Last Minute Gifts!


What?  Why am I talking about a last minute Christmas gift and showing you a birthday card?  Well, because this IS the last minute gift!  It’s a kit containing everything you need to make a fun project or some cards, and it comes right to your door every month.  It’s called My Paper Pumpkin, and you can order it right now~in time for Christmas!  It is a subscription, so you can purchase a subscription for one month, three, six or twelve months.  Give yourself the gift of a subscription…or buy one for a friend or family member!  You can click on the picture below to find out more:

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions

This is the December kit which arrived at my door just the other day.  It came with everything you see here, all the pieces (I call them “pieces parts”!) with instructions to put together six cards.  As you can see, this month’s cards are shaker cards they are adorable!!

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The kit came with clear plastic panels and sheets with all these cute little multicolored stars and some sequins.  The directions told me just how to put the cards together.  And these cut-out sentiments came on sticky sheets so I just pulled them off and laid them across the clear plastic panel.  It took me about 10 minutes to put together each card :-)

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Seriously, aren’t you just blown away by how cute and fun these are?  Every month is like this.  The kit comes with everything you need except adhesive.  So, for a gift you might wrap up some Tombow White Glue in a pretty package with a note that says that a fun, exciting box will appear on their doorstep next month and they will need the glue for what’s in the box!!


I’m guessing the January My Paper Pumpkin will be a Valentine project, and you definitely don’t want to miss that!  Just click the photo below to subscribe or purchase a gift subscription.   This is a great gift and you don’t even need to fight the traffic at the mall!!

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions


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Quick Christmas Tag or Ornament!

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Thank you, dear blog readers!  Thank you for stopping by today ~ and thank you for your love for stamping!  It’s my pleasure to come to you several times each week with some fun stamping ideas!

This tag could also be an ornament, and it’s really a SNAP to make.  It’s the tag my customers all received on their orders this month :-)

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To make this tag, just cut out a large star using the Stars Collection Framelit Dies and the card stock color of your choice.  I used Cherry Cobbler.  Choose your sentiment stamp (I used Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set).  Stamp it on the card stock using Versamark Ink and heat emboss it with White Embossing Powder.  Punch a hole at the top of your star and run baker’s twine (I used the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine)  through the hole.  Poof, you’re done!

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Do you need some gift tags?  Do you need a few small last minute gifts?  Pop some of these out right away.  You could use almost any shape of framelits, circles, squares, etc.  Add a sentiment, heat emboss it, and you’re done!  Keep checking back as I’ll be giving you last minute holiday hints ~ as I myself need them!  Ha!


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My Christmas Home Tour!

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Hi there!  Today is a little mini tour of my own home!  I’ve been busy making a few Christmas banners and they were SO easy to make.  You can totally do these in a flash.  I think it took me only about a hour to make both banners, and they really add a nice touch to my Christmas decorations!

First is the “joy” banner.  This was the quickest.  I used the Banner Framelits, the two largest sizes.  The background is the largest die cut from Real Red card stock, and the inside die is one size smaller cut from Whisper White card stock.  I made the letters from the stencils in the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (Item No. 133507). This Kit is such a basic, if you don’t have it you should definitely get it.  It gives you all the stencils you need for any banner you want to make.  I’ve had my kit for two years now and made several banners. I just use a sponge dauber with the Real Red stamp pad to fill in the stencil.  It took minutes.  Punch holes in the top corners of each banner and string a ribbon through it.  For the joy banner I used our 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.

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Here’s a quick peek at my tree ~ what would a home tour be without a picture of the tree?  :-)

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This is the big banner that I made with the Build a Banner Kit.  For this one I used the canvas pennants that come in the kit.  The stripes are made with one of the stencils included in the Kit and again, the letters are made with the letter stencils.  The stripes are sponged with Real Red ink and the letters with Early Espresso ink.

Fireplace banner

Thank you for taking my home tour!!  How are you decorating your house for Christmas?  I’m doing more than usual because my son will be here for a few days.  Some years I do very little.  No matter what you do, just enjoy! Here’s a link to the Build a Banner Kit in my store ~ it will make a nice Valentine’s Day banner…just saying’ :-)

Build a Banner



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Beautiful Spring Preview!

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Oh my goodness, do you love this butterfly?  Well, guess what?  YOU are going to be able to get a die to make your own butterflies, as well as this amazingly pretty designer series paper.  These are some of the many great items available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog which goes live in January!

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Just yesterday I got my box full of preorder items from the catalog, and it was so much fun to open and ooh and aah as I pulled out all the new goodies!  Here’s a photo of my box :-)  (Can you tell I’m excited?)

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I can’t wait to show you everything!  The catalogs are being mailed out right now and you can start ordering from the catalog on January 6, 2015.  If you would like a catalog and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that you are already working with, just email me and I will see that you get one!

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Just to get you a bit more excited, I’ll tell you that the background on today’s card does not have any stamping at all.  This is from one sheet of a new DSP called “Painted Blooms.”  The papers are reproductions of hand-painted watercolor art and they are gorgeous!  Wait till you see all the sheets in this set!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope this gave you a little moment of spring!

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Beautiful Blues for the Pals!

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Today’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge is all about blue, different shades of blue.  And it was so much fun to create using these gorgeous blues.  Some silver embossing, silver glimmer paper, silver sequins, silver baker’s twine, rhinestones…lots of bling to set off these pretty shades.

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Why don’t you pull out your paper and stamps and play along with us today?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Candy Cane Card for the Pals Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create with Susan on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects.

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Oh my goodness, how can I possibly choose my favorites from Stampin’ Up!?  I totally love everything!  Ok, ok, for today’s card I used… “a few of my fa-vo-rite thee-engs”♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

Pink is my favorite color, and I love our pretty Pirouette Pink card stock.  It goes so well with this paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack!  Doesn’t it totally look like candy canes?

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I will tell you that the minute I saw the Wonderful Wreath Framelits (and matching stamp set), I was crazy about them.  One reason is because of this super-cute little bow!  I just love it!  You can use it for so many things, like to tie up the ends of the pink circle garland on today’s card.

As for stamp sets, I just can’t stop using “Good Greetings.”  It’s a special hostess-only set that was available just for a short time.  The font is adorable.  Now, you can’t currently get the Good Greetings set, but you can get the Endless Wishes stamp set which has even more darling sentiments!  The sentiment on today’s card is stamped on vellum, which definitely is one of my favorite things these days.  Have you ever stamped on vellum?  Give it a try, vellum is so versatile!

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All of my favorite items are listed at the very end of this post.  I’m so glad you stopped by today!  Please leave me a comment, I’d love to know how you liked today’s candy cane card!  The next stop is Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.

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  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  3. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  4. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  7. September Gray at
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  11. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  15. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  16. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  24. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  25. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  26. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  27. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  30. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  31. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  32. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  33. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  34. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  35. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  36. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  37. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  38. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomWithBecky


Stamps:  Good Greetings (use Endless Wishes)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette and Garden Green card stock, Vellum, and Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, 1/2″ Circle Punch, 1″ Square Punch (for flagged ends), Stampin’ Distress Tool
Other Goodies:  2013-15 In Color Sequins, Frosted Sequins, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

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Christmas Thanks!

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’ve not posted for several days!  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been crazy busy!  Christmas events, card classes, busy busy.  I finally had time to sit down and make some cards using my new favorite stamp set ~ Banner Blessings.

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Look how great this “thanks” stamp looks in the Blackberry Bliss (BB) ink on BB card stock with a BB ribbon bow!  Darling, darling!

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The background is stamped with one of the November My Paper Pumpkin stamps, a cute snowflake that you’ve seen me use before.

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Visit my online store December 5, 2014 – January 5, 2014 and you’ll see that Stampin’ Up! has put more items on clearance for our Year-End Closeouts! We’re including Christmas items (just in time!) and giving you discounts up to 80 percent on select items. With discounts like this, it’s easy to get a few extra gifts for your friends, your family, or even yourself!

There is one catch though: items offered during the Year-End Closeouts are while supplies last. So, even though this sale lasts through the end of the year, you’ll want to hurry to grab the items you love before they are gone!

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Feather Thank You!

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This stamp is just so pretty!  I love all the swirls and curls!  This card is for someone who’s been very kind to me and my little dog Elie.  She’s our wonderful vet who does so many nice things for us, and I want to send her a very special card.

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Feathers, feathers, feathers…a few feathers always look great on a card, don’t you think?

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Stamps:  A Million & One, Four Feathers, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar and Calypso Coral
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla card stock
Tools:  Feathers Framelit Dies, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder
Embellishments:  2013-15 In Color Candy Dots, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine

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Christmas Craft Videos!

Here are some great Christmas craft videos from Stampin’ Up!  Learn new techniques, get some great gift wrap ideas!  Enjoy!

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Online Cyber Monday Doorbusters TODAY ONLY!


Hi Stampers!  Today is the LAST DAY of our amazing Online Extravaganza and we have three great Doorbusters for you today:

Blendabilities Bundle 30% Off
Reg:  $143.40  TODAY ONLY:  $100
12 sets of Blendabilites, 3 markers per set, one light, one medium, one dark (excludes Skin Tones and Color Lifter)


Gift Box Bundle 30% Off
Reg: $17.85  TODAY ONLY:  $12.49
Tiny Treat Boxes (135829)
Decorative Window Gift Boxes (132146)
Takeout Boxes (135827)


Project Life Bundle 15% Off
Reg: $78.75  TODAY ONLY: $66.75
Black Leather 12″ x 12″ Project Life Album (135292)
Design 1 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (135295)
Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection (135830)
Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack (135832)
Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (135188)


The best way to SAVE:
Stampin’ Up! $99 Starter Kit is 25% off. Benefit from over $50 in free product
(you can even add sale items to the kit) and it ships free.

25% off! The $99 Starter Kit will be discounted 25% to just $74.25. You can order your kit through me HERE!
For a limited time! The Starter Kit Sale runs from Nov. 24 thru Dec. 2.
You decide! Choose up to $125 in Stampin’ Up! products for your kit (including On-Line Extravaganza Sale items and 15% off bundles. That’s over $50 in FREE product!
Free Shipping! The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.
Stock up! Once you join, you receive a one-time 30% off discount on a product order of $150 or more placed within 45 days.



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