Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bliss Candy holder

This is a re-make of a past candy holder we made in Technique class a while back. Well, really it was probably almost two years ago?! They held a skinny pack of Trident gum that had the eight pieces. They were usually easy to find at Target in a package of ten packs, for a couple bucks. Then they stopped making those size packages. Of course, I figured that out when I went to make a bunch of them and couldn't find them anywhere! Anyway, back to the project... I decided that I still really like that package holder and wanted to find something else to fit in it. So, this is it! It kinda seems like a lot of package for the little treat that it holds inside, but it was fun to do! On the outside of the front though, (before you see inside) is Baja Breeze carstock, Chocolate Chip cardstock, Holiday Treasures DSP and Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon. The saying is from the set, To You and Yours.

When you lift the flap, the inside has a Bliss Candy wrapped in coordinating Holiday Treasures DSP. It's a 7/8" x 3" piece stuck around with mini glue dots on each end. Then I glue dotted it inside a Scallop Square punch out! I put another smidge of Holiday Treasures DSP under the punch out just to show off hte "scallop square hole" a little better. Then I added a Felt Flurry Snowflake with a rhinestone brad for a little bling! The little white thing is the other part of the velcro piece to close it up. So, yep, it is a lot of packaging for one little piece of chocolate - but I like how the candy fits just right inside that scallop square!
The pattern is a lot the same as the gum holder treat we did a while back, but email me if you want more specifics.
Hope you have a great week - Thanks for stopping in~

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Repeat - with a new look!

So, today, I actually had a bit of a creative streak flowing! I made a couple of different projects, and started a kinda big one! Hopefully, they'll all make here eventually so you can see! Love those creative days - just hate when it happens to be on a day when you can't set other things aside. I was planning on getting a bigger chunk of my Christmas shopping done today, but Oh well! It'll happen, right! I did enjoy not looking at the clock and just creating though!!

Anyway, this was a quickie that I replicated from the Scallop Envelope Big Shot class we had a while back. One of my good friends, Joanne, had shown me the little Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark candies - made only for the holiday season - in a scallop envelope she made. So, I thought what a nice "Little" something to give to a few people at work. So I'm trying to whip out a few to bring to work this week. It's made with the Scallop Envelope die for the Big Shot, using just Real Red Cardstock. Then I stamped the saying from the set, To You and Yours, and embossed it in gold. I layered that on Whisper White and a Brushed Gold Scalloped Square. I punched a hole at the top of the opened envelope to hep keep the ribbon tied and in place. I also stuck the candy inside with a dimensional to help hold it in place too!

Like I said, just a little something - but just to let people know you remembered them!!

Now, if I could only get moving on my Christmas Cards! I may have to ask Santa to deliver them on Christmas Eve at this rate!!

Hope you're having a good weekend, and thanks for stopping by~


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Top Note Gift Tag

So here's an extra special gift tag for one of those big gifts you got someone this Christmas. It might be a little (or really a lot) of work to make this kind of gift tag for every gift this year. But, actually without all the bling - felt flurry snowflakes, two types of ribbon, jumbo eyelet and brad - you could probably simplify and make quite a few pretty quick! The Top Note Die from the Big Shot accessories is a "must have!" There are so many uses for it - tags, toppers, card frames, picture frames... And, it sure gives this tag an elegant start!!
Well, I hope to get the majority of my shopping done this weekend. Then maybe I'll actually have a gift to use this tag on!!

Hope you are well on your way to being ready for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Country Living Kit Ornament friend Liz Price is THE BOMB!! She had a demonstrator get-together, although I missed it, and made some Super-Cool stuff with the Country Living Promotional Kit. She's been showing off a few things; and I saw this ornament, or gift tag hanger, on her blog - almost the same as this (But better - cuz she's the creator!!). Most of you (that didn't buy it) would think it's too late to order it, but you still could sort-of replicate something like it with other stuff you might already have. It starts with a chipboard star. With the kit, it has a matching star piece of Designer Series Paper to glue right on top (we know how to glue an irregular sized piece on and sand the edges, right?). Then I took a piece of 1" x 8" piece of coordinating designer series paper and scored at every 1/8" (Yup, a Little bit tedious, I must say!). Then folded it on those score lines, back and forth like a fan-fold. I attached the ends, and smushed (technical-term there) it together to make the cool center thingy (another technical-term). If that's totally confusing (probably), then you better come to a future First Friday Technique class, cuz we'll be making one on something soon!! Then I stamped the cool saying from the Country Living Stamp Kit set (which you could easily substitute), trimmed and punched it, and dimensionaled it on. And, then added the super-cool White Taffeta ribbon hanger! And...tahdah, A copy cat of Liz's ornament/gift tag hanger. What a nice accent to a gift, which then could be used for an ornament on the Christmas tree.

So, if you caught a few of my hints along the way, you could make this out of things you might already have in your stamping drawer, or basket, or closet, or - OK - room!! Anyway, I hope you make some time to do some nice homemade things for people this Christmas!

Thanks for dropping in ~


Monday, December 8, 2008

A Stolen Snowman Idea!

A few of you who came to class last Friday saw this cute little ornament in person. I "borrowed" the idea from another demonstrator from the Stampin' Up! website. As a demonstrator, there are a few secret places where Stampin' Up! shares demonstrator ideas that customers don't get to see. So, when I saw this I had to make one and share it!! The container is from the craft store that starts with the "M." It's a wedding favor tin with a clear lid that opens. Inside I put Ski Slope designer series paper, and some torn Whisper White for the snow. Then the snowman is made from 1/2" circle punches for the head, and 3/4" circle punches for the body. You punch out 4 or 5 of each circle, fold them in half, and glue dot them together so they fan out! I cut a little hat from back cardstock and dimensionaled (is that a word?! - but you know what I mean!) it on top. The dimensionals helped to pop the hat out!! And the "Riding Hood Red Taffeta" scarf is squeezed in between! The cool glitter on the outside is from the Chunky Glitter set. You will definitely be seeing that in an upoming class!! Love it!! A piece of Baja Blue Grosgrain is wrapped around the edges and ties way up top to make the "hanger" part.
I hope your week is off to a good start!
Happy Stampin'

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Here Comes Santa Claus!

I made this little project a while ago - copied from some other creative person! - but never incorporated into a class for this month. So I figured that at least I could share it here before December slips by!! Sorry he's a little blurry, but here's another Peppermint patty punch idea! Santa's head started from a 1 3/4" circle punch (which is stuck on the peppermint patty - but you could use other candies, especially since it would be fun to give to kids, who don't always like the peppermint patties. A recess peanut butter cup, little ones, could work!). Then 1/4" circles are used for the eyes and nose; 1/2" circles are the whites of his eyes. His beard and hat topper are made from the small flower in the boho blossom punch. His hat is the scallop square punch, cut in half diagonally; and the brim of the hat is the word window punch. For those of you, like me, who are the punch collectors probably have most of these and could whip a few out quickly - and could use up some small scraps to create them! If you have most of the punches, but not all, improvise and you can still make it work!

Have a good week!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Friday's Sneak Peek - the Inside!!

Well, here's the inside of yesterday's Sneak Peek gift card pocket card! There are so many ways to put a gift card into your cards, but this has to be one of my favorites by far!! It's real neat and clean inside. So... the length of the cardstock is 11" before scoring it for the gift card pocket. You score in at 3" from either end, and then at 5 1/2" for the center. You seal up the center edges with Sticky Strip, and use the Word Window Punch and a small circle punch to create the opening for the gift card. Then you still have lots of space inside for writing too!

Hope to see you on Friday, and you'll get to make one of these cool gift card pocket cards!!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sneak Peek for this Friday's Class

This Friday is the Last First Friday of 2008! (But, of course, there will be more First Friday's starting again in 2009!) It seems crazy that 2008 is almost over - and crazier that Christmas is only 3 weeks away!!! So, for those that haven't done much shopping, what better gift is there than a gift card? OK, I know in these times - probably cash...but, there are probably a few places we can assume will survive these weird financial times! So, this little project is actually a gift card holder inside....It is awesome inside, but I have to leave a little element of surprise! So for today, I'm just teasing you with the outside cover. The designer series papers are from the Ski Slope package from the Holiday Mini; the cool hardware is the Vanilla HodgePodge Hardware; and the ribbon is the Alpine Ribbon Originals, also from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The set used is Winter Post. Tomorrow I'll show you how cool the inside is....

By the way, this is a project that we will make in class on Friday. I'll also be giving you a technique card so you'll have the measurements and directions for making more of them in the future!

Hope you're having a good week so far,