Dressed To Impress

During the cleaning and reorganizing of my craft cave recently, I came across a package of Lipstick Ink Pens ordered from Amazon last year for one of those “good intentions” projects.  You know you have “good intentions” to make a project, order all the materials but it never gets made!  Can you relate? Thought I can’t remember the original design, I knew the Dressed to Impress bundle would be perfect to create a 3D project using the ink pens.  Even better, the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper contains a variety of colors to coordinate with the Lipstick Ink Pens. The resulting project is a Lipstick Pen and Post-It Note Holder.

For this week’s Playtime with Paper team online meeting, members received a kit for creating this project.  It was a fun to be able to meet virtually and craft together making the project.  

Dressed To Impress Lipstick Pen Holder

Project Materials:
  • Cut the following pieces of cardstock: 
    • Base:  4-1/4″ x 11″, score at 5-1/2″ and fold.  
    • Inner Support: cardstock 4″ x 4-1/2″.  On the 4-1/2″ side, score at 1/2″, 2-1/4″ and 4″.  Fold along score lines to form a “W”.  

    •  Lipstick holder: 3-1/2″ x 2-3/4″.  Score along the 3-1/2″ side at 3/4″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/4″ and 3″.  Score the 2-3/4″ side at 2″.  Use bone folder to burnish along the score lines.
    • For sentiment: Whisper White cardstock 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″
  • Select desired Best Dressed Designer Series Paper and cut as follows:
    • 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • 3 pieces at 1/2″ x 1-3/4″
  • Dressed To Impress Stamp Set
  • Classic Stampin’ Pad to coordinate with project 
  • Stitched Shaped Dies
  • Coordinating ribbon 
  • 2″ x 2″ Post-It Notes
  • Lipstick Ink Pens (Amazon link)
Project Assembly:
  • Use the 5-1/4″ x 4″ Best Dressed Designer Series Paper to one side of the cardstock base.  This will be the front side of your project.
  • Attach the inner support piece to the inside of the base.  To do so, add a strong adhesive such as Tear & Tape Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the outside of each of the 1/2″ flaps and attach each flap to the lower interior edge of the base.

  • Create the lipstick holder.  With paper snips, cut along each score line on the 3-3/4″ side up to the 2″ scored line.  After cutting, you will have 4 tabs that are 3/4″ and one tab that is 1/2″. Cut and remove the 1/2″ tab up to the 2″ score line then cut a small angle at bottom of the tab.  Trim along each side of the tab.  Add adhesive to outside of the 1/2″ tab and fold side over to create tube.  Fold each of the flaps and seal with adhesive to form the tube bottom.  Finish by adding the 1/2″ x 1-3/4″ Designer Series Paper to three sides of the tube.  With strong adhesive, add the lipstick tube holder to the front panel of the base.

  • Add the Post-It Notes to the front of the base using a strong adhesive aligning the bottom of note pad with bottom of lipstick tube holder.
  • Stamp sentiment onto the Whisper White cardstock.  Cut using the circle Stitched Shapes Die.  
  • Add the sentiment above the post-it notes using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Embellish by adding a small bow using Mini Glue Dots.  

Have fun selecting your favorite Best Dressed Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock to create a Lipstick Pen Holder and Post-It Notes holder for your desk.  Be sure to share your project with me in the comments section!

Important to note:

A reminder that Stampin’ Up! has released the Last-Chance Product List. The list includes the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper and the Dressed to Impress Bundle.  The designer series paper will no longer be available after June 3 or while supplies last.  The Dressed to Impress Stamp Set and the coordinating All Dressed Up dies will return in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog but not offered as a bundle.  Recall that a bundle saves you 10% vs purchasing the items individually.  

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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Forever Blossoms Note Card

In this month’s card class, the focus was on All About Flowers.  A must was using the Forever Blossoms Bundle and the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  The cherry blossoms evokes thoughts of Spring  and the cherry blossom stamp with it’s coordinating die are perfect for creating cards and projects.  With the multitude of rainy days we’ve had in Georgia, hopefully the cherry blossoms will give us a showy Spring!  As you’ve likely noticed, I enjoy using note cards and the Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes coordinates perfectly with the designer series paper.  The idea for coloring the cherry blossoms using Sponge Daubers comes from Patty Bennett.   Just click on the link to Patty’s page for details. Sponging makes it a quick project.

If you want to make the Forever Blossoms Note Card, use a light pink Scalloped Note Card.  Attach a layer of 5″ x 2-3/4″  Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper to the front of the card and a 1/2″ x 5″ strip to the inside right card edge.  You want the strip to “peek” behind the scalloped card edge.

Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad, stamp the cherry blossoms onto a 5″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Also on the Whisper White cardstock, stamp the Hello sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia using Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Add Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo to the cherry blossoms with sponge daubers.   To color the stems, use Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  Cut the cherry blossom stem with the coordinating Cherry Blossoms Die.  To cut the sentiment, use the Stitched Labels Dies. 

Assemble by adding the cherry blossom to the front of the note card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then, attach the sentiment label.  Complete by tying a small knot bow using the Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon and adhere using a mini glue dot.  

TIP: Stamp multiple cherry blossoms onto Whisper White cardstock and have a color fest selecting a variety of colors for the blossoms.  Cut each with the coordinating die and you’ll be set to create a variety of cards to have on hand.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314) has sold out.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

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Lily Impressions 3-D Project

This past Saturday, my upline, Gloria Plunkett hosted the Luv 2 Stampin GA team meeting.  During our meetings, we are able to spend time making various projects.  So today I am sharing a Lily Impressions 3-D project designed by Gloria for the team.   This special 3-D project is a small wreath that is the perfect size to hang by your desk or in a work cubicle.  Mine is going to hang in craft room by my work desk.  The project features the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper.  This beautiful Lily Impressions is available in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  With a purchase of $50 (before shipping & taxes), you can select  FREE.  

Project Details:

To begin, use a 4″ Styrofoam wreath as the base.  Next, Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper is cut into strips and wrapped around the wreath.  When wrapping the strips, overlap the end of each strip and glue matching the ends of the Designer Series Paper strip.  Before wrapping the strips, cut a “v” in both ends of the paper strips.  TIP: When adding the strips, slightly overlap to cover the Styrofoam wreath.  For embellishing the wreath, use the Starburst Punch to cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock.  Cut a stitched circle from Whisper White cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Then, top with your initial cut from Melon Mambo cardstock using the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies.  NOTE: Cut three initials and layer to add dimension.  With the Sprig punch, cut two sprigs from  Sparkle Glimmer Paper.  Sandwich the sprigs between the Whisper White stitched circle and the Pretty Peacock cardstock.  Attach the circle to the middle of the wreath by using Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the edge of the cardstock circle.  Finish by adding a Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon bow on the front.  Glue a small ribbon circle on the back to use for hanging. 

Isn’t this a cute wreath?  What’s great is you can create your own unique wreath by selecting other coordinating colors for the embellishment.  For a larger Styrofoam wreath, just adjust the length and width of the strips from the Designer Series Paper you select.

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Lily Pad Products

In the Sale-a-bration 2020 brochure, Stampin’ Up! is including a full suite of Lily Pad products that you can select with qualifying purchases.  The Lovely Lily Pad Set photopolymer stamp set features Reversibles stamps.  With the Reversibles stamps, you are able to stamp either side of a stamp.  So, it doubles the number of images you can stamp. In addition, the Lily Pad Dies coordinate with the stamp set and also, includes stand-alone images to die cut.  And to complete the suite of Lily Pad products, the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper coordinates beautifully with the stamp set and dies.  

Watch Shannon as she highlights each of the Lily Pad Products:

Isn’t the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper beautiful. It’s rich colors are perfect for creating elegant backgrounds. And, don’t you love the Reversible stamps?  Best of all, with the Lily Pad Dies there’s no fussy cutting. 

Remember, you can get all of these products for FREE with your qualifying purchases.  Check out the requirements for each of the items by clicking on the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  Then, select products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog or from the January – June 2020 Mini Catalog.  Place your order and when you reach a reward threshold, you’ll be able to add the products number(s) for the items you want.  Easy-peasy!

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As an extra bonus, I’m holding a drawing on January 25th at 12 noon EST.  All customers who place an order of $50 or more between January 3 – January 24 (midnight EST) will have their names submitted into the drawing.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Stampin’ Up! gift certificate!  Be sure when you order to select me as your demonstrator and allow contact.  If you select ‘no contact’, I will not receive your name and will be unable to add it to the drawing.  Your name will be added for each order placed during the time period between January 3rd-24th, 2020.

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Wrapped in Plaid Mini Pizza Box

I’m finally getting a few minutes to post another project for you.  Today, I’m featuring a Wrapped in Plaid Mini Pizza Box.  The past couple of weeks have been busy with travel and family so blog time dropped on the priority list.  Actually, I hauled my laptop with me on my travels but spending time with family became more important.  I am sure you’ve likely experienced times when you had plans that were altered due to obligations.  I’m glad that I had the opportunity to visit my parents during this holiday season.  Just hoping our internet stays on so I can complete this blog – it’s been stubborn the past few days! 

You’re going to love this project, a Wrapped in Plaid Mini Pizza Box.  It’s perfect packaging for treats or small gifts and best of all, it’s quick to make.  The blue plaid paper from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper pack was selected.  I love the combination of Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce.  The sentiment, Merry and Bright, is from the Everything Festive Stamp set.  Notice the ribbon?  It’s the Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon that is colored using the Dark Shaded Stampin’ Blend marker.  I just love that the Stampin’ Blends work perfectly to color ribbons for coordinating with projects.

Embellished Mini Pizza Box

  1. To cover the Mini Pizza Box, cut one piece of the Designer Series Paper 3-1/4″ x 3″1/4″ for the top.  Cut 4 pieces 3/4″ x 3’1/4″ to attach to the side panels of the mini pizza box.  Assemble mini pizza box and attach the designer series paper using Snail Adhesive.
  2. Stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock using Shaded Spruce Classic Pad and cut with the large circle Stitched Shapes die.  Cut a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper using a large scallop die from the Layering Circles Dies.  Attach the sentiment layer to the gold glimmer using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  Embellish with Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
  3. Using the Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends, color approximately 18″ of Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.  Wrap ribbon around box and tie a bow – but first fill box with goodies or a small gift.  
  4. Finish the gift by adding the sentiment to the top using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The mini pizza boxes can easily be altered for any occasion by changing the Designer Series Paper.  So look through your paper stash!

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A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.


Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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