Layered Leaves Thanksgiving Place Cards

I’m both behind and ahead with this project. The September Paper Pumpkin Kit, Layered Leaves is a terrific one. I almost immediately made up the pillow boxes and filled them with little treats for my November card class folks. The cards sat somewhat neglected in the box. Then I had an inspiration… use the note cards as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner! We also attend a large community dinner and have eight people at our table so it worked out perfectly!

Layered Leaves Place Cards, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin Up!,

Most of the items on the cards were in the kit. The only thing I added were the pieces of paper with the names.

Design Notes for Layered Leaves Place Cards:

I pretty much assembled the cards according to directions. I punched out banners for each name, wrote the names then sponged around the edges with some Cajun Craze Ink. The top leaf is gold foil and  I wanted to add just a bit more shine. So, I just punched out another banner from some Gold Foil Card Stock and backed the name piece with it. Done.

Supply List for Layered Leaves Place Cards:


Thanks to all of you who voted for my card last week over at Kylie Bertuccis’s Internation Blog Highlights. I had the most votes! So next month, I will be in a Blog Hope next month.

Top Ten Kylie Blog Hop


Hope you have a fun weekend!


Help for Hurricane Harvey Victims

I’m sure that many of you out there are like me and wondering what you can do to help victims of the devastating hurricane in Houston. I know you are as concerned as I am to see the loss of life, of homes, the complete alteration of lives. It will take a long time to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Like me, you want to help. Here’s one little way.

Please shop with me in September, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. I will donate 20% of your order total (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank (See Charity Navigator here.)

  • All orders must be placed between by September 30.
  • You can place your order by emailing me, [email protected] We can work out what you want, payment, etc. You can also call.
  • If you are coming to any of my classes you can order then.

You can order directly on-line. To get to my 24-7 on-line store, click on the icon below., Stampin' Up!

Paper Pumpkin Deal:

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

Yes, it’s true. If you have never subscribed to Paper Pumpkin before, you can subscribe now and get 50% the September Kit! You have just a few more days to take advantage of this deal so act quickly.

Here’s the link to the Paper Pumpkin Website. Be sure to use the code HALFOFF0917 when sign up.


Clearance Rack Bargains:

Clearance, Stampin' Up!,

Stampin’ Up! recently added some new items to the Clearance Rack. Check it out! You will find some great bargains!


Be sure to stop back tomorrow. I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop!

Top ten International Highlights winners Badge





Giftable Greetings and Leftovers

This is what was leftover from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, Giftable Greetings. (I forgot to take a picture before I made the extra cards. As you can see, there are still a lot of good things left!)

Giftable Greetings, Paper Pumpkin August 2017, Stampin' Up!

Most every month, after I complete the project in the Paper Pumpkin Kit, I have lots of great leftover. Of course there are always the stamp set and the Stampin’ Spot (ink). But there is almost always some great things I didn’t use. This month’s kit was no exception.

The August kit came with materials to make some Congratulations cards and some Thank You cards. This month, the kit also included the most adorable gift box! (I just realized I forgot to add a leaf and flower to the tag. My bad.)

Giftable Greetings, Aug. 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!,

One of the stamps included was “With Much Sympathy”. So, I used it, added a bit of card stock and used up some of the leftovers to create these three cards.

Giftable Greetings, Paper Pumpkin, Aug. 2017, Stampin' Up1,

Design Notes for Extra Cards from Giftable Greetings:

I used some Pool Party card stock and used the flower stamp from the kit. I stamped off before stamping on the card stock to give it a more subtle look. The coral striped ribbon and the Night of Navy Twine were left over from the kit. I used some Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding on the other card.

Here’s a little video from Paper Pumpkin. You can see the box better in this video!

About Paper Pumpkin:

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? Have you been thinking about subscribing? This is the perfect time to try it out if you’ve not subscribed before. Until Sept. 10 you can sign up to get the Sept kit for 50% off! Isn’t that a great deal?

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

If you subscribe and list me as your demonstrator, I will be happy to give you a foam Piercing Mat. Since all of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer, it’s good to have a piercing mat to stamp on. 50% off and a GIFT! Winner! Winner!

To subscribe, just click here to go to the Paper Pumpkin page. (Make sure to use the code, HALFOFF0917)

I Made It To The Top Ten!

Blog Highlight, August, 2017

Thanks to all of you who voted for me in the recent Blog Highlights run by Kylie Bertucci. I had the third highest number of votes. Now, I will be appearing in an International  Blog Hop on September 6. Stay Tuned! Here’s a link to my winning project in case you missed it.

Have a great day, hopefully, with some time to stamp. It’s good for you!





Want to Get Paper Pumpkin 50% Off?

Well of course you want Paper Pumpkin 50% off. Duh! This is the right time to try Paper Pumpkin if you’ve never subscribed before.

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

Today just may be your lucky day! Have you been thinking about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin but just haven’t clicked on that button? Well, you’ve waited long enough! If you are a new subscriber, you can get 50% off from now until September 10. The September kit is sure to be something fallishly wonderful and you will be just in time to receive that kit. So, go to my Paper Pumpkin link here and use the  code HALFOFF0917 to get the September kit for 50% off. Please be sure to list me as your demonstrator!

Bonus * Bonus* Bonus* Bonus *

If you subscribe between now and September 10 and name me as your demonstrator, I will send you a Pierce Mat. Since all of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer, it’s best to use a Pierce Mat so that all of your images are clean and crisp.

Here’s a video that will answer any questions that you might have about signing up for Paper Pumpkin.


Hope you are having a good weekend. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see my first Quilt Series Video.


One in a Melon Bonus Card

Very often, there are extra pieces and bits from the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. This month’s One in A Melon was no exception. I admit that while I was completing the project, I was already thinking about what I would do with the extras, my bonus card. Here’s what I came up with.

Paper Pumpkin Kit, One is a Melon, Stampin' Up!,

Do you like the watermelon stripes in the background? I used Sponge Brayers on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Then I added a bit of Melon Mambo and a bit of Emerald Envy card stock to back the brayered piece. Easy! The little black dots are White Perfect Accents that I colored with a Sharpie Marker. (Did you know that you can do that?) Otherwise, everything was from the June Paper Pumpkin kit.

Oh, here are all the things I made with this month’s kit. There are 4 bags, I just showed one. By the way, I still have some extra twine and a few tags!

One in a Melon, Paper Pumpkin, June, 2017, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for One in a Melon Bonus Card

Well, first you have to have the Paper Pumpkin kit for June!


About Paper Pumpkin

Remember when you get a Paper Pumpkin kit, you get everything you need! if you have some supplies of your own, you can use up any extra things. AND, you will always have the stamp set and the ink spots. What’s not to love? This month the spots were two great colors (yes, two) Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy. Over a twelve month period, the colors are not repeated. When you first subscribe, you will get a clear block to use with the stamps. All stamp sets are photopolymer. If you subscribe with me, I will send you a FREE Piercing Mat, that makes your stamping with photopolymer stamps so much better!

Here’s a link to my Paper Pumpkin page. Just go there and sign up!

paper Pumpkin Logo, Stampin' UP!

Well, I hope you are having a great day. Tomorrow is Sunday so be sure to come back and see my next “Step It Up Sunday” adventure!