A Cup of Cheer — FMS196

It’s Wednesday, and that means that we have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Cindy Hall is our hostess, and she always amazes me with her attention to detail in her beautiful creations.  Look at the sketch she has for us this week:

I had just received my new Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail, and I’ve been so busy preparing for Convention this week, that I didn’t have much time to make a card for this sketch.  But then it hit me that this kit would work perfectly with this sketch.

July Paper PumpkinI only added a couple of little pieces that weren’t included in the kit — the sequins and a strip of Tangelo Twist card stock.  This card came together in no time.

July Paper Pumpkin Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own creation with the sketch.  We always love to see what you make each week.  Meanwhile, you can check out what the design team made at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

HB 2 a Teen Boy — FMS188

It’s time for another new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite paper crafter from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  She has a fun one for us:

I needed a birthday card for a teenage boy, so I thought the little flowers in the sketch probably wouldn’t work for my card.  I thought the cute little banners from Banner Banter would be perfect.

HB to You GuyI stamped the background using the Hardwood stamp using Versamark ink.  I thought that added a “manly” touch.  And I used bright colors for the sentiment and banners — Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included in a My Paper Pumpkin kit.

HB to You Guy Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and participate in the challenge.  We love looking through the gallery each week and seeing what you make with each sketch.  You should drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  They are always inspiring!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Glittered Snowflake — FMS165

It’s time for another sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the fabulously talented Cindy Lovell from Germany is our hostess.  I love everything Cindy makes, and her sketch this week is no exception.

I had my new My Paper Pumpkin kit on my desk, so I immediately thought of using the snowflake from the kit as the focal image on this sketch.

glittered flakeI ran the snowflake halves through my Xyron machine and applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter over it.  The dotted background and sentiment are from stamps in the recent My Paper Pumpkin kit.

glittered flake close upWe hope you’ll join us and make your own creation using the sketch this week.  We love looking through the gallery and seeing what you make.  Meanwhile, you can check out the rest of the design team’s work over at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Halloween Boo — Monday Montage #29

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It’s time for another Monday Montage blog hop!  There are ten of us participating, and all you have to do is click on the links at the end of each post to travel to all ten blogs.

One of the things I love about the monthly My Paper Pumpkin kits are that they usually include some exclusive stamps.  And I always love them.  While most of the supplies in the kit get used up as you make the projects, the stamps will last forever.  This month’s kit has some fab Halloween stamps.

Pumpkin TagThe bats and the sentiment both use this month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit stamps.  The pumpkins come from the Fall Fest stamp set.

I used the Positively Chevron background stamp on the tag with some Versamark ink and Heat & Stick Powder.  I then applied some Gold Stampin’ Glitter.

Pumpkin Tag Close UpI took a length of the White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim and unwound it, removed some of the threads, and tied a big bow around some of the Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to check out her awesome inspiration.  If you’d rather work your way backwards, you can venture over to Wendy Weixler’s always creative blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Happy Father’s Day, Paper Pumpkin Style

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I decided I’d better get busy and make a Father’s Day card (or two).  I decided to use some of the elements from last month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit.

Pumpkin Father's Day


The cute banners are all from the kit, as is the sentiment stamp.  The stars were stamped with the new Be the Star stamp set and cut out with the new Stars Framelits Dies.  I am so excited to finally have these framelits!  The small Tangelo Twist stars were punched out with one of the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches.

Pumpkin Father's Day Close UpEnjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


2 Great People, 1 Little Card

2 great peopleI don’t know what it is about these little wooden people that came in a My Paper Pumpkin kit last December, but I have this strong affinity for them.  And subscribers can even order refill kits and get extra little wooden people (here’s a link).  I’m in!

When I saw this cute sentiment stamp from the new Something To Say set, I immediately thought of this wooden couple.  I needed a wedding card to enclose with a gift, so I made this little card.  The card is only 2-1/2″ x 4″, and I will probably end up punching a hole in it in the top left-hand corner and tie some pretty ribbon on it to attach it to the wedding gift.

I used the scalloped heart in the Hearts a Flutter framelits to cut out a Very Vanilla heart, which I then colored with Crisp Cantaloupe ink using a sponge dauber.  I like the soft look that gave it.  I pierced a smaller heart with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.  The smaller, Very Vanilla heart was also cut out with a die from the same framelits pack.  The Island Indigo row of hearts was created by just punching out the hearts with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

2 great people close upOne of the cool things about this sentiment set is that there are stamps for the inside of your cards.  Here’s a look at the inside for this “2 Great People” stamp:

2 great people inside

I haven’t played along with The Paper Players in a while, so I was excited to see they have a wedding-themed challenge this week.  It was just what I needed to make myself sit down and get this card made.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Pumpkin CongratsMy older daughter had a big day yesterday.  She received a great award at her school’s awards assembly in the morning, and then played Cinderella in her school’s Spanish production last night.  These are not normal things for her (though she is very deserving of both), and as a middle child it is unusual for her to be in the spotlight like that.  So I thought she deserved a special card (with some tickets to Mama Mia in it — the touring production will be in Dallas in a couple of weeks and she loves the music but has never seen the show).

Pumpkin Congrats Close UpI used some more My Paper Pumpkin goodies on this card.  The “congrats” comes from a recent kit and is made of wood.  I stamped my Versamark pad on it and covered it with white embossing powder.  The little arrow stamps also came from another My Paper Pumpkin kit.  The colors used are Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, and So Saffron (some of her favorites).

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A Paper Pumpkin for You

Pumpkin for YouI have really been loving some of the new photopolymer stamps that have been included in the My Paper Pumpkin kits this year.  I used some of them to make this card, as well as some of the new in-color, Tangelo Twist.  The other colors are Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz. These are colors from the challenge over at Color Throwdown:

I also added just a little black in there and some splatters from Gorgeous Grunge.

The new ribbon ties beautifully — I love it!  Here’s a closer view.

Pumpkin for You Close UPEnjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mother’s Day Gift Bag

Mother's Day Gift Bag

I decided to use up some more of my leftover My Paper Pumpkin supplies yesterday.  These cute gift bags were included in a kit a couple of months ago.

I took some scraps of the pretty Watercolor Wonder dsp and arranged them across the front of the bag.  Then I die cut some of the Floral Frames framelits from the Creped Filter Paper and used a Stamping Sponge to color the paper Calypso Coral.

I used a die from the Chalk Talk framelits to cut out the Daffodil Delight tag.  The Happy Mother’s Day stamp is from April’s My Paper Pumpkin kit.

Mother's Day Gift Bag Close Up

After sprinkling some Gold Sequin Trim around and adding some crochet thread under the flower, I was finished.

I’m glad to have one Mother’s Day gift bag finished.  It seems like Mother’s Day always sneaks up on me.  Now to get a couple of cards made for that day too.

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Lots of This and That

Power of TwoI sat down to make a card using up some odds and ends I had around my desk, and this is what I ended up with.  Sometimes it’s just fun to play around with different things and mix and match.

I knew that I definitely wanted to use these wooden people figures on my card (from a My Paper Pumpkin kit), so that was my starting point.  I thought they’d go well with this sentiment from Yippee Skippee.  Then I added some dsp from the I Am Me pack (love this stuff), and some washi tape from the Retro Fresh line.

Power of Two Close UpAnd then I went crazy with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Very fun!

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