Wednesday, August 12, 2015

One more month to get Half Off your brand new Paper Pumpkin Subscription!!

If you are interested in trying something quick and easy with all the necessary materials to make cute projects, then you have to try Paper Pumpkin!  I love these kits!!  They all come with clear instructions to help you make their wonderful projects.  You can follow these exactly as they say or you can get a bit creative and do some of your own thing with the items.  I usually start by creating a couple items like instructed, but then I try to change things just a little to make them more my own. You can also use the stamp sets that are included with your other crafting supplies to continue to make things after the kit materials are gone.  (You can also buy kit refills by going to my website and clicking on Paper Pumpkin.)

Here are my samples from the April kit.  I changed one into a birthday card for my son's 14th birthday later this month and I used the stamp set to create an anniversary card for my parents.
Look at all these supplies!!

I usually punch anything out and then get ready to create.

Here are some steps to show you how to make these cute paper bows.
You can create similar bows with the Bow Builder punch in the Annual
Catalog.  (Item #137414 - $18)

And they are done!  I saved one card 'kit' to use on my #listersgottalist challenge.

Here's Dylan's birthday card!  I used the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set
and decided he could probably do without the bow... although he is a huge Dr. Who
fan, so maybe he would have appreciated it.

I made my parent's anniversary card using this kit and decided
to create some swap cards with it for convention.

Items used:  April Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set, Real Red cardstock
and ink pad, Memento Black ink pad, Everyday Chic designer series
paper and washi tape, Rhinestone Basics
(I created 3x4 pieces to show that you could replicate this card using
3x4 cards from any of our Project Life kits.) 
Hope you enjoyed this fun cards!  Don't forget to type in HALFOFF in the code box when you sign up as a new Paper Pumpkin subscriber to get your first two months at half off!!  The rest are only $19.95 + tax.  Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to leave a comment below.  Have a great week!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Half Off Paper Pumpkin For New Subscribers!!

Don't miss out on this great deal!!  I saw a sneak peek of the August and September kits and they are amazing!!  I can't wait to get the August one this month because it might be my favorite so far!!  I can't tell you too much, but let's just say it is just my style and color.  If you want to be surprised by this beautiful kit, you have to sign up today!!  August 10th really is the last day to sign up to get the August kit. You can still get half off, if you sign up by September 10th, but your first kit will be the September kit.  To get half off your first two months, go to and type HALFOFF in the code box.  Don't forget to choose me, Tammi Verbarendse as your demonstrator when it asks at the end.

Here's a look at what came in the July kit.  It was called Thanks A Latte, so I knew it would be awesome!!

Look at all these supplies!!  TWO ink spots and three different cup cutouts.

Here are my cards!  I only used the items in the kit, but I changed some of
the card designs a little.  Can't wait to use these!  The paperclip bows are
so cute!!
I really encourage you to try Paper Pumpkin.  If you LOVE it like I do, then it will be $19.95 + tax (shipping is already included) each month after your two month half off trial.  If not, then you just login to your account and cancel at any time.  It really is that easy!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 3 Convention Highlights

I still can't believe that convention is over!  I am so excited to play with the Holiday Mini items and my past Paper Pumpkin kits.  I will be showing you the July Paper Pumpkin kit tomorrow and tell you how you can save 50% off your first two kits!  (We got a sneak peek at those, too and they are so cool!!!  I really can't wait to get the August kit!!)

I love these cards!  We used our FREE holiday mini stamp set we were given in our
bags at the start of convention.  It is a Christmas themed set called Your Presents, but
they showed us how to use it to create fun Birthday cards, too.  We created the lines on the
presents by doing the Kissing Technique with a lined stamp.  We turned it to create
the plaid look on the second card.  We used the new Basic Black Archival pad and it is
awesome!  No more smearing on Whisper White cardstock!!  Did you see that 3/8" White
Glitter ribbon and the Garden Green 1/8" striped ribbon?
Ready for our last General Session at Convention.  I think I'm
looking a bit tired now...

I won a Prize Patrol!  Woo hoo for Mint Macaron!  Here's a peek at
the new Acorny Thank You stamp set.  I love the name!  And I got
some Crumb Cake 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon!

I had to get a picture of Stacy clapping because she won a
Prize Patrol, too.  She ended up winning the stamp set that
she picked out for us all to win last night.  Too funny!

I see A Little Something in her customers future...
AND to end our fun weekend, we had one more All Attending prize... a pack of Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper!  This is another dsp that has been handpainted and then printed.  It showcases ornaments, lights, mistletoe, and more!  These papers really are beautiful!  I'll try to create something next week to show you some of the images.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Convention Highlights - Day 2

Here are some more pictures showing how much fun we had on Day 2 of Convention this year.
Fun with friends!

Ready for Day 2

Mom and Stacy look so cute!  I think their glasses match.

Mom won the first Prize Patrol gift in our little group.  Sneak peek of a Holiday Mini set...
Showing off my new shirt from The Disney Store...
I couldn't resist checking out City Creek while we were here.

I had to show off my sister's notebook she made.
It was perfect and we used it at every session and class!
Thanks again, Stacy!!

Christmas in July!  Posing for some pictures in front of this cute display.
Do you like those deer?  Then you will have to check out the Home for Christmas
Designer Series Paper when in comes out in the Holiday Mini Catalog!
Close up!

I think I have my holiday picture for all of my stamping friends.

Okay... one more sneak peek.  Don't you just love that Santa?  He is
another image that is in the Home for Christmas DSP!  There are a
few different Santa pictures and we cut one out and put it on this cute tag.
I am definitely putting this on a Whisper White card front and buying
everything I need to mass produce this card.  I love it!!  (Other mini catalog items:
Cozy Christmas stamp set, Very Vanilla 1 1/4" Subtle Stripes Satin
Ribbon, and Home for Christmas Designer Buttons)

We also got a special All Attending prize today and it was... our BRAND NEW Basic Black Archival Ink Pad!!!  It will be available, along with Basic Gray, beginning September 1st!  I'll finish posting my Convention pictures tomorrow and then I will be posting some of my swap cards and projects, as well as some Paper Pumpkin projects.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Convention Highlights - Day 1

I am back from our Stampin' Up! convention and ready to share about all of the fun that we had!  In case you didn't know, my mom and sister are both demonstrators and went to convention, too.  What a busy, crazy, blast we had!  Here are some fun pictures from our adventures at convention.

This was by far my favorite stage yet!  I think it is because of the pink flowers and frames.
Here is this year's convention bag!  Very cute and usable.  The inside is lined with a Watermelon Wonder color and has labeled pockets for your cell phone, pens, and camera!  How cool!
Here's a closer look at the Stampin' Up! logo on the bottom right pocket.
Here's a picture of my badge and the cute little notebook that my sister, Stacy created for us.  It was perfect for notes and I even left room for pictures, once I print them out.  Don't you love the elephant charm I added?
Mom and I are so excited to get through those doors on Day 1 for the General Session.
This General Session had a lot of discussions about the new Holiday Mini Catalog and it is beautiful!  I wish I could show you the cover, but I'm not supposed to yet.  It comes out September 1st, so check my blog then for a link to this amazing catalog.  Some of the designer series paper was actually hand painted and then printed!  Very unique!  We were lucky enough to get 8 free mini catalogs during General Session.  Woo hoo!  I think all we did at lunch was look through them.  :)

My favorite thing that I learned that day was how to jazz up the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper during our Demonstrator Theater and Kit Panel class.  You can smudge it with markers and/or use sponge daubers to color in some of the flowers and it gives the paper a very vintage look.  I have to buy this!  (And the envelope punch board that I still don't have...  They used it in lots of demonstrations and we even used it during our Make-n-Take class on Saturday.)

Ready to head to Awards Night!  We are definitely embracing the 20's theme!

Hammin' it up in the elevator.

Don't we look cute!!  (I forgot to take my badge off!) 
Ready for some fun at the After Party!

I love the car behind us!  I think we would fit in nicely during the 1920's.
Well, that's all for Day 1.  I will post more tomorrow, since I don't want to make this too long.  :)  If you liked my sister's notebook, then check out her blog at

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fun with Lists

Hello!  Here are some more lists from my #listersgottalist challenge for July.  These are 2 & 3, so I am a bit behind.  :)
Doing some planning...  I like to get some of my favorite cards and pieces out and then see how I want to use them.
Finished layout!  Stampin' Up! products used:  Retired Everyday Adventure Project Life Kit and Accessories, Corner Rounder, Brights and Regal Candy Dots, Moments Like These Stamp Set, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay Markers, Melon Mambo Ink Pad
July Challenge #2
July Challenge #3
Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out for more inspiration!

My next Stampin' Up! order shows up tomorrow, so I will be starting on my swaps and posting those, too.  Happy stamping!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday!  We're enjoying having the whole family together again for another holiday.  Two holidays in a row!  It's so nice to live by our oldest daughter, Kylie.  The kids are out buying fireworks, so I thought I would make a quick blog post while they are out.

I've gotten into the planner craze, so I wanted to show you a quick pic of my planner for July.   My favorite things listed are my pool completion, an Art Journaling class with Dina Wakely, and the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City.  Excited to see my friends in Utah again, along with my mom and sister who will be attending Convention, too.

Happy July!
Decided to try some prompting to get me journaling more.  I found and she has some great monthly journaling lists to get you thinking and writing more.  I wanted to use as much Stampin' Up! items as I could, so I decided that the Moments Like These Project Life Cards and Stamp Set were perfect for this.  I love the black and white cards with the red and blue 4th of July colors.
Trying to see what I wanted to use for my first #listersgottalist challenge. 
Here's the July challenge list and my 1st list. 
Close up!  Stampin' Up! items used:  Real Red & Pacific Point Ink Pad and Cardstock, Moments Like These Project Life Stamp Set, Cards, and Accessory Kit.  Extras:  Washi Tape and retired Star punch.
 Have a great weekend and don't forget to check out for some fun journaling inspiration!


Monday, June 29, 2015

My New Craft Closet

So it's not quite the weekend, but I was close!  :)  I wanted to show you the before, during and after pics of my new under-the-stairs craft closet.  I had to try and purge a ton of craft items to fit as much as I could in my closet, so my guest room can really be a guest room.  I am still storing a lot of my paper and larger kits in the guest room closet.  I haven't sorted through all the designer paper yet. 

In case you forgot what my 'before the move' pictures looked like.  As you can see, I was a bit preoccupied with life.  I had a lot of time to create a mess, but no time to clean... I guess.
My Utah craft closet...  It was actually still pretty organized.
My new storage closet... Trying to see how the different sized items fit.
First try.  I liked the space that I had in front of my 9 shelf unit, but I new I had a lot more stuff to store...
Added my 9 drawer unit and thought it fit perfectly!  I still have room next to it to get to the shelves behind it on the left.
I am finally happy to be #verticallychallenged!  I can still get to everything!
Everything is stored and now labeled! 
 I love pink and washi tape, so I had some fun with that and my label maker.
I still love my ribbon and wheel holder that my original up-lines husband made me.  I don't have a lot of wheels anymore, but it can store items like washi tape, too.  Thanks again, Zane Bowerman!!
Using the inside of my door to hang my aprons, convention tags, and even one of my convention bags!
I love my little teacher cabinet, so I thought it would look cute in the corner.
Guess what!  My cabinet was the perfect size to store my Stampin' Up! ink pads and I can add the extras inside!  I love how my other ribbon/wheel/washi tape holder looks above it!
Okay... here is my desk before I started sorting through all my bins.  Pretty clear... for about a second.
Just so you don't think that everything was organized...  We are hoping to contact the people who put in our cabinets in the rest of the house to add matching cabinets above my crafting desk.  I'm hoping my 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock can fit inside, so I can clear that off my desk eventually.
Now... I was lucky enough to get my husband to take me to IKEA yesterday to buy some bookshelves for our guest room and look what else I found... A pink shelf unit!  I even put it together myself.  So proud!  I also added some more pink boxes to fill with fun planning accessories.  Can you tell what my favorite color is?  #ILovePink!!
Well, what do you think?  I still have some work to do in the guest room to get it all organized with my teacher items and other crafting paper/kits.  I will try to show you some pics of that room when I am done.  Hopefully tomorrow!  You can always see my pics on Instagram @chattymamav
Have a fabulous week!!