Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snowman Packets


Snowman Packets hold the Fun Size M & Ms candies. Easy to do this punch art project. Had seen a snowman similar to this made with wooden craft sticks so decided I could make it for paper crafting using the Word Window punch from SU.

To begin with I made the packet to hold my M&Ms candy bag. Below is another project I had made these easy packets for and this is the Curly Crow I made using the Curly Label Punch for my scarecrow:


To make the packets I used kraft card stock that is sold in paper packs from Mikes. Cut a piece of the kraft card stock 4" x 6". With the long edge at the top of the score board score this at: 1 1/2" and again at 4 1/4". Turn this one turn and score it at 1/2".  Trim away unwanted pieces as shown in this photo below on light green card stock:


I used score tape and put a piece on the back piece and again on the bottom piece. Closed up the packet and then sponged the edges with SU Sahara Sand to give the packet an aged look. Then I used a Hero Arts stamp for the "let it snow.let it snow" stamp which I stamped with Memories Cherry Red ink at the bottom.

For the snowman I used the SU Word Window punch and punched 5 pieces from white/GP card stock and then 5 half length pieces from black. Used scotch tape to hold these together on the backside so it was easier to work with them:



Cut a piece of red card stock and a smaller piece of black card stock and made the brim of the hat. Trimmed that to the size I wanted and put over where my black pieces and white pieces meet. This holds the black hat pieces to the top of the snowman pieces without the bulk of layering.

For the eyes I used the 1/4" circle punch and punched out two pieces. Used glue dots to put them on the snowman face. For the nose I used a star punch and scrap orange card stock. Put that on his face using a glue pen. For his mouth I punched out 5 small circles and put them on the face using the glue pen. For the holly I used sparkly green card stock and the holly/berry punch from Martha Stewart. Added a red crystal for the berry.



Added a bag of the candies and this is done --- can even stamp the packet with snowflakes if you would want to dress it up a bit. TFL and YOLO


Snowman Holiday Tags


Have seen a few of the snowmen made up for the holidays using punch art but the last snowman tag I saw was on SCS and no deets -- so here is a photo of one of my snowman tags and I will explain what punches and supplies I used to make mine:


To begin with I used the SU Oval Framelits for my tag --- cut out the red/white snowflake card stock using an oval die and then cut out the next larger die using red card stock. Put these two ovals together using the ATG. For the ring around the hole at the tag top I used a 1/4" circle punch and punched that out of scrap red card stock. Then using a 1/2" circle punch I punched over my 1/4" circle and that gave me a ring for the tag top. Put the ring on the oval tag using a glue pen. Then used a circle punch to punch the hole in the tag top in the ring. Using ribbons from the ribbon jar I tied on two ribbons on my tag.

For the punches for this tag I used:


The large snowflake punch I punched out a piece of white glitter card stock from DCWV.  Used the ATG to put the snowflake on my tag having the snowflake over the edge of the oval tag. In this photo you can see I used a holly border punch from EK Success for the holly on the snowman hat. The star punch I used to punch out the orange nose piece for the snowman.

For the snowman body and hat pieces here are the punches I used:


The punches in the above photo make up the snowman's hat --- punch them from black card stock. Once I punched out the Curved Tab punch I used scissors to cut that in half width wise and that gave me two pieces--one for this snowman and one for another.

Here are the punches I used for the snowman body and head:


For my snowman I used scrap white/GP card stock. The oval punch is for his body and the circle punch is for his head.

To assemble all the pieces to make the snowman first I did the hat. Put the Curved Tab piece behind my black oval piece and put this together using the ATG. Then put the white circle piece for the snowman head on the center of the black oval --- again using the ATG. Using a fine black marker I drew the snowman mouth. Used a glue pen to put the orange nose on the snowman face and set these all aside.

Used the ATG to put the white oval body at the bottom front of the tag. Used a small circle punch for the two black circles for the snowman buttons and put those on the snowman front using a glue pen.  Then I put the hat/face pieces above that on the tag---they touch each other and are not overlapped or stacked. Used the SU Bitty Banner die set for the scarf pieces--I used the smallest banner die for my pieces. Snipped off the points on the left side of the banner and put this on the snowman using the ATG. Trimmed my second banner piece to the size I wanted for the scarf piece that hangs down the front of the snowman. Put this on the scarf with adhesive and added a crystal from the stash.

Used the EK Success holly border punch and punched out green glitter card stock for my holly pieces. Put two of those on the hat side using a glue pen and added a red crystal from the stash. Here is a photo to show the shimmer of the snowflake and the holly pieces on the hat:


You can add a greeting banner to the front of this tag or make a larger tag and put the greeting at the bottom front if you like or put the greeting or "To" and "From" on the tag back as I have done. Decided this was cute in red but also liked it made up in blues:



Here are the two tags together:


Another cute punch art project for the holidays -- these are tags the kiddies could even help to make up. These are easy to put together once you know what size punches to use. Happy tag making -- TFL and YOLO

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Let It Snow. . . Snuggets


More Snuggets went in the mail today --- made up a few extra for Christmas too. These are the Hershey Chocolate Nugget candies that I used white/GP card stock for the bands on the candy. Used a small Snowman stamp from Morningstarstamps.com for the face. Stamped that with black StazOn ink and used an orange marker for the nose.

For the hats -- bought $1.00 children's gloves at the dollar store for the fuzzy hats and the pink, green, and light blue hats are bath gloves from the dollar store. Picked up the Snowman tin @ AC Moore for one dollar. The tin has an insert piece to hold a gift card but I discarded that to make room for my Snuggets. Here is the tin filled and tied shut:


Used a snow theme tin for my Snuggets since they are snow people. I only used the solid chocolate candies as they sell other nugget candies with nuts but not every one likes nuts so solid chocolate always works. Here are the nugget candies with just their bands and snowman faces:


For the hats I cut off the fingers on the gloves and put these on the top of the nuggets using a small glue dot:


And packed in the snowman tin for their trip through the mail stream:


Simple holiday treats to make up. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elf-ing This and That


It is that time of year.... no time to get it all done but year after year we do . . . .  here are a few things for this post I thought I would share --- first --- drove by a sign this week and thought it should be shared:

  "In trying times don't quit trying"   --- we have all been there so thought I would share that. Now onto the Elf-ing of it all . . .

Whether you make your gifts from crafts or cooking or anything home made with so much of yourself in the gift it just seems to wrap it and slap a peel off bow on the paper is not quite enough. But to spend $2.99 and up for a ribbon bow that will meet it's demise in a Hefty bag for the trip to the landfill ? ? ?

Went to the dollar store (where everything is a dollar) and bought a bag of bows. The box in the photo is for a friend that loves red and snowmen so red it is --- To begin with I pulled out a green and a red bow from my $1.00 bag:


Then used a pair of scissors and snipped all the loops:


Once the loops are snipped I peeled off the paper layer on the back of the bow to expose the sticky part. I put a large glue dot on that and then 'opened' my green bow and put the red one in that and pressed down so the glue dot would stick:


Added a snowman tag I made with a red hat for her and the snowman face is a stamp from MorningstarStamps.com and fuzzy white ribbon:



Could even add a white bow to the center of the red as well as there is room for that -- but I decided to just do the two layer bow. Easy peasy and affordable.

Here are other tags I made using the mini Reindeer embossing folder from Sizzix:



Again used the Sizzix Tags, Scalloped #2 die for the tag base and printed card stock scraps. Added a red crystal nose for Rudolph and tied on ribbons and bells. Happy elf-ing and TFL  *** SEE BELOW:

Nessie made a visit to my blog and left a question about the embossing folder set that the reindeer embossing folder is from -- here is a photo of the packaging I keep with the embossing folders -- I know Ebay has a few of these up for sale now if you would want to buy it for use for next year's holidays. The reindeer is a small embossing folder in this set of four folders from Sizziz:



This set name is Christmas Set #8 and the item number is: 656914. Hope this helps if anyone is wanting to pick it up or if you already have it but did not remember this reindeer. Thanks Nessie for the visit and the nice comment ---- Candee P

Sunday, December 15, 2013

If you can get past the ick . . . these make up quick . . . . .


Frenchiestamps.com sent out an email with a new project and I had seen these done before but had not tried to make one up --- but if you can get past the ick --- these make up quick. . .

Asked DH last night if he had any mouse traps in the garage that he was not using --- he asked me "new or used" ? ?  ?   Needless to say it was shortly after that I headed to the big orange home improvement store to buy a pack of 4 mouse traps and a package of magnet strip.  Here are those:


 This is the project I made first -- decided to make one for Christmas since the holiday is near ---


This is a magnetic note holder for the front of the fridge or if you have a magnetic bulletin board. I painted the sides and backs of my mouse traps so they would have a more finished look to them. I used the acrylic paints on sale at the craft stores. Used a foam brush for the painting so it did not take long.

To begin with here is a mouse trap on the right as it is sold -- the trap on the left is what it looks like once you remove the two pieces you do not want on your note holder:


After the two pieces were removed I used the foam brush and painted the back and sides of the wooden base. Here is a photo of that:


Then using a small piece of my card stock I cut that into a rectangle to fit under the spring piece. I put that on the wooden base using TomBow glue -- by using that and not adhesive tape I was able to move that small rectangle into the place I wanted it to be:


The small rectangle will cover up the wood under the spring so it will look nicer once your holder is all finished and decorated. Once that was in place I measured and cut my other pieces for the top of the holder and the bottom of the holder under the latch. For this Christmas holder I cut strips of printed card stock and put them on scrap white/GP card stock with adhesive. Then cut it to the size I wanted to use:

I used the pieced strips for the bottom of the holder and for the top I used one piece of the printed card stock. Used a greeting stamp from the SU stamp set Petite Pairs and stamped that onto white/GP card stock. Cut that out using the SU Bitty Banners die set. Made two flag pieces to cover the metal side piece on the front of the holder. Put the two flays on the spring part using a glue dot. Then put my greeting banner over that using glue dots and that is on the spring piece as well.



Used a scallop punch for the red scallop behind the gingerbread man and then use two circle punches for the circles behind him. He is on the circles using pop dots. Put this on the holder as one piece using glue dots. Cut two magnet pieces for the back of my holder:


Also made a note holder that is non-holiday:


And this is what it looks like holding a note or recipe or whatever:


For this holder I painted the base pink and then used coffee filters to make my flower. Added re-inker ink on the brown craft mat spritzed with water to make the dye for the flower pieces --- cut the flowers out using a Sizzix flower die.

Once I put the flower pieces in the dye/water combo I crinkled the flowers up and let them almost dry. Once they were dry I put them in a stack and put a brad in the center. Then I spritzed them with Shimmer Mist.. Used another Sizzix die for the leaves behind the flower.

Again made a card stock flag to cover the metal piece on the front. This time I had no greeting on this holder but I cut out a banner piece using the banner die and the card stock I used for my holder. Added a bow and put these on the wire piece on the holder front.

Put the flower/leaves pieces on the holder using foam tape to raise it up. Again cut two magnets for the back of the holder:




Another cute idea from Frenchiestamps--she has a video and it is short and she gives you tips for how to make this into a cute note holder. It can hold a note, a recipe, holiday photo, or whatever you need. Very economical as well. Thanks to her for sharing. TFL and YOLO

Gingerbread Man Card


Another Christmas card --- this is on a card stock base of SU Cherry Cobbler, then Very Vanilla card stock for the card front, the SU Crumb Cake piece was embossed using a dotted embossing folder from Darice. Used printed card stock from SU for the circle dotted panel piece and the printed piece across the front of the card -- *** BEWARE using SU double sided card stock -- my first piece for across the front of the card at the bottom you could read the "Stampin Up" logo on the piece---tossed that and re-cut another piece so that would not show on the front of my card.

Used Mementos Cherry Red ink for the gingerbread man and that is a stamp and a die from the SU Scentational Season stamp/die bundle set. Used a circle and a scalloped circle punch for behind the gingerbread man. Put clear crystals on him for his eyes and buttons and he is on the circles using pop dots.

For the greeting "Merry Christmas" that is a stamp from a holiday stamp set from Hampton Art for the Recollections line at Mikes. TFL and YOLO

Santa Baby Gift Card Holder -- Instructions



Had posted this gift card holder from the stamp class I had just taken last week and I had to wait to get the instructions for measurements and now I have them so here they are:

Santa's head/beard and face pieces:

White scallop for hair/beard: 1 3/4" scalloped circle
White mustache: SU Bird punch -- punch out two wings
Face: 1 1/4" circle from blush card stock
Nose: 3/8" circle punch from blush card stock
Eyes: 3/8" circle punch for black eyes -- punch out two circles
Pom Pom is a small flower punch from SU
Hat brim: White piece from a scalloped punch

Gift card insert:  (this is the red piece you pull out that holds the gift card)

Cut a piece of red card stock 1 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Score this at one end at 1"
Place the other end into a 1 3/8" square punch to make it pointed or cut it with scissors
Fold on the scored line and this will be the end you put the gift card in

Santa Body:

Cut a piece of red card stock 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Score along the 5 1/4" side at 2 3/8" and again at 4 3/4"
Run the one side through a striped embossing folder and add red sticky tape to the flap (Only the front of the pocket/holder is embossed--the back of the holder is not)
Put a piece of red sticky tape on the inside bottom to keep your bottom closed
Peel off the sticky strip tape and put that together to make a pocket
Use 3/8" circle punch and punch out three black circles for the coat buttons
Cut a piece of black card stock 5 1/4" x 3/8" wide for his belt
Punch out a small square for Santa's buckle from silver glittered card stock (I had not put my buckle on my holder yet when I took the photos)

For the white scalloped piece at the bottom -- you can either cut a piece of 5 1/4" x 3/4" of white card stock and use a scalloped border punch on that and wrap this around the bottom of the red embossed pocket. You can also cut two pieces of the white scalloped pieces and line up your scallops and use the red sticky tape to put these on the front and back of the red pocket piece.

Use an oval punch on blush card stock and punch out one oval. Using scissors cut this in half in the center and that will be Santa's hands to hold the greeting pieces. Put the hands on the holder with adhesive.

I put Santa's head/face together and then put that on the insert piece using pop dots so that his beard will go over the top of the red pocket that the gift card sits in. Once that is done put the Santa holder inside the pocket and you will know where to put your three black buttons for his coat. Then wrap the belt piece around your holder and add a your silver card stock buckle.

Another cute idea from stamp class -- TFL and YOLO





Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gift Card Holders for Christmas


This is one of the gift card holders we made in stamp class -- this looks like a present and the lid can be lifted off to the left -- the green brad holds the top of the present on --- here is what it looks like opened:


The white card inside slides out and you put your gift card on the white piece using a glue dot. Here are the measurements for this present gift holder:

The present lid is:  3" x 4 1/4" -- score lengthwise at 1 1/2".

Scallop piece on the lid bottom is 3/4" by 4 1/4".

White insert piece is 3" x 3 1/2".

Present main piece is 3 1/4" x 8 3/4".  Score @ 2 1/4" and again @ 6 1/2" widthwise.

Strip on the front is 3/4" x 3 1/4".

For the dotted card stock on the front and back you need two pieces 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". Used red sticky tape to close the back of the holder and also put that at the bottom of the holder so the gift card insert will not slide out of the holder. Once that is done put your dotted (decorative) card stock on the front and back and decorate it as you wish. Used a hole punch for the hole on the lid and the box of the gift card holder. Used a large brad to attach these together.

This is the second gift card holder we made at stamp class and I do not want to take mine apart to figure this all out -- but I have asked our teacher for the measurements/directions and I will post them when I get them but this guy is too cute not to post him --- here he is:


Still have to put the buckle on his belt --- but if you pull out Santa from the holder he holds your gift card:


Another cute festive idea for gift card holders for the holidays ---- TFL and YOLO

Christmas Mailman . . .


Mailman brought a card from a card maker -- happy me.... This is from one of the gals at the stamp class I attend. She said she used the Snowflakes stamp set from Inkadinkado, SU Bliss Blue and Brilliant Blue inks, star punch from Martha Stewart, dryer sheet technique, crystal and ribbon from her stash. The camera does not capture the sparkle on the front of this card but it is sparkly. Thanks to the card maker for a really cute card for the holiday season --- Snowflake cards are always great for Christmas. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Do you have a pencil? ? ?


As usual with stamp class I learn A LOT and I also get to make things I either have never made before, or seen made, or even thought about trying. . .   last night we made two gift holders for Christmas -- a Santa gift card holder and a gift card holder that looks like a present. Both cute -- will post them later --- and both are just in time for Christmas and neither took a long time to make . . . but when we were finished our teacher asked if we wanted to make an ornament? Of course we said yes and all you need is:

Clear glass ornament
Red foil card stock
Black glittered ribbon
Silver glittered card stock (belt)
Thicker red glitter
Red sticky tape
Bone folder
Pencil

To begin with this is a good project for kids to help with and with the upcoming holidays it is always a good thing when we can involve the little ones. .  Cut your red foil card stock into 1/4" wide strips on the short side of the card stock. If you should cut them lengthwise you can always cut them in half with scissors. My ornament has approx 14- 16 strips inside. Here are the cut strips:



and after I pulled them over the bone folder before wrapping them around the pencil:


Remove the top of the ornament and set it aside. Using a bone folder I gently ran the red foil strips over the bone folder to make it easier to curl -- now wrap your strip around a pencil tightly for the curly shape. Slide the foil piece off the pencil and put it in the ornament. Keep doing this to all your strips until they are in the ornament. Now sprinkle in some thick red glitter. Replace your ornament top.

Using red sticky tape I put the black glittered ribbon around the ornament as a belt and used the silver glittered card stock for the belt buckle. I have to add ribbons to the ornament to hang it on our tree but here is the ornament:


and the side of the ornament so you can see the red glitter:


Another cute and quick project from stamp class -- and they also sell clear plastic ornaments to use when the little ones are helping. TFL and YOLO   I ♥♥ stamp class  . . . .