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Watching the Stampin’ Up! Inspire.Create.Share.2014 Convention from Home

Donna Griffith of Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! was kind enough to live stream a portion of the Inspire.Create.Share.2014 Convention from Salt Lake City so those of us who did not attend this year could watch it. It’s almost as good as being there! And I still found myself trying to take photos of my laptop screen and write down notes of the projects all at the same time like I would be doing if I were there! This morning Donna Griffith was the presenter on stage teaching about using the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers. I missed a little bit of the beginning since they started a few minutes earlier than they’d planned, but I still saw plenty of cute ideas!

Did you know you can color the Vintage Faceted Buttons? Just be careful on the sharp edges with your marker so you don’t wear out the tip. You can also color pearls, rhinestones, and other embellishments.

Button colored with Blendabilities

You can color on Window Sheets. Here she stamped the flower with White Stazon Ink but did not let the coloring touch the Stazon ink. The ink sits on top of the window sheet so you have to let it dry and add more if you want.

Window Sheet Blendabilities

You can use Blendabilities on the Mini Muslin Bags.

Muslin Bag with Blendabilities

Start with light colored lines at the bottom and make them darker as you go for the ombre effect!

Muslin Bag Ombre

Coloring Washi Tape

Amazingly, you can color on black & white photos! This is Donna’s granddaughter! See the headband?

Coloring on Photo with Blendabilities

And how about a mask on the superhero! (Donna’s grandson!)

Coloring on Photo Boy

To see another really neat idea, come over to my Stamping With Karen Facebook Page HERE!

Stampin’ Up! Convention – Inspire.Create.Share.2014 – From Home!

InspireCreateShare 2014

I may not be attending the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this year, but I’m trying to keep up with every tidbit of it that I can find from home!  Thank goodness for the internet! Stampin’ Up! even had a live stream yesterday morning of the opening of Convention (this year called Inspire.Create.Share.2014) and a good part of the first General Session. I was beyond thrilled that they broadcast more than a few minutes of it! My live stream worked great until it got to Becky Higgins of Project Life being interviewed by Shelli Gardner, then it konked out! I can’t wait until they live stream another segment of Convention this morning! It really is just like being there, except my feet don’t hurt! Of course my feet wouldn’t have hurt yesterday morning yet, but there is a great amount of walking all over that convention center and to and from the hotel.

Often the Stampin’ Up! convention begins with many Stampin’ Up! employees standing just inside the doors when the demonstrators enter. It’s a thrill to be greeted by all of them, it makes us feel like celebrities! But this year, the employees, by department, were part of the opening on stage which looked fun! Looked like some fireworks on stage, too! Real fireworks!

Shelli Gardner came out, tissue in hand. She often gets emotional on stage during her presentations, part of her charm, and it’s not hard to feel emotional about Stampin’ Up! She barely got started in her remarks when everyone in the audience got a free stamp!

Pam Morgan gave her presentation about the Holiday Catalog! I think most people are saying this is the best catalog ever, which I know we said last year and probably the year before that! This year’s Holiday Catalog will have lots of Sizzix products in it, so be sure you have a Big Shot (and next month will be a good time to order one!). Lots of packaging products and ideas for the holidays, kits for making cards, more stamp sets with sentiments for the front of the card AND the inside! More of the photopolymer stamps for easy alignment, Project Life, and builder sets. The beautiful photopolymer stamp set Endless Wishes, that sold out quickly last fall when photopolymer stamps were new, will be reissued. There will be gift wrap, ribbon, a gift box punch board, more Project Life for the holidays, beautiful papers, and more, of course!

Also, the most recent demonstrator to reach $1 million in sales, Connie Heisey, was brought up on stage by Shelli to be recognized! She had previously been invited to the Home Office to spend the day and celebrate this amazing milestone! While on stage, the “delivery man” wheeled out about four Stampin’ Up! boxes (you can barely see him leaving behind Connie) (wish I’d gotten a better photo of him!) as Shelli told Connie she would be receiving EVERYTHING in the Holiday Catalog! Then there was a poof of confetti to celebrate this amazing milestone!

Connie Million Dollars

Here are some more of the photos I took of my laptop screen while I watched the live stream yesterday! Didn’t think of doing it from the beginning!

Pam Morgan on stage

Holiday Catalog Package

Holiday Catalog packages

Peace on Earth Bag

Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins

In the afternoon and evening there were classes and additional demonstrations, which, from what I read online, sounded like they were terrific!

I know that at the Paper Pumpkin party the night before, demos got to make one item in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. It looked pretty cute to me! And apparently they got to view some other months’ kits, with a guard nearby, so no one would take photos! But they say the Paper Pumpkin kits just keep getting better so if you would like a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit to come to you in the mail each month, remember the special going on! Save 50% on the first two months, for new subscribers only, by using the code: HALFOFF2 

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And now I have to go check on the time for the live stream from Convention!

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A Handy Baby Shower Gift for the New Mother

Sock Monkey Baby Memory Tin

Hopefully this will be a handy baby shower gift for the new mother. I used to use a (clean) paint can that I wrapped designer paper around and decorated, but since I had these “purse tins” in my stash, it will serve the purpose just as well. While the new mother can use this for anything she wants, the purpose of it is for the mother to write a little note to herself about the baby – a milestone, a funny story, a baby first, etc. – and just stick it in this can to remind her to write it down in the baby book later when she has more time! Someone came up with a poem (YEARS ago!) and I’ve saved it and printed it out on a tag that I enclosed in the tin (but didn’t take a photo of). I also decorated a little notebook and pen with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper for her to write the notes to herself.

The tin is wrapped in the Lullaby Designer Paper in two pieces.  One strip doesn’t completely wrap around. I started by adhering the back piece, using the Liquid Multipurpose Glue (in the green bottle). In the past, I have used Stampin’ Glue Sticks on both the paper and the container on these kinds of projects and they worked well. Right now I don’t have any new glue sticks to use so I better put them on my next order! But I like using the Tombow Glue because it gives you some “wiggle room” to get the paper placed exactly how you want it. Sticky Strip works but you have to be very careful adhering the paper so that it goes in the right place or things become very “sticky” and difficult to move! So if you adhere the paper on the backside first, when you apply the paper on the front, the edges on the side will overlap facing the back which just looks a little nicer. I used to try to cover the top with paper, cutting out around the handle and on the front cutting out around the latch – but that is all too much trouble!  Now I do it the easy way! Just decorate the lid some other way!

I used my retired Sock Monkey stamp because it sort of matched the expectant mother’s nursery decorations. I even kind of altered the Sock Monkey to color it like the nursery decoration. And I used my new Blendabilities to color him. The tag on the front has a bow made with the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine. 

The decoration on top of the tin is from the stamp set Label Love. Just tying some ribbon on to the handle adds a nice touch, like my favorite ribbon, Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.

Sock Monkey Baby Memory Tin

Here’s a photo of the little notebook I covered with designer paper and stamped a little title for Baby, We’ve Grown. The pen is another oldie but goodie:  Use an RSVP pen that has a clear barrel and you unscrew the top part and insert a small rolled up piece of designer paper to show through the barrel.

Altered baby notebook and matching pen

Take advantage of the special offer on designer series papers this month of July, Buy 3 DSP, Get 1 Free. Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store 24/7. If you have any trouble, I’m happy to put your order in for you.

Make a Special Baby Shower Gift

Baby Flip Album Lullaby DSP

This weekend I was invited to a baby shower so I thought it would be fun to make a baby flip album for the mother-to-be! Hopefully she will get some baby photographs printed out so she can put a few in this mini album. I absolutely LOVE making these albums. Even though they look fantastically complicated when flipping through them, they are basically very easy. The only time-consuming part is in how they are decorated and embellished, and that you can do as detailed and fancy as you want or as simple and plain as you want.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

You do need 12″ x 12″ card stock for the pages (hmmm, might be interesting to figure out the measurements to make a small version out of regular size paper). I knew I would be working with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper so I just used card stock that coordinated with the colors in the Lullaby paper. Whether you order this paper for a baby project or not, notice that it is just pretty patterned paper – there is nothing that says “baby” on any of the pages. Each paper is just a pretty design so you can use it for any occasion or project. The album is tied together with the Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

I used the new baby stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog plus had a few retired stamp sets in the stack to choose from as I worked. As always, the Big Shot was put to use with several of the framelits and embossing folders!

This little bunny is in the Baby, Grown stamp set. The photo frames are cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

A few stamped flourishes from Everything Eleanor on one page and a baby buggy from the new set with coordinating framelits that you can purchase in a Something for Baby Bundle.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

The tag is made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and stamped with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby PagesThis heart is die cut with the Hearts Framelits and then embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and has a little Boho Blossoms punched flower with a Candy Dot on it.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Here I used the new Stampin’ Up! Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon on the center pages.

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Here is a mix of old and new! The page on the left side is stamped with words from Celebrate Baby and the flower from Something For Baby stamp set. The little baby on the right is from an old retired stamp sets, one of my favorites, called Baby Firsts. I colored her little outfit with Calypso Coral Blendabilities (coming in the next batch of Blendabilities August 1st!).

Baby Flip Album Lullaby Pages

Another stamp and die-cut with the Something For Baby Bundle. I added a little bow with Baker’s Twine and some tiny Pearl Jewels.

It’s so fun to make these flip albums! Even if pictures were never added, they would still be fun to flip the pages back and forth and all different ways! You can make them for any occasion and decorate however you like. Every time I make one I almost hate to give it away!

If you need some 12″x 12″ card stock to make an album like this, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Don’t forget about the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special going on during July!  Great time to stock up on some Lullaby DSP in case you might be making some baby gifts!

Pop Up Box 60th Birthday Card

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday

When I needed a birthday card for a special friend for her 60th birthday (a special birthday for sure!), I wanted to make a “pop up box” card. Yes, the designer paper, Birthday Basics, is retired, but I love it so I used it for this personal card. The base (box) is Crisp Cantaloupe. You can see a photo of the front down below.

Even though the designer paper is retired, the stamp sets are new and current! The banner on the front flap is stamped with the Banner Banter stamp set and punched out with the Banner Punch. I added some Candy Dots to make it look like it was strung across the flap.  I LOVE the Candy Dots! They come in the color families and only cost $5.95. Just a cute touch to your cards and projects! Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine is tied around the front flap.

The cupcakes are from the new stamp set Cupcake Party and punched out with the Cupcake Builder Punch. (See some more Candy Dots on the cupcakes?!) The “60″ is from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set. The greeting in the back is from Chalk Talk and cut out with the coordinating framelits. You can buy the Chalk Talk Bundle and save 15%! The “Celebrate You” greeting is also from the Cupcake Party stamp set.

Here is the front of the pop up box birthday card:

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday Front

 

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A few new things added to the Clearance Rack!

July Offer:  Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, Get 1 FREE!

Christmas in July: New Christmas stamp sets out early! (Beauty of the Season and Christmas Bliss)

New Photopolymer “Boy” Stamps:  Dear Heart

 

Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath for the 4th of July

Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

The 4th of July is coming up on Friday and I love to have a few decorations for every holiday, like this Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath. The June Paper Pumpkin Kit contained enough materials for 24 pinwheels, so I made some and put in a “bouquet” in my entry hall and also made a bunch of pinwheels but didn’t put them on the straws in the kit.  Instead I ripped apart my spring wreath I had made from the kit in the Occasions Catalog and reused this burlap ribbon-wrapped flat wreath as the base for my pinwheels. For the top I made some stars with the two retired star punches (wish I’d had the new Star Framelits!) and even hand-cut some larger stars. I just used some hot glue to adhere the pinwheels, but for the stars I put on later, I was too lazy to get out the hot glue and just used Mini Glue Dots or Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you aren’t already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you might want to sign up as the kits have just gotten better and better! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription to a papercrafting kit you receive in a bright red box in the mail! You can subscribe in prepaid subscriptions, if you would like to add them to your Stampin’ Up! order. OR you can simply sign up to receive a kit every month.  Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you have the option of purchasing certain past kits and refill packages while supplies last! Even though you missed getting this June kit, if you began a subscription to Paper Pumpkin, you could then purchase the Pinwheel Party refill kit (doesn’t include the stamps or ink).

There’s no risk! Try it out and pause your subscription if need be for a month or two and then restart. Or cancel at any time. Just decide before the 10th of any month before the kits ship. But I think you will enjoy getting that gift in the mail, just for you, with a quick and easy project of some kind inside (it’s not just cards!) with all the supplies you need except maybe adhesive.

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Check Out Stampin’ Up!’s New Kits! Make Papercrafting Easy!

Stampin' Up! A Little Sumthin' Sumthin' Gift Box Kit

Stampin’ Up! has several new kits available to you to make papercrafting easy! For a small gift package, perhaps for a gift card, consider the A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Gift Box Kit that comes with cute pillow boxes, good for men, women or children and all the supplies to jazz it up a bit!  Watch Sara Douglass in the video below explain the contents of the kit and how to assemble it! Good thing to do on a hot summer day!

And if you are into the chalkboard style of decorating you’ll be interested in the new Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit.

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Make a Gift Box with the Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box Die

Coastal Cabana Hamburger Box Die

I finally got around to playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box Die for the Big Shot. I made this one with Coastal Cabana card stock and a partial belly band with a piece of Lullaby Designer Series Paper. The greeting is from the new stamp set Something to Say. I thought the heart needed a little something so I used the little flower punch in the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to make a little flower with one punched out of the Coastal Cabana card stock and one punched out of the designer paper. If you can poke the center of the flowers, it will cause the petals to pop up a little making it 3D. I put a little Pearl Jewel in the center. And for a little more bling, I added some individual sequins from the Sequin Trim.

The box is not big enough for a double cheeseburger from Whataburger, but maybe it would hold a slider! It is smaller than you think but makes a nice gift box for a Hostess cupcake, a few small to medium size cookies or even any other gift.  You can decorate the inside of the box, the inside of the lid, tie it with ribbon, put a belly band around it, or stack a couple together as you see in the new catalog on page 17.

Stampin’ Up! has a video to show how to make the box and give you some ideas!  Watch it below.

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Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card

Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card

This Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card was one of the projects we made yesterday at my Stamp Camp with some stamping friends. It’s actually easy to make once you know how and can be varied in size if you want it smaller or larger.  This size is made with half a sheet of card stock and will fit in a regular size envelope. It’s amazing that something that looks so 3D can be folded up to fit perfectly in an envelope! You can design a card like this for almost any occasion! Just change up the images, the greeting, the colors and you can make anything!

Flower Shop Pop Up Box Card Folded

This is the pop up box card folded. I made a belly band to go around it just to hold it flat and decorate it.

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Decorated Flip Album

Flip Album Cover Decorated

I actually got my flip album decorated yesterday that I first told you about in THIS POST and mailed off for a gift. You can see the way it folds from the photos on that blog post better there than here. I have to say I had so much fun decorating this flip album and coming up with ideas, but finally ran out of time and wanted to get it in the mail. I usually start out kind of slow, not many ideas of what to do, and then maybe I’ll look through all my stamp sets to see what words or images might be appropriate. I almost always look online for ideas, maybe by the stamp set name, paper name, or accessory name, or something like “paper flowers”. Out of all that, my brain will usually start coming up with its own ideas or I can just copy. The more you stamp and design, even in one day, the better you will get at it! In a little while, I had so many ideas and was having so much fun, I didn’t want to stop. I hope the recipient will like it, From the first time I saw one of these flip albums (that’s what I call it anyway) I thought it was one of the neatest things I’d ever seen!

The designer paper I used is Sweet Sorbet from Sale-A-Bration that isn’t available any more, but maybe you have some, or you can substitute something else.  Mainly I chose the colors that went with the designer paper (you can see the list on the back of every designer paper package now). That makes it easy to coordinate everything without thinking! The “Oh Happy Day” is from Starburst SayingsThe Gold Foil is cut out with the Starburst Framelits Dies. Now the “Oh Happy Day actually stamps as a starburst but you can very carefully punch it out in a circle with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.

Flip Album Decorated Pages on Film Framelits

These pages are just inside the front cover. I used the On Film FramelitsThe little camera is stamped with the Peachy Keen Stamp Set. The filmstrips are stamped with the single stamp, Filmstrip, which retired and I think is no longer available.

Flip Album Decorated Pages2

I stamped the smaller image in So Very Grateful with ink the same color as the cardstock Crisp Canteloupe

Flip Album Decorated Pages4

Flip Album Decorated Pages5

Just use whatever strikes your fancy! You can leave some pages plain so there will be room for photos and memorabilia. Also, be careful when adhering elements. Maybe just adhere the corners where no photo is going to go and then leave the other corner free so a photo can be slid underneath.

I hope you will try a flip album!  It really is fun and easy to do after you do the first one!

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Make Something New From An Old Idea: A Flip Album

Flip Album Open

This flip album is something I haven’t made in several years, but I’ve always thought it was one of the neatest ideas ever! This one is going to be a gift, hopefully. It’s not even that hard to make, although it appears to be very complicated.  I think these albums are so much fun! I’m not sure what the official name of it is, but I think I’ve always known it as a Flip Album and there are other variations.

This flip album isn’t finished yet, but it is the basic layout. Now I need to go through and add some embellishments of some kind. But since the pages are relatively small, I don’t want to add too much and not leave room for photos.  I will post pictures when I finish it up. The paper I used is the beautiful paper from Sale-A-Bration 2014 called Sweet Sorbet. I chose that based on my paper supplies and what I thought the person would like who I plan to give this album to. You do need some 12×12 paper in order to make this.

So now I need to go finish up my little flip album and hopefully get it in the mail today!

Why don’t you take an old idea and make something new with it today?!

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Flip Album Pages

Flip Album Cover

Cookie Monster Celebrates Chocolate Chip Day

Cookie Monster Celebrates Chocolate Chip Day

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!  Could there be a better holiday?!  Have you ever just dug into a bag of chocolate chip morsels to get your chocolate fix? Think of all the chocolate chip cookies that have been baked and all the variations that exist!

And who would celebrate this day more than anyone but Cookie Monster!  If you have baked some chocolate chip cookies as a gift for someone, you could put a few in this Stampin’ Up! Decorative WIndow Gift Box and decorate the box with a cute punch art Cookie Monster! He’s so fun and easy to make and you can vary the size or even make him into a card.  For this box, I punched his face with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. His mouth is die-cut with a 2″ Circle Framelit and then part cut off to look like a mouth. His eyes are punched with the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the circle in the Itty BItty Punch Pack. The all important cookie is punched with the 1″ Circle Punch and the eaten part punched out with the 7/8″ Scallop Punch.  I just colored in the chocolate chips with the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker rather than deal with glueing tiny dots! You can use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up certain parts or the whole Cookie Monster face.

And now I think I will go bake some chocolate chip cookies to put inside that box!

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Cookie Monster Punch Art Close-up

April Paper Pumpkin Kit Framed Love – Lovely!

April Paper Pumpkin Kit Framed Love

I was late in opening my April Paper Pumpkin Kit and missed out on using the “Happy Mother’s Day” stamp that was inside! But what a cute project!!  And tons of materials included, extras, in fact! It was supposed to be wrapped in a wrapper that came in the kit, but since I am keeping it for myself at least so far, I will use the wrapper for some other project.  I LOVE this cute little frame that came in the kit. It had a piece of glass, like most picture frames, but I took it out so the paper design can be 3D with the popped up heart and the clear button. The photopolymer stamps that came in the kit stamped great to make the background design.

To start receiving your Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kits in the mail each month, just sign up HERE on my Paper Pumpkin site. It’s just $19.95 a month which includes the $5 shipping. You do pay tax.

And if you prefer, you can purchase a Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription which can count towards your order, if you are putting one in, or counts toward Hostess Benefits if you are at a workshop. However you decide to go about Paper Pumpkin, you should try it out and see how much fun it is! Each kit only takes a few minutes, probably less than half an hour, to make, which gives you just a little bit of relaxation time for a creative adventure!  You deserve at least that much! And for a beginner, you don’t need a whole roomful of supplies, just some adhesive – and in this kit I didn’t even need to provide my own! It came with small little foam dimensionals and glue dots. But if you DO have a roomful of supplies, you might enjoy the treat you get in the mail and just taking the box, sitting down at the table and having a craft experience – without digging through all your craft supplies to find what you need.  Just sit down with the cute Paper Pumpkin box and start creating! Change it up if you want, it’s yours, or follow the instructions exactly!

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Burlap and Blooms Spring Wreath for Easter

Burlap and Blooms Spring WreathIt was nice to have a kit with everything needed except hot glue to make this Burlap and Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit. I thought it would make a nice wreath for Easter and spring by my back door where my Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath was still hanging! My favorite flowers on this wreath are the fringed ones. I didn’t seem to have much of a knack for making the other ones! And I’m not sure I got the flowers placed in the best positions, but, I did get the wreath finished! And didn’t burn my finger on the hot glue until near the end!  Be careful pushing the flowers down onto the wreath! And have a glass of cold water nearby just in case! It still turned out pretty and was an interesting new project. It’s nice to have a kit and not have to think about all the supplies! It’s available in the Occasions Catalog.

Speaking of supplies, the Stampin’ Up! retired list comes out on Monday! And Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING (excluding expedited shipping) on all orders Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25! When you get a chance this busy Easter weekend, be sure to start making out your list of anything you might want or that you think might retire so you will be ready to take advantage of this free shipping opportunity!

Free Shipping from Stampin' Up! April 21 - 25

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Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Did you know you can make a lot more things with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch than just tags? I’ve seen various creations but got the idea to make a Spring Basket using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. It’s available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog along with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.

To make the basket, I cut two strips of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 7 1/2″ and punched one end on each strip with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Score at 3″ from the scalloped top and fold. Those will be the ends of the basket and you can adhere the bottom pieces together.

Scalloped Tag Topper Basket Base

Cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score 1/2″ at each end. These pieces will be the front and back sides of the basket. If you need to, make a brace to put in the center with a 1″ x 4″ piece scored at 1″ at each end and glue inside the basket.

The handle is a piece 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I added a piece of Whisper White 1/2″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to the top of the handle using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. You can see how the handle is inserted and adhered inside in the photo below.

Decorate your basket however you like!  If you want to stamp on it, be sure to do it before assembling!  I added a layer of Island Indigo card stock to the basket and then the Watercolor Wonder paper on top of that. I made the flower with the Pansy Punch. It was just the right size and I punched several flowers out of the sheet of Watercolor Wonder paper that had shades of yellow and blue on it to get a variation in color. A retired Printed Designer In Color Brad held the flowers in place. Then I foofed them up and down and all around to give them some dimension.

You could also make a paper box the right size and just use the tag punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the ends. So many different ways to make these great papercrafting projects!

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket Side

The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is one of my favorite items in the Occasions Catalog because it would sure be difficult to make that pretty scallop at the top by hand! Go shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and find your favorite products!

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card

The only thing more fun than stamping is stamping with friends and making an Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card! That’s what I got to do the other day and here is one of our creations! I wanted to show them how to make this very popular style of card, the pop-up box card. Although I knew I wanted to make this style of card, I hadn’t made a sample for them, so I had to just “wing it” as we went! I wasn’t even trying to make a “great” card. I just wanted to make one with them so they would know how to do it.  But I think this one turned out pretty cute! The pop-up box card is basically a simple card, it just has the look of being a difficult one.  That’s what I love about Stampin’ Up! and stamping – there is nothing that is too difficult for a beginner to do as long as they have the materials and tools and someone or some way to show them how to do it.

The basic instructions for making a pop-up box card like this one are simple.  Start with a half sheet of card stock as with any card. Score across that 8 1/2″ width at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That leaves a narrow 1/2″ edge on the end which will become the tab that adheres the box together. Turn the half sheet of card stock longways on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or on the Stampin’ Trimmer and score at 2″ to make the box flaps. Now cut from the edge of the paper up to the 2″ scored line to cut apart those flaps. Now also cut off the 1/2″ tab even with the flaps, leaving the bottom portion, so that the box can be assembled. There will not be a bottom to the box, only the flaps at the top that will fold outward. Fold on all the score lines and assemble the box. Also cut two pieces to go inside the box to hold the pop-up images. They should be two pieces cut 1″ x 3″, and scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ (or 1/2″ at each short end) so that those braces can be adhered inside the box spaced evenly apart. They are a little tricky to get glued in there, but you can do it.  I like using the Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive so I can move it around to get it placed evenly and correctly.

Decorate the outside of the box first with either stamped images or designer series paper or card stock or leave plain. It’s all up to you! Once you have the basic box assembled, you can adhere whatever stamped images or punch art or greetings you want for your card to the inside braces and to the outside of the box flaps. If you want the folded card to fit inside a certain size envelope, be sure that any items you adhere inside the card do not “hang out” past the edges of the folded card. This size card as made here will fit inside a Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White Envelope (my favorite envelopes in the whole world, by the way!)

The stamp set I used on this pop-up box card is called Eggstra Spectacular, a cute Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. The little lamb is stamped with Black Stazon ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers. It was then just cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The Easter eggs were stamped with various colors of ink. The Extra-Large Oval Punch was too large to punch them out, much to my chagrin, as was the smallest Oval Framelit, so it was just easiest to use Paper Snips to cut them out by hand. I couple printed flowers were cut out of the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper to add something extra besides the Easter eggs.

The little flowers on the flaps are punched with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog and some Petite Petals flowers are stamped on the sides of the card. The designer paper used on the flaps are small squares of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. A Bundle can be purchased with the Petite Petals Punch along with either the wood- or clear-mount stamp set. The center of each flower is from the Punch Pack. And for extra measure I added a Candy Dot to the center of each flower!

When you want to send a special card to a special someone, this pop-up box card fits the bill and is easy enough to make. Use the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set for an Easter-themed card or whatever stamp set fits the occasion!

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Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card Inside

Stampin’ Up! All Wrapped Up Bundle Livestream

If you missed it last night, you missed a fun new event from Stampin’ Up! It was free and for anyone to watch! Donna Griffith, a Stampin’ Up! home office employee, presented LOTS of projects using the All Wrapped Up Bundle in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! It was a live stream, shown at various times for various time zones, even in French and Spanish.  Donna always has great projects to show us at Stampin’ Up! Convention, Leadership, and other events! Not only was there the live stream of Donna explaining her projects but also a lively chat box going on the side! I’m sure that all of us who watched hope they will do this again!

Here is the third live stream of the evening for North America.

And to see photos of just the projects, click HERE for a .zip file.

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Join Paper Pumpkin for Papercrafting Fun and Free In Color Markers

Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit Boxes

If you don’t have a stack of Paper Pumpkin boxes, then you’ve been missing out on all the fun every month! Every month a new kit for a quick and easy papercrafting project! Usually you have leftover materials you can use on another project. Follow the Stampin’ Up! directions or reinvent the project to suit yourself.

Paper Pumpkin is for you if:

  • You like to do a papercrafting project now and then but can’t design one yourself.
  • You like to make things but you don’t really have that many supplies.
  • You don’t have much time for yourself to devote to crafting but if you could make a quick, cute project in about 30 minutes, you would enjoy it.
  • Sometimes you would like to do something fun with a friend or loved one and if you could just pull out two projects all ready to make, you would be happy.
  • You get excited when you get a package in the mail!
  • You’ve got tons of supplies, but if someone is going to put a project in a box all ready to go for you, it would be great!

If you join Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up!’s papercrafting kit that comes in the mail once a month, you will get your own pretty red box in the mail once a month with a project all ready to go, except for adhesive.  Join before March 31 and get a free set of In Color Markers (worth the price of the kit itself $14.95).  Try it risk free, no obligation, cancel when you are ready before the 10th of any month to stop that month’s subscription.  Or just pause it if you want to take a break and start up again the next month or the next after that. A monthly subscription is only $19.95 which includes shipping!

Join Paper Pumpkin by clicking this link HERE.  Your markers will come with your Welcome Kit with a free clear block for stamping.  After the first month you will receive the same kits that everyone gets that month.  You can still sign up after March 31, but why not do it right away and get the FREE Markers!