Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pinwheel Treat Holders


Knew I wanted to make free standing treat holders for July 4th so I dug out one of my older bag dies to use for the treat bag. Had already made lots of pinwheels using the pinwheel dies.. .. .. but where to go from there? I searched for the Sizzix bag die projects and this came up:

http://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/a-blog-called-wanda/2015/07/4th-of-july-treat-bags-happy-summer-.html

Her treat holders were too cute and although I do not have all she used on her treat bags I had enough products in the craft room to make my holders. Here is a photo of my Pinwheel Treat Holders:


To start with I used these dies for my treat holders:

This is the die for the treat bag:


This is the die for the top flap for the treat bag:


Second smallest die was used for the window on the treat bag:


Second smallest die was used for the greeting banner:


To begin with I used these pinwheel dies from Lil' Inker Designs to make the pinwheels: (Be careful -they are addictive! :0) haha)


First I cut out all the bags -- two pieces for the bags - front and back. Used the Spellbinders die on the front pieces only of the bags to cut out the windows. To keep the candies/treats from falling out of the the window I cut on the front pieces of the bags I needed to put something behind the window. I used the clear packaging I had on the work table from a metal die set I recently bought at a stamp show. I measured the window opening and cut the clear packaging piece a bit larger to allow for room on all four sides for red sticky tape. Once all those pieces were cut out I put them behind the window pieces before I assembled the bags and they were flat. This photo shows the clear packaging behind the window:


Using tear and tape I put all the bags together including the bottom. Set these aside. For the top flaps to the bags I cut out three of the Top Note die pieces using double sided card stock -- except -- the holder that has the red background and white stars is just a piece of one sided printed card stock. Since that is lighter than the double sided card stock it would not hold up well as a closure piece. To fix this problem I cut the stars print larger than what I would need for the die. Then I cut a piece of white/GP card stock to match and put these two pieces together using the ATG.  I cut out these with the Top Note die and now I had a thicker flap piece.

Cut all my banner pieces from various printed card stocks. Scored the Top Note die cut pieces in the center and used a bone folder to crease that fold. Used the ATG and put the banners onto the Top Note die cut pieces -- only on the front side. Using the ATG I added adhesive to the back side of these Top Note die cut pieces and put them on the back of the treat bags. But how to keep this treat holder closed????

Decided on a favorite -- velcro. I put the front and back velcro pieces together. Kept the plastic on the velcro and cut them in half with scissors. (If you take the plastic backing off the velcro and then try to cut them with scissors you will have quite the mess and glue all over your scissors).

Here is a photo to show my velcro:


After I cut the circle in half I removed the plastic backing and opened the flap on the bag -- put the velcro above the bottom edge of the holder. Carefully closed the flap and that puts the velcro backing piece on the bag in the exact place I needed it to be. Pressed down to be sure the velcro would stick to the treat bag piece. I put the velcro close to the bottom of the flap because my pinwheel was going in the center of the flap and I did not want the thickness of the velcro to be in the way of the pinwheel.

Using a stamp from 1997 by Darcies I stamped my holiday greeting with red ink onto scrap white/GP card stock. Used the banner die and cut these out. I put glue dots behind the pinwheel and held it over the closed treat bag to decide where to put the banner. Once that was decided I put the banners on with glue dots and then pressed a pinwheel onto each bag.

The pinwheels were made using double sided card stocks -- these two holders I used the same card stock for the pinwheels but they look totally different depending on which side is the outside of the pinwheel:


At the bottom of the blue treat bag I used the star die from the Mini Treat Bag die set from SU and scrap white/GP card stock:


Used paper shred from the dollar store inside the treat bags and holiday candies from Hershey and Almond Kisses fill them up. Added three stars to the kraft card stock treat bags using glue dots. Easy holder to put together and I esp like they are free standing. Thanks to Wanda for sharing her ideas for this treat bag!  TFL  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tussy Mussy Treat Holders


Today I made two of the Tussy Mussy Treat Holders that will hold some small chocolates. These are mini Tussy Mussy holders in that they are made from the card board toilet paper rolls. They can also be made using paper towel rolls cut to the length you want. Here are the two Tussy Mussy Treat Holders I made:


To begin with here are three of the card board toilet paper rolls that I began with, although I have only made two of these so far:


For the green holder I used scrap card stock and cut that approx 4 x 6. I ran the printed card stock over the bone folder to make it bend easier around the card board tube. For both of my treat holders I used tear and tape to put the printed card stocks onto the tubes. Once they were on the outside of the tube I used a glue gun and closed the bottom of the treat holder. I used binder clips to keep this closed until the glue cooled. Using a matching strip of printed card stock I cut that approx 4 x 1 and put that inside the open end of the treat holder. You will see the inside of your holder when you have your treats inside and having the printed card stock inside makes your holder look more finished. Here is a photo to show the binder clips:


The black floral treat holder has a piece of printed card stock from a 6 x 6 pack of card stock. Trimmed that to size for my holder and the inside.

With the card stocks on the card board tubes now I could decorate them. For the floral I used white trim for the bottom with a string of pearls across the top of that. Both of those are from Hobby Lobby. I used the glue gun to attach the trim and the pearls:


For the handle I used satin pink ribbon and pink satin ribbon trim around the top. To decorate the front I put three flowers together with the glue gun and added a pearl to the center of that. Then made a flower from black tulle and put the stacked flowers on top of that using the glue gun. To the back of this I added a small strip of pearls and used the glue gun to add this to my treat holder front:


For the green holder I had the green flower in the stash. Used Pearls shimmer mist and spritzed the flower to give it some shimmer. Using the leaf die from the Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up die set I cut out two green leaves from scrap card stock. Sponged the edges of the leaves with green ink. Used the glue gun to put the leaves behind the flower:


Put these onto a black feather using the glue gun. For the trim pieces on the green treat holder I used gather black trim and added a strip of green sequins on top of that:


Used this same trim for the top of the holder but did not add the green sequin strip to that. For the handle for this treat holder I used black velvet ribbon from the stash and the glue gun:


This photo might show the shimmer on the flower better:


Both holders have room for a tag or a greeting tag or a beaded stick pin or other accessories to dress them up before filling them with chocolates to be given away. A change from the same old same old box treat holders and each one looks different depending on the card stocks, trims, and accessories you add. Good use of the pads of 6 x 6 card stocks as well. TFL

All Geared Up Birthday Card


Last weekend went to the stamp show in Chantilly, VA and I bought this die set from the clearance basket at the Heartfelt Creations booth:


I had seen a card done by Heartfelt Creations using this die and since it was discontinued I figured I had better pick it up while I could. I searched for other cards made using this die and since I needed a masculine birthday card I decided to make this card first:


I had seen a card by Jeane V on her blog and she had the how-to's to get these colours on the die cut pieces for her card:

http://jvcreate.blogspot.com/2015/08/lets-get-geared-up-with-heartfelt.html

Did not have all the products she used but used what I had on hand. First I cut out scraps of #110 weight white card stock from Mikes for the gear die cut pieces. Then added a red, blue, and brown distress inks to my die cut pieces:


With that done I then used the Walnut distressed ink to over the die cut pieces. Using the dark brown ink over these pieces really knocks down the red and the blue:




Did not have the inks she used to add the finish to the die cut pieces so I used Perfect Pearls since they were already in the craft room. Used a cup of water and a small paint brush and I added the bronze, then the gold, and then the silver Perfect Pearls to these pieces:




With the die cut pieces cut out, then the distressed inks added, followed by the Perfect Pearls I set these pieces aside and worked on the rest of the card:


Cut and scored the Crumb Cake card stock base. Found a dark plaid printed card stock in the stash and cut a piece for the card front. Cut a piece of rust card stock smaller for the card front. Using scrap cream Close To My Heart card stock I embossed a piece using a diamonds embossing folder. Once that was done I cut it to the size I wanted for the front of the card. Using the distressing tool I distressed the edges of this piece. Using the Walnut stain sponge I added colour over the embossed piece.

Stamped "Happy Birthday" onto scrap Close To My Heart cream card stock for the greeting piece. Cut it to the size I wanted for the card and trimmed a piece of rust card stock to fit behind that. Put these together using the ATG. Using the ATG I put the plaid and the rust card stocks onto the card base. Used a piece of brown dotted card stock across the front of the card. Put the embossed piece on top of that. Using the ATG I put the greeting piece on the card front.

For the gear die cut pieces I used two brads that are screw heads and one square brad. Cut the gear pieces apart and put them on the card front using glue dots and liquid glue. Added a few pieces of the chain die cuts. Here is a closer photo of the shine on the gear die cut pieces:


Thanks to Jeane V for sharing her card and her how-to's to get the card stock die cut pieces to have a metal finish look to them. TFL

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stamp Show Loot


Went to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo stamp show in Chantilly, VA yesterday. DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) to this show and it was well worth the trip -- a HUGE thank you to DH for being our "stamping driver" of the day... hahaha

Recently I decided to change the way I stored my Stampin Up stamp sets in the craft room. The stamp sets and plastic cases were taking up far too much space in the craft room and getting them from the shelves they were on to the work table was never simple unless I took a set or two at a time... This is how I stored my SU stamp sets on the shelves -- too bulky, had to tilt my head to see the stamp set title and images, and . . . Had to decide if I had the stamp sets for the stamp set or for the bulky cases?





Already had the two refrigerator bins in the craft room from other craft item storage that I had recently redone so now my SU stamp sets are in the bins. EASY to take BOTH bins to my stamping/work table for projects. This way  I have ALL my SU cling/clear stamp sets all together and ready for stamping.

Much better storage system for me -- but now I had all these Stampin Up stamp cases to get rid of. Put an ad on Craigs List to sell the SU cases and I sold a lot on there and also to some of the gals that take the same stamp class as me. Used this money for items I bought yesterday at the stamp show in Chantilly. The week prior to the show emails were sent out announcing show specials, vendor coupons, the floor plan of the show, etc.. My PIC and I looked at all the coupons, show specials and made a plan of where we wanted to shop first.

Our Daily Bread Designs had a show special that all their dies were 30% off at the show. My PIC and I made our list of dies we wanted and that was our first stop -- I bought dies I wanted for me and also picked up two dies for a gal at our stamp class. Here is what I bought from them:


I had made a list before I went to the show and was happy I only bought two dies for me that were not on my list and my purchase qualified for this free tote bag:


Queen and Company -- buy 12 rolls of washi tape for $1 ea and get a free box for storage for them:


Bought Memory Box dies and one was regular price with the others 50% off:


Eyelet Outlet bling and brads:


Then one booth -- buy 2 items get third free so I now own the GLIITERED plates for the Big Shot!


Plus small mylar stencils from Melissfrances.com -- she sells dies and many items for both card makers and scrapbookers. I had not heard of her before but will be visiting her online store soon:


A great show for us too stampers and for my PIC this was her first BIG show and she seemed happy. She even won a door prize of $20.00 from a show vendor!

After the show DH took us all to Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger for lunch -- DELISH -- and off to another FAVORITE stop of ours -- Wegmans. We used to live in the city that Wegmans originates in so moving south Wegmans is the first thing we missed... my PIC had never heard of Wegmans so she was happy to be able to shop there yesterday ---


We were happy to stop here before our last stop of the day, Friendly's... then we headed home. A GREAT day for us two stampers and free food for our driver, DH!!! I sent my PIC home last night with all her stamp goodies from the show and a bag of Salt Potatoes from Wegmans with some of the Wegman bakery goodies. Another fun day of travels for us. THANKS again to DH!

Stamping Road Trip


Yesterday DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner In Crime) to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo show in Chantilly, Virginia. We left the house bright and early (really dark and humid) and arrived back home late in the dark.... but what a day!!

My PIC has only been to the stamp show here in Raleigh and we are lucky if we have 15 vendors that attend. Although we were happy to go to that because it is local it is hardly impressive. Earlier this year there was a larger stamp show in Columbia, SC and DH drove us there for that show. Much better and larger show than we get and we two stampers were happy to be able to attend that show... until....

I  am on the email list of the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo website and they sent a notice that they were having a stamp show in Chantilly, VA. I checked with DH and he said he would drive us to this show and back so I asked my PIC if she wanted to go? This show has approx 4 times the vendors that come to Raleigh, and many of these vendors are big names, and my PIC said she would like to go. Plan in place for transportation... with shopping plan to follow. Here are some photos of the venue, vendors, card samples and such we saw at yesterday in Chantilly:



There are only some of the photos from yesterday --- Stephanie Barnard was there with her Stamps of Life line of products, Close To My Heart was there, Queen and Company, Totally Tiffany, Purple Daisy Designs, Rubber Cottage, Tessler, Stamps by Judith and Heather, Eyelet Outlet, Our Daily Bread Designs, Heartfelt Creations, Itscheaperthantherapy, and the list goes on and on. Very nice show and my PIC was very happy we had attended this show -- at least now she knows what a good stamp show is like.

All of the vendors had a demo booth where they would showcase new products or how to's with project samples hanging every where for inspiration. Most of the vendors also had special sales going on at their booth throughout the show so great deals to be found for us shoppers!  A fun day for sure and we left two happy stampers!!   :0)