Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving- Kleenex Holder

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My family and I did. This week I am going to finish sharing my Thanksgiving projects. This one is a cute travel sized kleenex holder. I think it turned out really cute. For a video on how to make one of your own check out France Martin's video here. She does such a great job with her videos and I love to watch them.

I used the SU! Spice Cake DSP, More Mustard CS, Pool Party CS, and Pear Pizzazz CS to decorate the outside. I made my big flower rosette with the Spice Cake DSP also and added a jumbo Spice Cake button with Soft Suede ribbon tied in the middle. I used one of the stamps from Grateful Greetings for my message and I stamped that on Very Vanilla and matted that in Pear Pizzazz.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge #217

Come and play along with the gals over at Mojo Monday and their new sketch challenge #217. I already have something to share with you tomorrow so I will share what I made for this challenge with you on Thursday. Where does the week go?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Card- Punch Art Ribbon Turkey

I love, love, love this card. I made 6 of them... one for each of my girls, my sister in New York, and my nieces and nephews on my husband's side. I wish I could take credit for the adorable turkey but I can't. You can find the directions for him on Lynn Pratt's blog here.

I used Pear Pizzazz for my card base and SU! Spice Cake DSP for my card front. Since I had some small strips of the DSP left over I flipped them over and matted them on Pool Party for that something extra. My gretting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes... the most versatile and must have set ever.

I will apologize for the lighting. I tried to get some close-ups of him and they just didn't turn out. I live in central Ohio and we are in a rainy holding pattern so there is not a bit on natural light coming in.

I will note that one difference in my turkey is that I used the flame from the Cupcake Builder punch for his wattle (I am just going to go with that but I am not sure that is the correct name for it).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Triangle of Treats

This trianlge box is easier than it looks. I used a 4 1/8 by 8 1/4 piece of More Mustard cardstock. I scored it on half long wise at the 4 1/4 mark. At each end, I made a little tick mark in the center. I then scored it from the each corner the tock mark on both sides, turned it around, and scored the other side. I then cut a triangle from the SU! DSP Spice Cake. I adhered it to the front. I used a small rectangle of Pool Party cardstock to set the tag off a little more. It needed a little something behind the tag. I did round the corners.

I used the Thanksgiving stamp from the set Gift Givers. I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp it on Very Vanilla. I set this aside to dry a bit. After it dried, I used my ink pads and a blender pen to color in the image in Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, and More Mustard. I punched it out with SU! Curly Label punch. I layed my stamped image on my Pool Party cardstock with dimensionals and then popped the whole thing up on the front of the box. I punched holes at the top on each side and tied the triangle box closed with some Soft Suede 3/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon. But wait... before you tie it closed be sure to fill it with a favorite treat of the intended recipient. I am filling mine with Hershey Kisses with Caramel. OKAY!! I admit it... they are one of MY favorites.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Goes to School- Part 3

To share with you today I have a handy, dancy, and oh so cute Post-It note holder. I got the post it notes at my local office supply store. I cut a 3.25 inch by 6.75 inch piece of cardstock in Soft Suede. I then scored 3.25 from each of the long ends giving my a .25 inch spine. I punched a 3 7/8 scalloped square and run it through the new SU! Houndstooth Embossing Folder. I love the look of it! I adhered that to my front. I next used the SU! DSP in Spice Cake and punched out a Fancy Flower. I used the new SU! 3/8 inch Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party and tied a knot in it before adding it to the middle of the flower.

I added about a half of a stack of Post-It notes to the inside and adhered it well!! I then took my Big Crop-A-Dile and punched a hole through the entire thing. Lastly, I just used a metal ring and put it through the hole. The ring can be opened to remove the Post-It note or you can just pull it away from the ring.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Goes to School- Part 2

Today is a beautiful jumbo paper clip. I got the paper clips from my local office supply store. I stamped the Fancy Flower from the SU! stamp set Punched Posies. I then cleaned my stamp and used my Stampin' Write markers to color the swirl part and just outside of it with More Mustard and used Soft Suede to color the very center. I punched them out with my 3/4 inch circle punch. I popped it up with SU! Dimensionals.


I punched out a second stamped Fancy Flower, but since it was for the back I just left it in all Pool Party. I used my Tombo glue to adhere the jumbo paper clip to the back flower. I added dimensionals stacked 2 high in about 5 places. I put the top Fancy Flower on and used my Crystal Effects to just the Soft Suede center. Make sure after you do this that you set it aside to dry. It is very easily messed up if you accidently toch it so I placed it far away from my workspace.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Goes to School- Part 1

One of the gifts for the girls' teachers for Thanksgiving will be this junior legal pad. It is so easy but so cute! I got the junior legal pads at my local office supply store. I added a strip of Pool Party cardstock to the bottom edge of the top part after I punched it with my Scallop Trim Border punch. I didn't add it to my practice one and it just needed something... I think it adds a lot! I then covered the top, top edge, and back with SU! DSP in Spice Cake.

I stamped the Fancy Flower with the SU! set Punched Posies in Pool Party on Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out with the Fancy Flower punch. After I did that I cleaned the stamp and used my Stampin' Write marker in More Mustard and colored just the center of the Fancy Flower. I punched the center out with a 3/4 inch circle punch. I added a Glimmer Brads Basic in the Champagne. I popped the center piece up before adding it to my flower and then popped the entire Fancy Flower up before centering it on the junior legal pad.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I played along with the MOJO Monday sketch challenge and I have to say I am quite pleased with the results. Check out that perfectly roasted turkey! Want to make one of your own? Check out Lynn Pratt's blog Stamp-n-Design. I am not sure where I first saw this but I remembered seeing it and searched for it so I could use it this Thanksgiving.

I used Very Vanilla for my card base and inked the edges with Soft Suede. I added a More Mustard card front and layered a 3 inch circle from the SU! Spice Cake DSP, which I also inked. Isn't it so pretty. I wanted to bring out the blue in, SU!'s In Color Pool Party so I choose that for my pennant. My turkey was made using the bird punch and owl punch, both from SU! I inked the bird a little, used the Designer Label Punch for my Whisper White serving tray after I inked it, and popped it all up with dimensionals. This is layered onto Very Vanilla cardstock with the edges also inked up. I will admit if I had some silver cardstock on hand the tray would have been silver. I added my sentiment from the SU! set Thankful For. Since I didn't want a bow like the sketch, I decided to add 3 Very Vanilla brads.

I really love how it turned out and soon it will be in my Aunt Peggy's mailbox:)

MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge #214

Come and play along with the gals over at MOJO Monday. Here is their latest sketch challenge. I am working on my card so I can play along and I hope you do too!

Playing along with the weekly challenges helps to keep me on my toes with my cardmaking. It seems like there is no time left in the day by the time the kids are in bed, but using a sketch allows me to create a card quickly, but also allows me to enjoy my hobby during the week. My tip for you is to look at the challenge and spend the rest of the day thinking about what you might like to do. I try to think about what the purpose of my card is, possible color schemes, and then what stamp set or punch art I might like to use. When I actually sit down to make the card, it is pretty well planned out in my head and I can pull it together in a matter of minutes. Trust me, the design part is the hardest part... with the sketch you are halfway there.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Because Nice Matters

The Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge was a bit hard for me because I had never used Ricer Rock before nor do I use a neutral palette when making cards very often if ever. I am not sure why because I do love the look of it. It is just so clean and elegant.

I guess that is what inspired me to use the SU! Elegant Lines Embossing Folder. I used Early Expresso Cardstock for my card base. After embossing the River Rock Cardstock I adhered it to the front. The Perfect Pennants Die was a must have for me as soon as I saw it, and I used the scalloped circle one to cut out my Soft Suede Cardstock. Really, the Perfect Pennants is a great buy because you get 5 shapes on a single die. I spritzed the scalloped circle with some shimmer paint and then adhered it to the front. I used one of the leafs from the set Falling Leaves and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I used a 1 3/4 circle punch to punch it out and then popped it up with dimensionals on the scalloped circle after I inked the edges by dragging the cardstock across the inkpad.. I didn't want my card to be Thanksgiving-y so I pulled out a way old stamp set called Sweet Little Sentiments because I felt like it just has the message I wanted to send with this card... 'because nice matters.'

Sunday, November 6, 2011

PPA Color Challenge

Come and play along with the gals over at Pals Paper Arts with their NEW color challenge. The colors are: Early Expresso, Soft Suede, and River Rock.

I will admit that I have NEVER used River Rock before. Seriously, never!! The package is brand new and sitting on the shelf brand new. It is a good thing I left if in the plastic wrap because I am pretty sure the paper would have been dusty. SO, now I will take the plungs and open the pack. Come back tomorrow to see what I came up with.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jack of All Trades Halloween Card

Here is the card that I made for the girls' teachers:

I used Old Olive for the base and added a piece of the Frightful Sight DSP. I stamped the pumpkin from the Jack of All Trades stamp set in Cajun Craze and then cut it out with my paper snips. I then stamped the hat from the same stamp set and snipped it out. I popped it up with dimensionals and set it on top of the pumpkin. I stamped my sentiment on Whisper White card stock using the 'happy halloween' from Teeny Tiny Wishes. It is such a must have set because it is so versatile! I punched it out with a retired SU! oval and layered it on top of a Cajun Craze oval punched out with the Large Oval punch. I adhered it to the front and I was done.

On the envelope I stamped the hat again in Old Olive to give it that extra something. I think it turned out pretty cute:)

On a funnier note, when I first started this card I was looking at the DSP sideways and did not realize there were bats on it. I thought it was just a random geometric pattern. I was going to have the card opening the other way so I am very glad that I noticed it BEFORE I glued everything down.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween Treats Part 3- Witches Boot

Today I am going to share with you the Witches Boot treat holder. I made this using the SU! Stocking Die and added a 3.5 inch circle to the end to get the boot effect using Basic Black card stock. I got the idea from Fran Sabad's blog but changed it up a bit. And yes, it is okay for you to get your inspiration from someone and then make it your own as long as you give credit where it is due. I have seen so many versions of the witches boot since I made mine and it is really fun to see how people have changed this or that to make their boot unique.

I snipped out a partial circle using the 1 3/4 inch circle punch and adhered it all together. I just used a pair of paper snips to define the heel freehandedly. I then placed it in my SU! Spider Web embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot for the fabulous texture. I used the Box #2 from SU! to make my center, but cut off one end so it would be longer and sealed the top, which then became the side. Does that make sense? I adhered a boot to each side of the box using sticky strip. Instead of using cardstock for the laces, I decided to use ribbon. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch out two holes on each side and laced the Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon to lace the boot up. I liked how the laces turned out, don't you?

 I used the Lace Border punch from SU! to punch out Concord Crush cardstock and added it to the top of the boot. I then filled it with some candy for the girls teachers. I could easily fit several pieces of candy in there. I used a Kit Kat, M & M's, and a Twix bar, but I think I could have even put a few more in.

Here is the set of boots:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Treats Part 2- Fancy Reese's Cup in Disguise

As another special treat for Halloween, I disguised a Reese's Cup in a fancy costume. I took Frightful Sight DSP and cut it into 6 X 4 pieces. I got the idea for these from my CHIC 'n Scratch and her Week #4 of Halloween. I had saved a copy of it but has a hard time finding the actual link on the website so this link will only take you to her website and you could search from there if you wanted the actual tutorial. If you do look at the tutorial you will notive her measurement for the DSP was 6 X 4 1/4... I changed it to 4 so that I could get 6 from one sheet of DSP instead of only 4 and it worked out just fine.

I added adhesive to oneof the short edges and then along the middle section of each of the long edges. I placed my Reese's cup in the middle and folded the short edges so they would meet and pressed down. I then sealed each of the ends. I used the crimper to add the texture at the ends... cute touch I think! I used the Extra-Large Tag from SU! to punch out my Whisper White tag. I then stamped BOO! in Cajun Craze and the ghost in Basic Black, both of which are from the SU! Spooky Bingo Bits set. I added SUI Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon and added that using a luggage tie. I snipped the ends of the ribbon to make sure they looked neat and I was all done!

I made these for the workers at the after school program my girls attend, their busdriver, and their teachers. They really were quick and easy but oh so cute.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Treats Part 1- Clear Cellophane Treat Bag Topper

To share with you today I have a Halloween treat bag filled with orange and black Sixlets. These are a great treats to send to school with the little ones because they are processed in a peanut free facility.

I used Stampin' Up!'s clear cellophane treat bags that are in the Holiday Mini Catalog on page 11. They are perfect for filling with a variety of different candies from M & M's, Sixlets, candy corn, Reese's Pieces, and just about any other small candy. Don't want to use candy? How about pencils?

I filled the bag with alternating colors. The bag has a sticky strip at the end so it is easy to close after you fill it. Just peel of the protector and close. I then used the Round Tab punch from SU! to punch out Cajun Craze cardstock. I folded it in half and stapled it to the top of the bag. So the recipient didn't have to tear the tag, I made sure the sticky strip end was at the bottom and attached the tab at the opposite end. I then used the Happy Halloween stamp for the SU! set Gift Givers in Basic Black and stamped it onto Whisper White cardsotock. I colored then in using SU! inks in Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, and Daffodil Delight for the pumpkins, stems, and beaks. I then used a SU! Decorative Label punch to punch out the image and in a few quick seconds my project was complete because I just had to glue them over the tab with adhesive.

I made about 40 of these. I handed them out to my classmates in my Classroom Management class, the busdriver, both of the girls' teachers, the after school program workers, and the secretaries, principal, guidance counselor, and IS teacher at the school, who Lizzie takes her tests with. I hope it brightened their day, even if it was just a little.