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April 2016

Workshop Summary - April 16, 2016

The April Workshop was fun.   We made Four Card Gift Boxes and two get well cards.   I really enjoy teaching people how to make the Four Card Gift Boxes because it can be used to share with others.  I think everyone enjoys getting a personal handmade gift from a friend.   

Four Card Gift Box

The gift box holds 4 cards and 4 envelopes.    (sometimes I even put 4 Forever Stamps in the box too!)   


  • Stamp Set - Helping Me Grow (140764 $26)
  • Card Stock = Whisper White 6 pieces 5"x3 3/4" and scrape for messages.  Bermuda Bay 2 pieces 5 1/2"x8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" & folded, and 2 pieces 4"x10 1/2" scored at 5 1/4" & folded, and 1 piece 8 1/2"x8 1/2".  Crushed Curry 2 pieces 5 1/2"x4 1/4".   Always Artichoke 2 pieces 1 1/4"x3 3/4".   Designer Series Paper - Color Collections Bright; 2 pieces 5 1/4"x4", and 2 pieces 1 1/2"x3 3/4", and 1 piece 6"x4".   
  • Simply Scored and Simply Diagonal Plate.  Markers placed at 3 1/4", 3 3/4", 4 1/4" and 4 3/4" **
  • Ribbon - 2 pieces 6" and 2 pieces 18"
  • 2 Brads
  • Pearl Basic Jewels, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Epoxy Stickers
  • Fringe Scissors
  • Washi Tape Punch 

**on Stampin' Trimmer:  place orner to corner on both ends and score: 3" and 3 1/2", and again on opposite ends score:  2 1/4" and 2 3/4"

Directions:  The box can easily be scored on the Simply Diagonal Plate.  Then the small triangle is cut out and you fold down the score lines with the Bone Folder to create crisp fold lines.  A tab is placed edge to edge and attached with 2 brads.   This keeps your gift box nicely folded.   

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Some other samples of Four Card Gift Boxes. 

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Get Well Card 1

I used two In Color 2015-17 with the new Trio Punch in the New Occasions Catalog.   I just love the Wetlands stamp set.   I was at Hilton Head Island this February and watched the Sandpipers walk along the shore.   


  • Stamp Sets - Wetlands and Thoughts & Prayers
  • Card Stock - Tip Top Taupe 5 1/2"x4 1/4".   Mint Macaron 4"x10 1/2" score at 5 1/4" fold.  Very Vanilla 5"x3 3/4" inside and 4 3/4"x3 1/2" outside.
  • Ink - Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron 
  • Trio Punch
  • Simply Scored Plate

Directions:   Using the Simply Scored plate, score 3 lines 1/4" apart in 2 directions.   Punch upper right corner with laced trio punch.   


Get Well Card 2 

I used up some retired Designer Series Paper and a favorite punch of mine to create this gate card.   


  • Card Stock - Garden Green 8 1/2"x5 1/2" score at each end 2 1/8".   Night of Navy 2 pieces 1 1/2"x5 1/4".  Designer Series Paper 2 pieces 1 1/4"x5".
  • Ribbon 16"
  • Trio Punch and Tiny Butterfly Punch 

Directions:   Fold the 2 1/4" score lines into the center of the card.  Pencil the center of the edges and punch the tab opening on the Trio Punch.   Add a decorative line punch.  Tape and center the Designer Series Paper onto the Night of Navy card stock.  Place down on each side of gate opening.   Add inside message and tie the ribbon thru the tab opening on the gate.   Add butterfly.   







French Tarragon

Last fall I purchased French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) from the Western Reserve Herb Society Fair.   The fair is held the 2nd Saturday in October.   I had wanted to add Tarragon to my herb garden, however, the plant did not look too good.   I was assured by the Herb Society Member that the Tarragon would grow again in early Spring and instructed NOT TO CUT THE STEMS - - PLANT IT AS IT WAS.   Well, she was totally correct.   This early Spring the tarragon is growing and looking good!    


The picture is shared by the chamomile plant on the right.

I plan to use the Tarragon in food preparation and to make Tarragon Herb Vinegar.    I can take it to a local food swap and use the vinegar in a salad dressing.

  Herbed Vinaigrette Dressing 

  • 1/3 Cup Tarragon Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Directions:   In jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well.   Cover; refrigerate to blend flavors.  Yield:  2/3 cup


More Flowering Fields

I've enjoyed several of the Sale-A-Bration 2016 items this year.  I know many of my customers did and also selected the Flowering Fields Stamp Set.  It is my favorite, so I made 6 of them for myself and wanted to share the idea.  

Yes, six of them at one time.   Three pieces of card stock, cut in half and ready for a greeting.   You and I are alike, making a card requires our time and resources so why not make more than one while we're doing it?   Yeah, it makes sense.   I mail about a dozen cards a month for lots of different reasons, so why not make several cards at a time.   Here's one of six I made today. 



  • Stamp Set - Flowering Fields (SAB 2016) and Watercolor Wings (#139424)
  • Card Stock - Calypso Coral 5 1/2"x8 1/2" score & fold 4 1/4"; Old Olive 5 1/4"x 2 1/2"; Designer Series Paper (DSP) Wildflower Fields (SAB 2016) 5 1/4"x1 1/2"; scrape Whisper White and Hello Honey for flower circles 
  • Ink:   Blackberry Bliss and Stampin' Up! coloring markers   
  • Ribbon - Calypso Coral 2 pieces; 7" and 6"  
  • Punches:  Circle 1 3/8",  1 1/4",  1",  3/4" and Washi Tape (#138296 $18)
  • Optional:  Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#129378 $7.50)

Directions:    Cut paper according to card stock dimensions.   Emboss Old Olive card stock.   Turn over Old Olive and DSP and tape together with one-sided tape.  Secure ribbon on card front and tape down on back with one-sided tape.   Stamp flowers and butterfly, punch out.   Punch Hello Honey circles and double-sided tape together.   Place center circle first, then each side-by-side.  Stamp and punch the expression with Washi Tape punch.  Assemble onto card using Dimensionals to lift up.   Tape the message front down and tie one knot 6" ribbon in center and trim.