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.





A Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop Nov 2017

It’s time for the November Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the November 2017 kit – Back in Plaid.  It’s the companion to the October kit.  And it’s the most popular Paper Pumpkin kit we have ever had!

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This November kit is so cute as is!  The stockings are adorable and perfect for so many things.  I want to fill them with little goodies and I’m thinking of leaving them at my neighbors houses. But I wanted to create an alternate idea for you too.  And I had a silly idea.  I tried coming up with other ideas but kept coming back to this one.  It’s a bit “out of the box”.  Yes literally we will be using the Paper Pumpkin boxes for this one!


Bean Bags!  Yes – Stocking Bean Bags for a Toss Your Stocking Game!  It’s the perfect solution if you needed a fun idea for your kids class – a simple game that even the little ones can play.  Turn the stockings into Bean Bags.  It’s super easy – I actually came up with three different ways to create the bean bags.  First for all of them – turn the stockings so the seams are on the inside – you can use a bone folder to help get all the edges pushed out really well.  Then fill each one with beans – I just bought dried beans at the grocery store – the cheapest bag I could find.  Now you can do any one of these things for closing up your bag.

  1.  Use a sewing machine and run a stitch across the stocking near the bottom of the plaid design.  Then turn the cuff over the edge.
  2. Use some safety pins and pin the stocking shut along the bottom of the plaid design. Then turn the cuff over the edge.  This way you can easily undo it later and use the stockings for something else.
  3. Turn the cuff first and then use thread – I used clear thread. And hand stitch the top shut.

Here is a look at how I set up the game:

I used the October and November Paper Pumpkin boxes to create the boxes for throwing the bean bags into.  I used a craft knife to cut right around the Paper Pumpkin logo in the top of each box.  I used some Washi Tape on the edges to make them smooth.  The Pick a Pattern tape is black and white and coordinates perfectly.

Arrange the boxes however you wish.  I placed them end to end.  Giving more points if you got the bag in the hole from the box that was further away.  I assigned 3 points.  Then 2 points for the close box.  And 1 point if its just touching the box but not in the hole.  You could do the points however you want.  I was trying to take my photos and kept throwing the stockings in trying to get more points – I think I played for a good 30 minutes all by myself!

I hope you like this fun out of the box idea!

But I also made an alternate card.  I actually used the stamp sets from both kits and added card stock and a couple of other things to create my card.


I went with the Dapper Denim ink in the November kit and focused on the snowflakes in the kits.  I drew a grid in pencil on a Whisper White square and stamped the large snowflake on each intersection.  I made sure my ink was dry and then erased the pencil lines.  I went back and stamped the small snowflake in between.  It’s layered on a Dapper Denim card base.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed to make a narrow label.  I added Silver Thread to the back and Rhinestones to the front .  Oh and the card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder – that may be a little hard to see in the photo.  A quick card that I just finished last night.

If you want to see what I did with the coordinating October kit check it out HERE.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect gift this Holiday Season – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself or someone else Here.  Sign up by Dec. 10th to receive the December kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is the funny and creative Dena Rekow.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  She always has me smiling!

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop List in case you get lost along the hop or just want to jump around.

Thanks for visiting.


Oh Joy with Foil

I heard from a few people that they are already done making all their cards and ready to get them in the mailbox!  That is wonderful!  I stopped in the post office yesterday and picked up some holiday stamps.  They had a variety of choices – have you done that yet?

I love how this card turned out.  I used the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It is so much nicer in person than how it looks in the catalog.  For my cards I used the Soft Sky patterns but I think the other colors would be fun too – at least the Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst would be bright and cheerful for the holidays.  The Tangerine Tango I will save for something else.


I used the Watercolor Wishes set again.  I’ve been using it a bunch the last couple of months.  And I have more card kits and I may have a little pop-up class to make some more of the kit cards – I’m going to look for a day in early December to fit that in.

The Layering Oval framelits are the two layers of the greeting – a Whisper White oval to stamp the greeting on – and I used Basic Black ink.  Then the Soft Sky scallopped oval in the back.  Layer it on a piece of the Foil Frenzy.  I finished with a little bit of Baker’s Twine.  It’s a quick card to put together but the foil really makes it shine!

Visit my online store to shop for the supplies to make this card.

SHOP HERE for card supplies

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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!



Free Shipping Today Only

Cyber Monday – Free Shipping on all Stampin’ Up! orders is today only.


There is still time left.  The Free Shipping is good through 11:59 pm MT (that’s 1:59 am ET).  Make a list and get shopping.  Here are some great gift ideas –

The Love Today Planner Kit – give the gift of organization – this planner will help keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet too.  Item #144257 $35


The Soft Sayings Card Kit – an all-inclusive all-occasion card kit.  Use your favorite basic adhesive and make a stack of 20 beautiful cards.  Item #145466 $35


The Oh Happy Day Card Kit – a bright fun all- occasion card kit that makes 20 unique cards.  Item #142725 $35

Shop at my online store and use the Host code – GUGUEXBP – I’ll mailing out special thank you gift for orders over $25 in product.



Thanks for stopping by!


Say Hello to the new Stamparatus

What is a Stamparatus?  It’s the Best Stamp Placement Tool on the Market.

This great tool from Stampin’ Up! helps anyone get crisp, clean stamped images; plus you can make multiple projects in minutes – with an accuracy and consistency that makes stamping easier than ever before.


Watch this video to see how the new Stamparatus works –

We have a brand new process for getting this tool – a reservation system with multiple reservation windows and approximate shipping dates.  The manufacturer can only make a certain number of these tools at a time so each reservation window has a limit and will close early if that limit is met.  So don’t delay.  The first reservation window opens today – Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 PM Mountain Time – That’s 4 PM in the Eastern Time zone.  Reservation Window #1 is Nov. 16 – 30, 2017 with an approximate ship date of Feb. 1, 2018.  Two more reservation windows will open later and I will post those dates as the time approaches.

If you missed the first reservation window – the second one will open on December 5th.

You will need to go to my online store – HERE – and make sure you have an online account set up. Click on the reservation button to complete your reservation.  Download an instruction sheet here – Reservation Instruction Sheet.

You will need to have a credit card to create your reservation but your card will not be charged now.  Be sure your email is accurate.  Once the tools are in the warehouse and ready to ship you will receive an email that it is time to complete your order.  You will go into your online account and the Stamparatus will be in your shopping cart – DON’T DELETE IT!!  You can add additional items to your cart.  Add at least one item to bring your total over $50 in February and you will qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item!  You can also add a hostess code at that time and update your shipping address if it has changed.  Close out your order and your card will be charged at that time and your order shipped.

Here are some Q&As for you – Stamparatus Launch Q&A

Reserve your STAMPARATUS*

*reservation period #1 starts at 2PM Mountain Time on Nov. 16, 2017


Be ready to make your reservation!

Let me know if you have any questions.


Little Teapot

More Stampin’ Blends.  Look how pretty this little teapot turned out.  blends-teapot-card

This is a little notecard – they are quick and easy since they come scored and with envelopes.  For this one I added a piece of Old Olive Card stock that’s embossed with the Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder.

The teapot and succulent bowl come from the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series paper.  I colored with the new Stampin’ Blends and then fussy cut them out for my card. I used the Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

The little greeting is from the Banners for You stamp set and so are the little leaves I added to the envelope.

I’m off to OnStage Live in Salt Lake City today.  I’m going to try to add some blog posts while I’m away.  But sometimes that doesn’t work as well as I want it too.


Place an order in my online store between November 1, 2017 and November 15, 2017 using the hostess code MC2RE7DH at check-out.  All orders will receive a small gift in the mail – any size order.  Order $50 or more in product and get an entry into a drawing for the exclusive Merry Patterns Hostess set.
I’ll draw one winner from all entries for the Merry Patterns stamp set and mail it to you.  **Do not select No Contact – or I won’t know that you ordered or have any contact information for you.  I will know that someone ordered just not who it is.
The Merry Patterns stamp set is seen in the photo below along with the Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blends on this card.
*Offered by Monika Davis – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. The Merry Patterns set was an exclusive set for qualifying Hostesses in September/October.