Thanksgiving Treats for Friends

Hi - Here are some little treat packages I put together using the Top Note die.


I just scored it into thirds and folded the two ends up to make a spot to cradle a cello bag of goodies.  I did put glue dots on the side of the cello to hold the Top Note front and back in place.  I used the Spice Cake DSP - still my favorite. : ) Inside the bags I put almond toffee and chocolate covered almonds - hard to go wrong there!  A little strip of Spice Cake fabric tied to the top of the cello just adds another layer of texture.  These would be really lovely at each place setting for Thanksgiving.  Hope you like it.
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Spice Cake card box and card set

This card box will hold 4-8 cards depending on how thick they are.  The dimensions are simple since I don't like "fussy" measurements. :)  The stamp set is Hand Penned from the current mini catalog.

I love the colors in the Spice Cake DSP - looove them. :)

Easter Candy Bar Sliders

Hi there -  Someone recently sent me an email asking about the Easter candy bar sliders I made 2 years ago and posted here. They use the jumbo candy bars and are quite a big treat – maybe even a good substitution for that chocolate Easter bunny that always looks tastier than it is! :0)  Anyhow, I thought I would update the look a bit and post both versions here.  My stampin’ pal Julie and I whipped up this one last week.  I’ll include the paper size and scoring dimensions as well. 



The candy bar inside slides out when you pull on the top ribbon. It is the 4.25oz size bar.  This year’s version is made from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP, ribbon and buttons from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  The patterns and colors are much brighter than the first two I made a while back.  To make one, start with a piece of DSP that is 8” x 8¼” in size. (DSP works better than cardstock because it’s easier to score and fold for the skinny sides of the finished piece.)  Along the 8¼” side, score at 3½”, 3-7/8”, 7-3/8”, 7¾”.  Fold them in to make a skinny sleeve shape.  Add sticky strip to the list ½” strip to hold it closed.  I put a piece of sticky strip inside the bottom edge and pinched it closed to hold it.  Punch two slots at the top edge to feed the ribbon pull through.  I reinforced mine with a ¾” circle in Melon Mambo on both sides.  Push the candy bar down into the sleeve with the ribbon under it.  Then tie a bow.  As you pull the ribbon’s bow up now, the candy bar will slide out!  The rest is all about decorating, adding stamps and embellishments and making it all “pur-tee!”  I hope you’ll make one soon!  Holler if you have any questions.

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Concord Crush version of Nature Walk

Hello – I’m still playing around with Nature Walk and liking the different ways the stamps can be used.  This card is one we made at my Stamp Camp last Friday night.  Easy to reproduce and I dusted of the Concord Crush since purple is not a color I use very often – if at all!  I’ve included the smaller picture of the first card made like this with Early Espresso, Marina Mist and So Saffron.



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Mini Nature Walk…

Hi – Since I liked the last card so much, I made a mini version!  This one is 3x3 and very similar.  But – it looked a little pitiful all on it’s own so I made a coordinating card and then a box to put them in.  Might have gotten carried away a bit… :0)




This stamp set is not one I would usually be drawn to but I took a chance on something different and really like the results.  Hope you do too!


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Peaceful Nature Walk…

Hi there – Today’s card is a pretty simple card to stamp and I love the serenity it seems to have.  The stamps are from the Nature Walk (W121925) stamp set in the Occasions Mini and the words are from Sincere Salutations (115068).  I stamped the floral stem many times in Old Olive – sometimes twice without reinking to get the lighter and darker parts.  The bees are stamped in Early Espresso and then cut out with snips and popped up on dimensionals.  Old Olive taffeta ribbon, a bow of linen thread and an antique brad finish it off.  I made several of this card and just changed the sentiment – I think it works well for a birthday, get well or thanks card too.



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Lucky Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all you shamrocks out there!  Here are some goodies I dolled up for the teachers at my son’s school.  The first is chocolate mints in a cello bag with a Top Note die topper. Punched out hearts make the shamrock.  The second is a variety of candy bars wrapped and decorated up with the “Just for You”, “Got Green” and the definition of lucky.  Simple and quick – which is what you need when you’re making 55 of them!  Thanks to my partner in ink Julie for helping me make them all – and for entertaining me while we stamped, glued and tied that ribbon.  Have a corned beef day!  Thanks for stopping by – kirstin

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color switch!

Eeney meeney miney moe…

IMG_0407IMG_0408IMG_0409IMG_0410IMG_0411Crumb cake, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, and Blushing Bride.  Which one is your favorite?!

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Simple design–easy to repeat

Hi – Today’s card is one I’ve made before.  I don’t often repeat a card layout but I really like the way this one can be simplified or jazzed up – and it works in so many colors!  I used a Very Vanilla base with Basic Black mats and the Newsprint DSP.  With those as the starting point, you can really add any 3rd color to the mix and it will look great! IMG_0374

For this card, I used Pear Pizzazz.  The “Happy Birthday” comes from the Occasions Mini, stamped in black and then heat embossed in black for a shiny look.  The flower on the metal edge tag is from the Friends Never Fade stamp set – stamped first in Pear Pizzazz and then the center is stamped in black and heat embossed in black as well.  I popped it up on dimensionals to give it some height.  The other floral stamp from the set is stamped in VersaMark in the background.  I already have the papers cut to try this in Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Baja Breeze and a few others. :0)  Maybe I’ll try changing the stamp set too.  Hope you like it!

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Valentine’s Wristlet Purse


Hi there – This cute little wristlet purse has been around the stampin’ and craftin’ world before.  I’ve just made this one for Valentine’s Day.  It takes 3 Top Note dies to make plus a 5½x6” piece for the inside purse piece.  The Top Notes are covered in clear embossing powder, lines wiggled through the powder and then heat embossed for the shiny, faux alligator look. IMG_0354 I used a red rhinestone brad in the center of the filigree brad for the center closure.  The little purse charm says “it’s the little things” and comes from the You’re a Gem stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog. A jumbo eyelet holds the ribbon handle inside.  The purse is big enough to hold a gift card and some chocolates!  Hope you like it! 

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Floating Hearts

Hi there -  Tonight’s card is ValentineyIMG_0322 without being too pink or bold.  Crumb Cake is my favorite color for a card base.  :0)  The other colors I used are Early Espresso and Pink Pirouette.  The sentiment is part of the Word Play stamp set and the pink string of hearts stamp is from Valentine Defined, an Occasions Mini set.  I used the Texture wheel on the base so it didn’t look so stark.  All those little hearts are popped up on dimensionals so they look like they are falling down the card.  Not a complicated card, but I like it!  Hope you do too!

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Ribbon Central!


Hi – Is there anything more satisfying than an organized spot that used to be a jumbled mess?!  The ribbon and embellishment area of my craft room seems under control – for today!  All the spools are wound, drawers filled and accessories stacked, complete with the dog toy right in front! The drawer sets have those see-through drawers but it was too busy looking for me so I cut a pretty piece of paper and slipped it just inside the fronts to cover them. I like it much better.  Some have little labels on them but for the most part I know what’s in each drawer. You can click on the picture to make it bigger as long as you’re not looking for dust bunnies… Thanks for stopping by -


Stems of Valentines

IMG_0316Another quick card that uses the Framed Tulips embossing folder and the Valentine Defined stamp set – both from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Very simple!  Little hearts are punched out and popped up on dimensionals.  I also added a schmear of craft white to the border for interest.  Hope you like it!

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Pink circles of sweetness!

Hi there - This card was inspired by one I saw in Stampin' Success magazine.  It looked much different but I liked the idea of the circles all in pinks with small accents on them.  I used the new border embossing folder from the Occasions Mini and brushed over the raised parts lightly with white craft ink.  The rest is just pink, pink and more pink!  And truth be told, I'm not a very pink lovin' girl...but this worked for me.  What can I say... Hope you like it too.

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Little Bird Valentine

Hi - this is a very simple card - clean and simple!  The background piece of Pretty in Pink is embossed with the dots folder.  The bird is punched in Pink Pirrouette with a Crumb Cake wing of DSP from a pattern pack.  Thanks for stopping by!