bee suite


You can find the 'bee mine' suite collection on page 9 in the Mini Catalog.  It includes SQUARE PILLOW BOXES (10 stampable boxes, $8).  The boxes are scored and have adhesive included (on the box) so there is no need for glue.  They go together so easily ~ I was amazed!  I used a Blending Brush to color the outside of the box and then added the tag & ribbon.

My friend, Cyndi Fisher, made square pillow boxes over the weekend ~ so cute!


What's your best destination?


Plan a crafting getaway today with the all-inclusive The Best Destination Kit! This kit lets you make nine tri-fold cards with a colorful, nostalgic, travel vibe. Resort-hopping was never so easy!




$20.00 USD | $28.00 CAD

Available starting 1 November

Also available in French (item 163187)

2024 Calendar Classes ~ they make great holiday gifts!


March 2024

I have two 2024 Calendar Classes this month ~ Sunday afternoon, October 22, and Thursday, October 26. The Sunday class is at 2 PM. The Thursday class is at 10 AM. I will have all the supplies for you. You pay $25 for one calendar. If you want to make 2 or 3 each additional calendar is $20. After that any you make are FREE to you ~ bonus! When you sign up for the class you need to let me know how many you are making so that I have all your supplies ready for you.  Many of my stamping friends gift these calendars every holiday season!

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 PM and Thursday, October 26, 10:00 AM



Text 757-641-9354 to reserve your space!

ENJOY ~ reserve your space ~ text me @ 757-641-9354


Happy October, Happy Fall!

Fall Box 3


Pick of the Patch Fall Box Tutorial (Bundle, page 51, September Mini Catalog)

 I love wrapping gifts & giving fun gifts!  Here is a gift wrap idea to celebrate Fall.

Cardstock: Basic White—159276, a piece to use for stamping and punching 3 pumpkins, stems, and leaves, and a hexagon shape. After stamping and punching assemble the pumpkins as shown in the photos with a stem and a leaf on each.

Pecan Pie (161717) cut 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” and a piece cut 3-5/8” X 3-5/8”

Designer Series Paper (DSP) : All about Autumn (162178). Cut five 2-1/4” X 2-14” squares from metallic copper pieces. 

Inks: Pumpkin Pie (14086), Pecan Pie (161665), Garden Green (126973)

Stamps: Pick of the Patch (162196), Heartfelt Hexagon (162882)

Tools: Heartfelt Hexagon punch (162888, online exclusives), Pick of the Patch Builder Punch (162200)

Paper Snips Scissors—103579

Paper Trimmer—152392

Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue-110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals-104430, Mini Glue Dots—103683, Tear & Tape-- 154031


1. Using the Pick of the Patch stamp set, stamp on Basic White c/s 3 large pumpkins with Pumpkin Pie ink, 3 leaves with Garden Green ink, 3 stems with Pecan Pie ink. Instead of stamping and punching the stems, you could punch the three stems from Pecan Pie cardstock.

2. Using the Heartfelt Hexagon stamp set, stamp the wider bordered hexagon shape with Pecan Pie ink on Basic White c/s.

3. Stamp “a harvest of BLESSINGS” from the Pick of the Patch stamp set on a narrow piece of Basic White c/s with Pecan Pie ink. Trim both ends at an angle.

4. Using the Simply scored scoring tool, score the 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” piece of Pecan Pie c/s at 2-1/2” and 5.” Rotate 180 degrees and score again at 2-1/2” and 5”

5. Score the 3-5/8” X 3-5/8” piece at ½” on all four sides.

6. Fold the two pieces on all score lines, and burnish with a bone folder.

7. On the 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” scored piece, cut the corner squares on the scored lines up to the horizontal scored line on that side, Rotate 180 degrees and repeat the cutting on the other side.

8. Cut off half of the four corner pieces.

9. Add Tear & Tape to the four corner pieces and fold to the inside of the adjacent whole square.

10. Adhere a piece of the copper print DSP to each of the four squares that will be the sides of the box.

11. Add a piece of the copper print to the center square of the box lid.

12. Cut the corners of the 3-5/8” X 3-5/8” lid piece the same way as the larger box EXCEPT-do not cut the corner squares in half.

13. Add a small piece of Tear & Tape to each of the four corners, Remove the backing and adhere the corner pieces to the longer side pieces.

14. After stamping and punching the Heartfelt Hexagon shape, add an assembled pumpkin as shown in the photos and adhere to one side of the box.

15. Adhere the remaining 2 pumpkins to the lid as shown in the photos.

Fill the bag with candy and/or other small items and present to your guest.

TIP: Add sequins or other embellishments if you like.

Enjoy and Share!

Fall Box 1


Altered In Color Treat Bag


Altered Treat Bag Tutorial

 One of the first items I learned to make when I was a new demonstrator (a long time ago!) was called a Bag-a-lope. It was a bag made from a sealed empty envelope. This project is a variation of the Bag-a-lope.  Actually, an improvement!  I used the 2023-2025 In Color Treat (161752, page 126 AC) Bags to make it.  An easy peasy 'gift wrap'!


1. Take one of the Copper Clay treat bags and score 1/2 “from both long edges and on the bottom edge. Be VERY GENTLE with your scoring so that you don’t tear the bag.

2. Fold all creases back and forth two or three times and smooth with your bone folder. 

3. Open the bag and shape the sides and bottom to be an open bag. 

Formed Bag - Photo 1 Bag Bottom Triangles - Photo 2










4.  Glue triangle corners to the bottom of the bag.

Glued Bottom - Photo 45.  Cut a 10" piece of the matching Copper Clay Ribbon (161629, page 143 AC) adhere to the bag in a zig-zag.  Punch out a circle from the matching In Color 6" x 6" DSP and add a half circle stamped with Happy Birthday.  Add this to the bag with Dimensionals.  Add several In Color Dots (161620, page 141 AC).  Fill your Treat Bag with candy or small gifts and gift it!  Fun!

Finished Bag - Photo 5


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Stampin' Up! 2023-25 In Colors


Here’s a fun card idea using the new In Colors that can easily be multiplied. Tip: did you know that Stampin’ Up also sells envelopes for your gift cards?  Check out the 3" x 3" Basic White envelopes on page 135 in the annual catalog.

Irresistible Blooms Gift Cards (2)

Here’s how to make these gift cards. Tip: they make a great gift idea too – bundle 5 together with matching envelopes and gift them to friends and family.


Stamp set: Irresistible Blooms (161140)

Ink: Copper Clay (161647); Wild Wheat (161651); Boho Blue (161650); Moody Mauve (161649); Pebbled Path (161648)

Paper and cutting dimensions:
Basic White: (5) 6" x 3" [base]; (5) 2 1/4" squares
In Color Designer Series Paper: (5) 2 6/8" squares
Solid Color cardstock: (5) 2 1/4" squares

Misc: 2023-25 In Color Dots (161620); Multipurpose Liquid Glue; 12" x 12" In Color Assorted Cardstock (161712); In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (161646); Stylish Shapes Dies (159183); Basic White 3” x 3” Envelopes (159233)


1. Fold each gift card base in half and burnish.

2. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere In Color layer to gift card base.

3. Ink flower using In Color ink and stamp onto Basic White square. Die-cut using Stylish Shapes circle die.

4. Die-cut solid In Color circle using Stylish Shapes die.

5. Adhere stamped circle to In Color solid circle, then adhere to matching card base.

6. Add In Color Dot to center of each In Color flower to complete each gift card.


Barb Schweiger continued...


In addition to the cards that Barb created with the BY THE BAY SUITE COLLECTION (page 22, Mini Catalog) she created this framed piece as a gift to me.  To say that I am thrilled is to minimize my response.  I love it!!!!  It is hanging in the Cat/Art Studio with another, similar use of the DSP, that I created.

IMG_9490Thank you so much Barb!