Sunday, June 28, 2015

Downline Team Luncheon and Awards! Handbags, Briefcases, Treat Card Holders and Cupcakes for Cardmakers!

Our happy group!  Josh, our waiter, did a fine job for us and took this pic.
From left:  Donna K, Donna L., Mike, Kathy & Joan!
Oh my!!
Hi, Everyone!

I had theeeeee best day last Friday.  We had our first bi-annual Downline Awards Luncheon.  The best part (though the lunch and dessert were divine!) was just having time to visit!  My team is made up of one of my SOS Stamp Club Members, 3 AGOV AM Stampers, 1 AGOV PM Stampers, 1 of my Titusville Art League Stampers, and, of course, my friend, Linda in South Carolina!

I am just sorry that EVERYONE was not able to attend because we would have had twice the fun!  We met at the Shoppes of Viera Pizza Gallery, where we enjoyed a wonderful pizza, salad, pasta, soup and garlic know lunch.  (My mouth is watering for it as I type!)

We gave out awards and walked over to the Take A Bite Cupcake Shoppe for our delicious dessert.

Cute paper handbags with Watercolor Thank You Stamps!

Here's our little "briefcase" with materials to make for cards and envelopes.  Thank you, Becky Roberts from Inking Idaho, for your continuing inspiration!!  See more of Becky's fabulousness at  This girl never runs out of amazing creativity!!
Godiva Chocolate, of course!

Our award winners for this 2-Quarter period were:

Sales--Donna LaRochelle
Recruiting--Linda Williamson

Each will receive one of the Create, Share, Inspire Stampin' Up Bracelets.
Many thanks to all for your help, inspiration, support and just making everything more fun!!

Our next awards luncheon will take place in December!!
I hope to see you all there!!

Fyrir gesti mína frá Íslandi--A thank you for my Icelandic blog visitor!

I am so thrilled with the visits to my blog from all over the world.  Here's a special message to my Icelandic visitor!

Fyrir gesti mína frá Íslandi, þakka þér fyrir að heimsækja bloggið mitt! Vinsamlegast hafðu samband við mig og ég mun senda þér stimplun og cardmaking vistir.

It means:
For my visitor from Iceland, thank you for visiting my Blog!  Please contact me and I will send you some stamping and cardmaking supplies.

I feel a natural inclination to contact someone that loves cards and cardmaking as I do!

Dear New Friend,

Here is one of our recent projects!  Have a wonderful day!
Hafa a dásamlegur dagur!
Stampin 'Smiles og inky Fingers!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cardmaking With Traveler, World Map and Kissing Technique

Hello, Stampers!

We used a little of the new and old today to make the 2 fun cards that the Art Gallery stampers made on Monday.

We used the Watercolor Wash background stamp with Marina Mist on a Whisper White background, spritzed it a little and voila!  We then added the World Map image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Our base is So Saffron and our frame is Marina Mist.

We stamped our 3 Traveler images with Chocolate Chip on Whisper White and fussy-cut them.  We hand notched our 3 banners, made from the Subtles Color Collections Stack.  (I love, love, love the new patterns!!)  The blue and yellow accents were created by coloring the new White Perfect Accents with Blendabilities.  They dry very quickly and you have a host of colors from which to choose.  That's why I kept my Blendabilities!!  

Great job, both classes of Art Gallery classes.  You are always a joy to me!!
(Click to enlarge.)
I lifted the next design pretty directly from our Demo Magazine, Stampin' Success, to try the "kissing technique" with my classes.  How fun to turn a plain stamp into any number of different patterns.  We just inked up our patterned stamps from "I Think You're Great" and "kissed" them with the solid heart stamp from "Perfect Pennants".  Our color palette used the new In-Colors, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon!  So many pretty accessories from which to choose.  The new sheer ribbons look so nice in the Scalloped Top Punch!

Thank you for stopping by!!  Happy stampin'!!
Next Week:  A Magic Slider Card

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Latest Fun Kit♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫

Here's this month's kit tutorial!  How fun!  As I said on Facebook,  I'll do mine in the car on the way to Orlando this am while Nate is driving.  It will make 2 nice gifts for me to use!

Whether you have a ton of supplies or are just getting started, these kits are amazing!  Email me to get started!!

Happy Saturday and Happy Stamping!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Hey Gals!

Here's your last chance to get your hands on some of these great past kits!  These will retire on July 27 or until they run out!  Click at the bottom to order and please list me as your demonstrator.  You must be a current subscriber to Paper Pumpkin or you can sign up to order these great kits.

BTW, here's a picture of the birthday table pinwheels and decorated straws that I made in the car on the way to Orlando last week.  They were a hit and I have enough left for another party!!  (This kit did NOT sell at my big sale and I am so happy it did not!! :-)
Happy Stampin' and Creating!!  Ree

Hi Friend,
It's never too late to join Paper Pumpkin, but you better act fast because soon it will be too late to get some of our past kits! Get your favorites before they retire on July 27, or while supplies last. In other words, this is the last chance for you  to get your hands on these!
Take advantage of this opportunity!
  • If you're not already, become a subscriber so you can snatch up some kits.. Everything is ready to go for you!
  • We're sending an e-mail to all Paper Pumpkin subscribers later this week and it will be a great chance for you to reach out to your subscribers and help them place their orders before the kits run out. Stress the importance of getting it done quickly because some of these won't last long!
  • New customers will want to become a subscriber to get access to past kits and not miss out on the retiring ones! It's a great way to build a fun collection of products.
Here's a list of retiring kits:
Full Kits: $17 USD/$21 CAD (Includes project supplies plus stamp set and ink)
Hey There Welcome
Item 132599
(Includes a Stampin' Up! Clear Block D, $8.50 USD/$10.50 CAD value)
In the Bag
Item 135505
February 2014
Glittered Greetings
Item 135507
March 2014
Framed Love
Item 135509
April 2014
Pinwheel Party
Item 136711
June 2014
Refill Kits: $8 USD/$10 CAD (Do not include stamp set or ink)
Noel Refill
November 2013
In the Bag Refill
February 2014
Glittered Greetings Refill
March 2014
Framed Love Refill
April 2014
Hey, Man Refill
May 2014
Pinwheel Party Refill
June 2014
Seriously Amazing Refill
August 2014
Sew You Refill
March 2015
Don't let this last chance for past kits pass you by! For more information about past kits, visit the demonstrator website (US/CAN).
-Your Paper Pumpkin™ Team
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Donuts and Timeless Elegance

Hi, Stampers!!

Yesterday was jam-packed with fun and fabulous cardmaking!  Thank you, Art Gallery Stampers!!

First we made these adorable cards using the Sprinkles on Top stamp set with our main color palette of Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  Perfect colors to make our card front pop!

News Flash!!  You can use your Blendabilities (retired) to color the new White Perfect Accents any color you wish!  (p. 161)  Donut is the magic word to email me for a prize if you're first.  We used the medium Cherry Cobbler pen to color ours!  (Permanent Sharpies work too!!)  How cute are these?
We then made a beautiful elegant card using the new Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper!  As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to make this card.  We used Brushed Gold paper to frame our DSP and our sentiment (I am so sad--I thought this was still available but it is retired!  Darn!)

Set against the Basic Black card base it is really dramatic!  A little sponging with Tip Top Taupe on the message continues the vintage look of the beautiful paper.  The new metal rimmed pearls are just the right elegant touch!! 

Have a wonderful and creative day!!

Stampin' Hugs!

Congratulations To One of Our Younger Stampers!

Hi, Stampers!

One of our stampers may be from the younger set but as a 10 year -old, Aubrey is quite accomplished, not only stamping but this talented and motivated young lady was honored this year for her citizenship and her academic and literary accomplishments.

Pictured are Aubrey's awards for her original book.  I love that the book she has written and illustrated is titled, "Girls Can Fish Too, a Guide to Florida Saltwater Fishing".  Yay, girls!!!

Aubrey's book is so impressive--the art, the knowledge!  Wow!  Evidently others were impressed too, as you see her awards for exemplary writing and craftmanship, as well as quality literature.  We're proud of you, Aubrey!  Your book is publisher-worthy!  Congratulations for aiming high!  

Hi, Stampers!

It's time to catch up!  Life is good and busy!!  Lots of workshops, lots of fitness classes and lots of fun!!

First of all, laaaaast week's cards!  The first card I cased from my sister-in-law, Cindy!  I fell in love with her design and re-created it using the new Neutrals Color Collection stack (pg. 144).  I just love all of those beautiful neutral tones.  A little embossing with Decorative Dots and a few punches and Voila!!  A fun, pretty and really rather simple card.  Thank you, Cindy!!

Our second card featured the new stamp set, You've Got This, a lovely 2-step floral!  We used the new, yummy Mint Macaron cardstock for our base and for our stamp pad.  When I was preparing to make the prototype for our card, I realized that I did not yet have my shipment of new DSP's but I did have the new Envelope papers and the Mint Macaron Stripes and Woodgrain patterns were perfect!! A touch of the new, sheer Mint Macaron ribbon and there you are!  So pretty!!

More to come!!  Happy Stampin'!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

This Week's Cardmaking Classes and Downline Corner

You have to love it!!

Please forgive for the massive missive but a busy week is coming up!*:x lovestruck

Hi, Gals,

This is especially true for those of you that went home with bags and bags of goodies at bargain prices! Thank you sooooo much for coming yesterday! missed out, we'll have one last hurrah at my house for the remaining items (some stamps, lots of paper, some tools, some freebies, quite a bit of ribbon and odds and ends)....
Monday, June 8
From 6-9 pm
More markdowns and...
You'll get an additional 15% discount
on your items!!
Just email me if you'd like to stop by!

Don't forget that our  rewards are in effect for everyone!  Your choice of a Designer Paper 12-sheet,6x6 sample of Bohemian or English Garden, or.....rhinestones, or....pearls, or......a new In-Color ribbon share.

Now here we go with a busy stamping week coming up!!
Monday--Art Gallery Stampers, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Viera.  Supply list will follow this afternoon.  Still putting the 2nd card together
***Please RSVP****this afternoon and I'll have your kits ready and waiting!!

Wednesday--Cocoa Beach Stampers, 9:30 am-11:30 am at the Cocoa Beach Library.  3 cards!  Yay!  ***Please RSVP***by Tuesday so that your kits will be at the ready too!

Titusville Art League--Thursday, 11 am-1 at the Titusville Art League.  ***Please RSVP***by Wednesday am so that I may prepare for our class.

Downline Corner--Don't forget our first meeting/awards luncheon on Friday, June 26 at noon at the Pizza Gallery in the Shoppes of Viera.    You will be treated and feted!  I am certainly using a lot of high fallutin' words today, aren't I?:-)  More to come!!  Thank you, Team!!!

Happy Stampin' Hugs and Many Thanks to All!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Many Thanks and Drawing Results

Hello, Wonderful Gals!

Thank you so much for coming today and for moving out so much of the sale merchandise!  I was able to put it all on the dining room table and to start putting away all the baskets and containers.  Thank you, Aubrey, for helping to reorganize everything at the end of the sale.  Good job!

I will also be able to purchase many of the wonderful new items in the catalog!  I thank you!!!

I will have my Last Chance Sale on Monday, from 6-8 pm and all items are an extra 15% off!  I have also marked Linda's stamps down to be more in line with mine.

BTW, if you RSVP'd for Monday, please just shoot an email reminder back to me since my befuddled mind does not really remember exactly who......

We'll be using some of the new products that I was able to get at the sneak peek!  We'll do an adorable punch out card that I case'd from my sister in law and I'll be designing a two step floral card using the new stamps "You've Got This" and "Friendly Wishes".

Here are the drawing winners.  Drum Roll Please.......  Congratulations and my many thanks to all of you!!

Stamp Set and a roll of one of the retired Ribbons:
Kathy Payne
Cheryl Stine
Jo N.
Green Basket:  Ellen Miller
Red Basket:  Alice Kadlec

Good thoughts going Alice's way for her upcoming surgery on Tuesday!  Alice, it will be hip, hip hooray!!!!  :-)

Supply List tomorrow!!

Stampin' Hugs,

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Neat and Easy Bokeh and Rubber Band Backgrounds!

Hi, Stampers!

Thank you for stopping by!!!!  We had a fun time this past Monday at the Gallery, replicating some card ideas that I got from my friend, Linda Williamson, a fellow Stampin' Up Demo in South Carolina.  Her cards are always clean so perfectly neat.  But.....Linda does not spare the layers.  That little bit of the white frame showing in the Bokeh card really makes it pop!

A word about our background.  We used sponges and ink pads rather than, aquapens and re-inkers.  I love both techniques but with a total of 16 stampers I opted  for the Island Indigo and Night of Navy stamp pads!  The template is made by using Circles framelits on a 4x5 piece of a Window Sheet.  Thank you for the inspiration, Linda!!  We made our circles with sponge daubers and a Whisper White Craft Stamp Pad.  It lightens as it dries, giving you a beautiful background design and everyone's background is different!!

We also used Linda's idea of adding a strip of vellum, embossed with Whisper White for our sentiment.  Very pretty!

The rubber band stamping was so fun and easy peasy!!  We masked off our background with post-its and stamped with Early Espresso and our acrylic block that was wrapped with rubber bands.  We then sponged the area with (goodbye, our friend) the Pistachio Pudding stamp pad.  Our base is what is left of my Pistachio cardstock!  We sent it off in style, I think!

Give these two techniques a try!!
Happy Stampin'!!

Patriotic Shaker Card and In this Together

Hi, Stampers!!

Lots happening here at The Oasis and at our stamping venues around the county!  

Before we headed up to Hilton Head to spend time with friends and family, we had a fun couple of classes at the Art Gallery.  It was so fun to see Joan and Debby in our afternoon class.

We made this cute and fun shaker card that I cased from Rachel Tessman at  I love it and my students were amazed at how much easier it is than it looks.  Thank you, Rachel!!

We also went back to our childhood to color with our Stamp 'n Write Markers.  We are clinging to our Blendabilities too, especially for skin tones.  I had seen Jamilla Ivits' card using Washi Tape and just had to share with my stampers.  You can see more of Jamilla's beautiful work HERE

Enjoy some pictures of our work!