Something for Dorothy

October 25th. My Mom’s birthday. She’s been gone since 2004, yet I think of her and miss her everyday. She had lots of great sayings. One of my favorite “Dorothy-isms” – “Life is short, celebrate everything”. I think I’ve inherited her zeal for celebrating anything and everything. (I once gave a puppy shower.) Thanksgiving was one of her favorite holidays and definitely is my favorite. In honor of Mom on her birthday, I made something she’d love, some napkin rings for our Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Brushwork alphabet stamp set, Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin Kit,

I’m not sure how many will be joining us this year but at least I’ve got a start.

Design Notes for Thanksgiving Napkin Rings:

To confess, they were a lot easier to make than they may look. The leaves are all from the October Paper Pumpkin Kit, Friends of a Feather. I just stamped the monograms and then mounted them on some Fresh Fig and Copper Foil Circles.  I then added some Copper Twine which is also from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I used lots of Tear & Tape to make sure everything stayed on the Copper Foil Cylinder that goes around the napkin. If you are going to make something like this, be sure to use a Bone Folder to soften the Copper Foil before turning it into a cylinder.Then the paper will remain smooth and not show a lot of creases.

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Brushwork alphabet stamp set, Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin Kit,

I still have lots left to create the intended Paper Pumpkin cards! Here’s a look at the cards for this month.

Paper Pumpkin Oct. '18, Thanksgiving, Stampin' Up!,

You might want to check out the video showing how to assemble as well.



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Tea Tins Time

The Holiday Catalog features adorable Tins that will be perfect for holiday gifts or cards (see page 13 ). It occurred to me the other day that I had just ordered some of the Tea Tins from the regular catalog and hadn’t used them yet. We went to a lovely party this weekend and I decorated one to use as a hostess gift.

Copper Tea Tins, Accented Blooms stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Tea Tins:

Heat embossing – one of my favorite things to do! I used some Copper Heat Emboss Powder and then used some Stampin’ Blends to color in the design. I also heat embossed the “Thank You” from the Accented Blooms stamp set. it was pretty easy to use my Paper Snips and cut out the flower piece. The “Thank You” was popped up on some Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off, I added some of the Copper Thread behind and around the design. Just enough.

Copper Tea Tins, Accented Blooms stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,


I put some tea bags in the tin and then placed the tin in a cello bag. The Copper Trim finished off the packaging.

Copper Tea Tins, Accented Blooms stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

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Paper Pumpkin, September kit, Stampin' Up!,

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A Teacher Gift That is Rooted In Nature

This month, the theme for the Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is “Teacher Gift”. As a former teacher, I can tell you, any expression of thanks is appreciated. I thought I’d make something practical that could be used by any teacher. I thought a fall theme would be appropriate. The Rooted in Nature Bundle is just chock full of things that can be used for fall. I dressed up a little notepad and added a “thanks” to it.

Rooted in Nature, heat embossing, Nature's Poem, DSP, Nature's Roots Framelits, gift, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the link so that you can vote for my card, if you would, please. My project is # 7.



Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Teacher Gift:

Did you know that there are some Framelits sets that also have dies that can emboss? Nature’s Promise is one of those sets. If you see a set that has a blue box with some of the dies pictured, you have found one of the sets. (There are lots!)

Rooted in Nature bundle, Natures's Roots thinlits, Stampin' Up!, I used a few of the embossing dies to create the leaves in Copper, Soft Suede and (the purple one) from a piece of the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. You can see, there are also Framelits to cut them out.

Covering the notepad was easy. Just a bit of measuring and adhering. I always like to use Tear n’ Tape for something like this that will take a lot of use. I decided to add a little layer of Copper and Soft Suede since I had the room. Here’s a peek at how it all looked on the inside.

Rooted in Nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!,, teacher gift

The Copper embossed sentiment is my favorite part, but you know how I love heat embossing!

Rooted in nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!,, teacher gift

The last touches to add some texture and dimension – some Copper Trim and one of the fabulous Leaves Trinkets.



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There are two special things going on in August.

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!,

Bonus Days… for each $50 you purchase, you will receive a coupon for $5. to spend in September. FREE, my favorite price!

Colorful Season Promotion, Stampin' Up!,

There is a very special stamp set and Framelits bundle available for just a limited time. If you purchase the Blended Seasons bundle, you will also earn a Bonus Coupon.

If you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me this month, you will also get a package of Colored Doilies as a thank you gift.  That’s three for one – bundle, coupon, free doilies!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.



Celebrate July 4th with Red, White and Blueberry Bushel!

Over the weekend, we had a houseful of company for an early July 4 celebration. It was all very “Americana”. We cooked out, saw fireworks, and participated in a golf cart parade. (Scroll to the end for pictures.) I even made a blueberry cake and cherry turnovers for desserts. So of course, I made little gift boxes for everyone with red, white and blue (Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel.) Here are some of the boxes I made.

Beautiful YOu stamp set, Balloon Celebration stamp set, Blueberry Bushel paper, ink, ribbon, July 4th, boxes, Stampin' Up!,

I later added the names under the “Celebrate” sentiment.

Design Notes for Blueberry Bushel Boxes:

I first saw Ronda Wade make these boxes on one of her weekly videos. So easy! It’s a one piece box that is made from one piece of card stock. I’ve written up a tutorial for you with lots of photos. All you need to do is click on the title here. Directions for Treat Box.

Beautiful You stamp set, Balloon Celebration stamp set, Blueberry Bushel paper, ink, ribbon, July 4th, boxes, Stampin' Up!,

When you create your treat box, you can decorate it however you like. I used a 2″ wide strip of Whisper White Card Stock. To create the stars, I used a stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and Versamark ink. Some heat and Silver Embossing Powder gave it a little sparkle. More sparkle was added with the Silver Glimmer Paper. The “Celebrate” sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set. The circles are Starburst Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and 1 1/2″ Circle Punch. After I put the band on, I added some Lovely Lipstick or Blueberry Bushel ribbon. Easy, right?


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So Many Good Things in July!

If you are like me, you want to have all the ink colors! Well, do you want to get a whole set of colors for FREE? That’s 10 ink pads! In-Colors, Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, Your choice! This is in addition to the fabulous deal for getting the starter kit – $99 for $125 in merchandise (with FREE shipping on that!) ,

Recruit incentive

On Sunday, the sale on Designer Paper began. Please email me ([email protected]) with your order. Or you can go to my 24-7 on-line store.

DSP Sale


Also, don’t forget that you can now purchase the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! Just add them to your order.

Blends from catalog, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,


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Oh, here are some pictures from the Golf Cart Parade.

Broadway Birthday Gift Bag and Card!

Confession time – when I first looked at the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, Broadway Birthday was not on my Wish List. And believe me, my Wish List was pretty long! But, for the month of June, the Paper Pumpkin kit featured stamps and projects that coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite. (See my cards and scrap book projects here.)  That was all I needed. The Broadway Bound Suite items moved to the top of my list! I recently saw a video that Ronda Wade made where she demonstrated how to create a gift bag and card from two pieces of designer series paper. It seemed perfect for this paper. What a fun project.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Broadway Birthday Gift Bag:

The bag went together so quickly! There was a piece of paper left over for a card. I saved it for another time and used a different paper from the same package, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. The coordinating Framelits, Broadway Lights,  made it easy to cut out the “Wish” and marquee pieces. I finished off the “Wish” with the stamped  “Make A” and one of the Candle Embellishments. The Candle Embellishments are so cute and even have adhesive on the back.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,

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Big News:

There are two things you need to know about

New colors of Stampin’ Blends are now available!

Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a list of all of the Blends available. The ones with the Red “N” are new.

Blends from catalog, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

The other big news is that starting tomorrow, there is a SALE on Designer Paper. Buy 3 packages, get 1 for FREE!

DSP Sale

Order on line at my 24-7 on line store or email me ([email protected]) with your order.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.