Wednesday, December 30, 2020

How to Quickly Apply Cling Stamp Labels Perfectly

 Here's the BEST way to apply your cling stamp labels perfectly EVERY time!

If you have stamp sets sitting on the shelf, or in a closet, that you have purchased but haven't used yet, here's the BEST way to apply your cling stamp labels and get using those stamps. I bet you can find 10-15 minutes to get several stamp sets mounted, then you'll be ready to make some cards!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

It's Almost Here!

Tuesday, January 5th is the date you'll get to see the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure at Demonstrator Business Website!  There are lots of gorgeous new products to see. Many are bundled with dies or punches for a 10% discount.  You can view and order the new products at my online store on January 5th by visiting

Please note that Sale-a-bration only lasts for two months this winter - January & February and everything is while supplies last. All it takes to earn a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure is to have a qualifying order of $50 US before tax and shipping. 

Start your wish list now! Let me know how I can be of service to you! Have a fantastic day!


Monday, December 28, 2020

Thank You Stampin' Up!


So excited to have this little package arrive last week. Stampin' Up! sure knows how to present Anniversary Pins! This recognition is to celebrate my Nov. 21, 2020 10th Anniversary with Stampin' Up! It has been a wonderful journey that I hope to continue for many more years.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas Day Hooray!

Celebrating with my family today, sipping hot cocoa and watching the twinkling lights on our tree. I hope your holidays are everything you want them to be! Thank you for reading my blog and supporting my business this year. I'm very thankful for each and every one of you!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Last Minute Hot Cider or Cocoa Gifts

This last minute gift idea can go in the gift bag you made from yesterday's blog post to give to neighbors or to have on hand just in case a quick gift is needed. These hot cider and hot cocoa wrappers make for a lovely gift presentation. You could even add a stamped layer inside the cardstock behind the drink package so you have a card too. A double gift! What could be better!

This project design was cased from Libby Fens.

Retired Dashing Along Designer Series Paper above on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Retired Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper on either Garden Green or Poppy Parade cardstock.

Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper from the August-Dec. 2020 Mini Catalog is on Misty Moonlight or Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

Materials Needed to cover one drink package:
  • 4" x 11" cardstock, scored at 4-1/2" and 9", plus 2"x2" scrap for 1-3/4" circle tag
  • Designer Series Paper to Match  - If you cut a 3-3/4" x 12" piece first, you can get 2 sets of paper for two drink packages.  One set is 1-3/4" x 3-3/4" and 3-3/4" x 4-1/4"
  • 1-3/4" circle punch for colored cardstock tag
  • 1-1/2" circle punch for Whisper White tag out of a 2" x 2" scrap piece
  • Warm Hugs stamp set for greeting and matching ink
  • Red Foil and small heart punch
  • Adhesive such as Stampin' Seal or multipurpose glue for the Designer Series Paper and tag layers
  • Mini Dimensionals for heart and regular Dimensionals for tag
  • Closure - what I used is currently not available, but in case it comes back on the market it was Tombow's Fastener Tabs (ultra thin - elongated oval shape that I cut into much smaller pieces. But if you can't find those the next best is Velcro Brand - Thin Clear Fasteners, 56 count, 3/8" circles that I would at least cut in half, if not quarters. A little goes a long ways with velcro.

Have fun making these, they are so easy and look so good!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Make Your Own Gift Bag

Are you ready for Christmas?  If not, here's a very easy pattern to make your own gift bags from two sheets of Designer Series Paper. It's a great way to use up some sheets from your stash. And you don't have to drive/run/walk to the store.

Comeback tomorrow and I'll show you how to make the cute packaging for hot cocoa or hot cider.

Paper above is retired Presents and Pinecones. Retired ribbon, so old I don't know it's name.

Retired paper Dashing Along.

Current from the Aug.- Dec. 2020 Mini Catalog called Trimming the Town. Retired Old Olive ribbon.

Cutting Diagram:

Construction Steps for both sheets of Designer Series Paper (DSP):
1. After scoring the lines, fold each score line. Press lightly down with fingers.

2. For top cuff, run adhesive along inside edge to secure cuff all the way across.

3. On the Bag Base with scissors, snip into the 3" and 9" score line until you reach the first dotted line. Slightly trim the two outer tabs, so they will be hidden when you make each bag base.

4. Put adhesive on the two tabs and secure tabs to the inside of the center bag base piece. By doing this you will create 1/2 of the bag. Repeat with other piece of DSP.

5. To assemble bag, run strong adhesive, such as tear and tape to the inside outer edge of one of the bag halves. Then you will carefully place the other half inside until it completely makes the bag. Then press the adhesive to secure well. You can add more adhesive as needed.

6. You can gently make a gusset with your fingers, then with a 1/4" hole punch, punch holes about 1-1/2" from each outer edge about 1/2" from the top edge.

7. I took one long piece of ribbon and threaded it through the holes and then tied the knot on the front side of the bag for decoration. You can also cut two lengths of ribbon and run through the holes as you desire.

I hope you enjoyed making this bag.  Thanks for visiting today! Happy Holidays too!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Sneak Peek #3 - Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set

Here's another fun card layout for you using the new Dragonfly Garden stamp set!  Have you ever tried to layer three different pieces of matching Designer Series Paper? It's so fun to compare the different sides and see what pleases your eye. Using the Dragonfly Punch to create the "negative space" look of the Whisper White dragonflies is a fun trick to use. Try it!

List of Supplies to Make this Card after January 5th:

Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set and Clear Blocks
Dandy Garden 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper
Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray, and Whisper White cardstock
Mossy Meadow Ink
Mossy Meadow 3/16" Braided Linen Trim

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sneak Peek #2 - Dragonfly Garden Bundle

Here's another peek at the wonderful Dandy Garden Suite in the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalog that goes live on January 5th.That dragonfly sure pops off the card front! I just love how the combination of Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight and Whisper White colors work so nicely together.

This card is very easy to make for a casual stamper that loves quick cards.
1) Misty Moonlight card base.
2) Whisper White Layer with dragonflies stamped in Bumblebee ink as a background.
3) Three pieces of the matching Designer Series Paper.
4) Bumblebee cardstock layer with extra set of wings stamped in Bumblebee to make a shadow.
5) Dragonfly stamped in Misty Moonlight ink, then punched out with the Dragonfly Punch and raised on the card front with Dimensionals.

Come back tomorrow for one more sneak peek!


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jolly Gingerbread Hostess Gift

Jolly Gingerbread Paper Pumpkin Kit - Nov. 2020

The front of the mini paper pumpkin box to hold the contents shown in the photos below. 
3-1/2" x 5" notecards and envelopes fix in the box nicely.

A Z fold card, with house colored with Stampin' Blends in Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight. Classic Label punch and Early Espresso ink used on tag. Card base is Cinnamon Cider cardstock. The Blushing Bride Polka Dot Designer Series Paper is very retired from at least 5 years ago. 

Houses were stamped in Pacific Point ink and colored with Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends. Card on left has Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper used on Pool Party layer. Card on right has Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper on Balmy Blue layer.

The house is colored with Real Red and Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends. Scalloped Rectangle Die cuts out Coastal Cabana layer, also stamped in Coastal Cabana ink. All the Trimmings 1/8" Real Red ribbon is tied. Tag is a left over piece from another Paper Pumpkin kit that I stamped the current greeting in Real Red.

These tags are simple to make - cut Whisper White lengthwise 4-1/4" x 11". Then cut into 2" widths. Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Stamp the house in Shaded Spruce Ink. The to/from in Real Red ink. Use whatever holiday washi tape you have on hand to wrap completely around the tag for a finished look.  The green Baker's Twine came from Oriental Trading. The little gingerbread man  came from the Yummy Christmas stamp set, was fussy cut out and colored with Ivory Stampin' Blends. So Cute!

Your hostess will LOVE receiving this gift!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sneak Peek #1 - Dandy Garden Suite

Do you love Dragonflies? They are amazing insects! Stampin' Up! has put together a wonderful new Suite in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. I'll be sharing three card ideas with you over the coming days.

Shown above are many of the new products in the Dandy Garden Suite.
Dragonfly Garden Bundle = Dragonfly Garden Stampin Set and  Dragonfly Punch
Dandy Garden 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper 
Ladybug Trinkets
3/16" Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim

To show you the versatility of this Suite, here's one card design idea for you using Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee, and Whisper White. That Bumblebee inked Dragonfly looks like it is soaring right across the card face! The Ladybug Trinkets go on easily with a Glue Dot too.

All these products will be available starting January 5, when the new Mini Catalog goes live. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

It's Still Not Too Late for a Gift Certificate

If you are at a loss on what to give a creative, crafty friend, please feel free to contact me. I can provide a Gift Certificate for Stampin' Up! Products. Your person would share their wish list with me and we'd craft an order that would fit the amount on the Gift Certificate. Your friend would love you forever with such a thoughtful gift!


Sunday, December 13, 2020

10th Anniversary Projects #10

Here's the last of my 10th Stampaversary Projects.  

Thanks for celebrating my anniversary with me here.  

Let's build a snowman or two on this Mini Coffee Carrier using the Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder Punch accessorized with the Warm Hugs stamp set.  The coordinating Let is Snow Designer Series Paper is retired from last year but I'm sure you can still purchase some via ebay, etsy, or other selling sites. The 3/8" Real Red Sheer Ribbon accents the top of the carrier. Using the pattern from yesterday's post for the mini coffee cup, I wrapped it in the Designer Series Paper. The snowmen were colored with Stampin' Blends pens in your choice of colors.


How to Make the Box:

Base - Cut 6" x 12" piece of Designer Series Paper
Score the length of the paper at these intervals to create the sides - 2-7/8", 5-3/4", 8-5/8" and 11-1/2", leaving a 1/2" amount to glue the box together.
Score at 2" the width of the paper for the box bottom.
Miter the bottom of the box flaps, then glue the side of the box together first, then glue the bottom shut.

Lid - Cut 4-7/8" square, score 1" on all sides, miter corners and glue securely to create lid.

Have fun building your Snowman Mini Coffee Carrier! Thanks for visiting today.

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Happy Holiday Crafting!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

10th Anniversary Project #9

Are you running out of holiday ideas? Let me help!

Do you still need a few gifts for your gift giving list? 

Here's an easy gift for a friend or a neighbor. Stampin' Up!s Aug.-Dec. 2020 Mini Catalog has these cute coffee carriers and matching mini coffee cups that you can decorate with Designer Series Paper, tags and ribbon and end up with a nice gift that's easy to give. No Wrapping Paper needed!

Mini Coffee Carrier:

Wrapped with Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper (DSP)
1" Real Red Ribbon with white scalloped edge trim is retired
All the Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack in Old Olive

Mini Coffee Cup:

Take the Warm Wraps Dies and trace them onto white bond paper and experiment with the curvature until the full cup wrapper size is figured out. Glue the paper pattern to the extra thick white backing sheet of the 12x12 DSP package. Cut that out. Now you have a pattern that you could trace over and over to easily cut out as many as you want. The cute DSP to be needs to be seen. Use tear and tape on both side ends to make sure the wrapper sticks to the cup.

Do the same thing with the cup belly band, so it will be one piece instead of two like the way the dies come. Use the scalloped edge dies as intended, which means cut two for the top edge and two for the lower edge. They are easier to place and attach that way. Use multipurpose liquid glue to attach the scalloped edge pieces. Use tear and tape to put the cup band on once everything is dry.

Peppermint Jar:
I purchased the plastic mason jar at the Dollar Tree from their Christmas section. The lids came in different holiday colors, but I thought the red went the best with this design.

Carrier Tag:
Using the Warm Hugs stamp set, stamp the border design in Pear Pizzazz ink. Followed with the greeting in Real Red ink. Punch out the tag with a 1-3/4" circle punch. Place that on a larger Stitched Circle Die cut shape in Mossy Meadow. Glue Dots attached the 3/8" Real Red Sheer Ribbon. The entire tag was attached with Dimensionals to the Coffee Carrier.

I hope this idea inspires you to give it a try. You can order these supplies through my online store. Just click this link to get started.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Subscribe to January's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Now is the time to Subscribe! Love is in the air! Send a little love to someone special with the Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Kit. From heaps of heart-shaped elements to paper pieces in red and pink, this month’s kit has everything you need to create eight adorable cards—with coordinating envelopes—for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and every celebration of love in between!

With the add-on to January’s sweet and sentimental kit, there’s even more love to share! The add-on—called Little Love Boxes—includes 20 tiny, printed boxes and 24 die-cut, heart-shelled snails and sentiment labels. When combined with the remaining components from the Sending Hearts kit, you can create treat packaging, additional cards, and so much more!

The Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—four each of two designs—and coordinating envelopes.

  • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, gold, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate, white

  • There will be an Add-on available that will need to be purchased through me to make treat boxes. Only available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers.
  • The Add-on contains 20 printed mini boxes and 24 die-cut decorative pieces and sentiment labels.
  • Item number: 156842
  • Price: $8 USD/$11 CAD 
  • Available 1 January, while supplies last!

For more details about Paper Pumpkin, check out my Paper Pumpkin page too!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll consider subscribing. It is such a great value!