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!








Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order supplies online here – use hostess code SCH7WNEU for September 2018.
Join my PAWS team here

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! 

Remember it’s Bonus Days for the month of August – every $50 order will earn a Bonus Coupon that you can use on an order in September!

Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code 9ZDHFJFS for August 2018.
Join my PAWS team here

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


Be sure to come back tomorrow for a special announcement.

Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code FSYDU9M4 for July 2018.

Thursday 3D – Paper Bags and Flowers

How about a 3D project share for Thursday?  I’m not sure if everyone gets what I mean when I say 3D project.  It’s not a card or a scrapbook page and it’s not flat.  There can be candy involved or another treat.  Gift packaging, little treats and such are all 3D projects.  Today I have a fun and easy to adapt idea that came from a fellow demonstrator.  I’ve seen various versions of decorating paper bags over the years.  In fact I had a stack of these white paper bags in my stash so I didn’t even have to go find any for this project. You may have paper bags on hand too – you could do brown bags or white bags or whatever you have on hand. 

This is just a basic paper lunch sack.  I typically see them at the store in brown but there also come in white and sometimes you can find other colors too.  I measured the width of the bag to figure out how wide to cut my Designer Paper and then cut a 12″ piece to that width.  Another decision you need to make is how tall you want the bag to be.  I cut the top of my lunch bag off so it wasn’t so tall.  The taller your bag the smaller your overlaying flap is going to be.  You will cut a second piece of Designer Paper (it should be the other half of your 12×12 piece) to be the same width as the bag and the same height as the bag.  Attach this piece (the shorter one) to the front of the bag.  And attach the longer 12″ piece to the back of the bag and fold the rest over to the front to create a flap.  I added a piece of colored card stock on mine to give it some contrast.  That’s all you need to dress up a plain paper bag. 

But who wants to stop with just the bag.  Next there is the flower and tag to decorate it with.  I attached this flower to a clothes pin so you can put it on the bag to hold it shut and then take it off.  The flower is made from the Lemon Builder punch!  Who knew you could turn lemons into flower petals.  To give each petal a little shape snip the smaller end of the lemon and glue dot one side over the other.  Attach the petals to a punched circle.  I did two layers offset and then added another circle punch to the back to hold it all together and one to the front to clean it up a bit.  Finish with a circle punched from the designer paper and a metal rimmed pearl in the center.  Instead of punching leaves I used the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon – tied in a bow and glue dotted to the clothes pin under my flower – to represent the leaves.  It’s finished with a tag.

This Petal Passion Designer Series Paper in Basic Black & Whisper White is fun to use on this type of project – you can dress it up with any color you want.  I wish this one wasn’t retiring – it’s so easy to use.  But it is retiring so if you want some you better order it now before it’s all gone!  The stamp set Petal Palette that it coordinates with is going to be in the new catalog – I used it to stamp the tag on this project. 

Supply List

  • Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (retiring)
  • Sweet Sugarplum card stock (retiring)
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Lemon Builder punch
  • 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
  • 2″ Circle Punch
  • 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • 1″ Circle Punch
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Basic Black Archival ink (retiring)
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon (retiring)
  • Metal Rimmed Pearls (retiring)
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • 1/16″ handheld punch (retiring)
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • white paper bag
  • clothes pin


I liked how this project turned out so much that I made another bag for a gift I needed to give.  This time I used different paper, different colors, and a different flower for this one. I used some retired framelits to create the flower because I wanted to mimic the ones in the paper.  This bag taller so you can see the overlap of the flap is smaller. If you know what you want to put in the bag then use that to help you determine how tall you want it to be. 

Supply List

  • Pick a Pattern Designer Series paper (retiring)
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Emerald Envy card stock (retiring)
  • Emerald Envy ink (retiring)
  • Flirty Flaming ink

The rest is the various circle punches and then some retired dies to make the flower.  These would be fun bags to make for all different occasions using various papers.  You should try it and share your paper bag creations. 

Remember to shop now for retiring items before they are gone.  Use my May Hostess Code – EJB9FJAP when you check out in my Online Store and receive a little surprise for orders over $25. 


Spend some time be creative today!

At Monikas Place Signature

What’s Happening This week

It’s May and I wanted to update you on some things happening this week at Stampin’ Up! and At Monika’s Place.

Share What You Love Promotion


We have three exclusive bundles available during the month of May.  The Share What You Love suite early release is a tribute to all the wonderful people who have made – and continue to make – Stampin’ Up! what it is today.

See the bundles click here ==> Share What You Love Bundles.

Last Chance Products


Our 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and 2018 Occasions Catalog are coming to an end this month.  And in order to make room for exciting brand new products we have to say good-bye to these Last Chance products.  Plus we have a Color Revamp happening so some of our colors are retiring too.  Be sure you have ink refills and card stock to go with any of your ink pad colors that might be retiring.  Order them now before they are gone forever.  Most Last Chance products are while supplies last.  Stamp sets are guaranteed through May 25th.   SHOP NOW

This Week At Monika’s Place

Stamper’s Club is Friday May 4 @ 7 pm & Saturday May 5 @ 10 am –  I have openings for new members.

Share What You Love Class is Saturday May 5 @ 3 pm – RSVP by May 2.  We will be making projects with the early release Share What You Love Suite of products.  $20 or free with the purchase of one of the bundles.

RSVP for an event here

It seems that if you get my blog updates by email the first one for this new blog that went out yesterday included a whole bunch of posts.  All my posts from my old blog were moved over.  Sorry that it looked weird.  Hopefully today its just this new post.

At Monikas Place Signature

Spooky Cat Double Z Fold

Have you heard of a Double Z Fold card?  It’s a fun fold card idea and when it’s open the card easily stands on its own.  You could create all kind of fun scenes with this style of card.  I decided to try this fun card with the Spooky Cat bundle.  We made this in my September Stamper’s Club.


This is the card closed up.  And remember when I told you about the Cat punch and using it to punch out the paper cats – well that is what I did for this black cat – she is just punched from the paper.  Plus there is Designer paper on the front panels of both Z pieces.  Here is a look at the card opened up.


You basically take a normal sized card – this one is 4-1/4″ wide by 11″ long – Score in the middle like normal – that is 5-1/2 on this card.  And then take the front piece and score it in half again – 2-3/4″ on this card.  That makes your first Z.

Then to make the second Z – so that its a Double Z fold card – I used a strip that was 1-1/2″ side and 11″ long.  Do the same thing – score in half at 5-1/2 and then score the back panel at 2-3/4.  Fold it in the opposite direction.


I added Very Vanilla panels to the other end of the Z folds – 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece on the main back – stamped with the little rat in the corner.  I also added the black starburst punch.  Then on the strip the pieces are 2-1/2″ x 1-1/4″.  On one I stamped the Happy Halloween and the little striped image.  On the other I stamped the potion bottles.  Plus a scrap of Very Vanilla for the Owl.  Now one of the fun things about this stamp set is the two-step stamping!  You have the outlines for the potion bottles – those are in black.  Then each bottle has an image to stamp the inside potion and bubbles.  I used 3 colors – Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate for mine.  And went over them with the Aqua Painter and a little bit more ink to give them a real smoky look.

There are more 2-step images in the set – the Owl – there is a stamp for the talons and beak.  And then another for the eyes and rings around the eyes – that one also included words that fit on the belly.  But I decided to cut my stamp apart so I had the option to use separately.  For this particular card I just used a marker for the eye balls because I didn’t want the rings to be black.


The witches hat in the set is also 2-step with a second image for the buckle on the hat.

Happy OWL oween!

Thanks for visiting.