Rooted In Nature Birthday Card


I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get this photo posted tonight!  (A little technical issue on the blog side of things, I think, because it certainly couldn't be user error, right?)


Anyway, here is a great little card that would be perfect for a guy in your life...not too fru-fru, but clean and simple.  Here are the dimensions and supplies I used for this one:

  • Whisper White cardstock base (8.5" x 5.5" scored at 4.25" on the long side)
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock, 4.5" x 3.5"
  • Tranquil Tide ink pad
  • Night of Navy ink pad
  • Old Olive ink pad
  • Momento Black ink pad
  • Rooted in Nature Stamp set
  • Perennial Birthday stamp set
  • Stamparatus stamp positioning tool

Frosted Floral DSP



This paper.  OMG.  It is soooo gorgeous. This picture just does not do it justice.  It is by far my favorite Stampin' Up paper ever.  This was a super easy card that I put together in about 10 minutes or less, and you can do it too.  Even if you don't have the exact supplies that I do, you can mimic the basic design of the card using whatever you have around your craft space.  Here are the dimensions and supplies for the card:

  • Smokey Slate card base
  • Tranquil Tide card stock, 5.25" x 4"
  • Frosted Floral DSP, 5" x 3.75"
  • Tranquil Tide strip, 1" x 3.75"
  • Smoky Slate strip, .5" x 3.75"
  • 2-inch circle punch
  • 1.75 - inch circle punch
  • Pearlized doiley
  • All Things Thanks stamp set
  • Tranquil Tide stamp pad
  • Adhesive
  • Stampin Dimensionals

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Blissful Blooms Alternative


I did an earlier entry about our August 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, Blissful Blooms.  You may have seen it (if not, scroll down a little bit, and I bet you'll find it!)  Anyway, once all the elements are used up in the kits, you still have the stamp set right? And of course you'll want to figure out different ways to use it.  Well, I discovered a really neat technique that has been around for a while, sometimes called 'stamping in the round' or 'wreath stamping.' I personally think THIS card might be prettier than those that were designed for the kit, but hey, I'm biased!

Here are the supplies I used (in addition to the stamp set included in the Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin kit):

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base
  • Layering Squares Big Shot Framelits (I used the largest one in the set)
  • Big Shot die cutting machine
  • Blackberry Bliss card stock 3" x 3" square
  • Whisper White card stock (cut using the Layering Squares Framelits, using the biggest one as before)
  • 5.5" x 5.5" scrap of card stock, any color, to make template (see video for instructions)
  • Melon Mambo Ink
  • Pineapple Punch Ink
  • Scrap of Old Olive card stock for punching leaves
  • Scrap of Gold Glimmer paper for punching leaves 
  • Leaf Punch
  • Classic Label Punch

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Spooky Cat Card



Here's a quick and easy card to make for Halloween using the Stampin' Up cat punch and few other basic supplies.  These would be great to make if you needed to have a bunch of cards but didn't have a lot of time to spare, or maybe you don't have a ton of supplies at your disposal.  The supplies used and measurements are below, and complete instructions can be seen in the tutorial above:

  • Thick Whisper White card stock for card base
  • Basic Black card stock, 4" x 5.25
  • Daffodil Delight card stock, cut into a 2 7/8 circle (using the largest circle die from the Layering Circles framelit die set)
  • Layering Circles Framelit dies
  • Daffodil Delight card stock, 4" x 1/2"
  • Dazzling Diamonds Shimmer Paper, 4" x 3/4"
  • Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blend Pen
  • Labels to Love Stamp Set
  • Scrap of Whisper White for stamping label
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Momento Black ink pad
  • Daffodil Delight ink pad

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Frights & Delights Paper Pumpkin September



Paper Pumpkin has arrived!  This month the kit is Halloween themed, and the contents included are intended to make super cute little treat bags, but since I don't really have much use for 24 treat bags, I decided to use some of the supplies to do an alternative project.  This was TOTALLY done on the fly, and probably not my best creation, but I still think it's cute.  I will most likely be doing some more cards using the stuff in this kit, and I'll post photos of those as they happen.  

The little bag in the photo is done by simply following the instructions in the kit, so I am not going to post the measurements for that...all the items used are pre-cut!  All you need to do is do some stamping and adhere it all together, and fill the bag (I put peanut butter M&Ms in this one.)

For the card, I used the following items:

  • Gorgeous Grape cardstock 5.5" x 8.5, scored folded in half to make a 5.5" x 4.25 card base
  • Basic black cardstock for mat, 5.25" x 4"
  • Lemon Lime twist cardstock 5" x 3.75"
  • Buffalo Check Stamp
  • Ghost from the kit, assembled with the silver foil as directed in the kit
  • Mango Melody banner that is included in kit, cut at scoreline
  • Scrap of Whisper White cardstock, but at approximately 1.25" x 3.25"
  • "Spooky" sticker from kit
  • Stamp set included in kit
  • Momento ink
  • Black and Silver bakers twine included in kit
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • adhesive of choice

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Paper Pumpkin August 2018


Today I decided to finally open up my August 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit and show all my friends how easy it is to make some really beautiful cards with this month's kit.  

If you are not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is our monthly "shipped to your door" crafting kit that you can subscribe to HERE.  It contains everything (except scissors) to make each month's project.  With your very first kit, they will even include a clear block to mount the stamp set on!  How cool is that?  You can choose several different options with Paper can subscribe month-to-month (and cancel anytime without any penalty!) or you can buy pre-paid subscriptions (please contact me so I can help you with this option!)  This would be a great option to send as a "gift that keeps on giving" to your daughter, niece or granddaughter - Christmas is right around the corner, after all!  Or, as a gift to yourself!  Hey, you deserve it! 

If you click if you click this link, you will be taken to the page where you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin (and I will have the privilege of being your demonstrator!) You will have to create an account (make sure sure you keep track of your user name and password, in case for some reason you decide later you want to cancel your subscription.) If you have purchased a pre-paid subscription through me, this is where you will enter a special code and you will not need to enter your credit card information.

Anyway, enough about the technical details.  On to the tutorial (which will also tell you a little bit about Paper Pumpkin) and you can see for yourself how quick, easy and pretty this month's kit is.  I hope you enjoy it! Hope you have a Scrappy Day!



A Big Thank You



Here's the quick tutorial!

Here are a couple of really pretty, really simple cards made using Stampin' Up's A Big Thank You stamp set as well as the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and a little bit of the beautiful Share What You Love DSP.  All the products I used can be found in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. 

For these cards, I used the following items:

  • Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock - 8.5" x 5.5", folded in half to make a card base that measures 4.25" x 5.5"
  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock - 5.25" x 4"
  • Share What You Love DSP - 5" x 3.75"
  • Blackberry Bliss Cardstock strip - 1" x 3.5" (for banner)
  • Very Vanilla scrap (to cut into circle)
  • Stitched Shapes Thinlits....I used the second smallest circle for one card, and the second smallest square for the other
  • Big Shot machine (for die cutting the circle/square
  • Adhesive of your choice (I used our Tombow Multi-purpose glue)
  • Stampin Dimensionals

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Quick Cards



Hi ya'll!  

I managed to make a quick couple of cards and a super cute treat box for you guys this past week with items in the new Stampin' Up Holiday 2018 Catalog!  It's finally available! 

The treat box is really easy to make using our Takeout Thinlits dies and the Takeout Treats stamp set. I personally think these would be perfect for making and popping a couple of Hershey kisses in (I actually found that two mini Twix bars fit in them perfectly) and give to teachers, co-workers, treats for your kids classmates (I mean, Halloween IS coming up soon!) or even make them out of some really pretty cardstock and put them on place settings for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Just a few ideas!

There really aren't any specific dimensions that I need to list here for the treat boxes...just make sure you use a heavier cardstock so they will be sturdy.


As for the cards - I used the Wishing You Well stamp set to make both of them.  I love this stamp set because I can see that it would be very versatile; you could use it simple Christmas cards, as I have, or any time of the year.  You could add tiny red rhinestone gems to the wreath for a little more "pizzazz" if you want! Here are the dimensions I used for the card below:


  • Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base (8.5" x 5.5" scored at 4.25 and folded in half)
  • Whisper White cardstock 3.5" x 3.5"
  • Granny Apple Green ink pad
  • Tranquil Tide ink pad
  • Wishing You Well stamp set
  • Linen Thread

And this is the second card I made using the different stamps out of the same set, along with the dimensions:


  • Thick Whisper White cardstock for card base (see dimensions above)
  • Whisper White cardstock 5.25" x 4"
  • Whisper White cardstock strip 1.2" x 4"
  • Pear Pizzazz ink pad
  • Pumpkin Pie in pad
  • Pineapple Punch ink pad
  • Linen thread (long enough to make several loops)
  • Stampin' Up Dimensionals
  • Adhesive of choice



I'm Back!


This has been a crazy year for me and my family.  I started a new job in March, and that alone can be quite stressful...meeting new people, learning a new job and wondering if I will be a good fit.  To make a long story short, it was one of the best moves I made, but unfortunately my creative streak fizzled out along the way.  I am happy to say that I am getting my groove back, and looking forward to getting my groove on again.  

Since we had a long holiday weekend, I decided to begin the long process of purging some of the excess in the craft room.  It was quite a mess, and although it can be hard to part with things, I have managed to get three fairly good sized boxes of "stuff" ready for a garage sale in a few weeks.  And I managed to get my video set-up arranged, so I can start doing You Tube tutorials again.  As a matter of fact, I got one done today, and although the video itself only took about 12 minutes to shoot, it has taken me the better part of the afternoon to figure out how to edit and upload it.  There were quite a few swear words flying, me stomping out of the room and finally resorting to asking my son to help me out...what can I say?  In my defense, it has been a while since I did this sort of thing, and I'm using a different computer (and software) since the last time.  But here it is! 

The items I used for this particular card are:

  • Sahara Sand Cardstock (8.5" x 5.5", folded in half for the card base.)
  • Basic Black cardstock (5.25" x 4")
  • Watercolor paper (3.75" x 5")
  • Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2
  • Thank You Thinlits Die
  • Big Shot cutting machine
  • Tombow adhesive

What a crazy mess....


This is the current state of my you can see, I don't even have room to do anything crafty and creative at the moment...much less find space to do any new tutorial videos, but I PROMISE that will change soon!  Lots of stuff has been going on since about Thanksgiving, and with any luck, things will calm down within a week or two. you see those three boxes stacked on top of one another, hiding behind the paper towels?  Well, THOSE are what I am most excited about tonight!  My Stamparatus pre-order FINALLY arrived!  If you have no idea what a Stamparatus is, I do plan on doing an "unboxing" video and card tutorial using it.  In short, IT IS AMAZING...and will be available to order when our new catalog is released in June.  So, you will have to wait to get your hands on one for a little while, but you will definitely want one once you see how AMAZING IT IS!  Cheers, and keep life scrappy!