Birthday in a BAG….a 3D Thursday keeper!





Good Thursday Morning…..and Brrrrrrr….it is COLD! If we get through today I think that the weather is going to behave itself and be a bit more realistic with what a “Winter” should be! Thoughts and prayers are with everyone that is affected by this bitterness and the moral of the story is…stay inside and get some crafting done!

You all know me with the animals…my worry never seems to stop with them so please keep your eyes peels and hearts open if you see an animal that needs proper care in this bitterness.

Here is a funny….my kids know that this time of the year I have been known to pick up stray dogs, foster babies that need care and the list goes on…the year that I broke my ankle we had a turkey show up out of nowhere and we helped him…well after my ankle, I twisted John’s heartstrings to make sure the guy had food and water.

I have ONE GRUMPY PIG as it is with TOTAL OPPOSITION for her to go outside of her “heated condo” (John calls it her hut) to go to the bathroom….I wish that each and everyone of you could witness this “back talking of grunts” as I move her along! The good news for her is that in the winter we seems to eat lots of yummy strawberries and Daisey just loves the tops of strawberries so that is one of my “levering methods” with her!


ENOUGHLet’s get to the SUPER FUN project that I have for you!


I know that I have not been blogging a bunch but truth be told – I love to create but I just fight with myself in taking the time to blog as yep, I henpeck with typing…but I am here to say that I have been creating a bunch and I am on a creative roll! This project makes me HAPPY and I hope that you feel the same!


Let’s be honest… each of us have a Birthday…like it or not – it is what it is!


The other thing that I think is probably true is…at this stage of our life we really do not need much but one thing that I thing we all need….is to smile and to allow a simple and fun gesture of kindness touch someones heart on their special day!

YEP, that it what it is all about and this project can be given for ANY AGE as who in the heck does not like to have a little Birthday Cake with some fun fixins’ to remember their special day! You can tell that I am quite tickled with myself! (heck, that doesn’t take much)

I have a BUNCH OF PICTURES for you today and I hope that they help you and also inspire you, At the end of the post you will find a FREE PDF with the directions for this fun project!







Before we get into the bag…let’s touch with what is INSIDE the bag! Sarah Wills had enlighten my pea brain that at the grocery store there are these just WONDERFUL “pee-wee” sizes of cakes in a mug for 1! You betcha that the next time I went to the Grocery Store that I came home with a bunch!

There are cakes, brownies, muffins….as you can imagine a ton of fun options! I knew that this was my week for the 3D Thursday Group and I have had a bunch of Birthdays in January so this is what I gave them….and guess what – the recipients BEAMED with a smile from ear to ear and said…I will always remember this one….you are just too creative!

2 box pack - Duncan Hines Confetti Cake, Perfect Size for 1 Mug Cake Mix, 4 individual pouches each box

Inside the fun gift bag I put a package of the cake mix…some Hershey Nuggets covered in DSP…some balloons…..a party blower horn…and of course a candle! Just think – one trip to the dollar store to get these little extras will make a lastly memory for someone!

I finally got smart as when I made these, I made up 12 to have on hand….if you make a bunch up like I did…do not put the box together – just go ahead and create, color and put the tear-n-tape on….and leave them flat so you are not taking up space and also not potentially damaging cute boxes! (Duh…I did not think about that until I had 4 already adhered)



There are several STARS of this SHOW…..and the pictures will showcase them and then also at the end of this post you will see the line up of products that I have used! They are…Birthday Cheer Bundle, Gift Bag Punch Board, the Stamparatus, the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and the Stampin’ Blends! YEP….all what I always talk to you about….THE BASICS!!!!








I ask you…when was the last time you used this punch board…and if you are like me…it has been YEARS! If you do not have it…well today could be your lucky day as just like I say about the Envelope Punch Board…this is the BEST piece of plastic you could get for $20.00… of those staples of the basics!

If you are not familiar with this product – watch this video and you will see the basics of how it is used! I know making a gift bag can easily be down with a trimmer and a scoring tool…..but this makes it so easy and clean with being able to punch the holes in the top and also allowing the gusset sides….








The bag size that I made is the Medium one and below you can see that using the Stamparatus makes it a dream! The dual plates allow me to stamp both stamps without having to move to paper….and the precision of stamping is stellar – each and every time!







Taking a template and placing it over top and go to town with the BLENDS… works PERFECTLY….look at the pictures and then you can see how I take a “fresh one” and put it over top of the coloring!

Is this a TIMESAVER or WHAT!!!! It is so clean and crisp! Using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets is also a happy dance element to this project! Can you tell – I just LOVE this project!















Adding a DSP strip is totally optional but I think it adds a huge WOW…and tomorrow when you pop back to see the card that I made to go along with this…you will see how it all ties together!







Now to the part that always makes me smile….the FRU-FRU!!! Look how fun and festive this is….just a quick twirl around something narrow…and POOF – you have an instant smile! I use “Mr. Pokey” to help pick up a glue dot and tuck it right in my project!










WHEW….another long one for me but you know that I always love to paint the picture for you! I hope that I have inspired you and I hope that you realize that each and everyone of us are capable of creating fun projects that not only are we proud of, but projects that make someones day!

Each and everyone of you make my day with popping on my blog, subscribing to my blog and always leaving great comments that make other people smile…and have the feeling of a community!

I do hope that you will pop back tomorrow as I have a card that went with this project and trust me, it is a keeper! I am so excited about todays project and also the card that you will see tomorrow…I think some BLOG CANDY is in store  for tomorrow!

Have a great day….and if you have time – please feel free to leave a comment! I am so blessed to have this great group of followers that even though we have never met in person…we are great friends – now go and make someone smile today and STAY WARM!

I will be back (WOW – 2 days in a row!!!!) with the fun other half of this project and some BLOG CANDY for someone….!!! All of the products I used are below and also feel free to email me if you have any questions!






3D Fun – Valentine Quickie!




Hello and I have a FUN one for you! This week it is the SUPER talented Debbie Henderson from Debbie’s Designs with a fast and easy project that has a huge wow factor! Not only will you be able to print off a free PDF with all of the dimensions and super pictures to guide you through with ease ….Debbie has a Video that I am super happy to share with you as well!

Below you will see the lineup of Debbie’s beauties and then you will see mine with MR. FROG!!!! He is back and ready to make you smile! You can clearly see that they are soooooo different in the feel….but they have the one same common thing – SUPER CUTE and EASY to make!

I think many of you are hesitant to do 3 D projects…but I invite you to get out of the box that you are in and give it a whirl! A project like this is easy, very inexpensive to make and the end result is a KEEPER!









Trust me, I GET IT….as I am a total You Tube lover and that is the way that I learn, get inspired as well! I am also sharing with you one that I made from Debbie’s great directions with my wonderful friend, Mr. Frog! You can easily see that these take minimal supplies and my hunch is….you already have a tin of product right in front of you that you could use…..






I know that you all love pictures…and I am the exact same was as being able to visualize something makes me get excited to re-create! Enjoy and now I know what you need to do next is…..go to the Grocery Store and get the Chocolate Hearts!

If you are anything like me…when I am out and about shopping…I always snatch up seasonally treats as we all know…. is is FUN to make someones day with something a little special!













Here is my little frog! I used the paper from the Broadway Bound Collection…..remember…LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE… only takes a minimal amount of supplies……and also, please do not limit yourself to a Valentine theme – this little project could brighten anyones day!









Here is the PDF from Debbie (click the image below)…..have fun and remember….we are ALL SPECIAL ,,,so go get some chocolates, whip up some and pop a treat in your mouth as you make them….you deserve it!!!




Now go have a GREAT DAY….make someone smile and more importantly….YOU SMILE as you matter! I am meeting some friends today to do a bit of “coloring therapy” ….a perfect way to spend a Winter Day!





3D Fun with a FREE PDF!






Hello and Happy Sunday! If you live on the east coast I say…..BUNDLE UP as we are going down into a brrrrr DEEP FREEZE! We fortunately missed a projected storm but Old Man Winter is here in FULL SWING with high winds and frigate temperatures!

You know what happens on Randall Lane when the weather is like this….I have one GRUMPY PIGGY….yep, Daisey is NOT a fan of this weather! It will pass and we can just think of Spring around the corner!

I wish you could all hear her making grunting noises with each step she takes….I swear she says…I do not want to go out…I do not want to go out!!! She does make me laugh and she does bring me joy!

I think that this little project that I have for you today will make you smile and THINK SPRING with these fun butterflies! Welcome to the 3D Thursday Project this week…a bit late but I will say that Twila Davis from Stamp A Little Longer really…really nailed it this week!







I was determined to make this myself so I can enjoy Twila’s great directions and also make a spin on it for myself! Please enjoy what Twila has worked up for us…and then I hope that you will see what I did!

I was super pleased with the end result and I do hope that you give this a try! It was very fun to put together and this bundle, Butterfly Gala is a “keeper in my simple eyes!”

If you purchase this bundle, the Butterfly Gala from me… I will send you the contains for you to put this together for yourself! This bundle includes a punch and we all know how the ease of a punch is to us when we craft….just the BEST but please make sure that you add other products to hit that $50.00 mark so you can earn this beautiful DSP for FREE as the punch from this bundle….punches the butterflies out – how wonderful is that!!!






The great thing about a project like this is that you can easily fold it down and it will fit into a regular size envelope. In my example, I did put the top butterfly up too high for it to fit into an envelope… a heads up…..when you are putting it together and IF you want to mail it is a regular envelope…..just make sure that you do not put it too high!

I love the sentiment that Twila did in her box…that sentiment is the best! I chose to put another piece of the DSP that I used and just adhered it on 3 sides so I could tuck in a mini note to the recipient! Really, the sky is the limit with the fun you can have!







Next, you will see more pictures of what I did with Twila’s inspiration and also the products that I used! At the very bottom of this post you will find the FREE PDF for you to print off and make one yourself! I warn you, they are addicting to make and you will quickly find many stamps that you have that you could use…..just shop that stash!





I used the sentiments that were from this great bundle as I thought that it would be a perfect fit for what I needed ! I am a huge fan of this font and I am particularly fond of when a sentiment has 2 different fonts in it – I think it adds some subtle interest to the eye!

The price point of this bundle is also stellar….just $35.00 now that makes me happy! Remember, we are in full swing of Sale-a-bration so for every $50.00 you spend, you will be able to pick a FREEBIE and YES, I would get this DSP Paper….it is just stunning!









To me, I just love black and white with a POP of color! I think that this is just so fun and the fact that I did not have to stamp any of these butterflies is a HOME-RUN in my eyes! The ease of a punch does pay off!

I will also share…..type A kicked in for me and I also added a butterfly to the back of each one so when you see the backside of the wings from the side – it will look the same, front to back!







It has been a L O N G time since I have used a 3″ X 3″ card and I thought that this would be PERFECT to tuck in the back of tis fun pop up! This is a project that will be able to stay out for anytime of the year and bring a smile to someone.

You know what my sweet John said….as I always ask him what his thoughts are once I get done creating….he said – WOW…I do not know how you did that and I said – Well honey…..I did not come up with it, I followed Twila’s amazing directions and then he smiled and then said…..could I have some to give to clients? Oh that John….he is a keeper!










Well folks, there you go! I hope that you are smiling and I hope that you give it a try! Below you can click the image and you will get your FREE directions on ow to make this fun project!


Have a great afternoon…..John and I are bundling up to go and do the barn and then it is FOOTBALL and I am excited to be inside warm….and playing with paper!!!

Don’t forget that if you purchase this bundle from me, I will send you the “goods” to put one together like I made….as after all….you already have the great instructions! You will love making this and you will be so proud of yourself…I know it as I felt the same way when I finished this sweet box!




3-D Thursday…love, love…LOVE!

Hello and get ready for some inspiration that is going to make you say….now this is a FUN IDEA! I am tellin’ you…these ladies are just too darn tootin’ creative!

Today’s inspiration comes from the talented Sarah Wills….and did she make me think and make a list of all of the people that I know that would adore this concept!

Heck….who wouldn’t love a yummy cake in a mug…sweet and easy….but also fun, different and yummy!!!



Below I have some pictures that Sarah provided showcasing this adorable and fun project and at the end you will be able to do what I know you all love to do…..CLICK A FREE PDF that you can go back and reference to!



I know that many of you will say….where in the world can I get these cake mixes?



Well…here you go! First they should might be in the baking aisle at your grocery store or if all else fails, AMAZON to the rescue!!!! Here is a link that will at least let you see what to search for when you are at the grocery store!

These are super little and you can clearly see in the pictures that Sarah provide that they are a super gift to give to someone and I can almost guarantee that the recipient would say….THAT IS A GREAT IDEA!


Here you go….

It is a SINGLE serving cake in a Mug

and just look how sweet this is packaged!



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My head is already swimming with finding the perfect Coffee Mug to add to this super idea! This is just a fun and oh so different gift to give…. truly the sky is the limit for “gifting these gems” 

I just adore how well this sentiment works with this project… is from the Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Stamp Set….this was a carried over item that when it came out….it was such a hit and just look how Sarah worked the coffee sentiment into this fun project!

This is what I love about photopolymer stamps…they make is easy to alter and just image how you could also easily use the word of “SOUP” and put a soup mix in the Pillow Box!!!




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If you are looking at this and do not have all of the extra supplies…now worries – my bet is that you already have MANY things that you can fru-fru up with…the main concept is the sweet Pillow Box and the idea of it being a “single serving”



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Ready for the PDF… is is – CLICK HERE and then go to the grocery store!


You know what I always say about a project….go ahead and try it! while it is fresh in your head! If you do not have a stash of these Pillow Boxes, than you need to CLICK HERE and order some PRONTO as they came in sooooo handy for a quick gift!

You know that I am all about packaging and doing things that are fun & different….simple & practical….in summary – a KEEPER! I will be whopping some of these up when I get home and I will share with you my take!

I am still out of town with my Dad but heading home tomorrow (fingers crossed) Milo the perfect is with me and we are both anxious to get home before snow is to come later in the weekend but truth be told….I want a schedule and my own bed back!

Have a great day and who knows….maybe I will post over the weekend…..!!!!




3D Thursday Blog Hop – A Stampers Survival Kit!



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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