Love Tree

Hi!  Today I am playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge #GDP067  This week it is a theme challenge and it is to use a tree.

I decided to pull out my Vertical Greetings stamp set and make a Valentine’s Day card:

SU! Vertical Greetings

I thought the Heart Tree in a pot would be perfect!  What do you think?  I did use markers to color the image – Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.  The sentiment is in Basic Black and Real Red.  In case you can’t tell, I trimmed off 1″ of the front and adhered my Designer Series Paper to the inside of the card.  A little different look.  To finish off the card, I used the Brights Enamel Shapes.

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Sneak Peek – Dragonfly

Hi! Thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci and you are able to VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop so please vote for my project. You can do that here.  Our theme this month is Encouragement.  I am also giving you a sneak peek at a new product that will be available when the Occasions Catalog goes live on January 4th.

SU! Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics

I fell in love with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle – yes, stamp set with coordinating framelits!  The background is from Gorgeous Grunge and the stripe along the side is from Butterfly Basics.  I really love how he turned out.  The dragonfly is die cut from Dapper Denim and White Vellum Card stock.

Just a reminder – the Holiday Catalog and Year End Closeout Sale ends on January 3rd.  You can find the list of what isn’t sold out in my on-line store here.

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Hi!  This past Saturday was the Team Stamp It! Happy New Year blog hop. I  couldn’t get my project done in time to participate, but finally had a chance today to sit down and make the card I had planned.  SU! Here's to Cheers, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Just realized my picture doesn’t capture the sparkly bottle and glasses – I had colored the stamp with Wink of Stella Gold – so in real life – more sparkly like champagne. The image is from Here’s To Cheers in the Holiday Catalog – a very versatile set that can be used for more than just tags!  I could easily see this image on a wedding or anniversary card as well.   I thought the Softly Falling embossing folder added a bubbly look.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes – still one of my favorite sentiment sets.

So, while it is a little early – I hope you enjoyed my Happy New Year card.

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Dazzling Christmas Tree

Hi!  Today I have a sparkly creation for you – I hope you like it!

SU! Lovely As A Tree

I just love how this tree sparkles like it is in the midst of a snowfall.  To achieve the look – stamp your tree (I colored my tree with markers – Garden Green and Chocolate Chip) and stamp it in the center of your card stock.  Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right.  Sponge Night of Navy around the tree for the sky.  Next, apply Versa Mark over the entire image by running the pad directly over the paper.  Sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder to the VersaMark and then heat gently to melt.  Quickly sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and then heat gently to adhere the glitter.  Pretty simply and oh so pretty!  I did use a retired die from the Apothecary Accents set to die cut my tree  but you could easily do this with the Layering Ovals set and/or if you were able to purchase them in November, the Stitched Ovals.

If you still have a crafty friend to buy for this year, consider giving them a gift of Paper Pumpkin – this is a sweet box that arrives once a month to their door filled with a little crafty break – complete with stamps, ink, papers, card stock and embellishments.  Each month is a different kit.  Subscriptions can be for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  Stampin’ Up! will even send you an email with a gift certificate that you can print out to give to your recipient!  Can’t get any easier than that!

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Quick Picks

Hi!  Yesterday, my girls finished up their run of Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker and there was a cast party at the end.  The girls exchanged little gifts with their friends and we made a few gifts for the adults who helped them with choreography and quick changes.  It had been a pretty busy week, so we went simple and used the boxes Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs.  For one of the girls, we made these boxes:

SU! Presents & Pinecones, White 3x3 Boxes

I love these boxes found in the Holiday Catalog!  Thankfully they are carrying over for the rest of this catalog year – they were easy to decorate and the clear plastic sleeve adds a nice finishing touch.  The Designer Paper used is the Presents & Pinecones (which IS retiring).  To finish up the package, we made little tags with coordinating paper on which to write the recipient’s name.  The boxes are 3×3 and fit 10 Lindt truffles.  I am not a bow maker, so we did use some bows we had on hand for the tops.

For my other child, we made these boxes:

SU! Candy Cane Lane

These are the retired 2×2 boxes, but you could easily use the clear 2×2 boxes we now carry (I didn’t happen to have any – not sure how THAT happened and they are going on my next order!).  We chose the Candy Cane Lane paper to decorate the sides and then used the Real Red trimmed ribbon and the coordinating Gingerbread trinkets to finish off the box.  These hold 6 Ghiradelli squares perfectly!

These really are quick and easy to put together and are great to have on hand for when you need a small package for a friend or neighbor.

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A Country Snowman

Hi!  Today I have a card for you that I did for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #267   The idea of doing a country snowman hit me – not sure I achieved it – but here is my attempt:

SU! Christmas Magic

I thought I had some plaid Designer Series Paper – but alas, I didn’t – so I went with the burlap ribbon instead.  While it wasn’t quite what I had pictured, I think it came out cute.

The snowman is from the Christmas Magic stamp set found in the Holiday catalog and is embossed on Crumb Cake card stock using White Embossing powder.  I think the little bit of Cherry Cobbler helps him pop on the card.

Just a reminder, if you didn’t place your order yet for your favorites in the Holiday Catalog – better do so soon – the catalog ends on January 3rd.  You can find all kinds of great deals on retiring products and more in Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Closeout Sale in my online store here.

If friends and family are still trying to find the perfect gift for you, tell them to consider a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me (good in the USA only).  With the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration kicking off on January 4th – its the perfect gift!

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It’s Frosty!

Hi! How are you today?  It is pretty chilly here this morning in Massachusetts.

Before I get to my project for today, I want to Congratulate Diane!  She is the winner of the card set posted last week!  I’ll send you an email Diane so you can send me your address!

So, on to today’s project.  I am making some little treat bags for co-workers and thought I’d  share them with you.

SU! Letters for You, Work of Art, Gift Bag Punch Board

Isn’t he cute?  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the little bag.  My base is 6″ x 10″.  Use the Small setting on the board.  After you have punched and scored the bag, flip it over so the front panel is lined up with the Start Line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  Move to the next vertical score line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  After this punch, just score the horizontal line across the rest of the paper.   You will then trim off from that second punch along the horizontal score line to the end.  You should have this (without the stamping) when you are done:

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Snowman, Letters For You, Work of Art

I then stamped his face – the eyes and mouth use the dot from the question mark or exclamation point in the Letters For You set.  The nose uses half the heart from Work of Art – but you could also use the bottom of the exclamation point from Letters for You – it would be perfect! (Why didn’t I use it then? Because I had already inked up the dot from the exclamation point for the eyes and mouth and thus couldn’t use it).

Place Tear & Tape on the left most flap pictured above as well as the back side of the flap under his mouth.  Fold on all your score lines and form your bag.

Once the bag was made, I then used the smallest hand-held hole punch to punch two small holes on the flap above his eyes.  I used these holes as my guide for the holes on the back side of the bag so I could run bakers twine to close the flap.  Here is the back side:

I was able to place 5 Hershey Kisses and 2 Lindt Chocolates in my little bag.

The hat is made with a 2 3/4 x 1/2″ strip of Basic Black card stock, a piece of black punched from the Decorative Label punch and the Real Red stitched ribbon.

I hope my co-workers like them!

There is still time to order crafty goodies for yourself or family and friends!  SU! highly recommends ordering by Dec 15 to guarantee holiday arrival in the US.  Check out my on-line store here for all your crafting goods!

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Snowman Art

Hi!  How are you?  Have you gotten any snow where you live yet?  We’ve had a little bit (check out the background) so I decided to share my snowman card with you.

SU! Work of Art

Do you recognize the stamp set?  It is the Work of Art set!  How cool is that?  Such a versatile set – you can use the pieces to make a snowman!  I love getting more out of a stamp set than I had thought I might.  Here is the breakdown:

  • Hat – Thick swish and line
  • Eyes & Mouth – Circle
  • Nose – Half the heart
  • Scarf – Medium Swish

The decoration for the hat are from retired punches – BUT – the Holly Berry Punch in the current catalog would be perfect! (I didn’t own it at the time I made this card).

What do you think?  Going to try him out? I hope you do!  If you don’t own the Work of Art stamp set yet – I highly recommend you get it soon!  Maybe even ask Santa for it!

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Ring in the New

Hi! Thanks for the love on the Hershey Kiss Gift Card box.  I am so happy you liked it so much!  Today, I have a practical gift that would be great for just about anyone.  A desktop calendar and Post-It note holder.

SU! Lovely As A Tree These would be great for teachers and are easy to put together.  The base is a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Marina Mist card stock folded in half.  While you cannot see it in this picture, there is a support piece in the bottom. It measures 3 x 4 1/4 and is scored on the 3″ side at 1/2″, 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″.  Valley fold the ends and mountain fold in the middle.  Attach the flaps to both the inside front and inside back of the base.

The pocket for the Post-It Note holder measures 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Score the 5 1/2″ side at 1/2, 1″, 4 1/2″ and 5″.  Score the bottom at 1/2″ and 1″.  Trim off the 3 little outer squares on the bottom and use the inside square for a tab.  Place adhesive on the outer most flaps on all 3 sides to adhere to the base.

To decorate, I decided to make a scene using Lovely as A Tree.  Stamp the trees in StaZon ink and then sponge with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky.  To get a better sunrise, create a mask using the 1 1/4″ circle punch (I did mine free-hand – should have used a mask.)

There you go – less than 1 sheet of card stock, a mini calendar and a Post-It Note pad and you have a beautiful gift for a co-worker, friend, teacher or anyone else you can think of!

FYI – if you haven’t checked it out (and even if you did) the Year-End Close Out sale is awesome!  But – did you see ALL of it?  There are many pages to the “Everything Else” category – so make sure when you are visiting my store here you click on “All” in the little pull down shown in the picture below so you don’t miss anything!


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A Kiss & A Gift

Hi!  Last night I held my annual Gift class where attendees made 4 gifts for the upcoming holidays.  This was one of the favorites from the class:

SU! Oh, What Fun!

Is this not just the sweetest?  Thanks to Dawn Griffin for her video on how to make these.

For my version, I used Very Vanilla for my base and the snowflake sheet from This Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I used the Classic Label punch to create my window.  The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun! stamp set.  A little Real Red ribbon, and there you go.

Did you notice the little notch in top?  You can slide a Gift Card into the opening!

SU! Oh, What Fun!

These are pretty easy to make, too!  I’ll be making more as I think these are perfect for bus drivers, teachers, the mail man and of course the UPS person who delivers my Stampin’ Up! goodies!

I hope you’ll give these cute boxes a try!

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PS – Don’t forget about the Year End Closeout Sale!  You’ll find tons of great deals in my on-line store.

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