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Quilt Sampler from the Quilted Christmas Suite

 As part of Patty Bennett's Luv 2 Stamp group, we are offered lots of opportunities to share with each other and grow in our crafting abilities.  Patty hosted a quilt square swap recently.  Our rules were to use the Quilted Christmas Suite.  We could use the colors in the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper stack.  Those were Blushing Bride, Garden Green,  Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Real Red, and Whisper White.  I thought this sounded like a fun project so I signed up to participate.

I took some of the squares to make a frame.  This frame measures 10 x 13.  I was able to fit 12 of the squares in the frame.  It did cut off a little around the edges.  I could not use all of the squares from the trade.  I picked the ones that I felt would look best together.  I hope to use the remaining squares for other projects.  I don't have names for all of these squares either.  If you see your square without your name, please let me know and I'll fix this post.  So here is my frame.

Quilted Christmas square sampler

I put the squares I did not use there at the bottom.  They are all lovely and I plan to use them on a future project.

So here is a close up of the squares.

Quilt frame clos up top

These are by ?, Melanie Hockin, Jo Anne Hewins, Mary Lou Foster, Cindee Wilkinson, ?

Quilt frame close up bottom

These are by Kristy Guarienti, Michelle Wilder, Melanie Smith, Patty Bennett, Cynthia Spearman, Cheryl Spears.

I love that I have a quilt made by people over the United States!

So, here is a picture of my frame in my craft room.  My room is painted in Pear Pizzazz!

Quilted Christmas frame

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you find the frame inspirational.  There's lots of talent there!

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Mini Pizza Box Holiday Catalog Sampler

I want to share a pizza box holiday sampler.  I actually had this project as a Make & Take for Bingo.  Lesson learned.  It is a great project, but too involved for this type of activity.  It went great at Bingo, but the prep work took forever.  It took me days to cut everything so players could just assemble it all. 

Pizza Box Holiday Sampler

This is the top of the pizza box.  When it is opened, there is a zigzag or accordion pullout featuring the holiday catalog.

Pizza Box Sampler Accordion

Here is a different view.

Pizza Box Sampler opened

The assembly did go well.  We were divided into tables of 4.  There were 9 different panels to assemble counting the top, inside lid, and the fold outs.  I put each into a different plastic shoe box.  Supplies were packaged in a bag for each person inside the boxes with a sample.  Each table also had a completed box available.  Boxes were numbered and each table had a check list so I could easily tell what boxes were needed at each table.  Participants brought their own snail, glue, glue dots, snips, etc.

To make the inserts, use the Thick Whisper White card stock.  You'll need to make 2 pieces.  The first piece measures 3 1/4 x 9 3/4.  Score at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2.  The second piece is cut at 3 1/4 x 10 1/4.  Score at 3 1/4, 6 1/2, and 9 3/4.  This leaves a small section to use to adhere the two pieces together.  I suggest that you use Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape for this.  Accordion fold.  To adhere to the box, put Tear & Tape at the top of an end.  I actually put 2 rows of tape just to make sure that it's well attached.  Do not attach the whole square because part of this square needs to pull out a little so everything lies relatively flat when pulled out.

Let me preface any explanations by saying that of course I was influenced by Pinterest as I tried to fill each of these squares.

Pizza Box Holiday Sampler

The top of the box features the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, Foil Snowflakes, and the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.

Pizza Holiday Sampler Snowflake

This panel shows the Winter Wonderland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  The work peace comes from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.

Pizza Box Sampler Carols of Christmas

This panel uses the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  The holly and berries are from the Christmas Stockings Thinlits.  These are used on several of the panels.

Pizza Box Musical Seasons

This panel features the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Musical Seasons bundle.

Pizza Box  Christmas Quilt

This panel showcases the Christmas Quilt bundle and the Quilted Christmas Ribbon.

Pizza Box Smitten Mittens

This shows the Smitten Mittens bundle, the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, and the Mini Tinsel Trim.

Pizza Box Night in Bethlehem

Here's the Merry Music paper  and the Night of Bethlehem bundle.

Pizza Box Merry Patterns

This panel shows the Merry Patterns stamp set.  You can get this stamp set for free with a $300 order.  The Jute Twine is also used here.

Pizza Box Hearts Come Home

The Hearts Come Home bundle is featured here along with the Merry Music paper.

Pizza Box Sampler open

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this.  I am really proud of the project and love how it turned out.  The extremely long Product List follows.  




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A Holiday Catalog Sampler

I recently had a Holiday Catalog Bingo celebration at my home.  It was so much fun!  We had door prizes, prize patrol, seat gifts, decorated water bottles, a fantastic Make & Take, oh yes, and Bingo!  We had so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures at all.  I've got to learn to give that job to a helper.  I do have a picture of our seat gifts and I want to share them with you.  I wanted to give everyone a taste of a lot of things in the catalog that they might over look.

Holiday Catalog Seat Gift 2017

So here is what each person received.  I started off with an Acetate Card Box from page 13 of the catalog.  These boxes are designed to hold 5 cards and envelopes.  They could hold more or less depending on how embellished your cards are.  I just don't think these are easy to see in the catalog.  Let's face it, they're clear!  I think everyone will want some of these if they know they exist.

Using Thick Whisper White cut at 4 1/4 x 5, I made a little divider for the box.  Score at 2, 2 1/4, and 2 1/2.  Burnish these into a little mountain fold.  I think holding the mountain together with Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape is your best bet.  I tried glue dots and they do not hold well.

One end of the box holds silver and red Mini Tinsel Trim.  These are on page 21 and come in a 2 pack with both colors.  Cut a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, page 194 of the annual catalog, to 1 7/8 x 4.  Each person gets 1 yard of silver and 1 yard of Real Red.  Just wrap each around the piece of acetate.  This will go on the smaller end of the divider.

For the other end, cut a black piece of the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper to 3 1/4 x 4.  Adhere this to the larger end of the divider.  On this end place a gold and a silver Foil Snowflake, page 37.  Also include 1 each of the 3 designs in the Stitched Felt Embellishments from page 5.

Holiday catalog close up of belly band

Here's a close up of the belly band for the box.  Put this around the box where the little mountain in the divider will be.  I used the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This measures 1 x 12.  Just wrap around the box and adhere the end with Fast Fuse.  Fix it so that the tag will fit over the end of the paper.

The tag is stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock in Garden Green ink.  The sentiment in Real Red.  These stamps are part of the Labels to Love stamp set on page 45.  Punch it out with the coordinating Everyday Label Punch found on page 12.  Punch a hole in the top with the 1/8 inch Handheld Circle punch on page 207 of the annual catalog.  The tree is cut from a piece of the Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper on page 5 of the Holiday catalog.  I used the green sheet with the white swirls.  I thought it looked like a decorated tree.  Add a deer from Early Espresso.  The tree and the deer are part of the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies, page 13.  Use a length of the Jute Twine, page 13 to tie on the tag.

Holiday catalog seat gift without box

Here is a picture of the gift without the glare of the box.

All in all this is a pretty good sampler of lots of items in the catalog.

Holiday Catalog Seat Gift 2017

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A Little Christmas Painted Harvest

Have you noticed the Season of Glitz Mini Bows on page 21 of the Holiday catalog?  I must say that I looked right over them.  I was working on a challenge by my team leader Patty Bennett and it required using the bows.  I bit the bullet and bought them just to complete that challenge.  When they came, they are just so cute!  This is the project that I made.

Painted Harvest wreath treat

These treat holders are nothing new.  Use the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper to make them.  You will need a 6 x 6 piece.  That means you can get 4 holders from a sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  If you want the directions, you can get them here from a post I made earlier.

The tag on the front of the holder is made with the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I wish I could take credit for this idea.  It is not original.  I do not know to whom to give credit.  Stamp the wreath in Old Olive for the larger stamp and Always Artichoke for the smaller stamp. The dots on the wreath are stamped in Berry Burst.  That color most closely matches the bows.  The Merry in the center comes from the Merry Cafe stamp set.  All is stamped on Whisper White card stock.

Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhere to the holder with dimensionals.  Add the bow.  These have a sticker on the back just like the larger bows you might use on a regular package.

Of course Christmas candies are not available now.  These holders are perfect for the Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  I choose the Dark Cholcolate Raspberry.  The colors were close to the color of the bow.

Painted Harvest treats with candy

I recently made these for a tiny seat gift at a Luv 2 Create team meeting.  They are quick and cute!  I love them with the music patterned paper.

Painted Harvest Bow Treat Holder

Thanks for stopping by today.  The Holiday catalog goes lives on Friday, September 1st!  It's an exciting time in the Stampin' Up! world.  I'd love to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one.  If you live in the Conover, NC area, I also have card classes monthly at my home.  These are the cards we'll be making on September 7th, 8th, or 11th.

September 2017

We make 5 cards at each class.  Let me know if you are interested and I'll let you know all the details.  Stampers make great friends!

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It's Back to School with the NC Demo Blog Hop

So, it's back to school time.  Where has the summer gone?  I'm a retired first grade teacher so this time of year always has mixed feelings for me.  I loved teaching my little ones!  But, I have to say that I love being retired!  It's my reward, right!

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Being a retired teacher, I think I know what a teacher might like to receive as a gift. She, or he, needs something useful and cute!  I'm really excited to share my project for today.  It's a peek into the new Holiday Catalog going live on September 1.  It's a great catalog!  It has these really cute little pizza boxes that are just adorable!  Just let me share.

Pizza box and note cards

Here's the box.

Pizza box top

Pizza box side

Who knew that you can stamp directly onto the dull side of the box?  I was afraid I would ruin it but I think it turned out really cute.  Stamp the box while it is still flat. The seams will not stamp.  It doesn't matter.  Here are a few pictures to show the process.

Pizza box with Crushed Curry

This image shows the flat box stamped with the larger flower image from the stamp set Painted Harvest.  I used Crushed Curry.

Pizza box add Pumpkin Pie

Next, add the smaller flower image on top using Pumpkin Pie.

Pizza box add leaves

The centers of the flowers are in Soft Suede.  Add the leaves.  The more solid stamp is in Pear Pizzazz and the more detailed stamp is Always Artichoke stamped off.  There are places that I used a little mask so that the stem of the leaf was not quite as long. Just hold a piece of scrap paper near the edge of the flower and stamp so that part of the stem goes on the scrap.  The best part of this stamp set is that the stamping does not have to be perfect to still look great!

Fold the box and get ready to make the note cards for the inside.  Teachers need to send notes from time to time.  Sometimes these notes need to be special.  These can't be mailed, but they can be put in that special place to be taken home in a book bag. They might be placed in someone's mail box at school for a special cohort.

The Holiday catalog has brought back the 3 x 3 envelopes and they fit perfectly into the pizza box.

Pizza box note cards

I made 8 note cards and envelopes.  These are flat.  Ten could have fit in there.

The base of the cards are Always Artichoke card stock cut at 3 x 6 and folded.  Put the fold at the top.

Cut the Whisper White layer at 2 7/8 square.  You'll need 16 of these.  Eight of them will be adhered inside the note card.  These are small so they were left blank so there would be room for writing.

For the front of the cards stamp the flower just as stamped for the box near the lower right corner.  Add the leaves the same as stamped for the box, too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Flourishing Phrases stamped in Always Artichoke.  They look so cute!

Stamp the flaps of the envelopes using all the same colors.  Open the flap and place a scrap piece of paper at the fold so no ink goes on the front of the envelope.

Tie the cards with some Linen Thread.

Pizza box and cards

Now, we need a tag for the front of the box.

Stamp the same flower on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest set.  It's in Always Artichoke.

Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  

The leaves are stamped on white paper and then punched out with the coordinating Leaf Punch.  Make 4 of them and just place them where needed.

Add a bow of Linen Thread.  Run the thread around four fingers until happy, slip off and tie more thread around the middle.  Use a longer thread for this so you can wrap it around the middle several times before tying it off.

Of course Wink of Stella adds the finishing touch to the label.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Piaaz box Wink of Stella

It's hard to see the shine, but it's beautiful!

Pizza box  cards inside

Pizza box

So there you have it.  I must say I am really proud of this project.  Can you tell by all the pictures I included?

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