A fun way to stash the cash!

HHD (Happy Hump Day) to you from beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina! I am having a wonderful time away with some amazing women and I just needed to sneak to give you a smile of a post!

I have a super FUN one for you today that will bring a smile to your face and also give you some inspiration to get ahead of the game with a clever way to give the gift that is always….so well received, a gift card…check or good old fashion cash!

We all know that everyone has their own likes and dislikes and a gift card is always a popular option for many so the recipient can pick what they want! Isn’t it amazing that you can get a gift card for just about anything!

I know that one thing that we all like to do is to find clever ways to give these little gift card of love and today I think that I have NAILED IT for you as this is so clean and simple and one that you can use for all times of the year…simple – just change up the sentiment and the paper….POOF – a fun card!

I am excited to add this design that I am sharing with you today to my ever growing ways to showcase a simple gift card, a check or cash! Let’s dive in…cause’ I am using something from the annual catalog that came out 2 years ago (using that STASH again!) and new bundle from the Holiday Catalog that is a sleeper in my simple eyes but honestly one that you simply cannot overlook as it is one of those “practical ones” that always perk me up for its versatility!

Look below, super cute…right!?!? We are working from the Nothing Sweeter Bundle and the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp and matching framelits. I will share with you some tips and tricks that make this a fun and easy project to whip up! This would be one for the masses!

 

 

 

 

I know that you have hear many times that when you purchase a bundle you will save an instant 10% and there are times that I communicate to you that I just buy one piece of an offering but for this one….BUY THE BUNDLE as this is bundle is a keeper as it goes not only for the Holidays…but it will clearly work for Valentines Day and also Birthdays! You know….it is fun to think out of the box and I am excited to continue to bring you more posts using this bundle!

 

 

 

 

 

The other fun piece to this project is using the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set and the matching framelits…..This is NOT priced as a bundle now (it used to be when it first came out)…. so here you can see that this is why it is the best bang for your buck to purchase bundles when Stampin’ Up! offers them.

This again is one that I would purchase the stamp set as well as the framelits as it is a very unique and super clever offering. I have a super important tip for you with these framelits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just an A-2 card out of Thick Whisper White…..something I always do as I am a big fan of a solid card and then I paced a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of Night of Navy to set the backdrop of todays card!

I am just MAD ABOUT PLAIDS and this gem came from the Holiday DSP from the Annual Catalog, Under the Mistletoe. I knew that the minute I saw this DSP offering it was going to be a favorite of mine and it still is…even after the debut of the Holiday. To me, there is nothing more fun and festive than a good and bold plaid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the TIPS I have for you….enjoy and please let me know how you like this!

 

  • When you cute your plaid DSP…try to balance the white part on the far right and the far left….I know that this might not seem like a big deal to you but trust me, it balances the eye to make the overall plaid more pleasing.

 

  • Here is one that might surprise you…..used VERSAMARK to stamp the stitches as I just love the tone on tone effect. There are time that I use the same color of ink to do the stamping but I honestly I usually prefer the versamark!

 

  • Use tear and tape to the edges of pocket as this will give the strongest hold!

 

  • Check out the stitches on the Christmas Tree….this an embossed stitch effect and peek again at the image of the framelits that there are also longer rig-rack image and a scalloped….this is just another reason that I adore this bundle!

 

  • Now to the most important tip to using this Bundle….lining up the photopolymer pocket stamp to the framelits for a PERFECT match up each and every time! Watch this video that Mary Fish did as she NAILED IT for a simple and to the point way of lining it up!

 

  • I did not want to do a stark white star….as I did it to be a bit more subtle so I put my thinking cap and POOF – the Twinkle Builder Punch and the “white” of the plaid was to me…..a great option!

 


 

 

OK….there you go and I hope that you enjoy! This is a smile maker for me and I hope that it sparked some interest to you! I will be back late on Friday (hopefully) and please remember to take full advantage of the DEAL that Stampin’ Up! has for us just until the 7th! CLICK HERE to grab a deal of the basics!

 

 

World Card Making Day

 

 

 

Simple and oh so sweet way to make someone SMILE!

Jumping in a pile of leaves! Fall isn't complete without doing this with the grandkids!!

 

To start this post I am warning you…YOU ARE GOING TO SMILE…and if you are brave enough to read the entire post than you will just see how my SIMPLE MIND works as the way I roll is like a math problem so to SUM it up…we need to look at this equation….(School is in session!)

 

 

Monday’s FUN Post + Wednesday’s Shop your STASH Post = Today’s HAPPY DANCE

 

 

I am using MONDAYS POST (click here for  refresher) and WEDNESDAY’S CONCEPT of Shopping your Stash (click here for a refresher) to show you how making fun, festive and SUPER CUTE projects does not have to be stressful or hard!

 

 

I am just THRILLED that you all enjoyed Will’s card and the post concept of SHOPPING YOUR STASH….and today I have done the same! I had already shared with you that I did not purchase any new Halloween specific stamps this year. Stampin’ Up! did not let me down with the Paper Pumpkin Kit as I had a hunch that it was going to be Halloween related therefore no reason to get another stamp!

 

 

 

 

 

This kind of project is a happy one indeed for me as I just LOVE making little things that make people smile and trust me stampers…this post of inspiration will make you do the “dance” and then you will get another feeling inside when you gift these to friends & family, co-workers, teachers….or ANYONE that needs a smile and trust me….we ALL could have a stash of these in our purse or in our car to give out…..as let’s face it…

 

Random acts of kindness are the best….

 

When someone makes you smile and when someone makes you feel that “you matter”….it sure does stick with you for a long, long time! Age simply does not matter with a project like this as everyones inner child and sweet tooth always love the attention! Even though these treats are not hug in value…they ARE HUGE for the recipient as they knew that YOU took the time to create it.

You know that I always talk about the BASICS as I am a FIRM BELIEVER that when we have the BASICS readily available to us, it makes the creating process a fun one each and every time! I have a bunch of pictures for you today and also some tips that will make the process even faster if you are making the super cute clear boxes with tags from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

 

 

 

 

I check just before I typed this post and YES, the Paper Pumpkin FULL KIT and also the refills for this kit are STILL AVAILABLE. I am just thrilled with it and remember, I blogged about it on Monday so please refer there for more scoop. I just think that the sweet stamp set that is with this kit will get the job done for many, many Halloweens to come….it is super simple and super sweet!

Last thing before pictures and tips….we need to thank HERSHEY for making the Nuggets that I am using for this project so fun and festive! I usually always put a fun piece of DSP around the Nugget to jazz them up and make them pop but this year, they have done the work for you!

I bought a big bag of these from Sam’s Club and when I saw the colors of the wrappers and also the sweet and festive images on them I immediately thought – now these will save me a bunch of time…..Here is a funny….

When I came home and shared this with John he just smiled at me and then I looked at him with that “WHAT LOOK” and  then he just laughed and said to me….I am so happy that you can get so easily amused by how HERSHEY wrapped their nuggets this year! HA….MEN – they just don’t get it!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

I am traveling a BUNCH in the Month of October, actually 3 times in 3 different time zones so I really needed to get a grip on my Halloween projects. One thing about me is…if there is dark chocolate out that I can get to…..IT IS GONE! I can let Milk Chocolate sit there naked in front of me (ha-ha….the wrapper off) but if that Dark Chocolate one is there….I’m DONE! I am proud to say that all of the Dark Chocolate is well wrapped in treats so it is away from temptation!

LET’S GO! The secret is to have the product on hand so when you want or need to make something….YOU HAVE IT and the scrambling around is not an issue. I ask you…

 

Why do we create stress in thinking we have to come up with something NEW each time we play with paper? As the saying goes…oldies are goodies!

 

Two of these examples I have blogged about for years…and guess what – I loved the concept/technique then and I still love them now! If it works for you ….ROLL WITH IT….but make sure that you are prepared! These clear tiny treat boxes are an item that is a keeper/basic and I would put them on your next order to have them when you need them. I often think we overlook simple packaging that Stampin’ Up! offers!

 

 

 

 

 

Just look at these….just adorable! Many of you purchased the DSP Product Share from me (thank you!)….therefore you have the Toil & Trouble DSP  – all of these projects that I am showing you today can be used with paper from your share. In the below…I have used the same paper, just flipped it over so this IS the perfect time to SHOP YOUR STASH and see how you can add odds and ends of ribbon to make it festive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hunch is that we all have some sort of Fall/Halloween paper in our stash and if not….I say WAY TO GO as you have either just started with this addiction or you have a tremendous willpower!

All I did was use a combination of the DSP and then the adorable tag that was in the Paper Pumpkin!

 

 

 

 

Here are some tips….

  • For the paper insert…simply take a 2″ X 8″ piece of DSP and score it at 2″, 4″ & 6″ and then simply place it in the clear box…fill with TREATS…etc…

 

  • IF YOU ONLY HAVE A 6″ width of paper…NO WORRIES – just cut it to a 2″ X 6″ and score at 2″ & 4″ and then simply put a 2″ X 2″ piece on top!

 

  • For the tag (these work PERFECTLY!) take the tag and score it at 1/2″ and then at 2 1/2″ as this is the perfect score to wrap neatly on your box. I did use tear and tape to hold it in place!

 

  • SHOP YOUR STASH for ribbon…I know you have it…so LET’S USE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is another example of the fun DSP with another look. I admit, I went SHELF SHOPPING and found the Labels to Love Stamp Set….NEVER USED (shame on me) and I ask myself why did I never use this gem??? You betcha that you will be seeing this one again…as just LOOK AT IT – it is filled with some super cute images!

It does have a coordinating punch and YEP…I would definitely add that to your stash as this is another thing that Stampin’ up! does very well…their punches! I am sure that even though I have not used this stamp set before today, I am sure that I have used this punch. To me, punches are a SPEED TOOL that are practical and also time saver.

 

 

 

 

 

Now to some super cute alternatives to the clear boxes…Below, on the left is 3 mini DARK Kit-Kat Bars that I had to figure out what to do with so I would stop eatting them and I think I accomplished it!

All I did was wrap a piece of fun paper around and then added a simple “knot’ of fun ribbon with the paper fru-fru’s! TOO darn stinkin’ cute! I stamped a simple BOO from that paper pumpkin kit and presto….another smile maker!

 

 

 

 

Here is the “aerial view” of the goodies….these paper fru-frus are so easy to make and they always add a bunch! In the below picture you will see is all I did was tale a wee sliver of paper…wrapped it around something thin (I used a handy paint brush) and then adhered it with a glue dot, another essential basic that needs to live with you!

I know that sometimes we get short of ribbon in specific colors so this little trick does the job. The adorable project on the right…that is an oldie but goodie and you can CLICK HERE to see that…..it still makes me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the post that I made the origami super easy fold treat that is in one of the above pictures…you can CLICK HERE to see that.

I make these all of the time and they are another great one to do for many seasons. I used the Seasonal Chums Stamp…that really got a WORKOUT last year and I am THRILLED that it was carried over! You will see me showcase this on a future post that will be making you run to the grocery store for something….keep checking back – you will SMILE!

 

 

 

 

 

There you go….I do hope that I sparked your attention and I know that I have said this earlier this week…I would hit that PAW PRINT below and sign up for Paper Pumpkin….even if it is just for 1 month. This way you can get this sweet kit and YES, I would also get a refill as why not….for just $9.00 you will be set for Halloween for years!

You can cancel your Paper Pumpkin the very next month if you want ….that is the beauty of it if you are not one that likes this program. Do what makes you roll! I just know that these next couple of months are going to be like a huge Steam Train coming right at me…..Holiday after Holiday and if you are like me…you love to have those little “something…somethings” ready!

For me, this Halloween one did it for me! Many thanks for all of the fabulous comments about Will’s card….he loved it and YEP, I made him laugh and then he said….I still am not a fan of that pig of yours!!! He is feeling great and is getting more mobility in his elbow! Please feel free to leave a comment about these cute Halloween goodies…..we have such a fun community of positiveness, great ideas and giggles!

Let’s have a great weekend and I hope that even if the weather is icky where you are…that you are shining inside! My TO-DO list is huge today as I leave with the chickens in the morning….but first – me time at Yoga in a couple of hours!

 

 

 

 

SHOP your STASH…it’s FUN!

I have a fun little post for you today – and I am calling it a …

SHOP YOUR STASH CARD

 Are you saying WHAT?

Let me explain….You will see that I am using a bunch of different stamps today , something I usually do not do but in the end…it was FUN!

Last Friday I had a call from my oldest PEEP, Will…..saying that he had a bike accident coming home from work. Will lives in Boston and bikes to and from work, as he is a Montessori Teacher to children 6 – 9 years of age. He is SUPER athletic and riding his bike is his form of transportation….and has done for years!

As a Mom (even though he is 31 years old) I worry about this but this is how he rolls and this is the first (and hopefully the last) accident he has. He is fine but honestly it did shake him up…and trust me, I get it as you do get “shook up” I wanted to send him a fun card that will make him smile and think of his good old Mom and Dad…and YEP, this sweet card will do the trick!

 

 

 

 

All of the products that I am using today are in the Annual Catalog and always remember that at the end of the post you will see the line up for products used. This was really FUN to go on a “search…hunt and rescue” looking for stamps from here and there to make this sweet card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inspiration for this card came from a dear friend and also a SUD, Ramsey Alexander. Ramsey sent the below card to me last year for my Birthday! Ramsey knows all about my sweet swine Daisy-Mae and the minute I saw it….well, my heart skipped a beat! I keep it in my “fun area” so when I need a smile or a quick pick- me- up…..all I need to do is look at it and my worries are over!

 

 

 

 

So now are you gettin’ it…is the picture becoming clearer to you?

 

 

This is how my simple mind rolled when I created this card 🙂 ….I invite you to take the time to read my thoughts and then I hope that you can see how you can ask yourself when you create questions to allow you to stretch what you have!

 

  • Needed a card for a peep – A PIG will make him smile and think of HOME……Stamp set used –  This Little Piggy

 

  • Accident on a Bike – EASY….this pick was a no-brainer plus Will also loves dogs and actually is a Dog Walker in Boston so the dog on the back is perfect!!!!….Stamp and Dies usedBike Ride Stamp and Matching Framelits

 

  • Perfect Sentiment – Well….this is where I had to be creative and SEARCH….the outside sentiment of “Life is Messy”  was a good one as this hiccup of an accident seemed like that would be a good fit! (and truth of an honest stamper…..you see how it is on a strip and popped up?….well yep, I made a boo-boo and stamped it on the card CROOKED after I had my friends on their bike!!!!)….Stamp set usedPretty Kitty

 

  • INSIDE SENTIMENT – This is one of those “mom ones” that will make his heart melt……it says…“I’ll be your up when you are feeling down”….I admit, I was pretty happy with that find!…Stamp set usedBella and Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason that I took the time to break this down for you is simple…

 

SHOP YOUR STASH…

 

It is not only fun…but it becomes quite the game when you just set out to look for what you can use that you already have! Remember stampers…..we live in a creative world….anything will go for a card but the one thing that is present on every card and project that you made is….

 

Something HANDMADE from YOUR heart will bring the smile on to others!

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the sweet stamps that my sentiments came from. These are great stamps as they lend themselves to super simple coloring….the design work of the images is just great.

The other thing that I liked about these sets….the fonts are the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Stamping all of the images and cutting them out….I used the Blends for the Pig, Dog and Flowers and the “bike” elements were just a straight forward stamp! I did nothing fancy at all…the alcohol  markers do the trick for you…they are just a dream to work with!

I am just NUTS over the Blueberry Bushel color and I knew that the Bike paper from the Best Route DSP would be also PERFECT! I think that this DSP is TOTALLY OVERLOOKED in the catalog as I just adore the flip sides of the busy patterns for creating with. This is another reason why taking part in a product share is great to do….as you know – you will be able to get a little of the offerings with not purchasing the entire pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a great overall image of the card – what I want you to look at is just the simplicity and clean lines of the card….true…one might say….you should have grounded him with a road….but the reality of it is….IT IS JUST A CARD…..and trust me, whomever is lucky enough to get a handmade card in the mail will never…..ever…..say – why did she do that!

Can you see that I scored around the White Panel and then matted that on Black? Now THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WILL NOTICE….the workmanship of your work! I would much rather see you all take the time to create with a purpose than just keep buying stamps and thinking….if I buy….I will become great!

HA!!!! Trust me….I have SOOOOOOOO many stamps…..from Stampin’ Up! and also from other companies….but one thing for sure is…I purchase my stamps with a specific purpose….I only purchase what I like and what is true to my style!

The thing that I do not have control of is…. TIME – Darn, I wish that I could FREEZE LIFE every so often and just stamp and create!!! I just can do what I can do!

Well…there you go….a card that will clearly make Will smile and I hope he takes it to his class to show his little students…..they think it is FUNNY that Mr. Will’s Mom and Dad have a pet pig….and even though Will is not a fan of Daisy….he knows deep down that I love her!

So the moral of this fun post is…..even though we are adults….we still need reminders to put our thinking caps on……I encourage you to try it…SHOP YOUR STASH and have FUN!

 

Image result for images of putting your thinking cap on

 

 

 

 

ACT FAST…I’m doing the happy dance!

 

 

 

Before you CLICK ME OFF…..please give me a minute to explain why I am Happy about this Paper Pumpkin Kit! Really….I do know that there are many of you that do not enjoy putting together kits  as you would rather make up your own original designs and you know what I am going to say….THAT IS GREAT.…and I do “get it” but for this one…..YOU NEED TO HERE ME OUT!

I am always up front and super honest with you. I am not a huge fan of Halloween and I actually did not purchase one stamp set for Halloween from the new catalog as I have several Halloween Sets that I can use to make cards for the peeps etc…..BUT ONE THING THAT I DO LOVE IS….a super sweet 3-D item that I can have fun with and make people smile and this kit….YEP…IT DID JUST THAT!

 

 

 

 

 

When you are a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, you have the opportunity to purchase additional refills (basically “the guts” of the kit – no stamp set) if they have any to offer after the subscriptions are sent out! Sometime….and rarely do they offer the FULL KIT as an item to purchase and guess what…..THEY DID FOR THIS ADORABLE KIT!

I have been having my fingers and toes crossed that they would be selling the refills….and when I received a text from Mary Anne today (a fellow SUD)….I could hardly wait to get home and order them! When my box came last week I was so excited as this is right up my allet and I love the value as you can make 24 little bundles of goodness!!!

Here is a quick video from the home office…..(skip to the 1:00 mark….and then it is just a super quick 2 minute video)

 

 

 

I never imagined that they would also be offering the whole kit for Paper Pumpkin Subscribers but again, I was SUPER HAPPY as I wanted to get one for my son that is a teacher and also a dear friend wanted one and was sad that she let her subscription to Paper Pumpkin Lapse…and for me….I WANT THE REFILLS!!!!!

Here is the deal….IF you want to get the WHOLE KIT ($18.00) or the Refill Kit ($9.00) you need to be a current Paper Pumpkin Subscriber and then you can order one.

I think that many people think that they have to be a subscriber for MONTHS and MONTHS…..here is the correct answer….NO YOU DO NOT!

 

 

 

 

 

I actually dropped my subscription and rejoined in August as I was fearful that a Halloween Kit might come out super early and I did not want to miss it…..if I want to drop….no penalty what so ever! At the bottom of the post you will see the buttons for the product offerings but I ask you…..for just $20.00 to get the 1 month subscription…..it is sooooo worth it to purchase this Halloween Fun kit.

If you do not like the kit that you will be getting from your 1 month Subscription next month…..“gift it away” to someone that you think would enjoy it. They do make wonderful gifts and then you can cancel the subscription immediately….it is truly as simple as that!

In the picture below you can see that I have all of my kit ready to rumble….it was so much fun to put together but I am equally as excited about the stamp set….I love the simplicity of it and on Friday I will share with you some card ideas using it….just too sweet!!!

 

 

 

 

 

You will see that I did not use the fancy Bakers Twine that was given with the kit….it is beautiful but truth be told, I have “issues” trying to make a “well behaved simple bow” with the Bakers Twine that has a metallic thread though it…..does anyone else have that issue or is it just me!?!?

Here is a tip…the adhesive FUN words that are in the kit….I stuck them on and then dusted the back of them that was still exposed with the Stampin’ Buddy…..this way I tool the “stick off of it” and was able to stack all of my tags in the box….ready to rumble!

Here is another tip…the Black and White Bakers Twine is on the clearance rack…..and yep…it is just $1.20 – HELLO….I say snatch it up! This makes the type of bows that makes me smile!!! I always love to share “nuggets” with you!

Now what am I going to do with these???? Hmmmmm…..lots of things!!!!

  • I adore to send a simple little something to my friends children that are in college…..
  • My peeps and god-children
  • I will make one for everyone in Johns Office….(43 in total…you see…that is why I was THRILLED that the refills were being offered…..it will only take 2 refills and I can make 48 of them for just $18.00!
  • My Dad lives in an ADORABLE small town that had trick -n- treaters (the grandchildren and great grandchildren) so I will make some up for him to hand out and Dad also loves to give his Post Master….a goodie for being kind…..
  • I like to take them to nursing homes and bring a bit of joy to those that do not get many visiters. John has a wonderful client that is in a home due to a stoke….he is sooooo capable mentally and has many other like him. We try to visit and bring a wee bit of fun to them.
  • I also love to keep some on my car and if I am at a place that I go to often….like the feed store or the post office….I always try to do a fun and random act….we are never too old to enjoy the memories that we had as a child.

 

Ok – there you go…..I hope that you hung in there and remember, you need to be a subscriber to be able to order this Halloween Kit and/or the refills. You will be able to do so AFTER you do a one month subscription!

If you have any questions…..please leave it in the comment below…if I do not get the answer to you….I am sure that someone from the=is WONDERFUL BLOG COMMUNITY that I have and oh so cherish will be able to help you out!!!

See you Wednesday and get ready to grab a bike and go for a ride!!!! Stampin’ hugs!

 

 

 

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