Before I get started, I wanted to remind you that the Year End Clearance Sale starts today!
- Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
- No minimum purchase required.
- No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
- Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
- Items can be combined on orders with non-Year-End-Sale items.
- Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
- Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
This week, I’m working on wrapping gifts. My project today is to wrap up my 2016 desktop calendars. Each year, I make these little calendars for close friends and family. They fit into 4″ X 6″ frames so they’re a perfect size to sit on desktops both as a decoration and quick reference.
I designed the 12 monthly calendar pages on My Digital Studio. You can see them all under the Desktop Calendar Tab on my blog. I’ve been working on creating the individual pages throughout the year. Now that they’re all done and I’ve had them printed, I wanted to design a decorative envelope holder to store them. The envelope holder also serves as a great way to wrap these heartfelt gifts.
Since I have 12 pages to enclose, the envelopes need to be over sized (4-1/2″ X 6-1/2″). The Envelope Punch Board is a perfect solution. With it, I can make my own custom envelopes out of designer series paper.
One of the awesome perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that I can pre-order new products and test them out. Well, this week I got my first box of new goodies from the upcoming Occasions Catalog (products available to order on January 5, 2016.) So, I decided to have a little fun with these envelopes and play with some of my new stash!
I used the Botanical Blooms stamps set, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper to create my envelopes. All three of these items are available in a discounted bundle in the new Occasions Catalog. I wanted to point that out, because originally I didn’t pick up that all THREE items were in the bundle, so I ordered the paper separately and ended up getting two sets! Whoopsie!!! I wanted to make sure that you didn’t make the same mistake.
On the Envelope Punch Board, there’s a chart that tells me what size to cut my designer paper to make a 4-1/2″ X 6-1/2″ envelope. So, I followed the instructions and made eight different envelopes. (I only photographed three above.)
To create my 2016 cut outs, I used the Little Numbers Framelits Dies. These little framelits are awesome for custom projects like this. However, if you’ve got a well used Big Shot like me with warped glass, those tiny framelits seem to move around a lot even with a Magnetic Plate. Also, I find it a little challenging to line up the numbers straight. But, I’ve got a great solution! I lined up my numbers on Grid Paper and placed a wide strip of washi tape over them to hold them in place. That way, I could easily pick all the numbers up at once and place them over my cardstock on my Big Shot. I also find that slipping a layer of wax paper in-between the dies and my cardstock really makes it easy to remove the little pieces.
Next, I used the Back to Basics Alphabet photopolymer stamp set to stamp the work CALENDAR. Here I have another time saving tip. Instead of stamping all the letters individually, I lined most of them up on my acrylic block together. (I could only go as far as CALEND since I didn’t have another “A”.) But still, I stamped all those letters together and then only had to go back and add “AR” to each word.
Finally, I got to the decorating part of this project. Did you notice those GORGEOUS die cut flowers? The Botanical Builder Framelits Dies has 14 different die cuts!!! They are intricate and beautiful. But, if you’ve used dies like this before, you know that they can be a lot of work. In the past, I’ve had to run them back and forth through the Big Shot multiple times to get a good cut, and then I would need to use a Paper Piercer to poke out all the little pieces (or sandwich wax paper in-between the dies and cardstock every time!)
Well, now there’s a much easier way! First I used my Precision Base Plate with my Big Shot. (Remember it’s on sale this week for 25% off!) This plate is designed to provide clean, perfect cuts for intricate dies. For a great video on using the Precision Base Plate, click HERE and for more tips and tricks click HERE. Second, I used my new Big Shot Die Brush (pictured below.) By lightly rolling this brush over the die cut holes, the paper pops right out without having to use wax paper! This is a HUGE time saver. I cut 16 of these leave shapes in no time!
I really love the large 3-D flower on this project. It was the one particular item that just sucked me into buying this bundle. However, I feel like I barely touched the tip of the iceberg; the Botanical Blooms stamp set has 17 different stamps to coordinate with the multiple Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. There are endless pairings and possibilities.
Here’s a picture of the inside of my envelope holder.
I used four different color combinations for my envelopes to coordinate with the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. The papers have such a pretty color combination including Hello Honey, Mint Macaroon, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Basic Black. I also added a little Blushing Bride to one of my small flowers. I’m very please with the way these turned out and I can’t wait to use these products again.
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For my regular customers, watch for your new Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs coming in the mail soon. You’re going to love them!
Finally, I have a little post script. Stampin’ Up! recently announced that it will be holding over the Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog. It will continue to be available for sale and will appear in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog! I’m so glad because I love that embossing folder:)