Mystery Quilt

And now for something completely different… The other day I mentioned that I've been caught up working on my Mystery Quilt Class homework. A couple of people requested that I share the end result of all my hard work – and here it is! Now, the quilt isn't totally complete yet, this is the quilt top. It still needs to be quilted and the edges bound before it is totally complete. Lately I have been sending my quilts off to a wonderful local gal that does machine quilting. So, once I have the backing prepared, I will be dropping off everything to her so that she can work her magic. My goal is to have it all done in time to share the completed project at the reunion session in September.

It really is amazing to see the pieces that you've created come together in the finished product. I had absolutely no idea what the finished result was going to look like, and I had so much fun on the journey. I have already signed up for the next session that will happen this fall. If you are a Burlington-area quilter, then I encourage you to consider the Mystery Quilt class offered by Yankee Pride. Judy designs these projects herself, and they are quite impressive.

Posted on : May 29 2017
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Pretty Boxes

I created these two cute little gift boxes for a recent stamping workshop that I held for a friend. I found directions on the inter-webz on the blog of an amazing demonstrator from the UK (here is the blog post she shared). She used her creation to hold some jumbo tea lights from Ikea – I filled mine with some maple candies from a local shop. It is maple season here in VT, after all!  These boxes were door prizes at the party, and the two recipients were thrilled to receive them!

I loved making the boxes so much that I made 10 more of them using retired DSP for a demo gift exchange I'm participating in this weekend. If I get a chance, I'll try to share a pic of the exchange so you can see how much fun a group of demos can have. wink These boxes are a great way to use up some scraps for Designer Series Paper, and they really are a great size for a cute little gift.

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Posted on : Apr 05 2017
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Holiday Boxes

DSP pretty boxes I created these pretty boxes for the multi-demonstrator stamp-a-stack that we held last Sunday (10/9). Each of the demonstrators created a set of 10 boxes so that every participant could pick one as part of their goodie collection for the day. It was great fun to see the different ideas that we each created, and I think that the lovely ladies that came to the event really enjoyed the boxes that we prepared.

I made these boxes using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Simply Scored tool and three different packs of retired papers. The wooden snowflakes that you see on the front came from my stash that I purchased last year from a "big box craft store". They would look just as lovely with other embellishments – punched snowflakes, the cute bow, a big button – you get the idea. I wanted to help use up some of my supply of embellishments that I've collected over the years. I was also glad to be able to use some of the pretty papers that I've (*ahem*) hoarded over the years. Two of the designs are from last year, and the third was from ages ago. I'm so happy that they have come out of the pack and found a new life on a pretty 3D project. And I'm especially happy that the ladies at the event seemed to like these boxes because they were snatched up pretty quickly.

Below I've listed the current DSP's that you could use for this project along with the tools that you need. I won't list the cardstock, but you can use any 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock that coordinates with the DSP that you have. I can't list the cutting/scoring dimensions because I purchased a tutorial for this box on-line and I won't give away another demo's hard work. If you want to purchase the tutorial you can use this link to get to her blog and purchase it. I did have to make a couple of measurement corrections for the box, but I was very pleased with the outcome, so it was worth a little extra work. If you decide to make some of these, I would love to see a picture of your pretty creations.

Remember – now is a perfect time to load up on the "regular" Designer Series Paper packs because when you buy 3, you get 1 free. The first two packs that I've listed below are included in the sale. You could also make up some of these boxes for any occasion – they would make a great favor box for a birthday party using the Festive Birthday DSP, or you could get ahead of the game and make some pretty floral boxes for Mother's Day using the Blooms & Bliss DSP. This box design is very versatile, and the patterned paper that you use will make it fit your occasion.

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Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Halloween Treat

jar of hauntsThis is the second project that we made at the September stamp club gathering. I knew that I wanted to use the jar Thinlits for the second project for the evening as well, but I wasn't really feeling like making a Halloween card. Halloween isn't a big card sending holiday (although I'm thinking about sending some this year), but it is certainly a big holiday for themed parties and treat giving. As I was considering projects for the meeting, I remembered that I had seen a very cute treat holder featuring the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Once I had that goal in mind, it took me no time at all to whip up this cute little treat holder using supplies that I had on hand. Even though it is a "3-D" item, which can typically be a little more involved to make, this project comes together lickety-split. I tucked a couple of those delightful Cow Tails treats inside, so you can see what it looks like when it is filled.

Stampin' Up! published a video that was the inspiration for this project. You can watch here:

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Posted on : Oct 13 2016
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A wee giftie

stamp_a_stack_2015_gift_card_holderI created this purty little pillow box as a gift card holder for the multi-demonstrator Stamp-A-Stack that I participated in back in October. The guests made 10 greeting cards and two gift card holders during their day of stamping fun. I love creating gift card holders (they are SOOOO useful), so I readily signed up to design one of them. I had a few left over, so I just made them up to give to my stamp club gals with a little gift inside.

I am so bummed out that the square pillow box die is retiring – I really thought that this versatile bundle would be popular and carry forward. Clearly my crystal ball is not what I need it to be! Sadly, this die has already sold out, so you won't be able to get it if you want it. But, the stamp set is still available for a short time, and I hope that this project still gives you some inspiration!

I pulled together this non-traditional color combination from one of my favorite challenge sites. This combo is an oldie, but a goodie! I knew that I wanted to feature that scrumptious gold glitter ribbon at the bottom of the tag, so I searched through combos that included gold. When I came across this combo, I knew immediately that this was what I was looking for. Isn't it just gorgeous?!?

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Posted on : Dec 30 2015
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Summer Treats

stamp_club_treat_bagDid you know that Stampin' Up! has a team of stampers/bloggers that post inspiration frequently? Every year the company accepts applications from amazing artists that want to be a member of that prestigious team, and I can't begin to imagine how they make the decision on who makes "the cut". I have seen some amazing projects from people that didn't make it, but the people that are named to the design team are phenominally talented and definitely deserving. This particular treat bag was a CASE (Copy And Stamp Everything) of a project shared by a current design team member. Her name is Inge Groot and she is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Holland. You can check out here blog here – she has some truly amazing stuff! I only changed her original design slightly – I used different DSP because I wanted to show my stamp club gals the truly awesome Cherry On Top Designer Paper stack. Inge's original also used a now-retired background stamp for the front of the bag; I used an embossing folder as a "stamp" to create the background image you see here. Those embossing folders are so versatile! She used one of those cute clothespin clips at the top of the bag, but I didn't have any, so I pulled out some retired star clips that I had on hand to fill that spot. This project was all about featuring the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, and I'm very happy how it turned out. These Thinlits also come in a bundle with a fantastic coordinating stamp set called You're So Sweet. Gotta love those bundle deals!

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Posted on : Aug 19 2015
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A special hostess gift

fall_topnote_boxI created this box as a hostess gift for a recent workshop. I had just created several of these boxes in a Christmas theme for the Holiday Stamp-A-Stack and I really wanted to make one in a fall theme. I just LOVE making these boxes! They are the perfect size to hold a little gift – this box held a sampling of different ribbons. These boxes are soooo easy to make, and you can go simple on the decorations or more elaborate. I think this one is kinda middle-of-the-road in terms of decoration. What I really love is that you use almost a full sheet of standard 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock to create the body of the box.

I created the pretty flower on the top using a technique that I learned at a recent demonstrator event. To create a flower you cut 10 pieces of tissue paper or coffee filter at once using a Floral Frames die. The gal who taught us used colored tissue paper that she purchased at the store. For this box, I used white coffee filters instead with the middle sized die.  After die cutting, staple a couple of times in the center (in the shape of an 'X') using our cool new stapler.  Working from the top down, separate each layer from the ones below it and scrunch. Once all layers have been scrunched, separate and pull apart the layers until you have a flower that you like. To get the pretty yellow color I mixed Crushed Curry ink refill with alcohol in a spritzer bottle. I spritzed the flower until I had the color that I wanted. I spritzed several times, let it dry and then spritzed again to darken up some areas that seemed too pale. I die cut two leaves using the Autumn Accents die, sponged the edges, adhered them to the box and then glued down the flower so the leaves were sticking out underneath. Add a banner greeting, some ribbon around the box and voilà!

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Posted on : Nov 17 2014
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Pop Up for Halloween!

pop_up_halloween_house_flatI was inspired by my awesome demo friend Heather to create my own pop-up card. She was manning the table right next to me at the Holiday card stamp-a-stack earlier this month, and her project was a darling pop-up card featuring a couple of Santa stamp sets in the Holiday Mini. Since I can't get enough of the Holiday Home stamp set for Halloween, and I found a perfect color challenge on the web, it was easy to design this cute card.

popped_up_halloween_houseThe first picture shows how nicely the card folds flat for mailing. There should be no complaints from the Postal Service about any lumpiness on these cards. devil The second picture shows the card popped up so that you can see the greeting inside. You may not recognize the "Boo!" stamp – it is one of the stamps that was included in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. I had fun pulling together some different elements to decorate this card. I used the stars mask with Elegant Eggplant ink to create the background on the purple paper, and I pulled out some retired washi tape to add some very Halloween-esque skulls and crossbones below the pop-up panel. The Tangelo Twist ribbon and our handy-dandy stapler created the perfect pull tab at the top. Yep, I do like how this card turned out. wink

I found the inspiration for my color combination out on the web. I discovered this demonstrators site when I was looking around on the web, and this was a perfect combo for my needs. She has other challenges on her site using the same splotch images, but changing up the colors. What an awesome way to create a color challenge!

Anyhow, I hope that you have enjoyed the series of Halloween cards that I have been sharing lately. Admittedly, most of them are using the Holiday Home stamp set, but it has such cute images that I can't stop myself. Have fun this evening with your family and friends, whether you are going to a party, taking your kids around trick-or-treating or hanging around the house to hand out treats to the cute little beggars like I am. Happy Halloween!

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Posted on : Oct 31 2014
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Paper Pumpkin Treats

sept_paper_pumpkin_completedI created these cute Halloween treat bags with the MyPaper Pumpkin kit that I received in September. I gave these to some stamping friends because I thought that they were the best people to appreciate them – stampers love getting stamped goodies. These kits are a fantastic way to get a little crafting time in without investing in lots of different supplies. The primary group that these are created for are people who love crafting, but don't have much spare time, don't have much space for storage, or don't have a lot of confidence yet to create on their own.


I don't really fit any of those demographics, but I do enjoy a quick crafting session where I can zip right along without getting out a bunch of supplies. I was able to get these assembled in about 1 hour one weekday evening. I could have completed them quicker if I didn't spend so much time deciding which tags to use or which of the black stickers to use on each one. I used up all of the bags and clothespins in the kit, but there are some more tags and lots of stickers. And of course, the stamps can be used endlessly. There are a few more stamps included that I didn't use for this project. I'm pretty sure that I'll be pulling these goodies out to make some Halloween cards or treats very soon.

I subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin shortly after it was announced about a year and a half ago. I have to say that I wasn't awfully impressed with my first few months and I put my subscription on hold. I was bummed because I didn't feel that the kits were showing the usual top-notch quality that we have come to expect of this great company. Fast forward to this summer where I read online from several different demonstrators that Stampin' Up! had really stepped up the materials and projects in the kits. The company showed two future kits (including this one) at the Convention in July and people went ga ga! I decided that I would start up my subscription again, and I have been very pleased. I just received my October kit, and again I think that it is going to be loads of fun. I won't divulge what it is since some people may not have their kit yet, but suffice it to say that it would be a very cute Thanksgiving table-top gift. There are a bunch of other ideas included in a sheet with the kit, too. I'm gonna have fun!

There are two different ways that you can purchase My Paper Pumpkin. The first one is a subscription model – you sign up and you will receive the kit of the month for each month. You can stop your subscription at any time, and if you want to re-start up again it is easy-peasy to do so. The second way is to buy a subscription for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. You can order the pre-paid subscription on-line and you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem it. Either option is fantastic – you can pick which way works best for you. A nice perk for current subscribers is the chance to purchase past kits (or kit refills) that are still available. Past kits are available while supplies last, and some kits may not ever have extras that are for sale. Purchasing a 1 month pre-paid subscription is a fantastic way to try it out to see if you want to continue. I am so happy that I can proudly recommend these kits again – keep it up Stampin' Up!


Posted on : Oct 20 2014
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Store Your Blendabilities

blendabilities_holding_caseI love my fellow demonstrators and the Internet! I was tootling around looking at projects that people have done using their *fabulous!* Blendabilities markers and I came across this awesome storage case. A wonderful demonstrator put her directions on her blog for free. Ya gotta love sharing! I created it using all Stampin' Up! products and it holds all my markers perfectly. There is even a special area at the top to hold my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and the Color Lifter. Squee! I put this together on a Saturday morning recently and I was pleased at how it went together. The only bummer is that if Stampin' Up! releases more markers, I have no space to hold them. Oh well!

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Posted on : Aug 27 2014
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