Broke Stampers Unite- Punch Art

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features another challenge from Broke Stampers Unite.  This week it is punch art; and it was one of my ideas.  When it came time for me to actually make something, I was wondering what the heck was I thinking???  I started to think about what holidays are coming up.  I am jumping ahead to St. Patrick’s Day.St Patrick's Day chocolate/treat holder

This will be a project that I will be making with my stamp club in February.  It is a Gherardelli chocolate holder.  For club I will pick a carmel flavor or something with a gold wrapper.  I only had peppermint chocolate.

So, can you see which punches are used?  I used the Bird Builder Punch for the nose and mustache.  The Bow Builder Punch for the bow tie.  The derby is the 2″ Circle Punch and the Word Window Punch. (I actually cut a strip 3/8″ x 2 1/2″, then I punched the ends to make it curved on the ends.)

His hat needs a lucky clover.  I made it with the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  The clover is attached to a clothes pin with glue dots.  The verse is stamped and punched with the Word Window Punch and placed on the clothes pin as well.

His “body” is a piece of DSP (designer series paper) that is 2″ x 5″ folded in half to wrap the chocolate.  I punched the ends with the Scallop Tag Topper punch, even though it doesn’t show from the front side.

I wonder what Carol and Terri came up with this week.  Let’s check out their blogs.  Click on Carol’s blog here and Terri’s blog here.  I hope you join us with this challenge.  Share with us on Facebook.

Don’t forget the Spring Occasions Catalog has started this month.  If you need a catalog fill out my Catalog Request Form and I will get one in the mail to you.  Sale-A-Bration is going on as well.  For every $50 you spend, you will receive a FREE ITEM!  Make sure you order quickly, there are so many cute items!

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Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some Creative Chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Winter Shares

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a few projects I made during the holidays.

chocolate snowman hanging ornament, tagFirst are my chocolate snowmen.  They can be made for any winter holiday.  My family has several winter birthdays.  I think these would make great tags for gift bags.  I learned how to make these from Jeanette Cobb.  Another great use for the Tree Builder punch. I love getting lots of uses for my punches!

 

 

 

 

My second share is a home decor item.  I spiral flower die pine conesbought a pine sprig from the local craft store. I stamped a winter scene, and used my Scallop Tag punch to make the cute tags.  I tied them on with with some retired natural ribbon.  The pine cones are my FAVORITE part.  I can’t remember if I saw a card that had them on Facebook or Pinterest…. They are made using the Spiral Flower die.  You know the one that makes wonderful roses!!!  Someone was very clever to stretch the rose out to a cone shape.  I can’t believe I live in the Pine Tree State and have never thought of a pine cone.  Guess what I will be making every year.

reindeer punch artFinally, I will share a card that I forgot to share.  I am sure you saw Rudolf all over the internet.  I don’t know who the original person who created this idea.  I followed Rhonda Wades directions for my card.   He is stinkin’ cute.

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Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some Creative Chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Luminary-Broke Stampers Unite 3D Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a 3D project for a Broke Stampers Unite Challenge.

mini treat bag luminaryA while back I made some gusseted bags using the Mini Treat Bag die.  I thought they would make great luminaries.  I made some for the holidays.  Which they are completely adorable.  Then, my preorder for the Spring Catalog arrived.

Oh my, my.  I love the Rose Garden thinlits was something I knew I HAD to have!  It comes in a bundle with a beautiful photopolymer stamp set.

I knew I had to make a luminary with a gold glitter rose, and the gorgeous Birthday Glitter LuminaryBouquet DSP (designer series paper).  Click on the image, you can see how beautiful this paper is.  You can also see the battery operated tea light in the bottom.  I wouldn’t dare use a regular tea light due to the chance of fire.

I plan on making some for such things Relay for Life events, Mother’s Day, etc.  Depending the punch or framelits used, these could be made for birthdays or baby showers.  How cute would these be for a baby shower!!  OMG I think I need more framelits!  I am glad I have a school vacation, so I can play some more.

I wonder what creative projects Terri and Carol have made.  I bet it will be something really cool that I may have to copy over vacation.  Check out Terri’s blog here.  Check out Carol’s blog here.  If you have a cool 3D project you’d like to share with us; share it on  our Facebook page.

If you enjoyed this project, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and You Tube. Don’t forget to share me with your friends.

Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some Creative Chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Festival of Trees -Broke Stampers Unite

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the Festival of Trees and a Broke Stampers Unite challenge.

I had one full sheet and scraps of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I festival of trees note cardsdecided I would use it to make some note cards with and a card holder that was inspired by fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett. 

First here are my cards.  The note card and envelopes are slightly smaller than a reular 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, but they are stinking cute!  Twenty come in each package and they are pre-scored. As you can see, you don’t always need to stamp the trees; they can simply be punched with the tree punch.  It is also a wonderful way to use up the small pieces of decorative paper.

festival of trees note card holderThis is the card holder that is made with one sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper. I used the Deco Labels dies for the layers of Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  I used the Word Window punch and Washi Label punch for the verse.  This card holder holds the 4 cards I made plus the matching envelopes.

As you know, with the Broke Stampers Unite challenges, I have tried pushing myself a little bit more than I usually do.  That is why I created a few smaller cards and a holder.  You may be thinking this is a cute idea for Christmas, but it is too late in the season.  Let this be your inspiration.  Make a set of thank-you card, birthday cards, or masculine cards.  Then give them to someone who may need cards.

What do you think the other girls are up to for this challenge.  Let’s check them out.  I am sure they have come up with something incredible as usual.  See Carol’s blog here.  See Terri’s blog here.  Don;t forget you can join us on Facebook.  We would love to see what you create as well.

Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some Creative Chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below.  Click on them to add them to your shopping cart.  Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day!  Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Flurry of Wishes Banner

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a holiday banner using the Flurry of Wishes bundle.

Stamping with Stace flurry of wishes banner, home decorI want it known that I was trying to be good when the holiday catalog came out.  I originallywasn’t going to get another snowflake stamp since I have several.  Well, that was right up until Convention!  This project was one of the projects they shared on stage.  Thats all it took.   I NEEDED THIS SET!  I love that is was a bundle.  I also needed the Flower Medallion punch.

This may look complicated, however it isn’t.  Here is my punch cheat sheet which says Stamping with Stace flurry of wishes banner directions, punch art guidehow many of each item you need to punch.  The Banner Triple punch can be helpful for the banner.  However,  I don’t own it and I cut the tails by hand.

 

 

 

 

Here is a close up on part of the banner sections. imageStamping with Stace, flurry of wishes banner, home decorStamping with Stace, flurry of wishes banner, home decor

 

 

 

 

Sstamping with Stace flurry of wishes, ornament, home decor, christmas,I also took one of the crumb cake snowflakes and made an ornament out of it.   The one thing about making the ornament, my daughter and/or students can make them as well.  Super easy peasy.

I didn’t measure the cord I put it on.  I laid my pieced out on the table to see what I was eye pleasing.  I would guess about a yard.  If you wanted to, you could stamp and punch more images and make it even longer.  What a cute decoration for the house.

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Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Wondrous Wreath-Broke Stampers Unite Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features Wondrous Wreath for the Broke Stampers United Challenge.

wondrous wreath -Broke Stampers Unite ChallengeThis project was the first time I used this set.  I have seen so many pretty things made with this set; but once I got it in my hands, I didn’t have a clue what to do with it.  Of course I went straight to Pinterest.

My inspiration came from two pins.  One was a Halloween card with a witch and other Halloween things.  The second was a gift bag that may have been a birthday or even a wedding it was extremely elegant.   The gift bag had pearls and ribbon.  It was lovely.

It made me think that I need to special gifts for some girls in my school.  They did some awesome work, which took some of the load of my shoulders.  I want to give it to them on Friday for Halloween.  They are seventh graders after all (and I think 7th graders still go trick or treating).  I also knew I had the mini treat bag, which is like a gift bag.

First I tried making black wreaths.  It didn’t really work for me. So I ended up using Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist inks for the wreath.  I cut the verse from black glimmer paper using the Greetings thinlits.  The bags were made with Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the mini treat framelits. Tear & tape, glue dots and dimensionals were used to adhere everything together.

I cannot believe this is the last week of October and Halloween is this weekend.  Where does the time go???  My grandmother used to tell me, “The older you get, the quicker time goes by”.  Man, she wasn’t kidding!

Now, let’s hop over to Carol and Terri’s blogs to see what they made this week.

If you enjoyed this project, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and You Tube. Don’t forget to share me with your friends.

Join me next time in my creative & chaotic craft room for some Creative Chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Scallop Tag Chocolate Holders

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s creative project features Chocolate!

imageOne of my favorite chocolates to craft with is Ghiradelli chocolate!  Perfect little squares to decorate with the Scallop Tag Punch. I have made three today.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Actually, the snowman can be used for a winter birthday or any time during the winter.  It could be a spring project as well since he is melting :)

I used a variety of inks and card stock to create each chocolate holder.  However, the measurements are the same.  Cut your card stock 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score it at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″ on the long side.  This is easier to measure before you punch the two ends with the scallop tag punch.

the snowman is not an original idea.  I saw it on Pinterest and I followed the directions of Judi Anderson. I did create my own cheat sheet so I can remember how to make this cute little snowman more than once.image

You can click on the image to enlarge it to see what I used. I colored the rhinestones with a permanent marker to make them look like coal.

I love these chocolates and the scallop punch to make these holders!  It is such a quick and easy creative chaos idea for those last minute gift giving moments.

The products I used to make today’s project are listed below. Click on any of them to add them to your shopping cart.  My online store is open 24/7. After all, Creative Chaos never follows a schedule!

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Until you can join me in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos (and possibly chocolate too) have a marvelous day!

Creative Blessings,

Stace

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Frankie Pillow Box with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room!

Do you every find a imageproduct  that you just love and sit and play with it over and over and over?  I am having a ball with the new Square Pillow Box die! I have made all sorts of of boxes with this die.  One of the first ones I made was a  Frankie boxes.

Not long ago someone posted a Halloween treat using a name brand of chocolate.  I thought, hmmmm I could make something like those!  They would be so cute inside Frankie boxes!

imageCan you see what my special treats are?  Rice Krispies treats with green food coloring added to the marshmallow mixture. Once the treats hardened, I cut them into squares.  I melted a bowl full of chocolate chips in the microwave (30 seconds at a time).  I dipped the heads of my treats into the melted chocolate.  The eyes are white chocolate candy melts.  I didn’t want to melt them and draw circles, so I did something a little bizarre.  I meltedimage one side of them and then stuck them onto the rice squares.  Chocolate coated candies are the eyes.  A yummy Frankie treat to go in your adorable Frankie box.

I wrapped each one in a cellophane bag. A bit of silver cording tied into a bow closes the package.

So would you like to see how these boxes are made? Check it out here:

What an easy way to create a super special treat for some special at Halloween.  My daughter helped make these and she had a super fun time making them.  They’re as much fun to make as give!

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Join me next time ii my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos and possibly chocolate too.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Sweet Halloween Hauntings

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative and Chaotic Spa!

imageHave you ordered anything from the Holiday catalog yet?  So far one of my favorite purchases has been the Square Pillow Box die!  I have had a ball with this die.  The possibilities are endless! It can make a simple pillow box or really go all out!

In this particular pillow box I have kept it simple.  It is made with Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper and Basic Gray card stock.  A little stamping on Vanilla card stock using a stamp from Sweet Hauntings. Don’t you just love the verse “Death by Chocolate”??  (I could really go for some chocolate right now!)

Would you love to see just how easy this pillow box is to make?  Check it out here.

See, I told you it was easy! A cute, creative project for the chaotic holiday season. You could whip a dozen of these off in no time at all.  And don’t you just LOVE the new tear and tape? It’s so easy to use and doesn’t get your scissors all yucky. I hope you have as  much fun with this die as I do.

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Join me at my creative spa for some creative chaos and possibly chocolate too.

Click the shopping cart above to order. After all, creativity and chocolate have no time limits!

Creative Blessings,

Stace

2015 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to my Creative Spa.  Guess what I TOTALLY forgot to stampin-up-holiday-catalog-481x600post last week?? The 2015 Holiday Catalog! Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.  I have been playing with items that I got to preorder and haven’t shared any of it.

Let me know if you haven’t received a copy from me.  Or you can download it here.  It has soooo many stinkin’ cute items.  I can hardly stand it.  I want one of everything!!

My first project I made was a sour cream container.  I have a kids class coming up soon and this is a great project to get kids started wit paper crafting and stamping.

imageI love the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It’s called Happy Haunting.  The designs are wonderfully spooky on one side.  The other are wonderful fall patters so it doesn’t all have to be used by Halloween. The pattern I used is so cute with the headstones and ravens.

I used the stamp set Sweet Hauntings.  I love the verses: Death by Chocolate, A Treat Worth Dying For, Happy Happy Halloween along with all the poison bottles.  (Being a complete Harry Potter fan, I can use these bottles for all sorts of things.)  I stamped an image that coordinates with the Note Tag punch.

Anyhow, back to my project.  This sour cream holder was made by cutting 12″x12″ Designer Series Paper into four 6″x6″ squares.  You can make 48 treat holders from one package of paper. How awesome it that??? Pretty awesome in my book.  Friends and family will be surprised to find candy inside these.  My favorite is Lindt Chocolate Truffles. I think I eat more than what gets placed in the packages.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Kowabunga Dude!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to my Creative Spa.

imageA while back, someone shared their French fry monsters online. Before I read the caption, I thought “The Ninja Turtles are the wrong color”. So, I decided I would make some Ninja Turtles.  The Owl builder punch was used for the eyes. A  label punch was used for the masks. Of course the main part was made with the Big Shot and Fry Box die.   Super fast, easy and cute.  All the things we love when we have creative, chaotic lives.

So have you ever looked at a craft project, and thought it was something completely different than what it was?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

 

Happy Birthday VCRocks!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

This weekend is Stampin’ Up!’s Convention weekend.  It also why VCRocks was created.  Virtual Convention Rocks.  This is VCRocks 15 birthday.  We have swaps etc just like you would if you really went to convention.  We chat, stay up giggling just like you would with real convention.

We also have blog hops.  This weekends blog is celebrating birthdays.  You would think I would make a birthday card of some sort.  Nope, not this time.  I decided to imagemake a celebration wreath!  I decided this for two reasons.  One, it gave the opportunity to use up some more of my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Two, I was chatting on VCRocks that I couldn’t wait for my Stampin’ Up! order to come because I want to get some new Christmas DSP Merry Moments, to make some paper wreaths with.  Someone asked if I would share how to make a wreath.  Sure, why not.  Hmmm, did I really want to type that many steps?  Nope, a video must be easier to follow along with.

This type of wreath can be made with simple supplies.  Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock depending on the reason for your wreath.  I made this for Christmas, Halloween, spring, and now a birthday.  A styrofoam wreath.  I used a 9″ wreath today.  It requires four full sheets of 12″x12″ designer series paper.  For a twelve inch wreath use six full sheets of designer series paper. You’ll also need basic straight pins from the sewing department of the store. Your paper cutter, scoring tool, and a bone folder. I used my Big Shot with the Butterflies Framelits and my beloved magnetic platform.

imageThe project takes a couple hours total.  Sometimes I can sit and do the entire project in one setting.  Other times I do it sections.  Placing the strips of paper in a plastic container and take it with me to my daughter’s activities. The rosette is the part I usually make last. A large bow could be placed on the wreath, or it could be left plain if you like.  That’s the great thing about crafting, you can make your project to fit your style.

Here is a video to watch:

I hope this video inspires you to use some of your pretty designer series paper.  Hang it on the wall where you can enjoy it everyday!  Make this for a friend for a birthday or baby shower.  Add a couple pieces of chocolate for good measure.  If you need more inspiration, visit VCRocks blog hop.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

More Cutie Pie Cuteness

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

imageI have one more day of Cutie Pie projects that are dealing with the holidays.  Specifically Christmas.  It has been the hottest this year in Maine, and I am working on winter projects.

When I posted Rudolf a bit ago, I was challenged to make a Santa.  I wasn’t sure about doing a punch art face, so I decided to do his belly.  I used a 1/4″ strip of grosgrain ribbon for his belt.  A piece of gold glimmer paper for his belt buckle.

Then I decided there needed to be a snowman to go with the group.  What is winter without Frosty?  I embossed whisper white card stock with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to give a snowy effect.  The Cutie Pie die includes the die that creates the bow Frosty is wearing.  His buttons of coal are made with the owl punch. The hat is a strip of black card stock, and a piece punched from the one inch square punch.  The leaves and heart are also punched with the owl punch.  I had some small googley eyes and a scrap piece of orange for the nose.  He is so stinkin” cute.  Fill him with some chocolate and he will be the hottest snowman this winter :)

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Cutie Pie Candy Corn-video tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

Last week I had a post using the Cutie Pie framelit which featured Rudolf.  You can see it here if you missed it.  I made a Christmas tree as well that day very quickly.  The next time I make a tree, I think I will use Lovely as a Tree to give it some texture.image

The day that I made Rudolf and a tree, I also envisioned candy corn for Halloween.  Is there any occasion this die cannot be used for?  It was meant to be a slice of cake.  It could be a birthday cake; it could be a wedding cake.  It could be a piece of pie. (and just think how many types of pie there are(.

So the first thing I did when I work up was make a cup of coffee and headed to my craft room with my iPad to record a video.

So here is my Cutie Pie Candy Corn Video

Aren’t they just as cute a can be?  I hope you have a great time using this new die from Stampin’ Up!

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Cutie Pie Christmas!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Chaos!  I have been waiting for the man in brown to show up!  It was a club order and I only ordered one item, but I couldn’t wait for it to get here.

Do you ever get an idea in your head and can’t wait to try it?  I sure did.  I couldn’t wait to try the new Cutie Pie Thinlit.  I know it makes the cutest little cake slices ever.  However, I had a completely different plan for it.  My first idea was Rudolf!

image Isn’t he just the cutest??  Ok, so his eyes look like he may have had a little too much eggnog. :)  His antlers and ears were made using the Flower Fair Framelits.

While I was patiently waiting for the Man in Brown to show up this week; the online group, VC Rocks, announced they were having a blog hop featuring new items from the catalog.  I said I would join if my idea worked out.  This idea worked so well, this was my first attempt.  No altering, no fussing, no mess.  It was great!

 

As I was cutting out the box, I looked at it and said “wow, thatimage looks like a tree”.  So here was project number two.  Very simple since I was just playing around.  I may make a second attempt later so I can stamp some texture on the tree. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the gold trim actually has some wave to it.  I used the wave blade on the rotary addition on the Stampin’ Trimmer.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this die.  Halloween may be next.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

 

VCRocks Make & Take-Card with Detachable Bookmark

VCRocks card with bookmarkHi Stampers, welcome back to the Creative Spa!  Today I have a card that was made for the group I have talked about, VC Rocks.  I taught the group how to make a card with a detachable bookmark.  Please note the perforated rotary blade retired with the 2014-15 Idea Book and Catalog.  A perforated rotary blade if you sew will work just as well.

I learned how to create this project from Ruth Snyder SU Manager @ East Coast Embossers Gathering August 2014. Here is the supply list:

 

 

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Inks: Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, StazOn Jet Black

Ribbon: White Satin

Punches: Scallop Tag, Bitty Butterfly

Cardstock: Mossy Meadow- 5 ½”x 10 11/16”, Whister White (2) 4”x5 ¼” front and inside, 4 ½” x 2” for bookmark layer, scrap piece of velum

Clear Block E , Glue dots

Score Meadow Moss at 4 ¼” and use the Stampin Trimmer and Perforating Blade at 8 ½” using the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment.

M&TPunch bookmarkSlide the card all the way into the Scallop Tag Punch. Line the edge of the perforated score line. Punch. (hint* sometimes it is easier to turn the punch upside down to make sure the perforated line is lined up with the edge of the punch)

Take Clear Block E, add Tangelo Twist ink directly to the top M&Tcolorblockthird of the block. Use the Old Olive ink and add directly to the bottom two thirds of the block. Then mist the block with alcohol.

Stamp the block to directly to 4 x 5 ¼” white cardstock. Next ink the flower, post mark image and striped image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set with StazOn Jet Black Ink and stamp over with background image. Adhere to the front of card. One the second piece of 4 x 5 ¼” whisper white cardstock, stamp the Happy Birthday image with Tangelo Twist ink. Adhere to the inside of the card.

vcrocks card bookmark inside

On the 4 ½ x 2” piece of whisper white, stamp the caterpillar verse with StazOn Jet Black. Stamp the fern image in Old Olive ink. Stamp the small butterfly image in Tangelo Twist. Stamp a second image of the butterfly on scrap velum (don’t reink the stamp). Punch the velum with the Bitty Butterfly punch. Layer the velum butterfly to the one on the cardstock with a glue dot.   Adhere to the bookmark section of the card.

Run the ribbon through the opening of the scallop punched bookmark. Place a small glue dot on each side to hold the ribbon to hold it in place. This will also keep the card flat for mailing.

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Stace

 

Nail Polish French Fry Box

imageHi Stampers, welcome back to my creative spa. Today I am sharing a cute little birthday present gift wrapping idea.

My daughter bought her cousin some nail polish and cute socks.  I didn’t have any gift bags small enough except Christmas bags.  So, I went on Pinterest looking for cute packaging ideas for nail polish.  I found lots of things that said “Mistle-toe”,  but nothing for a birthday.  It came to me that nail polish might fit in a french fry box.

Not only did it the two bottle of nail polish fit, the socks are on the bottom of the package as well!  Bonus!

I used the Perfect Pennants stamp set,  the  Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, the French Fry Box Die, 2″ circle punch, and the 1/2″ circle punch. Indigo Island card stock and ink, last but not least Whisper White card stock. We placed everything inside a gusseted bag.  My daughter stamped a tag and punched it using the Merry Everything Bundle. Then, tied it all together with silver ribbon.

I think this would make a great present almost any time of year.  Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays or even as a pamper yourself gift!  The box could be decorated in many colors for the occasion.  The possibilities are endless.

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Good To The Last Bite Poison Apples

Hi Stampers, welcome to my creative spa.  Or should I say my kitchen today? My daughter and I saw Poison Apples on Pinterest.  Once I saw the stamp set Merry Everything, I new I had to make some poison apples.

My first batch of poison didn’t turn out well.  I think I had the heat too high because my sugar was burning before it reached 250 degrees, let alone the 302 degrees it needed to be.  Luckily, I had a large bag of sugar :)  On my second attempt, I lowered the heat and I did manage to get get to the hard candy state.  These remind me of the candy apples I used to get at the fair (except they’re black instead of red).  They have the hard candy shell that it took several attempts to break the shell.

Here is the recipe:

  • 6 small apples washed & stems removed
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c/ light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black gel food coloring
  • candy apple sticks

Instructions:

  1. Place candy apple sticks into clean & dried apples
  2. In a sauce pan combine all ingredients
  3. Heat over med-high heat and let candy mixture come to a boil
  4. Let candy come to 302 degrees
  5. Once candy reaches 302 degrees, remove from heat and dip apples quickly
  6. Let excess candy drip off, place apples on a cookie sheet (either greased or covered with a sheet of parchment paper)  I use parchment paper so I don’t need to wash the cookie sheet.
  7. Allow apples to dry & harden
  8. Wrap in plastic & decorate packaging.  **I got the recipe from Sweet as a Cookie.image

Don’t they look just supper cute?  I think this may become a new family tradition.  Candy making was so much easier than I thought.  It only took one batch of burned sugar to get the hang of it 😉

 

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Fabulous Frankie Treat Holder

imageHi Stampers! Welcome to my creative spa.  Did you need a last minute Halloween treat holder?  These little Frankensteins are super cute and super easy to make. They hold a little snack size candy bars.

They are start with a 3″x3 1/2″ piece of green card stock.  I used Old Olive for most of them.  In the video, I used Garden Green.  I also used a grass punch for the hair, but a few snips with scissors can make the hair just as easily.

I love the fact that these only take a few minutes to make since I am always doing things last minute.  The exception to this, is planning my November Classes.  Make gift bags, Christmas cards, or a scrapbook tin.

On another note. My daughter has finished soccer.  She is now in tumbling, which is only one day a week instead of three.  I am also taking classes for my teacher recertification this semester. One of them is Google Analytics.  Since I have to analyze data, I will have to be more consistent with this blog.  Other classes kept me away- this one ail actually allow me to combine both my jobs.  Woohoo! Feel free to leave comments here, on my Youtube Channel, or my Facebook page.  Share it as well if you like.  The more data I have to analyze the better.

Here is the video to watch. Fabulous Frankie Treat Holders.

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November Classes

Hi Stampers, welcome back to my Creative Spa.

I can’t believe we are half way through October all ready.  Where has this year gone?  My grandmother used to tell me time went by faster and faster as you get older.  She was right on that one.

If you have been following me on Facebook, you know I have been preparing for many upcoming events.  Several of them are classes for November.

 

Gift Giving Galore: Let people know how special they are by wrapping those special gifts in a handmade gift bag with coordinating Christmas card. Make 6 bags and cards Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $30

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS STAMP-A-STACK: Christmas will be here before we know it. We all need Christmas cards. Come make 20 cards, five each of four designs. Matching envelopes included. Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $25

 

 

CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOK TIN: Make a cute Christmas scrapbook for a gift, or

keep it for yourself. This adorable metal tin will have places for up to 8 photos or journaling. Dates: November 5 or November 19 at 5:30pm. Fee: $15 (max limit 25)

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All classes will be held at the Bucksport Middle School Library.

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Please register 10 days before class date.  Space is limited. Contact me to register today!  Enjoy an afternoon or evening creating and socializing with a great group of crafty people.  Don’t forget to bring your scissors and favorite adhesive.

 

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