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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A "Thank You" and "Just Because" Cards For You Today

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from all of us bakers here at Pink Paper Bakery!  We appreciate all of the time you spend checking out our blog and we love all the comments and Card Cafe entries.  Keep them coming stamping friends!

Now onto the regularly scheduled blog post...

When creating a "Thank You" card for a bridal shower this weekend, I fell in love with this layout.  It was simple and elegant while adding a "WOW" factor with the use of an embossing folder on the background layer.  I found this layout on Stampin' Connection, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator only site similar to Facebook.  Demonstrators share card and project ideas, business tips and even a story or two.  I would love to give credit to the demonstrator who used this layout for a wedding card but it's been so long ago that I don't remember.  Sorry.  I switched it up to make it into the "Thank You" card for the bridal shower/workshop that I am doing this weekend.
Card #1: A Wedding Thank You card using Easy Events stamp set
Then, I decided to change the look of the card by using a different stamp set completely, using a different embossing folder for the background layer and using a framelit die instead of a punch.  My favorite part is the woodgrain embossing folder behind the birdbath image.  I began making this card for a good friend of mine but the more I look at it I think that it may just be a sweet note for my husband one day this week.  I love the message and I love how it turned out!
Card #2: A "Just Because" card using For the Birds stamp set

Ingredients for Card #1:
Easy Events #116958 WM or #123225 CM
Curly Cute for “Thank You” greeting #117014 WM or #120510 CM
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder #115964
Decorative Label punch #120907
Whisper White Taffeta ribbon
Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White color combination (ink and card stock)
Ingredients for Card #2:
For the Birds stamp set #126405 WM or #126407 CM
Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821
Labels Collection Framelits #125598
Whisper White Taffeta ribbon
Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White color combination (ink and card stock) with a touch of Daffodil Delight and Pool Party added to color in the image

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Snow Festival

I got this layout from a convention swap and I just love the simplicity of it.

  • Stamps: Greetings of the Season
  • Paper:
    • Cherry Cobbler  8 1/2 x 5 1/2
    • Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
    • Snow Festival Designer Series Paper (2 pieces cut at 3 x 1, 2 pieces cut at 2 3/4 x 1, and 1 piece cut at 2 1/2 x 1)
  • Ink: Soft Suede

Monday, October 29, 2012

Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday Guest: Vicky Hayes!
It's lovely to be asked to guest the fabulous Pink Paper Bakery today and I've decided to bring out my new Peekaboo Frames die for the occasion!

I gave my frame a bit of texture with a clear embossed heart design using my Confetti background stamps then ran it through the Big Shot with the lattice embossing folder. To give it a mat I stuck it onto a piece of Riding Hood Red card stock and cut round the shape with some sharp paper snips. The heart on the front has been stamped with the woolly heart design from Make a Mitten - I love how you can use these stamps for so many different occasions! The frame is perfect for a sentiment in two halves - I used Petite Pairs for this card. When you open the little door, you get the full impact of the other half of the sentiment. Notice that only a part of the woolly design from the front is repeated on the inside - it's so easy to do this with markers. I mounted the frame onto a scored panel before adding it to my card base. 

Supply list:
Stamps: Make a Mitten, Confetti, Petite Pairs
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Owl builder, Full Heart
Other: Big Shot, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die, Lattice embossing folder, Simply Scored, versamark, clear embossing powder, Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler marker, stamp-a-majig
Thanks for sharing with us, Vicky!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Simple Thanksgiving

Wow....can you believe it's almost the end of October?  Time seems to be flying by and the next thing you know we will be sitting down to eat Thanksgiving Dinner!  I have a simple Thanksgiving card to share with you today.   My favorite Stampin' UP! colors that I like to use for fall are Cajun Craze and More Mustard.

  • Gently Falling stamp set
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Cajun Craze classic ink
  • More Mustard classic ink
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • Cajun Craze card stock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half to create base
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Autumn Spice card stock (retired) - 4 pieces 1 1/4" X 3 3/4"
  • Word Window Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Card Café - Week 14

Welcome to week 14 of Card Café! Paper Piercing is this week's challenge. With all the fun, new paper piercing templates, this challenge should be a snap.

Don't forget the raffle we are offering this month. Visit week 10 to see the prize. Although this challenge will be offered for 2 weeks, the drawing for the raffle will take place November 2nd, and be announced on November 3rd. Good luck!!

Also, last week's color challenge, is open for one more week.


  • Please link to your blog post, not your blog main page.
  • Backdated and/ or backlinked entries are allowed if posted within the last week.
  • Link back to Pink Paper Bakery's challenge post in your blog post.
  • Maximum of three entries.
  • It is okay to combine challenges.
  • You may use any brand of products.
  • For color challenges, similar colors may be substituted.
  • Optional: Grab a badge to display on your blog!
    If you do not have a blog and would like to participate, email your entry to us at pinkpaperbakery@gmail.com and we will post it within 24 hours.

    Deena Boos/ My Home Grown Art

    We can't wait to see what you create!


    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Take Care

    I've seen some really cute cards made with the stamp set Take Care, but most of them use the wood image as a branch.  I saw a card made by Penny Smiley, another Stampin'UP! demonstrator, and she used the wood as a tree trunk.  Just goes to show how versatile a stamp set can be!


    • Lucky Limeade card base
    • Chocolate Chip card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
    • Take Care stamp set
    • Chocolate Chip ink pad
    • Bird Builder punch on Lucky Limeade card stock
    • Summer Smooches DSP
    • Brights Designer Buttons
    • Perfect Pennants Bigz die
    Baker's Tip:
               I put a tiny bit of two-way glue on my scalloped 'tree top' and placed it where I wanted it to be on the white card stock and then stamped the trunk image.  I then removed the 'tree top' and adhered it with dimensionals.  I also scored the leaves after I stamped and punched them out.

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    For the Birds, Christmas

    This is currently my favorite all-occasions stamp set. It may have something to do with being a bird lover, or it could just be how simply playful it is.

    I recently purchased this Glimmer Paper. I don't know what took me so long, because it's beautiful, and perfect for holiday cards! The best part about the Glimmer Paper is you only need a little bit to make a big impact. For this card, I added two 1/4" strips, and a teeny tiny bit to the ornament.

    • Stamps: For the Birds
    • Paper:
      • Midnight Muse- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
      • Marina Mist - 1 1/4" x 4"
      • Whisper White - 2 1/2" x 4"
      • Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper - 1 1/2" x 4"
      • Silver Glimmer Paper - 2pcs 1/4" x 4"
    • Ink: Black Staz-on, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand Classic Ink Pads (with Blender Pen), Midnight Muse and Marina Mist Stampin' Write Markers
    Baker's Tip: To create shadowing, use a Blender Pen to pick up ink from an ink pad (I used Sahara Sand here). Get rid of most of the color on a scratch piece of paper. Then lightly draw underneath the image to create a shadow.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Blooming with Fall Colors

    Have you ever fallen in love with a color combination?  When trying to come up a color to go with Stampin' Up's New In Color Raspberry Ripple, I went to my trusty Color Coach for ideas and came across an unusual color combo that now I absolutely love....Raspberry Ripple and Perfect Plum!  It adds a warmth to cards and seems perfect for the fall season.  Here is a card I modified from Mercedes Weber's original design.  Her card used Cajun Craze with Summer Starfruit.  Her card creations are wonderful to look at and even copy since they look so elegant.

    The card I made uses the new color combination (Raspberry Ripple and Perfect Plum) that I LOVE! and adds some dimension with the stamp set going onto another Whisper White layer on the card.  I have used this technique a few times in the last month and just love how it turns out.  Give it a try and you may just love it too!
    CASed card similar to Mercedes Weber at Creations by Mercedes
    Whenever I am stuck in a creative rut, I copy another card layout that I love and usually change out the stamp set and color combinations to help me get my creative juices going.  For this card, I changed up the Raspberry Ripple background layer by using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and created another version of the same card using the color combination of Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.

    Blooming with Kindness stamp set #126420 WM or #126422 CM
    Papillon Potpourri stamp set for butterfly #123757 WM or #123759 CM
    Elegant Butterfly punch #127526
    Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175
    Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809
    Raspberry Ripple and Perfect Plum ink and card stock
    Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit ink and card stock

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Magnificent Monday

    Magnificent Monday Guest: Terry Blais!
    Can you see it? She's not into him. She'd rather watch her pet spider than catch Frankie's dance moves... which are obviously meant to impress. Okay, maybe it's all in my mind. I'm easily entertained! ha ha I love the stamps in the Googly Ghouls stamp set. And when Deena asked me to be a Guest Blogger today, I was thrilled!

    My jumping off point was this sketch challenge #145 at Pals Paper Arts.
    I started with an Old Olive card, then added a layer of Pretty in Pink card stock that I double embossed. I inked up the top inside of the Lacy Brocade embossing folder with VersaMark Ink, ran it through the Big Shot, then added clear embossing powder, tapping off the excess and heating it. Here's a close-up:
    I love that you get two shades of the same color AND that it looks wet in the depressions. From there, I added a piece of Night of Navy card stock that I cut to look like a banner after embossing it with the Square Lattice folder. Frankie and his date were stamped in Night of Navy, colored with Old Olive, with highlights of Pretty in Pink (a combo from my Color Coach!). I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a 2-way glue pen to the witch's buttons and hat buckle after outlining the duo in Sahara Sand.
    I hope you like it! It's been great fun for me seeing all of the creative projects at the Pink Paper Bakery. Thanks again, for inviting me to take part in your fabulous blog!
    Stamps: Googly Ghouls, Mixed Medley (hostess);
    Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, VersaMark Ink, Regal Rose (for "Treats for Boo" saying), Sahara Sand (to outline images);
    Paper: Whisper White (3-1/4" x 2-1/4" plus scrap for 3/4" circle), Pretty in Pink (3-1/2" x 5-1/2" and 2-5/8" x 3-5/8"), Night of Navy (3" x 5"), and Old Olive card stock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and 2-7/16" x 3-7/16");
    Accessories: Dimensionals.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Terry!


    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Frosty Friends on Vellum

    I saw this technique last year, and I have been wanting to try it ever since.  I finally had vellum and a cute snowman stamp to try it out with.  It's a pretty fun technique, and even makes your snowmen a little puffy.....although, it is hard to tell in the picture.

    • Frosty Friends Stamp set
    • Four the Holiday stamp set (retired)
    • Staz On Jet Black ink
    • Stampin' Write™markers - Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Real Red
    • Cherry Cobbler classic ink
    • Vellum card stock
    • Cherry Cobbler card stock
    • Silver Glimmer paper
    • Red Glimmer paper
    • Stylus
    • Snowflake punch (retired)
    • 1/2" Circle punch
    • 1" Square punch
    • Snow Burst textured impressions embossing folder (retired)
    • Big Shot
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Crystal Glaze
    • Glue dots
    Baker's Tips:
    • Stamp your image on a piece of vellum with Staz on ink.  Let dry, or use heat tool to speed up drying.
    • Flip your image over and use a stylus on the back side of the vellum on the areas that you want to turn white.  You will need to do this on some type of foam/rubber mat, such as a mouse pad.
    • Use the markers on the back of the vellum as well.  It is less likely to smear.
    • To adhere the vellum, use a very tiny drop of crystal effects near one of the corners of the paper you are going to adhere the vellum on to.  Place the vellum down and gently spread out with your finger.  Do this in all four corners, add more along the edges as needed.  Be sure to place the drop far enough in from the edge, so the adhesive doesn't ooze out when you spread it out.  A little goes a long way.  

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Card Café - Week 13

    Welcome to week 13 of Card Café! This week's challenge will be a simple color combo, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso. It's a perfect time of year for these colors. They are an all occasion combo; Christmas, Fall, Thank You, Birthday. What theme will you choose?

    Don't forget the raffle we are offering this month. Visit week 9 to see the prize. Also, you can still participate in last week's sketch challenge.

    Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso


  • Please link to your blog post, not your blog main page.
  • Backdated and/ or backlinked entries are allowed if posted within the last week.
  • Link back to Pink Paper Bakery's challenge post in your blog post.
  • Maximum of three entries.
  • It is okay to combine challenges.
  • You may use any brand of products.
  • For color challenges, similar colors may be substituted.
  • Optional: Grab a badge to display on your blog!
    If you do not have a blog and would like to participate, email your entry to us at pinkpaperbakery@gmail.com and we will post it within 24 hours.


    Deena Boos/ My Home Grown Art

    We can't wait to see what you create!
     Barbara Wetmore
    Barbara Wetmore

    Friday, October 19, 2012


    Thanksgiving is not a big card-sending (I refuse to use the H word) holiday.  But I always send a hand made note to one of my husband's aunts a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  She hosts a huge holiday feast every year for the Austin family.  The majority of them live in the New England area, and because we are in North Carolina and flights into the Vermont area are not very cheap for a family of four, especially on this particular holiday, I've only been to a couple of these great gatherings.  We always get a festive invitation in the mail, and it makes me a little sad each year that we don't make it up that way to celebrate with those relatives, so I like to drop Aunt Paulie a quick note.

    I got my layout inspiration from the gals at Freshly Made Sketches!

    • Soft Suede card base
    • Baja Breeze card stock cut to 3 1/2" by 4 1/4"
    • Bigz Autumn Accents Big Shot die
    • Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set
    • Soft Suede ink pad
    • Summer Starfruit stitched ribbon
    • Patio Party Designer Series Paper
    • Soft Suede card stock
    • Dazzling Details
    Baker's Tip:
    I gave a little extra dimension to the acorn by using Dazzling Details in a criss-cross pattern across the top.
    Also, the ribbon is adhered across the top of the Baja card stock before adhering to the card base.  Then, I tied the bow separately, and attached it with a glue dot.

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Perfectly Preserved Jars

    When I first saw these three-dimensional nugget jars on Stampin' Connection (a website for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators), I knew I wanted to make some myself! Fortunately, Kay Kalthoff, shared a how to video on how to make these little cuties!

    These jars are made with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and hold four Hersey's chocolate nuggets, perfectly inside!

    • Stamp Set: Perfectly Preserved
    • Paper: Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
    • Ink: Island Indigo
    • Tools and Accessories: Cannery Set Framelits, Small Oval Punch, Glue Dots, 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread
    Here are the dimensions for you, as they are somewhat difficult to read in the video. 
    • The box portion that holds the nuggets is 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
      • score the 1 1/2" side at 1/4" and 1 1/4"
      • score the 4 1/2" side at 1 1/2" and 3" 
    • The topover portion is 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" 
      • score the 1 1/2" side at 1/4" and 1 1/4"

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Unlikely Inspiration

    Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places.  This morning's inspiration came from the purple shirt I was wearing and my wish to play with the Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock. When I began to put the Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso card stocks together, I instantly thought of fall and the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing lately.  My favorite season is fall with all of nature's changing colors and beautiful scenery.  But I love a pop of color mixed in with all the reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns so today the pop of Rich Razzleberry was the color inspiration for my card.
    First, I ran the Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock through the Big Shot to emboss it with different embossing folders to find the texture I liked the best.  I started with the Stripes Embossing Folder and moved onto to the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder once I had my stamped image completed.  After you emboss the Core'dinations Card Stock, rough up the embossed images using the Stampin' Sanding Block which makes the embossed images lighten in color and pop up from your card stock.  Next I chose the Elements of Style stamp set to add a nature feel to my card and stamped a fitting greeting from the Trust God stamp set.  Finally, I layered all the layers (Core'dinations card stock and stamped image card stock) and added a Rich Razzleberry ribbon in a bow next to the greeting.  I love how simple the layout was and how the little pop of color completely changed the look of the card. 
    Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock before embossing
    Core'dinations Card Stock after embossing
    Stampin' Sanding Block
    Using Stampin' Sanding Block on the embossed Core'dinations Card Stock

    After sanding Core'dinations Card Stock...Cool effect!
    You never know where your inspiration will come from next.  Try looking for inspiration some where new and let me know what you come up with.
    Up close picture of card
    Core'dinations Card Stock in Early Espresso #127846 (also comes in Cherry Cobbler #127846 or Gumball Green #127847)
    Stampin' Sanding Block #129367
    Stampin' Sanding Block Refills #129368
    Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277
    Element of Style stamp set #118611 WM or #120045 CM
    Trust God stamp set #126700 WM or #126702
    Rich Razzleberry 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Sorry I didn't realize it was retired)
    Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso ink and card stock
    Whisper White card stock

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Lovin' Scentsational Season

    Giving and Love is what the holiday season is all about. I love the gingerbread men in this set and thought they would be perfect to send a little Christmas love your way!
    Stamps: Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs
    Paper: Crumb Cake - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card base; Very Vanilla 2 1/4" X 5 1/2"; Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"; Cherry Cobbler card stock scrap
    Ink: Soft Suede
    Tools and Accessories: Holiday Collection Framelits, Small Heart punch, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals
    Baker's Tip: Pop up the gingerbread men with Stampin' Dimensionals.

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Magnificent Monday

    Magnificent Monday Guest: Kim Allen!

    When Deena asked me to guest blog today, I knew what I wanted to do.  On my blog, I have started doing a Makeover Monday project to kick off each week.  There are so many projects in the catalog and holiday catalog that I love and want to make but, if you know me well, you know that my style is very simple.  I love the samples but a lot of them are just too involved for me.  So, on Monday, I am remaking catalog projects my way.  The one that I made for you is one of my favorites and may be one of the reasons that I got the Make a Mitten stamp set.  On page 10 of the Holiday Catalog, in the top right corner, is an adorable little treat bag.  I have eyed this little bag for a while and decided to remake it into a card.  I didn't have the wheel so I used what I had and this is what I created.  Hope you like it!

    Supplies: Make a Mitten & Sweet Essentials stamp sets; Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White card stock; Gumball Green, Early Espresso & Whisper White ink; Naturals Button and Cherry Cobbler Twine.  Note: I used Dimensionals in between the 2 whisper white layers.

    Thanks for sharing with us, Kim!
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