Waiting for the Great Pumpkin …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Change of plans, I was going to share some alternatives to this months Paper Pumpkin but I’ve had many questions about Paper Pumpkin so I’m here to answer some of those questions ….

What IS Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin is our monthly subscription service that offers fun ‘n’ easy papercrafting projects for crafters of any skill level! In these themed all-inclusive kits, subscribers receive pre-cut paper pieces, embellishments, ink, and an exclusive stamp set. As the subscription continues, subscribers will have a collection of cards and other creations for a variety of occasions, in addition to a stockpile of supplies!

Each month Paper Pumpkin announces their upcoming kit with lots of hints about what FUN you’ll find inside … the September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The “Hello Pumpkin” Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match! What is a Cracker Box Treat package?

These are sooooo cute … I can’t wait to see what the treat packages look like in our “Hello Pumpkin” kit next month…. decorating them with the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces will be loads of fun!! Here are the Coordinating Colors in our Hello Pumpkin kit …

Autumn is my favorite season, decorating for Halloween is a blast, gathering with family for Thanksgiving is something I cherish each year … you can use this cute little treat holders for Halloween handouts or Thanksgiving place cards!!

I could not resist sharing this cute little graphic ….

You can subscribe to the Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit between August 11th and September 10th… you can also order additional kits once you are a subscriber! SUBSCRIBE HERE but don’t wait until the last minute … some kits have sold out before the deadline.

Let me know if you have any questions about our Paper Pumpkin crafting kit. I’d be happy to answer them. You can subscribe by clicking the link above or selecting a Pre-Paid Subscription below.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!

Here are the links to the Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin kits … just click on the image and it will take you to my online store, and you can continue with your purchase. The 12-month Subscription Qualifies YOU for Hostess Rewards ($22.00 Free Merchandise of your choice!!)

World’s Greatest …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another video to share with you … Celebrate and appreciate the everyday heroes in your life with the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. The cards included in this kit are specifically designed for celebrating life’s champions! Watch our unboxing to help guide you through making your cards!

I love the way they layer the shaker card, making it easy to put the cute embellishments into the shaker area. I’ve seen some pretty tricky ways of doing this in the past 20 years … LOL.

Stop back tomorrow and I will share my “alternative” to this kit. And don’t forget to subscribe before September 10th if you would like next months kit.

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

Whatever you love most about fall, September’s kit has everything you need to celebrate the season your way! Click Here to read more about the September Paper Pumpkin!

Thank you for stopping by today, have a great day!

Here are the links to the Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin kits … just click on the image and it will take you to my online store, and you can continue with your purchase. The 12-month Subscription Qualifies YOU for Hostess Rewards ($22.00 Free Merchandise of your choice!!)

Hello, Pumpkin

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve shared some Christmas with you to get you thinking about your Christmas card list, however, today I want to share something exciting coming for my favorite season …. Fall. The beautiful changing colors, the warm days and cool nights, the season of thanks, there is just so much to celebrate! I want to introduce you to Hello, Pumpkin … our September Paper Pumpkin kit.

What IS Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin is our monthly subscription service that offers fun ‘n’ easy papercrafting projects for crafters of any skill level! In these themed all-inclusive kits, subscribers receive pre-cut paper pieces, embellishments, ink, and an exclusive stamp set. As the subscription continues, subscribers will have a collection of cards and other creations for a variety of occasions, in addition to a stockpile of supplies!

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

Coordinating Colors in our Hello Pumpkin kit are …

Prepare to celebrate with the September Paper Pumpkin Kit! There’s so much to love about fall—some love the haunts of Halloween, many love the time to give thanks, and others love the changing colors and cooler temperatures….

Whatever you love most about fall, September’s kit has everything you need to celebrate the season your way! Between a multi-occasion stamp set and enough supplies to design 20 cracker box treat packages, you can create custom fall crafts to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, and leaves. Whether you make them all the same or mix ‘n’ match your crafts, there’s something for everyone in this kit!

You can subscribe to the Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit between August 11th and September 10th. SUBSCRIBE HERE but don’t wait until the last minute … some kits have sold out before the deadline.

Let me know if you have any questions about our Paper Pumpkin crafting kit. I’d be happy to answer them. You can subscribe by clicking the link above or selecting a Pre-Paid Subscription below.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!

Here are the links to the Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin kits … just click on the image and it will take you to my online store, and you can continue with your purchase. The 12-month Subscription Qualifies YOU for Hostess Rewards ($22.00 Free Merchandise of your choice!!)

Sparkly Luminaries: Glitter Window Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a cute project that is perfect for celebrating on Summer Nights. I’ve got something to brighten your night and add a little sparkle … just in case the star’s aren’t out!

I’m making Sparkling Luminaries …. perfect to decorate your tables or even to line the driveway. These little cuties were fun to make … If you do not have the Paper Pumpkin kit, you can use lunch bags or small white bags from the $ Store and use a punch or die to create a design.

Step 1: I started with the pre-die cut luminaries that are included in the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Step 2: is to add “Clear Packing Tape” to the inside of the bag with the “sticky” side facing … out! I used a pencil with a touch of adhesive to hold the tape steady while it “eased” it into the bag.

Step 3: Spread Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the sticky side of the tape and rub it in good … tap off excess glitter.

Step 4: Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers … Color the tape from the inside of the card, this will dry and not rub off.

Now it’s time to add your candles and light ’em up! Here is a close up so you see the pretty sparking of the Dazzling Diamonds …

Aren’t those just the cutest luminaries? You could keep them simple or jazz them up even more by stamping the “burst” image you’ve seen the past two days or add some of the Glitter Stars included in the kit or even some Rhinestones …

HOW WOULD YOU PREFER YOURS? As Is … or …. Jazzed up.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I’ll see you tomorrow with a Sneak Peek into the new Mini Catalog.

Have a dazzling day!

Summer Nights Add-On

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I created using the Summer Nights Add-On kit that coordinates with the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Yesterday I shared my “Fireworks” card using the Joseph’s Coat technique (click here to view post) I used the “burst” image to create the fireworks, and I will be using them again for today’s card.

I chose the background with the Blackberry Bliss … there are three different color patterns and 8 of each pattern, plus it includes coordinating envelopes.

I heat embossed the “burst” image in White and then embossed the stick or line image in silver creating a “Sparkler”!! You all know what I’m doing next don’t you … You guessed it, brushed on the Wink of Stella to add the shimmer.

The greeting comes from the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit and teamed up with the Summer Nights Add-On, it this will be the first of many to adorn more fun creations.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

Have yourself a great day.

Technique Tuesday: Joseph’s Coat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m not only sharing another alternative to the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin, but an awesome technique … Joseph’s Coat. This technique is a real WOW!

It may look like I started with Basic Black cardstock but it’s actually Whisper White! I’m using the “burst” stamp from the exclusive stamp set included in the kit.

To begin … I used the Sponge Daubers to lay down a circle of color; Real Red and Pacific Point. The ink must be dry before you proceed to the next step, you can let it sit a while or heat set the color with your heat gun.

Once dry, ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp the “burst” image over the top of your red, re-ink and stamp over the blue, re-ink one more time and stamp directly onto the cardstock … this will give you your white fireworks! Apply “CLEAR” Embossing Powder and set with heat gun.

Once your burst images are embossed it’s time for the “coat” … a coat of black ink is applied to make your stamped images pop. You can use your brayer however, I just apply my ink “direct to paper”… drag the ink pad across your cardfront, it’s quick and I can get a nice even coverage.

Once you are happy with the amount of black ink applied, use a tissue to wipe the ink off of your embossed images … they will brighten up beautifully. You could leave it like this, but I really wanted to jazz it up so I grabbed my “Wink of Stella”!!

The Wink of Stella just adds the perfect sparkle for my fireworks! I began just over the top of the lines, then I found when I went between the lines, it darkened the black and added an amazing contrast. But I’m not done with Stella yet … I “tapped” extra “stella” onto the cardfront by tapping the brush onto a marker which forces the ink out which spatters onto your cardfront.

I then colored my Rhinestones to match my fireworks for a little extra texture and sparkle. I also added it to my greeting tag as an anchor and to add a bit more color to the tag. It’s really quite simple and a lot of fun to make.

So … what do you think of my “Fireworks Party”? Is this a technique you would like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for the visit and hanging out while I shared how to make this fun card using a great technique. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow with a card using the “Add-On” that is available for your July 2020 Paper Pumpkin.

Enjoy your day!

Here is a list of the products used on these cards … Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Summer Nights Alternative

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had a great weekend and got a chance to peek at my Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin card yesterday … it was posted quite a bit later than normal!! Today I have an alternative to the designs in the kit.

The Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin reminds me of time spent with my grandpa and grandma as a child, running through the tall grasses on the farm chasing Fireflies. Grandma would always give us one of her canning jars so we could catch a couple ….

I always had to let them out before we went back into the house because I didn’t want them to die, and let the lights go out. As a kid, you watch in amazement as those little lights blink on and off, and there were soooo many of them! The Fireflies lit up the night like a galaxy of stars … but close enough to touch.

To this day, I still love watching the Fireflies, those memories take me to a happy place. Isn’t that our intention when we send a card to a friend or family member? To bring joy or comfort … it’s an amazing feeling.

I didn’t change much on my card … the backgrounds are the “postcards” from the kit, I just added a Night of Navy card base to turn it into a card. I cut down my mason jar as I wanted my fireflies to be the main focus.

The fireflies, like the jar are embossed in gold and really stand out beautifully. However, I did add my own twinkle … I touched as many of the stars as I could with the Wink of Stella. After a few minutes and I knew the Wink of Stella was dry, I rubbed my finger over the stars and onto the entire card front – WOW, what a stunning shimmery background it creates!

I chose my greeting from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, the sentiment when sent to my sister reflects those memories we had as kids, and she would know that I was thinking of her.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope this cute little card brought back some happy memories for you as well. The “refill” kit for the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin is still available (Does not include the stamp set) and you have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to do so.

Have a wonderful day ~

Simply Sunday: Summer Nights

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a quick post to share the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit … when we talk “Simple” there is nothing easier than our Paper Pumpkin kits. The “work” is done for you … only the fun of stamping and assembly are left.

Craft a summer night worth celebrating with the July 2020 kit! This magical and bright crafting experience is one you will always remember! And don’t forget to check out the Summer Nights Add-On; perfect for expanding your Summer Nights experience! I will be sharing my creation with that on Wednesday.

I turned the “post card” into a regular card with a Calypso Coral card base. The only other thing that I changed from the Paper Pumpkin design was the “tag” for the greeting … I used a smaller one because I love the backgrounds.

I’m also in love with those gold glitter stars! The Farris Wheel scene comes as shown directly from the kit. So cute.

Thank you for joining me today … stop back tomorrow as I will share an alternative card with you.

Sending Sunshine

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share today’s card with you. It is my alternative to this months; June 2020 Paper Pumpkin… too cute! Nothing like getting home from a “frazzling” day at work to see a box of fun in your mailbox! And so bright and sunny ….

I made this little cutie for a friend to let them know I’m thinking about them. The base is pre-printed for you in a swirl of sunshine colors and coordinates with the sun … although the sun has a gold emboss as well.

My black & white background is actually a self-adhesive die cut rectangle I just stuck to my base. The sun was added on top with dimensionals included in my kit to brighten my friends day.

The greeting comes from the stamp set that is included in the Paper Pumpkin kit and is full of uplifting words. The gold edged banner is also included (well to be honest …. everything is included!) and was stamped with the Basic Black ink spot. Gold embossed envelopes … you guessed it … included 🙂

Not much else to say about creating this card, it was so easy to assemble. The kit does come with instructions but this card popped into my head the moment I opened my kit.

I thank you for stopping by today, and I invite you back tomorrow as I will show you how to recreate this card if you don’t have this months Paper Pumpkin kit. I have links below to subscribe for future kits.

Have a bright and sunny day ~

Here are some Paper Pumpkin subscription options ….

Summer Nights

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Celebrate the magic of summer nights with the Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Kit! In this exclusive fun-filled kit, you’ll unbox enough supplies to create nine postcard-style cards, coordinating envelopes, and die-cut tealight bags.

What’s even more spectacular about July’s kit is the add-on you can purchase along with it! The Summer Nights Add-On includes 24 card bases and envelopes in coordinating Summer Nights designs. This add-on is perfect for helping you expand the Summer Nights creative experience beyond the Paper Pumpkin kit. Just look at those amazing card base colors!

Between the add-on and the leftover supplies from your Summer Nights kit, you will be crafting a summer night worth celebrating all month long! In other words, they estimate that we’ll be able to create at least 20 additional Summer Nights cards!

Don’t miss out on the fireworks, fireflies, and fun! You can subscribe to the Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 June and 10 July, and order the Summer Nights Add-On starting 1 July; while supplies last. Subscribe

I am so excited about this kit … the Paper Pumpkin kits have just been so much fun lately. I’ll be sure to share my alternatives from the June kit as soon as it comes … FUN in my mailbox!

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to pop in tomorrow as I will be showcase a new stamp set and sharing “my” take on summer. Have a good day!!

Oh Happy Day!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m back today to share 2 cute cards with you.  The card that was in my head did not come out the way I wanted … seems I can’t manipulate a stamp on paper like I can in my head! lol  So the first card I’m sharing is actually the second card I made.

If you remember the Paper Pumpkin cards I shared yesterday …

Well, I took the parts of 2 of these cards to reconstruct “my alternative”!!  I started with a Whisper White card base and added a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock after embossing it with the Subtle embossing folder.

I then took the bright and fun card front from their “Your Amazing” card and added it to my card front … I did put a piece of velum behind it, this was included in the kit.  I thought it looked a bit like a rainbow of different colors of course, so I added the clouds from the “Hey” card.  Here is what I came up with …

It’s on the simple side but it’s Oh so colorful and looks like a whole lot of fun!!

My second card is part of what I had in my head when I was thinking about what alternatives I could do with this “colorful” kit.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the unicorn from the “Leave a Little Sparkle” for my alternative … the bright colors in the kit was a perfect pairing.

I started with the bright card base from the “Hey” card and then cut the base of the “Your Amazing” card (above) and added it to the front of my cardbase… this is where I stamped my greeting …

Oh my gosh … my granddaughter is going to LOVE this card!! To highlight the beautiful unicorn, I colored his mane in multiple colors and then added Wink of Stella. Oh how I wish this would have shown up on the picture … it is amazing!  To finish off my card, I added those cute little embellishments that were in the kit as well.

I love playing with these kits and seeing how well they pair up with other stamp sets … don’t forget, you get a stamp set in each kit!  These are exclusive to the Paper Pumpkin kits.

Hope I’ve added a little more fun and color to your day today. If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and give it a test run, I have the links listed for you below.

Thank you for stopping back and joining me today.  Hope your weather is as beautiful as ours is here today.  Enjoy …

Here are links to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin or the “Leave a Little Sparkle” stamp set ….

Say It with Color …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

They say the sunshine is coming out today!! And guess what I got in my mailbox … yup, my Paper Pumpkin and … my pre-order from the NEW Catalog comes on Friday!!  Maybe I’ll do a Facebook Live so you can see what I got!! I want more … just saying!!

I’m so excited that this kit features the NEW In-Colors and rainbows!!  I’ve got some cute ideas to share with you tomorrow for an alternative project to the kit … I will also have samples in the near future as I think this kit would work great with some catalog stamp sets!

This kit is so fun … I can see why it “Sold Out”.  Don’t let that happen to you for our June kit.  This exclusive Sara-inspired Paper Pumpkin kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. It includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to help you create a box full of cheer. Once you’ve made all the cards, use any leftover pieces to decorate the box. Fill it with yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine! Watch our video to see more …

I’d like to invite you to try out Paper Pumpkin … these fun kits come directly to your home.  Enjoy putting them together as is, or play around and create your own projects.  There are always left over supplies so you can keep playing … besides, the stamp set included will last forever!

I’ll meet you back here tomorrow to share an alternative project and a little something else!!

Thank you for joining me today… hope yours is a good one.

Here are quick links to bringing “Fun to your Doorstep” …

 

A Box of Sunshine …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Time for some fun … Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s CEO Sara Douglass, this June Paper Pumpkin Box of Sunshine kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. When you’ve made all the cards, fill the box with yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine!

This exclusive Sara-inspired Paper Pumpkin kit is here to help you #sharesunshine. It includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to help you create a box full of cheer. Once you’ve made all the cards, use any leftover pieces to decorate the box. Fill it with yellow goodies, add the included adhesive label, address it to someone special, and brighten their life with a little sunshine! Watch our video to see more …

Isn’t this just the cutest idea?!!  I’m actually going to order a few extra this month. Please note that the last month Paper Pumpkin SOLD OUT!! So make sure you get your subscription as soon as possible.  You can go to this link:  https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=26646

Or … you can click on any of the pictures to purchase a 3-month, 6-month or yearly subscription …

Thanks for checking out my blog today. Please let me know if you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, I can help you!!  If you choose the one year subscription … you will also qualify for FREE Hostess dollars … nice!

Let me know if I can help.  Thanks.

Have a good day ~

All About Family …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A quick post today to share our April 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit with you.  April’s Paper Pumpkin is all about family. Don’t wait to let those who mean the most to you know just how much you care. Watch the unboxing and start making handmade cards for family today …

As usual … I will share some alternative projects with you as soon as I get my Paper Pumpkin.  I’m hoping it’s today!!  I just checked and I’m not surprised that the March kits / refills have already sold out.  That is another benefit of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber.

Sign up before May 10th for the BIG REVEAL of our 2020-22 In-Colors … they will be included in the kit.  How cool will you be gettin’ those ink colors before they come out in the catalog!!

Have a great day!!

Guest Stamper: Olivia H

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are all doing well today … It’s Friday!  I have to tell myself because sometimes I forget! lol  I was thrilled yesterday as my daughter Andrea surprised me with a new laptop and  to find an envelope in my mailbox … another card share! Yeah!!!!

Olivia sent me her version or alternative to the March Paper Pumpkin kit  ….

The card highlights the die cuts included in the Paper Pumpkin … Olivia stamped clouds onto her background which really creates an added depth to the card.  Even simply having the bunny behind the boots and putting the flower right in the front really adds dimension to this card … pretty, right!

It’s amazing how something so simple as the placement of your die cuts can really transform your card into a multi-dimensional image!

Olivia stamped her greeting “Wishing You Brighter Days Ahead” on a coordinating banner … the stamp set, ink spot (mini ink pad) and the banner were all included in the Paper Pumpkin. In fact, everything you need to create your cards / projects from your kits are included!! And … they come delivered right to your door each month!

To finish off her card, Olivia added a bit of “Wink of Stella” on the heart and a “smidge” of color on the bunnies nose!  Those are her words … but I have to say, I love the word “smidge” because it is a term used in one of my favorite movies … It’s a Wonderful Life ❤ “She doesn’t have a smidge of temperature”

And it truly is a Wonderful Life… Many of us maybe home bound but we can still connect with each other through this blog, through social media (which allows us “social distancing”) and through our cardmaking.  Thank you Olivia for sending me your beautiful card so I could share it with our stamping friends.

If you would like to send a card and have it shared on my blog, just send it to : Linda Schnabel * 2019 Miller Street  *  West Bend, WI 53095

APRIL BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ….

It’s my Birthday month so I’d like to celebrate by giving you a GIFT!  Since “Diamonds” are my birthstone and April is “Tax Time” … I will either send you a package of Rhinestones OR will pay the taxes on your order …Whichever is MORE!!  Qualifying orders of $50 or more (before Ship&Tax) can choose their FREE GIFT!  You MUST place your order “though” me so I can apply the FREE TAX or add your Rhinestones for FREE.  Here’s how it works … if you place a $50, the Rhinestones would be shipped FREE because they are higher in value than the taxes … if you placed a $100 or more order, you could choose!  Tax will vary depending where you live. This offer is Valid ONLY through me all month long!

Thank you all for stopping in today, sorry my post is a little late, still learning my new laptop!! lol