New Year Note Cards

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features note cards.

banner blessings note cardsI love the note cards & envelopes that Stampin’ Up! sells.  There are 20 per package.  They are great for quick cards.  Completely awesome for the Creative & Chaotic life.  They are great for all the after holiday notes you want to write at the beginning of the year.  Whether it is thank you notes or thinking of you notes, the pre-cut cards and envelopes are perfect!

Designer Series paper dresses them up.  I used the Bohemian DSP.   I love the rich colors.   The Banner Blessing is great with its four sentiments.  I simply stamped them on Very Vanilla card stock and cut them out with the Deco Label dies.

Does this idea look familiar to you?  I did something very similar before Christmas.  Check banner blessings note cardsit out here.  Actually, I made them the same day. If you like the basic design of card, change the colors.  Boom, there you have a   another great card!

Different colors have a different feel to them.  They evoke different feelings.  You could take an entire course on color theory.  My theory, if you enjoy the colors go for it.

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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.

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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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Dreaming of a White Winter

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features shaker card using the  Festival of Trees and the Happy Scenes bundles.

festival of trees, hearth of home shaker card, festive fireside diesThe Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (DSP) reminded me of old fashion velvet textured wallpaper.   That was part of my inspiration.  I love the Happy Scenes bundle ( which you only have a couple weeks left to order it).   Also, I used the cat from Festive Fireplace framelits, which will also be gone at the end of the year.  I have had several black cats.  If this cat was a little chubbier, it would look like my JJ.  She loves to look out the window.

The Christmas tree is actually three trees stamped and punched using the Festival of Trees bundle.  I wanted a nice tall tree for this card.  Silver ornaments adorn the tree.  Maybe the cat will climb it later :)  I used Dazzling Diamonds to make snow behind my Window Sheet “glass window”.  The cat sits on a Crumb Cake window sill.  Maybe there is a squirrel in the tree.

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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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Pop Out Swing Card Video Tutorial

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

Wednesday I shared a Pop Out Swing Card for a Broke Stampers Unite challenge. fancy fold card broke stampers unite challenge, a little something,I shared this card with you.  I said I would share a video tutorial with you.

The recipient of your card will think you spend a lot of time making a card that has so much dimension. Really, it is just a few simple score lines.

Let’s watch the video now.  You can click here to see it as well.

Didn’t I tell you it was super easy???

Do you need some more supplies for your holiday projects?  Did you know it is the end ofMain_Year-End-Sale_OLO_1210_USthe year sale at Stampin’ Up!?   Items are up to 60% OFF!  Look to see what is on sale here.  Shop the way I do.  One for them, one for me.  One for them, one for me.  Into the cart it goes.  Hahaha.

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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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A Little Something Fancy Fold Card- Broke Stampers Unite Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the A Little Something bundle, Versatile Christmas and another Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This weeks challenge is a fancy fold card.

fancy fold card broke stampers unite challenge, a little something,I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to get my holiday cards competed.  Here is one more to add to my collection. It’s a Pop Out Swing Card.  This type of card can really wow your friends.  They will think the swinging motion is much more difficult than it is.

If you are part of my stamp club, you will be learning how to make this card this month.  If you are not, join me Friday and I will have a video tutorial.

Here is what the card looks like on the inside, when it is swinging open.                                               Stamping with Stace fancy fold card, broke stampers unite challenge

Isn’t it cute.  I love how the little snowflakes are just falling everywhere.   The verse on the inside and the front cover are from Versatile Christmas.  A few rhinestones for some holiday bling.

If you look closely at the insert.  It is a piece of whisper white card stock cut 5″ x 6″.  There are only two score lines.  On the six inch side, score at 2″ and 4″.

The “Pop Out” part of the card is the squares.  Mine are cut from black glimmer paper, whisper white and real red card stock. I cut them with the square framelits.  Again, if you’re a completely visual person who needs to see how it is put together I will have a video on Friday.

I wonder what Carol and Terri have created for this weeks challenge.  Check out Carol’s blog here.  Check out Terri’s blog here.  If you would like to join us and share your creation, join our new Facebook group.

On a side note, the girls and I are getting ready for new challenges using stamps from the new Occasions Catalog.  Do you need a FREE catalog from me?  If so, completely fill out a Catalog Request Form and I will send one to you.

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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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In Everything Give Thanks-Broke Stampers Unite Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features imageBanner Blessings for this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge.  This week our challenge is to make a thankful/grateful card.

This particular card had a lot of “paper therapy” in it.  The past year has been rough for me.  I’m forever grateful for those who have stood by me, listen to me whine & cry, made me smile and have lifted me back up! This card was filled with so much “therapy” in it, I journaled about it.  Here is what I wrote.

“The day before I made this card, I was the person who drove past someone home that had smoke seeping out the window frames.  I was the one who had to call 911.  

Other people stopped to help as well.  The family was not home, but dogs were safely taken from the home which was a total loss.  After leaving the scene, I cried knowing these people were safe.  I cried know my daughter was safe visiting her dad. I was grateful for every materialistic item I own, knowing if they were lost, they could be replaced.  I started this card with the intention of being thankful for friends and family who have always had my back.

I picked the colors for the fact it is autumn, even though the weather in Maine has been a little crazy.  Warm, cold, and then warm again.  I knew which verse I wanted to use when I was given this challenge.  Then I thought it needed something for texture.  I selected Gorgeous Grunge.  After stamping I thought I’d age the card by making it look a little more worn by crumpling it all up.  I added alcohol to it really help loosen the fibers.

I wanted to stamp the image on scrap crumb cake card stock since white was too much of a contrast.  Still, the paper was still too crisp looking.  I crumpled that too.

Sometimes our feeling come out in our art.  I mean that’s what makes an ordinary project ART isn’t?  Emotional responses.  So this card fits my mood today.  It is thankful, creative, chaotic, a complete mess yet still beautiful.”

Sometimes our Creative Chaos happens because we’re busy with life and short on time.  Other times it is because the Creative Chaos is in our souls.  Either way- be creative.

Now let’s see how Carol and Terri are sharing how they express their gratefulness.

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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.

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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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Sweet Hauntings

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features several products: Sweet Hauntings, Happy Scenes and Hearth & Home thinlits dies.

I have a friend a Halloween card.  I wanted something a little more sweet haunting halloween card by Stamping with Stacesophisticated…Pinterest was my inspiration. Where else can you go for immediate inspiration?  Ok, so I pretty much cased the card.  I can’t remember the name of the creator, but it was created by one of Stampin’ Up!’s artisan design team.

I had to modify mine a bit since I didn’t have all the supplies to reproduce the card.  I had a brick embossing folder from who knows where or which craft store that I bought who knows when….

I brayered directly onto the embossing folder brayered embossing foler stamping with stacewith Basic Gray ink. Of course this not being a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder; the pattern doesn’t cover my entire sheet of Very Vanilla card stock.  That is why my verse is at the bottom.  I have a piece of 1/4″ basic black ribbon covering the seam and a small smear mark where I smudged the ink.  Hey, haven’t you heard the expression “there are no mistakes, just a chance to embellish”? :)

I stamped my bottles onto a small piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I colored them with a blender pen and Basic Gray and Smokey Slate ink.  I cut the window from Basic Clack card stock using my Big Shot and the Hearth & Home thinlit dies. I used snail to use attach the window over the bottles.  I stamped the cutest little spider from Happy Scenes into the corner of the window.  He is one spider I am not scared of! I layered my card with Basic Black and put it on a Very Vanilla card base.

I really hope my friend is surprised that I thought of her this Halloween.

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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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Monarchs and Milkweeds

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features Butterfly Basics bundle set!  I just love butterflies, so when this bundle came out I knew I had to have it.  Unfortunately, it sat in my craft pile for a long time.

butterfly basics black glitter cardAutumn is here.  The oner day was one of our last warm days.  It was sunny and beautiful. I still have a few flowers in my garden. Ok, so really it’s more of a bed of weeds with a few flowers. It is mostly a bed of wildflowers that are supposed to attract humming birds and butterflies.  I planted three milkweed plants that a friend was digging out of her garden.  This year is the first year any oimagef them had pods.  I’m so excited.

Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed which inspired my card.  I love the new black glitter paper.  It doesn’t have to be just for Halloween.  It adds beauty and bling to this card.  I used my new Precision Plate to help cut the butterflies out.

My card base is Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I layered with Wild Wassabi. I stamped the ferns with Pear Pizzaz.  I used the butterfly thinlit to cut out the butterfly shape.  I used dimensionals to raise it as well. Next, I cut a butterfly out of Basic Black card stock and glued that directly to the Pumpkin Pie base.  I cut a second black butterfly out of the butterfly basics black glitter cardBlack Glitter paper.  I glued the body to the first butterfly.  Fluff the wings for a little dimension.  Ooops, someplace in there I stamped the verse with Pumpkin Pie.  Im not sure if layering the thinlits this way has a special name or not.  If I had to guess, I would call it inlay. That’s what it is called in woodworking.

This card reminds me of summer as resist autumn and winters arrival.  I hope you enjoy it too.

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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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Happy Scenes Thanksgiving

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Usually in Maine schools have snow days.  This month we had a rain day.  It rained so thanksgiving fall card happy scenemuch school buildings were damaged and road ways were washed out.  I got to go back to bed and sleep for awhile, do some laundry and even play in my craft room!  It felt like a Saturday in someways.

I had a Thanksgiving Day swap coming up.  Here is my creation.  I love the new Happy Scene bundle.  The trees are absolutely wonderful!

I stamped on Whisper White card stock with memento ink.  Next, I colored the pumpkins with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, and Old Olive inks with sponge daubers.

I used my Big Shot and Deco Label framelits to cut the image out.  To get an embossed look to the edge, I cut the image with the largest framelit. Then, I took the next largest framelit and place it on top of the image using my magnetic platform with the cutting edge facing up.  This is very important.  You don’t want to actually cut your image a second time.  With the cutting edge facing up, the back presses into them image to emboss it.

imageMy card base is Tangelo Twist card stock stamped with the Hard Wood background stamp using Early Espresso ink.  I added a layer of Early Espresso card stock to the inside as well as the outside. On the inside, I stamped a verse from Banner Blessings.

I really hope my swap partner enjoys this card.

 

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Frankie Pillow Box with Video Tutorial

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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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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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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Brewing Something Sweet!

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Have I told you how much I love the Holiday Catalog??  I want one of everything! imageDon’t you?? Once I saw Sweet Hauntings in the catalog, I knew I had to have it.  I mean it has stamps about chocolate for one thing! Also, being a huge Harry Potter fan, I love the potion bottles.

Here is my creation of a cute Creative Chaos card.  To make things easier when life if chaotic, I started with the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes.  I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock. I stamped it with the Hardwood background stamp. I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink for an aged look.

I stamped and embossed the poison bottles with silver embossing powder and heat tool. I used my aqua painters to color the bottles with the 2014-15 Incolors. The Happy Scenes Bundle set was used to make the shelf, and I used the cute little spider to add a bit more spookiness. I stamped the envelope with the spider as well.

Inside, I stamped “Brewing Up Something Sweet” on the inside.  I just love the play on words.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Winter Window Box Card

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I have been away from my computer for a few days and I have been SO anxious to get back to it.  I have made a video that I have been itching to share with you. It all started when I saw a box card on Facebook.  I knew I wanted to make right away.  Then, I had a club member that asked if I could come up with a card using the Happy Scenes Bundle.  It instantly came to me what I wanted to create for a stamp club project! A box card with a window opening looking outside. And we know how much I love these bundles! Who doesn’t like saving 15%??

You can watch it here:  Winter Window Card Box Tutorial

 

 

Would you like to other items from the Holiday Catalog? Click here.  I can’t wait to share other projects from this catalog.  If you are like me, you’ll want one of everything!

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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!

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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

White on White

imageHi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

I recently joined a group on Facebook that has swaps. One swap is White on White.  Oh my goodness, how do you put  a sentiment on a card that has to be all white? I have completed monochromatic color challenges.  Key word COLOR! Using multiple shades of one color.  Plus I wanted it to fit my style of card making: Quick, Creative, and Cute!

Most of my idea hit me at once. My favorite tool, the Big Shot. Lucky me, I had just ordered the Greetings Thinlits Dies.  I love it when an idea comes to me so quickly, don’t you?  All I had to do was to decide which embossing folder to use for texture.  I chose the Polka Dot embossing folder.

A few tips I have tried lately when cutting with thinlits has been using wax paper in-between my card stock and die.  The same with dryer sheets.  With this card, I tried the latest tip (which is also free).  Cut up a plastic grocery bag and layer that around your card stock.  It worked wonderfully.

I like this idea because I have a plastic bag filled with plastic bags from the grocery store.  The only reason I have ever bought wax paper for is for crafting.  I want to use my dryer sheets for my laundry.  Now I have an item I can use up that normally just takes up space on my counter.  I need that space for chocolate after all.

What types of challenges have you taken part in lately?

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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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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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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