Many Happy Birthdays Paper Pumpkin Kit

My birthday was yesterday! So I thought it was great timing to share these fun birthday cards from last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

I love these cards for two reasons:

  1. They are such a fun and unique design that I will love giving to some friends or family this year. The slide feature with the little word window is just too cool! And I can include a little gift card if I’d like, as well!
  2. I made these while hanging out with two of the sweetest gals I know! Looking at these cards makes me smile because I made them while spending time with friends and enjoying a craft night together.

Like I stated earlier, I love the flexibility of these cards. I can write a note on the bottom or I can include a gift card for the recipient. OR these can be used as party invitations! This kit includes everything you need to make these fabulous cards, including 9 party invitation cards to turn them into eye catching invitations for your next birthday celebration! Stampin’ Up! doesn’t miss a beat with these monthly kits!

How would you use these cards? Invitations? Or as a gift card holder? Right now, these have been added to my stash of cards to send/mail. Can’t wait to send one!




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In My PP: February/March 2017

Ok, so I wasn’t planning (no pun intended) on doing another planner post right away. But with how things have been going for me, it’s just kind of the way things worked out blog-wise! So I hope you don’t mind having another planner post so soon! I do have more paper crafting projects to share very soon, so hang in there!

Because today is the start of a new month, I thought it would be appropriate to give you all a look at the monthly view in my Passion Planner. So here is what February’s layout looked like after the month ended!

And here is what my March layout looks like before I add to it throughout the month with notes and ideas.

You’ll notice on the bottom of the right page, there’s space for you to create a Mind Map of a “Gamechanger” for the month. That space is basically a spot for you to draw a mini Passion Plan for one specific item from your yearly Passion Plan that you created at the start of your planner. I love that section, as it allows me to pick a goal for the month and break it down into actionable steps I can take to achieve that goal. I haven’t filled out this month’s Mind Map just yet, but I know what I will be focusing on!

Another great feature of the Passion Planner that I love is the Monthly Reflection pages at the end of each month. These pages pose questions that make you think about the month you just completed and how you can make the next month different, and hopefully better, by reflecting on what did and didn’t work the previous month and what you can do to be more effective and productive. Here are my reflections for February going into March.

And before we go, I just wanted to share the exciting news that I am a Spring Passion Planner Representative! Woohoo! So I get to share more about Passion Planner and how amazing a tool it is in a more official capacity! I’m so excited! And it means that you can get a discount on the fabulous Passion Planner by using my rep code! So if you’ve been wanting to get your own PP, now is the time! Head over to the Passion Planner website and use my code to get 10% off your purchase!

Want to know more about what makes the Passion Planner unique? Or do you want to see a blog post about a specific aspect of the Passion Planner? Let me know and I will be happy to share more with you.

Meet Passion Planner

I am so ready to dive into the world of planners and decorating them. I can’t wait to talk about what I use to decorate, how I do my layouts, and why I use my planners the way I do. But before we get into all that fun craziness, I thought it might be a good idea to first tell you more about the planners that I use and why I love them so much!

So today, I’d like you all to meet the Passion Planner!

Meet the Passion Planner

The first time I heard about the Passion Planner (PP) was actually when it was on Kickstarter. I never did jump on that first chance to buy a PP, but  I was still intrigued with the unique layout of the weekly pages and how it integrated questions throughout to get you focusing on your specific goals as opposed to just writing down tasks and to dos. My curiosity with it got the best of me at the end of last year and I finally purchased an undated, compact-sized PP. Since then it has quickly become my absolute favorite planner that I have ever owned (and I’ve owned quite a few planners!).

Weekly Layout from the week of February 12th

The weekly layout is one of my favorite features of this planner. Each day is broken down by time slots so that specific times of the day can be marked for appointments or tasks. I love this type of breakdown as it gives me a good perspective of what I need to do and how much time I have available to do it.

I also love how there are spaces to write down my focus not just for the week, but also for each day. I don’t always utilize these spots (though I really should), but I love that it’s there for me to use and remind myself of what I really need to accomplish each day. And there are plenty of spaces to write down lists such as To Dos, work tasks, or other items. I like to write down my tasks and to dos in specific time slots to give myself a sort of deadline to get them done, so I use the “Personal To Dos” and “Work To Dos” areas to write down notes, project ideas, or to draft tentative blog post schedules. And the Space of Infinite Possibility available each week is a great space to sketch out ideas, brainstorm,  journal some thoughts I’ve had, or stamp/write down inspirational quotes.

Weekly Layout from the week of January 22nd

But my absolute favorite feature of this planner is the constant focus on your goals. In the first few pages of the PP, there is a section where you can create what they call a Passion Roadmap. You start by making a wish list of what you’d like to do or be or have in the next 3 months, one year, three years, and your lifetime. From that wish list, you take one of those goals and create you Passion Plan, mapping out what steps you need to take to accomplish that goal this year. I honestly thought I’d just skip over these pages and use the planner as just a planner. But when I actually sat down and did the wish list portion of the Passion Roadmap, it really got me excited to think about all the things I’d like to gain or accomplish in the near future! Things like having my very own website, starting an encouragement project, or buying into Disney Vacation Club. It didn’t matter how frivolous or ridiculous the goal or desire. I just wrote it down and started to think about ways I could reach that specific item. And I realized, it all really is possible!

My Passion Roadmap:
Wish List and Passion Plan

For my Passion Plan, I decided to focus on my one year goal to SHINE. I wrote about this goal in a previous post and I am still working hard to follow each step I set up for it. I try to integrate different steps into each month’s or each week’s focus. And it’s easy to assign specific steps or tasks to each week or month thanks to the spaces provided on those pages just for that purpose. There is the constant integration of steps from my Passion Plan to the monthly or weekly layouts, and I love that it regularly reminds me of my Passion Plan and what I am working towards this year.

If you’ve never heard of the Passion Planner or have been on the fence about purchasing your own, I hope this post has given you a better idea of what it’s like and what sets it apart from other planners. This planner has become such a vital tool for my everyday life and I want to share how it can be the same for you. If you’re still not sure about it, check out the Passion Planner Story on their website and see how this planner came to be.




If you’re ready to purchase your own PP and get started on discovering and working towards your greatest passions, then purchase yours here. And make sure to let them know I referred you by using my rep code JACQUELINE10 at checkout! It will even save you 10% on your purchase 🙂

Succulent Marquee Letters

Project inspiration can come from literally anywhere. I’ve been hit with inspiration while taking a shower, right before falling asleep, or even while out shopping. When it hits you, it hits you. And you just gotta roll with it!

The inspiration for today’s project came from this Instagram post by the amazing crafty woman Amy Tangerine.

This gorgeous letter-shaped garden box is outside of a coffee shop and I’m so glad that Amy decided to share it on her Instagram. Because it inspired such a fun project that I was so excited to create!

Aren’t these marquee letters just the coolest thing? Heidi Swapp has had a line of marquee letters available for quite a while now. I’ve actually had one sitting in my office waiting to be decorated for over a year (oops!). But for the holidays, she released a line of miniature marquee letters. And, well, you know me and all things miniature! I just had to grab a few of them while they were on clearance and incorporate my Amy Tangerine inspiration to create these succulent letters!

One of my absolute favorite new products in the Occasions Catalog is the Succulent Framelits Dies. The dies in that set coordinate with the Oh So Succulent stamp set, so you can easily cut out stamped images to use on cards and other projects. Some of the dies can also be used to create your own 3D succulents, which is what I did. I used the smallest of the die cuts to create the miniature succulents for this project and they turned out so cute!

I cut the pieces from Mint Macaroon, Cucumber Crush, and Old Olive cardstock. Then I used a bone folder to (very) carefully curl the leaves before layering the pieces together to create the finished succulent.

Before adhering the succulents onto the letters, I glued down a layer of pebbles or fake moss (or both!) to really give it that look of a planter. It definitely gave the letters more depth and made these fake planters look that much more convincing. It also added some height so that the succulents weren’t sitting down so low within the letters, allowing the leaves to be a little more spread out instead of squished together. It was that perfect finishing touch these letters needed.

Now pardon this final photo. The lighting is horrible, there’s dog hair all over my shirt, and I just don’t have the photo editing skills to fix it! But I wanted to share this photo for scale. You need to see just how small these letters are, since photos can definitely be deceiving when it comes to portraying the size of things. The finished letters measure just at 4-1/4″ tall. When I say they’re cute, I mean they are CUTE!

I plan on making larger versions of these letters with the bigger marquee letters in the Heidi Swapp line. What do you think? Is this a project you’d like to try? Where would you put your succulent letter? Leave me a comment and let me know!





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Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin Kit

It’s Valentine’s Day! And as a mother of a school-age child, I know that a holiday like today means a class treat exchange. Some moms love putting together fun treats for their child to share. Other moms dread having to create a bunch of treats for a class. So they keep it simple and go with store-bought treats and cards. Me? I’m a good mix of both! As a creative type, I love making unique and eye-catching treat holders. But as a typical busy mom who loves to procrastinate, I tend to leave myself very little time to come up with something cute, let alone time to actually make anything. So what do I do? Do I scramble and whip something up while losing sleep and part of my sanity? Or do I go against my creative instincts and just buy something?

The answer is, NEITHER! You see, there’s this thing from Stampin’ Up! called Paper Pumpkin. I’ve mentioned Paper Pumpkin before on my Instagram. It’s an amazing monthly subscription box that brings a little creativity to your mailbox every month. And January’s Paper Pumpkin kit made the PERFECT class exchange treats for my Mini Moose.

These beautiful treat bags were all made using the Paper Pumpkin kit I received in the mail last month. The kit had everything I needed to make 24 bags, which was more than enough for Mini Moose’s class.

No creative detail is missed with any Paper Pumpkin project kit. These treat bags feature gold foil heart details, vellum banners, the cutest little arrows, and even gold threading embellishments. The kit even comes with the stamp set, ink, and adhesives to stamp and assemble everything.

I love these monthly project kits. And they have saved my lazy mom butt on more than one occasion when it came to class exchange treats! Each month is a surprise as I never know what each kit will be until I open it. But I’m never disappointed. And this kit was exactly what I needed for this Valentine’s Day.

I didn’t need to scramble and lose sleep creating last minute treat bags or cards, but I still got to be creative and make something with my hands. It was the perfect compromise. I stamped, assembled, filled with candy, and sent them on their way. I didn’t have to hurt my brain designing and implementing anything. Which was a much appreciated time saver for me! Hopefully for the next holiday, I’ll be a little more prepared. But if not, I’ll just hope Paper Pumpkin has my back once again.





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Vertical Garden Project Kit

A green thumb I am not. By any means. I seriously have killed every single plant I have attempted to grow, whether in my home or out in the yard. Even the “unkillable” succulent plants don’t stand a chance against me. So when I saw this fun project kit in the new Occasions Catalog, I got super excited.

This Vertical Garden kit is perfect for someone like me. I can enjoy the look of succulents in my home without worrying about the need to water or give it the right amount of sunlight. And it was so much fun making all of the succulents and flowers.

I just love what you can do with paper. These die cut pieces look so much like real succulents once you curl the leaves and layer them together.  Add in the rolled paper flowers and you get a beautiful combination for the perfect wall hanging, no watering required!

Vertical Garden Project Kit

The Vertical Garden Project Kit comes with everything you need to create this fun décor piece for your home. Use a bone folder to curl up the leaves of the die cut pieces (like how you would use scissors to curl ribbon) and layer together to get the perfect, round succulent. If you want to add a little more depth and dimension to the succulents, try inking the edges of the leaves using brown or even a pink ink. Use a glue gun to adhere everything to the flower box. Then just add a sentiment from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to finish it off.

It’s perfect for hanging on your front door or on a wall in your home. I am displaying mine on our fireplace mantle. It complements our other décor pieces perfectly! And I don’t have to worry about killing off these plants, so double win!




Order the Vertical Garden Project Kit and the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to create your own home decor piece!

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog