Hold onto your seats everyone! I have a LOT to share, and as usual am also long winded!

Sorry, but when I get excited I “talk” a lot. Imagine me in person! LOL! I don’t shut up :D) I can admit it.

For today’s post, I’m very excited, as we have a group project, using the NEW! stamp set inspired my Mish, called Vintage Picnic.

I cannot say enough about this set. I fell in LOVE with it when I saw it! So much so that I ran down to my craft room, to design one of this months releases Pack a Picnic! 

I can’t begin to tell you just how much I LOVE Vintage Picnic set. Especially used WITH my Pack a Picnic template. I found there to be SO many possibilities with this set, that I actually had to put the stamp set away so I could get my other projects done!

I kid you not!! I will be using this a TON in the future 😀

So I did 2 projects for today’s post-each using my newest template releases Pack a Picnic, and Card Couture. I also think it would ROCK using Basket Basics 😀

I hope you like them :D) I fashioned them both to be alike/similar.

Strawberry Jam Basket


What better way to give a simple gift of jam, than to really dress it up, in my Pack a Picnic Basket?

When I saw this stamp set I was SO taken with the tiny strawberry image in the set, that I had to use it as my design focus.

 I then commissioned the mother of my BFF Paulette, to make me some Strawberry Jam, to package as teacher gifts this year.( No! I don’t make my own jam! I’d rather buy it! LOL!-But its STILL homemade :D)

OH! BOY! I opened a jar for me, and I have been eatting it like crazy! NOT a good thing! Boy is it yummy.

Anyway I don’t need 16 jars, so they are being given as gifts.


Here is a better view of the basket front.

I used an acrylic frame from Making Memories, on the front of my basket.

I used the Trademarks stamp set from the new release as my center on the basket top!


Aren’t the strawberries from the set just so cute? All alone-perfect!

I added a making memories page pebble over the image as well for more WOW!

I think it looks really cool.

I also love the basket handle holders! They are SU! brads. I think they are a nice touch.

The paper round the edge is from the NEW! Release too. Really loving it.

Now we go onto the jar of jam


Here I used the strawberry image, stamped 3 X’s to fill my basket with strawberries!

The basket is simply stamped on Kraft cardstock, cut out, and on dimensionals.


I then stamped, colored and cut the napkin image from the set, and layered it onto my basket. The coloring was inspired by my fabric cover, which is tied with Scarlet ribbon.


I had some fabric leftover from my sewing days 😀 It was PERFECT for my jam jar, and actually inspired the entire project! I love how you start with ONE thing, and it has a domino effect!

The wrap was stamped with Text Style bkgd. It had a nice Americana kind of country feel to it. Just that little something extra!

Now for my jar top! I LOVE this idea


I used ANOTHER image from the Trademarks set, and placed it on the jar lid 😀 Im totally loving these possibilities for this set with ANY/ALL My Timeless Templates!!!

Added the strawberry image, with the making memories page pebble.

This project went to the Principal of our school (I heard he went to bat for me at a meeting-so he is on my good side 😀 where Alexa is concerned!) I also included a package of Pound Cake from Tastefully Simple.

Jam in basket


The Principal was in shock that I remembered to give him and end of year gift! This was his first year as our Principal and I have to say he is doing a great job 😀 Hopefully he remembers this next time I have a problem with the school! LOL! Which I am HOPING not too!


My Timeless Template: Pack a Picnic

Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Trademarks, Text Style bkgs

Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, White

Ink:Ripe Avocado, Black & Copic markers

Ribbon: Satin avocado, Bitty Dot Scarlet

Other: Making Memories page pebbles & Acrylic Frame, SU! Brads, nestabilities, fabric, Strawberry Jam

Next up! My other project using Card Couture ©

From the Kitchen of:


Well as you may have guessed it, this template is PERFECT for recipe’s!!!!

How can you not LOVE the idea of this? It is like the PERFECT presentation for a recipe card holder!

Plus its pretty simple! Love that when making a ton of gifts.


YOUR COST to make : $1.90! Includes cost of recipe cards!

Now for this one, I stamped my food border (which I totally LOVE all the border ideas :D) onto the white cardstock.

I stamped the PLAIN Vintage Picnic basket onto scrap paper.

Then stamped the same mini strawberry image (told you I LOVE it) in the basket center.

I colored my basket with my marker, THEN…………(sadly you cannot SEE it well) I stamped the plaid basket over the colored image in spring moss cardstock, so it has a faint pattern on it!

Then I cut it out, and layered it on the food circle, using a dimensional.

Seriously-LOVE this set. AND the basket takes NO time to cut out either. I don’t enjoy lots of intricate cutting. so Im over the moon about that.

Here is my side view-I used the same patterned paper as my set above, for the side panels


Now I put my ribbon around my template prior to adhering my template flap closure.

In the flap I hammered 2 slots for my ribbon to insert into!


You just untie it, and then Voila…….


It opens to reveal a box full of recipe cards! 30 cards total-6 in each partition

I love that you can easily see and grab each item in my design.

This template is seriously so fun, and PURTY 😀 (my word for pretty).


I got these at Michaels the $1 spot. Trimmed them down a bit (I wanted to cut off the nasty looking tomato in the lower rigth corner ANYWAY!) and was done. They match perfectly!

This was given to Alexa’s 2nd Grade Teacher, who I just LOVED this year, and will miss greatly. She loved Alexa (actually requested to have her!) and truly made a huge difference for her this year. Alexa has grown in leaps and bounds this year, especially socially!


My Timeless Template: Card Couture

Stamps: Vintage Picnic

Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy

Ink: Black, ripe avocado, Copic markers

Ribbon: Saddle stitched grosgrain in pure poppy

recipe cards, nestabilties, making memories slot tool

So there you have 2 templates, both using same stamp set, and colors, and both are super gift ideas! Gotta love that.

I could have made so many variations with these 2 templates and ONE stamp set! I’m just in LOVE!!!!

Make sure you hop around to see just what the other team members have done using Vintage Picnic too!

  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • Thanks again for stopping by! Oh and ALL your super duper sweet comment over my templates 😀

    PLEASE Check out Kristen’s Blog for the Saturday Challenge!

    Here is a peek at what the girls are all doing-Ill try to play this week.


  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kristen
  • MacKenzie
  • Odette
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • She will be taking my place as Hostess this week! The end of school and the release has really kept me over the top busy!! SORRY! I just couldn’t squeeze out ONE more thing!

    I WILL be posting my Coffee House Cookie Recipe-most likely tomorrow. I have a bit to finish first, and it didn’t really FIT in with my UBER long post! LOL!!!!