Saturday, December 30, 2017

Red Box Challenge #redboxchallenge

December's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Attention current or past Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Ready for a fun giveaway from Stampin' Up? It's called the Red Box Challenge, and it’s easy to get in on the fun! Want to know more about Paper Pumpkin? Click HERE

Simply put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a Paper Pumpkin kit. Submissions must be posted by January 31, 2018.

The random drawing winners will receive the upcoming Paper Pumpkin fifth anniversary March kit. Think: Gorgeous and collectible. Everyone is going to want one. AND the winners will get it in their mailbox before anyone else. Sound fun? Check out the terms and conditions here, then start crafting your Red Box Challenge project today!

Note: Some project ideas will be selected from the entries and featured in Paper Pumpkin’s monthly newsletter and on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. Past alternative Paper Pumpkin projects you’ve created and posted on social media are not eligible for this contest.

Friday, December 29, 2017

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #1

Today I'm playing along with the first ever Inky Friends Design Challenge #1, inspired by the card on page 61 of the 2017 Annual Catalog. I used the color combo of Fresh Fig, Basic Black, Pool Party and Sahara sand to make this masculine birthday card. Stampin' Up! designed an In Color Combination Chart which you can find HERE. 
We would love it if you took part and joined in on the fun. All you have to do is design a card and upload it to the My Inky Friends Blog. After the link closes on Friday, January 12, 2018, we will post a winner. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword MIFDC1.

  1. Follow the general design of a sketch, although it can be flipped. For a color challenge, Stampin’ Up! colors will be listed. You can use compatible colors and add neutrals as needed.
  2. Create something new that has not been posted before.
  3. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery.  Please provide a link back to our challenge. Provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky.
  4. Feel free to combine with up to three challenges, as long as you include a link to the Inky Friends post.
  5. Have fun!
You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Picture Perfect Birthday (2018 Occasions Catalog)
  • Colors & Ink: Fresh Fig, Pool Party, Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Crushed Curry
  • Embellishments: 1/4" Copper Trim, White Perfect Accents, Wink of Stella in Clear and Gold
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips
  • Big Shot: Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ready for Christmas Shadow Box Card

I am having so much fun making these shadow box cards. I got the structural idea from Tami White and just ran with it. The card folds flat to mail, then opens up like a pop up card with a surprise inside . . .
To create this card you just start with an 11" x 4-1/2" base and score at 2", 6", 6-1/2" and 10-1/2" and go from there. I used the Merry Little Labels set for the outside.  Inside features the Ready for Christmas stamp set with the coordinating Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies. These are available from the Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2018. 
The inside panels are embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I created the window frame with the Wood Textures DSP and the Hearth and Home Framelits die.  I used Paper Snips to cut off the inside window frames so that it looks more like a bay window and doesn't obstruct the view as much. (In my previous post, I created a Halloween card and you can see how the shadow box looks with the framed window.)  Let me know if you have any questions. Here is my supply list. You may order any of the supplies listed by visiting and choosing me as your demonstrator.  

  • Stamp Sets: Ready for Christmas, Merry Little Labels
  • Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures DSP, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Be Merry DSP
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black Memento,Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
  • Embellishments: Window Sheets, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Jute Twine
  • Tools: Everyday Label Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter
  • Big Shot:  Hearth and Home Framelits Die, Christmas Staircase Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Die, Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Friday, December 8, 2017

Inky Friends Blog Hop: Blending a Year of Cheer

Welcome to the Inky Friends' Blog Hop! This month's blog hop features the brand new Stampin' Blends and ideas to make a variety of cards that can be used all year long. Should you get lost, you may find a list of participants on the Inky Friends blog page.

You may have arrived from Stamps and Scraps with Yapha's blog where she featured September's Back to School theme. I picked my favorite month, October! I created a Halloween shadow box card featuring the stamp sets Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate and the hostess set, In the City.
To create the haunted house image, I used one of the houses from the In the City stamp set. I stamped it three times together with Memento to create this haunted house and colored it in with the Stampin' Blends using the light and dark Smoky Slate. The trees are colored with Old Olive light and dark Blends. The windows are colored with the Daffodil Delight Blends and the rooftops with the Crumb Cake Blends. I love how the Stampin' Blends add shadows and dimension to the images.  

To remove the door from the outer edges of the house stamp, I used a paint brush moistened with Stampin' Mist and brushed the ink off of the stamp like this . . .
The card folds flat to mail, but it's so cool when you open it up . . .
I got the structural idea for the shadow box card from Tami White. It's so easy to create! Just cut your cardstock 11" x 4-1/2" and score at 2", 6", 6-1/2" and 10-1/2". This little card has so much potential and such a Wow factor. Click HERE to download the instructions.

Thank you for stopping by. Please say hello and leave a comment. Now it's time to move ahead to see some creative projects using the Stampin' Blends for November projects. Hop on over to  Cindy's Heart's Delights Cards blog.

You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stampin' Blends Light and Dark Combo: Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Sets: Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate, In the City
  • Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night, Wood Textures
  • Colors & Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
  • Embellishments: Window Sheets, 3/8" Classic Weave Crumb Cake Ribbon
  • Tools: Everyday Label Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot:  Hearth and Home Framelits Dies, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Friday, December 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - December Step it Up (Oh, What Fun!)

Hello December! Welcome to our Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. I'm featuring the Detailed Santa Thinlits Die and the Oh, What Fun stamp set. 
The simple card is created by cutting out the Santa onto a base of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4" and adhering it to a same size piece from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack using a Fine Tip Glue Pen. Cut a strip of the same DSP measuring 3-5/8". Attach it underneath the Santa. Stamp your sentiment in Cherry Cobbler onto a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-6/8" and attach it. I used the Oh, What Fun stamp set from the main catalog. Attach this completed piece to a Whisper White 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base.  This card is fast and easy once you have the Santa cut out.
I stepped it up using the Eclipse Technique and added some more Designer Series paper to the mix. To make your Santa image pop, cut him out the same dimensions as above. Then, cut out 3 more in Basic Black. Just stack and glue all of these pieces together. This time, I adhered it to the sheet music paper from the Merry Music Specialty DSP. I added a black and white plaid piece from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. This paper will only be available until January 2nd, so if you think you want some for next year you can order from and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. 

For the sentiment, I wrapped a piece of Jute Twine around the base twice and tied a bow with Linen Thread. I cut the Cherry Cobbler piece about 1" x 3-1/2" and the Whisper White piece 3/4" x 3". I slid the ends of these into the bottom of the Everyday Label Punch to get this look. The sentiment is stamped with Memento. The pine sprigs were cut out of Always Artichoke cardstock using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits die. I attached this completed piece to my card base using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking the Next Blog button below:
  •  Stamp Set: Oh What Fun
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Jute Twine, Linen Thread
  • Designer Series Paper:  Be Merry DSP, Merry Music Specialty DSP,  Merry Little Christmas DSP
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Punches: Everyday Label Punch
  • Big Shot: Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies

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