Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mini Patchwork Pumpkin Card

When I made the Patchwork Pumpkin cards for my Thanksgiving cards I decided to use my scrap strips and make a Mini Patchwork Pumpkin Card for a card maker I know. Here is a photo of one of the Patchwork Pumpkins I had made -- first one being on a card and the second is on a treat bag:

After cutting out the pumpkin dies I was left with these:

So I used a small oval punch and punched out three ovals for my mini pumpkins for my card using the crap strips I had used for the patchwork pumpkin cards.

For the card stock base I used Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie card stock, Mikes brown for the embossed piece that I embossed using a Darice embossing folder, cream is Close To My Heart:

The holiday greeting stamp is Inkadinkado and I used Stampin Up Dusty Durango for the ink. Once my oval pumpkin pieces were cut out I sponged the edges of those using the SU Dusty Durango ink and I layered the ovals using glue dots. Cut out a brown stem free hand and added a glitter ribbon knot to the top of the pumpkin:

 I like both the larger patchwork pumpkins as well as this mini patchwork pumpkin. Using scraps for projects is always good so less waste and you never know what you will come up with. TFL and YOLO

Thanksgiving Mailmain

Hoping everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and a safe travels if traveling.

This post shows two Thanksgiving cards I received from other card makers that the Thanksgiving Mailman delivered to me -- Happy me to be on their mailing lists!

This first card is by Mary H at  Mary does magic with her Copic markers and this card shows this talent well:

Her talents give this card front a lot of dimension and depth -- Mary also brings her talent to the inside of her cards as well --

Her card insert has the leaf motif at the top as well as the bottom of the insert. Mary's cards are detailed both inside and out. Brings her Fall motif from the front of her card to the inside beautifully.

This next card is from Lynda P and her blog is: and Lynda not only is a card maker but she also does Mixed Media and the like. Her holiday card has a rustic feel, but not short on details:

From her stamped/sponged background with the greeting stamped on the card front to the strip of burlap this card is dimensional. Lynda also carries her theme to the inside of her card:

More of the burlap and layers on the inside of the card above her stamped greeting. Nice that Lynda also includes leaves on her holiday card. Many times Thanksgiving cards have turkeys all over them. It is nice both card makers used leaves on their holiday cards and in such different ways.

Happy me to be on the mailing list of two very talented card makers!  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Treat Bags

Took a few of these bags to work today for the gals for the Thanksgiving holiday -- the bags are plain brown paper bags with handles from the dollar store. Too plain for me so using lots of scraps of printed card stock and a Sizzix Pumpkin die set I made pumpkins for the fronts of my bags. Here is a card I had made this season using patchwork pumpkins:

Decided to make larger patchwork pumpkins for the bag fronts for my Thanksgiving Treat Bags and here is one of them:

All the bags have a patchwork pumpkin on the bag front and being patchwork they are each a little different. I also cut a strip of the printed card stock for the front bottom of the bag and after I had cut that piece out I sponged the edges and then put it on the bag front using the ATG. Used the ATG for the patchwork pumpkin as well. The "Thanksgiving Blessings" is a stamp from HobbyLobby and their brand PaperStudios. Used the Stampin Up banner punch to cut out the banner end.

For the acorn on the greeting label -- I cut that out using scissors and put it on the greeting label using glue dots. Two large glue dots hold the greeting label on the bag front. Added a sparkly ribbon bow by the stem of the pumpkin and the bag front was done.

To fill the bag first I put in some brown paper shred from the dollar store and then these three items:

Bought the jars with lids at the dollar store and ran them through the dishwasher. Then made the turkey using the owl punch from Stampin Up. Tied string around the jar top and tied on the turkey and tag he is attached to. To fill the jar I made a batch of Bellybuttons and filled the jars.

This second photo shows the other two items in the bags:

The Pilgrim Fry Box and using the Lifestyle Crafts Pilgrim Hat die I made the pilgrim hat treat holder. Packing the bag was easy -- the jar went in on the left side of the bag and then the Pilgrim Fry Box on the right and on top of the jar I put the Pilgrim Hat treat holders.

All the gals liked their treats and loved the Pilgrim themed holders. Easy holders to put together and to fill with chocolates... TFL and YOLO

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Are you a theme-r?

Usually for holidays I am a "theme-r" -- IE: If I am making treat holders and such using snowmen then all the items will have a snowman theme, including the wrapping paper, card, or gift tag. This year for Thanksgiving it all began with this Pilgrim stamp by Northwoods Rubber Stamps:

After I had made some Thanksgiving cards using that stamp I then saw the Pilgrim Fry Box by Tami White and made these treat holders:

Decided the Pilgrim Fry Box would make cute treat holders for the gals at work for Thanksgiving and that I would continue the Pilgrim "theme" and make a second treat holder. Here is the die I used:

Had bought this die on sale a few years back but other than using it as a treat holder for the holiday table it had not really gotten much use. This Pilgrim Hat treat holder is approx 2" high by 3 1/2" with the width being at the hat brim. The hat is open so you put treats in there -- here are a couple of hats I put together for the gals at work:

This die set has four die pieces -- the hat, the brim, the hat band, and the buckle die. I used Choc Chip card stock from Stampin Up for the hat and brim pieces. The black card stock for the band is from Mikes, and the gold buckle card stock is the gold Pearls from Joanns. Cut them all out using the Cuttlebug and then assembled them using glue dots. These die pieces have tabs to hold it all together so the glue dots will work well.

So... cut out all the Pilgrim hats, put a little bit of brown paper shred from the dollar store inside the hats and filled them with small candies. Was all finished when it dawned on me since I have to take them to work for the gals I had better wrap the hats so the candies do not fall out.

Only clear candy bags I have for treat holders are either too small or far too large. Off to plan B -- decided to use zippered sandwich bags from the dollar store. First I used scissors to cut off the zipper part of the bag. Then I inserted the filled Pilgrim hat into the baggie and gathered the baggie above the hat. Used a small piece of brown ribbon to tie a knot to close the baggie. Trimmed off the excess top with scissors. For the sides of the baggie I simply tucked them under the hat using a glue dot to hold them in place:

When using them as place makers or treat holders for the holiday table you do not need to put them in a bag but since I will be putting all their treat holders in another bag together it will be better if all the candies do not fall out into the bigger bag. Now I can work on the gift bag for all of these treat holders for the gals at work and will post it all once the bags are filled for Tuesday. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Pilgrims have landed . . .

Who knew Pilgrims and a fry box would make a lovely couple??? Here is my version of a Thanksgiving treat holder that I had seen done by Tami White on She had made a Pilgrim greeting card and then this matching treat holder:

This treat holder is made using the Sizzix/Stampin Up Fry Box die. I watched Tami's video with all the 'how to's' of this project and then made my own. I do not have the die set she used for her scalloped collar but I used a die set I had on hand. This is how I made this treat holder --


Sizzix/Stampin Up Fry Box die
Spellbinders Large Scalloped Rectangle dies
Scrap foil gold card stock
Brown ribbon
Stampin Up Soft Suede card stock
Close To My Heart Cream card stock
Black card stock
Big Shot or Cuttlebug machines
Pretzel bags from the candy aisle of craft store

1.  Cut out a fry box using the Stampin Up Soft Suede card stock.**
2.  Cut out a fry box using Close To My Heart Cream card stock.
3.  Creased the scored lines on the Soft Suede box. Sponged front edges only with Soft Suede ink.
4.  Using the rectangle scalloped die I cut out my cream card stock.
5.  Using the ATG I put the front collar and back collar on my fry box piece while it was flat.
6.  Using red sticky tape I put the fry box together.
7.  Cut my black belt piece and put that on the lower front of the treat holder using the ATG.
8.  Cut out my gold foil belt buckle and put a piece of black card stock on that using glue dots.

** Due to the scored lines the fry box die makes for your treat holder you do not want to cut out more than one piece of card stock at a time. The scored lines are not that deep and cutting multiples will not give you a good scored impression for the sides/bottom of your holder.

These are easy to put together. First I cut out all my Soft Suede pieces, then the cream, then my belt and gold buckle pieces. Here is a photo to show the buckle:

The photo does not capture the shine on the gold foil buckle but IRL it is noticeable. On my holder I decided to put a piece of black card stock from Mike's just for the front of my holder. It does not go all the way around the holder as the fry box is curved and it would not end up even across the back so I just put it on the front of my fry box holder.

Thanks to Tami White for this cute idea -- perfect for a treat holder/favor or maybe a place marker at the holiday table--using a small clothespin to hold a guests' name--very easy to put together and a cute idea for a Thanksgiving favor!  TFL and YOLO  ***

***  emailed me to let me know this Pilgrim Fry Box was chosen as a Favorites of the Week. I emailed Tami White to let her know and to thank her for sharing her idea for this Thanksgiving treat holder.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Patchwork Pumpkin Cards

Card stock base is SU Pear Pizzazz with SU Crumb Cake for the front embossed piece. Various prints were used for the patchwork pieces for the pumpkin. For the pumpkin shape I used the largest pumpkin die in the Spellbinder Nestabilities Pumpkin die set.

To make this card I decided I would make two of them -- here is the second card:

Cut and scored the green card stock base. Set those aside. For the Crumb Cake embossed piece I cut two pieces of Crumb Cake 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Laid them on top of each other and embossed them in the Cuttlebug machine using the Cuttlebug Oxford embossing folder. By using two pieces of card stock in the folder this gives the embossed piece a softer look. Once my pieces were embossed I trimmed them to the size I needed for the card front and sponged the edges of both embossed pieces using brown ink -- in the photo below you will see for one embossed piece I had the embossed design raised and the other card I turned the embossed piece over so the design was recessed -- you need to decide which side you want to show for your embossed design and then sponge the edges:

Once the embossed pieces were trimmed and sponged I set those aside. To make my patchwork pumpkin I cut a piece of white/GP larger than the pumpkin die I was using. Using scrap printed card stocks I cut strips 1 1/4" x 4" and sponged the edges of all of those using brown ink. Then I covered the white/GP card stock with adhesive using the ATG. Placed all my printed pieces onto the white/GP and pressed them down into the adhesive:

As you can see in the above photo some of the printed card stocks are off the edge of the white/GP piece. Once the strips were on the white base I flipped it over and trimmed off the excess strips using scissors. Then I place the pumpkin die onto the patchwork strips and used painter's tape to keep the die in place:

Took this to the Cuttlebug and cut out the pumpkin:

Sponged the edges of the patchwork pumpkin using brown ink. Used scrap brown card stock and cut the stem with the die out:

Used scissors to trim this off and put it on the patchwork pumpkin using the ATG. Using linen thread I tied a bow on a button and set that aside. For the greeting I used a stamp from (love her designs) and used rust ink for that and stamped it onto scrap cream card stock. Used the Spellbinders Back to Basics Tag die set and cut that out with the Cuttlebug. Sponged the edges of this using the brown ink.

Using the ATG I put the embossed Crumb Cake piece on the green card base.  Then used the ATG to put my patchwork pumpkin on the embossed piece. Using glue dots I added the greeting piece and then put the button on top of that:

Patchwork cards are always fun to make as they all look different. This is an easy card to make once you lay out your prints and decide which prints to use for your patchwork piece. Simple card for Thanksgiving. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blessings Pumpkin Card

Card stock base is Very Vanilla from Stampin Up. The faux linen printed card stock is from Hobby Lobby. The pumpkin dies for the pumpkin are from the Shape Up Series pumpkins from Paper Trey Ink. Solid brown card stock is from the stash.

To begin with I cut out the pumpkin shaped card base using the solid pumpkin die from Very Vanilla card stock. Cut this out using the Cuttlebug. Then using a single layer Very Vanilla card stock I cut out the sectioned pumpkin die. The printed card stock from Hobby Lobby is thinner than the solid card stock so I cut a piece of the printed card stock a bit larger than my die. Using white/GP card stock I cut a piece of that to match my printed card stock. Using the ATG I put adhesive on the white/GP piece and then put the printed card stock on that pressing them together so they would adhere as one piece. Once that was done I used the section pumpkin die and cut out my printed pumpkin pieces. (Using the sectioned pumpkin die I cut out the printed pieces and the cream pieces so once I "built" the card front I had enough pieces left to make a second card).

Once all my pumpkin pieces were cut out I laid them out so I had enough pieces for my pumpkin card front and I had the lay out in the order I needed. Using a light brown ink I sponged the edges of all the pumpkin pieces. Also sponged the edges of my pumpkin stem.

Once everything was sponged I put adhesive on the card base front and then put my pumpkin pieces on that. Using a scrolls die I cut out my scrolls from solid brown card stock. Using a glue pen I put the scroll pieces and stem on my pumpkin.

For the leaves I used a maple leaf punch and punched out a cream and a printed leaf. Sponged the edges of those and ran them through my crimper. Sponged the edges and put them by the stem using glue dots. Added a ribbon bow with a crystal by the leaves/stem:

For "Blessings" I used a word die from Die-Versions and cut that out using solid brown card stock. Put that across the front of the pumpkin using a glue pen:

Easy card to put together once all the pieces are cut and sponged. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Packing Tape

Well, I needed packing tape anyways due to learning a new technique at a card making class I took yesterday. . . so off to Walmart for me --- as I walked towards the office supply section where the packing tape was I passed an aisle with left over Halloween costumes, party supplies, etc. All marked 50% off --- so here is what I bought:

Picked up another chip board stickers pack like the ones I used on these projects:

Then picked up Jolee packages of treat holders -- decorated coffins and pillow boxes. Good deals for half price for next Halloween. Was able to pick up my roll of Scotch packing tape which is what we used for the Packing Tape Technique class I took. Good trip to the big W for me. . . Then off to the dollar store and we can all use Elf Help at Christmas time and here is what I found there:

Holiday washi tapes -- they have many patterns to choose from but I picked up a roll of the holly print and the snowflake print. Washi tapes are good for cards, tags, and the bottom flap of Matchbook holders and are quick and easy to add to any projects....

Last stop on the trip was to Walgreens.... Lucky me.... walking past the Halloween candy aisle I see a clerk doing a tear down of all the Halloween items and she is now putting up Christmas items. Being a good card maker I stop and see she is pulling off the printed paper behind the clear strips on the shelf fronts and she is making a pile of these printed strips:

She had a pile of these strips and so I stopped and asked her if she was keeping them? She told me they would be tossed in the garbage as they do not use them for next year. Being a creative card maker, and always loving something free, I asked her if I could have them and she told me yes. These strips will be put to good use next Halloween for cards or treat tags and the like. The strips are printed on a good weight paper so they are not flimsy nor too thick.

Good shopping day and lots of items for future projects --- TFL and YOLO

Thanks Brenda & Jane for a GREAT class :0)

Began card making when I lived in NY after attending a Stampin Up party. Learned a lot from Splitcoast Stampers and other stampers "out there" on YouTube and their blogs and such. . . . Here and there I saw the work of Brenda Cook, an SU demonstrator in Tarboro, NC.  Had seen her video on YouTube of her studio and as great as it is in the video?? It is even better in person as I discovered yesterday. . .

Was able to locate Brenda recently and she held classes yesterday in her studio so my friend and I made the drive to Brenda's house for her Technique Class and her card making class. Brenda and her good friend, Jane, lead these classes for us and a big THANK YOU to them for sharing their knowledge and enjoyable classes!

Brenda teaches her Technique Classes so the card maker/student actually does the technique and you put your sample onto a pre-printed instruction card. Once that is done Brenda laminates this sample card and she gave us all a binder ring to keep our Technique cards on. Here is the cover and the ring for the Technique class and then the second photo shows the sample I made on the instruction card:

Having the student make this actual sample is a great idea rather than just handing out these finished cards to take home and read. Here is the card we made using this Packing Tape Technique:

Photo does not do this card justice as the snowman -- made with three different circle punches -- is very sparkly with the glitter behind him. Here is a second card we made, again stunning in person using the shimmer card stock from Stampin Up:

And a crabby card --

Cute with his wiggly eyes and then a pumpkin shaped card:

With all the cards together:

Brenda and Jane did NOT skimp on instructions -- each card had more than one technique so you did not make "cookie cutter" cards... the Snowman used the Packing Tape Technique but you also used a background stamp to stamp your card front. The crabby card you embossed the gray piece with an embossing folder, coloured the crab, and then used an aqua painter and added wiggly eyes. The Christmas card you used an embossing folder for the white card front piece, used heat embossing for the greeting "Merry Christmas", then used punches. For the Pumpkin card you used dies to cut out the pumpkin round shape then used another die for the leaves and acorns. Again embossing folders were used on the pumpkin front and the leaves. We used a small wooden heart for the top of the card, again adding dimension to this card.

Brenda showed me a Technique ring from other classes she taught and it was full and you can see as you take more and more classes how much you learn and maybe techniques you like but forget to use as you learn new things. Great idea -- both having the student make the cards up for this ring as well as Brenda laminating it so you can refer back to it again and again for instruction or inspiration.

When we arrived to the class we were all given number tickets for random drawings and for prizes there were markers, bling, and small items like that. We also filled out an info form with our names and addresses and emails for future class updates. At the end of classes Brenda had all these info forms together and she drew a name for the door prize and HAPPY ME -- I won!!!  :0) This is what
I won:

It is a black cloth tool caddy -- perfect to load up with supplies for future classes -- a mini bag of Halloween candy goodies, a small photo album (gave that to my friend as I do not scrapbook) and also the bow die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz -- which I did not have -- how did that happen???  The bow die will be perfect for the holiday season and upcoming goody and gift bags and treat holders and such.

So a HUGE THANK YOU to Brenda for opening her house and studio for us and to her and Jane for GREAT classes and teaching such detailed cards -- all of them were fun! Brenda has had some health issues so we wish her well and really appreciate her taking time to teach again. Thanks ladies!  TFL and YOLO