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Spooky

Hello!

It's rather hard to contain my excitement today.  I'm finishing up my packing for a long awaited trip to Alaska.  I'm so excited!  I'll be traveling with my sister and we have so much planned for our week long cruise. 

But before I leave, I wanted to post another project from the August SASS Stamp Club meeting.  When I took a peek at the new Stampin' Up! catalog in early July, one of the first stamp sets I decided I just had to have was Wicked Cool.  I just loved the images in this stamp set; especially the witch's boots.  All I could think of was the Wicked Witch of the East and her boots with those crazy striped socks sticking out from under Dorothy's house when she landed in Oz. 

The hostess for the first stamp club meeting, Sandy, was interested in the House of Haunts stamp set, so I decided to combine both sets for a truly Spooky card.  What do you think?

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The dead tree with owl image from the House of Haunts stamp set was stamped on Naturals White cardstock with Versamark and then heat embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss powder.  A 1 3/4" circle punch was used to create a mask from a Post-It Note to put over the top of the tree.  Then the ground and the sky were sponged onto the cardstock using Garden Green, Night of Navy, and Basic Gray inks.  Once that sponging was completed, the mask was removed and then the moon was sponged into the area previously covered by the mask with Daffodil Delight ink and More Mustard ink.  Finally the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Basic Black ink.  The focal point was adhered to a piece of Daffodil Delight (with the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink).  A hole was pierced in each corner of the Naturals White cardstock and Basic Black brads were inserted into the holes and the brad legs set on the back of the Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The focal point was adhered to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock (the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink) with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "Spooky" image from the Wicked Cool stamp set was stamped on the lower front edge of the Pumpkin Pie card base with Versamark and heat embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss powder.  The spider web image, also from Wicked Cool, was randomly stamped around the edges of the card front using Early Espresso ink.  Then the edges of the card front were sponged with Early Espresso to create a bit of a grungy look.  The focal point image and mats were adhered with SNAIL in the open area between the top edge of the card front and "Spooky."

Spooky_Halloween_Inside

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The inside of the card is lined with a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  The spider web image was stamped three times in the lower right corner of the cardstock and the "have a WICKED halloween" sentiment was stamped (both images with Early Espresso ink) near the upper center of the cardstock.

Spooky_Halloween_Envelope

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The spider web was also stamped three times in the lower left front corner of the envelope using Early Espresso ink.  The witch's boots image (from Wicked Cool) was inked with Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black, Concord Crush, and Daffodil Delight and then stamped along the bottom left edge of the envelope, somewhat reminiscent of the Wicked Witch of the East.  Hovering above those cha-cha boots is the "happy halloween" sentiment from the House of Haunts stamp set.  This image was inked with Pumpkin Pie ink and then the spider hanging from the "h" in "happy" and the spider sitting on top of the "n" in "halloween" were inked with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  Tip:  Huff on images that you ink with markers to remoisten the ink before stamping.

Well, back to packing.  Have a few more items to gather and stow and then try to get a good night's sleep before heading to the airport in the morning.  Did I mention I'm really excited about this trip?  Well, just in case I haven't....I AM!!

See you after Labor Day!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  House of Haunts, Wicked Cool; Inks:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Garden Green, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Naturals White, Pumpkin Pie; Embellishments:  Neutrals 3/16" Brads (Basic Black); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Black Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, 1 3/4" circle punch, Post-It Note; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Say Aloha to Tropical Party

Hello!  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit.  I'm sorry the posts have been a little thin of late.  It's a good news/bad news kind of thing.  I've been busy with workshops and beginning the SASS Stamp Club, so I have lots of new ideas to share with you; but need to conduct the workshops and Stamp Club meeting, too!  All of that is the good news.  The bad news?  Running out of time to write up the blog posts! 

I'll start with the project that has the shortest product life span:  a couple of scrapbook pages made with the Tropical Party stamp set and the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper. 

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I'm really going to miss being able to demonstrate this stamp set!  It has such fun images and it's so versatile!  I designed these pages for the first meeting of the SASS Stamp Club (SASS = Sunday Afternoon StamperS).  Our first meeting was a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this is a really fun group of papercrafters! 

Tropical_Party_6x6_Left 

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We'll start with the left-hand page.  The Old Olive base page was randomly stamped with the palm frond using Old Olive ink.  At the top of the page is a piece of striped paper from the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper.  A piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to transition the line between the Designer Series Paper and the base page.  In the upper right corner of the striped paper rests a couple of stamped flowers made by stamping the large flower image with Daffodil Delight and a second time with Tempting Turquoise.  Then the small flower image was stamped with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  The small and large flowers were cut out, the petals rolled up with the bone folder, and then stacked together with a Brights brad; one in Tempting Turquoise and one with Rich Razzleberry.  The flowers rest on a couple of palm fronds stamped with Old Olive.  The top flower is adhered to the page with a Stampin' Dimensional and the bottom flower with Mini Glue Dots. 

The lower left corner is decorated with three Bitty Buttons.  Each Bitty Button is threaded with Linen Thread that's knotted on the top of the button.  Crystal Effects is used to adhere a piece of cardstock punched with the Bitty Button's coordinating punch from the Bitty Shapes punch set:  Tempting Turquoise cardstock is used for the 4 petal button, Pumpkin Pie cardstock is used for the circle button, and Rich Razzleberry is used for the scallop circle button.  Once the Crystal Effects has dried, a Mini Glue Dot is placed on the back of each punched cardstock/button and then placed on the Old Olive base page.

Tropical_Party_6x6_Right

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The right hand page repeats the design of the left hand page, it's just flipped!  Instead of two flowers resting on top of two palm fronds, now there are three flowers resting on top of three palm fronds.  The large flowers were stamped in Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry and the small flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise.  Two of the flowers were joined with Tempting Turquoise brads and one with a Rich Razzleberry brad.  This time, the flower on the left is adhered with a Stampin' Dimensional and the other two flowers with Mini Glue Dots.  At the top right corner, there are two Bitty Buttons; this time a circle button with a punched circle of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and a 4 petal button with a punched 4 petal flower of Daffodil Delight cardstock.

The nice thing about scrapbook pages designed in this way is that you can continue a photo or photo montage across the center of the page leaving the top and bottom border areas for titles and journaling.  You can further embellish the pages by scattering some stamped flowers and palm fronds among the photos.  You may want to avoid using brads on these flowers so that you don't risk scratching or denting the photos with the brads. 

Of course, if you're not a scrapbooker, you may be wondering how to use these pages for a card.  The easiest way is to just think about the 3" x 6" area of each of these pages that includes the Designer Series Paper as the card front.  Then move the Bitty Buttons inside the 3" x 6" card front.  For the right hand page, the Bitty Buttons would be located along the lower right border with a simple sentiment placed just above the buttons.  For the left hand page, the Bitty Buttons would be located along the top left edge of the card front with a simple sentiment stamped just below the buttons.  I would recommend using Rich Razzleberry ink for stamping the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the Word Window punch.  The selected sentiment would most likely come from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  It's just so versatile!  Just like the Tropical Party stamp set.

As a reminder, both the Tropical Party stamp set and the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper are only available through August 31st.  Please be sure to contact me to order these great products before they are no longer available.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Tropical Party; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Island Oasis; Embellishments:  Brights Brads (Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry); Bitty Buttons (Circle, Scallop Circle, 4 Petal Flower), Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch; Other:  6" x 6" Page Protectors


Just Add Candy!

Hi there! 

Holy cow, it's a busy time of the year, isn't it?  Kids going back to school, after school stuff to figure out (including homework), and getting back into a "schedule."  I'm so glad I don't have to do that anymore.  My only participation is calling the grandchildren on their first day (or two) to find out how their day went or looking at their first-day-of-school pictures in my e-mail or on Facebook.  One of my grandsons hasn't started school yet; he lives in another state, but he's excited to get started again, too.

Of course, going back to school brings thoughts of Fall events and the first one is Halloween.  For last week's workshop, the ladies asked to make a decorated Halloween treat bag.  That certainly threw me for a loop because I'm still thinking palm trees, balmy breezes, and fruity drinks with umbrellas!  I pondered this for a while, looked at Halloween stamp sets, and flipped through my sample books.  And then inspiration struck!  Big Shot to the rescue! 

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I first made an elegant version of this project at a demonstrator training event with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.  For the Halloween project, I used the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder to emboss two pieces of Concord Crush cardstock before die cutting the cardstock with the Top Note Bigz die.  So where is the bag to hold the candy?  Well, it's in between two Top Note dies.

  Halloween_Favor_Bag_Back_Side

It's a small lunch sack cut down to fit and adhered to the two Top Note dies with Tombow Multi Adhesive.  The handles were created with the Large Oval punch and a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon knotted around the handles secures the candy.  The sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (my go-to, you-can't-miss, sentiment stamp set) using Concord Crush, punched with the Word Window punch and mounted on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch.  The sentiment was adhered to the Top Note with SNAIL.

I can't take credit for the punch art pumpkin, either; that design comes from Carla Bazenhow.  Her punch art pumpkins are so attractive that I didn't see any reason to re-invent the wheel.  However, one difference is that the leaves for my pumpkin were created using the 5 Petal Flower punch rather than a leaf punch.  I just snipped off a few of the petals, sponged the edges with the corresponding color ink and adhered them to the back of the pumpkin with SNAIL.  I used Old Olive for the leaves nearest the pumpkin and Always Artichoke for the second row of leaves to create a feeling of dimension.  The pumpkin stem is a 1/8" strip of Soft Suede cardstock.  The pumpkin is adhered to the Top Note with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The ladies at the workshop were really tickled with this treat bag.  They are always looking for quick and easy, yet attractive, projects to teach the children at their church.  Of course, we all agreed that you couldn't put loose M&Ms in this treat bag, but pretty much any wrapped candy bigger than an inch should stay put once the handles are secured with the ribbon.

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I really like this favor bag and it's so quick to make.  You can make it look fancy or fun depending on how you plan to use it.  It could be a gift bag for a piece of jewelry, a gift card holder, a wedding favor, a place card with after-dinner mints, and so much more.  It's all in how it's decorated. 

In this case, all you need to do is add the candy!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Sponge, Large Oval punch, Small Oval punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Top Note Bigz die; Other:  Small white lunch sack (Not Stampin' Up!)


Heartfelt Wishes

Hello!  I hope all is well in your world.

My world is a little crazy right now, but it's a fun kind of crazy.  I've really focused in on my Stampin' Up! business in the last few months and, while the hours have been long, the creativity has been awesome!  I've been meeting lots of people, sharing my love of papercrafting, and enjoying watching folks have a good time while they get their hands sticky and their fingers inky!  I love it!

Today's project was designed for a workshop that occurred yesterday evening.  I met with a wonderful group of ladies who all work together at a local church and are all great friends to each other.  I've met with these ladies many times and they are all pretty talented papercrafters!  So, it's a personal goal for me to create a project that will challenge their papercrafting skills.  Last night's hostess, Sandy, asked for a Fall card, so I pulled out my new Color Coach and looked for a color combo that featured colors that evoked a feeling of Fall:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Not Quite Navy.  I added three neutral colors to this combo:  Crumb Cake (the cardstock color formerly known as Kraft), Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Here's the card that they made.

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I'll be honest and admit that when the ladies saw this card at the work table they all ooohed and aaahed, but gave me "the look."  You know, the one that says "You've got to be kidding me!"  So I began to explain how the card was made and "the look" intensified.  The good news is that once they got to work, they realized that the card really wasn't hard to make nor did it take very long to make.  They admitted that the key to this card was in the details.  And it is.  It's ALL about the details.  But if you consider the sentiment, you'd want to have a pretty special card to match such a heartfelt wish.  So here's how the card is made:

  • A piece of Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Series Paper was sponged around the edges with Cajun Craze ink to get a pretty intense line of Cajun Craze along the edges of the paper.  Then a less intense sponging of Cajun Craze was added just inside the edges moving toward the center of the paper about 3/4 inch.  More Mustard was added to the paper in more of a burnishing motion with the sponge to really drive in the color all over the paper (even over the Cajun Craze ink near the edges)
  • In each corner of the paper the loose vine image from the Vintage Vogue stamp set was stamped with Crumb Cake ink.  It's not very visible, but it helps to ground the flowers that will be added later.  Then the sentiment, from the Word Play stamp set, was stamped in the middle of the paper with Early Espresso ink.  The paper is mounted to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock whose edges were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and then to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock whose edges were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  A piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around these layers and knotted on the front just below the sentiment
  • A strip of Not Quite Navy cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, sponged with Not Quite Navy ink and then adhered under the left side of the layers so that only half of the punched area peeks out.  The entire layered focal point is now adhered to the card front whose edges are sponged with Cajun Craze ink
  • The large and small flowers of the Vintage Vogue stamp set are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake, then cut out with Paper Snips.  The edges of the Not Quite Navy flowers were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and the Crumb Cake flower edges with More Mustard ink.  The petals of the large flowers were rolled under and the petals of the small flowers were rolled up using the bone folder.  The flowers were assembled and joined with Gold brads.  The flowers placed in the upper and lower left corners were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals and the flowers placed to the right of these flowers were adhered with Mini Glue Dots

Presto_Vintage_Sympathy_Inside

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock whose edges were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The loose vine image was stamped three times in the lower right corner with Crumb Cake ink and a large flower of Not Quite Navy and two small flowers of More Mustard were stamped among the vines.

Presto_Vintage_Sympathy_Envelope

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This pattern is repeated on the lower left front corner of the Very Vanilla envelope.  The difference is that the loose vine is only stamped twice.

One of the ladies in the group, while sponging all eight of the flowers, mentioned that the amount of sponging in this project took some time.  I agreed, and before I could discuss why I felt all the sponging was necessary for this particular design, another of the ladies stated that the card just wouldn't be finished without it.  It really is ALL in the details.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Word Play; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Presto Patterns Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold Brads, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


A Mini Tropical Party!

Hi there!  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit!

I recently hosted a New Catalog Open House at my home to introduce some of the new items in the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog and to showcase the new colors presented with the Color Renovation.  The invitation for the Open House included a card made with the Tropical Party stamp set, so I designed the Make & Take project for the Open House to coordinate with the card.  (You can see the invitation card in this blog post.)  The Tropical Party stamp set is shown in the Summer Mini Catalog; so it's only available through the end of this month.  I just love this stamp set and its coordinating Designer Series Paper, Island Oasis!

One of the first 3-D projects I made at a Stampin' Up! workshop (many years ago) was a matchbook cover with a partial pad of Post-It Notes inside.  They are so easy to make and folks just love to receive them because they're so cute and tuck into small places.  Instead of holding a partial pad of Post-It Notes, this matchbook cover holds two mini note cards and envelopes.

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We'll start with the matchbook cover.  The cover is made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock (3 3/8" x 8 3/8", scored at 3 1/4", 3 5/8", and 7 3/8" along the 8 3/8" length).  One end (the one with the score line closest to the end) is punched with the Scallop Edge border punch, then folded up and stapled near the fold.  A piece of Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon wraps around this fold and is knotted over the staple.  The cover of the matchbook is decorated with (from bottom to top):

  • A piece of Island Oasis Designer Series Paper
  • A piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock punched with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch
  • A piece of Old Olive cardstock embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot, punched with the 1 3/4" circle punch, then the edges were distressed
  • A palm frond stamped with Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and attached with SNAIL
  • A large flower stamped with Daffodil Delight ink topped with a small flower stamped with Tempting Turquoise ink, both on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, the petals rolled up with a bone folder, joined with a Brights brad, and attached with a Stampin' Dimensional
  • A small flower stamped with Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, the petals rolled up with a bone folder, and attached with SNAIL
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The mini note cards are also made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The inside sentiment area of the note card is lined with Naturals White cardstock with the edges sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The fronts of the note cards are decorated with (from bottom to top):

  • A piece of Old Ollive cardstock embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot, then the edges were distressed
  • A large flower stamped with Daffodil Delight ink topped with a small flower stamped with Tempting Turquoise ink, both on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, the petals rolled up with a bone folder, joined with a Brights brad, and attached with Mini Glue Dots
  • A coconut cup stamped twice with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The first coconut cup was cut out with Paper Snips and the straw and umbrella were colored with Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers.  The second coconut cup was cut out to exclude the umbrella, straw and exposed "coconut meat" then placed atop the first coconut cup with a Stampin' Dimensional.  This embellishment was attached to the card front with SNAIL placed on the back of the coconut cup and the umbrella
  • A "Congratulations" message from the Perfect Punches stamp set was stamped in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched with the Modern Label punch, and then attached to the card front with SNAIL.  (Some of the Open House guests wanted to use a different greeting, so I got out the never fail Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and they chose their greeting, stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink, punched it out with the Word Window punch, attached it to a piece of Real Red cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch, and then attached to the card front with SNAIL.)

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The fronts of the Mini Envelopes for the mini note cards were stamped three times with the palm frond image in Old Olive ink across the bottom edge of the envelope.  The large flower was stamped on the left just above the palm fronds with Daffodil Delight ink and the small flower was stamped just right of center above the palm fronds with Tempting Turquoise ink.

The idea for this make and take project came from a blog post by Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho.  She used this idea with the Play Date Designer Series Paper and the 2-Step Owl punch.  You can see her adorable project and tutorial here.

Looking forward to your next visit!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Tropical Party, Perfect Punches; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise; Stampin' Write Markers:  Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Naturals White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Island Oasis; Embellishments:  Brights Brads (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red), Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 1 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Border punch, Modern Label punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Cutter Kit (Edge Distresser), Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Multi-purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Stapler/Staples; Other:  Whisper White Mini Envelopes