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Christmas Cheer…

Let’s face it…there are some people you want to give a gift card to for Christmas for so many reasons.  I’ll just say anyone over 11 or twelve can be a challenge…male or female.

Here’s an excellent solution to that problem for you, especially if that person is a coffee drinker…

A handmade gift card holder that works for male or female…

A close up showing the “ombre” effect on the sentiment.

Here’s a close up of the card holder just behind the card front.

Inside card close up.

If you have those on your list you are planning to give a gift card to, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits so you can make them feel extra special by including a handmade card just for them…


  • Paper:  Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Almost Navy, Real Red and Early Espresso
  • Stamps:  Coffee Café and  Merry Cafe
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pretty Label Punch, Coffee Cups Framelits, Card Front Builder (holly leaves), small hole punch (berries), Ribbon (my seam binding ribbon is retired), 1-1/4″ Circle Punch


  • The Soft Sky base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score on the long edge at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  Fold and burnish with bone folder.
  • The Pear Pizazz layer inside the card is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The vertical piece of DSP is 1: x 4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Punch one Soft Sky and one Thick Whisper White label with Pretty Label Punch.
  • Cut the Soft Sky label in half and attach to back of Thick Whisper White layer with SNAIL.  Add over 1″ DSP with dimensionals.
  • Stamp on scrap Thick Whisper White small cup in Pear Pizazz.
  • With framelits cut the small cup, two sets of Pear Pizazz leaves.  Punch six Real Red “berries”.
  • Add leaves behind Pretty Label at top and bottom with glue dots.
  • Add “berries” at top right with multipurpose glue.
  • Add small cup to label with dimensionals.
  • Fold 2-3/4″ panel to the inside of the card.  Add a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ with SNAIL.  Punch edge with 1-1/4″ circle punch.
  • On the front panel add a piece of DSP 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ with SNAIL.
  • Tie ribbon around this panel in a knot bow.
  • Stamp cup, lid and cup sleeve on scrap Thick Whisper White Cardstock in Early Espresso.  Cut out with framelits.  Cut out lid stir piece from Pear Pizazz.
  • Glue lid to Cup with multipurpose glue.  Add stir piece with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment on sleeve.  Use markers to color the word “Christmas” in Soft Sky then add just at the bottom Almost Navy.  Color the word “Cheer” in Pear Pizazz and add Old Olive at just the bottom.  Huff on your stamp really well and stamp.  Add sleeve to cup with SNAIL.
  • Add holly and berries to top and bottom of sleeve.
  • Add cup to front panel with dimensionals.

This particular gift card holder would work for male or female and especially if they are coffee drinkers.  Look at your DSP and make several of these.  You know they will come in handy!

Hope you are having a great start to your week even with the news this morning from Las Vegas.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!


Surprise Post…

Today’s post happened completely unplanned…While sitting and going over my sketches and deciding on what DSP and color combinations to use, I was simultaneously opening the last piece of chewing gum from a box pack when BOOM! the box caught my attention.  My attention span is super limited!

The box started looking like a business card holder to me…which would probably only occur to me, but hey, look what came from that idea…

Here’s the box unglued…

Does that look like a business card holder to you?   Stay with me here…

Here the box has been glued with multipurpose glue to the new Fresh Floral DSP in Lemon Lime Twist.  Cut around the box with snips.

Glue a piece of coordinating DSP to what was the dark green area of the inside of the box and trim around the box again.  Can you see it yet?

More multipurpose glue was added to the flaps and then folded up the box and just held it in place for a bit.

Add your business cards and maybe a little bling…

All ready!  These would make a sweet gift for your downline that has decided to take their demonstratorship to a business level!  I love this new green but I can totally see this in that Berry Burst too!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know.  There really isn’t a Stuff ‘N Digits for this project, but once that idea jumped in my head…everything else left!

Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

just another reason why so many cute shoes are necessary.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Pumpkin Treats…

Are you ready for Halloween with special treats for special trick or treaters?  I do have a head start with the Paper Pumpkin from last month (one of my all time favorites), but I need many more than 16.

Today I’m posting my customer “thank you’s” which happen to be baby pumpkins filled with treats…


Aren’t they cute?  I hope they like them…

Here’s the simple Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Your favorite DSP or Cardstock and Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits, Festive Flower Punch, Ribbon (retired)


  • Cut two Curvy Keepsake pieces and glue at base.  Fill a small cello bag with treats for inside box, place at base and fold two handle sides up and slide each side over handles.  Done!  Cut two Old Olive leaves with flower punch.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched them up to give some texture and hot glued them at top.  The swirl of green is maybe 1/8″ x 4″.  Use the bone folder to break down fibers, spritz with water and wrap around a pencil to dry.  Hot glue to leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap and punch.  Punch a hole in one end to thread ribbon through, then tie on handles.

All done!  How cute is that!  Maybe some of these in holiday colors filled with treats will find their way to the craft booth too.

This has been a fun week of posting.  Hope you have found something to inspire your creative journey.  Have a great rest of the weekend…I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


no problem.

Let’s get inky together…and be HaPpY!


Gift Card Cuties…

At some point I know it was mentioned I am participating in a craft show this year…yikes!  Am I ready?  Noooooo!  But I have been working on some cute items that just may be available at my booth…

I’m calling these Gift Card Cuties…


I like giving gifts cards actually…and receiving them.  There are many I like to remember at the holidays even if it is only in a small way like a gift card.  These little guys are pretty darn easy to put together and I’ve used all of the Christmas Cookie Cutter critters on them.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Warmth and Cheer PaperStack
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Use almost any stamps you have.  Here I have used a retired coffee cup and the Christmas Cookie Cutter set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Cookie  Cutter Builder Punch, Tear Tape


  • The base is 4″ x 11″, scored at 3″ 5-1/2″ and 8″.  Make a mountain with the center fold.  Inside that mountain place Tear Tape flush with sides except centerfold side and glue mountain together.  Use large oval punch to make a partial oval punch.  Trim remaining two straight sides (either side of oval opening) about 1/8″ so that gift card can slip inside.  Fold like a book.  Decorate front of holder with a piece of Real Red Cardstock 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and DSP on top of that 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.
  • Inside this holder there is a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ with a stamp of Christmas wishes.
  • The Belly Band is 1″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 3-1/8″ and 6-1/4″.  Wrap card and secure with SNAIL by overlapping edges in back.
  • The moose was stamped on Soft Suede and cut out with thinlit.  Added to card belly band with dimensionals. Pom Pom was glued with Multipurpose Glue.  The coffee cup was stamped on Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock and each piece was fussy cut and glued together.  It’s really cute in person.  Perfect for those coffee shop gift cards…

I’ve made so many of these in every possible way.  Sure hope they are a hit at the craft show.  We made them in classes this month too and everyone was surprised how easy they were to make.  If you have never made one of these, I hope you will give them a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek.

Here’s your “B-ism” today…


I love coffee.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Halloween Treats…

We talked about this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit the other day (Saturday, I think) and I promised to show you how I used my kit…


The measurements for the box were on Pinterest, and then I watched several videos…and then just went for it.  The first box got thrown away, but this one I like.

The most important thing is to get your measurements right and it almost puts itself together.  So I’ve cut the box out of copy paper (because score marks on Basic Black are hard to see) and taken a photo after all the trimming is done…

  • Here are the beginning measurements:  Cut your cardstock 4″ x 11″.
  • On the long side score at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 4-1/4″, 5-1/2″.
  • On the short side score at 1-1/4″ and 2-3/4″.
  • Turn back to the long side and at the 8″ mark score to the horizontal score line, skip the center and score again from horizontal score line to edge of paper.
  • Trim your end corners and score lines so that your cardstock looks like this…


  • Punch a 1″ circle in the center of space after the 1/2″ score line.  Cut away the two 1/2″ corners and two sides starting at the 8″ mark to the end of the piece.
  • Place Tear Tape on first two long tabs.
  • Burnish all score lines horizontal and vertical.
  • Fold from the 1/2″ score line end up, tucking in all tabs leaving the Tear Tape tab for last.  Remove paper and seal the sides.
  • Your box is done!
  • Here’s the dimensions for the sides, front and back of the box…
  • Front and back cardstock 1-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, DSP 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″
  • Sides cardstock 1-1/8″ x1-3/8″, DSP 1″ x 1-1/4″
  • The top of the box will fit into the Scalloped Tag Punch if you want to use ribbon at the top of the box.
  • Treats were put inside the container and decorated as instructed in the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I’m thinking my little trick or treaters will like this treat!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


nobody you know.

So get inky…Be HaPpY!



Fry Box Treats…

Do you have many Trick or Treaters come to your door on Halloween?  We usually have about 50 and we love to see the little ones dressed in all their spookiness.

This year I’m using the Fry Box Bigz Die to make holders for my treats.  Here are a couple of my ideas so far…


There are more ideas rolling around in my head and I hope to put them together too.  I plan to put one of my stickers on the bottom to identify where the treats came from.

The Owl is made using Crumb Cake cardstock and the Ghost is made using the Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  The work equally well.

Hope this will inspire you to make some treat holders with the Fry Box Die.  It goes together in a snap!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you haven’t grown up by 50, you don’t have to!”

That’s good news cause I sure haven’t and don’t plan to either.

Get inky!…Be HaPpY!


Boo to You…

With all the holidays coming up and the beginning of fall plus all the new Stampin’ Up! products in the Holiday Catalog, my mind is working in triple time.  Really finding it hard to even sleep that ideas aren’t popping up and keeping me awake.

Here’s one made while lying awake last night…


Isn’t she cute?  There’s an equally cute idea floating around for the lil’ guys too.  Be sure to check back if you’d like to see that.

The front of the Fry Box Die reminded me of the shape of an owl so she has wings, feathers from the Fan Framelit a little bill of a nose and funky eyes.  There are lots of projects made with this die yet to be tried.  If you’re interested in this little hoot owl, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Black, Chocolate Chip, Tangelo Twist and Whisper White cardstock.  Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Fry Box Bigz L Die, Stripped Scallop Thinlit, Tree Punch, 1/2″ & 3/4″ circle punch, several sizes of flower punches (your choice), Tangelo Twist 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon and pearls.


  • Cut the Crumb Cake cardstock with the Fry Box Die to make box.
  • Punch stripped DSP with Scallop Circle Punch and cut in half for wings.
  • Cut Scallops with Stripped Scallop Thinlit for chest feathers.
  • For nose use the Tree Punch and Tangelo Twist.  Place the cardstock in just the top portion of the punch for nose.
  • Punch black and white circles for one eye.
  • Using varying sizes of flower punches and the Motley Monsters DSP layer up a flower for the opposite eye.
  • The pearl eye centers were colored with darkest brown Blendability Pen.  You could also use Permanent Black pen.
  • Once assembled fill a clear pocket with treats and tie with the Tangelo Twist ribbon.

These would be perfect for those special Trick or Treaters on Halloween Night.  I plan to use one of my studio labels on the back so parents will know where the treats came from and just maybe entice a new stamper or two.  You never know!

What can you make with this little Fry Box?

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Don’t wait for opportunity…Create it!”

Yep, I’m really inky…and REALLY HaPpY!