Hello Everyone,

How are you all doing today? I trust your week has gone well and you are keeping well.

For today’s Step-it-Up Sunday I am focusing on a birthday gift package idea. I’ve gone with the birthday theme because it’s my birthday this week and I thought it would be a bit of fun to do something with the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes. These were new to the Annual Catalogue this year and were an addition to the Silver ones we had from the Occasions catalogue last year. I have had this pack for a while and opened it to complete this project. I missed the ‘lustrous’ bit and thought it was just white but these boxes have a beautiful shimmery look so you could put a ribbon and sentiment and gift it without doing much to it. The look is classic.

Basic

I have used the Broadway Bound Speciality Designer Series Paper on this project. I just got it in my last order and I tell you it’s one of those items that is so much better seeing the real thing. The paper is beautiful and it has a look of glamour in it. I will feature it in projects in the coming weeks. Very classy and great for men’s cards too.

To decorate this box you need a length of 12″ paper cut at a width of 1½”. This is a little bit shorter than the length of the box but attach it so that the join is in the front. The punched circles from the DSP and Basic Black cardstock hide the join.

For the sentiment, I worked in reverse this time. I first punched the tag shape from the Duet Banner punch. Then take your sentiment and manipulate it a little to give it a slight curve and then stamp the image. This is the beauty of photopolymer stamps – you can adjust them a little bit.

To keep this nice and simple, tie off your ribbon in a double knot – not a bow in sight!

Intermediate

The Intermediate level has been stepped-up with some stamping with the Star of Light stamp set. This is a Christmas stamp set with some lovely sentiments and images but there are images that can cross over to birthdays and other occasions. I really love the flourish with the little stars and that’s what has been used here along with little ‘fireworks’ look stamp in black. Stamp the flourish alternately so you have some going upwards and others facing downwards.

Add a border from another sheet of the same DSP and this ties in with your stamped stars. Top off your bow with a cute Binder Clip in Lovely Lipstick.

Advanced

Add some heat embossed stars in Lovely Lipstick to add some extra texture to this gift pack. Stampin’ Up does have a pack of the 2018-2020 In-Color Embossing Powders. However I don’t have them yet so the way to get around this is with a Versamark pad and your Lovely Lipstick ink pad. Ink up the stamp in Versamark pad and then directly into the Lovely Lipstick ink pad and then stamp. Keep repeating this step. In between each stamping, I stamped off the excess Lovely Lipstick on scrap paper. It will still stain your Versamark ink pad and that’s why I have 2 of them – one clean and the other not so clean.

Lovely Lipstick ribbon and Sequin Trim have been added to the Mini Binder Clip. These are held together with glue dots. Fussy cut a party hat and attach with a mini Stampin’ Diminesional and attach a sequin with a glue dot.

Hope you have a good week with some creative therapy included.

Melbourne is in the footy finals frenzy at the moment but our family is not really that into it, So much so that I have planned an all day crafting event on Grand Final day and yes, I know there are others like me who are not that into the footy, who’ll making cards with me that day. We are going to have some good fun and fellowship with morning tea and lunch included as well. So, if you would like to join us on Saturday 29th September, please contact me to book your place. 

We’ll be decorating the Distressed Card Tin from the Holiday catalogue and creating 6 varying Christmas cards to go in it. So you are in for a treat. Click the photo for details.

I’ve got 2 weeks off from my ‘regular’ job at school so school holiday fun, family time and crafting is lined up.


 

 

 

 

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