Monday, April 30, 2012

The Hen House . . .

Used an old set of stamps for this card. The card is on Kraft paper from PaperTreyInk and I used the Chicken Wire background stamp from Stampin Up for the background. Used StazOn Dove Gray ink on that and then put the paper to the stamp. Once that was done I then scored the Kraft paper and then cut it to the size I wanted for the card. Used the old stamp set Roosting from Stampin Up for the chicken and the basket of eggs. Used Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink for those. Used Crayon brand colour pencils (Michaels) to colour in the chicken and the straw and basket of eggs and cloth. Used the computer to print Hen House and Fresh Eggs. Used the Word Window punch from Stampin Up for those. Used a small circle punch for the black 'nails' on the two signs and also the three next to the chicken window. I made the window in the card using the Square dies from Spellbinders in the Cuttlebug. Used two sizes of those dies on scrap brown paper to make the frame around the window. Using a razor edge craft knife I cut a slit in the card stock next to the frame to put the checked ribbon through and tied that. Trimmed that to size. Using the SU Close to Cocoa ink I sponged the edges of the eggs/basket piece and also went over the Hen House and the Fresh Eggs signs so they are not so white. Bought this stamp set in a stamp lot off Ebay--nice to use an older stamp set that you don't see all the time. TFL

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tag Treat Holder

This is made using the Two Tags Die from Sizzix/Stampin Up. It hold candies, nuggets, etc. The flowers are from the stash. Once the pattern was made it did not take long to make these. TFL

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Simple Joys Card

   ** This card is on the Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast and that is quite the honor. Thanks to all my followers for cheering me on!  :0)   Candee P **

This card is on yellow card stock from Stampin Up. Used the Stampin Up Little Shapes stamp set that I got from Craig's List and used various colour ink for those stamps. Just stamped them randomly on white card stock. Then used a greeting stamp from JRL Design and lavender ink on white card stock. Used the Large Labels die from Spellbinders in the Cuttlebug for that. Then used a square punch and punched two pink squares and put those behind the greeting label. Used a plaid flower and other flowers and a brad for the flower piece. Used the branch punch from Martha Stewart on scrap green card stock for the sprigs behind the flower piece. Both the greeting and the flower have the pop dots behind them for dimension. The pink ribbon is from my stash. OH! For the small turquoise circles I used a pencil with eraser and dabbed the eraser on the ink pad and stamped it on the card front. I cleaned the pencil eraser with what I clean all my stamps with---1/2 water to 1/2 Simple Green in a spray bottle and now the eraser is clean and I can use it to erase again. TFL

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Candy Making Molds Storage

Am working on a storage system for the plastic candy molds I have. I have found a lot of molds at the thrift stores and many of them are old so do not want them to crack or break. I have them in order by holiday or by what they are. They are in a plastic file bin from Staples that holds the hanging folders. This bin has a snap on lid so it will keep them dust free. With them labeled and filed now I can find them easily instead of having to go through a big stack of them just to find the one I want. I have a second matching bin for all the bottles and the accessories for candy making. TFL

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Purse die Easter Basket

Another project made with the new Sizzix/Stampin Up Petite Purse die. First picture shows a polka dot purse as the die makes it. I then used yellow card stock and cut out a yellow purse. Once it was cut out with the Sizzix machine I cut off the top 'flap' to the purse. This leaves it open as a basket. I then used two flower punches and put those on the front of the purse where you would tuck your flap to close it. Added Easter grass and candies and now it is a basket... The possibilities with this die seem endless -- it is not just a purse for sure...  In the third picture with the pink I just moved the handle from side to side to front to back. Tucked the handle into the slit the die makes for the purse top. TFL


This is a picture of more of what you can do with the new Sizzix/Stampin Up Petite Purse die. Cindy W forwarded to me a picture of what Katy Pope had made with her new die. In my picture I used double sided paper from BoBunny. I then made a purse from the die--on the left. Then I cut out two more purses with the die for the 'tote' that holds the mini candies. You do not need the purse handles for the 'tote'. I laid one cut out purse on top of the other and marked where I wanted to use the oval punch for the top of the tote. Before you punch the oval be sure to trim the tab on the top of the piece off as you will not need that.  Then I used the oval punched and punched the oval in both together. Then I laid the purse pieces back to back on top of each other with double sided tape between them to make them as one. Then I put the tape on the sides of the purse. Once all taped together you have two purses back to back. Add candies and a bow and it is done. Not only are the purses/totes cute but they go together rather quickly! Thanks Cindy for the forward! TFL

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Purses W Petite Purse Die

Used the new purse die from Sizzix for Stampin  Up for these purses. They will hold the miniature candy bars and the nuggets. The dotted purse I used double sided paper for. The black and white purse is white card stock that has a black flocking on it. The red purse is flocked paper from Hobby Lobby and the coral purse I used textured paper for. Way cute and fun to make. Tips I learned: After it is cut out use a pencil on the wrong side of your handle to mark the hole for the brad to hold the handle on the purse. I used a small hole punch for that. I also used a pencil to mark the side of the purse for where the handle will be. I then used the hole punch for that as well. I cut out all the purses with the die then marked and punched the holes for the brads for the handles. Then I used the tape for the purse sides. Then used a small flower punch for the flowers on the front of the purses. Made these four in less than an hour that way. Used different papers to show this can be casual or dressed up. At the stamp club Cindy W had embossed one of the purses -- very versatile looks for a cute purse ... was hoping to be able to use a lot of scraps for it but the die cuts the purse in one piece and it will take a larger piece than scraps. Bigger than the other purses I have made but it holds more chocolate so that is a good thing !!!  :0)  TFL

Thursday, April 12, 2012

More Binder Clips - Table Scatters

More of the binder clips for the 4th of July. Made these as table scatters. Patriotic sayings were printed off the computer. Used oval punches for the tags. Printed papers are from Hobby Lobby and Recollections from Michaels. Used the Uncle Sam pattern from with Dawn Olchefske. Had to size her pattern down to fit on the binder clips. Bought red and blue binder clips at Staples. Used silver binder clips to cover with the printed papers. Scrap papers were used for the tags and all ribbons are from my stash. TFL  *** Just added new scatters with the binder clips and this time I used the Stampin Up Pennant punch for the "flags" on the binders.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4th of July Binder Clips

Decided a few years back that the yearly buying plastic silverware and then tossing it after we all ate had to be an idea of the past.... so off I went to a thrift/2nd hand store to buy used silverware. I bought enough of it for 10 people -- forks, knives, spoons, serving spoons..... Spent less than $5.00 for all of that. Best part? They do not match !  But it is for cookouts and that is the fun of it --- if the kids loose a spoon? no big deal... but when I set up the buffet tables how to put out the mismatched silverware? I used mason jars and others from the thrift/2nd hand store. I used fabric and cut circles from tracing a dinner dish. Then put the jars in the center of the circle--wrong side of the fabric to the jars--and tied red/white/blue ribbons at the top of the jars to hold the fabric. Then I put the forks in one jar, then the knives in another and then the spoons in another. So many people have commented on me using this silverware---buy it, run it through the dishwasher and you are all set. Less plastic product in the landfills for sure. So one of my friends is also doing this so I made these name place tags from binder clips for her. She always has the big family gathering at their place for July 4th so I thought she would like these. To begin with the red and dark blue binder clips are sold at Staples like that. The other clips are silver so I had to cover them in papers from Hobby Lobby and Recollections/Michaels. Used two oval punches for the names and printed the names on the computer. For the "Uncle Sam" I had seen this on the blog from Dawn Olchefske. She has the pattern on her blog for Uncle Sam but I had to size him down for the binder clips--once I had all the sizes chosen it went together quickly. I still have more to assemble for her family but wanted to get the picture up on the blog. I will send her extra clips and extra blank labels for extra guests. All ribbons are from the stash. Used a marker for the eyes and mouth.   TFL !

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Circle Window Card

This card is on pink card stock. Used a 3 inch circle punch for the 'window' on the front of the card. The soft chalked floral piece in the circle is left over from another card I made. I had used white card stock and a stencil from AC Moore and I chalked over it giving it a soft look. I then used a 2 3/4 inch punch and punched out a circle from coral paper. I then punched over that with a 3 inch circle punch giving me the coral 'ring' around the circle window. Used a small hole punch for the ribbon to go through and tied that. The greeting is stamped with coral ink and I used a new-to-me stamp set from Close to My Heart that I bought used. TFL

Paper Flower Card

Lucky me! Was able to buy Close to My Heart stamp sets from a gal at the monthly stamp club--so this is the first card I made with my new to me finds.... This is the large flower stamp from the "Endless Love" stamp set. I used pink, coral, and orange inks for that on white card stock. Then I cut out the flowers. Put them in various embossing folders in the Cuttlebug. Then crumpled up each flower and clipped between the scallops on the flower pieces. Scrunched them up and added a pink and coral flower on top. I made those two flowers using two flower punches. Added a large brad for the center and the flower is done. Then scored and cut a piece of light card stock for the card. Using the Petal Print background stamp I used orange ink and put this on 2/3 of the card front. Using a greeting stamp from the Close to My Heart stamp set "Notice the Details" I stamped that also in orange ink on the lower right corner. For the stem and leaves for the flower I used green gross grain ribbon from AC Moore. TFL

Monday, April 9, 2012

Flower Power Card

This card is on green card stock from Stampin Up and the white card stock is from Walmart. Used a painting stencil by Plaid/Folk Art that is sold at AC Moore. I placed the stencil on top of the white card stock and held it in place with one hand. I then used chalks and daubers to add colour to the stencil. Used the daubers and went in a circular motion all over the stencil changing colours as I went. I then trimmed this piece to size for the background. Sponged SU Pretty in Pink ink on the edges of this piece. . I then used a "Thinking of You" stamp from a 1997 Stampin Up stamp set---it is used and no name is on it--that I recently got. I used SU markers to colour the stamp. Used the Spellbinder Classic Ovals dies in the Cuttlebug to cut out the ovals. Used yellow ribbon from the stash. Used pop dots behind the ovals for dimension. TFL

Easter Treat Containers

These are the treat holders I made for Easter. The first picture are the holders for larger candy bars and such. In the blue holder for the DH I put dollar scratch off tickets. The second picture are more purses. The third picture are some of the pillow boxes I made and decorated for the baskets. These hold chocolate eggs, the miniature chocolate bunnies, and miniature candy bars. Enjoyed making these but was happy to use up a lot of my scrap papers in the process. TFL

Saturday, April 7, 2012

An Easter Card from Blogette Mary H

Received this Easter card from Blogette Mary H. It is embossed on the front piece and the detailed frame is put on the embossed piece with pop dots. She has layered the two crosses in the center and put a white pearl at the center of the cross. The camera does not capture the beauty of the card. The all white theme really makes it quite beautiful. Thanks Mary H!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Treat Holder

This is very simple treat holder---took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Using one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock will make two holders. Cut the card stock in half lengthwise. Then score it at 2", 6", 6 1/2", and again at 7". This holder has a pleated bottom. Once it is all scored and folded I stamped a flower stamp all over the front piece only with a flower stamp from Stampin Up 2 Step Petal Prints using the SU Pretty in Pink ink. Then on the 'flap' I used a small oval punch to allow for the ribbon to go through. I centered that on the flap. For the tag I used a small bunny stamp and again used the SU Pretty in Pink ink and stamped that on the pink card stock. Punched it out with the small SU tag punch and sponged the ink on the edges of this. I then used a darker pink scrap of paper and used the SU large tag punch and punched out a tag. Put these two tags together and used a circle punch for the ribbon. Ribbon is from the scraps. Having the pleated bottom you can put some of the small flat chocolate bunnies inside. Very quick to make up and you can make your tags out of scrap card stock. TFL

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chocolate Bunny and a Purse

Used Stampin Up pinks and brown card stock for the card and purse. Bought the SU Chocolate Bunny stamp used and decided to make a bunny. Used brown card stock and to have the lines on the bunny stand out more I used SU black ink. I then put this stamped piece on top of another piece of brown card stock with adhesive and cut the bunny out. This will give you a thicker piece to work with. I took the darker pink card stock and using the SU Elegant Bouquet embossing folder I embossed that piece. I trimmed it to size. I then used pink Stickles ( LOVE the new storage idea for them) and put a dot of Stickles in the center of the embossed flowers (camera did not really capture the sparkle). Put the bunny on the embossed piece with pop dots for dimension and added a bow. Ribbons are from the stash. For the purse I again used the Sizzix/SU die Bigz Two Tags and scored the tag for the purse. Used a small flower punch by EK Success and added a crystal to that for the flower on the purse. Ribbon handle and miniature candy bar added to the purse. What is Easter without a Chocolate Bunny?  TFL

Monday, April 2, 2012

More Easter Purses

More Easter purses going in the mail today with the Lollipop Flowers pail I made for a friend. She really liked the purses I made her for Christmas so I am sure she will like these too. Best thing?? They are made from scraps as are the flowers. TFL

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Purse for Easter

This is a new purse just in time for Easter! Used the Sizzix/Stampin Up "Bigz Two Tags" die. I then scored this from the straight bottom of the tag to the scalloped top:

   from the bottom score it at 1 1/4
       then again at  2  1/4
         then again below the bottom scallop
           then again score above the bottom scallop

Use a small flower punch and make a small flower and add a crystal.
For the handle I used a small circle punch and punched two holes on the top of the purse and ran ribbon through those holes, tied a knot at the ends of the ribbon and trimmed the ends. Used a removable glue dot to keep the purse closed. These purses will hold choc kisses or the miniature candy bars. Used all scrap papers for the purses and flowers. Crystals are from my stash.