“June Cleaver” Card

“June Cleaver” Card:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper Today’s card was inspired by June Cleaver.  Can you see why?  I just love how this special card fold, combined with the lovely designs on the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, work together with the metal-rimmed pearls to make this card look like a sweater and a blouse! It’s so fun to play around with paper and stamps and try to come up with creative ideas and different uses other than what was originally intended.  Don’t you agree?! To make the collar fold, I used these measurements: on the 5-1/4″ side, measure over to 2-5/8″ from the 2-5/8″ point, cut down 2″ fold each corner into the center To make the neckline, I used a stamp from the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I think it worked perfectly to create the illusion of a blouse. Here is a list of the supplies I used to create today’s “June Cleaver” card:   Stay tuned for more cards using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper!  Click the link in the sidebar to subscribe to my blog.  All you need to do is enter your email address and you will receive my blog posts directly by email.  That way you will never miss a post!  

Pyramid Pals Star

Pyramid Pals Star Have you seen the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies?  You might think that the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set are just for creating cards and projects for kids.  Wrong! Did you know that you can make a Pyramid Pals star?  I love to use Stampin’ Up! products to create out-of-the-box projects and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits shapes really spurred my creative juices. I used the new Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper from the 2016-2018 In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack to create five pyramids.  I attached the pyramids together on the inside with Tear and Tape Adhesive, added some crinkly paper and a candle. and that was all!  It was so, so easy.  SO easy, in fact, that I am going to keep this project in my memory bank to create for my daughters’ bridal showers and/or weddings.  (NO!  They are nowhere near getting married, I just have OCD.) Wouldn’t they be perfect table decorations?  You can also punch a tiny hole in the top of one of the points and hang a bunch of starts along a string or from the ceiling.  There are so many possibilities!  Don’t let the true intention of Stampin’ Up! products limit your creative ideas.  When I first saw the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set I quickly turned the page because I didn’t think I would have any use for a juvenile stamp set.  I was wrong! It was a real challenge to photograph the star to get the true Flirty Flamingo color.  I encourage you to take a look at the professional photographs in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog (I can mail you one if you would like – just leave a comment) and the slide show below to get a better taste of the beautiful new Flirty Flamingo products.

Decorative Three-Ring Binder

Decorative Three-Ring Binder If you are anything like me, you have a million different things going on at the same time.  I have a pile a mile high of notes in about twenty different notebooks…no kidding.  I decided to condense everything into one three-ring binder to keep in my purse so that I can have my notes with me all the time.  Of course I couldn’t use just any three-ring binder; I had to make myself a decorative three-ring binder.  Since these are the final few days of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, I decided to use the retiring Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper to decorate the binder.  I filmed myself making the decorative three-ring binder so that you could see for yourselves just how easy it is to make, but for some reason my computer keeps telling me that my files are corrupted.  Go figure.  I’ll try to do my best to write the directions while I uncorrupt my files. Start with a binder that has the plastic “clear view” sleeve Measure the size of the clear sleeve Cut the Designer Series Paper 1/4″ shorter than the size of the sleeve Decorate with embellishment, but be sure to use flat items That’s it!  Soooo easy, right??? In addition to running my Stampin’ Up! business, I am also heavily involved with Cosmetics for a Cause, a non-profit charity that collects and donates cosmetics to women and girls in need.  I have so many notes and paperwork and it sure is nice to finally have a “classy catch-all” binder to keep everything organized.  You should gather up your retiring Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and make some decorative three-ring binders, too.  You can make the small size (7″ x 9″) or the regular size.  The best part is that you can use any embellishments that you want to make your decorative three-ring binder all your own to fit your personal style.

DIY Business Note Cards

DIY Business Note Cards Did you know that Stampin’ Up! offers the perfect products for you to create DIY business note cards?  I created these business note cards for a charity that my daughter founded when she was sixteen years old called Cosmetics for a Cause.  She needed some cute and simple note cards to use whenever she has to drop a thank you card in the mail.  The quality of Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Card Stock and Whisper White Envelopes are perfect for what she wanted.  Of course I had to add some bling and some embellishments because I just couldn’t help myself! But that is the beauty of DIY, isn’t it?  The ability to add a personal touch that no printing company can offer is a HUGE benefit of making your own business note cards. My daughter hired the wonderful Emily Fogelman of Emily Fogelman Designs to create a stunning logo. To create the cards, all I did was copy and paste the logo into the center of the card stock so that two cards printed on one piece of paper.  On the back of the card I put the address, phone, and website address. Check out the cute envelopes, too!  I wish you could all feel the quality of our Whisper White Envelopes!  I don’t know what word would adequately describe how they feel…butter?  smoothe?  classy?  I don’t know! (The airplane is there to cover the address of the recipient, just FYI) Sure, it’s so easy to just send a thank you email.  Anyone is capable of that.  However, who wouldn’t want to receive a hand-addressed, hand-written thank you note in the mail, and a DIY business note card to boot?  Your clients will certainly remember you, and in the case of Cosmetics for a Cause, it is important that the clients remember. Speaking of Cosmetics for a Cause, be sure to visit the site HERE to read more about the charity and the good that it does for women in need.  If you have any new makeup that you aren’t using, please consider sending it to Cosmetics for a Cause and the lovely volunteers will make sure that your products are given to an organization that helps women in distressed situations. Here is a quick look at the supplies I used to create these DIY business note cards.  Order the supplies and make your own, or send me an email or leave a comment and I can make them for you!  If you decide to make your own, be sure to add some embellishments and bling to really make your business note cards stand out!!

Bookmark Card Template and Tutorial

Bookmark Card Template and Tutorial My last post was full of pictures of a bookmark card that I created several years ago.  Today’s post includes the bookmark card template and tutorial.  Even though it’s Template Tuesday, I’m providing the template to all of my readers today, not just my email subscribers.  To get started, you’ll want to watch the video, download the template, and most of all…have fun!   ________________________________ 1)  download the template HERE 2)  cut the bookmark case 4-1/4″ x 7-3/4″ 3)  score the case at 2″ and 4″ 4)  cut the bookmark piece 1-7/8″ x 7-3/4″ 5)  I also used the following supplies: _____________________________________ I’ve created different versions of this card over the years.  This slider bookmark card is sized differently, but the overall concept is the same as the card in the YouTube video.   You can see a larger version using Stampin’ Up!’s Sprinkles of Life stamp set HERE, along with a tutorial that includes the different measurements.

Bookmark Card

Bookmark Card I created the custom template for this fun bookmark card almost ten years ago.  Over the years, I have played around with different versions of it (like the one HERE, which uses the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set.)  I usually make cards are projects that are bold and brightly colored, but I decided to go with a softer look and feel for today’s card. This card does what its name implies:  it’s a bookmark and a card.  Just pull out the slider and write your sentiment on the back! Precision is really important with this card, so it’s not for the faint of heart.  But you can do it!  I’m in the process of making a step-by-step video how-to.  I’ll update this post as soon as the video is completed.  In the meantime, I wanted to post the pictures while I’m busy behind-the-scenes working on the tutorial.  Here is what you’ll need: Go to my sidebar and enter to receive free email updates whenever I post a new blog entry.  That way you’ll know when I update with the video and whenever I post something new.