#358 – Manly Moments – May Paper Pumpkin – May 24, 2018

One of the number one requests I have from customers is for more “manly” cards.  This month’s Paper Pumpkin is perfect!!!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and the rumor is—shopping for dads is tough. How many pairs of socks or barbecue spatulas can you buy? Well, we’ve got good news! Whether your favorite guys are sports fans or outdoorsmen or techie nerds, they’ll never tire of getting a handwritten “I love you” in big, swirly letters on their special day, especially inside a card made by you.

So. Check. Out. This. Kit. Have we got you covered for “man cards” or what? Yep, the design is bold and daring (just like all of those sweet guys in your life). The die cut stickers? You’re going to love layering the trees, lake, and mountains—which means refills are a must. Time to get to work on these rugged, manful cards? Yes! Watch the video now and get a jump on Father’s Day by creating your cards today!

Click here to watch a short two-minute video featuring the May Paper Pumpkin kit

It is awesome!  My dad reads my blog, so he will get a different card, because I want him to be surprised for Father’s Day.  Lots of versatile greetings:  Thank You, Happy Birthday,

Kit Features – $20 (that includes shipping)

Each Manly Moments kit comes with 10 card bases, 10 printed envelopes, 3 sheets printed silver foil die cuts, 1 sheet printed laser-cut elements, 5 sheets printed die-cut stickers, and 125 dimensionals. And don’t forget the exclusive stamp set and Mossy Meadow ink spot!

Kit Refill kits (just includes the consumables-see above) – $8
Because this is a masculine kit, and it is rare, rare, rare—like finding a meteorite in your backyard . . . you’ll want to stock up, and fast. And they’re a steal at $8.00  Buy yours today!

Click here to SHOP NOW

Here are some alternative kit ideas:

This month’s alternate projects are a piece of cake. In fact, if you really focus, you could probably kick out these projects in an hour . . . watching baseball on TV with your manly man!

The tags for instance. Grab some Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock to make the “Happy birthday, friend” tag and the Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay Cardstock to make the “Thank you for all you do” tag. How to achieve those cool edges? Punches! The Scalloped Tag Topper and Banner Triple, respectively. Finish each tag with Silver Baker’s Twine and Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon to really make them pop.

The Thank You card featuring the tree silhouettes was made entirely from May kit elements—it’s so cool, so woodsy-looking, and so easy to make. The beautifully masculine “Happy, happy birthday Grandpa” box (which cleverly uses the plaid kit envelope liners) was crafted from Sahara Sand Cardstock, kit elements, Crumb Cake 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon, and Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine. Finally, the “You are my favorite adventure” card was amped up using a Tranquil Tide tag, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, True Gentleman Buttons, and Layering Circles Framelits Dies. You’ll want to give this one to your guy after you’ve just been camping in the wilderness and hunting moose . . . something like that. Just kidding. (We don’t even know if you’re allowed to hunt moose!)

Above card created by Debbie Henderson 5/14/2018
“I love creating masculine cards and when I spied the cute foil-embossed layer, I knew I wanted to use it to create a tiny scenery with the sticker sheets and just a few snips of my scissors. So many possibilities with all of the layers in our box this month!”

Above cards created by Andrea Tucker 5/18/2018
“This month’s kit was a real challenge for me. I don’t often make masculine cards “on purpose.” After playing with the kit for a couple of hours, I somehow came up with two alternative cards without having to freak out about the masculine nature of the kit. I did a fun square double z fold card for Father’s Day using only stuff from the kit and a scrap of Crumb Cake Cardstock. My second card was just a fun layout option using the new Detailed Trio Corner Punch (available June 1) to make my fun tag!”

Above projects created by Daune Cotter 5/18/2018
“I made an alternative item using the Manly Moments Paper Pumpkin kit. I had fun and was so excited (and proud) of my project. Hopefully others will think it’s fun and worth a try. I do try to stay simple and I know that everyone wants cards, but I have made my card into a treat box.”
“I used the regular card base and placed the 5-1/2″ side on my Stampin’ Trimmer and scored at 1-1/2″ and 4″. I then turned the card base and scored at 3-1/2″ and 5″ on the 8-1/2″ side. I cut the notches and placed tear tape as shown. For the tag, I used the 1/8″ Circle Punch and leftover twine from the You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit.”

Above cards created by Deb Naylor
“This card makes the perfect gift cardholder! Just glue down the side of the bottom flap . . . easy-peasy! The Stamparatus made lining up the sentiment a snap, too!”
Demonstrator Sample By Deb Naylor
“When I opened the kit and saw the trees, I saw Christmas! Mossy Meadow screams Christmas to me! The sentiments and trees are from the November 2016 kit.”
Above projects created by Rachel Tessman 5/20/2018
“I love to see how I can make a project have a totally different look than what is expected with the elements of a kit. I added sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon, and the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Share What You Love suite to give this card a “feminine flair.” The muted Soft Sea Foam-colored card base is gorgeous with the green sequins and really makes the stamped sentiment stand out. I also thought this anniversary card needed a pretty gift box, so I embossed a Silver Mini Gable Box and added blue sequins and the blue tissue paper from the Paper Pumpkin box.”

They also make great gifts!!!

Here are the different ways you can subscribe (all prices include shipping)

1 MONTH –$20  – Item #137858

3 MONTHS – $59 – Item #137859

6 MONTHS – $114 – Save $1 Per Month – Item #137860

12 MONTHS – $215 – Save $2 Per Month – Item #137861

Winner of today’s drawing is:  Susan Corsello
Look for happy mail!!!

#357 – Flirty Flowers – May 23, 2018

Another retiring stamp set, ” Flirty Flowers” (pg. 25 – Annual Catalog).
#143872 – $19.00

I think its simplicity is what appealed to me.   So cheerful and springy!!!
They used the Blender pens (pg. 200 – Annual Catalog) and ink pads to color the images.
#102844 – $12.00 includes 3 dual-tipped pens

Winner of today’s drawing:  Deb E. Ring
Happy, happy mail is coming your way!!!

Today is…
Do you pick up pennies when you see them on the ground?  I pick up any change I find and I keep it in my car cup holder for good luck.

#356 – Blooms & Wishes – May 22, 2018

I promised to share some of my favorite retiring stamp sets as we count down to the end of the catalog year.  I LOVE “Blooms & Wishes”.  The fonts are elegant and a great mix for the watercolor style flowers.  I also love the color gray with just about anything!
#141784 – $21.00

You can get a variety of looks with this set!  Very versatile!

Click here to SHOP NOW and take advantage of the retiring and clearance items

Winner for today’s drawing is:  Julie Baltz
Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to leave comments throughout the year.  It is hard to believe that I’m just about a week away from making my “Blog Every Day for a Year” goal!!!  I could not have done it without your support!  All blog mail went out up-to-date yesterday!!!

Today is….
If you could play any instrument, which one would you choose?  I think I would like to be able to play drums in a rock band and play classical piano.  A girl can dream!!!

#355 – Butterfly Basics – May 21, 2018

We have ten days left of the current catalog that will be retiring May 31, 2018.  I will be showcasing one of my retiring favorites each day.  The card above uses “Butterfly Basics” (pg. 149 – Annual Catalog).  I love anything with a vintage flair!  This set has great backgrounds, greetings and images.  It will be missed!

Many events you can see more details and/or register online on my blog
Click on EVENTS link

Note:  There is a change this week for my Facebook Live.  It will be held on Tues., 5/22/18 instead of Weds. night.  I have a special baseball game to attend on Weds.  
Fri., June 1 – Retired Stamp Sale – Half BOGO – My home in Roscoe, IL – 10 am to noon
What you spend on retired, you receive ½ credit to shop in new catalog
This is HUGE!  This is the best buy for your money!!!
Ex: You spend $100 shopping my retired merchandise, you receive a $50 credit to shop the NEW
StampaStack Option – Make 12 make & takes
$25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates – Pay at door – Email to RSVP
You can stop by just to shop and pick up the new catalog if you don’t have time for class
Sat., June 2 – Annual Team Garage Sale – 8 am to 2 pm – My home in Roscoe, IL
Multiple Demonstrators Participating – LOTS of retired stamp sets, punches, framelits, papers & accessories
Thurs., June 7 – Bingo – 6 to 8 pm $35
You receive a gift of NEW product, two make & takes, bingo prizes
Cost $35 – Register online (see blog address above – Click on EVENTS)
Sat., June 30 – Stamp Camp – Huntley Park District – 8:30 am – Noon
12 Make & Takes, door prizes, displays, retired items for sale
25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates
Register online (see blog address above – Click on EVENTS)
Fri., July 27 – Creative Escape Retreat – Sun., July 29 – Near Madison WI – 2 spots left
Time to play, relax, craft and be with friends
All food, lodging and pillow gifts included – SERIOUS FUN will be had
$175 – Register online (see blog address above – Click on EVENTS)
8/4 (Sat.) Open House & StampaStack – 10 am to 1 pm
Country Inn & Suites – 600 Tracy Trail – Crystal Lake
Class option available: Cost: $25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates
RSVP email/message-Pay at door

If you don’t have time for class you can just stop by and pick up a new catalog and shop retired items

8/4 (Sat.) 12 Hour Craft Retreat – 9 am to 9 pm
Country Inn & Suites – 600 Tracy Trail -Crystal Lake
Cost: $45 includes gifts of product throughout the day
Bring a refreshment to share and your craft projects to work on
You can bring your lunch or buy lunch, there are many local restaurants in the area
Dinner will be provided for you and ordered from Portillos
8/18 (Sat.) – Stamp Camp – Huntley, IL – Huntley Park District
8:30 am to Noon 12 Make and Takes, Door Prizes, Retired product for sale

Cost: $25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates Go to website for details and to register


Winner for today’s drawing:  Linda Rodenberg
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