Clipboard Calendar: July 2016

2016 Calendar July HeaderNo mistake about what the month of July brings…the Red, White and Blue celebration better know as the Fourth of July! If you scrapbook any of these calendars can be incorporated on your scrapbook pages simply by adding your peronal photographs to them.

2016 Calendar July

JULY Calendar 2016


Night of Navy (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Real Red (3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″) & 1/4″ strips
Whisper White (4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″)
Maritime DSP (1/4″ strips)
Silver Glimmer Paper (1/4″ strips)


Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Adhesive Sheet, Star Framelits, Big Shot & White Gel Pen
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar July Detail
1. Cut a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square from an Adhesive Sheet, peel one side and adhere it to the 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square of Whisper White card stock.
2. Run the Whisper White square through the Big Shot with the Star Framelits and cut out the 4″ star.
3. Peel the other side of the Adhesive Sheet and start layering the 1/4″ strips of Maritime DSP, Real Red card stock and Silver Glimmer paper in a red, white & blue pattern.
4. Adhere the July calendar to the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Real Red card stock.
5. Center both the star and calendar on the Night of Navy and adhere.

6.  On the Night of Navy background make some confttis strips and add some white dot using a White Gel Pen.


You should have received your 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog in the mail.  If you have any questions or orders just email me at


Always trying to keep you informed and inspired on all your paper-crafting needs.







Star Framelits: Celebrate the 4th of July

Stars Framelits Celebrate 4th of July HeaderWith Summer underway and the 4th of July quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the Red, White and Blue by making, cards, banners and table decorations. These don’t need to be fancy. With the Star Framelits you can easily make everything you need for you 4th of July table. Today I’m sharing a card I made, but this card can be a table decoration for your table, by simply placing the card in a free standing photo-clip and stand it on your table. Or make the star with the tail into a pin for your family and friends to wear. To do this hot glue a jewelry pin on the back. You can even make a smaller version and use them as place-cards as well.


Star Framelits Celebrate 4th of July Card

This card is mainly all cut either with the BIG Shot or hand held punches.




1.   REAL RED ~ Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/2″


2.  WHISPER WHITE ~  Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece


3.  Across the top of the Whisper White Card Stock punch the stars out with the Star Confetti Punch.


4.  PACIFIC POINT ~ Cut a 5″ x 1″ strip and run it through the BIG Shot with  the Striped Scallop Thinlit Die. I used this die, because it resembles waves.


5.  Take some scraps of Real Red, Whisper White and Pacific Point Card Stock and cut out various size stars with  the BIG Shot and the Star Framelits Dies. For the smaller stars use the Itty Bitty Star Punch.


6.  Cut fringe with for the tail of the star using some Real Red and Pacific Point Card Stock and Stampin’ Up!’s Fringe Scissors. Nothing is easier then this!




1. Stamp “Celebrate” in Pacific Point Ink on to the Whisper White card layer.




Stars Framelits Celebrate 4th of July Detail

1.  Layer the largest Real Red star with the smaller Whisper White and Pacific Point stars.


2.  On the back adhere the cut fringe with Multi-Purpose Glue and a piece of scotch tape if needed.


3.  Add tiny dabs of Multi-Purpose Glue  to the back of the cut out scallop piece of Pacific Point and adhere it to the bottom of the Whisper White layer.


4.  Affix the Whisper White layer on to the Real Red card base.


5.   With Dimensionals adhere the large Real Red star.


6.  Again, with small dabs of glue, place and adhere all the punched out stars randomly in a pleasing and balanced design.




Embrace the day,




4th of July: Kraft Paper Heart Flag…

I can’t begin to tell you that ever since I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I wanted to find a way to re-use the kraft packing paper that my Stampin’ Up! orders are packed in. I must have enough of this kraft  paper to circle the globe at least twice! And, while I didn’t obsess over finding a re-use, I did think of a project I made years ago in my shop. These heart flags flew off the shelves. You can make a batch for your July 4th celebration and the cost is barely nothing. So, next time you receive an order from Stampin’ Up!, with that beautiful kraft packing paper, save it and re-use it!

Finished Kraft Heart

Kraft Packing Paper

Here’s what I started with; a bundle of the Kraft Paper. Does it look familiar?

Heart Template

The first thing I did was to flatten out the kraft paper. I don’t mind the wrinkles, because it adds to the charm. Then I took a handy-dandy file folder, my favorite for making templates and patterns, and on the folder I drew a heart and cut it out. When you draw your heart try to make it wide and short, because it’s better for stuffing.

Front & Bacl of Heart

I traced the heart pattern on folded kraft paper. I did this, because you need a heart front and a heart back, the kraft paper is also easier to cut out two layers at a time and the front and back will match up this way as well.

Sponging Heart

Before you begin this next step,  take a Post-It Note and block out the corner of the heart flag where the stars are. Then sponge Real Red Ink, or any red ink you choose to use, all over the heart. I always cut all my Stampin’ Up! Sponges into fourth’s as shown.  When the red ink dries, sponge Not Quite Navy Ink in the corner where you had the Post-It.

Dotted Scallop Border Stripe

I then punched out strips of Whisper White with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch to use as the stripes. Strips=Stripes-get it?. I also punched out Whisper White stars with Stampin’ Up! retired Small Star Punch. I carefully glued the stars and stripes on with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue. Don’t worry if the some of the stars and stripes hang over the edge, you can trim those when everything dries.

Gluing Front & Back of Kraft Heart

I glued up the edges as shown, being careful to leave an opening as this heart flag will be stuffed.

Stuffing the Kraft Heart

Once the glue along the edges was dried and the front and back of the heart flag attached, I tore up more of the kraft packing paper into strips and used them to stuff the heart flag. Just stuff it enough to take a nice shape.

Kraft Heart Detail

After stuffing, I glued the opening. Before closing up the heart flag, I attached a piece of Not Quite Navy Grosgrain Ribbon for a hanger

I hope you have fun with this project, even the kids can do! If you have any questions or need the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch you can ORDER IT HERE. We’re also in the countdown for the Last Chance List items. Be sure to place an on-line order soon, because once they’re gone they’re gone!

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


4th of July: Container Hat Favor…

Good Monday Stampers!


As promised in my last post here’s another way to use your empty Stampin’ Up! embellishment containers. You can also order empty containers from Stampin’ Up! as well. The container hat idea isn’t mine. Earlier this Spring, I saw this idea and thought it would be a great party favor for a birthday, bridal shower, baby shower or in this case for the 4th of July.

July 4th Container Hat Favor

For the bottom of the hat I used the Scallop Circle Die and the Big Shot. For the top of the container  hat I punched a 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle and for the sides I cut a 1″  x 8-1/2″ strip and off of that I trimmed a 1/4″ off the long side. I cut the 1/4″ off so the lid will open and goodies can be placed inside the container. All of these were cut out of  Poppy Parade Card Stock. I traced the lid on Pawsitively Designer Series Paper and cut the circle out for the top lid, because the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle doesn’t quite cover the lid. I adhered all of the designer series paper and card stock pieces with Sticky Strip.


With Whisper White, Not Quite Navy and Poppy Parade Card Stock, I cut various flowers with the Birds and Blossoms Embosslit and the Big Shot.  I layered the flowers as shown tucking in a small 2011 July calendar I had.


For the flag I stamped Stampin’ Up!’s A La Carte Stamp, “Land of the Free” in Poppy Parade Ink on Whisper White and cut it out. I inked up the corner of the stamp with the stars, with a Versa Mark Marker and sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and heated it. I cut out a small rectangle around the stars and adhered it to the flag. I placed Tombow Multi Purpose Glue on one end of a toothpick and stuck on the flag. Once the flag was dry, I carefully polked a hole in the top of the lid with my Paper Piercing Tool and stuck in the toothpick.


I really believe re-using these containers or ordering new ones, the hat ideas are endless. See what you can come up with and let me know if you need to order the containers. ORDER HERE.


Stampin’ Hugs to all of you!

Siggy 2




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July Calendar: Celebrate Independence Day


This is the July calendar we made in class. Of course it had to celebrate the 4th!!! And of course I had to use GLITTER!  See my Technique Tid-Bit on how to use glitter.


Stamp Sets:         All Year Cheer II

                                   Independence Day

Ink:                          Versa Mark

                                   Riding Hood Red

                                   Not Quite Navy

                                   Basic Black

Paper:                    Whisper White CS ( 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) and ( 7″ x 2-1/4″ )

                                   Riding Hood Red CS( 8″ x 8″ )

                                   Not Quite Navy ( 7″ x 1/4″ )

Accessories:       4 Blue Brads, 3 Red Brads, Red Cosmo Glitter, Heat and Stick, Heat Tool, White Gel Pen



1.     On the ( 7″ x 2-1/4″ 0 piece of Whisper White card stock I stamped the swirls and heart  in Riding Hood Red.


2.     Then using Not Quite Navy I stamped the circle/ star and stars.


3.      In Basic Black I stamped the firecracker.


4.      Using versa Mark I stamped “Celebrate”, covered it with Heat and Stick, heated it, covered it in Red Cosmo Glitter  and heated it again.


5.      I added three red brad,s one to each star.


6.      I put the calendar and Whisper White piece together and adhered the ( 7″ x 1/4″ ) of Not Quite Navy across the seam.


7.      Using a White Gel Pen I made stitches on top of the Not Quite Navy strip.


8.      I adhered the calendar to the Riding Hood Red card stock as shown and added four blue brads to the corners.


9.      I finished by adhering the Riding Hood Red card stock to the ( 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ ) piece of Whisper White card stock.


10.    In Riding Hood Red I stamped “happy 4th” on July 4th, Independence Day!  







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