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Duo Pocket Pouch Tutorial

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This is a GREAT Halloween Treat pouch! There is a pocket the same size on the backside.

Start with paper cut 6" X 6". Designer Series Paper will work the best because it folds and flattens well. Score on the black lines. Stampin' Up!'s Diagonal Plate and Simply Scored make this project FAST and accurate!

I used Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. Fold the sides into the center.

Fold in half with the pockets facing out. No adhesive is necessary. Punch a hole at the top thru both layers at the same time, then tie with ribbon.

I added an optional little Black Cat tag. Add candy or gift card. This is a fast, simple little treat pouch for any holiday: hang on a /Christmas Tree, use as a table favor, or send thru the mail in a Stampin' Up! medium envelope.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 Wood mount or #123946 Clear mount
  • Ink: Basic Black #126980
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045
  • Punches: 1" Circle #119868, 1-1/4" Circle #119861, 1/16"Circle #101227, Itty Bitty Shapes #118309
  • Accessories: Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, 1/8" Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon #119253, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon #127837

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL

I've been through volunteer orientation at the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL! WOW am I impressed with this facility! VERY CLEAN!! The center takes in about 5,000 animals each year. Euthanasia "for space" is never considered.

I'll be helping in the Cat Area, cleaning cages, cuddling, and helping with endless laundry. I'll get in plenty of pets, too!

I would guess these young cats are from the same litter so can all be together in the same open room complete with little kitty staircase that leads outdoors.

This is one of the outside kitty areas with sun, shade and drinking water fountain.

A cat on a walkway to the outdoors. Looking forward to working with furry friends, since I don't have any of my own currently. I'm also donating greeting cards featuring cats, and the cards will be sold in the AWL Gift Shop.

Awwww...someone loved their Sugar Booger. Whether you love cats or dogs or both, the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL needs you to volunteer!


Blooming with Kindness

HAD to buy Blooming with Kindness because I've seen GREAT samples! 

This Raspberry Ripple birthday card sends cheery message.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Blooming With Kindness #126420 Wood mount or #126422 Clear mount
  • Blooming with Kindness
    Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Raspberry Ripple #126842
  • Inks: Raspberry Ripple #126859, Soft Suede #126978
  • Accessories: Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Large Pearl Basic Jewel #125577, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439

Creative elements

This card has the same colors and designs as yesterday's post, but looks quite different. This is a "gate fold" which opens just like the garden gate. 100_2553
The "CREATE" medallion straddles the opening, but is only attaches on the left panel.

When your base card is dark in color, add a layer of neutral cardstock inside so your message is easy to read. Brighten someone's day with a hand made card!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Creative Elements #122645 Wood mount or #122647 clear mount
  • Cardstocks: Whisper White #100730, Summer Starfruit #126839, Riding Hood Red #111348
  • Ink: Summer Starfruit #126991, Riding Hood Red #126968
  • Punches: Decorative Label # 120907, Extra-large Oval #119859, BoHo Blossom #119858
  • Accessories: Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846, Regals Sesigner Buttons #119744, Glue Dots #103683, Dimensionals #104430

Creative Elements

The butterflies on this background are perfectly lined up. It's easy: lay the white triangle on the white base card and stamp as if they were one. The "ghosting" around the triangle will be covered up when you add the Riding Hood Red triangle matting. TRY IT!

I LOVE the word "create" because it sends a perfect message to my customers and papercrafting friends!  100_2550
Creative Elements Stamp Set is a unique collection of images that sparks lots of ideas in my head! See the detailed images below.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Creative Elements #122645 Wood mount or #122647 Clear mount
  • Creative Elements

    • Cardstocks: Whisper White #100730, Summer Starfruit #126839, Riding Hood Red #111348
    • Ink: Summer Starfruit #126991, Riding Hood Red #126968
    • Punches: BoHo Blossom #119858, 2-1/2" Circle #120906, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle
    • Accessories: Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846, Basics Glimmer Brad #121003, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Dimensionls #104430


Four of these 3-1/2 X 3-1/2" Stampin' Up! Kraft Gift Boxes are ONLY $2.95! They are GREAT to have on hand all the time!

The Fancy Flower Punch creates a lovely flower which I sprayed generously with Smooch Spritz for shimmer! Wouldn't you LOVE to receive this sweet box?


  • Stamps: Tiny Tags #118091 Wood mount or #118592 Clear mount
  • Ink: Basic Black #126980, Calypso Coral #126983
  • Cardstock: Calypso Coral #122925
  • Punches: Fancy Flower #118073, Blossom Petals Builder (for leaves) #121808, Jewelry Tag #117190
  • Accessories: Kraft Gift Boxes (4) #124106
  • Kraft boxes
  •  Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon #122977, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine #125572,Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz #118772, Basic Rhinestone #119246

Kayaking Shell Creek

My hubby and I recently paddled Shell Creek near Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, FL. This is my good friend Carol, who is an avid rubber stamper just like me.
Shell Creek is the drinking water supply for Punta Gorda, FL.
I thought it odd that a Palm tree was growing in the middle of the creek. It must have blown over in a storm and kept growing. Nature is DETERMINED!
The branches of this tree are covered with epiphytes, commonly called "air plants." Epiphytes are NONparasitic and get their nutrients from air, rain, and run off from the tree.
Sorry this is blurry - the current was carrying me too fast. Three turtles bask in the sun.
Lunch time in the welcomed shade with our friends from the Punta Gorda Boat Club.  I very enjoyable morning!

Mitten Builder Punch

Create your own mitten design WITHOUT knitting needles!! MAKE A MITTEN stamp set is sooo flexible and fun, especially when paired with the coordinating MITTEN BUILDER PUNCH!

This close up shows the vintage detail achieved when you run the Core'dinations Card Stock through the new Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. 100_2384
Happy memories of mittens I have knit over the years!

Supplies List:

  • Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 Wood mount or #127802 Clear mount, Make a Mitten #127940 Wood mount or #127943 Clear mount

Make a Mitten

  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler #119685, Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953, Early Espresso Core'dination #127848
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler #126966, Gumball Green #126861, Early Espresso #126974, Crumb Cake #126975
  • Accessories: Holiday Frame Embossing Folder #127820, Designer Frames Embossong Folder #123130, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113474, Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim #129938, Mitten Builder Punch #127824



Stampin' Up!'s Creative Elements

This creation features the In Color Designer Series Paper STACK! It's a great way to have lots of designs in the same color. 100_2558

I love these little flags topped off with a handsome Brushed Bronze Designer Button!100_2559

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Creative Elements #122645 Wood mount or #122647 Clear mount

Creative Elements

  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Summer Starfruit #126839, Riding Hood Red #111348
  • Ink: Riding Hood Red #126968, Summer Starfruit #126991
  • Accessories: 2012-14 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack #126910, Scallop Edge Border Punch #119882, Brushed Bronze Designer Button #127833, Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon #119960, 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Flags or Banners?

Flags or Banner...the name doesn't matter. They are a HOT trend and so simple to create!

I added Frost White Shimmer Paint around the sentiment.

The Floral District Designer Series paper determined my color combo.

This is a similar layout with a different paper called Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper. 100_2594
Supplies List for both cards:

  • Stamps: Petite Pairs #122495 Wood mount or #122497 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Daffodil Delight #119683, Summer Starfruit  #126839, Whisper White #100730, Very Vanilla #101650, Midnight Muse #126843, Baja Breeze #111352
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950, Midnight Muse #126860
  • Accessories: BoHo Blossoms Punch #119858, Floral District Designer Series Paper #126919, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898, Brights Buttons #119747, In Color Dahlias #127556, White Baker's Twine #124262, Extra Large Oval Punch #119859, Designer Frames Folders #123130, Big Shot #113439, Frost White Shimmer Paint #116854, Sponge Daubers #102892

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Oh my gosh, I'm sooo happy the way this card evolved! This is Pewter heat embossing paired with Black and Basic Grey! Ecclectic. Chic.

There is a touch of Art Deco, too.

This view features the GLOSS of the Emboss!


This was my inspiration found on Pinterest.
Supplies List:
  • Stamps: Gently Falling #123802 Wood mount or #123804 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730
  • Accessories: Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack #117157, Basic Gray 1/4"Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126879,Antique Brad #117273, 1-1/4" Circle Punch (to round corner) #119861, Pewter Embossing Powder #124114, Versamark Pad #102283, Heat Tool #129053


Stampin' Up!'s By the Seashore

SEAS THE DAY!! I just LOVE this idea I discovered on Pinterest. So simple: grab sand and water colored cardstock and start tearing.

This is the PERFECT card to use Smooch Spritz to create the reflections of the ocean. I gave it several shots of Spritz.

BY THE SEASHORE is a wonderfully detailed stamp set. Thanks to Andrea Gideon from CA for her inspiration card:

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: By the Seashore #126530 Wood mount or #126532 Clear mount



By the Sea

  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953, River Rock #108640, Sahara Sand #121043, Midnight Muse #126843, Pacific Point #111350, Baja Breeze #111352, Bashful Blue #105120, Marina Mist #119682
  • Accessories: Neutrals Brads#119736, Dimensionals #104430, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz #118772

New Stampin' Up! Policy

In the past, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators could not cash and carry products which kept us from having to stock lots of inventory. Today, the policy was modified so we can cash and carry ADHESIVES! Now I'll be offering Snail Adhesive, Snail Refills, Glue Sticks, and Liquid Multi-purpose Glue at all my events! 100_2621
This sweet little ribbon flower is one of the techniques I'm teaching in the next class: Friday, Sept. 21st at 9am. Registration dealine is Tuesday, Sept. 18th so contact me SOON: [email protected]

Giant Cards for Groups

Now and then you may need a BIG card for lots of people to sign and send - like a church or club. All that space to fill can be intimidating! These card are 5.5x8.5" from a full sheet folded in half. Using Designer Series Paper fills a lot of space!

The Quint-Essential Flower ala cart stamp is a good bold choice for the focal point. Avoid small delicate images on giant cards.

This is also a 5.5x8.5" card, but has a totally different feeling. 100_2573
Again the Designer Series Paper fills space. Keep these in mind the next time your group needs a Giant Card to communicate their sentiments!

Supplies Lits:

  • Stamps: Quint-Essential Flower #126790 wood only, Just Believe #116948 Wood mounted or #120453 Clear mount, Sweet Essentials #126455 Wood mount or #126457
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, More Mustard #100946, Early Espresso #119686
  • Ink: Early Espresso #126974, Cherry Cobbler #126966, Night of Navy #126970, More Mustard #126964
  • Accessories: Basic Glimmer Brads #121003, Elegant Butterfly Punch #127526, Scallop Edge Border Punch #119882, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch #119854, 1" Circle Punch #119868

Googly Ghouls

This cute card was created by Shari Ball, my friend and fellow demonstrator from Illinois!

This card features the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Easy Events #116958 Wood mount or #123225 Clear mount, Googly Ghouls #129852 Wood mount or #129853 Clear mount - shown

Googly ghouls

  • Ink: Versamark #102283, White Craft #101731
  • Cardstock: Basic Black #121045, Sahara Sand #121043, Gumball Green #126840, Pumpkin Pie #105117
  • Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Pack #118309, 1/2" Circle #119869, 3/4" Circle #119873
  • Accessories: Googlies # 127539, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die #124587, Chevron Embossing Folder #127749, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439

Trim it

Here is an idea for the darling 1/4" Sweater Trim in the Holiday Catalog. I ran a thin bead of Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue along the outside edge of the Gumball Green cardstock circle. Then I laid the Sweater Trim on top of the glue circle. AFTER it had dried, I tied a square knot and trimmed the ends. Quite simply!

 It adds great wintery texture to this holiday greeting!! The Sweater Trim comes in Cherry Cobbler (shown), Gumball Green, and Whisper White. Its also a nifty way to tie on holiday tags!

Supplies List:

  • Cardstock: Sahara Sand #121043, Gumball Green #126840, Whisper White #100730
  • Stamps: Make a Mitten #127940 Wood mount or #126943 Clear mount, More Merry Messages #126400 Wood mount or #126402
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler #126966
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim #129938, Mitten Builder Punch #127824, 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908, Dimensionals 104430, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue #110755


I had a FUN stamping weekend in Ft. Lauderdale at the Sheraton Beach Hotel, formerly the YANKEE CLIPPER HOTEL of 1950-60's fame! The hotel is shaped as a ship as you can see in the mural behind me. Lynn, my "Stamping Cousin" had a Stamp Retreat there so I got to meet all her stamping friends! Stampers are always a crazy bunch!


This was the beach view from my hotel room - lots of weekend activities in the sand,water, and air!!

Googlie Eyes

Here is a cute swap from summer Convention created by Candas Freeman of AZ.

The Googlie Eyes make me giggle!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Googly Ghouls #128060 Wood mount or #128063 Clear mount - shown

Googly ghouls

  • Ink: Basic Black #126980
  • Cardstock: Naturals Ivory #101849, Basic Black #121045, Tangerine Tango #111349
  • Punches: Word Window #119857, Modern Label #119849
  • Accessories: Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Googlies #127539, Dimensionals #104430

Scentsational Season

Here is an easy happy Holiday card! Gingerbread - YUM!

Banners are TRENDY and so easy!!

SAVE 15% when you purchase the Scentsational Season BUNDLE of stamp set and coordinating Framelits!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: More merry Messages #126400 Wood mount or #126402 Clear mount, Scentsational Season BUNDLE #129945 Wood mount or #129946 Clear mount - shown

Scentsational season bundle

  • Ink: Soft Suede # 126978
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Lucky Limeade #122926, Very Vanilla #101650
  • Accessories: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #126904, Red Glimmer Paper #121790, Brights Brads #119740, Dimensionals #104430, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906

692 pages...ugh

I was at the library and this book called, "Come learn more." So I checked it out...

 I'm technologically retarded!!!! The Blogosphere is a nightmare of mazes! I have the basics under control, now for the fine tuning. By the way, I'm cringing, not crying........... YET!

Scalloped Tulle

Here is another use for Stampin' Up!'s 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog. I simply wrapped the tulle around the layer and attached it on the backside.

The tulle adds a unique texture over the Designer Series Paper! Give it a try!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Make a Mitten #127940 Wood mount or #127943 Clear mount, More Merry Messages #126400 Wood mount or #126402 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler # 119685, Very Vanilla # 101650, Brushed Gold #102935
  • Ink: Early Espresso #126974, Cherry Cobbler #126966
  • Accessories: Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885, Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon #127841, Antique Brad #117273, Decorative Label Punch #120907, Festival Of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #126904

Guy Birthday

No girly colors for guy birthday cards!

This color combo is Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Gray.

Overlapping pennants keep this card interesting! I love how the Striped Ribbon and Designer Series Paper compliment each other! 100_2522
I've added a NEW CATAGORY: Male Cards to my list on the right. Hope this helps you, as we all usually prefer to make flowery creations. The pennant treatment was inspired by Erika Clark of MD.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Word Play #120308 Wood mount or #120651 Clear mount
  • Ink: Basic Black #126980
  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler #119685, Basic Gray #121044, Basic Black #121045
  • Punches: Petite Pennants Builder #122361, 1 3/4" Circle #119850, 1 3/8" Square #119877
  • Accessories: 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon #127827, Mini Silver Brad #122941, Dimensionals 104430, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack #117157 - shown

Neutrals dsp stack

Summer Silhouettes

Do you ever stamp on Designer Paper? Give it a try!

I chose a garden themed Designer Paper to repeat the theme of the stamp.

A simple quick card!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes #126445 Wood mount or #126447 Clear mount - shown

Summer Silhouettes

  • Ink: Chocolate Chip #126979
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650, Chocolate Chip 102128
  • Accessories: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #126904, Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon #124142, Neutrals Brads #119736, Boho Blossoms Punch #119858, Corner Rounder #119871

Punkin' Time

The JACK OF ALL TRADES stamp set is perfect for Thanksgiving, as well as Halloween.

This card would make a great Thanksgiving Feast Invitation!

The sentiment makes all the difference!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 Wood mount or #127802 Clear mount, Jack of All Trades #122620 Wood mount or #122622 Clear mount - shown

Jack of all trades

  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Cajun Craze #119684, Soft Suede #115318
  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie #126945, Soft Suede #126978, Old Olive #126953
  • Accessories: Regals Brads #119737, Modern Label Punch #119849, 1 3/4" Circle Punch #119850, Dimensionals #104430 

Scentsational Season

The Scentsational Season BUNDLE in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog SAVES you 15%! You received SIX stamp images and SIX coordinating Framelits to use in your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

For a quick unique embellishment, I laced Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle thru the Designer Ribbon Slide.

Love the Silver Glimmer Paper for a glitzy punch!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: More Merry Messages #126400 Wood mount or #126402 Clear mount, Scentsational BUNDLE #129945 Wood mount or #129943 Clear mount - shown

Scentsational season bundle

  • Ink: #Gumball Green #126861, Early Espresso #126974
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650
  • Accessories: Dies are listed above in the BUNDLE, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #126904, 3 1/2"Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon #127841, Designer Ribbon Slide #127834, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

CONGRATS to my North Star Demonstrators who had a FANTASTIC August!!
* Janell Lewellen of Byron, IL
*Julie Aurand of Rockford, IL
Email me your gift selections and I'll pay the shipping and tax. ENJOY gals! You earned it!