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August 2016

Michelle and Creating With Paper going Halloween!

Greetings my fellow spooks!

Before I start, I would like feedback if you are seeing this blog in whatever browser/device you pull it up on complete.  I have had an issue with MY view cutting off my banner at the top of the blog.  My hubby pulled up the site on several different browsers and devices and sees it just fine.  So, if any of you are having the same issue as me, please, please, let me know!  Thanks!

Just a slight change in blogging plans..somehow I managed to "sprain" my left knee.  Now those who know me know that my knees aren't the best in town - looks or function.  But they have been great to me for about 15 years now.  No swelling, no pain - thought I had beat all of that.  But what going up stairs had to do with it, I will never know, but WHACK - my knee was screaming bloody murder - as if I had fell on it or something.  Getting progressively worse throughout the day on Monday, I finally had hubby escort me to ER.  They took x-rays which of course revealed nothing - they never do...but determined it was sprained and if not better next week, well then we go on to something else.  Never having a torn meniscus I don't know how that feels other than what people have described to me, thus my gut is telling me that is what it is...but, who am I?  Certainly not a doctor.  This set me up good though - I am forced to sit and put my leg up with ice and craft, craft, craft.  Somebody up in Craft Heaven is telling me to get in and craft!  So, I am going to listen.

First I wanted to share something that Stampin' Up! had, oh I would say in 2013 or 2014!  I purchased this Halloween wreath kit and somehow it got put away (way away), and when I retrieved my Halloween craft crates, there it was, staring at me!  Well, I finally decided to get it out of the crate and make it up!  Here is how mine turned out!  A bit cattywampus, but I think cute none the less.

Anyone know what year this came out???  The beaded spider really turned out pretty, but it is very hard to see!  I may glue it on the white sentiment.  Oh, btw, I didn't have the stamp set it called for in the directions, so used another retired stamp set.

So, being "stuck in my craft room", I started making up some Halloween cards, using my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog!  The first two I am posting were shared on my 8/17 blog.  But I just still get a kick out of them.  

PicMonkey Collage
Searching Pinterest and all the wonderful, spooky shares on several Stampin' Up! demonstrators web sites, I made two cards and I made the goodie bag from ideas in the Holiday Catalog. 


For the goodie bag, the only thing not Stampin' Up! was the gathered circle that the witch picture is on.  That, my friends is a Cupcake holder!  I just squished it into a smaller circle.  I thought that was easier than making a folded circle medallion.  Of course a medallion would look more tailored, but I like the Cupcake holder, plus I have a ton of different patterns and I will never make that many cupcakes - or god forbid I do, because I will eat them all!

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 Next, a simple Halloween card.  Again, one thing not Stampin' Up!  My moon was from another project I did using Washi Tape.  I covered a piece of chipboard with random strips of Washi tape - all Halloween themed.  Then I used it for a Cat die that I put on a project.  With the leftover, I thought I would just punch my moon out strategically and carried the bat theme across the card.  A quick note, the Washi Label Punch has retired - I hated to see it go because it is one of the few labels that fit most of the greetings in the Stampin' Up! stamp sets.  Many are too small.


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Washi Label Punch
Washi Label Punch
Big Shot

 Last but not least, another card.  But wait, not just another card but my favorite card type - A Slider Card!  I am just hooked on these things.  On this card, the pumpkin stickers and the ghost lounging on the pumpkin are not Stampin' Up! 

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Big Shot

Another note:  I used Cucumber Crush, Pumpkin Pie, and Elegant Eggplant markers for the witch.  They are now sold in packs. 

Well, that is all for today!  If you wish to purchase any of the items listed, make a list and send to me and I will place your order on a Thursday, September 1st.  Most of the products used are from the Holiday Catalog which is live on the 1st.  If you need a Holiday Catalog, email me at and I will get you a catalog.  The Thoughtful Branches Bundle (#144328), die (#143538) or stamp (#143539) are only available for 7 more days!  Eek!  I hope that with the success this bundle has had, they will make it a permanent feature.  But you can pick that up NOW (August 31st is last day) - just click on SHOP NOW or LET'S SHOP.  Remember to use the August Hostess Code:

August Hostess Code
Have a wonderful rest of the week, my paper peeps and make time for Creating With Paper!

Creating With Paper Halloween projects

Happy Wednesday!  Or should I say "Humpday"!

I promised I would blog again on Tuesday, and I did that, but wanted it published on Wednesday!  I am going to try and be better about blogging more regularly.  My family is very important to me and I do tend to put things off to spend time with them.  That won't change, but I just need to dedicate myself a bit more to this part of my life.

So, the Holidays are quickly approaching..seems like we just packed up Christmas and soon we will be getting all the decor, lights, trees out again.  First though, we have to have Halloween fun!  We start our annual decorating with Halloween.  Hubby does the outside with a barrage of lights and skeletons.  He built a casket that we display every year with one of our skeleton fellows in it.  My job is the inside of the house.  We also make sure that we dress up to greet the chilins' coming for their candy. 

So, needless to say, we do it up on Halloween.  Here are a couple of cards I made last week and the supplies I used for them~they are cute "slider" cards.  I am planning on making these for my Crafting Girls Day this month.

Cookie cutter halloween 1

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The Cookie Cutter Stamp and Punch will be available to you all September 1st.  They are part of the new Holiday catalog.

Cookie cutter halloween

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I used a purchased, non Stampin' Up! pumpkin and the Sentiment is from a retired set called Spooky Bingo Bits. 

I made a cute Halloween mini album shown here.

Halloween mini album 2016

This album was a class I took at Michael's.  It was so much fun to create! 

Well, that is all for today, we will see you again on Friday for some weekend fun!  Have a great rest of the week, and remember to keep "Creating With Paper"!!


Creating With Paper and Holidays!

Greeting fellow Peeps!

What a summer this has been so far!  I am loving all the activities and fun we are having.  Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather...I hear it is going to get hot next week!  Ugh!  For those of you in other parts of the country, take care!  We keep hearing of these awful storms, with flooding and winds...just a nightmare.  Be safe all!

First of all today, I just wanted to touch base with you all on the beautiful Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set that is being offered ONLY this month!  August 2-August 31 you can get the bundle (stamp and die), or the stamp set and die separately. 

This set is absolutely lovely and I featured just one use of it in my last blog.  Here are a couple more pictures of how I used it.  Note: The Designer Paper is "retired".
Thoughtful tree
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English Garden Designer Series Paper
English Garden Designer Series Paper

 This next one is a favorite of mine...I inked the edges to give it a vintage look.  The vanilla paper is something I had in my stash that I only had a bit left of, so I used it... Very vanilla would do just as nicely.
  Thoughtful flower

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Aren't these great?  Pinterest has so many other Stampin' Up! ideas that fellow demonstrators and customer have produced with this stamp and die.  It is almost overwhelming the creativity that abounds with the Stampin' Up! family.  The prices for this lovely set are:

Item # 144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle $52.00 (you save 10% if you get the bundle)
Item # 143539 Thoughtful Branches Polymer Stamp Set $27.00 (highly recommend this especially if you don't have a Big Shot)
Item # 143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlets Die $31.00

Remember, this has limited availability, so if you are even thinking you might like this stamp or bundle, be sure to contact me!  Let's get together and make some Thoughtful things for everyone!  Here is you code for the month...

August Hostess Code

I am going to post more on Tuesday, so keep an "I" out!  (Ha!)

Have a great week, and remember to make time for "Creating With Paper!"