Box of Hugs

A few months back I signed up to walk in the It’s the Journey 2-Day Breast Cancer walk here in Georgia.  The walk will be held in mid October in Atlanta.  It’s a 2 day walk that is 30 miles long.  I’ve been training to get my feet, legs and body ready to walk that far.  Right now my longest walk has been 10.5 miles.  Monday I’m planning to do an even longer walk.  In addition to the actual walking I have to also raise some money.  So last month I held a Pop of Pink class and $10 from every class fee I put in my walker fund.  I was able to donate $150 to my fund and I’m now half way to my goal!


One of the projects from the class was this sweet little Box of Hugs.  I thought it turned out so cute and would be a sweet gift for someone battling breast cancer or anything else.  We filled each box with about 15 Hugs and on the bottom of each added a little circle of the Pop of Pink Designer Paper.  Since the boxes are clear you can see the bottoms through the sides.  Each box is wrapped with some Designer Paper and tied with Thick Baker’s Twine.  On the top I added the die cut heart and the word hope.  They are both from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  You could use the same idea for a bridal shower and use the word Love instead of Hope.  Or for a graduation and use Congrats.  Lots of possibilities.


I hope you like this little project.  If you wanted to donate to my walker fund you can visit my fundraising page here.

The other project was a set of cards in a little bag.  Come back again to see that one.

Thanks for visiting.


Artfully Exotic

The Moroccan Suite in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is artfully exotic.  The suite includes a stamp set, Designer Paper, Washi Tape and coordinating ribbons.  You can find it on pages 66-67 in the Annual Catalog.  For today’s card I took another idea from the catalog samples and used that with some minor modifications to create a stunning card perfect for lots of occasions.  I find that the Moroccan Designer Paper has a masculine feel to it so I can create cards that aren’t so girly.


I used Emerald Envy card stock for the base and stamped the large image from the stamp set in Emerald Envy ink for the background.

At the base is a strip of the designer paper and then its tied with the new Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set – it was a carry over from the Occasions catalog and has an assortment of sayings in a variety of fonts.  It is stamped in Delightful Dijon and then cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits.

To finish the card add a couple of the Enamel Dots – I used Emerald Envy for my card, but I think the gold or the Delightful Dijon dots would work too.

Enjoy the day and come back again for a visit.

Remember if you earned Bonus Days Coupons in July that you need to redeem them in August!


Quick & Easy card

Quick & Easy cards are favorites for many people.  I often look at ideas in the Stampin’ Up! catalog and then make a few changes to the colors and/or stamp set and ta-da I have a new quick & easy card.  If you look throughout the catalog there are ideas marked “Quick & Easy” and some include You Can Make It supply lists so you know exactly what was used.

I found the Quick & Easy card on page 41 in the annual catalog.  It however used a stamp set that I didn’t have.  So I switched it for a different one and created this.


I kept the colors the same – Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso.

I used the same layout – but flipped it to be landscape instead of portrait.

I used the same washi tape – Moroccan Designer Washi Tape.

I used the same punch – Petite Petals Punch.

I even used the same technique on the flower – scrunch it up to break down the fibers in the card stock giving it some dimension.

I used a different stamp set.  For my card I used the Rose Wonder stamp set.

And I left off the Bakers Twine.

What do you think?  Can you use that card from the catalog and create another version for yourself?  It’s Quick & Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monika Davis


Limited time: Thoughtful Branches

Limited time: Thoughtful Branches


Starting today August 2nd you can order the Thoughtful Branches bundle.

Here is a look at the full stamp set –

thoughtful branches stamp set

And the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies:

thoughtful branches dies

The pieces with an outline line up with one of the stamps in the stamp set.  You can purchase the stamp set and dies individually or buy them as a bundle and save!  If you have Bonus Days coupons from July you can use those to apply towards this new bundle making it an even better deal.

  • Item #144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle $52
  • Item #143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp set $27
  • Item #143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies $31

Get ready to shop!  SHOP NOW.

Thanks for stopping by!




Wish List

Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog?  It’s been out now for just over a month.  And it has SO many great new stamps, dies and accessories in it!  My Wish List has been long and it has been rewritten many times and broken down into smaller pieces.  I tend to be a list person so I make lots of lists for lots of different things.  I know my club members also have lists of what they plan to order each month or maybe even one long list.  In June for our Club meeting I created a project for them that I thought they would like.  It’s a Wish List notepad.


It’s not that big – the notepad inside is plenty big to keep a list of each month.  And I added a pocket where you could add a business card – like mine and keep track of purchases for the Frequent Stamper’s Credit.  If you have one of my cards – take a peek at the back – you may have missed it.  And right now with the Bonus Days going on you could keep a list of your codes in there too.  Here is what the inside looks like.


Products that I used include: Labeler Alphabet Stamp set, Basic Black card stock, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, Gold Foil Sheets, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Big Shot, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Basic Black Card Stock, Gold Thread, Tear & Tape, 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Don’t miss the Bonus Days going on in July – for every $50 you spend between July 7 and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2 – 21.  It’s a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!  You need an email address to participate in this promotion.  And it’s strongly recommended that you save both the email containing the Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  Lost codes can not be recovered and I won’t have access to them.


Thanks for visiting today!


Affectionately Yours Suite

I have started doing anything with Christmas yet.  I know some people are.  Question 7 on the scavenger hunt was about the Christmas section.  I didn’t have anything to share with you yet – so I’m going to come back to that a bit later.

For now on to question 8 – The Affectionately Yours Suite includes a new “metal” accent – what is it?  The answer is Copper.

There is brand new Embossing Powder and Metallic Thread both in Copper.  You’ll also find copper in the Affectionately yours Specialty Designer Series paper.  And in the Designer Washi tape.  Are you ready for the copper trend?

I made this card using the suite but I didn’t actually use any of the copper.  I did use the Love & Affection stamp set and the Designer Paper.


There is also some new Thick Bakers Twine that comes in the Cucumber Crush color that is in this suite.  I didn’t want it so thick so I took and separated it into the three main strands and then used one of those on my card.

I used the Lots of Labels Framelits for my focal point.  I cut two labels the same size and glued them together opposite of each other to make a fun new shape.  I want to try that again on another card because I like how it turned out.

A quick card that was part of my Card Maker’s class this month.  And I’ll have it available for next month too if you missed class in June be sure to catch it in July.

Thanks for visiting.



Bundles -Ready to Pop

Throughout the catalog you will find Bundle & Save boxes that have a stamp set and coordinating tool available to purchase at a discount.  There are a whole bunch of them in the catalog.  Be sure to look for the box that says Bundle & Save.  It will save you 10% off when you purchase the coordinating items as a bundle instead of purchasing them separately.

Question 6 on my scavenger hunt – asked which one was your favorite?  Are you kidding – I don’t think I can pick just one.  Perhaps I should have asked which ONES are your favorites.  I mean really what was I thinking.

One of my favorites is the Ready to Pop Bundle!  It’s a really adorable little popcorn box that you make using the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies and it has the coordinating Ready to Pop Stamp set.  I used these to make little treats for my New Catalog Kickoff Party earlier this month.


I used the Dapper Denim In-Color and paired it with the Kraft card stock and burlap ribbon – I filled it with popcorn in our new cello bags.  These are so cute and they are pretty small – not so big that you need a ton of candy or filler.  So it makes a perfect size for party favors.  The boxes are easy to assemble and the thinlits dies has a lot of other pieces for decorating the box.

Some of my other bundle favorites include – Best Birds, Foxy Friends, Jar of Love, and Sunshine Sayings!  I can’t wait to get busy playing with more of these.

I’m so glad you joined me today.  Let me know which bundles you love.