Shelly Godby shared a checkbook cover that got me thinking. I used Paisleys & Posies to stamp a cover for a calendar which slips into those checkbook covers. The calendar I made with regulars stamping group has their birthdays, my planned Paper Play dates, the dates for the Stampin’ Up! catalogs and OnStage events, the usual holidays, and also some fun dates like International Lefthander’s Day and National Go Barefoot Day. I’m giving calendars to my family with all their birthdays too. Here’s a link for the 2017 Pocket Calendar  and 2018 Pocket Calendar insert  with no birthdays. You could certainly print one copy, write in your special days, and copy them for your friends and family.

Click here for the free directions.

Link to the clear checkbook covers on Amazon.

Link to a long arm Stapler on Amazon.

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These treat bags are quick and easy to make. You can punch a hole and tie with the ribbon, but I used hidden thin magnets. The bag will hold four Hershey’s Kisses or a diamond ring.

Direct link to the magnets on Amazon

or search for “Basic Grey Magnetic Discs small”

I also show in the video how to make a cord with the Copper Metallic Thread.

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Make this box with the Gift Box Punch Board. It’s one of those extra sizes I added in this expanded chart. Add a tag and a cute little gingerbread man holding shiny peppermint candies. The box is just right to hold a gift card and a few candies.

I used the Triple Banner Punch that can make tags 1″, 1 1/2″, and 2″ wide. The Scallop Tag Topper punch is designed for 2″ wide tags, but I share a tip for making narrower tags.

Free Detailed instructions

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This box is so very beautiful! The Cable Knit folder gives such an impressive texture. Of course, you could expand the gift card to be a full greeting card and putting the embellishment from the box onto the card.

The directions and video show how to make envelopes large enough for the 2 3/4″ cards and small enough for the 3″ box.

Directions for the Gift Box and tags

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0620161521_resizedI absolutely fell in love with this Detailed Floral Thinlits as soon as I saw it. In fact, I fell in love with the whole suite on pages 76 and 77 of the 2016-2017 catalog. Use 1/2 sheet of any of the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, a few punches and scoring down the track with the Gift Bag Punch Board, add a bit of card stock cut with the Detailed Floral Thinlit, and present a gift with pride.

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0408161653_resizedI’m in Salt Lake City, Utah for OnStage Live 2016, previously known as the Annual Convention. I went on the tour of the main offices yesterday. It’s a beautiful building with a huge waterfall in the 2-story atrium. Another demonstrator and I were invited into the “Picking Line.” When orders are processed a bar code is made. This bar code tells what size box will be needed, lists each item to be “picked,” and a precise weight for the filled box. As the box goes along the conveyor belt a worker scans the bar code which lights up the items in that area that are to put into the box. Somehow I assumed there would be workers racing up and down the aisles like something on I Love Lucy. The crew had participated in after lunch stretching exercises and then they went to their stations. A dozen or so items were arranged on the shelf so that the most frequently ordered items were closest to the bar code scanner. The boxes came along one at a time. No mad dashes up and down the line and “Lucy” was not scrambling to keep up.

Later today the festivities get started in earnest. There will be presentations with techniques and ideas, Prize Patrol with gifts for a select few (hopefully all will win before it’s over) and a few where we all get something, opportunities to try out the new products, and best of all, we all get the new catalog and have the opportunity to pre-pre-order to be the first to get our hands on some of the new stuff.

But there will also be the unofficial events like swapping. Demonstrators will congregate along the halls and aisles between events swapping cards. It’s a great way to talk to people from all over and trade ideas. In the past, at least since I’ve attended, we’ve had the “new” annual catalog and it’s nice to have samples for different ways to use stamps that we may own or to show our customers samples for stamps we don’t own. This year is a bit different. We haven’t even seen the retiring list yet. There are a few we’ve been led to believe will be available past the end of May but beyond that is only wishful thinking.

There are also “organized swaps.” This is my first organized swap, started by Monica Davis. The swaps are to be tags that can be tied on a gift, or like Monica, tied on the tops of the orders she delivers to her customers.  I don’t personally use many tags, but every tag could be altered a bit to be a card idea. The photo at the top shows my tag for the organized swap and the similar card to swap in the aisles.

Here are the free directions.

2016 OnStage Swaps Timeless Textures Tags

2016 OnStage Swaps Timeless Textures Two for One Card