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You’ll WOW them with this beautiful gift box

Every year my sisters and I exchange “October 21st” gifts – a little something to celebrate the birthday of our mom and all she meant to us. It’s just something we do to keep her spirit alive even though she is no longer with us. Our mom was a crafty sort and she loved to sew. She had an incredible talent for sewing – she could look at a dress in the store, go home and recreate it, making it even better than the original. I know my sisters and I get our love of crafting from our mom.

While mom was a genius with needle and thread (and made sure all her girls knew how to sew), over the years I’ve fallen in love with card making and paper crafting. So for the past few years, I’ve turned to paper crafting to create my October 21st gifts for my sisters (and yes I know it’s closer to December 21st then October 21st – but hey it’s been a different year). For the past two years I’ve created a monthly calendar as my gift with a different design for each month. My sisters loved it (at least they said they did) so this year I upped the game and added a fancy little book box to store the inserts in when they are not in use.

This box goes together fairly quickly and will absolutely wow and amaze anyone you give it to. Just by changing out the Designer Series Paper you can make this box for any occasion. Check out my YouTube Video for the tutorial and measurements.

Create your own Book Box

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You’ll love the easy yet impressive IMPOSSIBLE CARD!

I’ve always been crafty. As a youngster I loved to color; as a I grew older I tried my hand at different crafts – knitting, sewing, crocheting, photography, cake decorating, painting. You name it and I’ve probably at least tried it once! Some I’ve liked more than others and some were just not my strong suit – knitting – not for me – can’t coordinate two needles at once; quilting – meh too much detail work. But creativity fills my soul and I love to try new things.

About 20 years ago I got introduced to Stampin’ Up! I loved the pretty stamps, ink, and paper and I was hooked. I loved this new hobby – it fed my creative side in a fun, new way. Now, life has a way of getting in the way and as a mom of two young children with a full time job outside the home, the opportunity to spend precious time and money on my “hobby” was limited. I never gave it up exactly but I did put it on the back burner for a few decades.

So fast forward to today and I’m an (almost) empty nester with time and money to finally spend on me! So when the opportunity to join Stampin’ Up! was presented and jumped in and signed up. I absolutely LOVE creating with my stamps, ink, and paper. It feeds my creative soul and it give me such joy to turn a simple piece of paper into a work of art. Best of all, I get to share my passion with all of you! So today I want to share my take on the “Impossible Card”. I’m not really sure why it’s called that but my guess is the way you cut and fold the card seems impossible to do!

Impossible Card

The card is actually quite easy to make – just a few score lines and some snips with your scissor, a flip of the paper and Viola – the Impossible Card. Check out my YouTube Tutorial below and be sure to join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group on Facebook to get the FREE PDF tutorial. You can order the tools used to make this card here. Happy Stampin’.

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Add Sparkle and Joy This Year with Handmade Holidays

To say 2020 has been a year unlike any other is the understatement of, well, the year! We’ve had to regroup and adapt to a new way of doing things but perhaps the hardest has been social distancing. We are a social people by nature and at this point I think even introverts like me have had enough. We want to gather with our loved ones and celebrate the holidays but again 2020 has thrown us a curve ball! So, if we can’t be there in person to celebrate together, we can at least create handmade items to send and share with our loved ones to let them know how special they are to us.

Handmade doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate – sometimes simple is best. And I’ve got a super easy gift box you can make from just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. Just a few scored lines, some quick snips, fold and glue. Viola! you have an adorable little gift box to use for gift cards, cash, sweet treats, or any little trinket you want. Your family and friends will be impressed with your creativity and touched by your thoughtful kindness. And let’s face it – we could all use a little more kindness this year.

Quick and Easy Gift Box

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Learn how to make this easy gift card holder

As summer fades into fall, the holidays can’t be far behind! Get a jump on your holiday preparations by making a few of these easy gift card holders for everyone on your list.

Gift Card Holder featuring Snowflake Splendor Suite

The card shown above features the lovely new Snowflake Splendor Suite from Stampin’ Up! which you can purchase here. You can always change up the colors of the card stock and designer series paper to match what ever holiday or event you want. Measurements and directions are below. Be sure to check out my YouTube video tutorial here.

SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR GIFT CARD HOLDER – SUPPLIES

  • Night of Navy card stock 11” x 4 ¼” scored at 2 ¼” & 5 ½”
  • Whisper White card stock 5 ¼” x 4” (for inside)
  • Purple Posy card stock 3” x 4”
  • Whisper White Label (Everyday Day Label Punch)
  • Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 ¾” x 3 ¾”
  • Snowflake Splendor DSP 4” x 1”
  • Blue Adhesive Backed Gems (3)
  • Snowflake Spendor Ribbon– about 24”  
  • Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Tear & Tape
  • Stampin’ Seal

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stamp design on 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White and adhere to card base
  2. Adhere 4” x 1” DSP to right side of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White
  3. On left side of card, fold over at 2 ¼” score line so pocket is on the inside of the card
  4. Use Tear & Tape or liquid glue along each edge and press down, creating pocket for gift card
  5. Adhere Purple Posy card stock to front of card
  6. Adhere Snowflake Splendor DSP on top of Purple Posy layer.
  7. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White Label
  8. On DSP (on card front) lay down about a 1” strip of adhesive (centering top to bottom)– this will help hold the ribbon in place
  9. Fold ribbon in half and attach to card front along strip of adhesive you placed in Step 9
  10. Add Dimensionals to back of Whisper White label and center over Ribbon on card front
  11. Tie ribbon in a bow on right side
  12. Add Blue Adhesive Backed Gems to card front

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The Beautiful New Snowflake Splendor Suite is the Best!

If the summer’s heat is getting to you right about now, you’ll love the fun you can have with Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful new Snowflake Splendor Suite. Just playing with the different snowflake stamps and dies will have you dreaming of a white Christmas in a matter of minutes. The suite will be available beginning on August 4th (Item #155115 $94.75) and includes the Snowflake Wishes Bundle (stamps and matching dies), Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, Winter Snow Embossing Folder, Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, Blue Adhesive-backed gems, and Snowflake Splendor Ribbon.

I love this suite of products because it has something to offer for all experience levels. A beginning stamper can have success creating beautiful cards with just stamps, ink, and paper especially when you let the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper be the star of the show.

#simplestamping

This card was created with just stamps, ink, and paper and went together so easily with these supplies – Pool Party card base 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″; Pacific Point layer 5.25″ x 4″; Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper 5″ x 3.75″; Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad for stamping the sentiment and snowflakes. The gorgeous designer series paper does most of the work for this card. If you’re more advanced and like to try new techniques or add some bling to your card, this suite of products has got you covered!

Heat Embossing and Glimmer Paper add sparkle and shine to this card

This card using heat embossing and the Balmy Blue Glimmer paper to add sparkle and shine to the snowflakes. Using your Stamparatus to position the snowflakes on your card stock allows you to stamp then emboss them all at once. I used the following supplies to make this card: Balmy Blue card base 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″, Night of Navy layer 5.25″ x 4″, stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder, Balmy Blue Glimmer paper 1.5″ x 4″ and punched with the Triple Banner punch; Whisper White 1″ x 3.75″ and punched with the new Banners Pick a Punch; Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad; Die Snowflakes using Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.

You can check out my YouTube Video tutorial here. You can purchase the supplies used for these cards on my website beginning August 4th.