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Next Saturday I'll be co-hosting a Valentine's Luncheon for one of my service organizations. One of my jobs as the co-host is to make favors for everyone. This isn't a very large group, but it's still enough people that I need something quick and easy to make and that will hold something fun in the way of a treat.
This little box is made just with folds! There's no cutting or gluing to construct the box at all. How simple is that??!!! Of course, you have to use some adhesive to adhere the piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper from the stack of the same name. But that's it!
The good news is that those on my mailing list get a tutorial for this project! If you're not already on my newsletter mailing list, you'll get a tutorial for making this card when you sign up between now and February 12th of this year. If you are already on the list, you will have received a copy of this tutorial with my early February newsletter earlier today.. I really hope you enjoy it! It's not an original design, but I think my tutorial will make it especially easy for you to make this little darling!
Oh, and my Newsletter Sign-Up form is up at the top left of this page!
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.
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!
The past few days, I've been sharing projects that use quite a few new products that are in the brand new TODAY Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs. Now I'd like to share links to the products that I used for these projects so you can learn more about them – and purchase them at my Stampin' Up! Store!
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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!
I cannot believe it's already Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend! I've had a blast this weekend, starting with a great Thanksgiving Dinner, a workout at the gym on Friday, and a visit to my local scrapbook store for Small Business Saturday (yes, I succumbed to the sales she had!).
So this is my last chance to promote Stampin' Up!'s annual Online Extravaganza! Mostly I've promoted this in my November Newsletter, but I would be remiss in not showing off some of the fun products that are included in this sale. In fact, what I'm showing off today I myself bought as part of the sale. I wasn't ready to buy either product before this, but the sale pushed me over the edge. And am I glad it did! I wish now I'd introduced you to this whole project sooner.
It's the Stitched With Cheer Project Kit and the accompanying Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set.
If you've checked out the project kit in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, you might see a few changes in my layouts – but not many! I was determined not to make the exact card shown in the catalog and elsewhere online. But I didn't make as many changes as I'd thought I would. Before I go a bit into each individual card, I thought I'd pass on some of my thoughts about the kit as a whole.
- The kit has SO MUCH STUFF! Yes, you can make all 18 cards that the catalog promises. But there are tons of pieces in the kit that you won't need to make the cards, and you'll be able to use for lots of other cards!
- While the stamp set really does help add to the features on this card, I can easily see using other stamp sets to make these cards just as nice. So if you might be interested in buying just the kit – 40% off!!!! – you can make it without the stamp set. I won't have time to make the substitute cards before the Online Extravaganze is over – but I will do that in the next week or so to demonstrate if you'd let me know you'd like me to do that!
- The sewing is SO SEW EASY! I was hesitant about something that required me to take needle in hand as I long ago gave up counted thread needlework as taking too much time to complete a project. But I'm going to be very happy sending these cards to my old counted thread buddies (yes, we go back to the original Delphi days, continued into AOL forums, and still keep in touch today!) No, they're not hand-stitched ornaments, but they're STITCHED!
- When it came to the stitching, I made things easy on myself, and didn't back-stitch. I made a running stitch forward and then a running stitch backward. It worked just fine with all of the stitching. Don't know what I'm talking about? No worried – just follow the instruction book steps!
First, I used my own 5/8" Burlap Ribbon for the back layer behind the star. I had originally thought to cut notches in the large burlap ribbon that came in the kit. But as I was getting the ribbon out, I found that it was wrapped tight to the point that there were creases across the ribbon, and I wanted. to. do. it. now! I didn't want to wait to spritz the ribbon with some water and lay it out to dry. And I don't know where my iron is (sigh).
Next, I'd already decided to use the Christmas Joy banner stamp in one of the other cards, so I used the Merry & Bright stamp for this card. I also am SO not stamping Holiday Sentiments in black (unless I'm using that fab black/vanilla snowflake pattern in another Designer Series Paper set!). So I used Emerald Envy Classic Ink for this stamp.
First, I was so not seeing the Kraft circle as one that went with this card front. Besides that, since the Holiday Catalog was published, we had a short time where we could order the Stitched Shapes Framelits. What the heck – why not use one of the circles from that set, and mat it with a colorful doily from the 2015-2017 In Color Doilies set – Watermelon Wonder, to be exact. Doesn't that go well with the Mint Macaron color of this card front?!
And then I was being told to stamp in Basic Black again – and I chose the Emerald Envy, which is the same color as the sparkles stamped around the card.
Third, I have a tip for the star stitching: Don't start/stop in one of the points. One of the things you'll want to do with all of the stitching is to tape down the ends at the start and finish. If you're up there in the point, there's really no place to tape. So start in one of the sides or at the bottom of a point.
Finally, I really do not like bumps as thick as the gold half-circles were going to make on the card front – I mail my cards, after all, and I want them to arrive in one piece without a ripped envelope. So I added some of the star-shaped sequins from the Brights Sequins Assortment. But you can certainly use the gold embellishments if you wish.
First of all, both the instructions with the kit and the videos I've watched state to punch through the holes on this card and its trees before stitching. I did that with the first tree, but found that I was stitching as if my needle was looking for the holes. So I saved myself the trouble of poking out holes prior to stitching.
Next, I totally did not like the die-cut shape or the sentiment planned for this kit card. So I chose to use one of the extra (yes, there are extras!) banners and stamped Christmas Joy using Emerald Envy ink NOT black. Why not keep the holiday colors!?
Here's all you really need to make this project (well, add some ink, adhesives, scissors and tape)
And here are some of the other products I mentioned using when I made my own projects from the kit:
Taking a break from Thanksgiving today, I'm back to sharing one of my Christmas Cards – because it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge biweekly post. And the challenge this time is to show off some Holiday Cuteness. And aren't these little Christmas Mousies cute?!
When it comes to "Holiday Cuteness" and "Stampin' Up!" this year, there is one Stampin' Up! stamp set that reaches out and grabs me every time I think "cute." The set is called Merry Mice and it's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Not only that, until November 30th, Merry Mice is on sale! It's 25% off, so it's $12.75 for the clear mount set and the wood mount set is just $17.75. To buy either set, just click on a graphic at the end of this post!
Besides being just so cute, these little guys and gal give me something to color! And I do love coloring. As an aside, I've not ever bought one of those adult coloring books for myself because, if I want to color, I just go to my stamp shelf and find an outline stamp to stamp! What could be easier than that?
But back to the mice. The original has the little critters marching along to the right with their holiday decorations and goodies. But when I first saw the stamp, I wondered how I'd use them if I wanted them to march to the left. That really was a passing thought – for a while. Then it came time for this challenge. I really wanted to use the Merry Mice Stamp Set, but I imagined that others in the Design Team would be using it, too, even though there are other truly cute stamps to use this year. So what could I do that was different? Aha! That idea of making the mice march to the left grabbed me and wouldn't let go.
It's been a long time since I made a mirror image of a stamp, and usually that has been to form a reflection as in a body of water. In that case, I don't really have to be that careful to get all the stamping clean. But I tried it anyway, stamping the mice first on a piece of smooth plastic (one side of my Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic). Then I laid my Whisper White Cardstock over the stamped image and pressed down on it – lightly at first and then with a firmer smoothing motion. Those lines weren't as clean as the original stamp, but tracing along them with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker helped the lines out a bit. Not perfect, but it was going to do, especially when I started coloring the critters and their clothes in.
The final touches for this card, after mounting this image first on Garden Green then Real Red Cardstock, was to add some Enamel Dots. I added a star to the tip of each of the mice at the back of the line and then some small dots at either end of the piece of cardstock on which I'd stamped the sentiment.
This not only was definitely fun, but it also got the mirrored mouse brigade idea out of my head! Once is definitely enough, and now I'll go onto some other crazy idea! Meanwhile, check out the other Design Team Members' projects at suochallenges.com. At least one card has just one of these little mice on it. That's fun, too – and that might be my next try at using this stamp set – quickly becoming my favorite for this holiday season!
I mentioned, perhaps in passing, that there are several Stampin' Up! stamp sets on sale for 25% off just in November 2016. Today all I'm going to do is to post links to each of the sets that are on sale. I personally bought a few that I'd decided not to buy because I thought perhaps I wanted to spend my $$$ on other sets. But with the sale, I was hooked. I hope you are, too!!!
Here's the list. You can click on any of the pictures to get directly to my Stampin' Up! store, and then use any of the product numbers under any of the pictures to add products to your order! If you have any questions, be sure to let me know!
I cannot believe that one of my favorite kinds of thin dies not only is going to be in the next annual Stampin' Up! Catalog – but they're now available for us to buy – just for the month of November. By the time you read this, I will have put in my order for these dies and hope to get them by the end of the week. Woo-hoo!
Stitched Shapes Framelits are Squares, Circles and Ovals with STITCHING along the edges! For quite a while, I have owned some rectangular dies with stitching, made by another company. I use them a lot, but don't post them here as much as I use them because I really do like to promote Stampin' Up! products first and foremost. And yesterday I was so excited to think about getting these new Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits, that I just had to get out the stitched framelits I already have and make a card showcasing how much a stitched edge adds to a card!
Just the little bit of stitching makes a lovely impression on a card. OK, maybe I went a bit overboard on this card – I mean, THREE layers with stitching?? But I just wanted to make sure you didn't miss the stitches.
The great thing about this framelit set is that you (and I) can buy it NOW! It will be available beginning today – November 1, 2016. Not only that, there are quite a few stamp sets that pair nicely with these framelits that Stampin' Up! is putting on sale for 25% off, but just during the month of November. Those sets are:
- Greetings from Santa
- Hang Your Stocking
- Christmas Pines
- Merry Mice
- Tin of Tags
- Suite Seasons
- Oh, What Fun!
- Baby Bear, and
- Blooms and Wishes.
Everything else on my card today is Stampin' Up!, though. The Basket of Wishes Stamp Set is one that I'll be using a lot for my Thanksgiving cards this year. With its 3 different baskets and 4 different sets of fruits, flowers and veggies to put in them, along with 4 great sentiments, this stamp set will get me through November just fine!
The twine is the Halloween Night Baker's Twine that didn't come in time for some of my Halloween cards (my fault – you'd think I'd know how to place Stampin' Up! orders by now!). With the Pumpkin Pie color in it, I think it will work going forward, too!
As soon as I get my hands on the Stampin' Up! stitched shape framelits, you'll be sure to see them here! Until then, you could really start some great fall and Thanksgiving cards with this stamp set!