Last Day to Get Paper Pumpkin!

Today is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the July kit!  

This kit coordinates with 3 different suites in the new annual catalog--Come Sail Away, Woven Threads, and Garden Lane.  I love Stampin' Up!'s coordination!  It contains 9 mailable cards (with envelopes) --3 designs.  

You can get this kit two different ways:

1.  Subscribe to a month to month kit at $22 a month.  You can control how many kits you get, suspend it if you think you won't like the kit, cancel at any time.

2.  Purchase a prepaid kit.  These are available as a single kit, 3-months, 6-months, and 12-months.  With the 6 months and 12 months, you save!  Purchase the 12 months and you pay for 11 months and get the 12th free!  If you purchase at least a 6-month subscription right now, you'll also earn Bonus Bucks!   

By subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you also have access to past Paper Pumpkin kits (if available)

FYI:  although the prepaid kit looks cheaper ($21 vs $22), the month to month kit includes shipping but you have to pay shipping (min. $6.95) on a prepaid kit.  

If you do purchase a prepaid kit, Stampin' Up! will send you an email with an activation code.  You MUST set up an account using that activation code before 11:50 pm MT to get the July kit!  They will ask you for a credit card (you will not be charged because you have already paid in advance) to facilitate continuing should you so choose once your prepaid is over!


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Come Sail Away Birthday Card

Yesterday was my Dad's 98th birthday.  I am so thankful that I still have him with me and that I was able to spend a lot of time with him last month while I was at the beach (he lives there).  The month at the beach was so relaxing, I wish I could live there!

Here is the card I made for my Dad

I love using the Come Sail Away suite in the new catalog!  The paper is gorgeous, the stamps wonderful and I love the dies!  

Here are all the details:

I used the Memories and More Notecards (now retired and unavailable) for the base, but you could use Night of Navy for your base.  I topped that with some paper from the Pressed Petals DSP.  On top of that is paper from the Come Sail Away DSP topped with a smaller piece of DSP.  The top layer was whisper white die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I love the look that gives your cardstock!  The sentiment is from Here's a Card stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut out with a die from the  Smooth Sailing Dies.  I sponged Soft Suede ink around it to give it some dimension and popped it up on dimensionals.  The sailboat was stamped in Night of Navy and the anchor in Soft Suede.

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NEW Promotions by Stampin' Up!

It's July, it's hot and Stampin' Up! has some hot new promotions for us!  

1.  Bonus Days are Back!  

This is a great promotion where you get a $5 coupon to spend in August for every $50 you order in July.  There's no limit on the number of coupons you can earn and use!  You can stack those coupons and save a bunch next month!

2.  Extra! Extra! promotion

Do you have a huge wishlist?  I know that I do!  And this is a great way to fulfill some of those things on your wishlist!  For $99 (plus tax), you can purchase a Starter Kit and choose $155 worth of product.  Stampin' Up! throws in a Paper Pumpkin kit and some other supplies too. There's no shipping charged so that saves you an additional $15.  Then Stampin' Up! will send you a $10 coupon to apply to an order the following month!  So you'll get $155 of great craft products, additional supplies, no shipping and a coupon for use later.  The value of this kit is over $250!  You also save 20% on every order you place after you get started!  I know I love to save on my craft supplies!  There is no obligation to continue after you purchase the kit BUT you'll have until January to make that decision (and the Holiday catalog will be coming soon!--Demonstrators get to order in August before everyone else)

I would love to have you on my team!  Check out my Benefits page for my Ink Spot Inkers team!

Happy Saving with Stampin' Up!

Backordered Items Now In Stock

The Stampin' Storage items are back in stock!  If you want to add them to what you already have, you can now order them.

And beginning at 10 am MT, you will be able to order the Stampin' Trimmer blades.  Supplies are limited but you can order 3 packs.  If they sell out quickly (and they will!), you will have additional windows in which to purchase.  Stampin' Up! is committed to providing access to these blades until September.  Hopefully, they will have a new trimmer to use by the fall.

Coming in July:

The Starter Kit is having a sweet deal!  If you purchase the starter kit at $99, you will get to choose $155 worth of products plus receive free shipping (an additional $15 in savings!).  And then Stampin' Up! will send you a coupon code for an additional $10 to use the following month!  There is no further obligation on your part unless you choose to save 20% on future orders!  You'll have until the end of December to make that decision (and the Holiday Catalog will come out to demonstrators in August!).  Check out my benefits clicking on the Ink Spot Inkers tab.

Bonus Days are Coming Back!  Beginning 1 July you can earn free coupon codes for every $50 you order!  Order in July and Stampin' Up! will email you a coupon code ($5 for every $50 in product ordered) to spend in August.  SAVE THAT EMAIL  and print out the code so you'll have it.  For added protection, you can forward those email codes to me and I will keep them safe until you are ready to order in August.

I'll have more information for you once the promotions begin.

Magical Mermaid Birthday Card

Today is my only granddaughter's birthday--she is 7.  I found a silver mermaid necklace for her and made her a card to match.


I stamped the mermaid on Shimmery White with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with my blends.I fussy cut it and attached to the card front using dimensionals. Wink of Stella makes her tail and body shine.  Her headband has pearls on it.  The card base is Bermuda Bay topped with pool party.  I stamped the seaweed with gray granite and bermuda bay and then I used a retired embossing folder to emboss the pool party piece.  I took a piece of very vanilla and stamped the "sand" in crumb cake on it and tore a piece off for the bottom of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on Shimmery White and cut out with the Layering Circle Dies backed with Bermuda Bay.  

The inside uses a piece of Shimmery White cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies and the sentiment and mermaid were done in Bermuda Bay.

Happy birthday, sweet Quinn!


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Come Sail Away Anniversary card

Yesterday was my 47th wedding anniversary.  Wow, I can't believe it's been so long because it still seems like yesterday!

Here is the card I made for my husband



Being at the beach and only a day after Father's Day, I didn't have a lot of time to make my cards.  He was gone for the weekend so I was able to do a little crafting at night.  Using the Come Sail Away Memories & More cards made this much easier!  

The base of the card is soft suede, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4".  I topped that with a piece of whisper white 5 1/4" x 4" and cut out with the rectangle stitched dies.  That piece was topped with a Memories and More card that I stamped the sentiment on with Soft Suede.  I added 3 gold pearls (colored bronze with my Blends) just below the sentiment.  Linen thread was wrapped around that piece and tied into a knot before attaching to the card base.

I stamped the lighthouse and the compass in Soft Suede and then die cut them using the Smooth Sailing Dies and the Layering Circles dies.  I die cut the compass needle out of Soft Suede and attached to the compass with a glue dot.  I added a gold (colored bronze with my bronze Blends) pearl to the top.

The inside was fairly easy using two Memories and More cards trimmed down to fit side by side.  The sentiment on the inside is from Itty Bitty Greetings.

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there and especially to my dad (who turns 98 in a couple of weeks), my hubby, my two sons and my son-in-law, all of whom are great dads!

I made cards for my dad and husband (sorry, boys, I didn't get cards to you this year since I'm making them at the beach and beach time!)

Here is the card I made for my dad

I love this "A Good Man" stamp set.  It is reminiscent of a set Stampin' Up! had many years ago that was wildly popular (I still have it!).  Since my dad lives at the beach, I thought this was appropriate for him.  Up until the last few weeks, he walked on the beach daily.  I would normally have watercolored this with our inks but I forgot to bring watercolor paper or shimmery white paper with me to the beach and regular cardstock doesn't hold up very well to watercolors!  I colored this with Blends instead.

For my hubby, I also used this stamp set 


He is always carrying the grandkids around on his shoulders so this was perfect!


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July "On My Mind" Paper Pumpkin Kit

The July Paper Pumpkin kit is called "On My Mind" and it coordinates with 3 different new suites in the new catalog:  Woven Threads (page 13-14), Garden Lane (page 40-41) and Come Sail Away(page 144-145).  

This kit will contain 9 mailable cards (3 each of 3 designs).  The coordinating colors are gold, kraft, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile.  This should be a really fun kit!  I love when the Paper Pumpkin kits coordinate with our current products!  

You must have an active subscription by July 10 to get this kit.  Subscribe here  Or if you just want to try out Paper Pumpkin, you can purchase a one-month subscription (warning:  you will have to pay the regular shipping and handling charge with a prepaid subscription so add it to a regular order to reduce the amount you have to pay).  You can also get a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription (you'll save on the 6-mo or 12-mo ones).