New Tutorial: Matchbook Valentine Treat


I've got a great project for you today......especially if you need to whip up some quick treats for Valentine's Day.


You can get 4 of these Matchbook Valentines from a single sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock.  I show you how in the video below:


In case you missed it, here are the measurements:

  • Score along the 11" side at 3/4", 4-1/2", and 5"
  • Cut along the 8-1/2" side at 2-3/4" increments
  • Front panel (red dots) measures 2-1/2" x 3-1/4"
  • Finished base will measure 2-3/4" x 8-1/2" with score marks at 3/4", 4-1/2", and 5"


STAMP SETS:  Hearts a Flutter and Ciao, Baby!

INK:  Real Red, Crumb Cake

PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies, Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer

OTHER:  Stapler, Candy


Did you know....

You can save 15% when you purchase the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set and Framelits Dies together as a bundle? 



Wood-Mount Bundle  Item # 131098  $42.95


Clear-Mount Bundle  Item # 131097  $36.95





And when you place your next order, don't forget the new Stampin' Trimmer (Item # 126889  $29.95).  It is a must-have tool for any paper-crafter and it makes creating this project a snap!


All products demonstrated in this tutorial can be purchased in my online store.




I'll be posting pictures of my other matchbook Valentine treat tomorrow, so be sure to check back.  Better yet....subscribe to my blog and receive email updates!

Have a sweet day!


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New Tutorial: Double Easel Valentine's Day Card

One of the fun things to do at Stampin' UP! events is to look at everyone's swap cards.  Today's card was inspired by demonstrator Kim Bolzenthal.  We were checking out her card over dinner and you've never seen a bunch of middle-aged women get so excited over a card.  I couldn't wait to make one when I got home.

At first glance, it looks a little complicated.  But I assure you, it is actually quite easy to create.  I even made a video to show you how it is put together.  You can decorate it however you choose!

Here are the card measurements from the video:

Real Red Card Stock:  6" x 11", scored at 5-1/2"

Real Red Card Stock:  3-1/2" x 7", scored at 3-1/2"

Crumb Cake Card Stock:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" (used for cutting out single hearts)


MelissaRecipeGraphicSTAMP SET:  Wacky Wishes (hostess)

INK:  Real Red

PAPER:  Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Brights Glimmer Brads, Paper Doilies, Designer Builder Brads, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer

To order any of these fun products, simply visit my online store at


How would you like to win the Paper Doilies and Designer Builder Brads?

2 Ways to Enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post.  If you've recreated this card, leave a link so that everyone can check it out!
  • Pin it! Everyone that pins directly from my website will receive one entry.

I'll select 2 winners at random on February 14th and announce them here.


Happy Stampin'



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Tile Coasters

If you are looking for a super-easy, WOW, 3-d project.....look no further.  While they may look a little intimidating, you can whip up  a bunch of these in a very short amount of time.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • 4-1/4" Square Tiles from a Home Improvement Store
  • Cork Sheets from Stampin' Up (Item #119819)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 4" Squares of Designer Series Paper of your choice (I used Mocha Morning Specialty Paper on these samples--Item #122366)
  • 3/16" Corner Punch (Item #119871)
  • Brayer
  • Modge Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Ribbon (optional)



  1. Cut cork sheets into 4-1/4" squares.  Adhere to the bottom of the tiles with hot glue.
  2. Use corner rounder punch on the corners of each square of designer series paper.
  3. With foam brush, apply a thin layer of modge podge to the back of the paper.  Adhere to the tile and smooth out any air bubbles.  A brayer can be helpful.
  4. Allow paper time to dry.  Apply a thin layer of modge podge to the top of the paper to seal the tile.  You may apply a second coat if desired.
  5. Air bubbles may appear as you complete step 4.  Use the brayer to smooth out the paper if needed.
  6. Once completely dry, spray tiles with acrylic spray.  Repeat if desired.
  7. Allow tiles to dry and tie with ribbon for gift-giving.

I've had people ask if the coasters are absorbant.  The answer is no.  These are sealed and will not allow moisture to reach the paper.  They are designed to protect your furniture surface.  The tiles should not be placed in the dishwasher, but can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

I sold the tiles in sets of 4 at craft fairs for $6.  These sold very well and can definitely be made for any occasion just by changing the paper. 

If you would like to purchase any of the products shown here, please visit my Stampin' Up website.

Happy Stampin'






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Craft Fairs---Part 1

Today, I am kicking off a 5-part series on craft fairs.  This information is geared toward Stampin' Up! demonstrators that are looking to supplement their income by selling various papercrafts;  however, anyone interested in participating in craft fairs should find some useful information.

I'm going to start by reviewing the different types of craft shows that you may encounter and what you can expect to pay to have a booth at one of these shows.

The biggest and best shows are almost always "juried".  This means that before you can participate, you will need to send samples of your work and pictures of your booth set up along with an application fee.  A selection committee will review all of the applicants and will then select participants based on the quality of the work and the "best fit" for the fair.  These fairs are usually well-attended, so you can expect to pay about $100 and up for the booth fee.

Most of the craft fairs that you will encounter will be non-juried shows.  Booth fees will usually be in the range of $20--$60.  Some of these shows will limit the number of vendors with a specific craft.  If they allow you to promote your Stampin' Up business, they will probably only allow one demonstrator.  I say "probably" because you will want to ask the organizer about this.  If they do limit, you need to be first to send in your application.  If all goes well, this spot in the craft fair could be yours, year after year.

In either type of show, you may find that the organizers have a strict "handmade-only" policy.  At these shows, you will not be able to promote your Stampin' UP! business.  You may be able to give out your business card, but be sure to ask the organizer before doing anything that might be construed as promoting Stampin' Up! 

There is one more type of show that you might encounter, and I will refer to it as a vendor fair.  Vendor fair participants will include other direct sales businesses and local small businesses.  Vendor fairs are a great opportunity for you to promote your business first, while selling handmade items on the side.  The booth fee is usually pretty small. 

So, how do you find craft shows?  Start by asking any creative people you know about the craft fairs that they participate in or attend.  You'll get a lot of good information and will have an idea about which shows you might want to check out.

In some areas, an internet search may provide you with some leads.  I find that one of the best ways to track down craft shows is to start making phone calls to organizations that typically host shows:

  • schools & universities
  • churches
  • country clubs
  • VFW, Elks Lodge, American Legion, etc.

When you call, keep it simple:  "Hello, my name is Melissa.  I'm calling today to find out if your organization hosts a craft fair?".  If no, you're done.  If yes, find out the name and phone number of the show organizer.  Then make the call and you are on your way!

Mini Cupcake Pan Advent Calendar



Here is a super easy project that is perfect to sell at holiday craft fairs.  I took a mini cupcake pan, and tied a pretty ribbon on top.  To cover the openings, I punched cardstock 2-3/8" scallop circles and 1-3/4" circles from Designer paper, layered the circles, and added strips of magnet to the back to hold the circles in place.  The numbers were printed on my computer, then punched out with the 3/4" circle punch.



A close-up view.


Edited to add:  The magnet strips are not generally strong enough to hold circles in place securely.  They will slide around if moved and the muffin tin cannot be hung on the wall.  You will have to use stronger magnets in order to keep the circles in place


Just fill the tin with little pieces of candy and trinkets, then remove the circles to let the countdown begin.  After the holidays, you can use the numbered circles as refrigerator magnets for kids to learn their numbers.  Plus the recipient of this gift will have a new cupcake/muffin pan to use throughout the rest of the year.

The next installment on craft fairs will be posted on Friday, so be sure to check back.  In the meantime, if you have any questions for me, leave a comment at the end of this post or use the chat box.

Happy Stampin'


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