Monthly Archives: May 2015


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.)

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stampin up sprinkles of life stamp set

Step One / The Outside Pocket:

1)  Score a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper at 3″

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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.

slider bookmark card tutorial oval framelits dies

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

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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

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Step Two / The Inside Piece:

1)  Cut the inside bookmark piece 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

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2)  Decorate the very top of the bookmark however you would like!

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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!

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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 1 comment

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.

target dollar spot dry erase board easel cherry on top dsp

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?!

target dollar spot dry erase board easel cherry on top dsp

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. 🙂

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Cherry on Top Stationery Box and Greeting Cards

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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:

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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:

cherry on top designer series paper stack

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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.)

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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.

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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.

 

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Stationery Box Tutorial

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″

stationery box tutorial

  • Score the horizontal  side of each piece at 1″, 5-1/2″, 6-1/2″, and 11″

stationery box tutorial

  • 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

stationery box tutorial

  • 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

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  • Assemble both boxes with Fast Fuse Adhesive
  • Connect the boxes together with Fast Fuse Adhesive

stationery box tutorial

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:
  1. 4-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
  2. 4-1/4″ x 1-3/4″
  3. 4-1/4″ x 5-3/4″

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  • Adhere the box cover to the side of the assembled box that doesn’t have the DSP on it

stationery box tutorial

stationery box tutorial

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!)

stationery box tutorial

To keep the box lid closed, I punched a circle from a thin sticky-back magnet sheet.

stationery box tutorial

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.

 

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Banner Triple Punch by Stampin’ Up!: Your New Best Friend! 2 comments

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

2015-2017 In-Color Cardstock 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.

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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.

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Ooh, la-la!  It is going to be a fun couple of years making cards and projects with these beautiful new colors.

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Watermelon Wonder is Wondrous!

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Look at the delicious pop of color that the new 2015-2017 In-Color Watermelon Wonder adds to the Basic Black, Whisper White, and gold used on this card.  I am so in love with all of these color!  They are so delicious that I want to eat them!!  Seriously, all of the colors look like delicious macarons, don’t they?

2015-2017 stampin up in-colors

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I have a secret confession to make.  It has taken me a long, long time to come to terms with this, but once I embraced it, I have been so happy!  Here goes:  My name is Charlene and I am NOT a scrapbooker.  I have tried and tried and tried again and again and again, and I just don’t enjoy it.  When Stampin’ Up! came out with Project Life last year, I kind of looked the other way because I knew that it wouldn’t be a good fit for me.  I did attempt to make a couple of layout (HERE and HERE) and they were so easy!  I thought that maybe I would be able to wear two hats; however, I just can’t do it all!  I can’t be a scrapbooker AND a greeting card designer, and that’s okay.

The BEST NEWS is that I can still use Project Life and if you aren’t a scrapbooker, either, so can you!  Just take a look at the fun and easy greeting cards you can make!  Here is a review of some that I have shown you over the past few days using the Playground Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Card Collection and the Playground Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Accessory Pack.

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Give it a try!  You will whip out adorable cards so fast you won’t want to stop.  Really, it is SOOOOO addicting!


Greeting Cards for Men: A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea 2 comments

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My husband has been asking me for awhile now to make a set of thank you notes for him that he can have on-hand to send to his clients.  He would like something more personal than ordinary tacky store-bought cards, and he happens to know someone who makes cards for a living.  😉  But as the story goes, the shoemaker’s children never have shoes, and in this case, the card maker’s husband never has cards.  Until now!

I made this fun stationery box with matching thank you notes and coordinating envelopes.  It was so easy and fun to make!  (I will post a free tutorial later this week.  In the meantime, please subscribe to receive blog updates by email by registering for free at the top right of my sidebar so you won’t miss it!)  The box  is masculine enough for my husband to keep the on his desk.  He can just grab a card when he needs one.

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greeting cards and stationery box for men stampin up

It has always been a challenge for me to make masculine cards, but with the 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! and the retiring  Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack from the current 2014-2015 Annual Idea Book and Catalog, it is was breeze to whip up cards appropriate for men.  I used the “Thank You” stamp from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, but any stamp will do.  Be sure to order both items right away, because after June 2nd they will be gone for good when they retire.  (boo-hoo!)

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Don’t you just love the shirt on the outside of the box?  It was so fun to make.  I love the little pocket-protector, which I made with the end of the Word Window Punch.

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In addition to the cute shirt, my favorite part of this masculine stationery box are the cards themselves and the coordinating envelope liners.  The  Paper Stack is sized at 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  All I had to do was trim the 6-1/2″ side down to 6″ and use the Envelope Liners Framelits Die to make the liners.

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Once again, be sure to subscribe to receive free email updates to your inbox so that you will be able to view the tutorial and get the measurements and scoring guide.  Make sure you order the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack now before it retires on June 2nd so you will receive it in time to make this Masculine Stationery Box in time for Father’s Day.

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I came up with a really fun way to store the scraps that you will have left over when you trim the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack down to 6″ for the envelope liners.  Just use a Standard Clear-Mount Stamp Case!  Look!  The case is the perfect size to hold not only the scraps, but the Paper Stack, too.

 

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Dotty Angles Stamp Set Adds Fabulous Dimension to Your Cards! 1 comment

I love Stampin’ Up!’s Dotty Angles photopolymer stamp set!  The images add so much dimension to your projects.  Who knew that litter geometric shapes could make a card pop with drama?  Remember this card?  Take a look at another!

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I made this card in a snap with pieces from the new Moments Like These Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  Do you like the new In-Colors for 2015-2017?  This card uses Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron.  I love, love, love these new colors and how they coordinate beautifully with gold and Basic Black.  Those cute little gold sequins come in the Moments Like These Accessory Pack along with Mint Macaron sequins and the little gold paper clips.  So classy!

Lucky for you, the Dotty Angles photopolymer stamp set will be available again in the new 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  You can order it now.  The Project Life Card Collection, the Accessory Pack, and the new In-Colors will be available to order before you know it!  June 2nd is just around the corner!!

Do these stamps remind you of geometry class?!dotty angles photopolymer stamp set by stampin up

I also added some dimension by simply tearing off the top corner of the “Sparkle” card and using the ink-to-paper technique around the entire Mint Macaron piece.  So easy.  Really, anyone can make this card!

 

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Happy Graduation! An Easy Scrapbook Layout with Project Life 1 comment

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I used to procrastinate scrapbooking until Project Life by Stampin’ Up! came along.  The entire process was always so overwhelming to me.  However, I put together this two-page layout of our daughter’s college graduation in about thirty minutes with the Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection and the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack.  These two fabulous items will be available for order when the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog goes live on June 2nd.  Below is a sneak-peek of some of  the items that come in the card collection.  You’ll notice that the Moments of Life Project Life Kit incorporates some of the 2015-17 In-Colors Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, and Tip Top Taupe!

Moments Like These Stampin Up Card Collection Contents

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moments like these project life kit by stampin up

I love, love, love the cards because they are double-sided and the layout is horizontal on one side and vertical on the other.

I used Pacific Point cardstock in my layout because it matches the colors of my daughter’s school.  That is what is so wonderful about Stampin’ Up! products…it is so easy to pull in coordinating colors to make your project perfect!

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moments like these project life by stampin up

This day was an event that definitely needed to be documented.  When our daughter began college, my husband was in the middle of chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer and my dad was being treated for lung cancer.  What a miracle that both were there three years later to witness this milestone in her life!