Friday, March 29, 2019

March Paper Pumpkin Alternatives - "Poppin' Birthday"

Good morning friends! How are you this fine spring day?  Yesterday was absolutely GORGEOUS and I'm hoping for a repeat today. :-D

Oh boy do I have an exciting post for you this Friday!  It's time to share my alternative projects for the MARCH Paper Pumpkin Kit "Poppin' Birthday". YAYAYAYAYA!!!  This was Paper Pumpkin's 6th birthday kit, and it did NOT disappoint!  I am over the moon by the stamps that we received.  First off; we received not only the set for the kit, but we also received an ADDITIONAL coordinating stamp set that's big like a standard size stamp set! WOWZA!

Aren't the stamps FANTASTIC?!!! I LOVE EM! I can already tell that I'll be getting tons and tons of future use out of these. :-) They're awesome!

The projects for this month's kit were pretty fantastic too!  8 pop up Birthday Cards with coordinating envelopes (as seen in the header photo).  And, true to Paper Pumpkin form, we received enough supplies to make our cards and still have some left over to play with!

Of course, I don't typically use all the supplies to create all the projects.  I like to make one like the kit suggests and then use the rest to play with for alternatives! YAY!  With Sale-a-Bration in it's final days, I haven't had as much time to really go crazy with the Alternatives like I want, but I do have a handful here to share with you today. I hope you enjoy them!

I'll kick it off with this fantastic pizza box FULL of fabulous little 3x3" cards.  I had so much fun coming up with each of them.  Every one is totally unique, but they all have just a hint of Wink of Stella on them. Gotta have a lil bling! Am I right?

This one is going to be a little gift box for our "little" girl who will be 15 next month.  I did an entire blog post on how to create this one, just the other day.  You can see it HERE.  It's only a couple inches tall, but is SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!

Here, I used the flap from one of the envelopes to get the striped layer.  I stamped a couple of balloons and then used our Balloon punch to cut them out.  The stamp is just a tiny bit larger than the small balloon on the punch, but it does a great job anyway.  Then, I just glued the tiny bows and strings on with a mini glue dot.

This little box is TINY, but it's super cute! It could hold a little Birthday note, or some M&Ms or skittles.  It was made from half of one of the card bases in the kit. That left the other half for me to use elsewhere! :-D

I really enjoyed making this card.  I love the look of all the numbers stamped randomly on the card, and then the birthday girl's number as the focus in Gorgeous Grape.  The striped ribbon helped tie it in too, I think.


This fantastic little treat holder will carry TWO Ghiradelli chocolates perfectly.  Notice, I used the other half of that card base for this project. I really like being able to take the supplies we get from the kit, and using them the way I want so that I can get the most use out of the entire kit!

For this card, I used one of the inserts as directed. So the inside pops up like the kit projects.  I took half of the other design of card base and cut it down a bit to make it a layer for the front of this one.  Then I cut a section off of the banner to make it shorter. You can see that I used the larger balloon, from the punch, on this one.  I brought in some of the reversible Coastal Cabana/ Granny Apple Green ribbon and then stamped Happy Birthday on the bottom corner.

So far, I've made the 2 samples as indicated for the kit, 3 standard size cards, 3 boxes, and a pizza box with 8 3x3" cards inside, and I STILL have TONS of supplies left to use! That's incredible!!!

Paper Pumpkin truly is an amazing program!  You get a different project kit each and every month, they're all incredible, and they're all inclusive.  This means that every single thing you need, to complete the included project, is IN the box!! AWESOME!!!

If you're already one of my Paper Pumpkin Subscribers, YAY!! Thank you so much!  If you're local to me, I hope to see you at the next Groupies gathering. :-)

If you're not already a subscriber, you should be!  You're missing out and we don't want that! You can sign up a couple of different ways.  One way, is to sign up for the month to month program kit.  It costs $19.95/Month (plus tax) and gets shipped directly to your door.  You can do that here:

OR, you can get a discount for Pre-Purchasing a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription here:

Because Sale-a-Bration is still going on (through the end of the month), you will also earn FREE items when you purchase a Pre-Paid Subscription! YAYAY!  Everyone loves FREE, right?

Well friends, I leave you here.  I hope you've enjoyed today's post.  I hope it's enticed you to come up with your own alternative projects if you get Paper Pumpkin, or that it's enticed you to subscribe if you don't already. :-D Either way, I hope it was good for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic day and a wonderful weekend!!  See you next week!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

OH NO!!!! Only 3 days left?!!!

WOWZA!!!  3 months just flashed before my eyes!!  We're in the final DAYS of Sale-a-Bration and I swear it feels like it just started!  I'm so sad to see it go. :'(

Did you get all the REWARDS you wanted?  If not, you know there's still time!  It ain't over, til it's over!!  If you've still got things on your list, head over to my website NOW and get them.  You don't want to miss out do you?

There have been so many fantastic stamps and dies, punches and papers that I really hate to say goodbye!  But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. :-( 

What has been your FAVORITE Sale-a-Bration reward?

This was the last wave of rewards.  I do love seeing annual catalog products joining the lineup!

The 2nd Round of Rewards was pretty fantastic too!  I am SO IN LOVE with that Country Floral embossing folder and the Painted Seasons bundle!! OMGOSH!!!  They're amazing! AND, still available if you haven't got yours yet! :-D 

Let's take a look at some of the incredible Sale-a-Bration rewards we've had the pleasure of getting...

We sure do have some amazing products to miss don't we? 

Well, if you haven't already earned the rewards you wanted to, I urge you to do it now so you don't miss out! 

I've got a couple promotions going on over at The Stampin' Chic Dana Sullivan Facebook Page.  You can follow me for more information and to join in!

Here's a couple last minute things I'm offering:

#1 - When you place an order now through the end of March, you get entered to win the Stampin' Rewards from this week's workshop! (You MUST use the host code listed here to qualify)
#2 - When you order $50 or $100 in product you get FREE Sale-a-Bration rewards! (Plus get entered to win the Stampin' Rewards!)
#3 - When you've ordered $100 or more during Sale-a-Bration, you get an exclusive invitation to the FREE Sale-a-Bration Customer Appreciation event where I will feed you, do make 'n takes with you and give you prizes! (Trust me, you want an invitation!!)   AND use this host code: 9WPN9WNY

There are still plenty of reasons to celebrate Sale-a-Bration!!  We have 3 more days left to enjoy it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope to see you here again soon. :-D

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CASE IT Wednesday - Birthday Cupcake

Good morning friends! I hope you're all doing well today! It's time for CASE IT Wednesday!! This week's CASE project comes from a quarterly publication that Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive in the mail. It's full of fabulous techniques, ideas, business tips and more.  I found this project and new it had to be my next CASE, for two reasons: #1 - It's yet another excuse to use the Birthday Cheer Bundle (buahahaha) and #2 - it uses the Stamparatus to make that FANTASTIC background piece!!

So actually, the fact that I could use Birthday Cheer was just a happy coincidence. I was honestly more thrilled with the "step stamping" technique of the Stamparatus.  I really wanted to show this technique to you because I just knew you would love it!

In fairness, I just used Birthday Cheer to decorate the envelope and to stamp a fabulous sentiment inside the card. ;-)

I've mentioned before, how much I absolutely adore the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  They're FANTASTIC!!!  If you don't have them in your craft room yet, you are missing out on greatness!

I cut a rectangle from this piece of pool party. I also saved that leftover piece because I saw potential for a card with it. hehe.  Waste not, want not!

Now the fun part!! I used the Stamparatus to create the repeated background on the rectangle.  Once you set it up where you want it, it's a simple matter of moving the plate down a step each time. SUPER EASY, but FABULOUS results!!

To begin with I lined up the two stamps from the Itty Bitty Birthdays set, directly on the rectangle. I closed the Stamparatus plate down to pick them up, and then inked and stamped.  After stamping the first set, I moved the plate down to the next notch. I did NOT move or touch the stamps again, except to ink them.  Leave them on the plate and just move the plate down a step each time.  Repeat that step all the way down the piece.

Since this is actually a notecard, I just used little scraps of Whisper White that I had in the bin to make the sentiment pieces.

I tied some white baker's twine around the rectangle and tied the bow at the edge.  Then I attached this layer to the card, using dimensionals.  The only thing left to do was to cut the cupcake out of the "How Sweet It Is" DSP and attach it to the card with the white scraps.

This card took no time at all and is the cutest thing!!  You could easily make a dozen of these in an hour or two!

And did I mention how cute they are?!!

Well, there you have it my friends! I hope you've enjoyed today's CASE IT project.  Sale-a-Bration is going on for only a few more days, so you can still get these products and earn a FREE stamp set or paper pack from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!  Don't miss out!  On March 31st, all those freebies go away for good. :'( Sad day!!

You can find all the products I used today, down below. Simply click on one of the photos to be taken directly to my website. :-) HAPPY DAY!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I truly do enjoy your visits! Let me know in the comments below, if you CASE this project. :-) I'd love to hear from you.

Have a super fantastic day friends!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!

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