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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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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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Hello Fall!

Do you love Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and go crazy when they first come out for the season? I like Pumpkin flavors but the Spiced part usually not so much. My favorite is the Salted Caramel Mochas Frappe! They also come out the same time as PSL which is right before my birthday! I wish it was Autumn all the time with the cooler weather but not too cold. The beautiful colored leaves and of course the tastes of fall! Halloween is not my favorite holiday besides for the sweet treats!! So I thought I would start making some fun different sweet treats to give to my friends and family.


The first one is this adorable le new pizza box that Stampin’ Up! has in the holiday catalog! They can fit so many types of goodies. I have tried little gummy pizza, Fun Size packs of M&M’s, some other square chocolate. I used the Merry Cafe stamp set for the coffee cup and sentiment. I use fussy cut the cup and lid out. To get the cup label I stamped the cup onto some of the Painted Autumn designer series paper and only cut out the middle section freehand. I used the Stitched Shapes framelit dies square to cut the Pumpkin Pie cardstock to added some contrast in color. The ribbon is so soft an easy to tie. It’s the Basic Black 3/8′ Shimmer ribbon.

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Don’t forget to give this color challenge a try! The are a little hard to use together at first but its fun to stretch our creative mind! I would love to see you creations if you play along! You can of course link it on the Inspire.Create.Challenges blog but if you don’t have a blog then feel free to post on my Facebook page Hope Paper Creations by Britney Vanderlaan or use the hashtag #inspirecreatechallenges on Instagram and tag me in it!


This time of year we all get very busy and forgot to think about those around us that are keeping us going. Our support system, our teachers taking care of the kids, the postal worker, our hair stylist and many more. Create these Painted Autumn cards for them to say thank you! Count your Blessings and realize we all struggle with something! Getting something handmade will put a smile on their face and will even give you joy for doing it.

Sign up for the to go class or finished cards by September 28th so you can start your Autumn off with a fun handmade project! There are 3 options whether you want the supplies or want the cards finished so you can just write in them and send off! Option 1 and 2 all the card stock is cut and scored for you, the designer series paper will be cut and the dies will be cut out. There will be a pdf that I will email to you once I ship the packages out! All packages come with tracking so you can be excited to receive your package in the mail!!

So how do you sign up and preorder your option? Just email me and tell me what option you want. My email is Hopepapercreations@aol.com I will then email you an invoice through PayPal.

Well I better start packing for my Stamp Camp Saturday! I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Be Creative Everyday! 🙂

~Britney Vanderlaan

2017 Holiday Catalog, Designer Series Paper

2017 Holiday Catalog!!


Oh my gosh! The new holiday catalog is now live! I am so excited that you can finally see it! It has been hard to get into the holiday spirit since summer was busy and a bit warm! We’ve had a couple days this week that felt very Autumnesce with the cooler days. I love Autumn so much and always sad that it doesn’t last long. Thankfully the Holiday catalog will be here until January 2nd, 2018! Check out the new catalog in the Catalog tab at the top of the page.

I haven’t made much with the new items yet, sadly! I do have one special piece I made that I’m excited to share with you! I saw another lady on Instagram show these FALL letters she got from Hobby Lobby. I knew as soon as I saw them what I wanted to do with them! 

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Isn’t it just too cute?! I used our new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper! This paper is perfect for Fall! The colors of it are gorgeous! I love that they included white pumpkins and sunflower images!! 


What do you think of the paper? Can you imagine some fun tablescapes for Thanksgiving? 

Want to get your hands on this paper? Go shopping at the Stampin’ Up! Store

Use the Hostess Code: XG9AHXB to receive some extra goodies from me as a Thank You! I appreciate your support! If you have a project in mind and need help knowing what you’ll need for it just comment below or email me and I will help you out. Party closes September 8th. If your order is $150 or more please don’t use the hostess code so you can have the hostess rewards yourself! Please add me as your demonstrator while you check out. 


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I hope you have fun looking through the catalog! Come join me on my Facebook page Hope Paper Creations for some fun today as I kick off the Catalog!

Have a Great Day!

Britney 🙂