Scallop Tag Topper Box with Instructions!

Wow! The Last day of April already!?! Where has the time gone? One more month and the 2014-2015 Idea Book and Catalogue will be out! So exciting!!!

Today I thought I would share with you, how to make the cute little Tag Topper Box from Monday's Post.

- Start with a 8 1/2" X 5" piece of cardstock.

- On the 8-1/2" length, score at 2", 4", 6" and 8".

- On the 5" length, score at 2" and 3"

- Fold all score lines.

- Cut all score lines on the 8-1/2" lengths, up to the perpendicular score lines (2" in length).

- Cut off the 1/2" tabs on the end, leaving the middle section.

- Punch the tag topper from flap 2 and 4. (It's easiest to do when you fold the other flaps up. check the bottom side to make sure everything lines up.)

- With you topper flaps to the left, line your sheet up at 4" and score the 2 punched flaps

- Fold score lines.

- Apply sticky strip to the little 1/2" tab and attach to the opposite end of the card stock.

- To close up the bottom: fold one flap in and attach sticky strip to the other 3.

- Fold each flap in, one over the other, and stick down.

- To close up the top: fold in the opposite square tabs, one over the other, and then tie the shaped tabs together with ribbon.

- Embellish!

Do you like how I embellished mine? Do want to know what great new product I used?


My box today uses The New Stampin' Up! Project Life products!

How fun are the colours!?!
... the washi tape!?!!
... the embellishments!?!
EEEEeeee! it's so much fun!
So if you haven't heard by now, Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Becky Higgins to present "Project Life" in exclusive Stampin' Up! colours, etc. For more information click here.

I used one of the designer cards, a silver clip, stamped the "4", stuck down the "u" embellishment and tied my box closed with folded washi tape: All brand new Project Life products!!!

Wanna know the best part! YOU can order Project Life from Stampin' Up! starting.... TOMORROW!

Here's a sneak peek!
1- Corner Rounder Punch
2 & 3- Photopolymer Stamps
4- Die Cut Embellisments
5- 12 X 12 Pocket Sheets
6- Framelits
7- Insert Cards
8- Journaling Pens

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

It Is A Way Of Life...

Hello and welcome back!

When my friends opened their little boxes (that I shared yesterday), this is what they found: A little shrink art scissor charm nestled inside a Tea Lace Paper Doilie! LOVE IT!

I hope you're not getting sick of seeing my shrink art creations... as I LOVE creating with My Digital Studio and shrink art! It's easy and fun and these were no exception! This time however, I added another element... FRAMELITS!!! How awesome is that!?! Yep, the framelits can cut through the shrink plastic!!!

My charm was created with the digital download: Life is All Around Calendar Template. This is a great download. It contains a ton of word-art: quotes about creativity, imagination and inspiration. I love them.

I coloured in my stamp image, using the colouring tool, printed it and then used the Chalk Talk Framelits to cut it out . Punched my holes and shrunk it!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE click on my photos for a better view... for some reason blogger doesn't display them as nice, until you click on them...

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!

Fabulous Friends!

Hello and happy Monday! I had an amazing week-end and I am SO tired, but YET... creatively rejuvenated! I spent the week-end at a Scrap & Crop in Stratford, Ontario! My first scrap EVER! I went with 3 of my good friends and we had a blast!

While I was packing on Friday,
I realized...
"Wait a minute!
... I'm staying with my 3 friends
... at a hotel
... overnight
... O-Mi-Goodness!
I NEED to make pillow swaps!"

Yep! So there I was.. the day before the scrap, making pillow swaps, instead of packing and cleaning my house! You just gotta love crafting!

Here is the little package that I made for them. I had a lot of fun making these. The box is created from a 5" X 8-1/2" piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock. I shaped the top closure of my box with the awesome, new, Scallop Tag Topper Punch and added texture and dimension to the panels with the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

My Whisper White tag is created with the Chalk Talk Framelits. (Love these!) The flower is from the stampset: Bright Blossom (Retiring Soon!), and is stamped in Strawberry Slush and Gumball Green (retiring) Ink. I topped it off with a Regal Candy Dot! I then stamped the word "friend", from the stamp set Fabulous Phrases (Retiring Soon!) in Bermuda Bay ink.

To finish off my tag, I cut a sliver off the edge of my Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon and tied it around my tag and then added a snippet of Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim (Sold Out!) to the bottom. To close my box, I took the remainder of my chevron ribbon, cut off the other side and removed a few threads from either edges. I quite like how it looks!

Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow to see what was inside the box!

For the Birds Card.

Good Morning! Did you have a good long week-end? Was it filled with chocolate!?!

O-mi-goodness... the chocolate! Why did the "Easter Bunny" buy SO MUCH chocolate!?!

My children are too young to keep track of their chocolate and this Momma has absolutely NO will power! Somebody save me!!! 

I'll see if I can stay away from the chocolate long enough to share this card...

Today's card uses one of my favourite stamps sets: For the Birds. (Not retiring this year! Yeah!) I stamped the birds on Naturals Ivory cardstock in Early Espresso Ink. I then coloured them in with a blender pen, Soft Suede, Real Red and Crushed Curry ink. To pick up ink with a blender pen, simply squeeze your ink pad before opening. This transfers ink to the top, inside of the lid, allowing you to dip your blender pen in it. Easy Peasy!

The side bar is created with a stamp from the set: Hello, Lovely (Retiring). I repeatedly stamped it on Crumb Cake cardstock in Soft Suede ink and then brushed the edges with Soft Suede ink! I embellished the centres with the tiny pearls.

To finish my card off, I of course, couldn't resist making a little "nest-like" embellishment with the 1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon and Linen ThreadTo get the ratty nest look, I tied linen thread down the length of my ribbon and then cut and frayed it. I topped it off with a button from the Naturals Designer Buttons (Retiring)

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card... but before you leave, I want to make sure you know that there is FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING (not including expedited shipping) until the 25th of April. Also, don't forget the retiring list is out and everything is "as supplies last", even stamps! So make sure you get your "must have" retiring items now!

Here are a few items that I'm sad to see retiring...
* Delightful Dozen
* Oh, Hello
* Rev Up the Fun
* Gumball Green - Everything!
* Sponge Daubers (O-mi-goodness! stocking up on these!)
* Hung Up Cute Clips
* 7/16" Natural Trim
* Punch Pack
* Small Heart Punch
* Sweet Buttons Embosslit
* Adorning Accents
* Peekaboo Frames Bigz Die

Make sure your order NOW! There really is no better time!
- FREE SHIPPING (April 21st-25th) 
- and they'll be GONE FOREVER come June 4th (or Sooner! EEK!)

Have a great day and Happy Creating!

The Carrot Patch!

Happy Good Friday and happy long week-end! Oh how I love long week-ends, especially the ones that my Husband doesn't have to work, and this just happens to be one! Yeah!

I have an exciting week-end planned with family and of course the Easter Bunny! I can't wait for my boys to do their easter egg hunt! It's going to be so cute!

I bought... I mean...the "Easter Bunny" bought these chocolate carrots for the boys for easter morning - they are now, a must have in my house. Last Easter, my son went around collecting all the chocolate easter eggs, but left all the carrots, not realizing they were chocolate! It was too funny, he just didn't want vegetables!

So this year I thought I would decorate his "vegetables" and make a little treat holder for them. What better way then to "plant" them!

I created my little garden out of Early Espresso cardstock and sponged it with Early Espresso Ink. The dimensions of the inside box are: H: 1-3/4" W: 2-1/2" and D: 2-1/2".

To make sure the carrots stood up straight,  I created my box with 3 layers. A top layer, with 1/2" holes, a middle layer with 3/8" holes and a bottom layer for stability.

To decorate my box, I wrapped "grass" around the top part of my box. I used Gumball Green cardstock (going to miss this cardstock when it retires), approx. 1-3/4" X 11". I would like to say I created the grass with the new Fringe Scissors, but I didn't. I don't own them yet :(
- so I simply used my paper trimmer. I sponged the bottom of my cardstock with Early Espresso ink to have it blend into the "dirt".

To create the fence, I stamped the amazing stamp: Hardwood, onto Whisper White cardstock with Sahara Sand ink. I then cut the image into 3/8" X 2-3/4" strips. I absolutely love how the fence turned out. It reminds me of an old fashion, white picket fence.

For my garden sign, I stamped "Happy Easter" from the stampset: Delightful Dozen in Pool Party ink onto Soft Sky cardstock. I then cut it out with a Thinlit from the Circle Card Thinlits. I mounted it onto a wooden skewer and tied a little knot of Linen Thread.

And last, but certainly not least... I had to add a cute little cottontail bunny! How cute is he!?! We caught him sneaking into the carrot patch!

My bunny is made out of Crumb Cake cardstock, brushed with Soft Suede ink. His body is the 3/4" circle punch. His feet were created with the owl punch (large circle, heart and tiny circle) and the pads of his feet are Pink Pirouette cardstock. To make his tail I used 3 Whisper White punch outs of the 4 petal flower punch from the punch pack.

Well, thanks for stopping by, Have a great Easter, a great long weekend and Happy Creating!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I just couldn't resist designing with the little bunny again, from the digital download: Eggstra Spectacular . He's too cute! (Easter's coming soon!!! Tee Hee!)

I cropped him out of the full stamp image and then repeated him over and over again. I added some text to the bottom of my card and printed it out onto Crumb Cake cardstock.

I then coloured in "Peter Cottontail" with a Blender Pen and some Soft Suede ink. To pick up ink with a blender pen, simply squeeze your ink pad before opening. This transfers ink to the top, inside of the lid, allowing you to dip your blender pen in it. Easy Peasy!

To finish my card off, I made a really, really tiny pompom from our White Baker's Twine. I think I cut off more, then  I actually kept! Lol!

Please make sure to click on my pictures for a better view. I apologize for my card photo, as it's not the best... I blame the card... Lol! I don't know, I just couldn't get one that I was completely happy with.

Have a great day!

Endless Birthday Wishes

Happy SNOW day! WHAT!?!

I mean happy Tuesday, but yes... we woke up to snow!... and I don't mean little flurries... oh no... completely covered! I had my windows open and the heat off yesterday... this is craziness!!!

Anyways... onto today's page, as I'm pretty sure you're not here for the weather!

Today, I'm sharing a digital scrapbook page, using the new download: Endless Birthday Wishes! This kit is all about birthdays, but with all the fun word stamp brushes and generic embellishments the possibilities for this kit, really are endless.

I did add some ribbon and a stamp that were not from the kit, so please see my supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out this week's downloads.
Happy Creating!

    Ribbon/Stitched - Poly Ribbon/Peach Parfait - Stitched - Poly Ribbon
    Ribbon/Stitched - Poly Ribbon/Peach Parfait - Stitched - Poly Ribbon Bow
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - label 1
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - label 4
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - label 5
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - banner 2
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - banner 3
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - banner 1
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - embellishments/Endless Birthday Wishes - tag 1

    Vintage Overlays - texture 8
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - birthday
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - boy
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - hooray
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - hip hip
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - for
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - the time
    _Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - party

    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Endless Birthday Wishes - 11

Take Care!

Good morning!
Do you ever find, that when you have a new toy, you tend to forget about the other ones you own? I've been loving the Occasions Catalogue so much, that I haven't used much of my other stamps lately... so that was my mission! My card today, does still showcase new product from the current Occasion's Catalogue, but also uses product from the main Idea Book & Catalogue.

When the stamp set: Take Care came out, I just had to have it! I absolutely love the branch, the nest and the adorable little eggs.

To stamp the branch, I used a Soft Suede and Gumball Green marker and coloured directly onto my stamp. The eggs are stamped in Pool Party ink, cut out and then sponge daubed with Crumb Cake ink.

To make the nest look "ratty" I actually stamped it 3 times. I stamped it in So Saffron, Crumb Cake, and Baked Brown Sugar ink. I did not line them up, in fact, I rotated it each time. I then cut it out and sponge daubed the edges and the image with So Saffron and Crumb Cake ink. Every thing was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and my image base was die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits.

The wood background is actually a new stamp from the Occasions Catalogue! It's called "Woodgrain" and I love it! I stamped it on Crumb Cake cardstock in Baked Brown Sugar Ink.

I then accessorized my card with 1-14" Burlap Ribbon, the yummy Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, a Naturals Designer Button and Linen Thread.

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

On Film Birthday

Good afternoon!

The sun is shining, the snow is gone (FINALLY), and I'm soaking in every second of it!

The boys and I had a great time this morning, playing outside and now they're all tuckered out. But I'm sure their second wind is just around the corner, so this is going to be a quick and simple post, which is okay... because today's card is also quick and simple!

Today's card base is a Whisper White Note Card and its finished size is 3.5" X 5".  I'm really starting to like this size of card.

The majority of my card is created with the "On Film Framelits". I love these framelits and they even have a coordinating stamp set: Peachy Keen. You can purchase them separately or in a 15% savings bundle from the Occasions Catalogue! Gotta love savings!

The camera is the new Gold Foil sheets and I embellished it with a rhinestone and a tiny (Real Red) heart from the Owl Punch. The film strip is Basic Black cardstock and the arrow is stamped on Smokey Slate cardstock in Smokey Slate ink. The Happy Birthday greeting is from the stamp set: Delightful Dozen and is stamped in Smokey Slate ink.

2 stamps, 3 cut-outs, a few embellishments and VOILA!  A clean and simple card! Have a great day and happy creating!

March Paper Pumpkin

I love getting my Paper Pumpkin in the mail every month.
It arrives,
I do a little happy dance,
a few tee hee's and ooh's and ahh's,
and then...
I set it aside and
forget to do it!

I don't know why, as I really do love it. It is so nice to create, without having to do the creative thinking.

Anyways... so here I am AGAIN, only a few days before the next on is to ship, sharing my paper pumpkin.

March's Paper Pumpkin was a card kit. You received enough materials to create four "Congrats" cards and four "Thank You" cards + gold lined envelopes! Fun!

But you know me... I like to play and create a whole new project for you. So... why not create some coordinating gift boxes to go with those cards! I just can't resist making cute little packages. They are too much fun!

My box is made from a full card base (8.5" X 5.5") - open and unfolded.

- On the 5.5" card length: score at 1.25", 2.5", 3.75" and 5".

- On the 8.5" card length: score at 1.25" and 7.25"

- Stamp as desired.

- Fold all score lines.

- On both 5.5" card lengths: cut score lines up to the perpendicular score line (1.25" in), to create box flaps

- Cut and discard the tiny end flaps.

- Place sticky strip on the small 0.5" flap and attach to the other side.

- Fold in flaps and stick down with sticky strip. Fill box and repeat to close the other end.

- Attach wood accessories and glitter dots.

Here is a visual for you!

To make the bow:

- Cut two - 0.5" strips from an envelope liner.

- Glue one strip together end to end, to form a loop.

- Glue down in the centre to form an "8"

- Attach the second strip to the back, wrap around the centre of the bow,  and glue it down in the back. Trim excess.

Are you receiving paper pumpkin? If not, check out all the details HERE and sign up today! You won't be disappointed! I  promise!
Have a great day!

Eggstra Spectacular Bunnys!

I was really excited this past week, to see the stampset: Eggstra Spectacular in digital format! I really wanted to purchase the "In Real Life" stampset, but... I wanted other SU items more! (anyone else have that problem?... LOL)
Now I'm thrilled!  I get the best of both worlds! The images AND the capabilities to alter and manipulate. YEAH!

Today I'm sharing a Note Card (finished size: 5" X 3.5") designed with the new download. I'm sharing 2 variations, as my husband and I had different opinions on which was better to share, so I thought I'd let you decide!

I absolutely love the little bunny image in this download, so with the help of the crop tool, I was able to get him all by himself and use him over and over again.

The bunny is actually an out-line image in this download and you can see it in card #2. I used a bunch of circle punches to fill him in with colour.

I could have used the "Freeform Tool" to colour, but then I would of had to do it for EVERY different coloured bunny... umm... no thank you!

By colouring him in with punches I was able to "Copy" and "Paste" all of the circles together, change their colours (giving me room to play) AND maybe just end up using them as the bunny without the out-line, as I did in card #1.

Another fun thing about my cards is that they were printed directly onto my Whisper White Note Cards! Yup! no cutting, nothing! Just print and fold! I have a photo tray on my printer that holds 5" X 7" sheets of paper, the exact size of a Note Card. Yep, my Christmas cards just got a whole lot easier this year! Lol!

Have a great day and Happy Creating!

Seeing Gold.

Are you seeing gold lately? Apparently it's all the trend right now and OF COURSE Stampin' Up! has it covered. Have you seen all of the gold products in the Occasions Catalogue? There is a lot and they're really fun! Wish I had more of them!

My card today shows you the Gold Foil Sheets and the Gold Sequin Trim. I'm really glad I purchased these as they really brighten up a card!

My card today was designed to co-ordinate with my stamped saying: Life doesn't have to be perfect to be Wonderful, from the stamp set: Perfect Pennants.  I crinkled my edges, I stamped splatters, and I snipped my Burlap ribbon to be uneven... so my card wouldn't be perfect ;)

I embossed the splatters from the stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge, onto my Gold Foil Sheet using Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder. I think this looks really neat! The foil sheet did curl a little while embossing but nothing damaging.

I cut out my saying (stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink) with the Circle Framelits and stuck my 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon behind it. To get the starburst effect with my ribbon, I simply cut off the one side of my ribbon and pulled out the horizontal strings before applying.

My little striped pennant (stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Crisp Cantaloupe ink) was created with the "Hearts a Flutter" stamp set and "Hearts a Flutter" Framelits.

For some extra little touches I added a little Crisp Cantaloupe Heart, some pearls and the beautiful Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!