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Get Organized – Tackling Paper Pumpkin Stamp set organization

Today I wanted to share with you how I have been storing my Paper Pumpkin Stamp sets.  Those mini sets are great! But, what to do with them when you finish your kit?  There are so many great sentiments and images but it is easy to loose track of what you have and if you aren’t keeping track of them, if they are not organized, then you probably aren’t using them!

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I decided I wanted something that could sit on my stamp shelf and had easy access for me to be able to thumb through and quickly glance at the stamps to see which I want to use.  I have prepared a video tutorial to show you how to make my stamp file box.  It only uses a few products and holds one years worth of Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets.

If you are new to my website, or Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what I am talking about when I refer to Paper Pumpkin?? then you should definitely go read learn more about this fabulous monthly subscription kit HERE!

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Another use for this box would be to organize and store your handmade cards!  Keep those beautiful creations safely stored until they are ready to be signed and sent away!  All of the products used in this project can be purchased from my online shop.

Additional Tip:  Of all the months I have been a member of the Paper Pumpkin Club there has only been one stamp set (Manly Moments, May 2018) which was too long to fit inside the clear envelope.  My solution was to cut the stamp set in half, acetate sheets and all, and put one half on one side of the whisper white cardstock and the other half on the back side.  It works just fine!  I forgot to point this out in my video.  Sorry!

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Thanks for watching today.  Let me know if you make your own and share with me how you chose to decorate yours.  I kept my simple but I know some of you will really make yours spectacular and I would love to see them!  Share your photos with me on facebook.

Have a blessed day and happy stampin’!

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Lesson 3: Exploring SU! Kits

Now that we have discussed the 3 essentials to stamping AND explained the necessities of a basic tool kit, I am going to contradict myself for a moment and say,

It is possible to create with less than the necessities!

{GASP}

Yes, it is true!  How, you ask? My answer is…. SU! All-Inclusive Kits!!

Stampin’ Up! does an amazing job of planning for every type of crafter and creating opportunities to make stamping and papercrafting  possible for everyone!

SU! All-Inclusive Kits are the perfect solution for those that are looking for a way to get started with the least amount of investment.  You will find several options of these kits in the current Annual Catalog (pages 6-10).  I will feature 2 of them today today that I feel are great starter kits for card makers.  One makes a gorgeous collection of cards for just about every need a card giver may have and one features a technique that is very on trend in the paper crafting world.

What makes these kits so great?  Well, they arrive in a cute giftable box (meaning it can be used once you have completed the kit to package a present in) and you receive almost everything you need inside that box, including an exclusive stamp set, ink, block, and pre-cut and scored paper pieces plus embellishments to complete 20 cards!  Refills for each kit are also available allowing you to get more bang for your buck!  The only items you would need to have on hand to complete the projects are adhesives and something to clean your stamps, The Simply Shammy is perfect for kits because it also fits in the box making kits very transportable and perfect for on-the-go stampers!  Watch and enjoy!

Are kits just for beginners?  Of course not!  Because they are so transportable, they are the perfect solution for those that wish to take a craft project on holidays with them or even to complete while sitting at the ballfields during your little one’s batting practice.  Because much of the prep work has been thought through and completed for you, it is so easy just to toss in your Simply Shammy and a few adhesives and go.  Plus, they are sharable!  Quality time made fun when you sit with a friend or loved one and complete these projects together!  Even the most experienced cardmakers can take the bits and pieces provided in these kits and pair them with supplies they already have to create their own works of art.  There are just no limits!

In addition to the kits you will find in the annual catalog (and don’t forget to check the seasonal catalogs as well, SU! includes seasonal kits in those publications), we also have Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit that is delivered to your mailbox, fully equipped and ready for a crafting escape.  There is no commitment necessary with this subscription and you can choose to skip the month if you wish or even up your subscription to more than one kit if you have someone in mind you want to share it with (maybe your mother is coming to town, or a grandchild and you want to have something available for a rainy day activity).  The contents are always a surprise but the kits are always seasonally appropriate.  Pre-purchased gift subscriptions are also available.  You can read more about Paper Pumpkin and how to subscribe HERE.

Watch me unwrap and put together a project from one of my latest Paper Pumpkin kits.

While I think Kits are a great way to get your feet wet, supplement your hobby with fun new projects and ideas and/or provide a source for quick and easy crafting, who wants to stay in a bubble?  Let’s move on to the next lesson and learn how to draw from inspiration to create a card of our own.

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The Holiday Catalog has arrived!

It may be hard to believe the the Holiday season is just around the corner, especially if you live in the south like me and are still sweating out mid 90 degree temperatures on most days.  However, it is time to think beyond summer and prepare for the best paper crafting season of the year!!!

I have a struggled to come up with a “Stamp of the Month” to feature for my classes because there are so many I love, so I finally realized why limit myself to ONE stamp of the month?  Maybe there are others who love more than one set too!  LOL!  So throughout the holiday season you may see multiple classes offered on my Stamp of the Month page.  Pick any or all of the ones that interest you, just be aware that they may sell out so make sure you sign up before the class kits are gone!

This holiday catalog is packed with so much variety it will knock your socks off.  I typically lean toward traditional Christmas cards but I LOVE the Joyous Noel suite (pg 28-29) which contains a trendy color palette with accents of copper as well as the fun and whimsical Santa’s Workshop suite (pg 18-19).  So you may just see it all this year!  Watch for technique classes featuring the Great Joy (page 22) stamp set (no line watercoloring) as well as stained glass technique carried over from the Holiday catalog with the new Illuminated Christmas set (pg 14).  There are just so many possibilities!  And, that is just Christmas, I have much to offer before we even get to those.

We will kick of the holiday catalog with classes incorporating the Country Lane Suite and Falling for Leaves bundle.  Watch next week for those to be announced.

 

If you haven’t seen the new Holiday Catalog yet, you can view it online HERE or, better yet, contact me today to get your FREE hard copy!

Happy Stamping!

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Dashing Along Host Promotion

To help kick off the new Holiday Catalog, ThisChickStamps is offering a free project kit to coordinate with the new Host Promotion being offered by Stampin’ Up!  YaY! We love our Hosts!!  Read on for all the details….

During the month of September, when you host a qualifying Holiday Event or individual order of $250 (not including tax and shipping)you will earn (on top of all the usual Host Rewards) the Dashing Along exclusive Designer Series Paper Pack for FREE!!

This festive pack contains 12 sheets of DSP.  There are 3 different double-sided 12×12 papers (so six designs total) and there are 4 of each sheet in the pack.  These beautiful papers contain traditional holiday colors in Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Whisper White perfect any holiday project!

As an added bonus when you hold your event or order with me, I will also send you a FREE project kit which includes all the extra paper pieces and embellishments (including instructions) to make 10 cards, 2 of each of the following designs which feature the Dashing Deer bundle in the new Holiday Catalog.  Sentiments included in this bundle cover both your pre and post holiday needs!  Imagine, having all your Thank You cards prepared and ready to go before Christmas even comes!

NOTE:  You will need the Dashing Deer stamp set, coordinating inks and your own adhesives to complete the cards as pictured; however, you may certainly substitute with stamps you already own.  

Contact me ASAP to schedule your event or place your order before September 30th to qualify for this promotion.  Remember if you place your qualifying order online please send me an email letting me know so I can be sure to send you the free card kit, it will come separately from your ordered items.