First Fridays Blog Hop Retiring In Colors

It’s the first Friday of the month so that means it’s time for the First Fridays Blog Hop! Our theme this month is:  Retiring In Colors.   

Some of the 2015-2017 In Colors products have already sold out but the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack is still available and that’s what I used to create my bags.  There are 40 sheets in this stack with 4 each of 2 double-sided designs.  This paper, along with any products in the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors, are only available while supplies last!


To make my bags, I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board.  This tool makes it so easy to make a lot of bags in a short amount of time!  Each bag was created using paper from this retiring paper stack.  The fronts are decorated with a combination of paper from this paper stack as well as cardstock which is not retiring: Whisper White, Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.

At the end of my post you’ll find a list of all the Stamping Supplies I used to create my bags!

The Gift Bag Punch Board allows you to make bags in a variety of sizes.  You can close them up – I used the Gold Binder Clips – or leave them open.  Either way works!

When making your bag, first, you need to decide if you want a small, medium or large sized bag and that will determine how you’ll cut one side of your paper.  A small bag will have a 10″ side, medium will have an 11″ side and the large will be cut at 12″.  The other measurement will be the height of your bag. Experiment and see what you like!  I made a variety of different sizes so hopefully that will give you a starting point.

 Here are the dimensions I used for my bags:

Cucumber Crush (small):  10″ x 3-3/4″

Tip Top Taupe (small):  10″ x 6″

Delightful Dijon (medium):  11″ x 4-1/2″

Watermelon Wonder (large): 12″ x 5″

Mint Macaron (large):  12″ x 7″

I hope you’ll continue on the hop!  Next up is Kathie Steffke!  

Blog Hop List

Dawn Griffith
Tracy Bradley     You are here! 
Kathie Steffke     Up next!
Dee Slater 

Stamping Supplies – My sentiments are from the stamp set, Eastern Beauty.  This set will be available in the new Annual Catalog in June but it can be purchased now as part of two Eastern Palace Bundles  

Glue Dots


Big Shot


Have a wonderful weekend!

Butterflies Thinlits Thank You Card

I hope your week has started off well!  Today I am sharing cards I made over the weekend to send out to customers who placed orders in the last few days.

I don’t like sharing product that you can’t purchase so while I would normally add some pearls or rhinestones to my card, I didn’t as they’ve sold out.

 The paper I used to cut out the butterflies, Floral Boutique, is on the retired list but as of right now, it’s available and not showing up as being low inventory.  I used the Petal Burst embossing folder for the Whisper White layer.  You could definitely make the card without the embossing but I think it adds a nice touch. 

Tip:  I used glue dots down the center of the butterfly. You could also use Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You’ll find a list of all the products I used to make this card below as well as the measurements for the layers. 

Measurements for Layers

Thick Whisper White:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″  scored at 4-1/4″

Night of Navy cardstock:  4″ x 5-1/4″

Whisper White:  3-3/4″ x 5″

Stamping Supplies – Click on any product and you’ll be directed to my Stampin’ Up! online store!  Once there, it’s easy to add items to your cart!

Big Shot


Glue Dots



Click HERE to see all the products on the Retiring List!