Holiday Tags with Everyday Label Punch

As we approach the month of September, time seems to fly.  The holidays are upon us before we know it.  Now is the time for some quick and easy craft projects to avoid scurrying around at the last minute.  

These tags are quick and easy and will add a special touch to your holiday packaging – present, gift bag or wine bottle, and within a few minutes you can make 45 or 50 tags.

Merry Little Christmas tag examples

Supply List:

  • Snail adhesive
  • Dimensionals
  • Banner Triple Punch (138292)
  • Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324)
  • Everyday Label punch (144668 from holiday catalog)
  • Labels to Love stamp set (144967 from holiday catalog)
  • Merry Little Labels stamp set (144795 from holiday catalog)
  • Archival Basic Black ink pad
  • Cherry Cobbler ink pad
  • Old Olive ink pad
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock (2”x4”, 1”x4”, ½”x4”)
  • Old Olive cardstock (2”x4”, 1”x4”, ½”x4”)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock (2”x3”)
  • Merry Little Christmas designer series paper (144621 from holiday catalog) 
  • Ribbon or Twine (5 inches long)
  • Season of Glitz mini bows (144635 from holiday catalog, comes with 45 bows)


  • Select the 2”x4” piece of DSP or cardstock as your bottom layer; punch one end with the Scallop Tag Punch and the other end with Banner Triple punch
  • Stamp the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock piece with solid color ink and punch with Everyday Label punch (or use markers and the huffing technique to color sections of the stamp before stamping the Very Vanilla cardstock piece)
  • Using snail adhesive, attach additional layers of DSP or cardstock to the tag
  • Using dimensionals, attach the very vanilla piece to the tag piece
  • Embellish with mini bows
  • Add the ribbon or twine to the tag top

Merry Little Christmas tag punches

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


Background Bits

The delicate floral themes of the Background Bits Stamp Set lends itself to elegant themed cards and projects. Perfect whether the stamps create your background, your focal point, or anything else.  Background Bits stamp set is a host stamp set.  They are exclusive, time-limited (based on the catalog sales period) and an exceptional value!

Below, I used Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake to design a tag for a gift bag and a coordinating note card to dress up a plain white gift bag.

background bits 3 bag and tag

Although host sets were designed to encourage you to host a party and invite your friends over to stamp, here are two options for earning these wonderful stamp sets without hosting a party.

Option 1:  Place an order of $150 in Stampin’ Up! products and automatically earn Stampin’ Rewards just as if you had hosted a party!  You will earn 10% of your purchase in Stampin’ Rewards and have your choice of products from in the current catalog, including the exclusive host stamp sets.  Or,

Option 2:  Book an on-line party with me.  I will provide you with a host code and shopping instructions to share with your friends.  It usually it only takes one or two small orders — in addition to your own — to reach that magic $150 mark and earn those Stampin’ Reward benefits!

However if you like the social aspects of hosting a party, we can do it at your house or at my house!  Just let me know how you’d like to earn those benefits.

Host sets come in an array of styles – so there is something for everyone.  Host sets can be found on pages 219-223 in your catalog.

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


CASE-ing Birthday Blooms

CASE – Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit

In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying.  In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it.  As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it.  For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).

And, the best place to look for inspiration is your catalog!  Here is the card image from page 70 using Birthday Blooms stamp set.

For the background, the floral image is stamped twice with Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral image is them stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake.  A blender pen or aqua painter was used to apply Old Olive to the leaves.  The floral image was fussy-cut and popped-up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede.


Using the above catalog image for inspiration, I created the background piece as described above and added a birthday sentiment from the same stamp set.  Next, I made a design decision to heat set the floral image using gold embossing  powder on Thick Whisper White cardstock to create a raised gold outline image.  I used my aqua painter to color the image using Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  I also used my watercolor pencils to deepen the color when necessary.  I then fussy cut the image, adhered it to the background piece and matted it with Melon Mambo cardstock.

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And when I was done, I had a lovely birthday card for my wonderful daughter!

With CASE-ing, you can take an idea from any kind of project and create something completely different.  For example, the method used to create the card background above (Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock) can be used to dress up a plain paper gift bag with a similar or contrasting ink color.  

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


Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

hello friends kit

This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

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Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

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Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

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This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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


Tip: Labeling New Ink Pads

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With July’s Bonus Days promotion — for every $50 spent in July, you’ll receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon to use in August — it was a good time for me to purchase brand new ink pads.

Most of my ink pads were well-loved ink pads.  Some were 15+ years old!  And while I had great service over the years, it was time to upgrade from my old, well-loved, felt ink pads to the new firm foam ink pads with fresh ink!  

Wow!  These new ink pads are fantastic!  They provide exceptional ink coverage for a superior stamped image, and they work really well with my large solid-image stamps.  

Here are some quick tips for labeling your ink pads.

After removing the plastic, you’ll find four labels on the bottom of the ink pad — one in English, and the other three written in other languages for Stampin’ Up! international markets.  I removed the English label plus a second label (the one with most solid color space and smallest lettering).          

The English label is placed on the front edge of the ink pad.  There is a small dot molded into the white plastic to help with centering.  

The second label is cut into three pieces — to eliminate the non-English words.

Using tweezers, I placed the two end pieces inside the lid of the open ink pad.  Now when two or more ink pads are open on my desk — I have a quick reference as to which ink pad is which color!

As you can see, I spent some time happily unwrapping my new ink pads, adding labels and organizing them in rainbow color order — as shown on page 183 in the annual catalog.  Aren’t they pretty?!?

When possible, I recommend purchasing inks in color families, and getting the marker and re-inker at the same time.  That way, you’ll have the right ink type to use for many different techniques and benefit from the lower price point.

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As mentioned previously, for every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon by email that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!  Please be sure to print out and save those email bonus coupon codes.

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


Tip: Envelope Punch Board

Stampin’ Up!’s  Envelope Punch Board (133774) is a great tool for custom-making envelopes in 66 different sizes.  In fact, you can create your own envelopes from our double-sided Designer Series Paper, cardstock and vellum.  Instructions are printed on the board, along with a sizing chart.  

To use:  simply select the envelope size, trim the paper once, and follow the grid printed on the board to punch the envelope notches. Finally, score and fold the envelope using the included bone folder, which is conveniently stored on the side of the board.  There is even a corner rounder punch located on the opposite site of the board to add that finishing touch. 

Tip:  When scoring, insert the “pointy tip” of the bone folder into the slot, and pull diagonally outward along the scoring track.  The pointy tip seems to catch the scoring track better than the “knife-edge” of the bone folder.

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I love multi-purpose tools, and the Envelope Punch board is so useful in many ways.  The same company both Stampin’ Up Envelope Punch Board and the We R Memory Keepers’ version.  Therefore, you will find great ideas for lots of other uses on Pinterest — such as coin envelopes, file folder cards, gift card holders, treat boxes, baskets and bows.

Below is a 4-minute video on how to use the Envelop Punch Board.

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


Tips for Adding Dimension

Welcome Crafting Friends!  

Today’s tip is about adding dimension and interest to your cards.  If you stamp cards or spend any time scrapbooking, chances are you are always looking for new ways to add texture and tp make your projects more interesting.  One of the easiest things you can do  to make your project unique is to try embossing folders.

First, embossing folders can be used to create an interesting background with different color strips of paper that will make your design pop. 

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Second, you can add texture to enhance the design.  With a light touch and an inked sponge, the embossing folder was used to created pebbles for the beach scene below.

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If a card design seems a little flat or uninspired, and you want to add a little something for that WOW Factor, look for at least two ways to add texture such as:

  • Embossing folders
  • Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Heat embossing using Stampin’ Up! embossing powders
  • White Perfect Accents and Enamel Shapes
  • Buttons and Charms
  • *NEW* Embossing paste and stencils
  • *NEW* Faceted Gems, Rhinestones and Pearls
  • *NEW* Clips and Wood elements
  • *NEW* Bows and Tassels
  • *NEW* Ribbon and Twine

These items can be found on pages 196-199 and page 210-211 in the new annual catalog. Or, check out my on-line store by clicking on the SHOP tab above. And please remember to check the clearance items — that’s another great place to find discounted items to embellish your cards! 

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


Part 2: Remarkable You

Here is another card that I stamped and colored using my watercolor pencils and a blender pen using the Remarkable You stamp set.

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Staring with 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped and masked the flower image on the right, then stamped the image on the left.  I used the brush tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to extend the stem.  I added my sentiment in close, and matted this piece on a piece of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.

Next I stamped the blossoms on scrap Whisper White cardstock and colored them using the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I then fussy cut the blossoms and adhered them with snail and some carefully placed dimensionals.  Notice how the fussy cut flower extends over the left edge of the card. This is an easy way to add instant wow factor to your handmade card.

All of these products are available on my on-line store.  Just click on the tab above.

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





Tip: Stampin’ Up! Color Code Chart

Here is a handy chart that you’re going to want to download, print, and slide into a page protector for easy reference!

The RGB codes are great for personalizing a sentiment on the inside of a card blank using Microsoft Word or other editing programs.  Now, the colors on the inside of the card will match the Stampin’ Up!’s colors of the your card front adding the finishing touch!

The HEX Color Codes are used for HTML to match the exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors on websites, emails, etc.  Enjoy!  

Download the RGB & HEX color code chart by clicking the picture on the left or here:  Marie’s SU! RGB & HEX Color Codes.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tip: How to Clean Your Ink Pad

The other day, I was busy crafting.  My desk top was messy with the cardstock, stamps and open ink pads.  I was having fun.  And, then it happened.  The unthinkable!  

I accidentally stamped the wrong stamp on a light-colored ink pad and contaminated my ink pad with a darker-colored ink.  Yikes!  

So on the off-chance that this should happen to you, here are some steps to clean your ink pad and remove the contaminated ink.

  1. First, stop what you’re doing. Take a deep breath and relax.  It is going to be okay!
  2. Act quickly.
  3. Simply use a couple of baby wipes to “lightly tap” and “blot away” the wrong color ink. A light touch is necessary to remove the wrong ink off the surface of the ink pad.  If you press too hard, you may actually be pressing the wrong ink deeper into your ink pad and spreading the contamination.
  4. As you clean your stamp pad, the cleaned area will look noticeably lighter in color than the rest of the ink pad.  
  5. Next, re-ink your ink pad using the appropriate re-inker.  Simply apply some ink to the surface of the ink pad, especially on the cleaned area
  6. Use a plastic spoon to smooth the new ink into the ink pad.  This smoothing motion is sort of like icing a cake.  You can actually see the ink move and change the color of the ink pad as it is spread evenly in the pad.
  7. Now, you can pat yourself on the back!  And, get busy stamping again

Note:  if you accidentally add too much ink, gently blot the excess ink away with a sheet of computer paper until your ink pad is less juicy.

Until next time, happy crafting!