Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DIY Paper Bows with Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch

If you liked the cute little bows on yesterday's Birthday Bow Card/Box ensemble, you're going to love seeing all the different styles of bows you can create with just one punch.

Before I show you that, let's take a look at how to make a simple paper bow using the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch in the video below:


Yep, those little bows are really that easy to create using the punch. I definitely recommend using Glue Dots - it's so quick and easy and no mess.

If you don't have a bone folder, (gasp!) get one immediately. Just kidding. Okay, not really. If you are a card maker or like to make 3D items like boxes or bags or a project with lots of scoring, you really should have a bone folder in your basic tool kit. You'll be amazed at the clean, crisp folds you'll get and wonder why you waited so long.

If you still don't have a bone folder, try wrapping the bow pieces around a pencil to get the desired bend in the loop pieces.

15 Ways to use the Bow Builder Punch

There are endless ways to combine the bow pieces created with the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch. The chart below shows 15 variations of unique bows you can easily create for cards, tags, gifts, and other papercraft projects.

Photo image of Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch Chart with 15 different styles of bows.


Try mixing and matching patterned paper or combining patterned paper with solid colors for even more variations of this cute DIY mini paper bow.

A big thank you to Brenda Quintana for sharing her bow builder punch chart. I ran across it one day and quickly went to work to create all the bows and fill up my own chart. I shared this idea at a recent Stampin' Up! team meeting and everyone got to make their own bows and fill their own chart to share with their customers. Everyone loved it!

I hope YOU love it too.








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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Birthday Bows Ensemble: Card and Tiny Treat Box

Birthday Bows Card and Tiny Treat Box Ensemble

Bows. Bows. Bows! This happy birthday ensemble is tied up with little bows ... literally. These paper bows are so fun to make, it's hard to stop once you get going. All you need is some pretty patterned paper and the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch.

Stampin' Details:

  • This birthday card and coordinating gift box would make a cute gift for a friend or co-worker. Fill the box with a small gift or treat to celebrate the occasion.


Happy birthday card with bows.


  • The Pool Party card base is stamped with Pool Party ink using the Watercolor Wash background stamp. For a more subtle effect, I stamped off once on scratch paper before stamping on the card.
  • For the happy birthday greeting, I used the Cottage Greetings stamp set and Tangelo Twist ink. This new stamp set features small hand-drawn images plus greetings and sentiments in adorable fonts. (It coordinates with the Cottage Greetings Card Kit - super cute!)
  • Bow pieces are punched from the Sweet Li'l Things Designer Series Paper in coordinating colors and patterns to keep it uniform without being too repetitive.


Decorated Tiny Treat Box with mini paper bow.


  • A simple belly band around the Tiny Treat Box dresses up the box and provides a place to attach ribbon/trim and a greeting.
  • The bow on top completes the box and continues the bow theme. Additionally, with the box decorated in this manner, it can easily be opened and closed without ruining the look.


Photo image of assembled bows on greeting card.


If you like these cutie-patootie little paper bows, you should see what I have up my sleeve for you next.

I'll give you a hint - it's going to be like a bow explosion taking place.

Yep, bows galore. Bow mania. Bow palooza.

And I'm not talking about lots of the same bow either.

We're talking lots of different styles of bows.

All made with the same punch.

I can't wait.








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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Happy Day Wedding Card

Happy Day Wedding Card with custom coordinating envelope photo image

Can you believe there is only one little stamped image on this sweet wedding card? Surprise! I created this banner card by letting my tools do all the work and using designer series paper for the banner instead of stamping.

The stamped sentiment image is from the Banner Banter stamp set which includes images for banner pieces as well. The coordinating Banner Punch makes quick work of getting all the pieces cut exactly right. If this is on your wish list, save some money by ordering the bundle. You can choose clear-mount or wood-mount stamps plus the punch and get a 15% discount versus buying the items separately.

I'm loving this color combination of Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, and Whisper White for wedding colors. It's soft and elegant and dreamy. Yes?

Photo image close-up detail of banner card detail.


Stampin' Details:

  • This long 3" x 6" card will accommodate a store gift card, a check, or even cash. (Or just include it with your beautifully wrapped gift.)
  • Vellum cardstock is dry embossed using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. Not only does it add interest and texture, it reminds me of rice or confetti.
  • The embossed vellum is attached to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals strategically placed behind the flowers and banner pieces.
  • I cropped the banner pieces from select patterns in the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. 
  • Creating a coordinating envelope was a snap using In Color Envelope Paper (Tip Top Taupe) and the Envelope Punch Board.



Happy Day Wedding Card with custom envelope by Gayle Wheeler | Stampingville


I mentioned above that the embossed dots remind me of rice or confetti. Does anybody even throw rice at weddings/receptions any more? I don't think so. I think these days it is bird seed or "fake" rice - whatever that is. Ha, ha!

I do know that making those little rice bag favors takes a long, looooong time if there are a lot of guests. Once you make a few hundred of those, you won't want to see rice again for a very long time!

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p.s. Me and my big mouth! Last week I mentioned that things were getting back to "normal" and I was looking forward to being back on a regular posting schedule. Yup - that jinxed it! We've been dealing with a sick kitty and multiple trips to the vet. Not a great week. Hope yours was better.








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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Made With Love For Baby

If you can't handle cuteness overload, look away now!

Simple baby card featuring Stampin' Up! Made With Love stamp set.

Gah! Is that little deer the cutest thing or what? I nearly died when I saw the Made with Love stamp set in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog. I simply HAD to have that set.

I mean ... the purrrfect little kitty, the hoppy baby bunny, and the adorable little dear ... er, deer.

Now I just need people to get busy in the baby making department so I can make (and give) lots of cute baby cards and gift tags using this sweet stamp set.

I'm playing along with two challenges today! The card design was inspired by Retro Sketches (rs#176) and the color combo is from Color Challenge #257 at The Paper Players.

Stampin' Details:
  • My square card measures 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" and can be tucked in a standard envelope if I need to mail it. (If being hand-delivered, I'll probably create a custom envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.)
  • To add a sweet bit of detail and texture to the Bermuda Bay background panel, I used the Happy Heart embossing folder. Embossing card stock is a great alternative when you don't have the appropriate patterned paper for your project.
  • One ribbon - three ways! The 5/8" Chevron Ribbon (available in Natural or Smoky Slate) can be used showing the Chevron pattern or the solid pattern on the flip side. OR cut the ribbon down the center to create a narrow striped ribbon, as I've done here.
  • To create the little scalloped strip of cardstock, I used the large scallop square die included in the Squares Collection Framelits Dies.
  • The darling little deer image is stamped on Watercolor Paper, colored using an Aqua Painter and Classic Stampin' Pads, then cropped using a 2" Circle Punch.
Close-up photo image of watercolored deer image from Made with Love stamp set.

All cuteness aside, another great thing about the Made with Love stamp set is how it coordinates with matching framelit dies.  Many of the images in this stamp set were designed to precisely fit the Tags & Labels Framelits dies and the Baby's First Framelits Dies include framelits to die-cut the bib and the onsies.

Alright ... who's having a baby out there?









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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Happy New Home Sweet Home

Clean and simple happy new home card with Kraft paper card base, featuring Stampin' Up! Happy Notes stamp set.

Welcome, neighbor!

That's the theme of today's card featuring images from the Happy Notes stamp set by Stampin' Up! This CAS (clean and simple) card is perfect for welcoming a new neighbor or for someone moving to a new home.

Stampin' Details:

  • The packed-up car image can be stamped using a solid color or step it up a notch by using markers to ink the stamp with various colors.
  • Creating the house shape was a snap using the Homemade Holiday Framelit Dies. This cute set of dies were featured in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.*
  • The new Corrugated Paper gives my house the perfect texture. How cute is that?


Close-up photo image of happy new home greeting card hand-stamped images.

*Sadly, the Homemade Holiday Framelit Dies were not carried over after the Holiday Catalog sales period ended. BUT!!! They are currently on sale now (while supplies last) in the Clearance Rack section of the online store. Shop the Clearance Rack now.

Case this sketch 135 image


I'm playing along today with CASe this sketch #135. If you're a fan of clean and simple cards, be sure to check out all the talented ladies sharing their creations on this challenge blog.



p.s. Gah! It's been one thing after another around here. Nothing major, just life getting in the way of creativity and blogging.

I *think* things can finally get back to normal.

Whatever that is. 








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