Feb 01 2016

Cute Conversations

Happy February! One month down…only two more to go until Spring is here!  Actually our winter hasn’t been too bad (knock on wood).  We’ve had warmer than normal temperatures here in Ohio for the most part!  I’ve probably just jinxed us now!  lol!


I was happy to get the new January My Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail this month!  Although, the suggested banner and treat packages are darling ideas, I knew I’d be using mine for a different purpose.  I ordered some It’s My Party Enamel Dots for my Stamp Club customers for a little Christmas gift, but they didn’t come in time to go in their order bags.  I elected to keep them for a little Valentine gift instead!  I filled the Sketched Dots Gift Bags with the Enamel Dots, folded down the top, then added the individual hearts with the clothespin, red sequins and colored banner, tied with Bakers’s Twine!  The only thing I added that was not IN the kit was the small Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper punched heart, and the bag/gift, of course.  Yes…everything else was included!  The hearts were stamped with the included Cute Conversations stamp set and Watermelon Wonder Ink.  Made it SO quick to make up 16 of them!


MPP Cute Conversations closeup

Don’t they look sweet all lined up?  I still have PLENTY of paper scraps to punch more hearts, and even leftover clothespins, sequins, baker’s twine and banners!  I’ll be making up a batch of cards to send out for Valentine’s Day, too!


MPP Cute Conversations

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Have a great Stampin’ day!


Jan 06 2016

Botanical Blooms Calendar

Every year I re-cover a calendar to have on my desk to keep track of my classes and activities.  I remove the ugly vinyl cover and add cardstock and designer paper.  This year I couldn’t resist using the Botanical Blooms stamp set, framelits and Botanical Garden Designer paper.  Did you know that ALL of that comes with the Bundle for only $51.75???!!!  Stampin’ Up! added the DSP to the bundle for this one!  Makes sense because it is a perfect match!


Botanical Bloooms

Of course, I took all my colors from the Designer Paper.  Here are the details:

  • I measured the front and back of the calendar then covered the front and back with Hello Honey cardstock, leaving about 1″ uncovered along the folded edge.
  • I cut the bottom piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Paper and adhered over the cardstock.  Then used a 1/2″ strip of coordinating designer paper to cover the seam.
  • The Cajun Craze band was cut 3″ wide and scored down the center at 1-1/2 so that it would fold along the edge easily and hide the uncovered part.  I used Tear & Tape on this piece because of all the movement it will get.
  • The 2016 numbers from Large Numbers Framelits were cut from Gold Glimmer Paper and adhered above the DSP.
  • The veins in the leaves were stamped with Mossy Meadow Ink on Mossy Meadow Cardstock, then cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits.
  • Flowers were cut from Whisper White, Pool Party and Cajun Craze cardstock, then assembled around the numbers.  I LOVE that several of the flowers are “cut” so they have more dimension and pop out!
  • I used the Perfect White Accents for the centers.  In the large flower I colored it with a Black Sharpie Marker.


It will be so much fun to look at my calendar all year around and enjoy this design!  SO much better than that vinyl black cover!


Do you want even MORE details on using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration stamps and supplies?

January 2016 collageWe are getting ready for our JANUARY 2016 MINI SESSION with  projects using stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures Get some great ideas for your January, February and Spring classes!  You are going to LOVE these!  PLUS check out the VALENTINE SPECIAL BONUS below!

Sets we are using for the January session, opening January 11th:

      • Flowering Fields
      • Botanical Blooms
      • Apple of My Eye
      • First Sight
      • Beautiful Ride

VALENTINE BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase both the January and February Mini Sessions together for $17.90 US and get this BONUS VALENTINE project immediately using the Balloon Builder Punch and Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set, perfect gift for your hostesses or friends!  Sets we will be using for the February Mini Session, opening February 11th:

  • What I Love
  • Easter Lamb
  • Balloon Celebration
  • Party Wishes
  • Pyramid Pals

Valentine Bonus Project snippet
plus BONUS VALENTINE project

$17.90 US

Check out Create with Connie and Mary for more details!


Dec 24 2015

Snowman favors

Merry Christmas Eve!  I didn’t think that I’d be posting again before Christmas, but remembered I didn’t show this photo of the Snow Place favors I made.  I’m sure you’ve seen them around…they were popular for craft fairs this year.  I’m not sure who had the original idea, my stamp club members LOVED making them last month, too!  After seeing one, my husband commissioned me to make a bunch for his friends at the office.  I’ve also made some for friends and to have on the plates for Christmas dinner!  Here’s the first batch!


Snow Day Favors


Don’t they look cute all lined up?  Here’s a closeup.  I used the Snow Place stamp set for the scarf and hat.  The “tray” is 3 x 4, scored at 1/2, 1, 2 and 2-1/2 lengthwise.  I used mini glue dots to hold the wrapped Hershey nuggets in place (1 x 3 strip of cardstock wraps them).  The bags are pretzel bags found in the cake making supply area.  The buttons are 1/4″ circles punched from Black Glimmer Paper.


Nov 2015 Snow Place


Again, have a very Merry Christmas!



Dec 23 2015

Holiday Gift Card Tree

I’ll probably be off-line the next few days to enjoy our families at Christmas.  I wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by my son to make a Gift Card “basket” for his work holiday party!  I decided to do a Gift Card Tree with some of my favorite Punch Art characters!   I can’t believe it, but I did forget to take closeups of each of them individually…so this full shot is all I have!  Hope you can see it ok.  There is a Snowman, an Elf suit, a Penguin, Rudolph and Santa suit.  I used the Gift Card Framelit for the base.  Inside the holders are gift cards to various restaurants around town.


Christmas Gift Card Holder Tree


Sorry, I’m not going into details on each one, but the base is the bottom of a decorated gift box and I wrapped around some retired Real Red Striped Ribbon.  Inside the box is some floral foam to hold the skewers in place and shredded tissue on top to hide the foam.  On the back of the gift card holder, I added a little rectangle of cardstock with Sticky Strip around it to form a pocket for the end of the stick to slide into and hold secure.


You like?  It was a hit at the party!


Don’t forget about my Accessory Product Share going on now.  See more details HERE!


2016 Occasions Accessory share



Dec 19 2015

Dec 2015 Control Freaks Blog Hop


Gosh…it has been a few months since I’ve been able to participate in the monthly Control Freaks Blog Hop!  Just been really busy at that scheduled time of the month so couldn’t swing getting any extra projects done!  But, I’m excited to be back and able to participate!  The theme this month is the new goodies from the Occasions or Sale-a-Bration catalogs!  I decided to use a set that has been sitting on my desk the past few days, Bloomin’ Love!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog...always love her projects, don’t you?


I must admit…I’m ready to move on from making Christmas cards!  Who doesn’t love some sweet Valentines?  I love the flowery set, Bloomin’ Love in the Occasions Catalog…and the yummy Love Blossoms Designer Paper and coordinating Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit!  So much FUN stuff!


First up is this heart apothecary jar that I picked up at the M*** store AGES ago…in fact, I was with Mary Brown when I bought it and shipped it back with me from Palm Springs, California after Leadership that year.  I have used the clear ones that I bought…but this red one has been sitting on my shelf so I pulled it out to use!


Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 3
A few details:

  • The flowery heart from Bloomin’ Love is stamped with Blushing Bride on Whisper White and hand cut, then adhered to the gold heart doily in the Love Blossoms Kit with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some gold sequins in the kit were added to the flowers.
  • The banner was stamped with Real Red and the words with Tuxedo Black ink, and hand cut, then added across the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The entire heart was added to the front of the glass apothecary jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 4

  • The Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon from the Kit was tied around the neck and some of the string pearls and Blushing Bride Sequin Trim was tied in the knot of the ribbon.
  • The floral image from Bloomin’ Love was stamped with Garden Green, then punched with a 1-1/4″ Circle and adhered to the cork.  The outline flower was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride and adhered over the floral image with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  A white sequin from the Kit was added to the center.

Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 2
Details on the card:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White.
  • Along the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Blushing Bride, a 1-3/4 x 4 strip of Love Blossoms DSP was added to the bottom. Then placed on the front of the base.
  • A 1/4″ x 4 strip of Gold Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
  • The Bloomin’ Heart Thinlet Die was cut from Rose Red cardstock and added to the top of the card.
  • White sequins from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit were added to the Heart diecut.
  • The banner was stamped with Tuxedo Black and greeting with Rose Red, handcut and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon in the kit was tied in a knot with the string pearls and Blushing Bride Sequin Trim tied in it.  It is added to the banner with Mini Glue Dots.


Here’s the duo together!  Love how this little gift ensemble came out!  Fill the apothecary jar with candies or bath salts for a nice little gift!


Dec 2015 Bloomin Love

Next up is Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour!  Keep going around until you get back here and you’ll have completed the blog tour!  Enjoy!





Dec 05 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Christmas Favor

Those of you that follow me know that I LOVE making 3D items…favors or large home decor pieces!  It is what got me hooked on stamping over 13 years ago!  I wish I would have know about it when my kids were young and having birthday parties…oh the favor bags I could have made!  lol!  So this week’s Create with Connie and Mary Christmas Favor is right up my alley!

I’ve had this snowman done for a few weeks and have been saving him for this week!  Of course, I used the Snow Place stamp set and Snow Friends Framelits to decorate the Cutie Pie Box!  Isn’t he SOOOO cute?



Cutie Pie Snowman
Here are the details:

  • The Cutie Pie Box is cut from Thick White Cardstock.
  • The sides I added a 1-3/4 wide strip of Season of Cheer Designer Paper.
  • I inked up the face of the snowman with a Basic Black Marker on one side of the Cute Pie Box before putting it together, then colored the nose with Pumpkin Pie.
  • I stamped the hat with Tuxedo Black Ink, the scarf with Marina Mist Ink, and the candy cane with Real Red Ink.  The holly I inked up with the Real Red and Garden Green Markers.  The hat band colored with Marina Mist marker.  All were cut with the Snow Friends Framelits and adhered to the front side of the box.
  • The buttons were punched with the 1/4″ Circle Punch from Black Glimmer Paper and added with Mini Glue Dots.

I love how he turned out and how easy it is to open the bottom of the box and fill with a special treat!


OK…next up on our Saturday Blog Hop is the Create with Connie and Mary website where you can find out more about how to sign up for our DECEMBER Mini Session starting soon!  (Don’t forget, if you signed up for the WINTER BONUS last month, you already have subscribed to this session!)


December 2015 collageHere’s a sneak peek of what we will be doing and sets we are using for the December session, great for your upcoming January, Valentine and Occasions classes:

      • Bloomin’ Love Bundle 3D Project
      • Going Global
      • Timeless Love
      • Wonderland (last minute gift packaging idea!)
      • No Bones About It
      • BONUS:  Bloomin’ Love Card Set

Check out the details over on Create with Connie and Mary!













Oct 19 2015

October 2015 Tour de Freaks

Hi!  Welcome to the Control Freaks “Tour the Freaks” blog hop!  You’ve probably just come from the awesome Jan Tinklenberg, didn’t you love her ideas?  You can continue around the blog hop until you reach back here and complete the tour!  Small group this time…only 9 stops!


Our theme for October is “Something to be thankful for…”  I could think of TONS of things I’m very thankful for…my family, health, friends, a great stamping business that allows me to work from home.  But…this time of year gratitude also makes me think of the Thanksgiving holiday.  I only have a few truly “Thanksgiving” type of decorations that I set out.  One is a set of little stuffed pilgrims and turkey that I purchased at a craft fair YEARS ago!  Looking at them when I pulled out the Halloween stuff gave me the idea that I could re-create them in box form.  And, I decided the Cutie Pie Framelit would be my best bet!  So…here’s the family:


October 2015 Pilgram Cutie Pie Thinlets
Aren’t they cute?  All of them can be filled with candy or treats, the bottom of the box opens up!  I plan on putting them on my Thanksgiving Table to go along with the Indian Corn favors I made for each plate that I featured in last month’s tour!  Here they are individually.


The Boy Pilgrim:

October 2015 Boy Pilgrim
The Girl Pilgrim:

October 2015 Girl Pilgrim
And the Turkey:

October 2015 Turkey
A few details:

  • The Faces were punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle.  Eyes with the 1/4″ circle.
  • The hats were made with the Boo To You witch hat.
  • Collars, bonnet, hair and apron were hand cut.  The scallop on her collar with the 2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch.
  • Turkey feet and waddle were cut from the Cutie Pie Thinlet pieces.  Leaves from the Leaflet Framelits.


OK…time to move on to the next person on the tour my great friend, Mary Brown.  I know you’ll enjoy her projects, too!



Oct 14 2015

Sweet Hauntings Favors

I made up a couple batches of these little favors using the Note Tag Punch for my Stamp Club orders this month in celebration of Halloween!  I love the little bottles and tags in this set!  Here’s the first batch I did…of course, like usual, I start giving them out before they are all done, so I didn’t get a photo of all of them!  Don’t they kind of look like tombstones all together like this?  lol!


Sweet Hauntings Club Favors
Here’s a closeup.  Inside is a Hershey’s Nugget wrapped in 1 x 3 piece of Happy Hauntings Designer Paper:


Sweet Hauntings Club Favor
The details to recreate these favors:

  • The base is 1-1/2 x 6 Basic Black cardstock.  Feed the cardstock thru the back of the Note Tag Punch and punch the top.
  • Score at 2-1/4 and 3-1/4 from the punched top.  Then punch the other side.
  • Stamp the Happy Hauntings tag with Memento Tuxedo Black on Tangerine Twist cardstock and punch with the Note Tag Punch as normal.  Adhere on the shorter side to equal up the sides.
  • Wrap a 1 x 3 piece of Happy Hauntings Designer Paper around a chocolate Hershey Nugget and adhere inside the 1″ section.
  • Pierce a hole and close with the Candy Dot Base and Candy Dot on front.
  • Stamp the narrow bottle with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Rich Razzleberry cardstock, cut out and adhere to the front of the treat with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

They were quick and fun to put together.  Think I’ll make up another little batch for my husband’s co-workers!




We just opened the October Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!  It’s not too late to join!  Here are the details…don’t miss out!


* Includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
* All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)
* Plus BONUS cards done by Connie and Mary throughout the month!
*Mini session is available NOW!

Sets used for this collection:

  • Holly Jolly Greetings
  • Vintage Leaves (or Lighthearted Leaves could be used!)
  • Your Presents
  • Happy Scenes
  • Thankful Forest Friends
  • BONUS:  Reason for the Season

October 2015 collage small

Sep 21 2015

Indian Corn Favor Tutorial

Thanks for all the nice comments on my Indian Corn Favor and centerpiece!  It was so fun to create!  As promised, I put together a short and simple tutorial on how to make the favors!


Sept 2015 Indian Corn 2
Sept 2015 Berry Basket filled
So…here is the tutorial on how to make the Indian Corn Favor…just click on the tutorial photo below.

Indian Corn Favor Tutorial Thumbnail
Sept 2015 Indian Corn


Are you looking for some GREAT ideas using items in the Holiday Mini?  Look no further than the Create with Connie and Mary September Mini Session!

Sept bonusTo start, every month we have three wonderful card sets and two AWESOME 3D projects (and a bonus card set!) for the Create with Connie and Mary Mini Sessions.


In September, two of the card sets are Halloween as is one of the 3D projects.  However, we know that not everyone is into Halloween, so Mary and I decided to remake two of the Halloween projects using Christmas stamp sets…JUST FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS!  I knew I was going to remake Debbie’s Tabletop Decor item anyway using Snow Place for a future class.  So if you weren’t sure you want to subscribe this month (September) because of all the Halloween…you are getting two BONUS projects as Mary also remade two of Deb’s Haunt Ya Later cards using Jolly Christmas.  AND…we did add-ons to the tutorials so you’d know how to do them, too!


So normally you get 6 GREAT ideas for ONLY $8.95…this month it is 8 ideas!  You really can’t beat that!


With our September mini session we are featuring sets from the Holiday mini…

    • Sweet Hauntings
    • Cheer All Year
    • Howl-o-ween Treats
    • Haunt Ya Later
    • Lighthearted Leaves
    • BONUS:  Acorny Thank You
    • AND a bonus project from Connie remaking Debbie Henderson’s ADORABLE Halloween Tabletop Decor into an ADORABLE Snow Place Tabletop Decor
    • AND two Jolly Christmas Cards using the layouts from Deb’s Haunt Ya Later card set!


The session is NOW OPEN!  Sign up today over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Sep 19 2015

Sept Tour de Freaks – All About Fall

You know what time it is?  Time for the Tour de Freaks Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Fall Holidays!  We have a fun lineup for you today!  You’ve probably just come from Jan Tinklenberg’s blog…aren’t her ideas fantastic?  Follow the next buttons until you complete the tour and come back here!


I’m always excited to decorate for fall.  And, even though it is early, I start thinking about the favor I will put on my table settings at Thanksgiving!  My project this month serves a dual purpose…I can enjoy the favors as a centerpiece in the Sunflower Berry Basket right now…then place the individual Indian Corn favors on the plates at Thanksgiving!  I’ve got several photos and hope you can appreciate the FUN-NESS of this project from the photos!  They look great in person!


The first photo shows the Berry Basket Die decorated with the sunflower punched with the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  It also shows a couple of the Indian Corn favors with the A Little Something Greeting stamped on leaves cut with the Leaflet Framelits, plus a little Gold Glimmer Paper bling!


Sept 2015 Indian Corn 2
A closeup of the tags.  I’ll also write the name of each person on the leaf at the table setting.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn Leaf Tag
A closeup of the Sunflower on the Berry Basket holder made with the Festive Flower Punch in the Holiday Catalog and a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch!


Sept 2015 Sunflower basket

Close-up of one of the ears of Indian Corn.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn
And the favors placed in the Berry Basket to use as a centerpiece!


Sept 2015 Berry Basket filled
Isn’t that fun?  I love how it turned out and it will be a great addition to my fall home decor!  If you are curious, I was able to get 5 favors from one bag of fall colored M&Ms…and I was very generous with my portion…you could make them a little smaller and get 7-8 out of one bag easily!  I have a short and sweet tutorial on how to make these Indian Corn favors in my blog post dated 9/21/15…I’ll add a link here as soon as I’m able (need to follow the Tour guidelines!)


Next up on the Tour de Freaks lineup is Mindy Backes…she always has wonderful ideas, too!