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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?

There are other great ideas on the hop this month.  Be sure and continue to see them all.  Tracie is next. 

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My Frame of 2 Inch Swap Squares

In my last post, here, I showed a 2 inch square made for a swap for the NC Demo Group and a few projects made with my square.  Our rules were to use new In Colors and new product.

Support Ribbon Framelits 2 inch square

Today, you get the big reveal of the frame I made with all of the squares from the swap.  We were supposed to get 16 squares total.  We ended up only getting 12 squares.  This worked well with a frame that I already had.  So here is my project!

NC Demo Group 2 inch square swaps

Here is another picture before I put it in the frame.

NC Demo group 2 inch frame

The frame I used was a yard sale find.  It's great for a 3D project and closes on the sides with magnets.  It's pretty cool.  The opening measures 8 x 10.  I used a piece of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack in Tranquil Tide for my background.


NC Demo frame top

These squares were made by Karen Browning, Judy Pinner, me, Cheryl Snow, Lisa Pressley, and Kathryn Lovell.  I went left to right top row and second row.  See the variety of product used!

NC Demo frame bottom

These squares were made by Kathy Acton, Karen Redoski, Tamra Davis, Laura Thacker, Beth Queen, and Wanda Smith.  I just love the creativity.

NC Demo Group 2 inch square swaps

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A Mini Sequin Trim Seat Gift, Oh Yeah!

I've been blogging about my Stampin' Bingo event.  If you are interested in the Make & Takes we made for the event, go here and here.  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I love to shower my friends with a seat gift for each Bingo event.  This time I just couldn't resist using the new Mini Sequin Trim.  It comes in black, gold, and silver.  I decided to give a sampling of each.  Here's the seat gift!

Mini Sequin Trim Seat Gift

Isn't this just so cute and sparkly!  There's lots of metallics here.  Each package has 1 1/2 yards of each trim.  I was able to get 6 gifts from each spool of trim.  This did take a little while to assemble, but it makes a really cute package!

  • Start with the 3 x 6 Gusseted Bag.  I didn't really need the gusset, but this bag is the perfect size.  When you put the card into the bag, just put it in front of the gusset.  You get 25 gusseted bags.
  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 2 5/8 x 5.  Also cut a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate the same size, 2 5/8 x 5.  
  • Cut all of the trim in 1 1/2 yard lengths.  Wind each piece around the two papers. I just held the papers together while I wrapped the trim around.  Tie the trim to keep it in place.  I used the 1/8 inch ribbon in gold and silver. I also used the 1/4 inch natural trim in gold.
  • The header was made using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Cut each piece 3 x 3 and fold in half.   I used all of the colors in the pack, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.
  • Using the colors in card stock stamp the sentiment from Blooms & Wishes in Versamark.  Add gold embossing powder and melt it with the Heat Tool.  Cut this oval out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Attach half of one of the smallest Metallic Foil doilies to the bottom.  Attach to the header.  Add the header to the bag with one of the Gold Binder Clips.

Mini Sequin Trim Seat Gift

I think everyone was thrilled with their gift.  

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Striped Treat Bags! Gold Striped!

I shared our first Make & Take from Stampin' Bingo earlier here.  It was the Daisy Vase.  Today I have our second Make & Take.  We are decorating the Striped Treat Bag. That bag is so shiny and gorgeous!  It will certainly be great for a little gift.  Here's is the bag we decorated.

Striped Treat Bags M & T

Of course I wanted to highlight some of the new colors and some of the new products from the new 2017-2018 annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  I featured four of the new In Colors.  Why didn't I use all 5?  Well, I'm still asking myself that question.  I guess I just felt like it had enough.  We used Powder Pink, Festive Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide.

The Lovely Words Thinlits Dies were used to cut the word friend out of Tranquil Tide. You will also need to use the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Put that oval around the friend die.  They coordinate so well together!

The rest of the cut outs are from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  The leaves are in Lemon Lime Twist.  The Fresh Fig flower actually uses 2 dies.  There is the outside die and then the detailed die.  Just place the detail inside the outside shape and cut it all out at one time.  The Powder Pink flower is done just the same.  A detailed die fits inside.  That's kind of neat, isn't it?

Glue down all of the pieces and you are done!  Find someone who needs a gift!

Striped Bag close up

Here's a close up.  I must say I love those flowers.  In fact I used these flowers on a card I showed recently here.  Take a look.  It's a really pretty card.

Striped Treat Bags M & T

Short and sweet today.  I hope you liked my project!

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Daisy Vase

I just had my Stampin' Bingo this past Saturday.  One of our Make & Takes was a Daisy Vase made using a salt shaker.  Yes, I bought the glass two pack from Walmart.  In my area that was $1.29.  I've used these for vases before and I knew they would be an economical way to go.  Here's what we made.

Salt Shaker Daisy Vase

I think it turned out so cute!  And, the best part is that the Daisy punch and the Daisy Delight Bundle are available once again!  The stars have aligned!  Look for them in the Product List below!

Let me tell you first about the vase.  I did add a little grass.  I got this a long time ago at the Dollar Tree.  I think it was around Easter last year.  It perfectly matches our Pool Party.  Don't pack this very tight, just a little.  It's just a little something to hide the stems.  Put a band around the vase using the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  I cut it 1 1/2 x 6.  It actually left a little gap, but cutting at 6 inches allowed a better use of the paper.  I used Fast Fuse on the back of the paper.  Leave the opening on a flat side.  That becomes the front of the vase.  Add your tag with dimensionals to hide the opening.  The tag is stamped with a sentiment from the Eastern Beauty stamp set in Calypso Coral on Whisper White.  Punch with the 1 3/8 Circle punch.  Use the 1 1/2 Circle punch from Pool Party to frame it.  Finish off the vase with a bow made from the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon.

I saw how to assemble these daisies on Facebook one day.  I've looked again and on Pinterest and I can't find it.  I wish I could reference it.  I'll do my best to explain.

  • I picked up a package of wire stems from the floral department of a hobby store. Cut these at 7 1/2, 6, and 5.  There are three for each vase of different lengths.  I wish I knew the name of the tool I used.  My husband strings tennis rackets and I used something he has for that.  Bend the ends to look like this.

Stems 1

Stems 2

  • Punch a 3/4 inch circle from Old Olive.  Pierce a hole in the middle of the circle. Put a glue dot between the pierced hold and the outer edge.  Thread the olive circle through the wire with the glue dot facing up.  Make sure that the glue dot meets the looped end of the wire.
  • Each of my flowers is made up of 3 punched flowers.  I made the flowers in Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight.  Stamp the card stock with the same color of ink and punch.  Curl the petals of each layer carefully using a bone folder.  The three layers are attached using dimensionals.  Off set each layer so the flower looks thick.  Add a large gold faceted gem to the center of the top layer.  
  • Now take the stem with the Old Olive circle.  Load it with a bunch of glue dots. They will be on the top, the same side that the first glue dot is on.  Attach the flower.
  • When all three flowers are made, arrange them in the salt shaker vase!  Enjoy!

Salt Shaker Vase group

So there you are.  I think they are cute!  Wouldn't they be perfect for someone in a nursing home, or just to brighten up your desk?  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll try making your own.  SU supplies are listed below.  I'd love for you to click on an image and go to my store.


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