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Reminder Day

December 27, 2017

As this year end gets really close several sales events offered by Stampin’ Up! will also be coming to a close.  You might as well check them out to see if any items you’ve been wanting are still available.  At quite a discount as well.

Reminder Day

Prepare to say hello to 2018 . . . and goodbye to the Year-End-Sales-Event.

Remember that supplies are limited, so take one last look at the items still available via my online store. You wouldn’t want to head into the new year with any regrets!

Another reminder:  You don’t want to miss out on this pre-order opportunity for the Stamparatus.

Stamparatus by Stampin' Up!

December has flown by, and there are just a few days left for you to reserve your Stamparatus before the final reservation window closes on Saturday, December 30 at 11:50 PM (MT). Remember, this fantastic, state-of-the-art stamping tool will not be available again until the new annual catalog goes live in June. So don’t wait another minute!  Reserve your Stamparatus today! Click on the Stamparatus image to go directly to the reservation form.  You can check out my earlier post with more details.

You may recall that Stampin’ Up! had a Project Life partnership with Becky Higgins LLC for a couple of years. Though that partnership was dissolved earlier this year, Stampin’ Up!  recently discovered that Becky Higgins LLC was still offering digital versions of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products on its website.  Stampin’ Up! has reached out to them and wanted to let you know that Becky Higgins will shortly be announcing the discontinuation of these digital Stampin’ Up! Project Life products on her blog.  If you follow Becky Higgins please know that these digital products are a result of our former association with Becky Higgins LLC and they will be discontinued on December 31, 2017.

I know that I have used the Becky Higgins digital scrapbooking app via my iPad Mini, including some of the Stampin’ Up! images so, I too, am forewarned.  Any Stampin’ Up! images will be disappearing on New Year’s Eve.  If you have any questions you can call me (phone number is in the banner above) or Stampin’ Up!’s Demonstrator Services at 1-800-STAMPUP.

I think that’s it for reminder day.  I’ll have some creative ideas to share for this rest of this year beginning tomorrow.  I’m still recovering from Christmas and need to get that cleaned up (superficially for now) today.  🙂

 

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Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One !

December 21, 2017

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One!  As I mentioned yesterday, the 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Brations catalogs will be going live on January 3, 2018.  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I was able to pre-order and ‘test drive’ some of the new products and the first one I played with was Brusho.  Funny name you say?  I wasn’t in charge.

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One

Brusho is a highly concentrated powder packed full of color crystals that come in little jars or pots.  I decided that my first projects had to be easy and, hopefully, pretty much full proof and pretty much with me in control.

Using Shimmery White Cardstock, VersaMark Ink and Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, I stamped and heat embossed two flowers and a butterfly.

To (cowardly) apply the Brusho, I generously applied water with my Aqua Painter inside the embossed areas and then sprinkled various colors of the product and watched the colors move around and pop vibrantly.  Then I added an layer of the primary color showing in each card and attached those layers to a Whisper White Note Card.

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One - flower one

Yellow, Gamboge, Brilliant Red and Moss Green were added by sprinkling bits into the water puddles and then moving it around only a tad with an Aqua Painter.  The greeting, also in the Beautiful Day stamp set, was stamp with Real Red Classic ink and heat embossed with Clear Emboss Powder.

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One - flower two

The leaf on the card above was colored in using Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink and an Aqua Painter.  The greeting was stamped on Vellum Cardstock using Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and also heat embossed with Clear Emboss Powder.

 

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One - butterfly

The butterfly on the card above was colored in using Moss Green  and Prussian Blue Brusho and an Aqua Painter.  The greeting was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo Classic Ink and also heat embossed with Clear Emboss Powder.  The layer under the watercolored piece is also Island Indigo. 

Products used today:

Heat Tool

$30.00

 

These Brusho colors blend beautifully with Stampin’ Up!’s colors and are going to offer infinite color combinations.

I’m going to a luncheon reunion with gals from my high school class tomorrow and decided that these three cards will be my ‘white elephant’/gift item that is under $10 in value.  We can all use note cards and I hope these are well received.

Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One - package

You’ll be able to get your hands on these fun products on January 3rd.  2018!  I’d love to see what you do with the Brusho Watercolor Ink Crystals Take One !  They will take a some learning but we’ll all get to ‘Take Two’ in a flash.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs Go Live Soon

December 20, 2017

Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs go live soon.  Like 14 days from today!  That’s two quick weeks.  On January 3rd you will be able to order lots of fresh new products and for every $50 you spend you can choose an item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

If you would like a paper copy delivered right to your door, please send me an email. blythe@stampingwithblythe.com

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs go Live soon

You’ll automatically be sent a copy if you’ve ordered with me since June 2017.

If you’d like to be kept up to date via an email newsletter so you know the latest happenings from me and Stampin’ Up! please sign up for my Talk & Tips newsletter in the upper sidebar box.

Thank you to all my blog readers and customers for another great year.
I hope you all enjoy a lovely Christmas and New Year and I hope to share some
more stamping with you next year!

Be sure to stay tuned for more ideas during the next few weeks highlighting the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs that go live soon.   Like on January 3rd.

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Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave

December 19, 2017

The time is here to snuggle in, finish your wrapping and tagging but first….bake a special little cake in your microwave to give you ‘courage’ to carry on with the tasks at hand.

It’s time to for you too to bake a cup of cake.  Yes, you heard me right.  A CUP of chocolate CAKE.  I first shared this treat in 2008.  You can check out that post, on my old Typepad blog, here.

You’ve probably been running around, shopping, wrapping and stamping so why not step back, take a break and treat yourself.  You could actually share this cup of chocolate cake.  It’s definitely fun to make.  And eat.  And once you have your ingredients assembled it takes less than 10 minutes from mixing to savoring!

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave - "ready to bake"

You’re going to need:

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional—–but I don’t think they’re optional!!)
  • small spash of vanilla extract
  • (optional) 2 tablespoons Kahlua or other creamy liqueur.
  • 1 large coffee mug
  • Pam no-stick cooking spray

Pour all of your ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Warning:  the cocoa is light and wants to fly away.  Get it moist as quickly, yet gently, as possible.

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave-ready to mix

 Pour mixed ingredients into your cup/mug that has been greased.  I use PAM spray.

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave - ready to pour into cup

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave - "ready to bake"

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave -baked

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave - ready to eat

Bake a Special Little Cake in Your Microwave - yum yum

(Minus two bites!  I had to check it out didn’t I?)  This year I added some Kahlua (2 tablespoons) for a tad more moisture.  There really is no pop of Kahlua flavor.  If you don’t like or have Kahlua or another creamy liqueur in the house try adding another tablespoon of oil.

You might try Andes baking chips that have that touch of mint for a flavor change.  Mint equals Christmas holidays to me!

Today I began measuring my ingredients at 1:40 p.m., once they were removed from cupboards and placed on the kitchen counter.   I had my first warm bite at 1:50 p.m.  Talk about instant gratification!  There’s really enough cake to share with 2-3 others.

Here are the instructions:

Spray your mug (2 cups volume) with Pam.  Mix ingredients (be sure to incorporate the egg white) in a bowl and pour into mug.  Cook on high in the microwave for 2.5 – 3 minutes.  Start with 2.5.  It might rise above the mug.  Don’t worry.  (Mine didn’t rise above the mug but that’s because I used such a large mug.)  I’m at 4,500′ elevation and cooked my cup of cake for that initial 2.5 minutes.  Only.  Remove from microwave.  The cake will fall back into the mug as it cools.  Quickly “pour it out” onto a plate and attack with your fork.

This is a generously large single portion of cake!   Add a glass of milk and enjoy.  Do share your experience with us all (add a comments to this post) if you make your own cake.  Please!  I’d love to know how it goes.  It really is fail proof.

Blythe recommends that you stop what you’re doing and make something yummy for yourself !
Bake a special little cake in your microwave.

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Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card for Alice

December 14, 2017

Today’s project was a Lovely as a Tree Christmas card for Alice, a sweet, soft spoken lady, now in her 80s, who was a vibrant part of our community and was our librarian extraordinaire.  Then a few years ago, due to health issues, she went to live with her daughter around 200 miles south of us.  She loved to watch what my monthly Library Stampin’ for Adults card classes created–since the inception of the class in February of 2004.

I received an email from one of Alice’s fans and good friends asking if I would make one of my cards just for Alice since she’s traveling to Colorado for Christmas and then her son’s in Washington State for an extended stay in the new year.  Bottom line:  it’ll be a while before we all get to see Alice again.

My choice for Alice’s card was the Lovely as a Tree stamp since since we live within the Stanislaus National Forest, and she will totally relate to the beautiful tall pine trees.  You might recall that I used this set just the other day for Maury and Alvena’s 75th anniversary card.  I liked the look of the trees in the oval so decided to incorporate it again but in a totally different way.

Lovely as a Tree christmas card for Alice card closed

I wanted the card to have a different opening so chose a gate fold.  I started with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock which I scored at 2-1/8″ on each long side end rather than at the ‘traditional’ 4-1/4″.

Using scrap (computer type) paper cut to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, and the Big Shot and Layering Ovals Dies, I cut out the largest oval in the center.  Save both pieces.

Lovely as a Tree Christmas card for Alice oval masks

With a bit of awkwardness I laid the cut out oval over the gate-folded card front and gently sponged the oval using a 1/4″ piece of Stamping Sponge and Always Artichoke Classic Ink.

Ink up the large individual tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  Lay the oval mask (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) over the sponged area and stamp the tree two times using Always Artichoke Classic Ink.  Remove the mask and stamp the tree two more times as shown.

Using the deer from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Soft Suede Classic ink, stamp it twice.

Using an Aqua Painter and Always Artichoke ink, highlight a bit of ‘dirt’ here and there on card front, under trees.

Using a Sponge Dauber and that same oval mask, gently but firmly sponge around only the perimeter of the oval, making the color a bit darker.

INSIDE:

Inside both of the flaps, carefully stamp the Sheet Music background image using Always Artichoke ink.  There is no easy way and (if you look closely) you’ll see that I positioned the notes upsidedown on one side.  Argh.  Not good for this once-upon a time college music minor student.

Use either thicker or thinner boughs from the Christmas Pines stamp set stamp on both flaps using Always Artichoke ink.  Add ornaments from Carols of Christmas stamp set, coloring them with Island Indigo, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Markers.

Lovely as a Tree Christmas card for Alice, opened

Lovely as a Tree Christmas card for Alice, opened

Lovely as a Tree Christmas card for Alice, opened

Place cut out oval (from mask) in center of inside of card (holding it carefully with your fingers) and lightly sponge around it, again using Always Artichoke Classic Ink.  Add a few large and small snowflakes from the October Paper Pumpkin kit.

Stamp ‘arch’ image in Always Artichoke and greeting in Cherry Cobbler.  These are also from the October Paper Pumpkin kit.

Finally (whew) I used the Always Artichoke Stampin’ Marker to demarcate the center oval.

And all of this was to give a single layer card a lot of varied dimension.  I had no idea where the card was going when I started it except for the gate fold and the oval die cut pieces.

SUPPLIES (that were still mostly on my work table) used for today’s card:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

Today’s card was truly a work of heart as well as a project that took on a life of its own as it progressed.  I’m sure this Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card for Alice will be much appreciated by our retired librarian and friend.

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Free Shipping TODAY on all Stampin’ Up! Orders

December 11, 2017

I’m sure glad I made it out of my sick bed (yesterday didn’t exist for me) to see this morning’s announcement of another day of FREE SHIPPING!  Click on the Free Shipping image below to be taken to my online store.

Free Shipping December 11th

This offer ends a 11.59 p.m. MOUNTAIN time, i.e. Salt Lake City, Stampin’ Up!’s home.  Don’t miss out!

And while you’re there (my online store) be sure to check out the discounted retiring items list.  I just saw it for the first time.  Lots of retiring items from the current Holiday Catalog have been reduced.  Quite a few of my favorites are on that list.   Merry Christmas!

1 In Cards/ Christmas

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail

December 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered why you should still send Christmas cards in the mail?  I guess you could say that I’m an old-fashioned die-hard romantic.  Christmas without Christmas cards is sort of like Christmas without any decorations in the house.  It’s sort of like Christmas without any holiday music.

Why you should still send Christmas cards - Mr Postman

Doesn’t this photo remind you of yester-year?  (Yip, I’m a nostalgic sap.)

Yes, Facebook will gladly post your Christmas greetings to all of your FB friends.  And Jackie Lawson, whose cards are really beautiful and creative, will gladly send out a digital card via email link to your friends.  But — can you put those greetings on your mantel or on a string strung across a window?  Nope.

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail - embossed snowflake

I really like the tactile, hold it in your hand, old-fashioned card.  I even like (like really enjoy) the mass produced photo cards with a printed identifying ‘signature’ but nary a touch of personalized hand written greeting.  I can follow the growth of my friends’ families but do they know they sent that card to me?

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail - Hearts Come Home

You can TOUCH a postal delivered Christmas card!  Digital Christmas cards briefly touch our consciousness and then ‘poof’…….they disappear into the wild blue yonder, never to be gazed upon again.

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail Holly

Real cards connect you with the sender in a way an electronic card doesn’t.  That card in your hand was first handled by the person who sent it, the person who wrote that little note.  And if it’s a handmade card…..well that person has spent that creative time to be-with-YOU.  If saved, it will someday be a window into the past.  Can’t you see me someday sitting in my rocking chair reflecting on the people whose cards I’m reviewing!?

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail Joy to the World

Christmas cards are also GOOD for the SOUL.  Don’t you give a minute’s (at least) thought of the person in your address book to whom you’re addressing a card?  They’re in your address book, be it hard copy or on line, for a reason–they’re special to you, they’ve played some part in your life whether major or minor.

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail Star of Wonder

Even if my recipient never reciprocates, or tosses my handmade card in the trash (oh no!!!) with hardly a glance, the act of writing and sending it helped make me more human.  And I’m sending that bit of human-ness in that card.

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail - Swirly Wreath

It’s also a way to keep in touch with family members and dear friends who live far away from you……people you might rarely see but with whom you want to keep in contact.  I have friends and family in Europe and across the US who I sent cards to every year.  I may not see them often, but we can touch fingertips at least once a year and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Why You Should Still Send Christmas Cards in the Mail - Thinking of You

The cards you’ve seen scattered throughout this post are cards from this year’s stamping classes, Stampin’ Up!’s November convention and just fooling around with ideas.  They’ve all been mailed out as of this morning.  I know the feeling I get when I find a Christmas card in my mailbox and I hope my recipients feel the same.  That smile and warmth in the heart is totally worth the effort.  And worry not……I’m not done sending out this year’s cards yet.  I have a few more to put together and share with special friends and family members.  That’s why you should still send Christmas cards in the mail.

0 In 3-D Projects/ All Occasion/ Christmas/ Designer Series Papers/ Tips

Threading an Ornament

December 7, 2017

I’ll bet threading an ornament wasn’t the first thought you had this morning!  But if you were making one of these cute gift boxes it might have been!

 

threading an ornament single pizza box

 

My sister, Janet, and I made several of these little boxes, complete with a few gift enclosure cards, this past weekend.  Janet came up with a great idea/tip for sliding the piece of seemingly too large Mini Tinsel Trim through the little opening in the oh-so-cute Mini Ornaments.

You’ll need:

Position the Copper Metallic Thread around the piece of Mini Tinsel Trim.

threading an ornament supplies

Then poke the two ends of the copper thread through the eye of the ornament.  You’ll have to pull with a purpose!  After about three ornaments, the copper thread will snap and you’ll need a new piece.

threading an ornament with copper thread

Then pull the cut/short end of the tinsel trim through the eye of the ornament to the length you need and loop it over your bow or wherever you’re trying to hang your ornament.  Tie a loop knot or whatever ‘securing method’ that works for you.

Threading an ornament gift tags

 

How fun is this little gift?  A mini pizza box, a stamp, a punch, some designer series paper and card stock and a bit of imagination.

Just click on any of the product images above to be taken directly to my Stampin’ Up! online store so you can get the supplies to make your own awesome gifts for special friends.

Threading an ornament finished pair

And the biggest trick in the project?  Threading an ornament with the tinsel trim.  🙂

0 In Announcements/ Tools

The STAMPARATUS Window Pre-Order is Open

December 6, 2017

The Stamparatus reservation window is now open, second round, so if you missed the first one—now’s your chance!  Stampin’ Up! learned a lot after the first window was opened.  They had no idea how excited demonstrators and customers alike were going to be about this new and awesome product.  They found out!

The Stamparatus by Stampin' Up!

Contact me: leave a comment below OR email me: Blythe@StampingWithBlythe.com OR call me: 209-332-1059

 

This window will be open until December 31st.  It will not ‘sell out’ since there will be no ‘cap’ on the number pre-ordered.

What is it you might be asking?  The Stamparatus is an innovative stamp placement tool developed in partnership with an amazing Leader to Leader (L2L) demonstrator team.  This L2L team is comprised of selected demonstrators world ride whose goal is finding gaps in creative tools that would benefit all crafters.

Why reserve a Stamparatus?  So you can have one before the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is released in on June 1, 2018.  Why?  Because it is so cool and versatile and great especially when you want to make multiples of one card.  I sure could have used this tool when making my Christmas cards last weekend!

Product details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Product dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 7/8″.
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

The ordering limit is one Stamparatus per demonstrator and one Stamparatus per customer.

Here’s what you need to do to reserve yours:

  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • If you don’t yet have an online Stampin’ Up! account, please consider going to my store and signing up for your account there.  I would be happy to be your demo who answers all of you questions and services your stamping needs.
  • Then……..go to the Stampin’ Up! website.  The very first thing on that page is a link to reserve one now.  Since you already have an online store account (you either just created one via my online store or you’ve already had one), log in with that information (name/password) and complete the necessary information.

Shipping will begin on March 19, 2018.  I know I can’t wait to get my Stamparatus and I hope you’re interested in one as well.  I saw it a Stampin’ Up!’s convention in November and it’s as awesome as it looks in the video.  Great job on the unique Stamparatus Stampin’ Up!

 

0 In Celebrations/ Techniques/ Tips/ Wedding / Anniversary

75th Wedding Anniversary Card

December 6, 2017

I challenged myself to make an “eclipse” 75th wedding anniversary card for a lovely couple who lives here in my mountain village.  They’ve actually lived here since the 1950s.  We are newbies, not purchasing our cabin until 1987 and becoming full time residents in 2003.  We’re in a national forest, obviously surrounded by trees.

This surrounding forest is one of the main reasons the Lovely as a Tree stamp set has been one of my favorites since it was released in 2001.  I think it’s the oldest set in Stampin’ Up!’s catalog.

I’ve been watching the new trend in ‘eclipse’ cards and told myself that I would make my first one for Alvena and Maury.  And I did!

75th wedding anniversary card for Alvena and Maury

75th Anniversary card recipients

Alvena and Maury Leal, celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary, Dec 6 1942-2017

 

Did you know:

  • There are 47,000,000 couples in the United States.
  • There are 1,000 couples who reach their 75th wedding anniversary.
  • Alvena and Maury are one in a thousand in more ways than one!

75th wedding anniversary card for Alvena and Maury, showing inside

I used these supplies to create their 75th wedding anniversary card:

Big Shot

$110.00

TIPS:

  • Using scrap (computer) paper cut to 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ and the Layering Ovals Framelits, cut out an oval shape.  I used the second to largest oval.  This will be your mask.
  • Place the mask over the Wood Textures Designer Paper layer, also cut to 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ and gently sponge* inside oval using Always Artichoke ink.
    • *I cut my sponges into quarters and then use the rounded edge to pick up ink from the stamp pad and pounce it onto my cardstock.
  • Leave mask in place, ink up the single tree image and stamp it once on your grid paper and then toward the left side of the oval. Ink up again, stamp off again and stamp the tree again, this time a bit lower and slightly overlapping the first tree.
  • Remove the mask, re-ink the tree image and stamp a third tree on the right side of the oval as shown in photo.
  • Using the Big Shot, position the numbers 7 and 5 over the oval and cut out.
  • Using the Big Shot and the 7 and 5, cut out two more images from Always Artichoke card stock.
  • Stack the three 7s and the three 5s, attaching them to each other with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  You’ll be able to slide them around a bit to get them nicely stacked on top of each other.
  • Attach the Wood Textured layer to the Always Artichoke card front.
  • Place Foam Adhesive Strips onto the bottom of each number stack and attach them to the card front over the spaces left vacant by the die cutting.
  • Using Soft Suede ink, stamp ‘HAPPY ANNIVERSARY’ and ‘TH’ to the card front as shown in photo.
  • Attach the second piece of the Wood Textured paper, 5-1/4″ x 4″,  to the inside of the card and stamp two trees using Always Artichoke ink.
  • The remaining inside space is for your personal greeting.

I chose to place two tall strong trees inside to symbolize Alvena and Maury who are definitely two strong, wonderful characters.

75th wedding anniversary card showcasing two strong trees

75th wedding anniversary card with coordinating envelope

All of the supplies used in today’s card can be purchased in my online store by either clicking here or on any of the supply images above.  I hope you try an eclipse card since it’s really not difficult.  Remember, it can be any type of card, not just a 75th anniversary card.

3 In 3-D Projects/ Christmas/ Punches/ Tips/ Tools

Cute Little Gift Tag Box for Giving to Friends

December 5, 2017

This past weekend three gals, Janet, Kelly and Christy, joined me in My Country Loft to make their Christmas cards, after which we moved on to some other fun projects, like today’s cute little gift tag box for giving to friends and other lucky recipients.

Warmth and Cheer 6" x 6" Designer Paper (retired 2016-17)

They’re EASY to make.  You’ll need:

If you’re using a “directionally” patterned paper, place your paper with the positioning so that the “upsideright” of the images are at the top of the page (NORTH on a map) and start your cutting on the EAST edge, leaving the top (NORTH) edge un-punched.

Using the punch board, place that now famous east edge at the top of the board, lining it up at the 2″ mark.  Punch and score.  Slide over to the left to the 4″ mark and punch and score again.  Rotate card stock to SOUTH, repeat.  Rotate card stock to WEST and repeat again.  Finally, along the NORTH edge, punch only at 2″ and 4″.

Gift Tag Box - Env. Punch Board

Start punching and scoring on ‘east’ edge

 

Round the four corners if desired.

Gift Tag Box - Env. Punch Board

Corner round the corners here.

 

The corner that is not scored will become the top of the box.

Holding the card stock as shown in the photo below, cut off that corner that is not scored.

Gift Tag Box How-To 1

Trim top (north) flap.  In case you didn’t know, I’m left-handed so I might be positioning the Paper Trimmer in the opposite way you would.  Adjust accordingly.  😉

 

On the side below (SOUTH) that cut off corner, snip along the vertical lines to create the flaps for the box.

Gift Tag Box How-To 2

Trim vertical score lines

 

Gently but firmed crease on all score lines.  Add adhesive to one of the overlapping flaps at the front of the box and complete the box front.  (photo below)

Gift Tag Box How-To 3

Apply small amount of adhesive to one flap and secure

 

Attach the end of a 9″ piece of ribbon to the box front with a stapler, catching all layers of the card stock (including front flap) to secure.  Staple so the flat side of the staple is inside the box.  Wrap the ribbon around the box and staple again, to secure the end; then trim any excess.

Gift Card box 4

Staple ribbon to front flaps of box

 

Gift Tag Box 5

Secure and staple end of ribbon to front of box. Trim ribbon.

 

TAGS:

Using an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock (Whisper White), attach a 1″ to 1-1/2″ x 10″ piece of Designer Series Paper along the top long edge.  Repeat for the long bottom edge, taking care, if the Designer Series Paper (DSP) has right/wrong or top/bottom pattern,  to ensure that the top of the pattern is at the edge.  Stick with me–you’ll soon see why.  Cut the paper, across the width (longest side), at 4-1/4″; then cut each 4-1/4″ x 10″ piece just shy of 2″ wide so they’ll fit inside the mouth of the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.   You’ll have ten pieces to now cut into tags.  And the design of the Designer Paper will be  right side up rather than upside down.

Using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, punch the top of each piece, punching right through the DSP layer.  Then, using the Envelope Punch Board, slip each tag in the ‘reverse punch’ at the top of the board to corner round the bottom corners of each tag.

 

Gift Card Tag Box 6

Place 4-6 tags inside each tag box

 

This project presents a great opportunity to use some 6″ x 6″ pieces of Stampin’ Up!’s great holiday 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog or the Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper * from the Holiday Catalog.   Don’t forget the elegant Year of Cheer specialty DSP * for an extra classy gift tag box.  *These are last-chance items (they’ll retired along with the Holiday Catalog on January 2nd) and are available while supplies last.  After January 2, 2018, they will no longer be available.  Just click on any of the links in today’s post to go directly to my OnLine Store to purchase yours.  Make a gift tag box for your child’s teacher/s, your neighbors, friends, grocery store clerks, hairdresser…..the list can go on and on.