A Quick Sneak Peek

I thought I would share a quick sneak peek today – it’s a brand new stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! catalog – the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that starts on June 2, 2015.

ice-cream-note-cardThe set is called Sprinkles of Life and you may miss it in the catalog – it is on the inside of the back cover and it’s the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  That means for every stamp set that is sold Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This set is SOOO Cute!  You are going to love it.  I can’t wait to play with it some more.  There is even a matching punch – the Tree Builder Punch – it’s what the scoops of ice cream are punched with – so it’s much more than just a tree punch. I also used the new In Color Envelope Paper – the new color I used here is Watermelon Wonder.

In case you are wondering about the background it is one of the masks in the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit from the Occasions catalog – be sure to order that before it’s gone – last day is June 2nd.

Thanks for visiting today!


Mini Treat Bags for all Occasions

Mini Treat Bags for all Occasions

Last weekend was the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat and it was so much fun!  The theme was birthday and on Friday night all the girls received a little birthday themed treat.  The idea came from a swap that I received from my friend Linda at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference back in January.  I loved the idea so much I wanted to use it for the retreat.  And then Cindy and I decided to go a bit further and use the idea for our Make&Take project on Friday night so we got creative and made three more designs – a graduation, wedding and baby themed bag.  All the bags were made using the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Celebrate Today stamp set.

treat-bag-collectionAs part of their goody bag of supplies everyone received part of a pack of the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series paper, pieces of all the coordinating card stock and pieces from the Basics Hodgepodge clips.  Here is a closer look at each treat bag.

treat-bag-birthdayThe Birthday Bag was the one that Cindy and I made ahead of time and left as a surprise on everyone’s work table.  Inside I added party supplies – a whistle, buzzer, candy stick, blow pop, and a lottery ticket.

treat-bag-graduationThe end of the school year is here or almost here for everyone so many are in need of graduation ideas so we wanted to create a graduation bag – fill it with some cash or a gift card and the new graduate will be thrilled.

treat-bag-weddingAnd it’s wedding season too – we focused on hearts – the heart clip and a glittery heart die cut.  Are you headed to any weddings this June?  We had one last year in June but I don’t think I have one to attend this year.

treat-bag-babyThe colors in this paper even made a fun baby version – the Bermuda Bay has the blue for a boy and the Calypso Coral has the pink for a girl and the Crushed Curry can go either way.  Fill it with something for the new little one – socks or a onesie would fit inside or something for the new mom (and dad too).

A fun collection of little bags for all occasions and the Celebrate Today stamp set works for all of them – perfect for birthdays, graduation, wedding and baby!  Everyone at the retreat seemed to love making these bags.

treat-bag-stripThanks for stopping by today.  I’m trying to get myself back to a regular posting schedule and will try to have some regular features on certain days of the week.  I’m working on my plan and now to see if I can implement it and then keep it going!

Have a great day!


So Proud of You Cupcake

Every month since Ryan went away to college I’ve been sending him a care package in the mail.  At the same time I’ve been sending one out to Kyle in California and then giving one to Tyler who is still here at home.  This month school is ending and finals are now happening.  This month’s care package included some goodies to get through studying and finals.  It’s not really feasible to send a cupcake through the mail but I figured out a way to do it!  I baked a cupcake in a jar!  I used a half-pint canning jar and baked my cupcake right inside!

cupcake-jarThe cake and frosting are inside and I closed it up with the lid and wrapped it up good to send it in a box through the mail.  It made it up there with no problems!

Several of these products are retiring and unfortunately the Blendabilities are no longer available.  The Moonlight Designer Paper Stack (on sale), the Sweet Stuff Stamp set (wood set is on sale), and the In-color sequins (on sale) are all on the retiring list – so get them now before they are gone.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used:

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Thanks for stopping by today.


Crazy About You meets Flower Pot

Here is my creation when I paired the Crazy About You stamp set & Framelit Bundle with the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper.

crazy-about-you-clubI really love how this card turned out.  It is a great way to use up different sizes of Designer Paper – you don’t need to have the same shape with equal borders around every layer.  Just pick up whatever sizes you have and layer them up – mixing the patterns and colors.  I created a bunch of variations that I used for a swap this past weekend.

happy-birthday-varietyThe die cut HAPPY is added to the skinny strip with some staples using the Stampin’ Up! stapler – don’t miss it in this week’s WEEKLY DEALS! And don’t forget to add the extra staples to your order too.

The leaves are stamped in Garden Green and then hand cut – I used 3 leaves instead of the full image.  At the base of the leaves I added a button – the ones I used were from the Sale-A-Bration pack but you could pull from various colors in our Designer Buttons in the catalog.  Or make your own using the clay and molds.  Here is a close up of the button –

button-close-upDo you know where the twine that I tied through the button comes from?  It may be a little hard to figure out.  Remember the Two-Tone Trim from the Holiday catalog – we had White & Tangerine Tango and it actually carried over into the Occasions Catalog – its’ on page 49.  I took the trim and untwisted it to separate the colors and then used about 4 or 5 strands two go through my button.  I used both the white and the tangerine tango throughout the full assortment of cards that I made.  I thought it was a fun way to use it and get solid Tangerine threads in there.  The trim also comes in Natural & Old Olive.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  Below is the full list of supplies that I used – click on any of them to go straight to my online store.

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Thanks for stopping by today – I hope this card brightens your day.


Because You Care

Have you noticed that there are two hostess sets in the back of the Occasions Catalog?  I made this card using the Because You Care stamp set.  I got the idea off of pinterest.

happy-birthdayIt’s a sweet birthday card layered with some flowers.  I added the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge.  If you don’t have that set it’s often the perfect thing to add when you get done with a card and it just seems to need something.

Colors are Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla.  I used a Deco Labels framelit die and a circle punch plus the little flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

I hope you like it.

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Fall Birthdays

Fall Birthdays

Not sure about you but I seem to have a lot of Fall birthdays in my family.  And let’s just say that even though I make tons of cards I’m not very good at actually getting them in the mail to people.  Bad me.  I was doing a pretty good job of leaving digital birthday cards on friend and family Facebook pages as they pop up every day.  But then I took that trip to Alaska and while I was gone and since I’ve been back I haven’t really been doing that either.  Bad me.  So I owe a lot of people birthday wishes.  Now to come up with a plan to tackle this problem.  What do you do to keep up with birthdays and do you send cards out to everyone – or just to family?

So speaking of Fall birthdays I do have a nice card that would work for anyone – and it’s a good masculine card or teen card which can be hard to create at times.


A couple of tips for this card.

  • Cut the circle in the Designer Series Paper
  • Turn the paper upside down and lay it on the Very Vanilla card stock and stamp the greeting – this way you won’t accidentally stamp on the front of the designer paper when you position the words inside.  And if you don’t like your first try – turn the Vanilla card stock over and try it again.
  • Attach the Designer Paper right side up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Use one of the frame wooden pieces and tie it on with the linen thread.

Here are the products I used to create this card:

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fall-birthday2Thanks for stopping by today. Let me know your system for birthday cards and actually getting them sent out.  One idea for everyone else is to attend my Card Maker’s Class each month.  You can make the cards you need for the upcoming month.  Now I just need to figure out actually getting them out in the mail.


Hamburger & Fries anyone?

Hamburger & Fries anyone?

hamburger-fry-setHow cute are these two?  A matching hamburger box and fry box.  These are two of the new Big Shot dies that came out in this year’s Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.   Kimberly Van Diepen has such pretty creations and these were inspired by a bright and cheery hamburger box project that she made.

hamburger-greenThe hamburger box is made from Kraft card stock.  The Designer Paper is the Gold Soiree Specialty pack.  The stamp set is the Amazing Birthday stamp set.  Some Natural Ribbon and Gold Baker’s Twine tie everything together.

fry-greenThe matching French Fry box also has Gold Sequin trim and Calypso Coral Seam Binding.  All the banners are cut with the Banner Framelits.  This cute set makes full use of the Big Shot.  Fill these beauties with something fun and give to someone special.  Or display in your craft room or special place in your home.

Enjoy your day!