Category: June 2019

Magnolia Lane and Detailed Bands

Today, I wanted to play with the Magnolia Lane Suite and the Detailed Bands Dies to create a versatile card style that could be adapted to any sentiment/occasion.

No one likes needing to make sympathy cards. Unfortunately, I have a friend who recently suffered a loss in her family and needed to create something for her.

I wanted to feature the Detailed Bands Dies because I think they are so elegant. I opened the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack to get color inspiration. The black magnolia paper has the pink stripes on the reverse.

I then stamped and colored the large magnolia flower with Petal Pink, So Saffron, and Mossy Meadow. The inner rectangle is from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set.

To make the card more versatile, I adapted the sentiment on the front to something a little more cheerful. Sentiment is from the Here’s A Card stamp set.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Fun with Gift Bags and Gift Tags

Spent the afternoon playing with my gift bag punch board. It’s pretty great because you can make gift bags out of any type of paper. Now the official instructions say that the width can’t be more than 2 inches, but with some math skills and a pair of snips, you can actually make any size gift bag.

For these bags, I used 2 pieces of identical 12″ x 12″ cardstock. The finished bag is 8″ tall x 5″ wide x 3″ deep. The flaps underneath I made 2″. To start, I cut both of the 12″ x 12″ down to 10″ (bag height + flap) x 12″. Then I scored the first piece at 1/2″ for a flap, 3-1/2″ for short side, 8-1/2″ for long side, and 11-1/2″ for second short side. The second piece I cut 5″ (long side).

The punch board will then create the curves for the flaps for the bottom of the bag. I then scored 2″ from the bottom of the flaps. You’ll need your snips to open the triangle of the flap up to your 2″ score line.

The punch board will also create the holes around the tops of the paper for the ribbon. Fold all of the score lines. I used snail on the 1/2″ flaps to attach the 5″ panel as well as the flaps on the bottom to create the base of the bag.

The gift tags were created with the Every Day Label Punch and the Piece of Cake stamp set. I decorated the cakes with the Watercolor pencils and the Make a Difference stamp set.

Happy crafting!

July 1-15 host code: MNJK49MF

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Stampin’ Up Notes of Kindness Card Kit Alternatives – Part 1 (Keeping It Simple)

After spending the afternoon yesterday cleaning and organizing my craft room, I rediscovered the Notes of Kindness Card Kit that had gotten buried in the “Things To Do” pile. Now that everything is organized, I couldn’t resist opening the box and playing with the pieces in the kit.

I didn’t wander too far from the suggested designs for the first round of cards. I wanted to keep things simple to see how “complete” the kit truly is. The only “extras” that I pulled out to complete the cards were snail adhesive, and a couple of ink pads (Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss).

Overall, I really liked the kit. The card bases are cute and colorful. The envelopes are all lined with the pink and white striped paper. The embellishments are straightforward and easily mixed and matched between the different card bases. The colored pieces are actually stickers and don’t need any adhesive. I think this kit would be a great gift for a beginner stamper. They can choose to follow the directions or branch out as they feel comfortable.

Stay tuned for Part 2 (Getting Complicated)…

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July Paper Pumpkin Preview

I love these boxes! Each month they are full of fun card projects. There is also always a flood of alternative project ideas on Facebook and Pinterest after everyone receives their boxes.

July’s box will coordinate with three of the new suites (Come Sail Away, Garden Lane and Woven Threads) in the 2019-2020 annual catalog. Kit will make 9 mailable cards (3 of each).

Coordinating colors: Gold, Kraft, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile

Click here to sign up before July 10th!

Stampin Up! Clearance Rack Updates!

For the first time ever, Stampin Up! is putting stamp sets on the Clearance Rack!!! They are listed below and will be uploaded at 12:01 (MT) June 26th… AKA later tonight! Click here to go shopping!

Organizing with a Divided Box

Every time I sit down to be crafty and start a project, I always wish I had more table space! As a result, I was in an organizing/cleaning type of mood today when I came across Miriam Permut’s Divided Box Tutorial on Facebook. Her simple instructions made me feel inspired to get my workspace more functional (and cute at the same time)!

For my lovely organizer, I used Night of Navy cardstock and Garden Impressions DSP (which I absolutely love, but is sadly retired).

2 pieces 8-1/2″x 11″ cardstock
4 pieces 2-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ of your favorite paper
Tombow liquid adhesive
Paper snips
Scoring tool
Paper trimmer

Step 1:
Cut cardstock in half so you have 4 pieces 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″.

Step 2:
Score one piece of cardstock longways at 1/2″, 2-1/2″, 4-1/2″, and 6-1/2″. Then score short side at 2″ and 5″.

Step 3:
Fold all score lines and cut the folds between the bottom squares. Create tabs in the 1/2″ folds.

Step 4:
Glue down the tabs across the top.

Step 5:
Fold into a box. Glue the side tab and bottom flaps.

Step 6:
Repeat with second cardstock piece. Glue the two boxes together.

Step 7:
Score third cardstock longways at 1/2″, 2-1/2″ and 4-1/2″. Score short side at 2″ and 5″. Cut tabs in the 1/2″ fold. Cut out the first square as shown below. Repeat for fourth piece of cardstock.

Step 8:
Glue the top tabs down. Glue the two pieces together so there are no gaps between the flaps for the bottom.

Step 9:
Fold into a box. Glue the side tab and bottom flaps.

Step 10:
Glue the three boxes together and add your favorite paper to the outer edges.

Step 11:
Add any extra embellishments and your favorite tools!

Step 12:
Start crafting!!

Annual Catalog Card Swap

I just mailed off my cards for the card swap for the new Stampin’ Up 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! There will be a total of about 75 cards traded in all so I’m really excited to see what everyone has created! We each picked one of the 29 new bundles to feature for each card. (Bundle List)

I created three different cards featuring three different bundles that I fell in love with when I went through the catalog. Below is a sneak peak of what I submitted:

Card #1: Features the Wish for Everything Bundle

The card is made of Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock. I used the swirls & curls embossing folder to add some texture as well as the stitched rectangle dies. The cat is a punch. The collar is made of gold pearl and clear rhinestone embellishments. The words are cut out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock using the dies in the bundle. The inside of the card features another cat punch and the Halloween sentiment from the featured stamp set.

This set also coordinates with the Well Said stamps and dies to help create cards, scrapbook pages, displays (really anything you can imagine) for just about any occasion. The two sets together cover just about every holiday (major and minor) as well as weddings and baby showers.

Card #2: Features the Woven Heirlooms Bundle

For this card, I actually used the Woven Threads Suite bundle. The nice part about the suite is that it includes the stamp set and dies as well as paper, ribbon and embellishments which all coordinate. It makes putting together a complementary set of cards super easy and less stressful!

The card base is Whisper White. The first layer, frame and inner oval are all Purple Posy which is one of the In Colors for 2019-2021. The paper inside the frame is from the 2019-2021 In Color DSP pack (Terracotta Tile). The inner oval is actually the left over paper from when the outer frame was cut. The sentiment is stamped with Terracotta Tile and Seaside Spray.

Last, but certainly not least…. #3 Royal Peacock Bundle

For this card, again I used the Noble Peacock Suite Bundle as it comes with everything you could possibly desire to create a beautiful card. This is actually a fold/swing card so that the peacock is totally hidden when you first look at the card.

The paper is the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper, the 2019-2021 In Color DSP (Purple Posy), Purple Posy cardstock and Whisper White cardstock. Outer sentiment is from the stamp set and stamped in Pretty Peacock.

The peacock is stamped in Blueberry Bushel and Pretty Peacock. Blackberry Bliss Stampin blends and Wink of Stella were used to highlight the tail.

The feathers are colored with Stampin Blends markers (Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron) and then cut out using the dies.

Have no fear – there is a peacock swing card tutorial in the works!