Thursday, April 19, 2018

WE MUST CELEBRATE TREAT CRATE:

Hello there! I wanted to back up and share this cute little favor that I made for the attendees at Happy Hour last week. Along with these goodies we enjoyed a yummy drink-Honeymoon in Vegas, that my daughter Olivia made for us:) I used the retiring stamp set We Must Celebrate and the Wood Crate Framelits. I bought some tutorials from Erica Cerwin at pinkbuckaroodesigns awhile back and one of them was the inspiration for this adorable little crate.

This favor also features the Outside the Box Technique. Having these cute little critters pop out of the box is a little more interesting than just stamping them on a piece of cardstock. I didn't have many to make so I thought I'd take a little more time to make them a little more fun:)

I stamped the trio with Memento Black ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I colored them with Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Bronze & Ivory Stampin' Blends. I then cut around the top of each with my Paper Snips and squared out the sides to be flush with the top of the crate. I added a strip of DSP from the Wood Textures DSP Stack-which I'm so happy is carrying over into the new catalog! On top of that I added a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock that I stamped the sentiment on with Memento Black ink as well.

I ran a piece of Basic Black Baker's Twine through a True Gentleman Button and tied a bow. Just a heads up...there will only be solid-colored baker's twine in the new catalog, so if you love the striped baker's twine, get it now before it's gone! I attached the button with a Glue Dot.

I added some Caramel M&Ms to a 3" x 6" Gusseted Cellophane Bag and closed it with a piece of washi tape in the back. They were a perfect fit for the adorable tiny crates. Make sure to stop back as I'll be sharing lots of projects with products that will be retiring soon. Thanks so much for coming by today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CARD IN A BOX:

Hello there! We had such a blast at TNT! last night! We learned the Card In A Box Technique and made 2 adorable projects. For the first one we used the retiring Picnic with You Bundle-SO sad this is leaving!

For the box, start with a piece of cardstock measuring 9" x 5 1/2"-I used Crumb Cake. Score on the long side at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" & 8 1/2". Score the short side down the middle at 2 3/4". You're going to leave the last section, with the tab as is-do not fold this section down. I trimmed the first 3 flaps down 1" as I prefer them shorter than the box, but that's a personal preference. I trimmed the top of the tab off in the last section and folded on the score lines. I used the trimmer to cut down to the horizontal score line, and folded the first 3 flaps down.



I ran Crumb Cake Cardstock through the Big Shot using the SAB Basket Weave Embossing Folder. Don't worry if you didn't get it during Sale-A-Bration...it will be available again in the brand new catalog in June:) I cut 3 sections at 2 5/8" x 2 1/8"...or 2 3/4"-2 x 2+2, according to my calculations...ain't nobody got time for eighths & sixteenths in my book: ) I adhered these sections to the front & sides using Liquid Tombow, making sure to get the glue close to the edges so it will lay flat. Next we used the Diagonal Background Stamp to make the adorable gingham in Real Red. I cut 3 sections of Whisper White to 2" x 1 1/2"+2 (or 1 5/8" for you technical people:)


I cut 2 strips of Whisper White measuring 5 1/5" x 2"-2, or 1 7/8". I stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede ink and the hearts with Real Red & adhered it to the back of the box with SNAIL. I stamped the vase with Pool Party, the stem with Garden Green, the flower & cheese with Crushed Curry, the bread with Crumb Cake, the cupcake with Soft Suede, Crumb Cake & Pink Pirouette. The bowl of cherries was stamped with Soft Suede and the cherries & napkins with Real Red. I stamped each image onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, leaving room around each image, and ran them all through the Big Shot at one time using the coordinating Picnic Basket Builder Framelits.

I then cut 2 strips of Crumb Cake measuring 3" x 3/4" and scored them at 1/2" on each end. I folded both ends back & added Liquid Tombow to each end section, keeping it in the center. I attached each piece to the inside of the box, dividing it into thirds. I attached the napkins, bowl of cherries & cheese with Liquid Tombow. I then adhered the vase, cupcake & bread with Mini Dimensionals.

I cut 2 strips of Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon at 5" and adhered them to the inside with Glue Dots on each end. On the other long strip of Whisper White I stamped the picnic basket like on the envelope & added a sentiment, leaving room at the bottom to write a greeting. I adhered it to the back of the box with SNAIL.

The really cool thing about this technique is that the box folds flat and fits into a standard size envelope! This would make a perfect Mother's Day card. I used the retiring set Teeny Tiny Wishes to add that sentiment on the back.

The recipient gets a really fun interactive card when they open it:)

The next project was made with the Apron Of Love Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. I'm so happy to report that this is carrying over into the new catalog! I have a couple other fun projects to share using this bundle coming up:) We used the same measurements for the box as the picnic basket card but used Basic Black Cardstock for the grill, and scored the top of the longest section at 1/2".

I cut an apron & pocket from Whisper White Cardstock using the Apron Builder Framelits. I stamped the sentiment using the Labeler Aplhabet with Black Memento ink and adhered it to the back of the box with SNAIL.

I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch out 3 circles from Smoky Slate Cardstock and attached them to the front flap with Mini Dimensionals. I then used the Tree Builder Punch, which I just realized is retiring:(, to make the dials and attached them with Glue Dots. I used the framelits to cut out the utensils from Silver Foil Sheets and stuck them on the pocket. I adhered a loop of Basic Black Baker's Twine to the back of one utensil with Liquid Tombow and hung it from one of the knobs.

I used the Picnic Basket Builder Framelits for the flames in Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango & Real Red Cardstock. I adhered them together with Glue Dots, cut the strip in half, and attached them to the inside of the box with Liquid Tombow. The die is actually for grass, bit it makes perfect flames for the grill as well:) For the ketchup & mustard bottles I used the rolling pin die with Daffodil Delight & Real Red Cardstock. I snipped off the ends of each and glued them on top of the bottles for the perfect miniature condiment bottles:)

For the weiners I used Blushing Bride Cardstock(wow, I'm not even going to comment on that statement, haha:) and cut them out with the utensils die. I cut the handles off, rounding them a bit and they worked perfectly for mini hot dogs:) I adhered them to a Corrugated Elements platter and attached them to the side flap with Mini Dimensionals.

I cut out an oven mitt from Real Red Cardstock and attached it to the other side flap with a Dimensional as well. I added the other utensil on top with Liquid Tombow.

A gift card will fit perfectly in the last section and you can secure it to the cardstock with a couple of Glue Dots. I'm going to attach a Lowes gift card and give it to my hubby for Father's Day! You can get really creative and come up with all kinds of ideas-a golf bag with golf clubs inside, use the apron for Mother's Day and add cute little baked goods, a birthday party box...the ideas are endless!

I always have a little favor for my attendees at my events, because 3-D projects are my favorite. I like to use the same technique that we learned that night, but I was a little stumped at how to pull that off this month. I found these adorable noise blowers that Mickaela Titheridge shared on Facebook and figured they'd work perfectly inside a decked-out Card in a Box!

She used Life Savers, but I figured my Card Ladies were gonna need chocolate after these projects, so I used Rolos instead. I used the Picture Perfect Party DSP Stack and cut each sheet in half. I then trimmed them to the length of the Rolos-4 1/2" I think. Citting the DSP in half gave me 2 sheets at 6" x 3", but the 3" wasn't quite wide enough to keep the DSP shut, so next time I would cut the DSP to 4". Then I'd have a 2" strip to adhere to the back of the box.


Before I covered the candy, I cut a piece of DSP to 6" x 2", scored it down the middle and folded it in half longways. I adhered them together with SNAIL & then curled it with a Bone Folder. I then wrapped it around a skewer to get it extra curly. In hindsite, I would probably just do a 1" x 6" strip instead of having a double layer, as it puckered in some spots. I then adhered the curled DSP to the Rolos with Tear & Tape, and then wrapped the candy with DSP. As I mentioned above, a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of DSP would have worked better.

I then cut 2 strips of cardstock to 3 1/2" x 1 1/2". I used Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach & Basic Black. I scored them at 1/2" longways and cut strips to the score line. I curled them out with a Bone Folder and adhered them over the DSP with Liquid Tombow. I then wrapped a piece of Myths & Magic Washi Tape around it.

I added DSP to the side flaps and cut out images and adhered them to the inside of the box with Liquid Tombow. I scrunched up some Ready Shreddie & attached it to the inside of the box with Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday onto Whisper White Cardstock using Berry Burst ink. I used the Tailored Tag to punch it out.

I used Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon, Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon & Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon in 3" strips folded in half.

I added Birthday Mini Binder Clips to the tags and adhered to the front flap with Dimensionals.

I added In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes & Enamel Dots to finish them off. The noise blowers fit into the back section by leaving a wider space in the back section.


These would work perfectly for your next birthday party favors!

We had a smaller group last night but we had some big laughs! Make sure you head over to my Online Store and check out all of the amazing products that are on the Last Chance Lists:) https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/categorypage.aspx?categoryid=100500&utm_source=olo&utm_medium=main-ad&utm_campaign=homepage-refresh

or go to:)  www.lauramellinger.stampinup.net & click on the Last Chance banner. There are already several products that are sold out. Don't miss out on your favorites! Thanks so much for stopping by:)






Sunday, April 15, 2018

GROWN WITH LOVE FAVORS:

Hello there! I wanted to stop in quickly and share the favors I made for the attendees at my last Card Buffet. I love the Grown With Love Bundle in the Annual Catalog and was sad I hadn't used it yet and it's going to be retiring:( So I need to show it some love while I still can:)

I converted the flat Striped Treat Bags to gusseted bags by trimming a hair off of the bottom. I then scored them at 1" on each side and 1 1/4" across the bottom. I folded the center score line on each side in, forming a valley, and scored on the other folds. I snipped the 4 corners on the bottom up to the score line & assembled the gusseted bag with Liquid Tombow.

I stamped the sprinkling can with Sahara Sand ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped the floral image with Pear Pizzazz ink and colored some of the greenery with an Emerald Envy Marker before stamping. I stamped the large flower with Calypso Coral ink & the smaller with Marina Mist. I used the Garden Grown Framelits to cut them all out.

I folded over the top and stapled a strip of Delightful Daisy DSP to the bag. Unfortunately the DSP is already gone, but I'm happy to report the coordinating Daisy Delight stamp set & Daisy Punch are carrying over to the next catalog:) You'll want to get them now though if you're wanting to save 10% on the Bundle. In the next calatog they'll be sold separately without a price break.

I finished the tag off with a Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon bow and a couple of Gold Faceted Gems. Oops, I forgot I added a couple of Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes to the spout. Sadly they will be retiring as well, so get them while you can! I'll be posting projects made with Last Chance products over the next couple of weeks, so make sure to stop back. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RETIREMENT PARTY:

Hello there! We had so much fun at the Retirement Party today:) We had cake and some Honeymoons in Vegas left over from Happy Hour while we shopped from the Last Chance Lists. These are the little Goodie Bags that I had for everyone.

I used retiring DSP for each bag. This one featured the Birthday Memories DSP. This is a fun pack of paper and I've used up most of it.

For this bag I used the Painted with Love DSP from the Occasions Catalog. The bags were a snap to make using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, which are also retiring:(

I made this with the Pick A Pattern DSP. Each Goodie Bag had a retiring Marker, Baker's Twine & Washi Tape inside, along with chocolate of course:)

I used the Petal Passion DSP for this bag. The sentiment die is included with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

This bag was made with the Sweet Soiree DSP. I'm really going to  miss this gorgeous paper!

Another favorite-Coffee Break DSP. I think I have 3 packages I need to use up. I see some coffee cards in our future:)

This was made with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, which really is lovely paper, so much so that it is gone already:( Boo hoo:(

And finally, the Myths & Magic DSP. This is one of my favorites from the Occasions Catalog. If you have little ones in your life you need this awesome paper.

These were the Make & Takes from today using Birthday Blossoms and Garden Girl.

Make sure you check out all of the retiring products on the Last Chance Lists. They are available until May 31st, but only as supplies last.

A couple designs of DSP are already sold out. The retiring In Colors and retiring Core Color stamp pads, reinkers and cardstock will go fast too. Check your inventory and make sure to get what you want before these products are gone for good! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 13, 2018

RETIREMENT PARTY REMINDER!:

Hello there! Just a quick reminder about the Retirement Party tomorrow. These are the 2 Make & Takes that you can make featuring stamp sets, papers, inks & embellishments that we'll be saying good-bye to soon.

Enjoy cake while you shop from the Last Chance Lists and check out the Color Revamp. You'll want to get the retiring colors now as they sell out fast! You can also get a peek at the brand new upcoming catalog!

You'll also get a fun little Goodie Bag to take home with you. This one required a bit of surgery as it was busting at the seams! There will be lots of Giveaways as well! Don't miss out on this fun event from 11-1 at the Stampin' Pad tomorrow morning, and don't miss out on Last Chance products. They're available as supplies last & unfortunately there's already a few things that are gone. Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can have your Make & Take packets & Goodie Bag ready for you:) Hope to see you soon:) Thanks so much for stopping by!