Let’s talk Paper Pumpkin

~This month’s Paper Pumpkin arrived in a pretty box~
~May Paper Pumpkin included all of this! Enough to make 12 cards~

Today’s cards will feature the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit. For those of you not familiar with Paper Pumpkin (PP), I’ll give a quick explanation. PP are monthly subscription kits which are designed for anyone that wants to quickly and easily make handcrafted projects/ cards. Everything you need to get started is in the box! Each month has a different look and theme. For the beginner paper crafter, this is a great way to try different styles.

I made the above four cards using only what came in the kit. No extra glue, paper or embellishments (and, I love my bling). The Stampin’ dot ink pad is Early Expresso. It’s such a nice, warm color.

~Don’t forget to add a special touch to the envelopes~

I made one alternative using some of our In Colors. To make this card, I cut the card base (Roccoco Rose) at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”.

The 2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock: cut at 5 1/4” x 4”. I cut the floral card from the PP kit at 4 3/4” x 3 1/2”.

The tag is 1” x 3” Roccoco Rose and 3/4” x 2 3/4” of Whisper White. I used the “Hello” stamp (stamped in Roccoco Rose) from May’s PP along with the twine. I used the floral stamp from the kit on Whisper White (5 1/4” x 4”) for the inside layer of the card. I embellished with three of the In Color Faceted Dots.

***Helpful Hint*** Save your scraps of paper. They always come in handy for tags, banners, etc.

~Product List~

So, I told you I like my bling and embellishments. This card needed more. It just did not look finished. I used some Wink of Stella which added a little bit of sparkle and a few more of the goodies from the PP kit.

~Finished Product~

Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set

To be honest, I pre-ordered this set in error. I wanted Over The Moon (I am in love with those cows!!). But, since this stamp set is here, “why not”, I said to myself. Now I realize that this set is worth a second (or third!) look. The sentiments are a little different from the norm, and the mosaic patterns are fabulous.

I am giving an example of two different looks utilizing the same set and our new 2019-2021 In Color cardstock and designer series paper.

I am so excited about our new In Colors. I am all about #simplestamping and monochromatic tones…especially in the blue card using the Seaside Spray ink pad. (I caught the corner as I was taking the photo… another example of me being my usual imperfect stamping self…)

For the card with the terracotta base and tree, the Old Olive ink pad was used for the leaves. I did not have the proper color of brown for the tree trunk, so the Stampin’ Write Markers to the rescue again!

***Helpful Hint*** You can use Stampin’ Write Markers to color on the stamps to create the color or colors you want. Great investment!

As soon as I can, I plan on ordering the rest of this suite….especially those Flower Faceted Gems!

Everything is Rosy

A new product medley is here! I love rose gold. That color makes me happy!

So many wonderful items are included in this kit. Of course, I am a fan of purchasing the stamp sets and dies together. ***Helpful hint: store your stamp sets and coordinating dies together***

I like to craft while camping. I will generally organize (and precut) my designs, place everything in a small bin, and off I go! Product suites like this make it easy as everything is color coordinated for me.

This is a limited offer and available only for the month of May.

Shop now @cardsbycoco.stampinup.net

Stamping on a Budget

We all have budgets, don’t we? Starting to stamp does not have to be expensive. Choose a stamp set you love, add some cardstock and a couple of ink pads and you are ready to go! One of my favorites, “Incredible Like You” is retiring. It will not be in the new catalog. If you want this set, now is the time to place your order.

The two cards I have made are a perfect example of #simplestamping and stamping on a budget!

***A few basic tool ideas: a good paper trimmer (with extra blades), a good pair of paper snips, Tombow glue, some dimensionals and “snail”. Order one block to use with your stamp set. Then, as you begin to create your homemade cards or scrapbook pages (which you will thoroughly enjoy!), you can move on to the bigger ticket items.