March is here!

March is here and there is a lot going on this month! I don’t mean March Madness basketball!

It is the final month of Sale-a-bration. Don’t miss out on the chance to get free product. I used the Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set to create this card. It is one of the new items added in February. I also ordered the beautiful Springtime Foil Paper but haven’t played with it yet!

In March Stampin’ Up! is also celebrating the 5 year anniversary of Paper Pumpkin. Order by March 10 to get this month’s kit. Besides a fun project, there will be a special anniversary box and a free gift! Don’t miss out!

This was one of my alternative projects using the February kit. I used some items from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog too.

There are some great items in the Occasions Catalog for Easter. Holy Week is the last week of the month with Easter on April 1, it will be here before you know it!

Create Joy! Deena

Are you working on your wish list?

Are you working on your wish list?

Have you received your Occasions Catalog? Are you working on your wish list?   You may have noticed that the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalog did not provide my email or web address. We received an email from Stampin’Up! regarding the error on the SAB. They stated that the Occasions catalog correctly provided the info. So hopefully you have all the info you need.

If you don’t have a Catalog  (or demonstrator), let me know and I would be happy to drop off a catalog or mail one to you.

I posted a product reveal during Wednesday’s Facebook Live – Stamping Short and Sweet. If you didn’t see it, go to my Stampin’Up! business page if you would like to view it. I have another new product order coming Monday. I will start using the new product so that you can see it before the placing your first order in January. My next order should be here on Tuesday (maybe maybe Monday) so I will share more product during the week.

Paper Pumkin – December kit

I opened up and started creating with the new Paper Pumpkin. I made one as designed but I think this will be a kit that I will enjoy making alternate cards or variations.

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring and Discounted items on my website. I will post (or repost) some cards using some of the Retiring sets that I have this week so that you can see them again.

Creativity takes courage.  – Henri Matisse

Create Joy! Deena


Pumpkin latte please!

I turned the news on to see the weather forecast for the weekend, we’re going to get cooler weather in Illinois beginning Sunday.  I’ll take a Pumpkin latte please! 

I am really in the mood for Fall weather and sweaters. I have enjoyed the cool nights the past week or so. So, today’s card has lots of Fall colors and falling leaves.

I used the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper as the swirling background on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. This is one of the Designer Series Paper selections in the Buy 3, get 1 Free until the end of the month.  Click here to see the other DSP selections. 

I love the Merry Cafe stamp set with a nice mix of stamps for Fall and Winter coffee breaks. I used the leaf thinlets from the Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies. 

Product List

Paper Pumpkin Update

If you liked yesterday’s October Paper Pumpkin Holiday Shaker Card, let me know if you want a kit.  For the first time ever, instead of refill kits to subscribers, we will be allowed to order entire kits.  This means the stamp set will be included. It has gotten such great reviews, the Stampin’ Up! team is allowing us to order complete sets.  They will be available to us on Monday, October 23 but I don’t expect inventory to last very long. 

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.    – Albert Camus

Create Joy! Deena

Adorable shaker cards

This month’s Paper Pumpkin contains all the supplies you need to create adorable shaker cards. The green plaid cardstock for the base and the envelopes lined in the same pattern makes this October kit awesome. 

Usually I make a design as instructed and then start thinking about alternate ideas.  I don’t think I want or need one this month.  I did mention in this week’s Stamping Short and Sweet on my Facebook business page that these would also make great Holiday Thank You cards.  If you have been subscribing to Paper Pumpkin you have a Thank You sentiment from prior kits. If not, there are great Thank You stamp sets in the Annual Catalog.  

Click here to visit my Facebook page to see the October Paper Pumpkin video I posted.

Paper Pumpkin is a great way to begin stamping, because you receive everything you need to make the projects. No extra purchases necessary.  I used Soft Sky ink to add the little snowflakes to the front of each card, but the two snowflake stamps are included in the kit.

This month’s kit includes the cardstock, Whisper White envelopes lined in the green and black plaid to match the cardstock.  The card fronts, three different embellishments to insert in the window, the adhesive to hold the embellishments in the window, labels and gold foil for the sentiment on one style card, mini glue dots and of course a great photopolymer stamp set. 

If you think you would like to try a month, click on the Paper Pumpkin icon below to go to my website and subscribe.  November is going to be a coordinating project, but each month is a stand alone project. The Marketing information Stampin’ Up! sent us was that it was going to be a great set for card making and gift giving, so I think November might be a gift project but that is just a guess. Once you are a subscriber you can login and put a hold on any month if you want to take a break or know you will be too busy to work on the project. 


Large creative changes begin with tiny creative steps.   – Author Julia Cameron

Create Joy! Deena

A Sheltering Tree

Did you have a Sheltering Tree growing up? For me it was the large Maple in the back yard of our family home – it provided lovely shade, we fed and were entertained by the squirrels and a large variety of birds and the leaves, oh boy, the leaves every Fall. I also remember the small evergreen my grandmother planted when I was in grade school. I still have a picture of it waist high. Now the tree towers over my brother’s home on the property. It is showing signs of age after 50+ years. It is hard to imagine a time that it won’t be standing there.

Now I have a tree of my own. I planted it for the yellow and orange leaves it would produce each Fall, so my Mom could look at them. Unfortunately by the time it was a couple of years old and changed colors, she had passed. I watch it begin to change and think how she would love it. 

I saw a Halloween card created by a fellow demonstrator using the black tree in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Wood Textures DSP as a fence or gate. It was very cute but it inspired me to use the Sheltering Tree stamp and make a fence using the Wood Crate Framelit.  Of course there needs to be a few falling leaves. 

I’d love to hear from you in the comments – what was or is your sheltering tree?

Paper Pumpkin Update

I saw a Facebook update from a fellow demonstrator who received her October Paper Pumpkin today. Adorable! I can’t wait to receive mine. For those of you who have subscribed – it is super cute! October uses the green plaid in the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise but wait until you see the cards and stamps!

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.    – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Create Joy! Deena


Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more!

Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more post with a card and a treat box idea.  (I’m not ready for Monday anyway so why not post a “Weekend” post.)

Not all Halloween cards need to use the Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate or Creep It Real Halloween stamp sets. I opted for a cute theme and used the Foxy Friends stamp set.  I used the pumpkins from the Pick a Pumpkin bundle. The Happy Halloween is an old Stampin’Up! stamp but so darn cute, I had to use it with the fox peeking in to say Happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Box 

I used the new little pizza boxes in Holiday Catalog to create a couple of treat boxes for Halloween treats. They don’t have to have black cats and use scary themes to be adorable for Halloween. One of the boxes has a circle trim from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper and a sweet orange cat instead of (my favorite) black cat punch. For the second treat box I created a border trim from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I decorated with burlap ribbon, a foil pumpkin and branch stem made with gold and copper foil paper. The foil gold leaf in the back on the window sheet is one of the leaves from the September Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Paper Pumpkin Reminder

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by end of day (11:50 MT) October 10 to receive this month’s kit. There still haven’t been any new clues except that October and November will be a coordinating theme for card and gift giving. This picture was provided on the marketing flyer. Of course you don’t have to purchase October and November to have a complete project. They are stand alone kits. If you subscribe and are busy a month, you can hold a month at any time by logging in to the Paper Pumpkin site and placing the project for that month on hold. The deadline to join or change is always the 10th of each month. (The problem is I am always afraid I will miss a good month so I just save the kit if I don’t have time for it the month it arrives!)

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Something to make you smile…

Thanks for joining our Halloween weekend fun, Butters wanted to drop by and say Hi!

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Illinois so I think I might work with fall leaves and trees for this week’s theme. Let’s see what I come up with!

Create joy! Deena