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Have you heard of Paper Pumpkin? It’s a product line of Stampin’ Up! that you subscribe to on a monthly basis.  It’s only $19.95, including shipping and handling. It’s always a surprise as to what is in it, which is half the fun. It’s usually 9 to 12 different cards or projects, it comes with a stampin spot ink pad and a stamp set.  It comes with all you need to make the projects, including instructions, with the exception of a block for the stamps.  There are a bunch of customers and Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that love the challenge of doing something different with their Paper Pumpkin supplies to create alternate projects.

That’s what I did this month. I was inspired by my friend Susanne, who had altered her Paper Pumpkin kit. These are what I came up with! The bag is actually per instructions, none of the cards are. Paper Pumpkin can be purchased in advance, for 3 months, 6 months or even a year. You can also do it from month to month, which is what I do. It’s like getting a birthday gift every month, I love it!

If you are interested in Paper Pumpkin, either contact me or go to and sign up under my name, Debie Deschaine, and order your Paper Pumpkin today!

I hope these cards inspire you to go get your creative supplies and create something beautiful today!

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Exactly what a Monday morning needs, coffee! And a Tuesday morning, and a Wednesday…well, you know…for us caffeine addicted individuals. Even if I didn’t drink coffee I would want this fun stamp set and framelit bundle. It’s just too cute!

The lid is Vellum paper, the Stitched Circle and card base is Early Espresso…an appropriate name for this card. The fun DSP is the new Coffee Break DSP, the straw is Garden Green. The ribbon is the very beautiful 1/4″ Copper Trim. The hearts are Copper Embossing Powder, heat set.

I have several friends I meet for coffee from time to time, no doubt one of them will recieve this card. I’m sure I’ll make more too!


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What a fun stamp set! I used the ice cubes to make some lemonade cards with the Everyday Jars framelits and stamp set and Lemon Zest stamp set.

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Helpful Hint: Die cut as many dies as will fit on your Big Shot. It saves a ton of time. Sometimes I cut Stitched Shapes Framelits or other dies that I frequently use, just to have some on hand.


Thanks for looking at my blog, I hope it inspires you to create something today!



This card template is called a Z card. Our group, The Luvely Stampers, were given the challenge of decorating the pre-determined card base and decorate them however we wanted.

I had fun playing with This Little Piggy, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Stampin’ Up!’s (Ronald McDonald House stamp set), Lemon Zest and Daisy Delight. I hope to do a tutorial in the next month for this kind of card.

The card stock is all the new In Colors, except the Berry Burst. and the Designer Series Paper is the Fresh Florals DSP.

Thank you for looking, I hope they inspire a creative session for you this week!

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Love, love the Lemon Zest, not only because it’s cute but because it can be an orange, a lime or even a grapefruit! We made this card last night in the Card Buffet Class. It’s almost identical to a card I cased from a Demo-only magazine.  l also made a stepped up version of the card…more steps to make it. I hope you like them and will be inspired to make something similiar or even exactly the same!

I used Wild Wasabi for the limes and paired it with a Tranquil Tide card base and ribbon. The Finely Woven Ribbon is easy to work with. The wood mat is Crumb Cake card stock and is embossed with the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Whew, that’s a long name, but it totally lives up to that kind of introduction! It embosses deeply for a clear textured image. I used the Pretty Label Punch for the sentiment from the Lemon Zest stamp set.

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Early Espresso ink really amps up the texture in this card stock mat. The tutorial steps are below.

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To get this enhanced look on the card stock mat, you need a brayer and ink. Pick which side you want inked, in fact, try it both ways to see which you like better. Fully ink the brayer then roll it onto one side of the folder. You will have to roll over it several times to get the ink even.

Then carefully lay the card stock on the folder. Once it’s on the folder, don’t move the card stock or it wil smudge. Carefully close the folder and put it onto your cutting platform. (NOTE: the 3D folders do not need the bottom cutting pad, just the top) Then roll it through your Big Shot.  Again being careful not to smudge the ink, open the folder and take out your beautifully embossed and inked Pinewood looking plank! I usually open the folder and let it drop away from the inked side of the folder onto my desk…no smudges!

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I hope you learned something new and are ready to try this fun and beautiful technique on your own!

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When I heard SU! was going to offer embossing paste in their new product line, I was really jazzed! I figured I could use glitter on it, and it did work beautifully! It is very light weight and very easy to use, it took only seconds to spread the paste where I wanted it. I took a few seconds to secure the cardstock first, then the stencil on top of it. I cut the paper a quarter inch bigger than I wanted the finished piece to be. That way,  I could use the tape and not worry about it not having the embossing paste pattern at the edges. Then, I could trim the paper where the embossing paste missed once it was dry.

After lifting the stencil, I quickly covered all the paste with glitter. I left the glitter heaped on the embossed paper and ran to the bathroom to quickly wash the paste off of the stencil and the palette knife. The paste dries quickly and becomes difficult to wash off if you wait.

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The paste covered with the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the Flirty Flamingo mat and Lemon Lime Twist card stock base is stunning, of course, much more so in person. The stamp set is from the Petal Garden Suite on pages 56-57 of the 2017-2018 Catalog-Idea Book, it’s called Graceful Garden.

I did fussy cut the rose, but it was so worth it! I’m finding the more I fussy cut, the less fussy I get about it. It actually goes pretty quick, with just a little practice. I try to stamp the inside of my card and the envelope at the same time I stamp the card front.

The stitched framelits work on so many cards, just the perfect subtle touch of texture.

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These little animals just couldn’t be any cuter! I stamped them on watercolor paper, then used ink from my stamp pads and the aqua painter to watercolor them.  The Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder…say that 3 times real fast…is a perfect pairing with this little kitten all wrapped up in a ball of yarn! The card stock, one of my favorite blues…Dapper Denim…is the embossed background. White bakers twine all balled up around the kitten seemed like the perfect embellishment for this card.

All of the new Dynamic Textured Embossing folders are thicker than the regular ones. They leave deeper impressions and it is recommended that you spritz them with water just before running them through the Big Shot.

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This little piggy has completely won my heart! This is just the first couple of many cards I intend to make with this cutie pig. Pear Pizzazz is the card base, Soft Sky is the mat, and the cinder block wall is Smokey Slate. I used the wood crate to make the fence with the Wood textures dsp. The greenery is from the Daisy Delight stamp set, and the pig of course, is from This Little Piggy stamp set.


Isn’t the Burlap Background the cutest? Love it! The Crumb Cake card stock and ink work well as the background for this little piggy, this happy little piggy. Rhinestones give it just a tad bit of sparkle and pizzazz.

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I hope these fun cards inspire you to pull out your stamps and have a little fun. I haven’t decided who is getting these cards yet, but I’m pretty sure they’ll put a smile on their faces.


I had so much fun making these cards from the new stamp set called Lemon Zest that is available in a bundle with a coordinating punch.  I used vellum paper to soften the Daffodil Delight lemons, even though I “stamped off” the bulk of the ink. The glass is from the Jars of Love stamp set. I thought the lemon was the perfect size to make it a refreshing glass of lemonade! I don’t have an ice cube stamp, so I attempted to make “ice cubes” with a versa mark pen and clear embossing powder. It’s hard to see in the picture. It turned out okay, but embossed ice cube stamps would’ve been better. That’s okay though, I still like it!
The green sentiment is Emerald Envy, a perfect color to make limes next!



The following two cards, I cased from the current SU! publication just for Demonstrators, “Stampin’ Success”. A magazine all Demonstrators get to enjoy on a quarterly basis.lemons1

I used two different sentiments on the next two cards and also different ribbon…well, one is ribbon the other I used my very favorite and most used “ribbon”; Linen Thread.

Which do you like better, the thread or the ribbon? Please leave me a comment or a question, so we can talk stamping…or whatever else is on your mind!



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These fun little donuts are from May’s Paper Pumpkin! I think they are super adorable! I put them together pretty much the way they were intended to be. I sent them all out today as thank you’s to my Catalog Launch Party participants! (Except the three I somehow left on the counter, those will go out tomorrow :/) I added a few embellishments that weren’t in the kit plus some non-stampin up heart sequins that I thought looked cute on the donuts.


The Paper Pumpkin kit came with extra donut “icing”, so I put them on some Soft Suede card stock bases. The finished card size is 5 1/4 X 5 1/4. I still needed a couple more donuts and ended up making them with the retired circle framelits. After die cutting the donuts, I used the paper snips to trim around the outside edge so they wouldn’t be a perfect circle just like the ones that came in the paper pumpkin kit. I used Blushing Bride card stock. I think I might like my donuts more! I sponged a little blushing bride ink around the outside and the center of the donuts. I used the coffee rings from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Coffee and donuts, never been a better breakfast than that!

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Just a quick post today! The note card to the right, everyone that came to my Catalog Launch Party got to make. Seventeen awesome ladies came to stamp, win door prizes and have fun!! The card to the left, I took a few minutes to color with the new Incolors. Either way, this is a quick card to make, then write a quick note to a friend and off it goes in the mail!

I’m still learning how to do WordPress,  so I haven’t had time to figure out how to link the product pictures yet. You can click on the catalog picture or the hostess code button to the right to shop or just look at the catalog if you wish.

My new catalog box came today so be looking for new cards with the new products very soon!


You’re going to see a lot of these daisies from me! Everytime I do a flower card, either this life-size daisy appears on the card I’m making, or a couple of those dainty little daisies appear! They are just so irresistible!  And the crate… I just can’t stop putting flowers in them, they’re perfect for that!! Content, happy sigh. I will, however,  probably take a break from the daisies as soon as my New Catalog order gets here!

I’m kinda embarrassed about how excited I get about stamping and getting my new stuff in the mail!!  I’m seriously tempted to jump up and down like a little kid waiting to see what Santa has brought her! I have been known to squeal upon opening my Stampin’ Up! box…or just seeing it sitting on my porch! No shame!

The card base is Tranquil Tide Card Stock, the bricks, Cajun Craze Card Stock are brushed with the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad.

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