Spooky Night Suite for Door Prize

In case you have made your way to the end of the new Holiday Catalog, very near the end you’ve seen the Spooky Night Suite. I LOVE IT!! There’s Designer paper, stamps, a cat punch, ribbons, and even Treat Tubes! Oh, and Black Rhinestones! What more could you want to create terrific Halloween cards and treat holders? I decided to use some of the products to create little wrappers for the Halloween Tic Tacs I found in my local supermarket. These will be door prizes for my monthly card classes. Winner!

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Design Notes for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

These truly were pretty easy to make. I folded the paper around, and scored as I went since the top on one side is a little wider than the other. It required a little bit of fussing. I also cut down the wrapper a bit where the flip top is. The cat got a little lost when I put it on the Spooky Night Designer Paper. So, I just punched out another cat from Basic Black card stock and off-set that one behind the stamped one. The shadow was all it needed to stand out. And don’t you love the Vintage Crochet Trim collar?

After I finished the prototype, I realized I didn’t like see the ‘naked’ container top. Bring in the Washi Tape. I used the Old Olive tape from the Washi Basic Pack 2.

Design Notes for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

Supply List for Spooky Night Suite Treats:

You can find the Spooky Night Suite on page 52 and 53 in the Holiday Catalog. And guess what! The Spooky Cat stamp set and Cat Punch come as a Bundle! You know what I’m going to say… BUY THE BUNDLE! Save 10% and be 100% happy.



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Hurricane Harvey Donation:

If you are like me, you have been glued to the TV to sadly witness the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. I know you are as concerned as I am to see the loss of life, of homes, the complete alteration of lives. It will take a long time to recover. I know, like me, you want to help. Here’s one little way.

Please shop with me in September, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. I will donate 20% of your order total (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank (See Charity Navigator here. )

  • All orders must be placed between today, September 1 and September 30.
  • You can place your order by emailing me, [email protected] We can work out what you want, payment, etc. You can also call.
  • If you are coming to any of my classes you can order then.
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Thanks so much. Enjoy summer’s last weekend!


Here Comes the School Bus – Memories & More

Every 4th of July weekend, our community has a golf cart parade. Lots of people decorate their carts with patriotic streamers while others select a theme. For the past few years my goddaughter Caroline and family have come up with a theme and decorated the cart. Two years ago it was LEGOS, last year the Polar Express, this year, we transformed the cart into a School Bus! Caroline and I have decided that we are going to begin a scrap book, just to chronicle the Golf Cart Parade entries. Memories & More materials are already on my list!


The kids get into the act by working out some of the theme ideas and lots of paint. Just an FYI, ACE Hardware paint, Squash Blossom, is the perfect color for a school bus! This year the kids learned to work the Crikut machine and independently did all the lettering. Great fun!

The Big Shot  was busy! Here’s Aidan cutting out some circles for the back up lights.


Tonight there will be fireworks, Tomorrow is the holiday. Wednesday, my high school/college friends are coming for a few days. So, my posts may be sporatic. I do have a few posts planned including the International Blog Hop late on the 4th. Thanks to all of you who voted for my card. I landed in the top ten so I am happily participating in the hop.

Happy 3rd of July!


P.S. We won first place!

4th of July Mini Treat Bags

We have lots of company coming for the long 4th of July weekend. Some have already arrived, some coming tonight, others on Monday and Tuesday. It will be fun! Today we are working on decorating the golf cart for the parade on Sunday. I’ll be sure to post pictures after the parade. Today I want to show you the Mini Treat Bags I made for everyone. Oh, and of course they are filled with chocolates. What’s the point of an empty treat bag!

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For some bizarre reason, I kept all the stars from the star field and so sprinkled some on the table. Guess where the rest are!

Design Notes 4th of July Mini Treat Bags:

To create the star field, I cut a 2″ x 2″ square of Night of Navy and used the row of stars thinliit. Three times through the Big Shot and star field was done. Next I cut a piece of Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper, also 2″ x 2″ and used Fast Fuse to adhere the card stock to the Glimmer Paper. The large star was also one of the thinlits in the pack. Sponged with Night of Navy ink and the I used a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to write each name.


Supply List 4th of July Mini Treat Bags:


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Scones, Tea and Harps, A Beautiful Day!

On Sunday, some friends and I went to a benefit tea my best friend had organized. Tasty tea, lovely scones and sandwiches, yummy cake and treats and all topped off with the Bradywine Harp Orchestra! We had so much fun. I used the (retiring) Curvy Keepsake Thinlits Dies and a long ago retired stamp set to make little favors for everyone at our table.

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I will confess, I made them the morning of the tea. That’s how easy and quick they are!

Design Notes for Curvy Keepsake Boxes:


The box itself is just a matter of cutting with the die. I used Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper. I do love that paper and cherish each sheet I have left. (As I write this, it is still in stock, but is retiring and when it’s sold out, there will be no more.) I like to use Fast Fuse when I make boxes and things. It is a strong adhesive that is easy to use. After I filled the boxes with some treats, I closed it up with some Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon. Didn’t I tell you that it was easy? The little tag is from a stamp set that retired a year or so ago. I don’t keep many retired sets since I don’t have room to store them. But I knew I would want to use this one again! I used another pieces of the designer paper to back it and embellished with a Rhinestone.

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Some people at our table had already left when I remembered to take a picture!


Supply List for Curvy Keepsake Boxes:

Paper Pumpkin Giveaway!!!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. We’ve had some internet problems. But, let me remind you that my Giveaway is still on. You have until midnight on May 9 to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to be in the running for a FREE April Paper Pumpkin kit. It is the BEST! Check out this blog post to see my cards and the details about the give away.

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Here are some other pictures from the tea.

Brandywine harp Orchestra

Some of the attendees. The god daughters had already left!

Welcome with Window Box Thinlits Dies

On Saturday some friends were on their way from Florida back to Massachusetts. I was able to persuade them to stop in Delaware for a night. It had been too long since we’d seed these good friends. I made a little box with Window Box Thinlits Dies for the guest room as a little welcome gift.

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And of course, I would not give an empty box! Can you go wrong with Lindt chocolates? I think not!

Design Notes for Window Box Thinlits Welcome Gift:

I’ll admit, this is a pretty basic version of the box. (They had texted that they were about 30 minutes away when I started working on this. I had to work quickly!)  I did use the smaller die pieces to create pretty sides and and open top. All I needed to do to made those opening pop was to place a piece of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper behind them. You can see that in the picture of the inside. Then, the inside also looks a bit dressed up. Nice.

When you are using your Big Shot to cut out the lid and the decorative opening on the sides, be sure to use the Precision Plate. It makes it so much easier to get all of those details cleanly cut.

My other suggestion when making this kind of box is to use Fast Fuse to adhere the side. It is really one of the strongest adhesives going. You do not want it to fall apart as the receiver picks it up!

 Supply List for Window Box Thinlits Welcome Gift:

Notice the breathtakingly short list of supplies. It had been my though that I would make a tag. Maybe next time.



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