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….andย  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!!!ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚



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! ๐Ÿ˜€




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 wasย  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 haveย  FABULOUS FRIDAY and I hope that my super hard 3-D inspired you to try it… Mikey says, TRY IT….YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! ๐Ÿ˜•

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!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€






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 sayย  – 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″ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€




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) ๐Ÿ˜€



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!



A Valentine “cutie”


Good Morning! Do you ever stop and think of all of the crazy things that can happen in one day? Well, yesterday was one of those kinda days and I was so excited to go to bed and have a new day begin!

I cannot even begin to tell you all of the things that happened….but here are some lights that all happened before 10 a.m.

  • The donkey got loose and was running all around and Arnold was having a fit because that dumb donkey is his seeing eye buddy…..
  • the Fed X Truck FLEW down our lane and I was flapping my hands for him to slow down….and then he said to me…..“Do you know your donkey is loose”? I felt like saying REALLY…. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • Next….about 30 minutes later the UPS Truck came and one of the Jack Russells hopped in his truck after he shut the back door of the truck and then yep……about 10 minutes after he left….down comes the truck and out the door came Jack! What could I do but LAUGH!!!!

(At the end of the post…I will share with you the TRUMP CARD of the day and you will then see….why I was excited to go to bed last night!)



Let’s get to this super cute box that can be made in a JIF! It is cute and I just love the little heart card I added as a note ๐Ÿ™‚



I came in the house and decided to try to be productive and made this adorable and oh so easy White Gift Box! I love the ease of it and I cut (4) 2 3/4″ย  squares from the great Valentines Paper, Sending Love DSP Pack. I will say that there are other prints in this pack that go beyond Valentines.




I took a piece of scrap Real Red and folded it over to make a heart card. Using the framelit (as shown) – I left a little bit of the framlit above the red so it could asked as a hinge. Have you ever tried this? It is fun and then I used a smaller heart in white for the inside!





Can you see the sentiment? It is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set….(LOVE THAT SET) – it is truly an old one but a GREAT one. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with white! A simple white bow was the perfect finishing touch!







How about that Blog Hop yesterday? I hope that you all were inspired. I am always in awe of all of the great talent that is out there – I just love this FUN thing that we do! It makes my heart happy when John says….“My wife shares kindness and makes people smile” We all should be so proud of ourselves by sharing our handmade works of art!

Now for the TRUMP CARD….I was away for the afternoon and came home to a broken water heater….one word – YUCK!!!!!

See you tomorrow…..never a dull moment on Randall Lane! ๐Ÿ™‚



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