Friday, December 19, 2014

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Holder

Had made a gift card holder for Christmas this week and it went together quickly and was simple and cute so decided I liked the look of it but wanted to use this idea for a Ghirardelli holder and so I did --- here is a photo of the gift card holder:

Love the red and the Santa belt and buckle belly band. Here is my holder for a Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark candy holder that holds one piece of Ghirardelli:

To make this holder I used the WRM Envelope Punch Board and this is what I did:  Cut a piece of red card stock 5" x 5". Put this card stock on the punch board and lined up the left corner up at 2" -- then punch and then score it. Slide (do not turn) the card stock from the 2" mark to the 2 3/8" mark and punch and score.

Now turn your card stock one turn and use the notched "tail" on your punch board to line up on one of the previous scored lines. Punch and score. Then slide the card stock to the second scored line, lining up the notched "tail" again and punch and score. Continue to turn and punch and score your card stock piece until all four sides are done.

Use a bone folder to crease your scored lines --- your piece will look like this**:

Hard to see the scored lines in the photo but use scissors and snip off the four corners -- ** at this time you can also put the pointed corners in the corner rounder side of the punch on your score board to round them off --- here is a photo of the rounded corners and the corners snipped off:

Using two small pieces of red sticky tape to put your holder together into the shape of an envelope box. Now for the belly band. I used a piece of 3/4" x 8" black card stock. I wrapped it around the treat holder and used my fingers to crease the sides of the black card stock around the box -- then use the bone folder to crease those lines. Used red sticky tape to closed the black belly band to itself so it will be able to slide off and on my treat box.

Used sliver glittered card stock and a label punch for the belt buckle and round button in the center. Used a piece of black card stock 3/4" x 3/4" for the center of the glittered buckle. Here is a better photo of the candy inside this holder and the belly band belt off of the holder:

Always remember to have your belly band be loose enough for the recipient to slide it off and on your holder. Quick project and cute presentation for the holiday flavor Ghirardelli candies.Quick envelope styled box for the candy.  TFL and YOLO

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodies for Work

Bought these small baskets at the dollar store and filled them with holiday goodies for the gals at work:

They had different patterns so I was able to get enough different patterns for everyone at work. Here is a view of what is in the baskets:

And made everyone a holiday pin using a Sizzix holiday ornaments die and sparkly felt:

Put white paper shred in the baskets first and then added the treat holders I made. When I was done I tucked in two red and white candy canes and two miniature green, red, and white candy canes. These baskets are not that big but certainly look quite full in the photos. TFL and YOLO.

On your mark . . Get set . . . ELF

Well, tis the season or something like that.... not bad enough we never have enough time between Thanksgiving and the Christmas season but then add a respiratory infection on top of that and of course the fuzziness that comes with that... (do I want some cheese with that whine??)  but I will share what I have been up to --- and I do mean up at 4AM to have extra crafting time before work to catch up. . . .  but it was worth it.

Here are some of my elf projects and to think it all began . . . with this:

and I made up some of my favorite tags while I was "elf-ing":

but I needed a gift card holder for a gift card and wanted something quick and easy but sooooo seasonably cute:

Had seen this gift card holder from Julie Davidson and she used the Envelope Punch Board and a 5" x 5" piece of card stock -- I think I had seen her on YouTube demonstrating this -- quick and easy it is. I only added a small circle in the center of the belt as a buckle. This is what the gift card holder looks like open and with the gift card in it:

Thanks to Julie for sharing a seasonably cute gift card holder.

Onto the Ghirardelli holders --- these I made using the Petal Card Die for the holder and the SU Petal Cone Die for the scalloped piece. Used various card stocks and greeting stamps are by Delta and the tags were cut out using a Spellbinders die set:

Specialty chocolates are abundant at holiday time so I bought two sets of the 12 pack of the Ferrero Rocher chocolates on sale at the big W drugstore. Since there are three flavors per pack I can get four sets of treats per pack and I used pretzel bags from the candy aisle at the craft store to package them:

Did not want to just toss the candies in the bag so I measured and made a "tray" from red card stock to set the candies on. My measurements are 4 1/4" long by 2 1/2" wide. Scored one long side at 1/2" on the scoring board and flipped it over and scored the other long side at 1/2". Once the scored marks were done I used a bone folder to crease the lines. Put the candies on the try--one of each of the flavors--and tied the bag closed with sparkly red ribbon and added little bells using gold twine. Clipped off the extra length of the bag with sharp scissors above the ribbon/bells.

Snowman Poop to die for -- or not. These are holders for white Tic Tac candies -- the regular size not the large ones. I did not use a die for my holder but just cut a piece of solid card stock 3" x 5" and with the long side at the top of the score board I scored it at 1 7/8", 2 1/2", and again at 4 3/8". (I would use scrap paper for your first one to see if this is the size you want to use). Then cut a piece of printed card stock for the belly band. The snowman for the front and the poem on the inside is from Whimsie Doodles website. Easy to put together. Markers were used on the snowmen and I used twine from the stash to tie around the belly band on the holder.

Then off to ---

These are pouches made using 6" x 6" double card stock from Stamping Up -- again remember they put their logo on this card stock so be sure it is not showing on the front of your pouch holder as that would not be good. Fold your card stock in half in a triangle shape, using the bone folder to make a creased fold. Then fold the right corner over to the left side of the holder and then the left over to the right side and again crease with the bone folder. Fold one of the upper flaps down over your folded sides and now you have a pouch. These hold two of the Peppermint Bark Ghirardelli candies.

For the gingerbread man I used the five petal flower punch from SU and a 1" circle punch for his head. Sponged the edges of the flower piece and the circle for the head. Then used a 1/4" circle punch for the buttons and cheeks. Used a smaller circle punch for the eyes and a fine marker for the mouth. He fits perfectly on the front of the pouch using large glue dots. 

Another favorite -- Sour cream containers that hold 5-6 Hershey kisses and one of the kisses is their Cherry Cordial flavor -- remember when you make the sour cream containers not to skimp on the red sticky tape that holds them closed -- that is the best adhesive for these. Used a circle greeting for the Jolly saying with a circle and a scalloped circle punch for that. Added silver twine bows to the greeting pieces and put these onto the container fronts using large glue dots. But do remember if you are using directional patterned card stocks as I have to be mindful of that so your print is on upside down on the front of your container.

More Peppermint People using a small snowman face stamp from and white/GP card stocks. The candy is the new Lifesaver candy cane peppermint candy roll. For their hats I used bath gloves from the dollar store (where everything is a dollar) and the hats are just part of the glove fingertips. Used the hot glue and added a pom pom to the hats and scrap ribbons from the stash. 

All in the family --- so from the Peppermint People to the Snuggets that hold the Hershey chocolate nugget candies:

to make the white card stock 'tray' for the Snuggets put them in place on the table and measured from the top of them to the bottom and then the width. Added 1" inch for the two 1/2" inch sides and then used the scoring board and scored my two 1/2" sides. Used the bone folder to crease these lines and put the Snuggets on the tray and in the pretzel bag they went. Tied to top with twine and bells and trimmed the top of the bag to the size I wanted. . . and then:

Butterfly angels made with butterfly paper clips from the office supply store, a pearl bead, and a piece of ribbon. Cute tie on's to presents. But also made some of the old stand - by tags first seen by Dawn Olchefske:

Punch was used for the dress, her hair is the frosting piece from the SU cupcake punch, wings are the SU butterfly punch and added glitter to them using a glue pen. The tag is from the SU Two Tags die -- ribbons added from the stash. Easy tags to put together and they can use up scraps as well.

And lastly -- the Candy Cane Seeds -- always popular as a candy treat at Christmas. Again just peppermint candies and used the pretzel bags again and added red ribbon to close them. 

The craft room is a MESS -- had to use the garbage can upside down to use my Sizzix machine with glitter drying, score boards out, and probably every other supply is out and not put away but all in all I hope every one likes their holiday treats. TFL and YOLO

I LOVE the Christmas Mail Man ----

Here are three cards I received this week from three other card makers and my favorite cards of all year are always from other card makers --- many card makers only make holiday cards for Christmas but some of us make things and cards year round. Here are three cards I received this week:

First one is from a local card maker and she said she put the card together using the Frosted card kit from Close To My Heart:

Banners (flags) in different sizes used for the card front with the snowflakes stamped on the card front first. "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" is put on the card front with pop dots for dimension and sparkly twine tied on that. She has a crystal 'blings' on the snowflake that sparkle with the twine. Cute card and you really notice the dimension in person. Here is the card I made and sent her for Christmas:

Next is a card from the Master of the Copic, Mary H and her talent for layers on her card fronts does not disappoint on this holiday card:

Banners and circle and shaped circle dies were used on Mary's card. Her little critter has sparkles on his hat and teeth as well as his snowball. Looks like she stamped her critter and cut him out using a circle die and left this piece in the die and then sponged the edges of that -- once she removed the die it reveals the white around the circle piece as a frame. Mary is a master of the Copic and putting colours together that always work --- her card front piece has a shimmer finish which shows off nicely with the embossing she did. Layers and textures are Mary's specialty, besides her talent of the Copic, and this card front sparkles and shines. Here is the card I made and sent Mary for Christmas:

This card is from Lynda and great minds think alike -- she sent me a card with turquoise and white I sent her the same colour scheme. Here is Lynda's card:

Another card that sparkles and shines in person --- the camera does not capture this card front at all. Lynda used iridescent ribbon was used for the ornament hanger and bow. She has an embossed white piece of card stock behind the ornament piece and her card base and embossed piece are textured card stocks. She used pop dots behind the embossed piece and then again behind the ornament and that also adds dimension to this card front. Her snowflake sparkles and shines as well. Here is the card I sent to Lynda for Christmas:

So three different holiday cards, all spectacular for different reasons, and all makes me happy to be on their holiday card mailing lists -- thanks to all of them for sharing their talents with me for this holiday season -- and happy me to have them all on display --- TFL and YOLO

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another version ---

Had made the Trees Christmas card on all white:

Then made another version on a black card which really shows off the blues on the card front:

added crystals by the greeting and this card front is done --- the distressed inks always turn out nicely and make a nice background for the Lovely As A Tree stamp from Stampin Up. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some cards are in the mail . . .

Here are photos of some of the Christmas cards I have put in the mail and are on their way for Christmas wishes:

Tried to use as many products this year on the cards that I could -- stamps from Stampin Up,, Hobby Lobby, Inkadinkado, Paper Sweeties, MFT, Rubber Stamp Tapestry, etc. Dies from MFT, Impression Obsession, etc. White card stock bases are the 110# weight from Mikes. For one of the snowmen cards I used vellum and embossed that using a snowy embossing folder. The camera does not capture the snowman image well behind the embossed vellum but here is a better photo to show that:

Working on treat/favor holders and tags and such and will post those when they are done --- Enjoy your elf season what ever you are making --- TFL and YOLO

Friday, December 12, 2014

Merry Snowy Season Card

Used two older Stampin Up stamp sets for this card. To begin with I used the snowman stamp from the 1999 stamp set Snow Angels. Then the greeting is from the 2001 stamp set A Merry Season.

For the card stock base I used Tempting Turquoise. Cut and scored that and set it aside. For the stamped snowman I used white/GP card stock and stamped him using StazOn black ink -- here is a closer photo of this stamped image:

I stamped the image and used markers for colouring it. Used a light blue marker around the snowman to accent him and the snow. Used a square Spellbinders die to cut out the stamped snowman piece. Kept the stamped piece in the die and lightly sponged light blue ink near the edge of the die piece so there is some blue around the image. Removed the die and cut a piece of black card stock slightly larger to put behind the stamped image piece. Once that was done I used a glue pen and added fine glitter to the hat, cuffs, pom pom, and ear muffs on the snowman.

Cut a piece of white/GP for the card front and stamped my greeting from the A Merry Season stamp set near the bottom of this piece. Using the ATG I put the black frame/stamped snowman image piece onto the stamped white/GP piece.

Wanted to used the Festive embossing folder from Sheena Douglass for the snow on my vellum piece but as will all vellum no matter what adhesive you use for it you can see the adhesive. So I decided to cut a piece of vellum larger than what I would need for the card front and as usual when I emboss I used a piece of white/GP to put in with the vellum and then embossed them together in the folder. This will give the embossed piece a softer embossed look and the vellum and card stock will not rip or tear by doing this.

To attach the vellum to the card front I scored the left side of it on the score board and carefully used a bone folder on this line. Used red sticky tape and put the embossed vellum piece on the stamped white/GP piece for the card front. Using the trimmer I trimmed the embossed piece to just cover the snowman card front piece --- not the full card front. Here is a photo to show the vellum is tucked under the white/GP card front piece and a photo of the back of the card so you can not see where the vellum is attached as usually you would attach the vellum to the back of the card:

Here are photos of the card closed and then with the vellum opened:

Still have the inside of the card to stamp and decorate. Easy card to make and nice to use two new-to-me stamp sets that have been sitting on the shelf waiting to be used. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Santa Sack It Treat Holder

Finally broke down and bought the Sack It Die from Taylored Expressions and this is the Santa Sack It set. This is the base of the Sack It series as this one comes with the 'bag' and all the other Sack It die sets have pieces to make this something else -- she has a reindeer die set, a turkey die set, bunny die set, etc and they all work with this bag die.

For my treat bag I used red card stock for the bag, flocked white card stock for the front of Santa's coat, and for the buttons and black belt I used shiny black card stock. The first belt I cut out I put the die on the wrong side of the shiny card stock and my piece had all these crease lines on it so I cut out a second belt with the die piece being on the shiny side of the card stock and it came out smooth after it was cut out. Here is a photo of the two belts I had cut out:

I used shiny gold card stock for the belt buckle and this photo shows off the shine of the buckle:

To cut out the scalloped white flocked card stock I used a die from a borders die set by Spellbinders. Once I cut out two bag pieces from the red card stock -- one piece for the bag front and the other for the bag back -- I used a bone folder to crease my scored lines the die makes. I then put the flocked white scallop piece down the front of the bag using the ATG. I wanted to add that while my bag was unassembled and flat. Once that was on I used red sticky tape to put the bag together. Then I added my buckle to the black belt and I put that on the bag front and added two shiny buttons using glue dots.

This die cuts nicely and has a few pieces other than the bag. So I do not loose pieces I kept the die on my ArtBin magnetic sheet while I was cutting out the bag pieces and accessory pieces. But I marked the die pieces after they were cut apart so I know how many pieces I have to this die set:

Since this Sack It die set has the bag die I labeled all the pieces A and then the number and then a second set of numbers. IE: The belt piece is A5 and it is 3 of 5 die pieces. These are small and I did not want to loose them so keeping them on my magnetic sheet while I was cutting pieces out worked out well. The die pieces are all attached when you get the die set but can be snipped apart which is what I did.

This bag goes together well and I already have the reindeer and the turkey dies that go with this bag so I am sure I will get a lot of use from this set. TFL and YOLO

Mini Cards

Sometimes you do not want to make a tag or maybe make a full sized card so here are three 3 x 3 cards I made using various supplies on hand.

First all the 3 x 3 cards are made with a card stock base cut 3" wide x 6" long and scored at 3". For the Pine Cone card I used a card stock base of olive green with brown kraft card stock from Mikes. The front is a piece of cream card stock and I used a stamp from Great Impressions for that. Used markers for the stamp and the huff method. Added gold twine bows to that. Used a gel pen on the pine cones:

Second card is a stamp from Hero Arts from 1992. Stamped that using StazOn black ink and markers for that. Again card stock base is a 3 x 6 piece and I used red for that with a green piece for the front. The white is GP. Added red ribbon from the stash:

While I had that stamp out I also stamped another piece and used a Spellbinders tag die to cut that out for a tag:

This last 3 x 3 card is on a 3 x 6 card stock base of red with black from Mikes and the white is GP. I used a stamp set from There She Goes Stamps for my Santa and the greeting "ho ho ho". Used StazOn black ink to stamp Santa on the white and used markers for his coat, gloves, boots, and jacket. Used a blush marker for his skin/face. Added glitter to his hat and coat using a glue pen. Added the "ho ho ho" banner with glue dots and added red crystals to that:

The 3 x 3 cards go together quickly and are fun to make. You can use scraps up or maybe use a stamp that is too small for a regular sized card front -- good to make instead of a tag if you want to tuck in a mini card with your gifts.  TFL and YOLO