Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder

My daughter asked me to make gift card holders for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I chose Picked For You as my stamp set (gee, I wish they hadn't retired this set!  It's great for teachers!  You can still get it through May 24).  My card design was inspired by another demonstrator's card (Rosanne Mulhern) and you can check out her post here.  I made mine different in almost all ways except the cutting and design of the card.

It looks complicated but really is not.  

Here are all the details:

  • The card base starts with Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 11".  Score on the long side at 2-1/2" and 6-3/4" and then at 2-3/4" on the short side up to the 6-3/4" score line.   That will create an A2 card that will fit in regular envelopes. 
  • Cut on the 2-3/4" line to remove the top part of the card--stop at the 6-3/4" line.
  • Fold that front panel over to form a gift card pocket.  
  • Cut Lemon Lime Twist cardstock at 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" for the main part of the card.  Cut 2 pieces of Lemon Lime Twist at 4-1/8" x 2-5/8" for the small front piece and the piece for the gift card pocket.
  • Cut Poppy Parade cardstock at 5-1/4" x 4"; then cut a piece 4" x 2-1/2" for the front and a piece 2-3/8" x 2-5/8" for the gift card pocket 
  • Cut the Gingham Gala paper 5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; cut a second piece at 2-1/8" x 2-3/8"
  • Using the Pocket Framelits die cut a pocket out of Crumb Cake.  Emboss that pocket using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder.
  • On Whisper White Card stock stamp the apples--2 red using Poppy Parade ink and 2 Green using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Stamp the stems using Early Espresso.

Now for some information on using those apple stamps.  There are 3 stamps that you use.  They are photopolymer so easy to line up.  They are also numbered on the acetate stamp sheet so that you know in what order to use.  For some of these, I stamped them twice to get the look I wanted.  Practice with these stamps first so that you can get the look you want.  And if you don't line them up exactly, just take a little paint brush and some water and smooth out the lines.  I also used some Wink of Stella on the apples in areas I thought would naturally shine.  I then fussy-cut the apples leaving a small border.

For the front sentiment, I stamped in Poppy Parade on Whisper White and die cut using the smallest narrow Stitched Rectangle dies.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the sentiments in both Poppy Parade and Lemon Lime Twist on Whisper White and die cut using the next to the largest of the ovals in the Stitched Shapes dies.  I backed that with a scallop oval from the Layering Ovals dies.

Putting the front together:  I adhered the embossed pocket to the front of the card and then trimmed off the top that showed over the top edge.  I used my Fast Fuse (you can use whatever adhesive works best for you!) to adhere the red apples to the front and then popped up the green apple using dimensionals.  I added the front sentiment using both snail on the left side and a mini dimensional on the right.  

For the gift card pocket:  Put the Poppy Parade piece and the gingham paper on the inside flap.  Using a 1-inch circle punch, cut out a notch.  Add adhesive to the edges of the fold-over piece to create the pocket.  I then added a second green apple to that pocket.

With all the layers, this card is heavier than most so you might not want to mail it.  If you do mail, then you will need additional postage.

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Wonderful Moments Baby Shower Card

I was invited to a baby shower for my nephew's wife and their expected son.  Of course, I had to make a card!

I chose Wonderful Moments for this card:

I love how elegant the pearls on the centers of the Tufted 3D embossing folder make this card look!

I started with a base of Whisper White Thick card stock cut at 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".  The Balmy Blue layer is 5-1/4" x 4" and is embossed using the Big Shot (BTW, the Big Shot is being retired--I can't wait to see what Stampin' Up! comes up with for embossing and die cutting!) with the Tufted 3D embossing folder.  Next, I took a piece of Shimmery White cardstock (I love to use this for watercoloring as it is a little thicker than regular cardstock and holds up well to light amounts of water) and stamped the image using Stazon ink.  Using a dry Aquapainter and the inks from my ink pads (plus a little water I keep in a jar on my desk), I colored the image of the pregnant woman.  I then die cut that image using the Layering Ovals dies.  I adhered that image to the front of the card using dimensionals and then added the small pearls.

For the inside:

I took another piece of Balmy Blue and cut it out with the Stitched Rectangles and cut out a smaller piece of whisper white using a size smaller rectangle.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and added the small gift bag to the bottom left.  I colored that gift bag in with Balmy Blue Blends.  There is a small break in the top of the gift bag (to fit into the hands of one of the images in the stamp set) so I put a larger pearl in that space.

Don't forget these promotions--Both are limited editions:

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Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit

Last year Stampin' Up! featured a Paper Pumpkin kit designed by Sara Douglass, our CEO and this year they are featuring one designed by Shelli Gardner, the Stampin' Up! co-founder (and mother of Sara).

There's even a video from Shelli about this kit!

About the Shelli kit:

  • Exclusive Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Makes 12 cards, 3 of 4 unique designs
  • 12 exclusive coordinating envelopes
  • a Classic Stampin' ink spot
  • Coordinating colors are: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla

Did you notice that beautiful box?  I can't wait to get this kit!  Make sure you subscribe by May 10 (or purchase a prepaid kit before then so you'll have time to activate it!)

Everything Is Rosy Medley

Stampin' Up! is trying a new way of showcasing new products--a product medley!  Instead of a suite of separate products that can all go together, they are putting all the products together in one purchase.  This is a limited edition medley and available only during the month of May (or as supplies last).  I think it's going to be a big seller and will sell out quickly!  So if you are interested in this group of products, please don't delay in placing your order--I don't want you to be disappointed if it sells out before you can get it!  It's item #150059 and sells for $80.

This medley includes the following products:


This is NOT a kit!  You can use everything in the medley with your own products to create whatever you choose!  I've seen beautiful cards with this stamp set and dies using totally different colors (if melon mambo and night of navy) are not your favorite colors. 

Here are two cards created by Sara Levin utilizing these and the floating frame technique:


Those cards hardly look like the medley at all!  And yet they are created with the same stamps and dies!

It may sound like a lot of money at $80 but really with all you get in the medley, it's a great deal!  

Add it to a Starter Kit ($99 and choose $125 worth of products) and you'll be able to order from the new catalog beginning May 2 (and save 20% on your order!)

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Purple Posy and the April Paper Pumpkin Kit

I just received my April Paper Pumpkin kit and made the cards as shown in the kit.  There were some issues... I knew that with Distinktive stamps, you can't stamp them using a juicy ink pad.  I used the ink spot in the kit but learned I needed to ink up really well and then stamp off.  Since these are photopolymer stamps, use a mouse pad or our paper piercing mat.  They need a little more "give" to get a good image.  Here is a photo of how they should look:

Mine weren't too off the mark but just weren't as clear as the samples.

Still, I really wanted to use the stamps to make more cards.  I decided to make one using a new color "purple posy" (you'll be able to order it beginning June 3)and the main flower stamp lends itself to paper tole.  Here is my card:


I created my own pretty paper by stamping the flower in purple posy and the leaves in pear pizzazz on whisper white (5 1/4" x 4").  I then stamped 3 more flowers on another sheet of whisper white plus 3 more leaves.  I fussy cut one flower completely, the next one I cut moving in one layer of petals and the final one I simply cut out the middle.  I layered them together with dimensionals and added 3 leaves to the flower by adhering to the bottom layer. I added a gold faceted gem to the center and made centers of the stamped paper flowers using the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.

The sentiment on the front (from the paper pumpkin kit) was stamped in gorgeous grape on whisper white and die cut with the layering ovals.  I layered that on a label of purple posy punched with the Story Label punch.  I wrapped a piece of Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon around the card front and added the sentiment label with dimensionals.

All the cuts:

  • Purple Posy: 8 1/2" x 11" scored at 4 1/2" and scrap for the label
  • Whisper White:  4" x 5 1/4"  (2 of these)--diecut one for the inside and scrap for the sentiment
  • Pear Pizzazz: 4" x 5 1/4"; 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

For the inside, I diecut the whisper white and stamped the sentiment from Golden Afternoon in Gorgeous Grape.  then I stamped off the flower in purple posy in the bottom corner.  

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, this shows how you can continue to use your exclusive stamps once your kit is complete.  Next month we're getting a kit designed by Shelli Gardner, the co-founder of Stampin' Up!  You won't want to miss out on that!  You can subscribe here (be sure and subscribe before May 10 to get this kit with its pretty box).

Have fun with your kits!


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OnStage Charlotte Gifts

Normally at OnStage events, I swap 100+ cards or 3-D items.  This time I just wasn't into it.  Just didn't want to stamp or do anything.  BUT I did do gifts.  I started out making gifts for all those in our stamping group.  Then I decided to go ahead and make gifts for the Stampin' Up! employees there.  (I hope I made enough!)  Swaps need to use current products and I wanted to make some things using the SAB ribbon so I'll just gift these.

Here are the tags I made:

I used the Stitched Labels dies and then stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape.  I added the flower using Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather ink.  The leaves were done in Pear Pizzazz.

Here is the Pizza Box I made for gifts.  They will hold either a sugar cookie or chocolates:

The HIghland Heather cardstock on the top was 3 1/4" x 3 1/4".  The gingham sides were cut to 3 3/8" x 7/8".  I used the 1/2 punch to punch out the small bit for the front of the box. Once I got that done, I put a glue dot on the top in the middle to hold the ribbon and wrapped 19" of ribbon around the box, tying and making a bow on the front top.  

TIP:  If you are putting anything in the box, be sure and put it in there before tying your bow.

I'll be heading to Charlotte tomorrow and can't wait to see the new catalog and all the new products!

I got my shipment of my Stampin' Up! Storage items in yesterday but didn't have time to deal with it.  I can't wait to return home and work on that reorganization of my craft room!  I'll be sure to take lots of photos so you can see the products and how versatile they are!


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Distinktive Paper Pumpkin Kit

Today is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to get the April kit.  It features Stampin' Up!'s patent-pending Distinktive stamps!

Wondering just what this new trend is all about?  Here's a video you can watch and here are all the details about the stamps:

  1. Distinktive stamps give you photo-realistic images with just one stamp.  They have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single stamp (no more trying to line up stamps for 2 or 3-step stamping!)
  2. These stamps are available only from Stampin' Up! and are made using a patent-pending process.
  3. Distinktive stamps are available in red rubber and photopolymer; Paper Pumpkin's April kit includes photopolymer stamps.
  4. Shop  Distinktive stamps in the online store by searching "Distinktive" or look for the Distinktive icon in Stampin' Up! catalogs.

A Paper Pumpkin kit is a great way to try out these new stamps to see if they are something you will like.  For ~$20 you'll receive a set of exclusive stamps, cardstock, diecuts, embellishments--all you need to complete the kit!  This kit makes 9 cards (3 different designs) and includes an adorable gift box.  Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron and So Saffron. 

Want to purchase just the one kit to try it out?  You can purchase one in the online store (but be aware you'll pay shipping on the kit--if you subscribe shipping is included).  When you purchase kits, Stampin' Up! will send you an activation code.  You will need to put in that code at the Paper Pumpkin website prior to 11:50 pm MT on April 10 to ensure you get the April kit.

Distinktive stamps create some gorgeous images.  If your ink pad is very juicy, you might want to stamp off first or push some of that ink to the side.  Experiment some before you make your final project!

50th Wedding Anniversary Card

We were invited to events celebrating my bunko buddy, Dede, and her husband Arlan's 50th wedding anniversary.  So of course, I needed to make them a card!

The numbers dies are retired but I'll never give them up!  I use them all the time!

All the details:

  • The Very Vanilla Thick card base is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"
  • The Gold Foil piece is 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Very Vanilla 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Scrap of Very Vanilla

To save thickness and to use my gold foil paper better, I first cut it out to size and then I cut out the 5 and 0 plus the banner out of the middle.  I then took the large Very Vanilla piece and embossed it with the Country Floral embossing folder.  I attached the embossed piece to the gold foil "frame" and added those to the card base.

I cut out the Stitched Oval and stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then covered with Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  After attaching the sentiment to the gold foil banner, I attached the banner to the card front with dimensionals.  Attach the numbers using mini dimensionals.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.

After completing my card and taking my photos, I decided it needed a little something more--so I added gold pearls to some of the flower centers.  It really made it more special!



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