Confetti Banner {June’s Paper Pumpkin}

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned a time or ten how much I love Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up’s subscription monthly crafting kit. If you’d like a creative escape for an hour or so each month, it’s totally worth the $20 cost. Of course, there’s a link on my Stampin’ Up! website if you’re interested…you can try it out for a single month, or choose other lengths of time. Anyhoo…June’s package contained the directions and ingredients for cards and/or a banner with confetti in each little triangle. Super cute. Banner-Heart-ChaosServedDai

I hadn’t come up with a good reason to make it yet, and then I read a fabulous blog post by my most favorite niece, who will be a senior in college next year. Entitled “Choose Love,” it’s about her efforts to make a difference by showing love.  It’s well worth the time to read it…check it out here, if you’d like (after you finish this post, or be sure to come back!). I was so impressed with her ideas, as well as her expressiveness, I thought she was in need of a care package. Okay, so actually, Princess Thundercloud was baking brownies with mini M&M’s on top for her before I read the post, but the post DID inspire me to make the package a little more special.  So I made a banner from my kit and included that.

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The first step was to stamp the die cut circles and put letters on each.  I used Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe, alternating them.  The letter stickers were metallic gold. I also punched out a crafty heart from some gold sticker sheets I had on hand, because I like the slightly asymmetric heart rather than the ones that came on the sticker sheet.

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Next, the instructions said to put “a pinch” of confetti in each little cellophane triangle. This nearly drove me crazy…next time I’ll use a teaspoon, so they’re evenly divided!  After the confetti was in the triangles, I put a letter-circle in each one and used the included washi tape (I know…washi tape and confetti in one project…woohoo!) to seal the open end, taking care to go all the way to, but not cover, the holes already punched.Banner-Filled-ChaosServedDaBanner-Taped-ChaosServedDai

After laying the banner out in the order I wanted, I cut a piece of gold and white baker’s twine about a foot longer than the banner pieces were. The kit came with plain white twine, but I wanted to use some gold and white that I had. It’s cuter, I think. Banner-Layout-ChaosServedDa Banner-Twine-ChaosServedDai

I threaded the pieces onto the twine, from front to back so that the twine stretched across the back of each piece, not the front.  I put a small (about 1/2″) piece of washi across the twine in the back so the pieces wouldn’t slide around, since I was planning to mail the banner.

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It sounds like a lot of steps, but took less than half an hour actually…the same as Thundercloud’s brownies!  The boys made something, too…my middle kid made a card with a nice quote in it about love changing the world, and the eldest made a sign that said “If you need happiness, take one” then had tear-off strips along the bottom with “happiness” stamped on each. It was quite cool…I should have taken a photo of that…a good mom would have. We also tucked in a good book, some pretty-smelling lotion, and a few other little fun things. Banner-E-ChaosServedDaily

Oh, I almost forgot…I folded it, accordion style, and slipped it into one of the envelopes that came with the kit. I used the stamps from the kit, along with a quote from Mother Teresa from a retired stamp set, to make a pretty tag.  I then used a little more twine to attach the tag to the envelope. All in all, a fun little project!

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Paper Pumpkin Halloween Treats

I don’t think I’ve been up on my Paper Pumpkin soapbox in a while…so let me just reiterate how much I love going to the mailbox and seeing that bright orange box in there, filled with crafting goodness!  The day it comes, I cannot wait for the kids to get to bed so I can spend a half hour crafting…just crafting, not having to think up a project or anything like that, because those brilliantly creative designers at Stampin’ Up! have already done that for me!

The package I got in September was super fun….look!

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This is after I stamped the tags, of course…the kit came with 6 burlap bags, an exclusive stamp set, a Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Spot, orange and purple mini-clothespins, die-cut tags in layers, black twine, and orange sequin string. Oh, and bat, skull, raven, and tree stickers.  Those images are all in the stamp set, too, so when I run out of stickers, I can just stamp the images I’d like.

The bags are about 5” by 4” when closed, perfect for my kids favorite Halloween treat.  Sept-Bag-ChaosServedDaily

I used the stamps to make a few extra tags, as well…Sept-Tags-ChaosServedDaily

I also used the Work of Art stamp set on these, for the watercolor-ish zigzags.

Anyhoo, if you’re interested in a creative break each month, you can check out Paper Pumpkin on my Stampin’ Up! website…every month has been a fun, on-trend project that I’ve found really useful!

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February’s Paper Pumpkin

I continue to be ridiculously excited each month when I open the mailbox and see my Paper Pumpkin box from Stampin’ Up! waiting for me. I can hardly wait until the kids are in bed and my favorite GI Joe is engrossed in his iPad in the evening, so I can have a little creativity escape.  This month’s kit might just have been the best yet…gift bags and the supplies and stamps to embellish them!

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In the kit were five kraft bags, 10 ribbons, precut pieces for the medallions, a Stampin’ Spot in Pistachio Pudding, bakers’ twine, and a whole passel of tiny clothespins.  Oh, and the instructions, of course. And all of it some of my favorite colors: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, and, always a great neutral, Crumb Cake.

It made my eye a little twitchy, but I let Princess Thundercloud do some of the stamping and assembling the medallions.  The circles with letters were already printed, so I just had to figure out what I wanted to say on each bag. We stamped the green zigzag circles in one of two patterned stamps that came in the kit. The eye twitches began as she was assembling the layers, which I was hoping to have centered. Oh, well, they’re pretty close.

We made bags that said “Yippee,” “Happy,” “Hello,” “For You,” and “Thanks.” I had enough paper circles and letters left over to make “Celebrate,” so we adhered those to a plain kraft bag I had in the gift bag drawer.FPP-Extra-ChaosServedDaily

These would be simple to make without the Paper Pumpkin kit…just a bit more work to cut all those circles and print or stamp all the letters.  I’m so glad Stampin Up! did those steps for me!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin (there’s even a great try-it option), you can visit My Paper Pumpkin.  And don’t forget that it’s Sale-a-Bration time, until the end of March, and that means FREE stuff for every $50 you order.  You can shop to your heart’s content on my Stampin’ Up! website, or, if you’d like a catalog, send me an email and I’ll get one to you (hooligansmom at gmail dot com). There’s lots of cute stamps and accessories to be had, people…and only during Sale-a-Bration!

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November Paper Pumpkin {& a CASE’d Thanks}

Once again, I was thrilled to open my red box from Paper Pumpkin this month, and inside I found everything I needed to make four of these cute cards.

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And, of course, after making the four cards, I still had the star and sentiment stamps, as well as half of the star garland. Woohoo! This would be an easy card to duplicate, perhaps as a thank you card with a simple garland created with Stampin’ Up!’s new shredding scissors, available in the Occasions Catalog starting on January 1.  See?Thanks-ChaosServedDaily

I used the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack for the baackground (the polka dot part), then Whisper White cardstock stamped with Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana inks. The stamp set is the photopolymer Another Thank You, with lots of great images. The garland is cut with the Shredding Scissors out of Coastal Cabana, then I made a few flags from Epic Day Washi Tape…to do that, simply fold a piece of tape in half over bakers’ twine, then cut the ends as you would a ribbon. Super cute, don’t ya think?

With the holidays almost upon us, I’m all off kilter. I usually blog about what I’ve read on the last Monday of the month, but I wanted to fit these cards in this month, so instead of listing all the books I read, I’m telling you about my favorite.

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11/22/1963 by Stephen King

My book club read this book, and I was a bit intimidated by its size…but I couldn’t stop reading it! Having read King’s Under the Dome over the summer, I was excited to have a reason to read this one, as well. It did not disappoint, y’all…and how timely, with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK last week. If you’re looking for a real pageturner, this one can’t be beat!

By the way, I’m not a fan of his horror books, but loved this,as well as Under the Dome. A word of advice, though…get the digital editions…my Nook hurts much less when I fall asleep reading and it lands on my face than the 700+ pages of the hardcover!  Here’s the synopsis…I’m a sucker for time travel novels.

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be what you hoped?
Jake Epping, 35, teaches high-school English in Lisbon Falls, Maine, and cries reading the brain-damaged janitor’s story of childhood Halloween massacre by their drunken father. On his deathbed, pal Al divulges a secret portal to 1958 in his diner back pantry, and enlists Jake to prevent the 11/22/1963 Dallas assassination of American President John F. Kennedy. Under the alias George Amberson, our hero joins the cigarette-hazed full-flavored world of Elvis rock’n’roll, Negro discrimination, and freeway gas-guzzlers without seat belts. Will Jake lurk in impoverished immigrant slums beside troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald, or share small-town friendliness with beautiful high school librarian Sadie Dunhill, the love of his life?

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