Silver Elite and Team Meeting SWAPS

Good news! Good news!

I was promoted to Silver Elite during the most recent Sale-a-Bration! Yay! So excited!!!! Thank you to Joan and Karen for joining my team! Welcome!

At our team meeting last night, my upline, Pearl Robb, surprised me with a sweet little, unexpected, gift! I just had to take a picture because, she too was promoted too!

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We also did a few make’n takes and created cards to swap!

Here are the swaps from everyone.

I’ll start with mine of course! I also had it on my Card Buffet this weekend. It’s a really cute graduation card –

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It’s standard card size too!

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I got the idea from Debbie Henderson. She has a great tutorial for this shorter version. Check her out!

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Pearl’s card.

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Joan’s card.

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Cheryl’s card.

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Cari’s card.

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Shirley’s Card.

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Gail’s card.

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Nancy’s card.

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Diana’s card.

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Sally’s card.

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Susan’s card.

All the cards were awesome this month! Happy to have these samples!

We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on things! I wished were all able to meet more often!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

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How fun and fresh and modern is this???

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…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

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I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

Check out our design team inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary. Get inspired? Link up your project on our Facebook page!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets.
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts.
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips.
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!
  • Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Self-Closing Box Tutorial

Well, it’s a pictorial tutorial. I always find myself stopping and starting excruciating 10 minute long videos anyway – so a still tutorial makes more sense to me.

I made this nifty little box on Wednesday. And, in order to create it, I went through several – lots – numerous videos explaining this at length. That’s right. Not my original idea.

So, I created one myself. I made a Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight box because those are my daughters school colors. She’s graduating in June from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience. Happy dance!!

Here are the finished self-closing boxes –

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Here is how I managed to get two of these from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.

Cut card stock in half to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. All tutorials I came across, the card stock was 8 1/2 x 6. And, that half an inch didn’t do much for me, so, I changed it.

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Score at 4 and 8. Rotate card stock.

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Score at 1 and 5. (Sorry, blurry picture.)

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Remove section where box will be adhered.

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Hard to see, but I placed marks in the upper vertical score line at 2 and 6.

It should fall in the middle of the edge and first score line (at 4) and then between 4 and the last score line (at 8). Mine appears to be off for some reason, disregard.

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Make vertical snips down to the those marks. These will make the bottom flaps of your box.

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Take your pierce mat and a ruler and make four diagonal score lines from where you snipped perviously to the existing score lines.

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This is a close up of the diagonal lines.

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I did two things in this picture –

  • I folded along the score lines, all going the same way.
  • Next, I added Tear & Tape to secure the box.
  • set aside

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For this box, I added the Daffodil Delight panels. To cut these to where they will fill exactly, start with a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 square.

Tic mark the center which is  1 3/4.

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Make diagonal cuts using your paper trimmer from mark to top corner.

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Bring back your box and adhere panels. It’s WAY easier to adhere these now before putting box together. (I only did one side, but using the same measurements, you can do both sides.)

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Adhere side of the box first.

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Fold up bottom flaps and adhere. Decorate and you’re done!!

And, just like that – you’ve made a self-closing box!

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The ‘brain’ came from the retired stamp set, Pomp & Circumstance. Glad I kept it. It was from way back when.

And, just because, I whipped up another one of these self-closing boxes in about 15 minutes

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Fun, isn’t it? It’s not stamped because I’m not sure who it will be for or what occasion I’ll use it. I’m guessing birthday…

Ok, so, I created quite a nice pictorial tutorial, yes? Please take the time to leave a happy comment!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Self Closing Grad Treat Box, WWC67

Ok, I’m changing my title up a bit to be catchy-er!

Because, you know what I do every Wednesday. It’s the Watercooler Wednesday challenge –

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You’re playing along with us, right? These challenges are great!

Here is this weeks challenge –

WWC67 - All about boxes

B O X E S  ! ! !

I have been a little preoccupied lately. It’s starting to hit me. My youngest is graduation college in a few weeks. So, I’ve been channeling the thoughts through paper crafting. I’m also looking for the perfect things to decorate with to celebrate the occasion.

So, I made a box –

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These are SO cool! And, yes, I have to admit, I have never made one until now!

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Its square on the bottom, but sort of faceted on the sides!

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I made a paper tassel for graduation to ‘decorate’ the box. I’m simple that way.

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And, see how it opens when you squeeze the sides? Its soo cool!

It pops back shut when you let go!

I’ll admit something else. It’s not my original design. After watching numerous YouTube videos from 20 minutes down to 11 minutes on how to make these……I got the idea! I can’t give one person credit. Sorry.

I will say this, after watching all the videos, I did modify mine and start with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (all others said, 6 x 8 1/2), because I wanted to create 2 per sheet.

Nice, huh?

Well, you should see what my other crafting buddies have created over at the Watercooler Wednesday blog! Some great stuff!

Leave a comment – it’s what keeps bloggers going!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday, #65

Meanwhile, back at Watercooler Wednesday, we have a great challenge to play along with this week!

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It’s an anything goes challenge –

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These are fun because you can choose anything to submit!

I decided to go opposite my design team members with a card from my recent Card Buffet

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Yes. A graduation card! It’s never too early to start making these!

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And, not only is it a card, it’s also a gift card holder!!!!

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The card also slips out too! I added a nifty velcro closure as well!

These are too simple to create –

  • Start with a standard 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 base.
  • Score at 1 3/4 and 4 1/4.
  • Use Tear & Tape on the edges of the 1 3/4 side, this will be your pocket, fold up.
  • Decorate as you like!

Some of the guest this past weekend knew exactly who they needed these for. They added two Banner Flags in the school colors at the bottom of the opening flap. It was just the right touch!

So, what are you up to creating these days? How about submitting it to the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week? We’d love to see you! Check out the others designs! Some great work I tell you!

And, it’s also good ‘card-carma’ to leave a kind word about my card share and tutorial today!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Stand Up for a Graduate

Got a last-minute graduation invitation?

Need a quick card to make on your way out?

I got you covered –

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Simple enough from the outside. You know, they only care about what’s inside anyway.

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Inside reveal. Money/check/gift card slot.

Done. That easy. And, it stands up to be proudly displayed.

I started with card stock that measures 5 1/2 x 12.

Score at 2, 4, 8, and 10.

Fold the two inside score lines, inward. Fold back the outer score lines.

Outer DSP panels are 1 3/4 x 5 1/4. Inside is 3 3/4 x 5 1/4.

Decorate. The belly band helps to keep it all in place.

Finished card is 4 x 5 1/2.

So easy!

Go make a card and make a graduates day!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Grad, B. Y. O. P.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

If you’re not familiar with this stamp set, you’re probably scratching your head about now. It is a must have if you make a lot of gift cards.

I made a gift card for a card challenge over at TGIF Challenges , TGIFC03.

I combined several elements here to make an adorable, sure to give, want to receive, grad gift card holder.

From the onset, it looks pretty average –

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Just a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square with a tassel.

Now. Flip this over and this is what you get –

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Go ahead and open it –

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See. B. Y. O. P.  Every grads dream. Someone else’s money to spend!

This will work beautifully in any color to coordinate with a school. I chose black to be universal.

Well, what do you think?

Happy Stampin’
Libby