Peek into July 2010 Paper Pumpkin

I am sure some of you are wondering what the next Paper Pumpkin kit will look like. (I have a project tomorrow to show you what I did with the June kit.)

I find it helpful to see any kind of peek, because if I like it, I actually buy TWO kits.  Yes, I am a little crazy. Um, and running out of space…

To receive the July kit, you must sign up by July 10. (You can use the link to the right, or just click here.)

July’s kit was designed to coordinate with three suites in the latest catalog:

Woven Threads Suite p. 13–14 (view here)

Garden Lane Suite p. 40–41 (view here)

Come Sail Away Suite p. 144–145 (view here)

Sure is a lot of greens and blues. Hmm. The colors for the card kit will be: Gold, Kraft, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile. There will be supplies to make 9 mailable cards, three of each design.

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Bonus Days and Extra, Extra Promotion

Tomorrow starts two promotions, yay!

Bonus Days

Starting July 1, we have Bonus Days again! For those of you who are not familiar with Bonus Days: For every $50 you purchase in July, you will be emailed a $5 coupon to use in August. Sound fun?

There are a few catches, of course:

  • You need to provide a valid email address at the time of your order.
  • The coupon code will be emailed to you. You must save this code to use later, because it cannot be sent again.
  • If you earn multiple coupon codes on one order, you will get multiple emails.
  • Purchase of a Starter Kit does not qualify.

Check out the online store. Don’t forget to use the July host code to the right. (Anyone who orders with the host code will share in any hostess dollars earned for that order!)

Extra, Extra Promotion

Speaking of Starter Kits, the Extra, Extra Promotion recruiting bonus is in effect during July and August. You pay $99 and can choose up to $155 in products. That’s $30 more than usual! (This is similar to the promotion during Sale-a-bration.)

But, that’s not all! In the month after you join, Stampin’ Up! will email you a $10 coupon code.

Sign up here.

Need ideas on what you can purchase? Did you know that the Storage by Stampin’ Up! items are back in stock?

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Fun Mini Purse

Someone on Splitcoaststampers mentioned that she made a mini purse out of the new Magnolia Lane DSP. I have never successfully made a cute one before, so I thought I’d also give it a try. (Of course, I did not look at her instructions…)

I used the (second popular) Bird Ballad DSP. For the base and handles, I used Pool Party cardstock.

It turns out, this is a really good size to hold the mini cards I showed you a couple of days ago. (Yes, envelopes for them would fit, too. I was too lazy to pull them out for the picture.) It measures about 4″ x 3-3/4″ x 2″. You could put a gift card, too, but you should use some tissue.

Want to try this out, too? Here’s what you need:

  • DSP: 4″ x 12″ (watch pattern)
  • Cardstock: 4″ x 5-3/4″, scored 1″ from each edge
  • Cardstock: 3/4″ x 8-1/2″, scored down the middle, stopping 1″ from each end
  • Tear n Tape

For your DSP, make sure to notice any direction to the pattern. If the 12″ side of the piece is going left-right, the pattern should be right side up. Put a strip of Tear n Tape along the bottom edge, on the right side of the sheet.

On the short sides, I put Tear n Tape on the right hand side with pattern facing up. On the left hand side, Tear n Tape is on the back side.

To prep the handles, use your bone folder to curl the middles. On the back side, put Tear n Tape to either side of the score line.

Remove backing from Tear n Tape, and fold the halves onto themselves. The fold will naturally create a taper down to the unscored ends.

Put tape onto the back sides of the ends of each handle.

To prep the base, first fold on all score lines.

Fold up one of the long sides. Bring a side square around to the short side, matching up score lines, and creating a diagonal fold. Use your bone folder to crease firmly.

Bring the other corner around on the same short side.

Bend the resulting triangle back and forth a bit to break down the fibers in the creases. This will help the triangle fold up at the end.

Repeat for the other side.

Now, we can start to assemble the bag.

Open up your base. Peel the backing off partially along the long edge of the DSP. Line up the “left” side of the DSP with one long side of the base, just above the crease.

Optional step: Before removing more of the Tear n Tape liner on the DSP, do a “dry run assembly” of the next edge. Lightly crease the DSP in the first corner. This will help the DSP make full contact with the base on the second side, but is not completely necessary.

Fold up the right hand side of the base, and remove the rest of the backing on the bottom DSP edge. Carefully fit the DSP around the first corner, then fit along the rest of the bottom edge.

Remove the backing on the sides of the DSP, fold up the last side, and glue the edges of the DSP together.

Liberally add Tear n Tape to the triangle flaps of the base.

Remove liner and fold flap up. The seams of the base will be hidden!

Remove liner from the handle tabs. Carefully position and adhere handles.

The bag is now finished and ready to be filled! And gifted!

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Daisies in Every Color

In every new In Color, that is!

After making the tea bag holder in Rococo Rose, I realized that it would be really fun to make mini cards in all of the In Colors in the same way!

There is a variation, of course!

I die-cut stitched squares out of Whisper White for the inside of the cards, since some of the colors are a little bit too dark to write on (legibly). The front of the cards were to have just the daisies. As I had all of the pieces on my desk for assembly, I realized that the front of the card would look even better with a stitched square, and in a coordinating/constrasting color.

I love how they came out!

This is how I paired my colors. (Check out Mary Fish for her suggestions, some of which I used here.)

Rococo Rose: Merry Merlot

Terracotta Tile: Blushing Bride

Pretty Peacock: Mint Macaron

Seaside Spray: Blueberry Bushel

Purple Posy: Highland Heather

Even though these cards are a little bit bulky from the dimensional and faceted dots, they will fit in our mini envelopes.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I used a bone folder to “fluff” the petals a bit. After the two flowers were glued together, I carefully curled each petal. I thought there would be more support with the two flowers glued together, otherwise I would have done them separately.

You really need to be gentle, because it’s possible to rip off a petal while curling. 🙂

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Creating Country with Terracotta Tile

I do admit, Terracotta Tile is not one of my favorites of the new In Colors. However, I do challenge myself to use all of the colors when they are first available. Evidence of that is in the five different projects I shared earlier. I have another project that was initially in the reject pile as I was creating things for that series. All it really needed was one more element.

Stamp: Country Home

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Blends: Cajun Craze light, Soft Suede combo, Old Olive light, Balmy Blue light, Cherry Cobbler light

Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, In Color DSP stack

Accessories: Stitched rectangles dies, Be Mine dies, Linen thread, Chalk marker

The initial version of this card was missing the white scalloped strip. It was pretty drab. I thought the strip brightens it up a bit, as well as staying within the “country charm” theme. It also helps pick out the white of the cotton.

I do like the gingham in this color, reminding us of tablecloths.

I colored with Blends onto Crumb Cake cardstock. You can do that as long as you lay down color lightly. Not a lot of blending can be done.