Decorate a plain bag

Decorate a plain bag with a cute tag like I did here.  It’s Tuesday so I thought I’d share a tag idea – it’s Tag Tuesday right?  Oh wait maybe that’s just me being silly.


I use the Card Front Builder Thinlits again.  I just love the trees and the little deer. But they are retiring so be sure to order them before they are gone!

I layered them on some Lots of Labels cut pieces.  Tie on to the bag with ribbon.  And I added twine as well.  The greeting stamp came from one of the Paper Pumpkin Kits.

SHOP HERE FOR THE DIES – the year end sales event is going on now.

Have a great day.


Tree Tags & Free Shipping

Tree Tags & Free Shipping

Last Friday I was scheduled to have a Wrap Up the Holidays class but mother nature didn’t like that idea.  Instead we had snow!  Which is not normal for us – I live in Georgia – we average maybe 1-2″ of snow in a whole year and that’s usually in Jan/Feb time frame – occasionally in March.  Rarely in December.  But this weekend we got about 8″ of snow at my house!  So since my class was cancelled I decided to be brave and do a FB Live on my Stamping Together At Monika’s Place Facebook page instead.  It was my first real one on my page where I showed a project.  You can visit my page to watch it if you haven’t already.

Here is the project that I made.


It’s a set of tags featuring the Card Front Builder Thinlits dies and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I also made a little box to hold the tags.

You can get written instructions here – Tree Tags and Box

Then on Sunday I got an email from Stampin’ Up! that they are offering a surprise Free Shipping day on Monday – December 11th – that’s today!

It’s a Surprise from Stampin’ Up! FREE SHIPPING!
24 hours only Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM (MT).
– if you just need one small item or a whole cart load – order on Monday and it ships free!

Use the Host Code = Y6DEERDN when you checkout. For orders over $25 I’ll mail you the consumable supplies to make the tag project above.
Have your order delivered directly to your home by ordering at Online Store

Don’t forget about the Year-End Sales Event and Clearance Rack for last chance items and savings.



Thanks for visiting and happy shopping!


Santa’s Suit

Santa’s Suit

This Santa’s Suit stamp set is so cute!  The Photopolymer set has all the different pieces to create fun cards and a coordinating die set called Santa Builder Framelits.


It stamps so nicely.  I did the outline of all the images in black and then stamped the filler images mostly in Real Red.  The suspenders are colored in with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker and so is his belt buckle and the clothes pins.  There are stamps to fill in the suspenders and the clothes pins but we were already using up all my little blocks so I thought the markers worked just as easily.

I also used the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker to color in his heads, hands, and feet.


On the inside of the card I added his boots.  On this one I also have mittens on the inside.  But on the others that I made I included those on the front clothes line.  When I made this card I spaced the front too far apart and they wouldn’t fit.


The tag is part of the Framelits dies. And I tied it on with a piece of the Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon.  The red striped Designer Paper is from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper pack.

The Santa’s Suit stamp set, Santa Builder Framelits Dies, the Santa’s Suit Bundle and the Christmas Around the World Designer Series paper will all be retiring after this Holiday catalog ends.  Be sure to order them now before they are gone.

This card was part of my Stamp a Stack class last month. Everyone in my class made a set of 5 of these cards.


Thanks for visiting today.


Season of Cheer

I hope you were able to get in your reservation for the Stamparatus – our new stamp positioning tool coming out in 2018.  If you need help let me know.  It’s going to be great to use when you need to make multiples of a card.  For example a Stamp-a-Stack class would be a perfect setting for a tool like this.  I’ve been sharing some of my cards from my Christmas Card stamp-a-stack classes and I have another one to show you today.


This one was my take on a card created by my friend Connie Collins.  She is so talented and will be part of the 2018 Artisan Design Team for Stampin’ Up!  I can’t wait to see what she creates with our new products in 2018.

For my card I used a Crumb Cake card base and then a couple of layers of the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the circle that I stamped my greeting on.  The stamp set is Watercolor Wishes – I do believe it was my most used stamp set this season.  The big words really worked on so many of my cards.  The white circle and the white music print were both sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  I finished with Linen Thread and a snowflake die cut out of the Champagne Foil using the large snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.

Everyone in my class made a set of 5 of these cards.


Thanks for visiting today.  Let me know if you reserved your Stamparatus.


Color Theory Trees

There are so many wonderfully creative ideas out there on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and other places.  I often mark ideas that I love and use them later either as a starting point for something or sometimes they are quite perfect and I stick very close to the original idea I found.  Often I’m not exactly sure who created the idea and for all I know they could have copied it from somewhere else.  So today’s card is an idea I found online – I believe it came from someone over in Europe as the stamped words on the card were not in English.  So it was likely from someone in Germany.   I thought it was a clever idea to use some of our all occasion designer paper for a Christmas card idea.


This is the Color Theory Paper Stack and I used these cards in a couple of my classes.  The color options included Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  The Designer Paper is paired with the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits – the tree and the star die are from that set.  But you could do this same idea with just a tree die that perhaps wasn’t even Christmas.

The words are from the coordinating Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.  Both of these were from last years Holiday catalog and carried over into our Annual catalog.  Cut a strip of the paper and then cut out the two trees and a hand full of stars.  Adhere everything to a Whisper White card base and its done.


While you are in my online store be sure to check out the Year End Sale we have going on.  Some products are retiring from the Holiday catalog so get them while you can, others are on sale to clean out some inventory and make room for new stuff coming in January!

The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalogs will be coming out soon.  The ones I mailed out will be heading your way later next week.  If you aren’t sure if you are on my mailing list send me a note and I’ll check.  If I need to I’ll get you one in the mail once I have some here to send back out.

Thanks for visiting with me At Monika’s Place.




Quilted Christmas

Christmas card season is upon us.  I received my first one in the mail yesterday.  How about you?  Have you made yours?  Have you planned anything yet?  Well if you need some inspiration I’ve got ideas to share with you.  So keep coming back to see what is new on my blog.

Today I have a card that uses the Christmas Quilt bundle from the Holiday catalog.  This one actually came about because of left over pieces I had from another card.  I’ll share that one on another day because I apparently didn’t take any photos of it yet.


The bundle includes the Christmas Quilt stamp set and the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.  I also used the coordinating Quilted Christmas Designer Series paper.  The greeting is stamped in Garden Green.  My card base is the Thick Whisper White card stock.  The very center is finished with a pearl.

You can get all the items for this card in my online store.

Shop now from the Quilted Christmas Suite

Thanks for visiting!



Christmas Quilt Mini Cards

Do you remember a few years ago we used to sell 3×3 mini envelopes?  Well they are back in our Holiday Catalog. So I created a little set of mini cards to go with them.


I used the Christmas Quilt bundle – the stamp set and the coordinating framelits for these cute little cards.  I also stamped each envelope to match the card.

To make a 3×3 card cut your card stock to 6″ long by 3″ wide and then score the long side at 3″.  For these I cut pieces of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series 6×6 Paper Stack for the front of each card.  Mine are 2-3/4″ squares.  Then I stamped the little quilted trees from the stamp set and die cut them with the die set and added the stitching piece to each one.

For the greeting I cut a 3″ strip of Whisper White card stock and I used a Real Red ink spot (I had one from a Paper Pumpkin Kit) to ink up only the words Merry Christmas from the greeting in the stamp set.  I stamped that on my strip for the front of each little card.  These would be cute for little gift enclosures this holiday season.

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