Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper

I’ve been having fun crafting with this simply gorgeous DSP this week (Eastern Elegance~Item 130131). You may have seen the birthday card I created with it for the Friday Mashup a few days ago. Since the paper was on my desk anyway, it seemed like a good time to use it for a few other projects:

A friend asked me to make a few wedding cards for her, so I chose to create pocket cards (in case she wants to tuck in a gift card or cash. Love that you can use all the different designs and they coordinate so beautifully!

My Stampin’ Up! friend Pam also passed her $100K milestone, so I created this swing card for her and on the right you can see how it opens up with a place to write. She always incorporates a LOT of details in her creations, so this card has some extras just for her! Then it went into this little monogrammed pocket envelope (made using the Envelope Punch Board) along with a 100 Grand candy bar, of course 🙂

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5 Ways on Fridays: Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit

The pieces of the new Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (item 133463) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog were designed to decorate a Thanksgiving table, but of course, people get crafty and find new ways to utilize the parts in unique ways, so come along as I share a few of my favorites! Leave a link to other awesome crafts using this kit in the comments. 
1. Starting with cards, here’s a pocket card I created from the Tablescape kit following the 
All I added was a crumb cake envelope (for the pocket), a piece of Early Espresso card stock, a strip of 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140) and I punched the circle using the 2-1/2″ circle punch (120906). 
2. At SU! convention in July, Sara Douglass demonstrated how to create a Thankful Journal from the Tablescape kit, but my photos weren’t that great, so a quick internet search found another Sarah (Sagert) who had crafted her own…with some nice pictures of her lovely pages 🙂
3. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for anything in a mason jar, so Jessica Lewis’ simply sweet Thankful Jar immediately appealed to me! Can’t you just imagine filling this with reasons to be grateful? 
The Birch paper and chocolate chip herringbone paper both come on a roll in the kit and are perfect for wrapping around a vase, jar or candle. 
4. Allison Okamitsu (a very talented Canadian demonstrator) created the last two gorgeous home decor projects from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit. The first is a Thankful Banner and you see more of this beauty by clicking on the picture.  

5. I love Allison’s style and her blog is “Nice People Stamp”. Haven’t met her, but it’s a given she’s one NICE person to share her talents! This is also her creation~A frame covered in the Birch-bark paper from the kit. Isn’t the banner adorable? Visit Allison’s tutorial for the frame HERE (or click on photo)

Thanks for checking out my 5 Ways on Fridays collection! Order the Thanksgiving Tablescape Kit from my Stampin’ Store to create some fabulous Fall creations of your own, then post a link to them in the comments so we can be inspired by YOU!
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Bottle Bib Pocket: Whip One Up In a Jiffy (Video Tutorial)

Waiting in line at the Cal Ranch store in Spanish Fork, I saw a display of awesome bottled pop. One that caught my eye was called, “Dang! That’s Good” Root Beer...even the bottle cap was cute! The colors effused FALL and the Stampin’ Up! Sweater Weather came to mind. So I grabbed a handful of bottles and decided I’d figure some way to use them 🙂

Then I went shopping and saw the Caramel Apple bite by Russell Stover and if you know me well, I’m an even bigger sucker for CARAMEL than I am for chocolate (and that’s sayin’ something). So I put another handful in my cart and whistled all the way home!

My solution? What I call a “Bottle Bib Pocket”! It was actually inspired by a project made by my friend Pam Clyde, whose artistry is beautifully detailed. I’m more of a quick and easy crafter, but I think you’ll like both 🙂

I made a video tutorial for the simple one…I’ll let Cal Ranch know they better stock up on “cute” soda pop 😀 I suspect it tastes as good as it looks, but I don’t know as I’ve been giving all mine away to my Stampin’ Up! hostesses as I demonstrate them! Want me to teach you and your friends? Book a party during October!

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