Trying something new – Pinwheel Tower Gift Card

Hi everyone, today I want to share with you how to make a Pinwheel Tower Card. I’ve seen a few of these cards before so thought I would give it a try. I cannot believe how easy it is to put together. I also love creating unique ways to give a gift card so when putting this card together, I decided to make it into a gift card holder. I can already picture making up a birthday card, with or without the gift card. The posibilities are many and so fast to put together if you are in need of a great card in a hurry.

To Make this card

Take the base card stock and score at 3/4″ 1 1/2″ 2 1/4″ and 3″.

Fold all the score lines and give it a good crease with your bone folder. Now fold it up so it creates a box and adhere it closed. The larger piece will stick out but that is intended

Now, adhere the three pieces of Basic White to each of the remaining three box sides to create your pinwheel as shown. So easy right?

OPTION: I also decided to round all the corners with my DETAILED TRIPLE PUNCH. I like how it looks with the rounded corners

Now to add the Designer Series paper. If you decide to round the corners, now is the time to do that with the DSP as well. Make sure you are only rounding the outside corners, leaving the inside corners square. You can see how each flap is finished in the pictures below

TIP: if using directional paper, make sure the direction is flowing top to bottom on the 4″ length and not the width.

For the first flap, I cut out the tree from the GINGERBREAD AND PEPPERMINT DSP and adhered to the card flap. I stamped the sleigh from the BE JOLLY stamp set and then coloured and cut out the gifts before adhering them to the card flap

For the second flap, I cut out a rectangle (retired) and stamped my greeting from a retired stamp set, then adhered to the card flap. The little bird was stamped, coloured and cut out then adhered to the flap as well.

For the third flap, I created the gift card holder by adhering one of the triangles to a flap, taking care to add adhesive to side and bottom only so you can slip a card inside. I stamped Santa from the BE JOLLY stamp set on scrap white card stock, I then coloured Santa with my BLENDER PENS before cutting him out. I then adhered him to the card flap.

For the last flap, I stamped the TO AND FROM, onto the flap directly than stamped the bird, coloured and adhered it to the flap. I then cut out the ornament from the GINGERBREAD AND PEPPERMINT DSP and adhered it to the card flap.

OPTION: You could also decorate all four flaps if you wanted to, but I chose to leave one blank so I could can write something there..

Flap 1 – Front of card
Flap 4 – blank to write on
Flap 2 – Greeting
Card folds Flat into a standard envelope

Flap 3 – Gift Card holder

To finish off my envelope, I stamped Santa on the front then used some of the DSP to cover the envelope flap. After adhering it, I trimmed around the flap to remove any excess paper. This card folds so easy into an envelope but I just love how it stands on it’s own when you put it on a table top.

Supplies used

Basic White Card stock

  • Base – 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ (cut three)
  • 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (cut into a triangle)
  • Scrap for stamped images

Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper

  • 2 1/2″ x 4″ (cut 3)
  • 1 3/4″ x 4″ (cut 4)
  • Scrap for Envelope flap

Designer Series Paper

  • Gingerbread and Peppermint Designer Series Paper – cut out images

Stamp set – Be Jolly

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Are you thinking about Christmas yet?

Confession time… Have you been watching the Christmas in July movies? I love Christmas movies and have quite a few taped. It gets me thinking about all the cute items that you don’t see any other time of the year.

Mark your Calendars! The new mini Catalogue goes live Aug 3rd and runs through to Dec 31. It is full of ideas for holiday crafting. From jolly and happy to dazzling and delightful, this catalogue has it all. Go ahead – imagine all the magnificent projects you can create!

Christmas treat bag

With that in mind I took some of the adorable Christmas Designer Series paper found in the new mini catalogue and started my Christmas crafting. The Sweet Stockings DSP includes 12 (12″x12″) sheets of double sided paper (2 each of 6 designs)

I made this adorable treat bag and filled it with about 15 Hershey kisses. It measures 4″ high so it perfect for a stocking stuffer or an adorable little gift, just because.

Can you picture one of these treat bags in front of each place setting at your Christmas dinner. I know in my area life has started to return to pre-covid “normal” and I am really looking forward to family get together’s this Christmas and what better way than with a treat bag.

These adorable bags, take just a few minutes to put together and I can see myself making lots of these for the holidays

To make this treat bag

On the 7 7/8″ side, score at 3/8″, 2 7/8″, 4 1/8″, 6 5/8″.  Turn you paper and score at 4 3/4″ on the 6″ side.

Turn you paper so the smallest scored piece is on your right and trim the bottom corner between the two score lines as shown, then trim up the flaps to the score line. I wedge them a bit so it folds up easier.

Now place an oval die (or whatever shape you choose) towards the bottom so you leave room to fold over the top. Cut out the center. Add a piece of window sheet to the inside so it covers the hole and creates your window.

Once you have completed that, fold and glue the side flap to the opposite edge then glue your flaps on the bottom to create your bag. Once filled with treats, gently squeese the top together so you can fold over the top edge towards the front. Secure with a ribbon.

TIP: I hate fighting with ribbon so I add a bit of glue to the back to hold the ribbon in place before tying my bow.

Now all you need to do is stamp your greeting. I added some matting to my greeting. I then punched a hole at the top.

Once that is done, just thread it through the ribbon before tying your bow.

Seriously, how easy was that?

This could be a great activity for the kids, just hide the chocolate first

Supplies Used

  • Sweet Stockings DSP
    • 6 ” x 7 7/8″
  • Ribbon of your choice
    • 14-16″
  • Basic white Card stock
    • Scrap for greeting
  • Cherry Cobbler Card stock
    • scrap for greeting
  • Window Sheet
    • 2 1/2″ x 3″

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Friday fun fold – Gift bag & card

Today I want to share with you a fun project I made. I decided that it would be a fun thing to create a purse type gift bag with a coordinating card. The purse is 4 1/2″ high, 2″ in depth and 4″ width so it is a good size to add any treats or a small gift. The matching card just ties it all together.

To make the card

Score the card base at 4 1/4″ and fold and crease with a bone folder. Adhere the Basic white card stock to the card front. Adhere the strip of DSP to the front of the card.

Stamp 3 flowers from the Hand Penned stamp set then die cut them out. Attached two of the flowers directly to the card front and secure the third flower with dimensional’s to add a little depth.

Die cute the two shapes for the sentiment in Cinnamon cider and Pale Papaya. Stamp the sentiment and adhere the two together. Secure by adding dimmensionals to the back and place on the card front. Stamp your sentiment for the inside of the card to the Very Vanilla card stock and attache to the inside of the card, I also stamped the envelope and added some gilded gems to the card front for a little added bling.

To make the purse

On each end of the 11″ side, score your paper at 3/4″, 4 1/2″, 6 1/2″ and 10 1/4″. Now mark your paper at 2 5/8″, 5 1/2″ and 8 3/8″ at each end as well. This can be done with a pencil or a scoring tool. On the 8 1/4″ side, score at 1 7.8″ and 6 3/8″. These marks provide you with the guidance needed to create your diagonal score lines.

On the long side, score a line from the markings to the center score lines. The triangles on the left and right will be larger than the middle triangles.

Go ahead and fold and burnish all the score lines with the exception of the diagonal lines. Once that is completed, use your fingers to gently crease the diagonal fold lines. This will form the side of your purse.

You can better see all the folded score lines on this picture. Adhere the DSP as shown. This will become the front and back of my purse.

Now is also a good time to add any additional decorations, sentiments etc.

TIP: If you are using a directional pattern, make sure the pattern will be facing in the right direction when you fold up your purse before you attach it.

Turn your card stock over and place Tear n Tape as shown for a good solid seal. You can also use Stampin’ Seal +, however I don’t recommend liquid glue for this step

Remove the backing and fold the two outside pieces inward. You can see how the purse looks when folded up.

Tip: If desired, add a little liquid glue to the diagonal triangles so when the purse is closed up, they are attached to the front and back of the purse. It’s not necessary. I did this as I like the look better but it is optional.

Did you notice the bottom right triangle is not folded too well and there is a bit of a crease in the card stock? I wasn’t careful enough when creasing my diagonal lines, so don’t rush, take the time needed to create a good crease. The good news is that once the purse is closed up and glued, you won’t see that crease.

To finish off my purse, I added two 1/2″ strips of card stock for the handles. I used my bone folder to run over them to gently create the curve. I then attached them to the front and back with liquid glue

For the flap closure, I die cut the flap from the Free as a Bird die set (same as the card) but the back edge was trimmed so it is straight across. I attached to the back of the purse and then gently folded over the top to create the purse closure.

I added the gems to the straps and a velcro dot under the flap to keep the purse closed.

And this is my finished project.

I decided that the purse also needed the floral image so added that as an afterthought. I like how it ties the two together as a set.

And there you have it.

Supplies used

  • Cinnamon Cider Card stock
    • 8 1/5″ x 11″ (card base)
    • 8 1/4″ by 11″ (purse)
    • 1/2″ x 10″ strip (purse handles)
    • Scrap for the front sentiment and purse closure
  • Pale Papaya Card stock
    • Scrap for the front sentiment
  • In colour 2019-2021 DSP (Retired)
    • 4″ x 3 1/2″ (cut 2 for purse)
    • 2″ x 5 1/4″ (card)
  • Basic White Card stock
    • 4 ” x 5 1/4″ (card)
    • Scrap – Die cuts for the flowers
  • Very Vanilla Card stock
    • 4 ” x 5 1/4″ (inside card)
  • Ink – Cinnamon Cider & Pale Papaya
  • Stamp set – Hand Penned
  • Die set – Free as a Bird

New Crafting Technique

This month’s kit features a new layering technique that is impressive, but still very doable. You’ve got this

The Adventure Begins Paper Pumpkin Kit contains enough supplies to create twelve inspiring cards and coordinating envelopes, but don’t let that stop your creativity! If you can dream up something else with this month’s kit, the sky is your limit! 

  • Contains enough supplies to create twelve cards and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4” (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Comes with a Stampin’ Spot plus an exclusive Stamp Set.
  • Includes inspirational sentiments and adventure-themed imagery featuring these nature-inspired coordinating colors: Basic Black, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Night of Navy.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post,   I invite you to try your hand at making this card and purse set.  Should you have any difficulties, please let me know and I will gladly assist.   

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Gift box thank you cards

Gift box holds 5 cards and envelopes

I made up this gift box using the new in-color Card stock and Matching DSP. The gift box is approximately 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. It holds five 3×3 cards with matching envelopes I left the inside of the cards blank.

I think this would make a great gift for a friend or to keep a stash of cards for yourself so you always have a gift tag on hand. Tuck a few of the cards in your purse and hand out to your favourite hairdresser, a waitress, a care giver or anyone you wish to show appreciation for. They are also perfect to attach to gifts as a gift tag.

Note: The cards are too small to stick in the mail.

To make the cards

Cut a piece of 3 x 6″ card stock, and score at 3″. Fold in half and crease with your bone folder to make a nice crisp fold. I love using the bone folder for that. The DSP is cut at 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and adhered to the front fo the cared.

I added the sentiment to the front. It is cut in white card stock with the 2″ circle punch. I also used the starburst punch in matching cardstock behind the sentiment to finish off the look. Voila! you have a card and really, how easy it that?

To make the envelopes

Cut coordinating DSP at 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. I used the envelope punch board to make the envelopes for the cards, following the punch and scoring lines for the 3×3″ cards. However if you don’t have a punch board (retired now) you could just fold all the corners in so that you have a 3 x 3″ square. Tacking three sides down with adhesive.

To make the card box.

Cut your Card stock at 9 1/8″ x 8 1/4″. This is for the card box.

Score on the long side at 7/8″, 4 1/8″, 5″ and 8 1/4″

Score on the short side at 7/8″ and 7 3/8″

It should look like the picture, when finished.

FYI, I made a couple of these boxes so chose two different colours in the pictures to best show off the score lines

Trim up the tabs as shown then crease all the fold lines using your bone folder. I find trimming is easier before I fold but that is a personal choice.

Adhere the tabs using the Stampin Seal Plus as this gives it a stronger seal for 3D projects.

This is what it looks like when completed. I notched the top of the lid with a 1″ punch to provide a bit of an opening.

As you can see, the notch is slightly off centre because I eye balled it. I recommend you make a small pencil mark for the centre before punching. Live and learn right? It never ends…

Cut a second piece of card stock at 7 15/16″ x 4 1/16″. This if for the insert

Score on the long side at 3 1/4″, 4″ and 4 3/4″

Score on the short side at 1/2″ at ends

Trim ends so it looks like this then fold. The middle score line is mountain and the other two are valley folds. The tabs should be folded outwards

This is what is will look like.

Add adhesive to the tabs on the sides then position it inside the card box, gently placing the tabs to the front and back on the box.

This is what the finished box looks like with the insert and cards inside.

Cut matching DSP at 6 1/4′ x 3″. This is for the top of the box

Cut a mat (Optional) at 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Adhere to the front of the box. I chose to add the same sentiment to the front of the box as the cards inside.

This is a similar design. If you choose to create this card box along with the cards/envelopes inside, a word of caution. They are very addictive to make.

Supplies used

Card stock

Staying Home to Craft

Hi Everyone,

Well with my card classes cancelled for the time being, and lot’s of time spent at home, what’s a girl to do? Crafting of course.

Ok, well I would be crafting anyways but now I have more time, so decided to try something new. I made up this gift card box (or book) which holds five cards and envelopes to match up with the paper. How cute is that?

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and it would make a great gift for someone who cannot get out and about. Add some stamps and they are all set. I left the inside of the cards blank so they can be tailored to suit any occasion.

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Tiny Keepsake treat box


I started working on my Christmas crafts because Christmas is only 84 days away, can you believe it?   Tick Tock…

I remember having chocolate treats hanging on our Christmas tree as a kid. These cute little treats can be stuffed with a chocolate of your choice but is the perfect size for a single Ferrero Rocher chocolate and who doesn’t love those.

You can hang this on a tree or it can be placed at your table setting for a cute look. Of course, it is also a wonderful little thank you gift to show appreciation to people you deal with every day.

They could be fully customized to suit any occasion such as wedding favours or baby shower gifts. You are only limited by imagination

Using the die cut in this set, I cut out the keepsake and tags, then folded it up. I stamped a sentiment on the tag and to dress them up a bit I used the Sprig Punch to punch out some leaves and glued them to the back of the tag. This of course is optional but I like how it looks.
I threaded a ribbon through the tag hole and tied it to the handle of the treat box. How easy is that?

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Wedding gift

Wedding or anniversaries are to be celebrated and remembered. I made up this 12 x 12 picture frame using the beautiful Magnolia designer series paper from the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue. I left the green squares blank so special pictures can be added later. A perfect keepsake to commemorate the special occasion.

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