Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Count my Blessings

The Count my Blessings Stamp Set is really nice for fall cards.   Pair the stamp set up with some Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and you have the perfect combination of color and stamped images.

My card base is Very Vanilla Card Stock that was layered with Cajun Craze Card Stock and Painted Autumn DSP.  I also added another smaller layer of the Cajun Craze Card Stock under the piece of Very Vanilla that was stamped with my images.  I used Smoky Slate ink  for the flower and leaves, and then filled them in with Cajun Craze and Lemon Lime Twist ink,  using my Blender Pens.  

The sentiment was stamped onto another piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, snipped at the one end, and embellished with a piece of Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon.

The following were used:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Celebration Time!

Today's card features the birthday cake from the Celebration Thinlits Dies and coordinating Celebration Time Stamp Set.  Both of these products can be purchased together in a bundle to save you 10%.

My card base of Pool Party Card Stock was layered with a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Using coordinating colors in the paper, I layered a piece of Tangerine Tango Card Stock under my cake that was stamped with Tangerine Tango Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  To add some texture to my small layer I embossed it with the Ruffled Embossing Folder.  I also added a small strip of Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon to the layer, and placed my cake on with Dimensionals to finish the card.

The following products were used:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mini Coffee Cup Treat Holders

Another fun craft to make for gifts are the decorated mini coffee cups.  I got the cups at a local restaurant store and wrapped them with retired designer series paper.  You could make them for any occasion but since mine were for upcoming holiday craft fairs I used a holiday design.

To make it easier and a little nicer to package I found a template on how to make a holder.  Thanks to Stampin' Up! demonstrator Anne Burnham for the directions on how to make the holder.  Directions are below.

I filled each mini cup with a K Cup and I will be able to tell what flavor of K Cup is in each one by using the same pattern of Designer Series Paper for each flavor.  I like to do a variety of flavors, and this is an easy way to help me know what is inside each one.    You could also use candy, but since I am filling a coffee cup I thought adding some real coffee would be nice.  I have also seen this design where you could add a coffee gift card to the holder as well, and I will do that for personal gifts that I will be giving out.

To make the holder start with a piece of card stock that measures 2 1/2" x 11" and score on the long side at 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", and 6".  Fold on the score lines as shown in the second picture below, punch a 2" circle for the coffee cup to fit, and  bring the bottom piece up and attach it to the back of the base. I used Fast Fuse adhesive to adhere it.  I also used my retired corner rounder punch to round the top corners and put on some matching Washi Tape to dress it up a little more.

Finished Product!

I added some mints, put everything into a clear cello bag, and tied on my sentiment.  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Window Box Night Light or Luminaria

The Window Box Thinlits create a really nice box to put in a battery operated tea light that turns it into a night light or holiday luminaria.    The thinlits come with three different cut outs for the windows on the sides, and I choose the small dots for my Merry & Bright Luminaria.  I cut it out using retired designer series paper, but liked the thickness of the old kraft paper so if you want to use current product the thick Whisper White and Very Vanilla would work nicely, and you could add Designer Series Paper or stamp on it before you cut it out.

I used Fast Fuse Adhesive to put the box together, and the trick to making it easier is to cut off the two side tabs on the bottom layer before putting it together.  I do not adhere the top lid down because I want to be able to take the candle out when the battery dies and be able to replace it without tearing the box.

I finished the top by adding some wooden snowflakes that were left over from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, added my tag, tied the bag with retired Gold Satin Ribbon.  I think these will be a nice addition to the other holiday items I have made for my Craft Fairs, and I plan on keeping one for myself to put in my powder room as a nice night light.

Note -  In the other boxes  that I made, to decorate the top I cut out snowflakes using Gold Glimmer Paper and the three  snowflakes in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  They added a nice shimmery addition to the top of the box as well.

 I couldn't get a good picture of what it looks like when it is dark, but the light shines nicely through the small holes.

The following current products were used:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Desk Top Calendars

Here are a few of the desk top calendars I am making for craft fairs, and for gifts for family and friends.  I made them by following the same directions I use to make an Easel Card.  This way the calendars can fold nicely for packaging and gift giving, but when opened up they create a nice easel so you could place them on a desk or counter, or anywhere you would like to have a calendar in sight.
I am making them different styles and colors, but the dimensions for making them are all the same.

To make the easel I started with a piece of 4 1/4" x 11" card stock .  I scored it at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".  When you fold on the score lines you create your easel.  My front layer where I display the calendar was placed on the small front of the first fold. The bottom of your layer will set on that part while the top of the layer stands freely.  I used Fast Fuse Adhesive to give it a good hold.

For more dimensions - my Whisper White Layer was cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" and my Designer Series Paper was cut at 5 1/4" x 4".  The inside Whisper White Layer is 5 1/4" x 4", and this is where I stamped my sentiment.  I have seen some where people add a post it not, but I liked the idea of a sentiment instead.

To get it to stay open you can use an embellishment such as a button or brad, but for the first card I used a flower that originally came with a Paper Pumpkin Kit and I had several left over and thought they would not only look nice but create the raised dimension you need. I also added some small pearls to the right side for balance.  For the second one a button worked nicely and I thought it fit the more masculine theme. 

I will be packaging them in a 6" x 17" Gusseted Cellophane Bag, tying them with coordinating ribbon and adding my sentiment.  These make really nice teacher and co worker gifts and you can customize them to fit the person you area giving it too.

I did use some retired ribbon and stamps but the following current products were used:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fast Fuse promotion update.

This is the notice we received from Stampin' Up!           

                                                                                                                                                 "As part of our planned World Card Making Day offer October 1-10, we offered two free Fast Fuse Refills with every purchase of a Fast Fuse Adhesive. This offer was much more popular than we anticipated, and Fast Fuse has since gone on backorder. Because of the costliness of backorders, after October 5 at 8:00 AM (MT), we will no longer be offering this promotion in North America. Current orders on backorder will be filled shortly."

"To help make it up to you and your customers, we will bring back the same offer on Fast Fuse for five days within the next few months, after we’re confident we have sufficient Fast Fuse in stock (this five-day offer will be in North America only). In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding".

So coming from me I just wanted to keep you informed and will let you know when it becomes available again and as a demonstrator I really appreciate the fact that they will offer the promotion at a later date when the items are in stock. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Paper Pumpkin September - Video

The Stampin' Up!  Paper Pumpkin's Layered Leaves kit is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming fall season. Create packages and cards with layers of leaves and have them on hand to share with someone special this autumn. The above video done by Stampin' Up! shows you how to put the kit together.

I love this kit, but decided to turn the small cards into full size cards for my October stamp class. Here is what I came up with.

I cut the small card in half, and used the embossed front for a layer.  I then stamped my large leaf, added the die cuts, stamped and tied on my sentiment and mounted this to a card base of Very Vanilla Card Stock that I embossed with my the Layered Leaves embossing folder.   Either way you make your cards they are really cute and these would be nice for Thanksgiving as well.

Here is how I stamped the inside of my card to make it a Thanksgiving card.  

If you want to try Paper Pumpkin the next two kits will coordinate.  They are called "A Season of Style" .

The Paper Pumpkin team is always tracking products and they know that holiday kits are a huge favorite. So they decided to create a simple and fun holiday crafting experience called "A Season of Style".

To give you more of what you love, during October and November they are offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas card making and gifting projects.

So two coordinating kits means that you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, and you will have more creative options, and you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.

More details:

      - The October and November kits coordinate but they also stand alone. You DO NOT need both kits to create a complete project.

If you are a new sucscriber:
  • To receive October’s kit, you must subscribe  by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • To receive November’s kit, you must subscribe  by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.
If you are a current subscriber you don't have to do anything your kit will automatically be shipped. 
To subscribe you can click the link in the upper left hand column of my blog or click here.

These are the additional products I used to create the larger card.  Everything else was in the kit.