Gift a Cookie

Need a sweet, inexpensive birthday gift for a neighbor, co-working or friend? Use the mini pizza boxes from Stampin’ Up! to put a cookie in as a single serving birthday cake!

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They are food safe, with a glossy coating on the inside so your treat won’t soak through the box:

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Your cookie will probably look better than mine, but it was the LAST cookie in my house. I would have taken another picture, but I was hungry, so I ate it. Don’t judge.

With this little all-in-one-gift, the card is on top of the box, like this:

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It’s super simple to make, too!

Download the Tutorial

and thanks for shopping in my Stampin’ Store

A Paper Easter Basket

Easter is going to sneak up on us this year, as it is the 1st day of April and doesn’t us give much time for planning ahead once the calendar changes! No better time than now to do some Easter-themed crafting:

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The Blossoming Basket bundle was love-at-first-sight: That Basket Weave embossing folder sparked such imagination!!blossoming basket bundle

It’s a bundle of products you can choose for Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration (January 3-March 31, 2018) FREE with a $100 order! You could wait and purchase the embossing folder from the new catalog (coming in June), but why pay for it when you can get it at no cost?! And the stamp set is only available now.

I showed how to make this simple basket in my

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yesterday, so feel free to pop over there to watch, but I actually like the smaller size better than the big one I did on the video, so start with an 8-1/2″ square piece of Soft Suede card stock (any color will work, really) for the basket base and score it at 2-7/8″ on all four sides. You’ll also need a 1″ x 11″ strip for the handle and 6 pieces that are 2-1/2″ (or 2-5/8″) square to emboss with the basket weave on the sides. Then you can follow the rest of the directions I shared to come up with a good sized basket like the smaller one in front:

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue was the easiest to adhere the weave to the sides of the basket before assembling and to add the handle after you staple the sides together.

Yellow roses colored with the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends are so cheerful in the embellishment on the side! I demonstrated a little trick to give them dimension in the video. Don’t be afraid to fussy-cut some of these pieces: They look beautiful even if they aren’t perfect. Watermarked3(2018-03-06-1504)

Thanks for purchasing the supplies to create your own from my Stampin’ Store! and remember that you can select Sale-a-Bration products FREE with each $50 or $100 order through March 31, 2018. 

Mix Tape, Stampin’ Style

If you are old enough to remember waiting by the radio with your cassette tape recording at-the-ready to capture your favorite songs, then you will appreciate the effort it takes to create an excellent Mix Tape.

One of my favorites comes from the movie(s) Guardians of the Galaxy: It takes me back to my childhood of the 70’s! (Click to listen to Vol.1 and 2 on YouTube)

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But I digress…

Today I have a fun cassette-style box to share with you which can be created with your Stampin’ Up! supplies!

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It’s perfect for small gifts, treats, gift cards…and even a cassette tape (if you can find one)

Download the .pdf tutorial

Order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store! 

YOU, YOU, YOU!

A tag is SO VERSATILE and one of my favorite things to make. This tag just happens to fit beautifully on top of the gold-striped treat bags from Stampin’ Up!:

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The AMAZING YOU stamp set *and* the CELEBRATE YOU framelits are part of the Stampin’ Up!  Sale-a-Bration going on now… you can only get them FREE (just your lucky day).

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Slide in a gift card, a cookie or a pampering item to celebrate a friend, or give the empty bag to your significant other and let them fill it for YOU!!

Would you like instructions to make this bag and tag? Download a .pdf tutorial HERE!

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Card in a Box

If you have a passion for paper, you’ll be thrilled to know that during October, you can buy 3 of select Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! and you’ll get one FREE! You can mix and match as you stock your paper pantry, too.

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Today on my Facebook Page, I demonstrated how to create a “Box in a Card”:

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You’ll be seeing these adorable cards (with a box inserted) popping up all over the place! I used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and Birthday Delivery stamp set to embellish the card, but my favorite detail is the Mini Bow on the top of the box.

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I’ve been wanting to find a reason to use these bows, so I’m tickled to find that they are perfect for this box-in-a-card.

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Happy coincidence: If you happen to be reading this between October 1st-10th of 2017, we are also celebrating World Card Making Day with a sale on Fast Fuse and stamp sets that match our Designer Series Paper Sale:

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Click on the images to shop in my Stampin’ Store and thank you for letting me serve your creative needs. Then watch your mailbox for a thank you card when you order!

Adorable Birthday Delivery Bag

A cute wrap makes even a gift of money seem special! This adorable gift bag will deliver the sweetest wishes:

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The Gift Bag Punch Board created the bag in mere moments.

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One of the COOLEST things about the Birthday Memories Suite of products is that not only do the framelit dies cut out the stamped images…they also CUT OUT THE IMAGES ON THE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!! That’s how I cut out the cupcake girl for my bag: No Fussy Cutting required!

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Download the tutorial for my Gift Bag HERE

and watch for more birthday fun with this SWEET SUITE of products coming soon!

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Practicing “Crate”ivity

When you receive an assignment to create samples from a new bundle of products, it helps stretch your brain and imagination! It was my privilege to showcase the Wood Textures Suite (catalog pages 158-159) at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in April. My samples are the bottom half of this board (the shadows are doing me no favors here):

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The Suite includes the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, the Wood Words Stamp Set and the Wood Crate Framelit Dies:

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Here are a few of the samples I created:

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For the last crate, I stacked two on top of each other to create a taller box.

More samples coming soon! Channel your own “rustic crafter” and order your Wood Textures Products from my Stampin’ Store to get started!