Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today because you are in a for a treat! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Summery Fun! What makes me think of Summer? Flowers! I love all the beautiful flowers the bloom throughout the summer so I decided I would show off the pretty Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) with my projects today.

The first thing I have to share with you is a useful project. I am often making lists and I realized I had just run out of my notepad I keep on the fridge. What better time to make my own!

I started by grabbing some of my computer paper and cutting it to 4 x 9 3/4 (10.16 cm x 23.765 cm). I am not sure how much paper I cut, but I did try to make the thickness as close to a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) as possible. This is important because that matches the width of the Tear & Tape strip. Once I had my paper cut I made it as perfectly lined up as possible at the top. I then held the paper together with binder clips on each side. After that I added the Tear & Tape to the top of the paper. I made sure to press the Tear & Tape down hard so it stuck to the sheets of paper well. Next, I grabbed some of the pretty Perennial Essence DSP and cut it at 4 x 3 3/4 (10.16 cm x 9.525 cm). I used the Be Mine Stitched Dies to give the paper a decorative edge. I laid the DSP under the computer paper and then scored where I would want it to fold over so it would fold easier. I checked to be sure it was lined up with the paper and then folded it over the top. The Tear & Tape keeps it stuck to the top. You do not want to add any glue to the front of the paper so you can tear sheets off easily. I did add some glue to the back of the DSP so it stuck to the last sheet of the notepad. You won’t be able to use this final sheet of paper. Here is a picture highlighting the steps I took so far:

I wanted to dress up the notepad and also make it more sturdy. I first added the lovely Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across the front. It was adhered to the final piece of paper on the back. Of course, I did not want that to show so I also cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4 (11.43 cm x 23.765 cm) to make a base for the notepad. I think it also makes it look more finished. I then used a sentiment the Crafting Forever stamp set to remind myself to still be crafty everyday when I am making those lists! The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I added a layer of Petal Pink card stock cut out with the layering circles Dies as well. Here is a close up of the top of the notepad:

Fun right? I even added a magnet to the back of the pad so I am ready to write out lists once again! Okay, now how about one more project?

Next up is a card I made with the same DSP and the wonderful new Bloom & Grow stamp set!

Fun fact: The DSP used on the card is actually the back of the paper used on the notepad! To make this card I started with a card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (13.97 cm x 21.59 cm) and scored at 4 1/4 (10.795 cm) in the gorgeous Pretty Peacock card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (13.0175 cm x 9.8425 cm). The DSP is cut at 5 x 3 3/4 (12.7 cm x 9.525 cm). I stamped the sentiment from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Very Vanilla card stock. The leaves were also stamped in the same color. I don’t yet have the Pretty Peacock Blends, but I found that the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker was a nice substitute. I colored in the berries with the Light Blackberry Bliss Blends marker. I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the berries as well. Next I cut out the sentiment and a layer of Crumb Cake card stock with the new Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

The pretty ribbon used on this paper is the new Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I used a slightly different way to put this ribbon on because the back of the ribbon is only a Crumb Cake color. So instead of folding it over like I normally would, I actually cut two tails so I could have the front of the ribbon showing in the lower corner. The top corner does have a fold, but you can only see the front. I used glue dots to place the ribbon where I wanted it on the paper. Fun trick, right? I finished off the card by adding the sentiment layer on with dimensionals and adding some Blackberry Bliss springs with my Spring punch.

I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, but there is so much more to go! You need to be sure to head over to the next blog and hop you way through to see all the great Summer Fun ideas.

Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog!

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Melissa Thomas

Corinne Oosterhoff

Sue Vine

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Maureen Rauchfuss

Steph Jandrow

Barbara Welch

Thank you and happy crafting!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags for Christmas Treats!

Hi creative friends!

I am back to share a super cute and easy treat bag you can make for your holiday gifts!  This is the Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags available in the Holiday catalog.  They are a natural colored muslin bags, but the fun comes in when you get to decorate them any way you choose!

These are great for making any small gift pretty!  I chose to dress up my bags using the Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  I stamped directly on the bags with the stamps using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Basic Gray inks.  To make the light bulbs sparkle I took the Fine-Tip Glue pen and spread a little on each bulb.  I then used a small paint brush to smooth out the glue up to the edge of each bulb.  Then I poured Dazzling Diamonds on the glue.  Spreading out the glue into a thin layer really helped it dry quicker and make the bulbs look prettier.  I needed to let that dry for about 5 minutes before doing more to the bag.  I will also mention I put a thick piece of card stock in the bag while I was stamping and adding glue to ensure it would not bleed through. This also gave me a flat surface to work with which made it easier to stamp!  I got some of these great tips from Linda Heller over at www.stampingschool.com.  Thanks Linda! While my glue was busy drying I stamped my sentiment onto Whisper White card stock with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I cut it out with a die from the Farmhouse Framelit Dies.  I then punched out three leaf sprigs using the Sprig Punch and Mossy Meadow paper. To attach the sentiment to my bag I punched a hole in the corner of the die and then threaded it through the white drawstring attached to the bag.  I had to cut off the knot at the end of the bag to do this. I then filled the bag with candy (yum!) and pulled the drawstring tight. I tied a simple knot to keep it on.  I then used the Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow Festive Farmhouse Twine to make a bow.  This was adhered to the sentiment with a glue dot.  I should mention that the reason I used Old Olive to stamp the light bulbs, rather than Mossy Meadow, is because the ink became much darker once I added the glue and Dazzling Diamonds to it.   Old Olive actually looked just like Mossy Meadow once I did this, and it matched the leaf springs and twine perfectly!

That is all there is to it!  This was a pretty quick way to dress up a basic bag and make it extra special for someone.  Do you have any special handmade gifts planned?  If not, grab some of these bags and really make someone’s day with a little treat like this! You can shop for the supplies by clicking here to order from my website.

I will be back again soon so share some cool stuff Stampin’ Up! is coming up with.  You will be super excited to see it!!

~Kristal

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Halloween Goody Box using the Toil & Trouble Suite!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am back again with more Halloween goodness to share with you!  This time I decided to make my own little goody box!

 

I decided to use more of the cute ghost paper I used for the card I made.  The witches hat, cauldron, and black cat were all cut directly from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper.  Isn’t it awesome that Stampin’ Up! made sure the Cauldron Framelits fit the images in the paper as well as the stamps?  The spider webs are also part of the Cauldron Framelits.  I made the Lolly or Accordion paper decoration by cutting a strip of Highland Heather card stock at 1 1/4 by 11.  I then scored it every 1/4 inch.  I adhered the ends together and pushed it all together to make the lolly.  I have found the best way to keep it together is with a glue gun.  I made a belly band out of the Highland Heather paper as well. This was cut at 1 1/2 x 11.  It was just a little short going around so I added a patch of paper that you can’t see under the lolly to keep it all together. I have the Lolly popped up with dimensionals and also added some off the black 1/8 cord to finish things off.  To make the bottom of the box I started with a piece of Basic Black Card Stock cut to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2. I then scored this paper on all 4 sides at 2 inches. For the top of the box I cut out a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square of the Toil & Trouble DSP.  This was scored on all 4 sides at 1 inch.  To make it into a box you need to cut flaps on each end so you can fold it into a box.

Now I am ready to give someone an extra special treat this Halloween.  Will you be making any special treat for your favorite ghouls and goblins?

Remember you will be able to order these wonderful new items as of September 5th!  Still need a catalog?  Let me know and I will send you one!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! wants you to Share What You Love!!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Lots of good news today because Stampin’ Up! is letting you buy some of the NEW catalog goodies early!! Yes there is a early release of the beautiful new suite of products called Share What you Love!  Check out all the goodies you can get!!

There is something for every kind of crafter and you can get the new In-Colors early too!!

In honor of the new items being available I made a little something to show them off:

Here is a close up of the box:

 

See all that pretty paper used on the cards?  It really is super pretty in person.  I used a small amount of it to decorate the mini pizza box too!  The mini pizza box is a great idea for a graduation present as it holds gift cards or money just perfectly! These small 3×3 cards were very easy to create and the Share What You Love paper does all the work.  You can see I used various ribbons but be sure to check out the pretty Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon used on the mini pizza box and one of the cards.  It is very soft and is a wonderful new addition to our ribbon selection! The doily used on the box is pearlized. I wish it showed up better in the photo! I plan on making many more lovely items with this suite.  I am sure you will love it too so add it to your craft suppllies today!  You can get to shopping by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

~Kristal

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Black Cats and Pumpkins make the perfect Halloween Card!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am so excited to get to work on Halloween cards!  It is my favorite holiday so any chance I get to play with Halloween goodies is a treat!  The card I am sharing today is extra special because it is both a card and a Tealight Holder!

Isn’t this fun?  This card is full of new items from the Holiday catalog.  To make this card I started by cutting a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Then I scored that at 4 inches and 8 inches.  When you make those folds you get a little tent structure that allows you to add a tealight inside.  This card requires that you cut through three layers of paper and that is a little too thick for the bigshot to do all at once. The best way to do this is to start with the top layer (patterned paper in this example) and also cut the base layer at the same time (pumpkin pie). Once you run that through you then put the black paper on you cutting mat and add the patterned paper back on top.  Then you put the die in the already cut hole so that it cuts the black in just the right place for you. The adorable pumpkin die used here is from the new Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies.  I added a layer of vellum on the back of the black card stock and then I took the Pumpkin die cutout and adhered that to the vellum.  The black cat was punched out with the awesome new Cat Punch from the fun Spooky Night Designer Series paper.  Stampin’ Up! is so smart to make paper that coordinates with their punches! I then added some of the adorable new Vintage Crochet Trim and Happy Halloween sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  The finishing touch is the new Black Rhinestones Jewels.  I think I need lots of these because I really like them!

This card is great for double duty as home decor and maybe even a table place setting!

I hope this has inspired you to start making your spooky creations.  Are you a maker of Halloween cards?

~Kristal

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