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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 15th through 21st…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 21st OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..


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Monday, April 14th, 2014

You Grow Girl!!! Flower Pot with Seed Sticks gift…

I am in the process of thinking about end of year teacher gifts (it’s only 7 weeks away for us – yikes!!!) and wanted to make an extra something for a very special volunteer gardener – Bonnie Martin – who devotes a lot of time to our school garden…

Back in 2009 – she planned, got funding for and implemented – a fabulous school garden complete with outdoor classroom, vegetable garden, herb wheel and native garden…this is where our children get a hands on go at growing, eating what they grow, learning about bugs, what plants need to grow, and about plants that require very little water – so important for our future Texas gardeners to learn!

I put together a Free Printable Tutorial showing you step-by-step how to make this project in case you want to make one of your own – find the link to it in the post below!

She is utterly fabulous and a true inspiration and so I decided to make a little gift to give to her at the end of the school year…and here it is…


Isn’t that cute?  I am so delighted with how this turned out!  This is another fun & easy project to make and again, very cost effective…simply a terracotta pot that she can use, filled with gardening gloves, seed marking sticks and cute embellies!

The flower pot…is simply a plain terracotta 4″ pot with a saucer – together they cost under $2 which is a fab price!  I then wrapped around a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (pg 37 Occasions Catalog) and on top of that I tied around a piece of 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon (pg 173) and finished with a bow in front…

The grass…is simply a strip of Old Olive cardstock that I fringed using my fabulous Fringe Scissors (pg 31 Occasions Catalog) and which I then secured inside the rim…now that is a neat look even without any embellies!!!  Check out how great this looks with just the burlap and grass…this is a base you could use for so many projects!


The seed stick markers…I took a bunch of popsicle/craft sticks that you can find in big box & craft stores and a super cute alphabet set called Simply Serif Mini Alphabet (pg 132) and got to work making my custom seed stick markers.  I used Jet Black Stazon Ink for it’s waterproof factor but to be extra safe, I also applied a layer of sealant to lock in those letters…

I chose to use herb names for my sticks but you can customize sticks to reflect your gardener’s favorite plants…


Those beautiful flowers…I wanted to incorporate the gardening gloves into my color scheme and so choose Old Olive for the green and Melon Mambo for the pink.  The flower shape that I chose to use can be found on the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (pg 192) and I die cut my flowers using it.

I wanted some texture to those flowers and so I used two different Embossing Folders to do this – Perfect Polka Dots for the pink flowers and Square Lattice (pg 191) for the green flowers – and I then added a bright button to the center of each – both colors can be found in Brights Designer Buttons (pg 168) – through which I tied a bow using Linen Thread (pg 173).

If you prefer, you could attach your flowers to sticks like this…


Or keep them loose…I popped my gardening gloves into the pot, added those seed sticks and decided to dot my flowers around, using Dimensionals to hold them in place directly onto gloves, sticks & ribbon…click on the photo below for a closer look…


 The tag…I decided to make a custom tag, again using stamps from Simply Serif Mini Alphabet, and decided on the phrase ‘You Grow Girl!’ – isn’t that fun?

I stamped it using Early Espresso Ink and punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch (pg 182) – I then layered it onto a circle of Early Espresso cardstock that I created using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (pg 182), put in a small hole and tied it to the ribbon on the rim using a piece of Linen Thread.

The finishing touch…I wanted to add a little something extra and decided on a cute little butterfly that I made using the Bitty Butterfly Punch (pg 183) – I textured my butterfly using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and then attached her to my ribbon using a small pewter colored safety pin from Vintage Trinkets (pg 170)…click on the photo below for a closer look…


I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out!  I will also give Bonnie packets of the co-ordinating herb seeds to make a gift that she can instantly use – I love giving practical things!

WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER POT WITH SEED STICKS GIFT?  I have a FREE Printable Tutorial that you can find by clicking HEREYou will find measurements & step-by-step instructions with photos so that you can easily create one of your own!

Here are the images you get in that set Simply Serif Mini Alphabet – it is a bargain set of 56 stamps that contains BOTH uppercase & lower case letters…click on the blue words to find it in the online store…


Supplies I used to make this project:

Stamps: Simply Serif Mini Alphabet Stamp Set (126360)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cardstocks: Old Olive (100702), Melon Mambo (115320)
Ribbon: 1 1/4″ Burlap (132140), 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon (129287)
Scissors:  Fringe Scissors (133325)
Die Cutting: Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (121812), Big Shot (113439)
Texturing: Square Lattice EF (119976), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
Punches: 1″ Circle (119868), 1 3/8″ Circle (119860), Bitty Butterfly (129406)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430), Vintage Trinkets (118764), 4″ Terracotta Pot & Saucer, Popsicle/Craft Sticks, sealant


Just in case you want to virtually visit our super cool school garden, you can find the Riverplace Titan Garden facebook page by clicking here

And a cute video showing installation day here -  it is a gem of a learning opportunity and the kids LOVE it along with Miss Bonnie – thank you Bonnie for all that you do – we truly appreciate you!


Friday, April 11th, 2014

Modern Medley in a Vintage Style…

I absolutely love using the colors red, black and vanilla together – they are just so stylish and come together so easily and give a rich warm look…

And today I decided to make a card that uses them and incorporate some of my favorite patterned papers from Modern Medley DSP along with a few cute embellishes to give it a little vintage feel…

And so here is my card…


It just has such a warm look about it which it hard to get when you use black!  I think that the red combined with the feminine lacey bits and hearts take the the coldness of black away…

The card base…is Basic Black onto which I layered a piece of Cherry Cobbler…I then added a piece of Very Vanilla which I distressed on the edges using my Paper Snips – to do this you simply (and very CAREFULLY!!!) pull the V of your scissors along your cardstock edge to create a nice ruffed up look.

The patterned banner shapes…are made using dies from Hearts-a-Flutter Framelits (pg 187) Circle Card Thinlits and Bitty Banners Framelits (pg 187) – trust me – you can’t have too many of these banner dies!!! – and various papers – those patterned papers are all from Modern Medley DSP (pg 154) – aren’t they GORGEOUS?!

The solid color banner shapes…I wanted my solid colored banner pieces to have some texture and so the thin red one is cut from a piece of Cherry Cobbler Core-dinations (pg 149) for that fabulous cross-hatch look – and the wide black one on the end is simply Basic Black cardstock that I textured using the Chevron Textured Embossing Folder (pg 191)…click on the photo below for a closer look…


I layered them onto my card base using a mix of tape and Dimensionals for a staggered effect.

The sentiment…I wanted a sentiment that would suit my vintage-y shabby card perfectly and found it in the set Chalk Talk (pg 12) – I stamped it using Black Ink onto Vanilla cardstock and used the perfectly co-ordinating Extra Large Oval Punch (pg 182) to punch it out.

The button…is from Very Vintage Designer Buttons (pg 169) and I threaded through a piece of twine and tied a bow – I tried White Bakers Twine but it was too white…hmmm…I wanted more of a vanilla look to keep with the theme of my card…

But we don’t carry vanilla Bakers Twine…BUT after some looking, I found just what I wanted when I took off the silver thread bit of Silver Bakers Twine (pg 24 Occasions Catalog)!!!  I found out that that twine is thicker and has a vanilla hue to it – YAY – and it worked perfectly!!!


The hearts…after adding that sentiment I just had to add some hearts to my card – I made the small black heart using the Small Heart Punch (pg 183) and a scrap of Black cardstock which I then textured using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder (pg 191)…

The larger red heart was cut out using a die from Hearts-a-Flutter Framelits (pg 187) and a piece of polka dotted patterned paper from Regals Collection DSP Paper Stack (pg 152) – I wanted to give that heart a bit of vintage loving, and so I textured it using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and just LOVE how it turned out!  Check out that shabby chic look for yourself…


The finishing touch…in keeping with my vintage style theme,  I added piece of folded Victoria Crochet Trim (pg 173) under the red heart, added a pewter pin from Vintage Trinkets (pg pg 170) and tied on a little piece of that same twine – and I found that those little things finished my card off perfectly!

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamp: Chalk Talk  (CM 130634/WM 130631)
Cardstocks: Basic Black (121045), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad (126980)
Designer Series Paper: Modern Medley (126926)
Die Cutting: Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Circle Card Thinlits (133480), Big Shot (113439)
Texturing: Square Lattice EF (119976), Chevron EF (127749)
Punches: Extra Large Oval (119859), Small Heart (117193)
Misc: 5/8″ Victoria Crochet Trim (118481), Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Silver Bakers Twine (132976), Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Simple Easter Nest Treat…

This is one SUPER CUTE Easter Treat that I think grown-ups and kids alike will love! 

Perfect for gifting or for treats at your Easter table place settings – they are bound to be a big hit and no-one will know how quick & easy they were to make!

These cute Nests are fun, fast & easy to make, and also very cost effective…please read on for details of how I made them along with a Free Printable Tutorial with measurements and step-by-step instructions…


And here is another that I think kids are going to absolutely love…I filled this nest up about half way with eggs and then added a Peeps Marshmallow Chick to sit on the top…


Isn’t that CUTE?!   Here is how I made them…BUT one word of warning…if you are a chocolate lover like me, be sure to pick up more than one pack of eggs – they are just too irresistable to leave alone when making this kind of project!!!

The cups…when I was out shopping I came across packs of Wilton Party Cups and immediately realized that I could use them to create Easter Nests – they are food safe, stronger than baking cups and were just $2.49 for a pack of 24. 

The straw nest material…I then used my FABULOUS Fringe Scissors (pg 31 Occasions Catalog) and strips of Daffodil Delight cardstock to create my ‘straw’ nest material around the edge – btw you NEED to get these scissors if you don’t already have a pair – they are absolutely essential – I honestly don’t know what I did before I had them – I just can’t stop using them!!!

You can find Fringe Scissors in the online store by clicking HERE - and they are a steal of a deal at just $9.95!

The ribbon…I decided that I wanted the base of my cup to resemble the ground underneath a chicken’s nest and so tied around a piece of Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon to get this effect – I couldn’t decide if I wanted to tie a knot or bow but in the end decided on the cutesy factor of a bow…


The filling…and then you simply fill your cup with eggs or candies of your choice!  I used Cadbury’s Mini Eggs to fill mine…but if you prefer, foil wrapped eggs would look just as fabulous…


I thought about adding a sentiment tag or finishing touch but to be honest decided that the chocolate eggs speak for themselves…what could make you happier than seeing this little treat LOL?!

WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUTE EASTER NEST TREATS?  I have a FREE Printable Tutorial that you can find by clicking HEREYou will find measurements & step-by-step instructions with photos so that you can easily create some of your own!

So back to those Party Cups…I must admit that I had not heard of them before but here is a photo so that you know what to look for…I found them in Walmart (although I am sure many other big box stores carry them!) and they have a food safe waxy lining – just perfect for this kind of project…


Supplies I used to make this project:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight (119683)
Scissors: Fringe Scissors (133325)
Ribbon: Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta (122967)
Misc: Sticky Strip (104294), wilton Party Cups, Chocolate Eggs/Candies


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 8th through 14th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 14th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST and with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!


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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Sweet & Simple Hello Baby Card featuring an Elephant…

Most of our friends have kids our age and I rarely get the chance to shop for baby things anymore…sniff…

But finally that opportunity has come along and I had the delight of making a ‘hello baby’ card at last – and finally a boy one too!!!  And so I grabbed the cute stamp set Zoo Babies that features EIGHT cute animals and two sentiments and got to work…

Here is what I came up with…


Is that cute or what?!  LOVE that elephant and he is so easy to stamp nice & clearly and first time, with the fabulous firm foam ink pads!!!

The card base…is simply Whisper White…I tried layering but decided on a simple base to highlight that elephant and the polka dotted paper…

The patterned strip…I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to be 5 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ tand onto it I layered a cute piece of paper from Fresh Prints DSP (pg 33 Occasions Catalog) – I just LOVE how that paper fits right into my baby theme!

The elephant…the elephant is from the set Zoo Babies (pg 74) and I stamped him in Coastal Cabana Ink onto a piece of Whisper White…I wanted to make him stand out and decided on a kind of film strip, framed look…


The frame…I cut a square of Crumb Cake cardstock and using a die from Circles Collection Framelits (pg 186) cut a circle…I then paper pierced a circle around it which was SUPER EASY to do using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack that has a template in it to enable you to pierce perfect circles in lots of different sizes!!!

And to make this even more easy, I used my Paper Piercing Tool plus Mat to give seamless results…all of these items can be found on pg 179 or online by clicking HERE – AND to make this easier still, if you use a couple of pieces of masking tape to secure your template before you pierce, it won’t move around and your piercing will be right first time, every time…


Once my frame was pierced, I cut it to the size I wanted it to be and added it over my elephant using Dimensionals for that 3-D look.

SARAH’S TIP:  you know the edge & corner bits on a sheet of Dimensionals – the non-hexagonal bits?  Can you believe that I used to throw them away?!  Until I found out that they are just PERFECT for a job like this!  The corner pieces are perfect for getting right into that frame corner, and those thin edge bits are perfect on the narrow bits for ensuring a flat professional finish – see what I mean from the photo below…


The ribbons…I wrapped around a piece of Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (pg 173) and secured it to the back of the strip with tape.  I then cut another smaller piece along with a piece of Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffled Stretch Trim (pg 173) the same size, and tied both together around that ‘anchor’ piece to give me a nice two-tone knot.

The tag…I stamped the words ‘hello baby’ using a stamp from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes (pg 44) and Soft Suede Ink and then punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch (pg 182).

The finishing touch…I made a small hole in my tag and threaded through a piece of Linen Thread (pg 173) and tied it to the ribbon knot.


I loved the card so much that I decided to make a co-ordinating Gift Tag to go with it…I used the same supplies, the only difference being the sentiment on this tag which is a stamp that is included in that set Zoo Babies…CUTE, eh?


What a super sweet project to work on – I just love how both items turned out and hope I get to make more baby cards soon!

Here are the images that you get in the set Zoo Babies - click on the blue words below to view in the online store…


Supplies I used to make this card & tag:

Stamps: Zoo Babies (CM 130456/WM 130453), Teeny Tiny Wishes (CM 127802/WM 128748)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953)
Inks: Early Espresso (126774), Soft Suede (126978)
Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints DSP Stack (132996)
Punch: 1″ Circle (119868)
Paper Piercing: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin Pierce Mat (126199), Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Ribbons: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (122332), Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch (130024)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430), Masking Tape


Friday, April 4th, 2014

CUTE Easter Sheep Treat…

I love making treats – mostly because I get to eat lots of the chocolate whilst I make them LOL!!! – and I decided to make a cute Easter treat featuring a Sheep…and of course some chocolate inside…

This was SO much fun to make and my girls absolutely loved them – I think they have managed to talk me into making them for all of their friends & teachers!  But I think they would make absolutely adorable table place setting decorations at the Easter table…

And you know what?  I thought I would put together a Free Tutorial for you so that you can make them too!  Find the link to that in my post below…

Check out how cute this Sheep turned out…


Isn’t she just ADORABLE?!

She was so much fun to make using a variety of punches to make those shapes – you can find them all on pages 180 through 183 – and I tell ya – you just can’t have too many punches!!!

The colors…I used Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe.

The body…is made using the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and the legs are made using the Word Window Punch

The face…is made using the Large Oval Punch and the eyes were made using 1/8″ & 1/16″ or you could use googly eyes.  The ears were made using the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the fuzz on the top was made using a small flower shape from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

The flower…is made using one of the flowers on the Boho Blossoms Punch

The ‘insides’…sandwiched between the two body pieces is a York Peppermint Pattie – YUM!!!


The finishing touch…is that CUTE tail on the back – made using a die from Word Bubbles Framelits (pg 36 Occasions Catalog)…


Isn’t this one CUTE treat?!


WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN EASTER SHEEP TREAT?  I have a FREE Printable Tutorial that you can find by clicking HEREYou will find step-by-step instructions with photos so that you can easily create one of your own or even a whole flock!

Supplies I used to make this project:

Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045), Strawberry Slush (131295) and Crisp Cantaloupe (131298)
Punches – Word Window (119857),  2 3/8″ Scallop Circle (118874), Large Oval (119855),  1/2″ Circle (119869),  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Boho Blossoms (119858) and googly eyes or 1/8″ & 1/16″ Punches
Die: Word Bubbles Framelits (132968)
Misc: Mini Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430), York Peppermint Patties or similar candies


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Simple Punchy Pansy…

I wanted to make some customer thank you cards today and with the weather warming up nicely, I decided on a bright and bold theme…

And so I dug out one of my favorite punches and got to work – the punch I decided to use is a sweet floral shape called Pansy and you can find it on pg 183 – it is perfect to use on it’s own as I did on my card below, or you can layer it to give more of a ruffled shabby chic look.

Here is my sweet simple card…


I love the simplicity of this and how that flower just pops right out of the white background!

The card base…I wanted a smaller square shaped card and so I cut a piece of Whipser White to be 8″ x 4″ – I scored at 4″ to give me a card base size of 4″ x 4″.

I then added a layer of Tangerine Tango sized 3 3/4″ square and then another layer of Early Espresso sized at 3 1/4″ square – I love how making the orange border wider gives a nice matted & framed look to the top feature layer.

The feature layer…is simply a piece of Whisper White sized at 3″ square and onto it I mounted my flower and stamped my sentiment…

The sentiment…I used a stamp from the set Happy Watercolor (pg 22 Occasions Catalog) to stamp my ‘thank you’ using Early Espresso Ink…

The flower…was made using a scrap of Tangerine Tango and the Pansy Punch (pg 183) – LOVE this punch – and into the center I added a large clear button from Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (pg 169)…

SARAH’S TIP: I used a Mini Glue Dot (pg 174) to secure my clear button to the flower center – the beauty of these glue dots is that they are also clear and so you can’t see them through the button – and they are super quick & easy to use – in fact I used one to secure my flower to the card base too!

The finishing touch…is a piece of White Bakers Twine (pg 173) that I tied through the button and finished with a bow…


I love how quick & easy this card was to put together – and love the sweetness of that flower…

Here is that Pansy Punchclick on the blue words below to view it in the online store:

pansy-punchSupplies used to make this card:

Stamp: Happy Watercolor (CM 133191/WM 133188)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Tangerine Tango (111349), Early Espresso (119686)
Ink: Early Espresso (126774)
Punch: Pansy (130698)
Button: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555)
Misc: White Bakers Twine (124262), Mini Glue Dots (103683)


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 1st through 7th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 7th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST and with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!


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Monday, March 31st, 2014


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