Slider Bookmark Card Tutorial

I created a slider bookmark card to showcase this year’s Stampin’ Up! stamp set to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Below is a picture tutorial of the measurements.  (You can see the original post HERE.)    Step One / The Outside Pocket: 1)  Score a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper at 3″ 2)  To make the ovals’ frames, die cut the Designer Series Paper using the smallest oval and second smallest oval like shown in the photo below.  Cut two and set aside for later. 3)  To make the oval cuts in the outside pocket, die-cut the first oval with the smallest oval die so that the top of the oval is at approximately 1-1/2″ down from the top of the DSP 4)  To make the second oval, use the smallest oval die so that the top of the oval is at  approximately the 2-1/2″ mark down from the top of the DSP Step Two / The Inside Piece: 1)  Cut the inside bookmark piece 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ 2)  Decorate the very top of the bookmark however you would like! Step Three / The Ice Cream and Cone: 1)  Stamp and cut out two ice cream cones 2)  Stamp and punch six ice creams (two each of three different colors) 3)  Adhere the oval frames that you die-cut in step one to the ovals on the outside pocket 4)  Play around with the spacing of the cones and the ice creams so they fit the oval cut-puts 5)  Adhere pieces with Glue Dots 6)  Decorate ice cream to your liking! That’s all!  You did it!  Leave a comment with a link to your version of the slider bookmark card in the comments section so we can all see!

Cherry on Top DIY Love Notes Easel

I created this “Love Notes” easel using Stampin’ Up!’s new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and the current Mini Treat Bags Thinlits Dies. Before I explain the creation, I have to admit that I have a problem.  Here goes:  whenever I see a blank surface, I cannot leave it alone.  It makes me crazy!  I break out in hives when I see something like a plain notebook or a white paper gown at the doctor’s office.  I just want to break out my cardstock and stamps and get busy decorating!  That is exactly what happened to me the other evening when I was shopping with my daughter.  I stumbled upon this lovely $3 chalkboard/dry-erase easel and I knew immediately that I had to buy it and do something with it to make it feel loved. I wanted to create something useful, so I came up with a “Love Notes” easel to leave in our kitchen.  I made one pocket to hold blank pieces of paper, and another pocket to receive the love note.  Isn’t it fun?! For the pocket that holds the blank note cards, I assembled a mini treat bag and then cut it in half.  I used the Project Life Corner Punch to round the corners of the Project Life Grid Cards and placed the grid cards inside the shorter treat bag. Like most Stampin’ Up! projects, this “Love Notes” easel makes a great DIY gift for a friend, neighbor, or teacher.  You can adapt the theme to fit your needs.  The best part is that it is really easy to make, especially because at 6″ x 6″, the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack is already the perfect size to fit the large die in the Mini Treat Bag Dies collection.  All you have to do is tear out two sheets from the stack and you are ready to go.  Decorate the easel as little or as much as you would like. I want to hear from you!  Leave me a comment/picture of things that you have found and transitioned into lovely DIY projects with Stampin’ Up! products.  Let’s share our creativity!  Maybe one day we can all get together and do something about those boring white paper doctor gowns. 🙂 Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Cherry on Top Stationery Box and Greeting Cards

Today, we are going to take a closer look at the outside of the stationery box I showed you yesterday, along with the greeting cards I created to go along with the box. The Box: To create the flower, I used the Spiral Flowers Originals Die and the wonderful new Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment from the upcoming 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  You can order this fantastic cotton paper when the new catalog goes live on June 2nd.  It is so thin and gorgeous!  To adhere the Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay pieces inside the Watermelon Wonder flower, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I also used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the flower to the box. The Greeting Cards: I just love, love, love these colors and the happy emotion they elicit.  Just look at how lovely Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay are when they are combined to make these celebration and thank you cards.  I just want to eat them!  The cards look like delicious pieces of cake to me.  🙂 These cards were created using the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack  along with the brand new Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape.  (Both will be available in the new catalog.) I had a blast using the Balloon Framelits and Circle Card Thinlits Dies to create the shapes and the Celebrate Today photopolymer  stamp set to stamp the images.  (All three of these items are available for order now.) ***** This stationery box with coordinating greeting cards is so fun to make and makes such a great gift for a friend, neighbor, teacher, mom, and even dad.  Be sure to view the tutorial HERE. ***** If you would like to receive blog updates as they happen, register for free in the box at the top of my right sidebar.  You will always be one of the first to know about Stampin’ Up! products and promotions. Below is a slideshow of the products I used to create the flower and the greeting cards shown on today’s post.  For a slideshow of products I used to create the stationery box, click HERE.   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Stationery Box Tutorial

The stationery box that I first showed you HERE is so easy to make!  I promise that once you start, you will want to make one for each of  your friends and give them as gifts. Supplies Needed: 2 Sheets of 12 x 12 Cardstock to coordinate with the Designer Series Paper of Your Choice Designer Series Paper (I am using the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack that will be available to order on June 2nd) Fast Fuse Adhesive Stampin’ Trimmer Simply Scored Paper Snips Thin magnet to use as closure Measurements & Scoring  for the 12 x 12 Cardstock: STEP ONE | THE BOXES: Cut two pieces of cardstock 12″ x 7″ Score the vertical side of both pieces at 1″ Score the horizontal  side of each piece at 1″, 5-1/2″, 6-1/2″, and 11″ Snip the 1″, 5-1/2″, 6-1/2″, and 11″ score lines up to the vertical 1″ score line on both pieces of 12″ x 7″ of cardstock Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper 4-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ Adhere DSP to only one side of one piece of cardstock Assemble both boxes with Fast Fuse Adhesive Connect the boxes together with Fast Fuse Adhesive STEP TWO | THE BOX COVER: Cut one piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock to 11-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ Score at 3-3/4″ and 5-3/4″ Cut three pieces of Designer Series Paper: 4-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ 4-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ 4-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ Adhere the box cover to the side of the assembled box that doesn’t have the DSP on it STEP THREE | THE SIDES OF THE BOX:  Cut two pieces of cardstock 2″ x 6″ Cut two pieces of DSP 1-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ Cover each piece of cardstock with the DSP Adhere each piece of 2″ x 6″ cardstock to each side of the box (now the box looks nice and clean and crisp!) To keep the box lid closed, I punched a circle from a thin sticky-back magnet sheet. THAT’S IT!!!  YOU DID IT!!!!!!! Now all you have to do is decorate the box and make the greeting cards!  We’ll talk about that in tomorrow’s post.  In the meantime, have fun making the box.  If you have any questions, leave comment or email me at stampingwithcharlene@gmail.com.   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog ***** Don’t forget to take a look at this week’s Weekly Deals.  Click HERE to order!        

Banner Triple Punch by Stampin’ Up!: Your New Best Friend!

One of my top favorite items from the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Idea Book and Catalog is the Banner Triple Punch. It is three punches in one!   You can quickly create banners with widths of 1″, 1-1/2″, and 2″ and any lengths you choose.  The punch makes the banner-cut perfectly!  No more using your paper snips to try to get the points even.  Just cut the strip to your desired width and punch away!  (You can even use the cut-out triangle piece, too.)  The Banner Triple Punch stores flat so it doesn’t take up much room in your craft storage and stacks atop your other Stampin’ Up! punches.         Let’s talk about the colors I used in this card, too.  I love haute couture and that is why I absolutely love the beautiful color combination of black and gold.  Just look at how chic this card is when Basic Black cardstock and Gold Foil are added to Whisper White cardstock.  This is such a simple card, yet it speaks volumes all because two basic colors are combined to make it pop. You can order the Banner Triple Punch when the catalog goes live on June 2nd.  You can also order the Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! and the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack by Stampin’ Up! on June 2nd. Be sure to follow me on my social media accounts and subscribe to receive blog updates so you won’t miss out on the catalog launch.  (Find the links on the top of my right sidebar.)  Fun times ahead!! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog ***** Don’t forget about this week’s Weekly Deals!  Click HERE to order.

Beautiful New 2015-2017 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up!

Happiness is what I think and feel when I look at this card and all of the wonderful colors and shapes.  I created the layers on this card with pieces from the Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up!  I also used accessories from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack to add some flair. Aren’t the colors delicious to look at?  The names are yummy, too.  This card uses Watermelon Wonder (hello, summers by the pool!) Mint Macaron (cookies, please!) and Tip Top Taupe, which reminds me of cookie dough. When you order the new 2015-2017 In-Colors, be sure to add Basic Black cardstock and Gold Foil Sheets to your order.  Look at the luxurious feeling  that those two colors add when they are combined with Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White. Ooh, la-la!  It is going to be a fun couple of years making cards and projects with these beautiful new colors. ***** Don’t forget about this week’s Weekly Deals!  Take a look below and visit my Demonstrator Website to order.