Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hershey's Nugget Treats and Impossible Christmas Treat Box


Season’s Greeting to all my crafty peeps out there! 

With the Grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s blessing we will enter a new and exciting new year!  This has truly been a challenging year for pretty much everyone.  This year has also been a year of giving and blessing one another.  The natural disasters brought out the best in all of us as a whole. It is everyday proof that God is always in the mix and there is always hope.  So before we say goodbye to 2017’s Christmas Holiday I wanted to get a couple more projects in; after all it's the 12 days of Christmas.   The first project is the ever popular Hershey’s Nugget treat tray (not sure if that is the real name).  This little holder is sooo cute and so much fun to make.  It’s quick, very easy, can be made for ANY occasion, and of course my number one thing in crafting...it's cost effective!  I did five Hershey Nuggets but you can easily adjust the measurements to accommodate more.   I got the idea from Tmika from Scrapdaworld, check out her tutorial on YouTube here .

Instead of cutting patterned paper I used some peel-n-stick Christmas labels from Wal-Mart, they worked out perfectly.  You can also use holiday mailing labels.  Other supplies for this project are: patterned paper for the tray-Recollections’ Sugar Plums 6x6 pad, Recollections Celebrate-It treat bags, some balloon ribbon (the kind you coil with the scissors), Spellbinders A2 Card Basic A (the long rectangle at the top), and the sentiment is a stamp from Hobby Lobby (clearance section).   Here's a Tmika Tip: after you have the tray made and the Nuggets wrapped use a dry adhesive to keep the Nuggets in place in the tray.  I also rounded the corners of my trays for a cleaner appearance.   I made borders for my trays (this is optional).  Some of the tutorials I watched did not make borders.  They just attached the Nuggets to a strip of patterned cardstock and slip them in the treat bag.  The borders make the tray a little more sturdy.  I used Stampin’ UP! Real Red classic ink to stamp my sentiment.    The measurements for my tray: 2 ½ “ x 5 1/8 “(5 Nuggets).   The first time I tried this I did not have any Nuggets so I used Hershey Kisses.  The measurements I used for the Kisses:  a piece of cardstock cut to 2 7/8” x 5”, score at 1” and 1 7/8”, round the corners and there you have it!  I think that holds 6 Kisses.

Okay…project number two is a cute little box, called the “Impossible Gift Box”.  I saw this on The Paper Pixie’s YouTube channel, here is the tutorial.

It’s not really that hard but it is a little time intensive, at least until you get familiar with it.   I made an uncut template, a cut template, a demo, and a finished project in about 2- 2 1/2hrs, all of this was my first attempt at the box, so the name is a little misleading...it’s not impossible.   The supplies I used for my box are: Recollections 65# white cardstock for the box (it’s even better if you make it using heavier cardstock like 80-100#). I used some old cranberry coloured heavy cardstock from the first mat and some Christmas PAPER I had in my stash from Hobby Lobby.  The sentiment/greeting is from a Hero Arts stamp and die set called “Merry”.  I used Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler classic ink to stamp the sentiment and the Stampin’ UP! Window punch to create the shadow for the sentiment.   I had about 7-8 Hershey’s Nuggets in the box and then I tried 4 Ghirardelli Squares both fit very well.
And with that I will say to you and yours have a Happy, Prosperous, Safe, and absolutely blessed New Year!!!


This little box is made with the lid attached




 
 

The Duchess of the Glenn
(Joyce)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Waffle Flower Marbled Masculine Card


Hello Everyone,

I hope your day is going well.  Just under two weeks before the greatest day in the world…My Jesus’ Birthday!!!  Whoop-Whoop, go Jesus, go Jesus!!!  Given the focus of the season, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try a layering technique using Waffle Flower’s Marble Stamp Set to make a masculine set of cards.  I saw this on Channin’s You Tube channel, you can find it here.  As usual I started with 110# (white) card stock.  My card base started out at a A2 size but to make sure all the sides were nice and even, the finished cards ended up being 3 ½" x 4 7/8".  I used some Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler card stock scraps and some (Michael’s) black cards stock scraps.  I used the Waffle Flower Marble stamp set to make the marble look on the cards.  To stamp the images I used Momento’s  Flannel Gray, London Fog, and Tuxedo Black.  I used Spellbinders Die-D Lites for all the greetings.  I cut each die out 4 times, one of which I foiled using my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine and the other 3 I stacked together to create the dimension and then glued the foiled piece on top.   I created small white envelopes for each card.   The insides are blank.   FYI: This is a really cool stamp; however, this is not the most user friendly stamp.  All the videos I watched about the stamp do their best to make it easy to use by giving as many tips and tricks as they can. There is also some instruction sheet I saw on the internet but the stamp set (at least mine) did not come with those instructions.  I had a great deal of problems lining up some of the images, especially D3…ugh!!!  I almost gave up on that piece but I kept practicing until I got one that I could tolerate.  So, I am saying this to say just be patient.  Luckily, I wasn’t in a hurry and could take my time.  All-in-all at the end I was pretty okay with how my cards turned out.   I would still encourage you to give it a try.



 
Joyce

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Let It Snow Christmas Card


Hello Everyone,

Here is a quick Christmas Card.  You know it’s quick if I can complete 2 Christmas Cards in one day…lol.   This is an A2 sized card (4 ¼” x 5 ½”), made with #110 card stock for the base.  All borders are ¼ “.  I used black card stock for the mat and the focal point is a scrap piece of #110 card stock.  The back ground is made by using painters tape to cover all 4 sides and Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Blueprint Sketch and Broken China.  The greeting, sentiment, and snowflakes are all made with Just Rite Stamps “Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments”.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Weathered Wood and Memento London Fog to stamp the snowflakes.  The tree stamp is from Stampin’ UP! “Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  The Greeting is stamped on 65# paper; using and I used some very old Stampin’ UP! Movers & Shapers Label die and the matching hand punch. I kept the inside very, very simple with only the sentiment.  I made a matching envelope with a few random snowflakes stamped on the front and back.  I think I saw this card on YouTube; however, I forgot to write this one down, my apologies.  
 

 
 
 
 
 Joyce

Stained Glass Stamping Christmas Card


Happy Holidays everyone,
Here is a Christmas card I made using a technique called Stained Glass Stamping.  You can find the video on Jennifer’s YouTube channel here.  Jen used some fall stamps for her card.  As you can see, you can use any matching stamp and die set.   The base of my card measures 5 5/8” x 4 ½” and made with 110# cardstock.  I’m not sure what size Jennifer’s card ended up being.  I did not pre-measure my card either, hence the crazy “5 5/8”.   The card front is ¼ inches smaller and popped up for dimension using 2mm fun foam.   The “Merry” is cut using the Hero Arts #DC170 “Merry” stamp and die set. The greeting is from the same stamp and die set.   The Christmas Bauble is cut using Spellbinder’s Heirloom Ornaments 2011 set.  The Image within the bauble die cut is a Heartfelt Creations pre-cut stamp set #3417 “Poinsettia”.  I embossed the image with gold embossing powder on heat resistant acetate.  The colour behind the die cut and stamp is a piece of white card stock that I coloured with distress inks.  I used Tim Holtz’s Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Candied Apple, and Aged Mahogany and then I heat set the colours.  The sentiment inside is from one of my favorite stamp lines Quietfire Design, #5858 “Gentle Thoughts”.   It looks difficult but really it was easy.  The only challenge I could see for anyone is finding some heat resistant acetate locally.    I actually got lucky and found some heat resistant acetate in my stash, that I bought from Judkins at a stamp convention in 2010!!!  I almost forgot to mention the matching envelope.  I made the envelope using my WRMK punch board, some Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler card stock, gold embossing powder and the pre-cut Heartfelt Creations stamp set noted above.  I removed the Versa-Mark from the outline of the stamp, then stamped and embossed the inside image on the flap of the envelope.  Well folks that’s it for today.  I hope you’ll give it try.


 

 
Joyce

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Gift Idea: Note Card Set


Okay crafters ready-set-let’s get it going for the December challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu! 
December’s theme is “Can be a Gift or anything Festive.  For my DT project I did a set of note cards with matching envelopes in a cute little festively decorated bag.   Let’s dive right in to the project. Starting with the cards, the base is cut to 3 ½ x 4 ½ and the mats are ¼ inches.  The toppers are from a cut-a-part page from Michael’s Recollection brand.  I usually save the name strip for the post but I think I discarded it when I was cleaning up after the project was complete (sorry folks).   I am certain that I got it at Michaels and it is Recollections.  There are 12 little 3 x 4 toppers.  It is one sided PAPER, not card stock.  My base card is Michaels 110 cardstock (vanilla/cream).  The inside of the cards are blank.  I made the matching envelops using my WRMKs punch board.  I saw the gift sack on Pinterest.  Here are the instructions.   The sack on Pinterest was made with Antique Ticking (it’s the material they used to cover mattresses with back in the day).   I did not have any ticking, so I used some Muslin and it came out perfect!  If you can sew a straight line, you can certainly make these.  I was so pleased with the end result.  I decorated the outside of the bag with a large gardenia (didn’t have a poinsettia), some berries from JoAnns, some stemmed gold beads (Michaels Wedding section) and used my Tim Holtz Holiday Greens thinlets dies #658759.  I cuffed the bag by folding it down but I did not stitch it in position, I tied a piece of jute loosely to close the sack and attached a tiny tag using my Stampin Up thinlets –Cheerful Tags #141838. The bag itself can be a gift too after the cards are removed.  I attacked the embellishment with glue dots instead of hot glue for easy removing; 2 gifts in 1!!!   Til’ next time Happy Holidays (and the race begins…lol).  Here are a few pictures of my project.

 
Gift bag with 12 blank note cards.
 
Here's a peek at the 12 little note cards.
 
Joyce
 
 
 

 
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