Peek a BOO…a fun way to create!



Good Morning….did you hear me grumbling yesterday? Well….I admit, I was as it has been a long time since I have had my “Susan Computer Issues” but yesterday and this morning…. it happened with the “photos” on my computer….it still is not right but I was creative and figured out a way to import them and today…yep, I have a date with a computer gu-ru!!!

I have a super simple card for you today that will hopefully put some ideas in your creative head to use this super simple technique with other basic shapes you have! You can also do this easily with a specific die shape….all you need is a die cut and Mr. Big!

Today I am using the below framelits, the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. I am often asked…“What are some tips in getting started in cardmaking”…I just LOVE this question as the answer is super simple….get the BASICS! I think “nesting shapes” of framelits are basics…and something that “timeless and the classics”! WHY??? The are a great building block for a clean and classic card!







In the below picture you will see what makes it unique….I cut the heart shape out of the front panel of my A-2 Card and then did a super simple stamp of a “love you” and POPPED it up! Now I ask you….HOW SIMPLE IS THAT?

I realize that there are some people that enjoy Valentines and then there are some….that just find it an ok time to make projects…but I think that a simple heart with a sentiment can do the trick…..for Valentines….or also and many other times throughout the year for someone super special! Are you wondering where that sentiment came from?

Please pop back tomorrow as I will be doing a whole post on a FUN product that I wager to say… a “sleeper” to many of you! It is the Oh Happy Photopolymer Stamp Set that is in the Oh Happy Kit…..found on page 15 in the Big Annual Catalog.








The focal paper is super yummy and the other prints in this collection are WOW – just STUNNING……Take a look below and I think that you will agree!

Remember, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for you to take advantage of my Occasions Product Share.…and just think – with a share you would easily be able to make some Valentines yourself with just a taste of this paper….a win-win as you will not be breaking the bank with having to buy a whole pack of paper!

You see….there are ways of getting the new kids on the block….giving them a test drive before you make the plunge to purchase it….to me, it is the best of both worlds!






This is a great view for you to see the opening….I thought that it was fun and something just a bit different than a regular card. I also think that the beautiful paper sets the tone for a clean and simple card that still makes a recipient feel WOW….I am super special! (cause guess what….YOU ARE)







I used Rich Razzleberry to stamp the sentiment and then did my “Susan dashes” to just jazz it up a wee bit….you know how I feel….LESS IS BEST and SIMPLE is my middle name as let’s face it….there are simply times where we just want to make something….with little time….and simply have that “I did it” experience, that is what makes us all beam with pride and joy!

Doesn’t it just look FUN to see the opening on the front? I did double and you could also triple up the dimension to make it really stand out but the card will still go through as a regular card with no additional postage!







I hope that this sweet card made your heart skip a beat! I cannot wait to share with you tomorrow the Oh Happy Day Kit and what I created. I know that there are many that enjoy my Monthly Kits but let me tell you…..this was a HUGE TREAT for me to make as I adored not having to work with cutting….planning…..designing…I GET IT – KITS ARE GREAT!

Speaking of kits…I am in FULL STEAM AHEAD with the January Kit and if you did not receive a confirmation from me….Houston, we have a problem….but no worries….just email me and we’ll get it squared away!

Have a GREAT day!






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!






My 3-D Valentine fun…..

What can I say but WOW….yesterday’s post was OUT OF THE BALLPARK and I thank you for giving Mary Ann the love that she sooooooo well deserved! Is that truck amazing or what! 🙂



I am still under the weather (and I never get a cold) and my poor nose….I feel like Rudolph but this will all past….and I am determined that today will be better! Enough about me….let’s look at this SUPER HOT 3-D that I made!

Now I must say…with this incredible work of ART that took me forever – I can just FEEL THE COMMENTS coming my way! 😀




M&M’s are a classic. For just $1.00 you can make someones day by purchasing this tube of classic calories and then do a simple fru-fru and trust me, you will be a ROCK STAR!



You do not need me today ( but I always hope that you know that you can email me with questions) but I will say (as I have said endless times) – Do not be hard on yourself if time is against you – there are ALWAYS ways that YOU can make someone smile with a super simple gesture like this!

The DSP is 4″ X 5″ and I put tear & tape all around and adhered….used some ribbon………added a simple heart with a sentiment and BAM – DONE!




I apologize that this is a short post but really this is all that needs to be said – go find something simple and add your flair and TRUST ME…you will shine an be soooooo happy that you made someones day!

I will say that YOU all always make my day….and my peeps and John will often pop onto my blog and say – WOW – you had a ton of comments…..that makes me feel so good but what really makes me feel good is know that I inspire you to reach and try……

I know that I was  loser :- ( in not replying to all of the comments yesterday but honestly, I am not feeling the best and heck) – YOU KNOCKED THEM OUT OF THE PARK!!!!

Fingers crossed that we will have a great Simple Saturday….but I hope that you have  FABULOUS FRIDAY and I hope that my super hard 3-D inspired you to try it… Mikey says, TRY IT….YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! 😕

p.s. – The M & M holders are GREAT for quarters! I am famous for snitching every quarter I see in the house as it goes to my motto that I say in our house – “Quarters for Clean Horses” – as this is how I stash them and keep them in the truck when I have to go to the Laundry Mat to do the glamorous job of washing horse blankets!!!! 😀






A super sweet foxy Valentine!!!


Need a super cute Valentine? Well, I think I have one for you today! This little fox is just adorable and just look at how classic, cute and just FUN this is!

I only had a couple of sheets of the hearts paper so I needed to think how could I maximize this paper to make as many cards as I wanted! Later in the post you will see the measurements that will make sense to you for my reason of stretching my papers!

I decided to play along with a challenge, The Paper Players….so I invite you to pop over to this site to see some Valentine inspirations! I am always in awe with the talent out there!





I will break this down for you in case you wish to CASE it. I did use an extra layer of white paper but you could easily eliminate that step but I adore paper and to me, it makes it when you hold a “solid” card in your hand!

I knew that the ‘Peeps” would love the traditional Real Red but this is where you can have fun with this little guy…make him whatever your heart desires!





I love pictures like this so you can see the angles of layers. It goes back to that thing we talk about often, it is the little extra special touches that make a difference. Trust me, once you get in the habit of trying to add a touch – you will try to play a game with yourself and say…what can I add that is simple yet fun!




This is a paper stack that is useful all year long. I am sure that many of you have it once it first came out so I say  – GO PULL IT OUT and have some fun with it!



You can see that I used the Wood-grain Embossing folder to make a quick banner and then today O did (3) dashes and (3) dots to go around the fox!

I thought that this sentiment lends itself to this little fox, (I love the font) and the message – perfect for Valentines! The heart was from the Endless Thanks but you could also use the little heart that is on the Owl Punch….ask me how I know….I made a boo-boo and the “Owl Heart” is a perfect coverup!




I think that this is a smile maker and I know that my “peeps” are going to love this card. Hannah always loves a card with this dear little fox and this is a set that I will always keep as it is so quick and easy to make a whimsical card with an endless array of sentiments!

I think that the size of the fox is the thing that makes it works for so many different projects. He would be a perfect toppers for a “nuggets” bag of chocolates and it would be adorable on one of the white boxes!



Here you go with the quick dimensions! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions and if you do not have this paper, no worries ~ just use what you have!

  • The card base is an A2 in the vertical 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The white piece is 4″ X 5 1/4″ (this is the step that you could skip but I love the layers)
  • The heart paper is 3 3/4″ X 2″ and then the lower DSP is 3 3/4″ X 3″ (I like to use Tear and Tape to hold these 2 together)
  • The white stamped piece is 2 1/4″ X 3″  and then matted with real red a “smidge larger” ~ 2 3/8″ X 3 1/8″
  • I stamped an extra head and then POPPED it up with dimensionals.
  • The embossed banner is 1/2″ wide and then the end trimmed with scissors




I know that we are all over the place about creating Valentines….some of us love to send them….some of us are not as much of a fan! I can remember when I was little that I LOVED Valentines Day and I always was waiting to see which Valentine a boy would give me….do you remember if there was a conversation heart that said “be mine” you thought that he liked you…a BUNCH!

I guess that I get it honestly about making homemade things…as I always gave homemade/handmade Valentines and I did the same with my children. Looking back at it, I am glad that I carried that tradition as they are wonderful memories!

Have a super day…..let’s all have a great week and I hope to see you back tomorrow for your Tips for your Tuesday! 😀




Valentine Fun…



Happy HUMP day and I think that I have a card for you today that you are really going to like! I was doing the happy dance with this bundle, Sealed with Love but I admit, I like the framelits better than the stamp set.

I feel like the framelits can go a long way throughout the year but this is one…that I would probably go for the bundle to save the 10% and you know that the stamps would be perfect for this special day that is right around the corner!





I can remember when the preview of this catalog came out and I saw that tiny envelope….SOLD – on its way to Randall Lane as I have been itchin’ to do a card with little envelopes ever since I watched a video of Jennifer McGuire’s several years ago! I adore her style and I was super happy to make a valentine with this envelope!

I think that this is a great one for a guy using the Basic Gray and the fun and subtle DSP, A Little Foxy worked perfect. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes and then POPPED out with the Classic Label Punch….win – win all the way around!





I had fun with the paper I chose today! I wanted to make something that I thought would be bit toned down from the traditional Valentines Paper and I will say…I think that it is FUN! I am thrilled that Stampin’ Up! is continuing to come out with the 6 X 6 paper stacks as I think that they are soooo easy to work with!






You can actually use the framelit that looks like a note and actually write a message and tuck it in! I used a simple glue dot to seal each of the little envelopes! Aren’t they soooooooo cute!. I just think that it doesn’t get any cuter than this….what do you think!?!?!






This special day will be here in a jif…..I hope that you can see how this style of a card would be a fun one to make and also one that is great in using up scraps of paper! I just LOVE to play that personal game with myself, “SEE HOW MANY SCRAPS YOU CAN USE TODAY” – Funny it is the silly things that make me roll!

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow… will LOVE IT!!!! (I know you too well) 😀



A Valentine with no stamps…FUN!!!




Can you say…..SIMPLE!

Can you say….CLASSIC!

Can you say, why didn’t I think of this clean and simple Valentine? You could easily change up the color of the hearts and make it a “love” card anytime of the year! I was pleased with the end result as I was trying to challenge myself to use a product that was in the Annual Catalog that I thought many of you might have!





If there is ever a thinlit set that includes sentiment words, you better betcha that it will be in the Brown Truck making it’s way to Randall Lane. This is a part of a BUNDLE, Sunshine Sayings and remember, there is no guarantee that it will remain a bundle or even for that fact, that it would be carried over to the next catalog.

To me, I love the fun and whimsical yet classic look and feel of the framelits but the sentiments cover just about every thing. This makes it so versatile to make all sorts of cards.





I know that you love to have dimensions and yep, I will share them with you but…..really – you do not need me on this one! One thing that I would HIGHLY suggest to use Stick It as it made it a BREEZE to make this card. You will be AMAZED that this comes together in a jif!





Here you go….

  • Card base is a good old Vertical Card in Thick White 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The white layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The red stripe is 1/4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The Blushing Bride DSP Stack piece is 1″ X 5 1/4″
  • The hearts and sentiment were cut out using stick it before it was run through the Big Shot. I “trimmed” the “u” from the sentiment of “sunshine”
  • The envelope love was a piece of 1/2″ X 6″ of Red and then 2″ X 6″ for the fun DOTS!





There you go….just think of how close you are to that magic threshold of $50.00 to pick a Sale-A-Bration item! I say WOOT-WOOT!

I love a stamp set/bundle that gives you a bunch of mileage…this is one that does just that! You simply cannot go wrong with “good and solid” sentiment words to make your project say WOW…..super fast!

Have a great day…..and until tomorrow!



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