Saturday, December 3, 2016

CANDY CANE LANE POPCORN BOX:

Hello there! Back as promised with a sweet little treatholder I made for all who attended my Card Buffet the other night. I used the adorable Popcorn Box Thinlits and paired it up with the Candy Cane Lane Suite. And through January 3 you can get the clear-mount Candy Cane Christmas stamp set & washi tape at 20% off, while supplies last!

I made the box out of Real Red Cardstock and stamped the background image with the same ink. I added Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape around the bottom, splicing the corners and folding the excess underneath so it would lay flat.

I added the frosting with Whisper White Cardstock and cut out the gingerbread house from the Candy Cane Lane DSP. I stamped the gingerbread girl in Crumb Cake ink and used the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Remember, you'll only get the 10% off the Bundle through the end of the year.

I also used the punch for the buttons and bow, and the peppermint circle I punched out from the DSP. I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center and adhered the whole thing to the box with Dimensionals.

This tiny box holds 3 Lindor Truffles perfectly. I put them in a 3x6 Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied it shut with a tag and Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine. I used an Early Espresso Marker to color part of the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White Cardstock and used the 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch to punch out the hole. I added a couple of the sweet little Mini Jungle Bells for fun!

To those who couldn't make it this month, not to worry...I'm holding the next Card Buffet on Thursday, January 5, and I'd love to have a fun little surprise waiting for you too:) Make sure to go check out the Year-End Closeout Sale for some great deals and get your Holiday products before they're gone for good. Stop back tomorrow for another fun card made with this sweet Suite:) Thansk so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 2, 2016

COOKIE CUTTER CHRISTMAS CARD:

Hello there! I held my first Card Buffet last night, and it was a success! So great to see some friends I hadn't seen in a while. I had 13 cards for them to pick from and they all made some of each one:) I'll share the cards over the next 13 days, along with a fun little treatholder I made for each of them. I'll start with the Christmas cards first.

This quick & easy card was made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle. The stamp set and punch will carry over into the next catalog, but they will no longer be paired as a bundle. So if you want to save 10% on these cuties, order them soon! I CASED this from SU!, as I struggle coming up with CUTE simple cards, but they nailed it with this one:) I started with a Cherry Cobbler base and added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I added a couple strips of Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape across, overlapping the trees slightly.

I stamped the reindeer with Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock and used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch him out. I attached him with a couple of Dimensionals and tied a Linen Thread bow around the top. I used an Early Espresso Marker to color the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock and attached to the washi tape with Glue Dots. I finished it off with a gold star from the Metallics Sequin Assortment and attached it with a Glue Dot.

SU! announced a Year-end Closeout Sale, which started yesterday and will go through January 3rd. They added hundreds of products, some up to 60% off! Go check it out here:  https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=10600
or go to:  www.lauramellinger.stampinup.net. I'll be putting in an order on Sunday, so if you're interested in getting some great deals, let me know. Make sure to stop back tomorrow for a fun little treat. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CARD BUFFET & MORE:

Hello there! Sorry again for the break, but I assure you I haven't had much of one:) I've been busy getting all my cards ready for my Card Buffet that I'm holding on December 1st. Here's what we'll be making so far. I think I'm going to add a couple more Christmas cards if I get time. Let me know if you'd like to join us. I'll have a little surprise for everyone attending and want to make sure I have one for you too:)

Next up was our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party.

We had about a dozen of us packing shoeboxes for needy kids across the world with all the leftovers from previous packing parties.

We bought some extra things to fill in the holes, and we had 3 tables worth of stuff to pack!

I think we ended up packing 150 shoeboxes in about an hour and a half:) Fun, fun day!

The next day was our Coat Drive with our little friends at Midtown Gardens. After we got all the OCC boxed up, I mixed up 18 little bags of hot chocolate to deliver with the coats. I made up some tags and attached them to the hot chocolate.

I found some fun little bags and stuck the hot chocolate packs inside.

We hung the hot chocolate bags onto the coats and delivered them after church. Then our Loads of Love(LOL) group headed to the laundromat and paid for peoples laundry and shared pizza from Napolis, which Mike graciously donated:) It's amazing to watch God work through all these beautiful people:)

I was so excited when I opened last month's Paper Pumpkin and saw these cards. I figured they'd work perfectly to give to our pastors for Pastor Appreciation Month.

 Unfortunately, I didn't get them delivered yet, but figured they'd still work during this season of Thanksgiving-which I just realized will be a little late...crap!

Oh well, I'm sure they'll appreciate a Starbucks gift card anytime. I have got to get more on the ball next year!

I got my tree up, food ready and wine bought-which may be the most important thing! Now I'm going to relax and work on this month's Paper Pumpkin, which has all the work done for me:) Let me know if you'd like more info on the Card Buffet on December 1st-don't be left out! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow with family and friends! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT SEPTEMBER PAPER PUMPKIN:

Hello there! I wanted to share last month's paper pumpkin with you called Something Good To Eat. This is probably my all-time favorite Paper Pumpkin:) It came with all the supplies to make 18 of these adorable test tube treat holders.

I had some Halloween DSP to use up, so I added an extra pennant, and I also backed the striped stickers as well. The kit came with on Old Olive spot, but I used Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie & basic Black inks as well.

I ordered a couple of extra refill kits and made enough for Gabe & Q to take to their Halloween parties on Monday. The test tubes will hold 3 midgee Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Sixlits or stacked individual M&Ms. It looks like we're going to have a perfect night for trick-or-treating this year...for a change:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 28, 2016

WILD ABOUT FLOWERS CARD:

Hello there! I wanted to share this retirement card that I made for a dear friend from our church. I used the set Wild About Flowers. I started with a Crumb Cake base and used the set Gorgeous Grunge for the background, using Crumb Cake ink as well.

Next I cut out a square from Delightful Dijon Cardstock and stamped the flowers with the same ink. I used the retired paper-piercing pack, Mat & Tool to add the texture. I stamped the sentiment with Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and used a retired die to cut out the tag. I used the Paper-piercing Tool to poke a hole and thread it with Linen Thread.

I stapled a piece of Mint Macaron ribbon from the Ribbon Trio Pack to the cardstock and tucked a piece of Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape underneath. I added a retired metal button and adhered with a Glue Dot.

I attached the Delightful Dijon square to the base using Dimensionals. This was a super quick card to put together, and perfect for a great guy who is moving on to something different. Well off to the Fun Fest with my little vampire & witch:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

NUMBER OF YEARS CARD:

Hello there! So sorry I forgot to post this last auction card. We've been crazy busy with Operation Christmas Child, and I forgot to share it. I used the set Number of Years. I've had it for awhile and was glad to finally get it inked up:) I started with a Crumb Cake base and ran it through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder.

I bought several packs of the Project Life Grid Cards before they retired and I used one here. I rounded the corners with the PL Corner Rounder Punch. I used Old Olive ink for the stems, and Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler & Crushed Curry inks for the flowers. I added a piece of Floral Boutique DSP to the bottom. I then wrapped a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine around the card and tied a bow.

I masked off the top part of the sentiment with Post-it Notes and stamped the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink. I removed the Post-it Notes and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I attached the card to the base with Dimensionals and added a few Basic Pearls to finish it off.

I paired the card up with a scrumptious Blueberry Muffin candle for the perfect combo:) I got the idea for this card from our Stampin' Success demonstrator magazine, and it was a snap to put together. So far we've got a couple hundred dollars from the silent auction to go towards OCC-so exciting! And speaking of exciting...my Card Buffet that I will be holding on December 1st has gotten a good response, so I'm going to get started on designing cards for this fun event. I have a few more projects to share with you, and then I'll be getting busy:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 21, 2016

SPRINKLES OF LIFE CARD:

Hello there! Here's another set that will be going to the auction block for OCC. I used the stamp set Sprinkles of Life and coordinating Tree Builder Punch. I found this card in our demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success and CASED it. I started with a Crumb Cake base and ran it through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.

I added a layer of Soft Sky Cardstock on top and stamped the sentiment with Early Espresso ink. I stamped the tree trunk with Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake Cardstock, and the leaves with Old Olive ink onto Old Olive Cardstock. I cut a sliver of Old Olive Cardstock and stamped the background with Old Olive ink as well. I stamped the apples with Cherry Cobbler ink onto the same cardstock, and stamped the bird with Delightful Dijon ink onto the same cardstock as well. It was a snap to punch everything out with the Tree Builder Punch:) I added highlights to the apples with the retired white gel pen.

I finished it off with a piece of retired washi tape that I folded over at the top. I added a bow to a retired metal button using Early Espresso Baker's Twine and attached with a Glue Dot.

I paired it with an Apple Jack candle, which would make an awesome gift this time of year:) Check back tomorrow for one more auction item. Thanks so much for stopping by:)