The Paper Craft Tree is currently on a break

Hello creative friends,

Just a quick update to let you know that The Paper Craft Tree is currently on a break.  I have had some unexpected personal matters crop up that I must attend to before I can get back to crafting.  I am hoping to start back up in the new year.  In the meantime, I can recommend that you follow Lisa Hardin from The Stampin’ Zoo for all the latest Stampin’ Up Updates online. Here Facebook page is: You can also click here to get to her facebook page.

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If you need something in the Crystal Lake, IL area you can reach out to Judith Heckenberg. Click here to get to here Stampin’ Up! page and grab her contact info. She does offer local classes and has years of experience.

I will be back as soon as I can.

Happy Crafting!


Stampin’ Up! Waterfront Thank You Card

Hello Creative Friends!

I am still busy working on cards to share with you that show off some of the great new products in the holiday catalog. In the meantime I figured I would show you a card that showcases one of the awesome sets from the annual catalog. This card was made using the Waterfront stamp set and there is actually a fabulous stamp set in the holiday catalog that would coordinate with it beautifully!

We made this card in my card class recently. One of the best things I found as everyone made this card is there is no right or wrong way!  This stamp set is very forgiving and lets you really become an artist!

To make this card I used Daffodil Delight for the Sun, Pool Party stamped off once for the clouds,  Smoky Slate to stamp the mountains, Crumb Cake to stamp the sand area, a combination of Balmy Blue and Pool Party for the water, a combination of Garden Green and Old Olive for the grassy area and Garden Green for the trees. I wanted less white space in the water area so I used a sponge dauber to add in some Pool Party ink. The Sentiment was stamped in Balmy Blue.  I wanted to keep this card simple so I used simple layers of Smoky Slate and Balmy Blue cardstock. I did also add a little Wink of Stella in the water to make it appear more like waves.

If you like this stamp set then you will also love the new Holiday Catalog stamp set called Snowfront. Here is what it looks like:

Can you see how well these two stamp sets could coordinate?  I sure can!

I hope to have some creations to share with you that showcase the products from the holiday catalog soon!


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The new Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog is here!

Hellos Creative Friends!

I am so sorry for my delay in posting this information, but the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is here!!

The catalog went live on September 4th, but I was having issues with my blog and I could not post about it!  Thankfully this is all fixed now so you can start shopping for all the wonderful products available in the catalog!  Just click here to start shopping. Yay!


Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek – The Raven!

Hello Creative Friends!

We are just 7 days away from the Holiday catalog going live for orders!! I figured it was definitely time for a Sneak Peek into some of the wonderful products in this fabulous catalog! If you have followed me for a while you probably know I am always going to start with Halloween because it is my favorite holiday! Today’s creation showcases the new stamp set called The Raven!

Doesn’t it look Spooky!! This stamp set is perfect to scare up some Halloween wishes for your friends. 👻

I started with a card base in Basic Black cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. The next layer is Smokey Slate and it was embossed with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing folder. I needed it to look a little more spooky so I used the edge of my scissors to rough up the card stock all around. Next it was time to stamp my raven on Whisper White paper. I did that with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then stamped over the Raven again with my Versamark pad, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image. Can you see that my stamping was just a little off center? I actually thought it looked really cool that way so I left it! Of course if you want yours to be exact then the Stamparatus is the way to go. I think the reason this offset look works is because after the image cooled I used my my sponge dauber to lightly add in Smoky Slate ink and some of the new Delicata Metallic Ink in Gold. The sponged on ink will not stick to the embossed area so it makes that look almost like a reverse shadow.

Now it was time to stamp the branch so the Raven would have something to stand on. I used Soft Suede to stamp the branch and then cut out the image with the Stitched Nested Labels and cut off one end. I adhered this to the card and wrapped some of the new Basic Black 3/8 Scalloped Edge Ribbon. I added a bow at the top but I really needed that to look more spooky too. I decided to cut the tails of the bow into lengthwise strips and then fray that a bit. It really works, right?

The sentiment I used is also from The Raven stamp set and I used the same sponging technique on that and then cut it out with the new Ornate Frames Dies. I added a black layer of the same die to give the sentiment dimension. It is hard to tell but I also added a block dot on the Raven’s eye from the new Monster Bash Enamel Shapes embellishment pack.

If you are a Halloween lover then this stamp set is a must have to add to your collection! Come back in 7 days and you can purchase it by clicking here.

Thanks for checking out my blog today.  I hope to have at least one more sneak peak for you before the catalog goes live!

Happy Crafting!


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Stampin’ Up! Cuckoo for You Bundle

Hello Creative Friends!

I have such a fun card to share with you today! This card also has some special meaning for me. Today’s creation showcases the Cuckoo for You bundle which allows you to make an adorable Cuckoo Clock. Cuckoo Clocks are special to me because we had one in our home throughout my entire upbringing (it is still there too!) It is so ironic that Stampin’ Up! came out with this bundle the year that I lost my father. Attending to the Cuckcoo Clock was one of his daily activities. Before I get too nostalgic, check out this cute card!

I tried to make this clock look pretty traditional in color scheme because this card was made for my sister. She actually already received the card and really appreciated the sentiment. <3

The super fun part of this card is that it has a pop up feature! Just like any Cuckoo clock, this one has a door that opens and a bird is there waiting!

To make this card I started with a base layer of Crumb Cake. The background paper is part of the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack and it was layered onto Whisper White. The clock was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Whisper White paper. I did the same for all the pieces you see including the trees, the door, the bird, the pendulum and the weights. I used many blends to color everything in including the following colors: Light/Dark Crumb Cake, Light/Dark Mossy Meadow, and Light/Dark Cajun Craze. To make it a bit easier on myself I actually colored in the entire clock with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker, and then colored over that with the darker colors where I wanted them. I used one of the copper colored flower Designer Elements to add to the pull tab for opening the door. This gives it some extra flair. Stampin’ Up! has kindly made a video that explains how to put the Cuckoo Clock parts together to make the door open. You can watch the video below to see how I did this:

Once I had my clock all assembled, I added it to the card with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Cuckoo for You stamp set and I decided to punch that out with my Classic Label punch and cut off one end. I also added a layer of Mossy Meadow card stock behind it with the same punch. I wanted to add some additional decoration on the inside of the card, so here is what I did:

That cute squirrel is part of the Cuckoo for you stamp set and he was cut out using the Cuckoo Clock dies. The sentiment is from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.

Is this bundle one you might consider purchasing? If you saw the card I posted about a week ago, you can see I used the Cuckoo Clock dies in a totally different way. I have also seen someone turn it into a birdhouse! There are always so many ways to use our products. Be sure to let your creativity flow when you get new goodies!

Thank you again for stopping by my blog and I will be back soon with more news and creative inspiration.


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