Saturday, December 18, 2010

Simply Adorned Pine Cone Insert

I was inspired by this Coldwater Creek catalog.
I used the pine cone from the Tags til Christmas set to make this charm insert with Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Soft Suede. I stamped the snowflakes from the Jolly Old Saint Nick set in Baja Breeze. I painted the top of the pine cone and center of the snowflakes with Frost White Shimmer paint. Then I went over that with a VersaMarker and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze and added a touch of Blushing bride to the upper center. I topped the pine cone with a little rhinestone.

I made the 1 x 1 and 1 x 1 1/4 inch charm inserts.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cherry Cobbler Bag of Tags

I love making Christmas tags! I used the Bigz Two Tags die, snowflake punch, Sweet Season stamp, and Tags Til Christmas stamp. I packaged the tags in the Medium Cellophane Bag (page 170 IBC) and topped with the Top Note die cut.

Tag #1: Using Two Tags Bigz Die cut out the long scallop end tag w/ Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Stamp the scallop shape from the Sweet Season set two times on Very Vanilla in Cherry Cobbler ink. Punch one out with the 1-3/4 scallop circle punch and punch the middle of the other out with the 1-1/4 circle punch. Punch out a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the 1-3/8" circle punch. Layer these pieces and adhere with a clear rhinestone brad to the end of the tag over the scallop. I also cut out some tags in Very vanilla and layered the same for contrast.

Tag #2: Using the second tag on the Two Tags Bigz die, cut out with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and fold. Adhere a 1/4" strip of Jolly Holiday DSP. Punch out a snowflake in Whisper White and adhere with a clear rhinestone brad.

Tag #3: Stamp the Dec 25 stamp from the Tags til Christmas set using Pear Pizzaz and Cherry Cobbler markers. Adhere to a rectangle piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and embellish with a little rhinestone.

I packaged these using a medium cellophane bag topped with a folded Top Note die cut in Very Vanilla and embellished with the ornament from the Tags til Christmas set. I stamped the ornament in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with the ornament punch and adhered with a brad.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sweet Snowglobe in Crumb Cake

The Sweet Snowglobe stamp is only available until January 3rd in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I made this card using Crumb Cake as my base. I inked up my Northern Flurry Embossing Folder with a brayer in Crumb Cake and ran a piece of Whisper White Cardstock through it. Then, I inked the edges in Crumb Cake. I stamped the Sweet Snow Globe in Crumb Cake and covered with a Sweet Treat Cup. I used the little basic pearls for the snow. Then I stamped the word, "Merry" from the Tiny Tags set and punched it out with the medium jewelry punch. I tied it to the snow globe with a piece of tinsel and the Vintage Trinkets safety pin.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowman Kisses Tic Tic Holder

I've been seeing these cute Tic Tac holders all over the place and I had to make one! You simply cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/2" x 3" and score at 2" and 2 1/2" to make a folder. I adhered the Tic Tacs to the inside with a piece of sticky strip. I stamped my snowman on a piece of whisper white cardstock and punched out the belly with a 3/4" circle punch. Then I traced the circle onto the front of the folder and punched that out before adhering. Remember to adhere your ribbon before adhering the snowman. My snowman is from the retired hostess set, Snow Buddies and the tag is from the retired set, Christmas Punch. However, I have seen lots of cute samples using the current snowman from the Punch Pals set.

Oklahoma State University Snowman

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bisque Pottery Technique Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

I was inspired to try this Bisque Pottery technique from a gorgeous card I saw on by Laurie Zoellmer.  She described how she originally got this idea from her upline, Dianna Gibbs. Here's how it's done: You just roll your brayer in your Crumb Cake inkpad. Then roll the inked brayer inside of the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. You want to ink the side of your embossing folder with the Sizzix and Stampin' Up! logo on the back. Place whisper white cardstock in the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot. It's so easy and comes out beautifully every time!

I was inspired to make this Kleenex tissue box cover from one of my favorite stampers, Anne Matasci.  I used this tutorial from the Splitcoaststampers website. 

Here is what you will need to make this one:
Two pieces 5 1/8" x 9 1/2" of Crumb Cake CS  for the base, One 6 9/16" piece of Crumb Cake CS for the lid, Four pieces of 4 1/4" x 4" Whisper White for the base layers, One 4 1/4" square piece of Whisper White for the lid base layer and Four pieces of 4 1/4" x 3/4" pieces of Whisper White Cardstock for the lid side layers.

Score the long sides of each of the two 5 1/8" x 9 1/2" at 1/2" and 5". Use double sided sticky tape to adhere these together to form the box frame. Score the lid piece at 1" on all four sides and cut each corner once to the score line to enable it to fold into a lid shape. Trace the oval shape from the top of the the Kleenex box onto the middle of the lid and cut out with scissors. I cut out the Whisper White lid base piece with the Big Shot Magnetic Mover and Shaper star die. Run all of your pieces of Whisper White CS through the inked embossing folder for the bisque pottery technique, then use a glue stick to adhere to the cover base. I embellished the box with the Dasher stamp, stamped in Whisper White and embossed with white embossing powder, then added a Vintage Brad.
I cut out a star shape in the lid layer with the Big Shot Magnetic Mover and Shaper die star.

Brayer the Crumb Cake ink on the inside of the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (with the SU and Sizzix logo on the back) to achieve the Bisque Pottery look.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Greeting Card Kids - Gift Card Holder Tutorial

We'll make this festive card at December's stamp club. If you would like more information about forming or joining a stamp club I would love to help you facilitate it. Click here for more information. I CASE'd this card from my talented upline, Rhonda Griffin, The Stampin' Bunny.

To make this card you will need:

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Punches: Word Window Large Punch, Medium Oval Punch (3/4" x 15/16")

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Cherry Cobbler CS

4" x 11" piece of Cherry Cobbler CS

4" x  5 1/4" piece of Jolly Holliday DSP

2 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of Old Olive CS

2 1/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla CS or Watercolor paper

One 8 inch piece of Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon

Stampin' Write Markers or Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen

Score the 4" x 11" piece of Cherry Cobbler CS at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" & 8 1/4"

Fold the 4" x 11" piece up in the center then punch through both layers twice with the Word Window Punch making sure you leave a little of the folds on the edges to keep it together.
It should look like this.
Punch the center with half of the oval punch.

Adhere the Jolly Holiday DSP to the Cherry Cobbler base. Then adhere the ribbon to the gift card holder and adhere that to your base. Last, embellish with the Old Olive piece of CS. Stamp your image on the Very Vanilla piece, color with Stampin' Write Markers and layer onto the top of the Old Olive piece. Happy Holidays!

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