Beautiful Treat Bag with Matching Card

Sometimes my projects reveal a ton about my life. The projects I have to share today reveal a whole lot about me!! The projects both use the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and are meant to go together. Isn’t that fun? A card with a matching treat bag.

Valentine's Day Card and Matching Treat Holder made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

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Here’s how I’m showing my true colors. I made the beautiful treat bag, but I have no treats in my house. Nothing. Not chocolate wrapped candy, not 1 little Hershey Kiss rolling around in the back cabinet, nothing. I’m a true health nut. It’s not that I don’t eat sweets – I do! But I make them myself. Every week I make muffins and sometimes the I make brownies. If you can guess what special ingredient I put in my brownies, I will mail you a free stamp set. LOL. Put a guess in the comments or send me an email.

For this project, the closest I had to candy was trail mix with a little bit of candy in them. By the time I was done taking the picture, my kids had picked out every candy and eaten them, so they’re now all gone. LOL.

The Card

I adore the colors in the card! Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand are an amazing marriage of colors. I added just a pop of dark pink with the Rose Red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

The large heart cut-out if from the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits.

When most people think of Valentine’s day decorations, they think of a bold red color. However, red isn’t “me.” I prefer more muted tones. I’ve learned that when we use colors we love instead of what we think we’re “supposed” to use, the projects come out much better. It never works to pretend you’re something you’re not, right? I’m so thrilled with how the card and treat bag came out and I’m glad I didn’t force myself to use the traditional bold red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

My favorite part of the card is the pink glitter flowers. I also cut them out using the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits. Anything with glitter makes me happy – but pink glitter?!! Whoa….

The Treat Bag

The treat bag is cute!! But did you realize it’s also cheap to make? Stampin’ Up! sells the adorable little bags (Click here to see them) to make the treat holders. You get 50 bags for $3.00. You can make a whole lotta treats for that, right? I bought the bags for something else (to hold embellishments). But I was doing a large party and I thought the bags would be PERFECT for a crowd.

How to Make the Gift Bag

To make the topper, cut card stock 5 ½ x 2 1/8. Score at 1 ¾. That’s it, my friend. So easy! One sheet of card stock makes 8 toppers!!

  • Decorate the topper but wait to put on the final scallop till the end. I’ll explain more below.
  • Next, fill the candy bags and tape them shut.
  • Fold the tag on the score line and staple it to the bag. The back of your bag will look as nice as your front!
  • Put the scallop design on the front with a dimensional, covering the staple

Just a little tip: put on your final scallop or decoration AFTER you staple the topper to the bag. I didn’t do this my first time and my scallop tag got a bit mangled. Learn from my mistakes!

I hope you enjoy the card and the bag! They are meant to coordinate so you can give them to the same person, or keep them if you like!

Valentine's Day Candy Bag made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark, Rose Red
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP
Other: Bloomin’ Love Thinlits, 2 x8 cellophane bags, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, 3/8” Metallic Combo (free with Sale-A-Bration)

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How to Create Shadow Box Cards – with Video

Do you feel that your gorgeous cards should be displayed rather than hidden in a drawer? We make cards to cheer up people and wouldn’t it be great if they were always out in the open, brightening up everyone’s day? I like to put my favorite cards on my mantle in the living room, but sometimes they fall over. That’s why I wanted to show you how to make a Shadow Box card. Shadow Boxes are great for displaying our cards. They stand up beautifully and have a striking 3-d effect. I also love the depth they give to projects.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

One of the best features of a Shadow Box is their versatility. You can make them any size. In my video, I show how to easily measure the paper so you can make them as wide or as narrow as you like – in any dimension.

Decorating Shadow Box Cards

I had a ball decorating this shadow box. They are particularly fun to decorate because you can have stamped images on both the outside and the inside the box. I do both in the sample above. I decorated the outside (front) of the box with the stamped purple border and the trees glued to the front. The inside of the box is decorated with images I stamped and punched or cut out.

Decorating the outside (front) of the box is optional. If you’re looking for a fast project and don’t want to do the added step, this project is still lovely if there is only decoration in the inside. Especially if you choose to make yours smaller, it may not be necessary to decorate the outside.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Although I punched all the images for the the inside of my Shadow Box, you could easily stamp your images. In my video, I suggest tracing the shape of the framelit onto the cardstock lightly in pencil so you know where to stamp your images. Once you’re done your stamping, use a good quality eraser to remove the pencil markers.

See my video for detailed instructions on how to do this project. If you don’t have time to make it right away, save this post to Pinterest so you can go back later and make this project.

Display your cards:

I hope this post inspires you to display your beauties! Whether you choose to make a shadow box to show your stunning creations, or choose to display your standard cards, please set them out and don’t hide them away! And for the most fun, rotate them around so you they’re always changing and inspiring you in your creativity.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Pool Party and Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Other: Fox Builder Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies

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Shaking up with a Shaker Card

I love to shake things up! Well, maybe not in my life, but definitely with my cards! I adore shaker cards. Do you also love them? I think I love them so much because I have a deep affection for anything that sparkles. Shaker cards can have sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle. That makes me so happy.

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I was inspired to make shaker cards because Stampin’ Up! now has Foam Adhesive Strips available in its catalog. These strips make creating shaker cards so incredibly easy. You’ll also need Window Sheets. That’s it! No other specialty items needed.

PDF Download for Shaker Cards

Creating shaker cards is not hard. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it. But as I went through the process, I realized there were some steps that needed to be done in a certain order to make sure the project was successful. I therefore created a free pdf you can download that lists each of the steps. Click here to download it.

The video below also takes you through each step of the process. I show you some tips. I also showed you a trick I used when I didn’t have a supply I needed! That happens to all of us sometimes, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy the video and that you make your own shaker card!

Tips for Creating a Shaker card:

  • When creating a shaker card, one of the most important tips I can share is that you should stamp the front of your card before you put the adhesive strip on the back of card (see video). This will keep your stamping lookin’ great.
  • You can use anything that you can imagine to fill the shaker card. Even candy! Though no one will want to destroy the card to get it out J Other ideas are sequins, glitter, beads, buttons, hardware, dried flowers, little bits of paper. Anything!
  • You may want to make two cards while you’re at it, because you’ll have a hard time giving your shaker card away. Trust me on this one!

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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Supplies Used:

Stamps and Framelits: Jar of Love, Seaside Shore
Paper: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, By the Shore DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic GrayOther: Window Sheets, Foam Adhesive Strips, Silver Sequins, Embossing Buddy

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Happy Stamping!!

How to Make Easy Pop Up Cards

I’ve always thought that Pop Up cards were fun. You open the card, expecting the usual, but instead something beautiful pops up. Whenever I saw pop ups, I thought it was complicated and not something that I wanted to create. However, I thought they were REALLY neat so one day when I was feeling adventurous, I gave it a try. I tried many different techniques, but then I came up with a method that was so easy, I was amazed. My mantra in life is “keep it simple.” This method definitely keeps it simple. I will show you how to make easy Pop Up cards. There’s a video in this post that takes you through each step of the process.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Making easy Pop Up cards

When trying a new technique, I always recommend using regular copy paper, first. This way, you won’t be nervous about wasting high quality paper and you can feel free to learn (and perhaps make mistakes.)

To make the pop up cards below, I carefully measured to make sure that everything would fit. But you really don’t have to, especially if you use copy paper for your first draft of the project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Here’s my secret: I cut the inside of the card (just two cuts, it’s really easy — you’ll see in the video at the end of this post). To keep it simple and cover these cuts, I used a piece of card stock measuring the same dimension as the top of the card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and I glued it over top, hiding the areas I cut out. So EASY!!

From the outside, the cards look like a regular card, right? However, when you open it, you get a nice surprise. Here’s what you see:

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

The ice cream pops out and it is so much fun, isn’t it?

Here’s a video on how to make it:

Below is a photo you can PIN on Pinterest if you want to save this project. I hope you enjoy. And if you also have always wanted to do this but thought it was too complicated, try my techniques and see how they go. I know you’ll be surprised at how fast, fun, and easy it is to make this type of project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Crazy About You
Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Other: Hello You thinlits, Metallic Sequins, Silver Thread

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Flip Card – With Video

One of my favorite things to do is to make cards that are a little “unexpected.” A card that’s a different shape or has a unique feature. Today I’m showing you how to make a Flip Card. There may be a formal name for it — if there is, let me know what it’s called! How about a Peek-a-boo card? A picture is worth a thousand words, so here you go!

Flip Card using Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The front of the card has a little teaser:

Flip Card using Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

And the inside of the flip has a pretty sentiment:

Flip Card using Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It is such fun, isn’t it? The new new Stampin’ Up! catalog has so many stamp sets that would work great as a Flip Card. I kept the design of the card simple because the effect takes center stage.

To make the Flip Card, you will need a paper cutter. The trick is lining it up on the paper cutter. Once you have everything lined up, you’re set. You can make the pop-up part any size. I kept mine simple. The white cardstock measures 3 x 4 – nothing complicated for easy math!

If you would like to make one, here’s a video on how to do it.

If you would like to Pin this project to Pinterest, here’s a graphic for you:

Flip Card using Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoy! If you make one, please please please send me a picture! There are so many possibilities, it would make my day to see how you designed your card.

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Supplies Used for Pink Card:
Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Regals DSP, Sahara Sand
Ink: Emerald Envy, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Other: Tree Builder Punch, Dazzling Diamonds

Isn’t this box adorable?

I am always looking for fun 3-d projects. My favorite, though, are projects that are QUICK and fun to make. This project hits the mark. The cute little box would be adorable for chocolate treats, but it would also hold a small gift, such as jewelry, very nicely.

Cute box using the Envelope Punch from Stampin' Up!

Decorating it was very easy, also. I used the flowers from the Botanical Gardens framelits and cut them out quickly. “Enjoy” is from the Happy Home stamp set.

Hope you enjoy the video!

Next week the new catalog goes LIVE!!!  If you need a copy, please let me know. I’m happy to mail one to you. Send me a note 🙂

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Botanical Blooms (Botanical Blooms Bundle), Happy Home
Paper: Botanical Gardens DSP
Other: Envelope Punch Board, Botanical Builder framelits

Have a wonderful weekend.


Learn how to make a Paper Purse – that’s also a gift card

Dear Friends,

I love making paper purses. They are so cute and elegant and fun. And the best – is giving one as a gift! Years ago when I first started paper crafting, I made a paper purse for a close friend. It took me hours and looked stunning. A few months ago I was at her house – and don’t know, she had it on display in her quilt room. I felt honored!

My project today goes with the purse theme, but I wanted something FAST. It’s not always practical to spend hours making a gift. Also, if you need a bunch, then it’s especially important to have a fast project.

I designed the project below to work with the envelope punch board. Why make an envelope from scratch when we have a great tool (I hope not collecting dust!) available to make our lives easier. I did have to play with the proportions a bit so a gift card would fit nicely, but you’ll see in the video, there’s only one adjustment I made.


To keep it simple, you can tuck the flap under the buttons. If you have it, you can also use Velcro to close the top. I have Velcro at home, but you may not, and I didn’t want you to have to run to the store for something so small – we have enough to do!

Here’s the inside:


Please enjoy the video and the project.

Happy weekend,


Supplies Used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Birthday Bouquet
Other: Silver Basic Metal Buttons, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Envelope punch board

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Fun Fold Card and Video

Dear Friends,

I have something a little unique to show you today. It’s a Fun Fold Card. It took me a lot longer than it looks to design. I started out doing something very complex, with the design in the center flipping out. My personal motto is to “keep it simple” since no one wants to scratch their head over paper crafting, right? The final method I used is so crazy simple, you won’t believe it.


To decorate the card I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes. I have gotten my money’s worth out of that set. I’ve made so many cards, I can’t count them — and since I’ve had the set for less than a year, that’s pretty impressive. Actually, a friend is coming over tonight (She’s in a bit of a bind. She needs about 50 cards by Sunday, maybe more. But we can do it!!!) I plan to lend her this set and create a simple project for her to replicate.

I made a video for the project. In the video, I also show how I did the sponging for the card.

I hope you enjoy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Ink and Paper: Cherry on Top DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Other: Sponges, Deco Framelits

Have a happy day,


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Have you ever made a bookmark?

Dear Friends,

If you’ve never made a bookmark (and you like to read), you should give it a try!  Bookmarks are a great project because they are FAST!!! They also make a nice gift, tucked into a card (a matching card if you are really on your game!)

I love reading a book while using a bookmark that I made. It makes the book reading experience even more meaningful when you are continually looking at one of your gorgeous creations.

For me, it also encourages me to keep creating. When I handle something I make, it encourages me to make more!

For the bookmark below, I used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set. If you look closely, you’ll see lightly stamped images in Sahara Sand. I first stamped off onto scrap paper, then lightly stamped  the images. This keeps them subtle so they don’t detract from the stamped flowers.


Go ahead, make some bookmarks, and tell me if you also aren’t addicted. Most of all, have fun and enjoy seeing your beautiful artwork while reading a lovely book.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Other: Gold Sequins, Gold Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon

I have a new class!  All orders (any size) receive a class with gorgeous cards using the Circle of Spring stamp class.

Have a great week,


It’s a room divider . . . card?!!! YES!

Dear Friends,

I love love love bringing you innovative projects. A friend of mine showed me a Room Divider card, and I had never seen such a thing.  I had to make one! It is the neatest card to display. It is elegant (you know I like elegant!) and you can add pictures, inspirational quotes, birthday greetings, anything!


My card is for a very special downline and friend, who just promoted. I am so proud of her. She loves to create but what I love most about her is her heart of gold. It comes through in every communication I have with her. Wishing her only more good things!!!

The sentiment is spot on, isn’t it? It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we have confidence in ourselves. I have a quote that I keep at my desk. “If you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right.” I agree with the quote — YOU choose.


I created a video with instructions on how to create the card. I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Feel Goods, Botanical Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Botanical Gardens DSP, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Velum, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wisteria, Soft Sky, So Saffron
Ink: Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Rhinestones

I have a new class!  All orders (any size) receive a class with gorgeous cards using the Circle of Spring stamp class.