Category Archives: Tutorial

Penny Spinner Tutorial

The Penny Spinner technique has so many possibilities and creates an exciting interactive piece! I used this tutorial by Stampin’ Up! to create my Penny Spinner Birthday Card. Essentially, you need to create a track for the penny to ride on; it can be any shape. Consider a circle, angle, or curve – use an X-acto knife or several dies to help. You need a 3/8” wide shape as a track. Just have fun with it!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make it:


(1) Use Word Window punch to punch a track into your card stock. Stamp card stock as desired.

(2) Sandwich a Stampin’ Dimensional between two pennies.

(3) Insert pennies into slot, carefully pulling at edges to avoid tearing card stock.

Not Pictured: Stamp and cut out your spinner image. Adhere to penny. Adhere card stock piece with spinner to your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tutorial pictures and steps taken by and copyright Stampin’ Up!

I’ve posted the tutorial of the Penny Spinner Card PDF to the Tutorials page so you can reference it whenever you need. I’d love to see your Penny Spinner creations!



Clothespin Frame with Pictures

This frame was originally sitting empty on our mantle but when my husband came home and said, “So what’s going in that frame?” I knew I had to get something in there. I had seen this idea before (it’s far from original!) but I’d never tried it before. It was so easy and fun – but then again, I could wallpaper my house in pictures and be okay with it!

So, as promised, here’s a quick tutorial on how to make this frame and covered clothespins:



(1) On the back of the frame, adhere three lines of wire from one side to the other. I just used duct tape and since the pictures aren’t heavy, I can’t believe this wouldn’t hold.

(2) Measure your clothespins. I found these just last week in the dollar bin at Target, and they are a size I’d never seen before. Mine measured 1 3/8″ high x 1/4″ wide.

(3) Cut your Designer Series Paper into strips that match your measurement from step (2) and. Adhere Sticky Strip about the length of the paper to the back. This fit my clothespin perfectly, because both are 1/4″ wide.

(4) Remove the backing and adhere to the clothespin. I only put paper on one side, but you can put paper on both sides.

(5) The finished product! Use many coordinating papers for more interest.

(Not Shown) Print pictures (mine were 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) and hang them from the wires using the clothespins.


Switch the Designer Series Paper for other occasions: birthday party display, Christmas advent calendar and home decor, general family pictures, or gifts!

Enjoy your weekend!

Two Tags Tote – Tutorial

I found these two ideas from fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and combined them to make a small gift for my August workshop guests.

I love how these turned out and they were so simple! The Extra Large Tag Punch is perfect to act as a small spool for Baker’s Twine. Each “tote” held the entire set of seven.


And here’s the Two Tags Tote with supply list and tutorial:




Paper: Gumball Green, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper

Punches: 3/4″ Circle

Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Two Tags Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Naturals Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Sticky Strip Adhesive, Simply Scored, Glue Dots



(1) Create the sides of the tote using two of the smaller tag from the Two Tags Die (with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine). Punch a hole in each with a 3/4″ Circle Punch.

(2) Create the box (Two Tags Tote Box Base Pattern) (3 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) and use Sticky Strip to assemble it. Put two pieces of Sticky Strip on the two opposite sides (front and back) and adhere one of the two tags on each side.

(3) Cut a strip of DSP to 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ and score at 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, and 5″ – use Sticky Strip to attach to tote. Thread Baker’s Twine through button and adhere to tote using a Glue Dot. Tie a piece of ribbon to the top.


Note: You can close the top with an adhesive, but it will be more difficult for the recipient to open (and possibly even reuse).


All Wrapped Up

Friday is finally here, and I’m excited to share this great gift idea with you. It’s a culmination of this week’s posts and so versatile. Need a housewarming gift? A bridal shower gift? A birthday or holiday gift for the “kitchen diva” of your family? Then here’s your quick and easy answer:

So you want to know how I did it? Glad you asked!

Print the recipe cards from Wednesday’s post (Recipes and Free Printable) and cut.

To make the clothespin, simply purchase a large clothespin from a local craft store. I bought this one at Michael’s for $1.50 and was lucky that it was already sanded and painted. (You can also find an unfinished clothespin and sand and paint yourself.) Cut your paper slightly larger than your clothespin. Put sticky strip close to all the edges of the clothespin and adhere the paper to it. Use an x-acto knife to trim the edges, including the portion that covers the silver hinge (unless, of course, you don’t want to ;)). Repeat for the other side of the clothespin.

And a handy tutorial for the recipe card holder (pictured on the left):


(pre-pictures) I used the Recipe Card Holder Template and added MDS Domestic Goddess paper behind it. You could also print this out on any Designer Series paper you like.

To match the free printable from Wednesday: Domestic Goddess Recipe Card Holder Template

Now, back to instructions: Cut out the template; score and fold along the gray solid lines. Then, continue here…

(1) Pierce the paper in two spots directly across from each other (one on the flap and the other on the bottom portion) using a Paper Piercing Tool. Punch two 1/2″ circles from card stock. Pierce a hole in the center of each of them.

(2) Pierce a small brad through the holes on the card stock first and then through the recipe card holder. Separate the prongs on the brads to make them stay.

(3) Using Baker’s Twine, tie it underneath one of the card stock circles, twice – to make a knot. Be careful not to tie to tightly and rip the card stock.

(4) Insert the recipe cards in the holder and wrap the Baker’s Twine several times to close the flap.

(5) The finished product!

I hope you enjoyed “cooking week” for something a little different. I’ll have more cute projects  in the next few weeks that you won’t want to miss. Subscribe to my blog below (just enter your email address) so you’re sure not to miss anything! Have a great weekend! 🙂

DIY Tray – Tutorial

Several things inspired me to create this project and tutorial – the Target dollar section, Pinterest (where you can DIY anything), and our new bedding. Target and Pinterest – it’s a dangerous combination, isn’t it?!

Hayden has taken to my habit of always stopping at the dollar section in Target (hey, I find great deals there sometimes!). As he was browsing through the Superman and Batman notebooks, I noticed a perfectly-sized wooden tray that was calling my name; it led to the following project:

My original intention was to put this on our bed as shown above (picture 8). But I thought of some other ideas, which I plan to show examples of as soon as they are complete. In the meantime, here’s a list of them – serving dish for any holiday or season, small hygiene product tray for guests, or just a decoration. Do you have other ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!


Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Cardboard / Chipboard

Ink: Old Olive

Stamp Set: Pursuit of Happiness

Accessories: Mod Podge (sold at local craft stores) & Brush, Wooden Tray (Target), Sticky Strip Adhesive, Labels Collection Framelits, Little Leaves Die


(1)  Our new master bedroom comforter that was part of the inspiration.

(2)  Start with a plain black wooden tray – I found this at Target for $2.50. Cut the white card stock to fit your tray. (Mine is slightly smaller so it can be easily removed and replaced for other occasions.)

(3)  Using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Basic Black Cardstock, and the Little Leaves Die, cut out 12 pieces.

(4)  Arrange the leaves on the white card stock to verify the layout before it’s permanent.

(5)  Use Mod Podge to glue the leaves down. Once dry, cut the excess leaves off the edges of the white paper. Brush Mod Podge on the top and let dry.

(6)  Adhere cardboard or chipboard backing with Sticky Strip Adhesive to the back of white paper.

(7)  I added a stamped quote at the bottom corner with layered pieces of card stock and the Labels Collection Framelits. I brushed Mod Podge over the top to secure it.

(8)  The finished project. Stay tuned for ideas of other replacement inserts as mentioned above!