Give My Regards to Broadway

My husband and I recently experienced New York City for the first time with our daughter and it was a surprisingly wonderful experience. From biking around Central Park to the Statue of Liberty, we painted the town for 3 days (and I found some creative juice)!

My favorite part had to be Broadway, though. I began my college career with the intent of studying musical theater, so that has a place in my heart. We only had time to see one show and we chose “Dear Evan Hansen”.

Do NOT miss the opportunity to see this incredible musical (by the same guys who wrote Greatest Showman) if you get the chance: But don’t make the mistake I did of going without a box of kleenex. And I *ugly cried*.

Today I wanted to pay tribute to that amazing vacation with a stamp, of course! So here’s one you are going to love playing with: The Broadway Bound suite from Stampin’ Up!

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This project was also inspired by the the #tgifc163 sketch challenge:

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You can download the tutorial for my Broadway Birthday Bag HERE.

Know what else is TOTALLY AWESOME about the Broadway Bound suite? The June Paper Pumpkin Kit is going to coordinate with it!

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Did you notice the “subscribe by” date? Yep, that’s TODAY. So if you are reading this after June 10th, you may have to cross your fingers that they have some kits left that they will post for sale around June 26th…but you still have to be a subscriber to order them, so what are you waiting for?

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YOU, YOU, YOU!

A tag is SO VERSATILE and one of my favorite things to make. This tag just happens to fit beautifully on top of the gold-striped treat bags from Stampin’ Up!:

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The AMAZING YOU stamp set *and* the CELEBRATE YOU framelits are part of the Stampin’ Up!  Sale-a-Bration going on now… you can only get them FREE (just your lucky day).

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Slide in a gift card, a cookie or a pampering item to celebrate a friend, or give the empty bag to your significant other and let them fill it for YOU!!

Would you like instructions to make this bag and tag? Download a .pdf tutorial HERE!

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Crafting Out of the Box

Some folks like to follow a recipe and others enjoy creating something from scratch: With a Paper Pumpkin kit, you can do either…or both!

The June Paper Pumpkin kit was fabulous for summertime celebrations (see the video I shared on June 19th)…here are the projects as shown in the kit~ it had supplies for 6 cards and 4 bags:

Then it was time to try mixing it up a little! What else could I do with just the items in the kit, but not make them all the same? Let’s see…

Made a few different tags and cards, then put the banner on the INSIDE of the card to pop up when the recipient opens it!

Once you’ve created all the projects in your kit, you still have the stamp set and ink spot(s) left over, so add a little more card stock, a different color of ink and maybe a few accessories and keep on creating:

It’s almost MORE fun to find different ways to use the supplies than it is to follow the instructions! Should you need more inspiration, may I suggest joining the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club group on Facebook? You’ll be blown away at the creativity shared by other crafters with their kits~ and find hundreds of ways to get the most of your Paper Pumpkin kit!

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before July 10th to get the next awesome kit for yourself or a friend.

Polka Dots on My Paper Pumpkin

I was pretty excited about the February Paper Pumpkin kit! Since I needed a bag for a thank you gift, I pulled it out and played with it today.

As I was assembling the letters to say “THANKS”, I realized that the piece of paper they came on was a perfect polka dot template:

You do need to flip it around to get each corner, but it worked perfectly with a little sponging. I guess you could use the Pistachio Pudding ink spot that came with the kit to do this, too, but I didn’t think of it until afterward.

Since it was a flower-themed gift, I just punched out a few flowers with the Fancy Flower punch (item #118073) for the letters and everything else was in the kit!

The lighting seems a little weird today, so apologies for that, but I think you get the idea 🙂

Here’s a look at the February Kit (unless you just signed up for Paper Pumpkin, in which case you received the Welcome Kit):

Thanks for choosing Loni Spendlove as your demonstrator when you sign up for Paper Pumpkin! And FYI: signing up before March 31, 2014 means you get a set of markers FREE in your Welcome Kit…
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Candy Corn & Paper Piecing Mashup

A sure sign of fall isn’t the falling leaves or cooler temperatures…it’s the CANDY! Remember when you could ONLY get candy corn in Autumn and Peeps at Easter? That was before they started making pastel corn for Easter and Peeps ghosts for Halloween…ah, the good old days…

I’ve been thinking about tags lately, so this popped into my head when I saw the Friday Mashup challenge (mashing up a fall food theme and paper piercing, FM128) and the Freshly Made Sketch (FMS104) this week:

The paper piercing was inspired by Patty B (but on a smaller version of hers). Here’s how I made the candy corn:

So there’s a sweet treat double whammy (or is it a triple?) for you today! 
Project Recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up! unless noted):
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet stamp set 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper: Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (132184), card stock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin’ Sponge, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130019),  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (123124),  4×6 Cellophane bag (102757).  Punches: 1/2″ circle (119869), 1″ circle (119868), 1-3/8″ circle (119860), Artisan Label (130920). OTHER: CANDY CORN

Update 9/30/13: My project was voted as ROCKSTAR at the Friday Mashup! Wahoo!

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September Stamp Soiree: St. George, Utah

Get your fingers inky, Southern Utah! Come get crafty for the holidays on Saturday, September 28th at the clubhouse on Lion’s Head Drive in Washington (near Green Springs Golf Course). We have TWO fun events you won’t want to miss~together we are calling it a “Stampin’ Soiree”~and I’m sharing a few samples!

Card Buffet (10 a.m.): Create 8 gorgeous greeting cards (2 each of birthday and thank you and 4 christmas) Bring your scissors and adhesive, everything else is provided for you, including envelopes. Cost: $15

Holiday Stamp Camp (1:30 p.m.):  Make a Halloween Sampler to frame as well as Christmas boxes, bags and tags for dressing up the perfect gift! As always, bring scissors and adhesives. Cost: $25

BEST VALUE: Attend BOTH events for just $35 (save $5). You can leave for lunch or stay and visit over a Durango’s Salad (optional). 

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 23rd by selecting Paypal Options below or call me at 801.376.8685 to register by phone! It’s going to be a fun day of papercrafting nirvana!

Stamp Soiree Options
Card Buffet Class 10 a.m. $15.00 USD Holiday Stamp Camp 1:30 p.m. $25.00 USD All Day (both events~Save $5!) $35.00 USD +Lunch (Durango’s Salad + drink) $8.00 USD

Tag-a-Bag Album & Class

If you’ve been busy making memories this summer, you’ll want to preserve them to share in this whimsical Paper Bag Album…and you can finish it in about an hour at my class next Wednesday!

With 10 delightful chevron pages, pockets and tassels, there is plenty of room to store pictures & memorabilia from a family vacation, a special friendship or just capture the everyday happiness at your house. Participants need to bring scissors and adhesive, everything else is provided.

When: Wednesday, August 14th at 10 a.m. ~OR~ 7:30 p.m.
Where: My house in Spanish Fork, UT (Ask for directions when registering, if needed)
Cost: $18

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Curled Paper Bows

Welcome back to my creative wrapping week! If you’ve missed some of the posts this week, make sure to catch up so you can get your Christmas Gifts wrapped in style 🙂 And I’d love to have you join me for the TP Tube Challenge I posted yesterday!

Years ago my mom started a wrapping paper business where she sold industrial-sized rolls of gift wrap, the metal cutters and oodles of ribbon. As a paper-addict, I was in heaven! Eventually I followed in her footsteps and worked the business for a while until I found Stampin’ Up! Anywhooo…that’s where I learned this lovely little technique to make a curled paper bow from your gift wrap:

Wrapping paper is super-easy to curl because it is light-weight paper, but I am teaching you the technique using SU! Designer Series Paper (Be Of Good Cheer~126896)

1. Start with a piece of wrapping paper or DSP. This is a 12×12 piece of DSP and you begin by folding it in half. If using a rectangle, fold it in half the long way, or “hot dog” fold. My favorite size is about 18″ x 12″ for a large package, but don’t worry about the measurements…just grab a piece of paper from your printer and follow along!!

2. Take the open edge and fold it up toward the folded edge, leaving about 1″ along the folded edge.

3. Cut from the bottom fold up toward the center fold, just through the open end edge, all the way across, about 3/4″ to 1″ wide. No need to measure, just start cutting 🙂

4. Once you are finished, unfold the whole paper and you will have “spider legs” on both sides with a fold down the middle, like this:

5. Now the fun begins! Use your scissors and “curl” the paper as you would a ribbon, with the pattern you want to show the most of on the opposite side of your scissors. As you are curling, you may pull off one of the “legs” (see the one in the background of the picture?) No worries: You will never notice it when it is finished!

 6. When you are done curling, your paper or gift wrap will look like this:

 7. If you are using gift wrap, just SCRUNCH it together up the middle fold to gather it. Using DSP (which is a little heavier) you may find it easier to fan fold it as you go along. The cuts you made make it pretty simple to do quickly. Again, this isn’t rocket science, so you don’t have to be exact, just fold it and go! Then grab an old bread twist tie (doesn’t matter what color…mine is BLUE!) and wrap it around the gathers/folds and twist to secure.

8. Once your bow is secure, just mush it around until looks like a big fluffy bow and tape it to your gift and add a tag! This tag was stamped in Cherry Cobbler Ink (126966) with the Dec. 25 image from the Tags ’til Christmas stamp set (wood~120847 or clear~121169), punched with the Decorative Label Punch (120907) and adorned with Champagne Glass Glitter (120997), all of which can be ordered from my website

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I forgot to share these adorably simple little Owl treat bags we made clear back in July:

By “We” I mean my husband and I…we created 120 of them and filled them with goodies for the Late Night Stamper Reunion Party (the Owl is the mascot of the LNS)  He (my hubby) had fun making each owl with it’s own personality (crossed eyes, goofy eyes, angry eyes) but after the first 50, he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to see another bird 😮
But look at how cute they are! Did you know that a group of owls is called a “Parliament”? 

All you need is some lunch bags, Designer Series Paper (I used the First Edition DSP # 121878),  a few circle punches, glue stick, scissors and stapler! Super simple, super cute.

BIG NEWS!
On Monday, October 29 we are kicking off a whole WEEK of celebration for Digital Scrapbooking day, but that’s not all! On Monday ONLY, Stampin’ Up! is having a Sell-a-Stamp Spooktacular! All stamps will be 15% off (excluding hostess sets and bundled products)!! Click or call to place your order on Monday, October 29th 🙂