Mom’s Tips and a Short Outtakes Reel

Yesterday I shared Mom’s video with two of Stampin’ Up!’s new kits – if you missed that video, please click here to take a look. It wasn’t my initial intent to make two posts out of Mom’s video, but she had several tips to share so I’m walking you through those today. Also, I captured a quick reel of outtakes from her “one-take video” that makes me laugh even when I’m not watching it. It’s hard to capture someone’s true laugh on video, but we’ve done it!

Here’s a little bit more about the kits Mom put together, including her pointers for both:

Let’s Party Treat Packaging Kit #156992

This kit makes 8 pillow boxes – each measures 2-7/16″ x 4-1/4″ when folded. They are ALMOST large enough to hold a gift card and perfect for small candies or … dental floss. Here are the finished projects in the Let’s Party Treat Packaging Kit:

Let's Party Treat Packaging Kit, Stampin Up! Here are all of the items that are include in the kit:

Let's Party Treat Packaging Kit, Stampin Up!That A LOT of stuff for $19 (before shipping and handling). The stamp set itself is worth $19. Here’s a look at this versatile and fun Let’s Party Photopolymer stamp set: Let's Party Treat Packaging Kit, Stampin Up!Here are some of Mom’s tips for putting together these pillow boxes:

  • Fold the tab along one side of the pillow box, add tear-and-tape and then fold the box flat on the table to secure it. Mom found it helpful to add a little “green glue” (Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue) to keep them firmly secured.
  • To crease the crescents along the side of the pillow boxes, gently run your fingers over the crease to gently build the crease.
  • Assemble the die-cut starbursts completely before adding them to the pillow box – it’s easier to apply the enamel shapes to the flat surface than when it’s on the curved box.
  • DO NOT glue the entire starburst to a closed pillow box – Mom added a strip of glue dots down the middle of the pillow box and glued just the middle down so the top and bottom of the starburst can “pop” when the pillow box is constructed.

No Matter the Weather Card Kit #156977

This card kit includes 9 cards and envelopes – 3 each of 3 designs. These are such sunny projects for a rainy day – no better way to show you support or just say “hi.” Here’s a look at the finished projects in this kit:

No Matter the Weather Card Kit, Stampin Up!Here are all of the items included in this kit:

No Matter the Weather Card Kit, Stampin Up!So many great elements in this kit that can be used for so much more than these three card designs. The stamp set is an incredible one, too. Here’s a look at the No Matter the Weather Photopolymer stamp set:

No Matter the Weather Card Kit, Stampin Up!Here are some of Mom’s tips for this card kit:

  • Set out all of the elements on the table in front of you and sort through everything. Punch out all of the elements and measure the twine. Then assemble.
  • When you punch out elements, you sometimes see tiny, little tabs from the area of the tear. You can snip those off with Paper Snips or carefully file them off with a nail file.
  • Don’t be afraid to switch things up a little bit to make them work for you. Mom wasn’t sure how she’d use “let love grow” so she switched out the sentiment for another and moved the heart on her card.

Just a Little Fun

Mom and I had a great time pulling together yesterday’s video. While we taped all the way through, I clipped out a couple of “do-overs” in the original video to keep things moving along. There’s one part of the video that keeps me laughing, and I want to share it with you today.

A little background: Mom is a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, so she’s seen some of these projects and designs before. As Stampin’ Up! launches this new way of selling kits, they have adapted several Paper Pumpkin and Sale-a-Bration kits for the initial kickoff. I don’t know that the kits will continue to be revamps of Paper Pumpkin designs, but I do know these are some of the most popular kits we’ve ever had. Anyway…I caught Mom a little off-guard when I asked her to describe the program, but she went along with it and gave it here best try until it all fell apart.

Outtakes from Mom's videoThanks for stopping by today!


Let's Party Treat Packaging Kit, Stampin Up!


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  1. Sonny Peterson

    Too funny ! We have suggested having Mary do some regular videos before ….Wish she would . They are always fun and informative !
    Thank you two for some fun that we all can use these days !!

  2. Loved your mom! She is the Best! Thanks for a good laugh!

  3. Great layout on the projects above. You should have listed all those things that can go in the pillow boxes according to Ms. Mary. So much fun!


  5. I am rolling at the outtakes video!!! I love your relationship with your mom.

  6. Linda Callahan

    This made me laugh out loud! I love your mother!

  7. The giggling that must go on when you and your Mom are doing a video would be a whole video in itself. She is such a great sport for playing along. Again… are blessed! Thanks for sharing this video with us.

  8. How anyone could watch this video and not giggle along with you two is beyond me! Such a pair! ❀️ TFS

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your Mom with us! I enjoyed hearing her tips for assembling the various parts of the kit and creating the pillow boxes (complete with dental floss!) and cards. Wishing the 2 of you many more moments of fun and laughter!

    • Thank you so much, Paulette! I feel proud of the dental floss comment – even though I didn’t make it. I must have inspired it on some level, right? Happy to share. β™₯

  10. Cracked me up!!!!! Thanks Brian and Mary too!

  11. Cindie McDuffee

    Is dental floss only to be given out at Sunday dinner?
    PS- My co workers heard my laughter from the break room!

    • Tee hee. We hadn’t gotten to Sunday dinner when she through in the dental floss option. Don’t let my mom get you in trouble at work, Cindie! β™₯

  12. Love, love, love! You two have such a great time together & it’s so enjoyable for the rest of us! Is she taking applications for adoptions?

    • Thanks, Marilyn! I’m so happy to share her with y’all, but I’m not sure I’d pass along applications – I’m a little selfish that way. πŸ™‚ β™₯

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