Quick and Easy Last Minute Packaging

If you’re like me, you still have lots of gifts to wrap and very little time to do so. On the Craftsy blog today, I have some quick and easy ideas for last minute packaging, all using items you most likely already have on hand.   From brown bags and white dollar store boxes to plain gift card envelopes, dress them up in no time with just a few ordinary supplies.   

Here’s one idea you will find on the Craftsy blog.


I stamped a plain white dollar store box with cute reindeer from My Favorite ThingsChristmas Cuteness stamp set using Chocolate Brown ink.  I added a pretty bow and created a simple matching tag, adding a little red rhinestone to the deer’s nose.  (Ribbon from the dollar section at Michaels.)

I hope you’ll check out my post, and if you have a moment, please let me know what you think there on the Craftsy blog.    Thanks!  :)


you’re aDORKable

Hi everyone! Just wanted to pop in to share a card using one of Paper Smooches‘ latest releases, Incognito.  

I added nerdy glasses, as well as little eyelashes, to Chubby Chum Pal bear (stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.) Once colored, I added Glossy Accents over the glasses for a bit of realistic reflection.


I also added in her hand a daisy from Blossoming Buds.  The stem was extended using a black Copic Multi-liner.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E31, E33, E35, E50, E53, R01, R02, Y35, C00, C1, 0.3 Black Multi-Liner).  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT December Creative Challenge – Warm and Fuzzy Felt

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Creative Challenge with My Favorite ThingsThis month we’re using warm and fuzzy felt.  

I created a Mini iPad cover using Flower Medley and Royal Leaves Die-namics and a card to match.  


The flowers and leaves were cut from Orange Fizz, Blu Raspberry, Banana Split, Paver Red, Sour Apple and Jellybean Green Felt, attached to Kraft.  Thank goodness I still had a ton of embroidery thread left from my cross stitch days.  A large Chocolate Brown button holds the iPad securely inside.

It’s not perfect, but I like it.  :)


The card is very similar, using Kraft card stock and a sentiment from Cozy Greetings.


My favorite is the Orange Fizz flower.  After die-cutting the longer petal flower, I folded it in half, stitching in place to secure.


Inside, I used parts of two sentiments to create one (both from Cozy Greetings) and added a strip of x’s from Blueprints 20.


Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for links to more warm and fuzzy creations!


Thanks for stopping by!

love will keep us warm

Hi everyone!  I have a super cute snowman to share today.  He’s from Paper SmoochesWarm Hearts stamp set (which now has a coordinating set of dies).


After die-cutting the snowman and ornaments, I stamped with MFT’s Black Licorice hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers.  The snow line was created by die-cutting an edge with Borders 1.  I re-taped the die just below the initial cut and ran it through my Vagabond one more time.  Perfect little snow line!


The sentiment was stamped with MFT’s Black Licorice dye ink then clear embossed.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun “different” kind of project.  Hope to see you then.  :)

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (C00, C1, C3, BG10, Y32, YR23, YR27, R29, R39), clear embossing powder, string.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Happy Birthday Smart Phone

Hi everyone!  Just popping in quickly with a birthday card I created for my son a few weeks ago.  

Cards for boys are always a challenge for me, especially teen boys.  I decided to go with the cell phone theme, since his is never far from him.  ;)

HB-Smartphone-500I used Smart Phone Die-namics (♥) along with Friend Request and Delicious Birthday stamp sets from My Favorite Things.  The background was stamped with Happy Birthday text background using Berrylicious ink.  Speech bubbles were stamped in Sweet Tooth pigment ink and white embossed.


Inside, I used a leftover strip of text background and stamped a sentiment from Delicious Birthday.  (All stamps and dies designed by Laina Lamb.)

HB-Smartphone-InThanks for stopping!  Have a great day!

happy holidays

Hi everyone!  TGIF!

I purchased a few Stamping Bella images a while ago and wanted to be certain to use this one before the holidays.  I ♥ her.  (Actually, to put it into perspective, I love all the Uptown Girls.)


I kept my card simple.  Savannah Has a Star is stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copics then adhered to a base of Sweet Tooth card stock.  I adhered thin strips of “sparkle tape” I picked up at Five Below.   I only bought one roll of gold, thinking it might not stick to anything. Turns out I love it and now wish I’d bought more.  (Of course it’s all sold out at this point.)


She’s so pretty.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’ll be back soon!

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R01, Y21, E31, E35, E37, G14, G16, G19, G28, R29, R39, R89, Y35, Y38, YR24, W00, W1, W3, W5), Darice Gold Sparkle Tape.  Finished size 4″ x 5 1/2″.

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Friends Warm the Coldest of Days

Hi everyone. I was in need of a bit of color therapy the other day and decided to use Birdie Brown’s Warmest Wishes.  I just love this image and hope to see more like it.  :)


I used one of my favorite new colors, Tropical Teal, stamping Swiss Dots Background using Teal ink, Circle STAX 1 and 2 to create the window and Blueprints 15 (heart) and 3 (sentiment strip).  To create the shaker, I placed pieces of X-Press It 1/2″ Foam Tape (now available in the MFT store!) in the circle shape. Inside, I placed sparkly Twinklets Diamond Dust.


On the inside of the card, I added a second sentiment and a drift of snowflakes.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll be back soon.

Additional info/supplies:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R01, R02, BG 72, BG75, BG78, E31, E35, E40, E42, E43, Y21, W00, W1, W3), button/string. Finished size 5″ x 5″.

Welcome Baby

Hi everyone. :) I have a super quick and easy baby card to share today. I’ve used Squared and Welcome Word dies along with The Welcome Wagon stamp set from Paper Smooches.


The soft Sno Cone card stock and ink is perfect for a baby boy, but can be easily switched for a girl (or non-gender specific).


I’m heading back to my stamp room (working on a big project). :)  Thanks for stopping by!

MFT December Release Rewind

I have a couple more cards to share today using MFTs latest amazing release. (You can find all the new products HERE.)

First I used this month’s “free with $60 purchase” Friend Die-namics along with Desert Bouquet and Friends Like Us.


I used beautiful new dye inks (Tropical Teal, Limelight, Peach Bellini and Persimmon) and there is an acrylic panel behind the word ‘friend.’


Inside, I stamped more flowers and an additional sentiment from Friends Like Us.


Next, I used Swiss Dots Background with Wild Thing stamp set and Die-namics, “hello” from Photo Booth and “baby…….” from Beautiful Baby.


The opening was created using new Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics.


I had a leftover strip of dotted paper so I used that inside along with a sentiment from Beautiful Baby.


You can find direct links to more design team samples using this month’s release on the MFT Blog.  



Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Friend card

Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
Hello Baby card

Additional supplies/info:  Copic markers (Y21, E35, R01), X-Press It 1/4″ and 1/2″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

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