Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paper Craft Class at the Y

My next Paper Craft Class at the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Y starts this Thursday, 10-11am! In this class we will be making mostly Christmas goodies with a couple Thanksgiving crafts the first couple weeks of November. If you need inspiration for holiday cards, cookie boxes & homemade gifts, this class is for you!

Holiday Punch Art

Christmas Scrapbook page or frame for Christmas art!

Christmas Cards

Cookie boxes and treat holders!
Fun stocking stuffers, table favors or hostess gifts!

Gift cards holders and decorative paper bows!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mini Halloween Treat Boxes

Use Stampin' Up!'s Petal Card Extra Large Double Punch
to create these mini treat boxes. They are small, each one holds only one of those chocolate nuggets, but so fun to make!

So, I was trying to give credit to the creator of these awesome little boxes. I first saw them on Stampin' Up!'s Stampin Connection, by Karen Leveille who said she "cased" them from Patti Lee. And holy moly mini boxes, wow! When I finally tracked them down on Patti's totally awesome website, well wow! Check this out and this and THESE! Theses mini boxes aren't the only awesome paper crafts on her website- go check it out, I promise you'll find something you LOVE!

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Day of Gratitude

Did any of my reader know that October 2nd was World Card Making Day? I shoulda, coulda had something fun at my house for WCMD but I didn't :( I did however create a few cards that day but didn't have too much free time. I followed World Card Making Day - Release Week Challenges from Verve Stamps. They always have really cute card sketches and even cuter examples to go with them. On all the cards I used the stamp set, Day of Gratitude. Love this stamp set and I can't get enough of the Autumn Spice DSP from the holiday mini. This is great cardstock! Plus I just love the cardstock colors that match; cajun craze, old olive, more mustard & early espresso!

It's not too late to make some great Thanksgiving cards!
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall Pumpkin Box

This pumpkin box is so fun and really pretty easy to make!
All you really need is the 2" x 1 3/8" Oval Extra Large Punch.
Start by punching 6 ovals from Pumpkin Pie cardstock. To add a bit of dimension, use sponge pumpkin pie ink around the edges of all ovals. Make the front and back pumpkin panels by placing two ovals side-by-side. Adhere a third oval directly on top in the middle. Repeat for the back panel.
To create the box, start with a 4" square of pumpkin pie cardstock. Score one way at 1" & 3". Turn cardstock and score at 1 1/2" & 2 1/2". Crease the scored lines and then cut along the 1" score lines up to the crease. (There are 4- (1") "lines" that should be cut.) Fold up and adhere ends to make box.
Adhere the box to one of the pumpkin panels. Cut off the bottom edge so it is level with the bottom of box. Repeat on the other side.
Adhere a handle to the box. You can either cut a strip of old olive cardstock (approx. 1/2" x 5 1/2") or you can use the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punchto create a handle (as shown in photo). Create a stem and leaf out of old olive cardstock and adhere to box. Finish off by securing a Glimmer Brad.
Add candy and give to someone special!!
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Here is a video tutorial of another fun pumpkin using a smaller oval punch.
And check out this adorable pumpkin patch using the Round Tab punch!
Here is another pumpkin basket tutorial.

Halloween Characters & Cards

These fun halloween characters have toothpicks in them so you could fancy up your halloween cupcakes or other food items at your party. Instead of toothpicks you could always add a magnet to decorate your fridge or a paper clip to add them to a goodie bag, etc.!

Just love this card probably because of that stinkin' owl!! If you don't have this punch yet, you should!! :) Also on this card is the new Spider Web Embossing folder and the adorable Glimmer Brads!
This photo doesn't do justice to how fun the "Wicked Cool" Stamp set really is! I have seen so many cute ideas with the legs/shoe image! This is also my first card that I tried what I will call "ribbon ruffling".

For more cute cards with the "Wicked Cool" stamp set click here, here and wow! here! And then check out this super fun card!

This card uses my most favorite Embossing Folder, Vintage Wallpaper! I end up using this one all the time for all different kinds of cards! Also on this card, I used my other favorite halloween stamp set, "Halloween Hoot"!
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Halloween Water Bottle Tag Directions

All materials & supplies are Stampin' Up!
Start with a 2 1/4" x 7 3/4" piece of cardstock. Score 2" from each end.

Emboss one end with the Spider Web Embossing Folder (this end gets folded up. The other end is folded down) Cut a 2" square of Wicked Fun Specialty DSP and adhere near the left score line. (as shown above)

Take a piece of 1/8" taffeta old olive ribbon, put a bit of Snail Adhesive in the middle and secure on the back of tag a bit shy of the middle. Bring the ribbon ends around to the front and tie a knot. This will keep the pocket closed.

Use the 1 3/8" circle punch and the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch
to make the opening ring for the tag.

First punch the circle out of Cajun Craze cardstock. Then, holding the scallop punch upside down, punch out the scallop around the circle. (see photo!)

Adhere the scallop ring on the top portion of tag and use
the circle punch to re-cut the circle for the opening.

Ta-da! Use the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Tag punch to create the "Boo!" tag. Adhere tag with a glue dot under the ribbon knot. Add a packet of drink mix, hang on a bottle of water and enjoy!

Note: To add a snack size candy bar like Hershey's or Kitkat, add a 1/4" score line to accommodate the bulkiness. So you would score 2" at one end & then 2" AND 2 1/4" at the other end.
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Vintage Label Card Camp

Here are the cards we made for the "Vintage Label" Card Camp. The cards on the left are using the Vintage Label stamp set. The cards on the right were improvised. I wanted you to see that, even without the Vintage Label stamp set, you can still make some great cards! I left them blank so any sentiment can be added. Thank you to all the ladies that came to the camp! I always have fun getting ready for these and enjoy seeing you all concentrating so hard on figuring out the cards! :) Great job ladies! And thank you Ruth for the great banana bread!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Water Bottle Tag

Halloween Tag with Crystal Light drink mix.
(Healthy for the Y!)

Chocolate for the group that meets at my house!

Here are the water bottle tags I made for my Paper Craft Class at the Y and also the ones I made for my Vintage Label Card Camp group. I found a great tutorial here. And here is my tutorial!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mojo Monday- MOJO150

Yesterday I had some crafty "mojo" and ended up crafting all day- it felt so good! Near the end of the day I decided to check out the Mojo Monday blog and all of a sudden this card just clicked. While I really like brown, I am normally not a very big "blue" person but I have fallen in love with these colors- Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede. And I must admit that when I first saw soft suede I loudly said to myself, "EWWW, YUCK! I will NEVER use this color." Well, guess what- I've had to reorder soft suede cardstock and I use the inkpad ALL the time!

For this card: A Word For You, Butterfly Prints, Pocket Silhouettes, Elements of Style, 1 3/4" Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Square Lattice EF, Small Oval punch, Corner rounder, Scallop trim Border punch

Go here to see other cards for this weeks Mojo Monday challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Two-step Owl Punch

To all my Card "Club-ers", I received our order today!!! Ami and I will be delivering either tomorrow after we get our new fridge delivered or Wednesday.

I finally ordered the Two-step Owl Punch. I started to surf the web for ideas and came across this awesome penguin on Sarah's Ink Spot Blog. She is so clever! I had to try the penguin and I just love him!

Everyone will get a penguin tag with their order! I know it's not winter yet but wouldn't these be adorable for a winter thank you, get well, winter wedding, etc. card?! Don't forget to check out Sarah's Ink Spot Blog for great instructions on how to create this cute penguin!! ;)

See you ladies soon!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July Card Camp

Pocket Card
I got the idea for this card from an awesome website, Chic' n Scratch. She has awesome ideas and really great directions and video tutorials! Here is the video for this envelope card.

Fancy Fold Card
I found this what I am calling a "fancy fold" card somewhere out there on the web but I just can not remember where- sorry. The one I saw was decorated differently, opened from the other side and did not have ribbon, so I did add a little "h.annabelle" touch to it :)

Here are the basic directions and dimensions:
1. Start with a white piece of cardstock (4 1/4" x 8 1/2"). Score at 5 1/2".
2. Lay approx 24" of ribbon approx 1 1/2" of the left of score line and tape the middle down. Cut a (4" x 5 1/4") piece of DSP and adhere on the white cardstock over the ribbon. Cut a (4" x 2 1/2") piece of DSP and adhere on flap.
3. Cut a (2 3/4" x 8 1/2") piece of baja breeze cardstock and score at 4 1/4". Adhere the right side on the "inside" of card. Fold the right large flap down, then the small blue flap.
4. Cut a (2 1/2" x 4") piece of white cardstock, emboss and adhere on the blue flap.
5. Stamp and embellish as desired.

Materials (All Stampin' Up!):
- Whisper white & Baja breeze cardstock
- Certainly Celery ribbon
- Greenhouse Gala DSP
- A Word For You Stamp Set
- Elements of Style Stamp Set
- Love you Much Stamp Set
- Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
- Heart to Heart ex-lg punch
- Basic Pearls

Monday, July 12, 2010

July Paper Crafting Club

Hi there!
Here are the links to the projects we crafted today!

The paper bow tutorial is a video here or here

Click on this link The "Waterfall" Mini Album to see detailed instructions. The books we made are a bit smaller so I will try to get those measurements up here as well.

Remember, the second Monday in August is when we show off our finished Waterfall albums!!

Here are a couple websites with ideas for decorating...

Thank you to all of you that came over today! It was fun!
See you Monday, July 26th for Card Club!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Animal Punch Art!

I've been seeing a bunch of punch art animals out here on the web and just could not resist making some. Here are the 6 animals we made last Monday at our Paper Crafting Club!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gift Card/Photo Wallet Tutorial

Tomorrow, 3-15-10, we will be making this at Paper Crafting Club! 1-3pm at my house!

After watching this great video tutorial I came up with my own version.

Thanks for looking!