Back To School Backpack Project with Video

It's that time of year again when kiddos are getting ready to head back to school.  Here in NC, most schools start next week, so I thought I'd made a back to school themed project.  Nothing says back to school like a backpack!  

While spending my usual ridiculous amounts of time on Pinterest, I ran across several backpack projects which sparked my memory of a few years ago when I made one of these cute little suckers.  You can see that post here.  Of course I didn't put how I made it in my previous blog post nor did I have the instructions anywhere.  Luckily I was able to figure out how to make it again and have recorded a video on how you can make one yourself.

So as promised, here are the measurements for the backpack (all measurements are in inches):

For backpack:

Cardstock - 9 1/2 x 5 1/2

Score on long side - 1 1/2, 4 1/2, 6, 9

Score on short side - 1 1/2

DSP for layers (2 pieces) - 3 7/8 x 2 7/8

DSP for backpack top - 3 x 3 1/2

Score on long side - 1 1/2, 2 

For box on front of backpack:

Cardstock - 5 3/4 x 2 1/4

Score on long side - 1/4, 2 3/4, 3, 5 1/2

Score on short side - 2

DSP for box top - 2 1/2 x 3

Score on long side - 1 1/4, 1 1/2

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The holiday catalog will be available for orders starting September 1st!  If you do not have a SU demo, I'd love for you to be my customer and I'll send you the new holiday catalog.  Please leave me a comment below with your email address or you can email me directly

PPA263: Watercolor Wash Background

Today's card was inspired by the color combo over at the Paper Pal Arts Challenge.  My good friend's oldest daughter headed to college this past weekend.  I remember how scared but yet excited I was to check into the dorm my freshman year.  I thought it would be nice to send her a card and some goodies since she is already homesick. 

Once I saw this vibrant color combo, I knew I wanted to blend the colors using the Watercolor Wash background stamp on some watercolor paper.  I first inked up the background stamp with the three colors, then sprayed some water directly onto the stamp, and finally laid the watercolor paper onto the stamp to grab the image.  The Blackberry Bliss ink did not move around as much as the Tempting Turquoise and Pear Pizzazz.

I love the stamp set "That Thing You Did" as it has some great sentiments in neat designs.  I used the high five stamp from the set and used the same color layout as the background.  I really struggled with how to finish this card.  I decided to added some colored glitter paper behind the sentiment to add some bling.  I punched out three stars and covered them with crystal effects and dazzling diamond glitter.  A few sequins scattered on the card finishes it off.  

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New square pillow box die with inlay butterfly die cutting

Happy Sunday!

For today's project I used a new item from the upcoming holiday catalog.  This cute square pillow box thinlit is the perfect gift packaging for so many items.  It comes together super quick by cutting the pillow box die twice and gluing together.  

I used some retired In Color DSP in Calypso Coral to match the inlaid Calypso Coral pieces in the butterfly.  Sometimes you just have to use up some of your old paper.  I am trying to use my old DSP to make room for some of the great new designs that have come out in both the main catalog and now the holiday catalog.

I used some of the gorgeous dotted lace ribbon and gold sequin trim to finish off the box.  I bet you think I am crazy to have carefully pieced all the Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron pieces into the butterfly.  Well I am crazy but this was actually super easy using the method I have come up with.  I'll be doing a video on how to easily piece small intricate cut outs back together quickly.  Stay tuned!

Here is a picture of the butterfly up close and personal:

The weekend is quickly coming to a close so enjoy the day!  Stamp away!  Thanks for stopping by.


Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog 2015 - My Haul Video

I was so excited when the UPS guy dropped off my box of goodies from the soon to be released 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up!  I am pretty sure I squealed so loud the entire neighborhood heard me.  I decided to make a haul video in hopes that it might help you make your decision when it comes to selecting which items to order. 

I honestly want every single item in the catalog.  SU really put together an amazing catalog FULL of great products and wonderful bundles.  I am actually considering making a second order.  EEEKKK!!  

Check out what I bought so far:

The catalog goes live to everyone on September 1st.  What are you going to order after watching my video?

If you do not already have a demonstrator, I would love for you to be my customer and send you this new amazing holiday catalog.  

Another thing to consider, become a Stampin Up Demonstrator!  There are so many perks to being a demonstrator and it is absolutely fine to just do it as a hobby.  I'd love to have you on my team so ask me how and you too can get your hands on products before they are released to everyone else.  

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Mojo Monday Challenge 410

Inlay die cutting is a trend I have been seeing a lot of and really like the look it produces.  I decided to give it a try for this week's challenge over at Mojo Monday.  I die cut the word "hello" in both black and calypso coral using the Greetings Thinlit dies.  The calypso coral die cut word was inlaid into the black negative piece.  It really makes the word hello pop!

Here is a close up of inlaid die cut word.  

Give this technique a try!  It's not that hard to do but it produces really eye catching results.

Coming up in the next few days will be a couple videos - Holiday Catalog Haul and a Back to School project.

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When friends turn 40, you make them a special card!

Happy Sunday everyone!  Sorry I have not blogged in a few days but it has been a crazy week.  I was up all night for a few days with a sick dog and just couldn't get blog posts done.  But I'm back!

Today's project is for a friend who turned 40 and that is a milestone that deserves something extra special.  I decided to make one of those pop up box cards so she will get an extra surprise when opening the card.  These cards look complicated but are actually quite easy to put together.  

I debated over what objects to use inside the box - balloons, flowers, animals?!?!  So many choices but decided on flowers.  I like how it turned out and hope you do too.

I used a Crumb Cake base and layered with the English Garden DSP.  This is honestly such a versatile package of paper with so many beautiful designs.  For the flowers I used the Petite Petals stamp set and punch.  I fussy cut the leaves from the stamp set Crazy About You after stamping them in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White cardstock.  

The biggest challenge with these types of cards is always getting all he pieces to close inside and creating something to keep it closed.  I find belly bands to work best and created one for this card using burlap ribbon with a strip of the same DSP found inside the card.

I really hope my friend gets a nice surprise in the mail when she opens this card.  Hopefully she knows that 40 is the new 30!  Someone remind of that when I turn 40!  

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Blended Bloom - Mojo Challenge 409

I have really been on a roll lately with participating in the Mojo Monday challenge.  I really enjoy participating in design challenges.  They are a great way to get the creative juices flowing if you are having one of the dreaded creative blocks.  Another great place is pinterest which is overflowing with ideas for all kinds of things under the sun including paper crafting.  

My card for this week's challenge features the Blended Bloom stamp which of course, I watercolored.  I am absolutely addicted to watercoloring lately and might need an intervention soon!  I used some of the new envelope paper in mint macaron to create a beautiful background to the card.  The new in colors are gorgeous and I find myself using all 5 colors a lot.  

Here is a close up of the watercoloring I did on the flower image.  I used hello honey, watermelon wonder, and rose red inks.

I layered a piece of sponged tip top taupe cardstock on some whisper white and stamped some leaves in mint macaron.  

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Gable Box for mini lotion from Bath & Body Works - video

I recently discovered that I had a ridiculous amount of Bath & Body products that I have been hoarding.  I just can't help myself whenever they have their annual sale.  Who can resist $3 dollar large lotion bottles and body wash?!?!  Well I can't seem to resist a good deal and that also comes to when they have their new scents in mini lotion bottles for only $1.  I decided to use the mini lotion bottle as my inspiration for my next video project so I came up with this cute gable box.

These are super easy to make with limited supplies.  It only take one piece of cardstock measuring 6 3/4 x 8 inches and 2 pieces of DSP.  Want to learn how to make one for yourself?  Check out my video below:

The measurements for the box are below:

Cardstock measures 6 3/4 X 8 inch
2 pieces of DSP measuring 1 3/4 X 4 1/4 inches
Score on the 6 3/4 side at 2, 3 1/4, 5 1/4, and 6 1/2
On the 8 inch side, score at 2 & 6 1/2 inches

If you have any questions on how to make this project, leave me a comment below and I'll be sure to answer.  

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek - Flurry of Wishes

Another great thing about being a Stampin Up! demonstrator is being able to attend convention.  I have been talking a lot about what I learned at convention and the inspiration I felt from everything I experienced.  But did I also mention they have PRIZE PATROL there too?!?!  I got super lucky with the prize patrol and won several times.  

One of the things I won was a VIP tour of backstage.  I was one of 6 lucky people who won that amazing opportunity.  Here is a picture of some new friends I made at convention who got to take the tour along with me.  We got to meet Donna Griffith and took our picture with her showing off the new holiday catalog.

Ok, so on to the holiday sneak peek right!  I won the stamp set Flurry of Wishes from the new catalog during a prize patrol at general session on the first day.  I loved this set when looking through the catalog and felt super excited to actually win it for free.  I wanted to create a quick card to showcase the new stamp set and got my inspiration from the sample in the holiday catalog (you'll get to see it when the catalog is released September 1st).  

Here is my card:

And here is the card with the stamp set, drum roll please.........

The blue background of the card was done with Indigo Island marker and alcohol on the back of a piece of vellum.  I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and gold embossing powders.  The gold button was another freebie I got at convention.  Here is a close up of the watercoloring work I did to achieve the background.

Do you want your own copy of the holiday catalog?  If you don’t currently work with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and want to be my customer, I’m happy to mail you a copy of the new holiday catalog.  Please email me at

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