Thursday, November 18, 2010

Picture Snowglobe

We made these snowglobe cards at my November Stamp Club Workshop. Everyone brought in a picture to put in the snowglobe and we turned each of our cards into a personalized memento. This particular Sheltie snowglobe is very special to me. As some of you know, our dear Sheltie Bella has cancer and lately we have had some rough days. This picture of Bella was taken around our neighborhood lake earlier this year, when she could still make it on longer walks. I will put this card on our mantle this year along with the one that I made of our son.

Lisa asked: I was wondering if the 'globe' is actually filled with liquid? It looks like it is in the photo, but if so, how did you seal it?
My snowglobe is not filled with any liquid. I just put the tiniest bit of Silver Glass Glitter in it before I sealed it. Mine is more of a shaker card. I have seen some snowglobes that have been filled with liquid, but I wouldn't count on the liquid-filled kind being a permanent keepsake. I think the adhesive would weaken and the liquid would eventually seep out. Here is a link to a blog that shows you how to do the water-filled kind: Tis a real Sweet Snowglobe. I hope this helps.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Sweet Snowglobe, Four the Holidays; Wheel: Soft Holly; Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler; Markers: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist; Punches: 1-¾” Circle, Scallop Trim Corner; Other: Silver Glass Glitter, Sweet Treat Cup, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Wheel Handle, Ink Cartridge, Color Spritzer Tool
Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Patties

These Santas are a little thank you that I tucked into the club orders this month. They are free-standing Santas with a foil wrapped peppermint patty nested between the triangles. They would make a cute Christmas guest favor, a place card holder or if you put some ribbon on them, an adorable Santa ornament. My inspiration for these santa patties came from Sandy Hancock’s incredibly cute wine bottle topper.

For instructions and more photos, please see below...

Short & Sweet Stamp Set, Card Stock: Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink: Real Red, Pink Pirouette; Punches: 1-¾” Scallop Circle, Ornament, Word Window, ½” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack,; Crop-a-dile ; White Gel Pen; Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, sticky strip; mini glue dots; Tombow Multi Glue, Pearson's Peppermint Patties.

  • Triangular Hat/Body Pieces: Start with a 3-½” x 3” Real Red card stock piece. On one of the 3 inch sides, make a mark at 2”. On the other 3 inch side, make a mark at 1”. Using your cutter, cut from the 1” mark to the nearest corner diagonally. Then cut from the 2” mark to the nearest corner diagonally. Then cut from the 1” mark to the 2” mark. (see diagram below)
  • Beard: Punch a 1-¾” Scallop Circle out of Whisper White. Score and fold in half. Emboss one of the outer halves with Iridescent Ice EP. Stamp Greeting on the inside.
  • Head: Punch an Ornament out of Pink Pirouette CS. Use a round pencil eraser and pink pirouette to make the rosy cheek marks.
  • Nose: Punch a ½” Circle out of Pink Pirouette CS.
  • Eyes: Punch two Whisper White circles with the circle punch from the itty bitty shapes pack. Punch two Basic Black circles with the larger hole from the Crop-a-dile. Add eye detail with white gel pen.
  • Hat pom-pom: Punch one Whisper White scallop with the scallop punch from the itty bitty shapes pack. Emboss with Iridescent Ice EP.
  • Headband: Punch one whisper white Word Window Piece. Feed piece through one side and shorten to 1-3/8”. Emboss with Iridescent Ice EP.
    Adhere the punched pieces of the face together with Tombow Multi Glue. Adhere the face onto one of the Real Red Triangles. Adhere a peppermint patty behind the head/triangle piece with sticky strip, making sure that the patty is hidden when viewed from the front. Adhere the other red triangle behind the peppermint patty with sticky strip, making sure that both triangles line up. Adhere the top of the red triangles together with a mini glue dot. Then adhere the pompom to the top of the hat with Tombow Multi glue.

    Thanks for visiting!!
    I treasure every comment and I’m happy to answer your questions.
  • Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Delightful Decorations Card and Box

    I made this Delightful Decorations Card and Box as samples for my November Club Workshop. I'm trying to showcase a particular set at each of the club workshops and this time I chose Delightful Decorations, because of its versatility. The card was super easy to make with the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. It's hard to see from the picture, but the ornament on the card was stamped twice and a 1" circle was punched out of the top cherry cobbler one and the old olive one was nested in behind it on dimensionals. I wanted to give the ornament the look of the ones we had on our tree growing up, where the inside of the ornament was concave. To create the box I used the matchbox die and my Bigshot. Inside there are 4 Hershey's nuggets wrapped in strips of Jolly Holiday Paper.

    Supplies: Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Sincere Salutations; Card Stock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive; Punches: Ornament, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle; Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta, BigShot, Matchbox Die

    Thanks for visiting!!
    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Christmas Bingo Prizes

    Here are the prizes I made for Christmas Bingo at my November Stamp Club workshop. I wanted to make sure that everyone received a prize, so they couldn’t be too expensive. My neighbor came up with the idea to use Rolos, when I had trouble finding the smaller size of foil-wrapped Hershey’s bars. I used 4” x 3-1/2” pieces of designer series paper to cover the Rolos, which meant that I could get 9 covers out of one sheet of paper. The 4 inches didn’t completely cover to the ends of the Rolos, but after experimenting I decided that the brown edge looked better anyway. I think these Rolo prizes would make a nice Christmas favor for minimal expense and effort.

    Jolly Bingo Bits, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Old Olive CS, Whisper White CS, Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, 1-3/8” Circle Punch, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber, Crop-a-dile, Rolos

    Thanks for visiting!

    Christmas Bingo

    We played Christmas Bingo at my November Stamp Club. I wanted to showcase the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. I think this set is a "must have", because those little images are great for decorating everything from corners of envelopes to ornaments. Even though there are only 24 images, you can make more bingo images by stamping some of the images in different colors (for example: the cardinal can also be a blue jay). I punched the bingo covers with the 3/4" punch out of scrap pieces of Real Red and Garden Green card stock. The scallop edge pieces are the calling pieces. I pulled these out of an extra clam shell case. I also randomized the images so that each card was different. Everyone was a winner. I'll post the prizes I gave out tomorrow.

    Stamp Sets: Bingo Card, Jolly Bingo Bits; Card Stock: Garden Green, Real Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point; Punches: Scallop Edge, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle; Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain; Jumbo 5/8" Chocolate Chip Brads, Sponge Dauber, Distressing Tool

    Question: Anonymous asked: "How many calling pieces & bingo cover pieces did you use?" I believe I had thirty different calling pieces total and twenty-five cover pieces per card. However, if I were doing this again I would up the number of calling pieces by at least 5 to 10. With thirty calling pieces the game worked best if Bingo was gained by just getting one row. When we played to get the letter 'S', most people got an 'S' (or practically a blackout) at the same time. The number of cover pieces needed could be reduced if only playing for rows. I hope that helps.

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Christmas Tag Wallet

    Christmas gift tags are HOT this year. I wanted to find a way to display and give my gift tags and so I came up with this Christmas Tag Wallet. Stampin' Up has so many great tag sets available right now. Just choose the tag set you like and create multiples to give away in this cute little project. To make your own Christmas Tag Wallet, please see the video tutorial and written instructions below.

    Stamp Set: Tags til Christmas, Delightful Decorations, Jolly Bingo Bits, To & From Tag; Baroque Border Wheel; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist; Real Red 5/8” Grosgrain; 1/8” Taffeta (Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist); Punches: Decorative Label, Ornament, 1-3/4” Circle, X-Large Tag, Large Tag; Other: Wheel Handle, Ink Cartridge, Crop-a-dile, Sticky Strip

    Tag Notes
    The photo above shows the front and back side of each tag. The To & From Tag single stamp makes an excellent reverse side for the Jolly Bingo Bits and the Santa Suit from Tags til Christmas stamp set. The 1/8” Taffeta is not only pretty and comes in many different colors, but threads through the tag holes easily. The tag wallet holds 2-3 tags per pocket.

    Tag Wallet
    1. Start with a piece of 10-¾” x 6” Card Stock.
    2. On the short side, score at: ¾” and 5-¼”. (Scor-pal users: shift to ¼” and score at 1” and 5-½”).
    3. On the long side, score at ½”, 3-½”, 4”, 7”, 7-½”, 10-½”.
    4. Fold along all the score lines.
    5. With the long side towards you, find the 4 small rectangles along this edge and place ½” pieces of sticky strip on them. Turn your project 180 degrees and do the same for the other long side. Remove the sticky strip liner from one of the long sides and fold inwards. Do the same for the other side. When you are finished you will have 6 pockets (3 top and 3 bottom).

    Belly Band
    1. Start with a piece of 8” x 2”.
    2. On the long side score at: 3-1/16”, 3-5/8”, 6-11/16”, 7-¼”.
      Scor-pal users:
      shift to 15/16”, score at 4”
      shift to 3/8”, score at 4”
      shift to 5/16”, score at 7”
      shift to ¾”, score at 8”
    3. Fold piece on all score lines. Use sticky strip to adhere belly band together.
    4. Decorate Bellyband as desired.

    Thanks for visiting!!
    Friday, November 5, 2010

    A Dog Wags its Tail with its Heart

    I just found out yesterday that a dear Golden Retriever friend in our neighborhood has cancer. This brought back a lot of sad memories from when our own dear Sheltie Bella was diagnosed with cancer in March. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of it all and decided that I would go out and get some EVO grain-free dog treats for him (these are the kind that Bella is allowed to have on her special cancer diet) and make a card for the neighbors to sign. I dropped these off on my neighbor's doorstep this morning and now I'm just going to hope that Bella and her Goldie friend live as long and happy as they possible can.

    Supplies: (all Stampin' Up)
    D is for Dog stamp set, Pacific Point CS, More Mustard CS, Early Espresso CS, Very Vanilla CS, More Mustard Ink, Pacific Point Ink, Early Espresso Ink, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice Texture Plate
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Santa's Drawers

    My Santa's Drawers tutorial is featured today at Splitcoaststampers. I was honored to be asked to write the tutorial as a part of the weeklong Holiday Blitz. The drawers would make a cute holiday present to put small gifts into. It can also be made for other occasions. For complete step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial, please click HERE.

    Supplies: (all Stampin’ Up)
    Tags til Christmas Stamp Set, Sweet Shoppe Alphabet, Cherry Cobbler Textured CS, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Vanilla CS, Cherry Cobbler Ink, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Old Olive Marker, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Piercer, Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain, 1/8” Black Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla HodgePodge Hardware, Black Brads, Square Rhinestone Brad, Large and X-Large Tag Punches, Top Note Die, Paper Snips, Piercer, Black Sharpie