Feb 2016 Magic Mirror Love

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Last year I started what I’d intended to be a monthly thing wherein I’d decorate a mirror for display with some kind of month-specific “stuff”. I got January’s done (here), and then life intervened (as it often does in my little corner of the world) and I had to set the idea aside for awhile. Now that I’ve finally gotten (mostly) settled in from my recent move, I’m ready to pick up again with some craftiness for my mirror, mirror on the wall.  And, of course, February called for a little love.

It just so happened the January My Paper Pumpkin provided the perfect starting point for this endeavor.  Feb 16 Mirror Love 1

Among all the finery included in this month’s kit, I found hearts and banners that literally just popped out of the pages, a perfect color palette, and the stamps and embellishments that acted as the kickstart for the other items I decided to add in.

I’m absolutely in love with the paper in this year’s SU Occasions catalog, so discovering that one of my most favorite pages
was the perfect coordination was a big bonus. (Of course, that meant I had to actually CUT that paper…. which took a minute or two to get up the nerve to actually DO….but now I get to look at this lovely paper, and my mirror gets to look at the backside of it instead of ME, so we’re all happy here.)

I pulled out my “January insert” that I’d popped back in from last year’s efforts (still worked very nicely this year), and used that as my sizing guide for making my cut.
(Heck, this paper is so beautiful, I’d have been happy with JUST it in the mirror….)

But I made a rose for my center heart piece from one of the PP hearts using the spiral cut

from a circle method, and then punched some more blossoms out of a couple others to make some lovely daisy-ish flowers on the other two.  And I stamped a bunch, inked a bunch more, and–as always–threw in some gorgeous ribbon. (I LOVE this satiny-fabulous stuff!)

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My finished frame will adorn and brighten my room for an extra day this Leap Year, and then I hope to come up with some March madness magic to change it out again.


Here’s what I used for this project (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic; January My Paper Pumpkin set; Perfect Pennants; Timeless Textures
  • Paper: items (striped and solid hearts and banners) from the January MPP kit; Birthday Bouquet DSP; Metallic Foil Doilies
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools: Blossom Bunch Punch
  • Embellishments: Twine and Clothespins from January MPP; Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels

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Some Punkins

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So, extremely late to the table with any of My Paper Pumpkin creations, but here a few from older kits that I finally got together. A lot of the time, I add to the basic kit, after I try one of the items made (almost) exactly by the directions. It’s a lot of fun seeing what I have in my stash that will work with the Kit contents, and oftentimes, my add-ins have helped me like a kit a lot that wasn’t that thrilling to me at first.

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“Seriously?” Yes, this one came in handy for a friend who kicked cancer’s booty recently. I embellished freely on this one, and stamped a lot on the inside and the envelope.

This is seriously from the April, 2013 My Paper Pumpkin Kit, and made 4 cards. And I seriously loved everything about it.

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The June, 2013 kit will live in infamy as my least favorite Paper Pumpkin. I did up each card pretty simply –adding in only the card stock cropped with the Decorative Label Punch. Not wild about the colors, not a huge fan of geometrics….but I still like the finished card and it’s a good one to have on hand for a quick greeting or note to a friend.

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This one, from the first/introductory kit WAS my least favorite, until I added a bunch of extras to it. Again, it’s the color thing that made me feel less loving (I’m just not a green/yellow girl), so I threw in some pops of Poppy Parade to go along with that Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight and I was suddenly a happy stamper again. The sentiment with this set is one I’ll use over and over, I’m sure. This is the initial kit (first offered March, 2013) MPP, and made up 4 cards.


Bottom line for My Paper Pumpkin?  I love it!  I love the surprise factor–and end up enjoying each kit even when I may not be bowled over by it at first. I love that I have all these great extra stamps to add to my collection now, and there are a few leftovers in the way of embellishments here and there from each kit that I’ll add to my stash and use up at some point. But my very favorite thing about My Paper Pumpkin so far is that I have Stampin’ Spots again!

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