Month: July 2021

2021 Holiday Mini Catalog Preview

It’s time for my 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog Preview! I want to give you a more personal look at some of the items that I purchased from the demonstrator preorder. When my order arrived, I really was just like a kid at Christmas! Don’t forget about my giveaway! You must comment, share, and be subscribed on my YouTube post to be entered!

Today’s Video

Of course, my favorite items are the Christmas ones. And there are so many choices! Stampin’ Up offers everything from traditional style to whimsical style to abstract type style.

The new 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog will go live on August 3rd. I am so excited for you to see it!

More 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog Goodies


Additionally, there are many items that are fall-related inside the catalog. I feel that many of these items will make great all-occasion cards to be used all year long.

Be sure to keep checking http://www.thepolkadotlife.com for a lot of demonstrations and inspiration! You can always take a minute to view http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/wishes-wonder-by-stampin-up/ –one of last year’s projects to hold you over. 🙂 Or you can just go directly to my YouTube channel and watch a bunch of things. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytIeIAimoogRjJjoYBkTpA

I am getting so excited to share all of these new goodies with you! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

My July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit has arrived! The kit is titled The Adventure Begins. The kit has included supplies to make 12 cards and envelopes. Coordinating Stampin’ Up colors are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso,Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green,Mango Melody, Night of Navy, and Basic White. You will find a Garden Green Stampin’ Spot inside the kit.

Today’s Video

I really love the included cards and ideas in the kit. So I decided to create alternatives using the stamps only. I feel that this makes the most sense anyway! We own our Paper Pumpkin stamps long after the kit contents are gone. I place my stamps in a sleeve, download and print the image for that kit, and file them in a bin. You can download the inserts here: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/how-paper-pumpkin-works. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see several inserts to download.

I love the softness of the card shown in my video. The card is made using a very simple layout. However, I think that is why I like it so much. It’s very clean and uncomplicated.

More July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

A multi-colored greeting card made using the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

The first thing I did was make a background DSP. I used Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green to create the background. It is really fun to play with blending brushes! Second, I took the solid tree stamp and stamped three trees along the bottom of my paper in Evening Evergreen. Next, I stamped those same trees and stamped them on Evening Evergreen cardstock. I fussy cut the images. Finally, I glued the trees to my paper. I adhered the center tree using Stampin’ Dimensionals. You can choose to add a sentiment to your card by stamping directly on the paper or by adding a banner.

In like manner, I created this card using only the stamps from the kit. I showcased the Let Your Light Shine sentiment by stamping the adorable fireflies around it. Additionally, I used the Hand Penned DSP to anchor the greeting to my card. The Macrame Embossing Folder adds the perfect texture to the background.

A Look At August’s Kit

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Soft Succulent Shimmer Vellum: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Stellar Birthday

I live in Huntsville, AL. We are the Rocket City. The rockets developed here put man on the moon! Huntsville is home to the US Space & Rocket Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Space Camp. There was no doubt that I would be purchasing the Stellar Birthday stamp Set!

This stamp set features whimsical space children, a dog, and sayings that play off of the space theme. It comes across as a set only for children’s birthday cards, but I will show you a version for adult space enthusiasts as well.

Today’s Video

My first card is a sweet fun fold card. This project begins with creating my own DSP. I used our Whisper White Craft Ink Pad and the star stamp to create a night sky. Don’t forget about this star stamp when you sit down to make Christmas Cards this year!

There aren’t any dies to match this stamp set. However, the images are not difficult to fussy cut. And these images are so cute! You can customize the hair and skin color to represent your favorite child. I love that!

More Stellar Birthday Cards

My second card is on a Smoky Slate base. It is in a horizontal orientation. The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy ink and embossed using clear embossing powder. The embossing just helps it stand out a little better.

My final card is for a very special friend. Mr. Frank is a member of my church family. He has worked in the space industry for decades. Frank is just now getting ready for retirement and he is in his 80’s. Yes, you read that correctly!

Card Supplies

The colors of Stampin’ Blends that I used for my cards were: Misty Moonlight L+D, Real Red L+D, Daffodil Delight L, Pumpkin Pie L, Melon Mambo L, Smoky Slate L+D, Petal Pink L, Ivory, Bronze, Soft Suede L+D, and Crumb Cake L.

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ x 4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, 4″ x 5 1/4″ for inside, and scrap for sentiment
  • Real Red Cardstock: 2″ x 3 3/4″ and 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ for inside layer

Biggest Wish – July 2021 Color Challenge

Today I am making a card using the Biggest Wish stamp set. Also, we will be using our Stamparatus to stamp our images employing the hinge technique. This stamp set features both a large, chunky font and a more delicate, script font.

Biggest Wish Video

This month we were assigned the colors of Pacific Point, So Saffron, and Poppy Parade for our team color challenge. I love each one of the colors! When I first made this card I used Poppy Parade for the mat and stamped “birthday” in So Saffron. Which version do you prefer?

More Color Challenge Cards

This card features the Natural Textures Host stamp set and the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. I love this happy little fun fold card! I think that we will need to revisit this fold very soon. It would work with any DSP and stamp set.

This last card is my personal favorite. The “splotch” stamp is from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. Additionally, I stamped the floral images in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using the Painted Poppies stamp set. The sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set.

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2′ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pacific Point Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, scrap for sentiment

Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color June 2021

I am so late with my Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color alternatives! But isn’t this kit fantastic? I think that Paper Pumpkin has really upped the quality of their kits in the past year. And I really like the cards included with the kit. I had a hard time trying to decide how to approach my alternatives this month. That is why I only made one card using the kit supplies. For the other two, I used the stamp set and pulled in items from the Expressions In Ink Suite of products.

Today’s Video

The card featured in today’s video is a combination of kit supplies and other supplies I had on hand. You could totally use the large vellum flower that was included in you kit instead of die cutting a white one. And we have so many sprigs or greenery pieces that you could pull in as well. Make sure to watch the video to see both my vellum and my white cardstock versions. I was surprised that I actually like the white version better. Who knew?

This greeting card was made using supplies from the Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color kit.  Other supplies from Stampin' Up were also used.

Undoubtedly, Evening Evergreen has stolen my heart. And no one was more surprised than me! I am not usually a dark or jewel tone color person. It is falling into the same category for me as Night of Navy. I consider it a neutral. In particular, it works perfectly for accents and sentiments. I could have chosen any color for this card, yet I chose Evening Evergreen. This would be a perfect masculine card.

This card could also be made using any color of your choice. I seem to be having an In Color phase. 🙂

Next Month’s Kit

Here is a little preview of the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. Please make sure that you are signed up on or before July 9th. That way you can craft along with me next time! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color Card Supplies

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Card Measurements:

  • Polished Pink Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and cut 3/4″ off one edge
  • Fresh Freesia (Or from the card in the kit) 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Alcohol Inked Design or Basic White Stamped: 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ for sentiment, and 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ for inside layer
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