Cottage Wreaths


Welcome to another Manic Monday!!! 

 Let's make a 5 minute card!

In honor of Halloween, let's make a Halloween themed card.  But don't worry, the Cottage Wreath stampset and dies have elements for Thanksgiving, Fall and Christmas also.  I love it when a stampset will take me through the whole last quarter of the year!  I will show you more about this set in the video.


Cottage Wreaths Bundle


Basic Black - cut to 5½" x 8½", scored at 4¼" ; 4" x ¼"
Basic White - 4" x 5¼", plus scrap
Pumpkin Pie - scrap


He's the Man DSP - 4" x 2"


Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Cajun Craze

Here is the video showing you how it all comes together.

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Covered Notebooks


Covered with He's the Man DSP 
and decorated with Trees for Sale dies.

 Take a $1 notebook and turn it into a great gift! 

Just look what you can do!! Let me show you how easy it is to recover your notebook! 

Dollar Store Notebooks

Covered with Sun PrintsDSP and retired DSP
and decorated with Eden and Blossoming Happiness dies.

I have been wanting to do this for years and couldn't figure it out.  I bought the retired notebook punch from Stampin' Up! thinking that it would work.... Nope.    But this works, every time.....

Items needed:

  • Cheap notebook (Seriously, I paid $1 the local Family Dollar.)
  • Hole paper punch 
  • Stampin' Seal + adhesive or tape runner
  • Temporary adhesive

  • Carefully tear a piece of paper out of the notebook.  It's okay, they won't know that there are only 59 sheets instead of 60. Trust me.

  • Pick the DSP that you want to use. Then line up the left edge of your sheet to the left edge of your DSP.  (Make sure that the side of DSP that you want to show on the FRONT of your notebook is facing UP.)  Use a temporary adhesive to adhere it - lightly!

  • Use your hole punch and punch each hole using the notebook sheet as the template. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome by the time you make several of these..... do a few at a time!  No crafting injuries!   (If you grabbed a notebook from Staples with the tiny holes, you will need a smaller hole punch.  I found that the $1 notebooks work the best as the holes are a little bigger.) 

  • Separate the papers and roll off the temporary adhesive. Now snip the left edge of the DSP into the holes.

  • Use your fingers or something smaller to push the DSP down over the notebook spirals.

  • Now add your adhesive to the front of your notebook and carefully turn over your DSP "page", align and press down.

  • Trim off the excess DSP around the Notebook cover.

  • It is THAT easy!!!
  • If you want to cover the back, just use that same notebook sheet for the template again.  Follow the instructions but this time, you want to make sure that the side of the DSP that you want to show on the back of your notebook is facing DOWN before you punch your holes.

Now decorate it any way you like.  These make great camping journals, prayer journals, gratitude gifts.  Makes a perfect gift for those in personal care homes or maybe even for your kid at college!


Hello Harvest


Welcome to Manic Monday 5 Minute Card Class!

Today's card features the Hello Harvest stampset and the Rustic Harvest designer series paper.

Here are the paper dimensions if you would like to prepare and follow along:


Cajun Craze - cut to 5½" x 8½", scored at 4¼" 

Mossy Meadow - cut to 1¼" x 3"

Basic White - scrap piece for sentiment


Cardfront - cut to 4" x 5¼" ( I used the pumpkins)

Mossy Meadow vine print - 1" x 3"

Cajun Craze print - ½" x 3"

White print - 1" x 3"


Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

Crumb Cake

The video shows how easy it is to put it all together!

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No More Ugly Tissue Boxes

Tired of ugly tissue boxes??? Me too!!!!!
Let's make our own!!

 I have been wanting to do this for over a year but other projects took priority.  But every time I looked at that ugly tissue box in my living room, I cringed.  The new colors and designs are horrendous.  Why can't they just do tan or blue..... nope, they have to make them purple and psychedelic! 

I was so excited to have found a template online and thought I was "in business" but it called for 12 x 12 inch paper (who has that anymore?) and when I put it together, the darn tissue box would not fit in it.  So, I did some math for you and created a template that uses letter size cardstock.  Oh, and did I mention that I did the math???? You're welcome.

Items needed:

~2 pieces of 8½" x 11" cardstock (for the sides and bottom of your box)

~Cardstock cut to 6⅞" x 6⅞" (for the lid)

~Die to cut opening in lid such as large oval from Stitched Shapes but you can use others

~Stampin' Seal+ and Tombow glue

~Scorer and Trimmer

Here are the templates:

    The dotted lines are score lines and the solid lines are cut lines.



The video walks you through the scoring, cutting and putting your box together.  

Now decorate any way you want!!

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Gratitude Gum Gift


The little Corgi and the sentiment in "Glad We're Together" were just begging me to use them in a gratitude gift and the Bazooka gum was the perfect treat.

The wrap-style gift packaging is quick and easy and the measurements can be altered for other brands and sizes.

Items needed:

Glad We're Friends stampset 
Crumbcake cardstock - 8½" x  3¼" (scored at 2⅝", 3", 5½", 5⅞")
Sweet Sorbet cardstock - 7½" x 1"
Thick Basic White cardstock - scrap piece
Early Espresso ink
Tuxedo Black Memento ink
Stampin' Blends markers of your choice to color

Let's make this together.  Here is the video:

This is a great stampset for all your animal lover friends!

I hope you enjoy this treat idea and will use it to share your gratitude. 

Nuts About Squirrels

This card features Stampin' Up!s Nuts About Squirrels stampset and is my October
appreciation card to my team members.

If you like my card, I humbly ask that you vote for me using the link below.

~Items Used~

Nuts About Squirrels Stamps 
Timber 3D embossing folder
Layering Circle Dies


(All measurements in inches, length x height)

Cajun Craze-     8½ x 5½, scored at 4¼
                           3¼ x 3¼
Crumbcake -      4 x 5¼
Soft Suede  -      4 x 2
Basic White -     2¾ x 2¾
Early Espresso
Old Olive
Soft Suede

Stampin' Blends Markers:

Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots
Linen Thread
  ~Fold the Cajun Craze cardstock in half and burnish with the Bone Folder to create cardbase.


 ~ On the Crumb Cake cardstock, stamp the branches in Early Espresso ink and the leaves in Old Olive ink.  Then adhere to the front of the cardbase.


  ~Using the embossing machine, place the Soft Suede cardstock into the Timber embossing folder and run it through.
~Criss-cross the linen thread and adhere it to the back of your embossed Soft Suede cardstock using the mini glue dots.  Then adhere the Soft Suede cardstock to the card  front.

 ~Stamp the squirrel in Early Espresso ink then stamp his body in Soft Suede ink. 

 ~Using the embossing machine, die cut the squirrel using the smooth-edged circle and die cut the Cajun Craze scrap piece using the scalloped circle.


 ~Color the acorn with the Bronze and Ivory Stampin’ Blend markers.


 Adhere the circles together then adhere to the front of the card with dimensionals.

    ~Stamp your sentiment in Early Espresson on the scrap of Basic White and cut out with your snips.

   ~Add the embellishments.

Let's shop together!
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