A-Frame Desk Calendar

I was thrilled to receive one of these cute little calendars at OnStage in Orlando back in November.  Brian King, my upline, and our InKing Royalty Team gathered with a Team from England and Netherlands one evening.  During the evening we snacked , of course, and did a card exchange.  Lotte Noordzig-Walther made these adorable A-Frame desk calendars and I could not wait to get home and try it.  I finally ordered the calendars.  (I got mine from Taylored Expressions.)  But with the holidays, and the new products, I had pushed it to the corner of my desk.  I made my first one last week and was thrilled.  I had used retired DSP for the first attempt and now have created one with current products.  So here it is>


Stampin' Up!, Flowering Desert, So Hoppy Together, Broadway Bound, Jackie Beers

Flowering Desert, 148700


And here is a bit of the side view to see the A-Frame.



The one Lotte gave us had card stock as the base so you do not see the opposite side of the DSP.  I obviously did not think of that when I used this DSP.  But I loved the theme of sparkles and fabulous.

I used a variety of Foil Sheets on this.  I needed it to match the DSP, which is Broadway Bound by the way.  Behind the calendar is Silver Foil, behind the sentiment is Gold Foil , and the heart is from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  It comes in a pair of Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets.  I used the Lovely Lipstick for my heart.  And isn’t that heart beautiful?  It is from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.

The sentiments are from Flowering Desert for the Awesome and So Hoppy Together for the You can do anything.  Sometimes we need these subtle reminders that we are Awesome!!

Lotte’s directions on her blog are not in English.  Luckily the measurements were in English.  Her blog is www.alottestampingfun.nl  .  I have included the measurements below.  The A-Frame is the main point and you can decorate it as you see fit.

I hope you have a wonderful day and Thank You for stopping by.  Tomorrow is the Pals Blog Hop, so please come back and Hop Along with us and see all the great projects.


  • 4 X 11 7/8
  • Score at 4 5/8, 9 1/4, 10 1/4, 11 1/4
  • Fold and burnish the score lines
  • Make a Mountain/Valley with he three close together scores.  Place Tear & Tape on the end piece and attach it to the front of the A-Frame.  They should lay down and line up perfectly.



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Here is the Tote.  It is a great size, has dividers that can be moved for whatever products you are carrying each use.  There are two outside pockets that are large enough to hold punches, and much more.  There is a zipper outside pocket.  It has regular straps as well as a shoulder strap. It has the Stampin’ Up! logo.  It is made of a great heavy weight canvas.  And it is so Pretty!!

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Last Minute Treat Boxes

In the next couple of days, I am sharing a couple of items that are on the chopping block .  Don’t panic, I simply mean they are retiring.  This makes me sad because I hate to see some great sets get sent out to pasture. Although if Stampin’ Up! did not do that there would not be room to add new products.  And I love new products the best!!  It is just one of life’s dilemmas.

To say goodbye to some of these lovely stamp sets and dies, I thought I would share some projects with you that showcase them over the next couple of days.  The 2019 Occasions Catalog does not begin until the 3rd of January, so we still have a few more days of play time.

Today’s project is last minute treat holders.  I know everything I have done this holiday season has been last minute.   And I have used these little treat holders a few times. I say “last Minute” because they are very quick and easy to make.  I thought they would also be good for a New Year’s Eve or Day idea.  A friend used to always have a New Year’s Day Brunch and this would be a cute Table Favor type item.

So here are my boxes.  I used a variety of papers to show they look terrific no matter the color scheme.


Takeout Treats Bundle, 149990


I used two DSP from the retiring list and one from the new Occasions Catalog.  And here is one filled with some really yummy cinnamon candy.


Takeout Treats Bundle, 149990


The one with the candy is from the All My Love Designer Series Paper.  I believe these would make great little Valentines’s Day Treats for any group of folks (young or old).

I am showing extra pictures today.  I wanted to show you the use of a BLANK when stamping multiples of something.  And of course, it showcases the Stamparatus!



I die cut out the tags I needed from this scrap piece of paper.  I then placed it in the Stamparatus.  As you can see in the bottom right opening, I stamped there to make sure I had the stamp positioned properly.  Now I simple put my tags back into that bottom right slot and stamp each one.



I feel like I have found the lucky pot of gold every time I use this method.  It is so much easier than trying to die cut the already stamped paper, or lining up the old Stamp – a – majig each time.  Plus extra uses for the Stamparatus are wonderful.

As I offered back in the Fall,  if you purchase a Stamparatus from me, I will send you the Stamp ‘n Storage Magnet pad spacer free of charge.

I do have one tip for these Takeout Treat Boxes.  Be careful in your cutting out of the pattern if you have directional paper.  You have to think about it a minute as you lay out the piece so both sides are going in the correct direction.  Remember, you have to cut two of the shape to make one box.  Also, you really should use the Multi-purpose Liquid Glue for these.  It gives you just a minute of wiggle room to get the seams lined up perfectly.  Normally I do not use glue because I make a mess.  But for these type projects it is definitely the way to go.

Thank you so much for viking today!  I hope you will return tomorrow for my next Retiring Project.  As always the complete supply list is at the bottom of the post.

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InKing Royalty November Blog Hop



Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “We are Family.” As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family – we have a wide variety of projects today! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I have created a gift card holder that is simple and a bit different than my normal ones.  For this one, I got the idea from a swap I received in Orlando that held a candy bar.  You can be sure that I will be sharing one of those with you in the near future as well!!  But today, I have a simple gift card holder that is made for  a birthday instead of holiday.


Stampin' Up!, Healing Hugs, Picture Perfect Birthday, Tea Room, Jackie Beers

Healing Hugs, 146530


And here is the inside.



The gift card attaches to the backside of the “Treat Yourself” piece with a couple of glue dots.  I realize you cannot see the ribbon behind the front layer.  I punched through the front and back, at the same time, using the Detailed Trio Punch.  The ribbon is then pushed through front to back and the insert pushes the ribbon down into the card.

I loved this when I saw it pull out a candy bar.  Who Wouldn’t !!!  And I immediately thought of the gift card as an alternative.  I am not the mathematical wizard the my friend Julie DiMatteo (The Paper Pixie) is, but I finally got the measurements figured out to hold the card.  I was so proud 🙂

I have got all of the measurements listed below for you.  I hope you like this idea and will give it a try.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for visiting my blog today!  I greatly appreciate it.




  • DSP is 5 X 5 1/2
  • On the 5″ side, score at 1″
  • One the 5 1/2″ side, score at 1 1/4, 3 3/4, 4 3/4,
  • Cut off the bottom tabs created by the 1″ score, except for the center one. That is the front of your holder.  Add Tear & Tape down the narrow scored piece and fold together.  Then add tape and fold up the one flap.
  • Punch through both layers of the holder with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  • Ribbon is 14″
  • Insert is 2 1/4″ X 3 3/4″
  • Front panel is 3 7/8 X 1 7/8 and 3 3/4 X 1 3/4


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

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Grateful Gift for PALS Blog Hop




Welcome to the November, 2018 Blog Hop with Stampin’ Pretty Pals. Holiday cards are done. It’s time to start on gifts and gift wrap. Let the Stampin’ Pretty Pals inspire you with “Anything But A Card” today.

You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

For my “Gift” idea, I have CASED a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from England.  Everyone knows her as Pootles.  I have made her small Explosion Box.  The box I originally saw was sized for a small candle.  I wanted something that someone could give to co-workers or as a Host Thank You, etc.  So I resized it just a tad to fit a K Cup.  Here is my version.  There are several photos from different angles.

A Big Thank You, 147377


A Big Thank You, 147377


A Big Thank You, 147377


I just love this idea!  Pootles had several different sizes of explosion boxes in her YouTube library if you are interested in making them.  I will give you the directions for this one below.

The designer series paper I used on the box is the gorgeous Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalog.  It has a pearly sheen to it.  The photo doesn’t do it justice.  In fact, the sheen is not so great for the photograph.

Thank you for checking on my project today.  I hope you like it and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I love hearing from you for any reason.

Get more inspiration using the Blog Hop Line-up below. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 for the next Pals Blog Hop. It will be a glitzy affair with All That Sparkles and Shines. Don’t miss the fun.

Here is the full list of blogs for you to hop through:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  3. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  4. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  8. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  12. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  13. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
  14. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  15. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  16. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose


NOTE:  I went back to locate Pootles’ video to do a link and could not find one with this type opening.  I would have sworn it was her video.  So I have attached one more picture with the template.


  • Base is 9 X 6, with a small piece of 5 X 1 7/8 for the center
  • on the 9 side, score @ 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″
  • Rotate so the 8″ score is at the top, score @ 2″, 4″.  Then score only down to the 2nd score line from the 1″ and 5″.
  • On the small piece, with the 5 at the top, score @ 1 7/8″, 2 1/4″, 4 1/8″, 4 1/2″
  • Use 1 1/2 Circle Punch to punch the center from the first large section of the small piece
  • The DSP pieces are 2 @ 1 3/4 X 1 3/4, and 6 @ 1 3/4 X 3/4
  • The CS beneath DSP is 2 @ 1 7/8 X 1 7/8, and 6 @ 1 7/8 X 7/8










Treat Holder

I had previously written that I would not be posting while in Orlando for Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Anniversary / Birthday, but I could not resist.  I am sharing a treat holder that I made as a swap or give away, whichever it works out as!

The project actually came from Fellow Demonstrator Dawn Griffith.  She designed it to hold a chapstick.  I love that idea for a small gift, but I saw it and immediately thought a candy treat.  To my pleasant surprise it perfectly holds one of the Merci Chocolates.  Woohoo!!!  So that is what is inside my little container.

Tabs For Everything, 143907



Here is the link to Dawn’s blog post for directions. Click HERE.

I used the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper for my version.  I wish this paper would be around forever!! It is so perfect for 3D projects, as well as cards.  But most of all it is just beautiful.

The cute little “Enjoy” is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set.  This is a much overlooked set that has cute little one word sentiments.  It is on page 49 in the Annual Catalog.  Please give this set a second look.

I topped it off with the Julie DiMatteo / Vera Bradley bow.  It gives the little treat a more refined and finished look.

I also purchased some fundraiser candy bars from a friend’s son.  They are about twice the size of the Merci Chocolates.  I was so proud of myself in being able to figure out the measurements to make a larger size.  These will be given to my fellow Team Members.  I hope everyone is ready for chocolate overload!   Here is the larger version.  I used Takeout Treats stamp set for the same “enjoy” theme.  This one is using the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It is another thicker, and beautiful, paper.


Takeout Treats, 147858


Thank you for checking back with me.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the swap card I made for an event my upline Brian King is hosting tonight.

The supply list at the bottom of the page includes the products used for the small and larger versions of the Treat Holder.







Hello Everyone !!

I hope I still have my loyal followers here today.  I had an awesome two week vacation in France, but now I am back to share new projects with you.

The weather in France was warmer than expected and I came home to a bit cooler temperatures.  That was an unexpected pleasure.  This put me in the holiday spirits, plus realizing that Halloween is in two days!  Yikes!!!  So I covered all of the upcoming holidays in one project for you.  And it is a quick one as well.


Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Pillow Boxes, Kraft Pillow Boxes, Takeout Treats, Many Blessings, Trick or Tweet

Kraft Pillow Boxes, 147018


I created treat boxes for each of the upcoming holidays.  All of these were really quick.  I could have kept going on each one of the themes.  With the Designer Series Paper, Ribbon, and great seasonal stamp sets, the ideas are just endless for decorating these little boxes.

The great part of these boxes are the price.  You get 10 boxes for $5.00.  That is an awesome deal!  They are large enough to hold a variety of candies or small gifts.  These are fairly basic in the designs.  I can see the beauty in coming up with a theme and creating a basket of these to have by your door for holiday guests or to take to a gathering.

Thank you for visiting today.  I really appreciate you hanging around for my return from vacation.  The supplies I used on the boxes are all listed at the bottom of the post.