Eden’s Garden (or I like frogs)

I wasn’t sure if I would like this collection from Stampin’ Up. I am not big on florals. I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did. I like the edge and frame dies for creating accents on the cards. The sentiments are endearing and will last throughout the year. Look at the cards I created so far with this collection.

I hope you give the Eden’s Garden collection a try. The Ever Eden Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Ever Eden Cotton Paper and the Garden Gems are only available while supplies last or until January 3, 2022. The Eden’s Garden Cling Stamp Set and Eden Dies can be purchased separately or as a bundle. They are early release products from the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog. But why what until then when you can enjoy them now!

Oh, and for those of you wondering what “I like frogs” has to do with this post? I asked my daughter what I should title this post and she said “I like frogs”. I guess my next challenge can be creating cards using Eden’s Garden Cling Stamp Set and the Prince & Princess Host Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Product List

  • Fresh Freesia cardstock #155613
  • Real Red cardstock #102482
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin’ Pad #155576
  • Soft Succulent Classic Stampin’ Pad #155778
  • 2021-2023 In Color Jewels #155571

Eden’s Garden Collection

  • Eden’s Garden Cling Stamp Set #157823
  • Eden Dies #157831
  • Ever Eden 12 x 12 Specialty Designer Series Paper #159996
  • Ever Eden 12 x 12 Cotton Paper #159997
  • Garden Gems #159277 (This is the only product I did not use.)

NC Demos October Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Toni Campana’s post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s theme is Casing With A Twist. Many of us look to the catalog for inspiration but it is frustrating when we can’t case the project exactly due to backorders or products not being available. So, what if we case a project from the catalog but use different products that are available?

I am not always great at looking at something and imagining it different. I remember looking at apartments and houses that still had furniture from previous residents and not being able to imagine my furniture and items in them. But, I gave this challenge a try. I started flipping through the Annual Catalog with the idea of using the Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper. I finally spotted the card in the upper left corner of the above image. I liked that it was a simple card that used DSP and one of my new favorite stamping techniques – using the same color ink on cardstock. Plus, I had everything I needed – cardstock, ink, DSP, twine and plenty of stamp sets to choose from. I had to choose a stamp set and other products that were in ready supply from Stampin’ Up. After all, I would be defeating the purpose of this challenge if one of the products was already unavailable or on low inventory and became unavailable before you had a chance to try it. Check out the Product List at the end to see which products I chose for this project.

Thank you for letting me share my project. Please stop by and see Tracy Evans Langley’s post. I know it will be great!

October Blog Hoppers
Amy Kinler
Tina Lessons
Jo Anne Hewins
Toni Campana
Amanda Howard <—- You are here!
Tracie Evans Langley

Product List

  • Simply Succulents Stamp Set #154480
  • Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper #156479
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Highland Heather cardstock#146986
  • Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad #147103
  • Blending Brushes #153611
  • Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack #155475

October Paper Pumpkin

Once again, I was looking forward to putting together the October Paper Pumpkin kit – Peaceful Christmas. As I have said before, one of the main reasons I look forward to Paper Pumpkin because I can easily put together the cards or 3D project with a whole lot of thought. Even when I am tired – mentally, physically, or emotionally, I can relax and create by following the instructions. It is wonderful therapy and costs less than a massage or session with a licensed clinical therapist. (No offense to either profession. I have friends in both professions and have used their services. But, Paper Pumpkin doesn’t require an appointment or driving anywhere as it arrives in the mail.)

This month there was another reason I was looking forward to the arrival of the kit -the trees! Not only did the kit have stamped trees and vellum trees, but it also coordinated with the Peaceful Cabin Bundle. The Peaceful Cabin stamp set has a cabin, of course, along with sentiments, snowflakes, a fence, a fox, and . . . trees! The Cabin Dies cut out the outline of the trees, cabin, and fence as well as the inside. Oh, and I can’t forget the snowflakes and the fox. You can create card width scenes with the silhouette of the fox, cabin and trees!

Here are a few of the alternatives I created, combining the elements of the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and the Peaceful Cabin Bundle.

I have to admit, it took a little extra thinking to put these together but I think it was worth it. I look forward to making a few more with this kit and bundle. There are so many possibilities.

Product List:

  • Peaceful Cabin stamp set #156395
  • Cabin Dies #156404
  • Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pad #147088
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #147115
  • Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad #147085
  • Basic White Cardstock #159276

Once A Year Stamp Sale

OMG! I can’t believe it! Stampin’ Up is putting their cling stamp sets on sale! This is a great opportunity to scoop up cling stamp sets that you have had your eye on. (Remember, cling stamp sets are red rubber stamps with the super sticky backing so they won’t fall off the clear block while you are stamping.) Here is the key information:

  • The sale will run for 24 hours.
  • The 15% discount will apply to select cling stamp sets only.
  • Every cling stamp set from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog (excluding the Host stamp sets) will be discounted!

Want to know which stamp sets are on sale? Check out this flyer.

Which stamp sets are on your shopping list? Here are my top ten from the list:

  • Nature’s Beauty #150528
  • Sailing Home #149457
  • Back On Your Feet #149385
  • Painted Poppies #151599
  • Daisy Garden #155079
  • Spiral Dye #156927
  • A Good Man #149270
  • Daisy Lane #149325
  • A Wish For Everything #149320
  • Count On Me #155647

Wow, it was hard to limit it to ten stamp sets! These are ten stamp sets that I already own and love using. Use this link on October 20th to pick up a few sets that you will love to use. I can’t wait to see what you pick out. Leave me a comment and let me know what is on your list.

Fun Folds – Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Fantastic Fun Folds and 3D projects.” We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I love Fun Folds! As much as I love simple cards, fun folds trigger my love for origami. I also love the challenge of putting them together. The problem is, I can’t create an original one. For that reason, I practice a tried and true papercrafting practice – CASE! CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything (or Everyone) and is part of the fun of papercrafting. It allows us to be creative and not get stopped when we can’t think of what to do. Seeing other people’s creations gives us ideas and allows us to create. So, I hope viewing my blog or someone else’s gets your creative juices flowing. Now, how about we look at my fun fold for this blog hop?

For this project I created a Pop Up Step Front Panel Card. While I saw multiple versions that I loved, I used instructions from Teresa Milke Steinman at Stamping with Teresa. You can find her version here. I made a few changes so it would be a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card to mail. I picked this card design because I wanted to create a card that could double as Halloween decoration for my daughter. She is living on her own and still looking for items to decorate her apartment. I chose the Cute Halloween DSP because I love the colors and the patterns. It is a great combination of Halloween and all-purpose patterns. The stripes and dots make a great background paper. Plus there are cute images to punch out with the Halloween Punch. While this DSP has traditional Halloween colors like Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Basic White, it also has a few “out there” colors like Old Olive, Highland Heather, and Flirty Flamingo. This last color was what I chose for my cardstock and ink, a real stretch for me. Halloween and Pink? I really had to convince myself that it was okay. Finally, I chose the “Hey, Boo!” from the Cutest Halloween stamp set. I love how it sounds and it fits my daughter. Plus it seemed like a great choice for a card that will double as a decor piece.

As I mentioned, I changed the dimensions to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Here are the card pieces I used:

  • Basic White: 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored on long side at 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″; 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ scored on long side at 1/2″ and 1 3/4″; 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ strip for sentiment
  • Flirty Flamingo: 4″ x 5 1/4″, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, 4″ x 2 1/4″, 4″ x 1″, and 2 1/2″ x 1″
  • DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″, 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, 3 3/4″ x 2″, 3 3/4″ x 3/4″, 2 1/4″ x 3/4″(this is the black on the top of the box), 2″ x 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ x 3″ (this is under the sentiment)

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on November 10th. Our theme will be “Home for the Holidays” when our Design Team creates a project to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  5. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  6. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  9. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  10. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  11. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  12. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  13. Diana Carr at Secret Life of Paper
  14. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  18. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  21. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  22. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  23. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  24. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <—- YOU ARE HERE!!!!

Product List

  • Cutest Halloween stamp set #156480
  • Halloween Punch #156482
  • Cute Halloween 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper #156479
  • Basic While cardstock #159276
  • Flirty Flamingo cardstock #141416
  • Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad #147052

Stampin’ Up Making a Difference Day of Service

I love making cards, but I love it even more when I can make a difference in someone else’s life. For that reason, I jumped at the chance to make cards on Stampin’ Up’s Day of Service to benefit heart health and the health care workers that work in cardiac care.

I created two cards using the Strong of Heart stamp set. For each stamp set purchased, Stampin’ Up will donate $3 to support heart health.

For the first card, I chose Cherry Cobbler ink and cardstock for the card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I stamped off the heart image twice on Basic White (5 1/4″ x 4″) before adding the sentiment. I thought it was a nice way to play with the sentiment by using the same color for the sentiment and image but stamping the sentiment full strength. I then cut a circle out of the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper, available through September 30 with during Sale-a-bration. I tied it all together with a piece Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon.

For the second card, I chose Poppy Parade ink and cardstock. It is a little brighter red than Cherry Cobbler. I embossed the piece of Poppy Parade (5 1/4″ x 4″) with the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder. It is amazing how much a little texture can add to a card. I mounted that piece on a Very Vanilla card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I stamped the heart and flower image on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After it was dry, I used Light and Dark Poppy Parade and Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers. I punched the corners using the Detailed Trio Punch. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade on a 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and punched the ends with the Treasured Tags Pick a Punch. It is interesting how the two different punches gave the same rounded look. Finally, I added a little bling with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I am not much of a bling person but it different adds to the card.

I would love to know what you think of the card, Please leave a comment with your thoughts. Don’t forget to take advantage of Sale-a-bration by September 30, 2021!

Trash to Treasure! NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Jo Anne Hewins’ post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s them is Trash to Treasure!

Let’s face it. Crafters are hoarders. We can’t bear to throw out little pieces of paper, ribbon, packaging, boxes, tins, buttons or ANYTHING we think would be useful, which is pretty much EVERYTHING!

Recently I was cleaning off my large oak teacher’s desk. Our desktop computer died and we removed it, leaving dust and lots of little things. Amongst those little things was an ABC die cut. I don’t know where it came from or how long it had been there. I was about to throw it away when I remembered this blog hop as well as a fellow papercrafter that is having a baby soon. This ABC die cut was perfect for a baby card. I pulled out the Textures & Frames stamp set from Stampin’ Up, available as a free item during Sale-a-bration. At first I didn’t know how to use this stamp set. There weren’t images or sentiments that were easy to use. Finally it dawned on me that they images were perfect to created background images. I can totally create my own DSP with these stamps! I grabbed a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped with Blushing Bride and Soft Seafoam inks, alternating colors and direction of the stamp. I mounted the ABC diecut on that piece using mini dimensionals and then mounted it on a 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Balmy Blue cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.

Thank you for letting me share my project. Please stop by and see Tracie Evans Langley’s post. I know it will be great!

Amanda Howard

THIS MONTH’S BLOG HOP LIST
Toni Campana
Tina Lesson
Jo Anne Hewins
Amanda Howard <— you are here!!!
Tracie Evans Langley

Product List

  • Textures & Frames stamp set #156616
  • Balmy Blue cardstock #146982
  • Very Vanilla cardstock #101650
  • Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad #147100
  • Soft Seafoam Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #147102

Focus on the Sentiment – Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Sentiment as a focal point.” We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Stampin’ Up produces so many beautiful images, it is hard to imagine not using any on a card. The truth is, Stampin’ Up also creates just as many beautiful sentiments. The fonts are varied and stunning. As I mentioned in a previous post, when I saw the “In Your Words” stamp set, I fell in love. While initially I had to have this host set from Sale-a-bration because of one sentiment, the more I look at the set, more sentiments catch my eye. Recently my daughter called after a tough week at work. After the call, I looked at this set to work on a different card, but the sentiment “Life is full of ups & downs / hold on tight” jumped out at me. I knew I had to make her card with this sentiment. No need for lots of images of embellishments, I wanted the sentiment to do its thing. I did decide to use a simple piece from the Cute Halloween 6×6 DSP. I cut a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece and attached it to a Highland Heather card base (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather on a piece of Basic White and trimmed the ends with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I attached the sentiment with dimensionals and Voila! A simple card focused on the sentiment.

I looked at the leftover pieces of the 6×6 DSP and just had to make one more card. I did step this one up a little more, but still no stamped images. I used the Painted Textures 3D embossing folder on a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White and attached it to the Highland Healther card base. I then cut the leftover strip of DSP and ended up with two pieces – 2″ x 2″ and 2″ x 4″. I flipped the 2″ square over to the black and white side and attached both pieces to the embossed piece. Once again I stamped the same sentiment with Highland Heather on Basic White and trimmed the ends with the other option on the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I would love to know if you think the focus is still on the sentiment on this stepped up card.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 13th. Our theme will be Fantastic Fun Folds and 3D Projects when participants showcase fun fold cards or 3D items that will be great for any occasion. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin
  5. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  7. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  8. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  13. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda –> YOU ARE HERE!!!!
  14. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  15. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  21. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards
  22. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  23. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  24. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  25. Kim Webb at Just Paper, LLC

Product List

  • In Your Words stamp set #156619
  • Highland Heather cardstock #146986
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper #156479
  • Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad #147103
  • Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder #154317
  • Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152883

August 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The August 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit was one of the special kits that Stampin’ Up periodically offers. It was the Hope Kit from Shelli. It contained many of my favorite colors – Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Blackberry Bliss – as well as one of my favorite elements – butterflies!

After putting together one set of cards as designed, I started creating alternatives. This is what I love about Paper Pumpkin. I was able to put together pre-designed cards when I am tired and just need some crafting therapy. Then when I am rested and have some extra time, I can use the elements and put my creativity to work. I still have a finite quantity of supplies so it is not as overwhelming as my whole craft room but just enough to create new alternatives.

I hope you will join me for my next Paper Pumpkin evening on September 30 at 7pm EDT. Here is the link if you want to RSVP. We will put together the Haunts & Harvest kit. Have you subscribed for this month? If not, make sure you do so by September 10th. Here is the link if you need to start a subscription.

Belated Birthday Card

I love giving my students and fellow staff at my school a birthday card on their birthday, if they celebrate. It was tough last year when we were remote and I didn’t have addresses for other staff. I was able to send cards to my students but it felt incomplete. This year I was excited to start sending cards but had to wait until I was given the list. August came and went with no list. When I finally received the list on September 1, I had to switch to belated birthday cards. Fortunately, my new favorite set, “In Your Words”, had just the sentiment.

In Your Words # 156619

Because our school colors are red and black, I chose Real Red for the card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I then selected the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-bration brochure and cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ for a card front. I stamped the sentiment on Basic White cardstock with Real Red ink and cut it out with the Tailor Made Tags. I love stitching around the edge of the tag. I then tied on a piece of Black & White Gingham Ribbon as a little embellishment.

I loved that I was able to give cards to the six staff members that I missed for August. Hopefully I won’t miss any more birthdays this year but if I do, I’m ready.

Product List

  • In Your Words stamp set #156619
  • Tailor Made Tags #155563
  • Black & White Gingham Ribbon #156485
  • Real Red cardstock #102482
  • Basic White cardstock#159276
  • Beautifully penned Designer Series Paper #156630
  • Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #147084

I hope that you enjoyed this card. Do you want this host stamp set? It is only available during Sale-a-bration and only with a qualifying party order of $300 or more. I can help you set up an online workshop or party to earn this set. We must act quick as this set is only available until September 30.