Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Country Christmas

First of all, I love center fold cards or any other fold-cards, I just love folds, that's all ( I only wish I loved folding clothes this much!!). Continuing my amore for folding paper you can only imagine how happy I was when I saw these folded Christmas Trees! I used Crumb paper and Under the Christmas Tree Designer Paper. I already used this paper for my box which I made with the envelope punch board. It's a thicker kind of paper and I thought that it would be perfect with the rustic feel that I wanted to give this card. Here is a great tutorial for a center step card if you would like to give it a go.
Click HERE for instructions on how to fold the trees.
Or... you can look thru the pictures below and try to figure it out without any further instructions. In my card I used the Trim The Tree Design Paper. The large tree was made from half of a 3.5 inch circle and the little one from half of a 2 inch circle. In the future I would probably use a circle larger than 2 inch for this project because it was just too difficult to fold the tree.

Monday, November 24, 2014

How to get clear blocks to stick...

It has been my dilemma as to what to do with the little problem of clear blocks simply not sticking to my stamps or vice versa.

Clear mount stamps are so great in so many ways.

 * They are way cheaper than the wood mount  stamps so you get to buy more stamps.

* You can also position them easily as the block is , yes that's right, clear. Not only that, you can actually put a few of them together on one block to spell out a person's name for example. Now, that's great!

* They are great to store because they take very little space.

One thing that you will not like about the clear mount stamps is that with time they will get less sticky and therefore will not stick to the clear block. Some people clean them in soapy water, others rub the foamy part on their pants and it works... sometimes. It seems that a common remedy for this horribly annoying problem is to take two way glue pen. Put some  glue on the foam part of the stamp, let it dry and then attach it to the mounting block. You will be able to take it off and put it back on!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stamping on Candles

Although it looks complicated, when you master the art of candle stamping you will be able to have a nice production line going of the Holiday gifts which will cost you a fraction of what you'd pay for it in the store. Here is the tutorial on stamping on candles that I found on splitcoast. After you read it, you will know that you will be stamping on a tissue paper. You will then cut out the images. I like to cut out the images not leaving much tissue around. The less tissue you will leave, the easier it will be to incorporate the image into the candle. I also take the cut out images and place them all around the candle with tiny bit of glue (just to hold them in place), that way I will have my entire candle designed before the heat gun goes off.

I used Ornamental Pine to stamp this candle. I then used a piece of paper and a ribbon to decorate the top.

Shells are always a favorite. Many people put shells and candles in the bathrooms. I had some sand dollars and I
glue-gunned them to the twine and voila!

In this case, I stamped the images onto the tissue paper (yes, just a regular tissue paper) with the versamark. I then sprinkled some gold embossing powder on and embossed it with the heat gut. That way your image on the candle will actually have a shine to it. Fun, isn't it?!?!
Or if all else fails, you can pick up our Lovely As A Tree go-to set and use it for your Thanksgiving table candle.
I'm telling you, gift giving doesn't have to be expensive, it's all about the love you put into it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northern Flurry Holiday Card

How great is it when you take a piece of paper, run it thru the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (or any fun embossing folder as a matter or fact) and you practically have the entire card done. You could have easily just stamped the greeting on the flat part of the card and be done with it. But.... that's not the case with me... I have to add, embellish, bedazzle.... Nothing wrong with a little bling bling. 

Materials used:
4-1/4 by 11 Sof Sky Paper
4 by 5-1/4 Whisper White Paper
Not Quite Navy Paper
Not Quite Navy Ink
Unknown Holiday Greeting stamp
Dazzling Details glitter gel
Soft Sky Ribbon
Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A gift of cards

With the holiday approaching I always come up with card bundles to give to the teachers. As I am in the midst of having fun with my brand new envelope punch board, I came across tutorial for this particular box. I used Sweet Taffy Designer paper for the body, Old Olive paper for the strip and the Bloom For You stamp (in Elegant Eggplant) and the Fun Flower punch.

Oh yes, you can bling it up a little bit if you wish... and I do wish.... because it's all about that bling....
Here we go, my Friends!
This box will hold up to 6  4 -1/4 by 5-1/2 cards and envelopes. However the capacity will vary depending on the cards that you are placing inside.
1. Take 9 by 9 piece of paper.
2. Align at 3-1/2.
Now punch and score.

3. Don't turn the paper, just move it to 4-1/2. Punch and score.
4. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat step 2 and 3. This is what you should have.
5. On the two opposite sites, align score marks with the score guide (there are two on each side). Punch score both of them. Repeat on the opposite site.
6. Make 4 small snips on the score lines on each side of the flaps of the box or you can cut out the little squares completely. I tend to keep them as I feel that they make the box sturdier.

7. Fold the score lines and your box will start coming to life.
Have fun!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ornamental Pine Christmas Wishes

I had this card at my workshop yesterday. We used Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke for paper and Always Artichoke and Early Espresso for the ink. The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler as well and of course the stamp set is the Ornamental Pine. Are you sick and tired to see me use this set yet?!? If you are worried about cutting out the pine cones, the paper snips scissors work just great for it!

Winter catalog supplement

We have a new Winter Catalog Supplement  with items not included in the main Holiday catalog. There are some Project Life Accessory packs and ready to put together card sets such as Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit or the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit that you may enjoy. They both come with 20 cards and envelopes and everything to make your cards pretty!

12 Days of Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set
12 Days Of Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $18.95
12 Days of Christmas Wood-mount Stamp Set
12 Days Of Christmas Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $26.95
6 x 8 Project Life Envelopes Pages
6" X 8" Project Life Envelopes Pages
Price: $4.95
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Price: $22.95
Black Leather 12 x 12 Project Life Album
Black Leather 12" X 12" Project Life Album
Price: $29.95
Cherry 6 x 8 Project Life Album
Cherry 6" X 8" Project Life Album
Price: $9.95
Espresso 6 x 8 Project Life Album
Espresso 6" X 8" Project Life Album
Price: $9.95
Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit
Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit
Price: $29.95
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Price: $14.95
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Price: $9.95
Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set
Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $15.95
Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
Price: $25.95
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $15.95
Project Life Journaling Pens
Project Life Journaling Pens
Price: $4.95
Stars Framelits Dies
Stars Framelits Dies
Price: $26.95
Variety Pack 6 x 8 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
Price: $5.95
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit
Price: $24.95
Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer Stamp Set
Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $11.95

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday crackers with envelope punch board

I think that I really need to take a class in photography. These holiday crackers are simply adorable in real life and not as adorable in the picture. They will be perfect as place cards on your Holiday table as long as you put something delicious inside of course! Actually here is a little information on the history of Holiday Crackers if you really care...

Here is my second attempt on a decent picture of the cracker....
Ok so finally I give up. I found these crackers on line and yes, apparently others take way better pictures than I do.
This is how you make them:
1.You will need   5-1/2" x 6" designer paper.
2. Take the 6" side at the top and score at 1-1/4" and 4-3/4".
3. Take the 5-1/2" side at the top and score at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 3-3/4", and 5".
4. Time for Envelope Punch Board! With the 6 inch paper at the top fold the first score line, line it up with 1-1/4 and punch. Flip it around and once again line up with 1-1/4 and punch. Moving on, unfold that score line and fold the next score line and again line up with 1-1/4  and punch. Continue the same way with all the score lines until you achieve this: 
I think that Julie has the best video out there on how to make this creation. Thank you Julie!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ornamental Pine - Triple Stamping

I can finally say that I have used every single stamp from the Ornamental Pine set. This time around I used Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke papers and Early Espresso and Always Artichoke inks. The pinecone was stamped and cut out to overlap the different layers. Once again this is Triple Stamping  (well, not really triple because I only used two layers, not three) technique in action. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Banner Blessings - New Polymer Stamp Set

And a very good morning to you all!
Stampin Up just released a new polymer stamp set - Banner Blessings. I love when they add something new here and there!

I have a feeling that we will be able to put it into a good use!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Goodie bags with envelope punch board

I thought that these cuties would be absolutely perfect at the Holiday table as a little place card and a goodie bag for the guests. I used Christmas paper for this particular bag but if you use fall colors, it would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table amongst all the beautiful decorations.

Yes, I figured that you'd ask me how to make it. All you need is a 6 by 6 paper (I am using All Is Calm Designer Paper from the Holiday Catalog) and the envelope punch board. Line the paper with 1.5 inch mark and score and punch. Turn 90 degrees anti-clock wise, line it with 2.5 inch score and punch. Turn 90 degrees, line up with 1.5 inch score and punch and once again turn, line up with 2.5 inch and score and punch. Now go to your score lines that don't have punches and line up the little lip on the envelope punch with the score line and score and punch. Do that with all the score lines which don't have a punch. Am I complicating things? But of course, so here is the video.

Note that the little 7/8 scalloped punch used on the box is a part of the WEEKLY DEALS thru 11/17/14!! Enjoy!