Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowman Candy Holder using Stylin' Snowfolk from Stampin' Up! and my Big Shot

Good Morning My Stamping Friends! 

I'm stopping in to share another little project I made to sell at my Stampin' Up! booth at the craft fairs this season. These cute little snowman candy holders are just perfect for leaving a little treat for a school teacher, mail carrier, bus driver, Mr. Brown (ha ha ha ....for all the non-demos reading this, that means the UPS Man), pet sitter, Sunday School teacher, bank teller or grocery store worker. They are so easy to make you can share one with everybody.

I recently joined Pinterest and this was something I saw on there that I just had to duplicate. I used the Two Tags die and my Big Shot for the snowman base and I used the modern label punch and the curly label punch for his hat. To make the snowman face and the buttons on his belly I pulled out my Stylin' Snowfolk stamp set. I finished him off with a 3/8 inch stitched satin ribbon in gumball green as his scarf, stuck the kit-kats inside and sealed it up.  It was so easy to make. Give it a try!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Gift Card Holders using Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up!

Well, I was on a roll with my personal blog challenge of posting every weekday in December but that all went kaflooey when one of my little lassies got a tummy bug for TWO FULL DAYS which brought us to the pediatricians and then to the ER. Poor girl was so sick. She is all better now but everyday life seemed to take over (meaning: making things to sell at craft fairs, showing all my Hispanic friends at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party how to stamp with all our wonderful Stampin' Up! products - photos of that coming soon - a belated anniversary celebration of sharing a delicious dinner and theatre tickets with my in-laws, my oldest daughter's school band concert, Holiday parties and oh yeah, several days of NO EMAIL since I use and their whole system across the US was down! Whew thats a lot of stuff. ) . Soooo, my challenge has changed a little bit but the end result will still be the same for you. Instead of posting every weekday in December, I'm going to post 21 times this month (which equals out to one post every weekday in December). This means that I'll be posting more than once a day so come visit often and you'll see lots of Christmas stuff that I've been working on.

One thing I worked on this week was fulfilling some orders I received at a craft show. I made gift tags, candy holders and gift card holders. The gift card holders were so much fun. I made lots of different kinds as you can see. I used Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up! for the gift card holders pictured here.
Gift Card holders using Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter
and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up!

I even made my own designer series cardstock. I needed the thickness of the cardstock but wanted the look of Designer Series Paper so I just went ahead and made my own. Sooooo much fun. You can do 'random stamping' like I did on the Christmas Tree or pointsettia cardstock, or you can so a specific pattern like I did on the candy cane, gingerbread man and hot cocoa cardstock.  So, which one is your favorite? Oh, if you're trying to copy mine exactly, keep in mind that in this photo my cardstock is already cut to the size I needed for this project.

Designer Series Cardstock handmade using Scentsational Seasons,
and Watercolor Winter from Stampin' Up!

Here is a photo of the inside of the project. I attached a folded envelope (which created two pockets) to the inside of my hand stamped designer series cardstock. In the pockets I placed two little decorated blank cards where you could write a note and attach a gift card. I finished it off with a belly band to keep everything inside.
Inside view of the Gift Card holders using
Watercolor Winter from Stampin' Up!
These alwasy get a great reaction for the person that receives them. Hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fussy Cut Watercolor Winter Christmas Card with More Merry Messages from Stampin' Up!

Hello there My Stamping Friends, I'm keeping up with my December Daily Posting Challenge so today I'm sharing a card I made using the Watercolor Winter and the More Merry Messasges stamp sets from Stampin' Up!
Watercolor Winter Fussy Cut with More Merry Messages by Stampin' Up!
I really enjoyed making this card because it was so fun, simple, quick and gets a big reaction when you give it away.  I started with half a sheet of confetti cream cardstock and stamped several pointsettia's from Watercolor Winter, along the short edge (making sure that you could see the whole flower along the right side of the cardstock). I stamped the outline of the pointsettia in cherry cobbler and the inside of the petals in real red. Once those were stamped I grabbed my snips and cut along the outside edge of the pointsettias (hence the name 'fussy cutting').

Watercolor Winter Fussy Cut with More Merry Messages by Stampin' Up! inside view
Next I chose a sentiment from More Merry Messages and stamped that in the 'center' of the front of the card. Once the sentiment was stamped I could stamp the rest of the pointsettias to frame the sentiment. Next I used gumball green and old olive to stamp the pine branches just on the edge of the inside of the card so you could still see it when the card was closed.

The cutting is what took the most time and I'd say that took less than a minute. The whole card took probably 5 minutes and I really like how it came out. So, what do you think? Leave some love in the comment section of my blog. I can't tell you how you all brighten my day by leaving such nice notes.

Have a super fantastic day,

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gingerbread Man Spinner card using Scentsational Seasons from Stampin' Up!

Happy December My Stamping Friends! I LOVE this time of year, its getting colder outside (well, not today since its heading to 70 degrees in Northern VA!) and the anticipation of Christmas is so much fun. I LOVE making Christmas cards and sending them off to friends and family.

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my stamp club this month. Its a Spinner Card made with the gingerbread man from Scentsational Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up!.

Gingerbread man penny spinner card using Scentsational Season stamp set,
Holiday Collection framelits dies, Big Shot and colored Basic Rhinestones

My card base is gumball green and I used the Stampin' Up! Be of Good Cheer designer series paper for the first layer. I used a layer of very vanilla and then added a layer of cherry cobbler on dimensionals to give it some lift (in order to make the gingerbread man spin, more on that later on). I stamped the sentiment from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set. On a seperate piece of very vanilla cardstock, I stamped the gingerbread man from Scentsational Seasons and cut him out using the coordinating Holiday Collection framelits dies and my Big Shot.

To make the gingerbread man spin, I stuck two pennies together using a dimensional and slid that on the 'track' I punched out with my word window punch. Then I used a dimensional to attach the gingerbread man to the penny stack and away he went. I think this photo might help explain what I just tried to describe.
Close up of the penny spinner for the Gingerbread man penny spinner card using Scentsational
Season stamp set, Holiday Collection framelits dies, Big Shot and colored Basic Rhinestones

I topped my gingerbread man off with some basic rhinestones colored with a red sharpie marker (did you know you can color the Stampin' Up! basic rhinestones with sharpie markers??) and I stuck them where his buttons were. Since the rhinestones have a sticky back, they were so easy to add.

The card took less than 10 minutes to make and is a big WOW for kids and adults that haven't see a card spin before. Give it a try and let me know what you end up with. I'd love to check out your creations. Meanwhile, leave some love in the comment section on my blog. It always makes my day.

Make sure you come back tomorrow because I have challenged myself to post at least every week day in December. Lets see how I do.

And don't forget that the last day to purchase supplies from the current Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is January 2, 2013. If you want your goodies to arrive as a Christmas gift for someone, you should order before Dec 12th, but keep in mind that holiday shipping volumes are high at this time of year and you might want to consider ordering earlier than Dec 12th.

Have a super day today,