Friday, October 31, 2014


ABC's "The View" had a great segment on quick and easy Halloween DIY decorations this morning - and a couple of the ideas used one of my favorite green craft supply items: toilet paper roll tubes! A long time ago I started saving mine in a grocery bag to pass on to teachers - they really know how to transform a TP tube! It is pretty amazing how quickly those bags of tubes fill up! I am always excited to learn a new way to use them.

To see the clip of the segment on (and see how to make all the decos), click HERE! (It is the October 31, 2014 airdate.)

I am not techie enough to capture still shots from any video, so I looked on Pinterest and came up with images for both the TP crafts:

TP tube + a glow stick
On "The View" they show how putting a paper cup inside the tube gives better stability for cutting out the eyeholes with a craft knife. They also painted theirs green, to better blend with the bushes. Varied colors of glow sticks make the effect more fun with multiple pairs of "eyes!"

This next one, the "floating candles" was inspired by Harry Potter movies. The photo I found on Pinterest originated from a really cool website post about an all-out Harry Potter themed party. Check it out HERE. I want to mention that The View's version was simpler - only black-painted TP rolls with LED tealights in one end. If you want to try this and step it up (as in the photo below), search Pinterest for these key words: FLOATING CANDLES LED TOILET PAPER. Including "toilet paper" in your key words will filter out most of the other types of floating candles; my search put just what I wanted at the top of the image results. You will find among them ways to make them look like drippy wax candles.

FLOATING CANDLESFor this Harry Potter party, candles were made from both TP tubes and paper towel tubes to vary the sizes. These were painted white and faux wax drips were added.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


One of the latest and greatest products from Stampin' Up! is the GIFT BOX PUNCH BOARD in the Holiday Catalog. You can make a bunch of different sized little boxes, and other 3-D projects too! 

Here is a video showing the basics of how it works:

And here is a video made by the wonderful Dee Slater showing how you can use this punch board with the Fall Fest stamp set to make cute little jack 'o lantern boxes!

Be sure to visit my Holiday Catalog Inspirations page to see lots of ideas using products from that supplement, as well as links to Pinterest boards with even more ideas!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


For today's news, I am first sharing our newest stamp set with you - since it is a new release, it is NOT in any of the catalogs, so you will only find it online. 

It is a beautiful Christmas set (note, it is only available in photopolymer) - just looking at the images will surely get your creative ideas popping!

139523 GENTLE PEACE (photopolymer only) $15.95
(Acrylic Blocks A, F & H are recommended)
 My second news-bite is that I have created a Pinterest board just for collecting all the great ideas I've been finding on blogs (and in Pinterest) for projects created with the new Holiday Catalog products! I will also add projects using the new stamp set above as I find them.
Check out my Pinterest board for the 2014 Holiday Catalog HERE!

Be sure to visit my Holiday Catalog Inspirations page for even more ideas - and at the end of the page are links to more Pinterest boards I have found! Use the tab under my blog header or click HERE to go to the page.

Friday, October 10, 2014


My month as the September guest designer has ended, so now I am a "player" again for the weekly MDS MONDAY BLOGSPOT challenges! This week, we were challenged to select one of the Stampin' Up! MDS templates, and customize it. When I started learning to use MDS, the first thing I did was take a template and play around with changing the colors and elements. Even though one might say I've come a long way since then, using a template as a starting point is still a great way to approach designing a layout or card and I recommend it to everyone. Why not play along with this challenge today before the cutoff for entering tomorrow morning?

Here is the original template I chose for the MDSM85 challenge:

I love the patterned leaves, layers and colors of this template and if I were to create a fall-theme page (or page for framing) I would use it! It is a snap to drag and drop photos into the photo boxes, and replacing the text boxes with journaling.

My challenge, however, was to customize this template. I wanted to use photos from a trip to Leavenworth, Washington my husband, uncle and I made in June.  Leaves and pines certainly work for that mountain town, but not the season since it was the end of spring. So, I kept the layout of the layered elements, but swapped the leaves for flowers, a butterfly and a bird! I used punches for punches and stamps in place of stamps, and kept the sizes nearly the same. I switched up the golden wheat stamps for green leafy branches. I kept the pinecone stamps, but shrunk them down a bit. 

Here is how it turned out:

The layering tool was a big time saver in keeping the original layout while I replaced the elements. I had a system: I created a new element to replace one of the original ones, laid the new one on top of the old (without changing anything about the position or layer of the old), did any final tweaking such as size and rotation angle, then went into layering and moved my new element just behind the original/old one. Once the new one was exactly where the old was, I deleted the old one. 

Details and Elements
DSPs (filled punches): from "Sun Garden" and "Domestic Goddess"
Punches: Square (resized to be rectangular), 2-Step Bird (Body and Wing), Fancy Flower, Butterfly Shape 1
Stamps: Christmas Lodge - leaf; Autumn Days - pinecone; Autumn Harvest - flower 1; French Foliage - leaf 1; Summer Happiness - leaf 1 

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Stamps with realistic animal images always make the top of my wish list, yet it took me a long time to finally get Walk in the Wild with its gorgeous moose, quail and pheasant. This is one of those wonderfully versatile sets that are perfect for masculine cards and work for many occasions (just pick your sentiment).

First up, another for my In Color line up. This one is easy - I used the Deco Labels framelits to cut out my image (after it was stamped) and the Baked Brown Sugar layer that frames it. You could also cut a window in the card front and layer the stamped panel behind using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

This simple card can be stepped-up in many ways: add dimension, twine or other embellishments, stamp the background and/or use DSP for the background, mat, or as an accent piece.

The card is Lost Lagoon cardstock, the edges of the card and the cut out layers are sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink. The image is stamped with black ink (I used Tuxedo Black Memento) then sponged with Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, and Mossy Meadow. Some of the edges on the stamped panel are sponged with the same ink used on the image in that area.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Stock Up & Save -  October 1-6, save 15% on select ink, paper, envelopes, and adhesive.  Save 20% on selected stamps!
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Download the PDF flyer HERE