Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snail Mail - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - January 2021

 Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.    I am Ann Krucek, from Ohio, USA and I chose the fun Snail Mail DSP and the Snail Dies to feature today.

The Stampin' Dreams is a international group of Stampin' Up! enthusiasts who love to share their ideas. This month's theme is anything new.

This just seems so relevant with all the issues we are having with the post office in this part of the woods!  We are always happy to receive something fun in the mail and this set is just the answer!!
The Designer Series Paper with this set is just adorable and I know I will be forever using the Happy Mail enclosed stamp on a lot of my envelopes!
I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch for the cute little postage stamp shape, this punch compliments this suite perfectly.


So I wanted to create something with just the cute little mushrooms.  I have a friend who tends to get a little wound up about things - so I thought this mellow out card would be the perfect thing - it's fun and a bit quirky - she would appreciate the whimsy in it.
I hope you enjoyed my cards using the Snail Mail DSP and Snail Dies.
As always, my store is open 24/7- just click on my store front in the column on the right.

Now on to all the other ideas and inspiration!
Here is a list of all the other wonderful bloggers showing off their projects,
please give them some love and leave comments - we love to share when we get love back!!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Bows and Bowties Postage Stamp Birthday Cards

 Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley!  I am Ann Krucek, and I am showing off my bowties and bows for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop today!

The theme for our Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop this month is anything new! 
I chose the new Well Suited Suite found on page 66 of the new Mini Catalog to work with.
I used the bow tie stamp and die, along with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch from the Annual Catalog.
I was drawn to the fabulous masculine papers in the Well Suited DSP pack.  Since all three of our kids (and most of our money!) went to The Ohio State University - the greys in this paper pack yelled OSU to me!! Especially because they are playing in the National Championship Football Game on Monday, we are a bit hyped up here in Ohio!!  And you have to know that with a blog name of Corner of Plaid and Paisley - that grey paisley paper is an all time favorite for me!!
 I wanted to make a feminine version of the card as well,
this time using the Sale-A-Bration Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper.
I liked mixing the pink polka dot bows with this striped and flowered DSP - and of course a little rows of scallops (from Budding Blooms Die set) down the side for a cute little girl birthday card!
Ok!!!  Now time  to move on and see what everyone else in the Stamping Inkspirations Hop has created!!  Next up is Susan Webster!!
The list of all the bloggers is below just in case you get lost along the way!!

Thanks so much to Angie McKenzie for organizing this hop!  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

 You can view the new catalogs in PDF form if you click on the photo on my side column!!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Berry Delightful Note Cards - Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration

 The fun and bright Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper is the star of the show here with these simple note cards.  I let the beautiful DSP  do all the work with these cards.

This paper is free, along with the Berry Blessings Stamp Set when you make a $100 purchase during Sale-a-bration - which starts tomorrow - January 5th.

All Sale-a-bration items are while supplies last - my guess is that they will run out of this offering.  
This is on page 14 of the Sale-a-bration catalog.  You get both the Berry Blessings Stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP with any $100 purchase.  As always, Sale-a-bration is one sweet sale!!
This is the time to stock up on your favorite papers and ink to take advantage of the free products that are being offered now thru February 28th. 
This is a very simple set of note cards which were made from Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes - #131527 on page 153 in the Annual Catalog.  
  • The rectangle of the background dsp is 4 3/4" X 3 1/4".
  • The coordinating cards stock rectangle is approx 2 1/2 X 2 3/4" 
  • The berry dsp rectangle is approx 2 1/4" X  2 1/2"  note: my samples all vary a bit in size - I used scraps from another project.
  • The sentiments are from the Sale-a-bration Berry Blessings Stamp Set and the Sweet Strawberry Set found on page 44 of the new Mini Catalog January- June 2021.

  • The dies for the two sentiments are from the Ornate Frames dies set found on page 182 of the Annual Catalog.
  •  sentiments are stamped in coordinating inks and popped up with dimensionals
  • I added some complimenting bows and gems

I just love this paper!!  I hope you are inspired by these easy note cards.

If you have any questions - please just ask!!
Sale-a-Bration starts tomorrow, January 5th - until supplies last!!
There are a lot of free items with just a $50 purchase!
My store is open 24/7 - just click on the store front in the side bar.  I will be updating my catalog links tomorrow when it goes live.
 If you don't have a demonstrator and you need a catalog - please email me at 
I would love to help you with all your stamping needs!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Stampin' Up! Simply Succulents

I am featuring the Stampin' Up! Simply Succulents Bundle today!  This bundle will be available for all to purchase on January 5th when the new Mini Catalog becomes active.

This is a very special die set because it contains a full card die.  I used it here as the background for this card.  But that is not the only die in this set - there are 13 dies all together, which will make for many different combinations for a variety of looks.

I colored my succulents with the Stampin' Blends.  What is nice about coloring these is that you can just keep layering different colors until you get the desired look.  There is no right or wrong colors with the succulents - I even used a bit of blue in them.
My card base is Soft Seafoam  and the die cut overlay is Pear Pizzaz Card Stock.  I used Calypso Coral for the pot and shaded the pot with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin Blends.  Whisper White and  Purple Posey rectangles are the background of the succulent pot.  The trailing succulents are cut from Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive Cardstock. I popped up the small succulent in the front with some dimensionals, tied a bow with some Linen Thread and secured it with a Mini Glue Dot. The sentiment is stamped in Pear Pizzaz ink and popped that up with dimensionals as well.

I hope you enjoyed this card! 

There are many new sets coming out  January 5th along with Sale-A-Bration!!  Stampin' Up! is offering quite a few nice Designer Series Papers, along with stamp sets for free with purchases in this Sale-a-bration catalog.  You won't want to miss the Berry offerings!!  The paper is adorable!  I will be featuring that in my next post!!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and you need a catalog - let me know!  I will be happy to help you.



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Hey Girlfriend - New Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop

 I have had so much fun creating these cards with the new Hey Girlfriend stamp set for the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.

There is a group of talented bloggers highlighting some of the new products being offered in the new Mini Catalog January-June 2021 and the Sale-a-bration Catalogs for this month's Stampin' Dreams Hop.

You will be able to access all of the new ideas and sneak peaks of new products from the blog participants with the In-Links button at the bottom of my post.  This will take you to all the blogs participating in this month's Hop.

This Hey Girlfriend set caught my eye as soon as I saw it and it went straight to the top of my list of must haves.  This stamp will be available to everyone on January 5, 2021 and is on page 50 of the new Mini Catalog January-June 2021.

This first card uses some of the new IceCream Corner DSP - this is one of my favorite new pack of Designer Series Papers - I will be highlighting that in an upcoming post!  But I paired it with a Sale -a Bration paper that you will see in all three of these cards, it is called Oh So Ombre DSP.  This paper is a set of 6" x 6" doubles sided designed ombre papers that you can get FREE with a $50 purchase.  
I also used some new Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon, a Heart Charm, and some Pastel Pearls.
This card uses the same Oh So Ombre DSP, I even used the paper for her dress!  The sentiment and die frame is from the new Simply Succulents Bundle.  
and finally,  a card with all three girls!
I colored all the girls with my Stampin' Blends.
I hope you enjoyed my cards!!

I have mailed out my catalogs to my customers, if you need a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - I would be happy to help you.  Just email me or leave me a comment  and I  will do my best to  answer any questions you may have. 

Sale-a-bration will run a little differently this year - This first session will run from Jan. 5th thru Feb 28th. 2021.  There are many offerings for free stamp sets and papers for each $50 and each $100 purchase you make!!  But as always these are while supplies last.  (the cute ones always run out)
Stampin' Up! will not be adding any additional items to this sale as it goes on- instead they will be offering a second Sale-a-bration sale from July to August 2021. 
Again, if you have any questions, please ask!
There are so many cute items in the new catalog - I hope you click on the InLinkz button and you will be taken to the party with all the other Hop participants showing off what they made from the new products as well.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Tiny Treat Box Ornaments - Kre8tors Holiday Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Kre8tors Holiday Blog Hop!

I am Ann Krucek from Ohio, USA -  

I am joining a wonderful group of international Stampin' Up! demonstrators to show off our 

holiday creations.

Where I live, we get a lot of snow in the winter and we are always wishing for a white Christmas!
I made some ornaments out of the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes with some winter scenes.
These are pretty easy to make, although complicated to explain!!
I hope I did a decent job here.

Let's start with the simpler one made from the Snow Front Stamp Set :

  • make up the Clear Tiny Treat box - position the box with the top full flap of the box off to your right and the short flaps - one up and one down on the table.
  • hopefully this photo will help:
  • I trimmed one side of the flap just a 1/4" shorter so that I could get my hole punch into the line along the edge of the flap and the side of the box.  Punch a small hole in the middle - this will be where you attach the thread or twine you use to hang your ornament.
  • Cut a piece of  Seaside Spray Cardstock to just a hair under 2" X 4" and score it in half at 2", fold and this will be the two sides of your ornament.
  • cut 3 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock 2 1/2" by 2 1/2 "  and score on two sides 3/8"  in turn and 3/8" in so that will make your flaps to attach your pieces to the sides.  Cut on the line of the corner so that you can fold your flaps under (see next photo!) do this to each of the three pieces of cardstock.  
  • turn your paper so that the point of your score marks are on the bottom.  This will give you a better idea of the direction you should stamp your images. 
  • The first image that will be in the front should be stamped the lowest on the diamond  shape, then the middle images a little bit higher on your second piece of cardstock and the back about half way up, depending on how big your images are on your third piece of cardstock. It should not exceed 2 1/2" in the middle and less to the outside edges.
  • Fussy cut around the top of the images. (I had just started this one - fussy cut all the way around the top!) Do any coloring you may want to do - I colored in my cabin with  Soft Suede Stampin' blends.
  • fold your flaps under on along your score lines,  using a small amount of glue on the flap, place in the corner of your Seaside Spray sides.  See placement of each layer in photo below. 
  • now just tuck that whole piece into your clear box.  
  • Place a loop of linen thread or baker's twine through the hole you punched and tie the knot several times so that it cannot pull through your hole.  
  • Add some fake snow!!
  • Close up your box and tie a ribbon around your hanger.
    Here are the supplies I used for this one:

for the second one - I just added a little bit more to it!

I cut a scalloped square from Seaside Spray Cardstock and a square from the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper - adhered those two together - then cut a 2" out of the middle of that leaving just a narrow frame.  I fit this around my box when I had my ornament complete.  Then added a tag and some snowflakes to a bigger bow.  
Here are the supplies I used for this one:

I hope you liked these ornaments!

Now on to see what everyone else has made!!!

Up next is Annette!  

Here is the list in case you get lost!!  

Roll Call List

Melissa Tennison (USA)

Dana Sullivan (USA)

Tricia Butts

Laura Mackie (UK)

Karen Egan

Angie McKenzie

Janey Backer USA

Libby Fens

Tracie St-Louis (Canada)

Jo Blackman

Susan Simpson

Jan Musselman - USA

Jacqui Lawrence (UK)

Cheryl Taylor (UK)

Ann Krucek - USA

Annette Elias-De Kijkkast - NL

Sandra Roberts (UK)

Nicole Mahler

Annette Ball - Canada

I hope you are staying safe out there.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!!

As always - if you have any questions - just email or message me.
My shop is open 24/7 - just hit the store front on the side column.
My next post will probably be from the new January- June Mini Catalog 2021!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Christmas Tablescape - A Few of My Favorite Things

 You can probably hear me singing as I set my Christmas table for Chloe Crabtree's Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop.  My theme this year is My Favorite Things.

I am joining my favorite table stylists for a Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop,  the links to so many wonderful Christmas Tables will be near the end of my post. 


Since we have all had such a difficult time as of late, I am reminded of the song that Julie Andrews sung in Sound of Music to lift everyone's spirits.

and I gathered a few of my favorite things together for this table.

We have warm woolen mittens!
and brown paper packages tied up with strings!

My napkin rings and mugs cover the snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes!
Did you notice those beautiful sleigh bells around the centerpiece?
I did not have any sleigh bells - so I put out a message to my girlfriends around the lake asking if anyone had any sleigh bells.  Well, when my girlfriend, Linda, responded - Yep!  I have some and I will drop them off  - I never dreamed they would be real antique bells that have been worn around a horse many years ago down in Amish country.  These bells have the most heart warming sound to them.  I could just imagine the snow lightly falling and the horse clip clopping as they jingle.
So much thanks to my girlfriend for her responding to my request!!
My sister said I should have borrowed a kitten as well!!
But I just couldn't do that to my dog, Lucy -
she would have been very jealous!

Much Thanks to Chloe Crabtree at Celebrate & Decorate for putting this hop together!
Here are the links to more fabulous Holiday Tablescapes:


I hope you can reflect on the good things during these unusual times.

Sharing my tables with all of you is one of my favorite things to do!!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season full of Joy and Peace.
Happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa as well.  
May your Holiday be a happy one full of your favorite things.
Stay Safe - Virtual Hugs to you all.