Easy Heart Treats

I kept seeing these adorable heart shaped treat holders on Pinterest but everyone linked to a foreign demonstrator with instructions in french.  Unfortunately for me I don’t know any french.  I finally found one with some photographs with measurements in centimeters so I started with that and tried to convert to inches and round it up to make it even.  Played around with it a little bit until I got measurements that worked for me. They are much easier to make than they might seem.  So let’s get to it.

I started by creating this version for my Stamper’s Club.  This was one of their February club projects and uses the All My Love Designers Series paper.  The stamp set I used for my words is Petal Palette. The little box on the inside holds a Lindor Truffle – the strawberries & cream version for Valentine’s Day.  Cut your strip of Designer Series paper to be 1-1/2″ wide and 12″ long.  Fold it in half.  Then put some tear & tape on the end on the outside and curl the two ends together to form the heart. 

To make the box I used a 3-1/2″ square of card stock – Lovely Lipstick for this one.  Score all four sides at 1″ and snip two sides and fold to form a box.  The tear & tape is perfect for this project.  Use it to create the box and then use it on the bottom and one end to add the box inside the heart. 

Supply List

  • All My Love Designer Series Paper
  • Lovely Lipstick card stock
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Lovely Lipstick ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • 1/8″ hand held punch
  • Tear & Tape

After my stamp club made these I decided to make another one as an alternate project for my January Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added the Animal Expedition Designer Series paper – which coordinates with the kit and the Baker’s twine to make some of these hearts out of the kit contents.

The box for this project comes from the pillow box in the paper pumpkin kit.  The stamp set, ink spot and white label are all part of the kit too.  If you’d like to see a Facebook Live video of this project and my other alternate projects from the January Be Mine Valentine kit go here.

Supply List

  • Be Mine Valentine January 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • 1/8″ hand held punch
  • Tear & Tape (or use the tape in the kit)

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2019 Adventure – January Scrapbook Page

Earlier in 2018 I added some memory keeping back into my Stampin’ Up! business.  I used to have a regular monthly scrapbook class but had gotten away from it and I missed it.  So I decided to add a scrapbook page to my monthly stamp club.  Each month we make one 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page in our monthly meeting.  It’s ready to just add photos.  Everyone has been enjoying the pages.  So now I’m trying to start regular Facebook Live videos and plan to include a scrapbook page once a month.  For January I decided to take the page for stamp club and create a second page to go with it.  Be sure you watch my Facebook Live video from Sunday, Jan 27th and you can see both of these pages. 

Watch the video here – Facebook Live Jan. 27th.

The January 2019 Stamper’s Club scrapbook layout is a New Year’s celebration layout – Gold Foil, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Basic Gray are the colors I used.  Watch the video to see the trick on getting the Baker’s Twine added, the little flowers added, as well as some tips on the numbers and the detailed word dies.  Below is a list of supplies that I used.

Supply List

  • #147003 Neutrals 12×12 card stock (Basic Gray)
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #121045 Basic Black card stock
  • #146277 Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • #132622 Gold Foil Sheets
  • #146282 Metallic Pearls
  • #141682 Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine
  • #145055 Smoky Slate Dark Stampin’ Blends
  • #119868 1″ Circle Punch
  • #119869 1/2″ Circle Punch
  • #134365 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch
  • #144106 Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
  • #144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • #104332 Snail Adhesive
  • #148551 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies
  • #150609 Well Said Bundle = stamp set + Well Written Framelits
  • #101406 Jet Black Stazon ink
  • #143263 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Cut strips of Designer Paper to 2-1/4″ x 9″, and also cut a strip of white.  Then center four strips on each piece of Basic Gray card stock.  Use the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine to cut the Black rectangles wit the new Rectangle Stitched dies – don’t miss them in the Occasions catalog on page 28 – these are the photo mats.  It’s hard to see the stitching in these photos. 

The “hooray” is from the Well Said Bundle. Use the Adhesive Sheets for detailed words like this.  Add the adhesive sheet to the foil sheet before running through the Big Shot.  Next remove the backing and attach to your page.  The Well Written die set will be a great for all kinds of paper crafts – it has so many words and you can combine with the stamps for endless possibilities. Try cutting words apart and combine different letters or parts of the words – I checked and almost the whole alphabet is included in these words.

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2019 Seasonal Desktop Calendar

For quite a few years now I’ve been creating a seasonal desktop calendar for my Stamper’s Club and a private stamping group.  Since both groups meet at the beginning of the month that is usually our first class when we start a new year.  This calendar is different from the ones most people make – which is just a stand with rip off calendar for each month of the year.  My Seasonal Calendar has four panels – one for each quarter/season of the year and allows you to view multiple months at a time for planning and scheduling.  My ladies love to have these on their desk at work so I continue to make one each year for them. 

1st quarter

Each panel is built on a square with the calendar strip on the right side and a decorative seasonal element on the left side.  Then all the squares are attached to a base piece and held up on the desk with a little stand.  On Sunday, January 13, 2019 I did a Facebook Live video on my business page – At Monika’s Place – showing exactly how I made this whole project.  It’s much easier to show it than to describe it in words.  I had planned to upload to my Youtube Channel as well but I haven’t quite figured out how to get it there from my FB page. 

Supply List – 1st quarter Jan – Mar

  • Gray Granite card stock – 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″
  • Tranquil Tide card stock – 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder
  • Whisper White card stock – 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″
  • Gray Granite ink
  • Tranquil Tide ink
  • Stamparatus
  • Winter Woods stamp set
  • Part of My Story stamp set (SAB)
  • Whisper White Bakers Twine

On this 1st quarter panel I used the Stamparatus for positioning my stamps.  The little image for the ground under my trees was done using the hinge-step technique.  The small grid paper is also helpful for positioning the card stock on the stamparatus – I marked alignment positions on the paper so everyone could use the stamps as I had them arranged on the stamparatus.

2nd quarter

Supply List – 2nd quarter Apr – Jun

  • Basic Black card stock – 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″
  • Old Olive card stock – 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder
  • Whisper White card stock – 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″
  • Old Olive ink
  • Memento Black ink
  • Clear Blocks
  • Butterfly Gala stamp set
  • Artisan Textures stamp set
  • Butterfly Duet punch
  • Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (SAB)
  • Old Olive Linen Thread

For this second quarter panel I used the Butterfly Duet punch to punch out the butterflies from the designer paper.  If you watch the video I’ll show you a handy trick for getting these lined up in your punch. 

3rd quarter

Supply List – 3rd quarter Jul – Sep

  • Soft Suede card stock – 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″
  • Pool Party card stock – 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder
  • Whisper White card stock – 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″
  • Ink in these colors: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry
  • Waterfront stamp set
  • Clear Blocks
  • Pool Party/Silver Bakers Twine

For this third quarter panel I used the Pool Party & Silver Baker’s Twine – which is three strands twisted together – one Pool Party, one Whisper White and one Silver.  I slightly twisted one end to separate them and then pulled out just the Pool Party piece to use on the panel.  You can see how to do this in the video.  You could use the white or the white and the silver twisted piece on the 1st quarter panel. 

4th quarter

Supply List – 4th quarter Oct – Dec

  • Mossy Meadow card stock – 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″
  • Crumb Cake card stock – 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder
  • Whisper White card stock – 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Stamparatus
  • Rooted in Nature stamp set
  • Linen Thread

On this 4th panel I used a Stampin’ Sponge to ink up the wood slice image to make it a little lighter than a full on inking of it.  And I also used the sponge to add a bit of ink around in the background. 

More on the Calendar strips

On each panel I added the calendar strip.  These were created in the old My Digital Studio program.  I still have it saved on my old laptop.  In the program I exported the calendar images and then printed them on my printer here at home.  I used Whisper White card stock for my printing.  I’ve added the images here.  If you save them to your computer then select them both to print as 5×7 photos on one sheet.  Make sure that the box for Fit Picture to Frame is not selected.  Once you print them I trim them to 5-3/4″ long and 2″ wide.  You may need to adjust the printing on your printer to get them to the right size. 


Putting it all together

Once all four panels are made I attach them to the base piece which was 12″ x 6″ Early Espresso card stock.  And the little stand piece is 5-1/2″ x 2-1/8″ and scored at 1-3/4″ & 3-3/4″.  When attaching each panel to the base use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the sides and across the top but don’t place one in the center of the bottom.  That needs to stay open to slide the stand piece in for holding the calendar upright on your desk. 

I hope you enjoy this project.  Be sure to visit my FB page to watch the video and while you are there like/get notifications for my page so you’ll see future videos and post.  I’d love to hear what you think.  You can order the products I used to make this project by clicking the link below.  Thanks so much for visiting!

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Amazing Adventures

Summer is quickly coming to an end which hopefully means our temperatures will cool down.  It’s been hot and in 10 days I’m going to be walking 30 miles for the Georgia 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk and really want the temps to cool down.  It is not fun walking when its 90 degrees outside.  By the way if you would like to donate to my walk you can sponsor me here on my walker fundraising page.

So did you have any amazing adventures this summer or maybe for fall break.  The schools around here are on fall break this week and many of my neighbors are at the beach one more time.  In my Stamper’s Club we have been making a scrapbook page every month and for September I created this fun Amazing Adventure Page for them. 

I wonder what amazing adventure photos everyone will add to this page. What would you put on here? My summer adventure included a whale watching trip in Alaska and that’s likely what I will be adding to this page. 

Supply List

  • Sea of Textures Bundle (stamp set + Under the Sea Framelits)
  • Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper
  • Night of Navy card stock
  • Soft Sea Foam card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Tranquil Tide card stock
  • Crumb Cake card stock
  • Tranquil Tide ink
  • Soft Sea Foam ink
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Stamparatus
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins
  • Triple Banner Punch
  • Celebrate You Thinlits

You can order the supplies needed to make this page by visiting my online store.

Here are a couple of close up photos of the details.  The netting and seaweed are stamped on the white background.  








I used my Stamparatus to stamp the Octupus.  Creating a template and then blanks so that everyone could easily line up the stamping.  I was able to ink and stamp a couple of times to make sure he was really dark.  It was like an octo-puzzle!








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Little Elephant Box

I was so excited to see the Little Elephant stamp set and punch in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I’ve been collecting elephants since I was a little girl and always get the sets that have an elephant.  When I was in school I hand carved an elephant stamp – I guess that was probably my first stamping experience!  I didn’t know then that I would be doing this all the time now.  Here is the first thing I made with the I created with the Little Elephant stamp set and punch.  

It was one of my August Stamp Club projects.  We are having a lot of fun in stamp club each month.  All members get to make a 3D project, a card that usually features a technique and a scrapbook page.  I’ve really enjoyed getting back to making scrapbook pages.

Here is a closer look at this month’s Little Elephant box.

Supply List

  • Little Elephant stamp set
  • Elephant Builder punch
  • Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes
  • Silver & Pool Party Baker’s Twine
  • Twinkle Twinkle Designer series paper
  • Soft Sea Foam ink
  • Gray Granite ink
  • Whisper White card stock

The little flowers are stamped around the base of the box in the Soft Sea Foam ink.  Use the Elephant Builder punch to punch strips of the Twinkle Twinkle Designer paper – the big and little ears are what I used for the flowers.  Glue them to the box on top of the stamped flowers.  Use a piece of the Designer Series Paper and wrap it around the box – but don’t glue it – just tie the twine around it – that way you can untie the twine and remove the wrap to open the box. 

It’s perfect little gift for a new baby – you could roll up a little onsies or some socks to stick inside! 

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Garden Impressions Clip Board

Here is a quick an easy idea that you can do with any of our Designer Series Paper patterns.  With a Paper Sale going on this month it would be a perfect time to choose your favorite and make these quick and easy little gifts.  This was one of the project my Stamper’s Club made this month.

I used rectangle shaped coasters – plain ones that I bought a while ago in bulk.  I’d guess you could find them at a craft store.  Or use some heavy cardboard.  I covered the coaster with the Designer Series Paper.  For mine I used the Garden Impressions paper.  The Multi-purpose liquid glue is perfect for this – it gives you some wiggle room to get your paper lines up just where you want on the coaster.  For the note paper – use blank index cards or cut up printer paper like I did.  Then stamp on them.  To hold the paper to the board I used on of the In-Color Mini Clips and made it pretty with a piece of ribbon.  It really is easy!

Supply List

  • Garden Impression Designer Series Paper Stack (part of the paper sale)
  • 2018-2020 Mini Binder Clips
  • Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon
  • Better Together stamp set
  • Night of Navy ink
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • rectangle shaped plain coaster


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