Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Treat Holders

When I made my Thanksgiving cards this year I did all my die cutting and punching out acorns first for my assembly line card making:

Once all the parts were die cut or punched out and sponged I began the cards. With the cards finished I had some extra pieces left so I decided to use them on my Thanksgiving Treat Holders that I made using the Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn - here is a photo of some of the treat bags:

Here is a photo of one of the treat bags:

For these treat bags I used Kraft card stock from Taylored Expressions. Once I put the bags together I sponged the edges of the front of the bag using light brown ink. Again used corrugated card board at the bottom of the bag behind the greeting banner. Added two die cut leaves using a glue pen. Then put the punched acorn on top of the leaves. Added sequins using mini glue dots to the greeting banner and the front of the bag. These bags are free standing and would work well at a holiday table.

With all the products out in the craft room for my Thanksgiving crafting sometimes die pieces can get lost in the maze..... to be sure that does not happen I cut a small piece of magnetic sheet, (vent covers from Lowes home improvement stores), and I put that on the front of the cabinet above my die storage bins. I cut this magnetic sheet piece small so I do not get in the habit of putting all die pieces on it -- it is for "stray" dies or if I just grab one die piece out of a die set. This way when I use dies again from my die storage I can see I have a few pieces to put away first. Here is a photo of this sheet on the cabinet door -- I used double sided Scotch tape to put it on the door:

The leaf die is from the Seasonal die set from Stampin Up -- Sizzix makes their thin metal dies and all the Stampin Up die pieces have a product number on them so if I forgot which set the leaf die went with I could always check the product numbers on the die sets. I also keep my second magnet bar for my MISTI on this sheet.

** Packed some of the treat bags and decided they needed a 'little something' -- used a leaf die set I bought from Tessler Stamps at a stamp show and I cut the leaves out of bronze foil card stock. Put the die cut leaf on a mini clothespin from the stash and added a mini bow and a brown crystal. Now the top of the bag looks complete -- Here is a photo of some of the filled bags:

With a closer look at the clothespin/leaf:

Inside each bag is a three pack of Ferraro Rocher, Brach's Autumn Mix, two mini candy bars along with paper shred from the dollar store. Hoping everyone likes these small treat bags!

With all Thanksgiving cards and projects complete I will finish putting things away and getting ready for the big red and green holiday again --- CHRISTMAS!  TFL

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Acorn Thanksgiving Cards

Happy me that my PIC (stamping partner in crime) bought a roll of corrugated card board on clearance at Mikes and I was lucky enough she gave me some! Knew I wanted to use it for Fall cards but then decided to use it on Thanksgiving cards instead.  The card on the left I cut the corrugated card board in one direction and for the card on the right I cut the corrugated card board in the other direction.

Card stock base for the cards is Stampin Up Cajun Craze card stock cut and scored at the top. Used Stampin Up Very Vanilla for the card fronts. Cut those to the size I needed for the card fronts. Using Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink I covered the Stampin Up Canvas background stamp. Laid the Very Vanilla card stock pieces on top of the inked stamp and pressed my hand onto that to transfer the inked canvas pattern to the cream card stock. Cut my corrugated card board to the sizes I needed and put them across the cream background piece using double sided tape.

For the greeting stamp "Happy Thanksgiving" I used a stamp from 1990 by Embossing Arts Co. and stamped that onto scrap Very Vanilla card stock using Cajun Craze ink. Trimmed my greeting piece to the size I wanted and used the Stampin Up banner punch for the one end. Put the greeting banner piece on top of the corrugated card board pieces using red sticky tape. Here is photo of the acorns for the card front and you can see the inked canvas pattern on the background piece as well:

For the acorns I used kraft card stock from Mikes (doubled up) and the plaid print is Authentique card stock I bought at Hobby Lobby. I used the acorn punch from Stampin Up and punched out the kraft card stock acorns and the plaid print acorns and put the tops on different bottoms to give the acorns some interest. Used a small bow punch for the bows at the top of the acorns and added a small brown crystal to the center of the bows. Acorns are on the card front using glue dots.

Here is a photo of the Northwoods Rubber Stamps greeting stamped for the inside of this card. I used a square punch and punched out a square from the plaid card stock. Cut that in half from corner to corner and put these corners on the greeting piece:

For the two leaves -- used the Stampin Up Seasonal Layers detailed leaf die to cut them out. One leaf is cut of bronze foil card stock from Mikes and the glittered bronze card stock is from Hobby Lobby. I tucked the leaves behind the corrugated card board piece and used a small glue dot behind the leaf pieces. TFL

Gourd Goodness Thanksgiving Card

Used the Stampin Up Gourd Goodness stamp set for this card. Card base is green and the white card front is white/GP. For the leaves on the card front background piece I used Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink and stamped the detailed leaf stamp randomly over the white/GP piece after I inked the stamp and stamped it off onto scrap card stock. With that piece stamped I set that aside.

Using a pumpkin and white striped piece of card stock from Hobby Lobby I cut that piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Using the two pumpkin stamps from the Stampin Up Gourd Goodness stamp set I stamped the solid pumpkin stamp onto scrap white card stock using Stampin Up Crushed Curry ink. I inked that and stamped it off onto scrap paper and then stamped the white card stock. Using Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink I inked the detailed pumpkins stamp and stamped over the Crushed Curry pumpkins image. Then I stamped the stem stamps at the top of the pumpkins.

Using the Layering Squares die set from Stampin Up I cut out the pumpkins piece and also the Pumpkin Pie card stock behind the pumpkins piece. Put the pumpkins piece onto the Pumpkin Pie die cut piece using the ATG. Set this aside.

Cut and scored the green card base. Put the stamped white card stock piece onto the base using the ATG. Added the stripes piece on that. Used pop dots to put the die cut pumpkin pieces onto the card front. The greeting "Happy Thanksgiving" is a stamp from  and I stamped that onto scrap white card stock using Pumpkin Pie ink. Punched that out using a 1 1/8" circle punch. Using a 1 1/4" circle punch I punched out a circle from Pumpkin Pie card stock and put the stamped white circle onto that. Put the circle greeting on the pumpkins piece using glue dots.

The Gourds Goodness is a new 2 Step Stamping stamp set and has a lot of detail. Easy stamps to put together in the set with realistic details both on the pumpkins as well as the gourds in the set. TFL

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Patchwork Christmas Quilt Card

To begin with I had seen this video on YouTube by Betty Traciak and here is the link to that:

I watched it once and then a second time to take notes for sizes and suggestions and such. She also has a written tutorial for this technique on Splitcoast that she did and here is the link to that:

The written tutorial is nice since you can print it out and she also has photos of this process on her tutorial so that helps. Her cards are done in the portrait layout but since I used this pack of single sided holiday card stock from Hobby Lobby with the patterns having a direction I had to make my card in the landscape layout:

Here is the card I made following her pattern:

My card stock base is Stampin Up Crumb Cake with a piece of Mikes Kraft card stock for the card front. I will say even though my printed card stocks are single sided with having to cut 5 of them at one time my Genesis could not cut through that thickness. So to cut my patchwork pieces I used my Guillotine trimmer and that worked well. Since the front of the card has five pieces of printed card stock that is why you have to cut the five pieces of prints. This way you are not repeating a pattern on the card front. Here are the five card fronts I have from cutting out my printed pieces:

My concern with this pieced together card front was that it could be too heavy if I mounted all the patchwork pieces onto another piece of card stock for the base of the patchwork card front. For my cards I decided to used white printer copy paper cut to the size needed and I ran the ATG over that for adhesive and then put my patchwork pieces on that. Trimmed my edges and this is the back of the white copy paper backing the patchwork card front piece:

With the patchwork pieces on the white copy paper base I used the ATG and put this onto the Kraft card stock from Mikes. Then put these onto the Crumb Cake card stock base. Using the copy paper rather than thicker card stock the card front is not too heavy and does not "flop" shut from the weight of the thicker card stocks.

As she explains in her video she used the stitching stamp from the new Stampin Up Christmas Quilt stamp set for the stitching on her cards. I used the straight stitch stamp from that stamp set and stamped my stitching on my patchwork pieces using Stampin Up Early Expresso ink and when needed I used a Post It note so that my stitches do not overlap on the card front pieces. For the greeting "Merry Christmas" I used a greeting stamp from the Sunny Studio Poinsettia stamp set and red ink from Gina K Designs, Red Velvet.  Cut that out using a stitched rectangle die. Cut a scrap piece of Crumb Cake a bit larger than the die cut piece and put that behind the greeting piece using the ATG. Used large pop dots to put this on the card front.

Die cut a small holly/berries piece for the holly on the greeting. Used the clear Wink of Stella over the red berries and sponged the edges of the holly leaves with Old Olive ink and a dauber:

Put the holly/berries piece on my greeting piece using mini glue dots. Both the video Betty made and her written tutorial take the guess work out of this card and using different printed card stocks for the card front changes up the way the card looks. A big thanks to her for sharing her patchwork card technique and samples. Easy card to make!  TFL

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Never Ending - - Birthday Card

Wanted to make a birthday card for my PIC (stamping partner in crime) but since she and I always go to the stamp shows together, road trips together, and shopping together we basically have a lot of the same stamp sets . . .   For her birthday card I decided to go through my older wood mounted stamp sets from Stampin Up to find a stamp set to use for her card and I am happy I found a set that was perfect for her birthday card. She is one of the "purple people" so I always try to make her treat holders, boxes, cards, etc using her favorite colour purple. Here is the birthday card I made for her:

Card base is Stampin Up Lovely Lilac card stock. Embossed white card front piece is white/GP and I used a woven We R Memory Keepers embossing folder that she had bought for me. Used the Stampin Up Never Ending Joy stamp set for the floral piece. Used Lovely Lilac and Old Olive ink for the floral piece. the SU Hostess stamp set Express Yourself for the Happy Birthday banner piece that I used the SU Bitty Banners die set to cut that out with.

For the floral piece I used square frame dies from the SU Layering Squares die set to cut that out with the purple scalloped piece. With those cut out I used a bow stamp from the stamp set and stamped the bow at the bottom of the flowers. Added a purple crystal to the center of that to give the card some sparkle and shine. Here is a closer photo of the flowers:

Inside the card I stamped a birthday greeting from my stash and used the stems/flower stamp to stamp a design on the lower left of the greeting piece:

For the inside of the card before I stamped the partial stems and flowers I stamped them off onto scrap paper so the image would be lighter than the stamped image on the front of the card. Easy card to put together and nice to visit an older Stampin Up stamp set from 2005. TFL

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Needed a wreath - - -

With Halloween over I brought home my BOO Day wreath I had taken to work to hang on our door:

We needed another wreath for our door at work but I do not have an extra Fall themed wreath. Decided I wanted to make a mesh wreath but I have never worked with mesh before so decided I would check out a couple of videos on YouTube. I came across Laurie the Hard Working Mom who has a few how to videos for mesh wreaths. I wanted to make the Starburst wreath so I watched her video on it once and then watched it a second time writing down measurements and such. Here is my wreath -- and keep in mind this is my first attempt at mesh wreaths:

With it already being November not too many stores have Fall themed items left so I picked up a spool of mesh at the dollar store, other mesh is from Hobby Lobby, pumpkin ribbon and scarecrow is from Big Lots. The other wired ribbon for my wreath is from Michaels that was on sale for half price. I used a 12" wreath form because Michaels had no 14" or 16" forms in stock and the 18" form is too big for what I wanted to make.

As Laurie suggested I did all the cutting first -- cut my pipe cleaners in half, cut out all the mesh and the ribbons. Made all the mesh/ribbon bundles and set those aside. Once all the bundles were made - I used 25 of those for my wreath, I attached them to the wreath form. Laurie also said she sprays her wreaths using the E6000 spray to help keep fraying edges from getting out of hand. Here is a photo of my wreath outside before I sprayed it:

I had made a circle in the center of the mesh to put the scarecrow on the wreath once the spray was dried. I put him on the wreath using floral wire. I really would prefer to have a pumpkin or Fall words or something for the center of the wreath but I was lucky to find the scarecrow at all so my selection was slim. Here is a photo to show some of the various ribbons I used on the wreath:

And here is the wreath again:

While I was at Michaels I also picked up a garland wreath form and some holiday ornaments and picks and am working on putting that together now.... Sooner or later I WILL get back to making my cards again!! :0)   TFL

Saturday, October 28, 2017

BOO Day Jewelry. . . .

Must dress up for the Halloween holiday so I made sure the gals at work will have the appropriate jewelry . . .   First I finished packing up all the treat bags I made for the gals at work -- attached to each bag handle is a ghost pin for them to wear on Halloween --

Here is a close up of one of the ghost pins:

Last trip to the dollar store I came across some holiday rings .. .. .. but rings they aren't now:

I snipped off the ring from the jeweled spiders:

Using the Sizzix Crescent Tag die I made holders to hold one Hershey nugget candy:

This photo shows the candy nugget inside:

This jeweled spider is too heavy for a glue dot to hold it on the treat holder front so I used my hot glue gun to attach it to the treat holder while the treat holder was flat before I added the candy nugget. Just a little something sparkly for the holiday.

Now for the merge and purge into the Christmas projects ... from black and orange and witches and spooks off to wreaths and trees and snowmen... and so the holiday season goes.... Happy BOO Day!

Inside the treat bags --

Here is a photo to show the candy holders I have made or put together to go into my dollar store treat bags I stamped for Halloween -- here are a couple of the bags --

Inside these bags are these treat holders:

I made the pumpkin framelit treat holders, the matchbook holder, and the small box in the lower left corner and that holds Ghirardelli candies. The "Happy Halloween" large pillow box with stickers is a kit from Jolee that I bought at the end of the season last year. Also bought the orange spider web box in a set from Mikes last year. Not shown in this photo is the Pumpkin Poop holders I made today to add to the bags.

Inside the stamped treat bags is black paper shred and then all the candy holders with paper shred on top of them with a crumple piece of Halloween tissue paper on top. Will try to take another photo of the bags when I finish assembling them all. TFL

Paper treat bag from the dollar store ---

Just finished putting the Halloween treat bags together I was making -- picked up paper treat bags from the dollar store for this year. I added black paper shred inside with the candies and folded the top of the bag closed. To secure it I used a black clothespin from the craft store and I had die cut a bat from black glittered card stock for the front of the clothespin. Here is this year's paper treat bag:

Here is the paper treat bag I had bought last year with the popular witch hat made using the Stampin Up triangle tree punch:

Cute bags and they hold just enough chocolates for any Boo Day celebrater!!  TFL

Halloween Pumpkin Poop Treat Holders

Had finished my treat bags I was making up for Halloween when I came across the orange Tic Tac candies.... Decided I wanted to use them for Halloween Pumpkin Poop so I brought them home and then made a holder to fit the candy box.

Three tries later I came up with measurements that work so here is a photo of a couple of the Halloween Pumpkin Poop Treat Holders I just made:

For the holder on the left I used Creamy Caramel card stock and ink from Stampin Up. The holder on the right is Lovely Lilac card stock and ink also Stampin Up. There is a poem out on "Internet land" but I did not want to use that for my holder. I do not have a stamp that says "Pumpkin Poop" so I printed that off the computer onto white/GP card stock. Used the Stampin Up Classic Label punch to punch out that greeting.

Here is how I made my holders:

To show this I am using a piece of white/GP 2" wide by 9 3/8" long. With the widest side at the top of the score board I scored this at:  1 1/8",  1 1/2",  and last at 4 3/8". In my photos I ran a pencil over the scored lines so you can see them better:

Once the three scored lines were made I turned the piece around with the other end in the corner of the score board and again I scored it at those marks:

With all scored lines made I used a bone folder and creased the two middle scored lines - this is the bottom of the treat holder. I made sure the two straight ends were even and I put this into the Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch and punched that out.  Using a 1 1/8" circle punch I punched out the circle window on the front side only of the treat holder. With that done I used a bone folder for the other scored lines near the scalloped ends of the treat holder.

Before you put your candies inside the holder if you want texture on your holder now is when you need to stamp that. For my Creamy Caramel holder I used the Stampin Up Linen background stamp. I put that on the table flat and inked that using the Creamy Caramel ink. I laid the treat holder onto the background stamp. Covered that with scrap paper and rubbed my fingers over that to transfer the inked design to both the front and back of my holder - here is a photo to show the linen texture on the Creamy Caramel holder:

The purple holder I used the ink to match the card stock but this holder I used the Cheesecloth background stamp from Stampin Up for the design:

With the stamping done open the holder and put your Tic Tac candy box inside - I used a wide piece of red sticky tape on the back of the plastic candy box to hold it inside the holder:

Put a small strip of red sticky tape at the top of the holder to keep the holder closed:

Before I had put my candy inside my holder I had added my Halloween printed washi tapes above the circle window on the front of the holder. Used a Sizzix Ghost die and cut out the white glittered ghosts in the Big Shot. Used a dollar star punch from the craft store and punched out glittered stars for the front of the holder.

I put the washi tape on, then the greeting and ghost. Added the stars last using micro mini glue dots. Used twine from the stash and tied it around the top of the holder. Used a glue dot to keep the bow in place. These holders stand up without falling over since the bottom of the holder is flat. Easy holders to make and hoping to use this pattern again for Christmas time for Snowman Poop. With the measurements all figured out it did not take long to put these together. Into the treat bags these will go....

Monday, October 23, 2017

BOO Day Treats Bags

Making treat holders for the gals at work and needed a paper gift bag to put them in for the upcoming BOO Day holiday. I bought white paper gift bags - sold in sets of 2 - at the dollar store. Decided I would also buy a piece of poster board. Wanted to use watercolour on the front of the gift bag so when I brought them home I trimmed the poster board into pieces that would fit inside the bag with the bag flat behind the front of the bag.

Using Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink I used an Aqua painter and just brushed some ink onto the bag front. Set these aside to dry - I recently bought a Stampin Up Cheesecloth background stamp at a used stamp sale and I wanted to use that on the front of the bags. I knew with the bags having folds in them that I would not get a crisp, clear stamped image but for Halloween that is the look I wanted. Here is one of the bags showing the watercolour and then the Cheesecloth stamp stamped over that in black ink:

I used the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp for the black splatters and then stamped a black spider on the bag front. With the watercolouring done and the stamping done I then removed the pieces of poster board from the inside of the bags. The dollar store also sells glittered felt words with adhesive for Halloween. Each package of these felt words has a variety of words but I only used one phrase or one word for the bag fronts:

As you can see in the photos the background stamp stamped each bag differently --- I inked that stamp and then laid it onto the bag -- did not press it all down to give me a full image. I rummaged through my box of BOO Day extra "parts and pieces" of die cut words and shapes I have cut out for other BOO Day cards and projects. For the Spooky bag I stamped the bat from Stampin Up Cheer All Year stamp set and cut them out with scissors. Put them on the bag front using red sticky tape. The ghost on that bag front is an old Sizzix die. Added coloured crystals I just bought at Mikes using glue dots.

On each bag I also added washi tape -- one longer piece at the top of the bag with a smaller piece near the bottom. For the first bag I used a dollar star punch and punched out black glittered card stock stars and put them on the bag front using glue dots. Tied a bow on each bag and will be adding the BOO Day tags when those are ready. I will share a photo of those and the treat holders later this week when I put these bags together -- thinking the girls will like the bags --- mainly for the candies and treats inside! TFL     *** The gift bag "Spooky" was chosen as a Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers this week.  Happy me that it was picked!! Thanks to Carlene on Splitcoast that picked my gift bag! 

Stuck on You.... :0(

MISTI, magnets, and me.... bad combination.... Either the magnets are stacking themselves, or clinging to the MISTI corners, or the more hurried you are.... the worse it becomes.... I have had two circle magnets shatter so bad idea...

Had seen other crafters using bar magnets in their MISTI with a piece of washi tape around the magnet for easy moving it around or lifting it off your stamped card stock pieces. Looked easy enough but where to buy them?

Since I bought my MISTI off I thought it would be best to go to that website and see if they even offer the bar magnets. Happy me -- she sells one for $8.00.... great... until I put it in the cart and found out she charges $7.95 for shipping. . .  Far too much for me to pay for one item. I decided I would go to and see if they sell bar magnets since they sell so many other card making items. Searched around and found this:

totalElement Super Strong Industrial Grade 3 x 1/2 x 1/8 Inch Neodymium N48 Bar Magnet (2 Pack)

I ordered a set and with the $5.00 shipping I paid $14.99 total -- for two bar magnets -- and they arrived today. Here is a photo of one of my new bar magnets and I put a piece of washi tape around it for lifting it and moving it around. I wanted my bar magnet to have the silver coating that the circle magnets have and my new bar magnets have that coating. This photo shows the size of this magnet and the white card stock under the magnet is 4" x 5 1/4". The magnet is not too high for the MISTI and the MISTI door easily closes without hitting this bar magnet:

Thought I would share this purchase if anyone else has wanted to buy bar magnets for their MISTI. Shipping is an issue for me so I am happy that I spent $14.99 for two plus the shipping instead of $17.95 for one bar magnet. Do remember though if you are a Prime member with Amazon you won't have that $5.00 shipping charge so a better deal for you too!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Stamp Show in Hampton, Virginia

Went to the SSAT stamp show yesterday in Hampton, VA with DH driving me and my PIC (stamping partner in crime) to the show. Left the house in the dark and arrived home in the dark but a fun filled day for us!

This is a much smaller show than the show we went to in Chantilly, VA back in June but any stamp show is fun -- my PIC and I had decided before we arrived to the show that we wanted to shop the Impressions Obsessions booth first. We both love their dies and stamps so when the show opened we headed there first. Here are some photos of the cards at their booth:

As we were shopping their booth I had seen a sign that said 25% off EVERYTHING in their booth -- all stamps, dies, inks, etc. Knowing that certainly changed how we shopped -- 25% off and NO shipping since we were shopping in person???? Here is a photo of the items I bought:

I already own so many of the IO dies but I was still able to find a tree die and a pumpkin border die to add to my collection. Their dies -- large and small -- cut well with no problems so it is fun to use their dies for die cutting projects. I also bought background stamps and a spooky Halloween tree stamp.

Next is a photo of two dies I picked up at the Pink and Main booth:

Bought a "happy" and a shadow "happy" die as well as a small bow die. The smaller bow die will get lots of use with the upcoming holidays for wreaths and such. Then off to Tessler Stamps:

Bought red sticky tape from them and a bat border die from Cheery Lynn that Tessler was selling for half price.

Stopped at the booth for Just For Fun stamps and picked up a Halloween stamp on the left and a candy cane stick stamp on the right.

Happy to see Debbie M who owns and bought this stamp set - it is for planners or calendars but I love the images and word stamps so it will get much use in my craft room for tags and cards -- always fun to shop her booth with her cute displays:

Shopped the booth for Anthony's Paper Craft and I had never heard of them before -- found a clearance Halloween stamp and a set of 10 manila tags for a dollar:

Had lunch at Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger and then off to Wegmans:

Always a treat to shop at Wegmans when I can -- they are supposedly opening new stores in my area within the next year and I will be happy to have them nearby!

We headed home, stopping at Friendly's and buying our ice creams and that was our day. A busy day but fun as usual. A BIG thanks to DH for being the driver for us two stampers... Happy us!