Monday, September 26, 2011

"EEK!" I'm cute!!!!

I am so LOVING the "It's a Wrap Holidays" stamp set .  Here, I stamped the little "EEK!" with the cute little spider on Avery shipping labels -- peeled them off, and stuck them around little Nugget candies.  I then used the BigZ XL matchbox die to make the perfect little Halloween treat holder box. For the Designer paper, I used the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper.  It's a great pack of Halloween papers, in my opinion. The patterns aren't so big that you can't make smaller projects with it, and it's more on the "cuter" Halloween side, rather than creepy, which suits me better. :)
To make the darling ghost, just take the owl punch, trim off the feet, turn it upside down - so the ears are pointing down, and add the scary face, using the pumpkin faces sizzlit die, or you could just get creative with a black Sharpie, and you have the cutest, easiest little ghost!
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set -- such a versatile set that has every sentiment pretty much, that you could want -- AND it fits perfectly in the Word Window punch framed by the Modern Label punch.
A little bit of Old Olive ribbon, and some Basic Black, Whisper White, and Cajun Craze card stock, and you're all set to make this project!  What a darling little Halloween gifty for your favorite teacher, coworker, Trick-r-treaters!  AND, don't forget, that there are Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, St Patty's day, Easter, and MORE stamps in that It's A Wrap Holidays stamp set -- such a versatile stamp set to make favors for any holiday. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Spice Cake" Notepad holder

If you haven't seen the new Spice Cake Designer Series paper, you've gotta check it out!  It's in the new Holiday mini, and I love the colors and patterns in it.  It isn't your plain ole traditional fall papers -- has a touch of class and other colors besides the traditional fall -- like Pool Party! one of my all time favorites...  I decided to create this lovely notepad holder using it.  This is another project we will make at my upcoming Fall Stamp Camp Extravaganza in October. 
Here is the inside:
Isn't that the greatest gift idea?  It uses one of our bulk clear mount stamp cases, a little junior legal pad from Staples (I cut about an inch off the bottom to make it fit), a little pocket on the inside for Receipts, and some flower burst embosslit die cuts, the five petal flower punchEyelet border punch, word window punch, modern label punch and the large lace ribbon border punch
The dimensions for cutting the paper are:
Outside cover: 10 5/8 x 7"
Inside pocket: 7 1/2 x 4"
Note book topper: 5 x 2" plus a scrap of DSP to put on top of the Pool Party

I put all of my embellishments on my inside cover piece, then slid it inside the little plastic sleeve that goes over the stamp case.  So, the paper and your embellishments are completely protected.
To make the little receipts pouch, I just scored the sides and attached it to the case using Sticky Strip on the sides and bottom.  I printed the word, "receipts", on my printer and punched them out for the label. 
Isn't this the greatest thing to toss in your purse and never worry about it getting rumpled?  You can use it to keep track of life, doodle when you're board, keep the kids happy while waiting for the doctor, plan your Christmas lists EARLY, give it to a teacher for a lovely back-to-school gift... The options are endless!
Come make some for yourself! :)
Happy stamping!

My Pumpkin Family...

I made some of these paper strip pumpkins last year, but had to re-visit the idea this year as I had given away all my masterpieces! So, I wanted to create a fall centerpiece representing our family of four -- so here it is! I just love how they turned out!  I made a tiny one for Sabina, slightly bigger for Bryn, and then Jon and I. 

I used the Tiny Tags set to create the cute little tag that I tied on with Linen Thread.  I hand wrote our names on the tags.  You can see this link here for all the details of how to make them.  my take on the paper strip pumpkins OR come to my Fall Stamp Camp Extravaganza next month and make them for yourself! :)  See my Events calendar for all the details.

Happy Fall and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Holiday Mini is here!!!

The new Holiday Mini is here, and WOW! is there ever a lot to love in it!!!  Some of my favorites are the Holiday Stocking Big Shot die (I'm planning to use it to make an advent calendar -- a stocking for each day, with various fun treats sticking out the tops!), and also the stocking builder punch along with the MATCHING STAMP SET, Stitched Stockings, so you can make darling stocking cards and tags by the dozen.  Another super fun thing, is the new silver glimmer paper.  It really isn't just silver -- it is more iridescent and sparkly -- lots of applications besides just Christmas. It is simply GORGEOUS! Okay, one more thing I'm excited about in the mini --  "It's a Wrap" stamp set!  These images are sized perfectly to stamp onto Avery labels so you can peel them off and put them around Nugget candies -- AND four little Nuggets fit perfectly in the little Matchbox from the matchbox die.  I made some darling little ghost Halloween treats already using this set, but you can also use it for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, St Patty's Day, and Valentine's Day -- all with this one stamp set.  I know I will be reaching for this set for years to come -- every time I need a darling teacher's gift.  Oh,... one last awesome addition -- the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  This new tool has score lines every 1/8", so no need to move your paper around so much when you have a lot of scoring to do. 

Click the Holiday Mini link on the upper right corner of my blog to see for yourselves! :) 

Happy Fall, and Happy stamping!!!

Just One More.....

Sunflower to share!  Okay,.... this sunflower background stamp ROCKS!  I just love how easy it is to stamp something spectacular with it!  For this card, I first applied More Mustard ink over the entire stamp, then added chocolate chip ink to the center with a sponge dauber, rocked the edges in Cajun Craze ink -- spritzed the stamp lightly with water and stamped it on a Vanilla panel.  I tore the right edge, and swiped all edges over my Early Espresso ink pad to give that rustic look.  I punched the chocolate panel on one side with my scallop border punch, and then layered it onto a More Mustard folded card.  For the center, I used a retired Chocolate Chip corduroy button with some twine tied through the holes.  For the final touch, I used the new Dazzling Details glue available (for just $2.50!) in the New Holiday Mini, to outline the tips of the petals.  It is kind of like Stickles, only I like it better -- picks up the colors of whatever you put it on for a really colorful sparkle!
Finally, I embossed the sentiment -- Kind Thanks -- with the new pewter embossing powder -- also in the Holiday Mini.  It's a nice vintage touch, rather than just the plain silver....

Card stock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Stamps: Sunflower background, Thank you kindly
Accessories: Scallop border punch, heat embossing tool, Pewter embossing powder, Dazzling Details glue

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wine and Dine in Fall Style!

These little tags are so easy to make, yet make an incredible statement!  To create the base for the tag, cut a strip of card stock -- 3 1/2 x 8 1//2" (Cajun Craze used here).  Score at one end at 2 1/4".  I put the bottom end in an embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot to create a bit of fun texture. I used the Houndstooth embossing folder on the first one, and a brand new folder -- Snow Burst -- from the new Holiday Mini catalog that goes live TODAY!  It is another gorgeous folder that is great for wintery stuff as well as anything else!  On the first tag, I inked the Sunflower background with Early Esspresso, More Mustard, and Cajun Craze markers, and then punched out a couple of leaves with my Blossom Petals punch.  The second tag also uses the Blossom Petals punch to create the big flower.  Finally, the French Foliage stamp set for the third tag -- with one leaf high lighted in dazzling Diamonds glitter -- applied using the 2-way glue pen.
To create the hole to go over the bottle top, center the 1 1/4" round punch in the center of the top flap of your tag and punch.  Now, punch another 1 1/4" hole in a scrap of chocolate chip or More Mustard.  Next, center your 1 3/4" round scallop punch OVER the hole punched in the scrap, and punch -- you should now have a scalloped circle with a hole in the middle.  Adhere this over the hole in the top of your tag.
Finish with coordinating ribbon -- here I used the retired 5/8" Old Olive grossgrain ribbon, and 5/8" Early Espresso Satin ribbon. 
To add pizzazz to the sentiments, use colored Sharpies to color the Basic pearls and Basic Rhinestones to match the project.
These are all tags we will make at my next class -- Stamping on Marble Tiles.  See my Events calendar for all the details and to RSVP.
Happy Fall!