Fun Flower Punch Fun

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imageYou all know how much fun I have with punches.  I love the new Fun Flower Punch.  I have made more than THREE DOZEN cards with this punch already! I can’t believe I have made that already and I don’t own any of the matching stamp sets.

This card has several new items from the catalog. I used the 2014-2015 In Colors Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey Designer Series Paper.

Not only did I used the Fun Flower Punch for the main part of the flower; I used the 3/4″ Circle Punch, 7/8″ Circle Punch, and the little flower from Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  A pearl, some Venetian Crochet Trim, and a verse from And Many More make a wonderful autumn themed card. I made two dozen of these for a local demonstrator meeting I am going to later this month.  I really hope they will enjoy my card.  I hope you enjoyed it as well.

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Celebrate Love

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imageI guess love was in the air when I was stamping.  Here is another card celebrating love.  This could be used for a annivarsary or a wedding card.  Any color combination could be used depending on the need.

Have you noticed the new masks in the catalog?  I used the Hearts & Stars Decorative Mask. The masks are so easy to use.  If you have a little bit of painters tape, it will make it that much easier.  Place a small piece of tape on the back of you card to hold it in place.  I couldn’t find my tape so I used a glue dot.  Be very careful removing it because it can tear your card stock.

Next, ink up your Sponge Dauber.  Rub your ink over the openings in a circular motion. I started at the bottom and worked my way to the top without re-inking the sponge.  This is what caused the faded look.  You would do the reverse and have the lighter shade at the bottom or re-ink your sponge and have a solid color.  There are so many choices.

Once again, punches made the layers of this card super easy! The Decorative Label Punch,  the Scallop Oval Punch, and the Large Oval Punch.  Glimmer Paper for some bling and a little Venetian Crochet Trim for added romance.

Don’t forget August is Big Shot Bundle Month.  Order a Big Shot and receive on of several stamp set and framelit bundles FREE!  If you already own a big Shot you can get the bundles at a 15% discount!  I just love Bundles and saving $$!

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A Sweetheart Wedding

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to my Creative Spa.              I love this new Sweetheart Punch!  It is almost imagethe shape of a hand drawn heart.  You know they type you drew on your notebooks when y
ou were a teenager.  Remember those days?

Doesn’t his card remind you of that wonderful sense of love?  I think the Lovely Lace embossing folder adds a simple elegance to the card.  I also used the flower from the  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack,  and the Modern Label Punch which works so well with the stamp set And Many More.   The Whisper White cotton ribbon helps “tie the knot.”  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself for that pun.

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Thanks to a Cat Groomer

imageHere is a Thank You card to send to my local pet groomer.  She did an amazing job shaving my cat.  Yes, you heard me correctly, shaving my cat.  My cat has fur that is 3″ long.  Needless to say spring/summer consists of fur everywhere!

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So back to my card.  It is made with retired colors.  I couldn’t even tell you which colors exactly.  It was made with current stamps and punches.

The fence is the wood background stamp.  The cats face is a 1″ circle punch. The eyes are Neutral Candy Dots with marker pupils.  The nose and whiskers were also drawn on.  The ears are punched from Elegant Butterfly Punch and Small Butterfly Punch.  The body is the 1 1/2″ circle punch.  The tail I cut free hand. The flowers are punched with the flower punch from Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  Of course a few rhinestones for a little touch of bling.

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Weekly Deals

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.04.47 AM Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.04.35 AM Did you see the Weekly Deals?  Oh my goodness, the Gift Bow Die is on sale along with the washi tape.  Both are excellent for your up coming holiday projects.  Why not add the Cupcake Punch with the Gift Bow Die to make awesome birthday gifts?  Don’t miss the opportunity to have these items in your Creative Spa!

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Weekly Deals March 18

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

Pewter Stampin’ Emboss Powder Item # 124114
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

Silver Glass Glitter Item # 120995
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$4.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$3.71 CAN

Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Emboss Powder Item # 122950
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
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In Color Boutique Details Item # 130938
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$11.50 CAN
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Vintage Trinkets Accents & Elements Item # 118764
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.50 CAN
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Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
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Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130021
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Grad Party Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 129877
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Happy Watercolor Magic

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How long have you been stamping?  I have recently discovered since I have been stamping since 2000, things are coming back in style.  What was old is new once again.

Magic cards are one of those items.  I don’t mean the type that you shuffle.  Stamped magic cards are the ones with a black and white image.  When you pull the tab, magically color appears.

I learned this technique years ago at a local craft store that had stamp classes.  The secret is a Stamp-a-ma-jig and Window Sheets!                                              image

First, I stamped on the white card stock with black Stazon Ink.  This image was colored.  Next, using the stamp-a-ma-jig, I aligned the image to match the one on the white card stock.  That way when the card is opened the black outline will look like one image.

I have been working on this project for awhile.  When I learned to do this technique, the card was pretty close to a standard size card.  I could not find my template from years ago.  I spent many nights with copy paper, folding and cutting to try to get it right.  I am not sure that it is exactly the same as the template I used years ago, but pretty close I think.  Here are some photos of my trial versions.

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I was getting the hang of it by the time I created the flower version. I goofed it up on the  very last stamped flower I stamped. I forgot o stamp it off once first so it would be more of a pastel color.  So they became my prototypes (that’s what my friend calls it :) )

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Supplies needed to make this project:

  • #133188 (wood mount) # 133191 (clear mount) Happy Watercolor Stamp Set
  • #114323 Window Sheets
  • #101406 Jet Black Staz-on Ink Pad
  • #101049 Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • #133439 Big Shot Machine
  • #129381 Ovals Collection Framelits Dies
  • #130514 (wood mount) #130517 (clear mount)  Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
  • #132058 Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set
  • #127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch
  • #120907 Decorative Label Punch
  • #119677 Daffodil Delight Marker
  • #126944 Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
  • #100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • #126953 Old Olive Ink Pad
  • #100702 Old Olive Card Stock
  • #119868 1″ Circle Punch
  • #129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon

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Easter Egg Holder

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I realized I missed a post yesterday.  Oops.  Sorry about that.  I hand;t realized I had shared all my stamp projects with you.  I guess I will have to stamp this weekend.  Boy doesn’t that hurt my feelings.

I have a quick project that I wanted to try.  I have seen these cute little egg holders on Pinterest.  I thought they were so cute and simple and it used the new Scallop Tag Punch which I think just dresses things up just a touch.

I used Paula Knall’s directions and used them for imperial measurements. She is from the UK.  Cut your card stock 2″x8″.  Score at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.  Next use the oval from the Designer Frames embossing folder (which is one of this weeks special deals)  on one side.  Use the extra large oval punch to cut the center of the oval out.  Punch both ends of the project with the Scallop Tag Punch.  From there you can decorate the front of your holder.  I used the Petite Petals bundle set.  I used the Old Olive ribbon which is still available from t the clearance rack.  I just love this ribbon.

My plastic eggs came pre-filled from the dollar store.  They came in packs of eight.  They were just the right size.  I put a glue dot on the bottom of the eggs to help hold them in place a little better.  Some of my eggs will be traveling.

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • #134821 (wood mount) #134822 (clear mount) Petite Petals Bundle
  • #133324 Scallop Tag Punch
  • #123130 Designer Frames Embossing Folder
  • #113430 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #119859 Extra Large Oval Punch
  • #129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • #105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • #126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  • #125858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad

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See Ya Later Alligator

image…Not for awhile crocodile!

I posted a close up of this project to see if anyone could guess what it was.  The closest I got was “an eye” of some sort.  Which was pretty close.

I saw a card on Pinterest. Brenda Quintana was the original designer. I cased her alligator using her directions.  Because of this card I wanted to make, I had to place another order to get  the Saleabration set See Ya Later.  I love how she could think outside the box on this one.  I think this card is going to be awesome to send nieces, nephews, and little baby cousins.

Are you ready to learn how to make this card?
Alligator Video

Thank you Brenda for sharing your talent with us.

Supplies needed to create this project:

  • #133533 (wood mount) #133536 (clear mount) See Ya Later
  • #133519 Banner Punch
  • #133520 Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • #125598 Labels Collection Framelits
  • #113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform
  • #120908 Small Oval Punch
  • #119869 Circle Punch, 1/2″
  • #101610 Stamping Sponges
  • #126972 Always Artichoke Ink Pad
  • #105119 Always Artichoke Card Stock
  • #105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • #108641 Wild Wasabi Card Stock
  • #121045 Basic Black Card Stock

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Hexagon Hive Soccer Scrapbook

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Good Morning Stampers.  Yesterday, I mentioned I learned how to make a soccer ball with the Hexagon Hive Framelit from Lynn Starzl.  As soon as I saw her little soccer card, I knew I HAD TO HAVE the Hexagon Hive Framelit.

My daughter had played soccer last fall and between myself and the school photographer, I ended up with several nice digital photos.  Now I need to get them printed.

My daughter is also participating in Spring Indoor Soccer.  I may be making lots of soccer ball scrapbook pages and cards for coaches.

imageI cut the Hexagon Hive Framelit from Basic Black card stock and then glued it to a piece of Whisper White.  I the then placed everything on my magnetic  plate in my Big Shot.  When using the Circle Framelits to make the balls, you can get at least two depending on the size of the balls you make.  In this photo, I used the 3rd and 4th circles from the center of the set.

The base of the scrapbook page is a piece of 8″x8″ Soft Sky card stock.  The grass is Wild Wasabi cut 1 1/2″x8″.  I used the Fringe Scissors to make the grass. I cut a photo frame 4 1/4″x 6 1/4″.  Finally, I used the Banner Punch to cut So Saffron banners to trim the photo. The year was stamped using ABC-123 Alphabet & Number  clear stamp set with Tempting Turquoise ink.

I’m off to the store to pick up my photos.

Suppllies needed to make this project:

  • 133325 Fringe Scissors
  • 132965 Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die
  • 130911 Circles Collections Framelits
  • 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 130658 Magnetic Platform
  • 131203 Soft Sky Card Stock
  • 108641 Wild Wasabi Card Stock
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • 126952 Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad
  • 130565 ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
  • 133519 Banner Punch (Free from the Saleabration Catalog with $50 purchase)

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Something Special for Someone Special

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Do you ever need a cute little pouch to put something in?  Perhaps something for a CD or photographs?  This is one of the fastest and cutest projects you will ever make.  A half sheet o f Designer Series Paper, a half sheet of white card stock, and a little bit of ink is all you need.

Start off with a 6′ X 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper(DSP).  I used  Crips Cantaloupe in this sample.  You want to score it at 4″ and 10″.  I punched a 6″ strip of Whisper White card stock with the Scallop Boarder Punch.  I adhered this to the smaller flap, which will become the top flap. This helps cover the small gap when the flap is closed. Place a strip of sticky strip on the two outer edges of of the 4″ piece.  This will form the pocket.

Next you will want to make a belly band for the top.  It is 1 1/2″x 11″.  It does not quite go all the way around the top of the package.  That’s ok, do not panic.  Use your Decorative Label punch with another coordinating color from your DSP.  I used Baked Brown Sugar.  Place a dimensional on each edge of the whisper white band.  Place the punched piece of Baked Brown Sugar over the dimensionals.  This will make the spacing come out perfectly.  Use coordinating ribbon as well.  I used about 13″-14″ of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffle Trim.

Third, stamp the large label from Chalk Talk on Whisper White card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Cut it out using your Big Shot and the coordinating Chalk Talk frame lit dies.  I hooked the label onto the ribbon.  I placed a dimensional near the top just to help hold it in place a little better.  Make sure it is only on the white belly band so it doesn’t stick to your pouch.

Here is the pouch opened.  It is the perfect size to place a stack of  4″x6″ photos.  Or if

imageyou’d like to give hundreds of photos, place a CD inside the pouch.  Maybe some sort of thin chocolate bar would fit in there instead of photos? Hmmm….  What will you put in your pouch?

Supplies need to make this project:

  • 130031 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon
  • 120907 Decorative Label Punch
  • 130136 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 131174 Baked Brown Sugar Ink Pad
  • 134439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 130658 Magneti Platform
  • 132731 (wood mount) or 132730 (clear mount) Chalk Talk Bundle- save 15%

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Chalk Talk & Butterflies

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Here is a card I have been meaning to make for awhile, I learned how to make this from the wonderful Ronda Wade.  I just love these colors together.  Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  It sounds like something to eat!

The card base is another simple, yet elegant design.  The card base is Pistachio Pudding.  A layer of Early Espresso.  The Very Vanilla was embossed with the Beautiful Baroque embossing folder. Look closely and you will see only about 3/4 of the layer was placed in the embossing folder to leaver the bottom section smooth for added dimension.  A piece of Pistachio Pudding ribbon was placed across the seam.

The image from the Chalk Talk stamp set was stamped with Early Espresso Ink.  It was then punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch.  Using a blender pen and just a touch of Pistachio Pudding ink to highlight the words “there’s you”.   I used a framelit to cut the Early Espresso Core’dination card stock.  A few scuffs from a sanding block gives it the aged look.  The verse was attached with dimensionals.  Early Espresso Candy Dots were placed on the edges of they Early Espresso layer.  Click on the image to get a better view.

The last little touch to the card are the butterflies.  The Elegant Butterfly was punched from   Pistachio Pudding card stock and the Bitty Butterfly was punched from Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper.  A Very Vanilla Candy Dot was placed in the center of the butterfly. the butterflies were attached with a dimensional as well.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • 130917 Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder
  • 132731 (wood mount) 132730 (clear mount) Chalk Talk Bundle
  • 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting tool
  • 119859 Extra Large Oval Punch
  • 129406  Bitty Butterfly Punch
  • 127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch
  • 130024 Ruffle Stretch Trim
  • 130934 Neutrals Candy Dots
  • 129956 Core’dinations Card Stock
  • 129367 Stampin’ Sanding Block
  • 131294 Pistachio Pudding Card Stock
  • 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • 126974 Early Espresso Stamp Pad
  • 101650 Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • 130137 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 131177 Pistachio Pudding Ink Pad
  • 102845 Blender Pen
  • 104332 Snail Adhesive
  • 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Simply Coordinated Card Sets Close Ups

I had posted a card set the other day, with just one photo of all the cards together.  I was asked if I could show the cards individually.  You betcha!

All of these cards are made the same way.  I used different colors and different verses from Really Good Greetings.  All the card bases are a half sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ folded in half for your standard card base. The white layer is 4″x 5 1/4″.  The Designer Series Paper is cut 5″x2″.  The flowers are stamped and punched with the flower Shop Bundle.  One item I did forget to mention the other day, I have a layer in between the flower and button.  I used the 7/8′ Scallop Circle Punch (#129404). image

The Pistachio Pudding card is the only card that is slightly different.  The DSP is cut 3 3/4″x 2 1/2″ so it could stand in portrait mode.

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Simply Coordinated Card Sets

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One of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up! is how everything coordinates together.  Card stock, inks, Designer Series Paper and accessories. Many items are sold as bundles as well to help save you money.  I just love that, so I can buy extra stamping supplies.

All these cards are made with the 2013-2015 In Colors.  My first recommendation would be the card stock and ink bundle. It includes a stamp pad of each of the 5 colors, PLUS a variety pack of card stock. Next, I would recommend The Designer Series Paper Stack-40 sheets of 12×12 paper that can add lots of visual texture and design to a card.  Finally, the stretch trim and buttons.

The Flower Shop Bundle is a wonderful set of flower with a coordinating Pansy Punch at a 15% discount.  That savings can go towards the purchase a of a verse set. I used Really Good Greetings.  I think it is cute and inspirational all rolled into one.

Supplies to make this project:

  • 131204 Card Stock & Ink Pad Kit
  • 130136 Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 130938 In Color Boutique Details Buttons
  • 130022 Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffled Stretched Trim
  • 130024 Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffled Stretched Trim
  • 130021 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Stretched Trim
  • 130020 Pistachio Pudding 3/8″ Ruffled Stretched Trim
  • 130023 Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffled Stretched Trim
  • 132727 (Wood Mount) or 132726 (CLear Mount ) Flower Shop Bundle
  • 130330 (Wood Mount) or 130333 (Clear Mount) Really Good Greetings

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So Grateful for Sticky Notes

imageBefore the invention of smart phones, or should I say before I ever owned a smart phone, I was the queen of the sticky notes!   I would drive my husband crazy with them.  They weren’t even “honey do” lists, they were notes to myself.  They were every where, which is what drove him bonkers.

I still love sticky notes and I still buy them in bulk at the beginning of the school year.  They last a little longer now because I can put some things on my phone.

Here is a sticky note cover.  It used the 2013-2015 In Colors.  Baked Brown Sugar is the base,  Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper for the top layer.  Strawberry Slush is used for the belly band and ribbon trim.  I stamped the verse from Chalk Talk onto white card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink and punched it with the large oval punch.

These little sticky note gifts would be perfect for teachers, secretaries, or busy moms.  They are useful and inexpensive.  Make a batch to give your friends today!

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You Are My Sunshine!

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Need a little sunshine in your life.  We are having snow again in Maine.  At least is warming up enough for the kids to go outside and play.

I am dreaming of sunshine, warm weather and flip flops.

My card was inspired by Liisa Rhine. I saw her card online (Pinterest I think).  And thought it was adorable.  It was so cheery when it was snowing here.

I embossed the Bermuda Bay card base with Decorative Dots Embossing Folder from the Saleabration Catalog.  The sun was punched from Pumpkin Pie with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  Next time I think I will go a little smaller. The sunshine rays are Daffodil Delight punched with the Banner Blast punch also from the Saleabration catalog. If you read the fine print it will also be in the 2014-15 Catalog. The fluffy white clouds are made with new Word Bubble Framelits.  I love when you can use an item for more then one thing, don’t you??

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Button, Button, Who Has the Button?

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Are you like me? Do you have several empty button containers?  Want a way to upcycle them?

These little containers are empty button containers.  Simply peel off the Stampin’ Up! labels off.

A small amount of wash tape wraps perfectly around the base.  The 2 1/2″ circle punch covers the top and bottom of the containers.  The large scallop punch makes wonderful little flowers for the top.  I crumpled the Designer Series Paper in my hand first for some added texture.  I held the layers together with a tiny brad, then I then covered it with a button.

One thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates so well.  The paper, the inks, the accessories all go together.

These make cute packages for earrings or any small gift.  Heck, I would love one filled with a few M&Ms in it.

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Forever Friends

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Have you earned the hostess set Banner Greetings yet?  If not book your workshop or private class with me today! During Sale-a-bration you can also earn an additional $30 in hostess credit with qualifying workshops.  Banner Greetings is one of the sets that are for hostesses only.

The card base is Strawberry Slush, stamped with Gorgeous Grunge and versa mark ink. The banners are cut from Kaleidoscope and Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper.  Forever Friends was stamped in Bermuda Bay and I cut it by hand.  The Pansy was punched from Crushed Curry.  The Bermuda Bay layer of the flower was punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  A clear button is in the center.

Wouldn’t you best friend love to hear from you?  Send some happy mail to them today.  Mail it in a clear envelope.  You will send a beautiful piece of art for your friend to enjoy, as well as the postal workers.

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Love Ya Chocolate!

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Here is another treat holder.  Super simple! It is made with a 2″x12″ strip of Designer Ser
These can be made any size.  They just need to be 2″ wide, and scored equal distances from both ends.ies paper.  The ends are punched with the new Scallop Tag Punch.  I scored 4 3/4″ from each end as well.

Isn’t the verse just adorable??  This is the Just Sayin stamp set and it has coordinating framelits.  Want to know what is even more adorable?  It comes in a Bundle.  What is a Bundle you ask?  It is a stamp set and the coordinating framelits, when ordered together you save 15%!  Talk about the love from Stampin’ Up!

The package is probably going to my daughter, so of course it needs a little bling.  I punched the heart from red glimmer paper, with the small heart punch. Easy Peasy.

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Spiral Flower Lollipop

imageHere is a flower lollipop treat holder I made after seeing something similar on Facebook.  OMG it was cute!! At the time, Gail Elton Murray had only posted she had cased them, made them at her down line meeting, and everything was punched with a 1/8″ punch to put the lollipop stick through.

I just went crazy cutting spiral flowers out. I am donating a bunch of them to a benefit supper. I had posted the first one I made on my Facebook page. Someone asked me how I did it. I though, it should be an easy video to make. However, my daughter had different plans for me. I did not get to see my craft room.  So I took pictures of the different stages as I crafted in my lap!

Spiral Flower Lollipop Treat Holder Video Tutorial

I had to laugh, when I was looking at the final version with my daughter and I asked how she liked it, she asked me why didn’t I talk in this one.  Really???  I have been with you all this time with lots of noise.  Oh my goodness.

So if you haven’t ordered the Spiral Flower Die from the Occasions Catalog, do so now.  Add some paper or the bird punch to your order and receive a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog when you spend $50 (before tax and shipping).

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