Tin of Tags Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

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I hope you had a wonderful three day weekend. I finally got a date with my hubby that was long overdue. We went to go see the new DC comic movie, Suicide Squad and we loved it! We are definitely a Marvel family but we really do like any superhero movies, villians or good guys.

Now onto my very first love, papercrafting (lol!). I love this new Christmas tag kit that was released in the new Holiday Catalog on September 1st. It is so easy to put together and it’s adorable! I also think this tiny tin is just something I can not live without! The Tin of Tags stamp set that you purchase to coordinate with the kit has the perfect font. I would have bought this stamp set whether it went together or not. It has all the most perfect sayings for Christmas tags.

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One thing I really like about our kits is that Stampin’ Up! provides YouTube videos of how to put the kits together along with the instructions that comes in the kit. So whether you are a visual learner or can just follow directions on paper, this will be easy as pie! Pumpkin pie? Is it time yet!?

Here is the video from Stampin’ Up! to show you how easy these tags are to put together.

Click here if you’d like to purchase the Tin of Tags Kit and here for the stamp set.  We will be hosting a Tag Class on Tuesday, October 23rd, so if you’d like to come use our inks and stamp set, then RSVP on our FB page and click under events.  The cost for the event will be $26.  That will include the Tin of Tags Kit with tax and shipping.  We will provide the ink, Tin of Tags Stamp Set, and the adhesive you will need.  If you’d like to own your own stamp set, the cost will be $51, which will include your Tin of Tags Kit, your own Tin of Tags Stamp Set with tax and shipping.  You will have access to our ink and adhesive.

Hope you can make it!  Happy Stamping!


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thoughtful branchesThoughtful Branches Stamp Set and Thinlit set is still available while supplies last!  You don’t want to miss this very versatile stamp set.  You can also purchase them together as a bundle for a 10% discount.


Stampin Up! Bundles that are Retiring!

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Stampin Up! is retiring all their current bundles.

The Stampin Up! bundles usually include a stamp set and a thinlit, framelit, or punch set.  They are offered as a bundle for 15% off.  All of the current bundles are retiring.  The 2016-2017 Annual SU Catalog may still have the stamp set and the die set, but you won’t be able to purchase them together for a discount.  Also, all new bundles will only offer a 10% discount.

So if you have any favorite bundles you need to purchase them by May 21, 2016.  Also, since they are on the retiring list some of them  may be offered at an even larger discount.  I know a few of my favorites are leaving: Number of Years, Bear Hugs and Butterfly Basics!


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April Stamp Camp Cards

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This past Saturday we had another of our BFF Monthly Stamp Camps!  Our next one is schedule for May 7.  Here are the 3 cards we made and the supply list for each card.

The Mother’s Day Card is absolutely beautiful and while it looks complicated was relatively simple!  We used 5 sets to create this card – however you can do it with less:

  • Hardwood – for the background
  • A Nice Cuppa – for the “Worlds Best Mother”
  • What I Love (SAB) – for the flowers and leaves
  • Rose Wonder – for the sentiment on the last panel
  • Birthday Blooms – for the “for YOU” on the box band

The top of it was made using a retired SU boarder punch called “Scallop Trim”, however I’ve listed “Confetti Hearts Boarder” punch that can be substituted and look just as great!

Basic Card Instructions:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 cut in half long way at 4 1/4
  • Score at 2 3/4, move that score line down to 2 3/4 and score again, repeat 2 more times – gives you the 4 panels
  • Use the “Decorative Label” punch to make the bottom feet – punch half way up the label in the middle of each panel
  • Use a boarder punch of your choice across the top (we used Scallop Trip – retired)
Mothers Day Card

Mothers Day Card

Envelope Box Instructions:

  • Start with a 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 piece of card stock
  • Using the Envelop Punch Board, punch and score at 2 3/4 and 3 1/4, turn and repeat on each side
  • The band is 2 pieces of card stock cut at 7 x 1 – attach pieces together and measure around the box

Our next card is a very cute kid’s birthday card using the “No Bones About It” stamp set.  Gotta love ya some dinosaurs!
Kid's Birthday Card

Kid’s Birthday Card

Finally we have another birthday card using 2 stamp sets: Perfect Pairings (SAB) and Gorgeous Grunge.  This is a very versatile card that can be made very simply with just the stamps and card stock, or dressed up as we have it with background stamps, DSP, bakers twine and punch embellishments! Oh, this card is totally CASED from our Stampin Success Magazine!

Happy Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Card

Pizza Box project

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On Saturday we had a Stamp Camp and it was so much fun! I love when all of our friends can get together and create. We had a couple first timers this time and it’s exciting to see their reactions to what they can make. We made a cute little pizza box that holds 4 notecards and envelopes.

So I promised on Periscope to share the dimensions of the box. It’s a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ box. Perfect to fit 3×3 notecards inside to give away or keep for yourself.



The crumb cake piece starts as a 5 1/2 x 10″ piece.

I’ve scored it longwise at 1″ and 4 1/2″.


Then I flipped it and scored it at 1″, 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″ and 9″.

box measurements

Then cut the lines as in the diagram.

box cuts

I punched a half circle out for a finger spot to open the box easier.

box punch

I used tear and tape to hold the box together. I put the tape on so the tabs would be on the inside of the box and not showing. Also, you want to make sure your lid has the half circle cut out.

box taped

Here’s everything from Stamp Camp. Feel free to CASE!


We will be on Periscope later today so keep an eye out for us and don’t forget to like us and follow us everywhere for a chance to win these birthday tags!

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Your BFF’s,
Jenn and Lisa

Periscope and Give-a-ways, Oh MY!

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I want to say thank you to all the people who shared our posts, liked us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram and signed up for our Newsletter here on our blog! If it was not for all of you, we wouldn’t be doing what we love! So here’s a big shoutout to all of you and the reason why we gave away TWO stamp sets! If you participated in our Give-A-Way, your name was put into a basket and chosen by my little helper Emily live on Periscope yesterday.

So the winners are:

Ester from Star Creations!!! She shared our post on Periscope. She’s our new friend all the way from Europe! As a thank you Esther, you have won the Hello stamp set from Stampin Up. It is a retired set that is no longer available through the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

hello stamp set

Our next winner was ttennessee!!!! They also shared our post on Periscope and I’ve contacted them through Twitter, but if anyone know’s this handle and the person behind it, please let them know that they the SKy is the Limit stamp set from Stampin Up. It is also a retired set that is no longer available through the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

sky is the limit stamp set

Our next Give-A-Way will be a set of 10 Birthday tags that I’ve made because we are bringing birthdays back and want you to also! They are a fun set made using the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch. I’m using two of my favorite colors here, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. Aren’t they so pretty together?

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I’ll be using the scraps from all these balloon punches to prep for tomorrow night’s STAMP CAMP! So excited to get everybody together again making stuff!

You can be entered to win these tags by following us on FB or Instagram at BFF Stampers or sharing a post. Or subscribe to our newsletter here on our blog. You will receive one entry per like or share. The winner will be drawn next Thursday live on Periscope!

I will be on Periscope again on Saturday afternoon. See you then and good luck!

Jenn and Lisa
BFF Stampers

CASE-ing Cards with BFF Stampers

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C copy / A and / S share / E everything

Have you ever noticed that we are raised to believe that “copying” is bad?  In the DYI world copying is the biggest form of flattery.  However there are some rules.   Everyone has their own rules such as, give credit to the person who made the card, if you remember where you got the idea, or make sure the copied image links back to the original blog post. These suggestions are just plain courteous. However, if you like one of my cards, my rule is just COPY IT! I take this as a compliment!

Sometimes to get me into the creative mood, I will search for cards to case.  I may case a card exactly because it’s gorgeous, and sometimes I use the idea, but with the products I have.  I encourage our customers to look for inspiration on blogs and in our Stampin Up! catalog because most of them are new and don’t know where to start. I tell them to first find something they like out of the catalog and case that. Our Annual Stampin Up! Catalog is full of amazing ideas that I’ve used myself to show how easy it is to copy.

copy cat

Almost exact copy, I didn’t have the washi tape so I used It’s My Party DSP along the sides.


Then I turn to Pinterest. The creativity on Pinterest is AH-maze-ing! Recently I had a friend that needed to make a bunch of sympathy cards. The only sympathy stamp set I had was Rose Wonders. So I typed Rose Wonders in the search on Pinterest and up came hundreds of gorgeous cards that she could choose from.

Now, some people can’t see past the colors of a card or the certain stamp set.  For example, they don’t have that specific stamp set so they don’t think they can make that card, or they don’t have the exact colors and don’t think they can make the card. I try to get them to see they can use just the sketch or the colors with a different stamp. Case-ing helps when you don’t have a lot of time to come up with something yourself.  Here are the cards from Pinterest that we cased (Pinterest on top / our version underneath).

4 Corners

Here is the card she found on Pinterest. We didn’t have the exact butterfly so we improvised.


We used different colors that we had available and we used 2 small butterflies instead of the 1 big butterfly.

Rose Wonder

This was from Pinterest.


This is our CASE. Almost identical because it was so beautiful!


Beautiful sympathy card but I don’t have this stamp set.


We used the Rose Wonder stamp set and watercolored the flower.  Very Pretty!


I also love Splitcoaststampers.com because you can look up Stampin Up! stamp sets by name and get a lot of ideas.  They also have stamps by companies other than SU.

Birthday Blooms

We got this card idea from Lisa Young off Splitcoaststampers.com


birthday wonder

This is the card we came up with. It’s a little simpler, but the Splitcoaststamper card is what inspired us.

Do you have a favorite person that you CASE from?  If so, please share in the comments below.

Happy Stampin!

Your BFF Jenn

MojoMonday Challenge! I did mine! Let’s see yours!

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Today is MojoMonday!  So let’s see what you can do with todays card sketch challenge! Here is a link to their sight with todays sketch!

Here is my finished product using some of the NEW “Going Places” Stampin Up! Products coming available January 5, 2016 in the Occasions Catalog.