Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Poinsettia Hamburger Box

This was a very last minute decision. Upon receiving my SU order the other day I decided that poinsettias would look really nice as toppers for the hamburger Christmas treat boxes I was making for work.
So the men got the snowflake ones I made earlier, and the women received these poinsettia ones.


I used coloured vellum and heat embossed in silver. Then hand cut the poinsettia. I made 2 layers that were glued together with foam squares for added dimesnion. These were really simple and surprisingly fast to put together.
By the way, these boxes are the perfect size for a cookie sampler (4-5 cookies per box).
I placed a white cupcake liner inside that I flattened a bit to fit into the square shape. Inside that I placed 4 of our Christmas cookies.
Supplies used:
Cardstock: White Recollections, burgandy and green vellum, silver foil
Stamps: Joyful Christmas - SU, That's the Ticket - SU, Baroque Motives - SU
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke - SU
Punches: Ticket due - SU, large, wide oval - SU, Banner - SU
Misc.:  silver embossing powder, foam squares, pearls
Wishing everyone Wonderful Holidays!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A couple more Christmas tags

I have two further Christmas tags to share as well as the requested photo with the finished presents under our tree.

The first tag uses the Season of Peace stamp set.

The tree image was embossed in white, the background was sponged in three shades of purple using a torn paper mask to create the hills. For a touch of sparkle I added some rhinestone decorations. I inked the tag edges with dark purple and matted it on white. The name tag was made to match.

The second tag was made with Baroque Motives and an ornament.

For this one I embossed the flourish stamp in silver then randomly sponged a little purple over  the tag. The ornament was mounted with a little foam suqare and I added a silver ribbon bow and a large rhinestone. The little tag was sponged to match and attached with a small silver brad. I again matted my tag with white cardstock.

Supplies used as follows:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Ink: Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant - all SU
Stamps: Season of Peace, Boroque Motives, Tags Till Christmas - all SU, Rummage Alphabet - MM
Punch: Ornament - SU
Misc.: silver and white embossing powder, 5/8" silver organza ribbon, 1/4" purple satin ribbon, foam mounting squares, rhinestones, 1/4" silver brad.

And here are the promised tree and present photos.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Church Christmas Card

I send many of my Christmas cards to relatives living in Germany. It is very common there to have a church scene on Christmas cards. I do not currently have stamp set with any church images and therefore decided to try and create one with my punches.

It was actually easier than I thought and came together rather quickly. This would look great on a  starry night background, or a snowy scene. The church (or chapel) would also work well for wedding theme, maybe even for a baptism.

I tried to add a lot of detail to the church itself. I embossed the shingles on the roof tops, bricks on the building and even attempted a stained glass look on one of the windows. I backed my window frames with vellum that was coloured from the back with markers. The plain windows are just highlighted in yellow to create a lighted look.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Early Espresso - SU, Cherry Cobbler - SU, So Saffron - SU
Markers: Various SU
Embossing folders: Adorning Accents (roof) - SU, Brick - Tim Holtz, Lacy brocade - SU
Die: Apothacery Accents Framelits - SU
Punches: Large (wide) oval - SU, Decorative Label - SU
Misc.: 3 x 1/4" rhinestones, 1/2" silver ribbon, foam squares

Full punch art instructions below. Note my Photoshop (old CS) stopped working a little while ago and until I can afford to buy a newer one I'm struggling with Gimp. So please bare with me if the isntructions don't look quite as good as they normally do.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Asian Screen Card

I'm sure I've mention several times before, my daughter is very into Japanese/Asian art and design. She loves Sakura blossoms, dragons, Kanji... high on her wish list of items are currently both an old Japanese trunk and screen.

So when I saw the current trend of screen cards I immediately thought of making an Asian themed one for her. I have to say I am not fond of the 4 screen version that is really popular right now. Although it looks pretty standing upright, I do not like that the greeting ends up on the back of the card (I'm a little OCD). I therefore made this into a 3 screen card.

I used 1 full sheet of 8.5 x 11, folded into three's. Note it fits a standard business envelope:

The top was trimmed with a corner punch and I used a square die to cut away a portion of each screen panel to create "legs". At first I was going to leave the bottom square, but I found the "legs" were not as sturdy as I had hopped. I then added the trellis die and love how this turned out. Not only is it much sturdier, but it looks lovely.

My flowers are embossed in gold on the red cardstock (very classic Asian colours, black, red, gold).
Both the greeting and well wishes panels are foam mounted, the tassel was strung over one of the scallop points and secured with a glue dot at the bottom. I also added black rhinestones along the top border for a little extra bling.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Basic Black - SU, Versamark
Stamps: Art of the Orient  -SU, Friendly Phrases - Stampendous, Kanji Collection 3 - Stamp Workz
Punch: corner scallop - PB (I removed the corner guards so that I could punch a border)
Die: Square - Spellbinder , Lattice bigz - SU
Misc.: gold embossing powder, small gold tassel, 1/4" black rhinestones, 5/8" gold organza ribbon, foam squares

Up next I have one more punch art Christmas card. It's been a little hectic here so I'm still finishing the instructions.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowflake Christmas

With Christmas preparations I don't have much time today, but I though I'd quickly share these really simple and pretty cards I made last minute (I think I've now got everyone covered).

Thess come together really quick. I love the Northern Flurry embossing folder. It works so well on it's own, just add a greeting and a little sparkle/bling accent and you're done with great results.

On my second card I added a small stamped and die cut snowflake.

On both I used these little clear acrylic snowflakes I had purchased at the dollar store (Dollarama) again. Note they are a little bulky so not necessarily recommended for mailing unless you are willing to pay a little extra postage.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Marina Mist - SU
Stamp: More Merry Messages - SU, So Many Scallops - SU, Festive Flurry - SU
Embossing folder: Northern Flurry - SU
Die: Festive Flury Framelits - SU
Punches: Decorative Lable - SU, 1 3/4" scallop cirle - SU
Misc. Foam sqaures, rhinestones, acrylic snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by; come back soon for more paper crafting inspiration.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Silver Bells Christmas Card

Okay, I have to confess, I have one more note tag punch creation to share.
Strangely enough this idea popped into my head while shopping with my daughter. We were at the dollar store browsing the Christmas d├ęcor aisle. I saw these little bells and thought to myself, " I can make bells with the note tag punch.".

So, without further ado, here are my gold and "silver" bells:

As you can see by the instructions below, these are really quite simple to make. You can decorate them with stamps or small punch shapes, or simple emboss the foil. I added a bow and some "greenery" (PB pine branch), but there are many punches and dies that would work for a little seasonal accent.
I think these bells would also work really well for a wedding card. Maybe accent with a bow and some doves.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Bazzill green, gold & silver foil
Ink: Basic Black - SU
Stamp: Warm Words - SU
Embossing folder: Swirl baubles - Crafts Too
Die: Oval Framlits - SU
Punches:large pine branch - PB, , 1 1/4" square - SU (to create banner tails)
Misc.: 5/8" red organza ribbon, foam squares, 3 x 1/4" rhinestones

Full punch art instructions below:

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Mini Purses

I have coveted the mini purse die for some time and finally broker down and ordered it this summer.
When I received it I ran it through my machine to do a quick test and then out it aside. It's been sitting and waiting to be used ever since.

Stocking stuffer's at our house generally consist of a candy or chocolate treat as well as several useful little gift items such as, Kleenex packs, travel lotions, razors etc. and Chapstick. Stocking stuffers are also generally not wrapped.  So I though this year I will put the Chapsticks inside a cute little personalized mini purse for all the ladies (and am still contemplating a tool box or fishing bag.... for the men).

Here are the first three I have created (I have 3 more to go).

Basic supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Embossing folders: Reptile - Darice (large pattern), Burlap - Tim Holtz
Ink: Smokey Slate, Basic Black - SU, Versamark, Pearl white - Club Scrap
Die: Mini Purse - SU
Misc.: Basic Gray Marker - SU, per purse 2 x 1/8" mini brad, closure - button or brad etc.

The black and silver "alligator" skin one is for my daughter - she loves alligator and gothic/dark tones are her preference.

I cut my purse die, then ran the cardstock through by Cuttlebug with the embossing folder. I then inked it with Versmark and embossed with clear embossing powder. The flap and bakc area i also sponged with a pearl white ink and heat set. The strapwas alos clear embossed and then attached it to eitehr side with a little 1/8" black brad. I added a pretty rhinestone flower with a glue dot to the frotn for the closure.
The pink and black creation is for my sister - she is a girly girl at heart.

This one is the same as the back with exception to the two tiones and that I only textured the pink carstock. The sides and strap are flat black, clear ambossed.

The last one was an experiment and I may keep it for myself.
This one was done with a smaller embossed texture. I did not clear emboss. I did sponge the purse with a little dark gray and black. The base of the purse is cut from medium gray. The edging from white cardstock that I inked with Smokey Slate. I also added stitching with my Basic Gray marker. The brads used are sliver and the closure is 1/4" square silver brad.

I love this die and can see many possibilities for it (birthday goodies, wedding favours...). I almost wish my daughter were still little as these would be a big hit with little girls. Guess I have to hope there will be little nieces or grandbabies sometime soon.

Up next I have another Christmas card featuring punch art bells.:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Treat Hamburger Box

For the last few years both my daughter and I have brought a little homemade treat to work for each of our co-workers. When we saw the hamburger die in the new SU catty we both thought of these treats and new I needed to buy the die (and truth be told the fry box is on my wish list as well).

As Christmas is now fast approaching, I realized it was high time I started on these little boxes. I decided to keep them fairly simple.

I stamped my cardstock with blue toned snowflakes, created a little snowflake ornament topper and added a little sparkle with some rhinestones and silver foil. They turned out very festive and "neutral" enough (IMO) that even the men should like them.

Now I only need to find the time to do the Christmas baking so that I have some treats to fill these with.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Silver foil
Ink: Marina Mist,  Soft Sky, both SU
Stamps: Festive Flurry - SU, That's the Ticket - SU
Punches: Decorative Label - SU, , Ticket Due - SU
Dies: Festive Flury Framelits -  SU, Banner Framelits - SU
Misc.: Foam Squares, rhinestone

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