Thanks, Pumpkin!

Quick post today!

Have you heard of Paper Pumpkin? It’s an all-inclusive monthly subscription that is delivered right to your door!

And, today is the last day to take advantage of a special 50% off the first month.

It makes it $10, plus tax! Even if you sign up for just a month, you will still receive a clear block with your complete kit!

Here is the August card I made using just the kit contents –

libbystamps, stampin up, August Paper Pumpkin, Giftable Greetings

Very cute!! The ‘thanks’ was even printed in the kits along with the word “congrats’! Blank ovals were included too. The only thing I stamped was the flower petals on the orange flower!

August had 8 cards in 2 designs, stamp set, ink spot, stickers,tags, ribbon, coordinating envelopes, a printed box for cards, adhesive dots……so much stuff!

Interested in subscribing? You can do than here. It’s the direct link to sign up with Paper Pumpkin through me. Be sure to enter the code HALFOFF0917.

Once you’ve subscribed, you can purchase previous kits too! You can see what’s currently available here. Some are complete kits including stamps, others are just the refill with no stamps.

I’d appreciate it if you sign up!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is ready to purchase! I created an adorable 3-D item!! Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. Previous month tutorials are still available.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

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Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog

Have we got a fun hop of cards today for our Create with Connie and Mary blog hop!

Our theme is the new Holiday Catalog.

Where do I begin??? This year it’s just FABULOUS!!

A favorite of mine is the Pizza Boxes. They are coated to be food safe, but hold cards equally as well. So that was my starting point for these –

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

The Painted Harvest is next on my favorites so far which I combined with the Merry Cafe to create 4 3×3 little cards. Another new thing is 3×3 mini envelopes! (They are under the cards in the picture.)

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMCI used the flower center and a partial leaf to create the little pumpkin here.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

Here, I created the pooling water look with the fern stamp and three inks, Black Memento, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMC

Thinking out of the box here by using the two acorns pieces, opposite, I created the holiday glasses.

libbystamps, stampin up, Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe, Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3x3 Envelopes, Everyday Label Punch, CCMCThe wreath here is pretty straight forward. It’s the flower without the stamped centers.

Did you notice the ‘ticket corner’ looking punched corners on all the cards? I used the new Everyday Label Punch to create them. Just insert them from the top of the punch using the edge as a guideline.

We all have our favorites and products we gravitate too. See what the other Design Team members created –


 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Painted Harvest, Merry Cafe
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink – Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Black Memento, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate, Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
  • Punches Everyday Label
  • Other – Mini Pizza Boxes, Whisper White 3×3 Envelopes
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is almost ready to be released! And, I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item!! Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th, the others are still available.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Cozy Cable Cap

Hello my stampin’ friends! Time to create a card for Create with Connie and Mary!

Sadly, I missed last weeks challenge. But, I’m back this week! Things still need to be put back in order…..but, everyone is safe and there is stampin’ to be done!

Here is our new, inspiring sketch for the week –

This was tricky for me with the half circle. I love the result –

libbystamps, stampin up, Flourishing Phrases, Quilt Builder Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured EF, CCMC

It’s like a little knitted cap with a pretty flower trim! Can be holiday-ish, or maybe not!

libbystamps, stampin up, Flourishing Phrases, Quilt Builder Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured EF, CCMC The sentiment is perfect as caps are warm! Just a little pun here perhaps!

I used the new Quilt Builder Framelits from the Holiday Mini again! So many shapes for such variety!

You should see how the other Design Team members at Create with Connie and Mary used this sketch! Amazing cards!

And, you can create an amazing card too! When you do, simply link it up on our Facebook page. It’s soo much fun!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Flourishing Phrases
  • Framelits – Quilt Builder, Circles Collection (retired)
  • Card Stock – Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide
  • Ink – Cherry Cobbler
  • Other – Cable Knit Dynamic EF
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Our Create with Connie and Mary September Session is almost ready to be released! And, I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Watercooler Wednesday 135 – Judy’s Feminine ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge

Slowly getting back into creating and blogging. Between working a part-time job, helping others with recovery needs, my own moving of stuff and a retired husband home – sometimes hard to find my creative time! I’ll get there. I know.

Good thing about challenges. Commitment. So, I have to create! Works for me!

Today, I got busy for Watercooler Wednesday!

We have our usual round of challenges. Today, it’s hosted by Judy –

These are probably our core in card making! Women love handmade things, especially cards!

I had packed these particular new items up a couple of weeks ago (wow, that long already?!?!) in preparation for Harvey, and, of course misplaced them when I went to put them back!

But, alas, I found what I was looking for and created this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Rose Wonder, Quilt Builder Framelits, WWC, quilt

It’s a new product in Stampin Up’s holiday Holiday mini catalog called the Quilt Builder Framelits! Name is very fitting I’d say! It’s paired with a Christmas set. Clearly these framelits are not exclusively Christmas.

libbystamps, stampin up, Rose Wonder, Quilt Builder Framelits, WWC, quilt

All these colors work nicely too! This is going to be a favorite set of mine I think! It paired well with the Happy Birthday font from the Rose Wonder stamp set.

As a tip if you own this framelit set, as you make your quilt die cuts, save the inside unused quilt pieces for future use! You’ll have enough pieces for a new scrap quilt in no time! 

Alright. Check out the other Design Team cards at Watercooler Wednesday this week. Take time to link up a card too!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Rose Wonder
  • Framelits – Quilt Builder
  • Card Stock – Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
  • Ink – Black Memento
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you know, as Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary?  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Anniversaries are Charming

Today is a special day for me in the Stampin’ Up world – it’s my 10th Anniversary!

Yep. That’s right. 10 years ago I signed up as a demonstrator and got the free box of ink pads – my choice of color family! And, back then it was like a $55 value. The rest, history, lol!

Of course, I had to find the energy to make myself a card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

Whoop! Whoop!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

It was a simple design, but the tricky part was adding the little charms on the twine. Mini Dimensionals to the rescue!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James AveryI’m going to hate to take it apart though……I added James Avery Charms for a little bling. My gift to myself for the 10 years!

My other ‘job’ has been at this jewelry store close to my home. Between the stamps and jewelry – I never have any money!!

If you’re interested in them for yourself, you can find them here : ihearts, and u. They can be put on a charm bracelet, charm holder necklace or a chain.

Speaking of work, got to get ready. Our store received no water damage from the storm, however, our AC has been out since we’ve been back. The temperatures are excruciating!! There are close to 90 degrees with 85% humidity. (I know, WHY are we even open…?????). If you’re from Texas, you’ll understand just what that feels like. Those in other parts don’t understand just how hot a Texas hot is!

If you’d like to join in my celebration, place an online order, the new Holiday Mini just came out) or sign up for Paper Pumpkin (first month is half off until the 10th) – I’ll be giving my commissions to one of my stampin’ friends whose elderly mom lives with her. They lost everything in the floods from Harvey. She alway brought her mom with her and I’d give her a warmed blanket as my friend stamped. We went last Saturday to help her pack what we could : clothes, personal items and even salvaged some of her stamp supplies, but, we also throw out most of the contents of her home. Please consider helping me, support her. 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labels to Love
  • Framelits – Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Birthday Memories
  • Punches – Washi Label (retired)
  • Other – Basic Black Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you know, as Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary?  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Pop Up Surprise!

Happy, happy Saturday. The last post from me was last Saturday. I have missed a week of creating and blogging due to Harvey.

In a nutshell, I live basically in Houston, right outside the city limits, in Pearland. The past week has been a blur. It started raining last Saturday evening really hard and never stopped. Water levels in our neighbor went up and down. Only to not go down. We live in a two-story house so we took stuff upstairs, like my stamp stuff among other items. As it was evident the water was on the rise, our efforts to move stuff (furniture) went into a higher gear. I went to bed Monday night around 3:00 am as the water was creeping up the 10 inch house foundation. I had accepted the fact I would wake up to water in my home. A few hours later as I woke up, the house was as still as could be, the ac had not turned on in a long while (a sign to me that the outside ac unit had taken on water), and there was the smell of strong musty humidity in the air. I got up to a dry floor as I walked through the house. I looked outside and although it was still raining, we had not flooded and the water was not touching the slab anymore. It was slow to drain on Tuesday, but by Wednesday the water had receded on our street enough to drive through it. But not the case for SO, SO many. As of Friday night, many areas and homes are still flooded or have flooded because of dam and reservoir water releases. It has truly been incomprehensible. We received some 45+ inches of rain.  

My dear friends at Create with Connie and Mary have provided wonderful support with their care and concern. It was important to me to get back to them and my other stamp commitments. Stamping is my therapy. And, after this experience, I’m going to need a lot of therapy – in many forms!!!

Our theme this week is, Pop Up Surprise.

I’ve created lots of pop up cards, and, of course I strived for one a bit different.

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card I went with a Halloween themed card. libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card

As you open it, the surprise is revealed!

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Black Mini Sequin Trim, CCMC, Pop Up Card

And, believe or not, it folds flat!

Check out all the Design Team members ‘Pop Up Surprise’ cards – 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Creep it Real
  • Card Stock – Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Merry Little Christmas
  • Punches – 2″ Circle (retired)
  • Other – Black Mini Sequin Trim
Happy Stampin’
Libby

As Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary.  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

September features –

  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Fun with Embossing Paste

We’ve made it to Saturday! Whew! It’s Hurricane Harvey Hoopla here in the land of Pears (Texas Gulf coast area)!!! So, I’ll share a card created for Create with Connie and Mary. My mojo was hard to come by today. Worried about the storm.

Enough wining whining, Our theme this week is Fun with Embossing Paste!

What a great topic as I ordered these supplies a while back, and in the meantime I have ‘misplaced’ my decorative masks I found the Embossing Paste and Palette Knives though. Ugh…..I’ll find them as soon as this goes live in the morning, I just know it!

But, no worries. I created my own mask with acetate sheets and a die cut! Worked beautifully!

I went with new products here –

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Pick a Pumpkin, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits, Pretty Label  Punch, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives , CCMC

The sentiment is from the new set (available September 1) Creep it Real, and the pumpkins are from the Pick a Pumpkin set that is part of the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle that has coordinating framelits.

libbystamps, stampin up, Creep it Real, Pick a Pumpkin, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits, Pretty Label  Punch, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives , CCMC

I placed the framelit I used to create the background in this picture. And, yes, I ran it through several times to create the pattern used on the card with the paste. Totally worth it! After it dried, I went over each little + with Wink of Stella for added sparkle. Hard to see of course.

I layered two different ribbon along the bottom, Fresh Fig and a retired Tangerine Tango.

Check out the other Design Team members Embossing paste cards. I know I’m looking forward to seeing them. This was my first attempt at using this stuff. It’s way easy too!  

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Creep it Real, Pick a Pumpkin
  • Framelits – Patterned Pumpkins
  • Bundles – Pick a Pumpkin
  • Card Stock – Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Whisper White
  • Ink – Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Tangerine Tango
  • Punches – Pretty Label
  • Other – Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Wink of Stella, Fresh Fig 1/2 Finely Woven Ribbon, Tangerine Tango Ribbon (retired)
Happy Stampin’
Libby

I’m also part of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team! You can purchase the August Session now, and previous ones too!

Here is a sneak at the August projects –

AUGUST, we are featuring –

  • Coffee Cafe Bundle
  • Ribbon of Courage
  • Feathery Friends
  • You Move Me Bundle
  • Pieces & Patterns (I designed this one!!!!)

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

We will have a bonus Holiday project too –

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details