Gift Box Punch Board Video Tutorial – Stampin’ Up!

Last week, I shared this adorable box that I created using the Gift Box Punch Board and the Bright and Beautiful stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  For this project, I altered the dimensions of the box, and I had several requests for a video tutorial to show how I did it.

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Your wish is my command!  By playing around with the Gift Box Punch Board, I discovered that the “start line” controls the size of the box’s base, and the size of the paper controls the height of the box.  However, if you change those things around, the diagonal score lines no longer match up, so you have to custom create the diagonals.  Check out my video to see how it is done.

 

 

I hope you are a fan of this project and will pin it to Pinterest for me.  You will find a “pin it” button at the bottom of this post below the supply list and card stock cuts.  Also, please subscribe to my blog via email by clicking on the “follow” button if you enjoy reading my posts.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  I also offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you a copy of our catalogs.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Blog Candy! Drumroll Please, and the winner is….

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I totally forgot to draw a winner for last week’s blog candy in my post yesterday!  The random number generator landed on comment number four, which was Elisha!  Please email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com with your mailing address, and I will send you your prize!

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The Holiday Catalog is here… and it is AWESOME!

Click the image above to order from the Holiday Catalog today!


WEEKLY DEALS for September 2-8.

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through September 8.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used for Today’s Projects

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts & Project Dimensions

For the box with the altered dimensions:

Card Stock: Lost Lagoon – 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″

Start Line: I marked a line half way between the L and XL start lines and marked it on my punch board with a Sharpie marker.  I used this line for my vertical and horizontal score lines.

Diagonal Lines:  custom

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Perfect Peacock Watercolor Card – Stampin’ Up!

I am so excited about today’s project!  It may be one of my favorites of all time!  The name of this stamp from Stampin’ Up! just says it all… Perfect Peacock!  I am in love with how elegant this gorgeous peacock turned out… and you won’t believe how easy it was to achieve.

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This card looks like it would take hours to color, but it is actually a trick achieved with a cool watercoloring technique and some minimal coloring.  I’ve created this video tutorial to show you just how this is done.

Although this technique requires a few steps with some drying time in between.  It is actually really simple and people will be oh so impressed by you artistic prowess!  I hope you will give it a try!

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If you are a fan of this project, please pin it to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the new 2014 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog yet, now is the perfect time.  There are so many great new items available for purchase.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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2014 Annual Catalog One-to-One Swap

Just a reminder about my one-to-one swap.  I hope you will join in the fun!  It is so great when I get to actually connect with all of you and this is a wonderful way for us to share our inspiration and creativity with each other.  To participate, you will send me one card created with current Stampin’ Up! products (no retired items please) and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Once all the swaps have arrived, I will send you someone else’s card in the mail.  It’s that easy!  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

To participate, please register for the event by clicking on the button below.   Once registration is complete, you will receive an email with specific instructions (including the address for where to send your swaps).  Projects are due in hand by July 10, 2014.  I can’t wait to see what you create!  Happy Stamping!

Eventbrite - 2014 Annual Catalog One-to-One Swap


Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you ever considered joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator? Do you have at least $50 worth of products on your wish list?  Would you like to get Blendabilities Markers before they are available to the public?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for the month of June only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team whether you are a hobbyist or if you are interested in building your own business!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


WEEKLY DEALS for June 17-23

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 23.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base: Old Olive – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels:  Night of Navy – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Very Vanilla – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel.

Focal Point:  Watercolor Paper – one peacock

Finding Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!

Craft Studio Renovation

Today I’ve got something a little different for you.  I’m currently in the process of renovating one of the rooms in my house to create a brand new craft studio.  I’m so excited about this project.  I have never had a dedicated space for crafting before.  Right now, my dining room looks like a stamp store exploded in there! LOL.  Here is a sneak peek at the early stages of the project… I hope to be ready to reveal the finished product sometime in the next week.

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“Before”… Just an ordinary guest room.

Goodbye carpet... hello hardwood floors!

Goodbye carpet… hello hardwood floors!

Can you say STORAGE? Whoo hoo!

Can you say STORAGE? Whoo hoo!


The New Catalog is Jam Packed with Inspiration!

Although I am psyched about my new stamping studio, it is taking tons of time to pull it together, which has meant less time for creating cards lately.  So, for today’s post I have something a little different for you.  I wanted to tell you some of my favorite features about the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and the products inside.  I also wanted to share some of the inspirational project ideas that Stampin’ Up! has created to help you to inspire, create, and share.

One of the things I love most about the Stampin’ Up! catalog is all the great projects that are featured throughout the pages.  This gorgeous book is not only filled with fantastic products, but it is jam packed with inspirational ideas!  My order just arrived on Monday, and I can’t wait to get my hands inky as soon as I’m finished with my remodel.  You can count on the fact that I’ll be sharing some of my favorite new products with you very soon.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them and start creating!

Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

The stamp set featured above is one of the ones that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  It is one of the new photopolymer sets called Flower Patch.  It seems like it is going to be so versatile, and you know I love my flowers!  This stamp set also has a matching Framelits Dies set, which can be purchased as a bundle for a 15% discount.

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Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! showing you some of the great things you can do with the Flower Patch stamp set.

Another stamp set that is new in the annual catalog is called What’s Your Type.  It is comprised of geometric shapes and designs that can be combined to create all the letters of the alphabet, or a wide variety of patterns.  When I first saw this stamp, I didn’t think much of it, but when you see it in action, it is pretty cool!

Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! to see this awesome set in action!

The last thing I wanted to share with you today is about Stampin’ Up! ribbon.  The new catalog has tons of new ribbon choices, and they are really yummy!  I especially like the new 1/4″ cotton ribbon.  It comes in a ton of colors, and it is so soft and pliable.

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Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up has awesome ideas about how you can use Stampin’ Up! ribbon to dress up your packages!  Check this out!

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  I know it is a little different from my norm, but I thought you would enjoy seeing these great project ideas from Stampin’ Up! while I work on finishing up my new craft studio.  I can’t wait to reveal the finished result to you soon.  It is going to be so organized and beautifully crafty! 🙂

Also, remember if you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the new 2014 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog yet, now is the perfect time.  There are so many great new items available for purchase.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for the month of June only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


WEEKLY DEALS for June 10-16

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 16.

Project Life Quick Card – Stampin’ Up!

Today I have an exciting project to share with you that features the Project Life line of products from Stampin’ Up!

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Originally Project Life was developed to help scrapbookers document their memories in a way that was not only cute, but also time efficient. However, scrapbooking is not all you can do with Project Life products. They are also great for creating quick and fabulous cards!

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Recently, Stampin’ Up! and Project Life joined forces to create a line of products that combine the visions of the two companies. Now you can get Project Life items that coordinate with all the Stampin’ Up! colors and products that you know and love.  Today’s project is a super quick card that I created using Project Life items.


I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this joint venture and the new line of products, I wasn’t sure they were for me.  I like to do digital scrapbooking for my memories, so I didn’t think I would use this line of products much.  However, today’s card was so fast and easy, that I think I may have persuaded myself otherwise… when I need to create a really cute card in a hurry, I’m reaching for a Project Life card collection!

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Click here to check out what the very talented Amy Koenders, of Stamp with Amy K, has created using Project Life today!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s project.  I would appreciate it if you would pin this project to Pinterest if you like it as much as I do.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the 2014 Annual Catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies, you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for the month of June only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


WEEKLY DEALS for June 3 – 9

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 9.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Card Stock Cuts

Card Base: Bermuda Bay – 5″ x 10″

Panels: Melon Mambo – 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ panel; Whisper White – 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″

Envelope: Strawberry Slush DSP (In Color DSP Stack) – 8-1/8″ x 8-1/8″ scored at 4-1/8″ with envelope punch board.

 

 

Retro Fresh Boxed Card Set (Part 2) – Stampin’ Up!

On Wednesday, I shared with you how to make these adorable cards and envelopes using the Retro Fresh DSP set from Stampin’ Up!  If you missed that post, please click here to see all the details.

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Today, I am going to share with you how you can make the cute box to finish off this great gift set.  And don’t forget, if you leave me a comment about this project, you could win one of these boxed card sets!  On Monday, June 2nd, I will do a drawing to see who will get to have one of these adorable card boxes of their very own!

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This project is a great one to store away for future reference.  With a few math calculations, the dimensions can be adjusted to fit a wide variety of card sizes.  These boxed card sets make wonderful gifts for any occasion.  With a few tweaks, you could change them to match any season or purpose.  They are quick and easy to create using any color combination.  On Sunday, I will share another project I made by adjusting the size of this box so you can see exactly what I mean.  If you are a fan of this project, please pin it to Pinterest.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

Retro Fresh DSP (10 of 13)

With the new catalog launch on Monday, you will have access to tons of great new paper designs from Stampin’ Up!  I hope you will give this project a try with one of the new designs and send me a picture of your project!  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the 2014 Annual Catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products are 20%-50% off while supplies last!  There are only a few days left to order from the current catalogs.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for four weeks only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


Retiring Products – Only a few days left!

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Stampin’ Up! is offering a 25%-50% discount on many of the retiring products, but you have to act fast, as this special offer is only available until June 4, 2014 and only available while supplies last.  If you missed out on a product the first time, this is your last chance to get it before it’s gone for good!  Click here to go to my online store to start shopping!

Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.


 WEEKLY DEALS for May 27 – June 2

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 2.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts (Card Box only)

Card Base: So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, or Baked Brown Sugar – 9-1/4″ x 7-7/8″

Score lines: 

With 7-7/8″ side at top, score at:  1″, 1-5/8″, 6-1/4″, and 6-7/8″

With 9-1/4″ side at top, score at:  2-3/8″, 3-1/8″, 6-3/8″, and 7″

 

 

Coloring with the New Blendabilities Markers…. They’ll Be Here Soon from Stampin’ Up!

I’ve really been enjoying learning how to use alcohol markers as I play with my new Stampin’ Blendabilities.  These markers are a new line of product that will be introduced with the 2014 annual catalog on June 2nd. Unfortunately, there has been a delay for their initial release, so they will not be available for purchase right away, but I’m so excited about them that I wanted to show some of the wonderful effects you can achieve with these fantastic markers.  I will keep you updated about exactly when they will be available.  In the meantime, I’ve created a video tutorial for you that compares two different coloring techniques for alcohol based markers.

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There isn’t a right or wrong way to use these markers.  Some people recommend coloring your lightest shade first and then moving to the darkest, others recommend going dark to light.  It is really a matter of personal preference.  As I explored with these markers this week, I tried both techniques out with each color set.  Here you can see the results.

Blendabilties Techniques (1 of 6)I have found that the darker the color, the more difference you can see between the two techniques.  I prefer coloring the darkest shade first because I think I am able to get greater contrast in my colors using that method.  Let me show you what I mean.

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 What Sets Blendabilities Apart:

  • The Stampin’ Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine.
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Color coded caps.
  • Stampin’ Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.
  • Blendabilities are alcohol based, which makes them colorfast and allows them to blend with each other beautifully.
  • You can color on anything… rhinestones, buttons, window sheets, etc.
  • Blendabilities marker sets, come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color )
  • Blendabilties provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors

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I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today.  I certainly had fun exploring all the different ways to color with my Blendabilties!  If you like this post, please pin it to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post.

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  I’ve received the new annual catalogs from Stampin’ Up! and I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

WEEKLY DEALS for May 13-19

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 12.


Retiring Products- Less than Two Weeks Left!

There are only two weeks left to get retiring products before they’re gone for good! Be sure to order now in my online store so you don’t miss out on these great products!  Many of the retiring products from Stampin’ Up! have already sold out!  Be sure to check out the links below to check to see which items are still available.  Stampin’ Up! is updating these lists daily to tell us which items are gone.  The last column has a little “x” next to the products that are no longer available.  If you want any of the products on the retiring list, be sure to order soon, so you don’t miss out!

  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.