BOO! It’s hip to be square!


You know that I adore my square cards! Today’s card is “doubly” HIP TO BE SQUARE as you can see that I have many, many squares! When I was an avid scrap-booker, I loved using 1″ squares to add fun and interest to a card!

This is not only a super great way to use up scraps but it is a FUN and FESTIVE card that will surely bring a smile to anyone that is lucky enough to receive it….Because this is a favorite layout for me, I am going to give you the scoop as I hope that you make a card like this….just think of all of the amazing DSP’s we have….FUN!

The “secret weapon” for this card is the 1″ punch, true you can use the trimmer for it but trust me, not only is it easier/faster with a punch…you get the exact same time each and every time!

Let’s get going as I do love to share with you how to make cards that make my heart happy and this layout is one of them!


  • The overall size of this card is a 4 1/2″ square in Very Vanilla
  • Using 4 different patterns pop out (4) of each using the 1″ punch
  • Take a 4″ piece of scrap and cover the square with the pieces you popped out. (This is another key factor for this card…by having this as a base, you will never have to worry it you have them straight etc…)


  • Cut a piece of black a “smidge” larger, 4 1/8″ and add then the “fun square masterpiece” to it.
  • The “BOO” came from the Boo To You Framelits Dies….this is a fun bundle from the new catalog!
  • The Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies were the framelits that made the back drop for the BOO! Pull out your black pen and dash away and dot away, this add a great touch but…..


  • Now the the silly fun….the crazy silver threads coming out of the back of the sentiment. I simply took snail to the back and then added strands of thread to give it a festive effect –
  • The envelope was made with the envelope punch board…fast, fun and oh so custom each and every time. I laugh at myself when I think that I was so intimidated with this tool when it first came out but trust me, for $20.00 ~ it is one of the best bangs for your buck and you will always be able to make any size of envelopes.


That it….well not really as you know what today is…the weekly deals! Each Tuesday Stampin’ Up! comes out with 6 items that they are offering for 25% off….I say WOOT-WOOT and THANKS! Remember, they are only good thru next Monday evening so please do not put it off as you will be frustrated with yourself, trust me…..I have been there many times!

Thanks for your time…thanks for your support – Tomorrow will be a SUPER fun day as it is a Blog Hop…the theme is great, the designers will tantalize you with many, many inspirations!

Please feel free to click that SHOP NOW button or the products that I used for today are in the below scrolling store!

I have not share many animal photos lately but I could not resist this from yesterday morning. Milo is a super dog and fits in like he has lived her forever. Eddie is doing great – he had several days of not eating again, but now he has moved back to chicken!


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Bag of sweets!


Good morning and I bet most of you have totally by passed these adorable bags that are in the Annual Catalog on page 151. I know that this might not be the most exciting post but I will say that this is a super fun product and the next time you order, add these to your order as the are perfect all year long for all sorts of occasions!


If you are like me….I might have a little goodie that I want to give to someone but I simply do not want a ziplock baggie. These are perfect and safe for food products and just about anything!

I did use the Halloween Washi Tape to seal the bag and it also makes it super cute! I also punched some holes in the bag to feed the fun cotton ribbon thru and added a simple Susan bow….


These are little secret weapons that we all need to have and be able to have "on hand" just in case! As you can see, these little fun bags hold a bunch and for just 40 cents a bag….those DOTS are super fun!


I am a "happy" Halloween person,not a scary one and I think a little something like this is a perfect "pick me up for anyone….any age" I think we forget to make small cards but small cards are super to write that quick hand written note!

I am hoping that Stampin' Up! comes out with this ribbon in other colors as it is just fabulous to work with and I adore the texture that it gives….love it!


I hope that this simple post brought an awareness to you for thinking about "packaging ideas" that Stampin' Up! offers. I always try to keep a supply of our packaging to have "just in case" and I will say, they sure do come in handy!

Daisey was sooooo flattered to get some comments yesterday. She is a hoot and I will say that it is funny if we have someone come to our house that does not know that we have a pig….they are either scared to death of her (which makes me really laugh as she does not move to fast) or they say, "Did you know that there is a pig out there"  – (This is the comment that I really like as we had someone working on our furnace and when he came up stairs and Daisey was asleep in front of the fire place….he say – "Hey lady…..lady – did you know that there is a pig in your house?) – priceless!

Look who is below…things are going to work out….and this is a testament of how things do happen for a reason. Milo is with us and his "Nana – Earlene" is going to have the joy from this little man as we are going to keep him and let him go over and have Nana visits.

She is thrilled and my heart is full of happiness. She calls me several times a day asking about him (and I do the same to her as I know she is smiling with each and every moment I share with her) He discovered Daisey late yesterday and darn I wish I had a camera – it was priceless and he was running for a ball with Eddie and he saw Daisey and stop dead in his tracks and ran right back to me!!!




On another great note – Eddie has picked up weight and doing very well…his TLC and your comments make him happy!

Until tomorrow! Very, very happy with this post as you will see "Fall is in the air" – I hope that you pop back!


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It’s the PERFECT time!


What is the PERFECT time?

TODAY is the perfect time to hit that SHOP NOW button (or go to the end of the post and click it right into your cart) and purchase this must have, classic, timeless and oh so versatile die as it is 25% off! I know…I know – that dies are very $$$$$ but that is why this is the perfect time to take advantage of this!

Yep, that's right….this Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies is on the weekly deals and this is one of those things that you will never regret purchasing! Stampin' Up! had this on weekly deals back in June and it was a huge hit and I am thrilled that they brought it back!


In June, I did a 2 day post on this special gem so this post is rather short as you can click here to see all of the scoop and measurements on how to minimize your paper usage and then you can click here to see how I stepped it up a bit to make it even more fun, (if that's possible)

On the 2nd day that I posted this I showed you how you could take this little gem of a bag and add a super cute card and trust me, you can even still stick in a treat! Todays bags are filled to the brim with treats only!

The thing that I adore about this framelit is….you can easily use it all year around…with the amazing paper that we have at our fingertips, you are surely going to be doing the happy dance all year long creating all sorts of fun!

Here you go… about a fun parade of pictures… will see the supplies I used at the bottom of the post…the new tear tape is a dream machine putting this together!

I am not a scary Halloween person but I do think sweet and happy Halloween things are fun. To me, this is FUN to the max and I know that it would bring a smile to anyones face!


Do you see the threads of the bow that I put ontop of the Rich Razzelberry one? These are from pulling the threads from the stripe in color ribbon, further down you will see that I used the Tangelo Twist on the other treat bag – this is a fun and oh so easy effect!


 Don't you love the sparkle on the witched hat – a bit of bling! Remember, the fun glitter paper is available in my Product Share! I like to only use it if "little doses"


You know I love my sentiment framelits – what a statement they make and yes, I did use 2 layers of the vanilla coaster board….makes all the difference in the world and truly does not take much extra time!


Here is a close up of what I was talking about before…this ribbon is a dream ribbon, it is so easy to work with and being able to use it in another way by pulling the strands is a win-win! (remember, this ribbon is on my product share)!




I hope that this brought a smile to your face! I think that they are super cute!

DOG UPDATE: I need to include all dogs on this one….John comes home late tonight so I had to break it to them….the slumber party is over! We have had a blast all week at our slumber parties and Eddie is doing just great! The little sneak – he found another stash of tennis balls and I swear there must be 20+ all around!

I have a friend that works at a tennis center and she gives me all of the balls that they can not use anymore…so trust me  – our yard/barn areas look like a permanent Easter Egg Hunt….I need to get a quick video of Eddie trying to get 2 balls in his mouth at the same time – PRICELESS as he really, REALLY tries hard to do it and he is a HOOT barking with a tennis ball in his mouth….he sounds like a dolphin!

Please remember that today is the last day to order anything from the new Holiday Catalog Share. You can click here to see the post and feel free to email me if you have any questions on specific shares.

Until tomorrow!

Here are the weekly deals…and then below that will be the products I used for the post today!


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Today is a GREAT day!


Good Monday morning..I am SUPER happy today for so many reasons – I am going to bullet point them and then we are going to get to this super cute card that if you are not smiling with it – than WE NEED TO TALK….as I think it is super sweet!

  • Eddie hit a HOMERUN – He ate 4 x's in a row and he ate a scrambled egg mixed in with his turkey! (super cute picture of him at the end of the post)
  • John left yesterday for business until Friday night and I have a new motto..."When John is away – Susan is going to PLAY"!!!!
  • The weather is UNREAL and the windows were open last night and I felt like the lady on Home Alone when the pigeons were all over her….the dogs and I had a fabulous time having a slumber party!
  • James and I are eating things that John does not like – last night was a spicy Mexican Fiesta and we had a ball together…I used to think that the best times were when they were little tikes – but I am LOVIN' having him home!

ENOUGH – let's get to the card as it is super fun! I have a confession, at 1st glance I was only going to purchase the framelits of this bundle (as I ADORE any framelit that is a sentiment), then when I sat and thought about how I could I use this stamp set…and then knowing that I would get an instant 15% off and then another 20% off = HIT THAT BUTTON!


I just love sentiments…and this bundle has (4) fabulous script sentiments – spooky, snow, falala and grateful! To me these are great, basic "anchors" for a clean and simple card. Bundles are just the best and there is no way that I would ever pass up a script framelit sentiment!


The card size is a 4 1/2" square card in Rich Razzleberry and then each layer is just 1/4" smaller – (but trust me, I used the "insides" to take full advantage of the paper that was going to be covered up)!


This Halloween paper, Happy Hauntings is just amazing…each and every print is better than the next! Simple, fun…DONE! You know me and polka dots!

I did use the Vanilla Coaster Board to cut out the sentiment and heads up….it goes through the Big Shot just like a piece of paper….really no difference – and I just love the effect it gives.


The envelope punch board made it super easy to make this fun Tangelo Twist envelope! This little tool, just under $20.00 is simply amazing with all of the amazing thing it can do = just LOVE IT! Once you have it down…it's like riding a bike, you'll do it again and again!


You know me by now….I love my dots and dashes – these dots made the cucumber crush flagged piece of paper (1 1/2" wide) help set off the sentiment and make the total focal point of the Jack-o-lantern POP!

Let's all have a great week, please feel free to email me if you meed anything – I am really, REALLY looking forward to a productive and wonderful week! (gee, I have a lot of Stamp of the Month Club things to do). In closing, below is a picture that will touch your heart!

Is this adorable or what!?!? It was chilly out when we woke up on Sunday and when Eddie came back in the house he was cold so I put his bed in the sun by a window…remember ~

"What ever Eddie wants…Eddie gets"!

He played outside with his canine siblings and had a fabulous day – right by my side as I had an affair with weeds….his trusty tennis ball is always in an arms reach….or a "paws" reach!


Until tomorrow….

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A blast from the past plus a video!


I know that these Tootsie Pops have been around before but I think that they are soooo darn tootin' cute that it brought back! I have so many great memories of doing things like this with my children!

The best thing is that I STILL LOVE TO MAKE THEM...and I still send things like this to my adult children and they always call to thank me for the memories and then naturally I have my moment to say….do you remember when you were a Pumpkin for Halloween…..

(Do you remember making the ghosts out of kleenex)!!! Well, I admit, I love tootsie rolls and tootsie pops! Making them into an adorable broom is so cute at this time of the year but I thought that they needed a little "box" to stand on so they would be straight!

I have made a video for you so you can see me make one – I adore making these each and every year – they always bring a huge smile to my face….so do not wait – get started now and remember, break it into steps!


I have LOTS of pictures for you with tips and tricks but please feel free to email me if I can be of help to you! They are so fun and I will say they get addictive to make! Let's start with the box!

I did use the smallest circle framelit to cut out the middle but if you do not have that or want to save time…just put a couple of glue dots on the bottom of the tootsie pop….works like a charm!


In the picture below you can see the little box! (I think a little Elephant should be standing on it) I like the fact that the coffee filter drapes over it to hide it!


Now let's get the making the broom…so easy and so cute! Again, please feel free to email me if you need further help!





To me, the key adhesive are the glue dots for this project…these little gems are easy to tuck in and with using the piercing tool…it makes it easy!


Thanks for popping in today and I hope that you go to the store and purchase some lollipops and try this! I am sure that whomever is lucky enough to get this broom will be a happy camper!

Remember, shopping in your jammies is FUN…..Click here and smile!

Until tomorrow….but please do not forget to check out the weekly deals…..I will be sooo confused this week with the holiday – click here to see the goodies!  

p.s. – go and pop into the clearance section – there are some great finds that you could use for Halloween Projects….like the Tangelo Twist Ribbon and the White and Tangerine Tango Thick Twine would be perfect to use with this project!

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Fall Fun for Freshly Made Sketches!


This is it…the week that we all have been anxiously waiting for – the NEW CATALOG LAUNCHES tomorrow! I know that you all are as excited as I am but before we get to that fun…today I decided to play with the Freshly Made Sketches as I loved the sketch!

Here you go…here is the sketch and here is my take! This stamp set is another great example of a versatile set that covers several holidays the best thing – it comes in a bundle = an instant 15% 0ff! It is the Happy Scenes stamp set and the "bundle" part is and AMAZING window framelit!!!


The over all size of the card is 5" X 7" and out came the watercoloring again! Remember….practice, practice and then do it again. I do highly recommend to use the watercolor paper especially when you are using the Aqua Painters as you have more of a tendency to have more moisture.

You can see in the "scrolling store" the colors that I used…again, it is a fun and relaxing way to make a card. (You will also see that I made a boo-boo in the scrolling store but just added another underneath – I have all of my posts ready for the week) – I did not realize it until I was double checking!

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Isn't this a super sweet Halloween/fall image? It reminds my of snoopy – I wish there was a small snoopy sitting under the tree – would that be super cute!
The above picture you can see a good view of the Boho Chic Embossing folder – a perfect little bit of interest that I think compliments the fun designer series paper!
When you break this down, it is a super easy card and this is ONE FABULOUS SKETCH….these are the types that I say "bank it" for the future as it is a keeper!
After I was finished the card, I looked at it and thought something was needed…(see….sometimes this happens to me – all projects are "a work in progress"….so out came the Bakers Twine) and it worked! I kinda like the "sprigs"
Fun, simple = one great fall card that you could easily not stamp the Halloween Sentiment and have a fabulous fall card that I know anyone would love to receive!
Hope you like it…please do not be timid about watercoloring – I will need to do a video for you so you can see that it is not scary… MONSTERS will jump out!!!!
Get ready for tomorrow as remember, I do offer  PAW PRINT PROGRAM and here is the tracking sheet –   PAW PRINT rewards Tracking that will allow you to earn FREE stamp sets from me and also tomorrow, to get this party rolling I will be offering a special goodies for sales at a specific price point….you will love it and I will love to sent it to you as my thanks!!! (I know that you will smile)
As always, thanks for your time….I love sharing part of the day with you, feel free to email me if you have any questions….remember, I love what I do and I love helping you reach your goals!
p.s. – we are going to have FUN and PLAY A GAME….get ready to Play a game and on Friday I will share with you the results and a video of "HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW SUSAN" I just love games!

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