Upsy Daisy

As I begin to get involved with my wife on a day to day basis, I am learning to be more creative with paper. I am, by training, a digital designer. I work with websites, digital imaging, electronic media. Paper-crafting, well, it’s not what I trained and not what I have worked with until now.

I want to be more involved in helping my wife build a sustainable paper-crafting career – and she is into stamping and card making – so it seems only right that I begin to learn how to do this art.

Here are some samples of my “thank you” cards that I made for my music ministry volunteers. I used a retired Stampin’ Up stamp set, “Upsy Daisy” and created the following.

I used Calypso Coral and Sassy Saffron and matched with papers for a coordinated look. My first card craft EVER.

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Bunny Buddies

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MARCH PAPER PUMPKIN BUNNY BUDDIES

Part of the planning process for each kit includes the Paper Pumpkin team gathering together to assemble the kit once we receive a final sample. It’s one of our favorite things! When we sat down to create this kit, we couldn’t help but love it! The best part was personalizing the bunnies. The mix-and-match stamping works beautifully on the cards and bags. It’s also worth mentioning that our second- favorite part was adding the pompom bunny tails—too cute! We hope you enjoy the kit as much as we do.

Each Bunny Buddies Kit comes with supplies for nine bunny cards and bags. You might recognize the patterns and colors. They are from the Playful Palette Suite, found on p. 118 of the 2016-2017 annual catalog. The jewel-toned color scheme is soft and fun for springtime while the patterns offer a modern twist. And after all, “playful” is the perfect way to describe little bunnies, right? Be sure to check out the full product suite online or in the catalog.

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We always like to share more ideas with you and this month is no “egg”ception. Here are three ideas we think you’ll find simply “ear”resistible! (Much in the same way that we can’t resist a good bunny pun.)

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First up, it’s easy to transform the bunny bags into little baskets. Just tie up the ears and add a tag. Everything you need is already in the kit—including three different colors of baker’s twine!

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Next up is another treat bag, but for a slightly larger treat—like maybe a giant chocolate Easter egg or a solid chocolate bunny. (Okay, it doesn’t have to be chocolate!) Decorate a Petite Café Gift Bag with accessories from the kit. This adorable pompom trim looks like it’s straight out of the Playful Palette Suite, but it’s actually a custom creation. Use a needle and Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to thread some of the pompom bunny tails together. Pretty brilliant, right? We think so.

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Finally, don’t forget about the other images in the Bunny Buddies Stamp Set. Send an eggs-pression of love to some“bunny” you love with this cheerful card. Stamp the eggs with a bright palette and then add some texture with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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Be sure to grab some Bunny Buddies Refills to use at all your Easter egg hunts!

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And, don’t forget, you can skip to the Sale-A-Bration with Paper Pumpkin. Get a 3-month subscription for just $55 USD/$74 CAD and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Don’t miss it. Sale-A-Bation ends on March 31! Learn more here and check out the free items you can earn here (US/CAN).

All Those Markers

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What to do with all those markers? Here’s a photo of a project that works well for the crafter on the go. Put all your markers in a cute little tote – and use ceiling light tile grid, cut to size. To insure sturdy keeping, I suggest a layer of cut styrofoam underneath, so that each pen that goes in, is firmly pressed into the styro for even more mobile stability.

Hope this gives you some creative ways to manage your creative tools.

Mini Album, Maxi Result

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Are you ready to be inspired? Great, let’s get started! You can make this cute mini album in one of two ways (beginner or expert), depending on your level of experience and the supplies you have on hand. All you have to do is follow the instructions and have fun!

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  1. Building the box—beginner versionTo build the box, you will need two sheets of paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (item 142744). I used two different designs to add contrast.To create the bottom, use one sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper; score at 1″ on each of the four sides; cut corners as seen on the photo and adhere. For the top of the box, use one sheet cut at 5-3/8″ x 5-3/8″; score at 3/8″ on all four sides.

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  2. Build the top of the box—beginner version

Decorate the top of your box with two hot air balloons stamped in Early Espresso ink (item 126974) on a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper. To make the tag, I used a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine and a few sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (item 142767), then adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s simple to make but oh-so-elegant—don’t you think?

3) Build a shaker top for the box—advanced version

I made the top of the box a bit more fun for those who want to do the stepped-up version.

Before assembling the top, I cut out a window using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (item 145372). Next, I cut and adhered a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ Window Sheet (item 142314) to the back and assembled the top. Next, I cut a 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and this time, I used the hot air balloons that were cut out using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies (item 142748).

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To finish the project, I applied Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825) to the edge of the Designer Series Paper, slipped in a few sequins and Sprinkles Embellishments (item 142741) on the Window Sheet, and adhered my paper on the bottom of my cover. I love shaking the box to see the beads and sequins dance around!

4) On the inside

I used two 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of Bermuda Bay Cardstock (item 131197) for the first mini and Calypso Coral Cardstock (item 122925) for the second. First, I cut three strips measuring 3-1/2″ by 11″, scored at 3-1/2″, 7″, and 10-1/2″. Next, I cut a strip of 31/2″ x 7″ and folded at 3-1/2″. All that was left was to fold the accordion as illustrated.

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If you can, round all angles and corners as I did using the Project Life Corner Punch (item 135346). This will make it easier to handle and give the project a nice finishing touch. (I adhered the first and last flaps to the top and bottom of the box.)

5) Decorate your album

I created the mini in the spirit of a country fair and its fabulous treats. (I make these recipes on a regular basis when I have guests.) For a simple version, you can play around with the designs on the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack; I used the horse on this one.

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I stamped a few clouds in Early Espresso ink on a design and fussy cut them. That’s right, when you don’t have Framelits Dies or the Big Shot, you can still use these assorted stamps. I adhered the horse using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430).

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To keep the spirit of a shaker card in the second version, I used some sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit and created a little shaker pocket. The second flap is decorated with yummy cupcakes ready to be tasted.

I hope you enjoy this project!

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Aurélie Fabre
2017 Artisan Design Team

Medallion Stamp Set

I love this stamp set. It will be a favorite for many different cards, announcements and more.Get the Make a Medallion Stamp Set for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration (through March 31, 2017)! Carrie from the Stampin’ Up! home office shares many ways this diverse stamp set can be used–for both the beginning and experienced stamper! Contact your demonstrator or visit stampinup.com to learn more.