Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin

I am so impressed with both the quality and the value of Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin kits. I love getting that orange box in the mail each month and seeing what fun new project and supplies are inside. This month was no exception.  The kit contained 8 accordian style cards; 8 envelope style kraft boxes; a fabulous set of photopolymer stamps; a roll of baker’s twine; two ink spots (daffodil delight and pool party) and 8 sheets of orange felt with die cut letters that spell “thank you”.IMG_3315As you can see, I used almost everything in the kit for the project shown above; and was able to get four little note cards out of one accordian card. (The “thanks” in the middle is to show what the inside of each card looks like.) One kit will makes a total of 32 note cards! I chose to save the orange felt for a future project.


I made coordinating evelopes for the cards, with the Best Year Ever dsp from the sale-a-bration catalog, using the envelope punch board.

The three month prepaid Paper Pumpkin is  on sale for $54.85.  This deal also gives you one free sale-a-bration item!  This is a great time to try it out and/or give one as a gift to a daughter, sister, mother, or friend!

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Irresistible Lotus Blossom

Today’s card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts sketch (PPA240) shown below. This seemed a perfect opportunity to use two sale-a-bration products: the lotus blossom stamp set and the irresistibly yours dsp. These are both really fun products to use.  The lotus blossom is three separate stamps.  It is designed so that you can layer the three images on top of each other. (So easy with photopolymer stamps.) This allows you to achieve a beautiful image with much more depth than if you had used one stamp alone. The irresistibly yours dsp is “pre-embossed” for you.  I chose to sponge it with wisteria wonder ink.  You can also spritz it.  And of course – this allows you to create any color dsp you would like.IMG_3289

6a00e54f95df92883401b8d0d8847d970cThanks so much for stopping by!


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Happy Knitting Adventure

One of the many wonderful things about making cards, is that with the right materials, you can create a card that is just about perfect for the person and occasion for whom you are making it.

As soon as I saw this knitting themed pattern in the Adventure Bound dsp pack, and this sentiment in the Hello Life stamp set – I knew they belonged together. Add in the Blackberry Bliss ink and cardstock, and this is a card tailor made for me.  I love knitting; I love purple; and I love making cards. (I am not going to send myself this card – but I will hang it up in my craft room.) IMG_3276I used a paper piercing tool, template, and a white gel pen to add the faux stitching. After that I decided it needed a bow, too.

I am really happy with how beautifully the blackberry bliss pairs with the smoky slate cardstock.  The smoky slate cardstock is also light enough in color, but heavy enough in weight, so that you can really see its beautiful texture.

I hope you like the card, and that you take the time to do more of what makes YOU happy.

🙂 Miriam
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Mojo Monday – you made my day!

Today I had some fun playing along with the Mojo Monday team.  Here is the card I came up with, inspired by the sketch below.IMG_3267

I used a lot sale-a-bration products for this card. Don’t you just love “free”?! The dsp patterns and colors make it fun and easy to layer.  I added the embossed square for an extra “pop” of boldness.

Two little “tricks” I used on this card: The starburst shape behind the circle was made using a scallop circle punch.  First I punched out the scallop circle.  Then I added a strip of cardstock to the back which allowed me to turn the punched piece so that each scallop fell between two scallops on the punch.  Voila: a starburst!  (I learned this on Pinterest.  It seems to be making the rounds – so not sure who deserves credit for the original idea.)

The second trick is one I had forgotten about.  I really wanted to use ribbon and a button, but was having trouble getting it to look good.  Then I remembered about making a loop, pressing the middle down on a glue dot, and gluing a button to the middle.  That gave me just the look I was going for.

The sentiment on this card is a shout out to the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin designers.  I really wasn’t having the greatest day today, but then my paper pumpkin arrived in the mail – and it is FABULOUS!!!!!   It truly did “make my day”.

🙂 Miriam

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Creative Blog Hop


I am honored that my dear friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Jean Fitch, nominated me to participate in this creative blog hop, which features different creative bloggers each Monday. If you aren’t coming from Jean’s blog, please do be sure to stop by and see the adorable birdhouse cards she created, complete with great photos and instructions.IMG_3249 IMG_3245 IMG_3243 IMG_3238For today’s hop I created these three little note cards, using items from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog along with some sale-a-bration freebies.

I think these little critters are so cute, and there is something about the way they are holding up the signs that I find particularly endearing.

For this blog hop I get to answer four questions that share a little bit of my creative process.  Here goes!

1.  What are you working on now?

It happens that I love almost everything in the Occasions catalog.  I recently put together the “Hello Life” kit which was a lot of fun.  Next up will be the perpetual calendar kit.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I enjoy making multiples of the same card or project, which I know is not true for everyone.  Once I have come up with a great card idea, I get a lot of satisfaction from making a bunch of them at once.

3.  Why do you create what you do?

I believe my love of card making originated with my dad.  Whenever I would ask him what he wanted for his birthday he would say “a hand made card”.  He taught me that “hand made” equals “love”.

4.  How does your creative process work?

It usually takes me a long time to come up with a design that I really love.  I usually make several variations of the same card before I am satisfied.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next, please check out Asolute Kreations with the fabulous Andi Potler!


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Faux Scrabble Tile Art

IMG_3111I wanted to create some personalized framed art for my dear friend who has just moved into a new home with her family.  I wasn’t sure quite what I wanted to do, so I did what most crafty people do in 2014: I looked on Pinterest! I discovered framed Scrabble tile art – and decided this would be the perfect thing to make for my friend’s new home.

I found many on-line sources for purchasing wooden scrabble tiles, but I was disappointed to discover that I could actually purchase an entire brand new Scrabble game for the same price as it would cost to purchase the same number of letters (100).  Fortunately, some very clever and generous people have created printable Scrabble tiles!!! This made the crafter in me VERY happy.  After all, why buy something when you can make it instead, especially when you have all the supplies you need already on hand – right?!

After some trial and error, I came upon a method that I think is perfect for making faux Scrabble tiles.  All you need (in addition to the printed out letters) is card stock, Tombow glue, a 3/4″ square paper punch and some modge podge.

I glued six 3/4″ by 3/4″ squares of Sahara Sand card stock together (one on tope of the other) with Tombow liquid glue, careful to make sure all the edges lined up, and glued  a printed out scrabble tile on top (using the same method). After the letters were dry I lightly coated the sides and top with one layer of modge podge.  That’s it!

I love the way the tiles look mounted on top of these squares of retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper.  I adhered the dsp squares to whisper white card stock, also using the tombow glue.  I started in the middle of the paper and carefully added one tile at a time, trying to keep the spacing between the letters even.

It fits so nicely into this picture frame which has an 8 inch by 8 inch square opening.

IMG_3109I would love to hear what you think of this project.  If you decide to try it please let me know how it comes out!

Happy crafting!


p.s. If you’re wondering what else I’ve been up to lately check out my photos on Instagram. (MyInkPad)

Punch Art Summer Sampler

IMG_2218This is a punch art sampler I designed to do as part of my kids craft camp program.  The kids loved making their own versions.  The background square are each a 2″ by 2″ square of card stock.  The dsp squares on top are each 1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″.

I found these frames at Michaels that are 8″ by 8″, but with a double matted 5″ by 5″ opening.  I removed the mats and they are perfect, as that allows for the increased dimension behind the glass.)

Some of the items used are retired, but this concept can easily be adapted to use with whatever products you have.

This is my first sampler and I am pleased with how it turned out.  I will be planning new samplers for each season.  I know the kids want to make more, and so do I!

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Inspire, Create, Share – 2014

I just returned from my 5th consecutive Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City. I had a wonderful time, as usual, and can't wait to go back again next year. There is nothing quite like the experience of being with over 4000 other enthusiastic paper crafters.   I especially LOVED this make and take project: IMG_2525 This card set makes a sweet birthday gift. I love the bright colors and fun designs.  The gold star - scored and folded to make it 3-D, adds the perfect amount of sparkle. We were given the "amazing birthday" stamp set free with our convention materials.  I know I will be using it a lot! Supplies used:

Spiral Flower Bouquet

I am having so much fun with the new spiral flower die!  I was honestly on the fence about whether or not to get this die.  I wasn’t sure how much I would use it.  I had no idea it would be so addictive much fun! As you can see, once I started making little real red roses I found it hard to stop. I made enough to make this little bouquet:

IMG_1851In the process of putting the bouquet together I came up with a few little tips to share with you:

I covered the tip of each stem (green florist wire from the craft store) with a one inch piece of coordinating ribbon.  I made a tiny loop in the wire and then used a hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon. This covers the green wire and holds the stem in place.

I then poked the stem down through the rose, making a hole with my paper-piecing tool when necessary.  I punched out 3/4 inch circles from real red card stock, (again breaking down the fibers with the bone folder) poked a hole in the center of each with the paper-piecing tool.  Then dabbed a little hot glue around the stem just below the flower, and on the bottom of each flower, slid the circle on from the bottom, and pressed it down onto the rose. That way each flower stayed nicely on its stem without sliding around.

Do you have any good tips to share? I would love to post them here.

Happy stamping and flower making,



So nice to be back!

My son is now officially cancer free – hooray!!!! – and is back at school part time.  We are overjoyed to have our son in good health, and I have finally been able to find a little time to get back to my craft room and have fun creating.IMG_1833This is the first card I have made in months! I was inspired by many cards I had been seeing on the Stampin’ Connection: the fabulous resource for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the adorable little Banner Punch and Banner Blast stamp set: each one a FREE sale-a-bration item with a $50 purchase.

As soon as that box arrived I got to work.  Colors are: crumb cake, real red, and my new all time favorite: coastal cabana. These colors coordinate with the dsp (designer series paper) from the Fresh Prints designer series paper stack. It is amazing how much paper you get in those little stacks.  I really love the designs in this stack and you will be seeing how versatile they are in my upcoming blogs. The heart embosslit is retired, but you could get a similar look using the heart punch or a framelit, and running it through the big shot with an embossing folder.  The xoxo is from the fabulous Circle card Thinlits Die.

Please send me a comment if you have any questions and I will answer in my next blog post.

Happy Stamping!