Birthday Fun with some BLOG CANDY!



Are you ready for some BLOG CANDY…

Wanna Win (2) Birthday Bags and (2)  Birthday Cards…



Hello and Happy (Friday!)Saturday morning!  As promised, I have the card that I created to go with yesterdays fun with the Birthday in a Bag post! One thing that happens to me and I bet you will agree…is that we always have great intentions to have a “stash of B-day Cards” on handjust in case and then life happens and we fall short!

Todays post is all about how I had to have an “Attitude Switch” in my simple stampin’ mind….basically, how I set out to make Lemonade out of Lemons…and guess what – the last laugh was on me!

Are you thinking to yourself….“What the heck is she talking about”...well, grab a cup of coffee and have an open mind and let me shed the light! In the end I think that you will see where I am coming from and also you will see that with a couple of changes…and a fresh and positive set of eyes – you can smile and in turn make someone else smile!

In my “simple stampin’ opinion” there are months of the Paper Pumpkin that are HIGHS…and then there are months that are Lows (in my eyes)…and when I opened up the December 2018 Paper Pumpkin….I wasn’t feelin’ the love. I let it sit for quite some time and then as I was cleaning my work area after the holidays…I thought – just use it up!

Lets’ get to it!





In the above picture you can see the kit and then what I did! I basically used the 18  calendar cards that are preprinted…and made 18 Birthday Cards with the kit….and I AM THRILLED as now I have 18 Birthday Cards ready to go to use over the span of 18 months!

The “calendar” itself is already preprinted and has a great gold foil detail on the Month and then a color that accents it. In the kit there are (4) different color schemes and for todays card I used this fun dot paper to go with the months that had the  Coastal Cabana trim! (hopefully this makes sense)

You can see the the one above that I have not cut yet is a soft yellow…and for that…I used a totally different DSP to accent it so I can use all sorts of DSP and USE IT UP!!! (let me know if you want me to share the other cards that I did with the other color combos) as I can do that in another post!






I checked this morning and this kit is still available….as sometimes SU offers extras for sale under the Paper Pumpkin Past Kits….but remember, you need to be a current Paper Pumpkin Subscriber to take advantage of past kits!

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber and you are curious and like this post – this is what I would do….. HEAR ME OUT… trust me – I have been a subscriber and then I have stopped….I have restarted it and stopped……yada – yada!

I would sign up/resign for just one month as there is never any obligation to commit for a long timeframe…

That would be $19.00 and then I would get the Calendar Kit for $18.00 + The super cute Halloween one for $15.30 = a total of $52.30 and that would get you a FREEBIE from SALE-A-BRATION!!! (don’t you love how my simple brain works!)






A little snip off the sides on the calendar element and also across the top….a quick mat of cardstock to help make it POP and a simple addition of a fun sentiment and that ADORABLE little card and PRESTO… SUPER FUN card that works PERFECTLY with my Birthday in a Bag!

Below you will see images of the other stamps/DSP that I used for this project, they are all newbies from the Occasions Catalog. In my simple eyes, they are both KEEPERS and you will see me blogging about them more in the future as I think that they are both Blue Ribbon Winners!

Because I have become so super selective in which Stampin’ Up! products I wish to purchase, I look at them and ask myself – do you see yourself making MANY cards/projects with them….is it one that you will reach for this time next year….and if you say yes – to those questions…chances are it is a good investment and it needs to find a home with you!








You can easily see that this is such a SIMPLE card but it carries a fun PUNCH to it because of the colors, clean lines and the sweet little addition of the cake and sentiment!

I guess what I am trying to convey to you is…keep it simple, make it doable…make is simply special! I am just thrilled with these cards and the others one that I did as well……(I used the butterfly SAB paper on one set….and it is just great!)

All you need to do is circle the “special day” of the recipients Birthday on the actual calendar or use a light color of ink and stamp a heart over the date and WOW – you have one special card for someone and I bet you can already see the smile on their face!





***PLEASE NOTE**** If you click the link for the Piece of Cake Bundle in the line up below….you will see that it is NOT available to purchase right now as a BUNDLE because they have sold out of the punch that coordinates with it… (urgh….I know – I get it) BUT the GREAT NEWS IS….that it will carry over INTO THE NEW CATALOG so you can have piece of mind that you will be able to get the punch when it comes back in stock!

The Stamp Set, Piece of Cake IS available and the image is not a hard one to fussy cut out until you are able to get the punch! Again, just trying to make Lemonade out of a Lemon situation! 🙂

Ok….I think you “get it” for the background of the why’s and how’s that I made this card and now are you ready to win some BLOG CANDY?

Leave me a comment and share in how you make someones Birthday special.….or perhaps leave a comment and let us know do you make multiple of cards and have them stock-piled? It is just fun to read how we all do things….again, a way that gets our creative juices flowing!

I will randomly pick a winner and they will win (2) Birthday Bags from yesterdays post and (2) of these cards……I will be back on Monday with the winner so you have 2 days to leave a comment!


I can’t wait to read the hows/whys you make a B-day special!


Have a GREAT day…and tomorrow is the SUPER BOWL….I have a bunch of things already stamped out so I can sit and color while I watch the game! The commercials are always my favorite to see and I saw a sneak peak of the M&M’s commercial….priceless!!!!

Be safe, stay warm and please go and make someone smile! It is still bitter cold here…the horse have been in the barn and yep…Daisy is still grumpy with the cold – she comes out of her condo and her hair stands up like spikes….and then she makes this little noise that makes me laugh….let’s see what the Ground Hogs says today!





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





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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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



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








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

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








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







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

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















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







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










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

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

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

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

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






3D Fun – Valentine Quickie!




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

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

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









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






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

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













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









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




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





3D Fun with a FREE PDF!






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

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

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

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







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

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

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






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

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







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





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

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









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

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







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

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










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


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

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




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