Won’t You Be My Valentine?

photo (3)Pretty much everywhere in the country right now is cold.  And yes, I realize it’s February but I don’t just mean cold, I mean FRIGID.  Last week we shivered through wind chills ranging from -20 to -40. If the freezing temps haven’t been bad enough, the snow won’t quit. January was officially one of the snowiest months on record; not even us northerners are used to this kind of weather.  Just the other day we got another 10 inches and we’re supposed to get this weekend.  It sure does have us looking forward to spring!

But winter isn’t all bad – staying in can be fun…especially when you’ve got new StampinUp! products just waiting to come out and play!  And with Valentine’s Day almost here, I’ve had more than one reason to hide out in my craft room while waiting for winter to pass.

Here are some fun little milk cartons I made with the Big Shot. I punched the front of each carton with a heart and inserted clear acetate behind it to keep the treats inside, then closed the top with mini clothes pins.  (I’m working on my photography skills….suggestions welcome!).

Got Milk

Product List:

  1. Real Red (102482), Pirouette Pink (111351), Basic Black (121045) & Whisper White (100730) Card Sock
  2. Real Red (126949) & Melon Mambo (126948) Ink
  3. Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (123125) (& I had some black and white twine laying around that is not in the current catalog)
  4. “Chalk Talk” stamp set (130634) – The tag under the “For You” stamp was cut with the Big Shot (113439) and coordinating die cut from the “Chalk Talk” Framelits Set (129983)
  5. Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die (117310)
  6. Mini Clothes Pins from the “Tag a Bag” Accessory Kit (130153)
  7. Straws and heart punches from local craft store – not in SU! catalogs

I will gladly email you a copy of the template for the holders that the milk cartons sit in if you ask :)))

And here I made an explosion box…I’m hoping to have a video tutorial on YouTube of this technique soon.

Explosion Collage

Product List:

  1. Whisper White card stock – Must use 12 x 12 for this project (100730)
  2. Real Red (102482) & Melon Mambo (115320) card stock – Can be 8.5 x 11
  3. 3/4″ Basic Black Chevron Ribbon (130010)
  4. Various decorative seasonal papers from craft store
  5. Round “For You” circle and red tag in middle both from “Chalk Talk” stamp set (130634)
  6. Banners along the front flap – part of our Sale-A-Bration event – “Banner Blast” stamp set (133554) and cut with  Banner Punch (133519)
  7. Eiffel Tower stamp from “Follow My Heart” stamp set (134614)
  8. Dry embossing on tag and white squares on flaps – “Pretty Print” embossing folder (132175)
  9. Inks used: Crumb Cake (126975), Basic Black (126980) and Melon Mambo (126948)
  10.  Cobbler Baker’s Twine (123125)
  11. The hearts were cut out of some punches I had laying around and I put a rhinestone in the middle of each one – Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

I put together a few treat bags for some friends and used many of the same elements above from the explosion box card to make these tags.

VDay Collage

Product List:

  1. Real Red (102482) & Whisper White (10030)
  2. Banners are part of our Sale-A-Bration event – “Banner Blast” stamp set (133554) and cut with  Banner Punch (133519)
  3. Eiffel Tower stamp from “Follow My Heart” stamp set (134614)
  4. “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment from the “Teeny Tiny Wishes” stamp set (127802)
  5. Dry embossing folder “Pretty Print” (132175)
  6. Inks used: Crumb Cake (126975), Soft Sky (131181), Basic Black (126980) and Real Red (126949) Ink
  7. Cobbler Baker’s Twine (123125)

And because I think ice cream is appropriate no matter how cold it is outside, here’s an ice cream cone I turned into a Valentine’s Day treat.

Ice Cream

Product List:

  1. Basic Black (126980), Whisper White (100730) and Soft Suede (115318) card stock
  2. Decorative seasonal paper from local craft store
  3. Slotted arrow stamp across front of card from the “Perfect Pennants” stamp set (133230)
  4. “Sweet Treats” sentiment from “Teeny Tiny Wishes” stamp set (127802)
  5. Ink Used: Real Red (126949)
  6. Mini Clothes Pins from the “Tag a Bag” Accessory Kit (130153)
  7. Dry embossing on ice cream “Perfect Polka Dots” folder (117335). I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)on each of embossed dots and covered with glitter
  8. I wrapped the card in some old 3/4″ ribbon – slide the ribbon off to open card

In my last goody box from SU! I got a stamp wheel that I used on this Valentine’s Day card. It was especially fun because I used lots of different elements.

VDay Card

Product List:

  1. Basic Black Base (124267), Whisper White (100730), Tempting Turquoise (102067) & Pirouette Pink (111351) card stock
  2. Designer Series Paper Quatrefancy Specialty – Pink & White (130141)
  3. Designer Series Paper Quatrefancy Specialty – Whisper White on Window Sheet (130141)
  4. Inks Used: Real Red (126949), Basic Black (126980) & Melon Mambo (126948)
  5. I {Love} Love Stamp Wheel (117084) and Jumbo Handle (103661)
  6. “Perfect Pennants” Stamp Set – “You & Me” and “You Make Me Happy” (133230)
  7. “Banner Blast” Stamp Set – XOXO Banner (133554)
  8. XOXO Banner cut with the Banner Punch (133519)
  9. “By the Tide” (129120) Stamp Set – Script stamp shown in hearts
  10. Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130012)
  11. “Perfect Polka Dots” Dry Embossing Folder (117335)
  12. Hung Up Cute Clips (metal arrow) (129389)

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about how any of these projects were put together. I’m going to go hibernate under my heated throw until Spring…Brrrrrrrr

So until next then…..HAPPY STAMPING!

Good Thoughts

Brain Dead? Sketches to the Rescue!

It happens to all of us sometimes, doesn’t it? A mental roadblock. A place you just can’t get past. Myself? – I get sidetracked. I start on one project, then I come across a little embellishment or piece of designer paper and my thoughts drift onto what I could do with those instead. Or….this little guy pops up and sits there waiting for me to hold him (and really, could you resist this face?).

Oliver

Anyway, I digress. Pinterest is my go-to spot for inspiration and I find card sketches to be particularly helpful because it keeps your mind from narrowing in on certain colors and themes but still gives you a design to follow. And even though my finished product generally turns out significantly different than the sketch, it’s always good for giving me a starting point.

Here are a few cards I recently made by using some fun sketches I came across online. You will see what I mean about them turning out differently than the original sketch.

Collage

Collage 1

Watercolor Collage

I used the StampinUp!’s new pre-printed watercolor card stock to make this first one. The chevron design across the bottom was already printed on the card and I added some old olive ribbon, candy dots from the “brights” collection, and stamps from the “Petite Petals”, “Lacy & Lovely” and “Banner Blast” sets.

The second one I like for its color combinations. I’m a big fan of the new patterned paper from the “Sale-A-Bration” catalog because they’re fresh and Spring-like. The stamped phrase is from the “Perfect Pennants” set.

This green base is also from the new watercolor paper. I used a big button from the “brights” collection and a rhinestone gem.  The stamp is from the “Feel Goods” set. (After looking at this again I wish I would have mounted the patterned paper on a couple pieces of coordinating card stock. Sigh…)

So the next time you’re not feeling particularly creative, try using a sketch and see what you can come up with.  I hope this post inspires you and I’d love for you to share with me something you made using this method. . I’ll even post it on a future blog post if you want to share your special creation with others.

Remember, I pin often so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to get fresh ideas of your own!

Happy stamping!

$0.00 Set of SU! Markers

Part of what’s so fun about StampinUp! are the little promotional surprises they throw our way.  The current offer is for a FREE set of 6 markers, worth $14.95 when you subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin. This really does double the fun because not only do you get to try the brand new colors, you get a fun surprise on your doorstep each month!

This offer is good now through February 10th – just in time to get what you need to start your Easter projects. Click the image below for more information and when ordering, make sure to choose me, Aimee Frey, as your demonstrator.

NEWSFLASH! I am giving away 1 FREE month of My Paper Pumpkin to new stampers who follow my blog. Drawing January 31! 

Check Out My Digital Creations!

In my last post I shared a fun toy I’ve been using from SU! called, My Digital Studio, and promised to update you on some of the things I’ve created with it.

My first creation uses stamps sets from “Adventure Awaits” and “Splatter”.  I just arranged the stamps in layers over one another on the screen and printed it out on my home printer on card stock.  It’s a pretty simplistic card and has as masculine feel…I think I’ll send it to my grandpa with a hand written note inside about a special memory we share together.

Remember When

Supply List (MDS Features Underlined in Red):

Stamp Sets: Adventure Awaits & Splatter #2.

Ink Colors:  Not Quite Navy, Going Gray & Basic Black.
Embellishments: 3/4 Black & White Chevron & Arrow Clip.
Cardstock & Paper: Whisper White, Going Gray, Basic Black & Quattrafoil Fancy Designer Series Paper.

Moving on…Do you love owls like I love owls?  (Whooooo me???) They are my favorite! – I can’t get enough of these little guys! I made this colorful treat bag for daughter’s boyfriend’s daughter’s birthday. (I’m impressed if you could follow that. And I’m way too young to be called grandma so let’s not go there. LOL)

Owl

Supply List (MDS Features Underlined in Red):
Stamp Set: Big Bold Birthday for the “Make a Wish” sentiment.
Punches: Two Step Owl Punch & Modern Label Punch.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red & Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper for the background. The Modern Label Punch and the outer part of the owl was filled in with Day in the Life Background Paper #11.
Ink Colors: Basic Black & Pixie Pink (the pennant automatically prints out in the colors shown).
Embellishments:  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, “Celebrate Any Day” Pennant Birthday, Bermuda Bay Candy Dots,& Zig Zag Stitched Border.

The last one I really like because I’m into bright colors. It’s from the Pocket Card Set called, “Be Brave”, which most people use for scrapbooking.  I, however, always find ways to turn things into cards (I’m not a huge scrapbooker although our dogs are adorable so I might start with them. Dogs can be guinea pigs too.). I’ll probably use this one to send to a friend I haven’t gotten to talk to in a while. I’ll update her on what I’ve been doing and maybe invite her to lunch or something. What do you think of it?

Love Tag
Supply List (MDS Features Underlined in Red):
Stamps: “Love”.
Embellishments: “My Happy Life” circle, Solid Tag Topper, Solid Mosaic, Mosaic Border, buttons from the brights collection & Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.
Cardstock Colors: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie & Pacific Point.
Ink Colors: Daffodil Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point & Pink Passion.

Did I mention that digital stamps are a fraction of the cost of a hand held stamp? And remember – the download is free so give it a test drive. I’ll be here to hold your hand…promise.  Click the picture below and start your FREE trial today!

NO CREDIT CARD INFORMATION REQUIRED  

MDS Free Trial
 

Taking Your Stamping To A Brand New Level!

No matter how long you’ve been a stamping, I think we can all agree that getting new toys is just as exciting as an adult as it was a kid.

StampinUp! has a digital “toy” called “My Digital Studio” that allows users to customize stamps, embellishments, colors, punches (& more). Being able to have all 48 ink colors at your fingertips is an indispensable tool for me. Need a phrase for a card? No problem, the software comes with an eclectic selection from sayings for all occasions. Want to adjust the sizes of stamped images? Re-size anything just by grabbing the corner and dragging it to accommodate your project needs. Love a stitched border on the edges of your card stock but don’t sew? Well you can do that too with MDS. Simply create your projects and print them right away from home or send them out to StampinUp!’s print services.

The MDS download is free for 30 days. It comes with enough digital supplies to give you a decent glimpse into how using this software will take your stamping and scrapping creations from great, to fabulous! If you love it and want to keep it (trust me – you will), you pay a ONE TIME fee of $19.99.  But, should you decide the good old fashioned hand-to-paper method is the only option for you, the software will simply expire.

**No credit card information is taken until time of purchase.**

I still like traditional stamping, but I really enjoy the options MDS opens up for me. I’ve been using it quite a bit the last few days so check back for some of the fun things I’ve made.  In the meantime, click the image below to check it out for yourself.

The 2014 Occasions Catalog Is Here!

Now that Christmas is over and a new year has begun, we have yet another fun occasion right around the corner – Valentine’s Day. As a consultant, we get the special advantage of pre-ordering products that haven’t gone on sale to the public yet; and boy do I have a ton of goodies on the way (and lots of it is for Valentine’s Day)!

But besides goodies for love birds, StampinUp! has outdone themselves once again by giving us lots of other products that can be used year-round. Click the image below to take a peek…and if you want a hard copy of your own, just say the word.

2014 Occasions Catalog

 

Endless Wishes

This new holiday stamp set is perfect because it’s versatile enough to send to anyone, regardless of their beliefs or religion.  And if you get really creative, you could use it year round – there are enough stamps to combine them into generic occasions.

Here are a few seasonal samples from StampinUp! that I hope will spark your creativity!

Don’t wait too much longer to register for my 20 for $20 holiday card swap. There are two dates for this – November 20 and November 23rd. Spots are filling fast so reserve your space now!

Until next time – Happy paper crafting!

~Aimee

Pop & Place Video

Hi, all:

This is a fun new product from StampinUp! that will enable you to create jaw-droppingly gorgeous gift tags without going through the hassle of buying a bunch of different products, or struggling to come up with ideas.

Enjoy!

A “Season of Style”

I just love the bright new colors in this year’s “Season of Style” designer series paper stack so naturally, I had to make a few things to showcase its versatility.  With my last order I also bought the, “Naughty and Nice, This and That Rotary Stamp” and incorporated a few of the sentiments from that stamp onto all of the cards and candy you see here. The gift bag was made with the “Bright Hopes” stamp set that I printed out from MDS (My Digital Studio). Which, by the way, if you haven’t tried this program yet I highly recommend it. You can get a free download here – you don’t even have to put in a credit card.

And here they are so you can see them close up (minus the little box wrapped in Kraft paper – I think you get the point there):

Holiday Bag Candy Ho Ho Ho Naughty Nice Milk Crate

So what-da-ya-think? Drop me a line and let me know. To get your holiday projects started, visit my website!  And don’t forget the holiday card swap/assembly line on November 23rd from 1-5!

TTFN….

Fall Has Arrived!

Hello!  Well, fall is officially here which in my craft room means 3 things: 1, I get to make Halloween goodies; 2, I get to make Autumn goodies and; 3, the snow’s about to fall. (I guess 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!)

So what have I been working on? Well, since you asked, let me show you! I put together a set of Fall/Halloween projects for my upcoming class at Novelties & Nostalgia on October 19th. The Halloween card is kind of a repeat from something I did before.  And the pumpkin is a spin-off of a set I did recently too but this little guy is more “full” looking and I just like the way it turned out better.

Fall & Hall

I like the way the card with the two leaves on the front turned out. I used the Truly Grateful stamp set (get it here). Below’s a closer look at that card. Don’t you love it?

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I’ve also been putting together some of these fun little treat bags that are fun for Halloween or Thanksgiving. All I did was cut out 3 little ovals to make the pumpkins, glue them together, ink the sides and glue some raffia to the back.  And then of course I used some decorative buttons, designer series paper and twine from StampinUp! (get them here). Think: hostess gifts! (I’m hoping to collaborate with someone I know that makes handmade chocolates and candies to stuff these with soon.)

photo (35)

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. And hey! While I have your attention let me remind you that the holiday Christmas card exchange will be at my house on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-5. You’ll leave with a complete set of 20 cards – 10 sets of 2 each (so 10 different designs).  The demo’s for those will be coming soon so stay tuned!