September My Paper Pumpkin – Stampin’ Up!

Yesterday, I shared several Halloween projects that I created for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  Each of my projects were embellished with extra items from my September Paper Pumpkin kit.  Today, I am sharing the projects from that kit.  Aren’t these burlap treat bags just adorable!

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The kit came with 6 burlap bags, and lots of extra tags, stickers, sequins, and clothespins.  I have used the stamp set and stickers for several other projects already.  The stamps are photopolymer, and the set included the stamps of the sticker images, so when I run out of stickers, I can still use the stamps for the same effect!  Stampin’ Up really did a great job with this kit.  My son and I are going to enjoy giving these out to friends this Halloween!

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I filled each sack with candy, and they are all ready to give out to Carter’s teachers, and a few of my co-workers next week!

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If you are interested in subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin, you can do so by clicking here.

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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Happy Stampers Fall Blog Hop – Stampin’ Up!


Happy Stampers Fall Blog Hop

I am so excited about today’s projects.  I love it when the Happy Stampers group does a Blog Hop!  Today, we have created projects with a Halloween or Thanksgiving theme.  This may be your first stop on the blog hop, or you may have linked to me from Sandi MacIver’s website.  Either way, I hope you enjoy the projects I have in store for you today.  I have a trio of coordinated projects for you today featuring the Motley Monsters DSP and Fall Fest stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  My first project for you today is a cute Halloween card created with the Fall Fest stamp set and coordinating Fun Fall Framelits Dies.  I started by adhering panels of the Motley Monsters DSP to the front of a black card base.

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I used some leftover items from my September Paper Pumpkin kit for the sentiment panel & greeting.  Finally, I added lots of cute fall elements along the bottom of the card.

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I finished the card off by stamping “Happy Halloween” from the September Paper Pumpkin kit on the inside of the card.  I also added a strip of the Motley Monsters DSP and a cute bird sticker from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

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For my second project, I continued the theme by maintaining the same color scheme and using the Motley Monsters DSP.  I used Basic Black card stock to create a bag and embellished it with tags cut from the DSP using the Banner Framelits Dies.  As a last minute addition, I also created a coordinating pillow box with my leftover monster paper. I love the use of the White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim to finish things off.

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Finally, I just had to use my Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies to create an adorable Halloween gift card holder!  This item is possibly my favorite product form the Holiday Catalog (although it is impossible to choose just one)!  It makes creating gift card envelopes so simple!  As a busy mom, I love giving and receiving gift cards, but I hate just sticking them inside a card.  I enjoy packaging them in something cute, and this Thinlits set makes that so quick and easy!

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I have a wonderful neighbor who keeps surprising me by mowing my lawn.  He is a music teacher, so I decided to thank him with an iTunes gift card.  I didn’t just want to give him the gift card, so I created a little card to insert inside the envelope.  Isn’t this set just adorable!

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 Of course, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without some blog candy!  For this blog hop, I’m going to give one of you the opportunity to experience My Paper Pumpkin.  One of the great things about My Paper Pumpkin is that there are always some extra materials that you can use for additional projects, as you’ve seen today.  I used the stamps, extra tags, stickers, clothespins, and sequins that were leftover from my September kit to create today’s projects.  For your chance to win the October kit, please leave me a comment.  You can either give me feedback about today’s projects, or tell me what your favorite item is from the Holiday Catalog.  I will announce the winner in my Tuesday updates post on October 28th!  Good luck, I can’t wait to hear your comments.

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I hope you have enjoyed my projects today and that you will pin them to Pinterest.  You will find a “pin it” button at the bottom of this post below the supply list.  Also, please subscribe to my blog via email by clicking on the “follow” button if you are a fan of my work, and don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win that great notepad!

Doing this blog hop has been a lot of fun.  Use the arrow buttons below to check out what Kristi Gray has created for you today on the next stop of the journey.

If you happen to get lost, or want to go back and check out one of the posts, here is a list for you – and don’t forget to leave a little sweet comment on each blog for your chance to win blog candy!

Amy Koenders – www.stampwithamyk.com

Marian Anderson –  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/craftingwithmarian/blogdirectBlogUrl=/blog/2101543/entry/it_s_the_return_of

Sandi MacIver – http://stampingwithsandi.com/

Heather Van Looy – www.handcraftingwithheather.com (You are here.)

Kristi Gray –  www.stampingwithkristi.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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New Weekly Deals From Stampin’ Up! Oct 21-27

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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 October 27th.


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.

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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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

2014 Holiday Catalog Blog Hop – Stampin’ Up!


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I have a special post for you today… It’s the Happy Stampers Holiday Catalog Blog Hop!  This may be your first stop on the blog hop, or you may have linked to me from Sandi MacIver’s website.  Either way, I hope you enjoy the projects I have in store for you today.  Yes, that’s right, projects, plural.  I have a trio of coordinated projects for you today featuring the Bright and Beautiful stamp set from the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, which is live as of today!  You can finally order all those great holiday items that you have been waiting for!  I used many of the new products for today’s blog hop, and I’m excited to tell you all about them.

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My first project for you today is a shaker card created with the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.  I heat embossed the beautiful star images using silver Stampin’ Emboss powder, and cut out the window using the coordinating Stars framelits die.

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For the confetti, I punched tons of little stars using the brand new Star Confetti Punch from the holiday catalog.   I used a combination of Glimmer Paper and Silver Foil Sheets to add just the right amount of sparkle.  I also punched some matte stars from Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stock.  I just love how this card came together.

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For my second project, I continued the theme by maintaining the same color scheme and embossing technique for this adorable box and gift tag set.  The box was created using one of my new favorite tools, the Gift Box Punch Board!

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As I played around with the board, I found that if you change the paper size, but follow all the other directions, it changes the height of the box.  For this box, I used a 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ piece of card stock and scored at the Large vertical mark, and the XL horizontal mark.  (Note, when you change the dimensions, you have to do custom diagonals, by lining up the corners with the diagonal score groove.)

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What’s inside the box is almost as good as the box itself!  I just love these gift tags created using the Merry Everything stamp set and the new Note Tag Punch.  I am jumping for joy over these two.  They make creating gift tags a total breeze.  I also used my Scalloped and Angled Tag Topper Punches for some added dimension, but you could easily punch out a ton of gift tags and put them right on the top of a present without the extra layer.  In fact, I’ve got some sticker paper around here somewhere that is going to get a lot of stamping love this holiday season!

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Of course, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without some blog candy!  So, I decided to create a gift card envelope for you using the same design elements as my box and card.  This one is created with another item that is sure to become a staple in my gift giving repertoire… the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies.  If you would like the chance to win this darling gift card holder and the decorative dots embossing folder, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my blog hop projects today.  I will announce the winner in my post next Tuesday, September 2.

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I hope you have enjoyed my projects today and that you will pin them to Pinterest.  You will find a “pin it” button at the bottom of this post below the supply list.  Also, please subscribe to my blog via email by clicking on the “follow” button if you are a fan of my work, and don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win that great notepad!

Doing this blog hop has been a lot of fun.  Use the arrow buttons below to check out what Amy Koenders has created for you today on the next stop of the journey.

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If you happen to get lost, or want to go back and check out one of the posts, here is a list for you – and don’t forget to leave a little sweet comment on each blog for your chance to win blog candy!

Amy Koenders – www.stampwithamyk.com

Marian Anderson –   http://craftingwithmarian.stampinup.net/blog

Trude Thoman – http://stampwithtrude.blogspot.com/

Kristi Gray – www.stampingwithkristi.com

Denise Melia – www.Fivebichonsandme.blogspot.com

Sandi MacIver www.stampingwithsandi.com

Heather Van Looy http://www.handcraftingwithheather.com (You are here.)

 

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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The Holiday Catalog is Here!

Holiday Catalog

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$51 in FREE products ends Today!

Whether you are a hobbyist or someone interested in building your own business, this week will be a great time to join Stampin’ Up!  For one week only from August 21-28  for only $99 you will get your choice of $150 worth of product.  In addition, during the month of August you can order from the new Holiday catalog before it is available to the public (on August 28).  If you have at least $99 worth of product on your wish list, you really should consider this opportunity.  Being a demonstrator has SO MANY awesome benefits and the opportunity has zero risk!  If you are interested in learning more please contact me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com or click here fore more information.


WEEKLY DEALS for August 26 – September 1

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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 1.


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.

Flower Frenzy Frames for a Wedding – Stampin’ Up!

As many of you know, my sister is getting married this week.  For today’s project, I wanted to share one of the signs that we made for the wedding using the Flower Frenzy Bigz Die.

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If you have ever planned a wedding, you know that there is a lot of signage needed, reserved signs for the family, a thank you message for the gift table, instructions for the photo booth (all the rage at weddings these days), etc.  Of course, you know I couldn’t just put a plain old framed sign out there… what a perfect opportunity to make our signage something beautiful for the wedding using dies and punches from Stampin’ Up!

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For the flowers, I used the Flower Frenzy Die, Fun Flower Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch,  and the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch.  There isn’t a magic combination, I just played around with layering the different shapes and came up with something that I liked.

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Here are a few tips I discovered along the way…

  • Use lots of layers & curl them with a bone folder.
  • Sponging the edges of the petals makes a world of difference!
  • Attach the layers together with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop!
  • Use Stampin’ Blendabilities markers to color the pearls in the center (I used the Bronze marker from the skin tone assortment for the largest flower).

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By the way, the actual signs were digital downloads purchased from Pineapple Soup Printables on Etsy.  We were able to purchase several custom signs that met our needs.  Lisa was great to work with and she got our order together very quickly.  Here are the other signs she created for us.  I would highly recommend working with her if you need any custom signage for any event.

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heather_guestbook 8x10 print

Photo Booth 18x24 print

Photo Booth instructions 8x10 print

I think these signs turned out beautifully and they will add a touch of whimsy and a pop of color to my sister’s wedding.  The frames would also make a great gift for someone you love.  Imagine giving a treasured photo of a grandchild in a beautifully decorated frame!  The possibilities are really endless.

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If you are a fan of this project and want to pin it to Pinterest, 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 are a fan of my work.

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 the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

Also, it is not too late to sign up for my one-to-one card swap.  The details and registration link are below.

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…
there’s still time to join in!

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


WEEKLY DEALS for July 1 – 7

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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 July 7.


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.

Chalk Talk “Something Special” Gift Tag – Stampin’ Up!

Last Friday was my son Carter’s last day at his current daycare.  I’m truly excited about him going to a new school, but we will miss his caregiver, Astride, dearly!  He has been with her since he was 4 months old, and she feels like a part of our family.  I felt it appropriate to give her a nice thank you gift as a going away present.  Of course, no gift would be complete without an adorable Stampin’ Up! gift tag.

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Today’s project features the Chalk Talk stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  It turned out super cute, and it was really QUICK and easy to make.

Chalk Talk Gift Tag (13 of 13)I started by stamping the “A Little Something Special for a Very Special Somone” tag on Whisper White in Coastal Cabana ink to match the stripes of the bag I got from thirty-one (if you’ve never checked out their site, they have the most adorable bags!).  Then I used my framelits die to cut out my tag and mounted it on a panel of Strawberry Slush card stock, which I trimmed to fit my tag.

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Next, I cut 1/4″ strips of DSP from the 2013-2015 In Color Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack in Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  I used my bone folder to curl the paper to make it look like ribbon.  Then I fastened it to my tag with a brad.  I punched a hole in the tag and added some Strawberry Slush stretch ruffle trim (retired product).  I tied that in a knot and added a second piece to tie around the handle of the thirty-one bag.

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This project only took a few minutes to complete, but I love the way it turned out.  Astride loved receiving her gift.  In fact, she cried when I gave it to her.  I think that was mostly because she was saying goodbye to my precious little boy, but the gift tag could have had something to do with it too. LOL.  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.

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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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  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Today is the Final Day for Ordering Retiring Products!

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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.


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.

Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals Boxed Card Set – Stampin’ Up!

I have been having so much fun with boxed card sets lately, that I decided to create another one featuring the Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  The cards in this set are a total CASE from a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the UK, Sam Donald from Pootles Papercraft.  Her You Tube channel is one of my favorites.  Ironically, she rarely posts videos of cards, favoring 3-D projects instead.  However, this time she posted a card, and then I turned it into a box!  Thanks for the inspiration Sam!  The only thing I changed was the color scheme. 🙂

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this project.  Today is the last day to leave me a comment for your chance to win one of the Retro Fresh Boxed Card Sets featured in my posts earlier this week.  Tomorrow, I will do the drawing and the winner will be announced on my Tuesday Updates post.


Creating the Cards

If you would like additional information about how to create design on the front of these beautiful cards, please watch Sam’s video tutorial linked above.  She does a fabulous job explaining everything step by step, and she creates gorgeous designs.  In fact, I loved this one so much that it prompted me to purchase the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I had been on the fence about that one for a while, but  I had to have it once I saw this card.  Now that I’ve got it, I really like it.  I think you will be seeing more “splotchy” cards coming from me soon. LOL.

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As I said before, I loved her design so much, the only thing I changed was the color scheme.  In celebration of the new catalog launch tomorrow, I decided to feature the new 2014-2016 In Colors in my card set today.  I created the card in four different color schemes:

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Blackberry Bliss/Basic Gray/Smoky Slate

Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray, & Smoky Slate

 

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

 

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

 

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

For the inside of my card, I chose to incorporate some of the same elements from the front.

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Creating the Box

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I followed the same technique featured in Friday’s video tutorial for this box, but I adjusted the dimensions.  If you missed my post on Friday, you can view my tutorial hereTo create this box, I used a full sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, and scored it as follows:

With the 8-1/2″ side at the top of my Stampin’ Trimmer, I scored at:

  • 1/2″
  • 1-3/8″
  • 7-1/8″
  • 8″

Next, with the 11″ side at the top of the trimmer, score at:

  • 2-3/8″
  • 3-1/4″
  • 7-3/4″
  • 8-5/8″

The measurements for the panels on the flap are:

  • Basic Gray – 5-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board
  • Very Vanilla – 5-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board

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For this box, since I was using a full sheet of card stock to accommodate a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/5″ card, I did not have enough overlap to do a Velcro closure.  Instead, I created this tie closure with the gorgeous new In Color ribbon.  To create the closure, I punched two small holes close together.  I threaded the ribbon from the top of the flap through to the inside and then back up again.  I wrapped the ribbon around the box and tied it closed.  Then I hid my holes by embellishing with flowers on top.

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I am so thrilled with how this project turned out.  I think Sam’s design is beautiful with the new In Colors, and it makes a gorgeous boxed set.  I know anyone would be delighted to receive this as a gift!  Please 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.

The new catalog goes live tomorrow!  I know you are probably chomping at the bit to get your hands on some of the fantastic new products from Stampin’ Up! just like I am.  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 more days left to order, so act now!  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

  • Visit my online store here.
  • 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 (Cards)

Card Bases: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, & Tangelo Twist – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, & Hello Honey – 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (front of card), 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside of card).

 

 

 

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.

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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

  • Visit my online store here.
  • 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″

 

 

Retro Fresh Boxed Card Set (Part 1) – Stampin’ Up!

I have a really cute project to share with you today.  I have been on a  mission to use up all my leftover designer series paper.  I absolutely adore the designs in the Retro Fresh DSP set from Stampin’ Up! and I hate for anything to go to waste.  This project makes a great gift idea for any occasion, and people love receiving these cute little card sets.  What’s even better is that they are super simple to make!

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I was inspired to make these sets after seeing a blog post by another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Dawn Griffith.  She created some cute little card sets that were the size of the small box in the picture above (Coastal Cabana), and the card on the left in the picture below.  Those cards are pretty tiny, and would be perfect for putting on top of a gift with a brief greeting, or for giving someone cash as a gift.  However, I decided that I would like to design similar project with slightly larger dimensions, which is what I’m going to tell you about today. The finished size of these cards is 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.  They are smaller than a standard card, but a nice size for dropping someone a quick note.

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For today’s post, I will be giving the details for how to create the cards and envelopes for this project.  Stay tuned on Friday, and I will give you a video tutorial for creating the box.  Also, it is time for some new blog candy!  Leave me a comment about this project for your chance to win one of these cute card sets.  On Monday, June 2nd, I will do a drawing to see who will get to have one of these adorable sets for their very own!

Retro Fresh DSP (1 of 13)

For this project, I used Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, and Baked Brown Sugar card stock for my card bases and boxes.  You will need one 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock to make a set of 4 cards, and another one for the box.  I started by cutting a sheet of card stock into four panels measuring 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Then I used my Envelope Punch Board to round the corners and folded each card in half, for a finished dimension of 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″.

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Next, I cut a panel of Retro Fresh DSP, rounded two corners and added some Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Trim using SNAIL adhesive.  I adhered the panel to the front of the card, and that was it!  I repeated that process for all four cards… couldn’t be simpler.

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For my envelopes, I used one sheet of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper from the Retro Fresh set.  I cut the paper into 6″ x 6″ squares and made my first score line at 3-1/2″ using my Envelope Punch Board.  If you haven’t used the envelope punch board, it is really easy to use.  Here is a video that shows you how it works.

One little note, I don’t really like the pointed part sticking up from the bottom flap of the envelope, so I just cut that part off.  I find it gives the envelope a more finished look.

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These sets are wonderful because they are very versatile.  You can create them using any color combination or variety of designer series paper.  You can add a sentiment for a specific occasion, or leave them blank as I have done.  These would make fabulous teacher gifts (Trust me… I’m also a teacher.  We eat this stuff up!) What’s wonderful is you can make several sets in a couple of hours for very little money!  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.

To see my post about how to create the box featured in this project click here.

Although, I’m sad to see the Retro Fresh DSP being retired, I’m excited about all the new designs that will be available with the new catalog on Monday!   We only have a few more days to wait!  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!  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

  • Visit my online store here.
  • 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 (Cards and Envelopes only)

Card Base: So Saffron or Baked Brown Sugar – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Panels: Retro Fresh DSP – 4″ x 2-1/2″ panel

Envelopes:  Retro Fresh DSP – 6″ x 6″ (first score at 3-1/2″ using the envelope punch board)

 

 

Home Decor… Stampin’ Up! Style!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I decided to show you a really simple, yet fabulous home decor project I created using Stampin’ Up! products.  I wanted elegant, but bold stamps, so I chose the following sets for my project today:  Summer Silhouettes, Fabulous Florets (retiring stamp set), Serene Silhouettes, Blooming with Kindness, and for my background En Francais (retiring stamp).

Stampin' Up! Coasters (1 of 10)

These coasters are so easy to make, and they are the perfect gift!  I made a set for mother’s day, and I also made a set for my son’s daycare provider for teacher appreciation week.  Not only are these coasters beautiful, but they are also extremely affordable (i.e. “dirt cheap”)!  I would love to hear what you think of my project today.  Please leave me a comment.  Also, if you like my work, why not have my posts delivered to your inbox automatically?  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar to subscribe now.

Stampin' Up! Coasters (6 of 10)

I used Stazon Black Ink for my project today because it is permanent.  I began by stamping each coaster with the En Francais background stamp.  (This stamp is retiring, but as of the time I am writing this, it is still available in clear mount.)  Then I stamped the four different coaster designs using a combination of stamp sets.  I found that stamps with a lot of solid surface area worked well for this project.  I just love the black silhouettes against the scripted font of the background.

Coaster #1: Serene Silhouettes

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Coaster #2: Blooming with Kindness & Summer Silhouettes

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Coaster #3: Fabulous Florets

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Coaster #4:  Fabulous Florets & Summer Silhouettes

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Once the coasters were stamped, I put them on a cookie sheet in a cold oven and brought the temperature up to 375 degrees.  Then I baked them for 30 minutes and let them cool in the oven.  Once everything was completely cooled, I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to seal in my designs.  Finally, I added felt pads to the corners on the bottom of the coaster to protect the table from scratching.

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My mom is just finishing up a big renovation at her house and she is sprucing everything up.  I know she is going to love these coasters!  If you love them too, you should pin them to Pinterest!  At the bottom of this post you will find a complete list of supplies used in this project. Just below the supply list is a “pin it” button.

Stampin' Up! Coasters (9 of 10)

If you need any stamping supplies, including any of the fabulous stamp sets used in this project, I would love to help you out.  Click here to shop online now!  If you find inspiration from my blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather


Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! – May 6-12

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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 Stampin’ Up! Products – Available while supplies last until June 4, 2014

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.


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.