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Thursday, October 31, 2013

A few snips and some pop!

It's Halloween, and I'm turning out Christmas cards! I'm sort of already over Halloween, but I am looking forward to all the little cuties that will be stopping by for candy, this evening!

I made a warm snowflake card, to celebrate that it's not too cold outside, yet! While making this red, white, and glimmery snowflake card, I decided my snowflake needed dimension. I could have done the scoring and folding thing, that is popular right now, and I'm sure it would have been pretty. Instead I did a little snowflake carving.


 
 
I used the smallest of the Festive Flurry framelits and made some snips, as shown in the photo above. I added pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals to the back side of the parts that are sticking up, and a glue dot to the center. When I put this on top of my, already stamped, Real Red snowflake, I only gave a push to the center, and it popped up a little more! Love the dimension!
 
 
I finished off the snowflake by stamping the smallest of the snowflakes on a piece of Whisper White card stock, and cutting out the center. I double stacked Dimensionals under the star and added it to the center of the snowflake. Then I blinged it up with rhinestones!
 

 
 
Ingredients:
  • Stamp Sets: Festive Flurry, and Remembering Christmas (for the sentiment)
  • Paper:
    • Real Red card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", and 3/4" wide strip for sentiment
    • Silver Glimmer paper - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8", and 1 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Festive Flurry Framelits dies
    • Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Glue Dots
 
 
 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quick Halloween Tags


Every holiday my kids make treat bags for their classmates.  These treat bags are filled with things like pencils, erasers, notepads, stickers, crayons, puzzles and playdough.  My kids make an assembly line and put all the items in their treat bags.  Then, they stamp an image, punch it out, attach it to another piece of punched out card stock, and sign their names to the tags.  The kids adhere it to the treat bags with glue dots, dimensionals or baker's twine.  Here's a look at the Halloween tags my kids made for their treat bags:
To/From stamped in Whisper White Craft ink on Basic Black Scallop Circle Punch
Batty for You stamped images in Basic Black ink and backed with Basic Black card stock
Choose the marker or pen that works best for you.  Chalk Marker used on left and uni-ball Singo Gel Pen used on right.
1" x 8" Cellophane Bags used for holiday pencils and erasers
Pencil treat bags with tags
Pencils, erasers, notepads, puzzles and playdough treat bags with tags attached with baker's twine

Trick or Treat image from Tags 4 You stamp set can be used to make a tag for treat bags instead.
Ingredients:

  • Stamp Sets: Tags 4 You or Batty for You (retired)
  • Paper:
    • Tangerine Tango
    • Basic Black
  • Ink:
    • Basic Black
    • Whisper White Craft Ink or use a Chalk Marker instead
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1" x 8" Cellophane Bags
    • 1 3/8" Circle punch
    • 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch
    • Label Bracket punch
    • Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (retired)
     

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christmas Cheer

I have been so wrapped up with Halloween around my house, I am definitely ready for some Christmas Cheer! This was the first time I played with the pewter embossing powder. I love the smooth look and how it makes an image pop!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • Stamps: Joyful Christmas, Sweet Essentials
  • Paper: Whisper White (8 1/2" x 5 1/2")
    • Season of Style DSP (5 1/2" x 1 1/2)
    • Cherry Cobbler ( 5 1/2" x 3/8") 
  •  Ink: Versamark (Flower), Chocolate chip, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker
  • Tools & Accessories (Pewter Embossing powder, dimensional

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Muse - Gift boxes and decor!

I love this project I found at Craft Project Central! I have made fun words with wooden blocks, but using gift boxes added a whole new dimension to the project. What a fun gift idea!

Normally for Monday Muse, I would give you the designer's name. Unfortunately, I did not find a designer to give credit too.



You could make a word as small as 'joy', if you have a small space, or only a few gifts to add. I'm thinking it would be great for Hanukkah too! Eight letters equals eight boxes to open for the eight 
days of Hanukkah! So many possibilities! 





Saturday, October 26, 2013

No peeking! A home-made gift set


Here's the cutest gift set for you. It comes together in a flash and would be easy to make in multiples for teachers, neighbors, yourself ...

These cards are 3 inches square and make FABULOUS tags on gifts. I love making this size, but I never remember to have envelopes on hand. Lucky me this week -- the UPS man brought me the envelope punch I'd ordered! I can now whip up envelopes for anything I create, no matter what crazy size it is! 

I'll make a second set of these for my office, using different colors and a "thank you" sentiment. If I put a dimensional on the envelope, I'll be able to peel the sticker off and pop them onto desks when someone does something I appreciate. 



Do you recognize this stamp set? It's a new photopolymer set, Christmas Tagables, that coordinates with a new set of punch-out tags. There's a nice bundle that includes the stamps, and the tags plus a block and a teeny ink pad.




Ingredients
Paper and card:
  • Baked Brown Sugar card base
  • Season of Style DSP stack
  • Tags from the Pop and Place kit
  • Envelopes use DSP from the In Color DSP 12"x12" stack (you can make four of these envelopes from a sheet)
Stamp set:
  • Christmas Tagables
Ink:
  • Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:
  • Envelope punch board
  • Dimensionals
  • Cherry Cobbler twine (I repurposed this from the kit packaging -- so crafty!)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wahoo!!!

I signed up for the fun little Paper Pumpkin deal back in August, because it was half price.  I am a sucker for a deal, every time, and StampinUP knows it!  And although it is October and I have yet to complete one of my Paper Pumpkin projects (that are no doubt so simple to throw together), I have really enjoyed the stamps that come with the them.

Who doesn't need a Wahoo! in their life?  At first, I was hoping to get to send a Wahoo! to my brother up in Cleveland, when the Indians won the world series.  Chief Wahoo is the mascot up there, double whammy!   That didn't happen, but he and his wife are expecting their first baby this spring, so there's a Wahoo!

I'm really feeling a Wahoo! today because I'm headed on a weekend road trip with some of my best buddies to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  If you ever get a chance to hit one of these events You. Must. Go.  It's an amazing combination of craft show and antique market...and the setting in Stone Mountain is as beautiful and inspiring as all of the wares!



Because I still have a little packing to do, I needed a quick, one layer card.  Create With Connie and Mary have a color challenge that put me in the right direction.  This card came together so easily, I'm already thinking of more reasons to send Wahoos- maybe for graduation, using school colors?  Wahoo!

Hope your weekend is Wahoo!!!!

Ingredients:

  • Very Vanilla card base
  • Wahoo! stamp from Paper Pumpkin September
  • Chevron Border Punch (my new fav!)
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Soft Sky card stock
  • Soft Sky and Raspberry Ripple ink
Baker's Tip:
I stamped off the blood spatter looking stamp.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Magnificent Maple

I am not usually one for making fall cards, but this year is different. After seeing different parts of the country, I am ready to get out of San Diego and move to a place with seasons. In the mean time, I will continue to play with my Autumn Accents leaf die.
 
 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • Stamps: Magnificent Maple, Fabulous Phrases
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Cajun Craze, Whisper White, and a strip of birch paper ribbon from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (5 1/2" x  2 1/4")
  • Ink: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
  • Tools and Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Chocolate Chip 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Autumn Accents Bigz Die.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chalk Talk/Backyard Basics Quick and Easy Card

I have been dying to use the new 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon so I had to come up with a card layout that could use a little bit of it.  I wanted a simple but all occasion card that I could use for any birthday, thank you or any time I needed to drop a line to a friend.
To make things easier, I used one of the notecards from the Note Card & Envelopes set that you can purchase from SU.  The cards are already pre-cut and pre-scored so all you have to do is create your masterpiece on top of this card base.  I started with a 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" Crumb Cake layer which I embossed using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  Then I stamped the "I'm so grateful THERE'S YOU in the world" greeting from the Chalk Talk stamp set in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White card stock and punched it out using the Extra-Large Oval Punch.  I added it to a Calypso Coral card stock layer and cut it out using the Chalk Talk Framelits.  Next, I cut a small piece of the Burlap Ribbon, created a little loop with the ribbon and adhered it to the back of the Calypso Coral layer with a glue dot.  I attached it to the Crumb Cake layer using double dimensionals to make sure it stood out.  I added Pearl Jewels to the Chalk Talk Framelit/Calypso Coral piece and added a bird in Island Indigo from the Backyard Basics set to complete the card. 

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make a group of cards, the Note Cards & Envelopes set is a great addition to your crafting collection.  Stampin' Up! just announced that they will begin selling pre-cut and pre-scored card stock in several basic colors to help crafters especially during the holiday card making time.  It's called Cut & Ready Card Bases and you can see the d below to learn more.

Ingredients:

  • Stamp Sets: 
    • Backyard Basics (for the bird only) 
    • Chalk Talk
  • Paper:
    • Note Card & Envelopes (cards are 5" x 3 1/2" - a bit smaller than I usually create with)
    • Crumb Cake card stock - 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
    • Whisper White card stock - scraps used for stamped images
    • Real Red card stock - scrap
  • Ink:
    • Calypso Coral
    • Island Indigo
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Extra-Large Oval punch
    • Backyard Basics Framelits (for bird only)
    • Chalk Talk Framelits
    • Woodgrain Embossing Folder
    • 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon
    • Pearl Jewels
Cut & Ready Card Bases Details...
Each Card Base package contains:
  • 20 pre-scored, pre-cut cards in one color 
  • Each card measures 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"-scored at 4-1/4". Finished card size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". (Card Bases are packaged flat.)
Description Item Number Price
Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases   135804 $4.95
Very Vanilla Cut & Ready Card Bases   135805 $4.95
Crumb Cake Cut & Ready Card Bases   135806 $4.95
Smoky Slate Cut & Ready Card Bases  135807 $4.95
Cherry Cobbler Cut & Ready Card Bases  135808 $4.95
Old Olive Cut & Ready Card Bases  135809 $4.95
Pool Party Cut & Ready Card Bases  135810 $4.95
 



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bucket of apples

It's Fall, Autumn, harvest time! It's time for another challenge at SUO Challenges, and Harvest Time is the theme! This card I'm sharing with you, today, is my SUO Challenges design team entry! Won't you join us?

I made a bucket of apples using the Cupcake Builder punch! I added a little wheat in the background with an image from Wetlands. This card makes me want to go apple picking! I don't know what I would do with a whole bucket of apples, since the men in my life (husband and son) don't eat apples very often; and they dislike apple pie! Weirdos! I still love them to pieces ☺.


 
I used the Cupcake Builder punch to make this cute bucket (or barrel, or whatever that cute thing is called!) of apples! To make the bucket I punched the cupcake out of Crumb Cake card stock. Then I used a ruler and mechanical pencil to divide the boards. The easiest way to do this is to use a clear ruler, and draw the center line. Then I made tiny tick marks to divide each half into thirds, and used the ruler to finish the lines. I used a Post-it note to mask along the left of each line (one at a time), starting with the far right board. Then I inked up a Sponge Dauber with Crumb Cake ink, and made one or two quick swipes along the edge of the Post-it. Then I repeated this process with each line (board). For the horizontal boards, I hand cut a couple of card stock pieces and sponged them, before adhering to the barrel.

To make the apples, I punched the cherry from Real Red card stock. I colored in the stems with Soft Suede ink, and then trimmed them at an angle. I cut a tiny (SUPER tiny) divot out of the bottom of the apples. I only did this to the three that actually show their bottoms.

 

Ingredients:
  • Stamp Sets: Wetlands, and Six Sided Sampler (for the sentiment only)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", plus extra for the bucket
    • Very Vanilla card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Real Red card stock - scrap
  • Ink:
    • Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
    • Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Cupcake Builder punch



Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Muse: Christmas

 Today's Monday Muse is brought to you by Gayle Wheeler. I love how clean this card is! The colored rhinestones are a perfect touch of bling. Great card!



        Stampin' Up! Wishing You Stamp Set Christmas Card

Wishing You (Christmas)Stamps: Wishing You
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Tools: Designer Frames Embossing Folders, Chevron Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

 




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Falling leaves? Make a wish!



My friend Barb accidentally ordered a die she already had. Lucky for me, it was on my wish list, so I snatched it right out of her hands! These fall leaves make WONDERFUL accents for Thanksgiving tables and autumn wreaths, but they also came together to make this birthday card for an October-born friend. 

Where did I get that background paper that looks like birch? It's part of the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created kit -- but I repurposed it from a wrapped gift (really, if you HAND me something so wonderful, it's going to end up on a card). 

How can you turn life's lemons into gifts? Maybe you can find some lucky serendipity in your own day today. That's the wish I'm making for you :-).


Ingredients
Paper and card:
  • Early Espresso card base
  • Birch paper ribbon
  • Scraps for die cutting (I think these are espresso, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie, with vanilla )
Stamp set:
  • Express Yourself (best hostess set ever)
Ink:
  • Espresso
Accessories:
  • Autumn Accents Bigz die
  • Spiderweb embossing folder (retired)
  • Polka dot embossing folder 
  • Daubers (edges of the leaves are sponged in matching colors)
  • 7/16" burlap trim
  • Dimensionals

Friday, October 18, 2013

Are you aware?

If you are not aware that it is October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, then you must be living under a rock, or at least on some remote beach with no cable tv or internet access.  I jumped on the pink ribbon wagon when I realized that the ampersand sign from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die looks very much like one of those ribbons if you cut off it's bottom.  One of my recent stamp set purchases left me with a great deal of extra rubber, so I decided to cut that rubber with my Big Shot and make my own ribbon stamp!
Sorry about the picture, I really didn't catch the Primrose Petals very well, it looks more pink in person.


I am very fortunate to not have a friend to send this to, and with all the heightened awarenss and research, maybe I won't ever have to send this card.  Not likely, but that ribbon is all about hope.


Ingredients:

  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Confetti White card stock cut to 3 1/4" by 4 1/2"
  • strip of Primrose Petals card stock 4 1/2" long
  • Very Vintage JumboWheel stamp
  • Postage Collection Hostess stamp set
  • Basic Pearls
  • Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die
  • Extra Stampin Up rubber
  • Primrose Petals ink pad
Baker's tip- I "rolled" off my wheel before running it across the bottom third of the card stock, then rolled it across the middle, and finally the top, all without reinking.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ornament Keepsakes

Ornament Keepsakes is a beautiful stamp set from last year's Holiday Mini catalog. Even though it is not shown in the current mini, both the stamp set and the coordinating framelits are still available!




Ingredients:

  • Stamp Sets: Ornament Keepsakes, and Four the Holidays (retired)
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4", and 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
    • 1/8" silver ribbon
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A New York thank you


One of my teens had a birthday recently and needed some stationery that she could write thank-you notes with. She's a total stylista and miles ahead of the design trends. I can only watch and wave :-). These oh-so-funky thank-you notes have a certain chic to them, don't you think? She got a set of eight, all different. 

Nice for me: Once I got the design sorted out, these came together in a snap.





Ingredients
Paper and card:
  • Smoky Slate card base
  • Soho Subway DSP 
  • White scraps for punching
Stamp set:
  • Everything Eleanor
  • Express Yourself (seriously, best hostess set ever)
Ink:
  • Smoky Slate
  • Island Indigo
Accessories:
  • Magnetic platform and Big Shot
  • Apothecary Accents and Bitty Banners Framelits
  • Punch: Itty Bitty Shapes
  • Pearls
  • Glue dots and dimensionals

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tags 4 You Ornament

I have this crafty addiction that goes way (way, way) beyond paper and rubber stamps.  I have been frequenting yard sales and thrift stores my whole life, and there are certain things I can never pass up, even if I don't know what to do with them just quite yet.

A few months ago, I purchased this basket of tart tins.  They have been sitting next to my desk in my craft room staring me down, every time I sit.  My first thoughts on these tins were to make ornaments.  But instead of making something for my Christmas tree, I decided to make a little Halloween trinket to hang in the window over my kitchen sink.

I dipped the edge of my pie tin in regular old Elmer's school glue, and thoroughly coated it with the new Black Glitter from the Holiday Catalog.  I didn't end up buying any of the Halloween DSP this year, but the Pumpkin Pie sheet from the Quatrefancy Specialty DSP fit perfectly when I used my 2 3/8" scallopped circle punch.  I gently crammed (oxymoron?) that into the tin, getting the form just right, and added some more of the Elmers to make sure it stuck.




I stamped the Tags 4 You Trick or Treat image in Basic Black ink onto Basic Grey card stock and cut it out the old fashioned way.  (Didn't buy the punch to match this set...yet.)  I adhered this using dimensionals.

I layered a black button with a Vintage Faceted button and tied a baker's twine bow to add a little embellishment.  I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in the top and finished with an 1/8" Pumpkin Pie ribbon.

There are 3 other holidays represented with the Tags 4 You stamp set, guess it's a good thing I have plenty of tart tins left!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Snow Day

I'm not looking forward to the winter! I'm already bundling up in the 60 degree temps! Yes, I'm really that much of a baby when it comes to the cold. I would much rather stamp a snowman than to build an actual one. Fortunately, I have Snow Day! I really disliked this set when I saw it in the catalog. As you can see it's grown on me, and it's now a part of my collection.



I used this exact layout and color combo on another Christmas card with my Festive Flurry stamp set. The easiest and most fun part of this card, to me, is the Washi. I love being able to just tear off a piece and slap it down on the card stock! Clean cut edges out the window; the torn Washi gives this a warm, homemade, look!

I added a little shading to the snowman by inking up the image in Sahara Sand, stamped it off, and then used a Sponge Dauber to add the shadow with more Sahara Sand ink, before stamping it on Whisper White card stock. I stamped the hat and scarf separately from the snowman onto Whisper White, and hand cut.

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Snow Day, and Remembering Christmas (sentiment)
  • Paper:
    • Sahara Sand card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/1"
    • Whisper White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Season of Style Washi tape
    • Linen Thread
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Daydream Medallions and Tags 4 You Card

With autumn finally here, I'm beginning to feel the holidays quickly approaching so I thought I would begin creating some holiday cards.  I wanted to make a holiday card that would use Bermuda Bay since this color just pops off the page.  By stamping two of the medallions from the Daydream Medallions stamp set in Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay, it allowed me to make the medallions look like a snowflake or ornament in the middle of the Whisper White card stock.  I added some Silver 1/8" Ribbon and a bow created with the same ribbon along with the "Holly Jolly Christmas" greeting from Tags 4 You to make it look like part of an ornament hanging from the top of my card.  I added this stamped layer to a Winter Frost DSP layer and a Bermuda Bay card base to finish the card.  I hope you enjoy this simple holiday card done without using a holiday stamp set!
Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and Whisper White color combo + Daydream Medallions and Tags 4 You stamp sets =            a quick and easy holiday card with some "pop"
Close up of the greeting popped up to add to the look of an ornament hanging from the top of the card.

Ingredients:

  • Stamps: Daydream Medallions and Tags 4 You
  • Paper:
    • Bermuda Bay card stock: 4 1/2" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2")
    • Whisper White card stock: 4" x 5"
    • Winter Frost Designer Series Pack: 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate ink pads
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Label Bracket punch
    • Silver 1/8" Ribbon
    • Rhinestone Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

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