Friday, February 28, 2014

Easter Tag Treat Holders


This treat holder was made using the new SU Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. This holder is one piece and there are two pieces that make the sides to the holder. Inside this holder are 4 Hershey nugget candies and I covered them using the plaid card stock that I used for the bottom front of the holder.

This is how I made this holder:

Cut a piece of pink card stock 2" x 9". Score this with the longer side at the top of the score board and score it at: 1 1/8", 2 1/2", 3 3/4", 5 1/4", 6 1/2" and again at 7 7/8". Once all your scored lines are made then put one end into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and punch that end. Then put the other end in the punch and again punch that end. Using the bone folder sharpen all your scored lines.

For the side pieces cut two pieces of pink card stock 1 3/4" x 2 1/2". Score these pieces at 1/2" on the two short sides and one long side. Once scored clip the corner pieces off and add red sticky tape. They should look like this:


Now a photo of the scored tag and the side pieces with the red sticky tape:



Fold the tag holder on the scored lines. Remove the red sticky tape from the side pieces and put them onto the tag holder. Now your holder is made. Used plaid card stock for the lower part of the front of the holder.

To decorate the front of the pink holder I used a Sizzix die that I just picked up at Joann's on sale for 60% off:


Cut this out of scrap green card stock using the Cuttlebug. Since this die is so detailed to cut it out easily I used wax paper. First put the die, cut side up, on the Cuttlebug plate then cover that with a piece of wax paper, then the green card stock. Put the top plate on this and ran it through the machine. Before taking it out of the machine I ran it through the machine again backwards to be sure it was all cut. Once that was done I took the top plate off and turned the die over and the extra green card stock came off. Using the awl I just poked that in a couple of spots of the die from the back and the cut design piece fell out. Peeled off the wax paper and the cut design was ready for use.

This die cut piece is too large for my holder so I had to cut away some of the design to fit on the front of my holder. Decided to use a glue pen to put this on the holder rather than using the Xyron as some of the die cut piece was going to hang off the front of the holder:


Added two flowers from the flower jar and put those together using a brad. Put the flowers on the holder using a glue pen. Added pink crystals from the stash. To close the holder I tied two ribbons at the top.

For "Happy Easter" I used a stamp from the SU Teen Tiny Wishes stamp sets and dark pink ink and stamped that onto scrap white card stock. Used the SU Bitty Banner die set to cut that out. Put that banner on the front using a glue dot. Here is a view of the chocolate nuggets in the holder and you could always added Easter grass to fit around the nuggets:


Here is another holder I made, with a bunny on the front, and this holder has a piece of chocolate by Ferrero Rocher and white paper shred from the dollar store:




For the front of this holder I used plaid card stock from Hobby Lobby. The bunny was made using these punches:


Bunny feet is the butterfly punch cut in half, the body and head are the 3/4" circle punch, the tail is the small flower punch, and the ears are the smallest piece from the Blossom Builder punch and I trimmed them at one end using scissors. All pieces were sponged after punching them out using brown ink. Put the bunny together using small glue dots and put it on the front of the holder using a large glue dot.

The "Happy Easter" is a stamp from Taylored Expression Mini Messages stamp set and I stamped that onto scrap white card stock using turquoise ink. Punched that out using a tag punch from M Stewart. Added a crystal from the stash and put that tag on the holder front using a small glue dot.

Here are both holders again:


The best thing about the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is you can made your tag piece as long or as short as you like --- but the width can only be up to 2" wide as that is the width of the 'channel' on the punch that you put the card stock in. Lots of projects ahead with this punch . . .    TFL and YOLO

Monday, February 24, 2014

Easter Basket/Box


Bought a used die from Sizzix/SU for a similar pattern for a basket/box and it is hard to put together. But I did like the circle at the top and the shape of the basket/box. Decided to search around and I was lucky in that I found   www.melstampz.blogspot.com.   If you go to her blog at the top of the homepage is a title "Purses" and click on that. Scroll half way down the page and you will come to her "Bucket Handbag" and you can get this free pattern there. Thanks to Mel for sharing her talent and her pattern -- here is one I just made for Easter:


I printed out the pattern onto white card stock but for this lavender basket/box I made I printed the pattern out onto the lavender card stock. Used scissors to cut out the basket/box pattern and then scored it on the score lines and here it is cut out but not assembled:


Used red sticky tape to put mine together. I used the 1 1/4" circle punch that she suggests for the circle handle on the top of the basket/bag. For the plaid paper around my circle handle I used card stock from Hobby Lobby for that. Punched out a 1 1/4" circle and then punched a 2" scalloped circle over that and that gave me the scalloped ring for around the hole. Used a stamp from Taylored Expressions for the "Happy Easter" greeting. Punched that tag out using a punch from M Stewart.

For the flower I used a floral Marvy punch and punched out two plaid flowers. Snipped between the scallops of the flowers using scissors. Then I crumbled the flowers up and opened them and put a small lavender flower in the center. Added a brad to hold the flower layers together and put this on the front of the basket/bag using a glue dot. Put the greeting tag on the front also using a glue dot. Used yellow paper shred for the inside and it is ready for Easter treats. Here is a closer photo of the flowers/tag:





Here is a photo to show the size of this compared to the bag I had made for Valentine's Day:


The pattern Mel has is very easy to put together and this basket/bag is a nice size so it will be a good "go to" pattern for any holiday or mini gift for treats. Thanks to Mel for sharing. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Non-Coach Bag . . . literally . . .


One more time I have seen a cute project and one more time I have NO instructions, patterns, tips, or clues as how to make one for myself so I will share what I have done to make mine and hoping if you should want to make one that my instructions/photos might help.

In the past I have made many purses from card stock --- here are a few photos of those:



The above purse was made using a square scallop punch and circle punches. This purse holds one of the miniature candy bars. Simple to make and goes together quickly.

Here are photos of other purses I have made:




All of the above purses were made using dies and they all hold candy treats. Now onto this purse and the reason it is a Non-Coach Bag --- no directions or pattern or 'coaching' meant I had to figure it out for myself so I am hoping this will help the next crafter.

This card is good for a birthday, Easter, Mother's Day, and any other card that is too cute when made into a purse -- the card I made is for Mother's Day and here it is:


This is an Easel Card and I will explain the front and back pieces of this card are separate and I will explain this better as we go along. Since I did not have any directions to follow I first made my card using white/GP card stock so I would not waste my double sided card stock --- once the pattern was figured out I then used the decorative card stock for the card and here is how I made this card:

Here is my scrap sample of the card when I began to make it:


Now that I had a pattern to start with I could make the actual card:

First I took a piece of brown card stock for the card base and cut it 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". I put this on the score board with the long side at the top and scored it at 1/2" and again at 5". Used a bone folder to crease the lines. For the front of the card I used a piece of brown card stock cut that 4 1/4" x 4 1/2". Set the brown pieces aside. For the print on the purse I used double sided card stock for the front and back of the purse and the curved flap and handles. Using the double sided paper made it easy to find prints that would go together. For the front piece for the purse and the back of the purse I cut two pieces of the double sided card stock 4 1/4" x 4 1/2". Here is the back of the purse:


I put the print on the front and back of the purse and not underneath the bottom piece which is where the "easel" is. Now put the printed card stock on the front piece only using adhesive -- do this just to the front piece and not the back piece. Set the other printed card stock for the back aside. For the handle I used a 2 1/4" circle punch and punched over that with a 3" circle punch to make the handle --- I needed to punch out a handle for the front and a handle for the back so I simply folded a piece of the double sided card stock in half and punched out the handles. By folding that in half I would have two matching handle pieces. Here are photos of the handle in progress:



I did this in a solid card stock to make it easier for you to follow --- first I punched out a half 2 1/4" circle from the card stock. Using the 3" circle punch I punched OVER the punched piece and the last photo shows my purse handle --- of course as I had said earlier you will want to double your handle card stock so you are punching the front and back handles at the same time so they will match in shape and size. I used a glue pen to put the front and back handles together. Using red sticky tape I put a little piece of tape at the bottom of my handles to stick them on the card/purse:


Peel off the red strip and stick this on the top of the back piece on the 1/2" scored line:


Now put a piece of red sticky tape across this below the scored line to be able to hold the front of the card piece to the back:


Peel off the red strip and put the front piece on top of that tape:


Turn over your card and if you need to do any trimming of your printed card stock do that now using your scissors. Now for the front purse flap --- since it is curved I wanted it to be even and a smooth curve so I found a plastic lid that I could trace that would fit the front of the purse. Cut that out using scissors and then I cut that circle in half using the paper trimmer. To put this on the purse front I used a piece of red sticky tape across the top printed card stock -- below the handle -- which is the top of the card:



Peeled off the red strip and put the half circle on. I used flowers from the stash jar and a brad and put that flower on the front of the purse using a large glue dot. Used a M Stewart butterfly punch for the butterfly.

For the back of the card I put the other printed card stock piece on the brown card using the ATG. Again did any trimming with scissors. Now for the easel part of the card. I dug out an old "Happy Mother's Day" stamp from Conners Collectibles and I used brown ink to stamp that onto scrap cream card stock. The greeting is longer than any banner die I had so I trimmed it to the size I wanted and used a 3/4" square punch for the banner end. Cut a piece of scrap pink card stock a bit larger than the cream one and punched one end into the banner. Put these two layers together using the ATG. Added a button with twine I ran through the holes and let the twine hang down from the back and put that on my banner pieces using a large clear glue dot. Trimmed the twine ends. Set this aside. For the brown bottom of the card, which will become the easel, I cut a piece of the printed card stock a bit larger than my banner pieces and put that on the bottom of the brown card using the ATG. Then I put the banner pieces on this using pop dots --- for dimension but it also helps to keep the card in one position and to not slide closed. That is the part that makes this card an easel.

Here is a better photo of the greeting piece:



And also the flowers at the top with the butterfly:


And of the inside of the card so you can see the space you can use for your inside greeting but to also see the flap at the top where the handles are and how the front of the card is attached to the back:


And the front and back again:



Simple once you have a pattern to follow ... cute idea for whoever had come up with it.... now I am off to do my fuzzy-slipper happy dance... that's right ---- today is the beginning of the Nascar racing season and I am one happy camper. My main interrupter (DH) will be watching the pre-race shows, the race, and the post-race shows so that leaves me doing my Fuzzy-Slipper Happy Dance in my craft room all afternoon.... :0)   Happy me --- I ♥ ♥ ♥ Nascar altho I have never watched a race..... happy crafting!!  TFL and YOLO

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hello, my little chickadee . . .


Had seen these matchbook treat holders for Easter by Michelle Last so I made one for myself. Had gone to the big W to pick up Easter candies but they were just setting up that section so no Easter M&Ms were out and so I used left over M&Ms from Valentine's Day that I did not use for treats. But I wanted to make one of the holders up to see how easily they went together so when the Easter candies are available I will be all set ---

To begin with I used 3" x 4 1/2" clear treat bag from the candy making section at the craft store. Filled it some of the M&M candies and I trimmed off the top of the bag and used a staple to close it. Set that aside. I knew since my bag was 3" wide that I would have to adjust the measurements for the pattern for the matchbook treat holder. Mine measures: 3 1/4" x 8". With the long side at the top of the score board I scored this at 1", 4 1/2", 4 3/4", and again at 5".  At the end with the 1" scored line I used a decorative border punch and punched that out.

At the other end of the scored piece I stamped a grass stamp from Rubber Soul near the scored line and I used SU Gumball Green ink for that. Once it was stamped I then used the bone folder on all scored lines to make the scored lines sharp. On the part of the holder that I had stamped the grass on I used an oval punch for the 'window' on the matchbook treat holder front. Centered that and punched out the oval.

The chickadee is made using the SU Bird Punch and I sponged the edges and for the wings I used a small heart punch, also sponging the edges of that. The bird and the wing are on using pop dots for dimension. I used a marker for the eye and beak and his legs/feet.

At the punched edge of the holder I used a pencil and made two pencil marks to punch small holes for the ribbon to go through. Tied yellow gross grain ribbon in a knot and the holder is done. To put the bag of M&Ms in the holder I used the ATG and added a bit of adhesive to the center of the inside of the holder and put the plastic bag in place.



This holder goes together quickly and it is also free standing so would be good for table markers at the holiday table. Will keep checking for the Easter M&Ms and maybe check for small jelly beans as well. If you do not have the Bird punch you can also make a small bunny to put on the lower right front corner as he would be cute, too. Here is a bunny I have made in the past and he is as large or as small as you would like just by using different sizes of the circle punches:




As you can see I made a large bunny, (a butterfly punch is his feet), a medium sized bunny for the Two Tags holder, and in the bottom photo I made a smaller bunny for binder clips.

If you did not want to use a bird or bunny a butterfly would also look nice. TFL and YOLO

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A little piece of a heart . . . ♥ ♥ ♥


This is a treat holder that I saw done by Pooties Papercraft and inside my treat holders are paper shred from the dollar store and two Hershey chocolate heart candies. Here are the holders:


Info: Holder on the left with the black and hearts is double sided card stock from BoBunny. The holder on the right with the key print is double sided card stock from Doodlebug. These holders are quick and easy to make and you need a small piece of card stock and a score board.

Cut your card stock 4" x 6". With the short side at the top of the score board score the long left side at 1". Turn and with the long side of the card stock at the top of the score board score this at: 1", 2 3/4", 3 3/4", and again at 5 1/2". *** Crease your scored lines. Using scissors clip the lower scored lines and snip off the short side -- see photos:




Add red sticky tape to the flap that will be the bottom of your treat holder:


Once your two pieces of red sticky tape are on your treat holder peel off the red strip and form your treat holder. Here is a photo of the bottom of the treat holder:


Once the treat holder is formed add paper shred and two of the Hershey hearts:


To close the treat holder I used mini binder clips from the office supply store and tied ribbons on the binder clips. Used the SU Round Array stamp set for the small circle stamps on the treat holder --- used red ink for one and pink for the other. Used a 1" scallop circle punch to punch out the stamped image. Here are more photos:



And again the two treat holders:



*** As with some double sided card stock if you score them and then use a bone folder on the scored line to crease it your double sided card stock could tear on the scored lines. To avoid that once you make your scored lines fold your card stock to the front and then to the back a couple of times and then use your bone folder to crease these scored lines. These holders are free standing and just the right size for a little chocolate treat -- and who wouldn't like that ? TFL and YOLO