A Boo-tiful Bitty Banner made with the Toil & Trouble Suite

I love making small banners for the holidays!  Usually, I make horizontal ones, but for today’s project, I decided to go vertical!  So maybe this would be more of a wall hanging than a banner?  Oh well, whatever it is, it was certainly fun to make!  🙂

For this project, I used lots of different products, mostly from the Toil & Trouble Suite.  The whole suite can be found on pages 48-51 of the Holiday Catalog.  I absolutely LOVE how the Halloween products this year have not only black and orange, but also green and purple (or in Stampin’ Up! speak:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape!)  Take a look at these colors together:


Don’t they look great together?



Measurements for this project are as follows:

Basic Black scalloped squares:  3 x 3 inches

Pumpkin Pie square layers:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP squares:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Scalloped circles:  1-5/8 inches in diameter

Whisper White letter circles:  1-1/2 inches in diameter

Length of project from top of top square to bottom of bottom square:  9-1/2 inches long

Length of whole project including ribbon on top and bottom:  13 inches long


All of the stamping on this project was done in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and all of the coloring was done with Stampin’ Blends markers.  The letters were stamped with the Layering Alphabet stamp set, and the whole banner was attached together with Black 3/8 Inch Glittered Organdy Ribbon and embellished with Spider Trinkets and Rhinestones!

To see the entire Toil & Trouble Suite of products, please visit the online store HERE.

This was definitely a fun project!  Although I love to make cards, it’s nice to make something different every once in awhile.  If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to ask!

Have a great day!



Holiday Stamp Set Poll Results

This past weekend, I posted a poll on my Facebook page about which stamp set my followers would like to see me use on a project!  (I would have posted it here too, but honestly, I haven’t figured out to post a poll here yet. I’ll figure it out at some point!)  In the poll, I posted four sets to choose from:

A: Candy Cane Season


B: Wishing You Well


C.  Nothing Sweeter


D: Winter Woods

And the winner (hands down) was:  WINTER WOODS!

Stay tuned for a new project coming soon with this gorgeous new set!  In the meantime, here are a couple of images of projects using this set from the Holiday Catalog:


Be sure to check back soon!  Thanks for checking in today!



It’s September 1st!

It is officially September!  And that means that Fall is right around the corner.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  I just love ALL of it.  The cooler temps, the changing leaves, all the art festivals and fairs, and especially the start of the holiday season!  This time of year is also my favorite CRAFTING time of the year as well!  There are so many fun things to create for the holidays!  🙂

Soooo…I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I have this weird thing about only doing certain things after a certain date.  For example, I don’t do ANY Christmas decorating in my house until after Thanksgiving.  There’s nothing wrong with doing it before, but for me, I just have a thing about waiting until after Thanksgiving, (probably because that’s what my mom did)!  Another example is that my sister and I have a thing about not having anything “Pumpkin Spice” until after Labor Day.  It’s become kind of a running joke at this point, but we absolutely refuse to do it!  Again, this is completely random and totally unnecessary…it’s just a thing we have!   (We’re weird, and clearly very, very Type A!)

So when it comes to holiday crafting, I have a thing about not doing too much of it until after September 1st.  I will make a couple of things here and there to promote the Holiday Catalog before that date, but I won’t go crazy with the holiday crafting until September 1st!  But once September 1st hits, ALL BETS ARE OFF!  It’s ON!  🙂

So get ready to start seeing LOTS of new holiday projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  I have so many fabulous new products from the Holiday Catalog and I can’t wait to finally use them!

Also, TODAY begins the Bonus Days coupon redemption period!  Coupon codes must be redeemed no later than September 30th.  You can either use them right away, or save them for Holiday Catalog items starting September 5th!

I will also be sending out my September newsletter sometime in the next couple of days.  It’s a little late this month, but between school starting, my husband’s birthday, the holiday weekend, and my in laws going back to Florida next week, I just have not had time to work on it.  Please sign up to receive it by clicking HERE.  I will get it out ASAP!

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!


A Very Useful Teacher Survival Kit!

It’s back to school time!  Which means it’s back to making our local teachers and staff feel appreciated!  To start off this school year on a positive note, our PTO put together these Teacher Survival Kits for the teachers at my son’s school.  We did some research both on Pinterest, as well as talking to actual teachers about what they would like in such a gift.  If you go on Pinterest, there are many examples of these types of gifts.  However, we were told that teachers don’t want anything “cute”.  They want things that are useful.  And we certainly don’t want to spend money on things that will not get used!  And we DID use some Stampin’ Up! products on it, so I am sharing it here on my blog as well!  🙂

Here is a list of what we included:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Advil
  • Mini Hershey Bar
  • M & M’s
  • Life Savers
  • Tic Tacs
  • Starbucks Via Instant Coffee Drink
  • Kleenex
  • Smarties

We also included a poem about working together as parents and teachers:

We distributed them to our teachers today and they were a huge hit!  This was definitely a fun gift to help create!

(If we made them again, we would probably also include chap stick and tums!  Maybe next year!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today!  Thanks for checking in!



Sending Love and Hugs with Touches of Texture

Today’s card is brought to you by the Touches of Texture, Ribbon of Courage, and Time for Tea stamp sets!  Touches of Texture was used for the flowers, the spatter behind them, and the linen pattern on the coral strip across the middle.  The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage set.  And I used a leaf/vine stamp from the Time for Tea stamp set to stamp the leaves in the corners!

Colors for this card are as follows:


Special techniques used on this card include using an aquapainter to color the flowers and leaves, and heat embossing the sentiment in white embossing powder.



Measurements for this card are as follows:


Thick Whisper White cardstock card base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Calypso Coral middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches
Sahara Sand top layer:  3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches
Whisper White banner piece:  1-7/8 x 3-3/4 inches
Calypso Coral strip:  3-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches



Other products used on this card include the Triple Banner Punch, Linen Thread, and Iridescent Sequins!


Questions about this project?  Please ask!


Thanks for stopping by!



It’s Crunch Time!

Max finishes preschool tomorrow for the year and Luca finishes Kindergarten next Thursday!  I will probably not be posting too much for the next few days as I volunteered to make a bunch of end of year treats for school staff.  Between that, my sister coming from New Mexico for the weekend, and Father’s Day on Sunday, I don’t know if I’ll have too much time to post!  I’ll try to get on if I can, and I will definitely post what I come up with for the different gifts when I have them all done!  I have to make them for bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, plus a few more!  (And I have to get them all done and to the school by Monday!)  YIKES!  🙂

I’ll be back ASAP!



Meet the NEW Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads

By now, you may have heard (or even seen) that the Stampin’ Up! ink pad case has been redesigned with the release of the new catalog.  The new case was redesigned with some great new features, and is sure to be a hit with customers!  Let’s take a look at some of these features, as well as a comparison of the old vs. the new case!

A side by side comparison of the old vs. new case

Here are two Flirty Flamingo cases.  The one on the left is the old style case, and the one on the right is the new style.  You will notice that the new case has been streamlined a bit.  It is slightly smaller, and has cleaner, straighter lines.  The label has also been changed to reflect the new packaging style, and is consistent with all other new products in the catalog!

Here’s an end view of each of the two cases shown above.  Again, the new case is smaller and sleeker, with much straighter edges.  The label is now along the bottom edge of the case rather than the top, and the case is completely flat, rather than rounded, as the old style case was.  Which leads to my next point…

Here are five pads of each style, stacked one on top of the other.  You’ll notice that the new pads stack much more neatly and compactly than the old style pads.  The old pads slide around quite a bit and don’t stack neatly, due to the rounded edges of the top and bottom of the case.  Compare this with the new cases, which stack really nicely due to them being flat.   Another great feature that goes along with this is that there are also little bumps built into the bottom of the new cases that fit into indentations on the top of the cases.  So not only do the new cases stack better, they also “nest” inside one another so that they stay put and don’t slide around!  Check out this feature in the two pictures below:



Additional features of the new pads

There are two additional features of the new pads that I think are fantastic!  First, the new pad comes with an extra solid color strip that can be placed on the INSIDE of the ink pad, so that when it is opened and in use, you can easily see what color pad it is!  I can’t tell you how many times I have almost messed up pads because I thought it was a different color!  This extra feature will make it much easier to keep track of which pad is which, especially when you’re working on a project and have multiple pads open at once!  Here’s a peek at this new feature:

Another great new feature is how the pads open.  With the old style pad, you used to have to push the lid forward a bit and then lift it to open.  These new pads just open straight up, almost like a compact.  So no more struggling with pads to open them.  The new pads simply open straight up and back, and then slide right into the lid!  So easy!

If you would like to learn more about the new pads, as well as see them in action, you can watch a short video that was released by Stampin’ Up! below.  There are lots of additional tips and tricks to using the new pads.  I hope you’ll find it helpful and informative!

And of course, the new ink pads also have a full line of new refills as well!  You absolutely can use the old refills for returning colors (except Basic Gray!  You DO NOT want to use the Archival Basic Gray to refill the new pads!)  However, all of the new refills moving forward contain a de-foaming agent, which cuts down on the bubbling that some demonstrators have reported with the older refills.

You can shop the entire line of new pads and ink in the online store.  Please click the image below to shop!

If you have any questions regarding the new pads, please feel free to ask!  Thanks for checking in!






A Delightfully Detailed Birthday Card!

Today’s project is a make and take project from OnStage!  And almost everything on this card is a NEW product that will be available June 1st when the new catalog opens for ordering!  This gorgeous card is a note size card, meaning it’s slightly smaller than most handmade cards.  A regular sized card is usually 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches in size, where this one is 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size.

Pretty much everything used on this card is a product from a NEW suite of products called the Delightfully Detailed Suite.  The base of this card is from the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes set.  The set includes 20 color washed cards, including Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron bases.  The top is cut from the new Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, and the sentiment piece is stamped and cut with items from the Detailed with Love Bundle.  This new bundle includes the 12 piece Detailed with Love stamp set, as well as the new and improved Detailed Trio Punch!

The sentiment piece for this set was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then two of the corners were punched with the corner rounder punch on the Detailed Trio Punch, while the other two corners were punched with the flourish punch on that same punch.  The sentiment piece is layered with Grapefruit Grove cardstock pieces, and a short piece of 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.  The card is finished with a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot.

All of the products used on this card will be available on June 1st!  If you would like a copy of the new catalog, and do not have a demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to send one to you!

Thanks for stopping by today!



I’ll be Back on Monday Morning!

A combination of soccer, an emergency trip to the vet for my cat, and technical difficulties with my internet has gotten in the way of me posting anything new for the past couple of days!  But I plan to be back bright and early Monday morning!  I will be sharing a new creation with the winning NEW In Color from my Facebook poll last week.  I hope you’ll come back soon to check it out!

Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your patience!  🙂