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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities So Cool

I'm excited to once again be participating in the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop. We have several alternate projects for your April 2021 Paper Pumpkin SO COOL! You're going to love the variety of projects shown in this month's blog hop.


April 2021 Paper Pumpkin So Cool

As soon as I saw this month's Paper Pumpkin Kit, I knew it would be perfect for scrapbook pages to preserve fun summer memories. I chose bold colors that were already included in the kit theme - Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile, and Blackberry Bliss. The rainbow and large popsicles are from 2 cards that I cut apart, using only the card fronts. The small popsicles, fruits, and sun are stickers from the kit. The striped paper is from a lined envelope in the So Cool Kit that I cut apart. Card stock pieces are 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and 4 1/4" x 6 1/4".

April 2021 Paper Pumpkin So Cool
April 2021 Paper Pumpkin So Cool
It's easy to add titles to your scrapbook pages with Stampin' Up!'s Playful Alphabet Dies (#152706) as I did here.
April 2021 Paper Pumpkin So Cool

Stampin' Up! really does make it easy for us to create fun projects with their monthly Paper Pumpkin kits whether you choose to make the cards and projects with directions given or if you choose to do your own designing and make alternate projects. For more alternate projects for this month's kits be sure to click NEXT on the pumpkin below. I'm grateful to be a member of the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop. I hope you'll check out all of this month's outstanding So Cool projects. Here's looking forward to a fun summer!


Click on the pumpkin below to see the next So Cool alternate project.

53636731_10219309231506307_35901588677591040_nContact your demonstrator to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit or to order a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month Pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription. If you are not currently working with a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to earn your business. Contact me to assist you in your Paper Pumpkin and/or other Stampin' Up! needs. Or click here to order your Pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription on my website.


Stampin' Up! products used in addition to April So Cool Paper Pumpkin Kit to create scrapbook pages above.

Paper Snips


Thanks for viewing today's post on Stampin' Peace with Mary Knabe. I hope you'll take the time to visit each of the posts in the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities So Cool Blog Hop today.

Tag Buffet Alternate Projects

What's better than a Stampin' Up! holiday tag kit? How about a holiday tag kit at HALF PRICE? That's right. One of my most favorite Stampin' Up! Tag Kits, Tag Buffet Project Kit, is on sale now for just $15, that's a 50% savings. Follow the directions and you'll get 30 bright, beautiful, festive tags to add that something special to your gift wrap and gift bags. Already finished your shopping, wrapping, and tagging? Consider purchasing a few kits to have at the ready for next year. Better yet, get your friends and family in on the fun and host a "Christmas in July" kit party. Either way, this deal is the bomb! But don't hesitate. The Tag Buffet Kit and all products on the Stampin' Up! Year-end Closeout are only available while supplies last. Grab this kit and other retiring holiday products before they're gone. Click here to go directly to the Year-end Closeout section of my online store to see what's retiring and what's on sale.

If you make the tags in the kit according to directions, you'll make a total of 30 beautiful, large tags (5 each of 6 designs as shown below).

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

I took 6 tags (1 of each design) to use in making some holiday scrapbook pages that resemble wrapped gifts.

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!
Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!
Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!
Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!
Tips for creating all of these gift wrapped scrapbook pages can be found by viewing my video below.

I also took 6 tags (1 of each design) and removed the white layer, then made Christmas Cards with them - card base in a coordinating colors plus Gold Foil Paper accents is all it took. I also tied the gold cord into bows for a finishing touch.

Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!
I used the white layers I removed from the tags on the cards above with the 5 extra pine tree die cuts you get in your kits to make 5 more gift tags. I had plenty of extra labels to stamp and gold cord in my kit so didn't need to add any other supplies to make these additional tags.
Tag Buffet Project Kit by Stampin' Up!


In yesterday's post I shared alternate projects created with the Joy of Sharing Card Kit. Use this link to see those projects along with a video demonstration: I created 2 cards and a gorgeous collage with the help of my Facebook Live viewers. I loved interacting with my customers and viewers and getting their input as I create. The Joy of Sharing All Inclusive Kit is also on sale for $24.50, that's a 30% savings on its original price of $35. This kit is great for those who want to personalize their Christmas cards with a family photo or their fur babies. Already have your cards made and mailed? Again, why not take advantage of this deal and schedule a Christmas in July card making day? At this price, you'll be glad you did!


Stampin' Up! products used - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store.

Paper Snips


Whether you're giving gifts you purchased and made, a handmade tag adds that special touch to your packaging. That's a win win in my book - fun for you and fun for the gift recipient too.

Thanks for viewing today's Stampin' Peace with Mary Knabe blog post. Wishing you a happy, healthy, productive day.

Things are Looking Up!

Yes, things are looking up! As we've all been dealing with this year's pandemic, remote learning, changes in the way we do business, I have found that in all of these challenges there have been many blessings. Families spending more quality time together, people reaching out to others when they may not have taken the time to do so before, people cooking and baking at home, neighbors helping neighbors with grocery shopping and sharing of hard to find goods, and in every situation creativity is at the heart of what we've been doing. We've found new, creative, and innovative ways to do business, to educate children and adults, to shop for what we need with less concern for material wants, to entertain and be entertained, to stay connected while keeping our distance, and to show appreciation for essential workers. Creativity at its best and all of this is cause for things "looking up". I'm not sure I want life to return to "normal" as we knew it. I like the slower pace and not running around crazy busy. I like sending more happy mail. I like taking the time to nurture me with home projects and self care. Working at home full time without going out for breaks or dinners out, means I'm truly scheduling lunch and dinner breaks for myself without feeling like I have to work straight through my day. I'm even enjoying cooking for myself a bit more. And if you know me, I really don't like to cook all that much. Now, baking, I love that...because I love sweets, of course. So yes, things are looking up. Our businesses, our economy, our schools will all rebound in time while we focus on being strong, being positive, being patient, and being creative in our everyday lives no matter how they look. 

The Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit seems to have taken on more meaning for me with all that has taken place in 2020. It's not just about cards anymore. It's about how I go about making cards, using the cards I make, and how I use them to interact and stay connected to the people I know and love and appreciate as well as those I may not know. I think it was just meant to be that this Stampin' Up! kit is staying with us another year to remind us to "keep looking up" no matter what life gives us. I'll look forward to more creating with this kit as well as the new kits we'll soon have the opportunity to create with. 

Here's a look at a few alternate cards I created with a watercolor wash. I've also included a video replay of a Facebook Live I did in April showcasing Stampin' Up!'s 4 All Inclusive Card Kits at the time with helpful tips and how to's as well as several alternate projects. I think you'll enjoy watching it seeing creativity at work.

Watercolor Wash background with Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!

All of these beautiful cards let me close my eyes and escape to happy places. How about you?

Watercolor Wash background with Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Watercolor Wash background with Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Watercolor Wash background with Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!

Please take a look at the video below showing alternate projects done with other Stampin' Up! All Inclusive Card Kits including Notes of Kindness, Lots of Happy, and Three Cheers to You All Inclusive Kits also.


Click on the links below for easy ordering of the All Inclusive Card Kits in my online store.

Thanks for visiting my Stampin' Peace blog. My wish for you today is that things truly are looking up for you, that you are finding peace in the now and hope for the future. Stay safe, stay well, stay positive, and keep being creative.

Bonus Projects for Great Kits!

I love Stampin' Up! Kits. My favorites are the All Inclusive Kits. They have everything you need including stamp set and ink spot, Pre-cut and scored card bases, die cut images and labels for sentiments, embellishments & trims, adhesives, and directions. Plus they come in a nice gift box. Make and use the cards yourself then use the box for a gift later. Or make and give the cards in its crafty box to a family member of friend. They will love your gift of handmade cards and can use them to spread sunshine and kindness to others, especially in these days when people need each other to reach out to them more than ever.

The Facebook Live video replay below gives you helpful tips for completing your kits as well as LOTS of alternate projects to create with your kit supplies. Make your cards using the directions provided or create your own alternate cards & projects or do a little of both. No matter which way you choose to use your kits, you are going to have fun and have amazing results.

Here's a look at a few of the alternate projects I made for the All Inclusive Card Kits.

Looking Up All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Cards with die cuts on watercolor wash background. See video for demonstration for watercolor wash background.


Notes of Kindness All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Pretty bag tag, decorated Baker's Box, and gratitude journal (also great for new bride to keep track of thank you notes for bridal shower & wedding gifts)
Lots of Happy All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Alternate card lay outs, gift bag enclosure, decorated mini notebook for your purse or backpack or to give a co-worker


Three Cheers for You All Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin' Up!
Scrapbook pages made from cutting up card bases and envelopes in Three Cheers to You Kit

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Below are the 4 current Stampin' Up! All Inclusive Card Kits. All but the Looking Up! Kit are retiring. Order your kits online on my website using April Host Code YGYNWBEP. Order online with host code by April 30th, and I'll mail you a FREE Stampin' Up! embellishment as a thank you! Be sure to order kits before they are gone. They are only available while supplies last.


I hope you've enjoyed this video with my tips and how to's as well as all the alternate projects. I hope your day is filled with "Lots of Happy".

New Virtual Events - Friday Night Lights Kit Classes

I am excited to announce a brand new Stampin' Peace event - Friday Night Lights!
I'll be hosting Friday Night Lights Virtual Kit Classes via either Facebook Live or Zoom (dependent on number of people). Here's how they will work: You order the kit (s) of your choice on my website using an assigned host code by a given date. Once I receive notification of your order from SU!, I'll invite you to join a Private FB Group or Zoom Event. We'll meet up in that group on the designated date & time, and we'll craft together. I'll share tips & how to's and alternate projects for each of the kits included in that night's virtual event. I'll also have PRIZE PATROL and give away Stampin' Up! prizes to those who join me Live that night. If you are unable to attend Live, you'll still have access to the group to view the video replay at a time convenient for you.
(If you are not comfortable placing your own order online, contact me at 513-641-6592.)
April 17th Friday Night Lights, 7- 8:15 pm EST featuring All-Inclusive Kits
Order one or more of the following All Inclusive Card Kits on my website using Host Code AEA9X4P3 by April 3rd.
Stampin' Up! All Inclusive Kits are for anyone & everyone including both beginning stampers with little or no experience. Experienced stampers may enjoy having everything needed to complete stylish cards in one easy box or having the opportunity to use the kit contents in their own unique way.
April 24th Friday Night Lights, 7- 8:15 pm EST featuring Project Kits
Order one or both of the following Project Kits on my website using Host Code ZVZPKJFD by April 10th.
Coordinating Projects Kits have a coordinating stamp set sold separately. I will show both cards & projects with & without the coordinating stamp set        for each project kit.



All Inclusive Card Kits and Project Kits & Coordinating Stamp Set - click for more information & easy ordering. ***Be sure to use appropriate Host Code when ordering your kit (or kits) if you plan to participate in my Friday Night Lights Events.