July Updates, Deals & More


Paper Pumpkin is the way to go. It is an all inclusive monthly craft kit to make seasonal, birthday, thank you, or gift-able paper crafts. You kit will include supplies for 8+ projects, a stamp set, a clear block (for the stamps), a mini ink pad, adhesive & embellishments!

For $19.99 a month, you can’t beat the value of the supplies you are receiving complete with color printed directions.

This month:

  • New subscribers get 50% when they subscribe using code BLOOM0818 at paperpumpkin.com by August 10.

By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper: You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July! This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog (see list below). So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to buy lots and lots of pretty paper!


Have you thought about joining Stampin’ Up! for a discount? Or as a business? Or to feed your crafting habit? If so, now is the time to join. In addition to the $99 Starter Kit (that you get to pick ALL of the product), you will get an entire color family of INK PADS FREE!!! That’s an additional $70 worth of Stampin’ FREE! If I weren’t already signed up, I would be now!

Promotion Dates: July 1–31, 2018


  • Free assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads available only to new demonstrators who submit applications within promotion dates.
  • Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.
  • The 2017–2020 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads bundle is exclusive to this promotion and includes all colors in both the 2017–2019 In Colors as well as those in the 2018–2020 In Colors.
  • The Neutrals assortment does not include the three Basic colors: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.

If you want a little more info before committing, I have a great FAQ page as well as a picture walk through of the Joining process. I am a huge question asker and get freaked out not knowing what I am going into so having the pictures of the actual online joining process made sense to provide to my customers.




Simple, Handmade Coffee Notecard

Happy Friday!  What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.

BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!

I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!

Grab your supplies and join the fun!




Explosion Box: Handmade Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.

Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.

The Explosion Box How-To

Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.

You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).

*Photo Tip*

To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Starting Out

The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.

Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.

Decorate before you glue.


Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com



Craft Sale @ Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Happy Wednesday! Today is accounting day- I attempt to go into the law office and get a little bookkeeping done, generally while the baby sits at my feet getting into things.

Meanwhile, I am daydreaming about what crafty things I will come up with next. Ha!  I periodically check the clearance rack from Stampin’ Up! and I have to say there are some impressive deals.  The acorn punch, balloon framelits, and Christmas paper galore (I’m looking at you Merry Music)!

As always, it is limited availability so snag it while you still can.


How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Do You Love Coffee?

Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.

So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.

These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.

Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover!  Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com


  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
  • Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Lace Paper Doily
  • Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
  • Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
  • Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
  • “Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits
  • White Baker’s twine tied in a bow


Craft Organization: We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage

We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage

I was perusing Instagram, quite possibly my favorite place, enjoying the #craftorganization hashtag and came across a We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage lotus flower. WOW! It was slightly off white, big and beautiful, symmetrical and had a ton of compartments. I knew I needed it. Now!

So off to Amazon I went to order my very own embellishment keeper. Two days later (thanks Prime shipping) my Lotus arrived and I loaded it up with the little bits and pieces that are all over my desk.


We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage from StampinFool.com

I decided to fill the We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage flower with the things I sure most. in order to fit all of the little bits I wanted, I cut up some of the embellishment sheets (gold faceted gems & rhinestones, candy dots, etc.) so that they would fit properly into the largest bottom compartments.

There are two different sized mini clothes pins, multiple strands of sequins that I cut apart and use to glue individual sequins to projects, small pearlized paper doilies, gold bow paper clips, any my all time favorite embellishment- faceted buttons!! (I’ll drop a link to these favs below).

As you can see, I filled it up quite easily. I’m soon happy with the result. It really does straighten things up on my desk and makes it really easy to see what I am looking for without having to open tons of containers to find the button or gem I need!

Thanks to Amazon, you can grab one here: https://amzn.to/2Jz4RXY

We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage from StampinFool.com

Do you love it? Will you fill yours with your favorite goodies?  As promised, here are the links to my favorite embellishments shown above (or the closest current thing to it):


How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Give the Gift of Instagram

I love Instagram!! If you follow my feed (stampin.fool) you will see sneak peeks of projects, lots of coffee, and the occasional cute baby picture in my Story feed. I enjoy posting photos and short videos and I love my Instagram friends, a lot of whom craft with me, DIY, and parent. Some I’ve met, some are new, and some I would love to get together with and share a coffee!

Instagram is popular across all ages. With that in mind, I made the *perfect* DIY birthday card for the instagram lover. You can recreate this card and give put a huge smile on their face! It mimics the Instagram icon, which is a camera–  because Instagram is all about photos!

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

(Here is a snapshot of the layers coming together before it is put onto the yellow card stock)

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card


  1. Cut Crushed Curry card stock to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. Cut White to 4 1/4″ X 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  2. Sponging tip: Cut full sponge into 3-4 wedges. Starting in the top left corner with Rich Razzleberry, sponge ink onto card stock by dabbing sponge lightly into ink pad and rubbing the color onto card stock in a circular motion, blending out hard lines. Sponge Melon Mambo next starting in top right corner and working down and towards the center.
  3. Blend Razzleberry and Melon with Calypso Coral ink throughout the center, leaving the bottom left corner uncolored. With Crushed Curry ink, sponge the bottom left corner upwards filling in any blank spots (making sure not to get inky fingers into the yellow).
  4. On scrap White card stock, stamp You Make me Smile (from Colorful Seasons stamp set) in Versamark clear ink, shake Gold Emboss powder, tap off excess and heat set with heat tool until it turns shiny. Punch out with Tailored Tag punch.
  5. Using the second to largest square Stitched thinlit, cut out the middle of the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sponged card stock. Then use the 1″ circle punch to cut out the center of the sponged layer layer. Your sponged layer will now essentially have holes in it, but they will be covered by the white layers in between and the shading will be undisrupted which is why I designed it this way instead of sponging each layer.
  6. Cut a white layer of 3″ x 3″ for the outermost camera part.  Use the 1 3/4″ circle to punch out a white circle for the middle of the camera.
  7. Round the corner of each layer except the base and largest White layer.
  8. Begin layering the pieces with dimesionals. Finish with a glitter enamel dot in the right corner of the camera.
  9. Glue then entire 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ white folded card to the 4 3/4″ Crushed Curry card stock. The yellow part will remain one layer while the photo part opens.
  10. Add the greeting with a dimensional or two and embellish with ribbon if desired.

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Supply List:

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

A Handmade Mother’s Day

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Mother’s Day Bee

Mother’s Day is around the corner. It’s in about two weeks- May 13th. Have you done any planning? What will you give to mom, grandma, your best momma friend?
Mom’s spend so much time imparting wisdom, love and graciousness into our lives that it is a “holiday” that requires special attention.

I couldn’t think of a better way to make mom feel special than to make a handmade card that is a little more fluffy than normal and pulls out all the supplies.

You can see what I’m getting all the mom’s in my life on this post {Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide}!

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

This card has texture, soft colors, elevated wings on the cutest honey bee, making it the perfect card for Mom.

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com


  1. Cut Crumb Cake card stock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Cut Vanilla to 4″ x 5 1/4″ & emboss by running Sequin folder through Big Shot.
  2. Cut Soft Sky with largest Stitched Circle thinlit with Big Shot. Punch 2 1/2″ Vanilla circle.
  3. Stamp bee from Dragonfly Dreams in Momento Black Ink on 2 1/2″ circle. Stamp 2 Crumb Cake branches from Jar of Love stamp set. Stamp Jar of love flowers in Crushed Curry stamped off once. Stamp the inner flower parts with Crushed Curry. Stamp “For You” in Espresso ink.
  4. Stamp greeting on a scrap of paper and cut out. Cut a 1/2″ scrap of Petal Passion paper to layer greeting.
  5. Assemble stamped vanilla circle onto Soft Sky circle onto Doily. Adhere Vanilla layer to Crumb Cake base.  Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  6. Stamp wings in Momento ink onto scrap paper, cut out and adhere to bee.
  7. Stamp large Jar of Love flower in Soft Sky. Stamp inside flower in Bermuda Bay (stamped off once). Die cut with framelit. Adhere to banners with dimensional.
  8. Tie Bakers twine bow around greeting banner and adhere banner to card with  two dimensionals on back.
  9. Stamp inside corner of card with bee in Momento black ink.


Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

[from Instagram]

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Supply List:

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Under $50

Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Under $50

Mother’s Day is around the corner (May 13th) so I have rounded up some of my favorite gifts, all under $50 and all in one place. Most of them can be ordered on Amazon (yay two day shipping) for the last minute shoppers like myself. Whether you’re shopping for your sister, mom, or friend to celebrate Mother’s Day these things will be sure to wow them!


MOTHER’S DAY IDEAS UNDER $50Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide Under $50 from StampinFool.com

  1. Essential Oil Diffuser $16: Do you have one of these yet? They are amazing for a relaxing and for spreading great scents throughout the house. I stock mine with Wild Orange Essential Oil.
  2. Vouchers for Mom $7: There’s no better way to tell mom that you love her than by giving her a grown up version of the coupon booklets you made as a child. Between the nostalgia and the thoughtfulness, she’s bound to shed a tear.
  3. Kate Spade iPhone Case $40: It’s Kate Spade. And it’s pink and black. This one speaks for itself!
  4. Doterra Introductory Essential Oils Kit $27: Don’t forget to grab the Oils to go with that diffuser. This mini set will get you started with Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint- the three most basic oils, great for everything. 
  5. Knock Knock All About Mom Fill In Book $13: Mini fill in books are my favorite. I bought one of these for Christmas for my best friend and I really enjoyed filling it out. It is definitely one of the more meaningful gifts I have given. 
  6. Keds Chambray Shoes $30: Just because she’s your mom doesn’t mean that she can’t have the best shoes. Keds are back and chambray is in! Plus, you know your mom’s shoe size by heart, right?
  7. Kate Spade Confetti Square Earrings $32: These beauties are on my wishlist. And if you look at the customer photos you’ll fall in love even more. Mom will love them.
  8. Rose Gold Crystal Nail File $12: Mom purses are known for having everything you would possible ever need in them- this is no exception. Crystal nail files are durable, do a great job, and something you will always need in a pinch. This wins the most useful award.
  9. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara Set $33: If your mom is like mine, she’s hesitant to spend a lot of money on makeup. Do her a favor and gift her this mascara. It is SERIOUSLY the best. It is hands down my favorite. She will LOVE it!
  10. Erin Condren Life Planner $27: Erin Condren is the go to brand of planners. Whether you have a working mom, retired mom, social mom, shopping mom, list making mom this planner is top of the line. And the best part is that you can personalize with her name at no charge. Choose your favorite cover and it will be on it’s way. Also, they are 50% off now. Go get one!
  11. Pineapple Earrings $8: Does your mom ever raid your jewelry? Now she can have her own cute earrings. Don’t you just love pineapples!?
  12. Picnic Blanket $23: Mom loves taking the grandkids to the park. This picnic blanket is my favorite for that. It’s waterproof and the perfect size to have lunch and a few toys while the kids play outside. 
  13. Bullet Journal Fineliner Pens (48) $10: You’ll need this awesome set of 48 fineliner pens for her journal or planner. Also, they make great pens to have by the phone to jot down messages. 
  14. Nordic Ware Mini Bunny Cake Pan $28: ADORABLE. This bunny pan is to die for. Your mom will love it and you will love the mini bunny pound cakes she bakes for you with it. Grab my Bunny Cake recipe here.
  15. Tervis 20 oz Stainless Steel Tumbler $17: This Christmas we bought a few of these stainless steel Tervis cups and they are amazing. I’m in love with mine and my husband takes his to work every day. 
  16. Erin Condren Personalized Address Book $45: Address books are timeless. But sometimes they need updating. This EC address book can be both personalized with your name and you can choose any cover you like or design your own (or maybe a family photo- hint, hint).
  17. Marble Hexagon Coasters $39: These classy clutter free coasters will be sure to keep mom’s coffee table streak free. 
  18. Macarons w/ Golden Gift Box $16: Macarons! The best cookie ever baked. These beauties come in a set of six in the pretty little gold box, perfect for mom, grandma, and your best friend.
  19. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy $29: A bath caddy is where it’s at. Relax, light a candle and read a book (suggestion below).
  20. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker $16: I preordered For the Love and read it on my Kindle at midnight when it was released, while I waited for the hard copy. To say I loved it was an understatement. I also sent a copy to my new mom friend. It’s perfect for a mom in the throws of toddlerhood. 
  21. Essie Nail Polish Set $18: Are these spring colors perfect? I love bright toes in the spring and summer to go with my flip flops.
  22. Flamingo Water Bottle Tervis  $26: Lastly, this Tervis water bottle goes with me everywhere. I’m sure to drink enough water when it’s around. It goes in the car, and on my nightstand in the evenings. I use it every day. And it’s flamingos!!

What’s on your wish list? Do you already have any of my favorites? I plan on snagging a few of these for mom this year as well as a few mom friends that deserve an extra Mother’s Day boost. Being a mom is hard, it should be celebrated!

Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide Under $50 from StampinFool.com

This post contains affiliate links, which means that I make a commission if you click and buy something through a link (which helps me buy coffee and craft supplies). I value your trust and only recommend brands and products that I truly love! *I actually own everything on this list.

Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide Under $50 from StampinFool.com

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2018 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List & Color Refresh

We are nearing the end of the current Stampin’ Up! catalog which means the Retired Product list has been released and the items will go quickly. You will want to click the download link below because it is continually being updated and by clicking the link, you can see the most current version.

Every year I release a catalog walk through video where you can follow along and highlight the retiring stamps in your catalog so that you can easily identify what you want to grab before it’s gone. below is a PDF of the Catalog. I will be uploading that for you later this week.


If you’ve been around Stampin’ Up! for a few years you have probably been through a Color Refresh where inevitably some of your favorite colors retire and some oldies but goodies come back. It’s REFRESH TIME!!

While I am sad to see some of these colors go, I am excited that Coastal Cabana is back!!! As for the retiring colors, they are available until supplies last, so get them now if you are smitten, buy them before they are gone because once they sell out, they are gone.

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

And here are the new Color Families: