Mar 21 2013

Pretty Petites & the Curly Label Punch: Free Tutorial from Meg

Pretty Petites Gift Box - includes free project sheet download

Like the Gift Box above?  I loved it when I saw it at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference in Orlando in January (another fun demonstrator perk!).  So my thank you gift for a fabulous Sale-A-Bration this year is an Idea & Inspiration sheet for this project.

Pretty Petites Gift Box Tutorial from LovenStampsClick the photo to the of the tutorial to download my free Idea & Inspiration Sheet: the Pretty Petites Gift Box Project Tutorial.

Here’s what you need to complete this project:

  • Petite Curly Label Punch (129405) – Free during SAB 2013*
  • Pretty Petites stamp set (129642) – Free during SAB 2013*
  •                   ** Only until March 22, 2013!
  • Curly Label Punch (119851) – $16.95
  • Kraft Gift Boxes (124106) – $2.95
  • Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (129383) – $7.95
  • Gusseted Cello Bags (127850) – $3.95
  • Coordinating card stock colors & designer series paper
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Assorted Embellishments

I appreciate all you blog readers – thanks for your visits and comments! And thank you for your Stampin’ Up! orders, too.  If you already have the Pretty Petites stamp set or the Petite Curly Label Punch, you’ll be set to make these sweet gift boxes.

If you don’t have them yet, you can still place an online order (it’s easy!) through my store and get them for free.  But only today or tomorrow — because Sale-A-Bration ends at 11 pm (MT) on March 22nd!

And don’t forget that I have another tutorial gift for you when you place an online order with me during Sale-A-Bration (watch your email for the bonus tutorial).

Happy Stamping!

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Dec 21 2012

Classroom Christmas Treats: MDS Style

I’m a big fan of using MDS for school projects.  (check out some MDS school projects on my blog) So recently I volunteered to teach a My Digital Studio class at a local school, showcasing a few ideas on how MDS can come in handy.  Every teacher can use a little time saving help, right?

Each teacher had the chance to make a classroom set of holiday goodies for his or her classroom — my treat.  The projects used the Very Merry Twenty-Five Designer Tags Template (see it online - 127756) with the My Digital Studio software (see MDS2 online – including the free 30 day trial).

Are you a teacher? Ask me how you can get the MDS software free for your entire school! Just drop me an email.

Are you a digital crafter? Be sure to think about how you can use printed items from MDS or MDS2 (quick to personalize) and combine them with “real” elements to create projects.

Here we printed out the triangle pennants on one sheet, then the circles on another sheet.  The triangles were cut with the new Paper Trimmer (see it online – 126889) and the circles were punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (see it online – 119860).

We layered the pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals (see them online – 104330) and added bling — Rhinestone Jewel Accents (see them online – 119246).

Add the tags to 1″ x 8″ Cello Bags (see them online – 124134) and you’re all set!  And you’re not limited to just pencils.  The 1×8″ cello bags are great for lots of treats. Here are some other ideas from my blog.

Or want to learn more about MDS2? Here’s a link to your software options, including upgrades from MDS and the free 30-day trial (which I highly recommend!!).

Happy Stamping!

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Supplies: Very Merry Twenty-Five Digital Download, My Digital Studio, 1 x 8″ Cello Bags, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Paper Trimmer

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Dec 14 2012

Owl Occasions: Christmas Tags for Cake Pops

Did you see my Cake Pop post from earlier this week?  The Santa Hats?  Well we had another set of them to package, so this time we used the Owl Occasions stamp set (see it online).

I’ve been in love with the owl set since it came out in the Holiday Mini Catalog, and it’s going away soon!  The Holiday Catalog items are only available through the end of this month — so be sure to get the ones you want soon!  (like this little owl guy :) )

Aren’t sure about the owl?  Be sure!  Here are a whole bunch of ideas from my blog using this flexible and fun stamp set.

Today I used the Ornament Punch to shape the tags (see it online – 119847) and the Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (see it online - 119251).

And here are my Santa Hat Cake Pop instructions!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps: Owl Occasions; Ink: Island Indigo and Real Red; Paper: Whisper White; Accessories: Ornament Punch, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Real Red

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Dec 11 2012

Ho Ho Ho: Santa Cake Pops

Early in December my daughter decided that she wanted to make Cake Pops to kick off our holiday season. What says Christmas more than a red & white Santa hat?  Plus we had red and white candy melts on hand, which is really why we chose these instead of the Christmas trees.  Use what you’ve got, right? :)

Speaking of using what we’ve got, Stampin’ Up! supplies came in handy for bagging and the tags!

  • Gusseted Cello Bags (see them online – 127850) were perfect for packing up 4 of these babies
  • Merry & Type stamp set (see it online – 122552) made for sweet Christmas tags
  • Decorative Label Punch to shape them (see it online – 120907)
  • and Rhinestone Jewels (see them online – 119246) because everything needs bling, right?

Have you made Cake Pops before?  They’re pretty simple.  Here’s what we did:

  1. Bake a cake and let it cool (from a box — they crumble nicely)
  2. Crumble the whole cake into a big bowl (little crumbs are best — try rubbing pieces of cake against each other for even crumbs)
  3. Mix 3/4 of a regular sized frosting can into the cake crumbs.  It should be about like playdough
  4. Roll the cake pop mix into cones and set them in the fridge for a couple hours or the freezer for 15 minutes to firm them up
  5. Melt white candy melts or almond bark according to directions (these are designed to harden and will hold your cake pop together better than regular chocolate)
  6. Grab each hat by the top and dip about 1/3 of it into the white candy melts
  7. Dip your cake pop stick into the melted candy and stick it into the bottom of the cone
  8. Set up to dry — we drilled a long board and covered it with foil to make a stand, but you can also use cups with weights in the bottom
  9. Now melt red candy melts and dip the top 2/3 of the hat.  Before the candy dries, add a mini marshmallow at the top.  Let them dry again.
  10. To make the bottom edge of the hat thicker, gently work the stick out of the hat, re-dip in the white candy melt, pour on a little food glitter and reinsert the stick


Looking for more Cake Pop ideas?  Bakerella is where we got our recipe and the idea for the Santa Pops!

Looking for more Christmas project ideas?  Here are a variety on my blog.

Or want to focus on little treats for coworkers, neighbors or friends?  Don’t miss these projects with candy from my blog!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps: Merry & Type; Ink: Real Red; Paper: Whisper White, Real Red; Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon;

Oct 23 2012

Perfect Holiday Treats: Cute, Clever & Quick with the Petal Card Punch

Looking for a fun treat to make for holiday gifts?  You know, the ones you always think about making to hand out to neighbors you see at the Post Office, or the clerk at the grocery store who always says something nice to you?

Oh wait – you haven’t gotten around to making those?  Really?  Well let me help you!!  This is a really quick, really easy project that doesn’t use many supplies and is sure to put a smile on the face and in the heart of anyone who receives it from you!

Plus you can make about 20 of them in under an hour.  That’s 20 smiles to share – won’t it feel great to share that happiness?

(click the photo for a larger view)

See how they fit together?  The Petal Card Double Punch (see it online) is a perfect size for making little treat holders for the “minis” size of chocolates (Mmmmm….).

Here’s what you’ll do (picture yourself sharing these with friends!):

  1. Punch two petal card pieces for each candy. Place the candy inside one, put dabs of glue on three tabs of the other punched piece.  Fold up and hold to adhere.
  2. Punch out ovals with the Small Oval Punch (see it online) from the Champagne Glimmer Paper (see it online)
  3. Stamp little trees (or another design) with the Merry Minis stamp set (see it online) and punch them with the matching Merry Minis Punch Pack (see them online).
  4. Layer all the pieces and put three treats into a perfectly sized 4 x 6″ Cellophane Bag (see them online).
  5. Tie with a piece of the sweet 1/4″ Sweater Trim (see it online).
  6. Add a cute little tag — if you don’t know who you’re going to give this to, then write something like “For You” instead of a specific name.  Add a glimmer star with the Merry Minis Punch Pack (from above) and you’re all done!

So what do you think? I know you can do it!!  If you make little treats to share this season, let me know – I’d love to hear about the smiles you’re spreading!  And if you see me at the post office or at the IGA, maybe I’ll still have some left to share with you in person.

Looking for color ideas?  Here’s what I used (click to shop for each):

Gumball Green: Stampin’ Write Marker (126856), Card Stock (126840), Classic Pad (126861)

Cherry Cobbler: Card Stock (119685), Sweater Trim (129938)

Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)

Happy Stamping!

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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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Feb 02 2012

Whooo Loves You? Cello Bag Topper Valentine Owls

Looking for a cute Valentine treat bag topper for a cellophane bag?  Here’s a quick one that uses several of the punches on my Clearance Rack, if you need to add any of these punches to your collection!  These cute owls are based on the Small Cello Bag size (see them online), and a handful of M&M’s fits perfectly.

Punches & Dies:

Like the little “owl be yours” greeting?  It’s punched with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  The image is part of the Owl Be Yours & You Bee Mine Digital Download (see it online).  I just made a full page of them and printed the circles at home so I could punch them out.

Did you see that you can now try out My Digital Studio for free for 30 days?  Be sure to check out the details!

Best part of this treat?  They’re fairly simple to assemble, whether you’re making 5 or 50!

Happy Stamping!

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Dec 06 2011

Homemade & To Die For… Holiday Treats

Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe at your house?  Our favorite is Pepparkokkar cookies.  They’re a Swedish gingerbread that doesn’t taste much like gingerbread, more cardamom and cloves.  But yum, they’re great!  Plus it’s fun to think about my great great great… grandmothers making these long ago.  They’re hard to roll, so when we were growing up, my dad always had the job of rolling out the dough for our family cookie-baking days.  All around, lots of fun memories.

Why not share your fun cookies with friends or family this season?  And even better, you can dress them up in their holiday best with a hand-stamped tag and box to go along.  The Homemade single stamp (see it online) is perfect for this job.

You can dress it up with an extra layer or two.  Here’s what I used:

The box I used is from the Kraft Gift Boxes (see them online).  They’re a terrific size, and fun to decorate.  Be sure to check out the ideas I’ve posted on my blog for these little boxes.

***TOOL TIP:*** And even better, the Homemade stamp is a super-flexible one.  I know it doesn’t look it, with that greeting in the center, but you can use this stamp WITHOUT the center.  Yes!  I know, it’s pretty cool.  I have a Video Tutorial about how to do this, from last summer.

Happy Stamping!

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Nov 24 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and the chance to celebrate with your loved ones.  Here’s my Thanksgiving Day gift to you!

I sometimes enjoy my turkey with a little chocolate on the side :)

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Stamping!

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Sep 06 2011

Batty for Licorice in 1 x 8 Cello Bags

This past summer at the Stampin’ Up! Convention, demonstrators got a sneak peek look at the Holiday Mini Catalog.  What do demonstrators do with their free time?  Stamp, of course, and think about stamping!  Several of us spent an hour thinking of all the fun things that can fit inside the new 1″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags in the Holiday Mini Catalog (see them online).

One idea?  Licorice ropes!  Here’s a sweet (ha ha…) card for Halloween, using the Batty For You stamp set (see it online) and the Spider Web Impressions Folder (see it online).

The 1″ x 8″ Cello Bags are actually the perfect length for a full piece of licorice, but a card is only the length of a 1/2 piece.  If you’re only making 1 card, you’ll have to find something to do with that 2nd half of the licorice… (like eat it :-)

Happy Stamping!

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