October Pumpkin

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imageThe other day I talked about keeping up with my blog and the next thing you know, I had internet problems.  I am not a computer savvy person.  It took me a while to reach someone to find out all I needed to do was unplug my modem and router box.  Luckily it wasn’t anything more than that because I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself.

October is here, which means leaves changing, corn stalks, and pumpkins.  I am sure you have seen all sorts of boxes made with the new Curvy Keepsake Box.  I made a little pumpkin box with it.

Isn’t it just the cutest little box?  It only takes moments to make one of these.  The leaves were stamped with the Fall Fest stamp set.  Instead of the matching framelits, I used an oval punch to cut them out.  a little twine and an Autumn Wooden Elements.  I love easy peasy projects, don’t you?

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Holiday Catalog is Here!

 

Hi Stampers, welcome back to the Creative Spa!

Main_HolidayCatalog_OLO_9.1-30.2014_USDid you know the HOLIDAY CATALOG is here!  Click here is you want to download it. If you didn’t receive your free copy in the mail, please let me know immediately and I will get a copy to you.

It has so many cute things in it!  I can’t wait to share my ideas with you.  Here is my first project.  It is made with the the Curvy Keepsake Box framelitimage

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock and stamped the long lines with Work of Art stamp set.  The leaves were from Fall Fest. (Which comes in those bundles we love so much.) I used the oval punch to cut the leaves out instead of the framelit.  I added a piece from the Autumn Wooden Elements for a cute accent and a piece of twine.

Wouldn’t these be adorable to give to co-workers, neighbors, or to have them as part of a dinner setting?   I think it would be a Trick or Treat package as well.

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Blendabilities 101

 

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If you are like many of my customers you have been curious about alcohol markers but hesitant to try them because of expense and complicated color systems. Stampin’ Up! has seen the need and a simple and affordable alternative in the newly released Stampin’ Blendabilities alcohol markers. I am so excited to share them with you!

Alcohol markers are popular for their vibrant colors and the ability to blend and shade without the streaking you can get with traditional markers. Other brands offer quality and variety, but can be frustrating to use and too costly for paper crafters. Stampin’ Blendabilities come in sets of 3 pre- coordinated (light, medium, and dark) shades of the same color instead of complicated scheme that take time to learn. The colors coordinate with all our products, making it easy for you to coordinate your coloring with cardstock, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.

These markers don’t require expensive paper to look good, I recommend our Whisper White cardstock. Let me show you how you can use these markers on more than just paper. I know over a dozen different techniques for alcohol markers

I am holding a Blendabilites 101 Class at our local Middle School.  August 27 at 6 pm.  You will leave with two full cards, two 3×3″ cards and a sticky note holder.It’s time to unleash your inner artist!

Reserve your spot today and get ready to learn some of the many alcohol marker techniques that I know you’ll love using again and again!

Class includes the projects featured above PLUS you will receive your own set of Blendabilities Markers to take home with you that night.

Join me live for $25 or
Class To Go option for $30

You must register with me no later than August 18 for either option. Email me today to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

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Easter Egg Holder

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I realized I missed a post yesterday.  Oops.  Sorry about that.  I hand;t realized I had shared all my stamp projects with you.  I guess I will have to stamp this weekend.  Boy doesn’t that hurt my feelings.

I have a quick project that I wanted to try.  I have seen these cute little egg holders on Pinterest.  I thought they were so cute and simple and it used the new Scallop Tag Punch which I think just dresses things up just a touch.

I used Paula Knall’s directions and used them for imperial measurements. She is from the UK.  Cut your card stock 2″x8″.  Score at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.  Next use the oval from the Designer Frames embossing folder (which is one of this weeks special deals)  on one side.  Use the extra large oval punch to cut the center of the oval out.  Punch both ends of the project with the Scallop Tag Punch.  From there you can decorate the front of your holder.  I used the Petite Petals bundle set.  I used the Old Olive ribbon which is still available from t the clearance rack.  I just love this ribbon.

My plastic eggs came pre-filled from the dollar store.  They came in packs of eight.  They were just the right size.  I put a glue dot on the bottom of the eggs to help hold them in place a little better.  Some of my eggs will be traveling.

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • #134821 (wood mount) #134822 (clear mount) Petite Petals Bundle
  • #133324 Scallop Tag Punch
  • #123130 Designer Frames Embossing Folder
  • #113430 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #119859 Extra Large Oval Punch
  • #129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • #105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • #126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  • #125858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad

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See Ya Later Alligator

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I posted a close up of this project to see if anyone could guess what it was.  The closest I got was “an eye” of some sort.  Which was pretty close.

I saw a card on Pinterest. Brenda Quintana was the original designer. I cased her alligator using her directions.  Because of this card I wanted to make, I had to place another order to get  the Saleabration set See Ya Later.  I love how she could think outside the box on this one.  I think this card is going to be awesome to send nieces, nephews, and little baby cousins.

Are you ready to learn how to make this card?
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Thank you Brenda for sharing your talent with us.

Supplies needed to create this project:

  • #133533 (wood mount) #133536 (clear mount) See Ya Later
  • #133519 Banner Punch
  • #133520 Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • #125598 Labels Collection Framelits
  • #113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform
  • #120908 Small Oval Punch
  • #119869 Circle Punch, 1/2″
  • #101610 Stamping Sponges
  • #126972 Always Artichoke Ink Pad
  • #105119 Always Artichoke Card Stock
  • #105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • #108641 Wild Wasabi Card Stock
  • #121045 Basic Black Card Stock

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Tea Bag Holder Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers.  Did you remember to change your clocks last night?  For me, Daylight Savings is like a personal holiday. I dread winter days in Maine that end at 4:30 p.m.  Today is the beginning of days being longer, warmer weather, and summer vacation will be here before we know it.  I can’t wait.

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Friday I posted these little tea bag holders.  I am amazed at the response they had. Quite a few people asked me how to make them.  I have to admit, it is not my original idea.  I received one from Ellen Boyle in 2009.  After a decade of stamping, I have been stamping long enough that what is old is new again.  How does that happen since I don’t seem to be getting any older??  Oh well, it means I can share these awesome ideas with my new stamping friends.

I love quick, easy projects that come from the heart.  Sweet little gifts given for no particular reason lets people know how important they are to you.  This project will take about 10 minutes to make, if that.  It can hold two tea bags, a tea bag and a chocolate or two chocolates :)

Tea Bag Holder Video Tutorial

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Tea for Me, Tea for You

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Good Morning Stampers.  Today I have a cute little tea holder.  It can actually hold two tea bags.  However, how would we ever get our chocolate if we did that?

imageHere is the tea holder once it is open.  As you can see, there are two pockets on the inside.  I placed a tea bag and a chocolate in them.  It could hold two tea bags, two chocolates, or anything else that is small.  Maybe some earrings & necklace set.  Wouldn’t  this make such a cute gift just to let someone know you are thinking of them?

Supplies needed to make this project:  

  • #133818 Vivid Vases
  • #133521 Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper** Free with $50 purchase during Saleabreation
  • #131294 Pistachio Pudding Card Stock
  • #131298 Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock
  • #130021 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Trim
  • #131260 In Color Markers 2012-2014
  • #170030 Whisper White Card Stock
  • #101406 Staz On Jet Black Ink

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Something Special for Someone Special

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Do you ever need a cute little pouch to put something in?  Perhaps something for a CD or photographs?  This is one of the fastest and cutest projects you will ever make.  A half sheet o f Designer Series Paper, a half sheet of white card stock, and a little bit of ink is all you need.

Start off with a 6′ X 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper(DSP).  I used  Crips Cantaloupe in this sample.  You want to score it at 4″ and 10″.  I punched a 6″ strip of Whisper White card stock with the Scallop Boarder Punch.  I adhered this to the smaller flap, which will become the top flap. This helps cover the small gap when the flap is closed. Place a strip of sticky strip on the two outer edges of of the 4″ piece.  This will form the pocket.

Next you will want to make a belly band for the top.  It is 1 1/2″x 11″.  It does not quite go all the way around the top of the package.  That’s ok, do not panic.  Use your Decorative Label punch with another coordinating color from your DSP.  I used Baked Brown Sugar.  Place a dimensional on each edge of the whisper white band.  Place the punched piece of Baked Brown Sugar over the dimensionals.  This will make the spacing come out perfectly.  Use coordinating ribbon as well.  I used about 13″-14″ of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffle Trim.

Third, stamp the large label from Chalk Talk on Whisper White card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Cut it out using your Big Shot and the coordinating Chalk Talk frame lit dies.  I hooked the label onto the ribbon.  I placed a dimensional near the top just to help hold it in place a little better.  Make sure it is only on the white belly band so it doesn’t stick to your pouch.

Here is the pouch opened.  It is the perfect size to place a stack of  4″x6″ photos.  Or if

imageyou’d like to give hundreds of photos, place a CD inside the pouch.  Maybe some sort of thin chocolate bar would fit in there instead of photos? Hmmm….  What will you put in your pouch?

Supplies need to make this project:

  • 130031 Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon
  • 120907 Decorative Label Punch
  • 130136 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 131174 Baked Brown Sugar Ink Pad
  • 134439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 130658 Magneti Platform
  • 132731 (wood mount) or 132730 (clear mount) Chalk Talk Bundle- save 15%

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Party Bags

Are you having a birthday party for your child and need those little goodie bags to send home with all the little children?  Do you need a quick little gift bag for some small items?  I have made a gift bag holder that is so easy, it can be made at the last minute.  Which is usually when I get things done.

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Stampin’ Up! has these cute little Tag a Bag Gift Bags with a cute chevron pattern on them.  There is also an accessory kit to go with it.  However, I used one of the Paper Lace Doilies and a strip of the In-colors Designer Series Paper about 1″ wide cut into a banner.

I stamped one of the flowers from Flower Shop with Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana card stock.  I used the Pansy Punch to punch it out. (Purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 15%.)

I used a glue dot to adhere the Strawberry Slush button to the flower.  A few more glue dots to adhere the completed flower to the banner.  I used a staple to close the bag shut once the party favors were placed inside.

Supplies needed to create this project:

  • 131370 Tag a Bag Gift Bags
  • 129399 Tea Lace Paper Doilies
  • 130136 In Color Boutique Details
  • 131175 Coastal Cabana Ink Pad
  • 131297 Coastal Cabana Card Stock
  • 130136 Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 103683 Glue Dots
  • 132727 Flower Shop Bundle

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So Grateful for Sticky Notes

imageBefore the invention of smart phones, or should I say before I ever owned a smart phone, I was the queen of the sticky notes!   I would drive my husband crazy with them.  They weren’t even “honey do” lists, they were notes to myself.  They were every where, which is what drove him bonkers.

I still love sticky notes and I still buy them in bulk at the beginning of the school year.  They last a little longer now because I can put some things on my phone.

Here is a sticky note cover.  It used the 2013-2015 In Colors.  Baked Brown Sugar is the base,  Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper for the top layer.  Strawberry Slush is used for the belly band and ribbon trim.  I stamped the verse from Chalk Talk onto white card stock with Baked Brown Sugar ink and punched it with the large oval punch.

These little sticky note gifts would be perfect for teachers, secretaries, or busy moms.  They are useful and inexpensive.  Make a batch to give your friends today!

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About You Gift Card Holder

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Do you have one of those friends or relatives that has everything?  Do you need another gift card holder idea?  Here is a fun and easy gift card holder that you can make in just minutes before you head out the door.

All you need is your Big Shot, Deco Label Dies (two largest sizes), and a stamp and you are ready to go.  I cut two of the largest size dies from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and a half piece of Designer Series Paper for the inside.  With the second largest die, cut one piece from white card stock.

I stamped the image from Really Good Greetings with Strawberry Slush ink on the white card stock.  I wrapped two layers of ribbon. One in Strawberry Slush and one in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I layered it onto the top layer of Crisp Cantaloupe with dimensionals.

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On the inside of the card to make the pocket, I cut small amounts of red sticky strip  to place around the outside edges of the designer series paper.  I actually cut the sticky strip in half length wise so it was 1/8″ wide.  I wanted the most room possible for the gift card.  (I know you’re thinking that’s chocolate Stace, not a gift card.  Well, it is easier to find chocolate in my house.) I also cut a piece of Strawberry Slush card stock 1/4″ wide for decorative trim at the top of the pocket.

Once the top and bottom layers were completed, I used a small silver brad at the top to connect the two.  It makes a nice little swivel hinge.  There you have it.  A simple gift card holder.

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Button, Button, Who Has the Button?

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Are you like me? Do you have several empty button containers?  Want a way to upcycle them?

These little containers are empty button containers.  Simply peel off the Stampin’ Up! labels off.

A small amount of wash tape wraps perfectly around the base.  The 2 1/2″ circle punch covers the top and bottom of the containers.  The large scallop punch makes wonderful little flowers for the top.  I crumpled the Designer Series Paper in my hand first for some added texture.  I held the layers together with a tiny brad, then I then covered it with a button.

One thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates so well.  The paper, the inks, the accessories all go together.

These make cute packages for earrings or any small gift.  Heck, I would love one filled with a few M&Ms in it.

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Forever Friends

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Have you earned the hostess set Banner Greetings yet?  If not book your workshop or private class with me today! During Sale-a-bration you can also earn an additional $30 in hostess credit with qualifying workshops.  Banner Greetings is one of the sets that are for hostesses only.

The card base is Strawberry Slush, stamped with Gorgeous Grunge and versa mark ink. The banners are cut from Kaleidoscope and Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper.  Forever Friends was stamped in Bermuda Bay and I cut it by hand.  The Pansy was punched from Crushed Curry.  The Bermuda Bay layer of the flower was punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  A clear button is in the center.

Wouldn’t you best friend love to hear from you?  Send some happy mail to them today.  Mail it in a clear envelope.  You will send a beautiful piece of art for your friend to enjoy, as well as the postal workers.

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Love Ya Chocolate!

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Here is another treat holder.  Super simple! It is made with a 2″x12″ strip of Designer Ser
These can be made any size.  They just need to be 2″ wide, and scored equal distances from both ends.ies paper.  The ends are punched with the new Scallop Tag Punch.  I scored 4 3/4″ from each end as well.

Isn’t the verse just adorable??  This is the Just Sayin stamp set and it has coordinating framelits.  Want to know what is even more adorable?  It comes in a Bundle.  What is a Bundle you ask?  It is a stamp set and the coordinating framelits, when ordered together you save 15%!  Talk about the love from Stampin’ Up!

The package is probably going to my daughter, so of course it needs a little bling.  I punched the heart from red glimmer paper, with the small heart punch. Easy Peasy.

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Card Holders- Blank Cases

imageHave you ever wondered what to do  with the empty stamp cases you can purchase separately? Did you realize you can do a lot more with them than put unmounted stamps in them.

This really isn’t the best picture, not even close.  I do think you will get the idea though.  These empty cases were filled with cards and envelopes.  I didn’t take a photo of the cards inside either.  I put these together for a benefit supper.  I wasn’t going to post about it originally.  Then, I thought maybe you’d like to see what I have been up to.  These boxes of cards will be part of a silent auction.  I sure hope people like them.  I really want to help my friends that are in need right now.  Once again, stamping has been paper therapy for me.  I sure hope it helps others as well.

I cut the retired Designer Series Paper to fit the insert.  Open the case  and lay it flat to measure how long and wide the paper needs to be.  I used the cases made for unmounted stamp sets.  The measurements will be different for the wood mount cases. I wrapped the ribbon that coordinated with the paper around the cover and tied it in a knot.

If you used the larger cases, you could put in cards, envelopes and a matching pen.  Wouldn’t that make a lovely gift to someone?  A beautiful set of cards and envelopes with a pen.  You could even include stamps too!  Place them all in a gift bag and the recipient will be so impressed that you thought so much of them.

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Spiral Flower Lollipop

imageHere is a flower lollipop treat holder I made after seeing something similar on Facebook.  OMG it was cute!! At the time, Gail Elton Murray had only posted she had cased them, made them at her down line meeting, and everything was punched with a 1/8″ punch to put the lollipop stick through.

I just went crazy cutting spiral flowers out. I am donating a bunch of them to a benefit supper. I had posted the first one I made on my Facebook page. Someone asked me how I did it. I though, it should be an easy video to make. However, my daughter had different plans for me. I did not get to see my craft room.  So I took pictures of the different stages as I crafted in my lap!

Spiral Flower Lollipop Treat Holder Video Tutorial

I had to laugh, when I was looking at the final version with my daughter and I asked how she liked it, she asked me why didn’t I talk in this one.  Really???  I have been with you all this time with lots of noise.  Oh my goodness.

So if you haven’t ordered the Spiral Flower Die from the Occasions Catalog, do so now.  Add some paper or the bird punch to your order and receive a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog when you spend $50 (before tax and shipping).

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Gift Bag Made with 12×12 Paper-Video

My daughter has had the flu which has kept me from doing much of anything except laying with her in my bed, snuggling.  Yesterday, she was crying with the aches and pains and chills.  Today, we played lots of UNO.  I was lucky enough to win once :) .   After awhile she told me to go craft.  My heart just filled with love.  My daughter put me before herself.  She new I had not done any stamping or blogging since last week.  What a sweet, precious little girl.  Yeah right.  She wanted me gone so she could lay across the bed to SEE THE TV BETTER.  (I should have known, right??)

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Anyhow, here is gift bag and card I made today.  You will see retired ribbon.  I didn’t have any current ribbon that matched.  Hmmm, add that to my list.

This bag is based on one my stamp club made at Christmas time.  Only today did I realize I didn’t post it on my blog.  So here is the one we made a Christmas.  Everyone really enjoyed

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making these bags.  One of my club members made a bunch of them for a craft fair & the money went to cancer research.  My club members are so awesome.

Ok back to making the gift bag.  Get out your score board, two coordinating pieces of 12×12 Designer Series Paper, Sticky Strip, a pair of scissors, a little ribbon and follow this video.

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Gift Bag Video

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I am sorry for not always being in the shot.  I am using my new iPad, and getting used to a new tripod as well.  It attaches to my desk and is actually over my head when I am sitting and directly in my way if I am standing to make projects. I am not a movie editor by any stretch of the word.  However, like I said once before, if my seventh grade students can figure out how to make movies, I am going to try my darnedest to learn myself. I hope you like it and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me.

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Mini Gift Bag

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I think I need to give you a little background info on this adorable little gift bag.  Yesterday, we had a family birthday.  My daughter made her cousin some of those rubber band bracelets and rings.  She needed a little tiny bag.  Hmmm, I had a little bit of designer series paper left over.  Well, here we come You Tube.

I found a video by Sam Donald, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK.  She made these adorable little bags.  She made 8 of them from one 12″x12″ piece of DSP.  Super cute, super easy.  My type of project just minutes before heading out the door to a birthday party for a 7 year old.

It starts off with a piece of paper measures 4″x6″.  Place the 4″ side at the top of your score board.  Score at one inch.  Turn your paper so the 6″ side is at the top of your score board.  Score at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, and 5 1/2″. Cut out the little rectangle in the corner.  Then cut up to the one inch score line intersection.

On the little skinny section you have, place a line of red sticky strip.  Tape the edges together.  Fold up the flaps, and put a small piece of sticky strip on the final flap. I used the Essentials Hardware Clips to close the top.  I stamped the image from A Round Array colored with my Bermuda Bay marker.  I punched it out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch.

Everyone at the party thought it was the cutest little bag ever, and they loved the rubber band jewelry.  All I have to say is thank you You Tube, you saved the day.  Tomorrow, I will post the card that went with the bag.

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The Power of Two Chocolates

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As you may remember, I work in Special Education.  The behavior program to be exact, which has it’s good days and it’s days you want to come and take a nap from the exhaustion.

Our classroom had chocolate hidden here and there for staff.  I made this little chocolate holder for my friend who had a really rough day.  You know the type of day where one chocolate just isn’t quite enough.

It only took minutes to make.  I cut a 2″x 7 1/2″ strip of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I then scored at  3 1/2″ from each end.  Next, I punched each end with the new Scallop Tag Punch.  I stamped the image from Yippee-Skippee.  Normally, you may have thought this image was for weddings or anniversaries.  It works well with chocolate and coffee :) . A little piece of Chevron Ribbon tied off with Crisp Cantaloupe stretch ribbon.  Last but not least, I added two pieces of chocolate.image

 

I just love little quick gifts to let people know you care for them.  It is one of those win-win situations.  I get a little paper therapy time and I know I will make the person know I am thinking of them and caring for them.  It also cheers them up too. And we all know CHOCOLATE MAKES THINGS BETTER.

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I Think You’re Lovely

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I  absolutely love the Saleabration set called You’re Lovely.  It has such small dainty flowers.  I stamped it with Raspberry Ripple on Blushing Bride card stock twice.  I cut one complete layer out with the Deco Framelits.  The second image I punched the circle part of the image with the 1 3/4″ circle punch and raised it with dimensionals.

Did you notice the ribbon.  You are probably looking to see which new ribbon it is.  No, it isn’t the burlap ribbon.  It is the new Chevron Ribbon.  The chevron is only printed on one side.  It is actually the back side of the ribbon.  I just tied it in a knot.

The 3D rose is the new Spiral Flower die cut from Blushing Bride card stock.  With this awesome die, it only takes a few minutes to make beautiful 3D flowers.  Most of that time is waiting for the glue to dry :)  All you have to do is wind the spiral between your forefinger and thumb.  It is that easy!  You have to get this die.

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