Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tiny Tags Bookmark

This is a bookmark (based on a design by Lisa Brown) that we didn't quite have time to fit in at the January 2010 Workshops. It's SO SIMPLE to make! You can make tons of them for gifts.

You can make this fancier by adding other embellishments, but for the basic bookmark all you need are ribbon, a tag holder (from HodgePodge Hardware) and matching punch, matching brads, a little cardstock, and some tiny little stamps. For the sample shown, I used:

• Tiny Tags*
(118091 (w - $22.95); 118592 (c) - $16.95; set of 17)

• Very Vanilla card stock (small amount for punch)

• Mellow Moss Stamp 'n Write Marker
• Certainly Celery Stamp 'n Write Marker
• Almost Amethyst

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Hodgepodge Hardware - Styled Vanilla
• Designer Label Punch
• 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Certainly Celery
• Paper Piercing Tool
• Crystal Effects

* 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog

Cut two 12" lengths of ribbon; feed through the label so one tail hangs on the back and one on the front; attach with a brad through both thicknesses of ribbon and the hole in the label holder.

Stamp a small design on cardstock and punch out with the label punch that coordinates with the frame. Turn bookmark to the back and run a thin line of Crystal Effects along inside edge of frame. Carefully place cardstock into frame. The edges of the label will overlap the ribbon. To make sure the cardstock doesn't come loose, I ran a second line of Crystal Effects all the way around the edge, including the edges overlapping the ribbon, sealing the seam between the label and the frame/ribbon.

Hope you and your friends enjoy this project!

Cathy ;D

Simple Box Instructions

Making a box from cardstock is actually fairly easy as long as you start with a few simple calculations.

Step 1 – Measuring. You first need to determine the width, length, and depth of your box. Measure your cardstock as follows: width + (depth x 2) x length + (depth x 2). For example, if your box is 4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 1” deep – a good size for a set of 4 cards), your cardstock will be cut at 6 ½” x 7 ¾” (4 ½” + (1” x 2) x 5 ¾” x (1” x 2).

Step 2 – Scoring. Score all four sides of the cardstock the same – this will be the measurement you chose for the depth of your box. In our sample, we have chosen a 1” depth, so each side will be scored at 1” from the edge.

Step 3 – Cutting. You need to do just a tiny bit of cutting to make the box work – so the diagram above shows where to cut (cutting lines are shown in red). The tabs you create will tuck into the end flaps creating the corners of the box; the diagonal lines will make sure you don’t have any ends sticking out after you tuck in the tabs.

Step 4 – Assembling. The last step is to fold up all the sides and adhere triangle-shaped tabs to inside of box with Sticky Strip. The inside will be neatly tucked away – see the close-up photo above.

Box Lid:

Assemble lid for box exactly the same as the bottom, with one exception: Assuming the cardstock is cut the same size as the bottom, you will score 1/16" to 1/8” less from the edge of the paper. So for our 1” deep box, rather than scoring at 1” from each edge, you’ll score at 15/16" or 7/8”. (The thickness of the cardstock will help you determine this exact measurement for a fit that's not too tight, but not so loose that the lid keeps falling off.)


If you want to put dividers into your box, you will again need to do some measuring. For example, in the sample shown above (a 4 ½” x 4 ½” x 1” deep box), there are actually three separate dividers: one for the horizontal divider, and one for each of the vertical dividers. The horizontal divider is easy – just measure the width and length, and then add 2” (depth x 2). Score three times -- once at the position from the edge where you want the divider to be placed in the box, then once 1” from the first score line, and again 1” from the second scoreline; fold the score lines accordian style (it will look like a “W”); adhere the middle “hump” together to create the divider; then adhere the side flaps to the bottom of the box.

The second two dividers are a little more tricky, but not too bad – you’ll need to measure the distance between the first divider and the edge of the box – this will be the width of your divider. The length will be the length of the box, plus 2” (for a 1” deep box). Score and fold the same as the first divider, and then adhere inside the box over the flat bottom section of the first divider.

For the three-section divider, you would again measure the space between the horizontal divider and the edge of the box to determine the width; the length will be the length of the box, plus 4” -- 2" for each divided (for a 1” deep box). Score the same as above for the first divider, then measure the amount of space you want for the second section and repeat. Fold each of the two dividers as above, and adhere inside the box over the second flat bottom section of the first divider.

This is probably one of those projects that is easier to understand by watching than reading instructions, but hopefully, I haven’t made it too complicated.

So . . . until next time, keep crafting your heart out!

Cathy ;D

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Vintage Vogue January Workshop Card

(Based on a design posted on by "redheaded witch" (12/23/09)

The paper lace, or faux lace, made a very sweet addition to the Vintage Vogue card made in my January 9 workshop. I've got a couple of different techniques for you, but first I'll tell you about the one we did in the workshop.

Materials and supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated):

• Vintage Vogue* (117690 (w - $23.95); 118598 (c - $17.95); set of 8)
• Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel* (117693; $8.50)

• Naturals Ivory card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4")
• Very Vanilla card stock - 2" x 5"; 2" x 2.25"; 1 1/2" x 8 1/2"; scrap for flowers
• Bridesmaid Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4" x 4"

• Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Stampin' Sponge
• Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon - Soft Suede
• Paper Snips
• Vintage Brads
• Eyelet Border Punch
• Bone Folder
• SNAIL Adhesive
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Sticky Strip

* New products shown in 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog


1. Use Soft Suede Classic Ink and the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel to stamp image on the 2" x 5" piece of Very Vanilla CS; stamp the Friends image and the two Flower Images on the scrap piece of Very Vanilla CS with the same color. Cut out the two flower images.

2. Use your Stampin' Sponge to daub Soft Suede Classic Ink around edges of every piece; on the Bridesmaid DSP, sponge color onto entire piece.

3. Adhere Bridesmaid DSP to front of card with SNAIL Adhesive.

4. Tie knot in ribbon, twisting ribbon around to make sure that only solid side is showing; wrap around 2" width of 2" x 5" Very Vanilla CS, and adhere to back with SNAIL. Use SNAIL to adhere this piece on top of the Bridesmaid DSP.

5. Layer flowers with the small one on top, and use a Vintage Brad to attach to 2" x 2 1/4" Very Vanilla CS next to Friends image.

6. Make faux lace as shown on Kim Van Diepen's blog (, and attach to back of 2" x 2 1/4" Very Vanilla cardstock with Sticky Strip. Attach this piece to the front of the card with a Stampin' Dimensionals in each of the top corners and Sticky Strip behind the lace.

And that's it! A beautiful, girly card for a close friend!

BTW . . . I did a make & take last week with my Front Range Stampers group (Stampin' Up! demonstrators based in the North Denver area). It was a "techniques card" for this paper lace. They did it a little differently, and called it "faux suede lace." Instead of using the bone folder to weaken the fibers in the CS, they used the crimper and ran the paper through 6 or 7 times . . . then peeled the paper apart, separating it into two layers. This left a rough texture on the "inside" side of the paper, and made it thinner so it gathered a little easier. Definitely a variation of this technique worth trying on this card!

I'm kind of starting to get the hang of this, so I should be able to get the other two projects up within the next couple of days. In the meantime, hope you enjoy this card.

Cathy ;D

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Is It Spring Yet?! January Workshop Card

I know you have all been patiently waiting for instructions for my January workshop projects. So . . . without further ado, here they are!!!!

Is It Spring Yet?!

This is a fairly simple card . . . the materials are posted on my Stampin' Up! Projects page ( The additional details, including measurements, are as follows:

Cut Always Artichoke card stock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; score at 4 1/4" to make card base. Cut Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Very Vanilla OR Whisper White card stock to 5 1/4" x 2". Adhere Crushed Curry to bottom front of card, leaving about 1/8" border at bottom and sides.

Trim sides, bottom, and corners of the Whisper White or Very Vanilla with the new Scallop Trim punches (see Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini and Sale-a-Bration Brochure for more info on these new punches); line up top edges and adhere to Rich Razzleberry. Cut a piece of Old Olive Satin Ribbon (2010 Occasions Mini) at about 6 1/2"; thread through a Styled Silver or Vanilla ribbon slide (found in Hodgepodge Hardware); adhere to Very Vanilla or Whisper White with a mini glue dot behind the ribbon slide; then use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere ends of ribbon to back of Rich Razzleberry. Adhere this piece with SNAIL Adhesive to top of card above Crushed Curry.

Cut Very Vanilla or Whisper White card stock to 5 1/4" x 4"; adhere to inside of card. With Basic Black Classic Ink, stamp hat image (Garden from the Heart; 2010 Occasions Mini) on scrap paper; stamp gloves and trowel image in lower right corner on inside of card. Color both images with Stampin' Write Markers. Cut out hat and adhere to front of card, over ribbon, with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamp curly word image (Flight of the Butterflies) close to right edge of Crushed Curry on lower front of card.

Punch several butterlies (Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die; 2010 Occasions Mini) from Rich Razzleberry and Vellum card stock and adhere to the front of card.

Hope you enjoyed this card! Please contact me if you have questions.