Saturday, November 30, 2013

Merry Card


To begin with the camera did not capture the sparkle and shine on the tree. Very easy technique and it is called Glowing Lights and I had seen this on Splitcoast.

Card is on a card stock base of SU Glorious Green, red is from Mikes, and the holiday print is from American Crafts. Used the Noel program and my Slice machine to cut out "Merry" using red card stock from Mikes. Used a glue pen to put this on the holiday print. Using scrap green card stock I punched out a tree using a Fiskars punch. Following the instructions for this technique this is what I did:

Punched out my tree. Using a white gel pen I made random dots on my tree shape. Using Qtips from the dollar store I used various chalk to put chalk over my white dots**. This gives the illusion of Christmas tree lights on the tree. Then using a silver gel pen I put dots on my tree to add sparkle. Using a small star punch from the dollar bin @ Mikes I punched out a star for the top of the tree using gold foil card stock. The tree is on the card front using glue dots.

** The tutorial for this technique says you can use a spray to set your chalks but I did not as I do not find the chalk coming off the tree. I tried to take a better photo of the tree so here is that and again another photo of the card front:



Quick and easy technique and the trees would look good on tags as well. TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gobble til you wobble . . . .


A BIG Happy Thanksgiving to: both Brenda's, Reva, Linda M, Mary H, Cherie, Mrs A, Karen H, CM2, lifesabeach, Cindy, Alice, mamawcindy, Katherine,ovecrafts 2007, Darnell, Wendy, stampmom, Laura, all my blog followers and all the Looky Loo's that stop by my blog when time allows. Usually I try to have some little turkey project to share for the Thanksgiving holiday but this year with Thanksgiving at the very end of November we only have 27 days until Christmas will be upon us. So will share a quick and festive video from Straight No Chaser.

Go to Youtube.com. In the search bar type Christmas Can Can (Single Edit). Click on the first video by Straight No Chaser and enjoy.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday weekend.  Candee P

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Elf Help


This is the time of the year when everything has to get done in a small amount of time and it seems no matter how organized we may think we are . . .   we run out of time. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and then to Walgreens and the photos below are treats and treat holders I made with my finds. Just goes to show we do not have to do everything ourselves and we can use items from the stores to help us out ---

First is a small candy treat holder using pre-wrapped holiday candies from Walgreens:


These holiday candies are sold in a bag and there are four different candy wrappers for the chocolates. There is a Santa, a snowman, Rudolph, and an angel. I used a pretzel bag from the candy aisle at the craft store to hold the candies. Put four candies in a row from top to bottom and measured that length. Then measured the width of the piece of candy and added 1/2" to that. I cut a piece of red card stock that length and the width for the 'channel' tray to put the candies on. Scored the red card stock lengthwise 1/4" from each side edge. Used a bone folder to make the scored lines sharp. Then put the candies on the 'channel' tray and put this into the pretzel bag. Tied it closed with red and white twine and tied a small gold and a red jingle bell under the twine bow. Used a stamp from the SU stamp set Holiday Sampler and used circle punches for that. Tied that on the bag top using gold twine. Trimmed off the top of the pretzel bag with scissors to the size I wanted. Quick and easy to put together.

This second treat holder was made using green card stock and the Sizzix Bag with Scallops die. Used a Sizzix Holly embossing folder that I put ink on and once my green bag was cut out I then put the bag in the inked embossing folder closed and ran the brayer over the folder to transfer the ink and pattern to the green bag. Used a small circle punch to make the holes for my ribbon on the scalloped flap for the front of the bag. Used ribbon from the stash. Using a 1/2" circle punch I punched a 1/4" circle off the top of the closed scalloped bag which will be where I put the Santa piece.

The Santa piece is a cupcake topper that is sold at Hobby Lobby and it was on sale for 50% off so I paid $1.00 for it. It came in a package with a few of these so it is very economical. Santa is plastic and he fits on the top of the scalloped bag perfectly:


This third treat holder was on sale for 99 cents --- two Ghirardelli candy bars pre-packaged for 99 cents and that is very economical:


Once again the red snowflake is from Hobby Lobby, again sold in a multiple pack of 6 -- red, white, and green for Christmas. The snowflakes are wooden and they are already glued to a clothespin. I used a circle greeting stamp from Hero Arts and circle punches and a scalloped circle punch for that. The bag that Ghirardelli uses for their candy bars this season is very sturdy and is free standing. Bought the Peppermint Bark as that says Christmas and is a season favorite.

Next time it is crunch time don't think you have to take it all on for yourself -- head to the store, with your coupons, and see what is out there to help you have Elf Help.  TFL and YOLO

Cash and Carry Packet


Used the Sizzix/SU Scallop Envelope die to make this Cash and Carry Packet for the holidays. You need to cut out two die pieces from matching card stock and once you put it together this is what it will look like completed:


As you can see I have cash in the left pocket and in the right is a Ghirardelli candy bar. There is room on the pockets to stamp a holiday greeting or write a note. This Scallop Envelope die does not hold a gift card but the cash fits perfectly in the pocket -- and with giving cash the recipient can use it towards whatever they would want or are saving for.

Once my two die pieces were cut, and before I assembled them into one piece, I used a Sizzix embossing folder from the Powdered Sugar and Snow Globe folder set with the holly pattern and embossed one of the scalloped flaps. This would be the front flap to my holder. Then using the holly/berry stamps from the SU stamp set Holiday Sampler I stamped my holly and red berries onto scrap white/GP card stock. Punched that out using a circle punch and then punched out a red circle and a green scalloped circle. Put these pieces together and in the center of the embossed holly front flap. Added ribbon to close the packet holder. Then added SU Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (like Stickles) to the red berries. Below are how-to photos for this packet/holder using two colours of card stock as a sample:


As you can see I cut out my two die pieces and used a bone folder on the scored lines this die makes.(** If you want one of the die cut pieces to have the scallops show at the top back then do not fold that scalloped flap on the scored line -- this will be the scallop to the piece you do not emboss).  If you want to emboss your front flap as I did then do your embossing right after you cut out one of the die pieces. Then I used red sticky tape on one side flap on the yellow piece (Normally I would use a wider piece of red sticky tape but this is just a sample for you to see):


Peel off the red strip and put your two side flaps together. Now your two die pieces are one:


Next photos shows assembly of your pockets/sides:


You can see on the packet in the yellow that I only closed up the left side of the packet/holder using red sticky tape as the right side of this holder gets folded towards the blue packet and that packet is closed on both sides to hold your Ghirardelli candy bar. You should do your stamping on your pocket flaps now before you close your holder with your ribbon**.  Once stamped add your candy bar and cash.

Close your holder. Tie a ribbon around the holder to keep this closed and trim your ribbon ends. ** If you wanted to stamp "To and From" on the back of your packet/holder stamp that before you put in your cash and your candy bar while your holder is flat.

This went together quickly and is nice with the embossed flap but would also be nice from double sided holiday card stock. Cash and Carry Packets have hold two favorites -- cash and chocolate.

Here are other projects I have made up in the past using this die. It always gives a nice presentation as it has nice details on it:






Another simple holder for holiday gift giving. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fall Rainbow Card


Just got the email from Frenchiestamps.com and she posted a card using this technique in her email. Guess she said she had made it for last year but I had not seen this before. I was supposed to be cleaning the craft room to be able to get to my Christmas cards and projects but once I saw her posting and video I decided I would make my own card --- here is the posting of Frenchie's card on her blog and her video:

http://www.frenchiestamps.com/2012/09/fall-rainbow.html  

On her card she has this 'rainbow' to the left side of the front of her card but I wanted my card to have this technique more in the center and here is my card:


To begin with I used a card stock base of SU Old Olive then a piece of rust card stock and then the card front is SU Very Vanilla. Frenchie had cut her Very Vanilla to the size she wanted for her card front but I cut mine 4" x 5 1/2" --- I wanted to be able to cut off the top and bottom of the card front piece so I would not have a dark line at the top or bottom from sponging. Was not sure if this first try would work for me but it did and am happy about that.

Once I watched her video I took out a piece of white/GP card stock that I was going to use for the torn pieces. At first I was going to use the decorative rulers for tearing the card stock but I did one of those and it was too rigid looking and not so random, which I wanted. So I used my hands and tore from the top of the white/GP card stock down to the bottom and that long piece was all I needed. I then cut that in half width wise using the trimmer. Then using removable adhesive I put the torn white card stock pieces onto my Very Vanilla card front piece. See photo:


You need the sides of your torn pieces to be straight so you can position these on your Very Vanilla piece so they will be straight. Now that they were in place I used the inks that Frenchie used and in the order she used them --- starting from the bottom: Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze. As she explained you sponge on your Old Olive and then the More Mustard with you starting the More Mustard at the top of your Old Olive, and so on, so the colours will look more natural. If you put the More Mustard at the top of the Old Olive and not overlap them you will have stripes in your rainbow and for this technique you want the colours to just flow into each other. Here is a photo of the sponging:


As Frenchie did on her card I found a script stamp from Hero Arts for my card--she used a script stamp from a stamp set from SU that I do not have. Her stamp was smaller and mine was larger so I decided to leave my ripped card stock still on the Very Vanilla card stock piece so when I stamped the script stamp it would only be on my rainbow piece. Did not want it to be too dark so when I inked it using the Early Expresso I stamped that off onto scrap card stock and then stamped it over the sponged rainbow piece. And as I stamped this down my rainbow piece I angled my script stamp again not wanting to make stamped stripes on my piece.

With the script stamp on the rainbow I then used two leaf stamps from the SU Gently Falling **  stamp set. I inked them with the Early Expresso ink. Stamped them off and then stamped my rainbow piece -- here is a photo of that:


I decided to stamp my leaves onto the rainbow piece with my torn pieces still on the Very Vanilla piece I stamped my leaves. I had not spaced my torn pieces as far apart as Frenchie had done hers so my larger leaf stamp would not have all fit on my rainbow. So I stamped the leaves over the stamped script on the rainbow and then peeled off the two ripped card stock pieces and that left me this:


Trimmed the top and bottom off and then put this on the rust piece and then put them on the green card stock base. Using a stamp from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes I stamped the "Happy Thanksgiving" onto scrap Very Vanilla card stock using brown ink. Used the SU Bitty Banners to cut this out --- wanted to have my greeting all the way to the right side of the banner piece so I used painters tape and taped my die piece over my greeting where I would want that and then cut this out using the Cuttlebug:


After it was cut out I used the Pumpkin Pie ink to lightly sponge the edges of the banner piece. Dug out a brown button from the button jar and used brown gross grain ribbon behind the button--trimmed the ends of the ribbon piece and put that onto the banner piece. Used a glue dot to put these on the card front. Here are better photos of the front of the card:


Thanks to Frenchie for another great card and idea -- this went together quickly and I think it turned out well. At first she said to use a heavier hand when sponging so now that the 'rainbow' is done that makes sense --- this way it does not look faded but you can easily see the colours blending.  As for **:

Gently Falling -- this is the second stamp set Stampin Up has come out with with that title --- so if you were going to go to Ebay to buy the Gently Falling stamp set just know their is another SU stamp set with the same title --- but different stamps. Why are they doing this? I don't know but just be sure if you are looking to buy a stamp set off Ebay or wherever that the stamps in that set are the ones you want so you do not buy the other stamp set with the same title. I have asked many SU demonstrators why SU is doing this and no one has an answer. So shoppers beware of that --- you can always 'google' the title you are looking for before you buy just so you will know it is the set you really want ---  to my knowledge this is the third stamp set that they have come out with with totally different stamps but they re-use a stamp set name. A  FYI  for a stamper/shopper  to know.   TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's make a deal . . .


With the upcoming holidays on their way many choices have to be made --- how to get everyone together to celebrate and at which house or when to celebrate--before or after Christmas? A gal from my stamp class is having her family holiday get-together over the Thanksgiving holiday and as with all holidays we never seem to have enough time for everything we want to do. So that is where "Let's make a deal" comes in . . .

This gal emailed me and asked if I would make 15 gift card holders --- three of which had to be for guys -- and the rest would be for family and teachers and such. She did not have any requests other than she would like some of them to be snowmen. Just finished the gift card holders and I will drop them off to her tomorrow afternoon but thought I would share photos first --- some gift card holders were made with a die, others I made using just the score board --- easy peasy to make them but decorating them was another story.

Decided to make all the holders first and do all the belly bands next and the decorating them all last. Used different papers and colours and different stamps so they are not all matchy matchy and here they are:










Tried to use different punches for the fronts and tags on the holders with different ribbons. Used Stickles and Dazzling Diamonds, crystals, and such to decorate the holder fronts. The holders are the perfect size to use smaller pieces of decorated card stocks on as well as shorter ribbons. My payment for these will be in card stock --- I told her I would prefer card stock for payment and she is making my order for that this week. Always happy to help another card maker when time is tight and projects are many. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving cards in the mail ---

 Between the house, work, and the upcoming holidays time is flying by... but did finish the Thanksgiving cards and in the mail they will go for tomorrow -- did not take photos of all of them as some are duplicates but here are the cards I am mailing out tomorrow -- now onto Christmas cards --- :0{ . . .


















Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Swing Card


Used the SU Circle Thinlits die set to make this card -- red card stock is SU and the floral print is Basic Gray. Had made cards like this before for B00 Day (Halloween) and Thanksgiving so decided to make one for a birthday card.

Once I cut my red card stock with the Circle Thinlits die set I folded it on the scored lines. Then I cut my Basic Gray floral print for the card and set that aside. Using a piece of scrap brown card stock I used the scalloped circle die from the Thinlits set and cut that out. Once that was cut I used a 1 1/2" circle punch and punched out a circle from the center of the brown scalloped piece. Used a clear sheet of plastic (you can buy this at the 'copy center' desk at Office Max/Depot in loose sheets) and then cut out a circle from that using the second smallest circle die from Spellbinders. Using the 1 1/2" circle punch I punched out the center of the circle on the card base I had cut out. Then used red sticky tape and put the plastic circle on the circle on the card base. Put the brown scalloped circle over that again using the red sticky tape.

Put the floral card stock on the red card base. For the front of my clear plastic circle I used a 1 1/8" circle punch and punched out a flower from the floral card stock and put that on the clear circle using glue dots:




The above photo shows the backside of the circle on the card front --This "happy birthday" stamp is from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set---it is a long stamp so I just used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped the words on top of each other to make the greeting fit my card. Stamped that onto cream card stock and punched it out with the 1 1/8" circle punch. Again put this on the clear circle using glue dots. Added bling to the brown scalloped circle on the card front.

Stamped a greeting from the SU Birthdays Count stamp set on cream card stock and cut that to the size I wanted for the back of the card:


Like the look of the clear plastic circle on the Circle Thinlits card  -- had used a plastic circle on these cards as well:



The Circle Thinlits is a good set to own --- lots of dies in that set which helps justify the cost of that. TFL and YOLO

Here are photos of the bow maker I made and nugget purses to match the card: