Build A Bear stamp sets

Now that Stampin’ Up! has put out the Retiring Stamp set list we get to remember stamp sets that we love.  I am going to try to mix in some posts where I re-post projects made with some of the retiring stamp sets.

One of the things that I noticed on the list was the Build-A-Bear stamp sets – all the sets are on the retiring list – that makes me wonder if they have new ones or if they are dropping the line all together.  Until we know for sure I thought I would share some of my projects that I made with the Beary Best Friends (#118052)  and Beary Nice Wishes (#118050) stamp sets.



If you love the Build-a-Bear stamp sets or have part of the collection and were waiting to get the coordinating sets then you better do it soon.  They will be gone after May 31st.  Here are the sets in the collections:

Bear Hugs, Beary Best Times, Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes, and Season of Hugs.


Have a Beary Nice Day!




Introducing Wisteria Wonder

I am back from a week long vacation at the beach with all of Greg’s Family.  We did good this year with the sunscreen and no real sunburns to speak of – yeah!  We alternated beach days with shopping days at the outlet malls – and yes I have lots of new clothes!  I’m not much of a shopper but Greg’s sister and mom have convinced me over the years that I need to buy new clothes when we are all together.  Aspen and Magnolia were very glad to be back home when I picked them up today. We are actually getting a little practice at what it will be like to have two boys away at college.  Only Ryan came back home with us from the beach.  Kyle and Tyler went home with my nephew and will spend the week with him.

I did some ghost posting while we were gone and hope to be back to a normal daily schedule this week.  I wanted to start introducing you to the new In-Colors that Stampin’ Up! added to our collection this year.  These 5 new In-Colors will be around for 2 years – July 2011 – June 2013.  The current 5 In-Colors are still here for another year until June 2012 – I’m glad because I wasn’t ready to give some of them up yet.  So here is the first of the new In-Colors – this one is called Wisteria Wonder –

It is a new shade of purple.  I wanted to show you how it compares to some of our other purples so I added the pennants in different colors (that’s a new punch by the way).  From left to right it is Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, and Perfect Plum.  I used my cute little Build-A-Bear girl to introduce this color to you.  Her dress is water-colored in Wisteria Wonder and the large scallop circle is also Wisteria Wonder.  There is also a sneak peek of a new stamp set (Pennant Parade) and another of the In-Colors (Lucky Limeade).

I also wanted to remind everyone that my Card Maker’s Club is this week on Wednesday night.  If you plan to attend please go to my website and RSVP.  This club is open to everyone and it’s all about making cards.  The club will meet on the last Wednesday of the month from 7-9:30pm.   Bring a list of cards that you need for the month of July – birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, thinking of you – whatever you might need.  Each club meeting will be $15 and you will make 6 cards with envelopes.  If time permits you can make additional cards for $2 each – so you make as many as you need in the time of the class.  And you can choose which cards you want to make and how many – there will be at least 10 different card choices.  And card designs will be available for more than one month – so you can come back to make more or make some that you didn’t get to the last time.  This should give you flexibility to create what you need each month.

Please bring adhesive – if you’d like me to order Stampin’ Up! Snail Adhesive, Snail refill, or Tombow Multipurpose glue to have on hand for you please let me know before the class.

BYOB – I will provide a small snack.  I think it will be fun and I hope you will join me.

I have a lot going on during the month of July so my class schedule will be a little different – I’ll update all of my classes on my website some time today.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Almost Artisan – 3D project 1

I’m back with another project that I submitted for the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Award Contest.  This is one of the two 3D projects that I created.

I actually made this box originally as a project for Create with Connie & Julie and it was a birthday theme – click here to see that one.  I recreated it for the contest and made a new baby theme.  One of my friends, Jenn, said she thought the box would be perfect for a baby gift and I agree.  I needed something to go inside so I bought cloth diapers and cut Build-a-Bears with pajamas on them and put those on the diapers and added the ribbon trim.  I thought they would be cute burp cloths.

The box has 6 burp cloths inside – 3 in So Saffron and 3 in Old Olive.  I rolled them up and tied them with the Striped Ribbon.

The box is made from the Fancy Favor box – actually two of them.  On each side of the box I have two Build-a-Bears and they are all “holding hands” all the way around the box.  I made a boy and a girl on each side.  I added the animals in between.  The paper is the Tall Tales Designer Series paper.

I was really happy with the little hanging tag once I figured out what I wanted to do.  The giraffe is cute with the Rock-N-Roll technique – inked in So Saffron and rolled in Chocolate Chip. The tag is two sided since you could see both sides of the project and I didn’t want an “ugly” side.  So the back of each animal is colored to match the front.  You can just barely see the back of the other giraffe – it is So Saffron.

I hope you like it.  It was fun to make.  Although I don’t see myself making any more little bear burp cloths.  The material of those cloth diapers was just hard to work with because the edges were pretty thin.  Oh well.  All in all a cute project.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Stampin’ Up! is a national sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC).  They have partnered to bring comfort and creativity to the lives of Ronald McDonald House guests. Each year, thousands of families stay at more than 160 independently operated Ronald McDonald Houses in North America. These Houses serve as temporary homes for the families of seriously ill children who are being treated in nearby hospitals.

One of the things that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators do is volunteer time at the house helping the guests make cards.  I was finally able to reach the coordinator of the house here in Atlanta and got to visit on the Stampin’ Up! night in January.  This month I designed the card and will be going to the house with all the supplies on Tuesday night.  Here is what I designed for this months project:

This is very similar to a card I made last year.  Using the Big Shot die-cut machine and the Top Note die I made sleeping bags and then cut Build-a-Bears to go inside.  I think they will really like this project – at least I hope the kids will really like this project!

The Designer Series paper is retired paper that I had – I thought this one would be fun for the “boy” cards and then I’m using a different one for the “girl” cards – I’ll show you that one next week.

Part of the work will be pre-done – I’m going to have everything cut, the sleeping bags glued together and the faces finished on the bears.  The house guests will choose a sleeping bag, dress their bear, stamp something on the sleeping bag and then add it to the front of their card.

I hope it will be a successful evening at the Ronald McDonald House – I’ll report back next week.

Tonight is Stamper’s Club night so I’m off to finish getting ready for that.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Bearthday!

Monika’s March Madness Mystery Hostess Birthday Celebration!

Well that was a mouthful!  Now what does it mean….

Today, March 5th is my birthday and I have decided to celebrate with all of you – its madness.

All Stampin’ Up! orders that are emailed to me from Friday, March 5th through Sunday, March 7th will be entered into a Mystery Hostess Drawing –

So if the combined orders total $150 or more then I will draw a Mystery Hostess (or 2) to receive the hostess benefits.

I will pay the shipping (10%) on everyone’s orders


You can qualify for Sale-A-Bration rewards if you order over $50 in product!

Email me your order and/or your questions to

Happy Birthday to you!

The birthday card above is one that I made for Tyler to give to his girlfriend – her birthday is tomorrow.  Tyler said it was going to be hard with my birthday and hers right together.  He was invited to go with her family today.  But decided to stay with us for my birthday tonight and spend the day with her tomorrow.  Although I think it was maybe the fact that we are having steaks tonight that swayed him.  Tyler made a rum cake for me yesterday it should be good tonight!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies for the Happy Bearthday Card:

  • Brocade Blue card stock and ink
  • Pretty in Pink card stock and ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Pawsitively Prints Designer Series paper
  • Beary Best Friends stamp set
  • Beary Best Wishes stamp set
  • Jet Black StazOn ink
  • Creamy Carmel and Close to Cocoa Ink
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Aqua-Painter

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cupcake Boxes

Yesterday I went to visit my parents and my brother and his family.  We were trying to get together to celebrate 4 birthdays.  My sister-in-law, Tammy’s was in late January, my nephew’s was last week, my mom’s is tomorrow and my niece’s is next week.  Tyler and Ryan are out of school this week for winter break so they came with me and we took Haley.  Kyle had to go to school and Greg went to work.  As it turned out my brother was going out of town for business so I only got to say hi for a minute and I briefly saw Tammy because she was sick.

So for the 4 birthday’s I decided to make them each a cupcake box to go along with their gifts.  I got my niece and nephew Build-a-Bear gift cards so their boxes were decorated with the Stampin’ Up! Build-a-Bear die cuts.

Ally’s has the girl bears and a pink lid.  Noah has the boy bears and a blue lid.

I changed the boxes slightly from how I made them last year.  The other design seemed to be hard to get the cupcake out because you had to reach down into the box.  So I made these like an exploding box – so when you lift up the lid the sides fall down and you are left with the cupcake in the center sitting in the little stand.  For these Build-A-Bear boxes the bottom of the bears are attached to the outside of the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That left room for the lid to tuck behind their heads and arms.

For Tammy I made one using the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.  The colors actually matched the sweater and top I bought her – they were Cameo Coral and Summer Sun.

Cupcake box when it is open

I decided to wrap the cupcake in baggies and tie them with ribbon.  It was good that I did that since 3 year olds don’t really understand the concept of keeping the box upright.  Yummy, Yummy cupcakes!

All Supplies were Stampin’ Up! – the Build-A-Bear boxes used the Pawsitiviely Prints Designer Series Paper and the colors come from it – Pretty in Pink, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron.  The base of the boxes are Sahara Sand.  The bears are Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa and they are cut the with Big Shot and the dies along with the clothes.

Tammy’s box is Real Red and Summer Sun and I used the Whimsical Words stamp set for the tag.  Punch with the Wide Oval and then layered with two Tempting Turquoise Wide ovals.

I had one more for my mom – it was actually one I made last year and hadn’t given away – it used the Tall Tales DSP with the colors Old Olive, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.  It has the owl on the tag and birds on the sides.

It wasn’t a big celebration but we had it.

Late in the afternoon we had a real life version of Police Chases right in front of my parents house and we watched from the porch.  There house is almost at the end of a dead end street – it ends at a camp ground that is gated shut right now for the winter and then there is the lake.  Apparently the police were chasing a couple that made a bad decision when they picked this road to come down – when they got to the gate they got out of the car and ran into the park on foot.  A police car was chasing them and somehow at the same instant he came in this big truck was trying to turn out of the road before the house and to do that they had to swing wide across both lanes blocking the police car – who pulled into the ditch jumped out of the car and ran down the street after these people.  Apparently the girl wasn’t fast as he quickly caught her, cuffed her and brought her back up to his car.  After yelling a lot at the tucker he told them to “get out of here”.  Then more police came and eventually a K-9 unit came and they went on a search for the missing guy.  They finally found him, cuffed him and took him away.  By the time it was done I think we had 7 or 8 police/sheriff cars, an ambulance, an emergency truck from the fire station and a tow truck all lineup on the small road in front of my parents house.  It made for an exciting afternoon – and I’m just glad they caught who ever it was.  We were calling all the neighbors to tell them to lock their doors and stay inside – many of the people walk in the park including my parents – luckily we were there so they didn’t go for their afternoon walk.    Now I wonder what those people did wrong…

Anyway…..enough rambling from me.  Have a nice day!

Build-a-Bear Box

It is time for another challenge at Create with Connie & Julie.  This week our challenge was to create Kids Packaging.  The items we are featuring this week from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini and Sale-a-Bration brochure include – Something Sweet, Fox & Friends, and Picnic Parade stamp sets, and the Build-A-Bear collection.  I chose to create something with the Build-A-Bears – I have had lots of fun with them on other projects and this idea has been bouncing around in my head for a few weeks.

I think it really turned out cute…are you ready to see it?  It is a real WOW in person.  I wish you could see it in person.

The box is a nice size and you could use it for many different things.  Dress the bears in baby colors and use it for a baby shower.  Add the die-cut pieces for Easter and make them into Easter baskets, or some other holiday.  Use it for a teacher gift – cut top notes and have each student write a note to the teacher and put them all in the box – give it to her for teacher appreciation day or her birthday (or his).  Decorate the bears – like cheerleaders and football players or whatever sport your child is in for a coaches gift.  This could be lots of fun – just dress up the bears the way you need them.

Do you love it?  I have a tutorial for the members of Create with Connie & Julie.  It is available only on the Create site!  If you haven’t joined the class it is not to late – all the past projects are still there for you to see and we still have lots more to go.  Have fun and I hope you play along with the challenge on Create with Connie & Julie – remember to add your link to the post on the site so you can win prizes!!!  Every week we choose two winners from all the winners that play.  Good Luck!

A BIG congratulations to Sandra Hansen who took 1st place in last week’s sketch challenge and Lisa Martz who got 2nd place!  Congratulations ladies!

And here is a look at the rest of the Create team – 3 of us have tutorials this week but you have to me a class member to have access to them:





If you haven’t checked out the Create with Connie and Julie site yet now is the time to do it! We feature new Occasions Mini product every week.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our sites stay up long after the session is done so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit the Create with Connie and Julie site.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!