Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Making an envelope into a card!

Hi friends!
I never forget there are people on the other end of this blog that are reading it. I just want you to know I appreciate it!  I've been blogging fairly consistently for a few months now and am enjoying the process as I learn more. Any comments or suggestions would be very welcome, to help me improve!

The card I have for you today is born out of an idea I have had for at least  a year, but just never implemented it for a class until this past week.  One awesome product we carry is the Envelope Punch Board (#133774) which allows you to make your own envelopes. Perhaps you are wondering why you would want to do that?  Well, sometimes, things just don't work out to fit the normal sizes, right? Here would be an appropriate time for me to go on and on about clothing sizes, but I won't. Sometimes, we need a custom envelope, or even more often, we want to use a specific paper rather than the boring white envelope. My idea was different than either of those reasons. I wanted to incorporate the envelope as part of the card to create a little "surprise" factor. I'll show you the card so you can see what I mean:


I have several things to point out about the outside of this card. First, it isn't a traditional card, it is just a postcard base. Secondly, I used the Irresistibly Yours paper from Sale-A-Bration and a sponge with Coastal Cabana ink on it to sponge the paper. The ink only sticks to the non-embossed area. If you like this technique, hurry and get this paper!  It's only available with any purchase of $50 and will be unavailable after March 31st!  The next thing I did was cut out the heart border on the top with one of the Mini Treat bag Thinlit pieces. You can see the envelope I made with my punch board and I used ribbon to close the envelope rather than adhesive because I wanted it to be easy to open.  Now, here's the inside!


It's a surprise of sorts! I made mine a thank you card, but you could easily stamp whatever you wanted. Another idea is to make a little paper pocket and put a gift card inside the envelope!  The possibilities are endless!  By the way, the cute little paper bow above the thank you is also a framelit piece from the Mini Treat bag Thinlit set. A bonus of using our Designer Series Paper is that you can see both sides of it when you make an envelope like I did! The envelope punch board is easy to use and includes measurements for 66 different sizes of envelopes! I would say that is a great tool.

It's Tuesday again, so there are some Weekly Specials! This is a good week if you are someone who loves to give treats and gifts to people and need some packing supplies or ideas. Here they are:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1634

Winter is back in Bozeman at least for today.  Stay warm!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah
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