Greenhouse Garden Pop-up card

Hello Stampers!  Did you know that today is You Tube's 5th Anniversary?  So to celebrate, I decided to make another video for you!  Today's video is how to make a pop-up card.  Here is the card that I am showing how to make:

Blog 1104 Here is the front of the card....

Blog 1105  And here is the card when you pull on the sides!  Fun huh?  Here's the video :


Here is another card I made using the same technique.

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And here it is with the sides pulled.

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If you would like to order any of the supplies I used, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right corner.

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Mounting your SU! Clear Mount Stamp Sets!

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to do a tutorial on how to mount the new Clear Mount Stamp Sets in the new Occasions mini catalog!  From here on out, every new stamp set that SU! comes out with, you will have the option of ordering it as wood mount (the old style) or clear mount (the new style).  The clear mount sets are less expensive, but you do have to purchase the clear blocks to mount them on.

You can follow this step by step tutorial, or skip on down to the bottom and watch my video!

Blog 960 First you need to be sure you have clear mount blocks to adhere your stamps to.  SU! has 9 different sizes of blocks.  You can purchase them each indivdually or as a set and save almost $10.

Blog 961 When you receive your stamp set, it will be in a case similar to a DVD case.  Inside you will have your sheet of rubber stamps and a sheet of stickers.  Your mounting instructions are inside the front cover.

Blog 963 Punch your individual stamps out of the rubber sheet.

Blog 965 Remove the top liner from the sticker sheet.  Each image has a slit in the middle to make removing the liner easy.  The sticker will remain on your sheet with the sticky side up.

Blog 966 This is what your sticker sheet will look like with the top liner removed from one sticker.

Blog 964 Now remove the backing from your foam on your stamp.

Blog 967 Lay the sticky backing of the foam directly on top of the sticky side of the sticker, making sure to line up your images perfectly.

Blog 968 Now peel off your stamp with the sticker attached.  This is what the back side of your stamp will look like.  If your label is hanging over the side of your stamp, you can trim it.

Blog 969 Lay this sticker side of the stamp on your mounting block.  Press very firmly for a few moments for your stamp to stick firmly.

Blog 970 Now you are ready to stamp!  You can clean your stamp as usual, remove it from your clear block, and put it back into its case to store!  It's that easy!

Now for the video: 

If you would like to purchase your new blocks or one of the new clear mount stamp sets, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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On the 4th Week of Christmas...

My true love gave to me, some chocolate wrapped up to a tee!

Hello Stampers!  I am having so much fun with my weekly Christmas gift posts!  Today I want to show you these cute little Hershey bar sliders!  I just made up the name, but I think it suits them!

P1040331 Would you like to see how I made it and what's inside?  Keep reading......

Blog 888 Start off with a 6" X 7" piece of cardstock.  Score it on the 6" side at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".

Blog 889 Fold on the score lines and adhere together with sticky strip along the 1/2" tab.

Blog 890 Decorate the outside as desired.  I saw this on somebody's blog and remembered how I have made cards and scrapbook pages with the Santa suit design before too.  They are so much fun!  I used the Curly Label punch and the 3/4" square punch to do his belt buckle out of Brushed Silver cardstock.  Use the slot punch and punch out a hole in both sides at the top.  Insert a 25" piece of ribbon.

Blog 891 Insert a standard size Hershey bar inside the sleeve.  As you push the candy bar down, your ribbon with go down too.  The ribbon middle will stay at the bottom of the candy bar.

Blog 892 Once your candy bar is all of the way into the sleeve, tie your ribbon into a bow. 

Blog 893 As you pull on the bow, the candy bar will slide out too!  How much fun is that???  I am making quite a few of these to sell at my Open House and the craft fair that I will be at in December.  I will be selling them for $3 each.  If you are interested in purchasing some, just give me a holler!  These are the supplies that I used:

  • 102482 Real Red cardstock
  • 100730 Whisper White cardstock
  • 102851 Basic Black cardstock
  • 100712 Brushed Silver cardstock
  • 109025 Whisper White grosgrain ribbon
  • 112208 Curly Label punch
  • 104403 1 1/4" Circle punch
  • 104401 1 3/8" Circle punch
  • 109043 Scallop Circle punch

If you would like to order any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right hand corner.

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!



On the 3rd Week of Christmas

my true love gave to me, a pretty ornament just for my tree!

Hello Stampers!  It's week three of my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects!  Today I want to show you a really pretty glittery ornament that I made!

Blog 880 Isn't it pretty?  It doesn't photograph very well, but it is so shiny and sparkly, that you really have to just touch it!  Everybody that I have showed them to have reached out to touch it!  Would you like to know how to make these?  Alright then, read on....

Blog 875 You need clear glass ornaments.  Mine are flat, but round.  You can use whatever size and shape though.  You will also need reinker (for this one I am using Brilliant Blue), a funnel, glitter, and a small bowl.

Blog 876 Take the top off of your ornament.  Place drops of reinker inside.  The number of drops will depend on the size of the ornament,  Through practice, I learned that my ornaments require 20 drops of ink.  Swirl the ink around inside the ornament.

Blog 877 After you have the entire inside covered with ink, turn ornament over and let it drip any excess ink out for 10 minutes.

Blog 878 After the 10 minutes is up, use your funnel to sprinkle glitter inside of the ornament.  Again, you will just have to experiment to decide how much glitter you need. 

Blog 879 Swirl the glitter around inside the ornament until the whole thing is covered on the inside.  I poured the extra back into my glitter jar.

Blog 880 I then let it dry for a few more minutes and put the top back on my ornament!  It's that easy!

Blog 881 I made them in several colors!  Across the top is Melon Mambo, Real Red, Glorious Green, across the bottom is Only Orange, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise.  I plan on cutting out the white vinyl decor sheets with my snowflake die on the Big Shot to place on the ornaments!  How fun!  Here are the SU! supplies used:

  • 100763 Brilliant Blue ink refill
  • 103287 Real Red ink refill
  • 102931 Only Orange ink refill
  • 101041 Tempting Turquoise ink refill
  • 101453 Glorious Green ink refill
  • 115662 Melon Mambo ink refill
  • 115664 Rich Razzleberry ink refill
  • 102023 Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • 108796 Fine Coxmo glitter

If you would like to purchase any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right hand corner.

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Pillow Box Jack-O-Lantern

Hello Stampers!  I have had a great day today!  I have gotten to stamp and play almost all day!  I have been frantically trying to make items for my Vendor Open House and craft fairs coming up!  I'll show you all of my stuff later!  Today though, I have to show you this really cute Jack-O-Lantern basket made out of the Pillow Box die with the Big Shot!

Blog 867 Isn't it awesome???  I found these directions on SCS, and it was so easy to make!  Would you like to have a tutorial??? You would???  Alright, here you go!!!

Blog 858 Start off with three pillow boxes cut out using the Pillow Box die and the Big Shot. 

Blog 859 Fold each one on the score lines and sponge the fold lines to give it dimension.

Blog 860 Use your sticky strip to adhere the three boxes together along the horizontal tabs.  Leave your piece flat and don't adhere the final flap.

Blog 861 Using your scissors, trim the three rounded tabs along one side, so that all edges are the same.  This is now your top edge.  Notice there are no tabs rounded upward along the edge where the scissors are lying.

Blog 862 For the bottom edge, trim all of your tabs off completely.

Blog 863 Adhere your last horizontal tab to the others, forming your basket.

Blog 864 Cut three strips of cardstock, 5" X 1".  Score them all 1/2" from both ends.  Apply sticky strip to both ends of all three strips.

Blog 865 Tape the strips inside the bottom of the basket, approximately 3/4" up from the bottom, with the tabs facing down. 

Blog 866 Cut two 4" circles and adhere one on the bottom of the cardstock strips on the bottom, and one from the inside of the basket.  This is what you will now see when you look inside your basket.

Blog 867 Decorate your basket as desired!  I used 1" circles for the eyes, a wide oval for the mouth (I cut out some teeth), and I freehanded a triangle nose.  The handle is a 11" X 3/4" strip.  It is adhered to the sides with brads. 

Have fun making one of these!  I can't wait to make one for other holidays too!  Here's the recipe:

  • 113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  • 113466 Pillow Box die
  • 105117 Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • 102851 Basic Black cardstock
  • 100702 Old Olive cardstock
  • 109109 Vintage brads
  • 109046 1" Circle punch
  • 112082 Wide Oval punch

If you would like to order any of these supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW button in the top right hand corner.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


On the 2nd Week of Christmas

My true love gave to me, a great gift wrapped up cute just for me!

Hello Stampers!  I have to show you these really fun boxes that I made to wrap up Christmas gifts!  I have seen several designs.  I made three, but the possibilities are endless!

Blog 853 Aren't they fun???  The design for them is basically the same, only the decorating is different.  Here is a tutorial for the Santa Claus one!

Blog 848 Start off with a 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" piece of cardstock, color doesn't matter.  Score at 1" on all four sides.  Diagonally crease the four corner squares and fold up your box bottom.

Blog 849 Cut your wrap around cardstock to 5 1/2" X 11".  Add sticky strip to the long bottom edge and up one side.  Peel off the bottom strip and wrap around box bottom.  I started in the center of one of the sides to keep my seam in the back.  Peel strip off of side and finish wrapping box.

Blog 850 Your box will now look like this, box shape on the bottom, round at top.

Blog 851 If you decide to put a strip on the bottom edge, the measurements should be 1 1/2" X 11".  I used my Scallop Edge punch on one side of this strip.  Apply along your bottom edge using sticky strip.

Blog 852 Finish decorating your box as desired.  Here is the recipe for my Santa Claus box:

  • 100730 White cardstock
  • 102483 Real Red cardstock
  • 102851 Basic Black cardstock
  • 100712 Brushed Silver cardstock
  • 112091 Scallop Edge punch
  • 108340 Round Tab punch
  • 104400 1 1/4" Square punch
  • 104390 1/2" Circle punch
  • 109034 Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

If you would like to purchase any of these SU! supplies, hop on over to my website at and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right corner!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


On the 1st Week of Christmas....

My true love gave to me, a hot chocolate holder, yummy!

Hello Stampers!  Today I'm starting my 12 weeks of Christmas posts!  Can you believe that Christmas is only 12 weeks away!!!  Time to get your gift making started!  Today I'm going to show you how to make this really cute Hot chocolate holder!

Blog 828 Each year I make hot chocolate holders to sell at craft fairs and to my customers!  They always seem to look forward to what design I can come up with each year!  This year, I am making a matchbook style holder.  I found this on someone's blog, and as soon as I find my paper on it, I will give credit!  Here's how to make one:

Blog 825 1 - Start off with a 12" X 4 1/2" piece of cardstock.  Score it at 1 1/2" and 6 3/4".

Blog 826 2 - I used my 1 3/8" square punch and pushed it in all of the way from both sides to make my window.

Blog 827 3 - I attached my hot chocolate packed to the main section with a strip of double stick tape.  Staple the top flap closed very close to the fold.  This will give the support to keep the matchbook closed.  I put mini marshmallows in a small ziploc baggie that was 2" X 3 1/2".  It will perfectly hold 12 mini marshmallows!  I attached them so that they fit in the window and secured them with a strip of double stick tape on one side. 

Blog 828 4 - I stamped snowflakes all over the outside and stamped the snowmen to fit on the flap.  I also applied glitter in the snow to give it a little bling!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - The More the Merrier, Snow Buddies

Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, White

Stamp pad - Black, Almost Amathyst

Accessories - Glitter, 2 way glue pen, markers, 1 3/8" square punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Tutorial Tuesday - Origami Christmas Tree

Hello Stampers!  Well, I had a couple of you ask for directions on how to make the Origami Christmas tree that was on my card that I posted on Friday.  So, here it is!  It is really easy and quick to make!

Blog 791 1 - Start out with four squares of designer series paper sizes 3" X 3", 2 1/2" X 2 1/2", 2" X 2", 1 1/2" X 1 1/2".  I used Merry Moments designer series paper.

Blog 792 2 - Take each square and fold it in half diagonally.  Unfold it and fold it in half the opposite way.  Use your bone folder to make your folds very crisp.

Blog 793 3 - Unfold again and now fold into a rectangle in one direction only.

Blog 794 4 - Keep it in the rectangle fold and turn it so that the fold is facing away from you.  Fold in the horizontal middle folds to meet in the middle.  Your previous folds should make this fairly easy to do.  Use your bone folder again to make crisp folds.  It will look like a triangle from above and will have two layers.

Blog 797 5 - Bring the top left angle down to meet the center.  Use bone folder to crease.

Blog 798 6 - Bring the top right angle down to meet in the center also.  Use bone folder to crease.

Blog 796 7 - Once all four pieces are completed, your pieces will nest together  to make your tree.

Blog 799 Adhere your tree to your card and decorate as desired.  I think they look very elegant!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Triangle Box Tutorial

Hello Stampers!  Boy did I have a great day!  I got to stamp for most of the day and I got a TON of things made!  I started off making Halloween goodies, but then moved on to Christmas cards!  I can't wait to show you all of the fun stuff!  Today though, I want to give you directions on making a triangle box. 

A couple of days ago I showed you this fun box....

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And today I made this fun box... 

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Here's how:

Blog 777  Start off with an 11 X 5 piece of cardstock.  Score it at 5 1/2".  Find the middle of each end and score to both sides of the center line, as shown by the dotted lines in the pic.

Blog 778 Fold on the score lines and your box comes together like this.

Blog 779 With the box folded together, punch holes through both layers on both sides.  This is to thread your ribbon through.  You do not even need to use adhesive on this box if you tie it together at the top!

Blog 780 Decorate as desired!  It's that easy!  On my witch's hat box I added a 2" strip of cardstock on the back bottom and cut the ends at an angle with the box.  I added a strip of ribbon to cover up the seam. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Gift card holder

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you a neat way to make a gift card holder!

Blog 700 Here is what mine looked like when I was finished.  Here's how to make it:

Blog 692 1 - Start with a piece of cardstock that is 11" X 4 1/2".  Score at 3", 5 1/2", and 8".  My cardstock is Pumpkin Pie.

Blog 693 2 - Stamp your cardstock on both sides.  I used the One Of a Kind stamp set with Pumpkin Pie ink.

Blog 694 3 - Fold your cardstock accordian style.

Blog 695 4 - Lay your cardstock so that the middle fold if your valley facing up.  Adhere sticky strip in the shape of the letter C on only the second section from the left, as shown.

Blog 696 5 - Take off the backing of the sticky strip and fold the card together.  This is what it will look like on it's side.

Blog 697 6 - Use the word window punch on the middle section (the doubled section) to form an opening for the gift card.  I lined up the edge of my punch with the edge of the cardstock, and then had to go back and widen it a touch more.

Blog 698 7 - Slide the punch down to continue cutting the opening for the gift card.  Remember, this should be cutting through two layers of cardstock.

Blog 699 8 - Slide your gift card in the opening and fold your holder up.  Decorate as desired.  I adhered a layer flower which I have given a tutorial for in an earlier post (Feb. 24th, 2009).  I also adhered a piece of ribbon that was 16" so that I could tie the holder shut!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' & TTFN!

Tuesday Tutorial on a Friday! Pop-out card

Hello Stampers!  Where has this week gone???  I made this neat Pop-out card on Tuesday for my Tuesday tutorial.  However, since I posted my paper and ribbon shares I decided to hold off for a day.  But can we all say "Oooopppps!  I forgot to post!!!"  And for two day I forgot to post!  I have been so busy lately trying to work on my swaps for Convention (I leave in 19 days!!!) and on my roomie gifts.  Later I'll show you what swaps I chose to make this year!

Anywho...on to todays tutorial!  Today I'm going to show you how to make a pop-out card!

Blog 683 Isn't he cute???  I made this card using the SU! stamp set Under The Stars.  For my tutorial I'm going to be using the stamp set Good Friend.

Blog 685 1 - Start with a piece of cardstock 11" X 4 1/4".  Turn it sideways and score at 3/4", 4 3/4", and 6".  Make a partial score at 2", which means score in approximately 1" from each side only.

Blog 678 2 - Turn your cardstock with the 3/4" score line at the top.  Stamp your main focal point so that the image is just under the 3/4" line and inside of the 1" score lines at the 2" point.  This will make more sense as you read on!  I sponged my grass and sky so that my bird wasn't floating in mid air.  I made a mistake though, you need to turn your cardstock over to sponge the bottom half and not this front side like I did.  Woops!  So, this is the front side....


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3 - Turn it over and this is the bottom back.  Again, this will make more sense as you go along and you see the finished card.

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4 - From the front of the cardstock, use an exacto knife and carefully cut around your stamped image, from the 2" partial score line and above only!  The score lines on both sides of my bird are from the partial score line at my 2" mark.

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5 - Fold your cardstock on all of your fold lines and your card should look like this.  Add some double sided tape to the 3/4" flap to secure it to the back of the card.  

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6 - Finish decorating your card.  Here's the rest of my recipe:

Stamp set - Good Friend

Cardstock - White, Summer Sun, Regal Rose, Only Orange, Apricot Appeal

Stamp pad - Ballet Blue, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Glorious Green, Close to Cocoa

Accessories - Boho Flowers punch, Trio flower punch, Daisy punch (retired), dimensionals

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If you push your card forward and fold it flat, it will fit into a card size envelope!  Enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Tutorial Tuesday!

Hello Stampers!  I'm back with another Tutorial Tuesday!  Today I'm going to show you how to make this cute little 3D flower.  It was shown in one of the old retired SU! catalogs.

Blog 594 Here is my finished flower on a matchbox.  Isn't it cute??  Here's how you make one:

Blog 589 1 - Make your matchbox or any other box that you are going to place your flower on.  Punch out four scallop circles from designer series paper.  You will need to be sure and use a two sided paper since both sides will be showing.

Blog 590 2 - Cut three of the scallops in half and place a pop-up glue dot in the center of the fourth scallop.

Blog 592 3 - Take each half and turn it into a cone shape.  Adhere together with mini glue dot or strong double sided tape.

Blog 593 4 - Take each cone shape and adhere it, seam side down, onto the scallop circle with the pop up glue dot.  Continue until all six cones have been added.  You may need to move them around just a tad so that they are spaced evenly.

Blog 594 5 - Finish off flower with a rhindestone brad in the center.  Wasn't that easy???

Love the way it looks!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Tutorial Tuesday - Filmstrips

Hello Stampers!  Well, the weather is finally starting to turn around here in St. Louis.  Hopefully we will really get kicked into Spring and we can kiss the cold weather goodbye!  Today I wanted to show you how to make the filmstrips on a card.

Blog 452 This is the card that I will be making.  I just love the stamp set Under The Stars!  And I believe this may be my sister's next birthday card!

Here's how to make it:

Blog 449 1 - Start by picking out your stamp set and stamping your image.  Punch out your images using one of the square punches.  I used the 1 3/8" square punch.  Color your images.

Blog 450 2 - Using your Spiral punch, punch down both sides of your strip of black cardstock.  This punch is very simple to use.  Turn the punch over and punch your first holes.  When you move your punch down, there is a guide that fits into your first punches to help you line up your next punches.

Blog 451 3 - This is what your finished strip will look like.  Adhere punched out images and decorate the rest of your card!

Blog 454 Here is a birthday invitation that I made.  This was made using the Level 1 hostess set, Darling Dots.

Have fun making some of your own!  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN! 

Tutorial Tuesday - Another card purse

Hello Stampers!  Happy Tutorial Tuesday!   I have this neat card purse to show you today.  I came across it while blog hopping on one of my sideline's blogs, at  She didn't really have detailed directions, so I played around and came up with my own!  Thanks Diana for the idea!

Blog 427 Isn't this the cutest thing???  Here's how to make it:

Blog 423 1 - Start off with a card size piece of paper, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2".  You will also need a large scallop circle or plain circle.  I used the scallop circle die with my Big Shot!  Oh how I love my Big Shot!  The designer series paper I used was Rockabilly Specialty!  You can see a little bit of the glare from the cherries because the paper is textured!  Too cool!

Blog 424 2 - Find the center of your circle (mine was 2 1/4") and score a line 1/8" on either side.  My scores were at 2 1/8" and 2 3/8".  Punch two holes for the ribbon handle to go through.  I used the 1/8" hole punch.

Blog 425 3 - Fold your paper in half as you would for a card.  Measure in 1" from each side along the open edge.  Draw lines from the 1" mark down to the bottom corners.  Click on my pic to see the lines that I drew.  Cut on these lines.

Blog 426 4 - After inserting a 12" piece of ribbon into the holes in the circle and tying a knot in both ends, I used Tombow glue to attach the circle to the outside, back of the purse.  This pic is a view of the inside of the purse with the circle attached to the back.

After your glue dries, embellish your purse as desired!

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Here is a view of my purse with a Gharidelli chocolate attached!  Enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!