Card Holder Gift set

Card Gift Set I love three dimensional projects.  Especially when I can coordinate them to a set of cards.  My stamp camp this month is a stamp a stack.  I saw this gift set on Pinterest and had to duplicate it.  I didn’t want to purchase the template from a website, so I figured it out on my own.  I do not sell templates to my customers – I’m all about sharing!

You may recognize the colors and stamp set from my Color Inspiration article, because I just made a bunch of cards with this set!  So why not make a matching desk holder as a cute little gift.

The trick with this template is that it is in two pieces.  Once I had the dimensions down, it came together rather quickly.  I free hand drew the side and then used that cut piece as a matching template for the opposite side.  I should note that you will need a similar piece for the stamped part, I used my grid paper and free hand drew a coordinating line on a piece of scrap paper.

Card Gift Set  Card Gift Set

Overall, this project took me about 15 minutes once I had the dimensions and template down.  I can’t wait to get my Designer Series Paper stack in so that I can make one with the DSP!  It will really be too cute then.

And this is the perfect gift for mom, the holidays or the high school grad going off to college!  Next I think I’ll make a coordinating pen with DSP to include with it.

Happy Creating!


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Stamp Sets – Baroque Motifs (113490) Paper –Sahara Sand (121043), Basic Grey (121044), Not Quite Navy (101722), Garden Green (102584); Ink – Sahara Sand (105208), Not Quite Navy (103008) Garden Green (102272) Cool Tools – Stamping Sponges (101610), Simply Scored (122334) ; The Perfect Finish – Garden Green Grosgrain Ribbon (124321)

A New Beginning – Day One

I am all smiles today.  It doesn’t happen often that we get to experience the same day twice in a lifetime.  Today is the second first day of a new crafting relationship for me – new, yet familiar.  I have missed crafting and creating – so I jumped back into the deep end after 3 1/2 years of self imposed hiatus.  Today I renewed my affiliation with Stampin’ Up!

I have to say it has been a great break, but enough is enough – I am a crafter.  So with my passion tucked right back into where it belongs and raring to go, I have jumped back into the pool, evening gown, heels, tiara and all!

Ten years ago and 18 days I joined this illustrious company for the first time.  And today I had the rare opportunity of feeling those exciting butterflies that every new rep feels when picking out what to get in her starter kit!  I made notes and flipped furiously through my catalog – tagged and all, just like before.  I could not stop smiling, something my upline Christina I’m sure could feel through the phone.

I laughed as I realized my demo number is no longer 5 digits, but now 7!  And the funniest part was that it ends in 666 – wow!  I didn’t take that as a bad sign though – instead I think I’ll embrace it and call my team The Devilish Stampers!

I quickly realized that I only have one stamp set and one saying set left, three current samples and 2/3rds of the colors along with some tools, but I can’t wait to greet the UPS man when he brings me that prized brown box at the door! (I will definitely blog on that!)

So I sat down and decided to pull out some of my favorite designer series papers and a trusted old punch to make a quick 5×5 on board journal.  I know it’s the spring, but Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip colors beaconed me.  Here is the final result – a cute little journal made with the large oval punch and fun ribbons.

The best part of today is that I reconnected with some great friends, and not just the paper kind. Brace yourselves, because my excitement is going to be contagious!  I set a stamping date with my good friend and fellow rep Karen for a week from now (can’t wait – bringing my kit), booked a party with a friend to stamp with some new customers, and set up my business website.  So it looks like I’m open for business!

Enjoy the journal – I know I will put it to great use.

Happy Crafting –


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Supplies Used – Stamps – Sanded (Retired); Ink – Classic Chocolate Chip (100908); Fun Extras – On Board Journal (108495); Paper – Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117154), Chocolate Chip (121045),  Always Artichoke (105119), Very Vanilla (101650), Sahara Sand (121043); Cool Tools – Large Oval Punch (119855), Stamping Sponges (101610); The Perfect Finish – 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2 ” Seam Binding Ribbon

A Clean Slate

I love to create.

There is not other way to put it – at my core…I’m a creative person.  By day I blog and plan travel for Elite Travel Planners, and by night I sell Silpada sterling silver jewelry.  While I can call Travel one of my passions, I have found that recently I’ve been missing another one of my passions – stamping and scrapbooking.  You see, I worked in the crafts industry – specifically teaching scrapbooking and then adding the art of stamping when I became a Stampin’ Up! independent consultant in 2002.  After 6 1/2 years, I needed a change.  So I walked away to pursue other interests.  And I stayed away for 3 1/2 years.  What I found was that although I do love many other industries – I am a crafter.  There, I’ve said it.  I love to create, inspire and most of all – share.  Ironic that that is Stampin’ Up’s tag line.

So… I’m starting this blog to share my love of stamping and scrapbooking with you.  I’ve been scrapbooking since the mid 90’s and stamping for the past 11 years.  And today I’ve discovered that I love digital scrapbooking – and I think I’m going to quickly become an addict!

Here are a few projects that I’ve been working on lately.  This is a simple card (very Ingrid), but I love the effect the stipple brushes give over the image.  The depth it creates (hard to see) is magical.  I love this set – it was a hostess set years ago, but this image works for just about any occasion.  Of course – if you know my work, you’ll recognize one of my trademarks – the strip (Tip #1).  I can’t stand all that white space – to me the cards usually need something breaking all that space up!  Simple, but elegant.

Europe Sympathy Card 2

This next 3D project was a fun one – and super easy.  I’m sad that Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry these chipboard clipboards anymore, but you can use any clip board.  The key is to sand down the edges for a worn look, and layer all the papers first before attaching to the board.  I just love these colors together.  What’s better than Christmas!

I used mod podge over it to protect the paper from wear and tear.  To get the cardstock perfectly tucked behind, I make a 1/2 inch slit in the center at the top of my cardstock and cut out to the distance of the clip.  I cut two small openings in the shape of the clip and tuck the rest underneath once I have it around the clip.  Another Ingrid Tip – and that one’s a keeper! 🙂

I will add more projects and tips as I keep digging out all my favorite supplies.  I hope you enjoy the creative path with me!

Happy crafting! 🙂


These are original projects of mine.  I’d love your feedback!  And feel free to share! If you are interested in ordering any of these products, let me know!  I know a ton of people who can help you out…lol! 🙂

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