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April 2012

A Petite Purse of Smooches (Smooches for Mom Part 5)

Hello!

This blog post features an option for small item gift packaging as part of the Smooches for Mom gifts featured in this post.

Gift packaging for small items can be tricky; especially when the small items are the most expensive to purchase.  You can only go so far with a small box.  But what if you could find something a little more eye catching?  Well I have just the thing!

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I think this purse is just adorable!  To put this little purse into perspective, the rectangular base at the bottom of the purse measures 1 3/8" x 2 3/4", the height of the side panel is 1 7/8", and the span between the two purse straps is 2".  So you can see that this purse is just perfect for a small pair of earrings, a ring, a flexible bracelet, or a chain that doesn't tend to tangle.  Of course, if you're looking for a distinctive favor for a Mother's Day Tea, Bridal Shower, or Sweet 16 party, this cutie is just perfect.

What makes this Petite Purse so great is that it's a die cut!  It's being introduced by Stampin' Up! as part of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog Sneak Peek Summer Smooches promotion which ENDS in just a couple of days on April 30th.  After Monday, you'll have to wait until June 1st to order this die cut and the fun paper that decorates it. 

The purse was die cut from Island Indigo cardstock.  A piece of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was die cut, too; but the paper was placed only over the the back and top flap area of the die cut.  Other areas of the Designer Series Paper die cut were clipped away (including the closure tab at the tip of the purse flap) with Paper Snips then the Designer Series Paper was adhered to the corresponding area of the Island Indigo die cut using Tombow Multi Adhesive.  While the adhesive was still damp, the cover flap of the purse was gently manipulated with the fingertips to create a gentle curve to allow the closure tab to be inserted at the front of the purse.  (You may want to gently insert the tip of the Paper Snips into the closure slot to widen it just a bit to make it easier for the tab to be inserted into the slot.)

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Tombow Multi Adhesive was also placed along the side tabs (one side at a time), the tabs pressed to the the inside front panel of the purse, and held in place with the fingertips until the adhesive took hold (Mini Clothespins work great for this, too).  Small spots of Tombow Multi Adhesive were placed at each end of the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon.  One end of the ribbon was pressed in place at the center of one side panel; the opposite end of the ribbon at the center of the opposing panel.

That's all there is to it!  Of course, you can gussy up these purses in a whole bunch of ways.  There are lots of posts out there in the blog-o-sphere with some truly imaginative ideas for embellishing these purses.  Just remember that to purchase this die cut or the lovely Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper before its "official" release date of June 1st, you'll need to place your order no later than Monday, April 30th.  My on-line store is always open--just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button near the upper left sidebar of this blog page.

Enjoy the weekend!

Robertssiggy

Cardstock:  Island Indigo; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Smooches; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Standard Premium Crease Pad (with both Mylar Shims placed under the die cut), Petite Purse Bigz L die


Gift Boxed Greetings (Smooches for Mom Part 4)

Hello!

This blog post features a gift box to hold the Smooches for Mom greeting cards featured in this post.

When you're making a stack of greeting cards for a gift, it's always nice to have pretty packaging.  A little over a month ago, I was shown how to create this greeting card gift box at a downline meeting and just loved how simple it was to make.  The three greeting cards and envelopes I've shared this week fit very easily inside this box (with room for a couple more!).

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We begin with an 11" x 11" piece of Island Indigo Textured Cardstock.  The cardstock is placed textured side up on the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate with the cardstock snugged up against the top and left edges of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Score the cardstock diagonally at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2", then turn the cardstock 180 degrees and score the cardstock diagonally again at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2".  (I'm showing you the box made with Whisper White cardstock so that you can see the score lines more easily.)

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Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score the cardstock at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2", then turn the cardstock 180 degrees and score the cardstock again at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".

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Using Paper Snips (or a square punch), clip away the small triangles at the outside edges of the cardstock.

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Using Paper Snips, clip the areas indicated with a double red line as indicated on the photo below.

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Fold the cardstock at all the score lines to create the basic box shape.  Apply Tombow Multi Adhesive sparingly along the squiggly lines indicated in the photo below.  Bring the bottom flap up to the side flaps and press the two pieces of cardstock together with your fingertips ensuring that the corners are square.  It's a whole lot easier to manipulate adhering the box if you adhere one side at a time. 

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Use Mini Clothespins to hold the bottom flap in place until the adhesive sets.

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Fold the top flap down and make a small dot where the point of the top flap meets the bottom flap.  Use the Paper Piercing Tool to made a hole through the small dot.

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To make the flower for the front of the box, stamp the daisy looking flower from the Mixed Bunch stamp set on Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink.  Insert the cardstock into the Blossom punch ensuring that the stamped image is centered in the punch window.  Punch out the flower and use a bone folder to gently roll the petals of the flower up.  Punch a second flower from a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  Use a bone folder to gently roll the petals of the Old Olive flower down.  Using Island Indigo ink, stamp the dotted flower center on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punch out the flower center using the 1" circle punch.  Stack all the flower pieces together on the foam pad and self-healing mat (Mat Pack) and use the Paper Piercing Tool to pierce a hole through the center of all three pieces.  Insert a Clear Rhinestone brad through the center of the flower pieces and then through the hole pierced through the front of the box.  Open the brad legs inside the box.

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Place the greeting cards inside the box and slide the tip of the top box flap behind the flower to close the box.  The Simply Scored Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored Scoring Tool makes creating this box so easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.  I'll be back tomorrow with another fun gift packaging idea; this time for small pieces of jewelry.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch; Inks:  Island Indigo, Real Red; Cardstock:  Island Indigo Textured, Old Olive, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesives:  Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Bone Folder, Blossom punch, 1" circle punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack


Bright Blossoms in a Fun Fold (Smooches for Mom Part 3)

Hi Everyone!

This blog post features the third of three cards inside the Smooches for Mom card box featured in this post.

Holy Cow! the weather is GORGEOUS here in East Central Florida!  A cold front came through over the weekend and the weather the last two days has been spectacular!  Bright blue skies, gentle breezes, temps in the low 70s.  The windows are open to suck in all the wonderful cool air.  Awesome! 

My newly planted flowers are just loving this weather and their bright colors make me grin every time I see them.  I was thinking of these flowers when I saw this card by Debbie McNeill in a tutorial she developed to teach a fun fold using the Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, and the Bright Blossoms stamp set.  Here's what I came up with.

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Because Debbie wrote a wonderful tutorial for creating the fun fold, I'll focus on the stamping and ask you to link here to find the tutorial.  I initially found the tutorial in a newsletter that I received from my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood, as she uses Debbie's newsletter service.  You can sign up for the newsletter at Catherine's blog site by clicking on the newsletter link at the left sidebar of her blog page.  [And if you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you may want to talk to Debbie about using her newsletter service.]

The Bright Blossoms stamp set is one of the new stamp sets that will debut in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog beginning on June 1st.  However, Stampin' Up! is offering this stamp set and a few other related items in the Summer Smooches Product Suite as a Sneak Peak ONLY for the month of April.  You saw a piece of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper in my last post, so in this post I'm focusing on the stamp set (with another piece of the Designer Series Paper).  Isn't it adorable?  And the images you see here are only a few of the adorable stamps in this set. 

This card begins with a Tangerine Tango card base.  The card was folded and die cut using Debbie's great tutorial.  The top right and lower right corners of the inside sentiment area of the card were punched with the 3/16" corner rounder punch.  Then the edges of the card front (including the die cut area) and the inside sentiment area of the card were sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  A piece of Tangerine Tango polka-dotted paper (from the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper) was die cut using the Labels Collection Framelits, the edges of the paper sponged with Tangerine Tango ink, and the paper adhered to the die cut on the card front.

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All the stamping on this card was accomplished with Stampin' Write Markers.  The Tempting Turqouise marker was used to ink the polka dot vase  and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The branch with small flower dots image was inked with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo markers and stamped at the top of the vase.  [Note:  when you're working with multiple colors on a single stamp image to "huff" on the inked image before stamping to ensure that all the ink is moist.]  The cardstock was die cut with the next smaller size Labels Collection Framelit in the Big Shot, the edges sponged with Tangerine Tango ink, and adhered, centered, to the Designer Series Paper.  The polka dot vase was inked again with the Tempting Turquoise marker and stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered over the first polka dot vase using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Linen Thread was inserted into the button holes of a Daffodil Delight flower button and Rich Razzleberry  button and knotted on the front of each button.  The buttons were adhered to the Whisper White die cut using Mini Glue Dots.  The card front was finished with a piece of Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the die cut fold and knotted on the front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The top right and bottom right corners of the liner were punched with the 3/16" corner rounder punch and the edges of the liner sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  The branch with small round flowers was inked with the Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo markers and stamped at the top right and bottom right corners.  The dotted flower was inked with the Rich Razzleberry marker and stamped at the top of the longest branch. 

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The polka dot vase was inked with the Tempting Turquoise marker and stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The stamp image was stamped again on a Post-It Note (ensuring that most of the vase image is stamped over the area where the repositionable adhesive is located on the reverse side of the Post-It Note) and cut out with Paper Snips.  The Post-It Note vase was placed over the vase stamped on the envelope.  The branch image was inked with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo markers and stamped at the top of the vase, then the Post-It Note was removed.  [Using the Post-It Note ensures that the bottom of the branch image doesn't stray onto the vase image.]  The dotted flower was inked with tje Rich Razzleberry marker and stamped at the top of the longest branch. 

There are only a few more days to take advantage of the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek.  To see all the products available during the Sneak Peek, be sure to visit my on-line store by clicking on the Order On-line button located near the top left corner of this blog page.  While you're there, be sure to check out all the items on the Retiring Stamp Set list, Retiring Accessories list, and the Definitely Decorative list.  You won't believe all the great items that will be going away.  Holy Cow!  Just remember that the Accessories and Definitely Decorative items are only available while supplies last.  So if you find one or more of your favorites on the lists, be sure to order right away so that you don't miss out.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bright Blossoms; Stampin' Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Smooches; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Brights Designer Buttons, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Premium Crease Pad, Labels Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


Bright Butterfly (Smooches for Mom Part 2)

Hello!

This blog post features the second of three cards inside the Smooches for Mom card box featured in this post.

The fun and bright colors in the patterns of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper just make me smile.  My favorite pattern is the one peeking out of the Blossom punch on this card.

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This card begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The upper right edge of the embossed cardstock was inserted into the Blossom punch and punched so that the tips of one or two of the petals is beyond the edge of the cardstock.  A piece of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was adhered behind the punched area with the edges of the Designer Series Paper aligned with the edge of the embossed cardstock.  The embossed cardstock was then adhered to the Old Olive card base.  A Real Red Brights Button was adhered to the center of the Designer Series Paper inside the punched flower with Mini Glue Dots.  A piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was knotted and adhered to the center of the button with a Mini Glue Dot.

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The daisy-looking flower image from the Mixed Bunch stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink.  The image was punched from the cardstock with the Blossom punch.  Then two opposing petal groups were removed with Paper Snips to create the butterfly wings.  The wings were rolled a bit at the ends using the Bone Folder.  The butterfly body from the Butterfly Prints stamp set was stamped near the lower left corner of the Whisper White embossed panel using Real Red ink.  The butterfly wings were adhered over the butterfly body using a Mini Glue Dot and a 4 mm Basic Rhinestone was added to the center of the butterfly wings.  The "you're a gem" sentiment from the "You're a Gem" stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo ink.  The sentiment was punched from the cardstock using the Small Oval punch and adhered below the butterfly wings with a Stampin' Dimensional.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  One edge of a piece of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered to the left side of the liner.

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The daisy-looking image was stamped twice along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Real Red ink.

I've seen a bunch of cards with the Blossom punch used in an "off the edge" manner so I'm not quite sure who to give the credit to for the design idea.  The inspiration for the butterfly wings made from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom punch comes from the sample shown in the Occasions Mini Catalog; however, the addition of the Basic Rhinestones and "you're a gem" sentiment comes from a 3" x 3" card I made during a downline training meeting with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.

As a reminder, the Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom punch are available only until April 30th from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I'd like to say that these items will be carried over to the new catalog on June 1st; however, Stampin' Up! hasn't notified us yet of that information.  So, to avoid missing out, you'll need to order these items in the next few days.

The You're A Gem and Butterfly Prints stamp sets will be retiring at the end of the current Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog on May 31st.  I just love these two stamp sets and will definitely miss having them available to me on my work table.

Finally, the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper is available only for the month of April as a Sneak Peek from the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog.  After this month, you'll have to wait until June 1st before you can order it.  Just sayin'...

I'll be back tomorrow with the third card from the Smooches for Mom card box.  I look forward to visiting with you then.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, You're a Gem; Inks:  Island Indigo, Real Red; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Smooches; Embellishments:  Brights Designer Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blossom punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plate, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Mouthwatering Congratulations (Smooches for Mom Part 1)

Hello!

This blog post features the first of three cards inside the Smooches for Mom card box featured in this post.

With the warm weather firmly entrenched in this part of Florida, Summer isn't a wish...it's a reality.  Now thoughts turn to keeping cool.  So how about a slice of watermelon or a cherry popsicle?  Sounds wonderful!

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This card begins with a piece of Basic Black cardstock spritzed with a couple of drops of Frost White Shimmer Paint in rubbing alcohol and spritzed on the cardstock with a misting spray bottle.  Once the cardstock is dry, it's placed face down on the Diagonal Plate placed on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Score lines are placed every 1/2" in both directions.  The cardstock is turned face up and small white dots are added at all the score line intersections using the White Signo Uniball Gel Pen.  One edge of a piece of Garden Green cardstock is punched with the Eyelet Border punch and the "congratulations" sentiment, from the Delightful Dozen stamp set, was stamped just above the punched border using Early Espresso ink.  The unpunched edge of the Garden Green cardstock was adhered to the bottom edge of the Basic Black cardstock and then both were adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon was wrapped around the Whisper White cardstock to cover the transition between the Basic Black and Garden Green cardstocks and knotted at the left side.  The Whisper White cardstock was adhered, centered, to the Melon Mambo card base.

The watermelon image, from the Mouthwatering stamp set (available from the Occasions Mini Catalog until April 30th), was inked with the brush tips of Melon Mambo and Garden Green Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The pen tip of an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker was used to color in the watermelon seeds--unless you like seedless watermelon and leave the seeds area white.  The watermelon slice was cut out with Paper Snips and then pressed, face down, onto the surface of a Versamark ink pad, covered with Melon Scented Stampin' Emboss powder, and heat embossed.  The slice was left to cool for a minute or so and then pressed into the Versamark again, covered with Melon Scented Stampin' Emboss powder and heat embossed a second time.  This gives the watermelon slice a lovely wet look that makes it seem ready to eat!  The watermelon slice was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The popsicle image, also from the Mouthwatering stamp set, was inked with the brush tips of Real Red and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The popsicle was cut out with Paper Snips and then pressed, face down, onto the surface of a Versamark ink pad, covered with Cherry Scented Stampin' Emboss powder, and heat embossed.  The popsicle was left to cool for a minute or so and then pressed into the Versamark again, covered with Cherry Scented Stampin' Emboss powder and heat embossed a second time.  Like the watermelon slice, the second layer of embossing gives the popsicle a slick, wet look so that you're wondering where the drips are!  The popsicle was also adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The watermelon slice and popsicle were inked again and stamped at the lower left and upper right corners, respectively, of the Whisper White cardstock liner at the inside sentiment area of the card.  The pen tip of the Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker was used to color the seeds of the watermelon slice.

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The watermelon and popsicle were inked one more time.  This time the popsicle was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope and the watermelon slice was stamped at the center of the envelope flap.  The "congratulations" sentiment was stamped above the watermelon slice using Early Espresso ink.  The pen tip of the Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker was used to color the seeds of the watermelon slice.

I found the idea for this card when I noticed that one of my card designs had been pinned on Pinterest.  I looked at the pinner's wall, found this card design, and just fell in love with it!  You can see the original card here at LeeAnn Greff's Flowerbug's Inkspot blog.  LeeAnn is an amazing papercrafting artist; I just LOVE her work!

As a reminder, the Mouthwatering stamp set and the Scented Stampin' Emboss Powders are only available until April 30th from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Just think how your friends will smile when they open the envelope and all those wonderful smells meet them.  They'll know for sure that someone thought they were very special.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.  I'll be back soon with another card from the Smooches for Mom card box.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen, Mouthwatering; Inks:  Early Espresso, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Paper Snips, Signo Uniball White Gel Pen, Eyelet Border punch, Heat Tool, Cherry Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder, Melon Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Rubbing Alcohol, Fine Mist Spritzer bottle