Elephant Parade Pop & Twist Birthday Card
Happy New Year! Let’s start it out with a Pop Up and Twist Birthday Card. I used the Elephant Parade Stamp Set and Elephant Dies for Emma’s fourth birthday card as well as the retired Mischievous Mouse Hostess Stamp Set. I wanted 4 mice – 4 elephants – 4 peanuts – 4 butterflies – 4 balloons and 4 bits of bling. Thanks to Jaime Marsh for the front design on Pinterest and Teri Pocock of Stampin’ Magic for a great Youtube video showing how to make the card.
. So…. who couldn’t resist counting?
Sort of like the joke.. “The first sign of craziness is a hair on your finger knuckle, the second sign is looking for it!”
Here is Teri Pocock’s youtube video- you will need this for construction of the mechanism.
- Base: Flirty Flamingo, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
- Flirty Flamingo, 10 X 3 1/2, score at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2; Fold to ‘W’ and burnish well
- Pop Up Mechanism: Flirty Flamingo, 8 X 3 1/2
- Score down the middle of the 3 1/2 side at 1 3/4
- Mark both long sides at 2 1/4 and 5 3/4
- Score on the diagonal from the 2 1/4 to 5 3/4 marks
- Fold the center as a mountain fold
- Fold the diagonals as Valley folds
- Burnish well
- Border Mat top and bottom (X3): Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4 (1/8″ reveal)
- Top Base Layers (X3): Mint Macaron, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4 (1/4″ reveal); Emboss with diamond embossing folder.
- Pop Up Top Layers: Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 1/4
- Elephants, mice, balloons, butterflies, heart: Basic White, 8 1/2 X 11
- Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black
- Color with Stampin’ Blends, Lt Smoky Slate, Dk Petal Pink, Mint Macaron
- Peanuts: Stamp 2 with Memento on Mint Macaron and stamp 2 on Flirty Flamingo; die cut
- Grass: Mint Macaron, die cut 5, one for outside, four for inside
- Outside circles:
- Basic White, 3 3/16 die cut circle (retired circle dies)
- Flirty Flamingo, 2 3/4 die cut with layered circle scalloped die
- Basic White, 2 1/16 die cut with layered circle plain circle die
- 4 green sequins
Note: The E, M, M, A and the ‘4’ stamped on the balloons is from one of Stampin’ Up!’s very first photopolymer sets- retired.
“It’s your birthday” is from Mischievous Mouse stamp set.
What about the outside greeting?
Oops, I forgot to list that in my notes. The greeting is in the Elephant Parade stamp set and the die is the Pretty Pillowbox die, stamped with the greeting in Mint Macaron on Basic White and then die cut, and a second die cut with flirty flamingo, cut in half and then layered under the basic white.
The heart for the inside greeting is a retired heart punch.
I love this cute animal card! It could be for an adult with a sense of fun!
That’s true! “We don’t quit laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit laughing.”
May we keep the childlike love of life!
Sal, Smiling A Lot with this card
Hostess code: MBCZMZ3P
Let’s talk about Stampin’ Up! instead of elephants! January 5th started the beginning of Sale A Bration and the new Mini Catalog! With each $50 or $100 purchase from the mini and/or annual catalogs you receive an item free from the Sale A Bration brochure. Click on the image to see a pdf of the catalog.
Letter Opener Quick Gift
Let’s end 2022 with a quick project that you could add as a little gift to a New Year’s card or birthday card or….. I am casing an idea by Jeanie Stark at Juststampin.com but adding Happiness Hues designer series paper and a stamped “mail” image from ‘Stamping Your Way To the Top’ stamp set to make a pocket which holds a letter opener. It could also be a gift card holder.
It is another project using the Pretty Pillowbox dies. This one isn’t as 3D as the last one I made for favors at the Christmas stamp camp but fun to make for a card insert.
Did you ever use the Pretty Pillowbox die as it was intended to be used?
Well, ummmm…… I guess not! I used the greeting die in the die set for the Post It Note holder greeting. It has a stitched edge so it is perfect for this project and many others.
These are the letter openers I ordered from Amazon:
- Base: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo or Gorgeous Grape, 4 1/4 X 4 3/8; die cut using both the large base die and the die with the two little holes at the same time. Fold on the middle score line and use tear and tape on the sides. NOTE: For these letter openers the tear and tape can’t go all the way to the top.
- DSP Layer: Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper, 2 1/4 X 4 1/2, line up with the score line in the middle of the die and die cut just the bottom section. I selectively cut certain sections of the DSP that matched the base.
- Greeting: Basic White, 3 X 1, die cut with the long greeting die AFTER stamping the “Mail” image; you can glue it right on the score line at the top of the die which hides the score line and keeps the greeting straight
- Ribbon: 15″ of matching color
Here are individual close up pictures:
And a group shot just for fun:
I hope you have had a successful 2022, however you define success, and that you are ready for a new year, with new challenges and new blessings!
“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, May He lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace!” Numbers 6: 24-26
Sal and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Christmas Ornament/ Party Favor/Gift Tag
One of the projects we made last December at club was this ornament. It could be used as a party favor or a gift tag or……
It is a case of Sandra Roberts tag on sandrascraftstudio.com.
There are six pairs of stars from the Stitched Stars Dies with an Evening Evergreen base and a smaller star die cut layer in the Painted Christmas DSP. The DSP is glued directly to the Evening Evergreen with Tombow adhesive and then the top two pairs are popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Largest Star: Evening Evergreen, 5 1/2 X 6, die cut with stitched stars die
- Layer: Painted Christmas DSP, 4 X6, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
- Note: After gluing on the DSP, punch a small hole for the ornament hanger, down far enough to be covered by the point of next star
- Next Star: Evening Evergreen, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
- Layer: Painted Christmas DSP, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
- Top Star: Evening Evergreen, die cut with stitched stars die
- Layer: Painted Christmas DSP, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
- Gold Stems: Gold Foil, 2 1/2 X 2 1/4, Die Cut with Poinsettia die
- Leaves: Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2, Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder and Die
- Poinsettias (X2): Real Red, 1 X 2, die cut with Merriest Frames Die
- Add one large gilded gem to the top
- Greeting: Basic White, 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 stamped with Merry Christmas from Curvy Christmas stamp set in Evening Evergreen. Die cut with Stitched Nested Label die and then sponge the edges with Evening Evergreen.
- Hanger: Red Twine, 12″ for hanger, separate 6″ for bow. Double the 12″ and push the loop through the punched hole from front to back then bring the ends through the loop at the back and tighten pushing the sides down around the point. Tie a double know with the ends. Tie a bow and mount with a glue dot on top of hanger.
I think it would make a great Christmas card and then the recipient could pull it off and put it on their tree.
That would be a good idea, Sal! I did that one year with a circular ornament that I put in a pocket at the front of the card. I made a longer hanger so it could loop to the inside of the card where I attached it lightly with a note saying the ornament could be removed.
Are you going to make gift tags this year?
You know, Sal, I have trouble with spending time on gift tags since they are thrown away with the wrapping paper with hardly a second look and they are not recyclable since the name is written on the tag. They are pretty and I love getting them on gifts but I am just not into making them.
So followers, let me know if you make gift tags to dress up your packages each year.
Have a wonderful day and thank you for spending some of it with Sal and I.
Thanksgiving Scarecrow/ Restocked Clearance Rack
How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully all went well and your turkey or other main dish was perfect and the family/friend time was memorable!
I have another Thanksgiving card for you, but unlike the elegance of the previous post with the beautiful Fall Leaves embossing folder of Stampin’ Up!, this one is a ‘smile maker’ using a stamp and die from Divinity Designs called ‘Happy Fall’.
The layers are made using the Stampin’ Up! Deckled Rectangles dies, the corn stalks are from Stampin’ Up!’s retired Chick dies and the fence is from the retired Birthday Chick Dies. The pumpkins, flowers, leaves and spring scrolly are leftovers from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, and the inside greeting is from the retired Stampin’ Up! Basket of Wishes. The scarecrow is mounted on a small craft spring (a wobble) from Michaels. The Happy Thanksgiving is part of the Happy Fall set and is embossed with retired Early Espresso embossing powder. The inside greeting is stamped with Early Espresso.
Did you use any current Stampin’ Up! products?
The Soft Suede card stock and the Crushed Curry cardstock die cut with the Deckled Rectangle dies are all current products. The scarecrow was stamped with Memento Black ink and then colored with Stampin’ Blends:
- Pants – Dk Seaside Spray, Lt Night of Navy
- Shirt – Dk and Lt Granny Apple Green
- Wood Pole – Bronze
- Belts – Dk Crumb Cake the layered with Lt Daffodil Delight
- Patches – Lt Calypso Coral, Lt Real Red, Lt Highland Heather
- Hat – Lt & Dk Daffodil Delight
- Hat Band – Lt Seaside Spray, Dk Night of Navy, Color Lifter
- Bird Beak – Dk Black
- Bird Nose – Dk Pumpkin Pie
- Face – Ivory, 2 layers, extra on cheeks
- Straw – Dk Mango Melody layered with Lt Crumb Cake
- Base: Soft Suede, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
- Outside Layers: Crushed Curry, 4 X 10 1/2, die cut one #7 and one #8 of Deckled Rectangles
- Inside Layers: Crushed Curry, 2 1/2 X 7 1/2, die cut one #3 and one #4 of Deckled Rectangles
- 3 Corn Stalks: Very Vanilla, 3 3/4 X 3 3/4 die cut 3 stalks with Chick Dies and sponge slightly with Crumb Cake
- Fence: Basic Gray, 1 X 4 1/2, cut 2 fences from the Birthday Chick Dies, cut off two posts, sponge with gray
- Scarecrow: Basic White, 4 X 3
The layers are glued directly down to the base, then the fence is added followed by the cornstalks tied together with a piece of linen thread. A craft spring is adhered to the back of the scarecrow and he is placed a little right of center on the card front. The pumpkins, leaves, flowers and the scrolly like embellishment are all pieces from a Paper pumpkin glued on directly to the top layer.
I guess with a spring loaded scarecrow, you don’t need to pop up anything else.
The big news is that the clearance rack has been refreshed! Remember those six dies that were a special for a limited time? They are now in the clearance rack and the stamps are still available.
The second news is that the retired products list is now available so you can check your list and make sure you have everything you want before they go away.
Thirdly – the Fitting Florets suite has specialty products only available through January 4!
And last but not least, the January Paper Pumpkin is gift card boxes! Click on each banner to go to the store.
January’s Paper Pumpkin makes boxes?
Yes, Sal, 16 different gift card holder boxes! Be ready for every occasion in the new year!
December’s host code is: EJT6KYGE
Last Day of Sale and Thanksgiving Card
It is the last day to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! sale on products in the annual catalog:
10% off all punches
15% off almost all stamps (only host stamps excluded)
20% off dies
20% off all embossing folders
20% off all non-specialty and non-assortment Designer Series Paper
Shop now for your crafty friends’ Christmas presents and save enough to purchase something for yourself!
November host code is AQFMCV2F
Mark your calendars for December 1, 2022 for purchase of retiring products in the Mini Catalog – some at a 60% discount!
Click on the blue for a list of products in Excel format. Keep your eye out for great lists reformatted by other friendly demonstrators who share their work on Demonstrator Planning Place in Facebook.
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We will see much more about this sale in the upcoming weeks!
Thank you/ Thanksgiving Card
I used the Handmade Wishes stamp set for the greeting on this card; the stamp set will be retiring even though the punch is carrying over. Strange but true. The outline stamps for the punch can be used with any greeting, not just Christmas, and right now you can get the stamp set and punch as a bundle at 10% off.
I tried several coloring techniques with the Leaf Fall embossing folder but liked the embossed look without coloring the best:
I used a combination of gold and copper embossing on the greeting. The outside is gold, the inside is copper.
. Sorry, I still can’t see the difference.
Sigh…… it’s one of those days! The software I use to add the watermark froze up and the camera isn’t catching the colors. But you need to see the Handmade Wishes stamp set before it goes away and, more importantly, you need to see this die that is on sale today:
Today, you can get 20% off this Mini Pocket Envelope Die! It is the perfect size for gift cards and look at all the other dies that are included:
A miniature oval, branch of leaves die, scalloped rectangle, tags and tiny dies to punch circles or a slot for twine or ribbon! And check out the little bow you can make with two of the dies. You need this die – trust me – no more manually cutting and scoring to make a gift card holder, it is all done with the die.
Recipe for Thanksgiving Card
- Base: Thick Very Vanilla, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1: Thick Very Vanilla, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, (X2) outside and inside
- Layer 2: Thick Very Vanilla, 4 1/2 X 3 1/4, embossed with Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder
- Inside Gift Card Holder: Designer Series Paper (retired), 4 1/2 X 5, die cut with Mini Pocket Envelope Die; stamp the very top of the gift card holder in Versa Mark with ‘For You’ from Handmade Wishes and emboss with copper embossing powder.
- Greeting: Very Vanilla, Scrap, stamp with border from Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with gold embossing powder. Stamp ‘Endlessly Grateful’ from Very Best Occasions stamp set and the scrolly from the Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with copper embossing powder. Punch with the Handmade Tag Punch
- 7″ of ribbon folded in thirds and attached to the back of the greeting with glue dots
The small leaves I used on the inside are from the retired Square Pilllowbox dies and the front open leaf, die cut in gold, is from the retired Stitched Seasons Framelits dies. The two leaves at the bottom left of the greeting are from the retired Gathered Leaves Dies with the larger leaf die cut in copper foil and the smaller in brushed metallic foil.
What happened to your rule of never using retired products?
Well, Sal, it is the wave of the future! I am going to use what I have and sell off what I know I won’t ever use. If you are following and want a puritan Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, one who uses only current products, you may want to unfollow me.
. But there is nothing in the Bake Sale tab for products you are selling.
Not yet, Sal! After almost 14 years I have a lot of products to sort and match up with dies. But stay tuned. My regular customers and downline will be notified by email and then the products will be posted in the Bake Sale tab and other internet sites.
Purchase in November with the host code: AQFMCV2F and you will receive a $10 gift certificate from me to use on any Bake Sale products.
For now, check out the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog sale! The sale ends today. Click on little Sal in the computer to shop!
Case The Creator #8, Spanner Card Fancy Fold
Let’s get fancy today and make a Spanner Card!
The top has a strip of window sheet attached to the two sides which were cut from the main card base. You lift the front to reveal a middle panel:
Then lift the middle panel to see the greeting:
Here is the printable pdf file and if you open it you can click on the Youtube from Sharon Lim to see a video…
Case The Creator #8 printable pdf file with video link
…. and if you would prefer to just look at the directions here, this is a screen print of the pdf (so the link will not work):
I used the scrumptious Rustic Harvest DSP (designer series paper) from the mini catalog on a Cajun Craze base with a Basic Black mat. The Sending Dies are in the 2022 annual catalog and the Sending Smiles stamp set can be bundled (bought together) with the dies for 10% off. I did cut two additional 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 Basic Black squares to put over top of the back sides of the window sheet so the glue dots wouldn’t show. I die cut a little pumpkin and a branch of leaves from the Seasonal Swirls Dies – retired. The greeting is from Blessings of Home stamp set.
The greeting doesn’t look like what is in the stamp set?!
No, Sal, I masked off the ‘hello’ in ‘A CARD TO SAY HELLO’ and added three little dots with a marker. The greeting dies were longer than I wanted and I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful DSP so I masked, then stamped, then die cut half of the greeting, removed the die and then placed the die on the other end of the greeting to die cut a shorter length. The embossed edges kept the die in place.
Seems kind of risky. Do you ever miss the half way point where you stop and double cut the other end?
Oh, yes! But practice makes perfect so its best to challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone so we get comfortable using our dies in various ways. It is nice to know we don’t need dies and punches in every size!
Let’s look at what my crafty friends came up with for challenge #8!
Ann used the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set and Deer Builder Punch:
Lucille’s card has a fall feel to it with a die cut bouquet from Penned Flowers dies.
Jo used the Delicate Edges Dies! I had to look them up. It amazes me the things in the catalog that you never notice until you see it used on a card. The dies are on Page 170 of the 2022 annual catalog . Her flower is from the Color & Contour stamp set with the Scalloped Contours dies.
You are so lucky to have such talented crafters playing along with your CTC challenges!
Blessed, Sal, blessed!
Thank you crafty friends for joining the challenge and sending pictures of your creations. Thank you, dear followers, for spending some of your day with me!
The hostess code is AQFMCV2F! If you would like to visit the online store just click on little Sal in the computer! I appreciate your support of my little business.
SAL, Sending A Lot of samples to spice up your crafting world!
Christmas Stamp Camp
Let’s look at two Christmas cards we made at the Christmas Stamp Camp.
You know how it is–we say “I don’t need that stamp set…” and then we see a wonderful card and, oh my, we must have the stamp set. That is what happened when I saw this card made by Mary Deatherage. She used The Sweet Candy Canes Bundle, bundle meaning a stamp set and die set sold together for 10% off. The stamp set is Sweet Candy Canes and the dies are Candy Cane Dies. Just as important to the card is the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper. The paper has candy canes that you can cut out with the dies- and the candy cane dies have a die that faces right and one that faces left to create what you see above. The set is in the holiday mini catalog- pages 8-11. I used the label die for threading ribbon but check out how a real candy cane could be used:
Don’t miss those little Flat Jingle Bell Trinkets! What fun to add those to your candy cane – or your cards!
Why would I want ‘flat’ bells?
Ahh, good question, Sal. I received several cards in years past with the jingle bells that are 3D and the post office machines completely smashed the bells. You also pay extra if your card doesn’t fit through a 1/4″ slot. They actually test it at the post office and if it doesn’t fit their slot the card becomes a package and you pay a lot more to mail it.
Recipe for Book Fold Candy Cane Christmas card:
- Base: Garden Green, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 6 3/4
- Burnish the 5 1/2 score line in a valley fold and the 6 3/4 score line in a mountain fold
- Adhere the front to back between the 5 1/2 and 6 3/4 score lines
- Mats: Real Red
- 1 1/8 X 4 1/8, left side small mat
- 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, main front mat
- 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, inside mat
- Top Layers: Note: Build your front candy canes, labels and ribbon before adhering to red mat so you can adhere the ribbon under the DSP layer or the real red mat if you prefer the green ribbon matching up to the green base
- Sweet Christmas DSP in candy canes, 1 X 4, left side small top layer
- Sweet Christmas DSP in polka dots, 4 X 4, main front top layer
- Basic White, 4 X 4, inside top layer
- Candy Canes: Sweet Christmas DSP, die cut one going left, one going right
- Adhere directly to the DSP layer with liquid glue
- Label: Basic White stamped with greeting from Sweet Candy Cane in Real Red Ink
- Die cut with label die in Candy Canes Dies
- Mistletoe: Stamp two mistletoe sprigs in garden green and die cut with Candy Cane Die, adhere to right side of label
- Ribbon: Garden Green 3/8″
- 5″ to wrap through the holes in the label adhering ends behind the DSP with glue dots
- 8″ to tie a bow to attach to right side of label
- Embellishments: one red heart (retired) and three small pearls for the mistletoe berries
- Inside is stamped in real red with a sentiment from the Sweet Candy Canes Stamp set and the mistletoe is stamped in garden green, once full strength and once stamped off
How many candy canes can you cut from the DSP?
Good question, Sal. There are various colors of candy canes and two pieces of 12X12, so 32 from each sheet, 64 in total, if you don’t care which direction they are going or which color they are. For my stamp camp I used the red and green candy canes but here is what the DSP looks like – minus the red and green I used for my class:
Oooh, I like the pastel colored one!
Yes, and the Christmas Whimsey paper with its beautiful pastels just got added to the Clearance Rack.
The second card we did is a case of Lavonne Schwendeman’s Santa train card design and Crystal Best’s Circle Tri Fold instructions adjusted by me to fit our standard A2 envelopes.
Recipe for Circle Tri Fold Card
- Base: Evening Evergreen, 9 1/2 X 5 1/2
- Score at 1 1/2, 3, 6 and 7 1/2, on the 9″ side, fold and burnish this side only
- Score at 1 and 4 1/2, on the 5 1/2 side- do NOT fold and burnish
- Partial Die cut with 3″ Layering Circle Die
- Fold on 2nd score line
- Center the circle die between the horizontal score lines with the edge hanging over so it won’t cut on the folded side
- Place the cutting plate on the fold/die so the beveled edge is just barely beyond the score line and die cut
- Repeat on the other side
- Cut out the 1/8″ on the top and bottom of the circles from the circle to the horizontal score lines; look at the second picture and you will be able to see the 1/8 cut between the circle and the top score line
- Cut the top horizontal score line from the 1/8″ cut out on the right side to the 1/8″ cut on the left side
- Repeat on the bottom horizontal score line
I think I would tell them to ‘just watch the video’ for all that partial die cutting.
It certainly helps. From here I changed up a bit from what Lavonne did for decorating. I did use the Santa Express DSP (that means designer series paper) for the train images but I just cut them out with the Layering Circle Dies even though the Santa Train Die set has dies that could cut out the images.
- Top: Santa Express DSP
- DSP with trees
- 1 3/8 X 5 3/8 (X2), right and left sides,
- 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), bottom pieces to right and left of middle piece
- 2 7/8 X 7/8, bottom middle piece
- DSP with HO HO HO, Note- I purposely cut the right top little piece with the largest ‘Ho’
- 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), top pieces to right and left of middle piece
- 2 7/8 X 7/8, top middle piece
- DSP with trees
- Circle Layers (X4): Mint Macaron, die cut with Scalloped 3″ Layering Circle Die; 3 for front, 1 for back
- Santa Train: Santa Express DSP
- use the 2 3/4 Layering Circle Die and cut one santa, one car with gifts, one car with reindeer
- cut one 2 3/4 circle of the HO HO HO for back
- cut one 2 3/4 circle in Blushing Bride cardstock, lay the two together and cut less than half way down on DSP to make the two layer nicely for the back
- The greeting “Hoping the season….” comes from the Snowman Season retired stamp set. To emphasize how it ties to the Ho, Ho, Ho, I wish I had used a red marker and colored the ‘h’ and the ‘o’ on the greeting. Next time….
- Embellishments: I embellished differently than Lavonne, though she used current products
- by stamping ‘Christmas Cheer’ from the Itty Bitty Christmas retired set over the train car with the reindeer
- by adding a red jewel to the reindeer’s nose
- by adding a little tiny bakers twine bow on one of the packages
- by adding a whisp of smoke made with a bit of cotton ball
- by adding a white pearl to santa’s hat
- by adding clear jewels to the wheels which showed the green perfectly
For my party favor I used another sheet of the Santa Express DSP which has four 3″ strips of scenes on one 12 X 12 that worked perfectly with the Pretty Pillowbox Die set. I printed the attendee’s names on a Basic White cardstock and then used the Pillowbox Label Die to partial die cut one end, then lay the die on the partial cut label and cut the other end. With the stitched label, the partially die cut portion sits nicely in the stitches so you have perfect alignment as you run the label through a second time. Check out this cool die set!
Julie Gilson, of Stampingala.com, designed this box last year using the Frosted Gingerbread DSP.
Scroll to the 39 minute point where the pillowbox starts:
Recipe for Pretty Pillowbox Party Favor
- Box for inside: Granny Apple Green, 7 1/4 X 5 1/2
- score 2″ on each side and burnish (that means rub real well) the scores
- Cut the score lines on long side to the short side score lines, then cut out a diagonal piece from the end squares which makes a triangular tab on each corner
- Add liquid glue to the end triangles and adhere to long side to create a box; Julie used tombow glue and little clothespins to hold the tabs in place while the glue dried
- Base of the outside: Real Red cardstock (X2), 4 1/2 X 6
- cut two pillowbox dies
- cut off the tabs on the base of both
- cut off the circular edge of the tab part of the die cut; here is what the original die cut looks like and what it looks like after you cut off the tabs and the circle edge. I used the Stampin’ Trimmer originally so I got nice straight lines instead of just fussy cutting like I did on these.
- Punch a 3/4″ hole in the tops of each base
- Overlap the square part of each piece and glue together to make a nice sturdy bottom base
- Glue the granny apple green box you made above to the base, centering on the bottom and glue, then glue both sides to the base
- Layers on the box
- Santa Express DSP, 4 3/8 X 2 1/8 cut two pillowbox die portions (see picture) for the front and back
- Santa Express DSP (X2), 1 1/2 X 2 for the sides of the box
- One of your 3″ X 12″ strips of DSP will make the front, back and two sides
- Embellish! I added the name plates, snowflakes from our retired gems, and an Evening Evergreen bow -8″
- Red striped tissue paper and red striped mints make a perfect addition to the box
. Why do you write out all the directions and have a youtube video? Isn’t the youtube enough?
Good question, Sal! First off, what if the youtube links don’t work in a year or a few years and one of my followers wants to make the box. Secondly, it can be very time consuming to watch a youtube over and over, stopping and starting as you complete each step. Thirdly, if you are hearing disabled, the written directions are important.
If any of you find corrections, please let me know in the comments. I would appreciate being able to correct these directions so they are accurate for the reasons stated above.
Have a wonderful fall season!
SAL, Sharing A Love of stamping
Hostess code for October 2022 is W2J7GNXR
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