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Inspire.Create.Challenges #003

Is that time again! We are on our third challenge and it’s been amazing looking st the entries from the past two! As I write this I have a head cold that I am ready to be over with. It’s the time of year that sickness seems to go around. It’s also the time of year that we think of the the upcoming holidays and make plans to give gifts, be with family and of course eat some good family cooking! 

This challenge is Festive. This was a hard one since I don’t use the work Festive much. It makes me think of festivals though. I love the Fall festivals that go on this time of year. Some of my favorite memories include going to my college Fall festival and helping out at the pottery wheel and buying a big bag of kettlecorn and looking at the oak tree as the color of the leaves change. 

I created this card a couple weeks back knowing it was for this challenge but looking at it now I see more meaning in it. My pottery professor just passed away Oct 1st and it hit me kinda hard. I am thankful for her and that I got to learn Pottery under her teaching. This card represents that first Fall Festival that I got to enjoy helping at the pottery tent! 

I will search for pictures from that day and hopefully insert them here as to share the festive feel from that day. The kids helping make bowl, the leaves falling and the smell of all apple butter being made makes for a lighthearted festive Fall day. 

Here’s another version of the card. I used the leaves framelit to cut the leaf from the designer series paper. I then stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with copper and gold onto vellum. I cut the vellum pieces down to get them to fit behind the designer series paper. 

The vellum did curl up some and I tried to counter act it from the other side but in the end it wasn’t flat. I ended up being ok with that since Fall leaves are usually curled up a little. 

Then I tied linen thread around the designer series paper. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock layer. Then adhered it to a piece of Cajun Craze. Then I used the sentiment from Painted Harvest “I am thankful for you” with Cajun Craze onto Very Vanilla and flagged both ends. Adding this to the card with dimensionals. I added the bow last since I wanted it today just right. 

The card on the right I used the same sentiment but stapled it on the very vanilla cardstock before adhering it down. 

I think the second card is a little more masculine than the first due to using the Wood Texture designer series paper, no bow and some staples. 

What’s your favorite festive moment? 

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Treats No Tricks

As the end of the year draws closer the busier I feel. This week my mom and I are adding last minute touches for a craft fair that is this Saturday! Craft fairs are a lot of work but most of the time it pays off in either meeting some great customers, vendors or things sell well. I’m hoping for all three! Craft fairs make me step out of my comfort zone in a couple ways. I’m a night owl so waking up early is hard to do lol I go to bed late and sleep late, I have an artist schedule. I’m an introvert so talking to a lot of people over a short period of time isn’t easy. But I do love seeing others enjoy what I create knowing they are gifting it or keeping it for themselves to enjoy. 

I look forward to the craft fair! This is one is called a Gift Gala, so I’m hoping to get some early Christmas shopping done as well!! hehe I’ll share more pictures Saturday or Monday! I may even go live on my Hope Paper Creations Facebook Page at the Gift Gala so make sure you like my page and have the notifications on!

Ok, ok onto the fun Autumn projects! These three projects were make & takes from Creative Convention by Ronda Wade Holiday Catalog edition!


This first one is a fun door hanger treat box that Erica Cerwin, my upline, from Pink Buckaroo created for one of the sessions. I changed out the stamp set since I didn’t have the one she used. She used this as a “Boo Box” which you fill with goodies and leave it on your neighbors door, ring the door bell and leave. Then they have to do a ” Boo Treat” for someone else. Its like a Random Act o Kindness that others continue to spread throughout the neighborhood or friends and family.

Want to know a secret? If you join my team you will also be under Erica and get many perks from both of us!


This next project was also designed by Erica Cerwin! She is so creative! I love that she’s my upline! This is a cute little treat bag that was made from a 6×6 designer series paper from the Quilted Christmas stack. I love when we can make more than just one holiday from a product that is mainly one specific holiday! This time it was a Fall project instead of Christmas.

Do you spy my cute real pumpkin in the picture? I love getting small pumpkins for decor in my house! 

What would you put in this treat bag?


The last project I want to share today was designed by Ronda Wade. She is amazing too!! She designed this cute little open box that your can stick a treat inside. I changed it a little because I didn’t have all the supplies but I love how it turned out still!

She used the awesome new sponge brayers that Stampin’ Up! has. I haven’t ordered any yet but have seen them used and they are better than a regular brayer which is what I used.

I also changed the stamp since I didn’t have the one she used. I love this sentiment from Painted Harvest. Also check out that cool ribbon with the Pumpkin Pie edging!


 I love training and learning from those that I look up to! When you CASE a project, do you like changing up the sentiment or usually go with that they had? I love the option. Sometimes I keep it the same and other times I change it because I want something different or I don’t have that set. 


Well I better go finish my Free Class Passes for the Gift Gala! If you local to the Gastonia, North Carolina area check Facebook for more info about the Wings for Chloe Gift Gala!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Store to get your hands on the product used in the projects above! Click the image below to go to the Store. 

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P.S. Don’t forget about entering the Inspire.Create.Challenges #002 challenge! 

Also don’t miss out on this great 12 card Stamp A Stack To Go Kit! Sign up by Oct. 20th! Email me or message me on FB to get a direct link to pay through PayPal. SAS

I hope you have a great Wednesday! I have some other fun projects to save with you this week so check back or sign up to follow my blog! 

~Britney Vanderlaan 



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World Card Making Day 2017

Tomorrow is World Card Making Day! Are you planning to make some cards? I hope to get some Thinking of You cards done to send to some of my close friends. I love getting Happy Mail and I want to put a smile on some of my friends faces as we have our own daily struggles.

If you don’t have everything for making a card today, don’t fret. Grab a piece of computer paper and fold it in half. You can cut some images from magazines, print from the computer or put your drawing skills to use. Send someone a card today and make their day!

Have your kids make a card for a family member that may need some uplifting.

Card making is a very rewarding hobby and business! You never know what that card means to someone. Sometimes they will tell you and other times they don’t but in the end most people love receiving a card because it means your thinking about them.

Personally I received cards from my grandparents for most of my life. I didn’t realize how precious those memories were until my grandma passed away. I was organizing my room and saw some of my old birthday cards. Seeing her signature and the cards she picked out and reading the messages she underlined inside meant more to me after the fact. I now cherish cards I receive and realize they are a small piece of time that someone was thinking about me.

That is part of why I love making cards! So these 4 cards in the pictures above were the cards that my stampers got to create at my last Handmade Holidays Christmas Cards class. They made 2 of each design. I wanted to try to go a little more nontraditional color wise with these Christmas cards. They were fun to design and watch how my stampers each put their own twist on them!

Which one is your favorite?

If you make a card today, no matter how, share a picture with me on social media and use #hopepapercreations so I can check them out! I should dig up some of my first cards I made, they weren’t anywhere close to looking like the ones above. We all start from the bottom up and build on our skills. Want to learn more about card making then keep an eye out for my to go classes. They classes will have a pdf with photos and instructions.

Have a great World Card Making Day!!

~Britney Vanderlaan



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Give Thanks Treat Bags

I love that the weather has turned a little cooler. I never look forward to Winter but love the sweater weather in Fall. I wanted to come back and show you one of the projects we created at my Autumn Stamp Camp. This project was fun to do and is so easy!

We used the 3×6″ cellophane bags from Stampin’ Up! and my mom made two kinds of Autumny flavored Chex Mix: Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Orange. We filled the bags part way and stapled them closed. 

Then we took some Painted Autumn designer series paper and cut it at 3 1/4″ by 3″ and scored at 1 1/2″ Then used some tear tape to adhere to the bags. Then we took some Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the Give Thanks from Labels to Love stamp set. Punch it out with the 1″ circle punch. I stamped it in Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I also punched out some leaves from vellum and added them behind the sentiment. Then I just used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere it down.

You can get the Painted Autumn and many other designer series paper during this awesome sale! Buy 3 and get 1 FREE!! This goes throughout the month of October!b3g1dsp_current_promo_banner_na

Also check out the World Card Making Day sale that goes until Oct 10th! Notecards, selected stamps and Fast Fuse adhesive all on sale!

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Store and use the Hostess Code below during October and I will send you a handmade card!

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Have a Great Weekend!

~Britney Vanderlaan

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Inspire. Create. Stamp Challenges #002

Do you enjoy listening to music or the TV while creating? I love having music on! Sometimes I get lost in creating that I don’t even pay attention to what’s playing. When I was creating this card I had a playlist on Spotify going. What I didn’t realize until my man pointed it out was that the sentiment I choose happened to be about a journey and Journey was playing for the last couple songs! It’s amazing how music can influence us even when we’re not paying attention to it.


Welcome to our second challenge! This Inspire. Create. Stamp Challenges. challenge is a card sketch. A card sketch is an image where you take the shapes & placement and use it as an inspiration to design your card. This card sketch has a diagonal shape in the background with a layer above that. 

Click the Card Sketch to go to Inspire. Create. Challenges Blog to see the other Design Team Members creations.

The colors I used were given to me from another stamper as a personal color challenge. Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist and Pumpkin Pie. I struggled with this combo at first but once I started thinking about Autumn I knew the direction I wanted to go. I love that it turned out to be more masculine. I think many stampers including myself have a harder time creating masculine cards.

I chose to use Chocolate Chip as my card base. I don‘t use the color often but it grew on me a lot after doing this card! I then picked out a piece of designer series paper from the Spooky Night pack that with a simple pattern. I cut it down to 4 1/4′ by 5 1/2″ then I cut it at a diagonal. 

I took my Marina Mist card stock and cut it down as a card front layer. Then used Very Vanilla card stock as another layer above that.

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Now to this awesome leaf! I used copper foil paper and then heat embossed copper embossing powder on top of it using the larger leaf from Vintage leaves stamp set. Then I took the framelit that coordinates and die cut it out. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back to make it stand out even more. 

The sentiment is from Paiseys & Posies stamp set. Inks take longer to dry on vellum so I decided to emboss it. I used Memento Black ink to stamp it then immediately added clear embossing powder to it. Vellum can be a tricky product to use but it adds such a different element to cards. To adhere the vellum I just put two small dots of liquid glue on the ends then I covered them up with black rhinestone jewels.

Who would you send this card to? Tell me in the comments and I will randomly pick a name to send this card to for them to send to that person!

Don’t forget to play along with our challenge!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Store by using the October hostess code when your in the shopping bag. Everyone that purchases in October will receive a handmade card from me. Click the image below to go to the Stampin’ Up! Store

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Have A Great Week!

~Britney Vanderlaan 



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Well Hello October!

Wow its October already! Once September comes around I swear the time speeds up! We start getting excited for the slightly cooler weather, the outdoors activities like football, apple picking and sitting by the fire. October of course means the holidays are quickly approaching. Halloween will be here before we know it!

During October I have some classes in Ellenboro, Kings Mountain and a To Go class for my nonlocal stampers. I also have a Facebook Party planned, so make sure to rsvp to that at on my Facebook page Hope Paper Creations by Britney Vanderlaan. Let’s get started on holiday prep without the stress! I hope you can attend one of my events this month. If none of the dates work for your schedule email me about hosting your own private event.
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I don’t do much Halloween wise but I was just in some fun training called Creative Convention by Ronda Wade and we focused on the Holiday Catalog. I got the Make & Takes kit and there was a couple Halloween projects. I changed up the stamp set since I didn’t have the one they used. Check out the two cards we created that are Halloween themed.

This card is easy and fun to make! It has a Basic Black card base. The embossed layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Then we have a 1 1/4″ Fresh Fig embossed circle and a 2″ circle of Garden Green designer series paper from the Merry Little Christmas pack. Then a Whisper White oval and I stamped and punched out the Halloween sentiment from Labels to Love stamp set. I just love that stamp set! It has sentiments for so many holidays!


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This next halloween card is using punched paper to create a bat! How cute right?! You use circle punches to cut the bottom of the wings as well as punch out the head. I didn’t add a sentiment to this card. I decided to leave it simple. The designer series paper strip is from Spooky Nights pack. Do you love the Basic Black shimmer ribbon as much as I do?


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Halloween cards can be fun to give kids in your family or anyone really. Everyone enjoys some Happy Mail instead of just bills in the mail! 

Which card do you like more? Tell me in the comments!

Have a great Thursday!

~Britney Vanderlaan

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Fall Stamp Camp

Today I am doing my first Stamp Camp! I’m excited because we are making a bunch of different projects! The first one is the Fall Letters that I posted about a couple posts back. I’ll link it here. We will be using the Painted Autumn designer series paper to cover the letters! I love using Stampin’ Up! products in my decor pieces!!


Then we will be making some cute treat packaging using the new pizza boxes and the 3×6 cellophane bags! Both will have some yummy treats so they can share the finished products with friends and family as little gifts. I’ll post pictures of those later since I haven’t share the design with my guests yet!! hehe They enjoy the surprise of waiting until that day to see the finished project!

Now Stamp Camp is not fun unless we have some home cooked food! So my mom the queen of the kitchen will be making a new recipe were going to try called Sow Cooker Maple Pumpkin Pulled Pork! The recipe looks very interesting! I’ll let you know how it tasted. I hope its a recipe to keep around! These recipes were found on Pinterest! Come follow my Pinterest boards for all kinds of food, paper crafting and more!

Maple Pumpkin Pulled Pork Recipe from Tablespoon.com


  • 3 pound pork roast
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • Hamburger buns
  1. Place pork roast in a slow cooker. Add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and maple extract. Use a spatula to mix together the pumpkin mixture over the top of the pork. Cover and set slow cooker to high. Cook for 4-6 hours, or pork is tender.

  2. Using two forks, pull the pork apart until well shredded. Stir well into the pumpkin mixture. Cover and allow to cook for another hour, until the sauce thickens.

  3. Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns. Serve and enjoy!

Then of course our Fall go to dessert is Pumpkin Dump Cake! It takes a little more than just dumping each of the ingredients into the baking pan but its so simple and did I mention delicious?!

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake by The County Cook

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, melted 2 sticks
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon until well-combined.
  4. It will be very liquid-y.
  5. Pour this pumpkin mixture into the baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture.
  7. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
  8. Bake for about 55-60 minutes.
  9. It might still be just a bit jiggly in the middle when done.
  10. It will continue to set up as it cools.
  11. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Well those are just dinner! Snacks include some handmade Chex Mix to fill the 3×6 cellophane bags and to nibble on. ha Well now back to what other projects we will be creating during Stamp Camp!

Last we will be making 8 Christmas cards! What’s fun about this set of 4 designs is they will are very nontraditional colors! I think its fun to step out of the box when creating holiday cards by going outside of the traditional colors. I will share these with you next week as well since I want them to be a fun surprise for my guests!

Well Stamp Camp starts soon so let’s hope I remember to take some pictures hehe I hope you have a great Saturday!

Keep Stamping!

~Britney Vanderlaan