November Paper Pumpkin – Tags into cards

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November 2014’s Paper Pumpkin kit has materials to make 8 wonderful and unique snowflake cards (see it here), but it also comes with 12 two-part gift tags.  Tags are all the rage, but I just don’t use them, except as an embellishment on cards, so that’s what I did.

I used Dimensionals to give depth between the top and bottom tag, and then added in Rhinestones into the letters. I got the idea for the Rhinestones in the open letter cut outs from Lynn Kolcun’s blog post on Wednesday (see it here).  I used Soft Sky cardstock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder, and then just added the tag on top.  Everything else is in the kit, including the Lost Lagoon ink, but you will need some extra Rhinestones, if you use as many as I do.

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Here’s an option, using Whisper White cardstock with the enclosed stamp and ink.

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And here’s a version using the same Northern Flurry framelit, on Whisper White, adding Rhinestones.

It is nice to dress up the envelope and inside of the card too, so below are easy samples to follow.

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This is the front of the envelope.

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And here is the back.

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“That’s a Wrap!” with 25 Days and Tiny Treat Boxes

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I’ve been busy with non crafty (non fun) work, and haven’t had time to post lately.  I didn’t even have time to join Brian King’s Blog Hop (Brian is my up-upline), but in honor of his hop, I’m posting a project that corresponds to his theme (quick-and-easy giftwrap and packaging ideas for the holidays), and am including a link to go to his site, where you can hop away, and see all the great projects the participants made.  Once you get to his site, he will direct you where to visit.

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My treat boxes above were inspired by the set that my upline, Deb Cozzone, made.  Hers were inspired by the picture on page 12 of the Holiday Catalog.  I made two sets of the ones above for friends, and filled them with candy.  I think it makes not only a nice treat holder, but also a nice decor gift for the holidays.

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Deb’s design (above-not watermarked, since it’s not my creation-but all images are Stampin’ Up!) and mine (first set pictured) both use Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Silver Glimmer Paper, as well as Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  She used Silver Dazzling Details for her extra sparkle, and I used Rhinestones.  As you can see, you can easily create it with just a round punch, but if you have other punches and dies, you can really mix it up.

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I must admit the set above got a little crazy, even for me.  I think if I remove the extra red punched pieces from “number fifteen” and “sixteen”, it will be much better.  In defense, it is designed for my teen daughter, so it couldn’t be boring.  For an extra thrill, not only does it have a Lindt truffle in each box, but soon I will also be adding some bills to various boxes (I’m not telling, in case she reads this blog), to boost her holiday countdown fun.

The point in showing you these various sets is that you can pick your options, and then design to your taste.  The boxes are easy to decorate and fill, and at the end of the season, you can flatten them for storage until next year.  Once you have designed a set you like, you could make a whole lot of gifts very quickly, and inexpensively.  The Tiny Treat Boxes are just $6.95 for a set of 25, and if you are like me, you already have plenty of paper, ink, and bling, to dress these up.  That just leaves the stamp set 25 Days, which is $25.95, but the set can go beyond Christmas, stretching your dollar, because of how it is designed.  You can make use of the numbers for birthdays and anniversaries, including the numbers “3” and “11”.  For “3”, cut out the triangle, leaving off the trunk, and for “11”, punch it with a smaller circle, or fussy cut around the round ornament, leaving the top off.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you will come back again.  There are too many punches and dies to mention, so I won’t list them all, but below are the two most important parts of the project and you can visit Stampin’ Bon to purchase anything you have seen here.

Beauty of the Season

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When I saw Beauty of the Season, I knew I needed to get it because the bird looked like it should be red and red is my favorite color.  What’s great about this design is it is so easy to color.  Some designs take a lot of time to figure out, but this one just takes three Blendabilities sets (or two, if you need to get by).

My photography is not great, so just trust me on what I say.  I colored around the inside edges of the bird all in the lightest Cherry Cobbler, because the first time I colored the bird, I went outside of the lines repeatedly.  And no, I won’t show you that.  It’s enough that I’m admitting to it.  So I slowed down a little, colored with the lightest marker along all the inside edges using the fine tip, and then went back to fill in the bird.  That way, I knew I didn’t need to color up to the lines when I was doing my quick coloring.

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After that, I filled in the bird with the lightest color, and then colored his belly with the darkest, and added a streak or two of the darkest over the wing area, and then blended that with the medium Cherry Cobbler.  I also added a touch of the darkest Cherry to the top of his headdress.

The branches are a combination of the lightest two Crumb Cake Blendabilities, and the feet and beak are the light and medium Pumpkin.  I could not keep in the lines on the feet, so I didn’t go over that with the medium Pumpkin, as I thought I’d just make it worse.  Next time, I’ll just use the medium, and go even slower.  I said earlier you could get by with two color families, and for this, you could use crumb cake for the beak and feet, if you didn’t have Pumpkin.  One thing you cannot skip is coloring on Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White cardstock.  The Blendabilities markers are specialty alcohol markers, designed to work with Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock. I did try to color on a cardstock from an office supply store, and the results were less than desirable.  You do need an ultra smooth surface to get great coloring effects.

I plan to make more of these cards, because  the red just brightens my day and the bird reminds me of winter in Montana.  See, he’s fluffed out and shivering, poor little fellow.  So, I’m thinking warm and happy thoughts about my friends in Montana, and looking forward to seeing them…in the summer!

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