Sunday, July 31, 2016

Well, This Just Stinks

It sure doesn't stink that Sue won 1st Place in our Team Swap.  This adorable Skunk made from the Fox Builder Punch totally deserves first place! 


So cute, so simple - well except whey you have to make 16 of them for the swap - but Oh my Goodness!  I just love it.

Making this short as I see lightning outside, so I want to close this down and get it ready for posting.

Happy Monday!


Say Cheese!

I can finally share this card with you!  This was my swap card for our Team Meeting yesterday and since we vote on our favorites, I couldn't share it until after.  Cute as it is, it didn't win this time, but wait until you see the one that did.  I'll share it tomorrow.  Oh My Goodness, so cute!  It seems there isn't anything that can't be done with the Fox Punch!


I cased this card and apparently I'm not the only one.  Another gal that had a display board also made this cute card but turned up the other way and she did the greeting a little different.  

After I made this, and was showing it to my hubby, he suggested I put a piece of paper behind the front so you could write inside.  That is a good idea, but then you couldn't see the back half of the cute little mouse!

There was one quite a while ago where I did another "cheesy" card.  You can see it HERE.



Recipe:

So Saffron: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4".
Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette (for Mouse)
Whisper White for Banner

Mouse:  Fox Builder Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Owl Builder (feet)
Cheese:  Layering Circles (center hole), 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
Banner:  Large Numbers Framelits

To make the Mouse tail, I punched the Fox tail and then trimmed it with scissors to make the tail. 





We had SIXTEEN Swappers this month, so I had lots of little mousies running around in prepping these cards.



Thank you for looking in today ~ have a Blessed Sunday!


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nugget Treat Bag

A big thank you to Connie Stewart for this adorable treat bag.  When I spotted it on her blog a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to make some.

These are SO fast and easy, you will just love them!


The treat holder is 5 1/2" x 2 1/8" - score 3/8" from the long edge on each side.
The wraps around the Hershey's Nuggets are 3" x 1" of Designer Series Paper of your choice.  I used Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I used a glue dot to hold the "wrap" together on the bottom of each nugget.

Place the nuggets inside the cardstock holder and wrap a piece of matching ribbon longways to hold them in place.  About 15 inches work well.

Slide the nuggets and holder into our NEW Cello Bags - 2" x 8" - these are the PERFECT Nugget size!


The topper is Whisper White - 4" x 2 1/2", score on the 4" side at 2" and fold in half.

Wrap a piece of matching Washi Tape across the bottom, stamp your sentiment towards the top, leaving room for ribbon once your topper is attached to the Cello Bag.

I used Fast Fuse to make sure it sticks well.  Fold the top over and wrap more matching ribbon around the Topper.

Easy Peasy!


I'm so excited to be spending the day with my stamping team making fun projects designed by our upline, Lorri Heiling.  It's going to be a great day!

Thank you for looking in today.  ~ Donna


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Detailed Floral Votives

Check out these beautiful Detailed Floral Votive (battery operated) Holders.  Don't panic, these are easier than you think to make!  I saw this on Gosia MacKinnon's blog where she had a video.  I made my tutorial here step by step.  Thank you Gosia for a great project!

 



Begin with a piece of cardstock - 8 1/8" x 4"
Score along the long side at 2", 4", 6", and 8"


On the short side, score at 2"


Take your bone folder and make all the creases nice and crisp, including the little 1/8"


One side of your paper will be bigger than the other.  THAT is the side you want to use.  I missed and used the short side, but it worked out.  I'll explain later.

Place the small die from Detailed Floral Thinlits between the two score lines and about 1/8" of an inch from the top of the highest part of the die.

Gently place a piece of Washi Tape to hold the die in place.


Next, this is a trick I learned from someone who I believe was from Sizzix, who suggests instead of using waxed paper or a dryer sheet to have the die stick less to the paper, to use a piece of a grocery bag.  Our Stampin' Up! bags that your hostess or Demonstrator usually delivers your goodies in is perfect!

Gently slide a piece of cut plastic bag under the die.  This is why you have the Washi Tape, so your die doesn't move.


 

Run your die through, lift off the die and ta-da!  Beautiful clean cut and hardly any paper, if any at all sticks to the die. 
 

Cut another piece of plastic bag for the 2nd cut, slide your paper over and repeat.

 
Now all you have to do is pop out the little pieces.  These will fall out easily and if need be just push them out with a paper piercer or the rolling die brush works great as well.
 
Fold your creases again so they are nice and clean then cut with your paper snips the three lines JUST up to the fold.  On the little 1/8" strip, cut off the bottom piece as shown below:
 


Use a bit of Tombo Multipurpose Glue on the small 1/8" strip along the top.


Fold the cardstock in half and tucking in that little strip, adhere it to the other side:



Now... here is where I discovered I had die cut the wrong side of the 2" vs. the 2 1/4".  When I went to fold in my flaps to make the bottom, they were too big!  Argh!!!   Thankfully I noticed it before I added the glue.  So, I simply cut off a little from each of the flaps and it was perfect. 

Fold in the first flap, no glue, then glue or your adhesive of choice on the other three flaps and fold them in one at a time.





So, the one on the left (as you look at it) is the height of the box that I was CASEing, the short box is my accidental version!


Thank you for looking in today.  I hope you'll have fun making some of these.  Think how great they will look in Christmas colors or on a wedding table using the wedding colors!  The possibilities are endless!

~ Donna
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