Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Halloween Treats using Paper Pumpkin (and a sneak peek!)

When I got last month's Paper Pumpkin, I thought there would be a very good chance that I would use the little boxes for Halloween Treats, and here are my first two to show you!

Once I purchased the Spooky Fun Stamp Set with the coordinating Designer Series Paper and matching Baker's Twine, it all came together for me.  You can purchase these products on Sept. 1st in the new Holiday Catalog.

This stamp set is so fun.  Jack-O-Lanterns, bats, spiders, ghosts, witches, and tombstones ~ and I love the greetings and fonts that go with it.  You can even purchase it with Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies in a bundle and save 10% on the set.

The DSP is called Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  It's black, white, and Pumpkin Pie, with a couple of sheets with a special metallic design.  The Baker's Twine is Pumpkin Pie/Basic Black and Basic Gray/Basic Black twisted together.

Since the boxes have copper dots and flecks, I decided to stamp this "bootiful treat" stamp with Versamark ink and heat emboss it with Copper Embossing Powder.  The copper and white Washi Tape comes in the Affectionately Yours Suite.  I fit a couple of these Mini Twix into each box :-)

Won't these make fun little Halloween treats for someone?  I will be creating more tags with the rest of the stamps in the set as well.

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  If you haven't tried it yet, we are having a BOGO sale right now.  Yep, buy one mont/get one month free.  And with the holidays coming up, there are always some really cute projects in the Paper Pumpkin kits.  Now would be a good time to try it out.

If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly crafting kit that comes to you in the mail.  It is all-inclusive.  Everything you need will be supplied (with the exception of scissors) ~ ink, stamps, adhesives, paper, embellishments -- it's all in there.  You can make the projects as their directions guide you, or you can use the materials in your own creative ways.  There are always many alternative ideas posted on the internet.  The kits run $19.95/month.  You can subscribe for as many months as you want and you can cancel it at any time.  Give it a try!  There is nothing to lose!  You even get a clear mounting block for the stamps in your first kit.  Check it all out at paperpumpkin.com and give it a whirl.  

Have a great day.  Go stamp something fun!  


Monday, August 22, 2016

Peace, Warmth, and Cheer This Christmas

Christmas cards are popping up all over the internet.  With the new 2016 Holiday Catalog in the hands of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators everywhere, there are many wonderful projects being shared daily.  Just a few more days and you will be able to order from this catalog too!  How exciting!!

I was inspired by Linda Heller in Stamping School to put this Christmas card together.  It went together easily, which is a wonderful thing when you are making multiples of one card.  Even so, there are several elements to it, so let me walk you through it...

I started with a Basic Black base, 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2" for a top fold card.

Next I embossed a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Garden Green with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.

I glued a 2" x 4" piece of DSP (from the new Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack, page 13 in the Holiday Catalog) to the bottom of the green.

I added a 1/4" x 4" strip of Gold Glimmer Paper and wrapped a length of Gold Cord Trim around it. (In case you are wondering, the Gold Cord was in last year's catalog.  There is a new gold Baker's Twine coming out in the Holiday Catalog that looks awesome and much easier to handle!)

With Layering Circles Framelits I cut a Basic Black scalloped piece and a Whisper White circle.  I stamped the sentiment from Peace This Christmas (Annual Catalog) in Garden Green and added a little gold star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.  This was secured to the card with Dimensionals.

I tied a bow with another length of cord and glued the finished front to the base card.

On the inside I stamped the other sentiment from Peace This Christmas and added a green pine bough with three gold Glimmer Paper dots.

Peace This Christmas comes in Wood or Clear Mount stamps.  It coordinates perfectly with our This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  But I love that the stamps that can be used with so many different Christmas products.

You can get this stamp set now of course, but you will be able to order from the Holiday Catalog beginning Sept. 1st.  If you place an order with me and let me know that you would like a Holiday Catalog, I will send you one free of charge.  

Have fun stamping!


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seaside Shore for PPA 314

I let my imagination go with this sketch for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week!    ~ Can you see it?

I haven't had this stamp set very long and was eager to use it.  I love the little fish and underwater images and the way it all pairs up with the By the Shore DSP.  Takes me back to my high school days in Hawaii with LOTS of time spent on the beach and in the ocean!

My color scheme:  Basic Gray, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, and Calypso Coral.

I stamped the fish, anchor, and seaweed onto Very Vanilla and fussy cut them out, which was very easy to do.  I punched a hole in the anchor top and tied a length of Very Vanilla thick Baker's Twine to it.  I secured the other end between the DSP and Dapper Denim layers with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and used Dimensionals to lift up all but one fish.

Inside, I stamped the fun sentiment that comes with the set and added a bit of seaweed and starfish.

The finished card is 5" square.  I used Dapper Denim Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope to fit.

You can see all of the entries at palspaperarts.com, and play along if you are so inspired!  I hope you'll give it a try!

If you are not yet working with a Demonstrator, I would love to help you with that!  You can reach me any time by email at karenshallam@gmail.com, or you can contact me through this blog by clicking on the Contact Me button at the top of the post.  I look forward to hearing from you!  If you would like to purchase any of the products that I've used on my project, you can click on the items below to link directly to my online store.  It's easy as that!   

Until next time, have fun stamping!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Apple Card for the Teacher

A few days ago I posted a picture and directions to a small milk carton container that I decorated to give to a teacher friend of mine on the first day of school.  (See that post here.) That day is tomorrow, so I've made a card to go with it.  She'll be surprised to get this fun gift in her teacher box among all kinds of paper and beginning-of-the-year documents (so not fun!)  I filled the box with miniature Twix, so even better! After her first day with kindergartners, she will appreciate the chocolate!! I know this from personal experience ~ LOL!

I used the hostess stamp set, Time of Year, on my card.  It's a great greeting set that takes you through all kinds of occasions.  You can get this set for free with a $150 workshop order or personal order.  This is what it looks like ~

Isn't it great?  I know I will use this one a lot!  I heat embossed the "time of year" stamp using white embossing powder on Cucumber Crush cardstock and cropped it out with one of the framelits from Bunch of Banners Framelit Dies ~

The DSP is from Fruit Stand.  The base is Cucumber Crush.  I used a Stampin' Write Marker to draw the little dashes around the greeting panel, and I added a bow with Cucumber Thick Baker's Twine. The time of year banner is lifted up with Dimensionals.  

On the envelope, I cut and glued three of the apples from a scrap of the paper.

I'm getting this post out late on Wednesday afternoon.  I have a card to share with you tomorrow morning that I will be submitting to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  So I hope you'll come back tomorrow and check that out.  

See you then!


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