A Reversible Banner With Letters For You

Michelle Long Photo 2

Hi friends, how are you today? Recently, I had the honor of contributing to the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog. Here is my post:

I love making banners, so when the new Stampin’ Up! catalog came out, I could not wait to get my hands on the Letters For You Photopolymer Bundle (Item 142348) on page 137.

Another new product that had me excited was the music note paper from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (Item 141628). I started with that as the base and added the gorgeous new 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon in Watermelon Wonder (Item 141433), along with the smallest flower and leaf sprig from the Jar of Love Bundle (Item 142342). The ink colors are Watermelon Wonder, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi.

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The new Layering Ovals Framelits (Item 141706) really show off the large letters and the new Foam Adhesive Strips (Item 141828) make attaching these beautiful letters a breeze. No more cutting up your Stampin’ Dimensionals!

When I was part way done with the birthday side of my banner, I decided it would be fun to utilize the beautiful Christmas pattern on the back of the music note paper. Now the banner can be used again!

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The letters really sparkle in Red Glimmer Paper (Item 121790) and the new Emerald Envy is the perfect shade of green for Christmas projects.

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Stampin’ Up! makes it quick and easy to create projects with wow factor. For beautiful banners, I always turn to the Banners Framelits (Item 132173) and Thick White Baker’s Twine (141688).

Whatever the occasion, Letter For You will help you create the right banner to help you celebrate!

Michelle Long

Artisan Design Team 2016



Easter Lamb For Baby

Easter Lamb Baby Banner

Hello, friends! How are you today?

Here is a fun idea for the adorable little Easter Lamb stamp by Stampin’ Up! He is just the perfect way to welcome a new baby into the world. Last month, I created this baby shower collection and hadn’t had a chance to show it to you yet, so today I thought you might like to take a peek.

Easter Lamb Baby Banner 2

This Easter Lamb baby banner went together easily with the little lamb alternating in Blushing Bride and White. The Sketched Dots Tag A Bag Gift Bags were perfect for the banners and I used the Simply Scored tool to create the rosettes. The “welcome baby” comes from the And Many More stamp set. I used it to create fun straw tags, too.

Easter Lamb Baby Straw

After that, I stamped the napkins with the little lamb. Don’t you just love it when everything matches? You can find a complete supply list below.

Easte Lamb Napkin

If you saw the last Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop, you probably noticed several other fabulous design team members thought of using the lamb for baby, as well.

It’s always so fun to have more than one use for a stamp. Wouldn’t this little guy be just as cute in blue? In fact, I may have to create something with him again very soon!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I always love hearing from you!

Happy stampin’ friends!


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Easy Stacked With Love Banner

Love Banner

This banner was so fun and easy to make with wooden letters and Stacked with Love designer series paper.

Love Banner 2

Love Banner

First, I traced the letters onto the paper, carefully cut them out and set them aside. Next, I painted the letters a matching shade of soft red. After they dried, I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the letters, smoothing out any bubbles. I wanted sparkle, so I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and to the edges and sprinkled the whole thing with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Here is a close up, although I could not capture the way it sparkles:

Love Banner Close Up


This photo captures the sparkle better:

Love Banner Close Up

After the letters were dry, I hot glued them to Kraft Cardstock banner pieces. Lastly, I punched holes and threaded them with Pink Chevron Ribbon.

Here it is hanging in my kitchen:

Love Banner 3


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Thanks for stopping by today- I hope your day is filled with much happiness!

Happy stampin’ friends!


November Crafting with the Big Shot

give thanks with a grateful heart

Today was so busy, I didn’t get the post done with directions for making a 4 inch square box with a window pane lid like I promised- sorry! I’ll try to get to that ASAP. I did, however, enjoy the beautiful fall day, which inspired me to take photos of my November decorations.

The lovely thing about handmade crafts is that you can bring them out year after year. This is the harvest banner I made last year, along with the little paper pumpkins, which are so easy to make.  Just cut out circles, cut one side flat, fold in half and glue. I used six circles, but you could use more for fuller pumpkins. The banner was a cinch with the Rosette die cut and the Autumn Accents leaves.

I use my Big Shot all the time, making the investment really seem worth it to me. Whether a birthday, first communion, or holiday, banners just make the event more festive. With my big Shot,  they are so quick and easy.

Before my Big Shot, I spent a great deal of time tracing patterns and cutting things out for my cards, but with the Big Shot, gorgeous leaves, snowflakes, acorns, letters, and so much more are just a roll throughout the machine away. I love that!

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Happy stampin’ friends!



A Trick or Treat Banner

Trick or Treat 1

Here is a fun trick or treat banner made with rosettes and the Top Note die. I needed big letters, so I printed them on card stock and fussy cut them out. (That took awhile.)

Here is a close up:

Trick or Treat 3

The orange paper is retired now, but I love the way it looks with the new Typeset paper. I love Stampin’ Up! for decorating. Everything you need is perfectly coordinated for projects that come together like a dream!

The fire is lit, it’s raining outside, and thanks to Stampin’ Up! my mantel is ready for October!

Trick or Treat 2


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Happy stampin’ friends!


A Fall Banner From Leftover Supplies

Fall Banner

It’s amazing what you can do with leftover supplies! Today I created this banner to welcome fall and to clean out some old items from my craft room. Doesn’t it feel good to put things to use?

The glimmer paper leaves were inspired by one of my favorite bloggers. She made a beautiful fall mason jar and added tiny glimmer leaves in silver. You can see her project here. She is an amazing fellow demonstrator and I hope I get to meet her someday!

Here is a close up of my banner:

Fall Banner close up

I had one kiddo home sick today and another had soccer practice- so even though I did manage to finish this, I did not get a chance to post directions for the Rolo pencil from yesterday as promised. So sorry! I will make sure to post that tomorrow. You’ll love making them- they go together so quickly!

In the meantime,

Happy stampin’ friends!


Baby Love

Baby Love

Recently, I read a quote that really spoke to me:

Start where you are,

Do what you can,

Use what you have.

As a result, I was inspired to use up all of my leftover Paper Pumpkin supplies. Paper Pumpkin is an awesome kit that comes once a month, complete with everything to create a unique, fabulous paper crafting project. The kits always come with extra supplies. After I made the projects, February’s Paper Pumpkin kit, called “In the Bag” had oodles of left over letters and circles. This quick and easy baby shower banner is what I came up with. What do you think?


Right now, Paper Pumpkin is offering a fabulous discount for first time subscribers. If you sign up by September 10th, your first two months will be half price! Go here, enter the promo code HALFOFF2 and be sure to list me as your demonstrator. After the first two months, your kit will continue to arrive at the regular price of just $19.95 each month. I love Paper Pumpkin and I’m sure you will, too. If for any reason you no longer want to subscribe, you can cancel at any time.

Love the February kit I used to create the Baby Love banner?  It’s still available to current Paper Pumpkin subscribers. You can find out more here.

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Happy stampin’ friends!