Mini Books

Most of us papercrafters tend to save all of our scraps. Right? Right! We know that even the smallest scrap piece of paper can be used to create something fun! Not only do I save scraps, but I also save chipboard, old frames, boxes and many other things so that I can upcycle them at a later date. There is not too much that I throw away. So today, I am going to show you some fun projects I created with the 4 x 4 inch square chipboard pieces that Stampin’ Up! uses to package their white doilies.

This idea came to me as I was putting pictures of my grandchildren in a little “brag” book that my daughter bought for me. I thought it would be so cute to put together some handmade brag books. Now you can use them as brag books, notebooks or any other fun idea you come up with!  They are quick and simple to make too!

The chipboard that is used as packaging for the little white doilies is approximately 4 x 4 inches. I simply cut a 4 x 4 square of patterned paper or cardstock to cover the front and back of the chipboard. Now you will need two 4 x 4 chipboard pieces to make one book (one for the cover and one for the back of the book). I made three different books and I still have lots of chipboard pieces to play with yet (yes, I love my doilies). Once you cover the chipboard with cardstock or patterned paper, then simply decorate them as desired.

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For the inside of the books, I simply cut 4 x 4 inch pieces of cardstock to coordinate with the colors of the book. You could also use notebook paper.  To hold the books together, simple punch two holes in the left side of the book and thread some ribbon through the cover and all of the pages. You can add as many inside pages as you like. Get creative with it! These would definitely make some great gifts!

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Daisy Delight

Good Morning and Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that all of you are spending the day celebrating the Moms in your life! We are having our second annual Mother’s Day brunch today!  We started this last year because we decided it’s much more fun and relaxing to be at home with the family than it is to be out at a restaurant for Mother’s Day! Plus homemade food is the best!  I am celebrating with my son, daughter and their families as well as my parents. It will be a fun and yummy afternoon!

Plus, I put together a few of these little Mother’s Day baskets for the celebration today!  You may recall a little video tutorial on this basket that I shared with you around Easter time. Here is the link to the tutorial http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2017/03/23/envelope-punch-board-baskets/

Well, as you can see, the basket works well with Mother’s Day too!  Especially with some NEW Stampin’ Up! products!  Yep, the Daisies are new and they are so fun!  You can use them in so many ways!  My next project will be to create a bouquet of them! I have seen some wonderful projects on Pinterest with bouquets of these Daisies. They are absolutely stunning! And products from the Daisy Suite will be available June 1st!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration! Enjoy the day with family and friends!

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Envelope Punch Board Baskets

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have an adorable Easter Basket idea to share!  Now I have made all types of Easter Baskets from cardstock and designer paper but none have been as fun as these!

Not only were they fun to make, they were super simple as well!  These baskets were created with the envelope punch board!  I found this fabulous idea all over Pinterest and just had to make some for myself! Now you can stamp a design on the cardstock, decorate them with pretty patterned papers or just leave them plain! How you decorate them is up to you!

Watch this video tutorial and learn how to create these adorable baskets!  Have fun with it!

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Christmas Gift Bags

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I am at a Stampin’ Up! event called On Stage.  It’s a day and half long event that is super fun!  We swap cards, learn new techniques, get a sneak peek of the new catalog coming out in January (WAHOO!) and, most of all, we enjoy each other’s company! I will have lots to share with you when I return!

So for today, I want to share a fun little Christmas gift bag idea!  You might have seen the “blah” looking brown paper bags in the annual catalog. They are “blah” until you start to dress them up, of course!  I decided to make a few gift bags, filled with goodies, for my team members that were attending On Stage with me.  They are super simple and so pretty!

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Here’s what you need to do! Take one of your favorite embossing folders, I used the Holly Textured Embossing Folder, then fold over the top of the bag, place it inside your embossing folder and, voila, you have a pretty embossed bag!  To decorate the bag, I simply cut a 2 x 12 inch piece of the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper and wrapped it around the top part of the bag (to keep the bag closed). It serves as a belly band so you can easily slide it off and on the bag. Then tie a bit of ribbon on the belly band and add a cute little tag!  Simple, hey? Now you can use any embossing folder and designer paper, not just Christmas. Get creative with it!  Enjoy!

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Post-It Note Holder

post it note holderGood Morning!  Today I have a fun little gift idea to share with you.  It’s a post-it note holder! I actually designed this particular project as a 3D Make N Take for a demonstrator meeting I had last month.  It’s super simple and fun to make!  It makes a great gift…I mean who doesn’t need post-it notes, right?

2016-03-01_1932To make this project start by measuring your post-it notes.  The measurements that I am about to provide are for a 3 x 3 inch post-it note. If you have larger post-it notes, you will have to adjust the sizes. I also use half of the stack of post-it notes (if you want to use a full post-it note stack, simple increase these measurements by 1/4 inch). So…for half of a 3 x 3 inch post it note stack, start by cutting a piece of cardstock at 6 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches. I used calypso coral cardstock to coordinate with the colors in the Wildflower Fields Designer Paper. One the 6 3/4 inch side, score the cardstock at 3 1/4 and 3 1/2 inches. Add a few pieces of strong tape (like the Tear & Tape or double sided tape) to the back of your post-it note stack and adhere the post-it notes to one of the 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch squares on the inside of the cardstock.  Fold the other 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square over the top of the post-it notes (so it forms the cover). Then just decorate the cover!  I cut a 3 x 3 inch piece of the Wildflower Fields DSP and secured it to the top of the post-it note holder with a bit of snail adhesive. Next I cut a piece of large ribbon large enough to go completely around the post-it note holder (as shown). Secure the ribbon to the front and back cover of the post-it note holder with some double sided tape (the tear & tape works perfect). Leave a little bit of extra ribbon hang off the holder so you can add a cute little clip on the side (so you can open and close it). For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment and a flower. Enjoy!

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All Boxed Up Holiday Version

Good Morning! Today I want to share some fun ways that you can use the All Boxed Up kit! The kit comes with all of the materials you need to make 10 adorable little boxes for any occasion. The only thing you need to supply is the stamps and ink. There is a stamp set called All Boxed Up which, of course, was designed to coordinate with this kit. However, you can really use any stamp set that you like to decorate these boxes. So…I decided to use the set called Among the Branches.  This particular stamp set has some fun holiday images which were perfect for creating a few different themed boxes.holiday all boxed upLet’s start by taking a look at the Halloween box. I began by stamping the evil eyes all over the box using black ink. I stamped the “spooky” circular image on one of the circles in the kit and matted it out with a 2 3/8 inch tangerine tango scalloped circle. The black striped banner came in the kit so I just used that behind the sentiment. Once all of the images are stamped on the box, you can put it together. You can use the bakers twine that came in the kit or dress it up with your favorite ribbon. For the Autumn Wishes box, stamp the Autumn sentiment in soft suede on one of the little circles that come in the kit and matte it out again with a 2 3/8 inch tangerine tango scalloped circle. This time stamp a few leaves from the Among the Branches stamp set all over the box and on one of the banners (I just used the back side of one of a banners from the kit). Then assemble the box. For the Christmas box, I again used the sentiment from the Among the Branches set; stamped in Night of Navy on one of the circles that came in the kit. Then I stamped a few snowflakes on the backside of one of the banners.  It was a really quick and easy way to make some holiday themed boxes! Enjoy!

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All Boxed Up

all boxed upStampin’ Up! has a variety of fun kits available in this year’s catalogs.  This particular kit is called All Boxed Up and contains all of the materials to make 10 fun little treat boxes for any occasion! You receive all of the materials to create these 10 boxes, you just supply your own ink and stamps!  Of course there is a stamp set that coordinates with this particular kit but you don’t necessarily need that set to make these…you can choose any sentiments you like as long as they fit on the little 2 inch circles that come in the kit. The boxes are super simple to put together, just be sure to fold on all of the score lines before you try to assemble them (it just makes assembly easier). I put together all 10 boxes, and filled them with treats, all within about 30 -40 minutes. Yes, it’s that quick and simple.  You can also decorate these boxes for the upcoming Holidays…like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I will share some fun ways to do this in my next post so stay tuned…

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Lighthearted Leaves Mini Muslin Bag

I just love the colors of the fall season, don’t you? Well this project showcases many of those pretty fall colors as it was design specifically for all of the guests of my second annual 2015 Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza. I love putting together little gifts for my guests. Plus I have a blast playing around with all of the fun products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. The mini muslin bags are actually in the annual catalog and they have been around for awhile. But the other products showcased on this project can be found in the Holiday catalog. Let me tell you a little bit about how to recreate this project.lighthearted leaves mini muslin bagStart with one of the mini muslin bags. They come in a package of 8 so once you have a design to work with you can make several little gift bags. These little bags are so much fun to play around with. My favorite thing to do with them is to stamp on them, of course! Stamping on muslin bags is a little tricky but if you press down hard enough you will get a good image on the bag. For this particular project, I used the lighthearted leaves stamp set. I randomly stamped the various leaf images onto the front and back of the muslin bag using the following ink colors: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango. The tag was made with a 3 x 2 inch piece of Cajun Craze cardstock; punch out the top of the tag with the scalloped tag topper. The little sentiment comes in the lighthearted leaves stamp set; I stamped it on a piece of naturals cardstock using early espresso ink. The image was punched out with the decorative label punch and I matted it out with another decorative label punch cut from old olive cardstock. For the finishing touch, I added a bit of ribbon, some gold sequin trim, half of a gold doily and, of course, it was personalized with your name. The tag is tied to the strings of the muslin bag with a bit of twine. Enjoy!

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Quick & Easy Gift Box

Yesterday, I held my second annual Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza!  This year was the first year that I offered a “To Go Version” of my live event for those stampin’ enthusiasts that don’t live near me or were unable to attend in person. I love making little handmade gifts for every participant! One of my favorite gifts is this quick and easy gift box! Each guest received one of these handmade and personalized gift boxes. And of course there were gifts inside. 🙂 But the boxes are also perfect for storing all of the projects they were making at this event! The boxes were made from two 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock. For the top: simply score a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock at 2 inches all the way around, snip all four corners up to the 2 inch score line (so that it forms a flap on each end of the box), and secure the flaps to the inside of the box. Repeat this process to make the bottom of the box but be sure to cut the 12 x 12 cardstock down by 1/8 of an inch so the top fits nicely over the bottom. You can really decorate the box any way you like! I simply cut a 4 x 12 inch piece of designer paper and covered the middle of the box top, I added a few embellishments and a personalized name tag. For the finishing touch, I added some pretty ribbon tied in a bow.

Sketched Dots Gift Bag

sketched dots tag a bagGood Morning!  Today I thought I would change things up a bit with a little gift bag project. Stampin’ Up! has some adorable little gift bags that you can decorate and I love decorating my gift bags just as must as I love making cards!  Handmade packaging coupled with a handmade card can make quite the statement!  So let’s take a look at what you need to get started.

This particular gift bag is called Sketched Dots and is available in a pack of 10 through Stampin’ Up! Yes, 10! You can make them all the same or make each one different.  The choice is yours! So for this particular project, start with one polka dot bag. Take a paper doily and sponge some wisteria wonder ink all over it. Grab a silver foil doily and secure it in the center of the paper one. Fold the top of the polka dot over and then fold the top part of the doilies over the top of the bag. Adhere the top part of the paper doily to the top part of the bag (make sure you adhere it in such a way that you are still able to open the bag). Next, grab a scrap piece of white paper and stamp the “You’re fabulous” image on it using elegant eggplant ink…punch out the image with the scalloped circle. Note:  You will end up punch off some of the letters of the sentiment but that’s ok…we will fix it!  Grab another scrap piece of paper stamp the “you’re fabulous” sentiment using wisteria wonder ink…cut it down so that you only have the sentiment showing (about 1/2 inch wide) then make the ends into a little pennant and adhere onto the scalloped circle with dimensionals. Adhere the entire scalloped circle piece to the center of the silver doily on your bag. For the finishing touch, add a little elegant butterfly in the corner and embellish with rhinestones. You can also add a little decorative clip to the top of the bag to keep it closed or simply fill the bag and tie it closed with some baker’s twine or ribbon. Enjoy!

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