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Pals Paper Arts Tin

Stampin up whimsical words saleabration

Stampin up chipboard big shot alphabet simple Designing for a teenage boy is at the top of my list of difficult projects.  I don't want the result to be too young, too old or too feminine.  This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge is Anything But a Card (PPA26).  I thought it was ideal timing to jazz up a Silver Skinny Tin for a teenage boy who is recovering from a nasty illness and hospitalization.  A gift card is tucked inside, held firmly in place with Mini Glue Dots.


  • Stampin up dvd tin whimsical words saleabration Free inspiration is everywhere.  I used a page from a CB2 home furnishings catalog for my color palette.
  • Alphabet Simple Bigz Dies (a Stampin' Up! exclusive)  crop classic lower case letters in chipboard and textured Old Olive card stock. They layer for a perfect fit.
  • The circle (also from Alphabet Simple) converted the "a" to the chipboard "@" sign.  A very hip touch suggested by my daughter Caroline.  At 16, she's the expert on "hip".
  • The remaining Old Olive circle from the ring around the "a" is used to back the sentiment. 
  • I think the Whimsical Words Sale-A-Bration stamp set (available free with a $50 product order), offers a "spot on" sentiment for this occasion.
  • Stampin up star punch stampin pretty A Real Red Button from Playground Designer Buttons provides a subtle pop of color.  I LIKE the fact that it doesn't match the rest of the project. 
  • Don't recognize the button?  Shhhhh, it's flipped over.  He'll never know there's a flower on the other side.

Love the Silver Skinny Tin?  These tins are budget-friendly at $.99 each.  However, they are only available with on-line orders from the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack. 


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Whimsical words stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Whimsical Words (118386 Wood-Mount, 119119 Clear-Mount Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Only Orange Textured (108698, Assorted Bold Brights), Yo Yo Yellow Textured (108698, Assorted Bold Brights), Basic Black Textured (108693, Assorted Neutrals), Old Olive Textured (108697, Assorted Earth Elements)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Stampin' Up! Alphabet Simple Letters (115960), Star Punch (109045), Large Star Punch (110710), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004)
The Perfect Touch:  Playground Designer Series Button (116313), On Board Long Board Sheets (114320, (6) 5 3/4" x 13 3/4" sheets), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Silver Skinny Tin (108333)

0 thoughts on “Pals Paper Arts Tin”

  1. Hi Lorijane: Most of my magazines are free catalogs. Usually home furnishings or women’s fashions. I, too, am a sucker for good packaging. My most unusual inspiration is probably rugs . . . the patterns and geometry can be so unique. Hugs, M

  2. Great idea Mary! I am also presently struggling with a gift idea for my nephew who is turning 16 this weekend! Masculine and 3D are TOUGH!! But this tin idea is great!!

  3. Thank you for coming up with something for boys. With a household of boys this is something that I would be on the look out for.

  4. Mary – I love the color combination….. 😉

    I do like the circle around the ‘A’ it looks funky.


  5. Good morning Mary!
    Your sources for inspiration are so varied. Do you subscribe to many magazines or just grab one from the news stand that commands your attention? Any favorites? My son is a graphic designer so I am always drawn to package design and textiles. What has been your most “unusual” inspiration? Stamp On! lorijane

  6. What does the inside look like? Did you decorate it too? Or only place the gift card inside? Thank you for the idea! I bought a bunch of these tins for something special, but haven’t used them yet.

  7. Very nice Mary! Perfect for a teenage boy. Glad to see you got the Simple Alphabet. I know you had been thinking about that for awhile. Enjoy your day!


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