Apr 24 2015

Petal Potpourri Box

I promised I’d share the directions on how to make the box I did for the Control Freaks Blog Hop this month!  We aren’t permitted to have extra “links” the first couple days of the tour so people don’t get off track on the tour.  But, finally I can share!  Here you go!


Petal Potpourri Favor Box
And here is a little tutorial I put together!  Enjoy!

Petal Potpourri Favor Box Tutorial




Set:  Petal Potpourri

Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe (retiring), Pistachio Pudding (retiring), Gold Metallic (retiring)

Cardstock:  Crisp Cantaloupe (retiring), Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories:  Gold Soiree DSP (retiring), 1/8″ Gold Metallic Ribbon, Party Pennants Die (retiring), Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Cello bag, White Stripe Ribbon, Pompom Trim




Feb 07 2015

Week 3 Blog Hop: Painted Petals Favor

WOOHOO! It’s Saturday and over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!! Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with. (Of course, you can only see the actual 3D and card set projects if you are a subscriber!) You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her little favor, don’t you? Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Spring Collection 2015 session:


We are just finishing up Week 3 on our Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015! This week was Card “Create”tions Week…sets of four cards using different stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog…a very popular week!  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 $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else! So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!


I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Painted Petals, for my card set this week that subscribers saw this past Thursday!  So, I’ve made a little favor you can make to go along with the card set for your class or gift!

Week 3 Blog Hop Painted Petals


Slip off the belly band and open it up to store your little treat!


Week 3 Blog Hop Painted Petals inside

I know you are going to want measurements, right?  Here you go!


  • The base is 3 1/2 x 11 Pistachio Pudding, scored at 3-3/4, 4-1/4, and 8-1/4, fold all scorelines inside towards the center.
  • Emboss the front panel (closest two the double score lines) with Spring Flowers folder.
  • On the edge closest to the single score line, push the Word Window punch in as far as it will go and punch the width needed for your treat.
  • Place a piece of Sticky Strip on that same end, place your treat, then press the Sticky Strip flap down to hold it in place.
  • On the front, add a 3-1/4 x 3-1/2 piece of Something Borrowed Designer Paper.
  • For the belly band, cut a 1 x 11 piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  Score at 5-1/4 and 5-3/4, wrap around base.  Add Sahara Sand Lace to bottom of front piece.
  • Pierce a hole on the open ends and place a Candy Dot Brad Base.  Add green Subtles Candy Dot to center.  Trim ends with a flag cut.
  • Cut second from smallest Oval with Oval Framelits from Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp Thank You in Tuxedo Black Ink, the stems with Pistachio Pudding, the flowers with Crisp Cantaloupe and the dotted line with Calypso Coral.  Sponge around edges with Pistachio Pudding Ink.  Add to Belly Band with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie a Coastal Cabana bow and add to stems with Mini Glue Dot.


OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used this week on their projects! Next up is Mary Brown!


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Feb 03 2015

Bouquet Bigz Die

Well, made it back safely from Leadership in Orlando on Saturday night.  I moved up my flight from Sunday due to all the snow that we were supposed to get.  Ended up not being much of anything…but I was glad I came home just in case.  I knew I probably wouldn’t have slept at all thinking about it anyway.  I also brought home a bad cold!  It hit me the first day I was there.  Two good nights of sleep and I’m feeling much better.

One of the fun things of Leadership is giving roommate and friend gifts.  Here’s what I made my roommate, Annette, with the new Bouquet Bigz Die!

Bouquet Bigs Die

It is a fun desk notepad that I decorated with a belly band and the big flower on top from the Bouquet Bigz Die in the Occasions Catalog.  Real Red, Night of Navy, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla cardstocks matched it PERFECTLY!

Bouquet Bigz Die 2

I also made a matching bag tag for her Leadership bag so it didn’t get mixed up with the thousands of other bags!  I just used the smaller petals to make the smaller flower.


Tower of Terror small

I normally don’t do roller coasters or rides, mainly because of a bad experience on The Beast at Kings Island.  However, our Manager’s Reception was held at Disney World and I was roped into riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror!  Yikes!  But…I loved it so much that I rode it TWICE…the second time in front!  Great night!  These Mickey Mouse shaped Key Lime Shortbread Cookies were my favorite dessert, too!

Managers Reception 3

OK…guess that is enough for now!  Check back for more later!


And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  Our new Spring Collection 2015 is just half-way over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Jan 26 2015

Valentine Mini Treat Bag

I love the Valentine Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Dies.  Did you see the BOXES I made from this Treat Bag Thinlet?  You can get a FREE TUTORIAL here on how to turn it into two different variety of boxes.  But…for this sample, I made it exactly as it is supposed to go together.  Now I just need to decide what goes in it!


Mini Treat Bag

Here are the details:

  • I cut the Mini Treat Bag from Coastal Cabana cardstock.  Before I ran it thru, I also placed the heart shape on the cardstock to cut it at the same time.  Then I used the heart again to cut out the Best Year Ever Designer Paper for the inside heart and one from Blushing Bride cardstock for the outside.
  • I embossed the front with the Happy Hearts Folder and put the bag together with Sticky Strip.
  • I cut some more of the FUN accessories that comes with this Thinlet grouping!  The banner from another pattern of DSP, the border of hearts from Calypso Coral cardstock (save one of the punched hearts to add to the large Blushing Bride heart).
  • A little Pom Pom trim and a Silver Glimmer Paper bow are all stapled on the front side of the bag.

What a super fun treat to give someone!  The bag just makes it, don’t you think?


And…donOCC15SpringCollectionBadge‘t forget!  We are just starting Week 2 of our new Spring Collection 2015 over on Create with Connie and Mary and it’s not too late to join!  Our subscription is full of gift ideas, home decor, card sets and 3D project tutorials perfect for your stamp camps and classes!  We’re using Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin’ Up!’s Catalogs.  Get over 24 projects for only $29.95 US…that’s just a little over $1 per tutorial!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!



Jan 19 2015

Jan 2015 Tour de Freaks


Wow!  It’s time for another Tour de Freaks blog hop!  The theme this time is Love or Valentines…perfect timing, huh?  You’ve probably just arrived from the fabulous Julie Davison’s blog.  Love her fun projects, didn’t you?

When deciding what to do for this tour, I knew I wanted to use the Hello Life stamp set.  It really is so much more than a Valentine set!  I love that large “do more of what makes you happy” greeting!  But, since our theme is Love or Valentine’s, I went with the obvious hearts and paired it with the Stacked with Love Designer Paper Stack.  Here’s my little duo of projects!

Jan 2015 Hello Life

I also adore the new Bow Builder Punch…I’ve used it a couple ways on my projects.  The card has the simple bow and the top of the box has a package bow!  Both are SO easy to make!  Here are a few details:

Jan 2015 Hello Life card

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11, folded in half.
  • Crumb Cake layer is 4 x 5-1/4
  • The heart DSP is 2-1/4 x 4 with a strip of coordinating DSP sized 1/2 x 4 to hide the seam.
  • The script Love was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink along the bottom.
  • The small polka dot heart was stamped with Real Red and hand-cut (no punch or framelit that size…bummer!)
  • The “happy” greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Real Red and cut with the Heart Framelits and added to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Stacked with Love DSP was punched twice with the Bow Builder Punch and put together with Mini Glue dots and added to the bottom of the large heart.


The Tiny Box was so quick and easy to make, too!


Jan 2015 Hello Life Tiny Box

  • All four sides were covered with the 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 squares of the diagonal stripe in Stacked with Love DSP.
  • On the sides and back, 1/4 x 1-3/4 strips of coordinating DSP were adhered across the center.
  • Four hearts were stamped…two in Calypso Coral (striped heart) and two in Real Red (polka dot heart) on Whisper White and hand-cut, then placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The front DSP was stamped with the script Love in Tuxedo Black, and an additional Red Glimmer Heart was cut with the small Heart Framelit.
  • A rhinestone jewel on the front heart added a little bling.

Jan 2015 Hello Life bow

  • The top uses four of the Bow Builder Punches from Stacked with Love DSP.  The tails were added to a 1″ circle with Mini Glue Dots and then staggered the looped bows on top of them.  A 7/8″ Scallop Circle punched from the same DSP covers the ends on the circle.
  • For some bling, a Facet Jewel was tied with White Bakers Twine and added to the center of the bow, then added to the top of the Tiny Box with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Such a sweet little wrapped package for someone you love!


Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Tour de Freaks!  Some great ideas!  Next up is Patty Bennett with more wonderful Love ideas!



Jan 17 2015

PREVIEW: Mini Treat Bag Boxes with FREE TUTORIAL

OCC15SpringCollectionBadgeToday is the LAST DAY of our PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our Spring Collection 2015 officially starts tomorrow, but our Early Bird Price ends today!  Don’t miss out on saving $5 and joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using stamp sets and products in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs!  For only $24.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!


Today I get to share with you our last PREVIEW PROJECT and FREE TUTORIAL…plus the last BLOG CANDY…a free subscription to our Spring Collection!  If you’ve already joined and win, we’ll apply it to a future collection.  Just leave a comment on my blog today so you can be entered to win!


I knew there must be a way to turn the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet into a BOX.  So I started working on it a couple weeks ago.  With a couple trial and errors, I finally came up with these two ideas for boxes!  I took the colors from the fun Sale-A-Bration Best Day Ever Designer Paper and used the coordinating Ribbon and Button Accessory Pack, too!

Petal Potpourri Mini Treat Boxes
One box has a handle, the other closes at the top with the flower helping to hold it closed.   The Framelit has lots of little accessory pieces like the banner and “enjoy”…so I added a couple of those, too!  Want to know how to make them?  Go get my FREE TUTORIAL on Create with Connie and Mary today!

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Dec 29 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

How fun is a Creative Blog Hop!!!  I want to thank Nicole Tugrul for asking me to be a part of this fun idea!  Nicole has been a part of Create with Connie and Mary for several seasons now and I love her work!  Here’s her fabulous blog in case you haven’t visited her before and the wonderful projects she did for the Creative Blog Tour last week!


I know that Christmas has past, and many have already taken down their holiday decorations (I usually wait until after New Year’s to take mine down.)  But, my large snowman collection stays up until the end of February.  I’ve been wanting to make a new insert for my Welcome frame that sits on my buffet table in the dining room, so I thought I’d combine two of my projects into one and use my idea for this Creative Blog Hop!  Want to see what I did?  Here you go…


Snowman Frame

I love it!!!  It’s just SOOO happy and will make me smile every time I walk by!  I found the frames at the Dollar Store a while back, but you could use any size…just measure your opening and go from there.  Here are a few details:

  • To get the curve of the snowman face, I traced the outside edge of the largest Circle Framelit (it was too small to cut it) on Whisper White.  I sponged around it with Crumb Cake ink.
  • The background is Night of Navy and I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge image with White Craft Ink for “snow”.
  • The nose is a long triangle of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, but I punched the end with the Wide Oval Punch to get it curved (slide the end into the back of the punch).  I sponged around it with Pumpkin Pie Ink.
  • I used Sticky Strip on the outside of the frame to hold the 1″ Cherry Cobbler Ribbon (note to self to get MORE before the Holiday Catalog is over!)  I cut another piece and wrapped the Vintage Brad around the center, then added it with more Sticky Strip.
  • The eyes are the Small Oval from Basic Black, the highlights are 1/4″ Circles from Whisper White and the mouth are large circles from the Owl Punch and Basic Black.
  • Happy Winter was cut with Real Red from the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Dies and I added Frosted Sequin Snowflakes randomly on the letters with Rhinestone centers so they sparkle!


Of course, I couldn’t just do ONE project…I had to create a card to go with it!  I did basically the same thing as the frame, just scaled back on the size a little.


Snowman Card

  • I used the alphabet dies for the word, “BRR”
  • The bow tie is the new Bow Punch in the Occasions Catalog punched from Real Red!  LOVE it!  I added a Snowflake embellishment with a Rhinestone center in the center of the bow.
  • The base of the card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Crumb Cake cardstock, folded in half.
  • The background layer is 4 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy with Gorgeous Grunge stamped in White Craft Ink.


Snowman Frame and Card

OK…so I’m supposed to answer 4 questions that will give you an understanding of how I go about coming up with my projects.

  1. What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up work on Create with Connie and Mary’s Valentine Mini Collection 2015.  The design work is done, we are just in the process of making up kits for the projects that we are offering to go along with the subscription.  I’m getting ready to start on my Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 projects.  I’m excited to use some of the new products in the Occasions and SAB catalogs!

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I feel I have a non-cluttered style of stamping, yet my work is not always simple.  I like layers and details.  I’m always amazed at how one little thing will make a project POP!  At times I can fuss and fuss over the placement of things on a card or project, while other times they go together quickly!  I do pay attention to balance and make sure my finished project has straight cuts and cleanly stamped images.  I will re-do anything that isn’t “perfect”.

3.  Why do you create what you do?

I did different types of crafts for craft fairs for years…including some juried ones.  Crafting has always been a part of my life (anyone remember Stiffy Bow Baskets, Painted Fabric Sweatshirts and Tomato Cage Dolls?)  I would make paper crafts as gifts to give away for the holidays, too.  Then I was introduced to Stampin’ Up!  I was IMMEDIATELY hooked!  Stamping allows me to do quick and easy or hard and complicated.  It feeds my creative soul and quiets that voice in my head that says, “you could make that!”  lol!  As a way to sell the tutorials I was creating and help other demos and customers make them, I invited Mary Brown to join up with me to start Create with Connie and Mary several years ago.  It is a  subscription service that uses current Stampin’ Up! products and offers step-by-step photo tutorials.  We’ve added several other design team members as we’ve come along.

4.  How does your creative process work?

I’m inspired by many things around me.  When shopping I look at the design of products, the colors, the textures.  Shopping at Christmas is my favorite time because of all the ideas.  Of course, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, although I don’t look at too many card ideas.  I’m more focused on how to transfer other types of creative mediums into paper crafts.  I love favors and 3D projects the most to work on.  For cards, I usually will start with a sketch or color combination, look at my stamps and pick an image that would work, and then pick my paper last.  MANY times I dream of things that I’ll want to make.  It’s crazy, but my mind always seems to be “on”!

There are a couple other Create with Connie and Mary team members doing the Creative Blog Hop today!  Check out my partner Mary Brown and design team member Debbie Henderson, to see what they’ve done today for the hop!


To keep the Creative Blog Hop going, I have nominated Margaret Raburn and Chris Slogar…both are artists that I admire very much!  Margaret I have known for YEARS from a stamping group and she is one of our Thursday Challenge Team Members on Create with Connie and Mary!  Chris is a new friend with a fun style that I greatly admire!  Check them out!  Their Creative Blog Hop information will be posted next Monday!


Thanks for stopping by and seeing me and I hope you got a little information on how my creative mind works!  lol!

Dec 19 2014

Sneak Peek Blog Tour with Petal Potpourri

The Control Freak Swappers are having a SNEAK PEEK Blog Tour for our December Tour de Freaks!  I know it’s a BUSY time of year, but you know you will see LOTS of inspiration from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs…ordering begins January 6th!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog…weren’t her projects fun?  I love her work!  We have 12 stops this month, so make sure you stop by them all!


Every year I try to decorate my paper calendar that sits on my desk.  Although I keep a lot of appts on my phone, my desk calendar is my BIBLE…reminders and dates, birthdays, etc., all get placed in this master calendar.  So, I want it to look pretty, right?  And…flowers are my favorite things to stamp…so how could I resist using the new Petal Potpourri stamp set to decorate my calendar?  And, I needed a matching birthday card, right?


Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri
Here’s what the calendar started as…pretty plain, huh?


Dec 2014 blank
And here is a closeup of it finished.  I used the new Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper to get started with my colors.  The background is Bermuda Bay with Crushed Curry for the side and Petal Potpourri flowers.  I think this doily pattern is one of my favorites in the set!  The centers are Tangelo Twist with Rhinestones inside, the leaves are Mossy Meadow punched from one of the flowers in the Petal Potpourri set.  Of course the flower has a MATCHING punch!   I added the year with Silver Glimmer Paper numbers cut from the Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies onto Basic Black cardstock with the Label Framelit and used my Chalk Pen to draw around the edges.


Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Calendar
Stamps:  Petal Potpourri Stamp Set
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow
Accessories:  Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Hello Honey Ribbon, Rhinestones, Label Framelits, Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies, White Chalk Pen


Here’s a closeup of the card, too!  This is fun because the greeting is from the Sale-A-Bration set, Big Day, and I embossed it with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black, then used my Blendabilities Markers (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie) to color over the White Embossing.  I love that look!  I also drew around the edges with the White Chalk Pen.  The flowers are the same as I used on the calendar, but I used the little center circle image for the background with Bermuda Bay ink on the Bermuda Bay cardstock!


Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Card
Stamps:  Big Day, Petal Potpourri
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, White Craft
Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Label Framelits, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Rhinestones, White Chalk Pen

OK…aren’t those wonderful ideas and a great glimpse of the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs?  I think so.  Now, go check out the rest of the Control Freak Swappers on the Tour de Freaks blog hop!  Next up is Melissa Davies...another of my favorites!


Melissa Davies

Oct 21 2014

SUOC108 Freaky Friends

The theme over on SUO Challenges this week is “The Treat’s the Thing”.  Of course, so close to Halloween, I naturally thought of Halloween treats so made my little holder with Stampin’ Up!’s Freaky Friends!  Can you tell what I used?  Yep!  I used a portion of the Curvy Keepsake Box!  Isn’t that fun?


SUOC108 Freaky Friends

Here are the details:

  • I used Tangerine Tango cardstock and cut two pieces that were about 3 1/2″ wide and cut just the side of the box that had the loop handle at the top.
  • I trimmed the bottom of both pieces so that I could overlap and adhere them.
  • I used the Large Polka Dot Folder and embossed both sides with it.  Inside the large circles, I stamped the eyes from Freaky Friends with Tuxedo Black Ink on the front and back.
  • I punched a moon with the 1 3/4″ circle punch from Crushed Curry cardstock and sponged Tangerine Tango Ink around the edges, then stamped Ghoulish Greetings with Tuxedo Black Ink on it.
  • I stamped the cat and two bats with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White, then cut them out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To close, I tied Black Bakers Twine around it and tied a bow.
  • The holder will hold 1 or 2 mini candy bars like shown!

Isn’t this a fun and spooky treat holder???  I love using that Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlet in a little different way!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations over on SUO Challenges!



Oct 11 2014

Curly Keepsake Box Trio & BLOG CANDY

HolidayCollectionBadgeToday is the LAST DAY of our PREVIEW WEEK over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our Holiday Collection 2014 officially starts tomorrow, but our Early Bird Price ends today!  Don’t miss out on joining us for some FABULOUS ideas using Christmas and Winter stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  For only $24.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project tutorials with full directions and photos!


Today I get to share with you the last PREVIEW PROJECT and FREE TUTORIAL…plus the last BLOG CANDY...a free subscription to our Holiday Collection!  If you’ve already joined and win, we’ll apply it to a future collection.  Just leave a comment on my blog today so you can be entered to win!


So, here is my project…I was very happy with out it turned out!  What do you think?  Want to make one for yourself?  Imagine giving this darling little gift to someone during the holiday filled with their favorite treats…or a trio of different sweets!


Holiday Home side 2
A trio of Curvy Keepsake Boxes, set in a special handled tray, with a Holiday Home Tag to personalize the gift to family or friends!


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