Stampin’ Up! Inspiration Saturday!

Stampin’ Up! Inspiration Saturday from Scrapbook and Cards!

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Hi there crafty friends! I am so excited to be sharing some projects with you today. The first product suite in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog is the Festive Birthday suite. The colours in these pages really grabbed me as it’s summer time here in the UK and I thought I would create some cards using that colour scheme with the Birthday Fiesta stamp set and coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits Dies.

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However with my children now on holiday from school for the summer, the time I have available to create can be hugely variable – from just minutes snatched between activities, to hours if they have a play date! With this in mind, I decided to create three cards for you today – each suited to varying amounts of crafty time.

First up is the 5 minute card. This one is perfect if you’ve just remembered at 9 o’clock at night that it’s friends birthday today (I have done this!).

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I started out with a card base from Whisper White Thick Cardstock, and onto it I stamped my ‘Fiesta’ greeting. To add interest quickly, I gave it an ombre look. First I stamped the entire image in Crushed Curry Ink Pad, and stamped off onto a piece of scrap paper. Then I inked it up the bottom two thirds of the stamp with the Crushed Curry ink pad again. Finally I inked up the ‘like there’s no manana’ using a Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad – then stamped the whole sentiment onto my base card.

I stamped the Cactus image using an Emerald Envy Ink Pad onto Emerald Envy Cardstock and die cut it out using the coordinating die. I also die cut a flower, stamped using a Melon Mambo Ink Pad onto Melon Mambo Cardstock. I attached both of these using Stampin’ Dimensionals above the sentiment – and done!

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Next up is the 30 minute card! Perfect if it’s someone birthday tomorrow or that you’ve just got a few extra minutes crafting time on your hands.

For this card, I’ve started with a white card base again, and I stamped my ‘Fiesta’ greeting as before, at the bottom of the card. I’ve cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock to cover ¾ of my card, and stamped it using the streamer image using Tempting Turquoise Ink.

Using the Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, I’ve die cut the square banner three times, once each from Melon Mambo Cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and Crushed Curry Cardstock. I then stamped them with their coordinating inks – Melon Mambo ink, Pumpkin Pie ink and Crushed Curry ink – and the matching banner stamps. I die cut another cactus and flower as before and attached everything to the base card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Lastly a card which will take around 30 minutes – 1 hour. For this I decided to create a shaker card, but with the fun twist of putting my die cut cactuses inside the shaker! I used my Layering Square Framelits Dies to cut a rectangle from a piece of Tempting Turquoise card and behind it, I’ve added a piece of Window Sheet, and then surrounded the opening with Foam Adhesive Strips to contain my shaker elements. I’ve die cut two Cacti to put inside the shaker, along with a good amount of Brights Sequin Assortment. Before attaching my shaker front, I’ve stamped the base card with the ombre Fiesta sentiment again, as well as a couple of streamer images too. Once the Shaker top had been added, I die cut more banners to add on top to complete the card.

The Birthday Fiesta bundle is perfect for summer themed birthdays and events, and no matter how much time you have to spare, you can always create something gorgeous!  Thank you for allowing me to share my projects with you today – here’s wishing you lots of crafting time!

~ Valerie Moody, Artisan Design Team 2015-16

Partner Appreciation GIVEAWAY – Day Six!

As this is our regular Stampin’ Up! Inspiration Saturday it seemed only fitting to celebrate our wonderful friends at Stampin’ Up! today! A family built company with a global reach through thousands of demonstrators living their creative dreams. It all fits so well with their mission statement called its Statement of the Heart, which says:

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments … in this we make a difference.”

Yes Stampin’ Up! you sure do make a difference to crafters around the world and to us here at SCT! Thank you for 10 years of partnership and support and for offering crafters around the world top quality, innovative products. And thank you for always joining our celebrations and celebrating our readers with this amazing prize today!


Memory keeping is super simple and super beautiful with Project Life card collections. Just slip these designed cards into Photo Pocket Pages for instant color, design, and journaling space. Today’s prize includes:

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I hope you enjoyed this post from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!
Stampin’ Hugs!
~ Gail


Here is a wonderful tutorial on using the Touches of Texture Stamp Set and watercoloring article that I thought I would share from one of our Artisian Design Team Members – enjoy!

Have you seen the new Touches of Texture Stamp Set (item 143251)? It’s filled with several beautiful line art stamps as well as different filler and texture stamps. I thought it would be fun to use a watercolor stamping technique and some simple layering to make a set of note cards and a coordinating gift bag to share with you today.


I started with the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (item 131527). I stamped the splatter texture stamp in Crushed Curry ink (item 131173). Then I added the striped tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape (Item 141635). I also added a piece ofCrushed Curry Cardstock (item 131199) that I cut with the washi tape die shape from theMini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (item 137547) and adhered it above the tape. Next, I added a few wrapped rounds of the Basic Black Metallic Thread (item 141695).


For the watercolor stamping technique, follow the pictured steps below.

  1. Stamp the outline image in Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931) on Watercolor Paper (item 122959). Punch out using the 2″ Circle Punch (item 133782).
  2. Spray the image with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer (item 126185).
  3. Ink the flower filler image in Crushed Curry ink, then roll the edges in Watermelon Wonder ink (item 138323).
  4. Stamp on the wet watercolor paper and let the ink bleed naturally. The watercolored images look terrific with all of the other textures from the stamp set!

Adhere the watercolor piece to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430).


All of the greetings from the cards are images from the Love & Affection Stamp Set (item 141545) stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708). I used Flirty Flamingo ink (item 141397) for the linen texture stamp, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock (item 141416) for the die cut, and the floral tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape. The ink colors I used here to stamp on the watercolor piece were Flirty Flamingo ink and Cucumber Crush ink (item 138324).


I also decided to make some custom envelopes for these cards using the new 2015–2017 In Color Envelope Paper (item 141697) and the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774). You can also see below a close-up of the card front and how all the textures work together to add interest to a simple card.


The last card uses Dapper Denim ink (item 141394) and Cucumber Crush ink which were stamped with two of the watercolor texture stamps over the dragonfly stamp. The die cut tape piece is cut from Cucumber Crush Cardstock (item 138335).


This card set would make a great gift for someone, so I created a gift bag to hold the cards and envelopes for that purpose. I started with the Glassine Gift Bags (item 141700). I cut a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272) to 2″ wide using the Stampin’ Trimmer (item 126889) and then punched it using the Banner Triple Punch (item 138292). I stamped it with the lacy image using Flirty Flamingo ink, then added the striped tape, another die cut taped piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock, and more Basic Black Metallic Thread.


The colors for the watercolor piece are Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, and Crushed Curry ink. The small greeting is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set (item 141614). I clipped the tag to the bag with Gold Binder Clips (item 141673).


Well, I hope you enjoyed these samples and that you give the “watercolor stamping” technique a try. It’s perfect to add texture, color, and interest to your next stamping project!

Marisa Gunn
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

Jar of Love – Different Point of View!

Hi Everyone!  Thought I would share a different take on the Jar of Love stamp set with matching dies.  I myself was so taken with the fun jars, that I totally missed all that can be done with the other pieces to this bundle – check it out below from one of Stampin’ Up! Artisans….. Jessica Winter.


A new catalog always makes my heart beat faster—and when I think of all the new products, even more new ideas start floating around in my head!

When buying stamps, I don’t make decisions depending on what kind of stamp images I already have in my cabinet—even if there are ten floral stamp sets. (You can never have enough of those!) And I usually don’t buy stamp sets because of their main images, either; it’s the small, unimposing stamps that make it to my must-have list!

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The Jar of Love Stamp Set (item 141587) is a good example. I immediately fell in love with all the beautiful little flowers and I knew I had to have them.

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For my first card, I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272) for my card base; then I used a sewing machine to attach a piece of Dapper Denim Cardstock (item 141414) and Soft Sky Cardstock (item 131203). I cut the heart in the background using the Big Shot (item 113439) and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (item 141489).

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The die-cut word is from the same Thinlits set. I stamped “Is in the air” from the coordinating Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set (item 141591) in Soft Suede ink (item 126978). To create a poppy, I three-step stamped the largest flower in Calypso Coral (item 126983),Watermelon Wonder (item 138323), and Basic Gray ink (item 140932).

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The best thing about this stamp set is that there is a coordinating Framelits set–Everyday Jars (item 141490); it saves you the trouble of cutting out the images by hand. To stamp the medium flowers, I used Peekaboo Peach (item 141398) and Tangerine Tango ink (item 126946). I also used Calypso Coral ink to stamp the mini flowers and Old Olive ink (item 126953) for the stems.

Finally, I embellished the card with some Burlap Ribbon (item 141487) and 2016–2018 In Color Enamel Shapes (item 141410).

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To create the second card, I used a Soft Sky card base and the leftover flowers from the previous card. I stamped the medium flowers in Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango ink and the stems in Old Olive ink on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

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Then I adhered the die-cut flowers to the stamped images using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item 110755) and Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430). Before adding the Burlap Ribbon, I wrapped a double length of Linen Thread (item 104199) around the card.

I hope I was able to inspire you by showcasing my favorite stamp set from the current catalog!


I hope you enjoyed looking at another take on this versatile set!


~ Gail


Thought I would share this from the Stampin Up Blog for June’s Paper Pumpkin!


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It’s a card. It’s a banner. Surprise! It’s the Paper Pumpkin Banner Surprise Kit—and we love it! Of course, you already know we love a good surprise, and this one is no exception. Have you ever given a card with a customizable, confetti-filled banner? Well, here’s your chance.PP_June_component_stamp

The kit includes supplies for six cards, banners, and envelopes. And, you get to decide what greeting to spell out with the gold-foil stickers. It also includes a bonus ink spot to do mix-and-match stamping. It is full of fun surprises!



One of the best things about Paper Pumpkin is the flexibility to get creative with the included supplies. Use the gold stickers on the card front and stamp directly on the cellophane bag. This card uses just one cellophane bag (wrapped around the card front) so you can save the bags for another project, like a bigger banner.

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This next card has us all starry-eyed! Grab your Big Shot, Star Framelits, Whisper White Cardstock, and some of the new Foam Adhesive Strips to create an adorable shaker card. A Gold Binder Clip perfectly complements the gold confetti. And the stamps add a fun, splattered effect.


Pull in a few supplies like the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Basic Black Baker’s Twine, and the new Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies to create a bold card that is sure to brighten anyone’s birthday. Again, we love the splattered effect and the color combination is so on point!


If you are one of our new subscribers who joined during the ONEDAYDEAL, congrats on scoring such a great deal, welcome to Paper Pumpkin, and we hope you were surprised and delighted by the June kit! If you’re craving some more fun (and who wouldn’t be?), be sure to grab a refill kit while supplies last.

More to come later with alternative projects – and if you are in my area and want to come to my June 9th Paper Pumpkin class – let me know!
Paper Pumpkin Hugs!
~ Gail


I thought I would share with you the projects we made from the May Paper Pumpkin class. Here is the video on how this kit went together followed by our alternate projects:

Here is one alternate card we made using the design from the kit:


The next card we made was turning it into a birthday card by adding some balloons from our balloon punch and then adding Bakers Twine for the strings on the balloons:


The next card was one I saw on Pinterest that I loved just by adding some flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits on Page 194 in the new catalog:


The last alternative project was using the envelope that came with the kit and creating a cookie holder/candy/gift card/lottery ticket holder – details below:

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I took the flap section of the envelope and tucked it inside.

I pushed out the sides and pushed down on the inside of the envelope to create a box shape and then adhered the flaps on the bottom of the envelope to the undersurface of the envelope, thereby creating a little holder.

I added a belly band from Pumpkin Pie card stock that was 1 inch x 11 inches and then added an additional 1 x 4 piece to that and wrapped it around the envelope holder.

Then I took a 3/4″ x 11 strip of  Night of Navy and added a 3/4″ x 4″ strip to that and ran it through my crimper and then attached that to the Pumpkin Pie strip and when I placed the “Happy” sticker to it, it just popped!  I also created a little flag on  a toothpick and stuck that in the belly band.  Then just fill your envelope with a cookie, some candy, a gift card or lottery ticket and you are done!


Can’t wait to see what’s in store for June’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Pumpkin Hugs!

~ Gail



Hi Everyone!  I thought I would share the class I held on April 9th where we all put together the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you have not come to a Paper Pumpkin class yet, here is what they look like.  Here are some photos  with everything set up, waiting for everyone to arrive – the areas are all ready to go with projects all done!

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Although every class is different due to the nature of the various projects, usually I will have one alternate choice available for people to make if they would like to, so here is the first project made like the kit – the top white envelope is how the kit had it, but the bottom card is an alternate way:

Project 2 with alternative

Here is our second project with the image on the left being how the kit made it and the card on the far right being the alternative project:

Project 1 with Alternative

Here is how we  used the envelope that came with this project and I found on Pinterest and loved how you can turn it into a little box to hold 3×3 note cards:

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Here are the note cards:

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As you can see – there were plenty of projects to make out of March’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Everyone had a great time and special thanks to Carol for bringing delicious molasses/ginger cookies and to Sharon for bringing her delicious breakfast casserole – YOU GUYS ROCK!

AND, everything show above was made from just ONE KIT with plenty left over to make more.  Love these kits!

So if you are in the Rochester area and would like to give these classes a try, we meet usually the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m.  You just have to either let me know you would like to come by the 10th of the previous month and I will order you a kit to try and you can pay me when you come to class, or sign up to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail each month by clicking HERE.  Just please designate me as your demonstrator (Gail Emmons, zip 14514) to come to these classes, FREE for My Paper Pumpkin subscribers of mine!

Oh, and I thought I would throw in one last photo of my hubby whom I made move from reading his paper at the kitchen counter to over at the kitchen table….. he is so cute, even though he felt displaced so I could set everything up!

Jay at table


~ Gail

Today is the LAST DAY….

My Paper Pumpkin is now THREE years old and to celebrate, if you sign up by the 10th (this Sunday), you will receive a FREE stamp set in your kit!  


Not only has Paper Pumpkin been around for three years, but they just sent out their MILLIONETH Kit last month.  WOW 1,000,000 KITS

If you haven’t tried My Paper Pumpkin, now is the month to sign up because they are celebrating with a FREE stamp set.  But you must sign up by the 10th to get this great deal!

How do you sign up?

Just go to My Paper Pumpkin website here 

Did you know that you can order a prepaid subscription?  What a wonderful gift for a friend or family member. 

30 minutes of crafting fun a month.  

Item Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858  1 month $19.95
137859  3 months $59.85
137860  6 months $113.70 — save $1 per month
137861  12 months $215.40 — save $2 per month

And if you DO decide to order a prepaid subscription, click here to go to my online store – order your prepaid subscription and then go to the website here , sign up (or sign in) and use the code Stampin’ Up will send you to begin your subscription.  If you purchase a 12-month subscription, you will receive Hostess Benefits!!  Woo Hoo!  Free Products besides!

Contact me today if you have any questions!

Pumpkin Hugs!

~ Gail