Make your own personally designed gift bag by decorating a regular shopping bag you probably received at the store yourself, or you can buy plain sacks at the craft store. For this bag, I used the retired designer paper Sweater Weather from last year because it matched the gift that was going inside. If you want to see the Thanksgiving banner I made that went in this bag, look back at this post. I even used a couple embellishments leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I added some Neutrals Designer Buttons tied with some Linen Thread and adhered with Mini Glue Dots.
Here’s a tip dealing with buttons like this – put the thread through and then adhere the button to the bag with the Glue Dot. THEN tie the bow or the knot because now it is stuck on to something and won’t be flipping all over the place while you try to tie it!
I tied a piece of Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon on to the handle of the bag. It seemed to match perfectly. The leaves and pumpkin were stamped and adhered to the bag.
Stamp some tissue paper that will go inside, too!
It’s so much fun to be able to make a personalized gift and gift bag with just your stamping supplies!
Stampin’ Up! has many packaging supplies available now for purchase in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store or you can probably find boxes and things around your house. Use some of your older papers and scraps to decorate and embellish!
This was a pretty easy birthday card to make for my son with the Circle Card Thinlits Die and the Calling All Heroes Photopolymer Stamp Set. I love that stamp set. You might think I didn’t get the buildings stamped very well on the front of the card and you might possibly be right – except for the fact that I read where another demo didn’t get her stamp on the block right and stamped something similar to what I did here. But instead of calling it a mistake, she thought it made the buildings look rather hazy so she just called it a new technique! My “new technique” goes even farther, as you can see almost all of the buildings look as if they are in a haze or mist, which often happens around here in Houston. It almost gives a romantic look to the city skyscrapers! So I just have another look to my city skyline stamping! Ha!
And with the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set, you can customize your characters! You can stamp different heads and disguises to make them heroes or villains! I think it is a fun stamp set to play with! Great for girls or boys, children or adults!
Here is the inside of the card, stamped with a greeting from the Hey You Stamp Set. The stars are punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
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I’m not bragging, this is the Amazing Birthday card! It’s made with the Amazing Birthday Stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and it is going to my husband. This stamp set is so versatile, you can make it for anyone, you can use the stamps to decorate birthday party favors and make decorations like cupcake toppers. I happened to choose Soft Suede and Pool Party, along with Whisper White, with a touch of Chocolate Chip thrown in. The background paper is from the In Color stack. Stamp the large greeting stamp a couple of times, cut out some of the words and then mount them with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop on the card over the same greeting. The little star I just punched to put a little something in that space. Notice I even stamped the corner of the envelope!
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Just had to share a beautiful handmade birthday card I received last week in St. Louis from my friend Jan using the stamp set Another Great Year. I almost always forget this stamp set is retired – I really like it and it seems like it should be current! She used some pieces of Back To Black Designer Series Paper on each side, non-SU baker’s twine around the top and glitter and glimmer for bling on the cupcakes. The main image is embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The little heart at the bottom is punched out with the word “friend” stamped on a paper behind it. Also, I love how she decorated the envelope with some stamping and coloring! We always say you shouldn’t send a naked envelope,although I have to admit sometimes I don’t take that extra second to do it or maybe I don’t think about it until the card is sealed in the envelope and sometimes that makes it too bulky to stamp on it and have the image come out clearly. Such a happy card, I think! Maybe you already own the stamp set or you can get an idea with some other current set we have.
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It has been awhile since I used my Circle Card Thinlits Die and this birthday baseball card presented the perfect opportunity. This card copies a couple ideas I saw online in making a baseball card and I thought using the Thinlits Die so that it would open like this made it extra special. The Circle Card Thinlits Die makes it easy to make a card base as it does all the work for you! Then just decorate up a storm to make it into the card you want.
Here is what the card looks like on the inside when it is unfolded. The hardest part of this card is photographing it, not making it!
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It’s fun to just flip through the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and choose a pattern that speaks to you! I had already found, in the package of In Color card stock, an already started card with some very bad stamping on it! “Somebody” was trying to stamp a pattern on the bottom of this card and didn’t get it lined up correctly at all! Since there are no mistakes in stamping, I found this pattern that coordinated with the Lost Lagoon card stock and covered the whole messed up area at the bottom of the card! No one will ever know, except you and me! Before adhering the patterned paper, I wrapped a piece of Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon around the top of the piece and then tied the bow with a separate piece of ribbon. So much easier. It is attached with a couple of Glue Dots. Then what to do with the empty top area?? I decided on a flower from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, and thought this patterned flower went the best with the paper on the bottom. I used another stamp for the center, punched with the 3/4″ Circle Punch, popped up on a Stampin’ Dimensional, with a Rhinestone Jewel in the center for a little accent. The greeting is from the Something To Say Stamp Set. It is punched out with the Modern Label Punch and has two Rhinestones on it. I decided just a simple plain greeting was fine.
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There’s not an easier birthday card to make than this one using the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack. I have to admit, I’ve had this All Abloom Paper Stack since it came out, but hadn’t used it. It actually got lost under all the “stuff” on my desk! To make this card, all I had to do was flip through the stack and see which pattern caught my eye or inspired me. This one just looked so pretty, and I liked the opportunity to use my Strawberry Slush card stock! The greeting is from Four You, a stamp set I find myself using a LOT! I thought the paper was pretty enough itself so the card didn’t need much else. I added just a little flower punched with the flower punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack with a little Candy Dot in the center! I probably would have added a little flower or something-something somewhere on the card, but honestly, I stamped the greeting just a tad too far to the left so the flower filled in the space perfectly and added just a little accent! See, there ARE no mistakes in stamping!
The All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack gives you a ton of paper choices very inexpensively. Not every pattern is a flower so no worries there! You can view them all and purchase in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Just think of the tons of cards you could make easily with this small stack of paper!
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As I looked through the Flashback Designer Series Paper, the Real Red and Pool Party colors on this pattern really caught my eye. I love red! I wondered if I could use it some way with the Cupcake Party stamp set and the Cupcake Builder Punch, on sale this week in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. The Cupcake Punch is used for the top and bottom of the cupcake, but I handcut the little Happy Birthday flag for the top. With the punch, I could have punched out a little cherry for the top! You wouldn’t believe how many circles and scallop circles I punched in various colors and tried different combinations to see which one worked best behind the cupcake. Finally I just decided on this one! I also put a little strip of Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon across the card, even though you don’t see much of it.
This card is cut lengthwise, meaning the Pool Party is cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and then folded in half. Just a little change!
Don’t judge a pack of designer paper by the first sheet in the package! This one has retro cameras, but there are other pretty patterned papers in the pack. And don’t forget that the Buy 3 DSP Get 1 Free Offer from Stampin’ Up! during July! Much to my surprise, July is almost over! Tomorrow is the last day you can take advantage of this special deal to stock up on designer paper. Specialty papers are not included. Choose from the patterns on pages 186-7 in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.
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I’m finally taking the time to play with the new Back To Black Designer Series Paper to make a birthday card with a touch of gold. I learned a long time ago in my stamping that black and white could be very stunning – and really all you need sometimes to make a card. That’s all I was going to use on this card, but somehow a little bit of gold snuck in! Once I made the flower using the Blossom Punch, I decided the Gold Baker’s Twine would look good with the Vintage Faceted Button. I thought little strips of the Gold Foil Sheets would look great against the black and while. If you could see this card in person, you would see that the extra glimmer really looks nice. Once I had the gold foil accent, I had to emboss the greeting from the Four You stamp set with my Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Remember, before you emboss, rub the Embossing Buddy on the card stock to try to keep stray flecks of the embossing powder from sticking. Then stamp with Versamark.
I also have another technique I saw recently that I will share with you soon using this paper! With the July special offer on Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, now is the time to stock up on paper! Get all the new ones in the catalog while you can get one free!
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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:
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For a fun birthday card, how about making one with the stamp set Cupcake Party?! Add some punched dots confetti and In Color Sequins for some bling and pizzazz! You can also use the Cupcake Builder Punch to punch out the cupcake! No snipping required! If you already have the Cupcake Punch, you might as well get this stamp set to go with it! I like the saying on this card, and it was a good opportunity to try out the new sequins! The Silver 1/8″ Ribbon really adds a special touch. It’s so sleek and shiny!
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It was time to play with the Flower Patch stamp set and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies to make a birthday card. You can also purchase this stamp set and framelits in a bundle, the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle, and save 15%! Now that summer is officially here, you are bound to be inspired by lots of beautiful flowers blooming and this set will be perfect to use in your projects. The framelits make it easy to cut out most of the stamped images. The greeting I used comes with the set, but to cut it out I used a framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits. I stamped the greeting on a narrow strip of Whisper White and centered the framelit over it so I could have a narrow piece but fancy ends. Rather than try to layer it, I lightly sponged the edges in Real Red just to make it stand out a bit from the Whisper White layer. The large Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Rich Razzleberry flower just adhered right on the paper.
If you wanted, you could “bling up” this card, but for today I kept it simple except for the Candy Dot on the Rich Razzleberry flower!
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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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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!
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I’ve been making a lot of these popular pop-up box cards lately! They’re not difficult and are quite cute to make. If you make them the right size, they will fit in a regular size envelope when folded flat. There are two little folded strips inside the box to which you attach whatever stamped images you want to be part of your card. I used several different stamp sets and greetings on this card. You can leave the back piece of the box unfolded and put a long layer on the back if you want to write a greeting. But you don’t have to. Put more layers of designer paper on the box or not. It’s all up to. you.
These cards are really fun to make! Remember, it folds flat and fits inside an envelope as long as you are careful where you place your popping up images. Lay the card on your envelope so you see how much space you have.
Start with half a sheet of cardstock like always. Lay sideways in your Simply Scored Tool. Score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. Turn the other way and score at 2″ for box flaps. Then cut those scored sections up to the score line. The little 1/2″ piece on one end will be the part you attach to the inside of the box. Use Sticky Strip or Tombow Multi Glue. The little braces that go inside are two 1″ x 3″ pieces, each scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″. Those fit inside, the trickiest part! Then attach whatever decorations you want for your card!
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This monochromatic birthday card uses Soft Sky card stock and flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set. I think a monochromatic card looks calming, not that a birthday card should be calming, it has a simple elegance to it. I found this Soft Sky piece already embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and decided I wanted to just layer it on a card base of Soft Sky as well. I stamped the birthday greeting and made it like a banner and stamped the flowers, also in Soft Sky ink. I just cut the flowers out by hand but there are coordinating Secret Garden Framelits to make that job easier.
Now that spring is here we can start using the Soft Subtles family of colors!
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Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea? Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foil on each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.
Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it? From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier. Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!
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Do you ever need to make a quick and easy birthday card for someone? Here’s one! You can jazz it up even more or you can even make it simpler than this one is! All you need is the basic idea – maybe some designer paper, card stock and a stamp!
I got out this Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper to make a different birthday card but after I cut a strip of the balloon piece and saw it next to the Crumb Cake card stock I had this idea. Just adhere it to the side of the card base and stamp a greeting right on the card base, perhaps in Early Espresso. Well, that would be the most basic, and I ended up doing a little more. I’m even looking at it today and thinking what more I could have done to it! But there’s nothing wrong with simple. I put a scallop edge on a piece of Gumball Green card stock for a little contrast next to the designer paper. Just use the Scallop Edge Border Punch.
For the greeting on the card, I used the birthday stamp from Label Love. I colored the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers – Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Bermuda Bay. After stamping, I did punch out the greeting with the Artisan Label Punch but I ended up trimming around it with my Paper Snips to make it smaller. That way I could punch out another label from Gumball Green that would fit as the layer underneath.
Want to “jazz it up” some more? Maybe add a strip of Gumball Green on the left side of the designer paper. Tie a ribbon around the designer paper with a knot or bow. With Versamark ink (or same color ink as paper) stamp some birthday images on the card front so they are subtle. Texturize the front of the card before adding anything else with an embossing folder and your Big Shot. Add a little bling to the greeting with small rhinestones or Candy Dots or Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. You get the idea!
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Those items will give you a merchandise total of $52.60, which earns you one FREE Sale-A-Bration product! Check out the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure! I’d probably suggest the Banner Punch, the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, the See Ya Later stamp set (greetings) OR the Good As Gold Card Kit (to make even more cards!).
With Stampin’ Up! products, you’re always set for lots of card-making! Have fun!
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Stampin’ Up! has just released TWO new photopolymer stamp sets. They are named Countless Sayings 1 & 2. Lots of words to use for all kinds of projects, cards, scrapbook pages and more! Both these sets will be great for Valentines Day projects as well as many other occasions. These photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last, and two sets have sold out already, so they aren’t kidding! Click on the stamps image above to see the flyer. Click HERE to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to shop for these sets and other photopolymer stamp sets. Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and also the Clearance Rack that had new items added to it the other day.
Lots of days I can have or see hundreds of ideas for cards and stamping projects I want to make, but sometimes when I need a card for someone special it’s like I’ve never stamped before and can’t think of a thing to make. Does that ever happen to you?! Sometimes I can look around in all the usual inspirational places and not see anything I like, just because I NEED something right then.
Cards for guys always seem a little harder to come up with, although they really shouldn’t be. Often it’s just a matter of changing the color or the paper or using less bling or more texture. Anyway, when I needed a card for my son for his birthday I found this one at StampingSchool.com. I used the “You’re Amazing” greeting on the front of the card from the stamp set You’re Amazing and used the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut it out. Love, love, love the little Candy Dots and the Candy Dot Brad Bases (or the Candy Dots by themselves!). While the sample I was copying used a more feminine designer series paper, I changed it to our current Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.
The inside of the card is a pop-up! And it’s made the old-fashioned way, with two little strips of paper making a box shape on each side of the card hidden by a front panel that you can then add things to so that it pops up. I copied the sample pretty closely except for the greeting and the designer paper. Then if you like you can stick a gift card, check or cash in that opening or even engineer it to have a pocket, or any other design along the pop up portion!
This was a good male birthday card to make. It could be for anyone, but the Sweater Weather Designer Paper makes it look like fall and more masculine. With a whole pack of paper, you can choose any of the patterns and know they will look good together because Stampin’ Up! has done all the work of coordinating colors and patterns. And did I mention that I love the Candy Dots??!!!
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