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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Let’s Get Together for Coffee

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features items from the new Occasions Catalog.

get together and drink coffee

During the holidays, Connie Stewart created a coffee cup in the Starbucks holiday colors.  Not that these coffee cup shaped cards are new by any means; it did remind me that I didn’t need a true “coffee stamp set” to make one of these.

Then low and behold, guess what was in the Occasions catalog, but a true blue coffee/tea set.  I have a friend that we keep in touch by social media; however, we don’t get to be together in person very much. What a great invitation to get together.

I used colors my friend likes.  Calypso Coral is the card base, one of my friend’s favorite colors.  Crumb Cake is the band of the cup. Chocolate Chips is the scallop punch. Whisper White and Calypso Coral are the circle punches.  The verse is from Balloon Celebration.  The heart is from A Nice Cuppa,  I couldn’t resit putting a little lipstick on the cover with a retired lip stamp.

Don’t forget to order your stamping supplies while Saleabration is happening.  For every $50 you spend, you will receive a free item from the Saleabration catalog.

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Stace

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Festival of Bright Trees

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the Festival of Trees Bundle.  I just love these bundles that make stamping and cutting so much easier and  save MONEY when we buy them as a set!

I will be using this set several times this week getting ready for Christmas.  I cannot believe it is only a few days away! Where does the time go?

colorful festival of treesSo here is my card.  It was inspired by a card on Pinterest.  It was white with colored trees.  So, I decided to change it up by using Basic Black as my base color and using the Bold Brights collection for the trees.

I used the Tree punch to cut them out.  So much easier than hand cutting.  I wrapped the silver ribbon around a Basic Black layer that I ran through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

This was a rather easy card for my last minute card making just before Christmas.  Now to get them in the mail!

Tomorrow I will be using the Festival of Trees bundle again for a Broke Stampers Unite challenge.  Make sure you come back to see what the ladies and I create using this set.

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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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Sheltering Tree-Thumping Technique Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a card using the Thumping Technique.  Stamping with Stace-Broke Stampers Unite Color Challenge

Does this card look a little familiar?  Wednesday I shared a card with you for a Broke Stampers Unite color challenge. I decided to use the Thumping Technique and I said I would have a video tutorial for you on Friday.  IT’S FRIDAY!

You’ll want to get out your stamps and markers for this one.  Feel free to stamp with me.  You can watch the video below with me or click here to watch it.

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Witch’s Hat Punch Art with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features witch's hat treat clippunches and glimmer paper!  It was an adorable Halloween gift and it only take minutes to make! Great for when you’re short on time.  You know that chaotic thing called life :)

I made a bunch of these for my stamp club ladies.  If you’d like to stamp with me in person, email me and I will send you a list of dates and times.

Anyhoooo, back to the witch’s hat. I am not sure who the original designer was.  I do know it was shared at Stampin’ Up!’s Founders Circle meeting.  I loved the fact that it used the Black Glimmer paper.  I bought it immediately, and then forgot what I was going to use it for.  Please tell me you’ve done that before too.  You can use Basic Black card stock or even Halloween Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Ok Stampers, get out your circle punches, tree punch and paper and lets get crafting. You can watch the video below or click here.


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Rejoice- Bokeh Technique with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the Bokeh Technique.  Bokeh is a photography term.  It means to have a blurred, out of focus image.  I tend to think of it as photos of lights that are out of focus and they are fuzzy colored dots.

Rejoice bokeh technique with video tutorial from Stamping with StaceI have been wanting to do this technique FOREVER!  But you know how it is, there is never enough time to stamp everything you want to.  Well, I decided if I really wanted to do this technique; probably people in my stamp club would want to do it as well.  The ladies LOVED it.  I am glad I decided to do this for a project.

It also “forced” me to do a video tutorial (my goal is try to have one every week).  I wanted my friends who couldn’t come to be able to see what it the heck I was talking about.  A cool thing about this card is that no two cards look exactly alike even when you make several at the same time.

You can see how to make this card here. Or watch it below.

Keep in mind this technique can be used with any color combination and and stamp set. It doesn’t have to be just for Christmas.  Heck, you could even used the shaped framelits for a different shape other than circles. Is it a lot easier than you thought?  Give it a try in your craft room.

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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.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

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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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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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Throw Back Thursday -Awash with Flowers

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

Do you remember me posting awhile back about using up my DSP (Designer Series Paper)?  That I need to share my love of pretty paper and not hoard it in a drawer?

I have been working hard on it.  I made a set of cards using up some paper from lasimaget spring.  I also used one of my stamp sets that I just love even though it is retired.  Awash with Flowers.  It was an awesome two step stamp set.  I also used the retired Angle Tag Topper punch.  The red fringe is made with the Fringe Scissors.

The inside is stamped as well.  I like to use outline stamps on the inside of my cards.  This way you can continue to have room to write your message.

imageI stamped the inside with Feel Goods stamp set.  I think it is such an uplifting  stamp set.  Who can’t use a little uplifting every now and then?

This design can be copied with any Designer Series Paper.  It is a very simple layout.  Current tag topper punches can be used, a new stamp set can be used.  Or do like I did.  Pull out some of that pretty paper you are hoarding and a favorite stamp set.  Share you pretty paper can creativity with someone! Keep the chocolate for yourself :)

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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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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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Elfing Around in the Snow

imageHi Stampers, welcome to my creative spa!

In Maine we had a huge snowstorm.  Almost a foot of snow and my huge maple tree came crashing down in large chunks.! Two thirds of it fell, luckily it didn’t take down any power lines or crash through the rooftop. I tried stamping since I couldn’t go outside.  The constant checking on trees  made to hard to focus.

I was only able to complete one card. These have bee around for several years.  I originally wanted to make elf shoes that went around K-cups.  I thought it would make the cutest present.  The Top Note  die was too small. (I may have to try to draw something large enough.)

I decided to cut the top note pieces to make a card. Cut the top note from center to center the long way first. Each half will make one pair of elf shoes.  Next, take the long piece and cut that in half at the center point.  I used punches to cut the curves of the shoes.             image

I placed the 1″ circle punch on the outer edge and punched about 3/4 of a circle. I used the small oval punch for the top cuff of the boot- just enough to give it a slight curve. The gold pompons were punched with a small circle punch that has retired. I bet the large circles from the owl punch will work.  For the stockings, I cut 1″ strips of designer series paper.  The card base was embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder.

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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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Congratulations Michelle & Adam

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Today is a quick post about a former coworker.  Or should I say the gift bag and matching card for her and her groom.

The bag was made with 12×12 Designer Series Paper.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colors pack.  The card is Bermuda Bay card stock and ink, along with Whisper White card stock and Jet Black ink.

I used the Chalk Talk stamp set. The verse is the Label Love Bundle. Don’t you just love the bundles? I makes stamping and punching so much easier! (And who doesn’t want to save 15% on stamping supplies?)

If you want to see how to make your down gift bag, I have a video here.

So now I am off to a soccer game.  The final one of the season, then to Michelle and Adam’s wedding.

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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!

 

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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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