Monday, June 29, 2020

Paper Piecing Quilt Stars Treat Tote and Card

Here is a fun way to add some red, white and blue touches to your home for the 4th with some paper pieced quilt stars!
 I have had several requests for the directions on my Patriotic Treat Totes from my last tablescape.

Plus I made  a card version for those who can't make it to your home this year.
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Here are the Tote directions:
  •  Cut  one 10 1/4" X 5" for base, one 3/4" X 11"strip and one 3/8" X 11" strip for handle.
  • Score the base at 3 1/2", 5", 8 1/2" and at 10" on the long side  -which will be your sides
  • Score at 1 1/2" on the short side - for the bottom
  • Cut on the score lines up to the fold line for your bottom flaps and cut out the one corner piece - see this photo I have with those directions.
  • Stamp and Cut 32 of the smallest triangle from The Right Triangle Bundle.  I would suggest finding a quilt pattern that you like on Pinterest and copying that with your colors and layout of the quilt block you would like to create. I stamped a couple of different patterns out with both Read Red and     - for the pattern I chose, I also cut plain white triangles as well.
  • Layout your triangles on the second large square on your scored base piece.  This can be very tedious, just remember 2 pieces of the triangles long sides together form a block - if you follow the block pattern - it is a bit easier to layout your pattern.  I used liquid adhesive to glue down all of my squares so that I could shift them into place and get them as straight as possible.
  • Once your quilt square is finished, then build your tote simply by folding each side to form a box, then fold your back bottom flap down first, then the bottom side flaps in, and lastly your front flap down so that your the front of your tote has a nice smooth finish.  Once you have all of your folds made and see how it goes together than you can put some glue or score tape down along the 1/4" side flap and stick it so that the sides of your box are complete and then work on adhering the bottom flaps together.  I always like to see how the whole thing comes together before I use any adhesive!!
  • Now for the handle.  Adhere the smaller strip down the middle of the bigger strip.
  • Once the stripe is adhered - take your bone folder and run it along the handle to condition your paper to curve a bit for a nice smooth handle.  
  • Attached the handle using liquid glue about 1 1/4"  from the bottom of the bag and the same on the opposite side.


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The square in the middle of the wood here was made the same way, only with the next size up of the triangle in The Right Triangle Bundle.
If you like quilting or putting together puzzles you will really like playing with this and making all sorts of patterns - like the pinwheel version on the left.
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Now on to the card version of this paper piecing quilt project!


  • Basic card base - 8 1/2"  X 5 1/2" , scored at 4 1/4" and folded in half- mine is in Night of Navy.
  • Whisper White cardstock 4" X 4 "  Run through the new Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder
  • Real Red cardstock 2" X 4" Run through the the same Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder
  • Adhere the white embossed piece to the red embossed piece by overlapping by 3/4" so that your finished piece is 5 1/4" long.
  • Add some ribbon across the width over the line where the two papers meet and adhere the ends to the back using Stampin' Seal.  The ribbon I used is from the Boho Indigo Product medley - Night of Navy 1/2" frayed Grosgrain Ribbon but the Denim Ribbon would look just as good.
  • Cut a Red square 3 1/4" X 3 1/4" for you quilt block background.
  • It takes 32 small triangles to make a  block to fit this square.  Stamp and cut these in a variety of colors and patterns with The Right Triangle Bundle - using the smallest triangle - again, the easiest way I found to do this was to make a quilt square was to find a quilt I liked on Pinterest and copy the quilt by breaking it down to smaller squares.  Once I found that the two long sides of the triangles had to to together to form this pattern, it was much easier.  Like above, I used liquid glue to adhere all of the triangles so I could adjust them as I laid each on into place.
  • I adhered the red backed quilt square to the red and white piece and then the red and white piece with the ribbon to the navy card base.
  • Using the Celebrate Sunflowers, I put washi tape over the word you in the sentiment - Let's celebrate you and inked it up with the tape on - took the tape off then and stamped the sentiment so that I only got Let's celebrate.  
  • I cut the sentiment out with a die from the All Dressed Up Dies and adhered it with dimensionals.
  • Lastly, I added two red rhinestones for a little flair!

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Stampin' Up! will be celebrating Bonus Days in the Month of July.  So starting July 1st for every $50 you spend (not counting tax and shipping) you will get a $5 coupon to be redeemed in August.

So if there is something you have had your eye on in the new catalog, this will be the time to order so you can take advantage of this promotion! 

Have a wonderful 4th of July!!


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Red White and Blue Patriotic Tablescape

Welcome to my 4th of July Table!
I am joining my talented friends for a Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop.
Thank you to Chloe and Andrea for pulling us all together for this spectacular display of pride for our countries.
We will have lots of inspiration for your holiday fun and all the links will be at the bottom of my post.
 I got the inspiration for my table from some beautiful patriotic quilts I had seen on Pinterest.  While I am a sewer and love fabric, I have never been much of a quilter - mostly because of the time.  There are only so many hobbies(and money) a girl can have!!  So while I did not sew anything for this table,  I tried to choose from the dishes I had on hand, some that reminded me of fabric in old quilts.
 I made some  paper pieced quilt like designs for my little favor totes bags!
 I used the new Stampin' Up! The Right Triangle Bundle for these little star and pinwheel quilt designs on the little tote boxes. I stamped and cut a million little triangles and had fun piecing them all together in different quilt block designs - I think glue is a bit easier than if I had had to sew them all together!!  I also made a larger pieced project for the center of my wood frame wall art on the mantel.
This pitcher filled with waving flags was a must on the table since the design has a quilt square look to it.
I love this red tray because it reminds me of a little red wagon!  
We normally have a huge shindig here over the 4th because our little lake usually has such a spectacular fireworks show.  Unfortunately - that has been pushed back to Labor Day Weekend if all goes well with the pandemic numbers in this area.  We have scaled back out party to just include our immediate family - but I am thrilled to have them over and spend some time with them! 

 Now, as promised - here are all of the links to some wonderful table stylists, showing off each of their patriotic tables.  Have fun looking through all of them!!

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Corner of Plaid and Paisley  ** You are HERE!

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I hope you enjoyed my Patriotic Table


and I hope you are able to celebrate pride for your country, even in the difficult times. I pray that we all can all be a kinder and gentler people.



Thursday, June 18, 2020

Nothing's Better Than - Stampin' Dreams June Blog Hop




Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams June Blog Hop!
I am Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio, USA. 


I have created some fun projects from the Nothing's  Better Than Stamp Set. Since I am a Chocolate lover, this bundle was a no brainer for me- it went on my list  of must haves immediately.
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The first card uses the In Good Taste DSP along with the Mason Jar Shaker Domes to hold some of those adorable chocolate chip cookies from the Nothing's Better Than Bundle.
I added a bit of ribbon on the jar from the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack.
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The mini pizza boxes are perfect for a single cookie favor,

I found these Mrs. Fields Cookies at the Dollar Tree - they come individually wrapped with three in the box.
This is where I got my color inspiration from as well. 
The red stripe paper is from the Play Pets DSP.  I am loving the new In Color - Cinnamon Cider - I used both the ink and the Stampin' Blends for the tag. 
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The last card I made is the window of a Chocolate Store.
I used the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder and then brushed a little Whisper White ink over the Read Red Cardstock for the building wall.  The shelves are lined with the a little strip of the Square Vellum Doilies.  The awning is a piece of retired DSP.  

I hope you enjoyed my cards and favor!

Now on to the links for the hop - just click on the InLinkz below and they will all pop up!
You will be able to check out all of the other clever ideas from everyone else.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Kre8tors Blog Hop - June Masculine Card


Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley, I am Ann Krucek from Malvern, Ohio, USA - where today I am taking part in the  Kre8tors June Blog Hop.  We are an international group focusing on sharing our creative Stampin' Up! ideas and projects. This month the theme is a Masculine Card.

I made two different cards using the Campology stamp set.
The first cards sets a camping scene on the outside,
and a little pop up action on the inside!

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This masculine joy fold card has a fun little surprise inside!

When opening up the card you start to reveal more camping equipment,
Then fully open, reveals your camping nemesis!
 I hope you enjoyed my cards - now on to more inspiration for masculine cards.
Rochelle is up next!


Roll Call List



Here are the supplies I used for each of today's cards:

For the joy fold card - I used the tiny buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies and two mini dimensionals to make my closure on the front.  I also cut a larger circle of Crumb Cake to stamp and color the tent and coffee pot on and placed it on top of the card base so that the color bleed of the Stampin' Blends did not show on the back side of the cardstock.

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - I would love to be your coach!  You can shop with me 24/7 here.  Ask me about becoming a Demonstrator!!




Monday, June 8, 2020

Way to Goat


Creating with this whimsy Stampin' Up! Way to Goat stamp set was so much fun!
They make me smile every time I look at these adorable goats.
 I also used the Field of Flowers Bundle to create a happy environment for my goat!

I used sponge brayers with  Pear Pizzazz ink for the field and Balmy Blue ink for the sky.
The larger of the two sentiment pieces, I also used my brayer with Pear Pizzazz ink. I stamped the Field of Flowers Grass and stems with Pear Pizzaz, stamped the flowers on a scrap of Whisper White with the new Magenta Madness ink and punched those out with the Confetti Flowers Border punch.  (This is part of the Field of Flowers Bundle) and adhered half the flowers with glue and the other half with dimensionals.

Both sentiment shapes were made with the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.
My goat was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut out.  I highlighted some of the areas with the light Grey Granite Stampin Blends marker, and then stamped the grass over her hoofs and adhered her with dimensionals to make her pop out a bit.


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Then for a more masculine Way to Goat card I chose two of the new In Colors for 2020-2022, Cinnamon Cider and Misty Moonlight.

I knew I wanted to create some chomp marks on this card - so I looked for something small with some sort of jagged edges - and came up with a small flower die from the Budding Blooms Dies -  I think it makes a pretty nice bite mark!

Again - I stamped my darling goat on Whisper White Cardstock and fussy cut him out and gave it just a bit of shading with the light Grey Granite Stampin' Blends.

I had some more fun with the inside of this card as well!
Does that goat look guilty ?!?!


Imagine how much more fun you could have with this stamp set!!


All of these items are available now from the new 2020-21 Annual Catalog.

If you are interested in ordering and you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love to help you out.  You can shop 24/7 right here at Corner of Plaid and Paisley - either click on the Shop with Me button at the top, just above the rotating photos or on the right column on the box with the store front.

If you order less than $150.00 worth of products, please use my hostess code at the top of the right hand column.  If you use my hostess code I will be able to send you a sample packet of some of the new Designer Series paper in 6"x6" size.  If you order more than $150.00 worth you will be able to use your Stampin' Rewards that will be offered to you at the end of your order! That is 10% of your order in free merchandise! Stampin up is also running a Catalog Kickoff promotion where you can receive an additional 25% back in product Stampin Rewards!


If you like getting discounts - consider joining my team!!  For the month of June there is a fabulous promotion happening - your starter kit of $125.00 in merchandise for $99 PLUS a free Bundle!!  You will get 20% off on every order after your starter kit! We have a very active stamping family and have been meeting monthly and now virtually.  We create, share, and have a fun time together.  You do not need to sell to become a demonstrator and take advantage of the perks of being a demonstrator.  Just click on Join my Team up at the top!!
I hope you got a kick out of these goats today!!  
Stay safe - stay home and create cute stuff!!




Thursday, June 4, 2020

In Good Taste DSP Cards

Just a quick post today, showing off the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper!
This is quickly becoming my favorite Designer Series Paper in the New 2020-21 Annual Catalog.
There is so much texture to most of the designs. The paper speaks well on its own and can star as the focal point of any card as they do in these two cards.

This simple thank you note  uses two of the blue and white designs from the In Good Taste DSP pack that reminds me of the pretty tile that everyone is using these days!  The denim looking paper  is from the new In Color 6X6 DSP pack.  I used the thank you sentiment from Free as a Bird and the flourish above and below the sentiment is from Positive Thoughts.  The ribbon, ink and cardstock is all in the new Misty Moonlight color. 

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This beautiful soft pink textured paper just called out baby card to me.  I wanted the DSP to do most of the talking.  So I punched a few small holes down the side of the DSP and threaded the Whisper White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack  down the side and added a bow.  I used the Layering Circles for the sentiment  - found in the Wildly Happy Stamp Set and added few rhinestones.  Simple and sweet!

This is the beautiful paper used for these two cards
It is pretty hard to see just how beautiful it is here!
I hope this photo I took of some of the papers is a little better.  There are 24 Sheets of 12"X12"
 2 each of 12 double-sided designs
It is shown on page 148 in the new catalog.

If you are interested in ordering and you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love to help you out.  You can shop 24/7 right here at Corner of Plaid and Paisley - either click on the Shop with Me button at the top, just above the rotating photos or on the right column on the box with the store front.

If you order less than $150.00 worth of products, please use my hostess code at the top of the right hand column.  If you use that I will be able to send you a sample packet of some of the new Designer Series paper in 6"x6" size.  If you order more than $150.00 worth you will be able to use your Stampin' Rewards that will be offered to you at the end of your order! That is 10% of your order in free merchandise!!!

If you like getting discounts - consider joining my team!!  For the month of June there is a fabulous promotion happening - your starter kit of $125.00 in merchandise for $99 PLUS a free Bundle!!  You will get 20% off on every order after kit!  Just click on Join my Team up at the top!!

I enjoy sharing my projects with everyone - I hope you enjoy them as well.
Happy Stamping!



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Paper Pumpkin - May 2020 Alternatives

Just a quick post to show some alternative cards made with the May Kit - A Kit in Color.
If you are not familiar with Paper Pumpkin - it is a Stampin' Up! monthly subscription paper craft kit that is all inclusive.  It comes with stamps, paper, ink spot and embellishments, you do not need any other tools to make the cards or project that the kit is made for.


Here are the supplies that were included in the May Kit:
This is typical of each kit - the majority of the kits are card kits, occasionally there are kits with favors or something a bit different.  As you can see you get printed paper, envelopes, glue dot, ink, stamps and embellishments.  In this kit there were supplies to make 8 full sized cards and 4 note cards.  The paper is all precut and ready to punch out the shapes.

There are instructions included to show you how to make these cards.

OK - now that I told you that you don't need any other supplies or tools to make the cards in the kit - the cards- The alternatives I showed in the first photo  - I did use some other tools. 

I am listing the stamp sets I used for each of the sentiments on my cards:
Dream Big - Over the Moon
Hey - is included in the kit
Here's to those who inspire us - Part of My Story
It's your time to shine - Daisy Lane
I Can't Thank You Enough -So Sentimental
Thank you So Very Much - Butterfly Gala

I hope you got some inspiration for changing up the kit cards a bit. 

If you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin 
Click here:
This will show you the cost and options of enrolling in Paper Pumpkin.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.