Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Creative Backgrounds - #1

You used what for that background???? Waxed paper.... I like to use the Cut-Rite brand of waxed paper because I think it has a heavier layer of the waxing than the paper at the dollar stores. This background will give you a soft look and depending on what embossing folder you use it can be subtle or the main design of the card front. Things needed for this background:

You will need a dry iron --- drain your water out of it -- you will also need a foam ink pad  (I used the Baby Pink by Memories) you will need an embossing folder (I used the larger floral folder by Darice) a piece of waxed paper and white card stock.

For this card I used pink card stock from Stampin Up for the card base and then used SU white card stock for the background piece. To do this you need to cut two pieces of white card stock larger than the embossing folder you are using. Also rip off a piece of waxed paper and then trim it to be larger than the embossing folder you are using. Plug in your iron onto med** heat and set aside. Put the waxed paper in your embossing folder and run through the Cuttlebug. Carefully remove it from the folder and put it on top of one of the white card stock pieces and then put the second white card stock piece on top of that. Put this on a work mat. Slowly put the iron on top of this and move it slowly over the piece -- do this for a bit. Turn off iron and set aside. Lift off your top card stock and then remove the embossed waxed paper. You now have 2 pieces of white card stock you can use. I took the Memories ink pad and went over the white piece side to side on the side that the waxed imprint is on -- if you move the ink pad in circles you will get a different look than mine. Cover the white card stock with ink -- once covered use a clean paper towel to wipe off the ink -- with  the paper towel I did move in circles. Once that piece is done then ink the 2nd piece on the waxed side and wipe it off and set these aside to dry. I did all this on my mat and then used a baby wipe to clean up the inks.  Once this is dried you can trim this to size and then continue with the card. ** Test your iron first for temperature on scrap card stock of the pieces you are using.   A tip I will share is:

For this card the flower piece is a stamp from Great Impressions that I used markers on. Then I used the Spellbinders Classic Circles die to cut it out. A lot of people shy away from using the dies because they complain they "skip" or "jump" when they are trying to cut them out with the Cuttlebug or die cut machine. I use painters tape or scotch tape to hold the die in place -- this also works on more detailed dies with shapes or cut outs such as this:

Just be sure to tape to the outside of your cut out shape. Both the painters tape and the scotch tape will peel off easily.

So these are 10 ideas for Creative Backgrounds -- don't forget the nylon scrubber at the dollar store and any other "out of the box" ideas you may have. TFL

Creative Backgrounds - #2

You used what for the background??  Have you lost your marbles???!!!!   Hope not because you will need three glass marbles and one reinker and one box with a lid to make that background on this card! I used an empty clear clamshell box that stamp sets come in for this.... I used a larger clamshell and cut my white card stock to fit in the clamshell box. Then used three marbles -- open the clamshell, put in the three glass marbles and used one reinker. Put three drops in various spots in the clamshell box with the marbles. Close the lid and be sure it is shut. Begin to shake around the marbles and as they roll around in the inks they will get inked themselves. Then open the box and put the card stock on the bottom of the box. Snap lid closed and begin to move marbles around again. (When you put in your card stock piece tip the box so the marbles will fall to the one end)  This first example is of a turquoise reinker and I did not move around the marbles for a long period of time -- just enough to get some coverage on the card stock ... but the next card below --

on this card I made sure to roll around the marbles but also to shake the clamshell box they were in so you can see more lines and thicker spots. I used regular card stock from Walmart for this. Once you have the coverage you like then remove the card stock and set aside to dry. Wash out the clamshell box and your three marbles and the inks will come right off. Simply cut your dried background piece to size for your card and go from there.  (You will have ink on the back side of your card stock from putting it on the bottom of the clamshell box but that dries and will not affect the piece) .

Creative Backgrounds - #3

You used what for the background?? This card is made using the Shaving Cream/Reinkers technique. I will say you need to be near a sink for sure. What I did was buy an aluminum rectangle pan at the dollar store (the small and shallow one)  and I also bought my shaving cream there. It does not matter if you use the scented or the unscented BUT your card will smell if you use the strongly scented shaving cream . . .  :0)   Anyways -- you will need a craft stick (or a popsicle stick)  and reinkers of your choice. I used green and blue. First I ripped off a piece of aluminum foil big enough for me to put my card stock on after it comes out of the shaving cream mixture. Spray the shaving cream into the pan and smooth it out so it is flat/level. Then add 1-3 or more drops of the reinkers of your choice all over and use your craft stick to run through the shaving cream -- this will spread your colours. If you like you can make circles or whatever to get the colours to blend or cross. Take your card stock and lay it flat on top of the shaving cream and gently smooth it out so all the card stock front will touch the shaving cream. Then remove this and put it flat onto the foil piece and using a paper towel wipe off the left over shaving cream. For this card I used regular white card stock from Walmart but you can use the water papers as well. You will need to give this piece time to dry before you use it for a card but it is well worth the mess.

Creative Backgrounds - #4

You used what for that background?? This card is made using the rubber bands and the VersaMark ink. I put thick and thin rubber bands around a clear acrylic block in random order. The more you put on there the more texture you will get. I then took the VersaMark pad to the block covered in the rubber bands and tapped the ink pad all over it. You will be able to see if you have missed an area as VersaMark is shiny even though it is a clear ink. Once you have 'stamped' this block onto your white card stock then use a sponge and chalks to colour in the piece. I only used a light pink chalk on this but you can use more than one chalk colour. This technique is a softer background and very easy to do.

Creative Backgrounds - #5

You used what for that background??  This card is made with aluminum foil. I have found in using foil on cards that the cheaper the foil the better . . .   I get mine at the dollar store. To use foil first decide on the embossing folder you want to use as some are larger than others. Then cut a piece of white card stock larger than the folder you are using. Run the white card stock through the Xyron for the adhesive. Then rip off a piece of foil from the roll larger than you will need. Be careful not to get too many wrinkles on this. Now you have to decide with the foil if you want to see the shiny side or the duller side on the front of the card. Once that is decided then put your foil onto the white card stock with the adhesive. The side you are putting onto the adhesive card stock will not be seen. Trim the foil to the size of the white card stock with scissors being careful as you cut. Then put this piece in your embossing folder in the Cuttlebug.**  Trim it to size and put it on your card front. ** I have found with some embossing folders that they emboss deeply so you may want to use a 2nd piece of card stock under this when you emboss it. Just save your spare embossed piece for another card or project.

Creative Backgrounds - #6

You used what for that background? When all else fails??? Stamp it.... Used white card stock and various flower stamps and various inks and randomly stamped all over the card stock. Then I put it in the Cuttlebug in a floral embossing folder. Now it has colour and texture. Trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front. The embossing folder has added texture and dimension to the background.

Creative Backgrounds - #7

You used what for that background??  This card was published in the Just Cards Holiday 2011 issue and I used a paint sample card to stamp the tree stamps on. Paint samples are free and you can use them for many things. I liked using it for this card because the shades of the paint change from a light to dark and it gives the trees some dimension. Plus the paint samples have a satin to a glossy finish and it will stand out against the finish of your card stock.

Creative Backgrounds - #8

You used what for that background?? Used a light weight piece of metal from the craft store for the background for this card. Used a leaf motif embossing folder from Sizzix in the Cuttlebug for the embossing. Use old scissors to trim to size. Put the embossed piece onto the card front with the ATG (tape gun). This is very reflective and shiny so the camera did not capture that well.

Creative Backgrounds - #9

You used what for that background?? This is #9 in the series of 10 backgrounds for card making. For this card  I used torn pieces of masking tape that I put onto the white card stock and then inked over it with a stamp pad. The more ink you put on it the more you can see the torn edges on the tape. Be sure to use a good quality of masking tape so it will stick to each other even when you ink over it.

Creative Backgrounds -- #10

This is #10 in the Creative Background Series. This card was made for Valentine's Day and I used a heart printed napkin for the background for this card. Trim the napkin larger than what you will use for the card front. Peel away the layers of the napkin so you just have the one piece that is printed. Set aside. Cut a piece of white card stock larger than the napkin piece. Run the white card stock through the Xyron. Put the napkin piece on top of the adhesive side of the white card stock. Using a paper trimmer trim this to the size you will use for your card front.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Birdhouse Card

So while my paint is drying I decided to make a bird house card -- DH built all these rooms and I have to do the priming and painting.  When we moved here we brought one of the bird houses we had in our back yard. In this new house we hung it on the front porch. . .  this was a bird house that was "rented" every season so I thought for sure it would be rented here as well . . .  it now sits empty . . . But not three feet from this bird house a bird has set up shop and now has a family of her own. She built her nest at the very highest point of the porch---the outlet by the ceiling. She has four babies but in the picture we could only get one of them and here is the nest:

So this inspired the card I made. I used Kraft paper from PaperTreyInk and used the Chicken Wire background stamp from Stampin Up. I used StazOn Dove Gray ink for that. Then  I used a rust paint sample card from Lowe's and used a circle hole punch and punched a hole in the center. Used the SU 2 Step Bird punch for the bird and wing. Sponged the edges of those. Used the branch punch from Martha Stewart for the 'sprigs' behind the bird and at the bottom front with the branches. Used flowers from the flower jars with brads. The "hello there" is from the 2 Step Cheep Talk stamp set from Stampin Up. For the roof of the bird house I used the Stampin Up Word Window punch and I used lighter weight kraft card stock from Joanns. I then used the SU Close to Cocoa ink to sponge on the edges of those and trimmed them all to size to make the roof. It does not show well but the roof and paint sample for the bird house go well together---the roof looks like texture. The bird house is on a plain piece of kraft paper and I put the pop dots between the paint sample house and the back kraft paper piece. This makes it look more dimensional.  TFL

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nine Hearts Flower Card

This card is on Baja Breeze paper by Stampin Up. Used a corner rounder for the corners. Used the Sizzix die Flourish #10 for the stem to the flower. The flower is made using 9 hearts that were punched using a Marvy heart punch. I used papers from My Mind's Eye for the flower/hearts and stem. For the hearts I sponged the edges with SU Sahara Sand and then put them together for the flower using one glue dot on each heart to attach it to the heart next to it. The size heart punch will decide how many hearts you will need to make your flower. The size I used I needed 9 hearts. I used a 1/4 circle punch on scrap print paper and then over that circle I used the 3/4 circle punch and put that in the center of the flower and added a brad. I used a glue pen to put the stem on the front of the card and there is a large pop dot behind the hearts flower for dimension. The greeting stamp is from Hobby Lobby and I used SU Blue Bayou ink for that. TFL

A Scottie Hello Card

This card is on pink card stock from Stampin Up. Black card stock used is from the scrap file. Print paper is from Crafty Secrets. Used black shiny dots from the 'bling box'. Ribbon is from the stash. For the greeting "Hello" I used black ink from SU and that stamp is from their set Fundamental Phrases. Used two sizes of circle punches for the black and pink circles for the greeting. Pop dots are behind the piece the Scottie dog is on for dimension.  TFL

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Birthday Card for a Quilter

Made a birthday card for a bestest friend of 30+ years. She is an avid quilter and her favorite colour is red. Did not want to make the regular "Happy Birthday" card so wanted to include her quilting. I did not have a quilting stamp but last weekend I went to a stamp yard sale and I bought the quilt stamp there. It is from Inkadinkado. I used red card stock from Close to My Heart for the card and the cream card stock is Very Vanilla from Stampin Up. I used Ruby Red from SU ink for the quilted stamp on the Very Vanilla card stock and then sponged Sahara Sand ink from SU on the edges. Mounted this on red card stock. I also bought a second stamp at the sale which is a background stamp about friendship. That stamp is by PSX from 2001. I used the SU Sahara Sand ink for that onto the Very Vanilla card stock, sponged the edges, and then mounted that onto red card stock."Best friends. . . " stamp on the banner is from my stash and used the Ruby Red ink on that and then sponged it. The banner is cut using a die.  Red crystals are from my stash. For the sewing machine tag I used the small and large tag punches from SU and the sewing machine stamp is by Hero Arts. Used the Word Window punch for that and punched out a piece of red card stock to put on the tag where the brad is. Brad is from the stash. Ribbon is also from the stash and then added a bow. There are pop dots behind the quilted piece for dimension. Glad I was able to find the two stamps that I am sure she will like on her birthday card.  TFL   **P.S.  Just found out that Sierra Enterprises sells the Friendship background stamp for $30.00 -- I paid $1.50 -- look for craft/stamp sales locally -- you could save a bundle for sure . . . .

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Butterfly Thank You Card

Had seen a card by Elizabeth Moad and wanted to make one myself. I used YoYo Yellow card stock from Stampin Up for the card. The solid butterflies were made with scrap papers using the Martha Stewart butterfly punches and the larger solid butterflies are made using the Stampin Up butterfly punch. The printed butterflies are made using the new Stampin Up stamp set Creative Elements and I used various inks for those and then cut those out with scissors. All crystals are from the stash. The "many thanks" is a stamp from Hero Arts and I used the Stampin Up Word Window punch for that. Pop dots are behind that for dimension. It is hard to see in this first picture but the front of the card has been cut away and the three larger butterflies are holding the card fronts together. See below for a better picture of this:

In this picture I opened the card for you to see better that the large butterflies are holding the two card fronts together. This is an easy card to make and when you open the card the two smaller butterflies are in there with the greeting. TFL

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Dentist . . .

So . . .  the next time you have to go to the dentist and you get the "Remember to use floss daily" lecture, stop and think twice . . . don't roll your eyes ... don't  "whatever" in your head ...  your dentist could be a card maker because ---

This card is a 'spinner' card made with dental floss. I used Night of Navy card stock from Stampin Up for the card. I then used three sizes of the Circle Dies from Spellbinders in the Cuttlebug machine. The trick to this card is planning.... I used a stars and strips star stamp that I picked up from Hobby Lobby. I used a dark blue and a red marker and then coloured on the stamp. Using the 'huff'' method I then stamped this onto white card stock. I used a medium circle die and cut that out. The backside of the star circle piece is a red circle made using scrap red card stock and again I used the same size circle die to cut that out. But for the center of the other side of this circle I used a smaller stamp as I wanted a red 'border' around that. I used a stamp from Hambo Stamps for that side and cut it out with a smaller circle -- the other side of the 'spinner' piece looks like this:

I wanted the blues of the star stamp to match the "God Bless America" stamp by Hambo Stamps so I used the same blue marker and coloured this stamp also. First you have to decide where you want the circle for the 'spinner' to be on the card front. Once you score and cut your card then cut this circle out with the die on the front of your card. Using a smaller piece of matching card stock I again cut this same circle size out. Trimmed the smaller piece for inside piece for the card. Then I taped a piece of the dental floss to the inside of the card in the center of the circle on the card front. Then adhere the smaller card stock with the circle on the inside of the card and that will cover your dental floss piece. From the front of the card I taped on the star circle to the dental floss. From the inside (backside) of this circle on the dental floss I put the red circle. Once they were adhered to each other I then put on the "God Bless America" circle. For the checked ribbon I used ribbon from the stash. I cut a slit in the fold of the card and put the ribbon through that and then tied a knot. Trim the ends off and the card is done. This card goes together quickly once all the stamping is done and the circles are made . . .   so the next time the dentist tells you "Remember to floss daily" this is what they probably mean  ;0)     TFL

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Card for Cookout Season

         This card was choosen as a favorite card at Splitcoast for this past week and it was posted as such on Sunday, May 27th, 2012. Thanks to all the blogettes for all the nice comments as well!! Candee P

This is the card I made for the Memorial Day weekend celebrations and such. Living in the north for so many years Memorial Day weekend did not only mean a parade for the vets but it also stood for two other things: the weekend most people would 'open' the back yard pool for the season and it is also the 'kick off' for the summer season and cookouts and picnics. I had seen the apron card done by Angela Poole which was my inspiration. Her apron was for gardening but I wanted to adapt mine to picnics and cookouts. So here is my version . . .   I used Kraft paper from and I used the red stripe and the red checked papers from Hobby Lobby. Red gross grain ribbon for the apron ties are from my stash.

This is the inside of the card. I used a stamp for "It's BBQ Time!" and the ant. I did not have a Happy Memorial Day stamp on my baker's rack of stamps (how did that happen??) so I used the computer to print out the "Happy Memorial Day" onto the white card stock from Walmart and then I stamped my two stamps on that card stock. Trimmed that to size and then put it inside the card. It is on the lower third of the inside of the card so it can not be seen from the front of the card. I did not want to take away from the apron look of the card. This card is a lot of hand cutting but I made 20 of them so it could not be too bad!! ;0)  To simplify it all I did all pieces that I would need and made piles as I went along. The piles also helped when assembling the card too. This is one of my favorite cards I have made---TFL

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Card

This is the Mother's Day card from step daughter Clare. She used pink card stock for the card and tulip paper from her stash. Used a scallop punch for the white piece across the front. Used the 2 Step Bird punch from Stampin Up for her tulips---she used the wings from that punch for those. Added ribbon and it is complete. Good choice of the pinks and greens. Thank you Clare!  Happy Mother's Day to all the Blogette Moms today.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Four Seasons/Autumn Sneak Peek Card

This card is on card stock from Stampin Up. They have a new catalog coming out on June 1st and I have one of the new sets of stamps "Four Seasons". They are all circular/wreath shapes with the seasonal themes. I choose to make the Autumn card as I love Autumn. I used markers to colour the stamps and then stamped this onto SU Very Vanilla card stock. Using the circle dies from Spellbinders I cut out the circular wreath. I then used SU Old Olive card stock and cut out the larger circle die with that. I then inked the center of this stamp with SU Dusty Durango ink and stamped that onto the Vanilla card stock. The center of this wreath is this bird. I stamped him and cut him out using a small circle punch. I used a larger circle punch for the green circle behind that. Now to the card. I cut, scored, and folded the card. In this stamp set with the Autumn wreath is a larger leaf stamp and I randomly stamped that onto the front left side of the card. I then cut off approx 2" of the right front of the card. I then put a piece of decorated card stock down the front of the card. Then I put the wreath piece on the left front of the card. Using a pop dot I put the bird piece in the center of the wreath piece. The "Autumn Greetings" stamp is by and I used the Dusty Durango ink for that as well. Simple card to make. TFL

Mini Milk Cartons

These are all made using the Sizzix/Stampin Up Mini Milk Carton die that I just got yesterday. I used red card stock for the Uncle Sam on the lower left corner with a covered binder clip to hold the carton closed. On the lower right corner I used a light lavender card stock and used decorative paper for the front of that and added flowers from the stash jar, a brad, and sprigs using the branch punch. The upper left is pumpkin card stock and I used left over turkey 'parts' (See my Shoe Box Swap #1 post on my blog for what I used him for) and I can use that for Thanksgiving as a table place setting marker or just favors. The upper right is another mini milk carton that I used red card stock for. I used the small and the large tag punches and a holly punch for the tag and then made two hole in that for the checked ribbon. I cover that binder clip with red paper. Tried to make four different mini milk cartons to see how different they all look. The binder clips I used are the smallest ones but I think you can also use the next size up. (See my post for the 4th of July binder clips and table scatters for more binder clips)  The only thing I can say is once you cut out your die piece to use the bone folder and go over ALL crease lines to the front and to the back so you will have crisp lines. Other than that let your imagination flow and use up your scraps ....  these go together quickly -- they are approx 3 1/8" high by 1 5/8" wide for the overall carton. TFL

Friday, May 11, 2012

Word Window Punch Cupcake

Used the Stampin Up Word Window punch for the bottom front of the cupcake.Put that together and then I trimmed it to the size I needed.  Used the cupcake die by Marianne Dies for the frosting piece and using a glue pen I added brown glitter to that. Tied twine around the bottom front of the cupcake. Used a circle die from the Spellbinders Circles Dies for the lavender circle behind the cupcake. The scalloped circle was made using the Marvy punch. Lavender card stock is from Stampin Up and the cupcake print paper is from Recollections/Michaels.  Cherry was also made using the Marianne die. TFL

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Bouquet of Daisies Card

This card is on lavender card stock from Stampin Up. Used white card stock from Walmart. Used the new stamp set "Daisy Bouquet" by  -- LOVE her stamps and dies and she is very reasonably priced**. I stamped the bouquet onto white card stock using the Timber Brown ink from StazOn and then I used colour pencils by Crayon from AC Moore to colour the flowers and stems and such. Then I used the Spellbinders Labels 10 and cut out the flower piece. Then, leaving the die still on the cut piece, I sponged light blue ink around the edges.*** Once I removed the die that left the white all around the edges. I then used the next larger die and cut out the card itself. To keep this from 'rolling over' to the side I clipped a little of the center curve at the bottom so the card will stand up. I then used a glue pen and went around the center of the flowers and sprinkled on DeNami glitter and then tapped that off. Made a bow from gingham ribbon from my stash and put that on the front of the flower vase with a glue dot. ** Taylored Expressions is a favorite company of mine as they have good quality and fast shipping. They will also email you with any concerns or questions and they have a gallery of their stamps on their website.  *** To clean the Spellbinders die after I sponged over it with ink I simply use a baby wipe and it cleans right off. TFL

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mary's Little Lambs .... are right here

More nugget candy holders. Saw these on This idea and pattern is from her. She made a short video for you to see her supplies and how she did this. Again another cute idea for the nugget candies. She used the Two Tag die from Sizzix/Stampin Up, an oval punch, the SU Word Window punch, the BoHo Blossoms punch, a scallop punch, a small circle punch, ribbon, and wiggle eyes. They went together quickly once you do the embossing on the white card stock. Used the cheaper card stock sold @ Walmart for these (Georgia Pacific card stock). A fun punch art project. TFL

Cupcake Pop Up Card

This is the pop up card I made for the friend in NY that I am mailing a package off to today. Cindy W who is the head of our monthly stamp club held our second Shoe Box Swap on Saturday and she showed us how to make a pop up card. So I thought I would make one for a stamping friend. I used cherries card stock from DoddleBug. The pink card stock is by Stampin Up. Used greens and browns from the scraps for the green piece across the front of the card and for the cupcake bottoms and then for the frosting. Red crystals are from my stash. Used a mini cupcake punch from EK Success for the three small cupcakes on the front of the card.  For the larger cupcake on the inside of the card I used the cupcake die from Marianne dies to cut that out. Used the Stampin Up Word Window punch for the inside of the card behind the pop up cupcake. Used a Marvy circle punch for the pink circle behind the pop up cupcake. Ribbon is from the stash. Used pop dots behind the small cupcakes on the front of the card for dimension. Thanks to Cindy for such easy instructions to a fun card!  TFL

More hats . . .

This card making all began with attending one and the only Stampin Up party I had gone to with a friend. She is in NY so I am mailing a package off to her this morning of projects I have made. Made the red hat like all the other hats I have made since last week and decided to add a little something . . .  so on the blue hat I started with a white scalloped circle to fit below the brim of the hat and added blue and white checked ribbon and then the blue and white flowers. This time I used just solid card stock for the wrappers on the candy nuggets. And I also used the Martha Stewart branch punch for the sprigs behind the flowers. TFL

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hats off to Mom . . .

 Theses hats made the Favorites list on Splitcoast

Hats off to Mom for Mother's Day . . .  Saw these made by Cinderelly49 on Splitcoast and she had seen the pattern at Once you go to her blog be sure to read all the directions from start to finish as she has tips at the end of them. I made the pink hat on the left first and I followed her directions. Then I made the purple one on the right. They are very easy to make -- but you may not think so when you read the directions. But they do come together quickly and your imagination can help you to decorate the hats. Once again this is a good use of scraps as well. I used ribbons from my stash on the purple hat and the flowers are also from the stash. Used the Martha Stewart branch punch for the sprig under the flowers. Brads are also from the stash. These are perfect for Mother's Day! TFL

Nugget Wrapper Tip

This is a photo of "It's A Wrap" cling stamps from Stampin Up.  I have used this set of stamps before for the nugget wrappers using solid card stock scraps. In the upper right hand corner you can see that I printed the sizes of card stock I would need to make the nugget wrappers using this stamp set. These cling stamp sets are in a clear case and the cover sheet will come out of the case. I used the computer to type up the wrapper sizes and trimmed that to size and used double sized tape to put this on the cover sheet. Put that back in the clear case. When I use this set again for nugget wrappers I will have the paper sizes with the stamps. I have both sizes listed--the first size is for the nugget wrapper to slide off the nugget and the smaller size is the size you tape to the actual nugget wrapper. TFL

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2 Sided - Matchbox Treat Holders

Used two sided decorative papers for these boxes ** using the Sizzix/SU Matchbox die. The box on the right is blue and white floral paper on one side and swirled on the other side. This box I used the floral side of the paper. Used a tag that the die also cuts out for the tag piece and stamped "Believe!" on the tag in blue ink. Added white ribbon and pop dots behind the tag. The second box has a checked side and the other side to that is mint green. Used the checked side for the outside of the top of the box and used the mint green side for the inside of the box (Tried to show this in the photo) Used the mint green side of one of the tags the die cuts out and used SU Tangerine Tango ink for the stamp "CHOCOLATE: It's not just for Breakfast." on the tag. I then added clear crystals to the tag. Used mint green gross grain ribbon from AC Moore and used a piece of white ribbon to tie that off. Used pop dots behind the tag. Ribbons and crystals are from the stash. **Boxes use two pieces of card stock 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" to cut both top and inside as well as the three tags that are on the die. From cutting these boxes out with the die, to stamping my tags, to making the box and lid shapes, and then decorating them took me 15 minutes total. They hold chocolate nugget candies. TFL

This is a photo showing the nugget candies that are wrapped using scraps of the double sided papers that were used making this box. The standard size nugget wrapper is: 1" x 2 5/8" but if you cut it 1" x 3 1/8" then you can tape the ends of the wrapper to itself rather than to the actual candy wrapper. By doing this you will be able to slide off the nugget wrapper without opening the candy. These nugget wrappers not only make a nice presentation but they use up small scraps as well. TFL

Christmas Matchbox Treat Boxes

More Matchbox treat boxes using the Sizzix/SU Matchbox die that is being discontinued. For these two boxes I used red card stock for the plaid paper box and the holly paper box has a red lid with a white bottom. For the plaid paper box I used gold twine to tie around the box. The "merry christmas" tag is made with the large tag punch and then I put that punched out tag on scrap red card stock and I trimmed around that so the white tag has a red 'frame' around it. The stamp used for this I got in a stamp lot off of Craigs List and it is a cling stamp by Stampin Up and it is permanently attached to an acrylic block that also says Stampin Up. I used SU Old Olive ink for that and two markers for the leaves and berries. On the holly paper box I used a Fiskars tree punch and punched out a tree from green foil paper. Tied a red ribbon on this box. These boxes are very easy to make and can hold the nugget candies and smaller candy bars and the specialty individually wrapped candy bars.

Patriotic Matchbox Treat Boxes

Using the now retired Matchbox Die from Stampin Up and made some patriotic Matchbox Treat Boxes. You can put four choc nugget candies inside. Put some of the 4th of July table scatters I made using binder clips with the treat boxes for the picture. These treat boxes use up a lot of paper scraps. Used the small and large tag punch for the "God Bless America" tags and that is a stamp from Hambo Stamps. Ribbons and star brads are from my stash. TFL

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Matchbox Treat Boxes

Just got this Matchbox die from Sizzix/Stampin Up. Used card stock from Stampin Up for the box pieces and all the rest is scraps. Ribbon and flowers are from the stash. The "Thanksgiving Blessings" stamp is from Printworks and used SU Close to Cocoa ink for that. Used the Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder for the pumpkin piece ** and then used the Fiskars pumpkin punch for that. Used green gross grain ribbon on that box. This die not only cuts out the top and bottom of the box but it also cuts out three labels you can use as well. I sponged SU Pumpkin Pie ink on the labels and also the pumpkin. For the turquoise box I used SU Tempting Turquoise paper and ink and then punched out a scallop rectangle with a punch by EK Success. Then used a marker to put a dot in each scallop. Added ribbon and flowers and that box is done. These go together quickly and you get to use up a lot of smaller scrap pieces. Plus these boxes are just the right size for a small gift or favor. TFL  **As I have mentioned before when I emboss card stock with an embossing folder I always do two pieces -- one for the project I am working on and one that I put back in my file with the embossing folder (For storage of these folders check my embossing folders storage). By having an extra piece of card stock in with the folder already embossed  when I need to make a fast card or project I have a piece embossed and ready to be used.