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Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

If you like to make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en, this project is right up your alley. Quick and easy if you’re pressed for time and cute for the trick or treaters in your life. They dress up a table, are fantastic tucked into a Hallowe’en lunchbag or super special to hand out at your door. Designer series paper in Hallowe’en colours spruce up individually wrapped chocolates quick as a wink and a bit of a decorative top adds some fun!

KEY-ute right?  There are many ways to put together these treat bags. Today I’ve wrapped miniature chocolates (Swiss Delice from Costco) with Spooky Night designer series paper and popped them into the 2” x 8” cellophane bags. If you haven’t tried these bags, they’re great! 50 in a package for only $4 CDN, you can’t beat 8 CENTS EACH! They’re even food safe, so if you didn’t have wrapped chocolates, your treats would be safe to eat!

I can’t get enough of this paper. I went through a whole package with friends making a Spooky Cat sampler I’m going to share with you later this week! Witches hats, spooky cats, creepy patterns and boo-tiful sayings…so many things to choose from. You can see how easily they coordinate with the five of them in my treat bag.

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

Did you notice the topper? The beakers (sort of Harry Potterish, aren’t they?) are small enough to fit right inside the Everyday Label punch border. I created three different coloured potions easily with two-step stamping. Simply stamp the three beakers in Tuxedo Black ink then fill in each one with whatever colour you like with the matching stamp. (I used Basic Grey, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie to match the papers.)

Then I folded the tag, stapled it to my folded bag and affixed a banner. (TIP: fold tag about 1/3 of the way so you can see the stamping under the banner.) Both the Happy Hallowe’en and Trick or Treat sentiments fit perfectly on a small banner like this – about 5/8“ x 3”. The little details really add up when you make a trick or treat bag for Hallowe’en. Here’s where I’ve taken just a bit more time to add a special touch.

  • five different paper designs decorate my chocolates (there’s 12 to choose from so this isn’t hard!)
  • the banner hides just a bit of the stamped beakers (so you want to look a little closer to see what else might be under it!)
  • my Paper Snips created cute pointed ends for my banner (rather than a straight edge)
  • a cute crocheted ribbon bow perks up the banner

These go together so quickly, you still have time to get your paper and cellophane bags – and make up a bunch of these for the 31st!

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

While these treats are perfect for All Hallow’s Eve, here’s another cute and colourful Christmas version. Who doesn’t LOVE receiving a fun treat like this? Everyone right? So get down to your craft room and make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en so you can share some unique goodies.

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2017 Christmas Classes!

2017 Christmas Classes!

They're here!!

Need some creative inspiration?  I’ve got loads of different classes this holiday season!  Find one perfect for your seasonal sentiments and gift giving!  Limited enrolment so you get individualized attention!

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Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

If you’re in a hurry, today’s super simple three step snowflake card may be just the ticket. I absolutely know you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes or less so it’s featured on my Keep It Simple Sunday. Two colours of cardstock, one ink colour and a sparkly embellishment are all you need for an elegant and wintry holiday greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.

super simple three step snowflake card

Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Black cardstock 5” x 10” scored at 5”
  • Whisper White 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Recipe:

  1. Centre white cardstock in Winter Wonderland textured impressions embossing folder and run through Big Shot
  2. Stamp greeting in bottom right in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and glue to front of folded card base.
  3. Adhere medium clear faceted gem to middle of snowflake

super simple three step snowflake card

If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety).  I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.

Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.

super simple three step snowflake card

When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together.  Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?

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A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

Only paper crafters would have come up with a card with a much more fun use for shaving cream! Today, I’m showcasing a beautiful card by Karen for my Front and Centre Friday. By combining stamp pad inks, two-step stamping, and a coordinated thinlit she’s created a stunning fall (or even spring) card!

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Don’t you agree? It’s hard to decide what’s the best part of this card…

  • Maybe the soft and swirly background?
  • Or the almost perfect two-step stamping?
  • Perhaps the sparkly detailed die cut?
  • Or just the clean and simple feel of the overall card?

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

 

Karen’s used a technique that’s been around for awhile…that’s undergone a little facelift recently. Using shaving cream and her stamp pads, she swirled the ink and cream together on an acrylic block, then “painted” it onto Shimmery White cardstock with a palette knife. We used to create a whole pan of coloured shaving cream with re-inkers, then dunked our paper into it and scraped it off. This is a bit more precise – and maybe even a tad less messy! She got her inspiration from Kim Jolley who designed this “Not Your Mother’s Saving Cream Technique”.

The results are exceptional. And what’s even better? A much more fun use for shaving cream! makes it easy to create a bunch of backgrounds to put into your stash of ready-mades.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Using these as backgrounds makes card making so much easier. Karen simply stamped the solid image leaf from Colourful Seasons in Pear Pizzazz, then over-stamped the detailed image in Old Olive to create the veins. (Psst, this is a breeze with two-step stamps!) Her last touch was die cutting a Pear Pizzazz leaf and swiping her Wink of Stella over it for some extra glimmer.

Here are some of Karen’s tips:

  1. Make sure you use shaving cream, not gel
  2. Use your acrylic block like a stamp in tap it into one colour, then apply cream on top (Karen used blocks B and C)
  3. Mix up your colour and cream with the palette knife, almost like you’re icing a cake
  4. Although you can use other paper to apply the cream on, the Shimmery White gives a subtle and pretty sheen
  5. Smear the cream on your cardstock
  6. Have LOTS of paper towels handy to wipe off the shaving cream (and maybe even a bowl of water to rinse the blocks)
  7. Feel free to go over a section more than once if you want more depth of colour

Need a few supplies? Here’s everything Karen used for her beautiful card.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

I love receiving cards from friends I can feature on my Front and Centre Friday. It’s amazing how creative everyone is. Just take a look at Crystal’s and Doreen’s to see the variety. To have your card showcased, simply send it to me at Box 911, Blackfalds, AB Canada T0M0J0. (I’m always excited when they feature current Stampin’ Up! supplies and product.) Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired and try a much more fun use for shaving cream!

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Fall Flower DIY Home Decor

Fall Flower DIY Home Decor

Add personality to your front entrance this season with a fall flower DIY home decor item. The ever-popular daisy punch and coordinating stamp set make it quick to build these 3D flowers in autumn colours. I think they look pretty much like mums…what do you think?

fall flower DIY home decor

Yes? It’s a great example of how to get more mileage out of your stamps and punches. Here, it’s only paper colour mods that totally change up the look.  Compare it to the daisy on my DIY Clipboard to see the difference.

All you need is an inexpensive canvas frame from the dollar store for this project. This one measures 6” square. While it’s easy to get a rectangular shape, this shape is a bit more unexpected.

I first stamped my letters in Early Espresso ink to ensure I had enough space for them. TIP: Be careful when stamping onto the canvas as there isn’t any sturdy backing on it. To compensate, I held an acrylic block underneath then stamped my letter. I learned this after I stamped my first letter lol! When I started to colour in my “F” with a marker (see it at the top?) I thought I actually liked it better where you could see the canvas texture. So I left the rest of the letters alone!

To tie all the colours together, I sponged Old Olive and Early Espresso ink around the outside edges of the frame with a Stampin’ Sponge. It really added to the overall effect and softened the bright white.

fall flower DIY home decor

For ease, I used my Versamark pad to give tone-on-tone colour for my flower and leaf details. Using four colours of cardstock for my flowers, I was really happy with the coordination. Here are some TIPS to make them three dimensional.

  • Stamp and punch each flower two times per colour of cardstock
  • Use your bone folder to shape the petals but running it lightly underneath the petal
  • Lay one petal over the top of the second, offsetting slightly so you see the petal underneath
  • Use Soft Suede ink on a sponge dauber to lightly swirl ink into the middle of the flower
  • Stamp, punch out then glue leaf behind a petal (you can shape these too if you like)
  • Overlap petals when gluing down to canvas so they are clustered together
  • Attach a large gold faceted gem AFTER adhering to your canvas

Here’s everything you need to recreate a fall flower DIY home decor piece like this yourself.

fall flower DIY home decor

Even though this is a small item, the vibrant colours all coordinate to create an eye-catching piece. It’s just another way to get some extra life from your daisy punch and bundle. Pull them out again and create a fall flower DIY home decor piece to decorate this season.

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