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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Inspirations

I'll be away for the Spooky weekend but I though you might enjoy
these past 3-d projects and cards.
Today's post is all about inspiration, color and details.
You can use the PRINTER FRIENDLY button at the end of this post
if you want to have these for future use. Add them to your Pinterest page and just view for the day. Enjoy!

Join me tomorrow with a new
Christmas Treat holder

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jazz Up a White Lunch Bag with JOY

Are you looking for ways to save money during the 
Christmas Giving Season?
Do you love to give away a bag full of your favorite recipe for Christmas Peppermint Popcorn? Maybe it's that Family favorite of 
Sugar cookies with colorful icing and red hots.

No matter what you put inside, Today's colorful project is the perfect Gift Bag for all your goodies, small piece of apparel or
 bath soaps and lotions.

It all begins with a white paper bag from the grocery store. Randomly stamp stars with Old Olive and Island Indigo Inks Using the Bright and Beautiful stamp set. It is fairly easy to stamp on all sides by folding sections and lying the bag flat.
Bright & Beautiful Clear-mount Stamp Set

Using the Deco Labels Collection framelits and a Big Shot machine, cut a Old Olive layer and a Island Indigo layer. Using the Joy sentiment from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits, die cut out the JOY on the Island Indigo Layer. See how I used the piece I cut out from the
Die and a tip when die cutting HERE. Adhere the two layers together allowing the Old Olive layer to show a little bit on the top. Be sure to keep the small parts of the letters and glue back into place. I decided to NOT include the "o" scrap.

Punch and embellish with 2 Silver Glimmer Stars using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack. Adhere with Mini Glue dots. Embellish with a fun hardware clip.

I think the closure is a fun and economical use of basic wooden clothespins and Washi Tape. You can find regular size pins in your local hardware store. If you want to reduce the size of your bag and go with smaller pins you could choose these  1 3/8" long or these Gold and Silver 1" long.

All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape  Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim

To decorate the full size pins you will need the ALL IS CALM Designer Washi Tape.This is unbelievably so EASY to apply...just rub on and then trim off the excess if the one you choose is too wide.

The Final creative touch is the matching OLD OLIVE 2 -Tone Trim. Simply tie to the clothespin and then you can fill your bag. Fold over the bag top, hold closed with the pin and slide the Joy tag under the pin.

Don't forget about the little Santa's Helpers in the household, you know they will love helping you decorate these bags for family members or their friends.

I hope you enjoyed today's Christmas Gift Bag. It was one of 4 projects from my last class in Rocklin. I'm glad I could share it with you today and hope you will have a chance to make some yourself.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oct."My Paper Pumpkin" kit goes Christmas

Welcome to this month's My Paper Pumpkin,
the October 2014 kit has these cute little die cut boxes that are just waiting to be assembled into sweet pieces of pie....or no wait a minute, is that a Christmas Tree I see?

Take a look at the Stampin'Up video using the kit as is. You will find that those cute little pieces of pie, when clustered together make a wonderful collection of treat containers for your Holiday guests.

Now If you visit me on a regular basis you won't be surprised that I am taking the box from the kit and making something else with it.

We just had our Paper Pumpkin Club on Sunday and the attendees were thrilled that I brought all the supplies for them to make this festive Christmas tree. We all had such a great time assembling our boxes, banners and trees. It's a FREE event each month for all My Paper Pumpkin subscribers through my team members. We meet in Roseville, CA on Sunday afternoons.

To make the Christmas tree I just added a few Garden Green stamped stars from the Bright and Beautiful set directly on the die cut box. I stamped the sentiment from the MINGLE ALL THE WAY set in Real Red ink on Vanilla card stock. Use a 2 1/2" Circle to punch it out. Punch a Garden Green 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle , and Red Glimmer Paper with the  Itty Bitty Accents STAR punch. Pop up the sentiment circles  with dimensionals.

You will want to make sure you leave this side open on the box.  You can fill it up with your favorite Christmas treats, wrap up some jewelry with tissue or even slip in a GIFT CARD. I love that you can seal it when you desire...makes for a great ready to go gift box.

The Garden Green Tree trunk on the bottom of the box is basically an open square attached with double sided Sticky Strip . This stuff is my GO-TO adhesive anytime I am making a project that is 3-D.

Cut a Garden Green piece 5 1/2" x 2", score vertically at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4" & 5". Score the other direction at 1".

Cut away the right hand corner piece that is 1" x 1/2". Cut the other sections up to the score line.

Flip over and place adhesive on the small end tab and the other cut sections. No adhesive on the dark one above.

Attach the small tab first to form the square and then fold in other tabs to form and close up the box. Attach Sticky Strip to the closed off side and attach to the bottom of the triangle box.

An Added Bonus for Paper Pumpkin Subscribers is that we have access to purchase refill kits. I love this feature because if you want to make even more than is provided in the monthly kit it's possible. That means if you need 12 teacher gifts or 15 family treat boxes the refill kits can solve that issue. The Sweet as Pie refill kit contains 8 more boxes and accessories and is just $7.95
Sweet As Pie Refill Kit

Be sure and include PAM STROBEL as your demonstrator if you would like to become a subscriber plus have access to the past kit refills. Feel free to call me with questions 916 849-1235 PST

Monday, October 27, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Welcome Stampers

Today's post is a little different than usual. It's all about hopping!
That is Blog Hopping... that's where you visit one blog and then click on a link to take you to the next Blog in the Hop. It all got started for me when my very creative friend Brenda Quintana nominated me to take part in The CREATIVE BLOG HOP. This particular hop allows us to share our creative process through a series of questions. I so enjoyed reading Brenda's answers and learning about how she comes up with her fabulous projects. I was so fortunate to meet up with Brenda at the 2013 Stampin'Up Convention in Salt Lake City. In the little time I have known her she has been a friend of encouragement, generosity and  integrity.I believe we have a few things in common, the love of creating something unusual, having that creative burst hit at any time of the day and of course chocolate. Please ENJOY Brenda's blog  QBees QUEST , I call her " the Queen of Hershey's Kisses "

What am I working on right now? 
I wish I could say it was just one thing. It seems that I always have more ideas than time to execute them all. I have a product that I am working on that I know will be a time saver for the average stamper. However in the meantime it's all about finding and maintaining a balance in my life.

How does my work differ from others in my genre? 
Well, I think my blog title helps me define what it is I like to do. It's All About Finding Ways to S T R E T C H my Stampin'Up goodies. My goal is to share multiple ways of using the same stamp set , die cut or framelits. I want my audience to know that when they make a product purchase they can count on a variety of ways to use it. When stampers come to visit they can find "out of the box" projects that are unique and a pleasure to copy and give to others.

Why do I create what I do? 
Creating and why I do it probably has  several factors involved. I personally derive self satisfaction out of almost everything I create. I thoroughly enjoy using several mediums including  paper, fabric and jewelry accessories. Truthfully , sometimes I just HAVE TO make something...I guess you could say, it's kind of a personal obsession . But why keep it a secret? It gives me great pleasure to share my ideas with others. Whether it is at my classes , on this blog, Pinterest or other online connections I hope that viewers will fill inspired and be able to easily follow the instructions I provide.

How does my creative process work? 
I kind of think it's a chicken and egg thing. A new catalog gets released and like everyone else I flip through all the pages absorbing the many images and samples they feature. I usually look at the stamp set images and look right past the samples....weird huh? I find my instant favorites by looking at style preference, does it need to be colored or how would it look embossed? Can I use this on a 3-D project or do I just LOVE it so much I don't care?
And then there is color! I adore finding new color combos and will sometimes play online color challenges just to see how I can make those colors work. I have been know to create my own color combos by the  multitude of scraps hanging out on my design table. I will see a couple of colors get mixed together while I am cleaning up and say " Hey those look pretty good together ". The hardest part is "Holding that Thought". I mean who needs dinner anyway?

Tag - you're it! 
Now it’s my turn to tag someone for the Creative Hop! I didn’t have to think hard to think of someone either. I’ve been following SONJA KNAISCH since we meet at Convention this year. We meet at our hotel and she needed a ride over to the convention center...our big van had room for 2 more so she was ON BOARD. Our meeting was bittersweet as the 2 of us found out we were both Breast Cancer Survivors. Sonja has not been a demo for a long time but enjoys sharing through her tutorials. She also has a PROJECT GIVE THANKS outreach providing cards for cancer patients. Please hop on over to Sonja's STAMPING FROM MY HOUSE TO YOUR'S anytime. Her official Creative Blog Hop post will be up next Monday, Nov.3rd. I can’t wait to read her answers.

Sonja is upfront and center and I'm the tall one center back

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lovely as a Tree Vintage Post Card

For Today's card I decided to bring out a couple of my old favorites,
Lovely As A Tree and the Post Card stamp set.

My design all started with a conversation at one of my last classes...

I asked the attendees 3 questions

1. Are you a traditional Christmas Colors stamper or do you 
    occasionally step out of your comfort zone?
2. What is your favorite style? Contemporary, vintage or whimsical?
3. Will you spend up to 15 mins. on each card?

You may be surprised but some of the ladies had a hard time answering those questions. "Hmmmm, what style AM I"?

I posed that question because I believe if you can identify what you are really drawn toward it can help you to make better decisions.
1. Decisions About your style going forward.
2. Also Making the most of your purchasing choices. 

You know how I like to S T R E T C H my Stampin'Up products. It gives me great pleasure sharing ways to think beyond the obvious way to use a product.....so think about your style and let me know if there is a stamp set or project you would be interested in having me feature....it would be fun for all.

So this card is dedicated to all of you who are
Traditional RED AND GREEN,
and Love a touch of Vintage Style...
add the little banners and you're TRENDY too!

For today's Christmas card you will need:
Designer Paper: Trim a Tree
Ink:Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Markers: Real Red or Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Banner, 1/8" circle
Other: Silver Metallic Bakers Twine, Sponge, Dimensionals

1.   Make a Garden Green card base.
2.   Cut a Cherry Cobbler layer 4 1/4" x 3 3/4".
3.   Stamp the Post Card image on Whisper white card stock using
      Crumb Cake ink.
      Tip: there are 2 large solid areas on the stamp that can have a
             tendency to pick up ink where you don't want it. Simply
             place a small post it note or masking tape over the solid
             areas, ink your stamp, pull off the post it note and then
             stamp on the card stock. Reuse post it for the next cards.
4.   Trim around the edges of the Post Card image with Paper Snips.
5.   Stamp Tree image once with Garden Green ink and stamp 
      remainder of left over ink on the stamp directly to the 
      right of the first tree. This is called stamping off. Make a second
      stamped off tree to the left of the darker original one.
6.   Using Garden Green , ink up the sentiment from 
      the Bright and Beautiful set, leave off the portion about 
      a Happy New Year. Before you stamp it onto the card stock take
      a baby wipe and remove the ink off of the bottom portion of the
      Christmas part. Take a Real Red marker and re-ink the 
      bottom portion. Breathe onto the stamp to add a touch of moisture
      and stamp onto the card stock.

7.    Sponge Crumb Cake ink around the outside of the Post Card layer
      and then attach to the Cherry Cobbler Layer.
8.   Punch 1/8" holes on the sides and string Silver Baker's Twine 
      through to create a place to adhere your banners.
9.   Using the Banner punch make 5 patterned pieces using the 
      Trim a Tree Designer Paper.
      Optional : Sponge the edges of the banner pieces with the
                      Crumb Cake ink
10.  Place dimensionals of the back of of each of the 5 banners toward
       the top edges.
11.  Adhering the RED center banner first will assure that you 
      have even space for the others.

So tell me, what's your style?

Friday, October 24, 2014

1 Layer Quick FOR ALL THINGS

Got Ink?
We made this quick 1 layer card at my last team meeting and it's all about quick, simple and using 1 stamp set. I wanted to emphasize to my team that you can create a card full of design and filled with color. A reminder that a one layer card doesn't have to have a blank feel.

The "For All Things" stamp set is perfect for this technique because of the many solid stamps provided in the collection.

From the under layers of white ink to the upper layers of Early Espresso and Silver Metallic ink, the layers of leaves create an amazing sense of depth.

The earthy fall colors also make this a great and quick masculine card. It does have kind of a camo feel but the final Metallic leaves on top and Silver Metallic Baker's twine actually give it a touch of elegance.

1.   Make a crumb cake card base.
2.   Stamp large leaf in 3-4 places with Whisper White craft ink.
3.   Stamp again with a cleaned leaf and use Soft Suede ink.
4.   Clean stamp and stamp again in blank areas with Early Espresso.
5.   Using Silver Metallic Encore ink stamp the feathered leaves over
      the top of the other leaves. Dry with heat tool or hair dryer.
6.   Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
7.   Apply a small row of Rhinestone basics under the sentiment.
8.   Add a final touch of glitz with a small Silver Glimmer leaf punched
       from the Bird Builder Punch.

Did you know there are some great Holiday kits now available in the 
Clearance Rack? They're perfect for saving you time at this busy time of the year. Quick kits make it easy to give away your favorite homemade treats and goodies. Think of all the other Holiday activities you can participate in instead of worrying about those much needed little gifts.
Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Make 10 goodie bags for $1.99
Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit 
Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments
12 Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon clip bows for just  $2.39
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