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January 2016

A Hershey Bar for Someone Special

We all have someone special we want to remember at Valentines be it mom, dad, that special someone, a co-worker, neighbor, child.  Well, I could go on and on.  And everyone loves a Hershey bar.  Ah, a perfect match.  I decided to dress up the Hershey bars for Valentine's Day.

Valentine Hershey barsThe measurements for the cardstock are 5 1/2 X 6 and scoring on the 5 1/2 inch side at 1 3/4, 2, 4 1/4, and 4 1/2.  I used Crumb Cake cardstock.

For the Earth Hershey bar, I began by embossing with the World Traveler folder.  It's a little hard to see.  I did have about a half inch of extra space at the top and the bottom.  Put our Tear & Tape along one side.  Place the Hershey bar inside and then adhere to fit.

Valentine Hershey world close upI stamped the world image on Crumb Cake using Mossy Meadow ink and punched it out with the 2 inch circle punch.  This was adhered using dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out with the Sweetheart punch.  Both of those stamps were from the new Going Global stamp set. Love that suite in the new Occasions catalog.  I used the Timeless Textures set to stamp a little background on the heart.  I used Mossy Meadow for all of this, but be sure to stamp off the background texture stamp.  I actually stamped it off 2 times.  You want to be able to see the sentiment.  The heart was also attached with dimensionals.

Valentine Hershey world close up 2

To finish it off, I tied Mossy Meadow 5/8 inch Striped Cotton Ribbon around the top and tied a knot.

Valentine Hershey world bar

For the flower bar, I started off stamping a background on the Crumb Cake cardstock using the Timeless Textures set and white Craft Stampin' Ink.  You will need to let this dry just a little and then put the paper around your Hershey bar.  I punched a 1 1/4 inch circle from the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.

Valentine Hershey girl close up 2

I cut an oval with the XL Oval punch out of Very Vanilla cardstock and embossed it with the Happy Heart embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment on this using the Floral Wings stamp set and  the Timeless Elegance patterned paper.  I punched it out with the Sweetheart punch. This went on using dimensionals.

Valentine Hershey girl close upTie a bow around this with the Venetian Crochet trim.  I added a few tiny hearts out of Pink Pirouette cardstock  made using the Hearts Border punch.

Valentine Hershey girl bar

You just might know the perfect someone for one of these gifts!  Thanks and I hope to see you on Friday!

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Valentine Smarties

Last week I worked on some Valentine treats.  I had no idea that the Smarties candy would fit into our 1 X 8 cellophane bags, but I saw the idea on Pinterest.


I was able to fit two of them into each bag.  Three was just too many.  I used the sentiment from the stamp set You're So Sweet. I stamped it using Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment in the set had parenthesis around it.  After I inked the stamp, I put tape over the parenthesis so they would not stamp.  I used the Big Shot and the Lots of Labels framelits to cut out the sentiment.  I punched a hole at one end so I could tie it to the treat using the 1/4 inch circle punch.  The ribbon is retired.  I just checked the Clearance Rack and it is no longer there.  I always check the clearance rack for just this purpose since I make lots of treats for my booth at Shops on Main in Conover, NC.  It helps keep the cost down.

Smarties group

Once the bags were filled, tagged, and bagged, I did trim a little off the top of the bag.  They were just a little too long.  Wouldn't these be great to hand out to your friends or in a classroom!

Smarties in a box

Check back Wednesday for another Valentine treat!

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Cups and Kettles, Oh My!

Something just drew me to the Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies.  I really think it might be the knife, fork, and spoon. Whatever, I ordered it as soon as I could.  I must also say I was drawn to the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I love those colors.  I'm usually a paper hoarder.  I have to admit it.  But I have already used a whole pack of this paper.  Maybe that has to do with the fact that I made 38 of these cards for a swap at the NC quarterly meeting.  It took time, but so worth it.  Here's my card.
Occasions swap

I started with a card base of mint macaron.  The top part of the patterned paper was cut at 3 X 4 and the bottom layer at 2 1/2 by 4.  The bottom overlaps the top just a little.  I cut a doily in half and placed it right on the line where the two papers meet. The cup was cut using the Cups & Kettles framelits from the same pack of designer paper.  It was sponged with mint macaron ink.  The swirls on the cup were cut from blushing bride cardstock.  The tag was cut from whisper white and white twine was adhered to make it look like it hung from the cup.  The flower was made using the Botanical Builders framelits, and it has a candy dot in the center to match.  The smoke is the heart in the  Cups & Kettles framelits.  I cut two of them and cut them apart.  The card was not complete without the spoon cut from silver  foil cardstock.  The cup and spoon were adhered using dimensionals.

Occasion close upThe sentiment was placed on a strip of whisper white 3/4 X 1 1/2 inches.  It's from the Tin of Cards stamp set.

Occasion side view

Thank you for visiting me today.  Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!


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Wow Card Winner!

North Carolina is a fortunate place to live if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  We have our own state Facebook group!  Once in a while we come together for a Quarterly meeting.  We don't really have one every quarter, but we still call it that.  This past weekend we came together in Matthews, NC just outside of Charlotte.  We were hosted by Tamra Davis and her TaDas group. They put on a great Quarterly!  Fun was had by all! There were projects to complete, business presenters, many friends, food, swaps, and learning.  What else could you want?  We also had a few contests.  I entered the WOW! card contest and I was a winner!  I was so excited!  I won the new fine tip glue pen.  Hooray!

Wow winnerAnd here is a picture of my card.  It is a 5 1/2 inch square card.  My intention was to make a wreath.  I'm not sure that's how it turned out.

Wow outsideThe card uses the new Botanical Gardens Bundle.  That bundle comes with three items, the Botanical Blooms stamp set, the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.

I started out with a base of Tip Top Taupe cut at 5 1/2 X 11 and scored at 5 1/2 to make the square card.  The Timeless Textures stamp set lends itself perfectly to collage stamping.  I used many of the stamps to form a background.  You can tell more about what I did by looking at the inside of the card.

Wow inside

On the front, I covered the whole card.  The label in the center is a sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes kit in the annual catalog.  I also used the Timeless Textures set on the label, stamping off so you could still see the sentiment.  I notched the end of the label using the hexagon punch.  It was added at the end of the project right before I added the ribbon.

I love flowers and I must say I am loving the Botanical Gardens bundle. Cutting all the pieces was a little labor intensive as a customer of mine might say, but it is well worth it.  I tried to stick to the odds rule.  For the flowers I used rose red, marina mist, daffodil delight, and pink pirouette.  I sponged around all of them with the same color.  The centers are made using basic black.  The best thing about this project is that you can use up some of your scrap paper!  The tiny pink flowers are punched using the Tree Builder punch.  The Pearl Basic Jewels are in the center.  The leaves are made using old olive and mossy meadow.  They are stamped using the coordinating stamp set and sponged using the mossy meadow ink.

After I had all of the pieces cut and ready I simply placed them around the outside until I was pleased with the look.  They were adhered using glue dots and dimensionals.  I used the Jute ribbon, but I cut it in half down the middle before tying the bow. The sentiment on the inside is from Rose Wonder.

Wow close upI had so much fun making this card.  Some days everything just seems to go right!  It was one of those days.

If you are a North Carolina demonstrator,  you just might want to join our group.  Look us up on Facebook!

Quarterly group shotSee you on Friday with my Occasions Catalog swap!

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Botanical Blooms, I'm in Love!

Two of my downline had birthdays in December.  I just had to use the new Botanical Blooms, available on January 5th, for their cards.  This bundle is fantastic!  You get 3 items in the bundle, the stamp set Botanical Blooms, the framelit set Botanical Builders, and the Designer Series Paper Botanical Gardens.  In the bundle, they are all discounted 15%!  If that's not enough, there are several coordinating items in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Those items are available without cost with each $50 catalog purchase.  January 5th just can't get here soon enough.  So here is the card.

Lori's cardI started with a card base using Mint Macaron cardstock.  I cut a layer of Basic Black at 4 X 5 1/4.  Then I cut a layer of Whisper White card stock at 3 7/8 X 5 1/8.  That leaves a thin layer of the black showing.  I stamped on the white layer with the new Timeless Textures stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  Timeless Textures is also a must have!  I cut a label using the Lots of Labels framelit set in black, using the second largest framelit.  I cut a white label using the 3rd largest framelit.  The leaves are cut from Mint Macaron and the Botanical Builder framelits and stamped in Mint Macaron ink from the Botanical Blooms set.  The flower is cut in Watermelon Wonder from the same framelits.  I did sponge on the flower a little with the Watermelon Wonder ink.  I adhered the leaves and flower with dimensionals.  I also used dimensionals under the black label.  Did you notice the shine?

Lori's card close up

I have to admit that the shine was an afterthought.  Cindy, you did not get the shine.  Lori, I had more time to look at your card and I know you like sparkle.  I used the new Wink of Stella.  The card was already put together, but I still painted on the shine with no problem.  It's really easy to use.  The birthday sentiment is from the new set Rose Wonder.  I'm sorry to say that the silver cording has retired, but try the Baker's Twine Combo Pack in the Occasions catalog.  The Mint Macaron looks great!

Lori card label framelit

Here's a hint.  Cut the black label from the center of the black background piece.  The hole will be covered and no one will be the wiser.  You will save paper!  I hope Cindy and Lori enjoyed their cards. and had a happy birthday!  Thanks for reading.



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