Thursday, December 8, 2016

A tale of two tags...

Or gift enclosures...what do YOU like to call them??

During our class a couple of weeks ago, one of the projects we created was a simple fold-flat box. The original idea comes from Sam Hammond (an AMAZING UK Demonstrator) and I just made it a little bit bigger!


The beauty of this little box is that you can make a whole bunch of them and store them flat till you need them! And they're just the perfect size to hold a few little treats. A ½ dozen small chocolates, maybe 2 or 3 cookies (don't forget to use grease proof paper or wrap them in our cellophane bags before putting them in the box) and you're all set to present a quick little gift!

And speaking of little! Check this out!!


Isn't it just SO adorable! Like last weeks post, you get the box, the adorable little tag above and this one out of just one sheet of 8 ½" x11" cardstock:


The teeny tiny tag is just 1 ½" x 1 ½" and it has just enough space inside for a name and that's about it! The larger tag (gift enclosure) is 3" x 3" and has a little bit more room...maybe you can add "Love you" or something along those lines.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Peaceful Pines, Tin of Tags
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White, Real Red and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Candy Cane Lane DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Basic Rhinestone, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When you throw out the one piece you needed...

Well...that was a bit of a fail! Not totally and EPIC fail, but still...

Today's card was supposed to have a dragonfly on it, just like Monday's. But as I was tidying up after Monday's crafting mess, I must have accidentally thrown out the other dragonfly I created. *sigh*

So today's card took a different turn, but I LOVE the way it turned out!

Our sketch this week has a circle on it (just like Monday's card), so that's why I had the dragonfly in mind, but alas....

Here's the sketch:


And here's the card:


The Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is STILL my all time favourite from the Annual Catalogue...but stay tuned! I have a NEW favourite in the Occasions Catalogue and I just know you're going to LOVE it too!!

For the card, I started off with a base of Soft Sky and added a layer of Mint Macaron. The next layer is a piece of Whisper White and a piece of Blooms & Bliss DSP and that got a ribbon wrap before being popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and added to the front of the card.

The image sentiment panel is a colour washed piece of Watercolour Paper and I stamped on it using an image from the Better Together Stamp Set and Island Indigo Ink. I doodled around the outside edge with my Mint Macaron Marker and attached it to piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock which was diecut with the Layering Circles Framelits. The smaller circle is was created the same way.

Here's a close up of the button:


I know the button is retired (sorry!) but it was just too perfect to pass up! I tied some Whisper White Baker's Twine to it and attached with a glue dot.

And everyone knows that diamonds are a girls best friend, right? Guess what?? So are RHINESTONES!


I just love adding these things to just about ANY card! :)

And last but not least...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


What do you think?

STAMPS: Better Together
INK: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Soft Sky Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Button (retired, sorry!), Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Year End Closeout!

Year end Closeouts on NOW! Click the image below to be taken directly to my online store.

Be sure to add hostess code: BGF2QQUJ before checking out for a chance to win FREE Stampin' UP! products!


Products available only while quantities last!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Something Old....

Something New...

I've had a LOT on my plate lately, but I'm getting it all done. I wanted to wait till after I was done with my craft shows for the season to start playing with new goodies from the OCCASIONS catalogue (which starts on January 4th, 2017). My last craft show for the season was yesterday, so this morning I got out the new toys and made this:


The "something old" is the paper that I used as well as the little sequins (I can't find my darn rhinestones in the mess I've created leading up to all the craft shows!) and the something new is the DRAGONFLIES!! Oh. My. GOSH! Just wait till you see this new set! You're going to LOVE IT!

Something borrowed is the technique I used to colour my dragonfly wings. We learned it at On Stage and I just love it! I inked up the wings (they're a separate piece to the actual dragonfly skeleton) in Soft Sky and then sponged on some Mint Macaron in various places. Awesome right? I just love the way it turned out! And I love that no two dragonflies will ever be the same.

Here's a close up of the wings:


On the circle behind the dragonfly I did a watercolour wash using Soft Sky and Mint Macaron. There's a wee bit of Night of Navy on there too, but it's pretty subtle. You can see it better in person, so you'll just have to come to my Open House on Sunday January 8th, 2017 to check out this card and several others I'll be making over the next couple of weeks!

Something blue is my Soft Sky Card base.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Dragonfly Dreams (available Jan. 4, 2017)
INK: Staz-On, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron
PAPERS: Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Soft Sky Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Aqua Painter, Sponge Dauber, Fancy Frost Sequins (only available till January 3rd, 2017), Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What do YOU think??

I couldn't decide which colour my little mice should be, so I coloured one in each of the colours I thought made sense and sent the image to my husband and a couple of friends to see what they thought.


But everyone had a different opinion!! I know which is *my* favourite and I ended up using the one my husband preferred since they're his cards.

But...what do YOU think?? Do you have a favourite??

Let me know in the comments, and I'll do a random draw! The winner will receive a Merry Mice Christmas Card!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Merry Mice

I'm at a craft fair this weekend, but I wanted to show you what I've been up to with the mice! Check it out:


I started by colouring in the little hats using my Aqua Painter and Cherry Cobbler Ink. Tomorrow, I'll need your opinion so stay tuned!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Merry Mice!

Oh! Aren't these the cutest things EVER??


I'll be using this stack of adorable little mice for my husband's Christmas cards this year (PLEASE don't remind me how late I am! Last year I was DONE by the middle of October - GAH!)

And here's a DEAL!!! The Merry Mice are part of the Year-End Close Out! And the Photopolymer Set is discounted to $17.60! You can't beat that. And if you order RIGHT NOW, you'll still have time to use these adorable mice for YOUR Christmas Cards. Be sure to use hostess code: BGF2QQUJ at checkout for a chance to earn FREE Stampin' UP! products.

Stay tuned...I'll show what I did with the mice in an upcoming post!

Happy Stampin'!