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Welcome once again to my favorite monthly blog hop, the Color Fusers Blog Hop, in which we are given 4 or 5 colors and challenged to use at least 3 of them in our blog post for the day. This month's color challenge is to use:
The list of all this month's blogs is at the end of this post. I hope you will visit them all because there are some fab projects! Now on to my project for this post.
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What a great color combo – and Stampin' Up! itself came up with it first in the fun Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. All four colors are in that set of papers. So I figured it was a no brainer to use that set of papers to make a card (what I make the most of these days) focusing on 3 of the 4 colors. So I did make a card that went pretty quickly, and poof! I was done!
But wait. There are some really creative folks in this blog hop, so that simple card (which I'll introduce in a blog post after Valentine's Day) seemed like it was just a bit too easy for this crowd of hoppers. What I did was to think about this a little bit, look through the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, think some more – and, voilá! I decided on a bit more ambitious of a project!
I stuck with the Carousle & Cupcakes Designer Series Paper, but moved around a bit in the Occasions Catalog and found the Balloon Adventures Bundle to make this paper a lot more interesting! Not only that, but it turns out that one of my favorite Sisters-in-Law (they're all favorites!), who is also in my Stampin' Up! downline, had a birthday this past weekend, and I was SOOOO excited to have a fun card to make for her!
This first step that I took in making this card was to create the inside of the card. I'd not yet used the framelits from this Bundle to make a card, but I did have a bit of experience with the concept. Nonetheless, I chose to watch the YouTube Video that Stampin' Up! produced to introduce this. I've included a link to this video at the end of this post. Oh, and how did I know there was a video for this? When you look at a Stampin' Up! catalog, occasionally you'll come across this symbol. When you see this, you know that Stampin' Up! has a video at youtube.com/stampinup.
To keep my theme going for this card, I did a few things that weren't in the video. First of all, I used papers from the Designer Series Paper Stack both for the background and the foreground fo the left and right balloon on the inside. I created the background by punching papers using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the top layers using Thinlits. I also used Designer Series Paper for the center balloon, even though it had to be folded to make the pop-up style of the card. I folded this balloon before I adhered it to the already-folded pop-up element.
I also managed not to stamp the "let's celebrate" sentiment onto the center piece of the pop-up element before I did all the scoring and folding required (won't do that next time!). So I had to stamp onto another piece of Whisper White Cardstock, then fold the piece I cut out from the stamped image and adhere it to the already-folded banner shape. The final elements inside this card are the "gift packages" on either side. The tops and bows are made with the Thinlit set, and I rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.
I got away from the Balloon Adventures Bundle a bit with the central stamped image on the front of the card. There was a lot of trial and error here (errors?) before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to accomplish what I wanted with the Thinlit dies that were in the bundle. So I went looking for something else with the same kind of shape, and settled on the Lots of Labels Framelits for the sentiment for the card front. Even then, I couldn't find the "perfect" fit (perfect being what I wanted, darn it!), so I ended up die-cutting both the image in the center of the Designer Series Paper/Early Espresso layer as well as the inserted image using the same die. I trimmed the straight sides of the Early Espresso piece a bit, then cut it in half and reduced the size from top to bottom before taping the pieces together with transparent tape at the back. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the piece of Designer Series Paper before trimming it to fit on the Early Espresso layer.
I cut the holes in both ends of the Espresso layer using the little circle die from the Tags and Labels Framelits. Finally, I made a both on both ends, one with Calyso Coral Thick Bakers Twine and the other with Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine. Then I adhered this layer to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Done! And it's already in Maryland by now (I can only hope!)
Here's the video from Stampin' Up! that provides some great ideas for using the Balloon Adventures Bundle!
Here is the list of bloggers on the hop this month:
- Patty Bennett
- Jason Loucks
- Heather Osborne
- Nicole Tugrul
- Paola Phillips
- Jo Anne Hewins
- Melissa Kerman
- Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
- Pat Ertman
- Debbie Henderson
And here are the products that I featured in my project for today!
Since late last year, I have had a bit less time for my paper crafting, but not because I'm too busy with chores. I've been learning how to crochet a breast prosthesis called a Knitted Knocker. How these got their name is a fun story, but I'll leave it for you to research that online at KnittedKnockers.org. What's more fun for me is that I now am able to make these breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and have not had reconstructive surgery. I feel as if I'm really doing something to help with those who have had breast cancer and not just by donating money to research. This was especially true yesterday when I gave a friend my very first completed set of Knitted Knockers (which, in my case, were crocheted, not knitted).
Isn't that a delightful color of blue?! It's a color that my friend picked out from a box of yarn I'd ordered and received just a few weeks ago. No matter where you are around the world making these, they're made with soft yarn and either knitted or crocheted very tightly so that they can be stuffed with polyester fiber fill. The yarn that our group uses is Cascade Ultra Pima 100% cotton yarn. For this set, and for any that I give to someone directly, I stuff them as full as I can and then the person who is going to use them can remove however much she wants to make them comfortable.
The group to which I belong that started making these in our area of East Hawaii not only gives these to friends and neighbors, but also distributes them to oncology and other cancer treatment centers in our area. Those, too, are stuffed and ready to wear, with slight adjustments as needed. The group also sends knitted and crocheted items to the national Knitted Knockers in Bellingham, Washington, because that is where most requests for these are received. But wherever and to whomever we give these, we do not charge one cent for them. So if you, or someone you know, would like to have one or two of these, just get in touch with KnittedKnockers.org, and they'll help you get your order placed.
Of course, my Stampin' Up! stash helped with the packaging of this delivery! That bag is a gusseted cellophane bag from Stampin' Up! And I punched the tag that went with this using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I really can't make anything these days without pulling stuff from the paper-crafting side of my craft room! Click on either of the pictures below to learn more about the products AND to purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store.
I love it when each month's Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up! arrives. Now, I may not always be thrilled with the kind of project when I first see it. But all it usually takes is a few minutes of thinking about the possibilities of the new goodies that have landed in my Craft Room. The January 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit was one of those. On the front of the booklet that comes with every kit I saw 6 treat bags. Oh, great (no exclamation point here). What was I going to do with 6 kits. They're cute, but even the smallest club to which I belong has 10 people these days. What the heck was I going to do with this – well, use the stamps of course.
NOT! There in teeny print below the cover's picture was, "Kit contains supplies for 24 treat bags." Now that deserves an exclamation point!!! Or three!
That's the good news. With 24 kits, I can easily take a basket of treat bags to my Book Club Meeting later this month – we frequently have 20 or more people at our pot luck lunches.
The not so good news is that, to make these lovely treat bags – all 24 of them – takes well over 2-1/2 hours. It will be close to 3 if you don't take some short cuts. This is not your 30-minute Paper Pumpkin kit. How do I know about the time? I had an afternoon all to myself yesterday, and I decided to have a go at the kit because who knows when I'll have a day to myself before the Book Club meeting, so I might as well get them done. They're not actually completely done because I do not have treats to put in them on hand. But putting treats in the bags and sealing them should only take another 15 or 20 minutes max. Nonetheless, I timed myself and did not let myself get side tracked while I was working on them.
Since my original post, I have found my treats for the bags – Small packages of Dry Roasted Almonds that fit in the Treat Bags folded in half. Here is one important thing more than I wrote about in the following paragraphs: When the bag is folded on the top, it is very bulky, in fact too bulky for the little heart seals that come with the kit to stay in place for long. My solution was to trim off the top of the bag except for the front flap. Then the heart seal stayed put. I tried it on one bag and it did fine for almost two days. Now the rest are done and my treat bags are ready to give away at our meeting on Thursday! Oh, and this whole process added about an hour more to the total time for the kit construction, bringing it almost to 4 hours!
Here are my notes on trying to get this project done in full in 3 hours:
- Definitely make this one of those projects you make assembly line style. Do all of one thing, then go onto another.
- Stamp the hearts before you punch them out. Those little critters are hard to hold onto when stamping individually. I know it looks easy in the Stampin' Up! video, but I did not find that to be true in my Craft Room. A possible downside is that, if you overstamp a heart you may end up getting ink on another heart. How did I come up with that? Guess. So I ended up stamping some of my hearts on the "back" side of the sheet that held them all.
- Think about just using one sentiment on all your bags. It was an easy decision for me because all of the book club members are my friends. But that way you're only inking up one stamp.
- Adhere the banners to the bags before you construct them. It's just easier to adhere the banners on a flat surface.
- If you have any vellum tape, use that to attach the vellum banner to the white banner. The time and fuss of putting two glue dots on each of 24 banners adds up quickly. I used the Tombow Vellum Adhesive in a tape runner like SNAIL's.
- Wait until the bag is made before pinching the gussets. It's tempting to fold them while you're folding the other scored lines, but you'll save time folding them at the end.
- Watch how you put the hearts on the dowels. The bottom of the heart is supposed to be the point on the arrow.
- I did not add the Gold Thread behind the hearts. The metallic threads and I do not have a good personal relationship. Heaven help me if I've allowed any adhesive to be out on my work surface because that thread is going to find it and stick to it! You can see the photo above. I think the gold thread is just a bit too much.
- Buy the treats to go into the bag first. Now I'm going to have to get them all out again and do the last few steps.
The bottom line with this project is that it's fun. I'll enjoy the oohs and aahs and smiles when my book club friends pick them out of the basket. That's worth every minute!
It's a new year, and I definitely want to remind my customers that there are new Stampin' Up! Catalogs out there as well! So today I sent out my latest batch of Stampin' Up! New Year Calendar cards to several of my customers. While there are certainly more to send, I wanted to share with you one of the little things you might expect if YOU become one of my customers!
These little calendar cards are based on a card that I found on the blog of fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Debra Simonis. The best thing about having to make a bunch is that I can get two calendars out of one piece of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock, and they fit into a standard A2 (Stampin' Up!'s Medium Size) envelope.
Here's a side view of the stand-up card, showing the finished measurement of 8" high x 5-1/2" wide. I followed Debra's cutting and scoring directions – cut a piece of cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", and score along the 8-1/2" side at: 3"; 4"; 5"; and 8". I applied adhesive on the 1/2" strip at the end and adhered it to the front of the card. Oh, and it's even easier if you score the whole piece of cardstock before you cut it in half – because you only have to score once for both pieces!
To make things easier all around, I decorated the front of the card, except for the little calendar pad, before I adhered the folded base to the card front. Leaving the calendar pad off just kept it from flopping around and, possibly (but it didn't happen the one time I put it on first) coming apart. I've seen cards where crafters have stapled these little calendars to the card, but I think that leaves an unsighly tear each time you have to remove a month's sheet from the pad.
The paper that I used for the top layer on the card front is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack in the new Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The stamped image is from the Avante Garden Stamp Set in the Sale-a-bration Catalog, which means I got it for FREE for purchasing $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products. The die-cut shapes were made using two of the dies in the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies set, also in the Occasions Catalog.
As a side note, I considered using something other than Real Red as the base for the calendar. But the Month Name on all the sheets in the calendar pad are printed in Red, so all this red stuff that's sitting around waiting for Valentine's Day seemed to be just the right accompaniment for the calendar.
If you'd like me to send you one of the calendars, you can get a double bonus: Spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products between now and March 31st, and you get a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog – and a FREE completed project from me – your choice of colors! Look closely, and everything (except the calendar pads and a little scrap of white cardstock) that you need for this project add up to just over $50 – so you can get that stamp set FOR FREE – and still have lots of "stuff" left over to make other projects!
Here I am with a different twist on my usual posts – I'm asking YOU for your ideas!
My specific need right now is for a quick and easy favor for a friend to make for a convention that will take place on our island early in the summer. So here's what I am faced with: I don't know what the budget is; I don't know how many volunteer crafters there are or even if they're experienced crafters; but I do know that the favor has to hold something. Oh, but I don't know what it's supposed to hold. Hmmm. The idea, though, is that my friend will present an idea or ideas to a committee next week with a proposed budget and ideas of what could be in the favor.
Here's the first idea I gave her, and I should hear back in a day or two about whether it's what she had in mind. But it would really help if I could give her another idea or two. Yes, I've searched Pinterest, but, outside of having something that holds a glassine or plastic bag with a tag topper, nothing grabbed me except the box that I made.
I made this somewhat origami-style box using two sheets of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack and Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, both from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. The sheet for the top is the full 6" square that comes in the Paper Stack. I trimmed the sheet for the bottom to 5-5/8", so the top fits snugly over the bottom. It took me about 9 minutes to make one box, and I estimate the cost of materials to be about $1. That seems reasonable to me. If we have 20 people making boxes for 4 hours, given that we'd certainly spend time chatting and not necessarily be focused on the box making, we could knock out at least 300 boxes in one afternoon.
So – do you have anything comparable that I might try out? If so, please send me an e-mail, and even include a link if you know of any ideas that are shown on the internet!
Welcome to the very first project of the year made for one of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges! Of course the theme revolves around the "new stuff" that Stampin' Up! has coming out in its newest catalogs tomorrow – January 4, 2017! That's when the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog go live! My project for this challenge – and for you today – includes my current most favorite product in the new Occasions Catalog, the Window Box Thinlit Die set.
This Thinlits set is SOOOO much fun to use, and I've already made several of the boxes using different cardstock, papers and embellishments. For today's post, I chose one made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and with a variety of Mint Macaron-colored products. Those that you can see from this photo are the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, a Mint Macaron colored print paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set adhered under the decorative die on the top;, and another Mint colored sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set, matted with some Mint Macaron Cardstock.
On this side, you can see one of the square Thinlits from the Window Box set that can be used on the side of the box. I mounted this on a layer of Mint Macaron print, then created a square frame for it using Stampin' Up!'s Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I like the way that there's a bit of a textured feature between the cutting lines on this frame.
In this straight-on view of the box top, you can better see how pretty the decorative die is with the paper behind it. And there's a bit more Mint Macaron as I used Mint Macaron Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set that's punched with the Classic Label Die.
I found this box really easy to make. It does take a bit more time than making a greeting card, but the end product is so worth it! The best part of this project is that the top opens and closes, and LOTS of candy can fit inside! Or jewelry? Hmmm, that's what I'd like to see in it! But what made this box so easy to make was that I took the time to view the video that Stampin' Up! has made with hints about how to put the box together and how to use the various parts of this set. Here's the video – well worth your time if you're planning on purchasing this set!
Tomorrow – the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs go live – I'll have a list of all the products that I've used in my blog post projects the last few days. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them in the comment section below!
You might have noticed the absence of the word, "quick," in the title of this blog post. Depending on how many note cards you want to make for a gift this could be "Quick and Easy." Either way, this is an easy gift to make.
Note cards do not have to have lots of layers and embellishments. When I make them for gifts, I assume that the person using the cards may wish to write on both sides of the inside of the card – and maybe even on the back. I do this when I write notes, and I do NOT like it when there are lots of bumps to write over when I'm writing inside the front of the card. So – NO embellishments, and little in the way of layers. Here are the two last-minute gifts I made – note card sets. Both took a while to make as I used the Sizzix Big Shot with both designs. But other than that the card was easy.
This set took the longest to make of the two. Each card required running plates through the Big Shot 5 times, and that is definitely time-consuming. Most of the set was made with Stampin' Up! products, though the Designer Series Paper that I used retired last year. It's got tropical garden designs in it and, as I live in a tropical garden, I stocked up on plenty of it when it was on the Clearance Rack.
You can see that the design is simple – two layered squares on a coordinating background, all covering a Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. The two colors of cardstock that I used with this set were Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Four of the cards look like the one on the front of the box, and four had a Cajun Craze background with another Designer Series Paper design masked with Old Olive cardstock. Each of the eight envelopes has a flower stamped on it, with the flower from the still current Botanical Blooms Stamp Set.
This set is also a set of eight cards, but it was a lot quicker to make. I stamped the Hedgehog image from the Love You Lots Host/Hostess Stamp Set. The cards are for my daughter-in-law who just this fall was gifted a hedgehog for a pet. I've only seen photos of her so far, but she is just as cute as can be! What's struck me about her photos is that she looks blue! She's probably actually more of a silver color. But I thought it would be cute to stamp these little gals in Dapper Denim, which is kind of on the gray end of blue, especially when it's stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock.
This card required only two passes through the Sizzix Big Shot, which is one reason it was quicker. Another reason is that I didn't have to fuss with more than two layers, as opposed to the 5 in the first set of cards.
I still have a couple more gifts that I'm going to try to make. But I think with my schedule over the next day or so, they may be gifts for boxing day, and not actually Christmas!
I hope you're having a fun Christmas weekend! We have guests for dinner tonight (Christmas Eve) and then we're off to Bridge tomorrow. So I believe my craft room activity for today is called "cleaning up the mess"!
This is the time of the year when everything seems like it's last minute! I've been making Christmas and other Holiday Greeting Cards since the summer, and I've even made a few gifts to give to local friends. But wouldn't you know that I got the bright idea to make favors for those who will be coming to our Duplicate Bridge game on Sunday! Yes, my husband, who is the director of the Hilo Bridge Club, asked if anyone wanted to play bridge on Christmas Day as it's one of the days when we have a regular game. Sure enough, we have 14 people (he and I included) so will have a 3-1/2 table bridge game on Christmas Day. I couldn't go without something festive to put on the tables!
With so much else going on this weekend, I had to do this quickly – and I didn't have much time to get too creative! The good news was that I had two bags of Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares in the house, so little chocolate square holders would be the thing. I found some unused Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper in my stash, and, not wanting to take the time to use my Big Shot, I pulled out a couple of punches to decorate the outsides – one old, one new. The Medium Star Punch is in the current Stampin' Up! catalog, but the Tree Punch is retired. There are some punches that I just cannot bear to give up, and the Tree Punch, as well as the retired Word Window Punch, are two of them. I like punches for projects like this because everything goes so much faster!
The inside of the holder is really quick and easy, too. Under normal circumstances I'd have done a bit more decorating, both inside and out. But this will do just fine! See how nicely the Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares fit in the pockets?!
As I'm in a bit of a hurry (last minute Christmas gifts, too!!!), I'll not go into too much more detail. BUT I'll include a tutorial for making this in my next Newsletter, right after the first of the New Year. And, no, it won't be using Christmas papers! It will be for Valentine's Day. It's a FREE TUTORIAL, but you have to be on my newsletter mailing list to get it! Sign up form is up on the left at the top of the page!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Time for another Stampin' Up! Only challenge, and this time the theme is, "Sweet Treats." Our challenge is to make any kind of a project that displays or holds treats, or even a card with a treat type image, for all kinds of summertime celebrations. Of course there are weddings and graduations. Then there are showers, both wedding and baby, and birthdays and anniversaries. And more!
For my project, I chose to make a favor for a birthday party.
I wasn't sure what I'd make until I came across a tutorial for a Triangle Box on the Split Coast Stampers website. What fun this was to make, and it gave me a chance to show off the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper, from the current 2015 Occasions Catalog. I made the box and the scalloped circle using Bermuda Bay Cardstock, which is one of the colors in the Designer Series Paper. The mat for the greeting is Tangelo Twist Cardstock.
And then there are the punches – FOUR of them! For the circle element, I used the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch and for the Designer Series Paper, I used the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. For the greeting, I stamped "Happy Birthday" using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, on Whisper White Cardstock, and punched using the Word Window Punch. I matted the greeting with a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock, punched with the Modern Label Punch.
The triangle box is tied together at the top with Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I did not use any adhesive to close the box which means that any candy or other treats you stach inside are easy to get to without destroying the box.
For some celebratory bling, I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the greeting element. Fun! I hope you'll take the time to make your own treat-related project and share it with us on the SUO Challenges Blog!
Retiring Product Alert
The only product in this project that will retire is the Bermuda Bay Ribbon, which is already sold out. Another product that won't be around come June 3rd is the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper. It's in the 2015 Occasions Catalog, and most products in that catalog are available until June 2nd.
Today my husband and I were treated to a visit from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator from my home state of Ohio. Connie Babbert – one of my favorite Stampin' Up! designer demonstrators – and her husand, Eric, are visiting on our island and drove over to see us. As with most visitors, the first item of business is to tour my husband's garden. Then we had a lunch where we all got to sit around and chat and just had a wonderful time.
While we had a short "tour" of my Craft Room, there was, alas, no crafting on the schedule. When it's just a demonstrator visiting, that's fine. We couldn't ignore our husbands for that long, though. But we did carry out a traditional sharing of handmade gifts.
For my gift, I walked around our garden yesterday and took photos of places in our garden that I was sure they'd see and like to remember. Then I made an accordion fold album to hold the photos. Rather than add a title to each photo, I printed out the name of each item featured in a list that I put on the back of the album.
This is the front of the album. As you may remember when I've made these albums before, I've made a separate cover with chipboard to hold the album. But, by the time I finished layering each photo up with cardstock, the album seemed to be sturdy enough not to need a separate cover.
At first, I couldn't decide what to do in terms of a design for the cover. Then I had a teensy brainstorm, and went over to the Create With Connie and Mary blog to see if they had a sketch idea that might work. Sure enough, this week's sketch was just right! My version of the sketch isn't fancy, but it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish.
This is the envelope that I made to hold the album, using a sheet from the soon-to-be-retired Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack. The little palm tree is one of the stamps in the Greetings From photopolymer stamp set. This is a fun little tree, and I've used it often, especially as it's one of the rare current tropical designs that Stampin' Up! sells.
I chose as the colors for my album Wild Wasabi, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey. The colors seemed to do a good job of accenting the photos that I took for the album.
Definitely fun getting ready for Connie and Eric's visit, and lots of fun being together. Just not enough time!
Retiring Product Alert
The only products used in this project that will be retiring are the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks, both the Wild Wasabi (used for the envelope) and the Tangelo Twist (used for the belly band around the envelope). The Greetings From photopolymer stamp set isn't in the Stampin' Up! catalog. But it, and many other sets not in the catalog, continue to be available while supplies last from the Stampin' Up! website.