Sep 13 2014

Week 2 Letterpress Winter Tiny Box


This week for our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions Blog Hop, our Design Team will be featuring the Tiny Treat Boxes in the Holiday Catalog!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog…don’t you love her inspiration?


In addition to the Tiny Boxes, our Design Team will be using the stamp set they featured this week for their card set…but remember, only subscribers to our Holiday Card “Create”tions can see the EXCLUSIVE card sets!  My featured set was Letterpress Winter!  I combined it with the All Is Calm Designer Paper for a soft, wintery look!  But first…here is a little bit of information about the Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 session:


HolidayCardBadgeWe are just finishing up Week 2 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We have done one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and will be two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

Here’s what I came up with for my Tiny Treat Box project this week!  I combined TWO of the boxes (they come 25 to a package for $6.95 US), adhering them back to back, then wrapping the All Is Calm Designer Paper around it.


Week 2 Blog Hop Letterpress Winter

Didn’t it turn out cool?  And, the recipient can get TWO treats in one special package!  I used the Silver Glimmer for some extra special bling!

Here are the details:

  • The base are two Tiny Treat Boxes.  I cut off the side flaps of each box, then adhered them together with strips of Sticky Strip.
  • I cut a 2 x 12 strip of All Is Calm Designer Paper.  It ALMOST fit all the way around, but left about a 1/4″ gap.  I cut another 1 x 2 piece and placed it over the gap to hide it.  I buried it on the back side, so it is barely noticeable.  I also cut two 2×2 squares for the top of the boxes.
  • I wrapped the Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon around the middle and adhered the ends in the front.
  • For the decorations, I stamped the medium sized snowflake with Lost Lagoon Ink on Soft Sky cardstock and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  I punched the 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch three times from Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • I embossed the smallest snowflake with White Embossing Powder twice on Lost Lagoon cardstock and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I also stamped For You with Lost Lagoon ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I placed all the snowflakes and circles together with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered to the boxes.
  • I added Rhinestone Jewels to the center of the snowflakes and on the sides of the For You greeting.

Week 2 Blog Hop Letterpress Winter open

Inside I’d fill with a couple treat-filled cello bags before giving it as a gift!  Lots of fun surprises could fit in these 2×2 Tiny Treat Boxes!   Now continue on around the Holiday Card “Create”tions blog tour by stopping by Natasha Zandbergen’s blog for her wonderful idea!



Jul 14 2014

Create LIVE event

Last Saturday, Mary and I did our first Create with Connie and Mary LIVE Event!  A lot of work, but it turned out AWESOME if I must say so myself!  Many, many people who attended came up and want us to do another one!  lol!  You can see more photos of the LIVE Event over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Since we went with a beach/luau theme for our LIVE event, I made up a LOT of these Hibiscus Flowers for all kinds of decorations!  The Flower Frenzy Die made them easy to make!  I cut the flowers from Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.  The centers were Daffodil Delight or Tangelo Twist.  The leaves were Garden Green and embossed with the Delicate Dots Folder.  These I sprinkled the flowers randomly around the Raffle, Food and Display tables.


Hibiscus Flowers


I stamped WOOHOO! from Bravo Stamp Set in the center of some more flowers for Prize Patrol giveaways!  Everyone went home with a Prize!


Hibiscus Flower Prize Patrol

I decorated my Prize Wheel with the Flower Patch Stamp Set in colors to match!

I made some for the Name Tags for the helpers, Mary and I.  I used the Apothecary Framelit for the base and layered the Sweet Taffy Designer Paper on top of chipboard to keep them sturdy and adhered a pin on the back.


Hibiscus Flower Name Tags


After the event, I used the display flowers to make Thank You cards!


Hibiscus Flower Cards

I used scraps of Sweet Taffy Designer Paper and the Watercolor Thank You on the front of Whisper White.  I did add a Rhinestone Jewel to bling up the cards.

It really was lots of FUN coming up with ideas to decorate…one of my favorite parts!  Again, check out Create with Connie and Mary for more photos of the actual event!  It was a GREAT day!



Jun 21 2014

Garden Party Pocket Mini Album & BLOG CANDY!

Wow!  Can you believe it is already the LAST DAY of Preview Week over on Create with Connie and Mary?  Today (Saturday) is the last day of our Early Bird Savings…so don’t forget to sign up and save $5 off the regular $29.95 price!


Garden Party Mini Album


For my FREE TUTORIAL for Preview Week, I wanted to make a little pocket mini album that could be used for a variety of different things…photos, gift cards, love coupons, inspiration messages…anything, really!  This one I did up with the new Garden Party Stamp Set, Flowerpot Designer Paper and the Envelope Punch Tool, plus some of those YUMMY In Color Satin Stitched Ribbons!


Garden Party Pocket Mini Album


I have a full step-by-step photo FREE TUTORIAL on how to make this fun little album over on Create with Connie and Mary today!  Stop by and download it!


But first…I have BLOG CANDY!  Leave me a comment on my blog today telling me how YOU would use your album and be entered into a drawing for a FREE SUBSCRIPTION to our Summer Collection 2014!  We’ll draw the winners tomorrow!  But, don’t worry…if you subscribe to get the Early Bird Price and are a winner, we’ll apply your win to a future subscription!



We’re getting ready to start the Summer Collection 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We are featuring products from the NEW CATALOG…lots of great ideas for classes and stamp camps or gifts!  Don’t miss it!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Jun 15 2014

Hungry Catepillar Happy Birthday!

OK…I just have to brag on my grandson, Carter!  He turned ONE year old yesterday and we attended his first birthday party!  He was SUCH a good boy the entire time!  It is hard to believe a year has gone by since he was born, do you remember?  This is a LONG post…scroll to the bottom to see all the goodies!


THEN (June 14, 2013)


NOW (June 14, 2014)

I love this picture because you can see all 3 of his teeth, and that WILD hair!  And he has such a BIG smile!  lol!

Carter 1st birthday

And here is one of the gifts we got him…he scampered right thru the tunnel the first time!


Tunnel small

Birthday theme was “Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  We used the Stampin’ Up! Circle Framelits for the caterpillar, Oval Framelits for the eyes, Triangle Punch for the nose, and Modern Label Punch for the antennas.  The Serif Essentials Dies (retired) for the letters.  He also had a banner that spelled Happy 1st Birthday!

Carter banner small

Birthday cupcakes spaced to look like a caterpillar!  And a personal birthday cake for Carter with the number 1!

Carter birthday cupcakes small

Table centerpiece with birthday crown, book and “I am 1″ banner, plus his newborn photo dressed in a caterpillar suit.

Carter display small

I made this LARGE tag for the bag that held the tunnel and tent…it was too big to wrap!   I free-hand cut the leaf, scored and sponged it.  The apple is the Heart Framelit with part of the Oval Punch cut at the bottom.  The leaves are the retired Blossoms Petals Builder punch.  The caterpillar was punched with 1 & 1 1/4″ Circle Punches.  The “munches” were made with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.

Carter Bag tag

And here is the matching birthday card I made for him.  Greeting is Sassy Salutations.

Carter 1st birthday card

That icing is SOOOOO yummy!  He was SO careful with it!

Carter cake small

Crib filled with birthday balloons!

Carter bed small

It was such a fun party and special day!  And Carter is such a blessing…love him to pieces!


Thanks for letting me brag on my grandson a little bit!


And, of course, all the current supplies are available in my ONLINE STORE!




2014-15 Ribbon Shares


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Apr 29 2014

Catalog Premiere

I was SO excited to attend the Stampin' Up! Catalog Premiere in Columbus, Ohio!  Stampin' Up! did a simulcast from over 40 locations around North America!  We all were able to see Shelly Gardner, Carrie Cudney, Shannon West, Bonnie Thurber and Donna Griffin (LIVE in Long Beach) demonstrate some of the NEW products coming out!  And enjoyed the ever delightful Brian Pillings.  I'm SOOOO excited about MANY of them…and they just were the tip of the iceburg!  On our way out, they handed us a NEW catalog and stamp set!  I'm SO glad that I went!


Columbus Premier

I wanted to share the little favor that I took with me to give out to friends who attended…I had a couple leftover, so I think I forgot to give one to a couple people!  Found them at the bottom of my bag!  Sorry!  And, I never did run into my friend (BARBARA!!!), they must have run out the back door as soon as it was over!  lol!  Inside the little pouch were M&Ms!


Catelog Premiere favor

And here is a closeup:

Want some details?

  1. The base is 3 1/4 x 8 1/2, scored (long side at top) at 4 and 8.  Fold the side flap in and add Sticky Strip to flap and bottom to make pouch.
  2. Cut a 3/4 x 4 piece of Real Red Designer Paper Stack for the bottom.
  3. Used the On Film Framelit with Silver Cardstock for the background.
  4. For the projector:  3/4 Basic Black & 3/8" Silver Circles for the film wheels, box is 1 x 1 3/4 Basic Black, lens is the Basic Black Triangle Punch cut down a little.  I cut strips of Basic Black for the tripod legs and strips of Silver to decorate the projector.
  5. Finally I stamped Admit One from Take a Ticket with Black Stazon on Whisper White and punched it, then placed on the front!

Instead of M&Ms inside, a movie gift card would fit perfect…or add them both!


I have a BIG day of stamping coming up!  Need to get some things done for my blog and a few challenges coming up!  PLUS swaps for my cruise…I'm using the NEW stamp set!  Woohoo!!!!




Apr 19 2014

April 2014 Tour De Freaks


This month's Tour de Freaks theme is "Non-Gender Specific"…that kind of cracks me up!  Anyway…projects that can be used for either male or female is how I interpreted it!  The Control Freaks have a short, but sweet, tour for you this month!  Come take the tour!  You've probably just come from Justin Krieger's blog…weren't his projects fun!


I decided to use my On Film Framelits…I haven't used them much…and matched them with Film Strip and Hip Notes Stamp Sets!  I used a Black/White/Silver theme and love how they turned out!  There is a card and matching gift card holder.  My daughter-in-law always asks for photo processing gift cards (she uses them a LOT with Carter!), so this will be perfect for her!

Here's a closeup of the card.  The cameras from the On Film Framelits are embossed on Silver Cardstock…and  there is a touch of Silver Glimmer across the bottom.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge in the background with Neutrals Designer Paper Pack.  The Filmstrip stamp (did you even know Stampin' Up! carried it???)  I extended by piecing it together.

And here is the matching gift card holder.  I used the same stamp sets and details on it, along with the Pop N Cuts Card Base Die.

Inside is a stand-up piece to hold the gift card.  I cut the opening with the Word Window Punch.


Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Blog Tour.  Next up is my good friend, Debbie Henderson…I always ADORE her work and am sure you will, too!


Just FYI – Typepad has been having server issues the past few days because of a hacker. 
If you get stopped on the tour, here is the lineup to work around it:

Justin Krieger:
Connie Babbert:
Debbie Henderson:
Cindy Elam:
LeeAnn Greff:
Wendy Weixler:
Mary Brown:
Judy DiScipio:
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Apr 19 2014

Week 3 So Very Grateful favor

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This little origami favor has been around the block a few times, but I thought I'd update it for my Create with Connie and Mary Card Create-tions Week 3 favor using Stampin' Up!'s So Very Grateful stamp set!  It was my featured set this week and we share the coordinating favor with everyone on Saturdays as a bonus!  We've come to the end of this session of Card Create-tions…however, it is still not too late to join!  This website will remain available until next March to access all the great card ideas!  MANY of the sets we used will be in the upcoming catalog…and the ones that are going away?  Well, here is your last chance to use them in your Retirement Workshops over the next month!  It's a WIN-WIN!


But, in case you've never made one of these pocket favors, I've included a little mini tutorial for you to download here as a BONUS! 

So Very Grateful Pocket Favor Mini Tutorial


Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions Design Team favors over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…thanks for joining us!






Apr 12 2014

Crazy Mixed Up Love favor

Badge Card Create-tionsIt's Saturday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary favor!  Each week during our Card Create-tions 2014 session, we are showing a coordinating favor that goes along with the stamp set we used that week.  My stamp set for Week 2 was Crazy Mixed Up Love.  I can't believe that this was the first time that I inked that set up.  It really is a cute, unusual set with the whimsical greetings in it!  Remember, only our Card Create-tions subscribers can see our card sets, but everyone sees the coordinating favor we did!  See…you'll already have a class or stamp camp all figured out!  Just follow the step-by-step tutorial that we provide to complete your cards!

Here are the details on how to make this favor:

  1. The Crushed Curry cardstock insert is 3 3/4 x 7 3/4, scored at 5.
  2. On top I added a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of I Am Me Designer Paper in the checked pattern. 
  3. On each of the clothespins, I measured the size and added the I Am Me DSP to cover the front and back of the clothespins.  Then I cllipped each of them to the cardstock insert.
  4. I slipped the insert down into a 4×6 cello bag and folded the top down.
  5. I cut a Basic Gray Starburst Framelit and scored it in half, then folded it across the top of the cello bag, adhering in on front and back with a couple mini glue dots.
  6. On top of that, I cut a Circle Framelit from the Designer Paper, scored in half, and layered on the Basic Gray Starburst.
  7. The lightbulb from Crazy Mixed Up Love I inked up with Crushed Curry, then used a Basic Gray Marker on the bottom of the bulb.  It was cut with a Circle Framelit.  At the bottom, I added a Rhinestone Jewel.
  8. I cut a smaller Crushed Curry Starburst Framelit and layered the lightbulb image on top, then added it to the top of the cello bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Finally, I stamped the greeting with Black Stazon on a narrow strip of Whisper White, cut a flag end, and tucked it under the circle on front.

I think it is a cute little "just because" favor!  I'm always looking for chip clips and this would be perfect!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions 2014 Design Team to see what they did for their favor this week!  And, it's not too late to join!  For only $19.95 US, you get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas using 18 different sets!  Get more details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


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Apr 09 2014

Geometrical Favors

I included this little favor in Club orders last month!  Love using that Scallop Tag Topper Punch!  A little Hershey candy bar dressed up for Easter is inside…looked great with the colors of the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper and the Geometrical Stamp Set!  As usual…I didn't remember to photograph them all until I had already given out a lot of them!  lol!

Here are the details:

  1. Cut Whisper White 2 x 5 1/2, then punch each end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  2. Score at 2 1/2 & 2 3/4
  3. Stamp Thank You from Lots of Thanks stamp set with Black Stazon above the front score line.
  4. Cut a 1 x 2 piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper for the front and adhere above the Thank You.
  5. Stamp the triangles from Geometrical with Crushed Curry, Bermuday Bay and Old Olive, punch with the Triangle Punch.  Pop up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Add an Itty Bitty Flower with Pearl Center to the Bermuda Bay triangle.
  7. Add a bow tied with the Gold Metallic Bakers Twine at the top to keep both sides closed.
  8. I did add a Mini Glue Dot to the Hershey Candy to hold it in place.


Aren't these fun?  Quick and easy to do a bunch of them, too!


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Apr 05 2014

Hello Sailor favor

Each week during Card "Create"tions 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary, we'll be showing little favors that match the card set we did for the week!  I used Stampin' Up!'s Hello Sailor this week and came up with this for my favor!  I was kind of going for a "sailboat" look…without the sails!  lol!  But I think it turned out pretty cute!

Here's what I did:

  1. The base is the Petite Purse cut out of Pacific Point cardstock, and turned upside down.  (I added a score line 1" from the existing one on the lid and adhered the lid inside, then turned upside down and cut the bottom in half, those make the flaps on the side.)
  2. I added 1/2" strips of High Tide Designer Paper in the blue stripe pattern on the flaps and adhered them to the sides.
  3. I stamped Hello Sailor with Smoky Slate on Summer Starfruit, then cut a flag end.
  4. I stamped the Anchor with Smoky Slate on Whisper White and punched with the 3/4" Circle and layered on a 1" Circle of Smoky Slate cardstock.  That is popped up on the front with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I also added a Candy Dot to it.
  5. I stamped Best Mate with Pacific Point ink on the Chalk Talk Framelit tag of Whisper White.
  6. Inside the bag are lifesavors and I tied the bag closed with the 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Super cute little favor, don't you think?  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Card "Create"tions 2014 Design Team did for their favor this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!


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It's not too late to join Card "Create"tions 2014!  You can see what we did this week, plus be one of the first to see what we are doing the next two weeks!  AND, our website stays up for almost a year so you can refer back to the ideas!  Each card set could be a FULL class…and the favor as a bonus!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  For $19.95 US, you are getting 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas!