Pretty Thanks

Hi there

Before we get onto today's project, I need to apologise for an 'oopsie' with my blog on Sunday night. I had my CASE-ing the Catty blog post scheduled, but then on Saturday afternoon I was whisked away for the weekend for my birthday. I had 10 minutes notice to pack some clothes and as you can imagine I forgot all about my scheduled post, which I hadn't written yet. Anyway, that is a lesson for the future, lol. 

Now onto the project I have to share today, which is all about thanks. I love dressing up small thank you gifts to make them special. I've made some tags that could be added to a card or a small gift. Of course, you could change the greeting for a birthday rather than thank you.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used the second largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits as the base of my tag and stamped one of the flower sprays from the 'Wild about Flowers' in Old Olive ink. The flower heads are added in a second step and I've used the pretty Flirty Flamingo ink. A flagged banner is the base for the stamped greeting that I have punched out, sponged and popped up. It comes from the retired 'Petite Pairs' stamp set, still a favourite as it has many small greetings.  I popped a hole in the top of the tag and threaded some retired Flirty Flamingo ribbon through and tied it with white Baker's Twine. I've finished with some small pearls on the banner.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Gift Packaging - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have added one of finished tags to this customer thank you gift that I have put into one of the gorgeous gold Striped Treat Bags. Doesn't it look sweet? 

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Wild About Flowers, Petite Pairs (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White
 Ink Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, White Baker's Twine, Flirty Flamingo Ruched ribbon (retired), Striped Treat bags
Tools     Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot, 1/8" Hole punch, Large Oval punch (retired), Dimensionals, Sponge dauber

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CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Gift Packaging

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It is time for more CASE-ing the Catty inspiration from the crew. This week we are looking at the Gift Packaging section on pages 55-66 of the 2015-16 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.  I love creating something special when packaging small gifts. It can make something small really special to the recipient when they know you have taken the time to add that extra touch for them. It is also a great opportunity to use some of the lovely embellishments that we have in the Annual Catalogue.

You may have come here from the blog of the super talented Alison Barclay, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue to the next blog by using the button at the bottom of this post.

There are so many options shown in the Gift Packaging section to add a special touch to your gifts.  I have made a gift bag for a friend's birthday and took my inspiration for the tag from the photo on the right hand side of page 59. It shows a number of options using the fabulous Banner Triple Punch.  My gift bag is quite large - 14cm x 20.5cm (5.5" x 8") as I have sized it for the specific goodies I will be putting in it. I used 2 sheets of Mint Macaron card stock to create the basic bag and added the floral design from the 'English Garden' designer paper pack to the front and back. The flap at the top is closed with small, but strong neodymium magnets.

I have cut my tag 2" wide and used the Banner Triple Punch to flag the end. Did you know that you can also flag the end of a wider piece of card stock as I have done, to create the Blushing Bride mat?   This allows you to get the same perfect shape and you just snip the bottom edges of the points where it is too wide for the punch. Try it out and you will understand what I mean.  

The beautiful bold 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Hostess stamp set 'Happy Birthday, Everyone' is the perfect size for my tag and I have heat embossed it in gold.  The gold metallic doily forms the base for the Mint Macaron bow and Blushing Bride sequin trim. A small Vintage Faceted button adds a finishing touch. 

  Stampin Up Gift Bag using English Garden DSP & 'Happy Birthday, Everyone' Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Happy Birthday, Everyone (Hostess)
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, English Garden DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Metallic Lace Doily, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Rhinestone Basic Jewels   
Tools     Simply Scored Board, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Banner Triple Punch, Glue dots, Magnets (not SU)

Now it's time to check out the inspiration from the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf.

~CTC_New_Button

As always, you can see the full list of participants in today's blog hop and join in by linking up your creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog

Thanks for looking!


Easter Projects - Part 1

Hi there

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it is only 2 weeks until Easter!  The year really is flying by and it is hard to keep up.  I spent an enjoyable 10 days in Western Australia catching up with friends and family and celebrating my MILs 90th birthday. Now I'm peddling hard to catch up with the chores at home and in the garden!

However, in the few days since I've been home I have been making some cute projects that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of days. The first of these is my version of a bunny treat box using the Bigz L Fry Box die. I've had this die for a while, but it has been sadly neglected. Now I have dusted it off, I see lots more opportunities for it - isn't this always the way? I think he is pretty cute and much cuter IRL than the photo shows.

Finished_Bunny_Box


The box holds a full bag of the pretty polka dot Lindt mini eggs, but I've also tried it with the Lindt hen and eggs as well. For gift giving it may be easier to put the eggs in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon or thick baker's twine. This is what he looks like from the back.

Finished_Box_Reverse

The next project would be perfect for kids to give their friends at school. I've filled a cellophane tube with crisp shelled mini eggs and added a cute tag using the 'For Peeps Sake' stamp set. I think the greeting goes perfectly!

Chicken_Treat_Tube

Here is a close-up pic of the tag. 

Chicken_Treat_Tube_Tag

I am offering a PDF tutorial that includes these 2 projects and 2 additional projects that I will show you tomorrow - great value for your Easter crafting.

I am also offering kits (available for postal addresses in Australia only) so you can make your own Bunny Treat Boxes. You will receive all of the punched elements and the box as a flat pack for you to construct (it does not include the treats!). You will need to provide adhesives (Tombow glue or equivalent, glue dots), ink and sponge for adding definition to the punched elements, grey or black marker, white gel pen. The box base will be Smoky Slate (pale grey) with a number of different colour options for the spotted designer paper. If you want a specific colour not listed, please contact me

Click on the links below to make your purchases.

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Designer Paper Colour

 

I'll be back tomorrow with the other 2 Easter projects.

Enjoy your weekend!


Painted Petals Thank You

Hello

Today I have a cute thank you card and matching gift bag using the 'Painted Petals' stamp set that we made in class last week. The top section of the card has been embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and the bottom section stamped. This set has such a great group of accessory stamps to the main floral images that allow you to create your own borders and backgrounds. I love the 'lines' stamp as it gives a nice hand drawn look and the photopolymer makes it so easy to line it up by eye.

Painted_Petals_Embossed

 

 For the inside I have created a little border of flowers. Stamp off the edge of the card stock (before you add the mat) to create a shorter set of stems than the stamp.  

Painted_Petals_Embossed_Ins 

 

To complete the ensemble is this cute gift bag made using the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits from the Occasions Catalogue. There are 2 thinlits that make up the treat bag - a large one that forms the front and one flap and a smaller one for the second flap. I have cut 2 of the large die so that the flap will form the side gussets of the bag. The flap is 5.1cm(2 1/16") in width from the side fold line, so I scored at 1cm (1/2") from the flap edge and then scored 3.1cm  (1 1/4") from the edge.  On the second score line, finish 2.5cm (1") from the bottom and then using a ruler and scoring tool draw a diagonal line from the end of your score line to each corner of the flap.  This will help the gusset fold in nicely when you clip it together at the top. Make sure you burnish the existing score lines and score the new lines before you emboss your bag. I have used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to coordinate with the card. You will need to create a base for the bag, so cut a piece 4.2cm x 11.5cm (1 5/8" x 3 3/4") and score at 1cm (3/8") on each end. Attach each of the side gussets to corresponding front/back panel and then add the base. I found Tombow glue the easiest for this task. It sounds a bit involved, but it is really quick and easy once you have the pieces in your hand. It creates a nice sized bag and is very sturdy made in card stock.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set also has a large number of extra pieces you can use to decorate the bag or use in your other projects.  I have cut out the 'enjoy' to add to the tags on the front, which are clipped to the bag with a gold metallic mini clothespin. It really is very sweet.

Painted_Petals_Gift_Bag

 

Project Details
Stamps  Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers      Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
 Ink  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories Metallic Mini Clothespins, Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers Twine, Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Circles Collection Thinlits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Big Shot, Scallop Tag Topper punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Xyron

Thanks for looking!


3D Star Boxes

Hi there

Today I want to share this fabulous star shaped box made with the Stampin' Up! Stars Framelits and matching 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set. Stampin' Up! have produced a video showing you the basic process, which you can watch below. Their project shows how to make a 3D star box that you cannot open after it is constructed. This is perfect for decor items (they definitely aren't just for Christmas) or as decorations to hang on your Christmas tree. However, as soon as I saw this video I wanted to make one with a removable lid so that you could put treats or a gift inside without having to destroy the box to get to the contents.  This is how my finished star box looks.

Star_Box_Closed

I always make my prototype 3D projects in Crumb Cake card stock, but as this turned out pretty well, I decided to add some embellishment. I have white embossed the largest of the 'Bright & Beautiful' star images which adds some pop to the Crumb Cake and Real Red combo. I've added some bling with the smallest of the Stars Framelits used to cut the centre star from Silver foil and the Itty Bitty Accents punch cutting the smallest star from Silver Glimmer paper. It matches the shape of the Stars Framelits perfectly.  This next photo shows the lid removed.

Star_Box_Open

I recommend that you watch the Stampin' Up! video first, so that you understand the basic process and then hopefully my tips and comments below will make more sense.

 

For my star box, I used the largest of the Stars Framelits as I wanted a box that would be sufficiently large to hold treats (eg Lindt balls, homemade rum balls etc) or other gifts.  Using the video as a basis, here are my recommendations/measurements.

1.  Use heavyweight card stock for your box. Whisper White and Very Vanilla would not produce a sturdy box. The 'Under the Tree' Specialty Designer Series Paper would be suitable as it is card stock weight and has the advantage of having kraft or coloured designs if you wanted to minimise the embellishment.

2.  As you are adding the side strips to the star shape, I found 2 star shapes glued together first gave a sturdier base for this process. I did this for the top and bottom of the box.

3. The measurement of the arms on the large star is 1 11/16", which is not a very friendly measurement to work with.  I scored the side strips at 1 3/4" and found this worked well, as you lose a tiny bit when you score anyway.

4.  I used Tombow Multi Liquid glue instead of sticky strip. It gives you a bit of wriggle room to manoeuvre the points into place. However, if you do use liquid glue, make sure the point is set before going onto the next one, as you may find it will move out of place.

5.  For the side strips for the TOP of the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 1/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your lid a finished depth of 3/4". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.

6. For the side strips for the BOTTOMof the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 7/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 & 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your scored strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your base a finished depth of  1  & 1/2". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.

7.  In the video you see the side strips being stuck to the underside of the star shape. Use this process for the base of the box, so that you have a completely smooth underside that will be seen.   Cut another star shape and adhere it to the inside of the base, to cover the tabs (you can see I used Real Red, as a contrast to the Crumb Cake). You may need to trim the inside angles a little bit for it to fit.

8. To achieve a neatly fitting lid to the box, I adhered the tabs of the side strips onto the top side of the star shape. By bringing the card stock over the top edge of the star shape, it is automatically going to be a tiny bit bigger, allowing it to fit over the base without a problem, but not enough to be sloppy. This leaves the inside lid of your box with a lovely smooth finish (as per the base), but you will need to add a finishing layer to the outside of the lid to cover the tabs. This gives you the opportunity to decorate the top with a contrasting colour card stock or to use the gorgeous 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set as I have done. 

Well, I hope this remotely makes sense, but drop me an email if you have any questions. 

Project Details
Stamps Bright & Beautiful
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Real Red, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon
Tools     Stars Framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Tombow Multi liquid glue, Itty Bitty Accents Star punch

Thanks for looking!


Thank You Gift

Hi there

Today I want to share with you this cute little gift box that we made in class last week.  I love that you can take a $5 packet of chocolates from the supermarket and turn it into a lovely thank you gift and have fun at the same time!  

The box uses the new Gift Card Enclosure from the Annual Catalogue. You get 10 in a packet for $9.95 AUD and it would be fabulous for all manner of seasonal treats. This is my take on the idea that I saw in a display at the South Pacific Convention.

Gift_Card_Box_with_Chocs

Using the 8th (counting from the centre) Circles Collection framelit, cut the circles of DSP for the outside and coordinating DSP for the inside of the box. I have used the new All Abloom paper stack and coordinating Blushing Bride backgrounds for the inside. Fold them in half and cut on the fold. I trimmed 1/8" off the straight edges to get a nice border all the way around.

I traced one of the semi-circles from the gift card enclosure and created a template to punch the holes on each side to thread the ribbon through. The new 1/8" handheld punch is perfect for the task.  I have finished it with one of the tags from the new 'Tag Talk' stamp set. The Lindt Stawberries & Cream chocolates were the perfect colour to match the DSP!

This is what the box looks like on the inside. I look forward to making some more of these later in the year for Christmas treats.

Gift_Card_Box_Empty

These are the key products required to make this project.

Project Details
Stamps Tag Talk
Card stock & Papers     All Abloom Paper Stack, Subtles Backgrounds, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Gift Card Enclosure
 Ink Strawberrry Slush
Accessories 1/8" White taffeta ribbon (retired), White Baker's twine, Lindt Stawberries & Cream chocolates (yum!)
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Label Bracket punch, 1/8" Circle handheld punch, Stampin' Trimmer

Thanks for looking!