Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hearts Come Home For Christmas

It's been a little while since I've been able to get up to my Craft Room to create a little holiday magic, but I managed to get up here today!
I had been looking at everyone's beautiful creations on Pinterest as usual and I found a couple that I wanted to do. One of them is by Kelly Acheson (landscape) and I pretty much CASEd it exactly 😉 You can find her video instructions on Pinterest as well.  
I did change my color to Island Indigo instead of Bermuda Bay and didn't put the tinsel ribbon on because I don't have it yet! 😩
The other one (portrait) was also found on Pinterest and originally done using Hero Arts supplies but I prefer my Stampin' Up! stuff! I really liked how her card turned out so I wanted to try it using my supplies and I think it turned out great, I'm really pleased with it anyway... what do you all think?

The sentiment on the sponged card has been retired for quite some time but is one of my favorites, Joy to the World stamp set.  I also used Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise & Night of Navy inks for sponging. The Tempting Turquoise & Night of Navy for the "rock'n roll" technique for the sentiment. 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Thinking of You

I have to apologize for my little 3 week hiatus since I last posted! Wow... Life can really get away from you sometimes 😏
I did however manage to make a card but not get it posted!
I always have great luck in getting inspired when I'm on Pinterest. I found the original card there that I CASEd to make mine. I will also include the link to  Connie Collins Website where you can see her card. Mine is a bit different as I used different supplies.

I was really pleased with how the wood background turned out! I hadn't used this stamp yet when I did this card so I think it looks good for a first time! Don't you think?
I stamped the image using Early Espresso on Crumb Cake CS then used Cajun Craze and Early Espresso to sponge lightly in different spots to add some texture to the wood grain.
I also improvised a little with the "Thinking of You" tag! instead of using Cajun Craze CS, I used Crumb Cake and tapped the sponge inked in Cajun Craze to add the color.

The word "Friend" was just a word I had laying around along with a couple others but I want to get the set from Stampin' Up! as soon as I can! I didn't realize I would use it as much as I'm sure I will seeing everything that can be done with it.  Lovely Word Thinlits by Stampin' Up!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Halloween treat Boxes

     With Halloween coming up soon, I am having a great time making treat boxes and holders! I am all by myself in the house today so I decided to head to my crafting space and play 😉
     One of the cute boxes I found on Pinterest and tried my had at making it. The other was a pic I came across somewhere that inspired me to do a cute triangle box. I think both of them are just adorable... don't you!?
     The triangle box with the cats can be different sizes depending on how big you want the box to be. I did do a larger box but wasn't pleased with how decorating it turned out so I didn't want to post it.

*  The measurement for this one starts with a piece of DSP or CS, whichever you prefer, cut it to
3"x 7", DSP is a tad bit harder to see to score but it can be done 😉
*  With the long side at the top (landscape postion), score in the center all the way down. Then turn it so the short side (portrait positon) is to the top and just mark the center on both ends. Score from that center point on an angle to the middle score line on all 4 sides.
*  Fold all the score lines and you should see your box come together.
*  I just punched a hole on both sides at the top with a hand held punch so I could tie with the bakers twine, and then decorate as desired!

    I will say how great it is with the cat punch being able to punch the cute cats right out of the Spooky Night DSP! I can see a lot of this in the future 😃

     The second pic, the Tag Topper Treat Box was a video tutorial by Julie DiMatteo, the paper pixie! I found her pic on Pinterest (of coarse!) and thought it was just adorable and wanted to try one for myself. The box is really very simple and so cute!

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😊 Enjoy & Happy Crafting! 😊

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Carols Of Christmas Box Set

     Its taken me a couple days to figure out what I wanted to do but I managed today to finally figure it out! I decided to do a Clean And Simple (CAS) set including 5 cards and a simply decorated box to hold the cards.  I am really very pleased with how it turned out and how fast it went 😊

    We got an email at work the other day about a fundraising event for a co-worker. They are going through a tough time and have to spend 3-4 months in Edmonton during recovery. We are from Saskatchewan so being that far away is going to be rather costly.
     I'm not going to be able to go to the event but I definitely wanted to do something!  In the email it said they are going to do a silent auction which is a great idea, so I decided I would donate something!
     As usual, I spent a bit of time on Pinterest trying to get some inspiration from all the beautiful things everyone creates! I would have to say I don't spend near as much time on SplitCoastStampers as I used to... I still go over there now and again but I prefer Pinterest, SplitCoast does have lots of instructions for projects thought. Head over and check it out!

     This is the first box of this kind I've ever done... took me a little while to figure out how to make it but I managed to figure it out and it wasn't even that hard 😂 The cards I'm sure you can figure out by the supply list but I will help you out with the box itself.

Carols of Christmas Box Set - Instructions
     First of all the bottom of the box - Cut your desired CS or DSP to 6 1/2" x 7 3/4" and then score it at 1" and at 2" all the way around, all 4 sides are the same. Then you can cut the corner to look like this...   There will be 3 squares on each corner to cut off. I apologize for the picture, I forgot to take a pic before I did the cutting. Hopefully you can figure it out by my colored squares 😉 


     Once you have a piece that looks like this you can fold all the score lines.  The outside flap will fold over top and give you a smooth looking box.
Now is the lid made with Window Sheets. I don't use these often but I am always happy with my project when I do!
Cut your piece of Window Sheet to 6 3/8" x 7 3/4" and score all the way around at 1". Using my Simply Scored tool and stylus, I used quite a bit of pressure and went over it a few times.  Window Sheets are a little tougher to fold even when scoring pretty hard.

I even fancied up the bottom of the box! Shhh... I fixed an 🙊... It didn't stamp correctly when I stamped my Personal Mark so this is how I fixed it!

A very easy thing with all the different Framelits Stampin' Up! has 😊

If you have any addition questions about this post, Please leave me a comment... I'd love to hear from you 😃

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Deck the Halls Gift Card Holder

     Today was a good day! Maybe not as productive as yesterday but overall a good day! I got 2 gift card holders that I am completely pleased with! I don't know about you guys but I usually have to do at least 2 takes before I'm happy. 😀
     I really like to do Christmas Cards that are not traditional colors! Sometimes it gets difficult to come up with something different using the same colors all the time. I don't do it all the time but I really liked the card I saw on Pinterest when I was looking for something to do. Here is the Original Card that I used as my inspiration!
     I hope some of you use Pinterest as much as I do to get your inspiration and find some help creating a master piece of your own. Hopefully even with my help 😉

     There are a few things that aren't listed in the product list because I can't remember what they are 😂  Let me know what you think of my Gift Cards by leaving me a comment.
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Christmas Cheer Gift Card Holder

     Last year I carried on my Mom's tradition of doing the 12 days of Christmas with my daughter. She had done it every year buy one since my daughter was about 2, I can't remember exactly when she started it... but I can't remember yesterday so... 😂 I decided instead of giving my 16 year old a bunch of stupid things she would likely never use and I would likely toss in the garbage before long, I would give her gift cards instead.  It was a great idea, it was a hit!
     Her birthday is Boxing Day so we usually go shopping in the city seeing as it's still a pretty busy day for most families.  She was able to spend around $200-$250 in gift card money so it was all good!  I think doing it that way is a much better way of doing it, what do you think?

     I thought I would get a head start on Gift Cards for this year as it is a great way to give a gift and still have the recipient have a choice in what to buy. I have a few people that like to have a few Card Holders as that is what they mostly give. It's great for gift exchanges in the family too.

Instructions for the Christmas Cheer Gift Card Holder:
*  I started with the inside little box which is cut @ 3.75" x 4.75" and scored @ 1" all the way around.  Once it's scored, cut one side of the corner squares so you can fold up the ends to adhere the box together.
*  Inside the little box will be an insert that the gift card fits in that is cut @ 2.75" x 3.5" and is scored in the landscape position @ 7/8", 1 7/8" and 2 7/8".  Fold it in half and leaving about an inch depending on the size of your gift card, use the Word Window Punch, punch a tab that looks like image #1 below.  Once you have it punched, you can fold the other score lines and adhere it to the inside of the box as you can see in image #2

                              Image #1                                           Image #2

*  The outside piece is cut @ 3.5"x 11" and scored at 4.5" and 6.5" and then using the Word Window Punch again, punch the handle at the top. I put the ends together and punched down about a quarter inch and centered. From here you can decorate as desired 😉

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