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Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Mini catalog sneak peek: Banners framelits

My top pick from the upcoming mini-catalog: The banner framelits dies. You can make beautifully matted banners in all kinds of sizes without having to fuss over getting the angles right on the end.

For this hybrid card, I created a sentiment in My Digital Studio and then printed out 8 on one sheet of white cardstock. MDS let me match the ink colors to my DSP, so it was easy to lay out the rest of the card. 

I added a little snippet of glimmer paper just because :-). The pictures above show some of the variations I made by flipping the patterned paper or by moving the glimmer. This one is my favorite:

I wish you joy -- and good stamping! -- in 2014.

Paper and card:
  • Island Indigo base
  • Winter Frost DSP stack, cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White for printing the sentiment
  • Scraps of Island Indigo for the pennant
Stamp sets:
  • None! My Digital Studio used for the sentiment.
  • Banners Framelits (available Jan 3)
  • Banner punch (available as a Sale-a-Bration item)
  • Dimensionals
  • Itty Bitty Shapes punch

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy New Year Card

New Year's Day isn't really a big card sending holiday, but you never know.  If you're really on top of things, you could send a card like this with a note of thanks on the inside for a gift you received over the holidays.  Or, you could send this as a birthday greeting to one of your favorite Pink Paper Bakers who turns another year older every time that ball drops in Times Square.  
 Anywhoo...it's a quick and easy layout, and you could substitue any greeting or image, and very easily change out the strips of Designer Series Paper.  Cheers to what's left of 2013, enjoy all of those year in review shows!

  • Stamps: Happy Hour, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Very Vanilla - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Basic Black
    • Modern Medley- various strips cut to around 1/2" in width
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Tools & accessories: Basic Pearls, 1 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Peaceful Petals Preview

I'm so happy to be officially moving on from the holidays, and moving on to the new year! With the start of the new year, comes a new Stampin Up mini catalog, launching January 3rd! As a Stampin Up demonstrator, I'm fortunate enough to pre-order! Peaceful Petals is one of the stamp sets I got in my package of pre-order goodies! Peaceful Petals is a set of 7 stamps with flowers, leaves, and sentiments. Here is a sample I made using a few of the stamps.


  • Stamps: Peaceful Petals
  • Paper:
    • Daffodil Delight - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink:
    • StazOn Jet Black
    • Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate ink pads
    • Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Beautiful Wings Embosslits
    • Blender Pen

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Coupon Book for Any Occasion

Merry Christmas to all of our followers!  The bakers at Pink Paper Bakery would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

If you are in need of a quick idea to keep your kids (and/or spouse) in the holiday giving spirit, these coupon books could work some magic for you. They are so easy to create and only take a 10-15 minutes to create a few at once. I got this  creative idea from Sarah Willis at Sarah's Ink Spot. Check out her awesome directions and template here.

I made a few for a Craft Fair and a few for my kids to give to their grandparents this Christmas. All they had to do was write in what they were willing to do to help their grandparents out when they visit them. I know my parents will love the kind thoughts from the kids and love seeing that they took the time to think about them in a special way. Enjoy your holiday and I hope you are able to find some time for crafting!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Quick Christmas Card

This Christmas card took no time at all! I got a little help from the color challenge over at the blog, Create with Connie and Mary. The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Silver and Whisper White. I love to use that sparkly paper any chance I get!

  • Stamps: Wishing You
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper White - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
    • Silver Glimmer paper - 3" x 2 3/4"
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
  • Tools & accessories: Snow Flurry Bigz die, Basic Rhinestones

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2014 Occasions catalog sneak peek: Another Great Year

Sometimes simple just works. This nice clean sentiment works beautifully with the fabulous "numbers" paper from Soho Subway, and a little canteloupe coloring from a blender pen.

Paper and card:
  • Crisp Canteloupe base
  • Soho Subway DSP, cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Island Indigo cut to 4 3/4" x 3"
  • Whisper White cut 1/8" smaller
Stamp sets:
  • Another Great Year (coming in the Spring Occasions catalog and available Jan 3)
  • Island Indigo
  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Blender pen
  • Dimensionals

Friday, December 20, 2013

Quick Winter Thank You

I threw together some card packs to give to some special people for Christmas.  I wanted to include a wintery thank you note card, assuming everyone can use at least a couple of these.  I whipped out about 16 of these in less than an hour, not counting the dry time on the Dazzling Details.  (Which are hard to see in this picture.  One of my New Year's Resolutions is to take better photos, which probably means preparing my posts in the light of day.  This might happen if I can first resolve to be better organized.)   But who needs organization when you can whip out some snazzy little thank yous in a matter of minutes?!

  • Stamps: Express Yourself (Hostess)

  • Paper: Bashful Blue (retired) - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
      • Whisper White - 3 3/4" x 5"
      • Pacific Point- 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"
    • Ink: Basic Gray
    • Tools & Accessories: Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Dazzling Details, Big Shot

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Birthday Banner Sale-a-bration!!

    Ready for another sneak peek?!! This time from the new Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Catalog!

    I love this new little banner punch! Perfect for scraps of new and old DSP.  It helped me whip out a cute birthday card in no time.

    • Stamps: Cycle Celebration
    • Paper: Raspberry Ripple - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
      • Very Vanilla - 5 1/4" x 4"
      • Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple (Banner)
      • Birthday Basics DSP
    • Ink: Raspberry Ripple
    • Tools & Accessories: Banner Punch (Available Jan 3rd) Get one FREE with a $50 order!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Family Movie Night in a Box and Reindeer Cocoa Cones

    In need of some quick teacher or coworker gifts?  These Family Movie Night gift boxes and Reindeer Cocoa Cones made for some great teacher gifts this year.  I found the idea for the Reindeer Cocoa Cones on Pinterest.  See Mommy's Kitchen blog for directions on how to make these wonderful gifts up quickly.  For the Family Movie Night gift boxes, I used Stampin' Up!'s Extra Large Gift Boxes and the Festive Flurries Snowflake Ornament Kit to decorate the Kraft boxes.  I used the gift boxes so the teachers could reuse them for wrapping up their own holiday gifts to give or to reuse the Snowflake Ornament as a package topper or an ornament on their tree.  Inside the gift boxes, I included 3 bags of Movie Theater Butter Popcorn, some movie candy, Reindeer Cocoa Cones in Milk Chocolate and in Dark Chocolate (not knowing the teacher's family preferences), and a Redbox gift card.  Since these preschool teachers give so much of their time and energy every day, I wanted them to enjoy a special night with their own families.  The teachers loved their gifts and look forward to a relaxing night with their families to enjoy all the goodies in the Family Movie Night boxes.
    Family Movie Night Gift Box
    Extra-Large Kraft Gift Box with Festive Flurry Snowflake Ornament as a box topper
    Close up of Festive Flurry Snowflake Ornament
    For the director, assistant director and music teacher of the preschool, I made a box of all occasion cards, Reindeer Cocoa Cones, and gave them a gift card to Starbucks or Target.  I packaged the gift cards using Stampin' Up!'s Muslin Bags and used a template to sponge the designs onto the bags using Stampin' Up! ink and sponge daubers, plus I added some bling with the Rhinestone Jewels and some ribbon at the end of the muslin bags.  To make the template I used to sponge onto the muslin bags, I used a scrap piece of card stock and cut out snowflakes using the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies or punched out an ornament shape using the Mosaic Punch.  Just another quick and easy way to dress up your gift and a great way for the recipient to be able to reuse for their own holiday gifts.  A two for one gift!
    Muslin Bag as Gift Card holder and Reindeer Cocoa Cone
    Muslin Bag decorated with Mosaic Punch as a template
    Occasion Card Set and Reindeer Cocoa Cone Gift
    To add a quick gift tag, I helped my daughter stamp a reindeer or tree and the "to and from" from the retired No Peeking stamp set and "have a holly jolly christmas" message from the retired Christmas Punch stamp set.  My kids always make a holiday treat bag for their classmates so my daughter attached these adorable gift tags to her treat bags.
    Teacher's Gift Tag
    Reindeer Gift Tag
    Tree Gift Tag
    Completed Gift Tags for Classmate's Treat Bags
    I hope you were able to get some quick and easy gift ideas.  Good luck in the next week preparing for the holidays and remember to enjoy the season!


    • Stamps:
      • (retired) No Peeking (one of my favorite holiday stamp sets ever!)
      • Christmas Punch
    • Paper:
      • Whisper White card stock - cut out with the Top Note BS die
    • Ink: 
      • Coastal Cabana and Wisteria Wonder for Muslin Bags
      • Gumball Green and Primrose Petals for Gift Tags
    • Tools and Accessories:
      • Festive Flurries Snowflake Ornament Kit
      • Festive Flurry Framelit Dies
      • Mosaic punch
      • Muslin Bags
      • (retired) Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon
      • Sponge Daubers
      • Rhinestone Jewels
      • Extra-Large Gift Box (comes in a set of 3 and is food safe)
      • (retired) Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon for the Reindeer Cocoa Cones

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Last minute handmade gift idea

    There is always someone, who you decide at the last minute, that you would like to give a little something for the holidays. I recently attended an ornament exchange party, and wanted to bring a little something for the hostess. Also, it just so happens that today kicks off a new challenge, at SUO Challenges, for last minute gifts and cards. I made these wine glass markers for the party hostess, and I also submitted them as my design team entry! Two birds, one stone! By the way, they were a hit at the party!

    I love an impressive gift that takes very little time to make! These were so easy; stamp, emboss, die cut, and snip!

    I stamped this snowflake from Festive Flurry, in a variety of inks, onto vellum card stock. I covered the wet ink with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, and heat set it. Then I cut them out with the coordinating Festive Flurry Framelit die and a small circle framelit die (on my Magnetic Platform, for easy positioning!). I snipped one side, from the outside to the inner circle, so it would slip easily onto the stem of the glass.

    The glittery embossed snowflakes look pretty nice all on their own, but I wanted a little more sparkle. I die cut the same snowflake out of Silver Glimmer paper, and snipped it the same, to create a little stackable look. I could have attached them to each other, but I loved the way they offset naturally, and that they also have a little motion.
    • Stamp Set: Festive Flurry
    • Paper: Vellum card stock, and Silver Glimmer Paper
    • Ink: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Coastal Cabana
    • Tools & Accessories:
      • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
      • Magnetic Platform
      • Festive Flurry Framelits dies
      • Circles Collection Framelits dies
      • Iridescent Ice embossing powder
      • Heat Tool

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

    Monday Muse: Christmas Chalkboard Art

    With the holidays quickly approaching, my eyes have gone to some quick and easy holiday decor. As soon as I came across this Chalkboard Art I fell in love. The song lyrics always touch my heart and even more after the recent lost of a friend. It reminds me to appreciate all that I have and to "Let my heart be bright". Please take a few moments to visit Sarah over at Compulsive Craftiness' blogI loved her projects and awesome DIY ideas!
    Sarah's Christmas Chalkboard Art on mantle

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

    2014 Occasions catalog sneak peek: Perfect Pennants

    The UPS man laughs at me -- I work in my home office and can see when he's bringing me a package. I went LEAPING out the front door when I saw him bringing me the things I'd ordered from the spring catalog!

    Here's a sneak peek at three things you'll be able to order January 3: A die set for cutting all kinds of pennants, a coordinating stamp set, and some sparkly twine.

    Paper and card:
    • Early Espresso base
    • Crisp Canteloupe, cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Soho Subway DSP, cut to 5" x 3 3/4"
    • Scraps of Canteloupe and Soho Subway for the pennant
    Stamp sets:
    • Perfect Pennants (coming in the Spring Occasions catalog and available Jan 3)
    • Early Espresso
    • Banners Framelits (available Jan 3)
    • Silver baker's twine (available Jan 3)
    • Dimensionals
    • Sponge daubers

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    Easy Gift Card Packaging

    Last week, I shared a set of earrings that I made using StampinUP antique brads.  I wanted a quick and easy way to package them and ran across Patty Bennett's video tutorial for a Gift Card Holder using the Envelope Punch Board.  Since my earrings were mounted on a piece of chipboard about the size of a gift card holder, I thought this might just work for me!

    The Envelope Punch Board is a wonderful tool.  There is a table that tells you exactly what size to cut your paper in order to make it fit inside the envelope, or pocket, in this case. You punch and score all around three sides, leaving the top of the pocket unscored.  The built in corner rounder punch allows you to give the envelope or pocket a nice finished edge.

    I put a little note to my friend in one pocket and the set of earrings in the other.  In the tutorial, Patty puts several pockets together and fills them with gift cards.  This would be a great way to present a teacher with a bunch of gift cards!


    • In-Color Paper Stack (Baked Brown Sugar) DSP cut to 5 1/2" square
    • Belly Bands are Wild Wasabi and Cherry Cobbler card stock cut to 1" by 7"
    • Cherry Cobbler Card stock and 1 3/4" Circle Punch
    • Color Me Christmas StampinUP stamp set
    • Happy Hour StampinUP stamp set
    • Wild Wasabi and Baked Brown Sugar ink pads
    • Modern Label Punch
    • Cherry Cobbler Washi Tape 
    • (retired) Jumbo Brad
    • Blender Pen 

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Vivid Vases - Occasions Mini sneak peek!

    The new Occasions Mini has some awesome new products! I just received my catalog preview order, and I love the products even better in person! I have been hoping they would come out with more outlined stamp sets, and I got my wish! One of those sets is called Vivid Vases. It was one of the first ones that caught my eye. Here is a card sample I made with it. I was inspired by a card made by Susan Goetter.

    (This card is oversized due to the image size. See dimensions below)
    The single image stamp comes with the words under the vases, but I chose to separate the sentiment from the vases (on the card, not the stamp itself).
    First, inking up only the vases, I stamped them using Jet Black StazOn ink. Then I used a grid ruler and a waterproof pen (Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen 1mm) to draw a straight line across the card. Next, I cleaned the stamp and inked up only the sentiment portion with StazOn. Using my  Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the sentiment right above the line. Then I used my Aquapainter to color in the image. It was not the best choice, as you can see. Whisper White cardstock does not like to be saturated.
    • Stamps: Vivid Vases (available Jan 3, 2014)
    • Paper:
      • Daffodil Delight card stock - 6 1/4" x 9" (scored in half at 4 1/2")
      • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 6"
    • Ink:
      • StazOn, Jet Black
      • Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Crushed Curry, and Smoky Slate ink pads
      • Waterproof pen (non-SU), Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen 1mm
      • Stamp-a-ma-jig
      • Aquapainter

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Memory Tree

    I had to make a Memory Tree for my friend's Memorial Service this week. We wanted something that people could write down a memory of our friend and still look nice. So we decided to use white twigs in a tall glass vase filled with stones at the bottom to hold the twigs in place.

    I was stuck when I began to attach some paper doves and paper hearts to the twigs. Thank goodness I had plenty of Stampin' Up! Craft supplies on hand. I decided to use some Stampin' Up! White Baker's Twine and some (retired) Stampin' Up! natural clothespins to attach the doves and hearts to the white twigs. The clothespins helped the paper doves and paper hearts stay in place, keep them separated from each twig, and allow for 4 doves or hearts to be held together by one clothespin.  I love how it turned out!

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