Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Hostess Code and Freebie!

September Hostess Code 3VESJYXC.
Earn these adorable Santa's Workshop Enamel Shapes for FREE when you place an online order over $75 using the Hostess Code (Before shipping and Taxes) through September 30.
If you order is over $150, do not use the code but you will still receive the gift as well as the applicable Stampin' Rewards.
Order must be placed through my store.
The Santa's Workshop Enamel Shapes are featured in the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog beginning September 5th.
Your gift will be mailed to you at the end of the month.
You MUST use the Hostess code to receive your gift (Orders totaling $75 - $150 before Shipping and Taxes)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Reese's Big Cup 'Tropical Chic' Explosion Box

Today's challenge was to make a gift for someone who likes Reece's. I chose the Big Cup because they are a nice squarish shape although I had no clue at the time what I was going to do with them!
I think this explosion box worked perfectly though. The finished size is 3" x  3" x 3".
As you can see, I left the middle fairly basic. The gift is for a guy and I didn't want to risk
making it too foo foo. Ha!

I added a shaker element to the lid adding some fun sequins.

 And here is a better look at the finished product.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Colour Inspiration - Beautiful Bouquet.

I am going to tell you a secret. I suck at coming up with colour combinations. 
Flowers are typically super difficult for me. So, you know what I thought I would do?
I 'Googled' images of Flower Arrangements and it really helped! I had to scrutinize the colours
in the arrangments to find the 'Stampin' Up!' colours, but it wasn't too tricky.
This is the bouquet that I got my inspiration from to make my card.

And below is my finished card.
I would never have come up with these colours on their own but they WORK!
Can you guess the Stampin' Up! colours I used?

OK. I'll tell. 
Merry Merlot, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, Mango Melody,
Crumb Cake for the branch and Garden Green for the leaves.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Shadow Box Card Tutorial

Here is my little project from today. It’s for one of work colleagues birthday who loves to hike. It’s a shadow box card. I love 3D stuff if you hadn’t guessed. This stamp set and Designer Series Paper is sadly retired and no longer available for purchase but I hung on to it as the set reminds me of Oregon. It also provided a great opportunity to make a tutorial for my blog which I’ve been terribly slacking on. Paired with a ‘kombucha’, he should be happy.

The use of Dimensionals is key here to add depth to your scene.
I stacked 2 Dimensionals on top of the other before adhering the tree line layer.

Here is an upside down view to help show the layers a little better and the depth of the box.

A bird's eye view of the card.

Ok. On to the fun stuff. The tutorial.

For the base you will need:
1 Piece of cardstock 4 1/4"x 11"
2 Pieces of Cardstock 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
1 Piece of DSP 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
4 Pieces of Cardstock 1/2" x 2"

Score the 4 1/4"x11" piece on the long side at
5 1/4" and 5 3/4"

Turn the Cardstock over so that you are working on the inside so that your pencil marks won't show on the front.

Measure and draw a rectangle 3/4" from the outer edges like so.

Measure in another 1/2" and draw another

Your cardstock should look like this.

Next, starting at one of the outer corners, draw a line to the closest corner of the inside rectangle and then through the center to the opposite corner.

Your line will not be straight from one corner to the other at furthermost points.

Score the outside edges of the 2 rectangles only.

Using a ruler as a guide, cut the diagonal lines with a craft knife.

Fold your four pieces out like so.

This is what it will look like closed from the front.

Take your DSP (Designer Series Paper) and adhere it directly on top of one of the 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces.

Place tear away tape to the back.

Adhere in place into the shadow box of your card.

Make sure to fit it snuggly against the fold line.

It will look like this from the back.

Adhere the 2nd piece of 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" Cardstock over the back to help it look a little nicer.

Now to cover up those corners.

Score each piece of the 1/2" x 2 " piece at 1"
and fold.

Add glue to the outside ends.

Glue and hold in place at each corner.

You might even like to run some 1/2"
Washi Tape around the edge to pretty it up even more.

This is how your card now looks from the front.

You can now decorate however you like!    I usually like to add as many layers and depth as possible and it's always fun to have something on the edge on the very front. Dimensions are your friends for this project. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Apron of Love

A couple of months ago I started a new position at work. This meant meeting and working with a whole bunch of new people. This was both exciting and a little bit daunting!
Anyway, I decided to carry on my tradition of making something special for my new people on their birthdays cause that's what I like to do. I decided instead of a card, I would make them a little treat of some kind. I gathered all their birthdays, favourite colours and hobbies and of course their favourite treats so that I could make it a little more personable.
Today's birthday girl loves to bake, and oh my goodness, she is so good at it too!
This is the treat box I came up with for her. I used the stamp set 'Apron of Love' and the coordinating dies. I bet you can guess that she loves the colour purple too right?!
I left this on her desk today so she can find it tomorrow.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wild About You! - Shadow Box Card and Clipboard

 'Animal Outing' was one of the stamp sets I knew I just HAD to get when I first skimmed the Stampin' Up! 2018 Annual Catalog.
It is just too darn cute. There is a totally adorbs Kangaroo with a Koala in it's pouch too that I am yet to play with.

I decided to create a Shadow Box card. Here is my Tutorial if you would like to make one yourself. I love anything 3D and this set worked so well for creating a little scene. The set also has coordinating dies which is where the branches came from.

 In this photo, you can see the box inlay part of the card which is 1/2" thick. The card fits perfectly into Stampin' Up!'s acetate boxes for mailing or just to protect them. I would probably use a small bubble wrap envelope too if you are planning to mail one.
Do you see this totally adorbs Designer Series Paper right now? Oh Em Gee. It's the cutest!
I found some really inexpensive MDF clipboards from Walmart and decided to cover them with some DSP. It's also a good way to use up leftover paper you don't know what else to do with.
I had purchased the notepads in bulk from Costco ages ago and was happy to put them to good use.
They can also easily be mailed in a bubblewrap envelope. My customer's received one as a thank you gift for purchasing from me last month.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

3-D Thursday: Treat Tube Holder with Tutorial

Stampin' Up!s NEW Treat Tubes are just too stinking cute and perfect for Halloween treats.
I made this test tube holder to hold 2 tubes for double the candy and double the fun!
You will see in the tutorial below that I have added an extra piece in the center of the box
to make the tubes more stable so they don't tip over. 
Thanks to hubby for pointing that out on the first one I made! 

Ok. Ready for the tutorial?

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie: 1 piece cut at 8 3/4" x 4 3/4" and 1 piece cut at 2" x 3 1/2".
Basic Black: 1 piece cut at 2" x 1 1/2"
Very Vanilla: 1 piece cut at 1 7/8" x 1 3/8'
Designer Series Paper: 1 piece cut at 2 1/4" x 1 3/4"

Take the piece of  8 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece Pumpkin Pie card stock and score at 
1/2", 1 5/8", 3 5/8" and 4 3/4" along the longest side.
Turn card stock 90 degrees and score at 1 1/8" and 3 5/8" along the short side.
Move your card stock back in the original position and score at 6 3/4" along the long side but do not score through the center section as shown in picture below.

Your scored areas should look like the piece in the photo above.

Cut away the areas as shown in the above photo.

Next. Take the smaller piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock measured at 2" x 3 1/2" and score 1/2" on all sides. Cut along the solid lines.

Using a 3/4" circle punch, punch the areas as shown in both pieces of the Pumpkin Pie card stock. 
I punched circles out of a piece of Post it note so that I could space out and line up my punches.

Your 2 pieces of Pumpkin Pie should now look like the photo above.

Take the smaller piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and adhere tear away tape as shown.

Adhere tabs as shown in above photo.

Fold along score lines as shown in above photo.

Apply Tear Away tape to middle tabs.

Adhere as shown. This will make the bottom of your box.

Add Tear Away tape to 2 outside edges.

Adhere into the bottom of the box. This extra piece will help your
treat tubes remain more stable.

Apply Tear Away tape to 2 last side tabs.

Adhere to side walls.

Fold up side flaps and adhere.

For the outside, you will need the Basic Black, Very Vanilla card stock and Designer Series Paper mentioned above as well as any decorative ribbon. I used Vintage Crochet Trim.

Add stamped design. Fill treat tubes with candy. Tie lace or ribbon around cork stoppers.
Add your tubes to the box and you are all done!

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