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!


Hamburger Box surprise!

Hamburger Box surprise!

I created this fun surprise box using the new Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box die.  I used the Sea Street Designer Paper and coordinating stamp set.  So it’s a summer themed box – perfect for say Red Lobster lovers…

Sea-Street-Hamburger-boxThis is the closed box tied with some ribbon and a little lobster tag on the top.  Just slide the ribbon off to open the box and see the surprise inside.

sea-street-hbox-2I strung a piece of Baker’s Twine from the lid to the base and thread little banner pieces on it punched from the Sea Street Designer Paper.  They are like little nautical flags.  Here is another view

sea-street-hbox-3Put something fun inside your surprise box and give to someone you love!

The Hamburger Box is a bit awkward to assemble as the instructions indicate on the die.  Each of the little corners is supposed to get folded in toward the inside of the box.  i found it much easier – to snip one side of the corner and glue the piece to the inside of the box.  I’ll try to get some photos of that to show you the difference.  It was just much easier to assemble and I think it made for a more stable box.

Thanks for stopping in.


Sea Street Punch Board Gift Boxes

Sea Street Punch Board Gift Boxes

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog which went live on August 28th has a brand new Gift Box Punch Board.  One day I played around with it and made every size listed on the board – there are 15 different ones -

gift-box-punch-boardThen I decided to play around with it to create a little project for my August team meeting and I wanted to do the closure a little different.  I used the Sea Street Designer Series Paper for these.

box-sea-street3One one side I folded the flaps outward and then stapled them to the inside folds using our new Stampin’ Up! Stapler!  Also in the Holiday Catalog – I’ve been using it a lot already.

box-sea-street4The other two flaps were pulled up, hole punched, and ribbon pulled through.  It could be like a hanger – you could make smaller boxes and they could be little tree ornaments or hang them on a garland for a countdown to Halloween or Christmas – fill them with something fun. 

box-sea-street2I decorated these boxes with the stamps from the Amazing Birthday stamp set.  Check back tomorrow I hope to have another Alaska post and another stamping post.  See you then.


I’m home from Alaska and have a Zoo Babies card

I’m home from Alaska and have a Zoo Babies card

I’m finally home again and will get back on schedule posting to my blog.  Greg and I took a 2 week trip to Alaska to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  I’ve been saving money since I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and used that savings to pay for this trip.  It was an incredible vacation!  We were on a Cruisetour with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines – the first portion of our trip was a land tour and the second part was a 7 night cruise.  We loved it all! 

I’m working on downloading all my photos and videos – I had 2 cameras – my small pink one which also takes video and then my big cannon rebel with the big lens – plus I took some on my iphone.  I had hoped to post pictures from my iphone to my personal FB page throughout our trip but guess what my cell phone did not work in Alaska.  I was only able to connect to the internet a few times when we were at one of the hotels during the first part of the trip.  But we were on the move so we weren’t at any of the hotels for very long.  And sometimes the weather impacted the service anyway. So my posting was very minimal.  I did manage to post a few times here to my blog using the app on my phone.  if you’d like to hear about our trip I think I’ll write and post some about that in between my Stampin’ up! project posts. 

The first card from the pink camera has 785 photos/videos on it.  Then I have more to get to.  So while all my photos are downloading let me move on and show you a card that I made last month.


I don’t think i’ve shared this one with you yet. This one uses the Zoo Babies stamp set.  I just love this set.  The little animals are so cute.  And I got this idea that I was going to have a card with this stamp set at my monthly card class every month.  I added this one to my August Class and it will also be available as a card option in September’s class too. 

zoo-babies2I wanted to create a birthday card rather than a baby card so I paired it with some Designer Paper and the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set.  I thought it turned out to be a fun card!

Here is the list of Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used – to visit my online store and/or place an order CLICK HERE.

  • Smoky Slate card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Real Red card stock
  • Smoky Slate ink
  • Crushed Curry ink
  • Real Red ink
  • Pool Party ink
  • Flashback Designer Paper
  • Zoo Babies stamp set
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
  • Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Magnetic Platform
  • Circles Collection Framelits
  • Bitty Banners Framelits
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals


Come back for another visit. 


August Paper Pumpkin Alternate card idea

August Paper Pumpkin Alternate card idea

I used the Big Shot and the Star Framelits to create an alternate card using the stamps and ink from the August Paper pumpkin kit.


I stuck with the same concept as the kit. I used a piece of designer paper underneath the whisper white piece that has a “window” cut out with the star framelits. I added the little dot stamp and a greeting. Corner rounded the edges and tied on some Bakers Twine.


I hope you like this idea.
Thanks for visiting.
Monika Davis

Starburst Card using the Big Shot

For the month of August there is a BIG SHOT special going on.  Read more about it here.  So my next few days of posts are going to be Big Shot projects.  This first one features the Starburst Framelits and I’ve created a shaped card.



I also used the Circle Framelits to cut a window in the front of the card and the ring of Designer Paper.



This is what the inside looks like



A fun shaped card!  Try making a shaped card with other framelits.  Cut your card base and score it.  Fold it in half and then position the framelit so it doesn’t cut all the way through the folded edge.  It’s that easy!