Merry Little Mice

Do you ever feel stalled for creativity?  I often find with the overload of Pinterest images and the love of all things, it is hard to pick one theme to focus on for a project and I am left coming up with nothing.  When I feel overwhelmed or lack any creativity, I turn to a card sketch to help get things jump started.

This week I headed over to Freshly Made Sketches, FMS261, to create a clean and simple card.  I knew I loved Merry Mice, and I love love love the new Emerald Envy paper, so I went with it.

Are these mice not the cutest things ever??!?  Plus this little bows are my favorite.  They are so cute and shiny!!

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

The inside bottom corner has a cute sprinkling of stars to match the Emerald Envy card stock.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

And finally, instead of being on a traditional card base, I made a single piece of Emerald Envy at 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and mounted a folded white card to it. It makes for a special opening.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Paper Star Ornament Tutorial

Paper Star Tutorial at

Hey Crafties,

It’s April here from and I’m going to reintroduce myself for my new readers! I’m a paper crafting fool from Williamsburg, VA, married and have a 3 year old son, Silas, and let me tell you, I LOVE paper (I abandon housework just to get in a little crafting time).  I know it’s bad.  But here’s the good news, YOU get the benefit of my crafting addiction today.

I have this amazing, elegant star ornament that I am going to teach you how to make.  I have a photo tutorial, directions, and even a little video to show you how to put it together.  The finished star is approximately 6″ x 6″, so it’s no tiny ornament.

It is the perfect handmade gift for your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and even grandma.  It is quick an d easy enough that you can make many to gift and a few to keep.  You can customize this beauty with whichever patterned paper you choose. So grab your supplies and get ready to make an Eight Point Star Ornament.


  • Home for Christmas Patterned Paper
  • Gold Cording
  • Red Pom Pom trim
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue/Crystal Effects
  • 1/16″ Hole Punch
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer


  1. Cut your Patterned Paper into two (2) 6″x 6″ pieces.
  2. Fold in half both directions.  Fold diagonal in both directions.  You now have four folds.   *Tip: Use a bone folder to create crisp fold lines.
  3. On the straight edge folds, cut a line 1 1/4″ up towards the center on all four sides.
  4. Begin folding each slit inward to the diagonal score line, so that the corners form a point.  Repeat on all slits (8 folds).
  5. Once all corners are folded, lightly fluff the flaps.  Using liquid glue on one side of each corner triangle (I love crystal effects for this- it’s strong and dries quickly), fully overlap the triangle fold onto the one next to it in that corner, forming a 3D cone.  Here would be a good place to watch the video, as it is easier to show than write. Repeat with the next 3 corners. You will now have a 3D star with a hole in the back middle.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the second 6″ x 6″ square of patterned paper.
  7. Apply glue to the back “V’s” of one star and hold the other star diagonal to it and adhere.
  8. Using the 1/16″ hole punch, punch a hole in the tip of the top point, string twine thought the hole and tie into a knot.  Embellish with Red Pompom trim.
  9. Enjoy!

Paper Star Tutorial at

Here is a close up of the finished star ornament! I love how adorable those deer are.

Paper Star Tutorial at

What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do? Comment below and show us some love.

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I hope you have been enjoying all of the recent videos teaching new techniques like Shaker Cards and all about our Oh Happy Day and Watercolor Wishes Card Kits. The videos Stampin’ Up! provides us with are invaluable. They show new ways to use the products from our catalog and give samples that are adorable.  I get excited to recreate the samples every time a new video comes out.

This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.


Do you have the new Pop-n-Cuts dies for making 3D pop up cards?  Post a comment, share a photo on Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest pop up card creation!

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