Nature’s Hello

Nature’s Hello

Have you noticed that there are Hostess sets in the back of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog?  I recently got one of them – it’s called Nature’s Hello.  There are four images – a butterfly, a bird, a flower and a sprig of leaves.  I used it for one of the cards in my Welcome Spring class earlier this month -

spring-helloI used the butterfly stamp and colored it with multiple Stampin’ Write markers – Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz.

spring-hello-close-upThe card idea came from one that I saw on the display boards at convention.

Here is a list of what I used to make the card – I’ve also indicated if it is on the retired list or in the Occasions catalog.  Retired list items will be going away as soon as they sell out.  And the Occasions catalog will end at the end of May – I’m crossing my fingers that many of the things in there will be added to our new annual catalog.

  • Sahara Sand card stock
  • Hardwood stamp (Occasions catalog)
  • Starburst Framelits (Occasions catalog)
  • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot & Magnetic Platform
  • Texture Boutique (will be in the new catalog)
  • Modern Medley Designer Paper (Retired list)
  • In Color 2013-2015 Designer Series paper stack
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (Retired list)
  • Nature’s Hello stamp set (Occasions catalog – it will be retiring too)
  • Backyard Basics Framelits (Retired list)
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Petite Petals Punch (Occasions catalog) – I know you can’t see this one on the card – but what I used it for is to cut the ends in the little flag strips


It turned out really pretty and natural.


My Digital Studio Virtual Crop Challenges

Have you heard about the My Digital Studio Virtual Crops that my friend Cindy and I are hosting on Facebook?  We have done a few now and they have been so much fun!  In just a few weeks the participation and members in our group have grown!  And we have people joining us from all over the WORLD – how exciting is that!  We love this software product from Stampin’ Up! and are eager to share and encourage everyone to use it.  Just try it!

Last week we had our April Virtual Crop and Cindy and I each had a challenge for the group.  Mine was much easier than hers!  I made two samples for mine – here they are -

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Mine are both cards and the challenge was to take an element and repeat it on your project and then use the Align Feature to line them all up and space them all evenly.

And here is my creation for Cindy’s challenge -

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She gave us a sketch that was a 2 page layout and we needed to create it as a photo book and use the 2 page view, we had to include ribbon elements, and a quote – and the quote was to be made up of different fonts/texts or cropped words.  Well I left out the last part – my quote is all one font, but I did have another font on my page.  You can’t tell in this shot but since my photo and my quote cross between the two pages they are actually in my layout twice – once on each page.  The double page view allowed me to line everything up because I could see both pages as a spread at the same time!  And believe it or not I was even able to attach my quote to my circle punch shape that the photo is in and got it lined up correctly – I wasn’t sure it would work but it did!  I just took a photo snip of my screen so you could see the two pages all line up together.

We also had our “pick of the crop” for those that tried the challenges and submitted their creations to our photo album.  There was one pick for each challenge and they get to display this cute badge on their blog or Facebook page to show that they were the “pick of the crop”.

MDS Virtual Badge-001If you would like to join us next month then you need to join our group on Facebook – MDS Virtual Digi Crop.  Leave me a comment here and let me know you plan to join,  ask to join the group on FB, and then I’ll approve you.

I hope to see you there when we have our next Virtual Crop – it should be in May sometime – a date will be posted in the group once we schedule it.


Free Shipping and Retired Lists


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Jelly Belly Bunnies!

These are fun little treats for Easter that you can make with just a bunch of your punches.  I’m working on a bunch of them this morning to put out on my tables for tomorrow.  I’ll have 29 here for Easter lunch – 25 are family and 4 are family friends.  Only 2 younger ones that will be hunting eggs – they will have a bunch – I filled up all the plastic eggs that I had in my Easter stuff.


Here are the pieces I used for these cuties:

  • body is 2-1/2″ Circle punch – plus the treat cup filled with jelly beans
  • head is 1-3/4″ Circle punch
  • Ears are the Large Oval punch – sponged with Blushing Bride ink in center and the edges
  • nose is heart from the Owl punch
  • eyes are tiny circles from the Owl punch
  • q-tip dipped in Blushing Bride ink for the cheeks
  • Whiskers drawn on with Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • mouth drawn on with Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Write Marker
  • bow is Raspberry Ripple ribbon and the flower is the little Dahlia

I use the multi purpose liquid glue and my tiny craft tweezers to assemble.


Happy Easter!


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The mystery is solved!  Free Shipping is coming from Stampin’ Up!  April 21st – April 25th!  5 days only.

Everything has free shipping including the print products from My Digital Studio – so get your projects ready to print next week!

If you order online you can use the hostess code PAP2SGCZ. 

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The retired list will also be released on Monday April 21st – don’t miss out on items you have on your wish list.  Both Stamps and Accessories are only available while supplies last.


Bunny Bags – Quick & Cute!!

This project is so cute!  I saw it on Martha Inchley’s blog.  They were really easy to make.



A cute little bunny bag made from our Mini Muslin Bags.  The hardest part of this project is taking the seam out of the bag.  I used my paper snips to carefully snip the seam stitching and then pulled it all out.  That makes the bag taller so you can create the ears.  You also need to pull the cord out because you’ll use that to tie the bag shut after you fill it up.


Here are all the pieces – the muslin bag, after the seam is ripped out – cut a “V” in the top to create the ears.  I made my stencils out of the thin card board that comes in our Designer Paper packs – I like to use that for creating templates and stencils since it is more durable than just a piece of card stock.

bunny-bag-nose-stencilFor the bunny nose I punched the Triangle punch.  I used Strawberry Slush and a sponge Dauber to make the nose.

bunny-bag-ear-stencilFor the ear stencil I wanted a long skinny oval and we don’t have a punch like that.  I looked through my framelits and found that the Word Bubbles had a long skinny oval – the only problem was that it has the little tail to make it a word bubble so I couldn’t really use it to cut my stencil since I didn’t want the tail on it. But I did decide that I could just trace it and hand cut it out.  It’s not perfect but it worked for the ears on my bunny.

bunny-bag1I drew on the mouth and the eyes are Basic Black Candy Dots.  I did use tombo glue to attach the eyes – that’s what Martha said she did to make sure they stayed on so I figured that was good advice and did the same.

I filled my bag with Hershey Kisses and then tied it shut right at the base of the ears.  Total Cuteness!

I was actually looking through my Easter pins on Pinterest and had pinned a project just like this one it just wasn’t Stampin’ Up! products and I hadn’t taken the time to make any last year.  So when I saw the ones that Martha made with all Stampin’ up! products I was thrilled!

I hope you like it.  Happy Easter!

I think I have one or two more Easter projects to share before Sunday.  I actually 29 people coming here for lunch on Sunday!!