There’s something about the holidays that brings out the crafter in all of us. Even non-crafters like making simple and fun projects to celebrate the season. And since “simple and fun” is Paper Pumpkin’s middle name, you have the perfect way to make fun items for the holidays!
I’m so excited to announce that the 2019 Holiday Catalog is live (FINALLY)! There are so many fun and creative things in this catalog that I’m not even sure where to tell you to start.
Well…. I guess that’s not actually true. Start on page #1 and then slowly go forward. Mark or make a list of things that interest you (there’s a form below for you to print and use to simplify your life if you like). Personally, I use a gold Sharpie to mark items…. just saying…. don’t be afraid to mark on the catalog!
If you’re a Halloween person, start at the back and browse toward the front. There are some ridiculously cute and super cool samples in the catalog — including a wreath made of coffin treat boxes embossed and accented with gold ink (see below). Not to mention that you will be seeing even more coming from me over the next few weeks (sorry, not sorry)!
We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. By popular demand, we are bringing back the Designer Series Paper Sale! During September 4–30, you can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper, and get one FREE!
There is no limit as to how many free paper packs you can get. You can also mix and match the paper designs. You choose which one is free! Only the papers listed below are included in the sale.
Click any of the paper images below to start your order or contact me, and I will place your order for you! Don’t forget to use my hostess code!Product List
I know that it’s only the start of September, but Halloween is already on my mind. It’s my second favorite holiday to decorate for (Christmas is #1 of course), and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is releasing on September 4th! (Stay tuned for lots of fun card and party favor ideas!)
I was shopping on Bath & Body Works website for some travel hand sanitizers, and stumbled upon their Halloween themed ones and felt inspired to make them a cute holder.
I started off by making my own paper to wrap the hand sanitizer. I will apologize now, you’re going to be seeing this technique a lot. I really like how you can control the colors (and empty space) when you make your own paper with stamps.
For this paper, I used the witch and cat stamps from the Cauldron Bubble Stampin’ Up! stamp set with Gray Granite ink pad. Once you have decent coverage of the paper, cut strips to accommodate your party favor gift of choice.
I had entirely too much fun coloring the witch and her cauldron with the blends markers. They dry so that you really don’t see the marker strokes. In addition, if you make bigger coloring strokes, the ink gives you a “fade” spot so that you get more texture in the coloring.Product List
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.
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!
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
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
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)!
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Happy crafting!Product List
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.