Saturday, July 25, 2015

College Survival Kit

I am so excited to share this project with you!
My oldest daughter Jade is moving away to college in three short weeks.
I put together a "College Survival Kit" for her and a couple of her closest friends.

There are very few SU products in this project, but I still had to share it.
I had intended to copy ideas online for items for the kit,
but I never got around to researching.
Once I started shopping, the ideas just came.  I LOVE the way it turned out.

Here is the list of items I included in the kit:
College Survival Kit

Hand Sanitizer: To keep the germs away
Pepper Spray: To keep the boys away
Poo-pourri: To keep the smells away
Bouncy Ball: To remind you to have a ball
Tissue: To wipe away the homesick tears
Eraser: Everyone makes mistakes
Pencil: To remind you you’re here to learn
Glue: To remind you to stick to it
Bandaids: To “kiss” your boo-boos
Chocolate: It makes everything sweeter
Mirror: To remind you that you’re beautiful
inside and out
Journal: To celebrate and remember the journey
Stickers: Life should be decorated
Sewing Kit: To patch the holes
Miniature: To remind you not to belittle yourself
Key: To remind you to protect the key to your heart
Heart: To remind you that you are loved beyond measure
Book: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I shopped for hours and went to multiple stores to find all the items.
Many came from the "dollar bins" in the big box stores.

I personalized the tags with SU supplies.

My husband personalized the chalk board on the bins
using the SU Chalk Marker.

Adding the miniatures was my daughter Ruby's idea.
She makes incredible miniatures from homemade clay.
She personalized these for each kit.
For her sister who will be majoring in Fine Arts
with an emphasis in Photography,
she created a miniature camera.  It's less than
one square inch in size and even includes our
family portrait!

My husband created a "Going Away" scene on our family wipe board.
Jade is heading into the sunset with the Organ Mountains
of Las Cruces ahead of her.
She will be attending NMSU, where her dad and I met
as art students over 20 years ago.
This is a bittersweet and emotional time for our family,
but we are so proud of her and excited for the journey she has ahead of her!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

1/2 Off Paper Pumpkin!!!!

If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time.
Get 50% off your first two months...July 23-September 10, 2015! 

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin by September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
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  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
The new Paper Pumpkin just came in the mail today and I love it!!  Can't wait to show you!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bonus Deals

Did you see this week's deals??  If not, go check them out!
I love that the Hamburger Box Die is featured this week.
It's a huge savings of almost $13!!!
Quantities at the discounted prices are limited, so order yours today!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin

This kit came with the supplies to make 8 sweet cards
with lined envelopes.
This is the first design.

The kits come with directions and all the supplies needed for the projects.
You just need to add Snail adhesive and scissors.
Specialty adhesive like glue dots and dimensionals
are included when necessary.
You also end up with extra supplies to use on other projects.

Each kit comes with an exclusive stamp set
and a Stampin' Spot ink pad.  
This month it was the new color Tip Top Taupe.
It's such a great way to build your collection.

Here is my alternate design. 

Here is my daughter Ruby's alternate design.
I LOVE what she did for for the 
center of the flower!

Here is Ruby's second card.

This is the second card design in the kit.
The patterned pieces are die cut stickers.

The stars and the other banner pieces are thin wooden die cuts.

This is my alternate design.
It was inspired by Ruby's design below.

I love how Ruby created a banner for her card.
I also love how she used ink pads and stamps from past kits to
give her projects a unique look.

This is Ruby's second design.
It was my favorite!

Ruby and I always make our kits together.
She is so creative and goes through her 
past kits to pull out stamps and colors
to use on the current projects.

If you've not yet experienced Paper Pumpkin
you're missing out!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Birthday Bundle

The Birthday Bundle Paper Pumpkin Kit
comes with supplies to make 6 cards
and 4 gift bags.

The gift bag is adorable and even came with tissue paper.
You can see it peeking through the balloon die cuts.

My daughter Ruby used string for her middle balloon instead of stamping it.

These next three cards are Ruby's versions 
of the birthday cards.

This is my alternate version of the card.  

Some past Paper Pumpkin kits are available to subscribers.
For info click here.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stamp Camp Door Prizes

We always offer lots of door prizes at stamp camp!

I made some little goodie bags using the new
I love this delicate glassine bags.
They have white polka dots printed on them.

I also used the yummy new ribbon

Inside each bag was a roll of Washi Tape.

Stamp Camp attendees got some killer deals
at our annual retired sale.
We fill tables with stacks of retired stamps and accessories.

My daughter Ruby created strawberry roses while waiting 
for stamp camp to begin.

Our stampers rotate around to the 6 different projects. 

Here is my faithful helper, Ruby.  I pay her for her help
by taking her to Flying Star after each Stamp Camp.  :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stamp Camp Projects

Ruth and I recently had our annual 
New Catalog Stamp Camp.

This is my favorite of the three cards I designed.
It uses the hostess set Best Thoughts and the new Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim.
Watercoloring is my favorite technique, and this couldn't be easier.
I colored directly on the stamp with markers,
stamped it on watercolor paper,
then lightly painted it with an Aqua Painter filled with water.

This card uses the new set Build a Birthday, Cherry On Top Washi Tape,
This card design was inspired by a card by Michele Reynolds.

This was made with the fun set Sprinkles of Life
and the coordinating Tree Builder Punch.
These stamps are so cute and versatile.  
This card was inspired by a card by Amanda Mertz

We each designed a project with each of the three sets.
I managed to walk off without Ruth's cards,
so I'll try to get those posted later.