Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I needed to create a very special ornament. I'm sure you'll never guess who it could be for. Uh huh. My precious little Stella.

Stella and her mommy and daddy are all about stars. Hence, Stella's name: Italian for "star". So, I thought a star ornament would be appropriate.

Using basically the primary colors, plus a touch of lime-y green, along with the darling set Many Merry Stars that is available in the 2014 Holiday Supplement, was a perfect beginning. Cutting out the layers of stars with the Stars Framelits in my Big Shot made this project a snap.

Here is a close-up of the star so you can see how perfectly all the coordinates of the stamp set work together for a unified whole. A Basic Rhinestone in the center provides just the right amount of bling.

In the following photo, you can see how I stacked the layers to give it dimension. Basically, I glued together two layers, popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals to the next glued-together layer, and continuing until I had the whole star finished. 

The horizontal arms of this star measure about 5" across. This is one of the smaller ornaments I've made for Stella over the past seven years. 

Using my Envelope Punch Board, I will make a durable envelope to fit the star perfectly to protect it over the years.

I usually spend quite a lot of time on Stella's annual Christmas ornament. This year, however, didn't allow me much time for creating. What with moving in the day before Thanksgiving and all. Ugh. So I was really glad to hit upon this ornament idea that didn't take tons of time, but still looks wonderful. And special, just like my little Stella.

Do you have a special person you make a unique ornament for each year? If so, how much time and planning go into its creation? 

I hope Stella treasures these annual ornaments I've made for her and will continue to make for many years to come as much as I enjoy creating them for her.


Sunday, December 14, 2014


Hey. I know. What can I say?? 
I'm still having a great time with my November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit! 

Remember this fun ornament I made with the white snowflakes that were included in the kit? On this ornament, I used the snowflakes themselves. But, once you punch out the snowflakes, what are you left with?

Yes! A stencil! I certainly couldn't waste an opportunity like that!

Using the remaining negative space as a snowflake stencil, 
I sponged through the openings with Pool Party ink.

I could not throw away the letters I punched out to make this tag card. 

So, they found a new home on this stenciled card:

By adding a few supplies from your stash, along with some clever ingenuity, this kit just keeps on giving and giving! Absolutely nothing will go to waste.

Just one more way to keep those little Paper Seedlings growing and multiplying.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I thought I'd take a little break from showing you my variations on the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit. I do have two more variations to present to you yet. I hope you will like them.

For now, I'd like to introduce you to the Christmas Penguin.

As always, I wanted to make a very special card for my little granddaughter, Stella. I figured she would get a real kick out of this Christmas Penguin.

While I would love to take credit for this adorable little guy, I must confess that I stole the basics for creating him from Heidi Boos in this post: Of course, I made some changes to make penguin my very own.

This guy was so much fun to make! 

While I could have made the card base a bit smaller than the usual 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in order to fit his feet on and stay within that traditional parameter, I decided to make my card base the standard size and add his feet to that. Unfortunately, with the added feet, he was a little too long to fit into an A2 envelope. So, I grabbed my trusty Envelope Punch Board and some retired Gumball Green (the absolute BEST green for Christmas creating!) and made a custom envelope to fit. And, the envelope matches perfectly his "scarf" made from retired Sweater Trim and the green and white stars DSP. 

To make it easier to stamp and write inside the card, I adhered another Top Note to match his belly. In Gumball Green, I stamped the sentiment and added another star to echo the star that he is holding on the front of the card.

I hope you enjoyed this brief commercial break!

How are you doing on your Christmas card creating? Do you feel like you're on schedule?

Personally, I feel lucky that I had some of my handcrafted cards left over from last year (yes, I went just slightly overboard last year!) because with moving, I only had time to create one type of card this year. And this was created in spurts while I took small breaks from packing to move. What a crazy, crazy few weeks that was! 

I am glad we make progress every day on getting settled in. Maybe by Christmas it will truly feel like home. And we won't be living with towers of boxes everywhere! I must report though that my crafting area is shaping up well. Still can't find certain things like my personalized stamp and my Simply Scored, but I am sure they will turn up one of these days as I continue to go through boxes.


Saturday, December 6, 2014


Can we say seriously obsessed? That's what the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit has made me. Do I want to be cured of this obsession? NO!! That kit is way too much fun!

As a reminder, this is what the kit as per the instructions included looks like: 

So far you have seen a few of my personal renditions, including the Happy Holidays card and the snowflake ornament. Moving along on my Paper Pumpkin journey, I present to you my take on the snowflake card:

Please excuse my fingers. It was the only way I could keep the card truly closed to take the photo.
I must admit that this was one of the most enjoyable cards to create -- EVER! I used the snowflake card base that came in the kit. But with several variations. 

I thought the pretty snowflake stamped in Lost Lagoon would show up so much better on white. So I stamped it on a Whisper White circle and carefully snipped it in half so I could place one half on each of the gates of the card, centered over the diecut snowflake halves.

To give the card front a little more pizzazz, I stamped the snow flurries on strips of Whisper White, then adhered the strip to a slightly wider strip in Lost Lagoon cardstock. Then onto each side of the card.

Inside the card, I repeated the snowflake stamped on white, but this time I added one of the included rhinestones and a little bow tied from the Baker's Twine that came with the kit.

When the card is lying flat -- without fingers -- this is what it looks like:

The next two photographs I include don't show anything new. But, the light was so fantabulous 
(in our "new" house), that they turned out quite dramatic. And I love the way they look. 
So I thought I would share with you.

From here on out, my blog photos will probably take on a much different look from those pre-move. I like to use natural light for my photos, and the configuration of windows, thus lighting, is completely different from our other house. I actually sort of like the new look. 

Please let me know what YOU think. Does the proliferation of shadows, dimension and color discrepancies bother you? Does it take away from the effectiveness of the photos? I really do want to hear your opinion!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014


And so continues my November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit journey. I am trying to put my own spin on the kit. The various components are splendidly delightful, and just beg to be played with.

This time I wanted to make an ornament. 

Do you see the snowflake card in the foreground? The kit came with white snowflakes split in half so they could be placed under the built-in blue snowflake on the card base. While I do love the look of the card created as instructed, as soon as I saw those half snowflakes, I immediately thought of a dimensional ornament. 

To make my large 3-D ornament, all I had to add to the kit contents were the dotted DSP in Island Indigo and the Circles Framelits set in the Big Shot to create the backgrounds for the snowflakes. Otherwise, everything else came in the kit!

I very carefully adhered one half of a snowflake along the center of the scalloped circle and followed with the other half set against the first. I folded each circle in half along those splits in the snowflakes. 

To make the dangling snowflake at the bottom of the ornament, I used two of the silver pre-punched snowflakes back-to-back with the Baker's Twine sandwiched between them. I added one of the included rhinestones to the center of each side of the silver snowflake.

Four circles with snowflakes folded in half and glued together make up this ornament. Before gluing the final sides of the circles together, I added the Baker's Twine folded in half so the loop stuck out the top for the hanger, and the ends met at the bottom to be sandwiched between the silver snowflakes.

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber (WHAT?? You're NOT!?! Get right on over to and get your little self signed up!), have you worked with this kit yet? Are you following the instructions to the letter? Are you deviating a little bit? How so? Are you completely reworking the kit like I am? 

One of the many things I like so much about these Paper Pumpkin kits is being handed a wonderful package of beautiful unique components to do with as I like. Monthly fun in a cute red box!


Sunday, November 30, 2014


We are officially moved into our "new" house. After a couple days of unpacking and trying to get organized (but not completely succeeding by any stretch of the imagination), I decided to take a little creativity break. 

Before we moved, I posted . . .

. . . and bemoaning the fact that there were such aDORable contents to the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, and, just when I needed it the most desperately, I couldn't indulge in Creative Therapy because my acrylic blocks were packed away who knows where. 

I did go to a craft store to purchase one acrylic block so I could work on the kit, but discovered that I would have to buy a set of them. Since my Stampin' Up! beauties were packed away and would be available shortly, I just could not bring myself to buy another brand, only to use them one time. So I opted to not buy them. And decided to sit and wait . . .

Well, the time finally arrived last night,  and in my sketchy work area, not yet deserving enough of the name Creation Station, I created.

Anyway, this is what the projects from the kit are supposed to look like if you follow the instructions:

They are really cute, but I don't need any gift tags. I already have tons. I loved the idea of the tag though, so I incorporated it into a cute card that only required a few non-kit things. And this is what I came up with:

What I added to the contents of the kit to create this card was a snippet of Silver Glimmer Paper, a leftover piece of last year's Designer Series Paper (the snowflakes), a half sheet of my own Lost Lagoon cardstock, and a bit of Whisper White cardstock. Oh yeah, I embossed the Whisper White with the cute flurry embossing folder. 

Don't you love the shimmer and shine the Glimmer Paper adds?

And the Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin kit came with this wonderful sentiment for inside the card. Perfect, isn't it?

Now, hoping I can soon work with some of the other components of the kit. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I tell you I am going positively CRA-ZEE. No one should be subjected to the fiasco that is the moving process! Today was supposed to be our moving day, but that has been postponed. The recent past for us has been nothing but trauma after trauma.

And I NEED some Creative Therapy. Badly.

My November Paper Pumpkin kit arrived the other day. After hastily opening the darling red box, I discovered, to my immense delight, that there are such wonderful components to this kit, and I am so excited to get started on it.

I mean, really, look at these scrumptious stamps!

I was so enthused about this kit when I first unpacked it. The directions that came for the projects are adorable. But, after I spread out all the components, I became inspired to not only make up some of the projects as instructed, but to change it up a bit to make some of the projects my very own! Yayyy!

Uh oh. Reality hits. My acrylic blocks are packed away, languishing inside some dark and dreary moving box. Hardly able to breathe what with all the nasty tape blocking the air. 

So, I was so desperate to get going on this kit that last night I untaped and dug through a few boxes marked "SU" just trying to rescue those little buggers. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my search and was also making more of a mess than I needed at this point. So I reluctantly gave up.

As they say, desperation makes us do crazy things. Yup. Today when we run into town to sign some papers at the bank, I am going to stop at a craft store and buy one <non-SU> acrylic block. Maybe being able to tackle this darling kit will make me feel better?

Does being creative help you get through the tough times in your life?