What Can You Do With Paper Pumpkin?

I am so excited to share what one of my customers is doing with her Paper Pumpkin. This was one of the recent kits. Everything to make cute accordian fold thank you cards.


Carrie Zirkle loves getting her monthly Paper Pumpkin and her son Christopher loves stamping with her. Carrie decided with this kit that each week she would ask Christopher who he wanted to thank and then they would give out random acts of Thank You's. I think this is such a great idea and whoever is lucky enough to receive one of Christopher's cards is going to love it.  Thanks for sharing your creative idea Carrie and a thank you also to your mother, Carol Loehr, for bringing it to my attention.

Chris and Carrie




RIght now is a perfect time to order (and prepay) Paper Pumpkin if you are not a subscriber or to prepay your subscription if you are a subscriber.


There is a special going on through the end of March. With a 3-month prepaid subscription you save $5 and you also qualify for a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  The 3-month is on special for just $54.95.

When your place your order, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription. Go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and enter the redemption code. Start enjoying your monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month!

This option IS available to current My Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.


Q: If I'm a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, can I order a prepaid subscription?
A: Of course! After you order and enter the code, the prepaid months will be used up before any future shipments are charged. When the prepaid months are over, the subscription will continue and be charged monthly to the credit card on file. Keep in mind that if you are already a current subscriber and are already attached to a demonstrator, the existing subscription will remain with the original demonstrator.

Q: Can I buy a prepaid subscription with host benefits/stampin' rewards?
A: Yes. A prepaid subscription can be added to either the free or half-priced host items.

Q: Can a prepaid subscription be ordered as a gift?
A: Yes. Although this isn't officially a gift subscription program, you can buy a prepaid subscription and give it as a gift. You'd just purchase the prepaid subscription and when you receive the redemption code, share it with the recipient of your choice who can redeem the subscription at www.mypaperpumpkin.com



Stampin' Blendabilities Markers Discontinued

There has been quality issues with the Stampin' Blendabilities Marker line. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. 


Blendabilities Q & A

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.  (The Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad is my personally my favorite go-to black ink.)

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended.  For me, I've only experience a couple of markers drying out, and a few customers have experienced that as well.    

Q: What if I have Blendabilities markers that are defective?  
A: If you ordered them with me, please email me and I will take care of you! If you ordered through my online site you will be receiving an email from Stampin' Up.

Personal Note:  As disappointed as I am that Stampin' Up! will no longer be carrying this product, I'm proud to be associated with a company committed t0 quality and that is brave enough to pull a popular product due to quality issues.



New Photopolymer Stamp Set

stamp set                                        It's called "Just Kidding", #140667 and it is $15.95.



Something Lacy

I just got this background stamp and I love how beautifully it stamps the image. This is the first card made with it.


I used Blackberry Bliss cardstock for the base of the card. Images are stamped on Vanilla cardstock. Here is the inside:

Lacy inside

I find the easiest and best way to stamp background images is to lay the stamp on the table with the stamp facing up and pat the ink pad all over the stamp. Then just lay your cardstock on the inked stamp. Then just press all over the cardstock. Be sure to put some scrap paper over the cardstock so you don't wind up with inky fingers.  smiley 

Stamps: Something Lacy, Beautiful Bunch, Flower Shop, And Many More

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Vanilla

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Misc: Fun Flower Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Blackbery Bliss Ribbon, Pearls


Are you watching The Voice? It is one of my favorite TV shows. There have been some great singers on there so far. So I'm watching and they are doing the blind auditions and there is a girl on there from the town in KY where I use to live. Too bad, she didn't get any of the coaches to turn around for her. She was too nervous.





Newest Weekly Deals & Blendabilities Update

There are some great savings with this weeks Deals:




Have you tried the Blendabilities Markers yet? They are the new alcohol markers and we were initially told that Memento Black ink was required to stamp images with when using the Blendabilities Markers. When I went to Leadership a few weeks ago they told us there are several inks that also work with these markers. Look closely at the flower images below and you can see that some of them were stamped using ink other than black.



Birthday Balloon

Balloon and StarsFor this card I used the Balloon Framelit Die to cut out the balloon and the coordinating stamp set Celebrate Today. Can you see the little stars stamped on the balloon? I carried out that star theme with the Birtthday Bash Designer Series Paper and a few punched out stars.

Balloon and Stars Inside

celebrate today

Celebrate Today, Photopolymer, 17 stamps,  #137138,  $25.95

Balloon Framelits Die, #137362, $16.95

Bundle and save 15%  – Order both Celebrate Today and Balloon Framelits  # 138869, $36.25



Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, #137783, $12.95

This package of paper has 12 sheets, 2 ea. of 5 double-sided designs and 1 ea. of 2 single-sided embossed gold foil sheets.


I recently have had some medical issues and went for some special tests at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The clinic and the Drs. there are amazing. So after I got back from spending a few days there I got these beautiful flowers from some of my special stamping friends. Thanks so much Terri, Linda, Pat, Carol, Betty, and Adele.




Happy Valentine’s Day

Blk & Red HeartsI love red, black and white and with a few punched hearts made this Valentine card. The only stamping was a sentiment on the inside of the card. I used the Sweetheart punch and the small heart punch on the front and the Heart Confeffi punch on the inside of the card. After punching out the heart border shown below I attached a piece of red cardstock to the back of it.

Valentine inside

Wishing you the love of family and friends,


Leadership in Orlando

Here are just a few more photos from Leadership.

Manager's Reception

Waiting to board the bus to go to Hollywood Studio for Manager's Reception. Stampin' Up employee and a former coach of mine is Ann Maxwell on the left. I was so impressed that she even remembered my name when I saw her because it's been a few years since she was my coach (via phone and email) and I have only physically seen and talked to her a couple of times. Also pictured are fellow demonstrators Sandy Mitchell, Catherine Harwood, and Barbara Lash. Manager's Reception is a special event for demosntrators who have reached the title of Manager or higher.  We had the park after hours to just our Stampin' Up group with a special showing of Fantasmic. Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster were also open for us. I don't do those fast rides but rumors were heard that some people rode them up to 12 times. There were other fun things going on including several of the Disney characters available for photos and a yummy dessert bar.

Barbara and IBarbara Lash from Massachusets and I

Sandy and CatherineSandy and Catherine with Donald, Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie



Love You More Than Chocolate!

Have you ever said you loved someone more than chocolate?  That's a whole lot of love. Stampin' Up's newest stamp set says it for you.  It's called Lovely Amazing You, is photopolymer, and is just $14.95.

Lovely Amazing You

And here are the newest Weekly Deals – good through Monday.

Week Deals

As many of you know I attended Stampin' Up's Leadership event a couple of weeks ago in Orlando. It was fun and filled with so many new ideas. This year two of my downline, Carol Hall and Mike White, went for the first time. Mike also brought his wife, Cheryl who signed up as a co-demonstrator with him. Mike was one of just a very few men at the event.


This is the really cute bag we received. This photo is not very good but you get the idea. It's a nice canvas bag with striped turquoise and white lining. I can see taking it to Disney or on trips which would definitely be one of the best days ever.


I have a few more Leadership photos that I will share tomorrow.

If you live up North, stay warm and if you live around here enjoy our beautiful day. It's suppose to get cold this weekend but at least we aren't shoveling snow!








Lotus Blossom – It’s a FREE Stamp Set!

Sale-a-Bration is one of the best times of the Stampin' Up year. That's because you can qualify for FREE product. Place an order of $50 or more (before shipping/tax) and you can pick something FREE from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. I love this set called Lotus Blossom.And it's been the most popular set selected so far from my customers.

Lotus Blossom

The flower is actually done with 3 stamps. Because they are photopolymer it is so easy to know where to position each one. I used Elegant Eggplant ink for the first stamp and Wisteria Wonder ink for the 2nd and 3rd stamps, stamping off the color on the 3rd one so it is a little lighter.   The embossing folder is a retired one as I wanted one with a vintage look to it and had not ordered the newest one yet. I sponged the inside of the embossing folder with Wisteria Wonder ink and embossed a piece of white card stock. A quick and easy card.

lotus blossom stamp set

I will be in Orlando at Leadership and will try to post some pictures of the events over the next couple of days.


New Weekly Deals

If you love embossing then you're going to love this weeks deals because there are several embossing folders on sale. And the Texture Boutique Embossing machine is perfect for doing that embossing if you don't already own something that embosses.

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