Mini Bags

Sometimes when I’m out shopping I come across little bags and think I have to have those because they would be cute for something.  I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with them but figure at some point in time I will find a good use for them.  A few months back I found these little silver mini bags and bought a stack of them.,  I ended up using them for my Demo Getaway Retreat at the end of July.


I decided to use the new In-Colors to decorate them.  I used the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon and tied it in a bow around the handle.  Then made a tag in the same color to hang on the handle.


I used two new punches – Starbust punch and the Pretty Label punch.  I stamped on the Pretty Label – “we are cut out to be friends” – from the stamp set Crafting Forever.  I also stamped the paper snips on Smoky Slate card stock and cut those out to add on the tag.  I finished each tag with a little silver enamel heart and tied it on the bag with Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  I thought they turned out so cute.

Inside each bag was a ruler, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, a sheet of dimensionals and mini dimensionals and a Stampin’ Sponge.  A few little crafting essentials that I like to always have near by.

It was a really fun weekend event and I can’t wait to do it again.

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Cute In-Color Book Mark

Here is a cute In-Color Book Mark – perfect for marking a spot in your new catalog, or a book or anything else you may need a book mark for.  Those that attended my Catalog Kickoff event earlier this month got to make one to take home.


This year Stampin’ Up! created the book mark template for us.  I printed them off on Whisper White card stock and cut into 2″ strips.  Each one was punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

For each In-color I punched a piece of card stock with the Classic Label Punch.  Did you know that you can use that punch to create the little flag ends?  Punch the classic label and then stick it back in from the side to punch each end again into a flag.


Do that for each of the In-Colors and attach with adhesive on to the bookmark in the appropriate spot.

Then I used the Tabs for Everything stamp set – I stamped the outline images in Memento Black ink.  I used a long block to put all 4 images on at once, ink them and stamp on a strip.


Then I used the coordinating fill image to fill in with the In-Colors.  The thumbs up doesn’t have an outline so it was just stamped by itself on the strip.  Each one was punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch.  Then attach with adhesive on top of the corresponding color strip.

To finish the top I added a piece of the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (Fresh Fig color) that was tied with a small piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.


Cute book mark is done!

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Wood Words in Tranquil Tide

I sure do wish I was a good writer.  But I’m not.  I often sit with my fingers on the keys just waiting to think of something to write.  So these blog posts are not always easy.  And I certainly don’t ever have catchy titles like others do.  My title is usually just the fact of what my project is about.  So I hope I don’t bore you.  Perhaps you don’t read any of the words any way and just come for the pictures!

Today’s card uses the Wood Words stamp set and the new Tranquil Tide In-Color.


For this one I decided to use Very Vanilla with the Tranquil Tide and I also used the new Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine.  Have I told you how much I love all the new ribbons.  I do!  And my plan is to make a video and show them all to you.  I think you can see them better that way than you can just looking at them in the catalog.  Hoping to do that this week.  Sorry – I got off topic.

For this card I also stamped on the inside –


I just added a Very Vanilla layer and stamped the corner with the flowers.  We made this card in one of my private card classes and it will also be an option at this month’s Card Maker’s class on Friday.  I’ll have 2 color choices – the Tranquil Tide shown here and also Fresh Fig.  Both look nice with the Very Vanilla.

If you are local to me come on Friday to Card Maker’s Class – I have class at 10 am and again at 7 am.  CLICK HERE for my class calendar on my website – you can read the details of each class and RSVP for the one you’d like to attend.

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CASE the Catalog

Have you ever heard some in the crafting world say they CASEd something?  Did you wonder what it meant?

Here in the Stampin’ Up! World we have a definition for the word CASE which means Copy And Share Everything.  So I guess that really makes it an acronym.  In our world we often see ideas and copy them – often with some changes but not necessarily.  Sometimes you change the colors, or the stamp set or the orientation.  Or switch the shapes of elements or any number of other things.  I went through our new catalog one day and marked a bunch of ideas that I thought would be good CASE cards. And then I’ll use those as ideas or starting points for cards I’ll be using in my classes.  This card today was one of those ideas.


I used this card in my team meeting last month to showcase some of our new In-Colors.  There are 3 of the new In-colors on here along with 2 other colors from our collections.  I cased a card out of the catalog.  Can you guess which one?

It is on page 40 – on of the cards in the Pick a Pattern Suite samples.  I followed the layout and kept the elements basically but used different colors, different stamp set and card stock instead of designer paper.

This card also shows the comparison of the card stock colors so from left to right:

Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig


The stamp set I used is the new Label Me Pretty set.  I used two punches – 1-3/4″ Circle and Classic Label.  And I added a little Berry Burst bow!  This card comes together pretty quickly.

Thanks for stopping in today!  I’m finishing up prep work for my Catalog Kickoff and BOGO sale on Saturday so I may not get another chance to post here until after that is over.  If you are local to me I hope you will stop by – visit my calendar for details HERE.

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Feathery Friends card trick

Guess what?

I made another video!  Really I did.  I know they aren’t great but I’m working on it.  I’m a slow talker so hopefully that helps you follow along.  Today I have a video sharing a little trick that I did on this card that uses the Feathery Friends Hostess stamp set from the new catalog.


I created this card for a swap I was in and then also taught my Stamper’s Club how to make it.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers for coloring the flower including most of the new In-Colors – Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.

The trick comes in how I added the Black Baker’s Twine. So watch the video so you can see how I did that.

I hope you like this little card as much as I do.  And you can earn the stamp set free when you host a party or place an order that qualifies for Stampin’ Rewards.

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New In_Colors versus Color Families

Today I have a video for you!  Yes I really do.  Hopefully you like it.  I talk pretty softly and slowly so I hope not to bore you.  I think it’s a cute project and it will show you how the new 2017-2019 In-Colors compare to the colors in our existing color families.  It’s always good to see them against things you already have.


This was one of the projects my Stamper’s Club made this month.  It’s a set of note cards and a tin to hold them all.  It would be a nice little gift or use them yourself.  Here is the video for you.

The stamp set is the Wood Words set which also has a coordinating set of framelits that on this project I only used for the little tag on the tin.  They probably would have been cute stamping the images and cutting them out with the coordinating shaped dies.  But that’s not what I did here – I just used the Stitched Shapes framelits and cut lots and lots of little squares.

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Do you have your copy of the new catalog yet?  Email me at  I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you don’t already have one.

If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

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And Finally Lemon Lime Twist

And Finally Lemon Lime Twist

And finally the last color in the 2017-2019 In-Color Collection is Lemon Lime Twist!



All 5 of these new In-Colors come in your basics – Card Stock, Ink, Refills, and Stampin’ Write Markers.  Plus the added embellishments – like ribbon, the Itty Bitty Bows, and the Designer Paper.

Now some more about Lemon Lime Twist:



Lemon Lime Twist is our new party color!  It’s fun, a bit loud and kind of neon.  We don’t really have anything like it in our existing colors.  You might not be so sure about it in the beginning but I bet you will love it once you have used it.

Here is a card I made – it really pops against the black:

Happy Birthday Thinlits, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Lemon Lime Twist. Card by Monika Davis


I created this card layout for a swap I was in but originally made it with some different designer paper and colors.  I needed a card that showcased one of the new In-Colors and I decided to use the same layout and switch out the colors.  I really love the pop of the Lemon Lime Twist against the Black.

I’ve also used a couple of other new products – the Happy Birthday Thinlits die and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  You can even order these two as a bundle and save 10%!

Here is a peek at this project in all 5 of the In Colors.



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A new JUNE promotion for hostesses – you can earn an extra $35 in free product – contact me to schedule your party and earn enough to get these new In Colors for free!

Do you have your copy of the new catalog yet?  Email me at  I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you don’t already have one.

If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.


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