Friday, December 23, 2016

Quick Treat Holder

Went to Hobby Lobby this week and like other stores they had their Christmas items on sale for 50% or more. I picked up a roll of their holiday gift wrap --

Their wrapping paper is heavier than some of the stores so I knew it would work well with the die cutting machine. Dug through the steel rule die cabinet and decided to use this treat bag die from Sizzix:

I bought a roll of dotted holiday wrapping paper so I could use it for Christmas, Valentine's Day, summertime, and other events. This way I do not have a huge roll of wrapping paper covered in Christmas trees or Santa or some other seasonal image. I cut a piece of the wrapping paper a bit larger than the die and then die cut it out. To put it together I used red sticky tape.

Wanted the front of the bag decorated for Christmas but something that would be easy to put together and not too busy -- used the Stampin Up Santa Sleigh Thinlit die set and cut out a reindeer and a wreath. Used the small bow punch from Hobby Lobby to punch out a small red foil bow to put on the wreath. Used glue dots to put the wreath onto the reindeer and then a glue pen to put the bow onto the wreath. Pop dots were used to put the reindeer onto the treat bag:

Inside this treat bag is a Fun Size M&Ms bag of candy. This is a quick treat holder for a favor or stuffed in a stocking or at the holiday table. For my holder I wanted the side and bottom seams to be on the back of my holder but it really could be used either way.  Quick and easy. TFL

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Semi-Christmas Made Gift Bag

Had seen this cute Snowman gift bag at a store and picked him up and brought him home for this gift giving season. He is cute on his own... but decided to 'spruce' him up a bit... Here he is as he was sold in the store:

Happy and cute but lacking in the seasonal bling.... last trip to Hobby Lobby I picked up red foil card stock on half price and a "believe" die from the Clearance section. Once home I cut out the die using the red foil card stock and I put that onto the gift bag using a glue pen:

Always hard to photograph foil card stock ...  Wanted to add some sparkly snowflakes so used glittered white card stock (also Hobby Lobby) and the Sizzix/TH Snowflake die set and cut out snowflakes. For the smallest snowflakes I used the Snowflake border punch from M Stewart:

Added clear Wink of Stella to his eyes for some sparkle and shine:

Now the gift bag is waiting holiday treats for giving. Will add ribbons and twine once the bag is filled for giving:

Always can use help during Elf season and store bought gift bags save time.... TFL

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snowman Hat Treat Holder

Had seen "Frosty's Hat" made by Knox for a holiday treat holder and had to make one up for myself. I followed her general instructions but here I will list sizes, punches, glues, and what I did to make my version of her treat holder:

To begin with she suggests using a toilet paper roll/tube, paper towel roll/tube, or other roll/tube from foil or whatever you would have on hand. All I had was the tube from the paper towels on my holder in the craft room so that is what I used.

To begin with I did not have any measurements to go by so I will explain what I used for my hat holder. I used a pencil and marked 1 3/4" up from the bottom of the paper towel roll/tube making a pencil mark on the tube as I turned it so I would have a solid line at the 1 3/4" spot. Then carefully used an Exacto.knife on the 1 3/4" line around the tube and cut it off, being careful not to flatten the tube as I cut it as I needed it to be round.

As she suggested I used a black marker and coloured a little part of the inside of the tube so when you are looking at the hat treat holder you will not see the brown cardboard the tube is made of:

I also ran the black marker around the top of the tube to make that black as well. I measured the size of my tube around and cut a piece of black card stock from Mikes to wrap around the tube for the hat.  Used the bone folder to run this piece over so it will wrap around the round tube easier:

Using liquid glue I put the black card stock onto the tube -- here is a photo of the TomBow glue I used for that and then the Aleene's glue I used to attach the circle for the hat brim piece to the bottom of the tube:

With the tube covered with the black card stock I punched a circle from Stampin Up black card stock using a 2 1/2" circle punch. (You could also use a 2 3/4" circle punch for this piece). Used the Aleene's glue on the bottom of the wrapped tube and put this onto the black circle for the hat brim. Used a toothpick to remove any excess glue. Set this aside to set and dry.

Using these two punches from M Stewart I made the sprigs and holly leaves for the hat front:

With those punched out of scrap green card stocks I put them together using micro mini glue dots from Hobby Lobby. For the ribbon around the hat by the brim I used tear and tape at one end of the ribbon and another small piece at the other end to put the ribbon onto the hat. No sense wasting tape to attach the ribbon all the way around the hat. This way the ribbon meets at the back and that is where it is attached.

I put the sprigs/holly piece onto the front of the hat using glue dots and then added three different sized red crystals from my stash. For the candies in the hat I used a pretzel bag from the candy making aisle at the craft store and filled it with various flavored Hershey Kisses. Tied a red ribbon at the top of this bag and used scissors to cut off the excess pretzel bag above the ribbon bow:

Very easy treat holder to make --- it is free standing and you are recycling your tubes... Cute idea and thanks to "Knox" for sharing her hat!!  (This treat holder is less than 2" high). TFL

Tagging Treat Holder

Recently bought the Taylored Expressions Tagging Along die set for this treat holder. I used it with the Taylored Expressions Stacklets die set. Used green and red card stocks for the holder and various holly prints from my stash. Wanted to add sparkle and shine to the front of the holders so I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkle to the holly berries:

Sometimes when you order dies from some online stores they enclose a mini free die as a "thank you" bonus or maybe a free mini die if you spend a certain amount of money. I can not tell you how many "thanks" or "Thank you" dies I have received.... Imagine my surprise when in my last order from Taylored Expressions this Christmas "charm" tree die was enclosed!! So for each treat holder I cut out the free tree charm and added that to each holder:

Inside this treat holder is paper shred from the dollar store and I filled a pretzel bag with candy. (Bags sold on the candy making aisle at the craft store). Tied them closed with ribbon tied into a bow. Easy to put together and love the little tree! TFL

Double Treat Holder

Had made treat holders before for the Ferrero Rocher candies. Here is a photo of holders I made for Valentine's Day and BOO Day (Halloween):

Yesterday, while out running errands, I stopped at Hobby Lobby. While waiting in line I saw this package of 3 Ferrero Rocher candies and decided to make one more holiday treat holder for the Ferrero Rocher candies. Here is a photo of the package of 3:

Wanted this Christmas treat holder to hold 2 of the candies. Here is the finished treat holder:

For my treat holder I used Stampin Up Crumb Cake card stock, the holiday print is from a paper pad of holiday prints from Hobby Lobby. The red/cream striped paper is from the stash. To begin with I used white/GP card stock to make up the pattern for this holder before I used my actual card stocks for the treat holder. This way I did not waste card stocks making the pattern.

For my holder I cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 3 3/4" x 11". Put this on the scoreboard with the 11" edge at the top for my scoring:

Scored this at:  2, 2 3/4, 4 3/4, 5 1/2, 7 5/8.  Used the bone folder to crease all the scored lines. Once all the scored lines were made I folded the treat holder and made a pencil "x" on the two parts I would be putting printed card stock on -- the front panel and the larger back panel:

 Using a 1 3/8" circle punch I punched two red circles from scrap card stock. Used temporary adhesive to position those onto the holder for the holes that the candies sit in. Punched those circles out and that left me my two holes:

Cut a piece of printed card stock for the back of the holder and put that onto the Crumb Cake using the ATG. Using the Stampin Up Labels Collection die set for the back of the holder. I used the third largest die for my holder. Before I put the die onto the printed card stock I marked the center with a pencil so I would know that my die was straight and even:

The photo does not show it but I had a piece of painters tape holding the top of the die in place to keep it straight at the top before I cut it out. When I cut this in the Big Shot I only cut the top of the piece -- I did not roll the die all the way through the machine as I did not want to cut the back piece other than the shaped top. This is what the treat holder looked like with the patterned card stocks on the holder and after the die cut the back piece:

I cut a piece of the red/cream striped card stock for the front panel and put that onto the holder while it was flat using the ATG. Used scissors to trim off any excess paper on the sides of the holder. Used tear and tape to hold the holder together. Removed the paper strips off the tape and folded the treat holder into shape. Added a greeting from Stampin Up Petite Pairs and used the SU Classic Label punch to punch that out. Used a punch for the hole at the top of the back piece and punched out a ring to put over that hole. Put the ring over the hole using a glue pen. Added ribbons and then the candies:

This is a free standing treat holder and I will put it in a cellophane bag from the candy making supplies aisle at the craft store for packaging. TFL  (What happened to the third Ferrero Rocher from that package??? DH took care of that.. ;0)  haha)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Embossed Trees Christmas Card

Had recently bought the "Christmas Greetings" stamp set from Gina K Designs for a gift bag with matching tag I was making:

Once that project was made my next project was this card that I had seen Gina K make up on Youtube:

This card uses the tree cluster stamp for the card front and as I watched the video I thought to myself 'this can't be this easy'... but it was. Here is the card I made:

I will say most card makers probably make their card and then pick out the ribbon/trims... but for this card I wanted to use this ribbon and so I made a card using Stampin Up Pool Party card stock to match my ribbon.

If you should watch the video there are no sizes given for the pieces for the tree and the solid card stock behind it. I will explain sizes I used. First:

Cut and scored the Pool Party card stock for the card base. Set that aside.

Using white/GP card stock I cut that 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 for the embossed piece. (If you follow my blog you know when I emboss I always use two pieces of card stock in the folder at a time. This prevents the card stock from having rips or tears on the embossed piece. It also gives you a softer looking embossed piece). I used a swirls embossing folder by Sizzix and embossed the two white/GP pieces in the Big Shot. Once embossed I took one embossed piece to the trimmer and trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4 for the card front. To add the ribbon I put double sided Scotch tape behind the embossed piece and cut a piece of ribbon for the right side of the card front. Put the straight ribbon onto the embossed card front piece. Used the ATG to put this embossed piece onto the card stock base. Set this aside.

My tree panel piece looks a bit bigger than hers in the video and these are the sizes I used: (Approx)

The white piece is: 3 5/8 wide by 3 1/4 high. The Pool Party piece behind that is 3 7/8 wide by almost 3 3/8 high. Before I did any embossing I stamped my greeting on the lower right corner using a small stamp from the SOL Mini Tags stamp set. The ink I used for that is SU Sage Shadow. With that stamped I used the tree stamp from the Gina K Designs "Christmas Greenery" stamp set and I inked that using VersaMark ink. Covered that with white embossing powder and heat set that.

Set that piece aside to cool. Took a smaller piece of ribbon and tied it onto the ribbon on the card front. Used scissors to trim this to the size I wanted. With the trees embossed piece cooled I sponged SU Pool Party over the trees, as explained in the video. Put this piece onto the smaller Pool Party piece using the ATG. Put dimensionals behind the trees piece for dimension. Here is a photo to show the shine the embossed trees have on the card front:

This card went together quickly and it is very pretty IRL. Happy I have already made two projects with my new purchase from Gina K. Thanks to her for sharing this ever so pretty Christmas card on her Stamp TV channel. TFL  *** Just received an email letting me know this card was chosen as one of the Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers. Will email the Gina K website and let them know and thank them for the easy layout and great video how-to.  TFL

Washi Reindeer Card

** This card was chosen as a Favorites of the Week this week on Splitcoast Stampers **

Had seen a few versions of this card made up here and there. Used #110 weight white card stock from Mikes for the card stock base. Red is Stampin Up. Front white piece is white card stock from PaperTreyInk. Here is the card:

Used various washi tapes from the stash for this card. First I cut and scored the white card stock base. Set that aside. Using SU red card stock I trimmed that to the size I would need for my card front. Cut the white card front a bit smaller than the red piece.

To keep the washi tapes straight I made a very light pencil line across the white card stock and then put down the green holly/berries tape. Put a red print above and below the holly/berry tape. Then put a striped tape above and below that. Pressed down to make sure the tape would stick to the card front piece. Used the ATG and put the washi tape card front onto the red card front. Then put these onto the white card stock base.

Stamped "Merry Christmas!" on the lower card front using SU Real Red ink. That stamp is from the SU Greetings from Santa stamp set. For the reindeer I had seen this used just as a die cut piece without stamping it first and that is the look I wanted for this card. I cut the reindeer out of scrap #110 weight white card stock. Put the reindeer onto the washi tape using dimensionals.

Used the large and small bow punches from Holly Lobby for the red foil bow with the smaller red glittered card stock bow on top of that for the front of the reindeer:

Easy card to put together and great use for washi tapes. TFL  See below for another version of this card in reds and whites:

Again used the red foil card stock for the larger bow punched piece with the smaller bow punched out of the red glittered card stock. TFL

Detailed Santa Card

When I saw this stamp/die bundle in the Stampin Up holiday catalog I was not too impressed with the project in the catalog showing these products. Did not order it... but then saw more and more projects being done with these products and I watched the video by Kristin:

I ordered the bundle and here is my version of her card:

Used white #110 weight card stock from Mikes for the card stock base. The Santa piece is white card stock from PaperTreyInk. Cut out the die in the Big Shot and then stamped a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Greetings from Santa. I stamped that with Memento black ink.

For my Santa I used flocked red card stock for the hat and a black foil card stock for his glasses. Cut these out and put the hat piece in the die cut piece and a piece of Scotch tape is holding this hat in the die on the back. For the glasses I used a glue pen to put them on Santa's face.  Here is a photo to show the shine of the glasses using the black foil card stock:

With the hat and glasses in place I then added the red ribbon and tied an extra piece of ribbon onto that. Put adhesive strips behind the die cut piece and put this onto the card front. Easy card to put together and thanks to Kristin for sharing her card and ideas. TFL

Monday, December 5, 2016

Elf Season is here . . .

Here are a few of the treat holders I have been working on recently ---

Snowman Nuggets --- Used the small snowman face stamp from The hat is a fingertip cut off a pair of gloves from the dollar store. Added a sparkly pom pom at the top of his hat:

Another nugget decorated for Christmas with Santa in mind:

Used red card stock and black card stock from Mikes. Cut the red piece 11" long by 3 1/8". Made a line across the center with a ruler and a pencil. Covered the line with red sticky tape and put the 11" by 1/4" piece of black card stock onto the red:

Once the black strip was on the red card stock I took it to the trimmer and cut this every 1" for the nugget wrappers. Using a 1/2" circle punch I punched out circles from sliver glittered card stock. Then used a 1/4" circle punch and punched out black circles. Put these two circles together using glue dots:

Put the red/black wrappers around the nugget candies and then put the circles on top of those. Made a black card stock "tray" to put the nuggets on and put these in a pretzel bag from the candy aisle at the craft store.

This next treat holder came about from ribbon I just bought on sale at Mikes yesterday with a stamping buddy:

That ribbon inspired my Reindeer Noses treats. Used Whopper candies and a cinnamon candy for the red nose. The reindeer is from the Stampin Up Holiday Helpers. The "reindeer noses" stamp is from Easy treat holder:

Used clear Wink of Stella for the shine on his nose. Now to the Candy Cane Seeds container --

Metal container is sold in a pack of 4 at the dollar store. Inside this container is Peppermint candy from Brach's. For the top of the container I used a large circle punch and punched out silver glittered card stock -- put that circle on the lid using tear and tape:

The glittery candy cane is from the foam holiday project display for kids at Mikes. The candy cane has adhesive on the back so that is how it is on the lid. Used two bow punches for the red foil box and the sliver glittery bow. Added a red crystal to the center of the bows. The "Candy Cane Seeds" tag was typed up on the computer and printed out on white/GP card stock. Used the SU Classic Label punch to punch that out. Here is a photo to show the side of this container -- I used tear and tape to put this ribbon around the metal container:

This photo shows some of the sparkle on the candy cane piece:

More projects will be posted as they are completed.... phew!! No wonder it takes the Elves a FULL year to be ready!!! Wink, wink.... TFL