Gift Bag Punch Board – Finally Conquered!

I almost titled this post “Gift Bag Punch Board for Dummies”. But, I didn’t want to insult anyone. However, I must confess, that I’ve owned the Punch Board since it came out and occasionally used it but with great frustration. Yes, I read the directions, Yes, I watched the video – more than once! I just didn’t get it. What I got was lots of wasted paper and frustrated. But, that’s all history!!!

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On Saturday I saw lots of demonstrator friends at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event in Hartford. I like to have little treats for everyone and decided to make a cute bag for my little gift. It was time for a face off with the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Anatomy of the Bag

I realized that when I was punching, I really didn’t understand which part of the bag I was working on. Some of my first attempts, if they had been punched correctly, were upside down. I didn’t even get the top/bottom part!

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Here’s something that helped me.

Going from top to bottom, it’s back, side, front, side, flap. It’s like a chant…. back, side, front, side, flap.  Repeat:  back, side, front….. Well, you get the idea.

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Anatomy of the Gift Bag Punch Board:

Well, who knew? There are different score lines. One is to frame the front and back, the other is to form the sides with gussets.

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This little marking, “side'”  made all the difference for me!

Oh and the illustration at the left of the board is just the tiniest bit confusing. But, I learning to live with it.

Another hint. Score along the bottom all the way along first, not in little spurts. You’ll forget if you are like me. Do it all at once.

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So once I conquer something, I like to do it lots of times. Here are the gift bags I made for my Stampin’ Up! friends.

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Notice I heat embossed the little tag. Inside the bag there was some candy, a tiny spoon to spoon up embossing powder and a foam brush to remove any stray embossing powder.

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Please Comment:

Well, now that I’ve confessed my incompetence, I kind of hope I’m not the only one. Please leave a comment if you have any additional hints. Maybe you knew how it use it from the beginning and can’t imagine what my problem was. Maybe you think I need to do a video. Let me know what you think.

 

Hope you are having a great day.

Dianne

 

Thoughts and Prayers Swap Card

A few weeks ago, I participated in a swap organized by my awesome up-line, Alisa. The theme of the swap was Thinking of You or Sympathy. I used the Butterfly Basics and Thoughts and Prayers stamps sets to create a card that could be either sympathy or thinking of you.

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I love the color combination.

 

 

Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Card:

As you probably know, I love doing heat embossing. For this card, I used White Embossing Powder on the Vellum Card Stock. Then I used Sponge Daubers to color the flowers and leaves. I did that on the embossed side. The other side faced out. When I was putting the card together, I wanted some ribbon and didn’t have anything in either of the colors. I thought white would be too blah. So, using the same Sponge Dauber, I added some Marina Mist ink to the White Organza Ribbon. Easy! Have you ever tried that? I think most of the white ribbons can be used for that technique.

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Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne

 

Thinking of You with Lots of Love

I hate it when I realize that I have a stamp set that hasn’t seen much ink. The Lots of Love stamp set seems to have fallen into that category. So, when I wanted to create a thinking of you card with a sketch from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, I realized I could easy my dismay! Lots of Love stamp set, heat embossing, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Thinking of You, TSOT361, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

How about this color combination? I think I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one.

Here’s the sketch and link for this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch challenge. There is also an optional Thinking of you element.Try stamping on Tuesday challenge 361

Design Notes for Lots of Love Card:

Well, the color choices were really easy. All I needed to do was check the catalog or package for the Designer Series paper and there you have it. I had originally thought I would use white for the tag part and stamp it with Bermuda Bay. I tried that and thought it pretty boring.

If you look closely, you can see that i added some texture to the bottom portion as well. I used the Quilt Top Embossing folder. It was originally in the Holiday catalog but was held over. Yea.

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I thought I was finished but also thought something else was needed. Can you go wrong with a little bling? Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins to the rescue. Just the right amount of bling.

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Dianne

 

Floral Phrases Thanks for Try Stampin’ on Tuesday

Today’s card is embossed and embossed. This month’s challenge over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday is Embossing. In addition to showing you some great samples, there is also a tutorial that talks about both heat embossing – my favorite and dry embossing – so easy! I started with the beautiful Floral Phrases stamp set for the heat embossing. I added lots of texture with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

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What do you think of the color combination? Not one of my stand by color sets but I like it. Feel free to copy.

 

Here’s the logo and link for the embossing challenge. You have until March 24 to enter the challenge. Give it a try!
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Design Notes for Floral Phrases Thank You Card:

First, I put the Wild Wasabi card stock piece through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. Next, I cut  a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock that was 2″ x 5 1/4″.  I heat embossed the floral image and the sentiment, using stamps from the Floral Phrases stamp set. To get the fancy ends, I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on each end of the piece of card stock. A little Whisper White Organza Ribbon slipped right through the wholes left by the Tag Topper. When I placed the piece on the Wild Wasbi, I liked it but knew I needed just a bit more glitz. Half of a Metallic Foil Doilie and some gold Faceted Gems finished it all off nicely!

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Dianne

 

Blossoming Basket Birthday with Blends!

Tomorrow new items are going to be added to the Sale-A-Bration offerings. Isn’t that exciting news?  As a demonstrator, I get to pre-order goodies like these. I’ve used one of the new stamp sets, Blossoming Basket,  to create a birthday card for a special customer of mine. The basket of flowers was just calling out for Stampin’ Blends coloring.

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Did you notice that I used some of the beautiful Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper as one of the layers? Not just for Valentines anymore!

Design Notes for Blossoming Basket Birthday Card:

This card was so much fun to make. I love heat embossing and I love using Stampin’ Blends. I first embossed the basket using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next I used some of the Blends to color the basket, flowers and leaves. I was happy with the basket but it looked a little lonely. So, I heat embossed a butterfly from the same set, added some color and did some fussy cutting. Finally, I added just a piece of ribbon across the bottom to ground the basket. Some layers of Calypso Coral and the Designer Series paper and it was done.

The inside was pretty easy as well. I used a stamp from Balloon Celebrations stamp set and some butterflies from the Blossoming Basket stamp sets. Butterflies also made an appearance on the envelope.

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Tip for Today

It’s always nice to add some stamped element to the card envelope. A preview of wonderful things to come!

 

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