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Monthly Archives: October 2014

CARD: A fun surprise at Halloween and Christmas

Today I’m a guest stamper on Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty blog. Mary is my upline and she is absolutely fantastic at offering support and motivation as a leader. I really can’t say enough about how awesome it is to be a part of her Stampin’ Pretty Pals group! My lovely group of stamping enthusiasts (Club Social Stampers) have layers upon layers of awesomeness when it comes to perks– free stuff, creative challenges, friendships, larger-than-life Stampin’ Up! events… the list of benefits is ridiculously fabulous. If you’re hopping over from Mary’s blog, welcome!! Since I know being featured by Mary will bring many new guests to my blog, I want to introduce myself… and spill some of my secrets! Take a peek!

I hope you liked my secrets. Now onto today’s featured projects! Every month I host a “Paper Pumpkin & Pizza” event at a local pizza restaurant. It gives me and my Paper Pumpkin subscribers the chance to sit down (kid-free), relax, and complete our Paper Pumpkin kits with friends. I also have a couple of bonus projects for us to make together using the kit contents and a few extra supplies. Last week I posted about one of my September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus projects and promised I would share another during my time as a guest stamper on Mary’s blog. Here it is, my 2nd Paper Pumpkin & Pizza night bonus project– with a surprise inside!

Stampin' Up! September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus card project by Becky Gifford. There's a pop-up surprise inside! Details at www.thesocialstamper.comSponging with Whisper White ink on black card stock is a super easy way to achieve a chalkboard look. On this card, I like how the extra wisps of ink around the sentiment make it appear as though the bats are flying in a foggy night sky. Spooky!

Stampin' Up! September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus card project by Becky Gifford. There's a pop-up surprise inside! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

This is the inside of the card, a little pop-up surprise! There is a tutorial at the end of this post so you can make your own pop-up surprise card. Before adhering the “BOO!” sentiment to the pop-up panel, I stamped bats from the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, cut them out, and adhered them to ~1/4″ wide strips of card stock that match the Tangerine Tango backdrop. Then, I glued those little bats-on-scraps to the back side of my sentiment so that they appear to be flying through the air. It makes a pretty cool 3-D effect! Here’s a side view so you can see the dimension from another angle.

Stampin' Up! September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus card project by Becky Gifford. There's a pop-up surprise inside! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Since the full Paper Pumpkin kit with those adorable bats and spooky sentiment is not available for purchase anymore (subscribe today so you’re not kicking yourself next month for missing out!), I designed a second card using the same layout in a Christmas theme using the Holiday Home stamp set. I’m busting out my Holiday Home set and coordinating Framelits dies a LOT these days, you can check out my September Stampin’ Pretty Pals blog hop post to see 4 different projects, some with variations, using the Holiday Home stamp set. Because the set has so many images it is a seasonal work horse, but there are plenty of images that can be used throughout the year. I could go on and on about the Holiday Home set but I’ll spare you this time ;o)

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home chalkboard technique card by Becky Gifford. There's a pop-up surprise inside using the Letterpress Winter set! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home chalkboard technique card by Becky Gifford. There's a pop-up surprise inside using the Letterpress Winter set! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home chalkboard technique card by Becky Gifford. This is the pop-up surprise inside using the Letterpress Winter set! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home chalkboard technique card by Becky Gifford. This is the pop-up surprise inside using the Letterpress Winter set! Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

I’m loving the sparkly flurry created by the Frosted Sequins. For the pop-up sequin accents, I layered a snowflake sequin with a large silver sequin using a glue dot, then stuck the layered sequins onto a narrow strip of Crumb Cake card stock using another glue dot. You can barely see that the sequins are attached to card stock, it’s amazing how they appear to float! The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment is from the Letterpress Winter set in the Holiday Catalog. I fussy-cut it out using my paper snips before adhering the snowflakes-on-a-stick.

Hopefully you’re inspired to try out your own pop-up surprise card! If so, here’s a helpful tutorial with measurements to remove some of the guesswork. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be sure to answer them as best I can.

Take a second to leave me a comment letting me know you stopped by, I am truly thrilled that you’re here! Happy stamping to my friends new and old.

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BLOG HOP: Truly Grateful Pals October Hop

Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from stop #1, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

For the hop this month, I decided to show off the projects for my October class using the Truly Grateful stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  I’ve had this set since it first came out, it’s one of those sets that I was immediately drawn to. I think that’s because my stamping style tends to lean toward modern color combinations with some sort of natural element, and Truly Grateful lends itself beautifully to my style. “If the shoe fits…” Y’all know what I’m talking about? Sometimes you have a Cinderella moment with a stamp set, and it’s magical. That’s my excuse for why I’m currently having a love affair with the Four Feathers set with coordinating Framelits dies. Bright, colorful, earthy. Yum. When inspiration is combined with my recent self-discovery that I really, REALLY enjoy teaching certain things (mainly paper crafting & Bible study), you get projects like this!

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful card by Becky Gifford. Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful card details by Becky Gifford. Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Tip! Experiment with the layering of punches and die cuts. The focal point on this card uses the Starburst Framelits die set and decorative label punch peeking out from behind. I stamped the chevron woodgrain image from Truly Grateful prior to cutting out with the Starburst die, then added some splatters in Crushed Curry (prior to layering) using another one of my go-to sets, Gorgeous Grunge.

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful card by Becky Gifford. Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful card details by Becky Gifford. Details at www.thesocialstamper.com

I made a leaf stencil from the Autumn Accents Bigz Die to add a fun fall element to this card. Some tips: Make the stencil out of a sturdy material like chipboard or even acetate. Paper curls as you spritz and if you’re going to put forth the effort to make a stencil, you might as well be able to use it again in the future! When you cut out the leaf shape using the die, it will cut out all of the other images on the die as well (this project made me REALLY appreciate Framelits dies!) so you’ll have to use scraps to cover up any additional holes plus add some extra width to prevent over spray. I think it was totally worth the effort to have a lovely leaf spritzed onto my card using a Cajun Craze ink refill and Stampin’ Spritzer.

I have more Truly Grateful inspiration waiting in the wings, so if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, be sure to do that while you’re here!

Happy Stamping,

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The next stop is #3, Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

 

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  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at septembergray.com
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com

KITS: September 2014 Paper Pumpkin

BOO! Ahem, I mean, hello! After a few cooler days I’m reminded that the holiday season is rapidly approaching. For me, there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to create something festive.

Now for the disclaimer: I am the LEAST likely to be ahead of the curve when it comes to holidays. I always feel like I’m scrambling to keep up rather than sitting back to enjoy my labors during the holidays, and I always admire people that seem to be perfectly prepared. Those who breeze through seasonal decorating– even having time to host a themed party for each new occasion– make me swoon with wishful thinking.

So what’s a scrambling girl to do?? Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, of course! The creative geniuses at Stampin’ Up! prepare months in advance to release precisely timed, perfectly themed crafty boxes to help all of us who struggle with being behind the curve to be astonishingly ahead of the game. Or, if you’re one of the perfectly-prepared, festive-even-in-your-sleep types, you’ll love to have a coordinated holiday project that will keep you in the celebratory mood while giving you a much-deserved break from executing your outrageously awesome plans. Want to see what you can do with a Paper Pumpkin box?

Before I show you an extra project I created using the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, here’s a video highlighting the adorable treat bags that are meant to be made with the kit!

Fun, right? Now, here is a quick and simple card I made using a few extra supplies plus the “Boo” stamp and spooky raven sticker from the kit. This coming Sunday I will be a guest stamper on Mary Fish’s blog at www.stampinpretty.com, and I will have another September 2014 Paper Pumpkin card that has a fun surprise inside. You won’t want to miss it so be sure to subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already! Here’s your dose of inspiration for the day.

Stampin' Up! September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus project inspiration by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Layering punches is a simple and quick way to add an embellishment to any project, whether a card, memory page, or 3-D item. For this card, I punched out and layered a 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle of Tangerine Tango card stock, a 1-3/8″ circle of Very Vanilla, and the branch of the Bird Builder Punch in Basic Gray, and perched a shadowy raven sticker that was included with the kit. The awesome thing about this kit is that the same images that came as stickers also came as stamps, so I will never run out! Another “technique” worth mentioning is repeated stamping of an image in a tone-on-tone color scheme to make a background. It really takes the card from cute to wow!

Not a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber and bummed that you missed the September Paper Pumpkin kit? Right now the full kit with stamp set is not available for purchase (purchasing past kits and refills are benefits of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber), so this is a good reminder to sign up so you don’t miss out on any future kits. I am certain there will be more adorable holiday projects headed your way in future boxes!

Stampin' Up! September 2014 Paper Pumpkin bonus project inspiration details by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Are you inspired by my card? If so, take a second to let me know in the comments! I love to hear from you!

Happy holiday creating!

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