Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chalk It Up To Love - August Paper Pumpkin


How was your Labor Day weekend? Did you have any time for crafting? I managed to sneak in some craft time on Saturday preparing my project for our Stampin' Up! team meeting and swap. The meeting was on Sunday, so I logged a few more hours of fun crafty time that day as well. I'll be sharing a few of our swap projects soon. I think I even have a few projects to show you from the previous meeting as well. Duh.


If carving out some time for papercrafting is something you struggle with, I highly recommend Paper Pumpkin - the monthly papercraft kit from Stampin' Up! These all-inclusive kits come with everything cut and ready to go. There is always a little stamping to do and then you simply assemble the projects. It just doesn't get any easier (or quicker) than that.


Paper Pumpkin kits always include a stamp set and mini ink pad(s), along with additional supplies to create that months project. Typically, there are extra supplies in the kit which means that a) if you make a mistake you aren't totally screwed, or b) you can use the extras to create your own variation of the project or c) you can just add the extras to your stash for future use.



The August Paper Pumpkin kit - Chalk It Up To Love - was super cute. Those little boxes with the paper flower? Totally a-DOR-able! The cards are very pretty as well, with the shiny foil print on each of the two designs.

Paper Pumpkin kits usually ship around the 12th of each month and a few days later is when I start stalking the mailman in anticipation of that little red box! It's like getting a present every month. I love peeling back the layers of tissue paper to discover what is waiting for me inside that box. And the stamps and projects seem to be getting cuter and cuter each time.



Every month I say "ooh, this one is my favorite one yet" and it is - until the next month when it happens all over again. Ha ha. My recent faves (pictured above) basically prove this point. See? The most recent kits are my favorites. Six months from now, I'm sure I'll have new favorites.



If you haven't subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet, now is a great time because you'll get 50% off the first two months. Here's how it works and all the little details:

  • Offer is available to first-time subscribers only
  • Offer for 50% Off is valid through September 10
  • Use Promo Code: HALFOFF
  • After the first two months, the kit will be billed at the usual price of $19.95 + tax (includes shipping!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories (everything but adhesive) along with step-by-step instructions
  • Your first kit will include a clear-mount acrylic block. You will need your clear block each month to use the stamps that will come with your Paper Pumpkin.
  • There is no long-term obligation. You'll continue to receive Paper Pumpkin unless you cancel your subscription. You may cancel at any time. (Although we hope you won't!)
  • If you need to skip a month you can
  • Subscribe Now to Paper Pumpkin!


I really do love Paper Pumpkin. It allows me to just simply enjoy creating the projects that have been thoughtfully designed for me. I get to take a break from my usual routine of coming up with the ideas, designs, and project samples for others to follow.

It's important to note that Paper Pumpkin is NOT a monthly card-making kit. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper-crafting kit that may include cards, boxes, journals, bags, tags, and more. This is one of the many things I like about the kits - the variety of projects.

Another thing I really enjoy is that most of the time, the kits include some exclusive products that you can only get through Paper Pumpkin. And as a subscriber, you are often times able to purchase past kits (miss a month? no problem!) or past kit refills (supplies minus the stamp set and ink).

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

DIY Halloween: Witching Decor Project Kit

Photo image of completed witch hat for Halloween. Witching Decor Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Do you love decorating for Halloween? Are you excited to find new "spooky" decorations to add to your Halloween collection? Maybe you just enjoy creating fun Halloween crafts on your own, whether for parties or trick-or-treating. If you are nodding in agreement, let me introduce the Witching Decor Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

With this kit you'll create one witch hat centerpiece (or decor piece) that you'll be able to store and use again and again. And let me tell you - if you are already in love with this project, just wait until you see it in person! It's stunning ... in an eerie, yet adorable way.

Close-up image of completed project - Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit


The finished piece is approximately 13" x 13" and the base is chipboard. It's fairly sturdy, although part of the charm of this witch hat is that it's a little crumply so if it gets scrunched a bit during storage it won't really matter.


Photo image of Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit contents.

The Witching Décor Project Kit includes:
* Instructions
* 13-inch circle chipboard base
* Paper cone
* Designer Series Paper strips and labels
* Very Vanilla die-cut labels
* Die-cut leaves in Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, and Tangelo Twist
* Printed circles and banners
* Kraft die-cut images
* Burlap Ribbon
* Linen Thread
* Black rhinestones
* Spider Web Doilies
* Bell
* Sponge
* 5-inch foam ball (half)

You will have a few extra pieces left over from the kit - enough to make a few cards, tags, or treat toppers - let your spooky imagination run wild!

If you make this on your own, you'll also need a few additional products to create the witch hat exactly as shown in the photos:

Stampin' Up! Witches' Night stamp set artwork images.

* Witches’ Night Stamp Set (Used to complete the label featured on the front of the hat.)
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StāzOn Pad
* Tear & Tape Adhesive
* Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Bone Folder
* Paper Snips



Get your boo on! Shop now for the Witching Decor Project Kit.

In the video below, watch how to create the witch hat using the project kit including a few good-to-know tips and tricks for assembly.


I love this DIY Witch Hat Halloween project. It will look great along with my Halloween Wreath from last year. If you missed out on the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit, it's on sale now in the Clearance Rack section of the Online Store (while supplies last).

Why not get both DIY projects and go all out for Halloween this year. All your friends might be jealous, but they'll get over it. Ha ha!








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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Holiday Fun Begins Now With Stampin' Up!

Let the fun begin - the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog is live.

Photo image of Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Cover

Ohmygosh. Just wait until you see the awesome new stamp sets, dies, embellishments, and accessories available this holiday season from Stampin' Up!

Go ahead - I'll wait here - then we'll chat.

Did you see all that glorious craftiness? My head was spinning with so many crafty ideas after seeing the catalog. If you're like me, you'll need to look a few more times to take it all in. And, of course, you'll want to have your wish list handy so you don't forget a thing.

2015 Holiday Catalog Highlights
I'll be sharing projects, videos, tips, and tricks in the weeks and months to come, but today I want to point out a few "don't miss" highlights.

Project Kits: Back by popular demand, there are four new holiday project kits available.

  • Witching Decor Project Kit (Witch Hat Centerpiece)
  • Season to Season Wreath (Makes 1 wreath with 3 interchangeable banners for Halloween, Autumn, and Christmas)
  • To You & Yours Shaker Cards (Makes 18 cards total; 6 each of 3 designs)
  • Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit (Makes 30 tags; 3 each of 10 designs)

*Additional products required to complete kits as shown. For a list of supplies, refer to the Holiday Catalog or the Holiday Kits section of the Online Store.

Projects created using Into The Woods Product Suite by Stampin' Up!


Product Suites: Collections of products that coordinate perfectly for easy creating. No guessing about which colors, designs, and accents go together - the work has already been done for you.

  • Home for Christmas - Make it cozy with vintage winter and Christmas hand-drawn imagery.
  • Winter Wonderland - A blend of simple elegance, a touch of gold, and serene beauty.
  • Season of Cheer - Cheerful feelings of the season paired with the soft look of watercolor.
  • Into the Woods - Cute forest friends, earthy colors, and hand-painted imagery bring fall projects to life.
  • Happy Haunting - Traditional Halloween colors infused with fun patterns and not-so-spooky characters.
  • Project Life - Hello December 2015 for daily journaling of special moments throughout December.
  • Project Life - Seasonal Snapshot 2015 is the perfect memory-keeping solution for everything from back-to-school to Christmas and everything in-between.

Photo image of simple to create photo Christmas card by Stampin' Up!

Bundle and Save: Coordinating products designed to be used together and offered as a bundle with 15% savings. Choose from 17 new bundles in the Holiday Catalog.

Exclusive Stamp Sets: Two new exclusive stamp sets available only to hosts or with a qualifying order of $150 or more. Create vintage tags and labels with the Antique Tags stamp set or choose the Six Sayings stamp set with greetings to use for fall and winter occasions.

Is your wish list ready? Shop now for Holiday Catalog products. And remember to check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack while you are there.








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