More Seize the Day cards

seize the day - hank eacho retirement card

The Seize the Day stamp set makes a perfect masculine card.  Recently, I needed an extra large retirement card for my boss.  The stamped image is stamped in Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz, matted for a regular A2 card and wrapped with Linen Thread.  The card design was enhanced by the extra white space of an A6 card and a piece of Nature’s Poem DSP for the larger card.

Here is a close up of the A6 card.

seize the day - lisa

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Lilypad Lake

Lilypad Lake is one of my favorite stamp sets from the annual catalog.  The heron, the sailboats and lilypad images are just so peaceful.  

lilypad lake by sandy alexander step up cards

Here are two versions of the card — one advanced and one simple.  The images were stamped on 1.5″ squares of Whisper White cardstock, colored with Stampin Write Markers of Pool Party, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  The stamped images were matted with Pool Party cardstock with additional layers of cardstock in So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  The more advanced card used Linen Thread and extra layer of Sahara Sand cardstock.

lilypad lake catalog

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Perennial Birthday stamp set, while the “to see far…” sentiment is from the Lilypad Lake stamp set.  I used my stamparatus for the sentiments in order to get a crisp and solid black impression using Stazon Jet Black ink.  

lilypad lake by sandy alexander step down

Here’s a close up of the other card.

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

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Festive Kraft Pillow Box

kraft pillow boxes - snow is glistening

With the holidays ahead, these die-cut pillow boxes are perfect for gift giving and those last minute gift emergencies.  You get 10 adorable white polka dot boxes for $5!  Add a little festive decorations and slide in a gift card and some Hershey kisses and you’ve got a terrific gift for someone special.

Here I used the limited edition Snowfall Thinlits dies to die cut snowflakes in Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Tranquil Tide.  Add some Tranquil Tide ribbons as a belly band and embellished the snowflakes with Snowflake Trinkets and it is ready to fill with some holiday cheer.

Need a different color to coordinate with your festivities?  Simply sponge or drag the ink pad across the flattened box and wipe away the excess ink.  The white polka dots partially resist the ink, giving you a tone on tone box in the color of your choice.  

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And abracadabra, you have blue pillow box!

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These kraft pillow boxes are a must for your crafting stash.  If you’d like to purchase these for holidays ahead, simply click on the links provided.

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Tutorial for Scalloped Self-Closing Box

scalloped self-closing bags with lotions

Today, I’m going to show you how to make these adorable self closing boxes because we  love to buy girlfriend gifts.  And sometimes, those girlfriend gifts are difficult to gift wrap — like those regular 8 oz. lotions and 10 oz. body scrubs from Bath & Body Works. 

Here is a wonderful and creative way to make a gift box.  And, it is a great way to use your stash of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper! 

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For this project, you need your 12″ Stampin’ Trimmer, a bone folder, a ruler, your paper snips, the Detailed Trio Punch and a very strong adhesive — like tear & tape adhesive, and one sheet of pretty 12″ x 12″ designer series paper.  TIP:  If you paper has a directional pattern with an upside, add a paper clip to the top!

Starting with the top of the designer series paper (the one with a paperclip) against the rails of the trimmer ruler, score at 5.5″ and 11″. 

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Rotate the top of your designer series paper counterclockwise (left), so that the top is on the left side of the scoring track.  Score at 1.5″ and 10″.

Rotate the top of your designer series paper counterclockwise again, so that the top is now furthest from the rails of the trimmer ruler (or upside down in the trimmer).  Score a partial score line down to the first score line at 3.75″ and 9.25″.  These partial score lines will form the base of the box.  Fold and burnish all score lines.

scalloped self-closing bags scoring instructions

Put your trimmer away, and grab your ruler and bone folder to make some diagonal score across the two large rectangle panels — score from the top score line to where the partial score line meets the bottom score line.  Repeat with the other large rectangle panel.  You should end up with two upside-down triangles.  Gently pinch along each of the four diagonal score line to give the box its unique self-closing contour.

From the bottom, cut up to the first score line to create four tabs for the base of the box.  Add tear & tape to three for the four tabs.

On the right side, remove the two small rectangles at the top and bottom edge.  Add two strips of tear & tape to the pretty side (outside) along the edges of the long 1″ rectangle.  Remove paper backing from the tear & tape.  To prevent the seam from showing, attached the tear & tape to the backside of the pretty paper.   Now attach the bottom tabs for form the base of the box.

Pinch the top of the box closed.  Using the corner rounder in the Detailed Trio Punch, press firmly through the two thicknesses of designer series paper in order to round the top corners for a finished scallop look.  Decorate your box as desired.  

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As you can see this works great with thicker Specialty Designer Series Paper as well as the regular Designer Series Paper.  Just remember to score with a light touch when using the regular Designer Series Paper to minimize the potential for tearing.

It is a great way to use designer paper from your paper stash.  If you’d like to purchase any of the products used in this tutorial, please click on the links provided.  

If you found this tutorial helpful, please leave a comment.  I love hearing from you! 

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Tutorial for Making a Gift Box using the Envelop Punch Board

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Isn’t this just sweetest little gift box?  Do you know someone who would love to receive this gift?  It is just the right size for a few Lindt Milk Lindor Truffles — you know the ones, in those pretty foil bags in the store.  Well, if the chocolates survive the trip home, you can slip a few into this sweet gift box for a special someone.

envelope punch board

For this project, you will need an envelop punch board and a 6″ X 6″ piece of designer series paper.  Slide your paper under the punch, and punch at 1.5″ and insert your scoring tool into the slot and score.  Rotate your paper, this time punch at 3″ and score.  Rotate your paper, punch at 1.5″ and score.  And, finally, rotate your paper and punch at 3″ and score.  You should have one punch on each of the four sides, and four score lines that will create the base of your gift box.

Next, put your scoring tool away — you won’t be needing it again.  Slide paper under the punch, and align the score line with the Score Guide and punch.  Rotate, align the next score line with the Score Guide and punch.  Repeat until all four sides have two punches.  Note:  you now have two small corners and two large corners — these will become the flaps on the top of your box.

Next insert the points in the corner rounder (the Reverse Punch on the backside of the board) — and round all four corners for a more finished look.  Fold and burnish the score lines.  Using your paper snips, cut to the first score line along each side the two large corners — these will create the tabs to form the gift box base.  Select a small punch, something that is slightly larger than the metallic brad that will be used to secure the top.  (Recommend using a punch that is smaller than 1/2″.)  Center punch on the front flap and punch.  

Place mini-glue dots or use your favorite adhesive on the four tabs, attach on the inside of the large corner flaps to form the base of your gift box. For the dome top, gently press in the two small corner flaps, then curve in the back large corner flap and fold over the front corner flap. 

Using a paper piercing tool, create a small  hole by inserting the piercing tool through the punched opening on the front flap and pressing through the paper.  This will insure that the metallic brad is located in the right spot to hold the gift box securely closed.  Tip:  Use Stampin’ Blends to color your brad to match, or heat emboss brad using VersaMark and a coordinating color of embossing powder.

Insert brad and attach loosely.  To secure gift box, slide front flap over the brad and tuck the hole punch underneath the brad.  Next, decorate your gift box.  I used 1/4″ silver trim ribbon and butterfly foil die cut from Springtime Impressions Thinlits.

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This is one of my favorite uses for the envelop punch board.  While the punch board has instructions for making 66 different sizes of envelopes, I have found there are many other uses for it — like this gift box.  It is a great way to use designer paper from your paper stash.  If you’d like to purchase any of the products used in this tutorial, please click on the links provided.  

If you found this tutorial helpful, please leave a comment.  I love hearing from you! 

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Dandelion Wishes

dandelion wishes catalog image

Dandelion Wishes stamp set is perfect for sending wishes of luck, love and happiness.  Do you remember how to wish on a dandelion?  First, look for the fluffiest white puffball that you can find and pick the stem carefully to retain the magic.  Next, determine the direction of the breeze to ensure good flight for your wish and hold that fluffy puff ball near your mouth.  For the strongest magic, you must blow away all of the seeds in breath. Now take a deep breath, make your wish and blow.  Taking the time to watch until the last seed is out of sight helps the wish come true.

dandelion inky sample

When is the last time you made a wish on a dandelion?  Or sent someone dandelion wishes?

No one knows for sure how or why people started making wishes on dandelions.  These flowers have been around for thousands of years, and there are the many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions such as granting wishes when you blow on those fluffy white puffballs.  Some include dreaming about dandelions or carrying dandelions in a bridal bouquet will bless you with good luck.  Many people believe that if you blow every seed of the dandelion off while thinking of a person you love, it means that they love you back.  Another legend is that your loved one can feel your love – when blow those white seeds in their direction.  Conversely, if you then blow on the bloom and there is at least one remaining seed on it, it means your loved one is thinking of you too.

Dandelions have many secret meanings behind that bright yellow flower.  It is known to have nutritional and healing powers that rejuvenate our bodies.  Its bright yellow color symbolizes the power of the sun.  Since dandelions thrive in even the harshest of conditions, they are considered as symbols of survival and overcoming the greatest hardships in life.  Bright, yellow color of a Dandelion flower is a perfect symbol of happiness and joy that brings back fond memories of our youth playing in summer time.  And finally,  dandelions seeds have been used to make a wish for as long as we can remember. Picking up a flower and blowing to make the seeds fly into the air, and then making a wish is something I did as a child and probably you have too.

How many of these superstitions hold any truth? You can be the judge. The one thing that is for sure, scientifically, is that blowing a dandelion’s seeds into the air will have consequences. Where those seeds fall on fertile soil, there will likely be new dandelions in the future!

dandelion inky sample

This card features the Bokeh Dots background stamp, that has been colored using Stamparatus and Sponge Daubers in Merry Merlot, Old Olive, Gray Granite and So Saffron.  

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Kraft Pillow Boxes

I love having things on hand to create small gifts.  For those planned events and those unexpected happenings, these kraft pillow boxes with white polka dots make a great party favor, treat holder or gift card packaging.   These pre-made, kraft pillow boxes are easy to dress up and are very affordable.  You get 10 boxes for $5.  Add some ribbon, a belly band or diecut — and you’ve got a really cute gift in minutes. 

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It is really easy to change the color, too.  Using the direct to paper technique, I applied Blueberry Bushel ink by dragging the ink pad across the pillow box. 

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At first, it looks like an inky mess.  Using a tissue or paper towel, spread the ink into the creases and folds, and then wiped away the excess ink to make those polka dots pop!  I just love polka dots.  And, this two-tones of Blueberry Bushel ink are just fun!

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For the belly band, I used a strip of Granny Apple Green cardstock cut 2″ wide by 8.5″ long.  I folded and pinched the belly band around the pillow box, taking care to ensure that it would slide off easily.  Then, I applied some tear & tape adhesive to secure the one end of the belly band over the other end.

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To dress it up more, I tied a bow with some of the Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon and added a rainbow foil diecut from Celebrate You Thinlits.  

To create the rainbow foil, I scribbled by Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers on silver foil card stock and allowed it to dry before die cutting.  Rainbow colors I used are:  Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Pumpkin Pie, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy. 

coordinate using blends - silver foil die cut

I applied some fine-tip glue pen in the middle of the diecut word “celebrate” and attached it to the belly band.  Alternatively, I could have applied a small 1″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the area directly behind the letters “ebra” of the diecut word “celebrate”.  

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Now, this festive packaging is ready for the next special occasion that comes my way!  It is just the right size for adding some goodies and a gift card — something I know that the recipient with enjoy!  

All of these items are available to purchase from my on-line store – just click on the links provided.  If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to assist you on your crafting journey!  Just click on the “CONTACT” tab above. 

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Make Coordinating Embellishments

Do you ever have this problem?  Want to use a pretty foil cardstock, but only have silver foil?  Have lots of pearls or rhinestones, but not the color you need for your project?

No worries!  Here is a quick tip for using items from your stash of craft supplies.  Add a quick application of color using your Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers and change it so that it coordinates perfectly with your project.  Stampin’ Up now carries light and dark shades of Stampin’ Blends in 22 exclusive coordinating colors!

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Here is a summary of the many different ways that you can create coordinating embellishments using your Stampin’ Blends.

  1. Color silver foil cardstock to create fun shiny embellishments.  
  2. Create coordinating buttons and brads.
  3. Create matching metallic trinkets.
  4. Create coordinating colors of rhinestones, faceted gems, and pearls.
  5. Change the color of Glimmer Paper to coordinate perfectly with your project.
  6. Customize enamel dots, sequins, and sequin trim.
  7. Create matching glass beads and wooden embellishments.
  8. Change the color of burlap trim, baker’s twine and linen thread
  9. Customize ribbon, silk flower petals, lace trim and fabric to match your project.
  10. Create ombre ribbon by running the Stampin’ Blend marker down one side of the ribbon, then another line of color using a lighter shade or the Color Lifter.
  11. Customize tassels in coordinating school colors
  12. Customize stickers by changing the color to match your project.

coordinate using blends - custom embellishments

coordinate using blends - custom ribbon trim

Hope you find this tip helpful in using items from your stash of craft supplies!

If you’d like to replenish your stash of accent pieces and embellishment, check out the five pages of gorgeous items on pages 197-201 of your catalog.   

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Two Terrific “You Can Make It” Projects

If you are like me, I am constantly flipping through the Stampin’ Up catalog because it is my #1 go-to source for creativity.  You’ll find lots of card ideas, gift ideas, gift packaging ideas, color combinations, coordinating products and inspiring, quick to create projects.

you can make it - piggy project

On page 33 of the new catalog, you’ll find “This Little Piggy Cards Supply Set”.  You can purchase the “set of supplies” listed for this project using a single item number or purchasing the supply items “individually”. 

Let’s take a closer look at this project and how the background was created.  

you can make it - pig ideas

To create this simple but impressive background, using This Little Piggy Stamp Setdraw some thick, straight lines using your Petal Pink Dark Stampin’ Blend Marker — horizontally, vertically or in a crosshatch pattern.  You can even add a thin line Granny Apple Green Light Stampin’ Blend Marker as an accent.  The background design is actually enhanced by the varying widths and slight waviness of the lines.

you can make it - waterfall projects

These cards from the Waterfall Cards Supply Set are quick and easy.  By using first and second generation stamping techniques, and varying the position of the “line”, “circle” or “tree” images, it is possible to create several cards in minutes! 

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Need more ideas?  Page 2 of the annual catalog lists all six “You Can Make It Projects” with six “sets of supplies” that you can order featuring some of our favorite products to create some super-fun projects.  

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These “You Can Make It” projects offer inspiration for creating the same project or CASE-ing (Copying and Selectively Editing) or substituting items from your stash of crafting supplies.

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Cardstock, Scraps & Bow Toppers

Do you save your scraps?  I do.  I store my whole sheets of cardstock plus all the bits and pieces left over from projects in these clear job ticket holders from Office Depot.  Keeping everything together is the best way that I’ve found of using those smaller pieces first before cutting a whole sheet of cardstock.  Most often, I use my scraps for die cutting small pieces on other projects.

The only exception to this rule is storing long, thin strips of Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Smoky Slate — because I keep them in a container on my desk.  Why??? I like to keep them handy for stamping sentiments and creating small banners.

gift bow toppers - strips of cardstock

Recently I was left with a bunch of long strips of Melon Mambo, Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody cardstock.  A perfect way to use these long strips is making gift bows!  

gift bow toppers

To make one bow, you need four strips of cardstock:

  • 3/4″ wide by 4-1/2″ long for the banner base; 
  • 3/4″ wide by 6-1/2″ long for the smaller loop ribbon;
  • 3/4″ wide by 7″ long for the larger loop ribbon; and
  • 1/2″ wide by about 3″ long to wrap around the middle.

Using your Simply Score Scoring Board, score the shorter piece at 1/2″, 3″, 3-1/2″ and 6″.  Next score the longer piece at 1/2″, 3-1/4″, 3-3/4″ and 6-1/2″.  Use your bone folder to curl both ends of the two scored pieces.

Using Snail Adhesive, glue dots or your favorite adhesive, add some adhesive to the middle.  Next curl over the loop and attach by overlapping those small 1/2″ sections.  

Using more adhesive, stack the small loop on the larger loop, then attach to the banner base.  Add adhesive to that 1/2″ wide strip and wrap around the middle, overlapping the ends on the backside of the box.  Embellish with one or three rhinestone jewels.

This is a great craft project to do while binge watching your favorite TV show!  You will be happy and productive, with the added benefit of using up those scraps and having a ready supply of bow toppers for gift giving!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!