Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Tiny Treat Box Favors

 Hi Everyone!  If you have been a blog follower for awhile you know that I make a lot of party favor type projects.  Today I am sharing a cute little life preserver treat holder with Lifesaver candies inside. 
These use the Tiny Treat Boxes and they are just such a cute size, 2 x2x2 inch boxes.  And not too big that it costs a fortune to fill them up.  I was able to get 10 wrapped lifesavers in each one.

I used the 'Happy' and 'Father's Day' stamps from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have on hand as it has so many little words to mix and match for many occasions.

The 'You're a Lifesaver' comes from the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  I want to do a little ad for the paper Pumpkins right now!  They are so great because each month you get some pre-designed cards or treat holders or some combination of the two, and all the supplies needed to make them, but then once all that is done, you still have the stamp set and ink spot to use again and again.  Your stamp collection will thank you. I am always going to my Paper Pumpkin stamps for just the right sentiment.  And ink spots are great for inking up word stamps and not getting them all inky from the big pads, or for inking up a stamp on your Stamparatus!   You should definitely look into signing up for Paper Pumpkin. Click the link to the right or contact me for more information. 
I made a quick video for how to make the cute life preserver.

The Tiny Treat Boxes are great, consider keeping some around!  Here is a past favor I made with them, filled with citrus truffles from Lindt.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Using Decorative Masks with Bleach

 Hi Everyone! Today I would like to share some cards I made while playing around with  the Decorative Masks and Bleach.  I used bleach on  a card a very long time ago and I figured it was time to do it again.  Of course as soon as I got it into my head to try it, I realized I was out of bleach.  So, the next time I was out at the store I picked up a bottle and later sat down to use it.  I got everything out and ready, cardstock cut and applied the bleach with a sponge.  I thought I would see instant change as I remembered happening before, but nothing happened.  The cardstock looked wet, but it did not change color.  I waited a bit to see if it would change eventually, but no.  Then I noticed something on the bottle of bleach.  'Color Safe'   What?!? How did I not know about color safe bleach?  I was so surprised. I am always so careful about dealing with bleach near the laundry for fear of splashing any on fabric.  Now my laundry is safe, but I couldn't do my craft project.  Next time I was at the store, I looked more carefully at the bleach and bought one that is called 'Splash-less'.  It is a bit thicker to reduce the chance of splashing and accidentally ruining my clothes! And, It is not color safe so I can do my craft projects! YAY!
I finally got to do the card that was floating around in my head for weeks.  The way the bleach reacts to cardstock is different from one color to the next, so try it out on a scrap piece first.  Notice how lime-yellow the Tranquil Tide cardstock turns.  The Balmy Blue turned a soft not quite white/not quite ivory color. I made a short video with tips and tricks to the cards.
My cards use Oh So Eclectic stamps and dies, I love the layering possibilities with this collection.  The sentiment is from Love What You Do.  I hope you like this idea and give it a try. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Broadway Bound with Paper Pmpkin!

Hi Everyone!  We have been given a little insight into what this months Paper Pumpkin kit will look like!  It is said to be a great companion to the Broadway Bound suite of products from the annual catalog!  You do not need to have the Broadway Bound suite, but it's just that the stamps and pieces of the kit are a great set to have with this suite!  Here is a photo of the suite of products in the annual catalog! I love the bold colors and gold accents.  And we all need birthday sets!

To get the June Paper Pumpkin kit you need to subscribe or order by June 10th.  You can buy a one time kit, a 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription (when you pre-pay all at once you save $1 a month on the 6 months or buy 11 get the 12ths free on the 12 month prepaid plan) , or do a monthly pay as you go subscription.  Click the Paper Pumpkin icon to the right to subscribe on the pay as you go monthly subscription, or go to my web store by clicking Shop Stampin' Up! under my blog header to shop for the 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepay.  You can also add some items from the Broadway Bound collection to your order.  You earn Stampin' Rewards on orders over $150 and frequent buyer rewards too!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Here are some products you may want to add:

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guest tutorial writer ~ Coffee Painting

Hi everyone.  I was honored to be asked once again to make a tutorial for SplitcoastStampers, one of my all time favorite websites! This time they asked me to make a tutorial for a card I made a few years back where I painted with coffee!  I love painting with coffee, maybe it's the smell that it gives off while I work or just that it's my favorite drink, but it's a fun idea and people get a kick out it when they receive a coffee painted card, so I just love doing it.  I hope that you will give it a try.  

You can find my tutorial here at the SplitcoastStampers website.  There are step by step instructions as well as a video that I made.
If you do give it a try, please add your creation to the gallery, I would love to see it! 
My tutorial card uses a stamp called Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.   I also made another card by just painting free hand.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, leave me some love if you check it out!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enjoy Life!

I thought I would share what has been keeping me busy this week. The other room moms and I are putting together an end of the year party for the 5th graders.  Since it is their last year at the school and they will be moving on to Middle School, the school lets the 5th graders have a big party at a nearby park with fun and games and ice cream. We also put together a little summer themed gift bag for each of the kids, 78 in all, 
I was in charge of decorating the bags.  One of the items in the bag is a bike lock so they can ride around town and meet up with friends, and keep the bikes from getting taken. I thought of this new stamp set called Enjoy Life because of the bike image, but it is a great stamp set for a whole bunch of reasons and I know I will get a lot of use out of it.  The set was designed with one of last years Million Dollar Sales Achievers, Connie Fitzgerald. She designed it with her children in mind. The sentiments are great words to live by and the images are amazing.  You can do a lot of fun techniques with the silhouette images in this set.  It will be available starting June 1st when the catalog goes live at noon (MT). 

I stamped the image in Black Stazon ink, then used an Aqua Painter to apply the ink, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point.  The papers I used here are old retired papers. Since I had to make 78 (I rounded up to 80 to be safe),  I used lunch bags, but I think they look sweet all dresses up and lunch bags remind the kids of school anyway, so it was a win win!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Number of Years stamp set and Large Number dies

Today I had a customer contact me about the Number of Years stamp set and matching Large Letter framelit dies.  Did you know they are retiring?  I did, but I wanted to point them out because they are truly fantastic and perfect for both scrapbooking and card making! I am so glad she reminded me about them so I could remind you about them!   They pair perfectly with the Large Letter frameltis, and make fun eclipse technique cards for birthdays and Graduations too!  They are currently on a "While supplies last" status, so don't delay, get them while you can.

My favorite stamp in the set is the "again" as in look who's turning 29 "again"!  Too funny.  I can't pull off the 29 again but maybe I can turn 39 again a few more times?
I found a few older projects that I made with them.  I know I made many more, but I don't think I still have photos.

  Hurry before they are gone. and check out the rest of the great retiring products!

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