Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Frights and Delights


Welcome to our September 2018 #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our Paper Pumpkin kit this month is called Frights and Delights. It came with supplies to make 24 spooky-cute treat bags, 8 each of 3 different designs! Most months the kits contain cards...which I *love*, but I really prefer the treat packaging kit for Halloween.


You can watch a replay of a livestream of me unboxing and assembling this month's kit according to the package instructions, on my Facebook Business Page by either clicking the image above, or clicking HERE.

Before I tell you about my alternates for this month, PURR-lease promise me you'll scroll down below the Blog Roll for this post, and checkout my PROJECT Pay-PURR Pumpkin Fundraiser to benefit a cat rescue and shelter local to me, the Fundraiser only runs through September 30th!


Once again, I tried to stay as close to the kit contents as I could. I managed to add only Highland Heather Cardstock, a Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad, and the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, to make these projects! {see Product Purchase links below Blog Roll}


Both projects feature a repeating pattern using most of the images that came in this month's Paper Pumpkin stamp set! I'll show you how I did that below, but you can see the pattern most clearly on the background of the card.


To make the repeating pattern, I simply arranged the stamps on the clear block in a way that worked for me, and inked it up. I used Highland Heather ink on the projects, but I've inked up the images in black here, to give them better contrast for the picture. Another trick that I use, is to stamp a "master" sheet of the pattern once I've gotten the layout right. I store the "master" sheet with my stamps, and all I have to do if I want to repeat it, is lay the stamps over the pattern, and press the block back down over all of them. Voila...I've got the same pattern I used before!


For the greeting, I used one of the foldover tag toppers included in the kit, I just left it flat instead of folding it over. I mostly covered the score mark with the die cut bat from the kit, so it's barely noticeable unless you look for it. The tag topper is longer than the width of the card, so I trimmed the end off a bit. AND, I kept that little piece to use on the bag! I'll show you what I mean below.


For the bag, I added a piece of Highland Heather Cardstock cut to 2-1/8" x 6-3/4", scored at 1-1/2", and 5-1/4". I'll do a video for you on My Facebook Business Page later and link it here, but you basically stamp on that piece, tuck it into the bag, punch a couple of holes through the whole thing, and tie a bow through it with some of the fabulous Black & Silver Baker's Twine that came in the kit.


Here's the part where I used the trimmed piece from the tag topper. You can see the bit I cut off. I turned that OVER and used the plain white side. I just eyeballed it when I trimmed it, and it happened to be the perfect size for the image that says "TREATS for you". However, if you want to measure, it looks like it was about 9/16" that was cut away. I stamped the greeting, then used my Paper Snips to cut in the little angles on the sides of the tag.


You can see a little view of that same stamped pattern from the card front, on the cardstock inside the bag. Again, the pattern was already set up on the block from the card, so this project was super quick.


And finally, because you can see through the bag, I wanted to stamp the same pattern on the back of the cardstock piece. Like I said, the pattern was already set up on the stamp, it took like a half second to stamp it...so why not??

Stampin' Supplies: September 2018 Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin Kit, Highland Heather Cardstock, Highland Heather ink pad, 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Simply Shammy, Grid Paper, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring). Optional: Take Your Pick Tool

NEXT UP: Click the Next button below to see Dena's "spooky" projects! If you have any problems navigating the hop, there is also a Blog Roll listed below for your convenience.


SEPTEMBER 2018 BLOG ROLL




PROJECT Pay-PURR Pumpkin is a Fundraiser I'm doing to benefit a local cat rescue & shelter, called Look What the Cat Brought In. The Fundraiser features the 1-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription, but anything you order can count towards my 25% donation when you shop My Online Store, and apply the Host Code FD3NKA2S during checkout, as long as your order is finalized
no later than 11:50pm MT September 30th.

Just click the PROJECT Pay-PURR Pumpkin kitty image, or the link, for step-by-step ordering information. Thanks for your support!

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If you are in the US and you want to get a hard copy of the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018 HOLIDAY Catalog, drop me an email with your mailing address, and we can get that coordinated!

SEPTEMBER Monthly Perks Host Code: BSFXB2BD
(if your order total equals or exceeds $150, please do NOT use the Monthly Perks Host Code...you will have earned Stampin' Rewards of your own!)

Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
CLEARANCE RACK (Up to 60% OFF Retired Product)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (Annual Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (HOLIDAY Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Global Stamping Friends Extraordinary Blog Hop - 2018 Holiday Catalog


Welcome to the September 2018 Extraordinary Edition of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, featuring Stampin' Up!'s newly debuted Holiday Catalog! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Note: I can only sell to customers in the US, so any prices are in USD)

We generally hop the first Friday of each month, but today is an additional hop! I actually have not yet taken the opportunity to order from the Holiday Catalog, but I still wanted to feature a "holiday" project:
(see specific Product Purchase Links below the Blog Roll)


I'm having some browser issues, so more pictures of this project will be coming up shortly. My computer is still on Windows XP and Firefox has finally ended even their Extended Service Release versions, so I just need to buckle down and get a new computer. Right now, it seems like I have to close my browser while I deal with my pictures...the programs aren't playing well together.


I really love the Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green together for Halloween projects, especially with the black and white contrasting highlights. I think the circles in the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, the little Gorgeous Grape punched circles, and even the eyes of the bats and the ghost, really do a great job pulling the whole card together.


I wanted to get some pictures to show you how I made this project, but since I'm running so late as it is, I think I'll save that for a Facebook Livestream! I'll come back in on this post and add a link to that video after I'm able to do it, so you check it out. Hopefully you can see just from the pictures how I punched Whisper White Cardstock using the Pretty Label Punch, and tore part off to make the ghost. And then I punched Basic Black Cardstock with the Pretty Label Punch, and took some "bites" out of it with the same punch, to get the bat shape. Then I used the two different sized little circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch for the eyes on each creature, and also to punch some Gorgeous Grape dots for embellishments.


While you're waiting for me to get that video link posted, you can check out the Halloween (and other holiday) stamp sets and supplies in the Holiday Catalog. Click below to view or download the PDF, or just kick back with your favorite digital device and browse my Online Store.

Holiday Catalog PDF (approximately 11.2MB)

Stampin' Supplies: Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, Gorgeous Grape Cardstock, Granny Apple Green Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock, Pretty Label Punch, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, Polka Dot Basics embossing folder, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer (for cutting & scoring). (see Product Purchase Links below the Blog Roll)

If you are in the US and you want to get a hard copy of the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018 HOLIDAY Catalog, drop me an email with your mailing address, and we can get that coordinated!

Click the Next arrow below to see Rachel's Holiday Catalog creations!
(or check out the Blog Roll below the arrow for navigation)


2018 SEPTEMBER - HOLIDAY CATALOG BLOG HOP


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Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


SEPTEMBER Monthly Perks Code: BSFXB2BD
(if your order total equals or exceeds $150, please do NOT use the Monthly Perks Host Code...you will have earned Stampin' Rewards of your own!)

Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
CLEARANCE RACK (Up to 60% OFF Retired Product)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (Annual Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (HOLIDAY Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)


~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Color Combo Blog Hop - September 2018


These colors just SCREAM Halloween to me!!! I haven't purchased any products yet from the 2018 Holiday Catalog, so I had to make do with some Annual Catalog supplies. The star of this project is the Envelope Punch Board, with a little assist from the NEW Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. {see Product Purchase Links below Blog Roll}


Below you'll find a closeup of the face. This card uses several Circle Punches to make it fast and easy. You could just cut them freehand if you want, but that might make your card look a little more creepy than cute! I used the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker brush tip to squiggle the mouth lines, and I used the pen tip of the same marker to doodle the "stitches".


As you can see below, I stamped the Trick or Treat greeting from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set on this Franken-monster's "hair". I wanted to mention that I strongly recommend getting the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set in wood-mount. Once you mount them, you are good to go forever...just take your time and line up the rubber image square with the wood block and you'll always have an easy time stamping it straight. The clear-mount stamps are also just SO easy to lose when they are this small.


I stamped that Trick or Treat greeting a few times with full strength Gorgeous Grape ink, and then I went back and filled in with several more of the greeting, in stamped off ink, and even stamped off twice ink. I cut his hair freehand...after taking a pencils and drawing in approximate lines on the back of the card stock. I really want to show you how I made this card, it's SUPER EASY if you have the Envelope Punch Board to make the little bumps on the side of his head, and also to round all the corners. But I'm not feeling great, so I'll have to try to get those directions posted later.


UPDATE: You can find the replay of a Livestream showing you how to make this card on my Facebook Business Page...click for the VIDEO HERE!

Stampin' Supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, Garden Green Cardstock, Old Olive Cardstock, Gorgeous Grape Cardstock & ink, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 1-1/2" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer (for cutting & scoring). (see Product Purchase Links below the Blog Roll)

If you are in the US and you want to get a hard copy of the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018 HOLIDAY Catalog, drop me an email with your mailing address, and we can get that coordinated!


SEPTEMBER 2018 BLOG ROLL

Stampin' Supplies Product Purchase Links:



SEPTEMBER Monthly Perks Code: BSFXB2BD
(if your order total equals or exceeds $150, please do NOT use the Monthly Perks Host Code...you will have earned Stampin' Rewards of your own!)

Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
CLEARANCE RACK (Up to 60% OFF Retired Product)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (Annual Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (HOLIDAY Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)

~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
procrastistamper@gmail.com
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