Watch It Wednesday…Curvy Keepsake Apples


For some reason I had a craving for an apple on my way home from school yesterday. (Hmmm…I wonder if it has anything to do with my projects the last few days?  LOL ) When I got home I decided to make some treat boxes…apple ones of course! I really liked the more realistic look of the apples after I sponged them on my card the other day so I decided to give it a try with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits.

Here’s a short video from Stampin’ Up! with directions for the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits.

I like to make the most of my paper so here’s how I cut 2 thinlits from a piece of 6 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock.

I sponged my pieces first using Pear Pizzazz and Delightful Dijon ink. Then I adhered them together with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I used my bone folder to curve the ends like she did in the video.

I freehand cut the stem from a scrap piece of Early Espresso about 1/2 x 1 1/2.  See the photo below for how I attached the stem with a glue dot so I could open and close the box easily.

Next I stamped the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set in Old Olive ink and cut them out with the coordinating die.  I attached these to the stem with glue dots.

This makes a nice gift filled with chocolate, caramels, jewelry, etc.  What would you like to receive in the box?  The curvy keepsake box is so versatile…I have used it to make graduation caps, table favors for Thanksgiving (turkeys), Christmas (Santa, ornaments, and reindeer), Easter, etc.  I have got my money’s worth out of this!  It even comes with 3 different tags to use with this or other projects.  Click HERE to go to my online shop and see everything you get.

Look how nice it goes with my other projects this week to make a great gift set.


Did you notice I used the Thoughtful Branches Bundle on all three of these projects?…the stamped tree and sentiment on the card, the stamped and cut out trunk on the Post-It note holder, and the stamped and cut out leaves on the curvy keepsake apple box.  Today is the LAST DAY this set is available.  I hope you got yours!  You don’t want to regret letting this set pass you by.

I made these apples for 2 eighth grade students who are going to help me out and set up the gym in the mornings for my little ones.  We don’t have a separate play area to leave everything out so we need to store the bikes, etc. in closets and take everything in and out daily.  My students learn quickly how to  clean up and put it back away so the big kids can use the gym after us. 🙂  I like to make little treats like these to give our helpers each year so they keep coming back. I think these will start the year off just right!


Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow is September 1st which means you can start shopping from the new holiday catalog. Lots of new ideas, stamp sets, designer series paper, and embellishments to choose from!  If you are not currently working with another demonstrator and would like a catalog, I’d be happy to send you one.

2016 Holiday catalog

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Apples for Back to School


It’s back to school time!  I will be heading back to my classroom this week to get ready for my little cuties who start school right after Labor Day. I teach PreK and love working with 4 year olds!  This week they will come visit the classroom with their parents and have orientation but the real fun starts next week! In honor of Back to School I have some fun planned for you too! Each day, starting Labor Day, I will focus on some of the basics of stamping, showcase different products, and share some tips, tutorials, and exclusive Back to School Specials as I share cards and projects. Be sure to check back each day!

Let’s get to today’s card. I thought I would get a head start on thank you cards as I seem to go through a “bushel” each year! I love the apple print in the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper. I cut a piece 5 1/2 x 12 then cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips (I plan to make a set of these cards).  I adhered my 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch strip to a piece of Old Olive that’s just 1/8 wider and wrapped some Old Olive Bakers Twine around it and tied a bow.  I attached this to the Pear Pizzazz card base and then stamped the sentiment just above using Early Espresso ink. I stamped the tree trunk and leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set using Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz inks.  Then I cut out the tree with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.

Next I embossed a 3 x 3 piece of Early Espresso cardstock with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. I adhered the tree to the embossed piece and attached it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut the apples out of Old Olive at first and attached them with glue dots but, I thought they needed to stand out more so I used Delightful Dijon then added some pear pizzazz ink using a sponge dauber.  I thought it looked more like the apples in the Designer Series Paper.   I also tried Soft Suede cardstock and ink instead of Early Espresso. What do you think?


Did you notice I didn’t stamp any grass on my first one? Oops!  Do you prefer the Granny Smith apples or Golden Delicious? I didn’t make any red apples and Honeycrisp are my favorite! I love to go apple picking! Every year we pick apples then make homemade applesauce, apple butter, apple crisp, and apple bread. It won’t be long before it’s time to go apple picking. Yum!



Someone couldn’t wait til they got home to taste test the apples.

How easy is this for apple picking?  LOL

A set of these thank you cards would make a great teacher gift. (I should know!)  The Thoughtful Branches set won’t be available after Wednesday, so don’t miss out on this limited time bundle (available only through August 31st).  Order yours today!

Stamp Set: Thoughtful Branches  Inks: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive  Papers: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch, Tree Builder Punch or Thoughtful Branches Thinlits Dies, Old Olive Baker’s Twine, Sponge Dauber


Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’




Today’s the Day for Thoughtful Branches


I made this card using the new Thoughtful Branches Bundle that is available starting today until August 31st (or while supplies last). The inspiration for my card came from my own backyard.  I love hydrangeas…they remind me of summers on Cape Cod. While we were on vacation our hydrangeas bloomed. It was a nice welcome home surprise.


For my background I used Blushing Bride card stock and the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I sponged the brick using Sahara Sand ink and a sponge dauber.  It was quick and easy to do.

I wanted to add depth to my flowers so I cut 3 of the flower thinlits using whisper white card stock and attached them with glue dots.  The glue dots raise them just enough.  I cut the leaves in Wild Wasabi card stock, attached them to a scrap piece using the fine-tip glue pen, and cut them out with my paper snips.

I assembled the card on Blushing Bride card stock and added some tiny pearls to the flowers.

This card has so many possibilities…birthday, sympathy, get well, or thinking of you (which is what I stamped inside my card and on the envelope). I love this font!


So, how did I do matching my inspiration piece? Leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Don’t forget…If you earned coupons last month during Bonus Days you can redeem them now and save on the purchase of this bundle or anything else from the catalog! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.



Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’