Friday, August 30, 2013
Have two Tootsie Pop holders that are made with the same two tags but have different looks and ways to close. I made one holder for Boo Day (Halloween) and one for Autumn or Thanksgiving. Will explain how they are made and give credit to the blogs these are from. Here are the Tootsie Pop Holders:
I will start with the black holder for Boo Day (Halloween). This idea is from Anita Haines at firstname.lastname@example.org. This black holder was made using black card stock from Stampin Up and I used the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die. Cut out two of the scalloped tags**
and scored one tag at 2 1/4" from the straight end of the tag. Score the other tag from the straight end at 1" and 2 3/8" . Use a bone folder to crease your scored lines and on the first tag (with the one scored line) punch a hole in the center of the scored line using a small circle punch as this will fit over the Tootsie Pop stick.
After your scored lines are creased use red sticky tape to put the holder together --- see photo from the side:
Once you have the sticky tape holding your holder together decorate the front scalloped flap. I used the stamp set from Stampin Up Batty for You and I stamped that onto scrap white/GP using SU black ink. Used circle and scalloped circle punches to cut that out and to decorate the front and used glue dots to put these on the holder front --- see photo:
As I always do with the Tootsie Pop holders I used a glue dot at the top of the lollipop wrapper to hold it in place in my holder. Once it is in place I closed the holder and tied black and white ribbon around the lollipop stick. The only thing I would add to this is a glue dot to keep the front closed but this is an easy holder to make.
The other holder is from cindyleebeedesigns.com and here is that holder:
Again I used card stock from SU for this holder --- Pumpkin Pie. And yet again I cut out two of the scalloped tags from the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die for the holder.
Once the tags are cut out you use Red Sticky tape to put them together matching the scallops:
Once these tags are taped together you need to turn them over and put the straight end of the tag on the side of the score board and score this at: 5/8", 2 1/4", 4 1/2" and again at 4 3/4". Use bone folder to crease your scored lines. Use a pencil to mark the middle of the tag piece between the 4 1/2" and 4 3/4" scored lines and use a small circle punch to make the hole for the lollipop stick.
Fold this holder into your shape. Put a glue dot at the top of the lollipop and turn it upside down and put it in the holder. Wrap the holder around the lollipop. Tie a ribbon at the top of the holder around the lollipop. This holder closes in the back so decorate the front of the holder. I used plaid paper from a pad of card stock from Authenique and scalloped and circle punches.
Using the oval punch from Hobby Lobby I punched out three ovals for my pumpkin --- used the SU Word Window punch for the stem and the SU Trio flower punch for the leaf piece. Put the pumpkin pieces together with glue dots. Put the pumpkin on the holder front using pop dots. Here is a photo of the side of these holders:
Again I would put a glue dot on the back of this holder to keep it closed but another quick holder to make for the Tootsie Pops.
As for the ** when you cut out your scalloped tags from this die you will see it makes stitching lines on the edges of the die cut piece. Be sure you have the better side on the outside of your holder --- you can easily see on the tag you cut the right and the wrong side of the tag. Make sure the right side of the tag will be on the outside of your holders.
Thanks to Anita and Cindy for sharing their holders and directions. TFL and YOLO
Take the Two Tags die, two card stocks, two Tootsie Pops . . . two by two by two. . .
This Autumn card is on a card stock base of Choc Chip from Stampin Up, brown dotted paper is from the paper pack "Mirabelle" from Hobby Lobby. Lighter brown card stock, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla card stocks are SU.
To make this card I cut and scored the Choc Chip card stock base. Then I cut the dotted card stock to the size I would need for the card front. I put that onto the card stock base using the ATG. For the stamped piece I used an Autumn stamp from Inkadinkado Stamps and I stamped that onto Very Vanilla card stock cut larger than what I would need using the SU Close to Cocoa Ink. Using Crayola colour pencils I coloured in the pumpkins only on the stamped image. Using the Spellbinders Square Dies I cut out the image using the Cuttlebug. (Put the square die over my stamped image and used painters tape to hold the die in place). Once cut, removed the painters tape and die, and using the Close to Cocoa Ink I lightly sponged ink over the stamped image and then sponged the edges of this piece. ( I inked the sponge and pressed it onto scrap paper first and then went over my stamped image).
I wanted the word "Autumn" to be at the bottom of the Deckled Pumpkin Pie piece but I do not have a stamp that just says Autumn in the smaller print I needed. I used a stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs that says "Autumn Greetings" and I inked the "Autumn" only using the SU Close to Cocoa ink. Stamped this onto Pumpkin Pie card stock away from the edge of the paper and then I used painters tape and put the Deckled rectangle die over my stamped word. Once my die was taped on the card stock I used scissors to cut away the card stock I did not need so this piece would fit in the Cuttlebug leaving room around the metal die.
Once this was cut out in the Cuttlebug I removed the painters tape and the die. Using the ATG I put the stamped image square onto the Pumpkin Pie piece. Using trim from the stash I ran a piece of that across the bottom of the stamped image. Then I put these two pieces onto the lighter brown card stock using the ATG.
For my pumpkin in the lower left corner I used two stamps and an embossing folder for the designs for the pumpkin pieces. Using an oval punch I punched out three ovals to make the pumpkin**. I sponged the edges of the ovals using the SU Pumpkin Pie ink. Using glue dots I put the pieces together. For the stem I used the Stampin Up Word Window punch and scrap kraft card stock and sponged the edges of that with SU Close to Cocoa. Cut it to the length I wanted and put it behind the pumpkin using a glue dot. For the leaf on the pumpkin I used the SU Bo Ho Blossoms punch and punched out the smaller flower, sponged the edges with SU Old Olive, and cut it to the size I wanted for my leaf. That is also on the pumpkin using a glue dot. I put pop dots behind this pumpkin piece for dimension.
** As for my oval punch -- Hobby Lobby ---- this is the only store I have been able to find both a 7/8" circle punch and a 7/8" oval punch to use for my card projects and these punches can be found in their jewelry making section at the store. They are not in the card making/scrapbooking section. I have searched and searched for a 7/8" circle punch and finally was able to find it at Hob Lob. So when I found the circle punch I also picked up the oval punch and it makes a nice size pumpkin as you can see on my card. TFL and YOLO
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Stampin Up brown card stock
Stampin Up green card stock
Stampin Up speckled cream card stock
Various printed card stocks (3)
Sizzix Picket Fence die
Oval punch (jewelry section @ Hob Lob)
Stampin Up Bo Ho Blossoms punch
Stampin Up Word Window punch
Stampin Up Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set
Stampin Up Paisley Prints stamp set
Dotted stamp from All Night Media
Darice Crackled embossing folder
Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink
Stampin Up Going Gray ink
Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink
Spellbinders Back to Basics Tag dies
Stampin Up Squared Lattice punch
Two leaf punches
Card is on a card stock base of brown card stock from SU. Cut and scored that for the card. Using the SU speckled cream card stock I cut a piece for the card front. For the green card stock I cut that a bit larger than I would need for my card.
Using two leaf punches I punched out leaves from three various card stock. Using a glue pen I positioned the punched leaves onto the green card stock. Using the Cuttlebug I embossed the green piece using the Stampin Up Square Lattice embossing folder (as usual I embossed 2 pieces of card stock for a softer embossed piece--once embossed I put the spare embossed piece in the drawer with the embossing folder for use another time).
Once the green piece was embossed I used the Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Picket Fence die to cut out a fence using more of the SU cream speckled card stock. Sponged the fence piece using Going Gray ink from SU. Set that aside. Using the SU stamp set Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set and stamped "happy fall" using two stamps and the SU Close to Cocoa ink. Cut this out using the Spellbinders die set Back to Basics Tags. Sponged the edges with the SU Close to Cocoa ink. Set that aside:
For the pumpkin I used two stamps and an embossing folder. I wanted a layered pumpkin and I knew I would make the pumpkin using the oval punch but I did not want it to be a plain pumpkin. Using SU Pumpkin Pie card stock scraps first I stamped the dotted stamp from All Night Media using SU Pumpkin Pie ink. Then I used the pumpkin stamp from the SU Paisley Prints stamp set and stamped that onto scraps. For the third design I inked the raised side of the Crackle embossing folder from Darice and used a brayer on the closed folder to transfer the inked design to my scrap card stock. Once all three designs were done I used an oval punch and punched out the ovals. Again using the SU Pumpkin Pie ink I sponged the edges of my ovals. Using glue dots I layered the ovals to make the pumpkin. For the stem for the pumpkin I used the SU Word Window punch and punched that out of kraft scraps from Mikes. Sponged the edges of that using the SU Close to Cocoa ink. Put that behind the pumpkin using a glue dot. For the green leaf on the pumpkin I used a flower from the SU Bo Ho Blossoms punch and scrap green card stock. Punched out the smallest flower on the punch and used scissors to cut it to the size I needed. Put the leaf on the pumpkin with a glue dot.
To put the card front together I trimmed my leaf/embossed green piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Used the ATG to put the green piece on the cream speckled piece. Once those were together I put them on the card base again using the ATG.
For the greeting tag on the picket fence I separated a piece of jute twine and tied the greeting tag onto the picket fence. Put a glue dot behind the greeting to attach it to the fence. For the picket fence I put pop dots behind the fence for dimension. Once the fence was on the card front I put pop dots behind my pumpkin and put that on the lower left corner. TFL and YOLO
One large balloon punch
Stampin Up Owl punch
Stampin Up 1/4" square punch
Two small wiggle eyes
Black card stock
Gold card stock
Punch out a balloon from black card stock. Punch out the lower third of the owl from gold card stock for the feet piece. Punch out a 1/4" square from gold card stock for the beak.
Attach the gold feet piece to the bottom of the black balloon piece. Snip off one corner of the 1/4" gold square for the beak, add wiggle eyes and you have your bird:
Easy peasy and a fun bird to make. TFL and YOLO
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Went to a Stampin Up garage sale over the weekend and the lady was selling extra old catalogs for a $1.00. I found one I did not have and it is the Idea Book and Catalog from 2009-2010 with a gold cover. Although many of the products are no longer for sale I did buy the catalog for all the ideas and inspiration for the products in the catalog.
This treat holder is a combination of what I had seen in the catalog and my idea -- in the catalog they had made a holder for a tea bag but I wanted my holder to hold a Fun Size bag of M & Ms. I thought of the Matchbook holder I had recently made for Boo Day (Halloween) that holds the M & Ms but I would have to alter that pattern as the Matchbook holder is not free standing and I want to use this treat holder as a table marker. I got out the Matchbook pattern and used white/GP card stock to make a Matchbook as the pattern is written and then I made a couple of changes to make it free standing. Still wanting to get four of the Matchbook holders out of one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock I had to figure my score lines differently than the pattern.
Here is a photo of the Thanksgiving Treat Holder and one of the Boo Day (Halloween) "Matchbook Boos" I had made and put on my blog earlier:
Looking at the two Matchbooks you will see the one for Boo Day (Halloween) closes at the bottom and I wanted the treat holder for Thanksgiving to close at the top. By using the same size card stock for each holder and simply changing my score lines I have two sized holders. Here is the pattern for the Thanksgiving Treat Holder:
Cut your card stock 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide. Put this on the scoreboard with the long side at the top of the scoreboard. Score at 3/4", 4 1/4", 4 3/4", and again at 5 1/4". Fold with the center scored line folded into the holder so it will look like this from the side and be free standing:
Once I figured out my pattern with the white/GP card stock I then used Kraft card stock from Mikes and made my Thanksgiving Treat Holder using my new altered pattern. With the changes made to the pattern now this is similar to a tent card when standing. Once the holder piece was cut and scored I then used the speckled cream (confetti) card stock from SU cut larger for the treat holder front than needed. Using SU Close to Cocoa ink I used the tree stamp from the SU stamp set Thoughts and Prayers and stamped the tree on the cream piece. Trimmed this to the size I wanted for the front. Sponged the edges with the SU Close to Cocoa ink. Using a Fiskars scalloped border punch I punched two pieces from rust card stock and used an ATG to put the scalloped pieces on the sides on the front of the holder. Using the ATG I put the stamped cream piece on the holder. Using twine I tied this around the front of the holder and tied a knot. Clipped off the excess twine.
"Thanksgiving Blessings" is a stamp from Printworks. For the pumpkin I used the pumpkin punch from Fiskars and sponged the edges of that with SU Pumpkin Pie ink. Using a small oval punch from Joylee (sold in the jewelry making section at the craft store), I punched out an oval from the same card stock as the pumpkin. Sponged the edges of that and put it on the pumpkin piece. Trimmed off the top and added a stem and a leaf --- this gives the small pumpkin some dimension. Put the pumpkin on the front of the holder using a glue dot. Added an acorn button from the stash at the top of the holder.
Once the holder was complete I put in a bag of the Fun Size M & Ms and stapled that. With the Matchbook holders be sure to keep the staple close to the folded edge to give room to tuck in the front of the holder. This keeps the holder closed. If you wanted to use this as a place holder you could use a clothespin at the top to hold the name labels/tags. Quick and easy -- once the new pattern was made --- and another inspired idea from the SU catalogs. TFL and YOLO
Was able to pick up a couple of things at a stamp sale over the weekend listed on Craigs List --- this card features the new-to-me Stampin Up stamp set Both Way Blossoms and also the new-to-me Sizzix/SU Big Pennant die. I suppose both of these items could be limiting -- but with dies I try to figure out other uses for the die than what they are really for. As for the Pennant die I have seen all the banners, the Christmas trees, angels, and the like. But I wanted to use this die for a card. Here is how I used it for this card:
In this photo I used a single side card stock but as you will see on my card I used double sided card stock. To begin with I cut out the large pennant on the die as shown. Then I folded that in half as below:
This is how I made the pocket for my card. Here is the front of my card, not finished, but so you can see the pocket I made:
Card is on a card stock base of SU Taken with Teal. White is GP, and the double sided card stock is also from SU. ** To begin with I cut and scored the card base. Cut my white/GP piece for the front of the card. Using a "Thinking of You. . ." stamp from SU I stamped that in the upper left corner. Then I cut out the large pennant on the die using a piece of double sided card stock. Once the die piece was cut I folded that in half and trimmed the open sides of this to the size I would need for the width for the card front. Once this was trimmed to the size I needed I put thin red sticky tape across the inside bottom of the pocket piece and small piece on the short edge. Peeled off the red backing and closed the pocket.
Then I put the 'pocket' on my stamped white/GP piece using the ATG. Cut a piece of green satin ribbon to run across the front of the pocket piece. Used a button from the button jar and twine and tied the button onto the ribbon. Put a glue dot behind the button. Using the ATG I put the white/GP with pocket piece onto the card base using the ATG.
For the flowers I used VersaMark ink and stamped three of the roses onto a smaller white/GP piece. Using chalks I coloured the stems/leaves and flowers. Trimmed this to the size I wanted. Then using SU Mellow Moss I cut a piece of that larger than my flower piece to mount my flowers on. Adding a half of a paper doily from the dollar store behind the flower piece I used glue dots behind this piece and put it in the pocket on the card. I did not want to use a full doily for this card as I did not want to cover up the green pattern on the double sided card stock for the pocket. Added blue crystals to the flowers and the card is done. Here it is:
This pocket from the die cut would be good for cards with removable tags and such. As for the ** -- Stampin Up has their logo on both sides of their double sided card stock. Be careful when using this card stock for punched items or die cuts that their logo does not show up on the front of your project. It is small but on the card front it can be very noticeable.
This is a simple card and using the Pennant die for something other than larger items is good. Think out of the box with your dies to get your monies worth. TFL and YOLO
Monday, August 26, 2013
Had made the Snuggets using the Hershey Chocolate Nugget candies with the glove fingers for the hats:
So I decided to adapt this idea to a larger chocolate treat --- using the Hershey Snack Size chocolate candy bars. Came up with a treat holder that is using some other ideas --- snowmen and using a crimper as you would on a Sour Cream container at the bottom --- here are the Snow-Bar Treats:
These are simple to make --- I used white GP card stock and cut a piece 4" x 4 1/4". With the 4 1/4" side at the top of the score board I scored this at 1" and 1 1/4" and again at 2 3/4" and 3". Turned it over to the right side and using a small Snowman Face stamp from Morningstarstamps.com I stamped the face. Used an orange marker for his nose. Before I used a bone folder to crease the scored lines I put a piece of red sticky tape at the bottom of this piece and again along one side of this piece. Creased my scored lines, peeled off the plastic strips on the red sticky tape and put this holder together. Using a crimper I crimped the end of the holder that has the red sticky tape.
Once that was done I put in the snack size candy bar. Using left over bath gloves from my Snuggets project I cut off a glove finger and put that at the top of my treat holder with it folded to make his hat brim. Using a glue dot I put a pom pom on the glove. Added a piece of ribbon or twine tied around the holder. Used a black marker to make the Snowman buttons:
Easy, quick, and cute. I used a lighter card stock for the white wrapper --- did not want to use the heavier more expensive card stocks for something that will be tossed anyways. TFL and YOLO
Sunday, August 25, 2013
In the real world . . . 8 x 8 equals 64 . . . BUT in the card making world . . . 8 x 8 means 8" BY 8" square and that equals:
A real square --- but fold it in half and use a bone folder to make your crease sharp:
Then fold and crease again:
And fold the front flap down:
Now add a front embellishment and then add candies and treats and you have:
I call these BOO Bags and you can fill them up with whatever -- I used paper shred from the dollar store and various candies. I will tell you I did not use heavier double card stock but the thinner ones and they hold the shape just fine. This holder has no glue dots or adhesive as the folds hold it together. Easy to make and fun ---
For the purple print I used a wavy circle punch and then a round circle punch for the front. The "happy halloween" is stamped in purple ink from SU and that is a dollar stamp that I just inked the words on it and then stamped it on scrap white/GP card stock. Used the Word Window punch for that. For the dotted label behind it I used the new-to-me stamp set from SU A Fitting Occasion and black ink for that. Used the SU Modern Label punch for that. Added a ghost from white glittered card stock that I punched out using a Fiskars ghost punch. Added crystals and that is done. The candies are in a bag from the candy making section at the craft store and I tied that closed with thin lavender ribbon.
For the spider BOO Bag I used a scalloped circle punch and then shimmer paper from Joanns for the black circle. The "BOO TO YOU" is a stamp from Northwoods Rubber stamp and again used the two punches from SU for that. The candies are in a bag from the candy making section at the craft store and I used dollar twine from AC Moore to tie that closed. Added black shredded paper to the bag.
The last BOO Bag is Halloween printed card stock and I used the wavy punch and a circle punch for the piece in the front. "Happy Halloween" is a stamp from SU (don't know the set name) and again used the punches from SU for the labels. Added crystals from the stash and that was done --- now onto the ghost for this bag:
This is a closer photo of this ghost and I did this just to try and see if it would work or not. . . I know the Sizzix dies can cut through heavier glittered card stocks, lighter card board, and such. But I always wondered if they would cut through a foam sheet --- so I picked up a white sheet of foam at AC Moore and I tried to cut it and --- POOF --- surprisingly it cut it out --- I used a sheet of plain foam --- no glitter on it and no adhesive foam. To cut it out I used a B plate in the Cuttlebug, a piece of the foam sheet a bit larger than I needed, the die -- CUT SIDE DOWN --- and then another B plate. Ran this through the Cuttlebug and it cut it out the first try with no problems ---- Here is the die I used:
I will say when I cut out my glittered ghosts the card stock left glitter on my die so I ran the lint roller over the die a couple of times and it picked up all glitter residue and quickly too.
These BOO Bags have been around for awhile and I have made many sizes --- just be sure it is a true square and they make up nicely every time.... So more projects to help "Get your BOO on"... TFL and YOLO
To begin with I painted popsicle sticks from the craft store with black acrylic paint. Once the sticks were dried I then used a Sizzix Ghost die and cut out two ghosts from white glitter card stock. I cut one ghost out with the glittered side of the card stock on the die and then turned the glittered card stock over and cut out a second ghost. This way the ghosts are going in two directions. I wanted to put the ghosts on the painted popsicle stick using red sticky tape but once I did one of them I could see the stick through the glittered ghost so I took that off the stick. Using scrap white/GP card stock I cut out two ghosts and put those through the Xyron machine to put adhesive on them. Then put the glittered ghosts on the white/GP ghosts--again remember to turn one of the white/GP ghosts over when you put them in the Xyron so they will match your glittered ghosts.
Once I had the glittered/white GP stuck together I put them on the painted craft stick and you could not see through them. I set these aside. Using 12 x 12 sheets of card stock --- textured for the black and smooth for the purple --- I cut out two of the Bags with Scallop using the large die from Sizzix. Cut out two pieces of printed card stock for the 'bag' front and used the ATG to put them on the bags. Using circle punches I made a half circle at the top of the closed bag to be able to put the ghost/stick in the bag. Used a smaller circle punch and made two punches on the scallop part of the bag and through the back of the bag so I could tie them shut. Here are the backs so you can see the white on the back of the ghosts:
This bag die from Sizzix makes a nice bag and it is free standing. I put the bags together using red sticky tape and twine and raffia are from my stash. TFL and YOLO
This card was very simple to make and really a cute idea --- you can go to YouTube and watch a few videos if you have not made one before --- so here is my two cents:
This is a Penny Spinner card and I used the Owl punch from Stampin Up for the ghost -- punched him out of white glitter paper and cut off his feet -- ouch -- and used a circle punch for the black eyes. Black and orange card stock are from Stampin Up and the candies card stock is from Cloud 9 Design. Here is a Penny Spinner card:
The BOO stamp is from Gina K Designs and that is from the Wicked clear stamp set. TFL and YOLO
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Busy with house projects but there always seems to be time for surfing Craigs . . . DH looks for tools and supplies for house projects and I ? ? ? I look for Arts & Crafts. This lady was selling her Stampin Up ink caddy with extension, 50 ink pads, and 31 re-inkers for a ridiculous price so off we went.... first to pick up his find and then mine. . .
Once I got to her house she had everything set up on tables in the garage. Mostly SU products and boxes and boxes of stamps. But I was there for the caddy, inks, and re-inkers. She also had the box/holder with 48 markers that I did not have --- picked up the markers and holder for $15 even tho she was asking $20. Goes to show you never know if the price they post is the lowest they will accept --- and many times if you buy a few things the seller is more likely to lower the prices for you if you ask.
Got the caddy home with all the ink pads on it and of course it did not spin well with the weight of the pads on it and it was wobbly. Took a lot of the ink pads off and tried to spin it again and still it was wobbly and did not spin well. See photo:
Today I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up a 9" turntable (lazy susan sold in the kitchen organizing department) to put the new caddy on. The turntable was $4.99 plus tax so that was a good price and it is also the same manufacturer that my other turntable is under the other caddy. I put the newest caddy on the new turntable with some ink pads on it and gave it a spin --- moves as well as my other caddy does with more weight on it for the photo:
I had never bought this Stampin Up caddy from their catalog as my girlfriend has this caddy and she has the ink pads on hers with the re-inkers on top and it was always wobbly and did not turn without you having to use both hands. I bought my first caddy from a Craigs List ad for a garage sale and that gal had the caddy on a 9" turntable and I could not believe how well it spinned with all the inks on it. Since I bought this second caddy off Craigs List I was certain this one would also be needing the turntable --- since the photo was taken I have the second caddy loaded up with the ink pads with re-inkers and it works well. Also the turntable makes the caddy sit higher on your table. If you have problems with your Stampin Up caddy try a turntable and see if that helps. I am very glad I came across this idea for sure. TFL and YOLO
Monday, August 19, 2013
One more time wanted to make a project and one more time could not find the products in the store to do this so had to make do with what I had and what was available. Had seen many signs with "B O O" spelled out with ghosts and ribbons and you can hang this on a wreath or if you use the largest letters you can hang it on the front door. But did not want to do that.
I wanted to make that sign but in a much smaller scale for my card making project for Boo Day (Halloween). Off I go, with coupons in hand, to AC Moore to search for my letters.... Either too big, too small, and if the right size? Too thick and that means they would be too heavy. Did decide on the size letters I wanted and the style I liked only to find the style I liked had no "O"s and no numbers so I could not substitute the zeros to use with their "B". Off to Mikes . . .
Mikes had lots of letters --- black, white, and unfinished wood. Fancy, 'scrolly' letters to the plain ones. But I was lucky to find the size letters I wanted but again they are too thick and too heavy for my project . . BUT if I trace them then they would be perfect. There were 2 letters per bag for 99 cents a bag. I bought one bag of "B"s and two bags of "O"s. This way I could make 2 "boo" signs if I wanted using the wood letters.
Here is my project, with my traced letters for my "BOO" and this will hold candy treats for Halloween:
Here are the wooden letters I used:
To begin with since I was putting printed card stock onto the letters I was careful not to pick out "scrolly" letters as you need to be able to easy cut your card stock to the letter shapes. To start I picked out my printed card stock and turned them over so I would be tracing my letters on the backside of the paper. Also be sure to turn your "B" over and then trace it -- it will be backwards for tracing but it will be the right way once you cut out your patterned paper using small scissors. These are the letters after they were traced:
Cut them out with scissors and set aside. For the backing to my letters I wanted something to hold the shape but not be too heavy for my project. I used card board from a 6 x 6 pack of paper and again traced my letters with a pencil. Using heavier scissors I cut out the card board letters and used an Exacto knife for the insides of the letters. Once these were cut out I used a foam brush and covered the card board letters with Mod Podge and put the printed card stock letters onto that. Once that was dried I covered the printed letters with Mod Podge and again once dried turned the letters over and put a coat of Mod Podge on the card board backs. Set it aside to dry.
For the bag I did not want to use a paper bag and the larger dies I have make small bags so I made the bag using card stock. I am using the speckled card stock from Stampin Up for this. It takes one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock. With the 11" side at the top of the score board score it at 2", 5 1/4", 7 1/4", and again at 10 1/2". Turn this sideways and score at 2". (Had made this bag before and it goes together quickly).
Before I used a bone folder to crease my lines I used a stamp from Stampin Up "Spooky Skyline" and stamped my scored piece just above the single 2" score line using StazOn black ink. The "Spooky Skyline" stamp used to be a SU wheel that I took apart and now it is a stamp. Once I stamped that I then used SU Going Gray ink and sponged it over the bottom of the stamped image and on all the scored lines to 'age' my card stock. Once the piece was stamped and sponged I used a bone folder to make my scored lines very sharply creased as this will be a bag and you want it to be free standing. Once scored and creased I then clipped my bag as shown:
Added red sticky tape to the thin scored area down the side and then put the bag together. Once that was done I put a piece of red sticky tape on one of the bottom flaps and closed the bag. Using my hands I pinched the sides of the bag to make the bag shape and then pressed down on this to keep this shape. Once the bag was done I used a black binder clip and covered that with printed card stock. This will keep the bag closed at the top and it is also to hold my "BOO" sign. Set it aside.
For my dried letters I used black/white $1.00 twine from AC Moore and tied the letters together. For the "B" I used a piece of ribbon and then tied twine on that. The ribbon is long enough to have a knot at the end of it and I put that over the top of the bag and then put the binder clip on top of that to hold the letters on the bag. This way the recipient can hang the "BOO" letters on something once they open the bag. For the top of the binder clip I put a piece of black tulle through the front clip and some 'hairy' sparkly yarn and then tied this with an orange ribbon knot. Here is a photo of the binder clip:
For the ghosts I used the Fiskars Ghost punch but it only punches one ghost going in one direction. If you want the two ghosts to go in different directions then punch one ghost with the glitter side of the white glitter card stock facing you. Punch out the ghost -- now turn the glittered card stock over and punch out another ghost and they will be going in the two directions. The ghosts are on the front of the bag using glue dots.
Here is the backside of my "BOO" letters so you can see the cardboard:
I will say to make the "BOO" sign you have to use capital letters as you need the ribbon to hold your letters to be able to go thru the "B". For the eyes/mouth on my white glittered ghosts I used a pencil on the backside of the ghost to make the three dots. Then used a small circle punch for the eyes and mouth. Using a larger circle punch I punched out a black circle and put this behind the ghost with a glue dot. By doing this the eyes and mouth are black so you can easily see them.
As for the speckled card stock -- I had bought one pack of this card stock from SU and did not like it -- the specks are too big on the paper and not 'speckly' as I would like. So I find I use this card stock on projects where I can add to the paper or change it up so the specks --- which really are almost spots as they are so big --- can be hidden or stamped over. This pattern for this bag makes a tall bag and I like the weight of it as once you put candies/treats in there it will be able to hold the weight.
As for the letters -- I have the lower case alpha letter dies from MFT so they would not work for this and I also have a alpha set of Cuttlebug metal dies but they are very small so they would also not work for this. So simply tracing my letters worked out for this project -- here are the wooden letters that I had traced that I did finish for the other project I am making:
Since these letters were unfinished wood I had to paint them with black acrylic paint and a foam brush. Once both the front and backs of the letters were dried I then put my card stock letters on them using the Mod Podge and did two over coats of that once they dried in between. Turned them over and put the Mod Podge on the back as well. Due to having to paint the letters and also the thickness of the wood of these letters to use them on my project it would not work. This is a good project to use up scraps or maybe card stocks you do not like very well whether your letters are wood or cardboard. Again the bag:
These bags would be good to hand out to stamp club people, teachers, or the office. The bags go together easily being only one sheet of card stock and you can decorate them as you would like. As for unmounting the wheel stamps -- I have already used some of the other designs and I have used them more as unmounted stamps than if I had left them on the wheels
Also this project is another reason to save the card board from packs of card stock -- I have used the card board for my letters as well as the backs/bottoms to all the Post It Note pad holders I have made. The card board is not too thick to work with and keeps its' shape. TFL and YOLO and BOO to You . . .