Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Falling Leaves" Gift Bag

Happy Halloween! Before getting to the gift bag project, I want to share the Halloween card that I received in the mail this week from one of my stamping friends and class attendee, Jamie.  It was a nice surprise and reminds me how important it is to mail cards we make to friends and family.  It's a simple, thoughtful act that brings joy to recipients and can make one's day brighter.  Thank you Jamie!

In the Nutty Note Card class earlier this week, an add on project was made...an embellished Petite Cafe gift bag. Personally, I adore these gift bags!  They are food safe, sturdy and a perfect size.  For the embellishment, we used the extra leaves that I had from the Witching Decor project kit but the same leaves can be cut from card stock using the Leaflets Framelits .  The leaves were stamped using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and sponged around the edges with ink.  To create the look of a Fall leaf, we crumpled the leaves and unfolded them which created more texture and naturally, a bit of glamour was added using a leaf cut from gold glimmer paper.  An acorn tag from the Acorny Thank You stamp set finished the look.  The embellishment took just a few minutes to create but "dresses" the gift bag perfectly!

Embellished Petite Cafe Gift Bag using Stampin' Up!  Lighthearted Leaves and Acorny Thank You Stamp Sets 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nutty Notecards

Hope your week is off to a good start.  Yesterday, I hosted the monthly card class and used a class plan that Stampin' Up! provided to demonstrators.  It was aptly titled "Nutty Notecards" as the Acorny Thank You stamp set was used.  The class was lots of fun and in addition to preparing four notecards and embellishing the envelopes, a box was was assembled to hold the notecards.  Thus it would make an excellent gift.  In addition to learning how to use the Gift Bag Punch Board, attendees also used spritzers thus learning how simple it is to change the look of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Yes, we changed the background color of the beautiful Into the Woods DSP!  If you'd like the directions for making these cards and gift box, feel free to contact me.

Nutty Notecards & Gift Box using Stampin' Up! Acorny Thank You stamp set, Into the Woods Designer Series Paper and Gift Bag Punch Board
Andrea (Andy), one of my regular class participants, surprised me with a small gift yesterday!  She makes cross book marks and presented me with a box of them.  Enough for sharing.  Below is a photo of a silver and gold cross...to make the crosses, she used Stampin' Up! Silver and Gold 1/8" ribbon. The photo does not do them justice...they are beautiful! It was an unexpected gift but is treasured!
Ribbon Cross Book Marks using Stampin' Up! Silver & Gold 1/8" Ribbon
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oh, Deer! Holiday Pillow Box Treat Holder

It's been a whirlwind few weeks...my son's wedding took place in Las Vegas and after a few days at home, I had another trip so unable to follow my blog posting schedule.  The good news is that I am now home and have lots of projects to share with you in the coming weeks. 

Today's project utilizes the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies and Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a treat holder.  The paper with the deer is so adorable and I thought it would make a cute pillow box.  There are so many great papers in the Home for Christmas paper pack that it's difficult to decide which to use!  Warning...if you opt to make a pillow box with DSP that has a directional pattern, prior to cutting your second piece be sure to check that pattern direction will be same as in first piece.  The sentiment comes from the Oh, What Fun photopolymer stamp set.

Treat Holder using Stampin' Up! Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies & Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Transformed Paper Gift Bag

For an upcoming Holiday Bags & Tags Class, one of the projects will be to embellish and transform a paper gift bag.  By layering card stock, designer series paper (DSP) and adding a sentiment panel the bag becomes a special bag to use for presenting a gift.  To further embellish the bag, the Festive Flower Builder Punch and the Reason for the Season stamp set was used to create a poinsettia.  It was fun creating the poinsettia and you'll see more creations from me using this set. 

Embellished Gift Bag using Stampin' Up! Merry Moments DSP, Reason for the Season Stamp Set & Festive Flower Builder Punch

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Another Halloween Treat Holder?!

Yes, another treat holder!  This will be the last of the Halloween treat holders.  Since we don't get children trick or treating in our neighborhood, I enjoy creating a few special treats for my grandson.  I don't know of any youngster that doesn't like M & M's and Alex is no different.  So instead of giving him a large bag of  M&Ms, a 1 x 8 cellophane bag is filled with the candy and embellished with a simple tag.  The narrow cello bag is perfect "sugar control"!


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

More Baker's Box Treat Holders

Intentions were to complete and share this post on Friday but it was "one of those afternoons!"  Despite the soggy weather, the morning was great.  Ladies from our local craft club gathered to make the Witching Decor Project Kit, a Halloween card and the treat holder from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit. I had fun working with the ladies as they completed their projects.  After the class, I dashed home to unload my supplies and repack my car to leave for a weekend in Atlanta.  When I reached our condo, I unpacked and then realized not only had I forgot my computer but left several other items behind!  My efforts to use my cell phone to complete the post was not very successful so I decided to relax and not fret over all that I left behind.  

Earlier I shared a Halloween baker's box treat holder made using the Baker's Box Thinlits and the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  The box was embellished with a tag from the Sweet Hauntings stamp set and with the skull and bones from the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set.  It was so much fun to make that I decided to use the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make another.  This time instead of making a tag, I decided to stamp directly onto the DSP using the Howl-o-ween stamp set and clipped a piece of a Spider Web Doilie to the box.  Stamping on DSP is a technique that I must remember to use more often! 

While in the baker's box mode, I decided to pull out the All Boxed Up Kit and completed it.  If you wish to make some cute treat holders and don't have time to use cut the boxes and embellishments, this is the perfect kit to use.  The kit's ten boxes are die-cut, scored and have adhesive attached for quick construction.  Use the greetings from the All Boxed Up stamp set or select your preferred greeting to complete the kit.

Baker's Boxes using Stampin' Up! All Boxed Up Kit and the Baker's Box Thinlits with Happy Haunting DSP
As mentioned the craft club made the Witching Decor Project Kit on Friday.  Today one of the attendees, Lynne Young, sent me a photo of her beautiful Halloween table decor.  With her permission, I'm sharing it and hope she's inspired you to create your own Halloween decor!
Lynne's Halloween Table Decor using Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit
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