Category Archives: 3-D, Gifts & Things

Burlap and Blooms Spring Wreath for Easter

Burlap and Blooms Spring WreathIt was nice to have a kit with everything needed except hot glue to make this Burlap and Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit. I thought it would make a nice wreath for Easter and spring by my back door where my Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath was still hanging! My favorite flowers on this wreath are the fringed ones. I didn’t seem to have much of a knack for making the other ones! And I’m not sure I got the flowers placed in the best positions, but, I did get the wreath finished! And didn’t burn my finger on the hot glue until near the end!  Be careful pushing the flowers down onto the wreath! And have a glass of cold water nearby just in case! It still turned out pretty and was an interesting new project. It’s nice to have a kit and not have to think about all the supplies! It’s available in the Occasions Catalog.

Speaking of supplies, the Stampin’ Up! retired list comes out on Monday! And Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING (excluding expedited shipping) on all orders Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25! When you get a chance this busy Easter weekend, be sure to start making out your list of anything you might want or that you think might retire so you will be ready to take advantage of this free shipping opportunity!

Free Shipping from Stampin' Up! April 21 - 25

Free Shipping from Stampin’ Up! April 21 – 25, 2014

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Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Did you know you can make a lot more things with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch than just tags? I’ve seen various creations but got the idea to make a Spring Basket using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. It’s available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog along with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.

To make the basket, I cut two strips of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 7 1/2″ and punched one end on each strip with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Score at 3″ from the scalloped top and fold. Those will be the ends of the basket and you can adhere the bottom pieces together.

Scalloped Tag Topper Basket Base

Cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score 1/2″ at each end. These pieces will be the front and back sides of the basket. If you need to, make a brace to put in the center with a 1″ x 4″ piece scored at 1″ at each end and glue inside the basket.

The handle is a piece 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I added a piece of Whisper White 1/2″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to the top of the handle using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. You can see how the handle is inserted and adhered inside in the photo below.

Decorate your basket however you like!  If you want to stamp on it, be sure to do it before assembling!  I added a layer of Island Indigo card stock to the basket and then the Watercolor Wonder paper on top of that. I made the flower with the Pansy Punch. It was just the right size and I punched several flowers out of the sheet of Watercolor Wonder paper that had shades of yellow and blue on it to get a variation in color. A retired Printed Designer In Color Brad held the flowers in place. Then I foofed them up and down and all around to give them some dimension.

You could also make a paper box the right size and just use the tag punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the ends. So many different ways to make these great papercrafting projects!

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket Side

The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is one of my favorite items in the Occasions Catalog because it would sure be difficult to make that pretty scallop at the top by hand! Go shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and find your favorite products!

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card

The only thing more fun than stamping is stamping with friends and making an Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card! That’s what I got to do the other day and here is one of our creations! I wanted to show them how to make this very popular style of card, the pop-up box card. Although I knew I wanted to make this style of card, I hadn’t made a sample for them, so I had to just “wing it” as we went! I wasn’t even trying to make a “great” card. I just wanted to make one with them so they would know how to do it.  But I think this one turned out pretty cute! The pop-up box card is basically a simple card, it just has the look of being a difficult one.  That’s what I love about Stampin’ Up! and stamping – there is nothing that is too difficult for a beginner to do as long as they have the materials and tools and someone or some way to show them how to do it.

The basic instructions for making a pop-up box card like this one are simple.  Start with a half sheet of card stock as with any card. Score across that 8 1/2″ width at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That leaves a narrow 1/2″ edge on the end which will become the tab that adheres the box together. Turn the half sheet of card stock longways on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or on the Stampin’ Trimmer and score at 2″ to make the box flaps. Now cut from the edge of the paper up to the 2″ scored line to cut apart those flaps. Now also cut off the 1/2″ tab even with the flaps, leaving the bottom portion, so that the box can be assembled. There will not be a bottom to the box, only the flaps at the top that will fold outward. Fold on all the score lines and assemble the box. Also cut two pieces to go inside the box to hold the pop-up images. They should be two pieces cut 1″ x 3″, and scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ (or 1/2″ at each short end) so that those braces can be adhered inside the box spaced evenly apart. They are a little tricky to get glued in there, but you can do it.  I like using the Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive so I can move it around to get it placed evenly and correctly.

Decorate the outside of the box first with either stamped images or designer series paper or card stock or leave plain. It’s all up to you! Once you have the basic box assembled, you can adhere whatever stamped images or punch art or greetings you want for your card to the inside braces and to the outside of the box flaps. If you want the folded card to fit inside a certain size envelope, be sure that any items you adhere inside the card do not “hang out” past the edges of the folded card. This size card as made here will fit inside a Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White Envelope (my favorite envelopes in the whole world, by the way!)

The stamp set I used on this pop-up box card is called Eggstra Spectacular, a cute Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. The little lamb is stamped with Black Stazon ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers. It was then just cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The Easter eggs were stamped with various colors of ink. The Extra-Large Oval Punch was too large to punch them out, much to my chagrin, as was the smallest Oval Framelit, so it was just easiest to use Paper Snips to cut them out by hand. I couple printed flowers were cut out of the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper to add something extra besides the Easter eggs.

The little flowers on the flaps are punched with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog and some Petite Petals flowers are stamped on the sides of the card. The designer paper used on the flaps are small squares of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. A Bundle can be purchased with the Petite Petals Punch along with either the wood- or clear-mount stamp set. The center of each flower is from the Punch Pack. And for extra measure I added a Candy Dot to the center of each flower!

When you want to send a special card to a special someone, this pop-up box card fits the bill and is easy enough to make. Use the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set for an Easter-themed card or whatever stamp set fits the occasion!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for any of your stamping and papercrafting needs!

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card Inside

Stampin’ Up! All Wrapped Up Bundle Livestream

If you missed it last night, you missed a fun new event from Stampin’ Up! It was free and for anyone to watch! Donna Griffith, a Stampin’ Up! home office employee, presented LOTS of projects using the All Wrapped Up Bundle in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! It was a live stream, shown at various times for various time zones, even in French and Spanish.  Donna always has great projects to show us at Stampin’ Up! Convention, Leadership, and other events! Not only was there the live stream of Donna explaining her projects but also a lively chat box going on the side! I’m sure that all of us who watched hope they will do this again!

Here is the third live stream of the evening for North America.

And to see photos of just the projects, click HERE for a .zip file.

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Join Paper Pumpkin for Papercrafting Fun and Free In Color Markers

Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit Boxes

If you don’t have a stack of Paper Pumpkin boxes, then you’ve been missing out on all the fun every month! Every month a new kit for a quick and easy papercrafting project! Usually you have leftover materials you can use on another project. Follow the Stampin’ Up! directions or reinvent the project to suit yourself.

Paper Pumpkin is for you if:

  • You like to do a papercrafting project now and then but can’t design one yourself.
  • You like to make things but you don’t really have that many supplies.
  • You don’t have much time for yourself to devote to crafting but if you could make a quick, cute project in about 30 minutes, you would enjoy it.
  • Sometimes you would like to do something fun with a friend or loved one and if you could just pull out two projects all ready to make, you would be happy.
  • You get excited when you get a package in the mail!
  • You’ve got tons of supplies, but if someone is going to put a project in a box all ready to go for you, it would be great!

If you join Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up!’s papercrafting kit that comes in the mail once a month, you will get your own pretty red box in the mail once a month with a project all ready to go, except for adhesive.  Join before March 31 and get a free set of In Color Markers (worth the price of the kit itself $14.95).  Try it risk free, no obligation, cancel when you are ready before the 10th of any month to stop that month’s subscription.  Or just pause it if you want to take a break and start up again the next month or the next after that. A monthly subscription is only $19.95 which includes shipping!

Join Paper Pumpkin by clicking this link HERE.  Your markers will come with your Welcome Kit with a free clear block for stamping.  After the first month you will receive the same kits that everyone gets that month.  You can still sign up after March 31, but why not do it right away and get the FREE Markers!

Make a Leprechaun Hat for St. Patrick’s Day

Leprechaun Hat

For some St. Patrick’s Day fun, make a cute leprechaun hat. This is an easy craft that would be fun to do with your child perhaps. Start with a toilet paper roll or part of a paper towel roll. Make yours as tall or short as you like. Cut a piece of green card stock that will fit around your roll. Mine was a toilet paper roll and I cut a piece of Garden Green card stock 4″ x 6″ to fit around it. That gave a slight overlap in the back. For the top of the hat, I punched a circle with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Just add  a little bead of glue around the top rim of the roll to adhere the top of the hat. For the bottom, the hat brim, just punch a circle with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. You could even fill the hat with some candy or other treat before adhering to the bottom circle. For the hat band, I cut a 1/2″ strip of Basic Black card stock and wrapped around the hat. For the buckle, I punched a square with the 1″ Square Punch in Daffodil Delight card stock. The easiest way to make it look like a buckle is just to adhere a small piece of Basic Black card stock the same width as the black band in the center of the yellow square. Now it looks like a buckle without having to cut the slits. You could stamp a little something on all the paper before putting the hat together but I just punched some stars from the Champagne Glimmer Paper or you could use the Gold Foil Sheets.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 so it’s time to be making some fun little party favors or decorations!

Don’t forget about the Weekly Deals at Stampin’ Up! that will end for this week on Monday, March 17th. Easy to remember –  the same as St. Patrick’s Day!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 11 2014

Let’s Get Digital with My Digital Studio During Sale-A-Bration

Let's Get Digital Bundle

Don’t forget about the My Digital Studio products during Sale-A-Bration! My Digital Studio is the digital papercrafting software from Stampin’ Up! You can make way more than just scrapbook pages digitally. This is the Let’s Get Digital Bundle offered in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure as a suggestion to get to the $50 price point to earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. After purchasing this, or any other current Stampin’ Up! products or My Digital Studio products, you can choose a FREE Digital Ensemble during Sale-A-Bration (more stuff to play with on My Digital Studio!) or any other free product in the brochure.

Here is a video that gives you an inside peek at making a card in My Digital Studio. One of the things you will see is recoloring a stamp, one of the newer features! Closer to the beginning of the video you will see a color put behind a see-through word in order to change the background color. You can send layers forward and backward to achieve what you want. The best way to learn My Digital Studio is to get in there and play! It’s all pretty intuitive and you will learn it all in no time!

You can try My Digital Studio free for 30 days, although at a price of only $19.95 I feel confident you will like it when you try it and you should just go ahead and purchase the MDS software, either as a download (recommended) or the disc. Let me know if you have any questions.


Spring Is Coming! Houston Azalea Trail Cute Things!

River Oaks Azalea Trail 2014

Last weekend was the annual River Oaks Garden Center Azalea Trail 2014. We always like to go, especially to see the beautiful homes in that area of town. Usually you get to walk through a home and then outdoors to see the yard and gardens. Photographs are not allowed inside, unfortunately (I saw lots of things inside I would have loved to have photos of!) but they are allowed outside.

Here are some of the “cute” things I saw on the Azalea Trail! Just enjoy (I know you will!) or perhaps they will inspire some creative ideas, who knows?! Paper flowers are so IN these days, so no reason we couldn’t duplicate some of these ideas! But these are real, fresh flowers!

Loved these tables and chairs out on a patio!

River Oaks Azalea Trail 2014

River Oaks Azalea Trail 2014

River Oaks Azalea Trail 2014

Cute polka dot dishes at a place setting on the patio! Make a card or bag with polka dots!

Polka Dot Dishes Azalea Trail

 Cute topiary on a zip line over the pool!

River Oaks Azalea Trail Zip Line Topiary

River Oaks Azalea Trail Zip Line Topiary

My favorite! Glass jars full of gumballs or candy, cupcakes made out of flowers, and ice cream sodas made from flowers! All out on a patio looking like it is ready for a party!

Azalea Trail Patio Flower Desserts

Azalea Trail Patio Flower Desserts

Close-Up of Flower Sodas

Flower Cupcakes on Azalea Trail

Azalea Trail Candy JarsI hope you enjoyed these pretty photos and that they give you some kind of inspiration. For example, you could use the photo right above to make a card using orange and green – or stamp orange and green polka dots – or punch out orange and green circles – whatever it is that strikes you! Have some fun today looking for inspiration and think ahead to spring!

Make Some Gift Bags with Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin!

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Box

This is my February Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! that came in the mail this month! Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting monthly subscription kit that is easy to do and just takes a few minutes. Don’t you need a few minutes of escape and papercrafting bliss?? Even for experienced stampers and papercrafters, it is fun to open the box, find the surprise project, and just make it according to the included directions….or not. Maybe make one following directions and then make the next one a little different.

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Stamps and Ink

Here are the new photopolymer stamps and ink spot I got in this kit. Photopolymer stamps are clear so you can see through them and through the clear block you will have received in your Welcome Kit. I LOVED using these photopolymer stamps!  They STICK on the block, no question! Stampin’ Up! plans to use photopolymer stamps in all their future kits. One stamp has polka dots and one stripes.

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Pack

Here’s the pack of supplies and instructions!  All you need is adhesive!

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Supplies

Here are the bags, ribbon handles, mini clothespins, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Baker’s Twine, and all the paper pieces.

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Bag

Here’s the bag, about 5 1/2″ high and 8 1/2″ wide, complete with rivets for the handles!

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Hello Bag

Here’s the first bag I made following the Stampin’ Up! sample. I put in the ribbon handles on the bag. The white starburst shapes are stamped with the stripe stamp and layered on the blue circle with a letter popped up on a dimensional. The letters were already printed on the circles. Then I clipped each circle onto the Baker’s Twine attached to the bag. Pretty cute and simple as could be!

Paper Pumpkin Feb 2014 Happy Bag

I wanted to make another bag (although I might save the other 3 for when I need to use one so I’ll know what theme to decorate it in!).  I decided “Happy” would work for lots of occasions, either as is or I could add another sentiment or word on the bag, like “Birthday” or “Day” or whatever. These starbursts I stamped with the polka dot stamp. I could have turned the blue circles around and used the white background, but I liked the blue.

Sometimes once you get started creating something, you’ll find your mojo just appears and you get more ideas! That’s what is good about Paper Pumpkin! Whether you are already a crafter or just brand new at making things, Paper Pumpkin gives you “the whole package” (except adhesive!) so all you have to do it sit down, open it all up, and follow the directions (if you want to!). You’ll have an easy, completed project in just a few relaxing minutes. No worries about amassing a storehouse of craft supplies because you’ll just have the stamps, the ink spot and probably a few leftover extra pieces of materials.

Try Paper Pumpkin before the end of March and get a free pack of In Color Markers! Those are worth the cost of the subscription in themselves. No obligation, no risk. Cancel your subscription if you need to or just “pause” it for a month or two. The magic date is the 10th of any month to make any changes for that month’s kit (or order an extra kit for your friend or granddaughter). Subscribe by March 10th and get the Welcome Kit in the mail with your free clear block that month.  In April, you will receive the same kit that goes out to everyone. Subscribe later, get the Welcome Kit in April and the same kit as everyone gets in May. Each month is only $19.95, which includes the kit and shipping!

Just go to the Paper Pumpkin Subscription page and get signed up today! Then you can sit back and look forward to your Welcome Kit and free markers!

Paper Pumpkin Free Markers Special Extended!








Gift Wrap Idea: Gold Kraft Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Gold Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea?  Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foil on each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.

Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it?  From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier.  Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!

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Gold Gift Box Top with Gold Frizzle

Triple Heart Easel Valentine Card

Triple Heart Easel Valentine Card

One of the cards I worked on this week is this Triple Hearts Easel Valentine Card. It’s not that hard to make but looks quite fancy and elegant! It’s best to work with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies to cut out the hearts.  For the base of the card,cut out three sizes of hearts. The card stock should be folded in half and then the fold placed just inside the top of the framelit so the fold will remain when the rest of the heart is cut out by the die. The bottom of the folded heart will be the base and the top heart will be folded about in half. It remains open and the folded down part will hold another single heart. Adhere the three base hearts together spacing them the correct distance apart to fit in an envelope or just to be able to stand up the way you want them.

Triple Heart Easel Valentine Card base hearts

Once you have the base assembled, cut out the same size hearts ago, but just singles. Decorate the hearts how you like and adhere to the base hearts.  The whole thing can be folded down flat for mailing.

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day making, sending, and/or receiving valentines!

If you need some Hearts Framelits for your projects, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


Happy Valentine’s Day! Grab Some Ideas for Valentines!

Here are some Valentine ideas from the past! Perhaps if you don’t have the newest Stampin’ Up! products, you will find something here that you already have and can use today if you are a last-minute Valentine stamper and creator!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Candy Treat Ideas

(click the link above to go to post)

Valentine Top Note Candy Treat Bag

Valentine Scallop Envelope Candy Treat 

Valentine Candy Treat  Matchbook

 You Are Loved Valentine for Valentine’s Day

You Are Loved Valentine for Valentine's Day 

Robot Valentines for Kids 

Robot Valentines for Kids 

A Love Card

A Love Card for Valentine's Day 

Valentine Fancy Favor Box

Valentine Fancy Favor Box 

And for more Valentine ideas just click HERE.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!



Make a Valentine Treat Box with Hearts

Valentine Box with Hearts

If you need to make a little Valentine gift box or Valentine treat box, here is an easy one to do You can vary the size if you want according to the size of paper you have. You just have to do a little math! If you want this box a little wider you would need to start with 12×12 paper. You could use designer paper if you don’t mind it a little less sturdy.

I cut my Real Red card stock 11 x 4 3/4. It is scored at 2 5/8″, 5 1/4″, 7 7/8″, and 10 1/2″. Turn the paper then and score at 1 3/4″. On the short side, cut the flaps up to the score line and trim off the 1/2″ tab on the end. See photo below. 

Fold on all the score lines and use your Bone Folder to get good creases. Figure out how you will fold the bottom flaps and where you will put the adhesive.  You can use Sticky Strip or the Tombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveI put my Sticky Strip on the first bottom flap (side opposite the narrow tab) and the third one.

And to decorate the box, I used layers of the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″. Can you see what I did wrong with mine?!  I glued them on upside down!  Sheesh!  But I bet if I gave this box to someone, they wouldn’t even notice!  So I just left it as is rather than risk tearing the paper to get it off! To decorate the front I just used various punched and die cut hearts and a banner I had already stamped but didn’t use the other day, with the greeting from Loving Thoughts. The ribbon handle is the 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon in the Annual Catalog.

Like this Valentine Treat Box? If you need any of these supplies for future projects (remember hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day!) feel free to visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all the current Stampin’ Up! products. And when you spend $50 or more, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product until March 31.

Make a Valentine Treat Bag with Scraps

Valentine Treat Bag with Hearts Tag

You might be getting ready to make Valentine Treat Bags of some sort for Valentine’s Day perhaps for your child’s classroom or their teachers or your friends, neighbors, co-workers or maybe your family! Maybe this tag will inspire you. Put the treat in a Cello Bag and make a tag from your scraps! You know you’ve got ‘em!  I punched the tag with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and then used scraps to decorate it. Now the tag is pretty narrow, only 2″ wide, as is, but for my small bag I wanted it even smaller.  You can trim your strip of paper narrower than 2″ and just be sure to center it when you put it in the punch so it will be even on both sides.  But since I had already punched it at 2″, I just trimmed off both sides, trying to make the top scalloped edge look symmetrical.  And it doesn’t have to be perfect! Then I rounded off the bottom edges of the tag to match the scallops at the top. It really gives the tag a nicer look.  The layer on top of the Real Red tag is from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The “XOXO” is from the Oh, Goodie! Stamp Set, a carryover from the Holiday 2013 Catalog. That means you can still order it! And then I grabbed some die-cut hearts from the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the Hearts A Flutter Framelits and even the Small Heart Punch. Use whatever you have! Or even just cut some hearts by hand! They can be whimsical odd-shaped hearts! Tie on your tag with a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.

Here’s a tip for cutting a narrow banner. If the strip is narrow enough, stick the end in the new Banner Punch, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration! You only want it to cut the one end, that”s why you don’t slide the strip in the regular way. This will punch just the end and that will make you little “flags” at the ends.

Using the Banner Punch To Make Flag Ends

Have fun making your Valentine Treat Bags and don’t forget to check your pile of scraps!

Stampin’ Up! Circle Monogram Stamp! Hot Off the Press!

Stampin' Up! Circle Monogram StampThe new Circle Monogram Stamp is now available, as of this afternoon, from Stampin’ Up! It’s a photopolymer stamp and can be customized with your information (font styles and images are set). It doesn’t have to be just a return address stamp – use your imagination! Use it to personalize gifts, notes, labels –whatever you can think of! We saw this stamp at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference. Here are some samples they showed:

Circle Monogram Stamp

Some of the stamps say:

“From the Desk Of ____”

“This Book Belongs To ___”

“Awesome    Excellent Work!”

“Thank You (Thanks)  It Was So Sweet of You”

Here’s a project Sara Douglass made on stage at Leadership with a Circle Monogram Stamp:

Personalized Stamp Tag


Go check it out in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! These stamps come from a third-party vendor, are shipped separately from anything else in your order, and are nonrefundable.

If you use the left sidebar in my store, you’ll find it under Stamps — Personalized Stamps — on page 2.

The Circle Monogram Stamp is ready for your personalizing!  What will you come up with?!




Sale-A-Bration Free Stamp Set and Free Paper

Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration Teabag Holder Inside

Sale-A-Bration has started at Stampin’ Up! and you can earn this Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper for free plus the Petal Parade Stamp Set I used. Spend $50 on any current Stampin’ Up! product and choose one free product from the special Sale-A-Bration Brochure! No limits!

Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration Tea bag Holder

I’ve made many tea bag holders similar to this one over the years and I always think they are the cutest things! It’s such an extra special way to send a greeting to someone with a card, write a little personal note inside and give them one of your favorite teas!

Here are the basic measurements and then you can layer it up, decorate it, embellish however you like!

  • Cut a piece of card stock 3 1/2″ x 11″
  • Score at 3 1/2″, 7″, and 7 1/2″.
  • Fold on score lines.
  • On the third section on the right, cut on a diagonal to form the triangle to hold the tea bag. Adhere to bottom with Sticky Strip.
  • Cut ribbon about 24″ long to wrap around tea bag holder.  Adhere in a few spots.
  • Decorate the tea bag holder your way!

If you have a favorite tea, leave a comment below.

Shop Stampin’ Up! and then choose your free Sale-A-Bration products!

Valentine Sweetheart Treat Bags–Last Day!

Stampin' Up! Sweetheart Treat Bag

Late afternoon update from Stampin’ Up!  

While supplies last, these Valentine products are still available until February 14th! Great idea, Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Up! Valentine Products

Today is the last day to purchase the cute Stampin’ Up! Valentine products. These Sweetheart Treat Bags are so handy to have on hand for occasions other than Valentine’s Day. Just stick a little treat inside or a note or gift card, do a little decorating on the outside and you’ve got something cute and simple! It’s a kit, with the Baker’s Twine, 12 little sacks, and 12 die-cut labels (the striped banner).  I added the Whisper White piece stamped with a saying from the Love You More stamp set.

After putting the treat inside, I just folded the top of the sack to the back, attached my little banner piece and tied the pre-cut Baker’s Twine around a few times and tied with a bow! Couldn’t be easier!

Get your Valentine products, including the cute Monster Hugs, at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today before time runs out!

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Heartfelt Banner

Sale-A-Bration Heartfelt Banner

You’ll be hearing the word “Sale-A-Bration” a lot from now on!  Sale-A-Bration is the famous promotion from Stampin’ Up! that everyone looks forward to. Just purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products, then choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, no limits! On display at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference last week was this Heartfelt Banner Kit, one of the choices of free items for Sale-A-Bration. Get all the pieces and put your banner together exactly like the instructions or make up your own design. Or even frame the pieces like Stampin’ Up! does! Cute and easy home decor!

Sale-A-Bration begins January 28th and lasts through March 31st.  Circle that date on your calendar! If you don’t have a Demonstrator, contact me if you need a Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Start shopping at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Spiral Flower Originals Die…Lovely to Own!

Spiral Flower Originals Die

At Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014 last week, I was able to see the Spiral Flower Originals Die in person and see the flowers made with it. Now I want to order it! They were showing the die and a ton of flowers made with it for demonstrators to see up close and personal. The Stampin’ Up! employee I was talking with said each flower will turn out different according to who made it and how tightly or loosely you roll it up. It is suggested you use your Bone Folder after cutting out the flower to loosen up the paper fibers to make it roll easier.  The die, like other dies of this kind, are not just for paper either!  You can use other materials, such as fabric, so think of the possibilities! Just roll it with your fingers or around a pencil or skewer, however you want to do it.  You can leave the center as it comes out or push it down and put a button inside or rhinestone or something.

After Leadership there was a public event and some Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were ‘demonstrating’ at booths. One was doing these paper flowers so here are some photos and ideas:

Spiral Flower Die Rose Tin

Spiral Flower Die Rose Lollipop

Spiral Flower Rose Heart Wreath

To add the Spiral Flower Die #129379 to your next order, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  You could have a table full of flowers in no time for spring!