Monthly Archive: May 2016

Kate Spade Inspired Homemade Cake Balls Box

Last night I was in my office minding my own business, when Abby came in with a “great idea.”  Abby and her cousin, Lindsay, had spent most of the day making five different kinds of cake balls for a final AP Literature project for Abby and also for another cousin, Dalton’s, upcoming graduation party.  Anyway her great idea was that she wanted to give special gift boxes of cake balls to a couple of her teachers and the boxes needed to be homemade and cute, like a Kate Spade box.

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Kate Spade does a lot of black and white stripes and hot pink.  I translated that into a  Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo box with a belly band using the new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is available starting June 1, but will probably be on backorder before the day is over.  I got mine early since I’m a demo.

Kate Spade inspired Gift Boxes designed by StampinUp demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

What do you think?  Abby was so happy and proud to give these to her teachers.  The teachers were impressed with the yummy homemade cake balls and were surprised we made the boxes.  This is another thing I love about being a Stampin’ Up demo.  I can make anything at a moments notice: teacher gift, hostess gift, birthday card or gift, school project, etc.  So those of you in Des Moines, invite me to something and see what I come up with for a hostess gift. 🙂

Kate Spade inspired Gift Boxes designed by StampinUp demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

The inside of the box was cute too!  We put a piece of Parchment paper over the top of the DSP, but the design still showed through.  Are you curious what kind of cake balls Abby and Lindsay made?  German chocolate coated with chocolate and coconut- Superman’s favorite, Red Velvet coated with almond bark and red sprinkles, Strawberry Lemon coated with yellow almond bark and blue sprinkles-Abby and Lindsay’s favorite, Funfetti (white cake with colored sprinkles in it)  coated in chocolate with purple sprinkles and Oreos coated with almond bark and Rainbow sprinkles-Keegan’s favorite.  Each of the combinations represented different characters in comic books.  Don’t ask…it was part of the assignment.

Please leave me a comment  or question at the top of this post and also let me know if you’d like directions for my gift box.  I took pictures as I created the boxes, but don’t have directions written up yet.  I will do it if you want it.  I am now at the point where I can create any size box based on the  height and width of what’s going inside the box.  I used a Window Sheet to enclose the box so the recipients could see the pretty cake balls without having to open the box.

Superman and I enjoyed a special lunch out to celebrate our anniversary today.  This afternoon I convinced Sean he needed to purchase some new clothes before he heads back to Seattle.  I’m sure he was thrilled with a couple hours of mother/son bonding. (I actually enjoyed it very much, Sean- probably not so much)  Clothes shopping never seems to make it on his agenda.

Abby is officially a senior in high school and Keegan needs to survive one more day of final tests before becoming a junior in high school.

I had three things I was planning to put on Abby’s agenda for later this week: clean her room, clean her car and pack for Okoboji.  I was so happy when I got home today and Abby announced she had deep cleaned her car inside and out. Maybe if I don’t say anything the room and packing will get done too! 🙂

Hope you had a great day!

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Beth 🙂




May 31 is our 30th Wedding Anniversary!

We are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary on May 31!  I feel so blessed to be in a Christ centered marriage. Superman and I were talking about it and decided we’ve had a 30 year adventure with our best friend!

StampinUp Anniversary card made by my friend and Stamping team member Marcelyn Churchill. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

My dear friend and Stamping team mate, Marcelyn, brought over this amazing Anniversary card!  Thanks Marcelyn, we love it!  It’s actually four cards attached into one.

Superman got me two dozen Melon Mambo roses.  They truly are beautiful in real life!

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We are going to go to New York City for four nights later this summer to celebrate.  I know we are going to a couple Broadway shows and the 9/11 Memorial.  Do you have any favorite restaurants or fun things to do in New York that you would share with me?


This is my favorite picture from our wedding.

We’ve had a fun Memorial weekend of picnics with family and friends, graduation parties and fun with our kids.  Ryan has already left for Okoboji.  Sean goes back to Seattle on Wednesday and Abby leaves Saturday.  It my be more than my Mom heart can handle.  I’m afraid Keegan may be smothered by Superman and I this summer.  He’s never been the only kid at home.

June 1 is the first day of the new catalog.  Do you have your order ready?


Beth 🙂




Christmas in July…or May?!

I don’t think I’ve ever made a Christmas card in May, but the fun new Swirly Bird set makes an awesome Christmas card and I couldn’t resist.

StampinUp Christmas card made with the Swirly Bird stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

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I entered this card in the Christmas Card Challenge.

The colors are Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.  OK, I know they aren’t traditional Christmas colors, but last year I had my Christmas tree decorated in bright colors like these and it made me so happy that I left the tree up until almost February.  At our Iowa Caucus on February 1, my neighbor who’s lived behind me for twenty years, ran up to tell me she was so worried that something was wrong at our house when I didn’t take the tree down New Years weekend like I always do.  I had to explain that the bright colorful happy tree was the reason for the delay and not a family emergency. 🙂

McCullough Family Christmas Tree 2015

Remember the Swirly Bird card I made a few days ago…

StampinUp Swirly Bird and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies CAS card designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom PPA301-PickOfTheWeek

well, I was so excited to find out that my card was selected as a Pick of the Week at Pals Paper Arts!!  Yeah! I’ve entered several weeks and never been selected before.  My family laughs at me when I get so excited about these things.  Ryan said, “Great, what did you win?”  “Well,” I told him, “you don’t actually win anything…but they picked my card! Yeah!”  I guess you have to be a stamper to understand.  I made cards for about twelve years without ever entering a challenge and now I’ve been doing challenges for about a year.  I went back and counted, I have entered Pals Paper Arts challenges 13 times in the last year and this was the first time my card was selected!  See why it’s a Yeah!  If you’ve never entered a challenge, I encourage you to start.  Message me and I can point you to some I really enjoy.

Have you seen enough of Swirly Bird to put it on your wish list?

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Yesterday Superman and I took Sean and Ryan to the Cubs Club for lunch and then watched the afternoon Triple A Cubs game in Des Moines.  It was a beautiful day and fun even though the Cubs lost.

Today Sean and Ryan went to lunch with my parents, played Euchre and visited.  My parents love it when the grandkids visit and my kids had a great time too.  I should have warned my parents the boys have been practicing.  They beat Superman and I at Euchre last night too.

Keegan volunteered at church for two hours tonight, greeting people who came to our Outreach Night.  He said he had a great time and met some interesting people.  He has one hour left to serve before June 1.


Beth 🙂

StampinUp Christmas card made with the Swirly Bird stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

Make sure you add a fun envelope!