Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring Stamp Class: Wedding Card with Bow Tie

Do you still have the cards and notes you received at your wedding?  I’m not sure I do.  I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary yesterday in fact!  I’m pretty sure all that stuff is in my basement somewhere in a box but I haven’t gone through those boxes since we moved here 10 years ago.

Weddings are another occasion where it’s easy to forget a card until you are on the way to the party.  Here’s what we made in class last month:


I used the envelope punch board to make the bow tie!  Super easy and it looks great!  Here’s  a video tutorial

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Melissa Buecher

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spring Stamp Class: baby

Does it seem like babies are born in waves to you?  In my circle of friends and family, it seems like there will be a dry spell for a long time and then all of the sudden there are like 5 people pregnant all at the same time!  It’s great to have baby cards on hand because it’s usually one of the cards that you forget about until you have to be at a baby shower in 20 minutes.

Here’s my baby card for this year (I love it!!!  It’s one of my all time fave’s!):


I cased from Amy O’Neill here.

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Melissa Buecher

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spring Card Class: Graduation

Every year I try to come up with a collection of “event” cards for holidays and gatherings in spring and summer.  It’s usually my most popular class.

Here’s my graduation card for this year:


I used the circle framelit “flip” die which gives the card a little action and can stand up for display.  My class members were able to customize their grad cards to be the school colors of the recipients they intended them for.  I had Columbine, Dakota Ridge, Chatfield, and Standley Lake all represented.

Graduation Card Supplies

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Lots of projects coming your way!! MDS photo book page for Kindergarten album

My kids have been out of school now for about 10 days and I am finally catching my breath.  I have lots of projects to tell you about that I’ve been working on the past couple of months so hopefully I can get some blog posts written over the next week or so to try and catch up a little.

Our Kindergarten class decided to put together a little photo book for the teacher and aide as an end of the year thank you. 

Each student submitted a few photos and we asked them what their favorite thing about Kindergarten was.  Here’s my daughter’s page:

kindergarten book 2014-011

I used the “See Ya Next Year” digital download for the pages and just changed the photo boxes and text boxes as needed.

I think it turned out great!  The more I use MDS for projects the more I love it.  This photo book came together so easily and the template was perfect for anything school related.  Lots of grid paper, notebook paper, numbers, letters, etc.


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Melissa Buecher

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guest Stamper, Luv2Stamp Group, Project #4

Ready for another?!! 

I did get some time the other day to put a few cards together with my new stuff!  Sorry for the bad focus on the picture below.  We’ve had snow and FREEZING temps here (negative 13 degrees this morning!), and normally I photograph my cards outside on my front porch, so the was a little tricky to do inside.

My niece is having her first baby in a couple months, and is kind of an aquarium nut so I was playing around with the High Tide Designer Series paper to see if I could find a combination that worked for a baby card.  I originally was going to use the back side of the gray anchor pattern which is big whales, but it felt a little too busy with the stripes.  I like how it turned out!


Card inspired by Dawn McVey here.


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Guest Stamper Luv2Stamp Group, Project #3

So January was a busy month and over in a flash.  I can’t seem to get caught up with even the basics.  My kitchen has been drowning in dirty dishes and the kids are calling out each morning, “I don’t have any clean pants!”.  I’m can’t put my finger on anything specific but having a 3 year old at home plus three other kids in school and activities is all the explanation I can come up with. 

So after quite a delay, here is project number three from my guest stamper series--


Another project using the Starburst Framelits dies and fun new High Tide Designer Series Paper from the spring/occasions catalog.  I got my inspiration from Dawn McVey here.


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guest Stamper, Luv2Stamp Group, Project #2

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m a guest stamper for my upline, Patty Bennett’s Luv2Stamp Group for January! 

My next project features a product bundle that includes the Starburst Sayings stamp set, and the Starburst framelits.  I am always a sucker for any products where there are stamp sets and matching dies/framelits that go together. 

Here’s my sample:


I got my inspiration from Dawn McVey here.


  • Stamp set: Starburst Sayings, item #133185, p 34
  • Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Ink: Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories: Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Starburst Framelits, item #132967, p.34

starburst framelits  tasteful trim bigz die


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Stamper—Luv2Stamp Group, Project #1

I’m excited to be a guest stamper for my upline, Patty Bennett’s Luv2Stamp Group for January!  I will be sharing several samples featuring products from the new Spring/Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! this month.

Some of my friends like to craft, but don’t want to “collect” craft supplies, but by having a few basics on hand, you can do a lot of fun things without taking up too much space.  The tag topper punches are great for this.  You can dress up a gift bag, present, card, or plate of treats super easily with these cute punches.  There are two varieties available in the Occasions Catalog: the scalloped tag topper punch, item #133324, and the angled tag topper punch, item #133323, p. 35.

scalloped tag topper punch

angled tag topper punch

As the kids would say, “totes cute!”

The paper you use in the punches needs to be cut in 2 inch strips, then you can punch the top and trim the length to be however long you’d like. 

Here’s my sample:


Supplies used:

  • Stamp sets: Daydream Medallions, #131976; thank you stamp, retired
  • Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, basic black
  • Accessories: scalloped tag topper punch, item #133324, Scallop Edge Border Punch, #119882, Daffodil Delight 1/4” stitched grosgrain ribbon, #26872, white baker’s twine, #124262
daydream medallions

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Baby shower thank you cards

Another batch of baby cards…this one is for a great friend having her first boy in a couple months.  I was sad not to be there for the shower, but excited to send these fun cards to her to use.  I like to make these type of thank you cards using the smaller 3 1/2 x 5 size “note card”. 



  • Stamp Set: Nursery Necessities (retired), thank you (retired)
  • Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Not Quite Navy (retired), Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pool Party, Not Quite Navy (retired)
  • Extras:  ribbon (from stash)
  • Tools: star punch (retired), square punch (retired), scallop square punch (retired), scallop edge border punch (item #119882, p. 181)

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Custom Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me knows that I have birthday party phobia.  It has more to do with the philosophy of birthday parties in general than it does with the the planning and execution.  Anyway, one thing I do love is to mess around in My Digital Studio (MDS) software, creating invitations, party favors, cupcake toppers, etc. 

My friend Michele asked for some help with her daughter’s 3rd birthday so I jumped at the chance to copy some great ideas she forwarded to me from pinterest. 

Here’s the invitation (important details have been changed to protect innocent girls everywhere):

Alexa 3rd birthday invite with polka dots_for blog-001

I got the little gymnastics girl image from this seller on etsy.

Simple and cute!  I got a few little circles ready for her to use for cupcake toppers or gift bag tags:

alexa 3rd birthday circles-001

She can punch them out with the 1 3/4 inch punch and layer them with the scallop circle punch

Cute stuff!  I’d love to do a custom order for you!  Or if you’d like to create your own, try My Digital Studio for free!  It is very intuitive and can be used for so many things…single scrapbook pages, albums, cards, invitations, anything you can print at home or have it custom printed by Stampin’ Up!. 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Custom Cards for Kids!

My great friend Michele requested a batch of birthday cards for kids so I told her to check out my pinterest board for kids cards and here’s what she picked:


Birthday side step card: cased from Mimi Hornberger


Whale Birthday: Cased from Mama Mo Stamps



Minnie Mouse: I think this idea comes from Susan Wohlfert, sorry no link here.



Angry Bird in space: cased from Andi Potler

My kids were so excited to see the angry bird and minnie mouse cards so I’m sure any kid would love to get a fun card like this in the mail from grandma, auntie, or a friend.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

20 cards for $30

Just released this week!  Get one before it sells out.
new stampin up everyday occasions cardmaking kit, dostamping, dawn olchefske
Stampin' Up! introduces the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit! It is designed for the new card maker by providing a simple, fun experience at a great price.  However, it's a great kit for both beginning and experienced stampers alike!  It also makes the perfect gift for that creative someone in your life (friend, daughter, niece, mother, etc)
new stampin up everyday occasions cardmaking kit, dostamping, dawn olchefske (kit contents)
The kit contains everything necessary (except: adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes in a beautiful box to store them in.
  • 7 piece stamp set
  • 1 clear block
  • 2 Stampin' Spots
  • Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
  • Twine, buttons, clips and more
  • Die-cut paper embellishments
  • Full-color Tips & Tricks brochure
  • A cool, storable, giftable box
Print: Everyday Occasions PDF Flyer (includes pictures of the finished cards)
Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit! puts cards for all of those occasions right at your fingertips, and best of all, they'll be handmade!
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Choose your own adventure…

For the past 9 years, I have been teaching paper crafting classes in my home pretty regularly, but lately I’ve been asking friends and class attendees to host a class at their own house with their own group of friends—like a private crafting party.  It brings a whole new level of camaraderie and fun to the class since mostly everyone who attends already knows each other. 

Last month, my friend Karissa hosted a class at her house, and I let her choose the card designs that she wanted me to prepare for the class.  Here’s what we did:



cased from Kimberley Van Diepen


cased from Kimberley Van Diepen



cased from Michele Last

These were all fun cards, and most had the option of swapping out greetings for something other than birthdays.

If you are in the Denver area and would like to host a private paper crafting party for your friends, let me know!  I’d love to set something up.  Or if you’d like a “to go kit”  you can assemble at home I can do that too!

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Hello, Kitty!

About a year ago my friend Michele asked me if I could make her some hello kitty tags for her daughter’s birthday party goody bags.  I came up with this simple design and made a batch of 20 or so and sent them to her—they were so cute!


So…when my daughter had to go to a birthday party today I searched for this photo I took last year and made another one for her to attach to her gift for the party girl.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  There is something about dressing up as something or someone (alter-ego!) that makes this holiday stand out.  Plus there’s candy. 

Every year, I try to get some new Halloween craft ideas going, but every year about this time someone asks me about my cute holiday banners and I end up spending my crafting time cutting out tons of kits.  So back by popular demand, 3 years running (I think), here are my banners for September, October, and December.


Here’s a close up:



Here’s spooky:



The merry banner is missing a little ornament piece at the bottom that one of my kids ripped off.  But they’ve held up really well over the past few years.

Would you like a banner?  Just contact me and let me know!  Banners are $12 each and come unassembled.  All you need is a glue stick and 10-15 minutes to put it together.

  • September—Autumn
  • October—Spooky
  • November—Thankful (not pictured)
  • December—Merry

I have kits for Jan-May as well, but I’m not cutting kits for those yet.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Another baby shower!

My crazy friend Amber just had her 5th baby last week, and about two days before she went into labor, we had a baby shower for her.  Instead of a lot of darling little baby girl clothes in 0-6 month sizes, we organized a meal prep type of party.  What busy mom wouldn’t like a freezer full of meals for family?  I think the time between 3-6 pm is the WORST time of day for babies and toddlers which means getting dinner ready can be a huge challenge.  Or at least it always has been for me!

We settled on a list of meals, then I added up the ingredients and listed them on signupgenius, along with sending this invitation that I created in My Digital Studio (MDS) download it for free!:

amber's shower invite_2-001

Can you get over the qr code!!  I was totally geekin’ out when I figured out how to add that!  I think it is especially nice for people who can seem to make the connection between the paper mail and the electronic world. 

We had about 15 people show up and everyone just hung out for the first little while.  Then we started on the meals with just 2 or 3 of us in the kitchen.  Eventually there was a gaggle of people stirring and chopping and handling raw chicken.  It was lots of fun!  We sent Amber home with 14 meals. 

Here’s the “It’s a Girl” banner I sent home with Amber as well.  It’s kind of hard to see because of the striped lighting:


A few close ups of the letters:





Here’s the little favors I made for the guests.  They’re supposed to look like grocery bags.  : )


I used the fancy favor box die and the leftover scallop circles from cutting the pennant banner so they came together very quickly.

Supplies for banner:

  • Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
  • Designer Series Paper:  Just Add Cake (retired)
  • Extras:  Grommets (retired), Pennant Banner Die (retired), Serif Essentials alphabet die (retired), ribbon (from stash)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die & accessories (113439), scallop circle punch by Marvy, 2 1/2 inch circle punch (120906), crop a dile by We R Memory Keepers

Supplies for favor boxes:

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Bridal Shower Favors

So my 3rd grader’s teacher got engaged at the beginning of the school year and is getting married in late June.  As the end of the school year approached, a few of us moms thought it would be fun to do a little class party/bridal shower for her.  There were so many fun things about this but here are some highlights:


One of my favorite details of the party, of course, was the little favor boxes I made from the purse die and the matchbox die.  These were for the kids (I know that 3rd graders can not fully appreciate the effort that went into these, but I know the teacher did :).  Seriously, did these not turn out to be the cutest things ever!!

Here’s the kids all lined up in the hallway to surprise her.  We gave the boys top hats and bow ties and the girls wore flower halos and white gloves.  Once we yelled surprise, we put a veil on her and she walked down the “aisle”


We invited her fiancé to be in on the surprise:


Look at the little girls’ faces in the background while they hugged.  One of them squealed and said, “This is the best day of my life!”

We had some food and treats for everybody:




We played a funny game of Mad Libs using the story of how they met, and then read it aloud to them using all the verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc. the kids suggested.  It made for a very interesting story!

Then we played a wedding version of “cranium” that I made up, including how to spell kiss backwards, charades for “first dance”, and pictionary for “honeymoon”. 



The parents all contributed towards a group gift—which was a bunch of fun camping stuff from REI and some outdoor games.


Then we presented them with an album we had put together with pages from each student with thoughts about weddings and marriage, as well as a drawing of the bride on her wedding day.  The questions included, “what happens at a wedding”, and “how do you get someone to fall in love with you?”  The answers were hilarious—and captured the personalities of the kids in a way she’ll never forget!



The kids and the wedding couple had a great time!

Of course, I am working on some pages to add to the album for her with photos from the party.  I’ll probably post some of those in the next few days.

All photos were taken by the amazingly talented Amber Allen of Echo by Amber, who happens to be their wedding photographer and one of my bff’s.  Oh, and her son is in the class too.  : )Convenient, I know! 

The party was a collaborative effort of 5 or 6 moms that all did so much to make it fun for the kids and the wedding couple!  I am lucky to be part of a great school community!

Thanks for letting me share this fractionally crafty post!