Picked for You



Time for school to start already? There’s always a teacher you want to thank or a child going off to school you want to encourage. The ‘Picked for You’ stamp set  has a distinctive style that includes three layers to the apple…perfect for using with the stamparatus stamping tool.

Here’s a couple of alternative ideas for the set that are fun to make and great for gift giving or craft fairs.



Basic Box for Candle:


*Cut a 6 3/4″ square piece of cardstock

*Score at 2″ on all four sides

*Cut through your score lines to the center square as pictured

*Fold on score lines

*Fold  flaps in and glue together to make box

Embellish as desired…tuck in some decorative shred around candle and some buttons for some extra Pizzaz.


Gift Card Holder:

* Cut a 2 3/4 x 6 3/4″piece of cardstock

*Score at 4″ and fold

* Cut a half circle at end of 4# side

Embellish as desired


If you are interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned in this post, there is an INCENTIVE during AUG only.  Stampin’Up! is giving a $5 certificate for every $50 in items purchased. The certificate is good for purchases in September.

Picked for You Stamp Set


Momento Tuxedo Black InkCrushed Curry Cardstock

Multipurpose Glue


The candle can be found at Ikea and the shred is from Dollar Tree. The card bases come from card kits I purchased prior at SU or from Paper Pumpkin Kits I received. Check both out as the value is definitely there.  As an example and with Christmas coming, take a look at this steal of a deal I found in Clearance..

Watercolor Christmas Card Set

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Better With You

Back from the craft show and was out on the back porch soaking up the Summer warmth and  listening to the birds chirping.  Inspired me to make a bird themed card and saw a great example online using the ‘Better with You’ stamp set.

Tried it out and put my spin on the cards and gave watercoloring a try.  If you have this set would love it if you would share your creations.



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Here’s the link to the products and stamp set used. If you have questions please leave a message.

Better with You Stamp Set

Watercolor Paper

Pumpkin Pie Cardstock

Pool Party Cardstock

Aqua Painters

Stampin’ Write Markers


Craft Show Time

It’s been quite a busy Summer with everything from scoping out garage sales, growing veggies, family vacation at the coast and battling a varmint in our back yard! That little stinker is digging up our yard to get at grubs. In between all the excitement my crafting goes on. In fact I have two craft shows and wanted to share with you a couple of items I made. They are both easy to make so CASE away and make them your own.

Ceramic Coasters

For these coasters I used two stamp sets, Country Road and Dandelion Wishes.

The supplies you need can be found in any craft store. Make sure you purchase a ceramic tile that does not have a shiny surface.

The process is simple:

*Clean your tile with a bit of rubbing alcohol to clean any residue.

*Stamp tile with StazOn Ink. (Works best). If you choose other inks that are water soluble I recommend you ‘cure’ them in a low heat oven. Say about 200 degrees for an hour or so.

*Line the bottom of the coaster with either felt or self adhesive cork.

*Spray your tile with a matt varnish. Give plenty of time to dry.

Stack and tie the tiles, add a tag and you are ready to go!

Papered Pumpkins

Wanted to try something a little different for fall and saw some fun designs on Pinterest.

The paper I used was from current and retired ‘Designer Series Paper’ packs. The wood grain paper is super cool with a lot of different wood designs. (I will have the link below.)

Here’s my version:

* Cut 4×4 pieces of wood to desired lengths. I cut them at 3, 5 and 8 1/2″ inches.

* Sand off rough edges.

*Paint all edges including one end that will be the top of your pumpkin.

* Cut 4 pieces of your choice of paper for each side. Cut each a quarter inch smaller than than the side  so the edges show.

*Use any decoupage glue and  work around each side of your block glueing down the paper.  Apply a thin coat to the back of the paper first and then a coat on the block and it stick better for you.

* Drill a hole in the top of each piece and glue a small branch in the hole for the stem. The more narly the better….adds interest.   If you don’t have a drill,  you can hot glue the stem in place.

*Take any type of leaf ( I bought a stem from Dollar Tree and pulled it apart) and glue or wrap around stem.  You can also die cut a paper leaf or make one from fabric….all kinds of options.

*Wrap your choice of ribbon around the stem,make a bow or just cut the ends.  Looks great eirther way.

NOTE:   Instead of papering the 4 x 4s, you can simply paint  the column orange or the colors of fall.  You can add  wood letters spelling the ‘F A L L’ on each column…looks really colorful.

There you have it!   I will have more posts on other projects I am making including the black cats with googly eyes you see in the banner .  If you enjoyed this post, please sign in and like, comment and share.  Appreciate it.

If you want to go shopping for items used in this post, here are the links:

Dandelion Wishes

Country Road

Neutrals Ink Assortment ( Crumb Cake and Soft Suede)

Soft Suede Stampin’Blends

Jet Black StazOn Ink

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper