Sunday, August 28, 2016

Some More Christmas Tags...but Different!

Hello Stampers!
As promised here are the Tags I CASE'd from Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1st. As a Demonstrator for Stampin'Up! I get the Catalog a month earlier, so I can purchase and play with the tools before you get to see them. Also it helps you to see the 'Sneak Peek' of the item(s) to be offered when the Catalog goes live!

Yesterday I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) page 4 in the new Holiday Catalog. Stampin'Up! offers 'Suites' of product for your use...all items are coordinated so they come together for us well!

Here are the Tags I created:
The page is the background. I did change up the tags a little, but that is how I can make them mine! I also turned the looped Baker's Twine around, I want to be able to tie the tag to the gift ribbon/bow. I also used the Gift Box
Punch Board to make the box for the Tags. I doubled the amount to put 12 Tags into the box. I used 2 retired Stampin'Up! stamp sets and 2 Current Stamp Sets. The Current in the Annual Catalog are called 'Oh, What Fun' and 'Tin of Tags' is in the Holiday Catalog to go live on Sept 1st!
The DSP, Twine, card stock, ink pads are all from the 'Candy Cane Lane' Suite...I didn't have the Stamp set or the Washi Tape. The Washi Tape on the lower left Tag is a rogue one I had in my stash.
The other two Stamps Sets are retired Stampin'Up! stamp sets called
'Cheerful Tags' and 'Jolly Bingo Bits'. The 'Candy Cane Christmas'
stamp set needs to go on my next list, for ordering!
Here is a closer look at the Tags.

I am Happy with how these turned out! I made 3 sets of 12 and the boxes.
Craft show is screaming!
The next pictures are the same Tags done with some Christmas DSP that a dear friend gave to me...I have another 6 X 6 pad to work with too...this is a good way to use them up! I did use Stampin'Up! Inks and Stamp sets and the twine for the Tags. The only stuff not Stampin'Up! is the Washi Tape and the DSP. Again I used the To: & From: from the retired 'Cheerful Tags' stamp set.

I also used the Gift Box Punch Board so I could put 12 Tags into the box.
These Tags I made 3 each of to make a set of 12.

Here is a closer look at the Tags!

So feel free to use up your stash and make your own gift Tags to use for the upcoming Christmas Holidays...but have to get the Candy Cane Lane DSP and the twine and the Stamp set! It is AMAZING!
Oh! I am going to order more DSP! LOVE that Paper!
I am going to be making some cards for you using the same DSP when my next order is delivered.
I am going to make the Pictorial/Tutorial for the 'Curtain Fold' cards from the previous post. I will be using up more of the retired 'Painted Blooms' DSP. I get the DSP because it is so Beautiful, then I hold on to it, but I have also decided to weed out my stash of Rogue stuff and Retired Stuff.
I would love to stay current in showing you great things Stampin'Up! offers. I am truly amazed at this Holiday Catalog!
 Let me just say, there is very little I didn't order!
That is why I haven't ordered the Candy Cane Lane Stamp Set, yet!
Until next time!
Blessings to ALL of you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Curtain Fold Cards

Hello Stampers!

Well the Grand-daughters flew home this afternoon. So sad they are gone...the Mother of one of them is already planning for next year! She even said a month! Yippee! Now to get the other one's Mother to do the same! No, she is a young lady and working...the most I could get would probably be two weeks! I'll take it! So I will be chomping at the bit for the visit next year! So Happy!!!

I worked on a project just before they arrived and just didn't have time to post it so I am going to post it now. This card is called a 'Curtain Fold' card.
Let me tell you, it is a great way to use up your discontinued DSP!

You can get four cards out of a 12 X 12 piece of DSP!  SWEET!!!

I didn't do a tutorial, but I will give you the deets on how to cut and score and then apply to your card! First here are the cards:

The DSP is retired Stampin'Up! Painted Blooms.
Love this paper!
I mounted the 'curtain' on a piece of Vellum cut 4" X 5 1/2"

This is also Painted Blooms DSP.
Here are the deets for measurement:
Out of a 12 X 12 page of DSP, cut a piece 5 1/2" X 12"
Score on the short side a small tick at 1"
Go to the bottom and make a tick on the edge at 4 1/2"
place the paper on the diagonal with the top tick lied up on the groove of your paper cutter, and the other tick lined up on the groove at the bottom.
(It will be a diagonal cut almost like corner to corner, but 1" in on each side)
then turn the paper on the long side and
Score @ 1", 3", 4", 6", 7", 9", 10", 11"
Depending on which side you want to show, start with a
concertina-like fold. Valley folds and Mountain folds till the end.
Now flip over and using your tape runner, put some tape on each
fold, to let it lay flat. I also flipped it over and did it to the front folds too.
At the end, that little short end, wraps to the back of the folds.
I cut out a 1 1/2" piece of card stock and with a border punch, punched that strip and then added it to the card after I taped down the folded DSP, to cover the DSP on the card front. I also punched out some flowers and added to the card and also Rhinestones were added. Got to have some Bling!
I stamped the sentiment in the corner and Voila! done!
Try this out. If you want or feel you need a pictorial, let me know and I will post one with pictures!
I also made some different tags for Christmas. I CASed the tags on page 4 in the new Holiday Catalog by Stampin'Up! It goes live September 1st.!! 
 I then also made more, using up other (meaning contraband DSP) I had left over from my stash. I also made boxes for them too!
I have to take the pictures so I can post for you!
I am also going to make another Curtain Fold and
take pictures to post for you, too.
Till next time....Blessings to you all!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Do-Over!

Hello Stampers!

I have been busy here in NC! Today we are awaiting the arrival of our Grand-Daughters for a weeks visit! Soooo Excited!!!!

A couple of days ago I received my Paper Pumpkin Kit! Squeal! Love this kit! You can order it! You receive it monthly (about the 14th-15th of each month. They are mailed out on the 10th of each month!) It is a half hour of just putting together beautiful cards, or it may be a project, or a decorative item to make! Sometimes you can just do what you want with them. You can get creative or just follow the doesn't matter, it is yours to do what you want! I normally do what the instructions say, on occasion I have just done my own thing...this is one such occasion. This month's Paper Pumpkin calls for 6 cards and 3 gift card holders to make. See the picture below:

I choose to do something different! I made cards! See below:
I used the 'Fruit Stand DSP' from Stampin'Up!
The card base is from the Paper Pumpkin.
I believe the color  is Mint Macaron.
I cut out a peach from
the DSP and adhered with Glue Dots.
The Greeting I used from a retired stamp set called 'Four You'.

Here is the inside of the card. I cut out a peach from the DSP and
used Glue Dots to adhere the peach. The stripe paper at the bottom is the backside of the DSP that is on the front of the card.

This card is the Gift Card Holder from the Paper Pumpkin!
I used the 'Seaside Shore Stamp Set from Stampin'Up!
I stamped several fish (Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron and Island Indigo) and fussy cut them out and
adhered with Glue Dots to the front of the Gift Card Holder.
I cut out a 2 X 3 card and slipped it inside of the holder.
The greeting on that is from a retired Stampin'Up! set called
'Bring On The Cake'. It says 'A Gift for You'.
The DSP in the background is from my stash.
 I think it is from  'Maritime DSP'

I cut out the fish after stamping and added a piece of the DSP
from the 'By the Sea' DSP and stamped the foliage from the
'Seaside Shore' Stamp Set. The 'Happy Birthday' is from a retired
Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set.

This last card I used the brush stroked paper from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.
The stamp set was included in with the Paper Pumpkin!
 I Know!
The kits come with everything you need to put the cards together!
This kit had the Photopolymer Stamp Set, The ink spot, DSP, card stock, and the Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensional. Also included were
Wooden cut outs, natural ribbon, and die cuts.
In your first box from Paper Pumpkin you are given an acrylic stamping block. It will fit all the stamps that come in the kits!
So I stamped the greeting and the flowers I colored in with Mint Macaron and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers and then I cut out a strip of  Pool Party card stock and  used the 'Triple Banner' Punch.
I punched out the circles with the Circle Punches, all
from Stampin'Up!

For the inside I used the Stamp Set again that came in the Paper Pumpkin.
I stamped the greeting in Cajun Craze Stampin' ink pad The floral design I used Pool Party Stampin' Ink Pad.

This card is a Note card.
I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso Stampin' Ink and Versamark.
I used clear Stampin'Up! Embossing Powder and heat set the greeting. the kit also came with some wooden leaves and the little flower die cut. I used a Glue Dot to adhere the die cut flower to the wooden flower, and I used another Glue Dot to adhere to the front of the card.

I stamped the inside with the flowers from the
Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Stampin' Ink Pad.
I'm taking a break while the Grand-daughters are here! I made some cards that are done with the 'Curtain Fold', A good way to use up the DSP in your stash! You can get 4 cards out of one 12 X 12 DSP sheet!
Till next time!
Blessings to all of you!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Past and Present

Hello Stampers!
Yes it has been quite a few days since I have posted...real busy. Summer does that to us! But I also have moved and am in the process of getting settled.
I took a major break and started painting our, new to us, deck. I have finished most of the deck. I am pleased with the results! I have a little bit more to do, but I am going to wait for much cooler weather. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the deck now.
We used that Rustoleum Restore...let me tell you...
Forget about the roller, use a brush, I did on my hands and knees (I wore knee pads). It is like painting with pudding that has sand in it! The roller was a major splatters the stuff all over, had to redo the rails. Also you get better coverage with the brush! Also you DO want to do 2 coats. It is so much better with 2 coats, they also recommend it! Just my pointers for using the Rustoleum Restore.
For the rails we used Olympic Maximum, great coverage. FYI...our, new to us, deck hadn't seen love in a few years.  Also, there was a great Outlet Store that had Patio Furniture on sale...Yup I have New Patio Furniture! I had to leave my other Patio Furniture at our old house.
Also during this time, we have been trying to find new Physicians...found a Family Health Practice...Physically went in and signed papers for record requisitions from previous Physician. Just got the call today for the "meet and greet" appointment with my new Physician. Unfortunately had to take the Hubster to Urgent Care, yesterday...he has an infection on his skin...He is on the antibiotics...asking for prayers...he was miserable, but starting to feel better today!
I also have been trying to relocate items in the 'office' which is going to be turned into the guest room. We are flying our 2 Grand-daughters down for a week...yup, we miss them! Had to out to Michael's and bought some bins for storage...good thing all storage bins were 50% off!
We also have a friend of the Hubster and the Friend's Son coming in Sept for a weeks we are getting things together for house guests too! Looks as though the bonus room over the garage is going to be storage for now! That room was going to originally be my craft room...I didn't want to do the stairs. Then we were going to us it as the Guest room, but this new house is smaller that our last house and we went from a basement to no basement. So we needed a seasonal storage area that isn't the garage! All the winter bedding and Christmas Stuff had to go somewhere! So that is what the 'Bonus' room is going to be used for!

I took a couple of Rainy days here and worked on a few cards. I call them my Past and Present. I did a remake of the Past card, changed up the colors to make they are:

The Card on the Left is one done in the Past.
The Card on the Right is the newest card.

The change on these cards is
the color of the butterflies
and the twine. Also the sequins
are a bit different in size
and placement.
The next Set:
The Card on the Left is one done in the Past.
The Card on the Right is the newest card I did!

I used sticker letters for the first card.
I used a Stamp Set for the second card.
Also the "net" is a different kind, and
the coloring is a bit different too!
A couple of points...If your Card making Mojo is in a slump...revisit some of your old cards...change them up a bit. Change the color, texture addition (i.e. twine) or change the stamp set. Make them new to yourself!
I am going to revisit a couple of cards I love and I am going to Revamp them into "NEW" cards for my stash! I WILL get my Mojo back!
Till next time...Blessings to ALL of you!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Iced Tea and Love!

Hello Fellow Stampers!

Worked on a card for a couple of days, just to get it right. You know how you get a vision in your head and sometimes it doesn't translate well on paper? Well Stampin'Up! came out with Fruit Stand DSP in their new catalog! I fell in love with this paper when I first saw it! So Pretty! I forgot about the lemons paper so when I was cutting the 12x12 DSP down to 4x6 pieces...I had an idea...So I ran with it.

Here is my result:

Pretty cool! Huh?
The cup is vellum and so are the ice cubes. I sponged around the 3/4" cut and rounded, vellum ice cubes with Whisper White Craft Ink, so they would show through the cup vellum and look real. The tea was made by mixing Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Rose Red inks on an acrylic block wet with Stampin' Spray. Then I sponged it onto the back of the cup. I then cut out with the die only 3/4's of the cup in Crumb Cake card stock and adhered it behind the straw, and ice. I used a retired Stampin'Up! Stamp set called A Nice Cuppa for the Lemon Wedge and the Sentiment.
Here below is a pic of the Die I used for the cup and straw and backing cup.

It is Tim Holtz Alterations Die for Sizzix # 660232 named, Fresh Brewed.
I got the Die at Hobby Lobby...before I moved from RI to NC. So it has been packed away...when I came across the DSP I knew I had to put my idea to paper!

Below is what the "ice cube" looked like in progress. Sorry it is blurry, but you get the idea!

This is the inside of the card. I made two of these cards and they are going out in Monday's mail for my Grand-daughters!
Here are some pictures of the DSP Fruit Stand! 
Below each top DSP is the opposite side of that print!
(Lemons/small green apples)
(Pears/coral sprigs)
(Small peaches/yellow with white dots)
(Strawberries/Watermelon Wonder stripes)

(Larger peaches/peach stripes)
(Floral with lemons/Watermelon Wonder watercolor
with white dots)

I am brainstorming the next cards with this paper!
Until Next Post...Blessings to All of you!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Christmas Tags a Tutorial!

Hello! It has been awhile...still have a few more things to unpack...mostly pictures...some are from the Hubsters parents that we had packed back at the old house...and the rest are the ones we had hanging in the old house.
Trying to decide what I want to hang where...right now just working on unpacking and cleaning them. I took two apart to get to the inside to clean...took all day! But there are much better looking than they were! They are two that were packed away at the old house...I am going to use them here in the new house. So still some more to decide, but I decided to take a break and get something done in my craft room!
I saw these on the web and I went back to see where I got the idea from and I cannot remember who did them. I apologize to the woman who did them. Believe me, if I could remember, I would cite her...these were just ingenious!
First you cut a piece of card stock 2" x 4"
and score at 2" and fold.
Folded it measures 2" X 2"

Now you can trim it folded by cutting off 1/8" on two sides
just don't cut the fold! OR you can cut off on the long side (when opened)
cut off 1/8"

Then fold in half and insert the open end to be cut under the blade and cut off 1/8". Your tags should now measure 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" when folded.

Next cut a piece of Christmas DSP 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Punch or Cut a piece of matching card stock to 1 1/4" x1 1/4".
Punch or Cut a piece of White Card Stock to 1" x 1".

Stamp image onto the 1" x 1" White Piece of card stock.
I used a retired Stampin'Up! set called Jolly Bingo Bits.
You can pick any design, just make sure it will fit centered on the 1" x 1"
bit of white card stock.

Adhere Stamped image to the piece of card stock.

Adhere the DSP to the front of the tag.

Put a Stampin' Dimentional or Foam Dot to back of the piece of card stock with the stamped image.

Adhere, centered to the front of the tag.

Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of the tag.
I used the small hole punch on the Crop-A-Dile.

Cut a piece of Baker's Twine to 8". Fold in half and thread
 through the hole from the back. Leave like this for next step.

Open tag and write TO: and FROM: on opposite sides.

Close tag and thread the two ends of the twine through the loop
and snug down a bit to the end. Not too tight or the tag will tear when opened to personalize.

Finish off with embellishment of choice, I used a sharpie, colored pearl for the nose or you can just color the nose in, or you can punch a dot with a hole punch and glue to nose.

As you can see I made a couple of sets! I actually made 16 sets!
I ordered the boxes from Stampin'Up! they are called Sweet Treat Boxes
and they measure 2" x 2". They can hold 12 of these tags. What a
great gift idea! I used 4 of the tags to show through the 4 sides, so people could see the tags without having to open the box!
The Sweet Treat boxes are acetate. They are covered with a Saran like wrap
and you just peel it off. They come 16 in a pack for $7.50 (Item # 141699)

So let me know what you think!
 I am going to give these out as gifts to a few of my friends and family.
For you Craft Show people...these would be a good selling item for the upcoming Holidays! I would probably price them $5-$6 each. It depends
on how much more you embellish them.
Till next time....Blessings to all of you!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Still Unpacking!

It doesn't seem like it will ever come to an end...There are so many more boxes to unpack! We took a 'heck with it' break for the Holiday weekend and just vegged out and did nothing but waste away playing on our computers. So it is back to the salt mines tomorrow. Only problem I have is, I have Insomnia and I am up late. Oh well, like I have said many times...I have all the rest of my life to unpack! It will get done, when it gets done...and not a moment sooner. I did figure out a furniture issue and I think it will be a great solution. Our problem is we have a lot of older furniture that were my Hubster's parents stuff. It wasn't too much of a problem at our last house...but here, we have no basement! So it is incorporating a few pieces into what we have. They are good pieces, it is just that there isn't much room in the new house. So some pieces are getting new homes. What was a desk/bookcase in an office in the old house is now in the Master bedroom...nowhere else to house it...does make the room look regal! We now have a formal dining room...never will need that! So that room is becoming my craft room! I do have a drop leaf table and a buffet that will go along a wall and be incorporated into the craft room! Oh and that is the next thing we need to some dining room chairs for the breakfast room. (That is the real dining room!) So NOW, I will have to set up the craft room soon so that I can finish the Living room. Those two pieces are in the Living room and need to be moved to the craft room...but I have to clear the wall to get them in there...also find homes for the misc. stuff too!
Ah...Thank the Lord that this will be the last move we make!
One day I will sell the larger pieces and totally downsize, but the Hubster is attached to the pieces for now! I do understand that and am not judging him! I have a few pieces of my Mother's and it means a lot to me, so I get it!

Blessings to you all...Keep us in prayer and I pray for you all!

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