Celebrating 25 Years of Stampin’ Up!

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2013 is Stampin’ Ups! 25th Anniversary and to help celebrate they have decided to bring back some of their favourite stamp images from the last 25 years and combine them into 12 sets.  They will release one set per month for all of 2013.  Not only will some great classic images be re-released by each ‘best of’ set will also include a never before seen image.
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Here are the details:
  • All Best Of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $17.95
  • While  we are releasing just one Best Of stamp set per month (with a new theme  each month), all of the Best Of sets will be available until March 31,  2014.
  • All Best Of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • As a special incentive to collect the Best Of stamps, starting in February we’re including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best Of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $17.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
January’s ‘Best of 25 Years’ set is a Best of Birthdays set that is already available for purchase.
Best of January
Contact me to order your January Best of stamp set.
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12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 12

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Gift Card Holder

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Since gift cards are very popular gift during the holiday season I thought that I would show you how to make a very quick but pretty gift card holder that you can give your gift cards in.

Products Used

  • Lucky Limeade card stock #122926
  • Early Espresso card stock #119686
  • Word Window punch #119857
  • Candlelight Christmas DSP #126901
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Stick #104045

.Instructions

  • Score your 10 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Lucky Limeade card stock at 2″ and 6 1/2″ from the short end.
  • Using your Word Window punch, punch out two overlapping sections approximately 1/2″ from either side.  The easiest way to ensure that both punched areas align is to stick your card stock all the way in your punch until it comes to a stop.  This will create the hole that you slide your gift card in to.
  • Glue your 4″x4″ piece of DSP around the outside edges approximately 1/2″ wide, but not in the middle of the DSP.  This will ensure the DSP sticks to your card front but doesn’t close up the hole you made with your punch.  Now adhere the DSP to the front flap of your card holder covering the punched out section.
  • Glue your 2″x2″ piece of DSP to your 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ Early Espresso card stock.
  • Glue your 4″ x 1 3/4″ piece of DSP to the top flap of your card holder.
  • Place 2-3 Dimensionals along the back bottom edge of your Early Espresso 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4 piece.
  • With the card holder closed and the top flap over top of the bottom flap adhere your dimensionaled piece of Early Espresso so that  it covers the top flap by 1/4″ to 1/2″.  Ensure that the dimensionals are at the bottom of your Early Espresso piece when you adhere it to the front flap.  (See picture).
  • Insert gift card.
  • Happy gift giving!

That’s the last week of the 12 weeks of Christmas.  I hope you have enjoyed it and been inspired to make some of these projects for yourself.  If you have any feedback please send me an email or leave a comment.  I would love to hear them.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!!  Wishing you all peace, love and happiness.

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12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 11

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Holiday Gift Tags

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Since it is the second week of December and gift wrapping is going on in most homes I thought that a post on gift tags might be appreciated.   There are 6 gift tags in this post and they are of all different shapes, sizes and styles since every person you wrap a gift for has their own style, as do you the gift giver.  Hopefully they will provide you with some inspiration on how to make your own. 

Gift Tags 1 & 2

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Products Used

  • Real Red card stock #102482
  • Gumball Green card stock #126861
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Gumball Green stamp pad #126861
  • Beautiful Season stamp set #122682
  • Happy You stamp set #122802 (Hostess set)
  • Real Red Stampin’ Write marker #100052
  • Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write marker #105106
  • 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch #119854
  • 1 3/8″ Circle punch #119860
  • 1 3/4″ Circle punch #119850
  • Curly Label punch #119851
  • Decorative Label punch #120907
  • Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine #123125
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Stick #104045
  • Paper Piercing Tool #126189
  • scotch tape

.Instructions

Tag 1:

  • Using your 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, punch one scallop circle from your Real Red card.
  • Using your  stamp from your Happy You stamp set, cover the ‘merry merry’ with scotch tape, then ink your stamp in Gumball Green.  Remove scotch tape from stamp (very important), and stamp on to a piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • Using your 1 3/8″ Circle punch, punch out your wreath from your Whisper White card stock.
  • Colour in your holly berries with your Real Red Stampin’ Write marker.
  • Glue your Gumball Green circle on top of and in the middle of your Real Red scallop circle.
  • Glue your stamped Whisper White circle on top of and in the middle of your Gumball Green circle.
  • Pierce a hole at the top of your Real Red scallop circle with your Paper Piercing tool.
  • Thread your piece of twine through the whole and tie a knot at the top.

Tag 2:

  • Using your Decorative Label punch, punch one scallop circle from your Real Red card.
  • Ink your ‘A gift for you’ stamp from your Beautiful Day stamp set in Gumball Green and stamp on to a piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • Using your Curly Label punch, punch out your image from your Whisper White card stock.
  • Colour in your holly berries with your Real Red Stampin’ Write marker and your leaves with your Certainly Celery marker
  • Glue your stamped image on top of and in the middle of your Real Red decorative label.
  • Pierce a hole on the left side of your tag with your Paper Piercing tool.
  • Thread your piece of twine through the whole and tie a knot at the top.

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Gift Tags 3

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Products Used

  • Real Red card stock #102482
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Gumball Green card stock #126840
  • Brushed Gold card stock #102935
  • 2 1/2″ Circle punch #120906
  • Blossom punch #125603
  • 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle punch #119854
  • 1 3/8″ Circle punch #119860
  • Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon #119251
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439
  • Typeset Alphabet Bigz die #127553
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Stick #104045
  • Paper Piercing Tool #126189

.Instructions

  • Using your 2 1/2″ Circle punch, punch 1 circle from your Real Red card stock.
  • Using your Blossom punch, punch 2 blossoms, one from your Whisper White and the other from you Gumball Green card stock.
  • Using your 1 3/4″ Scallop circle punch, punch one scallop circle from your Real Red card stock.
  • Using your 1 3/8″ Circle punch, punch one circle from your Gumball Green card stock.
  • Using your Big Shot and the Petals-a-Plenty folder, emboss your 1 3/8″ Gumball Green circle.
  • Using your Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet die, cut out the letter of your choice from your Brushed Gold card stock.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the small scallop circle and then adhere over top of the large scallop circle.
  • Adhere your layers one on top of the other (as per the photo) in the following order starting at the bottom using your glue stick:
    • 2 1/2″ Real Red Circle
    • Whisper White Blossom
    • Gumball Green Blossom
    • 1 3/4″ Real Red Scallop Circle
    • 1 3/8″ Gumball Green Circle
  • Using Dimensionals, adhere your Brushed Gold letter to the top of your 1 3/8″ Gumball Green Circle.

Gift Tags 4

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Products Used

  • Lucky Limeade card stock #122926 (2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)
  • Very Vanilla card stock #101650 (2 5/8″ x 2 3/8″)
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock #119685
  • Cherry Cobbler stamp pad #126966
  • Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write marker #123002
  • Festival of Prints DSP #126904 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″)
  • Extra Large Oval punch #119859
  • Decorative Label punch #120907
  • Merry & Type Stamp Set #122552
  • Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon #120992
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Stick #104045
  • Paper Piercing Tool #126189 or
  • Hole punch
  • scotch tape

.Instructions

  • Using your ’25’ stamp from your Merry & Type stamp set, cover the swirls over top and at the below the 25 with scotch tape, then ink your stamp in Cherry Cobbler.  Remove scotch tape from stamp (very important), and then ink the swirls with your Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write marker using the thick end of the marker.  Stamp image on to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Using your Extra Large Oval punch, punch out your stamped image.
  • Using your Decorative Label punch, punch one label from your Cherry Cobbler card stock.
  • Using your Big Shot and the Petals-a-Plenty folder, emboss your 1 3/8″ Gumball Green circle.
  • Using your Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet die, cut out the letter of your choice from your Brushed Gold card stock.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the small scallop circle and then adhere over top of the large scallop circle.
  • Adhere your layers one on top of the other (as per the photo) in the following order starting at the bottom using your glue stick:
    • Cherry Cobbler (2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)
    • Very Vanilla (2 5/8″ x 2 3/8″)
    • DSP (2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″)
  • Glue your sentiment to the middle of your Cherry Cobbler Decorative Label.
  • Using Dimensionals, adhere your Decorative Label/Sentiment to the top and in the middle of your 3 layered rectangle base.
  • Punch a hole in the top left corner.
  • Run a piece Cherry Cobbler seam binding through the hole and tie a knot in the end.

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Products Used

  • Very Vanilla card stock #101650
  • Garden Green stamp pad #126973
  • Early Espresso stamp pad #126974
  • Beautiful Season stamp set #122682
  • Lovely as a Tree stamp set #127793
  • 2 1/2″ Circle punch #120906
  • Very Vanilla Seam Binding #120999
  • Stampin’ Sponges #101610
  • Paper Piercing Tool #126189 or
  • Hole punch

Instructions

  • Using your 2 1/2″ Circle punch, punch one circle from your Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Ink your Evergreen tree stamp from your Lovely as a Tree stamp set in Gumball Green and stamp on to your Very Vanilla punched circle.
  • Ink your ‘Thinking of You..’ stamp from your Beautiful Season stamp set in Early Espresso and stamp on to your punched circle at the bottom and overtop of your evergreen.
  • Ink your Stampin’ sponge in Early Espresso and then dust the edges all the way around your punched circle.
  • Ink your sponge again in Early Espresso and lightly sponge over top of the whole image to give it a vintage look.
  • Punch a hole at the top of your tag.
  • Run a piece of seam binding through your whole and tie the seam binding in a knot at the top.

Gift Tags 6

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Products Used

  • Island Indigo card stock #122923
  • Very Vanilla card stock #101650 (4 3/4″ x 1 3/4″) plus extra
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock #119685 (3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″)
  • Cherry Cobbler stamp pad #126966
  • Island Indigo stamp pad #126968
  • Festival of Prints DSP #126904 (3 5/8″ x 1 3/8″)
  • 3/4″ Circle punch #119873
  • 1″ Circle punch #119868
  • Decorative Label punch #120907
  • Delightful Decorations Stamp Set #127787
  • Pacific Point  1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126878
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Stick #104045
  • Paper Piercing Tool #126189 or
  • Hole punch

.Instructions

  • Ink your ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp from your Delightful Decorations stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and stamp image on to a piece of Very Vanilla.  Punch image out with your 3/4″ Circle punch.
  • Ink your snowflake stamp from your Delightful Decorations stamp set in Island Indigo and stamp the image twice on to a piece of Very Vanilla.  Punch out both images using your 1″ Circle punch.
  • Using your 1″ Circle punch, punch out a circle from your Island Indigo card stock.
  • Adhere your 3/4″ stamped circle on top of your 1″ Island Indigo circle using Dimensionals.  Glue this to the middle of your piece of DSP.
  • Glue your 1″ snowflake stamped circles to either side of your sentiment on top of your DSP.  (see picture).
  • Using your Decorative Label punch, punch one end of your Very Vanilla card stock by sliding your card stock in to one end of the punch from middle of the hole.  (See picture at the below).  This will give the end of the tag the same design as the Decorative Label punch.
  • Using your Decorative Label punch, punch the opposite end of your Very Vanilla card stock normally so that it has the opposite design.
  • Adhere your layers one on top of the other (as per the photo) in the following order starting at the bottom using your glue stick:
    • Very Vanilla card stock
    • Cherry Cobbler card stock
    • DSP
  • Punch a hole in the top center.
  • Run a piece of Pacific Point 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon through the hole and tie a knot in the end.  Normally I would us Island Indigo ribbon to match the colour scheme, but I did not have any in stock and the Pacific point was close enough that it didn’t look odd.
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How to get a decorative punched end to a square/rectangular piece of card stock.

There you have it, many different ways to make gift tags.  If you happen to make your own tags this Holiday Season, feel free to send me some pictures.  I would love to see them!

NOTE: If by chance my instructions for tonight’s blog don’t make sense or I seemed to have left something out, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The instructions were written while I was fighting to stay awake after a long night up with my insomniac toddler.  Now I must go get some sleep…

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 10

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Punched Wreath Card

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Products Used

  • Real Red card stock #102482
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Real Red stamp pad #126949
  • Gumball Green stamp pad #126861
  • Beautiful Season stamp set #122682
  • 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch #118874
  • 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle punch #119854
  • 1″ Circle punch #119868
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246
  • Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon #119251
  • Labels Collection Framelits #125598
  • Square Lattice Folder #119976
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439
  • Stamping Sponges #101610
  • Dimensionals #104430
  • Glue Dots #103863
  • Red Sharpie

.Instructions

  • Fold your piece of Real Red card stock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) in half so that you now have a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
  • Using your 1″ Circle punch, punch 2 circles from your Gumball Green card stock, approximately 2 1/2″ apart.
  • Using your Large Scallop and Small Scallop Circle punches, punch out 1 scallop circle of each size from your Gumball Green card stock so that you are punching the scallop circle out from around the space left from the 1″ circle.  This will give you a scallop circle with a whole already punched in the middle.  These are your wreaths.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the small scallop circle and then adhere over top of the large scallop circle.
  • Place your Rhinestones on the top smaller portion of your wreath.
  • Using your red Sharpie, colour over top of which ever Rhinestones you would like red.
  • Cut a piece of Real Red ribbon, tie in a bow and adhere to your wreath with a glue dot.
  • Using your Big Shot and your Labels Collection framelits cut out one frame (second from the largest) from your Whisper White card stock.
  • Using your Stamping Sponges dust around the edges of the frame using your Real Red ink.
  • Glue your wreath to the top portion of your Whisper White frame.
  • Ink your ‘May your Season…’ stamp in Gumball Green ink and stamp the image in the lower portion of your Whisper White frame.
  • Using your Big Shot and your Square Lattice folder, emboss the front of your Real Red card base.
  • Adhere your Whisper White frame to your Real Red card base using your glue stick.
  • Your wreath card is complete!

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 9

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Merry & Bright Ornament Card

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Products Used

  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Cherry Cobbler stamp pad #126966
  • Gumball Green stamp pad #126861
  • Merry & Type stamp set #122552
  • Delightful Decorations stamp set #127787
  • Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908
  • Stamping Sponges #101610
  • Ornament punch #119847

.Instructions

  • Fold your piece of Whisper White card stock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) in half so that you now have a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
  • Using your Ornament punch, punch out 4 ornaments from your Designer Series Paper.
  • Using your Stamping Sponges dust around the edges of each ornament using either Cherry Cobbler or Gumball Green ink.
  • Starting from the top, glue all four ornaments along the right side of your card front so that they meet the edge of the card stock.  Over lap your ornaments as you go.
  • Using your scissors, cut off the Whisper White cardstock from around each ornament along the right edge.
  • Ink your ‘Merry & Bright’ stamp from your Merry & Type stamp set in Gumball Green and stamp the image in the lower third portion of your card front.
  • Ink your snowflakes stamp from your Delightful Decorations stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and stamp the image in various spots on your card front.
  • Simple, Easy, Merry & Bright!

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 8

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Beautiful Season Card

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Products Used

  • Gumball Green card stock #126840
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • StazOn Black #101406
  • Real Red stamp pad #126949
  • Beautiful Season stamp set #112682
  • Stampin Write markers #119702, 119700 &126856
  • 1 3/4″ Circle punch #119850
  • Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon #119251
  • Pearls #119247
  • Glue Dots #103683
  • Dimensionals #104430

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  • Fold your piece of Whisper White card stock (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) in half so that you now have a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.
  • Ink your Chickadee stamp from your Beautiful Season stamp set in StazOn and then stamp the image in the upper right section of your 5 x 3 3/4″ Whisper White card stock.
  • Ink stamp again and stamp on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.
  • Using your Stampin Write markers, colour in the image that is stamped on your scrap piece of card stock.
  • Once you are finished colouring in your image, use your 1 3/4″ circle punch to punch out the image.
  • Using Dimensionals, adhere the punched circle directly over your black and white image on the 5 x 3 3/4″ WW piece so that it  aligns with the image perfectly.
  • Ink your ‘Thinking of you…’ stamp in Real Red and stamp below the Chickadee image.
  • Attach a piece of ribbon to the left of the stamped image and adhere by taping the ends to the back of the card stock.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow and attach the bow to the vertical piece of ribbon with a glue dot.
  • Place your Pearls evenly over the vertical piece of ribbon.
  • Glue the back of your WW card stock and adhere to the top of your 5 1/4″ x 4″ Gumball Green card stock.
  • Then glue your piece to the back your Gumball Green cardstock and adhere it to the front of your card.
  • Enjoy!