Make Your Own Envelopes!

  Once you make your own envelopes with Stampin’ Up!’s Envelope Punch Board, it will be pretty difficult to go back to using plain envelopes.  Promise!  Look at this cute card and its coordinating envelope that I made with the Punch Board and the In-Color Envelope Paper from the 2015-16 Annual Catalog: One of the many things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that all of the products coordinate with each other.  The cardstock, ink, and designer paper are all made to work together.  Add the new In-Color Envelope Paper into the mix and really, Stampin’ Up! is a one-stop shop. The Punch Board makes envelopes in 66 different sizes. The board comes with a measurement chart that explains very easily how large to cut the paper for the size envelope you need and a built-in removable scoring tool to make immaculate score lines.  Just follow the guide to cut, punch, and score your envelope and you will be coordinating the cuteness in no time!  Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! to see for yourself how easy the envelope punch board really is to use: There is an interesting story behind this card/envelope combination.  When my daughter was in first grade, she wrote a short story titled “Geometrica Meets the Rainbow Girl” about two new friends who teach each other about geometric shapes.  Her teacher submitted the story to a math contest, and my daughter won!  Whenever I see funky geometric shapes, I think about my daughter and her winning that contest.  Funny how the strangest things can trigger a memory.  I am happy that two of the things I love about my life…my daughter and Stampin’ Up!…remind me of each other. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Pretty Petals Butterflies

I am in love with the colors and patters that are included in Stampin’ Up!’s Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack. Remember the butterfly card I created and showed you HERE? This card is the exact same layout, but instead of using the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, I decided to use the Pretty Petals DSP Stack  instead because I think the designs are luscious!  I love the look of elegance that the Basic Black brings into the mix. Isn’t the brick wall embossing a fun background element?!  I can’t get enough of it!  There are so many fun possibilities that you can do with it.  I have  few things up my sleeve for Halloween and Christmas.  Can you wait that long?! View the slideshow to see the products I used to assemble this card.  You can click on any slide to see purchasing details.  Talk to you soon! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Pretty Petals Mini Treat Bags

Stampin’ Up!’s Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack is fabulous!  The coordinating colors of Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, and Pacific Point are so dramatic.  You can use embellishments to make the patters whimsical or high-fashion, whatever you prefer.  I have a flair for the dramatic, so I like combining the Basic Black into the designs. I really love all of the colors!  Each combination elicits a different emotion:  cheery, sophisticated, and happy.  It’s amazing that so many different designs can be created from one pack of paper, isn’t it? To create the cards, I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  There are so many additional dies included with the actual treat bag that the creative possibilities are endless when used in conjunction with Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock colors. Take a look at the slideshow below to see the supplies I used to create the cards shown.  Once you get the hang of assembling the treat bag, these cards are assembly-line friendly.  Make a bunch in a little bit of time and you will be set to go when you need a very cute, upscale, and creative card. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Mini Album

I made these cute mini albums using the Moments Like These Project Life Bundle by Stampin’ Up! to swap at next week’s Stampin’ Up! 2015 Inspire – Create – Share event in Salt Lake City.  I am excited to attend and be a part of all the fun!  I have attend Stampin’ Up! national conventions three times, Leadership twice, and several Regional gatherings. (I once had the opportunity to do an on-stage presentation at one of the Regional events.)  One of the benefits of attending live Stampin’ Up! events is the exposure to so much creativity.  Not only do the Stampin’ Up! employees fill us with ideas and inspiration for projects and products, but we also have the opportunity to create our own projects and trade our items with others.  “Swapping” is a great way to meet fellow demonstrators and to get inspired. Even though the mini albums I made for my swaps look like they were a ton of work, I made all of them in under two hours!  Here’s how: Supplies: Moments Like These Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set To add the bling, you can use whatever punches and accessories that you would like to use,  but I used      Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack      Gold & Silver Sequin Trims      Silver Metallic Thread      Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine Purchased plastic name tags and metal key rings How-to: Trim assorted papers from the Moments Like These Project Life Kit to measure 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ Add embellishments to each piece of paper Insert the embellished papers into the name tags (I used six pieces of paper/six name tags per album, but you can use as many as you want to!) Attach the pages to the metal ring Tie assorted ribbons around the ring THAT IS ALL!!!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!! Play around with the different patterns of papers included in the kit.  Here are two combinations I put together:   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Fringe Scissor Flowers

The 4th of July has come and gone, but these flowers that I made using Stampin’ Up!’s Fringe Scissors are as exciting as  fireworks!  The best part is that they are so easy to make.  I made mine using paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and the new Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment, but you can easily use any color combo to make cute centerpieces for your special event; think Blushing Bride or Soft Sky for a baby shower!  How cute would that be? Supplies: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment Fringe Scissors Tear and Tape Adhesive Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape Purchased small wooden skewers Purchased small metal bucket How-To: Cut strips of paper 1-3/4″ x varying lengths Use the fringe scissors to cut along the length of the strips  and stop 1/4″ from the end like this: Run a strip of the new Tear and Tape Adhesive along the 1/4″ line like this: Place the skewer at the end of the strip and roll tightly until the entire strip is rolled onto the skewer like this: Fluff the fringe Decorate the skewer with washi tape I placed mine in a small tin bucket.  You can use yours however you would like!  I think they look like giant appetizer toothpicks.  Make a bunch and use them to add some firework effects at your next party! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Color Combination Inspiration, Day 3

The color combination for today’s card comes from the palm trees that surround me every day.  Even though the trees on the this card aren’t palms, the color scheme is the same as the majority of the palm trees I see out my window. I love Stampin’ Up!’s Fringe Scissors.  How cute is that grass?! Experiment with the different patterns and colors that are in the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  When I first saw all of the pieces included in the stack, it didn’t occur to me that I could use the paper to create a card that wasn’t over-the-top bright and cheery.  But with a little patience and playing around, I was able to find the perfect colors and patterns to re-create the colors I see out my window every day. What inspires you to create and come up with different color combinations? Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog