Hello and Happy Thursday! Today is a SUPER SPECIAL DAY as it is the day that Stampin’ Up! unveils the NEW Catalog along with Sale-A -Bration 2019 and it is also the 1st Blog hop for the 3D Thursday Blog Hop! WHEW….lots of great stuff happening this Thursday!








I am so glad that you have POPPED in and bit do I have a fun one for you today and then you need to be like my sweet frog and HOP….HOP…..Hop to my other 3 friends on this hop!

I was super excited when I hear that we were putting out thinking caps on with fun ideas altering an Altoid Tin! These are a staple at just about every check out at the grocery store and even though they are small…they are mighty! They come in assorted flavors and there are also different sizes of tins!

The focal star of the show is…Mr. Frog! Trust me, you will be seeing a bunch of him on my blog as I just think he is a smile maker and better yet, he is a FREEBIE offering for Sale-A-Bration(aka – the sweetest time of the year for Stampin’ Up!)






When I heard of the theme of the Hop I was super excited as I actually had many ideas running through my “simple head” …I think that you will like what I did as you know that I enjoy sharing ideas that make this “crafting love” that we have in common….the best!

I have a bunch of pictures for you today and I do think that my pictures will tell the “simple stamper survival story” (now that’s a bunch of s’s for you! I will add in some dimensions for covering the box…but as you can see…there is not a bunch of stamping and cutting – it is just a super FUN and super PRACTICAL post that I know we would all love to have in our stash!







This project is all about little things that we can all use and truly be a helping hand when we stamp and create! YEP, I was able to fit all 12 of these items in this little box and then the icing on the cake is the wee box of Stampin’ Vitamins as we all need our daily vitamins….don’t we!?!?

I have them all identified for you and please feel free to ask a question in the comments and/or also leave a comment with how you liked this little project. If you have some more ideas of thing to fit in a small case….please share! You know my way of thinking about this topic…



Sharing is how we all learn…Sharing is kind…Sharing makes me smile!





Let’s get into the decorating of this simple tin! I used a NEWBIE as of today….the Gingham Gala DSP and what is there NOT TO LOVE about this sweet paper…gingham is always in style and in these fresh colors…we know that Springtime will be around the corner!

You can see that all I used was the Gingham, Matted in White and a super clean and simple bow…POOF…super cute!!! Below are the dimensions of the paper that I used and I just adhered it to the top with tear -n- tape. Just take notice of how small these dimensions are – showing you great things can come in small packages!

  • Small Tin (aka, Stampers Vitamins) – White piece is 1 3/8″ X 2 1/8″ and the Gingham is 1 1/4″ X 2″
  • Large Tin (aka, Survival Kit_ – White piece is 2 1/8″ X 3 3/8″ and the Gingham is 2″ X 3 1/4″










I used the Stampin’ Blends to color Mr. Frog. Because the blends are an alcohol based marker, they are a breeze to color with and will not leave streaky lines from coloring. I know that many of you think that you need to know how to “blend” or “lighting sources” but please – throw that out the door and think of them as a medium of coloring.

All of the more detailed ways of using these Blends can be achieved with practice….it is as simple as that. We all know in all aspects of life that practice is the name of the game!

I drew a little border around him in Pool Party before I fussy cut him as by doing this it is a bit more forgiving. Always remember to use the Memento Ink with the Blends.









In the picture above and also below…I know that these are things that you probably did not need me to point out to you….but I thought – what the heck….the more you know and see…the more it will be in your memory.

I still get emails from people saying…“When I use the blends it bleeds through the paper, is this normal” and the answer…YEP, IT IS! This is the nature of using an alcohol ink marker. When I know that the “back” of what I am coloring is going to be visible to the eye….I always back it with another piece of paper so my project looks clean and crisp!

Below you will see how I did  place some dimensionals to the back of Mr. Frog as well as I left a wee bit of paper on the bottom to anchor him. I just score at 1/4″ and then adhered him to the top of the box!







These next 2 pictures are products that I use over and over. The P Touch Label Maker is just a life saver to this type A gal. I use it all of the time and I have always found it to be at a great price from Amazon. I will share that I find the “knock off” label refills to be fabulous….no need to purchase the name brand! I will also say…..I use both widths, the 6 mm and the 12 mm.

I started using Absorber Chamois Cloths to clean my stamps years ago and true, Stampin’ Up! has since come out with a similar product, the Simply Shammy and that is a great product and yes, I have one….but I love the thinnest of these chamois and the ability for me to cut them into whatever size I need! You can find them at many places and when you look at the size of a sheet, you can clearly see how they can be cut down!










Well…there you go and I hope that you found this blog post to be fun! I just love putting my thinking cap on and doing things like this! One thing I want to touch on as I bet that there will be some might be thinking…

These products are one that I find helpful when crafting. It is wonderful that all of them will fit into something so small for me to have the ability to take them on the go! When I am at home crafting….I just use these staples that I have in my craft area!

As for the chamois…I just have a zip bag that a small one would fit into (it is about 4″ X 6″ ) all folded up! You can reuse these over and over again and YEP...they WILL GET SUPER STAINED! Here is a container that I keep mine in while working, you can see that this was from the Container Store but you can easily find something that will work for your needs! Just make sure that it will close so it will stay moist.

On the picture where you see the products….that plastic piece from a new piece of clothes is PERFECT for unclogging glues! I put the piece of washi on the end so I could find it easily. At home, I keep them in my glues as it is just magical for keeping them unclogged!

Happy Crafting! Now you need to get HOPPING ALONG…..the line up of my 3 friends is below this photo! Please POP/HOP in and see what they are up to as yep…they are SUPER CREATIVE!






Sarah Wills from Sarah’s Ink Spot – CLICK HERE

Twila Davis from Stamp A Little Longer – CLICK HERE

Debbie Henderson from Debbie’s Designs – CLICK HERE


Remember, the NEW CATALOG is live – WOOT-WOOT!!!!!….so as the saying goes…..


Ready…Set….CLICK AWAY!


Remember, for every increment of $50.00….you can pick a FREEBIE from Sale-A -Bration!. I know that Mr. Frog would LOVE to live at your house as well!





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