Monday, July 28, 2014

A simple trick for straight sticker placement

Last week during the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City I learned a fantastic trick for lining up and placing stickers on projects.

Use window sheets!

Here I borrowed the top sheet from the stamp set that came in my July 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I laid the window sheet down on my grid paper and used the lines to space my stickers and make sure they were straight.  When I placed the stickers on the window sheet, I made sure that the top halves of the stickers were hanging off the edge of my window sheet, but not sticking to the grid paper below.

How to get stickers straight on your projects -

Then, I picked up my window sheet and held it over my card to decide where to place the stickers. 

Using window sheets for straight sticker placement -

Once I figured out where I wanted them, I pressed down on the top half of the stickers, transferring them from the window sheet to my card,  carefully removing the bottom half of the stickers from the window sheet before moving it away, then pressed the bottom half of the stickers down onto my card.

Using window sheets for straight sticker placement -

Look at that!  Perfectly lined up, straight stickers!

So simple and clever, right?  How have I never heard of this before?

Did you already know about this trick?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Putting together my July 2014 Paper Pumpkin

My July Paper Pumpkin arrived in the mail last week, and I finally made the time to sit down and play with it.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit is that comes with everything you need to make the projects inside, and each month contains a different surprise!

Here's the contents of this month's kit - there is so much going on in here!

It includes:
  • Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Spot
  • 6 white card bases, a sheet of border stickers
  • 2 sheets of blue stickers, a sheet of foil stars (my favorite!)
  • 12 die-cut round tags
  • 6 Blackberry Bliss striped boxes
  • 6 yards of 5/8" white satin ribbon
  • 7 yards of white baker's twine
  • 6 white envelopes 
  • An instruction booklet
and of course, STAMPS!

Paper Pumpkin July 2014 stamps

These are the Wish Big photopolymer stamps included in the kit

Each Paper Pumpkin kit comes with a little booklet to demonstrate some ideas for using your kit.  I'm glad there are both verbal directions AND photos.  (Have you ever had the joy of putting together a dresser from IKEA?  Just sayin'...)

You can put the projects together using the step-by-step instructions, or design your own using the elements included in the kit.   I made my first notecard and box like the sample shown in the directions, but I plan to share a few other things I used my kit for in future posts, so stay tuned!
Here are the completed projects. 

Paper Pumpkin July 2014

Have you signed up for Paper Pumpkin yet?

No?  Well, don't worry.  Right now, there's a special offer going on to help you join the fun! 

When you sign up right now for a new Paper Pumpkin subscription, you'll receive 50 percent off your first two kits when you use the promo code: "HALFOFF2".

Here's how:
  • Enter the code "HALFOFF2" and choose me, Natalie Kennedy, as your demonstrator
Here's some stuff you need to know:
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10th to receive the discount
  • This offer applies to new Paper Pumpkin monthly subscribers only
  • Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin kits is shipped each month
  • You can skip a month or cancel at any time
 After the first 2 months, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

Still have questions?  I have answers.  Contact me today!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My July 2014 Paper Pumpkin is here!

I opened up my mail box the other day and waiting inside was my July 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit! I'm so excited to sit down and put it together. Have you gotten yours? I don't want to ruin the surprise for you, but if you'd like to see, here's a YouTube video showing what's in the kit this month:

If you haven't subscribed already, that's okay, you're still in luck!

Right now when you subscribe you'll get 50% off your first 2 months, but you must subscribe by September 10th.

After your first two months, keep those creative kits coming for just $19.95 per month - the shipping is included!

Each month a fully designed project kit will arrive at your door with stamps, ink, and paper — everything cut and ready to go.

It’s commitment-free! You can cancel or suspend your membership at any time — really!

So, go on, give it a try.  It's fast and FUN!

Go to and promo code: HALFOFF2 and choose me, Natalie C. Kennedy as your demonstrator.  

Have any questions about Paper Pumpkin or any other Stampin' Up! products?  Let me know!

*For new subscribers only, not valid on prepaid subscriptions. Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ever thought about becoming a demonstrator?

Have you ever considered joining Stampin' Up?

NOW is the time!

Right now when you sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for just $50 you'll receive:

  • $55 worth of Stampin' Up! products
  • A 30% discount on your first order of $150 or more
  • A 20% discount on additional orders
  • A FREE Paper Pumkin kit
  • AND, (hang onto your seat) FREE entrance to the annual Stampin' Up! Convention (must be registered by June 20th)
It's an incredible value that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of fun, friends, and creativity.

 Keep in mind, there's no obligation to hold workshops or purchase anything further if you choose.  How you run your Stampin' Up! business is up to you.

This special offer ends June 30th, so become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator today!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes

If you loved the snowflake set from last year called Endless Wishes, I have a sneaky suspicion you'll ADORE this new photopolymer set called Endless Birthday Wishes.  How adorable is this?!

I just love the handwritten script!  Don't you?  Seriously, why can't I have handwriting like this?  My sugar and flour canisters would be so much cuter!

The item number for Endless Birthday Wishes is 137553, and it's available to order in my online store now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chalkboard Canister Labels

Chalkboard Canister Labels using the Big Shot, #stampinup

I have a friend who's super crafty.  She has 5 kids and still manages to build furniture, shop with coupons, take her children to music lessons, and teach cub scouts on top of everything else she does.

Every time I see this e-card, I think of her:

Because she's so crafty, she's organizing her pantry with special custom can holders she built herself, (yeah, I know!) and she's the one who told me you can buy chalkboard Contact paper.

Now, I bought these glass jars for my flour and sugar a long time ago and they've sat naked on my counter for a long time.  I don't have an e-cutter, so I realized if I wanted to label the jars I'd probably have to order some cute custom vinyl off etsy or come up with something else.  But I figured, I know what's inside of them, do they really need to be labeled?  And if anyone else wanted to use them, wouldn't they know the difference between sugar and flour?  And if they didn't, why are they in my kitchen baking for me anyhow?

But, after seeing my friend's cute labels using contact paper and punches, I figured I'd give it a shot myself.

This is the Contact paper.  I searched for it at my local craft and big box stores before giving up and just ordering it from Amazon:

It comes in an 18" x 6' roll and sells for $8.20 right now.

Because I only used a few inches, this 6 foot roll should last me forever - or, at least until the whole chalkboard trend ends, right?

Actually, if I've jumped on board with a trend that means it's pretty much already over. . .

For my labels I used the largest and second largest of the Labels Collection Framelit Dies and ran them through my Big Shot with the Contact paper.

That's it.

Then peeled off the backing and put them on my canisters.

So easy, right? And Stampin' Up! has so many different framelit collections right now, I'm thinking about using them to label all kinds of things around my house right now.

Here's the link for the Chalkboard Contact paper.

And, if you need help purchasing the Labels Collection Framelit Dies or any other Big Shot items, I can help you with that.

You can find all the different framelits HERE in my online store.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The New Catalog Premiere!

On Monday I was able to attend a broadcast of the new Stampin' Up! catalog premiere along with hundreds of other demos in my area.  Demonstrators went to movie theaters in dozens of  different cities and got to watch Shelli Gardner and other presenters share and demonstrate products from the new catalog!

And, after all the fun (and prizes!) we left with our very own copy of the new catalog! 

Isn't she lovely?


 Now, some demonstrators plopped down outside the theater and thumbed through their catalogs while chatting about the new products and great examples.

Not me!  I jumped in my car, snapped a few selfies, and headed home ASAP so I could relish the glory of the new catalog in the comfort of my own home.

And, not to leave out our Spanish speaking customers, here's the Spanish version catalog:

It's breathtaking, isn't it?  Can you even begin to imagine the magic inside?

Would you like a copy of either of these catalogs?

You would?

I knew it!

Well, it's easy to get your hands on one.  If you've placed an order with me in the last year, congratulations1  You already have one coming.  Hooray!

If you haven't, you can still get one by contacting me today!