Had to share September’s Paper Pumpkin Kit – too cute!   I know my granddaughters will be using one to give to their science teachers at school – perfect for them or anyone in the medical field too – how cute would these be dropped off to your favorite doctor’s office?  Want more ideas?  Check out “test tubes” on Pinterest for an endless supply of ideas!


To celebrate, I thought I would share some videos that Stampin’ Up! shared with us demonstrators during our preorder – a benefit of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – they are cute and I hope you enjoy them!

Here is the first video:

Here is the second video:

Here is Part 3:

I hope you enjoyed these cute videos! If you did not get a catalog in the mail from me, please let me know and I would be happy to send you one, or you can pick one up at my next Paper Pumpkin Class on September 10th!

I’ll be sharing some more videos tomorrow highlighting products in the Holiday Catalog – the BEST ONE YET!


~ Gail

Stampin’ Up! Inspiration Saturday!

Stampin’ Up! Inspiration Saturday from Scrapbook and Cards!

Valerie Moody - SCT Aug Image 1

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.

Valerie Moody - SCT Image 2

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!).

Valerie Moody - SCT Image 3

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!

Valerie Moody - SCT Image 4

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.

Valerie Moody - SCT Image 5

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:

For an opportunity to win this Project Life Collection be sure to leave a comment below by Wednesday, September 7th!

Looking for more Stampin’ Up! inspiration? Here are all the places you’ll find them!

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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