Paper Pumpkin for the Holidays

Welcome to this month's installment of the Jacksonville Starz Blog Hop. This month we are doing our first Sketch Challenge.

Here is the sketch...                          ...and here is my interpretation.

The majority of my card is created out of various pieces from the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit. The only parts that are NOT from the kit are the Large Oval Punch, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White cardstock, and the Playful Polka Dots embossing folder. Everything else is from the kit!

To create this card, I randomly stamped the snowflake with Lost Lagoon along the top of a Whisper White card base. The Lost Lagoon cardstock is embossed with the Playful Polka Dots embossing folder. I took one of the Snowflake cards and cut one of the snowflakes off. I also stamped the Happy Holidays greeting on the scraped card and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. I attached one of the lost lagoon snowflakes to the big blue snowflake and cut off the excess. Then I used the little circles (scraps) from the foil reinforcements to further embellish the snowflake.

Simply Snowflake Refill Kit
Simply Snowflake Refill Kit
  • Photopolymer stamp set
  • Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Spot (mini ink pad)
  • 8 Blue die-cut snowflake cards
  • 8 White snowflake cut-outs 
  • 30 Die-cut snowflakes (15 blue, 15 silver foil)
  • 24 Die-cut tags (12 blue, 12 white)
  • 8 White squares (2" x 2")
  • 24 Silver foil tag reinforcers
  • 8 White envelopes
  • Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine (10 yds) 
  • 50 Adhesive-backed rhinestones
  • 3/8" Silver Metallic Washi Tape (3 yds) 
  • 100 Adhesive dots 
This video shows how to put the cards and tags together as they were originally designed to be. However, I see so many possibilities with this kit! 

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order the refill kit for only $7.95. If you are not a subscriber, there is no better time to sign up. Sign up by December 10th in order to get this month's kit. Simply click the Paper Pumpkin Tab at the top of the page in order to sign up. You can even order 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month pre-paid subscriptions through my online store. You can find these listed under kits. These prepaid subscriptions would make an awesome gift for your crafty friends and family!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed my card. Please leave a comment and follow my blog. I have big plans for 2015. Now hop on over to "All Kinds of Crafting with Amy". 


Tis the Season

It is that time of year, and I am going to try to post a new holiday card every week until Christmas. 4 weeks = 4 cards! For my first card I used another Mojo Monday sketch.  

The Designer Series Paper is from the Trim the Tree Stack Pack. The cardstock is Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green. The Noel is cut from the Wondrous Wreath framelits. I searched all over the place for my Gold Foil paper, but I couldn't find it anywhere, so I had to work around it. I used a gold sharpie and colored a section of whisper white cardstock. Here's a better picture of the shine. Sorry, its a little fuzzy. I really need to work on my photography skills.


Creative Challenges!

Welcome to this month's installment of the Jacksonville Starz Monthly Blog Hop. This month we decided to do a color challenge.

Even though I helped pick out the colors, I really had a hard time coming up with something, not to mention I had a creative block. I also found out that my Basic Gray Ink Pad is dried out, and I don't have any refill for it! :( I guess I know what I'll be ordering in the near future!

Anyway, I paid a visit to one of my favorite challenge blogs Mojo Monday to help get the creative juices flowing. Mojo Monday plus Jax Starz Color Challege equals this super simple cute card.

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I hope you liked my card. Please leave a comment before you head over to Lee's blog!

Also, don't forget to check out the rest of the Jacksonville's shining Starz: Lee ConreyAmanda SevallMaria Willis, and Sheilah Stamper


Happy Hauntings

Welcome to the Jacksonville STARZ Blog Hop. This month our theme is Halloween.  Pinterest is just booming with ideas for Halloween, which led me to create these "Pinspired" projects.

The card is "Pinspired" by Lynn Pratt & Karen Morris. I really love how the tombstones turned out. I changed Lynn's original card by changing the coloration and making the tombstone haunted by a ghost instead of a bat. I used Karen's technique to create the bats using the Butterfly punches.

For instructions on how to recreate this card Click Here

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These cute little Monster Treat Boxes are "Pinspired" by Debbie Henderson. I must admit that I had no intention of purchasing the Curvy Keepsake thinlit, but after seeing the creative things that Debbie did with it, I couldn't resist. Even my husband loves these little guys!!!

I used the 3/4" circle punch for the eyes and eyelids.

Frankenstein's nose is the scrap left over from the handle of the Curvy Keepsake Box. His pupils are made from the 1/2" Circle Punch. I created his hair using the Large Oval punch with little triangles cut out of it. I finished up his mouth and stitches with a Black Stamp'n Write Marker.

Dracula's teeth are the tips of the Pennant Punch, and his nose and pupils are from the owl punch (since I still had it out from making the card). I cut a scrap piece of Basic Black with the Curvy Keepsake thinlit, and then I used a 1" circle punch to shape his widow's peak. I finished\up by giving him bloodshot eyes and bloody fangs with a Real Red Stamp'n Write marker. I can't wait to make more creatures!

I hope you enjoyed these "Pinspired" projects. Now make sure you click the next button, so you can check out Amy's awesome creation!!!

If you missed any of the other Jacksonville STARZ fabulous crafts, please make sure you check them out.
Amanda Sevall
Priscilla Thoreson
Maria Willis
Amy Unick
Lee Conrey
Susan Best


Stamp, Stock, & Save

For those of you who do not know, October 4th is "World Card Making Day", and Stampin' Up! is so excited about it, that we're having a ridiculous 15% off sale on some of your favorite products! From October 1-6 , you'll be able to purchase select ink, paper, envelops, and adhesive-all at a 15% discount! Select stamps are 20%!

To top off the savings, I will be offering additional free shipping on orders of $50 or more placed at my World Card Making Day Event on October 4th! 

Click HERE to see a PDF of all the great deals!
  • Deadline is Monday, October 6, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT)


New Snowflake Card Thinlit

I spent my Labor Day weekend making cards with the Southern Hot Scrappers. My Winter Letterpress Stamp set was on backorder and came in the mail last Saturday, so Sunday was spent creating this card (and a few others). I'm loving the silver glimmer paper paired with the Encore Ink.

This card is pretty simple to make. For printable instructions click HERE.

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Here is one more picture of the card. The snowflake is pretty big, so you can put a nice sized greeting on the inside.

The Winter Letterpress Stamp set pairs up nicely with the Snowflake Card Thinlits. I was disappointed that there is not a die that fits the large snowflake. However, Stampin' Up! has a great YouTube video to circumvent this issue.

Don't forget to pin this post and leave a comment or question!


STARZ Holiday Blog Hop

The Jacksonville STARZ are celebrating the release of the the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog with a Blog Hop. If you didn't hop over here from Rose Ann's Blog, then make sure you check her post along with all the other STARZ.

My design uses the Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set along with the Stars Framelits.

Click Print Recipe for a printer friendly version.

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  1. Punch the Confetti Stars out of the bottom edge of the Island Indigo. 
  2. Emboss the top portion of the Island Indigo with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.
  3. Adhere the Washi tape just above the Confetti Stars.
  4. Using Dimensionals, adhere the Island Indigo piece to the card face.
  5. Using the Silver Encore Inck, stamp the largest star image onto the Lost Lagoon, then cut the image out using the 2nd largest Stars Framelit.
  6. Cut the 3 stars out of the Glimmer paper in one pass, by nesting the 2nd largest and the 2 smallest Star Framelits.
  7. Adhere the large Glimmer star using Tombo Multipurpose glue. Then build the rest of the star using Dimensionals.

Thank you for visiting. After you leave a comment, make sure you hop on over to Priscilla's Blog and check out her Holiday card.


Stampin' Up has got an awesome deal right now. Buy a Big Shot and get a Stamp set with its matching framelits free. If you already own a Big Shot, then you can still buy the bundles at a 15% discount. These Bundles are special and will only be available until August 31st, so get them before they are gone. 
* Also available in wood mount.
** Some stamps are also available in Spanish or French.


Maritime Shaker

Well, it's been a while since I posted. Sorry, there's really no excuse. Just plain laziness. As summer vacation is coming to an end soon, I figured I should try to get into the habit of posting more often. I'd like to do it at least once a week, but we shall SEA.. SEA what I did there? Speaking of SEA, I demonstrated how to make this card last month in one of my card classes. I really liked how it turned out. For instructions on how to complete this card yourself Click  Print Recipe. Have fun and enjoy!

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Owl Card

I mentor a new teacher at my school, and she just celebrated her birthday this past week. She is really into owls, and I seen this design on Pinterest from addINKtive designs a couple of months ago. I just love the way it turned out. Once I had all the supplies together, it only took me about 20 minutes to put the whole thing together. Click the link below to get the recipe to make this adorable card. 

Click here to Print Instructions

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Retro Fresh Perpetual Calendar

Project Recipe:
1.    With the 8" side across the top of the scoreboard, score 2 sheets of the Baked Brown Sugar at 1/2", 3", 5.5", and 8". Then turn the paper so that the long edge is on the top of the scoreboard and score at 1/2",3", 5.5", 8", and 10-1/2".

2.     Referring to the Box template, carefully trim off the grayed out areas. Note that the solid lines represent cut lines and the dotted lines represent score lines. Then add Sticky Strip tape to the back sides of the tabs, and assemble.

3.    The cube mats are 2-1/4" squares.
To mat the numbers, I used the Decorative Label Punch and cut out 12 labels from Daffodil Delight, and another 12 out of Bermuda Bay. I cut the Bermuda Bay in half to make a mat for the Daffodil Delight.
I had to use my cricut to cut the numbers. The first block has numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the second block has numbers 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8.

For Base 1: 
4.    Cut the 3rd piece of Baked Brown Sugar into a 5 -3/5' by 11". With the 11" side across the top of the scoreboard, score at 1/2", 2-1/2", 3-1/8", and 5-7/8".
Add sticky strip to the 1/2" flap. Fold the flap backwards and adhere the edge of the 1/2" flap to the edge of the 5-7/8" score line.

For Base 2:
5.    Take the remaining piece (2-5/8" x 11") of Baked Brown Sugar, and with the long edge along the top of the scoreboard, Score at 2-3/4" and 8-1/4".
Then turn the paper so the short edge is along the top of the scoreboard, and score at 1/2".  Next cut off the top half of each end section, cutting from the top inside corner to the bottom outside. See the Base 2 template for further detail. Add sticky strip to the 1/2" tabs and adhere to the bottom of Base 1.

6.    Cut six pieces (2" x 2-3/8") of Daffodil Delight. These will be used for the months. (one month per side) Use whatever you have to put the months on. I know I have some rub-ons somewhere, but in this case I used photopolymer alphabet stamps with Baked Brown Sugar ink. These pieces can be stored under the blocks.

7.    I used the On Film Framelits to embellish this calendar. The goal is to eventually place a picture of me and my husband in one of the filmstrips. The other filmstrip is for changing the Month. I used 1/8th inch score tape on three of the outer edges of the horizontal film strip. This allows me to swap out the months.


Geometrical Love

I got my new Geometrical Stamp set and Triangle Punch the other day. I must admit that it was not love at first sight in the catalog. I honesty had no intention of ever buying this bundle. Then I discovered some super cute bookmarks and cards on Pinterest, so I just HAD to get it! For $32.25 (clear mount)  it is an extremely good value. It includes 12 stamps and the matching triangle punch! I haven't attempted any of the Bookmarks or Cards from Pinterest yet, but here is something I whipped up Monday night...
Card Stock: Strawberry Slush (131295, $6.95) 
                             Whisper White (100730, $8.50)
                             Basic Black (121045, $6.95)
Stamp Set: Geometrical (clear - 133161, $21.95) or (wood - 133158, $29.95)
Ink: Basic Black (126980, 5.95)
Miscellaneous: Triangle Punch (133375, 15.95) 
                                     Chevron Border Punch (132154, $21.95) 
                                     Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378, $7.95) 
                                     Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen (105021, $3.95)

Bundle and Save 15% on the Geometrical Stamp set & Triangle Punch 
                                                (clear - 134942, $32.25 or wood - 134941, $38.95)  

Strawberry Slush: (card base) 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored @ 4-1/4"
                                       (mat) 2-3/4" x 4-1/4
Whisper White: 5-1/4" x 4" and 2-1/2" x 4"
Basic Black: 3" x 4-1/2"

Don't Forget that Sale-A-Bration is going on until the end of March. For every $50 (does not include tax & shipping) you spend, you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!!


Click the Paper Pumpkin Tab to sign up. 


Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin and get a free Stampin' Write Marker Set, plus extra goodies from Me!!!

What is Paper Pumpkin? It is a monthly subscription from Stampin' Up. For $19.95 (this includes shipping & tax) you get a different paper crafting project each month. It will include everything you need (ink, stamps, paper, embellishments, etc.) to make the project. This kits are not always cards, but if they are cards you get enough to make 4 cards plus an extra card base. The kits are designed to take about 30 minutes. Also, It is very easy to cancel or skip a month if you find that funds are low.

Right now Stampin' Up is having a promotion. If you sign-up between now and Feb 10th, you will get a free set of Stampin' Write Markers ($14.95 value). I am also offering a special for my customers. If I get 7 new people between now and Jan 25, (all of which must stay subscribed through March 15th) then I will give each of my new Paper Pumpkin subscribers a Free gift and his or her name will be put into a drawing to attend the Jacksonville STARZ April Charity event for FREE!

To sign up, click the Paper Pumpkin tab at the top of my blog. This tab allows you to sign up under my demo id. I will do the drawing for the April Event on March 15. Remember you must sign up by Jan 25th to be eligible for the goodie bag and the drawing. 


Music Box

Here is the box card my husband requested.

I used various Cricut cartridges to make the instruments. 
Stampin' Up! products used: Basic Black (121045; $6.95)
                                                            Very Vanilla (101650, $8.50)
                                                            Modern Medley DSP (126926; $10.95)

Lays flat to fit into an envelope.

Blurry top view


Box Card

After watching a video by Tanya Bell, I decided to give the Box Card a try.

Products Used:
Cardstock for base is Crisp Cantaloupe  (131298; $6.95)
Designer Series Paper is Sweet Sorbet in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration starting on Jan. 28th.
Stamp Set is Secret Garden (131940; $25.95 or 129144; $18.95)
Secret Garden Framelits (129372; $24.95)
Inks: Summer Starfruit (126991; $5.95),
            Crisp Cantaloupe (131176; $5.95),
            Pool Party (126982; $5.95)

Front View
Top View

My husband was so impressed that he asked me to make him one involving music. My creative juices are flowing now! Stay tuned for the Music Box card! ;-)


Occasions Catalog boo boo!

There is an error on the camera from the "On Film" Framelits and the "Peachy Keen" stamp set. The camera stamp & framelit do not match. Stampin' Up is aware, but are chalking it up as an error in the catalog. I was highly disappointed. Rather than wallowing in disparity, I decided to make my own stamp using my Teresa Collins stampmaker, which is a very messy process.

First, I stamped the image onto whisper white using black Staz On ink. Then I scanned the image. Using GIMP, I inverted the color & image. Then printed it on Transparency Film, and followed the instructions for the stamp maker. VoilĂ !!! A stamp that matches the framelit! Only pitfall is that it only works well with Staz On ink or Ink pads with the cloth tops.

If you purchase the bundle (clear 135225; $38.25 or wood 135224; $42.25) or framelits (132969; $29.95) through me, I will include one of these matching camera stamps free of charge.