Saturday, July 4, 2020

2nd time around -

Made some July 4th treat holders for gals at work.  I have not had much time for crafting but I wanted to make a treat holder for everyone for the holiday. I had made these before and I really like the Sizzix die for the treat bag so I used it again and kept the idea the same as before:

First I used the Sizzix Sweet Treat Bag die (#660265) for the treat bags. I used various solid card stocks from the stash and cut out all the treat bags. For the bag toppers I used the Top Note die and various patriotic printed card stocks I had in the stash. I also used those prints to make the pinwheels on the front of the bags. The pinwheel die is the larger pinwheel die from Lil Inker Designs. I used cloth covered brads from my stash for the centers of the pinwheels.

With all the bags die cut I used a small Spellbinders label die from my stash and die cut a window for the front of the bags. Used clear packaging sheets from craft products and cut a piece to fit behind the die cut window so the candies would not fall out. I put the clear sheets on using 1/8" tear and tape. With the windows in place I assembled the bags.  Folded the bag topper piece and put that on the bags using tear and tape on the backside of the bag and on the front of the bag I used half of a velcro oval and this way you can open and close the treat bag.

For the pinwheel I die cut the pieces and put the brad in the center and hot glued the pinwheels to the front of the bag topper on the bag. For the greeting I used an older stamp from my stamp stash and red ink -- which brings me to the ink issue.....

Awhile back SU changed their ink pads from linen bases to foam bases. I do not store my ink pads near a window, near a heat vent, near an air conditioning vent or anything. I bought the ink storage holders from Organize More so they are stored flat. Here are two photos of SU ink pads I had:

Not sure what these bubbles and bumps are but was not much happier with this one:

BOTH of these ink pads were bought brand new and neither had been re-inked....  This caused me to re think my ink for sure... Lucky me my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) sells Close To My Heart products and she told me all about the new style ink pads from CTMH.  I liked that the lids are magnetic so you know the pad is closed and you will not have to worry about the lid coming off the track that holds it or anything. I also like the large ink pad base for your larger stamps and background stamps. For my greeting I used the Close To My Heart Candy Apple ink pad:

and this is the ink pad opened:

These ink pads are very easy to open esp if you have arthritis or if you are trying to open an ink pad with one hand while you are holding something in the other hand..... and you know they are tightly closed so you do not have to worry about the pad still being open and drying out. Happy me to find these! Here are more photos of the treat bags:

In the treat bags are various chocolate candies and everyone liked getting one. They all commented how nice it was that they are free standing as well. The Sizzix die cuts both thinner and thicker card stocks with no problems and two pieces complete the bag. Easy to put together as well.  TFL and Happy 4th!

Dollar Tree trip

You never know what you will find at the Dollar Tree and happy me that I went to one that I usually do not get to shop at and I found a few things. First this store had many new items in their craft aisle than the store I usually shop at. This trip I found adhesive cork sheets:

I picked up a couple of these and decided for my autumn treat bag fronts I would use the cork sheets and my alphabet die set. I also found autumn floral picks and I bought two of those:

Brought these home and began the die cutting and the remaking of the flowers. First for the cork sheets I die cut out the word FALL. I wanted these letters to keep their shape and have some dimension so I die cut the word FALL out of a light brown card stock to put the cork letters on. Here is the front of the word FALL:

and the back of the letters have the brown card stock:

I cut out twelve sets so I should be all set for autumn crafting. I also worked on the flowers. I used wire cutters and cut them all apart. I kept all the flower petals and the leaves. I stacked three of the flower petals together and used a large gold brad from the stash for the center of the flowers:

Until I use them I keep them in clear plastic boxes for storage:

I was able to get 24 flowers out of the two floral picks I had gotten so that was a good deal - plus being able to use up some of the brad stash. With the flowers made I took the leaves off the stems and cut those in half and will be able to also use them on the front of the treat bag with the flowers:

Basically I have most of the components for my bag fronts -- I have the cork letters which have a rustic look and then the softer fabric flowers and petals as well as the texture and shine from the sequin clusters I had made earlier for autumn:

Still trying to decide how I will do the bag fronts but I have the three items I will use to work with. Making these items ahead of time will certainly help me in the Fall when I am crafting everything for the upcoming holidays.

Just do it yourself . . .

The SU demonstrator I had ordered through no longer is a demo so I figured I would not be getting a new SU catty this year but I had seen projects/cards here and there on the web.  The only item that caught my eye was their mason jar punch. Decided I wanted to order the punch and when I looked on the SU website I decided that I would just order the bundle -- stamp set and punch.

Happy me when this bundle arrived.... until I opened the stamp set. . .  I no longer store my SU stamp sets in the cases they arrive in. I keep them in bins in the Avery Elle envelopes which saves a lot of space on the stamp shelf I use. Here is a photo of the stamp set that comes with the mason jar punch:

This is a clear stamp set and usually inside the case is a clear sheet, with stamp images on it, and the clear stamps. I remove the printed paper sleeve from the stamp case and fold that in half and put it in the storage envelope. Behind that I put the clear sheet that holds the stamps. But when I opened this case the first time this is what I saw:

These images are on the backside of the printed paper sleeve now. The stamps are on a clear sheet with no images to go by so not only do you not easily see what the stamp is but whether or not it is right side up or upside down. . . So out came the StazOn ink and I removed all the stamps and stamped the clear sheet myself. I cleaned the stamps and put them all back on the clear sheet for storage in the clear envelope. Now when I am using a MISTI to stamp my images with the mason jar stamp I will know at a glance which floral stamp I want to use and also to know the position of the stamp.  I can not believe SU is saving mega bucks by not putting the stamped images on the clear storage sheets for the stamps but I do not buy stamps that have no images with them.

Here is my stamps on the clear sheet I had to stamp myself:

Now I can see which floral stamp is which and I will not have to hold it up to a light to see which one is what. I did contact SU and made a complaint about this so maybe if others complain as well this practice will stop. But it is a game changer for this stamper....  But am happy to have the mason jar punch and hoping to be working with that soon on a project in the craft room. . . EK Success had also sold a mason jar punch in the past but of course I did not buy one and then it was no longer available to buy . . .  but happy I found another one that was the side I wanted - just wish this stamp set had pre printed images on the clear sheets like all the other SU stamp sets I own. . .

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Candy Corn Tags

Made some tags up for Halloween using #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. Used a tag die from my stash and cut out my tags. With that finished I used yellow and orange ink and covered the lower part of the tags:

I used two small circle punches and made card stock rings to put around the tag holes to make them stronger. All ribbons and twine at the tag tops are from my stash. Some of the tags I added washi tape to and one tag I used a stencil for:

The tag on the left I used white glittered card stock and cut out a Sizzix ghost die. The "BOO" was die cut using black glittered card stock. For the greeting Trick or Treat I cut that out using a washi punch. Used a small star punch to punch out stars from scraps I had. The candy corn washi tape is from the stash. Behind the ghost is a small piece of cheesecloth. 

The tag on the right also uses the candy corn washi tape and cheesecloth and I added pumpkin washi tape from the stash. The ghost was die cut out using a ghost die from SimonSaysStamp. Added more of the punched stars to this tag.

Here are two more tags:

For the tag on the left I used a Tim Holtz Halloween word stencil for my background. I sponged the edges of the tag using a dauber and black ink. I added a tulle spiderweb that I cut out of spiderweb tulle from the Dollar Tree from last fall. I used a bug punch and punched out a bug using black glittered card stock. I put foam tape behind him to add dimension. The ghosts are a small Sizzix die and I used white glittered card stock and cut out the two ghosts and put foam tape behind them as well. Here is a closer photo of that tag:

Added sequins using Glossy Accents.  The last tag:

I used pumpkin washi from the stash across the upper part of the tag. Used a small plastic spiderweb confetti from a Halloween confetti bag from the stash. For the "Trick or Treat" I die cut those from glittered card stock scraps and used TomBow glue to add them to the tag. The black glittered card stock fence is an older yellow steel ruled Sizzix die from the stash. For the gnome I used the smaller gnome die from SimonSaysStamp and a 6x6 paper pad for his hat and robe. 

I wanted to put a pumpkin in front of the fence but my pumpkin dies and punches were too large. So I used a small oval punch and punched out three ovals for the pumpkin. I sponged the edges and used TomBow glue to put them together. I used scissors to cut out the stem and sponged that as well. Used clear glue to add the stem to the pumpkin.

For the fence piece I used tear and tape to keep that flat on the tag and the gnome has foam tape behind him and the pumpkin is on the fence also using the tear and tape. The foam tape gives the gnome some dimension.  Had mini stars in the Halloween scrap bag I have so I took those out and covered them with clear Wink of Stella and put them randomly on the tag front using Glossy Accents. More tags I am working on but for now these are completed.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Bunny Rosettes

Made more rosettes and this time I made rosettes as Easter embellishments.  I had seen a few different rosettes for Easter but I liked the idea of using a bunny with the rosette.  Here is a photo of the printed card stocks I have in my stash that I used for my rosettes:

I cut out all the rosettes and folded them:

I looked through my Easter die stash and found two bunny dies I decided to use for my bunny rosette:

The above bunny die is by Echo Park and it is called Peter Cottontail die set - I bought mine at:  This other bunny die I used the feet dies only:

This is the Bunny die from Elizabeth Craft that I bought at their booth at the last stamp show I attended.  Here is a photo of the assembled rosettes:

For some of my bunnies I used white glittered card stock, white foil card stock, and a kraft and a gray card stock as well as #110 white card stock from Mikes. Here is a photo showing the bunny rosette being assembled:

Here is a photo of some of the rosettes completed:

Once I cut out the bunny head/ears piece I cut off the lower bunny and this is what it looks like on the backside of the rosette:

I found it was easier to die cut all my pieces and then hot glue the bunny head/ears piece to the rosette. For the back of the bunny (her bum) I used a 1 1/4" circle punch and I attached the die cut feet to that and then added the pom pom tail while it was flat on the work table and not on the rosette yet.  Once that was assembled I then put that on the rosette using hot glue and the bunny was complete.

In the photos you can see the white glittered bunnies have the ears going in a different direction.  To do this I die cut those from the backside of the glittered card stock. But all the other bunnies I cut them in the same direction.  Fun embellishment for Easter and easy to assemble.

Here is the last of the bunny rosettes and for some of them I added white sparkle tulle from Hobby Lobby:


The sparkle tulle adds a little shine to the plain card stock bunnies and feet.  To cut the tulle I laid the rosette on top of it and used scissors to cut out the circle shape. Bunny rosettes are complete so off to the next project...... TFL

Sequin Clusters

Had seen a video on YouTube showing Sequin Clusters and after watching that I traced this idea back to Ana at Serenity Creations. Clever idea to add sparkle and shine to a project as well as helping to use the massive sequin collection up.....  Here is a photo of the clusters I made:

I used circle punches and heart punches for my 110# card stock bases. Here is a better photo of the heart clusters:

The red/white/pink sequins on the hearts are sequins from a Valentine set at Hobby Lobby. For the fall colour sequins I mixed a few colours together. Here is another photo:

As Ana suggested after I dipped into the sequins I left them flat to dry as if you turn it upside the loose sequins will fall off and that leaves you spaces to fill with more sequins.  Once the clusters were dry I added a few sequins here and there to fill areas that showed. Some of my clusters are higher than others that I made - on the videos you can see higher and lower clusters depending on the shape used or the sizes of the sequins.  Thanks to Ana for sharing her idea originally.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

More BOO Day Bag Toppers

Had shared these BOO Day bag toppers earlier this week on the blog:

But I also made other bag toppers using a printed card stock on the front of the bag topper:

How I cut the front printed card stock panel was I put the bag topper die onto a piece of the printed card stock and die cut that out:

I laid the handle die onto this piece and used washi tape to hold that in place to cut it out:

Removed the die and that gave me the printed panel for the front of the bag topper:

Here is a photo to show this piece on the bag topper front:

To add the glittered black tulle to the bottom of the bag topper I attach it to the back of the front of the bag. I use a ruler and make a pencil line and use tear and tape over the pencil line. I cut the tulle a little more than twice the width of the bag topper and I fold the tulle in half and put this in the center of the bag topper:

I push the tulle into the tape in the center and then do both ends the same way. With those three points done I just evenly lay the tulle across the tape and press it down. Once it is all on I use another piece of tear and tape over that to hold the pleats in place. I either put a piece of ribbon over this or use washi tape over it to give the inside of the bag topper a more finished look and to help keep the gathered tulle in place. Using scissors I trim away the tulle to the length I want the bag topper to have:

With that all done I can now decorate the front of the bag topper with die cuts or stickers or whatever. Easy die to use and being able to dress up the front with printed card stock also adds dimension. Another use for this bag topper die by Sizzix/Lori Whitlock.