Tuesday, August 30, 2022


If you're into Halloween crafting you or want to have a fun kit to make with your kids or grandkids, you might be interested in the Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin Kit.

This month’s kit is extra special because you get enough supplies to make 18 absolutely adorable (and just the right amount of spooky) treat boxes—that’s 6 each of 3 unique designs! You can even mix and match the pieces to create your own spook-tacular designs.

The kit includes the following:
  • Printed box bases and tops,
  • die-cut paper pieces,
  • adhesives and
  • an Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set puts the TREAT in trick-or-treat with fun, Halloween-themed sentiments and designs. Embrace the spooky season with ghost, bat, spider, and star images.
  • This kit also includes a special peek-through box top on one of the box designs.
  • Finished box size: 2-1/2" x 3" x 1" (6.4 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)
Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors:
Basic Black, Gray Granite, Orchid Oasis, Fresh Freesia, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

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No need to let the season creep up on you; subscribe and order your kit today. It's easy, just click here for my direct demonstrator link and check out all the subscription/purchase options.
This kit is available to order from August 11th to September 10th, 2022.

Plus, Stampin' Up! is putting the TREAT in trick-or-treat with a special GIVEAWAY on social media starting 5 September at 9:00am (MT)! 

Simply follow @PaperPumpkin on Instagram or the Paper Pumpkin page on Facebook, like either post, and mention three friends in the comments for your chance to win one of two personalized JBL speakers. What better way to listen to your Paper Pumpkin Halloween Playlist!

You’ll have to be quick because the giveaway closes 8 September at 4:00pm (MT). Don’t miss out on this fang-tastic opportunity!

Halloween Not Your Thing no worries.  While the September Paper Pumpkin kit is all about Halloween, make sure your subscription is up to date because the October and November kits keep the holiday season theme going with Christmas cards and gift tags! 

A little elf told me that these upcoming kits have even more exclusive, coordinating products to make holiday crafting a breeze!  And, because the holiday kits are the most popular, they'll sell out quickly once they're released.

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Sweet Sunflowers August Paper Pumpkin Kit

I'm a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber and I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed with the beautiful AUGUST Paper Pumpkin, called Sweet Sunflowers.  

This Sweet Sunflowers kit included enough materials to create 9 cards, but I know I'll make far more than that.  To start with it has 3 each of 3 card base designs and nine beautiful coordinating envelopes.  The Sweet Sunflower photopolymer stamp set has sentiments that will express words of gratitude, friendship and greetings and beautiful wildflower designed images.  Also included in the kit are some Vellum honeycomb shape pre-cut pieces and two Classic Stampin’ Spots in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.  I love collecting the Classic Spots as they are great for stamping on the Stamperatus.  A free set of 8 Gold Foil Honeycomb Sheets came with this month's kit and I know I'm going to have fun dressing up my cards with these glossy accents.  

Paper Pumpkin kits always co-ordinate with Stampin' Up!s vast array of coloured products, and this month's kit is no exception.  Here are the colours that will work perfectly with the materials in this kit: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.

The five cards I've made are my own alternate ideas and I've included the supplies that I used to make them.  I hope you'll enjoy them.  

Card Number 1:  

For this card I started with a Whisper White Base measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4". Blackberry Bliss mat measures 5 1/4 x 4" and before I adhered it I cut out a large stitched square piece from the center.  The dsp panel measures 3 3/4" x 5" and is cut from one of the kits card bases.  

The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on a smaller stitched square and then layered on the Black Berry bliss square.  A few rhinestones were added along with a leaf image from the stamp set.  

Card Number 2:  

Essentially this card has the same dimensions and mat sizes as Card Number 1, however the card base is Blackberry Bliss followed by a Mossy Meadow layer.  The dsp layer is simply beautiful in design.  

I stamped the sentiment " Wishing You So Much happiness" on Whisper White card stock and then fussy cut all the words.  I love how that turned out.  The flower is one of the vellum accent pieces in the kit and I added three rhinestones for some glimmer. 

In the kit you get several bumble bee images that can be mounted on mini dimensionals.  I added two that were flying in the same direction.  So sweet.  

Card Number 3: 

For this card I started with one of the green card bases from the kit and added this beautiful panel, which I mounted on a blackberry bliss frame.  The ornate label was die cut from the center of the Blackberry Bliss panel along with the stitched circle used for the label in Card 2.  No waste when you die cut elements from your mats.  No one is going to see them once they are covered anyway.  

Card Number 4: 

The dsp in card number four is actually one of the decorative envelopes cut up and used as the layered mats.  I used the scalloped rectangle die from the Scalloped Contour Die set to cut from the center of this 3 3/4 x 5" mat.  I attached the scalloped mat with dimensionals over the space left when it was cut out.  

The card base was cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock and the first mat layer is Calypso Coral.  Loved the contrast it added.  For the sentiment I once again fussy cut the words, but left the phrase "wishing you so much" in tact and mounted it on one of the small blackberry bliss element strips from the kit.  I also added another velum flower and a small piece of the velum honeycomb to the sentiment piece.  Love it! 

Card Number 5:

This card is made with another of the beautiful  honeycomb panels which I mounted on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I cut the card base from Crushed Curry and loved the contrast that provided.  The two flowers are from a recently retired stamp set called Friendly Hello and worked perfectly for adding some more dimension to the card.  

Well that's it for today's post.  I have lots more ideas for using up the products in this kit and I hope you've enjoyed what I've shown you so far.  If you don't want to be bothered with having a lot of stamping tools and products kicking around purchasing kits like Paper Pumpkin is really a very simple way of being creative without a lot of material and costs.  

Unfortunately Paper Pumpkin kits are always for sale until the 10th of the month, so if you missed out on this kit, you're really out of luck.  My fingers are crossed that they'll offer a "refill" kit, and if so I plan to offer a class.  You won't want to miss that.  

If you'd like more information about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin on a monthly or annual basis, please call and I'd be happy to share that with you.  Also I'm planning a Monthly Paper Pumpkin get together starting in September so if you're interested in that call me for the details.  

All Paper Pumpkin subscriptions must be completed the 10th of the month to ensure you get the kit for the next month.  Click here to set up a Paper Pumpkin subscription: 

Happy Stamping!


Penny Hanuszak, CDN Stampin' Up! Demo

Sunday, August 21, 2022

If you love flowers.......Hues of Happiness is For You


When I saw the cover photo on Stampin' Up!s new Annual Catalogue I instantly fell in love with the featured card. The cover card apart from the leaf stamps and sentiment is totally made up by combining designer series paper (DSP) and flower images cut from the Hues of Happiness designer series paper.  

This DSP is simply beautiful and I can tell you it sure makes me smile every time I look at it.  The paper is part of the Hues of Happiness Suite (158828).   

This paper features illustrated and painted flowers on one side and a selection of coordinating all-purpose patterns on the other side. The concept artist(s) who designed Hues of Happiness chose the colours so they'd represent the Stampin' Up! colour spectrum. What wonderful art work. The repeating patterns can be used as focal images, accent pieces or elegant backgrounds and are terrific for card bases and scrapbook pages.

The Hues of Happiness DSP coordinates perfectly with the following Stampin' Up! colours: 
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Fresh Freesia
  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Granny Apple Green
  • Mango Melody
  • Melon Mambo
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Night of Navy and
  • Pool Party.
Here are Some Card Ideas I came up with: 

I haven't purchased the Happiness Abounds Bundle (158824) which includes the Happiness Abounds stamp set and the Blossoming Happiness dies yet as I just wanted to get my hands on the DSP.   In particular these two sheets:

While I was watching tv I fussy cut all the roses, leaf images and the small flowers that were in the background.  Literally there was hardly anything in the scrap pile as everything was cuttable and useable. 

While I was at it I pre-cut card bases and mats from the coordinating card stock colours and before adhering these mats I die cut stitched circles, squares and rectangles to use on the fronts of my cards from their centers.

I also used a variety of embossing folders to add designs to my 3 3/4" x 5" Whisper White mats, and left enough space for a larger type sentiment.

Card Bases:   8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"
Mats:             1st mat for card front - 4" x 5 1/4" (1) and cut 1 for the inside 
                      Whisper White layer 3 3/4" x 5" for front and one for the inside.

The card base for this card is Starry Sky, followed by a layer of silver foil card stock. The embossing was done on the top part of the whisper white mat with the retired Meadow Moments Embossing Folder.  I stamped the "thanks" sentiment which is from the Artistically Inked stamp set in Starry Sky ink. The flowers were adhered directly to the white mat with adhesive except for the Fresh Freesia flower which was attached with dimensionals.  

Here is another version of the thank you card.  On this one I've used a Fresh Freesia mat for contrast and used a 3" Starry Skye stitched circle as a base for the floral arrangement.  The embossing folder is called Greenery (Retired). embossing folder to

For this thank you card I didn't do any embossing in the background, choosing to leave it plain, but I changed up the mat and flower colours and added a double stitched circle mat in Fresh Freesia and Whisper White.  The sentiment is from Plentiful Plants (155693).  Basic Pearls add a touch of nostalgia to this card. 

I built a larger bouquet of the Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo floral images and framed them using the Stitched With Whimsy (155314) dies.  

My final card is a fun fold flap card.  I totally loved this as I was able to use a mixture of designs.  

And because I love this Flap Card so much, I made another one featuring some bolder papers from the Hues of Happiness DSP.  Let me know which is your favourite.  

Well that's it for this post.  I look forward to sharing some more cards made with this beautiful designer series paper.  Next time around I'll share some Birthday and Thinking of You cards.  Hope you enjoyed them, I'd love to hear which are your favourites.  


Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up! Demo 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


 Only 15 Day Left to Participate in the July to August Sale-a-Bration and More To Celebrate:

Three Ways  to Earn Free Products: 


Place an order with me for a minimum of $60.00 CDN (excluding shipping & taxes) and you'll earn one $60 reward

Place an order with me for a minimum of $120.00 CDN (excluding shipping & taxes) and you'll earn your choice of two $60 SAB rewards or one $120 SAB reward.  Every time your order reaches a multiple of $60.00 you'll be entitled to another reward.

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Host a class or a party for even more rewards.  This event can be virtual or in person, and you will be the "hostess".  On top of the normal rewards, when your event sales $375 (excluding shipping & taxes) you'll get a FREE Limited Edition Hostess Perfect Pomegranate stamp set. It's awesome and absolutely free. Contact me if you wish to hold an event (pennyhanuszak@telus.net).


Join my team as a demonstrator and in addition to your Starter Kit you'll also receive receive the Making Plans Collection which includes  a Making Plans Planner Dec 22-Dec 23), a Making Plans Notebook Trio and a Making Plans Notebook.  You get all this for FREE plus your Starter Kit with products of your choice for only $135.00.  Such a deal!  

If you're interested in becoming a hobby or business demonstrator, now's the time to take advantage of this offer which ends on August 31st, 2022.  You can contact me by phone or email, and I'll be happy to go over the additional perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and joining my team.  

More Free Stuff: 

As some of the FREE product offerings in the SALE-A-BRATION July to August 31st catalogue are SOLD OUT, Stampin' Up! is offering ten new items for you to choose from.  See the flyer link below.  Please note you must use the flyer order numbers in order to qualify for these free items.  If you have questions, please email me.

Click here to see the Sale-A-Bration Flyer

Click here to see the "More to Sale-A-Brate" Flyer which offers 10 additional Sale-A-Bration FREE Products.  

August 28, 2022:

Want to earn additional free stuff? Here's how:   If your total order is less than $200. CDN (excluding shipping and handling) just enter my AUGUST Hostess Code  7KFBR7CF before you leave the "check out area" of your order and you will qualify for an additional FREE gift from me.  

My August Hostess Code promotion ends at midnight on August 28th, 2022, so make sure your order is in before that deadline to earn an additional FREE Gift and hand made Thank You Card featuring current Stamping Up! products. and PDF link for instructions.  

Happy Stamping!!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up! Demo

Monday, August 15, 2022

Hippest Hippos Really Rock!

I'm suffering from cuteness overload this week and it's all because of the Hippest Hippos Stamp Set and matching dies I got for FREE from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration sale that's going on until the end of this month.  Have you seen this set?  If not check it out:

These three hippos are sure to bring smiles, whether they are stamped individually or grouped.  Just think of all the fun combinations you can make. You can get this stamp set Free until the end of August or while supplies last with the purchase of $60 CDN in Stampin' Up! Products (before s&h and tax).  

There is also a Hippo Die set in the Sale-A-Bration flyer that coordinates with the Hippest Hippos and it really is a must have for making these cute cards.  Again it is FREE with the purchase of $60, CDN in Stampin' Up! Products.  

Here are a few of the Hippest Hippo cards I've made:

Although these cute Hippos are perfect for a child's birthday card, I think a few of my adult friends would also get a kick out of them.  Prior to making these cards I stamped a whole page of Hippos - all three images - and coloured them with Stampin' Blends.  I experimented to see which colours I liked the best, and then used the dies to cut out the Hippos and all the accessories.  Then I got to work.  

My first card features the little Hippo holding a flower stem.  So cute!

The background was created with a blending brush and Tahitian Tide ink on this quick and easy card.  The hippo's body is coloured with light and dark Smokey Slate blends and I used Grey Granite on his tummy and muzzle.  So sweet!  This card came together in minutes but it's sure to get big smiles when I send it out later this month.  

My second card is a slimline birthday card featuring all three of the hippo images in all their cuteness!  The Tahitian Tide card base measures 8 1/2" by 7" and is scored at 3 1/2".  I've added a 3 1/4" x 8 1/4" mat in Sweet Sorbet, followed by a Whisper White mat measuring 3 1/8 x 8 1/8".  

I used blends to achieve the cloudy sky and made a stencil pattern using the cloud border die piece from Basic Border Dies.  Normally  I would use Pool Party ink when blending in the clouds, but today I decided to use Tahitian Tide and I was really pleased with how light the colour was.  I'm sure this will be my new "go to" colour for skies.  I created a sandy base by stamping the ground image from Paradise Palms to give a layered look.  This was stamped with Sahara Sand ink.

I used the rounded die which looks like clouds at the top of the picture .  

I've used the same matting format for the inside of the card which features the Hippo Ballerina.  

My third birthday card features two of the Hippos on a stenciled background. The Hippos are coloured with Light Gray Granite and Light and Dark Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the retired Many Messages stamp and die set. 

The inside of this card features the Happy Birthday sentiment from the retired Perennial Birthday stamp set and the "hope you find a little paradise....." is from the Paradise Palms stamp set.  The flowers and leaves are part of the Hippo Die cuts.

My final card features a lot of the dies from the Hippo Die set and it was super fun to create. I repeated the Tahitian Tide cloudy sky technique to begin the background and the Sahara Sand for the beach.  I stamped the three Palm Trees using garden green and Early Espresso markers.  I stamped the son directly on the card stock and then masked it off during the blending phase of this card.  Wow the background is really great looking!

This little hippo is all decked out with his snorkel and mask and little brown boat.  What fun!  

Well that's it for now.   Hope you'll write a comment and let me know if you like these type of cards.  I'd love to hear from you.  Until next time.........

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

Get Ready for September 15th 24 Hour Stamp Sale!

  September 15th is a stamp-tacular sale day for Stampin' Up and a great opportunity for you.    If you’ve had your eye on a certain st...