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November 2015

Buzzing By -- A Shoebox Swap in Tampa

Hi There!

I hope you had a fun weekend!  I sure did!  I attended On Stage Local in Tampa, FL this weekend with a bunch of folks from the 3-2-1 Stamp Team and we had a great time!  Here's a photo of the group.


We were able to see the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Boy are you going to love, love, LOVE the new stuff coming!!  I can't share any info with you yet due to Stampin' Up! rules, but you'll be seeing some previews very soon.

I participated in two organized swaps for this event.  The first was a Shoebox Swap that was organized by Sherrie Robinson on Friday afternoon.  A Shoebox Swap is a group of folks who agree to design a card that others can make using the supplies provided in the box.  It's best if the card can be made in 10 minutes or less.  Here's the card I designed.


You may remember that I designed this card first as a shaker card for a class I taught in July.  You can find that project here.  Since this was a shoebox swap, I removed the shaker element and changed the sentiment using the Honeycomb Hello stamp set.  

This card begins with a card base of Hello Honey cardstock.  A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits.  Then the cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Textured Impressions embossing folder.  A piece of English Garden Designer Series Paper with some seriously cute bees was adhered behind the opening in the Soft Suede cardstock and the cardstock adhered to the card front.  A frame was created from Hello Honey cardstock (see the process for creating a frame here) and adhered around the die cut opening on the Soft Suede cardstock using Tombow Multi Adhesive.

A scrap of Hello Honey cardstock was stamped with the dots image from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set using Versamark ink.  The hexagon image was stamped over the dots using Soft Suede ink and the "hello" sentiment was stamped inside the hexagon.  The hexagon was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to a piece of Gold Foil Sheets, punched with the Hexagon punch, using Mini Glue Dots.  The sentiment was adhered to the lower right corner of the frame using Stampin' Dimensionals.


A strip of those cute bees was adhered along the Whisper White liner and the liner adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card.  The hexagon image was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink and the "How are you?" sentiment stamped inside the hexagon, also using Soft Suede ink.


The dots image was stamped repeatedly at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  For these dots, I stamped off the ink on a scrap of paper before stamping on the envelope to lighten up the dots a bit so that the sentiment would be easier to see.  The hexagon image and "hello" sentiment were stamped over the dots using Soft Suede ink.

So you may be asking yourself how this card could be made in 10 minutes or less and how did I fit a Big Shot into the shoebox?  Well, all the Big Shot stuff and the punched item was completed ahead of time and included in the card kit for each participant.  Their role was the stamping and assembly.  

Have a great week!


Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Honeycomb Hello; Inks:  Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Versamark; Cardstock:  Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  English Garden; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Hexagon punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits, Multi-Purpose Platform, Honeycomb Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Have a Jolly Christmas Gift Bag

Hello!  Happy Friday!

I'm out of town tonite getting ready to attend a Stampin' Up! training event in Tampa all day tomorrow called On Stage Local.  Now that Stampin' Up! has changed its Convention-type events to a more global venue, it is offering a streamlined version for those in other countries to be able to participate.  This year the main event is in Brussels so there are a number of locations in the South Pacific and the US for those demonstrators who were unable to travel to Europe.  I saw some of the Stampin' Up! staff this afternoon while at a Shoebox Swap and they are excited about what we will be experiencing at tomorrow's event. 

So you may be wondering what a Shoebox Swap is...  Well, it's a number of folks who agree to meet up to make cards.  Each participant designs a card and puts all the supplies for the cards in a shoebox.  When it's time to make the cards, the participants move from shoebox to shoebox to make each project--with the exception of the project that they brought.  Today's swap had 11 participants and I was able to make some really cute cards and learn a few new techniques.  I also had the opportunity to meet demonstrators I had never met before and share experiences with them.  That's always a fun thing to do!  I'll be sharing my shoebox swap project with you next week.

Today's post is the last of the Christmas gift packaging projects that I designed for my November stamp clubs.  This project features the Gift Bag Punch Board.


This project begins with a piece Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I chose the Medium-sized bag for this project and followed the instructions for the punch board to make a medium bag from a piece of 7-1/2" x 11" paper.  I did not punch the bag handle holes across the top of the bag.  You'll see why in a few minutes.

Once I assembled the bag, I set it aside to make a decorative tag for the front of the bag.  This tag begins with a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and another piece of the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to cut labels with the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  Note that the Designer Series Paper is the reverse side of the piece used to make the bag.  The cardstock and paper labels were adhered together. 


A piece of Real Red cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the same Deco Label Collection Framelit with the next size smaller label framelit set inside the larger framelit to make a frame (a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock is used for the illustration).


In this illustration, you can see that the dies have been run through the Big Shot and the center and outside areas removed.  This leaves the frame in between the two framelits.


This illustration shows the framelits removed from the frame.  It's just that simple!  You can do this with any set of nesting framelits when you need to frame an item to give it more visibility.  This is usually a good thing to do when you are working with both sides of a piece of Designer Series Paper; since both sides are designed to coordinate, it makes sense that the colors may tend to blend together without some kind of separator. 

The frame was adhered to the adhered pieces of Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper cut with Deco Labels Collection Framelits using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Note that since the framelit used to create the outside edge of the frame is the same framelit used to die cut the adhered Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper, the outside edges of all three will match exactly.

A piece of Tear & Tape adhesive was placed across the back of the decorative tag about 3/4" from the top edge of the tag and the tag adhered to the center front of the gift bag with the top edge of the tag slightly above the top edge of the gift bag.


Here's a look at the back side of the bag so you can see the punched holes a little better.

Pinch the top edges of the gift bag together--with the gusseted sides of the bag folded to the inside of the bag--and punch two 1/8" holes through the label and bag approximately 1" from each side of the bag.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes as the 1/8" handheld circle punch is not able to punch through all those layers at once and I wanted all the holes to line up.


To add a little pizzazz to the decorative tag, a 2-1/2" circle of Whisper White cardstock was punched and the stars image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Crushed Curry ink was used to cover the circle.  The "Have A" and "Christmas" sentiments were stamped at the center top and bottom edges of the circle using Early Espresso ink.  The "jolly" Christmas Greetings Thinlits was die cut from Gold Foil Sheets with the Big Shot and adhered across the center of the circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The circle was adhered at the center of the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A small Real Red Home for Christmas Enamel Dot was used to dot the "j" on "jolly".

A length of Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon was pulled through the holes punched at the top of the tag/bag with the ends at the front of the bag.  The ends were tied into a bow to cinch the bag shut.

Making the gift bag from Designer Series Paper limits the weight of the gift you'll put inside the bag.  Also, the heavier the item in the bag, the more hefty the adhesive you'll need to use at the side tab and the bottom flaps of the bag.  For a heavier item, you may want to consider using cardstock that you decorate with a background stamp or other image stamped randomly using the same color ink as the cardstock or Versamark.

I hope you'll consider the Gift Bag Punch Board when you're looking for an attractive way to gift package a small light-weight item and need to use up a bunch of Christmas paper that has been gathering dust.  Of course, the gift bag isn't just for Christmas.  A fun gift bag is a great packaging tool all year round!

Have a great weekend!


Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Season of Cheer; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots; Adhesives:  Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile (Retired from Stampin' Up!), 2-1/2" circle punch, Gift Bag Punch Board, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Precision Cutting Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits


Wishing You Peace at Christmas

Happy Veterans Day!

Military service is a key element of my family.  We have a long tradition of service going back many generations and I am very proud to have been a part of that with my service in the US Navy.  My husband is retired US Navy, my daughter is a US Navy veteran, and my youngest son is currently active duty US Navy.  I also have many others in my immediate and extended family who have served or are currently serving.  I am so very proud of all of them, their contributions, and the sacrifices they have made.  I also want to remember the families of those who have served and the sacrifices that these important people have made, too.  Having been on both sides of that coin, it is a remarkable family that supports a military service member.  

Today's post is another Christmas gift packaging idea featuring the Square Pillow Box Thinlits die for the Big Shot and the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.


This project begins with Sahara Sand cardstock die cut in the Big Shot using the Square Pillow Box Thinlits.  The two die cut pieces were randomly stamped with the holly branch image from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set and Versamark ink.  The two pieces were adhered with Tombow Multi Adhesive on the tabs and the adhered areas burnished with a bone folder.  The pillow box was set aside to dry for a few minutes.


A square of Very Vanilla cardstock was marked at the upper center for alignment purposes (note arrow on photo above).  The cardstock was die cut with the inside wreath framelit from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits with the alignment marker on the framelit pointing toward the alignment mark.  The wreath image was stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock with Mossy Meadow ink aligning the mark on the stamp with the alignment mark on the cardstock.  The stamped image was "colored" using Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede inks and the Blender Pen.  The outside wreath framelit was used to die cut the wreath.

Mini Glue Dots were placed on the inside edge of the wreath back and a 1-3/4" circle of Gold Foil Sheets was placed over the opening of the inside wreath edge.  The "Peace" image was stamped at the center of the Gold Foil Sheets circle using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

The bow image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding bow framelit.  The bow was adhered at the bottom of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.


A length of Gold Metallic Thread was wrapped lengthwise around a piece of 4" x 2" cardstock and carefully pulled off pinching the middle of the thread and placing the pinched center on a Mini Glue Dot placed at the back center of the wreath.The loops of the Metallic Thread were moved apart and anchored with four Stampin' Dimensionals.

A length of Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon was wrapped around the pillow box and adhered with Mini Glue Dots at the front center of the pillow box.  The wreath was adhered to the center of the pillow box over the overlapping ends of the ribbon.

The "Wishing You" sentiment was stamped at the upper left corner of the pillow box front using Soft Suede ink.  Soft Suede ink was used again to stamp the " Christmas" sentiment at the lower right corner of the pillow box front.

I really like the square pillow box.  I have always found the normal rectangular-style pillow boxes a bit limiting for gift packaging, but this box is a good size for gift cards, bracelets, or a small stack of mini note cards and envelopes.  Of course, other items (like tasty treats) will fit in the box and it certainly has loads of uses year round.

Please remember to thank a Veteran for their service on your behalf.  More importantly, please consider donating to a local or national charity that supports Veterans or volunteer at your local VA clinic or support center.  


Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Peaceful Wreath; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Versamark, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread, Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon; Adhesives:  Tombow Multi Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, 1-3/4" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Square Pillow Box Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits

Skating Santa Christmas Gift Card Envelope

Hi There!  Happy Monday!

A very busy day today wrapping up from a weekend of stamp clubs.  So this week I'll be sharing the projects made at the clubs.  This month's theme was Christmas gift packaging.  

We'll start with a Gift Card Envelope.  Full disclosure:  the inspiration for decorating the front of this project comes from a Convention 2015 Product Spotlight Make & Take.  Here's the inspiration piece.


Isn't it adorable?  The tag features the Home For Christmas product suite which includes the Cozy Christmas stamp set, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, and Very Vanilla 1-1/4" Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon.  Other products used for this tag are:  Old Olive ink, Old Olive Baker's Twine, and the Handheld Stapler. 

I just love this tag and when I decided to include a Gift Card Envelope with my Christmas gift packaging projects, I knew I had to use this fun design.  Here's what I came up with.


On this tag, the Santa is skating by to wish you a Merry Christmas.  Isn't he cute?  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper.  So many wonderful designs that I can fussy cut to add fun elements to my Christmas projects.  (You can see more fussy cutting from this paper in this post.)  When I cut out the Santas from the sheet of Designer Series Paper, I used all the waving Santas for one of the cards in my Christmas card class.  This meant that I still had skating Santas and Santas with sacks that were cut out with no place to go.  Now the skating Santas have a home.

This project begins with a piece of Garden Green cardstock die cut in the Big Shot with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits.  A piece of paper from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (or Designer Series Paper Stack) was cut into two pieces that are 3-7/8" x 2-3/8" and 3-1/2" x 2-3/4".  The first piece was adhered to the front panel of the envelope centering the paper between the top and bottom edges of the front panel.  The second piece was adhered to the front panel on top of the first piece centering the paper between the right and left sides of the front panel.  

A 3" x 2-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was covered with Soft Sky snowflakes using the falling snow stamp image from the Happy Scenes stamp set and Soft Sky ink.  The "Merry Christmas" greeting, from the Lots of Joy stamp set, was stamped to the left side of the cardstock using Garden Green ink.  [Note that the skating Santa shown waves toward the left.  If your skating Santa (or waving Santa, or Santas with sacks) face the other direction, then stamp the greeting to the right side of the cardstock.]

A piece of Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon was folded over at the top and stapled to the back of the Very Vanilla cardstock so that a bit of the fold over loop shows above the top of the cardstock and the banner tails (cut with Paper Snips) show below the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla.  The ribbon resides on the side where the Santa will be adhered.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Very Vanilla cardstock and the cardstock adhered at the center of the front panel.  The Santa was adhered to the Very Vanilla with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine was threaded through the button holes of a Gold Basic Metal Button and tied in a bow on the front.  The button was adhered to the Very Vanilla cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.


A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was used as a liner for the inside sentiment area of the Gift Card Envelope.  The cardstock was covered in Soft Sky snowflakes and the "...May Your Days Be..." greeting, from the Lots of Joy stamp set, was stamped to one side of the liner using Garden Green ink.


This photo shows the back of the Gift Card Envelope closed with the closure widgets and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.  If you look at the photo of the inside sentiment area of the Gift Card Envelope, you can see that I added a 3/4" circle of Garden Green cardstock, adhered with Tombow Multi Adhesive, to cover the open legs of the Silver 1/8" Mini Brads to cover the open brad legs and so that the open brad legs don't scratch the gift card that will be included in the Gift Card Envelope when it is ready to be gifted.

I hope you'll come back on Wednesday for another Christmas gift packaging idea.


Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Happy Scenes, Lots of Joy; Inks:  Garden Green, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Garden Green, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Home for Christmas, Merry Moments; Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon, Silver 1/8" Mini Brads; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Handheld Stapler, 3/4" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits

From Christmas Tags to Christmas Cards -- Part 3

Happy Saturday!

A busy weekend of stamp clubs this weekend.  I love seeing everyone and enjoy the camaraderie within each group.  It's always a fun time when you're with papercrafters.  You'll be seeing the projects we made next week.

Today's post features the final three cards from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.  The kit makes 30 tags; 3 each of 10 different designs.  


I took 10 of the tags, added them to some Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes and with a few things I had lying around, made some Christmas note cards.  It was so fun!

I've already shared 7 of the cards in this post and this post, so here are the last 3 cards.


Tag #8:  Since the shape of the tag is consistent with the Lots of Labels Framelits, I chose the next size of framelit and die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with the Big Shot.  I matted the tag to the die cut label and then adhered them to the card front.  If you plan to mail this card, you may want to snip the tag cord a bit shorter to remove the knot.  Otherwise, you'll have a hard spot on the card that will catch in the postal machines.  If you keep the knot, you'll need to add some padding to the card front to remove the hard spot.  You'll find a tip for assessing whether you will need extra postage within the narrative for Tag #9.


Tag #9:  If you look at this tag in the photo of the 10 tags above, you'll note that the sentiment on the tag is "No Peeking".  I didn't think this worked for a Christmas note card, so I changed out the sentiment with the "Merry Wishes" sentiment.  I placed a panel of Garden Green cardstock vertically on the card front and then a strip of Gold Foil Sheets along the center of the panel with the bottom of the strip punched with the Triple Banner punch.  The tag was then adhered at the center of the card front.  Since this tag has a cute gold bow on it, you'll need to add some padding around the bow on the card front if you plan to mail the card.  Adding the padding may also cause the card to exceed the minimum width for an envelope to use a first class stamp.  The easiest way to find out is to slide the closed envelope through the opening of the cutting track on the Stampin' Trimmer (where the cutting blade slides up and down the track).  If the envelope slides through easily, then a first class stamp is OK as long as the envelope does not exceed one ounce.  


Tag #10:  A panel of Red Foil Sheets was adhered vertically to the card front.  Then the tag was adhered at the center of the card front.

With all the cards that I send out at Christmas, it's always great when I can find a way to make a whole lot of eye-catching cards efficiently.  Using the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit certainly fits the bill!

Have a great weekend!


Supplies I used to make the tags --

Kit:  Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit; Stamps:  Oh, What Fun; Inks:  Garden Green, Real Red; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen or Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Snips

Supplies I used to make the note cards --

Cardstock:  Garden Green, Real Red, Gold Foil Sheets, Red Foil Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Triple Banner punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes