Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paper Pumpkin at Half Price!

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    We do the work, so you can skip to the fun! Paper Pumpkin is a fully designed project kit that arrives at your door each month with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go, so you can skip to the fun. We’ll surprise you with fun projects like cards, gift packaging, home d├ęcor, and more for just $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD a month (shipping included).
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  • 1. Go t PaperPumpkin.com  and click Subscribe Now.
    2. Enter your general information plus shipping and payment information.
    3. Under Order Summary, enter the number of kits you’d like to receive each month. 
    4. Enter the promotion code HALFOFF0917
    5. Click Subscribe. You will receive a congratulations message with a note letting you know when your first kit will ship.
    6. After you click Subscribe, you will also have the option to select a demonstrator to add to your account. Please select me (Susan Murphy) as your demonstrator.
    7. You are now a subscriber! You can visit your account page at any time to edit details including payment information and number of kits you’d like to receive; to do this, simply go to paperpumpkin.com and click the login button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Subscription members may suspend their subscription any month that they wish to skip a month.  This must be done by the 10th of each month.

Subscription members also have the benefit of being able to purchase past kits!  These kits are listed on my demonstrator shopping site under Paper Pumpkin and ONLY Paper Pumpkin subscribers can purchase them!

If you have questions about the subscription process, the video below  will help.
You can also contact me with any questions!

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Moving Butterfly Card

My friend and downline, Tricia is visiting from Connecticut.  She came over and we played with the You Move Me stamp set & coordinating Move Me Thinlits.  We decided for a first card to CASE one that we found online made by Julie Davison.  

In making the card we found that it is VERY important to make sure your stamping is straight so that it will line up with the lines in the die cut grid.  Otherwise the image doesn't appear to be fluttering on your card as you pull up the tab.

In order to have the ribbon wrap around the front of the card, the 1/8" Handheld Circle punch is used to punch a couple of holes side by side at the fold of the card. The 1/8" Sheer Ribbon will thread through the hole.

After CASEing Julie's card, I added a die cut butterfly for the corner from the Move Me Thinlits, a bit of the 1/8" Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White and 3 of the Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a little bling.  Below are all of the Stampin' Up! products I used in making the card.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Videos!

Check out these videos for great a sneak peek featuring fabulous new products to be released in the upcoming Holiday Catalog on September 1st!  The Holiday Catalog cover pictured below gives you some sneak peeks as well! 

This first video features the Carols of Christmas Bundle which is AVAILABLE NOW as an early release item!  The Carols of Christmas Bundle is part of the Merry Little Christmas suite.  

You'll see the complete "mega suite" of products from the Merry Little Christmas Suite in the video below!  TWO Stamp sets and lots of coordinating products!

This suite of products is sure to be a favorite!  The Ready For Christmas Suite has everything you need to create cute projects for Christmas!  Check out that cute puppy in the sweater!  

Metallics are extremely popular in decor and crafting!  The Year of Cheer Suite will give you all the products you need to make classic cards using metallic products!  There is a beautiful new foil paper in a champagne color!  

*The Holiday Catalog sneak peek videos are currently under "Uploads" on the Stampin' Up! YouTube page.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Holiday Catalog Early Release Items!

See my previous post to visit a Christmas In July Blog Hop of 40 blogs with samples of projects made with these products!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas In July Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop!  

You are going to see great ideas along this blog hop to help you with your Holiday paper crafting!  

One of the advantages of being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! is that we get to order products prior to the time they are released to the public.  It is awesome! 

This month we were able to pre-order an "Early Release" bundle that will be in the upcoming Holiday Catalog - AND will be released in August for customers!  One of the samples that Stampin' Up! provided with the new Carols of Christmas stamp set was a card with a photograph on the front and a vellum overlay using the coordinating Card Front Builders Thinlits. 

Today had the chance to play around with some ideas for Christmas cards for my daughter and her fiance and used that idea to try to design a card for them.  They will be married October 21 so it will be their first Christmas as a married couple. The photo I used is one from their engagement photo shoot. I'll use a more current card for the actual Christmas card because her hair had not grown in yet after her chemo treatments and she wore a wig. She now has a really cute "pixie" cut!  It looks so great on her!  

For this card sample I picked up the color in her dress which matches our Berry Bliss.  I like all the 2017-19 In colors but Berry Bliss is my favorite!

  • I wanted the photo to be the focal point of the card so chose not to use one of the large greetings on the front that are included in the Carols of Christmas stamp set. Instead, I chose a small greeting from the Oh, What Fun stamp set.
  • The card base is Berry Bliss cardstock and I cut a layer the same size as the card front out of Vellum Cardstock to use to cut the frame with the new Card Front Builders Thinlits.  
  • It took a couple of tries to cut the vellum easily with the card front frame thinlit. My "sandwich" for the big shot was the magnetic base plate, the Precision Base Plate, Vellum Cardstock, Thinlit & Cutting Pad. I ran it through the Big Shot and back again and all the pieces just fell right out when I picked it up. After you run the frame thinlit and vellum through the big shot, you'll have to put the thinlit on the opposite end of the vellum run it through again to make the complete frame. I found that if I mark the center of each side of the paper with a light pencil mark it made center the frame thinlit easier. You simply erase the mark after you cut out the frame. I used glue dots to adhere the velum piece to the card front. I placed the glue dots under the ornaments and at the corners of the photo.
  • The ornaments were stamped and then cut out using one of the ornaments thinlit in the Card Front Builders Thinlits Dies and popped up with the new Mini Dimensionals. I added a Basic Rhinestone in the center of each of the ornaments to add a little sparkle.  If you don't have the Mini Dimentionals yet, put them on your next order!  I will still use the outer edges on the regular dimensionals for some projects but the small ones make it so fast to adhere small pieces!  
  • The greeting on the card front was stamped in Berry Bliss and I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and used my heat tool to emboss it.  That is also how I added the ornament strings to the card prior to popping on the ornaments.  .

There are sooo many thinlits in that set!  Now that I've played around with the vellum over a photo idea, there are some more ideas on my list that I want to try.


I am Susan Murphy and you are at Susan's Craft Room.  The list of other blogs on the blog hop are posted below. You can click on a name to go to that particular blog.

Dragonfly at Rest Birthday Card

The Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits have been one of my favorite die sets over the last few months.  I love the variety of ways that you can use them.

This is a simple card that is very relaxing to make. I created it for a swap and liked it so much that I made more of this design as thank you cards for some of my customers and a couple more for birthday cards.
As it usually goes, I kept the one with a crooked sentiment for my sample! I should have taken a photo of one that was straight before mailing them all out.

  • The base is Basic Black cut at 4 1/4" x 11' and scored at 5 1/2"
  • The Berry Bliss layer is 4" x 5 1'4" and was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside embossing folder.  I chose to use it on the card with the raised side of the paper adhered to the basic black base. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Berry Bliss layer to the card base.
  • Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the largest of the Lots of Labels Thinlits.
  • Leaves from the Butterfly Basics stamp set are stamped in Old Olive on the white panel.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set is stamped in Berry Bliss. (There are wonderful sentiments in this stamp set!)
  • The dragonfly was cut out of Berry Bliss cardstock using the smaller single dragonfly thinlit from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.
  • Using sponge daubers, I added Fresh Fig ink to the body of the dragonfly and the tips of it's wings. Wink of Stella was brushed on the wings to give it a bit of sparkle.  I used glue dots to attach the body of the dragonfly to the whisper white panel so it is resting on the leaves.
  • A couple of Basic Rhinestone Jewels finished off the front card panel.
  • The stamped card piece was attached to the main card using Stampin' Dimensionals to add a bit more dimension.

I hope you like the card as much as I enjoyed making it!

If you click on any of the card supplies listed below you will be taken to that item on my website.

Product List
Big Shot
Glue Dots