Terry Lynn Bright, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Creative Inspiration


Gift Card Holder

Stampin’ Up! Gift Card Box with Sweet Talk DSP

Hello again! It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything… life obligations kinda got in the way. It’s all good, just too much going on and something had to give. Unfortunately it was my crafting :O(

Hubby and I are in a choir and our concert was Sunday afternoon ~ with orchestra and a full audience! WooHoo!! It was… spectacular. Not to brag too much, but it really was good, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.

Today’s project is a gift card box made with some fabulous new Designer Series Paper. It’s called Sweet Talk 12 x 12 DSP. Of course the DSP has two sides.

Coordinating colors for this paper pack are: Real Red, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party and Highland Heather. Which piece do you think I chose to make the box lid? Well, I’ll tell you… the Highland Heather stripe. I love this paper! The small hearts with the combo of Real Red, Petal Pink and Highland Heather are another favorite, as is the other stripe. Ok – I bet you want to see the box … here it is.

Gift Card Box.1

And I used the Highland heather 1/2″ Grosgrain Ribbon to tie a bow. For the base, while it isn’t listed as a coordinating color, I used Blackberry Bliss card stock and it looks great with it! See the darkness in that stripe? Yep – it totally goes with it. Instructions? You want instructions? 😁


  • Cut gift box base from card stock – I used Blackberry Bliss – 6 1/2 x 8 and score all four sides at 1″, burnish well.
  • Trim each corner, cutting through the center of the burnish to the 1″ score line. Make a right ‘V’ cut to that same tab, trim same tab end on the right side.
  • Rotate to the left and trim next tab. Continue to rotate left and trim each tab end. See photo.
Gift Card Box. bottom

Here i added Tear n Tape to each tab end but you can easily use liquid glue. Adhere together.

Gift Box Top:

  • Cut box top 6 1/2 x 8 (again, I used the Sweet Talk 12 x 12 DSP)
  • Use a Box Lid Shim attached to the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. This shim allows for the lid to fit the box base without making the base buckle – and it is key for a perfect fitting lid. Make your own shim following directions below. I found these directions on YouTube by Connie Stewart.
    • Using a window sheet, cut a panel 2 x 8 and score @ 1/2″ & 1 1/4″. Burnish heavily.
    • Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight 1 x 8 & score at 1/2″ on the short side. Burnish. Add Tear n Tape to both sides of the 1/2″ length. Add to the window sheet on the INSIDE 1/2″, making certain the card stock fits all the way to the burnished score of the window sheet. Fold card stock over edge of window sheet and attach to outside 1/2″ edge.
    • Label shim: Box Lid Shim 😏 This way you will not forget it is only to be used for the lid.
  • Score lid @ 1″ on all sides using the Box Lid Shim.
  • Trim and adhere together the same as the box bottom.
Gift Card Box. top

Now, fill this box with some pretty cards/ envelopes for a special gift – four to five will fit nicely, depending on embellishments or thickness of the cards. And I guarantee folks will love this gift!

Reminder! Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021, Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING with orders over $50. I, for one, plan to make good use of that! Use my current HOST CODE: UQ6U2WQZ to receive a free Stampin’ Up! item from me valued to $10.

  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $50 USD / $65 CAD or more (before tax).
  • If you are using a coupon code, please remember that coupon codes are non-commissionable and will lower the order’s retail amount. The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.
  • Be sure to act quickly: beginning at 12:00 AM and ending at 11:59 PM (MT) on 8 December, get FREE shipping with a purchase of $50 USD / $65 CAD or more. 

Not have a demonstrator so you can order? If you do not have a demonstrator and need an Annual 2021 Catalog OR Jul-Dec 2021 Catalog, please reach out to me – happy to send one to you. Please also use my current host code when ordering: UQ6U2WQZ I offer my customers a free item from Stampin’ Up! valued to $10 with your order of $50 and above. Click here to go my store. When the order is over $150, you still receive that free gift from me, but SU! has Stampin’ Rewards that may be used for additional products, so don’t use the host code at that time. If you have questions just let me know. If you would like to be able to order products early from catalogs AND enjoy that 20% discount, join my team now… you may do that here. We have lots of fun and are a creative bunch that encourages & supports one another. Would love to have you!

Thanks for stopping by. May you have a beautiful day. Send someone a handmade box filled with a lovely card or two.

Inspire. Create. Share.

Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Card Box

Snow snow snow. This is an incredible February! Yesterday was another day of a mix of snow, ice, sleet, rain. It makes for difficult walking for sure. Our dog loves the snow. He likes to roll in it, bite at it, jump in it. And the neighbors behind us – their kids and other neighbors kids were sledding down the hill, laughing and carrying on. They love it too!

Suffice to say – all that has nothing to do with today’s project… it’s a box for cards :O) And it has one of the butterflies on it from the Butterfly Bijou 6×6 DSP. I like a sturdy box and a lid that fits, doesn’t wiggle around. Having said this, you will understand both the lid and the base have layers to strengthen them. I also seem to prefer narrow borders, so they are 1/8″, not 1/4″ ~ all to say, card cuts must be precise. Shall we get on with it and take a peek?

Butterfly Card Box – #1

This paper – the Butterfly Bijou 6×6 DSP ~ is stunningly beautiful. This particular sheet is the other side of the butterflies that can be die cut with the Butterfly Dies. :O) I kind of hated using this for the background, considering… but I did. You will also notice a Box Lid Shim that I have made so the lid fits snugly. I’ll share info about that later. In the meantime, here’s a side view photo.

Butterfly Card Box – #2

You can clearly see in the photo above, the base is also covered…

Butterfly Card Box – #3

The finished size of the box base is 4 3/4 x 6 x 1 1/2. With the lid on, just add an additional 1/8″ to each dimension: 4 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 5/8. I used Pretty Peacock for the box base for a couple of reasons – it’s a retiring color come May, and I want to use the paper. It still coordinates nicely even though it isn’t listed as one of the colors recommended. For the box lid I used Basic White Thick card stock.

  • Cut your card box base to 7 3/4 x 9 and score on all sides at 1 1/2″. Burnish all score lines.
  • Trim as shown in photo and add Tear & Tape
Card box bottom

HINT: Please notice I cut and trimmed on opposite sides of the box, so the folded ends would support the longer side of the box, giving it more strength. Note, I cut straight up to the score line, then trimmed a wedge from the end portion only and both sides of the end

  • Decorate your box with two layers: card stock then DSP. For ease, layer the DSP to the card stock, then to the card box itself.
    • card stock layer… 4 5/8 x 1 3/8 (2); 5 7/8 x 1 3/8 (2)
    • DSP layer… 4 5/8 x 1 1/4 (2); 5 7/8 x 1 1/4 (2)
    • For the box bottom I had the card stock and DSP the same length
    • Adhere these with liquid glue as there is wiggle room to get it straight and even.
    • It’s much easier to decorate the box when it’s flat.
  • Remove the Tear & Tape covers and fold in ends.
  • Decorate the inside if you so desire – and I did… slightly less than 4 3/4 x 6
Box Card Base

Box Top…

  • Cut Basic White Thick card stock 6 3/4 x 8. Notice this is exactly one inch small than the box base cuts.
  • Score using the Box Lid Shim @ 1″ on all sides.
    • The Box Lid Shim allows the lid to fit snugly with just a hint of allowance. If not using the shim, the lid will be too snug and the sides of the base bottom will dip in. Find directions for the Box Lid Shim on a Connie Stewart video from some time ago. It is made from Window Sheet, scored and card stock folded over one side for perfect spacing.
  • Burnish all score lines, cut & trim the same as for the box bottom. Add Tear & Tape
  • Decorate the box top: card stock 5 7/8 x 4 3/8; DSP 5 3/4 x 4 1/2. Adhere these two together with liquid glue, then add to the top of the box.
  • Decorate the sides:
    • Card stock layer 5 7/8 x 7/8 (2); 4 5/8 x 7/7 (2)
    • DSP layer 5 3/4 x 3/4 (2); 4 3/4 x 3/4
    • Adhere DSP onto card stock with liquid glue, then to box sides, also with liquid glue
  • Remove covers on Tear & Tape and fold ends in – voila!

Final decoration for the box top… I used three layers of card stock

  • Pretty Peacock 3 1/2 x 3 1/4
  • Just Jade 3 3/8 x 3 1/8
  • Basic White 3 1/4 x 3
  • Stamp the sentiment on the Basic White panel, The sentiment comes from the Lovely You stamp set. Adhere butterfly die cut from the Butterfly Bijou 6×6 DSP with the Butterfly Dies, with liquid glue. Add dimensionals under wing tips. Add three small Matte Black Dots to the body and two large Matte Black Dots below the sentiment.
  • Adhere the Basic White panel to the Just Jade panel with liquid glue.
  • Adhere the Just Jade panel to the Pretty Peacock panel with dimensionals.
  • Adhere the Pretty Peacock panel to the center of the box top with liquid glue – and woohoo! Your box is complete and ready to fill.

I love this box! It is just beautiful and it’s sturdy – I hope you like it too. Now, let’s talk about these beautiful papers, coordinating stamp set and dies. As a demonstrator, these items are a preorder for us. The stamp set and dies will be in the next Annual Catalog that will be released May 3. The papers, and there are two of them which you will see in the photo below, will not be sold in the Annual Catalog. This collection will be available to you as a customer Mar 2 – May 3. After that date, only the stamp set & dies will be available. If you would like to JOIN MY TEAM, you could add this collection as part or your joining items 😁 and you can do that here.Now is the perfect time to become a team member of Stampin’ Up! – with your choice of items in your $99 Starter Kit (valued at $125!) you will receive five packs of new 6×6 DSP paper packs – only during Sale-a-bration though!!! Act quickly… JOIN MY Team here. Being a part of the Stampin’ community brings all kinds of fringe benefits ~ early access to new catalogs, guaranteed 20% discount on all Stampin’ Up! products, free tutorials, access to web sites that will encourage and strengthen your abilities. Join now…

Products for todays card are from the new Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog and the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog ~ and those products are available now for purchase. You will find them in the product list below. As a reminder… I’ve made it easy for you to simply ‘add all to cart’. If I can help you in any way to order these items, or others, please give me a holler. As a thank you to my customers, when the order is between $50-$150 I offer a SU! item of your choice valued at $10. Remember to use MY CURRENT HOST CODE WZBPZ7N4- good Feb 4 – Feb 28. When the order is over $150, you still receive that free gift from me, but SU! has Stampin’ Rewards that may be used for additional products, so don’t use the host code at that time. Now is also Sale-a-bration – a time from now through the end of February when Stampin’ Up! offers FREE items with $50 and $100 purchases. Those products are shown below today’s product list as well. Happy shopping!

My computer sometimes gives me fits… and today is one of them. Please see the flyer here.

Products available FREE with $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration – Level 1

Products available FREE with $100 purchase during Sale-a-bration – Level 2

AND if you HOST a party or have products $300 & up, this is FREE during Sale-a-bration… along with the above items as well!

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy sending them a handmade project filled with love.

Stampin’ Up! Money or gift card holder

It’s that time of year, isn’t it – for giving gifts of appreciation and thanks. Today’s post shares gift holders I made to hold cash or a check or a gift certificate. If you wanted to use a gift card, it will certainly fit.

Money holder

Aren’t these pretty? Details? Here ya go!

  • Card base… 7 1/4 wide x 7 in height
    • score ON SHORT SIDE @ 1 5/8 & 4 5/8
    • mark the bottom center ON THE LONG SIDE and punch with 3/4″ punch
    • burnish score line
    • adhere tear n tape to the bottom section on the inside to create a pocket
  • Cut and add DSP:
    • 7 x 2 1/4; 7 x 1 3/8 and 7 x 2 3/4 for the back (not shown completed above)
    • the lower panel needs a punch as well – I suggest after adhering, simply use the same punch in the same spot
    • all panels were adhered with liquid glue
  • remove tear n tape covering and adhere the lower section to the middle and voila!
Money holder – #3

All you need to do now is a belly band…

  • card stock 1 x about 6- 61/4
    • beginning at the back of the envelope, wrap the strip around to the front so the lower portion of the strip is under the upper portion of the strip. I tried to make the upper strip meet at the edge of tghe upper strip.
    • Adhere the two ends together with liquid glue. Once good and dry, remove the band, burnish the folds and decorate.

Each sentiment panel width and length varied depending on the sentiment used. I embellished with a punched image or a die cut image then adhered that to the strip and the strip adhered to the band, covering the area where the two ends meet. Make sense?

Starting with the top pocket hold, here are the various products used:

  • Pretty Peacock card stock for the base, covered with Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP. The sentiment panel is Very Vanilla card stock using the Christmas Gleaming stamp set for the sentiment and the ornament. The ornament was punched with the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack. Pretty Peacock ink. The banner was trimmed on the end with the Banners Pick a Punch.
  • #2 pocket holder begins with Pacific Point card stock covered with the Snowflake Splendor DSP. The sentiment panel is Whisper White card stock stamped with the Snowflake Wishes stamp set in Pacific Point ink. The snowflake was first stamped with a snowflake in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White card stock from the same stamp set then die cut with the So Many Snowflake Dies.
  • #3 pocket holder begins with Highland Heather card stock covered with another piece of this fabulous Snowflake Splendor DSP. The sentiment panel is Whisper White card stock stamped with a sentiment from Christmas Gleaming stamp set in Pacific Point ink. The snowflake is Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper die cut with So Many Snowflake Dies.

And there you have it – a great project that doesn’t take a huge chunk of time and is beautiful to give and receive! Products used for today’s project may be found below. As a thank you to my customers, when the order is between $50-$150 I offer a SU! item of your choice valued at $10. Remember to use MY CURRENT HOST CODE SAZV3JTK– good until Jan 3. When the order is over $150, you still receive that free gift from me, but SU! has Stampin’ Rewards that may be used for additional products 😁

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy sending them a handmade gift filled with love.

WooHoo! Stampin’ Up! has gone over the top… check out the Giant Year-end sale here

Sale Dates:  December 8, 2020 through January 4, 2021

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items are available while supplies last.
  • Exclusions apply: Carryover items will not be discounted.
  • Due to increased shipping times and possible shipping delays during the month of December, we can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.
  • Ordering Deadlines:  January 4, 2021 at 11:50 PM (MT)

Shop early!  The items that are retiring are only while supplies last!!

Christmastime Is Here DSP

I just love this card; maybe because it is not the traditional fold, maybe ‘cquse of the colors, who knows, but I like it and hope you do as well. This could be a gift card holder or what I made of this one is simply a card.Either way, I’ll give directions for both.

Here are the deets:
Poppy Parade – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Mossy Meadow – 3 1/2″ x 4″ + scrap for the Beautiful Boughs diecut
Soft Seafoam – 3 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, scored at 3 3/4″ (if for a gift card: 3 1/4″ x 9 3/4, scored at 3 3/4″ & 7 1/2″)
Very Vanilla – 3 x 3 1/2″ (cut 2, one for inside) + scrap for the Beautiful Boughs label
Christmastime Is Here Specialty DSP – 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″

Instructions are pretty simple:
* Adhere Mossy Meadow piece to the Poppy Parade
* Adhere the Soft Seafoam piece to that
* Adhere Very Vanilla to that
* Adhere the Christmastime Is Here Specialty DSP to that.
* Create the desired diecut from Mossy Meadow and adhere with Tombow glue
* Stamp Sentiment (mine is from Playful Penguins stamp set from the Holiday catty) and using dimensionals, adhere over the diecut.
* Attach a “bauble” with linen thread. (This pinecone is a retired item, but it could easily have been a jingle bell from the holiday catty!)
* Stamp desired sentiment onto the Very Vanilla CS for the inside and adhere with Tombow glue
Here’s a picture of the card with the jingle bell:

Here is picture of the inside simply stamped and used as a gift card holder:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and or friends for Thanksgiving. Our celebration will be Sunday as family is scattered this year (😞) Nevertheless – we are grateful for all around us and for family scattered hither and yon. Blessings on all of you as you continue about your day/ week.

Blog at

Up ↑