Paper Pumpkin, “It’s a Sara Thing”

***Read the whole post. There is information about a Paper Pumpkin give-away near the end!***

So excited! I always look forward to receiving my Paper Pumpkin kit. I knew it would be a special kit because our CEO, Sara Douglass, was involved in designing it. The kit definitely lives up to it’s promise! In addition to being very cool and edgy, there is a gift enclosed, FREE Watercolor Pencils! Does it get any better? I think not! This month’s kit contained lots of goodies. I couldn’t get them all in one photo!

Paper Pumpkin April 2017, Stampin' Up!


Here’s the video from Paper Pumpkin that will show you all the assembly tips. They managed to get everything in one photo.


My Paper Pumpkin Cards:

I had so much fun with this kit! Notice my cards are a little different from Sara’s. I don’t always follow directions well!


Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!,, watercolor pencils


Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

There are two different ways you can subscribe. You can get a subscription month to month. (Just go to for this type of subscription.) Each month you will automatically be billed for your kit. It will come to your mailbox each month almost like magic You can stop or pause at any time. The second way to subscribe is to sign up for a Prepaid subscription. Kits will come for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or even a year. All paid at once with no worries!

Extra Perk for subscribers! Subscribers have access to a selection of past kits and refills.


Give Away!!

I have one extra of this Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10, you could win this kit! Just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, list me as your demonstrator and you are in the running. The only way to get this month’s kit is to currently be a subscriber. You had to have been subscribing by April 10. I am sure that refills for this kit will be limited, so this might be the only way you can get this kit. Good luck!!! (US residents only.)




Fond Farewell Wetlands Stamp Set

Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.

Wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.

Gloibal Design Project, challenge #082

Design Notes for Wetlands Card:

I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils

wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.

Watercolor Pencils, Wetlands stamp set, Blender Pen, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Wetlands Card:

Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.


Retirement List:

2017 Retirement List, Stampin' Up!,

I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.

Retiring_List_US, Stampin' Up!


Coming Soon:

I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.





National Puppy Day With Bella and Friends

I How could I have missed it? Apparently, yesterday was National Puppy Day! Can there be any cuter stamp set with a puppy than Bella and Friends? i just love this set! Here’s my tribute to national Puppy Day. (March 23 is the annual observation of National Puppy Day. Just so you know)

Bella and Friends stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, thank you, Stampin' Up!

I think looking at Bella would make anyone want to get a puppy. Well, almost anyone.

Design Notes for Bella and Friends Card:

Well, when you start with the Bella and Friends stamp set you know the card can only be cute. I stamped the image with Basic Gray ink then colored in with the Watercolor Pencils. I like to use Basic Gray ink when I color things since it draws the attention more to the colors rather than the outline. After coloring, I used the Blender pen to smooth out the colors. then I added the cloud for a little color and to tie the sentiment part with the Designer Paper. The paper is from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. And guess what… I got it for FREE. Carried Away is one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration.

Supply List for Bella and Friends Card:

Do you notice that I’ve listed Bella and Friends stamp set twice? That’s because you can buy it as a clear mount stamp set. Just put the rubber stamps on clear blocks when you are ready to use them. They also come in wood mount. Mount them on wood blocks when you get them and they are always ready to go.

Sale-A-Bration is winding down. Did you like the Designer paper I used, Carried Away? Here’s a better look at the package. I think it is so cute!

Carried Away DSP, Saleabration, Stampin Up!

Just place an order for $50 or more and you can select this for FREE.

Hope you are having a nice day. Be sure to say “Hi” to all the cute puppies, and grown up puppies, in your life.