Hey Chick!

Hey Chick

Hey Chick, need a great treat box? The perforated tiny holes on the sides of this little box give a hint to the contents or put a flameless tealight inside for a cozy glow. And look at that chicken wire on the top under the circle medallions! It’s not a new stamp, but an inked embossing folder. Check out my online store to order supplies to make your own. With a $50 order, the stamp set is free during Sale-A-Bration!

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I’ll Have a Blue Christmas without You

Blue Ice Poinsettia
Blue Ice Poinsettia

I saw a vellum poinsettia somewhere out on the Internet, and I loved it so much I turned around and ordered the Reason for the Season bundle so I could make my own version. I cut the petals from Vellum Cardstock, and embossed each petal with silver embossing powder. Then I sponged the backside of each petal with Bermuda Bay classic ink. I assembled the layers with Multipurpose Glue. And then I punched out two of the pistils (center portion of the flowers) from Silver Glimmer Paper and layered them on top.

I made a white version, too, just embossed the petals with White Embossing powder and used an Ice Rhinestone for the center.

Ice Poinsettia
Ice Poinsettia

These are very pretty strung together on a length of silver baker’s twine to make a garland. And if Frozen is still a hot topic in your house, these flowers would make a gorgeous Elsa crown!

How to Punch Santa (a Hat!)

Santa Hat Punch Art How To
Santa Hat Punch Art How To

Forgive my play on words in the title – I just couldn’t resist 🙂

It’s super easy to make an adorable santa hat using punches. I started by punching the Extra Large Oval out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Then take a sliver out with the Word Window punch and set aside. Next, punch out the Scallop Oval from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Now use the Extra Large Oval punch and punch a section, leaving a strip of ‘fuzz’ for the edge of the hat. Last, punch a 1/2 circle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere all the pieces together.  I needed a quick little package for some postage stamps, so I put two in a Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag, folded the top down, and closed it with a mini Clothespin with the Santa Hat glued on top.

Merry Christmas!

Santa Hat Clip on Gift Bag
Santa Hat Clip on Gift Bag

 

 

 

Gift Card Santa

Santa Hat Gift Card Holder
Santa Hat Gift Card Holder

It’s almost Christmas! Sure doesn’t feel like it here with no snow and 40 degree temps the norm lately 🙁

This holder is super quick and easy to whip up for all those gift cards. And would you believe Santa’s hat is made using the oval punch, the scallop oval punch, and a circle punch? I’ll be sending out free instructions in my newsletter tomorrow. Sign up now if you haven’t already!

Add a personal note on the insert card
Add a personal note on the insert card

 

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder

 

These treat holders have to be the cutest thing ever! And boy, are they ever easy to whip up. These were holiday teacher gifts, and each one holds several Ghirardelli chocolates inside. The Curvy Keepsake Thinlet makes quick work of the the bulb shape and one score line added to each side creates the space for the treat. Gold Foil strips run through a crimper create the bulb ends and a piece of bakers twine run through the space at the top hold the whole thing closed. A white gel pen adds a bit of dimension on the side.

Veterans Day Flanders Fields

Veterans Day Flanders Field Poppy
Veterans Day Flanders Field Poppy

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row”

–Lt. Col. John McCrae

 

Wearing red poppies to celebrate veterans began with those lines in a poem, written for those who died in a Belgian field in World War I. My poppy started as three 6 1/2″ circles from the Cherry on Top cotton paper assortment. Tombow multi glue and a few well placed snips later, and I have a poppy that will forever honor veterans.

Bling Bling Treat Bag

Sparkly Treat Bag
Sparkly Treat Bag

Love these polka dotted treat bags! A Bermuda Bay Cotton Paper flower, some rhinestone trim, and silver thread and ribbon bring on the bling. Quick, easy and elegant 🙂

If I Only Had a Heart

Tin of Cards
Tin of Cards

What’s better than an empty tin? A tin full of cards made from the heart! This little tin is packed full of all supplies needed to make 16 cards with envelopes, as well as tabbed dividers to organize the cards. Who says organization has to be boring?

What you get
What you get
What you can make :)
What you can make 🙂

Click here to watch a video of all the fun that comes with this tin.

 

Canvas Art

Art Canvas
Art Canvas

I’ve had my Silhouette for some time now, and am just now getting around to trying out new-to-me super creative powers with the help of my daughter.  The photo is of our first canvas art. We “painted” our plain stretched canvas with ModPodge and let it dry. Then we applied vinyl lettering (a bit of a learning curve there to figure out the best way to get the letters transferred over to the canvas). Another layer of ModPodge. More waiting for it to dry. A layer of gray acrylic paint. More waiting for it to dry. Mixing orange acrylic paint with water and gel medium. Flicking it randomly onto the canvas surface. More waiting for it to dry. Repeat with chartreuse green paint. More waiting for it to dry. Picking off the vinyl lettering so the base white shows through all the paint. And voila! well worth the waiting 🙂

Hoppy Easter

Easter Bunny Apples
Easter Bunny Apples

Need a last minute basket stuffer or a table setting? Take tissue paper or a paper bag. Cut it just slightly narrower than your apple, and about six times as tall. Fold in half. Using a pencil with an unused eraser, pounce the eraser in your choice of ink color, and stamp polka dots all over your paper. Cut bunny ears about a 1/3 of the way down. Wrap around the apple, and tie with ribbon. And bonus, it’s healthy too – Happy Easter everyone!

Here Comes the Easter Bunny

Paper Carrots
Paper Carrots

It’s almost Easter, so here’s a quick little project to whip up for those Easter baskets.

Cut your DSP to 4″ x 6″. Apply Sticky Strip to one long side and roll into a tube. Apply Sticky Strip along one edge inside tube. Seal shut. Cut Old Olive card stock to 1 3/4″ x 5″. Using Stampin’ Trimmer, cut strips varying in width from 1/16″ to 1/8″, being careful to leave about 1/4″ on one short end uncut. Apply Sticky Strip to both sides of uncut short edge.  [Note: If you want to put little trinkets inside, now is the time to do it.] Insert the cut fringe into open end of tube, seal shut pressing it closed the opposite way of the first sealed end. Curl the fringe in different directions, and trim a few pieces to differing lengths. Happy Easter!

Supplies Used: Crisp Cantaloupe In Design Designers Series Paper, Old Olive card stock, Stampin’ Trimmer, Sticky Strip

IYQYQR Flip Flop Album, Part Two

Here’s where the album gets its name from – each flip of a ‘page’ shows another page ‘flopping’ open. Three different opening mechanisms, spongeing and textured embossing and coordinating colors make for a really cute album.

IYQYQR One Flap Open
IYQYQR One Flap Open
IYQYQR Middle Three Sections
IYQYQR Middle Three Sections

 

Oscar Worthy Dress

Oscar Dress 2014
Oscar Dress 2014

It’s Oscar time, and since I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies (gasp!), I was inspired by the fancy dresses to make this little gold number. It sparkles like a gold mine in real life, and no matter what lighting or camera I used, I could not capture it, so this photo was the best I could do. Watch for a dress-inspired treat box later this week.

IYQYQR Flip Flop Album

Read the title of this post, out loud, and faster and faster. What do you get? If you don’t get it right away, scroll down to the end of this post and I’ll let you in on the secret. I found this cool pattern for a flip flop album on Tanya Bell’s site, and knew it would be perfect for my class of Papercrafting Plus kids. It took us 3 weeks to make it – we only had 30 minutes per week, so don’t be intimidated, it was quite simple but looks very impressive. We used retired items to help reduce my stash pile. I’ll post more pictures over the next week or so. And guess what tool I used a lot – the Envelope Punch Board!

IYQYQR Box
IYQYQR Box
IYQYQR Box with Flip Flop Album
IYQYQR Box with Flip Flop Album

The secret of IYQYQR – it sounds like a toddler saying “I Like You Like You Are” – a nice little affirmation to remind us to like ourselves.

 

Spring Cracker

Sale-A-Bration is here, and here’s a spring cracker made with the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, and Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, both of which are free, with a qualifying order. I made this cutie with the Envelope Punch Board. I resisted this tool for a long time, thinking I don’t need something that just makes envelopes. Well guess what, the EPB is for waaaay more than envelopes! I’ll be posting many more projects made with the EPB, so stay tuned.

Sweet Sorbet Spring Cracker
Sweet Sorbet Spring Cracker

Hearts A Flutter

Another PapercraftingPlus class project – blue hearts. I’m not a fan of the usual red or pink hearts, but change them to cream and blue, and I love them (no pun intended!) This paper is retired, and so is the velvet ribbon, but have to use up the stash sometime.

Heart Card closed
Heart Card closed
Hearts A Flutter
Hearts A Flutter

 

Homemade Sea Salt Caramels

Sea Salt Caramel

This homemade version is way better than the store-bought version, and it doesn’t stick to your teeth! Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 c butter
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c corn syrup
1 c sweetened condensed milk
sea salt

Line a 9″ square baking pan with foil, and spray lightly with a non-stick spray. Set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Heat until just bubbling. Continue to cook, letting it bubble lightly, stirring occasionally, for six minutes.

Let cool slightly and pour into prepared baking dish. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt.

Cool completely, cut into pieces, and wrap each piece in waxed paper.

 

Gusseted Bag Instructions

Tag A Bag Gift Bags

As promised, here’s how to turn the Tag A Bag Gift Bag into a gusseted bag that can stand on it’s own.

Gussetted Treat Bag w/Ornament
Gussetted Treat Bag w/Ornament

Using your Simply Scored tool or a bone folder and a ruler, score in 1″ from each side and 1 1/4″ from the bottom of the bag. Slice open the bottom of the bag by trimming off just a smudge with your Stampin’ Trimmer. Make two slits along the bottom at the 1″ score lines, up to the 1 1/4″ score line. Open the bag and fold in the sides of the bag. Fold in all flaps and adhere with SNAIL. Optional: For reinforcement, adhere a piece of 2″ x 2 7/8″ piece of chipboard inside the bottom of the bag.

I decorated my bag with an ornament made from the single stamp, Christmas Star. I stamped the image in Pool Party ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock, fussy cut the star shape, stamped the image again on the reverse side, scored on the big points, and valley-folded and mountain-folded the points to make a 3-dimensional star. Then I adhered a Frosted Finishes Embellishment with a glue dot to the center of my star, punched a hole and threaded the star on a piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and hung it on a Cute Clip from the top of the folded over bag. Done!