A Little Something

I know. Bad blogger. Bad. Blogger. I have no excuse. Just a confession. I have fallen madly in love and just couldn't tear myself away from my new dearest. No need to tell my husband. He is smitten as well. Meet Pyper Eden. She insists on being held all the time and I am happy to oblige her. Being a Nana is the best thing in the whole world. pyper Since mommy is able to drive and back on her feet, I guess it is time to get back into a routine and stop neglecting all of my other duties. I have a few things to share, even though it is very difficult for me to get into creative mode with so many things to distract me. Since I haven't taken any photo's yet, I'll share some "extra" projects that haven't made it to the blog yet. Hearts a Flutter This is a lollipop cover. I'll try to put together a tutorial for these with the dimensions. They are really easy. I will probably make some version of these for Aubrey's school party this year. Quick and fun. I used the Hearts A Flutter set and framelit for this one and the More Amore from last years Spring Catalog. As luck would have it, this paper is now on the clearance rack and very inexpensive! There are some really great prints in this pack and some fun laser cut heart doilies. You can check it out at the link below. Thanks for stopping by!
Belinda
 

Stampin' Stuff

Stamps

Hearts a Flutter ~ Itty Bitty Banners

Ink

Real Red ~ Whisper White

Paper

Pool Party ~ Very Vanilla ~ Primrose Petals Core'dinations ~ More Amore DSP

Fun Stuff

Simply Scored Scoring tool ~ Big Shot ~ Bitty Banners framelits ~ Hearts a Flutter framelits ~ Lollipop
 

Perfect Blend Gift Box

perfect blend I have a quick and easy gift option for you today, but first a little news. Stampin' Up! has added a lot of new items to the Clearance rack. Go check it out and grab some of the fabulous deals. There are a lot of Christmas related items that have retired, including some great sets, punches, framelits and dies from last years Holiday Catalog! Click the link below to see them. I used our Tag a Bag gift boxes to hold some Keurig K cups and candies, and slipped in a Starbucks gift card to make the perfect gift for my favorite coffee enthusiasts. You can substitute whatever works in the coffee maker of choice for a great gift for co-workers or teachers. Both of my daughters are crazy for Coffee and Rocket Brothers Iced coffees so they are getting these in their stockings. Of course, the Perfect Blend set had to be included in the mix! I stamped the image 3 times. Once each on Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stock and then again on the dsp. I cut parts out and paper-pieced the cup and popped it up on the tag from the Chalk Talk framelits. I love that tag, because it slips over ribbon so nicely! Thanks for stopping by today!!

Belinda

 

Stampin' Stuff

Stamps

Perfect Blend ~ Christmas Tagables (photopolymer)

Ink

Early Espresso ~ Cherry Cobbler

Paper

Crumb Cake ~ Whisper White ~ Cherry Cobbler ~ Season of Style DSP stack

Fun Stuff

Big Shot ~ Chalk Talk framelits ~ Tag a Bag gift boxes ~ Crumb Cake Seam Binding

Spooky Treat Bag

Bite Me Most of the projects from my newsletter are different projects that you won't see on my blog, but I had to share this one here. I love stamping directly on the treat bags and adding a simple tag. The framelit from Chalk Talk is perfect for that. Not only does it have the opening at the top that lets you just pop it over your ribbon, since it is a framelit you can make it any length you want. I lengthened it to make the sentiment from Halloween Bash fit. This bag holds 4 large Chocolate Chip cookies.  These bags are food safe, but to keep the oil from the cookies off the bag, I first packaged them in the food safe gusseted cello bags (on the clearance rack for only $1.59 for 25 bags!) Thanks for stopping by!

Belinda

 

Stampin Supplies

Stamps

Bite Me ~ Halloween Bash

Ink

Whisper White Craft ~ Pumpkin Pie Marker ~ Basic Black Marker ~ Black StazOn

Paper

Crumb Cake

Fun Stuff

Big Shot ~ Chalk Talk Framelits ~ Tag a Bag gift bags ~ Cellophane Gusseted bags ~ Pumpkin Pie satin ribbon ~ Corner punch (retired)

 

Santa Punch Art

petal cone santa I am sure you are wondering what in the world I am doing posting a Santa punch art tutorial in May! For those who are signed up for my newsletter, I am doing a series through Christmas geared toward organizing and preparing for the holidays early. Each newsletter has a section on getting ready for the holidays and each month on the 25th I am going to dedicate a post here with the same theme. The idea is to set aside specific day for working on creating the most fabulous holiday we can imagine. The series theme is A Pinterest Christmas, so you know we have a million ideas on that!  I chose the 25th of each month. Easy to remember. If you would like to play along, just sign up for my newsletter for the entire series. You can sign up by filling out the form in my side bar. I was asked to share a tutorial for this punch art  Santa as part of the series. Since this ornament punch is retiring at the end of this month, I decided that I better hurry and fit it in now! Originally I used it on this petal cone die box (also retiring, which makes me very sad!). This tutorial shows an additional step or two for creating a hat for the santa. Picture 40 You will need to punch the pieces as shown in this photo. Emboss a Whisper White piece of card stock using the Perfect Polka dot folder and punch an ornament, a large oval, two wings from the Bird Builder punch and the circle from Itty Bitty shapes. Then punch a Cherry Cobbler pennant with the Pennant builder punch, Blush Blossom Itty Bitty circle and 1 3/4" circle and then two 1/4" Basic Black circles. When you are punching the wings for the mustache, punch one and then flip the card stock over and punch the debossed side. This way you will have two wings pointing different directions. Picture 37 Create a handle for the Large Oval piece and use the 1 3/4" circle punch to trim away part of the Large Oval as shown. Picture 39 Picture 43 Attach the partial oval piece to the pink circle and sponge on some cheeks using a sponge dauber and Blushing Bride ink. Picture 44 Trim off the top of the ornament  and attach as shown. Picture 45 Add the two wings to form the mustache. I did not pop these up for this sample, but I think I will from now on, it gives it more definition. Bend the pennant piece over as shown to form the hat. Picture 47 Add the white circle to make a pom for the hat and attach as shown. Picture 48 Finish the punch art piece by adding commas to the eyes, using a white gel pen. Thanks for stopping by

Belinda

 

Frankenstein Treat Box Tutorial

Fancy Favor Frankenstein Box Create an adorable Frankenstein treat container using the Fancy Favor box die. Cut a 6 x 12 piece of Old Olive card stock and run it through the big shot with the Fancy Favor die. The die cuts and scores for you, so all you need to do is draw in the mouth and scars with a Basic Black marker. Do this on the front panel which would be the panel with the two gusseted sides. Use either liquid Tombow multi or Sticky strip adhesive to assemble the box. frankenstein fancy favor box Cut a strip of Basic Black card stock that is 4 x 1 1/2 inches and place it on the die so that the top is trimmed to match the decorative edge. Frankenstein fancy favor box Trim the scored pieces off and hand trim the lower edge of the box so that it resembles Frankenstein's hairline. frankenstein fancy favor box Punch the following pieces
  • Whisper White - Two 1" circles
  • Basic Black - Two 3/4" circles
  • Old Olive - One 1 inch circle (cut in half) and One Modern Label piece cut at about 3/4" and trimmed along the sides as shown
frankenstein fancy favor box Draw a white crescent on each black circle, using the White gel pen. Glue the eyes together as shown. Sponge all of the punched pieces with crumb cake ink to make them stand out against the Old Olive box. frankenstein fancy favor box Cut a 1 x 11 inch piece of old olive card stock and punch with a border of your choice to create a handle. Attach the handle to the inside of the box using brads. Attach the hair, eyes and nose to the box as shown. Fill with candy or other spooky treats! frankenstein fancy favor box Enjoy!

Belinda

 

Great Gifts using My Digital Studio

The more I play with My Digital Studio, the more I love it. Stampin' Up! has created some amazing templates that make wonderful gifts or projects to keep for yourself. The software comes programmed to create several sizes of scrapbook pages, but it also creates cards and calendars and these neat little swatchbooks. They are great to create a mini photo album for a specific event or as a brag book for grandparents, but there are other uses as well! Rivet Swatch book This is one I am working on for Aubrey. It is an ABC picture book. Each swatch book has 13 double sided pages, so it is perfect for an alphabet book. alphabet book   alphabet swatch book   alphabet swatch book   alphabet swatch book Here are some other great ideas for gifts using the My digital Studio software. You can print these from your own computer or use our professional print services for gorgeous results. I love these swatchbook templates for creating a wonderful Valentine gift or a coupon booklet. How about a journal for keeping track of precious memories, stories and milestones? I LOVE this gorgeous recipe book! What a fabulous way to compile all of those family recipes into a gift! Thanks for stopping by!

Belinda

 

Sweet Treats

Everyone loves getting candy treats during the Christmas season. Here are three different options for packaging your sweet treats! 12 gifts of christmas I used the Petite Pocket die to create this cute little pouch. It really doesn't get much easier than this for a quick project, and it's the perfect size for a variety of candies! 12 gifts of christmas I love our 1 x 8 cello bags for candy gifts. This topper was fun to make using the smaller circle scallop punch. I just snipped apart the layers and added some tiny punched circles for ornaments. Crystal effects was used to make them shine! Tags till Christmas Finally, gift number 5 in this series is this fun little box which will hold quite a few candies. It is a six sided box, made using the Milk Carton die! Lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Belinda

 

Stocking Gift Card

Holiday Stockung Die This is the second gift, in my gift giving series. It doesn't get much easier than this. Use the Holiday Stocking die to cut out this adorable stocking, attach a piece of card stock to hold your gift card and assemble as shown. These go together so quickly and make a great presentation for a gift card! Holiday stocking die Thanks for Stopping by!

Belinda

 

Stampin' Stuff

Stamps

Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink

Wild Wasabi

Paper

Whisper White ~ Frostwood Lodge

Fun Stuff

Big Shot ~ Holiday Stocking Die ~ Hounds Tooth TIEF ~ Holly Berry Bouquet designer buttons ~ White bakers twine