Category Archives: 3-D, Gifts & Things

Learn to Make These Cute Popcorn Boxes!

Popcorn Box Samples

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If you don’t want to get coerced to buy these Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies, then don’t watch this Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith from the Home Office! I was NOT interested in these (well, I’m “interested” in every single product Stampin’ Up! sells, but being as I can’t have it all, I have to limit myself!), but then I watched this video and these Popcorn Boxes sure look cute!!!

Just think how cute these would be as party favors, teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, neighbor gifts, treat holders, even popcorn boxes!! Just think of how you could decorate them for Halloween parties!! Or something in red, white and blue for July 4th! Yep, they just might have to go on my next order!!

Popcorn Box Birthday Blooms Sample

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Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies

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Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag

Here is a quick and easy project to make a Pop of Pink Swirly Scribbles Polka Dot Scalloped Tag. I simply punched a tag with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch out of the polka dot pattern of one of the papers in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. I first was going to use some other die cut flowers, but then I thought it might be fun to see how the Swirly Scribbles die cuts might work. I chose three colors in the Brights family:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. I also die cut some green leaves.

The banner is stamped with the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Setboth on Whisper White and Real Red so that the greeting cut be cut and adhered to the Real Red banner. These were punched with the Duet Banner Punch. You can purchase this stamp set and the punch in a Thoughtful Banners Bundle and save 10%!

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The first Paper Pumpkin Kit comes with a clear block on which to mount the stamps that come in the kit. Everything you need for the surprise project is inside the box!  Stamps, ink, and everything cut and ready to use!  You can follow the enclosed directions, watch a Stampin’ Up! video, or change up the project however you like.

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Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

Find out how quick it is to make this Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag! The other day after I made twenty-five treat bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, I needed something to carry them in, and I wanted it to be decorative.  After all, presentation is everything, right?! So I grabbed a small kraft bag in my bag of bags and found this one. It already had printing on it from the store where I had gotten it from, so I cut a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper wide enough to cover all that. To set it off a little bit, I cut strips of Hello Honey Cardstock, one of the coordinating colors that goes with this designer paper. I adhered one to the top of the designer paper and one strip to the bottom, then adhered the whole piece to the front of the bag. I looked in my pile of stray pieces that were already die cut, punched or stamped, and found this one die cut flower and some leaves from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and added an Iced Rhinestone Embellishment to the center of the flower. Done and very cute! If I wanted to, I could have added lots more flowers and embellishments to the bag, but for this purpose, this was fine.

Just grab a shopping bag of any size you have in your house and decorate with designer paper or card stock and embellishments!  Custom gift bag almost for free!  No special trip to the store to buy a gift bag! If you have this paper, try this Easy Botanical Gardens Gift Bag.

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

I spent most of the day making a bunch of Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags for some people. Yesterday I posted one I made to get myself going and think about how I was going to decorate the treat bag. It’s best to have a simple design when you are making a quantity of anything, of course.  I used quite an assortment of papers for these! I used the Cherry on Top Paper Stack, the Love Blossoms Paper Stack, Birthday Bouquet, English Garden (retired), and the Botanical Gardens Designer PaperMost of these I had big enough scraps for at least one treat bag so I ended up with lots of different papers just to use up some of my current papers.

I scored the bag at 3 1/2″ from the bottom to make the foldover flap. Then I adhered a belly band around the treat bag (be sure to put the treat in first!) and stamped “Thank You” for the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set. The word “Celebrate” is from the Any Many More Stamp Set that has all kinds of greetings in it.

It’s fun to make these mini treat bags!  You don’t only have to use them for candy or treats. You can use them for envelopes and slip in a simple card or a monetary gift.

Of course the main thing you need to make these Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot.

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Make a Birthday Bouquet Treat Bag with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Birthday Bouquet Mini Treat Bag

I’m back to one of my favorite projects, using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make a special treat bag with the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. I love using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies for lots of projects! The basic way to use the dies is to make a treat bag with an opening in the top like any little sack and then embellish it. But this one I folded the top over and added a belly band to hold it closed.  It is filled with two chocolates and a tea bag. The die cut heart also comes in the die collection. I embossed the heart with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder just to add a little texture. The small hearts are punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch PackThe word “Enjoy” is also one of the die cuts.  You really get a lot in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  The belly band is 8 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and just folded around the bag.  The bag is scored at 3 1/2″ from the bottom if you want a score line to help fold the top over.

There are so many variations to making these treat bags and embellishing them! Check out my post HERE to see the other similar one I made,

We’re moving along in May so be sure you check out the Retiring Stampin’ Up! products list to see what is still available and what you want before they are gone May 31. Stamps are guaranteed though May 22 since Stampin’ Up! manufactures their own stamps in Kanab, Utah. Other products are only available while supplies last.  If you see it in the Online Store, then it is still for sale!

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Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag for Mother’s Day

Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag for Mother's Day

If you need a quick gift bag for Mother’s Day or any occasion, it’s easy to make one with the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board or you can follow some directions online to make a bag. This gift bag is made with the pretty Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually intended to use the side that is on the inside of the bag, but I didn’t think about which way the pattern was going when I used the Punch Board, so the hearts would have been upside down! When you are using the Gift Bag Punch Board, remember that what you are punching and scoring at the top of the board is actually going to be the bottom of your bag.  Make sure you check your paper pattern and make sure it is going in the correct direction! However, the pattern on the other side of almost any Stampin’ Up! paper is also going to be pretty and coordinating with what you are making so it worked out just fine to use this polka dot pattern for my gift bag!

I found a scrap of designer paper that was from a boo-boo awhile back, and really all that I could use it for would be cutting out the flowers by hand.  Depending on how much you like or hate to cut things out, you might prefer to stamp a flower rather than cut one out! But this worked for me.  I love these flowers on this paper so I just cut out around the flower and all its parts and didn’t worry about perfection.  If you leave a little border then perfection in cutting doesn’t matter! Having Paper Snips really does make the job of cutting things out a lot easier.

To make the snipped flower stand out on the bag, I punched a 2 1/2″ circle of Blushing Bride cardstock, then thought of putting a Tea Lace Paper Doily behind it. I had some doilies already cut in half so I decided that would be better. Then I added some White Jute Ribbon and a scrap of Venetian Crochet TrimSince I had a scrap of Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Ribbon that was already tied in a knot, I just put the ends through to the back and had that little pop of color in the front holding the bag shut.

Birthday Bouquet Gift Bag Embellishment

I like the Gift Bag Punch Board for making small to medium size gift bags. It comes in handy sometimes!  If you take an afternoon and make a bunch at one time, you can have a supply of gift bags of all kinds on hand ready for when you need them! Almost any of the designer paper by Stampin’ Up! is pretty enough for gift bags, but I really like this Birthday Bouquet Paper for this Mother’s Day Gift Bag!

Join Paper Pumpkin! Get the May Kit!

Paper Pumpkin Box

The Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kits for April 2016 have been delivered to subscribers!  If you don’t want to miss out on the next kit in May, be sure to get yourself subscribed!

It’s easy to join!

  • Sign up on my Paper Pumpkin page HERE! (or just get more information)
  • Add a Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order!  You’ll receive a code via email right after you order. It will tell you to set up your account on the Paper Pumpkin page and you will be set to go!
  • Sign up either way by May 10th to receive the May kit.
  • Watch for your Paper Pumpkin kit in your mailbox around mid-May!

Everything you need comes in your kit! A stamp set, an ink spot, a clear block with your first kit, and all the paper and supplies you need to make the project.  Sometimes it is cards, sometimes it is something else.  It’s always a surprise.

No risk! If it doesn’t suit you, just cancel. If you are busy and want to skip a month, just go in to your account and pause your subscription. Resume when you are ready.

Give Paper Pumpkin as a gift! I send one to my daughter as a gift and if she is too busy, she just pauses her subscription for a month or two.

Who do you need a gift for and want something different?  Who do you know could use  a little “me” time to just sit down and relax while they have some crafting time? Who do you know would enjoy a little surprise gift who doesn’t even craft?  Paper Pumpkin is for everyone and anyone!

Take a look at April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Sometimes there are plenty of extra pieces left over that you can make even MORE projects with! If you don’t like the project or you don’t want to make all the cards or whatever, just go with your own design and creativity.  Nothing says you can’t change it up!  Just have fun with it! That is what Paper Pumpkin is for!

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Make a Cute Mini Album For A Friend

Mini Album Cover

I thought you would enjoy seeing this cute mini album a friend sent me recently that she made! You can use it for inspiration to make an album of your own!  I think mini albums are one of the cutest things we can make with all our stamping supplies!

I’ve often said one of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the people you meet. It was just chance that another Demonstrator saw my name on an email group I was part of and noticed I lived in Houston.  She invited me to come join a group of them for stamping, swapping and lunch out! What could be more fun than that?! We all got together once a month for a few years. It was great because most of us would never have met any other way. Most of us are still in touch one way or another even though some have dropped as Demonstrators or moved away. We just enjoy talking about stamping and Stampin’ Up! and having lots of laughs together. I wouldn’t have met these people without being a part of Stampin’ Up!Mini Album Inside1

When you open the album completely, this is what the inside looks like. So fun to discover all the cute tags and sayings my friend slipped inside!

Mini Album Inside2

In the photo below, if you fold the right portion back to the center, you see another pocket and cute little tag and envelope.

Mini Album Inside3

Such cute little things in the small envelope, not to mention a unique clasp for the envelope flap, tucking it behind the punched flower!Mini Album Inside4

And even on the back of the album is one more surprise!Mini Album Back

You can make something like this and put photos inside of your family or whatever occasion you are making the album for. You will find many ways to make mini albums online. This one is the same size as a regular card.

Just as I was thrilled to receive this from my friend and know how much thought and love she put into it, imagine how much one you make will make to someone special!

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Tomorrow is the last day for Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals as we have known them! After tomorrow we will have occasional “Special Offers” instead.  Lots of deals to choose from!  Be sure to check it out!

Tomorrow also begins the transition to the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  Demonstrators who attended the OnStage convention in Salt Lake City the past few days already received theirs and get extra-early ordering opportunities! Demonstrators who did not attend will be able to view the catalog online tomorrow and we’ll all be able to see projects made with new products. Customers will start receiving catalogs about mid-May and the new catalog goes into effect June 1. That means the Retiring List will be released tomorrow afternoon, 1:00 pm MT! If there are things you want, you can get a jump on ordering today or be ready to order as soon as the list is released. Some things will sell out most likely, you never know. More details will be released tomorrow about the Retiring List.

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Try your hand at making a mini album for someone.  You’ll have fun making it and they will appreciate it!

Make a Paper Tassel with Stampin’ Up! Cardstock!

Paper Tassel

Did you ever think about making a paper tassel with your cardstock?  I didn’t until I saw this idea in a magazine!  Tassels seem to be the trendy thing right now, especially in jewelry.  Why not add them to your papercrafting?!

I’m sure you can modify these instructions to suit the look you want as you play around with the idea.

  • Cut card stock 6″ x 10″.
  • Cut strips 1/2″ x 10″.
  • Measure the center of each strip and put a pencil mark (just if you want something closer to perfection!  Otherwise just eyeball it!)
  • Lay the strips in a starburst pattern, glueing each one on top of the other.  I used the Multiipurpose Liquid Glue (sometimes know as the “green” glue for the color of the bottle!).  Let dry.  (See photo below)
  • With the center of the starburst in the palm of one hand, gently cup the strips together to form the tassel.
  • Take a piece of ribbon and lay it through the inside of the tassel so that you can tie it on to something later if you want.
  • Take another strip of cardstock (I used Gold Foil Sheets) and make the piece that ties around the bundle about one inch down from the top of the tassel. I used Fast Fuse to adhere the ends of the Gold Foil sheet.
  • That’s it!  Tie the tassel on to a package, a gift box, a banner, whatever you like!
  • Try variations like using different shades of the same color card stock or designer paper.

Paper Tassel Layout

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To celebrate shipping one million Paper Pumpkin kits, Stampin’ Up! is putting a bonus stamp set in the April kit!  The only way to get it is to be a subscriber and today is the last day to sign up to receive the April kit!  They will ship by mid-April so sign up today (April 10) to be a current subscriber!  No risk, no obligation!  Pause your subscription for a month or two when you want to (just don’t do it for April or you will miss the bonus stamp set!).

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Make a Mother’s Day Gift Box With the Gift Box Punch Board

Mother's Day Gift Box and Tag

It might be a little early to be thinking about Mother’s Day, but it’s only a month away, and it’s easy to make a Mother’s Day gift box and tag with the Gift Box Punch Board that is on sale on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals until tonight! Be sure to check it out and add it to your order today!

Gift Box Punch Board

I loved making this gift box with the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is heavy Kraft paper, patterns on both sides and one side has a silver foil design.  So whichever side you choose, it will be lovely! The colors that coordinate with this paper are Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Kraft, silver, and Watermelon Wonder.

Shine on Specialty Designer Series Paper

The tag on the Mother’s Day Gift Box is made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock, punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and embossed with the Big Shot and Happy Heart Folder. I happened to grab the Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set to look at the greetings and that’s how I jumped to “Happy Mother’s Day”.  The heart is punched with the Sweetheart Punch. The little flowers are cut from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.

Watch this video and see how easy it is to make a Gift Box with the Gift Box Punch Board on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals only until 11:50 pm MT tonight!

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Coaster Board Magnets

Coaster Board Magnets

These little Coaster Board magnets are an idea that I found in our latest issue of Stampin’ Success, a magazine sent to us demonstrators every quarter. I’ve mentioned this magazine a lot in the past, one of my favorite perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  We used to get an issue every month, but unfortunately, times change, and now we get it once a quarter. But it is still a fun source of stamping ideas and business tips.

You might not even know what Coaster Board is or that Stampin’ Up! carries it! What in the world is Coaster Board??! Stampin’ Up! describes it as thinner than chipboard but sturdier than cardstock. It makes it the perfect material for any projects where you want something stronger than cardstock. You can stamp it, die cut it, and make 3D projects with it.

These magnets are cut 2 1/2″ x 2″. Of course you can make yours any size you want. I was going for small and cute! Decorate the front like a tiny card or adhere a photograph, attach embellishements or do some stamping on them! Then just attach a magnetic strip on the back (you can pick up all kinds of magnets for crafts at a craft store). This is a good way to use up some of your small scraps, leftover embellishments, etc. etc. Just have fun with it!

Coaster Board also works really well with the Berry Basket Die to make baskets that are stronger than cardstock. You can see the basket I made and the details HERE in this post.

Berry Easter Basket Wildflower Meadow

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For more information and to answer your questions, just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com or click HERE on the website for more information.  Signing up is easy!  You can do it online in a matter of minutes and have your Demo number to start looking around the Stampin’ Up! website for Demonstrators while you wait for your Starter Kit to arrive!

Put some Coaster Board on your next Stampin’ Up! order and make some cute Coaster Board magnets and other projects with it!

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag

St. Patrick's Day Gift Bag and Tag

If you have a little treat for someone today on St. Patrick’s Day, you might want to make a little St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag like this one!  I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board and the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper has a printed pattern on one side and shiny pattern on the other side, so that presents a dilemma of which side to use because you will like both sides! This is heavier kraft paper so great to use for boxes and bags and such.

The tag is first punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with Cucumber Crush card stock which matches the Shine On DSP. To make the little pot of gold, I punched a circle of black with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and cut it in half. You could use a larger circle punch or even a large oval punch if you wanted a bigger pot.  The rim and two legs on the pot are punched from the Word Window Punch.  What would we do without the Word Window Punch?!! For the gold coins, I pulled sequins off the Gold Sequin Trim.  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and the word “lucky” is from the And Many More Stamp Set. I inked up only the word Lucky on the stamp (it says Lucky You) and punched it out with the Word Window Punch. To make it smaller, I inserted the punched out piece back into one side of the punch coming in from the top so just the one end would get punched. It fits perfectly on the pot of gold!

So there you go! Make someone a St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag and surprise them!

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Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

If you get the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Playful Pals Stamp Set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies, and you spend some time playing with it, you will just become more and more creative playing with all the stamps and dies and thinking of all the possibilities, such as my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box.  I didn’t even know if there were proper “ears” in the set, but there were, and then I die cut a bunny ear out of orange card stock for a carrot and a green piece that is probably most like a frog’s foot for the leafy top of the carrot. I just drew in the little lines on the carrot and the leafy top with a black marker.  A lot of times I find that the more I sit and play with my stamps and accessories, the more ideas I can come up with.

Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!  You could make Playful Pals bunnies out of other colors, even designer paper, just for fun.  How cute will they be for babies or baby showers or gifts?! Little kids will like them as a birthday party favor.

With this Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, you can just stamp on the pyramid box or you can stamp and use die cuts to make things a little more 3D. So many possibilities! You can copy ideas you find online, but I also challenge you to just play and stamp and stamp and play and see what you come up with all the little pieces and parts!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end tomorrow!  You might for sure want the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and especially the very cute Tin of Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up! You might also want to add the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set that has great greetings and little doodles that I’ve used on other projects, not just the Tin of Cards.

If you want to make fun little animals and other projects like my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box, be sure to check out my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket Die and the Big Shot! Choose your favorite card stock color for the basket and die cut. Decorate the outside of the basket however you like, and fill with some grassy material.  Just like that, you have a cute little Easter Basket for a gift, a decoration, or a table favor.

This Easter Basket is made with Crumb Cake card stock to be neutral and then I used the Easter Lamb Stamp to decorate it along with some Blushing Bride Glimmer PaperI absolutely love this little lamb stamp! It’s just one single stamp, which makes it so cute just by itself! I just colored in a bit with some Stampin’ Write Markers and punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch. The Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper is punched with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle PunchSo easy and so cute!  Fill your basket with candy!

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, good through Monday, March 7.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 1 2016

Shop Stampin’ Up! for stamp, ink, paper, and accessories for making all kinds of fun cards and projects such as this easy Easter Basket made with the Berry Basket Die.

 

March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

March Comes in Like a Lion Playful Pals Card and Pyramid Box

The saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” I don’t know if that saying will be true today or not for where I live and where you live, but I made some lions with the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle of stamps and dies in honor of March 1st.

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Help Bring Birthdays Back!

Maybe you recall THIS STORY posted on the Stampin’ Up! blog a little while ago about Shannon West, an employee at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, realizing that people were just posting their holiday and birthday greetings on social media and not sending cards, and she decided to do something about it.  Stampin’ Up! joined in and now we have a new stamp that you can purchase and use on your cards or envelopes as Shannon is doing!

Here is a photo Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, posted on Facebook yesterday of the new stamp.  You can put Item #143573 on your Stampin’ Up! order.  The cost is $12.00. Right now it says the stamp is on backorder, but if you want it, I would put it on your order anyway. Maybe they just don’t have them all delivered to the warehouse yet for shipping.

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals
Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Mar 1 2016

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for March 1 through Monday, March 7, 2016. I think the main thing I would want if you don’t already have it is the Tin of Cards Project Kit. This kit is featured on the front cover of the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. As soon as I saw the tin, I knew I wanted the kit, and the cards are cute too!  You can make the cards and then wait to attach the greeting for when you need a card and then you can choose what you need. The tin also has dividers so you can store additional cards.  All the other products make stamping more fun, too!

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Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

Botanical Gardens Gift Bag

If there was one thing that made me purchase the products in the Botanical Gardens suite in the Occasions Catalog on page 26, it was the gift bag sample using this paper!  I guess it was the black background that really stood out to me. Actually, all the samples at the top of page 26 are so darn cute!  Did you realize the “plant” in the flowerpot is really stamped paper leaves??

Although this gift bag is not exactly the same as the one in the catalog, I used my Gift Bag Punch Board to make it with the paper from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. The Gift Bag Punch Board makes it easy to make a small gift bag, especially if you want one with the creases in the side. The instructions are written right on the Punch Board and a diagram, but rest assured there is also a Stampin’ Up! video if you need a more visual reminder of how to make your gift bag!  I’ve posted it below.

To make the tag, I just cut a 2″ wide piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the greeting from the set Enjoy the Little Things. This is the stamp set that coordinates with the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit, but it’s also a good stamp set to have on its own! Then I punched the corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. I sponged the edges of the tag with Pool Party Ink just for fun.  The greeting is stamped with Mossy Meadow Ink. Since I had some spare die cut flowers, it was easy to add a little flower to my tag. The leaves to embellish the tag were stamped with the veins in the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and die cut with the Big Shot and the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. The ribbon is the soft and pretty Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.

The Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog are certainly good places to start when you are looking for inspiration or need ideas for a project you want to make. If you don’t want to copy it exactly, just change out the paper, or the colors, or the stamp set to make it your own.

It’s always handy to have some gift bags made up and ready to go, such as this Botanical Gardens Gift Bag which is perfect for spring and summer coming up!

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January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treats

January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treats

I’m getting some Valentine treats ready made from my January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit. This kit makes a banner for Valentine’s Day and  these heart-shaped treat bags. All you need is some chocolate candy to put inside. (Candy purchased for professional purposes only, of course!!!)  All supplies came in the kit including the strips of adhesive used to glue the sides of the hearts together. You can use the included stamp set to personalize your hearts and you can even write a messsage of love on the back!

Today is the day!  If you would like to get the next Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox in February, subscribe today or add a prepaid subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order.  The 10th of any month is the date by which you need to subscribe or pause or cancel your subscription because in a few days the next kits will go out!  I can picture the red boxes all stacked up in the Stampin’ Up! warehouse right now!

No worries!  If you miss the 10th today and join Paper Pumpkin later on, you will just get the next kit! It’s all good! Paper Pumpkin is for experienced and unexperienced crafters and stampers, old and young, girls and boys, grandmas and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and college students – whoever is looking for a little break in our busy lives to just sit down and play with a surprise project once a month without having to design something or go out and buy supplies, etc.  It all comes in the red box! Maybe you need some glue and scissors, but maybe you won’t.

If you have any questions, just ask!  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. If you are ordering from Stampin’ Up! anyway, then add on the 3-month Prepaid Subscription and earn a free Sale-A-Bration product for your subscription because you are spending over $50. It may even boost your order up to Hostess Rewards. And if you just want to try it for a month or two and see how you like it, join HERE or click to get more information.

I hope you will treat yourself for Valentine’s Day by joining Paper Pumpkin so you will start receiving your happy red box in the mail!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes

Chinese Red Envelopes

Happy Chinese New Year!  This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey. There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and the monkey is the ninth animal in the cycle. To celebrate, red envelopes are given with money inside. Someone asked me if I could make some for her, so here are some of the envelopes I came up with. I didn’t have any Chinese stamps, but I started off choosing flower stamps that I thought would work.  I did find a monkey stamp, and although I thought it might not be the right thing, the lady I was making them for liked having a monkey on some of the envelopes.

Chinese Red Envelopes 3

I used the Stampin’ Up! Red Envelope Paper that is no longer available and really gave the Envelope Punch Board a workout! I also gave the Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder a workout as well! Some of the stamp sets I used are retired. Even though they take up too much space, sometimes it is nice to have a huge selection of stamps to choose from when you have a custom project to make for someone!

These envelopes went all the way to China which is pretty exciting! I hope everyone who receives one enjoys their gift!

Check out the Google image today of the monkeys to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Valentine Heart Treat Bag

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Heart BagIf you have ever considered getting the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! now is the time because they are discounted on the Weekly Deals! Quickly and easily make cute little treat bags for candy, gift cards, small gifts, or even as an envelope to hold a card. They can be for any occasion and thanks to creative people who figure these things out, you can even make them into different sizes!  You just need to die cut with the Big Shot the one main front piece that has one of the back sides attached, plus the other back side. Score, fold, and glue and you have a cute treat bag!

As a bonus, you get all kinds of extra pieces to die cut to make embellishments for your treat bag or to use on other projects.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Pieces

My Mini Treat Bag I made with Rose Red card stock because it coordinates with the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack that I used inside the heart window.  I used the heart die to cut that window and then just adhered a piece of the Love Blossoms paper on the inside before I glued the bag.

Mini Treat Bag Window Inside

Mini Treat Bag Window

Next just decorate your treat bag with any embellishments or die cut some of the pieces that came in your set for whatever occasion you are making this for! This bag I made could be for Valentine’s Day but doesn’t have to be. Make a separate card to slip inside and have the whole thing be a card rather than a bag. Fold over the top and make a bellyband to make it an enclosure. Just have fun with it and you will!!

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