June Paper Pumpkin

June PP

The June kit makes it easy for you to scatter sunshine this summer—whenever, with whomever. Not only do they give you 16 fun-sized, beach-themed cards and envelopes, but they also provide you with an exclusive carrying case so you’ll always have your cards on hand to share wherever you go. And don’t forget the exclusive stamp set and ink spot that completes every Paper Pumpkin kit!

Coordinating colors: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive

Indigo Bunting Beauty

Yesterday, a baby Indigo Bunting flew into the window at our quilt shop in Cobourg. Glen brought him home, as one of his wings is damaged. It seems to be improving, as it’s not as droopy as it was yesterday, but he still can’t fly. Today, we found a used birdcage at Petticoat Lane, in Cobourg. Petticoat Lane is a thrift shop that supports the auxiliary at the Cobourg Hospital. I was getting frustrated with our search for a birdcage, as I wasn’t crazy about buying a new cage for a short term guest. All they asked for cage was $2.50. Seriously! The bird seed cost more lol. We’ve named him “Smurf”, and I have to say, he’s anxious to get out of dodge. As soon as his wing heals, he’ll be a free agent.

Mediterranean Delight


I love this card. I received it after the ON Stage in Orlando, last year from a fellow demonstrator. Carolyn is part of my “greater” team (not sure where we connect, as we all stem from the same Upline, somewhere along the line.

I feel like I need to go somewhere where there’s wine, cheese, beautiful brick roads, lovely bistros… I could go on.

This card is made using the masking technique. I stamped the woman first, in the middle of the Whisper White card stock. I created a mask of her, by stamping the same image onto Post-it Removable label tape (Amazon). You need to cut the mask out, right on the lines, so that you don’t have any blank areas around her later. Once you have her cut out, place her exactly on top of the original stamp, then stamp the background right over her. I used the Mediterranean Moments Stamp set for the background. It’s a shame this set is retiring. I love it!!

When you remove the mask, it looks as if you magically stamped the background all around her. I used an aqua painter and the same colour of ink, as the card base to give her a little colour, then a very light water colour of the Soft Suede in the background for depth. I “winkified” her dress with Wink of Stella, for some pizzazz, while she was dancing on the Piazza.

I used the “friend” from the Waterfront Stamp set, because the font is fun!

Card Base – Bermuda Bay 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
Soft Suede – 4 x 5 1/4
Bermuda Bay – 3 x 4 1/4
Whisper White – 2 3/4 x 4

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Love Eclipse Card

I’m glad I ordered the Large Letters Framelits before they retire next month. I had wanted them for a while, but when I realized they weren’t carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue, I knew I had to get them before they were gone!

I love making my own backgrounds, so I used Flirty Flamingo ink, on Flirty Flamingo card stock to make the background on the card front. I used the floral DistINKtive stamp from April’s Paper Pumpkin, but you can use any floral or texture stamp to create tone on tone backgrounds. One of my favourite EASY techniques.

I used one of the texture stamps from the Beauty Abounds stamp set, and created a very subtle background on the Whisper White card stock, using Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron and So Saffron. First, I smudged the three inks randomly (just a bit) for some light background colour, using the sponge daubers. Then I stamped off twice, before actually stamping with the texture stamp, on the white card, so it was just barely a hint of colour.

I used the Large Letter dies to cut out the word LOVE. I used Post-it repositionable tape to hold the dies in place on the card stock, so I could run them through the big shot, without them shifting.

I used mini-dimensional to lift the letters off the card placing the cut outs back into the cut out spaces. I used liquid glue to put the centre of the “0” right onto the card stock.

Once it was all assembled, I gave it a spritz with the Champagne Mist Shimmer spray. This misty spray is easy to make using 70% isopropyl alcohol and a couple of drops of the shimmer paint, in a spritzer tool.

Card Base – Flirty Flamingo 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
Whisper White – 5 x 2 3/4
Whisper White – 5 1/4 x 4 (inside)

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By The Bay Thank You Card


I’ve had this stamp set for the longest time, so it’s about time I used it. I actually saw this card on Pinterest – my major source of inspiration – and although the stamp set the artist used is retired, I thought of By the Bay,  from this year’s Sale-a-bration.  Although it too is unfortunately, no longer available, it’s perfect!  If you were lucky enough to get this stamp set during the Sale-a-bration promotion, you got a real gem.  Any smaller stamp set would do as well.  Just pick a theme!

Card Base – Mint Macaron
Card Front and inside – Whisper White – (2x) 5 1/4 x 4
Squares (3 each) – Whisper White – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

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You still have 2 days

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This May, you’re in for a treat. Paper Pumpkin has teamed up with Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and cofounder, to deliver you a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. It’s exclusive, collectible, and one of a kind. Die-hard Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss this special edition. 

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant, feminine, and so full of springtime details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. And the box it comes in? We predict that you’ll be keeping it . . . like . . . forever. Wait and see.

May 10th is the last day to order this special edition, but don’t wait, as it may sell out.

Check it out!

Discounts and Blue Hair


I had the pleasure of turning 65 last week.  My daughter sent me messages throughout the day and one of them was “bring on the discounts and blue hair”.  Needless to say, I cracked up. I’m all for the discounts, but I’ll pass on the blue hair for now.


My close friend, Doreen, who is also part of my Stampin’ Up! team, spent my birthday weekend with us.  She is a creative one, that’s for sure.

She etched the wine glasses with our team logo and my Critters’n Ink logo, then made this awesome sampler, using the Tropical Chic stamps and dies.  The explosion box card was the piece de resistance, complete with a little birthday cake inside.  The DSP was from the Botanical Butterfly group which was available with Sale-a-bration, this year.

The staff at our quilt shop, The Stitch Witch, all arrived at the store on Tuesday for a surprise celebration lunch.  I was deeply touched that they would all come in on their day off to bring a birthday party to me.  Totally amazing, lovely women.  Debbi, who is off right now, was missing, but I know she was there in spirit. The cake (above) was also part of this party.


Let it ride


This beautifully simple card uses the Stamparatus, to create the illusion of motion. I saw this card on Pinterest, made by Jane Allmark, in the UK. She also has a video showing the technique. Please note that I’ve included the Stampin’ Trimmer, but it is retiring at the end of this catalogue period.

Soft suede card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2”, score @ 4 1/4
Early Espresso 5 1/4 x 4
Very Vanilla 5 x 3 3/4
Very Vanilla 5 1/4 x 4 (inside)

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“Love What You Do” Tri-fold Card


This is just the sweetest card, using some of our most elegant Designer Series Paper (DSP). The card base is Rich Razzleberry, cut at 11 x 5 1/2. score at 3 3/8 and 7 5/8. You will also cut 1” x 11” from the remnant for the belly band. I used two different pieces of DSP cut at 3 1/8 x 5 1/4, for the two front panels. I used a scrap of Blackberry Bliss for the scalloped oval behind the sentiment, just for a little oomph. The silver self adhesive rose element is from the Share What you Love Embellishments Kit, as well as a couple of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. So beautiful!

The sentiment on the inside is on Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4″, and is from the Just Because stamp set, which is a hostess only set in the Occasions catalogue.

Rich Razzleberry – 11 x 5 1/2 and 1″x 11
DSP – (2 different) 3 1/8 x 5 1/4
Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4 and scrap for sentiment
Black Berry Bliss – scrap for scalloped oval
Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon – 3-4″

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