March Paper Pumpkin Bunny Buddies

Part of the planning process for each kit includes the Paper Pumpkin team gathering together to assemble the kit once we receive a final sample. It’s one of our favorite things! When we sat down to create this kit, we couldn’t help but love it! The best part was personalizing the bunnies. The mix-and-match stamping works beautifully on the cards and bags. It’s also worth mentioning that our second- favorite part was adding the pompom bunny tails—too cute! We hope you enjoy the kit as much as we do.

Each Bunny Buddies Kit comes with supplies for nine bunny cards and bags. You might recognize the patterns and colors. They are from the Playful Palette Suite, found on p. 118 of the 2016-2017 annual catalog. The jewel-toned color scheme is soft and fun for springtime while the patterns offer a modern twist. And after all, “playful” is the perfect way to describe little bunnies, right? Be sure to check out the full product suite online or in the catalog.

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We always like to share more ideas with you and this month is no “egg”ception. Here are three ideas we think you’ll find simply “ear”resistible! (Much in the same way that we can’t resist a good bunny pun.)

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First up, it’s easy to transform the bunny bags into little baskets. Just tie up the ears and add a tag. Everything you need is already in the kit—including three different colors of baker’s twine!

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Next up is another treat bag, but for a slightly larger treat—like maybe a giant chocolate Easter egg or a solid chocolate bunny. (Okay, it doesn’t have to be chocolate!) Decorate a Petite Café Gift Bag with accessories from the kit. This adorable pompom trim looks like it’s straight out of the Playful Palette Suite, but it’s actually a custom creation. Use a needle and Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to thread some of the pompom bunny tails together. Pretty brilliant, right? We think so.

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Finally, don’t forget about the other images in the Bunny Buddies Stamp Set. Send an eggs-pression of love to some“bunny” you love with this cheerful card. Stamp the eggs with a bright palette and then add some texture with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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Be sure to grab some Bunny Buddies Refills to use at all your Easter egg hunts!

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And, don’t forget, you can skip to the Sale-A-Bration with Paper Pumpkin. Get a 3-month subscription for just $55 USD/$74 CAD and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Don’t miss it. Sale-A-Bation ends on March 31! Learn more here and check out the free items you can earn here (US/CAN).

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Oh Yeah!

Ok, I am obsessed with this stamp set, Nailed it, page 48, oc.  I love the fact that there are die cuts that go with these stamps and I think I have made at least 5 or 6 different cards with them so far.  The possibilities are endless.  What I love about this set are all the embellishments, washi tape and DSP that you can use with it.  These are all listed on page 47 along with the lovely embossing folder, Hexagons Dynamic Textured impressions.  In addition, another stamp set in this same catalog, Urban District can also be combined to make dozens of masculine cards for Dad or the men in your life.  Save 10% by buying the bundle.

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Pretty Packaging to Share Sweet Treats

One of my favorite things to do (other than stamping, of course) is baking sweet treats and sharing the goodies with my family and friends. Stampin’ Up! makes the “giving” part even more enjoyable by providing various food-safe products and lots of sweet sentiments to go along with those baked goods. For these treats I focused on two main products—the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle (item 144728) and Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (item 142778).

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Of course, I usually make a card to go along with the treat. Here I created a simple card using the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set (item 142924) stamped with Mint Macaron (item 138326) and Tip Top Taupe ink (item 138325) on a layer of Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730). The square was die cut with the Big Shot (item 143263) and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372). For the sentiment banner, I took Sweet Sugarplum ink (item 141395), added the dotted background on Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock (item 141418), and finished with the sentiment stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink (item 126950). The background is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (item 142778) finished off with Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (item 141656).

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For one of the banana breads that I made, I wanted to use one of the 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags (item 142001). These bags are amazing and have come in handy for many homemade breads and treats over the last few months. The Tip Top Taupe tag was made with the Window Box Thinlits Dies (item 142762) with a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I added a little extra hand-cut tag with the “thanks” sentiment tied with Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine (item 124262). I added some Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon Combo Pack (item 142781) to finish it off.

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For the other loaf of banana bread, I wrapped the bread in the Sending Love Glassine Sheets (item 142734) and the same paper from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper pack.

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The decorative tag was made with the same Mint Macaron ribbon and the (amazing and reversible) Lace Doilies (item 142793). The doily is showing the white side. I added a Sweet Sugarplum circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and stamped with Sweet Sugarplum ink. The dragonfly is stamped with Soft Suede (item 126978) and Sweet Sugarplum ink. I cut an additional dragonfly out of Vellum Cardstock (item 101856) with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies (item 142749). I also added Clear Wink of Stella (item 141897) to the dragonfly base.

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Lastly, I stamped the sentiment with the VersaMark Pad (item 102283) and heat embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) and the Heat Tool (item 129053).

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I hope that this post inspires you to bake something yummy for a friend and make your packaging look extra-special!

Blessings,

Holly Stene
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Day at the Beach

I just rec’d this set and I really hesitated if I should order it or not.  So glad that I decided to get it.  It is very versatile and the images are really great.  You can find this on page 34 of the OC.  When you live on the coast this set can be very useful.  The DSP that I used in the background is from By the Shore, page 173 of the AC.  I used the sentiment and the birds from the set, High Tide, page 25 in the OC.

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Rainbows

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a holiday I decorate for, but occasionally we’ll do a little something fun for our family. The gold coins are a novelty for the younger kids, and the peanut butter cups taste much better for the older ones, but what I love is the rainbow of color stamped on watercolor paper, using images from the Over the Rainbow stamp set. It’s like magic when you spritz with water and watch the colors blend together…super easy! And it makes a great background for the sentiment and for all the gold elements of this shaker tag!

Cooper and I made a simpler version of this tag for friends, which turned out really cute too. (I had extra chocolates and didn’t want them sitting around tempting me!) We decided to use the sentiment (from the same set) God gives us rainbows to remind us of hope. I love the simplicity of this saying…and the gift from God!

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Spring Is in the Air

Hello there! With the first day of spring only a few days away I thought I would create a couple of simple, cute projects using the adorable Basket Bunch Stamp Set (item 143186) along with the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228). This set is perfect for Easter but I wanted to show you that it’s great for other occasions, too. I love a stamp set that you can adapt, since that makes it an even better value for the money!

For my first card, “Happiest birthday,” I turned the Easter eggs into balloons!

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To create the balloons, I placed the eggs the wrong-side up on my block, then inked and stamped them to get a solid color; the colors I used are So Saffron (item 126957), Soft Sky (item 131181), Pink Pirouette (item 126956), and Crumb Cake (item 126975). I then turned the stamp the correct way around and inked with Tuxedo Black ink (item 132708) to stamp the egg outline and detail.

I colored the bunny and the bow with a Blender Pen (item 102845) and the same inks I used for the balloons. (The Blender Pens are one of my favorite tools and are a great way for you to get the most out of your ink pads!)

The sentiment I used for this card is from the Cool Treats Stamp Set (item 142982). I love mixed font sentiments and “Happiest birthday” was a perfect fit for this card.

Here is a close-up. Even though this card is simple, there’s lots of dimension!

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I created my second card, For Somebunny Sweet, using sticky notes as a mask so I could overlap the bunnies.

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First I stamped the bunny in the center on my Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) mat.

I then stamped the same bunny on a sticky note, making sure that part of the bunny was stamped where the adhesive strip would be on the reverse; then I fussy cut the image. I placed the “sticky note bunny” over the top of the first bunny to create a mask so that when I stamped the bunny again on either side, no ink would touch the bunny in the center. I colored them in using the Blender Pens and Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, and So Saffron ink.

For the sentiment I used another trick with a sticky note. I only wanted to use part of the sentiment so my card would be suitable for a birthday, thank you note, or a simple “Hello.” You can see below how I achieved this.

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The tiny hearts are from another favorite stamp set of mine, Made with Love (138662). I also used them to create a subtle background on the Crumb Cake mat along with the tiny dots from this set.

My final project, “Thanks a bunch,” is a little envelope that I made using the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774)—another one of my favorite, must-have tools. Not only is it easy for making lots of different-sized envelopes, but it’s handy for making boxes, too!

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Once I had created the envelope using Crumb Cake Cardstock (item 120953) I randomly stamped the little carrot all over the front of the envelope using Crumb Cake ink. Afterward I wrapped a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (item 138434) in Daffodil Delight around the envelope, then adhered a thinner piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock over the top. This creates a belly band which will keep the envelope closed.

I stamped the sentiment “Thanks a bunch” to the right and placed the stamped and die cut carrots to the left. I colored the carrots in with a Blender Pen using Peekaboo Peach (item 141398) and Pear Pizzazz (item 131180) ink. To finish, I die cut the grass using Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (item 131201).

Inside is a little packet of carrot seeds.

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Both my aunty and I are growing our own vegetables for the first time this year; she has an allotment and I have a small plot in my garden. I wish I had a green thumb like her! I have a tendency to kill plants with kindness, so I think I will need lots of help and advice from her over the coming months—and this envelope of carrot seeds will be a perfect way of saying thank you!

Katy Harrison
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Happy Easter

This is a little different take on the set, Easter Message, page 19 OC.  I used Always Artichoke, Wisteria Wonder, and crumb cake inks.  Card stock is Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and base card is Thick Whisper White.
If you have not tried our heavy Whisper White card stock, you are missing a wonderful card base.  It is the best! Sold on page 175 of the AC

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Avant Garden

This card was created using the SAB set, Avant Garden, page 5 of the SAB catalog.  I cased this card from Sandi McIver and thank you Sandi for the inspiration.  This technique is called “Black Magic” and I really love it.  You first stamp the images in craft white ink.  Once it is dry I added our White watercolor pencil and then added Melon Mambo, Dafodil Delight, and Old Olive pencils, page 24, OC.  I outlined each image with a white gel pen.

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Paper Pumpkin Many Happy Birthdays

Let’s kick things off this month with a little laugh.

Question: Why did the candle fall in love?

Answer: Because it found the perfect match! (Ba-dum-tshh!) We did warn you that it would only be a little laugh.

But, you know what else is a perfect match? You and the Many Happy Birthdays Kit! This kit will help you effortlessly plan the perfect birthday surprise for someone you love. Whether you’re sending wishes their way in a card, creating party invitations, or giving a gift card, the pull tab candle cards will help you pull it off with flare!

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And since the kit name is Many Happy Birthdays, here are some more ideas to keep the flame of creativity burning bright. First, using just the kit components, you could turn the many happy birthdays cards into mini happy birthday cards by making a set of tiny cards.

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Next, transform the pull-tab pocket card into a literal pocket card. Just assemble the card base, trim the bottom, snip the end corners at an angle, and add some adhesive at the bottom to seal it shut.

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As always, hang onto that stamp set so you can use it on future projects—like this card. The geometric line images create simple background in any color scheme.

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This kit is on fire! Don’t let the fun burn out—order many more refills today, while supplies last.

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The Many Happy Birthdays Kit is just in time to celebrate our fourth birthday in March! We’ve come a long way and look FOUR-ward to many happy birthdays with our Paper Pumpkin peeps. We’re so grateful FOUR you! Party with us by sharing your favorite projects online. #PaperPumpkinBirthday

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Don’t forget, right now you can skip to the Sale-A-Bration with Paper Pumpkin! Get a 3-month subscription for just $55 USD/$74 CAD and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

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Originator unknown

I cased this card from a You Tube video a while back and now I cannot find the name of the person who created it.  If any of you out there know who I owe this inspiration to, please let me know so I can give her credit.
Both the dies and stamp set can be purchased together to save a 10% discount.  I used silver foil, Island Indigo, and Whisper White Card stock.  In addition, I used A little Foxy DSP, page 174 in the AC.  The embellishments, Urban Underground, page 47, are from the OC.  This is the coolest bundle, I love everything that goes with it.  No problem making masculine cards with this set.

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Easter Card

I love the background DSP, Falling in Love, page 51 in the OC.  This is my favorite DSP from the OC.  I used Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White Card stock and inks.  In addition, I used 5/8″ burlap ribbon, page 178 of the AC.  The oval was created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits #145372.

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Vertical Garden Gift Boxes

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Hello, stampers! With succulents being so “hot” right now, I wanted to create something special for you all that had something to do with them. There was just one problem. I don’t as yet have the Oh So Succulent Bundle (item 145184). Gasp, I know, but I do have the Vertical Garden Project Kit (item 143635) and the Vertical Garden Stamp Set (item 142996) so I’m here today using some of the items out of the Vertical Garden kit and stamp set for some gorgeous gift boxes. I’ve also pulled out a trusty old tool that has a million-and-one uses, the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774). So I’m mixing up some of the old with the new.

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The Envelope Punch Board (item 133774) is not only fabulous for making your own envelopes, but you can also make your own boxes with them, too. What’s better than not only making a special handmade card for your special friends but also making the gift box, as well?

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I’ve created three different-sized boxes for you with three different looks. I’m loving the mix of the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682) with the soft Sahara Sand Cardstock (item 121043) to give the gift boxes a bit of a grungy, modern feel.

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For the first box I marked and scored all my fold lines and then I measured approximately how wide the swirl stamp image was from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set (item 142996). I wanted to make sure that I could mark even spacing across the top of the box to stamp and then heat emboss White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132). Once the lid was embossed and the embossing powder was set I could put the box and lid together using Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995). Tear & Tape is a strong adhesive and is fabulous for boxes and 3D items. I just wrapped the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682) a few times and then decorated with the succulents from the Vertical Garden Project Kit (item 143635).

To give the succulents a bit more depth and color I sponged each petal using the Stamping Sponges (item 141337). Then I finished off the boxes with 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (item 141487) and Gold Sequin Trim (item 132983)—just for some added elements and texture.

How fabulous is that “Hello” from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set? I love the font and it looks so gorgeous stamped and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) on Vellum Cardstock (item 101856). I trimmed down the vellum to a 2″ strip using the Stampin’ Trimmer (item 126889), then turned it into a gorgeous tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (item 133324). That punch makes tag-making oh, so easy!

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The second box is again made with the Envelope Punch Board and embellished in a way that is similar to the first one. I just changed up the stamped images and the size of the box.

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The last box is again made with the Envelope Punch Board, but instead of making it in Sahara Sand Cardstock, this one is made using the Thick Whisper White Cardstock (item 140272). This cardstock is not only fabulous for card bases but for smaller, 3D constructions, as well.

As I did with the first two boxes, I punched and scored the cardstock to prepare for making the box, but before I put it together, I first stamped the swirly image on the lid of the box using VersaMark ink (item 102283) and embossed it using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and the Heat Tool (item 129053). The splatters over the top are flicks of Gold Wink of Stella (item 141898). The Wink of Stella adds another touch and element to your creation and really looks fabulous splattered over . . . well, everything!

To flick Wink of Stella, give the barrel chamber a bit of a squeeze so the brush tip is quite wet. Then press the brush tip just in the top edge of the lid and push and flick the brush tip out of the lid away from you so that it splatters over your creation. Give the Wink of Stella a minute or two to dry or give it a quick blast with the Heat Tool. (If you don’t let your splatters dry, they will smudge and then not look so pretty.)

The little box is then finished off with some of the same ribbons and trims as the first two boxes as well as some Gold Metallic Thread (item 138401) tied around it for some more added prettiness.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I do hope that I’ve inspired you to dress up your gift boxes and to create a pretty package for your gifts.

Rochelle Blok
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Mini Album, Maxi Result

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Hello!

Are you ready to be inspired? Great, let’s get started! You can make this cute mini album in one of two ways (beginner or expert), depending on your level of experience and the supplies you have on hand. All you have to do is follow the instructions and have fun!

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  1. Building the box—beginner version To build the box, you will need two sheets of paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (item 142744). I used two different designs to add contrast.

    To create the bottom, use one sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper; score at 1″ on each of the four sides; cut corners as seen on the photo and adhere. For the top of the box, use one sheet cut at 5-3/8″ x 5-3/8″; score at 3/8″ on all four sides.

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  2. Build the top of the box—beginner version

Decorate the top of your box with two hot air balloons stamped in Early Espresso ink (item 126974) on a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper. To make the tag, I used a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine and a few sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (item 142767), then adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s simple to make but oh-so-elegant—don’t you think?

3) Build a shaker top for the box—advanced version

I made the top of the box a bit more fun for those who want to do the stepped-up version.

Before assembling the top, I cut out a window using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (item 145372). Next, I cut and adhered a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ Window Sheet (item 142314) to the back and assembled the top. Next, I cut a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and this time, I used the hot air balloons that were cut out using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies (item 142748).

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To finish the project, I applied Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825) to the edge of the Designer Series Paper, slipped in a few sequins and Sprinkles Embellishments (item 142741) on the Window Sheet, and adhered my paper on the bottom of my cover. I love shaking the box to see the beads and sequins dance around!

4) On the inside

I used two 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of Bermuda Bay Cardstock (item 131197) for the first mini and Calypso Coral Cardstock (item 122925) for the second. First, I cut three strips measuring 3-1/2″ by 11″, scored at 3-1/2″, 7″, and 10-1/2″. Next, I cut a strip of 31/2″ x 7″ and folded at 3-1/2″. All that was left was to fold the accordion as illustrated.

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If you can, round all angles and corners as I did using the Project Life Corner Punch (item 135346). This will make it easier to handle and give the project a nice finishing touch. (I adhered the first and last flaps to the top and bottom of the box.)

5) Decorate your album

I created the mini in the spirit of a country fair and its fabulous treats. (I make these recipes on a regular basis when I have guests.) For a simple version, you can play around with the designs on the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack; I used the horse on this one.

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I stamped a few clouds in Early Espresso ink on a design and fussy cut them. That’s right, when you don’t have Framelits Dies or the Big Shot, you can still use these assorted stamps. I adhered the horse using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430).

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To keep the spirit of a shaker card in the second version, I used some sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit and created a little shaker pocket. The second flap is decorated with yummy cupcakes ready to be tasted.

I hope you enjoy this project!

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Aurélie Fabre
2017 Artisan Design Team

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From Shelli

Lots of Love

My stamping is limited these days, so my friend and awesome artist created (and duplicated!) these projects for our family for Valentine’s Day. As I individualized each gift and card, it gave me the opportunity to pause and think about the love I have for my beautiful family and for all the wonderful peope in my life. I feel so blessed!

Now for the projects… 

A little extravagant, these paper mache heart ornaments will last a lifetime for our sweet daughters…

Individual (and very cool!) cards for our sons-in-law…

Adorable monsters filled with chocolate hugs and kisses and monies (as the twins would say) for the grandkids…

And last, but certainly not least, for my sweetheart…

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The Perfect Surprise: A Card in a Box

This kraft packaging may look plain and simple on the outside, but when you open it, you’re in for a very special surprise! It’s not just an ordinary package but a card that is also a pretty box!

Today, I’ll show you how you to make this extraordinary eye-catcher yourself. It’s easy to do—so let’s get started!

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To make the packaging (including the card), you’ll need the following supplies: Kraft Cardstock (item 133674), Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Thick Cardstock (item140272), the Stampin’ Trimmer (item 126889), a Bone Folder (102300), Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995), and Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item 110755). To make this project I also used the Good Vibes Project Life Card Collection (item 141666) and the Good Vibes Project Life Accessory Pack (item 142684).

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The first step is to cut the Kraft Cardstock for the box, then fold and adhere it. The measurements for the box are 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ x 1-5/8″ (approx. 11 x 11 x 4 cm). And of course, it can only be a surprise if the package has a lid! The steps to create the lid are similar; its measurements are 4-7/16” x 4-7/16″ x 9/16″ (approx. 11.3 x 11.3 x 1.5 cm).

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After completing the packaging, it’s time to make the interior. Start by cutting Whisper White Cardstock to 8-1/4″ x 4-1/8″ (approx. 21 x 10.5 cm). Fold this piece of cardstock in half at 4-1/8″ (approx.10.5 cm). Repeat this step for three pieces of paper. Then adhere each piece of cardstock to the other to create an accordion fold.

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The next step is to embellish the packaging and the accordion piece. As mentioned above, I used the Good Vibes Project Life Card Collection to decorate my project. The square cards fit perfectly on the accordion panels. In addition to the cards, I also used sequins, paper clips, and alphabet stickers from the accessory pack as well as Night of Navy (item 141684) and Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine (item 124262). The alphabet stickers are copper and therefore a perfect eye-catching embellishment!

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Once you’ve decorated the project, all that’s left is to adhere the accordion element inside the finished box. Simply adhere the top panel to the lid and the bottom panel to the bottom of the packaging. Tear & Tape Adhesive works best to do this. Now you just need to give your project away and wait for the surprised look on the face of the recipient!

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The box and its contents can easily be adapted to any kind of occasion or theme. For example, you could swap out the Project Life cards for Designer Series Paper or stamped images.

This kind of packaging would also work well as an invitation. You could use the different panels to accommodate all the details, pictures, and a map with directions. So get creative and see where your imagination takes you! Have fun and enjoy making this project!

Maike Ulbrich
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Vertical Garden Gift Boxes

Hello, stampers! With succulents being so “hot” right now, I wanted to create something special for you all that had something to do with them. There was just one problem. I don’t as yet have the Oh So Succulent Bundle (item 145184). Gasp, I know, but I do have the Vertical Garden Project Kit (item 143635) and the Vertical Garden Stamp Set (item 142996) so I’m here today using some of the items out of the Vertical Garden kit and stamp set for some gorgeous gift boxes. I’ve also pulled out a trusty old tool that has a million-and-one uses, the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774). So I’m mixing up some of the old with the new.

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The Envelope Punch Board (item 133774) is not only fabulous for making your own envelopes, but you can also make your own boxes with them, too. What’s better than not only making a special handmade card for your special friends but also making the gift box, as well?

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I’ve created three different-sized boxes for you with three different looks. I’m loving the mix of the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682) with the soft Sahara Sand Cardstock (item 121043) to give the gift boxes a bit of a grungy, modern feel.

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For the first box I marked and scored all my fold lines and then I measured approximately how wide the swirl stamp image was from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set (item 142996). I wanted to make sure that I could mark even spacing across the top of the box to stamp and then heat emboss White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132). Once the lid was embossed and the embossing powder was set I could put the box and lid together using Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995). Tear & Tape is a strong adhesive and is fabulous for boxes and 3D items. I just wrapped the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682) a few times and then decorated with the succulents from the Vertical Garden Project Kit (item 143635).

To give the succulents a bit more depth and color I sponged each petal using the Stamping Sponges (item 141337). Then I finished off the boxes with 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (item 141487) and Gold Sequin Trim (item 132983)—just for some added elements and texture.

How fabulous is that “Hello” from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set? I love the font and it looks so gorgeous stamped and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) on Vellum Cardstock (item 101856). I trimmed down the vellum to a 2″ strip using the Stampin’ Trimmer (item 126889), then turned it into a gorgeous tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (item 133324). That punch makes tag-making oh, so easy!

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The second box is again made with the Envelope Punch Board and embellished in a way that is similar to the first one. I just changed up the stamped images and the size of the box.

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The last box is again made with the Envelope Punch Board, but instead of making it in Sahara Sand Cardstock, this one is made using the Thick Whisper White Cardstock (item 140272). This cardstock is not only fabulous for card bases but for smaller, 3D constructions, as well.

As I did with the first two boxes, I punched and scored the cardstock to prepare for making the box, but before I put it together, I first stamped the swirly image on the lid of the box using VersaMark ink (item 102283) and embossed it using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and the Heat Tool (item 129053). The splatters over the top are flicks of Gold Wink of Stella (item 141898). The Wink of Stella adds another touch and element to your creation and really looks fabulous splattered over . . . well, everything!

To flick Wink of Stella, give the barrel chamber a bit of a squeeze so the brush tip is quite wet. Then press the brush tip just in the top edge of the lid and push and flick the brush tip out of the lid away from you so that it splatters over your creation. Give the Wink of Stella a minute or two to dry or give it a quick blast with the Heat Tool. (If you don’t let your splatters dry, they will smudge and then not look so pretty.)

The little box is then finished off with some of the same ribbons and trims as the first two boxes as well as some Gold Metallic Thread (item 138401) tied around it for some more added prettiness.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I do hope that I’ve inspired you to dress up your gift boxes and to create a pretty package for your gifts.

Rochelle Blok
2017 Artisan Design Team

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February Paper Pumpkin Many Happy Birthdays

Let’s kick things off this month with a little laugh.

Question: Why did the candle fall in love?

Answer: Because it found the perfect match! (Ba-dum-tshh!) We did warn you that it would only be a little laugh.

But, you know what else is a perfect match? You and the Many Happy Birthdays Kit! This kit will help you effortlessly plan the perfect birthday surprise for someone you love. Whether you’re sending wishes their way in a card, creating party invitations, or giving a gift card, the pull tab candle cards will help you pull it off with flare!

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And since the kit name is Many Happy Birthdays, here are some more ideas to keep the flame of creativity burning bright. First, using just the kit components, you could turn the many happy birthdays cards into mini happy birthday cards by making a set of tiny cards.

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Next, transform the pull-tab pocket card into a literal pocket card. Just assemble the card base, trim the bottom, snip the end corners at an angle, and add some adhesive at the bottom to seal it shut.

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As always, hang onto that stamp set so you can use it on future projects—like this card. The geometric line images create simple background in any color scheme.

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This kit is on fire! Don’t let the fun burn out—order many more refills today, while supplies last.

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The Many Happy Birthdays Kit is just in time to celebrate our fourth birthday in March! We’ve come a long way and look FOUR-ward to many happy birthdays with our Paper Pumpkin peeps. We’re so grateful FOUR you! Party with us by sharing your favorite projects online. #PaperPumpkinBirthday

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Don’t forget, right now you can skip to the Sale-A-Bration with Paper Pumpkin! Get a 3-month subscription for just $55 USD/$74 CAD and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Learn more here.

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Projects by Artisan Design Team Member

One Cute Little Monster

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Hi Everyone!

Just popping in to show you some of the projects I made with the Yummy in My Tummy Stamp Set (item 142922). I love anything that I can color so it’s no surprise that this was a must-have item for me from the new 2017 occasions catalog.

Usually when I start to play with a stamp set, I stamp multiple images at once. Since I intended to watercolor using my Many Marvelous Markers (item 131264) and my trusty Aqua Painters (item 103954), I heat embossed several monsters on Watercolor Paper (item 122959). In order to do this, I had to ink my stamp with the VersaMark Pad (item 102283) and then ink with the Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad (item 140931) before stamping on the paper. Quickly, I covered the image with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109130) and applied heat with the Heat Tool (item 129053). This gives it a nice raised and glossy look.

#adttipandtricks: By using the clear embossing powder, you avoid the mess of those pesky black “specks” when you heat emboss.

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This cute monster image was designed with shaker cards in mind so I put it to the test. The Sprinkles Embellishments (item 142741) are the perfect thing to use!

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#adttipandtricks: When you find yourself unable to know exactly where to punch, place a mark in the center of your image before taking the plunge. This takes the “cross your fingers and hope for the best” out of punching.

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No cute card is done without an equally cute envelope! The Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies (item 140279) created the perfect “teeth.”

There are lots of options with this stamp set. You could punch out its belly and replace it with so many things including lollipops, mini containers of colored modeling clay, lip gloss, and chocolate eggs. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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No project is complete without a Delicate White Doily (item 141701). This doily gave the impression that this project was a flower.

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Until next time . . . “party on”!

Cathy Caines
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Tuscan Vineyard

Now this is one of my favorites in the AC, page 95.  Whenever we are traveling with the family, we love to stop at all the different Vineyards and do the wine tastings.  They are so much fun.  The last time we did this was when my niece got married in Virginia and we all traveled together and found these lovely places in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and of course,  lot of stops because there are many.  AND, they are so beautiful and very Picturesque set on all the gorgeous rolling hills.
Anyway, I stamped this with Archival Basic Black ink, on Watercolor paper, with eggplant Envy, Crumb Cake and always Artichoke inks.  Hope you like it!

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Beautiful You!

I used this set, found on page 24 of the OC, with the new DSP, Falling in Love, page 51 of the OC.  The colors in this DSP are so awesome!  It is def my favorite of all the DSP in both the OC and the SAB.
I combined the colors, Crumb cake with Watermelon Wonder.  This set contains beautiful sentiments and images that you can use for many different occasions.

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Chinese New Year

This Artisan Design Team member is so talented.  This is Allison Okamitsu’s 3rd year being selected as a member of this team.  Not hard to tell why…..

I love celebrations! Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and New Year’s are all fabulous celebrations that I treasure. And although Chinese New Year isn’t a holiday my family traditionally celebrates, I had a fabulous time putting together some fun and creative ideas to help you decorate and celebrate. This year the Chinese New Year celebration begins on January 27 (Chinese New Year’s Eve) and ends on February 2, so you still have time to whip up some festive décor and gifts for your friends and family.

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One Chinese New Year’s tradition is to gather for a family reunion dinner. I absolutely love this idea and I think that a celebration that brings family together is just perfection. I’ve created these beautiful paper lanterns to use as a centerpiece at this dinner celebration.

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For the lanterns I’ve used five of the long and thick pieces punched in Real Red Cardstock (item 102482) from the Bow Builder Punch (item 137414). I then added lots of gold touches, including the largest image from the Moroccan Nights Stamp Set (item 141715) embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and embellished with Gold Foil Sheets (item 132622) and Gold Sequin Trim (item 132983). The tassels from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (item 142767) are the perfect finishing touch.

Another Chinese New Year tradition is to gift red packets containing money. The significance of these red packets is to wish others a safe and peaceful coming year.

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I’ve created my red packet with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits (item 135854) and Real Red Cardstock (item 102482). Before I assembled the packet, I embossed it with a stamp from the Celebrate Today Stamp Set (item 137138) and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129). Don’t you think it looks like a string of fireworks?! I then used the Moroccan Nights Stamp Set (item 141715) and Any Occasion Stamp Set* (item 143348) to create a focal point for the belly band, which is constructed of Gold Foil Sheets (item 132622) and the gold ribbon from the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack* (item 143601). I think anyone would be thrilled to receive one of these stunning red money packets.

Last but not least, I created an adorable little takeout box using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies (item 138273). I simply adjusted the box to make it look more like a takeout container than a piece of pie.

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Keeping with my theme of gold and red, I added some gold embossing to the takeout container using the Delicate Details Stamp Set* (item 143314). Each year in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac cycle is represented by an animal and element. This year marks the year of the fire (or red) rooster. The Hey, Chick Stamp Set* (item 143328)—free with purchase during Sale-A-Bration—was perfect for adding in the iconic rooster image.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today—and a little lesson on Chinese New Year (if you weren’t familiar with it already). I apologize if I’ve made any errors in my research about this celebration and welcome you to leave a comment to fill me in on the facts and how you celebrate!

Allison Okamitsu
2017 Artisan Design Team

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This card was created using the set Sealed with Love, and matching dies, Love Notes, page 14 & 15 of the OC.  Colors are real red and whisper white.  I used the Stitched layering oval dies and the Red Glimmer paper, page 175 of the AC.  The background DSP is Sending Love Paper Stack, also found on page 15 of the OC.  This set is so versatile and again the possibilities are endless.

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Blushing Bride Beauty

This card was created using the stamp set, Special Reason, page 42 of the OC with the matching dies, Sytlish Stems, same page.  You can buy this bundle and save 10% when buying them together. There are so many possibilites for this bundle.  IMHO, it is the BEST bundle in the entire OC.  I used Blushing Bride glimmer paper and the DSP is from the Playful Palette Paper stack, page 174 in the AC.

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Hey Chick

This has got to be one of my favs in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  I used the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder found on page 47 of the OC for the background by brayering the inside of the EF in Delightful Dijon ink.  I used the Stitched layering oval dies for the images and sentiment.  Whisper white CS and Delightful Dijon finished off the card.

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