Tool Tip: Embossing Buddy

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Do you know the benefits of an Embossing Buddy?  This little, anti-static pouch can really be a life saver.  It is used to prevent Embossing Powder from sticking in unwanted places on your cardstock or to minimize fingerprints left behind by oils and moisture. But did you know that it has other uses?

TIP #1:  Try using the Embossing Buddy to de-stick adhesive in unwanted places!  For example, if you getting a little carried away with Snail adhesive or if you have to removed an element from a card, simply pat the area with the Embossing Buddy. It will transfer some of the anti-static powder onto the sticky area, covering it and preventing it from sticking.

TIP #2:  Try using the Embossing Buddy to prevent the shaker elements from sticking to the side of the Foam Adhesive Strips  inside the shaker card.  Simply pat the Embossing Buddy on the thin edge of the strips – not the flat adhesive top part – before adding the shaker elements.

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Festive Kraft Pillow Box

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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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Spruce Up your Card Designs with DSP

The Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper is festive yet traditional, and its beautiful  patterns will make the perfect backdrop for your Christmas cards.  

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Here, I matted a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of DSP with 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ piece of Gold Foil.  I used stamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White cardstock to make a simple banner.  The deer was diecut from Gold Foil with a piece of gold metallic thread tied in a bow.  And, the card front was embellished with some gold metallic pearls.   

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If you are mass producing Christmas cards, you will love using designer series paper pack.  A package of Under the Mistletoe DSP comes with two sheets of 12 different designs — in Stampin’ Up! coordinating colors of Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White.  And, you can precut one sheet of DSP and make six cards quickly! 

TIP:  To simplify card assembly, apply Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets on the backside of the Gold Foil before die cutting the deer.  Now you will only have to remove the paper backing to attach the deer on the card front.

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Tutorial for Scalloped Self-Closing Box

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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.

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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.

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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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Tips for Using Pop of Petals Stamp Set

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I love flower stamps because they are so friendly and cheerful, which means I had to purchase the Pop of Petals bundle.  It provides you a plethora of pretty petals to punch and pop up on your projects.


Recently when using my stamp and punch, I had difficulty in aligning my images.  Then I noticed that the four petals are not symmetrical; therefore, I needed to be more strategic in the placement of my stamped image. 

While the images are very similar, the Bermuda Bay and Lovely Lipstick flowers are actually 180o degrees apart.  In fact, the Lovely Lipstick flower is upside down!


After carefully studying the stamped images, I realized that one petal had two smooth petal edges, while the other three petals had one slightly curved petal edge.

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To avoid a problem the next time I used my stamps and punch, I marked them with a sharpie.  TIP:  Mark the one smooth petal on both sides of the stamp using a dot of Sharpie Marker.  By looking on the backside of the punch, it was easy to see which petal had the two smooth edges.  As a measure of precaution, I took a moment to verify which was the smooth petal by punching a stamped image!  Then, when I was sure, I marked the back of the punch with a sharpie marker.

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Now, I am ready to punch some flowers!  If you found this tip helpful, please leave a comment.  I just love hearing from you!

Here is another card using Highland Heather, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Gorgeous Grape inks.  The butterfly is colored with Pineapple Punch and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend markers, and the antenna are made with Black Baker’s Twine secured with a dimensional.

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Big Shot Tip

Do you find that when using smaller dies and you need to cut lots of little bits through one pass of the Big Shot, they move across the plate or ‘jump’ when using the Magnetic Platform? Using some Washi Tape will help to hold them down, to cut several die cut pieces at and to get the perfect placement of your die cut.  

After you try this tip, you will probably want to store some pieces of Washi Tape on the handle of your Big Shot so that they are ready for use at a moment’s notice.

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Adhesives for Paper Crafts

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I am often asked, “Which adhesive do you use when you paper craft?” 

Snail Adhesive is a double-sided, permanent adhesive. It is my go-to adhesive for most paper crafting needs for building layers of cardstock, attaching photos and even ribbon. It applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your project, so your hands and work area never get sticky.  Refills snap in quickly so that there is no fuss when the adhesive runs out in the middle of your project. 

Tear & Tape is one of the strongest adhesives that Stampin’ Up carries.  It is as convenient and easy to use as its name — tear it and tape it, no scissors required.  It comes in a convenient 1/4″ width.  If you need more width — just add another strip.  Recommended on boxes, 3-D items and any paper projects that will get handled a lot.  TIP:  This tape is suitable for adhering glitter (make sure you rub in) to make a 1/4″ straight line glitter strip.

Multipurpose Glue is great when you need to adhere layers of cardstock or need a little forgiveness when placing.  It is slow-drying which gives you time for adjustments.  It dries clear and works well for glitter paper and bulk embellishments.  Once you practice using this glue, you quickly learn how much glue to apply.  You really only need a little bit of glue since it creates a much stronger bond with the paper than other adhesives.

Fine-Tip Glue Pen is great for adhering small embellishments like sequins and delicate laser-cut pieces.  The fine-tip gives you pin-point precision for applying tiny dots or fine lines of glue.  It dries clear and shiny.  TIP:  To prevent clogging, always “burp” your bottle, wipe away any glue that bubbles up through the fine tip, and close the top by re-inserting the pin into the tip of the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  For easy alignment, rest both the lid pin and the pen tip on your finger before insert the pin.

Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals are double-sided adhesive foam dots that come in two sizes for adding depth and dimension to your project.  They are great for attaching embellishments and metallic threads, and for layering paper for added dimension.  TIP:  Be sure to use the leftover dimensional edges after all the hexagons are gone.  Simply cut the edge pieces into small pieces or use as strips.

Foam Adhesive Strips are great for added dimension and depth needed for shaker and spinner cards.  These are about twice as tall as regular and mini-sized dimensionals.

Mini Glue Dots are super sticky, instant dots of adhesive. No fumes, no mess, no drying time. Holds heavier embellishments. These are still one of my favorite adhesives.  To add a glue dot to an item, unroll paper backing to expose next glue dot, firmly press item to the dot, then lift to remove the dot from the backing paper.  Recommend using paper piercing tool or tweezers for attaching things in tight spaces!  TIP:  this is the best adhesive for using glimmer paper or for attaching embellishments on the glimmer side of glimmer paper.

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets are double-sided adhesive sheets that are prefect to use when die cutting.  Simply cut to size and apply on the backside of your cardstock and die cut as usual.  To attach your die cut, simply peel-off the paper backing and attach to your project.  No mess.  No worries.


All of these adhesives are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Simply click on the links provided.  And, if you do not currently have a demonstrator, I would love to assist you in your creative journey.  Please contact me at


And, now is a great time to stock up on these basic supplies.  For every $50 in products purchased in August, you will receive $5 Bonus Days coupon to redeem in September, when the new holiday catalog is released.  It is a win-win!

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Tips for Perfect Punch Outs

Punches are a crafting must-have.  Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. 

Stampin’ Up offers a variety of punches from basic shapes to more complex builder punches.  They are quality tested to meet the high standards that our demonstrators and customers expect. 

Here are a few tips for keeping your punches in perfect working condition.

KEEP IT THIN. Punches are meant to punch paper or standard cardstock. If you force a punch through anything that’s heavily textured or thicker than our cardstock, you could damage the punch.

SAY NO TO GLITTER. Coarse materials such as Glimmer Paper will dull the cutting edges and may clog the cutting mechanism.

APPLY EVEN PRESSURE.  If you have trouble applying even pressure, try putting your punch on a flat surface (facing up or down) and press down, applying even pressure.

STORE WITH CARE.  Keep punches clean and dry in the locked closed position. Brush away paper crumbs and keep punches away from dust and glue that can clog the cutting mechanisms.

SHARPEN DULL EDGES. If a punch doesn’t cut all the way through or frays the paper, the cutting edges may be dull. Sharpen them by punching through aluminum foil a few times, then punch through wax paper to lubricate the punch and get it moving smoothly again.

FREEZE OUT JAMS. If the punch is stuck or jammed, try sticking it in the freezer for a while. The metal will contract as it gets cold and hopefully release the stuck material.

ALIGNING STAMPED IMAGES:  First, stamp the sentiment or image on scrap of cardstock.  From the backside of your punch, align the stamped image inside the punch opening.  Squeeze gently to punch out image.

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PERFECT ALIGNMENT WITH BUILDER PUNCHES:  Use a scrap piece of cardstock and mark the side that will be inserted into the punch and punch out the blank pieces.  The punched cardstock is a template for aligning your stamps using the Stamparatus.  Once stamped, you can punch out your pieces with ease!

If you found these tips and tricks helpful, please leave me a comment!  I just love to hear from you!

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Simply Shammy – Keepin’ it Clean!

Stampin’ Scrub is the workhorse for stamp cleaning  For years, it has done a stellar job conditioning our red rubber stamps and cleaning inks from even the most detailed stamps.  The Simply Shammy provides an additional option when it comes to quick clean ups or stamping on the go.

Simply Shammy is a portable cleaning cloth that gets your stamps squeaky clean with just water!  Unlike baby wipes, it does not leave lint, oils or chemicals that affect the inked impression of your photopolymer or red rubber stamps.   While ink will stain the shammy, it will not transfer to your fingers or other stamps.  The shammy is 5″ x 7″ and fits neatly in a stamp case.

Simply Shammy is easy to use:  Just dampen the shammy with water, then wipe stamps on it. When it starts to dry out, flip it over or give it a little spritz of water to refresh it. When the shammy dries out, just add water and it will be ready to go!  Rinse it occasionally during stamping and after long stamping sessions to remove excess ink.  And, don’t panic when the shammy starts to look dirty—that’s just a sign that it’s working!! 

You should still occassionally clean and condition your stamps using Stampin’ Mist and your Stampin’ Scrubespecially before their first use to remove any manufacturing residue.  Stampin’ Mist is a cleaning fluid that comes in a spray bottle and is specially formulated to clean and condition your stamps.  Lightly spray one pad of the Stampin’ Scrub with Stampin’ Mist and leave the other dry.  For best results, do not over-saturate the pad.  Wipe your stamp first with the Simply Shammy, then scrub your stamp on the damp pad and rub it dry on the dry pad.  To clean your Stampin’ Scrub, run tap water over both cleaning pads until the water runs color-free, squeeze out the excess water and allow to air dry..

you can keep your stamps pristine is if you never use them. Ink will stain stamps, no matter how meticulously you clean them. Your goal should be to keep stamps clean, not unstained. If you clean your stamps properly, you’ll never have a leftover shade of ink muddying another color and ruining your projects.

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