Jul 31 2012

Last Chance for $5 Stamps: Reason to Smile

Whew!  Summer is flying by, and with the end of July comes the end of the $5 Reason To Smile stamp set.  Have you seen the samples of this fun set on my blog? (check them out)

Here’s another project idea — a quick and simple one.  A great feature of 2-step stamp sets is that they make for quick projects.  These sets are an outline stamp and a background stamp image all in one set. The coloring is done for you with the 2nd stamp!

Reason to Smile with Chocolate

And I don’t know about you, but I definitely think CHOCOLATE is a “reason to smile” :)

The quick tag on this project was finished by adding the Happy Birthday greeting from Bring On The Cake (see it online).

Looking for other projects with candy??  I LOVE using candy with my stamping treats!  Here are a ton of ideas on my blog.

Happy Stamping!


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Jul 10 2012

Video Tutorial: Scallop Square Lollipop Treats

I love my Scallop Square Die (see it online - 115950). It’s one of my most-used Big Shot dies (see what I mean?).  Last week I posted a project using the Reason to Smile stamp set, and I wanted to share a Video Tutorial on how to make the sweet lollipop treat.

The treat uses several fabulous products, and if you like to print your directions to save at home, here’s a photo of the ‘guts’ of this little sweet treat:

Just grab your favorite color card stock and coordinating Designer Series Paper, and you’re all set!  Love the paper in the background on my photos?  It’s from the Patio Party Designer Series Paper (see it online – 126916) and I love it, too!

Here’s the Video Tutorial:

If you’re looking for some other video lessons, you can see more of them on my blog here.

Or more candy project ideas?  They make great favors for showers or your next party (see some ideas)

Happy Stamping!


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Jun 11 2012

Birthday Treats: Mmmm…chocolate with a cherry on top

Who doesn’t love chocolate?! And even better, chocolate wrapped in this sweet World Spectacular Designer Series Paper (see it online) and with a tag from the A Cherry On Top stamp set (see it online)?

This is a great hostess stamp set, available when your party reaches $150 or when you place an online order of $150 or more.  For Online orders, the benefits are called “Stampin’ Rewards”.  Be sure to order through my website so you get these rewards with your order.

Like the colors on the World Spectacular paper?  They’re great for projects for guys — nice masculine colors!

Happy Stamping!


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Apr 05 2012

It’s a Mary Poppins Purse!

You remember that scene from Mary Poppins, where she opens her carpetbag and starts pulling belongings out?  And keeps pulling…and keeps pulling…?  Well the little Petite Purse Bigz Die (see it online) is going to be known as the Mary Poppins Purse Die on my blog.

I thought this little purse was going to be too tiny to fit much of anything… okay, maybe 3 Hershey’s Kisses.  But guess what?  It fits TEN (yes, 10!)!  And it’s a small die!

Maybe I’m getting a bit over excited here, but you might have noticed on my blog that I’m a big fan of cute little projects that include candy.  Because I think stamping is fun, but stamping with chocolate is BETTER.  So a little die that makes a perfect candy-sized purse is going to rate high in my book. (see some other candy projects on my blog)

I’m hearing that you’re going to need this one, too, so don’t forget that you’ll have to order it in April, because if you miss it in April, you’ll have to wait <<sniff, sniff>> until the new catalog comes out on June 1st.

Oh, same goes for the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (see it online).  And don’t miss the Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads (see them online), because the brads WON’T be in the new catalog — they’re only available this month.  I ordered 2 boxes. ;)  (here are some other Summer Smooches projects on my blog!)

Happy Stamping!


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Mar 20 2012

Party Planning: Designer Rosette Decor

Thinking about party decorations?  Wedding? Shower? The craze of rosettes has been going on for quite awhile (check some past posts) but the new Designer Rosette Die (see it online) makes them so easy! Here are two full-size rosettes that have been hanging in my stamp studio since the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper debuted.

It’s hard to tell the size of these from the picture, but they’re about like dinner plates — they’re 10 3/4″ across with the scalloped edge.  They make great medallions to hang for an event.  Just choose colors that coordinate with your theme — think pink & blue for a baby shower, or shimmery white for a wedding shower.

You can even make fun simple table decor pieces.  Here are some floral picks created with the Designer Rosette Die.  I put a 12 x 6″ strip of paper through the Big Shot with the die, then cut the scored strip into 3 pieces to make these three mini rosettes.

Add a coordinated color theme mini rosette to your table flowers, or just make vases of the mini rosettes.  This ‘fancy’ vase is a repurposed Frappucino bottle.

Looking for tips on using your Designer Rosette Die?  Check the pointers that I posted on my blog.

Happy Stamping!


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Nov 15 2011

Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday, dear Meg; Happy Birthday to you! Thanks to everyone for the fabulous birthday surprises yesterday on my birthday, and in the mail before my birthday!  We celebrated my birthday with my family this past weekend, so last evening (my actual birthday) I actually had a Stampin’ Up! party at my friend Pat’s house.  So much fun!

Here’s Pat, with the surprise banner and cupcakes she had for me.  Wow, she knows me so well.  Cupcakes and stamping, what more could a girl want?

She even made sweet little tags for the fabulous cupcakes, using her Decorative Label Punch and a few other stamp sets, including the Four Frames stamp set, which matches the punch.  And of course these cupcakes needed tags, since they were fabulous flavors like Nutmeg Eggnog and Peanut Butter Chocolate.  Yum!

The cupcakes could hardly look more delicious!  Hmm… Wouldn’t a cupcake piled with frosting like these make a terrific image for a stamp??

Each of the ladies at the stamping party brought me a card — so sweet!  And Pat created this fun banner with her Decorative Label Punch, too.  She punched a folded piece of card stock so that each little punch piece could hang over the wires on her banner display.  How fun!

Looking for more party ideas? Here are a few more ideas from my blog.

If you have a birthday coming up, I highly recommend spending it with your stamping friends! Thanks again everyone — fabulous birthday treats!

Happy Stamping!


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Aug 31 2011

Simple Treats: Designer Series Paper Favors

Need a quick pick-me-up treat for a school event or a coworker gift?  These are a snap to make: I’ll share 2 versions.  First, the favor uses the Two Tags Die for the Big Shot (see it online) to create a sweet shaped treat wrap.  Second, if you don’t have a Big Shot handy, go ahead and add it to your Wish List, then just use a simple Oval Punch to make these favors.

Version #1: Two Tags Die

  1. Cut two of the wide tags from a piece of Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper (see it online).
  2. Attach the two tags at the bottom with Sticky Strip.
  3. Add your treat to a Small Cello Bag (see it online), fold over the top of the bag and secure bag with SNAIL adhesive.
  4. Bring the two tags up to the top and tie with Real Red Satin Ribbon at the top.  Add a Rhinestone Brad in the pre-punched hole.
  5. Stamp the cute bear (I love him!) from the Tagtastic hostess stamp set (see it online) in Real Red and punch him out with the Decorative Label Punch (see it online).  Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals

And here is Version #2: Well Worn

Instead of the Two Tags Die, just fold 3 x 8″ piece of Designer Series Paper (Well Worn shown here — see it online).  Pinching the tops together, use the Large Oval Punch to punch through both sides at the same time.  Secure with ribbon.

For the tag on this version, I used the Four Frames stamp set (love it!) and the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes (also love it!), but still punched with the Decorative Label Punch.

Happy Stamping!


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Aug 22 2011

Great Gift Tags in a Snap

Ever find yourself needing a quick tag for a gift?  Pull out your Big Shot, the Scallop Circle Die and some Designer Series Paper, and you’re all set!  Here’s a recent tag that I created for a friend of my daughter.  Plus when the birthday party is over, every little girl loves to have something with her name to hang on her door or in her room.

My favorite way to do these is to cut the chipboard On Board sheets (see it online) to just bigger than the Scallop Circle Die, then use Tombow Multiadhesive to glue the my designer paper to the chipboard square.  Then I put the whole chipboard/paper piece through my Big Shot all at once.  This way the edges turn out perfectly.

For the Chloe tag, I also cut a contrasting piece of designer paper (gotta love 12 coordinating patterns in one pack!) with the 3-1/2″ Circle Die, and layered.  The “Chloe” letters are done with the Timeless Type Junior Alpahbet (see it online). Definitely a handy tool to have!

The DSP I used here is retired, but don’t forget about the August special!  Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, get 1 FREE!  You can order online through my website, or drop me an email or phone call.

Happy Stamping!


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Aug 02 2011

Perfect Pennant Party Banner: just add glue

Looking for a quick and easy way to decorate for a special occasion?  I created this banner (and one more that I sent my mom for her birthday) using the Perfect Pennants Big Shot Die (see it online).

Honestly, these banners could not be easier.  Here’s what you need:

  • 12 x 12″ Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper — 12 sheets, enough for a LOT of banners (122348) **check out the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE sale in August!
  • Perfect Pennants Big Shot Die (123126)
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439)
  • Real Red Satin Ribbon — 15 yards (117286)
  • Brights Collection Buttons — 72 in a package (119747)
  • Tombo Multiadhesive (110755)

Here are the easy steps…

  1. Just cut the 12×12″ paper into 5 x 7″ pieces to make as many banner pennants as you need.  You can mix and match the circles and the pennants for a fun effect.
  2. Once you have your pieces cut, lay them out on a length of the Real Red Satin Ribbon.  Laying them out before gluing gives you a chance to check your mix of colors.  Don’t forget that you can flip over the pennants, since the paper is double-sided!
  3. Use the Tombo Multiadhesive to run a bead of glue along the top of each pennant, placing it onto the ribbon.
  4. After all your pennants and circles are glued, lay out a handful of the coordinating Brights Buttons, again, checking for color placement.
  5. Glue down the buttons with the Tombo Multiadhesive and you’re all done!

Hop to it!  You know you have some fun events coming up that could benefit from some extra decorations (aka pennant banners).  These are a quick way to dress up your party, or just for everyday fun.  Here are some everyday occasions to celebrate during this time of year:

  • First Day of School
  • School Supply Shopping Day
  • End of a Heat Wave
  • I Love You
  • “I Love Stamping” Day  (this is pretty much any day you choose)

Happy Stamping!


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Jul 25 2011

Friday Night Fun: Posy Punch Scallop Squares

We had a great time on Friday evening at my New Catalog Idea Blitz–complete with cupcakes and brownies.  Really, isn’t any event with cupcakes a good one?  I wanted to share my party favors with you, using the new Posy Punch hostess stamp set (see it online).

Have you checked out the new Hostess Plan yet?  I have to say that I’m a big fan of being able to spend more hostess $ on whatever I want.  Posy Punch stamp set is just one of my favs, since it matches the Fancy Flower Punch (see it online).

The colors here are the new Island Indigo, Calypso Coral and Pool Party, and the Ruffled Ribbon on the bamboo skewer is also new.  It comes in all 5 new In Colors.

The Scallop Squares Duo Die for Big Shot (see it online) is the base for the top of my favor, and the bottom of the skewer is poked into a Hershey’s Nugget, perfect as a base to hold up the flower.  I used Tombow Multiadhesive (the ‘green lid glue’) to hold the pieces onto the skewer at the top.  At the bottom it’s just the chocolate… ready to eat!

These would be great for any party event– baby shower, wedding shower, birthday… just adapt the colors and stamp to fit your occasion!

Looking for more project ideas with candy?  Be sure to check these other posts from my blog!

Happy Stamping!


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