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SU! A Box and Tasteful Labels Dies

Hello again… did you miss me yesterday? I hope so :o) Today’s project is not a card at all. I was doing some tidying of my craft space yesterday  (seems as though I’m always doing that) and decided to make a container to hold die cut pieces, stamped pieces, odds and ends like that. I didn’t want anything too large (my crafting area is rather small) and I wanted it to compliment other containers. Gosh, do you need all that explanation? Maybe not… anyway, here is my project.

SU! Tasteful Labels Dies & storage

And a side view…

SU! Tasteful Labels Dies & storage

And here’s a view with the box slightly open, so you can see the holder slides out…

SU! Tasteful Labels Dies & storage

I made two of these, pretty much same size… one holds paper clips and small binder clips – both of which I use a lot. The other holds those die cuts I mentioned earlier. The difference in the two boxes is that one has a ribbon for sliding the holder out of the sleeve, the other has a taller ‘end’ for sliding through the sleeve in and out. Hopefully you can see that in the photos.

Supplies used…

  • Window sheet – 2 3/8 x 5
  • Tasteful Labels Dies
  • Just Jade cs (for the base) 5 1/2 x 8
  • Forever Greenery DSP 7 3/4 x 5
  • Tear n Tape

I wanted the base to have strength so the sides of the base needed to fold over themselves. Here’s are two fairly good pictures of what the base looked like after scoring and trimming.

Storage base
Storage base
  • Score around all sides 5/8″ & 1 3/8″ and burnish.
  • Trim as in above photos, then add Tear n Tape as in photos.
  • Fold over those longer areas seen in photo 5, adhering the sides for strength.
  • Turn over and complete the adhering of the ends so the box is now solid and secure.

The top… BIG TIP… when creating tops or lids for boxes, scoring needs to be just a shade different so the box slides in and out easily. Use a shim against the side of the scoring tool to create that needed space. I used a piece of window sheet, but you could easily use a piece of cs.

  • Cut the Forever Greenery DSP 7 3/4 x 5
  • With your shim to the far edge of the scoring tool, score at 7/8, 3 15/16, 4 3/16 and 6 5/8. Burnish. Add Tear n Tape to one end.
  • Determine which wide side is your top, and use the Tasteful Labels Dies to die cut an opening
  • Adhere window sheet (2 3/8 x 5) to inside with Tear n Tape
  • Wrap around your base for fitting. Trim excess if necessary then adhere together. Voila!  Here’s the photo of the completed box again…
    SU! Tasteful Labels Dies & storage

    Fun, right? Fill with those extras on your stamping table so you have more space to create… 😏

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card (or box filled with goodies!)



Stampin’ Up! and Paper Pumpkin

Good morning – it’s Tuesday. What are you ‘up to’ today? It is to rain here, so no gardening during that… guess I’ll have to make a card or two 😁

Do you hoard anything? I know, that’s a strong word – hoard…Let’s just say, up until yesterday I had a lot of them, some still tightly wrapped, some in incomplete stages with maybe two to three cards made. Today’s cards are all about Paper Pumpkin. I found some really cool kits and cannot believe I hadn’t finished them.So for the last couple of days I have been making the past Paper Pumpkin kits and really really had fun! Unfortunately I didn’t write down the months on all those I created but here are my favorites.

Past Paper Pumpkin #1
Past Paper Pumpkin #2

The cards on the left were extra fun and I had only three to do… go figure… why would I hold off making three cards? The cards on the right are from Dec 2017 – a l-o-o-n-g time ago. The nautical boxes are gift cards and my favorite ones to put together. They are going to be a gift for a special friend. I like that they have a destination already.

Past Paper Pumpkin #3
April 2018

I spent the morning putting the above items together and what do you suppose came in the mail – my April 2020 Paper Pumpkin! This first is per directions… I didn’t alter anything.

April 2020 PP per directions

Card #1 is first alternative. Thick Whisper White 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. Run the left portion through your embossing machine using the Subtle embossing folder. Cut Pear Pizzaz 4 3/4 x 3 3/4. Adhere sentiment piece from the PP directly to the Pear Pizzaz using liquid glue. Punch out leaves from the kit, add dimensionals to all leaves and adhere to the sentiment piece. Punch out butterfly and add using a glue dot. Cut a piece of the ribbon included in the kit, tie in knot and adhere with glue dot. Embellish with the blue pearls included in the kit. Adhere this to the left fold of the card with snail. For the inside, cut a piece of DSP 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 and adhere to card using liquid glue. Add sentiment from the PP kit with Pear Pizzaz ink. For the envelope, cut another piece of the DSP 2 1/4 x 6, adhere with liquid glue and trim.

Current Paper Pumpkin #1
April 2020

Card #2 – I really like this sentiment piece in the kit and did not want to cover it. I felt it needed full disclosure! With card from the kit (it is 4 1/4 x 12 BTW), use a coordinating DSP ( I used.Garden Lane) and cut a piece 3 3/4 x 4/3/4 and adhered the sentiment piece to it with liquid glue. I added SU! Basic Pearls from own stash and adhered this section to the left card front with snail. Add sentiment of choice to the inside.

Current Paper Pumpkin #2
April 2020

Card #3… I cut the cardstock included in the kit to 4 x 5 1/4. I stamped the fern from Positive Thoughts Stamp set in Pear Pizzaz ink, stamping off as I went.  Adhere the. puched out leaf from the kit direrctly to the card front with glue tos to each leaf. Stamp a banner from the kit using a sentiment from from the kit and Pear Pizzaz ink. Adhere ribbon included in the kit with glue dots, weaving it back and forth. Add blue pearls from the PP kit. Adhere this completed panel to the card front with dimensionals. Add a punched out bird from the kit to the banner. This card front gets dimensionals on the back and adhered to Blushing Bride CS cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2. I used a coordinating envelope from the kit to complete this set.

Current Paper Pumpkin #3
April 2020

Bing bang boom – four cards from the kit completed on the day it arrived! I think I get kudos for that – at least from myself. I like how I was able to coordinate current DSP with the cards from the PP kit to make it different. And today I will complete the April PP kit. I am determined not to hold back any more.

To place an order for the May PP kit, you must be registered by May 10. And this kit will have 4 (four) of the new 2020-2022 IN COLORS! Be sure to order your PP kit soon so you can preview the early release of these new colors.

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card.



Stampin’ Up! Acetate Card Boxes and DSP

Acetate Card Boxes and Detailed Bee Dies

It’s Sunday! Today on the coast of Jersey we have a sunshiny day, a bit cool at just 32 degrees but it is to get up to 61 before the day begins to cool again. I have to say, the daffodils and pansies and Hellebores (Lenten Rose) love these cool temps and are thriving. What’s our card for today? There isn’t one – it’s a box 😁. Todays post is all about the Stampin’ Up! Acetate Card Boxes, a bit of ribbon and Designer  Series Paper. Let’s take a look…

Acetate Card Box #1
Acetate Card Box #2

I’m going to walk you through this with photos and it’s really quite easy…

  • Cut your Acetate Card Box in half before opening it – at 4″. Put each half together, folding in the tabs and bottom.
  • Add Tear n Tape about 1/2″ from edge, beginning at the cut edge of the box and wrapping around the bottom to the next cut edge. Do this for both sides of each box.
Adding Tear n Tape & Ribbon
  • Cut ribbon 24″. The purple ribbon is NOT a Stampin’ Up! product – shame on me… but the other is Gray Granite Textured Weave 1/2′ ribbon
  • Beginning at bottom of box and on the back side, wrap ribbon up to cut edge, create a loop and then back down on the same side of the box, then turning box over continue the wrapping process. TIP: You will notice in the picture that I unraveled only a portion of the Tear n Tape as I went – this prevents sticking to any of your surface area if you put the box down. I used glue dots at the end of the ribbon to hold it in place.
Adding ribbon
Adding Tear n Tape & Ribbon
Picture from the top after ribbon added
  • Cut your DSP 6 x 4 3/8, and score at 2 3/4 and 3 1/4. Burnish. This becomes your bottom. I used Golden Honey Specialty DSP for both boxes. Add a glue dot to each side of the “bottom” about 1/2″ in from edge. This holds the paper in place and is covered by the ribbon. Slip your DSP inside the box. Adhere a glue dot at the top, also where the ribbon is, again to hold the paper in place.
  • Embellish you Acetate Box front… I used Pearlized Doilies and colored them. The purple is done with Blackberry Bliss ink and a roller. It creates a soft look. The Daffodil Delight doily was colored using Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends. I wanted it to really stand out.
Acetate Card Box #2
  • Using your Stitched Shapes Dies, cut a circle. Stamp your sentiment: for the purple box I used Part of My Story stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink; for the Daffodil Delight box I used the Honey Bee stamp set and Memento Black ink.
  • Adhere the circle to the doily with liquid glue. Adhere to the box with dimensionals. Add Glitter Enamel Dots.
  • Using the Detailed Bee Dies, cut two bees for each box from another piece of the Specialty DSP. Color the stripes on the bees with Dark Basic Black Stampin Blends. Adhere with dimensionals.
Acetate Card Boxes and Detailed Bee Dies

I love these little boxes and so fun to decorate. I’m preparing card kits for some of my students and will fill these with the card cuts. I think they will enjoy the little extra surprise for them.

Thanks for stopping by. Please check out the Clearance Rack as it has some really awesome products at a very reduced price. And the Honey Bee Dies are back in stock so order those quickly before they disappear.

May you have a beautiful day today.

Make someone happy by sending them a special gift!



Stampin’ Up! Flowering Foils Gift Set

Today’s project features the incredible Flowering Foils Specialty DSP that is a free Sale-a bration item when purchasing $50 worth of product, and some of our alcohol Stampin’ Up! Blends. Let’s take a look…

Coloring on this paper is so relaxing – really a cathartic for me – not that I’m stressed or anything. It simply just really get’s me going… I took one sheet of the foils and broadly cut out all the flowers. Then I sorted them putting them is piles of like flowers. That’s when I could start the coloring process, and I colored maybe four of them, then began trimming, so I could raise up some of the petals. The card has three layers on top of the card base. Here’s more detail…

  • Thick Whisper White for the card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″; 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″ for the inside
  • Lovely Lipstick 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ – cut 2, one is for the inside
  • Flowering Foils SDSP 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ for the front; 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ for the inside.


  • Color the flower using Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Up! Blends. Begin with the dark, coloring only one or two petals, then going back with the light to fill in. Complete the flower then go back and use the Color Lifter Blend to lighten areas that you think need it. This is where it really begins to look almost real 🙂 Curl the edges of the. petals using a bone folder.
  • Next do the leaves in Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Up! Blends. I didn’t use much color lifter on these, but did some.
  • Finally I colored the flower buds with the same Lovely Lipstick combination of blends.
  • Now do the trimming and layering process to your satisfaction. I colored some of those flowers that were on edges of the paper so they became the top layers of the flowers. Adhere the layers with dimensionals so it truly becomes a three dimensional project. The top flower needs the center colored and I used Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends for that. Keep curling the edges of the flower petals to get that “real” look.
  • I finally added Wink of Stella on the top couple of layers. I like the sparkle!
  • Add the bow: Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.

The inside…,

  • Super simple: adhere the additional Whisper White panel to the extra Lovely Lipstick.
  • Add the colored 1/8″ strip of the SDSP to the left of the Whisper White.
  • Adhere the Lovely Lipstick to the inside… Card is complete!

The gift bag follows the exact instruction from Sunn Stampin’ – I encourage you to watch her video on this. I simply used a different Flowering Foils SDSP to create the bag, then I decorated it.


  • Lovely Lipstick 2 1/2″ x 11 1/2″, gently creased around the finished bag, then score those creases, adhere tear n’ tape to the ends and wrap around and attach to the bag.
  • The flower was a double flower from the SDSP and I colored it the same as above. Then I used another layer on the bottom flower, trimming the petals apart a bit while still keeping them intact.
  • The lower flower has a Perennial Essence Floral Centers for the inner portion. I considered using another for the upper flower, but it was too much. Curl the edges of the petals using your bone folder, but be very gentle – you don’t want to pull the petals off.
  • Adhere a Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon and bingo -done.

Thanks for making a second stop with me today. Do tell me what you think of these projects. I had such fun coloring and putting together. 😏

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card.


Stampin’ Up! Flowering Foils Card and Gift Bag

My card today uses the stunning Stampin’ Up! Flowering Foils papers that can be earned with a $50 order. It also uses Daisy Lane Stamp set, Around the Corner stamp set, Beautiful Bouquet stamp set, the Medium Daisy punch and the Bouquet Bunch dies.Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But the card was super fun and easy to create. Here it is…

Isn’t this fun? I really, really like it. This Flowering Foils paper has some body to it, was easy to work with and is stunning in person. Pictures really does not do it justice. My intension was to make a masculine card but once I got started, well, you see what happened. It isn’t masculine at all!

Here are the details:

  • Smokey Slate card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Blueberry Bushel cut to 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Flowering Foils cut to 4 1/2″ x 3″

So how did I get this wonderful ombre effect? By using a brush roller! Using the roller, roll over the ink pad GOING IN ONE DIRECTION ONLY, NOT BACK AND FORTH. This allows the ink to cover the entire roller, not just sections of it. Put roller to paper starting at the top of the foils paper and moving downward. I did not go to the end of the piece as I wanted a gradient color. Continue this process until it’s to the depth of shade desired. Allow to dry a few minutes then buff lightly with a soft cloth to remove ink from the foil design. This is a bit of a messy process as it gets ink on your hands during the handling and holding of the paper. Just make certain the ink on your hands is dry before handling other papers!

  • Adhere the Flowering Foils piece to the Blueberry Bushel using liquid glue. Wrap braided linen thread around these two pieces and tie in a knot
  • Using the Daisy Lane stamp set stamp three daisies on Whisper White card stock and punch out with the Medium Daisy punch. Curl the petals by running a bone folder over the petals and lifting them. Adhere daisies together with glue dots. Adhere over the ribbon with a dimensional. Adhere a Gold Faceted Gem in the daisy center.
  • Stamp the “for you” using Blueberry Bushel ink and the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set onto a Whisper White scrap. Cut out using the Bouquet Bunch dies. Put a dimensional on the back, slip a length of linen thread through the hole and tie in a knot to the braided linen ribbon.
  • Adhere all this with dimenionals to the Smokey Slate cs and the card front is complete!

This card is for a friend who will be running a convention in a couple of months, and that’s why the sentiment on the inside. Here it is…

  • Blueberry Bushel 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Whisper White 4 1/2″ x 3″
  • Stamp the sentiment with Blueberry Bushel ink
  • Add a Noble Rhinestone jewel and the card is complete.

The envelope…

  • The envelope got the same treatment on the flap, using a piece of the Flowering Foils cut 2 1/4″ x 6″, adhering with liquid glue and trimming to size.
  • On the envelope front I stamped the sentiment from Around the Corner stamp set in Blueberry Bushel. Since this card will be hand delivered, I adhered five jewels from the Noble Peacock Rhinestone pack

I love this card – did I say that already? Hope you do as well. Now – on with the matching gift bag..


  • Cut a piece of Flowering Foils paper 6″ x 12″. Create the ombre effect as described above.
  • Score on the long side 1 1/2″, 5 3/4″, 7 1/4″ and 11 1/2″.
  • With the ombre on the right, score on the short side 1 1/2″
  • Burnish all score lines.
  • Remove the small 1/2″ section below the 1 1/2″ score line. Adhere Tear n’ Tape to the long 1/2″ section
  • Cut up to the 1 1/2″ score line
  • Fold over the bag to the Tear n’ Tape; fold up the bottom and adhere with Tear n’ Tape
  • Pinch top; Wrap a length of Braided Linen Ribbon around the bag, tie in a bow
  • Stamp the ‘Smile’ sentiment from the Daisy Lane stamp set in Blueberry Bushel. Punch out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Add you own ‘scrolly’ around the edge. Using the Tailored Tag Punch , punch another from Blueberry Bushel cs and cut in half. Adhere the white punched piece to the two sections of Blueberry Bushel creating an even border. Adhere with dimensionals to the bag. DONE!
  • I want to give credit to Pootles for the wonderful video on YouTube that inspired this fun set. Thank you!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you liked this fun set. Remember this Flowering Foils paper is available during the rest of Sale-a-bration (Mar 31!) with a $50 order. In other words it;s a FREE ITEM!

May you have a beautiful day. Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card.



Cute packaging using retired DSP

Hi All – happy August! Today is a fun project using retired Designer Series Paper (or in the Stampin Up! World DSP) Of course, any paper can be used, but this is a fun way to make use of that retired product. I’ve used 6 x 6 cardstock and cut that down to size. Here is a picture of the finished product – five  of them anyway – and so easy to do.

Here are the dimensions:

5″ wide scored at 1 1/8″, 2 1/4″, 3 3/8″ and 4 1/2″

4 3/4″ tall scored at 1″ at bottom. Burnish all score lines.


Look at the next picture to see how that was trimmed. Notice also the tear ‘n tape and where it is positioned. The first is the front side, the second is the inside of the package.


What’s fun then is to decorate! I used primarily the 1 3/8″ scalloped punch for the larger circle, and went from there, looking in my scrap bin for whatever I could find. On one of them are two sets of leaves from the leaf punch: one. In vellum, the other in Shaded Spruce to coordinate with the DSP. The spruce leaf is scored along each leaf and slightly curled to make it more three dimensional. The butterfly is reinforced on a piece of cardstock – cut from another retired DSP. The little dots are glitter dots – don’t you just love them? They bring the decoration to life. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings.

After puttting it together, I’ve pinched the top and punched a hole in which to thread the ribbon.

Questions? Feel free to ask! Let me know if I can help you create something fun. If you would like to place an order, please use my HOST CODE: 6YVUK6A9, which is good Aug 6-20, 2019. If you order is OVER $150, do not use the HOST CODE.

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