Tutorial: Handmade Box

Tutorial: Handmade Box!

My last post featured a custom designed box. Today I am sharing my Tutorial: Handmade Box. I am featuring a couple different Designer Series Papers so you can see what a versatile box it can be.

Tutorial: Handmade Box


  • 4-1/2” x 6” – Designer Series Paper of Choice
  • 4-7/16” x 5-15/16” – Coordinating Cardstock
  • Simply Scored Scoring Tool
  • Adhesive of Choice
  • Accessories, Stamps and Inks to Embellish the finished box


Photo Instructions:

Step 1:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 1

Step 2: Both pieces should like like this!

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 2

Step 3:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 3

Step 4:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 4

Step 5:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 5

Step 6:

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Step 7: Decorate as desired!

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Step 7

I used these products to decorate my boxes:

Tutorial: Handmade Box - Supplies

Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set, Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Window Box Thinlits Dies, In Color Enamel Shapes (Item#141410), Metallics Sequin Assortment (Item#138390), Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine (Item#141682), 3/8″ Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon (Item#141693),  Aqua Painter (Item#103953), Wink of Stella – Clear (141897), Soft Sky (Item#131181) & Basic Black (Item#140931) Ink Pads.

Click here to order these, or any other products for your stamping or scrapbooking needs! And remember, you still have today to place your $50 order and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration product!!! LAST DAY!!!

Celebrate Handmade Box

Celebrate Handmade Box!

I happened to be attending a birthday gathering a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to take some party favors for the event. I used Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the Black & White with a “POP” of Color Challenge to come up with this cute little Celebrate handmade box. It is the quickest and easiest of the projects I have shared recently because it only requires a very small amount of coloring.

Celebrate Handmade BoxThe supplies you will need to recreate the box are:

  • Stamps: Thoughtful Banners (also available as a bundle!)
  • Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red
  • Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • AccessoriesInside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, Duet Banner Punch, 3/8″ Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon, Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Adhesive of Choice

Are you wondering what I put inside the Celebrate Handmade Box? A favorite of my family and friends… Flavored Kit Kats from Japan!

Celebrate Handmade Box - Open

Come back tomorrow for a photo tutorial on how to create a box similar to the one above! And, don’t forget to check out all the other Sale-A-Bration products that are available FREE with your $50 purchase… now through the end of March!

Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box!

Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box!

I’m continuing my theme of Sale-A-Bration products today with an Altered Handmade “Hanging” Pad and Gift Box using the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. Both are examples of “more coloring”. They are small items so they don’t take very long to makee.

Altered Handmade "Hanging" PadI started creating these altered “Hanging” Pads as one of the items I sell at Vendor Fairs. I often package them with a mini gel pen. The book ring makes it convenient to “hang” from a purse strap so they are always available. They are the perfect gift for anyone who needs to have pen and paper handy all the time!

This one uses the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (from Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion), the NEW Watercolor Pencils, and the Bee Die from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.

(Note: I will be posting a tutorial on how to make this later this week or next so be sure to be watching for it!)

Those of you who know me personally know I Inside the Lines Gift Boxlove to give little thank you gifts, or gifts of appreciation. Usually they include some type of candy or chocolate. This gift box is the perfect size for a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, a small Easter egg, or a few candies.

I watercolored  the FREE Inside the Lines designer series paper – and added touched of Wink of Stella (Clear) – before forming it into the box. I wanted an elegant way to close the top of the box. I think the Gold Binder Clips and 5/8″ Organza Ribbon were perfect for that! What do you think?

Again, the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is one of the FREE products still available through Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion. several of the other free products have already sold out and the inventory for many of the others is getting low. Go HERE to place your order before the supply runs out!

Spotlight Technique… with Inside the Lines!

Spotlight Technique: with Inside The Lines!

Sale-A-Bration is almost over so I am featuring some of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products in the next few posts. Today it is the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, featuring the Spotlight Technique.

Stampin’ Up!’s Inside the Lines designer series paper can be earned for FREE until the end of this month. It is a fun black and white paper that is coloring book style. It can be colored as much or as little as you would like, making it a very versatile paper. Today’s Spotlight Technique sample falls somewhere in the middle.

Inside the Lines for Spotlight Technique

Would you believe the Spotlight Technique has been around for a LONG time, but I had never tried it. I decided it was time to give it a try. I am so glad I did because it ended up being a quick and easy card. It also gave me the chance to watercolor with my Aqua Painter and ink pads. (Note: Make sure your Aqua Painter is wet, but not too wet.)

Spotlight Technique: Inside the Lines

I used:

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Sale-A-Brations is coming to an end, but you still have until the end of this week to take advantage of the promotion! FREE product is available to you for every $50 purchase. You can view the products here. Please be aware that some of the Occasions Catalog products have been added to the list of  FREE items. Some of the inventory of others is low, so be sure to get your orders in asap. (Note: As of right now these items have already “sold out” and are no longer available: Card Tin, 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Other items may also have “sold out” over the weekend. If you get a “No results” or “not order able” message then that item has also “sold out”. Sorry.)

Contact me with any questions or leave a comment below.

Technique: Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers can be difficult. The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack falls into this category. It is perfect for quick cards by adding a saying but most of the nature patterns featured are large and out of proportion for images. My last post featured the beach pattern, along with the Beautiful You stamp set. Today’s card is another great way to use the two together. It reminds me of my youth. I used to sit in grassy meadows just to listen to the quiet. Something that is hard to do these days.

Scenery Papers with Beautiful You

To recreate the card you will need:

It would be good as a Get Well, Thinking of You or Sympathy card. Simply change the saying to use it for other occasions.

I would love to see your cards that use the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack! Feel free to email them to me. I just may feature them on my blog, with your permission of course!

Technique: Paper Piecing

Technique: Paper Piecing

In my last post I featured the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! using black and white with a splash of red using paper piecing. Today I continue with the paper piecing technique only this time the featured paper is the 6″x6″ Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. Paper piecing is a fun card making technique that will give your cards a unique look. It adds so much color and texture to your images. Especially images that include clothing, as in the dress and hat on today’s Beautiful You cards.

Paper Piecing - Beautiful You

The above cards feature many of the same products that were used in my last post – the Beautiful You stamp set and the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper – but they also feature the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and the Me = Grateful stamp set. The cards are quick and easy to create, and exactly what I needed not just for my card collection, but also to show you a fun way to use the beach scene from the Serene Scenery paper collection AND an alternate use for the Envelope Paper. (It’s not just for envelopes!) I’m looking forward to playing with the other scenes that are featured in both collections.

Envelope Paper for Paper Piecing

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I’ll be sharing more projects using the Beautiful You stamp set, and so much more, over the next few weeks, so be sure to come back often and see what I have to share.

Black – White with a POP of Color!

Black – White with a POP of Color!

I participated in a recent challenge where the theme was Black – White with a POP of color. Today’s projects are the result of that challenge. (Note: I’ll be sharing another project I created for the challenge next week, so be watching for it.)

I hadn’t played with my NEW Beautiful You stamp set yet. Like many of you, I accidentally ordered the wood mount version instead of the clear mount version. I had been trying to decide whether or not to exchange it for the clear mount. My desire to play with it finally took priority! I spent last Friday playing with the stamp set. These are the ones I made for the challenge. I chose red as my “POP of color!”

Black - White DSP Dancer



I had seen variations of my first card online and knew I just had to create one for myself. Most of the samples I saw used various coloring techniques for the hat and dress. I decided to use paper piecing instead, using the patterns from the FREE Carried Away Designer Series Paper collection (Available through March 31, 2017 with your $50 purchase!)
Black - White DSP with Mediterranean Moments






My second card features the NEW Mediterranean Moments stamp set as the background to the Beautiful You stylish lady. The look is accomplished by stamping and then masking the Beautiful You image, then stamp the Mediterranean Moments image over top of the mask. So many of our fashion trends start in the Mediterranean countries so I thought the combination of these two images was perfect!


Black - White Dragonfly Dreams Cello Bag



I had intended to share this last project yesterday as a final post to my February unit swap posts, but got busy with some organizing of my craft area. I’m sharing it today because it fits in with today’s Black – White with a POP of Color theme.

This cute cello bag was a Bonus Project for those of us who attended our unit swap in person. (Thank you, Sandra!) I believe the Designer Series Paper is now retired, but you could get the same look by stamping the bee image from Dragonfly Dreams on either Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.

Would you like to see a Watercolor version of the first card in this post? Then feel free to check out my Facebook Page! And, go to my website if you have decided to you NEED to have any of the products used to create these projects!

As usual, feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Split Panel I LOVE Swaps Card!

I LOVE Swaps!

If you are a regular reader then you know I LOVE swaps! Yesterday I shared the results of our Stampin’ Up! unit’s Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure swap that was held last month. I continue the theme today by sharing my second project for the swap. It is my first ever Split Panel card. (Note: It will be one of the cards featured in Saturday’s “Spring is Here!” class.

Love swaps card

You may be asking why swaps are a good idea, and why I like to participate in them. In one word… INSPIRATION! This card is a perfect example! It is a blend of three different cards I received in a recent swap.

First, the card design. I had been seeing cards that used the Split Panel technique all over the internet, but it was the first time I ever saw one in person. As you can see, it inspired me to FINALLY create one myself. Sometimes it is just “the push” needed to give it a try yourself.

Second, that “mop head” (or would it be “duster head”?) chick peeking in from the sides with such curiosity. Loved it, and don’t know if I would ever have come up with the idea on my own.

Third, the combination of coloring techniques: our new Watercolor Pencils and Stampin’ Write Markers for the coloring. The watercolor pencils give the bodies a gentle shading, while the markers provide the “mops” the intensity of color that they deserved.

I definitely had fun creating the card. I am looking forward to showing my class attendees how to make the card in Saturday’s “Spring is Here!” class. The other cards featured in the class will be Spring, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation themed. All will use a combination of products from Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. It is an opportunity to come try out new products while learning some new techniques, and enjoying the fun and fellowship with others!

It is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

It is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

It has been way too long since I have posted and shared projects, sales and new products with you, so I decided it is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

I am sure that by now you are aware the Occasions catalog is in full swing, as is Stampin’ Up’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion (You will find more information on both below the photo). We held a unit swap last month. The theme was to feature new products from the Occasion catalog or the Sale-A-Bration. These are most of the resulting cards, in no special order.

It's Swap time

Two of us offered to make two submissions so everyone would have more projects to inspire them. I am saving my second project for tomorrow’s post in order to give you more detailed photos and information. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure and 2nd release Flyer.

The Occasions catalog is one of Stampin’ Up!’s seasonal catalog. It covers holidays and occasions which take place the first part of the year – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter – as well as spring and summer. The Occasions catalog features several bundles – stamp sets with matching Framelits or punches. They are very popular these days because they make it even easier to create cards and 3D projects. Some of them were used in the cards shown above. Be sure to check them out. The Occasions catalog is valid through May 31, 2017.

Sale-A-Bration is an annual promotion from Stampin’ Up! It is held every year at this time. All the products shown in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and 2nd Release Flyer are available for FREE with any $50(*) purchase! The brochure and 2nd release flyer are both valid through the end of this month.

You can find the Occasions Catalog, Sale-A-Bration brochure and Sale-A-Bration 2nd release here!

Come back tomorrow to see my second contribution. It features one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.

Halloween Break!

It’s a Halloween Break!

It’s already past midnight on Halloween night here on Guam, but for many of you your Halloween day is just starting so I still consider myself on time with today’s Halloween Break!

I had a customer order for some Halloween Favors. I had been wanting to make some of the Haunted House version of Stampin’ Up!’s Home Sweet Home, so that is exactly what I made. Twenty four of them: 12 in Basic Gray and 12 in Smoky Slate!

Halloween Break homesweethome_customorder02

I used the Home Sweet Home Bundle from the Holiday catalog. It includes the Sweet Home Stamp set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies. Buying them together saves you 10%!

I wanted an easier way for people to access the candy, so I adapted the roof. To make my adaptation you will need to (once the main two pieces of the house are assembled):

  •  Glue the roof flap on the right side (the side with the ghost) closed, but leave the other flap unglued.
  • Cut a 3″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock and scored it down the middle (at 1-1/2″).
  • Glue the right side of the roof too the right side roof flap with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. (I find it holds the best in our climate.).
  • Fill the house with treats and then close the left side roof flap.
  • Add a Glue Dot to the top left edge, then attach the left half of the roof piece… and you are done.

It’s a Haunted House that they can open without destroying the house in the process! YAY!

Here is a bonus share: a Haunted House card I made a for a recent card swap with some of my stamping friends.

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Click here to see the rest of the Halloween cards from the card swap!