Monthly Archive: July 2014

Can I Have Fries With That?

I took an extra early flight out to Convention last week so that I could attend an optional class.  We created this adorable favor using the Fry Box Bigz L Die.  Isn’t it cute?  This project convinced me that I had to order the die.  It will be perfect for creating all sorts of fun for the upcoming Fall and Holiday gatherings coming up!



The box was made using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine along with the Fry Box Bigz L Die. The lid was made using the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die.  The box clasp was made using a Mini Brad with a Pearl Basic Jewel attached. Hint:  Attach the brad “loose” by slipping the edge of your paper snips between the brad base and box.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to purchase a Big Shot, that time is August! When you buy a Big Shot during the month of August, you’ll receive your choice of one of five FREE exclusive stamp set and Framelits bundles (that’s up to a $60 US value absolutely free!).   If you already own a Big Shot, we’re also offering a 15-percent discount on these select bundles. Check back on August 1 to get all of the details!


Cardstock:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stacks 133703, Island Indigo 122923, Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White 100730

Stamps:  Tag Talk 134249 (W), 134252 (C)

Ink:  Island Indigo 126986

Accessories:  Fry Box Bigz L Die 132966, Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die 127005, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch 119850, Label Bracket Punch 132153, 1/8″ Circle Paper Punch 134365, 1/8″ Mini Brads 122941, Pearl Basic Jewels 119247, Mini Metallic Clothespins 133320, 1/8″ Gold Ribbon 134583, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439

Big Shot


Fry Box




Oval Accent Bigz Clear











A Little Kindness



I just returned from five days of jam packed Stampin’ Up! fun!  The 2014 Inspire. Create. Share. Stampin’ Up! Convention was full of learning, celebrating and meeting new friends (along with eating way too much!).  The cards above were created using one of the stamps sets we received at registration.  Kinda Eclectic is going to be one of those sets I will turn to time and time again.  So many elements to be layered as I did on the cards above or used solo.  Notice how the card on the left is a simpler version while extra elements were added to the card on the right to take it up a notch?  Either way I think they are beautiful!












  • Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic 135347 (W) 135350 (C)
  • Ink:  Hello Honey 133643, Mossy Meadow 133645, Tangelo Twist 133646
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White 100730, Crumb Cake 126975, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack 133701
  • Accessories:  Whisper White Medium Envelopes 107301, Honeycomb Embossing Folder 129378, Elegant Butterfly Punch 127526, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack 133787, Linen Thread 104199, Basics Hodgepodge Clips 133765

Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set








Here are a few photos from 2014 Inspire. Create. Share. Stampin’ Up! Convention.  So much fun I can’t wait until next year!

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First morning waiting for the doors to open with my awesome Upline, Angie. (Please don’t mention the huge bags under my eyes – lol)


Stampin’ Up! Cofounder & CEO Shelli Gardner


 Inspire. Create. Share. Celebration!




Here are the Weekly Deals for this week:

Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit Item # 133431
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $7.46
Celebration Basics Kit Item # 133007
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21
Curly Label Punch Item # 119851
Regular Price: $16.95
Discounted Price: $12.71
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch Item # 119275
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96
Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130015
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130019
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits Item # 129267
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $11.21
Summer Happiness Kit – Digital Download Item # 130076
Regular Price: $9.95
Discounted Price: $5.97


Fabulous Fourth and My Paper Pumpkin!

If you’re in the U.S. you probably just finished one of my favorite kind of weekends – the three day kind!  We had all our chicks in the nest for the holiday.  On Friday the guys went golfing and the gals, plus Sam, went to the pool.  Here’s a photo of Sam telling Nonni all about it!  Isn’t he the cutest grandbaby ever – love that guy!


And here’s a photo me poolside:



Surprise!  You didn’t think there would be photographic evidence of me wearing a swimsuit did you?  As you probably noticed I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun – I’m having too much fun stamping!!!

After a relaxing day we all met back at the house for a fabulous Fourth of July cookout.  There’s nothing better than great food with people you love, right?!  I used June’s Paper Pumpkin Kit to create some great patriotic decorations and  cute little party favors for everyone.   My Paper Pumpkin Kits arrive with everything you need to make seasonally inspired cards, home decor and gifts.  Subscribe monthly and you are billed when the kit ships or purchase one, three, six, nine or twelve months at a time for yourself or as a gift.  Find out more about My Paper Pumpkin HERE.  I loved this kit and can’t wait to see what Stampin’ Up! has in store this month!



As evening came it was off to grab a spot in the park for our community fireworks display in time to stand in line for fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade and kettle corn.  As Rachel Ray would say, “Yummo”!

It was a wonderful weekend of celebrating with the ones we love that ended way too quickly.