Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,


So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!



Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!


You’re So Sweet – Really!

Recently one of my neighbor had surgery. He’s doing well and has recovered nicely. I made a card for him earlier but wanted to send along a little treat for him this week. I made some spiced pecans. With a little fussing, I made one of the flat Striped Treat Bags into a big that sits flat. The tag was an easy choice, I used the You’re So Sweet stamp set.

You're So sweet stamp set, gift tag, FabFri128, stampin' Up!,

Do you like the color combination? It’s this week’s challenge from the FabFriday site.

FabFri128, diannescards.comI just love these colors together and knew I wanted to do something with them.

Design Notes for You’re So Sweet Gift Tag:

I first stamped the sentiment with the Emerald Envy ink. Looked pretty good. But I thought that it needed a little something. So, I stamped the sentiment again on a piece of scrap paper, this time with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Next, I cut it out, added some Dimensionals and replaced it on the tag. Voila. The rest is obvious. The Berry Burst Ribbon and Glimmer Enamel Dots make it all pop. I decided to soften it a bit and used the Envelope Punch Board to round all of the corners.

Here’s another view of the bag. You can see in this picture how it sits flat. I saw this once at a Stampin’ Up! Convention. I think if you search on YouTube, you can find a video. It’s not hard, honest.

You're So sweet stamp set, gift tag, FabFri128, stampin' Up!,

Supply List for You’re So Sweet Gift Tag:


The pecans that I put in the bag were a hit. Let me know if you’d like the recipe.

Hope you are having a great day.


Color Me Happy! – It’s For The Birds!

A few weeks ago, a friend and I held our annual Craft Fair. She paints beautiful items and I sell (what a surprise) paper crafted items. I’m always on the lookout for cute things to create and sell there. A while back I saw write-up describing a Scandinavian tradition about  scattering seeds for the birds on Christmas morning. It’s apparently good luck. When I saw the new, Color Me Happy stamp set, I immediately thought of creating some holders for birdseed and decorating it with one of the birds from the set. Any reason to use my new Stampin’ Blends makes me happy!

For the birds, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

The little box/packet I made from a retired Pillow Box Die.  All of the other items are current. I actually sold out and had to make more for someone who wanted 18 of them!

I’ve included the text of the legend at the end of this post.

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Packets.

I typed up the tradition on our computer, printed it out and then stamped one of the birds from Color Me Happy stamp set. I used both the Light and Dark Soft Suede and Light Daffodil Delight. Stampin’ Blends. After coloring him with our new Blends, I  attached it to the front of the container. Finally I closed it up, then just added some Quilted Christmas Ribbon for a more festive look.

Color Me Happy seed packets, Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Color Me Happy Packets:


Clearance Rack, Stampin' Up!,

By the way, the Clearance List has been updated. Go check it out. Click on the image above to you directly to the Clearance list. Talk about great bargains!


It is a Scandinavian tradition to feed the birds on Christmas Day. This ensures good luck in the year ahead. Spread birdseed on your doorstep on Christmas morning for luck in the New Year.


Merry Cafe for Cute Thank You Gifts

I wanted to give my customers a little thank you gift. These little coffee packets were in my local grocery store and it was easy to make a cute container for them. The Merry Cafe stamp set was the perfect compliment to these coffee packets.

Merry Cafe, Coffee Packets, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a look at the ones I made for this week’s class.

Merry Cafe, Coffee Packets, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Merry Cafe Coffee Holders:

I sort of made up the container as I went along!  The Garden Green card stock folder was 21/2″ wide and 7″ long, scored and 4 3/4″. I cut a 2 1/4″ square from a piece of the Quilted Christmas Paper Stack. The sentiment is from Merry Cafe stamp setand cut out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. Some Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double Stitched Ribbon  finished it off.

Supply List for Merry Cafe Coffee Holder:

Remember, be sure to use Fast Fuse to  adhere the sides around the coffee sticks.



The Merry Cafe stamp set is not returning in the next catalog. If you like it, and of course you do, order it now! This sale is on until  January 2 but most items are on a first come, first served basis. So, if you love it, get it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little gifts.





Year of Cheer Gift Card Holders

Last year I made some gift card holders with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps. You can see those here. This year I decided to make some more holders for our Craft Fair using the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love this paper!

Year of Cheer DSP, Gift card holder,, Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to see the beautiful paper in this picture. Here’s an up close and personal version of the Year of Cheer Paper.

Year of Cheer DSP, Gift card holder,, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Year of Cheer Gift Card Holder:

I used pieces of the gold check paper for some of the little holders and the copper leaves paper for some. Here are the close ups of the two different holders.

Year of Cheer DSP, Gift card holder,, Stampin' Up!

Copper version of Gift Card Holder


Year of Cheer DSP, Gift card holder,, Stampin' Up!

Gold version of Gift Card Holder

The belly band slips off so that you can put the gift card in without destroying the holder!

To make the belly band on the copper version, I used Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White for the sentiment. Then I added a Silver Foil Snowflake and used Copper Foil for the band itself. The gold version was was made the same items but in gold, the Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Snowflake, and Gold Foil Paper. Heat embossing, so much fun! Oh, by the way, make sure to use Fast Fuse to put the little box together. You could use Tear n’ Tape but I found Fast Fuse easier and quicker.

If you’d like to know how to make this, I prepared a video last year. The papers are different but the measurements, scoring and cutting lines are the same.

Supply List for Year of Cheer Gift Card Holder:


Hope you are having a great day!