Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop. This month we are featuring "Love is in the Air".  I chose to do some children's Valentine's Day party treat bags and matching cards. The Spring Catalog is here and I'm loving all the great new stamp sets, bundles, and accessories.

I used the new "Magical Day" bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits). I love the dragons and mermaids in this set and the matching Designer Series Paper "Myths and Magic" with it's irridescent glittered designs was the perfect thing for my treat bags and cards:

We'll start with the dragons - so cute! You can add a punched or die-cut heart and the words "Be Mine" (from the "Bloomin Love" stamp set) and make any children's stamp set into cute Valentine greetings:

These treat bags are so easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board. Just follow the directions for the small bag. These stand 5 1/2" tall, so you would cut  your cardstock 5 1/2" x 10".

Here's a closer view of the front of the matching card:

 I used Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Smoky Slate cardstock along with the Silver Glitter Paper. The treat bag cardstock is Night of Navy and Smoky Slate and the backing for the dragon was embossed with the "Sparkle" embossing folder. The ribbon on the treat bag is the "Silver 1/8" Ribbon".

 And now for the Mermaids:

I used Bermuda Bay and Old Olive cardstock. I embossed the card front with the "Seaside" embossing folder and added the new Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper in Light Green. The ribbon is the new "Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon". 

Here's a close-up of the card:

And last, but not least, we can't forget the CHOCOLATE.

 I hope you enjoyed my creation. Please follow along with the team and see everyone's great creations!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing the wonderful stamps and bundles from the Occasions Catalog and/or Sale-A-Bration sneak peeks.

I don't have enough masculine cards to send to grandsons and other family members, so I chose the "True Gentleman Suite". This is a stamp set/punch bundle and I love the Designer Series Papers that coordinate!

I kept the designs simple.

I fussy-cut a pair of glasses to add to the sentiment and mounted it on Night of Navy cardstock. I used the "Sparkle" embossing folder on Tranquil Tide cardstock. The card front is matted on Very Vanilla cardstock and adhered to a Tranquil Tide card base. The sentiment and cut glasses are popped.

I made a regular bow (cut off the ends real close to the knot on the back) out of 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon to make this bow-tie. I used Very Vanilla for the card base and the card front is mounted on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Don't forget that the Clearance Rack has lots of new arrivals!  Now let's go see what great project Lori has created for us. Just click on the "Next Blog" button below.

Here's wishing you and yours the best Holidays ever!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Merry Christmas from the Team and welcome to the December Blog Hop! This month we are using a fabulous 3D designed by Liz Holloway - it's a church with a steeple. But I changed mine up and made Santa's Workshop instead. I made the windows square and cut down the steeple and voila! A workshop for Santa.

I used Real Red and Garden Green cardstock. I embossed the workshop with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I stamped the door using the Hardwood Stamp and Garden Green ink. The door knob is a silver mini-brad.

I keep the decoration simple - just a sprig or two from the Pretty Pines Thinlits. The bows are from the same thinlits and I cut them from Red Glitter Paper. The windows are lined with vellum and I used stringed mini-beads (from my local craft store) to line the door and windows.

I put mini LED lights inside the workshop and the glow was so pretty, even though it's hard to tell in the picture.

I couldn't resist putting this Santa in the picture!

I hope you enjoyed my project - just click on our team members below and be amazed to see all the ways we designed this 3D.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 20, 2017


 Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop!  This month we're featuring Holiday gift ideas. These small gifts are perfect for office mates, neighbors and friends. The added bonus is that they are easy to make. Purchase a small wood picture frame and a Fannie May chocolate snowman, and the rest is a cinch. I learned how to make the purse from my friend Cindy Brumbaugh, who gave a similar purse and picture frame to me at a 3D swap last year. 

I made two of the same projects, one in more traditional Christmas colors and one a bit classier in black/white/silver. The purse gift bag stands about 4 1/2" (excluding handles):

Here they are with the wood frames. All I added were some pine boughs from the "Pretty Pines Thinlits" and holly/berries from the "Holly Berry Builder" punch.   

The project above uses Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks and cardstocks; the project below uses Basic Black Ink and Whisper White cardstock. The trim is in Silver Foil. 

I love using the Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up with it's double-sided designs.  I used both the "Be Merry" and "Merry Little Christmas" paper packs.  Here's the purse gift bag insides:

Easy peasy. Now onward to the Chocolate Snowman. This little stand-up box is a little more complicated, but the decorating ideas for it are endless. The box stands about 5" tall and 3" wide. Again, I chose simple decorating:

Here's the candy along with the frame - they both fit nicely in the purse gift bag:

I hope you enjoyed my post. Please click on the links below to see all the glorious creations by following along with our hop!