September 2018 Paper Pumpkin – Frights & Delights!!!

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I’m ready for Halloween this year thanks to Paper Pumpkin!!!  The September 2018 Paper Pumpkin – Frights & Delights is super cute and easy to wipe up in no time at all! Check out all of the goodies in the unboxing of the kit here!

September 2018 Paper Pumpkin - Frights & Delights, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these little things adorable? I purchased a random bag of candy – M&Ms, Snickers, and Twix and they all fit in there perfectly. You will notice some I put down in there and then one of the M&Ms I just left standing tall (far right). So for that one, I didn’t fold the bag down but just added the tag over the top!

Spooky Boo Bag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are lots of options to mix and match for these treats. There are 3 styles of bags – spiders, cobwebs, and orange stripes. Then there are 3 options for the tags – orange with white border, white with orange border, and white with a purple border. I like the purple the best I think! 🙂 The 3 greetings are Eeeek, Boo, and Spooky. For the decorations, there is a bat, ghost, and pumpkin!

Eeeek Spooky Treat Bag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’ve never been good at following directions so mine are a little different than the samples in the kit. I placed the sticker greeting around the middle and then stamped the greeting below. Then I realized that my decoration (pumpkin, bat, ghost) didn’t fit on the tag. No worries, I just added it below the tag onto the bag or not at all like the one above!

Halloween Candy Bags, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Another tip that I did differently than the instructions was how I adhered the labels to the bags. I actually added some Tear & Tape to the label and then pressed it over the bag. I found this worked really well at holding tight! I love them and since there were 24 in the box, I have plenty for my nieces and nephews and trick or treaters. That’s right…..24 treat bags in this box. How amazing is that?!?!

Sign up TODAY for the October Kit! Today is the last day to get it on it! Click here for this fabulous box kit!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Paper Pumpkin FLASH SALE!!!

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Happy Monday!!! It’s always great to start off the week with a fun special – Paper Pumpkin FLASH SALE!!

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Stampin’ Up! is offering a limited number of October Paper Pumpkin Kits for just $5.00 to new subscribers. Just enter the code: FLASH1018  This offer is only valid while supplies last or until October 10th which is the last day to get signed up for the October Kit. 

Click here to get signed up with this special offer! Already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? Pass this special off on to a friend and then you can create your kits together!!! Stamping is always more fun with a friend. Of course, you always get a special card for me each month as well! 🙂

Also, now is a great time to be a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber because the November kit will be holiday-themed and I’ve been told it’s going to come in a specially designed box. I love the cool printed boxes because it just makes getting the mail even more special. Who doesn’t want to open their mailbox and see that fabulous box in there??? It is so much better than bills! I like to call it Happy Mail!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Eeeek It’s Halloween…..Well Not Yet!!!

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Happy Monday!!!! Eeeek It’s Halloween!!! Okay, not today but it sure is coming upon us fast. This is the last week of September and of course I can’t share Halloween samples with you on the day….it’s too late by then! So I’m sharing this one early!!!
Eeeek It's Halloween, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so if you have been following me for awhile, you probably know I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I easily get scared and I just don’t feel like growing up it was that big of a holiday so I’m just sort of meh about it! It seems people are either SUPER in love with Halloween or in the same boat with me! Which one are you??? Let me know in the comment below!

Since I’m not a huge fan, I bought the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog and that’s it! I have created a few fun cards using that cute paper because after all I do still need a few Halloween Cards. Paper Pumpkin is my other savior because it always has goodies for the holidays. In fact, this greeting is from the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit! I love it and might just use it again next year! 🙂

I started off with a Whisper White card base. Then I cut the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper into 2″ x 2-5/8″ rectangles. That is 2-1/2 and then 2 more little marks past. LOL Normally, I don’t do eighths but sometimes it’s required. These rectangles were placed using with opposites patterns. You could always recreate this card using the back sides of both pieces for another fun look. It’s always fun when you have options with both sides! Next, I added some of the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon around the top and tied it into a knot. Have you seen this ribbon? It is stunning…bling bling!!!

For the greeting, I stamped it from the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit in Gorgeous Grape and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. Then I punched out another one in Pumpkin Pie. Cut the Pumpkin Pie one in half and add one half to the left side of the greeting peaking out as far as you wish. Then add the other half to the other side. This gives a fabulous layered look! I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture!

This card is super simple and could be used with lots of different papers and greetings! I hope you enjoyed it and have an idea for getting your Halloween cards ready to go early this year!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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August 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Blissful Blooms!

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Happy Monday!!! Starting off the week simple with the August 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Blissful Blooms. I can honestly say I finished this kit in 30 minutes.  It was super simple and I LOVE IT! It’s got flowers on it after all! Click here to get signed up for September! 

August 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit - Blissful Blooms

This is just half of the kit. There are a total of 10 cards. Five of them have a large floral piece with a smaller greeting and the other five have a floral with an open center for a bigger greeting. Also, check out those gorgeous silver trim envelopes with the speckled inside. LOVE IT!!!

You make me so happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the other set of five cards and these envelopes have pink speckles. The greetings in the stamp set are just amazing too! Check out the greeting I put on the inside in the photo below!

Love Left Behind, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The kit was made for me with this greeting. I just feel like it says so much when you don’t know what else to say. I love it!

Vellum Florals, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So for this card, I added adhesive to the back of the greeting, placed the vellum pieces down and then added the twine. I secured the twine with Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top. The twine starts on one end and goes to the other end in a loop, back to the other side to loop and then the end on the other side. I hope that makes sense. There is a loop and an end on each side. I will say that you need to be careful how far out your vellum and ribbon goes so it doesn’t hang off the card.

August Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, I created loops in the twine and secured it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Simple and fabulous to create 10 cards so quickly! I love it!

If you love Halloween, you need to sign up for the September Kit!! Click here to get signed up for September! It’s going to be Spooky!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


July 2018 Paper Pumpkin – Picnic Paradise!!!

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Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!! We enjoyed family time, my high school reunion, and relaxing. That’s the perfect weekend for sure!!! Today, I’m sharing with you the July 2018 Paper Pumpkin – Picnic Paradise!!! This one is supper summer-y and adorable!!!

July 2018 Paper Pumpkin Picnic Paradise, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at all of that goodie. I am still blown away with how much product/projects come in the Paper Pumpkin Box each month. All of this with leftover supplies, stamps, and ink for just $19.95 plus tax, free shipping. That is a steal!!! I can’t figure out whether I want to put the cards in the baskets and give them as a gift or use the cards and add some food treats to the baskets as a gift. What would you rather get…food or cards? Let me know in the comments below!

Strawberries, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The strawberries are my favorite I think. First thing, was to stamp the stitched border on all of the card bases. The stamp doesn’t actually go all the way across but don’t panic. Lining the stamped image up isn’t that hard since it is photopolymer and if it’s not straight, you can’t tell. I messed up a few or felt it looked super crooked and once the cards were complete, I can’t find the messed up ones. Next, add the vellum which I only put adhesive in the center so it didn’t show through on the edges.

Blueberries, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the fruit, I put it down first and then tied the twine around. I didn’t want the Baker’s Twine to be lumpy under my fruit. The greetings I popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals so I didn’t have to worry about those being lumpy over the twine. I did adhere the striped label to the greeting first.

Apples, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Do these not scream teacher and back to school??? Claire isn’t going to school this August (lol) but I do think they would make great back to school notes/gifts for a teacher!

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I wanted to show that I stamped the stripes all the way across the paper and then popped out the labels. That was much easier than popping them out and trying to hit that small individual label with the inked up image. Then for the basket assembly. These were super simple since the basket pieces were labeled. The instructions mentioned cutting off a little piece if you would like and I wasn’t sure what they were talking about. After making one, I realized it was the handle. That little piece of the handle that goes lower than the basket trim can be cut off flush with the trim if you would like. I cut all of mine. Also, I didn’t think I would use the short basket trim pieces but then I put one on and loved it. So I ended up using the short pieces for that nice clean trim look around the basket. I only stuffed 2 pieces of the check paper into the baskets and there is tons leftover. I love it!!!

If you would like to see all of the goodies in the kit, check out my reveal video here!

If you would like to try out Paper Pumpkin even for just 1 month to see what it’s all about, click here to sign up. Use the Promo Code: BLOOM0818 (zero eight, one eight) and you will get 50% off the August Kit. You can cancel at any time so give it a try! For $9.98 plus tax, you can’t beat it. Stamps, ink, all the supplies, AND a clear block for that price is amazing! Click here to sign up!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


June 2018 Paper Pumpkin!!!

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The June 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit was super fun and easy even though it took me like 3 days to put it together between baby snuggles, feedings, and napping! 🙂 It seems everything takes longer to do now that Baby Claire is here! It was still great to enjoy some crafting time where I didn’t have to think of the idea or haul out a mess of products.

June 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I always need Birthday Cards and I love these colors together as well! The cake with the strawberries on it is super cute!!!

Broadway Star, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The first set of 4 cards have these fun greetings with cakes as the decoration. The one thing that I found odd was that the black and white layer that the greeting is on is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then the Hooray sticker goes on top and it hangs off. This is kind of odd because then the sticky is floating out there or dropping down and sticking. I think I would have put it all flat and just popped up the cake if I hadn’t put the dimensionals on first. Also, this photo doesn’t show it but each of the dots around the greeting gets a pearl on it and wowza does that make it POP! I love it!!! There were extra cakes and candles so I added those to the envelopes and insides of the cards!

You Did It, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this one, the banner with the stars was stamped. I tried to do this is a nice pattern but that was hard. For the most part I stamped down the banner and then did the next row. This was a bit all over but after assembling the cards, you can’t really see the pattern or any mistakes so it’s all good. I had leftover balloons so I added them to the envelopes! The little gold sequins all around make for a fun pop of bling that I like!

Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

Blooming Summer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Want to try out Paper Pumpkin? Get your first month at half price (regular $19.95) and see what its all about! After all your first kit comes with a clear block!!! If you love it, keep going! If not, you can cancel or suspend your account at any time. Everything always needs to be done by the 10th of the month! So this offer lasts till August 10th! Click here to get started and be sure to enter the Promo Code: BLOOM0818 (that’s zero eight, one eight).

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


May 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today, I thought I would share the amazing May 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Manly Moments! This kit has me covered for Father’s Day! Thank you, Paper Pumpkin!!!! I was wondering what I could whip up quickly before Ziggy arrived and this came in the mail in May at the perfect time!

May 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cards are very basic and were easy to assemble. I love the fun fold with it. They aren’t just a regular card but instead the plaid part folds down and then top part folds up. That’s super fun and makes them different. I found that I really liked the starburst image below the greeting. It really makes it stand out and look cool. Do you prefer that or putting “To You” or another greeting like Dad, Son, Brother?? Let me know in the comments below!

Birthday Badge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is an up closer photo of this style. I placed the banner across the badge for stamping placement. I felt this was better than winging it and hoping I got it in the right spot. Some of the bursts are up higher than others but that’s okay! 🙂 Also, I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the entire back of the badge and added the banner to the badge with just Snail Adhesive in the middle. The instructions said to put the banner on with dimensionals as well. I thought that might be too high and this way the swag of the banner falls on either side with that dimensional holding it up.

Mountain Masculine Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These are my absolute favorite. I love that mountain scene and those trees. I will say the bottom of the card is rather thick with all of the layers but it’s amazing! Super easy to assemble since those pieces were all stickers. I did the greetings the same as the cards above!

Happy Father's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t that texture and dimension of the card just amazing? I love it!!!! Now I am all set for Father’s Day and don’t have to scramble! I love Paper Pumpkin for that. It always sets you up for future holidays/events!

If you would like to try out Paper Pumpkin, click here to sign up for the June Kit before the 10th! You can try it for a month and cancel or enjoy it for many months. It’s all up to you. Either way, I think $20 for stamps, ink, supplies, and a clear block is TOTALLY worth a try! Also, the June Kit will coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite in the New Catalog so that’s even more fun!!! Who doesn’t love black and white with a pop of color?!?!?!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Spoiling the Doctors & Nurses!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I just wanted to share a little on how we have enjoyed spoiling the Doctors & Nurses at our Baby Ziggy appointments. It’s something that is so small and simple to me but yet I think it makes a great impact on them. We LOVE everyone in the office and really appreciate their kindness and thoughtfulness through this entire pregnancy. We actually enjoy going to each appointment because we get to see our friends! I will miss them once Ziggy arrives for sure! 🙂

Spoiling the Doctors & Nurses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Here are 2 of the goodies that we took. I fell in love with Jelly Beans over Easter and thought I would share some! I simply took a cellophane bag and added some Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to the back with a little stamped greeting. The greeting says You Make Me So Happy but I crossed out me and wrote in Us! The top was tied off with some Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon! This was easy and simple!

The April Paper Pumpkin Kit (check it out here) had those fabulous greetings with You Are a Lifesaver. I took some Lifesaver Mints and added them to a Clear Envelope. Then I just used some leftover twine from the kit to tie around it and add the card. This was a great way to use up those little cards since they were too small to mail and they fit the occasion perfectly!

Apparently I didn’t take pictures of most of the treats we took in. I used the January Paper Pumpkin Kit for our Valentine’s/February appointment. Paper Pumpkin really helped me out with lots of these! I just love how it sets you up for upcoming holidays with time to spare. Rather than thinking what will I do for the occasion that is tomorrow…….the kit comes a month early for that occasion! Click here to try out Paper Pumpkin and see how fabulous it is!

Cinnamon Rolls, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Most of our appointments were in the afternoon but then we got an 8:45 a.m. appointment on Ziggy’s Due Date! Early appointments means breakfast!!!! We took in cinnamon rolls. No, I didn’t make them at home but these cinnamon rolls do hold a special place in my heart. Side story: Every Sunday growing up we would go to church as a family and then go to my Grandparents house afterwards for “breakfast.” This consisted of milk and a sweet (cake, cinnamon roll, etc) for the kids and coffee and a sweet for the adults. We got to play with our cousins and have a good time! My Grandma would make the sweet item about 98% of the time but every once in a while she would buy these cinnamon rolls. I saw them in the store the other day and just had to get some. They were amazing and brought back so many memories. I love and miss you, Grandma!

I hope that this post helped give you some ideas on simple ways you can use your stamping/crafty side to share the love with those around you. We all know the power of a card and how much it can lift someone’s spirits. Little gifts like this can do the same but reach a larger audience – co-workers, nurses, doctors, firemen, teachers, police, postal workers, and so many others. Don’t just stash away your cards and projects, share them with those around you!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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April 2018 Paper Pumpkin – You Are My Anchor!!!

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The April 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – You Are My Anchor is so amazing! To be honest, I first opened it and thought…..ehh small gift cards…..ehhhh beach theme and I live in Illinois. Then I started creating it and my mind went crazy!!! I thought about the greetings (you are my anchor, you are my lifesaver, etc) and how amazing and powerful they are! These cards are perfect for me to use on the treats for the Doctors and Nurses during my weekly baby appointments and to take to delivery. They would be great to take to the local Fire Department or Police. Teacher Appreciation Week is at the beginning of May and these would be perfect. If you gave your teacher a beach towel and sunscreen on the last day of school, this tag would fit perfectly! So many amazing ideas!

You Are My Anchor, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at all of this!!! There are a total of 20 cards and 4 gift boxes. It is just so much goodie and I had a TON leftover as well! This is just another reason I love Paper Pumpkin because you get SO MUCH! You can even try out Paper Pumpkin for half price for 2 months with the Promo Code: SAVEFIFTY0418 if you sign up before May 10th! Click here to sign up now!

April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These little cards were super simple to stamp and assemble. I have always found that stamping with all of the pieces still in the sheet is easier than popping them out first. Also, I used lots of twine to tie those anchors in the lower left corner and I still had tons leftover. I added a lot more gold hearts to the cards and even to the boxes because there were plenty. Be careful when stamping the birds (upper right) next to the lighthouse. The birds needs to be stamped on the white card part because it will smear off on the gold foil. For the two lighthouse cards, I added the greeting with a Stampin’ Dimensional on either end (far end) and not in the middle. This is so that it is smooth over the popped up lighthouse.

April 2018 Leftovers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the leftovers after I finished the kit. There are 2 full sheets of the labels and hearts and a few extras. I had a ton of the twine left and a few die cuts. There is just so much goodie! You can see all of the supplies when I unboxed the kit here!

Don’t forget that you can try out Paper Pumpkin for 2 months at half price (normally $19.95). Try it out and see if you like it. If anything you will get a clear block, 2 ink spots, and 2 sets of stamps! That’s a lot plus you get all of the supplies for the projects! Amazing!!! Click here to try it out!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


March Paper Pumpkin – May Good Things Grow!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today, I’m sharing all the details on the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – May Good Things Grow!!! Don’t forget that if you want to try out Paper Pumpkin, you can for half price for TWO MONTHS!!!! Click here to try it out and use the Promo Code: SAVEFIFTY0418

May Good Things Grow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This set of cards is my favorite by far! I love the color combination and that detailed corner stamp and flowers!!! I will be using that detailed corner stamp on future projects for sure! 🙂 If you notice the two cards on the right I stamped on the vanilla side for the greeting and the left on the white side. I honestly don’t know which side was supposed to be used but I did notice the stamped image came out more bold on the white.

Seed Packet Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the envelopes for the amazing cards or you could add a little note card to these stunning envelopes and use Whisper White envelopes for the stunning cards! These envelopes were already printed and stunning so just adding the little accents make it perfect!

March 2018 Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The second set of cards have lots of layers and details. A few tips on this one is to go through the greeting with about 6-8 inches of Baker’s Twine on one end. Then wrap the twine around twice, going back through the greeting each time around and then tying the knot on the right side. Also, I added the greenery flat and using dimensionals on the just the greeting!

Birthday Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the stunning envelopes for the second set of cards. I honestly feel like these envelopes are so fabulous, I’ll stamp a little on some Whisper White piece of cardstock. I’ll use those for these envelopes rather that to use on these detailed cards! This way I’m getting 16 fabulous projects rather than just 8! Woot Woot!

I really loved this kit and it came with wooden elements as a FREE gift for Paper Pumpkin’s 5th Birthday! I will be using those for another project. If you want to see those and all the pieces, check out my unboxing and reveal video here!

Don’t forget to try out Paper Pumpkin in April and May for half price with the Promo Code: SAVEFIFTY0418  Be sure to sign up before the end of the day tomorrow, April 10th! Click here to join now!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura