Brushed Edges Floral Thank You Card

If you’re wanting to add a softer color to the edges of your card or cut-out, you can always just add a little ink to your dauber and brush the edges.

Just tap your desired ink pad with the dauber a few times. Be sure to dab first onto a scratch piece of paper to remove excess ink. It also helps to have some trash paper underneath so that you don’t have to worry about making a mess all over your crafting area.

You can compare this to how the card would look if you just use the scalloped cutout and layer the paper.

The brushed technique leaves you with a softer edge and a more subtle color transition.

September Paper Pumpkin

Halloween is nearly here, which means that Paper Pumpkin has been busy, busy, busy. We thought you might like “a hand” with your frightful festivities, so we designed September’s kit, Bone Appétit, with them in mind.

This kit includes 20 food-safe treat boxes, a unique and exclusive Halloween stamp set, and a spooky, special-edition box. September’s kit also gives new meaning to the word “handmade.” (Cue the scary laughter!)

  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White

Click here to sign up!

Bulldog Thank You Card

For my project this week, I wanted to integrate Cricut’s draw capabilities with my stamping. The front of the card was created using the sitting pretty bundle from last year. It features two of the 2018-2020 In Colors (Blueberry Bushel and Call Me Clover). If you look closely, you’ll notice there is a rhinestone acting as a picture hanger (cards can always use a little bling!).

For the inside, I tried out Cricut’s draw feature to help me create the inner sentiment which was a customer request. The hardest choice was definitely trying to figure out which font to use. I really like the way it came out!

Product List
Sitting Pretty Photopolymer Bundle
$44.00
Balmy Blue 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Call Me Clover 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.50
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper
$0.00
Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
$5.00
Watercolor Pencils
$16.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Snail Adhesive
$7.00

Band Together and Everything Is Rosy

The Band Together bundle is one of my favorites. The flowers are beautiful in just about any color, and the dies cut out some very detailed frame shapes (See Magnolia Lane and Detailed Bands). The ribbon and spotted paper are from the Everything Is Rosy Medley.

Happy stamping!

Product List
Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Band Together Bundle
$54.75
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Call Me Clover 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.50
Everything Is Rosy Product Medley
$80.00
Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Snail Adhesive
$7.00

Brick Dauber Technique in a Bird Seed Shaker Card

The best cards are the ones that come with an unexpected surprise. For this card, I actually had planned to just feature a technique using the sponge daubers. Clearly, I got a tad carried away.

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, and the inner window is from the nested dies. The bird is stamped and colored with blends.

To make the realistic brick look, I first used the bricks 3D embossing folder. Then, I dabbed the sponge dauber onto my Merry Merlot ink pad.

There are two key tips to keep in mind with this technique:

#1 – After inking, tap a couple of times onto scrap paper (or your grid paper) to remove any excess or uneven ink.

#2 – The dauber is used in a brushing motion the length of the card. This way the ink darkens the edges of the bricks the most. If you touch the paper then make a brushing motion, you end up with dark circles of ink that will make the entire brick the same color (instead of just the edges).

This same technique can be used with just about any ink (even metallics)!

August 1-15 Host Code: BFZ3UTBG

Happy crafting!

Product List
Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Pineapple Punch Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Free As A Bird Bundle
$51.25
Nature's Twine
$9.00
Foam Adhesive Strips
$8.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Snail Adhesive
$7.00

Fun with Farm Animals

I just love these farm animal stamps. They have so much personality and are fun to color. The stampin’ blends markers make them appear watercolored. The buffalo check stamp is easy to use and enables you to create your own paper/backgrounds.

August 1-15 Host Code: BFZ3UTBG

Product List
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Buffalo Check Clear-Mount Stamp Set
$15.00
Over The Moon Cling Stamp Set
$20.00
This Little Piggy Clear-Mount Stamp Set
$20.00
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon
$7.00

August Paper Pumpkin Preview

August Kit Information:

  • Makes 6 fall-themed gift bags 
  • Makes 12 fall-themed gift tags 
  • Coordinating colors: Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, and Soft Suede

Add-On Information: Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle

  • Price: $10.00 usd/$13.00 cad
  • Includes 24 card bases of 2 different designs with coordinating envelopes
  • Product dimensions
    • Cards: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
    • Envelopes: 5-1/8″ x 3-5/8″ (13 x 9.2 cm)
  • Available August 1, while supplies last 
  • Not included with an August Paper Pumpkin subscription 
  • Important note: The Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle is not needed to complete the August kit projects.

Click here to sign up before August 10th!

Pocket Full of Daisies

Clearly, the daisy punches have been very popular around my house. They’re fairly easy to use and look cute with or without the coordinating stamps. The way to make them look the most realistic (at least in my opinion) is to punch at least 2 of each size and fan them a little before gluing. Once they are adhered, then bend the edges toward the center to give it a 3D look. I also love the fuzzy centers, which are new this year. They just add a little something extra to the flowers.

The pocket dies are very simple to use, although I will say I haven’t figured out what one of the pieces does just yet…. I need to play with that one a little more. There are also some very cute metallic embellishments available that I think will make some very cute blue jean pockets. Stay tuned for that project!

July 16-31 Host Code: ZZDQG2BF

Product List
Daisy Punch
$18.00
Medium Daisy Punch
$16.00
Perennial Essence Floral Centers
$6.00
Pocket Dies
$25.00
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper
146331
$11.00

Abracadabra!

Ever since I saw one of these “magic cards”, I knew that I had to make one. I love the idea that it starts out looking monotone and simple, then you pull the flap and COLOR!

It’s actually fairly simple to make. The key is your tools. I used the Stamparatus to set the positioning of the stamp on the card. The window was cut out with the stitched rectangles. Then the girl was stamped on the back flap of the card. She was colored with the blends listed below. I glued a piece of highland heather cardstock to the back of the card to cover where the blends bled through.

Flap was cut and glued into the card. Acetate was fixed to the card opening and stamped with stazon. I used a hole punch for the tab and slipped some sparkly twine through it.

July 16-31 Host Code: ZZDQG2BF

Product List
Stamparatus
$49.00
Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
New Wonders Cling Stamp Set
$13.50
Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad
$10.00
Highland Heather 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Balmy Blue Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Granny Apple Green Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Highland Heather Light Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Lovely Lipstick Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack
$9.00

Cows, Coffee Cups and Coloring!

Ever since the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog came out, the Over the Moon stamp set was one of my favorites. The cows are just too cute! I had been waffling on the perfect way to use them for the first time and finally decided on creating a coffee cup.

If you’ve been thinking about decorating your own coffee cups (or other plain ceramics), I promise that it is much easier than you realize! Below you will find some easy to follow instructions with intermingled trial and error “Pro tips” that I figured out along the way.

#1 – Select your coffee cup (or ceramic item of choice).

**Pro tip: Be sure to look closely at the actual surface of your selected item. If there are uneven spots or it is not a perfectly rounded (or flat) surface, be aware they are a little harder to stamp on evenly. (Not impossible mind you, but definitely can be a bit of a challenge.)

#2 – Clean with soap and water to get off any oils from your hands.

Keep in mind that just because you haven’t handled it much doesn’t mean it’s untouched. You have no idea how many times it was touched from the time it was manufactured until it arrived at your home.

#3 – Select your stamps
#4 – Stamp with Stazon and have cleaner nearby!

**Pro tip: Stazon is great for stamping on already glazed ceramics. If you don’t like the way your stamp came out, simply wipe it off using the Stazon cleaner and try again. This is especially important if you are stamping on an uneven surface.

**Pro tip: For stamping on a rounded surface, start at one edge of the stamp and roll your wrist while stamping for an even application. For example, right handed people should start on the far left of the stamp and roll their wrist toward the right to complete the stamp image.

#5 – Bake and Cool

I used a convection setting (made the oven heat up quickly). I placed the coffee cup upside down directly onto the rack for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once the timer went off, I removed it from the oven and let it cool overnight on a hot pad on the kitchen counter.

#6 – Have fun with colors!

To color the cows, I used the various Stampin’ Blends colors listed below. The key is you need to use alcohol based markers for the ink to stay on the ceramic. The ink in water-based markers just pools and doesn’t dry pretty.

#7 Bake and Cool Round 2

Repeat #5 above to set the marker ink.

++Tested in dishwasher…. The colors stayed!!

July 16-31 Host Code: ZZDQG2BF

Product List
Over The Moon Cling Stamp Set
$20.00
Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad
$10.00
Stāzon Cleaner
$6.00
Crumb Cake Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Lovely Lipstick Light Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Shaded Spruce Dark Stampin' Blends
$4.50
Smoky Slate Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50