Sunday, January 31, 2016

Upside Down Matchbook Treat Holders

Have made the Matchbook Treat holders in the past that hold the Fun Size M&M candies. Here is a photo of the treat holders I had made for Halloween:

As you can see in the above photo I had these Matchbook holders close with the flap at the bottom of the holder like a matchbook would close.

For Valentine's Day I wanted to again use the pattern for the Matchbook treat holder but this time I used it upside down and these holders close at the top:

These holders are black card stock for the base and the printed card stocks I used is Hobby Lobby. The pattern is:

One sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (this will make 4 Matchbook treat holders). With the 8 1/2" side of the card stock at the top of the score board you need to score this at 3/4", 4 1/2", and again at 5". Once it is scored take this to the trimmer with the 11" edge at the top of your trimmer. Cut this piece every 2 3/4" until you have four pieces.

For the printed card stock on the fronts of my holders I cut those at 2 1/2" x 3 1/4". Used the ATG to put my printed card stocks onto the black base. REMEMBER if you should be using printed card stocks that have a directional pattern as I have, be sure to put your printed card stock onto the black base so that your pattern will not be upside down on the front of your holder.

Once the printed card stocks are on your holders use the bone folder and crease your scored lines. Put a Fun Size bag of M&Ms inside the holder and use a stapler to close your holder -- being sure that your staple catches the end of the bag of M&Ms and also that your staple is near the edge of your treat holder flap -- you need the staple to be close to the edge of your holder flap so that you will have room to tuck your treat holder front under the flap to keep the holder closed. See photo:

Once you have your staple in place cover that with a ribbon tied in a knot and put that onto the holder using a glue dot:

Now you can decorate the front of your holders with a greeting or holiday stamps or whatever you would like. These Matchbook treat holders are also free standing. TFL and YOLO

K.I.S.S. Valentine Cards

Keep It Simple Stamping cards today -- used single stamps I bought at a crafter's garage sale for $1.00 each and combined it with a borders embossing folder and Wa La -- two different Valentine cards.

Both cards are on a red card stock base with a white/GP embossed piece for the card front. The red glittered card stock is from American Craft from ACMoore. Here is the first card:

Here is a closer photo to show the embossing on the card front as well as the small red foil heart I added to the stamped heart:

Here is the second card made using one stamp:

and again a closer photo to show the embossing:

As with any card you are mass producing and using the KISS method the key is to have all your pieces ready. To begin with I cut and scored all my red card bases. Then I cut all my white/GP pieces for the card fronts. Whenever I use embossing folders I emboss two pieces of card stock at a time. This makes for a softer embossed piece and it also prevents the small rips and tears of the embossed card stocks that the deeper embossing folders can cause. Once my white/GP pieces were embossed I trimmed all those pieces to the size I needed for my card fronts.

Using white/GP card stock and red ink I stamped my two heart stamps. Set those aside. Using a scalloped heart die I cut out all the red glittered hearts I would need for all the card fronts. Using a heart punch I punched out all the stamped hearts. I used red sticky tape to put the stamped hearts onto the red glittered scalloped hearts. Set those aside.

Using the ATG I put all my embossed white/GP pieces onto the red card stock bases. Using pop dots I put all the glittered/stamped hearts onto the card fronts. For the "happy valentine's day" heart I used a mini heart punch and punched out a little heart from red foil card stock. I put that onto the larger stamped heart using a micro mini glue dot.

Easy card to put together and the glittered hearts add sparkle and shine to the card fronts. Quick card for assembly as well. Good use for dollar stamps from a garage sale.... :0)   TFL and YOLO

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kisses Window Box Treat Holder

Wanted a new pattern for candies for Valentine's Day and I came across the tutorial and video by Connie on her blog:  These treat holders are not only easy to put together but cute too -- a nice presentation for Hershey candy kisses. Here is my version of Connie's idea:

After watching her video I made up a sample holder using white/GP card stock to see if this was as easy as it looked and it is -- but for my holders I used only 4 kiss candies as I did not want the candies to hang out the ends of the triangle holders. I also did not stamp the back of my holders as I do not have the stamp set she used. Here is my pink holder:

I used pink card stock for the holder and used the Decorative Label punch for my 'window' using a clear sheet. The "Feb 14" stamp as well as the hearts stamp are from the Loads of Love stamp set. I used MFT red ink for those. For the small red hearts on the left by the date I used border punches by M Stewart and put them on the holder using a glue pen. The twine is Doodlebug.

Here is the red holder:

For this red holder I used the heart and "Love" stamp from the Ting Tags stamp set and the greeting "happy valentine's day" is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. On the right end of the holder is hearts washi tape. Black twine is from Mikes.

As you can see by this side photo the candies fit nicely in this holder. Thanks to Connie for sharing her video for these treat holders. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine's Mini Treat Bags

Bought the SU Mini Treat Bag die set when it was on sale for a Weekly Deal. Used printed card stock and put a Mini Treat Bag together:

Cute and simple and ready for treats . . . but of course I added to it .....

Here are two of the treat bags I made using vellum:

The bag front on the left was embossed using a Darice hearts embossing folder. For the silver heart I used silver glittered wrapping paper and adhered that to the card board from a cereal box. Then using a heart die I cut that out and adhered it to the front of the bag using large glue dots. For the "for you" I used the die in the treat bag set and cut that out of red foil card stock. Put it on the front of the bag using mini glue dots. For the clothespin I covered that with red foil card stock and punched out two hearts and put them on the clothespin. For the bag on the right I used the hearts embossing folder from Close To My Heart and embossed the vellum bag front. Then used the Sizzix tags die and cut out a tag using kraft card stock. Using the MISTI I stamped my tag with red ink and I also stamped the clothespin with the same stamp. Punched out a foil heart and put that on the clothespin using a mini glue dot.

These treat bags I used the heart die in that die set and before I assembled my die cut piece into the bag I cut out the heart in the front of the treat bag. Used clear sheets and put a clear sheet piece behind the heart opening using red sticky tape. I used the clear sheets so my treats will not fall out of the treat bags. Again I stamped the tag and clothespin using the mini hearts background stamp from in the MISTI. 

This next treat bag was made using card stock from Mikes and the black clothespin is also from Mikes:

And all the bags together:

Will post photos closer to Valentine's Day once they are filled with treats. Will also post other treat holders I am making for Valentine's Day. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Shimmer Heart Card

This card is on a Lovely Lavender base, red is Mikes, and the white is watercolour paper from Hobby Lobby.

To make this card I cut and scored the lavender card stock. Cut the red card stock to the size I needed for the card front. For the watercolour paper I cut that to the size I needed for my watercoloured piece. Using Reynolds Freezer paper I cut out a detailed heart die from Spellbinders in the Cuttlebug. I ironed the cut out heart freezer paper piece onto the watercolour paper. Once that was done I then used watercolours and painted over heart piece. Set this aside to dry.

Once dried I used the heat tool over the freezer paper heart piece to release the freezer paper. Using an awl I lifted off the heart piece which reveals the white heart. Using my MISTI I stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" ** stamp on the lower right corner of the heart piece.  Once that was stamped I used Smooch and spritzed the card front piece:

Using the ATG I put the white heart piece onto the red card stock and then adhered them to the lavender card stock base. Added a red heart crystal from the stash and this card was done.

To see how to do the Freezer Paper Technique Kristina Werner has a how-to video on YouTube. For the "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp -- this stamp is from a Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Each month they offer a different stamp set for $5.00 for a minimum purchase of $50.00. I had placed an order for CTMH organizing container, card stock, and another stamp set so I qualified to buy this stamp set -- which I have already put to use --

And this shows it is a Stamp of the Month -- "SOTM" stamp set:

I place my Close To My Heart stamp orders thru: and you can have your order sent directly to your house. If you should have any questions about their great products, stamp sets, card stocks, inks, and organizing products you can email Donna at:  I like their stamps as they are high quality clear stamps and all their sets offer a big selection so you just don't get one greeting or saying or one flower or whatnot. CTMH has been around for many years and their products stand the test of time. Each stamp set comes in a plastic envelope and are easy to store. Plus with the Stamp of the Month club each month you do not have to wait for "clearance" or "specials" to get great products at reduced prices. TFL and YOLO

Monday, January 18, 2016

Faux Tile Valentine Card

Card stock base is light pink. Then I used a light coral for the card front and stamped that with a mini hearts background stamp in the MISTI from Once that was stamped I trimmed it to the size I wanted for the card front. Used the ATG and put this onto the pink card stock base:

For my stamped image I decided to make the faux tile background -- cut my white/GP piece to the size I wanted - 4" x 3". Using the score board I scored this every 1/2 inch across and then turned it and scored it again every 1/2 inch.

To get the tile look I turned my scored piece over -- with the scored lines indented rather than raised. For the flowers I used the What I Love stamp set from SU and stamped two of the flower stamps onto the scored piece. Then stamped the leaves stamp near the flower. Using a small flower and small dot stamp from that same stamp set I stamped those randomly onto the scored piece. Sponged the edges with light pink. Here is a photo to show the tiled look:

For the greeting used Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped the greeting onto a piece of vellum and wrapped that around the tiled white piece. Then put this white piece onto green card stock:

 Using pop dots I put this onto my pink card stock base. Added three green sequins to the card front for some sparkle. TFL and YOLO

Freezer Hearts

Had seen the video on YouTube from Kristina Werner using freezer paper, a metal die, and watercolours. Of course in most videos these projects go together quickly and things always turn out well . . . but could this be that easy?????

Bought this Spellbinders die at Joanns the other day using a 50% Mikes coupon so it cost $4.50:

This is a two piece die set -- the outside heart die cuts the heart shape around the more detailed center die. Here are two samples I just made using this technique with the freezer paper -- these first two photos show the samples still wet from the watercolour paints/water:

This is an easy technique -- first you cut out your die using freezer paper -- I used Reynolds Wrap freezer paper that I bought on a roll at Walmart. When you cut your die pieces be sure the freezer paper is shiny side down -- once you have your die cut out of the freezer paper you need to adhere it to your watercolour paper. I used watercolour paper from Hobby Lobby and I cut my pieces down to the size I would use on a card front -- then using a medium DRY iron I ironed my heart die cut piece, shiny side down, onto the watercolour paper. Set that aside to cool. 

Once that was cooled I put it on the craft mat and using cheap (kids crafts) watercolour paints I painted on my colours over the heart piece. With this technique I did not wet my paper first -- the only water I used was putting the paint on and enough water to blend my paint colours together on the paper. Set these aside to dry. (It does not take long -- but do not use a heat tool -- let it air dry).

After these pieces were dried I then used the heat tool to go over the heart die cut piece to loosen the freezer paper from the watercolour paper. Using an awl I lifted up the heart die cut piece and that revealed the design -- here are the two colours I did :

If your freezer paper does not come off your watercolour paper easily just reheat it with the heat gun and it will lift off easily. Very easy technique -- when I used the iron to stick the die cut pieces onto the watercolour paper I put a piece of parchment paper as a 'pressing cloth'. This way if I had any residue on the face of the iron it would not get onto my watercolour paper or die cut piece. 

In the above photo I have these two samples on a mini clip board that I bought at the office supply store for embossing --- I have a piece of aluminum foil wrapped around the clip board and when I use the heat tool I clip my card stock onto the clip board. This saves me burning my fingers and it also helps to keep my card stock pieces flat while I am using the heat tool on them -- especially vellum card stock. 

Thanks to Kristina for sharing her video on this technique. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Triangle Treat Box

Bought the new die set -- Pyramid Pals -- from Stampin Up in their new catalog. As with any new die that makes a bag or a box first I made one up using cheaper card stock just to see how it cut, what the finished size is, and how it all goes together. Once I figured that all out? Then I went onto card stock that I would be using.

For this triangle box you need to cut two pieces of card stock. Since I wanted to use washi tape on my two boxes once my pieces were cut out I then put the washi tape across the bottom of the front box piece. Trimmed the washi tape edges with scissors. Then to close this box I wanted to use twine so I would need to make a hole in the front piece of the box and the back piece of the box. To make this simple I stacked the front box piece on top of the back box piece and used a pencil to make a mark where I punched a small hole:

Once the hole was punched in the two pieces I used the bone folder on all the scored lines to crease them. With any box or bag you need to be sure to crease the scored lines well so your box/bag will hold the shape. Using red sticky tape I put the bottom of these box pieces together and then I put red sticky tape on the front piece flaps of the box (the one with the washi tape). Put the box together and used twine to close the box tied in a bow. (I put a small piece of clear tape on the end of the bulky twine to run it through the holes easily).

Here are two photos to show the size of this little triangle treat box:

Between the two triangle boxes is a fry box made using the fry box die. Here they are with the fry box sideways so you can see they are about as high as the sides of the fry box:

If you wanted to use stamps on your triangle box I suggest you do that right after you cut out the box pieces while they are flat. Now that I have them assembled I can add my banners and labels to dress them up. (FYI -- you can use red sticky tape on both flaps for the front and back pieces of your triangle box to keep it closed but remember to put your treats inside before you close up the box. I used the red sticky tape on the front piece of my box only so once the twine is untied the back flap will open so the recipient can get to the treats without tearing the box apart).  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

One man's trash.... is another man's treasure. . . or something like that. . . (My Favorite Things) has a series of metal dies they sell and the dies are called Blueprints. This is a die set that gives you dies for a card front, or a tag base, with all the extras you need --- scalloped pieces, border dies, shapes, words, etc. All the accessory dies for your card base.

These MFT Blueprint dies are packaged with the dies on a piece of magnetic sheets larger than the die set itself. All these dies are attached from the smallest die to the largest die. I use wire cutters to clip the small pieces of metal that hold the many pieces together. But once these pieces are cut apart, and many of them are very small, how to keep them together and not coming off the magnetic sheet?

Since MFT is a favorite brand of mine I have a lot of their dies. To keep them together I keep them all in an ArtBin for magnetic dies. Each die fits nicely on the magnetic sheets that fit into the ArtBins. But with the Blueprint series there are too many small die pieces to keep track of. But what to do and how to keep them altogether and in the ArtBin?

"One man's trash"... a friend of mine does not use the plastic envelopes to store her Sizzix and her Stampin Up die sets. I asked her to save them for me and this is how I use them:

In the above photo I am showing an older tag set -- the Tag Builder Blueprints 2 set. I have it stored on the magnetic sheet it was packaged on and you can see I have clipped apart all the smaller dies. Once I have all the die pieces on the magnetic sheet then I put this into the discarded plastic envelopes:

I put the dies in the envelope face up so I can see all the dies and pieces in each set. Using my label maker I made a label for each die set title and put that on the envelope front:

The photo above is my newest tag Blueprints die set (I have not cut the pieces apart yet) and you can see these all fit into the plastic envelopes nicely. To store these I put these envelopes in the Art Bin in the front of all the other MFT dies in there. This way the envelope will keep all the small die pieces together with the die set they go to and it is easy to look through these labeled envelopes and pull out the die set I want to use.

Free solution to the problem of losing small die pieces and not knowing what pieces go to what Blueprints die set. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Shadow Stamping Card

To begin with this card is on a card stock base of Lovely Lilac card stock. Front embossed white card stock is GP. Used a script embossing folder to emboss the white piece in the Cuttlebug. (I always emboss two pieces of card stock at a time for a softer embossed piece).

For the stamped image I did the Shadow Stamping technique using the SU Serene Silhouettes stamp set. What I did for my stamped image was to cut out the white/GP piece I wanted to stamp. Then used Post-It notes to put on the edges of the white/GP piece.  I stamped my stamp, using the Lovely Lilac ink, to the right side of the white/GP piece. Once that was stamped I cleaned the stamp and then inked it with Versa Mark. Stamped again stamping close to the left side of the white/GP piece and a bit lower than my inked stamped image. I then covered it with white embossing powder and heat set that. Here is a photo to show the embossed image over the stamped image:

Once that was embossed then I sponged some of the Lovely Lilac ink over the image -- still having the Post-It notes on my white/GP piece. Once the sponging was done I removed the Post-It notes revealing the white border around the stamped image....

Now for the assembly -- I used a scrap piece of the Lovely Lilac card stock cut 1" wide. Set that aside. Cut and scored the Lovely Lilac card stock base. Trimmed my embossed white card stock to the size I wanted for the card front. Then using the ATG I put the 1" Lovely Lilac piece across the center of the embossed piece and trimmed off the edges. Using the ATG I put the white embossed piece onto the card stock base.

For the white stamped piece I measured that and cut a piece of Lovely Lilac card stock a bit bigger to put the stamped piece on. Put these together using the ATG. Then I put these on the card front using pop dots for dimension. Added small white pearls on either side of the stamped images. Easy card to do and it looks nice in any colour. In person you can see the shine of the embossed image. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Thank You Cards

These are a few of the thank you cards I made for Christmas gifts I received. For the card base I used Cool Caribbean card stock. Turquoise is Mikes and the white card front is GP.

Cut and scored the card stock base. Cut the turquoise card front piece to the size I needed. Set these aside. Cut the white/GP pieces for the card front. Using the MISTI I used both sets of the Abstract Stamp Sets from MFT (My Favorite Things) and different inks and stamped a variety of stamps from these stamp sets on the white pieces. Fished off these card fronts using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set -- I used the large dotted stamp from that set.

Once my white card front pieces were all stamped I used the ATG and attached them to the turquoise pieces and then put these onto the card stock base.

For the "thanks" I used a die from Taylored Expressions that I received as a free die with one of my orders. I wanted to use the turquoise card stock from Mikes for the "thanks" but I wanted it to be thicker. So I cut two pieces of turquoise card stock larger than I would need for the die and I used the ATG to adhere them together. Then I cut the die out from these card stocks using the Cuttlebug. The two layers of card stock give the die cut piece more dimension on the card front:

Put the "thanks" onto the card front using a glue pen. Then used micro mini glue dots and put three sequins on the card front. The sequins add a little sparkle and shine to the cards. TFL and YOLO

New Year Cheers Card

This card was inspired by "razldazl" on Splitcoast. Used 110# weight black card stock from Mikes, silver foil is from Hobby Lobby, and the black card front piece is regular weight black card stock from Mikes.

For the balloons I used a balloon punch and scrap gold, silver foil and silver glittered card stock. For the "2016":

This year stamp is from (LOVE her stamps) and I stamped that onto scrap white/GP card stock using silver ink from Encore. Used a circle punch to punch that out. Using a small scalloped circle punch I punch out a scalloped circle from silver glittered card stock. Put the year circle onto the glittered circle using glue dots.

To make this card I cut and scored a piece of the #110 weight card stock. Then cut a piece of the silver card stock for the card front. Cut a lighter weight card stock for the black card front. Using the ATG I put the black card front onto the silver piece. Set these aside. Punched out all the balloons and also stamped and cut out the year stamp and put that onto the glittered scalloped circle using glue dots.

Used silver twine from the stash for the strings on the balloons. The foil balloons are on the card front using double sided tape and the silver glittered balloon is on the card front using pop dots for dimension. For the "cheers" I used a die by Memory Box and cut that out of silver foil card stock using the Cuttlebug. Put this onto the card front using a glue pen. Once the "cheers" was on the card front I used the ATG to adhere this to the black card stock base. Then using pop dots I added the year to the base of the silver twine.

Easy card to put together and with the foil card stocks it was difficult to photograph. Thanks to "razldazl" for sharing her card on Splitcoast. TFL and YOLO