Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Halloween Treat Bag

I love how this cute little bag turned out! 
It was pretty quick to put together which is a big plus when you plan to make multiples like I do. 
I also love that you can get 2 out of one piece of 8 1/2" X 11" cardstock. 

Here is the tutorial if you would like to make your own.

Start with a piece of cardstock cut at 3 1/4" x 11" and score at 4", 6" and 10".
Cut circle as shown. I used a circle Framelit and ran it through my BigShot.

Gather and prepare the pieces you would like to decorate with. I used the fence from the 'FarmHouse Framelit Dies', Spooky Bats Punch and the stamp set 'Trick or Tweet'. The cat is coloured with Stampin' Blends Markers. You will need to fussy cut the cat out.

Adhere pieces to the cardstock. I used dimensionals to pop the cat up a little.

The second bat is placed at the top section that will fold over.

To keep the gusset bag in place, I used a strip of tear away tape to the top flap.

To help the bottom keep it's shape and stay flat, I added some clear sticky tape to hold the bottom seam down.

Adhere the bag about 1/4" down from the top of the flap. You don't want it peaking out once you fold it over. The cardstock should also fold nicely under the bottom of the bag once closed.

Fill the bag with candy.
Fold flap over. Punch 2 holes at the top. If your punch is not strong enough, you might need to unfold and punch each layer separately. Tie ribbon through and you are done! 

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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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