Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spooky Bats

I am glad the Wicked Cool Stamp Set was carried over into the Annual Catalog.  It is really a favorite Halloween Stamp Set of mine.  I am always looking for different ways to use it, and hope you like today's card.
My card base is Rich Razzleberry Card Stock, with a layer of Basic Black.  I added a smaller layer of Floral District Designer Series Paper for more color, and then a layer of Old Olive Card Stock.  After I stamped my images I ran my Whisper White Card Stock through my Big Shot using the Spider Web Embossing Folder and added my Spooky sentiment to the bottom. 
When my card base is a dark color I usually add a layer on the inside of my card, either in Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  It makes it easier to write my hand written message.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry #115316, Basic Black #121945, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Floral District #126919
Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool #118738 wood or #120600 clear
Punch:  Large Oval #119855
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889
Ink:  Basic Black #126980

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wallet Gift Cards


There always seems to be someone on my Christmas list that gets Gift Cards so I am always looking for another way to package them.   I have seen wallets made into cards before, and I thought it would be fun to make some into gift card holders.  Using the already designed squares in one of the papers from the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, it was really easy to decorate the front and dress them up a bit. 
To start I cut my cardstock to measure 4 1/4" x 11" and folded it in half.  I rounded the edges and embossed the folded wallets using a variety of embossing folders.  Next, I added some WhisperWhite cardstock to the inside on the right to leave a space to write a message.  To make a spot for my gift card, I cut a coordinating piece of cardstock to measure 5 1/4" x 2" and placed Sticky Strip on the bottom and two edges.  To keep it closed, I cut a small strip of cardstock, placed a small piece of Sticky Strip on the piece I placed in the back, and velcro on the front pieces.  Now the gift cards are easy to open and close. 
Just decorate the front as you wish, add your sentiment, and you are done.  The inside pocket is big enough that you should have no trouble placing any size gift card inside.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Baja Breeze #111352, Early Espresso #119686, Gumball Green #126840, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Gumball Green #126861
Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402 clear
Punches:  1" Circle #119868, 3/16" Corner #119871, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332
Tools:  Big Shot #113439,  Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Autumn Accents Thank You Card

Time to start thinking about Fall.  The leaves will be turning, days getting shorter and colder, and time to bring out those fall colors when creating my cards for the next few months.  By using the new Autumn Accents Bigz Die it was easy to create this Fall thank you card.
My card base is Always Artichoke card stock, followed by a layer of Crumb Cake that was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I cut leaves using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and placed them randomly on my layers.  Some Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding was added to the bottom, and my Thanks was stamped using Always Artichoke ink and punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Crumb Cake #120953, Early Espresso #119686, Cajun Craze #119684, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Always Artichoke #126972
Stamp Set:  Perfect Punches #117022 wood or #120516 clear
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding #122332
Punch:  Scallop Oval #119856
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812 (Holiday Mini), Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821 (Holiday Mini)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Holiday Gift Bag

I saw a gift bag on page 7 of the new Holiday Catalog and I wanted to make some of my own.  They are really quick to make using the new 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.
I purchased the white gift bag at a local craft store, and punched my scallop circles with Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Card Stock and some Snow Festival and Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper. A few additional stamped images were punched and placed on my Whisper White Cardstock. I added them to the bag after I cut a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock and placed it on the bag for my tree trunk.   I added some retired buttons that I purchased on the Clearance Rack, and for the gift tag on the top I punched some DSP with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and a Gumball Green circle with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch to add my to:  and  from: sentiment.  This was tied to the bag with some Gumball Green 1/4" Sweater Trim.
Add some colorful tissue paper and you have a great bag ready to go for the special present, and by  making your own you can save a lot of money too. 
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Early Espresso #119686
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini), Be of Good Cheer #126896
Stamp Sets:  Jolly Bingo Bits #120857 wood or #121187 clear, More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402 clear
Ink:  Gumball Green #126861
Embellishment:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details #125585
Punches:  1 1/4 Scallop Circle #127811 (Holiday Mini), 1" Circle #119868, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854
Ribbon:  Gumball Green 1/4" Sweater Trim #127838 (Holiday Mini)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Googly Ghouls - Spooky !

By embossing and then sanding some Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock with the Spider Web Embossing Folder, I was able to really pick up the definition in the web. This new sandable card stock in the Holiday Catalog comes in three colors, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Gumball Green. 
My card base is Tangerine Tango card stock, followed by a layer of Tangerine Tango Designer Series Paper from the Brights Paper Stack.  I then embossed my Gumball Green Core'dinations Cardstock with the Spider Web Embossing Folder, sanded it with a sanding block, and rounded the corners.  I added a piece of 1/2" Basic Black and Gray Striped Satin Ribbon before adding my stamped images.  I placed my Googly Ghoul onto the ribbon with a dimensional to make it stand out. 
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango #111349, Gumball Green Core'dinations #127847 (Holiday Mini), Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Ink:  Basic Black #126980
Stamp Sets:  Googly Ghouls #128060 wood or #128063 clear, Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946 clear
Punch:  3/16" Corner #119871
Ribbon:  Basic Black - Basic Gray 1/2" Striped Satin #127837 (Holiday Mini)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889, Sanding Block #129367 (Holiday Mini) or #124304 - Annual Catalog. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Stocking Stuffers - A basketful of Mentos!

If you need a quick gift for your childs class, co-workers, or stocking stuffers, it is really easy to dress up a pack of mentos, or any other similiar wrapped candy.  They look really cute all dressed up and taste good too!
To wrap the Mentos, I kept the original wrapper on the candy, and just wrapped it with Designer Series Paper.  I cut my paper to measure 5 1/2" x 3 " and rolled it up by putting one layer of Snail Adhesive on one end, and rolling it up to meet the other end that had Sticky Strip on the edge to keep a good hold.  I dressed them up with my sentiment and ribbon, and added a retired jingle bell to each one.  To distinguish the different flavors I used four different colors on my ribbons and stamped image.  This helps me at my craft fairs, and is easy for people to see what type of candy they are getting.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whiper White
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Set:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood or #121169 clear
Ink:  Gumball Green #126861, Cherry Cobbler #12966, Early Espresso #126974, Real Red #126949
Ribbon:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin #126848 - other ribbon is retired
Punch:  Scallop Square #119884
Adhesive:  Snail #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Coffee anyone?

 I saw some really cute birthday treats made with the Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die, so I thought why not try making a treat for all of the coffee lovers on my Christmas list.  I have made the tea bag gift sets in the past, and this year I will add the coffee treats for my craft fairs as well as my own personal gifts for friends and family.  I made several different colors, and used a variety of instant coffee flavors, and the one I am showing today is the one I made using Baja Breeze cardstock.  Not the usual traditional Christmas colors, but it went well with my Designer Series Paper, and I thought I needed to add a bit more color to my projects. 
I started with Baja Breeze cardstock, and cut it out with the Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die.  I put it together with sticky strip, and then embossed it with a retired embossing folder.  I also used the current Petals-a-Plenty and Northern Flurry Folders for others I have made.  After it was embossed, I added my strip of Snow Festival Designer Series Paper.  I only added it to the front, and didn't wrap it all of the way around because I didn't think it needed it since the cardstock was embossed.  That way I saved paper without sacrificing on the look.  I then cut out a Whisper White doily which is from the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die.  I also embossed this with my snowflake folder, and placed it onto my DSP with dimensionals.  Next, I stamped my coffee cup with Baja Breeze ink, and colored in the coffee with an Early Espresso marker, and cut it out using the Holiday Collection Framelits Dies.  I added a pearl to the center of the snowflake on the cup, and further embellished the cup with some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details on the edges of the snowflake.  I placed this onto my doily with a dimensional as well. 
I wasn't sure if I wanted to add anything to the top, but I thought it would be easier to attach either to the Christmas tree, or to another gift if it had something tied to it, so I added some Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim and tied my sentiment onto that using retired Hemp Twine. 
I think these would make great co-worker or teacher gifts too!
I used the following:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival #126908 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Baja Breeze #126960
Stamp Sets:  Scentsational Season #121026 wood or #121190 clear (Holiday Mini), More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim #129938 (Holiday Mini)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die #123131, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies #127814 (Holdiday Mini)
Punch:  Extra-Large Oval #119859
Embellishments:  Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details #127845 (Holiday Mini), Pearl Basic Jewels #119247
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Sticky Strip #104294

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paper Daisies Get Well Card

Paper Daisies are delicate paper flowers that you can use as is, dye, stamp, accent, or layer.  You get 40 daisies, 10 each of 4 sizes.  They add a nice embellishment to your card or project, and I used the second largest size for today's card.
My card base is Crumb Cake card stock that was stamped with Primrose Petals ink and flowers from the Bordering on Romance Stamp Set.  My layer is a piece of Early Espress Core'dinations Card Stock that was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and then sanded using a Sanding Block to create my distressed look.  I added a plain Paper Daisy and two additional 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punched pieces of Primrose Petal Card Stock for my flower, and added a brad to the center.  My Get Well Soon wishes were also punched out with the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle, a great new punch in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
The following were used:
Card stock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Early Espresso Core'dinations #127848 (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Sets:  Bordering on Romance #125480 wood or #125482 clear, Delightful Dozen #122650 wood or #122652 clear
Ink:  Primrose Petals #126858
Punch:  1 1/4" Scallop Circle #127811
Embellishment:  Paper Daisy #119243, Subtle Brad #119739
Tools:  Sanding Block #129367 (Holiday Mini) or #124304 (Annual Catalog), Big Shot #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821 (Holiday Mini)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Treats

I have been waiting for my Autumn Accents Bigz Die to come, and was happy to try it out when making these Thanksgiving Hershey Miniature Treat Bags.  Now, the paper and ribbon is retired, but I love the fact that I got the Designer Series Paper awhile back on the Clearance Rack, so I saved some money when making these items for my craft fairs.
To wrap the nuggets, I just cut strips of Designer Series Paper at 1" x 3" and using Sticky Strip, wrapped the paper around the candy.  To make the tray for the candy to be placed on, I cut my cardstock to measure 4 1/4" x 2 1/4" and scored it at 1/4" on each side.   I placed the tray with the candy on it inside a "Pretzel Bag" that I purchased at a local craft store and tied it closed with some retired Pumpkin Pie Ribbon.  I then added my leaves that were cut with my Big Shot and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  I punched holes in each leaf with my Crop-a-Dile, added some retired Hemp Twine, and my "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment that was stamped on Ivory cardstock with Crajun Craze ink.  This was punched out with the Modern Label punch.
I made a basketful, and they make a nice display with all of the Fall Leaves and papers.
I used the following:  *Current Stampin' Up! products listed only*
Cardstock:  Early Espresso #119686, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Cajun Craze #126965
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 wood or #127802 clear
Punch:  Modern Label #119849
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812 (Holiday Mini)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Holiday Magnets

Magnetic sheet on back
Using my Framelit Dies it was really easy to make some holiday refrigerator magnets.  They cut through not only my stamped images, but the magnetic sheets as well.
I first stamped my images onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut them out with the coordinating framelit die.  Next, I cut out magnetic sheets that I purchased at a local craft fair, and then put the two pieces together.  The magnetic sheets come with an adhesive backing already on them so it is really easy to put the two together.  To make them more durable I covered them with Crystal Effects, let them dry over night, and now they are ready to use. 
Note - when cutting the magnetic sheet, make sure to cut with the white adhesive back up, otherwise, images like the tree and candy cane might be a bit off when you put the two together.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Stamp Sets:  Ornament Keepsakes #128048 wood or #128051 (Holiday Mini), Scentsaional Season #121026 wood or #121190 clear (Holiday Mini)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Holiday Collections Framelits #127814 (Holiday Mini), Holiday Ornaments Framelts #127816 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Real Red #126949, Soft Suede #126978, Gumball Green #126861, Silver (retired)
Markers:  Real Red #100052, Gumball Green #126856 (Marker Pack)
Embellishment:  Crystal Effects #101055

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New packaging for my Tea Bag Gift Sets

I have made Tea Bag Gift sets in the past, and usually use the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die to make the holder.  But, I wanted to try to package it differently this year since I was hoping to find a way to use the large mug from the Scentsational Season Stamp Set and coordinating Framelit.  This is what I came up with for this year's sets.
I made the actual tea bag treat the same, what is different is the packaging I put it in.  If you want to get the dimensions on how to make the tea bag treat, just go to labels in the left hand column and click on tea bag treat to get all of the dimensions.
I used a 4" x 6" Cellophane Bag to place the tea bag holder and mints in.  I decorated it by cutting a piece of 4" x 4" Real Red cardstock and scoring it at 2" to make the fold.  I then stapled this onto my bag before adding my next layer of 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" Old Olive cardstock, and the typed tea bag sentiment.  My mug of tea was stamped with Soft Suede ink, and then cut out using my Big Shot and the Holiday Collection Framelits.  A small pearl was placed in the center of the mug, and it was secured onto the bag using dimensionals.   In addition, the sentiment and stamped images on the actual tea bag set were changed as well. 
These make great gifts for co-workers and teachers, and cute stocking stuffers too!
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102492, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Real Red #126949, Old Olive #126953, Soft Suede #126978
Stamp Sets:  More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126402, Christmas Lodge #123767 wood or #123769 clear, Scentsational Season 121026 wood or #121190 clear (Holiday Mini)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies #127814 (Holiday Mini), 4" x 6" Cellophane Bags #102757, Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels #119247

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tissue Pack Dimensions

Ok, I finally have time to post the dimensions for making the tissue pack holders.   My tissue packet measures 4 1/4" x 2" and I think they are pretty standard, but just measure yours to make sure and adjust your dimensions if your packet has different dimensions.

I first cut my Cherry Cobbler Cardstock to measure 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored it at 2 1/4" and 3 1/4".  To decorate it I cut two pieces of my Designer Paper to measure 2" x 4" and placed one piece on the front and one on the back.  You can decorate it how ever you wish.  To secure my tissue paper pack I placed Sticky Strip on the back of the pack and adhered it to the inside cardstock.  My strip of Gumball Green cardstock that was used to hold it closed measured 2 1/4" x 3/4" and I adhered the back with more Sticky Strip, and used velcro for the front. 

They are really easy to make, and I think they make great stocking stuffers.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Framed Serene Silhouettes

The Holiday Frame Embossing Folder is for more than just your holiday cards.  I saw a really pretty card a while back made by another demonstrator, where she sponged the framed image and added a stamped and punched image in the middle.  I made my own version, and used one of my favorite stamp sets and images for the center of the card.
My card base is Basic Black cardstock, and an added layer of Floral District Designer Series Paper, and then my embossed and sponged frame on Very Vanilla cardstock.  In the center of the frame, I added an additional punched oval in Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, and added my stamped image which was also punched out and placed onto the oval a little bit off of the center.  I also used dimensionals behind it so it really stood out. 
Now, I originally purchased the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder for my Christmas cards, but glad to see I can use it for so many other projects too.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Basic Black #121045, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Floral District #126919
Ink:  Basic Black #126980
Stamp Set:  Serene Silhouettes #127322 wood or #127324 clear
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #127820, Stamping Sponges #101610
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quilted Get Well Wishes

By punching squares with the Postage Stamp Punch and coordinating Designer Series Paper,  and placing  them on top of my Whisper White Cardstock I was able to create a quilt pattern for the background on my card.
My card was created with a base of Island Indigo Cardstock, and then my added layer with the punches.  To make this layer stand out a bit more I embellished it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I also added an additional 2 3/8" Scallop Circle of Island Indigo Cardstock , a 1 3/4" Scallop Circle of Designer Paper, and an Elegant Butterfly, also punched out with the DSP.  Some basic pearls embellished my butterfly, and the get well wishes were added to the bottom of the card.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Island Indigo #122923, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated #125406
Ink:  Island Indigo #126986
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115379 wood or #127802 clear
Punches:  Postage Stamp #122344, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, Word Window #119857, Elegant Butterfly #127526
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175
Embellishment:  Basic Pearls #119247

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Butterfly Birthday card and matching bookmark

If you want to add a little something to a card, why not make a coordinating book mark to go with it.  A little extra touch that makes the card more special. 
My card starts with a base of Bashful Blue cardstock, followed by a layer of Midnight Muse, and then a Fancy Fan Embossed layer of Whisper White.   My frame was cut from the Designer Frames Folder and to this I sponged some Bashful Blue ink, and cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock to place in the bottom of the frame.  This was placed onto my card using dimensionals.  I then stamped and punched the two butterflies, and to their centers I added an additional Itty Bitty Punch Shape in Bashful Blue, and a small basic pearl.  Some Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Ribbon (the ribbon you can get for FREE this month with a $40 order) was tied around the two layers and then everything was placed onto my card base.  My birthday sentiment was stamped with Midnight Muse ink, punched out and placed directly onto the ribbon with Sticky Strip.
For my bookmark, I used Bashful Blue cardstock and cut one of the tags from the Two Tags Bigz Die using my Big Shot.  I also embossed this with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, and added my butterfly.  Note - to make the bookmark, when you cut the tag, you need use a larger piece of cardstock and fold it in half, and when you cut it out, place the fold directly above the bottom score line so you do not cut out two tags, but instead have a fold so you have a bookmark that can be placed over your pages.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bashful Blue #105120, Midnight Muse #126843, Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702
Ink:  Midnight Muse #126860, Bashful Blue #126961
Stamp Sets:  Papillon Potpourri #123757 wood or #123759 clear, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Ribbon:  Midnight Mus 3/8" Stitched Satin #126847
Punches:  Elegant Butterfly #127526, Itty Bitty Shape Punch Pack #118309,  Large Oval #118755, 1 3/8" Circle #119860, 1 3/4" Circle #119850
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Designer Frames Folders #123130, Two Tags Bigz Die #115954, Stamping Sponges #101610
Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels #119247
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332, Sticky Strip #104294


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Christmas and Holiday Gift Tags

I never seem to have enough Christmas tags for all of the gifts, so when I start making them for my craft fairs, I always make extra for me to use.  Here are just a few that I have started.
I cut some of the tags using my Big Shot and one of the tags from the Two Tags Bigz Die.  I then stamp an additional sentiment and punched it out with the Scallop Circle Punch.  I added the to and from in coordinating ink, and to the back of all of my tags I place a piece of Sticky Strip so the tags can easily be placed on a present.  I also made some tags with the retired Stocking Punch and added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to dress them up. 
For my craft fairs I dress them up by placing them in a 4" x 6" cellophane bag that is held closed with cardstock that was cut with the Top Note Die and embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder.  They also make nice gifts to give when they are packaged this way. 
The following were used:
Cardstock: Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730, Garden Green #102584
Ink:  Real Red #126949, Garden Green #126973, Certain Celery #126958
Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood or #121169 clear, Delightful Decorations #116517 wood or #127787 clear, More Merry Messages #126400 wood or #126401 clear, (the stocking stamp set is retired)
Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details #125585
Punches:   1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, 3/4" Circle #119873, Scallop Oval #119856, Extra Large Oval #119859