January 21, 2018

Party Pandas meets December Paper Pumpkin!

Good Morning! As I write this post, we've still had negative numbers for temperatures here in Maine this week. We've had a long bout of it this winter and I have been in recluse mode. If I absolutely don't have to go out, I haven't been! So what a perfect time to get some stamping done. 

I had a few pieces of the December Paper Pumpkin Kit left so I wanted to finish that up and call it done. My January kit should be here in a few days so I wanted to be ready for my new box.  I got on the bandwagon like many of you and used my Party Pandas stamp set on this project:

There are less green die-cut leaves in the Lemon Lime Twist color because I had cut some off for another project. I added some of the tan leaves to fill up my square a little bit more. The pandas were stamped and hand-cut and then glued in place:

The only other product I added to the mix was the Calypso Coral Cardstock card base that measures 9-1/2" x 4-1/4". I scored in the center at 4-3/4" and folded in half. The remaining layers are all from the kit. When gluing the pandas in place, I used Tombow Multipurpose Glue so that they would stick to the glimmer paper in the background. I positioned them where I wanted and placed a heavy punch on top of them for weight. Once they sat for while, they were stuck for good!

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January 20, 2018

Create with Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop!

It's almost the end of January and I'm still hoping for a spring thaw ANYTIME now! It has been extremely cold this year in Maine. The end of January also brings us closer to Valentines Day and that's what we are all creating for our Saturday Blog Hop at Create with Connie & Mary. I chose to mix hearts and fruit for my card today:

The Tutti Fruiti Designer Paper is so pretty that I paired it with two other products from the Occasions Catalog. I used the Fruit Basket stamp set and the coordinating Itty Bitty Fruit Punches and threw in a few hearts from the Sure Do Love You stamp set. Here's the close-up photo of the stamped details:

Card Layers:
  • Real Red Cardstock: 11" x 4-1/4". Score and fold at 5-1/2".
  • Layer #2: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4". Glue to card base.
  • Layer #3: Tutti Fruit Designer Paper 5" x 3-3/4". Glue to card front.
  • Layer #4: Whisper White Cardstock 3-3/4" x 2-1/4". Stamp the basket using Real Red Ink and use a Blender Pen to color using the inked lines. Add the handle to the basket using Early Espresso Ink. Using an Exacto knife, cut a slit at the very top of the basket. Set aside.
  • Layer #5: Cut (2) pieces of Real Red Cardstock measuring 3-3/4" x 1". Use the Ticket Tear Border Punch on one long side of each cardstock piece. Glue to the underside of the stamped layer. Glue stamped layer to card front about 1" from the bottom.
  • Sentiment: Stamp the sentiment using Early Espresso Ink on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 3-3/4" wide. Cut as skinny as you can around the sentiment. Glue below the basket layer.
  • Hearts: Stamp two hearts using Real Red Ink on Whisper White Cardstock from the Sure Do Love You stamp set. Cut out with the dies and glue in place as shown on the photo.
  • Fruit: Stamp and cut (2) strawberries and (4) pears using Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry Inks. The pears are first stamped on a piece of scrap paper and stamped a 2nd time without re-inking. Use the punches to cut out each fruit and glue some tucked into the basket and some beside the heart.
  • Bling: Add a few heart-shaped Brights Enamel Shapes to the background.
Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Fruit Basket, Sure Do Love You
  • Inks: Early Espresso, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Crushed Curry
  • Cardstock: Real Red,Whisper White
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Fruit Punch, Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies, Ticket Tear Border Punch
  • Accessories: Brights Enamel Shapes
  • DSP: Tutti Fruiti
Now you can follow the rest of the Saturday Blog Hop
by clicking on the links below to visit my talented teammates!
Click PREVIOUS to visit Libby and NEXT to visit Melissa:


January 19, 2018

Control Freaks January Blog Hop!

Welcome to the January Control Freaks Blog Hop! If you just arrived here from Wendy Weixler's  blog, didn't she have some fabulous projects to show you? We are all featuring projects using products from the Occasions and/or Sale-A-Bration Catalogs. I will direct you to the next stop in the blog hop at the bottom of my post.

I created three cards this month focusing on the new Brusho Crystal Colours. All of the cards are using backgrounds that I had created for a video that I posted a few weeks ago so it was easy to plop them all on a card base and add more layers. Here's the group photo:

The first card uses the Epic Celebrations stamp set which you can earn for FREE in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. I also added in some Brusho Crystal Colors for the splattered background:

To achieve the splatter in the center, I sprinkled the Brusho where I wanted the color and carefully added just a few soft squirts of water so the Brusho wouldn't spread too much. I like the way it looks paired with the Glitter Enamel Dots that I added in the background:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Epic Celebrations
  • Inks: Brusho Crystal Colours, Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Tools: Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Spritzer, Paper Snips

Card #2 uses the Heart Happiness stamp set, Sure Do Love You stamp set, and Brusho Crystal Colours:

I also stamped the background using VersaMark Ink and the swirly image is from the Falling Flowers stamp set. I sprinkled White Embossing Powder and melted the powder with my Heat Tool. The Brusho was sprinkled after I wet my cardstock on the bottom and left-hand side of the cardstock layer. To finish off my card I added Metallic Enamel Shapes in the background:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Heart Happiness, Sure Do Love You, Falling Flowers
  • Inks: Brusho Crystal Colours, Perfect Plum, VersaMark
  • Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes
  • Tools: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies, Paper Snips, Spritzer

For my final card, I created a rainbow with the Brusho and then stamped with Basic Black Ink. The Waterfront stamp set was perfect for the scenery I created:

I love the cute scenery I created with just the black ink. It really stands out against the rainbow colors:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Waterfront
  • Inks: Brusho, Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
  • Tools: Spritzer
I will now send you off to visit Dawn Olchefske, I know she'll have some awesome projects to show you. Make sure you take to whole hop to visit all of my teammates!

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Paper Pumpkin January 2018 Kit & Alternative Projects!

Oh how much fun is this new January Paper Pumpkin Kit? I actually created a video the moment I sat down to open my box and created away! I created the two projects following the directions and I've added four Alternative ideas too! First let's look at the two projects made exactly like the kit:

I didn't photograph the inside of the cards but the front opens to reveal a pocket on the inside and an angled front flap. You'll see that in the projects below.

For my first Alternative Project, I used the guts from the punched out sentiment pieces to create an Eclipse card:

I love the way this turned out. I added some small hearts cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies.

The next project was modified by cutting off the flap in the front to make this pocket card:

I again added additional hearts by using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies.

A smaller version of the pocket card above was made for my third project to resemble a pull out tag. The tag can be used as is on a gift or you could also glue it to the front of a regular sized card:

And this is how the two pieces look like when the pull-out section is removed:

My final project is a corner bookmark. This was an idea that came to mind when I first opened my kit. When I saw the corner pocket, my little light bulb went off to create a bookmark. I added a panda from the Party Panda's stamp set that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

I created a new video on YouTube to show you how to create all f these projects. You can view the video here:

And I am also posting the Stampin' Up! video:

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January 18, 2018

3D Thursday & FREE Project Sheet!

It's Happy Valentine's day today at 3D Thursday. My teammate Twila Davis from Stamp A Little Longer made this super-cute Pop-Up Box Of Love project for us this week: 

The Party Pandas stamp set was so perfect for this project. Did you know you can earn this stamp set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration? Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st. All you need to do is place a $50 order and it's yours!

The Pop Of Pink Designer Paper that she used can also be found in the Clearance Rack. The price is down from $13.00 to $3.90. What a steal!

The lid slides over the Panda and hearts so that they are flat inside the box, but once you slide it open, they all pop up! How exciting for the recipient!

And here's the FREE Project Sheet you can click on or the link below:



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Stampin' Dreams January Blog Hop!

Welcome to our January Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop! This month we are all featuring projects with a "Love Theme". Once you read my post, I'll direct you to the next person in the hop.

My projects for today have a little story to them. I was asked to teach at a birthday party consisting of 8 year-old girls and to try to get them done in an hour. My granddaughter Kaitlynn loves to stamp and she's nine so I was able to judge how simple to make the projects to keep things flowing. I decided to use the Party Panda's combined with the Heart Happiness stamp sets to create a coordinating card and treat box:

By the time the girls passed all the heart stamps around to complete the two backgrounds, there was quite a bit of ink being shared on the fingertips.  First up is my card:

Now who wouldn't love this panda bear? Is it the cutest?

All of the same layers were added to the treat box. I cut all of the pieces ahead of time and added Tear & Tape to the tabs so all the girls had to do was stamp and glue. The box is from the new Lots To Love Box Dies and it comes together so easily. The other layers coordinated with the card:

The Mom who invited me to the class supplied the girls with treats to add to their boxes to take home with them. The two projects took slightly longer than an hour to complete but all in all, we all had a good time!

Thanks so much for visiting me today. I will now direct you to the next person participating in the blog hop. You are currently visiting my blog, Debbie Henderson, so click on the name below mine to go to the next blog. Happy blog hopping!

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January 17, 2018

Paper Pumpkin #redboxchallenge!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin is hosting a "Red Box Challenge"!  

Take the Red Box Challenge! Happy New Year,everyone! The Paper Pumpkin team is especially excited for 2018, and we have two great reasons: 
(1) This year’s kits are amazing; 
(2) We’ve decided to kick off 2018 with a super fun giveaway. We ’re calling it
the Red Box Challenge, and it’s easy to get in on the fun!

Simply put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit - or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge hash-tag and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Now, we think all of our kits are wonderful and amazing--but our random drawing winners will receive the upcoming Paper Pumpkin fifth anniversary March kit. Think: Gorgeous and collectible. Everyone is going to want one. AND the winners will get it in their mailbox before anyone else . Sound fun? Check out the terms and conditions at the bottom of my post,then start crafting your Red Box Challenge project today!

Note: Some project ideas will be selected from the entries and featured in Paper Pumpkin’s monthly newsletter and on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. Past alternative Paper Pumpkin projects you’ve created and posted on social media are not eligible for this contest.

And without further adieu, this is the project I created for the #redboxchallenge :

I decided to alter the Paper Pumpkin Box from the past kit from November 2017 which was called Back In Plaid. I had two kits for November so I broke into my second box for this project. If you follow me regularly, you know that I had also altered the box from the coordinating October Kit. These boxes are just too pretty to part with. Here are some more photo's so you can see all of the detail:

And these are the additional Stampin' Up! products I used:
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock
  • Lemon Lime Twist 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper cut with the Flourish Thinlits Dies
  • Watercolor Wings Stamp Set
  • Calypso Coral Ink
  • Lemon Lime Twist Ink
  • Handle
So yes, you read that correctly. I added a carrying handle at the top of the box for some interest. The handle is screwed to the inside flap of the box with two screws once I poked two holes through the lid. Isn't that neat?

The ribbon was glued around all four sides of the box using Tear & Tape, over the Calypso Coral Cardstock and I also added a triple bow on top of the box. The Glimmer Paper die-cut leaves are so pretty in person as well as the beautiful stamped and die-cut butterfly:

Don't forget as a subscriber, you can still purchase past kits and enter the #redboxchallenge :

Additional Supplies Used:
Misc: Handle

Red Box Challenge Rules (Terms and Conditions)
Ready to take the Red Box Challenge? Here are the rules! By using the hashtag #redboxchallenge with your entry, you agree to the terms and conditions below:

  • Choose a past Paper Pumpkin kit (any kit prior to January 2018) and create an alternate project. 
  • If you wish, you may use other Stampin’ Up! products to enhance your creation.
  • Post a photo of your past kit alternative project on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #redboxchallenge
  • One entry per person.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter the drawing. Open to everyone. No purchase necessary. Submissions must be posted by January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM (MT). Ten winners will be randomly selected from the entries.
  • Winners will be notified by email or instant message no later than February 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM (MT).
  • The March Paper Pumpkin kit prize is valued at $19.95USD/$26.95CAD.
  • By submitting an image of your project with the hashtag #redboxchallenge, you are giving Stampin’ Up! permission to use, post, and share the image in Stampin’ Up! publications.
  • Spread the word about the Red Box Challenge, and have a blast putting a new twist on a past kit! Good luck! 

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January 16, 2018

Petal Passion Designer Paper Times Twelve!

Hi Stampers! Today we are going to play with designer paper. The Petal Passion Designer Paper is all black & white and comes in 12 different patterns. See what I did here with all 12 patterns?

I created 12 identical cards and added some color to all of the designer paper layers!

I stuck with the same ink colors to create a set of 12 coordinating cards. The ink colors I used are:
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Powder Pink
  • Daffodil Delight
I dipped my Aqua Painter into the lid of the ink pads and swished the color on some of the white parts of the designer paper layers. Here are the first six cards, with the angled cut from left to right:

And the next six cards show the designer paper angled in the opposite direction and I'll explain how I created the angled cuts, you'll be amazed....I promise!

Although you see 12 different patterns on each card, I only used 6 pieces of designer paper total for all 12 cards. How is that possible? I started with six different pieces of patterned paper that measured 5-1/4" x 4". Now don't forget that all of our Stampin' Up! designer papers have two patterns on each sheet. I cut each piece like so:

Once the designer paper is cut in half at an angle, flip one piece over and welcome to the second patterned side of the sheet. You now have 12 angled pieces to use on the card bases. Here are the layers I used:
  • All card bases are Basic Black Cardstock 11" x 4-1/4". Score at 5-1/2" and fold.
  • Layer #2 is the angled designer paper. I used my ink pads and Aqua Painter to add color to each sheet and glued to the top leaving 1/4" around all three sides.
  • Layer #3: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/2" x 1". Stamp a sentiment in the center and glue to card front. Trim the excess on both sides. 
  • Branches: Cut two branches for each card. For the cards with Wild Wasabi Ink I added one branch cut with Wild Wasabi Cardstock and one with Vellum Cardstock. For the cards with no Wild Wasabi Ink, I added two branches cut with Vellum Cardstock. Tuck and glue under the sentiment layer. Repeat for each card.
  • Ribbon: Tie the Silver Baker's Twine into a bow and glue to the top of the branches. Repeat for each card.
This was so much fun and I know you'll love it too!

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