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Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's muse: Franka Thoere

I love Pinterest, because it leads me to FABULOUS stampers I would never have discovered on my own. I follow Anne Honsel, and she pins from some really great German sites. Check out these fabulous candy wrappers from Franka Thoere!

Franka's blog is a treasure-trove of CAS gorgeousness and amazing fancy cutting. Here's another example:

Now, her blog is (of course) in German, but my browser translates for me, so I can keep up. If yours doesn't, try Chrome -- or use Google Translate on the page.

I am inspired by Franka to do more mixing and matching between sets, and possibly even some cutting :-). And I desperately NEED that tape set!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Trees that sparkle

I loved Deena's holiday ornament card and wanted to make a version of it using the big blocks of color. So, at a recent crafting evening, I played around with the colors and the layout to make this CASE. Mine uses a single stamp and has no sentiment; I heat embossed ornaments on the center tree to add golden sparkle.
Here's a second look, straight on (less sparkle, more tree :-).

Paper and card:
  • Early Espresso card base
  • Whisper White, cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake, each cut to 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"
Stamp set:
  • Warmth & Wonder (hostess)
  • Early Espresso
  • Versamark
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Heat tool

Your challenge for the weekend? 
Find a card design you like -- in a box, on a blog, on Pinterest -- and play with it till you make it your own. It's a great way to get creative without all the pressure of a blank piece of card stock!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cycle Celebration

When I started to create this card, I was going for the neutral color scheme, so that it would work well for a kid or male birthday.  I was playing with the technique of inking up a clear block and then spritzing it with water, so that it gives a water color look to the background.  That didn't really work out the way I had intended, but I liked the way the Smokey Slate kinda looked like asphalt.  But then, I felt like I needed a little more "mess" on the white, so I stamped around the upper right corner with the clear block inked up with Marina Mist.  I was pretty pleased with the outcome.


  • Sahara Sand card base
  • Tangerine Tango card stock cut to 3 3/8" by 4 3/8"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4" by 4 1/4"
  • Marina Mist card stock cut to 1 1/4" by 5 1/2"
  • Banners cut to 1" Marina Mist, 5/8" Whisper White, and 3/4" Tangerine Tango DSP (retired)
  • Cycle Celebration stamp set
  • Smoky Slate ink pad
  • Marina Mist ink pad
  • Clear Block
  • Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, and Basic Black markers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Birthday My Love!

Today is my husband's birthday! Even though I haven't been feeling the greatest, I had to go upstairs to my stamp room and make him a birthday card. I've been on the tired side, so something quick was definitely in order.

The birthday cake stamp is a little on the fancy side (in my opinion), so I tried to bring it over to the party side by adding some fun colored circles. My fellow baker, Jen, made a birthday card last week, using these colors (and this stamp!). I think it turned out pretty cool, so instead of looking for my own color combo, I just grabbed hers!I really wanted to add some bling (really bad!), but my husband isn't really into that. So instead, I went with a simple little Daffodil heart from the Owl Builder punch.

  • Stamp Sets: Birthday Cake, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 11"
    • Pacific Point, Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, and Daffodil Delight card stock
  • Ink: Jet Black Stazon
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 2 1/2" Circle Punch
    • Circles Collection framelits
    • Owl Builder Punch (for the heart)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WAHOO! Paper Pumpkin Kit

This month's Paper Pumpkin kit includes a stamp set that says "WAHOO!  YOU DID IT!"  The sketch and layout that came with this month's kit looks like this:
Card #1: Original Card Sketch and Layout from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit
This is how the Paper Pumpkin kit comes.  In a bright Calypso Coral colored box!
Supplies included in this month's Paper Pumpkin kit - card bases, WAHOO! and YOU DID IT! stamps, index card die cut pieces, DSP printed arrows, Naturals Desiger buttons, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Midnight Muse stamping spot and dimensionals.

This month's Paper Pumpkin card is not my favorite but I always make the first item to look like the sketch in case I may like it more once I've made it.  Then, I begin creating new items using the items from the Paper Pumpkin kit and other stamp sets and accessories that I have.  Below you will find two more cards using pieces of the kit and other items I had on hand.
Card #2 (Paper Pumpkin supplies used only):  Used part of the index card die cut that was left over to sponge a design in Summer Starfruit on the front of the card and then stamped the word "WAHOO!".  Added Naturals Designer Button, Whisper White Baker's Twine and DSP printed arrows from Paper Pumpkin kit.
Card #3 (my FAV): I used the inside of the card (the part without the target printed on it).  Added the bicycle and wording from the stamp set "Cycle Celebration".  Added DSP printed arrows from Paper Pumpkin kit and the Whisper White Baker's Twine in a box.  Then, added Candy Dots Brad Bases in the spokes of the bicycle wheels and Old Olive Candy Dots on top.
If you like the idea of getting a kit sent to you with all the supplies you need to create a set of 4 cards, some home decor or a 3-D item, you should check out the Paper Pumpkin kits today.  For more details, please visit the Paper Pumpkin website by clicking here.  Please contact any of the bakers if you are interested in signing up to start receiving your very own Paper Pumpkin Kit today!

Ingredients (Paper Pumpkin kit for September used):
  • Stamps: WAHOO! YOU DID IT! from September's Paper Pumpkin kit (card #1 and #2) and Cycle Celebration (card #3)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card base with target image already printed on the front: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4")
    • Whisper White card stock cut out in an index card shape: 3 1/4" x 2"
  • Ink: Midnight Muse stamp spot (from Paper Pumpkin kit) and Garden Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit ink pads
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Whisper White Baker's Twine (from Paper Pumpkin kit)
    • Naturals Designer Buttons (from Paper Pumpkin kit)
    • DSP printed arrows (polka dot and striped arrows from Paper Pumpkin kit)
    • Candy Dots Brad Bases (card #3 only)
    • Candy Dots - Brights (card #3 only)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lovely As A Tree

Sponging has become my favorite technique. It's what made this card come alive. I love a fast and easy card. I have decided not to put a greeting on at this time. Blank cards are great too!

Make a frame by cutting out a square and moving it over to form a rectangle.

Finished frame measures 5 1/4" x 4"

Lay your frame on top of Whisper White card stock and sponge inside the frame.

  • Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
  • Paper: Early Espresso - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper - 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Ink: Crushed Curry (applied all over first), Pumpkin pie (top half) Cajun Craze (top) Early Espresso (trees)
  • Tools & Accessories: Square Framelits, sponges

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Muse: Mary Brown

When I saw this centerpiece I fell head over heels! Mary Brown, from Stamper Camper's Corner, created these fabulous pumpkins from the Gift Bow die! How genius is that?! I purchased the die for myself immediately after seeing this project. Mary is offering a free downloadable tutorial on this project. I can't wait to get started on mine!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Festive Flurry + tag = card

I make a lot of holiday cards. More than 100. I do a few of them one by one, just playing with design and paper and glue and sparkles (remembering that I love to play!). But I'll admit that I like having a quick design that lets me create a dozen or so all-alike, fast. Here's a great new go-to layout for you.

I CASEd this layout from a friend (and I don't even know who did the original -- it's from a swap!). Hers was a baby card, and it was adorable. I mixed the colors and the focal point, and voila! It's a holiday card! Jen made another card inspired by this layout, here.

I didn't realize until I made this one that the DSP stack in the holiday mini is perfectly sized to make two card fronts per piece. (I'm a little slow on the uptake.) Now that I know I can make 96 cards out of one pack? You'll be seeing a lot of this paper in the next few months. :-)

Paper and card:
  • Pool Party card base
  • Island Indigo, cut to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Winter Frost DSP stack, cut to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
  • Smoky Slate, cut to 2 1/2 x 4"
  • Whisper White, cut to 2 1/4" square (for the snowflake)
Stamp set:
  • Festive Flurry
  • Island Indigo
  • Chalk Talk  and Festive Flurry framelits
  • Magnetic platform 
  • Dimensionals
  • Rhinestones

Friday, September 20, 2013

Birthday Wishes Four You

I grabbed a bag full of Deena's stamp sets since she was going to be out of commission for awhile, so I figured I ought to be using them.  I love the single stamp Birthday Cake and knew that was the set I wanted to work with.  Excuse my not great picture, I usually wait for the morning to get some decent light for my card photos, but wouldn't you know, it's raining today!   Unfortunately, the Rich Razzleberry color is not showing up true, you'll just have to trust that this color combo is much better than my photograph shows.

My inspiration came from the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge CCMC269.  These ladies always have a great sketch! I liked how this one has the card base a little smaller, so that the edges of the first layer hang over the card base, but still fit a standard size card.


  • Birthday Cake stamp set
  • Four You stamp set
  • Whisper White card base, folded card measures 3 3/4" by 5 1/2"
  • Bermuda Bay card stock cut to 4 1/4" by 3 1/2"
  • Quatrafancy DSP cut to 1" by 4"
  • Rich Razzleberry card stock cut to 3/4" by 3 1/2"
  • Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, and Bermuda Bay markers
  • Chevron embossing folder
  • Dimensionals

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Holiday Ornament Card

Ready or not, if you send out handmade Christmas cards, it is time to at least be thinking of your design.  And a simple design is one that is easily recreated, over and over again for every last step great aunt on your Christmas card list!  This was Deena's shoebox swap card from a couple of weeks ago.  I love the ornament die using the Season of Style Designer Series Paper, it looks great on top of the color block background.


  • Early Espresso card base
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Real Red, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake card stock cut to 1 1/4" by 3 3/4"
  • Whisper White banner cut to 1 1/4" by 4 1/2"
  • Early Espresso stamp pad
  • Linen Thread
  • Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies
  • Greetings of the Season stamp set
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Truly Grateful Card

Autumn is my favorite time of year!  I love to watch the leaves changing colors, the cooler weather and all the fun that comes along with autumn...apple picking, pumpkin patch visit, long family walks and the beginning of the crazy holiday season.  So I had to get the Truly Grateful stamp set and I am so glad that I did!
Truly Grateful Card with the Thankful for... greeting in the bottom left corner
I started with a smaller than usual layer of Crushed Curry on top of my Old Olive card base.  I stamped the background image vertically in Baked Brown Sugar twice on a piece of Whisper White card stock (image stamped side by side) and then trimmed the edges where there was any white left. 
Truly Grateful Card with the Truly Grateful greeting in the top left corner

I wanted to emboss the hay and the acorn but they don't make embossing powder in all the Stampin' Up! colors.  So I decided to try out a few ideas that I had.  FYI: You can stamp the image twice.  Once in the ink color of your color and then stamp again using Versamark and then cover in clear embossing powder.  Of course, this involves using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and some patience.  It worked but took too long for me.  Another idea that worked the best for this card...I thought the new ink pads are really juicy so maybe I could put clear embossing powder on top of the stamped ink.  Luckily, it worked!  I love feeling the texture on the stamped images of the hay and acorn after the images were embossed. Both images were hand cut to make them look authentic.  Finally, I added some of the new 7/16" Natural Trim to the layers but felt this card was missing something.  So I added some linen thread to the hay (suggested by Deena) which really made the card.  Thanks Deena!
Close up of embossed hay...I wish the picture could help you see the awesome texture it created.
Close up of embossed acorn

  • Stamps: 
    • Truly Grateful
  • Paper:
    • Old Olive card stock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4")
    • Crushed Curry card stock: 5" x 3 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock: 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
  • Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry and Old Olive ink pads; Versamark ink pad
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Clear Embossing Powder
    • Word Window Punch (to punch out the wording)
    • 7/16" Natural Trim
    • Natural Linen Thread
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Zoo Review Christmas

Zoo Review was always a set that caught my eye but I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I saw a swap card at the Stampin' Up! Convention using this set and it sold me.

  • Stamps: Zoo Review, Greetings of the Season 
  • Paper: Crumb Cake - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Cherry Cobbler - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler
  • Tools and Accessories: Sponges, Dimensionals (Popped up polar bear)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Muse: Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit

I earned the bundle including the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit. I think the kit is cute but I am not one to set a fancy table. I was so excited when I stumbled across Julie Davison card using some of the items from the kit.  



Stampin' Up! Supplies: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set, Chocolate Chip ink, Sahara Sand cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Ki, Autumn Accents Bigz Die (Big Shot), Circle Collection Framelits (Big Shot), Naturals Designer Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy big day bottle hanger

Earlier this summer, I made a simple card that used the Chalk Talk set. After it sat on my desk for a while, I decided that it really needed a rosette. 

When I was wrapping up my gift for my friend's stock the bar party I came back to that idea. Bottles aren't easy to wrap, so I stuck with some tulle, a ribbon, and a cute bottle tag. I have a die that cuts these in my stash, but you could easily use a rectangle of card stock and a circle punch. On top, the rosette and die-cut tag. Easy! If I'd had the die for the rosette, of course, it would have been even easier ... but they aren't SO hard to cut by hand.

Paper and card:
  • Basic black, cut to 7" by 2 1/2" 
  • Modern Medley DSP
  • Brights DSP in Melon Mambo cut to 1 1/2" x 11" and scored every 1/4"
  • Vanilla scrap for the label
Stamp set:

  • Chalk Talk
  • Basic Black

  • Chalk Talk framelits
  • Magnetic platform 
  • Dimensionals
  • Ribbon (this is a piece that I recycled from a gift someone gave me. I'm a ribbon-hoarder.)

Friday, September 13, 2013

When Inspiration Hits

I really am not in the holiday spirit yet, but when inspiration hits, you have to roll with it.  I found these itty bitty wooden knob thingys ( I don't know what they are intended for) at my favorite thrift shop the other day.  I knew they were destined to hold a Christmas tree.  I got out all of my circle punches and all of my scrap green card stock and designer paper.
 For the ornament, I just punched a small hole in each circle and threaded the ribbon through, the knot is hiding between the glimmer paper star.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the bottom circle to the wooden knob, and stuck dots of hot glue between every couple of circles to give it a whimsical look that would stay put.

For this one, I used a craft wire to thread through the center of each circle, giving it a more sturdy center so that it would stand on its own.  I painstakingly cut dimensionals in tiny pieces to keep the whimsical shape for this tree.  My pal Gabby suggested using a pipe cleaner, and I'm thinking she is a genius.  Now I can make a whole forest of these bad boys!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spinner Cards- the easy way!

I'm going to do my best to fill in for the next couple of Thursdays while our fellow baker, Deena, is recovering from surgery.  I should have no problem doing so, since I raided her stamp room of all kinds of FUN and exciting products that she hasn't even had a chance to play with yet!

The first thing I couldn't wait to get my hands on was the new Thinlits Circle Card die.  Since I hadn't used it yet, I was playing around with some retired DSP and coordinating retired colors, but you can see from these cards, any color and dsp combo would work just as well.

This die allows you to make a circle spinner card, just by running the card stock through the Big Shot.  It scores and cuts this awesome 3-D action card!  LOVE IT!  It also comes with a couple of cutesy words and other little components to add to your card.  The cutesy words were a little hard to pop out of the die, but word on the street is that you can sandwich some wax paper between the card stock and the die, and it will pop right out.  (I refuse to walk past my pantry to get to the wax paper, because I will not be able to resist finishing the peanut butter M&Ms that have been whispering to me for the past 30 minutes.)

And let me tell you what else is awesome about this type of card...there's not really that much room to write anything to your recipient!  Let the cool card do all the work for you!!


  • Certainly Celery card base
  • Retired Cottage Wall DSP cut to 5 1/4" by 2 3/4"
  • Whisper White card stock, 2 1/2" circle punch
  • Thinlits Circle Card die
  • Big Shot
  • Four You stamp set
  • Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery markers
Baker's Tip: I inked up the stamp with the Saffron marker first, swiping it across the middle of the "Thank".  I did the same to the top and bottom thirds of the word with the other two markers.  I thoroughly cleaned my stamp and did the same to the "You".  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Trick or Treat Card

I only have one stamp set with a Halloween stamp set in it...Tags 4 You.  I'm not a huge Halloween fan like most of our bakers here at Pink Paper Bakery.  So I tried to incorporate the Trick or Treat stamp from Tags 4 You into a card for my club members this month.  I had started by playing with some Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape and then I was curious how embossing powder would do on Washi Tape.  Would the washi tape be too slick of a surface?  Would too much of the embossing powder smear on the washi tape?  No...it actually works great and looks great too!
Card #1: Trick or Treat
On this card, I placed Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape on a piece of Whisper White card stock then embossed the Trick or Treat image onto the washi tape using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  Then, I cut out the image and washi tape layer using the Window Frames Collection Framelits, placed it onto another piece of black card stock cut out using the Window Frames Collection Framelits and placed it on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock using dimensionals.  The Pumpkin Pie layer was embossed using the Chevron Embossing Folder and my Big Shot and then adhered to a Crumb Cake card base.  Lastly, I added a black bow using the 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.
Close up of Trick or Treat embossing
WW Scrap with washi tape after cutting out Window Frames Collection Framelits

On this card, I played with the look of the Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape all over my card.  I added the bird image and the frame image from Apothecary Art using Whisper White craft ink on Basic Black card stock.  After it dried, I embossed the Trick or Treat image using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  I adhered the Basic Black card stock layer to a Tangerine Tango card base.  Finally, I added 2 candy dots in Tangerine Tango.
Card #2: Trick or Treat and Apothecary Art

Close up of Trick or Treat embossing on top of WW craft ink

Which Halloween card is your favorite?  Leave a comment below.  My favorite at the moment is the Pumpkin Pie/Crumb Cake card since the Trick or Treat image seems to pop off the card.

Tags 4 You stamp set #131820 WM or #131823 CM
Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape #132156 (only $4.95 for 3 rolls of washi tape = a great value!)
Black Embossing Powder #109133
Versamark Ink Pad 
Window Frames Collection Framelits #129021 - card #1 only
1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon #119261 - card #1 only
Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock - card #1 color combos
Candy Dots in Brights #130931 (so easy to use; these candy dots are just like the rhinestone and pearl jewels; adhesive is already on the back of them so all you have to do is lift and stick on your card) - card #2 only
Chevron Embossing Folder #127749 - card #2 only
Basic Black and Tangerine Tango card stock - card #2 color combos

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