My husband suggested I make one video to explain the challenge so I don’t need to repeat it on each video.  That sounded like a good idea!  Here it is.

Getting Started - Joy Fold ThanksWe all need thank you cards and I think this one is just the ticket!  The fancy fold is called a Joy Fold.  Perhaps it’s called that because it brings joy by being pretty thrifty and easy.

Getting Started - Joy Fold Thanks WindowWhen you open up the top layer, a little bird peeks out the window and the bird is still there when the second layer is opened.
It will take some precision stamping to get the bird to sit perfectly on the branch, but Stampin’ Up! has a tool with a funny name, a Stamp-a-ma-jig, to help you.  I know…  my Getting Started Challenge is all about minimal supplies.  Don’t worry.  Here’s a link to shGetting Started - Joy Fold Thanksow you how to make your own.  It’s not quite as good, but it will get you through until you are ready to buy the real thing.  In the picture with the bird in the window I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and took a picture and forgot to press the stamp down.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig is so great, I was even able to stamp again.  If you look very closely you might be able to see those tiny bird toes are not precisely lined up.  That was with my home-made tool, so perhaps if I’d used the real one it would have been perfect.  The bottom picture shows a close up of the bird precisely on the branch (only stamped once).


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Getting Started Sample – Joy Fold Thanks


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Home-made Stamp-a-ma-jig

  I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig!  It’s one of the tools that hangs next to my work area.  With it, I can stamp with precision and while I don’t always care about precise positioning, sometimes it’s needed.  Clear-mount stamps have reduced the cases where I need my Stamp-a-ma-jig, but even still there are times I really do need to place an image or greeting exactly where I want it.

The critical part of a Stamp-a-ma-jig is an inside corner and a transparent sheet.  You place the sheet in the corner, stamp on the sheet with the block exactly in that corner, move the image on the sheet to where you want it, place the inside corner at the same position around the clear sheet, remove the sheet, and stamp in the corner on the card, right where you want it.  It sounds complicated and there are a bunch of steps, but once you get the hang of it, it’s like magic!

So I’ve been working on my Getting Started Challenge where I talk about working with minimal supplies.  A  Stamp-a-ma-jig isn’t going to make that cut.  There are a lot of tool I would buy before I spent $11.95 for one.  So I’ve been looking for a substitute when getting started and this morning, as I was using the last cotton swab, I saw it!  A home-made Stamp-a-ma-jig!

Home Made Stamp-a-ma-jig  It has an inside corner and a flat piece of clear plastic!  You could do the same thing with an old frame.  I’m sure there are many substitutes.  Keep your eyes open!

Stampa 2  So I got to work.  I separated the backing and the plastic.  I used the square hole to trace the rectangle with precise right angles and cut it with a blade and ruler.

Stampa 3 And here is my new tool!

Stampa 4I used it to place this bird so it sits on a branch and can be viewed in the punched window. In fact, I placed the stamp, took the photo, and forgot to press down on the stamp.  I was able to precisely reposition the stamp and I have to look close to see I stamped twice.

I’ll be making a video for this card soon, but I was so excited I just had to share this right away!

Stamp-A-Ma-JigDon’t get me wrong!  I still recommend a “real” Stamp-a-ma-jig.  It has a nice long handle.  The bottom has a surface that doesn’t slide too much.  The frame part is nice and high and easy to get the stamp block in just the right place.  It’s way easier to use than my home-made version.  And really, $11.95 is not a high price for such a useful tool.  You will want to get one when you can.  But if you are trying to get started with minimal supplies, try making your own.




Flash Card – French Foliage Autumn Accents Leaf Another card based on Connie Stewart’s Flash Card.  I’ve arranged the template pieces in a different way.  Can you see the leaf pattern with the Illuminate Watermark pad.  The leaf practically looks real.  You may be surprised that it was cut from the Very Vanilla layer.  You could make the one on the left without a Big Shot by cutting out the leaf by hand.  The “stepped up” version uses an Edgelit and an embossing folder.


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Flash Card – French Foliage and Autumn Accents Leaf 11-20-12

Flash Card - There's Only One YouAnother card inspired by Connie Stewart’s Flash Cards.  This one is her Flash Card 2.0

I love the texture and vintage feel with the Canvas Creations, Flower Trim, the design on the stamp Vintage Verses, and the Needlepoint Embossing Folder.



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Flash Card – There’s Only One You 3-9-13