Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweet Treats Part IIII

Not in the mood for Halloween? You can change up your Paper Pumpkin kits to any theme you want! I think the polka dot burlap bags are so cute. Why not use those bags to make a little birthday treat bag for someone special?

I cut the top flap across the entire bag so I could unravel the top of the bag for a frayed look. I used Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine that I had on hand (not part of the kit) to stitch through the top of the bag. It was a basic stitch, I am no seamstress! I also had leftover tags and banners from a previous kit so I stamped those with stamps from previous kits in Strawberry Slush ink. I really like the black polka dots with the Strawberry Slush embellishments.

For more Paper Pumpkin inspiration please head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge! See what others have been making this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Treasure

Ahoy matey! I changed up my Paper Pumpkin this week into a cute little treasure theme, perfect for a pirate party! The gold foil wrapped chocolate coin inspired me! Fill up your burlap bag with the chocolate, add a little pretend map and notes then wrap up the bag like a pouch. This would make the perfect little party favors for your lil pirates!

X marks the spot! I used a lighter/flame to lightly burn the edges of one of the tags from the kit so the little map looks distressed and piratey. (I made that word up)

I have been having so much fun with this kit. What have you been making? Be sure to visit the My Pumpkin Challenge for inspiration and to share your creations. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creative Hop!

Hello friends! I was tagged by my dear friend, Jessica, to participate in the Creative Hop. Jessica is the lovely author of the blog Stamp a Blessing, and the founder of the My Pumpkin Challenge (of which I am lucky enough to be part of her team). Have you heard of the Creative Hop? No? It is a way for us to tell you a little about ourselves and make some new friends as we go. You can see Jessica's post here with her answers to the questions.

Now, it is my turn.

What am I working on now?

I am always working on the Paper Pumpkin Challenge, of course. I love to come up with new ideas and alternatives with the Paper Pumpkin kits. I am also working on samples and projects for upcoming classes. Currently, my biggest project is preparing for the Columbine Craft Fair. I share a booth with my friend Rosalynda, and I am in the process of creating goodies to sell at that event. I will be sharing some of my projects in the next few weeks.

How does my work differ than others in my genre?

Hmm, I am not sure my work differs from others entirely. I do try to keep others in mind when I create something. Sometimes people can be intimidated by all the beautiful cards and projects they see. I want everyone to know they can make it too! They can go home, pull out their supplies and recreate what we made in class or what they see on my blog.  I enjoy teaching others that they can express their creativity too.

Why do I create what I do?

To make pretty things of course! Whether it is a card or a gift for someone, I really enjoy adding a personal touch. I have always loved being creative. Drawing, painting, embroidery and friendship bracelets were my first projects, when I was a wee lass. As I got older I moved onto scrapbooking, which I still love to do. Then, about 12 years ago, I was introduced to Stampin' Up and I have been hooked ever since. Being creative makes me happy.

My mom is another source of inspiration for me. She is the most creative person I know, she has shown me the way. She works magic with anything artsy-craftsy. I am so lucky I was able to watch and learn. 

How does my creative process work?

It usually begins when my kids go to bed. That is when I am able to unwind and play with my toys, which gives me a burst of night-time energy, like a double-shot espresso pumped directly into my brain. Sometimes I get inspired by something I have seen on Pinterest or on another blog and I want to recreate it. Other times I never know what I will make. I might pull out a stamp set and let my creative juices take over, improvising my next creation. Hosting classes in my home each month also motivates me to create fresh new projects.'re it!

I am tagging my friend Amy Taylor at Just a Little Ink. She is part of our Stampin' Up team in Denver. I have known her since I first became a demonstrator. She always makes awesome cards for our swaps. Be sure to stop by and see what Amy is making. 

I am also tagging the talented Amanda Corbet over at Krafting Kreations. I have been a big fan of Amanda's kreations for a long time. I was lucky enough to work with her last month over at Craft Project Central. Be sure to visit her blog, you will leave inspired!

I can't wait to check out their blogs next Monday to see their responses for the Creative Hop!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweets & Treats Part II

Hello! Are you looking for some Paper Pumpkin inspiration? Then you have stopped by the right place. We gotcha covered. Each week the Design Team at the My Pumpkin Challenge shares their creations on ways to change up the Paper Pumpkin kits. Then, you are invited to share your creations. We love to see what you are making. Be sure to head to the My Pumpkin Challenge today.

The Challenge this month is Sweets & Treats! You can see my sample above. I used one of the striped boxes from a previous kit, then using the September kit, wrapped some of the black twine around it, added a tag stamped with Boo and orange sequin ribbon for a cute treat box. Fill that up with some candy and you are good to go!

Thanks for stopping by!

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