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Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Adoring Arrow Alternative Projects - Paper Pumpkin January 2017

Paper Pumpkin delivered some super sweet Treat Bags in the January kit! The Adoring Arrows kit & exclusive stamp set set you up for Valentine's Day. But... what if you are not handing out loving bags of sweetness to everyone around you??
Luckily, the stamp set will still work for you!

If love is not on the agenda, sweet Thank You's are always in season.
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Sweetheart Punch, Gold Metallic Thread, and Crumb Cake Note Card
Hands down, if you're going to order anything to compliment those Paper Pumpkin Kits, GET THE NOTE CARDS!! You can order them HERE in white, or if you like the crumb cake brown color shown above, you'll find them HERENote cards, they come in a pack of 20 cards and 20 envelopes, pre-scored so folding is a cinch. They will take your kits so much farther! If you up-cycle your kit supplies in to different projects, or if you just want to keep using those darling stamps, note cards will  make your life easy! 
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This card uses supplies from the January Kit, glued onto a note card.
On a note card, your space is minimized so you can focus on the "less is more" designs. For the Amazing Friend card above, I stamped the sentiment at an angle across the whole white banner from the kit. Topped with the striped vellum banner from the kit, you can still see the design of the words beneath it. I wrapped the banners in the gold thread from the kit, and tucked a small banner in, with the sentiment stamped on it. 

Another Thank You:
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Gold arrow feathers snipped apart make lovely chevrons!
This thank you card above, uses the edges of the paper treat bags for the long banner, the vellum from the kit, and I separated a few of the gold arrow fletching pieces to make a chevron pattern. All on a note card! ;-)

This next card uses a piece of the pattern side of the treat bag for the gold hearts, and - Trash to Treasure - the leftover piece of card stock from the die cut hearts. Used it! Cut carefully, and you'll get maybe 4 cards out of the kit pieces.
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Full size card, with a Calypso Coral layer, covered by the die-cut scrap.
Waste Not, Want Not. Use those gold hearts for smaller punches or panels.
Use the edges of the treat bags for small sentiment banners.
More loving friendship - this is a note card again. Perfect for thank yous, or for a note to encourage that amazing friend. The heart is a stamped piece of the die-cut frame, carefully trimmed out. 

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Love, Sweet Love!! 
Ok, so the stamp set is meant for LOVE, so here are some alternative cards you can make that are... lovely! ;-)
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Full size card with Hardwood embossing folder, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, 
the heart die cut from the kit, and stamps from the kit. 

Paper Pumpkin Alternate Projects January 2017 MidnightCrafting.com

Extra fletching on the arrow, and a stamped die-cut heart on this note card. To get the Calypso Coral heart under the tip, I used the back side of the solid Love stamp. 

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This  full size card used the outline of the arrow feathers on the side, 
and I cut the arrow tips in half to make many small hearts.

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 This card uses a panel of the treat bag, wrapped in the gold thread, on a note card base to hold 3 die-cut hearts. I stamped the solid heart using the back side of the Love stamp. 


What other great alternatives have you thought up? A great way to challenge yourself to think outside the box (tee hee hee), is to use half the kit to make the project as intended, and then use the other half to try something different. The kit supplies are so easy to transform, and once you stretch your creative muscles, you'll start seeing the possibilities. 

Need more inspiration? Look through my Paper Pumpkin board on Pinterest HERE

Happy Crafting!
-Angie


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Paper Pumpkin January 2017 - Adoring Arrows

January is when Paper Pumpkin sets you up for success on the big V-day! This month we got a darling kit with supplies to make 24 treat bags for those special loves in your life. Its not hard to make Paper Pumpkin projects - they do everything for you to make it easy! All the supplies are pre-cut, special adhesive or stickered die-cuts are ready to go, they include an instruction guide, AND there is even a video for each project where you can watch someone make it!
January's Project:

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January 2017 - Paper Pumpkin Adoring Arrows Treat Bags

And here is the How-To Video:


Just in case you have any issues with the project, some steps I wanted to share with you:

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Heart frame on die-cut hearts in the kit. Hit or miss, its OK to miss!!
There are two sides to every paper! Two. Sides. If you're trying to stamp this heart outline, it may take a couple tries. :-) Flip your sheet over & try again.


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Glue Dot onto Vellum - place it in a colored stripe section
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Invisible! Vellum beauty intact!
Velum is one of those special papers that take some getting used to! For sure follow the instruction in the guide about placing the adhesive dots on the stripes. You'll hardly be able to see the dot of glue, but it will hold your banner in place!


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Random Tousling of Gold Thread
Two Sides, people! Two sides! LoL
I don't know about you, but random stuff always get me! This "tousle gold thread on top of dimensionals" is just not going to be perfect. Its not meant to be. Random is not perfect, handmade is not perfect, gold thread is not perfect. Ugh. I LIKE perfect, but I'll settle for kind of random. :-)


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Stuck on youuuuuuu. Well, maybe...
The sticker to hold the back of the bag down? Mayyyyy pop off. Make sure you double and triple score that flap to make it more pliable. Or. Stick a tiny spot of clear tape on & put the sticker over. Just sayin. Wouldn't want any of those goodies inside to go missing! Unless they're chocolate, and they just happen to spill out and I need to taste test them to make sure they're still good...amirite?!


Anyhow, once you're through making these sweeties, share the love!
24 treat bags is a great number for party favors, table treats, classroom or workplace valentines, neighbor treats, and gifts for your postman, UPS man and Barista. Those folks deserve a little love too!
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Share the love! All your friends and family love a little treat, too!

If you're just NOT feelin' the treat bag, check out my next post where I share some Paper Pumpkin Alternative projects! I'll show you some projects using the supplies in your kit differently, and how you can use the stamp set again if you've used all your kit supplies!

Alternative Projects HERE

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Happy Crafting! 
-Angie 

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You've Got This Playful Palette

Wintry wet days for a while around here, so I decided to practice my water-coloring. I used the pretty flower from the You've Got This stamp set, really an all-in-one set with the sentiments, focal image, and background stamps. All you need is a color scheme and voila! Beautiful cards. (If I do say so myself!)
Youve Got This Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Playful Palette
You've Got This stamp set & Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack

 For these cards I pulled the colors from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack used as background paper. The top layer is Water Color paper, colored with my Aqua Painter and ink from the Classic Stamp Pads - Sweet Sugarplum & Emerald Envy.

Youve Got This Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Playful Palette
Painted with Aqua Painter using Classic Ink Pads

Youve Got This Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Playful Palette
Background stamp in Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon

Youve Got This Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Playful Palette
Watercolor Paper absorbs the water from the Aqua Painters very well

Have you used the Aqua Painters? What tips do you have for getting different looks with them?

Happy Crafting!
 -Angie

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Love Sparkles Shaker Card Occasions 2017

Shaker cards are really a fun way to share excitement for someones big day! Easy to make, and fun to receive! Thats a Win/Win in my book! Here is the card I made for our Occasions 2017 Catalog Shoe-box Swap:
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Love Sparkles stamp set from the Occasions 2017 Catalog
I used:
Love Sparkles Stamp Set, with some of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper; Calypso Coral and So Saffron card stock; Sprinkles Embellishments, Gold Sequin Trim, Very Vanilla 1/4' Satin Trim, Banners Framelits, and the Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder. 

Products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, and from the Annual Catalog

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The shaker sprinkles needed a little more, so I added in some of the gold sequins, and punched a scrap of the Cupcakes& Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack using the  Confetti Stars Border Punch.
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A trick I use to keep my Gold Sequin Trim from unraveling - because once that end is cut, you can have sequins slipping away here and there - is to add a Glue Dot and loose sequin to the end of your length of trim.
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The center embossed panel is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and the Foam Adhesive Strips used in the shaker part. A piece of the Falling In Love paper is used behind the shaker panel, and I stamped the Love Sparkles stamp in Calypso Coral. The little Soft Sky tag is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. 
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Once you've got your layout and cutting dimensions set up, its not hard to whip up a dozen cards at a time. And its so satifying to see them all together! 
One last group photo before they began their journeys as Happy Mail:

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Swaps can be so fun!
Happy Crafting!
 -Angie

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Occasions Catalog 2017 Shoe-box Swap Cards



One of the best parts of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is getting together with people who love crafting and card making as much as you do. The fun & friendships are so special! I spent Sunday stampin' the day away with my fellow demonstrators at a Shoe-box Swap.

A shoe-box swap is an event where we each choose a stamp set from the newest catalog, and design a project to share with each other at the swap. We then prepare enough supplies - card stock & embellishments - for each person attending to make the card themselves. In your shoe-box you include the stamps, ink, and the card supplies, and at the event we pass the boxes around and get a chance to try out many of the new sets and supplies, as well as see the creativity of our team and try some new techniques!

Here are some of the cards we made using sets and supplies from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration items.

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Lift Me Up Bundle

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Tasty Trucks 

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Beautiful You

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Detailed Dragonfly and So Detailed Thinlits

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Love Notes Framelits Dies

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Balloon Adventures

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Beautiful You

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Dragonfly Dreams Bundle

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So In Love Bundle

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Birthday Blast
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Hey, Chick
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High Tide
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Yummy In My Tummy and Any Occasion



Happy Crafting!
 -Angie

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Get Carried Away - Occasions Catalog 2017

I think one of the most popular themes of the Occasions 2017 Catalog is Hot Air Balloons! Very on trend, you'll see it all over Pinterest, because its fun and whimsical. It can be vintage or contemporary, and maybe best of all - it can be used for both feminine AND masculine cards! Ah, yes... the elusive masculine cards.

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Adventurous Masculine Card using Lift Me Up Bundle and Carried Away Designer Paper
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Projects made with this Lift Me Up Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalog are sure to delight just about everyone!

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Carried Away Designer Series Paper you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration
Stampin Up Occasions Lift Me Up Bundle MidnightCrafting.com
When you buy this bundle, not only do you SAVE 10%, but you can qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

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There are so many Occasions (see what I did there?) you'll be able to use this set!

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You can use so many color combinations with these balloons!

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This Sale-A-Bration paper will make some gorgeous projects, like this fun scrapbook page!

Join Andrea from the Stampin' Up! training team as she highlights the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up and Away Thinlits Dies from the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog.



The items offered in the Occasions catalog and the exclusive Designer Paper Set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog make it easy for you to share these playful images for birthdays, Valentines Day, and even encouraging notes! So go ahead, get carried away!!


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Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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