Quick Tip Tuesday - Die Storage

 As a beginner stamper, I was so excited to open my first die set from Stampin' Up!® and start cutting out my stamped images with my embossing machine.  

But I was frustrated when it was time to put them away.  The metals dies would not stick back on the white cardstock that they came on.  The idea of letting them lose in the plastic envelope made me cringe!!!

Several experienced stampers told me where I could buy magnetic boards, but they were expensive....and I was just starting out. 

Watch this quick video for my inexpensive and easy way to keep my dies tidy and have more money for stamping!

Come back every Tuesday for another Quick Tip for beginner (or not) stampers!

Tombstone Treats - get more for your money!!


These treat boxes are so easy to use, just as they come. There are 8 whole tombstones for just $10 when you put them together like this. One tombstone piece is on the top and one serves as the bottom for a total of 16 pieces, but 8 treat boxes.

But, I found a way to get 16 tombstones instead of just 8.  By creating your own bottom box you could make more treat boxes.  Here is how I did it.

Before we get started, take notice that the tombstones are in two different sizes (an eighth of an inch difference) to allow them to fit together. So that my black bottom boxes would fit, I needed to create two different sizes... Don't worry, I did all the math for you.😉

Cut 8 pieces of black cardstock to 5¾" x 4¾" (small size).

Cut 8 pieces of black cardstock to 5⅞" x 4⅞"(large size).

Score all pieces at 1⅛" the whole way around.

Now snip in to the crossing lines on the short sides only- so that it looks like this.

Use your bone folder to make sharp creases at your score lines.  Now add adhesive using your Stampin' Seal + only in the spots as shown below.  Adhere it to form a box shape.

So there it is.... you can stop there and put your tombstone top on.... but what fun would that be???  Let's add a window to the tombstone top!!

You must do this BEFORE you remove the adhesive strips (already on the tombstones) and create your top box.  If you already put all yours together???  Just order more from me! The link will be at the bottom.  You're welcome.

Take your still flat tombstone.  I used the smaller label die from the Seasonal Label Dies (2021 Jul-Dec catalog). **Make sure that you have the label die down below the top crease of the box. Follow the imaginary line from the crease in the flap. Be below that line!! It was too high in this photo.

          Did you see in the photo above that I was not below the crease???? Do as I say, not as I do.

Oh well, we go on.

Cut window sheet to 2¼" x 3¼".  Adhere to the inside of your tombstone.

Now remove the 3m strips that Stampin' Up! so conveniently provided and fold it up!

Now is the best part, decorate it!  I used everything from leftover Paper Pumpkin pieces from 2020 to skeleton stamps from Paper Pumpkin in 2019. Don't forget that adorable gingham black and white ribbon (2021 Jul-Dec catalog).  Did you know that you can color that ribbon with your Stampin' Blends.  Again, you're welcome.

Oops, almost forgot.  Don't throw away the piece you cut out with the label die.  If you cut it in half and add some black ink around it with a blending brush, it makes a great tombstone for decorating.

Let's get you hooked up with everything you need to make these adorable boxes.  Just think, if you can get 16 treat boxes out of it instead of 8, you can treat more co-workers, family members and neighborhood kids for just $10.

Click here to shop with me for the basics needed to make these spooktacular treat boxes!

Counting Sheep - Thank Ewe!


Get this customer appreciation card for FREE when using my current host code.
When you purchase $50 or more, you can get FREE Sale-a-bration items (like Counting Sheep) until 9/30/2021 or while supplies last. 

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin' Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.  You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. Happy hopping!!

I think I have been doing a lot of counting sheep lately because the Counting Sheep stampset and dies have been my favorite Sale-a-bration freebie to play with this week. Needing a customer appreciation card for September, a "thank ewe" card would surely fit the bill!

So, let's make this card!!!

Garden Green
Smoky Slate

Stampsets and Dies:
Counting Sheep stamps and dies (*Sale-a-bration) 
Playful Alphabet dies

Cardstock and DSP:
Mossy Meadow
So Saffron
Balmy Blue
Beautifully Penned DSP (*Sale-a-bration) 
Early Espresso

  • Cut cardstock:
            Mossy Meadow 5½ x 8½- fold in half for cardbase (landscape)
            So Saffron 5¼ x 4
            DSP 5¼ x 1½ 
            Balmy Blue 3¼ x 3¾
  • Die cut the fence from Early Espresso.
  • Die cut the letters from Mossy Meadow.
  • Stamp the sheep in Smoky Slate and die cut.
  • Emboss the sheep using the Hammered Metal folder. (I left his face stick out the side of the folder so it wasn't embossed.)

  • Color the sheep with Stampin' Blends- Ivory and Gray Granite.
  • Stamp the grass with Garden Green.
  • All pieces were adhered using glue except the sheep which was adhered with dimensionals.
  • Add some bling using colored rhinestones.

*During Sale-a-bration (until 9/30/2021 or while supplies last), you can get the Counting Sheep stampset, the Sheep Dies and the Beautifully Penned DSP for free for each $50 that you spend!  
As an added bonus, use my current host code to get this card for FREE!
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Delicate Dahlias


This card is part of an International Blog AND my September card packet to my team members.  
If you like my card, please follow this link to place your vote (for me, pretty please). If I finish in the top 10, then I get to participate in a special blog hop with the other finalists!


Get this card packet with the tutorial for free!
(contains cardstock, vellum, dsp, ribbon, and gold leaf)

The Delicate Dahlias stampset is FREE during Sale-a-bration (ending 9/30/2021) or while supplies last.  Dahlias are so beautiful on their own, but when you add in my favorite colors (Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz) it is even better.  As if that wasn't enough, add some gold leafing and the faux alcohol ink designer series paper and it takes it to a whole new level!

Get the card packet, pdf tutorial, and a bundle for FREE!
My team members are getting this card packet and the pdf tutorial for free in September.  Join my Stampin' Up!® team before 9/30/2021 and get all of this:
  • Pick $125 worth of Stampin' Up!® product and you will pay just $99 - no shipping cost on this order!
  • Enjoy a discount of at least 20% for as long as you are a demonstrator.
  • During Sale-a-bration, you also get a FREE BUNDLE (the stamps and dies)!!!!!
    • Choose from Frosted Gingerbread, Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember, Whimsical Trees, Peaceful Deer, Peaceful Cabin, Sweet Little Stockings, Penguin Place, Arctic Bears, Beauty of Tomorrow, Gorgeous Leaves or Nature's Harvest.
  • Join an amazing group of stampers that share ideas and support each other. 
  • While you have the opportunity to sell Stampin' Up!® and earn extra product, income and trips, many join for the discount and become "hobby" demonstrators.  There is nothing wrong with that!!! Take advantage of the discounts and freebies by joining during Sale-a-bration!!!
  • Oh, and you will also get my card packet and the pdf tutorial.... seems so little after all the other goodies, right?

If you have any questions about joining, feel free to email me at or call me! I'd love to chat!

My Peaceful Cabin

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 Place your order using my current host code and get this card as a token of my appreciation!

Wow, what a month! We may be having a midlife crisis, but we decided to move from the "city" to a cabin by the woods. Yep, you heard me. Check out the pic of our log home- the resemblance to this cabin is uncanny.   As soon as I saw the Peaceful Place suite, I knew the images 
would be perfect for thank you cards and Christmas cards. 

For this card, I used the Peaceful Cabin stamps and dies and paired it with the designer series paper Peaceful Prints that I got FOR FREE (with my $50 order) from the Sale a-bration brochure.  
Let's get to it!
Peaceful Cabin

Dies and Embossing Folders:
Cabin Dies
Layering Diorama Dies
Tasteful Labels
Timber 3D folder

Cherry Cobbler (base)
Peaceful Prints
Evening Evergreen
Kraft paper
Basic White

Soft Suede
Wink of Stella
White embossing powder

  • Cut Cherry Cobbler base to 5½" x 8½".   Score at 2⅛" on each end.

  • Cut 2 DSP panels from Peaceful Prints.  5⅜" x 2". Adhere to the front panels of your card.

  • Cut Kraft paper to 3½" x 4⅛". Sponge Soft Suede ink onto the Timber 3D folder and emboss.

  • Cut the Basic White using the fourth largest die from Layering Diorama dies.
  • Stamp the cabin using Soft Suede. Accent the snow with Wink of Stella. Adhere to the center of the embossed kraft paper using dimensionals.

  • Cut Cherry Cobbler using the Tasteful Labels, stamp the "thank you" with Versamark and heat emboss using the white embossing powder. Adhere to the kraft paper.

  • Cut the trees from the Evening Evergreen using the tree dies in the Cabin die set. Adhere to the kraft paper.
  • Adhere the kraft paper on the LEFT SIDE ONLY!  Using Stampin' Seal+ gives it some extra hold.

***During Sale-a-bration, you can get the Peaceful Cabin Bundle for $54 and get the Peaceful Prints DSP and my thank-you card for FREE!!!!  Sale-a-bration ends on 9/30/2021 or when supplies run out!!

Happier than a Pig In Mud


My team members get this card as my "thank you!"
You can get it too by joining my team this month!

This card is part of Kylie's International Highlights.  Please vote for me by clicking this button so that I can join in the Top Ten International Blog Hop.

The idea for this card actually popped into my head while I was enjoying a massage.  I know, I'm weird.  But I thought this would make a good "thank you" for those in our lives that really make us "happier than a pig in mud."

Here are the items used for the card.  It was simple to put together but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!! I am always happy to help.

My Little Piggy (pig)

Dies and Embossing Folders:
Birthday Chick Dies (fence)

Calypso Coral (base and accents)
Pansy Petals DSP
Cinnamon Cider (mud)
Soft Suede (fence)
Pale Papaya (pig)
Basic White

Inks and Markers:
Memento Black
Soft Suede (applied to mud with blending brush)
Light Polished Pink (ears and cheeks)

~Like so many cards that "pop" into my head, SU doesn't have a stamp that says what I need it to say.  No worries! I call these "hybrid" cards. I type the saying on my computer, print it out on cardstock and cut it. ***Someday I will reach the 1 million sales and will get to design my own stampset. I am already planning it out.***

It is always a great time to join my Stampin' Up!® get $125 worth of products of your choice for just $99 on your start up order and free shipping!!  As a demonstrator, you will get to order from the new mini catalog in July before it goes live on August 3rd.  You can also pre-earn SALE-a-bration items. If selling is not for you, that is fine.... many become "hobby" demonstrators for the discount (20-25%) and the exclusives. 
For me???  I love to share what I love to do!!!!  (and I must support my habit- wink wink)
Above all, enjoy the journey and have fun. 

Meet Eeyore!!!!


I LOVE Eeyore and the first time that I saw the stamp set Darling Donkeys, I knew that this would be my challenge.  At this time, the stamp set is retired, but you can still find it! (E-mail me, I may still have one left!)

I just stamped the sitting donkey, colored it with Stampin' Blends (Balmy Blue, Rococo Rose and Ivory).  I added the stitching and colored his mane using black Stampin' Write. 

Snip his ears and move them to the down position. I attached him using dimensionals and added a Rococo Rose bow from the Birthday Chick Dies.

I used the stamps from an old favorite Paper Pumpkin (No Matter the Weather) which you can now get as a kit!!!  (I have used the stamps in this set on so many cards that I can't imagine life without it.  A little dramatic, but real.)   Click here to order your No Matter the Weather kit now!

No Matter the Weather stamps

The puddle under Eeyore is from the host set Prince and Princess.

My upline taught me well and no card is finished without a beautiful inside (shout out to Betsy Crider)..... sooo here you go!!

I again used No Matter the Weather stamps and added the sun from the Sending Sunshine Paper Pumpkin stamps using the masking technique.

I think I have a few more Eeyore cards up my sleeve so check back.  I will add them below as they are completed!

"Bundle Up Before They Are Gone" Series - Handsomely Suited

Handsomely Suited Bundle

This is the last of the "Before they are Gone" series... and I saved the best for last.  The Handsomely Suited stampset and the Suit and Tie Dies will be bundled together for 10% savings until June 30.  

Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Handsomely Suited bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although these sets have "carried over" into the new annual catalog (yay!) and you will still be able to buy these stampset and dies separatelythey are no longer bundled for the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

I have 5 boys so I love it when Stampin' Up! comes out with stampsets that "suit" the males in my family.  This set not only makes great bowtie and necktie accented cards, but other stampers have used the dies to create a doctor's coat, scrubs and even military uniforms. Find them on Pinterest and make it for someone 
to show your thanks.

I only have a few cards to show for this bundle (because I sold the others before I photographed them!)

Follow my blog for upcoming product information and tutorials for cards, decor, gifts and more!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)

"Bundle Up Before They Are Gone" Series - Simply Succulents

Simply Succulents Bundle

Who likes to spend extra money???  Nobody... that is why I am continuing my series highlighting the Stampin' Up!® stampset bundles that will be going, going, and gone come June 30!

Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Simply Succulents bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although these sets have "carried over" into the new annual catalog (yay!) and you will still be able to buy these stampset and dies separatelythey are no longer bundled for the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

The succulent images in this set are so realistic and timeless.  Add a little color with Stampin' Blends, blending brushes or watercolor to make them pop.  Then use the dies in the Potted Succulent die set to really make them come off the page.  As an added bonus, there is a full page die that truly does all the work for you. The sentiments are so thoughtful.  If you are a cardmaker, this is a must-have for your stamp library!!
Check out these cards featuring this beautiful bundle. 

Follow my blog so that you don't miss out on the other bundles that will be disappearing!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)