Envelope Punch Board meets My Digital Studio


Good morning and Happy Thursday!

If you follow me on Facebook, then yesterday, you would have seen this photo, teasing you with my latest project. I decided to introduce my Envelope Punch Board to My Digital Studio!

Did you figure out, what I was creating? If you guess a Halloween treat package, you would be correct...
But if you guessed a HALLOWEEN CRACKER, then you would be exactly correct!!!

How fun are these!?!

When I saw how easy it was to create the Christmas Crackers AND that they were made from one flat sheet of paper, I knew I could incorporate My Digital Studio! So off I went!

I made these crackers smaller, with a starting size of 4.25"x 5.25". I knew I would be printing them, and I wanted to fit as many as I could on one page! I still did the 1" side panels, but to create the ends, I punched them on the Envelope Punch Board at 1" instead of 1.5". I then scored them at .5", 1" and 1.5"

I was able to fit 4 to a page and it cost about .48 cents for me to print it at the local print shop (on 32lb paper). So basically each package cost about .12 cents! At that price I won't cringe when people rip them open to get the treats.

I will be honest that there is one down fall with folding a printed sheet... unfortunately the ink doesn't like to be scored or bended. As you can see in my photo, my folds are frayed a bit. I don't mind it with this project as it adds to the spooky effect, but it may not go as well with other type of favours. I was able to reduce the markings a bit by scoring them on the blank side and lightly folding - No Bone Folder this time!

One more thing before I go: Remember... people are going to throw these out, save your good adhesive and use some Dollar Store double sided tape, It works just fine. Also instead of wasting your good ribbon or cord, use gift wrapping ribbon, I didn't have any at the time but it would work perfectly!

Have a great day and "I dare you" to try these out for yourself!
Happy Creating!


Stamps

    _Designer Kits/Halloween Banner Simply Created - skull
    _Designer Kits/Sophisticated Spooks/Sophisticated Spooks - beware
    _Designer Kits/Sophisticated Spooks/Sophisticated Spooks - take a bite

Punches
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Card Stock/Textured Card Stock - Basic Black
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = YOYO YELLOW 


Lean on Me

Good morning!
Today I'm sharing a pretty simple card, with a pretty simple technique!

I highlighted or emphasized my image by creating a faux frame around it.

To accomplish this, I simply used my Oval framelits and die cut out an oval from a scrap piece of paper. Then I took the negative and positioned it over my image and sponge daubed around the edges with ink. I always start my daubing on my masking and work my way into the open image, to give it that soft look.

I know as a demo, I should always use current product...  I apologize that my image is not, but I have a friend who is hurting and the "Lean on Me" stamp set has the perfect sentiments. I hope you will forgive me for using this "Oldie but Goodie" stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Oh What Fun!

Good afternoon! Today I am sharing card #4 of my 5 card mailing challenge! I am having so much fun creating cards specifically for someone and knowing that I'm going to brighten their day!

For this card, I really wanted to send my friend a snowman. I know... kind of odd to do in october, but it's all good!

I don't have the current snowman stamp set, So I  whipped out my punches and daubers and created one of my own!
To create my snowman stencil: I used 3 scrap circles and laid them out on piece of scrap card stock to form a snowman shape. When I was satisfied, I traced around the circles to mark their position and then removed them. I then used my circle punches and punched them out accordingly!

Next, for the snowman: I spounge daubed, Wisteria Wonder Ink around the edges of my stencil, and working my way inwards. I focused more on one edge then the other, to give it a 3D feeling. To get the darker shading under each snowball, I took the coordinating circle punchout, and with my main stencil still down, laid it over top and sponged out from the circle. Does that make sense?
So... What do you think? He turned out a little darker then I wanted, but I still think he's cute!

I made him some warm accessories using the 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon! I LOVE this stuff!
I drew in his eyes and mouth with a Basic Black marker and used a sliver of Tangerine Tango card stock for his nose!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating as always!


Peek-a-BOO! Photopolymer!

Have you made this vow to yourself?
- "I will never buy clear stamps again."
Let me guess... bought a clear stamp set, with the most awesome image, only to get it home and be extremely disappointed? It doesn't stamp well, the lines are squishing and your image is distorted?

Yup, I've been there and done that. I vowed, that no matter how cute the image, I would never waste my money on clear stamps again!
So imagine my inner struggle ;) when Stampin' Up! released some clear stamp sets...
They are cute and all, but...NOPE I'm not doing it,
Well... Stampin' Up! finally did it... They released a photopolymer stamp set that I just couldn't resist... and I had to break my OWN vow...

and I'M SO GLAD I DID!

I should have never doubted Stampin' Up! as they always make sure their product is the best of the best! Stampin' Up! stamps are the best out there, so why would their photopolymer be anything less.

Their Photopolymer stamps are super sticky and very thick! I had no problem stamping with them and was extremely happy with the stamped image! But why believe me? Check out my card to see for yourself!

My card today (which is #3 of my 5 card mailing challenge!) uses the Photopolymer stamp set: Bite Me! I absolutely love the spider web image, which I stamped in Whisper White craft ink on Basic Black card stock.

I know my card seems kind of plain on the outside, but I'm hoping my peek-a-boo "window" makes up for it! I had so much fun doing the peek-a-boo technique on this card, that I just had to do it again!

However, On this card, it's not as obvious to pull on the ribbon - I didn't leave anything sticking out. (My husband proved this to me, when I handed him the card and he was just going to lift up the flap) So I added a little handwritten (YUCK) instruction arrow to my card. Wishing I had the Photopolymer stamp set: Designer Typeset, now! Lol!

If they dare pull on the ribbon, they will reveal a spooky surprise! How fun is that!

For inside my window, I used Black Stazon Ink, Smokey Slate ink (stamped off) and Rich Razzleberry Ink, all stamped on Whisper White card stock!

I added a few rhinestones to give my card a little bit of bling and mounted everything on to Basic Grey card stock.

I hope you like today's card and I hope you'll give Stampin' Up's new photopolymer stamps a try. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Happy Creating!

Christmas Crackers!

I know, I know! Thanksgiving was just yesterday, but I couldn't wait to share these cute little Christmas Crackers!

I don't know about you, but I love it when you find different ways to use the same tool, so when my friend mentioned there was a video on how to make Christmas Cracker with the envelope punch board, I just had to go check it! Sure enough, there was and I couldn't wait to make some.

You need to use Designer Series Paper or another light weight paper when creating these, as you need to fold it and punch through 2 layers.

I wanted to use my current Christmas DSP,  but I only purchased the paper stack (Love It!!!) So I decided to change up the measurements and Voila! I actually like this size a little better as I found the original ones to be a little wide, but they would be great if you wanted to put in a paper crown and a little toy like actually crackers have!

To share my cracker measurements, I made a video tutorial for you! Remember, I used the DSP paper stacks (4.5" x 6.5") so I didn't have to PRE cut! Gotta love that!
Check it out and happy creating!




An Autumn Thank-You!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian visitors.

I must admit that Thanksgiving isn't really a big event in my family. We don't get all of the family together and have a massive meal or sit around watching football. I don't know why... It's just always been that way and has never had the importance like Christmas dinner does. Thanksgiving is more of a quiet day of reflection for me.

So, you've probably guessed by now that I don't really craft for Thanksgiving either. One day, I'd love to do the whole big Thanksgiving dinner, with place markers, napkin rings, centre pieces and party favours, but until then... I'll just keep pinning those ideas ;)

So here is card #2 of my 5 card challenge!

When I started this card, I was going in a whole other direction, with a whole other idea. But then this idea happened and I love it! I love how simple and modern it turned out and I hope the recipient does too.

The trees on my card are actually created with 2 different stamp sets, which is quite rare for me, as I don't tend to mix stamp sets. The chevron oval is from the stamp set: Oh Hello and the tree is actually the branch stamp in the stamp set: Take Care. The greeting is from the stamp set: Lots of Thanks.

My colours are Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Early Espresso.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Thanksgiving and a great long week-end!
Happy Creating!




Perfect Blend

Happy Friday and a happy start to a long week-end!

Last week-end, I had a chance to stamp all day with a great group of friends! The 7 of us did a shoe box swap: each person creates a project and then puts all the materials and supplies in a box for the others to create! It was a lot of fun and I loved all the different projects.

On the drive to my friends house, a few of us were talking about mailing and receiving cards. I had to admit that even though I make lots of cards, I very seldom mail any. But apparently I'm not the only one. Two of my friends had already challenged each other to send more cards and invited me to participate. So of course I'm on board!!!

To start: my goal is to mail 5 cards out this month! So here is card #1.

Today's card features the cute little stamp set: Perfect Blend. (I don't actually like coffee, but I have so many friends that "depend" on it (Lol) that I couldn't resist adding it to my collection.)

I made my card to look plain at first sight, as it has a little surprise that I wanted to really emphasize when they reveal it!

They pull on the ribbon...

and...
"Hi!"
"Coffee & Friends are the Perfect Blend"

How fun is that!?!

I learned this cute little technique at convention! It uses one of the frames from the Peek-a-Boo Die, an extra fold and 1 other piece of card stock and Voila!

My "Hi" greeting is from the Label Card Thinlits Dies and my little heart is from the owl punch. Of course I had to use the stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge. The DSP is Season of Style and I used linen thread and the 7/16" Natural Trim Ribbon.

So, I'm curious, How often do you mail out random cards? Join me and challenge yourself to send out 5 cards this month and cheer up someones day!
Happy Creating!

Sporty Birthday!

It is so nice, finally having a functional craft room! Do you know how easy this card was to create? I didn't even  spend a second looking for stuff, as everything was in it's place... I wonder how long this will last! Lol

Today's card is for my oldest Nephew, Logan! Today is his 8th Birthday!!! I can't believe it! Where has the time gone?

Logan is really into sports! In fact, his birthday party this week-end is sports themed, so I thought I would make his card to match!

His card was created with the New Label Card Thinlits Die. I won the Circle Card Thinlits Die at convention and of course I just had to have this one too!
The Sports balls are actually from an old, old set, called "Good Sport". I knew it would be perfect for his card! I only wish it had a hockey puck, as hockey is his favourite sport right now, but... you can't win them all ;)

I also used the stamp set: Gorgeous grunge in Basic black ink, but it's hard to see in my picture.
The greeting on the front is from the stamp set: Yippee-Skippee, and the inside greeting is from an older birthday saying set.

To finish it off, I added strips of Basic Gray card stock with Epic Day Washi tape on them!

I hope it's 8 year old approved and that Logan will like it! Happy Birthday Logan!!!
Have a great day everyone and happy creating!




My Crafting Space.

WOW! I have been MIA!!! But it's been for a good reason!
My craft room has been in dis-order for quite some time now and  It was really starting to look like a great candidate for the TV show Hoarders.

It all started when my second son was due and we needed the bedroom that my husband was occupying with his hobby. I offered up half of my craft room and I never got my stuff fully organized before we moved him in. On top of that, our lives got busier and the room started to be the "collect-all" for the rest of the house.

Anyways... This past week, I put my foot down and said that I am going to have a clean, functional craft room. I took out EVERY single box, bag, container and item out of my craft room until I had a clean floor! My laundry room was a MESS! My Hubby thought I had lost my mind. Which I probably had, as I was just chucking everything out the door. Well I'm happy to say that I accomplished my goal! I have a very clean (for now...) and functional craft room! AND I dealt with everything , so my laundry room is back to normal as well (sometimes it's easy just to move the mess)

So I thought that I would share with you my craft room! Now don't get too excited... my craft room is by NO means, Stylish, Trendy or anywhere near magazine worthy, but it's my happy place and that's all that matters for me.

I live in a small house, and my craft room is in the furnace room! YUP! you read that right, my craft room is in the furnace room. This is what you first seen when you walk in! The Furnace and Water Heater! Lol! As you can imagine, the room is quite small. Measuring 9'x9', so I had to be quite inventive to have majority of my stuff accessible.

Next is a picture of my room, using the panoramic setting on my camera (Click on photos for a larger image).  Pretty neat eh? As you can see, I take up 2 walls and a counter and my Hubby has the other wall and a counter.


This is my main wall. It holds A LOT of stuff! Our furnace room was unfinished when we moved in, so I used the exposed 2 by 4's to my advantage and with some doweling, I created storage for my punches, accessories and wheels. On the shelving, I store mainly stamp sets, and big shot stuff! Did you notice my paper rack? My dad made that for me years ago and I love it! It's small and compact, and right at my finger tips!
My paper rack is actually mounted on my door. Did you notice that my door has 4 hinges... yeah, that much paper is actually really heavy and hubby thought it would be best to give the door some extra support!

Let's see...what next...
Here is my work station. I have a nice big window, to look outside when I'm crafting during the day. My inks are all stored and displayed right in front of me, giving me a little shelve for the current style punches and some little storage bins. I have some little storage bins mounted underneath my counter, that holds my adhesives on one side of me and my embossing powders and glitters on the other side.

Since I lost half of my counter space I had to find other means of storing stuff. My newest change is my ribbon. I had a ribbon holder, but it just wasn't working. So I've decided to have my ribbon hanging on a wire that I attached to curtain rod fixtures.










To my left are MORE stamps! My retired ones are up on the wall shelves and my current ones are on an old DVD/CD rack that I modified to work in my space. I also have other accessories stored in cases on this rack, such as my rhinestones and pearls, extra blades and threads, etc.

I placed a shelving unit under my counter top to allow for more storage! For extra things and different crafting mediums.
I have my heat guns, hanging underneath my counter as well, ready to go, when I need to use them.
Tins, and tiles, ready for decorating.
My different adhesives, treat cups, and envelopes and SO much more!
To the right of me is my little stuff storage. It was an idea I saw on pinterest. They used, I think, tubing or pipes, but I had these cardboard containers (like hot chocolate tins) that would work, so I spray painted them white and hubby mounted them on the wall for me!
I store my "little but needed often" items in them, such as scissors, pencils and pens, my stamp-ma-jig, spritzers etc.


Well that's pretty much my crafting space in a nut shell.

Hopefully you enjoyed my little tour and Happy Creating!






A BIG Star!!!

Today I'm sharing with you a pretty simple, but elegant project.

Did you know that Stampin Up! sells individual stamps outside of the annual catalogue? They do, and this BEAUTIFUL star, just happens to be one of them currently available!

When it first came out, I knew that I eventually wanted to own it. But then I saw this cute little project on pinterest, and I just had to have it! (I wish I had the gold ink pad too!) It also inspired my little project today.

I made a little box that holds 4 little, 3x3 cards.
I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and my greeting in Early Espresso Ink on Naturals Ivory card stock.

*PLEASE NOTE * The Naturals card stock is a little different then our regular card stock and the ink does not dry immediately, especially with the new formula of inkpads. If you want to duplicate this project: stamp your star, dry it with your heat gun and THEN stamp your greeting. If you stamp one right after the other, this is what happens...







So do you want to know something awesome about this little project?
The box was created with...
THE ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD!!! 

Have you seen this hot new item yet? If not, you need to check it out! Watch the video to learn all about it!

When it first came out, I didn't want it. I mean, an envelope is an envelope and I could just pull one out of a box... But then my friend Christine, shared this video (which I got the box from) and my friend Lyn, showed me 5 other projects you can do with the board and now... I WANT IT!!!

Yep, I want it, I don't own it! I'm using my Mother-in-Law's right now, she lives out of town, so I haven't seen her yet, to give her, her order. But don't worry, she knows I'm using it!

Happy Creating and make sure to check out, Inch of Creativity on Facebook! I'll be posting Stampin' Up's latest promotions there!
Cheers!