3-D items

Magnolia Lane DSP Explosion Box

I have one more project to show you that showcases the beautiful designer series paper from the Good Morning Magnolia bundle. The paper is called Magnolia Lane and it is BEAUTIFUL!  I love the color combination of Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow. And, don't get me started on how fabulous this Petal Pink organdy striped ribbon is!

This project is another oldie but a goodie. It's had a number of different names over the years like box card, card in a box and explosion box. This is a quick and easy card/box that makes a BIG statement. 


The box measures only 2.5" x 2.5". It's the perfect fit for the tea light birthday cake!

For the bottom:

  1. Cut a 7.5" x 7.5" piece of cardstock
  2. Score @ 2.5" and 5"
  3. Rotate cardstock 90 degrees and score again at 2.5" and 5"
  4. In the 4 corners, create a diagonal score to the horizontal score line
  5. Burnish and fold all score lines to create the box.

For the top:

  1. Cut a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of cardstock (or my preference is designer series paper)
  2. Score @ 7/8" on all 4 sides
  3. Cut a line from the edge to the scoreline in all 4 corners.
  4. Fold in corners and adhere to side panels to create the lid.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. As always, I appreciate you stopping by!


Mary Ann

Good Morning Magnolia - Part 2

Well, look at me! Two posts in a row. That's probably because I'm excited to show you another card using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set. Not only am I showcasing this beautiful set again, but I also wanted to (re) introduce the diagonal double pocket card. When this fancy fold first came out over 10 years ago (yep, that long ago!) I made a lot of these! This fold has several possibilities. With two pockets:

  1. One pocket can be used for a gift card and the other sentiment.
  2. Create your own birth announcement and enclose a photo.
  3. Keep both tags as I have done for a sentiment a personal note. 

Sometimes it's just fun to get a non-traditional card!

If you would like a chuckle, I made a tutorial for this fold in 2009: https://www.thejoyofstamping.com/files/double-pocket-card.pdf It's a bit old-school, but it shows how long it's been around. Videos are in my future!

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Candy Corn Treat

A few years ago I came across a Halloween/Fall project,created by a fellow demonstrator Connie Collins, that I just loved. It seemed so simple and easily duplicated. I saved it to a file on my computer and there it sat...for over two years. Last weekend I finally took the time to go through my saved projects searching for the perfect 3-D treat for my co-workers. And there it was...

Candy cornedited

I needed to make a dozen packets and I didn't have a lot of time to make them, so these were perfect! Since the original project was made by Connie several years ago, many of the products used are retired, but with some creativity, these could easily be made with items available in the current catalog.  I tweaked a few things from the original to include the woodgrain stamp and sentiment but overall I stayed true to her design.

Many candy corn

Here is my completed stash.  It was fun to give these away.  Such an easy way to make someone smile.I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with such great people. I wanted my sentiment to reflect that I truly am grateful for them!  I have had jobs in my life where giving something like would not be an option, but not this one!

Have an awesome day...stop by again soon!



Simple envelope with a chocolate surprise

As a little welcome gift, everyone who attended the Ink Happens! team meeting on Sunday received this envelope with filled with chocolate. 

Chocolate envies

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This pattern came from my friend and upline, Pennie McCallum.  Interested in making one too?  Pennie has the pattern and the simple directions on her blog.  They're easy to make and a lot of fun too!

Happy Stamping!

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Field Flowers Puzzle

If you've been crafting for as many years as I have, you may have drawers of supplies and embellishments like I do.  Too embarrassed to show you what they actually look like, I did attempt to clean and sort through them the other day.  I happen to come across these puzzles:

I had several packs of them that I bought on clearance at least a year ago.  I always had good intentions of using them right away but, like a lot of other craft store finds, they end up in the dark chasms of my craft drawers. 

Armed with determination, I set out to stamp something pretty.  I pulled out two favorite stamp sets, Field Flowers (#122862-C, #122760-W) and Hello, Doily (#122847-C, #122845-W).

Field flowers puzzle

The doily stamp really helped fill the space and is such a pretty background for the flowers.  I wanted to have some ink on each piece of the puzzle so placement was key!  Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results.

My ladies attending my March Stamp Camps will be doing this as a bonus project.  One less thing in my craft stash!

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Valentine Nuggets

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I have to admit something...we don't really make a big deal about Valentine's Day.  It's not that I don't enjoy the day or believe in the concept of celebrating love, I just don't like how commercialized it is.  And, don't even get me started about the price of flowers these days.  So to make life easy, my husband and I make a pact that we will not buy any gifts for Valentine's.  However...I'd love a handmade card!  We'll see how that goes.

To make things more interesting, I am scheduled for another oral surgery today.  I won't bother sharing the details except to tell you this has been a 4-month ordeal.  By the time this is all over, I will be a qualified dentist, endodontist and oral surgeon.  Sadly, many of the nurses at the various offices know my name.  That truly is a sign that I am there too often.  It could be a little tough to enjoy a nice dinner tonight, but I will do my best.

I'm bringing some treats to my favorite dental personnel today.  Everyone, including the receptionist, medical biller and to my favorite nurse, Tonya.  Maybe if I give them some sweets they'll get this mouth issue resolved once and for all!  So here's what I'm bringing:

Valentine nuggets

This concept is an oldie but a goodie.  Wrap some chocolate nuggets with 1"x3" strips of More Amore designer paper and package it in a nice cello bag with a cute topper.  Done!  A quick and easy way of creating something special.

Wishing you a day filled with love...regardless of who you spend it with.

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According to History.com approximately 150 Million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

Valentine Duo

Happy Friday!  It's going to be a beautiful weekend here in Central Florida.  I love this time of year.  However, for those of you in the north, particularly the Northeast, this weekend could bring some trying weather.  My son lives in Boston so he will be keeping us apprised of the weather-related events in that area.  Stay safe!

My monthly stamp camps met this week and a couple of our projects focused on Valentine's Day.  We made a card and a little sweet treat to accompany it.  Both projects used the paper from the More Amore designer series paper pack creating a nice coordinated look.  See that awesome die-cut heart?  That, too, is in the More Amore paper pack.  Two awesome 12x12 sheets of heart die cuts in two colors.  

What really made this card come together was the Heart a Flutter Bundle.  The stamp set along with the coordinating Hearts a Flutter Framelits made this card a snap to put together.  And, who can resist the small fabric flower?  This flower comes on a strip of tulle making it easy to use one or several.  And, for only $6.95 you receive 6 feet of flowers!!  That is one serious strip of flowers!  No need to be stingy with this embellishment!

Inspired from a fellow demonstrator, Melissa Stout, we also made a matchbook valentine filled with a bit of chocolate.  These were a hit.  In fact, I made several more to hand out to the girls at my dental office.  Something so simple can have a great impact.

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Interested in making a matchbook valentine for someone special?  It's easy...here's how:

  • Cut a piece of card stock 2-3/4" x 8-1/2"
  • Score along the 8-1/2" edge at 3/4", 4-1/2" and 5"
  • Crease all score lines and fold card stock to create a "matchbook".
  • Insert candy of choice and staple along the 3/4" fold
  • Decorate cover as desired.

Have a great weekend!

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More Amore DSP #129309   $10.95

Hearts A Flutter Bundle

Clear  #131097 $36.95

Wood #131098 $42.95

5/8" Flower Trim #126869 $6.95



Recycle and Reuse

Crafters are fascinating people.  We can take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.  We can look at a piece of fabric and see a new color combination for a card or scrapbook. We take paper and create something 2-D, 3-D or just a flat masterpiece.  Objects all have multiple purposes to crafters and that's what makes us so...crafty.

Take this for example:

This is the packing paper that comes in every Stampin' Up! order.  It does a great job securing our orders during transport, but it is such a shame to throw it away or to just put it in the recycle bin.DSCN3581

So my packing paper goes from a crumbled mess to flat 8.5" x 15" sheets of brown crafting paper.

After a little ironing (yep, literally a hot iron!), the sheets smoothed out beautifully.  These sheets now have enormous potential to be a variety of things, but today I made mine into an envelope to match a card I made for a friend.

So, I folded my sheets in half, grabbed my sewing machine and stitched it closed along three sides.

For some envelopes I made I trimmed them to fit the card exactly.  For others I kept it a bit longer so I could fold the edge over.  Plain packing paper then morphed into a really pretty envelope:

Recycled envelope

After adding some designer series paper and a few embellishments, that packing paper had a brand new purpose in life!

So, the next time you come across packing paper try converting it into something else and giving it a new life!   Not only will you be crafty but saving the environment too!

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English Ivy Portfolio

Let's take a break from all the promotions posts, shall we?  It's time to get back to the craft room and CREATE! 

This afternoon I am teaching a class on how to make the stationery portfolio on page 147 in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog.  It's a perfect accompaniment to the beautiful and elegant English Ivy Stationery also list on page 147.


Portfolio open

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The sample in the catalog uses the color Summer Starfruit with the Crumb Cake, but I was drawn more to the jewel colors in Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals.  Any color could be used, it's just a personal preference.

This is a perfect gift to have on hand for a hostess, friend or just for yourself!

Thanks to my friend and fellow demonstrator, Linda Heller, for the instructions!

Have a great day!

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Calendar dry erase board

Every January my monthly stamp club looks forward to making their calendar for the year.  I purchase the 2-1/4 x 3 calendars from an online store and each year I set out to make something different than the years prior.  I have been fortunate to have this particular club for seven years now so coming up with something different has become somewhat of a challenge.  Thanks to the latest online craze - Pinterest - I found a project that sparked an idea...a dry erase board using a picture frame.  Brilliant! 

Here is what we did:

Calendar dry erase frame
I found this picture frame at the dollar store that measured about 10x10.  It had three sections where pictures would normally go.  Instead, I filled one section with a stamped image from the From the Heart stamp set that says, "The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time".  How appropriate for my calendar!  The other section is where I placed the calendar. It wasn't a perfect fit so I added some Beau Chateau designer paper (retired) on the back.  And finally, the 4 x 6 section is where I added some lined paper (also from the retired Beau Chateau dsp).  I stamped a simple flower from the Everything Eleanor stamp set in pink pirouette for some color.   Before putting the glass back on I stamped the flourish from the same set in soft suede ink. 

Obviously, the calendar had to go on the outside of the glass so it could be changed each month so I adhered it with Sticky Strip.  It worked perfectly.  Still lacking a bit of color, I made some paper flowers from pink pirouette paper and the  1-3/4" round punch and attached them with glue dots.  So far they are holding up great.  The leaves were made with wild wasabi paper and the Blossom Petals Builder punch.  To make it a bit more "girly", I will likely add some pearls to the center of the flowers.

My ladies really like the idea.  It was a nice change to what we normally did and it's functional too!  If you have questions, drop me an email.

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