Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags for Christmas Treats!

Hi creative friends!

I am back to share a super cute and easy treat bag you can make for your holiday gifts!  This is the Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags available in the Holiday catalog.  They are a natural colored muslin bags, but the fun comes in when you get to decorate them any way you choose!

These are great for making any small gift pretty!  I chose to dress up my bags using the Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  I stamped directly on the bags with the stamps using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Basic Gray inks.  To make the light bulbs sparkle I took the Fine-Tip Glue pen and spread a little on each bulb.  I then used a small paint brush to smooth out the glue up to the edge of each bulb.  Then I poured Dazzling Diamonds on the glue.  Spreading out the glue into a thin layer really helped it dry quicker and make the bulbs look prettier.  I needed to let that dry for about 5 minutes before doing more to the bag.  I will also mention I put a thick piece of card stock in the bag while I was stamping and adding glue to ensure it would not bleed through. This also gave me a flat surface to work with which made it easier to stamp!  I got some of these great tips from Linda Heller over at  Thanks Linda! While my glue was busy drying I stamped my sentiment onto Whisper White card stock with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I cut it out with a die from the Farmhouse Framelit Dies.  I then punched out three leaf sprigs using the Sprig Punch and Mossy Meadow paper. To attach the sentiment to my bag I punched a hole in the corner of the die and then threaded it through the white drawstring attached to the bag.  I had to cut off the knot at the end of the bag to do this. I then filled the bag with candy (yum!) and pulled the drawstring tight. I tied a simple knot to keep it on.  I then used the Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow Festive Farmhouse Twine to make a bow.  This was adhered to the sentiment with a glue dot.  I should mention that the reason I used Old Olive to stamp the light bulbs, rather than Mossy Meadow, is because the ink became much darker once I added the glue and Dazzling Diamonds to it.   Old Olive actually looked just like Mossy Meadow once I did this, and it matched the leaf springs and twine perfectly!

That is all there is to it!  This was a pretty quick way to dress up a basic bag and make it extra special for someone.  Do you have any special handmade gifts planned?  If not, grab some of these bags and really make someone’s day with a little treat like this! You can shop for the supplies by clicking here to order from my website.

I will be back again soon so share some cool stuff Stampin’ Up! is coming up with.  You will be super excited to see it!!


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Halloween Goody Box using the Toil & Trouble Suite!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am back again with more Halloween goodness to share with you!  This time I decided to make my own little goody box!


I decided to use more of the cute ghost paper I used for the card I made.  The witches hat, cauldron, and black cat were all cut directly from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper.  Isn’t it awesome that Stampin’ Up! made sure the Cauldron Framelits fit the images in the paper as well as the stamps?  The spider webs are also part of the Cauldron Framelits.  I made the Lolly or Accordion paper decoration by cutting a strip of Highland Heather card stock at 1 1/4 by 11.  I then scored it every 1/4 inch.  I adhered the ends together and pushed it all together to make the lolly.  I have found the best way to keep it together is with a glue gun.  I made a belly band out of the Highland Heather paper as well. This was cut at 1 1/2 x 11.  It was just a little short going around so I added a patch of paper that you can’t see under the lolly to keep it all together. I have the Lolly popped up with dimensionals and also added some off the black 1/8 cord to finish things off.  To make the bottom of the box I started with a piece of Basic Black Card Stock cut to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2. I then scored this paper on all 4 sides at 2 inches. For the top of the box I cut out a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square of the Toil & Trouble DSP.  This was scored on all 4 sides at 1 inch.  To make it into a box you need to cut flaps on each end so you can fold it into a box.

Now I am ready to give someone an extra special treat this Halloween.  Will you be making any special treat for your favorite ghouls and goblins?

Remember you will be able to order these wonderful new items as of September 5th!  Still need a catalog?  Let me know and I will send you one!


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Stampin’ Up! wants you to Share What You Love!!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Lots of good news today because Stampin’ Up! is letting you buy some of the NEW catalog goodies early!! Yes there is a early release of the beautiful new suite of products called Share What you Love!  Check out all the goodies you can get!!

There is something for every kind of crafter and you can get the new In-Colors early too!!

In honor of the new items being available I made a little something to show them off:

Here is a close up of the box:


See all that pretty paper used on the cards?  It really is super pretty in person.  I used a small amount of it to decorate the mini pizza box too!  The mini pizza box is a great idea for a graduation present as it holds gift cards or money just perfectly! These small 3×3 cards were very easy to create and the Share What You Love paper does all the work.  You can see I used various ribbons but be sure to check out the pretty Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon used on the mini pizza box and one of the cards.  It is very soft and is a wonderful new addition to our ribbon selection! The doily used on the box is pearlized. I wish it showed up better in the photo! I plan on making many more lovely items with this suite.  I am sure you will love it too so add it to your craft suppllies today!  You can get to shopping by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


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Black Cats and Pumpkins make the perfect Halloween Card!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am so excited to get to work on Halloween cards!  It is my favorite holiday so any chance I get to play with Halloween goodies is a treat!  The card I am sharing today is extra special because it is both a card and a Tealight Holder!

Isn’t this fun?  This card is full of new items from the Holiday catalog.  To make this card I started by cutting a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Then I scored that at 4 inches and 8 inches.  When you make those folds you get a little tent structure that allows you to add a tealight inside.  This card requires that you cut through three layers of paper and that is a little too thick for the bigshot to do all at once. The best way to do this is to start with the top layer (patterned paper in this example) and also cut the base layer at the same time (pumpkin pie). Once you run that through you then put the black paper on you cutting mat and add the patterned paper back on top.  Then you put the die in the already cut hole so that it cuts the black in just the right place for you. The adorable pumpkin die used here is from the new Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies.  I added a layer of vellum on the back of the black card stock and then I took the Pumpkin die cutout and adhered that to the vellum.  The black cat was punched out with the awesome new Cat Punch from the fun Spooky Night Designer Series paper.  Stampin’ Up! is so smart to make paper that coordinates with their punches! I then added some of the adorable new Vintage Crochet Trim and Happy Halloween sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  The finishing touch is the new Black Rhinestones Jewels.  I think I need lots of these because I really like them!

This card is great for double duty as home decor and maybe even a table place setting!

I hope this has inspired you to start making your spooky creations.  Are you a maker of Halloween cards?


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Mother’s Day Pop Up Box Card

Happy Wednesday!

If you are an avid paper crafter, you have probably seen the adorable pop up box many people are making by now.  It actually looks far more difficult that it is, so I highly recommend giving it a try.  I am an devoted follower of because Linda Heller gives some of the best and easy to understand instruction.  I got the idea for this card from her.  It is nice because she changed the measurements so it fits in an A2 card.

Flower Pop Up Box

Mother’s day always makes me think of flowers.  That is because when I lived close to my mother, I always planted flowers as her mothers day gift.  I am to far away to do that now, so I hope she will enjoy this card instead.

To make this card you start by cutting an 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half in the landscape position (so cut at 5 1/2 inches).  Then you use your scoring board to score that paper, in landscape position, at 2 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches and 8 inches.  This makes the sides of the box.  Then turn your paper to portrait position and score one end at 2 inches.  This will make the flaps that come down.  When you have finished scoring, cut into the score lines you just made at 2 inches down to the score line that it meets with.  Now you have your flaps!

There is quite a bit more to explain on how to make this card and I have not had time to make videos lately. So I found a great video you can watch to see exactly how it works:

Thanks to Angie Kennedy Juda for the great instruction!  You can check out more about her creations at

The new weekly deals came out yesterday as well so here they are:

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weekly deals March 29 through April 4 2016

I am going to making a project with those cute Hearth and Home Thinlit dies very soon.  Lots of good deals this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


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*The designer series paper used on this card is currently retired.  I have provided the current substitute available in the catalog in my supply list as well as what was used for this project.