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. 

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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

Paper Pumpkin – Creativity in a box

Paper Pumpkin – Creativity in a box. Each and every month you will receive everything you need for cards and projects delivered directly to your door.  September was adorable, I can’t wait to see what ships this month!  Sign up by October 10th to receive this month’s project.  You can put a hold on any month that you want to skip due to travel or a hectic schedule. But I know you won’t want to miss any! 

The first month after you register you will receive a clear acrylic block that will be used for the stamps provided in your kit. Refill kits of paper or embellishments are available at the end of the month after all orders have shipped, I just received my extra packets of supplies. The gold foil leaves are gorgeous and I wanted plenty of them on hand. 

The stamp set included a stamp that I think is one of my favorite of all time from Stampin’ Up! – “Be Filled With Thanks Each Day”. I love it!

If you would like a better idea of what is included in each kit and how many projects are included, watch this video on YouTube of the September project kit.

Click here to see the Paper Pumpkin video!

I hope you join me as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Please be sure to select me as your demonstrator and then join the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Facebook or visit Pinterest for amazing alternative ideas each month using the project kit from Paper Pumpkin subscribers. We know that the upcoming kits for October and November are going to match and offer a way to create coordinating projects. Check out one of my earlier blogs for the marketing image we were provided. I can’t wait!

Create joy! Deena

Blog update – Get ready for October!

I really hope you enjoyed last week’s blog hop as much as I did. It was fun to create each project and even more fun to wait for 5 p.m. to see all the projects that everyone else created.  There will be more of that to come, I love blog hops!  One of the other things I have wanted to do is change the format of my blog, to be more like a blog than a newsletter (which was a great way to get started!).  So my Blog Update – Get ready for October!

I will be posting every day. It will be a lot (a challenge for me!) but a great way for me to build the habit and create some momentum in the new Stampin’ Up! year in October.  They will be shorter and single updates on a card, a project or just something fun.  Then once or twice a month I’ll do a longer newsletter format.  If you are too busy to follow and read each day, no worries, just scroll and read the days you missed when you access the site.

Paper Pumpkin

September Paper Pumpkin was home waiting for me when I got home from retreat yesterday. AHHH So Cute!

I’ll post a card on my Facebook page later.  But here’s a scoop, inside the box was a teaser about October and November kits, they are going to match.  Then Stampin’ Up! provided this marketing flyer.  Of course this is a great add on to our plaid or checks in the Designer Series Papers in the Holiday catalog – gold and white in the Year of Cheer pack, fun green, green and black plaid in the Christmas Around the World pack and the Black/White and Old Olive/Black in the Merry Little Christmas.

Love it!  Don’t forget you can join in the monthly Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin fun by signing up before October 10.  Go to my website and look for Paper Pumpkin under Product Lines or www.PaperPumpkin.com and don’t forget to select me as your demonstrator (THANK YOU!!).


Create fun! Deena