One of the things I really enjoy doing with my stamping is making bookmarks. I teach a kids class every summer and we make them, I go to assisted living centers and make them there too. They are easy and beautiful. Unlike a card, you can keep it for yourself and admire your work. Unlike a scrapbook page, you can take it with you. They make great quick and easy gifts too. I made these with one of my new favorite stamp sets. Petal Pizzazz (7 stamps, 2 step stamping, Definately Decorative...meaning perfect to stamp on walls, clothing and other fun stuff. Item #113417 $32.95, page 90 of the Spring/Summer 2009 IBC)
Want to make your own? Here's how:
First cut your paper. I like to use half a sheet of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 then cut into 4 strips 4 1/4 x 2 1/8. You can stamp them before or after you cut.
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Then I snip the top corners with the tag punch or the paper snips.
Using the Scallop Edge punch, add a decorative edge to the corners.
Punch a hole for the ribbon using the horizontal slot punch.
Thread the ribbon through the reverse side, snip and tie.
Add final images to bookmarks. I used images from Flight of the Butterfly (10 stamps. 2 step stamping, Item #111564 $31.95, page 98 of the Spring/Summer 2009 IBC)
Finished. Beautiful. Simple.
Mine are shown here on Tea Party DSP.
Order the things to make your own bookmarks and get free stamps and accessories from the Sale A bration mini. Sale A bration goes on until March 31st. For each $50 spent, you get a free stamp set or accessory (we have a ribbon bundle or a pack of SU exclusive Designer Series Paper)
Check it out on my website: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/junereister/