An adorable little card holder made with the top note die….

Here is another goody from my Stamping Retreat.

We used our Simply Scored boards and Stampin’ Trimmers to make the holder itself.  You could make it any size you wanted to really.  For the detailed top flap, we used the Top Note die.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dies!   I will be using it for gift tags and gift card holders soon for my Tags and Treasures workshop, so stay tuned!  If you are local, check out on my events page.

We stamped some simple little 3×3 cards for the envelope using the Lovely Little Labels stamp set and made matching envelopes with Simply Scored.  These make great little inexpensive gifts for a friend or even a teacher.  I’m thinking of doing a holiday one to hold gift tags.

Shop now to get your own top note die, Stampin’ Trimmer, and Simply scored tool and make your own!

I have a workshop and a Stamp-a-Stack to prep for so have a good week and get busy stamping!

My weekend stamp retreat

Hello again!  I’m sorry it has been a week since I last posted, but last week was crazy!  My little Lily was sick.  I feel bad that she wasn’t feeling well, but I have to admit that spending my Birthday snuggling my little one was nice.  She isn’t a very snuggly kid unless she’s under the weather.  Then Friday, I left for Tahoe City to enjoy my Birthday gift…. a Stamp Retreat!  It was tons of fun.  I made lots of new friends  and  lots of paper crafts that I will be sharing with you over the next few posts.  Although the weather was absolutely beautiful, I never left the house.  There were too many great projects to work on inside!

At craft retreats, it is customary to bring a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) to share with everyone.  It is just a little goodie to say hello to new friends.  These are some of the great gifts I received.

Don’t you just love crafters?  They put so much time and energy into making something for people they haven’t even met yet.  If you haven’t gotten to get away on a craft retreat, you really should.  Charlene our hostess put so much effort into being sure we had a great time.  There were lots of prize giveaways, great projects, and yummy food.   Maybe next year we’ll see you there 😉

This cute little milk carton made with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz die, Pennant Parade stamp set and the Petite Pennant Builder Punch was Charlene’s RAK.

Isn’t it cute?  This die is on my wish list for sure!

I hope your weekend was as fun as mine!  Now get busy Stampin’!

Beth

Inspiration and perspiration……

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again.  The most time consuming part of crafting is coming up with ideas.  If you can find great sources of inspiration, you can keep your creative juices flowing and put a handmade project together in no time, saving a lot of perspiration!

I love following great  blogs.  They are full of fun ideas.  I love littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com for all things crafty, prettyyummyfoods.com for lots of yummy recipes and gorgeous food photos (that help me with earthy color combos and make sure I’m not crafting on an empty stomach),  istamp by Nancy Riley  for SU ideas (she posts cards by lots of different SU artists), and Random Acts of Creativity to keep up with trends outside the Stampin’ Up! world.  Check them out for inspiration and to save yourself some perspiration in your crafty and homemaking pursuits.

I also love Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers, but inspiration doesn’t have to be online.  It can be anywhere.  For today’s project, I took inspiration from a Birthday invite to a party my girlfriend was having for her daughter.  This was the invite to her adorable “Apple of Our Eye” themed 1st Birthday:

I had also seen all the cute decor ideas her Mama had been pinning lately, so I decided to keep with the theme when I wrapped her gift.  Hand stamped gift wrapping looks great and your host will love it because she picked the theme herself!

Here is what I came up with:

And this card I made at Janice Urke’s Thursday Night Stamp Club went with it perfectly!

 

Next time you are headed to a party, get your inspiration from the invitation!  I promise it will be a big hit!

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

 

 

 

 

Door Prize!

Last time I mentioned my Busy Stamper Open House.  It was a blast by the way! If you didn’t make it, you should check out my events page and see my upcoming classes and workshops so you can get in on the fun!  Anyway, these were the door prizes at the open house.  Congrats to Michele,  Melinda, and Bernice who each won one of these packs of stamping goodies.  Come to one of my events and you could win too!  I included a sampling of dry embossed and plain card stock, ribbon and a “handmade by” stamp wrapped in a cute paper bow.  Stampin’ Up! has so many cute gift wrapping ideas right now.  Stay tuned for my video tutorials that are on their way to see how to make your own bows.

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

CASEed Pinwheel Treat Bag

Recently my Mom was here visiting from the D.C. area.  We had a great visit and she was even able to attend my Busy Stamper Open House.  She caught a bit of the paper crafting bug  (it is very contagious you know) and wanted to make something to give the gal who subbed for her Sunday School class.  I decided to CASE an adorable treat bag that we made in Janice Urke’s Thursday night stamp club.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the design originally came from the amazing Becky Roberts.  The bag is sooo easy to make and can be changed up to fit any occasion.  This is my fall inspired version.

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth