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October 2015

Helping People Live with Cancer

Every year for the past four or five years I have had a vendor booth at UNIQUE BOUTIQUE which is a fundraiser for LEE'S FRIENDS.  This organization is responsible for many good works on behalf of the cancer community of South Hampton Roads.  In January 1977, Lee Harkins, a vibrant 15 year old was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease.  While undergoing treatment she dreamed of helping others and, when she died in 1978, her mother created this program in support of cancer patients and their families.  Lee's Friends offers FREE resources to patients of all ages and stages and their families.  Although I will not have a booth this year I encourage you to put the date of October 22 on your calendar.  There will be many fine vendors and it is a great place to do some quality Christmas shopping!

Unique Boutique 2015




If you are presently a subscriber to MY PAPER PUMPKIN Stampin' Up! will be donating a $1.00 to BCRF for every active subscriber.  For each NEW subscriber by October 10 Stampin' Up! will donate an additional $1.00.


A bear in the woods..............

Thankful Forest Friends
Good Morning!  I thought I would share a PROJECT SHEET with you today for this cute card.  The stamp set, Thankful Forest Friends, has imaginative images including Mr. Bear, Ms. Fox and a cute rabbit.  You can find it on page 43 in Stampin' Up!'s holiday catalog (don't have your own catty ~ let me know and I will send you one).  Here are the details and directions for you.......

Download Thankful Forest Friends pdf


Awesome aquapainter.....

This is such an easy technique that you aren't going to believe it!  You know what Stampin' Up!'s Aquapainter looks like ~ it is a brush tip with a cartridge that holds liquid for easy watercoloring.  The order number is #103954 and you can find the actual picture on page 163 in the annual catalog.  I used my Aquapainter with several stamp pads recently to color Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper, Timeless Elegance, on page 143.  Just press the top of the stamp pad cover to pick up the ink and then use it as your palette.  Color right over the top of the rose design in the paper for a fabulous addition to the neutral paper!

Aquapainter technique

Butterflies the easy way and, save $

Embossing Folder ~ bricks

This week, Stampin' Up! has marked down the Butterflies Thinlits on page 172 in the annual catalog.  The problem is that I really wanted to show you this pretty card that uses the Brick Wall embossing folder and the stamp set, Birthday Blossoms (on page 8 in the annual catalog).  So, what did I do wrong?  And, on my birthday too ~ shame on me!  First person to email me my mistake wins a prize!

Weekly Deals September 15

Smaller wreath, same stamp sets

Wreath small size

I made a second wreath, smaller than the first and with a different ribbon (this striped grosgrain was in a previous catalog but I love the color!  There is Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in the catalog if you are interested, on page 158.)  Here is a close up of the bow ~

Wreath small size 2

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about my THIRD THURSDAY CLASS this week ~ we will be making FALL cards!  Let me know if you can come!

Mermaid Factory

Friday afternoon my friend, Phyllis, and I went to the MERMAID FACTORY on 21st Street in Ghent ~ Norfolk.  Neither of us knew what to expect but both of us had a fun afternoon creating our mermaids.  Allie is the young lady who manages the shop and she is very helpful and absolutely delightful!  I would recommend a visit for a relaxing afternoon activity (that is, if you aren't stamping ~ just kidding!).

Mermaid Factory 1

You start with an empty palette, a base and a mermaid.  You choose the colors from a wide variety of acrylic paints, paint your mermaid and then add embellishments (there are so many it is hard to choose). 


Mermaid Factory 2

My mermaid ~ come by the Cat/Art Studio to meet her in person!

Vintage and Lighthearted..............

I used both stamp sets, Vintage Leaves (#138802, annual catalog, page 88) and Lighthearted Leaves (#139712, holiday catalog, page 44) to make two wreaths last weekend.  I used watercolor paper and choose stamp pads with Fall colors.

Wreath lg close up 2

I stamped the leaves, cut them out with the framelits (bundled to save 15% ~ see page 88), sprayed them with 70% rubbing alcohol to blend the colors, scrunched them & spread them out to dry and then attached them with my hot glue gun to a twig wreath from Hobby Lobby.

Wreath lg close up

Also, before I sprayed them I sponged a little Early Espresso around the edges.  Thanks for stopping by and have a super Saturday.