Fresh Card Making Idea-Card in a Box

Winter woods card in a box

Christmas Winter Woods Card in a Box 

Winter Woods

 Happy Thanksgiving Winter Woods Card in a Box

It is easy to create a winter or fall-themed scene using the Card in a Box Technique.

This is an easy project that provides that WOW! factor.

And it folds down, so it will easily fit in a standard A2 envelope for easy mailing!

Want to learn more?

My September Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature this easy technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on September 25, 2018.

Please sign up on my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on September 25 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions with color photos in a pdf format.

The sign up box is located at the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101  Tutorial as my gift to you via e mail in a pdf format.

Hope to hear from you!




Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Sunrise-Happy Thanksgiving

Sunrise Trees

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This card was created from a scrap piece of baby wipe left over from my tie dye leaf background card found HERE.

I often use baby wipes that I have used to clean my stamp sets in my crafting.

They provide interesting backgrounds. 

The card above was inspired by one of our sunrises!

Marlene's sunrise

The colors were only on a small portion of the baby wipe, so the card itself turned out to be smaller in size.

That's ok though!

I placed a piece of multi-purpose adhesive sheet onto the back of the baby wipe.

The glue left from the adhesive sheet allowed me to place the baby wipe on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

The baby wipe was trimmed down, and the edges were folded over and secured onto the back of the card stock. 

I stamped the trees, leaves, and ground from Wonderful Branches using Early Espresso ink.

I used this retired stamp set from my stash because the image was small enough to fit onto the small card front piece.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The Tie Dye Background Tutorial hit e mail inboxes on November 14.

If you'd like to learn how to create the tie dye background, please sign up for my mailing list by December 1st, 2018 using the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of this site.

I'll e mail the tutorial to you.



Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Branches, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive Curry, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso

Accessories: baby wipe, multi-purpose adhesive sheet



Happy Stampin'!

Giant Coneflower and Bee-Daisy Punch

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As always, I'm able to find inspiration for my card making in my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

This time of year, we have Giant Coneflowers growing along the banks of the North Hardscrabble Creek which flows through our property.

The Giant Coneflowers attract all kinds of winged creatures: butterflies, tachinid flies and bees.

Here is the inspiration for my card:

Bee and coneflower

Up close and personal. 

I watched this bee awhile before I snapped the photo. I thought to myself that her expression looks like she's mad at the world.  But after uploading the photo, I think that is just the way she looks.  Concentrating and busy at her work that's all!

Now onto the card.  Here's how:

  1. Emboss Pear Pizzazz card front using the Big Shot and Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Sponge the edges using Wild Wasabi ink.
  2. Punch 2 flowers using the Daisy Punch out Crushed Curry card stock.  
  3. Cut the daisies in half and layer 3 halves together, offsetting the petals. Sponge the edges of the petals using Crushed Curry ink.
  4. For the top of the coneflower, punch a piece of Early Espresso card stock using 1" circle punch.  Cut the circle about 3/4.  Attach to the top of the daisies using a Dimensional.
  5. Stamp the 2-step bee from Dragonfly Dreams onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Crushed Curry and Early Espresso inks.
  6. Cut the bee out using the coordinating die from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  7. The leaves are from the retired Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies cut out of Early Espresso card stock using the Big Shot.
  8. Attach leaves to card front using Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  9. Attach coneflower over the leaves using a Dimensional.
  10. Attach bee to card front using a Dimensional.
  11. Tear a narrow piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Sponge the edges with Wild Wasabi ink.  Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the bottom of the card front.
  12. Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  13. Apply clear Wink of Stella to the top and leaves of the coneflower and to the bee for a little sparkle.

  Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower close up

What will be your inspiration?  I hope you'll share your creations with me: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Detailed Dragonfly and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Daisy and 1" circle punches, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, sponge, Clear Wink of Stella







Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Snow Globe

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It's been awhile since I've done any iris folding. Not sure why since it is one of my all-time paper crafting techniques!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found a really fun snow globe pattern from iris-folding.com

The pattern can be found here.

It is basically a circle pattern so it is super simple.

(For more Iris Folding ideas and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page.)

I first embossed my Mint Macaron card front using my Big Shot and Gently Falling Embossing Folder.  I then punched out the circle using my 2 1/2" circle punch. 

I laid the card front over the pattern I printed out from Iris-Folding.com (remember,  place the front side down-you'll be working from the back), and started laying out my designer paper (Blooms and Bliss cut into 1/2" strips).

The "iris" is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Island Indigo ink sponged on to make a custom color to match the colors in the designer paper and the snow globe. 

(Creating your custom color glimmer paper is easy-see instruction here).

The trees are pieces found in the November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit.  In the kit, they are white so I simply stamped the coordinating image from the stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  They are popped up using Dimensionals.

The ring around the snow globe was cut out of Island Indigo card stock using my Big Shot and 2 layers of circle framelits.

I didn't care for the base of the snow globe in the pattern, so I cut a triangle free hand out of Island Indigo card stock.

Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas cards, I wanted this to be a winter wishes, Happy New Year or even a thank you card.

I searched through my stamps and found this small "hello" and scribble that I knew would work with my 7/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Layering the 2 punches would fit perfectly on the front of the snow globe.  

To complete the card, I added a few rhinestones for bling and mounted it to a Whisper White card base.

This Iris Folded Snow Globe was a great way to revisit one of my favorite paper crafting techniques!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade and Kindness Matters (both retired), Wonderful Winterland

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle, 7/8" scallop circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit, sponge, Dimensionals, rhinestones


Happy Stampin'!

Jar of Love Jar of Fishes with Video Tutorial

The new stamp set Jar of Love and coordinating Everyday Jars framelits dies just makes me smile!  The possibilities are endless to make fun, cute cards.

Here's one I created recently featuring watercoloring, heat embossing and embossing folder swish techniques.


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To view my video tutorial for making this card, please visit here.

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Jar of Love

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, watercolor, Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot,Everyday Jars Framelits Dies,Woodgrain Embossing Folder, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Glue Dot


Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree Meets Woodland Embossing Folder-Fall Leaves

Here are a few more cards using the 3D stamping with the Woodland Embossing Folder technique

For instructions on how to do this technique, please visit my tutorial here.

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The leaves stamp found in Sheltering Tree were stamped on the inside of the embossing folder using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink.


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Colors for this card are Cajun Craze, Hello honey and Rich Razzleberry.


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For this card, spritz the inside of the embossing folder with Stampin' Mist or water as if you were cleaning off the ink from previous stamping.  The ink will run and pool inside the folder.  Insert an piece of watercolor paper or regular card stock and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll have a rich watercolor background behind the trees!


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For this card, I simply stamped the smaller leaves image after running regular Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot using the watercolor method above.

This has become one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check my tutorial here!


Happy Stampin'!

Paper Coffee Cup Filled with Flowers and Tutorial

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I recently discovered this cute paper coffee cup idea from my friend and fellow stamper Joyce Lovato.  One of our recent Stamp Club swap themes was "anything but a card."  Joyce made a paper coffee cup and filled it with candy for each of us participating in the swap.  I knew I had to give it a try!  I filled my paper coffee cup with Easter grass and added punched flowers attached to flexible straws.  A perfect cup of cheer to share for any occasion!

Instructions for Paper Coffee Cup Bouquet of Flowers can be found HERE as a pdf


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Mixed Bunch

Alternative flower stamps: Flower Patch, Flower Shop, Petite Petals or Beautiful Bunch.  Add Papillon  Potpourri butterflies for added interest.

Ink: Blush Blossom, Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, Garden Green

Paper: Whisper White, Flowerpot Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Scoring tool, Blossom and 1” Circle punches, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Easter Grass, Tea Lace Paper Doily, flexible straws, bone folder

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Giving-Money or Check Holder

This year, my husband and I seem to be mostly giving checks as our Christmas gifts to family members.  I wanted to spruce up the packaging just a little bit so I came up with these quick and easy money or check holders.

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Here are the instructions:

Start with a piece of card stock or Designer Series Paper measuring 7 1/2" x 7".  On the 7 1/2" side, score at 5 1/8" and 2".  Fold along the scored lines to create the pocket and top flap.  Secure the sides of the pocket using Sticky Strip.   Cut a piece of coordinating card stock or Designer Series paper measuring 6 3/4" x 1 3/4" for the top flap.  Then decorate the front and inside as desired.  You can wrap ribbon around the front to keep the holder closed.  Or add a little bit of Dotto temporary adhesive to the inside of the embellishment like I did.  This is a great way to use up some of those paper and ribbon scraps. 

Change up the paper for any occasion gift giving!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Warmth and Wonder, Christmas Collectibles

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Style Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Large Oval Decorative Label and Christmas Ornament punches, rhinestone, Dotto temporary adhesive

Happy Stampin'!

Chevron Border Punch-Christmas Collectibles

I've been learning how to best use the new Chevron Border punch from Stampin' Up!  There is a bit of learning curve for getting evenly spaced chevrons.  Please be sure to visit the link below for a free tutorial on how to use this punch.

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It took me several tries to figure out how to use the punch so I would have evenly spaced chevrons on  pieces of card stock measuring of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", 5 1/4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 4" x 5 1/4". 

Here is the pile of punched chevrons to prove it too!

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This may come easy to some, but I always struggle with how to get evenly spaced designs when using border punches.  After some trial and error, I created a quick tutorial that will hopefully help someone else along the way.  Be sure to check out the free tutorial HERE.

And don't forget to add a coordinating liner to the envleope using the Big Shot and Envelope Liner Framelit!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Collectibles, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chevron Border and Christmas Ornament punches, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit


Happy Stampin'!

Faux Washi Tape Nacho Average Challenge #51

Week 51 and we have a sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average Stampers site.

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When I first saw the sketch, I immediately thought "Washi Tape!"

 First of all, what is Washi Tape?

Washi tape has become the popular term for any kind of crafty tape. But traditionally, it is a Japanese masking tape made of washi paper (Think of it like a thin high quality masking tape).

Washi comes in a wide variety of colors, is often very brightly colored or patterned and can have a lovely sheer quality that will allow layers of text, stamping, or the patterns on other tapes to show through it.

Washi Tape is all the rage in the crafting world. Stampin' Up! now sells a small collection of Washi Tape, but it is easy to make your own with scraps of card stock, designer paper, paper napkins, tissue paper, newspaper, old wrapping paper and Scotch Tape®.  This is a great recycle and reuse technique!

Click Here to download a free tutorial on how to make your own faux Washi Tape


Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 





Here's the original sketch

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Quatrefancy Specialty Paper, Soft Subtles Designer Series Paper Stacks

Accessories: Scotch Tape®, water, sponge, scissors, pearls

Happy Stampin'!

Double Punch Blossom

I submitted this card for one of the June Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Challenges (pages 2 and 3).  The challenge was to create a card with at least 3 folds.  This card has 4 folds and it is super simple to create.

Learn how to create this fun Double Punched Blossom Card using my FREE Tutorial HERE

Card Closed:

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Card Open:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze


 Whisper White 4”x 12” for card base

2 ¾” x 2 ¾” for punched flower

Scraps for flower center and greeting

Riding Hood Red: scraps

Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (2) 2”x 4”

Accessories: Simply Scoring tool, Blossom, 1” circle, Word Window and Modern Label punches, rhinestone, Sharpie, Dimensionals, Glue Stick

Happy Stampin'!

Bloomin' Marvelous Rosette-Nacho Average Challenge 39

We have a fun sketch over at the Nacho Average Challenge site this week.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card I used my new favorite Rosette die to make the centerpiece rosette.  This die does the cutting and scoring for you, so making rosettes (also called medallions or lollies) is so simple.

I have created a quick and simple pdf tutorial for using the Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.

 Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 





 Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Designer Rosette Bigz XL Rosette die,  7/8" Scallop, 1 1/4", 1/2" circle and Itty Bitty Shapes punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Subtles brad, glue gun (non SU!)

Happy Stampin'!

Pop 'n Cuts Barrel Cactus

This was the card I created for a recent southwestern-theme card swap.  I used the Pop 'n Cuts Card Base and Dress Form die found on page 32 of the Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up

These accessories don't need to be used to make just dresses!

I've created a quick pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories, along with details on this card. 


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:  Madison Avenue, Bloomin’ Marvelous

Ink:  Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper, Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base, Pop ‘n Cuts Dress Form, Square Lattice and Northern Flurry Embossing folders, Word Window, 1 ¾” circle, 1 3/8” and 1 ¼” circle, Itty Bitty Shapes, Oval,  and Scallop Oval punches, rhinestone

Happy Stampin'!

All Dressed Up Pop Up Card

Have you seen the new Card Base Pop 'n Cuts, Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts, the Dress Up Framelits Dies and the coordinating All Dressed Up stamp set found on page 32 in the Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!?

I couldn't resist purchasing all 4!  I loved the dress, but saw the possibilities for other uses for the Card Base and Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts.

I have created a quick pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories along with some alternative ideas.  Enjoy!

This is the card we did for a recent Stamp Club.  It is "CASED" from the Spring Catalog.  But, I thought it was such a pretty dress card, I had to let my Stamp Club ladies give it a try.

Here's the inside of the card:

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Here's the front of the card.

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Don't forget to view the pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories, along with alternative ideas.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: All Dressed Up, Madison Avenue (Sale-A-Bration), Essentials

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pool Party

Paper: Whisper White: 12 x 12 for card base,

4 ¼ x 4 ¼ for dress, scraps for greeting and stamped image on front

 Basic Gray 4 ¼” x 10” for insert, scrap for scallop circle on front

 Melon Mambo: 2 ¼” x 5 ¼” for dress form framelit,

4 ¼” x 1 ¾” for banner on front, scrap for inside banner

Neutrals Paper Pack:  6 x 4 ¼” for card front

 Pool Party: 4 ¼” x ¼” for inside strip, scrap for greeting and 1 ¼” circle on front

 Daffodil Delight: 4 ¼” x ¼” for inside strip, scrap for flower on outside

 Silver Glimmer:  2 ¼” x 2” for punched circles and dress bodice

Accessories: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Plates, Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts, Dress Form Pop ‘n Cuts magnetic die, Dress Up Framelits Dies, Scallop,  1 ¼”, 1” circle, 1 3/8” square (for the banner on the front), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, World Window and Modern Label Punches, button, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Mini Glue Dots, Elmer’s Glue or the like (for the glimmer paper), rhinestone


Happy Stampin'!

Pinwheel Twirly-Whirly Birthday


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This card was made using the fun new Pinwheel Sizzlit and coordinating "Wishes Your Way" stamp set found in Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog.

Here are some tips for using the Pinwheel Sizzlit:

Start with a piece of card stock or Designer Series Paper measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I found using Designer Series Paper is easier to work with than card stock just because it is not as heavy and stiff.

Run through the Big Shot using Tab 1.

Each arm and the center of the pinwheel will have a hole for inserting a brad.  These holes are pretty small and can make you feel like you're all thumbs when assembling the pinwheel.  Here are a couple of ways to make assembly easier.

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First, poke out the holes using your paper piercing tool.

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Then, hold your paper piercing tool upright on your work surface with the sharp point up.  Place the pinwheel on the paper piercing tool through the center hole.

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Carefully curl up the 1st wing of the pinwheel,inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

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Bring up the 2nd wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

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Bring up the 3rd wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

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Finally, bring up the 4th wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

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Twist the paper piercing tool, slightly enlarging the holes.  Carefully remove the pinwheel from the paper piercing tool and insert a brad through the holes from the top, opening the wings of the brad below.  Stampin' Up!'s 1/8" Mini Brads are perfect for the small holes in the pinwheel.

Here you have a nice full pinwheel.

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Here's another method, but your pinwheels will be a little flatter.

Curl one arm at a time towards the center of the pinwheel.   Apply a small amount of adhesive to the center of the pinwheel.  Bring the 1st wing into the center and push down into the adhesive.  Apply another small amound of adhesive to the center and adhere the 2nd wing to the adhesive.  Continue doing this with the 3rd and 4th wings.

Now that the pinwheel is secured together, you can now pierce a larger hole in the center using your Paper Piercing Tool and Mat.  Insert a brad from the top, again opening the feet of the brad underneath.

This pinwheel is a little flatter because the wings have been pushed down more to adhere to the adhesive in the center.

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I used the coordinating stamp set "Wishes Your Way for the greeting.  This set has some fun greetings including "you are headed in the right direction", "blowing wishes your way" and "wishing you a twirly-whirly birthday."  How cute is that?

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Wishes Your Way

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinwheel Sizzlit, Itty Bitty Shapes and Scallop Edge punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brad, Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Shadow Box-Fan Fair Product Suite

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I created this shadow box for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  I wanted to keep it fairly simple with only 2 compartments and using black and white with a pop of red.  More embellishments could have been added, but again, I wanted to keep it simple.

Here's how to create your own paper shadow box!

You can make any size of shadow box and add as many inserts and compartments as you'd like.  The basic scoring measurements remain the same.

For the final shadow box, I started with a 12"x9" piece of Basic Black textured card stock.  It's finished size is 8"x 5".  The inside compartment (without dividers) measures 7"x 4".  I used a sheet of 12"x9" Whisper White card stock for the instructions.

Score every 1/2" on all 4 sides: 1/2", 1", 1 1/2" and 2 ".

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 On 2 sides, score at 2 1/2" and 9 1/2" to the last or 2" score line.

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Cut out the 4 corners as shown below, leaving a tab on each side.  You will remove the 12 squares on the end, leave the middle 4, and remove the inside 4.

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Apply Sticky Strip to each of the tabs.

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Fold all the score lines in towards the center.  Use a bone folder to get crisp score lines.

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Apply Sticky Strip to the each side on what will be the inside roll.

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Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll each side towards the center creating the frame of your shadow box.  Apply a little pressure to make sure the Sticky Strip holds each side of the frame in place.

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Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip on the 4 tabs.  Fold them in to help square the box and finish off the look of the sides of the frame.

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Now, you are ready to create the inside compartments of the shadow box.  You can have as many compartments and configure them any way you'd like. 

I would suggest creating and attaching the inserts first, before adding the compartment dividers. You can insert them into the box and use the dividers to hide any seams.

This box was created for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  In the challenge, we were to use sets from the Fan Fair Product Suite found in the main catalog (pages 106-107).  I chose to use the sets Elements of Style and Postage Due.  For the Elements of Style compartment, I simply stamped the image on a piece of 3 1/4 x 3 3/4" white card stock using Black Stazon.

The Postage Due compartment was made using the My Digital Studio download.  I simply resized it in MDS and printed the image out on white card stock.  I also sized and printed out the 2 postage stamp images on white card stock.  I then punched them out using my Postage Stamp punch and layered them over Cherry Cobbler for a pop of color.

Both pieces were attached to the inside of the box using SNAIL adhesive.

Then, it was time to create the compartment divider.

For this shadow box, I started with a scrap of black textured card stock(left over from the original cut and white for the instructions) measuring 4 1/4" x 2 1/2".

Score it at 1/2", 1, 1 1/2" and 2".

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 Fold along the score lines using the bone folder to get crisp score lines. 

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Apply a piece of Sticky Strip to the inside roll.  I apologize that this photo is so blurry.  My camera was having trouble focusing white card stock on white background!

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I  knew I only wanted 2 compartments and the inside height measurement of the box is 4".  Once the piece was scored and rolled, I double-checked the fit and trimmed it down to 4" before the final Sticky Strip assembly.

Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll the piece forming the compartment divider.  Apply another piece of Sticky Strip to the bottom.  Peel off the red backing and insert into the box.

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For the handle at the top, I cut a scrap of black textured card stock (again left over from the original cut) 1/2" x 7" and slightly curved the ends.  I then attached it to the top using Mini Glue Dots.

For a shadow box measuring 8"x8" (inside measurements without dividers 7"x7"),start with a 12"x 12" piece of card stock.  Use the same scoring measurements.  The length of your dividers will change depending on how you want to configure the compartments.


Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Postage Due (MDS download)

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black 12" x 9" textured, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Board and Stylus ( a must for this project-easy scoring!), bone folder, Postage Stamp Punch, heart from Artisan Embellishment Kit, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, My Digital Studio, computer/printer

Happy Stampin'!

Punched Ornaments Sun Flower Garden Hat

Summer's here and it's time to enjoy the garden!  Don't forget to wear your sun hat!

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This sunflower garden hat card was created using the ornament punch from Stampin' Up! The hat pattern was supplied by Melisa Waldorf and can be found Here.

To create Sunflower Hat:

1.  Trace hat pattern on Confetti White card stock and cut out.  Be sure to place the top of the hat on the fold of the card stock.

2. Emboss hat using the Big Shot and Polka Dot Embossing Folder.

To create Sunflower:

3. Punch out 11 ornaments out of the Daffodil Delight and 11 ornaments out of the So Saffron card stock.

4. Punch out 1-1 ¼” and 1-1 3/8” circles out of a scrap of Early Espresso card stock.

5. Emboss the 1 ¼” circle using the Big Shot and Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

6. Punch out several leaves out of scrap pieces of Pear Pizzazz and Certainly Celery card stock using the small and large oval punches.  Run through the paper crimper.

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7. Sponge So Saffron ink on punched ornaments.

8. Lightly spritz the ornaments with water and fold up edges using a bone folder to create a petal.

9. Using the 1 3/8” punched circle as your base, layer the petals, alternating between the two colors and adhering with SNAIL Adhesive.  Curl up the edges of the petals as desired.

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10. Attach embossed 1 ¼” circle to the center of the sunflower.

11. Add SNAIL Adhesive to the middle of the Early Espresso Satin ribbon.  Secure the ribbon to the inside of the hat, bringing the ends to the front.  Add SNAIL Adhesive to the ribbon to help secure it to the front of the hat.

12. Attach the Sunflower to the front of the hat using a Dimensional. Add the crimped leaves as desired.

13. Stamp Tiny Tags image using Early Espresso ink on a piece of scrap Confetti White card stock and punch out using the Jewelry Tag punch.

14. Thread a piece of Linen Thread through the holes of a button, securing to the back.  Attach button to the center of the flower using a Mini Glue Dot.  Tuck the jewelry tag piece underneath the button.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Confetti White, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso

Accessories: Ornament, 1 3/8”, 1 ¼” circle, large and small oval and Jewelry Tag punches, crimper, Big Shot, Polka Dot and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Early Espresso Satin ribbon, button, Linen Thread, water spritzer bottle, bone folder, Mini Glue Dot, sponge

Happy Stampin'!