Category Archives: 3-D, Gifts & Things

Fun Gift Wrap with the Stampin’ Up! White Gift Boxes

Christmas Decorated White Gift Box

Something you might overlook in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog are the White Gift Boxes that can be decorated in so many different ways for Christmas and any occasion! These boxes are 3″ on each side, so a decent size for a gift or treats – not too big and not too little. Leave them plain and just tie on a ribbon and a tag or decorate fully however you like. An added bonus is that they come with acetate sleeves that you can slip over the box. It just doubles the decorative possibilities! The boxes themselves have a rather slick surface so it is best not to stamp directly on the box. If you really want that look, I would just stamp on Whisper White cardstock and then adhere that to the sides of the box.

To decorate my White Gift Box, I decided to cut squares from the 6″ x 6″ sheets of the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper StackOn the top of the lid I adhered a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and made sort of a double-ended banner strip to lay across the top. I glued down the top and the back but left the front flap unglued so the person can open the box!  It stays down with the Kraft Rope Trim. This is a fun kind of “ribbon” to use on packaging and projects – not too heavy and easy enough to tie in a bow!

Here is what the White Gift Boxes look like out of the package!

Stampin' Up! White Gift Boxes

You get 8 boxes for $8.00 and they are food safe. You know right well you will be scrambling for just the right size box for a gift during the holidays, so grab a couple packages of these and have them ready to go.  Even if you don’t decorate them except for ribbon and a tag, they will look snazzy and high quality, especially with the acetate sleeve around them!

Since these boxes are food safe, maybe you would put in a stack of homebaked cookies or candy! You could also put the treat in a cello bag and then into the box. And the boxes aren’t just for Christmas, obviously. Special Halloween treats or a Thanksgiving mix or cookie would be great. Not to mention birthdays and any gift-giving occasion!

For the tag on my gift box, I just grabbed a scrap of Cherry Cobbler and put it in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I trimmed the Whisper White layer with a scrap piece from the Warmth & Cheer paper to match the box.  The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink with a stamp from the Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Find these White Gift Boxes, paper, ribbon, adhesives, tag punch, stamps – everything you need for gifting – in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! If you need help with your order, just contact me.  I’m happy to put your order in for you if you prefer!

Do you need a copy of the spectacular Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog? Email me with your contact information if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products at Karen@Karenstamps.com. I have some extra catalogs in stock!

Shop the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack for Gift Wrap Supplies

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack If your weather is like ours is in Houston, it is so stinkin’ hot and humid outside that it is best to just stay inside in the air-conditioning and shop the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!  What is more fun than Stampin’ Up! products up to 60% off?!  Some have already sold out, but there is still plenty left to have fun with!

Know someone who gives lots of gifts?  Or do you?  Pick up every ribbon on the Clearance Rack and give that as a gift! Packaged nicely, of course!

Every ribbon for $3.00 or less on the Clearance Rack! And the Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon is one of my favorites!!

Also add these items to help in gift-wrapping or gift-giving!

Good old Stampin’ Up! Glue Sticks!!!  I always particularly liked these if I was wrapping designer paper around a can or tin or box. They have a square shape so good for getting into the corners!  Pick up some for your kids to have for school projects!

If you live somewhere that isn’t going to be 95 degrees today with enough humidity to make you sweat like a pig just walking outside to get the newspaper, then count yourself very lucky! And check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack before things you wanted are gone!

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift Box

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift BoxIf you think this Christmas gift box is cute that I made with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, you will be happy to know you can easily make handmade gift boxes also!

Today I watched a Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith who shows us how to make a square box like this out of a sheet of designer paper for the lid and  cardstock for the box itself. She also demonstrates how to make a rectangular box and explains her formula for making any custom size box. It is really a great video and plenty of extra tips, like how to use Fast Fuse Adhesive!

I’ve made boxes from templates before, but somehow watching this video made it look very easy even without a template! The box I made in the photo above uses a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Real Red cardstock, which you can purchase in the Holiday Catalog if you want a whole package of red!  You probably will want it to use with the darling Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper.

I tied the box with the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon. This ribbon will be a beautiful embellishment on any packages or projects!

Watch this video and tell me that you do not want to rush right over to your crafting table and make a box after watching Donna!

If you need the beautiful Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Paper that Donna used or the Candy Cane Lane DSP that I used, or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! I’m also happy to put in your order, too! And while you’re at it, be sure to check the Special Offers and the Clearance Rack.

Need a Stampin’ Up! Catalog and/or Holiday Catalog?  Just email me with your contact information at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

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Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

The other day I posted the first candy bar I made, but it was so fun I had to make some more Halloween Night Candy Bars with the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set plus Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Depending on the kind and size of candy bar you use, just wrap designer paper, or even card stock around the candy bar and secure with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape.  Stamp the Cookie Cutter characters, color in and punch out. Add a few other stamps for embellishments or whatever else you come up with!  So fun and easy!

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This week my September newsletter will come out with several stamping projects and all the latest Stampin’ Up! news!  PLUS it won’t be long until I begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas email with a new idea and full directions each week for cards, bags and tags, and gifts. This is a special gift for my newsletter subscribers so be sure you are one of them!  Sign up in the box in the upper right of my blog!

Last Day for Stampin’ Up! Special Offers!

Just like the old Weekly Deals, here are the current Special Offers which have been out since last Tuesday and will end tonight. Tomorrow there will be new ones and one more week of special offers the following week.  Add them to your order!  If you like the Enamel Shapes or haven’t tried them yet, this is your chance to get them at a 25% discount – or a punch, ribbon or embossing folder!

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What is Paper Pumpkin anyway?  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! in a cute red box, wrapped up delightfully inside.
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When the red box shows up in your mailbox around the middle of the month, you get all excited, open it, and find all the supplies you need inside to make the mystery project!  There is a stampin’ spot (mini ink pad), an exclusive set of photopolymer stamps, and all the materials die cut and ready to go, usually adhesive like glue dots or dimensionals, plus directions of course and a link to a video of how to make the project!
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Then when you have some free time for yourself, or your child comes home from school to make a craft with you, or your grandchild comes over and wants to make something, or your sister, grandmother, mother, neighbor loves to make things but doesn’t know how, you sit down and assemble your kit! As you can see, it might be cards, it might be a calendar, a mini album, a home decoration, gift bags, treat bags, you name it! Follow the directions or do your own thing!  The box is yours! Just play and enjoy yourself!

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Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

When we think of Halloween we think of candy, so why not decorate a chocolate bar for Halloween like this Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar?! It’s so fun to make stamping projects for Halloween!

First I just wrapped the chocolate bar (with almonds!) in a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. The size depends on your candy bar, just overlap it a bit in the back and make sure it’s a fairly tight fit. I just used a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive.  The mummy is stamped from Cookie Cutter Halloween and colored lightly with a little Sahara Sand ink and my Aqua Painter.  The little ghost I had already cut out with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Such a fun and easy treat or favor to make just for fun or for a party!  Check your pantry or grocery store and see what you come up with!

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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

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Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!

SHOP THE HOLIDAY CATALOG HERE!

VIEW THE HOLIDAY CATALOG HERE!

Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though!  You will love the Enamel Shapes!  Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!

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Home Sweet Home Halloween House

Home Sweet Home Halloween House

It’s so fun to play with the Sweet Home Stamp Set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies to make all kinds of little houses for holiday home decor, party favors, treat holders or gift box like my Home Sweet Home Halloween House.  You can make these as simple or as involved as you like.  Cut two pieces with the dies to make a house, then stamp or add additional die cuts, like for windows perhaps, and then glue it all together!  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog gives you photos of three types of houses – Halloween, Christmas, and a regular house. There are plenty of stamps and dies to embellish your houses for whatever occasion you like!

Purchase the Sweet Home Stamp Set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies in a Bundle and save 10%!  #143516

For my Halloween house, I stamped the lines to look like the wood siding and die cut all the rest of the pieces. I put a gray ghost up in the top window! For the windows I just cut the black frames and cut pieces of Daffodil Delight yellow for the “light” behind them, sponged with a little Pumpkin Pie to look spooky for Halloween. I also sponged the house with Crumb Cake ink to look spooky.  The roof shingles are all die cut, plus I sponged those with Craft White ink. The little doorknob is one of the new self-adhesive Brights Enamel Shapes.

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Side

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Back

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes LIVE in just a few days, on September 1st! You will be overwhelmed with fantastic choices for all the holidays coming up! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to send you a complimentary catalog.

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And don’t forget to order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle by August 31! This stamp set and dies has been extremely popular and you can make beautiful cards for all seasons with this set! You can even make a pumpkin out of the flower/tree top in orange!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

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Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Sometimes the best gifts come in tiny boxes, just like this Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box. There is nothing simpler than this way of packaging a small gift or treat! The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are food safe and acid free and only 2″ x 2″ x 2″ in size! You get 16 treat boxes in a package!

There are limitless ways to decorate and use these little boxes! You will have fun seeing what cute ways you can use these boxes. For this one, I assembled the flat-folded box, added the candy treats inside, and tied with the new Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (available September 1st in the new Holiday Catalog!). For the little gingerbread house on the front, I found that the smaller ones printed on the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper on one of the sheets fit perfectly after I cut it out with my Paper Snips scissors. That’s all there was to it! Instead of candy, you could put a very small gift inside tucked inside some shredded paper or wrapped in some tissue paper. Instead of being able to see inside so easily, you could wrap designer paper around the outside like a wide belly band. Use these boxes for any occasions! They are great to have on hand!

Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st!  You will LOVE it!

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Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Here’s something fun to make with the Cookie Cutter scarecrow on a Mini Treat Bag all ready for Halloween!  The Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set is coming soon (September 1st!) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and coordinates with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (and there is a Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set too that you won’t want to miss!).

I had already stamped and punched out the scarecrow another day and he was right there on my table so I colored him in with Stampin’ Write Markers and mounted him on a layer of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Basic Black.

You already know how much I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  When I got the idea to make a treat bag, I grabbed a piece of the new Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper toward the back of the Holiday Catalog.  I think the little pumpkin pattern looks so cute with the scarecrow! I decided to fold over the top of the treat bag and tie closed with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.

Don’t forget to put the candy or treat in the bag before you tie it shut!  You could also make it like a little envelope with a greeting or gift card inside. So many uses for the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

Holiday Catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes so be sure to watch for yours if you have been a regular customer of mine! Sometimes they get lost along the way, so let me know if yours doesn’t arrive by September 1st.  If you are new and would like a catalog, just let me know and I can send one to you.

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?!  Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!

This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!

Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear.  But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!

If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  You will love this catalog!!  It will be online Sept. 1st as well.

If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself!  We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too!  It only takes minutes to sign up!  Join the Stampin’ Up! family!  Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Time to Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin

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Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month! It is so fun to check your mailbox and find that red box in there with crafting fun just for you!

The box contains an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, an ink spot (a 1″ square little ink pad!) and all the materials you need for the project, already cut and ready to go. Your first kit includes a clear block on which to mount the stamps.  You of course get instructions and even a video you can watch from Stampin’ Up! Make the kit as designed or do your own thing with the contents.

  • You can subscribe month by month for $19.95 a month, which includes shipping.

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Paper Pumpkin is almost always a surprise and not always cards.  There have been many different kinds of projects in the boxes. BUT every now and then, Stampin’ Up! offers a sneak peek.  You can see the sneak peek of the stamp set and find out what kind of project is in the August kit if you click this link HERE, or just wait and be surprised when your kit arrives!

To get the August kit in the mail, subscribe by August 10th.  Your kit will ship out soon after and you will receive it about mid-month. No risk, no obligation. Try it for a few months and if it is not for you, just go in your account and cancel or even just contact me and I will have Stampin’ Up! cancel for you. Or if you are busy and want to skip a month, just “Pause” your subscription! It’s as easy as that!

Here are videos for the May, June and July Paper Pumpkin kits for you to get an idea of what they are like! After you watch, just click the link below the videos to get your subscription started. As a bonus, subscribers are able to order any past kits or refills that are still available if you missed something you really liked.


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Learn to Make These Cute Popcorn Boxes!

Popcorn Box Samples

Images (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

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

Put these Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies on your Stampin’ Up! order!

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!

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  • 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!

Join the Stampin’ Up! family and make new friends!

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!