No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

Eastern Palace Designer paper, Eastern Bauty stamp set, #GDP100

#GDP100, Stampin' UP!,

Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

#GDP100, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.


Hope you are having a great weekend!


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Time for Teacher Gifts!

The beginning of the school year is always a time of mixed emotions, especially for teachers – excitement to start a new year paired with a bit of regret that the summer has come to an end. I loved teaching and especially  loved my years as a 4th grade teacher (one of MANY jobs I held!) Occasionally I would receive a note, card, letter or even a little gift from a student or family at the beginning of the year. Nice! Perhaps you live in a part of the world where the school year is coming to a close. That’s another good time for a thoughtful gift. Today I am participating in Kylie’s Blog Highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts. I know that when I was a teacher, I never had enough note cards. So I thought some note cards and a little box would be a good gift for either the start or finish of the year.

Teacher Gift, Note Cards, Climbing Orchid, Foil Frenzy specialty DSPOrchid

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

I made two each of the cards for a total of four.

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

The box was pretty easy. To be honest, I think I have a pattern somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So, I just made this one by measuring and folding and a little hit and miss. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made It pretty quick to prepare. I loved working with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is definitely sturdy enough to hold the cards. I decorated the box with some of the orchids from Climbing Orchids and some of the lovely Copper Trim.


Card box, Teacher Gifts, Stampin' Up!, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Can you guess where I got the sentiment for the front? It from a new set from the Holiday catalog called Merry Little Labels. The stamp I used coordinates with the Everyday Label Punch. You can’t be without that punch. Fortunately, the stamp set and punch are a bundle. You can save 10% when you purchase them together. You just have to wait a few more days.

Supply List for Teacher Gifts (the Box)

Tomorrow I will focus on the cards I made. This list is for the box, thought many materials for the cards are the same.



If you are reading this after 6PM on Tuesday, August 15, I would appreciate it if you would go to this web site and vote for my card (#18). I’d like to be part of a blog hop and need to be in the group of the top ten vote getters. In the upper right hand corner of my picture you will see a little heart. Just click there. You can only vote for my card one time. I know you will see other wonderful projects there. You will have five votes so you can vote for 4 others,



Pretty Kitty Gift Bag for Ava

Ava was here last week. During the day she was at horse back riding camp. After camp, one day we picked berries, another day we visited Rehoboth and Browseabout Book Store. One day we did crafts (of course!). One morning she cooked us breakfast. Everything is so much fun with Ava. I know that one day, she won’t want to spend a week with Auntie Di, time with friends and other activities will take precedence. I’ll understand, but I’ll be sad.

I made a little gift bag for her room, filled with a bit of candy. Since she loves every animal that walks the earth,  I had to add an animal. I used one of the kittens from Pretty Kitty stamp set to add a special touch to her gift bag.


Pretty Kitty stamp set, Gift Bag, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Pretty Kitty Gift Bag:

Do you love how the kitty is sitting up on the bag? I fussy cut the kitty and then put him on a tag I punched with the Circle Tab Punch.

Pretty Kitty stamp set, Gift Bag, Stampin' Up!

The bag itself is made with the Gift Bag Punch Board and some Elegant Eggplant card stock since purple is Ava’s favorite color. It looks so nice with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I punched out three daisies from the same Designer Series Paper and added a Gold Faceted Gem in the middle. Finally, I added a little Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon to mimic leaves.

Supply List for Pretty Kitty Gift Bag:


If your like to purchase any of these items to make a special gift bag yourself, all you need to do is to click on the picture of the item. That will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. If you are placing an order greater than $150, you will earn Host Rewards – Terrific!  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the Host Code to your order so that I can bundle your order with others. August Host Code: 2GSFK4E6. At the end of the month, someone will receive the Host Rewards.

Bonus Days, Aug. '17, Stampin' Up!,

Remember, if your earned a coupon in July, now is the time to redeem them. Let me know if you have any questions about the redemption process.


Here are some pictures of Ava’s visit.

Ava at Winswept, Aug. 2017

Ava makes breakfast, August , 2017

 Hope you are having a wonderful day.



Special Company Gift Bag

Whenever I visit my best friend, she always leaves me some of my favorite candy on the nightstand (Angel Mints). Isn’t that sweet! She is coming to visit here next week so I wanted to make a little gift bag for her candy.

Gift Bag, Window Shopping stamp set, gift bag punch board, heat embossing,


I was also inspired by this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge. (#GDP097) I love this color combination.


The bag itself was pretty easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board. I hadn’t used it in a while but it didn’t take long to recall how it’s done. The directions are right on the Punch Board.

Design Notes for Company Gift Bag:

I got to do two of my favorite things on this project. First, I did some heat embossing, probably my favorite technique. On this project, I used the Copper Embossing Powder then added some Copper Trim behind the tag part. The other really fun thing I like on this was using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It’s just so easy to add a little touch of style and texture with those Framelits.

The little sprinkling of flowers was easier than it might look. I used markers to color the stamps so that the leaves were Wild Wasabi and the flowers Berry Burst. Then, I just fussy cut them out and used a glue dot to apply them to the gift bag.

All that’s left is to get the candy!

Supply List for Company Gift Bag:



Bonus Day coupon

Remember, for each $50 you purchase in July, you receive a coupon for $5. to use in August. Maybe you have been thinking about getting into heat embossing. Purchase the Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, a Versa Mark pad and some Embossing Powder and you will qualify for a coupon. Easy as that.

Just click below to go to my 24-7 on-line store. Or, you can click on any of the items in the supply list above., Stampin' Up!

Have a great day.


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.

Curvy Keepsake Thinlits Box, Blooms and bliss Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

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.

Curvy Keepsake boxes with candy, Stampin' Up!

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!