Festive Flurry Hurricane Candle Holder

I like to make décor items each year to add a little something new for the holiday season. Here is an item that I made to use as a center piece on my dinning room table – It’s a hurricane candle holder using our Festive Flurry stamp set (131778/131781) from our Holiday Carry Over List.

Festive Flurry hurricane candle

I think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt. What do you think?

This stamp set and the other items on our Holiday Carry Over List are only available still for a shot time (it ends on August 27th), so why not check it out to see if there is anything you want before it is no longer available?


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On a personal note – I’ve been busy the past week getting our daughter settled and ready for college this week. I’m not a big fan of school beginning. I know, I know, I’m just not right – LOL. But I really enjoy having the kids home for the summer and always have, sigh.

Kaitlin loved the items I made for her last year and so they went up first thing in her new dorm room.

Dorm Room photo wall

Above is a picture of her memory wall – it contains lots of pictures of family and friends. We added on to it a bit and left some holes to include photos for this year. I’ve also cut some more butterflies to be added for her when she gets a chance. Sigh, I really miss the Butterflies Die it was so great for all kinds of things. (Click HERE to see last years post with more details.)

And of course here she is with her messaging wall.

Dorm Room Message center

This year she just wanted a blank calendar so she didn’t have to switch them out. She’ll add the dates herself this time. (Click to see more of last years’ post and more about the cork board, dry erase and calendar). Isn’t it great that all of these items can be recreating using My Digital Studio?

It was a busy weekend with move in and competition for her. Here is Kaitlin and Larry before the competition.

Kaitlin and Larry CV Competition

You’ll be happy to know her core placed 1st with the highest score yet this season. Here is a picture from earlier this season at the Dome – they did a great job, and I’m happy to say I can find her on the field this year!

CV dome performance


Stamp Set: Festive Flurry (131778/131781)

Inks: Versa Mark (102283)

Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Glitter (133457), Heat & Stick Powder (100625),  Heat Tool (129053), and Embossing Buddy (103083)

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Festive Flurry Sugar Scrub & Gift Bag

This weekend my daughter wanted to make a couple of gifts for her college girlfriends, of course she informed me of this last minute so I needed something quick and easy.

Kaitlin decided to make them Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub and since I had one of our Festive Flurry Ornament Kits (item 135813) that seemed like a great place to start. So while Kaitlin mixed up the sugar scrub I got to work on the gift bags and jars.

Sugar Scrub & Gift Bag together

Here is what we came up with – In less than an hour the two of us had these great handmade gifts for her girlfriends that I think they will really enjoy.

Here is a close up of the gift bag – What did I do to create this lovely gift bag?

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I used the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit to create the focal point on my bag – It was quick and simple to do with just my glue gun needed, since everything else was in my kit. So all I had to do was punch the pieces out, score and then assemble.

I used the single stamp, A Gift for You (item 134765) that I stamped in Soft Suede onto Whisper White card stock and then punched out the sentiment with the matching Label Bracket Punch. I added a Pool Party snowflake that I cut out using the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (item 132193) to create the little tag that I hung with Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the handle.

I didn’t have any tissue paper in the color I wanted and the white was kind of blah with the white gift bag – it needed a pop of color. So to create the coordinating tissue paper, I simply took some that I already had laying around and stamped it using one of the snowflakes from the Festive Flurry Stamp Set in Crumb Cake, Isn’t it cool how you can make your tissue paper match your gift bags?

Ok so now the bag was finished and I wanted to decorate the little jars that hold the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, right?

Sugar Scrub  (4)

So I simply used the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit again – but this time I only used the two smaller snowflakes and punched a 2 1/2″ Circle from Crumb Cake as the base. Once I built my snowflake with the hot glue gun I added it to the lid using Glue Dots, of course you could also use Sticky Strip.

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Sugar Scrubs are a lot of fun to make and are very popular right now. I love the fact that you can find everything in your kitchen to mix up a batch and it doesn’t have any preservatives in it – so they are great for those of us with sensitive skin. And this Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub is particularly yummy – when you use it you’re surrounded with the wonderful smell of pumpkin pie!

I love to use mine in the shower, since this recipe is gentle enough you can use it for both a hand scrub or body scrub. It is a wonderful way to moisturize during the winter. Even my hubby likes to use it on his dry hands in the winter.

Want the recipe? I figured you’d would so here it is:

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

2 c. Brown Sugar

1 c. Sugar

2 T. Pumpkin Pie Spice (reduce, if desired for less intense scent)

1 c. Sunflower Oil (you can also use Safflower or Vegetable oil)

Place ingredients into bowl. Mix until well blended. Store in a air tight container.

This recipe makes enough for a pint jar and can be used anywhere on your body. Just moisten your hands, scoop out a spoon full and rub in a circular motion on your moistened skin. Rinse and enjoy.

Be careful if you’re using this in the shower since the sunflower oil will make the floor slick. You’re going to love how soft this makes your skin feel! I use mine 2-3 times a week and the scrub should last for weeks and weeks if you are careful not to get water into it. You can add a cute little spoon to your gift for scooping if desired.

Sugar Scrub & Gift Bag (7)

If you like this my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub you may want to try my Peppermint Stick Sugar Scrub too. Click HERE for more on my Peppermint Stick Sugar Scrub.


Stamp Set: A Gift for You (item 134765), and Festive Flurry (131778/131781)

Inks: Soft Suede (126978) and Crumb Cake (126975)

Paper: Pool Party (122924), Crumb Cake (120953), and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Festive Flurry Ornament Kit (135813),  Label Bracket Punch (132153), Big Shot (113439),  Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (item 132193), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), Glue Dots (103683), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), plain white gift bag and small mason jar

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Halloween Flip Card

I love our new Thinlits Card Dies and today I wanted to share with you the Halloween card I made for my Team swap last Thursday. Here is the outside.

Halloween Flip Card (1)

And here is the flip side – taking a picture was a bit more challenging with this card – so I hope it shows it well enough.

Halloween Flip Card (2)

My Halloween Flip card uses our NEW Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480). It makes this card sooo easy to create. And Flip or swing cards as they are known while a lot of fun, were more difficult to make the old way, before these dies.

There are two Thinlits Dies available The Circle Thinklits Die (133480) that I used here, and the Label Card Thinklits Die (133479). Check out all the great additional pieces you get too.

Label Card Thinlits Die image Circle Card Thinlits Die image

I based this card on a Halloween Punch Art card that I shared with you earlier HERE. Since I loved the silhouette image I knew that was where I wanted to start. But I simplified it so that the flip card was highlighted too. What do you think?

One of my favorite things about stamping is the camaraderie of stamping with friends. When we moved to Clarkesville in 2006 I wanted to find things local and became very frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t find what I wanted. The long drive to the mall quickly became frustrating when I returned home to find the items I purchased didn’t work with my project I wanted to do.  So I turned to my Stampin’ Up! Catalog that I received during a stamp-a-stack event that I went to with my friend Michelle. And so my journey began – with all the products coordinating so well and the wonderful friends I made stamping I quickly found my crafting became a lot more fun.

How about you? Have you ever thought about becoming a Demonstrator? Would you enjoy stamping and learning more about stamping? Why not check out my Calendar of Events or learn more about joining my TEAM, The Blue Mountain Stampers? Whether you want to earn the 20% discount on your paper crafting supplies or earn a little extra income I think you’ll enjoy the Stampin’ Up! experience too.


Stamp Set: Seasonal Sayings (131937/128009)

Inks: Cajun Craze Classic Ink (126965)

Paper: Cajun Craze (119684), Basic Black (121045), and Daffodil Delight Card Stock (119683)

Accessories: Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480), Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die (127553), Basic Black and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Sponge, Owl Builder (118074), Bird Builder (118074) and 1 ½” Circle Punches (120906)

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Holiday Catalog Digital Downloads

Get our 8 new My Digital Studio Downloads this week from the Holiday Catalog. Just in time for getting your projects done in advance and who doesn’t love that right?

Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (135248)

MDS Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit

Thankful Stamp Brush (135249)

MDS Thankful

And how about a Merry Little Christmas Kit (135247) Now not only can you have the traditional kit (132158), from page 27 in the Holiday Catalog but you can create additional projects digitally!

MDS Merry Little Christmas Kit

A Banner Christmas Stamp Brush Set (135254)

MDS A Banner Christmas

Festive Flurry Kit (135250)

MDS Festive Flurry

Snow Day Stamp Brush Set (135251)

MDS Snow Day

Pretty Presents Kit (135252)

MDS Pretty Presents Kit

If you love the 2013-2015 In Color Ruffle Trim (135253) you’re going to love this new digital version for My Digital Studio!

MDS 2013-2015 In Color Ruffle Trim

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