100 Uses of Stampin' Up! Treat Cups


While blog surfing this week, I ran across this list of uses for the treat cups. WOW! Check this out:

By Janet Wakeland/Sr. Director, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
1. Bird stamp – bird seed
2. Snowman stamp – fake snow, glitter, snow confetti
3. Medallion stamp – potpourri
4. Create a Snow globe
5. Bath Confetti
6. Princess Party Treats
7. Candy
8. Small toy prizes
9. Office supplies - Rubber bands, paper clips, etc.
10. Chocolate – in case of emergency
11. Extreme Guitar – guitar picks
12. Valentines – punched small hearts
13. School days – die cut our Billboard or other small alphabet
14. Wedding – rice or birdseed
15. Get well – chicken soup
16. Birthday- candle, balloon
17. Birthday day – sprinkles
18. Bird = feathers
19. Gel = Water/tank – fish
20. Latte – coffee beans
21. Dog treats – bones
22. Cats – catnip, treats
23. Baby = earplugs, diaper pins, rattle
24. Tools – nuts, bolts, small nails, etc.
25. New House – nuts, bolts, small nails, etc
26. Collage – postage stamps
27. Clock – clock pieces
28. Frog – flies
29. Halloween – spiders, small bats, candy
30. Christmas – jingle bells
31. Pirate – eye patch
32. Gardening images – seeds, petals, potpourri
33. Surf‟s up – sand
34. Crafter – buttons, brads, ribbon, etc
35. Turn into Blue Ribbon
36. Money rolled or folded to fit/coins
37. Photos
38. Attach two together – ball game or ornaments
39. Poke out front of cards, front of gift bags, front of mini album
40. Pennies in pocket (Made 2 last)
41. Animal Crackers – animal stamps/gummy bears
42. Mini travel packs – sunscreen, Band-Aids, etc –
43. Flour, salt, sugar, spices, etc – VOILA
44. 5 Kernel Thanksgiving story – turkey
45. Mighty hunter – redneck – 22‟s
46. Ketchup/Mustard packets – voila..
47. Tickets to a game/play/museum, etc.
48. Snowman – some assembly required – put twigs,
hat, nose, etc in cup
49. Wandering Words--small leaves, reindeer dust, small hearts
50. “Poops” reindeer, snowman, etc.
51. Cold & Cuddly – hot cocoa, marshmallows in cup
52. You‟re how old – numbers in cup
53. Simply adorned smallest charm will fit in cup
54. Put over box – cut slit –make into savings/donation box
55. Center of flower folds largest flower
56. Cake topper – pop up cake
57. Sides of ball die
58. Center of lattice dies
59. Embossed roses – potpourri
60. Magic Reindeer Food – Oatmeal/glitter
61. Memorabilia Scrapbooks
62. Replace o in words – YOU, LOVE, MOM, POP, etc.
63. Fit inside loop of B, P, etc.
64. Photo ornament – scallop circles, cording, etc.
65. Brads/buttons/ribbon pieces/embellishments
66. Any stamp image that fits 1/ ¾ „ circle
67. Use in center of punch shape animals – turkey body, pig body, puppy body, etc.
68. Postage stamps
69. Mini sewing kit
70. Tea Time – tea bags
71. Build a Bear – put pieces of clothes in cup
72. Designer Series Paper as background inside cup – leave cup empty
73. Make your own necklace/bracelet – put beads,
string, clasps in cup
74. Put rub-on‟s on cup
75. Push brads through cup to embellish cup itself
76. Create Removable /slide for project so items can be easily removed w/o ruining card/page/tag etc.
77. Punch through basket – add grass, mini eggs, jelly
78. Nuts – “I‟m nuts about you”
79. Dice/game pieces
80. Sports – mini footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, etc.
81. Hero – Stars – mini medals
82. Scout badges
83. Lots of Bots – nuts/bolts/screws, etc.
84. Voila Set – place on chef‟s tray
85. Use as Ball – make inside look soccer, basketball, etc.
86. Hair bows, clips, bobby pins
87.Keys to car
88.Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds – perfect place for a ring!
89. Shaker Cards
90. All in the family – people/accessories
91. Use for bug collections
92. Legos
93. Small punches such as our star punch will fit
94. Music notes
95. Greetings/verses for hostess/guests/team members
96. Let verse in stamp set or quote inspire the contents
97. Door prize tickets
98. Booking board
99. Lollipop cover
100. Use with Something Sweet Stamp Set (117688 Wood-Mount or 118589 Clear-Mount) or Sweethearts Stamp Set (120415 Wood-Mount or 118589 Clear Mount)!

Stampin' Up! Picture This Owl


Wink, wink. lol
I love this owl! And when I saw this sentiment (from the Level 1 Hostess Set - Picture This), I knew I had  to use them together. One thing I wanted to point out: on the white piece of cardstock with the "Thanks for Owl you do", there is a line of the same phrase stamped in So Saffron between each line of Old Olive. It's there but just not showing well in this picture. Guess I'll keep working on my photography skills...

If you would like a set of Picture This for yourself, please let me know and we'll set up a fun time with friends. Workshops are a great way to get together with friends and get free stuff. And guess what? I do all the work - you just play! Call me soon to get on my calendar for February. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Owl Together Now, Picture This
Ink: Old Olive and So Saffron Classic Stampin' pads
Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Pea Designer Series paper stack
Tools/Other: Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" circle punches, linen thread, buttons, paper piercing tool
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Stampin' Up! Blender Pen removes color


 I love Sale-a-bration. (Picture me, doing a happy dance....) As soon as I saw the free stamps in the brochure, this little bird cage caught my eye. And this week, I finally got my stamp set so that I could play. Yay!

 This sheet of Designer Series paper (from Flock Together) really challenged me to use a different combination of colors. I don't know that I would have put these colors together if it were not for this print. But, I really do like the finished result. And, it gave me a chance to learn a little trick I learned at convention.  Let me show you how I colored the bird....

First, tap your image onto the main color ink (Soft Suede used here).

Then, use a blender pen to remove ink from the bird. Just rub your blender pen over that area (like it you were coloring it) and the blender pen will pick up the ink on the stamp. Rub your blender pen onto scrap paper to remove the ink.

Last, color in the bird with your color of choice. (Tempting Turquoise used here.)
Huff on your stamp and then STAMP onto your project. Et Voila! Your bird is now a different color than the cage.

Good trick, huh? Thought you'd like it....:)

Stamps: Happy Moments (*Get it Free*), ask me how
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker, blender pen
Paper: Flock Together Designer Series Paper, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Tools/Other: Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain, horizontal slot punch
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Guest Stamper - Tanya Boser


 Today's card is one I received in a swap with the gals over at Stampin' Addicts. This card was shared by Tanya Boser, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in MN. (Click on her name to be directed to her blog.)

Adorable, isn't it?!
The owls are just so cute and I love how she used the new punches to go all the way around the border of the square piece. (Takes some time and skill!) But lookit at that cute, cute tree - it's a heart. Aw! This stamp set is just the sweetest thing - perfect for Valentines, don't you think? Now I just have to decide which of my sweethearts gets this card. :)

Thanks Tanya for this adorable card. And thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Love Bandit, Woodgrain (Background), Well Scripted
Ink:Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Paper: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Tools/Other: Scallop Trim Border (Get it free!*), Heart to Heart punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Silver Brad, Flower Fusion (felt flower), Melon Mambo Dotted Grosgrain
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*This punch is one of our Sale-a-brations items! Get it free with a $50 order!

Stampin' Up! Dias Felices


The boys (including the hubby!) are busy playing a new video game, so I escaped to play with paper!  I hadn't really expected to be able to craft tonight, but a quick search came up with a great sketch by Gretchen Barron. Click her link if you'd like to see the sketch and play along.

Normally, I wouldn't leave so much white on a card. But this patterned paper (from our Cottage Wall Designer Series paper) is so pretty that I didn't want to cover it all.  If you don't like to see this much white on a card, other options might be to mat the background piece with Old Olive like I did the smaller pieces. You could also replace the center piece (the one embossed with swiss dots) with a piece of Orchid Opulence.
But mine has to stay the way it is - it's time to go get some pizza before the guys finish it off! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dias Felices
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: Photo corners punch, Ice Circles Rhinestone brads, White Organza ribbon, Big Shot, Swiss Dots folder
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Super Sam's Sweet Treat Cups


My lovely friend Sam shared these projects with me yesterday. She is a wonderful friend - who else would wear a think blanket as a cape and fly your kids around on her back? That's why she's SUPER Sam! :)
Of course, she's also super cuz she's getting together with some friends to make these projects - aren't they adorable!? And Yes - the tin is filled with M&M's, yum!

Thanks Sam for sharing your ideas with us. And thank you for stopping by!
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Transform wood-mount stamps - results


Earlier this week, I shared with you how to remove rubber stamps from their wooden block so that they can be used with a clear block instead. My hope was to save storage space, but I'm only willing to do this if it results in a good, crisp image.
Well, I'm happy to report - it works! The dried glue on the back of the stamp was sticky enough to stick to the block, I got a clear image and it peeled back off for storage. Hooray!
If you missed the notes on how to remove the rubber from the wood, click here.

Paper Punches How to make a pig


Years ago Stampin' Up! had a stamp set (Farm Fever) that included an adorable sick pig in it. The little piggie was tucked into it's bed, quilt and all, with a thermometer in it's mouth and a caption that read "Are you cured yet?". I loved this stamp set, but made the mistake of not purchasing it before it retired. Wah! So, instead I had to set about creating a piggie out of punched shapes so I could still share the sentiment! (It is funny, isn't it?) To make my piggie, you'll need:
  • 1 3/4" circle punch - face/head
  • 3/4" circle punch - nose
  • 1/4" circle punch - eyes (alternate: googly eyes)
  • horizontal slot punch - nostrils* see notes below
  • Heart to Heart punch - ears
All were punched from Cameo Coral card stock except the eyes which came from Very Vanilla.

The Cameo Coral pieces were rubbed with a Sponge Dauber that I had loaded with Ruby Red Stampin' Pastels. Color on the edges helps to define each piece and help define them a little. (Besides - have you ever seen a clean pig?!) You could also do this with a Stampin' Sponge and Classic Ink, but I find the chalk to be a little more forgiving - I can erase the chalk if I go a little overboard!

Here are some pics to go with a few of the steps:
To create the ears, layer the smallest heart over the medium heart. 
 Attach behind the head so that only the tips of the hearts are showing.

The 3/4" circle is the nose/snout. Attach to the large circle with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The Horizontal Slot punch was used to make the nostrils. The pieces were a little too long for my pig's snout, so I reinserted them into the punch and shortened them a little. Scissors would work well, too if you find this too complicated.

Draw in the pupils, eyelashes and smile with a Stampin' Write marker. I wasn't sure I could get the smile right the first time, so I drew it in with pencil first. The marker draws a dark enough line to cover it up completely!

For the sentiment, I punched a thought/speech bubble and just wrote in my message with the fine tip on my Chocolate Chip marker. These stamps are perfect for these characters and for personalizing your projects!

I hope you like my little piggie - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Crazy Cool
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Sweet Pea Paper Stack, Kraft card stock, Cameo Coral card stock and Whisper White card stock
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, 3/4" circle, 1/4" circle, Horizontal Slot, Heart to Heart 
Other: 2-way glue pen, Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals
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How to remove rubber stamps from wood blocks


I have fallen in love with our Clear Mount option of stamps. One thing I am particularly fond of is the small amount of storage space they take up. I had read previously that you could "un-mount" your stamps and then apply a glue so that you can use them with clear blocks.
Well, I tried it out today (with retired stamps.... just in case). Here's the process so far:
I put this stamp in the microwave for 8 seconds - just long enough to heat it up so that I could carefully remove the rubber along with the foam. My microwave is a wimpy one, but 8 seconds was plenty. Don't heat more or I believe the block will get smokin' hot!
Using a foam brush, I spread a layer of Aleen's tack-it-over glue directly onto the foam.
Here's one stamp after about 2 hours of drying. Seriously sticky! I'm definitely leaving it over-night before I try it out! Check back for results!

One quick note: When reading on-line about others who have tried this I noticed that a few people had removed the rubber from the foam. Then they added the glue to the back of the rubber. They were able to use the stamp this way, but got better results by putting a rubber mat (or mouse pad) under their paper.  I'm trying it with the foam still on the stamp so that I can omit this extra step.

DivaSC 65 Stampin' Something Sweet


Today's sketch at Utah Divas International leaves a nice big spot in the center of the card - perfect for candy! FYI - the Treat Cup fits the amount of Skittles in the little bags given out at Halloween. My son shared his last bag with me only long enough to make the card and get a picture of it :)
I used the candy as inspiration for my colors. They are a little bright, I admit it, but I think this might work for a kid's hello or birthday. Truth is, they probably won't care - it has candy! :)

Stamps: Something Sweet (118589)
Ink: YoYo Yellow, Only Orange and Real Red Classic Inks
Paper: Real Red, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow and Whisper White card stock
Tools/Other: Treat Cups, 1 3/4" circle punch, Silver Brads
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Fun card purse class project


I'm having so much fun using this new bird punch! After stamping and discarding a few different sentiments and images for the front of this card pouch, I decided to just step away from the ink and use these punched images instead. Aside from ease-of-use, I also like this idea because it will work for a birthday surprise or as a thinking-of-you treat. It also has enough space for a few cards and envelopes so it's a very complete gift.
My club ladies will be working on this project this Friday at our last meeting. If you live in the Melbourne area and would like information regarding upcoming Stamp Club meetings, please let me know asap. We're getting started with the next group in February.
Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Class attendees will use a variety of Designer Series Paper along with coordinating cardstock and embellishments. Supplies listed are the ones used for the project sample shown here.
Paper: Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper; card stock: Summer Sun, Pink Passion, Whisper White
Tools/Other: XL 2-step Bird punch, 1/4" circle, Silver Brads, buttons, 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon, crop-a-dile, sticky strip
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Die Cut Milk Carton Box LET GO


I was reading a book recently that recommended making a list of "SFGTD: Stuff for God To Do". It caught my attention because I know that there are a few things that I fret about or try to "fix" that I absolutely have no control over. (Someone out there knows what I'm talkin' about….). This situation inspired me to create a box where I can write down these "things" and let them go. I even sealed the box so that I can't pull them back out!
  My SFGTD box is made with a milk carton pattern I purchased from Becky Roberts. (The pattern also includes a holder for 4 of the milk cartons - it's adorable!) If you are not comfortable working with patterns, our new Occassions Mini catalog contains a new Big Shot die that will cut and score a box for you. Easy, right?
I added an opening with my Word Window punch. This will allow me to insert my notes where I write down what I'm "letting go". To decorate, I added some Designer Series paper and some punch outs from our new punch, XL 2-step Bird punch. Definitely an easy project, but one with great purpose :)
Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: Bone Folder, 1/4" Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, eyelets, Crop-a-dile, XL 2-step Bird punch, Word Window punch
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Mojo120 and an XL Bird


 Nope, no more XL turkeys to consume! My XL bird is from a new punch, available tomorrow!

This card is based on today's sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. I actually got a little creative and changed out a few elements; I think you're supposed to but I rarely think of anything to do different, lol.  Instead of the layered circles, I just left one portion of a circle so that the eye is still drawn to the bird area. Also, I tied a bow (yay, me) instead of cutting the ribbon. And (yup, one more) I left out the scallop border. And look at me, no stamps! I think I need to check my temperature!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: none - eek!

Ink: none of this either - it's serious!

Paper: Flock Together Designer Series Paper (114018), Garden Green, Whisper White, More Mustard, Certainly Celery

Tools/Other: XL 2-step Bird punch (117191), Rhinestone Brads, Satin Ribbon

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