Monthly Archives: March 2012

Plain to Pretty – gift bags part 3

Here is my final gift bag idea for the week! This one steps things up some more and yet is still very easy to make. It combines a single large piece of Designer Series Paper (like the bag on Wednesday had), with using a round punch, and cutting some thin strips of paper that almost look like ribbons. Here is what I put together for you…

Hope you’re inspired to make some gift bags of your own! If you need some Designer Series Paper, ribbon, or other supplies to make yours, keep in mind that the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration promotions ends tomorrow, 3/31/2012. You can order at your convenience by using my website link at the right.

Have a fabulous weekend! Check back next week for more paper crafting ideas!

Until next time,


Ingredients: Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper (item # 122350) and Certainly Celery Card Stock (item # 105125). Also, I used my 1-1/4″ circle punch (item #119861).

Plain to Pretty – gift bags part 2

Yesterday, I showed you the simplest of gift bags. Today’s example steps things up and yet is still very quick and easy to make! Here it is:

This bag is smaller than yesterdays — perfect for a small gift or even to hold a gift card! You could also easily tie on some ribbon or add a coordinating gift tag.

Until next time,


Ingredients: Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper (item #122347 ), Old Olive Card Stock (item # 100702). And I used my Scallop Edge Border punch (item # 119882).

Plain to Pretty – gift bags part 1

While I have always enjoyed wrapping presents, in recent years I have come to truly appreciate the beauty of gift bags…they make “wrapping” a present very easy and they can be reused again and again. There are certainly plenty of gift bags to be found in stores, however the ones I use most are ones that I have transformed from plain to pretty (in a matter of minutes). The next few days I will show you some bags that I made up this evening.

Today’s bag is about as simple as it gets, I simply trimmed a sheet of Designer Series Paper to cover most of the bag front and I made a coordinating gift tag.

Easy and beautiful! Check back for other gift bag ideas the next couple of days!

Until next time,


Ingredients:  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (item # 125409), Ribbon Seam Binding in Daffodil Delight (item # 125583), Certainly Celery Card Stock (item # 105125)

Plain bags are available at many craft and party supply stores; you can also purchase in bulk from a number of companies.

DIY – Transforming a Composition Book

One of the things I love about paper crafting is that you can quickly take an ordinary product, pair it with some beautiful paper, and end up with a one-of-a-kind item.  This evening (in less than 15 minutes including gathering my supplies), I took a basic composition book and turned it into a cheerful and colorful notebook to keep track of my “to dos” and phone messages.

Here is what I started with:

And here is the end result…outside:

and inside:


Quick, easy and all mine! The supply list is very short — one composition book, 4 sheets of designer series paper, coordinating ribbon, and some multipurpose liquid glue (item # 110755). For paper I used Stampin’ Up!’s Berry Blossom Designer Series Paper (item # 122350) and my ribbon is 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon in Wisteria Wonder (item #122973). And truly, less than 15 minutes total to gather my supplies and transform the composition book.

If you wanted to use just 2 sheets of designer series paper, you could and you could use a band of coordinating card stock where I have the ribbon to fill the gap between where a 6″ wide piece of designer series paper would end and the seam cover of the composition book begins/or writing paper is located on inside. To fill all the space with the designer series paper, I needed pieces 6.5″ x 9-3/4″ for the outside and 7.5″ x 9-3/4″ for the inside which dictate using the 4 sheets of designer series paper.

These composition books make nice gifts and brighten up any work and/or study space! In a past job that I held, I had about 5 composition books in use — one for each major responsibility of my job. They were perfect for all of my meeting notes, project ideas, etc. and each had a different pattern so each was truly a unique piece.

What ordinary objects for you like to transform into one-of-a-kind items using just a little paper and perhaps some ribbon or other accessories? I’d love to hear about them!

Until next time,



A little Mojo with Summer Smooches!

I’m back after a blog break last week with a brand new Mojo Monday entry. Since this is the last challenge of the month, the Mojo Monday team likes to change things up and have people create a different sized card. The sketch for this week is:

And, the card I created is:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

The bright colors of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper seems just perfect for this time of year! I paired this with the Sprinkled Expressions Stamp Set, which is one of my favorite Sale-A-Bration exclusive items.

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration, it is rapidly drawing to a close! If you want to take advantage of the opportunity to get the Sprinkled Expressions Stamp set (or another Sale-A-Bration exclusive item), be sure to visit my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website and place a product order of $50 or more by this Saturday, March 31. You’ll find the link to my site at the right.

Until next time,


My Entry for Pals Paper Parts Challenge #131

While this is the Pals Paper Arts (PPA) Challenge #131, it is my 2nd entry for this group. PPA alternates between sketch and color challenges which is nice because it inspires creativity from more than one angle. Here’s what I came up with:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

And the sketch that inspired this is:


My ingredients:

  • River Rock Card Stock (1) – item #108640
  • Early Espresso Card Stock (2 & 4) – item # 119686
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock (3) – item # 101650
  • More Mustard Card Stock (3 – frame) – item # 100946
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad – item #101179
  • Texture – item # 116685 – this is a jumbo wheel and used with the Stampin’ Around Jumbo Handle – item # 103661 & I used this to create the “texture” on panel 2
  • Zoo Review stamp set – item # 122199
  • You’re My Type stamp set – item # 125650
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals – item # 104430

It is hard to tell in the picture, however, panel 4 which contains the repeated happy birthday sentiment, is raised a bit using the Stampin’ Dimensionals. This is a subtle enhancement to the project and I do not anticipate any impact on postage costs as the profile for the Stampin’ Dimensionsals is very low and they are also quite light.

This card makes a perfect masculine birthday card! By simply changing the More Mustard to a bright shade of pink or purple, this could be a feminine card.

Until next time,


My Mojo Recipe

As promised, here are the details for the card I made for this week’s Mojo Monday entry.  My “ingredients” were:

  • Sprinked Expressions Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set (clear mount; item #125132)
  • Marina Mist 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (item #120929)
  • Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (item #102977)
  • Card Stock:
  • Crumb Cake (item #120953 / Neutrals Collection item #119707)
  • Marina Mist (item #1119682 / Subtles Collection item # 119704)
  • Perfect Plum (item #101889 / Subtles Collection – see above)
  • Lucky Limeade (item #122926 / complete 2011-2013 In Colors collection item # 119797)

And I must tell you that Monday’s card had a hidden mistake! I decided to add the sentiment to the card and stamped it onto my perfect plum which was already mounted to the card base…take a look at the result:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

Do you  notice the outline of the stamp itself up above the stars and along the left? Clearly I was a little overzealous with my inking and when I pressed it on the card stock. Rather than start new, I just re-stamped the sentiment on a small piece of Luck Limeade card stock and adhered it over my mistake.  Bottom-line, if you do something you don’t like when making a card see what you can do to remedy it…sometimes that is as simple as turning over a piece of card stock and re-stamping.

Until next time,