April 20, 2021

Great Layout Using Ribbon

 I don't think I'm the only one who has spools of ribbon just waiting to be used. With the current in-colors soon retiring, I searched for ideas on how to use the ribbon I have on hand. I found a great layout and want to share it with you.

This beautiful ribbon makes the perfect background to the Forever Fern focal point. 

I'm already considering ideas for other spools of ribbon in my drawer!

April 6, 2021

Fun Pop-Up Card using Art Gallery

 After seeing fellow Pal, Tammy Beard's post on how to make this easy fun fold, I had to give it a go. It was so much fun, we made it in my March class!

The base of this card is a square with a little extra! The Fine Art Floral dsp is featured along with the Art Gallery bundle. I found that Pretty Peacock works perfectly with this dsp. I used Stampin' Blends to color rhinestones for some coordinating bling.

The real fun, comes on the inside!

A 6" x 6" piece of dsp is folded to create a suprising pop-up. A definite WOW for the recipient. The sentiment and flower are part of the Art Gallery stamp set. When coloring the floral stamp, I didn't have a Pretty Peacock marker, so used a blending pen to pick up some ink and add it to the stamp - worked like a charm!

Until next time, happy stamping! 

March 30, 2021

Flowers for Every Season Treat Holder

A quick post to share the treats I made to take to work this week. 

Springtime means flowers and what better DSP to use than Flowers For Every Season. Each treat holder houses 4 Hershey eggs. I like this pattern because the lid lifts off and the treat holder can be refilled. Hope my peeps at work like them!


Thanks to The Paper Pixie, Julie DiMatteo for her tutorial.

March 16, 2021

Spring Carrots

 I guess you could say this is my veggie post. I spent some time experimenting with treat containers for an upcoming spring gathering. I'll share my results, sources and some comments.

My first tutorial cam from Sam Calcott at Mixed Up Craft. This is a big box! The top is 3" and it narrows down to 1". Due to the size, this is much more than a treat box. It would be a great replacement for a small Easter basket. To answer my sister's question, it would fit a mini bottle of wine! Sam has a great video on how to create this carrot. I like how this project turned out, but it's too big for what I have in mind.

This is another Sam Calcott design. I struggled with getting the cone appropriately shaped. I can be rather particular with my projects and am not at all happy with how this turned out for me. The actual carrot is about 5.5" long and 2" across the top. You could fit about 10 chocolate eggs in this treat holder. I'm sure my carrots would get better with practice. I was thinking that having a form that is used to make waffle cones would be a great help for this project!

This tutorial is from Twila Davis. I found it on Splitcoast Stampers. I feel as though I'm telling the story of the 3 bears here and this is the carrot that is just right! The carrot base is 6" x 6" and once the cutting/scoring was figured out, it was easy to put together. It has my vote!

So, if you're looking to create some spring carrots, give one of these projects a go!

March 9, 2021

Beautiful Friendship - Two Takes

 I have a penchant for floral stamps. My very first Stampin' Up! set was floral and I've purchased MANY more floral sets over the years. Flowers make me smile and what better to send in the mail than a smile!

My cards today are a case from team member Allen Herther. Allen actually created a layout using his stamperatus and a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of cardstock. He stamped one side, flipped it and stamped the other. When the stamping was completed, he cut the card stock for two card fronts. I loved his card and had to case it. I freestyled mine versus using the stamperatus.

I went bright with my first card. Colors used: Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody.

I reached for the Subtle collection for my second card. Colors used: Blushing Bride, Seafoam Green, So Saffron, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue.

Creating a gift box of notecards would be a perfect gift for many occasions. Which color choice do you prefer?

March 2, 2021

Twist and Pop Baby Card

 The arrival of a new baby is something to be celebrated. After receiving this fun fold as a birthday card, I thought I'd give it a go in a baby version. I have to say, it is a fun fold to make, to give and to receive!

I used retired stamp sets Moon Baby and Bravo. Coloring was a snap with Stampin' Blends. The DSP is from the Playing With Paper paper stack. The pocket on top holds a gift card.

February 25, 2021

Happy Birthday to Me!

I recently celebrated a birthday and have to share some of the amazing cards I received! Lots of fun folds!!

    From my sister Anne who is an avid stamper...and wine drinker πŸ˜‰ Z-fold cards are such fun!

     My co-worker Lori created this twist n pop card. After opening it, I went home and made one. I'll post it soon. I opened and closed this one throughout my work day. Love it!

     This card contained an amazingly sweet note. It is from my son; he took the card from my stash πŸ˜‚. He has great taste!

     This last card came from my two crafty sweeties Mila, age 5 and Neva, age 3. I can't imagine how much time Mila spent creating this amazing rainbow. She used 1/2" square pieces of paper! The garden she created on the inside of the card is also beautiful. Check out Neva's stamping talents! There is so much heart in the cards these talented young ladies createπŸ’•

My birthday celebration lasted three days! I didn't think birthdays would be so much fun at this age. Hope you enjoy my cards as much as I do.

February 23, 2021

Sweet Treats!

I invited two neighbors in for an afternoon of stamping. We had a wonderful time. Because there were only two people, the cards we made were a bit more involved. Prior to starting the third card, I popped a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls into the oven. We enjoyed them with coffee and tea after all of the hard work!

It was so sweet when Chris commented on the afternoon and how she enjoyed being spoiled. She said that as a mom, she isn't often spoiled and she really enjoyed the afternoon. I like to spoil my stampers! I always create a treat for each stamper as a stamping favor. Spoiler Alert! Hee-hee, pun intended πŸ˜„

I followed a tutorial by Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. The ladies loved them!

Here is one of the cards we made. This chick just cracks me up!

I'm planning my class for next month and will offer it at multiple times so I can keep the class size low and comfortable for everyone. I miss my groups of stampers.

Hope you find some RnR in your craft space today!

February 16, 2021

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

Today my middle Little, Jaxon, turns 7! He was born in Louisiana. I was able to hold out until August and then had to take a road trip to take in as many baby snuggles and smooches as I could get in a five day stretch. I was so happy when my nephew moved his family to Wisconsin. Although my Littles are 2 hours away from my home, I see them regularly. I love those little squirrels!

Typical of most kids, Jaxon likes to play video games. He received a vintage Pac Man game for Christmas. I thought he'd enjoy this card.

My other 2 littles have birthdays in March. I'll be sure to share the cards I make for them.

Happy Birthday Jaxon! I love you to the moon and back πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

February 9, 2021

Valentine Wishes

This past weekend I shopped for chocolate and came home to play in my craft room. Paper and chocolate - who could ask for more??

Buffalo check is still all the rage so I thought I'd incorporate it into a Valentine card.

I pulled out the retired Sweet and Sassy Framelits and added some embossing for interest. This would be appropriate for a male or female.

Now for the chocolate.

I filled an A2 Acetate box with Dove Dark chocolate and a string of fairy lights. The piece of DSP was embossed with a retired heart folder. I randomly placed a few punched hearts into the embossed impressions. Prior to gifting, I will turn on the lights - too cute!

I dove into my stash and found a retired vessel to fill with Reese's Butter Peanut Butter Cups as my son called them when he was little. The box includes a gift card and is a Valentine treat for my now 22 year old.

I hope you're making use of the great Stampin' Up! products you have on hand.

Sweet wishes to you!

February 2, 2021

Start the Month With a Pop

Sometimes it's fun to have a good play in the craft room; you never know what may pop up!

My neighbor asked me to create Christmas, anniversary and birthday cards for her family for 2021. She had quite the list! She asked for pop-up cards for the anniversaries. I had the tutorial and then perused my stash to find paper I thought would work. Neither card was completed in one sitting. I took my time creating and had fun doing so. 

I added a pocket to the back of the box and created a coordinating card so a note and gift card, check or cash could be included. I did make bespoke envelopes for each of the cards.

I hope the cards are enjoyed!

January 26, 2021

Let the Sparkle Continue!

 If you're looking for a way to add some sparkle to the next treat or host gift you give, look no further.

I cased (copied and shared) this idea from Rhonda Wade, such fun!

A dear friend invited me for dinner and I wanted to take a special treat. I mixed together some homemade caramels, an acetate card box, some silver and gold wrappers, ribbon and embellishments. The real spakle in the box? Fairy lights! As I tucked my caramels in the box I threaded a strand of fairy lights into the box. I used a 4" wide piece of dsp to wrap the box and finished it with white ribbon, silver sequinned ribbon, silver and gold braid. Before leaving my car to enter my friend's home, I turned on the fairy lights.

Other sweets to add to the box would be Dove or Merci chocolates, mini Hershey bars or other sweets that don't exceed 5/8" in height. Think Valentine's Day!

You can find the fairy lights here. If you'd like to make the caramels, they're really quite easy.

Homemade Caramels

1/2 lb butter with salt (2 sticks)

2 1/2 C light brown sugar

1 C light corn syrup

1 C sweetened condensed milk

Combine ingredients in an 8 cup bowl, cover with parchment paper.

Microwave on 100% for 5 minutes, stir well with a wire whisk. (watch closely for boil over, just open microwave to stop cooking, let it settle down and continue cooking again.)

Microwave another 5 minutes, stir well.

Microwave another 5 minutes, stir well.

(Place a plate under the bowl to catch any boil over, and return it to bowl.)

After microwaving is done, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Line a 10 x 15 cookie sheet/jelly roll tin with parchment paper, having paper up all 4 sides of the pan.

Pour the hot caramel mixture into pan and let cool completely.

When cool, lift parchment with caramel out of the pan, cut into bite size pieces. To cut caramels, use a pizza knife or a sharp chef's knife. Spray with Pam to make it even easier.

I made this in a 1000 watt microwave; you may have to lengthen cooking time 1-2 minutes in other microwaves.

If you like a sweet/salty taste, after caramel is cool, sprinkle sea salt on top of it.

I cut into 1/2" x 1" logs and wrapped it in papers from the candy making area at Hobby Lobby. I bought 2 packages of 48 wrappers each; I could have used 3. You can also cut your own waxed paper.


January 19, 2021

Winter Sparkle

I've stepped out of my home to some beautiful January Wisconsin mornings. These sites were the inspiration for my holiday thank you notes this year. 

It's a bit difficult to see the embossed layer of "snow".

Wink of Stella to the rescue! 

The layered bit of red in the tag comes from an envelope/card I received many years ago. It has a velvety texture; I just couldn't throw it away!

When looking out my craft room window, this image is a common site - including the cardinal!

Happy stamping!