One in a Melon

Watermelons just remind me of picnics and summer-time fun! And that’s exactly what I thought of when I received this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit is super cute!  Watermelon stamp images…Watermelon Bags….Watermelon paper…I had a lot of yummy ideas running through my head! Just look at all of these fun projects!

I just loved the little watermelon bags with the red tissue paper…the tissue paper had little watermelon seeds on it! Super cute! This kit was so fun that I ended up stamping 20 watermelon images and then cutting them out by hand so that I could create some fun alternate designs! Not all of the cards are pictured here as I created several cards as a special surprise for my paper pumpkin subscribers.  They will all get a little bit of summery fun in the mail this week!

One of my favorite things about the monthly kits are the exclusive stamp sets!  The sets allow me to continue to create fun cards like these…I just simply use my own cardstock and supplies. I love the watercolored background with the stamped images.

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Christmas Gift Bags

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I am at a Stampin’ Up! event called On Stage.  It’s a day and half long event that is super fun!  We swap cards, learn new techniques, get a sneak peek of the new catalog coming out in January (WAHOO!) and, most of all, we enjoy each other’s company! I will have lots to share with you when I return!

So for today, I want to share a fun little Christmas gift bag idea!  You might have seen the “blah” looking brown paper bags in the annual catalog. They are “blah” until you start to dress them up, of course!  I decided to make a few gift bags, filled with goodies, for my team members that were attending On Stage with me.  They are super simple and so pretty!


Here’s what you need to do! Take one of your favorite embossing folders, I used the Holly Textured Embossing Folder, then fold over the top of the bag, place it inside your embossing folder and, voila, you have a pretty embossed bag!  To decorate the bag, I simply cut a 2 x 12 inch piece of the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper and wrapped it around the top part of the bag (to keep the bag closed). It serves as a belly band so you can easily slide it off and on the bag. Then tie a bit of ribbon on the belly band and add a cute little tag!  Simple, hey? Now you can use any embossing folder and designer paper, not just Christmas. Get creative with it!  Enjoy!

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Lighthearted Leaves Mini Muslin Bag

I just love the colors of the fall season, don’t you? Well this project showcases many of those pretty fall colors as it was design specifically for all of the guests of my second annual 2015 Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza. I love putting together little gifts for my guests. Plus I have a blast playing around with all of the fun products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. The mini muslin bags are actually in the annual catalog and they have been around for awhile. But the other products showcased on this project can be found in the Holiday catalog. Let me tell you a little bit about how to recreate this project.lighthearted leaves mini muslin bagStart with one of the mini muslin bags. They come in a package of 8 so once you have a design to work with you can make several little gift bags. These little bags are so much fun to play around with. My favorite thing to do with them is to stamp on them, of course! Stamping on muslin bags is a little tricky but if you press down hard enough you will get a good image on the bag. For this particular project, I used the lighthearted leaves stamp set. I randomly stamped the various leaf images onto the front and back of the muslin bag using the following ink colors: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango. The tag was made with a 3 x 2 inch piece of Cajun Craze cardstock; punch out the top of the tag with the scalloped tag topper. The little sentiment comes in the lighthearted leaves stamp set; I stamped it on a piece of naturals cardstock using early espresso ink. The image was punched out with the decorative label punch and I matted it out with another decorative label punch cut from old olive cardstock. For the finishing touch, I added a bit of ribbon, some gold sequin trim, half of a gold doily and, of course, it was personalized with your name. The tag is tied to the strings of the muslin bag with a bit of twine. Enjoy!

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Sketched Dots Gift Bag

sketched dots tag a bagGood Morning!  Today I thought I would change things up a bit with a little gift bag project. Stampin’ Up! has some adorable little gift bags that you can decorate and I love decorating my gift bags just as must as I love making cards!  Handmade packaging coupled with a handmade card can make quite the statement!  So let’s take a look at what you need to get started.

This particular gift bag is called Sketched Dots and is available in a pack of 10 through Stampin’ Up! Yes, 10! You can make them all the same or make each one different.  The choice is yours! So for this particular project, start with one polka dot bag. Take a paper doily and sponge some wisteria wonder ink all over it. Grab a silver foil doily and secure it in the center of the paper one. Fold the top of the polka dot over and then fold the top part of the doilies over the top of the bag. Adhere the top part of the paper doily to the top part of the bag (make sure you adhere it in such a way that you are still able to open the bag). Next, grab a scrap piece of white paper and stamp the “You’re fabulous” image on it using elegant eggplant ink…punch out the image with the scalloped circle. Note:  You will end up punch off some of the letters of the sentiment but that’s ok…we will fix it!  Grab another scrap piece of paper stamp the “you’re fabulous” sentiment using wisteria wonder ink…cut it down so that you only have the sentiment showing (about 1/2 inch wide) then make the ends into a little pennant and adhere onto the scalloped circle with dimensionals. Adhere the entire scalloped circle piece to the center of the silver doily on your bag. For the finishing touch, add a little elegant butterfly in the corner and embellish with rhinestones. You can also add a little decorative clip to the top of the bag to keep it closed or simply fill the bag and tie it closed with some baker’s twine or ribbon. Enjoy!

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Painted Petals Gift Set

painted petals cardAre you just lovin’ the Painted Petals stamp set? There are so many beautiful projects that have been created with this set. If you love two-step stamping, then this is the stamp set for YOU! Today I want to share a quick and simple little card and gift bag set that you can put together for any occasion.

Card:  To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp your favorite images from the Painted Petals stamp set onto the cardstock as shown. I recommend stamping the leaves first so that you have a guide for stamping the flower images. The ink colors used on this card were rose red and pear pizzazz for the flower images and elegant eggplant for the sentiment. For the finishing touch, I added a few pearls.painted petals bag

Gift Bag:  First, find a gift bag that you would like to decorate.  I decided to use some white paper bags that I had on hand. Start by stamping the leaf image onto the lower half of the bag and then stamp the flowers. The colors used on the bag are the same as those used on the card. For the finishing touches, I just added a bit of ribbon and a little clip to the top part of the bag.

Super quick and simple projects! Enjoy!

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Flower Shop ~ Mini Muslin Gift Bag Set

Good Morning!  Today I have another gift bag set to share with you!  There are so many fun products to play with in the Stampin’ Up! catalog!  The possibilities for creating cards, gifts and gift packaging are simply endless!  These particular projects are quick and simple…and they are sure to WOW your friends and family.  Let’s take a look at how to make them!bordering blooms gift setCard:  To make the card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp the bordering blooms image across the bottom of the card using chocolate chip ink. Stamp one of your favorite sentiments in the top right hand corner of the card using the brown ink. Next, stamp one of the flower shop images onto a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock and use the coordinating punch to cut it out. Layer the stamped image over another flower punched out of blushing bride cardstock. Adhere this to your card with dimensionals as shown. Punch out a few little flowers with the punch from the itty bitty accents pack; adhere them over the bordering blooms and embellish with pearls.

Gift Bag:  To make the gift bag, use the same stamp sets used on the card.  First, stamp the bordering blooms across the bottom of the bag.  Note: the image will be lighter as the ink soaks into the bag. Stamp one of the flower images randomly over the bag. Add a little flower embellishments like you did on the card only this time layer it with brown cardstock. Add a few little flower embellishments, some pearls and a bit of chevron ribbon.  That’s it! Enjoy!

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2015 Spring Stampin’ Extravaganza

We had such a blast this past weekend at the 2015 Spring Stampin’ Extravaganza! Each participant made 32 projects in 7 hours!  Yes, 32!  So let’s see…18 ladies + 32 projects each for a grand total of 576 projects!  WOW!  We were busy for sure! 🙂 Well, it was super fun and everyone left with a bunch of beautiful projects and gifts.  Take a look at some of the fun pictures from this event! Enjoy!

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Each guest received one of these handmade and personalized boxes. They were perfect for storing all of the projects they were making at this event! These boxes are made from two 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock. For the top: simply score a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock at 2 inches all the way around, snip all four corners up to the 2 inch score line (so that it forms a flap on each end of the box), and secure the flaps to the inside of the box. Repeat this process to make the bottom of the box but be sure to cut the 12 x 12 cardstock down by 1/8 of an inch so the top fits nicely over the bottom. You can really decorate the box any way you like! I simply cut a 4 x 12 inch piece of designer paper and covered the middle of the box top, I added a few embellishments and a personalized name tag. For the finishing touch, I added some pretty ribbon tied in a bow.
Personalized name tags for all of the attendees!
Happy Happy Stampers! 🙂
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Thank you gifts! Made with the polka dot bags and the Everything Eleanor stamp set.


Mini Tote Bag Tutorial

014This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous stampin’ event hosted by my upline, Lyssa Zwolanek! It was a special event she threw to celebrate “us.”  I love those kind of celebrations! She had so many goodies for all of us and, of course, some awesome stampin’ projects like this one! This project I will call the Mini Tote Bag. And it made the cutest little Easter basket for yesterday’s festivities!

012To make this adorable project, cut a 6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper. Score it at 2 1/2, 3 and 3 1/2.


Grab your paper snips and cut, the length of your scissors, on the 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inch score lines. Fold these pieces in towards the middle and secure as shown.

Now to actually secure the sides of the tote, I recommend you watch Lyssa’s tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to make this with a 12 x 12 inch piece of designer paper. The concept is the same whether you are using a 12 x 12 or 6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper.

Check it out! Enjoy!

Artisan Embellishment Kit ~ Gift Packaging Ideas

artisan embellishments 9I am always drawn to pretty packaging ideas! And with all of the materials in the new Artisan Embellishment kit, there are so many fun options for creating pretty packages! Today I want to share a few of the beautiful things that you can create with these embellishments and a gorgeous new stamp set bundle called butterfly basics!

This first project showcases a simple gift packaging idea using the chevron bags found in the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog. Start by stamping the flower and fern leave images onto the lower right hand corner of the bag using crumb cake ink. Stamp the smaller butterfly image on a white piece of scrap paper, using blushing bride ink, and cut it out on the big shot embossing machine with the coordinating framelit. Adhere the butterfly to the bag with some dimensionals and add an artisan embellishment kit pearl. For the top of the bag, cut a piece of one of the paper doilies and secure it to the edge of the folded over top. Next, simply cut a piece of the flower trim about 6 flowers long and secure it over the top of the paper doily. For the finishing touch, add a bit of linen thread and a little clip to the top of the bag to keep it closed.

artisan embellishments 6The second gift packaging idea is one of my favorites…a little decorated plastic container! I save all of my empty brad and button containers as you can do so many things with them! For this particular project, I used the new Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP). Using the 2 1/2 inch circle punch, I cut out the top and bottom pieces and secured them to brad container with sticky strip. Next, I punched out two 2 3/8 inch scalloped circles from the DSP and secured them to the inside of the brad container, one on the lid and one on the bottom, using dimensionals. Cut a 1/2 x 12 inch strip of DSP and secure it with sticky strip around the outside of the bottom part of the container. For the top of the container, run a bit of ribbon around the outside and secure with sticky strip…I actually used some retired pleated ribbon as it works perfect for this! For the finishing touches, add a silver vellum butterfly, a little sentiment, some linen thread and embellish with your favorites from the artisan kit!  Just gorgeous!

artisan embellishments 17The last packaging idea I have for you today is this one…made with one of the boxes from the tag a bag series in the annual catalog.  For this particular project, I cut out one of the gorgeous butterflies, from the butterfly basics bundle, and made that the focal point on the top of the box (the butterfly was cut from a piece of sahara sand cardstock). I wrapped the box in a 12 x 3 inch piece of the new Sale-a-bration Specialty Designer Series Paper called Irresistibly Yours (this paper is FREE with a $50 purchase January 6th – March 31st). Next, I secured the butterfly to the top of the box and wrapped a piece of the rose red trim from the artisan kit around the box, tying a pretty little bow on the top. For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment and some pearls.

As you can see, there are just so many things you can do with the Artisan Embellishments in this kit!  I hope enjoyed these little project ideas!  Stay tuned…as there are 14 different projects that I made with these little embellishments and I will share them over the course of this week!

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Christmas Mini Muslin Bag

christmas mini muslinChristmas is simply my favorite time of the year!  I love making cute little gift bags and other fun things to make people feel special! It’s what I do! And they love it! 🙂  This little project is super simple and a nice way to decorate those little mini muslin bags.  You get 8 mini muslin bags per package so you can make lots of fun little gift bags for this holiday season.

To make this project, cut a 2 x 3 inch piece of the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper and punch out the top using the scalloped tag topper. Take a scrap piece of baked brown sugar cardstock and stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment on it using cherry cobbler ink…punch it out with the Note Tag Punch. Tuck a little piece of a paper doily behind the Merry Christmas note tag and secure it to the larger tag with dimensionals. Tie a bit of cherry cobbler sheer linen ribbon around the strings of the mini muslin bag then secure your tag to the ribbon using a bit of gold baker’s twine tied in a bow. For the finishing touch, add some bling! I used gold sequin trim for my bling! Enjoy!

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