I finally ordered the Berry Basket Bigz L die (137366) because I had this great idea for an Easter decoration. The basket is small, 3 7/8″ square and 2 1/2″ high, but it is so stinkin’ cute. Here is my first sample.
Cute? Yes! But I got another idea of using Thick Whisper White cardstock and embossing it with the woodgrain embossing folder. Since I used the thick cardstock, the basket is sturdier. Take a look.
Now this really looks like Easter to me! I love the touch of Lost Lagoon ink I sponged on the raised portions of the basket.The first time I put this basket together, I put the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the strips that go around the top of the basket. Getting things lined up was a little tricky so the second time I put the Tear & Tape on the top edges of the basket part which worked much better.
I filled the basket with crumpled tissue paper and topped it with crumpled thin strips of tissue that I had cut with Stampin’ Up!’s retired Tabletop Paper Cutter.
Aren’t those chicks the cutest?! They are from the Sale-A-Bration freebies stamp set Honeycomb Happiness (wood – 141288, clear – 141291). I stamped 6 images using Smoky Slate ink and fussy cut just around the legs. Then I glued two images together matching the cut out legs together and put a toothpick between the layers. Then finished cutting out the chick. I used the Smoky Slate marker to add a suggestion of the wings and tail feathers on the back of the chick as well. I poked the toothpick through the crumpled tissue paper to make the chicks stand up in the basket.
You can still get this darling stamp set for FREE through the end of March. All you have to do is order $50 in product through my online store. Click on the images below to order the supplies I used for these baskets.
Terrific Tuesday is back! Why are Tuesdays terrific you ask? Because on Tuesdays, Stampin’ Up! releases the new Weekly Deals and this week they are really great! Check out this card created by one of the Stampin’ Up! creative artists:
Notice the little candle on to top of the cake? It is punched out with one of the Party Punch Pack (140608) Punches. Do you love the background like I do? It is created by gently sponging ink on the raised portions of the embossing created with the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (140592). The embossing folder has the center area smooth so you don’t have to do anything extra to have that smooth area for stamping. This card also uses the Party Wishes stamp set (wood-140651, clear-140961).
Here is another sample created by Stampin’ Up! artists using the little balloon punch:
Now why do I bring these up when talking about savings? Well….the Party Punch Pack is one of the items that is in the Weekly Deals this week. Yes! An item that is in the new Occasions catalog on sale for 15% off! Check out all the new Weekly Deals below and click on the images to go order them in my online store.
Remember, this is Sale-A-Bration time and for each $50 you spend in product, you can choose one of the 11 FREE items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Also remember my Customer Appreciation Program. That same $50 will allow you to check one of the boxes on my tracking form. When you fill out all 8 boxes, you can choose $45 worth of supplies from me totally FREE. Check out the program and download your tracking form here.
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I still have a couple kits left for this darling advent tree. The price of $35 includes all you need to create the tree except for adhesive, scissors, and a paper cutter. Shipping is free. Order now and you will be all set for the beginning of December.
This adorable advent tree created from tiny treat boxes was posted on the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog yesterday. The creator is Allison Okamitzu, one of the 2014 – 2015 Artisan Design Team members.
I am offering a class by mail for this project. The kit will include one package of the tiny treat boxes, 1/2 package of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, 1 Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack (for the date labels – you can use the rest of the package for cards), 2 yards of ribbon, and complete instructions. All you will need to make your tree is hot glue, adhesive, paper trimmer, and a ribbon spool for the base. The price of the kit is $35 which includes flat rate priority shipping.
The supplies will be quite popular now that the tree has been posted and has been shared on Facebook so contact me soon so I can order the supplies for your kit. After the middle of October, they may not be available. Email or call me to order a kit.
My order containing the bundle of the A Little Something Stamp Set (w – 139827, c-139830) and Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies (139657), bundle (w-140858, c-140859) arrived last night and I couldn’t wait to put my new toys…err…tools to use. I was amazed how quickly this gift wrap went together.
But…what if you need a longer pillow box? You can double the length of the box by folding a piece of cardstock in half (I used a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece) and placing the die on it as shown below. Then cutting it out. You have to make two sides to the box so you repeat the process for the second side. Be careful to place the fold in the exact same place on the die so both halves are the same length. You might want to place a small piece of washi tape on the die marking where the fold should be placed. By placing the fold where I did, you double the length of the box. Placing the fold closer to the cutting end will give you a shorter box but still longer than the original one. I placed a belly band over the fold to conceal it and decorate the box.
I initially put the box together using Tear & Tape Adhesive (a must when building boxes) on the side flaps of the box. However, since the flaps are tapered at the ends, the seam does not have adhesive at the corners. Then I put the Tear & Tape on the edge of the box and found a part of the adhesive was not covered by the flap. To fix this problem, I just pounced my Embossing Buddy on the sticky part. The powder removed the stickiness and I had a nice seam even in the corners.
A tip we learned at convention is that the ends can be closed and reopened easily if you alternate which end tab is on top like in this photo.
This is definitely a go-to product when you want to quickly create a unique wrap for a small gift. Click on the image below for more details on the products I used and to order them in my online store.
I’ll admit it…I have been really lax about posting on my blog for quite some time now but I a turning over a new page. I will spend more time sharing ideas and tips with you and less playing Secret Society on my i-pad. After all, you are much more important to me than a silly game!
When Stampin’ Up! discontinued releasing new downloads on Tuesdays, I was quite disappointed and Tuesdays became a little less terrific. However, they still give us new Weekly Deals on Tuesdays. I created this treat bag with several of this week’s deals.
I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Not only can you use the treat bag to hold candy and cookies, it makes a really easy pocket card. You just cut a piece of cardstock to fit in the bag and stamp a greeting on it. The dies come with a variety of shapes in addition to the bag itself. The banner, ‘for you’, and the star are all part of the set. I like having texture on bigger expanses of cardstock so I used the Lucky Stars embossing folder on the front of the bag. The Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, the Lucky Stars embossing folder, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the gold ribbon are all part of this week’s Weekly Deals. Click on the image below to go order them while they are 15% off. Next Tuesday will be too late to get in on the bargain.
Stampin’ Up! has come out with a Cotton Paper Assortment. Cotton paper is thinner than cardstock and works beautifully when making flowers with the Bouquet Bigz L die. It also makes a great treat bag. I used the Watermelon Wonder color to make the treat bag below. It did wrinkle slightly as I used the Lucky Stars embossing folder with it but I liked the effect. It looks like it is almost quilted. I just love the little bows cut from the Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper. The bow die is also part of the treat bag thinlits set.
Have I convinced you yet that you ‘need’ the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits yet?
Sometimes we find leftover cards or 3-D items laying around on our stamping table just waiting to be repurposed. This treat bag started out as a Valentine one but didn’t send it. Tonight I sat down to make a Birthday card for a dear friend and saw this treat bag lying there.
I had planned to turn it into a pocket card so I stamped the largest image from the Balloon Bash stamp set on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock cut to fit in the treat bag. When I turned the treat bag over I discovered that I had written on the back of it. What to do? Well, I just glued the image on the back to cover the writing and will put some treats inside the bag instead of a card.
I stamped the HB image on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with one of the Chalk Talk Framelits. Then I put it over the black and white banner on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals to cover some adhesive that was on the front. As usually happens, I love the redo better than the original plan!
The moral of this story is that covering up perceived flaws in our creations often leads to even better creations! If you would like to create this treat bag for yourself and need some of the supplies I used, just click on the images below to be taken to them in my online store.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. I hope your day is filled with love. I’ve had a wonderful time creating a special Valentine for my hubby! The creative spirit really kicked in…yay! Usually I need to make a quick card and don’t spend as much time on it as I have with this one.
I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (137779), the You Plus Me stamp set (wood – 137133, clear 138594) (wood bundle -138879, clear bundle -138880), and the photopolymer stamp set Snuggles & Smooches (140326) to create this card. The middle greeting is a free digital download from Create with TLC that I printed on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with a Labels Collection Framelits die (129381). I had to trim part of the top and bottom of the layer off so that the hinge mechanism would work.
I love how so many different Stampin’ Up! products play well with each other. Did you notice that the word LOVE was die cut using one of the banner dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547) and the ‘you’ was die cut using the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363)? The frame base for the card was cut with a Sizzix die. This card does fold flat for mailing.
The card is square when folded up so I created my own 5″ square envelope from a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper (133700) using the Envelope Punch board. Check it out! It was so quick to make. If you don’t have this tool yet, why not? Tip: Use a light touch with the bone folder when scoring designer series paper! It has a tendancy to split if you score too hard. I used some retired Washi tape to cover the splits. :o) It does add an element of design to the envelope.
The supplies I used that come from Stampin’ Up! are listed below. Click on them for more details and to order the ones you need.
What do you do when you want to play with your new toys from your preorder but have to stay focused on Christmas? You find a way to use them for Christmas presents! These Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are in the new Occasions catalog and you can buy them beginning Jan 6.
But you don’t have to use the dies just for treats. I created a money enclosure using the dies. You pull up on the ribbon to remove a little card with money tucked in it. These are so much fun and so simple to make! I used Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper (135821), the Merry Everything stamp set (wood – 135068, clear – 135071), the Note Tag Punch (135860) and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102) to make this project. What is even better is that the Merry Everything stamp set and the Note Tag Punch are in a bundle for 15% off!
Click on the images below for more information and to order these supplies. It is getting close to Christmas, but if you order these now before the end of the Holiday catalog sales period, you will have them ready for next Christmas creating.
Today is also a Terrific Tuesday so here are the new Weekly Deals:
These prices only last through next Monday night so order the ones you want now while you are looking at them. Click on the image to go to my online store.
When you are a stamper, you have the ability to create beautiful packages with just some stamps, ink, and common brown wrapping paper. I used the Endless Wishes (photopolymer – 136829) and Letterpress Winter (photopolymer – 135143) snowflakes to stamp on the paper with shades of blue and white ink. I also stamped on one of the Extra Large Gift Boxes (132147) which is 6″ x 6″ x 4 3/8″..
I love making boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board (135863). I have been knitting hats for birthday and Christmas presents and the 4″ x 4″ x 4″ box is large enough to hold one of these hats. I used Old Olive 12″ x 12″ cardstock for the box and embellished it with 3 1/2″ squares of the tree design of the All is Calm Specialty designer series paper. Retired Old Olive and White satin ribbon hold the packages shut.
Our family decided to make this Christmas a handmade Christmas and these wrappings fit the theme perfectly! Having fun using my creativity is an added bonus.
Click on the images below to see more details and to order the supplies I used.