Samantha’s Star is Brightly Gleaming!

Todays project is a “Brightly Gleaming” star created by Samantha Gerity.  Samantha enjoys creating 3-D projects and shared her beautiful star ornament with me along with a tutorial that she provided.

This 3D star is so versatile. It can be a beautiful hand crafted holiday ornament, a package ornament, gift tag, or as the center of a holiday wreath.  With a quick patterned paper change, this 3-D star can be used all year for almost any occasion.  The finished star measures 5″ by 5″ from point to point in all directions.

Samantha used the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper for this star.

So, pull out your favorite Designer Series Paper, add a shiny metallic cord and create something Brightly Gleaming!

… the only limitation is your imagination!




Brightly Gleaming Gift Card Holder

Happy Wednesday to you!

Today, I have an adorable Holiday Gift Card Holder for you along with a FREE step by step printable PDF.  The directions are simple to follow and there are plenty of pictures included in the tutorial. Depending on the card stock and sentiment you choose, this project design can be easily duplicated for any occasion.

This simple gift card holder is made with a single A-2 card base. The actual gift card holder is made separately and attached to the front of the single card layer.  I used the foiled ornament pattern from Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper  to construct the gift card holder. It works nicely with the Pretty Peacock and Very Vanilla card base.

Inside the gift card holder, there’s a second Very Vanilla layer with a stamped ornament from the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set.  Notice the little ornament stamp matches the ornament pattern on the DSP. I discovered that when I was searching for a something to decorate the message layer.  The little ornament is stamped with Mossy Meadow ink.  You can either stamp a sentiment on the inside layer of the card or add a personal holiday message.

I thought a pretty ribbon closure would add that little something to this project.  The Diagonal Striped Mossy Meadow ribbon is stunning.  It’s soft, easy to tie into a bow and has a beautiful sheen.

So, pull out some gleaming DSP, add some matching card stock, stamp your sentiment, add a soft ribbon and create something pretty for giving.



Below is the product list for the supplies I used in today’s project.  You can click on each image to get more detailed product information or click the shopping bag below to shop my online store.


We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogs! Now is a great time save on some of our most popular paper designs!  There is no limit to how many you can order. You can click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details.



Brightly Gleaming Time To Shine!

Happy Thursday!  Wow, what a wonderful Blog Hop all of us Pals had yesterday.  The comments were great and the talent was over the moon and the stars!!

Speaking of stars, I cropped lots of stars from the Stitched Stars Dies to create my card today.  My inspiration came from a card I posted back in 2016.  I was updating my Project Gallery and saw the card.

Out came the stars patterned paper from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  The patterned paper gave me my color inspiration: Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla, and the sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

I added layers to this card because I really wanted to “lift” the patterned paper. A few thin mat layers will usually do that. Thin layers will also add a clean finished look to most card designs. There really is no particular pattern placement with the stars, I just kept both the colors and the elements in balance.

Design Tip:  

  • When I use the design term “balance” it simply means that the elements on the card are balanced to the frame.
  • If you look at the bottom left Mossy Meadow star, it’s about the same distance from the bottom of the patterned paper layer as the Night of Navy star on the top left corner is from the top of the patterned paper layer.
  • All of the left sided elements are placed roughly the same distance from the left edge of the patterned paper layer and the same goes for the elements on the right side of the design.

Pretty cool, right? It works every time!

Below is my card inspiration and you can click here or on the image below to see my original post.

So, get out your Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, add a few layers, crop lots of stars and create something that’s ready to shine!




The only limitation is your imagination!


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Click here for a printable PDF of the Designer Series Paper on sale.

Gilded Autumn and Pumpkins Sprinkled With Cinnamon!

Happy Monday and hope your week ahead is full of all things good and bright!

I’ve been working on this post for a few days. It’s a 3-D gratitude gift box. Something I don’t ordinarily do, but I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together. This is one of my tutorial posts and they do tend to be a little wordy.  I did make every effort to shorten the talking and adding more visual!  This was inspired by Sally Byrne who was inspired by Julie DiMatteo. Julie does beautiful packaging for everything she finds.  Sally gave Julie’s project a little twist, and I gave mine a little twist. Sally did call her project the “2020 Survival Kit”, and I loved her title so much I am calling mine “My 2020 Survival Kit”.

Sit back, get your coffee and take a look.

Below is the inside of my 2020 Survival Kit – Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer, Hand Cream and Chocolate!

I’m not going to waste any additional reading time for you.  Below is a quick and easy “how to” to create this beautiful Fall Gratitude Gift.

Project Overview:  It’s so easy… really it is!!

  • This project involves making card stock cuts, scoring and gluing.  I used a piece of Brushed Gold card stock from my years ago Stampin’ Up! stash.  It has a beautiful matte gold finish.
  • To make the box, cut three pieces of card stock:  Cut one 7″ X 9 1/2″  – This is your box baseCut the second piece 1 1/2″ X 6 5/8″ and the third piece 4 3/4″ X 5″. The second and third pieces are your dividers.
  • Score the 7″ X 9 1/2″ piece at 1″ and 6″ on the 7″ side and on the 9 1/2″ side, score at 1″, 4 1/4″, 5 1/4″, 8 1/2″.
  • On each 1″ score line, cut and notch only to the first score line on both 9 1/2″ sides.
  • See photo below:

  • Fold in toward the center on each score line and burnish with your bone folder. See photo below:

  • Add your glue or adhesive choice to the outside of each 1″ tab and attach the glued 1″ tab to the inside of the side flaps forming the box lid and bottom. See photos below.
  • If you look at the center bottom of the following picture, you can see the glue on the outside 1″ tab.  All the 1″ tabs are glued on the outside of the tab and attached on the inside of the corresponding flap. You will see the box start to form.

  • Below is the finished box.  Just about in the center of the top lid I used my 1/2″ circle punch to create a notch to open the box.

  • To create the inside dividers, take the 4 3/4″ X 5″ cut card stock and on the 4 3/4″” side score at 1 1/2″, 2 3/8″ and 3 1/4″.   Fan fold on the score lines to create the long divider.  It will fit right into the box.  I added a little glue to mine just to be sure it stays in place.  See the next three photographs below.

  • To create the second smaller divider, score the 6 5/8″ X 1 1/2″ cut card stock on the longer 6 5/8″ side at 2 3/4″, 3 5/8″ and 4 1/2″.  Fan fold this piece and insert it into either side of the divided box.
  • See the two photos below:

Here’s a view of the inside of your finished box…

  • Put in your 1 fl. oz. hand sanitizer; 1 fl. oz. hand cream, and two Hershey’s Nuggets. As I recall, Sally used four Hershey’s nuggets. They fit nicely on their side.

  • To decorate your box top, cut a 3 1/8″ X 4 7/8″ piece of patterned paper.  For this project, I used the gold foiled pumpkins from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper.  

Please don’t hesitate to comment or email me with any questions you might have. I’d be happy to help.

A LITTLE NOTE BEFORE I SAY GOODBYE:  I’ve used other scoring tools and by far, Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scored Scoring Tool is the easiest to use. It’s in the Annual Catalog on page 151.

So, pull out your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, grab some card stock, score a few lines, fold, glue, fill and create something sweet for someone special!!

The only limitation is your imagination!




Wicked Folds for the October Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals October 2017 Blog Hop featuring some very “Wicked Folds”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Today, I’m featuring folding technique called “Iris Folding”.  Iris Folding looks complicated, but it’s so quick and easy to do… and I think it’s fun. I created a simple 4 1/4″ X 4 1/4″ square card iris folded medallion.

I’ll run you through a quick tutorial.

  • I used large Eastern Medallion framelit and cropped the center with the 1 1/2″ Circle framelit (you could also use your circle punch).
  • Cut 12, 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ strips from the black music pattern from the Merry Music Specialty DSP.  This works well because the paper is thin.
  • Cut 8, 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ strips from the white music pattern.
  • Place the medallion upside down over the Iris Fold pattern illustrated below:


  • Start with the black, fold each strip in half and begin to place them on the backside of the medallion following the Iris pattern and alternating rows black to white. I used green glue… it is forgiving for a while then it really holds the paper in place.
  • The backside of the medallion will look like this… You will have to trim it with your paper snips, but you’ll see that when you turn it over.

  • The front will look like this.

  • I used a Sponge Dauber and Basic Black ink to change the color of the silver Foil Snowflake which I thought was a wonderful background for the Whisper White Eastern Medallion.
  • I kept my card simple because I wanted to draw attention to the folds.
  • The simple sentiment is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

So, grab some thin patterned paper (or regular weight DSP and cut 1/4″ strips – don’t fold and use the same pattern), follow the Iris pattern and create something wickedly beautiful!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.


Here’s the Hop line-up: