Thursday, December 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 14


Happy Wednesday Crafty People!  For Day 14 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas, I'm sharing a quick little gift idea to put in stockings, or give to a group of kids. 

 
I found a pack of 12 pencils at Walmart for .98.  Seriously!  Not even a dollar.  They had various patterns, but I went with these, thinking I could match them to some current colors.  I was right - I love when that happens.  Real Red and Tranquil Tide...love it!


I put 6 pencils in a 2" x 8" cello bag.  It's a tight fit, and there isn't a whole lot of room left at the top.  I couldn't even staple it shut. 


So that made me think of a topper with an extra fold, to accommodate the height of the pencils.  I used a piece of Tranquil Tide, 2 1/4" wide (since the bag is 2" wide) x 3 1/4" tall.  Then score it along the long side at 1 1/2", and 1 3/4".  That builds in a 1/4", so nothing buckles or pinches.


I just used the Tombow liquid glue to glue this topper to both sides of the bag with the pencils in place.  You just have to hold it down with your hands for a minute or two, for the glue to set.  This was much easier than dealing with Sticky Strip, for such a quick project - especially when you know it doesn't have to permanent.  These things will get ripped open immediately.


I finished off the topper with some stamping, a punch, hand-cut a tree, and added some rhinestones for bling.  I did color inside the tree with the Wink of Stella Clear pen, but it's just not showing.  Have I said before - I'm not that great of a photographer?  It's true, I'm not.


I hope you enjoyed this idea.  I was happy to see these in the store and have a light-bulb moment.  :)

Thanks for checking out Day 6 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 13


Welcome back to Day 13 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas!  We're officially more than half-way there!  I've got another quick and easy tag for you to make today.  The idea for this one actually came from a card that I made last year.  Gingerbread man on a cookie sheet!


The cookie sheet is a piece of Silver foil, cut 2 3/4" x 3 3/4".  Score the two ends at 1/4", and round the corners. 

Stamp and punch out the gingerbread man, and attach to the tag with dimensionals.  I finished him off with "icing"...Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (Red Stickles, if that's in your stash).  It's still wet in the picture.

Finish it off with a hole at the top, and some Red Tinsel Trim to tie it to your package. 

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Paper:  Silver Foil, Very Vanilla
Other:  Pretty Label punch, Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details/Red Stickles, Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals, corner rounder

Thanks for checking out Day 13 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 12


Ready for another way to give a gift card?  For Day 12 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas - how about we make a little something that hangs on the tree?  They can keep it and use an ornament if they want, or put a new gift card in the pocket and re-use. 


From the front, it looks like just another pretty tag, right?  The key is to make a pocket on the back, and the gift card slides in there.  Start by cutting TWO of the largest size from the Lots of Labels thinlits, using the same paper.  Cut one in half - that will be your pocket.  You'll glue it very closely to the edge, leaving the top of the pocket open/unglued.


Here's a picture of the back, how the gift card fits....it's pretty tight, but it works.

Now let's get to the details of the front of this gift card holder.  I used one of the Foil Snowflakes, in Silver, to coordinate with the paper that I used (silver and white).  I wanted to be able to see through whatever words I decided on, so I wouldn't miss out on that pretty snowflake.  Embossing on vellum to the rescue!

I embossed the words on vellum cardstock with Silver embossing powder.  Punched out with the 2 1/4" circle punch - that was a tight fit also, but I like the end result.  The letters go right up to the edge.

My dilemma with vellum is ALWAYS seeing the adhesive through to the front.  I have tried at least 10 different adhesives that advertise "doesn't show through vellum".  ALL LIES.  Knowing that I would have to deal with a cover-up situation, I used only two MINI Stampin' Dimensionals to mount my vellum circle on the snowflake.  I put a larger circle of white behind the vellum here, just so you can see it.



The great cover-up is some Faceted Gems placed directly on top of those mini dimensionals - it's a perfect fit!  Added another larger Faceted gem to the bottom, and some tinsel trim. 

I am so happy with how this turned out.  I love the elegant snowflake, and the gems are the perfect bling!  I finished it off with a hole punched in the top, and some more of that Tinsel Trim that I'm so in love with.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Vellum cardstock, Year of Cheer specialty designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Lots of Labels thinlits, Foil Snowflakes (silver), embossing buddy, heat tool, Silver embossing powder, 2 1/4" circle punch, Facted Gems Clear, MINI Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue, Mini Tinsel Trim combo pack

Thanks for checking out Day 12 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!  Now to figure out who will get this gift card holder this year...

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Monday, December 11, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 11


Happy Monday....argh!  Only a couple of more Mondays left in the year.  We'll make it.  I'm on Day 11 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas challenge, and today I've got a Christmas Card that pops!  The focal point is a wreath made using the Painted Harvest stamp set, and a non-traditional shade of green for Christmas.  Lemon Lime Twist!  It's one of my current favorite colors.


I used ONLY Lemon Lime Twist for the wreath.  I've seen it made with different color combos, but I wasn't really feeling it.  This is a 2-step stamp set, so you stamp the larger, more solid image first.  I actually stamped that TWICE.  I inked up and stamped it like normal.  Then I inked up again, turned the stamp 180 degrees and stamped again.  That gives the base a fuller look.

I stamped the top flower layer with Lemon Lime Twist ink also.  It still shows the dimension of the flower.  I added some Real Red berries.  The wreath image is mounted on the largest square from the Stitched Shapes thinlits.  You can see that in the close-up picture below.

Also notice how I double-stamped the words to give them a shadow effect.  I first stamped in Basic Black Archival (let that dry for a few minutes).  Then I stamped again with Lemon Lime Twist.  You can tell that I really didn't get as close as I wanted to with the Lemon Lime ink...but it's good enough for a person.  :)  When I'm looking at this card without my glasses, it looks exactly as I intended - black with a green shadow.


I finished it off with a bow tied out of the Tinsel trim.

I hope you enjoyed today's card!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Merry Pattern (for the greeting)
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red
Paper:  Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Merry Musical specialty designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Mini Tinsel Trim combo pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for checking out Day 11 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge.  I'm almost half-way there!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 10


Can you believe Christmas Eve is in 2 weeks?  Yikes!  Time is flying.  Today's project will come in handy for packaging your gifts.  Day 10 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas is a gift bag made out of 2 pieces of 12x12 designer series paper.  Lucky for us, Stampin' Up puts 2 pieces of each pattern in the designer series paper packs. 

I love to make my own gift bags, and this is a decent size bag.  Finished size is 7" wide x 8" tall x 2 1/2" deep.  Designer series paper and Sticky Strip (or red-line tape) make it pretty sturdy.  You can't wrap up a brick and put it in here - the ribbon will not hold up to that kind of weight - but it's sturdy enough.


So how did I make this?  Start with your 2 pieces of 12x12.  If the pattern is directional, make sure you take that into consideration when choosing what will be the front vs inside of the bag.  The inside pattern here is the Cherry print.  

1. Situate your paper so it is laying on the score board with what will be the outside of the bag.  These first score marks will make the sides.  Score your papers at 2 1/2" and 9 1/2".  

2.  Turn your paper to the right once, and score at 2 1/2" and 1 1/2".  The 2 1/2" score will be the bottom of the bag.  The 1 1/2" will be folded over for the top.


3.  Cut the bottom (2) score marks out from the paper.


4.  Flip the 1 1/2" edge over onto itself, and secure with strong adhesive.  I used Fast Fuse. 

 

5.  Fold everything so you have this.  You'll actually have TWO of these, one for each piece of paper.  


6.  Now we use Sticky Strip to tape your two pieces together, on the sides.


7. When you've got your sides stuck together, this is what your bottom will look like.  Tape up those flaps.  Again, I used Sticky Strip.


8.  Since I ran the Sticky Strip across the entire bottom flaps, you can see down in the middle of my bag there is tape showing.  This will stick to whatever you put in the bag, so I put a piece of Cherry Cobbler in the bottom of the bag.  Slightly smaller than 2 1/2" x 7".

9.  Punch holes in the top for your ribbon.  You can leave them bare, or add a jumbo eyelet if you have any.  I still have a stash from years ago, and I love added them to bags like this.   String your ribbon through, and you're done!


Here's a close-up of the tag - I used a 2" x 5" piece of designer series paper from this same pack.  Punched one end with the Banner Triple punch, and folded the opposite end over on itself.  Punched a hole in the top to add baker's twine, and added my embellishments.

I made the medallion behind the "season of cheer" piece by punching two pieces of paper out with the Everyday Label punch and criss-crossing them.  I stamped and hand-cut the little tree, popped it up, and painted it with the Clear Wink of Stella pen for some glimmer.


Now that I've gone through my instructions, I went to look for some videos that might help.  I found a couple that will help with the concept.  They cut and assembled a little bit differently, but the basic idea is the same.  Their measurements are different too - and that just changes your finished bag size.  You can make up your own measurements!



Give this a try!  It's a great way to use up the designer papers that you've been holding on to.  I do it myself, so I know...  :)

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper:  Be Merry designer series paper, Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Everyday Label punch, Banner Triple punch, 2" circle punch, 1/8" hole punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Wink of Stella Clear pen, White organza ribbon (retired),  Jumbo Pewter eyelets (retired), Crop-o-dile,  Tombow Liquid Glue, Fast Fuse, Sticky Strip, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for checking out Day 10 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 9

The weekend is here!  Yay!  I've got another great tag idea for you for day 9 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge.  By the way - this is just a challenge that I put on myself - it's not part of some bigger collaboration or anything.  I hope you're enjoying the ideas so far!

Today's tag is not too putzy, but I still think it's just enough.  Dimension and texture can really add lot to a tag, with little effort.

That being said, I started with a 2" x 5" piece of Garden Green.  Punched one end with a tag topper punch, and the other end with the Triple Banner punch.  Embossed the whole thing with the Holly embossing folder and layered on my stamped pieces.  I used a little bit of Burlap ribbon at the top, and tied it off with Linen Thread.  I like that look sometimes.  Finished it off with some Stitched Felt holly berries and a few rhinestones for bling.


Close-up picture shows a little more of the embossed tag base, with the rhinestones, and the felt holly berries.  You can also see the detail of the Stitched Shapes Thinlits - I used the largest circle size for this project.


I attached the Stitched Felt holly berries with Tombow Liquid glue.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Merry Little Labels, Snowflake Sentiments (for the little red swirly bits)
Ink:  Garden Green, Real Red
Paper:  Garden Green, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Other:  Big Shot, Holly embossing folder, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Banner Triple punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stitched Felt Embellishments, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, Linen Thread, Tombow Liquid Glue

Thanks for checking out Day 9 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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Friday, December 8, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 8

Thanks for coming back for Day 8 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas challenge.  Today I've got a Gift Card holder for you.  Glitzy and gold!  I've used one of the Gold-Striped Bags, with a card inside to hold your gift card.


The outside of the bag features the largest thinlit from the Lots of Labels thinlits, dolled up with some Faceted gems, a gold doily, and some trees cut out of Gold Glimmer paper.  The "tag" is attached to the front of the bag with dimensionals on the corners, so you can still open the bag without messing it up.  The flap of the bag just tucks under the top of the tag.  Bag is closed off with a Gold clip that has some Basic Black Shimmer ribbon tied to it. 

The inside of the bag has a card (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") with a strip of Gold Foil to hold your gift card in place.  The gold foil strip is only attached at the ends with glue dots, so it's like a seat belt for the gift card.


I had fun with this gift card holder.  I like the gold and black - it feels fancy!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Merry Little Labels, Carols of Christmas
Ink:  Basic Black Archival
Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer
Other:  Big Shot, Card Front Builder thinlits (bundle with Carols of Christmas), Lots of Labels thinlits, Metallic Foil Doilies, Striped Treat Bags, Gold Binder Clips, Faceted Gems Gold, Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer ribbon, Glue dots, Tombow Liquid Glue, Stampin Dimensionals (Mini AND regular size)

Thanks for joining me for Day 8 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!

Happy stamping,

Toni

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