Sunshine & Smiles Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!

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I can’t believe it’s the last day of February already! How have 2 months of the year already gone by?!? But I am excited about Spring. I have already started cleaning and putting a few scarves and hats away. It’s crazy, I know! After doing the February 2023 Sunshine & Smiles Paper Pumpkin Kit, I’m even more pumped for Spring!

Sunshine & Smiles Paper Pumpkin Kit,

The pastel colors, rainbows, flowers, and adorable animals make perfect cards to send just because. These cards also have a fun peek-a-boo look through to the inside of the card that makes it super fun and display-worthy for sure! It does also make it tricky to write inside the card. If you have a simple greeting like “thinking of you! Love, Laura” then you could sneak it along the edge. Otherwise you can always write on the back of the card or slip in a little piece of paper with your note!

Rainbows and Duck Paper Pumpkin,

This card is my favorite because I love rainbows! A few tips for this card is to either leave the card base flat or slide in a piece of scrap paper when stamping the sun so that you don’t get a partial image on your rainbow. Another tip is to be careful when adding the clouds that you don’t add adhesive to entire back of the cloud because then you will seal your card shut. Just add adhesive to the edge where it overlaps the card base or another cloud.

Bunny with a kite February 2023 Paper Pumpkin,

This card is just so adorable with the bunny and flowers in the field! When attaching the kit, add a Mini Glue Dot to the front of the end of the string and the back of the tip of the kite. Then attach it to the card front. As for the placement for stamping the sun…..I just went for it. Be sure not to stamp it real close to the corner of the inside of the card. I guess technically you could close the card and stamp the entire sun in the corner and showing. It’s all personal preference!

Rainy Day Paper Pumpkin February 2023,

This card is adorable because of the cute animals and that greeting! I love it. Claire stamped with me when creating this Paper Pumpkin so I was short an umbrella and some clouds. This set of 3 cards each looked different because of that but that’s okay! You could always use fewer pieces and then create additional cards with those pieces. It’s always fun to try new things with Paper Pumpkin Kits!

What did you think of the Sunshine & Smiles Paper Pumpkin Kit?!? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to sign up for the March Kit before the 10th because it will have a special gift inside to celebrate 10 years!!! Woot Woot!!! I’m still in shock that it’s been 10 Years since Paper Pumpkin began. I feel like that was just yesterday. And yet I haven’t aged at all…..right!?! LOL

Click here to sign up for the March Kit!

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Thanks A Bunch!

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I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB! I am the youngest of 3 kids. My Mom is a major gardener in both flowers and vegetables and my oldest sister is the same! My brother does have a vegetable and then there is me with nothing. Thanks a bunch, apparently it all ran out by the time I came along! I can barely keep a house plant alive. I either over water it or forget about it. What I do enjoy doing is stamping with flowers and vegetables though if that counts?! 🙂

Thanks A Bunch Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set - Laura's Stamp Pad

The Thanks A Bunch Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set has these adorable carrots and some super fun SPRING greetings! You all know how much I love Spring so I’m overjoyed. If you are new here, Welcome! My name is Laura and I LOVE SPRING!

For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizzazz Ink! When stamping the carrots, I stamped off once with the full solid carrot piece in Pumpkin Pie Ink and then stamped it on the scalloped rectangle. Then I stamped full strength Pumpkin Pie for that detailed right side image. NOTE: I always find it easier to stamp the lighter image second because it is easier to line up an image through a lighter ink (stamped off ink). That would mean stamping the right side detailed image first in this case. The problem here is that spacing would be difficult! It is doable if you start with the center one and work your way out.

I have another tip for the carrot tops too! The solid leaf was stamped in Pear Pizzazz and stamped off. As for the other greenery piece, that one is stamped in full strength. I also felt that the stem was super long so I simply curved it around the clear block to shorten the image!

Check out the supplies listed below to recreate this fabulous card using the the Thanks A Bunch Stamp Set that you can get for FREE through Sale-A-Bration!

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Baby Blending Brushes!!!

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Stampin’ Up! released NEW Baby Blending Brushes AND a Blending Brush Storage piece. Eeeee Bring all on the cuteness and organization! I am so game!

Baby Blending Brushes,

The front 3 brushes are the NEW Baby Blending Brushes. I would say they are almost half the size of the bigger ones or so. The smaller ones offer a little more control of color and a smaller surface for doing smaller/tighter spaces.

You will also notice this amazing NEW Blending Brushes Storage. It holds 9 brushes (big and small). It nice and small and light weight so it can sit on a shelf or on your desk. It’s very clean and sleek looking so it is sure to match! I’m pretty excited about it because before this I had them in a cup but I couldn’t see each brush at a glance.

Blending Brush Background,

Here is a little sneak peak at a background that I created with Blending Brushes. Any guesses as to what the final card might look like?!?! Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for the finished card!

Have you ever used Blending Brushes?!? Try them out by clicking the link below to get some today and don’t forget every order of $50 will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item too!

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Fancy Flora Designer Paper!

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Have you seen the NEW Fancy Flora Designer Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog?!?! It’s got fabulous colors that are perfect for Spring and look so amazing! You can get it for FREE too!!

Fancy Flora Designer Paper,

The Free Designer Series Paper of the Month for February 2023 is the Fancy Flora Paper! That means if you spend $75 any time during the month of February, you will get this paper pack for Free from me! Woot Woot! That is on top of the amazing Sale-A-Bration promotion going on right now too! It’s the best time to stock up on goodies or get those items on your wish list!

More to Sale-A-Brate with Stampin' Up,

Another fabulous announcement is that Stampin’ Up! added more items to the Sale-A-Bration offer! I am blown away that one of the options is a Stamp Set and Die Bundle. WHAT?!?! That is amazing. Also, note that the ribbon option is 2 spools of the ribbon. Are you still loving the items in the brochure or are you excited about one of these new offerings?!?!

Either way, have fun shopping and earning Free Stuff all month long! Sale-A-Bration does end at the end of February so click here to shop and earn now!!

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Dainty Flowers!!!

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Have you seen the Dainty Flowers Designer Paper that is one of the $50 Level Sale-A-Bration items?!?!? It is so beautiful! I know I am a flower girl already but this paper is just amazing! It is also perfect for making quick and simple cards too!

Dainty Flowers Designer Paper Sale-A-Bration,

The colors of this card (Blushing Bride & Starry Sky) are a beautiful combination. Add the layer of Dainty Flowers Designer Paper for a quick and simple card. All I did next was add a greeting with some Linen Thread for texture and then some Brass Butterflies. This card could be used for many different occasions! Which occasion would you use it for?!?!?

Linen Thread Loops for Texture on A Card,

For those Linen Thread Loops, I simply added a dab of adhesive to the middle of my card. Then I wrapped some Linen Thread around 4 fingers. I try to end my loop around the same spot as where the starting end is. Then slide the loops off your fingers and twist into a figure 8. This makes the ribbon fan out a bit. Then place this down with the center of your figure 8 on that dab of adhesive in the center of your card. Add the greeting over the top of the loops with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Feel free to pull the loops a bit to fan them out for more texture! This can be done with Baker’s Twine and other thin threads and ribbon! I hope you will try it out too!

Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th so don’t wait to place your order and earn lots of Free Sale-A-Bration goodies. The Dainty Flowers Designer Paper has been a popular one so I could see it running out perhaps!

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January 2023 Paper Pumpkin!

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The January 2023 Paper Pumpkin arrived and I was super surprised! I wasn’t expecting Fresh Freesia to be the ink color. The color combination was one that I wouldn’t have picked myself. Also, I LOVED all 3 cards so much!

January 2023 Paper Pumpkin,

I can’t even pick a favorite because I love them all so much! This one is super cute with the 3 locks and the fun gold foil! A little tip for the twine on this one is to create a long bow and place it over the vellum strip to make sure it is big enough before securing it down. Also, don’t worry about the vellum and adhesive showing through because the greeting covers it up!

Key To My Heart – Paper Pumpkin!

Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin,

This card is a favorite because I love the purple and gold together! Also that golden key is super fun. When it comes to the vellum, again don’t worry about your adhesive showing through because the locks cover it. If anything add adhesive on the left side and you will be golden! 😉 Also, I ended up adding a little Dimensional to the bottom of the key to pop it up a bit. You all know I am a huge Dimensional fan!

Peek A Boo Key To My Heart Stampin' Up Card,

This card was super cute and fun because of the peek-a-boo aspect. How fun is that?!? Such a fabulous greeting to go with it too! I just loved all of the January 2023 Paper Pumpkin cards. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Weddings, Anniversaries or just telling someone you love them! That’s perfect any day!

During Sale-A-Bration, you can enjoy a Paper Pumpkin Pre-Paid Subscription and earn Sale-A-Bration goodies! Another option is to enjoy your Paper Pumpkin and purchase a few items that will help making your card making experience easier. Check out some of my favorite add on items below!

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Adorable Owls!!!

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Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and I have been having a lot of fun creating! One of the first cards I made was this cute card using the Sale-A-Bration Adorable Owls Stamp Set that you can earn for FREE with a $50 order!

Adorable Owls Sale-A-Bration Stampin' Up,

I am loving these shades of orange and coral together and that cute little owl who is ready to party! You could always mix up the paper patterns/colors for any occasion which makes this card even more versatile and fabulous!

I started with a Pale Papaya card base measuring 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then I added a piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper ($100 Level Sale-A-Bration Item) measuring 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ to the left side. For the focal point, I die cut a scallop rectangle from the Scalloped Contour Dies and layered another piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper (3″ x 3-1/2″) behind it. This gives a little peak of the paper on the sides but not the top and bottom!

The owl and the greeting were stamped in Sahara Sand Ink. Then I colored in the Owl with Stampin’ Blends – Pumpkin Pie for the beak and feet. Pool Party for the eyes. Crumb Cake for the owl body and then Pale Papaya and Calypso Coral for the party hat. Again, there are so many options for coloring the owl and the party hat to coordinate with your color scheme or owl preference! What colors would you pick???

Check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget that you can earn the Adorable Owls Stamp Set and the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper for FREE with Sale-A-Bration now till the end of February!

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Country Floral Lane!

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The February In Person and Online Card Class is – Country Floral Lane!!! This class uses the NEW Suite in the January to April Mini Catalog that just launched last week!

Country Floral Lane Card Class,

Let’s start the year off with a little love! These cards can be created for Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Weddings, or just any random Tuesday! Let everyone you know that you love them! Trust me it warms my heart to get #happymail in my mailbox and I’m sure it does for you too! Don’t be shy and show your love! Another exciting thing about this class is that there is a BONUS 6th Card! Woot Woot! I couldn’t stop myself! 🙂

The In Person Class is going to be Thursday, January 26th at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Online Card Class will be Friday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook and on YouTube! You can always catch the replay of the online class any time you want! You can watch the Online Class for FREE any time but if you can also stamp along with me. There are 2 options – purchase the PDF Tutorial with all of the measurements and products listed as well as step by step directions. You can then cut your own cardstock and stamp with me! Another option would be to purchase the Card Kit/PDF Tutorial Bundle and I will send you all of the supplies to create the cards. You can then stamp and punch right along with me! Click here to check out all of these options!

I’m looking forward to stamping with you this year! Let’s kick it off right!

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It Has Begun!

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Happy January!!! It’s a NEW year and that means it has begun! The January to April Mini Catalog has launched and our all time favorite Sale-A-Bration has begun! Woot Woot!!!

It has begun - Mini Catalog & Sale-A-Bration,

If you would like to check it all out online, click here!!! If you prefer to have a real catalog in hand, message me your address and I will get one in the mail to you right away!

Sale-A-Bration is always the best time of the year! There are so many ways to earn free or extra goodies and who doesn’t love a good deal!
~Every $50 spent earns a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! There is a $50 level and $100 level of products to pick from!
~If you have a lot on your wish list and want to order $300+ or gather orders with a few friends and family that total $300+! Awesome, you will get a Sale-A-Bration Hostess Exclusive Stamp Set as well as the regular Hostess Rewards!
~Want the best deal yet?!? Join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration and get $175 in product for just $99! That’s $50 more than usual! But WAIT there is more! You can also snag this Exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine too!!! Check out your options! Click here to join my amazing Fabulous Friends Stamp Family and enjoy this awesome offer!

Boho Blue Mini Machine!

Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175 of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.

Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175 of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.

Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

Exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine,

I am in love with this machine! It’s sooooo pretty! Eeeeeee You have until the end of February to snag yours!

Looking forward to stamping with you, sharing ideas and inspiring you through and maybe even having you join my Stamping Family! As always if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out!

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Evergreen Trees!!!

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Evergreen Trees come in all shapes and sizes which is why this card is super fun! I used the 3 different sizes of trees from the Trees For Sale Stamp Set and 3 different color combinations! Check it out!

Evergreen Trees Trees For Sale Stampin Up,

You might look at this card and think WHOA with the colors but there are some trees out there that are rather blue looking instead of green! I also love the color variations with this card! It does get rather tricking having 5 ink pads out on your craft table though. Be very careful which ink pad you are tapping the stamp into! LOL

Evergreen Trees Color Options:

Shades of Blues & Greens,

For the largest tree, I used Soft Sea Foam for the base and Pear Pizzazz for the detailed image. Next, I used Pool Party for the base of the medium tree and Coastal Cabana for the detailed image. On the small tree, I used Soft Succulent stamped off once for the base and full strength for the detailed image. You could also pair Soft Succulent with Evening Evergreen! TIP: Start with the largest tree first and work your way down. This way you have plenty of room for the big tree and can fill in with the smaller ones.

Christmas Evergreen Tree Greeting Card,

Here is another sample of the card but I didn’t stamp the background of the card base with the little snowflakes. In a way, I like it because the other card seems very busy but then I also kind of think this one looks a little plain. Which one do you prefer – snowflake background or not?!? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to make this Evergreen Trees card, check out the supplies listed below! Want to see this in action? Check out this video!

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