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Sunday, November 4, 2018

November Creation Station Blog Hop--Give Thanks

Welcome to the November Creation Station Blog Hop--In All Things Give Thanks.  If you've just started the hop here or arrived from the the amazing artisan Linda van Wely's blog, I'm happy to have you join me today.  Be sure and check out all of the wonderful projects created by the design team today by clicking on the "Next" button at the end of each post. 

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States and each family has its own traditions.  For my family gathering, I prepare individual favors for each guest.  It is usually a decorated container of candy; however, a few years ago I added a handmade gratitude journal for each of the women at the gathering.  I decided it was time to do this again.  Gratitude journals can be used as a journal with or without photos, or as a mini album for a Thanksgiving or other family gathering.  I like to kind of combine the two--writing down what each person is grateful for on that Thanksgiving day and adding a his or her photo.  I might add a group photo or candids from the day, and then journal my own thoughts and memories. 

For the gratitude journals this year, I used a binding technique for the first time.   Here are my steps:
     1.  I cut two pieces of chipboard at 4-1/2" x 3-3/4" for the front and back covers and one piece at 4-1/2" x 1/2" for the spine.
     2.  Next I cut a piece of designer series paper at 6-1/2" x10-1/4" and scored it at 1" on all sides.
     3.  I adhered the larger chipboard pieces with the corners against the top right and left-hand corners of score lines on the designer series paper and with the outside side edges of the chipboard even with the side scorelines.  I centered the spine between then two cover pieces and adhered it.
      4.  I mitered the corners. leaving about an 1/8" gap between the corners of the covers and the designer series paper (to fold in just that little bit as I folded the paper over to adhere it to the inside so the paper covered the tips of the chipboard).
      5.  I added tear and tape adhesive as shown:
      6.  Once the edges were folded it looked like this:
      7.  Take your bone folder and score on either side of the spine and gently fold the sides toward the center.  Adhere a piece of 4-1/4" x 8" piece of coordinating designer series paper to the inside using tear and tape and liquid glue and, again, score along both sides of the spine and gently fold the covers in.
      8.  Now you are ready to make your pages.  I cut five 4" X 7-1/2"  pieces of Whisper White card stock, then scored each sheet at 3-5/8" and 3-7/8".  Because your pages will not be even when you close the book, you need to trim off a bit from each side of all but the bottom page.  Lay your first page as is with the 1/4" center space centered over the spine.  Then trim off 1/16"  or 1/8"  off each side of the next page (I used the smaller measurements for one book and the larger ones for the other two--I think the smaller meansurement looks better in the finished book).  Lay that piece over the first page in the book.  Continue trimming off each side of the next three pages:  page 3, 1/8" or 1/4"; page 4, 3/16" or 3/8"; page 5, 1/4" or 1/2" and then laying the successive pages in the book (this is so you can keep the pages from the shortest to the longest in order--it saves time).  
     9.  Next you will pierce holes in the book spine and in each of the pages, by lining them up with the holes in the spine.  It is best to do these one at a time or your holes will be off.  I didn't measure, just started with the two ends, then the center hole and the two additional holes.
     10.  Thread an embroidery needle with Linen Thread and stitch through the holes in order down and back up.  I left a piece on the back outside of the book and threaded so I had another end on the outside and tied the ends in a knot.  Make sure you keep good tension on your thread so your pages are not loose against the spine.
     11.  I placed tear and tape adhesive over the stitching on both the inside and outside of my little books, then covered it with either Copper Trim or Rich Razzleberry  1/4" velvet ribbon.

Here are photos of each of the finished journals.  All of the papers are from the Country Lane designer series paper pack.  I decorated them simply so the greeting and the paper were the stars of the cover.  The greeting is from the Country Home stamp set.  I stamped two of the greetings in Blackberry Bliss and one in Cajun Craze and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  One background for the greeting is a wood texture design from the designer series paper pack, one is copper foil embossed with the Tin Tile folder and one is Rich Razzleberry card stock embossed with the Petal Burst folder.

Hope you made it through this long post!!!  Click on the "Next" button to see the wonderful creations by Andrea Tracy-Tucker.

To Andrea's blog . . .

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Inspired Halloween Box--#tgifc182

This week's TGIF Challenge is an inspiration challenge.  It is a photo of a room filled with Halloween decor:

I took the following elements from this photo to create my challenge project: texture, white with a bit of sparkle, white pumpkins, a touch of black, and shabby chic:

Texture comes from each of the elements, but especially the Tin Tile embossed Lustrous White mini gable box.  To emboss the box, I carefully took the box apart at the one side seam using the spatula end of the Take Your Pick tool to lift up the flap.  As luck would have it, one half of the box fit perfectly in the embossing folder.  To introduce shabby chic, I brayered Smoky Slate ink on the inside of the embossing folder before putting each side of the box through the Big Shot.  (I inked up the logo side of the embossing folder and lined my box up on the opposite side of the folder with the outside facing toward the inked side, then closed the folder.  Make sure you lay the other side of the box the same way for the second side--or only half the outside of your box will have Smoky Slate on it).  Once your box is embossed, you reattach the flap with Tear & Tape adhesive.

I made a white pumpkin with three ovals die cut from Shimmery White card stock using the smallest oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits set.  Shabby chic appears again with the sponged edges of each oval.  

I added more texture and a touch of black with the mini sequin trim pumpkin stem, glittered ribbon and black faceted dots.  And, just to make sure there was enough sparkle, I added some clear rhinestones.  

This is the one Halloween treat box I've made that will not be sent to my step-grandson Porter.  This elevated treat box needs to be filled with gourmet chocolates and sent to my daughter.


See more inspired Halloween projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.
Here's my supply list:
Spooky Sweets stamp set, clear mount, #147716
Shimmery White card stock, #101910
Lustrous White mini gable box, #146961
Ink:  Smoky Slate, #147113; VersaMark, #102283
Sponge Brayer, #141714
Sponge Daubers, #133773
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, #146956
Heat Tool, #129053
Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy ribbon, #147897
Black mini sequin trim, #144259
Clear Rhinestone basic jewels, #144220
Faceted Dots, #146910
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Tin Tile dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #147906


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Creation Station October Blog Hop--Layers of Leaves

Welcome to this month's Creation Station Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is "Layers of Leaves".  Do you love our banner this month?  It's all prettied up for Fall by design team member Elizabeth Price. We have a lot of great projects to share with you this month, so be sure to hop around and visit each design team member's blog--just click on the "Next" button at the end of each post.

For my projects this month I chose the Falling For Leaves stamp set and coordinating Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies to decorate a wood frame and a note card.  I used a different color scheme than I usually do for Fall and am loving it:  Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss and Copper. 

This frame is one I have had for a long time.  I bought it because I liked the way the window was cut in it. I decided it would look nice framed with a  scalloped border made with a die in the thinlits set.    I didn't have a clue how to cut the card stock so I could miter the corners (I didn't have a clue how to miter the corners for that matter!), so I consulted my engineer husband.  He drew several rough sketches showing me how to measure and then how to cut.   The window opening is 3-1/2" and the width of the die cut border is 3/4".  So I doubled the 3/4" and added 1-1/2" to the width of the frame.  I cut my pieces of Blackberry Bliss 5" long, die cut them, then mitered the edges.  I laid each end in a 3/4" square on grid paper and drew a line from the bottom left corner of the square to the top right corner of the square (a 45 degree angle).  Unfortunately, the window is not exactly square so I have a gap or two--but it looks pretty!!!

I have a lot of leaves on my desk right now.  I die cut several in each of the colors I used and played around with them until I liked the arrangements on the frame and note card.  I stamped some leaves in with the same color ink as card stock, and stamped some with VersaMark and embossed them with copper.  Some I just die cut.  For the large copper leaf, I used the openwork die and the Big Shot embossing mats to emboss the copper foil before I used the matching framelit to die cut it.


You can see the large embossed copper leaf better in the note card photo.  I used the Subtle embossing folder to give texture to my note card front to mimic the grain in the wood frame.  

Hope I've given you some ideas for your Fall projects!  Now click on the "Next" button to see what Dena has to share with you!

To Dena's blog . . .

Here's my supply list:
Falling for Leaves Bundle, #149938; incudes at 10% off:
     Falling for Leaves stamp set, photopolymer, #147680
     Detailed Leaves thinlits dies, #147921
Card stock:  Blackberry Bliss, #133675; Cajun Craze, #119684; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Very Vanilla thick, #144237
Copper Foil Sheets, #142020
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, #147092; Grapefruit Grove, #147142; Cajun Craze, #147085; VersaMark, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Heat Tool, #129053
Faceted Dots, #146910
Grapefruit Grove 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, #146954
Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon, #147016
Layering Ovals Framelits dies, #141706
Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143706



Monday, September 24, 2018

Spooky Sweets--#tgifc178

The TGIF Challenge this week is Holiday Prep, a theme challenge.  I took this opportunity to get some Halloween goodies ready to send my step-grandson, Porter.  He is the beneficiary of a lot of the goodie samples I make for my classes.  Soon, though, he will be sharing them.  A little brother and my first "official" grandchild is on his way in February!!!   (I also have two step-granddaughters, Hannah and Maura, who get some of the pretties I make.)

I seem to make a "BOO" card every Halloween.  This one is my favorite though!  I used the cool bats and spooky fog images from Spooky Sweets to create this spooky eclipse style card.  I used an idea from Jennifer Downey to mount my word piece on top of a smaller card base.  Love that look!

I used Gray Granite and Blackberry Bliss for my color scheme on this card.  Then I added a bit of black with faceted dots and mini sequin trim. 

This coordinating bag with tag was made to fill with mini Reese's cups.  These are Porter's favorite candies, but he has a hard time keeping them away from my son-in-law.  (If "like father/like son" continues with the new grandson, I may have to start buying this candy in bulk!!!)


The bag was made with the "large" bag instructions on the Gift Bag Punch Board.  To get the nice folded edge at the top, I scored the top side of the bag at 3/4" and 1-1/2" before I put the bag together.  I used a gold library clip to hold the fold down and to attach the tag.

Get more ideas for holiday prep over at the TGIF Challenges blog:

Here's my supply list:

Spooky Sweets Bundle, #149973; includes at 10% off:
   Spooky Sweets stamp set, clear mount, #147716
   Spooky Bats punch, #148014
Card stock:  Gray Granite, #146983; Blackberry Bliss, #133675
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Gray Granite, #147118; Blackberry Bliss, #147092; VersaMark, #102283
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat tool, #129053
Faceted Dots, #146910
Gold Library Clips, #144130
Nature's Twine, #146342
Black Mini Sequin Trim, #144259
Fresh Fig 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144174
Gift Bag Punch Board, #135862
Banner Triple Punch, #132292
Large Letter Framelits, #141712
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Random Acts of KIndness--#tgifc156

This week's inspiration challenge at TGIF Challenges is Random Acts of Kindness--what a wonderful challenge!  I haven't done this in a while but one of my favorite Random Acts of Kindness is to create little treats and hand them out while I am running errands--to the bank teller, the bag boy, the clerk at the dry cleaner's,  a harried mother of toddlers at the grocery store and others.  It is fun to create these little treats and to hand them out with a smile and get a smile in return.  Try it!

The secret to success is to keep it simple so you can easily make a dozen or so treats at one time.  Once you start you do not want to run out of treats because receiving those answering smiles is the very best part of this kind of RAK!  

For my treats this time, I decided to use the cute little Ghirardelli Square holder created by Julie DiMatteo for her presentation at OnStage Atlanta.
She had a Georgia Bulldog on hers.  However, since we are a Georgia Tech family, I had to create my little packets with something else (Katharine looked at my photo of Julie and the bulldog treat and said, "Well, that's unfortunate."  I am not even allowed to wear red and black in Katharine's presence . . and she graduated over 15 years ago!). 

Here are my treats:


Aren't these cute!  And they are inexpensive to make.  They are created from a 4" x 6" piece of card stock so you can get six treat holders from one piece of 12" x 12" card stock.  Score the cardstock along the 6" side at 2-3/4" and 3-1/4", then turn and score along the short side at 1" and 3".  Then trim and fold your piece like this:
Punch each end of the piece with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.   Apply Tear & Tape adhesive to each of the triangle-shaped flaps, and fold the box together.  I did twelve of these in about 20 minutes while watching a cooking show this afternoon. 

I decided to use up some retiring product (another win!) to create my treats.  I pulled out 12" x 12" sheets of retiring Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi. and used the retiring 1/8" gold ribbon to tie my treat boxes together at the top.  I stamped and punch three daisies for each box, glued them together and topped them with a die cut "for you" from the retiring Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (I am sure going to miss that set!).

My treats are already to go for my next round of errands.  You can see more great ideas for Random Acts of Kindness over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here's my supply list (**retiring and item may be sold out):

Daisy Delight Bundle, #145361; includes at 10% off (**Bundle only is retiring):
     Daisy Delight stamp set, photopolymer, #143669
     Daisy Punch, #143713
Card stock:  Whisper White, #100730; Daffodil Delight, #119683; **Tangerine Tango, #111349; **Wild Wasabi, #108641
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, #126944; **Tangerine Tango, #126952
**Gold 1/8" ribbon, #134583
Scalloped Tag Topper punch, #133324
**Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Tear & Tape Adhesive, #138995

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Creation Station April Blog Hop--Garden Party

Hello!  Welcome to the Creation Station Design Team April Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who create projects on a special theme each month.  We are linking our blogs a bit differently this month so we can be with our families this Easter Sunday.  Instead of a "Next" button at the end of my post, you will see a list of the Design Team members.  Just click on the name under mine to start your hop around to each of the Design Team blogs.  

Our theme this month is "Garden Party" and I made some fun projects for a party:


I love herbs (and the marigolds that grow beside them to keep off the bugs) and growing them in containers on the back deck are the only successful gardening I have been able to do.  Deer, squirrels and birds eat or peck at everything else I've tried to grow.  For a garden themed party, I thought some herbs planted in pretty pots would make great table decor.

I painted my red clay pots with white acrylic paint, then tinted the white paint with Stampin' Up! classic ink refills: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Old Olive.  I applied these colored paints to the pots with a sponge to create a fun, splattered effect:


The Delightful Daisy designer series paper is so pretty and perfect for a Garden Party, so I created a some favors and a banner with this paper:

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to create my favors.  Inside each is a packet of wildflowers.  I wrapped the ribbon around the seed packets, so when you pull on the ribbon, the packets slide out of the bag.  I love to throw out wildflower seeds along the brush line in my backyard.  This time of year I start seeing pretty surprises popping up--especially daisies.

For my banner I used the same paper designs as my favors.  I cut my paper into 4" x 6" pieces and glued them to a layer of Whisper White card stock to make them sturdy.  I used the largest layering square to die cut the paper pieces into flag shapes.  I die cut circles out of Vellum and Night of Navy card stock and layered them under letters die cut from the Iridescent Glimmer Paper in the Myths & Magic pack.  This is a really simple banner, but the right designer series paper makes it perfect!

Lastly, I have a little extra project.  After die cutting all of my banner flags, I had a pile of pretty paper triangles.  I started playing with those, adhered them to some card stock, added a die cut greeting and some ribbon and created this card:


I layered three "Celebrate" die cuts together to give the greeting some depth on the card.  To give it a little shimmer, I painted it with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  I think this card will make a fun invite to my party!

Now click on the next name below and enjoy all of this month's Garden Party inspiration!



Sara Levin  



Elizabeth Price  



Linda van Wely  



Denita Wright-Smee  



Kathy Kartak  



Tanya Bell  



Amber Trubiak  



Kerstin Kreuzer  



Sara Nell Langland  



Andrea Tracy-Tucker  



Julie Beltramo  


Here's my supply list:

Daisy Delight Stamp Set, photopolymer, #143669
Card stock: Whisper White, #100730; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Night of Navy, #100867; Calypso Coral, #122925; Daffodil Delight, #119683; Powder Pink, #144244; Vellum, #101856
Delightful Daisy designer series paper, #144137
Myths & Magic 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper, #145601
Ink:  Calypso Coral ink pad, #126983 and refill, #122934; Night of Navy refill, #103033; Old Olive refill, #100531; Daffodil Delight ink pad, #126944

Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897
Whisper White 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144172
Whisper White solid baker's twine, #124262
Night of Navy 5/8" crinkled seam binding, #144189
Old Olive 3/8" mini chevron ribbon, #144171
Calypso Coral 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144173
Daisy Punch, #143713
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Layering Squares Framelits, #141708
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Celebrate You Thinlits, #146840 (this was a Free Sale-a-Bration product through March 31, but it will be available again on June 1 in the new Annual Catalog)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sweet Soiree Mini Gable Boxes

Today I am sharing my Silver Mini Gable Boxes decorated with three products also from the Sweet Soiree Suite: Silver baker's twine, Silver Embossing Paste and the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.  Unfortunately, the silver boxes were a little hard to photograph, so I  hope you can get a good idea from the photos I have.

These boxes are so cute  at 4" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".  They come 12 to a pack and so easy to decorate with just the contents of one of the embellishment kits.  They are perfect for party favors--birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, mother/daughter teas, bridesmaid lunches.  They are so fun to decorate and fun to fill with treats or small gifts.  



For my first one, I added a couple of vellum leaf die cuts from the kit with glue dots and then placed the pretty floral die cut over them with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added some of the pretty Silver baker's twine to the handle.  Easy!

This is my stepped up version--but still easy!  First, I used my Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Palette Knives to add some Silver Embossing paste to the front of the box.  Once it dried, I placed a piece of Marina Mist scalloped velvet ribbon over the embossing paste design with glue dots.  I added a floral vellum die cut and a pretty rose die cut over the ribbon.  For this one, instead of tying the baker's twine around the handle, I added some to a white mini clothespin and pinned the bow to the handle.  All of these cute embellishments, except the silver baker's twine are in the kit--plus there are cute paper tassels with jump rings, silver washi tape and silver foil die cut numbers.  All of the floral, cake, and leaf die cuts include silver foil and are so pretty with the silver boxes. 

All of the products I used on the mini boxes total $55.25.  So,  if you purchase everything you need to make these, you may choose a free Sale-a-Bration level one product.  I suggest getting the Springtime Foils specialty designer series paper (#147193).  It will look beautiful used on the sides of these boxes.   If you need more than 12 boxes, you can add another set of boxes and another embellishment kit, skip the embossing paste, masks and palette knives and still have enough to order the Springtime Foils paper for FREE!

Here's my supply list:

Silver Mini Gable Boxes, #145568/$8.00
Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit, #145578/$11.00
Silver Baker's Twine, #145569/$4.00
Silver Embossing Powder, #145646/$9.00
Pattern Party Decorative Masks, #144103/$6.00
Palette Knives, #142808/$5.00
Glue dots, #103683/$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals, #104430/$4.00

Click on "Shop Now" above to get your supplies to make these perfect party favors--and your free Sale-a-Bration product!