January 19, 2016

One Great Year!

It's a new year, and Stampin' Up get us off on the right foot with their "One Great Year" Paper Pumpkin Kit.

If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin yet, here's the deal: you get a surprise all-inclusive craft kit in the mail!!!

Will you always be thrilled with it?  Probably not.  But don't let that stop you from giving Paper Pumpkin a try!

The thing is, there are tons of creative people out there trying to make awesome "out of the pumpkin" projects, so you are bound to be inspired! This just so happened to be the relationship I had with the kit from December, which has turned out to be one of my favorites!  In fact, I may need to order a refill kit (nice little perk for P.P. subscribers).

With the addition of a few card bases, the kit components stretch to make a ton of cards (this isn't even all of them)!

As always, the stamp set is awesome, the embellishments fun, but my favorite part is the little calendar punch-outs!  You could use them on card fronts, in a Kraft Grid Journal to create a mini Bullet Journal or Perpetual Calendar type book,

or even as Project Life cards!

So, I hope I've inspired you to give Paper Pumpkin a go. And, oh!  Did I mention pre-paid subscriptions are on sale right now?!?

Keep Calm and Stamp On!
Cristy Butzen

November 18, 2014

Many Merry Stars Kit (Alternate Ideas)

This time of year, it's fun to be able to craft without thinking too hard - just get right to it and on to the next holiday-related activity, right?

Enter, the Many Merry Stars kit from Stampin' Up! 

The kit includes the (pre-cut, scored AND adhesive) supplies to make 25 adorable boxes!  Don't count, but I still have a few more to make that aren't pictured.  That's a lot of stars!

Why do you need so many stars, anyway?  Well, you can use them as box toppers (instead of a bow).

You could make some Christmas cards....


placecard holder dealies

tree decorations
 treat holders

...and for all you over-achievers out there:  a lighted star garland.

SO..... with all those wonderful ideas out there, you might as well go ahead and order 2 Many Merry Stars Simply Created kits - they won't be around long!

Happy Stamping!

November 7, 2014

Autumn Accents Wreath

The weather is cooling down quickly, signaling us that it's that time of year again...

Craft Fair Season!!!

Here's one of my latest one-of-a-kind creations, specially crafted for local event.

I picked up the wreath at a second-hand shop, and dolled it up with Burlap Ribbon and a bunch of leaves cut with the Autumn Accents Die from Stampin' Up.

It turned out so great, I'm having a hard time putting it in the pile to sell!  Now I'm off to peel the glue from my fingers...

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

October 19, 2014

Ornamental Pine Christmas Cards

The current Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! is just page after page of craft room candy, but one of the first stamp sets to jump out at me was the Ornamental Pine set.

Mtg Make&Take by moi
With such a massive image, this set is versatile enough to go from cards to scrapbooking to....  ?

(I'm thinking lampshades and coasters - but feel free to insert your creativity here)

card cased from Gail Vogel

Okay, so I haven't made it to the lampshade yet, but I'm sure you are enjoying these samples anyway!

Founder's Circle swap

Sidenote:  I prefer to buy larger images in the woodmount version, but there are clear-mount versions of most of SU's stamps these days, even the huge background ones!

Now....inquiring minds want to know: What wouldn't be safe from this stamp if it were in your hands???

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen

October 13, 2014

Nothing Scary About Paper Pumpkins!

I love tearing into the Paper Pumpkin kits the minute they arrive (who doesn't love surprises in the mail anyway?). 

This was all the stuff included in the last kit - amazing, huh?  (I really hope this one shows up on the refill list!)

 Since I've been sticking to the script with the last couple of kits, I decided to jump off the deep end with the Halloween one...

I cut up all those cute little printed burlap bags and made this 5' banner instead!  The letters and twine for the banner were pretty much the only things I added - the rest came from the kit.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, and am looking forward to getting this month's Paper Pumpkin kit soon.  If you haven't joined the pumpkin wagon yet, you can check out the details here, and once you join, you can even order past kits/refills to catch up on the fun!

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen
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