Saturday, November 20, 2021

Christmas gift ideas - handmade crochet items; cards, scrapbooks


A while ago I posted some of the handmade crochet projects that my sweet daughter-in-law made - since Christmas is coming, she's been making some really pretty and useful items that would make great gifts that are featured in her Etsy shop at:  So I wanted to share a few of them to help you out with your Christmas shopping:

Headband Ear Warmers - fancy ones!


 Check out the other items she makes too:

 And of course, in my Stampin' Up online store you can purchase items for Christmas cards, tags, papercrafts, ribbon, embellishments, and wrapping paper:  


And I also have an online store for scrapbooking and all sorts of related items here, from scrapbooking album kits, premade scrapbook albums, and scrapbooking papers, embellishments, and recipes for scrapbooking pages - a wide assortment of photo-safe scrapbook supplies that are perfect for creating photo albums, making your own decorative planner, bullet journal or travel journal, and other paper crafts and projects, as well as bookcloth album covers, predesigned albums to designer scrapbook paper, stickers, pens, photo-safe scrapbook adhesive and high-quality, durable tools.  Here is my Creative Memories online store to check these out:

 Have fun checking out the websites I shared in this post to help you buy gifts for those on your Christmas list....or even for yourself!  Thanks for looking!!






Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Halloween party treat boxes - coffins, haystacks!


My clog dancing class is celebrating Halloween and I am putting together some Halloween party favors, starting with Stampin' Up's coffin boxes!  Here is one that I started with that can be opens from the bottom so treats can be put inside it.

The rest of the boxes don't have the ribbon at the top, since I had 23 more to make!  Here are the 6 different types of boxes I made:

Here are some closeups - the mummies have green eyes; the skeleton has red eyes, and the bats are punched from black glimmer paper:

I will also be making these Paper Pumpkin party favors (haystacks) and put a New York peppermint patty in them:

Paper Pumpkin kits are a time saver and great when you need to make several projects!!

I am also giving some handouts with Halloween puzzles and mazes for folks to do:

Since the party is Monday night I will be making some pumpkin cupcakes to bring, and putting Halloween candies into containers so the dancers can choose which candies they want to put into their coffin treat box.  We have asked everyone to dress up in Halloween colors or costumes (I will be a giraffe!) and bring a snack if they want.  And we will be dancing to Halloween music!  I will share more pictures later if I remember to take some; often I get caught up in the fun and forget...What are your plans for Halloween??

Most of the products are Stampin' Up (both current and retired), and you can check them out in my online store:

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Handmade cute crocheted critters etc.; great for Christmas gifts



Been working on a list of the Christmas gifts I have to get as I have to mail them out....and I wanted to share a few of the pictures of the cute crocheted critters my daughter-in-law, Nary, has been making.  These would be great for Christmas gifts!  She has an Etsy shop where you can order one for yourself, and she also does take amigurumi commissions.  I have seen her crochet while I visited and she really pays attention to making sure the details are perfect and uses yarn that is super soft.  The yarn is perfect for children and babies, and she also packages the items in pretty paper and gives a special gift for you!  Her prices are very reasonable and you just add the cost of shipping.

Take a look at these critters and check out her Etsy shop:    

You can see more of her crocheted items here:

Thanks for looking; I know she appreciates your business.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Paper Pumpkin kit alternative cards - fast, easy, fun, versatile!


I can't believe that it is October already!  Which means the rest of the year will just fly by, right?!  So I know I will try to get everything done that I need to for the upcoming holidays, beginning with Halloween...One thing I have started doing is to use the card making kits that I subscribe to.  Stampin' Up has a monthly kit called Paper Pumpkin which I have been getting every since they started it and they feature both cards and cute projects.  You have several ways you can subscribe to it; by the month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or automatically.  I make it easy on myself and do it automatically!  You can check out more about this time-saving, convenient, and reasonably priced subscription in my store:

Since I send out monthly birthday cards to my dance club's members, Paper Pumpkin has been perfect for doing this.  Above are two of the alternative cards I made with August 2021 kit called Hope.  Often you can purchase the refills of these kits.  Here are the other alternative cards I made with August's kit:

Here is what the original kit looked like:

And here is what you got in the kit:

What makes Paper Pumpkin unique? Paper Pumpkin subscription kits are designed for anyone who wants to quickly and easily achieve beautiful, handcrafted projects—anytime and anywhere! You’ll get a new project every month—one that’s great for all types of crafters. Inside you’ll find a pre-designed, pre-cut papercrafting project. Everything is ready to stamp, assemble, and give!  A single month is $22 but any of the subscriptions reduce the cost. And since I have been getting them, they just get better every month!  Plus, the kits coordinate with other Stampin' Up products and colors, which is what I did when I made the alternative projects I shared here!!  Here is where you can subscribe to get your own every month:

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. We deliver all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting! Our subscribers always have cards and cute gifts on hand for every occasion. Your first kit includes a free gift from us—a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time. Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!

I worked on my alternative cards and other Paper Pumpkin kits while I am watching tv - a great project to have others help you too - such as children and spouses (yes, mine even helps sometimes!)  I am getting read to put a happy birthday greeting on these cards before mailing them, as they are very versatile to use for different occasions.

Here is info on next month's kit Peaceful Christmas: When you picture a peaceful Christmas, what comes to mind? Do you see snow outside your window, softly swirling through the sky? A tree trimmed with tinsel, a fire crackling nearby? Maybe you’re dreaming of decorating a holly jolly gingerbread house. Can you catch a whiff of Christmas cookies wafting through the air?

Whatever it is you think about when Christmas comes to town, picture a peaceful Christmas with the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit! This glimmering and gleaming kit is your creative kickstart to Christmas cardmaking. With sprinkles of snow, shimmering silver skies, and heartwarming holiday wishes, you’ll have enough elements and embellishments to create 10 Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.

Speaking of coordination, make even more Christmas magic with Peaceful Place products! The stunning Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277) pairs perfectly with the kit’s components. Brew a cup of cocoa, snuggle up with a soft blanket, and prepare for a cozy craft night in!

Try it and decide if you want to subscribe...and start to get ready for the holidays that will be here before you know it!  Let me know if you have any questions, OK?



Monday, August 9, 2021

New Stampin' Up catalogs for holidays & free products



 Wow I can't believe that summer is almost over!   With the relaxed Covid guidelines and vaccinations, I have been doing what most everyone else has been doing - visiting with friends and family, which have involved several trips to the east coast.  Hope you have been able to do some of the same!

It's great that Stampin' Up continues to produce many new wonderful items as well - the new holiday mini-catalog just came out, and they also put out the Sale-A-Bration flyer earlier so we can take advantage of getting free products with purchases - whee!  Check these out in my online store at:

Hope you are having a good summer too!  Let me know if there is anything I can help you with concerning Stampin' Up, OK? 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Stampin' Up Last Chance retiring products during June!



 The January–June 2021 Mini Catalog will be retiring soon! It’s always bittersweet to see a classic Stampin’ Up! catalog take a trip to retirement. But, we’re looking forward to all the new products on their way—and we hope you are, too!

Stock up on your favorite products before they’re gone for good! Save up to 50% on essential craft supplies. What are you waiting for? Start shopping! After all, this selection of Last Chance Products is only available while supplies last!  Shop online in my store here:


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