Another Simple and Practical “giftie”!!!



Woot-Woot – it is the weekend! Do you have your tree??? Are you decorated yet??? This is such a funny…crazy time of the year and I am always amazed with how we “deal” with it. In the end…it all gets done.

I will say that I think I am like a good wine….”I am better with age” – I am sure that there are many of you that will agree and chuckle about that but that is really how I feel. I used to be soooooo stressed about making everything “just right” – now I like to take it all in and enjoy…simply enjoy!

I have been working super hard this week trying to show and inspire you with posts that YOU can do as gifts made from your own hands will always be remembered and be cherished!

I am doing something that I rarely do, I am using a stamp set that is no longer current (Larger than Life) but the main point of this post is to show/share with you how you can make an amazing and practical gift that surely will be appreciated. I know that you all have many stamps that you can use to make a great gift set on notecards like this!






The star of the show today is the Notecard & Envelopes….these are TOTAL KEEPERS as how in the world can you go wrong with 20 cards and envelopes for just $6.00!

The other great “presenter” for the day is the box that I made! I know that many of you are afraid of making a box…but this is soooooo darn tootin’ easy and with that said……as NIKE says….JUST DO IT! (trust me, you will be super proud of yourself)






As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions on making this! I hope that you will give it a try and even if you do not have this stamp set, no worries….use whatever you have… I know YOU HAVE MANY 🙂 

I am going to make some gifts using this concept but I am using the Cottage Greetings…that is a GREAT stamp set to use as the sentiments are perfect for the insides of the cards! If you use that set, I would add a very simple flower die of stamp of flowers to the front~ that would be super cute. Are you all wondering where this DSP for the envelope flaps is from? It is a FREEBIE in the upcoming Sale-a-bration…I think it is super cute and classic!

Did you notice that I made a “boo-boo”? I am honest and I have to say that I did not realize it until I when to adhere them together! (Oh well….I am human and we all make mistakes (speed bumps) and this is for Hannah so she will be “just fine” with it – actually you would probably have not noticed if I did not point it out to you)

If you look at the above and below picture, you will see that I did not cut the paper the correct size that I stamped on – I honestly did not notice until after I have stamped all 20 cards…but it worked….





Here are the dimensions for you…it is soooooo ridiculously easy and then I will give the measurements for the box! The other great thing I love about this simple project is that you can just use (2) pieces of DSP – you will be able to make all of your envelopes plus add a piece to the front of the box!

For the Notecards:

  • You will need a pack of the Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes….just $6.00!
  • Cut (20) pieces of white card stock to 4 3/4″ X 3 1/4″  – stamp your heart away with whatever tickles your fancy!
  • If you wish, using the score board – score on all 4 sides (I like the look)
  • Cut (20) pieces of 6″ x 2″ DSP for the back flap of your envelopes and (20) 6″ X 1/4″ for the accent strip to the envelope.




For the Box: ( all 20 fit PERFECTLY in this box)

  • 1 sheet of Cardstock  cut to 8″ X 11″
  • With the 8″ side on the score board, score at 2″ and 6″
  • Turn the paper and score at 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″
  • Fold score lines and use your bone folder for a great crease.
  • Using your scissors, cut up as shown below to the score line. Cut an angle in the flaps – this makes a perfect finished project.
  • You can see that I used tear-n tape…as I thought that you would be able to see it better….you can use this or fast fuse, you need a strong adhesive like these 2 for projects like this!
  • The DSP for the front of the box is a piece that is 3 7/8″ X 4 3/8″ and then the ribbon – IT ON CLEARANCE (just $2.80) – so how can you go wrong with being generous in using it to “finish” the project!

I hope that this helps…I admit, it is hard to try to put into words how to do something, I hope that the pictures are of help! Please try this – it is sooooo easy and fun to make!











Whew….this was hard to put into words but I hope that “you got it”!

Again, please feel free to reach out to me if you need help. After I made this I made a list of people that would love it – I actually just ordered more of the notecards as I figured that I could go ahead and stamp the “whatever I want” to the paper and go ahead and do the envelopes….and then when the notecards come in…..adhere the stamped piece on and DONE!!!!

Please let me know how you like this…I adore reading your comments and I know that we all learn from each others feedback! Have a SUPER SATURDAY and please share my Blog of Stampin’ love to your family and friends. If you hit the subscribe button, we will be able to have a daily dose on inspiration …together!



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Fun & Festive Poppers that REALLY POP!!!



Good Morning…I sure do hope that you have been enjoying the week of practical posts! I have had FUN showcasing them for you and have no fear – I still have (2) more to show you!




Please read on because even though you know how to make these fun poppers, I found a company to actually buy the “real popper thing” to slide in so it will surely be a POP at my holiday table! I will share with you where I bought them.


I never want to assume that you know how to make something as hopefully I have some “new people that have hopped on the Simple Stampin’ daily train” so here is the low down. Making these poppers are like eating potato chips ~ they are addictive and you finish without one calorie!






If you CLICK HERE it will take you to another post that I did that will share with you step by step on how to make these fun goodies and then if you want to watch I video that I did eons ago...CLICK HERE – I think that the video is sooooooooo basic but it will walk you through step by step on making these gems and heck – we are one step closer to being together in person! 🙂

Here comes a story….go grab that coffee!!!

I just LOVE to get the conversation going when we get together with the God Parents and the PEEPS….it is always a fun evening as my dear Dad and brother join us as well. There will be 14 of us this year and because everyone is “all grown up” – we have out grown the days when we had high chairs…or “kids” tables etc….

Because I cannot fit all 14 of us around my dining room table this is what I do. I put on pieces of paper either #1 or #2 – (I have (8) #1’s and (6) #2’s) and before we get our food we pick a number and that will be where you go….I found this to be a FUN TIP as it mixes up people and if you know what I mean….someone always want to sit with a certain person etc…..

We are a family that LOVE to sit and YACK away because we do not get a bunch of time together with everyone living all over. On the night that the godparents are there – it is even more special as there are more stories, laughter until there are tears, stories etc….so this year I thought that it would be FUN to have conversation POPPERS!

After we eat we all seem to gravitate to our family room to be by the fire place etc…This is when I will let everyone pick a POPPER and then read the message inside and hear their feedback! I went to my pinterest page where I have some motivational quotes/thoughts and went from there to make my questions!

You might thing that they are a bit “deep” but make them whatever you want – if your ages are all over the place, make some like – What was the best movie you saw this year….or – What is your favorite color and why? I just know that the peeps and company will love what I picked because they know that I love quotes and motivational books.

This is a GREAT way to get some GREAT conversations going. You will sit back and be amazed at the comments and then you will get that twinkle in your eye and say, I am blessed. I just love having the peeps in the house!






Now to where I purchased these Cracker Snaps….you can CLICK HERE and it will take you right to the store. I ordered them on Sunday and they were at my house on Wednesday so you could go ahead and make up the poppers and once the snaps come….just finish the job!

I was SOOOOOO excited about these. Just think of how FUN it would be to for a birthday…you could even put money in it – that would be a GREAT gift ~ if someone lived far away, wouldn’t they love to get a popper in the mail with a message from you?








They you go…poppers again and I bit of a story! Just use your computer and printer to type up some goodies and have fun. Please let us know if you do this and how the outcome is.

I had a fun day yesterday, mission accomplished – one store and DONE…and then to heaven…the grocery store! John used to think I was silly about actually liking to go to the grocery store but now he “gets it” – when you go to Wegmans….you are in grocery shopping heaven!

Pace yourself….stress do not look good on any of us! Here is that paw print….shop away and the vault is open and ready for you to come on in!


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3 Blind Mice…see how they run!



Good Morning! As promised…here is another version of a check holder and true the base dimensions are the same but the thing that I want you to see is that you can add “stamping” to show your skills off and also it is a great way to add a diecut as well!

I will run through the dimensions for you because I think that it is cute…actually super cute. I know that I used this color scheme before and I just had to continue to roll with it. I need to back up a bit….do you remember when we were showcasing the Card Swaps, Princess Judy was the one that encouraged me to use the green plaid as the POP! You see….I am always learning….from YOU GUYS!

The TRUMP to this post is the super fun Envelope…..(thanks to Chris R.’s inspiration in her comment) This board makes it super easy and you can make it with a piece of paper that is a 8 1/4″ square!




I know that the shape of the “flap” is a wonky shape but it is this way because the card is so long and narrow. I simple cut off the point to make it a bit different and I think that I accomplished that! The green strips are 1/2″ and the Dijon ones are 1/4″ – I kept the same theme of the 1″ squares!

Well….here you go – the dimensions! Today you can see that I used my little buddies to make the fun card! Actually the sentiment is perfect as the recipient want some lamps and pillows for their home….so I thought a check is perfect to let them pick what works… they need to “DECK THE HALLS” of their home!




  • The basic check holder is the same as yesterday… here to view that!
  • The Thick White is 6 3/4″ X 2″ and then I stamped our friends with the Black Archival Ink and used the aqua painter!
  • I added a thin strip of Dijon to top of the stamped image…..mainly for balance and color, it is 6 3/4″ X 1/2″
  • The sentiment is on a scrap 1/2″ wide and then matted with Delightful Dijon a smidge bigger….
  • For the top flap FUN…..the white is 6 3/4″ X 1 1/8″ and then the DSP are 1″ squares. (this is a great way to use the paper stack as they would not have been long enough to make it the whole way across )
  • A simple piece of Linen Thread did the trick to add that special, homemade touch!


The below pictures will makes sense to you after reading the bullet points! Please play with the Aqua Painter…it really is your friend. Stampin’ Up! is coming out with Watercolor Pencils in January and these are also going to be a great way to add color and yep, you can soften it with the Aqua Painters as well!










Well…there you go! Thoughts? I would love to hear from you and I hope that you can see that you can use DSP like I did yesterday to make a holder or use our cardstock and dress it up a bit! I just adore those little rodents and they will always be warm as they will never leave Randall Lane.

They are on sale and remember, the vault is still full – with every $75.00 purchase with me this month – you will be allowed to ENTER THE is a bit overwhelming but I am sure you can imagine how many stamp sets I have in there!





I have another keeper for you tomorrow…it is something that I do each and every Holiday and there is a special twist to it this years…when I discovered this company….I could hardly wait to get them! Please POP back tomorrow to see how I will see show you another fun practical project that you still have plenty of time to make!




I am not one that likes to go to stores but today is the day that I am making the trek to one store that I love, Williams & Sonoma. We have an outlet store somewhat near by and this is a place that I adore….I am blessed that all 3 of the peeps love to cook and I love to pick up goodies to continue to build up their kitchen.

After that….guess where I’m going???? You will laugh….to the grocery store!!!! There is a huge Wegmans near where I am traveling and this is like a candy store for me – I will probably be in there for hours as every holiday I like to go up and down each isle and find the things that I can never find where I love – call me crazy but I love to cook and I love the grocery store!

Enjoy your day and don’t forget to do something for YOU…..I am looking forward to my silly “me time”


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It time for a check!!!



Happy HUMP Day (Wednesday) and I am happy to continue the week of “practical posts” for you….for those last minute ideas! I know that these are ones that you have seen…ones that are super easy but I say – they are classics so why not show them again!

I was thinking when I was preparing for this post….there are always NEW people that hop on the fun train of paper-crafting! I ask you to remember when you started…how you felt when you learned something and this week of posts I hope are useful and helpful to you!

I love your feedback and I smile with each and every comment that you leave as I feel like “our community” of sheer fun is just soooo darn unique and I thank you for stopping in….sharing….ordering….please know that sharing handmade kindness matters – BIG TIME!

I have a TON of pictures for you…so I hope that they help and please do not hesitate to email me if you need further help. This post is about how to give a fun & festive way to give a check or cash….as we all know, tis’ the season!

Today Is all about that and also all about doing “surgery” on this single stamp….I blogged about it over the weekend and yep, I am guilty as charged – I have (2) of them ~ one for the single stamp that it is intended and then the other, SURGERY – as I cut it into 11 stamps!







Below you will see a parade of pictures but I know what you want…the dimensions – “I GET IT” and trust me. when I caught the stampin’ bug…..I was always sooo appreciative of dimensions!

Here you go! So simple, so easy to duplicate and yep…tomorrow I will show you another way to make a check/cash fun!


  • The base is a 7″ X 7″ square
  • Score at 1 1/4″ X 4 1 /4″
  • Punch a circle (whatever you have) in the middle before you adhere – see the picture below to find the middle
  • Use tear-n-tape for the edges
  • The belly band ~ 6 3/4″ X 1 1/4″ and then if you add an accent color like I did – that is 6 3/4″ X 1″.  (make sure that you do not make the belly band too tight ~ you need that “wiggle room”


I say…just have FUN with decorating with what you have! I know that YOU have a TON of stash….I say, USE WHAT YOU HAVE. My feeling is at this time of the year, we always get sooooooo stressed – just do what you can….and then be proud!












You can see that I have used this stamp to my advantage….I loved it soooooo much that it was easy to buy (2) of them and now that they are on sale…I say a BIG WOOT~ WOOT ~ how can you go wrong!?!?!?!






Embossing was fun…and I say ~ there is something magical about seeing the transformation of seeing a simple “powder” turn to sheer beauty! THIS IS the TECHNIQUE that always WOWS all!








Have a fabulous day and I hope to see you tomorrow have another version for a check/cash for you! I ask you….HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING?

The calendar is rolling but I truly thing that we can only do what we can do….enjoy the journey…and do not stress yourself ~ I am super proud that as I have “grown in age” – I do not let the little stuff bother me!



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