Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Gift Bag

Is this not the cutest little gift bag and so easy to make using just a 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card stock.

I scored on the long side of the card stock at 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 and then on the short side scored at 2" on either side (or 2" and 6 1/2"). Then you cut the flaps on the long side (4 1/2" and 6 1/2") up to the two inch score line on both sides. These are the flaps that go in and give you the ability to fold the box up. Then of course you can just put sticky strip on one side and attach to the other side. One thing I did was use the "top note die" to give the top a design. You just fold the two flaps in on either side on the 2" score lines. You are then able to fold the top down so that both tops meet. I then put it on the edge of where the die starts cutting and then run it to where the edge goes under and then roll it back out and it only takes off the top of the bag to give it the design. Actually here is a tutorial by someone else who has done close to the same type bag. Her bag is made by using a piece of 8X12" card stock, so it is taller and a little thinner, but this will give you an idea of how to put this bag together. And, you may want to use the longer card stock!
Once the bag was together, I then cut a strip of 1 1/2" X 12 and then a 1 1/2" X 2 and adhered the two pieces together then adhered to the back of the bag. I did the same with the Designer paper except I used a 1 1/4" wide. I then decorated the bag with leaves that were cut using the "leaves # 2 die" from Stampin' Up! and also the Finial Press embossing folder from Stampin' Up! I cut it first and then placed the leaves in the finial press embossing folder and ran it through.
Here is a close up of the leaves and side of the box!

All items used are Stampin' Up!
Card Stock: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive
Designer Paper: Well Worn
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke (for sponging)
Accessories: Top Note Die, Leaves # 2 Die, Cajun Craze Glimmer Brad, 1/2:"Scallops dot Ribbon More Mustard (for handle)
Technique: Sponging & Embossing

Thanks for looking this morning and hope you have a wonderful day!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Paper

You know I have really been struggling with this years Christmas Designer Papers, but I have decided that if you use this Holly Berry Bouquet Paper as a background paper it really makes a pretty card!  So when I saw the Stamping 411 sketch this morning, out came this beautiful paper!

Here is a side view of the card!

And here is the inside!

All items are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Word Play, Holy Family (inside of card) retired
Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi
Designer Series Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet
Classic Ink: Real Red (inside) Used markers for outside
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Bird Punch (for leaves), Real Red satin ribbon, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon very vanilla

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a blessed day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Got Happy Mail Today!

Well hello all!  Got home from work today and found some happy mail in my mail box!  I just love happy mail.  And once I saw a couple of the items in the happy mail, I knew I had to go ahead and use it!  I am making these cute little picture holders using the large binder clips for a bazaar coming up next week and when I saw this cute crochet flower, I knew it would be on one of my little picture holders.  I even went back to one of my older picture albums to get a photo of when my two granddaughters were 6 months and 22 months (now 7 and 8) to showcase in the photo holder.  They were playing dress up - or my daughter was playing dress up with them! lol  So without further ado, here it is!

Is this not cute!  And now here is one with the photo!

So the yellow flower and the little cute pink bird were part of the stash that I won in a drawing from Nancy!  You can find her post here of the drawing on her blog "The Nickel Nook"here!  Thanks Nancy and I love it all! 

Actually I took a picture for all of you to see the great happy mail I received!

How great is that!  I love the ribbon and the stick pin and the .........!  Oh my, I love it all!  Again Nancy, thanks so much and be assured I will use it!  Now I guess it is my turn to share some goodies!  Let me get through this busy time and I will sure do a blog candy giveaway. 

Thanks for looking and hope you have a very blessed Saturday!

Notebooks for Bazaar

Good Friday Morning to you!  Well these are 3 more of the different mini notebooks that I am doing for the bazaar!  How cute are these.  I have made a few of each, but I just grabbed these to take a picture and show.  I tried to make them as easy as possible so it would not take a lot of time.  The one on the right with all the little flowers was really not hard, as I just found these flowers that I had been in my drawer for a while and put a brad through them and then attached with a glue dot.  So easy!  Of course with all of them I am getting rid of a lot of retired designer paper, but I will say that I still have drawers loaded up with paper.  I may try to sale whole sheets of that also.  Would make sense!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  Now I need to get ready for work!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spice Cake Covered Box

Isn't this the cutest box. These little Kraft boxes are in the SU Holiday Mini and are sized at 3-1/2 X 3-1/2 X 2 1/2 and you get 4 to the pack. They would be cute just to add a ribbon around it. But I decided to use the Spice Cake designer paper and cover it.  I also made a band using the lace ribbon border punch. The flower I made from using Sizzix Flower Layer # 3 die. I then attached it to a round circle after adding the leaves that I punched out using Blossom Petals Builder Punch and scored down the center.  The center of the flower is made using home made "flower soft". I just used a piece of More Mustard card stock and the small side of a food grater and then picked up the pieces and glued to the center. How neat is that?  So simple and you get quite a bit with just a few seconds of grating.  I actually saved what I did not use.

Here is the front side of the box!

And a close up shot!

I am planning on doing a few more of these for the craft show as I think it will be a great box to add cookies or candy too.  

Stamps: SU Grateful Greetings, SU Four Frames

Card Stock: Old Olive, Pool Party, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: SU Spice Cake (in the Christmas Mini)
Ink: SU Pool party, Soft Suede
Accessories: SU Kraft Gift Box, Sizzix Flower layer # 3 die, SU Lace Ribbon Border Punch, SU Decorative Label Punch, SU Blossoms Petals builder punch

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a marvelous day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christmas Lodge #2

How easy is this card!  Another card using the wonderful Northern Flurry emobossing folder by Stampin' Up! and then adding the fabulous stamp set "Christmas Lodge."  Just a two layer card, a little ribbon and that is all you need.  Love it when they are easy!  My only problem is the lodge is a little crooked!  Hope no one notices when they receive it! lol

All items used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Classic Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accesories: 1/2" scallop dots ribbon, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Sounding Joy

I just love this stamp set from our holiday mini catalog called "The Sounding Joy."  It can be used in so many different ways.  And, I love the overall white cards for Christmas with just enough red and green to bring in the Christmas Spirit!  And, this card did just that for me and also was one of the reasons it will be one of the cards in my upcoming stamp-a-stack.  So if you are one of the ones that has signed up, you get a glimpse into what you will be working on.

Here is a close up of the center focus of the card!

I embossed over the green with silver embossing powder!  It just seems to bring it right off the paper and then thought it would be good to add some of the silver twine that we had last Christmas to draw the silver out a little.

Items used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: The Sounding Joy
Card Stock: Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: 5/8" real red satin ribbon, streachy silver twine, silver embossing powder, petals a plenty embossing folder

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a fabulous day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mica Flakes Christmas

Good Sunday Morning everyone!  I sure have a busy day ahead of me today with church and then my DGD is in a cheering competition today!  Sure wish they would not do these on a Sunday.  But that is the way it is.

I was so excited with the finished product of this card.  When I first saw the stamping 411 sketch, I was trying to decide what stamp set to use and then while going through all of them this one, plant hope, caught my eye and it is not even a Christmas Stamp.  But that is OK because you can make one out of it as I did and there are others you can do the same with.  When stamping there are times you just have to be creative.  Like when I first saw this Christmas designer paper, frostwood lodge, I was unsure of it, but now I am loving it.  I have made regular cards with it and have discovered the same about it, you just have to look beyond what it is for and see the whole picture.

Here is a side view of the card!

And a close up of the mica flakes!  Loving those mica flakes!

How cool is that!

All items used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Plant Hope, Four the Holidays
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Frostwood Lodge
Classic Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, White Gel Pen, Mica Flakes, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

CPC Blog Hop - Give Thanks to the Lord

Well good morning ladies!  It is already time for the blog hop at Christian Paper Crafts and the theme of this hop is Give Thanks to the Lord! 
And, I want to thank my Lord for what He has done for me!  So I decided to make a card using the verse God gave me when I use to worry about everything.  When I read this verse, I realized that God wanted me to give all my worry and anxiety to Him.  So every time I felt the anxiety or worry consuming me, I would quote this verse and then say, "Lord you are the only one who can take care of this and the only one that can take this anxiety away, so here it is Lord back in your hands."  I eventually learned that I could not handle the problems, but God could and could give me peace at the same time.  I also learned that when I tried to do things on my own, wow, what a mess I would make, but when I allowed God to be in control and lead me things sure turned out a lot better and I could lay my head down at night in peace.  So now "with thanksgiving", I can present my request to the one God that can take care of it all!  So here is my card:

Isn't this a great verse!  I also am using this card for two other challenges.  The challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs Blog is all about cards with TAG! T= Thankful, A= Appreciation, G= Grateful. You can use an actual tag, create a card that is thankful, shows appreciation, or conveys gratefulness, or you can combine a tag with the themes.  Hopefully my card show all three as I am Thankful, I do Appreciate what God has and is doing for me and I am so very Grateful!  Also the Bible Verse Thursday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts is to make a project using this verse or another verse which follows the theme of receiving God's peace through prayer.

Here is a close up of the verse!

And, here is a side view of the card!

OK now, don't forget to play along in this blog hop by going to the CPC creative blog and linking up your project at the bottom of the blog hop post. 

For this month’s blog hop, the opportunity to win a prize is open to everyone who plays along and we’d be so very blessed if you’d join with us. This month’s, we have two prizes so there will be two winners! The first prize is donated by Cindy Coutts, and is the perfect stamp set by Papertrey Ink of Journaling Lines. Journaling helps us and encourages us to write down what we are thankful for with the first being our salvation that Jesus has so willingly given to us by His death on the cross.

The second prize is a generous $15 coupon/gift certificate from Our Daily Bread Designs for use at their online store. There are so many lovely scripture and stamp sets to choose from! The winner will be so blessed!

Items used are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

Stamp Sets: ODBD Scripture Collection #4
Card Stock: Pool Party, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake
Classic Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Leaves # 2 die, Designer buttons neutrals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangles

Thanks so much for looking and now check out all the other hoppers here!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Workshop

Well good afternoon all!  This evening I will be having my workshop and it is sure to be a fun one!  I am excited about what I have planned for them tonight.  Just hope they are as excited as I am!

Our first project will be this wonderful fall scrapbook page!  I figured since it had so much detail, we would get it out of the way first!

As you can see I actually used three different stamp sets!  We will be creating our own designer paper by using the french foliage which you can see on the left hand side of the 6 X 6 piece.  We will be using a Alphabet stamp set for the letters of FALL!  And we will be using the Notes and Detail stamp set for the journaling area on the upper right hand side!  You can use 3 photos as I have it laid out or if you take off the journaling you can use four photos!

Next is a card that I decided to use because it will be quick and easy!

You have already seen this one before and you can get the details from this post here!

And of course not to leave out my hostess for this workshop, this is what she will be receiving!

This is what is called a box in a card!  It is held together with a band and on the inside, you will find these wonderful tags!

This is what it looks like as you open it!

And the tags just fit inside beautifully!  I got my directions from Valita and you can find a tutorial here on how to do this great box card!  Make sure you go to the bottom of her post for the video.

Thanks so much for looking this evening and thanks for looking today!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gift Card Holder

What do you think of this gift card holder.  One of the girls who is in my stampin' up! club works in the biology department here at the university and of course she makes all their cards and even bags for birthdays etc.  Well the girls in the department decided to get her a Stampin' Up! gift card for Boss' day this week.  So since they were all giving it to her, I thought why not attach the gift card to a card so they can all sign it.  So that is exactly what I did!  I make my own gift cards for my Stampin' Up! business so it was easy to make it the gift card size to go into this great holder.  You can find the directions here which I found on Dannie's Designs blog!

Here is a side view of the gift card holder/card!

Here is a view of the open gift card holder!

And another angle of the open gift card holder

Thanks so much for looking and hope you have a wonderful day!

All items are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Precious Butterflies (hostess)
Card Stock: More Mustard, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Spice Cake
Classic Ink: Pool Party
Accessories: Top Note Die, Framed Tulips embossing folder, 1/4" more mustard grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4 " circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, word window punch

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bells & Boughs

Last year I loved this stamp set and this year I had not even pulled it out until today.  What was I thinking?  Anyway, I am finally using it and very happy with the outcome.  What initiated this card?  The Stamping 411 sketch that was posted yesterday!  For some reason it just spoke to me and I automatically reached for this stampset.  You can find the wonderful sketch here!

And, another challenge that initiated this card is the SULateNightStampers Group!  Our challenge this week is "1-2-3 Challenge -make a project that using one stamp set, two embellishments and three colors!"  So that is where the 3 colors came from - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, two embellishments - Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon and Stiched Felt Winter Wishes Mittens, - one stamp set is the Bells & Boughs.  OK, I just realized I might have cheated if you would think the Petals a Plenty embossing folder is a embellishment.  I am thinking that is just an Accessory!  What about you?

Here is a close up of the stamped image!

And a side view of the card!

Well I have told you everything I used on the card except for markers, blender pen and the Shimmer paint mixture that I spritzed on it to give it a little shimmer.  And it is just enough to make it sparkle.  Wish you could see it in person.

Thanks so much for looking and let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stocking Builder Punch #2

Good Sunday Morning to each of you today!  Here is another card that I did using the stocking builder punch and one of the possibilities for my Stamp-a-stack.  It is actually between this one and the one yesterday!  So check back and let me know what you think. 

With this one I used the new Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing folder and gave it a shimmer by using my mix of Frost White Shimmer paint and 70% rubbing alcohol.  I will tell you that you do have to let it dry before putting the adhesive on it or it will not stick very well.  The drying only takes about 5 minutes.  So you can be stamping the stocking and punching it out while that is drying.  Also when using the embossing folder, cut the piece a little bigger than you normally would in length and in width as the embossing will draw it up some.  Then trim the excess after you emboss. 

The red is cut at 4 X 2.50 and the very vanilla is cut at 4 X 2.25.  The Pear Pizzazz is cut at 4 X 3.25 and then using the scallop trim border punch on each side brings it down to about 2.75.  So that is the measurements of the center pieces of the card!

Another view of the card!

And the inside of the card!

All items used are Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets: Bells & Boughs, Stitched Stockings
Card Stock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Classic Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red
Accessories: Snow Burst embossing folder, Stocking Builder Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Red Glimmer Paper, Markers, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stocking Builder Punch

I am loving this Stocking Builder punch!  Just so simple to use and great for a simple card!  To add a little boost to this simple card I decided to use the Shimmery White Card Stock by SU and that eliminated the spray or mist I have been using.  How easy is that?  And to boost it just a little more I used the Northern Flurry embossing folder!  It gave it some dimension and added a little elegance to the card.  Still so easy to do.  Then all I had to do was add the finishing touches of baker's twine, rhinestones and bells.  Love the outcome!

Close up of paper and stocking!

Another angle of card!

Items used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Word Play, Stitched Stockings
Card Stock: Old Olive, Shimmery White
Classic Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Stocking Builder Punch, White Baker's Twine, Mini Jingle Bells, Rhinestones, Silver Glimmer Paper

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Christmas Lodge

Christmas just seems to be the buzz right now and we have not even gotten to Thanksgiving yet here in the US!  But I am loving getting all these cards ready for Christmas.  Such a great and fun time of year!

This was another quick card I put together last Friday Night during our Praise and paper Crafting (PPN) event at Christian Paper Crafts.  It was a lot of fun to put this one together and I love the outcome.  This was to use a sketch and that is exactly what I did.  Sketches just really help to get me started with a card!  Now there are times that they do not look like the sketch what so ever, but the sketch was my starting point.  Here is the sketch that I used!  I made my card the regular size, A2!

Now here is a close up of the image.  I stamped it in black and then using the versamark ink pad, I covered the whole circle.  I poured the iridescent ice embossing powder over it and heated it with the hot gun to get the sparkle.  I love doing that.  It really makes it look so wintery.

Here is another view of the card!  Want you to see from every angle! lol

All items are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted!

Stamps: Christmas Lodge

Card Stock: Whisper White, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Paper: Frostwood Lodge
Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green
Accessories: Circle cutter, Word Window Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Rhinestones, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, versamark, SU Snowflake embossing folder, Spellbinders Label 5

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you will let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Merry Christmas Stocking

Good Wednesday morning!  I wanted to share with you a card that I was thinking of submitting, but when all was said and done, I did not really like it enough!  Have you ever just put that much work into something and then it was just ok!  That was this one.  I have had it sitting for about 3 weeks now and finally am just now posting it.  You can find the sketch and the submission that I was going to go for right here, Scrapbook & Cards Today!  It was a great sketch and wish I could have done it justice.

Now I was impressed with the inside of the card!  This is the inside sentiment!

And this was the other side where I actually used my mica flakes and I just love this tree!

And here is the whole inside of the card!

Another view from the side!

This was one card I used a lot of items on and took some time and someone special will receive it for Christmas, but not sure at this point who that will be.

Now to see if I can remember everything I used on this card!

All items Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted!

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade, Christmas Lodge
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Glimmer Paper - red & silver
Designer Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet
Classic Ink: Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Rhinestones, Mica Flakes, Stocking Builder Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Doily Triple Layer Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Two Tags Bigz Die, Velvet Stitched Ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells

Thanks so much for looking and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

With Thanksgiving!

This week is our Fabulous Gracious Glimpses for our October Design Team Delights over at Christian Paper Crafts.  Yesterday was my gracious glimpse and I am posting kind of late, but that is OK.  I did make the post over at Christian Paper Crafts, so that makes it good!

Our Design Team Delights gallery for October is Thanksgiving, so this is my sample for the Glimpse into what is coming on the 15th!

How great is this candle!  I just love it.  I used the Just believe from Stampin' Up! and then the Scripture Collection # 4 from Our Daily Bread Designs.  They both worked so well together to help this candle become a Thanksgiving beauty!

Here is a close up of the top of the candle with the verse!

And here is a close up of the bottom of the candle!

I just love doing candles and don't know why I don't do them more often.

I also added some rhinestones to give it a little more bling and now that I have done that, I may do it more often.

Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!