Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop Hugs from Shelli

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Howdy Folks!
Guess what time it is?! Blog Hop time with the fabulous ladies of the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities group! We are bringing you Paper Pumpkin Alternates for May’s kit called Hugs from Shelli. Shelli is the Founder of Stampin’ Up! and she helped design this month’s kit. I loved the original cards so much that my alternate uses ink colors, stamps, and some twine from the kit, but I did not alter any of the items from the kit.
I used this card for my Paper Pumpkin Club, which is where my subscribers and I get together once a month and make our kits and I share an alternate project and all the supplies for that project with them. They have asked that I only use the extras from the kit because they like to make the cards from the kit as is…so, that is what I do.
This month, I was inspired by the flowers and soft colors and this is what I came up with:

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I started with a base of Early Espresso, used 2 pieces of the tissue paper that was in the kit and after adhering, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtles Embossing folder. Then I cut a piece of Pool Party and embossed it with the retiring Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I distressed the edges with the Early Espresso ink pad. The ‘Hugs For You’ is from the included stamp set and stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla in Early Espresso and distressed as well. I like distressing because it helps frame things in. In this case it also went with the worn look of the card. If you have been following me for awhile you will notice that I do distress quite frequently. After the stamping, I used the Tailored Tag Punch to cut it out. I then used a strip of burlap ribbon and made a bow from the kit using the Petal Pink twine for the bottom of the tag. The tag was raised with dimensionals. And, of course, 3 pearls were added to give it the final touch.
I am pleased with the card and the ladies loved it when they came for our Paper Pumpkin Club on Saturday. If you are in the Whitefish area, please feel free to join us! We have a grand ol’ time!
Now you can hop along to see what Charmane Hopkins has in store for you by clicking the Next button below:

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share and CASE with me! I love to see what others create!
Blessings, June
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ICS Blog Hop – Beautiful Baubles

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Hello, Hello!

It’s time for another Blog Hop with a new group that I joined called Inspire, Create, Share, or ICS for short! It’s a monthly Blog Hop and I am excited to be playing along with these very talented ladies! This month’s theme is Christmas Cards Galore. WooHoo! Let’s get started!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite stamp sets and matching framelits: Beautiful Baubles! I drooled over this for awhile and then finally told myself to just order it! I am so glad I did!

I made a card with it for another Blog Hop…check that out here. Now I have come up with 2 other cards. The first I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I got in a swap I did with Holiday Catalog products from a demonstrator named Jacqueline Schulz. I liked how she had offset the ornament. 

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Hers was copper and brown tones, I used the Gold Glimmer paper for the ornament and ran it through the Big Shot using the Precision plate because it is such a detailed framelit. I topped it off with some Black Shimmer Ribbon tied in a knot with the ends trimmed up. A piece of All Is Bright DSP (Designer Series Paper) is my patterned paper. I liked the greenery. Cherry Cobbler cardstock as my middle layer and Very Vanilla as my card base. I distressed the Very Vanilla with Shaded Spruce ink and a sponge. I also used Cherry Cobbler behind my ‘THE’ and Shaded Spruce cardstock behind my ‘deck’ and ‘halls.’ I used basic rhinestones and discovered that I don’t need to use a sharpie to color them (Thank you, Connie Stewart!)…I can use my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends markers instead! Yay! Perfect color matching, which is one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up products!! I stamped the sentiment outside and inside using Momento Tuxedo Black.

For the inside I used the bough from my Nature Sings stamp set to decorate the corner. I stamped in Shaded Spruce and stamped off 3 times to make it get lighter and lighter. Looks like 3 different shades, but it is just 1 inking of the stamp and then stamping it 3 times. One of my favorite techniques. Then I used the curved stamp to make it look like a heart from the Christmas Pines stamp set. 

My next card was more simplistic:

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I used Old Olive cardstock for my base, a small piece of DSP from the Under the Mistletoe packet. I used Real Red ink to stamp the stars and distress the edges of the card. I trimmed off a small portion of the top of the card to allow the DSP to show and used a square Stitched Framelit to cut out the square. Then I stamped the Whisper White square with the ornaments in Momento Tuxedo Black. I stamped that 3 more times in Tuxedo Black, Real Red, and Old olive and then ran them through the Big Shot. I colored some ornaments on the black stamped images. Then I used dimensionals to place the colored ornaments over the plain black ones on the square. It gives them pop and color!

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Well, I think that is it for me. Thank you for joining us, you can now see what Ginger has in store for you! Click on the next button!32855853_10216915229217746_6139564322663170048_o

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me! I love to see what others create!

Blessings, June

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Snowflakes Abound!

Hello, Hello!

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about snow! We live in Whitefish, Montana and when you live here you have to pick a winter hobby…besides staying inside crafting all the time, which would suite me, but not my guys! 😉

We chose snowmobiling! And this year we are all set with avalanche gear (of which I trust we NEVER have to use!) Now we wait for snow! It’s late this year, see my bare backyard?! I thought maybe if I start making snowy cards, it would start snowing…you think?

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And, since the…

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promotion is still going on until November 30th…I figured now was as good a time as any to play with snowflakes! In my last post, I was playing with the Happiness Surrounds stamp set that is quite versatile…it’s not just for Christmas, which is why I bought it!

For this new card I used the snowflake thinlits dies to make all my snowflakes with Whisper White cardstock.

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Then I brought out an old stamp set, that I haven’t even used yet (I got it when we moved and had no time to play with it) called Santa Stache! It is so darned cute! I plan on using this one for a couple cards this year. My hubster has a ‘stache almost like this and the beard to go with it!

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Oh, and before I get into details about the card…EVERYTHING I used, except the stamp set, Big Shot, and snowflakes IS ON SALE 10% OFF UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY 11/28. Click on the blue words and they will take you to my store. The snowflakes will not be sold after the 30th (Friday) of November. Don’t hesitate if you like what you see!

Together with Shaded Spruce cardstock for a base, Cherry Cobbler ink for the inside sentiment and distressing, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends for coloring the hat, Dashing Along DSP for the triangle swatch of paper, and Whisper White cardstock for the rest, this is the card that I came up with:

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First I ran the thinlits through the Big Shot using the Precision Base plate, which is really really good for detailed dies like the snowflakes! Then I just dropped the snowflakes on the card to see what would look good. Once I made up my mind on the flow of the flakes, I had to glue them…I used the Tombo Liquid Glue and my silicone mat. Later I remembered that I have the Fine-Tip glue pen and would have made less mess had I used it! *sigh*

Then I stamped the Santa in Tuxedo Black Momento Ink on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut using snips. I had already run the mustache through the Big Shot when I did the snowflakes. Why they didn’t do a framelit for the heads of this set when they did the mustache, I have no idea. At least it was not too detailed, so it was easy to fussy cut.

Usually I leave a small white border when I cut images out, just like the thinlits do, but this time I wanted the black edge. If I goof and don’t get all the white off or cut a little on the inside, then I use my Stampin’ Write black marker to “fix/hide” my errors.

I used dimensionals on the Santa and the sentiment to raise it up off the snowflakes. Also on the ‘stache to raise it off the face. I used a swatch of the Dashing Along DSP just to give it a pop of color. The sentiment on the outside and inside layer are distressed in Cherry Cobbler ink using my trusty sponge quarter. I also used the other sentiment from the set for the inside and it is stamped in the Cherry Cobbler. Love that deep red! Then I took the leaf stamp from the Happiness Surrounds stamp set and, using my Shaded Spruce ink pad, I stamped it 3 times without reinking. That’s a favorite technique of mine! Then I put adhesive on the back of the cardstock and stuck it inside the card.

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So, one last time. Here is my card. What do you think? Cute, huh? Love the 2 sentiments using “stache!” If you don’t believe me about my hubster, you can check out his ‘stache and beard in this previous post Here.

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me! I love to see what others create!

Blessings, June

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop!

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Hello!
Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of creative fun! This is my first time hopping with this group, however, I am sure it won’t be the last since I am a huge Paper Pumpkin fan!
The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your own creativity run wild.
On this hop, we will be sharing many alternate ideas with you on how to use the September kit called ‘Frights and Delights.’
I like to start out making at least 1 of each of the planned projects in a kit first. I just haven’t bought any candy yet, so I thought I would use one of Paper Pumpkin’s images. They look better with candy in them than empty. Aren’t they cute little packages?? I’ll be using them for secretaries and teachers at the schools I sub at and where my son goes.
Then, I see where my own creative juices flow…here is what happened this month…
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I have made up my mind to do more scrapbooking and have therefore challenged myself to make at least 1 scrapbook page with the kit contents each month. For this, I need to add a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, which is in Rich Razzleberry today. Normally, I would use the included cards to back the photos, yet since this kit did not have cards, I did have to grab some other card stock as well. In this case, some Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Cajun Craze. Ideally, I would like to use as much from the kit as I can to show you that you can do it too. Also, this month, to have a change of pace for non Halloween folks, I added in a fall stamp set called Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers thinlits.
I used 2 of the cellophane bags and cut them on one side. Then I did a fan fold and adhered the sides together after tying them in the middle with the bakers twine from the kit. I made the bakers twine long enough so that I could tie it in a bow around the stems of the leaves.
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The leaves are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry. The leaf overlay is cut from Mango Melody. I used glue dots on the back of the leaves to stick them to the cellophane fan circle.
For the title, I embossed one of the flower thinlits onto the silver paper that was in the box. I just used a scrap of it. I thought they came out pretty cool. I was attempting to cut the flower and instead it did this. I liked it, so I didn’t run it through the Big Shot again. I also used the Stitched Framelits to make the ovals around the title. I use these A LOT! I absolutely love them! You can also see that I used Rich Razzelberry ink to stamp a bunch of leaves all over the back ground to give it some extra pizzazz and add to the falling leaves…
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After making the scrapbook page, I thought I should make a card using as much from the kit as I could. I needed to add cardstock for the base of the cards, yet, the rest is from the kit itself. These 2 cards came together pretty quick!
This first one, I used Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut 1 inch off the bottom of the top part of the card. Then I used the spider web cellophane bag and cut it open to make a cover for the top of the card. I used the small and large spider on the same stamp block to stamp the bottom border. Then used the silver pumpkin to adhere behind the jack-o-lantern. I stamped the sentiment and tied some of the bakers twine around the fold to disguise it.
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The only thing I don’t like about this card is that you can see the glue dots that I used to stick the bag to the front. Not sure what else I could have done.
The next card I like better…
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I used a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and Whisper White cardstock. I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the stamping after putting almost all the stamps onto 1 block to make a word and picture collage. I saw somebody on a facebook site do something similar for a scrapbook page background and was reminded that I had once done that for Christmas cards from Paper Pumpkin a few years ago. I love using that idea when you have lots of little stamps!
I used the same block of stamps to stamp the background with Versa Mark ink. Then I added the silver circle behind the ghosts eyes to give it that eerie look. I cut off part of the tag and edged it with the Gorgeous Grape like I did the whole card and the worded rectangle. Gotta love distressing! I tied some of the black and silver bakers twine around the fold and tied a bow. I used dimensionals for the back of the tag and the ghost. Simple and quick card.
There you have it. 3 fairly quick and easy alternates to a very fun paper Pumpkin kit. Did you have to go Halloween? No, you did not. Could you if you wanted to? Naturally! Paper Pumpkin is for anyone and any level of crafting that wants to get products you can’t buy anywhere else.
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HOW the FLASH SALE WORKS:
Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate. The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5. The flash promotion starts October 8, 2018. The sale will continue until supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
If the supply runs out before October 10, they will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features a one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).

CLICK HERE or on the picture above and make sure you use promo Code FLASH1018 to lock in your $5 box of October fun!

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin! Now hop over to Deb’s blog to see her fun creation.
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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

Where have I been?

Hello Out There!

I trust all of you have had a wonderful year full of blessings!

Yes, I have been out the blogging habit for almost a year! I looked back at my last post – September 1st of last year! Has it really been that long? Hard to believe! I do have a very good reason, though. Want to hear it?

I was turning in my substitute papers for the school year the Friday before school was going to start. I then went to the middle school to re-introduce myself (my son went there the last quarter of the previous year when we moved to town) to the ladies up front and was asked if I would be willing to do subbing for longer than a day or two. I said sure, being in the same class for a few days would not be a problem. She asked if I would do longer than a few days. I said that I probably would. Then she asked if I would like to sub starting on Wednesday of the next week. I said that school started on that day! She said that they had a teacher in the hospital and had no idea how long she would be there and that no other subs would take the job, would I be willing to do it? I was in shock…starting the first day of school?! I had been subbing in Colorado Springs for the past year, but those were classes already set up and with lesson plans. This would be from scratch. I told her I needed to discuss it with my husband (really, I needed to wrap my head around the whole idea and calm my beating heart and knew that he would help me reason it all out). We talked about the students and how they would feel on that first day of school and not have their teacher. And maybe how they would have different subs in there until the teacher returned. We talked about how we would feel as parents if this had been our son’s class. We talked about how I would have to put my SU! business on hold or attempt to work it in when I could. Mainly, it was about the students. Then I called to tell her yes. Two hours later I got a call from the principal, who I had yet to meet in person…and the deal was made! I showed up on Monday for the Back-to-School teacher breakfast and ID card pictures (was not told about that) and felt like I had slipped back in time to 1991 when I began teaching in Nogales, AZ!! Holy Cow! It had been 16 years since I was in my own classroom! I had Meet the Teacher that night and the Principal was there to explain to the parents and students who I was and why I was there. I had a deer-in-the-headlights look, I am sure! 5th graders coming in to Middle School all nervous and their substitute was too! YIKES!!

From there, the days slipped into a routine and I discovered that lesson planning, teaching, grading, teacher duties, parent meetings, discipline, teacher meetings, and everything else that teachers do is like riding a bike! It all comes back to you when you are thrown into it. The love of teaching does too! I was happy! I mean happier than I had been in a while! Totally fulfilled and feeling blessed that my husband and son were so supportive! Ron ended up home a lot for awhile and he became the house husband. I didn’t have to worry about food or laundry. He did it all so that I could figure out what I was doing as a 5th grade teacher! It was glorious! I felt right at home and had wonderful people around me helping with all my questions and giving me ideas. After 16 years of being at home and working in our roofing business, I had forgotten a few things. Other teachers were there to give suggestions and remind me of things that were new to teaching. The internet became my new BFF! Who knew that there were more than just crafting blogs out there!?! Hahaha! Oh, and I even used stamps and fancy duct tape to make my own Hall passes and Nurse pass on 5×8 cards! The kids liked them and even the principal commented on them when he did my evaluation! Cool, huh?!

So, this was how my life went…for a few weeks I spent days teaching, nights and weekends lesson planning and grading. And then my students started asking me what would happen to them when the original teacher didn’t come back and a Long Term Sub came? It broke my heart to think of someone else teaching “my” kiddos, as I had come to think of them. So, to be a Long Term Sub, you had to be state certified. I needed to take a test…a BIG test! It was about K-8th grade Content…not about teaching. Do you know the last time I studied for a test??? YEARS!! I studied my butt off! I used Kahn Academy and I read text books and I did math like it was my favorite subject. I had help from Ron and Kitar and some others! I had 2 weeks and I needed to pass that test the first time!!

We drove to Missoula and made a day of it…my test was first. It was tough! None of the practice test info was on it, of course. I got about half way through and almost broke down. I started to panic. I wanted to get up and walk out. I thought that there was no way I was going to pass this crazy test! And then…I heard a voice in my head that told me to pull up my big girl panties and get this done because all ‘MY’ kiddos were counting on me to be there for them! I wiped my eyes, blew my nose, and got back to my test! There was a time limit after all! When I finished I was afraid to click the “Get score” button!! Then I finally did with my eyes closed. Slowly I opened my eyes and saw a wonderous sight…I passed. I don’t remember the actual score number now, but suffice it to say it was above the score I needed to have and I cried with relief! This time, I got up and walked out, got my stuff, and proof that I could take back and show my kiddos. I then got my state certification, did my interview with the school, demonstrated a math lesson (it was the lesson I was going to teach in Math that day anyway) and found out a few days later that I got the Long-Term Sub job of the position I had already been teaching for a month. My students and I were so happy! My paycheck jumped to teacher salary status and my husband was so happy! Hahaha! They accepted all 10 years of my previous teaching experience…made more money “starting” my 11th year of teaching here in MT than if I had been teaching all these 23 years in AZ. How sad is that?!

So, at my age, I restarted my teaching career and had a blast doing it! However, that was all I had time for, besides the mom and wife duties. My husband started working on the RR more and so I had to start thinking of food for my son and I and doing the laundry and housecleaning on the weekends! So glad my son is old enough to share in the duties!

In mid-January the teacher was well enough to start working part-time in the afternoon and I did the mornings. That left me free to sub in the afternoon at either the middle school or the elementary school. I did lots of kindergarten! I was in that 5th grade classroom until mid-term of the 3rd quarter.  The teacher came in on a Friday afternoon after a Dr. appointment and said that I didn’t need to come in the next week. She was back full-time. So, I packed up the stuff I still had on the desk and in the classroom and stayed until after lunch to say goodbye to the students. It was a sad and teary good-bye for me and many of “my” students. Sadly, I never subbed in there the rest of the school year. I did however sub in other classes at the middle school and therefore saw “my” kiddos and also many of the classrooms at the elementary school. I finished out the school year subbing at the middle school on the very last day of school! Started and ended my year there. Not a bad year at that!

So, now, being on summer vacation, I have had lots of time to craft again! It’s been lovely! Started the summer making 44 cards for a swap, then working on my dad’s life album, playing with Paper Pumpkin, and making cards for Card Classes. I am back in the SU! swing of things and figured I might as well get back to blogging.

Will I be teaching next year? I don’t know. I plan on subbing at least, and any days I don’t sub will be my SU! days. So far, no teaching positions have opened up that I am qualified for, so we shall wait and see. I am open to it. I am also open to subbing. I am also open to working my SU! full-time if that is the way it is meant to be. God knows best, so I will leave it in His hands and go with the flow…just like last year!

Get ready, because I have lots of crafting to share with you and I am ready to blog my booty off!

Blessings to you! Enjoy your day!

June