Sheltering Tree Window Card

Sheltering Tree Window Card

Have I told you that Sheltering Tree is my favorite stamp set in the Occasions Catalog?  Yes it is.  What about you – do you have a favorite set?  There are many that I like and many that I bought but if I had to pick just one that would be it.  At leadership I participated in several swaps including 2 card swaps and this was the card I made for one of them.

sheltering-tree-swapAnd if you asked me what my new favorite accessory was from the Occasions Catalog it would probably be the Cotton Twine – it is so soft!  I just want to touch it and hold it!  I used the Soft Sky Twine on this card.

I call it a window card because I cut an Oval window out of the front layer of the card and the tree is stamped on a Whisper White layer that peeks through underneath.  I used Early Espresso, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake.

I do have just a little secret to tell about this card – I made about 25 or so of them and about the time I got to the very last one and finished stamping the Crumb Cake ground piece on each one – that was when I realized I mounted my stamp backwards on my block!  Oops – no wonder my image wasn’t looking the same as the one in the catalog I was using the back of the stamp!  But I decided to leave them like they were since I was finished stamping.  But it made me think if I had a reason to have a “shadow” of the image I just stamped behind it – I could just turn over and stamp the back of the stamp in a really light shade of ink over the correct image.  What do you think?  An idea to try out maybe.

sheltering-tree-swap2I stepped up this card by adding the piercing around the oval and then the two little butterflies cut from Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.  I hope you love this card as much as I do.

If you are interested I have the Stamps In the Mail class featuring this stamp set and a Desktop Calendar Tutorial available and if you have the stamp set and want to order just the tutorial you can do that too – visit my Tutorials page – there is a link at the top of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!


You’re a Gem Treat Box

You’re a Gem Treat Box

I think I’ve told you before that I really love the Tiny Treat Boxes that were introduced in our Holiday catalog and carried over into our Occasions catalog.  Here is another little project I created using those little boxes.  I created these You’re a Gem boxes for a swap that I did at the Leadership conference.

your-a-gem-boxI filled them with some chocolate truffles – yum!

Each little box was wrapped with a piece of the Gold print paper from the Gold Soiree Designer Series Specialty Paper Pack.  Each end of the strip was punched with the Scallop tag topper punch.  The ends are tied together with a piece of the Calypso Coral ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration accessory pack.

your-a-gem-2I added a tag and some fun trim pieces to finish the box – Gold Sequins and Calypso Coral Pom-pom trim.  Here is some more about the tag – I used the One Tag Fits All stamp set.

  • stamp the tag image in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White card stock punch out with the Note Tag Punch.  I didn’t like the white edge that was left so I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edge of the tag.
  • stamp the You’re a Gem image in Versamark ink and covered with Gold Embossing powder and heat set.
  • I stamped the gem again on another piece of white, embossed it and then cut it out.  I used the 2-way glue pen to put glue in the center of the gem and then covered it with the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I added that on top of the other one with a Stampin’ Dimensional – this give it more dimension.
  • the tag is tied on with the ribbon and the gold sequins and pomp-pom trim are added in

These turned out to be such pretty little gold treats.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’m at home bracing for what we consider a big snow storm.  I know for many people our storm is  nothing but when you really don’t get any snow – a little snow if a big deal.  One projection should us getting 7 inches this afternoon and tonight.  I think the last report I saw had us at 4-5.  For right this minute though there is nothing new – not even rain yet.  But they say its coming and its big.  So we shall see….


February Paper Pumpkin Kit – Layers of Gratitude

February Paper Pumpkin Kit – Layers of Gratitude

I sat down to play with my February 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit last night.  It’s called Layers of Gratitude and makes accordion folded cards with boxes to put them in.  Here is the video from Stampin’ Up! to show you the original project

I started by creating one of the cards and boxes following the instructions.  But as I was working on it I thought it would be quick and easy to convert this project into a quick box of tags.  So that was what I made next.  I cut the accordion card sections apart to make 8 tags.  I stamped each one and added a piece of twine to the corner after punching a hole.  Then I decided to add little stars that I cut out of the left over orange felt from the letters in the kit.  I used the strip of stars thinlit from the Mini Treat bag Tinlit die set.

PP-box-of-tagsI even added a couple of felt stars to the box.


Here is my original card where I followed the instructions.

feb-paper-pumpkinDuring Sale-A-Bration you can get a 3-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription for a $5 discount PLUS a Free Sale-A-Bration item.  Order today – Click HERE to go to my online store.

Thanks for visiting today!


Hello Sunshine Basket

Hello Sunshine Basket

I thought I would share another berry basket that I made recently.  I made these as roommate gifts for the Leadership Conference at the end of January.  Since we were in Orlando Florida I decided to give each of my roommates a “basket of sunshine”.

hello-sunshine-basketI made the berry basket with Daffodil Delight card stock.  To decorate the side I cut the “hello” framelit out of Pool Party card stock and then added a Modern Label punch that I stamped with Sunshine.  Plus a Daffodil Delight button and Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

hello-sunshine-basket2I filled the basket with a Gussested Cello bag that had lots of yellow things inside.  Including Lemon Heads – I thought I had a picture of those but I don’t – I should still have mine and will take a picture of those with the little tags.  I made a bunch of those and gave them to my friends as I saw them throughout the conference.

Thanks for stopping by – hope you have sunshine where you are – today we have had on and off snow flurries and it is cold here (at least for us it is cold).  The cold and the ice are causing lots of trouble around here.  Yesterday my parents and my brother were unable to leave the street where they live because a tree came down on top of power lines blocking the road.  At least they still had power – many other people didn’t.


Think Spring with a cute Berry Basket

Think Spring with a cute Berry Basket

I’m guessing many people are ready for spring.  I know I am so let’s think spring for a while.

I combined two new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog with the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog to create a cut spring feeling Berry Basket.

butterfly-berry-basketThe new Berry Basket Die is so cute and easy to put together.  You need to cut the card stock twice – I used Crumb Cake for this basket and the scalloped strip for the edge.  The plain strip I used for the handle.  The scalloped edge makes it easy to line the sides up evenly when you staple everything together.

For my basket I decided to add a liner using the Gold Soiree Designer Series Specialty paper.  I cut two pieces of the main portion of the basket.  Each one was glued to the inside of the Crumb Cake basket pieces.  If you don’t want to see staples on the inside of the basket then don’t adhere the designer paper to the inside edges until after you staple the scalloped band around the edges.

butterfly-berry-basket3To decorate my berry basket I added die cut butterflies!  I love the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  I cut two for the basket – the large butterfly is Gold Foil card stock and the medium butterfly is Calypso Coral card stock.  When I cut mine I always use a piece of wax paper between my card stock and the die to help it release.  The butterflies are stapled on to the handle.  I used a Calypso Coral button from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack – it’s free during Sale-A-Bration.

butterfly-berry-basket2My Stamper’s Club Members got to make this basket at our February meeting and then my team members got to make it at my February PAWS team meeting.  Everyone had different prints from the Gold Soiree Designer Paper for their liners.  I hope this cute project makes you thing of spring!

Here is a list of all the supplies – click on them to go to my online store.

Product List

Links by

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat for Spring 2015

All the plans have been made, the date is set and the registration form is ready.  The Stamp, Scrap & Create retreat for Spring 2015 is going to be May 15 – 17.  Are you going to be there?

It’s going to be one big BIRTHDAY Party!

Come party with us and get crafty at Monika’s House May 15 – 17, 2015. 

Arrive on Friday afternoon – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – and everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.  And little surprises throughout the weekend!

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, Project Life, laptop for My Digital Studio, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I have a couple of Queen beds upstairs, some sofa space,  or we can put an air mattress on the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

We will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring at the beginning of May.  This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by March 31st – only $60!

Regular pricing – due by April 30th – $70.

All fees non-refundable after April 30th. We will be ordering supplies and prizes on May 1st.

Retreat fee includes Make & Take projects, Saturday meals, snacks, prizes and gifts!

Spots are LIMITED – we are only opening this event up to 12 people!  So reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

Cindy and I (Monika) hope to see you there!



You will have access to my non-consumable supplies – Big Shot, dies, folders, stamp sets (including retired ones), punches, etc.
A schedule will be sent to all registered attendees. Space is limited!

Here is the registration form with the details including price and deadlines – 2015_create_weekend_registration_form

Hearts & Love

This clean and simple card idea was one that I saw somewhere by another demo.  I used Whisper White card bases which makes this really quick since I didn’t have to cut and score to get my card started.

white-hearts-loveI cut a white layer to stamp on with the hearts in Real Red ink.  The hearts are from the Hello Life stamp set.  A strip of Vellum has the cursive LOVE stamped on it.  Leave the strip long so you can tuck it around behind the layer and glue it to the back.  Then put a glue dot on the other end and cover it with the little heart punch.  Add a rhinestone to finish.

Something just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for visiting today!