Nail Polish French Fry Box

imageHi Stampers, welcome back to my creative spa. Today I am sharing a cute little birthday present gift wrapping idea.

My daughter bought her cousin some nail polish and cute socks.  I didn’t have any gift bags small enough except Christmas bags.  So, I went on Pinterest looking for cute packaging ideas for nail polish.  I found lots of things that said “Mistle-toe”,  but nothing for a birthday.  It came to me that nail polish might fit in a french fry box.

Not only did it the two bottle of nail polish fit, the socks are on the bottom of the package as well!  Bonus!

I used the Perfect Pennants stamp set,  the  Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, the French Fry Box Die, 2″ circle punch, and the 1/2″ circle punch. Indigo Island card stock and ink, last but not least Whisper White card stock. We placed everything inside a gusseted bag.  My daughter stamped a tag and punched it using the Merry Everything Bundle. Then, tied it all together with silver ribbon.

I think this would make a great present almost any time of year.  Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays or even as a pamper yourself gift!  The box could be decorated in many colors for the occasion.  The possibilities are endless.

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Good To The Last Bite Poison Apples

Hi Stampers, welcome to my creative spa.  Or should I say my kitchen today? My daughter and I saw Poison Apples on Pinterest.  Once I saw the stamp set Merry Everything, I new I had to make some poison apples.

My first batch of poison didn’t turn out well.  I think I had the heat too high because my sugar was burning before it reached 250 degrees, let alone the 302 degrees it needed to be.  Luckily, I had a large bag of sugar :)  On my second attempt, I lowered the heat and I did manage to get get to the hard candy state.  These remind me of the candy apples I used to get at the fair (except they’re black instead of red).  They have the hard candy shell that it took several attempts to break the shell.

Here is the recipe:

  • 6 small apples washed & stems removed
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c/ light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black gel food coloring
  • candy apple sticks

Instructions:

  1. Place candy apple sticks into clean & dried apples
  2. In a sauce pan combine all ingredients
  3. Heat over med-high heat and let candy mixture come to a boil
  4. Let candy come to 302 degrees
  5. Once candy reaches 302 degrees, remove from heat and dip apples quickly
  6. Let excess candy drip off, place apples on a cookie sheet (either greased or covered with a sheet of parchment paper)  I use parchment paper so I don’t need to wash the cookie sheet.
  7. Allow apples to dry & harden
  8. Wrap in plastic & decorate packaging.  **I got the recipe from Sweet as a Cookie.image

Don’t they look just supper cute?  I think this may become a new family tradition.  Candy making was so much easier than I thought.  It only took one batch of burned sugar to get the hang of it 😉

 

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Fabulous Frankie Treat Holder

imageHi Stampers! Welcome to my creative spa.  Did you need a last minute Halloween treat holder?  These little Frankensteins are super cute and super easy to make. They hold a little snack size candy bars.

They are start with a 3″x3 1/2″ piece of green card stock.  I used Old Olive for most of them.  In the video, I used Garden Green.  I also used a grass punch for the hair, but a few snips with scissors can make the hair just as easily.

I love the fact that these only take a few minutes to make since I am always doing things last minute.  The exception to this, is planning my November Classes.  Make gift bags, Christmas cards, or a scrapbook tin.

On another note. My daughter has finished soccer.  She is now in tumbling, which is only one day a week instead of three.  I am also taking classes for my teacher recertification this semester. One of them is Google Analytics.  Since I have to analyze data, I will have to be more consistent with this blog.  Other classes kept me away- this one ail actually allow me to combine both my jobs.  Woohoo! Feel free to leave comments here, on my Youtube Channel, or my Facebook page.  Share it as well if you like.  The more data I have to analyze the better.

Here is the video to watch. Fabulous Frankie Treat Holders.

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November Classes

Hi Stampers, welcome back to my Creative Spa.

I can’t believe we are half way through October all ready.  Where has this year gone?  My grandmother used to tell me time went by faster and faster as you get older.  She was right on that one.

If you have been following me on Facebook, you know I have been preparing for many upcoming events.  Several of them are classes for November.

 

Gift Giving Galore: Let people know how special they are by wrapping those special gifts in a handmade gift bag with coordinating Christmas card. Make 6 bags and cards Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $30

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS STAMP-A-STACK: Christmas will be here before we know it. We all need Christmas cards. Come make 20 cards, five each of four designs. Matching envelopes included. Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $25

 

 

CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOK TIN: Make a cute Christmas scrapbook for a gift, or

keep it for yourself. This adorable metal tin will have places for up to 8 photos or journaling. Dates: November 5 or November 19 at 5:30pm. Fee: $15 (max limit 25)

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All classes will be held at the Bucksport Middle School Library.

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Please register 10 days before class date.  Space is limited. Contact me to register today!  Enjoy an afternoon or evening creating and socializing with a great group of crafty people.  Don’t forget to bring your scissors and favorite adhesive.

 

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Congratulations Michelle & Adam

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Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

Today is a quick post about a former coworker.  Or should I say the gift bag and matching card for her and her groom.

The bag was made with 12×12 Designer Series Paper.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colors pack.  The card is Bermuda Bay card stock and ink, along with Whisper White card stock and Jet Black ink.

I used the Chalk Talk stamp set. The verse is the Label Love Bundle. Don’t you just love the bundles? I makes stamping and punching so much easier! (And who doesn’t want to save 15% on stamping supplies?)

If you want to see how to make your down gift bag, I have a video here.

So now I am off to a soccer game.  The final one of the season, then to Michelle and Adam’s wedding.

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October Pumpkin

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

imageThe other day I talked about keeping up with my blog and the next thing you know, I had internet problems.  I am not a computer savvy person.  It took me a while to reach someone to find out all I needed to do was unplug my modem and router box.  Luckily it wasn’t anything more than that because I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself.

October is here, which means leaves changing, corn stalks, and pumpkins.  I am sure you have seen all sorts of boxes made with the new Curvy Keepsake Box.  I made a little pumpkin box with it.

Isn’t it just the cutest little box?  It only takes moments to make one of these.  The leaves were stamped with the Fall Fest stamp set.  Instead of the matching framelits, I used an oval punch to cut them out.  a little twine and an Autumn Wooden Elements.  I love easy peasy projects, don’t you?

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Holiday Catalog is Here!

 

Hi Stampers, welcome back to the Creative Spa!

Main_HolidayCatalog_OLO_9.1-30.2014_USDid you know the HOLIDAY CATALOG is here!  Click here is you want to download it. If you didn’t receive your free copy in the mail, please let me know immediately and I will get a copy to you.

It has so many cute things in it!  I can’t wait to share my ideas with you.  Here is my first project.  It is made with the the Curvy Keepsake Box framelitimage

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock and stamped the long lines with Work of Art stamp set.  The leaves were from Fall Fest. (Which comes in those bundles we love so much.) I used the oval punch to cut the leaves out instead of the framelit.  I added a piece from the Autumn Wooden Elements for a cute accent and a piece of twine.

Wouldn’t these be adorable to give to co-workers, neighbors, or to have them as part of a dinner setting?   I think it would be a Trick or Treat package as well.

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Blendabilities 101

 

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If you are like many of my customers you have been curious about alcohol markers but hesitant to try them because of expense and complicated color systems. Stampin’ Up! has seen the need and a simple and affordable alternative in the newly released Stampin’ Blendabilities alcohol markers. I am so excited to share them with you!

Alcohol markers are popular for their vibrant colors and the ability to blend and shade without the streaking you can get with traditional markers. Other brands offer quality and variety, but can be frustrating to use and too costly for paper crafters. Stampin’ Blendabilities come in sets of 3 pre- coordinated (light, medium, and dark) shades of the same color instead of complicated scheme that take time to learn. The colors coordinate with all our products, making it easy for you to coordinate your coloring with cardstock, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.

These markers don’t require expensive paper to look good, I recommend our Whisper White cardstock. Let me show you how you can use these markers on more than just paper. I know over a dozen different techniques for alcohol markers

I am holding a Blendabilites 101 Class at our local Middle School.  August 27 at 6 pm.  You will leave with two full cards, two 3×3″ cards and a sticky note holder.It’s time to unleash your inner artist!

Reserve your spot today and get ready to learn some of the many alcohol marker techniques that I know you’ll love using again and again!

Class includes the projects featured above PLUS you will receive your own set of Blendabilities Markers to take home with you that night.

Join me live for $25 or
Class To Go option for $30

You must register with me no later than August 18 for either option. Email me today to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

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Big News- Big Shot Special

 

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Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 8.46.25 AMDo You own a Big Shot Yet?  YOU NEED TO GET ONE THIS MONTH!! It should be a gift to yourself.  This is an investment, however, it is one of my (and many others) favorite tool.  It can be used with dies to cut  endless shapes, use it with framelits that match your

Purchase a Big Shot and receive a free bundle (choose one of the five exclusive bundles available)
NOTE:

Orders may be placed on any order type ( workshop, or online order)
Big Shots and Bundles added to Starter Kits do not qualify for this promotion.
Big Shots and Bundles entered on Hostess Free and 50% off merchandise, do not qualify for promotion.
There is no limit to the number of times a customer may participate.
Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set is part of our holiday catalog.
Promotion Dates and Deadlines: August 1-31, 2014

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Paper Pumpkin Freebie

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Hi Stampers.  Do you love stamping and scrapbooking, but you feel like you don’t have time for it?  Paper Pumpkin might be just the perfect item for you so you feel like a Stamping Princess!

If you join Paper Pumpkin before March 31, you will receive a set of markers absolutely FREE!

Paper Pumpkin is another great way to get stamps and all the products shipped straight to your door.  Each month a new kit will come to you, and it takes about 30 minutes to complete each project.  Your first kit will be the Welcome Kit (shown above).  Then approximately the 15th of each month you will receive an new kit.  Some months you will receive card kits, other months will be scrapbooks or other items.  Below is a video of February’s projects.

February 2014 Paper Pumpkin
Doesn’t that look cute?

Here are some projects I made with Paper Pumpkin.image The card in the upper right hand corner is how the card was supposed to be made.  I used other stamp sets I had in conjunction with the cards.

I just loved the stamp “Seriously”.  I couldn’t count how many times I said that last year at the day care.  The bathroom was in a building across the parking lot.  Let me tell you, it doesn’t matter how many times you announce that you are going to the bathroom, and you tell little children they need to go try.  Within 5 minutes of returning, someone has to go again.  I said it so many times, little five year olds started saying it too. :)

Don’t miss out on the chance to order Paper Pumpkin and earn a free set of markers.

 

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Sweet Sorbet Memories

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Yesterday I said I had been stamping a long time.  Anyone remember these metal dvd tins Stampin’ Up used to sell a long time ago.  I had a stack of them in a box.  I had used them for craft fair items.  Since I am not doing craft fairs any more, I figured I take them apart and do something else with them.

I made a little scrapbook out of one.  Maggie Patterson reminded me of how that used to be popular.  Once again, what was old is now new.

I used the Saleabration paper Sweet Sorbet to decorate the tin inside and out.  I also used the 2 1/2″ circle punch and scallop punches with the Five-Way Flower for the outside as well.

The inside scrapbook pages are made with  Pistachio Pudding card stock.  It was cut to size.  You could so this will any metal container you may have.  Or even do it with one of our stamp cases.  These would make great gifts for small events such as sporting events or vacations.                                                                            image

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • #131088 Five-Way Flower
  • #129404 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • #127811 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • #119854 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • #118874 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • #118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
  • #120906 2 1/2″ Circle Punch
  • #131294 Pistachio Pudding Card Stock
  • Sweet  Sorbet Designer Series Paper FREE FROM THE SALEBRATION CATALOG!

Don’t miss out on Saleabration.  It ends March 31.

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Easter Egg Holder

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I realized I missed a post yesterday.  Oops.  Sorry about that.  I hand;t realized I had shared all my stamp projects with you.  I guess I will have to stamp this weekend.  Boy doesn’t that hurt my feelings.

I have a quick project that I wanted to try.  I have seen these cute little egg holders on Pinterest.  I thought they were so cute and simple and it used the new Scallop Tag Punch which I think just dresses things up just a touch.

I used Paula Knall’s directions and used them for imperial measurements. She is from the UK.  Cut your card stock 2″x8″.  Score at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.  Next use the oval from the Designer Frames embossing folder (which is one of this weeks special deals)  on one side.  Use the extra large oval punch to cut the center of the oval out.  Punch both ends of the project with the Scallop Tag Punch.  From there you can decorate the front of your holder.  I used the Petite Petals bundle set.  I used the Old Olive ribbon which is still available from t the clearance rack.  I just love this ribbon.

My plastic eggs came pre-filled from the dollar store.  They came in packs of eight.  They were just the right size.  I put a glue dot on the bottom of the eggs to help hold them in place a little better.  Some of my eggs will be traveling.

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • #134821 (wood mount) #134822 (clear mount) Petite Petals Bundle
  • #133324 Scallop Tag Punch
  • #123130 Designer Frames Embossing Folder
  • #113430 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #119859 Extra Large Oval Punch
  • #129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • #105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • #126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  • #125858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad

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Tea Bag Holder Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers.  Did you remember to change your clocks last night?  For me, Daylight Savings is like a personal holiday. I dread winter days in Maine that end at 4:30 p.m.  Today is the beginning of days being longer, warmer weather, and summer vacation will be here before we know it.  I can’t wait.

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Friday I posted these little tea bag holders.  I am amazed at the response they had. Quite a few people asked me how to make them.  I have to admit, it is not my original idea.  I received one from Ellen Boyle in 2009.  After a decade of stamping, I have been stamping long enough that what is old is new again.  How does that happen since I don’t seem to be getting any older??  Oh well, it means I can share these awesome ideas with my new stamping friends.

I love quick, easy projects that come from the heart.  Sweet little gifts given for no particular reason lets people know how important they are to you.  This project will take about 10 minutes to make, if that.  It can hold two tea bags, a tea bag and a chocolate or two chocolates :)

Tea Bag Holder Video Tutorial

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Tea for Me, Tea for You

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Good Morning Stampers.  Today I have a cute little tea holder.  It can actually hold two tea bags.  However, how would we ever get our chocolate if we did that?

imageHere is the tea holder once it is open.  As you can see, there are two pockets on the inside.  I placed a tea bag and a chocolate in them.  It could hold two tea bags, two chocolates, or anything else that is small.  Maybe some earrings & necklace set.  Wouldn’t  this make such a cute gift just to let someone know you are thinking of them?

Supplies needed to make this project:  

  • #133818 Vivid Vases
  • #133521 Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper** Free with $50 purchase during Saleabreation
  • #131294 Pistachio Pudding Card Stock
  • #131298 Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
  • #130021 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Trim
  • #131260 In Color Markers 2012-2014
  • #170030 Whisper White Card Stock
  • #101406 Staz On Jet Black Ink

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Tag It Tissue Holder

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Tag It is featured in  this months Stamp of the Month Club.  Did you see the post here?  Paper Therapy will come straight to your mailbox when you join the Stamp of the Month Club.

A wonderful benefit to this stamp set, Tag It,  is the Ronald McDonald House charities.  For every stamp set purchased, $3 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities.  While you are building your stamp collection, you will be helping families in need.

To get the complete directions for all three projects you will have to be a subscribing member.  With each monthly membership you will receive printed directions and I will also make one of the projects on a video tutorial.  This month I am showing how to make a tissue holder.  I used Kleenex brand tissue because I figured those can be purchased nation wide.  I am not sure if the dollar store brands are the same size or not.  (Also, I could purchase these right at the store in our tiny town. I didn’t want to drive 30 minutes for a package of tissues.)
Tissue Holder Video

You may have noticed in a few spots I sounded a little flustered.  I am sorry for that.  I had all my pieces cut ready to show you how to make this little box.  It sounds easy enough.  First I had miscut my card stock, misscored it, etc.  If you name it, it probably went wrong on the video.  Oh well, I am crafter not a movie producer :) .

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Something Special for Someone Special

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Do you ever need a cute little pouch to put something in?  Perhaps something for a CD or photographs?  This is one of the fastest and cutest projects you will ever make.  A half sheet o f Designer Series Paper, a half sheet of white card stock, and a little bit of ink is all you need.

Start off with a 6′ X 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper(DSP).  I used  Crips Cantaloupe in this sample.  You want to score it at 4″ and 10″.  I punched a 6″ strip of Whisper White card stock with the Scallop Boarder Punch.  I adhered this to the smaller flap, which will become the top flap. This helps cover the small gap when the flap is closed. Place a strip of sticky strip on the two outer edges of of the 4″ piece.  This will form the pocket.

Next you will want to make a belly band for the top.  It is 1 1/2″x 11″.  It does not quite go all the way around the top of the package.  That’s ok, do not panic.  Use your Decorative Label punch with another coordinating color from your DSP.  I used Baked Brown Sugar.  Place a dimensional on each edge of the whisper white band.  Place the punched piece of Baked Brown Sugar over the dimensionals.  This will make the spacing come out perfectly.  Use coordinating ribbon as well.  I used about 13″-14″ of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffle Trim.

Third, stamp the large label from Chalk Talk on Whisper White card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Cut it out using your Big Shot and the coordinating Chalk Talk frame lit dies.  I hooked the label onto the ribbon.  I placed a dimensional near the top just to help hold it in place a little better.  Make sure it is only on the white belly band so it doesn’t stick to your pouch.

Here is the pouch opened.  It is the perfect size to place a stack of  4″x6″ photos.  Or if

imageyou’d like to give hundreds of photos, place a CD inside the pouch.  Maybe some sort of thin chocolate bar would fit in there instead of photos? Hmmm….  What will you put in your pouch?

Supplies need to make this project:

  • 130031 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon
  • 120907 Decorative Label Punch
  • 130136 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 131174 Baked Brown Sugar Ink Pad
  • 134439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 130658 Magneti Platform
  • 132731 (wood mount) or 132730 (clear mount) Chalk Talk Bundle- save 15%

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Party Bags

Are you having a birthday party for your child and need those little goodie bags to send home with all the little children?  Do you need a quick little gift bag for some small items?  I have made a gift bag holder that is so easy, it can be made at the last minute.  Which is usually when I get things done.

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Stampin’ Up! has these cute little Tag a Bag Gift Bags with a cute chevron pattern on them.  There is also an accessory kit to go with it.  However, I used one of the Paper Lace Doilies and a strip of the In-colors Designer Series Paper about 1″ wide cut into a banner.

I stamped one of the flowers from Flower Shop with Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana card stock.  I used the Pansy Punch to punch it out. (Purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 15%.)

I used a glue dot to adhere the Strawberry Slush button to the flower.  A few more glue dots to adhere the completed flower to the banner.  I used a staple to close the bag shut once the party favors were placed inside.

Supplies needed to create this project:

  • 131370 Tag a Bag Gift Bags
  • 129399 Tea Lace Paper Doilies
  • 130136 In Color Boutique Details
  • 131175 Coastal Cabana Ink Pad
  • 131297 Coastal Cabana Card Stock
  • 130136 Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 103683 Glue Dots
  • 132727 Flower Shop Bundle

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So Grateful for Sticky Notes

imageBefore the invention of smart phones, or should I say before I ever owned a smart phone, I was the queen of the sticky notes!   I would drive my husband crazy with them.  They weren’t even “honey do” lists, they were notes to myself.  They were every where, which is what drove him bonkers.

I still love sticky notes and I still buy them in bulk at the beginning of the school year.  They last a little longer now because I can put some things on my phone.

Here is a sticky note cover.  It used the 2013-2015 In Colors.  Baked Brown Sugar is the base,  Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper for the top layer.  Strawberry Slush is used for the belly band and ribbon trim.  I stamped the verse from Chalk Talk onto white card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink and punched it with the large oval punch.

These little sticky note gifts would be perfect for teachers, secretaries, or busy moms.  They are useful and inexpensive.  Make a batch to give your friends today!

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About You Gift Card Holder

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Do you have one of those friends or relatives that has everything?  Do you need another gift card holder idea?  Here is a fun and easy gift card holder that you can make in just minutes before you head out the door.

All you need is your Big Shot, Deco Label Dies (two largest sizes), and a stamp and you are ready to go.  I cut two of the largest size dies from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and a half piece of Designer Series Paper for the inside.  With the second largest die, cut one piece from white card stock.

I stamped the image from Really Good Greetings with Strawberry Slush ink on the white card stock.  I wrapped two layers of ribbon. One in Strawberry Slush and one in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I layered it onto the top layer of Crisp Cantaloupe with dimensionals.

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On the inside of the card to make the pocket, I cut small amounts of red sticky strip  to place around the outside edges of the designer series paper.  I actually cut the sticky strip in half length wise so it was 1/8″ wide.  I wanted the most room possible for the gift card.  (I know you’re thinking that’s chocolate Stace, not a gift card.  Well, it is easier to find chocolate in my house.) I also cut a piece of Strawberry Slush card stock 1/4″ wide for decorative trim at the top of the pocket.

Once the top and bottom layers were completed, I used a small silver brad at the top to connect the two.  It makes a nice little swivel hinge.  There you have it.  A simple gift card holder.

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Button, Button, Who Has the Button?

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Are you like me? Do you have several empty button containers?  Want a way to upcycle them?

These little containers are empty button containers.  Simply peel off the Stampin’ Up! labels off.

A small amount of wash tape wraps perfectly around the base.  The 2 1/2″ circle punch covers the top and bottom of the containers.  The large scallop punch makes wonderful little flowers for the top.  I crumpled the Designer Series Paper in my hand first for some added texture.  I held the layers together with a tiny brad, then I then covered it with a button.

One thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates so well.  The paper, the inks, the accessories all go together.

These make cute packages for earrings or any small gift.  Heck, I would love one filled with a few M&Ms in it.

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