so I 聽opted for stamping the image in Versamark ink onto Brushed Gold cardstock, and heat embossing it with Gold Embossing Powder, and doing the same for the sentiment.

I did really like the ‘window shape’ of the image, though, so we hand cut it with the Paper Snips. 聽The banner tails on each end of the sentiment were made using the Triple Banner Punch. 聽Before attaching the image & sentiment, we embossed the Blackberry Bliss cardstock base using the Lucky Stars embossing folder; then attached a strand of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon along the side. 聽To add more dimension to the card, we also stamped the individual circled star image again onto the Brushed Gold cardstock & heat embossed it, punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch, and layered it on top of the larger image.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these 3 cards, and now feel inspired to 聽pull out your sets & start creating! 聽(it’s never too early to start your Christmas cards!). 聽I’ll be back tomorrow to share the final 3 cards that we made at the Christmas in July stamp-a-stack.

If you’d like to be like me, and get to pre-order product from the upcoming Occasions catalogue, you can do that by joining my Team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! 聽That’s right – if you join during the pre-order period of August 4th – 31st, you can choose from the new catalogue for your Starter Kit! 聽 If 聽you have any questions, just email me at debsmart@shaw.ca, or call me at 604.298.0472 and I’d be happy to talk to you about this great opportunity!

Until tomorrow – happy stamping!

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PCCCS155 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge!

Welcome back to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

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If you haven’t already, you should really join us in our challenges – they’re lots of fun, and a great way to increase your creativity!

This week’s sketch is no exception – have a look:


I just recently got a new stamp set that I’ve been dying to use – here’s my card:

PCCCS155 Vintage leaves

This stamp set is called Vintage Leaves (pg. 88 in the catalogue), and it comes with matching Leaflets聽Framelits Dies.

I love it in late September, when the leaves start to turn colours, so I tried to capture that here. 聽I used the ‘baby wipe’ technique, where you fold a generic baby wipe into an ink-pad sized square, drop reinkers onto it, then ink up your stamp directly from the baby wipe. 聽Because the colours run & blend on the baby wipe, you get a gorgeous blend of colours on your stamp! 聽After stamping several of the leaves this way, I then used the Big Shot & Leaflets Framelits to die-cut them, and set them aside. 聽I stamped the ‘thank you’ from the Tin of Cards stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede ink, then used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut the sentiment & a background layer in Soft Suede cardstock. 聽I then cut 2 banner shapes using the Banner Triple Punch from聽Real Red and Delightful Dijon cardstock.

My card base is Soft Suede cardstock, with a panel of English Garden Designer Series Paper. 聽I then layered rectangles of Soft Suede and Crumb Cake cardstock, then layered the leaves on top of that, then banners, Burlap Ribbon, sentiment and a retired Naturals button.

I had taken a few rows off of the Burlap Ribbon so the edge was a bit frayed; I then used these strands to tie a bow, and used a Glue Dot to attach it to the left of the sentiment tag. 聽I then added a few loops of Linen Thread in between the leaves, and my card was finished!

I just love how all the layers look – here’s a close up picture, so you can see all the dimension in this card:

PCCCS155 Vintage leaves close up

I used my Bone Folder to curl the edges of the leaves a bit, just as they do in nature, when they dry & fall off the trees.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my card; please head over to the Paper Craft Crew page and see the lovely cards the rest of the design team have created for your inspiration. 聽Then, create your own card, following the sketch, and join in the challenge!! 聽Trust me – once you start, you’ll realize how much fun it is, and you’ll keep joining in as often as you can! :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Paper Pumpkin Special & Weekly Deals!

Hello again, stamping friends!

Remember a few months ago, Stampin’ Up! offered a smokin’ hot deal 聽for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers; you could get your first 2 months at 1/2 Price!?

Well – it was so well received, they decided to run it again!

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That’s right! 聽If you missed it the first time, now’s the time to take advantage of this amazing deal! 聽I heard through the grapevine (from demonstrators who just returned from Convention) that the upcoming 2 months (they got to see them!) are fabulous!!

Not sure if Paper Pumpkin is for you? 聽Well, let’s see….

– Do you like to craft, but don’t have a lot of time? 聽Paper Pumpkin projects can be completed in about 30 minutes!

– Like to craft, but don’t have a lot of room to store supplies? 聽Paper Pumpkin kits are fully self-contained! 聽In each magic box, you receive everything you need to complete that project, including stamps, ink, embellishments, cardstock, die cuts- and usually the adhesives, too! (you may need your own glue stick).

– Want to build up your supply of stamping items, but don’t have money to buy it all at once? 聽With Paper Pumpkin, you’ll be able to keep & reuse the exclusive stamp sets and inks that come with the kit! 聽Plus, you’ll always receive more embellishments & trim that you need, so you’ll have extras to use on other projects!

And at 1/2 PRICE for 2 MONTHS – you can’t NOT afford to get Paper Pumpkin!! 聽Signing up is easy – simply go to www.paperpumpkin.com , enter the promo code HALFOFF, fill out your personal information, choose ME as your demonstrator (just type in my name) – and you’re set!

Here’s the ‘fine print’ for this deal:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $24.95.
  • You 聽need to visit PaperPumpkin.com聽to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT)

Easy-peasy, pumpkin squeezy! 馃槈

And with the money you saved, you can stock up on the new WEEKLY DEALS:

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Remember – these WEEKLY DEALS are so hot, that there are limited quantities at these special prices! 聽So I suggest that you either order online (click on the ‘Shop Now’ button at the top right of this page), or call me ASAP to place your order, because these won’t last – seriously! 聽The Metallic Foil Doilies are all the rage right now, as are the Decorative Masks (add a package of Spritzers to your order, & have fun creating your own designer paper using the Spritzers 聽& ink refills). 聽If you’re into Hallowe’en decorating, the Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon is a must!

I’ll be back in a while with another card for the newest Paper Craft Crew design team challenge – I hope you’ll come back & have a look!

Until then – happy stamping (& shopping)!

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Christmas in July!

Hello my stamping friends!

Oh gosh – I am so behind on sharing! 聽All for good reason – I’ve been busy stamping & creating :)

I just held my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack on Friday, and today I got to do some fun creating with one of my team members, Chantal! 聽Any stamping time is a good time, but when you get to stamp with friends, it’s even better :)

So I’m going to work backwards with my sharing, because I’m just so thrilled with what Chantal & I made today (she only left about an hour ago!). 聽Chantal had purchased the Many Merry Stars Kit – currently in the Clearance Rack at the amazing price of only $25.59 – and she asked me if I wanted to get together to make a 3D project that she had seen on Pinterest.

Here’s what the Many Merry Stars Kit looks like – it’s amazing! 聽You get all of these supplies, enough to make 25 3D stars of various shapes, plus tons of fabulous embellishments & die cuts for decorating them!


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We pulled out our White Christmas and Holiday Home stamp sets (the White Christmas set has carried over, and is in the current catalogue on page 68), and the Homemade Holiday Framelits set (which is also in the Clearance Rack, for only $16.19!), and got to work.

First we traced the outline of the star onto a piece of retired All is Calm DSP, to use that as a background inside the star. 聽Then we stamped the images we wanted to use; houses, trees, snowman, Santa & sleigh, wreaths and lamppost, and coloured them in using our Stampin’ Write Markers. 聽We used the Homemade Holiday Frameltis to die cut the houses using the Big Shot; the rest of the images we cut by hand using our Paper Snips. 聽Chantal had brought some really pretty, fine glitter, so we added some of that to our cut-outs – just the perfect amount, I think!

Then we assembled our stars; we were creating a diorama, so we only added the sides, not the top/lid. 聽After adding the sides, we insert the DSP background, then cut some Whisper White cardstock for our ‘snow’, and attached that to the inside. 聽Then we added all our cut-out shapes, creating a little ‘town’ scene!

We finished off the outside of the star by adding a double layer of Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (that was one of the recent Weekly Deals!) all around the edges. 聽Using one of the die-cut banners included in the Kit, we stamped the Merry Christmas , and added it across the top.

Here are our final star dioramas!

Many Merry Stars diorama

Didn’t I tell you they were too cute?!! 聽Mine is on the left; Chantal’s is on the right. 聽They’re basically the same – I mean, we used all the same stamp sets & products, but we chose some different colours, and our ‘snow’ fronts are a bit different. 聽I love them both!! 聽Of course, as we were looking at these two, our imaginations were kicking into high gear; just imagine the grand scene you could create, using more stars, and of different sizes – you could create a whole town, and add more house, more trees & wildlife (the White Christmas set has a Polar Bear and a Deer!)….the possibilities are endless! 聽You could also use the new Every Blessing stamp set for a scene with the Wise Men!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what we created today, and are inspired to get creating too! 聽I’ve listed the available products that we used below; if you’d like to order them, you can click on the image(s), and you’ll be taken directly to my online store. 聽If you’d like me to place the order for you, just send me an email or call me at 604.298.0472, debsmart@shaw.ca 聽聽 I’ll be happy to take care of that for you!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share pictures from my Christmas in July stamp a stack!
Until then – happy stamping!

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Weekly Deals

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That’s right – it’s time for New Weekly Deals! 聽Stampin’ Up! has chosen more items at awesome prices, for a limited time! 聽Remember – these awesome deals are at limited quantities, so you better order right away, if you see something you want!

Here’s the deals:

SU weekly deals july 21

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There’s a lot of good stuff here! 聽If you’ve already (or are thinking of) purchased the Go Wild and/or Schoolhouse Designer Series Papers, now you can get the cardstock in coordinating colours at a great savings! 聽Christmas is coming up – did you see the Stars Framelits Dies on sale? Woohoo!! 聽These are great for making ornaments, cut out stars for your cards and scrapbook pages – and a million other things! 聽If you like using the Fast Fuse adhesive, I’d stock up on the refills – look at the savings-almost $3 savings!!

Okay – I’m heading back to my work table, to finish getting ready for this Friday’s “Christmas in July” stamp-a-stack! 聽I’m so glad that the weather here has cooled down, so that we won’t have to use *quite* as much imagination to think of Christmas :)

To place your order online, please CLICK HERE to go directly to the Weekly Deals in my online store – use Hostess Code 2DKANCQG. 聽If you’d like me to place your order for you, just give me a call, or send me an email – 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca

Until next time – happy stamping!

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PCCCS154 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Hello again, and welcome to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

Our talented leader, Pam Staples, has come up with another great sketch for the design team to work with – I think you’re going to like it!


Here is my card for this sketch:


I realize that I didn’t ‘strictly’ follow the sketch – but the sketch is an outline to follow; your card doesn’t have to be exact!

I just recently received this Wilderness Awaits stamp set, and was dying to use it; I just love this fox! 聽I decided I wanted to make mine a red fox, so I looked up some images of real red foxes, and went from there.

I first stamped the fox image in Stazon Black Ink onto Very Vanilla聽cardstock. 聽I then used a white pencil crayon (nothing special – just a regular pencil crayon) and coloured in the tip of the fox’s tail, and the聽‘whiskers’ 聽on either side of his nose. 聽I wanted to make sure that they stayed white.

I then used my Blender Pens and ink pads in Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate聽to colour in the fox. 聽In my imagination, a red fox is really, really red; but in real life, they’re a variety of shades, and their fur is blends of shades of red, and quite a bit of grey. 聽So in this case, I tried to stay true to real life!

I coloured the grass surrounding the fox again with my Blender Pens and Old Olive ink pad. 聽I hand cut the fox with my Paper Snips, and set it aside to work on the background. 聽I cut a square of Very Vanilla聽cardstock on which to work. 聽To stay with the 1/2 circle shape in the sketch, I 聽punched out a circle to use as a mask, and used a Sponge Dauber and So Saffron ink to colour the setting sun; I then added a little bit of 聽Pumpkin Pie ink to the edges.

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Using the reverse sun mask, I then used Pumpkin Pie ink and a Sponge Dauber to create the background sunset sky. 聽I then layered the fox in front of the sunset, added a small strip of retired DSP in front, then added a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine, and added聽the tag, and tied a bow. 聽All of this was then layered onto a larger square of Cajun Craze cardstock. 聽The card base is also Cajun Craze cardstock, with a layer of Bohemian DSP under the stamped panel.

I 聽hope you like my card; as I said, it’s not ‘exactly’ the sketch, but I think it works! I hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew page, and check out the fabulous cards聽the rest of the design team made, for your inspiration. 聽Then – be sure to join us, and link your own card!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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