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This card is a step up from the All Dressed Up card I shared last week — the fold of the card stock adds an extra pop to an already “wow” card!
Here are the easy directions for the Fancy Fold Flap card:
- Cut a ¼ sheet of card stock for the base (Primrose Petals) and layer as desired. Used here: More Amore Designer Series Paper (see the paper online – 129309)
- Cut a long piece for the center flap (Pool Party) at 3” x 11”.
- Decorate layers then fold long piece in half and attach around the back of the ¼ sheet layer.
Don’t forget, you can get the stamp set and the framelits together at a 15% discount! (check that online – 131095 for clear mount)
And while you’re thinking FAIRY TALES… don’t forget to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin subscription! You’ll want to sign up now to get your monthly kit in the mail — a sort of Cinderella’s pumpkin, turned into something beautiful by her Fairy Godmother.
I’d love to be your Fairy Godmother of Stamping! Be sure to visit www.MyPaperPumpkin.com and click “get it” at the bottom left corner. Select me (Meg Loven, IL) as your demonstrator.
Then drop me an email to let me know that you’ve signed up, and I’ll have a special gift for you to go with your kit!
Stamps: All Dressed Up; Ink: Regal Rose; Paper: Primrose Petals, Pool Party, More Amore Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray; Accessories: Big Shot, Vanilla 5/8″ Flower Trim, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Chevron Embossing Folder, Pearl Jewels, Dress Up Framelits Dies,
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
Here’s an idea for you!
My daughter and I created these for her class using My Digital Studio 2 (love it!).
We printed them at home, cut them out and attached them to tubes of gumballs.
Want to learn more about My Digital Studio?
Last week I posted a Family Banner project, complete with Video Tutorial.
My Digital Studio 2 (learn more about it) is a terrific tool for whatever you want to create!
Here are some other Valentine ideas & inspiration:
- Simple Lollipop Valentines
- Embossed Resist Technique
- Pop-Up Matchbook Valentines
- Petal Cone Artisan Valentine Card (with video tutorial)
- Lollipop Cover for school treats
Another MDS tip for you — did you know that all the fonts on your computer will be available to you in MDS2? The font I used for the “CHEWS” is called Party LET, and you can get it here!
Or try learning more about how I’ve used My Digital Studio for school projects, home decor, treats and more!
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
Do you love the look of this trend? It’s everywhere — these little medallions are popping up everywhere, and they’re amazingly simple to make at home as a DIY craft project.
You can use any bottlecap, but I’ve found that the Soda Pop Tops from Stampin’ Up! are really nice to work with — they smash easily and they have a great metallic finish. (see them online – 129388). They come as a package of 8 ‘regular’ sized ones (1″ circle punch will fit) and 8 little ones (1/2″ circle punch for the center) for $3.95.
I’m starting a “bottlecaps anonymous” group, in case anyone else needs to join me. I think you qualify if you purchase more than 5 little boxes of these
They’re so easy!! Here are the directions:
- Stamp or print image and punch with ¾” Circle Punch (see it online – 119873).
- Punch 1” Circle (see it online – 119868) of First Edition Designer Paper.
- Run Soda Pop Top (see them online – 129388) through your Big Shot (see it online – 113439) to flatten (no tabs, between two Cutting Plates)
- Use a thin layer of Crystal Effects clear glaze (see it online – 101055) to attach all layers and coat over top. Add rhinestone.
- Poke a little hole with your Piercing Tool, toss on a jump ring from the craft store, and add a strip of ribbon.
Okay, here’s where you’ll see the difference on these little treats. It’s in the Tricks & Tips:
- Having trouble with your image bleeding? To prevent this, stamp, punch and then press your circle into a VersaMark Ink Pad (see it online – 102283 ). Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder (see it online – 109130) and heat to melt. No more bleeding!
- Need a smaller monogram? No problem! I used Broadsheet Alphabet Digital Download (122159) on this one. I added my letters into a project on My Digital Studio (learn more about this software) and then printed them so they’d fit in a 3/4″ Circle Punch. Don’t have MDS? NOT a problem! You can get the Broadsheet Alphabet Digital Download and use it in ANY program… Microsoft Word, Photoshop Elements, etc. And there’s no shipping on Digital Downloads, AND you get it right away — instantly (see the download online).
Too much fun. These make terrific crafty gifts, or a fun weekend or spring break project to do with kids. You can even use the Circle Punches to cut out magazine photos or images that strike your fancy. There’s pretty much no end to the creativity.
We’ve been making these this month at several of my events — at Stamp Club with Meg which meets here monthly, and also at our January Demonstrator Stamp & Share Event. Don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in learning more about all the fun we have as demonstrators!!
Oh, and yes, you can use these bottlecaps on cards or scrapbooking projects! Click here to see some other ideas from my blog.
Stamps: Broadsheet Alphabet (Digital Download); Paper: First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White; Accessories: Big Shot, Soda Pop Tops, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Crystal Effects;
Earlier in December I was invited to teach a journal-making class for elementary school students at The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, Illinois. Of course since my pre-order of goodies for the Spring Catalog had just arrived, I had to pull out some new goodies to use on my notebook.
Some of my favorite Sneak Peek items — the Tea Lace Paper Doilies, the Artisan Embellishments Kit (with buttons, lace, ribbon, printed pieces, etc.) and the Hearts A Flutter stamp set. Remember, you can start ordering these items on January 3rd!
To turn this plain composition notebook into a journal, here’s what I did:
- Brush Mod Podge on the back of lightweight kraft paper (I used the packing paper from Stampin’ Up! orders — it’s free!)
- Adhere paper to journal and fold or trim the edges
- Begin the collage project – acrylic paint with foam brushes for background smudges or to cover chipboard
- Apply acrylic paint to stamps with a light touch using a foam brush, being sure to wash stamps right away (the Stampin’ Scrub – see it online – works great here)
- Add buttons and dimensional elements securely with Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive - aka Green Lid Glue – (see it online)
Here are a few more of the photos from this fun library event:
Stamps: Hearts A Flutter; Paper: Tea Lace Paper Doilies, More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Petite Pennant Builder Punch, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Baker’s Twine, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Acrylic Paint
Have you been furiously working on your MDS2 projects so that you can print them and take advantage of the 31% off on professionally printed photobooks and pages? And are you going crazy trying to make the August 31st deadline?
GREAT news for you!! (and for me, as I’m still working on my projects, too) Stampin’ Up! has EXTENDED the 31% Off Digital sale until September 14!
They know you and I are wrapping up summer stuff, getting everybody back to school, and things are busy. Now everybody can have a little more breathing room to finish their projects to send off to the print services. And don’t forget about the 31 digital content items on sale too. (learn more about that on my blog)
Still trying to figure out My Digital Studio and MDS2? I have a handy chart on my blog that talks about your options and helps you find the perfect choice for YOU.
It’s a simple book, but the pictures tell the story! I put it together using the Summer Smooches Digital Photobook Template (available as a digital download).
Simple to create — I actually made 90% of it on an airplane to Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up! Convention this summer!
Just printed 2 copies to show to my troop moms — one in hard cover and one in soft cover. And each of them can decide if they’d like a copy to have for their own daughter.
Because who doesn’t want to remember a weekend camping in tents in the rain? Seriously though, we had a great time and ALL the girls can’t wait to go back!
Here’s another project idea — a quick and simple one. A great feature of 2-step stamp sets is that they make for quick projects. These sets are an outline stamp and a background stamp image all in one set. The coloring is done for you with the 2nd stamp!
And I don’t know about you, but I definitely think CHOCOLATE is a “reason to smile”
The quick tag on this project was finished by adding the Happy Birthday greeting from Bring On The Cake (see it online).
Looking for other projects with candy?? I LOVE using candy with my stamping treats! Here are a ton of ideas on my blog.
Looking for a fun summer project? This one is great for kids and grown-ups alike! Try using your stamps to make your own Charm Bracelet! Here are some samples of bracelets that the kids made at Summer Scrap Camp here last month with shrink art plastic.
The charms are made with shrink plastic (check your local craft store – ie Shrinky Dinks) and are stamped with a variety of images. Here are two of our favorites from Stampin’ Up!:
- Easy Events (see it online – clear mount 123225 or wood 116958)
- Make A Monster (see it online – clear 120606 or wood 118742)
Here are the directions for making your charms:
- Cut plastic to size (ours were 2 x 2 1/2″)
- Stamp with Jet Black Staz-On Ink (see it online – 101406)
- Color with permanent markers (colors darken a LOT when shrunk)
- Round corners with a Corner Rounder Punch (see it online – 119871)
- Shrink according to directions in the oven, or use your Heat Tool for a more instant gratification (see it online – 129053)
- Add to your favorite charm bracelet!
Have fun this summer and make a few charms to show off your stamping style! Or looking for more kid projects? Here are some other suggestions on my blog!
Here’s what you need:
- Big Shot Die Cut Machine
- die shape of your choice
- Embossing Folder
- hardware store supplies: #9 wire (for stake), aluminum flashing (get it in 6″ width for easy use)
- beads & wire of your choice
1. Cut a piece of aluminum flashing to fit your Big Shot (tin snips are a great tool — get them at the hardware store).
2. Cut the shape with your Big Shot (see it online) and the die of your choice (my favs are new Oval Accents – see it, Top Note – see it or Scallop Circle - see it). You can cut a butterfly to add, too (Beautiful Butterflies die – see it). Here’s the sandwich from the top down:
- cutting plate
- tag board shim
- cutting plate
3. Use your Big Shot and an Embossing Folder (see them all online) to add the texture to the cut aluminum. (My fav folders for this project are Flower Garden - see it, Elegant Lines – see it, and Manhattan Flower – see it)
4. Use your Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole at the top for the hook and at the bottom for any beading wires you want to hang.
5. Add beading of your choice (I did mine on a fine wire and wound the ends to keep the beads on).
6. Make your stake: If your wire comes on a roll, straighten a length of it by hand before you cut. Cut a length of #9 wire (bolt cutters work great — get them at the hardware store). Add the hook and curve at the top. This was a 2 person job at my house — each of use with a pair of vise-grip pliers.
Last week we made these at Mary Ellen’s house, and since my mom was here visiting, we ran out and got supplies to make our own. And yesterday at Scrap Camp for Kids, I had 20 school-aged kids make these themselves.
With the shine and the way they swing in the wind, we decided that these are definitely a classy step up from hanging empty pie tins in the garden to keep pests away
Another thought… want to get your Big Shot and pick out your cutting die for free? Plus get a discount on other dies & Embossing Folders that you want? Be sure to check out the special on the Demonstrator Starter Kit – and teach this craft to your own friends!
I’m alive — I promise! I’ve gotten a few emails in the past few days wondering where my blog posts have been. I have to say that I’m glad that you miss me! We are in the midst of summer — a Girl Scout overnight at the Indianapolis Zoo to sleep with the dolphins (highly recommended for both scouts & adults!), plus this week is Vacation Bible School at our church (let me know if you’d like to join us for tonight’s final evening!). Plus art camp, Scrap Camp, Eco-Adventures…it’s all a fun summer blur.
I’m fighting with my computer to get some pictures uploaded of the project the kids did here yesterday at Summer Scrap Camp — it’s definitely a project for any crafter!
Last month I was supposed to attend a Girl Scout awards night for leaders. I volunteered to bring along flowers for the awards recipients, complete with stamped tags celebrating everyone’s achievements. I made about 15 bouquets to hand out at the event.
I have to say that I’m completely addicted to the Apothecary Art stamp set (see it online), and the coordinating Labels Collection Framelits (see them online). In fact, here are more sample ideas on my blog, including a Video Tutorial. I was so happy when they all came out in the New Catalog on June 1st!
Each little bouquet of a rose, baby’s breath and some greenery was tied with a piece of coordinating ribbon (since Stampin’ Up! has great ribbon colors to match the Card Stocks and Inks — see online).
Here’s a shot of one of the bouquets (yes, sorry it’s laid out on my kitchen floor!):
So next time you have an event — think about how your stamping supplies can come in handy for making it special!