Sweet Treats for Christmas

The Christmas around the World Designer Series Paper has a variety of prints including this one filled with sweet holiday treats.  I’ve been working my way through this paper and the various prints.  I may just finish up what I have with a card design for the Ronald McDonald house next week.  I’ll be headed there with some other demonstrators to stamp with the guests at the house.  Perhaps I’ll use this card design and just let them choose their own prints from the paper pack.


This card was part of my stamp a stack classes and I would change a few things if I use if for the Ronald McDonald house.  Because the kids and adults are usually not familiar with stamping and making cards I try to keep it as simple as possible.

Here is what I did on this card (with notes on what I might change):

  • Soft Suede card stock is the card base
  • A 4″ x 4″ square of Designer Paper is on the top (I use this size to get the most out of one 12×12 sheet.  (for RMHC I’ll use various designs that I have left from the pack)
  • A 4″ x 1-1/4″ strip of Real Red card stock.
  • A piece of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine is tied around the card and in a bow. (for RMHC I will either leave this off completely or perhaps pre-tie a box and have them stick on with a mini glue dot)
  • A Real Red scalloped circle cut with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies (I pre-cut these for class and would do the same for RMHC)
  • A Whisper White stitched circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies ( I pre-cut these for class and would do the same for RMHC – I might switch out for a plain circle so if they stamp near an edge the stitching wouldn’t be in the image)
  • The stamp is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  (for RMHC I’ll likely pull out a few other sentiments in case I need something that doesn’t say Christmas for someone there.)  I used Soft Suede ink.
  • I added a little gold metallic star (for RMHC I’ll probably leave this off only because I don’t have enough for them to put these on the card)
  • Then there are two little Garden Green holly leaves tucked under the circle.  These are from the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.  (I’ll precut these and have them stuck to glue dots for the RMHC)

A group of us goes once a month to our local Ronald McDonald House – well for me it’s about 45 min away.  I missed last month so I’m looking forward to being there and seeing the holiday decorations at the house.

Don’t miss out on some of these great products from the holiday catalog – they will be retiring soon – Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, Watercolor Christmas stamp set.


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Make a Difference

Make a Difference by purchasing the Sprinkles of Life photopolymer stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 for each set to Ronald McDonald House Charities. And you will be able to make this fun birthday card.


There are several fun things on this card.  The background – that is on of the Happy Patterns decorative masks – there are 4 in the new set.  And I used a Sponge Dauber to add the Mint Macaron to the background.

Then there is the little tag with the ice cream cone and the cherry.  So there is a trick with the cherry – I used two different punches.  It’s the Tree builder punch with coordinates with this set but I also used the Cupcake builder.  Why?  Well the tree builder punch has the big apple with a short stem and the cupcake punch has the cherry with the longer stem.  Well I wanted a big cherry for my ice cream cone.  To accomplish that I punched a little cherry – either use Chocolate Chip card stock or color the stem with the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then punch the apple from Real Red and cut off the little stem – glue it on top of the cherry giving it a long stem and making it a larger cherry.  I know it’s a silly little thing but that is what finished the card for me.

I’m at convention now so I don’t have my punches with me to take a few pictures and show you – so hopefully that explanation made sense.

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A Quick Sneak Peek

I thought I would share a quick sneak peek today – it’s a brand new stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! catalog – the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that starts on June 2, 2015.

ice-cream-note-cardThe set is called Sprinkles of Life and you may miss it in the catalog – it is on the inside of the back cover and it’s the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  That means for every stamp set that is sold Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This set is SOOO Cute!  You are going to love it.  I can’t wait to play with it some more.  There is even a matching punch – the Tree Builder Punch – it’s what the scoops of ice cream are punched with – so it’s much more than just a tree punch. I also used the new In Color Envelope Paper – the new color I used here is Watermelon Wonder.

In case you are wondering about the background it is one of the masks in the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit from the Occasions catalog – be sure to order that before it’s gone – last day is June 2nd.

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Tag It Birthday

The Tag It stamp set is the annual Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Part of the sales from each set go to Ronald McDonald House.  We have a group that goes to our local house and stamps with the guests that are staying there.  I will be going tonight with my friend Leishman.

I thought I would share this cute card that I had at my Card Maker’s class this week that uses the Tag It stamp set.


This one is a birthday card that I actually “recycled” from parts for a Christmas card – you can see it HERE on my FB page.  Hopefully that link works :).

Here are the supplies that I used:

  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Season of Style Designer Paper Stack (from the Holiday catalog)
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock & Scallop Edge Border Punch
  • Silver Glitter Paper
  • Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine
  • Tag It stamp set
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Stampin’ Write Markers – Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar
  • Chalk Talk Framelits (they coordinate with the stamp set!)

I used the Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp image so that I could make it multiple colors.  Do all of the coloring, then huff on the stamp and stamp it on your card stock

I’ll try to take some pictures tonight when we go to the Ronald McDonald house so I can post them to my blog.

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Alternate Chevron Bag Idea

Have you noticed the cute little Chevron bags in the Stampin’ Up! catalog – page 158?  They are flat bags but easy to alter into a little gusseted bag.  This was one of our Make&Takes from convention.

celebrate-bagThis is the view from the front.  And here is the view from the side –


You make a couple of scores and then a few snips and you have converted the flat bag.

  • Vertically score both side of the bag at 1″ and horizontally from the bottom at 1-1/4″.
  • You will snip from the bottom of the bag up to the score line – to make two little tabs on the sides
  • just cut across the bottom of the bag so you can open it up
  • fold on the score lines you created – and fold the original sides in toward the inside to create the gusset
  • fold up and secure the bottom of the bag using washi tape.
  • If you want some support in the bottom of the bag cut a rectangle piece of some card board (like the backing on the designer paper) to fit into the bottom.

The tag is from the Tag a Bag Accessory kit and the stamped image is from Tag It stamp set.  That is this years Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! Donates a portion of the sales from each set to the Ronald McDonald House.  I’m about to leave to go volunteer there tonight.  We will be stamping with the house guests – making cards with them for their evening activity.

I hope you like the little project!

And now for the continuation of our trip home from San Francisco.

Yeah did you forget it was a trip home from San Francisco.

We were at the hospital ER now waiting for the taxi to come and take us back to LAX so we could try to get on a flight home.  The taxi comes – this time a normal looking taxi.  He starts to drive us back to the airport.  Tyler starts flailing his arms around gesturing at me and me being really really tired (already up for about 24 hours) I was a little slow at trying to figure out what was going on.  Then i realized he wanted a bag – he was going to get sick in the taxi – oh no!  I’m pulling things out trying to find a bag he could use (didn’t want him to use my Stampin’ Up! bag that I was carrying) – quickly found a bag of snacks – dumped most of it out and held the bag up.  The taxi driver didn’t say a word but I know he was freaking out thinking what a mess it was going to be in his taxi.  But I got it all in the bag.   I know gross – but now I’m thinking he just threw up all the meds they gave him in the ER.  What should I do – have the guy take us back to the ER for more meds or try to go home without anything to ease Tyler’s symptoms.  At least we knew what it was at this point and Tyler said he would just deal with it – he wanted to go home.  So we got out at the airport – paid the cab driver – who did take a look in the back to see what kind of mess there was.  Not one thank you very much.

Now it’s early morning though and the airport is packed – people are in line all the way out the doors!  I find my way back to the special services line and tell Tyler to go sit on the floor against the wall (also near the bathroom) while I wait in line and get us back on a flight.  After waiting in the line for awhile I get to the front and tell the lady what has been happening, show her all my hospital paper work, all our old boarding passes, and show her where Tyler is sitting on the floor.  She says uh-oh.  What now?  Well when they split our tickets apart from Greg & Ryan they issued the tickets individually to us (not a party of 2) and one of us actually had a seat on the 1:30 pm flight.  And the other had a seat on the 5:45 am flight that had already left.  This was now maybe 6 in the morning.  I told her we both needed to be on the same flight and the next flight out so that I could get him home and back to a doctor to follow up after our ER visit.  Same story – all the flights are full, all are overbooked.  In fact while I was standing there they had cancelled all the flights from LAX to SFO for the whole day.  She would see what she could do.  7:45 flight full, 9:00 something flight full, 11:00 something flight full.  The first seat was on the 1:30 flight that one of us had a seat on.  Ok fine – we will take that.  But then she offers to put us on standby for the 7:45 am flight.  And if we didn’t make that one, we would be stand by on the next and the next and then the 1:30 we had confirmed seats.  OK we will do that.  So she issues us all the tickets/boarding passes and asks if I want a wheel chair for Tyler.  I said no he can walk.  She says again – are you sure you don’t need a wheel chair for Tyler – remember I was tired and my brain was slow but then it clicked and I said YES I do.  So she put him on the list for a wheel chair.  Once I finished with her I grabbed him and said by the way you are riding in a wheel chair through the airport.  Tyler would normally say he was ok to walk but I said you need it this time.  And went to find the place to wait for that.

I have to go now – will finish the story tomorrow – there is still some more!


Retiring Stamp Set – Moving Forward

We are counting down the days – 13 more days left to order from the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog – June 3rd is the final day.  Stampin’ Up! decided to extended it by a few days.  Remember that stamp sets will be available until the last day but the accessories and Stampin’ Around wheels are only available while supplies last.  You can see the most current list by checking out my website online store and look under the category Retiring Products.

moving-forwardI love how this card turned out.  It was based on a swap I got from Trudy Freas.  This stamp set is special.  It’s te Ronald McDonald House Exclusive stamp set – for the sale of each set Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to RMHC.  Several of the demonstrators in this area volunteer each month at our local house to make cards with the guests.

Retiring items on this card:

  • Moving Forward #126320 $19.95 (w)  #126322 $14.95 (c)
  • Storytime Designer Series Paper #126907 $10.95
  • 3/16″ Metallic Brads #119741 $6.95

I have a special offer going on right now for anyone placing an order through my online store.  Read more about it HERE.

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