NC Demos June 2021 Blog Hop – Summer

Welcome to the June 2021 Edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! If you have already stopped to see what the awesome project Toni Campana created this month you know that our June theme is Summer!

What is the best thing about summer? Ice cream, of course! It doesn’t matter that I am lactose intolerant and that I eat ice cream all year. I always associate ice cream and summer. When Stampin’ Up released the Ice Cream Suite in the January-June Mini Catalog, I held off. I wasn’t thinking of cards with ice cream cones or popsicles in January.

Then Paper Pumpkin came along in April with the So Cool and I was closer to being ready. I could put the kit together and think about summer. These are a few of the alternatives I put together after I put together one card of each design.

Finally June came along with all the summer birthdays and I needed cards. I looked at the stamp set and punch and decided it would be fun to make a stacked cone with the 2020-2022 In Colors.

Look carefully and you will notice it is a gate fold card. That’s right, not only are the scoops of ice cream stacked, they are interlocking. This makes for an even more fun fun-fold card. I love fun fold cards and the gate fold card is a great basic one. The problem with them, however, is that they often won’t stay closed. So, by overlapping the scoops of ice cream, the gate is locked!

I also decided to put the sentiment on the inside, which I rarely do. I usually leave the inside blank to allow for room to write. However, the gate fold gave me two flaps where I could stamp a sentiment and leave the middle blank for writing.

I hope you will try this card for yourself. It only used a card base of Basic White 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” and scraps for the scoops and cone. I scored on the long side at 2 1/8” at each end. Rather than use Designer Series Paper, I used one of the stamps to create the spots, once again using all the In Colors. I stamped once full strength and then again without reinking. This allowed for light and dark versions of each color. The products are listed below.

  • Basic White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick cardstock #159229
  • Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ pad #153118
  • Just Jade Classic Stampin’ pad #153115
  • Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ pad #153116
  • Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ pad #153114
  • Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ pad #153117
  • Sweet Ice Cream stamp set #158224
  • Ice Cream Cone builder punch #154241
  • Mini Glue dots #103683

Thank you for letting me share my project. I am so happy that the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch carried over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. However, you only have until June 30 to buy the bundle (#156244) and save 10%. Contact me today or shop my Online Store 24/7 to buy this amazing bundle.

I hope you keep hopping with us to see the post Laurie Meier has on summer. I know it will be great!

Until next month, Amanda

May Paper Pumpkin

I will be honest. Initially I did not like Paper Pumpkin. I am not talking about one month. I didn’t like the concept. I didn’t want to use a kit that someone else created and my cards looked manufactured. I wanted to create my own cards that were unique and handmade. Then I tried it.

I have come to love Paper Pumpkin. To be honest, the main reason I love it is because I can create when I am tired or on the go. I don’t have to spend time coming up with designs. I don’t have to gather all the supplies. I can open the box, grab my scissors and bone folder, and create. After I make the predesigned cards (and have more energy), I can create alternatives.

May 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The June Paper Pumpkin was a stretch for me. I am not a baseball fan. I started by creating one each of the predesigned cards. I was tired, it was the end of the week so that was as far as I got.

Then I went on a trip. I took the kit and a few white 5 1/4″ x 4″ card fronts, that’s it. I wanted to see what I could create with the remaining pieces and the stamp set. Here’s what I came up with:

It was fun creating some simple alternatives without adding extra supplies (other than the additional card fronts). I hope you enjoyed these alternatives. I am looking forward to the June Paper Pumpkin which should be arriving to my mailbox any day now.

About Papercrafting With Amanda

Welcome! I am glad you have found this site. I am looking forward to sharing my love for papercrafting with you. I will share projects I have created, new products from Stampin’ Up, and anything else that makes sense to share. First a little bit about me.

I have been a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator since June 2015. I have been papercrafting most of my life, changing my medium occasionally. As a child I loved stickers! I would collect them, arrange them on papers, tell stories with them. I also enjoyed origami and dabbled with it on and off over the years. At some point I found rubber stamping and played with it to create cards, designs on paper, decorative items. In high school I discovered scrapbooking and started to explore the possibilities. Through college I did a little here and there. As a mom I had high hopes of creating scrapbook after scrapbook but just didn’t have the time as I was also a high school Spanish teacher and involved with my church. I wanted to craft but I needed it to be practical and easy to finish in a short time. And that it is why I returned to cardmaking and similar projects. I love being able to create something in less than an hour, especially when it is a special occasion and a card is needed. I love being able to create cards to send to my students, colleagues, friends, and family. No need to go to the store to pick out a card. I can customize the card for the recipient or choose from my stash as needed.

One of my first cards using Stampin’ Up products

As I mentioned, my full time job has been as a Spanish teacher in a public high school. As a demonstrator, I enjoy putting together classes to socialize and share my love of papercrafting. I love showing how to put something together or explaining something new. While I would love to invite everyone to my dining room for an in-person class, I know that just isn’t possible. My hope is that through this site I am able to share my ideas and knowledge just as I would in an in-person class and ultimately share my love for papercrafting.