“B” Side Paper – Painted Autumn Flower Shop Easel Card


A New Side Of Designer Series Paper

Confessions of a paper hoarder – I love Stampin’ Up! DSP.  The designs are fun, cute and… dare I say it… budget-friendly.  What?  What did she say?  Budget friendly?  Yawn!  No seriously.   Each sheet of Stampin’ Up! DSP has two unique patterns – The “A” and the “B” side.  Today’s post is all about the “B” side of paper and why it’s so good for your creativity and your budget.

Let’s Talk Strategy

Stampin’ Up! plans everything – every stamp set, every piece of DSP, every die set – very carefully.  There’s a strategy to make sure EVERYTHING works together and that EVERYTHING has multiple uses.  Very good news for a crafter’s budget. Even better news for your creative self.   Here’s how the strategy works with holiday DSP like Painted Autumn.


Stampin’ Up! holiday DSP usually has one side of the paper patterned for the season.  This makes the “A” side great for holiday projects and pairs it with other products featured in the coordinating suite (and sometimes with several other products in the catalog).  But did you know the “B” side is usually more neutral with a subtle pattern that means it can be used for a wide range of year-long projects?

“B” Side Bright Thank You

stampin'-up!-flower-shop-painted-autumn-thank-you-easel-card---stampin'-with-pixie-stampin-up-stampin-with-pixie-p2My Painted Autumn Flower Shop Easel card uses two different pieces of the Painted Autumn DSP to create a bright happy background.  The bright coordinating colors used to stamp the flowers and leaves really make them pop.  This is just one example of how to stretch the Autumn-themed paper for non-holiday projects.  Stampin’ Up! DSP  helps your crafting budget go far and gives your creativity wings.

Tips & Techniques

Make The Card Base An Easel

It’s easy to create an easel card.  For this card: cut a 5 1/2″w x 11″l piece of cardstock and score it at 2 3/4″ & 5 1/2″.  Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! showing how to create a an easel card.  Note:  you only need one piece of cardstock for the card base.  Just cut it and score it as above.

Decorate The Front Before Attaching

Cut a 4 1/4″w x 5 1/2″h piece of cardstock.   This will be the front of the easel card.  It’s easier of you decorate it before you attach it.

Don’t Forget The “Easel Stop”

Don’t forget to pop up a strip of paper or a couple of die cuts on the card base to hold the front up when you open the card.  For this card, I used a couple of pansies popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionsals as my “easel stop.”


Play With Colors and Stamp Like Crazy

Have fun!  Play with colors when you stamp the Flower Shop flowers and the Flourishing Phrases leaves.  Use one of the colors to stamp the sentiment. These are the ink colors I used for this card.


Use Coordinating Stamps and Punches (or Dies) For An Easy Finished Look

Coordinating stamp sets like the Flower Shop stamp set and the Pansy Punch make life so much easier.  No worrying about getting the fussy cut just right, no hassle coordinated look and a quick finish.  Bonus – when they are bundled you can save 10%.

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What’s Your Favorite “B” Side

Time to share!  Which 2017 Holiday Catalog DSP do you think has the best “B” side designs?  Select your answer in the poll shown below.  The poll will be open until Friday, 10/13 11:59 p.m. (EST).  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s favorite choice.

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Products Used For This Card

Love this bright cheery card!  Here are the products I used to make this card.  Buy them through my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking on any of the images or by clicking on Pixie.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!  Peace, love and two paws up.





Holiday Treat Tube Holders – Labels To Love, Spooky Cat & Cookie Cutter Christmas

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A Totally Tubular Treat

These oh-so-cute Holiday Treat Tube Holders are really easy to make.  Use them for multiple events and holidays – just switch the Designer Series Paper and embellishments to suite the occasion.  Just had a light bulb moment!  What about using the Year Of Cheer Suite, sheer ribbon or toile, basic pearls and white candies to make cute (and inexpensive) wedding favors?

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Treat Tube Holder Tutorial & Tips

1 – Cut a 3″w x 11″l piece of cardstock.  Score it at 5″, 6 1/4″, 9 1/4″ and 10 1/2″.


2 – Punch two holes in the Top section of the holder using a 3/4″ punch.  Try to space them evenly on the Top section.

3 – Decorate the holder with Designer Series Paper BEFORE assembly.  Add decorative embellishments like ribbon etc after assembly.  Tips:  One side of the holder is the “front” while the other side is the “inside back” of the holder.  Remember to flip the holder over when decorating the two sides.  Use the holder Top with the punched holes as a template for where to punch holes on the decorative paper.


Decorating the Front and Top of the Treat Tube Holder



Decorating the Treat Tube Holder bottom and inside of the back.

4 – Fold the holder along the score lines and use Tear & Tape on the Flap to adhere it to the Back.  Tip:  Make extra sure that the Top and Bottom of the Holder are level and square before attaching the flap.  Otherwise, the holder will be lopsided and fall over even with the tubes in it.  I used the Basic Black holder in the following picture because the alignment shows up better.  It’s easier to make sure everything is even and level if you lay the holder on its side while assembling it.


Color Inspiration

The two holders use traditional holiday colors.  Oh!  Another light bulb moment!  Blues, whites and Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White paper with the Carols of Christmas Bundle would make a beautiful treat holder in less traditional holiday colors.

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Coloring Santa

Stamp Santa on Shimmery White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Heat set the ink using a heat tool to make sure it doesn’t run when you color Santa using various Stampin’ Write Markers in coordinating colors.

Stampin’ Up! Goodies Used To Decorate The Holders

It is fun to mix & match Stampin’ Up! products to create.  For example I used two different stamp sets to create the tags and cut both out using the Everyday Labels punch.  Have some fun experimenting and playing with things like punches.  You’ll find they work well cutting out DSP images, stamped sentiments from a variety of stamp sets etc.  Makes the Stampin’ Up! products very versatile and cost effective.

Anywho – these are the products I used to decorate the Halloween and Christmas Treat Tube Holders.

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Cat, Labels To Love & Cookie Cutter Christmas

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Designer Series Paper:  Spooky Night DSP & Be Merry DSP

    stampin'-up!-spooky-night-dsp-coordinating-colors---stampin'-with-pixie-stampin-up-stampin-with-pixie Be Merry DSP collection image by Stampin' Up! updated to include coordinating colors by Stampin' With Pixie. #BeMerry #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

BTW – Did you notice the quilting on the snowflakes etc on the Be Merry DSP I used?  Guess what they coordinate with?  The Quilted Christmas DSP and Suite!  Oh Stampin’ Up!  You are so fun to play with!

Tools:  Everyday Label Punch & Cookie Cutter Builder Punch

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Embellishments:  Stitched Felt Embellishments, Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon, Vintage Crochet Trim*

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*The embellishments on the front of the holders are actually free-hanging.  I secured them to the decorative ribbon/trim using Basic Black or Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  For the pictures, I temporarily fixed the embellishments in place so you could see the detail on them.

Miscellaneous Goodies:

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Shimmery White; Stampin’ Classic Ink Pads:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Adhesives: Tear & Tape, Liquid Multipurpose Glue; Stampin’ Write Markers: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have fun creating these holders.  If you have questions feel free to get in touch.   Two paws up!


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