Pinch Top Gift Bag

Pinch Top Gift Bag

I LOVE creating my own gift wrapping! Today’s blog post features a Pinch Top Gift Bag I created using Stampin’ Up!’s new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and the Delightful Daisy Bundle. It is a variation on the Pinch Top Gift Bags I made as give-aways for my Open House. (You can view those gift bags here! Scroll down to the second and third photos.)

Pinch Top Gift Bag

Featuring the Delightful Daisy Bundle, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, Layering Circles Framelits, Facted Gems, and Gold Library Clips.

Both color combinations of these two Pinch Top Gift Bag were created using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, but any of Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful Designer Series Papers can be used for this project. The Pinch Top Gift Bag on the left features Calypso Coral as the focus color for the cardstock and ink, and a Gold Faceted Gem for the flower center. The Pinch Top Gift Bag on the right features Tranquil Tide, one of the NEW In Colors, as the cardstock and ink, and a Clear Faceted Gem for the flower center. Both bags have closures made using scallop circles from the Layering Circles Framelits. (Note: I used different sizes of scallop circles, but they are both the second largest scallop circle from each set of four within the collection. I couldn’t decide which size I liked best. Which size do you like?) The scallop circles are scored down the center and folded in half, with the back portion glued to the back of the gift bag. The saying is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and sponged with the matching ink, then glued to the front half of the scallop circle. A Gold Library Clip adds an elegance to the bag while helping to hold it closed. Don’t forget to curl the petals of your layered Daisy Delight flowers before gluing them to your card front! (Note: The gift bag on the right uses So Saffron cardstock for the Daisy Punch flower.)

I plan to make a video tutorial to share with you later this week, so be sure you watch for it. I admit I am both excited and nervous because it will be my first one, so be sure to share any feedback you have once I post it. Thanks!

2017 Annual Catalog First Card!

2017 Annual Catalog First Card!

First cards of the season are always exciting to create and share, so I am happy to feature my 2017 Annual Catalog First Card today, along with the second one which is both similar and different.

In a recent post I shared that the Daisy Delight Bundle was one of the “must haves” from the get go. I used it for my Open House Make & Take, but have created so many other projects. Today I am sharing the first two cards I created using the Daisy Delight stamp set and the Daisy Punch. (Note: Leave a comment below letting me know which one is YOUR favorite, and why. You just may find it in your mailbox!)

2107 Annual Catalog First Card

Daisy Delight Bundle

2017 Annual Catalog First Card

Daisy Delight Bundle

Can you spot all the differences between the two cards?!?

  • The most obvious difference is the orientation of the cards. The top one, which was the first one, is portrait style/vertical; the bottom one is landscape style/ horizontal.
  • I stamped the saying differently on the two cards.
  • The petals on the top card have been curled, just like yesterday’s Daisy Delight card. I love the additional texture it adds to the card so I may curl the petals on the bottom card as well. (I didn’t glue the petals down just in case I decided to curl them.)

The rest of the details are basically the same.

  • Both card bases are the NEW Thick Very Vanilla cardstock and have flower stems stamped in Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Garden Green;and Wildflowers stamped in  Wisteria Wonder and Flirty Flamingo.
  • The Daisy was stamped on Crushed Curry cardstock using Basic Gray ink for the petals and Chocolate Chip with Early Espresso for the centers. Then they were punched out and layered before being glued to the front of the card.

I am loving this NEW Daisy Delight Bundle, and I know you will too! So, I have a related special offer for you:

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2017 Annual Catalog First Card

Daisy Delight Bundle

Open House Make and Take

Open House Make and Take

Today I am sharing my Open House Make and Take.

As soon as I saw this year’s Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog I knew the Daisy Delight Bundle was going to be one of my “must haves”. Apparently I wasn’t the only person who felt this way because it went into backorder status very quickly. Fortunately it is available again, so I will share my Open House Make and Take with you today, and follow it with additional Daisy Delight Bundle projects over the next few days.

I saw a card similar to this one someplace online. I knew it would be the perfect project for my Open House Make and Take, if I gave it a couple of tweaks!

Open House Make and Take

2017 Open House Make & Take using the Daisy Delight Bundle

The base of the card is Smoky Slate. The two punched out daisies are Whisper White cardstock, stamped with Smoky Slate ink before punching them out with the Daisy Punch and layering them. The center of the daisy is stamped with Daffodil Delight ink and a Faceted Gem (available in Clear or Gold) was placed on top. The petals were then curled using a Bone Folder. The strip of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was glued to the card front before attaching the layered Daisy.  A length of Stampin’ Up!’s NEW Black Mini Sequin Trim was glued behind the petals with a Mini Glue Dot. The saying was stamped on the Basic Gray banner using Basic Black ink and then glued to the card front.

Designing and creating with the Daisy Delight Bundle is so quick and easy that I am not surprised it has been a very popular bundle. And Stampin’ Up! has provided a pack of cardstock  that coordinates with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper to make it even easier. What more can you ask for?!?

Stamping with Mia is Back!

Stamping with Mia is Back!

Have you ever allowed your private life to get in the way of your business life? Well that is what happened with me, but Stamping with Mia is back!

Just for some perspective, one of our children has moved back so we have been trying to fit two households into one. In doing so, I have discovered just how much I have in the way of craft supplies. Not just Stampin’ Up!, but also yarns and fabrics. As a result, I will be having a FLASH SALE this Saturday. Keep watching for details. Now on to some long overdue photos and announcements

As many of you probably know by now, Stampin’ Up! introduced their new annual catalog last month. I held my Open House on July 8, 2017. It was a joint venture with one of my downline members. Both of us had been working on new project samples since June so we had a pretty awesome display. We were excited to share the projects, especially the NEW In Colors, with our customers. Pictures don’t really do the projects justice, but I thought you might like to see them anyway.

Stamping With Mia is Back

This Little Piggy and Fabulous Flamingo

Stamping With Mia is Back

Fabulous Flamingo, Climbing Orchid, Happy Birthday Thinlits and Daisy Delight Bundle

Stamping With Mia is Back

Daisy Delight Bundle, Coffee Cafe Bundle and You’ve Got Style.

Stamping With Mia is Back

Wood Words Bundle, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Ribbon of Courage, Eastern Beauty and Glossy Cardstock.

Stamping With Mia is Back

Ribbon of Courage, Eastern Beauty, Glossy Cardstock and Paper Pumpkin.

I’ll be sharing more details about some of the projects, as well as my project for the Open House, during the rest of the week. They are long overdue, but “better late, than never:!

Be sure to contact me if you would like a copy of the catalog and/or leave a comment below if you have any questions. In the meantime, feel free to go to my website and download a digital version of this year’s annual catalog.

Tutorial: Handmade Box

Tutorial: Handmade Box!

My last post featured a custom designed box. Today I am sharing my Tutorial: Handmade Box. I am featuring a couple different Designer Series Papers so you can see what a versatile box it can be.

Tutorial: Handmade Box


  • 4-1/2” x 6” – Designer Series Paper of Choice
  • 4-7/16” x 5-15/16” – Coordinating Cardstock
  • Simply Scored Scoring Tool
  • Adhesive of Choice
  • Accessories, Stamps and Inks to Embellish the finished box


Photo Instructions:

Step 1:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 1

Step 2: Both pieces should like like this!

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 2

Step 3:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 3

Step 4:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 4

Step 5:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 5

Step 6:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 6

Step 7: Decorate as desired!

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 7

I used these products to decorate my boxes:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Supplies

Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set, Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Window Box Thinlits Dies, In Color Enamel Shapes (Item#141410), Metallics Sequin Assortment (Item#138390), Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine (Item#141682), 3/8″ Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon (Item#141693),  Aqua Painter (Item#103953), Wink of Stella – Clear (141897), Soft Sky (Item#131181) & Basic Black (Item#140931) Ink Pads.

Click here to order these, or any other products for your stamping or scrapbooking needs! And remember, you still have today to place your $50 order and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration product!!! LAST DAY!!!

Celebrate Handmade Box

Celebrate Handmade Box!

I happened to be attending a birthday gathering a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to take some party favors for the event. I used Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the Black & White with a “POP” of Color Challenge to come up with this cute little Celebrate handmade box. It is the quickest and easiest of the projects I have shared recently because it only requires a very small amount of coloring.

Celebrate Handmade BoxThe supplies you will need to recreate the box are:

  • Stamps: Thoughtful Banners (also available as a bundle!)
  • Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red
  • Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • AccessoriesInside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, Duet Banner Punch, 3/8″ Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon, Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Adhesive of Choice

Are you wondering what I put inside the Celebrate Handmade Box? A favorite of my family and friends… Flavored Kit Kats from Japan!

Celebrate Handmade Box - Open

Come back tomorrow for a photo tutorial on how to create a box similar to the one above! And, don’t forget to check out all the other Sale-A-Bration products that are available FREE with your $50 purchase… now through the end of March!

Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box!

Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box!

I’m continuing my theme of Sale-A-Bration products today with an Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box using the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. Both are examples of “more coloring”. They are small items so they don’t take very long to makee.

Altered Handmade "Hanging" PadI started creating these altered “Hanging” Pads as one of the items I sell at Vendor Fairs. I often package them with a mini gel pen. The book ring makes it convenient to “hang” from a purse strap so they are always available. They are the perfect gift for anyone who needs to have pen and paper handy all the time!

This one uses the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (from Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion), the NEW Watercolor Pencils, and the Bee Die from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.

(Note: I will be posting a tutorial on how to make this later this week or next so be sure to be watching for it!)

Those of you who know me personally know I Inside the Lines Gift Boxlove to give little thank you gifts, or gifts of appreciation. Usually they include some type of candy or chocolate. This gift box is the perfect size for a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, a small Easter egg, or a few candies.

I watercolored  the FREE Inside the Lines designer series paper – and added touched of Wink of Stella (Clear) – before forming it into the box. I wanted an elegant way to close the top of the box. I think the Gold Binder Clips and 5/8″ Organza Ribbon were perfect for that! What do you think?

Again, the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is one of the FREE products still available through Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion. several of the other free products have already sold out and the inventory for many of the others is getting low. Go HERE to place your order before the supply runs out!

Spotlight Technique… with Inside the Lines!

Spotlight Technique: with Inside The Lines!

Sale-A-Bration is almost over so I am featuring some of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products in the next few posts. Today it is the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, featuring the Spotlight Technique.

Stampin’ Up!’s Inside the Lines designer series paper can be earned for FREE until the end of this month. It is a fun black and white paper that is coloring book style. It can be colored as much or as little as you would like, making it a very versatile paper. Today’s Spotlight Technique sample falls somewhere in the middle.

Inside the Lines for Spotlight Technique

Would you believe the Spotlight Technique has been around for a LONG time, but I had never tried it. I decided it was time to give it a try. I am so glad I did because it ended up being a quick and easy card. It also gave me the chance to watercolor with my Aqua Painter and ink pads. (Note: Make sure your Aqua Painter is wet, but not too wet.)

Spotlight Technique: Inside the Lines

I used:

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Sale-A-Brations is coming to an end, but you still have until the end of this week to take advantage of the promotion! FREE product is available to you for every $50 purchase. You can view the products here. Please be aware that some of the Occasions Catalog products have been added to the list of  FREE items. Some of the inventory of others is low, so be sure to get your orders in asap. (Note: As of right now these items have already “sold out” and are no longer available: Card Tin, 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Other items may also have “sold out” over the weekend. If you get a “No results” or “not order able” message then that item has also “sold out”. Sorry.)

Contact me with any questions or leave a comment below.

Technique: Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers can be difficult. The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack falls into this category. It is perfect for quick cards by adding a saying but most of the nature patterns featured are large and out of proportion for images. My last post featured the beach pattern, along with the Beautiful You stamp set. Today’s card is another great way to use the two together. It reminds me of my youth. I used to sit in grassy meadows just to listen to the quiet. Something that is hard to do these days.

Scenery Papers with Beautiful You

To recreate the card you will need:

It would be good as a Get Well, Thinking of You or Sympathy card. Simply change the saying to use it for other occasions.

I would love to see your cards that use the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack! Feel free to email them to me. I just may feature them on my blog, with your permission of course!

Technique: Paper Piecing

Technique: Paper Piecing

In my last post I featured the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! using black and white with a splash of red using paper piecing. Today I continue with the paper piecing technique only this time the featured paper is the 6″x6″ Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. Paper piecing is a fun card making technique that will give your cards a unique look. It adds so much color and texture to your images. Especially images that include clothing, as in the dress and hat on today’s Beautiful You cards.

Paper Piecing - Beautiful You

The above cards feature many of the same products that were used in my last post – the Beautiful You stamp set and the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper – but they also feature the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and the Me = Grateful stamp set. The cards are quick and easy to create, and exactly what I needed not just for my card collection, but also to show you a fun way to use the beach scene from the Serene Scenery paper collection AND an alternate use for the Envelope Paper. (It’s not just for envelopes!) I’m looking forward to playing with the other scenes that are featured in both collections.

Envelope Paper for Paper Piecing

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I’ll be sharing more projects using the Beautiful You stamp set, and so much more, over the next few weeks, so be sure to come back often and see what I have to share.