Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop – October

Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for October. This is our first hop with those that have earned the incentive trip with Stampin’ Up!® to Thailand next July. This month our theme is the “Inspired by Nature” as many of us live in different areas around the world and have amazing seasons that we are enjoying. Plus the nature in Thailand is just incredible so we are inspired by our trip too. I’m very excited to be a part of this exclusive group of demonstrators!!
UPDATE:  My blog is not part of the hop anymore – sorry – my blog platform won’t play nice with the others.  So I’ll just share my project and hopefully you can get on to one of the other hoppers sites and go through the hop all the way.
Here in Georgia in the United States it is Fall/Autumn.  The leaves on the trees are changing into a variety of colors and they and the acorns are falling everywhere right now.  So my projects were inspired by that.  I created these for the Fall Retreat I just had at my home this past weekend.  Everyone received this as one of their little gifts at their table – a bag of trail mix and a water bottle with a cute hanging tag.
I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper for this project along with the Leaflets Framelits and the Cheerful Tags Framelits.  I love the little copper pine cones in our holiday catalogs – I tied those to my leaves with some Linen Thread.  And behind the leaves is a little bunch of our Copper Thread.  Here is a closer look at each one.


I die cut the leaves our of Delightful Dijon card stock and the Moroccan Designer Paper then I left the framelit on the die cut and traced around the inside of the leaf.  I really like how it adds some definition to the leaves.

The trail mix is inside one of the 2×8″ cello bags that are in the annual catalog.  I stapled the tag over the top of the filled bag.  And then covered the staples with the leaves.  The little tags on each project are 1/4″ strips of Very Vanilla card stock but I die cut the end with the leaf die so I could tie it into the bundle of leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Easy Halloween Treats

I made these quick treats for my little niece and nephew for Halloween.  I found a box of bones candy at the store and covered them with card stock and added a tag.


I found the candy at the grocery store and just measured the box and cut and scored my card stock to go around it.  I used a Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker to draw some faint lines across the white card stock to resemble strips of gauze – and then used an aqua painter with a little more Sahara Sand ink to add some faint shadows.  I tied an actual piece of gauze around the box and added the little Cookie Cutter Mummy with some white baker’s twine for a tag.  The mummy is also watercolored a little bit to give it shadows – I used Watercolor paper for them.

If just took a few minutes to put these together!  Happy Halloween!

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More Cookie Cutter Fun

More Cookie Cutter Fun

Last month I received this cute little mummy treat from my friend Linda.  I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to use the idea for treats at the crop I did earlier this month.  I decided to make little scarecrows for fall and each one has a butterscotch candy in it.  I made probably 60-70 of them.  But it was hard to stop and I had some left over lifesaver candies sitting around too.  So I took the rest of the Cookie Cutter images and made one from each character.  These are quick and easy little treats/thank yous that you could make for a group of people.


My scarecrow is on Very Vanilla card stock and stamped with the Archival Black ink pad and then I watercolored with my aqua painter – Dapper Denim for his clothes, and Sahara Sand on his face.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers for his patches and hat – Delightful Dijon and Pumpkin Pie.  I punched out a plain Delightful Dijon cookie cutter and stapled the butterscotch candy between the two.  These will actually stand up.

One tip I’ll share if you want to make a bunch of these is to create a template for your stamping.  Since this is a builder punch you can’t just stamp a row and punch them out – you have to leave space in between for the builder pieces in the punch.  Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I mean. I hope that is helpful.


And if you want to see the rest of the gang that I made (except the mummy that Linda gave me) her you go….


This is a really fun bundle of products and becomes a bit addictive if you aren’t careful!

Thanks for stopping by today.





Cookie Cutter Cards

Have you seen the Cookie Cutter Halloween and Christmas sets in the Holiday Catalog?  They are so much fun!  I’ve been using them a bunch for all different cards.  I created one layout and used it for a bunch of different cards just switching out the designer paper and the cookie cutter image.  I matched up various greetings and used a variety of coordinating twines to finish each card.


Each card has a strip of card stock on the right side of the front white panel.  Then I punched different sized circles from the designer paper.  For the Halloween/Fall cards I used the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  For the Christmas cards I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (it’s part of this months Designer Paper sale!) and the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.

Here is a closer look at the skeleton card.


It’s a fun easy layout and can be adapted to use all the different cookie cutter images (or other punched images).  Try it out and let me know what you create.


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Spooky Fun Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching.  Do you decorate and create fun treats for Halloween?  I think it varies from year to year what I do.  When the kids were little we made costumes and decorations and lots of treats.  Now the kids are older and I don’t do as much for Halloween.  But I do love a lot of our stamps and accessories for Halloween – so making cards and treats are still on my list.  I’ll be mailing things out to my boys and their friends.

Today I’m sharing a fun card I created for my stamp club.  It’s one that kind of grew as I worked on it.  I started and then kept adding little elements to it.


I started with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits and Spooky Fun stamp sets – they even come together as a bundle in the Holiday catalog!  One question that I get asked is about these dies – note that they are called Edgelits (not thinlits or framelits).  The difference is these are designed to cut an edge – so you start with a piece of card stock the width of the die and then the height can vary based on what you want – it will only cut the edge of however tall your piece is.  This is the tree and the fence in this set – both just cut the edge – so the bottom is not cut.  The rest of the dies are little framelits meant to go around the stamped images in the stamp set.  They “frame” the image.  And while we are on the subject – Thinlits are detailed dies that coordinate with stamps and other dies but don’t necessarily “frame” or outline anything – they are meant to compliment other dies and stamps not cut them out.

I used the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set for the brick wall image in the back ground.  The bottom is the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Paper and the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine – I love that twine.

In the corner I stamped the moon image and then sponged it with a little bit of Pumpkin Pie ink.  Then the little die cut witch is on a dimensional in front of it.

It turned out to be a fun Halloween card – now who should I mail it too?

Thanks for visiting.



The Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collection of ideas from Stampin’ UP! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


I’m sharing some Note Cards that I created for a Stamp Out Breast Cancer class I held on Oct. 1st.  I used all the class fees to donate to my walker fund for the 2-day Breast Cancer Walk I’ll be participating in on Oct. 15th/16th in Atlanta, GA.  We will be walking 30 miles over 2 days!


For these cards I used the Whisper White Note Cards and envelopes.  Each card is a little different but all are pretty quick.

Stamp sets used: Here for You, Heartfelt Sympathy, Watercolor Wishes, and All About Everything (it was the free set that came with the Paper Pumpkin kits earlier this year).

I used the Pop of Pink Designer Paper and Washi tape, plus Pearls and an enamel dot.

Dies and punches used: Lots of Labels, Butterflies Thinlits, and Elegant Butterfly punch.

On Sunday I did a training walk – my friend Molly and I walked 17 miles on Sunday.  We think we are pretty ready to do the 30 miles in two weeks.  We hope the weather stays nice – it was cool in the morning but by the time we were done it was getting pretty warm.  At least it felt like that to us.

Thanks for stopping by – you are at Stamping At Monika’s Place – Monika Davis. To continue to be inspired whether you’ve come from the person previous to me or after me on the list below all participants are listed to help you as you journey among us being filled with pink inspiration.  Hopefully this works – its my first time to participate in a blog hop like this so I haven’t used this link up thing before. There are 60+ demos posting pink ideas today – so I hope you will hop along and visit them all!

If all you see is an icon and no list – try clicking on the icon to see if the list comes up.  


October Specials

October Specials

World Card Making Day is Saturday, Oct 1st. and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! is having a special 5 day only sale.  Stock up on card-making essentials during this sale of select items up to 25% off!  Shop HERE.


Also during October we are having a Designer Series Paper Sale!!  For the whole month of October buy three of the listed Designer Series Papers for $11 each and get one free.  This sale includes two packs from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!  Shop HERE.


And don’t forget the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer for new subscribers – join by Oct. 10 – you’ll pay for and receive your October Kit and then get the November kit for FREE.  Join Paper Pumpkin HERE.


I’ll be back soon with more creations!