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January 2013

Real Men Build Cards

Here's a fun video to introduce a great new project kit -- just for the men in your life.

Check it out!

 

No kidding!  The kit is called, "Dude, You're Welcome."  What a fun gift for the guy(s) in your life. 

Available January 14th!  Just go to my on-line store to order one for your favorite guy (click on the Shop Now button near the bottom right corner).

Robertssiggy


Paper Pumpkin--Your Carriage Awaits!

Hi there!

I've spent the last few days in Orlando at Leadership 2013, a Stampin' Up! training event for demonstrators.  I learned a whole lot of great stuff that I can't wait to share with you in the coming months.  However, here's one thing that I just couldn't wait to share with you!

I'll let Stampin' Up! tell you...

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I'm Paper Pumpkin...

I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage).  I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.

I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:

All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create fun projects.  Create stuff like cards, journals, decor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started

It's so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click Get It.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to show off and share with your friends and family--every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more.  So here's the nitty gritty:

  • Each month we [Stampin' Up!] send you a unique, surprise kit with a project--cards, journals, decor, and more!  (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories--everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for the kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit.  If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month.  (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th.  If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!!)
  • There's no committment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at any time.  You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It Kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14th by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click Get It.

Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visting my on-line store (look for the Shop Now button near the bottom right corner of the screen).

A FREE Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit includes a free gift--a clear acrylic block!

So how cool is that???!!??  I've seen the Try It kit and the Welcome Kit and the projects are just adorable!  I know you're going to love them!  So check out the Paper Pumpkin website and sign up!

Robertssiggy


Gratitude -- Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop Follow-up

Happy Saturday!

My final project from the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop is a Thank You card.  I think this card has a bit of an Art Deco look to it. 

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This card begins with a Summer Starfruit card base.  Two pieces of Midnight Muse tone-on-tone striped paper from the 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack were cut into one inch strips and adhered along the top half of the card front leaving approximately 1/4 inch between the top of the paper strip and the card fold and between the two paper strips.  A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the card front immediately below the fold and knotted on the card front.

The lined overlapping circles banner from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set was stamped four times on Whisper White cardstock using Midnight Muse ink and die cut in the Big Shot with the corresponding Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  The banners were adhered to the card front, below the ribbon, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The blank ticket image, from the That's the Ticket stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Summer Starfruit ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to a Midnight Muse ticket punched with the large ticket part of the Ticket Duo Builder punch.  The "gratitude" image, from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set, was stamped at the center of the stamped ticket using Midnight Muse ink.  The ticket was adhered near the lower right corner of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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A piece of Whisper White cardstock was matted with a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock to create a liner for the inside sentiment area of the card.  Strips of Summer Starfruit cardstock were adhered along the top and bottom edges of the liner.  Slightly wider strips of Midnight Muse tone-on-tone stripe paper were adhered along the edges of the Summer Starfruit strips.

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The lined overlapping circles banner image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Summer Starfruit ink.  The "gratitude" image was stamped over the banner image using Midnight Muse ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.  I really enjoyed creating projects with the That's the Ticket stamp set for the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop.  If you haven't journeyed through the hop to see some wonderful projects using the great new products from the Spring Catalog, it's not too late!  You can begin at my blog here and follow the links to progress in a circle through the hop.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That's the Ticket, Fabulous Phrases; Inks:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit; Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  2012-2014 In Color Pack; Embellishments:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Hearts a Flutter Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Birthday Package -- Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop Follow-up

Hi there!

Continuing with the follow-up for the projects I shared during last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop, here's a simple Birthday card that features one of the images from the That's the Ticket stamp set as the focal point.

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One of the best values in the Stampin' Up! Catalog is the Note Cards & Envelopes (2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog, page 160).  This package contains 20 Whisper White cards and 20 Whisper White envelopes.  The cards are scored and ready for stamping.  With a folded size of 3 1/2" x 5", these cards are great for quick notes, thank you's and gift enclosures.  I love to use them when I need to make a stack of cards as a gift for a friend or co-worker at short notice.  All that being said, that's the base card and envelope used for this project.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The 1/16" hole punch was used to place holes at the upper left and right corners of the embossed panel.  Diagonal banners, from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set, were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, and Tempting Turquoise inks.  These banners were die cut in the Big Shot using the corresponding die cut from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  The banners were "softened up" by pulling each banner between thumb and Bone Folder a few times.  A score line was placed parallel to the top edge of each banner approximately 1/4" from the top and a thin line of Tombow Multi Adhesive was placed over the score line on the back side of each banner.  The banners were placed face down on the work surface approximately 1/4" apart and a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine was placed across the banners at the score lines.  The top of each banner was folded over at the score line and pressed into place using the tip of the Bone Folder to "burnish" the folded area of each banner.  A Stampin' Dimensional was placed at the center back of each banner and the banners adhered to the Polka Dot embossed panel (with the punched holes above the Baker's Twine).  The ends of the Baker's Twine were inserted into the punched holes at the upper corners and Silver Brads inserted into the holes.  The ends of the Baker's Twine were wrapped a couple of times around the open brad legs and trimmed with Paper Snips.  The Polka Dot embossed panel was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The birthday greeting, from the That's the Ticket stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, adhered to a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock punched with the large ticket of the Ticket Duo Builder punch, and adhered to the center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside of the card features a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  The diagonal banner was stamped near the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The blank ticket image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Tangerine Tango ink, cut out with Paper Snips, matted with a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock punched with the large ticket of the Ticket Duo Builder punch, and adhered at the center of the Whisper White cardstock.  A ribboned greeting, from the Bring on the Cake stamp set, was stamped at the center of the ticket using Rich Razzleberry ink.

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The diagonal banner was stamped at the upper left corner of the Whisper White envelope using Tempting Turquoise ink.  The ribboned greeting was stamped under the banner using Rich Razzleberry ink.

I think the size of this card is just perfect for tucking under a ribbon at the top of a package or inside a small gift bag.  Oh, and before you think that this size card and envelope are only for hand delivery, this size is a USPS approved size for mailing.  Put a package or two of these Note Cards & Envelopes on your next order; at $5.95 (US) for 20 scored cards and envelopes you can't go wrong!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bring on the Cake, Hearts a Flutter, That's the Ticket; Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker's Twine, Silver Brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, 1/16" circle punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Note Cards & Envelopes


Valentine's Pocket -- Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop Follow-up

Hello!

I promised that I'd be back to follow-up with my projects from the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop.  I'll begin with the project that received the most attention, the Valentine's Pocket.

I love the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die.  It's so versatile and lends itself to so many fun uses because it can be decorated quickly and easily.  I chose the following products from the Spring Catalog to decorate my pocket:  Primrose Petals Core'Dinations cardstock for the pocket and the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper for the doily heart, punched hearts, and belly band.

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Primrose Petals Core'Dinations cardstock was used with the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die to create the pocket die cut.  The die cut was folded at the score lines using the Bone Folder.  The hearts folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders was used to emboss the front panel of the pocket.  Start at the top of the pocket front panel and then repeat, adjusting the folder to ensure the hearts continue to be offset every other row, to emboss the entire front panel.

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You'll note that the subsequent embossing will somewhat flatten rows that were previously embossed.  Don't worry about that.  Once you have completed embossing the front panel, open the embossing folder to expose the inside of the front of the embossing folder.  Place the embossed front panel face down on the inside front of the embossing folder, lining up the rows of the pocket with the rows of the embossing folder.  Use the small tip of the Simply Scored Stylus to re-emboss the hearts. 

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Remove the pocket from the embossing folder and use the Bone Folder to flatten the embossing on the fold in flaps of the pocket.  Use the sanding block to lightly sand the raised embossing on the front of the pocket.

Refold the pocket and make a hole on the back panel just below the notch in the closure flap, insert a Silver Brad into the two die cut circles and attach to the hole, opening the brad legs inside the back panel.  Place a very thin line of Tombow Multi Adhesive along the inside edges of the back panel and press the pocket closed (leaving the flap open). 

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A piece of More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper was punched on both long edges with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  The strip was placed face down on the work surface, the pocket placed face up at the center and the outside edges folded over the front of the pocket using SNAIL to adhere the ends of the punched paper strip to create a belly band. 

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A heart doily was clipped from the doily sheet included with the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper and adhered over the belly band on the front of the pocket.  A piece of Pool Party cardstock was die cut and embossed using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit.  The die cut heart was adhered at the center of the doily heart using Tombow Multi Adhesive.  Five hearts were punched from a sheet of More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper, folded in half at the centers and adhered together right side of one heart to the left side of the next to create the raised fold hearts.  The hearts were adhered at the center of the Pool Party scalloped heart using Tombow Multi-Adhesive.

The Valentine's Day image from the That's the Ticket stamp set was inked with Primrose Petals ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and cut out with Paper Snips.  This image was adhered to a piece of Pool Party cardstock punched with the large ticket of the Ticket Duo punch.  The tickets were adhered to the front of the pocket at the base of the doily heart using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon was wrapped around the top of the pocket (with the flap open) and knotted on front.

Now it's time to find something really special to put inside the pocket for my Valentine...

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  That's the Ticket; Inks:  Primrose Petals; Cardstock:  Pool Party, Primrose Petals Core'Dinations, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  More Amore Specialty; Embellishments:  Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Silver Brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sanding Block, Simply Scored Stylus, Full Heart punch, Ticket Duo punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, XL Premium Crease Pad, XL Mylar Shim, Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Petite Pocket Bigz die, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folder (hearts)