Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sweet Paper Pumpkin Gift Wrapping

Happy Saturday!  Sorry to be silent for so long!  Life was busier than expected the last month with back to school, work, and fall activities!  Lots of fun, though, too!  Hope all is well for you, too.

Today's projects are some gift bags and boxes I created while traveling this summer -- one of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin kits!  So easy to take and do anywhere!!!  And, even though the card kits are my favorites, these treat boxes were really fun to make and give.  I used them to give some little presents to nieces and nephews when we were on our summer trip.



The watermelon gift bags are made with the One in a Melon kit from June 2017, and the striped boxes are from the July 2014 Wish Big kit.

Not a subscriber yet?  Now's a great time to join in on the fun!  Sign up before tomorrow (9/10) and you'll get this month's kit for 50% off!   You can click here to learn more or sign up!   Subscribers also can purchase past kits -- you can see what's currently available here (be sure to stock up on your favorites before it's too late!).

Thanks for visiting!- Michelle






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If Life Gives You Lemons . . . Card

Hello!  One of the things I need to do today is squeeze a bunch of lemons from our (perhaps overabundantly productive?) lemon tree and make some lemonade!  So, seemed appropriate to share this card, which I created to show at a workshop last week:


I combined the Coffee Cafe bundle with images from the Lemon Zest set for this card.  For the glass of lemonade. I stamped the glass in Night of Navy onto Watercolor Paper, which I'd painted with a wash of Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach for a fun ombre effect.   The lemon slices were done using the rock and roll technique with either Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach or Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist.  The designer paper is from the Eastern Palace Specialty Pack.  I also added a few Glitter Enamel Dots for a bit of sparkle on the card.


A bit of Fine Tip Glue gives some dimension to the ice cubes and lemon peels.

And, here's the inside:



Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fabulous Friends Friday: Pocket Full of Birthday Cheer

Hi!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a 3D project from my amazingly artistic friend Marlene to share with you.   She created this for our most recent swap, with goodies from the new annual catalog.  Specifically, she used the Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle, and that great blue jean texture comes from the Burlap Background Stamp:



The arrow accent on the tag is from the 2016-18 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes.  

Marlene tucked a sweet little note card and some chocolate inside the pocket:




That beautiful ribbon is the Night of Navy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Catalog Party Make and Take #2 - Marbled Tranquil Tulips Note Card

Hi!  Here's another sneak peek for this Sunday's New Catalog Party!  This is a make and take with a few of my favorite new catalog products -- the Tranquil Tulips Host Set, the Marbled Background,  a bit of the new 1/4" Copper Trim and two of the new In Colors on the card -- Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. :


The base is one of the new Very Vanilla Note Cards.  The "thank you" is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set. 

This card is a modification of these 4-1/4" square cards I created a little earlier this summer:





These cards were done on Whisper White, with a bit of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and some Gold Baker's Twine from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Hope you like these, too!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In Color Bookmarks Project for Sunday's New Catalog Party

Hi!  Quick post today to share one of the projects for Sunday's New Catalog Party!  This is a sampler bookmark with each of the 2017-2019 In Colors displayed.  The images for each color were stamped with the sweet new Tabs for Everything stamp set (also available in a bundle and save 10% with the Circle Tab Punch).




Isabella couldn't resist that Berry Burst Crinkled ribbon:


How about you?  It'll be one of three ribbon choices for your bookmark on Sunday!  ;)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Lovely Little Daisy Wreath

Happy Monday!  First, an important announcement -- it's the last day of Stampin' Up!'s Bonus Days!
For each $50 in merchandise you purchase in July, you'll get a $5 code to redeem in August!  You can see more details about this great offer here.  And, if you've ever considered joining me as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, it's Christmas in July . . . you can find out what that means by clicking here or contacting me for more information!  Be sure to take advantage of these great deals before it's too late!!!

Today I have a fun wreath to share with you that I created using the 2017-2019 In Colorsthe Daisy Delight Bundle, and Paper Pumpkin (April 2016 Lovely Little Wreath kit is the base for these wreaths)!  I actually made two of these wreaths -- one for my most recent swap with Marlene and another to be the door prize at my New Catalog Open House this Sunday!  








The ribbon is the Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon.  The daisy centers were stamped with a combination of Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  For more information about this Sunday's Open House and other upcoming events, please click here or leave me a comment!

- Michelle

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Whipping Up Some Coffee Cards

One of my favorite new bundles from the 2017-18 Annual Catalog is the Coffee Cafe Bundle!  I decided to create an over-the-top, technique filled card with it for a recent swap with my friend Marlene!  The idea that I came up with was to create a special background using the new Marbled Background Stamp and the emboss-resist technique.  For my embossing, I used three different colors of embossing powder -- Gold, Copper, and Clear -- randomly sprinkled onto my background stamped image and then heated.  Then, I sponged on Early Espresso Ink over the embossed image.  The background turned out so neat, I didn't want to permanently cover it up, so ended up creating a tri-fold card that would show it off.  Here's how that turned out:



I dressed up the card front with a layer of Copper Foil, the greeting is on pieces cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Oval Framelits, there is a bow made with Copper Trim on the coffee cup, which was cut out of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper using one of the dies from the Coffee Cafe Bundle, as were the coffee beans, which have some loops of Copper Metallic Thread behind them.  I added a bit of Fine-Tip Glue on top of the coffee lid and coffee beans for extra shine and dimension.




And, here's another version, with a different greeting from the same set:






The adorable little coffee cups I used on the inside of the card were also cut from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper using one of the dies from the Coffee Cafe Bundle.

I also used the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to decorate the envelopes, so they'd coordinate nicely:


And, in case you were curious, here's how the background piece looked right after embossing (done on Whisper White card stock):


I actually created four backgrounds, and each turned out a bit different:




Here's a close up of the one I'd already inked up with Early Espresso:


This background kind of reminds me of the fancy foam on a latte . . . how about you?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you are having a great weekend!

- Michelle