Thursday, August 30, 2012

Boo Day Pencil Holders


Not everyone wants the kids to have candy for Boo Day (Halloween). These are for a couple of craft shows I will be doing in the Fall. I used textured card stock for these holders but the heavier regular card stock also will work. I used various Halloween print papers for the band around the holder. Ribbons are from the stash. For the tags I used the Stampin Up Batty for You stamp set and SU inks. Punched them out with a circle punch and then used a scalloped circle punch for the piece behind the stamped circles. The pencils are from the dollar store. Pattern for the holders is:

Cut a strip of card stock 12" long x 2" wide. Score this at 6 1/4" and again at 6 5/8". Turn this and score on the long side 3/8". Turn it over and score the other long side at 3/8".  Be sure to use a bone folder to make your scored lines sharp. Used scissors to cut the score lines for the bottom. (See photo below) This will be the bottom of your pencil holder.  Then used a tape gun to apply adhesive to the short sides of the pencil holder and put the holder together.

  The patterned paper is a piece that is 2 1/2" wide x 3 3/4". I wrapped the printed paper around the pencil holder and using my fingers made crease lines on that and added adhesive to the back to close it. No need to score that piece as the printed paper is lighter weight than regular card stock and will easily crease. Added a ribbon to each holder. Punched out the stamped image and put that on the scalloped circle and tied it onto the ribbon. TFL

Boo Day Bars

These are the Boo Day (Halloween) candy wrappers I am making for a craft show. The candy bars are the plain chocolate Hershey candy bars.  I used the Batty For You stamp set from Stampin Up and various holiday print papers. I cut these 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". Did not use a score board as I just wrapped the printed paper around the candy bar and pressed the sides with my fingers.

Used various inks for the stamps. Used a 1 3/8" circle punch for those and used a 1 3/4" scallop circle punch for the coloured card stock--all scraps--behind the circles. Used a green marker for the cat's eyes. Used a tape gun to add adhesive on the back of the candy wrapper. Tied ribbons on them and then hung the tags off the ribbons. These go together quickly and best part is they use up scraps and that is a good thing. TFL

Heavenly Christmas Card

Green card base is card stock from Stampin Up as is also the cream Very Vanilla for the card front. I used the Bubble Joy die from Memory Box in the Cuttlebug for this. The greeting stamp was stamped with Wild Wasabi ink from Stampin Up. The greeting stamp is from Printworks. Used flowers and a brad from my stash. Used the branch punch from Martha Stewart and the small leaves punch from EK Success. Glue dots keep the flowers/branches/leaves together and used them to put them on the card.  TFL

It's A Wrap . . . Santa

How many times are we inspired to make something we have seen or come across a photo of a bucket of treat holders and no where are the exact directions? Where to start? What punches were used? How did they do that? and so it goes. . .  I have made something that I have made the pattern for and after making my first one I then used the pattern I had written down just to be sure it was correct and so it was. Here is my Santa wrapper for a Hershey "full size" chocolate bar.  These holders are for the standard candy bar and not the larger size they sell but you could easily make a pattern for the larger bars based on this pattern:

This is the pattern for my Santa wrapper:

Red card stock*** cut to 6" x 6" size
  Score that at  1 1/2"  and  1 3/4"  and again at 4"  and  4 1/4"**

Use red sticky tape for the bottom of the holder and also the one side of the holder.

Circle punch for face
Scallop oval punch for beard
2 Step Bird punch for mustache
Small circle punch for eyes
Square scallop punch for hat

For the Santa face:

I used the Marvy Scallop Oval punch for the beard and that punch size is 2 1/4" x 3" of white card stock
Face was made with a 1  1/2" circle from blush card stock
Black eyes were made with a small circle punch
Mustache are the wings from the SU 2 Step Bird Punch

For the scallop oval beard, the circle face, and also the bird wings for the mustache I sponged the edges with SU Sahara Sand ink.

For the Santa hat:

Used a 2 1/2" Marvy Square Scallop punch and trimmed off what I did not want to use

For the hat brim:

Use 1/4" wide white card stock and using the crimper crimped that and sponged the long top and bottom sides of this crimped piece


I used red card stock***  from Michaels that is sold in packs. I used this card stock rather than the more expensive card stock as most people will probably not keep the holder once the candy bar is gone. :9)  When I make these candy bar holders I use red sticky tape. Once the card stock is scored and folded I then put the sticky tape down the side of the back flap of the candy bar and also across the bottom. I put the candy bar in the holder as I peel off the red part of the tape to be sure the candy bar is able to be moved out of the holder. Once this is folded and taped I remove the candy bar and used a crimper to crimp the bottom.

I then put the candy bar back in the holder and assembled the face on the holder. I positioned the circle face on the oval and punched out two black circles for the eyes. Then put the mustache on his face. Used a Qtip for light pink chalk for his cheeks and nose. Trimmed the scallop square for the hat to the size I wanted and put the crimped piece for the brim of the hat on that. Trimmed off the sides. Added a small white pom pom to the top of his hat.

Used black gross grain ribbon for his 'belt'.

In this next photo you will see I put the candy bar in the holder backwards as the way Hershey closes the candy bar putting it in backwards will allow their closure flap to not be in the way of Santa's hat on the front of the holder:

Tips for making these candy bar holders:

---Use cheaper card stock from Michaels --- it scores and folds well for the wrappers

---**I used the Marth-Pal (AKA scoreboard from Martha Stewart) rather than the Scor-Pal as her board has more lines for scoring and is easier to measure VS the Scor-Pal

---Put the candy bar in the holder backwards for a flatter holder and easier to get it in and out of the holder

With a pattern these are easy to make up and go together quickly. TFL

Christmas Joy Card

Was out of town for the day and my new order of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies came in the mail. I quickly made up the favorite die of my order. Used Riding Hood Red card stock and ink from Stampin Up. The white card stock is Georgia Pacific (Walmart). Scored and cut the red card base and then cut the white piece to the size I needed. Put the white piece and the die through the Cuttlebug -- Memory Box dies always cut so nicely and the best part is they are made in the USA  . .   Used a greeting stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Angelic Joy. Added a red velvet ribbon and the card front is done. Lots of possibilities with this JOY die . . .  TFL

Friday, August 24, 2012

Midnight Moon Card

This card base is on black card stock from Stampin Up and the inside is Very Vanilla card stock from SU also. Used their stamp "Haunted Forest" for this. Used the Standard Circle dies from Spellbinders for the window on the card front. Used Halloween card stock for the frame around the circle. See below for the inside of the card:

To begin with decide on the card size you want to make and then cut, score, and fold your card. I used the largest and the 2nd largest circle dies in the die set for this card. I cut out the frame for the window with the Cuttlebug.  Decided where on the card I wanted the window to be and then cut the window out on the card front using the 2nd largest circle die.

For the inside to the card I cut my cream card stock a big larger than what I needed so I could trim it to size. I used black ink from Stampin Up and stamped the Haunted Forest stamp on that. Then using a circle punch I punched out a circle from scrap card stock and put it over the stamped piece where I would want the moon to be. Holding that with my finger I then sponged SU black ink all over the card and around the circle. Once that was done remove the circle. At this time I decided to use the sponge again to make it look 'smoky". You can make it as light or as dark as you like. I then used an orange marker for the pumpkin and an olive green marker for the leaf and stem to the pumpkin just for a little colour.

Making a 'window' in a card front is very simple--what I do is put the shaped die where I want and I use blue painter's tape -- 2 or 3 pieces -- to hold the die in place.  I used two dies on this card to make the frame around the window. Put your 2 dies on your printed card stock and tape them where you want them so they will not shift in the Cuttlebug being sure they are evenly spaced. Once you run them through the machine the tape will easily come off your card stock. It was hard to photograph the card front since it is black -- it is not as dark in person. TFL

Santa Card

I liked the Santa Tags I made a lot so decided to adapt that to a card but what to use to make the card base? Finally decided the Sizzix Tag, Super Scallop die would make a nice card so I made one up and
here it is:

As with the tags I used the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder for his hair/beard. I used the Stampin Up Real Red card stock for the card. I measured the die and then cut the red card stock twice as wide as the die. I scored that in the middle and folded. I then put this on the die so that the fold in the card stock was just before one side of the die. This would allow the die to cut the shape but not the fold of the card. I then took the embossed white piece and cut out a tag on that. Trimmed it to size (approx 2/3 of the die--basically trimming off the scallops at the top). I sponged the edges of that piece with SU Sahara Sand ink. Using a 1 3/4" circle punch I punched out a circle from blush card stock for his face. Again sponged the edges of that. I turned the white swirls piece over on on the backside I centered the face piece and used a pencil to trace that circle. This helps when you use the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch the area where his face will be. Once that was punched out I sponged the inside of the circle I had just punched out for his face. I used my tape gun and put adhesive on the swirls piece and put it on the card front matching the bottom. Once you have this on the card front you may have to trim the fold side of the card as the white piece could be too wide. I did trim a bit off and again used the ink to sponge that side. For the brim of the hat I used the swirl piece again and trimmed that and sponged all for sides of that before I put it on the card front.  I used the SU 2 Step Owl Punch for the eyes and the SU 2 Step Bird Punch for the mustache--which are two wings of the bird. Sponged the edges of the wings/mustache also. Used pink chalks for his nose and cheeks. Used the Martha Stewart holly/berries punch for the green and red scraps for the holly. Added red crystals from the stash to the berries. Added a white pom pom which I cut in half to the top of his hat. But . . .

Did not want the inside card to look like a tag with a hole in it --- I covered the tag hole on the front of the card with the pom pom but did not want to have another tag inside the card . . .   so what to do? I decided
to trim the inside of the card just above the first scallop so this is what it looks like --- I flattened the card so you can see the tag look on the card front and then the inside of the card:

So from the front of the card Santa has a hat and he is the true tag die cut and then the inside of the card I trimmed off the "hat" part just above the first scallop so this is what the card looks like. TFL

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled. . .

So if it is true that snowmen fall from heaven unassembled I guess it does not matter what kind of snowman you should make. . . .   here are mine:

Tags for Christmas. Used the Sizzix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 for the tag. This die cuts a small, medium, and a large tag. For the snowmen tags I used the large size. Since it is a tag I wanted the card stock to be thicker like the Kraft card stock from PaperTreyInk. So to achieve this I took a piece of white card stock from Georgia Pacific and cut it in half. Ran the adhesive tape gun all over on one piece of the white and then put the other white piece on top of that. Smoothed it out with my hands and then cut it out with the Sizzix machine. Once the two white tags were cut I cut a scrap piece of red and a scrap piece of blue for the hats. I used the die and after they were cut out I trimmed them down to the size I wanted for the 'hats'. For the blue hat I then used the Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink and sponged all sides of the hat and the white tag. For the red I used SU Going Gray and sponged all sides of the hat and the tag.

Using the large snowman face stamp from I stamped the snowman face onto the white tag using black StazOn ink and then used an orange marker for his nose. I added adhesive on the front edge of the hat and then put a piece of white fuzzy trim on that and trimmed the edges. Added ribbons from my stash and the tags are done. TFL

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Two Tags with embossing

These are tags I made using the Stampin Up Bigz Two Tags die. You could use these as gift tags or put coupons in there for free babysitting or bartering for items -- lots of ideas. I did not use the tags as they were cut . . . I also used embossing folders and a Cottage Cutz Reindeer die . . .

For the tree tag I cut the tag out using Kraft card stock from PaperTreyInk and then used the trees embossing folder by Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) to emboss the front piece. Using SU Close to Cocoa ink I sponged the ink over the tree impressions and also on the edges of the tag. Used scrap green card stock and using the Fiskars tree squeeze punch I punched out a tree and put a little gold star at the top. Used ribbon from the stash. Here is a close up of the tree tag:

For the reindeer tag again I used the Kraft card stock and for that embossed front piece I used the Reindeer embossing folder from Cart-US.  I then used the SU Close to Cocoa ink to sponge over the deer impression and the edges of the tag. Used the Reindeer die cut from Cottage Cutz for my reindeer head and added a red crystal for his nose. Again ribbon is from the stash.

The best gifts need not come with a receipt--swap babysitting for baked goods -- yard work for painting a room -- the list is endless as to what you could use these for beside a regular gift tag. They are also a perfect size if you want to enclose cash.  TFL

Card stock and candies . . .

Believe this is a pattern from FancyPants Designs. All it is is scored/folded card stock and that is it. You need a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 2 1/2". I used textured card stock from Stampin Up for my holder but have made them with plain card stock as well as double sided card stock. See photos for pattern:

You cut your card stock 8 1/2" x 2 1/2". Score this at:  2 3/4"  then 4"  then  6 3/4" . I have used a dotted pencil line on the straight score lines for you to see those better. Once you have your score lines use a glass, bowl, or anything round on the longer scored piece to make your curve front. I again used a dotted pencil line for this to show better in the photo. Once you have the curve marked trim it off with scissors and this will be the front flap of your holder.

Fold at all the score lines. I used the 2 Step Bird punch from Stampin Up and the branch punch from Martha Stewart for my bird. I used black in from SU for him and sponged his edges with the same ink. Used a black crystal from the stash for his eye. To keep the holder closed I used the new thin Velcro ovals from Walmart and I cut the oval in half for this holder. See photo:

Inside the holder is a plastic bag from the candy making aisle from AC Moore. I made two holes on the back of the holder to run ribbon through and this holds the candies inside the holder and at the same time the ribbon keeps the candy bag closed. See photo:

I have used choc kissis, miniature candy bars, Rolo cups, mini peanut butter cups, peppermints, etc. Any small candies will work and it is very easy to make.  TFL

Friday, August 17, 2012

Treat Holder from tags

Used the Stampin Up Bigz Two Tag die for this treat holder. I have four candy nuggets inside and I cut and wrapped the nuggets with the printed card stock. This holder is made using two of the larger tags from the die. I used red card stock from Stampin Up and the holly print card stock is from Joanns. I cut two tags from the red card stock and one tag from the printed card stock. I then adhered the print to the tag. Then used red sticky tape to put the bottoms together. See below:

I wanted the printed card stock to be on the bottom as well rather than having to cut it off.  Here is a photo of the wrapped nugget candies inside:

After I wrapped the nuggets I used glue dots to keep them inside the tag holder. This is the back of this holder:

Quick and easy to make up and good use of a die that makes tags only. TFL

Season for Tags #2

Can't really make holiday tags with Santa and not tags with snowmen . . .   but as I began this project I soon found out the Murphy's Law theory can apply to the craft room....  :9(      Knew I had a Sizzix die for snowmen but it is Snowman #2 and too large for the tag size I was using. . .   ah ha --- knew I had the Martha Stewart punch to build a snowman but on the size tag I was using he was quite small . . .  rather than hop in the car and head to the craft stores I decided I would have to just make my own snowman.... I may be creative and crafty but have difficulty drawing a circle -- even if I trace a nickel . . .  but I have many of the circle punches so what to do???

Trial and error --- what I did was use white card stock from GP (Georgia Pacific @ Walmart). I cut the card stock sheet in half and ran my tape gun all over the one side. Then I put the other half of the white card stock on top of the adhesive piece. I then smoothed this out with my hands. This will give me a more sturdy snowman for my tag as it is a double layer. I will be using pop dots behind him on the tags and the double layer will help to prevent him from getting bent or ripped. I ended up with both tags using two punches for my snowmen. See below:

The tags are from the tag die by Sizzix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 and I used the largest size tag. I cut them out of Kraft paper from PaperTreyInk. The blue tag I used scrap blue card stock for the top and cut out about 1/3 of the tag with that so I would have a tag topper of this. Then used snowflake card stock from Hobby Lobby for the print and also cut that out with the die and used 2/3  of that on the tag. Then used a small scallop punch and a small circle punch for the greeting. I used a stamp from the Stampin Up Holiday Sampler for that. Used SU Bashful Blue ink for that and also sponged that on the edge of the blue piece and then the edges of the tag. The snowman for this tag I made using a 3/4" circle for his head and the body is the  1 1/4" circle punch. Once I had those together I again sponged the edges of him with the blue ink. Used twigs for his arm from the Sizzix Snowman #2 die and his hat is the Build a Snowman punch from Martha Stewart. Cut out a scarf for him and clipped the ends of his scarf so it looks like fringe. Added two blue ribbons for the top and he is done.

The Kraft paper tag on the right is just Kraft paper from PaperTreyInk and I put that in the Snowflakes embossing folder in the Cuttlebug. This folder is from Sizzix and it is the Plaid and Snowflakes set. For this snowman I wanted him to be larger so I used a 1" circle punch for his head and a 1 1/2" circle punch for his body. I sponged SU Sahara Sand ink on his body. For the tag I spritzed Shimmer Mist on it for an extra 'pow' factor. The camera did not capture it so I tried to take a different photo below that may show this. I also sponged the edges of this tag with the SU Sahara Sand ink.  I cut his hat out freehand and again used the twigs from the Snowman die. Used a small circle punch for the eyes and buttons on the snowmen. The red checked scarf is card stock from Joanns. Red and green ribbons are from the stash. Used pop dots behind the snowmen for dimension. Here is the close up photo of the brown tag:

To make a snowman like mine use two punches that are 1/2" different in size. Instead of a scarf of card stock you could use ribbon, raffia, or whatever. No rules here... TFL

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Season for Tags

Had seen the Santa Tags by Lisa Lara but could not find directions so I will explain how I made mine. I used Kraft paper from PaperTreyInk for the tags. The first photo is of the three tags that the Sizzix die Tags, Scallop Combo #2 makes. I used the larger of the three for my tags. I used white card stock from Georgia Pacific and the red and green are from the scrap file. Used the Stampin Up 2 Step Bird punch for the mustache. Used the Martha Stewart Holly/Berries punch. Used the Cuttlebug and the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder for one of the beards. Ribbons are from the stash.

I did this in different colours to make it easier to see. I cut the large die out of yellow and from the bottom up I trimmed the tag to leave approx 2 1/2" inches. So you are cutting off the top of the tag. I then used a circle punch that is 1 3/4" and punched the blue circle and on my tags this is the blush face. I put the blue circle on top of the 2 1/2" tag piece and centered that and used a pencil and drew around this. Your circle face will be about 2/3 on the tag and 1/3 off. Of course I used a light pencil line for my tags but made it darker for you to see on this sample. The curved pencil line will help you when you use the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch the opening in the beard for the face. Once you have your beard piece trimmed and cut then I used the Stampin Up Sahara Sand ink and sponged the insides of the cut circle and then sponged the edges of the circle for the face. I adhered the beard to the tag matching up the bottom. Then adhered the face circle. Then using red scraps I cut the top of the die only out of the red--see below:

Then adhered this red piece to the face piece on the tag matching it to the top of the Kraft card stock tag. I then cut a small piece of the white card stock, sponged the edges and adhered that for the brim of his hat. Used a circle punch and scrap black card stock for his eyes. Used the 2 Step Bird punch and punched out two pieces of the bird wings for the mustache and sponged the edges of those and put those on his face. Using a light pink chalk I put chalk on his cheeks and for his nose. Once I had all the pieces on the tags I then sponged all the edges of the tags. Used the holly/berries punch and put a set on each tag. Added ribbons and he is done. Made a plain one and also the swirled beard. This was simple to do and it uses up more scraps so that is always a good thing! Hope to be making more tags as I go along. . . But this is what these tags look like:

So thanks to Lisa Lara for too cute Santa tags and best thing is they use up scraps... TFL

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ghost Treat Boxes

Made some Boo Day treat holders/boxes. Used the Scallop Bag die from Sizzix to cut out the bag. Both the orange and black card stock are from Stampin Up. For the ghosts I used white glitter paper from Hobby Lobby and I used the Stampin Up 2 Step Owl punch. Once the owls were punched out I cut off their feet (ouch) and turned them upside down for the ghost. Used glue dots behind their black eyes. For the orange bag I embossed the front panel with the Paper Studio Spider Webs embossing folder from Hobby Lobby. I then used a die to cut out the spider from black flocked card stock and put him on the front panel with a pop dot. I used candy corn ribbon to tie the bag closed. For the black bag I used the Boo to You embossing folder by Cuttlebug and embossed the front panel. (Being black it is hard to capture that embossing). I used a white Signo pen for the white dots on the scallops. I used Halloween ribbon to tie it closed. See other photos for close ups and the backs:

As you can see on the back of the ghosts I used a piece of plain white card stock. I used thin sticks to hold the ghosts together. The thin sticks are from Michaels and they are called "Woodsies" and come in a pack of 75. Once I cut out the bag and assembled that I used a square hole punch and punched off the top of the bag on the score line for the opening for the stick. The ghosts are shorter than the turkey I had made using this so I had to use an Exacto knife and trim a little piece off the end of the stick so the ghost would cover the stick. Having candies/treats in the bag will keep your stick straight. Once that hole was made I used a small circle punch and made a hole on either side of the stick for the ribbon. I left the tails of the ribbon long so the recipient can open and re-tie the ribbon easily. As you can see on the back of the orange bag I lifted up the ghost so you can easily see the stick that he is adhered to. TFL

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Turkey on a Stick . . . holder

Decided to make treat holders for Thanksgiving -- can be used as a table place marker or just as holiday favors . . . Love the turkeys you can make using the Stampin Up Owl Punch so I used that. I also used the 5 Petal flower punch and a scalloped punch from Stampin Up. Used scrap card stock for the turkey. For the sticks he is mounted on I bought a package of wooden sticks called "Woodsies" from Michaels. These are thin and measure 5 3/4" long which is the perfect size for my holder.

To begin with I used textured green card stock from Stampin Up and I used the Sizzix die "Bag with Scallop". This is a longer die as it has the bag and the sides on the same die. I have found if I use the crease pad that Stampin Up sells with these Sizzix dies that the creases/score lines are more prominent. This will help when you are using a textured card stock or perhaps a heavier card stock. Once the bag was cut out I used autumn/harvest patterned card stock from Debbie Mumm and put a piece on the front side of the bag with double sided tape. I then used red sticky tape for the pieces that are cut that make up the bag. This is what I made:

After I cut out the bag, sides, and adhered the patterned card stock to the front of the bag I then used the red sticky tape and put that together. I set that aside and began to make the turkey. He is made using the Stampin Up 2 Step Owl Punch and I used scrap card stock for the turkey and his tail. I punched the owl out of the brown card stock and then trimmed off the ears (ouch). I used a glue pen to put the pupils of his eyes on the white circles. Used glue dots to put those on the turkey face. Then I cut out with scissors a tiny square for his beak and folded that like a triangle. I used the Trio Flower punch from Stampin Up and punched out one flower from rust card stock for the wattle. I cut off petals from that piece leaving 3 to put with the small square for the turkey wattle. Adhered that to the turkey face. For his tail I used the 5 Petal Flower punch from Stampin Up and I punched one flower from rust and another from a gold tone card stock. Trimmed the
rust flower to 3 petals only and the gold flower to 4 petals and then put the rust piece in front of the gold piece and adhered those together. Then I used the Stampin Up 1 3/4" scallop circle punch and punched out 2 brown circles. Trimmed both of those pieces to having 10 scallops only. Put the rust/gold flowers on top of one of the brown scallops and adhered those together. Adhered the turkey to the front of this.  Used red sticky tape on the wooden stick and put the turkey on that centering him. I  used the second brown scallop circle and put that on the back of the stick so you will not see the stick from behind.

I closed the bag and put the wooden stick on the front of it and measured where the stick would be in the center of it. I used a pencil to mark either side of the wooden stick. Then using a square hole punch I punched off the top of the bag for the stick to go into the bag. The stick is slightly larger than the punch so I had to punch the first hole and then move the punch over to punch a little more off so the stick can easily fit in the hole. Once that was done I put the stick into the bag and made a pencil mark on either side of that on the front of the bag.  Removed the stick, folded the bag closed and then used a small circle hole punch and made the two holes for the ribbon to go through. You will be punching through the front scalloped flap, the front of the bag, and then through the back of the bag so it is three layers -- you will have to punch hard.

Once the holes were made I put the candies/treats in the bag and then put the turkey/stick in the top hole and then tied the ribbon. I used a larger piece of ribbon so it can be tied and untied easily. The candies/treats in the bag will keep your stick straight and also by not making a large hole for the stick will also help with that. Here is a photo from the back so if it is used as a place marker at the holiday table it looks finished from the back as well.

You can also add a name tag if you would like on the front of the bag or perhaps hanging off the ribbon or even on the stick. With the stick going all the way to the bottom of the scallop bag holder the turkey is not wobbly and the bag will not tip over. I did not have to cut the thin sticks at all as they are the perfect size for this project....   TFL

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Wishes Card

Had seen a card on Splitcoast by Melissa Banbury and decided to make one myself. I used Stampin Up Real Red card stock for the card and then Very Vanilla for the front piece. The flower/leaves stamp is from the Stampin Up stamp set Thoughts and Prayers.  I used a Mellow Moss and a Real Red marker to colour the stamp and then stamped it on the Very Vanilla piece. I used the "happy Birthday wishes" stamp from Stampin Up Petite Pairs and SU Real Red ink for that. For the lower part of the Very Vanilla piece I used one of the border embossing folders from the Stampin Up Adorning Accents set. For this card I used the hearts border. I used red ribbon from my stash. I then used the Stampin Up Trio Flower punch and punched three flowers from Real Red card stock. I put the three flowers on the card front with glue dots and then added a red crystal on each flower. For the inside of the card:

When I make a card I score and cut the card base and then cut all pieces for that card. Once I had stamped the flower/leaves stamp on the front Very Vanilla piece I then stamped the inside piece. I did not re-ink the stamp -- just stamped these two pieces right after the other. The inside is lighter but it is inked enough to be seen and brings the outside of card to the inside. TFL

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Butterfly Clip Angels

Well . . .   you start with these items  -- butterfly clip, pearl, and ribbon . . .  and you get this:

Butterfly Clip Angels - -  saw this on and thought they were too cute. NO sewing---just three knots and you are done. You can buy the butterfly clips at any office supply stores -- Office Max does sell small and large clips. I got the white bead (12MM) at Joanns. They have pink, white, blue, gold, and silver as well as other colours to choose from. You need an 11" piece of ribbon for the bead and the hanger part and these three things make up the angels. I think they will be cute on holiday packages or with treat holders, etc.. If you have crafty kids at home this is something they can help with. No sewing or glues to deal with. TFL

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Triangle Treat Boxes

These are two triangle boxes I made to hold treats for the holidays. If you go to they have the directions for these. Click on Projects and then at the lower left bottom of the page click the Full Projects Listing Page and the triangle boxes are in the first section. I made up the 8 1/2" x 6" size on the left in green and the red one is the 6" x 4" size. I used their measurements and scored my triangle which folds up into the box. I will say though that once you have it scored fold it on the scored lines on the right side of the triangle--the front flap over the back--and use a small circle punch to make a hole in the front and back sides as they lay on top of each other. It is easier to do that then to measure where to put your four holes and hope it is right. By doing it this way your holes are over each other and it is easier to make the boxes.  I then opened that flat and folded the left side--front over back--and again punched a hole on that side. These holes will be what you put your ribbon through to hold the boxes closed. I used solid card stock from Stampin Up and then cut out a piece of patterned card stock for the front of the triangle boxes. Used circle and scalloped punches for the greetings. The stamp for the red box "merry wishes" is from and I used red ink from SU for that. Red crystals are from the stash. The greeting "Merry Christmas" on the green box is from D.O.T.S. and I used SU Old Olive ink for that and again the crystals are from the stash.  These boxes make up nicely with the textured card stock and also double sided card stock as the recipient can see the other paper when they untie the ribbon/bow to get their treats out of the box. This box is easy to make as there is NO adhesive used to make its' shape or to keep it closed. TFL

Bag it . . . treat holders

Holidays are coming and what to do about treats and favor gifts and holders for such? Even with a coupon the dies the craft stores sell for boxes, bags, and holders are pricey. So this is what I made -- I used paper gift bags from AC Moore that are 3 1/2" x 6 3/4", clear bags that are sold in their candy making section to hold the treats, the Sizzix small die Snowflake #6, handful of miniature candies, the double small circle punch from Stampin Up, blue ribbon, and a handful of shredded papers from the dollar store gift bag section. I used blue bags because I am using a snowman tag but they sell green, red, and my favorite--the bags that look like kraft paper -- plain paper bags. Here is my project finished:

I used the ever so cute snowman stamp from Stampin Up's Snow Globe set. I used the small and the large tag punch from SU for the tag. Using a glue pen I added DeNami fine glitter to the brim of his hat and the snow he stands on. Markers were used to colour him in.

For the small Sizzix die put it inside the flat bag where you want it to be. If you put it too low on the bag your treats could fall out or the handful of shredded papers could fall out. I did not want it much higher on the bag due to the tag. I have a small Christmas tree die, a wreath die, candy cane die, etc. Depending on what you want the cut out on the front of the bag to be can decide what colour bag you want to use. The brown paper bags are a no-miss though as you can use red ribbon, green ribbon, brown, etc and they will all go well with that bag.

To make this project I began with stamping the snowman stamp onto white card stock with black StazOn ink and used the small tag punch for that and the larger tag punch for the coloured card stock behind the snowman. I used markers to colour in the snowman. Then used a glue pen to add fine glitter from DeNami to his brim of his hat and the snow on the ground. Set this aside to dry. For the bag I used the snowflake die and cut that out with the Cuttlebug for the front of the bag. I then took a handful of the shredded white paper and put that in the bag. Put 6 candies in the clear candy bags and used a small piece of the blue ribbon to tie a knot above the candies. I then put this inside the blue bag. I folded over the top of the blue bag about 1 inch and creased that fold. Then used the small double circle punch from SU for the holes at the top of the bag. I punched the holes about 1/2" from the bag top. For the tag I punched a small hole at the top and added silver cording to this. Tied a knot in the cording and trimmed off the ends. To put the snowman on the bag I used blue ribbon and put this through one of the holes in the bag and put the snowman tag on that and then put the ribbon in the other hole. Then made sure the ribbon was even in the back of the bag and crossed the ribbon over and put the ribbon back into the holes that I already had ribbon in. This makes a nice finish and does not use very much ribbon. You are now done with the treat bag!  (For the ribbon you put the ribbon in the holes going from the front to the back -- then cross them over and go from the back to the front in the holes. This way your ribbon ends will be in the front)

You can probably buy gift bags at the dollar stores but I do not know what sizes they sell. I did get my shredded paper there---it is sold by the gift bags and the shredded papers come in bags and there are many colours to choose from. I know Hobby Lobby also sells this. To be really economical you can buy a package of the brown paper lunch bags and decorate them with stamps or stamp wheels or use the Sizzix small dies for the front and go from there. There is a lot you can do with the bags once you start to think about it. Dig our your small dies and see what you have and go from there. Cute does not always have to be costly . . .   So with these you can still be festive with out being festively broke --haha... TFL

Autumn Treat Holder

Used the Sizzix/SU Scalloped Envelope Die for this holder. I used textured card stock for this holder and with this card stock one side is textured and the other smooth. So when you fold the front flap down it is the smooth side. I used a pack of paper for the cream/dotted card stock piece on the front of the holder.  I used a squeeze punch by Fiskars for the pumpkin which I made from scraps. I sponged the edges of the pumpkin with SU Pumpkin Pie ink and used Old Olive on the green pieces. Used pop dots behind the pumpkin. For the rosette I cut a piece of patterned paper 5/8" x 12" and scored that every 1/4" inch. I did not want the rosette to be too large for the front of the holder. I used a circle punch for the circle behind the button and for the button I used ribbon and put that through the button holes and trimmed the bottom of the ribbon off. Used glue dots to put the rosette on the front of the holder. TFL

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lavender Roses Card

To begin with on this card I used the new Labels Collection Framelits dies from Stampin up. I also used the new SU Paper-Piercing Pack that match the labels I used. I had ordered these items for my last SU order and I also ordered the new Stampin Pierce Mat. This new one is 6 1/2" x 9 1/2". I have the original mat and it is 4" x 4". When I used that mat and the stencil the same size I had to keep moving the stencil on the mat and line it up on the piece I was working on since they were so small.  This new mat size is nice because you do not have to keep trying to line up and move your stencils. As for my card it is med lavender but the camera is showing it more of a blue colour:

To begin with I used med lavender card stock from Stampin Up for the card and the white card stock is from Georgia Pacific from Walmart. I used green card stock also from SU. To begin the card I used markers on the stamp and this stamp is from Inkadinkado and I bought it from Cindy W from our sale of our unwanted supplies. I used three lavender makers for the flowers and an olive green for the leaves and the stems. After that was stamped I then used the SU Framelits Labels dies and cut that out with the Cuttlebug. I  used the Paper Piercing Pack and pierced the edges of this piece. Using the SU Almost Amethyst ink I sponged the edges of this. Then I spritzed Shimmer Mist on this and set it aside to dry. Using the SU Square Lattice embossing folder I embossed a piece of lavender card stock that matches the card. I cut this piece out with the next larger size die. For the green piece I again used the next larger die and cut that out. I used adhesive to put the embossed lavender piece on the green piece. Then using pop dots I put the roses on the lavender embossed piece and the green piece. Used ribbon from my stash and added a bow.  You can use your pierced piece frontwards or turn it around and you can see the card stock poked through the holes. I will say though to be sure to use pop dots behind your pierced piece so you will notice the pierced holes better. LOVE the new Framelits SU is offering. Also the new piercing mat and the size it is. TFL