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Creative projects you’ll love delivered to your door!

I love getting surprises in the mail! And my favorite of all is my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! Each month this fun little kit arrives on my door step with everything I need to make that month’s project. Whenever it arrives, it’s like an old friend has come to visit. I can’t wait to open the box and see what is waiting for me!

November’s kit – Jolly Gingerbread – has everything I need to make a variety of projects -gift card holders, Christmas cards, or gift tags. I had so much fun making some of each. Check out my YouTube Video to see how easy it is to create beautiful handmade cards and gift tags.

Jolly Gingerbread Paper Pumpkin

If your looking for gift ideas for the crafty types on your gift list, consider a subscription to Paper Pumpkin! I know they’ll love it!

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You’ll love the easy yet impressive IMPOSSIBLE CARD!

I’ve always been crafty. As a youngster I loved to color; as a I grew older I tried my hand at different crafts – knitting, sewing, crocheting, photography, cake decorating, painting. You name it and I’ve probably at least tried it once! Some I’ve liked more than others and some were just not my strong suit – knitting – not for me – can’t coordinate two needles at once; quilting – meh too much detail work. But creativity fills my soul and I love to try new things.

About 20 years ago I got introduced to Stampin’ Up! I loved the pretty stamps, ink, and paper and I was hooked. I loved this new hobby – it fed my creative side in a fun, new way. Now, life has a way of getting in the way and as a mom of two young children with a full time job outside the home, the opportunity to spend precious time and money on my “hobby” was limited. I never gave it up exactly but I did put it on the back burner for a few decades.

So fast forward to today and I’m an (almost) empty nester with time and money to finally spend on me! So when the opportunity to join Stampin’ Up! was presented and jumped in and signed up. I absolutely LOVE creating with my stamps, ink, and paper. It feeds my creative soul and it give me such joy to turn a simple piece of paper into a work of art. Best of all, I get to share my passion with all of you! So today I want to share my take on the “Impossible Card”. I’m not really sure why it’s called that but my guess is the way you cut and fold the card seems impossible to do!

Impossible Card

The card is actually quite easy to make – just a few score lines and some snips with your scissor, a flip of the paper and Viola – the Impossible Card. Check out my YouTube Tutorial below and be sure to join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group on Facebook to get the FREE PDF tutorial. You can order the tools used to make this card here. Happy Stampin’.

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Add Sparkle and Joy This Year with Handmade Holidays

To say 2020 has been a year unlike any other is the understatement of, well, the year! We’ve had to regroup and adapt to a new way of doing things but perhaps the hardest has been social distancing. We are a social people by nature and at this point I think even introverts like me have had enough. We want to gather with our loved ones and celebrate the holidays but again 2020 has thrown us a curve ball! So, if we can’t be there in person to celebrate together, we can at least create handmade items to send and share with our loved ones to let them know how special they are to us.

Handmade doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate – sometimes simple is best. And I’ve got a super easy gift box you can make from just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. Just a few scored lines, some quick snips, fold and glue. Viola! you have an adorable little gift box to use for gift cards, cash, sweet treats, or any little trinket you want. Your family and friends will be impressed with your creativity and touched by your thoughtful kindness. And let’s face it – we could all use a little more kindness this year.

Quick and Easy Gift Box

Join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group on Facebook for a free PDF tutorial. To join, just click here. The PDF tutorial is in the files section.

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You’ll love this sneak peek at the new Curvy Celebrations!

I don’t know about you, but growing up birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and just about any special occasion was a big deal. These events would bring the whole family together to celebrate and they were always filled with lots of laughter, good food, and above all love! My mom always went out of her way to make these celebrations special. I know I get my love of creating special gifts and cards for my family and friends from her.

I don’t know why but the new Quite Curvy Bundle just reminds me of my mom and all the special times we had together. Maybe it’s because the curvy dies make me think of how she loved to sew and could create beautiful clothes for the children and grandchildren in the blink of an eye (and lots of late nights). It might be because of the whimsical trees in the Curvy Christmas stamp set but most likely it’s because she really was “One in a Million” as the sentiment from the Quite Curvy stamp set says. No matter the reason, this bundle just brings joy to my heart and so many fond memories of celebrations with my Mom. Take a look and I’m sure you will find it makes you smile too.

The card on the right is a great example of #simplestamping – just stamps ink and paper. Card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. Layers get consecutively 1/4″ smaller – so Designer Series paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the top layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″. Measurements are the same for the pink birthday card with the exception of the top white layer, which is the same width as the green layer it sits on but only 3 1/4″ high before being cut with the curvy dies.

You can check out my YouTube tutorial here. Please be sure to subscribe to my channel and then click on the bell so you can be notified when I upload new content. You can also order your own Quite Curvy Bundle from my store – just click here.

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Add a POP of color with the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite

When I first saw the August to December Mini Catalog I was drawn to the beautiful Poinsettia Place Suite of products. It was a love/hate relationship – I loved the the products but hated the number of dies included. The number of dies was the deciding factor in my decision to skip over this suite in favor of simpler bundles and suites. But like a moth to a flame I kept coming back to it. After seeing so many beautiful projects created with this suite I FINALLY broke down and ordered it.

When it arrived I pulled it out of the box and immediately started to play with it. Let just say it was LOVE at first use! The poinsettia flowers go together so easily and you can create flowers of varying sizes . I was kicking myself for waiting so long to get this little gem.

https://www.stampinup.com/products/poinsettia-place-suite-collection-(english)?demoid=2184563

The Suite comes with everything you see here – stamp set, dies, beaded pearls, ribbon, designer series paper, and a specialty designer series paper. You can order the entire suite with just one item number 155109 for just $94. I promise once you get this suite you won’t want to put it down. It makes creating stunning cards so easy!

This past week the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite was the star of my YouTube video, which you can see here. You can purchase all the products used to make the cards featured on my YouTube Video here. Below are the dimensions for the cards:

  • Real Red card stock – 11″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White card stock – 2 pieces 4″ x 5 1/4″ (one for inside/one for outside)
  • Basic Black – 3/4′ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic Black – 2 1/4″ circle
  • Real Red, Garden Green, and Bumblebee card stock for die cuts
  • Soft Suede card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White card stock 4″ x 5 1/4″ (for inside)
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper 3″ x 4″
  • Bumblebee card stock for label