Monday, February 8, 2016

BEAR HUGS TAG:

Hello there! Got a short & sweet post for you today of another Creative Crew projects. I've been taking medicine for a week and feel no better~actually I feel worse, so I won't be on here long:( For this challenge, we were supposed to make a fun & flirty tag. I used the set Bear Hugs & coordinating Bear Hug Framelits.

I made a tag out of Whisper White Cardstock and used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch on the corners. I added a Real Red Cotton Ribbon bow. I cut out a bear from Crumb Cake Cardstock and stamped the cardstock with the bear image upside down on the upper half, so I'd get an image of the back of the head instead of the face. I then stamped the lower part of the bear and cut the arms off to put them behind her back as shown. I used Soft Suede ink.

I stamped the skirt in Soft Suede ink onto Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and the heart onto Whisper White. I ran them through the Big Shot using the framelits and I adhered the heart 'undies' to the bear. I added a strip of Tear & Tape to the bottom of the skirt and added a Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim ruffle to it. I added Dimensionals to the bottom and Glue Dots to the top and adhered on top of the undies. I added a Real red heart punched with the Owl Builder Punch.

I stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede ink onto Real Red Cardstock and cut it out with Paper Snips. I attached them to the tag using Liquid Tombow. I finished it off with a border of the Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim at the bottom. Well back to the couch for now, and back to the doctor tomorrow~hopefully getting something that will work this time! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BLOOMIN' LOVE CARD:

Hello there! Sorry for the little gap in posting my Creative Crew projects. I've been fighting a sinus infection & bronchitis & it's been winning:( For this challenge we were supposed to combine Valentine's Day with No Brainer Day~don't know where they come up with these occasions??? So I figured it's a no brainer to put red & hearts together with Valentine's Day. I used the Bloomin' Love/Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Bundle for this project and saved 15% by purchasing them together:)I started with a Real Red base and added another layer on top that I ran through the Big Shot using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits.

I broke down and got the Precision Base Plate and Big Shot Die Brush, which were recommended to use with this die, and they really did produce a perfect result. I laid the Multipurpose Platform on the Big Shot, laid the Precision Base Plate on top~sticker side facing down. I then added the cardstock, then the Bloomin' Heart Die on top, and finally a Cutting Pad on top. I ran it through once, put it in reverse & ran it back through, and then sent it through 1 more time. I took the cardstock from the Big Shot, laid it on the foam and ran the Die Brush over it~came out perfect every time!

I stamped the background flowers with Real Red ink, as well as the banner and used the Banner Punch to punch it out. I ran the flower dies through the Big Shot using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and punched a banner out of it as well. I adhered a piece of the glimmer paper to the back of the red cardstock uusing Liquid Tombow. Once that was set, I added the cut-out heart to the glimmer paper with Liquid Tombow as well. I stamped the sentiment with Real Red ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out with my Paper Snips.

I attached the cut-out piece to the base with SNAIL and attached the banner with Dimensionals. I glued the flowers in place with Liquid Tombow and added Basic Pearls to the centers and around the sentiment. I think this die will work great for weddings & anniversaries as well as Valentine's Day. Stop back tomorrow for another project and thanks so much for coming by!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SKY IS THE LIMIT CARD:

Hello there! I want to share my 4 projects that I came up with for the Creative Crew Design Team this month. The first card features the Sale-A-Bration sets Sky Is The Limit and Perfect Pairings, and the Perfectly Artistic DSP. We were to focus on the DSP and make a thank you card for our postman or UPS person~a postal thank you day on February 4th I guess??? I started with a Whisper White base and added a layer of the DSP on top.

I stamped the plane image onto a piece of Basic Grey Cardstock with the same color ink. I used the Paper-piercing Mat & Tool to poke a hole and added the 'propellor' made with Vellum Cardstock. I used the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch out 2 flower shapes and attached to the plane with a Mini Brad. I then stamped the sentiment with Basic Black ink. I stamped 'Kindly' onto Whisper White Cardstock and stapled it to the grey with the Handheld Stapler & Mini Staples. I matted it on top of a piece of Basic Black Cardstock and adhered them to the DSP.

I punched out 2 clouds in Whisper White using the Tree Builder Punch, and 2 in Vellum Cardstock. I adhered the clouds to the DSP with SNAIL and attached the vellum on top with Glue Dots hidden underneath the cardstock. I stamped the cloud images with Basic Black ink and added a couple of strips of It's My Party Washi Tape. Finally I punched some stars out with the Confetti Stars Border Punch and attached them with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Although Sale-a-Bration goes through the end of March, 3 items are only available for a limited time. The Sky Is the Limit & Hello Stamp Sets, and Perfectly Artistic DSP are only available through February 15. On February 16, three new items will be available through the end of SAB. I'll be sharing them soon:)

To see more Creative Crew projects, click on the Creative Crew Button on the right. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, February 1, 2016

WILDFLOWERING FIELDS CARD HOLDER:

Hello there! I want to share a pretty little card holder that I made for my Hostess this month. It features the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Flowering Fields and Wildflower Fields DSP. Both are choices that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase:) I also used the Watercolor Wishes stamp set for the sentiments.

Inside holds a set of 4 sweet notecards with coordinating envelopes. I used the Big Shot and Envelope Liners Framelits to decorate the envelopes.

I stamped a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Basic Black Archival ink for the sentiments and flowers. The ink is waterproof and holds up to coloring the flowers~I used Blender Pens with Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Old Olive ink.

I cut the DSP in several designs and wrapped baker's twine around the DSP and tied a bow before adhereing to the Notecard bases. I used Crushed Curry & Old Olive Baker's Twine.

I adhered the DSP to the Notecard bases using SNAIL and added banners in coordinating DSP which matched the envelope liners for each card.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the cardstock and attached to the card base. The Note Cards & Envelopes come with 20 of each, so you could make 5 sets of these notecards with 1 package.

For the card holder, I started with a piece of DSP measuring 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". I used the Envelope Punch Board and punched & scored it at 3 1/4" and at 4", then rotated it around, scoring & punching along both lines.

You'll want to trim off the little squares on all 4 corners so the box will fold.

A thinner candy bar like a Hershey's bar would have worked a little better to have a flatter card holder, but I wanted to give her the good stuff:)

I added the notecards & envelopes on top and folded it up. I had to add a bit of Fast Fuse on the top flap to keep it shut since I used a bulkier candy bar.

I wrapped a belly band around the card holder measuring 10" x 3", scored at 2 7/8", 3 3/8", 7 1/2" & 8 1/8". I used Fast Fuse to adhere together. For the tag I used a piece of Old Olive Cardstock and ran it through the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I stamped the leaf images with Old Olive ink, stamping off on the sides. I stamped the flower image in Basic Black Archival ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and again colored it with Blender Pens and Calypso Coral & Old Olive ink.

I cut it out with my Paper Snips and added a couple strips of It's My Party Washi Tape. I added the flower on top with Dimensionals and used the Washi Label Punch for the sentiment. I stamped it in Watermelon Wonder ink and used a Bone Folder to bend the center slightly. I added SNAIL to the ends and adhered over the flower. I finished it off with a luscious Watermelon Wonder Stitched Satin Ribbon bow from the Occasions Catalog. I attached the tag to the ribbon with a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine. My Hostess loves flowers so hopefully she'll be happy to receive this~and the chocolate can't hurt:) Make sure to come back tomorrow to see one of my February creations for the Creative Crew Gallery. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CUTE CONVERSATIONS JANUARY PAPER PUMPKIN:



Hello there! I've been working on some alternate projects for this month's Paper Pumpkin called Cute Conversations. You might want to go make a pot of coffee~you're going to be here awhile:) This is one of the treat holders made pretty much according to the kit instructions.


It also comes with directions to make a cute banner. I didn't really have a use for a banner, so I decorated this cute waste basket I found at Target, and I'll use it to haul all of my goodies to my Paper Pumpkin Night on Thursday.

This is the cute stamp set that came with the kit, along with a Watermelon Wonder spot.

Some have been speculating what 'meh' means. It basically means whatever, or indifference. Probably the best way to sum it up would be the mindset of  a 10 year old boy regarding Valentine's Day...or just girls in general.

For this card I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a piece of Love Blossoms DSP from the Paper Stack found in the Occasions Catalog. I used the retired Heart Framelits to cut out a Watermelon Wonder heart and heat-embossed it using Whisper White Craft ink and White Embossing Powder. I added a Bow Paper Clip Embellishment and a piece of Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim.

I made this cute little treat holder by using 2 of the hearts from the kit. I attached a band of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock to accommodate more candy:)

I cut 2 strips~one at 4" x 1 1/4" and the other at 3 1/2" x 1 1/4". I scored the long sides of each strip at 1/4", and I scored the 4" strip at 1/2" on the short side. I snipped up to the score line at 1/4" intervals approx.

I glued the strips together and then to the hearts using Liquid Tombow as shown:

I used the 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch to punch out circles at the tops of the hearts and thread the baker's twine through to make 2 handles.

Ooops...I should back up...I added a Window Sheet to the inside of the top heart before I glued the band to the heart, again using Liquid Tombow. I used the Bow Builder Punch for the bow using scraps from the die-cut heart paper.

The next 4 projects were inspired from the SU! site. I love when the SU! artists share their alternate ideas, and I was so happy that they shared their ideas in time for my Paper Pumpkin Party:) For this treat holder I adhered 2 of the hearts together, leaving the top open for a treat. I glued a strip of Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine to the top heart for a handle. I cut off 14" of the sequin trim for the sentiment and used Glue Dots to secure it. You'll want to add the banners at the bottom to the inside of the hearts before you adhere them together.

I tried to add the banners after the fact~hence the bow...made with Blushing Bride Cotton Ribbon.


For this card I started with a Watermelon Wonder base and added a piece of Botanical Gardens Vellum from the Vellum Stack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration offerings~meaning, you can get it for FREE:) I stamped random hearts with Watermelon Wonder ink and added a piece of Silver Satin Ribbon. I stapled it together using the Handheld Stapler and adhered it to the vellum with Fast Fuse. I added layers of Basic Grey & Smoky Slate Cardstock & stamped the arrows with Smoky Slate ink. I finished it off with a Silver Basic Metal Button and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.

Here's a treat holder perfect for the guys in your life~not too over the top, and super simple using a Kraft Tag A Bag Gift Bag. I used the heart from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Big Shot to cut it out, but any heart shape you have would work. I used one of the hearts to make the tag as shown:

It measures 2 1/4" wide and 4" long.

For this card, I used 2 of the hearts from the kit and glued the ends of the twine to the back with Liquid Tombow. I used the adhesive strips included, and adhered the tops of the hearts together, just below the twine. I used Glue Dots to attach the bow, sequin trim and to keep the banners in place.

I added a sentiment to the inside as well. You can go to www.stampinup.com to see the original projects.

I've been excited to try out my new Wink of Stella glitter pen, and tried it out on this card. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to photograph very well, but it's super fun to use! I started with a Crumb Cake base and used the new Bear Hug Framelits to cut out the hearts from scrap paper from the kit.

I simply painted the stamps with Wink of Stella and stamped onto the cardstock . I used the set Gorgeous Grunge for the splatter.

For this card I started with a Watermelon Wonder base and added a piece of In Color Envelope Paper. I attached the banners through paper clips and secured with Glue Dots. I attached the banners to the heart with Dimensionals and added a piece of Everyday Chic Washi Tape to the bottom. I cut out a heart from Real Red Cardstock using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and attached it to an Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Sticker.

This card started with a Whisper White base and I added a piece of SAB Perfectly Artistic DSP. I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White Cardstock using Smoky Slate ink and used the Decorative Label Punch to punch it out. I punched another label using Blushing Bride Cardstock, cut it down, and adhered it behind the white. I used the set Oh What Fun for the flourish on the label using Blushing Bride ink. I finished it off with Everyday Chic washi Tape and Basic Pearls.

Last, but not least are these fun little 'love clutches' I made. Each is made with one of the hearts from the kit.

I used a piece of scrap paper to figure out measurements, and you score the heart at 1" on each side, 1 1/2" from the top, and 3 1/8" from the bottom. I used the Simply Scored Tool and made sure both sides of the heart at the top lay flush against the board.

Once you score the heart, you'll stamp the sentiment upside down.

Fold the side in and add SNAIL as shown.


Use a flat, rectangular candy like the Miniatures above.

Add a Glue Dot to the point and kind of pinch together as you close it to close up the gap at the top.

I used Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim, Gold Metallic Thread and Conversation Hearts to embellish.

I told you you'd be here awhile, but hopefully you got some good ideas for other uses for your kit. For those of you attending my Paper Pumpkin Party on Thursday night, please let me know which of the alternate projects you're interested in making so I can have everything prepped for you. Thanks so much for stopping by!