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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Num Num…Valentine’s Cookies in a Mason Jar…

I have a bit of an obsession with Mason Jars…the empty ones are beginning to crowd the shelves as we free them up by devouring the produce that we canned last summer and so today I decided to use one of them to show you a cute teacher treat that I love to make.

It’s a mason jar that contains a cookie mix – the directions for what to add and how to bake them are on the tag on the back – I love it because it is a unique gift that is a treat but can be put together at leisure…

AND after the cookies are eaten, the jar & lid remain…perhaps the beginnings of another mason jar addict!

Here is my Mason Jar Valentine Cookie Mix gift…


The mason jar…is Quart sized and I like to use wide mouth jars for ease of filling – I use my canning jar funnel to make the process easy…

The cookie mix filling…I found the recipe on – I made up a batch and they are delicious and this is the perfect amount to fit into a Quart jar without having to squish it all down…here is a list of those ingredients:

1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup M&Ms
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup chocolate chips

It layers up absolutely beautifully and you can make this fit for any season simply by changing the color of those M&Ms – I found this Valentine mix at my grocery store and the colors are just perfect for this project…

The lid…I cut a piece of patterned paper from Have a Cuppa DSP Stack that you can find on pg 35 of the Occasions Catalog – I used a die from Circle Framelits to cut it to the exact size I need for the lid of my mason jar – no sticking required – just pop the disk of paper onto the metal lid and screw the band on – quick & easy & the lid is left ready for re-use too!


The band…I trimmed it using a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim and love the slight vintage look this gives my project…AND AS A BONUS THIS TRIM IS ON SALE IN THE WEEKLY DEALS THIS WEEK – click HERE to find it!

The tag…I stamped that cute sentiment using a stamp from the set Num Num in Early Espresso ink and punched it out using my Note Tag punch – to turn it into a tag, I punched a small hole in the top using my 1/8″ Circle Punch

The twines…I wanted to use three colors that are in the jar – pink, red & vanilla – I found two thick twines that were the perfect colors – Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler – but struggled with the pink one…

And then I visited the CLEARANCE RACK section of the store and ta-dah – as luck would have it, I found just what I needed – Strawberry Slush twine that is on sale for just $1.40 a spool – a complete bargain and the perfect color to boot!

I wrapped all three around the top of the glass and used the red one to tie a heart shaped silver cookie cutter to my jar and the pink one to tie my tag on…


The back of the jar…I printed out the directions on how to make cookies using the contents of the jar ontowhite cardstock, cut it to size and use strong adhesive tape to stick it to the back of the jar…CLICK HERE to find a printable pdf of these directions…


The finishing touch…I punched out two small hearts from another piece of paper from Have a Cuppa DSP and attached them using Dimensionals…this small punch is from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack


And for me, the lesson learned from this project is to always check the Clearance Rack – you never know – you might find just what you are looking for in there!

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamp: Num Num (CM 134144/WM 134141)
Ink: Early Espresso (126974)
Punches: Note Tag (135860), 1/8″ Circle (134365), Itty Bitty Accents (133787)
Dies: Circles Framelits (130911)
DSP: Have a Cuppa Stack (140567)
Ribbon: Venetian Crochet Trim (134581)
Bakers Twines: Very Vanilla Thick (138411), Cherry Cobbler Thick (138414), Strawberry Slush Thick (135637)
Misc: Mason Jar, Heart Cookie Cutter, Cookie mix supplies


Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Botanicals just for you…

I did something today that I rarely do – I looked to the Sale-a-bration brochure for some inspiration and boy did I find it – I should remember to do that more often!

I wanted to make a card using stamps from the set Botanicals for You that you can find on pg 4 of the Sale-a-bration brochure and the bold sample card on pg 5 was the one that I decided to case, of course adding a couple of extras to make it mine…

You can get the stamp set Botanicals for You for FREE through March 31st as part of Sale-a-bration – click HERE to find out how to get your FREE stamps!

Here is my version of the bold & beautiful card that caught my eye…


Bold…bright…beautiful…and super simple…it doesn’t get better than that!

The cardstock colors…are Whisper White and Early Espresso.

The stamps…ALL stamps used on this card are from Botanicals for You – it is such a fabulously versatile stamp set and even better that it’s free!

The ink colors…Early Espresso for the words and then Real Red, Pool Party, Crushed Curry & Pear Pizzazz for the flowers & leaves…


The finishing touch…some Pearl Jewels in the center of each red flower – a quick & easy little embellishment that adds a bunch of bling!


I love this pretty card and how easy it is to make – I am going to make a batch of them to have on hand!

Here are the images that you get in the FREE stamp set Botanicals for You:


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Botanicals for You (CM 141237/WM 141234)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Early Espresso (119686)
Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Real Red (126949), Pool Party (126982), Crushed Curry (131173), Pear Pizzazz (131180)
Misc: Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)


Friday, January 22nd, 2016

A Beautiful Ride with Love…

Have you seen the set Beautiful Ride on pg 15 of the Occasions Catalog?  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it simply for that VW Bug – just love that classic vintage car!

That plus my girls are forever yelling ‘slug bug’ whenever they see one when we are out and about!  Well it turns out that this set is super versatile – there are a bunch of sentiment stamps in there and combined with that car, it can be used for so many occasions…

Today I used it to create a two-color Valentine card and here it is…


I just love this color combo – it surprised me just how much!

The card colors…are Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler – just the two – with a splash of brown ink – love this look!

The car…I stamped that big beautiful car, stack of cases and ‘love’ on the door with Early Espresso ink – all these are in the set Beautiful Ride and being photopolymer stamps, this was quick & easy to do…

The large dotted heart…is a stamp from the set Groovy Love and I stamped it using Cherry Cobbler ink onto a scrap of Crumb Cake and used my Sweetheart Punch to punch it out.

The banner…is a scrap of cardstock that I shaped using a die from Banners Framelits – I added it to my base and then added the heart on to it using Dimensionals…


The sentiment…the ‘love you’ stamp is from the set Banner Banter and I punched it out using my 3/4″ Circle Punch and tucked it just under that heart

The small hearts…I used the small heart punch (which is the exact same shape as the Sweetheart Punch so it’s co-ordinates beautifully!) from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch a red solid heart – and I stamped another large dotted heart and punched out a small heart from it – LOVE the look that gives!


The finishing touch…I added a small bow made of Linen Thread to my large heart just as a cute accent and LOVE how that one small thing added so much to my card

I am going to be using the stamps in Beautiful Ride all through the spring and summer – such a fun set to play with!

Here are the images that you get in the stamp set Beautiful Ride:

140738  Beautiful Ride Photopolymer Stamp Set – $17


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Beautiful Ride (140738), Banner Banter (CM 134060/WM 134057), Groovy Love (CM 134246/WM 134243)
Cardstocks: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Cherry Cobbler (126966)
Punches: Sweetheart (133786), Itty Bitty Accents (133787), 3/4″ Circle  (119873)
Die: Banners Framelits (132173)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430)


Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Bear Hugs around a Honey Pot…

Oh my gosh have you seen the Bear Hugs Bundle?  It is seriously the cutest stamp set I have seen for a while…and super versatile…with it’s own set of co-ordinating dies…and so much fun to play with!

I had an idea in mind for a Valentine teacher gift…I know they receive a lot of candy so wanted to do something a bit different, but I still wanted to give a food gift and when I was looking at this sweet stamp set an idea popped into my head…bears like honey, right?

So here is my gift…a honey filled mason jar, decorated using some of those adorable stamps from Bear Hugs and a sweet wooden honey dipper as a finishing touch – WANT A DIPPER FOR FREE?  Read on to find out how!


Oh this was so much fun to create – and I had to have a few spoonfuls of honey as I went along – LOVE the stuff!

The jar…is an 8 oz Mason Jar that I filled with local honey

The lid…I punched a 2 1/2″ Circle of Crumb Cake cardstock and textured it using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder – I then added it onto the jar lid and screwed the band on top – fast & easy & perfect for my theme!

I then stamped the honey jar using a stamp from Bear Hugs and die cut it out using the co-ordinating framelit in Bear Hugs Framelits.

Now I also used stamps from another set to complete the lid – the ‘bee mine’ and bee stamp are from the set Honeycomb Hello and I used a die from Bitty Banners Framelits & my 1/2″ Circle punch to cut them out…


The band…is simply a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon that I trimmed to size and frayed the long edges.  Around that I double tied a length of Linen Thread leaving a long length to spare to tie on the dipper.

The bear…super adorable, eh?  He is a stamp from Bear Hugs that I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Markers…and die cut him out using his matching framelit…


The heart…is another stamp from Honeycomb Hello and I punched it out using the small heart punch that you can find in the Itty Bitty Punch Pack

The banner…that the Bear is holding is a stamp from Bear Hugs which I die cut out using that same banner die.

The finishing touch…is the sweet wooden honey dipper that I found online here – it is the 4″ version that is perfectly sized for a half pint jar – and using that extra length of Linen Thread, I tied it in place…

Honey Jar Front

I am super happy with how this gift turned out – perfect for Valentine’s Day – but also perfect for any time of the year!

WANT TO GET ONE OF THOSE SWEET WOODEN HONEY DIPPERS FOR FREE?  When you purchase the Bear Hugs Bundle from me – using one of my links below – I will mail you one along with a Thank You card!

Here are the stamps that you get in the set Bear Hugs & the dies in Bear Hugs Framelits – find them on pg 40 of the Occasions Catalog – or click on the blue words to see them in the store…



AND YOU CAN BUNDLE UP AND SAVE!  When you purchase the Stamp Set AND Dies as a bundle of products, you save 15%!  Here is a link to those bundles:

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamps: Bear Hugs (CM 139546/WM 139543), Honeycomb Hello (CM 134078/WM 134075)
Dies: Bear Hugs Framelits (140275), Bitty Banners (129267)
Embossing Folder: Honeycomb (129378)
Punches: 2 1/2″ Circle (120906), 1/2″ Circle (119869), Itty Bitty Accents  (133787)
Ribbon & Twine: Burlap (132140), Linen Thread (104199)
Misc: Dimensionals (104430), 8 oz Mason Jar, 4″ Wooden Honey Dipper


Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Soaring and the Sky is the Limit!

Today I decided to play with another one of the fab stamp sets that you can get for FREE right now during Sale-a-bration – it is called Sky is the Limit and features a beautiful old fashioned airplane which is just perfect for creating cards & projects for the men in your life…

I love this set and you can find it on pg 16 of the Sale-a-bration Catalog but if you want it HURRY – it is ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME – through February 15th – after that it’s gone!

CLICK HERE to find out how you can get FREE stamps during Sale-a-bration!

So here is the card that I made using it…bit of a sky theme and I managed to turn it into a card perfect for Valentine’s Day too!


Oh this was such a fun card to make – my favorite bit is that big vellum sunburst that consumes the entire card front – it is so dramatic!  All stamps used to make this card are featured in the set Sky is the Limit.

The cardstocks…are Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

The blue background…is actually a piece of DSP that is shaded pale blue with subtle white streaks & splodges – simply perfect for creating a sky background!  It is from a pack called Perfectly Artistic which is another item that you can get for FREE during Sale-a-bration – find it on pg 19 of the brochure…

The sunburst…is a fantastic new die called Sunburst Thinlits that is featured on pg 25 of the Occasions Catalog – I die cut it out of Vellum Cardstock and added it to the entire front of my card – LOVE it!


The airplane and heart clouds…are stamped in Early Espresso Ink – I stamped the clouds & trail onto a 1″ wide strip of white cardstock and the airplane onto a scrap and then cut it out.  I added a brown Candy Dot to the center of the propeller.

The banner…is created using a die from Banners Framelits and stamped with that cool ‘you send me soaring’ sentiment.

The finishing touches…I added some white dots from White Perfect Accents and another hear that I colored pink and added to the edge of the banner…


I think that this is my favorite card that I have made for ages – my creative mojo is coming back!

Here are the images that you get in the FREE stamp set Sky’s the Limit:

  • 141349  Sky is the Limit – Clear Mount – FREE!
  • 141282   Sky is the Limit – Wood Mount – FREE!


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Sky is the Limit (CM 141349/WM 141282)
Cardstocks: Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Vellum (101856)
Ink: Early Espresso (126974)
DSP: Perfectly Artistic (141021)
Dies: Sunburst Thinlits (140617), Banners Framelits (132173)
Misc: White Perfect Accents (138416), Neutrals Candy Dots (130934), Dimensionals (104430)


Monday, January 11th, 2016

Flowering Fields of Sunflowers…

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flower types and when I saw the Sale-a-bration stamp set Flowering Fields and that one of the flowers could be used as a sunflower, I was hooked and had to have it!

It’s a beautiful set that you can get for FREE during Sale-a-bration simply by spending $50!  This set has 6 flowers/plant stamps and a cute butterfly too!

CLICK HERE to find out how you can get FREE stamps during Sale-a-bration!

Here is my card…I really wanted to make a card using spring colors but once I went down the yellow and brown route…well…the regals tones just sort of took over!


It’s a simple little card but I love how the flower just pops out!

The cardstock colors…I used Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whisper White.

The background layer…I stamped that cute butterfly onto the background and wrapped Linen Thread around 3 times and attached it to the base.

The sunflower…well, I’m calling it a sunflower LOL…I stamped it in black and colored it in using my Markers – the colors I used are Old Olive, Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe – and added it using Dimensionals to lift it off of the card.

The thank you…is a stamp from another FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set called Perfect Pairings – I punched it out with my 1″ Circle Punch and added it using a Dimensional.

The finishing touches…I punched a green circle using my 3/4″ Circle Punch and popped it under the Linen Thread and then tied a bow on top…


And that is it – clean & simple but pretty cute!

Here are the images that you get in the FREE stamp set Flowering Fields:

  • 141303  Flowering Fields – Clear Mount – FREE!
  • 141300  Flowering Fields – Wood Mount – FREE!


Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Flowering Fields (CM 141303/WM 141300), Perfect Pairings (CM 141261/WM 141258)
Cardstocks: Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
Markers: 2015-17 In Color (138333), Brights (131259)
Punches: 1″ Circle (119868), 3/4″ Circle (119873)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430)


Friday, January 8th, 2016

Bloomin’ Love with a beautiful die cut Heart…

I decided to get a jump start on Valentine projects and make a card today that features the absolutely gorgeous big new Bloomin’ Heart Die that you can see on pg 16 of the Occasions Catalog…

This die makes a stunning centerpiece and is so eye catching that you can use it just by itself – but it does have a co-ordinating set of stamps called Bloomin’ Love that has great phrases that are perfect to use with it – and you can BUNDLE UP AND SAVE 15% when you buy these two items together – details below!

Here is my card…I love the contrast of using red, vanilla and black – it’s so classically elegant…


Isn’t that heart just GORGEOUS?  It makes it easy to create eye catching cards & pages!

The cardstock colors…I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

The textured layer…I used my Softly Falling Embossing Folder to create a randomly dotted backdrop on the vanilla layer

The heart…that stunningly intricate heart is die cut using the Bloomin’ Heart Die – and those black flowers are die cut using the two small flower dies that ALSO come in that pack – you get a total of 3 dies in there!


The banner…is stamped using two stamps from Bloomin’ Love – the banner and Love You are two separate stamps and there are other stamps you can fill that banner with in the set!

The finishing touch…I added Pearls to the flower centers to die in with my vanilla and dotted background.

I just LOVE how this card turned out – it’s intricate looking but easy to make – the perfect card!

Here are the images that you get in the set Bloomin’ Love & the dies Bloomin’ Love Thinlits – click on the blue words to see them in the store…

bloomin love

bloomin heart

AND YOU CAN BUNDLE UP AND SAVE!  When you purchase the Stamp Set AND Dies as a bundle of products, you save 15% – that saves you $6.50!  Here is a link to that bundle:

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Bloomin Love (140643)
Die: Bloom Heart Thinlits (140621)
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling (139672)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
Cardstocks: Basic Black Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
Misc: Basic Pearls (119247), Dimensionals (104430)


Love Blooms

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

CUTE samples alert plus the Occasions Catalog is now live for order!

The brand spanking new Occasions Catalog is now live for order and there are sooo many beautiful new products in there that you won’t know which to look at first!

And I have a treat for you too – scroll down to see a bunch of beautiful samples made by some very talented creative peeps at Stampin Up – I love them all!

So here is the cover of the new Occasions Catalog…


And how do you view this Catalog?

And if you want your very own paper copy, click HERE to email me and I will be very happy to pop one into the mail to you!

And now on to those beautiful samples…

At Founders Circle we were lucky enough to be treated to a display of samples created by the amazingly talented designers at Stampin Up, using stamps from Birthday Blooms and patterned papers from Birthday Bouquet DSP which you can find on pgs 8 & 9 of the Occasions Catalog and here they are:













Aren’t they all just GORGEOUS?  Wow there are some talented designers at Stampin Up and we were so lucky to get to see these!



Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Sale-a-bration 2016 is here!



Both are detailed below – if you have questions at all, please email me by clicking HERE and I will be very happy to help…

button_shop_SAB2016_demo_Dec0315_ENGWhen you shop during Sale-a-bration you get to choose 1 item for FREE from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for EVERY $50 that you spend – no limits!

  • Click HERE to view the Sale-a-bration Brochure online


Not got a paper copy and want one?  Click here to email me and I will get one out to you TODAY!

How does shopping during Sale-a-bration work?

  • Sale-a-bration runs from NOW through March 31st 2016
  • During Sale-a-Bration you get to choose ONE FREE ITEM from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure for EVERY $50 that you spend!
  • It doesn’t matter what you buy – anything from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, the Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals – ANYTHING that you purchase from Stampin’ Up! counts!
  • There are NO limits – meaning when you spend $100 you get to choose 2 free items, spend $150 and you get to choose 3…spend $500 and you get to choose 10…and so on…

And it gets even better:

  • at least 3 Free Sale-a-bration items
  • PLUS at least $15 in Hostess Dollars to choose free items with!

And there’s even another level – when you spend $250+ you get:

  • at least 5 Free Sale-a-bration items
  • PLUS you get your regular Hostess Benefits – $25 in Hostess Dollars…
  • PLUS DURING SALE-A-BRATION YOU GET A BONUS $25 in Hostess Dollars – that’s right – on orders of $250+ you are going to get an EXTRA $25 to spend – on a $250 order that gives you a TOTAL OF $50 IN HOSTESS DOLLARS TO USE!

Below is the chart of Hostess Benefits – EVERYONE who places an order of $250+ gets the extra free $25 in  hostess dollars!



Thinking about joining to get a regular 20% discount off of all of your purchases


Here are the details:

  • Through March 31st your Starter Kit costs JUST $99 and YOU get to choose ANY $155 in products to fill it!
  • It ships to you for FREE!
  • Think of that as one BIG coupon!

Join in January and you will be an active Demonstrator through July 31st (with no further purchase necessary) which gives you an automatic 20% discount on ALL of your orders AND you will be able to order from the new annual Catalog debuting in the summer a month sooner than you can as a customer!

Interested and want to find out more?


Already decided and are ready to join right now?

  • Click HERE to join instantly online
  • That link takes you to a page where you can find a video & further information – and a Join Now button!
  • You will get your Demonstrator number & information via email immediately

Click HERE to email any questions that you have to me and I will be very happy to help

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Wonderland in Black & Gold…

I took part in a Facebook Hop last evening where our challenge was to make a Christmas Tag…

Well, I wanted to make something a little bit different and decided on an elegant theme so dug out some black & gold cardstocks and got to work…I forgot how much fun it is to create small & quick projects!

Without further ado, here is my elegant tag…


It’s a pretty big tag but I think beautiful and perfect for a special gift…

The base…is made using the a 2″ wide piece of black cardstock that I shaped using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the top edge, and the Banner Triple Punch for the bottom edge – LOVE both of those as they are super versatile…

The ribbon…I threaded through a piece of the gorgeous Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and tied it together using a small bit of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon finishing with a knot in front.  I then added a piece at the bottom and shaped the V shape by folding it in half and using my fabric scissors to make the cut.

The trees…the trees are a stamp featured in the stamp set Wonderland (Holiday Catalog) and are gold embossed onto black card stock – a small sequin star from Metallics Sequin Assortment perches on top of the largest tree.

The gold layer…is (ahem) Brushed Gold card stock which has been discontinued…I didn’t realize this when I made it and only found out when I put together the supply list – oops!  But you can substitute the beautiful Gold Foil Sheets for it instead which would give a beautiful, luxurious look and tie in nicely with that shiny star.

The finishing touch…is the sentiment ‘Joy Peace Love’ – such a sweet stamp and you can find it in the set Christmas Tagables – I stamped it and punched it out using my 3/4″ Circle Punch and added it to the tag using a Dimensional.

Want to see the back of my tag?

Here you go…


It is simple, follows the theme of the front, and all 3 of those stamps are from the set Christmas Tagables.

I love how this tag turned out and the best bit about making tags is that you can use up your scraps of cardstocks, DSP and ribbons – brilliant!

Those beautiful trees and other stamps in the set Wonderland…click on the blue words to see it in the store…


And those perfect sentiment & tag stamps in Christmas Tagables…


Supplies used to make this tag:

Stamps: Wonderland (CM 140365/WM 139752), Christmas Tagables (134623)
Cardstock: Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
Embossing Powder: Gold (109129)
Star: Metallics Sequin Assortment (138390)
Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper (133324), Banner Triple Punch (138292),  3/4″ Circle (119873)
Ribbons: Gold 5/8″ Satin (134547), Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (134583)
Misc: Dimensionals (104430)