Christmas Stocking

We will be making this at my next class.  I will let everyone tweak it so it makes them happy.  This is a double layer stocking that will hold something like candy canes or gift cards.  (The “silver wings” behind it are part of a tea light holder I made using my Big Shot for Christmas last year.  If you would like to see the whole thing and get directions, email me and I will post it on my blog.)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

  Festive & Fun – Holiday Mini page 38  w#123742  c#123744
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Garden Green
Big Shot:  Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die (Holiday Mini) page 24  #124098
Stocking Accents Originals Die  (Holiday Mini) page 24  #124099
Markers:  Real Red
Garden Green
Other:  Dazzling Details iridescent glitter glue (Holiday Mini) page 41 #124117

  Using Big Shot:  Cut out 2 of each piece with Holiday Stocking die.  Cut out tree or something from Stocking Accents die.
  Color stamp as desired using markers.  Stamp on top of stocking piece.
3. Assemble using Snail or Sticky Strip.  Attach Stocking Accent with Dimensionals. Decorate with Dazzling Details as desired.
4.  Fill as desired.
5.  Admire your stocking and start getting excited for4 Christmas!


Halloween Candy Carton

I love the variety of things you can use this cute, little mini Milk Carton die for.  This time it will be nice for Halloween Treats.
Got Treats?SUPPLIES:
  Got Treats  page 65  w#119114  c#120627
Card Stock:  Cajun Craze  8-1/2″ x 6″
Whisper White  1-5/16″ square  (2 squares)
Ink:  Basic Black
Markers:  Always Artichoke
Tangerine Tango
Big Shot:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die  page 221  #117310
  Clips Assortment  page 197  #112580
Other:  Sticky Strip
Bone Folder

  Cut out Mini Milk Carton with Big Shot.
2.  Fold on all score lines with your Bone Folder
3.  Stamp “To Open” on top of carton inside wide triangle sections towards center section.
4.  Stamp sentiment in center section under “To Open” so it will be on opposite sides.
5.  Color the “Got Treats pumpkin” with markers and stamp on both Whisper White Squares using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.
6.  Attach to milk carton.
7.  Lay milk carton with stamped images facing up.  Put Sticky Strip on side tab.  Turn milk carton over so stamped images are facing down.  Place sticky strip on 3 of the bottom tabs.  I usually put Sticky Strip around all the edges of one of the side tabs and a diagonal piece of Sticky Strip on the 2 tabs next to it, leaving the other end tab clean.  The clean tab will be the first tab folded up.  But before you do that…….
8.  Fold part of the Milk Carton over so the side tab is in the center.  Remove the red part of the Sticky Strip.  Fold the other half so the tab is slightly covered by the edge to form a box shape.  Move it to a square position.  Remove the red parts of the Sticky Strip from the bottom tabs.  Fold up the “Clean” bottom tab, then the two center tabs-one at a time, then the very bottom one that has more Sticky Strip on it.  Use you bone folder to press the bottom from the inside of the box to help your Sticky Strip adhere well.
9.  Fill with treats of your choice.  Hold the top closed with the Clip.
10.  Admire your Halloween Candy Carton before you give it to some lucky person.


Owl and Bats on a Limb

I am enjoying the cute “Out on a Limb” stamp set which will be available on September 1st in the Holiday Mini catalog.
Out on a Limb, Festive & FunSUPPLIES:
  Out on a Limb  Holiday Mini page 12  w#123822  c#123824
Festive & Fun  Holiday Mini page 38  w#123742  c#123744
Inks:  Basic Black – Bats, Happy Halloween
Early Espresso – Tree Branch
Daffodil Delight – Moon
Cajun Craze – Pumpkins
Sahara Sand-Owl
Markers:  (What was laying on the table, hee hee!)
Sahara Sand -hill pumpkins are sitting on
Basic Gray – Cat, Bat in sentiment, some stripes in “e”s
Daffodil Delight – Candy Corn
Pumpkin Pie-Pumpkin in sentiment
Tangerine Tango – Candy Corn, Line around sentiment
Rich Razzleberry – boots in sentiment
Always Artichoke – other stripes in “e”s
Basic Black – pumpkin face in sentiment
Signo Gel Pen – Candy Corn, “n” in sentiment  page 203  #105021
Card Stock:
Tangerine Tango – card base  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Cajun Craze 2-3/8″ x 5
Whisper White  2-3/8″ x 4-1/2″,  1-1/4″ x 5-1/8″
NO Big Shot or Punches:  AMAZING!
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool  Holiday Mini page 7 #122334
Stamp-a-ma-jig  page 207  #101049

  Use your Stamp-a-ma-jig (optional) to stamp images and sentiment.  Draw a hill for the pumpkins to sit on.  Color in Sentiment.
2.  Use the Simply Scored scoring tool to score 1/4″ around edge of sentiment.  Color the line with Tangerine Tango marker.
3.  Attach all pieces to card base with Snail or Tombo glue.
4.  Admire your cute Halloween card.

Gratitude Leaf Basket

This is a cute little basket I made for my Newsletter recipients.
Gratitude Basket

As a Newsletter Subscriber, each month I will give you at least 2 projects that will not be on my blog.  September will also include a New Product Review.  I will also include Current Stampin’ Up Promotions.  My Class Schedule will also be included for my local subscribers.

Click on the “Request My Newsletter” above and request to be added to my Newsletter List.  This will be included in my September 2011 Newsletter.  You will receive the Template, the supply list, and instructions as part of my newsletter.  There will also be instructions for a Fall Card.

Spooky Out on a Limb

Halloween will be here before we know it.    Here is a cute Halloween card.
  Out on a Limb (Holiday Mini)  page 12  #123822
Wicked Cool  page 24  w#118738  c#120600
Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie  4″ x 5-1/4″ card front top layer
Basic Black  4-1/4″ x 5=1/2″, scrap for punching
Whisper White scrap for stamping and punching
Whisper White or Pumpkin Pie for card base  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Ink:  Basic Black
Markers:  More Mustard -broom
Daffodil Delight-Moon
So Saffron-hair
Basic Black-Spider bodies
Basic Gray-inside of hat, some stocking stripes
Rich Razzleberry-rest of stocking stripes
Big Shot:

Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder page 218 #120889
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle  page 210 #118874
2-1/2″ Circle  page 212  #120906
Embellishments:  Glimmer Brads-Basics  page 199  #121003
Dazzling Details iridescent glitter glue (Holiday Mini)  page 41  #124117
Tools:  brayer  page 203  #102395
Mat Pack  page 207 #105826
Piercing Tool  page  207  #116631

  Using Basic Black ink, stamp the Spiders from “Out on a Limb,” and the Word “Spooky” from “Wicked Cool” onto the Pumpkin Pie card front top layer.
  Ink up the raised Spider Web on the Embossing folder using your brayer and Basic Black ink.  Carefully, but quickly,  lay your stamped Pumpkin Pie card stock, stamped side down, onto the inked side of the Spider Web.  Close embossing folder and run through your Big Shot.  Yes, your Spider Web will be Debossed (the embossed lines will form a valley instead of being raised).  Touch up the stamped spiders and spooky with your Basic Black marker if necessary.  Clean your Spider Web embossing folder with either a baby wipe or run water over it in the sink and rub the ink off if necessary.
3.  Pierce a hole in each corner for your brads using your Mat Pack and Piercing Tool.  I lined up the outside lines on each corner of the smallest holes and pierced the second hole diagonally from the corner.  Just do all four corners the same.
4.  Using Basic Black ink, stamp the broom and the witch.  Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you place them exactly, if you want.  Color using the Markers listed in the Supplies list.  Holding the Scallop Circle Punch upside down so you can see your stamped image, center and punch.  Place Dimensionals on the back.  Punch the 2-1/2″ Black Circle.  Layer witch on top.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Black Circle and place as desired on Spider Web card front.
5.  Layer Basic Black card front on card base using Snail.  Place Dimensionals on back of Pumpkin Pie layer and attach to Basic Black layer of the card.  Use the Dazzling Details iridescent glitter glue on each white scallop around the witch.  It will take 30 minutes or so to dry.
6.  Admire your cute Halloween card!

Razzleberry Crazy for Cupcakes

My sister’s birthday is coming up, so I am using one of my favorite birthday stamp sets-Crazy for Cupcakes.  I also did an experimental frame with the Tasteful Trim die.
  Crazy for Cupcakes  page 67  #111618
Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette
Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White
Ink & Markers:  Pink Pirouette
Rich Razzleberry
StazOn Black
Punch:  Modern Label punch  page 209  #119849
Big Shot:  Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die  page 221 #120893
Movers & Shapers Punch Windows for layering Modern Label Punch  page  221  XL Bigz die  #114506,  Punch Windows  #115953
Other:  Chunky Glitter-retired  You can use any glitter from page 201
Crystal Effects  page 206  #101055

  Stamp Cupcake image on Whisper White (1-7/8″ x 2-7/8″)  card stock using Black StazOn.  Color Cherries and Cupcake Stand-Rich Razzleberry.  Color cupcake papers Pink Pirouette with Rich Razzleberry lines.  Cover frosting area with Crystal Effects.  Cover with glitter and let dry for about 30 minutes.   Remove excess glitter later.
  Cut 4 (1″ x 6″) small rick rack using the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die.  Hint:  Stack all 4 pieces on the die and you only have to cut once.  You can do this with all dies that don’t have score lines.  If they have score lines, only use one sheet at a time.
3.  Cut the Modern Label Punch Window from Rich Razzleberry using the Movers and Shapers die and the Big Shot.  Stamp the Sentiment in Rich Razzleberry onto the Pink Pirouette card stock.  Center and punch with the Modern Label punch.  Layer on Rich Razzleberry Punch Window with Dimensionals.
4.  Cut 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Rich Razzleberry.  Place this layer and your sentiment in approximate places on card.  You can use Dotto removable adhesive to temporarily hold them in place while you position your rick rack frame.  It would also be helpful if you placed your card on grid paper so you can make sure your rick rack is straight.  Place it about 1/4″ from the edge of your card front.  Match up “v” shapes to make a square corner turn.  Place a small dot of Tombow glue at each corner.  Hold for a few seconds until it is secure.  Trim excess rick rack off with scissors.  Glue your frame on with Tombow.
5.  Adhere your sentiment with Dimensionals.  Shake the excess glitter off your cupcakes.  Adhere cupcakes to Rich Razzleberry layer with Dimensionals.  Adhere layered cupcakes with Dimensionals.
6.  Admire your beautiful Birthday card.  Who will be lucky enough to get it?



Faux Mother-or-Pearl Sneak Peek

I have had a couple of family anniversaries this week.

I have wanted to try the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique.  The uneven sparly look is the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique which is done with Shimmer Paint.

I also wanted to use a new stamp set from the Holiday mini catalog (starts September 1st!).  I had to make a slightly different version for each one.  I hope you like them as much as I do!

Cherry Cobbler "Loved"

Real Red “Loved”

  You Are Loved (Holiday Mini) page 40  w#123777  c#123779
Love Blossoms Wheel  (Holiday Mini) page 40  #123839
Card Stock:  Whisper White card front, scrap, & card base
Real Red
Inks:  VersaMark
Real Red
Cherry Cobbler
  Decorative Label  page  209  #120907
Other:  Frost White Shimmer Paint  page 203  #116854
Pewter Embossing Powder (Holiday Mini) page 31  #124114
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005
Stampin’ Sponge page 203  #101610
small paper plate
wax paper

  Take Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card front.  Place on paper to protect your work surface.  Pour about a 1/2″ circle of Frost White Shimmer Paint onto the paper plate.  Tear off a piece of wax paper about 8-12″ long.  Scrunch it up.  Partially unscrunch it.  Turn it over and scrunch it up again.  This time make it so you can hold it in your fingers without getting paint all over yourself.  Scrunch up the lower part again.  Now pounch the scrunched wax paper into the Shimmer Paint.  Pounch it on the paper plate so the paint won’t make globs on your card front.  Now pounch it randomly around your card front leaving some parts without Shimmer Paint.  Repounch your wax paper in the Shimmer Paint as needed.  Continue until you are happy with it.  I like moving my hand in different positions and also rotating the paper around.  The Paint will become more shimmery as it dries.  Also do a scrap of whisper White so you can stamp “Love” and punch it out with the Decorative Label punch.  You have just done the Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique.
2.  Run your Embossing Buddy over your Real Red Card stock.  Ink up the “Heart” stamp with VersaMark and stamp on the Real Red card stock.  Apply Pewter Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.  Cut the heart out with scissors.
3.  Put the Love Blossoms Wheel into the Handle.  Run 8-10 times, going the same direction, over your VersaMark Ink pad.  Now roll across the Real Red Cardstock making sure to keep the wheel level so it makes a good impression.  Apply Pewter Embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.  Trim.
4.  Stamp “Love” image on your scrap of Faux Mother-of-Pearl.  Use Real Red for a lighter red, or Cherry Cobbler for a darker image.  Punch out.  It will have an uneven look due to the Shimmer Paint.  Hold it up to the light and see it shimmer!
5.  Sponge edges of Heart and Wheeled images with either Real Red or Cherry Cobbler ink and a Stampin’ Sponge.  Sponge around edges of your Faux Mother-of-Pearl card front and your “Love” image.  .
6.  Attach the wheeled strip with Snail.  Attach the Heart and Love images with Dimensionals.
7.  Admire your Faux Mother-of-Pearl card.  Hold it up to the light and move it around.  It is SO beautiful!!


Indigo Hello Doily

Here is a card in Island Indigo.  This is another stamp I have wanted to use since the new catalog came out.  It was fun and quick!

  Hello Doily  page 127, 150  #122845
Thank You Kindly  page 168  #111700
Card Stock:
  Whisper White-card base
Island Indigo
Ink:  Island Indigo
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die  page 221  #120893
  Modern Label  page 209  #119849
Ribbon:  Island Indigo 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon  page 194  #122974

  Cut Whisper White card base at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″ and fold.
2.  Lay Hello Doily stamp on table with rubber side up.  Ink well.  Carefully center and place folded card base on top of inked stamp.  Rub with clear block or another wood stamp block, rubbing all areas of stamp.  Carefully peel card off stamp.
3.  Cut the large scallop with the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die using Island Indigo card stock 1″ x 4-1/4″.  Attach to card front.
4.  Stamp sentiment on Island Indigo scrap using Whisper White Craft ink.  Holding Modern Label punch upside down so you can see stamped words, center words and punch.  Attach with Dimensionals.
5.  Tie a nice sized bow with the Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon.  Cut from spool.  Attach to center of Doily image using 3-4 mini glue dots or Tombow glue.
6.  Admire your card! 

Daffodil Petite Pocket

I made this before I figured out what it could hold.  I am told it can hold a gift card.  But I tried chocolate – it holds 2 Ghiradelli chocolates!  Apparently I have been in a Garden Green mood this week!

  Happiest Birthday Wishes  (Hostess) page 10  w#122615  c#122617
Card Stock:
  Daffodil Delight
Garden Green
Whisper White
Markers:  Garden Green
Chocolate Chip
Big Shot:  Petite Pocket Bigz XL die  page 221  #123131
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch  page 210  #118874
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch  page 210  #119854
Ribbon:  1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon  page 195  #119254
Brads:  5/16″ Jumbo Brads-Neutrals  page 199 #112534
Tools:  Mat pack  page 207  #105826
Paper Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Adhesive:  I used Sticky Strip, but would recommend Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue  page 206  #110755

  Cut Daffodil Delight card stock 3-1/2″ x 11″ and place over Pocket portion of die.  Use scrap of Garden Green card stock 1″ x 2″ and place over circles on die. Run through Big Shot.
2.  Punch 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle in Garden Green card stock.
3.  Use Garden Green and Chocolate Chip markers to color stamp.  Remoisten by breathing on it with your mouth open.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Hold your 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch upside down.  Center stamped image and punch.  Attach to Garden Green Scallop Circle using Dimensionals.
4.  Assemble Petite Pocket.  Run Tombow Glue along edges of tabs.  Put 2 Ghiradelli chocolates on the back part of the Pocket.  Fold the front over and insert the tabs under the front.  Hold for several seconds until the glue sets.  Remove the top chocolate.  Figure out where you want the Garden Green circles you die cut.  Using the mat pack and Piercing Tool, poke holes for the brads.  Insert brads.  Flatten out brad stems making sure that you leave room for the ribbon to go between the brad and the Garden Green circles.
5.  Insert chocolate back into Pocket.  Cut ribbon 8-10″ long.  Center it and tie a knot around brad on the Pocket flap.  To close Pocket, wrap both sides of ribbon around brad on Pocket Front and then tie in a bow.
6.  Admire your cute little gift Pocket before you give it to the Birthday girl or boy!


Cutest Grandchildren Ever!

This 12×12 scrapbook page was made with Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio (MDS).  I used Garden Green card stock and the arrow punch filled in with Whisper White.  The font is Arial which is standard on a lot of computers.  The hardest part was deciding which pictures to use.  The whole page took less than 30 minutes and that included downloading all the photos off my camera!
Cutest Grandchildren Ever!
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Videos showing how to do what you want digitially
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Reminder about Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper Promotion
Buy 3 get 1 Free!  Ends August 31.


Mini Reminder and Sneak Peek

I have 2 cards for you today.  One uses a Stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog which expires August 31, 2011.  The next uses a stamp from the new Holiday Mini catalog which starts September 1, 2011.

Summer Mini – Strength & Hope card
Strength & Hope Birthday

* = in Summer Mini Catalog
  Strength & HopeSummer Mini Catalog page 27 w#118100  c#123660  $2 donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each set bought. There is also a digital kit #124475 which can be used with My Digital Studio or other software such as Photo Shop Elements.
Perfect Punches  page 140  w#117022  c#120516
Card Stock:

Whisper White.  Card Front:  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, Scrap for stamping and punching
Cherry Cobbler scrap for punching
Regal Rose for card base:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Inks:  Regal Rose
Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  Fancy Fan Letterpress  page 217  #123129
Punches:  Full Heart  page 210  #119883
Extra-Large Oval (Formerly Wide Oval)  page 212  #119859
2-1/2″ Circle  page 212  #120906
Accessories:  Sponge daubers  page 203  #102892
Stamping Sponges  page 203  #101610
Rhinestones  page 198  #119246
Adhesives:  Mini Glue Dots  page 206  #103683
Snail  page 203 #104332  Refill #104331
Stampin’ Dimensionals  page 206 #104430

1.  Put Cherry Cobbler ink pad directly onto Letterpress plate.  Make sure it is evenly inked.  You can use a brayer to ink the Letterpress plate if desired.  Run through Big Shot using Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1, Letterpress Plate, Card Stock, 1/2 sheet of printer paper (to keep cutting pad and/or crease pad clean), and either the Standard cutting pad OR the standard Crease pad.  I prefer the crease pad.
2.  Stamp Butterfly on Whisper White card stock using Regal Rose ink.  Use a Sponge Dauber to sponge Cherry Cobbler ink around the edges of the butterfly.  Cut out Butterfly cutting between the antennas to leave a “V” shape.
3.  Stamp Butterfly in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White card stock. Punch 2-1/2″ Circle from Whisper White card stock centering Butterfly.  Sponge with Cherry Cobbler ink.   Attach cut out Butterfly with mini glue dots along center of Butterfly body.  Slightly fold up wings, then attach over stamped Butterfly.  Attach to card front.
4.  Stamp sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch with Extra-Large Oval punch.
5.  Punch 2 Full Sized Hearts from Cherry Cobbler Card stock.  Attach to punched sentiment with Dimensionals.  Attach to card with Dimensionals.
  Attach card front to card base.  Add Rhinestones as desired.
7.  Admire your beautiful Butterfly card!

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek – Leaves of a Tree card
Leaves of a Tree Thank YouClick on picture to see the score lines better.

* = Holiday Mini Catalog starts September 1st.
  Leaves of a Tree* Holiday mini page 43  w#123843
Creative Elements page 137  w#122645  c#122647
Thank You Kindly page 168 w#111700
Card Stock:
Whisper White.  Card Base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″,
Focal Point: 2-3/4″ H x 3″ W  , Banner:  1″ x 4″
Garden Green:  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Chocolate Chip:  3-1/4″ square
Markers & Inks:  Garden Green
Chocolate Chip
Punch:  Corner Rounder  page 212  #119871
Tools:  Simple Scored scoring board* Holiday Mini pages 6-7  #122334
Paper Trimmer  page 208  #104152  Cutting blades #104153
Stamp-a-ma-jig  page 207 #101049
Adhesives:  Snail  page 206  #104332  Refill #104331
Stampin’ Dimensionals  page 206 #104430

1.  Place card front diagonally on Simply Scored.  Score every 1/4″ (skip a line). {OOH, I know I am going to enjoy having this new toy-oops, I mean tool, at my house!!!}
2.  Color Leaves of a tree stamp using Chocolate Chip for the tree trunk and branches.  Color the leaves Garden Green.  Remoisten and stamp on Whisper White.
3.  Attach to Chocolate Chip layer, then attach to card front.
  Color or stamp the Creative Elements banner in Garden Green.  Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the Thanks (Chocolate Chip ink) inside the banner.   Use your Paper Trimmer to trim the points on the banner, then round off the ends with the Corner Punch.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.
  Attach card front to card base.  Admire your beautiful card!

Wisteria Card Box

Here is a fun little card box that holds a snack pack of M&Ms or a flat candy bar.  It is quick and easy to make.  I have made a variety of these and love them all.
Wisteria Wonder, Flirtatious DSP, Lace Ribbon punch

Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder  page 176  #122922
Concord Crush  page 176  #119792
Whisper White  page 180  #100730
Flirtatious DSP Doily  page 183  #122360
Punches:  Scallop Trim Corner  page 211  #118870
Lace Ribbon  page 211  #122362
Ribbon:  1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon in Concord Crush page 194  #119266  (21″)
Other:  Simply Scored Tool #122334
Sticky Strip #104294
Ruler or straight edge
8-1/2″ x 10″ Template

Updated July 16, 2012
 Cut card stock to 8-1/2″ x 10″.  Score the 8-1/2″ side at 1-1/2″ and 7″.  Score the 10″ side at 2″, 3-1/2″, make a small mark at 5″, score at 6-1/2″, and 8″.  Flip card stock and make another small mark at 5″.
2.  Fold all score lines.  Fold Line B in.   Fold Line C out.  Fold Line D in.  Cut out corner squares.  Cut Tab A  as shown.  Take your ruler and score from the 5″ marks to the corners of that box.  Fold the score lines out.
3.  Decorate the outer panels and card inside as desired.
4.  Place Sticky Strip on all Tab A’s.  Adhere each Tab A to the back/outside of the adjoining side.  Make sure it is aligned properly before securing it.  Repeat with all Tab A’s.
5.  Now make and decorate your Front Focal Point.  I don’t remember the measurements as I gave it away.  Maybe a 3″square.  The first one I made used a 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ panel.
6.  Decide where you want your ribbon position on the Outer Panels when the card is closed.  Tie the bow on the Right edge.  Move ribbon up slightly.  Put Sticky Strip on the left Outer Panel and move tied ribbon down and adhere to Sticky Strip.
7.  Now adhere your Front Focal Point to the Left Outer Panel with Sticky Strip.  (Put the Sticky Strip on the back of the Left Side of the Focal Point.)  SNAIL just isn’t strong enough as the Focal Point will keep falling off.
8.  Add treat, gift card, or surprise as desired.  I used a small pack of M&M’s. 



Blossom Box – Third Time is a Charm

Here is a Blossom Box.  I knew I wanted to make this when I first saw it in the catalog.  It does need to be made with regular Designer Series Paper-not cardstock or Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The regular DSP folds so much more precisely which means the box looks much better.
Blossom Box

Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Christmas Cocoa (retired)
Big Shot:  Blossom Box Bigz L die  page 221  #123127
Standard Premium Crease Pad page 215  #113476
1/2 sheet cardstock to use under the die in the Big Shot
Tools:  Scissors
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Sticky Strip  page 206  #104294

  Cut your piece of DSP in half (two: 6″x12″ pieces).
2.  Big Shot Sandwich:  Acrylic cutting pad, 1/2 sheet cardstock, Blossom Box die, your choice of DSP with the side you want on the outside face down, Standard Premium Crease Pad.  Run through Big Shot.  Repeat with the second piece of DSP.
3.  Trim the tabs off one of the Blossom Box pieces.
4.  This is the step that makes your box easier to fold.  Use your Bone Folder to firmly crease all the score lines in the following order:  center circle which will form the box bottom, middle circle which will form the box top, the straight lines that run from the center circle to the indents on the outside edge, the two part lines that form “v” shapes in the DSP-these will form the Blossom Fold at the top of the box-be accurate!  Recrease the Center and Middle circles.
5.  Attach Sticky Strip to the tabs.  Peel off the red part, then cut out the “V” shapes in the tab.  Line up the center circles and adhere.  Crease the score lines along the tab again.
6.  Now to turn this into a working Blossom Box!  Hold the Blossom Box in the palm of your hand.  Try to hold up four sides using your fingers.  Now start folding the straight and the “V” lines like a fan going all around the edges of the box until you have folded all of them.  If a score line doesn’t fold properly, use your bone folder to make a better crease and try again.
7.  Heave a sigh of relief!  Admire your beautiful Blossom Box!!

Fun in the Sun Treat Box

A fun little treat box dressed up with a Scallop Trim Border Punch belly band.
  Sunny Fun  Summer Mini #123040
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight  page 177  #119683
Whisper White page 180  #100730
Markers:  Marina Mist  page 178  #119679
Cherry Cobbler page 179  #119681
Garden Green  page179  #100080
Tempting Turquoise  page 177  #100058
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border punch page 211  #118402
Big Shot:  Box #2 die  page 221  #114518

1.  Cut Daffodil Delight card stock 6″x11″.  Run through Big Shot using Box #2 die.  Score and fold, but do not assemble yet.
2.  Cut Whisper White card stock 1-3/4″ x 11″.  Use the Scallop Trim punch on both 11″ sides.  Adhere to flat box.  Fold on score lines.
3.  Color 4 pairs of the Flip-Flops with Markers.  Remoisten with your breath then stamp on the front side of the Scallop Trim punched Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the sentiment if desired.
4.   Put sticky strip on the tab at the side.  Adhere box together at Tab.  Fold up bottom flaps in this order:  indented, sides, tabbed flap.
5.  Fill with treats or small gift.
6.  Admire the fun box you have just made!

Pretty Metal Daisy

I have seen a lot of metal used with the Big Shot Bigz dies.  So…. I decided to try it out.  The samples I saw were made of soda cans, mine is made out of a V-8 Fusion can.  They are quick and easy to make!!

Big Shot:  Flower, Daisies #2  page 222  #114520 (Any Bigz die will cut thin metal)
Other:  Craft & Rubber Scissors  page 208  #103179 OR tin snips
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip, Glue dots, or metal glue

1.  Drink whatever is in your can.  Rinse out and let it dry.
2.  Use your Craft & Rubber Scissors or tin snips to cut the can.  I started at the hole on top and cut through the top and down the side.  Be careful because the metal can cut you!  Cut around the bottom of the can and then around the top of the can so you metal piece becomes a rectangle.
3.  Lay your metal rectangle on your Bigz die with the side facing down that you want to see.
4.  Run it through your Big Shot just like you would cardstock.
4a.  Optional step:  If you want to add some texture to your metal, run the cut pieces through the Big Shot using an embossing folder.  I didn’t do that here, but thought it was worth mentioning.
5.  Adhere the flower parts together.  I used the silver side of the largest circle for the center of my flower.  You can add a pin back if you want to using cardstock on the back or you can use the leftover metal to cut more circles with your Big Shot and die.  Notice the metal parts are no longer sharp.
6.  Enjoy your metal creation!

Promotions & Guest Stampers

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Deborah and Rachel made these beautiful cards for me.  I appreciate all of the wonderful items they have made for me!!!  This time they have been using up their stash.  That sounds like something I need to work on!





Sparkly Wedding Card

Several of my friends have children getting married-some in the recent past and 2 this weekend.  So I have made some wedding cards.

Papers & Cardstock:
Whisper White page 180 #100730
Cardbase:  8-1/2″x5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″;  Card Front:  5-1/4″x4″;
scrap for sentiment which is punched with Petal Card Double Punch
Brushed Silver page  181  #100712  cut at 4-1/4″x5-1/2″
Cherry Cobbler page 179  #119685  scrap to be punched
with Decorative Label Punch
Red Glimmer paper  page  181  #121790  Small Heart punch
Cherry Cobbler  page 179  #119681
Basic Black  page 180  #100082
Ink:  VersaMark  page 203  #102283
Petal Card Double Punch  page 212  #119273
Decorative Label punch  page 209  #120907
Small Heart punch  page 210  #117193
Big Shot:
Vintage Wall Embossing Folder  page 219  #120175

Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder  page 201  #101930
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005
5/8″ White Organza Ribbon  page 195  #114319
Snail  page 206  #104332  Refill #104331
Dimensionals  page 206  #104430
1.  Cut Whisper White card front.  Run through Big Shot using Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.
2.  Lightly tap VersaMark ink pad on the raised areas of the embossed Whisper White.  Don’t worry if you get some on the lower areas.  Cover with Iridescent Ice Embossing powder.  Set with Heat tool.  Test to make sure all the embossing powder is melted.
3.  Wrap Organza Ribbon aound card front.  Tie a knot.  Slide to the position you like.  Trim ribbon ends.
4.  Put Snail gently on the back of the card front so you don’t unemboss it.  Attach to Brushed Silver mat.  Attach to cardbase.
5.  Punch out Card Petal Double punch with Whisper White cardstock.  Ink stamp with markers using Cherry Cobbler on the word “Love” and Basic Black on the rest of the words.  Breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp image.  Trim the extra flaps from the Petal Card punched shape.
6.  Use the Decorative Label Punch on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Attach stamped image with Snail.  Punch out the Small Heart from the Red Glimmer paper.  Attach it to stamped image with a Dimensional.
7.  Put Dimensionals on the back of your stamped and punched label and attach as desired to card front.
8.  Admire your card.


Candy Holder in Daffodil and Pear

Here is a cute little Matchbox Candy Holder that I gave with the Flowers in Daffodil and Pear card.  It holds 4 Hersey Miniature Candy bars or 4 Hersey Nuggets.  Yum Yum!

Sorry for the blurry picture.

Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess) page 10  w#122615  c#122617
Ink:  Old Olive
Big Shot:  Matchbox Bigz XL die  page 221 #114890
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight (for the box)  page 177 #119683
Pear Pizzazz (for the cover)  page 176  #119793