Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stars, stars and more stars!

Can you guess the theme of today's samples?   Mmmmm..... that's right!  STARS!!!   I've got 2 projects and then a video for you.  The first project is a set of 3 3D star ornaments:

The stars are stamped on Whisper White card stock with Lost Lagoon ink. I've used the new Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  You need 5 stars for each ornament.  They were all cut with the Stars Framelits Dies.  

Here's a close up of the medium ornament.  A little White Baker's Twine is used for the hanger and a Vintage Faceted Button is on top.  You can't see it here, but all the edges have 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on them.  Very sparkly in person.  
Supplies used:
Stars Framelits Dies and Bright & Beautiful stamp set
Lost Lagoon ink, Whisper White card stock, White Baker's Twine, Vintage Faceted Buttons
2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

The second project today is a gorgeous vintage looking card using the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

The star and words were stamped in VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  


Supplies used:
Bright & Beautiful stamp set
Very Vanilla and Basic Black card stock, Typeset DSP
Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder, VersaMark ink, heat tool

Here's a video from Stampin'Up! on how to use these awesome Star Framelit Dies to make some adorable star shaped boxes.  Wouldn't these make adorable Christmas Ornaments or stocking stuffers?


Bright & Beautiful Clear-mount Stamp Set
Bright & Beautiful Clear-Mount Stamp Set135029
Price$24.95
Nothing embodies the season like beautiful images of stars. Let your season shine with these iconic stars and greetings, available in wood- and clear-mount sets. Set quantity: 8.
Stars Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Stars Framelits Die133723
Price$26.95
Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 5 layering dies. Largest image: 4-3/4" diam.
Vintage Faceted Buttons
Vintage Faceted Buttons127555
Price$5.95
24 glass-like buttons: 8 ea. of 3 designs. 13/16", 1/2", 3/8".

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Santa "Stache-ing" through the snow!

The fair is going well.  The first couple of days were slow, but today was youth day and we had about 1-1/2 hours of teenage boys from FFA groups crowding our booth.  They were super funny and left completely tatted up.  I left around 4:30 for a class tonight and the girls are still there working away.  

Here's a group of about 8 teenage boys who spent about an hour in the booth today.  
My project today is a fun card using the new Santa Stache stamp set.


I added some Dazzling Details on the mustache, beard and hat.  
Supplies used:
Santa Stache stamp set, Mustache Framelit Die
Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
1/4" Circle Punch, Real Red and Blushing Bride markers
Black StazOn ink, Dazzling Details, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

Santa Stache Clear-mount Stamp Set
Santa Stache Clear-Mount Stamp Set135035
Price$16.95
What could be better than a good pun to keep your sense of humor warm through the winter? Give the gift of a smile with these clever stamps. Clear-mount and wood-mount. Set quantity: 5.
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Mustache Framelits Die133741
Price$7.95
Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 1 die. 2-3/4" x 7/8". Coordinates with Well Worded Stamp Set.
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder132174
Price$7.95
Transform your cardstock with a raised, textured design. 4-1/2" x 6-3/16".

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Visions of Santa, Paper Pumpkin and the Fair!

I'm exhausted today!  We set up yesterday for the first day of the fair.  Kim (my oldest) is having an airbrush booth. We have lots of technical difficulties the first day, but after 2 additional compressors and some trial and error, we think we having everything running.  I'm helping her out during the day and her sisters are helping after classes.  We're hoping business picks up, so if  you're out at the NEA Fair this week, make sure to stop by and get a temporary tattoo or face paint.  Here are a few photos:






My Paper Pumpkin subscribers should be receiving their kits soon (I haven't received mine yet), so I wanted to post this video by Stampin'Up! on how to use your kit.  I'm really excited about this one and plan to use mine for Halloween treats for the girls and their roommates at ASU.  Once I get my kit, I'll be sending out a bonus project to the subscribers.  Do you want one too?  Just sign up for My Paper Pumpkin's monthly kit (see link on right side of my blog) and you can get one of these great kits each month.  Make sure to put me down as your demonstrator!



Today's project is a fun holiday card using the new Visions of Santa stamp set.  This set is just too funny!

The Whisper White card stock was cut with the Party Pennants die and little strips of Santa & Co. DSP were added under a strip of Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape.

Yes, I'm having Visions of Santa.  
Supplies used:
Visions of Santa stamp set, Party Pennants Bigs L Die
Santa & Co. DSP, Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon
Crumb Cake & Whisper White card stock, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Blushing Bride ink with Blender Pens.

Visions of Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set
Visions Of Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set135167
Price$15.95
You'll be chuckling, bowlful of jelly or not, as you enjoy these delightful illustrations of Santa warming up for his holiday work. Photopolymer. Set quantity: 8.
Party Pennants Bigz L Die by Stampin' Up!
Party Pennants Bigz L Die133732
Price$32.95
Fast and easy cutting—shapes, 3-D items, and more. Largest image: 2-5/8" x 4-1/2".
Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper
Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper135821
Price$10.95
In a season full of reds and greens, it takes a lot for something to stand out. That's where the Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper comes in, making the season a little brighter. 12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. Acid free, lignin free.
Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape
Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape135843
Price$4.95
Make something that stands out—when you use these designs on a gift, don't be surprised if it outshines the tree itself. 3 designs per package: 3/8", 1/2", 5/8". 5 yds. ea. Lignin free.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nutty or Nice?

We had a nice birthday lunch for Jackie today who's turning 20 on Tuesday.  It's going to be a crazy week, so Sunday was the only day we could all get together.  Then we had a 2 hour Girl Scout meeting with the last 3 in 12th grade.  We finished phase 1 of their t-shirt quilts (selecting and cutting down their shirts).  A little laundry, some other chores and now a little crafting time - woohoo!  Kim and Samantha are downstairs working on signs for Kim's booth at the fair.  If you go to the NEA Fair this week, make sure to stop by and get an airbrush tattoo or face paint!!!  They gave me a temporary tattoo last Monday, I even shaved my legs today and it's still there.  Tell her that her mom sent you.

John, Samantha, Kim and Katie

Katie, Drew, Joey and Jackie (B'day girl)

Kim and Samantha working on Chalkboard banners for the tattoo booth.  
Today's project is a fun jar of holiday peanuts.
I found these cute spice jars at the Dollar Tree.  One side of the lid is a shaker and the other opens wide enough to pour out the peanuts.  I wrapped a little Maritime DSP and Soft Suede card stock around the jar then added the fun nutcracker from the Santa Stache stamp set.  

I love the take on "naughty or nice" as "nutty or nice" to go with the nutcracker, and of course, the peanuts!!! 
Supplies used:
Santa Stache stamp set, Mustache Framelit Die
Markers, Whisper White and Soft Suede card stock, Maritime DSP
Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Word Window Punch
Spice jar from Dollar Tree and peanuts

Santa Stache Clear-mount Stamp Set
Santa Stache Clear-Mount Stamp Set135035
Price$16.95
What could be better than a good pun to keep your sense of humor warm through the winter? Give the gift of a smile with these clever stamps. Clear-mount and wood-mount. Set quantity: 5.
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Mustache Framelits Die133741
Price$7.95
Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 1 die. 2-3/4" x 7/8". Coordinates with Well Worded Stamp Set.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Merry Everything, including Cafe Gift Bags!

I don't know about you, but I love baking during the holidays.  Cookies, candied orange peel, fudge, mmm......I may have to start early.  The new Petite Cafe Gift Bags in the Holiday Mini Catalog are perfect for those homemade cookies or other fun treats.  The bags are lined and food safe with a great closure to keep your treats fresh.  The bags can be stamped, or as I show here, embossed and sponged.

The tags are made with the Merry Everything stamp set and Note Tag Punch.  The bag was run through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder (perfect for Christmas).  About 2 cups of animal crackers fit in this bag.  
Here's a close up of the tag which was colored with markers.   The new Olive Two-Tone Trim is perfect with the bags.  I used a little of the Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine to tie the tag to the bow.  Two Cherry Cobbler tags were overlapped behind the image to make a layered tag.
These were some extra tags from the same stamp set.  
Supplies used:
Merry Everything stamp set and Note Tag Punch, Very Vanilla & Cherry Cobbler card stock
Petite Cafe Gift Bags, Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim, Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine
Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cobbler ink
Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Markers

Merry Everything Clear-mount Bundle
Merry Everything Clear-Mount Bundle137636
Price$28.75
Labeling people is bad, but labeling gifts is good! These stamps work great with the Tag Punch to create the perfect accent for everything from Halloween treats to Christmas gifts. Set quantity: 5. The Note Tag Punch makes it easy to cut the stamped images quickly.

Petite Café Gift Bags
Petite Café Gift Bags135826
Price$5.95
The ideal blank slate for your creativity, dress up these Kraft poly-lined bags with stamps, washi tape, or whatever else suits your fancy. Perfect for all kinds of holiday treats. 10 bags; approx. 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 8". Food safe.

Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim
Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim135837
Price$4.95
For a stylish twist on our regular Baker's Twine, try this extra thick trim. It's perfect for accenting that special gift or card. 5/16" wide. 10 yds.
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder120902
Price$7.95
Transform your cardstock with a raised, textured design. 4-1/2" x 5-3/4".

Friday, September 12, 2014

Elf and Santa Fry Boxes for the holidays!

I love the new Fry Box Bigz L die in the annual catalog.  We made the elf box below at the Christmas in August event.  I had to buy a box of 850 gumballs and only 10 fit in each box.

I had to make a template for the collar and then used a thin strip of black card stock for the belt.  A little label punch and a 1/4" square of black make the buckle  


 I had a ton of gumballs left over (even after my family had their share), so I made up several for the craft show.  I made some with a Santa design too.

I used the same belt, but had to make a new template for the collar.  
Supplies used:

Fry Box Bigz L Die & Big Shot, Good Greetings stamp set (free to hostesses with a $300 workshop)
Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive card stock, Silver Glimmer Paper
1/8" Silver Ribbon, Medium Cello Bags, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Little Labels Punch Pack

Fry Box Bigz L Die by Stampin' Up!

Fry Box Bigz L Die132966
Price$32.95
Fast and easy cutting—shapes, 3-D items, and more. 3" x 1-1/2" x 3-1/2".
Little Labels Punch Pack

Little Labels Punch Pack126881
Price$16.95
Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest, dimension, and color to your cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. You can glue punched shapes directly onto your projects or layer a sheet of cardstock that has been punched over a coordinating cardstock for a reverse effect.
■ Sleek body style
■ Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
■ Locks to store
■ Slim and stackable

Cellophane 4" x 6" Bags
Cellophane 4" X 6" Bags102757
Price$4.50
Clear, sturdy bags for treats and gifts. Top with tags you make using stamps, punches, Big Shot dies. 50 per pkg. Food safe.
Silver 1/8" Ribbon
Silver 1/8" Ribbon132137
Price$4.95
Slim trim in on-trend gold and silver. 10 yds.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Santatizers and Sandbags!

I spent the last 3 days working on 24 sandbags for the band.  I had a friend helping with half and John helped me to fill the sand, but I finally finished today - whew!!

Here's a close up.  Kim cut the stencil with our new Silhouette and I spray painted all the bags with gold.  I thought they turned out pretty well.  Much better than the hefty bags they used last year.    

Here's all 24 dumped in a pile by the front door.  Now I just need someone to haul all of these to my car and then into the band room.  Any takers?  
My project today is this adorable "Santatizer".  We made these at our Christmas event.  I had seen this somewhere and I thought it would be perfect with our new Rotary Alphabet Stamp.

Isn't this adorable?  These 8oz hand sanitizers can be found at the Dollar Tree or even at Staples.  I found them during the back to school sales, so they had plenty in stock.  Make sure to use the ones that around rounded on both sides.  Some are concave on the back and don't work as well.  

This is one of our retired ornaments and dies, but you could use a star or oval or anything else that would make a tag.  
Supplies used: 
Rotary Alphabet Stamp and Ornament Keepsakes set and dies (retired)
Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Old Olive card stock
Real Red ink
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Curly Label Punch and 1" Square Punch, Sticky Strip and 8oz hand sanitizer

Alphabet Rotary Stamp by Stampin' Up!
Alphabet Rotary Stamp133769
Price$14.95
Includes alphabet and basic punctuation to create your own phrases.
Curly Label Punch
Curly Label Punch119851
Price$16.95
Let our punches knock you out! All punch images are shown actual size.