Day 2 - Soap Box
You can read about the Soap Box by referencing my original blog post here.
As mentioned, in my original blog post, I found a box tutorial by Pootles Papercraft. You can watch her video here to see how to make the box.
I used Lost Lagoon Cardstock as the base of the box and the belly band is basic black and the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper. I stamp the flower from Flowering Fields (which was from Sale-a-bration and is now retired) with Archival Black ink and colored it using Lost Lagoon and Old Olive. I stamped the verse from the Num Num stamp set. I finished the flowers by adding a touch of Wink of Stella glitter.
In the photos below, left photo shows Days 1, 2 & 3 and the right photo shows Days 1, 2, 3 & 4. I am still working on Day 4 So my delay in a little planning may result in me not having a photo of everything together. But I'll try to it at least post 1 of each as a group.
I have to say I am really enjoying putting these projects together. I love how everything ties together!!!!
Have a great week?
This week is Teacher Appreciation. Each day this week, the kids can bring in a little treat for their teacher. Our PTO supplied a quick suggestion of flowers, wear favorite color, bring a favorite snack, write a note or poem and a gift card. Plus we have a big luncheon on Friday and take over recess duties.
Well, I had been working on year end gifts for the teachers, trying to get a jumpstart. I realized the gifts I was putting together for end of year could possibly work for each day this week. I quickly switched gears and made sure I had enough for each teacher. Although they aren't the suggestions, I feel that the teachers will be ok without receiving 20 of the same things. My kids can still right a little note to go along with the gifts too.
When I originally started the projects, I had decided that I wanted to use the soon-to-be retiring 2014-2016 In Colors. And well, the Wildflower Fields I had from Sale-A-Bration matches perfectly. Now keep in mind I did use some retired products. These type of gifts are perfect to use up anything I have sitting on hand and clear some space for new stuff, right???? Since, I was originally going to put this items altogether in a gift bag, to hand at once, I wanted them to match. But since I separated them out...you may not mind using different papers.
Day 1 - We brought in a Lemon Verbena Air Freshener - smells so fresh YUM. Like the soap, featured in Day 2, the air freshener is also from Mangiacotti, which is made in Attleboro, MA. I blogged about the soap back in March so Day 2 will reference that post again. MAN these gifts smell so delicious, too!!
This was super easy to make, so I'm not going to make a tutorial. I used the Mini Treatbag Framelits from Stampin Up. Don't have the framelits? You can use another type of bag, like these Kraft Bags (these have a low inventory status) or these Sketched Dots Bags and just added the decorations, Really anytype of bag will do!
The colors I used in this project was Hello Honey for the treatbag, the star strip is in Lost Lagoon, Star in Mossy Meadow and 'for you' in Blackberry Bliss are cut from dies included the Mini Treatbag Framelits. I wrapped the air freshener with a piece of the DSP to coordinate it. Wala Day 1 project done.
Stop by tomorrow to see Day 2.
The soap is from Mangiacotti, which is made in Attleboro, MA. They smell so delicious!! At first I thought I would wrap them or put them in a gift bag with tissue paper. But hand palm to the forehead....UM what do I do??? I sell Stampin Up! I papercraft!!!!! Why wouldn't I make something to put the soap in!!! YES YES
Hence, the reason I am starting early!!!! See what happens if I'd waited to long.
So, I searched on pinterest for a box idea. I wanted something easy that didn't waste alot of paper. And low and behold, I came across this soapbox design by who??? Of course Sam Donaldson at Pootles Papercraft. She's amazing and I am not ashamed to CASE her box and bags designs!
This box was absolutely perfect for this soap. I am truly happy how it all came together. It's easy and I can make 8 of these very easily!
I used Lost Lagoon Cardstock as the base of the box and the belly band is basic black and the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper. I stamp the flower from Flowering Fields with Archival Black ink and colored it using Lost Lagoon and Old Olive. I stamped the verse from the Num Num stamp set.
Click here for Sam's tutorial.
Hope you enjoy
Back in January, Shannon West, Demonstrator Training Manager at Stampin Up, was kicking herself that she did not send Christmas cards out. She felt that there was more people posted a photo card on social media than mailing. I read her post, obviously awhile back, put this on my list and well out of sight out of mind. Story of my life lately. But as the old saying goes BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!
Here is a quote from Shannon " For years I’ve complained about Facebook ruining birthday cards and now it would seem the same was happening to Christmas cards. A handmade, handwritten card in the mailbox seemed to be nearly extinct—and I was contributing to the problem!"
I too must admit, here is the card making business, I put together cards to make at my card clubs or even cards from Paper Pumpkin, where do they go??? In my file drawer in their appropriate categories, where else?? But, I rarely remember to send cards anymore. The hustle and bustle of life and well the ease of simply saying "Happy Birthday" to a friend via Facebook or text has well, made it almost to easy to not have to mail a card.
Thinking about this....I do, even at 42 years old, get excited to see a handwritten envelope in my mailbox from a friend or family member. I do mail Christmas Cards and have to say I really enjoy seeing everyone's cards in the mail. AND...well those handful of friends that did make handmade cards really made my holidays.
Something as simple as, a personal piece of mail, can really make someones day. Sometimes it's truly the little things.
So event though I am a little late jumping on this bandwagon....I challenge you to mail birthday cards out to those that you know the dates on. AND...comment on my blog with the #imbringingbirthdaysback and I will mail you a birthday card, handmade from me.
After commenting, I will need to ask that you email me your full name and address so I can mail you the card. My email is email@example.com
Below is a few cards I made in preparation to getting cards out. But I assure, I have many, many birthday cards sitting in my drawer. So although, I will be continuing to make new ones as needed...I do promise I have alot to send.
You can click HERE to read the full article Shannon West wrote.
I really excited that Sara reached out to Shannon to find out what she could do to involve Stampin' Up and well...they decided to market the #imbringbirthdaysback stamp that Shannon had made. So the stamp is available as a wood block stamp only for $12. It's really cool and I can't wait to get may hands on it.
I've included a picture below so you can see how the image will stamp. If you click on the picture it will direct you to my Stampin Up store where you can order your very own. How COOL!!!
NOW PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMMENT ON MY BLOG WITH #imbringingbirthdaysback and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and I will send you a birthday card you can use for someone.
I really hope your up to this challenge with me, there's no purchase need...well maybe a stamp to mail your card to someone else!!!
It's been quite a busy week in my craft space. I've been working on finishing Christmas cards and gifts for co-workers, teachers and family members.
I've had ideas for a while but never quite got around to making them. I soon realized better get cracking. But it's always a race against the clock.
First was working on my husband's co-worker gifts. Each year we brainstorm what to get the men and woman my husband works with. Trying to figure out what to get always takes for ever! I always have Mason jars on hand so we decided to make some sort of jar gifts. I came across layering hot cocoa/marshmallow/peppermints in a jar. And well since we are giving these to adults not children, we decided to go with a mug jar and add some fun nips to make it an "adult" gift.
Normally I would try to use all Stampin' Up products to create the gifts. But I just didn't have the extra time to hand punch and assemble bows and ribbon. I found the mesh ribbon, glitter bows, button embellishments and snowman hats at AC Moore. I layered the jars and measured enough cocoa to make 2 servings of hot cocoa. Maybe next time, I'd put the crushed candy canes and marshmallow in baggies so they can just scoop out the cocoa. But this time it can be dumped out in a bowl, mix it up and divided into 2 mugs.
Now for the woman, it gets tricky, I never know what they like/dislike. So, I try to keep their gifts pretty general. Not always easy though. I was invited to a Thirty-One party and decided to grab the Littles Carry-all Caddy. Now, what to put in it?? To stick with the jar gifts, I chose to fill a Mason jar with a Christmas cookie mix. I layered and Oatmeal, Chocolate chip cookie. Very simple! But so yummy. Instead of decorating a jar and getting a gift bag. I tied a bow, added a wooden spoon and a tag with baking directions.
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup nestle toll house semi sweet morsels
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup sugar
I mixed the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour together then added to jar.
Layer in that order make sure to press down in jar to pack it tight. I used a wide mouth quart size jar.
with 1 egg,
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
with the jar ingredients
roll into balls
for 7-10 mins at 350
I forgot to take a picture of the jar once I packaged it in the Littles carry-all caddy.
I Hope you enjoy.
Happy Holidays and Happy Stampin
It's that time of year with the hustle of trying to find the right gifts for everybody. Unfortunately, there never seems to be that perfect gift for the right price. Especially with all the parties, secret santa's, swaps etc. It can get pretty darn expensive. Tonight is my daughters' dance studios holiday party. I'd love to be able to buy something for everyone in their classes but just can't do it. I didn't want them to go empty handed as they are typically given something from their teachers and peers. So I came up with 2 simple treats, one a hot chocolate packet for my oldest daughter's classes and a little candy cane treat for my youngest daughters classes. Each take 2 classes, but my youngest daughter's classes each have about 15 kids. WOW so I thought this was simple yet still shows we thought of everyone. Each took very little product to make, and the DSP used on the hot chocolate packs was the Trim the Tree stack paper that retired last year. I grabbed the hot chocolate (10 per box) & candy canes (12 per box) at Walmart. I think I spent somewhere are $10 for the goodies.
So here you have it 15 hot chocolate packets and 30 candy cane treats.
I hope you enjoyed!
Happy Holidays & Happy Stamping
Today was all about scrambling to prep for my card club and figure out quick, easy and inexpensive gifts that my daughters can give their friends at their dance holiday party on Tuesday. One daughter's class only has a handful of students, while the other daughter is in two classes, which each has around 12-15 students. I'd love to shop and get a gift for all but that's simply not in our budget!
I came up with two easy gift ideas. You'll have to back tomorrow to see the completed projects. I have to shop and grab the goodies to go with the gifts.
Welcome to the Stampin Friends Thanksgiving Blog Hop! I'm really excited to be part of this Blog Hop. There are 12 amazing crafters involved. I was lucky enough to be a guest hopper this month, along with 2 other fabulous ladies.
So make sure you check everyone's blogs out. After reading the blog, scroll to the end of this post and you will be
able to see all the Hoppers and Click Next to visit Wynne's Blog.
This month's guest hoppers are:
1. Wynne Grob
2. Kim Smith
3. Steph Jandrow
What's blog without a little blog candy???? Do you like crafty supplies???? Everyone likes a free gift, right???? If so, make a comment on all 12 posts in this hop then, email Elizabeth everyone's favorite color at email@example.com. What do you get? In addition to enjoying all of this group's creations, you'll be entered to win a fun crafty present from every one of the bloggers! That's 12 crafty presents! Just a little thank you for your time! AMAZING!
Here's a quick picture of the products I used to make today's Blog Hop projects. I love the color green, all different shades of green. I'm naturally drawn to it, so I knew whatever I was planning on designing for the Blog Hop was going to have some sort of green in it. What could be more perfect to show green than a Thanksgiving project! So wala! My favorite color was included!
Oops I forgot to put the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack in the picture. That's ok, you can scroll to the bottom to see the names of all the products.
Here's the Thanksgiving notecard I decided to make. I wanted use the Winter Wonderland Vellum for this project. I was stumped at first. But, then the idea for this card came to me. I remembered awhile back during one of my card clubs, I put together a notecard for my guests to make. We used vellum to make the treat bag and a piece of cardstock for the notecard inside. It was perfect.
As shown in the first picture. (Top Left) You will need 2 sheets of 6x6 Vellum. Take one sheet and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit and run it through the Big Shot. Take the 2nd sheet of vellum and use the side panel from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit and run it through the Big Shot. Gently fold on the score lines. Then add adhesive (I used Fast Fuse) to the side panel tab and attach it to the treat bag. Add adhesive to the one of the back panels. Then add adhesive to the bottom tab and adhere. The Mini Treat bag is done.
As I was playing around designing the project I decided I preferred the crackle print from the vellum stack and went with that for my finished project. I felt the gold stripes would work well for a Christmas project so I decided to put it aside for later.
Take a piece of scrap Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp 3 leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set, using Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Tangelo Twist. Next, take the matching leaf shapes from the Leaflet Framelits and run them through the Big Shot. Stamp the Give Thanks For All Things saying from the For All Things stamp set, on a scrap of Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink. Punch it out using the Decorative Label punch. Sponge the edges of the leaves and label with Soft Suede.
Next you need Very Vanilla cardstock. I cut a piece to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 for the notecard to fit inside the treat bag. Stamp the same leaves onto the notecard. I also added the bunch of leaves from the For All Things set. Sponge the edges of the notecard with Soft Suede.
Punch a hole at the top of the notecard using the 1/8' Circle Punch. I cut out the same length ( about 6") of Very Vanilla Think Baker's Twine and Gold Cording Trim. Tie onto notecard.
Before decorating the front of the mini treat bag, I took some Gold Metallic Thread and loosely created loops. I held them down when I layered the leaves onto to the front. I used glue to dots on the leaves and the label. Add your notecard inside and your project is done.
Here's a super easy Thanksgiving project I made to go along with the notecard.
I made a berry basket using Tangelo Twist cardstock. Cut the cardstock in half so you have 2 pieces that measure 8 1/2x5 1/2. Take the Berry Basket die and cut out the basket using the Big Shot. You will need to cut this out twice. But remember to cut one piece of paper at a time.
Fold on the score lines. Adhere the basket pieces together. I used the multipurpose liquid glue for this. I took the straight bands that are cut out and glued them together. I flipped the basket onto it's top and fed the bands onto it pushing it down to the top. Then holding the bands in place, flip it over and adhere. I used a stapler for this. I am not worried about the staples showing because I am going to cover them.
I chose the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper. It's a perfect compliment to the leaves. I cut 2 strips one measure 1x12 and the 2nd one measures 1 x 4 1/2. I added glue to the top of the basket band and wrapped the DSP around. I then took a piece of Gold Cording Trim and wrapped it around the basket and cut to size. I used glue dots to hold them in place.
I layered the leaves on to cover where the trim meets to hide that seam. I also added a little wood acorn accent from Into the Woods Elements. And again finished it off with a bow made from the cording trim.
Since I was putting the scrub in the berry basket. I decided to decorate the jar as well.
I punched out 3 different size circle to make the lid. Remove the band from the jelly jar, but leave the lid on. 2 1/2" Early Espresso, 2 3/8" Gold Foil and 2" Into the Woods DSP. Layer onto the lid. Use Fast Fuse for to put the Early Espresso and Gold Foil on then dimensionals to add the DSP. Put the jar band back on.
Cut 9 1/2" of burlap ribbon. Cut in half to make two strips. Adhere onto band using Sticky Strip of Tear n Tape. The tie a piece of Gold Cording Trim around. Make it long enough to make a bow, leave in a knot for now. Don't cut ends just yet.
Stamp 3 different size leaves and cut out. Also stamp the greeting in Early Espresso cut out with 1 1/2" circle punch. Sponge edges of leaves and greeting in Early Espresso.
Attach the leaves onto the jar with glue dots, slide the spatula under the cording trim at an angle behind the leaves and then tie the cording trim in a bow. The spatulas were bought a while back from a friend. They were purchased through Amazon, I just don't have the exact order. But you can search for cosmetic spatula.
Finally I put the jar in a Gusseted bag and tied it with a piece of Early Espresso Seam Binding ribbon.
I used a bunch of basket grass in the berry basket, I found in the floral department at AC Moore.
I had a lot of fun planning my projects for the Stampin' Friends Thanksgiving Blog Hop. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!
Don't forget to click Next button below, to see Wynne's blog!
Don't forget, make a comment on all 12 posts in this hop then, email Elizabeth everyone's favorite color at firstname.lastname@example.org. What do you get? In addition to enjoying all of this group's creations, you'll be entered to win a fun crafty present from every one of the bloggers! That's 12 crafty presents! Just a little thank you for your time! AMAZING!
1. Elizabeth Jeanne
2. Mandy Reedyk
3. Wynne Grob
4. Tina Riddle
5. Deana Benson
6. Siara Acdal
7. Kim Smith
8. Andrea Pancrazio
9. Kirsteen Gill
10. Cindy Waldroff
11. Lisa Altman
12. and me Steph Jandrow
Here are the products used to make the Mini Treat bag notecard
Here are the products used for the Thanksgiving Berry Basket and Sugar Scrub jar. The stamp colors, Vintage Leaves/Leaflets Framelits, Into the Woods DSP, Very Vanilla cardstock, Gold Metallic Thread and Gold Cording Trim is also used, I just didn't relist them.