Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quick & Easy Halloween Treat Holders

Today was a rainy Tuesday so it's was a great day to work on various projects.  One project on my "to do" list was to make a few Halloween treat holders.  Last week, I shared a baker's box treat holder so the goal today was to create three quick and easy treat holders. 

The September Paper Pumpkin kit has a cute treat holder that comes together very quickly.  The "haystack" bag is adorable and comes with everything needed to make eight treat holders.  It literally took 30 minutes to assemble all of the kit.  Paper Pumpkin is a great way to try stamping and make cute projects.  Everything for the monthly project is in the kit and best of all, it's delivered to you! 

Another of the treat holders is an embellished Mini Muslin Bag and the remaining holder is a fry box made by using the Fry Box Bigz L Die.  

Halloween Themed Treat Holders using Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, Mini Muslin Bags, Fry Box Bigz L Die and Howl-o-ween Treat & Sweet Hauntings Stamp Sets
 Close up of mini muslin treat bag...
Stampin' Up! Mini Muslin Bag embellished with Howl-o-ween Treat  & Sweet Hauntings Stamp Sets
The Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper was used to make the Fry Box Treat Holder.  The paper itself is decorative so instead of adding a lot of embellishment, I used the Boo to You Framelits Dies and black glimmer paper to cut the word "BOO!" and used pieces of cut dimensionals to elevate the word on the front of the fry box. 
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Friday, September 25, 2015

"Toxic" Halloween Baker's Box Treat!

Hi all!  It's a busy Friday so this is a brief post.  I wanted to share with you a Baker's Box treat holder that I made using the Stampin' Up! Baker's Box Thinlits.  Since Halloween is rapidly approaching, I thought it most fitting to use the Sweet Hauntings and Howl-o-ween Treat stamp sets. I'll be making a few more of treat holders using the Baker's Box thinlits and will include details on this project at that time.  Have a great weekend!

Halloween Baker's Box Treat Holder using Stampin' Up! Sweet Hauntings & Howl-o-ween Treats Stamp Sets


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Little Bit More Joy!

Hope you're not tired of seeing more Christmas cards but I want to share a few of the cards from yesterday's Stamp-a-Stack. These cards use the Your Presents stamp set and the Holidays Fancy Foil Design Vellum.  The vellum adds a touch of elegance to even the simplest card design.  For the card base, the Whisper White Thick card stock was used...if you have not tried this paper, you must put it on your wish list.  The heavier weight of the card stock provides a sturdy card base and it's a dream paper to work with. Also, note that the "kissing technique" was used to create the patterned packages.  This stamp set lends itself to using this technique. Peeking from behind the left card is the edge of the embellished envelope...I often like to add a stamped image to either an envelope corner or the back flap; it's that little unexpected that adds a nice touch.

Christmas Cards using Stampin' Up! Your Presents Stamp Set & Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Enough Christmas cards have been shared for now and I'll save others to share in future posts.  In Friday's post, I promise you'll see a different theme.  Until then, have a great week!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Lots of Joy!

Yes, I'm back to making Christmas cards!  It's only 97 days away and as we know, time flies so it will be here quickly.  I really love the papers and stamp set bundles in the current Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog so that maybe part of the reason that I'm eager to make holiday cards.  Since the Stamp-a-Stack class is next week, this card was designed to offer attendees the ability to create a card series that can be easily replicated.  The Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) provides a wonderful variety of colors and designs. 

Holiday Card using Stampin' Up! Lots of Joy Stamp Set & Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper
Next week, I'll be sharing more of the Stamp-a-Stack cards so more Christmas cards will be posted and hope you'll be joining me in enjoying early holiday spirit!
   
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Need a Bridal Shower Card?

Hope you had a great weekend.  The countdown for my son's wedding has begun and on Saturday,  I attended a Bridal Shower for my son's fiance'.  Naturally, a card was needed to go with the gift so I selected a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the English Garden to use as my design inspiration.  The wedding colors have shades of pink so the pink floral design was perfect.  With such beautiful DSP, there's no need to do lots of stamping as the paper becomes the focal point.  It's also wonderful when you are short on time and need to create a card quickly so don't forget to look through the DSP you have available to create the perfect card.  As an extra touch, the envelope and the card interior were stamped using the small flower from the Watercolor Words stamp set.

Bridal Shower card using Stampin' Up! English Garden Designer Series Paper

We're less than a month from the wedding so I'll share the other projects for the wedding in the next few posts so check back on Friday.  It's an exciting time for all of our family!
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Friday, September 11, 2015

A Treat Worth Dying For!

In my last post, I had so much fun making a treat holder that I decided to make another.  Only this time, I decided to try out the Gift Bag Punch Board and make a Halloween themed treat bag.  Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper was used to create the treat bag. Sweet Hauntings stamp set along with the Spider Web Doilies were used to embellish the bag.  The ribbon used to tie the bag has been discontinued but there are several good choices available to use (Thick Baker's Twine or Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon).  As an extra touch, I searched through my Halloween decor from last year and found the glitter spider...it completed the look!  

Halloween Treat Bag using Stampin' Up! Gift Bag Punch Board, Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set & Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper
It's been fun using the different tools available from Stampin' Up! to make treat holders.  I still have ideas for more treat holders so be on the lookout for those to be shared soon!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nuts About You!

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend and were able to celebrate Labor Day with fun activities.  We had picture perfect weather and were able to spend lots of time outdoors.  

Following up on my promise to not overwhelm you with Christmas yet, I decided to try out the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies.  Oh, what fun! I kept my first project using the set very simple and made a window pillow box using Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The window die is included with the dies set so it couldn't be simpler.  To embellish the pillow box, a leftover leaf and acorn from the Witching Decor Project Kit were used (just telling you, that kit has tons of stuff in it!).  The acorn with the sentiment "Nuts About You" is from the Acorny Thank You stamp set and was stamped using Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad onto Whisper White card stock then punched with the Acorn Builder Punch.  An acorn topper from the same set was used on the acorn from the project kit and the oak leaf was stamped using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set.  Edges were sponged to add more dimension.  The Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon was tied around the pillow box prior to adding the paper embellishments...love the cotton ribbon but not sure about this color with my leaf, perhaps Early Espresso or Pumpkin Pie 1/4" cotton ribbon would have matched better but I used what I had available.  I'm sure many of you have been in the same situation...thought you had a particular item on hand, only to find out you forgot to order it!

Treat Holder using Stampin' Up! Square Pillow Box Dies Set & Into the Woods Designer Series Paper
There are endless ways to use this Square Pillow Box Die set and I look forward to sharing some different projects using the die in the near future.  This particular project comes together quickly so I see many pillow box treat holders being used with the upcoming holidays.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Vintage Theme Christmas

For the past couple of days, I've been preparing samples for this month's Christmas Stamp-a-Stack so I decided to share a few of the cards with you. Yes, I know we're still a few months from Christmas but I thought it would be nice to get a head start on preparing holiday cards. The new Holiday Catalog is filled with some of the most beautiful designer papers and stamp sets so I've gotten into the Christmas spirit early!  The biggest problem is deciding which to use first.  I have to share a funny incident from today...my husband looked to see what I was working on and said "no! I'm not ready for Christmas yet!"  Well, I am!!!  

One of my favorite designer series paper sets in the Holiday Catalog is the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The vintage look of the paper brings back many childhood memories so I decided that one of the card sets would showcase the paper.  The card with the "Merry Little Christmas" sentiment was crafted using a design for a gift tag that was a Make & Take from the Stampin' Up! convention.  When we made the tag, I knew that not only could it be used for a gift tag but it would make a wonderful card.  I have to thank demonstrator Peggy Hovorka in our local Stampin' Up! group for the "Ho Ho Ho" design.  She shared it with the group and it fits the theme that I selected perfectly.  Of course, the paper with the deer is cute so I had to use a deer in a design. 
Vintage Themed Christmas Cards highlighting Stampin' Up! Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper
More Christmas cards are on my agenda but I promise not to ignore Fall & Halloween!  
Some great projects are being planned highlighting the changing of the seasons.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Simple Technique using Baby Wipes!

The other technique from last week's class was the "baby wipe technique". With this method, baby wipes are used as the stamp pad.  Take a couple baby wipes, fold and use Classic Stampin' Ink Refills to drop colors randomly onto the baby wipe.  Use 3-4 colors, filling in area that is slightly larger than the stamp being used.  The inked baby wipe pad can be used a couple of times for stamping.  It really is a simple technique, yet, produces a beautiful effect.

The first card made used the oak tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set and the sentiment is from Endless Thanks.  Since Fall is arriving soon, colors were selected to mimic the leaves displaying fall foliage. Also, don't forget to stamp the interior - we used the oak leaves from the set to stamp an upper and lower corner. 

Baby Wipe Technique using Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree Stamp set,  Into The Woods Designer Series Paper and Classic Stampin' Ink Refills in Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie
The other card used the By The Tide and Sassy Salutations stamp sets along with three coordinating blue refill colors to ink the baby wipe for use stamping the coral.  Though it's not evident in the card photo, Dazzling Details was used on the stamped fish.  Even with a touch of glitter, this is a great card to send to a male.
Baby Wipe Technique using Stampin' Up! By the Tide & Sassy Salutations stamp sets, Classic Stampin' Ink Refills in Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise and Marina Mist

Both the Ombre' and Baby Wipe techniques are fun, simple methods that can be used for creating a different, unique look on your cards.  Hope these last posts have inspired you to try one or both of the techniques!  If you have any questions on how to were create these cards or steps, don't hesitate to contact me.

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