I think this holder is perfect for a gift card for your local coffee shop. You can make this gift card holder with the Narrow Notecards and Envelopes or make your own cards and envelopes the way I did with the Envelope Punch Board. I used the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Use Early Espresso ink and one other color to go with the paper you select. I’m afraid the Coffee Break paper is sold out now, but you could stamp your own images with the coffee bean stamp from the set. My label uses the border stamp from Labels to Love. The greeting from Coffee Café fits perfectly.

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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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The basics are really the stamps, paper, and ink, but you will want to turn those basics into cards and other projects. Stampin’ Up! carries everything from excellent snips, punches, the Big Shot die cutting machine, to punch boards that cut and score envelopes and bags.

Paper Snips

I know you probably have scissors. I thought one pair of scissors is just like another until I tried these. I can cut detailed images much easier with these sharp, pointed snips. Definitely worth the price! Now I have these snips in my Basic Tool Box that I take to craft away from home so I don’t have to settle for cutting with other scissors.


Stampin’ Trimmer

The Stampin’ Trimmer is one of those essential tools that I think you will want. There are other trimmers on the market. I love that the one from Stampin’ Up! can cut and/or score a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper or card stock and yet is small enough to tuck away. The numbers on the trimmer itself are very easy to see and do not wear off like some other brands (and frankly the older Stampin’ Up! trimmer.)

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Cutting and Scoring Card Bases and Layers

Click here for the charts with various card bases and layers and for the cutting plans.

Simply Scored

I didn’t spot a video just about the Simply Scored tool, but here is one showing a project that can be made with it. And you’ll find lots of projects that I’ve posted that I’ve relied on the Simply Scored tool.

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This video was published in 2010 when the “new style” punches first came out. Many of the punches shown have been retired, but it shows basic information about how to use this style of punch. There are more current videos about specific punches. Here are links to videos about the Festive Flower punch, the Fox Builder punch, the Bow Builder punch, the Blossom Builder punch, and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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Big Shot

It took me quite a while to decide to invest in this costly product. Stampin’ Up! is making more and more Framelits and Thinlits that coordinate with stamps. Now I have to work at designing projects without it for new customers. I think you are going to want a Big Shot!

Big Shot – The Basics

Framelits can be tricky to match with some stamped images. If you are using a nearly symmetrical image, mark your stamp and the matching position on the Framelit. The Wondrous Wreath stamp and Wonderful Wreath Framelits in the Holiday 2104 catalog come with tabs to help you.

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

The Secret Garden set shown in the video has retired, but check out Flower Patch and the Flower Fair Framelits. There are many coordinating stamps and Framelits now.

Getting More Life from Cutting Plates

Embossing Folders

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Envelope Punch Board

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

All these boxes were based on the smallest envelope listed on the chart on the Envelope Punch Board. I just added 1/4″ up to 7″ for the height of the box. I was experimenting to see how much I would need to add to get the thickness (or height) I wanted. Envelope Punch Board Box Height Chart The ones made with Melon Mambo can be made with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock. For the Basic Gray ones, you’ll need to use 12″ x 12″ card stock.


Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Bag Punch Board

The Gift Bag Punch Board makes bags in three widths, S = 2 1/4″, M = 3″, and the L = 3 5/8″. Front to back is 2″ for all three sizes. The height of the bag can be any where from 2 3/4″ to 10 3/4″. Somehow I found this punch board hard to figure out at first. I finally got it! Here’s a video and I made a little cheat sheet with the Gift Bag Punch Board Directions.













Floral Phrases Note Card

This quick card looks great on its own. You can slip it into the gift bag I posted last week. Or you can create a custom envelope. I absolutely fell in love with this whole suite of products! Here are the full instructions including the custom envelope.

Floral Phrases Card This is the same basic card, adjusted a bit to work with a standard 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card. Here are the directions for this version.



Gift-Box-with-Paper Bow 9-19-15Such a pretty gift box! Who cares what’s inside? 🙂 It’s made with the Envelope Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! and the Gift Bow Bigz die. This one is in Cherry Cobbler, but you can make it with just about any color.

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Envelope Punch Board Box Height Chart

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Card Box 8-8-15

This card and coordinating card box would make a great gift. It can easily be made in any color and for just about any occasion. I used the Envelope Punch Board and in the video I show how I used my chart (my most popular pin on Pinterest) to make it.

The video below shows the box using Lost Lagoon. I thought it looked better with silver, but I didn’t have any silver sequins. I show an alternate in the video and the directions have both options.

Flowering Flourished Card Box

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With Lost Lagoon as shown in the videoBuilt for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


In the video I mention my dividers for my And Many More wood-mount stamp case. I couldn’t find my post, so perhaps I never shared it. I’ll get to work on that one!