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Eastern Colors and Design Coming in New Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Palace Suite Link to Video
A week from today, May 1st, you can get your hands on the Eastern colors and designs coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!  During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be offering two different suites of products that all coordinate to make beautiful cards and projects.  Click the video above (it will go to YouTube) to see a group of people gathering together to stamp with the new Eastern Palace Suite!  New In Colors, new ink pads, stamps, and more!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer

Click the flyer above to read the details!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits themselves will help you make beautiful projects!

These Bundles will be available to customers May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.  This will ease your waiting for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is a little more for the beginning stamper and you receive the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes FREE!

The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle has everything!   Besides the new stamp set, ink pads, designer paper, and stickers, it also comes with tassels and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For a FREE gift, you will receive the brand new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock and Envelopes.

Remember, these Bundles cannot be ordered until May 1st, but in the meantime, you can check out the Retiring Products List by Stampin’ Up! The easiest way to check if an item is still in stock is to look it up in my Online Store.  If it comes up, it is still available to purchase!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video and enjoy dreaming about the Eastern colors and design coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

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Make Easy Animal Party Favor Treat Boxes and More!

Pyramid Pals

Two of the items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List are the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set which can help you make easy animal party favor treat boxes and more! It’s an infinite number of cards, party favors, gift boxes, party decorations and more that you can make. Fill these Pyramid Pals with candy or a treat or just make them for fun or for a decoration.  Just think of the fun you could have with your children or grandchildren if you make the box and then they help you decorate the pyramid to make an animal. Or just make a pyramid box, decorate with some designer paper or stamping or perhaps a clear window cut out, and use it as a party favor or gift box. Use the stamp set to decorate the boxes or just to make cards and other projects.

Both the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are still available as I write this post, so if you think this is something that would be fun and useful to own, grab it while you can.  All retiring items are available until May 31 or while supplies last.

Playful Pals Bundle

The Playful Pals Bundle may not still be available but you can order the dies and stamp set separately. It’s a fun and different product to use!


Last Minute Easter Papercrafting Ideas

Easter Collage

In case you are looking for some last minute Easter papercrafting ideas, here are some of my projects from past years! Even if you don’t make this exact project, it might just give you an idea of something close that you want to make with the supplies that you have!

I think the Circle of Spring Easter Card is a beautiful card to make with that pretty wreath that you can customize for any season or occasion.  You can just stamp the wreath with the Circle of Spring Stamp Set and then easily color it in with markers or an Aqua Painter. If you have the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies you can cut out the wreath and then adhere it to the front of your card.

The Easter Lamb Easter Card is one of my favorites!  I loved that Easter Lamb stamp from last year in the Occasions Catalog!  The background was stamped with the Watercolor Wash Background Stamp.

The card with the Easter cross is actually pretty easy and you can make it with any little flower punch or die you have! I accented each flower with a little Rhinestone Jewel in the center. The back layer is embossed with an embossing folder, don’t remember which one.

You can also make an oval Easter egg-shaped card if you have the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies or the older retired Oval Die. Then the egg is colored with the curved swish from the Work of Art Stamp Set.

I used the Easter Lamb again on the Easter Basket made with the Berry Basket Die (retired). There are many ways you can make a little Easter basket, much like you would make a gift box.

And the last card is the Emboss Resist  Watercolor Easter Egg CardIt’s fun to make by stamping with Versamark Ink on Watercolor Paper and then embossing with Clear Embossing Powder and watercoloring over it.  The embossing resists the watercolor so it’s almost like when you dye Easter eggs but first write on the eggshell with a wax crayon! Remember doing that as kids?!

There are lots of fun spring and Easter papercrafting ideas, just find some project you like and go for it!

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Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Make a quick and easy Easter Tiny Treat Box for a little gift or a table favor or even a decoration in your home!  And you can eat the candy later!  The Stampin’ Up! Tiny Treat Boxes make this project so quick and easy. If you don’t have any “Easter grass” to put inside, just cut narrow strips of cardstock and moosh them up with your hands, unless you have the old Paper Crimper, which is what I used to get the crinkly effect.

My project was made super-quick because I already had extra Easter figures cut out while doing another project. I had already stamped and die cut the Easter bunny, carrot, chocolate bunny and little bunnies with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle. The Bundle includes the stamp set and matching framelits dies and is on the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List. Now the Bundle at $46.75  in the Occasions Catalog has always been the best deal if you wanted both the stamp set and the framelits, but now that the Retirement List is here, it looks to me like the best deal is to buy the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set on sale at $16.80 and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale at $15.50.

This set can be used for other occasions, not just Easter, so don’t worry that you don’t have time to order and use it now!  There is always next year, but even now you can use bunnies for any happy occasion and certainly the basket and flowers. One day I made a baby card with the bunnies that had nothing to do with Easter.

The Retirement List was released yesterday so be sure to check it out early so as not to be disappointed if any products sell out early!

  • Retiring stamp sets will continue to be manufactured by Stampin’ Up! in Kanab, UT until May 22, then it will be while supplies last.
  • Some items on the Retirement List are discounted, but not all.
  • Bundles in any catalog are only priced as bundles with the 10% discount for the first year in the catalog, after that the items may be available separately.
  • Tools and accessories are available “while supplies last”.

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Retiring Stamp Sets

Retiring Bundles

Retiring Everything Else

Check out the Retirement List  in PDF or EXCEL.

Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! Back in Stock!

Decorated Egg Cartons Stampin' Up!

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2017

The Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! are back in stock!  What a shame that they were unavailable for this length of time, but you can get them now. If you do want them for Easter and depending on where you live, you still might be able to get them in time to decorate if you order today or even over the weekend. There is even Expedited Shipping if you REALLY want them FAST!

With the popularity of the Hey Chick! Stamp Set at Sale-A-Bration, I would say these Mini Egg Cartons could be used for cute projects even after Easter, so don’t hesitate to think of other creative ideas beyond Easter.

Mini Egg Cartons Plain

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2017

As you can see, the Mini Egg Cartons come very plain, just like real egg cartons.  You can spritz them with a color if you like, using the Stampin’ Spritzer and ink refills, or leave them plain and embellish according to the occasion.  In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see there is a piece of designer paper inside the lid and a matching belly band around the carton plus decorations made with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle.  These can be used as a gift box or treat box. If you are looking for a different kind of presentation, this just might be it!


Remember, the Retirement List for the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog comes out on Monday, April 10th at 1:00 pm Mountain Time. If there are things you REALLY wish you would have ordered already, it’s time to get them before someone else does, whether you know it’s going to retire or not. Once the Retirement List hits, all bets are off; some things sell out in the blink of an eye and many do not.  So you never know.  We don’t know what is on the list except for the In Colors of two years ago, so be sure to consider those first of all! You don’t want to pay high prices on Ebay later!

Check out the Mini Egg Cartons and perhaps add some In Color products to your order before Monday!

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Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Two of my favorites here in this blog post:  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make this treat bag turned into a birthday pocket card AND the Cool Treats Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog! I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper for the Mini Treat Bag.

Watch the pattern when you run it through the Big Shot because the popsicles on the paper are going in one direction!  The first one I did I had it upside down! Since there are no mistakes in stamping, however, I will save that upside down treat bag and cut it apart and use the smaller pieces of paper on other projects! When you are working with patterned paper on any project, you do have to think about which way your design is going to go on your project and cut it or lay it out accordingly!

Although this die is named “Mini Treat Bag” you can design a card to add on the inside, which can be a greeting or hold a gift card. If you like another design, you can fold the top over and make a smaller type of little package. Click HERE to see my Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag. It was very cute, if I do say so myself!

There are lots of dies in this collection that can help embellish your Mini Treat Bag.  Use plain cardstock or designer paper, your choice.  It is easy to assemble and fun to make!

Today, tomorrow and Friday — these are the last 3 days of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to get your order in! If you are new, Sale-A-Bration has been going on since January but is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion! You can order from the Occasions Catalog or the Annual Catalog or even the Clearance Rack!

With every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a FREE product in one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures.

Remember, we had a few new options released last week! Here are the choices!

Original Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New February Releases

Final Days New Releases

Not all items are still available, so if your online order says an item cannot be added that means the supply is exhausted,

It’s time to shop! Get whatever you want! If you get close to another $50 increment, add on some adhesive or reinkers or cardstock so you can get another FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

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Making an Easy Paper Pumpkin Kit Bunny Favor For Spring

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bunny Bag

I finally opened my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! and within minutes had made this cute bunny favor for spring. I wanted to take something to my friend who was in town when we met for dinner and I thought of this little bunny bag that would be perfect and something different than cards. All I had to do was open the Paper Pumpkin box and everything I needed was in there except a pair of scissors to snip the baker’s twine! Everything!  Well, except the chocolate candy!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The little cloth bags were ready to be stamped with a bunny face, and the kit even included an adhesive dot with which to stick the little pom pom for the bunny tail on the back of the bag! So cute! Ears with adhesive on the back were included to stick inside the flaps of the bag. I stamped the little tag and attached to the bag with the tiny clothespin. All so easy!  All I had to do was add some chocolate treats inside the bag and tie with a 12″ piece of the included baker’s twine. My little favor was ready to go in just a couple of minutes, if that long!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bag

Even if you didn’t want to make all the bags for Easter, think how cute they would be to save for a baby gift, like a package decoration for your baby gift or for a little one’s birthday gift. They don’t have to be for Easter or even spring!  Little notecards are also included in the kit that you can put in the bag for a little gift! So many possibilities with these Paper Pumpkin Kits!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see the entire Paper Pumpkin March 2017 kit and assembly!

Join Paper Pumpkin now and get the April 2017 kit if you subscribe by April 10th. This kit is going to be extra-special because it is designed by the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass, and will even include a FREE GIFT!  I can’t wait!  And at any moment, once you are a subscriber you can go into the Past Kits and purchase any that you might have missed and liked if they are available or the Refill Kits.

If you prefer, add a Paper Pumpkin subscription to your regular Stampin’ Up! order and possibly earn a free Sale-A-Bration product or maybe reach Hostess Rewards. You will receive an email with directions of how to activate your account.  Do this before April 10th to receive the April kit that Sara designed.


St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick's Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17th, so if you are looking for a fun little treat maybe for your family, your co-workers, teachers, whomever, here is a St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder. You can put a chocolate square on the inside or whatever you find that fits. Or modify the measurements to suit your treat!

This project is so easy to make and as usual, can be made and decorated for any occasion.  Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 2″ so that it will fit inside the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Score at 2 5/8″ and at 2 7/8″.  Then insert each end of the strip into the punch for the fancy top. If you don’t have this punch, you can leave it plain or snip off the corners at an angle.

For the decoration on the front, I made a pot of gold!  The pot is just a 1 3/8″ Circle Punch cut in about half. Either just cut little strips for the pot legs or use, as I did, the Classic Label Punch, cut in half or smaller. I first thought I would like the pointy ends for the legs, but I changed my mind. I also punched another strip to go across the top of the pot. If you have the retired Window Punch, that works great, too!

For the gold coins, I used the always-useful Owl Builder Punch!  If you don’t own this punch, you really need to put it on your next order. It’s so fun! I use it in so many ways. For the coins, I punched the small circles that would be eyes. They are adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

Click here to see a similar St. Patrick’s Day design I made last year. As you can see, I used Gold Sequins.

The greeting is from another of my favorite things, the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There aren’t many places you will find a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” stamp but this set has it!

The ribbon is the one with gold accents, free in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, with a $50 purchase.  You get a Combo Pack of two ribbons, one with the silver accents and one with the gold accents. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  The ribbon is very soft and nice.  You will like it.

Sale-A-Bration ends the last day of March and we know that will sneak up fast!

Be prepared for all special occasions by knowing how to make this St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder! 

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How To Make An Easy All-Occasion DIY Gift Bag

DIY Gift Bag

Save yourself a trip to the store and learn how to make an easy all-occasion DIY gift bag out of designer paper! You can make a gift bag using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can make one by just scoring paper to determine the size you want. I use my Paper Trimmer as I cut the paper to score with the Scoring Blade, (one comes with the Paper Trimmer)  but you could also use the Simply Scored Board.

Decide what paper or cardstock you want to use.  I used the beautiful Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. While I could have used either side of paper, I had planned to use this soft bokeh-look pattern and that is what I cut.  But when I turned the paper over, I saw that the pattern on the other side was a butterfly print. Had I wanted to use that side and didn’t give it any thought, as you can see in the photo below, I would have the pattern going wrong, so be sure you check which way you want your pattern to go and make sure you cut the paper in the correct direction.

Designer Paper Pattern Wrong Direction

For this particular gift bag, I cut the paper at 6″ x 11 3/8″. I placed the paper “long-ways” (portrait) in my Paper Trimmer and scored at 1 3/8″ for the bottom flaps. Then I turned the paper “sideways” (landscape) and scored at 2 1/8″, 5 1/4″ 7 3/8″, and 10 7/16″. You can’t really see all the score lines in the photo below and the photo is not blurry!  That’s the design on the paper!

Designer Paper Scored for Bag

As you can see, I cut out that tiny little piece on one end that you will see after you score your paper. And just to make the flap easier to fold without the top and bottom edges showing, I trimmed off the edges of the flap. This flap is where you will put adhesive to start assembling your box. As for the bottom of the paper with the 1 3/8″ scored area, just snip each score line up to the 1 3/8″ scored line to form the flaps.  Assemble your gift bag and decorate!

To decorate my gift bag, I die cut a butterfly with the Big Shot and the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, the largest butterfly, out of a Gold Foil Sheet. (My daughter used to call butterflies “foof-flies”.) How beautiful is this large gold foil butterfly? And to make it even more elegant, I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the body. After I punched a hole in the top of the bag I tied on a Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (my all-time favorite ribbon!) using the ribbon with the gold accents in the Sale-A-Bration 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601)You can also add a greeting or tag if you want for whatever occasion you need.

Check out another card I made when the Butterflies Thinlits Dies first came out. These butterflies are made with the smaller medium size butterfly die, cut out of designer paper.

Remember, Sale-A-Bration comes to an end on March 31 so don’t let time fly by and miss it! Remember, there are three new releases since February 21 so you have two brochures to view at that link above.  One thing that is no longer available is the gold-striped Card Tin. Everything is available only while supplies last so don’t wait too long!

Make some easy all-occasion DIY gift bags to keep on hand for any last-minute gifts!

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How To Make a Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box

This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is fairly easy to make and turns out really cute! I strongly suggest you watch the Stampin’ Up! video below on how to make the box, even if you have watched it before because you might need a review like I did!

To make this hexagonal gift box, use the Big Shot and Window Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! This set of dies is amazing! Besides the basic hexagonal box shape, it has pieces to decorate the to and sides of the box with decorative little cutouts! There are also other little pieces, one makes a tag and one makes those flag ends on a strip of paper.

On this box, even though it has those decorative dies to use, I opted to just make the basic box and then decorate it with designer paper and balloons for a birthday! You can make these boxes for ANY occasion or holiday! I’ve even seen them online where it is like they are stacked to make a taller box.  I’ll have to learn about that and try it! After I made the Hexagonal Window Box, I die cut  a piece of the polka dot paper in the Party Animal Designer Series Paper package with just, the lid portion of the basic box die. Then I cut along the score lines or slightly inside, so that it would fit on the top lid of the box. Around the side of the box, I cut a strip of the candles pattern paper to go around. Luckily a 12″ strip does fit and even overlaps a little on the back. For the candle pattern, I cut it so that the candles themselves would be fully pictured, which meant I first cut off a strip on the edge that just had partial images of the candles. My strip is 1 3/4″ wide, but you can make yours narrower if you like depending on the pattern or look you want. Another choice would be to stamp on the box before you assemble it. After I had the paper around the side, I tied on some 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy. For the top of the box, I stamped and punched three balloons with the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I attached some Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons and tied on a bow.  If I hadn’t tied the bow, I might have put a “Happy Birthday Banner” instead. This Hexagonal Decorated Birthday Gift Box is a cute box and can be made in any colors for any occasion. It’s big enough for a small gift or some candies or treats.

Hexagonal Birthday Gift Box

To make the window box (with or without windows!), die cut two of the basic box pieces. If you want the decorative inserts you can cut them now or cut them before you assemble the box.

Window Box Pieces

One thing to remember is to cut off the end tabs of the straight strip portion on ONE piece. That is because when you go to assemble the box, you won’t need two tabs matching up, just one. Use a strong glue like the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Window Box Assembly

Fold the scored lines for the tabs.  I think it is easiest to glue the beginning part with the box laying flat. Just make sure everything is straight.

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! video to learn about and how to use these Window Box Thinlits Dies!

Now are you ready to make these beautiful boxes for gifts or even just decorations or party favors? Order yours today at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  Get the Bundle with the Window Shopping Stamp Set  so you have everything you want and save 10% over buying them separately. The cost of the Bundle will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration product as well!

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Easy Valentine Treats to Give

Easy Valentine Treats to Give

If you are looking for easy Valentine treats to make to give to people, here are a couple of ideas! Candy, of course, is always a good idea for friends or family or maybe your office co-workers or the staff at your doctor’s office or whatever places you go to regularly.

The candy treat on the left is very simple, just a strip of paper, really, wrapped around a Ghirardelli chocolate, Aren’t these some of the best chocolates for using for a special treat?! I just cut a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock 7 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ and scored it at 3″, 3 1/4″ and 6 1/4″. Fold all the score lines with a good crease with the Bone Folder.  The little 1/4″ space gives just a little room for the chocolate square. You probably want to adhere the chocolate lightly to the paper with a Glue Dot or bit of Snail Adhesive just to hold that candy inside. Then fold the paper strip around the candy on the scored lines and fold the flap over the top.

Now that you have the basic instructions, you could decorate or embellish this ANY way you like! I punched two small holes in the top and tied with a 12″ piece of ribbon.  On this one I used the Silver 1/8″ RibbonSince I already had the Silver Glimmer Paper hearts die cut from the Love Notes Framelits Dies I just used those.  You could punch hearts with any heart punch you had or die cuts or add a Whisper White layer to the front and stamp some pretty hearts. For a little greeting I just pulled out my old standby, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Still love that stamp set! Just stamp on a small scrap of paper, curve it a little with the Bone Folder and adhere to the front with a couple Glue Dots.  The possibilities are endless with this project!

And the candies to the right in the photo above are always my favorites for special occasions. Simply take a 1″ x 3″ piece of designer paper (preferably) or cardstock and adhere the ends on the back around a chocolate nugget candy. You could even tie a little ribbon around some of them.  Put them in a small cello bag or small box or whatever you have.  SO easy!  I love this idea!  On these candies I used scraps of the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  This paper won’t be just for Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of generic patterns that you can use for many projects and cards.

If you are looking for some quick and easy Valentine treats to give, try these ideas and make them as creative as you like!

Paper Pumpkin January 2017 Valentine Treat Bags

Paper Pumpkin January 2017 Valentine Treat Bags

I finally got around to making my Paper Pumpkin January 2017 Kit which was Valentine Treat Bags.  I was waiting to see if I would actually make the treat bags or if I would make some alternative ideas, like valentine cards. Of course these wouldn’t have to be just for Valentine’s Day. I saw online where someone used these for party favors for a wedding.

What is Paper Pumpkin?  It’s a crafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes in your mailbox once a month with a surprise project inside.  Might be cards, might be a treat bag, might be an album, might be a decor item – you never know!  I’ve heard some people don’t like surprises, but why not live dangerously??  It’s only stamps, ink and paper!  And you do get an exclusive photopolymer stamp set inside every kit plus a small ink spot and all the supplies plus directions for making your kit.  And every month there is a video from Stampin’ Up! to watch as well if you want a little more direction. (It does help!)  You can follow the directions exactly or come up with your own project.  There are no Paper Pumpkin Police checking if you made the project they sent!  Surely you deserve a few minutes of crafting time for yourself!

I actually made my treat bags a little differently than the directions.  I’d read that the top flap was difficult to fold over and keep closed because of the layers of paper and because of the arrow that was supposed to be in the fold. Since I was short on time (of course!) I just cut off that plain foldover part of the bag and stapled the top of the bag shut.  Just be sure to put your treat inside first!  I put 3 pieces of chocolate candy inside.  Maybe you could put one more, depending on your candy.  Of course it wouldn’t have to be just for candy – a small gift or gift card would be very nice inside as well! I didn’t make the arrows and I didn’t put the gold fine thread bunched up behind the stamped heart.  I needed the quick and easy version!  I’ll save the other supplies for another time.  Even glue dots and dimensionals were included in this kit!

Join Paper Pumpkin HERE today or tomorrow and receive the February Kit around the middle of the month.  The 10th of the month is the magic date to sign up to get that month’s kit, or if you are already a subscriber, to skip a month or cancel your subscription.  Otherwise, your choice will go to the next month. There is no obligation, so sign up and try Paper Pumpkin!

If you are putting in a Stampin’ Up! order, you can purchase a subscription to add to your order and possibly earn a free Sale-A-Bration item or maybe reach Hostess benefits. Just click HERE to see the choices in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store.


Valentine Sending Love Small Treat Bag

Valentine Sending Love Small Treat BagIf you are looking for ideas for Valentine treats, this Valentine Sending Love Small Treat Bag might be the perfect idea for you! It is the perfect size for just a few treats and easy to make! You can use cardstock or designer paper and make this treat bag for any occasion.  Decorate it however you like with die cuts or greetings or just leave plain if you use cute paper.

Start with a piece of paper 4″ x 6″. The Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack is 6″ x 6″ so it is perfect to just cut off 2″ and you are ready to go! It’s easiest if the paper doesn’t have a pattern that must go a certain way, but if it does, just be careful to have the pattern running the correct way.

Treat Box diagram

This is the inside of what will be my treat bag but I drew on the score lines so you could see.  The “x” marks the area that you will cut off entirely.  You can see how the score line going across lengthwise indicates where the bottom of the bag will be, so watch your pattern.

Place the paper lengthwise on the Simply Scored board and score at 1″ (portrait). The bottom of the bag should be along the left side of the board.  Then turn the paper and score at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. (Obviously if you have the paper turned the wrong way you wouldn’t be able to score at 5 1/2″ if the paper is only 4″ wide.) After scoring, cut up on all those bottom score lines up to that 1″ score line. Then cut off the little area marked with an X on my diagram. Fold and crease all the score lines.  I like to use a Bone Folder to get a good crease!

Treat Bag Folded

After the bag is creased, add some adhesive to the narrow flap on one side.  I like to use Tear & Tape because I’m sure it will hold the bag closed. You can see it in the photo above. If you just fold the other side of the box over it is easier to adhere flat than to have the box 3D. Just match up the top of the bag so the edges are even.Treat Bag open box

When the box is all assembled, this is what it looks like.  You could leave it like this! But if you want the top closed, be sure to put your treat inside and then punch a hole or two holes in the top and add a ribbon or bow. Just push in on the sides in order to pull the top edges together. When you have the treat bag assembled, add on whatever you like to decorate.

Just think, if you use birthday paper or the colors of your themed party, then you have something for another occasion!  Once you make some of these, you would probably be able to design your own treat bag according to whatever size you want.  Just draw a little sketch showing how wide and how tall you want the front and back and then how wide you want the sides. You could use this same idea and make a smaller or larger bag or box.

No matter what, this little Valentine Sending Love Small Treat Bag is easy to make and fun to give!

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It’s Chinese New Year! The Year of the Rooster!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes Confetti

It’s the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster! Depending on where you live, you might be able to catch a Lion Dance somewhere in celebration or maybe someone will give you a red money envelope, such as the ones I made above, for luck and prosperity. It’s customary to put crisp, new bills in the envelopes (no coins!) so people have to make a trip to the bank to trade in their old wrinkled bills. And it’s not good to give an amount of money with a “four” in it because the number four in Chinese sounds like the word for “death”.  Eight, however, is a lucky number.

These red money envelopes in the photo above I made with retired Real Red Envelope Paper and decorated with cardstock from the Sprinkles Punch.

These envelopes I made with some old retired Stampin’ Up! designer paper that already had glimmer on the flowers!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes Glitter Flowers

You can see some of the other red money envelopes I made for someone in my post HERE the other day.

Check out the blog post on the Stampin’ Up! website about Chinese New Year and see some projects made by one of the Artisan designers!

Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year!


Make Red Money Envelopes for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes Year of the Rooster

This weekend is Chinese New Year on January 28th, and it is tradition for Chinese people to give out these red envelopes with money inside! Here are some red money envelopes for the Chinese New Year that I made for someone. I made an assortment of different designs. This New Year is the Year of the Rooster, so I tried to make some roosters with heart shapes! These were really fun to make!

I couldn’t have made these envelopes very easily without the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board. I found the size listed on the board, cut my paper the correct size and followed the directions found on the board.  I used some retired Real Red Envelope Paper that was perfect for this project. Luckily I ordered some extra packages before it was all gone! That is the envelope flap that you see at the top.

I made different designs since I was making a lot of them, some more whimsical like these heart roosters and some with gold embossing that to me look more like red envelopes I’ve seen online.

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes Gold Embossed Dahlia

This doesn’t photograph as well, but I loved this gold embossed Definitely Dahlia stamp! I also pulled out any retired Happy New Year stamps I could find in my stash!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes Gold Butterfly

This envelope is stamped and embossed with the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and embellished with a butterfly die cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  This envelope is one of my favorites…..after the roosters!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes BalloonsHere is another more whimsical one made with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

I also made a few more designs as well as the ones I made last year in this post.

On January 28 celebrate the Chinese New Year 2017, year of the Rooster! Maybe make some lucky red money envelopes to give someone a cash gift!

Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Big Shot Die Cut Window Box

Here is my first try making this Big Shot Die Cut Window Box with the dies from the Occasions Catalog. This was one of the products I was excited to purchase because I think it makes a beautiful little gift box and lots of other projects. To make this box I used the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  For my first time, I would say the process is a little bit tedious and I don’t think this first box is the best I can do……but on the other hand, how else would you make a cute box like this in just a few minutes without Stampin’ Up! products?!

You can just use the box die to make a plain box or you can die cut the top design with any of several different dies and or the sides of the box.  Lots of possibilities to explore! You can line the die cuts underneath with another color paper or Window Sheet or Vellum or whatever you like,

You can also use the dies to just make intricate designs on cards! There is also a coordinating stamp set, the Window Shopping Stamp Set that you can use for greetings with the box.  Save 10% when you buy the Window Shopping Bundle  to get the stamp set and thinlits dies together.  The clear-mount Bundle costs $50.25 which then earns you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how Donna Griffith at the Home Office uses these dies. You need to cut two of the box pieces in order to make the full box and she shows you how to cut off the side tabs on one of the pieces.  You will see when you assemble the box that you don’t need those side tabs on the one piece because the other piece has them!

With a little practice and patience I think we will all be able to make beautiful boxes of many designs!  I can’t wait to play some more!

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January 10th! It’s Paper Pumpkin Sign Up Day!

Paper Pumpkin Boxes Shipping

Today, January 10th, is the day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin so that you will receive a red box like one of these in your mailbox around the middle of this month! You’ve had a busy holiday season, I daresay even a busy clean-up season after the holidays, and it’s time to sit down and do something for yourself when your Paper Pumpkin Kit comes in the mail with an exclusive surprise project inside! With your very first kit you will receive a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. In each kit is an exclusive stamp set as well as an ink spot plus all the other materials you need for the project. Almost always the project is a surprise. Sometimes we get a hint or a peek, but not usually.  Have some fun, relax, and be surprised!

Each project comes with directions and a Stampin’ Up! video to watch. If you don’t care for the project, make something else with the materials! For example, the December project in the kit was to make an album, but people who didn’t feel that was for them, took the pages of the album and turned them into cards!

This was the December kit:

And for another example, here is the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, which, from what I could tell, was very popular and really made some lovely Christmas cards! Not to mention all the alternate ideas people made with the kit! I know I thought it was beautiful!

Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland

Sign up by the 10th of  any month to get that month’s kit. If life gets busy, pause your subscription by the 10th of any month to skip that month or to cancel. Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past Paper Pumpkin Kits or refills that are available. Refills come with the materials but not the stamp set or ink spot.

Sign up by the month or prepay for kits on your regular Stampin’ Up! order. For example, during Sale-A-Bration you can put the 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Kit on your Stampin’ Up! order and save $5, perhaps helping you earn hostess rewards at $150 or more, not to mention earning you one free Sale-A-Bration item!



Please choose me as your Demonstrator in the appropriate spot or go directly to my Paper Pumpkin website HERE if you are doing the monthly version.

I feel sure if you try at least a few months of Paper Pumpkin, in order to get a variety of kits, you will enjoy receiving that red box in your mailbox every month!  If you have any questions, just let me know!

Today is January 10th, so sign up TODAY to get the January Paper Pumpkin Kit.  If you sign up tomorrow or after, that is fine, too, you will receive the February Kit in mid-February.

Go ahead.  Do it right now!


Handmade Paper Lace Gift Bag

handmade paper lace gift bagAfter having fun yesterday making a gift bag (in THIS post)  with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (and using the hearts pattern to make  it look a little like Valentine’s Day), I decided to make another one with the OTHER side of the paper, this realistic-looking, beautiful lace pattern!

Once I made the bag, I just punched two holes in the top and threaded the new Sale-A-Bration ribbon that you can get FREE with a $50 purchase, the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (143601).  You might overlook this ribbon in the brochure, but I can give a high recommendation for it!  It’s very soft and easy to tie and beautiful, way prettier than you can tell in the photo.  You get both the gold and silver rolls in the pack!

To embellish the bag, I didn’t want too much to take away from seeing the lace pattern on the paper so I just made a simple label with the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies Since I had a scrap of Shimmery White Cardstock laying on the table, I just used that since it is just the slightest bit off-white and stamped “Love” from the  Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp Set. I love that stamp set’s greetings – almost something for everything! For some pizzazz, I added a layer behind the greeting of Silver Glimmer Paper Easy to do that layering with the graduated sizes of the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies!

You can get all the measurements on my post from yesterday! This would be a good time to get out your retired paper stash and make a few gift bags of several sizes and keep them on hand for gifts throughout the year like this Handmade Paper Lace Gift Bag.

The new Occasions Catalog is live as is the Sale-A-Bration promotion, so go ahead, order your heart out!

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Make a Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag

Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag

Here’s how to make a Falling in Love Handmade Gift Bag very easily! The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper will make any number of beautiful gift bags and other projects with the lovely patterns and bokeh look on many of the sheets. This bokeh look is actually a little difficult to photograph because by definition it has some blurriness in it, which also photographs as being blurry! But you will love the paper when you see it in person!

I started off making this gift bag to be for Valentine’s Day with the heart patterned paper and of course it could be.  But it could also be for a wedding or shower or baby gift or birthday or any occasion! And if I used the pattern on the opposite side, that would also be beautiful!

To make this gift bag, I just cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of designer paper in half.  Think about your pattern as you make something like this so the pattern doesn’t end up upside down (as I almost did!) or sideways. Your scoring and cutting will determine which way the pattern goes.

You could easily use the Gift Bag Punch Board, but today I chose to use my Simply Scored board. Score at 1 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 11″.

Gift Bag scoring

Then turn and score lengthwise at 1 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.  This is where you need to think about which way the pattern of the paper is going because the 1 3/4″ area will be the bottom flaps.

Gift Bag Scoring2

Then crease all the score lines and see how your bag will go together.  Cut out the small piece on the bottom edge and cut up on the score lines that will make the bottom flaps of the bag.Gift Bag assembly

Apply strong adhesive to the narrow flap on the right in the photo above. Fold the bag flat in half so that you adhere the other side to this sticky flap.  I used Fast Fuse Adhesive.Gift Bag assembly

Decorate the gift bag how you like.  I made a banner out of the Falling in Love Designer Paper that the bag is made out of but a piece that had more hearts printed on it, with a layer of Blushing Bride behind it. For a greeting, I inked up the “Celebrate…” stamp from the Beautiful You Stamp Set with a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker so I could omit the “…” at the end of the stamp and used that color so it would show up better on the Blushing Bride cardstock. I just stamped this on plain cardstock first and then punched with the Sweetheart PunchTo jazz up the little heart, I used the Silver Metallic Thread just wrapped around my fingers and then adhered down a little bit on the back of the heart and then adhered to the banner on the bag. I also punched two holes in the top of the bag and tied a bow with the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon.

You can adjust the size of any bag you want to make by doing a little math.  Leave the bag open at the top if you like.  I almost did on this bag because the inside is so beautiful.

The Stampin’ Up! computers and systems are up and running today so if you are ready to order from the new Occasions Catalog (and who isn’t??!) and get your Sale-A-Bration rewards FREE with each $50 purchase, go right ahead!  If you have any questions or problems, just let me know and I will try to help!

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