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Posted on September 6, 2016

Save Time with the Designer Tin of Cards

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Hey stampers; can you believe it is September already?? The holidays are just around the corner and the frenzied pace of life will pick up soon to prepare for everything.

Today's project will save you time and features Stampin' Up!'s new Designer Tin of Cards.


This little gem is found on page 160 of our annual catalog:


This kit makes 20 cards and the adorable tin in which everything is packaged makes it even more special! Make the cards and  store them in the tin or give it as a gift with the cards or another present! You can even add products like I show in today's project to step up the cards,

My plan is to give several of these completed project tins as gifts this holiday season. It's not too early to save time so click on a pic below to order your Designer Tin of Cards and other products to make this card. Complete instructions and measurements follow below.


  • Stamp Sets: Designer Tin of Cards (141739)
  • Inks:  Elegant Eggplant (126969)
  • Paper: Whisper White Thick card stock (140272), Silver Foil Sheets (132178), Elegant Eggplant card stock (105126)
  • Other:  Silver Satin Ribbon (134548), Silver Metallic Thread (138402), 1/8” Handheld Circle punch (134365), Seaside Embossing Folder (141481), Lots of Labels Framelits (138281), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (143263), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Whisper White Thick card stock base: 4 ¼” X 11”; score at 5 ½”
  • Elegant Eggplant card stock: 3” X 5 ¼”
  • Silver foil sheets: (2) ½” X 5 ¼”
  • Scrap pieces of white card stock (for stamping sentiment) and silver foil for the tag


  1. Stamp the “Thanks to You” sentiment in Elegant Eggplant on scrap white card stock.
  2. Cut out using the 4th from the largest framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits. Run through the Big Shot the first time to create the top of the tag and then run through a second time to cut out the bottom part of the tag.
  3. Cut out the same size from the Silver Foil Sheet. Run through twice like the “Thanks to You” tag making sure that the silver piece is slightly longer than the tag. Adhere the sentiment piece on top of the Silver Foil piece. Punch a hole in the top of the tag with the 1/8” tag punch and set aside.
  4. Emboss the Elegant Eggplant piece using the Seaside Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere Silver Foil strips on either side of the Elegant Eggplant card stock piece.
  6. Wrap a piece of silver satin ribbon to the top of the Elegant Eggplant piece. Adhere to the back. Using a second small piece of ribbon, tie a knot onto the wrapped silver ribbon.
  7. Adhere the Elegant Eggplant piece to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Run a piece of Silver Metallic Thread through the hole in the “Thanks to You tag” and tie onto the silver ribbon piece. Be sure to double knot it.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed seeing how you can save time with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Tin of Cards.

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Posted on April 16, 2015

Unlikely Combo


I've been using the Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating framelits a lot lately for bright, glitzy birthday cards.  But, the unlikely combo (baby paper for a birthday card??) of Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper and the Balloon Framelits Dies is one I'll be using more and more.

sweet dreams ballons

One of the greatest things about making handmade cards is all the opportunities for “out of the box” creations!

Even better…the stamp set and framelits come in a “bundle” to save 15% over purchasing them separately…woo hoo!!

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Posted on December 28, 2014

Ten Things A Stamper Needs!

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I'm often asked by new stampers for a list of the top ten things a stamper needs. If you start with these items, you'll be able to create a lot of great projects and then add to your collection as time and money allows!

1.  Paper Trimmer that will cut 12″x12″ paper –  Essential for cutting/scoring straight lines;  if you have a good trimmer, you can cut your own cards from full sheets – way cheaper than buying pre-cut!

2.  Cardstock/ Designer Series Paper –  Stampin Up!  has the best in my opinion and my customers agree; especially Whisper White for getting crisp images!

3.  Stamps –  What I love about Stampin Up! stamp sets is that they come in sets so all the images go together and coordinate.  We have three kinds: wood mount, clear mount, and photopolymer…which is your favorite?

4.  Ink Pads – I recommend a good black pad, probably StazOn or Memento, depending upon your coloring tool.

5.  VersaMark Pad – use for heat embossing or to create a watermark on your cardstock; so versatile!

6.  Adhesive –  Stampin' Up!'s SNAIL adhesive is my all purpose “go to” adhesive. Refills just pop in. Also high on my list are Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow all purpose glue.

7.  Scissors – I personally like Stampin' Up! Paper Snips for most of my projects.

8.  Embellishments – so many from which to choose – my two favorite are buttons and ribbon.

9. Big Shot – Die Cutting Machine –  it will cut over 60 different materials to embellish your cards or to create 3D projects.    An investment but totally worth it; you can choose this as an item in your starter kit.

10.  Markers – Again my favorite are Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Write Markers because they come in all the coordinating colors and have two tips;  you can use these to journal on your scrapbooking pages, write in your cards,  ink up stamps, or color in stamped images.

What is on your list that I might have forgotten??? Leave me a comment to share your thoughts with my readers!


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