Brighten Up Your Table with Spring Coasters

Spring Coasters-Visit

I’m really celebrating Spring this year!  I decided to do a Quick & Easy project to make Spring Coasters!  These will brighten up your table, whether it’s dining, coffee or patio!  The coasters are about 4-1/2” in diameter, so they’ll hold bowls, too!

Supplies Used:  Fabulous Florets (#128574, Wood-Mount; #123027, Clear-Mount) & Papillon Potpourri (#132058, Wood-Mount; #123759, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Coaster Board (#129392); In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit (#131204); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Scallop Circle Bigz™ Die (#113468); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805); Medium Window Sheets (#114323); Crisp Cantaloupe (#130021) & Pistachio Pudding (#130020) 3/8” Ruffle Stretch Ribbon; Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); very strong hole punch such as Crop-A-Dile™

I put in the In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock & Classic Pad Kit as a supply item because you get all five colors of Classic Stampin’ Pads and a sampling of Card Stock sheets at a savings.  It’s also easier than typing everything individually.


  1. Randomly stamp images using various colors of stamp pad all over the Coaster Board.  I used Pistachio Pudding for the leaves, Crisp Cantaloupe for the filled flower image, Strawberry Slush for the outline flower images, Coastal Cabana for the butterflies and Baked Brown Sugar for the saying.
  2. Cut Adhesive Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Apply face up over the stamped Coaster Board (which is 6” x 12”).
  3. Cut Window Sheet to 6” x 12” with Stampin’ Trimmer.  Adhere to adhesive-covered stamped Coaster Board.  Smooth over the surface.
  4. Place Coaster Board face down over die.  Die-cut scalloped circles with Big Shot.  I left the Coaster Board intact when cutting to make use of the scraps for other dies or bookmarks.
  5. Punch hole in edge of coaster and tie ribbon through it with a bow.  (This will help guests identify which coaster is theirs and you can hang them by the loops when you’re done.)

The Scallop Circle Die is so large, you can only get two coasters from one sheet of Coaster Board.  If you use the 3-1/2” Circle (#121811) or 3” Circle (#122125) Originals Dies, you’ll be able to cut more.

To order what you need to brighten up your own tables with Spring coasters, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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At A Loss for Family Fun Night?

Paper_Pumpkin_LogoHave you used up all your ideas for Family Fun Night?  Are you getting tired of the same old thing?  I bet your Fun Nights are turning into Fun Minutes, too, right?  I know my family’s schedule keeps getting tighter and tighter!

Here’s what I do:  I grab my Paper Pumpkin box and open it up on Fun Night.  Each month, there’s a surprise project of one to four cards, journals, mini-albums or other paper-craft projects that only take 30 minutes to complete!  This includes reading the directions!!  You get everything you need to create quick and easy handmade cards (or whatever the box holds).  Everyone can say, “I made it myself!”  Think of it as a Family Fun Night tool!

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service that sends you a new project kit every month.  As long as you sign up by the 10th of the month, you’ll receive that month’s project kit or your Welcome Kit if it’s the first month.  The kits arrive around the 15th of the month.  Membership is $19.95 a month, which includes shipping!  You can pause your subscription or cancel any time, as well.

To receive Paper Pumpkin, click the link to subscribe.  Try My Paper Pumpkin today and give your family something different for Family Fun Night!

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Surprise Scrapbook


A friend of mine just retired from the place I used to work.  She started 35 years ago (the year after me) and I’ve known her and worked with her since then.  Her celebration inspired me to create a Surprise Scrapbook project for future retirees, promotions out of the department, or other happy leaving situations.  I did not have enough time to get together with the party organizers to gather photos to create one for her.  Instead, I used the box to give her something that was one of our best memories together.

The Surprise Scrapbook consists of a decorated box filled with mini-album pages.  The box I used is the retired Extra-Large Gift Box from Stampin’ Up!®, but any 6″ x 6″ x 4-3/8″ box will work.  (I keep hoping this box will show up in the upcoming 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, but we’ll see!)  You can also use other sizes of box, just change the measurements.

Supplies Used for Photo Example:

Stamps & Wheels:  Happy Hour Stamp Set (#132013, Wood-Mount; #126642, Clear-Mount)

  • I love this set, but it really needs a beer mug to complete it, don’t you think?

Flower Shop Bundle (#132727, Wood-Mount; #132726, Clear-Mount; includes Flower Shop Stamp Set #130939, Wood; or #130942, Clear; and Pansy Punch #130698)

Petite Petals Bundle (#134821, Wood-Mount; #134822, Clear-Mount; includes Petite Petals Stamp Set #133152, Wood or #133155, Clear; and Petite Petals Punch #133322)

Card Stock & Paper:  Tangerine Tango 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#111349), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & 5-3/4″ x 4-1/8″ (4); Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994), 2″ x 12″, 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ & 5-1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (4); Gumball Green 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#126840), 5-3/4″ x 5-5/8″ & Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#100730), 5-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ (times however many pages needed for both colors)

Ink & Color: Smoky Slate (#131179) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads

Accessories & Tools:  3/4″ Circle Punch (#119873); Candy Dots Brad Bases (#132293); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199); Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (#131152); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)


  • Pierce the centers of all the flowers after they’ve been punched out.
  • Arrange the 3 largest in the center of the top layer and pierce holes through all layers before you attach it to the box lid.
  • Stack a small flower on top of a large flower, insert the brad, then attach to the top layer.  Repeat for the other two, then adhere Rhinestones in the centers of the brads.  You can substitute coordinating Candy Dots (Brights #130931; Neutrals #130934; Regals #130932; Subtles #130933) or Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) for the Rhinestones.
  • Adhere the ribbon around the box with SNAIL, using small sections at a time.  Leave the front of the box (with the notch) adhesive-free and tie the ribbon in a knot.
  • Line up the bottom layer of the front box panel and mark the notch on the back.  Punch out with circle punch, then adhere the DSP layer and punch it.  The punches won’t go through two layers at one time.

The individual pages are very simple (just a piece of Whisper White Card Stock layered on a piece of Gumball Green Card Stock and stamped) and allow for a photo with a message or caption underneath.  Colleagues and well-wishers can also write a message on the back of the page.

If you want to make a real mini Surprise Scrapbook, use the Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146).  Your cover page can show through the window and you’ll need fewer 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ pages.  Or you can make a miniature version of the Surprise Scrapbook shown with the Kraft Gift Box (#124106) and 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ pages.

To order what you need to have make your own Surprise Scrapbooks, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive 3am Stamping Rewards for every $30 purchased.  You can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order exceeds $150.

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Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box


This is my week to be pink!  Today’s Pink Spiral Flower Quick & Easy Box features Princess Pink Craft Metal Sheets from Add A Little Dazzle and the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die (#129379) for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).

To make the Spiral Flower from the die-cut, you need to start by wrapping the small end around a pencil point (or a Stylus such as the Simply Scored™ Stylus #125624) and continuing to wrap from there, according to the instructions.  This works well for paper because you can wrap it tight, then loosen the flower easily after you’re done and before you glue it.

For Craft Metal Sheets, you need to wrap the die-cut differently.  I wrapped the center around a stylus to get it started, then used my fingers to wrap the metal loosely.  When I reached the end, I spread the petals by hand until I got the look I wanted.  Then I glued the flower with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let it dry.  Liquid Glue dries clear and is as shiny as the metal sheet!


  1. Any time you glue or use any adhesive, put your project piece on a Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853).  When the glue is dry or you’re finished with the adhesive, your project piece lifts off the Silicone Craft Sheet easily.  You can clean it with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (#102394) or regular soap and water.
  2. Put your bottom die-cut (like the Gumball Green Floral Frame I used) in between the liner and the adhesive of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and rub to pick up the adhesive.  This gives an even layer of adhesive that won’t show through the clear window of the Gift Box.

Other Supplies Used:  Decorative Window Gift Box (#132146); Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126844); Gumball Green (#126840) & Primrose Petals (#126481) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Floral Frames Framelits™ (#127012); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247);  SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805)

Wrap the ribbon around the side of the Gift Box so your recipient doesn’t have to do anything but lift the lid to open it.  Secure the ribbon with some SNAIL around the sides, then tie the bow in the front.  This lets your recipient re-gift or keep the box and fill it with trinkets!

To order what you need to make your own Quick & Easy Boxes, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!  You can order Craft Metal Sheets here at Add A Little Dazzle ‘s Online Store.

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Fun to Play With: Ornamental Fun Shapes

Ornamental-Fun-Pyramid2I  just installed the Ornamental Fun Templates Digital Download (#136776) for My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download) Digital Design Software.  There are four fun shapes, including the pyramid shown, a cube and two more I’m not sure of, but I’ll let you know when I’ve put them together!  By the way, you may be able to print an 8-1/2″ x 11″ copy from my photo and start practicing!

To retrieve the Ornamental Fun Templates:

  1. Open My Digital Studio
  2. Select Designer Templates
  3. Select Photobook or Individual Pages
  4. Select 8-1/2″ x 11″ Portrait
  5. Scroll through the Templates until you get to Ornamental Fun.  The Templates are all in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to find them if you know the title.  Select Ornamental Fun and keep choosing “Next” until you get to “Finish.”  The default settings are fine.

You can change the white space to another color.  If you want to change the patterns, you’ll need to select a Punch and size it to match, then fill in with a Background Paper pattern.  Otherwise, just print!

You can add photos to the ornaments in My Digital Studio, but be careful of the direction they’re facing.  In my sample template, I would place my photos so the chins are pointing at the gray triangle and the heads are pointing at the top of the patterned triangle.  When I finish assembling my models.  I’ll do a set of the template pictures with placement arrows and post them.

I printed the Ornamental Fun shapes on plain paper to get the feel of how the ornaments go together.  You can print yours on Card Stock using the “Print” feature under “Share” on the “Project” menu.  This gives you choices to set up your printer and lets you preview how they’re going to look.  You can print from the “Preview” setting, too.

To order My Digital Studio, just click the Order Online Button in my right sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You may download it immediately and start playing!  You may also try it free for 30 days!

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Box It Up With Envelope Punch Board


I have been going nuts making boxes of all sizes with the Envelope Punch Board (#133774)!  It’s really easy to do!!  Here’s how:

  1. Measure the item for which you want to make a box:  length, width and thickness.
  2. Add the thickness plus 1/4″ to the length and width.  These are the measurements for you card stock to make the box.
    1. The extra 1/4″ on the thickness is to allow for the 1/8″ easement all the way around.  It’s already added into the chart measurements.
  3. Look up the card size for the length & width measurements on the Envelope Punch Board chart.  This gives you your starting punch/scoring point.  Punch and score the card stock.
  4. Move the card stock to the left by the thickness measurement.  Punch and score the card stock.
  5. Rotate the card stock and line up the original score lines with the guides.  Punch and score.  Repeat for all sides.

The pattern shown is for a 4″ x 4″ box that’s 3/4″ deep.  The tabs are needed to assemble the box and keep its shape.  Card Stock cut to 7-7/8″ x 7-7/8″; first punch & score at 3-1/2″ mark.

Envelope-BoxIf you want your box to open fully, you’ll need to either tape it closed with removable adhesive, tie a ribbon around it or make a belly band.  You don’t need to round the corners on the flaps with this style.

If you want your box to open only on one side, cut away one set of tabs for the opening.  Assemble the box by adhering the tabs to the side and the outer flap to the inner flaps.  In my finished sample, I tied a ribbon around the box.  The ribbon slides off so the embellishment doesn’t get caught.  Card Stock cut to 6″ x 6″; first punch & score at 2″ mark.

Supplies Used in Finished Sample:  Baja Breeze 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (retired, but Soft Sky #131203 makes a great substitute); Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad (#131175); Festive Flurry Stamp Set (#131178, Wood-Mount; #131781, Clear-Mount); Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon (#131210); Frosted Finishes Embellishments (#132150)

Got a question about a product or tool? E-mail me at or post your question in Comments.  I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on    If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at

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Adorable Hand Turkey


My guest artist today is Cooper Baron, my manicurist’s (Diana Kline, owner of Kelly Kline & Associates) oldest grandson.  He made a bunch of these Hand Turkeys to decorate for Thanksgiving.  Cooper is 2-1/2 years old, which proves you’re never too young to start paper crafting!  Cooper has some assistance from his mother, Tracy Kline, to assemble everything, but the hand print and design are all his!

Here’s how to make this style of Hand Turkey:

  1. Daub several colors of paint on a tray or plate (fingerpaint or poster paint wash off best).
  2. Moosh hand in the colors.
  3. “Stamp” hand on paper and trace around it
  4. Let dry and cut out.
  5. Glue hand print to one end of small pine cone.
  6. Make turkey head from pipe cleaner and glue to front.

As you can see, it’s easy to make a whole flock of Hand Turkeys!

If you’d like to be my Guest Artist, just email me at and attach a picture/photo/scan.  Plus, if you’re on my mailing list, include the list of supplies used and you’ll be eligible for my monthly contest.  To sign up for my mailing list, fill out the form at the right.

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Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags-A Fabulous Tool


One of the neatest tools to come out for the Holiday Season is the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle (#135921).  The Bundle includes the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book (#134975) of over 70 die-cut tags and the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set (#134623).  These were released just in time for the Holidays!

The Gift Tags Book contains tags with room for stamping a message on each page.  The back is a solid color and can be stamped if you wish.  You may also layer the tags on coordinating card stock (Cherry Cobbler #119685, Crumb Cake #120953 & Old Olive #100702), but you don’t have to!  The tags are made of card stock and can be stored in the pockets of the book until you’re ready to use them.

The stamps in the Christmas Tagables set are geared toward gift-giving, but they’ll make cute cards, too.  One of the samples shows the adorable “No Peeking” stamp on a Pop & Place tag, layered over ribbon and on another tag to make a gift or greeting card!  The stamps coordinate with some of the Punches and Framelits™, too!  You can see the images in the following photo.

Pop-and-Place-Starter-BundleThe Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle (#135290) has everything you need in one kit.  It includes the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book (#134975), the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set (#134623) plus a Stampin’ Spot in Soft Suede Classic Ink and Clear-Mount Block C (#118486), a versatile go-to acrylic block that will be useful with a whole lot of stamps!

As you can see, the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle or the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle is a whole kit of tools you can make use of this and any Holiday Season!  You can make simple tags, elaborate tags, greeting cards and even scrapbook page embellishments just with the items in the bundle!

Incidentally, there is enough space between the tags on many of the pages to punch out some smaller shapes, too.  This gives you a whole other set of possibilities!  The only pages that are tightly packed with tags are those with almost all straight lines.  That leaves you nice straight “sticks” to mount some tags on!

To order what you need to make your own Holiday Tags, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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3am Stamper’s November iClub Class


This is a peek at part of the project included in the 3am Stamper’s iClub Members Online Bonus Class for November.  Every month, iClub members receive an Online Class as a bonus when they complete their minimum purchase of $35.00.  These classes are exclusive to iClub Members who have signed up in time for the month.  Once the 1st of the month arrives, new iClub members signing up on or after that date begin with the following month.  Sorry, they do not get access to previous Online Bonus Classes.

Becoming a member of the 3am Stamper’s iClub is free.  All you need to do is agree to the terms of service, then commit to purchasing $35 in Stampin’ Up!® products each month for six months.  After that, you may quit or continue as you please.  Membership includes all the current catalogs for free as well.  The iClub is a great way to go through your wish list and make it manageable!

Join the 3am Stamper’s iClub now to start with the December session.  Club orders are due December 10th!  To see all the details and sign up, just click on the link and get ready use your new ideas and new stamping goodies to create in the middle of the night!

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Holiday Album Class By Mail Available


You can still participate in my Holiday Head Start Album Class at your own convenience – by Mail!  The included Album, and the set of journaling tags that go with it, will let you easily plan out your photo-taking for the Holiday season!  You can relax and just do it!

The Holiday Head Start Class-By-Mail includes:

  • the Seasonal Stripes 8″ x 8″ Designer Ring Album which comes with 10 divided pages to fit a wide variety of photos and keepsakes.
  • a Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
  • a set of Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags
  • Instructions
  • 1-1/2 yards Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
  • a strip of Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • a strip of Glue Dots

All for $49.95!

The class is shipped in two packages: the Album, Journaling Tags and Designer Series Paper Stack in one from Stampin’ Up!, the directions and the rest of the materials from me.  Shipping is included in the price.

You will also need:

  • a Paper Trimmer or Cutter such as the Stampin’ Trimmer Cutter & Scorer (#126889), I also highly recommend the Rotary Addition (#129407) to the Stampin’ Trimmer for the cleanest cuts on paper and thinner card stock.
  • Scissors to trim the ribbon ends.

When completed, your album will be ready to pop in the photos as soon as you have them AND you’ll be able to create a guide to remind you of the pictures you want to take of various parts of the festivities!  You’ll have time to enjoy your Holiday photo-taking just by following your plan!

To purchase your Class By Mail, just click this button:

Note: Cancellations must be made within three business days of the purchase date.

The Holiday Head Start Class-By-Mail is only available through December 15, 2013, so order yours today!

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Easy-Open Gift Box


I just tried out the new Extra-Large Gift Box (#132147) from Stampin’ Up!®’s Holiday Seasonal Catalog and wow!  I could fit four Nintendo 3DS games inside with room for two or three more (grandson’s birthday gift)!!  The box assembles (easily!!) to 6″ x 6″ x 4-3/8″ so it can hold a lot!  I designed this box so it could be folded away for storage and re-used – just change the tag!

Other Supplies Used:  Best of Birthdays 25th Anniversary Stamp Set (#132929); Island Indigo (#122923) & Daffodil Delight (#119683) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper (#130141); Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126986); Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Gift Bow Bigz L Die (#129977); Ovals Collection Framelits™ (#129381); Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#129984); Extra Large Oval (#119859) & 3/4″ Circle (#119873) Punches; Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#); Antique Brads (#117273); Anywhere Glue Stick (#104045); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)


  1. Adhere the Designer Series Paper with the Anywhere Glue Stick.  It holds best and you can move it into place a little easier.  Attach the pieces to the box while it’s flat.
  2. When putting together the bow, pierce a hole through all layers, then you can put each one on the brad one at a time.  Place the bow on the box lid and pierce another hole, the push the brad through, flatten the prongs on the inside and straighten the bow.
  3. Adhere the DSP to the front side of the box, then cut the notch with the 3/4″ Circle Punch after the paper is in place.  If the punch sticks afterward, punch through wax paper and aluminum foil to clean.
  4. DSP Dimensions:  5-5/8″ x 5-5/8″ (top); 5-5/8″ x 4″ (4 sides)
  5. Card Stock Dimensions:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, to cut bow; 5-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ (4)
  6. The front side of the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder is supposed to be with the mosaic pattern raised.  I prefer the pattern recessed, so I used the back side on top.  This also gives more card stock to adhere with SNAIL and keep the sides in place.  Roll the SNAIL gently so you don’t crush the pattern.

The stamp set used is from the Best of 25 Years Collection, which “remembers” some of the most popular designs from the past 25 years.  These are produced only in Clear-Mount, and come with an exclusive design in some of the sets.  The Best of 25 Years sets are being offered once a month for the twelve months of 2013.  All of them will continue to be available through March 31, 2014!  In addition, when you buy any 6 Anniversary sets, you can choose any other stamp set ($14.95 value) and get it free!  To see all the stamp sets in the collection to date, go to my Best of 25 Years Promotion Page.

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Pop & Place for Tons of Tags Instantly


Can you use a Ton of Tags for Holiday Gifts this season?  That’s just what Stampin’ Up!® thought when they designed the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book (#134975) and the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set (#134623)!  Pictured above are the tags in action and all the images in the stamp set.

Even better, you can get both items bundled together at better than 15% savings!  In the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle (#135921), you get both the book of tags and the stamp set.  In the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle (#135290), you also get Clear-Mount Block C (#118486), which will fit any of the stamps, and a Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ SpotBlock C is my alternate go-to acrylic block (Block B #118491 is my #1 go-to) for working with Photopolymer and Clear-Mount stamps – so you can never have too many!  The Starter Bundle gives you everything you need to make great tags in a jiffy!

Pop-and-Place-Flyer-Page_2I put off telling you about this offer until I could check it out personally.  I didn’t want you to be as disappointed as I was when I received my Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.  I won’t recommend that item because the tags are too flimsy and the adhesive strips too short and not enough quantity.  The mini clothespins and Baker’s Twine are fine, but I can’t say they’re enough reason to buy the kit, even at the bundled price.

However, I will heartily endorse the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags!  They are made out of card stock, printed on both sides and coordinate with the Stampin’ Up! Punches and Big Shot Dies.  The book also has pockets so you can store the extra tags and keep them all together until the next time you need them!  You will need the Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367) if you want to remove the perforation “chads”…  Or back the tag up with a Tea Lace Paper Doily (#129399) or a lacy die-cut and don’t worry about them!

The Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags collection is only available through December 31, 2013.  To order and get what you need to make your own Ton of Instant Tags, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Easy Trick-or-Treat Handouts that Kids Can Do

Build up your coolness factor by getting your kids involved in making Trick-or-Treat handouts for Hallowe’en.  These are sugar-free, fat-free and very easy to make!


You Will Need:

Stamps:  Hallowe’en Hello Stamp Set (#131718, Wood-Mount; #131721, Clear-Mount)

Card Stock:  Whisper White (#100730) & Tangerine Tango (#111349) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock

Ink Pad:  Basic Black (#126980) or Elegant Eggplant (#126969) Classic Stampin’ Pad

Accessories:  1-3/8″ Circle (#119860) & 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle (#119854) Punches; Narrow Cellophane Bags (#124134); Anywhere Glue Stick (#104045)

Other:  Hallowe’en Pencils; Stapler

What To Do:

  1. Stamp images on Whisper White card stock, leaving room to punch them out.  You’ll want to stamp two images for each handout.  Let them sit a minute, then punch out with 1-3/8″ Circle Punch.
  2. Punch Tangerine Tango card stock with 1-3/4″ Scallop Punch, making two scallop circles for each handout.
  3. Adhere white circles to scallop circles with Anywhere Glue Stick.
  4. Insert two pencils into Narrow Cellophane Bag.  Close by removing liner strip and adhering to the top edge of the opening, so you have an empty flap.
  5. Line up circles on either side of the bag and staple together through the flap.

If you don’t want to use a stapler, close the bag snugly and attach the circles to either side with Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430).  The kids may have even more fun with these!  The pencils were obtained through Oriental Trading Company, who are nice enough to ship speedily!

To order what you need to make these Easy Trick-or-Treat Handouts, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Voice of Siri Revealed-US Edition

The voice of Siri, Apple’s audio virtual assistant on the iPhone, belongs to voice actress Susan Bennett of Atlanta, GA.  Ms Bennett admitted the relationship to CNN on Friday, October 4th.  She is the original Siri voice for the US versions of the iPhone 4S and later.


This reminds me that you can leave audio notes yourself with TalkingTag™ Message Labels (#129723)!  How cool would it be to send cards or notes with your voice delivering the message?  You could also put them on scrapbook pages, pictures, books, or furniture.  Think about leaving some information about the history of an item as a legacy!

TalkingTag™ Message Labels are printed paper labels with two dimensional barcode that can be used to attach your voice messages.  You can record or play a voice Message using TalkingTag™ App available on popular mobile phones such as iPhone, Android or Blackberry.  A Windows PC version is also available for those who do not have smartphones (requires web cam).  You get ten message labels in one package!

To find out more, take a look at this video:

Complete directions and Frequently Asked Questions are here for you to download:

TalkingTag™ FAQ

What would you do with TalkingTag™ Message Labels?  Leave a response in Comments and let us know how you would become your own voice of Siri!

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Make a Monster Treat Holder


It’s that time of year – time to make a set of Monster Treat Holders for your favorite Trick-or-Treaters!  My pet monster, Frank, is back again… he makes the best treat holder!!  He’s also easy to make with your Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).

Frank’s face is made from the Top Note Bigz™ Die (#113463) and Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#131201).  Sponge the edges with a Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126981) and a Sponge Dauber (#102892).  Make the stitching with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (#100082, also in the Neutrals Collection #131261).  Punch holes in the points at the side of the die-cut with a Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) and Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199) then insert Basics Glimmer Brads (#121003) for the bolts.  After the rest of the features are applied, attach Frank to the Treat Holder Box with Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430).

Die-cut two from the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die (#117310) with Basic Gray 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#121044) and the Premium Crease Pad (#113476).  Don’t shim because you want to just have folding guides, not score lines, when you make the box.  Crease the sections on each side with a Bone Folder (#102300).  Adhere the bottom flaps on one half together, then adhere the sides of both halves together.  Adhere the rest of the bottom flaps, then cover with a 1-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of card stock and adhere with Sticky Strip (#104294).  This will keep the box together and prevent candy from sneaking out.

Other Supplies Used:  Neutrals Core’dinations Card Stock Assortment (#129956), Basic Black 1″ x 5″; Whisper White (#100730), Melon Mambo (#115320), & Cherry Cobbler (#119685) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; 1″ Circle (#119868), Small Oval (#120908) &Ticket Duo Builder (#126883) Punches; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); Chalk Talk Framelits™ Dies (#129983); White Gel uni-ball Signo Pen (#105021); Paper Snips (#103579); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition (#129407); Tiny Wave Rotary Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blade (#129409); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

To order what you need to make your own Monster Treat Holders, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Challenge – Witches’ Brew DSP


As I hinted yesterday, I am showing you a quick and easy wall hanging I made with one of the other patterns in the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (#132185) package, the Witches’ Candy Shoppe.  This pattern is definitely a poster and I highlighted its “poster-ness.”

However, I have a challenge for you!  How would you use this pattern in a scrapbook layout?  If you have a package of Witches’ Brew DSP, great!  It’ll be easy to lay out your page elements and take a picture.  If not, you may copy this picture and use it as the background for your page layout entry.  Trim away the extras first.

Black-Flourish-Designer-JewelsTo enter this challenge, take a picture of your page and email it to me, along with your name and phone number, at by October 31, 2013.  Anyone may enter except Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators or employees and associates of Stampin’ Up! and their families.

The winning entry will receive a package of Black Flourish Designer Jewels, which are no longer available to the public.  The winner will also be featured here on my blog.  All entrants agree that their entries may be published here, as well.

Send your entries in by October 31st!  I’m looking forward to seeing how you use the Witches’ Candy Shoppe pattern from the Witches’ Brew DSP package!!  One entry per person, please.

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Here’s What iClub Members Received this Month


These are the projects my iClub members got for their Online Bonus Class this month:  a selection of Hallowe’en Treat Holders.  The October Online Bonus Class for the 3am Stamper’s iClub Members will feature scrapbooking and a Thanksgiving Table Setting.

Every month, iClub Members receive a different Online Bonus Class once they place their minimum order of $35.00 before tax and shipping.  Members sign up for 6 months, then may continue or drop if they wish.  6 months is the minimum commitment.  The classes are exclusive to iClub Members and are available lifetime (my lifetime)!

If you’d like to see all the details, go to the 3am Stamper’s iClub Page.  You can find out more information and sign up right there!  The October Club session begins 10/1.  Join now and start browsing so you can place your order between 10/1 and the deadline of the 10th!

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Package Decoration with Gift Bows


Make a one-of-a-kind package decoration with a collection of bows made with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Gift Bow Bigz L Die (#129977).  My husband received a present in this bag for his birthday on Thursday and, now that it’s empty, I can re-use it for another gift.

A tip or two about die-cutting the bows:

  1. Cut two at a time and you’ll have enough parts to make a double bow and a single bow
  2. If using the Standard Cutting Pads (#113475), make sure to line up the die at one end and leave a little space to feed the whole sandwich (the stack of cutting pad, die, card stock, cutting pad) through.
  3. You’ll find it easier to use the Extended Cutting Pads (#113478) if you’re making a lot of bows as you don’t need to worry about having enough space on the leading edge of the sandwich.

Other Supplies Used:  Pacific Point (#111350), Marina Mist (#119682), Wild Wasabi (#108641) & Pear Pizzazz (#131201) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Brights Designer Buttons (#130028); Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (#125575); Sticky Strip (#104294); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

To order what you need to make your own String of Bows Package Decoration, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Spooky Treat Bag With Designer Rosette Die


Rosettes are popular and trendy for card, page, home décor and package decorations.  Stampin’ Up!®’s Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die (#125594) for the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439) is versatile enough to make a 10″ wall or very large package decoration or rosettes as small as 2″ for cards and mini pages.  This is my feature for today’s Sunday Edition of Sizzix on Saturday.

The Designer Rosette instructions advise you to die-cut four sections.  This makes a 10″ or so wall-size rosette that is very full, with the pleats close together.  I prefer using three sections for this size at the pleats spread out enough for you to see the paper pattern.  To make the rosette on my Hallowe’en Treat Bag, I die-cut two rosettes, then cut each pointed side at 2-1/4″ with the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889) and the Rotary Addition (#129407) to the Stampin’ Trimmer for a nice clean edge.  The scalloped trim side is about 2-1/2″ wide, so the rosette is about 5″.

Once you have your rosette sections the size you want, fold along the score lines and crease with the Bone Folder (#102300).  Adhere the sections together by overlapping a mountain fold on a valley fold.  SNAIL Adhesive (#104332) works just fine for this.  For a single-piece smaller rosette, I’d use Sticky Strip (#104294) for added strength.  When you have a pleated tube, push the pleats together into the center to form the rosette.  I recommend using hot glue to hold the center together.  It sets up quicker than Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) or Crystal Effects (#101055) and also dries faster.  Use a Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) to glue your rosette and catch any drips from your hot glue gun.  When they’re cool, they come off easily!

One tip for die-cutting the rosette: be sure to use the Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630) and shim the die with cardboard to make up the difference between the thickness of the usual Cutting Pad and the Crease Pad.

Other Supplies Used:  Halloween Bash Stamp Set (#130577, Wood-Mount; #130580, Clear-Mount); Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (#132184); Tangerine Tango (#111349) & Very Vanilla (#101650) 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock; Scallop Oval Punch (#119856); Ovals Collection Framelits™ (#129381); Heat & Stick Powder (#100625); Heat Tool (#129053); Black & Orange Stampin’ Glitter (#132206); Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (#130010); Tag a Bag Gift Bags (#131370)

This project is similar to part of the class you get for your Bonus when you become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member.  Join the 3am Stamper’s iClub right now to start with the September session.  (September’s Bonus Class features Halloween Treat Holders.)  Club orders are due September 10th!  To find out more, just click the link to the 3am Stamper’s iClub Page.

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Want a Stamp Your Way? See Undefined!

Undefined-KitHave you ever needed a particular stamp but the perfect image just wasn’t in your collection?  Do you have a special family symbol or a design you’d love to have as a stamp?  Well, here’s the answer! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp your way!

I had the chance to try it at Convention 2013, and it’s a lot of fun!  I also learned how to use those funny-looking tools in my Xacto™ set – the “U” and “V” scoopers.  The rubber you get to carve is very thick and firm, so it’ll hold up to whatever you want to do!

Here’s how to carve a stamp with the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (#133402):

Once you have the kit, you can also order refills for it with the Undefined Refill Kit (#134808).

Undefined-RefillTo order Undefined or whatever else you need, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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