Valentine Mini Ghirardelli Box

Stampin Up Valentine Mini Ghirardelli Box using the January 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom#cute&simple4u #GDP071 #paperpumpkinalternative

Time to make a sweet Valentine for Superman!  The Global Design Project Challenge for this week is to make a 3-D project.  Well, as you may know, I love making 3-D Projects.  Superman loves Ghirardelli dark chocolate, so I thought I’d combine the two and make his Valentine.

Stampin Up Valentine Mini Ghirardelli Box using the January 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom#cute&simple4u #GDP071

This box is big enough for five of the Mini Ghirardelli candies, but for some reason there were only four left.  I wonder who ate the rest?

Stampin Up Valentine Mini Ghirardelli Box using the January 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom#cute&simple4u #GDP071

Only 16 more days until Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a link to the directions to make the box.

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Blessings,

Beth 🙂

Pop Up Gift Card Holder with flowers

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Do you ever make more than one version of the card you’re creating?  I seem to need to make a warm up card to start out simple and also to learn from the mistakes I make.  Abby needed a gift card holder for her teacher’s birthday and below is the warm up card she ended up with.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

Her teacher isn’t a stamper and didn’t expect anything, so hopefully she was thrilled with her gift and didn’t notice my mistakes.

Here’s what I learned from making the warm up card:

The embossing buddy is my friend and I will use it every time I do heat embossing.

I didn’t use it on the teacher’s card and it looks messy around the “Happy Birthday” with stray specks of white all over.  If you take the embossing buddy and rub it on the cardstock before you start the embossing process, you have no stray specks and a much neater product.  The best part is the Embossing Buddy #103083 is only $6.

I also didn’t think the card had enough stripes on it.  I was using this week’s Global Design Project #GP070 and it had a lot more stripes than my first card.

A rule of thumb I try to follow is to have every color on the card show up at least twice.  I think the first card I made looks a little boring and the second card pops a bit more.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom cute&simple4uStampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Teacher Card #1                                                          Stamping Friend Card #2

I left a border of purple down the sides on Card #2.  I also switched to the sentiment in the Birthday Bright set in the new Occasions catalog.

The second Pop Up Gift Card Holder was made for one of my stamping friends.

Do you like Card #2 better too?  I hope I’m not the only one who sometimes needs to make a card more than once.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

We’ve had a fun weekend.  Friday night Ryan came home from college and the five of us went to the movie, Hidden Figures.  It was super good and we all loved it!  The audience clapped at the end and that doesn’t happen too often.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to do so.  Saturday, Abby had an archery tournament out of town and Keegan was busy sacking groceries at Fareway.  Superman had time to paint the basement bathroom.  The tile guys finished up on Thursday.  When the basement flooded in December the floor was ruined.  I really like this new floor a lot better than the old one.  I want to take down the pictures in Sean’s room, remove his stuff and create a real guest room in the basement.  Sean graduated from high school in 2009 and we still have his bedroom the way it was when he left home.  Sorry Sean, but when you come home in May you won’t recognize your bedroom!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

 

Iowa Hawkeye 2017 Calendar

Iowa Hawkeye 2017 Calendar made with the Stampin Up Urban Underground Suite designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

My sweet daughter Abby is just a few short months from her high school graduation.  It looks like she will be going to the University of Iowa in the Fall.  Since Superman and I graduated from there, we are pretty excited about her choice. 🙂   When I saw the Global Design Challenge for this week was Delightful Dijon, Silver and a color of my choice, the first thing I thought of was to add Basic Black for my Free Choice and we’d have Iowa Hawkeye Colors!

I love that this calendar is a regular A2 card with the support added.  The base is 4-1/4″ x 11 and scored at 5-1/2″.  The support is 4-1/4″ x 5″ and scored at 1″, 2-1/2″, and 4″.  You can see in the picture below how the support works.  The idea and directions for this calendar came from Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’.  Thanks Jeanie!

Iowa Hawkeye 2017 Calendar made with the Stampin Up Urban Underground Suite designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

I’m also a designer at Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog this week.  Our challenge was to use at least three different coordinating designer series papers.  I actually was able to get four of the Stampin’ Up! Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper on this calendar.  I also used the star from the Urban Underground Embellishments.

Iowa Hawkeye 2017 Calendar made with the Stampin Up Urban Underground Suite designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

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Keegan sang with his Jazz group on Saturday and they did a great job!  Superman and I love going to his jazz performances.  Abby and some of her friends helped 15 seniors with their technology on Saturday morning.  Right now we are having an ice storm.  It just started a couple hours ago and I would’ve fallen on the deck when I took the pups out, if I hadn’t been so careful.  I hope the story will be the same when the ice is over and gone.  I think the hospitals will be busy the next couple days.

So I’ve told you before that Superman and I have been married for 30 years and I think he’s pretty awesome! Not sure if I’ve told you he makes me guacamole a couple times almost every week. Yep, he works hard to be worthy of his Superman name! Tonight it was so good I had to take a picture of it.  Keegan has decided he wants to be a good cook with a few selective menu items.  He made each of us a breakfast burrito.  They were pretty awesome too.  It used to be Keegan refused to eat eggs.  Now that he’s making his own, he loves them!

We had two more water incidents this week, neither of which was my fault.  I say that because the first major incident in December when the whole basement flooded was pretty much my fault. Here’s a picture of water issue #4.  When the plumber came and fixed the sump pump again (water issue #3) they turned on the water to the outside irrigation system and caused water issue #4.  This picture was taken way before the ice storm arrived.  We went 25 years without a water issue so I’m hoping with four water issues in the last couple weeks we are done.  At least this last one didn’t get the basement wet.

Blessings,

Beth 🙂