A Few of My Favourite Things

Welcome back, stamping friend!  Have you decided what to order from our fabulous new catalogue?  There are so many amazing product, it can be hard to decide which to choose!  So, I thought I’d try to help you out, by listing a few of my favourite things!

I’m thinking this will be a Part 1 post – because there’s so much I love in this new catalogue!  So, I’ll start with a few things that were in my personal order, yesterday.


Really, the name alone indicates why I ordered this!  If you know me, you’ll know I L.O.V.E. coffee – I literally cannot go a day without it.  When I was pregnant, I even had to drink (ick!) decaf, just so I felt like I was having coffee.  This Coffee Break Suite was on the top of my list 🙂

You are going to adore this suite of products if you, or someone you know is a coffee lover – or even a tea drinker!  You can purchase the Coffee Cafe stamp set bundled with the Coffee Cups Framelits, and save yourself 10%!

Look at some of the amazing products you can create with this suite:

A Few of My Favourite Things

Here’s what’s included in the Bundle:

A Few of My Favourite Things

How awesome is this?!  You’ve got the stamp AND dies for the take-out cup, the lid – and you can even create the whipped cream on top, for those specialty drinks! You might be wondering ‘why is there a small coffee cup die, but no small cup stamp?’  Well, take a look at the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper:

A Few of My Favourite Things

See those little coffee cups in the patterns?  That’s right – you can die cut them OUT of the paper, using the small die!

You can also purchase the coordinating Coffee Break Cardstock Pack, which includes Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  there’s also 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon that coordinates, in Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Whisper White.  And to add the final touch to your projects, there are cute Corrugated Elements!

A Few of My Favourite Things

Here’s a quick video by Stampin’ Up!, showing how to get the most of your bundle:



This was another ‘must have’ on my list!  Just like the dies in the Coffee Cups Thinlits Dies, the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies include framelits that you can use for die cutting the fun figures from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

A Few of My Favourite Things

Aren’t the patterns just adorable!  So retro 🙂

Birthday Delivery Bundle

The Bundle is a trifecta of perfection – you get the Birthday Delivery stamp set, the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, AND the Birthday Memories DSP!

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’m sure you can see why this Bundle was on my list – plus, I saved 10%! 🙂


This may have missed your eye, as you were flipping through the pages, but it caught mine right away!  I’ve been waiting & hoping for ages that Stampin’ Up! would carry an embossing paste.  You can find it on page 201 of the new Annual Catalogue.

A Few of My Favourite Things

If you like to create with mixed media, add dimension and texture to your projects – you want to get this!  It comes in a 4 oz. jar, and is white.  The great thing is you can add colour to it right away by adding drops of ink refill, or you can wait until it’s dry, and colour on top of it with ink pads, markers or aqua painters.

Stampin’ Up! has created a quick video to show you how to use it, along with the fun Pattern Party Decorative Masks that are  now available:

Isn’t that cool?! I had another thought; you could add GLITTER to some paste, as well! Not only can you use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, but you can create your own stencils by using framelits/thinlits, your Big Shot, and Window Sheets.  I can’t wait until my order arrives!


These products are all available now for you to order! Just click on the images below to order online now, or send me an email (within Canada) and I’ll place your order for you.





It’s here – the New Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!  Are you as excited as me?!  If you’re at all like me, you’ve seen the products, and want it ALL!  I  have a way for you to get all the beautiful papers and ribbons without breaking your budget – join my paper & ribbon shares, available now!

Paper & Ribbon Shares Available Now

Get your order in by this Friday, June 2nd, and I’ll pay for the shipping of your share!  Of course order after June 2nd, but shipping to you across Canada will be an additional charge of $3.


Here are the choices – just decide which shares you want, email it back to me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll send you a PayPal  invoice.  Once payment is received, I’ll be placing the order.  It takes about 5 business days for me to receive the product from Stampin’ Up!, then I’ll divide and ship it to you.  You’ll be receiving your product shares within 2-3 weeks of ordering!

Ribbon Shares

Choose to sign up to receive all the ribbon colours in just one style, or select 5 or more styles and get a FREE package of the new Corrugated Elements as a gift from me. Prices start at just $7 + shipping (if required).

See pages 198-199 for pictures of each Ribbon.

Please note, there is a charge of $3 per share for shipping. If you purchase several shares I will bundle them together, get you the cheapest shipping rate available, and refund any overpayments you’ve made in shipping charges.  You can of course pick them up from my home in Burnaby at no charge!

RIBBON SHARES – choose your favourites!

  • □ 2017-2019 In Color 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (2 yards each of 5 colours = 10 yards) $11
  • 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon (2 yards each of 3 colours = 6 yards) $7
  • 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon (2 yards each of 3 colours = 6 yards) $7
  • 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon (2 yards each in 3 colours = 6 yards) $7
  • 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (2 yards each in 4 colours = 8 yards) $10
  • 1/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (2 yards each of 4 colours = 8 yards) $9
  • 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (2 yards each of 4 colours = 8 yards) $9
  • 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon (2 yards each of 4 colours = 8 yards) $8
  • 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (2 yards each of 3 colours = 6 yards) $7
  • 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (2 yards each of 4 colours = 8 yards) $10
  • 3/8″ Striped Grosgrain (2 yards each of 5 colours = 10 yards) $11
  • I would like my shares shipped for a cost of $3 per share (overpayments refunded)*
  • □ I will pick up my shares at Deborah’s place in Burnaby*


Choose from either the Paper Stacks share, the Paper Packs, or the Specialty Designer Series Paper – or all 3!  Anyone who joins 2 or more shares will receive a FREE ink pad in your choice of colour!

Each Share is carefully sorted and packaged into cello bags; one bag per design.  The design name will be included, plus the colours that coordinate with that design.

The 12”x12” paper packs will be cut into 6” x 6” squares; the Paper Stacks are already 6” x 6”.

Please see pages 187 – 189 for pictures of each Designer Series Paper.


Includes ¼ of each stack of Petal Garden, Color Theory and Wood Texture Paper Stacks.


Includes ¼ of each package of Whole Lot of Lovely, Naturally Eclectic, Coffee Break, Pick a Pattern, Be Merry, Birthday Memories, and Delightful Daisy packs.


These are ‘special’ because they contain either foil designs, such as the Eastern Palace, Bundle of Love and Foil Frenzy, or are one sided, like the Just Add Colour paper. Share includes ¼ package of each design.


Everyone who orders through me on June 1st will receive Free Shipping!  Orders must be within Canada, per Stampin’ Up! agreement, and use HOST CODE DN3APT3W.  The online order system will be up & running by noon PST, so you can browse and shop online whenever you want after that!  Orders made online will receive either an e payment or cheque refund from me; orders made by me on your behalf will have shipping paid immediately by me. 🙂

So what are you waiting for – GO SHOPPING!


PCC246 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Hello stamper!  Welcome to PCC246 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge!


PCC246 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Of course you know I just HAD to use some of my pre-order products from the new catalogue!

Colourful Seasons

PCC246 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

I am just LOVING this new Colourful Seasons Bundle!  It’s always a good idea to purchase the stamp set and thinlits together when offered as a bundle; in this case the Colourful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  You get terrific coordinating products, AND you save yourself 10%!


Starting with a Whisper White cardstock base, I added 2 panels from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack; the first in the Daffodil Yellow ombre, then a smaller panel in the Dapper Denim, set off to the right side.

Using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits for the Adirondack chair, I die cut the shape form a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  The Big Shot with the Precision Plate make it really easy to cut this detailed piece.

The sentiment is from the Colourful Seasons stamp set, inked in Dapper Denim onto Whisper White cardstock.  I used my 1/2″ Circle Punch to snip off each of the corner, then layered all of the pieces together.  Finishing off the card are a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots (I’m going to have to order more of these – I’m using them on everything!).

Inside Details

Of course you have to stamp on the inside panel, too!

PCC246 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

This lovely sentiment is stamped in Dapper Denim ink.  The branch and flowers are also from the Colourful Season stamp set; I used Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride ink pads.

Join In the Fun!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s cards on the Paper Craft Crew blog, then join in the fun!  Link up your card for the challenge – you may be our next Top Pick! 🙂


You’ll be able to order these NEW PRODUCTS on Thursday, June 1st!  Our ordering system will be down for transition to the new catalogue on June 1st until 11 am PST – then you’re good to go! Just click on either the images below, or my signature, to order online.


New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

Hello stamping friend!  How was your weekend?  This past Saturday was my annual ‘new catalogue kick off party’ fun.  It’s always great to see  how everyone reacts to the new products and In Colours.  I know most people have already seen them online, but seeing them in person is even better 🙂

This was my first event in a while; if you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that I haven’t been posting in the last week or so, either.  That’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Dad, whose health still hasn’t really improved.  Between visiting, driving him to appointments, and more, I haven’t had much time or energy to spend on posting.  Hopefully you’ll forgive me, and understand the circumstances.  Family does come first before blogging – although maybe not in the dictionary! 🙂

Catalogue Survival Kit

I’ve put together these fun ‘catalogue survival kits’ myself in the past; this was the first year that Stampin’ Up! actually created a form that we could print off & use!  That was very helpful for me, especially with my lack of time.

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

I used a regular brown paper lunch bag, and stamped it using the fun new Crafting Forever stamp set.  You’re going to love this set!  It not only has great images and sentiments, but it also fulfills the Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy.  (you can read more about the Angel Policy HERE).

You can see that I used the new In Colors for stamping; Berry Burst for the pot, Tranquil Tide for the ink spots, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst on the fun tage that I  made.

Here’s a close up look at the tag I created, and the survival kit contents list:

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

I’m pretty sure that everyone’s favourite part of the kit was #4 – the chocolate! 🙂  I thought that the sentiment I used on the tag was very appropriate – what do you think?

Display Setup

Well, I’m sorry to say that this girl was NOT on top of her game – I totally forgot to take pictures of my displays, the setup, and pictures of everyone having fun!  I know, right?!  BUT – I did take pictures the next day of the card everyone and bookmark that everyone made, as well as the new cards cards I had displayed. (you just don’t get the full ‘display’ effect).

In Color Bookmark

Again, this is the first year that Stampin’ Up! created a bookmark form for all us demonstrators to  use.  I’ve always made my own in the past – again, what a time saver!

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

Isn’t this cute?!  The sentiment at the top is also from the Creative Forever stamp set; the rest of the images are from the Colourful Season stamp set – another one that I know you’ll be adding to your ‘must have’ list.  With the Berry Burst flowers, I had everyone stamp 1 flower ‘full strength’ ink, then immediately stamp a 2nd flower without re-inking, so that they could see how the colour can be softened, just by stamping off once.  After stamping, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch was used for the top, and then some of the new Copper Trim threaded through.

Colourful Seasons Card

As I said earlier, the Colourful Seasons stamp set, with it’s coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies is going to go straight to the top of your ‘must have’ list!  It has an entire Color Theory Suite of products that coordinate with the set – and you can Bundle the stamp set and Dies, and SAVE 10%!

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun


Other than the sentiment onto Blushing Bride cardstock, and Berry Burst flowers onto Whisper White, there was no other stamping done on this card except for the ink spots!  The rest of the work is done by the amazing Seasonal Layers Thinlits – the branch in Crumb Cake, the flowers in Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette card stock.

The card base is Berry Burst cardstock, with a panel from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. (yes, you’ll want this, too!)  Using Paper Snips, I cut banner tails on each end of the sentiment strip, and also cut a doily into 1/4.  After gluing the doily piece to the back of the sentiment, it was attached to the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals, which was in turn attached to the card base, also using Dimensionals.  Finally, a few Pearls were scattered across the front.

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

I love the dimension that the die cut flowers add the card.

Inside Scoop

Of course, we can’t forget to decorate the inside panel, too!

New Catalogue Kick Off Party Fun

There’s no sentiment added inside yet, making it easier to use this card for any reason that requires ‘congratulations’.  But I did stamp the flowers down each side of the panel, for an extra touch.

You Can Order

You can order these products, and anything else from the new catalogue, in only 2 more days!  While the ordering system transitions from the current to the new catalogue, the ordering system will be unavailable until 11 am PST.  After that, I expect it to be very busy!

In the meantime, you can still order from the current annual catalogue  – there’s still lots of great deals to be had!  To shop the Retiring Products, CLICK HERE.

There’s also ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT to order the Special Eastern Palace Starter Bundle and Eastern Palace Premier Bundle!  Everyone who orders the Premier bundle from me will also receive an invitation to a FREE card class, where we’ll make 3 cards using the bundle!  For more information on these bundles, check out THIS POST, and CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

If you are within Canada, you can order from me directly online – click on my signature below.  If you’re in my area (Burnaby, BC) and would like a catalogue, just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll get in touch with  you to arrange it!




Color Theory Suite

There is a suite of products in the new Annual Catalogue that I know you are absolutely going to LOVE! It’s called the Color Theory Suite, and it not only shows off some beautiful colours, but also the four seasons in a year.

I’ve been getting ready for my New Catalogue Kick-Off Party (if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! leave me a comment & I’ll get in touch).  So of course, I’ve been using products from my demonstrator pre-order to create cards and projects to share.  I’m so excited about this new suite that I just can’t wait – I’m going to share one of my cards with you now!

Product in the Color Theory Suite

Have you noticed that I’ve been spelling ‘color’ the ‘american’ way?  Yes I do know that I’ve been doing that, and yes, it is killing me! LOL 🙂 As a Canadian, I always change the spelling in the catalogue to ‘our’ way of spelling.  It’s recently been pointed out to me that the spelling in the catalogue is the way that Stampin’ Up! has trademarked the name.  So, I will do my best, when it refers to a trademarked name, to use the spelling it was given.  If I slip up – you’ll forgive me, right?!

The Color Theory Suite is just that – an entire suite of coordinating products.  If you’re like me, you’re going to want them all!  The suite includes:

  • Colorful Season stamp set – 24 photopolymer stamps
  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies – 17 dies
  • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack – 48 double sided 6″x6″ sheets (Berry Burst, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim and Whisper White featured colours)
  • Color Theory Cardstock Pack – 24 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets in Berry Burst, Dapper Denim and Old Olive
  • 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon – available individually in 3 colours; Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Old Olive;  10 yds ea.
  • Glitter Enamel Dots – package of 160 dots
  • Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack – 72 cards + embellishments

See what I mean?  An amazing assortment of products, and all coordinated to work together!  I used the Glitter Enamel Dots in my project in yesterday’s post – check it out. 

Color Theory Suite

The picture above shows the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, which you’ll be able to purchase as the Colorful Seasons Bundle, and save 10%!  You should definitely do that, so you can spend your savings on the rest of the suite of products! 😉

Take a Seat

Color Theory Suite

For this card, I chose to use the beach chair image, stamped directly onto a panel of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack paper in Crushed Curry.  I love how each colour strip gives a feeling of the intensity of the sun, as you relax in your chair, cooling beverage in hand.  I used Lemon Lime Twist ink to stamp the drink onto Whisper White cardstock – and I didn’t even have to fussy cut it!  Thank goodness for thinlits for small  pieces.

The chair seat, small flowers and sentiment were stamped in Berry Burst ink directly onto the DSP.  For the die cut flowers, I used Berry Burst full strength and stamped off once.  Fresh Fig ink was used for the flower stamen.  Crumb Cake ink was used for the chair frame, and the branch was die cut using the Big Shot and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, from Crumb Cake cardstock.

Color Theory Suite

In the picture above, you can see the close up of the flowers and branch, which I attached using Glue Dots.  I also added the Glitter Enamel Dots in the middle of each large flower.

Lots of Dimension

Color Theory Suite

To add dimension to my card besides panel of DSP, I like mixing die cuts with direct to paper stamping.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die make this easy to do!

The Inside Scoop

The sentiments in this set are terrific, too.  I added this one to the inside panel:

Color Theory Suite

Wouldn’t this be a great sentiment for a wedding card?

How To Order

You’ll be able to order the new Color Theory Suite of products – any or all of them – on June 1st.  If you want to get your hands on them BEFORE June 1st, you can Join My Team as a demonstrator, and you can choose your Starter Kit from the pre-order list!  That’s right – you can be the envy of your friends and get your new products right now!  You’ll also become part of my fun team, the Stampin’ Up! family, and have access to tons of great creative and business ideas and information.  Not to mention the immediate 20% Discount on all of your future product orders! 🙂

If you’d like more information on joining my team, you can send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca and I’ll get right back to you, or you can CLICK HERE for info, and to sign up.  You’ll be glad you did!


Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Hello again stamping friend!  I’m so excited about today’s post; I’m using a new bundle called Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge PCC244!

You are going to love our new sketch challenge, and the new bundle I’m sharing with you.

PCC244 – Sketch Challenge

Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Ok, so it’s probably pretty obvious why I decided to use the new Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch, when I saw this sketch!  I really did stay true to the sketch on this one 🙂

Daisy Delight 

Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

I used 3 colours for this card; Night of Navy, So Saffron and Whisper White.  The large daisy image was stamped in Night of Navy ink 4 times on scrap pieces of Whisper White cardstock, and I punched with the new Daisy Punch.  I used a Sponge Dauber to add a bit more shading towards the center of the daisies.  Using the multiple layers makes me think of a Gerbera daisy – they’re my favourite!

I layered the flowers together alternating Stampin’ Dimensionals and Multipurpose Glue.  After layering, I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals up & downward, just like a real daisy.  Using the Daisy Delight stamp set, I stamped additional daisies in Night of Navy ink onto the Whisper White panel, and added the dots in So Saffron ink.  The center of the daisy was also stamped in So Saffron ink, then I added one of the new Glitter Enamel Dots.

Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

After stamping, I wrapped some retired Night of Navy Thick Baker’s Twine 3 times around the top 1/3rd of the panel, then attached it to the card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  The sentiment is from the retiring Crazy About You stamp set (you can still get it until the end of May!).  Using the Sponge Dauber again, I edged the sentiment pieces with some Night of Navy ink.  They are attached to the card front with Dimensionals.

The Inside Scoop

Daisy Delight for Paper Craft Crew Challenge

I couldn’t resist decorating the inside panel; the lovely little daisies look like they’re falling in a breeze!  Since I’m not sure who this card will go to, I haven’t added a sentiment yet.  You can see the sheet of gorgeous Glitter Enamel Dots in front – aren’t those colours amazing!  And each colour goes from light to dark, in an ombre style.  I know I’ll be using these a lot!

Join In The Challenge

You are going to be SO excited when you get your hands on the new catalogue 🙂  But until then, use what you have, and join in the challenge! Remember, the sketch is a guide, so you don’t have to use a flower for that focal point; feel free to substitute a different shape.  Check out the rest of the Design Team’s cards on the Paper Craft Crew page, then grab the link and join us!



Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

Time is running out – have you got your Eastern Palace Bundle yet?! These special bundles are my May ‘Bundle of the Month’ offers – they’re so good, I didn’t have to  put together my own!

Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

Why You WANT This Bundle!

Do you like special discounted prices?  Special Bundles that are only available for a limited time? How about FREE products?!  If you answered YES to these questions, then you WANT to order one of the Eastern Palace Suite special pre-order bundles.

What You Get

There are 2 bundles to choose from; the Starter Bundle and the Premier Bundle.  Both are awesome, and are made up of products that you will have to order individually, once the new catalogue goes ‘live’ on June 1st.  You get not only a new stamp set, but other products and 3 new In Colour full sized ink pads.

Starter Bundle

The Starter Bundle is perfect for the either the beginning crafter, or someone who wants to kit they can take with them, without the Big Shot.  This bundle includes everything you need to make gorgeous cards – including the FREE Note Cards and Envelopes!  It’s priced at only $77.75

Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

Premier Bundle

The Premier Bundle is perfect for the avid crafter; someone who already owns a Big Shot, or is ready to purchase one.  You get everything to create and embellish gorgeous cards, including the FREE new Thick Very Vanilla cardstock and Envelopes.  It’s priced at $134.75.

Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

Limited Time Only!

These special bundles are only available until May 31st!  After that, you’ll be able to purchase the bundled stamp set and thinlits dies, but everything else will have to be ordered separately.  You’ll  lose out on the special pricing, and the free products 🙁

Special Offer from ME!

Because I think these bundles are so special, and I know that you’re going to love them, and the versatility of this set, I have a special offer!  Everyone who orders the Premier Bundle from me will be invited to a FREE CLASS, where we will make these 3 fabulous cards!

Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

If you order the Starter Bundle from me, you’ll also be invited to this class, for a small fee of $10, to cover the use of my Thinlits Dies, and the extra products we’ll be using.


Don’t delay – click on the button below, and get your order in today!  As soon as I receive notice of your order, you’ll receive your invitation to class 🙂

Got Your Eastern Palace Bundle Yet?

Click the Order Now button, or click on the images below, to go directly to my online store.  Or if you prefer, contact me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll place your order for you!


Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’d like to wish everyone who is a mother, was a mother, or is just like a mother – a very Happy Mother’s Day!  I’ve known a lot of women in my life, and I can say with certainty that giving birth is not the only qualifier to make you a mother to someone 🙂  Love, sharing, patience, guidance, laughter; these are all important attributes we all strive to embody.  Sometimes it’s easier than others – but  that’s all part of it!

I’m very fortunate to have 2 sons, both who are now young men (where did the time go) of whom I’m very proud, and love very much 🙂  I’ve been spoiled with flowers, chocolates and gifts today, and we’re going out for dinner later.  Even without all of that, I still consider myself very lucky.

How Do You Celebrate Mother’s Day?

We you celebrated and fussed over?  Did you fuss over someone else in your life?  (We did go and visit my step-mom yesterday, with flowers and a card!)  If you fell a bit behind in your shopping, there’s always the current awesome sale for new subscribers on Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin – 25% OFF for New Subscribers

Happy Mother's Day Paper Pumpkin sale

Our Creativity Starts Here promotion is offering first-time subscribers an introductory 25% discount on June, July, and August 2017 kits. Not only will they like saving money, but they’ll also love starting a new creative journey. It has never been easier to skip to the fun!

Besides a great introductory discount, what are the other perks of having a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

If you and/or your Mom (or anyone else, for that matter) loves to do crafts, but isn’t sure about ‘investing’ in a whole lot of supplies as once, Paper Pumpkin is the perfect choice!

How To Order

Happy Mother's Day

To order, simply CLICK HERE.  Then, enter Promo Code STARTHERE (no spaces, all caps) in the code area, fill out your personal info, and you’re done!  You can sit back, relax and your June Paper Pumpkin will arrive via UPS or FedEx to your doorstep around the 15th of June.  Then July, and August – at 25% off each month!  Your subscription will continue each month, unless you manually go to the site again, and either place your subscription on ‘hold’ (1 month at a time), or cancel.

No Excuses!

I admit; we all  have days when we want to create, but don’t know what to do, if we have the right products, or even how to put it together.  Well, with Paper Pumpkin, we even provide the mojo!

With our kits, you have everything you need in one box. You’ll get:

  • An expertly-designed project
  • All the supplies to complete the project, pre-cut and ready to go
  • Step-by-step instructions (including a video)
  • Something new and different every month

So no waiting! Whether it’s a late Mother’s Day gift (hey – order it now, and give her the activation code in her card, at dinner!), a birthday gift, or a treat for yourself, go ahead!  ORDER NOW!


PCC243 Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Welcome to PCC243 Paper Craft Crew Challenge!  

We have another great sketch for you this week;  have a look.

PCC243 Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Remember that the sketch is a guideline; you can change the orientation, or change the shapes. For example, you could make the circle into a square, or even a butterfly!

Beautiful You

For my card, I stayed with the sketch layout, and used the Beautiful You stamp set.

PCC243 Paper Craft Crew Challenge

I was so happy when I found out that this Beautiful You stamp set IS carrying over into the new catalogue!  It’s definitely been a very popular set. It’s too bad that we have to say good-bye to the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. Hopefully you were able to grab an extra stack, like I did, before it sold out!


I kept my colours simple; Delightful Dijon and Whisper White cardstock, along with the Serene Scenery DSP.  I stamped the dancing lady image in Memento Black ink onto the Whisper White panel, then used my Watercolour Pencils and Blender pen for colouring.  I used Rich Razzleberry for her dress and hat.  Then I scribbled some Basic Gray onto my Grid Paper, and picked it up with the Blender Pen to add some shadowing.  Rays of sunshine were added using the Daffodil Delight pencil.

PCC243 Paper Craft Crew Challenge

You can barely see it, but I did put a layer of Delightful Dijon cardstock underneath my stamped panel; I kept it to a 1/8″ margin – just enough for it to peek past the white.  I attached a length of Burlap Ribbon behind the image panel, after cutting banner tails in each end.  For the sentiment I stamped on Whisper White in Memento Black ink, and used the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch. It’s attached in top of a banner of the same pattern DSP, and anchored to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  To finish off the card, I added 3 sequins from the colourful Sprinkles Embellishments from the Occasions Catalogue.

Your Turn!

Now it’s your turn to create a card, and link up for the challenge! First you’ll want to check out the rest of the Design Team’s terrific projects on the Paper Craft Crew blog.  Then you may be our next Top Pick!  Good luck to you!

Don’t forget that the Retiring Products sale is still on – there’s still time to order your stamp sets before they’re all gone!



Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

You know that I just had to get the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle! I couldn’t imagine having those wonderful stamp images, and not being able to die cut and layer them 🙂  I always like to take advantage of the bundles offered by Stampin’ Up!.  You know you’re going to be saving money, and c’mon admit it – you don’t like fussy cutting all that much! 😉

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

In case you missed my previous post, this is what’s included in the Premier Bundle:

Very Versatile Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

You get not only the stamp sets and thinlits, you’ll also get the Designer Series Paper, Cardstock Pack, Tassels, Stickers, and 3 New In Colours!  Plus – 2 free items – a package each of the Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and the NEW Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock!

I’ve been having fun creating with the new bundle.  I made this new card today.

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle


This card highlights the new In Colour Fresh Fig. I love this colour – it reminds me of the retired Blackberry Bliss ink, although not quite as dark. The great thing about these thinlits is that there’s almost innumerable combinations of layers that you can make.  For this card, I used 2 thinlits, both which cut out the petal shapes.  After die cutting with the Big Shot and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits using the Precision Base Plate, I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner in Versamark and Fresh Fig ink, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and used the Heat Tool to emboss it.  On the Fresh Fig cardstock, I stamped the small petal shape in Versamark ink and repeated the embossing process.  I did the same with the diamond image stampe on the bottom of the card front. I layered this piece of Very Vanilla cardstock over a panel of Fresh Fig cardstock, popping it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

Isn’t it great how you can create such dimension with the die cuts?!  The 1/8″ Ribbon in Gold, a Gold Tassel and the gold Vinyl Sticker in the middle of the die cut, finish off the card perfectly.

Bonus – Free Class

As a ‘thank you’ to you for purchasing the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle from me, you will be invited to a FREE CLASS where we will be creating 3 cards, using the supplies in your bundle! You bring your bundle, and I’ll supply the adhesives, ribbon and step-by-step instructions.  If you’re not able to attend in person, I will email you the instructions!  And if you purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle, you can still attend the class, for the small fee of $10. You’ll be able to use my Eastern Medallion Thinlits, ribbon, adhesives and receive the step-by-step instructions.


These special bundles are available only until May 31st, so don’t delay!  Click on the images below to place your order, or contact me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca