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Join Stampin' Up!'s Bonnie Thurber while she creates fun projects with new punches from Stampin' Up! 

Email me  to see how you can receive your own Scallop Trim Punch Free. 


Here some great tutorials by fellow Demonstrator Gretchen Barron on how to use your punches to make mats. 

Scallop trim    Scallop Trim Punch

Pinking    Pinking Hearts Punch


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Valentines just naturally brings out Stampin' Up!'s Real Red cards stock.  Let your imagination run away with you as you create cards using this great template.  This easel card would make a great Christmas photo card, I can just see it now sitting on the fireplace mantle with a photo of your family. 


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Sunday I attended a Stamp & Share for Leaders in Medina, MN.  It is a great opportunity for Sr. Supervisors or above to gather and share great creative stamping & business ideas.  We gave several demo's the title of Stampin' Engineers,  someone designed box hinges out of grosgrain ribbon and crystal effects.   I brought to share a little mini flip album I designed incorporating the Stampin' Up! Bigz  Scallop Envelope Die.  Now the flip album has been around a while and I just converted it to the envelope die.  This die is an exclusive SU product and can be ordered through a Stampin' Up! demo (like "ME" smiling).  

I had so many questions on how to make it I thought I would compile the info and post to my blog so everyone could enjoy it.   If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me. 

01 Front copy

Open 1 copy

Open 3 copy



Stamp Set: Priceless

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Cardstock, Designer Series Paper Cottage Rose

Accessories:  Crop a Dile, Jumbo Eyelets Pewter, Rich Razzleberry 1/2' Polka Dot Ribbon grosgrain ribbon,

Scallop Envelope Die

Main Pieces of Album measurements:

  • 2 envelopes cut out for the Stampin' Up! Bigz Scallop Envelope Die
  • 1 piece Rich Razzleberry Cardstock 3 1/8" x 4 1/4"
  • 2 pieces of Old Olive Cardstock 3 1/8" x 8 1/2"
  • 1 piece of Whisper White Cardstock 3 1/8" x 8 1/2"
  • 2 Jumbo Eyelets Pewter
  • 20" Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Ribbon grosgrain ribbon

Step 1 copy

First you want to cut two envelopes from your Stampin' Up! Bigz Scallop Envelope Die.  There is about a 3/8" flap on each side of the envelope you will want to cut both of these off on both envelopes.    Then you will want to cut in the same color as your envelopes a piece of cardstock 3 1/8" x 4 1/4" .

Step 2Attach the 3 1/8" x 4 1/4" piece to the flaps of your envelope as shown in the next photo. This is the back of your album.

Step 2 b copy

Here is another view of the album the back is resting on the grid paper and the envelope flaps create the covers.

Step 3 copy

You want to score the 3 1/8" x 8 1/2" pieces of Old Olive & Whisper White Cardstock, 2 1/8" from each edge, then adhere the right flap of one of the Old Olive to the left flap of the Whisper White and the right flap of the Whisper White to the other left flap of the Old Olive to create the inside.

Step 4 copy

Then adhere the white page to the back of your album as shown in the sample to the left.  Then start to have fun and embellish and add photo's were you wish.  It is a fun and simple project. 

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Side Step Card

 Here is another sample of the Side Step Card – we did this at our June Inspiration Club.  

To see more club projects click here.  

Download Side Step Directions

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June Technique Night

This technique has taken the stamping world by storm!  It is called "Reinker Spread" and was created by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Crystal French.  Join me to learn the most popular stampin' technique at this time and make some fun projects using this technique.

Thursday June 18, 6:30 PM at my stampin' spot. 
Class Fee $12.00 
Send Registration by June 5 for the early bird discount and only pay $8.00. 

Only a few spots left so email me TODAY patstamps@embarqmail.com.


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I was so excited to be asked by SU to present a WOW Demonstration at the Sioux Falls, Regional Seminar today.  At regionals - Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from across the United States and Canada enjoy stamping, swapping, creative demonstrations and business ideas.  The stress of trying to WOW your piers can be stressful.  As with most of my stampin, this is not my original idea, I was inspired by Sheryl Dickinson, Stampin' Up! demonstrators blog, I can't stop making boxes Sheryl, thanks so much for sharing!

The wonderful scallop envelope die for the Sizzix Big Shot, is much more than a tiny envelope. 

Start by cutting out 4 scallop envelope with the Big Shot!

03 envelope copy  

Connect the 4 envelopes together to create a box using sticky strip, decorate your boxes as you wish.

05 fourconnected copy  

You can use your boxes for all kinds of occasions.  Leaving some flaps up…


Flaps Down…


Tuck all kinds of little gifts in your box including our great little 3 x 3 cards.  Check back on Monday for all four 3 x 3 gift designs…


Want a smaller box?  Use two envelopes with a 1 1/2" side…

049 copy

Lets add a little top for our Box.  Create the bottom first just like the previous boxes.  Then you will cut out just the top 1/2 of the scallop envelope Die (shown below)  You will need 4 of these.


Cut off the tabs on the side as shown below…


Then attach one on each side of a piece of card stock cut 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"  square…



Then attach a piece of Designer Series paper 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" to the top and embellish as you wish.  I attached the ribbon around the box with sticky strip to hold the top flaps together.



I just can't get enough of the new in colors… and the Pacific Point is a favorite!  This will be an awesome color for scrapping our Stampin' Up! incentive trip to Hawaii in March!


Once you start to make these great boxes you won't be able to stop.  Just think of all the great little gifts you could stick into these awesome boxes for the Holidays!

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Chipboard Sample I had fun playing with Stampin' Up On Board Chipboard today.  It is always fun to try and come up with some new ideas.  Can't get enough of the "Always" Stamp Set.  Selecting colors was easy with the In-Color Combo Chart, I choose Pale Plum, Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate.  

Since I put away my sewing machine years ago but love the look of the stitching on cards, I just pulled out my All in a Row Stamp Set a little Craft Whisper White Ink and magic "zig zag".  No tension to fuss with no thread to ball up under my needle and it looks very real! 

Stampin'Up! On Board Chipboard collection offers a fun and easy way to embellish projects create custom greetings and decorate scrapbook pages.  There are so many fun ways to use chipboard! You can attach our Designer Series paper or card stock to it, stamp on it with Craft Stampin' Pads, or even use it plain!  In this card I added a touch of sparkle to the small chipboard heart with our Heat & Stick powder & Glitter. You’ll love the gorgeous bright bold colors. Click here for complete details of the glitter available. 

You can dye Dazzling Diamonds to coordinate with any Stampin’ Up! color.
Here’s how:

  1. Add one drop of Classic ink refill and a few drops of water to an empty Stack & Store container.
  2. Add about ½ teaspoon of Dazzling Diamonds and mix. Continue adding glitter until all the dye is absorbed.
  3. The glitter will become fluffy as it absorbs the dye. Continue to mix glitter until it sparkles.
  4. The dyed glitter will stay fluffy but the color will reflect off the glitter, so all you see is colored sparkles.

Add a little glitz and glimmer to your project using the Heat & Stick Powder and Stampin’ Glitter.

  1. After stamping with Craft or VersaMark ink, pour Heat & Stick powder liberally over your design.
  2. Shake off excess powder onto a Powder Pal tray, and pour it back into the bottle. Heat the stamped image with a heat tool just until the powder changes to a shiny liquid.
  3. Quickly sprinkle glitter over the sticky powder.
  4. Shake off excess.
  5. Heat again briefly to set the glitter.


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