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October 2016

A Thankful NC Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Blog Hop where we are all about being thankful.  I just got back from a trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway area of NC.  The leaves were at their peak and oh, so pretty!  This is the inspiration for my projects today.

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My projects feature a watercoloring technique that I saw on a blog post from Dena Rekow at The Creativity Cave.  She has a video that you can see here.  If you haven't seen it, you need to right away.  But first, here are my projects.

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I think these go so well together.  It's a perfect combo to let someone know you are blessed by them.  So go watch the video, but come right back here!  I'm going to start with the card.

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  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • The watercolor paper measures 2 x 5 1/2.
  • I used the stamp set Vintage Leaves and the colors Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, and Cajun Craze.  Stamp a leaf one at a time.  Use the Aqua Painter to color inside the leaf.  Go right up to the inside edge of the leaf.  I would do all of one color and then move on to the next.  It's so pretty.
  • Cut a piece of card stock in Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon about 1 x 5 1/2.  Tear each one a little and glue them to the top of the watercolor paper after it dries.  I started with the Old Olive and then just built it up from there.  Adhere the piece to the bottom of the card.

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  • The sentiment is from the stamp set Paisleys & Posies.  What better stamp is there to use to express thankfulness?  I stamped it in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Embellish with a little of the Dijon ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack on page 47 of the Holiday catalog.  I used the soon to retire Handheld Stapler.  Add a bow of Linen Thread with a glue dot.  The sentiment is adhered with dimensionals.

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The inside of the card uses the Paisleys & Posies set, too.  Can you just imagine how that special someone might feel when they read that they have made your world brighter and more beautiful?  I just love that!

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And now, for the bag.  I belong to the Luv 2 Stamp group with Patty Bennett. Recently, we had a downline Facebook meeting and making these bags were part of our projects.  Cindee Wilkinson helped us with our project.  She has a post about that here at her blog Just Sponge It.  She has a picture tutorial on how to make the bags sit better for this kind of project.  I'm sending you all over the place today.  The fact is, we learn from each other.  Right?

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  • Use the new 3 x 6 Gusseted Bag on page 176 of the Annual catalog.  Did you go look at Cindee's blog?  You need to put some tape along one side of the very bottom part of the bag and then fold it over to help the bag sit flat.
  • I cut my bag insert from the Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  I cut it a little longer than Cindee so I would have a little more room for the watercolor piece.  Cut it at 2 7/8 x 10.  Score at 1, 3, 7 3.4.  Slip the insert into the bag. 
  • I added the mini Tootsie Rolls.  I put in 20 of them.  To fill the space and make it look pretty, I made my own shredded paper for the inside.  Simply use your Fringe Scissors and crinkle it all up in your hand.  I used Old Olive for this.
  • The watercolor paper is cut 2 x 2 3/4.  After stamping, adhere to the front of the bag.  Did you see that I made another leaf for the bottom of the bag?  I cut that one out using the Leaflets Framelits.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • For the sentiment I used Acorny Thank You.  Stamp in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and punch out using the Classic Label punch.  Use the same punch and punch out Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon labels.
  • Use a Gold Binder Clip to hold these in place and add a linen bow with a glue dot.

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That's it.  I really love how the pair turned out, don't you?  I bet you know someone who needs this!

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Time to continue on with the blog hop.  You will love all of the projects!  I promise!

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Bone Folders for my Downline

I have such a great downline!  This past Tuesday we gathered to celebrate the end of the Stampin' Up! year and to celebrate each other.  I gifted them with a personalized bone folder.  Tamra Davis engraves bone folders with anything you need.  If interested you can find them in her Etsy store here.  We are the Luv 2 Create group!  I also added their name.  I wanted to share the holder I made for the bone folders.

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Let me tell you how to make it.

  • Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock 2 x 10 1/2.  Score it at 4 inches.
  • Using the 1 1/4 inch circle punch, punch out a notch where the bone folder would fit inside.
  • Use Tear & Tape down each side to make a pocket.  
  • Round off the top two corners with the Project Life Corner punch.
  • Place in the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I put it in from corner to corner so it would fit.
  • I used all three colors of the Baker's Twine Trio Pack to tie around the holder.

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  • The Merry Tags Framelits Dies were used to make the tag with the tree cut out.  I used the 1 3/4 inch circle punch to punch out a circle of Gold Foil to go behind the tag.  Attach with dimensionals.

 Need a little gift for a crafty friend?  This is perfect!  You know Christmas is coming!

Bone folder 1

Tamra lives about an hour or so from me.  She was so kind to let me come to her house while she engraved my bone folders.  I'm sure she had other things to do, but she is so kind.  It was a lot of fun to get to know her better and hang out in her stamp space!

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  Did you know you can follow me on Pinterest here?  Of course, I would love to be your demonstrator if you don't have one.  Just let me know how I can help you!!!!!!


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Lip Balm Gingerbread Man

On Monday, I shared with you a couple projects for an up coming craft fair.  If you missed it, you an see it here.  I have another craft fair item today.

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I used the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, the stamp set and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make this holder.  My lip balm came from the Dollar Tree.  Since I am making a lot of these, I ordered a case from Dollar Tree.  They do offer the ones that have 3 sticks to a pack.  You can pick it  up at a store near you and there is no shipping.

First you need to make a box for the balm.  I cut a piece of Early Espresso 3 1/8 x 2 3/4.  On the 2 3/4 end, score at 5/8, 1 1/4, 1 7/8, and 2 1/2.  turn and score at 5/8. Fold all of your score lines.  I'm going to show a picture of how you need to cut your paper. The picture shows white paper and is not very good, but I think you can get the idea.

Lip balm holder

Use Tear & Tape along the small side and a little on the bottom of the box.

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For the gingerbread man, stamp the man from Cookie Cutter Christmas in Early Espresso ink onto Thick Whisper White card stock.  I do suggest using the thicker card stock.  Make sure that your pad is well inked so that you get a good image.  You'll need two of these for each project.  I used the Jolly Friends bundle, stamp set and Jolly Hat Builder Punch, to make the hat.  Punch the basic hat from Cherry Cobber card stock.  I used my scrap paper from the gingerbread men to punch the hat brim and the circles.  The circles came from the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  The hat is set facing in opposite directions so that they point the same way when adhered to the box.  Assemble the men and then glue them on the box.  Don't forget the little cobbler heart.  It's from the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.

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I think they are really cute.

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Now, last year, I made lip balm holders using the Snow Place stamp set and Snow friends Framelits.  They were a big hit!  If you want to see this post you can see it here.

Balm holder, tombow#2

I hope you enjoyed the post today.  If you make some, send me a picture.  I would like to see your creations!

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Test Tube Reindeer Food

Craft fairs are coming up and I've been super busy.  I used the idea from Janet Wakeland and the test tubes from the September Paper Pumpkin to make reindeer food.  I don't usually put retired product on my blog, but today almost everything is retired.  It's nice to use some of the old for a craft fair.  In fact, it feels good.  Here is my project.

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Do you remember the thick 12 x 12 designer series paper from several years ago?  I loved the weightiness of this paper.  I started with a 2 x 6 inch piece.  I used the scallop tag topper punch on one end.  Look at both sides because some of it is directional.   Score from the other end at 1, 1 1/2, 4. 4 1/2.  Use the 3/4 inch circle punch.  On the 1 1/2 inch and the 4 inch score lines, punch in the center.  Fold on the score lines so that the center piece sticks out.  The test tube fits in through the holes.

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For the tag on the front,  I punched Cherry Cobbler card stock with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch (retired) and the Whisper White is punched with the 2 inch punch.  The reindeer come from designer series paper from last year's holiday catalog.  I had some left over and just cut out the reindeer.  That's why they are not all the same.  I love that, too!  The words are stamped using the retired rotary stamp.  The little dots are stamped in Soft Suede and are from the Jolly Friends stamp set. 

Test tube close up

The test tubes are filled with oatmeal and a little glitter mix.

For the top, I used a 4 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon (retired).  I slipped it through the slit and tied it with a piece of Linen Thread.  Trim the ends of the cobbler ribbon to look pretty!

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It just makes me happy to use some of my retired product.  I sure hope this will make some little children happy on Christmas Eve as they leave a little magic food to entice the reindeer to bring Santa by with his bag of toys!

Back in the spring, Paper Pumpkin had a wreath kit.  I also want to share a Christmas wreath made from the kit, Embellished Ornaments and some retired product.

Christmas wreath

I used the Embellished Ornaments and the Delicate Ornaments thinlits to make the ornament decoration using Thick Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Gold Foil Sheets.  Add pearls in the center of the gold foil.  Cut a holder for the top from gold foil.  Tie a piece of retired gold cord.

The Cherry Cobbler ribbon for the bow is retired.  I added some holly and berries cut from an old retired thick die called Stocking Accents.  I creased the holly down the center and then sponged the crease and edges with Old Olive ink.  The holly is from Old Olive and the berries are from cobbler.

I used the stamp from Reason for the Season for the sign.  Stamp in white craft ink and allow to dry.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Maybe you have some retired product you need to use. When you do, share a picture with me!  Then remember that you can replenish your stock with a visit to my store.  A list of current product follows.


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A Little Holly for Christmas

This week I have been sharing some of the cards we made at my October Christmas card class.  I hope you have enjoyed them.  Today I am sharing the last card from our class.  It features Holly Berry Happiness and the Holly Berry Builder Punch.  That's another bundle available in the Holiday Catalog on page 27.  Here's my card.

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I'm sure some of you would like to know how the card was made so here we go!

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  It's perfect for the base of a card because it gives it more substance.  Cut your paper at 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 and fold.  Be sure to score first so you have a smoother fold.
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.  Use your Big Shot and the Holly embossing folder.  That folder is so pretty.  I had a customer tell me she wanted to order one as soon as she saw it!
  • I used the Layering Squares for the center piece using Whisper White for the plain square and Cherry Cobbler for the scalloped square.  Add some of the Gold Metallic Thread to the back.  I wrapped it around 4 fingers several times, slid it off, and adhered with snail.  Put the snail down before you start.  The sentiment is from Christmas Pines.  Adhere this with dimensionals to the card front.

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  • The holly is made with the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the Holly Berry Builder punch.  Again I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  Stamp first in the coordinating color and then punch.  Glue them on the corners of the panel.

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The sentiment inside the card is from Flurry of Wishes.  It is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink and the snowflakes are stamped in Smoky Slate.

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I just love Christmas, don't you?  Hope to see you next week!



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