Monday, November 29, 2010

Emboss Resist Technique

If you want a different look for your card, try the emboss resist technique to showcase your stamped image.  The part that you embossed will not pick up the ink when you use your brayer to go over the image.  

I started with a card base of Whisper White cardstock, followed by a layer of Peach Parfait, and then another layer of Whisper White which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the Upsy Daisy Stamp Set.  I then took my brayer and rolled over the image with Night of Navy ink.  As you can see the image that was embossed resists the ink, therefore the term emboss resist.  I like this look when I am going for a nighttime silhouette or backround.  It is a much softer look that if I took Night of Navy cardstock and stamped Whisper White ink with my image. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Peach Parfait #119794
Ribbon:  Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched Poly #119264
Ink:  Night of  Navy #102977
Stamp Set:  Upsy Daisy #111710, Because I Care #118384 wood mount, or #120118 clear mount (Hostess Level )
Punches:  Modern Label #119849, Small Corner #119871
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder #109130, Heat Tool #100005, Brayer #102395, Dimensionals #104430

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quick Christmas Treat Bag

I am doing my last craft fair of this year and I always try to come up with a few different items.  When I saw the snowman peeps at the grocery store I thought they were really cute and knew that I could make treat bags quickly with the help of my Big Shot for quick embossing of the bag toppers.

To make the treat bags I took Baja Breeze cardstock, cut it with the Top Note Bigz Die and then embossed the cut Top Note piece with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  I filled a large cello bag with the candy, punched two holes with my Crop-a-Dile in the top, added some Whisper White Ribbon, and the snowman tag.  Super quick, and really cute.  Now off to the Holiday Extravaganza at Susan Bostian's home.  This should be a fun afternoon filled with great holiday shopping.  A variety of vendors will be there, cooking and craft demonstrations, door prizes and more.  If you live in the area come out and say hello.  The address is 1195 Smith Gap Road, Bath, PA.  Have a great day!

To make the treat bags I used the following:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Tags til' Christmas #120847 wood mount or #121169 clear mount (Holiday Mini)
Punch:  1 3/4 Scallop Circle #119854
Accessories:  Large Cellophane Bag #102210,Crop-a-Dile #108362, Big Shot #113439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain #109025

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Invitation the Joy Fold Way

My husband and I are hosting our annual family Christmas party and making the invitations instead of buying store bought ones, is a nice way to show everyone how much they mean to you.  I used the Joy Fold technique and the dimensions for the layers can be found under the Joy Fold label on my blog.

To make the card I started with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, an  Always Artichoke embossed layer for the front, and Deck the Halls Designer Paper for the inside.  The small card is also Cherry Cobbler, layered with an embossed piece of Crumb Cake on the front and Whisper White on the inside for the invitation wording.  The photo corner punch with some more Deck the Halls paper was used for accents around the invitation, and a little snowflake in Cherry Cobbler filled in the left hand corner that was a little bare.  The punch tag was created using the Decorative Label punch in Always Artichoke and the Extra Large Oval was used for my sentiment (this is from a retired stamp set).    A stamped and punched ornament placed on with a dimensional keeps the small card closed.  Just remember to place your dimensional away from the opening of the card so it can easily be opened by the recipient.

To make today's invitation I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Always Artichoke #105119, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations #116517, Snow Swirled #111690
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini),  2 x 1 3/8" Oval #119859, Photo Corner #119878
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116814
Embellishment:  Pearl Jewel #119247

Friday, November 26, 2010

Avoid Black Friday Traffic

Want to avoid the crowds this Friday, shop my on-line store and click on promotions to see all of the great deals and bundles offered at 30-50%.  Great to treat yourself, or to fill the wish list of family and friends.  E-mail me if you have any questions.  Happy stress free shopping!  Online promotion ends November 30th.  But, remember my Stampin' Rewards and 50/50 board promotions do not expire and anything ordered online qualifies towards your rewards. 

Gold Glow Accents

Gold Glow Smooch Spritz adds a splash of gold color to coordinate with the Brushed Gold cardstock used for today's card.  After looking at these pictures on my blog, I think I need to ask Santa for a good photo light so the richness of the embellishments on my projects shows.  Hopefully posts in 2011 will be brighter!

To make today's card I started with a base of Brushed Gold cardstock, layered with Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.  The Very Vanilla layer was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and then sprayed with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  The sentiment and ornament were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, and for added richness I then took my Versa Mark marker and colored over the inked Joy ornament and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Linen thread was tied around Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a glue dot was used to keep it in place behind the ornament popped up with dimensionals. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Brushed Gold #102935, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations #116517, Heard from the Heart #111644 wood mount or #12006 clear mount
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Marker:  Versa Marker #100901
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini), Linen Thread #104199
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902 (Holiday Mini),
Dimensionals: #104430, Glue Dots #103683
Embellishment:  Gold Glow Smooch Spritz #118770

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings

I am so blessed and thankful for the wonderful family I will be spending Thanksgiving with today.  I hope you all get to celebrate this day with people you love.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I wanted to make a special card to celebrate these blessings, and thought adding some Dazzling Diamonds to the outer edges and center of the large stamped image would make a nice accent.  Well, after I took my Versa Mark marker and went around the areas to emboss, added the Dazzing Diamonds and heated it, there wasn't much to see.  Up close you could see the sparkle, but it wasn't as much as I wanted.  So I went over these spaces again with my Versa Mark marker and then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  The results turned out to be sparkling gold highlights.  So my mistake turned into something nicer anyway.  Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes.   

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Cajun Craze #1196671, Versa Mark Marker #100901
Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings #116511, Day of Gratitude #120835 wood mount or #121148 clear mount (Holiday Mini)
Embellishments:  Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads #109110, Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Dazzling Diamonds #102023
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Big Shot Machine #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175
Ribbon:  Victoria Trim #118481
Punch:  Small Corner #119871

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dyed Gold Bow

Yes, I like the card better with the bow dyed gold to match the gold embossing on the antlers and the Smooch Spritz on the card front.  Now it all goes together!

I started the card by embossing a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder. I then added Gold Glow Smooch Spritz to the front of the card. I colored over Dasher's body with a Chocolate Chip Marker and went over the antlers with the Versa Mark marker and stamped this onto a piece of Whispe White cardstock.  I heat embossed the antlers with gold embossing powder.  This stamped image was layered onto a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock.    I first tied a piece of Whisper White Organza Ribbon onto the card, but later decided to dye it gold using my retired Gold Metallic ink.  To do this, I too a small piece of a Stamping Sponge and layed the ribbon on top of the ink pad.  I held the ribbon down with the sponge and held the end of the ribbon in my fingers and  ran the ribbon over the stamp pad a few times until I got the coverage I wanted.  I let it dry for a few minutes and then tied it onto my card.  I like this look better, and dying ribbon is easy using this technique. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730, Brushed Gold #102935
Ink:  Metallic Gold (retired),
Markers:  Chocolate Chip #100071, Versa Mark #100901
Stamp Set:  Dasher #116816, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ribbon:  Whisper White Organza #114319
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Big Shot Machine #113439, Northen Flurry Embossing Folder #120902, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz #118770, Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Heat Tool #100005
Punch:  Small Corner #119871

Dasher in Gold

Unfortunately, not a very sunny day today so my picture has a lot of shadows and the richness of the gold embossing and Schmooch Spritz don't show up real well, but in person the card has a lot of sparkle.  But, after looking at it for awhile I think I am going to try to die the ribbon gold.  Check back later today to see if I was successful.  I will then post a list of supplies used to make the card.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Congratulations to Cathy Long, the winner of my Door Prize from the Wind Gap Fire Company Vendor Fair.  Your ink pad, ribbon, and Designer Series Paper will be mailed tomorrow.  Thank you to my customers who came out and shopped, browsed, and chatted.  It was a great day.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Recycled Boxes

I saved the boxes my Simply Adorned charms came in.  They are a nice sturdy box, and by stamping some snowflakes, tying some pretty ribbon, and adding a gift tag, I now have a nice collection of boxes for some of the Christmas presents I will be giving out this year.   They are so much nicer than the ones that usually come with the gift itself, and by making them yourself they let the recipient know how much you care. 

To place the ribbons on the box I first  punched a small hole using my Crop-a-Dile on the side of each lid.  I then placed a piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding through each hole, and tied small knots on each side  to keep it in place.  Next I took small strips of the Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Whisper White ribbon, and tied them around the piece of Cherry Cobbler that was placed through the punched holes on the lid.

To embellish the boxes I used the following:
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992, Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070, Hemp Twine #100982
Stamp Set:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood mount, or #121169 clear mount (Holiday Mini), Snow Swirled #111690
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219, Whisper White Craft #101731
Punch: Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Crop-a-Dile #108362

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Best Wishes

Another card that was created for my Stamp-a-Stack once again keeps with the theme of winter birthday's.  The sentiment Best Wishes could be used though for so many occasions, not just birthday's.

For today's card I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  As you can see, it is really one of my favorite embossing folders.  A strip of Always Artichoke cardstock, layered with a strip of Deck the Halls Designer Series paper give this card a nice winter look.  I sponged some Cherry Cobbler ink onto my punched sentiment for some dimension.  When I use dark colors for my card, I like to add a layer of lighter cardstock on the inside where you will write your wishes.  To dress is up, I added another strip of Deck the Halls DSP to the one side, still leaving plenty of room to write.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Very Vanilla #101650, Always Artichoke #105119
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #11966
Stamp Set:  Sincere Salutations #115068
Punch:  Designer Label #119862, Corner Small #119871
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Elegant Lines Anniversary Card

It seems that almost every time I make a card or a project, I turn to my Big  Shot Machine.  It does so much of the work for you.  Whether adding embossing to a card front, or cutting boxes for gifts, it is by far my favorite Stampin' Up! accessory.  If it is something you always wanted, now is a great time to add it to your holiday Wish List.  Wouldn't it be nice to see it sitting under your Christmas tree.  Just give your family and friends my e-mail or phone number and I will gladly have it all wrapped up and ready for you by Christmas morning.

To make toay's card I embossed Very Vanilla cardstock with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  I never want to cover this card front up with a lot of layers, so I took a small strip of Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper for just a touch of color.  Marina Mist ribbon and a few punches to highlight my sentiment, along with a few pearls provide the finishing touches.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Soft Suede 115318, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Green House Gala #117167
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Marina Mist #119668
Ribbon:    Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain #120929
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini), Curly Label #119851, Modern Label #119849
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cherry Cobbler Birthday

In keeping with the request for winter themed birthday cards today's card uses Cherry Cobbler cardstck and Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper.  I love how Stampin' Up's! cardstock and DSP coordinate.  It makes it so easy to come up with layers that look great together.

For today's card I sarted with a base of Very Vanilla Cardstock, followed with a layer of Cherry Cobbler, and two pieces of Deck the Halls DSP cut to different lengths for added effect.  Cherry Cobbler seam binding adds a nice embellshment and after adding a setiment and a few punches I have a nice winter birthday card. 

Note -In person the Cherry Cobbler is a much richer color.  The photo really doesn't show the true color very well - Sorry, no sun today when taking the picture!

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Cherry Cobbler #119685
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Set:  Upsy Daisy #111710
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval 119859

Monday, November 15, 2010

Love Birds - Happy Anniversary

For an upcoming Stamp a
Stack I was asked to create a variety of birthday and anniversary cards that would be good to send during the fall and winter season, using a lot of blues and browns, and a few cards with a little bit of Christmas reds and greens thrown in.  This week I will be posting a few of those cards.  I hope you like them.

For the anniversary card I started with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock that I embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  I added a layer of Elegant Soiree Designer Seris Paper and Early Espresso ribbon.  The birds were punched using coordinating paper from this DSP pack. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Elegant Soiree #117163
Stamp Set:  A Word For You #117032 wood mount or #120528 clear mount
Ink:  Early Espresso #119679
Ribbon:  Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain #119955
Punches:  Two Step Bird #117191, Corner Small #119871
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quick Christmas Treats

If you are looking for some cute Christmas treat ideas, either of today's projects would fill that need.

The skittles filled skinny treat bag was embellished with some stamped punches, and tied with silver cord.  The candy cane was embellished the same way.  Either of these treats would be great if you needed a lot of small gifts in a hurry.  Such as children's classroom gifts, teacher gifts, or to add to a Christmas present as a special tag.  The candy cane would also make a cute tree decoration. 

To make today's post I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood mount or #121169 clear mount, Delightful Decorations #116517
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Garden Green #102272
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Candy Cane Christmas #120809 (Holiday Mini)
Punches:  Ornament #119847, Scallop Square #119884, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta #119251

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holly Jolly Santa

I wanted to make some Santa bags and found one by Demonstrator Terri Ransom.  I didn't have the exact punches she used, but using the punches I have I was able to create my version.  Thanks Terri for your inspiration.

To make the Santa I used Real Red cardstock and the Top Note Bigz Die for the front and back of the back.  I left the back plain, and decorated the front with a variety of punches to create the face.  Blush Blossom cardstock (retired) was used for the face.  The handle is a 3/4" x 12 inch strip of Christmas Paper (not SU), and attached to the bag (purchased at a craft store) with brads.

To make the Santa Bag I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730, Blush Blossom (retired)
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657 (sponged around the eyes and nose), Real Red #103133
Punches:  Boho Blossom #119858, 1 3/4 Scallop Circle #119854, 1 3/8" Oval #119863, 1/2" Circle #119869, 5 Petal Flower #119880, Curly Label #119851
Embellishment:  Dazzling Diamonds #102023, Silver Brads #104336
Accessories:  2-Way Glue Pen #100425, Big Shot Machine #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463

Friday, November 12, 2010

Embossed Joy Punch

A mixture of silver and gold embossing powder on the ornaments for a little bit of sparkle and shine.

To make today's card I started with a card base of Basic Gray cardstock, followed by a layer of Brushed Gold, and then an embossed layer of Whisper White.  I stamped my Joy ornament with Versa Mark ink and covered half of the orament in Gold Embossing Powder and heated it with my Heat Tool, and then embossed the other half of the ornament in Silver Embossing Powder and heated it.  Some Rhinestone Jewels and Whisper WhiteOrganza Ribbon were added for embellishment.  The two toned embossing goes well with the cardstock layers and looks even better in person. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Basic Gray #121055, Brushed Gold #102935, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Versa Mark #102283
Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations #116517
Ribbon:  5/8" Whisper White Organza #114319
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Embellishment:  Rhinestone Jewels #119246
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Silver Embossing Powder #109131, Heat Tool #100005, Big Shot Machine #113439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902 (Holiday Mini)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Top Note Die Gift Card Holder

Thank you Leena Girsa for your inspiration for today's gift card design.  I was looking for quick, yet cute gift gift card holders for Christmas, something that makes giving it a little extra special, and I saw one posted on Leena Girsa's blog.  I am so appreciative for all of the inspiration I receive from so many talented demonstrators. 

To make the gift card holder I cut two pieces of Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper with the Top Note Die and my Big Shot Machine.   I used a 5/8" neutral brad to act as the hinge so it was easy to open.  On the inside I cut another Top Note Die with Always Artichoke cardstock and cute it in half.  I placed this over the bottom of the inside die to create my pocket to hold the gift card.  A little big of snail adesive was run along the otside of this cut Top Note to hold it in place, making sure not to put any adhesive on the top or middle.
A little sentimnent on the inside and  tag and ribbon on the front for extra embellishment, and all done.  Now if I just had the Christmas shopping done too I would be in great shape.

To make today's Gift Card Holder I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Very Vanilla #10150
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219
Stamp Set:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood mount, or #121169 clear mount (Holiday Mini), Christmas Greetings #115448
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  5/8" Neutral Brad #11533, Big Shot Machine #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Luminaria

Using the Fancy Favor Bigz xl Die and the Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch I was able to make luminaria for the holidays in a snap.  I am also going to be using these in my powder room in place of lit candles, and they would also be cute as a night light for children.  Inside I placed a battery operated tea light, so there are no worries about forgetting to blow out a lit candle.

I cut a 6 x 12 piece of Real Red Cardstock with the Fancy Favor Die.  Before I put the box together, I punched a scallop circle on each side and using pieces of 3 x 3 vellum cardstock  I stamped one side with the Christmas tree, and the other with the reindeer.  Using the vellum allows your images and the light to show.  For a little extra adornment I used rhinestone brads around the scallop circle.

To make the luminaria I used the following:
Cardstock:   Real Red #102482, Vellum #101856
Stamp Sets:  Dasher #116816, Snow Swirled #111690
Ink:  Garden Green #102272, Early Espresso #119760
Embellishment:  Rhinestones #119246
Punch:  2 3/8" Extra Large Scallop Circle #118874
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Extended Cutting Pads #113475, Fancy Favor Bigz xl Die #115965

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thankful Thoughts Favors

Cute favors to add to your Thanksgiving festivities!

Using my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and the Scallop Circle Bigz Die I was able to make these Thanksgiving favors.  Instead of cutting just one scallop circle, I folded a piece of 8 x 5 Tangerine Tango cardstock in half and placed the folded half on the die leaving four scallops showing to create a crease, not a cut.  I embellished the scallops with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, filled a small cello bag with candy corn, and placed a piece of Sticky Strip on the inside of the cardstock to help keep the bag in place.  I punched a hole through the two scallop circles at the top and tied them closed with some retired Chocolate Chip Ribbon.  I cut leaves with Leaves #2 Original Die, using retired Designer Series Paper, stamped my sentiment  and tied that onto the ribbon with Hemp Twine. 

To make today's favors I used the following:
Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango #111349, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Set Grateful Greetings #116511
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908
Punch:  1 3/4" Oval #119855
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Scallop Circle Bigz Die #113468, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Leaves #2 Original Die #113459, Small Cellophane Bag #103104, Sticky Strip #104294, Hemp Twine #100982

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Craft Fair Door Prize Winner

I met so many great people today at the craft fair, and introduced Stampin' Up! to some for the first time.  The lucky door prize winner is Dawn T.  I will be mailing her the Designer Series Paper Pack, ink pad and ribbon.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by, shopped, and chatted.  Looking forward to seeing some of you at my stamp class this month too.

I'm headed out the door early this morning to go to the Plainfield Township Fire Company Craft Fair.  If you live nearby, come on out and get some Christmas shopping done early. Hours of the fair are from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.   The Fire Company is located on Sullivan Trail in Plainfield Township.  I have two tables with lots of items for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Hope to see you there. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Tea

Just finishing up making gift items for a Craft Fair that I will be doing tomorrow at the Plainfield Township Fire Company.  Oh, I wish I had more time, because there are so many more things I wish I could make, but really wanted to add these cute tea bag gift items so I stayed up late last night to complete 24 of them.  I thought that if they don't sell they would make cute gifts to give my relatives as a little favor for my family Christmas Party that I host the week before Christmas. 

Now, I wish I could give credit to all the Stampin' Up! demonstrators who also make these cute items, but most of the inspiration for this one comes from Holly Krautkremer who made here as a get well.  I just changed my design, but used her dimensions.  So thanks Holly for sharing your great idea with all of us.  I also can not take credit for the cute saying, that came from Sandy Risi's blog and I thought it would add a nice touch to complete the gift ensemble.

To start you need a piece of cardstock measuring 7 x 3 1/4.  Score this at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".  Now you have the template and just use your creativity to decorate it as you wish.  I added two layers of Real Red cardstock cut at 2 1/2 x 3 both for the front and inside layers, and the layer that is decorated measures 2 1/4 x 2 3/4, and I used Whisper White cardstock to stamp my images.  Two Old Olive brads were used to embellish the front and dimensionals were used to raise it up so I could slide my ribbon through.  The ribbon is from the Clearance Rack and was placed under the front sentiment, and cut so it was long enough that I could easily tie it closed when finished.  I stamped just a few snowflakes on the inner left panel to leave room if people wanted to add a little note.  The side that holds the tea bag was embellished by punching Real Red cardstock with the Eyelet Border Punch.  Snail adhesive was run along the sides and folded on the score line to hold everything in place.  Tie it up and you have a cute treat.   I didn't want to put these in a bag but needed some way to package them, so I ran two pieces of Real Red cardstock through my Big Shot Machine using the Scallop Envelope Bigx Die and put them together to create this box.  Old Olive Satin Ribbon and a brad also from the Clearance Rack decorated the box, and the holes were punched using my Crop-a-Dile. 

I just checked out the clearance rack again, and the real red ribbon and brad I used are no longer available, that is why I am not listing them under items used below.

To make the tea bag gift set I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Word Play #120308 wood mount, or #120651 clear mount, Snow Swirled #111690
Ink: Old Olive #102277, Metallic Silver (retired)
Ribbon:  Old Olive Satin #117292,
Brads:  Old Olive Brights Assortment #119740
Punch:  Eyelet Border #119853
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Scallop Envelope Bigz Die #113463, Snail Adhesive #104331, Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430, Crop-a-Dile #108362

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Craft Fair Coasters

I will be at the Plainfield Township Fire Company on Saturday for a Craft Fair.  I am trying to make a variety of gifts for people to purchase, from cards to gift boxes and bags, decorated headbands, and so much more.  I saw these round plain  coasters at a local craft store and thought they would look cute stamped with Stampin' Up! images.

To add the images to the cork coasters I used Black Staz-on-Ink.  I also added some craft foam to the back for extra durability.  I made four of each design, placed them in a large cello bag and tied with pretty ribbon I purchased on the Clearance Rack.  The sentiment was tied on using Hemp Twine and attached to the ribbon.  Let me know what you think.  I love hearing your comments.

To make the coasters I used the following:
Stamp Sets:  Day of Gratitude #120835 wood mount or #121148 clear mount (Holiday Mini), Dasher #11686, Upsy Daisy #111710, Snow Swirled #111690, Grateful Greetings #116511
Ink:  Staz-on Black #101406
Ribbon:  Riding Hood Red 1 1/4" Grosgrain #113099 (Clearance Rack), Hemp Twine #100982
Punch:  Designer Label 3119862
Accessories:  Large Cellophane Bags #102210, Crop-a-Dile #108362