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.
Today is the first day of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza and you have to check out these door busters available only today!
Just look at the Card Kit Bundle! This bundle includes everything but adhesive to create 40 cards for less than $1 a card! This bundle even includes the envelopes, stamps, and ink needed. Not only is this a great deal for you but it is a great deal for gift giving. The two cardmaking kits will come packaged separately so you can order the bundle and then give the two kits to different people. That makes the gifts less than $17 each.
The Gift Box Punch Board (135863) is a most useful item to have in your gift-wrapping supplies. If you are like me, finding a box for a small gift is difficult and I used to save them whenever a small box would arrive at my door. No longer do I need to do that because I can quickly create one out of cardstock or colorful designer series paper in a variety of sizes, the largest being a 4″ cube. Here is a box I created with this Gift Box Board and the Gift Bow Bigz L die (129977). I used Perfect Plum cardstock and Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693) for the bow and to decorate the box.
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To sweeten the deal, I am adding a couple of Soggy Stamper offers:
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You must email me your order so I can place it for you to give you free shipping. I will accept payment by PayPal, credit card, or check if you are local.
$25 Gift Certificate for $20
No limit of quantity and can be used for both product and classes.
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If you had come to my class last Tuesday, you would have learned how to make this beautiful vellum tea light holder and matching Christmas card.
We cut card stock vellum with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853). Then we dry embossed the pieces with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120902) and the Big Shot. We curled the pieces slightly with bone folders.
Next we stamped the pine cone from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (wood – 135104, clear – 135107) twice on Whisper White card stock with Soft Suede Suede ink and cut them out. Dazzling Details (124117) was applied to the white areas of the pine cones and then they were cut out. A little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) was used to attach them to a short piece of Linen Thread (104199) and attached to just one side of the overlapping flaps of the box.
A bow of Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (135841) was attached on top with a glue dot. We placed a flameless tea light inside. I love the soft glow of the tea light through the vellum and the embossed area gives a lacy look to the box. See other Curvy Keepsake Boxes I have created here and here.
To go along with the tea light holder we created a Christmas card with a vellum overlay. The overlay was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and applied to the Soft Sky card base with SNAIL adhesive along the top edge. A length of the Lost Lagoon ribbon was tied around the card front to cover where the vellum was attached. The pine bough was stamped on the Soft Sky card base in the lower right corner. We used the Noel framelit from the Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies (135851) to cut out the word from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) and glued it to the vellum layer with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Do you need the supplies for these projects or are you running out of some of your other supplies? Just click on the links above or on the pictures below to go to my online store to order them. I appreciate your business! :o)
Happy Halloween everyone! Our great-granddaughters are coming to trick or treat at our house tonight so I made up these treat holders with their treats inside. The Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853) is what I used to cut out these jack-0-lanterns. I stamped the straight stamp from the Work of Art stamp set (wood – 134111, clear – 134114) with Tangelo Twist ink on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I used my Basic Black marker for the faces. These little boxes are just big enough to fit a Snicker’s Fun Size bar, snack size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and packet of Welches Fruit Snacks. You can order the supplies to make these darling little pumpkins by clicking on the images below.