The icing on the cake…plus can you guess?



Happy Hump Day!


I am thrilled that many of you enjoyed the card from Monday and today I have for you the “icing on the cake” to tie the whole thing together! Please click here to see that post from Monday and then this will make sense to you. I am carrying the color scheme and theme over to this post. You know me…I love extra special touches as I truly think that the little extras are what people remember.

My Mom was the queen of extra special simple touches…so I guess I have learned from the best! I have blogged many, many times about party poppers and YEP…you are going to get it again as they are ALWAYS A CLASSIC…and ALWAYS A HIT!!! I will also share with you what I put inside as there are ALWAYS clever things that you can put inside depending on what the event is!



Today is another opportunity for you to win some BLOG CANDY….



This is the 2nd of 4 posts that I am going to see if you can figure out what items that I have used today (they will all be listed at the end of the post like I normally do) that I would pick to be in my ULTIMATE PERSONAL BUNDLE . Remember I can pick up to $125 worth of product and I will only be paying $99…

In the list at the end of the post…what tools/aids would I pick that equal $124.25 that I could choose for my ULTIMATE PERSONAL BUNDLE ? I just love that you have the opportunity to put ANYTHING you want up to $125 and only pay $99!

Playing  games like this is FUN!….put your thinking caps on and leave your picks in the comments at the end of the post and what will you win? How about something that WE ALL can always use….a roll of Tear & Tape! I will give away up to 3 rolls so if there are many that guess my picks….I will pick 3! (This will be interesting to see if you all read this entire post)

Let’s get going on these fun poppers! I have blogged here and here before on them…but here is a super short and handy cheat sheet to make these for years and years! The magic of these are the Envelope Punch Board…yep, the $20.00 piece of magic plastic that makes sooooooo much more than envelopes! Truly a MUST HAVE in your crafting stash!








Here you go….your cheat sheet. What I would do is write these down or better yet – make one today using a solid piece of paper that you can actually write the measurement on. I caution you, these are like Potato Chips…..very addictive! You can see that 6″ X 6″ paper packs makes this project a cinch as you will also be able to use the “extra piece” to wrap around Hershey Nuggets!







  • 6″ X 4 1/2″ piece of DSP or Solid Card Stock
  • Score at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″ & 4 1/2″ – use the bone folder and score well!
  • Starting on the 1/2″ fold place at 1″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board and PRESS TO CUT… FLIP and place at the 1″  mark again…..PRESS TO CUT… FLIP (do this for all of the scored lines, folding down the paper on each fold)  The key part is the PUNCH and the FLIP!
  • Use a strip of Tear & Tape on the center part and simple glue dots on the little end pieces.
  • Tie off one end with ribbon of your choice…fill and SMILE!


I cannot tell you how easy these are to make…just remember the important part is the 1″ mark and then flipping the paper to do the same on the other side. I did do a video a long time ago click here to see that but really, they are fun and oh so festive!






What did I fill these with???? A super simple party horn from the dollar store (I actually cut it down for it to fit) and then these super fun cards that have great conversation topics to truly make it fun but before seeing all of these… will hear and actual SNAP because I put a Cracker Snap in the popper. I think when I bought these….I went ahead and bought 50 as these truly are fun and so easy to make even just 1 to make someone feel special!





The Chat Pack Questions I bought at a store I frequent but unfortunately they do not have a link for them……you can see that I linked them to go Old Faithful, Amazon but when I did google them….I saw that Walmart came up about $1.00 less and trust me…not to have to make the trek to Walmart, I would gladly pay and additional dollar!

The Blow Horns, I was able to get (8) of them for $1.00and I just took off the sports theme thingie and used the horn, the CHAT CARD and chocolates – a perfect and festive way to make a table setting special! These cards are really fun to have on hand and/or tuck them in like I did today!

Well tomorrow is Ramsey’s Dad’s 90th Birthday so I am hoping that my festive bundle of love will brighten his day! I loved it that his wishes were to just have his family with him for several special days of family time… doesn’t get any better than that….speaking of better than that…



How would you like to also win an Envelope Punch Board?



Now this will be really, really fun to see if anyone can guess my 2 answers… the picture where I showed the CHAT CARDS…you can see 2 sample questions. What would MY ANSWERS BE? I know that the 2nd one – the saying/quote will be super hard to nail so I will let you slide a bit but there is ONE KEY WORD that is in my saying/quote……that you need to have correct….(if multiples win….I will pick one randomly – just in case you can not read the cards….below is what they say)

  • If you could be anywhere in the world for New Year’s Ever this year, where would you most want to be?
  • What is your favorite saying or quotation?



I hope that you found this post fun and interactive. You know….I became a SUD to get a discount and trust me I do love that….but you know what I also love?….the relationships. I wish that you could hear my dings on the phone when the “puppies” start chatting away…..many of my stampin’ friends and demos are in group texts with me….and one thing that is always sure to happen is a smile….they make me laugh…they make me smile…always!






I am sure that some of you are wondering how in the heck did I cut my Party Horns so perfectly…well, I didn’t…..I have a Scan & Cut and I do use it for things like this…as it made this project come together in a fraction of the time if I had fussy cut them. Even as an adult, I still adore Santa! I have not mastered it yet, but I am workin’ on it!

I am tellin’ you all…there is so much to this paper craftin’ addiction that we share….I am blest with this people that I have been able to meet on this journey. I am sure that many of you notice that I only blog 3 x’s a week now….I started that when I broke my wrist and I decided to continue it this way…..for me, my blog is so much more that Stampin’ Up! – it is a way to share/shed some light as to what makes me roll….

I adore Stampin’ Up! for many reasons… the sheer coordination of products and colors but what I have really learned about this little thing that I do is….I love the relationships even more! We can all “buy things” but we cannot “buy relationships”






I use products from MANY COMPANIES (just ask Jeanie) and guess what, that’s ok…..heck, we all do not shop for our clothes all at the same store…..I like to share my love, passions and creative outlets that make me happy!

Let’s see if you are still reading….as the bone folder is not in my pick for my personal ultimate bundle  for this challenge today, I like another bone folder and I will share it with you on Friday when I post and announce the winner (s)! Good Luck and have fun!

There you go for your HUMP DAY! There are so many ways that we can do “extra touches” each and everyday that will make you smile, feel good about yourself and make you stop and say….I am glad that I did that! I challenge you to do something “extra today” ….it’s a great habit to get into and one that will make you smile inside! I will see you on Friday!






Stepping Up Monday…super FUN!




Good Friday to all and I hope that you have had a great week! If you live on the East Coast….I say – no need to do your hair as we are to have SUPER HIGH WINDS…..50 – 60 mph! I think the weatherman thinks we are in Kansas…..poor Daisy, she will grumpy today as pigs are sweet little swines that are rather picky about the weather!

Do you remember Monday’s post? Well if not…how about CLICKIN’ HERE….and you will see this super sweet  Note Card that I made with the Hanging Garden Stamp Set and the Stampin’ Blends! You know I love projects like this and I hope that you find this post helpful! As my sweet Mom always said…’s all about the presentation….and I hope that this shines that to you!

As I said on Monday, I knew that this would be a stamp set that would live on Randall Lane….WHY????? The way that it was sketched….I adore all of the sketchy lines and the endless options of coloring! Even though the “subject” images of the stamps are not super dynamic and fun (just being honest after all, they are just baskets) I knew that this would “dress up wonderfully”….and the sentiments are great!







This is something that you need to think of when you are looking at stamps that you wish to make the investment with. I invite you to ask yourself this questions…

  • Will it be a classic and timeless set that you will reach for now….and in the future?
  • Are the sentiments and fonts ones that you will use over and over?
  • Can you use the images/sentiments with other stamps that you already have?
  • Can you envision at least 3 different ways that you could use the stamp set?

I say, if you get in the habit of looking at a stamp and then asking yourself these questions (and probably more) you will be making wiser investments, Trust me….I am just like YOU as I have many…and I mean MANY stamps that I have bought impulsively and they are just sitting (many not even inked).

It happens to us all but I think that the more that you craft and the more that you find and develop a style you get more comfortable with selecting your purchased. This IS one thing that I have become better at as there are just too many great crafty products out there on the market that I like to purchase!







Today I wanted to just use the stamp set above…(Monday I also used the Hostess Stamp set, Yay You ) and today….I want to show…..perhaps entice you to think OUT OF THE BOX…and actually MAKE A BOX to gift a fabulous gift that would be soooooooooo well received by the lucky recipient!

Let’s face it…we all love to craft (dah….that’s why you are here) and one thing that we love to do is not only make things with our hands…but to do the next – GIVE … GIFT THEM AWAY to the ones that are super special to us! There is just nothing like a handmade gift!

Another thing that I did to switch it up a bit today was to mask one of the plants for some of the cards (just to make some of them a bit different!)…..but these cards are so fun and practical. I stamped the 2 different sentiments of 1/2″ strips of paper and then the inside sentiments from this stamp set are perfect…or you can easily leave them blank!







I say….WOW – what a practical gift and when you break it down… is also super affordable. As I shared on Monday, the notecards are so affordable being just $6.00….and making the box…..from a sheet of paper….!!!! You can handle that….

Now how about the 411 of how to make this box…..well, here you go – super easy….and there is no doubt about it…YOU CAN DO IT!







  • Old Olive Cardstock – 8″ X 11″
  • Score on the 8″side (shorter) at 2″ & 6″ I do use and suggest the Simply Scored Tool….I always think that leave a deeper impression than the trimmer…again, it is a basic tool that we all need and will use!
  • Turn Paper to the 11″ side (longer) and score at 4 1/2″ & 6 1/2″
  • Fold In and use Bone Folder to give a great crease
  • Cut in the scored lines (look at picture) and it really does help to taper in as shown (makes a much cleaner final product)
  • Use Tear & Tape as shown and fold in sides







You can easily stop here….but what is another 10 minutes?!?! To add some finishing and WOW touches….. add a panel of the basket fun of these notecards to the front of the box. The DSP that I used is from the Tutti Fruit DSP 6 X 6 stack…. and I invite you to always look deep into your DSP Stash as this project….is sooooooo basic that we have many papers that would color coordinate!

Here are the dimensions that I did for the decorating of the outside of the box! (I knew you would want them….I hope that you can see that these little extra touches really do make a difference)

  • The stripe DSP is 3 3/4″ X 4 1/4″
  • The White piece is 3 1/4″ X 3″
  • The Old Olive mat is 3 3/8″ X 3 1/8″


I had to laugh about the packaging…..I bought these bags last year and when I received them I thought…they are HUGE….but they are perfect for this! I tucked in my box of love and tied a sweet bow with the Old Olive Chevron Ribbon and BAM….a simple yet great finishing touch! (These bags are super sturdy and this presentation is just easy and fun).

It goes to show you…,you can make Lemonade with things that you do not use that you have bought! After I jazzed up the box…I took my scissors and  WACKED off the excess of the bag and POOF – I loved it….how about YOU!!! I would love to hear your thoughts…..






I broke down the cost for the “guts” of how much it would cost to make up these 20 cards/envelopes….YEP….this box fit a complete set of notecards! The total is $9.49 and here is how I came up with that….

  • Notecards and Envelopes – $6.00
  • Bag – .36
  • 5 Sheets of White – $1.15
  • 6 Sheets of Old Olive – $1.98


There you go….something for you to think about making! I challenge you to go to your stamps and see which stamps that you already own that you can make up a bunch of cards! Next, I would HIT THAT PAW PRINT below and order this stamp set if you do not already have it….also order some of the bags and notecards….(all products are found below and you can click away).

Over the weekend you could go ahead and cut the white paper to the size that you will be stamping on…(3 1/4″ X 4 3/4″) and then the mat (3 3/8″ X 4 7/8″) and start to color etc…..remember, PACE YOURSELF and then you will not get overwhelmed with doing a task.

This concept makes a fabulous gift and one that you could start at any time of the year…..and then when that BIG HOLIDAY rolls around that you do not know what to give to the person that has everything… are ready….as a gift from your heart always wins!

Enjoy the weekend and be safe today. I will be “un-plugged” for the weekend as one of my dearest friends is celebrating her 60th. There are 8 of us going to the great city of Philadelphia for the weekend to do some fun things….the opening of the Philadelphia Flower Show, a museum exhibit, the Italian Market, great foods….a needlepoint store that I adore…..2 amazing garden and decorating stores in different sweet towns along the way…just an agenda of anything goes!

Many thanks for the well wishes for my dear Dad…..he is doing super-de-duper but honestly a bit stir crazy as he has to have care 24-7 until he can go to a Cardiologist Specialist…..that appt. is on Monday – so Monday will be a big day for seeing the next step! Keeping him down is like keeping me down, a hard thing to do! I have all of his meals ready for him while I sneak away… least it is a comfort that he is well and safe with care he respects!





I will see you on Monday with some more inspiration….(well, I hope so at least)….and maybe some pictures from the weekend. Be safe in whatever you are up to and please remember to take some of that well needed and deserved “me time” that we all need.

If you are anything like me….you can have the tendency of beating yourself up that “me time” could be used in doing other things but the reality of it is…..we do need it and we only have once chance……go and make a difference….make someone smile… a random act of kindness….we all have so much to give and to be thankful for…..and I thank you for spending a bit of your time with me in popping onto my blog!





The tale of an adorable FISH!





Hello and Happy Friday to you his week went ZOOM!!! I have a SUPER FUNNY for you today….please read on and then you will see why this is “The tale of an adorable FISH”

John and I are “on the road” to be “useful parents” this weekend as we make the trek to North Carolina to move our youngest peep into a new apartment….what are parents for….right??? – I have my label maker and my rubber gloves packed…..John has his hammer with an assortment of handy necessities and Milo is coming because I thought – WHY NOT…after all, he is perfect!

The GOOD NEWS is that along the journey there will be a CONTAINER STORE…..and then about an hour later….and IKEA….and then about 2 hours after that… of my favorite little speciality/foodie stores….and then its kinda boring for the next 3 1/2 hours but I’ll make the most of it as I am in a great book! You see…..MILO DOES serve a purpose…..he needs potty breaks so his Mom can shop!

Now to my funny… you remember that the November Paper Pumkpin was that SUPER ADORABLE Holiday Stocking!?!? Well it was just simply adorable and when I went to OnStage I was able to see a sneak peek of if and I knew that I want more than my normal 1 box that I receive every month.








When you are a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin you have the ability to pause, add to or simple cancel your subscription at anytime without any penalty….it truly is that simple! Well….I went in and change my number to 12 as I knew that people would go goo-goo over that adorable stocking….and  YEP my sweet mailman had to drive back our lane and even said “Susan. I think they made a mistake….you have a bunch of those red boxes” ….

Well they were put to great use…..mainly by me as I just had a blast making them and using them as adorable “add ons” to Holiday Presents and also I made many sets for dear friends for their Holiday Dinner Table settings…they were just TOO DARN CUTE!

Here’s where it is funny…I TOTALLY FORGOT to go back into my Paper Pumpkin account and change the number back to 1 so YEP….it happened again… dear mailman did the same thing as the previous month. As I drove up to the house one day I saw a PILE of these boxes at the front door and then the LIGHTBULB went off….darn, I forgot to change the number!

Sooooooo the moral of the story is that I have a BOAT LOAD of the December Kit Stamps…..and I have been trying to find more ways to use it that as meant to be! That is the other thing that is amazing about this program….there are ALWAYS soooooooo many people out there that find the way to use these kits in an alternative way….

The person that shines for me each and every month is Rachel Tessman. She is just one amazing Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and she does a fantastic job with her alternative ideas…..this is where the fish idea came from! Every month she makes a wonderful video showing the Paper Pumpkin and then also shares alternative ideas!



Below you will see the video and the adorable Fish!!!



It is a long video but if you want to get right to the FISH part…..start at the (32:50) minutes of the video….You will see that Rachel received this from another SUD, Ann O’Shereo….(I could not find a link for her) but isn’t it just WONDERFUL when other SUD”s open their hearts and share ideas…..I love that part and that is exactly right up my alley…..








Remember, I am simple and I followed these instructions to the tee and not only was it super fun & easy…but they become addictive to make! Who every would have thought that a simple square envelope…a trimmer….and a small little stamp would make this adorable FISH…I say WOW to those people that have that type of creative mind!

Because I received so many FULL kits….I have a bunch of the stamp sets that came in the kit….and if YOU think that YOU would enjoy trying to make these sweet fish or heck, just want the stamp set (see images below)….simply email me and put in the subject line I WANT THE FISH!!!  The first 6 people (first come – first served) that email me will get the stamp set mailed to you. (I will not be able to mail it until Tuesday)



Please email me if you would like one of these free stamps…..

(hurry….I have 6!!!)












What did I put in the fish? Well…..Yummy Swedish Fish….why not? I could not find any prepackaged at my grocery store so I bought a bunch in the bulk food and put them in little bags and tied a bow! They are super sweet… snack M & M’s and several Peppermint Patties also fit perfectly!

You can see that I had fun using different current papers in making them – and if any of you have the retired stamp set called….Hey, Valentine – check out this great sentiment to add to these sweet fish…..I say TOO DARN CUTE!







Speaking of retired product….I have added a drop down box in my Blog Header with retired product from the Holiday 2017 Catalog. You will find it under SHOP….and then the Retired Product will be there. Please take a look and grab a deal, I sell all of my retired products at a 50% discount.

There you go….a never a dull moment – a tale from Susan… opportunity for you to get a free stamp and an opportunity for you to grab some great deals with retired products….I say that’s a trifecta!!!






I have had many requests for the Product Shares…..please see the tab on the Blog Header and then email me, I will email you back and get you in the next wave…..we all LOVE Product Shares!

Have a great weekend….I know that we will – spending time with Hannah is always a joy…..even when we are moving!






Tags…tags….tags – oh so FUN!




Good Morning! How we all doing? The calendar is telling us that Christmas is just 10 days away! If you are like me, when you see the 15th….it becomes reality – the hour glass has turned.

As I look at my house with “stuff” here and there I am proud that I am not stressing about the “what still needs to be done” scenario that we often put on ourselves….as on Tuesday my kitchen counter was lined up with Reindeer Tags waiting for their noses to dry and when John came into the kitchen he heard a quick, “Don’t lay anything on the Reindeers”….and then I heard a laugh from him!

I have a bunch of pictures for you today and I hope that I am inspiring you to find some time and just have fun with products that I know you have stashed…that is what is BEST about making tags…you get the best of both worlds…a great finished product and you use up odds and ends that you have!

The tag to the right has the retired wooden snowflakes….I found a package of them and the lightbulb went off….not only did I say USE THEM UP but I was happy with the simplicity of using them – trust me….do a “search and rescue of your stash”….you will be amazed at what you find!

This year I decided to go a bit whimsical with tags as truth be told I wanted to get to know the Stampin’ Blends better so how and what is the best way to accomplish that?



Simple….here is the secretPRACTICE!



Not only did I have fun but it was a learning process and in the end…I had a bunch of tags completed and I learned a bunch! Am I the best at it…NOPE….Did I learn along the way….YEP…I just kept trying a different “touch”…a different “color”…a different “stroke”…I really do not know what I am doing but I just kept practicing and in the end – I had a ton of adorable tags!

At the end of the post today I will share with you my simple formula in making tags…remember, tags can be so many different sizes and shapes. I just tend to stick with one style and let the production line roll!

In the below picture you can see that I colored the reindeer with (2) different main bases for his body. The one on the left the main color is the Ivory Marker and the one on the right is the Light Crumb Cake Marker. I ended up liking the left one better as I preferred the “red – lighter” cast the end result gave. Again, just exploring and practicing….the name of the game!








I shared with you before that I think that this bundle, Seasonal Chums is a keeper one. It is designed with the “back” of the image as well but I just “snipped” it to make it for a tag. Don’t forget – this bundle IS being carried over but it will NOT be in a BUNDLE FORM so if you do not have it….I would SWOOP it up to save the 10% bundle discount.

Just look at these images…true classics and the design of this set is just wonderful! I think that we often forget (I know that I do) to use the other die cut images that are in the die cuts…there are some super shapes that would be great “fillers” for projects!









Here is a super close up picture for you……I truly have no clue what I am doing but I do know one thing….it was FUN! I added a wee bit of Pink to the inside of the ears and cheeks…a quick and easy touch that I do think makes him have character!

What did I do with the nose? Well….I used the Light Cherry Cobbler Blends but then I put some glossy accents over top. I am sure that many of you still have it in your stash from when Stampin’ Up! sold it but I have also linked it for you if not. It is not only a great “glossy shine” it also can be used as an adhesive….(You also can find it in Michaels….Hobby Lobby etc…)








Let’s peek at the adorable snowmen….did you smile? I hope so as they make me smile each time I see them. Let me tell you, these were super fun to color. Remember, NO RULES on what is the right way or wrong way. I just kept picking up markers and went to town….so rewarding and relaxing.

Here is a tip for these little guys…..I used the light Pool Party just around the edge of the snowmen and then used my color lifter to soften the edges…..this gives the little guy a sense of “roundness” and when I put him against the DSP that has Pool Party in it…..(from the Coffee Cafe Collection) it just POPPED!









Pretty in Pink is this little guy. You will see at the end of the post that I used Kraft Wrapping Paper with a simple Red bow for many of my gift wrapping. When it is all said and done….who cares about the colors as after all they are just TAGS…and TAGS are meant to be a “one and done” type of thing….this is why I chose TAGS to be my practice guinea pigs!

Here is a great place to buy fun wrapping paper….Michaels….yep – they have some great papers in bins for just $1.50 each…that is my “stock up” place of choice as not only is it a great price…the selection is usually good (very plain, clean & simple….just like I like it) and the quality to wrap it is super!








For these tags…this is how I rolled…

  • I cut Thick Whisper White to 2″ X 5″ and then used the Banner Triple Punch for the decorative end
  • I stamped the images on scraps if paper….cut them out and colored them with the Blends. Make sure that you use the Memento Ink with the Blends….
  • I cut the DSP a wee bit larger than the image….sometimes it was 2″ and sometimes it was 2 1/4″….just have a little bit on each end to make the image POP and then mat it with a solid piece of cardstock that is a wee bit bigger than the DSP.
  • I popped the images up with Foam Adhesive Strips….I found this to be a perfect choice. I loved that I could “bend” the adhesive but I really….really liked only having to peel off on release paper.


Where did the sentiments come from? Well….“Merry and Bright” was from the November Paper Pumpkin and the “happy holidays” was from a Simon Says Stamp that I have. You know me…..I do love my sentiments and I am always on the lookout for the perfect fit and font for my needs.

The moral to this tag story is…just have fun in creating and making them. Use what you have….tailor it to the color scheme of your papers and ribbons and use up what you have. It truly is as simple as that. As I am finishing them up…I toss them in a container so they are all in one spot….this way I am always “armed and ready for wrapping duty” at anytime.








As you know me as being “SIMPLE SUSAN” you can see from the below picture how I roll for the holidays! I tend to be a Kraft Paper or a simple and fun Polka Dot person with a BIG WIDE BOW….and to me that is both FUN and DONE!

Here is another idea/tip….tags make a fabulous gift to give. I have put tags in a Mason Jar with a spool of Bakers Twine and a pair of Paper Snips….now that is what I call a HOME RUN…not only a great gift but a super practical one!







Happy Weekend to all and if you are starting to travel, please be careful. This is such a busy time of the year and I know that many of my friends “peeps” are rolling in from Colleges now. My oldest peep Will….is leaving today after school (he is a teacher) and spending the holiday traveling Spain…..true I am a bit sad that he will not be home but I am thrilled that he has the time off and ability to see a different country.

I do hope that you can find some time to give making handmade tags a whirl….it is a stress buster as if you are creating….you are having some “me time” and we all love our crafting time!!!

So…what do you think???? Do these tags perk your day up!?!? I sure do hope so….now go make it a FABULOUS day!






Super practical and oh so easy!!!




Happy Hump Day!


As promised, I will continue to share with you ideas that I like to make and ones that are not only super easy to do…you can just go through your stash and have fun!



There is a super funny story about these calendars, I giggle each time I see one of them.



I know that this is a long post but I know that many of you will get a kick out of this story. I will provide for you links to the products that I used….now to the “Tale of the Calendar and the Hershey Kiss…”









Last year during World Card-making Day in Atlanta there was an organized swap (and we knew how many to make) and then there was a 3-D swap that was to be a fun swap….(just bring (1) of a 3-D). This was a total option one to participate in and one that you did not have to sign up for…just bring a 3-D if you wanted to swap!

I was traveling before I flew to Atlanta and I took the 3-D thing literally….something FUN. Well…..let me tell you – the last laugh was on me! I can specifically remember when I was packing I kept saying to myself….don’t stress on the 3-D swap…it is just to be FUN…you have all of your swap cards ready…just look around and grab a 3-D….

Well…my birthday had just passed and Jeanie made me these ADORABLE Hershey Kisses for my Birthday and the LIGHTBULB went on….PERFECT – there is my 3 -D!!! I was super happy that I spotted these on my workspace and I was relieved that it was DONE…another thing to check off my list.

Well…I went to Atlanta…took my swaps and my coveted Birthday Hershey Kiss 3-D swap and as I sat down at the table…Jeanie said – did you make a 3-D swap? I proudly said YEP…with your help as I brought one of those adorable Hershey Kisses that you made me!!! Well, I wish you would have seen her face and then hear her laughter as she thought that I was kidding her.










When she realized that I was serious she said – Go to the back and look at the 3-D’s that people made….and YOU are going to swap with someone that teeny tiny silly Hershey Kiss!?!?!? My answer proudly was YEP….I love it and they are just tooooo sweet not to share!

Well being both the protective and proud stamper with my adorable little Hershey Kiss…I kept my swap with me…..not back at the BIG TABLE with the other BIG SWAPS…when it was time to swap the instructions were – Those of you that are participating in the 3-D swap….go to the back and get your swap and find someone you want to swap with. Well…..let me tell you – there were HUGE  and oh sooooooo detailed 3-D’s and Jeanie sat there laughing the whole time.

As I walked around proudly with my adorable Hershey Kiss…I was having a hard time to find someone to swap with (and trust me….Jeanie was in her glory watching people ditch me when they saw my Hershey Cupcake Kiss)

Low and behold…there was super sweet  Debbie Mageed that had not swapped with anyone yet and she said…Susan, I would love to swap with you (and then there was Jeanie saying….NO, I do not think that you want to swap with her) and true to her word…she saw the little Hershey Kiss….smiled and even chuckled and we swapped, my ADORABLE CUPCAKE KISS for this BEAUTIFUL CALENDAR.









I think of Debbie each and every time I see on of these Calendars. I cannot tell you how many of these I have made. They are super easy to make and they make such a great gift. Hang tight as I will share with you the links to purchase the calendars etc…once you have the product – they are a cinch to make. I have made over 100 of these calendars this year with more of the little calendars on order.

Please don’t fret about finding the EXACT papers that I am showing you….use what you have….the only thing that I think is a necessity to have is a heavier paper for the base. The paper that I used was a SU DSP from last year (Fancy Frost DSP) that went to clearance and I think I bought a bunch of it for this and probably next year….it is perfect. For you paper hoarders out there…the paper that I used was

You need to have a 12 x 12 piece of paper to start with so if you do not have this in your stash I would think that you could go to a store and purchase a heavier weight (than normal card stock) in 12 X 12 sheets. Darn, If our heavy whisper white would come in 12 X 12’s that would be perfect…..of well – you can made do…..



  • The calendar base is 6″ X 12″ and then score at 3″ and 6″. Crease well, especially the 6″ mark.
  • Cut up to the center the right rectangle that is facing you…..(so basically you are cutting off a section that will be 3″ X 6″ = PERFECT as you have a 3 X 3 card)
  • Using whatever DSP your heart desires ( 2 1/2″ X 5 5/8″) and then mat it with a coordinating card stock that is (2 5/8″ X 5 3/4″)
  • Stamp a sentiment a White piece (1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″) and then mat it with a coordinating card stock that is (1 3/4″ X 3 3/4″”). Use the Banner Triple Punch to flag the ends or simply use your scissors.
  • Use Bakers Twine in a complimentary color and adhere with a glue dot.
  • Add Fast Fuse to the bottom of your Post It Note and adhere to the left of the calendar.
  • Add a solid piece of Card Stock ( 3″ X 2 1/2″) to the back of the mini calendar.Add Fast Fuse to the back and adhere to the left “flappy” part. This will be the “bend” to the calendar behind the Post It Note!









THAT IS IT….it really is SUPER FAST to make once you have the “goods” and trust me, these are soooooo practical. I have people that purchase these from my by the dozen as they are just the BEST little something to give to the person that has everything…..

This is a great way to use your DSP and as I make them, I store the finished product in the storage cubes that I have blogged before about… can get them at Walmart…they are perfect for these to keep clean and safe from bending!








Here are the links to the products that I used. I know that this is not a Stampin’ Up! Stamp….I just adored the sentiments on this stamp set and when I saw it – I thought…PERFECT for my calendars…..there are PLENTY of Stampin’ Up! Stamps that you could use in place of this one….

Hopefully this helps you…..please leave a comment (or email me) if you need further help! I do recommend using either Fast Fuse or the tear and tape….you want a strong hold as this will get a bunch of use!

  • Stamp Set – Reverse Confetti Posted Notes Sentiments – Click Here for Simon Says or here for Reverse Confetti
  • Post It Notes – Amazon…the fastest and cheapest but still a great quality. Click Here
  • The Calendars – I buy them from Tailored Expressions – Click here – also….this is where I buy felt from when I use felt on a card…the wool felt is the best as it cuts like butter and it also is a dream to cut with the Big Shot.
  • The Bags to package….You know me…I have to have things packaged correctly and these are perfect. I found them at Michaels in the food section/cake decorating….here is a link to give you a packaging reference….use a coupon!!!


WHEW…..this was super long and honestly a bit tricky to put into words. I hope that you are able to follow along with the instructions. I just cannot tell you how easy they are to make and trust me, when you think of all of the people that would enjoy this….you will feel soooooo happy inside because not only will they like it…but you will feel satisfied as well as YOU made it with YOUR hands….

To me, that is ALWAYS the best gift….one made with your own “paws”….If you are thinking that you are short on time….trust me, I get it – but I would not hesitate one bit in sending/giving this to someone in January. If you are like anything like me….the time AFTER the big day is always a time that you enjoy some “me time”…and making these would be perfect!







Again, my apologies for the length of this but I just had to share with you the “funny” in how these came about! As for Jeanie….I showed her how to make them a couple of weeks ago and guess who is laughing now…..SHE LOVED THEM and can’t get over how fast and easy they are to make!!!!

I will see you on Friday and I have some Tags for you….you will smile, PROMISE!!! Have a wonderful day and go make someone smile! I hope you enjoyed this…..I would love to hear your thoughts…..

This just goes to show you…you can be small (just like my Hershey Kiss) and be super special…as trust me, I bet when Debbie sees her swap from me….she still giggles!!! As my middle peep used to say…..“Start Small…Think Big”







Super cute way to send a CHECK!!!




Happy Monday again…I just had to pop back on and post these cuties for you as I honestly had them ready to go for today…this week I am showing you practical ways that make your gift giving that much more special and easier!



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With today being a FREE SHIPPING DAY for all orders…BIG or SMALL….it is a great time to grab those staples and also the bundles that will be going bye-bye! (a WIN-WIN…..saving 10% on the bundle PLUS another 10% on shipping)

You can click here to see the post that I did last year for these “check holders” and also click here when I did another variation but in a nutshell…these are super cute and super fun to whip up! (darn, a adore those mice)

I always have calls for these as there are still many that would prefer to write an old fashion check than give a gift card. You will see that I have 3 sizes….why? – I had a customer ask for one that was still cute and decorative but she wanted to enclose it in a Christmas Card…that is where the idea of the small one came from!










Here is a quick reference for you. If I were you….I would jot it down and put it somewhere that you go to often because it is little things like this that we can use all year long! I just adore practical ways of “gifting” but still make it super special!

  • Start with a 7″ X 7″ Square, score (I like to use the Score Board as it gives a nice and deep impression) at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″ and using the bone folder, crease well.
  • Find the center of your check holder (3 1/2″) and using a small circle punch, pop a 1/2 circle out so it is easier to pull the check out
  • Add tear n tape on the  side edges to adhere
  • Make the belly band – the Solid piece is 6 3/4″ X 1 1/4″ and then the DSP is 6 3/4″ X 1″. I just wrap it around and then take the bone folder to get a good crease, again use a wee bit of tear n tape to hold close.
  • The DSP….for the standard checks….the DSP is 1 1/2″ X 6 3/4″ (bottom one) and the (top one) is 1″ X 6 3/4″ and for “shortie” the DSP on the (bottom one) is 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″  and 1″ X 3 1/2″ for the (top one)









Remember…do not make the belly band too tight that it is difficult to get on and off… The sky is the limit as to what you can add to jazz up the fronts….you know the main goal…JUST HAVE FUN!

This is a fun project to look through your stash and just go to town. The end result is always a work of art that you will be proud of! I find this process to be fun!









For the “short guys”…..I followed the same formula as above but I just made base 3 3/4″ X 7″ before I scored it like above. They are cute aren’t they? Even if they are “shorties” – they are perfect to fold a check in half!

You can see that the sky is the limit for decorating but hear me out…this is a great way to use your odd sizes of DSP… you can see that I used all sorts of different stamps, used the Stampin’ Blends….just had FUN!

I shared with you last week that the Seasonal Chums IS being carried over but IT IS NOT a bundle after January 2nd….so this is one that I would hop on….it is just adorable and again, Stampin’ Up! did a fantastic job in the design!









I just went to town and had fun putting different paper behind the Crumb Cake Mittens…I am super sad that this bundle, Smitten Mitten is leaving us….as it is just too darn tootin’ cute… here to see a post I did on that from Friday! It is sooooooo fun and festive!

In the above photo…can you see that I placed RED teeny tiny rhinestones on the center of the mitten and also on the Elves Hat and Shoes? Easy and quick as I just colored with a red sharpie! You can use the Stampin’ Blends to color them as well….but I thought that the Cherry Cobbler was too dark and I wanted to make sure that you knew that you could use sharpies!

There you go…..I hope that this perked your Monday afternoon up! Remember, free shipping is just through this evening… me crazy but I set an alarm to go off at 8:30 tonight as I know me too well….I will get all caught up in watching the Voice and the evening will get away from me… this is how I roll….a good old fashion reminder …

I need to stock up on some basics….and FREE SHIPPING makes me skip a beat!





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