Fall for Holiday Countdown Day #5: Pumpkin Cocoa Pouch

Welcome back for day #5 of my Fall for Holiday Countdown – where I’m counting down some fun, fall projects featuring new product from the Stampin’ Up holiday catalog that was released on September 1. You can view the products online HERE or download a PDF copy of the catalog to look at HERE. Are you ready for the fifth project? I had a very specific mission in mind with this one. I’ve been hunting around for a fall-themed cocoa flavor and finally found a Pumpkin Spice flavored hot cocoa at Target yesterday. I wanted something that wasn’t too big and bulky to mail, but that would make a fun little treat for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is? It’s a fun monthly crafting subscription that includes all the supplies you need to make 6 to 10 adorable projects – cut, prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. Best part is you get mini ink pads and an exclusive stamp set with each new kit! It’s a great way to either start crafting or to build your stash in an inexpensive way. As a bonus, if you join by September 10, you can save

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Teach Me Tuesday: Emboss Resist

Hey there stampy friends! Happy Tuesday! It is a glorious day here on Cape Cod. I went for a walk this morning, it was such a great way to start my day (albeit a bit chilly). I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head for Teach Me Tuesday videos — and all of you have provided some great inspiration as well! In fact, today’s Teach Me Tuesday video was a special request from my friend Verna. She tagged me in a Facebook post a few weeks back asking if I could show her how to create a card shown in the video. And it turned out that the technique (emboss resist) made for a great topic for Teach Me Tuesday! It actually teaches TWO things in one video. First is how to heat emboss. While this is an oldie (but oh so awesome!!), it is still new to many and it is an incredible “wow” when you first see it. I know it was one of the first things that hooked me on stamping over a decade ago! The second thing you’ll learn in this week’s Teach Me Tuesday video is the emboss resist technique, which is

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Stampin’ Up Founder’s Circle Event: Day 1

 I don’t even know where to begin to document my four days in St. George, Utah for Stampin’ Up’s annual Founder’s Circle Event. It’s an exclusive all-expense paid trip to southern Utah for the top 100 demonstrators in the country. And I am still pinching myself that it actually happened. It was a little bittersweet as this was the last year to earn this incentive event so it was my first and last time to Founder’s Circle. Even so, it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. I’ll admit it got off to a little bit of a bad start. This picture was of me on Wednesday evening. I was supposed to be joining my fellow achievers at a pool-side party to celebrate our achievement. Unfortunately, my plane got delayed in Providence so I didn’t make it in time to catch the bus to St. George so I had to wait for a shuttle to take me instead. Fortunately, the wonderful Jennifer Kruse stayed with me (I wish I got a picture with her!!) and I arrived to the hotel just in time for the first timers meeting, where we each shared what we thought we did differently that got us to

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Hello September… the perfect time for PUMPKIN!

  Hello September! I have to say I’m loving that summer isn’t making a fast exit. Summer is by far my favorite season and it always seems to go so fast! Don’t get me wrong, I actually do like fall, too. It’s just that fall leads to…. well, you know what and after last winter? I’m not ready! Anyway, you know what fall also brings? Pumpkins! And you know what kind of pumpkin is my favorite? Paper Pumpkin! What’s that? You don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is? Well, it’s only the best monthly paper crafting subscription there is! These all inclusive kits include a full stamp set, one or two ink “spots” (just adorable little ink pads), a pre-designed, pre-cut project that you can usually make a bunch of and all the accessories and embellishments you need to complete the projects. Most of the time it even includes the adhesive you need (glue dots, stampin’ dimensionals) — you may just need to supply a tape runner of some sort. And for ONE MORE DAY (through September 10), you can get your first two months of Paper Pumpkin at half off (even at full price it’s a great deal… it’s usually

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12 Days of Gifts: Tea Bag Holder

Hello! Welcome back to Day three of 12 Days of Gifts. Today’s idea is perfect for a co-worker, the kids’ teacher or bus driver or even the mailman — although he or she might be bummed she wouldn’t be able to drink it on the road! It’s a cute little tea bag pocket. It’s super simple to make — you just size your pouch according to the size of your tea bag. My version is 3.25 x 3.25 (so a 6.5 inch bu 3.25 inch piece of patterned paper folded in half) and it’s a little snug so you could add a little bit of space if you wanted. I used sticky strip to adhere the left hand edge so it doesn’t pop open. I also used a generic, girly style for mine, but you could easily make this a holiday theme, which would be fun, too. I attached one of our super fun clothespins to the tea bag so your “gift-ee” can just pull it out using that. Fun, right? And as I said these are so simple you could easily make 10 to 20 of them in a night and leave them as little gifts on your co-workers

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For the Love of Paper!

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here. Welcome to all my fellow paper lovers who have found me through the PaperLove Blog Hop. I’m so glad you’re here! I honestly can’t remember when my love affair for paper began. But I can tell you that my earliest memory of being entranced by paper was in an office supply store before I’d even hit an age that had double digits. I wandered down the notebook aisle with all the printed covers and the fresh clean paper and began to pick each of them up one by one to examine them. And even to this day I can easily spend an hour looking for a new notebook (and now even new planners make me excited!). As I got older I began to cut up magazines and pair

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