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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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13 Responses to CARD: A fun surprise at Halloween and Christmas

  1. Barb says:

    Loved the tutorial for pop ups. I’m going to try one today. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Deedee says:

    I loved your pop-up card! It inspired me to create my own version for my daughter’s birthday! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  3. Liz Cushion says:

    Hi Becky, I’m a first time visitor from Mary’s blog. Great videos and I love the pop up cards. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  4. Nancy Farrell says:

    Hi Becky, How nice to meet you. I’m over from Mary Fish’s blog, I’m a Pal too. I love your work, your blog and your videos! Oh Boy, you are a busy gal. I signed up for your blog and look fwd to all your wonderful tips along the way.
    :)

    • Nice to meet you too, Nancy! Thanks so much for checking out my blog, and I’m excited you subscribed! I work hard to share generously, in keeping with true Pals spirit! Glad we’re in this together :)

  5. Sue Becker says:

    Fabulous job on your tutorial and your introduction Becky! Woo Hoo for you!!

  6. Barbara Taylor says:

    Came from Mary Fish blog. Thanks for sharing enjoyed your video. Thank you and God Bless Your Little Family for Serving our Country. Your Little Fellows are precious.

  7. Mary Fish says:

    Amazing projects and videos. I’m nutso about the flying bats in the video. So proud of you, Becky!

  8. Carla vdM says:

    I just came from Mary Fish blog ;o)
    Like your introduction-video and both cards you made.

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