2018 Valentine’s Day Projects!

2018 Valentine’s Day Projects! Better Late, Than never!

Today I am sharing some of my 2018 Valentine’s Day projects. The card is from my last class, while the collage of candy favors are what you have missed if you are not following me on Facebook. Most were made using the Sure Do Love You stamp set on page 19 of the Occasions Catalog. The stamp set is available in both wood and clear, and is also available in both as a bundle. The colors and gold accents of the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper are gorgeous! The weight of the paper is perfect for cards as well as boxes. It is my favorite paper from this year’s Occasions catalog!

2018 Valentine's Day Projects

I added texture and color with the Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequins Trim, Clear Faceted Gems (colored with my Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend) and Stampin’ Dimensionals. The papers were rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.

Here are some additional projects I created for Valentine’s Day 2018.

2018 Valentine's Day Projects

Some of the favors use Adoring Arrows (2017) or Heartfelt Love Notes (2018) from past Paper Pumpkin Kits. Sign up for Paper Pumpkin NOW to receive these wonderful kits in your mailbox every month. You will also earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products. And… if you sign up before the end of February I will send you one of the Heartfelt Love Notes Valentine Treat Holders shown in the lower right corner of the photo collage shown above (candy not included and while supplies last.) I intentionally stamped them in a way they could be used year round – for a birthday, anniversary or just because.

Check out  my previous post for the Mini Milk Carton scoring template so you can make some of your own. It’s the perfect size for Ferrero Rocher chocolates!

Happy Stampin’!

Valentine’s Mini Milk Cartons!

Valentine’s Mini Milk Cartons!

Milk Cartons are perfect for gift giving! Today’s Valentine’s Mini Milk Cartons were adapted from a pattern I found online. (Thank you, Pootles!) The Mini Milk Cartons look much more difficult than they actually are!

Valentine's Mini Milk Cartons

The base of the Mini Milk Cartons is Blushing Bride cardstock. I used Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (145580) for the panels. The small Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707) hearts are Rose Red cardstock with Pearl Basic Jewels (144219) accents. I robbed my stash of mini clothespins to use while I wait for my new supply of Gold Library Clips (144130) to arrive.

Here is the template showing where to score your 6″ x 3-3/4″ piece of cardstock:

Valentine's Mini Milk Cartons

Tip: Place the two vertical score lines – used to form the scored triangle – so they are equal distance from the scoring groove of the Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), then score to the first horizontal score line.

These Mini Milk Cartons are wonderful for several reasons.

  • If you make Oliver’s Milk Carton, then you will be able to create TWO of these Valentine’s Milk Cartons from the piece of cardstock you cut off the 12×12 cardstock you use for the original size milk carton. No waste!
  • It is a great way to use up those scraps of Designer Series Paper, or embossed cardstock before they pile up and get lost in your stash.
  • They are the perfect size for Ferrero Rocher chocolates!

I LOVE to make my own gift package! I am always looking for or designing boxes all the time. Do you like to create your own gift packaging? Then take a look at my Custom Handmade Gift Box and my Awesomely Artistic Gift Bag.

Don’t forget! Sale-A-Brations is in progress so you can earn FREE product for every $50 order. Find out more here! If you need help placing your order then please contact me so I can help you.

Valentine's Mini Milk Cartons

Joining Card Swaps is Fun!

Joining card swaps is fun!

Joining card swaps is a lot of fun, as you can see from my last post. Not only do we exchange stamping tips and ideas through our swap projects, but it is also a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing our love of stamping. Today I am sharing my card for the Occasions/Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Unit Swap that we held last month.

I used the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (147239) which is FREE through the SAB promotion. I chose a Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist combination. It was a bit of a challenge because Lemon Lime Twist is so bright, but I like the way the two colors work together on this card.

Joining card swaps

I hadn’t used the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147) or the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143741) in awhile so used them. They continue the exotic peacock theme. Did you noticed the use of the Envelope Punchboard’s (133774) corner rounder on some of the corners? I rounded diagonally opposite corners on some layers. It gives the card a more formal look. The use of  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) on the focal point adds more height and texture to the card.

It still needed something. A ribbon! I didn’t have any Lemon Lime Twist or Dapper Denim ribbons at the time, so I custom dyed a length of Solid Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262) using a few drops of my Lemon Lime Twist Ink Refill mixed with water and alcohol. A Mini Glue Dot (103683) was used to add the bow to the card front. (Note: I ALWAYS keep an assortment of Stampin’ Up!’s white ribbons and embellishments on hand to “re-color” when the need arises. Especially now that we have Stampin’ Blends which can be used to change the color of most products!)

Joining card swaps

We often get “extras” from our Unit members. That makes joining card swaps even more fun! The homemade gingersnaps and chocolate were all delicious, and the box of Ferrero Rocher serves a dual purpose. Did you know they are the perfect size for storing our Stampin’ Blends!?! It’s a win-win situation! Now you have a great excuse to go out and buy some for yourself, if you need an excuse! LOL!

joining card swaps

The Occasions Catalog is Here!

The Occasions Catalog is Here!

The Occasions catalog is here! That means it is/was also swap time for our Stampin’ Up! team. We met for lunch earlier this month to fellowship, trade our Occasions/Sale-A-Bration (SAB) swap cards, share some stamping tips with each other, and to share the Stamparatus, and how to use it.

Occasions Catalog Unit Swap

Left to Right: Michelle, Me, Arlene, Anne, Niki, Jill, Nancy and Sandra

The only criteria for our swap was that the main focal point needed to be products featured in the Occasions catalog or the SAB brochure. Here are the resulting cards, except for mine which will be shared in my next post.

Sandra used the Bubbles Over Bundle stamp set (146082), the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632) and the Bubble & Fizz Designer Series Paper (147244) from SAB. The Bottle is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (Regular – 104430; Mini – 144108) adding additional texture to the card.

Occasions Catalog

Nancy used the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set (Wood – 147197; Clear – 147202) from SAB for her first card, and the Heart Happiness stamp set (145769) for her second card. I love the simplicity of her “Thank You” card, and how colorful, and full of texture, her birthday card is.

Michelle used  the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (147239) from SAB.

Jovie used the Truly Tailored Bundle (Wood – 146089; Clear – 147752) and True Gentleman Designer Series Paper (145593). The perfect card for the man in your life!

Jill’s card uses the Cake Soiree Bundle (Wood – 145521; Clear – 145745). The contrast of the black and gold is so festive, and the detailed dies add a lot of texture.

Colleen used the Waterfront stamp set (146386) for her card. I LOVE the watercolor look of this stamp set!

Arlene used the Petal Palette Bundle (Wood – 145973; Clear – 145974) for her swap card.

Anne’s card uses the Magical Day Bundle (Wood – 145984; Clear – 145985). I love the watercolor swipe background!

If you like today’s post, then be sure to check out this post featuring projects from another one of our swaps! And remember, come back to see my card for the Occasions Catalog team swap.

Fall Party Favor: Wood Crate Painted Harvest

Fall Party Favor: Wood Crate Painted Harvest

I featured today’s Fall Party Favor using the Wood Crate Bundle and Painted Harvest stamp set on my Stamping with Mia Facebook page awhile back. I said I would provide more information here on my blog. I am fulfilling that promise today by sharing two versions of the fall party favor.

The first version holds a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag filled with Hershey’s Nuggets, wrapped using strips from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection. The bag is tied with 1/4″ Copper Trim.

Fall Party Favor

The Wood Crate for this second version is the same as the first one, but it holds a pair of scented votive candles instead of chocolates. I also used a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag for this one, but created a base and backing using Soft Suede cardstock and a piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. The backing is long enough to fold over the top of the cellophane bag. I stapled through all layers and then covered the staples with the strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock. (Note: The saying is also from the Painted Harvest stamp set.)

Fall Party Favor

Here are a few tips for creating the Wood Crate:

  1. Use one of the many different wood textures from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack if you are in a hurry. (I’ve used one of those papers in the photos below.)
  2. Stamp the Hardwood background stamp on the desired color cardstock for a more personalized look. (I used Soft Suede cardstock and Early Espresso ink for the projects shown above.)
  3. Use the Bone Folder on all the score lines before forming the crate.
    Fall Party Favor
  4. Glue the two pieces of the crate together – as shown below – before folding and glueing them to form the crate.Fall Party Favor
  5. Continue to assemble to wood crate by gluing the bottom tabs to the inside bottom of the sides first, and then the side tabs to complete your crate.
  6. Decorate and fill as desired.

Fall Party Favor

Thankful for You Cards

Thankful for You Cards!

Today’s project shares are fall themed Thankful for You Cards! Both feature the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection.

Thankful for You Cards

You will need the following to create my card:


  • Painted Harvest (144783)* (Purchase the stamp set and coordinating Leaf Punch at as a bundle to save 10% – Item #146021)
  • Marbled (144772)




  • Leaf Punch (144667)*
  • Layering Circles Framelits (141705)
  • 3/8″ Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon (144146)
  • Adhesive of Choice (My favorite is Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Here is a close up of the card’s focal point to show you the detail. You’ll notice I only used the smaller size flower petal image.

Thankful for You Cards

Tip: After stamping the image in Daffodil Delight, stamp again in Cajun Craze, but first stamp on a scrap of paper to remove some of the ink and create a less intense color for the second stamping. Also, turn the stamp image slightly before stamping the Cajun Craze image. It will add a fuller appearance to the flower.

Finally, the “Thankful for You” card from my up-upline, Sandra, made for our unit’s card swap earlier this month.

Thankful for You Cards

I love projects that offer the opportunity to use papers from our scrap stash. This card is one of those projects. I know I will be using the layout and some of my scraps (both old and new!) to create cards for my collection. Will you?

Handmade Holiday Treats!

Handmade Holiday Treats!

Yesterday I shared a custom handmade Painted Harvest Bundle gift box. Today, as promised, I am sharing the handmade Holiday Treats that were inside the gift box.

Handmade Holiday Treats

I was fortunate enough to acquire some of the new Limited Pumpkin Pie M&Ms which are in high demand, but very hard to find locally. I knew I wanted to give members of our Stampin’ Up! unit the opportunity to taste them, so I used them in the cellophane treat bags I handed out at our lunch gathering last Friday.Handmade Holiday Treats

To recreate my Holiday Pumpkin Pie Treats you will need:

  • Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (144613)
  • Cardstock- Soft Suede (115318)
  • Cellophane Bags – 2″ x 8″ (141703)
  • 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (119860)
  • Solid Baker’s Twine- Whisper White (124262)
  • Adhesive of choice
  • Pumpkin Pie M&Ms

Note: The pumpkins were hand-cut/fussy cut, and I only filled the cellophane bags half way and folded the extra to the back, taping it in place before wrapping it with the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Belly Band.

Are a local stamper? I will be offering a Custom Handmade Gift Items & Boxes Class in November. It will include yesterday’s custom Painted Harvest bundle gift box, today’s Holiday treat bag (minus the Pumpkin Pie M&Ms), and more. Be watching for details.

Do you follow my blog to see what I am making that you would like to order as finished product? I will have some of these Pumpkin Pie Treat Bags available for purchase at  Julale’s annual Christmas Fair this coming November. I will have some new gift items this year, along with stamping products for sale. I hope to see you there!

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes!

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes!

I love to create custom handmade gift boxes for everything! As you know from Tuesday’s post, I am in the fall mood. With that in mind, today’s share is a custom Painted Harvest Bundle box featuring fall colors.

Our stamping unit had an informal lunch meeting last Friday. This is  custom handmade Painted Harvest Bundle gift box I used to transport the candy treats I handed out to those who attended. (The candy treats will be featured in tomorrow’s post.)

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes

The box is 5″ x 5″ x  1-1/2″. The perfect size for the treats! I started with Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base of the box top and bottom. The box top and side panels were covered with one of the many beautiful fall patterns from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection. I then added a slide off “Belly Band” using Soft Suede cardstock. Then I added the focal point I created using two circles from the Layering Circles Framelits, leaves that were stamped and punched using the Leaf Punch from the Painted Harvest bundle, and a flower image from the Painted Harvest stamp set that is part of the same bundle. (Note: I have provided you individual links for the stamp set and the punch, but you will save 10% if you use the bundle link.)

Here is another view of the custom Painted Harvest bundle gift box.

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes

The box can be filled with so many different items but, as I said earlier, I used the box to transport candy treats to last Friday’s lunch gathering. The above photo gives you a tiny, real tiny(!), sneak peek of the treats that are inside. Come back tomorrow and see them “close up and personal”!

And, here are the ladies from our lunch meeting! They add so much fun to my stamping!!!

Stampin' Up! Unit members

Left to Right: Sandra (seated), Jill, “Mia”, Melinda, Arlene (seated), Colleen, Nancy (seated)


Colorful Fall Leaves!

Colorful Fall Leaves!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE colorful fall leaves. They are one of the things I miss the most since moving to the tropics. Of course, family and friends are first on that list!

One of my all time favorite fall photos was taken while I was traveling in Pennsylvania with my brother several years ago. It is of Pine Creek Gorge – Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. So colorful! I had the best Maple Funnel Cake ever while I was there!

Colorful Fall Leaves

Since I have visions of colorful fall leaves in my head, I just had to pull out my glossy cardstock and create a sheet of Polished Stone in autumn colors. I used Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Real Red and Garden Green. This card is the result of that “play session”.

Colorful Fall Leaves

I started by embossing a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Big Shot and the Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I layered the embossed piece on Tangerine Tango cardstock and then glued it to the front of a Chocolate Chip card base. I stamped a variety of leaves from the  Vintage Leaves stamp set on the dry Polished Stone glossy cardstock and used the coordinating Leaflets Framelits to cut out the leaves. I also stamped some of the leaf images on Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. I like the contrast of the different textures and colors. I think it better represents the colors of fall. The 1/8″ Gold Ribbon adds some sparkle and shine to the card.

Here is a second version of the card using more of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Leaves, and less of the Polished Stone. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better so knew I had to share both. Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below and you may find the card in your mailbox!

Colorful Fall Leaves

(Note: You can find out more about the Polished Stone Technique here.)