Monday, May 20, 2013


Hello Friends!

On a personal note,  today was a very big day for me, my peers and our company. I work for American Water and our company has been going through a business transformation. We're changing all of our software. It's been 3 years of planning, designing, building and training. Today was our "go-live" and it went very well!  I wanted to share that with you, since lately I haven't been blogging. The last several weeks have been extremely hectic. Hopefully, my life will return to normal soon : )

Stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting is my stress reliever. I enjoy playing with inks and trying different techniques, so today's card:
  •  I sponged Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede & Always Artichoke onto Very Vanilla card stock for the background. 
  • Stamped the image from Elements of Style stamp set in VersaMark and heat embossed using Early Espresso embossing powder.
  • Quick & easy...that's how I roll.

Ink: VersaMark

Two Weeks Remaining!
June 3rd is fast approaching and to get retiring products before they're gone! Hundreds of products are only available for two more weeks.
  • Retiring Stamps (Available until June 3, 2013)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available until June 3, 2013, or while supplies last) 

    Get 25 percent off select My Digital Studio content and print products until June 15th.
    Digital content includes:
    • ALL ensemble
    • calendar
    • photobook,
    • swatchbook digital content
    •  See it here.

    Print products include:
    • ALL photobooks
    • swatchbooks
    • cards, tags, individual pages, and calendars
    • See it here.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What I Want for Mother’s Day

No project today, but I thought this  was too cute not to share.

Dear Children,

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I want. This way there’s no guilty panic or last minute purchasing of flowers at the closest gas station. So, this is what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.

I want you to be a decent human being.

I want you to be who you are, but don’t be a jerk.

I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.

I want you to ask for help when you need it.

I want you to help others when they need it.

I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.

When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.

I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.

I want you to know that even when we hate each other, I will never stop loving you.

I want you to play nicely with others.

I want you to feed your curiosity.

I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.

I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.

I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.

I want you to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.

I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you any day of the week.

I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.

I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.

I want you to relax and not feel guilty about it.

I want you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.

I want you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.

And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.



Happy Mother's Day!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy Anniversary

 I made this card for my husband for our 16th anniversary tomorrow. I used the new Quatrefancy Specialty DSP available May 31st in the new catalog.
  •  The card base is a Window Sheet with the quatrefoil design printed in Whisper White.

  •  Inside view:

Stamps: Memorable Moments
Paper: Quatrefancy Specialty DSP and Whisper White CS
Ink: Misnight Muse
Tools / Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Owl Builder Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

We recently updated the MDS software with some important fixes and enhancements. You can see a full list here. The next time you're using MDS and connected to the Internet, it will update automatically with these changes.

One of the updates will improve the MDS software installation process by resolving issues with antivirus software and power settings on the user's computer. Please note that the time it takes to download the installation file (.dmg or .exe) will be longer, but the overall process time should not increase because the actual installation will be much quicker.

And once you've updated your software, check out the sale and get 25% off select digital products until June 15. 

Digital downloads on sale
Print products on sale

We're excited to introduce our second Submit a Project kit--the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit--voted on by you via our Facebook page. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Chris Gilmore, a manager from Coshocton, Ohio. Congratulations, Chris!

The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)*
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!**

To assemble one card, follow the instructions below:
  1. Place the stamp on clear-mount block D or H rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot.
  2. Stamp "Happy Birthday" at the bottom of the card front.
  3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
  4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
    • Doily
    • Very Vanilla Cardstock
    • Dress form
    • Flower
*Created using the Dress Up Framelits Die designed by Karen Burniston
**Adhesive not included

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Birthday

Hello Friends,

I cased today's card from the new catalog, which will be available June 1st. I love the bright, bold colors on the crisp white background. Plus, it's fast & easy.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch & Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky (available June 1st), Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight
Tools/Accessories: Blossom Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Brights Designer Buttons, Whisper White Linen Thread

Mixed Bunch Item # 125537
 Blossom Punch Item # 125603
Itty Bitty Banners Item #126257
 Bitty Banners Framelits Item # 129267

Planning a birthday party?

The new Wonderland Party Ensemble comes complete with invitations, a banner, a framable, food flags, treat toppers, and thank you notes. 

Check it out, along with our other new downloads (PDF). 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I Miss You Already

Hello Friends! 

I'm finally back to stamping and playing with paper! My brand new treasures have been waiting patiently for me to return home and break them open. 

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of some new products available May 31st in the new catalog!

  • New 2013-2015 In Colors, Crisp Cantaloupe & Pistachio Pudding
  • New Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder which coordinates with the new Wildflower Meadow stamp set
  • The sentiment is from the new Really Good Greetings stamp set, which is a fun & funky set

The 10th day of the month is an important one for Paper Pumpkin! If you want to sign up or make any changes to your account for May, make sure you do it before midnight on May 10.

You certainly won't want to miss out on any more kits! Visit

Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!
  • Click on the links below to view items:


Monday, May 6, 2013

Seeing The Possibilities Online Class

Learn how quickly and easily you can line up stamped images for precision placement, achieve the right ink coverage, combine images together exactly where you want them, and more! 
Class features the Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets.

Includes six lessons: 
  1. Backgrounds
  2. Building
  3. Layering
  4. Versatility
  5. Gift Giving
  6. Memory Keeping
Step-out photos, instructional videos, and instructions and supply lists for 15 projects. Available for download only.
or  bundle and save.... The Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets feature over 60 versatile images that you can mix and match to create personalized backgrounds, patterns, layers, and dimensions to make any project stand out.  

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time.