Thursday 28 May 2020

Psychedelic Paper Pumpkin

This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is all about colour - In-Colours to be precise. It has a bit of a hippie vibe with happy bright pinks & yellows against the staple denim blue. What's not to love?

Although the kit was cute as-is, I really couldn't leave well enough alone. After all - that's the fun of gathering with the P.P. Peeps - to see how far we can go with the amazing products in the kit. Hence, the pineapple...

These crazy colours somehow reminded me of pineapples so I used the dies from the In The Tropics set to boost the tropical theme. The splash of Magenta Madness just makes the whole thing pop don't you think?

I toned things down with some serene clouds showing off the Misty Moonlight, a fab denim blue.

The rainbow card front from the kit added striped pizzazz to a simple card. The oh happy day just says it all!

This next one has a psychedelic look - so fun during these crazy times. The sunburst effect is achieved by cutting strips from the card fronts & die cuts from the kit. I even used the inside of the snazzy pink envelope.

This last card matched a sentiment from the Covid-19 Giveback pdf adding a colourful background to this heartfelt message. The card base is the new Bumblebee colour - a rich warm yellow that shares sunshine.

We had a great time playing with this kit & although it was a "virtual" get-together it was wonderful to see all those smiling faces.

You could be part of this fun group of P.P. Peeps - just subscribe with me as your demonstrator & you're in. Every month you'll get a free tutorial with at least 4 alternative card ideas & a free class if you're local. What fun!

Next month's kit was designed by Sara Douglas & is designed for sharing. Sign up before June 10th & you'll be all set to #sharesunhine!

Check it out in my online store under Paper Pumpkin.

Thursday 14 May 2020

Drowning in DSP?

Are you buried in a pile of Designer Series Paper? Are you admiring those luscious 12 x 12" patterns but hesitant to cut them up?  Well I found a solution. Actually - I found someone else's solution. Shannon West from Stampin' Up! has designed a template that she shared with demonstrators that creates 11 cards using two 6" x 12" sheets of DSP. I chose the Magnolia DSP (because I bought so much of it) & used a tutorial created by Julie Davison to make 11 cards to send to friends. For many of them I used the Covid-19 sentiment PDF.

Here is the template with thanks to Shannon & Julie.

Choose your double sided paper so that all four sides coordinate pleasingly. Using, the template cut both 1/2 sheets at once using your trimmer. You will get 5 cards from each 1/2 sheet Plus a bonus card made from the pieces marked "extra pieces".

I kept my pieces in piles adding the strips to each card mixing & matching patterns as I made each card. You will need 11 card bases so just select cardstock to match or stick with Whisper White. After all the DSP strips were attached as shown, I stamped sentiments on Whisper White cardstock then punched them out using the Everyday Label punch. The sentiments from the Covid-19 PDF can be trimmed & added to each card . Embellish with ribbon, twine & rhinestones as desired.

Here are Julie's instructions.

I hope that you are all staying safe & sane during this difficult time. 

Please note that all of my in-person classes are cancelled until further notice. The correction does not appear on my website!

Stay tuned for more "virtual" classes.


Friday 1 May 2020


Stampin' Up! has come up with a novel idea to spread sunshine during this Covid-19 pandemic. They have designed a collection of sentiments suitable for cards to share with friends & family to help us all keep in touch. This is actually a pdf downloadable collection that can be printed out, cropped & used on cards or scrapbook pages.  They even print in Stampin' Up! colours! Some are silly, some are touching but all express a sincere message that we'd all like to share. An added bonus is that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the file goes to either the World Health Organization or the United Way to help local communities. The choice for support is yours & can be made when you purchase. The cost is 12 USD. Here is the link to purchase.

Because I wanted to make use of these fabulous sentiments & share them - pronto, I decided to keep it simple, gather up all of my DSP & stamp sets that were suitable & CREATE - fast! Here is a selection of the cards that I made, showing off all these cute sentiments (all 15 pages of them)!

Some of the stamp sets are retired, like the cute penguins but just because they retire doesn't mean that they leave my studio! The same goes for the reams of beautiful paper that I have collected over the years. I cut it all down to card making size & have it all ready to go for mass producing.

Here are a couple more that are set to send. Remember folks - this is the perfect time to share the joy of creating. With all this social distancing what could be better than a handmade card to make your day!

Don't obsess over your designs. Pick some pretty paper to match the colours of the sentiments, dig into your embellishment stash & go to town. We all miss each other & we all have time - lots & lots of time - to create some cheer. 

Let's go everyone - #sharesunshine!