Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Treats - candy corn & peanuts? YES


Candy corn???  And PEANUTS???  YES.  It's not disgusting.  It's delicious.

I saw it on on-line somewhere (probably facebook), and thought I'd give it a try.  Equal parts candy corn and peanuts.  I used Roasted Peanuts.  NOT dry roasted/lightly salted.  NO.  Regular roasted peanuts looked nicer and darker, and saltier.  I think it gives you a better sweet/salty thing.

Here is what I got at Walmart for this mix.  Remember, equal parts candy corn and peanuts.  Stir it all up, and put in baggies.


I used some small 4"x4" baggies that I got on accident.  :)  I knew/hoped they'd come in handy.  Put them in baggies, then inside some different white bags.  I had some leftover Glassine bags and Sketched Dots Tag a Bags.  


I used a variety of Halloween stamps, from a lot of different stamp companies - Stampin' Up, Hero Arts, Inked Road, and Simon Says.  Use whatever you have to make yours!

I folded the bags over a teeny bit, and taped shut on the back with some glitter tape that I had.  

Then tie ribbon around the entire bag.  I had a variety, and I don't know where I got some of these.  Doesn't matter - use what you have.  I ran out, and had to use some orange seam binding that I found - had just enough for the last bags, so it was fate.


After I tied the ribbon around all the bags, I made the tags.  2 1/4" circle of Whisper White, and a 2 1/2" circle of Basic Black.  Stamp all the white circles, and layer to the black circles.  I glued them directly to the ribbon with Tombow liquid glue.  You have to hold in place for a minute or so, while it dries a bit.  They seem to be holding.


Add some bling or enamel dots to finish!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted; some are retired):

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Spooky Bingo Bits, Boo Crew (Inked Road), spider web (single stamp, Hero Arts), Creepy Cute (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Twist
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Other:  2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches, Orange ribbons (various), Enamel Dots (Eyelet Outlet), Tombow liquid glue, Glassine bags, Sketched Dots Tag a Bags

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Bridge Fold - it's super easy!

For so long, I have been thinking that these Bridge Fold cards are just way too hard.  I was completely wrong.  They are actually very easy to make, and the cutting and scoring is simple.  This is tutorial that I liked the best, so please check it out. 

I used the Rooted in Nature bundle for this card - I just love the sentiments and all the trees and leaves.  I stamped my center piece with the bushy trees.  I just did random stamping, all over.  Some stamped full-strength, some stamped off.   

For the taller tree, I inked it up with sponge daubers, to get the brown stalk and green leaves. 

Here is a top view, so you can see how it sits on the table.  You can see that my trees go all the way down.


I would suggest cutting a piece to attach to the BACK of the center, to write your message.

If you look in Pinterest for "Bridge Fold Card", you will see that some people have gone CRAZY making little scenes with these things.  I think that's what scared me off, so I kept mine simple.  I love this fold, and will definitely make more of these.

I hope you like the card, and find some time to make a Bridge Fold Card.

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Nature's Poem designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Rooted in Nature bundle, Banner Triple punch, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ink Smooshing with acetate - Fall birthday cards

Have you tried "Ink smooshing" yet?  I found this great video HERE, and she does a great job showing how to use a piece of acetate and inks for the ink smooshing.  From what I found, people tend to use water color or a sturdy/heavy card stock for this technique, so I used Stampin' Up's Very Vanilla Thick card stock. 

The three colors that I used on these cards were Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, and Pineapple Punch.   I went darkest color to lightest, and I used my heat tool to dry the ink in between. 

Stamp a few leaves from the Colorful Seasons set, and then add the die-cut words.  Does anyone recognize the "Happy"???  It's from the Merry Christmas to All bundle!!!  It's not just for the Holidays.

 Merry Christmas to All Photopolymer Bundle

My Thick card stock was still very warped when I was finished.  Luckily, there is a solution - use a LOT of strong tape.  :)

After I made my smooshed pieces, I mounted that layer onto another piece of Very Vanilla, and added a few gold pearls from the new Metallic Pearls, to finish it off. 


There you have it!  I hope you give this ink smooshing technique a try.

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Number of Years
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pineapple Punch, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Very Vanilla (Thick and regular), Cajun Craze, Pineapple Punch
Other:  Big Shot, Merry Christmas to All bundle (for the dies), piece of acetate (window sheet), Metallic Pearls, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Color Challenge - Thankful card


I made this card for a Color Challenge in one of the facebook groups that I'm part of.  They just showed a picture of colors, and we were to make any item with any or all of the colors.  I liked them all, so my best guesses with Stampin' Up colors are Early Espresso, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede.

I also found a stamp set in a Simon Says card kit that I bought LAST YEAR - so I thought I'd finally put some ink on it.  :)  I also recently re-purchased this retired SU set, Seasonal Solids.  It was a favorite of mine years ago, but I got rid of it.  Came across it on a site recently, and bought it again.  Make up my mind!

I stamped the same leaf in all five colors, and hand-cut them.

I wanted the colors to show off the most, so I went with a Vanilla on Vanilla card.  The background is embossed with the Basket Weave embossing folder, although it's not showing up very well.

I also ruffled some lace trim behind the bigger banner piece.


I popped just about everything up with Stampin' Dimensionals, and added a few retired Candy Dots.

I encourage you to make a card with these colors - they are GREAT for fall cards!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Seasonal Solids, Thankful Heart (Simon Says)
Ink:  Early Espresso, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla (Thick for the card base, regular for everything else)
Other:  Big Shot, Basket Weave embossing folder, Lace Trim, Triple Banner punch,  Neutral Candy Dots, Tombow liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Christmas Traditions Punch Tin - love, Love, LOVE!




Look what I just took out of the box!!!  It's  SO PRETTY, and ROOMY!  I need to set aside some time to really play with this new punch and stamp set. 

I love all the images, and I can see them as tags, as well as cards.  Look at all the different fonts together.  I find the pairing of different fonts to be very interesting.



I forgot there is a clear block included in the tin, and almost threw it out.  Yikes!



Sorry no creations today - I just wanted to share my new pretty tin with you.  :)

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Rooted in Nature Christmas


I had two different swaps to make this weekend, so I used the same main stamps on both - Rooted in Nature, and Better Together.  I added my current favorite, Buffalo Check background, to this one. 

I have always enjoyed a non-traditional Christmas color card, so I used Powder Pink for this one.  I thought the glitter on the trees and a few rhinestones blinged it up just the right amount.

The trees are popped up, but everything else is flat.


This was a very simple card to make, but it does take some time doing multiples because of die-cutting the trees out.  At least I was able to run both sets of trees and the largest square from the Stitched Shapes framelits through at the same time, with one pass of the Big Shot.

Wouldn't this same design look great in Shaded Spruce for a traditional color?

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature bundle, Better Together, Buffalo Check background
Ink:  Powder Pink
Paper:  Powder Pink, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Nature's Roots thinlits (bundled with the stamps), Stitched Shapes framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Tombow liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Rooted in Nature Sympathy card


We all need sympathy cards when we least expect it.  I've got a lot of texture and dimension going on with this one, but I still think it's not too jazzy for a sympathy card.

I used two of the deep textured embossing folders - Tufted for the main background, and then the new Tin Tile for the circle.  That circle just needed a little something extra so it wasn't so plain.



The leaves in the Rooted in Nature set match the Nature's Poem designer series paper perfectly.  I also pulled the colors directly from the patterned paper - Petal Pink and Blackberry Bliss.  Who would have known then look great together?

When I made a card with a dark base like this, I always put a white/vanilla/crumb layer on the inside for my writing.

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature, Better Together
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Petal Pink
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Petal Pink, Whisper White, Nature's Poem designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Tufted and Tin Tile 3-d embossing folders, Stitched Shapes framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Tombow liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Stay Strong birthday

 I needed another birthday card for next week, and this gal LOVES her coffee.  I pulled out a new stamp set that I got from Unity Stamps, called Stay Strong.  It's got a good sized coffee drink in it - oh dang, I just realized this is an iced coffee kind of drink stamp.  I don't know if she likes those....oh well, it's done now!

So I stamped the coffee drink with Tuxedo Black, and colored in using some Stampin' Blends (3 shades of Pumpkin Pie).  I went back in the foam area with a white pen, then I covered the whole thing with Wink of Stella clear.  It's got just a touch of shimmer ALL OVER.



The heart stamp came from the Stay Strong set as well, so I stamped some all around for my background.  I stamped off on some to make them lighter.

The greeting is stamped on a piece of Whisper White.  I popped the coffee drink up with Stampin' Dimensionals, and then I added some Metallic Enamel Shapes (hearts).  I colored some of them with an orange Sharpie.

Happy birthday Andrea!  This will be in your mail box soon.

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Stay Strong (Unity Stamps)
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
Other:  Pumpkin Pie Stampin Blends markers, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Orange Sharpie marker, Wink of Stella Clear pen, Picket Fence white marker (Tim Holtz), Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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WCMD - Fall birthday cards


More Buffalo Check - this time with some plaids drawn in.  Use a marker and a ruler to add more plaids.  I found out that neither one of my rulers is perfectly straight.  :(  You can't see it from an airplane, but I had to cover up the worst spots.  I love the technique. though.  It adds even MORE to the Buffalo Check.


These cards both used the same stamps and colors.  I stamped the pumpkins, then hand-cut them.  Stamped "happy birthday" on a scrap of Whisper White, and hand-cut that too.

The pumpkins are all two-steps.  I did them both just in one color.  Stamped off once for the first layer, then full-strength for the top layer.  The stems are two different colors - Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

Pumpkins and gourds are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, and everything else on the card is flat.

I did use some retired things (Tangelo Twist color, and Gourd Goodness stamps).

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Buffalo Check Background, Picture Perfect Birthday, Gourd Goodness
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other:  Everyday Label punch, Glitter Enamel Dots, Tombow Liquid glue, Glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

I've got some birthdays to mail out cards for this week, so I hope they like these.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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World Card Making Day 2018 - Country Livin'!


Happy World Card Making Day!  I hope you find some time to get crafty, and do some creating today - even if it means adding cards to your Pinterest board for later.  :)

I'm starting my WCMD stamping with a large square card.  This is 5 1/2" square.  Why that size, and not a 6" x 6" card?  Because it's almost 2am, and I didn't want to dig through my rack of 12x12 paper, so this was the largest square card that I could make out of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock.  11" divided in half = 5 1/2".   I cut my card base 5 1/2" x 11", and scored in half to make the square card. 

It's still a big card, and I love that I get to show so much of that cool looking wood pile paper in the background.

The most time consuming part of this card was coloring in the truck with the Stampin' Blends markers.  I'm still not the best at shading, but I'm trying. I stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento, colored with the Blends, and then hand-cut.

The ovals are the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits, and then a size bigger from the Layering Ovals framelits.  The ovals are layered, and then popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I glued the truck right on top with my favorite Tombow liquid glue. 

Finish off with a greeting strip, some burlap ribbon, and a few wooden stars.  (Stars are retired)

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Country Livin, Soft Sayings Card kit stamps
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Wood Textures designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Ovals framelits, Stampin' Blends sets (Light & Dark - Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Espresso/Ivory, Old Olive), Wood Elements, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, Tombow Liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Table favors - Autumn-themed

Once again, I must apologize for my blurry pics.  You get the idea...  I made these table favors for the friends I'll be sitting with at this weekend's crop.  I'm going to PA for the weekend - going to get some page kits finished, make my Halloween treats with my Paper Pumpkin kit, make some fall cards, and work on some other card kits that I've gotten (GASP - from other companies!) this past year.   I hope to get a lot accomplished, but HAVING FUN is #1 on the list.

So, back to my table favors.  I covered a mini anti-bac in some designer series paper, added that, along with a small hand lotion, and a Kind bar.  I love this type of favor bag.   It starts with a gusset cello bag, and you size the card stock in the middle accordingly.  I think this was a 4" x 10" gusset bag.

I started out with card stock cut 4" x 11".  Scored in at 4 1/2" from each end, so that leaves a 2" base.  The flat bottom pushes the gusset bag out to keep shape.  Put stuff down inside, and tie the top closed.

For the wood leaves and flowers that are on the front of the treat bag holder, they started out as plain wood.  I colored them with Sharpie markers and glued directly to the front.

I hand-cut the banner ends.

I think I used all retired stuff for this project, so you'll have to adjust to what you have in your stash!

Supplies you'll need to create these (Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Among the Branches, Made for You
Ink:  Early Espresso, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Whisper White, a retired Sale-a-Bration designer series pack
Other:  4" x 10" Gusset cello bag, 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches, Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Touches of Nature wood elements, Sharpie markers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow liquid glue

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping.

Toni

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