Sunday, December 9, 2018

Paper Pumpkin and Timeless Tidings Kits

What a life saver these kits have been for me!  Between my November Paper Pumpkin kit, and the Timeless Tidings card kit, I got 30 more cards made this past week.  Easy stamping, easy assembly, and I love the finished products.

This is what the November Paper Pumpkin kit, To You and Yours, looks like put together.  Unfortunately, there will not be any refills available for this kit, because it sold out.  My subscription ensures that I get the kit every month.

There were 10 cards, and matching envelopes, in this kit.  Two designs, five cards each.  The branches were already die-cut, and came out very easily.  I have a few extra leftover, along with some of the gold sequins and a bit of the Cherry Cobbler trim.  Enough to make a few more cards with other paper.


I also put together my Timeless Tidings card kit.  This kit had 20 cards and matching envelopes.  Four designs, five cards each.  Again, these came together so easily.  I did have to buy the stamp set separately for this kit, but you could totally make this kit up using a different stamp set.  The Timeless Tidings Card Kit is available NOW, as a retiring favorite.  It's a great deal at $20.00 for 20 cards and envelopes.


If you have any holiday card kits in your stash, I encourage you to get them out and have fun making some holiday cards!

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fir Real - Colorful holiday cards!


When I saw this stamp set from Ink Road, I knew I had to have it.  There were 6 trees, so I immediately thought about how I could use them all on one card at the same time.  Then there is the name - Fir Real.  I love it!

The card is white-on-white layered, to keep the focus on the colors.  I like this clean look.   Then I used ALL new colors from Stampin Up, along with the greeting (oops...I just noticed this one is a little crooked) from my latest Paper Pumpkin card kit, To You and Yours.

I stamped all of the trees and the greeting, then popped that layer up with a lot of Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finish off with a few rhinestones. 

Quick and easy enough.  Now I have 8 more cards to go into my pile.  I used to make 120+ Christmas cards - ALL THE SAME.  I liked doing that, but when you use things like designer series paper, you only have so much of one print.  After a few years, I started getting bored of making just the one design for a year.  I have/had so many other stamps that weren't getting enough love.  Now I make a lot of different cards, so I end up with a huge variety.  I tend to make at least 8 of a style of card, sometimes more.  I also use card kits a lot more now....watch for my next post to see the Timeless Tidings card kit.  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Fir Real (Ink Road Stamps), To You and Yours (Paper Pumpkin, November 2018)
Ink:  Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Gorgeous Grape
Paper:  Whisper White (thick and regular)
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Birthday Card to match that awesome box that I made

One of the TOP super-most-awesome benefits of making your own cards AND gift packaging is that you can totally make them match.   I made a pretty awesome gift box, which I posted over here.  Check that out, if you haven't. 

I used the same colors, papers, and stamps to make a matching card.  LOVE IT, love it, LOVE IT!

The backgrounds are tone-on-tone stamping.  In the bottom right-hand side of the Summer Starfruit layer, I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray. Layered everything on to the card base.

I stamped and hand-cut the leaves.  They were all stamped tone-on-tone, i.e. Summer Starfruit ink on Summer Starfruit card stock.  Attach them with glue dots and/or Stampin' Dimensionals.  I honestly can't remember now, and I only made this a week ago.

Finish off with a few rhinestones for bling, because my friend IS blingy-blingy!  :)

I hope you like my gift box and matching card set!
Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Gallery Grunge, Autumn Leaf Prints, Bold & Basic Greetings, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue dots.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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7" x 7" x 7" Box with Lid - Step-by-step Tutorial


I made this box for a gift that I made for my friend....I'll show you what I put inside, at the bottom of the post.   Below, I've written out step-by-step how to make the box and the lid.  I hope you find it helpful to make your own!


  
This box takes (4) pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock to make the box bottom, and (1) piece of 12" x 12" card stock to make the lid.

I will only give instructions for making the box bottom and top pieces.  You can decorate your lid, or even the side panels of your box however you'd like.

NOTE:  Whenever I make boxes, I always use my Simply Scored tool for the best, and most consistent, scoring results.

What you need:

·        Card stock: 

  • Box Bottom - (4) pieces 7 1/2" x 11". 
  • Box Top/Lid - (1) piece 10 1/8" x 10 1/8".  (you need 12"x12", and cut it down).
  • Sticky Strip.  Tombow liquid glue works well too, if you prefer that.

We'll go through making the Box Bottom first, then the Top.

1.  Start by scoring all (4) pieces of the 7 1/2" x 11" card stock:

  • Score at 7" across the short side.   That leaves you a 1/2" flap along the right side.
  • Turn card stock the left, and score at 7" on the long side.   That leaves a 4" piece that will be the underneath of your box.

2.  Cut the flap as shown in the picture below.



3.  Apply Stick Strip to the flaps on all (4) pieces, as shown below.  What you are looking at is the outside  of the box sides.  Fold all your score marks with a bone folder.  This makes a crisper fold, and a neater box.  Peel Sticky Strip, and attach flaps to bottom of next piece - chain them together until you get your box formed.



4.  The bottom flaps will get taped on top of each other.  This picture shows how much they will overlap - about 1/2". 


5.  I put this much Sticky Strip along the FIRST flap that I will tape down. Fold in the flap across from this one, and then stick this down on top of that.


 6.  For the remaining (2) flaps, I put this much Sticky Strip on and then stuck them down.

 
7.  The bottom of your box should look like this:

 
8.  This shows the inside of your box.  See how the side flaps are on the inside?  Then notice the bottom...no extra Sticky Strip anywhere.

 
9.  To make the lid, take your 10 1/8" x 10 1/8" piece of card stock, and score all (4) sides at 1 1/2".  Cut flaps, and lay down Sticky Strip as shown in the picture below.


10.  Fold all creases with your bone folder to make neat and crisp folds and corners.  Attach the flaps to the inside like this: 

11.  This is how your box lid will look:


12.  Put your lid on, and this is what you've got.  


13.  Decorate to your heart's content!  I put a few layers on the top of the box top, and made a matching tag.


So, what's inside the box?  An infinity scarf that I crocheted...notice the colors?  I used the colors in the yarn to make the box.  I'll show the birthday card in a separate post (it matches the box top).


I rolled the scarf up, and tied it with some ribbon, and it fit perfectly inside the box.


I hope I've given you another good option for packaging your gifts!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Gallery Grunge, Autumn Leaf Prints, Epic Alphabet, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Other:  Scalloped Tag Topper punch, 2 1/4" and 2" Circle punches, Silver Sequin trim, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Smoky Slate/Natural Chevron ribbon, Basic Gray 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue dots, Tombow liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Global Design Project 166 - Sketch Challenge #GDP166




I came across the Global Design Project challenge for this week, and it's a sketch challenge.  The idea is that they post a challenge - sometimes it's a sketch, sometimes it's a color combination...whatever it is.  You make your thing, and post it to your blog.  Then you add your picture to their blog post, so everyone can see it.  Click HERE to see what everyone else has shared for this particular challenge.  I think it's a cool idea, but I don't follow it regularly...and I should.  They have some great sketch designs.

Here is the sketch provided for the GDP166 challenge:

 
You can see that I mostly followed the sketch.  I layered my designer paper differently, and my sentiment crosses the entire card...but it's close enough I think.  :)

My card is really simple. 

Stamp and heat emboss the tree, from the Nothing Sweeter stamp set, and the sentiment, from Timeless Tidings, in Gold. 

Cut the tree out with the tree die, and the scalloped edge with that embossing die.  Both are from the Sweetly Stitched dies.  I got the Nothing Sweeter Bundle, at 10% off. 

Punch a hole from the designer series paper with the 2" circle punch.

Finish with some Gold pearls from the Metallic Pearls pack, and pop the tree up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Easy enough!  Give it a try!  Maybe a birthday theme, or Winter?

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Timeless Tidings, Nothing Sweeter (bundle)
Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Versamark
Paper:  Shaded Spruce, Real Red, All is Bright designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Sweetly Stitched dies (from the bundle), 2" Circle punch, Embossing buddy, Heat tool, Gold embossing powder, Metallic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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 #GDP166

Sunday, November 25, 2018

New Product - Amazing Life


I didn't post this card before, because I wanted the gal to actually get it in her mailbox before she saw it on-line.  I used one of the stamp sets that I received at Convention.  It's called Amazing Life, and will be available in the Occasions 2019 catalog. 

I sort of cased one of the Convention board cards for my creation.  I used only two colors of ink for the entire card.  The "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" is stamped, and stamped off, all over the corner randomly. 

I stamped and hand-cut the cake, and then added glitter. The cake is the only thing popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finish off with a few rhinestones.  I hope you like it, and can see how you could re-create this in any color combination!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Amazing Life
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Other:  Starburst punch, 2 1/4" circle punch, Rhinestones, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Embossed Holly card


I always love a tone-on-tone card, especially with Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  For this card, I embossed with gold, so I chose Very Vanilla.  I think it's an elegant looking card for the holidays.

I embossed a layer with a Holly embossing folder.   Then I heat embossed words and holly leaves with Gold embossing powder.  Hand-cut the holly leaves.

Cut a few layers of ovals, and popped up the one with the greeting on it. 

I finished it off with some Gold Faceted Gems for the holly berries.  These are VERY lumpy, so I'll have to either get the card hand-cancelled at the post office, or hand deliver it.   It's so pretty, I wouldn't want to wreck it.


Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Festive Greetings (words - Sunny Studio Stamps), Holiday Trios (holly leaves - Impression Obsession)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Very Vanilla (thick and regular)
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes dies, Layering Ovals dies, Holly embossing folder, Gold Faceted Gems, Gold embossing powder, Heat tool, Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Gift Pocket Packaging - Gift card holder and/or Giftie



This project is a TWO-FOR.  It's a good-sized pocket that can either hold a flat-ish little gift, OR a card with a gift card and plenty of writing inside (probably will even hold 2 or 3 gift cards.

Finished size of the gift pocket package is 4 1/4" x 8" tall.

The one on the right is the giftie.  I added a belly band, and some gold cord.

The one on the left is the gift card holder, and I will go through how to make the pocket and the card inside.  When I was finished with all the insides, I tied some 5/8" Burlap and Gold Cord around it, tied off with some Shaded Spruce Metallic ribbon.



1.  Designer series paper, cut 8" x 9".  Score along the 9" side at 4 1/4", and 8 1/2".  That folds over to make the 4 1/4" wide pocket, with a 1/2" flap to close it.

2.  You'll need the larges size Oval die from the Layering Ovals & Scallops Thinlits.  You only want to cut a half-oval out of one of the sides - whichever side you decide will be the front.  I don't think it matters.

You need to tape the die down, and then fold the other side of dsp over  - otherwise it won't fit through the Big Shot.  The Big Shot is only 6" wide.  Remember, this piece of dsp is 9" wide, so we need to tuck in a little.


See here - how you have to fold the paper over, on top of the die.  The die is facing down, so it will only cut through the bottom layer.


It will leave a dent your paper, but don't worry about it.  This picture is from another set that shows the dent better.


3.  Once you have your oval cut out, add Sticky Strip/red line tape/any strong adhesive, along the very bottom of your pocket, and the 1/2" flap.  Seal it up.  Flap goes on the INSIDE of your pocket, so you don't see it.

(Sorry if the pattern is confusing you - I made the gift card holder and the giftie pocket using the same paper but opposite sides, but got pictures of both for my steps.)


That's really all it takes to make the pocket.

The finished giftie below.  I added a stitched/layered circle with a tag on the front.  Tied gold cord around the whole thing.


The finished card for a gift card below.  I made some banners, and a layered oval/scallop focal point.   TIP:  Use the Adhesive Sheets on the back of the Gold Glimmer Paper before you cut it out with the Big Shot.  It will make attaching it so much easier.


Measurements/layers for the CARD are below.
  • Old Olive:  8" x 7 1/2".  Score at 4" so the card base is 4" x 7 1/2".
  • Real Red: 7 5/16" x 3 13/16".
  • Shaded Spruce: 7 3/16" x 3 11/16".
  • DSP:  7" x 3 1/2".
For the Scallop/Ovals, I used the largest Oval Scallop, the largest Oval Stitched shape, and then the Whisper White piece to fit inside that.

I neglected to get a picture of the inside, but I made another pocket on the inside of the card.

  • Whisper White:  7 1/4" x 3 3/4".
  • DSP:  7 1/4" x 1 1/2" - only tape this along 3 sides, and place it at the bottom of the Whisper White so it makes a pocket to slide your gift card(s) into.


Here is a picture of the other two gift pockets that I made.  I love these papers!


I hope this gives you another idea for your gift packaging, that you can actually implement.  This works for any holiday, birthday, wedding, baby shower....whatever you need, as long as your paper print matches the occasion.  Go for it!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Merry Christmas to All bundle, Christmas Traditions punch box
Ink:  Call Me Clover, Shaded Spruce
Paper:  Old Olive, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Under the Mistletoe designer series paper, All is Bright designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes dies, Layering Ovals dies, Layering Circles dies, 2 1/2" circle punch, Banner Triple punch, Red Rhinestones, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, 1/8" Gold Cord, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Black Friday Crop Challenge - embossing!

I think this was probably our 15th year having a Black Friday Crop, and for the past several years we give ourselves a little challenge for the day.   It's usually something like - make something using this picture frame, or make something with certain colors, or decorate this thing...  This year's challenge was "embossing".   It didn't matter what you made, as long as it had some kind of embossing on it.

There are two types of embossing.  Heat embossing uses the heat gun and embossing powder to make a raised/melted image.  Dry embossing uses an embossing folder - it puts a raised pattern in your paper.  So - our challenge was to use either of those methods on something.

I hope you enjoy our projects!

Created by Diane - she embossed the bottom of her card with a Falling Snow folder.


Created by Jamie - she embossed her backgrounds using two different folders.  She used the Cable Knit on the left card, and the Falling Snow on the right for her snowflake card.


Created by Lori - she did heat embossing on her cat cards, and they are super cute, and then she used both heat and dry embossing on her red snowflake card.  Love it!


Created by me -  I did dry embossing, with a swirly background for two cards.  Same design for both, but different colors.



I hope you enjoyed some of our creations from yesterday!  We had a great day!

Toni


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pumpkin Spice gift tags

Do you ever want to gift someone a little something - like this bag of cookies, or a bag of coffee and you don't have a bag that's big enough?  Or just don't want to put it in a bag?  Just make a tag and attach it directly to the item! 

I used a stamp that I recently got from Ink Road Stamps, called PSL - Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It's perfect for these PSL items!  I made two styles of tags for my packages.  On the bag of coffee, this tag has a ribbon that you can use to hang it.  On the cookies, I clipped the tag on with no hang.  The ribbon is tied in a bow, right on the clip just for prettiness. 

BONUS:  Making and attaching tags this way makes them RE-USABLE.


Let's get a closer look at the base of my tag.  It's 2 1/2" x 5".  I hand-cut the V.   What I want to show you is the background.  When I'm making my own background using smaller stamps, I put the stamps all on one block, so I can stamp all at the same time and create a pattern.


After I stamped a pattern all over my base tag, I went over with some dots using Celestial Copper ink from Delicata.  It's shimmery and coppery - perfect for this project.


Here's a closer look at each tag, so you can see how I've layered and assembled my tags.  I made them both the same.

I stamped, colored, and then hand-cut my mugs.  Add glitter to the froth.  I used my Stamparatus to stamp the words in different colors.  It's one stamp.  First, I stamped the whole thing with Pumpkin Pie, then I decided that was too light so I went back over with Early Espresso ink just on the top 5 names.  I did that a few times to get it darker and darker.  Then I stamped the "Pumpkin" in the Celestial Copper ink a few times, to get it the color that I wanted.  You may have the MISTI, or the Tim Holtz stamping platform - any of them will work great for this.

Punch the word image out with the 2 1/4" circle stamp, then cut a 2 1/2" circle out of Cajun Craze card stock.  Layer those and add your mug image with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

I used the largest size circle from the Stitched Shapes thinlits, cut out of Copper Foil.  Layer the Cajun/Vanilla/mug piece on to the Copper circle with more Stampin' Dimensionals, then use liquid glue to attach that whole thing to the tag base.  Finish off with a few Metallic rhinestones.


Here is the other - 


I hope this inspires your gift packaging - you don't need to put everything in a bag or a box.  :)

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  PSL (Ink Road Stamps), Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Celestial Copper (Delicata)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes dies, 2 1/2" and 2 1/4" circle punches, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, 1/8" hole punch, Fine-Tip Glue pen, Metallic Rhinestones, Markers (Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Gray Granite), 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow liquid glue, Treat cups, gusset bags.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Thanksgiving Treats for my family


I love to make favors for holiday dinners, and I'm still on this candy-corn-with-peanuts kick....so I made another batch!  I found a bag of the brown-orange-white candy corn, so that mixed it up a bit.  I used a bag of that, along with a bag of regular candy corn. 

It looks like the treat cups that I got aren't showing up that well.  They are gold and white striped, which is why I added some gold leaves to the tag, and embossed the words in gold - to tie it all together.

I found the cups at Walmart, in the aisle where they have holiday cups/plates/napkins.  They had stuff for Christmas, Hannukah, and New Year's.  Lots of choices.

I got the 4" x 9 1/2" gusset bags at Joann's in the cake decorating section.  These are Wilton brand, and came in a pack of 25.  They also had a different brand with 50 bags, but I didn't want that many. 


NOW, for the tag!  The most important part of this project.  I love making tags like this, and I really added a lot of different bits to it.  Two different leaf punches, two circle punches, embossing, and some fun Buffalo Checks.

The base is from the retired Deco Labels framelits.  I also used two punches - Sprig punch with Old Olive and Soft Suede, and the Leaf punch with Gold Foil.  The leaf punch has 3 leaves on it, but I cut one off of each bunch.  The leaves are attached to the back of the Early Espresso circle, and then that is glued to the tag base.

For the Buffalo Check circles, I punched out circles in Very Vanilla first.  Then I inked up my Buffalo Check stamp, and placed the circles on that.  Add a piece of scrap paper over top, and rub with my hand.  I don't know if that's the best, or most efficient, way but it's the way I prefer to do it.  :)


Emboss the words on Very Vanilla card stock, and hand-cut.  I also stamped the squirrel and hand-cut him.  He is popped up with dimensionals.  Everything else is either glued down or stuck on with glue dots.

For assembly, I first attached the Buffalo Check circle to the Early Espresso circle.  Then I started with the squirrel since I wanted him in the middle.  Next, I used glue dots to stick on the words, then the leaves behind the Early Espresso.  I used liquid glue to attach all of that to the Deco Label tag base.  Cut a hole in the corner, and add some Early Espresso Baker's Twine. 


I hope this gives you an idea of something that you could make for your own Thanksgiving treats!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.  Items may be retired.):

Stamps:  Buffalo Check background, Holiday Invitation, Nutty Over You (Simon Says Stamp - the squirrel)
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Versamark
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Other:  Big Shot, Deco Label dies, 2 1/4" and 2" circle punches, Leaf punch, Sprig punch, Gold embossing powder, Embossing buddy, Heat tool, 1/8" hole punch, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Harvest Gold 1/4" grosgrain ribbon Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow liquid glue, Treat cups, gusset bags.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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