Hershey’s Nugget Treat Box with Hearts a Flutter

Ok, ok, I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday but I got behind on my blogging and still had some cute projects that I wanted to share.  So Pin these projects or save the pictures so you can remember them for next year – or change up the colors and stamps and make cute little goodies for Easter or Mother’s Day!

First up – a cute little box for holding Hershey’s nuggets and a matching card!

I grabbed some of the Love Impressions Specialty Paper – now found on the clearance rack for only $4.79 a pack! – and got to work decorating.

I used my Heart punch and the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and framelits to create the decoration on the front of the card.

Then I used more of the paper to wrap my nuggets so they look cute when you slide the box out of the sleeve.  The nugget wraps were 1” x 3.5” if you are going to do this at home.  So you can get a TON out of one sheet of pattern paper.

Then I made a matching 4” x 4” card to go with the box.  Here is a close up of the “fun” part of the card!

TIPS:

  • Grab the hearts embossing folder from the Adorning Accents embossing folder set.  These are not at wide as your standard embossing folder, but are perfect for adding a fun trim to your cards.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a rectangle of whisper white cardstock and sponge the edge with Pink Pirouette ink for a subtle pop to your saying.
  • Get the cute scallop trim by cutting out 2 of the scallop tags from the Hearts a Flutter framelits and adhere them to the back of your rectangle!

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If you want to make your own nugget box, I found this great post on SplitcoastStampers where a wonderful stamper named Chris posted templates for pretty much every size and shape of nugget box.  I used the Nugget_Box_6_short template.

So, make and enjoy!

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Valentine Nugget Treat Box Recipe:
Stamps: 
Delightful Dozen, Hearts a Flutter
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Markers: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Paper: Love Impressions designer paper, Whisper White cs, Chocolate Chip cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Real Red cs
Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Heart punch, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Big Shot, Scallop Dotted ribbon (chocolate chip), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder

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Christmas Gift Tags from Scraps and No Peeking

Ok, so Christmas is only 2 days away!  Eep!  Are you ready and have all your presents wrapped?  I’ll admit, I have most of them wrapped but not all of them!

But wrapping presents got me thinking about gift tags and I was going crazy with the No Peeking set and had so much fun playing with my ribbon and paper scraps to make a variety of tags for this year.  Check out what I made:

It all started with me stamping a bunch of images on scrap paper and then picking up extra cardstock scraps from around my craft table and punching or cutting them into roughly tag shapes.

First I grabbed some Gumball Green and heat embossed the “No peeking” sentiment with white embossing powder.  Then I punched them out and added some ribbon and cut out stamped images

 

Next were some simple flap style tags.  I scored them so that the heat embossed sentiment (white for the “no peeking” and Early Espresso for the “Jolly Christmas”) would show when it was closed.  Then I decorated the flap with cut out stamped images and ribbon.

Next I was on to some more simple tags.  I just embossed or stamped the images of the penguin and reindeer and cut them out, then layered them onto the Real Red scallop and Gumball Green circle.  Stamp the “To: From:” sentiment on the back and you are good to go!

Finally, my last set were my random experiments.  I had an extra reindeer on a scallop circle and thought it would look cute on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (really like how this turned out) and I tried to leave enough space so you can actually write who it is to and from.  (I had thought this through in my head before seeing how much space there actually was!)

And finally, my ultimate in playing.  I had the scrap of Crumb Cake and Real Red and decided to do a twisted tag.  I stamped and then heat embossed the penguin in Basic Black (it looks awesome heat embossed by the way) and then colored in some of the spaces with my Real Red marker.  Then I stamped a little bird next to him also in Basic Black (you can see how much nicer it looks embossed this way).  Then I added some “snowballs” aka pearls along the side.

So there you have it!  Some quick last minute gift tags to add a touch of handmade to your projects.

 

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No Peeking Gift Tags Recipe
Stamps:
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green, Real Red marker, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stampin’ trimmer, 1 3/4” scallop circle, 1 1/4” circle punch, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Cherry cobbler bakers twine, Embossing Powder (white, black, early espresso), basic pearls, Real Red 1/8” taffeta ribbon, 1/16” hole punch, heat gun, embossing buddy, Stampin’ Dimentionals

Elegant Thank You Card using Emboss Resist

Ever have one of those days where your mojo is kicking in and you are able to make some projects that just make you smile?

I hope so!  Yesterday was one of those days for me and I was having such a blast finishing getting ready for my Awesome Embossing class this weekend.  I had such a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to showcase for the class since there are so many cool embossing techniques and so many variations on what you can do with many of them.  But I focused down to 4 different ideas that I loved.  However, my absolute favorite was the card I’m sharing today – the Emboss Resist card!

Emboss resist

 

I had just gotten my new Lacy and Lovely stamp set…so glad I got this set!…and I thought it would be perfect for this technique.  I tried to stick to a more monochromatic style card even though I added a few other hits of color; and so my focus was on the Calypso Coral elements around the white embossed doily image.

Seriously, this is so quick to do and such a pretty result!  I’ve decided I’m going to do this card for my swaps at the Stampin’ Up! regionals in Tacoma in a couple weeks.  So if you are going to Tacoma, find me and I’ll swap with you. 🙂

And this isn’t the best picture, but I thought I’d share a sneaky peek at my first Halloween card and another embossing card for the class:

 

I promise I’ll share the full card soon!

Well, I’m off to take my family to the Puyallup fair.  This will be Nicholas and Caitlin’s first time at a big fair and hopefully they love seeing the animals, displays, and other fair favorites while we are there!  Wish me luck that I don’t get sucked into too many “you’ve never seen a knife that cuts like this!” demos and displays.  🙂  I love all the too-good-to-be-true stuff that seems to always be offered at these events.

Now just ask me how many of the items like that that I’ve bought at fairs have actually gotten use after I’ve gotten home… no wait, maybe you better not. 😉

 

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Tons of Tools Card and Embellished Envelope

Sunday was this month’s Technique Night with my meetup group and by request, I did a night that was focused on going over many of the tools you might encounter on your crafting journey including:

  • The BigShot
  • Aqua and Blender pens for water coloring
  • Crimpers
  • Bone Folders
  • Paper Piercing tools
  • Heat and Dry Embossing
  • the Crop-a-Dile for eyelet setting and hole punching
  • the Stamp-a-ma-jig for exact stamp image placement
  • Color spritzers
  • And paper punches

So, we ended up using all of these tools on the following two projects.

First we used a Whisper White envelope (since it uses the same type of paper as Whisper White CS, these envelopes take ink and stamping really well!) Trim off 1 1/4” from one of the short sides of the envelope.  Then we used the scallop edge punch on the smaller piece.  For the larger piece, we stamped and used the color spritzer to scatter Soft Suede ink on both sides of the envelope.  Then we ran the big piece through the crimperWatercolor the stamped image using the covers of classic ink pads and a watercolor pen, add a punched out scallop square, and adhere and you are pretty much done.  We punched two holes through both the top and bottom pieces of the envelope so we could run ribbon through to tie the envelope closed.

Next we made this card:

This card used the BigShot for making the dots on the white paper.  Then we used the brayer to lightly go over the dots to give them some color.  We did dry embossing on the Rich Razzleberry CS using some holes I punched out some Chipboard with the Simple Alphabet Dies for the BigShot.  We stamped the flower image from the Vintage Vogue stamp set, used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the text below the flower and then heat embossed using black embossing powder (don’t forget to use the embossing buddy to ensure you don’t get stray embossing powder flecks!).  Used the crop-a-dile to set the jumbo eyelet; and then finally used the super, awesome mat pack and paper piercer to punch the row of holes below the Rich Razzleberry CS.  Oh, and we used the bone folder and the groove in the paper cutter to score the card so we had a nice crisp fold.

Whew!  That’s a lot of tools, but it was lots of fun.

If you are interested in any of the tools used for these projects, you can get them now through my online store .  Plus –  if your total is $25 or more you will be entered into my drawing for a $50 gift certificate!

My favorite tools are the BigShot and the Mat Pack.  What are yours?

More baby gifts – thank you card set and a frame

It seems like I know a lot of people having babies right now.  I reconnected with a friend recently on Facebook and learned she was due at the end of August with her first child.  I was so excited for her, I decided to make her a few things to send in addition to a gift card – what i call the light weight version of baby wipes. 🙂

First I created this photo layout for her using a 5×7 frame.  I started with the baby feet wheel and built the layout from there.  I found the DSP in my scrap pile and started layering pieces together.  After I had it assembled, I wanted to give the stamped image a little kick, so I inked up the wheel in Rose Red and wheeled out some more feet so I could cut them out and glue on top of part of the Chocolate Chip image.  Finally, I added one of the Sherbet designer buttons from last catalog.

Then I created a set of simple thank you notes so she has something fun Io send folks who give her little girl baby gifts.  I love the Fox and Friends stamp set for baby stuff and so had to use a variety of critters from the set for these cards.

I also stamped the envelopes to match the cards.  It was a good reminder about how the quality of paper you stamp on affects your image.  I was out of Stampin’ Up! envelopes so I used some of the value pack envelopes that I got from Michaels a while back.  Definitely doesn’t grab the ink nearly as well as Whisper White paper, but it works ok.

Baby Thank You Cards recipe:
Stamps: 
Fox and Friends, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo CS
Accessories:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Delicate Dots embossing folder, 1 3/8” circle punch, Scallop Circle punch

Blast from the past cards

Yesterday, I was invited by a nearby demo to come stamp with her and a couple of her ladies in a casual afternoon of card making. (thanks, Lisa!)  I had never met her before, but I was excited to meet other stamping ladies from the area.  First off, I am so jealous of her workspace. 🙂  She has a large, long room that is all stamping, all the time in her upstairs.  Everything is perfectly put away in organized drawers, shelves, and hanging on the walls. Plus she had the coolest metal decortation on her wall that held cards. So everywhere you looked was something inspiring. I definitey need to do something like that.

all-my-love

I ended up making 4 cards using a mix of new and retired elements. I realized that I keep reaching for my new stuff when working on projects but that I have a lot of neat old stuff too. Just because something is retired doesn’t mean it isn’t great., right? Anyway, time for me to run to work. Happy Monday!

wishingthebest

always_sponged

always_tag

A new job and a couple cards

Its only been a day and a half and I already feel bad that I don’t have a blog post planned. 🙂  I started a new job yesterday and between that and racing home to place my first new catalog order, I didn’t get any crafting done.  So, today is just a quick post before I head in to work to share with you a couple of the swaps I recieved during a recent new catalog stamp set swap.  These are some simple but pretty layouts that I really liked.  Both use new hostess sets and Raspberry Tart DSP.  Kinda cool to see different uses for the same product.

dreamalittle

Designed by Debbie Flattum. This is the card that convinced me I needed the kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon. It was also neat to see the sweet stems embosslit.

echoes_of_kindness

Designed by Kathy Thisted. Very simple but pretty echoes of kindness using watercolor paper.