Shine On Notecard Holder-Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Shine On Notecard Holder

Hello friends! Welcome to another hop around the world with the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team. Be sure to visit all 20 designers so you don’t miss a thing.

For today’s project, we had the fun task of creating something with the Shine On designer Series Paper, which is one of my favorite Occasions Catalog items this year. I love that the paper is thicker than cardstock and makes wonderful 3D projects. I also love the vibrant colors and shiny elements against the craft background. So pretty!

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Another Occasions Catalog item that I am just crazy about is the Balloon Celebration stamp set. With it’s adorable hand-drawn balloons, it’s just so perfect for anyone who, like me, lacks in drawing skills. I used it to create fun, single layer note cards and then designed this little Shine On note card holder to perfectly fit a set of four.

To create the note card holder, you will need:

-One 12″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Shine On dsp, scored at 4″, 4 1/4″, 8″, and 8 1/4″.

-Two 1 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ side pieces scored at 1/2″ and 3/4″.

-Medium sized Enveloped Liner Framelits Die.

-A 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″ piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, scored at 3 3/4″ and 4″

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For the top end, run the die half way through and then back it out. Do not run the die all the way through your Big Shot, or the paper will be cut in half.

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Then, for the bottom end, turn both the cardstock and the die around and run it through your Big Shot again.

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For the side pieces, I prefer multipurpose glue because it has some give and can slide into place before it dries. If any gets on your project, you can easily remove it with the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Remover. (One of the best inventions ever!)

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A small amount of the side pieces will show. Remove them with your paper snips.

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Run the liner through your Big Shot with the medium envelope die (half way through and then back it out or you’ll cut the end off) and add it to the inside of the holder with multipurpose glue.

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For the belly band, wrap a two inch wide piece of coordinating Shine On dsp around the holder, secure it with multipurpose glue, and tie it with the luscious Watermelon Wonder ribbon from the Occasions catalog. I just love the bright, cheery colors together and the simplicity of the single layer notecards. This would make a fun hostess gift or birthday present.

These note card holders are so fun to make, I just had to create another one. What do you think?

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Thanks for stopping by today. It’s so much fun to share ideas with you. I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Just before me was Marisa Gunn and now it’s time to visit Rachel Grandin-Torchet in France. Hop on over to see what inspiring project she’s created for you- I know you will be delighted!

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Happy hoppin’ friends!




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4 x 4 Box With Clear Lid Tutorial

4 x 4 Box Tutorial

Ever since I saw the window sheets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, I have wanted to create a box with a clear lid.

This box is 4 x 4 and made from a sheet of 12 x 12 designer series paper. I had to put on my thinking cap and do some math (Math is NOT my subject!), but it actually turned out to be very simple.

Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper or cardstock. Score both sides at 11″, 9.5″, 8″, 4″, 2.5″, and 1″.

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Next, trim out the corner so that you have a flap, like this:

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Do that to all four corners.

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Now, fold the score lines.

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After this, the box should come together nicely, with no glue needed. If the score lines are off, though, the box will not be easy to put together. If you have trouble, it helps to trim a tiny bit off the four square flaps.

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I added a piece of 3 and 15/16″ x 3 and 15/16″ card stock to the inside to make it look prettier and more finished.

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The measurements for the lid are not as straight forward and I practiced on a sheet of computer paper first, since the window sheets only come two to a pack.

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The measurements for the lid are 6 and 13/16″ x 6 and 13/16″.

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After you have your square cut, score each side at 1 and 7/16″. (Can you tell I never get a manicure? Yikes!)

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Cut out all four squares from the corners.

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Fold the score lines- it’s a little tough, but not too bad.

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And voila! A cute little box ready for whatever suits your fancy! Embellish, add a cute tag, the possibilities are endless!

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It will hold four notecards and envelopes. If you do decide to make notecards, remember to make them smaller than 4 x 4, so they, along with the envelopes, will fit in the box.  I made my notecards 3 and 3/4″ x 3 and 3/4″ and my envelopes where 3 and 15/16″ x 3 and 15/16″.

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Send me a photo if you make one- I love to see other people’s creativity and who knows, I might just feature you on my blog!

Happy stampin’ friends!


Rolo Pencil Tutorial


Last week, I created a gift for my daughter’s teacher that included a Rolo pencil and I had a request for the directions from my upline, Babara. (Who just happens to also be my wonderful Aunt!)

These are very popular on Pinterest and I don’t know who first came up with the idea- but they are so cute the recipient may not want to eat the Rolos. I had fun figuring out how to make them, so here we go!

The colors are Strawberry Slush, Silver Foil, and Crushed Curry. Cut your cardstock to these dimensions:


Punch a one inch circle from the Strawberry Slush cardstock:


On the wrong side, and at 1/4″ intervals, score the Silver Foil piece and the Crushed Curry piece.

Here, I’ve turned them right side up so the score line shows better in the photos:



You may notice the Crushed Curry has a wonderful texture. That’s because it’s made with Core’dinations cardstock, a discontinued item which is currently still available on the clearance rack! The pack, normally $23.95, is now just $9.59 and comes with 40 pieces of 12×12 cardstock that is sandable, tearable, and distressable in every color of the regals collection. Love it!

Now, back to the pencil. Gently fold each scored line on the Crushed Curry piece so that it will easily go around the Rolos, like this:


On all three of your pieces, place sticky strip on the back, along both edges.


Remove the backing and adhere the Crushed Curry piece to the pack of Rolos.




Add the Strawberry Slush piece next, and then the Silver Foil piece. If you do it just right, all of your edges will line up.


Hot glue the 1″ Strawberry Slush circle to the eraser end. I recommend a low temp hot glue gun, but you still have to be careful not to burn your fingers.



Cut the little paper off the Hershey’s Kiss and hot glue it to the other end. Can you tell I never get a manicure? Yikes!




And voila! An adorable pencil to give away. (Or who knows, you might want to keep it for yourself!)


Mine was for my daughter’s teacher, so I paired it with a classic composition notebook, real red ribbon and a little tag I made with My Digital Studio. So fun!

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What to make one?

Along with a low temp glue gun, a pack of Rolos and a Hershey’s Kiss,

here’s what you’ll need:

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Blossom Punch 3D Flower Tutorial

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Yesterday’s card had a 3D flower made with the blossom punch, so today I thought I’d show you how to make it. First, start with the blossom punch in strawberry slush.

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Then cut off one petal.

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Now punch a hole in the center with the 1/2 inch hole punch.

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Next, cut into the center to create a tab.

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Apply a piece of sticky strip to the tab.

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After that, peel the back off the sticky strip and attach the tab to the back of the flower. It will look like this:

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Lastly, gently pull a bone folder against each petal.

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For the center, cut a piece of daffodil yellow 6″ by 1/2″ and use the fringe scissors to fringe it, cutting 2/3rds of the way down.

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Tightly roll the paper and adhere with multipurpose glue.

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Fluff it, adjusting any petals that are too lined up.

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Insert the yellow center into the flower and attach with multipurpose glue. I like to attach the flower to my card with hot glue. If it stands up too high off the card, you can trim some of the center off the back of the flower before you glue it. The color combinations for this flower are endless! Be looking for more samples to come.


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Cascading Card Directions- Part 1


Have you seen all of the different cascading cards in bloggy land?  I had and I was in love.  When I googled cascading card, I found and her video tutorial.  I owe her a huge thank you!  I decided to put photos and step by step directions here for you.  If you make a mistake the first time, like I did,don’t give up!  This design is definitely worth trying again!


Start with a piece of card stock 8″ by 12″.


Score as 10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″.  (Yours will not have big dotted lines- those represent the score lines which don’t show up well on camara.)


Along the 8″ side, and lightly in pencil, mark one side at 5 1/2″ and the other at 2 1/2″.


Carefully line up the marks on your paper trimmer.


Here is a close up.  Pardon my dust!


Carefully cut from one mark to the other.


You will have two matching pieces.


Place the two pieces on top of each other to make sure they match.


On both pieces, and lightly in pencil, mark the longer side at 2 3/4″ and the shorter side at 1 3/4″.


Place a ruler at the two marks.


On the first, middle, and last score line, mark lightly in pencil where the ruler is.  Do this to both pieces.


On the first piece, carefully cut up to the marks.


On the second piece, carefully cut down to the marks.


Completely erase all of you pencil marks.  Your pieces should look like this.


Fold both pieces at the score lines.  It’s ok if you fold the wrong direction- it all works out as it comes together.


Slip each piece together at the slits.  You may need to adjust your folds to go the right direction.


Lay the card flat and line up the edges.


Now you’re ready to decorate- the sky’s the limit!  I’ve seen castles, circus cards, flowers, Valentine’s Day, and more.  Here is mine for 4th of July:


I’ll post directions and supplies for this card later.  Right now it’s snack time for my hungry kids!

Happy stampin’ friends!