Well I should be winging my way to CHICAGO for a brief trip with some friends who have  place up there …We were looking forward to walking around and discovering Chicago. We have never been …I got some warmer clothes , lots of layers, ear muffs and boots… then the weather refused to cooperate at all…we were prepared for cold but not for tons of snow and below zero temps… that just seemed like it was too much and we would not be able to be outside hardly at all no walking around OLD TOWN or the MILE…so we postponed..and HERE I AM…

Stamping School stand  up tag card

Stamping School stand up tag card

I am pretty sure I have told y’all before that SPLIT COAST STAMPERS, DAWN AND STAMPING SCHOOL are all at least partially attached to STAMPIN UP… so sometimes it comes a no surprise that each of them have the same or similar card videos.  You may also remember that STAMPING SCHOOL requires a paid membership of approximately $37 dollars a year.  Now Dawn and SCS are both free.   I loved this card and STAMPIN UP HAS THIS NEW PUNCH THAT they are using to make this card…however, I don’t have it and while its cute…its pricey and I just didn’t think I needed it…..and I was pretty sure that I could use one of the nestibilities dies to cut the top of the card…LIke cutting the window on the gate fold or the half cut on the gate fold.  I used tape to hold the die and the cards in place ( I used two pieces cute 2″ x 6″) but you could do it also with the long strip of paper but you need to cut both ends at the same time so that they match up perfectly.  I used a piece of blue paint tape to hold it in place but you could also use a post it note. Below is DAWN’S VIDEO and its very similar but she is using her’s to make a candy bar holder…there is also a video for the one that is the size of mine but its at STAMPING SCHOOL and you won’t be able to see it unless you have a paid membership.SS cut her’s 10 ” long by 2 ” wide….( actually she says just shy of 2″ so it fits in the STAMPIN UP TAG TOPPER PUNCH..if you don’t have it or aren’t using it then 2″ is just fine. These are the measurements from the card that I saw on STAMPING SCHOOL..I like the idea of a card more than the candy holder but if you work or want to make them for your kids to take to school it would be very cute… the CANDY TOPPER does NOT have a pleat since it doesn’t need to fold flat.


1piece 10″x 2″

score in middle at 5 ½ ”

then at 4 ½” and also at 6″


ONCE ITS FOLDED THEN YOU CAN CUT your fancy top or you could just round the corners at the top and also had a small hole punch  in the center.. It can be either  a plain round hold or it can be a tiny fancy punch I used a small butterfly.

I also had some fun little clothespins with hearts on them so I used that to hold it closed and no twine tied on at all.  But if you don’t have clothes pins then you can by all means use ribbon or twine to tie it shut or a fancy paperclip with a piece of ribbon attached… any way will do and its the pleat at the bottom that allows it to stand upright .

HINT…. IF your attachment embellishment creates a BUMP in your envelope you will need to use a more expensive stamp …and since the postage has changed I am not sure what that amount is…sorry.. I will find that out and add it to the post.


TIP….If you use two precut tags or you cut two strips of paper and so then you need the PLEAT at the bottom so that the card is able to fold flat for mailing.  CUT A PIECE OF PAPER 2″ LONG and as wide as the tags .  Just like DAWN’S VIDEO..score it at one inch then ½ inch on ease side… then using the red super double stick tape apply it to each tag and then insert the pleat sticking it to each tag.

STAMPING SCHOOL used flower stamps and punches to create the flowers in the center of the tag and her big TIP was using small strips of acetate for the stems.. I SAVE PIECES of acetate when they come my way so I did have some to use as stamps but then you’ll notice I was going for a valentine so instead of flowers I used HEARTS that I punched out .  I also used a strip of card stock and then glued a small heart on upside down to look like a candle….Just let your imagination run… one last TIP…when I use the multi blade scissors..I cut at a diagonal and the grass is then different lengths and more realistic.  Ok time for some photos…worth a 1000 words.

tag with pleat added  and top not cut just yet.

tag with pleat added and top cut with butterfly whole

kh's tag with front decorated and heart clothes pin

kh’s tag with front decorated and heart clothes pin

inside with heart flowers

inside with heart flowers

die used to cut top  precut tags  candle idea

die used to cut top
precut tags
candle idea

This is the die used to cut the top but I did rotate it so that I was cutting the point at  the top of each side of the tag…and I had these strips of zebra black /white so I used two of them and cut them together so they would match ..then I added the pleat at the bottom it was easier to cut the top that way.  If you do use a punch to cut the tops you will just have to be really careful and try to eyeball it in the same places so that it matches…MOST PUNCHES WON’T PUNCH THRU 2 sheets of card stock however the Big Shot or cuttlebug will unless your card stock is very heavy.  I think I got the precut tags in multi colors from Jo Ann’s but you can probably find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby as well.

 EYE CANDY..Below is a link to JOHN NEAL’s ( calligraphy bookseller and calligraphy supplies) posting of Christmas and New Year’s cards they received this year.  They are amazing…and wonderful eye candy..do go have a look or two or even three.   JOHN NEAL’S CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S CARD

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad …aka kath

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