Autism Awareness Blog Hop


I’m participating today in a Blog Hop for Autism Awareness.  Our challenge is to create a card using the Autism colors of Red, Blue and Yellow.  Every person participating in this blog hop will be sharing with you a project as well as a fact about Autism.  And if you are able please donate to the “Stamped with Love Team” to raise money for the Autism Speaks organization.  Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

You can donate at the link here.

Autism Fact: As early as infancy, a baby can begin to show the three hallmark features of autism: communication challenges, impaired social interactions, and repetitive behavior.

Now on to my project.  I used a brand new stamp set that will be coming out in the 2017-2018 Annual catalog that starts on June 1st.  It is called Ribbon of Courage.


I stamped the floral ribbon in Basic Black ink and then colored it in with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Marina Mist.

The back ground is made from the Stitched Shapes Framelits – I cut squares in each of the colors and cut them to fit together and create the background on my card.

The words are from the Me = Grateful stamp set which is on the retiring list.


Be sure to hop along to the rest of the members of the Autism Awareness Blog Hop, see their creations and learn more facts about Autism.

Blog Hop #3 April 22nd 7am EST

1- Kimberly Van Diepen

2- Kylie Bertucci

3- Lee Conrey

4- Rachel Bronson Yukanin

5- Heather Wright Porto

6- Susan Best

7- Louise Sharp

8- Candy Rattray

9- Maureen Rauchfuss

10- Tammy Fite

11- Billie Moan

12- Monika Davis

 Thanks for stopping by and learning about Autism.



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.  


Up on the Rooftop Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Up On The Roof Top 2011 World Showcase Holiday Blog Hop.
If you have been following the Blog Hop from the beginning, you have just been wowed by Lisa Foster’s Vintage Christmas project.  I know I was – it is a beautiful project!
If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem, as you can start at any point. All the Designer’s Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the FABULOUS projects we have for you.
I will return to my regular posting schedule after the Blop Hop ends.
For my project I chose a Christmas Countdown project.  It was something I had in mind as soon as I saw the 25 & Counting Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.  It’s my favorite mini ever!! (But I am partial to it since my picture is in the US version)  And if you get creative you can use this set for more than Christmas – I cut apart the words/numbers and use them on birthday cards too – it doesn’t work for every stamp but it works for a lot of them.
Now back to my project –
It doesn’t look like much in the picture but the box holds 25 countdown cards and on each card is a peek-a-boo frame – when you open the frame underneath is an activity for you to do that day!  Make the whole month fun for the kids.  I created three sheets of activities – 36 total and you can choose the 25 that suit your family or make up your own.
Here is a peek at one of the cards –

As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!!

Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a great goodie bag of current Stampin’ Up! products. I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Tuesday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient!


  • You have the opportunity to get the downloadable PDF Tutorial for my project FREE!! It’s a GIFT from UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Woohoo!! See the blinkie below to access the FREE Blog Hop Website.
  • In the Spirit of the Holiday Season, you have the opportunity to get in on “Special Holiday Pricing” for the upcoming UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! SCORE!! Event. The Stampin’ Up! Simply Scored Tool is HOT STUFF and SCORE!! will feature 40+ projects, all created using the Simply Scored Tool. SCORE!! is a MUST NOT MISS Event!! See the blinkie below to join and get in on the Early Bird savings.
And now for the most exciting giveaway of the season…
Everyone that joins the new and exciting upcoming event – SCORE!! – with “Special Holiday Pricing” will be entered into a Drawing to win 1 of 3 FREE Passes for an ENTIRE YEAR of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
You read that right!!
YOU could win a whole year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events FREE!!

***Special Holiday Pricing of just $19.99 ends Dec 8th***

Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 9th.
Click the Blinkie below to join SCORE!! with Special Holiday Pricing
and a chance to win a FREE Year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
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Of course it’s ***FREE*** to join and

there you will find the tutorials for ALL the blog hop projects,
PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!

You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!
Yes!! It is all FREE, so tell all your friends and
join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!


AND last but certainly not least, it’s time to hop on over to the next Designer’s Roof Top, so please click below for NEXT BLOG, where you will find Kirsten  ready to share a delightful Holiday project with you.

If you would like to hop back to Lisa’s  Roof Top, please click below.

Thanks again for stopping by and Happy Holidays to YOU!!

UStamp with Dawn & Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! World Showcase Blog Hop.  Are you excited to be here?  I know I am!  I’m very excited to be part of this and to show you the project I created.

If you have been following the Blog Hop from the beginning, you have just come from Marisol’s blog.  What did you think of that cute Scratch & Sniff card?  Wasn’t that a fun summer card?

If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem as you can start at any point. All the Designer’s Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the super projects we have for you.  At the bottom of each post there are links to the previous and next blog.

For my project I decided to use the Strength & Hope stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog.  Remember if you purchase this stamp set (or the digital download) Stampin’ Up! will donate $2 from your purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Stampin’ Up! started their  Making a Difference Program in 2003 and partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities which continues today.  Stampin’ Up! has partnered with various other organizations over the year in an effort to make a difference in the world around us.

Now here is my project which will surely inspire you….

I have had this luminary idea in my mind for several weeks and it came together just beautifully don’t you think?
It is soft and inspirational.  I remember when I walked in the Relay for Life for my mom (she had Colon Cancer) we had luminaries surrounding the track as we walked.  That has been a handful of years ago but I always think of those luminaries and they gave me the inspiration to make one with this stamp set.  These would be beautiful on all the tables at a fundraiser event.  Here is another view of the front –

Click on the World Showcase Blinkie below to access the site with all the free tutorials.
As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!! Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a FREE PASS to the next UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! session – I ♥ the Holidays!! I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Monday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient. If you have already joined I ♥ the Holidays!! for the Special Party Pricing and you are selected as the winner, you will get a FREE Pass to the NEXT event after I ♥ the Holidays!! which will launch in the Fall.
AND now for the really cool part!! You will NOT want to miss out in THIS!!
By clicking this really cute blinkie…yeah…go ahead and click it!!…
you will be taken to

Of course it’s ***FREE*** to join and there you will find the tutorials for all the blog hop projects,PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!
You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!
Yes!! It is all FREE, so tell all your friends and join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!

AND last but certainly not least, please hop on over to NEXT BLOG where you will find Jen with a scrapbook layout and card featuring the Playful Polka Dots Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

Thanks again for stopping by!!

UStamp with Dawn and Friends Blog Hop Coming Soon!

I’m super excited to join UStamp with Dawn and Friends as a designer.  Get ready to “hop” everybody!

This is going to be a super fun Blog hop featuring the talented designers from UStamp!

June 10 – 13: FREE World Showcase Blog Hop


* The FABULOUS UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Design Team will have awesome projects for you to enjoy at their blogs on the Worlds Showcase Blog Hop.


* Every project will include a link for a downloadable PDF tutorial.


* Every Designer will have BLOG Candy at their blogs and YOU could be a winner!!


Get ready for some fun – I hope you will join me and the rest of the UStamp designers!

January PAWS Meeting

Last weekend I had my PAWS team meeting.  We covered some business topics, talked and shared about leadership, stamped some great projects, traded swaps and had a lot of fun!  I wanted to share some group pictures and our meeting Make&Takes.

Stephanie, Becky, Travice, Cindy, and Lisa

The girls here are working on a petal cone project using the new Petal Cone die from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  They had a choice of Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight or Tangerine Tango for their box.  The sides were decorated with Designer Series paper and Pom-Pom trim.  This project idea actually came from a new site that I joined called the Paper Crafter’s Library.

You can fill the petal cones with candy or other small items.  Close up the top with some ribbon for this design.


Fran, Linda, Cindy, Cindy, Christine

In the other room the girls were working on a little card using the Take a Spin stamp set and spinner hands from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

This was a 3×3 birthday card and then has the extra scallop trim on the edge.  It will fit in our medium envelopes. Christine is holding her sample up.

The other end of the table is a card that Fran designed using a neat little punching technique to create a fancy frame.

Fran’s card uses a 3×3 inch square of card stock to start creating the border.  We did discover that you have to use the old style Eyelet border punch in order for this to work.  Center the Eyelet border punch on the center of each side of the square and punch – it leaves the four corners and a thin edge on the outside.  The new style border punch does not leave this edge.  Then punch all four sides again with the Scallop Trim border punch – this one is the new style.  It punches the fancy trim on all four edges that you see on the edges of this square.  The stamp set we used was Cute by the Inch for the center square.

Monika, Marie

Jenn also brought a Make&Take project along with a bunch of other Valentine treat ideas that she shared with everyone.  I forgot to take a picture of her other ideas but here is the little Tag Treat we made.

This little holder is cute for a table – I’ve used this idea before at the holidays and we put little mints, nuggets, or kisses in side the holder.  When I use them on a table they become place card holders and I just write names on them.



Here is Jenn showing off the other project that we made.  Name tags using the new Sew Suite Fabric and the Designer Fabric covered brads in the Stampin’ Up! mini catalog.  This idea was shared on stage at the Leadership conference and I thought it would make a great project for our meeting.

To make the tags I used the white card board that comes in the back of the Designer Series paper packs.  It was cut using the Two-Tags die and the Big Shot – this is the tag with the scallop circle at one end – it is covered by the flower in the picture.  The flower is three 1/2″ by 6″ pieces of fabric.  The pieces are folded over and a Fabric Covered brad is pushed through the center.  The flower is attached to a piece of matching card stock that was punched with the Scallop Circle punch.  Add the flower to the tag and write your name on the front.  On the back glue a pin back so that you can attach it to your shirt.  I used Crystal Effects for my sample and allowed it to dry overnight, but in the meeting we used a hot glue gun.  At the next meeting I hope that everyone will wear their name tag so that we know who they are!

That was a look at our meeting and our M&Ts.  Our next team meeting will be in March and I’ll be adding the information to my Stampin’ Connection PAWS group in February.  Contact me if you would like information about joining my team or if you are a demonstrator and would like information about coming to my meeting.

Have a great day!

RBT – Scrapbook in a Box

This was the favorite project among everyone that left comments on the Royal Blog Tour.  It is the Scrapbook in a Box – and I didn’t even have any pictures in it yet.  I have them printed and will try to get them all on today and update this post later with a box filled with photos.

This is the box open with the lid off – and no pictures inside of it yet.  Actually this would be pretty (I think) with all the pictures in the Sepia tones – I may have to come back and do that later.

Here is the box all closed with the lid on.

My featured stamp set was the Winter Post stamp set – so all the stamping is done with that set.  Around the outside of the box along the bottom edge I decided to stamp the reindeer – there are 3 on each side and then there are snowflakes in the background.  All my edges are sponged and the whole thing is spritzed with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  The base is Crumb cake and the lid is Always Artichoke.

Here is a close up of the top of the lid.  There is a Crumb Cake layer on the Always Artichoke lid.  It was stamped with the snowflake image using Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped the snowflake image on Very Vanilla card stock and punched it out with the Ornament Punch.  It was sponged on the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  A piece of Linen Thread tied around the top and a pearl added to the center.  I put this on the top of the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top of a bow made from the Always Artichoke Seam Binding.  And the top has the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz on it too.

+The close up of the inside of the box has a Crumb Cake layer stamped with the snowflake image.  Then I stamped the Ice Skaters on it.  And I stamped them again on Very Vanilla card stock, colored them and cut them out – then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to put them on top of the ones I stamped.  It gives it a 3-D look and has a “shadow” underneath from the other stamped image.  I used a little bit of the pearlized smooch to add some accents on the girl and for the ice patch under the skates.

By the way their faces are colored in with the Blush Blossom Stampin’ Write Marker – which did not retire even though the ink and card stock did.  It is in the back of the catalog.

This box is much easier to create than you would think.  You basically have three layers – 12″ x 12″ (Crumb Cake), 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ (Always Artichoke), 9″ x 9″ (Very Vanilla).  Each layer is scored into a tic-tac-toe board – so the 12″ layer is scored at 4″ on all sides creating three 4″ squares across and down.  Then you cut away the four corner pieces – reserve those for mats for the lid and the center.  The 10-1/2″ layer is scored at 3-1/2″ on all sides creating three 3-1/2″ square across and down.  Then cut away the four corner pieces – reserve those for layers on the inside panels of the 12″ layer.  The 9″ layer is scored at 3″ on all sides creating three 3″ squares across and down.  Then cut away the four corner pieces – reserve those for the layers on the inside panels of the 10-1/2″ layer.   You end up with three layers shaped like a ‘+’ and you glue them all together in the centers by stacking them from largest to smallest.  Decorate the inside and outside of the layers.

For the lid you use an 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece – score all four sides at 1″ and 2-1/8″. Cut slits ONLY on TWO opposite ends from both of the 2 1/8” edge scores to the 2 1/8” interior scores.   See Diagram and cut on the dotted lines.  Fold over the 1” edge.  Fold over the 2 1/8” score.  Fold the long sides over first and overlap with the short sides.  Use sticky strip to adhere the sides.  This makes a clean edged sturdy lid.

To close the box – fold up the panels on all four sides and slide the lid on the top.  I added pictures to the inside panels of each layer – but you could add them on the outsides and the center too.  I made these as Mother’s Day gifts with a different color scheme and stamp set a few years ago.  This one I plan to put pictures of my boys from past Christmases.  I’m hoping to add the pictures today and get it photographed and posted.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

I’m looking for a Bingo winner – I hope we get one before my vacation starts…..anybody….anybody…..

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 6 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I have now filled group 7 and won’t be taking any more names right now – I”ll be taking a Bingo break after group 7 plays – I may play again in the future so I hope you will continue to visit my blog.   See this POST for more details on how to play and the previous winners.

And now for today’s piece – Here is piece #14 –the sparkle/jack  from Hello Again stamp set (stamped in Concord Crush). 

Anybody have Bingo?  Make sure you send me an email when you get your 5 in a row.