Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas Project Series Starts Tomorrow!



It's (almost) Here!

The Stampingville
12 Weeks of Christmas Project Series
starts Wednesday, October 1

Falalalala ... hey stampers and crafters ... holiday spirit is in the air at Stampingville.

October marks the start of the holiday crafting season and I know you love finding inspiration and new ideas. I've got some fun and creative ideas I can't wait to share with you weekly during my 12 Weeks of Christmas Project Series.

Get fresh ideas for holiday cardmaking, gifts, tags, and clever packaging all delivered right to your inbox. These exclusive project ideas are reserved for my Stampingville subscribers and are not featured here on the Stampingville blog. Sign up today so you won't miss a single project!




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Clean and Simple Cardmaking with Project Life

Hello greeting card using Project Life pocket card | Stampingville

Happy Monday! Today I have a very simple and super quick card to share with you using another Project Life pocket card for the focal point. You might remember last week I shared this happy birthday card using two coordinating pocket cards.

This "hi" card is perfect for sending a quick note just to say hello or let someone know you are thinking of them.

Stampin' Details:
  • Surprise - there IS no stamping on this card! (Gasp. I know.) This card literally comes together in just minutes.
  • This bold pocket card is included in the Everyday Adventures Project Life Card Collection.
  • The patterned paper banner is from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2" x 6-1/2" pad), and coordinates perfectly with the pocket card.
  • Dry embossing the background panel using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder adds interest, texture, and mimics the patterned paper, tying it all together.
Can you believe it's almost October? This month has flown by! The good news is ... exciting things are about to happen starting with something fun from Stampin' Up! (coming soon!) and World Card Making Day (WCMD) on Saturday. Did you know WCMD typically kicks off the holiday card making season? I'm planning a fun card project for you on Saturday, so I hope you'll stop by to check it out.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Stampin' Up! Hello Love + It's Your Birthday

Cheerful birthday card with Stampin' Up! Hello Love Stamp Set | Stampingville

Is it possible for a stamp set to charm your socks off? I think the Hello Love stamp set did just that. This thing is just too uh-door-a-ble: cute little birdies, clouds with heart-shaped raindrops, and a word bubble with greetings for several important occasions - including birthdays!

Stampin' Up! really knocked it out of the park this year with the exclusive hostess stamp sets - including the Hello Love set - available only with a party order (or online order) of $150 or more.

Clever way to create a card layout using clear mount stamps + clear blocks


Stampin' details:

  • Using clear mount stamps allows me to play around with the arrangement of stamps right on the cardstock. Once I'm satisfied with the placement, I place the largest clear block right on the stamps. Then I ink it all up and stamp once!
  • This particular grouping was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in black for a bit of gloss and added texture.
  • All in a row! The little birdies are on the straight and narrow thanks to the Stamp-a-ma-jig. It's a must have tool for rubber-stamping perfectionists who can't "just eyeball it". Like me.
  • Visions of happy little bluebirds provided me with the perfect opportunity to use my Blendabilities Markers - Night of Navy collection.
  • My "lead singer" (or maybe that's "lead tweeter"?!) stands out from crowd with some "fussy cutting" and a Stampin' Dimensional to pop her up.

Hello Love birthday card details close-up photo

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A little birdie told me there might be a "stock up and save" sale on the horizon to coincide with World Cardmaking Day on October 4th. Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, be sure to take inventory of frequently used supplies that are running low and double check your wish list.

Just sayin'. (wink, wink)







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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Boo-tiful Bags for Halloween

Cute Halloween treat bag idea - Monthly craft kit by Stampin' Up!

Look what came in this month's cute red box from Paper Pumpkin! These adorable treat bags will hold a little goodie or small gift for your favorite ghosts and goblins. After Halloween is over, I'll bet the kids (or adults) will use the burlap bag to hold a favorite treasure.

If you haven't yet heard about Paper Pumpkin, it's a monthly craft project in a little box from Stampin' Up! It may be a set of greeting cards, a home decor project, or clever packaging for gift giving. It's a surprise each month, but it's always something fun and creative. Aaaaand ... it's affordable with no long term commitment.


These craft kits include everything you need to create the current month's project, minus scissors and adhesive (something most of us already have). It even includes ink and a small stamp set. First time subscribers receive a thin clear block in their first kit for use with the stamp set.

If you aren't a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yet (what are you waiting for?), but have a few crafting supplies, you could easily create your own version of these sweet treat bags. Mini Muslin Bags would work wonderfully, as will printed Chevron or Polka Dot Gift Bags. Add a little Halloween Designer Series Paper, a few mini clothespins, and any Halloween stamp set of your choice (like this, this one, or maybe this one).

ETA: Good News! Stampin' Up! has just added the Boo-tiful Bags Kit to the selection of past Paper Pumpkin kits available for purchase. You must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order past kits.

Get in on the fun! Subscribing to Paper Pumpkin is quick and easy. You can choose recurring monthly billing or purchase a pre-paid subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months (great for gift giving!). Subscribe now to Paper Pumpkin.

OH! And did I mention the extra Paper Pumpkin perk? Current members are able to purchase select kits (full kits and/or refill kits) from previous months. Once you subscribe, you'll be able to log in to the Paper Pumpkin website to see which past kits are available for purchase.


Quick and easy Halloween card using Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit.


Another cool thing about Paper Pumpkin - there are usually extra pieces in the kit. You know, in case you make a mistake. And if not, then YAY for extras! This kit contained enough die-cut tags for the six burlap bags plus six extra tags.

Naturally, I created a quick and simple card and plunked one of those extra tags on it! I gave the Blackberry Bliss banner a bit of fun texture using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. I love the contrast of the Blackberry Bliss against Smoky Slate cardstock!








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Paper Pumpkin Boo-tiful Bags September Kit
Included in kit:
Boo-tiful Bags 9-pc. Photopolymer Stamp Set
Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin' Spot Ink
6 printed burlap bags
1 sheet of white die-cut tags
3 sheets of patterned die-cut tags
1 sheet of black stickers
Bag of mini clothespins
String of orange sequins ( 2 yds.)
Black Baker's Twine (7 yds.)
Stampin' Dimensionals (adhesive foam dots)


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Project Life Happy Birthday Card


Cardmaking using Project Life pocket cards

This happy little birthday card can be created in 5 minutes or less! I simply chose two coordinating pocket cards from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection (Project Life® | by STAMPIN' UP!®), as the main elements for my card.

The finished result is a bright and happy card that is super quick and easy to create. As an added bonus, this card uses just a few basic supplies - you probably have nearly everything you need to make it!

How to make easy cards using Project Life cards and supplies


Stampin' details:

  • The 3" x 4" pocket cards are perfectly sized - no cutting required.
  • Pocket cards are printed in portrait and landscape orientation, giving you flexibility in card design.
  • The Four You Stamp Set covers the four most basic greetings for cardmaking and it's affordably priced.
  • Save paper! Instead of using a full 3" x 4" piece of Glimmer paper, it's actually just an "L" shaped piece peeking out from behind the focal piece.
  • Line the inside of the card with white cardstock or leave it natural. The Pear Pizzazz cardstock is light enough to write on directly.

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Love quick and easy handmade cards? Then you'll love the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit! This kit contains everything you need to create 20 cards - including stamps, ink, cardstock, envelopes, and embellishments. It's also great for gift giving and is available in English, French, and Spanish. See the cards you can make here.









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Friday, September 19, 2014

Homemade Holiday Halloween Silhouette Card

Easy Halloween silhouette card with Stampin' Up! Holiday Home stamps and dies | Stampingville
Card design inspired by Meghan McMillan/PaperCrafts Magazine Sept/Oct 2013

I was soooo excited to see the Holiday Home stamp set and coordinating Homemade Holiday framelit dies in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I've really been wanting a stamp set with realistic looking houses. With matching framelit dies to cut the images - I'm elated. Purchase them together in a bundle and SAVE 15%! Get the details here.

For this Halloween card, I kept things super simple - creating multiples to send to nieces and nephews will be a snap.

Stampin' details: 
  • The Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (4-1/2" x 6-1/2" pad) proves once again how versatile it can be. Halloween? Who knew!
  • Creating a Polaroid-style photo frame is super quick using the Squares Collection Framelits and the Big Shot.
  • The silhouette houses (no stamping!) were created with just one pass through the Big Shot, using the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies. Boom.
  • Split (and stack) single line sentiments by using a Stampin' Write Marker to ink and stamp one word at a time.
  • The Word Window Punch pulls double duty to create the tiny tag. Simply snip off any extra at the end of the strip.

Step-it-up tip: For additional texture and definition, try sponging around the edges of each house and/or the moon.


Simple and quick Halloween card for all ages | Stampingville


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