Monday, August 26, 2013


Here's a masculine card in rich fall tones that I will be leaving for my husband to read later today.  Do you have someone AMAZING in your life that you want to make a card for?  Don't forget to let them know.
The sketch challenge at FAB FRIDAY25 helped me to design this card.
Stamp Sets:  World Map, You're Amazing
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
And More:  Regal Candy Dots, Apothecary Accents, Argyle EF
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Sunday, August 25, 2013


These Adorable Mini Muslin Bags (132180 $9.95 US)  are in the Holiday Mini Catalog. They come 8 bags, 100% Cotton with a draw string closure. 4" x 5 1/2" . They are super easy to stamp on and create for any occasion or gift card. 
Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies, Yippee Skippee!
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
And More: Buttons, Twine, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon

You Can Never Have Too Much HAPPY!
Zoo Babies

Thursday, August 22, 2013


My August subscription of Paper Pumpkin arrived this week in the mail!  I was excited to put together these samples of "Altered" looks from my supplies! The design above was the suggested look and the directions included all the steps to make 4 cards and envelopes using the 2 stamps & self adhesive die cuts.  I love the sentiment and the bicycle that came with this package! The two Stampin' Spots were Baked Brown Sugar and Bermuda Bay.

Card 1
This is the same card but place Horizontally
Card 2
Pedal Praise with Banners

I made the following changes to complete this card:
1. Stamp the Bicycle in Baked Brown Sugar and without reinking, stamp 2 more times left of the original stamped bike.
2. I cut some strips as banners for the top of the card and added baby powder to the portion that I didn't want to stick down to the card front.
3. Make a Flag with a toothpick and the sentiment stamped in Bermuda Bay. (the flag is stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White- not included in the pkg.)
4. Add a strip of die cut that normally would be discarded and place under bike's wheels.

Card 3
Breezy Flags
I love this cute card and the breezy flags blowing behind the bike! Here are the changes that I made for this card: 
1. Stamp you Bicycle in Bermuda Bay and without reinking, stamp 3 more times above the first.
2. Make 3 Flags using White Baker's Twine (not in the pkg), the Pennant, the Sentiment stamped in Baked Brown Sugar on a scrap piece of Whisper White, and a leftover piece of die cut from the strips. (see below for the pic of the die sheet & scraps)
Card 4
Framed Bicycle
This one is my favorite!  I think the framed bike is a great POP to the card front. Be sure and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and take advantage of the 2 month special Pumpkin Deal!!!!
1. I altered the card base by cutting a 2 1/8" x 5 1/2" strip off the front. 
2.  I then cut that down to 2 1/8" x 4".
3. On the 4" piece- Stamp the Bicycle in Bermuda Bay.
4. On the remaining piece stamp the front wheel, back wheel and the sentiment banner in Bermuda Bay. 
5. Punch out the wheels with 3/4" Circle Punch. Add with Stampin' Dimensionals to bike.
6. Cut out the sentiment banner.
7. Using the scraps from the die cut sheet, frame the Bicycle. (see below for the pic of the die sheet & scraps)
8.  Punch out small circles using the Cupcake Punch circles out of the scrap pennant die cuts. (see below for the pic of the die sheet & scraps)
9. Place small circles on corners of framed Bicycle and in the center of the wheels.
Self Adhesive Die Cut Sheets
 I use lots of different pieces to complete the cards, including the "negative space" on the die cut sheets.

I even had enough die cuts to add to the front of my 4 envelopes!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Just Add LOVE! Especially in Silver Glimmer Paper!  This card is an altered version of an Anniversary Card I made for a dear couple of ours who celebrated their 20th Anniversary earlier this month.
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
And More:  Perfect Polka Dot EF, Pretty Print EF (Holiday Mini), Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Expressions Thinlits Dies (132171)

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Who doesn't need cheering on?  The AMAZING Swallowtail Stamp is a great stamp to add to your Stampin' Stash! This card has several steps, but it can be stamped out in little time!

Base: Very Vanilla 4 1/4" x 11", Early Espresso 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" Very Vanilla 3 7/8" x 5 1/8", Banners- 3/8" Strips

1.  Stamp Dictionary on Very Vanilla ( 3 7/8" x 5 1/8") in Early Espresso.
2.  Stamp Swallowtail in Early Espresso on top of Dictionary.
3.  With a scrap paper, punch 1" and 1 1/4" Circles randomly for a template.
4.  Color in with a sponge dauber Crushed Curry all 1" Circles.
5.  Color in with a sponge dauber Pear Pizzazz all 1 1/4" Circles.
6.  Cut the stamped image card front into quarters.
7.  Layer Card Base and Early Espresso.
8.  Add Swallowtail panels to card front.
9.  Make banners and adhere to toothpicks, place on card.

Drop by HSS  #166 and see the other designer's cards!

Stamp Sets :  Swallowtail, Dictionary, Express Yourself
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
And More:  Candy Dots, Toothpicks

Saturday, August 17, 2013


If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin by August 31, 2013- you can JOIN FOR ONLY $10* PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS.  Use promo code:  PUMPKINDEAL

*plus tax where applicable, shipping included, new members only.

If you sign up and PICK ME - Laura Haffke -AS YOUR DEMONSTRATOR..... I will be drawing from those who sign up and I will be GIVING AWAY a few of my favorite adhesives from Stampin' Up! to help you complete your project!  Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensional, & Tombo Liquid Glue. For every 5 sign ups, I will draw a name.

Deadline is August 31. US residence only!

I will mail the items the following week to the new Paper Pumpkin Subscribers!

Email me if you have any questions.


Adhesives for New Subscriber's drawing:

Snail Adhesive
Snail Adhesive
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive
Tombo Liquid Glue

Friday, August 16, 2013


We use to painfully make swing cards using multiple steps and dies and now Stampin' UP! has made us stand up and CHEER for the new Thinlit Card Dies.

Here is the gorgeous picture & Sketch Challenge for monthly challenge at Stampin' Celebration #69.

Stamp Set: Pennant Parade
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Old Olive
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
And More:  Boho Blossom Punch, Pennant Punch, Circle Card Thinlits ( 133480), Baker's Twine, Pearls, Perfect Polka Dot EF, Stripes EF

Thursday, August 15, 2013


A fun way to give a treat or a gift to someone special has been made easy using the Tag a Bag Gift Bags (131370). Today's Tag is made using the Stamp Set Zoo Babies and the colors used were part of FabFri24 Color Combo.

Stamp Set:  Zoo Babies
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron
And More:  Pistachio Pudding Button, White Ribbon, Doily, Owl Punch (heart), Labels Collection, Tag A Bag Gift Bags, Scallop Circle, Bitty Banners Framelits

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I must tell you about a really fun product... the Thinlit Dies!  But first I have to apologize for my first impressions of them.  I even regretted purchasing them.  I struggled with cutting them out, removing them from the metal die and then adhering them to the card. THEN.... the light bulb moment came through several other demonstrators who were LOVING them.  I was skeptical, but thought... get those babies back out and give them a try!  So today's card is in celebration of using them and being "thankful" to the other demos who shared their tips & tricks!

This card is inspired by the Paper Players Color Challenge #158.

Stamp Set:  Pleasant Poppies
Ink: Black Stazon, Markers- Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Basick Black
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
And More: Pearls, Black Sharpie Marker (color pearls), Expresions Thinlits Dies (132171)

Tip 1:  When cutting out the Thinlits- place a piece of wax paper between the card stock and Thinlit. Use a Paper Piercing tool to remove paper.

Tip 2: Stamp the Poppies on a scrap piece of paper and color them in just like on the card base. Cut out flowers and off set them a bit when placing them on the card for added dimension.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Here is another Stamp Set we got at Convention- Tag It.  I used the Blossom Punch  in Daffodil Delight and outlined it with the Paper Piercing tool and Occasions Pack on the Whisper White Cardstock. 

Stamp Set:  Tag It
Ink:  Island Indigo
Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, DSP- Gingham Garden
And More:  Blossom Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack & Tool

Saturday, August 10, 2013


How about some SPARKLE!  The Swallowtail was stamped using Whisper White and dusted with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder then set it with my Heat Tool. Adding a few Rhinestones carry the glitz theme on the sentiment  and the tentacles. I trimmed around the butterfly then trimmed the front of the card to outline the image. With the leftover scraps from the trimmings, I made the labels for the sentiments with my Apothecary Accents. Great use of scraps!
This was another card for August's Card Class.
Stamp Set:  Swallowtail, Yippee Skippee
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, DSP- Calyspo Coral
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Calypso Coral
And More:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Apothecary Accents, Rhinestones

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


It's not too early to start thinking about the change of season that is just around the corner! The Holiday Mini Catalog has a beautiful snowflake set called Festive Flurry that can be bundled with Framelits of the same name.  The Designer Series Paper Pack Stack Winter Frost has soft cool colors of Whisper White,  Pool Party, Basic Gray with an accent color of Island Indigo.
Also some other new products used from the Mini Catalog is the Frosted Finishes- the beautiful snowflake in the center that is held on the card with a Stampin' Dimensional, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Silver Foil Sheets, & Metallic Silver Encore Pad.
Stamp Set:  Six Sided Sampler, Festive Flurry
Ink: Silver Encore
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pool Party
Silver Foil, DSP- Winter Frost
And More:  Festive Flurry Framelits, Frosted Finishes Embellishment, Silver  1/8" Ribbon

Monday, August 5, 2013


This card is packed with color and excitement! These Stamp Sets- Gorgeous Grunge & Hello, Lovely were received at Convention and it was part of our Make & Take package.
We are going to make this at August's Card Class. I will set up my table with stamping stations so we can walk around it and complete it in a whirl!

Love the look when you decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Hello, Lovely
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe, Coastal Cabana, Silver Glimmer Paper
And More:  Baker's Twine, Very Vintage Button, Washi Tape

Saturday, August 3, 2013



They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.
Take a look at the FLYER:
View the Video:

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I joined the Sketch Challenge Fab Friday23 for today's card. It reminds me of a song from NEMO " just keep swimming".  The Dazzling Details made the Sand Dollar look as valuable as they are, if you find one whole while walking the beach! The Pearls are a fun touch to the treasure chest!
Stamp Sets:  Fishin' Around & By the Sea Shore
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Black Stazon, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight. (blender pen to color in)
Card Stock- Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
And More:  Dazzling Details, Pearls, Floral Framelits, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Blender Pen

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