January Paper Pumpkin

We all want to be prepared for a “card occasion”, having the perfectly appropriate card handy for any occasion. You can be that prepared!!  Now is a great time to sign up for the January Paper Pumpkin kit. This is just a sneak peek as to what you can expect. Signup runs from Dec 11 to Jan 10 and with Valentines Day coming up in February, you will be fully prepared to share the love.

Paper Pumpkin! Your ONE-STOP-BOX for creative success! Available in a month to month subscription OR in a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription. Any of these would make an awesome Christmas or Birthday gift 

You can Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, at crittersnink@gmail.com



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Glittery Christmas Card


This beautiful card was inspired by a card by Kathleen Wingerson, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the US.  She called it the “packing tape” technique, literally using packing tape, to apply the Dazzling Diamonds glitter (133751),  to the window.  I’m sure I’ll be leaving a trail of dimensional backs and glitter up the stairs when I head up for dinner lol.  I layered gold DSP as my first matte, over the Basic Black card stock base, then cut a hole in the top matte (Very Vanilla – )  using the 2″ punch. To get the raised element around the edges, I scored 1/4″ from the edge on all four sides, using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334).   It’s a good idea to stamp your sentiment now. The sentiment, in Memento ink (132708) , is from the Snow is Glistening stamp set (149742).   I laid a piece of packing tape over the hole, from the back side of the card stock, sticky side up to the front (good side) of the card stock.  Then, I sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds over the sticky tape, burnished it in with my finger, then shook off the excess.  On a piece of 3×3″ Very Vanilla card stock, I used the Sheet Music stamp (143970), to create, you guessed it, the sheet music, using Early Espresso ink (126974).   I applied snail adhesive to the right side of the music paper, and placed it behind the glittery window.  Before I layered the top matte, I placed a small bow and ribbon “hanger”, then attached the top layer to the gold DSP with Dimensionals.  On the inside, I glued in a piece of Very Vanilla card stock as a liner, for your personal message.

If you have any questions about this or any other projects you see on my blog or other pages, don’t hesitate to click on the “Contact me” button.  All supplies are available in my online store, which you can access by clicking “Shop with me” above.

Sweet Little Treat Holder

This cute little treat box was my contribution to our “roommie gifts”, when I was at the OnStage, in Orlando last month.  I saw this adorable little treat box on Dawn Griffith’s YouTube and couldn’t wait to Case it. I used Festive Farm House DSP, and the sweet Sprig Punch (148012).  The items in this Holiday Catalogue are available until January 3, 2019, or until supplies run out.

Self Closing Treat Boxes
Self Closing Treat Box


September? Where did that come from??

You still have a few days to check out and subscribe to the September Paper Pumpkin.  this month, the Kit comes in a super “spooky” designer box, and although it’s still going to be a surprise, we know that through sneak peaks, there are 24 of what ever is in there!!


Why should you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?

  • Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set that you can use over and over!
  • At least one Classic Stampin’ Spot arrives with every kit. The colors don’t repeat in a 12-month period, making it easy to build a collection of colorful ink spots.
  • New subscribers receive a Paper Pumpkin clear block (size D) with their first kit to help them get started and use throughout their subscription.
  • Paper Pumpkin is an incredible value! In addition to sending you an exclusive stamp set and ink spot(s), we include everything you need to make awesome projects like cards, home décor, gift packaging, and more. For example, our card kits (6+ per year) always include 8 cards—at least!
  • It’s flexible! You can suspend (for a month) or cancel at anytime.
  • Since all the prep work is done, the projects take a shorter time to complete, making it the perfect on-the-go craft. Heading out of town? Grab a kit to put together during your downtime. Each monthly project fits in one little box so you can take it anywhere!…. and so much more.  If you have any questions about the Paper Pumpkin program, shoot me a quick email or give me a call.


Have you been waiting for just the right time to host a Stampin’ Up! party? Do you love gorgeous Designer Series Paper? If you said “Yes” to both questions, this may be the perfect time for you to let me know.  Check out the details here.  What’s the occasion? Right now if you host a party with $300 CAD in sales, you will earn the exclusive Dashing Along Designer Series Paper for FREE. This offer ends on September 30, so don’t wait! Get ready to take advantage of this exciting offer today!




Now is the time to redeem your bonus points, earned in August!  When you place a purchase in the month of September, you will go to the “Manage your Coupon Codes” box and either copy and paste your codes from your emails, or type them in.  For each code entered, you will receive $6 off that purchase.  You can use as many codes as you like.

Ready, Set, GO…..


I decided it was time to use my Animal Outing Stamp Set today.  I cased this card from one of my favourite YouTube stampers, Dawn Griffith.  Check out the Animal Outing Bundle, which includes the framelets and stamps.  This set is available as clear mount (meaning you mount the rubber stamps on clear blocks), or wood mounted, (meaning you mount them on the included wooden blocks).  It’s been calling my name for a while now. I made my own “DSP” by stamping Very Vanilla Card Stock with the branch stamp from the set, using Sahara Sand. I used a masking technique to make the animals appear as if they were standing behind one another, stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black and colouring with the Stampin’ Blends.  I used the lights and darks of crumb CakeSmokey SlateDaffodil DelightOld Olive, as well as BronzeLight Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral for the bird’s beak.