Pocket Planning

I love saving money when shopping.  I carefully plan purchases to use discount codes, coupons, etc. so that I don’t pay more than I need to.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not at the level of going to the grocery store and having them pay for my groceries, but I have definitely stood in line at Bed, Bath, and Beyond with a twenty percent off coupon for every item in my cart.  But, I have also found that as we have more children and life gets busier it is harder to keep track of all those coupons, gift cards, etc.  So, I knew I wanted a pocket in my new planner to keep all of them.  The envelope punch board makes it easy peasy, and the Jar of Love stamp set makes it oh so pretty to look at.

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These would also be great for those working the Dave Ramsey cash only envelope system.  You could bless yourself or a friend by making them a set of decorated cash envelopes.  You could even use our alphabets to hand stamp what each envelope is for!

Here is how I made it.

  1. Cut an 11.5 x 11.5 pice of paper, and follow the directions for that size paper of the envelop punch board.
  2. Cut a piece of 2.75 x 5.75 whisper white cardstock.
  3. Stamp the large jar with tempting tourquise.
  4. Stamp three stems with mint macaroon.
  5. Stamp two flowers with daffodil delight ink.
  6. Stamp the second layer of the flower in flirty flamingo.
  7. Stamp the water with the ombré bermuda bay pad.
  8. Stamp the bow with flirty flamingo ink.
  9. Mat the whisper white paper with a 3 x 6 piece of flirty flamingo.
  10. Cut a 1.25 by 6.25 piece of flirty flamingo.  Punch with an arc system punch.
  11. Attach to the envelope with tear and tape.
  12. Use a piece of washi tape along where you attached the two papers.  I used some I already had, but I can’t wait for our new Affectionately Yours washi tape to come as it is the perfect planner washi!

I love that I can stay organized, and have something handmade to brighten up my day every time I open my planner.

Here are the supplies you will need to make your own pocket.

 

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Jar of Love

I have very fond memories of my grandma’s blackberry jam.  One year I even but on the blue jeans, gloves, and everything else required to go into a blackberry thicket, and picked berries.  I say once, because after that I was much happier staying at my grandparents’ house in the country, and enjoying the jam on toast without the labor part.

Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp set Jar of Love is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the joys and memories of canning or drinking sweet tea straight from a mason jar.

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This would make a sweet card for a wedding, anniversary, or just a great thinking of you card.  The key to getting the traditional ball jar look is stamping the jar in tempting turquoise.  And don’t forget to get the matching framelits!

Here are the steps for this card:

  1. Cut and score a melon mambo card base.
  2. Cut a piece of 3.75 x 5 whisper white cardstock.
  3. Stamp the large jar in tempting tourquise.
  4. Stamp three stems in cucumber crush.
  5.  Stamp three flowers in daffodil delight, and the second layer in melon mambo.
  6. Stamp the water with the bermuda bay ombré pad (tap it in small circles so you don’t get ink gaps on your image).
  7. Stamp Love in melon mambo onto kraft paper.  Cut, and adhere to the jar.
  8. Cut a 4 x 5.25 piece of daffodil delight, and adhere the whisper white to it.
  9. Adhere the daffodil delight piece to the card base.

Here are the supplies I used:

Happy Planners

I am a happy planner in more ways than one.  I was the kid that was obsessed over picking her planner in school.  I mean I had a full on business three ring binder type planner in high school, and had it everywhere with me.  So when planners came back in a big way I was super excited.

I was overjoyed when The Happy Planner came out, because it has all the fun of the higher price planners, but it so customizable and affordable.  And, the colors in the Hello Life planner go really well with our Stampin’ Up! colors.  Love, love, love it!  And, you can get a punch to add any paper you want to it.  Which means I can customize my own meal planning pages, to do lists, etc using Stampin’ Up! Designers series paper, cardstock, ink, and stamps!

Here is my first addition to my Happy Planner.  Bermuda Bay is the perfect ink for July’s spread, and our glimmer paper goes great with the good hearts.  I also stamped some swirl flowers with flirty flamingo and mint macaroon.  The soft sky flower is a retired sticker I had on hand, but you could easily stamp another flower there.

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I love stamping in my planner, because unlike stickers I can write over the image, and that part of my planner is still functional.  Our Stampin’ write markers are perfect pens for filling in my calander as they are pretty and functional.

Here are some products I would recommend for planners:

 

Swirly Bird Birthday

My husband’s side of the family has a ton of summer birthdays.  So, come this time of year I can always use a new great set for birthdays.  Swirly Bird is one of the most versatile sets I have seen in a long time.  And, the new in colors really help this set shine.

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This card is so easy to make.  Our two step stamps sets are even simpler now that they are made into photopolymer stamps so you can see exactly where you are stamping.

  1. Cut a 5 x 3.75 piece of whisper white cardstock.
  2. Stamp large bold circle with flirty flamingo ink.
  3. Stamp solid circle twice with daffodil delight ink.
  4. Stamp the detailed circle with peekaboo peach twice.
  5. Stamp the leaves with cucumber crush ink three times.
  6. Stamp Happy Birthday in flirty flamingo ink.
  7. Use snail to attach it to a 5.25 x 4 piece of flirty flamingo
  8. Attach to a cucumber crush card base.

 

 

New Catalog Party

Now that the first birthday party is behind behind me, I can focus on having a party with all my new catalog supplies.  I can’t express how wonderful this new catalog is!  There are so many great stamps to not only make papercrafting easier, but also to make it more beautiful, creative, and fun!

Strength and Prayers was one of the first new stamp sets to catch my eye.  I immediately thought of so many uses for it: bible journaling, confirmation invites, confirmation thank you notes and invites, sympathy cards, generic note cards, etc.   Here is the first item I made with it.

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There is so much new on this project!  I played with the new copper embossing powder, and the new in colors.  Can I just tell you that Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder are going to be best friends!

So do you want to find out what I am using the above image for, how to make it yourself, and about all the other new goodies in this catalog?  Then you absolutely must join me for my online new catalog party on June 20th at 7 pm.  Make sure to like my Facebook page, and sign up for my party.  Can’t wait to see you!

https://www.facebook.com/Colleen-Rein-Independent-Stampin-Up-Demonstrator-1721797251394232/?ref=bookmarks

Pyramid Pals Zoo

We had my 7 year old’s and 1 year old’s birthday party yesterday.  My 1 year old was of course covered in cake, red velvet no less! The pyramid pals die and playful pals stamp set were the icing on my party planning cake.  Unlike my animal shaped birthday cake that fell apart and was replaced with a store bought one, my favor boxes were simple and worked every time.  One of my favorite things about the big shot is that it is grab and go, but everything it touches turns into crafting gold.

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I had some retired animal print designer series paper that I made a lot of the animals with, but the lion was my favorite so I will give you instructions for that one.

  1. Cut out two pyramid bases out of daffodil delight paper.
  2. Cut three pieces with the fringe die cut out of early expresso to make the mane.
  3. Stamp the lions face onto the triangle flap you want facing forward.  I built the whole face on the clear block before stamping.
  4. Use tear tape to adhere all but one side of the box together.
  5. Adhere the mane to the box with snail or tear tape.
  6. Fill the box with your favorite candy (I used two Hersey kisses and a mini Reeses), and close the box by adhering the last flap with tear tape.

I told you it was simple!  If there is one tool a mom can get to make her party planning life easier it is the big shot!  They produce great results every time with no headaches involved.

Birthday Boys and More

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I have been super busy since my last blog post.  I had four kids!  Needless to say life has been a whirlwind, and this blog went on the back burner.  But I am back, and ready to blog regularly again.  One thing that didn’t change was my love of stamping!  I have been creating all these years, and I still think Stampin’ Up! is the best company to buy my stamping supplies from.

The card pictured is the invitation for my oldest and youngest boys’ birthday party.  Since they are both born in June it is easiest to combine their parties.  We are doing a zoo theme, and I may have picked the theme based on my love playful pals, lol!  Luckily, the boys really do love the zoo.

Anyway, this card is super simple to make!

Cut a 4 x 4 card base out of daffodil delight paper.  Cut a 3.75 x 3.75 piece of whisper white paper.
Use the rounded square stamp to stamp the lions face with crushed curry ink.
Use the circle type shape to stamp around the face with daffodil delight ink.
Stamp the facial features in memento black ink.  Stamp the sentiment (this one is from an SAB set, but Endless Birthday Wishes is a great current option) on daffodil delight paper. Trim the paper down leaving about a half an inch on the right side. Use your scissors to snip the right end, and create the banner. Mount the sentiment to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Voila!  You now have a card that can be whipped together in no time for a birthday party.  And, here is a tip for those that want to handcraft an invitation, but found themselves too far behind to be able to make and mail a card.  Make one invitation, photograph it, and use it as the image on your Facebook invite.  Then focus that wonderful last minute party papercrafting prep on favors and party decor! Not that I ever used that tip myself wink wink!