September's Paper Pumpkin Kit - Spookily Cute!

Ok, I've never made a big secret out of the fact that I'm not exactly a Halloween fan. I have no affinity for some of the blood and gore that's become popular over the years, nor for teens or even adults trick-or-treating door to door. 

But when I was young, we dressed in elaborate animal costumes that Mom had sewn for us from fake fur, and it was tons of fun to trick-or-treat until we hit somewhere around age 10 or so. (At which time we were still permitted to dress in costume, but then became the candy-hander-outers at our own front door.)

Nonetheless, I am still charmed by the "cute" element of little kids dressed in darling costumes, as well as friends sharing seasonal treats with one another. And I always appreciate the "gentler" way in which Stampin' Up!® presents Halloween. 

This year's Halloween Paper Pumpkin kit (the September box) was fun from the get-go. Packed in a special shiny black box adorned with white spiders and webs, it teased me to open it right away. Granted, it's taken me a while to complete the projects, as I've only worked on them for a few minutes at a time ('cuz I figured I really had until late October before I actually needed to complete them anyway). But the more progress I made, the more I grinned. These treat bags toppers are just too adorable! Anyway, at the time I'm writing this, I've got all the elements assembled as far as I can go - until I hit up the candy aisle at my local store in the next day or so and decide what treats will go into these little bags.

All 24 of them! 

YES! This kit had supplies to make 24 treat bags! Talk about a generous kit! Everything was included that I needed to assemble these, except for the treats themselves. (Well, I did also use Stampin' Up!'s newest must-have tool, the "Take Your Pick" tool, (page 30 of your Holiday Catalog), and of course my current VERY favorite tool, the Stamparatus.) And the bonus is that there are STILL elements left over that I'll be able to use on additional cards or other projects!

Now, are you perhaps wishing you might be able to make these delightful little treat bags, too? Well, for those of you who for one reason or another didn't get September's kit, OR for those of you who got the kit but wish you could make more than 24 treat bags, I've got good news for ya. As of today (while supplies last, of course), both the full kits and refill kits, are available in my online store - for current Paper Pumpkin subscribers to purchase. But what if you're not already a current subscriber? Well, I've gotcha covered with that; you can fix that dilemma in just a couple of minutes right here. 

The full kit includes everything that subscribers received in September - including the stamp set, ink, and consumables... while the refill kit includes only the consumable stuff to make 24 additional bags.

Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin kits seem to get better and better every month, and there's always a huge buzz of excitement online every month as we subscribers scurry to our mailboxes for our first glimpse of that month's craft project. Why not join the fun?!? If you're not yet a subscriber, now's a great time to jump in because.... not only will you be able to purchase THIS kit at my online store right now, but rumor has it that the upcoming kit (which will ship around mid-November) will help out with that Christmas card thing. And who couldn't use a little help in THAT department, too?

Oh! And the October kit? It's "in the mail" as they say; about to show up in our mailboxes any day now, and MAY offer a refill kit at my online store in a couple of weeks, too. And as a subscriber, you'd be able to purchase that kit, too.

Want to learn more about either September's Halloween kit OR the "Take Your Pick" tool? Be sure to watch the video at the top of this post!


Join us for our 5th Annual World Card-Making Day Virtual Retreat!

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So I'm kinda betting that if you haven't attended one of our previous Paper Dreamers Virtual Retreats you may likely be wondering "just what in the world is THAT?!?" And it would be entirely fair for you to wonder.

So here's what it's about, in the shortest nutshell I can compose...

What: Our 5th annual online event (presented entirely in a closed Facebook group) - focused on fun and friendships, as we each make greeting cards using any crafty products we wish. Several optional challenges may be presented along the way, and there may or may not be rumors of prizes, too. ;-) Each participant will be invited to self-report the numbers of cards he/she completed during the event so that we can tally all the cards made and see if we can beat our previous 48-hour group record. (Which, btw, currently stands at 481 cards - a record set 2 years ago.)

Why & Where: The first Saturday of every October is World Card-Making Day.... a day that crafters, and especially rubber stampers, enjoy commemorating by making cards, of course. Some people like to gather in small groups to work together (which is awesome!), but others of us gather online ("virtually") - and craft in our own homes.

When: 48 hours beginning Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 @ 4 pm (Pacific time) - and running thru Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 @ 4 pm (Pacific time)

Who: Anyone on my Paper Dreamers (Stampin' Up!) Demonstrator Team, AND their families, friends, teams and customers are invited to participate! (If you think about it for a moment, that has the potential to be a LOT of people, actually!)

Cost: Zip, zilch, nada, nothing!

So, if you can be included in the definition of "Who" in the section just above (and if you already know me, you certainly qualify!), I encourage you to join us! Even if you'll just be "auditing" for your first year. (We like that term better than "lurking", lol.) But however you prefer to participate, it does require joining the Facebook group, where the 48-hour event will take place.

So go ahead and get signed up for that group right now at https://bit.ly/WCMDVirtualRetreat2018 , be sure to read the FAQ's and other info that is already posted (you may have to click the "discussion" tab to view those posts), watch for more info that will appear over the next couple of days....... and plan to join us if you possibly can at LAUNCH TIME this Friday...... 4:00 pm Pacific Time (7:00 pm Eastern)! 

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NOW, before I sign off, what would World Card-Making Day be without a bit of a product sale from Stampin' Up!, as well? So yeah, we've gotcha covered there, too. 10% off a couple dozen items in the online store.... available (while supplies at this price last, of course) through October 7th. Check 'em all out here, and see if any of your wishlist goodies might be included!


October's desktop wallpaper & calendar is ready to download

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Well, it's official. The weather is becoming chillier, and just yesterday the thought of turning on the heat crossed my mind for the first time in many months. (I quickly beat that idea back, though; I'm just not quite ready to there THERE yet, lol!) But a couple trees across the street from where I sit at my desk have adorned themselves in lovely examples of Cherry Cobbler and Fresh Fig, and soon my favorite tree over there will be ablaze in Crushed Curry. I do enjoy watching those trees transform themselves throughout each season.
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper, easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

September wallpaper/calendar is ready to download - for real this time!

2018 - 9 - September - tinified
 
Yay! It's officially official! The Holiday Catalog is now available for ordering from, and along with that, now I can publish the entire September wallpaper image! Thanks for your patience while we awaited the magic date. If you're a regular customer of mine you should already have your copy of the brand-new Holiday Catalog, but if you don't have one, you can catch the PDF here.... and if you don't have another demonstrator you already work with, then please ask me for your personal copy soon!
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

September wallpaper/calendar is ready to download

Well, it's "sort of" ready, that is. 2018 - 9 - September - tinified

You see, I'm not allowed to publish the URL of the Holiday Catalog before it goes live on Wednesday, so I can't actually complete and publish the complete version of the September desktop wallpaper/calendar yet. So I've created a sneak peek for you to install now (so you'll at least have the calendar part), and then on the 5th, come back here and grab the completed file. (desktopcalendar.YourPaperDreams.com)

At that time I'll rip off the disguise and unveil the completed image. Fair 'enuff?

Click HERE to download your FREE background & calendar.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.
 
See you back here in just a few more days!

 


Color Your Season - Part 6

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Squeaking in with my 6th sample of the Color Your Season bundle - available for only a few more hours today!

For this card, I chose a monochromatic theme featuring Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. And of course, it features the Blended Seasons bundle (double-volume stamp set + coordinating dies) that has been available this month of August only. While I've used several elements from the bundle, I think the stars of the layout are the 2 stitched-edged dies used as layers in the center area. Don't you just love how these dies cut stitched details on both the inside and outside of the shape? Given that there are 3 sizes of these shapes in the bundle, it's just about worth adding this die set to your collection JUST because of its versatility!

Ok, here are some of the significant details of how this came together:

The base layer is simply a typical folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock. The next layer up (Pool Party) features some texture created with the leaf die (from the die set) and the embossing mats. And then all that is splattered with Bermuda Bay ink from an aqua painter. Finally, I added some Bermuda Bay to the edges, using direct-to-paper.

Next up, a few die-cut leaves (Pool Party cardstock + Silver Foil paper), followed by a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock die-cut with one of the stitched shapes in the bundle.

The top layer (whisper white) is smaller size of the same stitched shape, stamped with a 3rd-generation application of Bermuda Bay ink with the falling leaves stamp from the stamp set - and then carefully blended out with a blender pen. Then over top of that, I stamped the "Thank You" sentiment (also from that same stamp set) with the aid of the Stamparatus so that I could stamp it several times for enhanced color depth. 

The bow is from a piece of retired Bermuda Bay ribbon I still have lying around.

If you haven't YET grabbed your "Color Your Season" bundle (and/or the Watercolor Pencils that are included in this special limited-edition offer), there are still a few hours this month left to do so! AND you could easily qualify for a $5 coupon to redeem towards your order NEXT month! Don't kick yourself for missing out on this fabulous, versatile bundle! Get yours here.

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

 


Color Your Season - Part 5


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Only 3 days left for availability of this exclusive, limited-edition stamp set, dies and watercolor pencils collection, and I've still got 2 samples to show. Yikes! I've had the samples ready for a long time, but have been particularly tied up with personal life stuff this past couple of weeks. But I'd better get on the ball to meet my goal of showing 6 cards while these products are still available, huh?

This one features 2 of the 3 dies that have those lovely stitching marks around not only the inner edge of the die (as shown in this example), but they're also on the negative part of the die (so they'd show up along the edge of a window or frame, for instance). Honestly, I think these particular 3 dies are SO versatile and beautiful they're worth the price of the entire die set!

For these flowers, I pulled out my Stampin' Blends and had some fun. Now, I'm admittedly not the most skilled "stampin' blender" around (lots of practice still needed here), but I do enjoy using them. And I particularly love how easily and quickly you can apply color with them. You'll also notice I did a bit of "cut and paste" with the flowers, too. Meaning, I stamped, colored and then "fussy" cut and rearranged flowers and leaves to my liking. I like how splitting the 3 flowers into 2 groupings provides a nice balance to this layout.

To add a touch of additional visual interest I added some splatter to the background of the card base using an aquapainter dipped in ink. (But if you have a really keen eye you'll notice a wayward spatter just above the words. Oops! Apparently, I didn't have those extra pieces set quite far enough away from the splatter action, lol!)

If you don't have this amazing set of stamps, dies and/or watercolor pencils yet, you'll have to hurry, but there are still 2-1/2 days left to grab yours! Jump on over to my online store to check 'em out, and choose 1, 2 or all 3 elements!

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

 


Color Your Season - Part 4

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I'm back with my next installment of this 6-part "Color Your Season" series.... this time with a fresh Fall theme! (As implied by the title of this limited-edition bundle, "Color Your Season", this set of stamps & dies will earn its keep in your collection year-round, due to its seasonal versatility.)

This card features all 3 elements of this August's offering:

  • "Blended Seasons" 2-volume stamp set (also available bundled with its coordinating dies for 10% discount)
  • "Stitched Seasons" framelits dies (also available bundled with its coordinating stamp set for 10% discount)
  • Brand-new assortment of watercolor pencils "Assortment 2" (adds 10 fresh colors to our current Assortment 1).

Each of these products features exclusive availability during August 2018, although we're told the watercolor pencils may show up in a future catalog. Oh, and fair warning that all 3 of these products are on a "while supplies last" status, too!

If you've followed me for very long you probably already know that watercoloring with Stampin' Up!® inks is one of my very favorite techniques. I find it both fun and relaxing. Watercoloring an image entirely with ink is fairly quick, but watercoloring over hand-colored images such as these take me a little longer, so I don't tend to make very many (if any) duplicates with this technique.

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How this card came together:

  • I stamped the leaves in Stazon ink (Jet Black) onto watercolor paper and then colored in with watercolor pencils from both Assortments 1 and 2.
  • Blended the leaf colors with an Aqua Painter.
  • Aqua Painter & Pool Party ink provided the background wash. (Squeeze pad to transfer ink to the lid to watercolor with.)
  • Using the Stamparatus for perfect alignment, I stamped the sentiment multiple times in Rich Razzleberry ink. (Such repeated stamping provides a deeper, smoother image on the textured watercolor paper.)
  • Once the watercolored layer was complete, I layered it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then onto the card base of Pool Party cardstock.
  • The bow consists of 2 layers of Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Top layer is simply die cut the traditional way using the bow die in the "Stitched Seasons" set. That upper layer appears as the outline texture in the close-up below. The bottom layer of the bow was created using the Embossing Mats with the same die to create a textured image, and then I carefully cut out that layer by hand. Ultimately, I adhered the top layer to the lower one to get the finished element.
  • Finally, 3 adhesive-backed sequins were added for visual interest and more texture. (Note that I usually add embellishments such as these in a general triangle shape.)
  • Oh, and the envelope liner? It's actually just Rich Razzleberry cardstock because I don't yet have the new Designer Series Paper available in the newly-configured color families. And the shape is cut out with the envelope liner dies that retired a few years back. (No, I'm NOT letting go of mine, so don't even ask, lol!)

20180817_164722-detailKeep an eye out for the final 2 cards I'll feature in this series, and if you haven't already snagged your own "Color Your Season" stamps, dies and watercolor pencils, I still recommend doing it sooner rather than later, since supplies are limited. See them in detail and catch 'em here!

  GET THE PRODUCTS

 

 

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place with me in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!