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Gift Giving Made Easy!

Gift Giving Made Easy!

I’m trying not to panic that Christmas is getting REALLY close and I don’t have many gifts under the tree yet.

I have a solution and it might help both of us.

Have you ever thought about giving a Paper Pumpkin Subscription to a family member or friend?


Not only is Paper Pumpkin great for quick gift ideas, it’s a creative outlet for busy people.  I’m pretty sure everyone  on my list is a busy “people” which makes Paper Pumpkin a fantastic choice for Christmas gifts.


There are many subscriptions to choose from so you are not limited. It’s also great way for them to continue to remember your gift if you purchased the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription and of course you can choose only 1 month as well.  Just think, when they open their Paper Pumpkin box they will be continually reminded of your thoughtful gift at Christmas. It’s a thought, right?


One of the perks for becoming a subscription member with me is each month you will receive up to 12 paper crafting tutorials on other ways to use the contents of the box.  These tutorials are not limited to the box contents as  you can use them with other paper crafting products, but it’s a great way to use all the contents and gives you out of the box ideas. Each tutorial has written instructions.



Here is just a sample of the 12 tutorials my subscribers received this month.

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Happy Stampin’ friends.

Make today a FANTASTIC day and make something pretty!

Germaphobic Here- Tissue Box

Germaphobic Here- Tissue Box

Yes, it’s true.  I’m a total germaphobic.  I blame it totally on my mother.


You would think with my nursing background that maybe I would be a bit more at ease around others who are sick.  NOPE!  Crazy thing is, once I know you are sick I am backing up.  If I see that you are stuffy or coughing, I’m backing up faster.  For sure if I found out you were sick to your stomach… I’m probably not even around you anymore.  I left so fast you are spinning.


I’m pretty sure my kids will carry scars of my germaphobic behavior into their adult lives as well.


My “craziness” was on the verge of psychosis when the kids were little.  You did not see my kids playing in Mc Donald’s fun play areas.  The balls… I cringe just thinking about them.  How about Chuck E Cheese? We would get the invites and I would want to hide it from my kids.  That place was not my friend. I know, I’m terrible.


Even as the kids have gotten older I’m still the same germaphobic.  Probably because they continue to share their germie selves with me.


Yesterday while at church I took note of so many sickies around me.  If I had a mask I would have worn it.  I thought instead I would make my sickie friends something nice to help them out and possibly add a tiny note for them to stay home….

Kleenex Box

I love a specific type of Mini Kleenex.  I find them usually at my local grocery stores.  Honestly, it’s all about the packaging.  They are cute and not as bulky in my purse.  I’ve made other tissue box holders in the past but this one would not fit my previous boxes.  I decided to come up with one on my very own.  I’m a little giddy over this cute thing….and I created a video so you can create them with me.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

Products You Will Need: 

I created two different ones using the same stamp sets but different designer series paper.

Here are the items you will need to create along with me:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock 6 x 10-1/2″
  • Typeset Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ x 11
  • Watermelon Wonder cardstock 1-7/8″ x 9″
  • Gold Fancy Foil Vellum 1-7/8″ x 4-1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock 3/8″ x 4-1/4″
  • Linen Thread
  • Ornate Tag Topper Punch
  • Banner Triple Punch

The stamp sets I used:

Remarkable You and A Dozen Thoughts

You will need a Blender Pen to color the flower and a scrap piece of Whisper White or Watercolor Paper which ever you desire.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

You can see above the type of tissues that fit into this box.

Watch the video tutorial and create along with me.  Yes, there are bloopers… like when I call Watermelon Wonder- Watercolor Wonder… but again you will get the gist of the project. <sigh>

Here you can see a closer look with the belly bands I made for the projects.

Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!


Germaphobic, Tissue Box, Remarkable You stamp set , Stampin' Up!

You can see a list of the products I used for both projects below.

I hope you enjoyed this fun project. This box is a perfect size to fit a little package of soup in it and maybe even a little gift card to Starbucks when they are feeling better.  Think of it as a reward for staying home not passing the germs.  <giggle>  I promise I’m not that mean…   Not only could you make these for family and friends who are battling the nasty colds, but a nice gift for healthy folks too.

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Start Planning for Easter!

Start Planning for Easter!

As crafters we are already looking ahead to the next holiday to see what we can create next.  Another beautiful holiday is approaching- Easter.  

What are your top things you love to make for Easter? Do you have a DIY project on your radar? 

I have the solution for a fast DIY 3-D project today. 

 Paper sour cream containers never get old.  They are easy to make, perfect to hold a treat and kids can get involved making them.  

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts

My favorite part of this Carrot was creating the top using my Fringe Scissors and Filter Paper by Stampin’ Up! 

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts
Create It! 

  •  Cut your cardstock or Designer paper to  4 x 6.  Fold like a toilet paper roll and adhere with a strong adhesive. I recommend Fast Fuse. 
  • Seal one of the ends of your toilet paper roll with Fast Fuse.  You will want to fill your container with a special treat.  Chocolate always wins in my house.  
  • Take 2 round Neutral Filter Papers and fold in half twice. Using Fringe scissors cut the Filter paper.  Fold the Filter Paper again making it extra fluffy.  Just stop to admire this.  Seriously, it’s cute at this point and we haven’t finished.  
  • Tuck your Filter paper into the top of the sour cream container and staple it shut.  
  • Create your tag.  Cut a banner using the Banner framelits and Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp an Easter Greeting using the For Peeps’ Sake clear stamp set.  (Click on the link to see just how CUTE this set is!)  Great set for Chalk Art cards OR because you need it for Peeps’ sake! 
  • Staple the tag onto the sour cream container and you are finished.  

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts
Are  you ready to create a few For Peeps’ Sake Easter treats? What ever you do, make today a fun creating day and make something pretty.  

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Need a Quick Treat Bag? |Stampin’ Up!

Need a Quick Treat Bag? |Stampin’ Up!


It’s not often I’ve found a birthday stamp set that not only serves as a Birthday set but also as a “anything” set.  The Amazing Birthday stamp set is perfect for making a quick gift bag for any occasion.  


If you are new to my blog I’m sharing my Stampin’ Up! Convention display stamping projects.  


Today’s share is a fun treat bag all dressed up.  


Amazing Birthday, Convention Display Stamper , Treat bag

Stampin’ Up!’s treat bags are fun and simple to decorate.  


We have two types- Chevron’s or Polka Dots.  These sweet little treat bags are perfect for giving small gift trinkets.  


Amazing Birthday, Convention Display Stamper , Treat bag


Dressing up a Treat Bag

Place a simple treat in one of our treat bags and then fold the top down and staple shut.  Next it’s time to decorate. 

I used a piece of our Typeset DSP and wrapped the paper around the treat bag.  I also added several of our beautiful ribbons to layer around the paper and a doily.  Once all pieces were layered I did a quick vertical stitch with my sewing machine to keep the paper permanently wrapped.  


To make the focal point for this treat bag I stamped the Amazing Birthday image on Vellum and Gold embossed.  I then placed the embossed vellum piece over a layer of Typeset DSP.  This gave a soft look to the sentiment and the vintage look using our beautiful Typeset DSP.  


Before attaching the focal point, I added a heavy layered bow of Basic Black Bakers Twine under the Typeset DSP.  I also added two banners.  One used a stamped image from Amazing Birthday and the other used a piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper.  Both of these were die cut using the Banner Framelit.  


I love how this stamp set has coordinating framelits and punches making stamping easier and less fussy cutting. 

Amazing Birthday, Convention Display Stamper , Treat bag


Next is the really fun part… giving your decorated gift bag to someone special.  The look on someones face when they receive a hand made gift is priceless.  It’s one of the things I encourage you to do more of.  Challenge yourself to make 2 or 3 of them and fill them with hard candies.  Find 2-3 people on a day your out and about and just give them this special treat bag.  Watch how you will change a persons day in an instant.  


All supplies for this project can be found at the bottom of this post.  


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One thing I know for SURE… YOU can NEVER run out of too many ideas.  They are abundant with Stampin’ Up!

Here are a few more display boards from convention.  

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Simple 3D Post it Note Holder

Simple 3D Post it Note Holder


It’s been a long time since I created a video for my blog.  I know you probably just fell out of your chair.  


If you are looking for a quick and easy gift idea for Teacher Appreciation or Mother’s Day, I have a solution!


This 3D Post it Note Holder can be made in record time with just a few short instructions.  Make sure to check out the video below.  



Simple 3D Post it Note Holder, Stampin' Up! So Very Grateful stamp set


I love how it looks like an easel.  Not only can you stare at the hand stamped creativity but you can easily grab that post it note too. 

Simple 3D Post it Note Holder, Stampin' Up! So Very Grateful stamp set


Ready to create with me? 



Simple 3D Post it Note Holder, Stampin' Up! So Very Grateful stamp set


Click the links below to see all the supplies I used.  This will take you directly to my Online Store.  

Simple 3D Post it Note Holder, Stampin' Up! So Very Grateful stamp set




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Have a FABULOUS weekend!