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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tag is made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and stamped with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.
This 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.
Here I used the new Stampin’ Up! Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon on the center 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!).
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!
I’ve loved this Circle Card Thinlit Die from the time I got it after the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer! That’s where the thinlits dies were introduced! I think it makes the best cards yet is so easy! It just uses a half sheet of card stock for the base and then you can embellish any number of ways!
This is a card I made for our great-niece’s first birthday! She got her first plane ride on her first birthday and spent her first birthday in Texas! We were thrilled we got to meet her and spend her first birthday with her over the weekend all wrapped up in one trip! Of course she had more fun playing with the gift bag and tissue paper than the gift, but that’s fine, that’s how it is supposed to be with little ones! All they need is the bag or the box the gift came in! She was such a cutie!
Here is the inside of the card when opened up. I used the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper which I have always LOVED! I think it is still available as I am writing this, but it is on the Retirement List, so if you want some, you better not procrastinate any longer! The cupcake on the front is stamped with the Create a Cupcake Stamp Set, which at this moment is available in wood-mount (clear-mount sold out) but is on the Retirement List for Stamps. The stamping is punched out with the Cupcake Punch. The greeting is stamped on the inside of the circle with the stamp set Memorable Moments. That’s a great set because you can make it say what you want with the choices of stamps!
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While I had this shiny blue gift bag, it needed something to be appropriate for a baby gift. I just stamped a panel to put on the front of the bag. The animals are from the retired stamp set “Animal Stories” (do you have it in your stash?). Even the greeting is retired but from one of my all-time favorite, how-can-we-live-without-it stamp sets, “Sincere Salutations”. Of course the panel still needed some jazzing up. I used some pieces of the Silver Glimmer Paper die cut with the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die for the top and bottom edges and tied some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog around the panel.
You can do this with any plain gift bags you have. I like to save the handled gift-bag-type bags you sometimes get at stores or you can buy at the craft store. Then you can use those for gifts after you decorate them!
If you are looking for a similar cute animal stamp set, perfect for baby cards and gifts, try Zoo Babies available in wood- or clear-mount.
Have I said before that I think you will love the Circle Card Thinlits Die for making cards? I needed a baby card for a little boy and thought the Thinlits Die would make a cute card! The paper I used is retired (Nursery Nest), but of course you could use any paper of your choice. The stamp set I used is also retired, unfortunately. I loved the Easy Events stamp set because it was so versatile for many occasions. I loved the little duck so I had to use it for this card.
The Thinlits Die practically makes the card for you! Just decide what to put for the focal point on the front of the card in the circle and probably a greeting for the circle on the other side inside the card. Add a little designer paper if you like or do some stamping on the plain card stock.
If you are game to try the new Thinlits Dies, just contact me or shop online at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.
Today is Teddy Bear Day so here is a Teddy Bear punch art baby card. Teddy bears are named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. The name supposedly came after a 1902 hunting expedition where Roosevelt was offered the opportunity to shoot a young bear but refused. A cartoonist illustrated the incident and the larger bear was later redrawn as a cuddly cub. The whole story became famous and a toymaker brought out a cute stuffed bear and named it “Teddy’s Bear”. The teddy bear, of course, has become a staple with babies and children and even adult collectors.
My teddy bear is made with some punches, but also some hand-cutting was involved! Actually, I also used some of the new Circle Framelits. It’s good to sponge the edges of the pieces with ink before you assemble so that they stand out more. My bear is made with Soft Suede and Crumb Cake card stock and adhered to a layer of Marina Mist on a Whisper White card base. The Marina Mist is embossed with the popular Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
Do you have a favorite teddy bear? Get it out today and celebrate Teddy Bear Day!
One of the many Stampin’ Up! products that I will miss when it retires next week is the Two Tags Die. You can make cards, tags, even little bags and boxes for treats and little gifts. Today I have used my Two Tags Die for two projects as well as two retiring stamp sets, retiring designer paper, and retiring colors, Regal Rose and Baja Breeze.
There are actually two tag shapes on the Two Tags Die. This one pictured above had a score line so can be folded in half and tucked under the little slit, which the die also makes. I cut out the Twitterpated Designer Paper at the same time as the card stock so it fit perfectly. I stamped the cupcake image from the retiring Easy Events stamp set (a great set for all-occasions, especially for the beginning stamper!) and colored it in with Stampin’ Write Markers. For a little pizzazz I had to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the frosting with my 2-Way Glue Pen. And for a little trim above and below the stamped image, I used the versatile Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch with only the scallop edge showing. The little flower on the edge is made with the Boho Blossoms Punch.
This card I made using the discontinued Regal Rose card stock (admittedly not one of my favorite colors in all these years, but it’s okay) and embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder. The Two Tags Die is stamped with a greeting from the Word Play stamp set (another stamp set I hate to see retire) and decorated with a couple of Subtles Collection Designer Buttons tied with
White Baker’s Twine. I made a similar card back in this post.
The Two Tags Die is a fun and handy die to own if you also own the Big Shot. If it is still available, I would add it to your list of must-haves before the retirement period is over.
Remember, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live at Noon Mountain Time on Friday, May 31. Ordering will be down that morning and the night before so they can make the change to the new catalog. You will still be able to order from the old catalog until June 3. The Spring Catalog ends May 31.
Place your order today before time runs out at my Online Store or email me with your order at Karen@KarenStamps.com if you prefer.
The Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch can be used for way more than owls! If you need to make a baby card, just get out your Owl Punch and get to work.
On this card, I made cute little baby clothes hanging on the clothesline with the Owl Punch. Use the piece that would be the front part of the owl. Then make a little triangle snip in the bottom with your Paper Snips to make the piece look like legs. Add some thin strips of card stock for the outfit straps (or pieces of ribbon) and secure with Mini Brads. Thread some Linen Thread through the outfits to “hang” on the clothesline. Adhere the outfit to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the background, I used the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder and Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine to make it look like the sky. The greeting is from Sweet Essentials stamp set.
If you don’t already own the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch, you’ll want to add it to your order! You can order online at any time at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here. Big discounts on some retiring products right now!
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In continuing to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Stampin' Up! has released this new collection of stamps for May 2013! One stamp in the set is a new image and the rest are favorites from the last 25 years! Although a new set is being released each month, they will all be available until March 31, 2014.
This is the season for brides and babies, so if you need to be making cards for new babies or weddings, you might want to invest in this set!
Just shop at my Online Store and check out this stamp set!
Best of Brides & Babies #133482 Clear-mount
This is the little card I made with the Scallop Envelope Die to go with my baby shower gift in this post. I didn't photograph the back of it, unfortunately, but the scalloped flap of the envelope in folded in and the bottom up and the side flap in to form the pocket. The other side flap is left open, as you can see.
The little window is punched with the cute Petite Curly Label Punch. The little greeting is stamped with the Ciao, Baby! stamp in the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog. The pink ribbon is Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon. The blue is the 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Marina Mist.
Watch the video of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, making this project on a local TV show! You can buy this Scallop Envelope Die at my Stampin' Up! Online Store! It's one of those cute and useful ones!
A few weeks ago I needed a baby shower gift and kind of reverted back to something that was popular to do when I first started stamping. It was popular way back when (and still a good idea!) to buy a new paint can, decorate it and attach a certain poem someone made up. The idea was the new parents would be busy with the new baby and might not have time to write everything down they wanted to record in the baby book, so perhaps they would jot a quick note and throw it in this can and enter it in the baby book later.
Instead of a paint can, I used a white tin I had in my stash. It's decorated with Twitterpated Designer Series Paper and also a strip of Patio Party Designer Series Paper. It's easy enough to wrap two sheets of paper around the bottom of the tin (start at the back first). I like to use Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Sticks for a project like this, but you could also use the Multipurpose Glue or some like Sticky Strip tape. Rather than work around the handle at the top, I chose to just make some flowers with punched and distressed scallop punches and Glimmer Brads.
I also covered a little notebook with some Patio Party Designer Paper and inserted some matching paper into an RSVP pen to decorate it.
And a few baby thank you cards for the new mom to use (using a retired baby stamp set, but one of my favorites!)
And here's everything on the inside of the tin. You can read the poem I attached to the inside of the tin. Just click on the photo to enlarge. I used the Labels Collection Framelits Dies.
I also made a card with a picture of the "real" gift that the expectant mom would receive but I will post that another day!
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Here are just a few of the beautiful displays Stampin' Up! had up at Leadership! Each one is creative, beautiful and exquisite!! You can probably click on the photos to enlarge them.
All images copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
Oh my! It's hard to come back down to earth after a Stampin' Up! event, especially one like Stampin' Up! Leadership 2012! The withdrawal was eased a little bit yesterday when my new Stampin' Success, the magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators, was in the pile of mail!
I've been looking through my photos and decided to start with one of my favorite displays. These were in the room where we did Make & Takes the first night. We used the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit #125410, in the Occasions Mini Catalog, which is a cute set of double-sided, printed, die-cut flowers on textured paper PLUS an assortment of pink rhinestones to add some bling! You have to put it on your next order!
All images copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
This one is a little blurry, but I loved the braided fabric for a flower stem!
And DON'T FORGET……..Sale-A-Bration begins tomorrow, January 24th!! With a $50 purchase, you can choose a free product in the new Sale-A-Bration Catalog! Check back tomorrow for more information!
Time to check that Stampin' Up! retiring list of stamp sets and accessories! If you do, you will see that this cute Animal Stories stamp set #116716 is on the list, and that's a shame because it is so useful for baby cards, children's cards, scrapbooking, and gifts. The stamp set has images of an owl, a whale, an elephant, and this giraffe.
I got the idea for this baby card from the Stampin' Up! catalog on page 94. You should also consider the Photo Corners Punch #119878, a retiring accessory…which at this moment was still available to order online, but accessories can run out at any time. This punch is good for making a focal point on a card or scrapbook page or as an embellishment and of course good for framing photos.
Stamps: Animal Stories, Tiny Tags
Ink: Baja Breeze
Paper: Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Pack – In Color (Hostess – Level 1)
Accessories: Gold Brads #104337, Linen Thread #104199, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen #105021, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Scallop Edge Border Punch #119882. Color Coach #121620
Here are some more pages from the baby scrapbook I made. Some materials and stamps may be retired but you can easily substitute something similar. You can copy the layout ideas or just get your creative juices flowing! These smaller albums are so much fun to make! Just slip the pages you make into the clear page protectors in the album.
Use the Pinking Hearts Corner Punch #118072 to make a decorative corner.
Make your own designer paper by stamping…and this stamp even comes from what could be considered a Valentine stamp set! (I think it is a retired stamp set)
Designer paper from Nursery Suite Specialty #117165. I don't remember where I got the punch art giraffe idea, but you can google it and probably find one to your liking.
These are die-cuts from an old Simply Scrappin' Kit but you can find something similar in the current catalog. Love the Simply Scrappin' Kits!
Might be retired stamp sets but you can use the idea! The hearts are cut with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die #117332 and the Full Heart Punch #119883.
I usually like to make the last page in a baby album something about sleeping!
Even though this is a 6×6 album, to make a larger page, just take the same layout ideas and make them larger! There's probably always a little something extra you can add, too! Have fun with it!
Contact me if you have any questions!
Baby scrapbook albums are so much fun to make! I've made them for gifts and as special orders for other people. Whether you start with just a generic baby theme or choose something special, such as nursery colors, you just need to start, and as you play around with your pages and layouts, creativity will come! You can get many Stampin' Up! ideas for layouts just by looking at the Idea Book & Catalog. This scrapbook is made with the 6×6 Natural Linen Post Album #104515 (it also comes in a Ring album if you prefer). Some stamp sets and materials I used are retired, but you can easily substitute something similar.
For the album cover decoration I usually like to just tie some ribbon around the cover and attach a tag of some kind. This one is the 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon laid over 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon.
I used the Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim Border Punches to this photo mat….best to just start with a piece of paper and punch, not expecting a certain size. I added tiny Pearls in between the scallops. The flower is made with the Daisies #2 Die and the Big Shot.
I think these pieces are from a retired Simply Scrappin' Kit (which are fabulous for making scrapbooks!).
Stamps from Animal Stories #116716 and designer paper from Nursery Suite Specialty #117165.
I made my own designer paper by stamping randomly on Whisper White card stock with Fox & Friends.
The baby's name is stamped with the Broadsheet Alphabet set.
More pages tomorrow! Click on the photos to enlarge.
Another baby shower gift idea might be something like this: A decorative tin, notebook and pen. It is decorated for the nursery and is a handy way for the new parents to write quick notes about the baby and later add them to the baby book. We parents know how harried the first weeks (and years!) are, and yet you want to remember all those special, fun, and funny moments. I've also used new paint cans wrapped with designer paper or cardstock in a similar fashion.
On this tin, I used designer paper from Nursery Suite Specialty Paper #117165 (the bunny paper in this package is SOOO CUTE!), some Eyelet Border #119853 punched Melon Mambo cardstock for trim, Ice Cream Parlor Buttons #123529 from the Sale-a-Bration catalog, a little stamped medallion on top and ribbon tied on the handle. I've always had good luck with our Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 on projects like this. I apply the glue to the paper as well as to the tin.
And here is the cute little notebook, just covered with some matching paper and ribbon. The pen is an RSVP Pen….just unscrew the top, pull out the ink cartridge, wrap a 1"x3" piece of designer paper tightly and stuff down into the barrel of the pen. You'll have to shove it the last little bit but you can get it in there. Insert the ink cartridge into the center of the wrapped paper and replace the top. Very cute!
Want to incorporate scrapbooking and Stampin' Up! in a nice gift for a new mother? Instead of an entire baby scrapbook, how about just one scrapbook page….and put it in a frame to hang on the wall! It can be both art for the nursery as well as documentation of a new baby's early days. Photos and journaling can be put in the blank spaces or journaling box and the rest can fit the theme of the nursery. On this 12×12 page I used animals from various stamp sets as well as other embellishments just to decorate the page. You can find scrapbooking ideas right in the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog as well as plenty of supplies and embellishments to make one page or an entire scrapbook.
You can see some other baby scrapbook pages I made for framed gifts HERE and HERE. It's a unique gift idea for a new baby and something the mother will appreciate.
Recently I was asked to make favors for a baby shower! I had complete creative control…I could make anything! There are lots of fabulous ideas to use for baby showers so it was fun to consider what exactly to make! Here is the final project! Those are little teddie grahams in a cello bag that fit perfectly in the box.
The stamp set with the baby is a retired one, "Baby Firsts"…one of those that nothing else can quite replace it. Of course you can use other images and create an equally cute favor.
Before settling on the final project with the hostess, I used the same stamps, colors and materials several other ways:
This is just card stock wrapped around a small candy bar. So easy!
Here is the Top Note Die #113463 used as a bag topper on the small cello bags with the Hershey Nuggets wrapped in stamped address labels (one of my favorite things to do!).
And here is the same box with chocolate nuggets wrapped in the stamped address labels:
I used the Matchbox die #114890 to easily make this box with Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip card stock. The lid is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335.
See how handy the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439 is for lots of projects? It's my go-to machine, that's for sure!
If you are needing a Big Shot or any new dies and embossing folders, remember that Sale-A-Bration begins TOMORROW, Jan. 25. With every $50 you spend on product, you get to choose a free item from the special Sale-A-Bration Mini Catalog! Shop HERE tomorrow!!