Painted Autumn Tote Bag

Happy Monday!  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! We had a long weekend in Palm Springs with our family.  We rented a beautiful house with a gorgeous backyard that included a pool.  We had such a good time being together.  It’s always so hard coming back home from a weekend that you don’t want to end! 

I brought some stamping to do while we were away as well as my computer but I have to admit that I didn’t touch either. We were busy from morning to night.  The project I have to share today is one that I know you’ll want the directions to so I’ll work on a pictorial tutorial and have it for you later this week!  Sorry I didn’t get it done this weekend!  

If you love this paper, Painted Autumn, as much as I do, it is currently on sale.  Buy 3  specially selected packages of paper and receive one absolutely free.  Click HERE to see all the papers that are included in the sale. Click here to place an order! 

To place an order or for more information, click any of the products below! 


Glue Dots


Big Shot


Thanks for stopping by!

Lovely Inside and Out

When I first saw the stamp set, Lovely Inside and Out in the catalog, it was one that I initially passed on purchasing.  Then I started seeing such cute cards using the set that I just had to buy it!  

Lovely Inside & Out
Wood #144008
Clear #144011

I love the color combination of Lemon Lime Twist, Black and Whisper White!

After stamping the large shape from the set, I stamped the word “FRIEND” in Memento Ink.  I embossed “THANKS” with white embossing powder onto Basic Black cardstock.  Because I hate trying to cut a shape out freehand, I cut the sentiment with the Classic Label punch and cut off one end.  Such an easy card to make! 

All of the supplies I used are listed below.  

Click on any of the products for more information or to place an order! 

Heat Tool


The stamp set Lovely Inside & Out can also be purchased as a bundle with the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies, in either wood or clear mount  (save 10% on the bundle). Click here for more information!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back on Monday!

Ribbon of Courage

I love this card! The design was inspired by a card created by Kylie Bertucci, an Australian demonstrator. I loved her card and wanted to make my own!  I made a few changes but I really do have to credit her original card.

The stamp set I used was Ribbon of Courage with the matching Support Ribbon Frameits Dies (purchase both and save 10%).   The stamp set was inspired by Patty Bennett, a Stampin’ Up! Million Dollar Sales Achiever!  It’s a stamp set with so much meaning behind it.  

Using the heart stamp and  Rich Razzleberry ink, I stamped directly onto  Whisper White cardstock.  More hearts were stamped in Berry Burst on a separate piece of cardstock and cut out with the Support Ribbon Framelits.  I added Stampin Dimensionals to the backs and attached them to the card front.

The base of my card is Berry Burst as well as the scalloped circle for my sentiment.  I embossed the sentiment, also from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set, using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  It was cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits.   Stampin’ Dimensionals were also added to the back before placing it onto the front of the card.

Click on any of the products below for more information or to place an order! 

Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad*

Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad*

Heat Tool


Big Shot


If you have any questions about today’s card, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me!

Felt Hearts Using the Big Shot

The other day my daughter mentioned that she needed to cut hearts in multiple colors and shapes using felt and wondered if I had anything we could use to cut them out.  YES!!  We pulled out the Big Shot and the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and started die cutting! 

Did you think that the Big Shot only cut paper? You can also cut fun foam, fabric, thin sheets of cork, vellum, and felt.  When I had my own classroom, I used to cut shapes out of fun foam and use them for projects and games.  With the wide variety of shapes available, the possibilities are endless! 

If you’ve had your eye on a Big Shot, knowing that you are able to cut so much more than just paper with it, gives you more reasons to have one of your very own! 

For more information about the Big Shot or the Sweet & Sassy Framelits, or to place an order,  click either picture below and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store.

Big Shot


Buy 3 packs of select packages of Designer Series Paper and Get 1 Free!  Click here for more details!  Offer good until October 31st! 

Creep it Real by Stampin’ Up!

Today I wanted to share a card I received in the mail from my team leader, Dawn Griffith. Isn’t it cute?  I don’t have the stamp set, Creep it Real, so I’m glad that I have a card to share with you using this set.

Dawn used three different stamp sets:

  1. Creep it Real – main sentiment
  2. Spooky Cat – the rat
  3. Season to Sparkle – hanging spider


  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper:  (4) squares cut at 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″
  • Basic Black cardstock:  4″ x 4″
  • Smoky Slate cardstock:  4-1/8″ x 5″  tear the bottom 5″ edge
  • You’ll also need Very Vanilla & Basic Black cardstock to cut out squares using the Layering Squares Framelits.

The supply list can be found below.  Click on any of the products and you’ll be directed to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Select Designer Series Paper packages are on sale, Buy 3 Get 1 Free.  Click here for more information! 

Tool Time Tuesday – Embossing Buddy

It’s Tool Time Tuesday and today it’s all about the Embossing Buddy (it’s on page 201 in the Annual Catalog).  The Embossing Buddy is a MUST when embossing.

It’s quite simple to use but makes a world of difference to your finished project. By simply rubbing it over the surface of your paper, you’ll prevent  small pieces of embossing powder from sticking to your paper.  Once you heat emboss the powder, it can’t be removed.  Sometimes you can’t even see where extra embossing powder has landed on your paper but once you heat it up with the heat tool, it’s too late.

Here are the steps when embossing:

  1. Prepare your paper by rubbing the embossing buddy over the surface.
  2. Stamp your image with Versamark Ink.
  3. Pour embossing powder over the stamped image and shake off any excess.
  4. Even though you’ve used the embossing powder, there’s a possibility that stray bits of embossing powder are on your paper, so use a fine brush to brush them away.
  5. Use the Heat Tool to heat your image and watch the magic happen!

I love to emboss and it never fails to make me say, “Wow!”

If you’re interested in trying out embossing, you’ll need the products below (the embossing powder I reach for most, is white).  Click on any of the products and you’ll head to my Stampin’ Up! online store!

Heat Tool


Today’s the last day of the World Card Making Sale. Click here for the flyer!  Click here to place an order.

The Designer Series Paper sale will continue until the end of the month.  Choose from select papers, Buy 3 and get 1 free! Click here for more information.

Stampin’ Blends Pre-Release

Have you heard about the new alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, Stampin’ Blends, from Stampin’ Up!? These pens are so new, they aren’t even available yet unless you’re a demonstrator.

If you’d love to purchase the Blends during the pre-release, only for demonstrators, Join My Team as a demonstrator before October 15th. You can add them to the Starter Kit or to any of your future orders with a 20% discount. Click here to join the fun!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Starter Kit

Do I have to sell Stampin’ Up! products?  No, not unless you want to.  You can join just to get your discount of at least 20% off everything you personally buy.  But of course, you do have the option to sell to others. When I joined, it was purely for the discount!

How much is the Starter Kit?  The Starter Kit is $99 but when you sign up you can choose anything out of the Annual or Holiday catalog to include in your kit BUT you’ll choose $125 worth of product.  PLUS, and this is a biggie, SHIPPING IS FREE on the Starter Kit.  You can get that Big Shot you’ve been wanting or anything else you’ve had your eye on or the new Stampin’ Blends.  When I joined Stampin’ Up!, everything in my kit was selected by Stampin’ Up!, so I received a few things I didn’t care for.  I love that today you can choose exactly what YOU want.

What are the requirements to continue receiving the discount?  Every quarter your sales (this can be your own personal orders) need to reach $300.  When you first join, you have a complete quarter to meet this minimum so that means that if you join today, your first full quarter won’t begin until January so you’ll have until March to reach that goal. To continue to receive all the demo perks, meet this minimum.  If you don’t want to continue after March, simply stop purchasing from yourself or selling to others and you’ll simply be dropped but you’ll still have your Starter Kit and all of the products you purchased using your discount.

What are the perks of being a demonstrator?

  • At least a 20% discount on everything you purchase from the catalogs including the Clearance Rack.
  • Preorder products before catalogs are released.
  • Stampin’ Success, a quarterly magazine, just for demonstrators.
  • Access to the Demonstrator Only Stampin’ Up! website filled with training and support.
  • Succeed Weekly emails from Stampin’ Up! with training and support.
  • Receive Host Rewards just as customers do with an order over $150 but on top of that, you also receive your demonstrator discount!

I don’t live close to you, can you still help me?

I’m a phone call, text or email away!  We can even FaceTime.

The Starter Kit really has no obligation.  There are four easy steps to joining:

  1.  Click here and you’ll be taken to my Join the Fun page.
  2.  Read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement
  3.  Purchase the Starter Kit and you’ll be prompted to enter in $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product with free shipping!
  4.  Wait for your Starter Kit to arrive!

Ready to join?  Click here!

Have more questions?  Feel free to contact me!  Click the EMAIL ME button on the right hand side of my blog.  I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you want to take advantage of the pre-release of the Stampin’ Blends, you’ll need to join by the 15th!

I love being a demonstrator and I bet you will too!

Everyday Jars Treat Holder

Welcome to my blog!  If you had a chance to visit yesterday, I participated in the Glitter Queens Monthly Blog Hop and one of my projects featured the Everyday Jars Framelits.  I used those same Framelits to create today’s project – a little treat holder.

It really couldn’t be easier to make!

  • Cut out two jars using the Everyday Jars Framelits and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.
  • Stamp two jar lids in Pumpkin Pie using the Jar of Love stamp set.  Glue the lids to the jars.
  • Make the inside box using Pumpkin Pie (see the measurements below).
  • Add adhesive to the front and back of the box and attach the jars.
  • Add candy or trinket to the box.
  • Wrap Baker’s Twine around the jar lids to hold the box together.
  • Stamp your sentiment in Memento Ink using the Spooky Cat stamp set and cut it out with a 1″ Circle Punch.  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and attach it to a scalloped circle using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Add more dimensionals to the back and attach it to your treat holder.

Below are the measurements and score lines.  I notched a very small amount from each of the outer flaps on each side.  I also cut off about 1/2″.  I didn’t measure, just cut it off! This adds less bulk to the box.

This picture shows where you’ll add your adhesive (Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape).  I recommend practicing assembling the box before you add the adhesive just to get a feel for how it will come together.

To create one side of the box, bring up the big flap first.  Then attach the flap that has adhesive to the big flap.  The side without adhesive will be brought up last to form one side of the box.  Repeat on the other side.

I hope you’ll give this a try and if you do, leave a comment or email me!  I love hearing from you!

You can purchase any of the supplies I used to create today’s project by clicking on any of the products below.  I’ll be back on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Big Shot


There are just a few days left of the World Card Making Day Sale.  Please note:  The Fast Fuse promotion was so popular that in five days, four years worth of Fast Fuse was sold.  Stampin’ Up! realized that if the trend continued, they wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand so it is no longer being offered.  When they receive enough stock, they will offer five more days of this same sale. I’m so sorry for this inconvenience. Click here for the updated flyer.

Buy select packages of Designer Series in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Sale this entire month! Click here for more information!

Glitter Queens’ Monthly Blog Hop – Halloween

It’s blog hop time!  Thanks for joining the Glitter Queens’ Monthly Blog Hop (formerly known as the First Fridays Blog Hop).  We’re so glad you’re here!

This month we’re all focusing on Halloween and we’ll each have two projects so we hope you’ll  make it around to all of our blogs!

My first project is a treat bag using the Everyday Jars Framelits and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (you’ll find the paper in the Holiday Catalog).  I’ve put a Gusseted Bag inside and although I have candy in mine, a gift card would also fit!


Treat Packaging Day 7 – Mini Treat Bag

Aren’t these little bags cute?? I attended an online stamp convention, Creative Convention, this past weekend and learned how to make these adorable little bags. They couldn’t be easier to make!

  • Score a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper at 1-3/4″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ on one side.  Turn your paper and score at 1″.
  • Remove the small rectangle in the corner.  Cut on the score lines up to the 1″ line.  Add adhesive to the side tab using Tear and Tape and attach it to the opposite side.  Adhere the bottom flaps to create the bottom of the bag.
  • Pinch the sides up at the top of the bag.  Secure with a Gold Library clip or punch two holes using a 1/8″ hole punch.  Thread Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine through the bag and tie it closed.
  • Stamp the sentiment using the stamp set Spooky Cat, onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Memento Ink.  Punch it out with the Everyday Label Punch.
  • Stamp Trick or Treat OR Happy Halloween in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  Punch it out with the Classic Label punch or cut it to fit in the center of the shape above.  Attach Mini Stampin Dimensionals to the back and attach it to the Everyday Label Punch. Attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the main sentiment and attach to the bag.

I’ll be posting another project later tonight for the Glitter Queens’ Monthly Blog Hop.  We like to post in the evening so we can make sure there aren’t any broken links so  I hope you’ll check out our blogs on Friday morning!

All of the supplies I used to create today’s project are listed below.  Clicking on any of the products will bring you to my Stampin’ Up! online store where you can make a purchase or for further information.

Treat Packaging Day 6 – Tiny Treat Boxes

Are you looking for an easy way to package up treats?  If so, Stampin’ Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are what you’re looking for!  These acetate 2″ x 2″ x 2″ clear boxes are packaged flat and then with a few folds and several tabs tucked in, your box is ready to go!

The idea for my treat boxes came right from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  There are so many ideas packed into each Stampin’ Up! catalog!   I used the very popular cat punch which is currently on backorder but is expected in stock on October 16th.

We used to have two adorable kitty cats, our Misty was all black and Joey was black & white.  I grew up with dogs and really didn’t care for cats.  When I was teaching and my husband was away a lot, we knew a dog wouldn’t work for our family so we rescued two kitties, a brother and sister, at the animal shelter.  I’d always heard that cats were aloof but these two were anything BUT.  They loved snuggling with us and many nights I woke up with Joey right on my pillow with me, well, actually he was hogging the pillow.  Those two showered our family with love. We lost Misty when she was 14 years old and Joey when he was 19.  If you’re an animal lover like me, I’m sure you’ll agree that our animals are an important part of our family and when we lose them, it’s heartbreaking.  Needless to say, when I saw the cat punch, I knew I had to have it!

Back to my treat boxes! I used three products from the Spooky Night Suite:  the Cat Punch, Spooky Cat stamp set and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. On the Skittles box, I cut the cat out of Basic Black cardstock with the Cat punch.  The two cats on the pistachio box were cut right out of one of the sheets in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper package. How easy is that?

The sentiments are from the Spooky Cat stamp set and I used Memento Ink & a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Pad. The Classic Label punch was used to cut out Happy Halloween.  The cats are attached to the Clear Treat Boxes with Glue Dots and I used Stampin’ Dimensionals for the sentiments.

You can fill these Clear Tiny Treat Boxes with just about anything and they’re pretty just wrapped up with ribbon!

Just an FYI:  Tomorrow I’m participating in the Glitter Queens’ Blog Hop (formerly called First Fridays Blog Hop)! I’ll be posting two times tomorrow, in the morning for my regular post and in the evening for my blog hop projects. After the blog hop post, I’ll be back on Saturday.  

All of the products I used to create the projects are listed below.  If you click on any of them, you’ll head to my Stampin’ Up! online store where you can read more information about a particular product or make a purchase.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Cat Punch


Glue Dots


For more information about the World Card Making Day Sale (October 1-10) and the Designer Series Paper Sale (October 1-31), click here!

Treat Packaging Day 6 – Popcorn Box

This is usually the day for Tool Time Tuesday but I’ll be back with a new installment next week.

I can think of several people who would prefer a Starbucks card instead of candy so this is a cute way “to wrap” it up! Several weeks ago I shared the same box below but I filled it with Treat Tubes (you can see it here).  As shown in the picture below, you can bag candy up in our food safe Gusseted Cellophane Bags.

Both boxes were made using our Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (click here to see how you can get a package of this paper FREE). The boxes are easily made with the Popcorn Box Thinlits and a Big Shot.  The Thinlits make all of the score lines so once you cut it out, you just need to fold on the score lines, add adhesive (I used Tear and Tape) and easily assemble the box.  You’ll cut out two pieces and attach them together as shown in the picture below.  Then the two ends will come together and the bottom will fold up.

More Details on the Starbucks Popcorn Box

  • The sentiment is from the stamp set, Labels to Love and was punched out with the Everyday Label Punch.  It was stamped using Memento Ink.
  • The shape behind the sentiment is in Basic Black and cut out with the Starburst Punch.
  • The sentiment has Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back.  The Starburst shape has Fast Fuse but you could easily add Stampin’ DImensionals instead.
  • Two Basic Rhinestones add the finishing touch!

More Details on the Candy Corn Popcorn Box

  • The candy corn is in a Gusseted Cellophane Bag and wrapped up with Jute Twine.
  • The sentiment is from the stamp set, Seasonal Chums and stamped in Memento Ink.  It was punched out with a 1″ Circle Punch.
  • The Tangerine Tango shape behind the sentiment is included in the Popcorn Box Thinlits. It’s attached to the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Black Rhinestones finish off the box!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used to create today’s boxes, click on any of the product pictures below.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me!