Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stampin' Up! Retiring List is HERE

Hooray! Stampin' Up! retirement time is here again. That means we will have a new catalog in just over one month. To browse what will be retiring directly in the store CLICK HERE!

  • Download the retiring stamp set list HERE
  • Download the retiring accessory list HERE (Some accessories are discounted up to 60%)

    Retiring stamp sets are available until June 3, 2013 and retiring accessories are available until June 3, 2013 or while supplies last.

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  • Monday, April 15, 2013

    Hershey’s Graduation Cap Tutorial

    Meet the latest installment in my Hershey’s favors: the Hershey’s graduation cap. This unassuming graduation cap hides a secret underneath… six Hershey’s kisses. Make the tassel in your school colors or add a message or name to the top to personalize the graduation caps and everyone will be amazed at your creativity. If you would like to make many of these make sure you check out my time saver steps and supply list at the end of the tutorial. PS: If you make these according to my instructions the kisses should be secure enough not to budge when handled. :)

    I would like to dedicate these Hershey’s graduation caps to my niece Stephanie, who will be graduating from high school very soon. Congratulations Stephanie!

    Hershey’s Graduation Cap Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Start with a 7” x 1-½” piece of Basic Black card stock. On the long side, score at 1”, 2-1/8”, 3-¼”, 4-¼”, 5-3/8” and 6-½”. Note: Stampin Up! sells top quality black card stock in packs of 24 sheets for $6.95 that will make your graduation caps sturdy and give them a professional look.


    Step Two

    2. On the short side, score at the 1” mark.


    Step Three

    3. On the long side put a length of sticky strip along the the 1/2" wide scored segments. Also, cut off the end square


    Step Four

    4. On the long side, cut through the sticky strip to create six half-inch tabs along the strip (see the blue lines for where to cut).


    Step Five

    5. Fold the strip along the score lines.


    Step Six

    6. Squeeze some multipurpose liquid glue onto the tab end.


    Step Seven

    7. Bring the ends of the piece together to form a hexagon. Make sure you hold the tab down for a few seconds so that the glue can seal the card stock fibers together. Set aside.


    Step Eight

    8. Cut a 7” x 2” piece of Summer Starfruit card stock. On the 7” side, score at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.).


    Step Nine

    9. On the 2” side, cut at the 1” mark.


    Step Ten

    10. Fold both strips into triangles as shown.


    Step Eleven

    11. Pop the strips into the hexagon. Note: Each strip takes up half of the hexagon.


    Step Twelve

    12. Place the kisses into the hexagon. Note: It is important that you place the kisses into the hexagon before attaching it to the top square piece. The hexagon might get misshapen causing the kisses not to fit properly if attached afterwards.


    Step Thirteen

    13. Cut a 3-½” square of black card stock. Find the center of the card stock and pierce a hole there. Note: If you would like to stamp or emboss a message on this flat piece you should do it now. I embossed “go confidently in the direction of your dreams” in black embossing powder during this step.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Place a black glimmer brad through the hole.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Remove the sticky strip liners from the hexagon piece and attach it to the back side of the square as shown.


    Step Sixteen

    16. To make the tassel, cut a 2-¼” x 1-½” piece of Summer Starfruit Card Stock. On the short side, score at the 1” mark.


    Step Seventeen

    17. Cut a 1” fringe along the long side as shown stopping each cut when you reach the score line.


    Step Eighteen

    18. Cut a 5” length of white baker’s twine. Dye your twine with a sponge dauber and the Summer Starfruit ink pad.


    Step Nineteen

    19. Place sticky strip along the long side of the card stock.


    Step Twenty

    20. Remove the sticky strip liner. Put both ends of the Baker’s twine on one end of the tassel piece making sure it adheres to the sticky strip.


    Step Twenty-One

    21. Roll up the tassel.


    Step Twenty-two

    22. Attach the tassel by sliding the twine over the glimmer brad.


    Time Saver Steps


  • Time Saver Step One Start with a piece of 7” x 10-½” Basic Black card stock. On the 7” side, score at 1”, 2-1/8”, 3-¼”, 4-¼”, 5-3/8” and 6-½”.
  • Time Saver Step Two On the 10-½”, score at the 1”, 2-½”, 4”, 5-½”, 7”, 8-½”, 10” mark. Also on the 10-½” side, cut into 1-½” strips. This will enable you to make SEVEN cap frames at one time.
  • Time Saver Step Eight Start with a piece of 7” x 10” Summer Starfruit Card Stock. On the 7” side, score at all the inch marks (1”, 2”, 3” etc.).
  • Time Saver Step Nine On the 10” side, cut into one-inch strips. This will enable you to make TEN insert strips at one time, enough to make insert strips for FIVE graduation caps.


  • Time Saver Step Thirteen Make yourself a template for this step. Start with a 3-1/2" square of scrap card stock. To find the exact center of the square use a ruler and pencil to make an ‘X’ from corner to corner. Pierce the middle of your template and then on all future pieces you can use this hole as a guide to make your pencil mark.


    Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Word Play (W 120308, C 120651)
  • Card Stock: Basic Black (121045), Summer Starfruit (126839)
  • Ink: Versamark (102283), Summer Starfruit (126991)
  • Tools: Simply Scored (122334), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Heat Tool (129053), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Embossing Buddy (103083)
  • Embellishments: Neutrals Glimmer Brads (121003), White Baker’s Twine (124262), Black Embossing Powder (109133)
  • Adhesives: Sticky Strip (104294), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
  • Other: Hershey’s Kisses

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  • Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Dress Up Lip Balm Holder

    We made this lip balm holder at my April club workshops. My club members loved this design. I would like to thank the very creative Pam Strobel for the inspiration for this tutorial. Her black dress lipstick holder was what inspired me to create a lidded version of her original design. If you get a chance, please check out Pam’s blog and see her other cool designs.

    Dress Up Lip Balm Holder Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Start with a piece of 4-5/8” x 3-1/2” piece of card stock. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-¼” and 3-7/8”.


    Step Two

    2. On the short side, score at ¾”, 1-½”, 2-¼” and 3”.


    Step Three

    3. Orient your card stock as shown. Cut the bottom right corner rectangle away from the card stock. Also, cut the four top right corner squares and rectangles away from the card stock.


    Step Four

    4. Make two lid tabs, by cutting the top of the card as shown.


    Step Five

    5. Angle cut the side tabs.


    Step Six

    6. Use the 1” circle punch to round the end of the lid tab. Note: To do this you will slide the card stock in from the bottom of the punch, rather than the side.


    Step Seven

    7. Put sticky strip on the side tab. Put two lines of sticky strip on all but the first bottom tab.


    Step Eight

    8. Cut the bottom tabs as shown.


    Step Nine

    9. Remove the sticky strip from the side tab and adhere the box together.


    Step Ten

    10. Remove the sticky strip from one of the bottom tabs and bend it inwards. Remove the sticky strip from the other tabs and fold them towards the box. Finish with the bottom tab with no adhesive on it.


    Step Eleven

    11. Here is what the box looks like when it’s finished.


    Step Twelve

    12. Cut two dresses from the Polka Dot Designer Series Paper.


    Step Thirteen

    13. Adhere the dresses to the box with sticky strip making sure the lid opens towards one of the dresses.


    Step Fourteen

    14. This is what the box looks like with the front and back dresses attached.


    Step Fifteen

    15. Tie a matching 7” length of stitched grosgrain around the waist of the dress and stamp a tag using the Tiny Tags Stamp Set and the Jewelry Tag Punch.


    Timesaver Step

    Create a template for yourself using steps one to six. You will use this template to trace the pattern onto a piece of card stock after you have scored it using steps one and two. When you use the template make sure you line up the score lines on the template with the score lines on your scored piece. You may need to flip over your card stock to get the score lines to match up.


    Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Tiny Tags (W 118091, C 118592);
  • Card Stock: Real Red (102482), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Marina Mist (119682), Daffodil Delight (119683), Polka Dot Parade (126902);
  • Ink: Real Red (126949), Rich Razzleberry (126950), Marina Mist (126962), Black Staz On (101406); Crumb Cake (126975);
  • Tools: Big Shot (113439); Dress Up Framelits (130101); Jewelry Tag Punch (117190)
  • Embellishments: ¼” Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon: Real Red (126875), Rich Razzleberry (126876); Pacific Point (126878) Daffodil Delight (126872); Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262)
  • Adhesive: Sticky Strip (104294)

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  • Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Color Refresh

    This morning Stampin' Up announced that they are refreshing our colors for the next catalog cycle. What does this mean for us? We will be seeing the return of some popular in-colors, plus ONE new color. We will also be saying goodbye to some core colors. Here's a chart to help explain things a little better:

    If you need to stock up on any of the retiring color products, now is your chance. These retiring colors and their related products are available only while supplies last. Everything that contains these colors will be retiring, including color packs, brads, buttons, ribbon, etc.

    Place your order anytime HERE!