Celebrate Today Club Card

Celebrate Today

This is the third card we made at our monthly club meeting.  First of all, not to make anyone feel bad, but one of my club members dropped the card in a Bermuda Bay ink pad and it left that line so just try to ignore that that line is not there.  These things happen and it is no big deal.  I can give the card to my mother because no matter what I make for her, she loves all my cards!  Mothers are great, aren’t they?

At our last meeting I showed the members how to use sponges to apply color.  This time I wanted to show them how to use the sponge daubers.  We used the star mask from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks pack.  It is very easy to do.  You take a piece of medical taps, which works great because it does not stick to the cardstock when you remove it) to hold down a piece of cardstock and the mask.  You just pat the sponge dauber into an ink pad and pat it onto the mask.  It makes a very cute background.  We only used Bermuda Bay but you could use different colors if you want to.

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More Stampin’ Up! Videos

Here are some more Stampin’ Up! videos on products that are in the Holiday Catalog.  Which one is your favorite?

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New Stampin’ Up! Videos

Here are some videos for some of the new products in the Holiday Catalog.  There are some awesome products in this catalog.  After watching these, I wanted them all!

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Videos From Stampin’ Up!

Here are a couple of new videos that were made by Stampin’ Up! to showcase their products.  Very cute!

The first video shows A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Simply Created Gift Box Kit.

This next video is about the Happenings Simply Created Kit.

You can find both of these kits in the 2014/2015 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.



Kinda Eclectic Screen Card

Kinda Eclectic, Screen Card

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly Club Meeting.  I am sure you have seen these screen cards on the internet before because they are all the rage.  I don’t know who actually thought up the idea in the first place, but I thought it was a very cute idea.  The card is actually very easy to make.  You start with a piece of cardstock that is 8.25 x 6 (I used Crumb Cake).  Then you score it at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.  The Decorative Label Punch is used to cut out the “legs” of the card.  The panels (I used Very Vanilla) are 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  That stamp set we used is called Kinda Eclectic.

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Chevron Border Punch Background Tutorial

Chevron Border Punch, Starburst SayingsYesterday I showed you this card I made the background using the Chevron Border Punch.  The background is actually two pieces and are attached under the 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon. I promised you a tutorial on how to make it. So here goes.

There is a small mark on the edge of the punch as seen in this picture (actually there are two but for the purposes of this tutorial you only use the first one).  It shows the beginning of where it punches.

Chevron Border Punch

Line up the edge of your 2 1/4″ x 5.25″ cardstock to this edge and punch as you normally would going all the way to the end of your cardstock.

Chevron Border PunchYour cardstock should look like this:

DSC02099Then flip the cardstock, line up the edge on that mark again and punch all the way to the end.

DSC02100Your cardstock will now look like this:

DSC02101Then punch a 1.4″ x 5.25″ piece of cardstock all the way across.  Snail them together on a 4 x 5.25″ piece of cardstock (I used So Saffron) and cover seam with the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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Happy Watercolor Hardwood

Happy Watercolor

Do you remember the days at Stampin’ Up! before we had the Big Shot and punches?  I certainly don’t miss those days, but making a card was easy and fast back then.  I wouldn’t give up my Big Shot for anything but sometimes simple is exactly what you need on a busy day.  This card was made with no punches and no Big Shot.  Just cardstock, stamps and ink.

The background stamp is called Hardwood and is in the Occasions Catalog.  The best way to stamp a background stamp is to lay it rubber side up on your table and then pat an ink pad on top of it.  Lay your cardstock on top, cover it with a piece of scrap paper (copy paper) and just rub.  Sometimes the bigger stamps are harder to ink evenly on your cardstock.  Doing it this way, prevents that from happening. Here is a picture of the stamp inked up and the cardstock on top:

Inking A Background Stamp

The reason you should put a piece of scrap paper on top is so you don’t get ink all over your fingers when rubbing (ask me how I figured this out!).

The flowers and sentiment are from Happy Watercolor which is also in the Occasions Catalog.  I love the sentiment in this set (you make me happy).

Card In A Box



I  have no idea who designed these, but the Card In A Box is very popular right now so I decided to teach my Club how to make them.  They look much more complicated then they really are.  I think the hardest part (or the most time consuming) is stamping and punching out all the flowers.  The rest is very easy.  The best part is it fits inside a regular Medium Envelope.

Here are some quick directions on how to make this Card In A Box.

Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 9″.  Score at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ and 8 1/2″.


Turn the paper and score at 2 3/4″.


Cut on all four score lines up to the score line going across and snip off the bottom half inch as shown in the picture.  Put a piece of Sticky Tape on the little end.


Fold at the vertical score lines.


Attach tab to the inside of the box so it can not be seen.  Fold down three of the sides, leaving one unfolded.  Your box should look like this.


Take a 2″ x 3 1/8″ piece of cardstock and score at 1/2″ and 2 5/8″.  Then cut the piece in half the long way so you can two pieces of scored cardstock that are 1″ x 3 1/8.


Fold scored lines as shown below.  Put a piece of Sticky Tape on each end.


Attach these pieces to the inside of the box so they look like this.  You don’t need to worry if they are not exactly straight because you won’t see them once they are decorated.


Then decorate your box as you wish.


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Box Made With Envelope Punch Board


At the December meeting of my stamp club, I showed the ladies a box I had made using the Envelope Punch Board.  We didn’t have time to make one but I told them I would put the directions on my blog for them.  Believe it or not, every single one of my members purchased this and they all love it!

To make this box you use a piece of 8 x 8 card stock or Designer Series Paper and put it into the Envelope Punch Board at the 3 inch mark.  Punch and then score a line.


Turn the paper do it again. I drew lines with a pen so you could see it in the photograph better.DSC01764

Then move the paper so the previous score is lined up with the pointy thingy (how is that for a technical term!) and then punch and score again.




Turn your card stock and repeat these steps until you have gone all the way around.  Your card stock should look like this (without the pen lines).


Then cut each tab at one end so your card stock looks like this.


Then crease your paper at all the score lines using your Bone Folder to make each fold crisp.


Then just fold it into a box shape and tie a pretty ribbon around it.  The finished box is 3.75 wide and 1.25 inches high.


Lining Up Flower Shop

The Petal With The Mark Goes On The Bottom

The Petal With The Mark Goes On The Bottom

The stamp set called Flower Shop has a matching punch called Pansy Punch.  Each petal of all the flowers are a little different and it can be difficult to line them up if you are going to punch them.  I put a small black mark under the petal that needs to go on the bottom of the block.  If you do this, the punch will line up correctly each time.  It makes it a lot easier and saves paper too.  If you buy this stamp set and the matching punch you can do so as a Bundle and save 15%.  That is a great deal.