Friday, August 31, 2012

Haunted House for Halloween Treats

Sorry, the picture quality is not that great, but the little Haunted Houses look really cute in person, and they are large enough to hold a fun size bag of M & M's, or any other type of fun size candy bar.
To make the Haunted House, I first cut Basic Black cardstock using my Big Shot and the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die.  I used Sticky Strip to hold the carton closed, and added an additional piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock to make a roof.  For the front door, I just trimmed some more Elegant Eggplant cardstock to get the size I wanted, and using one of the punches from the Little Labels Punch Pack I made a window for the front of my door, and wrote the word Boo! with a White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen.  My door knob was made by punching Brush Silver cardstock with a small hole punch.  I stamped some ghosts, and cut them out placing them on one side of my roof, and added my sentiment to the other side.  I added some punched bats from the retired Bat Punch. 
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Basic Black #121045, Elegant Eggplant #105126, Whisper White #100730, Brushed Silver #100712
Ink: Basic Black #126980
Stamp Sets:  Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123956 clear, Wicked Cool #118738 wood or #120600 clear
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die #117310, Paper Snips #103579, White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen #105021
Punches:  Little Labels Punch Pack #126881, 1" Square #124094, Bat punch is retired
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail #104332

Thursday, August 30, 2012

More Stocking Stuffers

Closed Sticky Note Booklet

Opened booklet with Sticky Notes on the right, and additional piece of plain cardstock on the left.

Another design, using the same measurements, just decorated differently!
You might think I am crazy getting things done for Christmas, but it will be here before you know it.  Not only do I want to finish what I will be doing for my own personal gift giving, but also for all of my craft fairs.  One thing I like to concentrate on first is the stocking stuffers.  That seems to be the hardest gift for me to buy and at the same time, one of the best sellers at craft fairs.  Today I am working on sticky note booklets. 
To make my booklet, I first took the measurements of my sticky note pack.  It measured  3" x 3", therefore, I cut my cardstock to measure 7" x 3 1/2" and scored at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4".  Now, you also have to take into consideration the depth of your sticky note pack.  If it is really thick, you might want to add more to your longer measurement.  I then added a piece of Designer Series Paper to the front which was cut to measure 3 x 3 1/4", and added some further embellishments to decorate it.  I cut an additional piece of plain cardstock for the inside to leave an extra space for someone to write additional notes or messages.  I then placed my sticky note pack onto my inner cardstock using Sticky Strip. 
Last year when I made some I added ribbon and tied them closed.  This year I am leaving them open because I think they are easier to use that way.  Great teacher and co-worker gifts!
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Gumball Green #126840, Whisper White #100730, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer #126896, Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #126966, Gumball Green #126861
Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations #116517 wood or #127787 clear, More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402 clear
Punches:  Ornament #119847, Decorative Label #120907, Extra-Large Oval #119859, 3/4" Circle #119873
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Sticky Strip #104294

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fancy Favor Box Teacher Gifts

Whether you have a small gift for a teacher, co-worker, babysitter, neighbor, friend, or family memnber, the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die is a great size for all sorts of gift items.  To make teacher gifts to sell at craft fairs, I cut my Fancy Favor Boxes with an assortment of Designer Series Paper and filled them with hand sanitizers.  As a retired teacher myself, I know this is one gift I would have really like and used in my classroom. 
I cut my Designer Series Paper into a 6" x 12" piece and ran it through my Big Shot using the Fancy Favor Die.  The handle also is cut out with the die, so no extra paper needed. (You get two boxes cut with one 12 x 12 piece of DSP)  I attached my handle to the box using brads, and embellished my box with stamped and punched ornaments.  The hand sanitizer was placed into a 4"x 6" cellophane bag and tied with some retired Cherry Cobbler ribbon.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini Catalog)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #126966, Gumball Green #126861
Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood or #121169 clear, Delightful Decorations #116517 wood or #127787 clear
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247, 3/16" Regal Brads #119737
Tools:  4" x 6" Cellophane Bag #102757, Big Shot #113439, Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die #115965

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stocking Stuffers

Closed tissue holder

Open tissue holder

Back of holder
I am already getting ready for Christmas, and working on getting items made for my craft fairs, and also for my families stockings.  I saw really cute packs of tissues for girls and boys, and using some cardstock and designer series paper, I dressed them up a bit to make them cute to go in the Christmas stockings. 
I don't have time to list all of the dimensions today, but will post them when I get back from my weekend away.  Mainly, I cut my cardstock so I could cover the tissue pack and easily close it using velcro.  I just made my tab closure with cardstock, and added Sticky Strip to the back of the tab, and velcro to the front to make it easy to open and close without destroying the cover.  I also used Sticky Strip to hold my tissue pack to the inside piece of cardstock.
The followng were used:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Gumball Green #126840, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #126966
Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402 clear
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, Large Oval #119855, 3/16" Corner#119871
Embellishment:  Brights Designer Button #119747

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dinoroar Birthday

We will be celebrating my grandsons 5th birthday soon, and I think he will like his "Dinoroar" birthday card.  My husband and I just took him and his sister to a Dinosaurs Alive exhibit at a local park and he really loved it, so I thought this card would be appropriate to celebrate his special day.
My card base is Old Olive cardstock, with an added layer of Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive Designer Series Paper.  I added a piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to these layers where the two different papers met to break up the line.  To my Whisper White cardstock I stamped my grass, and sponged in some additional color to fill it in.  My T-Rex Dinosaur was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, and using my Blender Pen I added a bit more color.  I then tore the edges of my Whisper White cardstock and placed it on my layers. My Triceratops was also stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, and colored in a bit too.  He was cut out and placed onto the card using Dimensionals.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Chocolate Chip #102128, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #126979, Old Olive #126953
Stamp Set:  Dinoroar #122535 wood or #122537 clear
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta #119256
Tools:  Stamping Sponges #101610, Blender Pens #102845
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Comfort Cafe Thanks

Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper has just the right colors and images for my Fall cards.  Hard to believe it is already time to think about that time of year.  Boy, summer sure does go by so quickly, but at least we have a lot of great holidays to look forward too and to get ready to create for.

My card base of Very Vanilla cardstock was layered with Midnight Muse cardstock that was layered with pieces of Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.  My center layer was stamped using the Gently Falling Stamp Set.  This is a two step stamp set, and the outlined images of my leaves were stamped using Soft Suede ink, and the full inside images were stamped using Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit and more Soft Suede ink.  My Sending Many Thanks sentiment, which is from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, was punched out with the new 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  To finish off the card I tied a piece of 5/8" Crochet Trim to the center layer.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Midnight Muse #126843
Designer Series Paper:  Comfort Cafe #126898
Ink:  Soft Suede #126978, Cajun Craze #126965, Summer Starfruit #126991
Stamp Sets:  Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #133497 clear, Gently Falling #123802 wood or #123804 clear
Ribbon:  5/8" Crochet Trim #118481
Punch:  1 1/4" Scallop Circle #127811

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Birthday with a cherry on top!

The Button Buddies stamp set had the perfect stamp to go with my birthday sentiment that I used for today's card. 

My card base is Gumball Green cardstock, with a layer of Whisper White that was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I cut my larger Labels Collections Framelit using Gumball Green cardstock,  and then stamped my image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut that out with a smaller framelit. I usually stamp my image first, because then I can just line it up inside the framelit I want to use and cut it out.  That makes it easier than trying to get your image stamped just right inside the already cut framelit.

For the cherries I punched two 3/4" circles using Red Glimmer paper for a little extra sparkle.  I just stamped my sentiment onto another piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with my Paper Snips to get the shape and size I wanted.  I placed this onto the card with dimensionals.

If you like using Glimmer Paper, in addition to the Red and Silver in the annual catalog, you can now purchase Champagne Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Gumball Green #126840, Whisper White #100730, Red Glimmer Paper #121790
Ink:  Real Red #126949
Stamp Sets:  Button Buddies #122735 wood or #122737 clear, A Word for You #117032 wood or #120528 clear
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821 (Holiday Mini), Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Paper Snips #103579
Punch:  3/4" Circle #119873
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ghoulish Googlie Treats

This was the quickest I ever made treat bags.  Using the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and the coordinating Googly Ghouls Stamp Set I was able to create 20 Halloween Treat Bags in no time at all. The kit comes with 20 printed double-sided tags, 10 glassine bags, 50 adhesive-backed googly eyes, and 10 pieces of Pumpkin Pie/Whisper White Baker's Twine.  I ordered 2 sets and used all of the bags, but still have some eyes and tags left to use on other projects.

I embossed my bags with my Big Shot and the Spider Web Embossing Folder to add a more "ghoulish" look.  The only other additions I made were the "happy halloween" sentiment on some of the bags, but everything else came with the kit and Googly Ghouls Stamp Set.  Now, after I finished my project I noticed that I really stamped my images on upside down, but I didn't even realize that until I opened my holiday mini catalog and looked at the project they shared.  I still like the way they look and don't think anyone else will notice.  I filled each bag with two candy bars and am saving them for one of my Fall craft fairs.

The following were used:
Kits: Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit #126914 - Holiday Mini
Stamp Sets:  Googly Ghouls #128060 wood or #128063 clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes #11537 wood or #127802 clear
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889
Punch:  Word Window #119857

Friday, August 17, 2012

Clean and Simple Betsy's Blossoms

As I mentioned before in prior blog posts, being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator has many perks.  Not only do you get great discounts on all of your purchases, but you are also part of a wonderful community of talented men and women who share their creations on a demonstrator only site called Stampin' Connections.   This card was inspired by demonstrator Penny Smiley.  I liked her clean and simple card, and just changed a few things to create my version for one of the cards at my August stamp class.

My Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the the large blossom using Rich Razzleberry ink and then embossed with one of the Delicate Design Folders.  These new embossing folders are just a bit longer than the opening for the Big Shot, and because I wanted to emboss the whole card front, I trimmed my folder down to fit.  This does not do anything to the design, but now I can emboss the whole card, and not just a layer.  I wish the picture showed the delicate designs of the embossing a bit better, but in person it really stands out.

I then stamped and cut out my smaller flower and leaves, and added my Bitty Banner Happy Birthdy sentiment, and cut that out with the Bitty Banner Framelit.  I placed this onto the card with dimensionals.

I usually add layers to my cards, but sometimes, just using bold colors and images is all that is needed to create a card that stands out.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry #12690, Lucky Limeade #126985
Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossoms #126004 wood or #126006 clear, Itty Bitty Banners #126255 wood or #126257 clear
Tools: Big Shot #113439, Delicate Designs Folders #127023, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #14430, Snail #104332

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Serene Silhouettes Sympathy

I wanted to find a Designer Series Paper to go with the colors of my card, and I found this Basic Gray design in the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  This paper is what I purchased to use for my Halloween cards, but as you can see, it can be used for other occasions as well.

I started with Basic Gray cardstock, and added a layer of Very Vanilla that I sponged with some Basic Gray ink.  I added my layer of the DSP which has the Basic Black trees stamped directly onto it.  If you don't recognize the ribbon, it is the 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog as well.  I just turned it around to use the plain side, not the striped side. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Basic Gray #121044, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone #126906 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Basic Gray #126981, Basic Black #126980
Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes #127322 wood or #127324 clear, Word Play #120308 wood or #120651 clear
Ribbon:  1/2" Striped Satin #127837 (Holiday Mini)
Tools:  Stamping Sponges #101610 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From My Heart

The From My Heart Stamp Set has some really nice sentiments, and they are all large enough to make them the focal point of your card.

My card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, followed by a layer of Riding Hood Red and Not Quite Navy cardstock which was embossed with the Fancy Fan Folder. My image which was stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Riding Hood Red ink, and then cut out with a Labels Collection Framelit.  Using my Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack I added the pierced accents around my framelit and also added a few layers of Linen Thread.   

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Riding Hood Red #111348, Not Quite Navy #101722, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Riding Hood Red #126968
Stamp Set:  From My Heart #126555 wood or #126557 clear
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Paper-Piering Tool #126189, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Festive Paper Piercing Pack #127857 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Linen Thread #104199

Monday, August 13, 2012

Make your own bow with Designer Series Paper to add a unique embellishment to your card or project.  The bow is really easy to make and instructions are below.

You will need the following:  Cardstock or Designer Series Paper measuring 4” x 6”, paper snips, scrap piece of cardstock, sticky strip, snail adhesive, 1” circle punch, embellishments
Step 1: Start by cutting your paper into 4 strips measuring 1” x 6”

Step 2:  Fold each strip in half
Step 3: Place snail adhesive on the folded edge and fold the half of each strip back to meet the fold and then adhere to the back of the loop where they will meet.
Step 4:  Take two of the folded strips and using your adhesive, glue one piece behind the other.

Step 5:  Now you have your two pieces of the bow.  Turn them over and apply Sticky Strip in the middle to keep them together.  DO NOT REMOVE THE OUTER LINER OF THE STICKY STRIP UNTIL YOU WANT TO ADHERE IT TO YOUR PROJECT.

Step 6:  Turn your bow over and punch a 1” circle and place it over the center of your bow.
Step 7:  Place your embellishment in the center, fluff up our bow and cut your tails to get the look you want.

If you want your bow to be smaller just alter your starting size. 

The rest of my card was made by starting with a card base of Calypso Coral cardstock, followed by an embossed layer of Whisper White.  To this layer I added my stamped and punched sentiments, along with my paper bow. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730, Lucky Limeade #122926
Designer Series Paper:  Retired paper used
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983, Lucky Limeade #126984
Stamp Set:  A Fitting Occasion #127047 wood or #127049 clear
Punches:  1" Circle #119868, Modern Label #119849, Curly Label #119851
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175
Embellishment:  Bright Designer Button #119747
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quick circle punch birthday card

If you have some pretty Designer Series Paper and a few punches, you can make a card in a short amount of time.  I always like to have a few simple designs on hand for my stamp class, and I really love my Floral District Designer Paper for such a card.

My card base is Lucky Limeade Cardstock, and my 1 1/4 " circle punch was used to punch out my paper. In addition, I added two 1" circles with stamped images, and a few small punched flowers decorated with pearls for extra embellishment.  My Happiest Birthday sentiment was cut out by hand and placed on with dimensionals.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade #122926, Rich Razzleberry #115316, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Floral District #126919
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry #126950
Stamp Sets:  Apothecary Art #125525 wood or #125527 clear, Every Little Bit #117096 wood or #120558 clear
Punches:  1 1/4"  Circle #119861, 1" Circle #119868, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels #119247
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Delicate Designed Edges

The Delicate Design Embossing Folder really gives my Get Well Card a stepped up design with its pretty scallop images.

To my Tempting Turquoise card I added a piece of Tempting Turquoise Designer Series Paper from the Brights Paper Stack.  In addition to the Delicate Design edge I also added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.  Next I stamped my get Well Wishes into the center of my Frame, and using my Paper-Piercing Tool and the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack I pierced around the frame.  I also rounded the edges and placed this on with dimensionals.  The card needed a bit of color so I stamped three Boho Blossom Flowers onto a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and punched them out with the Boho Blossom punch.

I really am loving all of the new tools in the catalog!!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise #102067, Whisper White #100730, Daffodil Delight #119683
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #1171155
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise #126952
Stamp Sets:  Four Frames #123440 wood or #123442 clear, Language of Friendship #122750 wood or #122752 clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 wood or #127802 clear
Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275, Boho Blossoms #119858, 3/16" Corner #119871
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Delicate Design Folders #127023, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Scallop Square and Label Framelits Thank You

Labels Collection Framelits created a nice cut out on my large Scallop Square, and was the perfect place to stamp my flower.

My card base of Perfect Plum cardstock was layerd with a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I then cut out a large scallop square using my Big Shot and the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die.  I trimmed the square down so it would fit nicely on my layer.  I embossed the scallop with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and then cut the center out using a Label Collection Framelit.  I put this onto my card using dimensionals, and then stamped my image in the center. To add a bit of color to my image I used my blender pen, dabbed it on top of my Perfect Plum ink pad to draw a bit of the ink to it, and then colored directly onto the image.  A small Very Vanilla 1/8 Taffeta Bow was placed in the corner, and my Thank You was cut out with the Bitty banners Framelits. 

Since I didn't use the cut framelit on this card, I saved it for another project. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Perfect Plum #101889, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Lucky Limeade #126984, Perfect Plum #126963
Stamp Sets:  Nature's Pace #122660 wood or #122662 clear, Itty Bitty Banners #126255 wood or #126257 clear
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta #119960
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die #115950, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Blender Pens #102845
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fan Fair - Masculine Birthday Card

If you are looking for a Designer Series Paper that has great colors for masculine cards, you will love Fan Fair DSP.   I really like the designs too, but don't forget that the DSP is double sided, so you will also get some great papers in this same pack for feminine cards too.

My card base is More Mustard cardstock, that I layered with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that was scored with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to add a bit of embellishment and a nice place to put my Soft Suede ribbon.  I punched a variety of circles in different sizes with my Fan Fair Designer Paper, and layered some of them on with dimensionals.  My sentiment on the front goes great with the inside saying that reads, "that makes you one in a million". 

If you like to have sentiments that coordinate on both the front and inside of your card, One in a Million, that was used today, and Petite Pairs are two sets that have coordinating sentiments.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  More Mustard #100946, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Fan Fair #126918
Ink:  Soft Suede #126978
Stamp Set:  One in a Million #126380 wood or #126382 clear
Ribbon:  Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta #122967
Punches:  3/4" Circle #119873, 1" Circle #119868, 1 1/4" Circle #119861
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Language of Friendship

How fitting is it that the Stamp Set used for my card today is called "Language of Friendship."  We all need our friends, especially during times of sorrow, and I know it means so much to me when my friends reach out to me during the bad times, and I hope this card helps to ease the pain of someone close to me too.

My card base is Sahara Sand cardstock.  To this I added a layer of Midnight Muse that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I also added a Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border of Soft Suede cardstock to this layer.  Next, I cut two Labels Collections Framelits for the accent piece for my bird.  I ran them through my Big Shot again using the new Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  This gives a natural wood look, and looks great as a background for the Bird that was stamped and then punched out using the Bird Builder Punch.  I added a few punched Boho Blossom Flowers, and a small pearl to the birds eye for added accents. 

When you use the Language of Friendship stamp set, all you need to do is stamp the images and line them up in your Bird Builder and Boho Blossom punches.  The images line up exactly!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Sahara Sand #121043, Whisper White #100730, Soft Suede #115318, Midnight Muse #126843
Ink:  Soft Suede #126978, Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Sets:  Language of Friendship #122750 wood or #122752, Thoughts & Prayers #113252 wood or #127805 clear
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border #118402, Dotted Scalop Ribbon Border #119275, Bird Builder #117191, Boho Blossoms #119858
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821 (Holiday Catalog), Labels Collections Framelits #125598
Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels #119247
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332