Monday, December 31, 2012

Birthday Memories Gift Card Holder

Just bought the Sizzix Gift Card Holder die and I made this gift card holder using that die and double sided card stock from Stampin Up. Ribbon is from the stash. Using various punches I used this card stock and punched out shapes for the front of the holder. Added ribbon from the stash and the outside is done. Inside looks like this:

I put my rewards card inside to show how the gift card would fit. The nice thing about this die is that it cuts the pocket shape so this whole holder is one piece and you do not have to piece parts together. I used Very Vanilla card stock from SU for the piece I stamped on. I used a birthday greetings stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps and I stamped that with Old Olive ink from SU. This was a simple thing to make and did go together quickly. . . but you know me . . . .    am not about to buy a die and make ONE thing and ONE thing only from it . . .   so . . .    thought it over and this is what else I made:

Decided this could be used for something else and this is what I came up with. For this holder I turned it to be lengthwise and decorated it for Valentine's Day. I used red card stock from Stampin Up and the black and white heart print paper is BoBunny. Valentine ribbon is from my stash. For the circle stamp piece at the top I used the Stampin Up Mixed Medley stamps and used various punches for those. Red and black ink are by Stampin Up as well. Inside is:

I used a Valentine's stamp from Stampendous and black ink. Used a small heart punch for the hearts and put those on with a glue pen. As you can see in the pocket that would hold the gift card I have a Fun Size bag of M and M's. These fit the pocket well and will not show from the outside of the holder. When I made the belly band for the front of the holder I did it with the bag of candies inside the holder so that I could adjust the belly band to size as I want the band to slide off and on for this holder.

 Here are the two holders together:

This is a die that can be used for many occasions to hold gift cards --- a coffee house gift card would be good, restaurant gift card, etc -- just use stamps and shapes that would reflect that. TFL

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hugs and Hearts Bag

Made this bag for treats for Valentine's Day. Used the Bag die from QuicKutz and I cut it out of heart print card stock from BoBunny. The die comes with the die for the bag, a small heart die, a small circle ring die, and a scalloped oval die. I used scrap red card stock for the scalloped oval piece. Using a small stamp I stamped it onto white GP card stock using SU Riding Hood Red ink. Used an oval punch from Jolee (jewelry section at Michaels) to punch out the greeting. Put a pop dot behind that onto the red scalloped oval. Used the tag die by Sizzix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 which cuts out three different sized tags from the one die. I cut out black tags. I tied the black tag onto the red ribbon with black and white twine. For the ribbon -- after I cut the bag I put red sticky tape on the side to make the bag. Closed the bottom and folded the front flap over the bag. Used a pencil for two small circles and used a small circle punch and made two holes to run the ribbon through -- tied a bow and it was done. This is a side view of the bag:

The completed bag measures approx 3" high by 2 3/8" wide. I used double sided card stock but I am sure the bag would be good from a solid or even textured card stock.  Will put paper shred from the dollar store in the bag with some Hershey red and silver kisses for Valentine's Day. TFL

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Two Tags Treat Holder

This treat holder holds two of the Hershey miniature candy bars. I used the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die and cut out two of the scalloped dies:

Once they were cut out I turned them over, wrong side up and scored below the bottom scallop. Then score approx 1/4" down from that score line:

At this time use a pencil on the straight end and about 1/4" down from the top mark where you want to make the two small holes for your ribbon. Once that is done put the two right sides of the scallop tag together using two glue dots:

These glue dots will hold the tags together. Now punch your two small holes for your ribbon at the other end. I used small glue dots and put a candy bar on either side of the scalloped piece. Close the holder and tie your ribbon/bow to hold the holder closed. Set that aside.

For the scalloped piece on the front I used a 2" scallop punch and made the circle. Then using white card stock from GP I used three stamps from three stamp sets for this: The 'love' heart was stamped with Riding Hood Red ink and I used that stamp from the I (heart) Hearts stamp set. The pink stamped piece behind that is a stamp from Fresh Vintage and I used Rose Romance ink for that. The larger circle is the wreath stamp from Northern Hearts, again ink is Riding Hood Red, and I inked only the wreath for that and stamped that. Used a circle punch to punch that out. I have pop dots behind each layer for dimension. All stamp sets, inks, and coloured card stocks are from Stampin Up.

These holders are free standing and go together quickly. Again the finished holder:

So one more project using a tag from this Two Tags die --- a good product to own. TFL

Friday, December 28, 2012

SU Petite Pocket Box

Had seen a box made up on Splitcoast using the SU Petite Pocket die so I made one for myself --- here is the blog for the directions: . I used red card stock for my box with a scalloped circle punch for the black piece and two circle punches for the stamped pieces. Used SU Mixed Medley stamp set for this. Here is a photo of the side of the box so you can see how deep it is:

When I added the ribbon to keep the box closed I put a glue dot in the center of the ribbon so when the bow is untied the ribbon will still stay on the box. This is a versatile die and here is a photo of what else I have made using this die:

Thanks to Jill for the directions and photo tutorial. TFL

Warm Winter Wishes Card

Had seen cards on Splitcoast using this paper piecing method so I decided to make one for myself.  Card base is on a red from Stampin Up, the green is theirs, and all the printed triangle pieces were made using papers from the Mirabelle pad of paper from the Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.

This card is easy to make but planning is the key --- I have made a sample piece to show how this was done:

To begin with decide how many printed papers you want to use. For my actual card I used 5 but for the black and white sample I used 6. Using the Stampin Up Pennant Punch I punch out 6 triangles from each piece of printed papers. Put all the matching triangles in a pile and when you have completed all your punching out you will have 6 piles of 6 prints. I then used my ATG and ran adhesive across white GP card stock in rows to attach all my triangles on. Using a dark and then a light paper I put all 6 triangles on the bottom row and then continued until I had a piece a bit wider than what I would need for my card front. I only needed three rows of triangles for the size card front I was using.

These are photos of the actual card I made:

This photo is all the prints I used but after all the punching out I decided to use only 5 of the triangle pattern pieces. Starting at the straight bottom edge of my GP white card stock that is covered in adhesive I began placing my triangles next to each other:

Once all the pieces were on my white card stock I used a wall paper seam roller to go over the triangles to be sure they are all stuck to the white card stock with the adhesive:

Using scissors I cut away the white card stock that was showing beyond my triangle pieces. I then scored and cut my red card stock base for the card. Measured and cut the green piece for the card front. Using a stamp from Mailbox Greetings from Papertreyink I stamped "Warm Winter Wishes" using Cranberry Crisp ink from Stampin Up. I measured and cut to size the triangle piece for the card front. Put the triangle piece on the green card stock and added a ribbon from the stash. Made a bow using a red brad to hold it together.  Then put this on the red card base.

The triangles remind me of a quilt so with all the snow the country has gotten in the last week decided to make this a winter card -- will say if you plan it out and keep your pieces in piles it does go together quickly but planning is the key. TFL

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year's Card

Card is on a card base of blue card stock from Stampin Up, black is from a pack of card stock from Michaels, and the shimmer patterned card stock is by Me and My Big Ideas. The numbers were made with number dies from Sizzix. I used the silver Pearls card stock from Joanns for those.  Vellum is from Stampin Up and the "happy new year" is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin Up. The ribbon is from the stash. Next to the greeting I used a small circle punch and punched a circle from the silver Pearls card stock and then put a silver bead on that next to the greeting. The camera did not capture the shimmer of the patterned card stock -- this looks better in person.  Happy New Year and TFL

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Triangle Easter Box

As I pack away Christmas items and treat holders I have made I am reminded of the Triangle Treat Boxes **  I made for the holidays. It is pouring rain here today so decided to think Spring and work on an Easter project. This box is made with double sided card stock from Stampin Up.


Decorative Label punch from Stampin Up
Oval punch
Small circle punch
Stamp from SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Lavender ink
Snowburst embossing folder from Sizzix/SU
Two butterfly punches -- one larger than the other
Clear crystals
Pop dots

To begin with whatever size triangle you want to make it will be a lot easier for you if you make it an even number for the width --- this one is 4" wide x 11" long. Once that is cut score it at 5 1/2" and use a bone folder and fold that. At the open end make a pencil mark at the 2" mark. Then you need to score this again.

On my Marth-Pal (Martha Stewart score board) I have used a fine black Sharpie marker and made a dotted line down the 5" channel. This helps me whenever I am scoring at an angle or a slant. Then I know I am in the same channel for an even scored line. I have used white card stock as a sample for photos:

I have made a pencil mark for the 2" mark on the white card stock as this is the center of this piece:

Placing that pencil mark over the 5" channel with the dotted lines I then line up the lower left corner up to the pencil dot of my folded piece. I then score this -- still folded shut -- once that side is scored I then line it up again and do from  the right corner up to the dot and score again. Fold on the scored lines and it will look like this:

Using your hand close this box up and make a dot on the side of the container near the top with a pencil:

Use a small circle punch and punch a hole in all the layers at once. This will be where you put your ribbon. Once the box is done set aside.

For the label I used a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin Up with lavender ink. I then used an oval punch to punch that out.

 I used the Decorative Label punch from SU and punched out a light lavendar label. This will be the base for the label I made. For the darker purple piece I first punched out an oval -- then using the label punch I punched over that to get the 'frame' I made from the darker purple:

Once the label frame was punched out I used the Sizzix/SU Snowburst embossing folder to emboss this. Used the Cuttlebug for that. Once it was embossed I put it on the lighter lavender label piece and then once that was on I used pop dots to put the greeting oval on the label pieces. Added clear crystals to this. Using a scrap piece of the darker purple I cut a piece approx 1/2" wide and used scissors to clip the ends to look like a banner/flag. Cut it in half and put it behind the greeting label with glue dots.

Before you tie your ribbon at the top of the box to hold it closed add your treats. Once the ribbon was tied I then put the label piece on the box with pop dots.

For the butterfly I used two butterfly punches from Marth. (Martha Stewart). The larger one is from the darker purple card stock and the printed butterfly is the same double sided card stock I used for the box. Added 2 clear crystals for that. Put a half pop dot behind the butterfly on the triangle box. Squeeze the smaller butterfly wings together so it looks like it is more dimensional. See photo:

These go together quickly and with them being only 4" wide you should be able to make three of them from one piece of 12" x 12" card stock.  TFL  ** Here is a photo of my Christmas Triangle Boxes:

Be Mine, Valentine Treat Holder

Had seen these treat holders made by Dara on Once you get to that scroll down  to her Halloween holder and she will have a link to her video on Youtube.  She had Halloween as well as for Christmas holders she made. I had seen it after I had already made all the elf projects (Christmas) so I am making mine for Valentine's Day. Here are written instructions and photos of what I did.


Sizzix/SU Two Tags die
Solid card stock  9 1/2" long x 2 1/2" wide
Various prints
Red sticky tape
1 3/4" scallop circle punch
1 3/8" circle punch
3/4" circle punch
Mixed Medley stamp set from Stampin Up
Various inks
Pop dots
Hershey fun size chocolate candy bar

Cut the solid card stock to your 9 1/2" x 2 1/2" size. Score this in half width wise at 4 3/4".  Fold on the score line. Put this on the die right above the cut line for the scallop tag:

Hard to see even with white but once it is cut out:

As you can see by my cut piece I had put the fold on my card stock above the cut line on the die and also above the dotted scored line on the die. This way the scored lines that the die makes on the card stock are on the sides only and not across the bottom. Once this was cut I took it to the score board and scored below the bottom scallop at the tag top on one end:

Fold on the scored line. Open it flat and add a small piece of red sticky tape near the scallops:

Then add printed card stock to the front piece which has the scored line below the scallops   ---   my piece is 1 1/2" x 2 1/2":

Close your holder and put a piece of ribbon around the front and back pieces at the bottom of the scored line on the holder. This ribbon is what holds your holder together:

Tie a knot and trim off your ribbon ends. Remove the red piece from your sticky tape and close the scallop over the ribbon:

Now decorate your front scallop piece -- Using the scallop punch I punched a circle from black card stock. Put adhesive on the lower half of the scallop circle piece only and put that on the holder. I used the medallion and the 'be mine' stamps from the stamp set and then used the larger circle punch for the medallion piece and the smaller circle punch for the 'be mine' circle. Pop dots are behind the medallion piece and again behind the 'be mine' circle for dimension. See below:

Then I decided I wanted to emboss the front of a holder so I made this one:

I cut the red holder and then die cut that. Before I scored across the front piece below the scallop I used the Sizzix hearts folder from the Sizzix embossing folder set "Love Set". I embossed the front of the holder only. Once that was done I then continued to make the holder. Rather than use any stamps for this holder I used a white card stock scallop circle and then a circle of heart print card stock and then used a heart punch on red foil paper for the heart. Again the heart print circle and the foil heart have pop dots behind them for dimension. Here is a close up photo of the embossed holder:

I believe Dara had said making these are addictive and she is right --- they go together rather quickly and use smaller pieces of ribbons and printed card stock pieces. These are too cute and thanks to Dara for the inspiration. TFL