Birthday Celebrations with a Treat Topper and Card

2013-12-20 11.51.12Earlier this week, Nicholas (my now 4yr old) had the chance to celebrate his birthday with his Preschool class.  It’s a special circle time they call a “Birthday Circle” and they all sit around and the birthday child can have mom/dad/siblings come in for the circle while they share photos or something special about each year the birthday child lived. 

And treats…. we “get” to provide treats.

Now, the school is, um, “progressive” I’ll say and so they are very particular about what kinds of treats you can bring.  The list looks something like this:

fruits and vegetables – or – 100% fruit – or -dried fruit – or –

a snack from one particular organic company.  ~Done~

Now, I am still trying to get my “Crafty Mom” cred, and so I couldn’t just send him in with applesauce squeezies… oh no, they had to be CUTE applesauce squeezies!  So this is what I created for him:

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Isn’t that lizard so adorable?

So, I sat down the night before (at 10:45 pm, talk about last minute!) and started coloring this one stamp from the Tag It stamp set with my markers so I could stamp 18 of these guys for the treats.  Then I cut each of them out using the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits…. oh and adding the tag hole from the same framelit set.  Do a little sponging and then just the right twine to tie them off. 

(psst – sneak peek alert!  This twine is from one of the accessory sets available as a freebie during Sale-a-Bration!)

I got them all ready and sent them in to school, but then I figured the teacher needed a little thank you as well, so I had to make a card for her too using the same theme.  You know everything has to be coordinating!


Same idea but just a little mixing around of extra accessories and embellishments to turn it into a card.

I needed some bright paper to match the bright colors in the stamped image  (I got lazy, no tag this time) and and then the AWESOME candy dots to break up the pattern of the paper and tie it into the birthday image.

So see, it is like a coordinating set!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Tag It
Ink – Crushed Curry, Markers:  Gumball Green, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Paper – Crushed Curry cs, Whisper White Cs, Real Red cs, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Candy Dots (Brights, Regals, Neutrals), 2 1/2” Circle punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, twine (SAB)

So, don’t forget to try something simple and cute when you need a treat for something.  It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun and appreciated by the recipients… even if they are 3 yrs old!  Smile 

Want to see more great Birthday Card ideas?

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing different Birthday card ideas.  This was mine, but there are lots of other ideas and variety to check out.  So, hop on over and see what other cute ideas you can try.


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Some Valentine Treat Fun for a Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for our January Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop!  Love is in the air and our talented group of design team members have a Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On as we are excited to be sharing some NEW Occasions Catalog goodies and some Valentine’s Day projects with you this month!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog!  We are always excited to hear from our followers!

You should have just left stop number 15 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – the fabulous Annie Lee. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find  the full blog hop lineup below.


So, for the blog hop today, I started and stopped on at least 2 different projects and designs.  Normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but with all the crunching to get ready for Leadership, it meant a little last minute creating.

Thankfully the first project I have to share I was able to get done early!

A “Wheely” Cool Valentine Card

I recently got this Love You More Valentine’s Day stamp set and just love this globe image.  But the part that I really thought was fun with this card was the red flowers on the right side of the card front.

Know what it is?

Yup, a WHEEL STAMP!  Betsy’s Bloom is the name.  It’s been ages since I pulled them out, but they sure do make a striking background for your card sometime using exactly the color you want.

Add a bit of ribbon for a finishing touch (and to cover up if you rolled your wheel a little less than exactly straight, ha ha! Winking smile )

Send a Valentine Treat this Year

I had one more idea that I wanted to create to share today.  It was an idea in my head that I didn’t have time to complete it before heading to the airport so I punched out a few shapes, grabbed some paper, ink, and stamps… and headed to Houston.

Turns out, I got to my hotel and set out to create the idea in my head and I discovered that I left my paper trimmer at home.  Oops!  So, check out the ideas and don’t mind the not quite perfect cuts since I had to make due with my little paper snips for all the paper in the project other than the red Chevrons (Chevron punch) and the Heart (lg Full Heart Punch)!

The idea for this project is a little treat you can send or give to a special someone.  It’s another stamp set from the Love You More set again… I was inspired by the arrow images and thought I would turn a small Hershey bar into it’s own love arrow!

If you want to make your own, all you need to do is:

  • Wrap a chocolate bar with a patterned paper from the Fresh Prints designer paper stack in the new Occasions catalog and adhered the arrow images from the stamp set for my central point.
  • Stamp the same arrow w/ sentiment (“straight to my heart”) on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Adhere a thin strip of Soft Suede cardstock (approx 3/8” strip) across the middle of your stamped image.
  • Punch out a set of chevron pieces from Real Red using the Chevron punch and a heart from Real Red using the Heart punch.
  • Adhere the Whisper White strip to a piece of Soft Suede cardstock for matting.
  • Adhere the wrapped chocolate over the center of the arrow so that it covers all but the “Straight to the Heart” sentiment.
  • Done!

So I hope you enjoyed my projects today and check out more great projects on the hop using the links below.

Blog Hop Participants:
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  1. Anastasia R. of Stampin’ Blondie
  2. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  3. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  4. Kathy P of Katrina P’s Creative Corner 
  5. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  6. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  7. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters
  8. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  9. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  12. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  13. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity
  14. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  15. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper  <— YOU ARE HERE
  16. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  17. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin
Interested in updates from Leadership 2014?
I’ll be spending the next few days in Houston, TX getting filled with new project ideas and updates from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll be trying to share what I can
via my Facebook page and then coming back in the evening and sharing a summary of what I saw. 

So enjoy all the inspiration today and stop back by tomorrow to see what’s happening in good ol’ Texas!

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Birthday Celebration Fun Framed Art

I was going through my projects and pictures I’ve taken of inspirational ideas and I stumbled across this picture of an AWESOME framed stamped art that fellow demonstrator Karen Trelfa created.  She shared this with us at Founder’s Circle and I totally forgot about it.  But wouldn’t this be a cool thing to create?

The cool thing about it is that it uses different random bits that you have around home and in your stamping supplies to create a cool collage effect to help celebrate any holiday or event.

Some of the supplies found in this art:

  • The Alphabet Press embossing folder to make the textured background behind all the punched and decorated squares
  • Most of the squares use squares out of different patterns from the Birthday Basics designer paper
  • Stamped images from different sets including: Sketched Birthdays, Flower Shop, Sweets for the Sweet, A Fitting Occasion, and Label Love
  • The Cupcake Punch
  • Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glimmer Brads
  • And misc cardstock and ink

But I just think the look of all the different layered elements just looks so cool!  What do you think?

Last Day of Giveaways for the Birthday Celebrations!

I have been having so much fun sharing ideas and sharing some of my scrappy stash with all of you over the last few days!  Thank you for joining the fun with me!  For my last day of

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 4


For the last day, I’m giving away a sampler of all the papers in the current Annual catalog!  You’ll get 78 6×6 sheets of double sided cardstock.  This is a fun way to get to see in person all the different designs and have enough to make multiple cards or projects from each sheet.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what is your favorite type of project to create!
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing if you sent out Christmas cards this year or if you were like me and have waited until the very last minute. Smile
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at and get 2 extra entries

Good luck!  I’ll be drawing all the winners tomorrow morning and announcing them here on the blog!

If you want to enter for the prior days, you still have time.  Make sure to visit Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 here on the blog and over on facebook to get entered.


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Thanksgiving Album from the Tablescape Setting Kit

I was given one of the Tablescape Setting kits this fall and while I thought it was cute for it’s intended purpose – making neat table settings and food labels – I knew I wasn’t going to be hosting Thanksgiving this year and realistically, wouldn’t be needing table decorations. 

This is how the kit is designed to be used


But, I decided to create a mini-scrapbook album instead!  I used all of the pocket cards to become pocket pages in my album and turned the black squares into photo frames (I just need to print the photos from yesterday to add them to the pages).  You get 20 pages for your album and still end up with LOTS of supplies left over!

Here are a few of the pages I created:

Many of the double pages, I’ll put a photo of the family member from Thanksgiving and use the insert page to write a bit about what they are thankful for this year and memories of or from them.


Other pages will just have pictures or descriptions from our day together.


I plan to punch holes in the pocket pages and use rings to hold the pages together.

All you need to complete this project is the Tablescape Bundle and some brown ink and a sponge (I used Soft Suede).

The bundle includes everything you see above including the Thankful For single stamp.

So, hopefully this gives you some ideas for preserving your favorite memories!

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Fun Ideas for Gift Giving for a Holiday Blog Hop!

As promised in my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter yesterday, today I’m back with a fun blog hop to give you even more ideas for the holiday season!  So sit back and enjoy the ideas!

Thank you so much for joining us for the November Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on Christmas. While we have yet to give thanks this month, some of us are already thinking about sending Christmas cards, what kind of packaging to present gifts in and how we want to deck our halls. On this month’s blog hop we are showcasing many of the Stampin’ Up! products that are available in the Holiday Catalog. You will see everything from cards to gift tags to 3-D décor and gift packaging. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the products to create our projects and feel inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.  Remember you can order all of the products showcased from your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

 You should have just left stop number 13 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – the oh so fabulous Pam Wu. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 Holiday Gift Box & Card

So, my project set that I wanted to show you today was a neat way to use some of the latest from the Holiday catalog as well as taking advantage of the current specials (Holiday Tag It Bundle, which includes the box, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, and Baker’s Twine I used) and sales (Weekly Deals – Burlap Ribbon!) to make these gifts for an even better deal! 🙂  Because, seriously who doesn’t love the thrill of getting a deal on your holiday gifts?

Anyway, so this is what I created:

Window gift box with Best of Snow hedgehogs

This is the very quick to assemble window gift box that has a belly band made of the Burlap ribbon (who knew this stuff was going to be this great to work with) a bow of the 1″ Cherry Cobbler ribbon (which I might add is way softer than you think it is going to be!!) and a tag made with favorite bundle right now, the Tags 4 you stamp set and Bracket Label punch.

Now, one of the things I love doing with this Tags 4 You stamp set is to add a bit of Dazzling Details to make it super sparkly.  It is always super hard to photograph but I think I finally caught it. 🙂
Dazzling details tags 4 you

Can you see the sparkle?  I added the glitter to all of the white parts of the tag plus to the centers of the “o”s.  Just for a little pop.

And on the side, this isn’t just any plain old burlap ribbon… oh no… this is CUSTOM baby!!  I grabbed my Chevron background stamp and Gumball Green ink and stamped some chevrons around the ribbon.  Isn’t it a fun touch?

Window gift box with stamped burlap ribbon

And in case you were wondering, those adorable hedgehogs in the window?  Those are actually from the new Best of Snow stamp set that came out this month.  I just had to get the set because not only does it have the hedgehogs, but it has a cute snowman, a snowflake (that fits the Festive Flurries framelits!) and a stamp that matches the Bracket Label punch!  Sweet, right?
Best of Snow card with gift boxHere is what it looks like when you pull the card out, but I love how you can see them perfectly through the window of the card.  I again used the burlap ribbon and then had a background from the Season of Style designer paper pad.  Its quick, easy, and super cute.

Now imagine that hedgehog circle on top of a cute belly band or gift inside the box.  A cool way to package up your gifts in a way that looks adorable in every stage.

So I hope you enjoyed my ideas for you today and maybe found some gems in the Holiday catalog you hadn’t noticed before.  There are lots more ideas for you on the hop today so check them out and have fun!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun
  2. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  3. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  4. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  6. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  9. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  11. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  12. Anastasia R. of Stampin’ Blondie
  13. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  14. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper <—- YOU ARE HERE!
  15. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity
  16. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup


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Weekly Deals to Help You Get Ready for Gifting!

When I saw the specials that Stampin’ Up! released today, all I could think about was cute gifts and packaging! 

Nov 12-18 weekly deals

What can you make with these?

I mean, imagine how fast and cute this decorated gift box would be:

  1. Stamp some cute snowflake or other image on the Gift Box
  2. Create a cute belly band with the Burlap ribbon
  3. Cut out a coordinating bow with the Gift Bow die to stick on top…
  4. Done!



If you need teachers gifts or classroom treats, or something to put at the table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Get one of the Goodie Gear kits (Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving/fall, Real Red for Christmas)
  2. Add chocolate or nuts to the bags and tie closed
  3. Done!


Create stocking stuffers or get started on a cute advent calendar with the Mini Muslin bags:

  1. Stamp numbers on the muslin bags (I would recommend the Morning Post numbers stamp set)
  2. Fill with one activity or treat per day
  3. Place in a cute bucket or hang from clothespins on a ribbon
  4. Done!


Fun right?

These deals are only available for a week, so make sure to hop over to the online store or email me at to get in on this weeks group order!


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Another Great Idea for Gifts with Clearmount Stamp Cases

In my last post, I shared an idea for using the half-height woodmount stamp cases to make Embellished Gift Sets.  So, I thought I would share another idea for you using stamp cases (I swear, I’ve been having too much fun with empty stamp cases lately!).

Gift Idea #3 – Coordinated Journaling Sets

This is a really fun way to create a pen and notebook set that you can take anywhere and toss in a purse or bag and not have to worry about crumbs in the pages or crinkled & torn pages.

To get started, you want to grab:

  • Clearmount stamp cases
  • a mini composition notebook
  • a pen with a clear round barrel
  • a 12×12 piece of designer paper
  • Sticky strip
  • extra cardstock, stamps, ink, and embellishments as desired

The outside is simply cutting a piece of designer paper to fit inside the plastic cover (like the movie cover on a DVD) and then embellishing it to fit your style and mood.

Then on the inside, take a mini-composition notebook and using the extra scrap from the patterned paper from you cover, cut a piece that will fit over the front cover of the little notebook.  Decorate the notebook cover to coordinate with your box.

We also found pens that we could unscrew the tip and fit a rolled up piece of the same designer paper around the ink barrel to make a coordinating set (we found ours in the dollar spot at Target with 2 pens for $1).  Fold your last bit of scrap into a hollow square to create a tube to hold your pen.

Then adhere your notebook and the pen tube to the inside of the stamp case with Sticky Strip to ensure nothing will move – ever – and you have a great little notebook.  You even have room for a chapstick tube or a pack of gum if you need an emergency stash!

We created a TON of these cases because they were so much fun to make and I have to say, I think this was my favorite:

If you want to see more ideas and/or would like to buy one or more for gifts, I have all of extra inventory up on the blog so you can see the different ideas and purchase your favorites (or share with your family and friends and let them purchase your favorite for you Winking smile)

See all the Journaling Kit designs & more Gift Boxes for sale here

Between these blog posts and my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (you are on my mailing list and getting the email, right?  If not, you can fix that right now and get lots of great free project tutorials by signing up here!) its been holiday gift central!  But at least if you try to buy or make one of these now, you’ll be so ahead of the game!

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Creative Gift idea from Stampin’ Up Wood Mount Boxes

Today I had the privilege of serving as guest blogger over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog.  As I tried to figure out what to share, I realized that I had been planning on sharing some of the projects mom and I made for our recent craft fair and that would be a perfect thing to share over on SSI as well!  (Which, btw, if you haven’t checked out in a while, you should go see some of the fab samples that have been shared recently!)

Ok, so on to the projects!  I will start by saying, we have a bunch of these left because weather kept a lot of people away from our fair, so I’ll be selling them online here on the blog by tomorrow (UPDATE– I got all the different cases posted and available for purchase here).  So if you like this idea and want a sample or three at your house, let me know and you can reserve your favorites!

Alright, so you probably have seen the half-size clear mount cases for the smaller stamp sets and single stamps.  They look like this:

half size woodmount cases

And it is easy to think of them as what you store your stamps in…. but did you know you can get spare cases in sets of 4?  Sure, it is great for a backup when your toddler steps uses your cases as steps (or is that just me?) but they are also fabulous for other uses!

For example, did you know they hold 5 ink refills perfectly?

half size woodmount case with ink

Neat, right?  But that isn’t what I’m really here to show you.  I wanted to show you some super cute gifts you can make with them!  Check out what my mom and I made for a craft fair last week:

We started by taking the empty box and cutting a piece of designer paper to slide in for the cover (so it is under the plastic sheet that goes around the outside of the box).  Then we created coordinating embellishments that we glued on top of the case front to allow for extra dimension and pop.
(and YES! that cupcake is the same cupcake punch that is on the weekly deals this week Smile)

Then on the inside, we created dividers by taking a piece of matching cardstock and scoring at the right widths to create holes for the goodies we wanted to include in the gift.

In some boxes we had 3 Hershey’s nuggets and a set of 3×3 cards and envelopes.  In others (like the one above) we had a decorated mini-post it note stack, 2 Hershey’s nuggets, a mini-hand sanitizer, and a chapstick!

Here are the outsides of a few more of our cases:

And here is an example of one of the boxes with cards inside (well, you can see the outside and the card)

So I hope this gave you some ideas and inspiration for the holiday season!  Check them out and start decorating!

And if you’d like to purchase one of my pre-made sets, check them all out here!

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Holiday Tag It Bundles

Looking for a cute way to wrap up your gifts this year?  Or maybe you just want an alternative to wrapping gifts and getting buried in tape!  Well, Stampin’ Up has come up with two special bundles for you holiday gifters….

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Holiday Tag It Bundles

These a discounted bundles that give you everything you need to create some simple and cute decorated boxes.  These bundles give you 20% off everything in the kit!

Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle (#135811) – $19.95

  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Decorative Window Gift Boxes (6 boxes)


Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle (#135812) – $18.95

  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Extra-Large Gift Boxes (3 boxes)

And if you are curious what is in the Stamp a Tag kit, it contains materials for 24 tags: Stamp a Tag Stamp Set, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Spots, White die-cut cardstock tags, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Baker’s Twine.  This is what it looks like:


Get your favorite kit today in the online store!

Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle   |     Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle

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Mini Composition Notebook Cases from Stamp Cases

Yesterday I had grand visions of all I was going to get done and all the projects I was going to make and videos I was going to finish editing (that’s the sad part, I have the videos recorded, I just haven’t edited them yet).  But instead it turned into a day of finishing prepping for my holiday card class and working with my mom to finish planning for a craft fair in November.

Its been a blast to figure out fun projects to make and pick out papers, stamps, and designs for the different projects.  One of the projects I was having a ton of fun with yesterday was working on decorated mini composition notebooks.

Mom and I were trying to figure out how to do the insides so we had a “Craft-Off” and each used the same paper for the cover and did our version of the inside.

Here is mine:

Mini composition notebook case with Happy Day

Here is hers:

Mini composition notebook case with Simply Sketched

So these are the insides of a Stampin’ Up! clear mount stamp case (we got the extras you can buy in packs of 4).  We used a piece of designer paper for the cover of the case and then on the inside used the same paper to:

  • Decorate the cover of a mini-composition notebook
  • Line the inside of a ballpoint pen
  • Create a pen holder to keep it from rolling around
  • and in mom’s case, create a cute sentiment inside the case

Both of us really like the Happy Day stamp set for their sentiments for this project and I thought the images in the set made for cute accents as well. 


Happy Day – item #130294 (130297 clear)
25% off!  $16.46 w/ $12.71 c

So I don’t think we have a winner for her craft off because while I like my version, I think hers is really pretty too!  Though I think she had the secret weapon of the Simply Sketched hostess set because you can pretty much never go wrong with that set!

Now to just finish decorating the front!

But I had so much fun picking out paper and stamps for the rest of these cases that we are making for the craft fair and I love the idea of having a notebook and pen in my purse that isn’t going to get all smashed up, dirty, and lots in the my “Mary Poppins bag” that I carry. Smile  Hopefully everyone else at the craft fair feels the same way!

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