Awesome Treat Bag


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Of all the items in the Occasions catalog, this is my absolute favorite! It’s called “Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die.”



This cute little bag is perfect for giving treats, notes, gift cards and more. The finished size is 3 11/16 X 5 1/4. Super cute and super easy to put together.

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This set comes with 12 dies. The heart, bow and “for you,” above are just a couple of them. The mini treat bag on the left is the original bag that the die cuts and the one on the right is made using 2 of the larger dies. This paper was free from the sale-a-bration catalog. (For each $50 you spend on any Stampin’ Up! merchandise you can pick a free item.) Click the link at the right to check out more items in these 2 specialty catalogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Valentine Treats

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I love Valentine season! The stores are decorated in my favorite colors, pink & red.

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These bags were inspired by Sam Donald. They are so addicting to make! I made 18 of them… šŸ™‚


The paper is Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. For the bow I used the new Bow Builder Punch from the same catalog. I LOVE THIS PUNCH! So cute and easy to assemble.


These will serve as my thank you’s for customers placing orders in February. I’m really excited to give them away.


Of course it wouldn’t be a proper Valentine without some chocolate! I put the nuggets with this bag to show the size but will get some heart chocolates to put inside.

Thanks for stopping by! If you’d like to make your own treat bags click here to go to Sam’s video.

Easter Treats

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I wanted to give my club ladies a little treat for Easter. And when I saw this origami box made by Elaine Jackson, I knew that this was the perfect container I was looking for.


This was super easy and quick! It took longer to do the tag then it did to fold the box.

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I did one while watching Elaine’s video. After the first one I was able to do the rest on my own. This paper is from the Celebration catalog and no longer available. It’s called Sweet Sorbet. I absolutely love this paper. If fact, I like so much that this was the first time I could bring myself to cut into it! (: It made such beautiful Springtime Easter boxes. This box has no glue. It’s held together just by how it’s folded. And I added a clip to the top for easy access. The clip also makes it possible to re-use the box. Another fun project from Elaine. Here is a link to her website.


Since I’m posting my other boxes, I wanted to post this little box that I made for my mother. I was very busy this weekend! (: This box is Sam Donald’s design. If you scroll down to my post of February 3, 2014, you will find the video to make this cute little box. Enjoy!

Easter Baskets

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I have 4 grandchildren and when I saw Elaine Jackson’s video on how to make these origami baskets, I knew I had to do them for my grandchildren.

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Here are the baskets before decorating. I think they look beautiful just as they are but, I couldn’t help adding a little bling to them. I knew that I wanted some type of handle for lifting off the lids and this worked out great.

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They are actually quite easy to make but with all the embellishing and fussing I did to them, it took me about 5 hours time. Of course I had a ball doing them so the time didn’t really matter. And I was so excited to see the grandkids’ faces when they saw them. The 3 girls are teenagers (actually one just turned 20) and loved them! They want to use them as jewelry boxes. My grandson is 10 and although he liked it, the candy was more important to him. (:Ā  His is the green one so I left off the flowers on the front and didn’t pretty it up quite as much as the girls.
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The blue basket was the only one that didn’t have Stampin’ Up! RibbonĀ for handles and it was the only one that wouldn’t stay up.Ā This shows the great quality of Stampin’ Up! ribbon. The Rosettes on top were made with theĀ Stampin’ Up! Designer Rosette Bigz XL die. This die is a little pricey butĀ but well worth the money. IĀ use it for all occasions.

Here they are wrapped and ready to be delivered (which I did yesterday). The baskets are full of candy too.Ā Can you believe I forgot to take pictures of the kids when they opened them!!!? Oh well, what a fun project! If you want to give it a try visit Elaine’s website. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, let me know.

Easel Card Meets Box in a Card


At the beginning of March I posted an Easel Card that I’d made. Well, now I want to share the Box in a Card that I made.


Instead of being a card on top of a box, it’s a box inside a card. I didn’t come up with this idea but thought it was genius! The credit for the box pattern goes to Elaine Jackson.


This is the card closed. I used the DSP, Sweet Sorbet from Stampin’ Up!.


And this is the card opened with the box top off. I don’t have a picture of the finished card but where the card lifts up I stamped happy birthday and punched it out and layered it there. I signed our names on the binding just under the Happy Birthday.


This is a top view. I love how Stampin’ Up! makes their punches and stamps to fit together.

The pattern for this box can be here. Thanks for stopping by.

Matching Desk Set/Organization


It has been such a bitter cold winter. My dining room table has been trashed for months with my crafting supplies as it was just too cold to try to heat my craft room. Well, it’s finally warm enough to move back into my craft room. YAY!


I purchased this shelf from this winter and I am absolutely loving it! Since becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have acquired so many stamp sets that I was running out of room. (I know what a terrible problem to have.) Ā This shelf was the perfect solution. It houses all of my newer stamp sets and has lots of room to grow. I am in the process of converting my older stamps into Stampin’ Ups! newer cases. Then all of my stamps will look great and be easily accessible.


These boxes were made from Sam Donald’s patterns (she is a master at boxes). They hold my embossing folders, Framelits, and Stampin’ Write Markers. I had already made the embossing folderĀ one and when Sam came out with the marker video last week, I decided to make a matching set. The embossing folder box was originally made to hold cards. So, 2 uses for one pattern!

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I purchased my Stampin’ Write Markers in the full set, so I have the case that they come in. But I just love this storage idea that Sam came up with.


I made the Framelits box a little wider to be able to put my larger framelits (envelope inserts die) and Thinlits Circle Die. It is pictured on the left.

Here are links to Sam’s videos:
Embossing Folder



Easel Card with Drawer & Gift Box


I have seen so many Easel Cards with Drawers and they were so pretty. But I had never attempted one until about a week ago. What made me want to finally try one was that Elaine Jackson came up with one and she made a box for it to fit in.


What a cool way to give one to someone special! Elaine made it just right so that there is room for embellishments too. I chose Raspberry Ripple as my colors. I love this “In Color” and I’m going to be sad to see it leave in June.

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This was a fun project. I am in the process of making another one using Pink Pirouette and Raspberry Ripple together. I love this color combination. I will post it when I get it done. This box will be given as a hostess thank you. I’m going to put post it notes in the drawer. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! Click here for a link to Elaine’s video.

Tiny Milk Carton


I was playing around yesterday and made a couple tiny milk cartons. I didn’t really have any purpose in mind at the time but thought they were so cute. I only made white ones as a template for later use.


Well, I’m not sure if I dreamed it or just had the idea come to me in the night. But, I have 2 granddaughters that have birthdays and knew I would be getting together with them today to celebrate. I always give them money because it just makes it easier on me and them. This little milk carton came to mind as a vessel to hold their money gift! I was so excited, I don’t know I slept the rest of the night. LOL! Anyway, this is what I came up with.



I added a photo with the ruler to show how tiny they really are. They are 2 1/2″ tall and measure 1 1/2″ square. So much more fun then just giving a card, don’t you think? I use the clips as a closure so that the money can be accessed easily and the box can be reused.

pattern I have been asked to add directions for this box. I will do my best. Cardstock size 6 3/8″ X 4 1/4″ Score with long side at the top 1 1/2″, 3″, 4 1/2″, & 6″. Turn and score short side at 1 1/2″, 3″, & 4″. In the template you can see that you need to cut off the bottom right hand corner. Crease all your score lines. For the triangle score lines at the top, I just used my mouse pad and stylist and eyeballed it. You cut from the bottom up to the first score line. Sticky strip goes on the right all the way to the top. I’m sorry I know the hand drawn template is crude. But I hope it is at least clear enough for you to understand. Let me know if you have any questions.

Valentine Treat


Just a quick post today. I love Valentine’s Day and I love giving little treats.


I made several of these little Sour Cream pouches and filled them with Valentine M&M’s. The paper stacks are perfect for this project. I just cut an inch off one side so that they measured 4 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and it made them just the right size. I used the new tag punch from the Occasions catalog. I can see that this punch is going to be very useful! And added some glimmer paper, which added just the right touch. This was one of my projects for my class this month. The ladies loved them. Thanks for stopping by!

Embossing Folder/Card Box Part 2

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This is a follow up to yesterday’s post. ………….


Rosettes are another thing I enjoy making. With this one I used the Scallop Trim Boarder punch for the edging. The heart was punched from the silver glimmer paper.


Wisteria Wonder cardstock and DSP paper stacks adorn this box. The bow was made with the Bigz Bow Die from the Holiday catalog (and is still available). A quick easy way to embellish a project.


I used the Watercolor Wonder DSP on this box. And it is the same DSP that I used with the Tangerine Tango box on yesterdays post. Even though it isn’t meant to go with the Pink Pirouette I noticed that when paired with it, the match is fantastic!


I hope you have enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them. Again, this box was designed by Sam, not me. She actually intended it to be used as a card holder box, but as crafters do, someone found another use for them. And I was so thrilled to find something so pretty to store my embossing folders in! For directions on how to make them, you can go here:


These were too pretty to keep all to myself. I packaged 2 of them up for friends for Valentine’s Day. I chose the ones that I knew were colors that they liked. I added an embossing folder and a small gift. I liked the results so much that I was thinking of doing some card kits for selling at our next craft sale.