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Marshmallow Madness Love It!

December 10, 2009

I had my niece two weekends ago & we ran all over the place (electric light night parade, tree lighting & shopping) so when I had my nephew this past weekend & we had nothing planned I felt bad & needed to do something with the kids.  So we made some truffles & the kids mixed up some Homemade Marshmallows.  Some vanilla & peppermint & boy are they good.  The recipe says to keep them no longer then 3 days so I had to divide them up & give them out.  Which brings me to the Marshmallow package.  Matt’s boss loves Hot Chocolate so I packaged up some for him.  What do you think?

I altered the sizes but it is basically the Acetate Box.  Click on the link & it will take you to the directions.  I made my box larger so my acetate sheet is two pieces put together at the edges.  I inserted 3 layers of 4 of the Homemade Marshmallows.  Here are a few more shots.  I’m just getting used to taking different angles so not sure how great they will be but enjoy.

This is a close up of the wrapping band around the center of the acetate.  I inked up the stamp from the level II Hostess set with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  Real Red & Glorious Green & left the outside edge uninked.  Once I was done with that I punched it out with the oval punch & then I punched out a scallop oval in real red & layered them & added them to the band of DSP from the Simply Scrappin’ Kit & wrapped it around the acetate.  Here is a quick shot from the side.  You really have to try these marshmallows.  Not real hard & they taste great even after the three days & they make fantastic looking presents when they are packaged up.

Here is what the top of the box looks like ~ there are directions on how this box closes up & it really closes up the box nicely.  Have fun trying it out.

I also wanted to let everyone know that Stampin’ Up! is starting a

12 Days of Holiday Sales

on Dec. 11th.  The 12 Days of Holiday Sales is an online promotion for customers who are too busy to attend or host a workshop during this busy time of year. This sale will give you a great opportunity to purchase some of your favorite products at great discounts.  Stay tuned for many never before discounted items.

Spoil yourself ~ Your favorite Crafter~!

One more update ~ Stampin’ Up! has a Dormant list.  All the stamp sets on that list are retiring & will never be available again.  Take a look at them so you don’t miss on that set that you have been putting off because once Jan. 4th arrives they will be gone forever.  You can view the list here Dormant List

Thanks for stopping by & I will see you on the next Post



Chick Fil A Family Night

December 9, 2009

It’s been a while & I’m sorry for not posting. Today is just a fun post. I have a very cool Marshmallow treat to show you tomorrow. Today I wanted to share the fun I had with my daughter at Chick Fil A’s family night. We made these Reindeer food.  Reindeer FoodNow that all the kids are in school at some point during the day I’m trying to expand my business & in order for me to do that I need to build my customer base.  We go to Chick Fil A OFTEN & most of the time it is family night so I asked the girls that run the family night craft if I could do a Stampin’ Up! project & they said sure.  I gave her a few ideas & she picked from that & I pretty much ran the evening last night.  I had my 13 year old there helping out because she loves to work with the kids.  We had a blast with the little kids.  I prepared the craft & it looked a little like this when my daughter came home from school yesterday…

Reindeer Food Pieces for 60 And This    And This   T forgot to take a picture of the Top Note Close To Cocoa pieces.  I had them all laying out on the dining room table after I glued the antlers to each one.  Just think 60 Top Note dies spread out…  Lets just say the table was completely full.

Day 4 of RemARKable Blog Tour

November 22, 2009

Today is the last day of the tour but that does not mean you have to stop visiting.  We will all continue to post fantastically fun ideas all the way up to Christmas I’m sure so bookmark out sites or better yet sign up for daily email updates when ever we post.  You can do that by clicking on the “subscribe to Bentley springs” &  entering your email address info.  Today I’m posting a couple of Holiday cards.  One you will be able to do very soon at Bentley Spring Stamping Studio with an upcoming class.  Check back after the tour I will be posting info on it.  The other card you can do as well ~ when you purchase the new My Digital Studio program from Stampin’ Up!  Wow ~ fun, fast & fantastic finish.  It even works on Macs!  So lets get to todays projects.Christmas WishesThis one is pretty straight forward.  I took some Whisper White for the base & cut it at 4 1/4 x 11 & folded at 5 1/2.  I like this fold because it is different & it puts less “stress” if you will on the card because the Whisper White is so soft & thinner then the colored card stock.  Then I cut some Ballet Blue down to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  Then I took another piece of Whisper White & cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4.  I then took some versa mark & stamped the bird / branch image from Gifts of Christmas stamp set on to the Whisper White (small piece) & then embossed it with clear EP (embossing powder).  After that was done I took a dauber & some Bashful Blue classic ink.  I inked up the dauber & started in the center of the embossed image & swirled out & “Wa La” the image just appears.  This card is pretty basic & beautiful in person, but the “Wow” is when you actually swirl the ink onto the embossed image.  Once I was happy with that I layer that piece of Whisper White onto the Ballet Blue piece.  Then I added the Organza Ribbon with just a simple knot.  I then layered that piece to the card base & you are done.

My next sample is my very first project from the My Digital Studio program.  The more you play the more things you find out you can do with it & how easy it really is.MDS 1st CardI started with a card base in the program & changed it to Old Olive.  I then layered in the DSP from the Christmas Jingle theme the program has.  I then added the Real Red layer & then the Very Vanilla layer.  I added some punches to the corners of the Very Vanilla layer.  I then added the ornament stamped images & the verse.  As you can see you can make them in any color you wish & any size.  I also added the scalloped edge punch down the center & made it red & then added some what looks like hole punches down that by adding small circle punches & making the color Old Olive.  You really have to play around with this program to see what it can do & see how much fun it can be.


Remember I will be sharing more last minute Holiday ideas even after the tour is over so please continue to visit my blog.  Now make your way over to Jan’s Blog & see what her grand finale is, she never disappoints.  Just click the link below & you will show up in a completely different state ~ how cool is that, you are looking at ideas from across the country coast to coast.  Have fun & see you at the next post or on the next blog tour.  Jan has one planned already for sometime late Dec. early Jan., this one is called RemARKable Love Blog Tour ~ Things we love.

Thanks for stopping by & have fun on the rest of the tour.  See you at the next “Post”


Bow, Tag & Bag It! Day 3 of Blog Tour

November 21, 2009

Hello Again, Hope you are loving all the ideas on this blog tour as much as I am.  My head is spinning with all the ideas that need to be put down on paper ~ Like the Holiday season is not busy enough already!  Today I have made a (yes, quick again, my favorite) quick last minute gift wrap / bag.

Bow, Tag & Bag It side shotIf you ever need a bow & don’t have one but have some wrapping paper left this does wonders & saves a trip to the store for that Bow you need to dress up your gift.  I took some Designer Series Paper (DSP) & cut 8 – 6″ stripes 3/4″ wide, then 4 more at 5″ long & one more at 4″ long.  I laid out 4 – 6″ with one pattern up then laid out the last 4 – 6″ pieces with the other pattern up.  Then laid the 5″ strips out with the pattern up matching the first set of 4 & then laid the last 4″ strip with the pattern matching the 2nd set.  Then I applied SNAIl to one end of each strip.  Then looped each strip around to make a section of your bow & made a circle loop with the 4″ piece.  Then I punched a 1/16″ hole in all the pieces & took a Jumbo brad & started with the small circle loop then layered the 5″ strips then added the next 4 – 6″ pieces in the opposite patterned & then finally added the last 4 – 6″ strips & closed the brad (very tight fit but works).  Click HERE for directions because I’m sure I did a very bad job at explaining this.  When I was done with the Bow I went on to make a matching

bow close up tag.  When you make your own bows you can make everything to match.  I used the Level 2 Hostess stamp set Christmas Punch.  I inked the scallop oval image with the poinsettia in the center with the Old Olive ink pad.  I then took a blender pen & removed the Old Olive ink from the outside scallop edge & the poinsettia flower in the center.  You have to go over these images several times & wipe of the excess ink on the blender pen.  You also have to “huff” on your inked image to keep the ink moist.  Once you have the ink removed I then took the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker & colored those images in that I just removed the Old Olive ink from.  I “huffed” on the inked image one last time to make sure the ink was moist & stamped the image on Whisper White card stock.  I then punched it out with the Scallop Oval punch.  I punched a Wide Oval out of some scrap Old Olive card stock & layered the two together with a little bit of an off set.  I then took the 1/16″ circle punch thru one of the small circles in the edge & ran some Gold Elastic cord thru the tag & tied it thru the bow.tag close up I set those items aside & started on the gift bag.  You can use any gift bag you would like.  I measured the front of the gift bag & took a piece of the DSP & added 1/2″ to the width so I would have something to over lap & add SNAIl to.  I cut the piece a little off center & flipped one piece over, so now I had the two different patterns.  I put Snail on & worked over the bag when I was sticking the two pieces together so I would know how far to over lap the pieces of paper.  Once the two halves were together I added a piece of Old Olive ribbon down the center.  I then put Snail on the back of the DSP & then applied the DSP to the front of the gift bag.  Once I had that on the bag I put a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the bow & stuck the bow onto the top of the bag.

So there you have it ~ Bow, Tag & Bag It! for those last minute gifts that you forgot about.  You could make these bows with wrapping paper as well so if you had a birthday present that needed to be wrapped you could then have a “true matching bow”  Bow, Tag & Bag It

Remember I have way too many ideas to share so I will be sharing more after the blog tour is over so be sure to come back & check them out.  Now you can make your way over to Jan’s Blog & see what tricks she has up her sleeve.  Just click the link below & Santa’s little Elves will magically take you there.Thanks for stopping by & have fun on the rest of the tour.  See you at the next “Post”


Supply List (if you would like to order anything below to complete this project go to Bentley Spring Stamper & click on Shop Now)

  • 114889 Scallop Oval Punch
  • 112082 Wide Oval Punch
  • 101227 1/16″ circle Punch
  • 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Ribbon 5/8″
  • 102845 Blender Pens
  • 100052 Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 112534 5/16″ Jumbo Brad
  • 115696 Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 100702 Old Olive Card Stock
  • 115366 Christmas Punch level 2 Hostess stamp set
  • 109867 Gold elastic cord
  • SNAIl
  • Gift Bag

RemARKable Holiday Blog Tour Day #2

November 20, 2009

Wow! Yesterdays samples were all so wonderful with tons of ideas.  I have another one for you today that is again Very Quick & turns out really really pretty.  This one again uses the Big Shot with the Fancy Favor Die.  Take a look ~ tell me what you think.

Fancy Favor tea lightThis was less than 15 minutes maybe even close to 10 & look how great it looks.  I used some Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Merry Moments pack.  I also grabbed some textured 12 X 12 Real Red Card Stock.  I layered the pieces & ran them thru the Big Shot at the same time – that way I knew for sure it would all match up.  I punched one of the larger panels with the large Star punch.  I added the Real Red strip to the top of the box & then followed the direction that come with the Fancy Favor die & put my box together with some Sticky Strip.  I applied some Crystal Effects to the edge of the star punch shape & added some sparkle by sprinkling some Dazzling Diamonds on to that.  You can see it shine a little in the picture but in person it looks great ~ let me tell you.  After that I put some Holly & Berries on the top right corner from the Simply Scrappin’ Kit Christmas Jingle.

Fancy Favor Tea Light close up of glitterThe kits are great because they are die cut images that coordinate with your project & they have adhesive on the back of them already.  After I was done adding the quick decoration to my box I dropped in a battery operated tea light & “Wa La”  Like I said Super Easy, Quick & Pretty.  Here is a side shot of the Fancy Favor box.

Fancy Favor tea light side viewI hope you enjoyed my portion of todays Blog tour.  I have been having so much fun & have too many ideas ~ they won’t all fit into the Blog Tour so please make sure you stop by after the tour is complete on the 23rd.  To see more on this Great Tour click below & head on over to Jan’s Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today & I will see you at the next “Post”


Supply List (if you would like to order anything below to complete this project go to Bentley Spring Stamper & click on Shop Now)

113439 Big Shot Die – Cut Machine

117630 Extended Premium Crease Pad

113478 Extended Cutting Pads

115965 Stampin’ Up! Fancy Favor Die

115672 Merry Moments DSP

115696 Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit

108698 Bold Brights 12 X 12 Textured Card Stock (Real Red)

104294 Sticky Strip

101055 Crystal Effects

110710 Large Star Punch

102023 Dazzling diamonds

Blog Tour Has Arrived!

November 19, 2009

Hello Everyone out there in blog world.  The RemARKable Holiday Blog Tour has officially started.  Yippie… Get Ready for some daily  Fun, Exciting & New ideas from the team.  Everyone is very different so there are many unique things you will see if not on this blog but maybe on the next blog so make sure you hop thru all the blogs all the way back to mine.  I have decided to show you what I’m making with the “kids” at Chik Fil A’s family night.  I’m sponsoring an evening at our local CFA & the kids will be making this “Reindeer Food” pouch I learned at a team meeting over a year ago.  This is so much fun & a very quick easy kids project but us adults will have fun with it as well.

Reindeer FoodHow stinkin’ cute is this.  This is just a small 1 # brown paper bag it’s 3 1/2″ wide & then you just trim the top down to fit the Top Note die (you can find these in your local craft store).  You will run the Top Note Die thru the Big Shot with Close To Cocoa Card Stock & cut out 2 one for the front & one for the back.  Just adhere to the bag with Snail.  Then you will use the Big Shot again to run the Tulip die thru your Big Shot with Chocolate Chip Card Stock & use just a portion of this for the antlers.  You can adhere it to the front of the bag at the top.  You will then punch 2 Whisper White large ovals & 2 small ovals out of black.  You will layer these as you see in the photo for the Reindeer’s eyes & apply to Top Note.  You can use a white gel pen to accent the eyes.  You can punch a 1/2″ circle out of Real Red card stock or use a small red pom pom.  Then take a black Stampin’ write marker to put on the mouth.    You can then flip the bag over & apply the 2nd Top Note piece & then apply the verse.

Reindeer Food back / Verse It reads:

“Magic Reindeer Food”

Make a Wish & close your eyes tight

Then sprinkle on your lawn tonight

As Santa’s Reindeer fly & roam

This food will guide them to your home

“Happy Holidays”

At this point you can fill the bag with some rolled oats & some red & green sugar crystals to sparkle in the moon light to attract Santa’s Reindeer.  Once it is full you can close is at the top with a brad.

Here is another bag that my mom designed & put some Snow Man Soup (Hot Cocoa mix, Marshmallows, & Peppermint stick) inside.  This is made will punches & the Top Note die as well… this time the Top Note Die is turned on it’s side & the Bashful Blue Card Stock is applied to lunch bag.

Snow Man SoupI hope you enjoyed this post & if you would like to order any of the supplies you can go direct to my website & click on the Shop Now button or contact me directly thru email at

Make sure you come back everyday from Nov. 19th thru Nov. 22nd

Now you can go on to the next blog ~ this would be Janet Wakeland ~ She is my upline & is full of tons of ideas & you can thank her for organizing this Blog Tour.

Thank You Fishing Basket

November 9, 2009

Hello to you on this fantastic day in northern MD.  Wow what a wonderful day.  I spent most of the day outside with my son blowing leaves & pulling cannon bulbs so I can break them up next year & have more.  Gotta Love Mother Nature when she gives you stuff for free.  Any who, I wanted to share a card I made a while ago for my husband.  His co-worker gave him a fly fishing pole he never uses any more.  It was in a nice bag & everything so Matt came home & asked me if I could make him a Thank You card.  I said sure I can but had nothing that related to fishing.  You know how us card makers have to make everything with purpose & reason.  It hit me I had won a stamp set a while ago from Our Daily Bread.  I would give the exact post but it was last spring.  If I find it I will edit this post.  They have great traditional religious stamps, Very pretty.  So, needless to say I got very excited that I could make a card that matched the reason.  A Fishing Thank You.Fishing Basket Thank You

I stamped the the basket in a brown stazon onto water color paper.  Then I took my Stampin’ Write Markers & highlighted everything.  Then I went back with lighter Stampin’ Write Markers & blended the colors out to make it look like a water color.  The colors always turn out so bright & brilliant when I do it this way & the water color paper is a must because the paper holds up much better & the results are just fantastic.  Paper Pleasing has a great video on how to do it.  She’s fun to watch.

Thanks for stopping by & if you enjoyed the post please leave a comment.  Have a Great evening.

See you at the next “Post”.