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June 2013

Paper Bows

Here's a little tutorial on how to make the paper bows in this post and on page 152 of the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Paper bow step 1

Paper bows step 2

Paper bow step 3

Place a glue dot on the mark you made and then attach the loop piece on top.  

Paper bow step 4

Cut a 1/4" x 4" strip of DSP.  I find it easier to leave the length long and then trim it.  

Paper bow step five

Paper bow step 6

You can make these bows any size you like.  Here's a slight variation.

Paper bow alternate

Here the middle wrap is wider.  To acheive this look instead of using a 1/2" circle punch use a 3/4" circle punch and the wrap strip is 1/2" wide instead of 1/4".

Paper bow with paper clip
Here's how to attach your bow to a paper clip as seen on page 152 of the Stampin' Up catalog.

Paper bow paper clip attached

Wrap the 1/4' strip around the middle securing the paper clip to the bow.

These bows make super cute bookmarks.

Paper bow bookmark

They would definitely cute up any stack of papers you have on your desk.

Hope this tutorial will help you make some paper bows of your own.  If you have any questions please contact me and I would love to see how you use your paper bows!



Serene Silhouettes and the Modern Mosaic Folder

This is going to be quick!  We are headed out the door for a liittle adventure and picnic.  

Serene Silhouettes Cherry Cobbler

Don't you just love the new Modern Mosaic folder? Love!  Definitely on the must have list.    


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, sentiment from the Welcome kit-My Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White
Big ShotModern Mosaic folder(129984) 
Extras: Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Rhinestones

Serene Silhouettes Cherry Cobbler close

Update:  I have all the pictures taken and should have a little tutorial up in the next day or 2 on how I made these paper bows.  Have a fabulous Sunday!  

Regarding Dahlias and a Wild Card

I am just coming up for a little air before I dive back into my craft room.  My box of new stamping goodies arrived yesterday and the paper and ribbon are flying everywhere!   So much fun and I cannot wait to share what I am making with you!  

If you follow my blog you know that I love flower stamps.  Yes, I am giving up and  just accepting that I love floral images and I am going to buy them.  No more questioning  do I really need another flower set.  Acceptance is the name of this game.   So, when I saw the Regarding Dahlias (130327) set I was sold.

Regarding Dahlias Calypso Coral closeup

Isn't that just a stunning dahlia image?  I only wish my coloring was as beautiful as the image.   Now for the wild card.  When I order from a new catalog I look for a set that I like but is not a conventional choice for me, I call it my wild card.   I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out ways to use it.  My wild card is the Background Builders set(129150).  It has a lot of potential and I look forward  to figuring out how to really use it. 

Regarding Dahlia Calypso Coral

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias (130327), Background Basics (129150)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Wild Wasabi
Big Shot: Beautifully Baroque folder( 130917, Secret Garden Framelits, Magnetic Platform (130658 LOVE!)
Extras: AquaPainter

Okay ,the call of the new stamps and accesories is getting too loud so I best get back to the craft table!  Until I surface again,  did  you know that I  have a Facebook page? Go and check it out  (  

Hope to stamp with you soon!



Tag a Bag Gift Boxes

I am waiting patiently (okay not really that patiently) for my order from the new Stampin' Up catalog to arrive.  Thankfully it looks like tomorrow I can expect a package from my favorite brown truck.  In the meantime I have been playing with the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and the Tag a Bag Accessory kit.  

Smoky slate &daffodil delight tag

There are 8 boxes and they are big and come with an acetate sleeve and are food safe. The Tag a Bag Accessory kit comes with 10 large tags, 10 medium tags, 10 mini clothespins, 3 colors of twine (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay), 5 Smoky Slate self adhesive strips and even Stampin Dimensionals.  You can buy the boxes (130927) and the accessory kit(130153) seperately or bundle (131372) them up for a 15% savings.  These would be great to have on hand to cute up any gift!

Close label

Stamps: Label Love(130622), A Round Array(129090)
Ink: Smoky Slate 131179), Daffodil Delight
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Red Glimmer paper, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Smoky Slate
Punches: Artisan Label punch (130920), 7/8" Scallop Circle

Label Love

The new Artisan Label punch is so easy to layer .  Just punch out a label out of the color you want to use as the laye and cut it in half and then attach the pieces to the top and the bottom.  

Daffodil del polka dot bow

I just love these little bows from page 152 of the new catalog and you will definitely be seeing more of them from me.   I am liking the Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate combination.  It is going to be fun figuring out new and different color combinations.  

If you like to cute up your gifts be sure to check out the Tag a Bag Gift Bags (chevron Kraft bags!), Tag a Bag Gift Boxes, and the Tag a Bag Accessory kit.  Be sure to look at the bundles on page 159! Get one for yourself and a few more for gifts!  



Papillon Potpourri and the 2013-15 In Colors

Let me introduce the 2013-15 In Colors ; Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, and  Crisp Cataloupe.  Did that make you a little hungry?  The colors are delicious as they sound.

In Color Papillon Potpourri

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Everything Eleanor and Sweet Essentials
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Quatrefancy DSP
Punches: Bitty Butterfly
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot folder 

2103-15 InColor Papillon Potpourri

The greeting I used is fron the Sweet Essentials stamp set ( 126457 pg 41) and it is 25% off until the end of June.  There are 2 other greetings sets that are also on special and they are Sassy Salutations (126707 pg 39) and Petite Pairs (122497 pg 73).   They are all great sets and if you don't have them you need to get them.  

Hope to stamp with you soon!

Last Day to Order Retiring Stamp Sets

Sad to say but it is the last day you can order from the Stampin' Up! retired stamp set and accesories lists.    Here's another look back  at some past projects.

Little Friends Tempt Turq


Little Friends whisper white

Stamps: Little Friends122667

This is not my usual style but I sure enjoyed watercoloring the images.

008 copy
013 copy
Incolor aviary
Stamp set: Word Play 120651  and Aviary120462

Bordering on Romance on black
Bordering on romance double embossing
Bordering on Romance 125482

011 copy
018 copy
French Foliage 121166

So, don't delay and  order your retiring stamp sets  before they are gone!

I forgot to share with you th Best of 25 Years stamp set for June....Greetings!

Best of 25 greetings
8 great greeting for $14.95!  Best of Greetings 133485

Welcome to Mosaic Madness

Yes, I am mad for the Mosaic Madness stamp set!  Here's the first thing I made with  the Mosaic Madness Bundle (I will tell you more about the bundle in a bit!).

Mosaic punch

I know this probably looks a bit intimidating but it really is not.  Why?  I used the Mosaic punch to punch out all the tiles!  Yes, there's a punch for that and when you purchase the stamp set and the punch together you will get a 15% discount on the bundle (stamp set and punch ,Mosaic Madness bundle 132733)!  Now that is madness but the good kind!  

Stamps: Mosaic Madness 130249 (bundle 132733)
Ink: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Punches: Mosaic punch (131267 or the bundle 132733), 7/8" Scallop circle, 1/2" circle
Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie Satin ribbon (retired) haven't gotten my new ribbons in yet!

Mosaic punch side

There are lots of bundles sprinkled throught the new catalog.  Go here  for a listing of all the bundles.  I don't want you to miss out on any of the great bundle deals!  If you need a catalog please contact me and  I would be happy to get one sent  out to you!