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October 2014

Halloween Treats with My Paper Pumpkin

Hello, and welcome back! I'm sitting here watching my favorite baseball team the Royals play in Game 7 of the World Series. We haven't won since 1985, so I'm so hoping that we win. In the meantime, I wanted to share what I did with the September My Paper Pumpkin Kit. It came with the supplies to make some super cute Halloween treat holders, including 6 treat bags that were already decorated. I needed to make 14 treats, so I also used a package of 8 Mini Muslin Bags. I decorated these bags using the Tangelo Twist Ink, a sponge dauber and the Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks. Aren't they cute?



Here is everything else that came in the kit: precut labels to stamp on, precut patterned labels to layer, thread and sequins, a stamp set, an ink pad, Halloween stickers and mini colored clothespins. I had to also add a pack of clothespins and two additional circle punched labels from a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock to make 14 treats total.



Here they are all assembled and looking fun. I was able to fit 3 mini candy bars inside each bag.



I stamped the labels, layered them, added a sticker and a piece of the orange sequin trim, and clipped it to each bag.



Here is one of the bags that came with the kit. The tied black thread keeps these bags closed.



Here is the striped muslin bag. Love how the natural clothespins look with these treat bags too.



One of the best parts of these kits is what's left after all the treat bags are done! I still have the stamp set and ink to use, there are lots of stickers left and some sequins and thread as well. I can certainly use these to make some cute Halloween cards or more treat containers next year.



Well, that is all for today. If you'd like to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin and receive monthly kits like this in the mail, you can click on the links below. Also, there is a Pinterest board for this kit here, and for all of My Paper Pumpkin here. I'll have some more projects to share later in the week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Making Spirits Bright 2

Hello there! So glad you're back today. I have another card to share using the Making Spirits Bright set. This one has a Thanksgiving theme. I used another pennant like yesterday for the focal point. The patterned papers are from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper pack.

Making Spritis Bright Thanksgiving card, by Marisa Gunn,


I also covered the olives in this image with Crystal Effects to give them some dimension. I think it would also be cute with the whole glass covered with Crystal Effects. I might have to try that next time! I used Blendabilities again to color the image. Some Mossy Meadow ribbon and Crushed Curry Twine are the final touches for the card front.

Making Spritis Bright Thanksgiving card, by Marisa Gunn,


I added a simple design to the inside again, and used the greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood Stamp Set. I also stapled on some Old Olive Baker's Twine.



Well, that is all for today! Tomorrow I'll have some Halloween treats to share made with the September Paper Pumpkin kit and a few additional items. Thanks for stopping by.



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Making Spirits Bright 1

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm sharing a card made with a cute set from the 2014 Holiday Catalog called Making Spirits Bright. For the card, I used some of the number print from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, and I used the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the orange layer.

Making Spirits Bright Halloween card by Marisa Gunn,


I stamped the main image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and colored it with the Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities. Also, I covered the eyeball image with Crystal Effects to add some dimension. The circle layer is also popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. Some Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon completes the front.

Making Spirits Bright Halloween card by Marisa Gunn,


I added some decoration to the inside, and even created an envelope with a liner to match as you can see below. Now this card is all ready to go!



Well, that is all for today. I'll have another card using this set to share tomorrow. You'll find the supplies listed below and linked to my online store. Thanks for stopping by!


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Can You Case It #42 - Halloween Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! It's time for the Can You Case It #42 Challenge for Halloween! I used the cute Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and matching dies. I thought it would be fun to have the ghost peeking out from a circle, and decided some pumpkins would be cute this way as well. I used the 1 3/4" Circle Punch and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch to make the openings. The ghost is stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink onto Vellum Cardstock. To get a good impression of the ghost, I stamped on top of the Stampin' Pierce Mat. Just make sure it doesn't slip as the craft ink is slick.


Tip: To get two color pumpkins, I stamped them once in Tangelo Twist and once in Mossy Meadow. I die cut them both, cut off the orange tops of the pumpkins and adhered the whole green pumpkin to the back of the orange ones. You could also get the same effect using two colors of markers.



Final details for this card are the Good Greetings Stamp Set, the Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits, Old Olive Baker's Twine and the orange sequins from the September My Paper Pumpin kit.



Well, that is all for today. I hope you'll join us at Can You Case It and share a Halloween project of your own! Thanks for stopping by.


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Playing Along with Freshly Made Sketches #158

Hello there! Today I have a card to share that was made with Freshly Made Sketches #158. I had the chance to play with the Stampin' Up! Holiday Home set again. So many ideas I have for this set, and so many cute cards already made with it on Pinterest! For this card, I wanted to experiment with stamping the little bunch of leaves in watercolor.

Holiday Home friendship card by Marisa Gunn, #dzinesbymeg, FMS158, watercolor stamping, coloring with markers


I scribbled onto a palette with markers in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow. Then, I spritzed it with water, and stamped in the little pools and then onto the card. I stamped the leaves on the trees, around them on the ground, and also across the background of the card base. I really like this effect. I also drew a horizon line with the Mossy Meadow marker.


The house and pumpkin were colored with Stampin' Write Markers, and the windows were colored in with a cream colored pencil. Some patterned paper, crochet trim, a wooden leaf and Linen Thread complete the card.



I actually added a greeting to the inside of the card, and even got an envelope with a liner ready to match as well. I decided it would be good to have the insides and envelopes made ahead of time so it's easy to send them out and make someone's day.


Here is the sketch I started with for this project.


Well, that is all for today, but I'll have more projects to share later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Can You Case It #41 - Clean & Quick

Hello, and welcome back! I have some fun news to share. I was asked to join the Design Team at Can You Case It, and I have accepted! One of my favorite things about this site is that they feature different types of challenges. So, the 1st week of each month is a sketch, the 2nd week is a color combo, the 3rd week is Clean & Quick and the 4th week is Stampin' Up Project Life or scrapbooking! If there is a 5th week, I'll get to choose what to design, and we'll be featuring holidays throughout the year as well. I hope you'll enjoy following along, and even make a project to participate with us over at Can You Case It.


Here is my Clean & Quick card for this week. The base card is Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock in a 4" x 4" size. To make the watercolor layer, I used one of the dies from the Word Bubbles Framelits Dies (the wide oval die), and traced the bottom edge. Then, I extended to the edges of the layer and trimmed it with scissors. Next, I watercolored the background with Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Pisachio Pudding inks.



To complete this card, I punched 1/8" holes, threaded through some Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine and tied it into a know.

*Tip: One of my favorite things to do to the thick baker's twine is to knot it about 1/2" from the end, and then unravel below that point. It looks like little tassles on the ends.



Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll link up a clean and quick project of your own over at Can You Case It!


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Masculine Card 2 - High Five

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a simple masculine card, but I included lots of texture to keep it interesting. This card uses the High Five Clear-Mount Stamp Set for the greeting and the bottom striped image. I used the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the second strip of cardstock. The top strip was pierced with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, and cross-stiched with some embroidery floss.



Even though I took the time to stitch the top strip, this card really came together quickly. A couple of brown candy dots complete the card.



Well, that is all for today. Short and sweet! Thanks for stopping by, and you'll find the supplies with links to my store listed below!


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Holiday Home Set for Halloween

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have another Halloween card to share, this time using the Holiday Home stamp set. I really love this set, and I can pretty much guarantee you that you'll be seeing many more cards with this set before the end of the year.

I've seen so many beautiful cards lately with these multi-color ink backgrounds, and so I was inspired to create one myself. I used Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss to make the sky. I started with the Curry at the bottom, then added Tangelo in the middle and Blackberry at the top. The house is stamped in Versamark, heat embossed onto Basic Black Cardstock, and cut with the coordinating die-cut set. The little ghost was stamped in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and cut out by hand. The bats, tree and Jack-o-lantern are all images from the same set which really add to the charm of the scene.



To frame the set, I die-cut a black frame from Basic Black Cardstock, and added the greeting from the same set with some Crushed Curry Baker's Twine. The Tangelo Twist pattern from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper and a Tangelo Twist card base complete the card.



Well, that is all for today. You will find the supplies listed below with links to purchase in my store anytime. Trust me, you want to pick up that Holiday Home set and dies! Thanks for stopping by.


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Playing Along with Freshly Made Sketches #157

Hello, and welcome back! Today I decided to play along with sketch #157 over at Freshly Made Sketches. As soon as I saw the sketch, I had the idea to make a star frame with a stamped star hanging from it. Here is the sketch that I started with. Even though I didn't have to use a star to match the sketch, I knew I could use the framelits dies to make a frame, and that the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set had a small star for the center.

Besides the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog, I also used the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper. The randomn dot pattern is specialty paper with Silver Foil. It's beautiful and shiny in person, and hopefully I captured some of that in this photo. I also used Silver Foil Paper to make the star frame from. The Stars Framelits Dies made cutting these stars easy.



The card base is Smoky Slate, and I layered the patterned papers onto a rectangle of Lost Lagoon Cardstock. I used Lost Lagoon ink for the start and greeting, which is stamped onto Soft Sky Cardstock. I used the Silver Baker's Twine to hang the stars from, which I taped to the back of the stars with washi tape. Then, both stars were popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and a Rhinestone added.



Well, that is all for today! I have some more cards to share this week and hopefully my next batch of Project Life pages. Thanks for stopping by!




CYCI40 Color Challenge

Hello there, and welcome back! Today I'm guest designing over at the Can You Case It #40 challenge, using the colors of Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. These are the perfect colors for autumn cards, and I have some great sets from the Holiday catalog that needed to be inked up. So, today's cards were born!

CYCI Color Challenge


Here is my first card to share. This one uses the For All Things Clear-Mount Stamp Set, and watercoloring on the background.

*Tip: after I stamped the leaf image, I colored over it with the small Aqua Painter to blend the lines. I like to do this when stamping on watercolor paper to fill in any gaps from stamping on the textured paper.



I used some ribbon, trim, Linen Thread and one of the Autumn Wooden Elements in addition to the greeting to finish off this card.



Once I got started with these colors, I just couldn't stop! So, I made a Halloween card with the same main colors. I used the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set for the main images, and also used the Good Greetings stamp set to add several Halloween phrases to the background.



I added some details to complete the card. I created the grass with the Fringe Scissors, sponged the sun and bottom edge of the grass, popped up the middle pumpkin on Stampin' Dimensionals and added Crystal Effects to the pumpkin faces. Some Old Olive Baker's Twine is the final touch.



Well, that is all for today! Thanks for stopping by, and make sure to check out the Can You Case It website for this and other great challenges!


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