Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Little Christmas Favor

This turned out sooooo cute, that I thought I’d make a little tutorial for you!

For the ‘box’ portion of the favor, use the fancy favor die.  The ‘height’ of the finished box is 2 1/8″ just so you do not need to cut out the full box. I think I used a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock so I could get two of these from a piece of cardstock.

Next cut a piece of designer series paper 12″ x 3″.  Put one end through the window framelit that fits the size of the paper.  Run it through the Big Shot.  I only went through to catch the part that would cut then backed it back out.

Put your box together.


Now start by applying to the front of the box, wrapped around the bottom and up the back like in the pictures.

 Fold a print tag like this picture.

Add adhesive to the back like in this picture….make sure you DON’T put any on the top as you will slide the top of your dsp under the tag as your closure.

Set(s): Affection Collection
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival dsp, Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags
Ink: Gumball Green
Other: Fancy Favor XL Die, Hearts Framelits, Ribbon Lace Punch, Windows Framelits, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals


Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Fall Banner

I LOVE making framed art.  Now really…I think it is just more fun than ANYTHING!!  (okay…cards first….especially CAS ones…then framed art!)  I have this whole collection of frames I have picked up over the years in so many different sizes and colors.  This was one of the frames from my collection.  I’m not going to go into a lot of details on this but just some general directions.

Basically I used the Howlstooth and Scaringbones dsp as the inspiration for the colors on my piece and that was what I used for my ‘banners’ (and the bottom left grey/vanilla polka dotted panel).  The More Mustard background used the leaves from Autumn Accents Die in More Mustard to create a texture.  I used the Large Scallop Edgelit and some of the Grey/Black striped satin ribbon on the base.  The letters are Basic Black that I layered onto cardboard then cut out with the Typeset Alphabet dies.  The decorations were leaves cut from More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Grey and Champagne Glimmer paper.  The flowers are Champagne Glimmer Boho Blossom Punch with a Basic Black brad in the center.  The banner is strung together with a piece of Very Vanilla 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.  Oh and of course, lots and lots and lots of dimensionals.

Set(s): None
Paper: Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Grey, Howlstooth and Scareybones dsp, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: None
Other: Autumn Accents Die, Typeset Alphabet Die, Boho Blossom Punch, Neutrals Brads, Black/Grey Striped Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Large Scallop Edgelit, Dimensionals



Tweet Leaves

If are are a frequent visitor to my blog you probably noticed my love of this little ‘Tweet Leaves’ stamp done in emboss resist.  Yep..LOVE it!  Well, I still had one more leaf ready to go so thought I’d made a CAS card for the hope.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla 3 x 5 1/2 and I rounded the upper left corner and ran it through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I took another piece of Very Vanilla, round the upper right corner.  I cut out the Maple Leaf from the Autumn Accents die, stamped the image using versamark (I used a stamp-a-ma-jig for placement) and clear embossed.  I then sponged More Mustard, Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobble ink on it.  I cut out some leaves from the Champagne Glimmer paper and added them behind the leaf then added the leaf to the panel.  I made a ‘bow’ from the Natural Cotton 7/8″ Ribbon and a Lucky Limeade Printed Designer Brad and added to the panel.  Finally I stamped the greeting using Cherry Cobbler then added the panel to the card front using dimensionals.

Set(s): Tweet Leaves, Petite Pairs
Paper: Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer
Ink: Versamark, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Autumn Accents Die, Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon, Incolor Designer Brads, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder Corner Rounder, Dimensional



Baby Boutique

The base of the card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 So Saffron.  I took a piece of Whisper White, ran it through the Polka Dotted Embossing Folder, layered it on Pool Party then to the card base using dimensionals.  My little panel has lots of fun layers.  I took a piece of Whisper White and layered on Island Indigo then to the card front using dimensionals.  The cloud are the icing in the cupcake punch, run through the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  The sun is a 3/4″ So Saffron circle added with a dimensionals.  The waves are Pool Party and Island Indigo Adorning Accents Edglits (but the ‘throw away’ part).  The boat is So Saffron, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  And the greeting was stamped with Island Indigo on So Saffron and cut out with the Bitty Banner Framelits.

Set(s): Baby Boutique, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo, So Saffron
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, So Saffron
Other: Polka Dotted Embossing Folder, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Cupcake Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Adorning Accents Edgelits,  Bitty Banners Framelits, Dimensionals


Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

Ghoulish Ghouls

It’s time again for another SUO challenge and this time the theme is Bags and Boxes.  Well the Holiday Mini made THAT easy with the FUN Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit!

SHHHH…don’t tell!  This is also going to be a mnt in some of my workshops this month!  It’s just too cute NOT to share!  Like I said the Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit makes this fun and easy!  I took the Glassine bag and ran it through the Spider Web Embossing Folder.  I stamped the mummy onto the oval tag then took three pieces of the Howlstooth and Scaringbone dsp, cut into banners, added behind the oval tag.  I stamped boo onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie, cut with the Bitty Banners Framelit and added to the oval using dimensional.  I punch two hole in the tag/bag then tied the bag closed using a piece of the Pumpkin Pie/Whisper White Baker’s Twine that came with the kit.  I finished it off with a googlie for the mummy’s eye.  What a fun, fun way to give a Halloween treat!

Set(s): Googly Ghouls
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Howlstooth and Scaring Bones dsp
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1/8” hole punch, Dimensionals





Making “Bows”

Okay…well, every time I post a card using one of my ‘bows’ I get multiple emails on ‘how do I make such perfect bows’.  Well today I bribed my DH with peanut butter cookies to help me shoot the photos I needed for this online tutorial.  So…click to read more and to see the picture of how I make the perfect ‘bows’…

First, I need to explain that there absolutely NO TYING or using of ANY SPECIAL DEVICES to make my ‘bows’.  All you need is some ribbon, a brad, and your hands (oh, and some practice until you get the hang of it!)

Pick a brad.  For the purpose of this tutorial and getting some good pictures I used the 5/16” neutral brad.  This is MUCH TOO LARGE for the ribbon I am using but I was able (well my DH was able to) shoot it better with it!


So take a brad (really I’ve use ALL the various brads that SU sells…they all work!) and spread the prongs apart.  One of the secrets for making the perfect ‘bow’ is to make sure you really spread these prongs apart.  The first picture shows the brad, the second one is looking down into the back of the brad once you spread the prongs apart and the third picture shows the side view of the brad so you can see they really are spread far apart.  Now set that aside and work on the ribbon.

We are going to start with making a single ‘bow’…

Take a piece of ribbon.  Now there are two parts that you need to be familiar with…the ‘hangy’ down part and the ‘loopy’ part.  In the first picture the ‘hangy down part is on top and goes to the right.  The ‘loopy’ part is over the the left.

In the second picture I made a ‘loopy’ part over to the right and the brought the ‘hangy’ down part over the top and crossing over to the left.  You want to notice the to two ‘hangy’ down parts are on the top and the two ‘loopy’ parts are on the bottom.  This is important for a good finished ‘bow’.

Now take your ‘bow’ that you are holding and shove it down between the open prongs.  Squeeze the prongs shut.  I usually make a hole in the my project and put the ends of the brad in the hole and use like a regular brad except it is now a pretty ‘bow’.  Before you close the prongs on the back, you might want to turn it over to make sure you have the brad ‘centered’ in your bow.  If you are careful, you can pull on the ‘hangy’ down parts if you need to even out a loop – that takes a little practice though too!


Now how is that for the perfect ‘bow’! (oh…I did switch to a vintage brad instead of the 5/16” neutral brad that I was using to shoot the tutorial)

Go practice that for awhile until you are comfortable making single bows and now it is time to work on the double ‘bow’.  Start with the same ‘brad’ preparation.


You are going to make a second ‘loopy’ part on the left (you will notice it is down below the first one), cross over behind and make a second ‘loopy’ part to the right.  Notice this loop is ABOVE the first one.  As you are finishing off the second right ‘loopy’ part, bring the ribbon up and around the top to form the loop and cross the end over the top of your initial ‘hangy’ down end.  You know have two loops on each side with the two ‘hangy’ down parts crossed on the top.

Now, just like with your single loop bow, shove your ‘bow’, ‘loopy’ sides in first between the open prongs of the brad.  Depending on the ribbon you are using the the brad you are using, it can take a little work to get it in there.  Because this ribbon (the 5/8” satin) is a thicker ribbon, I just bent the prongs over the back of the ‘bow’ when I was finished.  In this case, I would probably use sticky strip to attach to my card.  Again I switched the brad before showing you the finished ‘bow’.


Now a couple of additional notes…

I LOVE making the ‘bows’ with the 3/8” taffeta ribbon and the seam bindings for my smaller bows.  These ribbons are very easy to work with and you can use such a wide range of brads.  I just love make little tiny ‘bows’ by using our regular gold and silver brads.  It takes some practice to get this little bows just right but once you do, they are just DARLING!  Here’s an example of the little ‘bows’ made with the seam binding and the small brad.

I LOVE using the Glitter brads but have find that you have to be careful when you work with these as the prongs will snap off.  It happens…just get another one!  The Vintage Brads and the Rhinestones brads are fun to use too!

I also LOVE making bows with the 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  It is EXTREMELY lumpy and using really do need to add these with the sticky strip!

And one final thing…when wanting to make it look like it is ‘tied’ on the card, I take a second piece of the ribbon and after I have put the ‘bow’ between the prongs’ I layer this piece of ribbon between the prongs then close them up.  This works best when you have an extra layer where you can tuck the ends under.  Check out my card here.

Okay…I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!  And speaking of tutorials, if you stop by tomorrow (Sunday, January 9th – just incase you are stopping by another time), I will be sharing another cool project with a FREE tutorial!  Until then…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Tweet Leaves

Tweet LeavesOh…trust me…I’m not done with this fun little stamp yet!  LOL!!  I thought the colors for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge was just PERFECT for another Tweet Leaves card so I just went for it.  You couldn’t possibly be sick of it…I still have another one for you!

We have such a FABULOUS color challenge this week… Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade and Rich Razzleberry and I just LOVE it on this card.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla and I used my Apothecary Framelites to create the card base.  Then I used one of the smaller framelits, cut another in Very Vanilla and ran that through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  This is added to the card base using dimensionals.  Once again cut out a Very Vanilla leaf from the Autumn Accents, stamped in versamark and clear embossed then sponged on the three colors of ink.  I stamped the greeting in Rich Razzlebery on Very Vanilla, cut into a banner and added a ribbon lace Tangerine Tango strip underneath it before adding to the card front.  I made a ‘bow’ (click here for my tutorial) using the natural 7/8” cotton ribbon (LOVE IT!) and a Lucky Limeade Incolor Printed brad.  I added the bow to the leaf then the leaf to the card front using dimensionals.

This week on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition 2012 our team has been creating with the Fall products in the mini!  WOW…what a creative bunch!  But you need to be a subscriber to see our exclusive projects.  Subscription price is $29.95…for 30 INCREDIBLE projects each with a full downloadable tutorial.  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and join today!

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!