Quick Christmas Package Tags With The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Today I have easy tags for you to make with some scraps of paper and the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

It is a great project to use up any 1/2” or 3/4” strips of Designer Series Paper you have sitting about. Plus if you have strips of 2 3/4” or 3” Whisper White strips as small as 1 15/16” long, you are set.

With Christmas just over a week away I had to start wrapping & tagging the gifts, but I didn’t have any Christmas tags in my wrapping supplies. Instead of running out and getting some at the store, I was able to whip these up in about 30 minutes -clean up & sizing/design included!

I started with one strip of 3”x10” Whisper White Thick cardstock & two strips which were 2 3/4”x10. As long as you have a piece bigger than the final 1 15/16” long Tag you are fine.

I placed Designer Series Paper as shown in the diagram before I cut to the smaller tag size. Doing this as a full piece saved me a little time. Once at this stage, I cut each to the 1 15/16” length and then punched the largest white end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

From this point, I The stamped to/from from Cookie Cutter Christmas and added some ribbon.  Of course, you could also just hand write the to/from & use packaging Christmas ribbon if you’re in a pinch and have them on hand.

I didn’t have to run to the store AND I used up some scraps I had on hand.    Now, when I need tags for other occasions I’ve already figured out the sizing and will easily be able to tag any party gift by just switching out the Designer Series Paper to fit the occasion. Thank you Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

I hope this helps you during times you need tags. Especially Christmas Eve when many of you are up all night wrapping gifts!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

Shop with me HERE.

Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Happy Thanksgiving Gratitude Chocolate Gifts

Chances are if you saw me the last two days you received a gratitude chocolate from me. These simple to make chocolate wrappers make a bag of circular dollar tree candy (crisped rice or peppermint patties) into a quick place setting or hand out.

While I handed out a bunch of these chocolates individually to various people with whom I came in contact, this mini football (also found at dollar tree in pack of 2) was the carrier for ones I took to an appointment I had- the office staff is so kind, I like to recognize that!

DIRECTIONS:

1) Using your chocolate, determine the size of the Layering Circle which will be big enough to cover it. This will be your solid circle.

2) Then determine the scalloped die in the Layered Circles framelits which will frame your circle from step one nicely. You will make 2 of these for every 1 of the solid circles (unless you want designs on both sides).

3) Attach your scalloped circles to both sides of your wrapped chocolate using glue dots.

4) Attach solid circle to top of the scalloped circle.

5) Choose your decoration(s). I used the Colorful Seasons leaves, but you could do different colors and definitely make these for ANY OCCASION!  Try snowflakes or hearts,  use punches for flowers, gingerbread, Holly, or a multitude of critters with the fox punch.

6) Teeny Tiny Wishes has a saying for most holidays. I stamped that in Momento ink and punched with a retired label punch ( there are current punches and dies which will also work well- I was in a rush and still love this punch.

7) Add a twine bow with a glue dot, if desired.

That is it! I said they were simple.

And they brought many a smile to unsuspecting people. The guy collecting Goodwill donations gave me the biggest grin when I dropped off a bag of stuff and asked if he’d like a chocolate gift. That doctor’s office is counting the days until my next visit- which happens to be on St. Nicholas day, December 6th.  I’m wondering if they know appointments around holidays mean little gifts? They are excited to see what I come up with next. They smile, I smile. Life is good.

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Extravaganza has begun!

Today marks the beginning of Stampin’ Up’s Extravaganza sales period. To start it off with a bang you can save greatly on select sets during this first 24hrs of the Extravaganza. Order online with me using workshop code E9C33N4F  and I will send you a special thank you in the mail.

Who doesn’t like a good deal?

Check out the two page list below for the stamps in today’s 24hour sale and products which are on sale today thru the 26th.

And remember to add the code E9C33N4F to your order to get something in the mail from me. 😀

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Die Cut Turkey with Stampin’ Up! Products

Time to think turkey with Thanksgiving just one week away. While I’m seriously thinking about homemade noodles more than the big bird himself, I thought it would be fun to create a turkey for the pre-holiday fun.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Isn’t he cute? LOL!

With a few Stampin’ Up! Framelits & Thinlits, a Big Shot, Colorful Cardstock, glue, snips, and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, you too can make this fun little guy.

You’ll use all three sizes (each color cut with all three sprigs-picture only shows representing colors)  of the pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits, the two solid pine cones, and the  sprig will be trimmed for the gobbler. Colors could vary, but I used: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry.

The base of the turkey body is the next to largest scalloped circle in the Layering Circles Framelits. The legs are 2 of the medium size pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits- trim with snips as shown and attach to front of the scalloped circle.

The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits will help create the remainder of the face and body.

Trim the Cherry Cobbler gobbler from the sprig from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using your snips.

Adhere the two pine cones with glue and add the beak on top of the small pine cone, the gobbler below the large pine cone.

The misshapen circle will then be adhered under the gobbler when it is attached to the head.

Attach the middle size swirl from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to the face you just built.

Flip over and begin attaching the feathers (colorful pine sprigs). You may wish to add or omit the smallest swirl for stability as you build you turkey and turn it over to look at it (I used it).

Once all the feathers are attached, add the largest swirl behind them.

Attach to the legs/scalloped circle piece (legs are completely in front of the circle, not behind).

Finish by adding eyes punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I hope this year you’ve found many things for which you are grateful.

Thank you for visiting. My Stampin’ Up! friends (YOU!) are on my gratitude list. Thank you!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Punch Art Critters: A Horse, Dragon, AND Unicorn with the Fox Punch

Today’s post shares how to put your Stampin’ Up! Fox punch to even more use by creating 3 more punch art critters. I’ve put the horse, dragon, and unicorn together in this post because creating them begins in a very similar fashion.

First, let’s take a look at the horse:

Poor little guy looks pretty sad that he can’t reach the Sprinkles of Life apple on the other side of that fence. Surprise-That fence is also created from the fox punch! (Those bonus directions are at the end of this post)

You’ll notice that the differences between the horse and dragon are small. Of course the change in colors is first, (the dragon looks cute in shades of blue, orange, red, and purple too!) but otherwise there is just an addition of the chest oval and a fire breathing swoosh. The tuft of hair can go either way based on preference. So, I wouldn’t count that as a difference to create this critter.

If you don’t have the now retired Owl Punch or Cucumber Crush cardstock, try making small modifications: change up the colors and use a black marker to draw in the eyes (pupils).

Lastly, take a look at the unicorn. Color changes and added flowers from the Sprinkles of life stamps & punch (the adorable compliment cupcake is made from that set also) aside, the only differences from horse to unicorn is the split circle nostrils and horn.

Unicorns are so popular now again, I’m sure this one will look great on a card.

These critters are very easy and so is the fence. With all the animals I created it just seemed natural to create something which would also look cute on a card or scrapbook layout and a corral to keep these critters seemed just right. Here is that simple bonus punch art:

You can make a second version of this fence (as seen above with the horse) by making the posts larger.  You just need to use the next section (above the white line on the diagram above) to get the larger post.

Thanks for stopping by. If you create any of these guys, I’d love to see your finished projects in the comments. Have fun!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Combine Stampin’ Up! Hello Friend With Holly Berry Punch to make Seasonal Wreaths

The changing of the Seasons is upon us (there were snowflakes yesterday!) and that means new decor which includes seasonal wreaths.

Halloween is now over and I’m already playing Christmas music and watching Hallmark Christmas movies, but I also like to remember and celebrate harvest-aka a time of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really was the most enjoyable holiday when I was growing up. Extended family, food (homemade noodles are my favorite), and playing with cousins. Great times and lifelong friendships with cousins developed over those good old days gathering together for the Thanksgiving meal.

So, I don’t want to skip this holiday season, although I’m also planning & decorating for the next. I’m mingling Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas at the moment, before the harvest season passes and the rest of the Christmas decorations come out. Like that, I share with you a mingling of the two for today’s cards. If you want Seasonal cards, these wreaths cover both holidays & will be the base for future seasonal creations as well.

Hello Friend is a great set in the Annual Stampin’ Up catalog which can easily get overlooked. It is the set created as a companion to the project kit of the same name. However, it is simply a great stand alone set to have- especially if you like wreaths.

 

Hello Friend stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

 

Add to it the great Holly Berry Punch & Holly Berry Happiness stamps and your wreaths will have bows and berries too!

The Layering circles framelits cut the wreath out nicely creating a nice wreath shape for a card front or scrapbook page.

The fall wreath shown below was created by inking individual areas of the stamp with the  SU! Markers and huffing on the stamp immediately before stamping to paper to re-moisten any dried ink which may have happened in the marker-to-stamp inking time.

I created the diamond paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

And yes, I did hand cut (aka fussy cut) the hello after also inking with markers.

As you can see in the next sample, changing ink & paper colors, plus adding the berries from that same Holly Berry punch can turn this into a Christmas card. The sentiment comes from that same Holly Berry Happiness set.

You may already notice how easily it would be to add the flowers from the Hello Friend stamps to create a Spring or Summer wreath.

These two sets marry together nicely to create wreaths for all seasons. As someone who can’t seem to stamp enough wreaths, I’m very happy to be able to create many varieties with just two stamp sets, a coordinating punch, and the ever so useful Layering Circle Dies.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Coming November 1, 2017: BLENDS Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

I’m excited to announce BLENDS Alcohol Markers will be available from Stampin’ Up! In just a few days. As a demonstrator, I was able to order and play with them early and have been extremely happy with the results I’ve been getting as I learn to color with them.

I’ve always been a huge fan  of coloring stamped images, but never jumped into the use of alcohol markers. My first images colored with the Blends were these roses from the Graceful Garden Stamp set :

You can see a few of the alcohol markers that I used in the photo. I learned a lot about blending as I continued to play with the Blends. Playing with them is really the best way to get used to them.

I really enjoyed coloring these girls in the Christmas in the Making set.

You can tell that my coloring and highlights improved over time. From the first (lower left) to last (top left), I really started to learn a few basic tricks to create depth and variations in color. As I learn, I’ll try to share a few tips along the way. The biggest tip I can impart to anyone is to give them a try. Coloring with alcohol markers goes so much faster than other coloring methods I’ve used. I was reluctant to try them, but so glad I did!

Since they came loose, I had to get creative with storage. The entire set, plus a few Wink of Stella pens for that glittery touch, fit nicely in an empty Paper Pumpkin box.

Just a few things to keep in mind when using the new Blends:

  • Always have scratch paper under the images you are coloring. These markers have bleed, which promotes the blend ability of alcohol markers. You can ruin a table surface if you don’t protect it. I personally use scratch paper AND a magazine. Better safe with more buffer than sorry.
  • Larger areas are easier for practice than small and always remember bleed. Do not go up to the black line, stay slightly inside it. There will be bleed over the lines if you get too close. This is a learning curve. Thank goodness for the color lifter!
  • Most of the time it is easier to start with the darker shade and then blend into it with the light. The light colors actually have the ability to lift out a bit of the dark color helping it blend. Overlap of colors helps the blend.
  • Don’t feel your entire image has to have color. Leaving white spots adds highlights too.
  • Layering colors can create a new color. Try Old Olive & Bermuda Bay to create something very close to Emerald Envy. I’ll have to create a whole post for some of my other favorites, or we’ll be here all day!
  • Use Momento Ink as your stamped image ink. It won’t run.
  • practice, practice, practice 😀

I’ll stop there for now. I could really go on for some time about these Blends alcohol markers. Stampin’ Up! did their research and thoroughly tested them and they really knocked this release out of the park!

I can’t wait for customers to try them November 1.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne