Yikes, I can't believe that Typepad – my blog server was experiencing technical difficulties that knocked it out for many days.  Although the outage affected people worlwide, the Typepad team is working dilligently to restore service.  It may be spotty for a few days but please hang with me while my blog is full service again.

In my frustration, I decided that I needed to make a vibrant, fun card to tame "my beast" .  I was obviously distraught over the whole crashed blog issue.  It wasn't just my blog.  All of us using typepad were affected.  

Vivid Vases left

 Can you tell what I used to decorate my vases?  If you guessed Retro Fresh Washi Tape, then you are right. I simply stamped the vase image twice on Very Vanilla c.s. that I then cut with a Deco Label Framelit.  I used a blender pen and So Saffon Ink for 2 of the vases and added some squiggles or dots with the Tangerine Tango Marker.  The remaining vases were decorated with a small piece of Washi Tape and then all the vases were fussy cut.  

Vivid Vases rt

 Using Stampin' Dimensionals, the decorated vases were placed over the flat stmped vase image.  A Blender Pen with So Saffron Tangerine Tango Ink brought the flowers to life.  The mat for the vase image is another pattern of Retro Fresh dsp cut with a size larger Deco Label Framelit.

It was just the card that I needed to lift my spirits after the blog issues.  I hope that it makes you happy too!

Now, to keep you up to date with Stampin' Up!  The Retiring List of Stamps & Accessories is out.  Please check it out and remember that there is FREE SHIPPING through Friday.  It's a great time to stock up on adhesive and cardstock.  Take advantage of the weekly deals too.


Just click on the links below to see images of both the weekly deals and the retiring product.  If you want to see a price and the item number, just click on the picture of the item that you are interested in seeing.

Weekly Deals

Retired List

And, now for the Paper Pumpkin News.  


Want to promote Paper Pumpkin at your parties and events? Do it by offering prepaid subscriptions-your hostess earns benefits for them!

With  Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to take advantage of these prepaid subscriptions that can be bought as gifts. It's the gift that keeps on giving!


ItemPaper Pumpkin Prepaid SubscriptionPrice (Shipping Included)
137858 1 month$19.95
137859 3 months$59.85
137860 6 months$113.70 — save $1 per month
137861 12 months$215.40 — save $2 per month



The Perks

  • Paper Pumpkin Hostess Benefits: You can add prepaid subscriptions to workshop orders, which means the hostess can earn benefits on Paper Pumpkin! 
  • Higher Commissions: You get commissions on the full price of the prepaid subscriptions even though the shipping costs are calculated into the price. 
  • Uninterrupted Subscriptions: When your customers redeem their subscription on www.mypaperpumpkin.com, they can put in their payment information at checkout to keep receiving their monthly kit once their prepaid subscription ends (although they aren't required to give their payment information).


How It Works

  1. When your customer places their order, they'll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription.
  2. They'll go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and enter the redemption code.
  3. They'll start enjoying their monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month!


  • Encourage your customers to put in their payment information when they're redeeming their prepaid subscription so they'll get to continue receiving their monthly kit after their prepaid subscription ends. (But your customers won't have to put in their payment information if they don't want to.)
  • Let your hostesses know that they will earn benefits for prepaid subscriptions. Coach them to think of all their friends who'd love to receive a project kit every month. Remember that even if they can't attend the workshop, prepaid subscriptions can be ordered with a hostess code.
  • Talk about Paper Pumpkin at all your stamping events. Let people know how exciting it is to receive each month, and how much fun it is to put together the projects. If customers seem nervous about committing, recommend a three-month prepaid subscription as a good trial so they can learn how much they love it. 
  • Consider contacting all of your current Paper Pumpkin subscribers to let them know this option is now available. If they love the program, they may want to consider a prepaid subscription as a gift for a friend.
  • Share this image on your blog, Facebook page, Pinterest, or anywhere else!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for bearing with me through the ups & downs.  If you would like to place an order, just go to my online store by clicking  SHOP NOW at the top of the page.