Expressing Creativity!

Today’s post is slightly different from my previous posts.  This pencil box was created by a beautiful young lady who has had to stay home due to our current COVID -19 circumstances here in New Jersey. Rory is a high school Junior and loves music.  She plays piano and guitar and has the singing voice of an angel.  Similar to her peers, she is bored!  It’s interesting how this time has given her the opportunity to explore more of her own creativity.

Rory knows how much I enjoy my creative time and space and texted me a picture of this pencil box.  Of course, I thought it was fabulous and then it occurred to me that this would be a great blog post. Something different and certainly unique. It made me smile and I thought it would make you all smile.

So, when Rory gave me her permission to publish this, I asked her how she made it.  She used a cardboard box, acrylic paints, Studio Series Colored Pencils and images from a Pusheen the Cat Coloring Book!

She painted the background; painted, penciled, and fussy cut images from the coloring book and put them all together in a most interesting combination. Take a look at her fussy cutting!!!

Below is the box before her imagination took over… just paint.  In Stampin’ Up! colors, this would be Real Red and Pool Party with an accent of Daffodil Delight; a very “happy” combination.

Here’s a view of the side of the box… just an ordinary box turned into an amazing pencil holder.

When I wanted to begin sharing creativity through blogging many years ago, I wasn’t sure what to call my blog.  I talked about it with my Sister and her husband and Mark immediately came up with my “expressively deb…” blog title with the tag line, “…the only limitation is your imagination”.

So, this is what it’s all about.  “…the only limitation is your imagination”.

Thank you, Rory, for expressing your imagination so beautifully and allowing me to share your creativity!

Be safe and hugs to you all.


Presents & Pinecones Gift Card Notes


I always have fun creating 3′ X 3″ note cards.  What a nice little “thank you” gift for holiday giving!  And, I’m using the same Product Suite of supplies I used in my last post.  It’s true that just a little can go a long way!

Assembling these little cards is so easy.  You can make a bunch, group them in threes or fours, package them up and give them to anyone to express appreciation, keeping with the holiday “giving” season. They’re nice to give now so they can be used as holiday gift cards.  How about making a bunch and giving them to your family and friends at Thanksgiving!

So simple and quick:

  • Cut your card stock card base 6″ X 3″ and score at 3″;
  • Pick out your favorite stamp and coordinate it with your favorite patterned paper.  Here, I used the “Christmas Pines” stamp set, along with the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.
  • Crop your card layer (here I used Whisper White), to a 2 3/4″ square;
  • Add a 1″ X 2 3/4″ slice of patterned paper to the bottom of the card layer;
  • Stamp your image onto the top Whisper White part of the card layer;
  • For a little embellishment, I wrapper the card layer with some Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine.
  • Inside each card, I added a 2 3/4″ Whisper White layer.
  • That’s it.  You can make a bunch very quickly.


Now for the packaging – oh so easy using a coordinating piece of DSP, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, and your Big Shot. Three or four note cards and envelopes fit perfectly inside.


I used the 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy to close up my mini treat bag, and created a little sentiment tag and embellishment with my 1 3/4″ circle punch, a 4″ piece of ribbon and I hand cropped the Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White banners for the “celebrate” sentiment.

Quick, Easy and a sweet, thoughtful gift to give someone.

So, grab some card stock, a pretty piece of patterned paper, your favorite sentiment – add a pretty bag and create a pretty gift for your special Thanksgiving thank-you!

Check back tomorrow for a Sneak Peek from the up-coming Occasions Catalog.



Big Shot Cutting Machine


Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies



Angel, Snowflake and Stars

Today's post features a special treat. Last night, our group met for a Card Class. Georgia Egan, who is a Pal, once again created some wonderful projects which she shared with us. I thought it would be fun to post them… 

  • The angel ornament was cropped using Stampin' Up!'s Gift Bow Bigz die and circle framelits with Shimmer White and metallic gold card stock and Designer Basic Pearls…


  • The snowflake ornament was made using the Festive Flurrry Framelits and Stamps with Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana ink…


Thank you, Georgia, for sharing your beautiful projects with us.

… and here's a sampling of our group's projects from "Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit"… which, by the way, was a huge hit!



and, the "Watercolor Winter" Simply Created Card Kit.


So, pull out your favorite dies and framelits and create something wonderful to hang on your tree.




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Anything But a Card for the Pals


Here's another of our Atlanta goodies – I finished this one for our Stampin Pretty Pals "Anything But a Card" Gallery Giveaway. 

Here's my Stampin' Story…

I can't believe I'm still talking about the Pals Atlanta Gathering two weeks ago! At the start of the day, there were a bunch of steno notebooks covered with Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper waiting for us.

These were given to us so we could take notes on the different Make and Takes and demonstrations presented by Brian, Pam and Katy.


We were asked to take our notes, then take the notebook home, decorate it and showcase it. I thought the Pals "Anything But a Card" Gallery Giveaway would be the perfect forum for this project.


  • It's a Quick & Easy for sure! 
  • I cropped a few Autumn leaves with the Autumn Accents Bigz die, 
  • Hand cropped a large banner, 
  • Cropped a few circles with my circles Collection Framelits, and 
  • Stamped my "Feel Goods" sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink.

Add a matching Stampin' Write Marker and you have a nice gift that's "Quick & Easy"!

Thanks for stopping by today.