August Paper Pumpkin Sympathy Card

It's never easy having to make a sympathy card and unfortunately, I've needed two in the past two weeks for family members. One of the wonderful things about Stampin' Up! is the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit.  I had received my August 2018 kit but had not had time to make the cards in it, but it was perfect for what I needed to make today.  This kit comes with everything  (ink, stamps, card bases, labels, leaf die cuts, glue dots, and dimensionals) you need to make the cards but I made a few changes.

I could have made the card exactly as designed in the Paper Pumpkin kit, but I have a hard time doing that without stepping it up some.  I cut down one of the cards to make the front 4 x 5.25.  I then added a sheet of Old Olive 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 behind it and adhered it to a card base of Blackberry Bliss.  I stamped the sentiment on one of the labels (it's trimmed in silver and has matching envelopes in silver) in the kit using the Blackberry Bliss ink spot included. If you want those silver foil-edged envelopes, you can now purchase them with matching cards (they also come in gold).   I die cut the Old Olive piece using the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies to back the label.  I made a small bow using Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon as it's close enough to use on this card

When I cut down the card base included in the kit, I got a small strip of the printed florals attached to the white back.  I then cut that down to fit in the inside of the card.  I used the Kindness & Compassion stamp set for the inside sentiment.

So, you can make the cards just as the kit is designed or make them however you prefer.  Below you'll see the cards as designed.

If you aren't a subscriber, then you have missed out on this gorgeous kit BUT one of the perks of being a subscriber is purchasing past kits.  Normally those kits become available about 3 months after they first come out if there are any left.  You can become a subscriber and then have the option to purchase some past kits.  Interested?  Subscribe here!  You will control your subscription and can suspend at any time.  Want to see some alternative cards for this kit and others?  You need to check out the official Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Pinterest page!

It's never easy having to make these type cards, but Paper Pumpkin can really help when you are emotionally upset!


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Love Halloween? Don't Miss THIS!

Do you love Halloween?  Love quick and easy?  Then this month's Paper Pumpkin kit is just what you need! ​

Today is the last day to subscribe and receive this kit!

You can get yours by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin kit link at the top of this page OR you can just click here  Don't miss out!

Holiday Catalog Now LIVE!

The Holiday catalog is now live!  

Here is a cute video from Stampin' Up! highlighting the new catalog and one highlighting all the beautiful papers in the new catalog.

AND there is a new promotion during the month of September!  Host a party in September with sales of over $250, place an order of that amount yourself, or get some friends together to place an order of $250 and you'll receive free this beautiful Christmas paper!


Get started on your Christmas cards with this exclusive paper, available only during the month of September!

And don't forget your Bonus Bucks!  Redeem them now!

Redeem Your Bonus Bucks

You can now redeem your $5 Bonus Bucks!  Use them now or wait until the Holiday catalog goes live on September 5.  Just don't forget about them because they expire at the end of the month!

Today is the LAST day!

The August specials end tonight at 11:50 pm MT and I don't want you to miss out!  Today is the last day!

Get a $5 coupon (Bonus Bucks) for every $50 you order.  Stampin' Up! will email you the coupon code (make sure you print it out/save it) and you'll be able to use that code/s on purchases made in September.  With the Holiday catalog (did you get yours?  Isn't it great?) going live on September 5, you'll want to have those coupons to save on your holiday orders!  You can also forward your coupon code to me and I'll make sure you have it when you need it!

Also ending is the Color Your Season promotion.  I love stamp sets that can be used for multiple occasions and multiple seasons and the Blended Seasons stamp set is just that!  And those dies are absolutely wonderful!  I am using them today to make a birthday card for my grandson's teacher's birthday next week!

The new assortment of Watercolor Pencils is also ending tonight.  They are some beautiful colors and are great to add to the previous collection of colors.  I really love to watercolor and these make it so easy when traveling to stamp some images, color them, and turn them to watercolors!  I can stamp ahead and still be able to get crafty while I am on the road.

Have a great Labor Day weekend, y'all Get crafty (especially if the weather where you are doesn't cooperate!).  I'm headed to Atlanta for my oldest son's birthday and to attend a Braves game.

These August Promotions Ending on the 31st

These August promotions are ending and you don't want to miss out!

First, is the Bonus Bucks promotionFor every $50 you order, you'll receive a coupon worth $5 to use in September.  It'll arrive via email and make sure you save/print out that email!  You can even forward it to me and I'll save it for you!  Lose the coupon code, and you lose the $5 because I won't have access to it and Stampin' Up! won't have it either!  And since the Holiday catalog becomes available on September 5, you'll want those coupons!

Next is the Color Your Season promotion.  These are bundles (wood and clear mount Blended Seasons stamp set with Stitched Seasons framelit dies) or you can purchase them individually--but you'll save 10% on the bundle!


These stamps are suitable for making cards/projects for any season!

There are also new Watercolor pencils available during August.  I do not know if these will ever be available later in a catalog but right now Stampin' Up! says they are going away after this promotion.

Don't miss out on these great deals!


Paper Pumpkin 50% Off Your First Month

Are you familiar with Paper Pumpkin?  It's a monthly kit that arrives in your mailbox around the 15th of the month.  The kit includes everything you need to complete the kit--stamps, cardstock, diecuts, embellishments, adhesive.  It's a wonderful value at ~$20/month (depends on the tax in your state).  

Once you subscribe, you manage your account the way you want--need to suspend for a month?  You can do it.  (I know the September kit is going to be about Halloween, so if you don't want that one, you can suspend for that month!)  Even when the kits are not to my personal preference, I can always find something to make with all the parts.  AND you don't have to make the kit like the full-color instructions.  Make it however YOU like!  

Just getting started in stamping or cardmaking?  These kits can give you a leg up!  If you think you can't be creative, these kits will prove you wrong!  

AND RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO SUBSCRIBE!  Stampin' Up! is offering the first month of your subscription at half price!

Subscribe now to save 50%!  You can click on the link above or here.

THIS OFFER ENDS ON AUGUST 10 so don't miss out!

Color Your Season

Stampin' Up! has come out with an exclusive, limited edition bundle that you can purchase as supplies last or until the end of the month.  This Color Your Season bundle has stamps that are suitable for all the seasons and dies that not only cut out some of the stamps, but great stitched dies to use in any way you choose!


You can purchase as a bundle or separately

Don't delay!  These will be gone before you know it!  Check out my Pinterest board for these stamps/dies!