Thursday, March 24, 2016

Project samplings -- -- --

Here are photos of items I made for the gals at work for Easter. Used different colour card stocks but only took photos of this one set:

Absolutely LOVE this basket die --- recently I had posted that I had weeded out my craft room and had items at a local thrift store that has consignment areas. I have sold a lot of my no-longer used items and with that money I have bought new items ..... this is the Basket Makery die from Fun Stampers Journey. I came across Fun Stampers Journey by seeing videos by Deb Valder. She was a Stampin Up demonstrator for many years and she left them and joined Fun Stampers Journey.

She started making videos and posting on her blog about all the products she was using from this company and so it began. This die fits in a Journey Platinum machine (which I also bought) and it cuts 8 1/2" by 11" card stocks. This basket die cuts in one pass and no 'hairies' and it does not cut through the scored lines. It is a great die and making baskets for everyone was not hard. For the above basket I cut out a yellow basket and then a plaid basket using this card stock from Hobby Lobby. Once the plaid basket was cut out I used scissors and cut off all four sides of the basket. Then using the trimmer I trimmed off 1/8" around each side of the basket pieces. Used the ATG to put the plaid card stock onto the yellow basket base.

For the bows I used the bow maker punch from Stampin Up. Put the bow on each side of my basket using glue dots. Added paper shred from the dollar store and then filled it up with Easter chocolates.
Each basket is a different colour and so each one looks different. But a simple basket to make.

Now for the Matchbook holder that holds a Fun Size bag of M&Ms:

Bunny was made using the Spellbinders Eggs die set and the ears and feet are ovals -- this is the same pattern I used at my recent Shoe Box Swap pattern for the bunny.

Tootsie Pop Holder:

This Tootsie Pop holder was made using the pattern from Nancy Novak on Youtube. Good directions and a quick video. This holder also uses scraps as well.

This holder is made using the Scallop Tag Topper punch from Stampin Up and the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set stamped on a clear sheet for the window. Easy treat holder to put together.

Fry Box Bunny was also made for everyone:

Fry Box die from Stampin Up and I used their Hardwood stamp background for the wood grain on the Fry Box. Fun projects to put together and the gals loved them... of course they are all filled with chocolates and candies.... so maybe that is why they were all happy!! :0)    TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pinwheel Birthday Card

Here is a card from another card maker for me for my birthday --- the camera did not capture the full sparkle and shine but here is the card:

The pinwheel "lollipop" is on a lollipop stick -- not a problem as this card was given to me in person and not sent through the mail. The gray background card stock was already embossed. Every other circle on the pinwheel lollipop is glittered card stock. She has a brad in the center and this is put on the card front using pop dots.

Here is a closer photo of the pinwheel circles:

Then the greeting is also on pop dots and she used two pink enamel dots on that. The pink and gray colour combination is classic. Fun card and happy me that I was the receiver! :0)     TFL and YOLO

Monday, March 21, 2016

Octagonal Egg Card

I had seen this idea "out there" before and although I saved a photo of the original card I did not save whose idea this was --- so this is not my idea but this is how I made this --

To begin with --- I used Mikes #110 weight white card stock base. The lavender piece is from the stash. The embossed white card front piece is white/GP and I embossed it using a Cuttlebug flower embossing folder. Cut and scored the white card stock base, then trimmed the lavender card stock piece for the card front. Embossed the white/GP and trimmed that to the size I wanted. Using the ATG I put the white embossed piece onto the lavender piece. Used a small piece of ribbon at the top center as this will be how the wreath hangs. Then put these pieces onto the card stock base front. Set it aside while I worked on the wreath.

Since I had no directions I had to figure it all out --- the only thing I knew for sure is the oval eggs are punched out using an oval punch and punching the ovals out of paint sample cards. Off to the store I went in search of pastel paint sample cards. FREE  (On my wreath my paint samples are by Behr). Brought them home and used a small oval punch and punched out 8 ovals -- but those were too big for the card front.

Looked through my oval punches and decided to use a small oval punch from the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby. Punched out my ovals and laid them out in the order I wanted to use them. But I wanted my wreath to be on the card front using pop dots for dimension -- but how to keep all these little ovals together and in a circle shape????

Simple -- using a 1 1/2" circle punch I punched out a circle from scrap white card stock. Then using a 1 3/4" circle punch I punched over my first circle and this gave me a ring:

Did a "dry layout" of what order colours I wanted my egg ovals to be on the wreath and then using a glue pen all over the front of the white ring I began to lay all my egg ovals on the ring --- first oval at the top and the second oval at the bottom:

Then added the rest of the egg ovals and you will see the white line on the paint sample card makes an octagonal shape:

This photo shows the back of the ovals/wreath piece:

Added mini pop dots to the back of this wreath piece and put it onto the card front piece. Once this was on the card front I made a bow from the matching ribbon and put the bow above the wreath using a pop dot to bring the bow as high as the wreath piece.

Using a greeting stamp by Paper Sweeties I stamped my greeting and cut it out using a banner die by Frantic Stamper. Put the greeting banner on the card front using glue dots:

Having the card stock ring made putting the ovals together easier and now with them glued to the ring they make a true circle. Cute idea using the paint sample cards. Thanks to whoever came up with this holiday card for Easter. TFL and YOLO

Easter cards

Finished up more of my Easter cards for the mail stream ---

Now onto baskets and treat holders.... Will post those when I finish them up in a day or two. TFL and YOLO

Shoe Box Swap

Went to Shoe Box Swap at Brenda Cook's in Tarboro, NC on Saturday. Most of these ladies had never heard of a Shoe Box Swap so once I explained it to them we all decided our next card making session would be a Swap and so it was. . . .   Here are the cards we made ---

This card we used a stamp set that had matching dies. I left the card front blank so I can stamp any greeting on it that I want.

A simple gate fold card but the bright circles make it a fun card.

The above card uses all Close To My Heart products with the matching Cricut program. The sequin on the card is sold with adhesive already on it -- brainstorm!

Nice card layout -- we stamped it for Sympathy but it could be used for an occasion.

This card was by Brenda -- we used stamps for the background on the green card stock base as well as the yellow/flowers piece behind the chick. The chick was "fussy cut" and we used pop dots for him on the card front.

Another card using dies -- also embossed the brown card stock piece used a dotted embossing folder.

Nice layout and layers on this card. The camera did not capture the shimmer of the gold twine and gold sequins.

My project was for an Easter basket "tuck in" card - and the bunny can also be used for the fronts of treat holders:

GREAT ideas and great company --- another fun class at Brenda's and a BIG thank you to Brenda for opening her house to us for these classes. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, March 12, 2016

St Pat's Treat Holders

Just finished the treat holders for the gals at work  --- used a kraft gift bag from the dollar store to hold the treats. Decorated the front of the bags using glittered foam shamrock stickers from the dollar store - added glue dots to the backs of the shamrocks to put them on the gift bag front. Used the computer to type out their names and used circle and scalloped circle punches for those. Punched two holes in the top of the bag for my ribbon:

Here is one of the gift bags:

Inside each bag is green paper shred, also from the dollar store, and these three treat holders:

Used solid green card stock from Mikes for my baskets. I cut the basket shapes out using the Sizzix Basket #2 die. Have the handle on the basket using brads. I covered the brads with more of the glittered foam shamrocks using glue dots to put those on each basket side. Once the baskets were filled with green paper shred and various candies I put the baskets in clear bags from the candy aisle at the craft store. Tied them closed with wide green ribbon from the stash.

This next holder holds a Tootsie Pop lollipop:

Used a scallop border punch for the front of the holders. The little leprechaun is from a sticker pack from the dollar store. Tied green ribbon from the stash around the Tootsie Pop stick to keep the holder closed. This next holder holds three Hershey nugget candies:

Pattern for this nugget holder is on YouTube from "dawn5377". She has a quick video and shows all the sizes you need for your card stock pieces. Easy holder to put together.

I am not big on St. Patty's Day but I hope the gals will enjoy their treats for St. Pat's! TFL and YOLO

Thursday, March 10, 2016

St Pat's in the mail

All St Pat's cards are ready to travel in the mail stream --- added ribbons to some of the cards and they are on their way... now onto Easter -- but will post this weekend the treat holders I am working on for the gals at work. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Shamrock Card

Shamrock card for St. Patty's Day. Had seen this card layout done on Youtube by Linda Zook for her
Flap Birthday Card and decided to use the same layout for my St. Pat's cards.

To begin with my white card stock base is by PTI (Paper Trey Ink). The white polka dot paper is from Mikes and the the light green card stock is from SU.

The shamrock piece is the napkin technique using napkins from the dollar store -- after removing the back layers to the printed napkin I cut the napkin in half. Then adhered it to a piece of white/GP using Glad wrap (NON microwaveable) and an iron. Here is what that looked like after it was finished:

With the napkin adhered to the white/GP card stock I then used the trimmer and trimmed it to the pieces I would need for my card front. (Linda's video is easy to follow and all the measurements are on her video). Then used a dotted embossing folder I embossed the napkin piece. I choose a dotted embossing folder since I was using polka dot card stock on the card front.

Once my card was assembled I used a shamrock punch from M Stewart and I punched out a shamrock from glitter foam also from the dollar store. To put this glittered shamrock on my card front I used glue dots.This photo shows the shamrock:

 Here is the inside of my card:

Easy card to put together and a thank you to Linda Zook for sharing her layout and video how-to's for this card. TFL and YOLO