Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vintage Leaves & Count My Blessings


I thought today was a great time to post these cards.  Both use the same stamp sets, but different colors.

Thinking of You card - to get that stripe of textured-looking ink down the side, I inked up the Clear Block I (5 7/8" x 2 1/4"), then I blotted off some of the ink with a paper towel and stamped it on the cardstock.  Those colors are Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, and the words are in Early Espresso.

Leaves in Color card - just stamped the leaves randomly, in different colors, to make a background.  Added some splash/ink spots.  The Scalloped and Stitched circles are the largest sizes of those thinlits.

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

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Count My Blessings, Swirly Bird
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Other:  Big Shot, Layering Circles thinlits, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Clear Block I, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Thanksgiving Favors

I was Hobby Lobby a month or so ago, and found these cute treat cups.  I thought they would be perfect for Thanksgiving.  I just had to make the tags, and package them up. 

INSIDE the treat cup, is "Sweet & Salty Cranberry Snack Mix" that I made last night.  I found the recipe on Pinterest, but you can click HERE and get to it.  It's easy and SO GOOD!  Much better than I expected.  Full disclaimer - I got gluten-free for the cereals and yogurt-covered pretzels, for my sister-in-law's benefit.  Usually that stuff tastes nasty, but this is actually good.  I can only imagine it's from baking it in the honey-cinnamon-butter sauce.  :)

I used the Painted Harvest stamp set, along with 3 punches - Leaf, Pretty Label, and Everyday Label - to make my tags.  I used up the last of some Copper baker's twine, from one of my Paper Pumpkin kits, and some Linen Thread on the others.


All wrapped and tied, and ready to go!


Keep in mind - the idea here is that you can get these treat cups in any theme.  Just figure out something to put in them, make a nice tag, and you're done!

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

Stamps:  Painted Harvest
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Other:  Early Espresso 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (retired), Baker's Twine and/or Linen Thread, Leaf punch, Pretty Label punch, Everyday Label punch, 1/8" hole punch, sequins, Gusset cello bags.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Toni

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cups Z-fold card


I love a good Z-fold card!  I also liked using up a bunch of different pieces from the Painted Autumn designer series paper on these card.  There's a lot going on here - 2 different size coffee cups, Stitched Oval and Scalloped Ovals, hand-cut pumpkins, and a hand-made criss-cross pattern...I can't think of the name right now.

I used the long swipe from Work of Art to make the criss-cross pattern across the Cajun Craze card stock.

 

I attached both of the coffee cups to my layered ovals.  Then attach the ovals to the Cajun Craze.  Notice how the coffee cup lids are different.  The solid image on the left is from the Coffee Cups stamp set.  The outline image on the right is from the Merry Cafe stamp set.



This is my quick guide for measurements and scoring a Z-fold card:

  • Z-fold Card base:  4 1/4" x 11".  Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2"
  • Z-fold Strip:  1 1/2" x 11".  Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2".
Add layers of card stock and designer series paper as you like.

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

Stamps:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe (bundled with Coffee Cups thinlits), Work of Art
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Painted Autumn Designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Coffee Cups Thinlits, Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes

 Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Another Pumpkin Spice treat


Make a pocket for a Pumpkin Spice drink mix, to give to a friend.  Again, I cut the coffee cup straight out of the designer paper, no stamping.

I stamped leaves all over the front and back, and added a little bit of different card stock at the top, and punched through all the layers to add some twine.


Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create these little treats:

Stamps:  Merry Cafe (greeting), Coffee Cafe (coffee cup lid - stamps bundled with Coffee Cups thinlits))
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Spice, Painted Autumn Designer series paper, Jute Twine
Other:  Big Shot, Coffee Cups Thinlits, Jute Twine, coffee drink mix packet

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Color Theory Memories & More - November projects

I continue my year-long effort to make cards using the Color Theory Memories & More card pack.  My goal is to use a hand full of the printed cards each month, to make other things - cards, tags, scrapbook pages...whatever I'm inspired to create.

The card pack contains 72 double-sided cards:  (52) 3" x 4" cards (2 each of 26 designs), and (20) 4" x 6" cards (2 each of 10 designs).

These are the projects that I made for my November batch.  I made five cards, and one holiday gift tag.  Keep reading for close-ups of each, along with supplies.


For the November projects, these are the Color Theory Memories & More cards that I used.  I chose 4 designs, and I used both cards for each design = 8 cards used total.




My theme this month was Holiday.  Colors throughout the projects are Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, and Whisper White.


I usually save my favorite item for last, but I felt it would get lost.  THIS is my favorite!  Simple, but with a little bit of sparkle and bling.  This snowflake card used: Colorful Seasons stamps, and the matching Seasonal Layers thinlits.  The snowflakes are actually cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, but the picture doesn't show it very well.  I glued on some silver sequins, using the Fine-Tip glue pen.


This project is a gift tag.  I mounted the Memories & More card onto card stock, because I didn't want the back of the card to show...that would just be weird.  I stamped snowflakes and the sentiment, using the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.  Snowflakes were stamped in Dapper Denim and Marina Mist - some stamped off for a lighter shade.  Added some white sequins, and a big of Silver tinsel ribbon.

 This one was fun!  My idea was to make a sweater vest, because that goes perfectly with the greeting "Wrapped in the Warmth of Christmas".  I used the retired T-shirt Builders framelits to cut out my sweater vest.  I cut a v-neck in it, and cut the shirt underneath by hand.  Snowflakes are stamped on the background randomly in Dapper Denim and Marina Mist.  Greeting was stamped on one of the Memories & More cards, and punched out with the Everyday Label punch.  Popped the sweater and the greeting up with Stampin' dimensionals, and added some sequins down the front of the sweater vest.

Another Let it Snow holiday card.  Similar - snowflake backgrounds and die cuts out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  This time, the background was a Memories & More card.  Also added some looped around Whisper White baker's twine, and some Glimmer Enamel dots.  Greeting is stamped with the Merry Little Labels stamp, and punched with the Everyday Label punch (it's a bundle!). 


Went in a little different direction with this one.  This is more of an inspiration card, with snowflakes, and an embossed "snow" background.  Snowflakes are stickers from the Color Theory Memories & More card pack.  Embossed the background with the Softly Falling folder.

Lastly, a card that is perfect for a cold, winter day.  The card was pre-printed with the greeting, so I just stamped snowflakes all over it, and added a stamped and colored sweater.  I added one sequin to the center of the sweater's snowflake, and popped the sweater up with Stampin' dimensionals.  I may actually cut this, and use it as an embellishment on a scrapbook page. 

I hope you enjoyed the Holiday projects that I created using the Memories & More card pack.  Next month, I'll be working on a few more Winter ideas.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Pumpkin Spice table favor


Need to make a cute table favor quickly?  Put some kisses in the small clear box, wrap some ribbon/twine around, and add a little cut-out coffee cup to the front.  So easy!  Here's a side-view.

For the base of the coffee cup - I didn't do any stamping.  I used the Coffee Cups Thinlits to cut the cup right out of the designer paper.

By the way - these are Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses...they are NOT very tasty.


Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create these little treats:

Stamps:  Merry Cafe (greeting), Coffee Cafe (coffee cup lid - stamps bundled with Coffee Cups thinlits))
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn Designer series paper, Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Jute Twine
Other:  Big Shot, Coffee Cups Thinlits

 Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Color Me Happy


As part of the great unveil of the new Blendies alcohol markers, Stampin' Up released a special stamp set and card-making kit - the Color Me Happy bundle.  I purchased JUST the card-making kit, and used whatever stamps I had available.  The card-making kit alone is $25.00, and makes 16 cards.  There are four each, of four card designs.  It also comes with some very cool envelopes - color coordinated and lined.  Very pretty!
 
The Color Me Happy stamp set and bundle are available only while supplies last.

 The Color Me Happy stamp set is a cute set - just not my bag.
Color Me Happy Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Probably the most important bit to remember about coloring with alcohol markers - no matter whether they are Stampin' Up Blendies or COPICs, or some other brand - for the best results, you should stamp your images in Memento ink.   I learned this in a coloring class at the Scrapbook Expo this summer.

Your ink and your coloring tools should be opposite, in order to avoid bleeding and smearing.

  • Water-based ink pad (Memento Tuxedo Black) --> Alcohol markers
  • Solvent-based ink pad (Staz-On, Stampin' Up Basic Black Archival) --> water-based coloring things (watercolor markers, Stampin' Up markers, aqua painters with reinkers, blender pens)
If you heat-emboss the image, you can use any color tool you desire.

Here are comparisons of the cards that I made, versus what the kit intended.  I stuck with the same colors, and trimmings provided in the kit.  Each picture below shows my card next to the kit instructions for that one. You can also see the envelopes on the instruction sheet.


For this one, the base card was pre-printed with the design.  Note that it comes with a ink and gold envelope.


 For this second one, I went completely opposite in terms of stamps.  Comes with a blue and gold envelope.

This one is probably my favorite!  Instead of birds, I stamped Christmas sweaters.  Comes with a square Berry Burst and gold envelope.

Finally, I made a birthday card using the Merry Patterns stamps.  Greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams.  Comes with a square white and blue envelope.

I really had fun making these cards, even though coloring is one of my least favorite activities.  :)  I have such a hard time staying in the lines, and blending the colors so they look right.  I need more practice!

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

Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms, Count My Blessings, Basket of Wishes, Christmas Sweaters, Merry Patterns, Dragonfly Dreams
Ink:  Night of Navy, Basic Black Archival
Paper:  Color Me Happy kit
Other: Blendies (various colors)

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Remarkable Mini Pizza Box


I dolled up this mini pizza box, to hold a small 3"x3" card and a gift card inside for a friend.  Wrap a 3" wide piece of designer series paper around the pizza box.  Press each fold around the box so the wrapper is a nice fit, but still slides off.

Flower and leaves are stamped on Shimmery White card stock, and colored in with an aqua painter and reinkers.  Hand-cut them out after it's all dried.  Attached with a combination of glue and glue dots.  Wood "congrats" is retired.

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

Stamps:  Remarkable You
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Fresh Florals designer series paper
Other:  Mini Pizza Boxes, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Layering Circles Thinlits, aqua painter, reinkers (Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry), Stampin' Dimemsionals, glue dots, Tombow glue

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Painted Gourds

My favorite card from today- pumpkins in Peekaboo Peach, and Tangerine Tango.  Tone-on-tone embossed background with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. Two-step stamp the pumpkins, and hand-cut them (it's easy).  Add a few leaves punched out, and finish with a couple of wood bits from the Touches of Nature Elements.

I glued the wood bits on to the card with the Tombow liquid Multi-purpose glue.  I love that stuff!  I also use that when I attach embossed backgrounds to the base card.

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

Stamps:  Painted Harvest (greeting), Gourd Goodness (pumpkins)
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Other:  Big Shot, Layered Leaves embossing folder, 2 1/4" circle punch, Triple Banner punch, Leaf punch, Touches of Nature elements, Tombow liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Naturally Eclectic Flower Shop

Something non-Holiday-ish to mix it up!  Fun, bright colors.  We stamped and punched out FOUR flowers - Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Soft Sky, and Lemon Lime Twist.  Then cut the Lemon Lime Twist flower into 3 groups leaf petals...there are 5 petals on the flower, so we got (2) groups of 2 petals, and a single petal.

I love all the color in this designer series paper.

Add at Clear Faceted Gem to just one of the flower centers.  Honestly, when I made the prototype, I put them on all 3 flowers....YUCK.  Way too much.  Pulled it back to just one, and I like it!

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

Stamps:  Special Celebrations, Flower Shop
Ink:  Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic designer series paper
Other:  Pansy punch, Everyday Label punch, Clear Faceted Gem, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Snowflakes, snowflakes, snowflakes!


Cased the idea from Mary Fish, but I still had to change it up some.  Three different snowflakes here - the large Snowflake embossing folder on the background layer, the Gold foil snowflakes, and then some more die-cut from Champagne foil.  Again, I had fun mixing the different metallics.


I added a bit of Metallic washi tape at the bottom, and stamped the greeting in Soft Suede.  It pairs nicely with the metallics.

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

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla (Thick and regular), Champagne Foil
Other:  Big Shot, Winter Wonder embossing folder, Foil Snowflakes, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Year of Cheer washi tape, Pretty Label punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Watercolor Christmas pizza box


Oh Joy!  I love the font of the greetings in the Watercolor Christmas stamps set.  I wanted to use the plaid pattern from the Year of Cheer Specialty designer paper - which has gold in it.  So I embossed the greeting with Gold embossing powder, mounted it at an angle onto Gold Foil.

The pattern paper is just wrapped around the mini pizza box.   The Mini Pizza Boxes are SO easy to fold together.  

I don't think the picture shows well enough, because of the glare on all that shiny stuff - but the leaves are punched out of Champagne Foil.  So pretty to mix and match the metallic colors!

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

Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Foil, Champagne Foil, Year of Cheer Specialty designer series paper
Other:  Mini Pizza Boxes, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Leaf punch, heat gun, Embossing Buddy, Gold embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue dots

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Basket of Wishes and pumpkins


I love tone-on-tone cards.  Embossed the Crumb Cake layer with the Layered Leaves embossing folder, and attached to the Crumb Cake base with liquid glue.

Hand-cut the gang of pumpkins from the Painted Autumn designer series papers.  Added some punched out leaves, the Everyday Label punch, and some Jute Twine - all goodies available in the Holiday Mini catalog. 

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

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Painted Autumn designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Layered Leaves embossing folder, Jute Twine, Leaf punch, Everyday Label punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose liquid glue

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Merry Musical gift wrap

The Merry Music Specialty designer series paper is a great alternative for gift wrapping. It's lightweight - lighter weight than our normal designer series papers.  You can fold it around your item, like an envelope, and seal shut with Fast Fuse.  Bonus - no visible tape, it's like magic!


After I wrapped my gift, I added ribbon around and tied it in a bow.  Then I created this beautiful medallion tag using a doily, one small silver metallic doily cut in half, some 2 1/2" and 2" punched circles, and a fancy rhinestone.  The 2" circle is stamped and popped up with dimensionals.


I attached the medallion tag directly to the ribbon using some thick Sticky Strip.  This is 1/2" wide red-line tape, but you could use 2 strips of the 1/4" stuff.

Think of all your designer series papers, and how you could use them to wrap your gifts! 

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

Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
Ink: Basic Black Archival
Paper:  Whisper White, Merry Music Specialty designer series paper
Other:  Whisper White organza ribbon (retired), paper doily (I think this one is retired too, it's one of the white ones),  2 1/2" and 2" circle punches, Metallic doilies (cut one small one in 1/2), Iced Rhinestone (retired), Sticky Strip, Glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Pumpkin Spice - it's so nice

I forgot that I made this little packet of Pumpkin Spice drink mixes for one of my friends.  After I got it all done, and was putting it in an envelope to mail to her, I realized that I had the gusset bag backwards...DOH!   It's still cute! 

It's 2 packs of Pumpkin Spice Latte mix from Starbucks, put in a 3x6 gusset cello bag, and tied shut with a cute tag. 

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

Stamps:  Merry Cafe
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Painted Harvest designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Coffee Cups framelits, Triple Banner punch, Pumpkin Pie ribbon (1/8" and wider Chevron, both retired), Stampin Dimensionals, gusset cello bag, drink mixes

Thanks for visiting, and Happy Creating!

Toni

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Happy Fall chick!

I received this FALL card in the mail, and had to share it!  Looks like Lesley used the reinkers on a baby wipe technique.  Put a few drops of different color reinkers on a baby wipe to create a multi-colored "ink pad". 

I love it!

Toni

Color Theory Memories & More - October projects

I continue my year-long effort to make cards using the Color Theory Memories & More card pack.  My goal is to use a hand full of the printed cards each month, to make other things - cards, tags, scrapbook pages...whatever I need. 

The card pack contains 72 double-sided cards:  (52) 3" x 4" cards (2 each of 26 designs), and (20) 4" x 6" cards (2 each of 10 designs).

These are the projects that I made for my October batch.  I didn't do just cards this month!  I made a scrapbook page AND a tag to my creative piles.  Keep scrolling for close-ups of each, along with supplies.

For the October batch, these are the Color Theory Memories & More cards that I used.  I chose 3 designs, and I used both cards for each design = 6 cards used total.


I'm still in a "Fall" frame of mind with these cards.  I added stamps and accessories from both the Holiday and Annual catalogs. Colors used throughout this month's projects are Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Whisper White.


This fall card used: Painted Harvest stamps, Everyday Label punch, Neutrals Candy dots, some Linen Thread.  Greeting punched out bit is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Linen thread is glued on with a teeny bit of the Tombow Liquid glue.


This card uses: greeting from Ribbon of Courage stamp set, a retired label punch, Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon, and the small leaves from the Memories & More kit (they are like stickers).  I cut the larger center leaf out of one of the cards.


Something different!  I trimmed one of the cards down, to make this tag.  Added some sequins and copper on this project.  This tag uses: Gourd Goodness stamps, Jute twine, Metallic sequins, Copper embossing powder, Copper trim, and a retired jumbo eyelet.  I could have just left that as a punched hole, but I like adding the eyelet.  It's too bad I can't find any more of these.

Lastly, I made an 8" x 8" scrapbook page.  8" x 8" is kind of a wonky size, but I can always add this to a 12" x 12" or 8 1/2" x 11" page, if I can't find an 8"x8" album.  This square page has some tone-on-tone going on - a strip of Soft Suede embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder, mounted on the left side of the Soft Suede page base. 

Note - I had to run that strip through the embossing folder twice, because the folder is not 8" long.  There is an area where the embossing is kind of jacked up, because I overlapped the folder when I embossed the bottom part.  Guess what - you can't really tell, so it's no biggie. 

The larger card is about 4" x 6", so that's a good frame to add a photo.  I'll probably get a 4"x4" photo and trim it down a little to add.

This scrapbook pages uses: Burlap ribbon, Everyday Label punch, Big Shot, and the Petal Burst embossing folder.

I hope you enjoyed these Fall projects that I created using the Memories & More card pack.  Next month, I'll be working on some Christmas cards - Dapper Denim and snowflakes...

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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