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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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



From My Heart Notebook

Inspired by a swap I received from Paula Reuben at convention, the ladies in my Clermont Stamp Club recently made a mini notebook with a pocket.  I had several packs of mini note pads in my drawer from a previous project a long time ago.  What a perfect time to use up some supplies!

From my heart notebook

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The completed project measures 3-3/4" x 5-1/2".  It's the perfect size for a purse or even in the glove compartment of the car.  The inside even boasts a side pocket to store your notes!

The notepads measure 3-1/2" x 5-1/4".  I've had these awhile, but I probably found them at Walmart.  They came three to a pack and were very inexpensive.

To create the "shell" of the notebook holder, use the following dimensions:

8 x 8-1/2" piece of card stock.

Score along the 8" edge at 2.5".

Score along the 8-1/2" edge at: 3-1/2", 3-3/4", 7-1/2" and 7-3/4"

Once you have scored, you will cut away the small rectangle created by the score lines where the pocket and the flap meet.  This is simply to remove bulk and to create a clean pocket.  Decorate the front as desired.

For the front of my notebook, I used a stamp in the From My Heart stamp set (#126557 C, #126555 W).  This is one of a few stamp sets that are available in multiple languages. Besided English, it is also available in Spanish, French and German.  This 8 piece set not only has great sentiments but some really intricate designs too. In addition, this set also coordinates with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (# 126187) and the Labels Collection Framelit Dies (#125598)

From My Heart Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Do you like this set as much as I do?  You can order it here in my online store.

Have a GREAT Monday.

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Birthday money holder

November is a very busy month in my family.  Besides Thanksgiving, we have four birthdays within two weeks of each other, so not only is it a busy month, it gets a little expensive too :) It's hard to believe, but my daughter will be turning 20 this weekend!  When she was younger, getting the perfect gift was easy, but for the past few years my idea of fashionable or "in" varied dramatically from hers, so I no longer even try to guess what she wants.  Instead, she gets hard, cold cash. Her birthday cash may be given to her in the money holder below:

Bday money holder

Bday money holder inside
This idea was adapted from a holder that Claire Daily from the UK made a year or two ago.  I like the simplicity of it, yet it adds a personal touch to the rather impersonal cash or gift card. And, better yet, it's easy and quick to make.:

  • Cut a piece of card stock 4.25" x 11"
  • Score at 3" and 8"
  • Create a scallop border on one edge using scallop edge punch
  • Using the embossing folder of your choice, emboss the bottom flap

For the belly band:

  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) 1.25" x 11"
  • Cut a piece of coordinating card stock 1.325" x 11"
  • Secure together using Sticky Strip
  • Add a decorative element to the belly band

Embellish as you desire!  The inside envelope is the Scallop Envelope Big Shot die.  I left the flap open so the folded money fits in it with no problem.

Happy birthday to those of you who are celebrating this month!

Thanks for visiting!

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Candy Holder Template and Tutorial

Better late than never, right?  Here is the template I promised back in this post.  This is VERY easy to make, you won't even need my template after the first time. So, just as a reminder, this is what you are making:

Candy holderThis candy holder is perfect to make with Stampin' Up! designer series paper because it is double sided and both prints are visible.

Here is the template and a step-by-step tutorial:

(Click on the photos to enlarge)

Candy holder template 
Cut your paper to 7" x 10.5".  Score at 3.5" and 7" along the long side of the paper.

On the first panel, cut off 4" from the top.  On the second panel, cut off 1.5" from the top. The template will now look like this:

Candy template 

Fold the paper "accordian style" to create one mountain fold and one valley fold.  Like this:

Candy template step 2 

If you want to add a trim or border to the pockets, now is the time to do it.  When done, secure each flap and the bottom with Sticky Strip to create pockets.  After adhering the panels together, this is what it should look like:

Candy template step 3 
I told you  it was easy!  If you have any questions, please contact me.

I also want to show you an adorable "Boo Banner" my dear friend, Barb made.  How perfect to make for the upcoming holiday and another great way to use the designer paper.  Check this out:

Boo banner 

Thanks for visiting!

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Ain't Love Grand Part 4

(This post was suppose to show up yesterday, but it appears I mis-scheduled it.  Sorry!)

Welcome to part 4 of my Ain't Love Grand series. Today's card makes me chuckle - I think it is so stinkin' cute.  This card is called a spinner card because it really does spin and  move!

Aint love grand airplane 
I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator a long time (since 2002) and I can recall making a spinner card in my early years.  I was so fascinated by this "technique" I made quite a few of these.  Several years have gone by since I made my last one and I have to admit -  it was a lot of fun to make this type of card again!

The mechanics of the card are very simple - a couple of pennies and a few dimensionals.  What makes this card SO easy to make is the Word Window punch (in the "old days" we cut a slit with our cutter).  The punch is what creates the "track" for the pennies to slide along.  Here's a close-up of how the pennies and dimensionals are assembled:

Pennies This is very easy to assemble.  Here's how: 1) Place a dimensional on the image (in this case the 1 1/4" blue circle). 2) Place a penny on that dimensional 3) Add another dimensional on top of that penny then stack another penny on top of that.  So, you end up with two dimensionals and two pennies.

To secure it to the card, you will place the "track" between the two pennies.  This is what allows the object to spin. Here's a close-up of the penny on the track:

Penny placement

I hope you enjoyed today's very brief tutorial. This type of card can have such a "wow" factor.  Let me know if this tutorial helped you or if you have any questions.

Have a blessed day!

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Stamps: Ain't Love Grand (new hostess set); Ink: Bashful Blue, Black and various markers; Paper: Bashful Blue and Whisper White; Accessories: Word Window punch, 2 3/8" scalloped punch (this is what I used to create the clouds), sponge, 1 1/4 circle punch, silver brad, dimensional, and pennies (2).

Circle Card Case

A Stampin' friend of mine (Hi Tami!) recently introduced me to the circle card case.  It's such a cute card and holder - it's perfect to attach to a gift or even just to send a special message to someone in the mail.  It's similar to the carousel note holder that has been floating around on various sites and blogs, but ultimately different.  Take a look.  The finished size of the card holder is 3 x 4 1/8 and the insert is 2 5/8 x 4Circle card case finished These are very simple and quick to make and can be made to accommodate different size cards/inserts.

The first step is to cut a circle.  I used my Stampin' Up! Color Coach as a guide. The Color Coach is 8" in diameter.  This size circle will fit an insert measuring 2 5/8 x 4 (as indicated above). Anything round will do.  I know a lot of people use plates or various other round kitchen items. I used Le Jardin designer series paper for this project.  You can use cardstock if you choose, but I find the designer paper is so much easier to work with.  (click the thumbnail images to enlarge)Circle

After your circle is cut out, fold up the bottom of the circle so that it is approximately 3/4" from the top.Circle card case step 2

Take your scoring blade and score 2 1/2" from EACH side.  It should look like this:Circle card case step 3

Adhere double stick tape (Sticky Strip works best) on the bottom of each flap.  Fold each flap toward the center.  *NOTE: I punched three holes along the right flap before adhering it to the center.  These holes will hold my ribbon.Circle card case step 4 Inserting the ribbon at this point is easiest.  Once the ribbon is inserted I added a small piece of adhesive just to the left of the ribbon so it will help the flap lay flat.

Once both sides have been folded toward the center you're done!  Embellish as desired. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Wednesday.

Mary Ann

Another pocket fold

Two_pocket I'm in the process of preparing for next month's Stamp Camp and was playing with a couple of different card folds.  I pulled this one out of the archives and updated it a bit with some current designer series paper.  This is a double pocket fold, but different than the one I did in December (seen here - scroll down to Dec 17th).  Today's card actually opens like a traditional card whereas the previous pocket card had both pockets on the front and did not open.  I don't have anything in the front pocket in the sample only because I enjoy the contrast of the designer paper.  As you will see in the next photo, I did put an insert in the pocket inside.

Two_pocket_inside_2 I have two jumbo brads positioned approximately 1" from the bottom for ribbon to tie it shut.  These really aren't necessary because the card stays shut on it's own, but I added it, well...just because I could.

I have been meaning to jump on the You Tube bandwagon and get videos onto my blog like so many others have done, but I just haven't taken the time to master my new video camera yet.  My hope is to have a video sooner rather than later.  It will make tutorials SO much easier to show than by picture.  But, until then, pictures will have to do.  Below are instructions on how to re-create this double pocket card:

Two_pocket_1st_step Cut your paper to 9 x 12.  Fold the bottom edge up to the top (then unfold) and then fold  in half left to right (then unfold).

Two_pocket_2nd_step As shown in the diagram, fold the bottom right edge to the center fold line and do the same for the top left edge.  Use adhesive to secure these corners down.


Fold bottom edge to the top edge (no adhesive).  To complete the card, fold the left side to the right.

Two_pocket_final_step Here is what the card looks like from the side.  Embellish as desired.

Have fun with this.  Let me know how yours turns out!

~Mary Ann


Gobble, Gobble

Name_plate_2 One of my favorite commercials is the "Eat More Chiken" campaign by Chick-Fil-A.  Those cows totally crack me up!  I couldn't help but think of those cows when I was assembling today's project.  With Turkey Day arriving tomorrow, I am in the midst of making place cards for each place setting.   Isn't this turkey cute??  A big "thanks" to my fellow demonstrator, Carol Taggart, for sharing this adorable bird.  Here's the best part - this guy was made completely using ONE punch - the scalloped circle punch - honestly!

Here's a quick overview of how this little guy came together:

Punch out a number of scalloped circles in various colorsScallops then cut them in half.

Cut_in_half On the brown piece, take scissors and cut towards the center to make the feathers.  After forming the feathers, take an inked sponge along the edges to give it some definition.


Using another scalloped circle, cut the body of the turkey.  It should look something like this:Body

Using the same punch (I told you it was a one-punch bird!), cut out the remaining pieces of the bird (feet, beak, etc.) and assemble so it looks like the following:  Turkey

For the eyes, I just added a touch of a black marker.

There you have it!  A cute addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

The Perfect Petal

I recently attended a Stampin' Up! Regional seminar in Orlando.  Besides spending the day with hundreds of other demonstrators, we spent hours learning new tricks and techniques.  Two of my favorite "tricks" included creating the perfect petal from our circle punches and a cute and simple flower from our scalloped circle punch.  Check this out:

Start by punching out a scalloped circle:


With paper snips, cut from the edge of the scalloped edge to the center to form a "flower"


Take a circle punch (any size will do - it just depends on the size petal you are wanting).  I used the 1 1/4" circle punch for my 3x3 gift card.


Once you punch a circle, reinsert the punched circle into the 1 1/4" punch (this is where the fun part comes in!)

Forming_petals One_petal

Do you see it?  Isn't that cool?  To form the other petal, simply reinsert the remaining part of the circle and punch again. 

It should look like this:Two_petal

Now it's time to assemble the flower. 


Add a little "bling" in the center of the flower by adding some Dazzling Diamonds


Assemble your card and get ready for the "ooh's and ahh's"


Thanks for stopping by!