Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dollar Valentine . . .

This card is on a card stock base of pink card stock from Stampin Up. The kraft paper is from Michaels. The pink mat is from SU and the white is GP. I used a dollar stamp from AC Moore and I coloured the stamp with pink and red markers for the hearts and green for the stems. Added a pink ribbon from Michaels and then two pink crystals from the stash. The greeting "happy valentine's day" is a stamp from the Stampin Up set Teeny Tiny Wishes. Pop dots are behind the hearts piece for dimension.

Here is a close up of the front of the card:  TFL

Bunny Card

Had seen this done by Dawn Griffith awhile back and so I made one --- I will post the link to hers and her video with directions. The bunny is a Spellbinders heart -- she used the dies from Stampin Up but I do not have those (how did that happen?). You fold your card stock and put the edge of the heart die just off the fold on the card stock and when you cut out your shape it will be one piece. See below:

It is a fun little card that a little girl would like or you can just make it as a single layer for an Easter decoration. Here is the link for Dawn and her details:

Her video is easy to follow and once the heart is cut out and you punch out all your pieces it goes together quickly. I used SU gray ink to sponge the edges of all my white pieces and I sponged pink ink on the pink pieces. I also sponged pink ink onto the cheeks. Pop dots are behind the cheeks for dimension. Pink satin ribbon is from the stash. TFL

Matchbook Valentines

Had made up Matchbook treat holders before but just saw this pattern by Melissa S. on Splitcoast at her link:   She has a pattern so that you can get 4 matchbook holders from one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. She has a video but I will explain how I made these.

First place your card stock lengthwise on your paper trimmer and then cut it at 2 3/4" wide and this will give you 4 equal pieces from your one sheet:

Once your strips are cut you need to decide how you will decorate the matchbook fronts. For one of my red matchbooks and the pink one I used printed card stock on the front. For another red one I embossed the front piece only with a hearts embossing folder from Hobby Lobby. The kraft card stock I left plain. For my holders I used Fun Size M and M's but there are different candies available for Valentine's Day that are individually wrapped that you could also use.

Needing to stamp a "to" and "from" stamp on these holders I needed to decide if I wanted it stamped on the inside flap or in the case of the embossed front, I stamped it on the back of the holder before I did anything to it. Using my box of "to and from" stamps I picked out the stamps I wanted to use:

Once that is done you need to score your matchbook. Putting your strip on your score board with the longest side at the top of the score board,  score this strip at 3/4", 4 1/2", and 5" width wise. Once this is scored if you should decide to put the printed card stock on the front of this matchbook you will need to cut the printed card stock  at 2 3/4" wide x 3 1/4" long. Put this on the front piece with adhesive. Then fold the holder on the scored lines.

For my two holders that I have a scalloped circle on I used the stamp set Mixed Medley from Stampin Up with their Real Red ink and stamped that onto GP white card stock. Using various punches I punched these pieces out. Ribbons are from the stash for all my holders.

To put the M and M's inside the matchbook holder you have to fold your holder on the scored lines and I used a bone folder to crease the lines. Take the bag of M and M's and shake down the candies so the one end of the bag has no candies in it. Then fold this end under. Put this behind the short scored line (3/4") you had made and using a stapler staple this near the lower part of that piece. See photos:

By shaking the candies to the other end of the bag and then folding the bag end over before stapling it to the holder this will prevent the candy bag from "flopping" down when you open your matchbook holder. The reason you staple close to the scored line is you need space above your staple to tuck in the matchbook front cover to keep your holder closed. See photo:

For the red holder on the left in this photo I cut my strip for the holder, stamped the "to and from" stamp on the back and then using a hearts embossing folder I embossed the front flap only in the Cuttlebug. Then I folded the holder on the scored lines and creased these with a bone folder. Using a stamp/die set from Hero Arts I stamped and cut out my heart pieces:

As you can see I put all four stamps on a large block and stamped them together using SU Real Red ink. Using the heart die in the set I cut these all out with the Cuttlebug for the matchbook cover. I arranged these and put them together using glue dots. Added a red crystal to the "Love" heart and put that on the matchbook cover. Having the embossed front gives this holder dimension.

These holders go together quickly and being able to make four holders from one sheet of card stock is economical -- esp if you are making some for the office or school or a stamp club. TFL

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sweet Heart Holder

This will be a post showing four lollipop holders for Valentine's Day. I am using heart shaped lollipops (not Tootsie Pops) that I picked up for the holiday. I am using the same die for all the holders -- the Sizzix/SU Scalloped Envelope die. Each holder is different so I will show a photo of each holder and then list what I used for it. To begin with all the holders were cut out first. I used red card stock and pink card stock from Stampin Up and then a lighter weight red card stock and a black card stock from Michaels. When you cut out your die piece you will see the right side and the wrong side. All my holders I have the right side up so when you look at your die piece you will see you are folding it on the score lines the opposite way then cut. For the holders that I did not put a card stock 'liner' on for the inside you can see the right side of the die piece and I think that looks better.

To begin with --- cut out your die piece. This photo shows a die cut and it shows it with the right side up:

On the bottom flap of your die cut piece -- the end with no scallops -- on that score line I used a ruler and measured from the sides to the center of the scored line. Using a pencil I made a dot and then I used a small circle punch over the pencil dot and punched a hole. This will be for the lollipop stick to go through. Be sure you are centered with your punch over the scored line. See photo:

Now is the time you would decide if you would be using your die cut piece as is or if you want to put a piece of card stock inside so it looks like a liner -- I did two holders with a liner and two without. If you want a liner then cut a piece of printed card stock half as long as your die cut length and then die cut that. You may have to trim the sides of this liner piece. I put my liner piece on the holder with adhesive and I did not put it up at the edges of the scallops but instead dropped it down a little so you will see the scallops and the contrast between the solid card stock and the printed card stock. Once again here is an empty holder for you to see this:

The liner is just the back of the holder --- you do not line the side flaps or the front flap. I will now show each holder I made and explain the supplies I used:

This pink holder is not lined and the pink card stock is from Stampin Up. The ribbon with the hearts on it is from the ribbon stash and the solid pink bow around the lollipop stick is from Michaels.  Once the die cut was cut I then turned it over so the right side was showing. Measured and made the pencil mark for the hole for the lollipop stick. Punched the hole.  Folded on the two side scored lines and then on the scored line for the straight flap front. Using the thinnest red sticky tape I put that on the sides of the front flap shown in this photo below:

You have to use the thinner red sticky tape so it will not stick to the inside of your holder. Once that was on I peeled off the red piece and closed the holder. As you can see on the front of the pink holder there is a 'pocket' holding various hearts. I used the SU Petal Card punch for that piece. Folded two of the 'petals' of this punched piece and put that together with glue dot to hold it closed. Using various heart punches I punched out a pink heart, a red foil heart, and for the red and white floral heart I used a larger heart punch. That red and white floral heart was made using a stamp from the Stampin Up Daisy Crazy stamp set. I stamped it with SU Real Red ink onto GP white card stock.Then punched it out with a heart punch. All the hearts are staying in the pocket with glue dots. Used a large glue dot to put this hearts piece on the front of the holder over the ribbon. Added a heart shaped lollipop and a bow.

For this next holder, again cut out the die piece, made the hole for the stick, and since I used the lighter weight card stock from Michaels I lined the holder with hearts card stock from Hobby Lobby. For the front of this again I used various heart punches. For the red and white striped heart first I stamped the SU Solid Stripes stamp onto GP white card stock using SU Real Red ink and then used the SU Embosslits die "Fashionable Hearts". This die cuts out and embosses your piece all in one pass with the Cuttlebug. For the banner I used the Bitty Banners Die set from SU and I used a stamp from the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes again using the SU Real Red ink. Again tied a bow on the lollipop stick.

This holder is also the lighter card stock from Michaels and I lined it with card stock from Hobby Lobby. For the hearts on the front I used the SU Embosslits die and various punches. Stacked the hearts in a random pattern and used glue dots to keep them in place.  Used the SU stamp set Fundamental Phrases for the banner greeting and again used the dies from SU Bitty Banners to cut that out. Used a red bow for the lollipop stick.

This final holder is the red card stock from SU and I used a scrap piece of GP white card stock and embossed that with a hearts folder from Hobby Lobby in the Cuttlebug. Again added ribbon from the stash and I used various heart punches. Again used the Daisy Crazy and the Solid Stripes stamp sets from SU for my printed hearts. Used "love" which is a stamp from the SU stamp set Amazing to Zany. I punched that out with my new SU Jewelry Tag punch that I just got. Tucked it under one of the hearts in the stack with a glue dot.

So these are lollipop holders for the flatter lollipops and I was surprised to discover that the big "W" store did not sell plain, old heart shaped red lollipops. I ended up finding them at the other "W" drugstore. But I did see at both stores that they are selling packages of cherry ONLY Tootsie Pops for Valentine's Day.

This is another use for the Scalloped Envelope die from Sizzix/SU. And for people who do not want a Tootsie Pop this will hold a flatter lollipop or do not make the holes for the stick and you can put Ghirardelli candy squares inside. TFL

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine Candy Holder

This little guy holds a Ghirardelli square candy in the inside pocket. Had seen this done by Angie J from Chicnscratch on YouTube. Too cute not for me to try it out....

For my showing sample I used kraft card stock from Michaels as I think it is easier for you to see all the details on a lighter card stock. Supply list:

Kraft card stock 9 3/4" long x 3 1/2" wide
2" scallop circle punch (pink card stock)
1 1/2 circle punch (red card stock)
1 1/4" circle punch (white circle w hearts)
3/4" circle punch ("for you" circle)
SU Mixed Medley stamp set
White card stock and scraps
Ghirardelli square/candies
SU Real red ink
Red sticky tape
3 pop dots

Here is a photo of cut supplies:

Cut the kraft card stock 9 3/4" long x 3 1/2" wide. Score from ends at 3 1/4" each --- so you score one end of this long strip and then flip it over and score again at 3 1/4" from the other straight end. Before you crease your scored/fold lines on the right end trim off a sliver of card stock at the straight end -- see photo:

Taking the sliver off will allow the piece to fold flat and keeps the bulk out of your scored line on the inside. Use a bone folder to crease your lines. Now on the right side that you trimmed the sliver off cut from the outside corner to the inside corner so you will have a triangle piece cut off. See photo:

As you can see I took this photo after I put it in the embossing folder but I had cut it off before I embossed it--so cut off your triangle and fold your folder on the scored lines and put this in the Swiss Dots embossing folder and run it through the Cuttlebug. See photo:

Once it is embossed open the holder and put red sticky tape at the bottom of the inside triangle:

Peel off the red strip and and fold this towards the inside scored line. Press down and then close the folder. For the outside of the holder: stamp your stamps onto white card stock with red ink and use the punches for cutting them out. I used a lot of scraps for my holders as the pieces are small.

To assemble the scalloped piece for the front I punched out the scallop circle, the red circle, then the white hearts piece. Put these together with adhesive. Then using a pop dot behind "for you" I put that in the center of the white hearts piece. Put the Ghirardelli square in the holder in the triangle pocket.

Using ribbon from the stash I tied that around the holder trimming the ends. To put the scallop piece on this holder you need to put a pop dot at the top of the scallop circle piece and again at the bottom. This will allow the ribbon to move but it also keeps the ribbon in place on the holder. See photo:

These go together very quickly and again using scraps as well. Here is the kraft holder and the red holder I had made:

Good for the office or card club or wherever you want a little Valentine surprise. Another way to present the Ghiradelli candies or any smaller individually wrapped treat. Thanks to Angie  ...  TFL

Monday, January 28, 2013

St Patty Pops

Since St. Patty's Day is coming I thought I would make a Tootsie Pop holder with a leprechaun. I had seen many leprechauns but this is the one I decided to make. It is bits and pieces of different ones I saw. My supply list:


2 " scallop circle punch (rust hair)
1 1/2" circle punch (face)
1 3/8" circle punch (green hat)
5 Petal Flower punch (SU) for mustache (rust)
Small circle punch (black/eyes and flesh/nose)
Small flower punch (EK Success) (gold)
Smaller circle punch (holes for ribbon)

Also needed:

White Signo pen
Glue dots
Kraft card stock
Black card stock
Rust card stock
Green card stock
Flesh tone card stock
Shimmer gold card stock
Red sticky tape
Tootsie Pops

From rust card stock punch a scallop circle. Then using the 5 petal flower punch punch off 2 petals for the mustache. For the face use the 1 1/2" circle punch and punch this from flesh coloured card stock. Also use the small circle punch and punch one circle from this card stock also for his nose. Use this small circle punch and punch out two eyes from the black card stock.

Also from the black card stock cut a small strip for his hat. From the green card stock use the 1 3/8" circle punch and punch out a circle. Then use scissors and cut this green circle in half for the hat. Using red sticky tape put the black strip across the straight edge of the hat 1/2 circle. Trim the black piece with scissors to the shape of the green hat. Cut a piece of green card stock with scissors that measures approx 3/8" x 2". This is the brim of the hat and use red sticky tape to put this on the bottom of the black strip on the hat. 

Using the EK Success small flower punch punch out a piece from shimmery gold card stock and put this on the hat with a glue dot. For the face/hair put the flesh circle on the scallop rust piece with adhesive. Put the mustache piece on with two glue dots. Put the black circles on with glue dots for the eyes and then the flesh circle for the nose. Using the white Signo pen put a line on each eye and also the nose. 

Using glue dots add the hat above the eyes where you think it will look right. Here is a photo of the pieces already punched out:

For the holder cut a piece of Kraft card stock  2 1/4" wide x 8" long. Score this at 3 1/2" and 4 1/2". Using a pencil make two pencil marks near the straight edge of the holder. See photo:

Put both straight ends together and using a smaller circle punch make two holes for your ribbon to go through. Put the Leprechaun on the front of the holder. Fold the holder on the scored lines with a bone folder. Put your Tootsie Pop in the holder with a large glue dot and tie the ribbon into a knot. Trim the ribbon ends. 

Again here is the St Patty Pop:

St Patty's Day is not a big holiday unless you are Irish but the kiddies may like these. TFL

Double Up Birthday Card

Clearing off my work table of stamp sets when this card came to mind . . .  Card base is green card stock with white from GP and pink from Stampin Up. For the floral piece I used two stamps --- one from the SU stamp set Thoughts and Prayers and the other floral stamp is from the SU stamp set Garden Silhouettes. I used a green marker for the stems and leaves and a pink marker for the flowers and coloured the stamps. First I did the stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers set. Once that was stamped I then did the stamp from the Garden Silhouettes stamping it on top of the first image. Once stamped I then used a marker for the centers of the flowers.

Using the Spellbinders Labels One I cut out the floral piece. Using green and pink inks from SU I lightly sponged the edges and over the floral piece. See photo:

 Using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch I punched out the two butterflies.

For the greeting tag I used a "happy birthday" stamp from the SU stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes. Used SU  Regal Rose ink for that. Cut it out using the Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio tag die in the Cuttlebug.

I cut a white piece of card stock for the first mat and then another mat of pink card stock. I put this together and then put the floral piece on and then the greeting tag on with pink ribbon from the stash. I used pop dots behind the tag piece for dimension.  Once that was done I put this onto the card front. Added pearls from Martha Stewart on the butterflies and put those on the floral piece.

Here is a photo of the two stamp sets and you can see the floral stamps are similar:

The stamp set in the front is the Garden Silhouettes and the stamp set in the back is Thoughts and Prayers. For that set of stamps SU decided to use two stamps on one block so after I mounted the stamps I then used copy paper and stamped all the stamps in the set onto the copy paper and I trimmed that to size and that is in the box with the stamps. This way I can easily see what stamps are in this set when I want to use it. I do not care for double sided stamps and I suppose it would not be so bad if they were cheaper since there are less wood blocks in the set -- but I own very few of these sets that are double sided for that reason. But for this card the flowers on the stamps are very similar and that is why I think the stamps work well together on this card.  So this stamp has double flowers and double mats -- TFL

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Twizzle Stick Holders

Twizzle Stick Holders ---- inspired by the Candy Cane Tag-a-ment holders from Cristy B on her blog:

Made up my version for Valentine's Day. This would work or any stick treats that are individually wrapped  such as Twizzlers, flavored candy cane sticks, etc..


Sizzix/SU Two Tags die
Double sided card stock
Red card stock
1 3/4" circle punch
1/2" circle punch
SU Real Red ink
SU stamp set "Amazing to Zany"
SU stamp set "Teeny Tiny Wishes"
McGill Multi Tags punch
Small circle punch
Sliver twine
Red sticky tape
Mini glue dots

To begin with cut out two scallop tags from the die from red card stock. Cut out two more of these tags with the double sided card stock.

 Using the 1 3/4" circle punch punch out two circles from your double sided card stock. Using adhesive adhere each of these circles to the top of the red tags.** Set aside.

For the double sided card stock tags score between the bottom scallop and the scallop above it. Then using a ruler and a pencil I made a light line in the center of the tag from the straight edge about 1/3 the way up on the side of the tag that was going to be the front of my holder. Then using the 1/2" circle punch make a circle in the center of the tag from the bottom using your pencil line to line the punch up.  Punch the circle as far as the punch will go on the tag. Erase your light pencil line. Add a small strip of red sticky tape below the hole you punched at the straight edge. See photo:

Near the scalloped end put a small piece of red sticky tape as well:

Peeling off the red strip from the sticky tape at the straight edge of your tag line up the printed tag on top of the red tag and put together. Now peel off your little piece of red strip by the scalloped end. Fold on the score line and press down.

Put in the Twizzler from the top of the holder and through the hole at the bottom front. Using ribbon tie a bow around the front and back of your holder. Trim ends. Stamp your greetings onto white card stock and using a tag punch punch these out. Using a small circle punch and punch a hole on the top of the tag and tie this onto the ribbon/bows with twine. Put a mini glue dot behind each greeting tag to hold in place.

Cristy B made her holders for Christmas candy canes but there are other candies/treats you could put in these holders. Again here is the finished project from the side:

And the front view:

Another cute project using the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die -- if you were to use a larger treat -- IE Choc Covered pretzels you could always use a 3/4" circle punch rather than the 1/2" circle punch and it would still work with the size tags this die makes. ** If you look at my two holders you will see the striped one on the left has the stripes going sideways --- I did not want them to go in the same direction as the other holder so I positioned my double sided card stock in the direction I wanted it cut on the die -- however with this pattern by doing this my hearts on the little scallop flap are now going sideways. But I like the stripes going across the tag front so it had to be this way. Probably would have been better if I had used a patterned card stock that did not have any 'directional' patterns (Ups or downs) but I really like this card stock -- it is by My Little Yellow Bicycle.  TFL

Friday, January 25, 2013

Chicken Smiles Card

Had seen the card by YLM "Do Feather's Count" on Splitcoast so I made my own version. Used the chicken wire background stamp from Stampin Up and used StazOn black ink for that and stamped it onto my card that is Kraft card stock from Paper Trey Ink. Once that was stamped I used the picket fence die from Sizzix and cut out two pieces of red fence. Used scrap red card stock from SU for that. Pieced those fence pieces together and cut it to the size I needed. Using SU Close to Cocoa ink I sponged over the fence pieces and edges.

For the chicken I used the Spellbinders Hearts die set. Using the third smallest heart die and cut out a heart from speckled cream card stock using the Cuttlebug. Then put this in the Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Using scissors I rounded off the point at the heart bottom which is the top of the head for the chicken. Used the SU Close to Cocoa ink and sponged the edges of the heart. Using the Martha Stewart heart punch I punched out two red hearts for the chicken arms and sponged the edges of those. Using glue dots I put the hearts on the chicken body (the upside down heart) and then trimmed off the parts of the hearts I did not need on the sides of the chicken body. Using a small Marvy heart punch I punched a small heart for the top of the chicken's head. I used the 5 Petal Flower punch from Stampin Up for the orange beak. I trimmed it to the size I needed and again sponged that.

I put the beak on the chicken with a glue dot and then used a fine point black marker for the two eyes. Put the small heart on the head with a glue dot and set it aside.

For the greeting "You make my whole face smile" I used the StazOn black ink. Then used a very small heart punch and punched out the heart, sponged it, and with a glue dot I put it on the card front. That greeting stamp is from the Stampin Up stamp set Sprinkled Expressions.  Using checked ribbon from the stash I put the ribbon around my fence piece. Attached it with glue dots. Then put the fence piece on the card front with glue dots. Using pop dots I put the chicken on the card front. Used a couple of pieces of raffia and made a checked ribbon bow and put these at the base of the chicken.

Always love the combination of the Kraft card stock from Paper Trey Ink with red and this is no exception. So thanks to YLM for sharing her card and inspiration -- TFL