Card In A Box for Teens

It’s occurred to me that while I’ve made a bunch of these “Card In A Box” cards, I haven’t shared any with you!  Ahhh! I hope I’m forgiven.  So here’s one I made recently for one of my sons.  I usually make a ‘fandom’ card for him based on some TV show or video game that he enjoys but this year he said he would be happy with a ‘regular card’. I was really pleased with how this turned out and loved the smile on my son’s face when he pulled this card out of the envelope and it popped up right into this cool box. Credit goes to my friend Monica Gale in the UK.  I used her video to make this card in a box and then decorated it to suit the look I was going for.  Click here to see Monica’s video and make sure you take time to look around her blog while you’re there, her work is absolutely amazing.

Stampin' Up! Card In A Box for Teens

I will say that the first time I made a Card In A Box I found it was a bit of a learning curve, but that’s because I tend to make regular cards more than anything.  Once you’ve made one though, then it’s easy to see how it all works and they become pretty fast to make.  The decorating part takes the longest for me, so you’ll want to have some sort of idea of what bits and pieces you’d like to add to your card. Here’s a view of some of the “bits and pieces” I’ve used.

Side view of Card in a Box

And a view of the other side.  A little Card In A Box tip for you:  When you’re punching out shapes or die cutting bits of cardstock, etc, make some extras and keep them in a little container on your desk.  This will make it so much quicker next time you want to make a card in a box as you can dip into your stash of embellishments to add to your card.  A tackle box with some stars, “Happy Birthday” images, letters and numbers will make it quick and fun to create future Card In A Box birthday cards.

By the way, if you’re wondering how I got those silver stars – I just stamped the stars from the Simply Stars stamp set on the back of my Silver Glimmer Paper then cut them out.

Right view of card in a box

I know I’ve used a tonne of products and stamps and stuff on this card but it gives you an idea of some things that you can use on your own cards which you might already have.  Or maybe you might see something there that you know is going to be versatile for you.

If you have any questions about how I made the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Simply Stars (Woodmount: 130889) (Clearmount: 130892); Memorable Moments – numbers (Woodmount: 132039) (Clearmount: 126682); Starburst Sayings (Woodmount: 133182) (Clearmount: 133185); Perfect Pennants (Woodmount: 133227) (Clearmount: 133230)

Inkpads/Markers: Coastal Cabana inkpad (131175); Tangerine Tango (126946)

Cardstock & Paper: Chocolate Chip (108599); Retro Fresh patterned paper (132993); Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags (133526); Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)

Tools: Big Shot  (113439); Starburst Framelit Dies (132967); On Film Framelit Dies – arrow (132969); Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits; Simply Scored (122334)

AccessoriesHung Up Cute Clips – arrow (129389); Candy Dots Brights (130931); Basic Metal Buttons (133319); Essential Wooden Elements (132258)

AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Teenage Boy Birthday Card

A little change of pace from my usual girly cards!  With twin sons, I often have some masculine birthday cards to make.  This week though being tired after a horrible virus, I felt my “teen boy cards creativity” was asleep but I had to get the card made asap.  What to do?  I was flicking through the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for some inspiration and I found a card I loved on page 53 so I decided to copy that.  Here’s the card I made, it’s almost identical to the one in the catalogue but instead of putting an image of a football in the centre, I’ve put the “13″ for the age of the birthday boy.  I have to say I was very happy to see that the number stamps I had were not only a perfect fit but also looked like they were made for the other stamp I used them with.

Stampin' Up! Teenage Birthday card

So there’s a little idea for you, if you’re feeling like your creativity is a bit asleep at the moment, have a look through the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, you just might find something to copy and get you going again.  Of course I did happen to have the products needed (although I changed the colours slightly) but there’s no reason you can’t copy the layout or colour combination as a starting point.

Quick instructions on how to make this teenage both birthday card:

1. Stamp the wings image from Great Sport stamp set in Marina Mist ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then stamp (at least the top part) again with Early Espresso on another piece of cardstock.

2.  Die cut the blue image by placing the cardstock onto the Big Shot along with the large die from the Apothecary Accents and run it through to cut it out.

3.  Hand cut the little stars from the image stamped in Early Espresso and adhere them to the main image with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots) which you cut down to fit behind the stars.

4.  Punch out a circle with the 1 3/8″ circle punch and the Wild Wasabi cardstock and adhere it to the centre of your stamped image.

5.  Stamp the “1″ and “3″ (or whatever birthday it is) with the Memorable Moments stamp set and Early Espresso ink then cut the numbers out.  Adhere to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots).

6.  Stamp the banner image in Early Espresso on a scrap piece of paper then stamp over the top the Happy Birthday greeting with Marina Mist.  I used a clearmount stamp which made it very easy but if you have woodmount you might want to use a stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement.

7. Put your greeting through the Big Shot with the Bitty Banners framelit dies to cut it out then adhere to your card with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots).

8.  Cut a piece of Modern Medley patterned paper to be a bit bigger than your centrepiece.  Using a sponge dauber, sponge around the edges with some Crumb Cake ink to ‘vintage up’ the edges.

9.  Cut a piece of Marina Mist cardstock to be a little taller than your ‘newsprint’ paper (as shown in the photo) and adhere the newsprint paper to the Marina Mist cardstock.  Do the same with some Crumb Cake cardstock so that you have a border of blue and crumb cake at the top and bottom of your newsprint paper.  Rough up the edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock with a distressing tool (or your thumb nail!).  Adhere your centrepiece to your layered papers using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

10.  Cut a piece of Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock so that it’s a little larger than your layered cardstock after you’ve folded it in half.  Sand it down a little to “vintage it up” then adhere your centrepiece to the base card.

If you have any questions about how I made the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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If you’re interested in the Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card I have a list here for you:

Rubber Stamps: Great Sport (Clearmount: 124307) (Woodmount: 132010).  Memorable Moments (Clearmount: 126682) (Woodmount: 132039), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (Clearmount: 120024) (Woodmount: 130042)
Inkpads/Markers: Marina Mist inkpad (126962), Chocolate Chip inkpad (126974)
Cardstock & Paper: Very Vanilla (106550),  Marina Mist (121682), Crumb Cake (121685), Early Espresso Core’dinations (129956), Wild Wasabi Core’dinations (129954), Modern Medley patterned paper (126926)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Accents (127003), Bitty Banners framelits (129267), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits. 1/38″ Circle Punch.  Distressing Tool – optional (127562).
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals

Don’t forget, there’s only one week left of our Sale-a-bration promotion.  This means you receive a free product with every $90 purchase.  Click on the image below to see the Sale-a-bration brochure or email me if you’d like a copy in the mail.

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Get Well Card for a child

The other day my daughter was looking through a box of cards that I made her over the years and she pulled out a couple of Get Well cards.  “You used to make me cards when I was sick? why don’t you do that anymore???”  Oh dear.  Yes, even though it was something like a quick bout of tonsillitis, I’d make a card to cheer her up.  Why did I stop?  I don’t know, I guess because I never realised how much a card meant to the kids.  Ironic for a cardmaker right?  Mental note to self: make more cards for the kids!

Today I’m sharing a Get Well card I made for a young boy.

Stampin' Up! Get Well Card

This card started out with me choosing the stamp I wanted to use then I chose what patterned paper I wanted to use which gave me my colour scheme (just a little bit of the thought process of how I got going).  Oh, before I get started, just a quick note to say that Stampin’ Up! Australia donate $3 from the sale of every “Tag It” stamp set (the one I used here) to Ronald McDonald House.  Love it!

Here’s how I made the card:

1. Colour straight onto the rubber stamp using markers: Use a brown marker to colour in the brackets, blue to colour in the stethoscope, orange to colour in the ‘get well soon’, then stamp straight onto the paper.

2. Punch out the image using Stampin’ Up!’s Decorative Label Punch then run the orange marker around the edge of the punched out image to highlight

3. Adhere a Retro Fresh Journalling Tag to some orange cardstock cut to be a bit bigger than the tag.  Then using Dimensionals attach the ‘get well’ punch to the centre of the tag to give it a bit of a pop.  Set aside for later.

4.  Cut a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper to be a little smaller than the front of your base card and adhere three strips of Washi Tape as shown in the photo. (all these Retro Fresh products are in Stampin’ Up! Australia’s Occasions Catalogue)

5.  Adhere the patterned paper to your base card and then attach the centrepiece to your card using Dimensionals to help it stand out.

6.  Time to embellish!  My embellishments came about because of some little errors on my part – as they sometimes do!  I always think a mistake is an opportunity to embellish ;)  I placed two strips of Washi Tape over a little wooden arrow embellishment.  And don’t you love how everything matches with Stampin’ Up!?  Even the Washi Tape was the perfect width for the wooden embellishment so I could put two strips of it and it matched perfectly.  The embellishment was glued down with glue dots to cover the little smudge I managed to make on the card.  The three little Candy Dots were added at the end – I found I hadn’t cut the Washi Tape straight enough and it was bothering me.  No matter how I tried to fix it, it was still a bit crooked so I covered the end with the Candy Dots.  I think it ended up balancing the card out nicely though, so all’s well that ends well!

If you have any questions about how I made the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Tag It (Clearmount: 130303) (Woodmount: 1130300).
Inkpads/Markers: Baked Brown Sugar Marker and Costal Cabana Marker (131260), Tangerine Tango Marker (131259)
 & Paper: Whisper White (106549), Crumb Cake (121685), Retro Fresh Journalling Tags (133526 )
Tools: Decorative Label Punch (120907)
AccessoriesEssential Wooden Elements (132258), Candy Dots (130931), Retro Fresh Washi Tape (133001)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

One last thing!  It’s Sale-a-bration time right now.  Which means you receive a free product with every $90 purchase.  Click on the image below to see the Sale-a-bration brochure or email me if you’d like a copy in the mail.

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A Sweet Little Project

Dessert bars, candy buffets, lolly buffets, call them what you will – they’re all the rage right now and no surprise why, they look amazing and never fail to impress.  I always wonder though if those people who style dessert buffets try one of each lolly?  I mean, they’d want to make sure it’s all perfect right?  Clearly not a job for me because many M&Ms went missing during this little creative project!

stampin up lolly bags for candy buffet


I had a lot of fun making these little bags and I hope the girls receiving them will enjoy them.  Creating these bags is super easy!  Just follow these instructions:

1. Half fill cello bags with coordinated candy (try not to eat too many then having to run out and buy more!)

2. Fold a little piece of pink cardstock in half and cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the front and glue it on

3. Add a little tape to both sides of the inside of the cardstock and place over the cello bag to secure it

4. Stamp your ‘Thank you” image in pink (or you could do ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘For You’)

5. Die-cut the “Thank you” image using the Big Shot and coordinating Framelit (Bitty Banners)

6. Attach your greeting to the front using Dimensionals (foam dots).

Quick, easy, fun :)  Also fun finding all the coordinating lollies/candy to go in these bags.

I hope you liked this little project. If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (wood: 132022) (clearmount: 126257)
Cardstock & Paper: Strawberry Slush cardstock, Incolor Patterned Paper Stack
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits.
AccessoriesSmall Cellophane Bags (124134)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

One last thing!  It’s Sale-a-bration time right now.  Which means you receive a free product with every $90 purchase.  Click on the image below to see the Sale-a-bration brochure or email me if you’d like a copy in the mail.

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Monkeying around with Fox & Friends

Even though Fox & Friends stamp set is retiring at the end of the month, this is one stamp set that will stay in my personal collection as I’ll definitely be using it again and again.  If I’m doing a kids birthday card or a baby card then Fox & Friends always comes to the rescue for a fun card.


The little monkey was just stamped in different colours and in different angles.  The “happy birthday to you” is from another stamp set but it’s one that I like to pull out for kids cards because it’s just fun looking.  I just stamped that then punched it out with the oval punch and pierced some holes around the perimeter to add a bit of interest and texture.  The glimmer brads were added for some sparkle.  You might also want to try putting a glimmer brad on the tummy of each monkey for another fun look.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Fox and Friends (retiring 31st August 2012)
Up, Up & Away (birthday greeting).

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock
Tempting Turquoise cardstock
Real Red cardstock

Tempting Turquoise inkpad
Real Red inkpad
Tangerine Tango inkpad
Rich Razzleberry inkpad

Wide Oval Punch
Paper piercing tool & mat

Brights Glimmer Brads (turquoise)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Update of retired products that have now sold out:
Peach Parfait ink refill
Dotto refill
Concord Crush ink refill
More Mustard Marker
3/16″ Gold Brads
Pear Pizzazz ink refill
Poppy Parade ink refill
Stampin’ Scrub Replacement Pads

Stampin’ Up! Up Up & Away Birthday Card

The beauty of having a daughter who also loves papercrafts is that when I receive my new Stampin’ Up! catalogues I have someone right there with me to get excited and pour over all the new beautiful products.  When the Idea Book & Catalogue came out last September one of the stamp sets that my daughter chose as her favourite was the Up, Up & Away stamp set that features hot air balloons and she couldn’t wait for me to order it so she could get her hands on it.  So the other day when I was making her birthday card I knew exactly which set I’d use as a change from the usual flowers and butterflies.

Easy technique tip: You’re probably wondering already if I’ve used a punch to punch out those balloons – nope!  I cut them out super quickly with some small sharp scissors.  The trick to making your cutting look as neat as possible is to leave a thin border around your image.  So when when you adhere your image to the cardstock the edges fade into the background and your eye isn’t drawn to any dodgy cutting.  Also, if you’re new to all this – try keeping your scissors in the one place and move your cardstock around while you cut, this gives you a much smoother border ;)

Happy 14th Birthday Jade!!! :D

Style tip:  I think this card would also work well for a masculine birthday card.  Simply change the ribbon to one that’s not ruffled and use some different brads or embellishments.  I’d probably also change the punched out shape behind the sentiment, maybe just stamp the sentiment straight onto an oval. I think you could even use the same papers/colours as the patterns are quite generic.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Up, Up & Away

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White
Pool Party
Everyday Enchantment Patterned Paper (free! out of the Sale-a-bration brochure)

Lucky Limeade inkpad
Pool Party inkpad & matching marker (the fine point of the marker was used to make the dots around the sentiment)
Calypso Coral inkpad
Chocolate Chip inkpad

1 1/4″ Square Punch
Decorative Label Punch

Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon
Everyday Enchantment Brads (free! out of the Sale-a-bration brochure)

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Cupcake Die-Cut Card

It’s my daughter’s 13th birthday coming up very soon and while her friends are expecting an invite via Facebook or email, there’s no way we weren’t going to take the opportunity to make up a cute card as the invitation.  So here’s the finished product, designed by my daughter Jade with my help.

Jade’s birthday party is going to be a theme of pink and green so she chose Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzaz as her colours for the card.  She likes a nice clean looking and modern card so we decided to stick to a simple design of a cupcake within brackets.  The white background was done on the Big Shot using Stampin’ Up!’s Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The cupcake is a die called Big Bold Birthday which comes in separate pieces so you can cut out the different elements in different papers.  My favourite part of the card is the cherry on top!  This was made using the Itty Bitty Buttons – I just punched out the scallop shape that matches the Itty Bitty Button and glued it to the bottom of the button then topped the button with a rhinestone.

So there’s the card.  After the birthday I’ll come back with photos of other elements of the party to show the pink & green theme in action.

All products are by Stampin’ Up!

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White
Melon Mambo
Pear Pizzazz
Designer Series Pattern Paper Stack – InColour (green dotty paper)
Raspberry Tart (retired paper for the top of the cupcake)

Big Shot
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Big Bold Birthday die
Hearts & Brackets die

Itty Bitty Buttons
Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack
Basic Jewels (self-adhesive rhinestone)

Stampin’ Dimensionals

If you have any questions about this card or would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products please feel free to email me.

Boy’s 10th Birthday Card

When I started cardmaking, children’s cards were pretty much the only cards I made – well kids and baby cards.  For some reason though I still struggle a bit with them, I guess the tricky part for me trying to make the layout ‘fun’.

This is a 10th birthday card I made for a friend of the family.  I was thankful for the elements that I had to make this card easier for me, having the adhesive die-cuts (the strips of card and dotty circle are sticky die cuts) made the ‘fun kids card’ theme easier for me.  In fact I bet if I went back and checked all my other kids cards I’d find that most of them use some adhesive die-cuts somewhere.

Royces 10th birthday card

To make this card I started with the background, stamping the ‘nuts and bolts’ image repeatedly over the Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the matching inkpad.  The strips of card as I mentioned are adhesive die-cuts from the Celebration Quick Accents by Stampin’ Up!  The ’10′ was cut out with the Big Shot in Pacific Point cardstock and I then added a layer of Crystal Effects over the top to give it dimension.  The main image on the card is from the ‘Lots of Bots’ stamp set that I coloured in using a blender pend and inkpads.  It looked a bit bland stamped there on it’s own and I didn’t want to add another layer of card underneath so I just made some dots around the perimeter of the circle using the fine end of a marker – the dots then fit in with the rivets on the robot and the overall dots and circles theme.

So let me know… do you find a particular theme of card tricky to make? For most people it’s vintage or masculine – for me it’s kids cards.

Here’s a list of the products I’ve used to make this card.  All products are by Stampin’ Up! and are available for purchase through me.

Rubber Stamps:
Lots of Bots

Inkpads and Markers:
StazOn Jet Black
Pacific Point inkpad
Pacific Point Marker
Pear Pizzazz inkpad
Real Red

Cardstock & Paper:
Pacific Point
Pear Pizzazz
Whisper White

Celebrations, Quick Accents

Big Shot
Circles Dies (the circle that the robot is stamped onto)
Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies (for the number ’10′)

Crystal Effects (used for dimension instead of glue)
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Girl’s 10th Birthday Card

So what do you do when you have a card to make for a 10 year old girl and you don’t know much about her?  I decided to go with glitter, flowers, a butterfly, ribbon and a rhinestone.  I’m hoping somewhere there I’ve hit on something she likes!  Actually a little trick I use when I don’t know the likes & dislikes of of someone I’m making a birthday card for is to either use their name or age as the main image on the card.  Maybe this idea will help you out too.

10 year birthday girl card

I like to keep a stash of chipboard and Sticky Cuts for these sorts of cards.  With this birthday card I used Stampin’ Up!’s Sticky Cuts – so easy, I just peeled the numbers 1 and 0 off the sheet and placed them onto some white cardstock then peeled off the protective covering and dumped the glitter on to it.  You need to make sure you press down the glitter firmly with your fingers and then pour off the excess glitter – the Sticky Cuts are super strong so the glitter stays put.  Because I’ve used Chunky Glitter here I also dumped some ultra fine glitter (Dazzling Diamonds) over the top to fill in any gaps.  I could have left it as it was because the gaps really aren’t noticeable but I think it gives an nice extra sparkle to the card.  The butterfly on the card was done by using Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Punch, I just punched out two butterflies – one in Melon Mambo and the other in Pink Pirouette textured cardstock then attached them to each other with the Rhinestone brad.

Time to pack this card up now and get ready for the party ;)

All products used in this card are by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through Angela Sargeant

Rubber Stamps:
Daisy Dash Stampin’ Around Wheel

Certainly Celery inkpad

Cardstock & Paper:
Melon Mambo cardstock
Certainly Celery cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Pink Pirouette textured cardstock

Letters Sticky Cuts
Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
Chunky Green Glitter
Clear Rhinestone Brad

Butterfly Punch

SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Easy, bright and fun cards

Woohoo! I found a new fun card that I enjoy making that I think would be great for a few different occasions.  I think it’s good to have a ‘standby card style’ that you can whip up easily for different occasions. I made these cards for some of the ladies on my Stampin’ Up! team but I’m already thinking they’d be cute cards for my daughter’s friends – especially since the Sticky Cut Letters I used on the front can be substituted for Sticky Cut shapes like hearts or flowers.

sparkle monograms

And have you noticed? No rubber stamping.  I didn’t even realise that until I had made a couple of the cards but I decided they were fine the way they were.

If you’ve never used Stampin’ Up!’s Sticky Cuts I’ll just quickly explain what they are and how to use them.  They’re seriously simple – you just pop out your Sticky Cuts shape (in this case I used the Sticky Cuts Letters), peel off the protective backing and place the shape onto your paper or cardstock or whatever else you want (it’s super super sticky just like Stampin’ Up!’s Sticky Strip).  You then rub the top of the shape with your finger – Sticky Cuts just like Sticky Strip is ‘heat activated’ which means when you rub it, it adheres beautifully and allows you to pull the top protective covering off very easily.  Once you’ve peeled off the top then you just dump your glitter over the top.  I just dump the whole lot then pour the excess glitter back into it’s container.  So quick but really cool looking :D

Want to see what else is in the new Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalogue?  Simply email me at to receive your own copy or if you simply can’t wait then you can view the Summer Mini Catalogue on-line here. (Link will download the pdf file to your computer)


All Products used to make the cards in the top photo are by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through me at

Cardstock & Paper:
Green Galore
Tempting Turquoise
Pixie Pink or Pink Passion Textured cardstock (either)
Kaleidascope Patterned Designer Series Paper (from the Stampin’ Up! Australia Summer Mini Catalogue)

Sticky Cut Letters
Fine Supernova Glitter (Aqua)
Clips Assortment
Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon
Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads

1/16″ Circle Punch (to make a hole in the ribbon)
Scallop Edge Punch

SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals