Friday, August 30, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin - August

The summer's greatest deal - the Paper Pumpkin promo code- is only good through August 31, 2013! You have just a couple of days left to get in on this sizzling deal.

Here are the facts in case you didn't catch them:

Through August 31, 2013, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers can use the promo code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin for only $10 a month for the first two months!*

Then, after you receive two months' worth of Paper Pumpkin kits, the price for future kits will go back to the regular price: $19.95.

Give it a try today before the special price runs out.  Please list me as your Demonstrator - Donna Kish - Phoenix, Arizona.  Thanks!

Now... here is this month's cute kit.

I love that you can mix and match paper and stamps you already have OR you can make up the kits exactly as the samples show.  Easy Peasy crafting for those who don't have time or space for a full compliment of Stampin' Up! supplies.

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend.  I plan on a LOT of stamping fun.  That's my relaxation!

Happy Friday!

~ Donna

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Perfect Blend Gift Card Holders

I am still loving the gift card holder that we made last Saturday at Fall Fest and decided to make more using the Birthday Basics Designer Series Papers.  See it here with the gift card inserted.

Making these cards is so very easy with the Pop 'n Cuts Card Base Die (130099).  Simply take a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock and cut it long ways at 4 1/4".  This will fit perfectly on the die and will just barely cut off the ends to shape them and cut the diagonal slits.

Using your Simply Scored, score at 3 1/2", 5 1/2" and 7 1/2".  You'll fold the card back on the center score and up on the other two scores, remembering to decorate the right side as the front of the card (the tab side would be the front and the slot side would be the back of the card.  It should look like a "W" from a side view.

Punch a slot across the top of the short inside area with the Word Window Punch (119857).  This will take two punches to have enough room for a gift card to fit into.  Use Sticky Strip (104294) to adhere the bottom of the card (under where the gift card goes) to keep it from sliding through and out of the card!  Yikes!

Decorate as desired.

Thank you for looking in today.  I hope you had a great day!

~ Donna

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas

Another beautiful card from Fall Fest.  I wish you could see how beautiful the Silver 1/8" Ribbon is.  It's very shiny and so pretty.

Snowflake die cut using Festive Flurry Framelits Die (132193) cut from Winter Frost Specialty DSP (132341).
Two Toned Ribbon and 1/8" Silver Ribbon from a kit called Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132697).  The Silver can also be purchased separately (132137).

All items available through me from our 2013 Holiday Catalog.  Available to view in the right hand column, or if you need one of your own, please contact me and I will send it to you.  If you already have a Demonstrator, you should contact them however.

Thanks for looking in today!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BOO! Pumpkin / Kitty Punch Art

Monday night was our team meeting night and this was my Swap.  I've been wanting to post this since I made it a week ago but couldn't until now!   So here it is!

Pumpkin:  Pumpkin Pie card stock - Large Oval Punch (119855) punch five and sponge the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Pumpkin Face:  1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860) cut about 1/3 of it for mouth, snip out "teeth".  1" Square Punch (124094) punching corners only from Basic  Black.

Kitty:  Basic Black card stock - Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), Small Oval (120908) punch two for paws, detail face and paws with uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021).  Nose - Pink Pirouette punched from Owl Punch (118074), Eyes - Cupcake Builder Punch (121807) and Owl Punch.  Ears - Bird Builder Punch (117191) - punch two in Basic Black and two in Pink Pirouette.

Leaves:  Old Olive (or any choice of green) Bird Builder Punch.

The BOO was die cut from Typeset Alphabet Bigz (127553).  I cut the exclamation point by hand the dot under the point is from the Owl Builder Punch.

Card base:  Tangerine Tango and Polka Dot Parade DSP (126902).

Thanks for looking in today.  I hope you enjoy making this adorable kitty for Halloween!

~ Donna

Monday, August 26, 2013

Perfect Blend Gift Card

Here's another great project from Saturday's Fall Fest with Diana and Rhonda.  I just LOVE this idea.  I've made something similar before, but this one is made with the Pop 'n Cuts Card Base for the Big Shot.

This was so easy to make and with the great colors from the Season of Style DSP Stack.

Have you worked with the Chevron Ribbon yet?  I hadn't until Saturday and I'll tell you, that ribbon has a crazy optical illusion to it!  Seriously, on here it looks normal but cut a piece and lay it out in front of you and you'll think it's narrow on one end and wide on the other.  I even put it on the grid paper to see if I was crazy and it was even all the way across.  Very strange!  LOL

Stamps: Perfect Blend (w-130745 / c-131392)
Ink: StazOn Black 
Punches:  1 1/4" Circle (119861), 1 3/8" Circle (119860)
Pop 'n Cuts Card Base (130099)
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (130012), Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109070)

You can find everything you need to make this card on my website HERE.  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  You can email me at   

Thanks for looking in today!  Make it a great week!

~ Donna

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fall Fest - Beautiful Fun Event!

Yesterday was the Diana Gibbs and Rhonda Morgan had their big Fall Fest event.  Brittney, Linda, Mary F. and Kristi all went together as well as several girls from my Upline Family from weSTAMP.  We all made some really awesome cards and projects.  I'll be posting some of them over the next few days.

Here's one now.  So pretty!


Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White (101910)
DSP:  Silver Glimmer Paper, Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (132341)
Extras:  Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150)
Ribbon:  Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132697)

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a blessed Sunday.

~ Donna

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August Thank You Notes

I always like to have little thank you cards to give to my customers after a workshop and this is the one from this month.  Cute, simple and fast to do, but full of color.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Stamp Set:  Lots of Thanks (w-129687 / c-129690)
Card Stock:  Pacific Point 6" x 3" and scored at 3", Whisper White 2 3/4" x 2 3/4", Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Washi Tape:  Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (129314)
Extra's:  Small Heart Punch (117193), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

It's the weekend!  Enjoy it to the fullest!

~ Donna

Friday, August 23, 2013

Birthday Balloon

While working with my Ovals Collection the other day, I was thinking they would make a great balloon.  After all, haven't we all used the Oval Punch and Owl Punch feet for balloons?  So I thought about how to make the bottom of the balloon and came up with the small Heart Punch.  

Here's what I ended up with:  Super simple and really cute!

Stamp Set:  Simply Sketched (Hostess Set)
Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana
DSP:  Birthday Basics (130145)
Ink:  VersaMark
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (it was all I had that worked!) (119256)
Tools:  Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Small Heart Punch (117193), Heat Tool (129053)
Extras:  Whisper White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a wonderful weekend.  I'm heading out with the girls on Saturday to Diana Gibbs' Fall Fest.  It's going to be a day filled with fun, crafting and lots of laughs I'm sure!

~ Donna

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Christmas Messages and Christmas Collectibles

One of the greatest things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - besides the 20% discount on everything, there are other great opportunities for earning free stamps!  Woo Hooo!  Last week I received a call that I had two more free sets (any price!) to choose, so I did, almost as soon as we hung up the phone!  LOL

One of the sets I wanted but hadn't given in to yet is Christmas Messages from the 2013 Holiday Catalog.  It's a GREAT set and it arrived today delivered by my favorite UPS Driver!  

I spotted this cute card by Angela McKay and with my new stamp set, I could make it now!  Yayy!  What do you think of it?  I think it's cute!  I changed the colors a little, but the base idea is hers.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green
DSP:  Season of Style DSP Stack
Stamps:  Christmas Messages (w-131790 / c-131793), Christmas Collectibles (w-131772 / c-131775)*
Extras:  Christmas Ornament Punch (132152)*

* Bundle and Save 15% - Christmas Collectibles with Ornament Punch (w-133282 / c-133283)



Thanks for looking in today.  Have a wonderful Thursday.

~ Donna

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Merry Christmas Washi Flip Card

Washi Tape... a few months ago, I'd never heard of the stuff and now, WOW~ so much fun to use to decorate up beautiful cards and projects!

Here I've used the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape from the 2013 Holiday Catalog.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP:  Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (132181)
Stamps:  Best of Shelli (133488), Petite Pairs (w-128706 / c-122497)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Extras:  Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480), Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Large Oval (199855)
Ribbon:  Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (130022)

Thanks for looking in today.  Happy Hump Day!

~ Donna

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you'd like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.

When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!

How exactly do you carve a stamp? Watch the video for a tutorial.  (If you are reading this via email, you'll need to go to my blog to see the video:  

Intrigued? We know you want to get your hands on the kit and start carving your own masterpieces. Here are the item numbers you'll need (we suggest adding a refill kit on your first order . . . trust us, you're gonna want it).

Item #
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
Undefined Refill Kit
Clear-Mount Cling Foam*

*Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.

Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates

Included in the Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet

Monday, August 19, 2013

Christmas Collectibles

This was one of our cards from Berta's Workshop on Saturday.  I really love how it turned out.  Simple, crisp and bright with all the great colors of Christmas!

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4", Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4" and embossed with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335).
DSP:  Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (132181) from the Holiday Mini.
Stamps:  Wishing You (w-131748 / c-131751); Christmas Collectibles (w-131772 / c-131775) *
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Tools:  Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), 1/2" Circle Punch, Christmas Ornament Punch (132152) *
Extras:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (123125), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

* Available as a bundle - save 15% - Bundle w-133282 / c-133283

I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Consultant if you don't already have one.  You can order any of the listed items above from my website, or by emailing me ( directly for more information or help with ordering.  

Thanks for looking in today - have a wonderful Monday and make it a great week!

~ Donna

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Swap Prep

Saturday was a busy day and oh so much fun!!  

First it was Berta's workshop filled with new projects and beautiful cards to be made along with the tastiest homemade chicken salad on croissants for lunch.  Yum!!

After the workshop Brittney, Linda and I were working on our swaps for next week's Fall Fest we'll be attending.  Jackie also stayed behind and helped and we all enjoyed watching Season 1 - The Big Bang Theory on DVD.  Seems we all LOVE to watch TBBT!

Here are a few pictures.  I just had to share how adorable Brittney's Evil Minion's are.  So Stinkin' Cute!

(Here's the original of my minion made and posted a few weeks ago)

 My swap in progress:

Linda's swap in progress:

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a pleasant Sunday!

~ Donna

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hexagon Gingham Garden

Linda spotted a great card today and shared it with me.  I loved it so much I simply had to CASE it tonight.  Wonder if Linda is doing that tonight too... hmmm... guess I'll find out at tomorrow's workshop!  :)

The original spotting came from Annette Elliott.  Thanks Annette for sharing.  I changed a couple of things, but it's your basic design and it's beautiful.

I've often thought about how to use this paper from the Designer Series Paper called Gingham Garden.  This is a perfect way to use it I think.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe and Measurements:

Card Stock - Daffodil Delight - Begin with a base of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score it at 4 1/4".  Cut a piece of Island Indigo 5 1/4" x 4" and the DSP 5 1/8" x 3 7/8".

Run a piece of Island Indigo through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378).  I used a full 5 1/4" x 4" piece through so I had enough to figure out the measurement, plus you can use it for a 2nd card.  Cut the Honeycomb piece to 5 1/8" x 1 3/4".

Punch 3 Daffodil Delight circles using a 1 1/2" Circle Punch (which I just now realized SU doesn't carry- Ugh!).  You should use the 1 3/8" Circle Punch instead (119860) although it will be a little tight on sizing.  Sorry about that!

Punch small flowers with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309).  Attach either a Pearl Basic Jewel (119247) or Rhinestone Basic Jewel (119246).

Stamp the pretty flower pattern from the Six-Sided Sampler (w-130953 / c-130956) onto Whisper White card stock - two in Island Indigo and one in Daffodil Delight.  Punch them out using the Hexagon Punch (130919) and pop them up onto the Daffodil Delight Circles with Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Stamp "hello sweet friend" and trim it up into a flag with your paper snips.

Assemble as shown and give it to your BFF - for no reason at all!  Aren't those the best to receive?  I sure think so!

Thank you for looking in today!  I hope you're ready for a fabulous weekend!

~ Donna

Friday, August 16, 2013

Another Thank You - Photopolymer Stamps

Check out the latest Photopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up!!  I really love these stamps.  SOOOO easy to stamp with and perfectly clear for placing them exactly where you want them!

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.

Click HERE and then click on "Shop Now" to order them today!  Order Number 133454.

Thank you for looking in today!  Have a fabulous Friday!

~ Donna

Thursday, August 15, 2013

So Many Candles

I just can't get enough of the great Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper!  The balloons, the candles, the party hats!  So much fun!

Here's a couple of cute cards I made for today's post:

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

  • Card Stock: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party
    • Raspberry Ripple (8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4")
    • Bermuda Bay (5 1/4" x 4") Stamp with sentiment first - I stamped with VersaMark (102283) and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder (109132).  When finished, run through the Big Shot using Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
  • DSP - Balloons (2" x 4 1/4") matted with Raspberry Ripple (2 1/4" x 4 1/4")
  • DSP - Candles (1 3/4" x 4 1/4") matted with Raspberry Ripple (2" x 4 1/4")
  • Balloons - Small Oval Punch (120908) and the Owl Builder Punch (the foot) (118074)
  • Cupcake - Cupcake Builder Punch
  • Stamps:  Cycle Celebration (w-130270 / c-130273); Bring on the Cake (w-128490 / c-121958)
I decided after making the Balloon Card - that the DSP was too big, so I cut it back and I think it looks better on the Candle Card.  

Don't forget, I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Consultant if you don't already have one.  You can order any of the listed items above from my website, or by emailing me ( directly for more information or help with ordering.  

Thanks for looking in today!  Have a great day!

Stamp Well My Friends!
~ Donna

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Clean and Simple Mixed Bunch

Do you find yourself looking for Clean and Simple cards that you can have ready to go in a moment's notice?  I know I do!  So in searching for some cards to make up and have, also good for quick swaps, we found a card by Julie Davison and I made up a couple of them tonight.  Thank you Julie!!

Clean and Simple and FAST!  Naturally I had to use the newest In Colors that I love so much!

  • Card Base: Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4"
  • DSP - 4 1/4" x 2"
  • Card Stock - 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" 
    • Tear off the edge - about 1/4" wide - tear towards you to reveal the inside layer of paper.
  • Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon - 10" length
    • Tie ribbon across the bottom of colored card stock
  • Attach DSP to Whisper White Card Base with Snail Adhesive
  • Attach Card Stock with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stamp flower from Mixed Bunch with coordinating ink
  • Punch flower out with Blossom Punch
  • Attach flower with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stamp Sentiment across the bottom with coordinating ink

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch (w-128442 / c-125537); A Dozen Thoughts (w-131056 / c-131059)
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe
DSP:  In Color Designer Series Paper Stack - 2013-2015  (130136)
Ribbon: 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070)
Punch:  Blossom Flower Punch (125603)
Extras:  Snail Adhesive (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Consultant if you don't already have one.  You can order any of the listed items above from my website, or by emailing me ( directly for more information or help with ordering.  

Thanks for coming in today - Stamp Well My Friends!

~ Donna

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Circle Thinlits Die - Take Two

After I posted yesterday's project, complete with instructions, I had a chance to catch up on my emails and found another way to use the Circle Thinlits to make a card with more room for writing.  Apparently it was introduced at Convention.  I absolutely LOVE this idea!  Thanks to Patty Bennett for posting her instructions.

Please forgive the sloppy gold line, first of all the gold was from last year's holiday catalog, so not available, but this year's Holiday Catalog has a great White Stampin' Chalk Marker (132133).  Secondly, the line is crooked and sloppy because I didn't use a ruler or guide like I should have.  Ooops!  You get the idea though.

This gives you room to actually write a note inside that won't be visible when the card is closed.  Isn't that great!!??  The Whisper White card stock inside is measured at 2 3/8" x 5 1/8".

Here's how to cut the card stock to make the longer card.  I found in listening to other bloggers, they give different dimensions, which makes me wonder if each Thinlit isn't exactly the same.  Just to be sure, follow the old carpenter's rule, "Measure Twice, Cut Once".  I find myself measuring multiple times, just to be sure!

From there, follow my instructions and recipe from yesterday's post for decorating.

Thank you for looking in today!

Stamp Well My Friends!
~ Donna

Monday, August 12, 2013

Circle Card Thinlits Die - Santa's List Card Tutorial

I'm really enjoying the new Circle Card Thinlits Die.  Endless possibilities with all the DSP we offer.  I've been anxious to use this adorable Santa and what better way to use this set.  All three stamps can be used very easily with this design.

Full instructions below for how to add your DSP to make the card below.

Begin with a base of card stock 5 7/8" x 5 1/2".  Click on each picture to make it bigger for viewing details.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Stamp Set:  Santa's List (w-131808 / c-131811) pg. 31 of Holiday Catalog
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP:  Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (132181) pg. 22 of Holiday Catalog
Extras:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Snail Adhesive (104332); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480).

** Click HERE for more information on the Thinlits Dies.**

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

You can find everything you need to make this card on my website HERE.  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  You can email me at   

Happy Monday.  Make it a good week.

~ Donna