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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Glider Pack of Gum Cover - Tutorial

I have so many friends that chew gum that I thought this was a perfect gift item. Also great for party favors, thank you's, stocking stuffers, and so much more. Gave one to a neighbor last night along with the purse (yesterday's blog entry) filled with lifesavers. She is going to put them on her desk at work. Really a nice, discrete way to have goodies on your desk.

1 piece paper - solid color - 6 1/2" x 4"
1 piece paper - designer series paper - 4" x 1 1/2"
Ribbon - 5 1/2" ribbon of coordinating color that is 1" wide
White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen - faux stitching on tab - item #105021
Round Tab paper punch - solid color paper for 1 of these
Rhinestone Accent Brad
Flower Fusion (felt flowers) or flowers of your choice
Pop Up Glue Dot - approximately 1/2" diameter & 1/8" thick - item #104183
Scor-Pal 1/2" Double Sided Tape
Bone Folder
1 Package Gum (slider type) - I used Trident Sugarless

Score the 6 1/2" piece of solid paper at 2 1/2" and 2 3/4"

Fold over at the crease marks using your bone folder.

You are now going to use the pack of gum as your guide for the next two score lines.

The pack of gum is set up against the score lines you already created (see above, left side). Lightly mark with a pencil from top to bottom just to the right of the pack of gum.
Score this line, then erase pencil marks.
Using your bone folder, fold over and crease.

See how nicely the pack of gum now fits into the creases.
Set the pack of gum on its side (see photo above) and mark the right with pencil.
This will be your final crease line and will create a tab to attach the cover securely.
After marking the line with a pencil, score this line.
Erase pencil marks.
Fold over using the bone folder for a crisp fold line.

Using double sided tape - about 3 inches of 1/2" - attach pack of gum to cover. NOTE: I used the tab area as the bottom of the cover. You only need to adhere one side of the pack of gum. DO NOT put tape on the glider part of the package.
Using double sided tape (I used 2 lines of 1/2" for an extra strong hold), put tape on the long fold over tab. Now match up the cover ends so that they overlap each other. The smaller end (the tab) will go underneath the larger piece.
Here is the cover with pack of gum inside.
The designer series paper (DSP) is 4" x 1 1/2"

Using 1/2"double sided tape, attach ribbon to the DSP. The ribbon will be longer than the piece of paper. Do not trim/cut the ribbon.

Fold your ribbon over adhere to the back of the DSP. It will lay flat if you use double sided tape.

Using double sided tape (1/2") put a minimum of 2 rows if not 3 to adhere the DSP with ribbon to your gum cover.

I used 3 sizes of Flower Fusion felt flowers from Stampin' Up! and a rhinestone for my decorative accent. You could use silk flowers, paper punch flowers, a stamped designed .. all kinds of choices, let your imagination go wild.

In this photo I wanted to show how the flowers were attached togehter using the rhinestone accent brad. I put a pop up glue dot (Stampin' Up! has some fantastic ones that really hold) in the center then attached it to the DSP and ribbon piece.

This is how it looks once the flower was attached.

Using the Round Tab paper punch I punch one tab out in solid color (same as the cover)
Score from center notch to center notch and crease using the bone folder.

Trim from the down (I used the outer point as the guide).

Using double sided tape, I attached the tab to the front and back of the glider piece for the pack of gum.

Using the uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen I did little dashes to simulate faux stitching. Thought it went well with the real stitching on the ribbon.

Here's the finished gum cover.

Hope you will try these. They are easy to make and inexpensive gifts. The gum packages are $1.29 each, but are less expensive if you buy them in packs of 3. Costco or Sam's Club may have them too if you are making them as gifts.

I really feel these would be GREAT sellers at craft fair and holiday bazaars.

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Ink Blot Technique - Additional Photos

Not sure if these photos were show all the glitter. I had suggested yesterday in the tutorial that the ink blots would be perfect for a celebration, fireworks, etc. Last night I made two new cards and added glitter glue to both. WOW, what a great effect. This will work well for the 4th of July, a birthday, anniversary, congratulations type of cards.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Purse & Gum Cover - Photos

The purse is the perfect size for a miniature box of Whitman's Chocolates or a plastic lifesaver ring of mini mints. The gum holder will hold a sliding pack of Trident, Dentyne etc.

The purse idea came from:
Front view of purse. I attached velco dots so it actually can be opened and closed.

Back view of the purse.

Side view of the purse.

This is the gum holder. The idea came from her blog but I have made a few changes. I am planning to do a step by step on the gum holder later this week.

The cardstock decoration is a wrap-around for the whole container. The main cover of the Trident box stays in the holder when you pull out the gum. I attached a tab to the gum panel for easy access.

Photo of the gum package (this is an additional one which is why there is no tab on the gum part).

Both items make great party favors, little gifts, stocking stuffers at the holidays or just a nice thank you present for someone.

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Ink Blot Card - Tutorial

This technique is my own creation. I decided to have some fun with my ink refills and see what I could do.

Any color ink refill (3 to 5 colors)
Glossy Paper - Item #102599
Toothpick, make-up spatula, brush, or ??? (whatever you want to pull the color out from the center)

1 piece White Glossy Cardstock - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
3 Color Ink Refils
1 Make-up Spatula (plastic)

Put 5 dots of color on the glossy side of the paper.

Using the spatula (toothpick, brush etc) pull the color from the center of the dot.

NOTE: Wipe the spatula (toothpick) in between colors so that the colors don't go into each other UNLESS that is the look you want.

Continue pulling the color out.
I think it looks like flowers or fireworks. You could add in stems, leaves or leave as it. If you want it to look like fireworks, add in some Stickles Glitter Glue. This is should be considered the same as "Wet Paint" so allow it to completely dry before adhering to the front of your card.

Using SNAIL or sticky tape, attach the card front to your card. Stamp a sentiment inside and your card is ready to go.

This technique could also be used to make jelly fish. Make your dot more of an oval and then only pull down on the color. Stamp in some fish and you are ready for the fish/ocean theme card.

UPDATE: Additional photos of 2 new cards with this technique are here:
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stampin' Up! Wish List

I've just added in a link on the right for a Stampin' Up! Wish List. This is a great printout tool to use with your brand new catalog. Click on the document photo. It will open a new window with the pdf file which you can then print out.

Also is wonderful idea to give to your spouse, a family member or friend if they need ideas for your birthday or special occasion. It has my contact information and my website if they want to order on-line

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Would you like a new Stampin' Up! Catalog?

If you are not already one of my Stampin' Up! customers and would like a new catalog, just drop me an e-mail. The catalog premieres as of July 1st and will be valid for one full year. I have 8 "extra" catalogs right now that I am offering a special price on of $9.95 with free shipping. To get the catalog at this price you have to order directly thru me, NOT thru my website. If you order thru the website, it is $9.95 for the catalog plus $6.95 minimum shipping. Payment would need to be made via PayPal or money order.

This offer is valid only in the US, cannot ship to other countries.

Contact me directly (e-mail link in my header) if you are interested. I will mail the catalog via priority mail.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

The New Catalogs Have Arrived !!!!

The new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog 2009-2010 have arrived. I have mailed them out to my customers via priority mail today. It is the best catalog I've seen!!! What till you see all the new products (stamps, paper, tools, Big Shot dies).

Remember tho, even if you have a new catalog in hand you cannot order from it until July 1st. Stampin' Up! will not open the computer system until noon that day to allow them time to switch over the system for the new products.

I have a workshop tomorrow. We are going to make a Joy Fold card using the Tall Tails DSP (Designer Series Paper) and a Box in a Bag using Tea Party. I have tutorials posted for both here on my blog.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tri-Shutter Card - Tutorial

This is the first Tri-Shutter card that I made. Very pleased with the results. It was fairly easy to make too.

The inspiration for the Tri-Shutter card came from Robin's Craft Room:
I didn't follow her directions to the letter, but they were a big help in creating my first card. The card above is one of the Tri-Shutter fold cards I made. The 2nd one I made is for the tutorial listed here and completed photos are at the very end. (all products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated)

Here are my directions for making the card:

1 piece 12" x 5 1/2" Almost Amethyst cardstock - Item #107078
1 piece Tea Party DSP 12" x 12" (double sided paper) - Item #113992 cut into the following sizes:
..... 3 pieces cut 3 1/4" x 3 3/4"
..... 2 pieces cut 7/8" x 12"
..... Save the rest of the piece of this DSP (extra) so that you have 4 flowers to hand cut out
1 scrap piece of Almost Amethyst cardstock - Item #107078 to cut out greetings

Modern Label Punch - Item #116630 (available July 1st)
Stampin' Dimensionals - Item #104430
SNAIL Adhesive - Item #104332
Stampin' Pad - Perfect Plum Classic Ink - Item #101437
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set - Item #115370 (available July 1st)
Bone Folder - #102300
Everything all laid out and ready to go. I precut the 4 flowers from the Tea Party "extra". If you do not have this paper, you can embellish the card with silk flowers, stamped images that you cut out etc. So many possibilities.

I use the Scor-Pal for scoring of my cardstock. It is not sold by Stampin' Up! at this time. It will hold up to a 12" x 12" piece of paper.

Score your paper: (12' x 5 1/2" Almost Amethyst)
Score at 2" and 10" BUT ONLY Score down 1 inch from the top & 1 inch up from the bottom.
Score at 4" and 8" score completely from top to bottom.

When I scored the 2" and the 10" marks, I put a post-it note at the one inch marks down as a guide. Made the scoring a great deal easier for me.


Remove the paper from the Scor-Pal and using portable cutter NOT a desk top cutter, cut from score at the 2" down to the score at the 10" for both the left and the righ side shown above. The dark lines are the actual cuts I made. It is very important that you do NOT cut from top to bottom as this will cut away parts of the shutters.


It is much easier to attach the paper borders, panels and flowers before you fold the card.
Setting your paper back to 12" x 5 1/2" (shown above), use SNAIL adhesive to adher the 2 pieces of Tea Party Paper that are 7/8" x 12"

Attach the 3 panels 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" using SNAIL adhesive. I alternated the back and front of the Tea Party DSP.

Attach the cut out flowers now using dimensionals. I put two dimensionals on each flower. One flower on the front and back panel and two flowers on the inside panel.

Now carefully fold the card at all score lines. It is extremely important that you do alternate the folds (see card above).

Fold forward, fold back. Upper and lower border have 4 folds. Center panel area has 2.

An overhead view of the card.

A close-up side view of the card.
(Note ... add flower embellishments on before folding).

Stamp a greeting for the front of the card and one for the back inside.
Cut out with the Modern Label punch.
Attach using SNAIL adhesive.
Close-up of the finished front.

Close-up of the card folded. It will fit an A2 envelope.

Another view of the finished card.

A final view of the card.

Once you understand the folding of the crease lines, I really believe you will love making this card. It is so elegant and truly has that WOW factor.

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The "Last Chance" Accessories are flying out the door. Don't miss out on these items if they are ones you really want. They will no longer be available as soon as they are sold out (or the end of this month).

List is being updated daily Monday thru Friday ...

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

May the day be as special as you are.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Blog Candy from Enfys --- Going Buggy Blog

Enfys - Going Buggy is doing a Blog Candy give away. Take a moment to check it out. This is so nice of her to do this for her followers:

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gate Fold Card - Tutorial

Today we are making a Gate Fold card. I wanted it to be able to be closed and came up with my ribbon and Jumbo Eyelet combination. The card matches the Box in a Bag that I posted yesterday, so would make a great gift bag and card idea.

1 piece ... 4" x 6" Pink Pirquette or Pretty in Pink (greeting & tabs)
1 piece ... 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Pink Pirquette or Pretty in Pink (card base)
2 pieces ... 2" x 5 1/4" Pink Flamingo DSP (double sided) -- (front panels)
1 piece ... 4" x 5 1/4" Pink Flamingo DSP (double sided) -- (inside panel)

Bravo Burgundy - Classic Ink
Sincere Salutations

Ribbon: 1 piece 18" long - 1/4" grosgrain ribbon Pretty in Pink
Ribbon: 2 pieces 4" long - 1/4" grosgrain ribbon Pretty in Pink
Bone Folder
SNAIL Adhesive
Mini Glue Dots
Jumbo Eyelets Pewter

Round Tab
Scallop Oval

Score your 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of paper (Pink Pirquette) at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" (DO NOT FOLD YET)

Attach the inside panel (4" x 5 1/4" Pink Flamingo) using SNAIL adhesive - use the score lines as your guide. Flip paper over. Be careful to keep it in the correct direction so that the TOP of the card will be the same for both sides.

Attach the two side panels (2" x 5 1/4" Pink Flamingo) with SNAIL adhesive using the score lines as your guide for placement.

Using the bone folder, crease your front panels. This will give you a crisp fold.

Stamp your greeting using Bravo Burgundy Stampin Pad Classic Ink. I used Thinking of You from the Sincere Salutations stamp set. Then use the Scallop Oval paper punch to punch it out.

Attach greeting to inside panel of card using SNAIL adhesive.
BE SURE TO LOOK AT HOW THE TABS ARE ATTACHED HERE ... 2 on one side, 1 on the other.

Punch out 3 round tab designs with your Round Tab paper punch. Score in the middle to make folding easier.

Attach the 3 round tabs to the card. When you attach them you will open them, add glue to the inside of the tab on both sides then position thetab using the inside and outside part of the panel. This way part of the panel is actually inside the tab. The tabs facing left are attached to the right panel. The tab facing right is attached to the left panel. NOTE: The top and bottom one face left. The middle one faces right. Look at the photo of the inside (2 photos up), this gives a good view of how they are attached.

Using the Crop-A-Dile, punch a 3/16" hole in each tab and attach your Jumbo Eyelets.

For the upper and lower round tabs, I put a piece of 4" ribbon thru each eyelet. Made the ends even and put a mini glue dot to hold the ribbon together (do not put the glue dot on the panel, just on the ribbon for this step).

For the center ribbon which is 18" long:
Use a mini glue dot to attach the center of the ribbon to the back of the card. Bring ribbon around to the front of the card from each side. Using a couple of mini glue dots, I attached the ribbon to the front panels to keep it in place.
Now run the ribbon thru the eyelet, one side will go thru the eyelet twice so you can tie a bow and have it hold in place.

Now your card will open like a present and can be retied.
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