March 21, 2018

My Monthly Challenge for My Customers & Downline!

First and foremost today, Happy 10th birthday to our granddaughter Kaitlynn! She has been a Big Sister to Kylee now for 11 days and is loving it! I will be seeing Kaitlynn for her birthday next Saturday as she celebrates with her school friends and having a birthday bash. They are having a sliding party and boy do we have the snow for it!

I hosted a February Challenge on my VIP Customer and Downline Page on Facebook. I host monthly challenges for everyone and they all love to be challenged! This month the challenge was to use watercoloring:

The entries were all spectacular and once the challenge ended, the girls all picked their favorite. If you are a customer or downline of mine and haven't joined in on my group page, please message me so I can add you!

Here are all of the cards that were entered into the challenge:

Created by Michele Thibodeau

Created by Barb Eickele

Created by Peggy Kahle

Created by Samantha Kingston

Created by Gloria Folsom

Created by Gloria Powers

Created by Maggy Everett

Created by Anne Nobrega

Created by Deb LaRosa

And this was our winning card chosen as a favorite with the most votes:

Created by Lora Ryan. Congrats Lora!

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March 20, 2018

Alaska Achievers March Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Alaska Achievers March Blog Hop. We all earned the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Alaska during the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! year. Our trip is coming fast. We all leave on the Royal Carribean Exlorer of the Seas cruise ship on July 20th. Dave and I can't wait!

My card for today uses the We Must Celebrate stamp set. The critters on this image are so adorable:

I paired the stamp set with two strips of designer paper from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper. You have a little over a week left to earn this designe paper which is part of our Sale-A-Bration Catalog. Below you will see how I colored the images using my Blends Markers:

Notice how I used an Exacto knife to cut under the arms of the rabbit? I added the sentiment in a way to resemble the rabbit holding a sign! Here are my layers:

  • Card Base: Basic Black Cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2". Score and fold at 4-1/4".
  • Designer Paper Layers: Two different patterns of Bubbles And Fizz Designer Paper measuring 5-1/2" x 1". Glue one at the top and one at the bottom of the card base.
  • Stamped Layer: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/2" x 3-1/2". Stamp the image using Memento Black Ink and color using the Blends markers. Set aside.
  • Sentiment: Stamp using Memento Black Ink on  Daffodil Delight Cardstock. Cut with the Classic Label Punch. Cut under the arms of the rabbit and glue the sentiment angled. Glue cardstock piece to card front centered.
  • Twine: Wrap Basic Black Twine around the card three times and tie into a bow.
Now I will direct you to the next person participating in the blog hop. Reminder that you are visiting Debbie Henderson and you can click on the name below me:

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Paper Pumpkin March 2018 Kit!

Happy 5th Anniversary to Paper Pumpkin! And what a gorgeous kit this month was. You know what else was pretty neat? Paper Pumpkin included a FREE gift to all subscribers. Our kit was so popular that we sold out before they even started shipping. So here's the pretty 5th Anniversary Box:

The photo below shows the two cards and two envelopes created per the kit instructions. I love all of these die-cut layers. If you love vintage cards, this is right up your alley!

Individual photo's of each card and coordinating envelope. I plan on packaging the cards inside the envelopes and then inserting them in a white envelope to protect the layers:

And some of my Alternative Projects:

This one is an Easel Card:

I embossed with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and sanded the bumps:

If you are a subscriber of mine, I will send you directions on how to create this cards in your monthly newsletter. 

I love the thank you note that was included in our kits:

Along with the FREE wooden elements as a thank you!

You can watch my reveal video here:


And lastly, I would LOVE to have you as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Did you know that during April & May, all kits to new subscribers with new email addresses will be at 50% off! That's two months at half-price! Use PROMO CODE: SAVEFIFTY0418 to qualify when you sign up by April 10th!

Why sign up with me as your Paper Pumpkin Coach?

Each month, I send all of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers a newletter with my very own alternative projects you can create with your kit.

BONUS - each month you're an active subscriber with me, you'll receive BONUS PROJECT SHEETS with 10 or more alternative ideas for that month's kit from the PAPER PUMPKIN GURUS TEAM I belong to. As we receive our kits the same time as you do, the PROJECT SHEETS typically will be sent to you around the first week of the following month.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

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March 19, 2018

Control Freaks March Blog Hop!

Good evening everyone and welcome to a March Blog Hop by the Control Freaks team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. You may have just arrived here from my teammate Connie Babbert's blog and I hope you enjoyed her beautiful creations. She always has some great projects to show us. I will direct you to the next person at the end of my post.

This month, our them is "Beautiful Bouquet". I cheated a little by letting the Sweet Soiree Designer Paper do all the work for me. Take a look at my three almost identical cards:

All three cards have the same layers except I changed out the designer paper patterns, ribbons and sentiments. This is the first card:

And here are the layers for all three:
  • Card Bases: 11" x 4-1/4". Score and fold at 5-1/2". I used Berry Burst Cardstock for all three cards.
  • Layer #2: Sweet Soiree Designer Paper (3 different patterns), 5-1/4" x 4". Glue to card front.
  • Layer #3: Whisper White Cardstock 4" x 1-1/2". Stamp three different sentiments from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set using Berry Burst Ink. Glue about 1/4" from the bottom of the designer paper.
  • Bow: Wrap ribbon around the card above the sentiment layer and tie into a bow.
  • Bling: I used some enamel dots that I had left over from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit

Thanks so much for stopping in today to visit. I will now send you over to Kelly Acheson's blog. She always has awesome projects to show you. Make sure you visit all seven of us that are participating this month!

Merry Monday Challenge 282!

Hello and welcome to a new week at Merry Monday Challenge. This week we are all drawing inspiration from Linda's lovely photo above. I chose to use the golds and reds mixed with the white on my card below:

What is really neat about this card is that the front is mostly all ribbon. I alternated retired Cherry Cobbler Ribbon and Gold Mini Tinsil Trim. In order for the ribbon to work well on my white cardstock, I wrapped it around on the backsides and glued the ends in place using Tear & Tape.

Now I know what your question will did I get that white layer to stay glued onto the Gold Glimmer Paper layer? I added Tombow Multipurpose Glue around all the edges, on the ribbon and some in the center, I then placed the layer where I wanted it and added several heavy punches on top for weight overnight. It's really stuck on there!

I completed my card by adding Gold Shimmer Paper sprigs cut with the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. Hope you like my card and please visit my teammates at Merry Monday Challenge!

Card Supplies:
Retired: Cherry Cobbler Ribbon

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March 18, 2018

A Baby Shower for my NEW Grandchild!

I'm a little late posting today. I was away spending "Grammy Time" with my new grandchild Kylee. She had to go back to the hospital this week for 24 hours for some phototherapy due to her bilirubin levels being too high. Kylee spent 24 hours under the rays for jaundice and all is good now. When my daughter Jessica was born, she went through the same thing. I remember being in the hospital with her for 5 days. I didn't realize though that 60% of babies go through this. So glad she is okay.

On March 3rd, I hosted a Baby Shower for my daughter for our 2nd grandchild. I had a difficult time trying to get the date right because here in Maine, it storms so much from January to March. Jessica's due date was March 26th so I thought I was safe scheduling the shower for March 3rd. Phew that was close....Kylee Ann was born on March 10th. You can see a photo of me holding Kylee in the hospital:

She is such a cutie and my daughter and TJ surprised me when they gave her my middle name. How awesome is that? So anyway, I did not have time to post all of the photo's from the Baby Shower until now. WARNING...lots of photos!

This was the invite that I created. This shower was a small gathering of family members and a few of Jessica's close friends. I made 25 of these invites:

You may not recognize the stamp sets that I used. That's because they are very old and some of my favorites that I will always hold on to. The names of these stamp sets are Bundle Of Joy and Nursery Necessities:

I made the invites flat with the invite part glued to the back of the front. You can see both sides in the photo below. I printed the invite on my printer and then added the stamped leaves:

This is what my counter looked like in production mode:

Next up, I have several projects that I used giraffe designer paper that I found online, first a welcome sign:

And this is where it was place at the entry to the baby shower:

My 9-year old granddaughter Kaitlynn has a collection of giraffe's that we used at the welcome table. And since the theme was baby animals, this was perfect!

A small tent sign for attendess to address envelopes for Mom to send her thank you notes in:

A guessing game:

And this one I found the idea on Pinterest. I prepared the frame with cardstock & stamping like this:

With blank punched balloons sitting in front of the frame:

And then as each attendee arrived, they signed their name on one balloon and glued it in place:

Baby Kylee's Banner:

A box for the cards:

I even decorated some small and large water bottles with a strip of the giraffe designer paper wrapped around the bottles and added some punched flowers to the front:

The cake and I also had some coordinating cupcakes:

And a few photo's from the shower:

And I leave you with a photo of Kylee Ann in her first few minutes of making her appearance. Mom and baby are doing well and Kaitlynn loves her new little sister! I don't have a photo of Kylee with her Dad yet as TJ was having sinus and allergy issues and didn't want to take the chance of spreading any germs.

Big Sister Kaitlynn:

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