I wish all my stamping friends Ester Blessings today.  I hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends because they are life’s simplest pleasures.

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Friend Frame

she thought she could frame

One of my all time favorite simple pleasures is finding that really cool item at a really cheap price. The dollar store is one of my favorite stores to shop when I want to make or alter a craft item.
Here is a white  frame I found at the dollar store. It also has a white ribbon hanger on it as well that doesn’t show in the picture.  Needless to say I bought a stack of these frames.

The opening is 3.5″x3.5″.  So that’s how large I cut my Basic Black card stock. I stamped this using the chalkboard technique. This was my very first attempt at it.

If you aren’t familiar with the chalkboard technique it is very easy.  Stamp on black card stock with a white craft pad or white Stazon ink. Quickly cover your project with white embossing powder for a clearer white image. The heat emboss.  Then drag the edge of your white pad directly across the black card stock.  There you go, nice & simple.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # !06960 Staz-on White Ink Pad OR # 101731 Whisper White Craft Pad
  • # 109132 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • Picture Frame from local store

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Friend Card Feel Goods

As I have said I just fell in love with the stamp set Feel Goods.  All the verses just make you feel good.
pink green friendSo this is a card you could give to your dear friend  on Easter or anytime you want to let her know you appreciate her.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you see the small flowered pattern on the gumball green designer series paper on top of the patterned paper with the pink Primrose petals on it.  You may think I have used two different pieces of designers series paper.  I didn’t.  That is one sheet from the Print Poetry Designer series paper .  Can you believe it? I will share my little trick with you.  I punched one edge of the paper with the scallop boarder punch, then I folded the paper down about an inch and a half  or so. Sorry, I don’t have an exact measurement.  I just folded it back until it looked big enough to wrap the ribbon and round and look good.

From there I stamped the verse and cut it out using the Window Frame Collection framelits. Punched a piece of Primrose Petal using the Petite Curley Label Punch. (Did you miss your chance to get it from Saleabration?  That’s ok because you will be able to get it from the 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog.) I placed one flower from the Flower Trim on the punched Primerose Petal.

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • # 126869 5/8″ Flower Trim
  • # 129312 Print Poetry Designer Series Paper
  • # 129681 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • # 129021 Window  Frames Collection Framelits Die
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 126840 Gumball Green Card Stock
  • # 126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  •  # 126844 Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • # 101650 Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Petite Curly Label Punch coming in NEW 2013-2014 IDEA BOOK & CATALOG
  • # 119882 Scallop Edge Border Punch

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What’s Shakin’? Easter Chicks.

What’s shakin’?  It’s these cute little chicks hatching from their Easter Eggs of course. This is a FAST Easter Card I made using

Easter card with chicks

up some scrap pieces of Designer Series Paper. The Steps to this card are so easy.  The grass was cut using the Big Shot and Tastfull Trim Die.  The eggs are made with the extra large oval punch.  I used my scissors to cut zig zags for the cracks in the eggs. And the chicks are punched using the Bird Builder Punch. All of these items are outlined in black by gently rubbing the edges along the edge of a Basic Black marker.

The verse is stamped with a verse from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Then punched with the Word Window Punch & layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight punched with the Modern Label Punch.

Isn’t it just adorable???  It just shouts SPRING to me. I am sick of the snow.  I am so tired of it, I am even looking forward to mud season.  At least that would mean it is warm enough to melt the snow.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • Spring colored Desinger Series Paper of your choice.
  • # 115370 (w) # 127802 (c) Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • # 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 117191 Bird Builder Punch
  • # 119859 Extra Large Oval Punch
  • # 100082 Basic Black Stampin Write Marker
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 119683 Daffodil Delight Card Stock

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April Showers & Graduation Digital Downloads

pg1 of 3 pg2 of 3 pg3 of 3Here in Maine we may still have snow, but I have heard Spring is on its way. “April showers bring May flowers” is how the saying goes.  And check out these adorable April Shower digital downloads.

May had it’s flowers along with the start of graduation season.  Never fear there is a digital download for that too.

If you haven’t tried digital scrapbooking and card making yet, try it for 30 days absolutely FREE.

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Butterflies And Chocolate

butterfly nugget wraps

Here is a cute simple pleasure for anyone who loves chocolate. It is a Hersheys chocolate nugget wrapped with Designer Series Paper.  I actually used a piece of scrap of Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (DSP). that I had over from Saleabration. Then I punched some butterflies from scrap pieces of Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry. The antenna  are from the local craft store from the cake decorating section.  They are supposed to be for the centers of frosting flowers.

Supplies to make this project:

  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) of your choice.
  • # 129406 Bitty Butterfly Punch
  • # 127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch
  • Scrap pieces of card stock that match your DSP

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Big Daddy Cool & MDS

Today I am posting this photo for two reasons.

  1.  to shKirsten & Kevin Nashpostow you what types of scrapbook pages you can make with my digital studio.
  2. to see if my darling husband actually reads my website or Facebook page.

So nobody tell him this is a test.  Just kidding.  So the other day I said the Seriously Teen Kit was awesome.  I said it was a must have, if you have boys.  Well, it works well for girls too.

Our local high school had professional wrestlers come for a meet and greet and autograph signing.  Then they had a real night of wresting with the “Maine event” being Kevin Nash aka Big Daddy Cool. It was a wonderful fundraiser.

My daughter has watched wrestling with her father since she was born.  I hate to say, that isn’t an exaggeration. She can tell you who they are, identify entrance music within a few notes, and repeat their tag lines. So watching wrestling has become their thing to do together.

Of course, as soon as we found out Kevin Nash was coming to our town; she had to have tickets.  She had a blast.  She went in the wrestling ring (and was promptly told she couldn’t be in there by security).  She yelled so loudly at the wrestlers, they actually started yelling back.  My husband said she was a little Vicki Guerrero.  You have to know wrestling to get that reference. Sorry, I don’t have time to explain it.  Needless to say, she and other local children had so much fun.

I took two of the photos from the signing to make this 12″x12″ page. I hope they will both be surprised when the actual printed pages arrive from Stampin Ups printing service.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 130647 My Digital Studio Discs or # 130646 My Digital Studio download 
  • # 133475 Seriously Teen Kit Digital Download

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Carrot Banner

Don’t you just love Pinterest? I get so many ideas off from there when I

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can’t think of things to create on my own.  This idea actually was inspired by a project for kids to make.  I thought, hey I could create something similar with my Big Shot.  The original was just strips of  construction paper folded over and stapled.

I cut my pieces from Pumpkin Pie  & Gumball Green card stock using my Big Shot.  (I just love my Big Shot.  If you don’t have one, you NEED one.)  I stapled the strips together in almost heart shapes. Strung them on some bakers twine and instant banner for Easter.


Lamb Treat Holder with Two Tags Die

I saw this cute little lamb chocolate nugget holder.  Chocolate is one of my all time favorite simple pleasures so of course. I had to make

Lamb nugget holder

this.  Unfortunately, I think I ate the entire bag of chocolate by myself.

I don’t remember who pinned this to pinterest, but they gave France Martin credit for it. France Martin is a wonderful Stampin Up demonstrator who has the cutest ideas.

It doesn’t show well in the picture (ok so it doesn’t show at all), there are two tags , which are scored at 1 1/2″ and glued together.  When folded on the lines, the two tags make a triangle shape to  hold a chocolate nugget.  I love his little face.  Of course one of the eyes got stuck so he looks a little kooky.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 115954 Two Tags Die
  • # 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Folder
  • # 119854 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (head)
  • # 119855 Large Oval Punch (black face)
  • # 119857 Word Window Punch (feet and ears)
  • # 119858 Boho Blossom Punch (tuft over eyes)
  • # 101227 1/16″ Circle Punch (punch holes at the top of 2 tags to tie them together & hold treat holder shut)
  •  small piece of ribbon to tie with
  • google eye from the local craft store
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock

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Easter Bunny Treat Holder with Petal Die

Here is a cute little Easter treat holder made with punches and the petal cone die. I made several of these last year and since then, a few punches retired.  Darn it.  But that’s ok. I just switched out one punch for another.bunny and carrotOne items that we didn’t have last year was the wood grain embossing folder.  I thought it gave some interesting texture to the carrot. The carrot itself was cut using the petal cone die using Pumpkin Pie and Gumball Green card stock.  The bunny was cut with circle and oval punches with the exception of the inner ear which I used the Blossom Petal Builder.  Basically, the bunny is made layering all the circles on top of each other.


Supplies to make this project:

  • # 121810 Petal Cone Bigz L Die
  • # 121808 Blossom Petals Builder Punch (inner ear)
  • # 119855 Large Oval Punch (outer ear)
  • # 120906 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (body)
  • # 119850 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (head)
  • # 119873 3/4″ Circle Punch (cheeks)
  • # 118074 Owl Builder (eyes-larger circle from this punch-sorry I forgot to mention it)
  • # 118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (nose and tongue)
  • # 119 868 1″ Circle punch (feet-1 punch cut in half)
  • # 119858 Boho Blossom Punch (tail)
  • # 126840 Gumball Green Card Stock
  • # 111351 Pink Pirouette Card Stock
  • #105117 Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
  • # 102128 Chocolate Chip Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 105021 White Gel Pen
  • # 100082 Basic Black Marker

Today is the last day of Saleabration, so head over to my online store to order your last minute Easter supplies.

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Q&A-Questions & Answers


Q: I’d like to make some treats and decorations for Easter, but I’m not sure what. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Spring and Easter are coming up quickly! This time of year we think about the weather warming up and start looking forward to spring flowers. Spring also brings to mind holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day, and small gifts for teachers at the end of the school year. Stamping and paper crafting have virtually unlimited possibilities, but some of the most popular are tags, treats, and baskets. Read on to get your creativity blooming this spring!

Tags & Décor
Tags are a quick and easy way to personalize gifts, holiday tables, and Easter baskets. Tags can be made for:
• Spring themes with small stamps like Spring Sampler (#125510 wood, #125512 clear).
• Floral themes with the Secret Garden stamp set (#129141 wood, #129144 clear) and coordinating Secret Garden Framelits Dies (#129372). You can save when you bundle the stamps and framelits together in the Secret Garden Bundle (#131100 wood, #131099 clear)!
• Easter themes with the A Little Bit of Spring stamp set (#126009 wood, #126011 clear) or use punches to create punch-art bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more!
• Family events with the Amazing Family stamp set (#129189 wood, #129192 clear).

DIY Easter

A little special packaging makes even a simple and small gift feel special and heartfelt. Try creating a quick and pretty small box using the Fancy Favors Bigz XL die (#115965) and the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (#129311). Fill it with homemade candy, small gifts, or seasonal candy like jelly beans or chocolate eggs. Or fill a Small Cello Bag (#102757) with homemade cookies and make a quick topper by folding the tag from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (#131395) in half. Decorate the tag topper with one of the beautiful flowers from the kit and stamp “just for you” using the stamp included in the kit and you have a very special gift!

basket sample

Store-bought baskets can be decorated with stamped embellishments, torn fabric bows, ribbon, and tags. Or create your own basket using card stock. This small basket features the Mixed Bunch stamp set (#125535 wood, #125537 clear) and the coordinating Blossom punch (#125603). The Dragonfly is created using Vellum card stock (#101856) that has been stamped and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#101930). The body is created from the Word Window (#119857) and 1/2” Circle (#119869) punches.

basket sample

Let Your Creativity Bloom
I hope some of these ideas for tags, treats, and baskets have given you a few seeds to help your ideas grow and bloom into beautiful handmade gifts and décor this spring! As always, I love to brainstorm ideas with you and can demonstrate some spring-themed projects for you and your friends. Just get in touch with me!

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Caution: Loads Of Fun With My Digital Studio

03-19-13_MDS_Downloads copy 2Here are the latest digital downloads from Stampin Up. The cutest little construction templates for a little boys birthday party.  Or even a big boy who work in construction.


Did you see that My Digital Studio has had a price change? It is now only $19.95. Digital projects are so fun and easy to make.

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Haven’t tried My Digital Studio yet? Get a 30 day free trial here. My Digital Studio works with Windows or Mac.  Try it today (and the next 29 days as well).

My Digital Studio products also count towards earning Saleabration items.  Earn free products, including a MDS Saleabration CD which has all the items of Saleabration included in digital format.  Saleabration ends this Friday, March 22, 2013. Place your order online and have it shipped directly to your door.

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Big Digital News

MDS_Logo_RGB_425px_wStampin Up has announced that there are BIG changes to My Digital Studio. One of the MAJOR changes is the price.  They have sliced the price by $60. That is a huge savings.  It is now only $19.95.

Here is what Stampin Up had to say:

Starting today:

  1. We’ve changed the name of the software from MDS 2 (and MDS 2+) to MDS.
  2. We’ve lowered the price. What has been known as MDS 2+ is now $19.95 US/$24.95 CAN.

Coming soon:

  1. The upgrade will be free! If you  have been holding onto the original My Digital Studio software, you will be able to upgrade to the new software for free. We will let you know when it is available. We have discontinued the item number for the MDS 2 Upgrade (item 130650), the upgrade will be available soon for free.
  2. We have announced that My Digital Studio will soon be available to our friends in Australia and New Zealand.

Isn’t that incredible news?  Now digital card making and scrapbooking will be so much easier. Have you ever tried digital scrapbooking or card making? Click here try it for free for thirty days.

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Spring Is in The Air Special Sneak Peek

Flyer_SpringSurprise_Mar1513_US copyDon’t you just love how Stampin Up punches and stamps go together? I sure do.  I absolutely hate to cut anything out.  And check out this adorable stamp set A Round Array and 7/8″ scallop punch.  It is a new stamp set that will be in the 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog.  If you haven’t purchased the punch, you can buy the stamp set and the punch at a special discounted rate.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this set.  Get yours now.

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Laughter Is…Feel Goods

The very first stamp set I knew I HAD TO HAVE from the Spring Catalog was Feel Goods.

pink secret garden

I especially liked the verse She believed she could so she did. All the verses are wonderful, inspiring and  make me think of my BFF’s. (Best Friends Forever if you don’t speak teenager.)  Secret Garden was one of those sets that I thought it was pretty but not really me until I go to use it.  Now I LOVE IT.  It is my go to stamp set.

Here is a card I made for a workshop that was snowed out. (Did I mention I really don’t like snow??)  The awesome part was-wrhere the party was being held didn’t have snow.   Almost every single town I had to drive through did. So this group of ladies still got together to stamp.  The ones who knew how to stamp already shared ideas with the ladies who didn’t stamp.  How cool is that?  (I just love crafters, they always want to share.)  The hostess still passed out catalogs, order forms, etc.  She had an excellent workshop without me. (Gee maybe I shouldn’t let that get around.) However, we all crafted in spirit together.  They in one town, me in another.  I made all the workshop cards for the attendees.

Supplies for this project:

  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 107297 Crumb Cake Medium Envelopes
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 100459 Pretty In Pink Card Stock
  • # 126858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad
  • # 119247 Pearl Basic Jewels
  • # 127526 Elegant Butterfly
  • # 129141 (w) # 12914 (c) Secret Garden
  • # 129681 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods

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Do It Yourself Tool Caddy

bucketsYesterday I asked what did metal buckets, a lazy Susan & stamping have to do with each other?  Did you figure it out?  I wanted one of those white desk organizers that spin.  Do you think the one department store near us has those? Nope.  Did I want to drive an hour with the cost of gas at almost $4 a gallon?  Nope.  So that left me having to be creative.  I went to the one department store near us and bought a lazy Susan and a package of metal screws. Note to self: next time spend the money on the drill extender bit so you don’t have to screw everything with a screwdriver.

Here is what I ended up with. A custom made organizer that spins LOL. I didn’t measure much of anything.  I tried to get the center b

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ucket in the center and worked around from there.

A person with more tools than a screwdriver, a package of screws and a nail may have been a little more professional than I was.  However, desperate times call for desperate (or creative measures.

side view carouselHere is a side view.  You will notice little white labels at the bottom.  That way I will know what is supposed to go where and hopefully items will stay off my desk top and go neatly into a container.  The test of time and ADD will show if this really works.  It should in theory.  Some retired Stampin Up ribbon around the top to make it look pretty, and to disguise the fact things aren’t spaced evenly.

Now that I have a spinning container to hold pens, snips, glue, bone folders etc.; I can start on week one of Operation 52. Granted I found this challenge when they were on week 10.  (Oh well, better late than never.  I was born on time, running at least 15 minutes late ever since.)  Week one is to conquer desk top clutter.

The sad part is, my desk is clean right up to the moment I create something.  Then it looks like a tornado hit it.  I can’t be the only one who creates that way, am I??

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Buckets, Stamping & Susan

So what do silver buckets, stamping and Lazy Susans have in common? Come back tomorrow to find out.

bucketsWhile you are waiting to fine out what the heck these items are for, sign up for my newsletter.  Receive a free tutorial just for doing so.

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Bloomin’ Marvelous

This post should really be called Bloomin Marvelous with Blunders (or Bloopers). Do you have any bad habits?  I won’t make you tell me what they are.  However, one of my bad habits, is not cleaning my stamps right away. Very rarely does that ever bother me.  I don’t even clean off the Staz-On. Another time I will tell you why.

Ok getting back on target. Like I said, I rarely clean my stamps.  Only if I am going to use yellow or pale pink do I ever wash my stamps.  I know for sure I those light colors are going to take the dark color right off my dirty stamps.

I do want it to be known, that for this project I did clean of my stamps.  My versa mark ink pad was contaminated with Cherry Cobbler ink….Again, I want it to be known, I did notice that.  I even tried getting the Cherry Cobbler off my versa mark pad.  I even went as far as to re-ink it.

cards pink brown copyWith all that being said, do you see how some of the flowers have a pink hue to them?  Yep, that is faint Cherry Cobbler ink.  I use the embossed resist technique. (I’ve also heard it called Ghosting Technique as well.) So some of my flowers turned out pink.  It was light enough pink it was almost Pink Pirouette that I just “went with it”.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 129650 (w) #129654 (c) Bloomin Marvelous Stamp Set*
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126979 Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Ink Pad
  • # 103083 Embossing Buddy
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 109130 Clear Embossing Powder
  • #111351 Pink Pirouette Card Stock

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At The Corner Of Syamore Street and Secret Garden

Here is another cute and simple card made with the Sycamore Street

starfruit secret garden

Designer Series Paper, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Secret Garden stamp set and Feels Good stamp set.

Summer Starfruit was one of those colors when it first came out I thought- eeewww it looks like mustard turned bad (ok so that is being nice, I really thought it looked like baby poop).  Guess what?  I have used all of my Summer Starfruit and I have to order some more.  It may not look like much just sitting there by itself, but once you put it with other rich colors, it is beautiful. Look around you will see it in stores as accent pillows, in sweaters, I even saw it as nail polish.  It just goes to show you can teach an ol’ girl new tricks.

Supplies used for this project:

  • #129141 (w) #129144 (c) Secret Garden Stamp Set
  • #129681 (w) #129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • #127540 Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper*
  • #130812 Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack*
  • #1126839 Summer Starfruit Card Stock
  • #126991 Summer Starfruit Ink Pad
  • #126946 Tangerine Tango Ink Pad
  • #126950 Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad
  • #115316 Rich Razzleberry Card Stock

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Made To Be Awesome!

We are made to be Awesome is just an AWESOME title for a      scrapbook page or something wonderful for kids I think.  Or maybe

03-12-13_MDS_Downloads copy pg 1even for a married couple on their anniversary.  What do you think?

Place all that teenage awesomeness with  the Seriously Teen Kit and you will have some seriously epic scrapbook pages.  Ok, I am not sure if I can squeeze in any more teenager language into one sentence.  I think it is a really neat scrapbooking kit if you have teenagers, especially boys.  There are plenty of girly things out there (and not that my daughter doesn’t have them) but boy things are harder to find.  So check out these Awesome ideas and download them today.

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