Thursday, May 31, 2007

8x8 Fold Gift Card Holder

These are simple and FAST. I don't have much time these days, so I'm loving the Little Reminders Tin. The only stamp sets used were Much Appreciated and Small Script.

This pattern was shared by my friend Kendra and she saw it at a Stampin'Up Regional she attended. Thanks Kendra!!

This one opens from the opposite direction, but there are tons of options with this cool pattern. See my other version here.

I added more accents from the Little Reminders Tin on the inside of this one and inserted the gift card in the bottom. If you were giving two gift cards, you could slide one on top and one in the bottom, or slide a note card up in the top also.

Now get to foldin'!! I'm going to get more gift cards later in the week for the boy's teachers. These are FUN! :)

Psst...... don't forget to check out It made this project even easier! LOVE my Scor-pal baby! :)

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Little Reminders Gift Card

It's just the season for gift cards... well, it's always a good time for gift cards right? This very cool fold was shown at a regional by Linda Hamilton and shared with me by my dear friend Kendra last December. Kendra is an AWESBOMB stamper.. click on her name to check out her blog. I totally forgot about saving her instructions, but I'm SO happy I ran across her samples. These are PERFECT with the new Petals and Paisleys double sided designer papers from the Spring Mini. And, it just so happens that they also coordinate with the Little Reminder Tin. If you need a quick but nice little gift card holder, this is the ticket baby! The only stamp sets I used were Small Sayings and the All in a Row stamp sets from Stampin'Up! Beate is the genius who came up with using that criss cross stamp as faux stitching from the All in a Row set. She is so brilliant! BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing with us girlfriend. :)

I used the Round Tab Punch, made a little tab and then added one of the die cuts from the Little Reminder Tin over the top, stamped thanks and added a flower too. That is my little "card" part, where I will write a note. It also pulls out.

These are SO easy and totally folded from one piece of 8 x 8 designer paper. I'm working on a tutorial and will post it tonight.

This is a view of the back. I used the slot punch to make a little slot for the ribbon. Because it is just folded, you can tweak it many different ways.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Small Sayings, All in a Row
Paper: Petals and Paisley DS paper, Shimmery White, Old Olive
Other: Grosgrain Ribbon (Apricot), Crafter's Tool Kit, Accents & Elements Little Reminder Tin, Slot Punch, Round Tab Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Be right back after dinner with the tutorial. Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Envelope Gift Card

I needed a quick gift certificate for one of my customers (they are so good to each other... I love them). I was reminded of these easy envelope holders from my friend Mish who recently made some adorable ones (love all that she does).

I used my pretty shimmery envelopes for some extra sparkle and stamped them with the flowers from the Office Accoutrement set in the Spring Mini in pink passion and old olive. I used the die cut stickers from the Accents and Elements Little Reminders tin to touch em off. I made a gift card using Microsoft Picture It! with the business card format and then printed it out on Whisper white, trimmed it and added an olive layer and a pink passion tab with the new Round Tab Punch. Then added more die cut stickers again to the inside from the Little Reminders Tin.

I left a space on the inside for my customer to write a message.

These are easy peasy. Just take an envelope, fold it in half, take the flap and cut down on the center fold. Tuck the right side in, and lick and seal the left side. A perfect pocket. Layer it on some card stock and add some ribbon and you have a neat little gift card.

I'm waiting for UPS to bring a big order for my girls. I can't wait for my customer to see her gift certificate. She is THE sweetest person. I hope she knows how much we all appreciate her friendship. :) I KNOW she'll have fun shopping!

Have a super day everyone.... thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Mounds!!!

Happy birthday my sweet friend! I absolutely ADORE Joy (yes, here real name is Joy...well, REALLY Emily, but you all know her as Joy). I met Mounds, on SCS years ago... she was always so sweet and funny. In one of those fun threads, I called her my Mounds of Joy, like the candy, and from there it was shortened to Mounds.

I met her IRL last September at a stampin retreat in WI. We flew out together after hooking up in Vegas (our flights that is). I was SO nervous to meet her... I talked her ear off until 3:00 am. You know how you meet some people and they just have an aura (ora? How do you spell that?), okay VIBE... you know how you just get a certain vibe? Mounds has that... she exudes love and friendship and warmth. She is someone that I am honored to call my friend. I am so freaking lucky when it comes to the friend dept. That stampin retreat was THE best time evah.... I made life long friends from that trip.

So, if you have some time today, head on over to Mound's blog and wish her a happy birthday!! I love you Mounds!! Hope your day is as AWESBOMB as you baby!!!!


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Caden!!

My sweet friend Heather's little boy Caden turns one this weekend. It's SO hard to believe a year has gone by. I wanted to send a card, but my mojo is missing. This took me two days to finish. LOL.

The paper is from the retired Scrappin Kit Toy Box. I LOVE that paper. I wish I had hoarded more of it. The letters and balloons were done with my Cricut machine. I need to use that thing more. The balloon strings are done Stampin'Up!'s wire works. I twirled the ends with the poker thingie from the Crafter's Tool Kit by wrapping it around the tip. Stamp set is Wild About You.

I hope Caden had a wonderful birthday party... knowing his Mom.. I'm sure it was THE best. :) Happy Birthday sweet little man!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It's been beautiful here on the OR coast.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Square Steps Corner Punch Frame

This is one of the cards we did this weekend with my hostess club. Another great idea from SUDSOL, created by the brilliant Diane. (she had a GREAT blog... click on her name). I just took the pattern and tweaked it a bit. I did four different designs all starting with the same basic pattern. This is super easy to do and it's kinda cool for little images or even more punches... you know how I LOVE my punches!

Take a piece of card stock or designer paper, here I used a 2x2 piece of Designer paper from the Palette O' Prints. Use the Square Steps Corner punch on each corner making sure that the punch is pushed all the way in each time. Then, gently just flip the corners out.

On this card, I layered two square pieces of card stock with the 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch square punches and placed them in the center with two of the flaps under and two over. The colors are actually certainly celery and rose red to match the designer paper on the card.

This photo shows what the front and back look like... you can see both make a really cool pattern.

Place your layered squares in the center over two flaps, then slide your piece under the ribbon on your card, then fold the top layers. I put a little glue under the top flap and wait until I have that whole piece centered before I glue it on the card to glue the last flap.

Add two dimensionals on your top layer ( 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch circle punches)and center it on the front. This gives it a really nice layered look.

Okay, this one of the four. This next one is just the same side, with no squares in the middle, just circle layer over the front. Still nice. More of the lattice part shows. (The cllose up white flower, green lattice below)

The next one below is the same square from the back instead of the front with a piece of card stock (and ribbon on the card sample) ran through the center. The bottom is a piece of rose red card stock with the plastic guide taken off the punch and punched over and over next to each other. It's hard to see in the photo. (Along the very bottom of the card)

Cut your strip that goes through the center at 7/8.

This photo shows the opposite side once your strip is through the middle. I also added ribbon to the card sample in the photo.

Here are two cards I made with the new
Palette O' Prints and Petals & Paisleys Designer paper.

Okay... so don't look too close. I did not use my
stamp-a-ma-jig (and I KNOW better too). Not sure about that ribbon in the center either, but I don't have time to stamp today, and I wanted to show you. Pretend the sentiment is straight okay? I LOVE the All In A Row stamp set, and I need to use it more, but I really can't get them straight without my wonderful stamp-a-ma-jig. Where did that clear sheet disappear to? I just had it.......

For this version, place your square image in the center of the lattice side (not the X side) and then take your bone folder and carefully fold over the little lattice tabs. On the first card, I did double layers. The first one is a slide frame, (cut your card stock 7/8 of an inch and it will slide in through the middle), but I used the opposite side that the previous card I showed you. Then, you make another frame, fold over the flaps and center it over the top.

Here is a close up of both frames. You can click on the photo to see a bigger version. The stamps sets used were
Polka Dots and Petals and A Tree for All Seasons.

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. I LOVE seeing everyone's ideas and versions. My new 2nd downline Nancy Littrell did one with the Wrought Iron punch too. Click on her name to check em out baby. Have I told you how much I LOVE punches? LOL.

Okay... off to get my groceries put away and get some dinner going for the gang. Hope you all had a great day! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jami's Challenge

I got some images along with a little challenge from my friend Jami . I don't have this set, and now it's retiring, so it was fun to play with the images. I used them all Jami! :) Thanks babe!

Designer paper is from My Mind's Eye, card stock is Stampin'Up! Stamp set is
Stampin' Fun For Everyone.... better hurry and get it while you can girls.

Tiny little mini brads are from Queen & Co., a gift from my friend Heather. Images colored with Stampin'Write Markers. Oval Scalloped punch is by Mary Uchida. Everything else is from Stampin Up!. Circle Punch, Slot Punch, Corner Rounder Punch (scallops), Crafer's Tool Kit, Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionls.

I've been so busy, it felt good to sit down and do some fun stampin. Thanks Jami girl!

I had a workshop today, so hopefully tomorrow I can find some time to share more!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Long Notes/Palette Prints Mini Album Tutorial

This is a fun easy project using Stampin'Up!'s Long Notes and Palette O' Prints Designer paper.
(Click on the photos to see a bigger version)

Items you will need:

Stamps: Big Blooms, Riveting, Little Pieces, Linen Background
Paper: Saffron Long Notes, Palette O'Prints, Whisper White, Basic Black, Rose Red card stock.
Ink: So Saffron, Basic Black, Rose Red
Other: 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch, Slot Punch, Grograin/Gingham Ribbon, Rich Regal Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Crafter's Tool Kit. Scor-pal.

1. Stamp flower with So Saffron onto whisper white card stock, then stamp Linen over the top.

2. Partially cut around the image, but leave extra card stock to hold on to so that you can punch the center out easily.

3. Punch out the center using the 1 1/4 circle punch. Turn your punch over so that you can see when the flower center is in the middle.

4. Continue cutting out the entire flower and set aside. Save a piece scrap that has the linen on it for later.

5. Take the same punch (1 1/4 inch circle) and punch out a circle on a scratch piece of basic black card stock.

6. Now, take the larger circle punch ( 1 3/8) and punch again, right over the top of the circle you just punched out. This will give you a nice little frame for the hole in your flower.

7. Carefully attach the black frame to the front of your cut out flower. Set Aside

8. Take your long notes and fold the ends in to meet the center score line, but leave enough space so that it folds easily. Set aside.

Take one sheet of the Rose Red Palette O' Prints sheet and cut it in half (3 inches), then in half again so that you have four pieces, each 3x3. Layer one of those pieces on a piece of basic black card stock measuring 3 1/8 x 3 1/8.

10. Stamp right in the middle of the paper (or as close as you can to the center) with basic black ink.

11. Take your 1 1/4 Circle punch and punch out your image. It does not have to be centered, but you don't want to cut stamped image.

12. Trim around your stamped image

13. Stamp the little flower from the Little Pieces stamp set onto some of the scrap that has the linen on it (when you stamped your big saffron flower) using rose red classic ink. Use your 1/2 circle punch to punch it out.

Lay your trimmed round piece on the spongy mat from the Crafter's Tool Kit. Lay your little flower on top. Poke a hole in the center and add a so saffron brad.

Turn the entire piece over and add two dimensionals to the back. Set aside.

16. Take your circle punch and punch out enough around the hole so that when your flower is centered on the front, none of the rose red designer paper shows through the middle. You may have to punch two or three times to get all the edges so that they don't show. Don't worry about having a funky shaped circle, it will not show after you center your flower on the front.

17. Center and adhere your flower on the front.

Repeat step 15 again with the second panel of your saffron album and the larger circle punch.

18. Use the slit punch to make a slit for your ribbon on the right side.

19. Close the flaps on your album and adhere the flower piece on the front center.

20. Turn the slot punch over so that you can see where you are punching. Place it over the same slot in the front and punch through the saffron pieces. Only punch through the front flaps.

21. Close your album (all flaps tucked in). Take a pencil and mark a spot through the slot punch hole you made through the front.

Open your album, and punch over the top of your markings for the back of your album.

Now that all your ribbon slots are punched we can move on to the next few steps to finish your mini album!

Open the flaps, and apply adhesive. Make sure when you put your adhesive on the left side, that you apply it around the circle and not on the flap portion. You do not want adhesive to show through your window when your album is complete. Close your flaps making sure they are aligned nicely.

24. Open your album and run ribbon through the slots, leaving at least three inches on each side.

25. Cut a piece of rose red card stock 3 x 6 1/2 inches and adhere it to the inside, covering up the ribbon and the slots.

Take two piece (or more, depending on how many pages you want in your album) of so saffron and/or rose red designer paper from your print pad and score down the middle (3 inches). Then, cut that piece in half (3 inches) horizontally. One piece from the prints pad will give you four pages for your album.

. Layer all your pages in the order that you want them, then stack them on top of each other.

28. With the pages facing you as you want them in your album, put a staple in the front center.

29. Turn your stapled pages over and generously apply adhesive.

30. Adhere your pages to the inside of your album. Hold your loose pages up and center then in the middle. Carefully adhere the pages with adhesive (bottom page) to the inside of your album.

31. Close your album and carefully place your center image in the front center of your flower. The dimensionals give it a nice 3-d effect.

32. Tie a knot or a bow and trim your ribbon.

You can take the other 3 x 3 squares and make more albums, or fold them in half diagonally and make pockets for the front and back covers.

If you are going to add additional layers of card stock to mat photos, I would suggest only having three total pages to your album. I think it would be too bulky to close if you use more.

I'm sorry I didn't have time to add photos or make the inside pretty. Hopefully, I will get that done over the next couple of days and have it to show you.

These are so much fun... I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do. The next one I'll make will be a shaker... perfect for a shaker, don't you think?

Oh, and I wanted to mention that you could very easily make this so that you could add more bulk. Make two score lines on each side of the one in the middle and just fold your flaps over less on the inside. As soon as I get more time, I'll play more.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I can't wait to see what you create! Now go and use those Long Notes!! :)

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