Thursday, July 29, 2021

Paper Pumpkin July 2021

Hello and thanks for visiting!

Today's cards are from the most recent Paper Pumpkin, July 2021 kit -  The Adventure Begins.  I love this set!  It's easy to take away on VA, kids can create Paper Pumpkin cards - great rainy day activity - the fonts are amazing and the sentiments versatile.  I will use these sentiments well after the kit contents are finished - and I may even buy a refill, I love this kit so much!

As I was creating I was thinking of all the uses for these cards, they'd be great teacher thank you cards, they're terrific to have on hand when you need a card at the ready.  The first two cards are alternative ideas using the kit contents, just switched up a bit.  The first, a congrats card for two of my favourite people :)    The second, a hello card for a friend who is often at her trailer.   The last two cards are per the instructions, however I switched out the sentiment on the one card and added in a sentiment from the Whimsical Trees stamp set, (available Aug. 3 2021) which I think can be used throughout the year.  The fun fold design of the card is neat and different and I absolutely love the envelopes!  And, my favourite sequins are included, two colours from the Artistry Blooms Sequins! Woohoo, I was running low on those little beauties. 

Best of all I was able to photograph these cards on my Muskoka chair, which just happens to be Misty Moonlight, well not really but it's pretty close :) 

Peaceful Moments stamp set

Even on vacation I bring my trusty Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  I only wanted part of the sentiment of this particular stamp so I used the marker to apply colour, and I purposefully distressed the colour a bit to look a bit rustic .  

Whimsical Trees stamp set

Click here, Refill for The Adventure Begins kit and add in your own sentiment stamps for personalized cards.  

When I take my Paper Pumpkin kit with me on vacation I also take one other versatile stamp set with me for alternative card ideas.  This time I used used Peaceful Moments, however Best Year and Many Messages are two other stamp sets that provide a variety of sentiments. 

Click here, for Peaceful Moments   stamps set 

Click here, for Best Year  stamp set 

Click here, for Many Messages  stamp set  

I hope I've inspired you to think about taking an all inclusive kit away with you on your summer vacation or staycation, they are a fabulously simple and easy way to craft in the summer.  

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Also, did you know Paper Pumpkin has a blog? Yes!  check it out here, Paper Pumpkin Blog for more alternative ideas!

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Enjoy and have a super day!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Hope Box August Paper Pumpkin & July PP Alternatives

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I'm excited to share with you some alternative card ideas for the July Paper Pumpkin Kit called Expressions in Color and introduce the August Kit called "Hope Box".  It's a special-edition kit created by Shelli.  Please find the details on this kit below.  To order your Hope Box click here, Lesley's Online Store Paper Pumpkin Kits before August 10th.  Paper Pumpkin is an excellent way to create with a monthly subscription, everything you need is in one box, how simple is that!

The great thing about Paper Pumpkin is the unique supplies that come in every kit, there's always something a little different for you to mix and match as you wish.  Here are a few alternative card ideas using the Expression In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit.   


Change up the colours as you wish.  I chose Basic Grey for the Merci card, Flirty Flamingo for the Thanks card, Thick Basic White and Bermuda Bay for the two floral cards.

Assembly & Trix:

*  The velum sentiment is glued onto cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, (glue), fussy cut out, and then adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.  ***Trix, adhere the cutouts to the back of the sentiment first, using Stampin' Seal adhesive and then adhere to the velum layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Adhere the velum to the card using glue only where the sentiment is.  Carefully adhere other areas of the velum using tiny bits of glue, using the pattern to hide the glue.

*  The velum can be coloured on the reverse using Stampin' Blends Markers.  I chose Polished Pink, Pale Papaya and Granny Apple Green and then spritzed my colouring with 99% Rubbing Alcohol to create the blending of colour.  For the last card I used Bermuda Bay, Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green.  

*  Wink of Stella always adds that little extra zing.  These cards were hard to photograph to capture the colours just right and pick up on the Wink Of Stella, I needed the sunshine in the backyard.

Click on the image to go directly to my online store to sign up for the Hope Box by August 10th.

Click on the image to subscribe to August Paper Pumpkin

Here's a few more details about the contents of this Kit:

Created from the heart and soul of our cofounder, Shelli, the special-edition, globally released Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit reminds us of why life is precious. Collect treats and trinkets that represent what hope means to you in your Hope Box and keep it for self-inspiration or share it with a friend!

• Contains enough supplies to create nine cards
and coordinating envelopes.
• Comes with a Classic Stampin’ Spot and an
exclusive stamp set.
• The box is designed to be a keepsake box—
keep mementos of cherished memories or
reminders of what’s yet to come.
• Includes uplifting sentiments that promotes
emotional connection and growing friendships.
• Features an empowering color palette with
these coordinating colors: Bermuda Bay,
Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo,
Petal Pink, Pool Party, and Poppy Parade.

Enjoy and have a super day!

Monday, July 12, 2021

Meadow Dies for Kylie's Demonstrator Training July Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin' Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

The thank you card for my customers in July features the gorgeous Meadow Dies, simply blended with colour.  I was inspired by the  Purple Coneflowers coming into bloom in my garden.   However there are so many terrific flower & foliage dies in this set, its easy to choose any combination and blend colour from your favourite palette.  The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, a versatile go to stamp set perfect for many cards.

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Basic White card base (4 1/4 x 11 folded in half portrait orientation)

4 x 5 1/4 Basic White Cardstock (CS) layer

Scrap pieces of Thick Basic White CS for the flowers

2 1/2 x 3/4 inch piece of Basic White CS for sentiment

3 1/3 x 1/2 inch piece of In The Wild DSP  *****Click here, DSP Sale July 1 - Aug 2 2021

Ink Pads:  Rich Razzberry, Highland Heather & Evening Evergreen

Blending Brushes

Genial Gems 

*****Click here, Lesley's Online Store to shop the products used on this card.  Remember to use the Host Code (found on the right side bar) for orders $60 or greater and then I can send you a thank you gift the following month.

Assembly & Trix:

*  Die cut the flowers from Thick Basic White CS using the Meadow Dies.

*  Blend colours on the Meadow Dies using Blending Brushes.  ***Trix. colour the stem using Evening Evergreen and the flowers using Rich Razzleberry & Highland Heather.  Gradually increase the colour and deepen it on various areas of the bloom and stem.  Blend on a scrap piece of paper first to see the colour intensity.

*  Decide on placement of the flower grouping on the CS layer, remove the flowers then softly blend the purples in the areas surrounding the flowers to create visual depth. 

*  Adhere the flowers to the CS layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (glue) and Mini Glue Dots.  ***Trix, I chose glue because I wanted some parts of the flowers the be off the card.  Some flowers were adhered with rolled glue dots to create added dimension.  

*  Adhere the CS layer to the card base with glue.  

*  Stamp the sentiment using Evening Evergreen and adhere it to the strip of In The Wild DSP.

*  Adhere the sentiment piece to the card using dimensionals and embellish with Genial Gems. 

Click here to visit the next blog and enjoy the inspiration!  Have a super day!

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Expressions In Ink DSP with Garden Birdhouses for PP548

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Today's card is inspired by Anne Marie's Theme Challenge at the Paper Players.  I chose stripes, check out their blog by clicking on either my card or their image.  Will you choose stars or stripes?  :)

The flowers on this card are distressed, I bended the edges, but couldn't bring myself to distress the embossed background, ha, maybe I'll get there as I practice the distressed look on cards.  I love the look, but I haven't figured out how to do it to enhance the card instead of creating a mess - ha.  Oh well, I'll keep trying, and pushing out of my comfort zone.  If you like my card, I'd love for you to leave a comment below, do you have difficulty distressing your cards?  Could you give me a few pointers of how to do it successfully?  Thx so much :)

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Basic White card base (4 1/4 x 11 folded in half portrait orientation)

4 x 5 1/4 Basic White cardstock (CS) layer

Scrap piece of Basic White for sentiment

1 3/4 x 4 Expressions In Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Garden Birdhouses stamp set

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

Polished Pink Ink Pad

Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon

Metallic Pearls

Paper Snips Scissors

*****Click here, Lesley's My Projects Page to shop the products used for this card.  Remember to use the Host Code for the month (found on the right sidebar of this blog) when your order is $60 or greater and then I can send you a thank you gift in the mail the following month.

Assembly & Trix:

*  Emboss the Basic White CS layer with the Tasteful Textile folder and adhere to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (glue)

*  Cut flowers from the Expressions In Ink DSP with the Artistic Dies and scissors.  ***Trix, initially I started to cut the individual flowers from the DSP using  the dies, then I realized I didn't need to do that, each flower has it's own shape but it blends into the flower beside it, so I decided to free hand it with scissors for the rest of the flowers.

*  Stamp the 'hello' sentiment using Polished Pink ink.

*  Decide on the placement of flowers, sentiment and ribbon on and under the band of striped DSP.

*  Distress the edges of the flowers by bending the paper and rolling it between your fingers.

*  Adhere the first flower under the DSP using glue, then adhere the DSP with Stampin' Dimensionals.

*  Adhere the sentiment with glue and then the ribbon.  ***Trix. I learned the ribbon trick from Tammy Wilson, an Artisan Design Team member, cut the open weave ribbon apart to create two tiny strips of ribbon and tie them together in a bow.  I love this dimension!  Thank you Tammy!  

*  Adhere the bow with Mini Glue Dots, then add the last flower with glue.

*  Embellish as desired with the Metallic Pearls.

*****Click here, Lesley's Online Store to shop The Designer Series Paper sale July 1 - August 2, 2021.  Remember to use the Host Code SB26APEV for orders $60 or greater and then I can send you a thank you in the mail next month.

Click on the image to go directly to the sale July 1 to Aug 2 2021

Enjoy an have a super day!


Paper Pumpkin July 2021

Hello and thanks for visiting! Today's cards are from the most recent Paper Pumpkin, July 2021 kit -  The Adventure Begins.  I love this...