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Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

What the heck is a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown?  My spook-tacular series of Hallowe’en tricks and treats you won’t want to miss.  Quick and fun ideas to spark up your treat giving and your card making for this time of year.  

Are you a Trick or Treater from way back?  Do you love to get dressed up to celebrate this fun evening?  Have your kids already started thinking about what their costume is going to be this year? 

If you answered yes to even one of those questions, then you’ll want to catch my ghoulishly fun things coming your way in September.  Super simple projects like my Spooky Cat Hershey Kiss Treat Holder with my video instructions.

But let’s take a peek at my quick and easy project for little goblins headed your way this Halloween.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Aren’t they cute?  A bag of sweetness tied with a simple and cheerful pumpkin.  Tag making is a breeze with the Seasonal Chums stamp set with matching framelits.  Great for Halloween, winter or Christmas, these little guys are so adorable.  And they really are quick – and inexpensive –  for sweet treat giving like my candy corn treat bags for Halloween.

handmade candy corn countdown trick or treat bags for halloween

You don’t need to worry about placing the images just “so”.  It’s done for you.  The front and backs are all on one stamp and the framelit cuts it out quick and easy.  Here’s what the framelit looks like once you run it through the Big Shot.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

I love the 3D effect with these tags!  A jack-o-lantern for the front with a pumpkin behind.  And kids love them even more.  Think how special they’ll feel with little goodies like this.

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

These open line images are great for colouring with watercolour pencils, Stampin’ Write markers and ink for super results. But I chose to pull out my Stampin’ Blends today. 

I do love me my new alcohol markers.  So much quicker than regular markers and no harsh lines to worry about. 

So how about we get down to making this little guys?

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Ingredients

  • Cellophane bag – 2” x 8”, cut down to 6 1/2” tall
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – piece about 2” x 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – piece about 2” x 3 1/2”
  • Silver & Whisper White twine and Basic Black solid baker’s twine – 1 piece each about 14” long

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

Recipe

  1. Stamp star from Takeout Treats stamp set in StazOn Black on cellophane bag.  (TIP1:  The cellophane is slippery so be sure to stamp straight down, hold a few seconds, then lift directly up for best results.  TIP2:  I like the solid star image so it really shows up well against the candy inside.)  Let dry a minute or so.  
  2. Stamp pumpkin in Memento ink onto thick Whisper White cardstock.  Colour with Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Pineapple Punch.  (TIP3: Make sure you use Memento ink as StazOn will bleed once you start colouring with the Blends.
  3. Centre framelit over the image and run through the Big Shot.  Run through a second time with the Basic Black cardstock.
  4. Glue coloured image directly on top of Basic Black and fold in half.
  5. Fill your bag with candy corn.  Thread both pieces of baker’s twine through the hole in the tag and tie around the top of the bag.  (TIP4: Poke the twine through with your Paper Piercing Tool if needed.)

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

 

Most of the items for this little guy can be purchased right away.  (Just the star is from the new Takeout Treats available September 5th).  But there are solid stars in other stamp sets that will be ideal too if you have them.  For example, Better Together has a super one.  Little Twinkle has one too.

To order any of the supplies I used, simply click on an image to take you directly to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks for shopping with me!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween

When we get started in September, most of my designs are made with supplies in the new 2018 Holiday Catalogue!  I’m having fun creating with them all!  

(Did you see my Oops-I’m sideways-little-bit-of-a-focussing-difficulty Holiday Catalogue Preorder Unboxing Facebook Live video? There really are some fab stamps, papers and embellishments coming your way soon!  

Make sure you check back here on September 4th when the first weekly post in my month-long series begins.  In the meantime, you can get started now with my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Bags for Halloween.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Staying power – that’s just one more reason why I love Big Shot cutting dies. 

The Big Shot.  It’s got a pretty “big” name, but it’s really such a small thing. But boy does it pack plenty of power to bring your crafting to new levels.

Take a look at this beautiful card by my friend Eileen.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Eileen brought this card to my June Open House and it received rave reviews.  Although simple in design, her balanced layout and exact matting and alignment make it an unforgettable card.  The Artistically Asian stamp set is beautiful and she’s used it to perfection.

But how did she finish off the bottom like that?  With the Big Shot.

Do you remember the Top Note die?  It looks like this.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

It was the very first die I ordered when I took the plunge and got my Big Shot.  In those days, our dies had a sturdy wood base and about 1 1/4” of foam with the blades encased inside.  This was to protect us from getting cut when we were using it.  

And you know I’ve used it again and again and again.

It’s hard to believe the Big Shot has only been around with Stampin’ Up! since 2009.  It became a can’t-live-without-it tool in a wink of an eye.  It was a big dollar decision to get one back then (and still a big decision now) but it’s one you will never regret.  I use mine every day I’m in my craft studio.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

  • They never wear out.  (At least I haven’t had one yet!)
  • Precise cuts no matter how many times you run them through.  Use them lots like I do with my faves (below) the cost per cut dwindles to almost nothing!) 
  • Staying power.  Classic shapes you’ll use again and again (like I have with the Top Note)
  • Easy to use.  So quick and easy to run your die through.  No more time consuming fussy cutting!
  • Design options.  Cut into folded cards, like Eileen did, cut out shapes, make tags, boxes, treat holders.  You name it, you can pretty much make it.
  • Versatility.  Paper is only the beginning. Cut all kinds of materials like fabric, light balsa wood, foam, felt, leather, light magnet, plastic, chipboard…
  • Selection.  There are so many dies available for just about every occasion, holiday and hobby.  Every sport and passion.  From babies to toddlers, teens and adults, you’ll find a die perfect for anyone.
  • Coordination.  When dies perfectly fit my stamped images or my patterned paper designs, I’m in heaven!

 

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

 

Which dies do I use over and over?

And every time we have a new catalogue offering there’s always one that catches my eye and quickly goes into my “never-going-away” pile.

 

So if you’ve sat on the fence for a while about getting a Big Shot, sit no more.  I can’t imagine any greater investment to take your paper crafting to new heights than a Big Shot.  I’m so sure of it, if you find you never use it, I’ll buy it back from you.  Guaranteed.

 

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

And don’t forget to pull out some of your old favourite dies like Eileen did.  I predict you’ll be singing their praises and telling everyone who’ll listen, “why I love Big Shot cutting dies.”

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

It’s always a great idea to say a special thank you with silver mini gable treat boxes.  Classy, elegant, pretty and so quick to add your own unique touches.  

These silver mini gable boxes from Stampin’ Up! are a perfect size for a treat or two at 4” x 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”.  Add the gorgeous Share What You Love designer series paper in a simple wrap and tag and your gift looks like a million bucks!  Let’s see.

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

 

Wouldn’t you love to receive a pretty box like this?  Its pearly accented flower paper really picks up the sheen of the silver.  The mix of flower and leaf prints work so well together and the little glitz of the silver edged metallic ribbon is the ideal finishing touch.

Do you love to give – and receive – little treat boxes too?  You might also like this adorable handmade birthday box or this elegant coppery Christmas box.  

And if you’re starting to think about how to package up your festive goodies, here’s a beautiful idea from Stampin’ Up! using embossing paste and snowflakes.

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes 

How to Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

At less than $1.00 each, even if you didn’t decorate them, they are a beautiful way to fancy up dinner table. 

Or give a lovely birthday gift. 

Maybe package up some delicious cookies and homemade baking.  (They’re food safe so you don’t need to worry.) 

Say thank you to your wedding guests with some chocolate or candies.  No matter what is inside, your gift receiver will appreciate its beauty and your thoughtfulness.

My friend Pat recently used hers to share some Canadiana when she visited Scotland for her son’s wedding.  She filled them with little maple butters, Canadian pins, some lip balm in cute little containers and some locally made jewellery.  It was an awesome way to share a bit of her son’s “home” with folks who may never get an opportunity to visit.

 

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

Make It Today

Ingredients

  • Share What You Love Designer Series Paper – 1 piece 2” x 12”, a second coordinating piece 2” x 3 1/2”, and a scrap to cut out the flowers from
  • Whisper White cardstock – 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Silver & Whisper White baker’s twine – about 7”
  • Silver Metallic Edged ribbon – about 16”

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

Recipe

  1. Assemble box.  Then wrap the silver edged ribbon around and through the handled top.  Tie a bow in front.  (TIP1:  Make sure you have plenty of ribbon as you will need to untie the bow to put your goodies in later.)
  2. Affix Tear and Tape to top, bottom and sides of the back of the long strip of designer series paper.  Remove backing and carefully align bottom edge with the bottom of the box and wrap around the box, creasing the paper around the edges of the box.  (TIP2: start your right paper edge on the right back edge of the box and wrap around the front to the back.  It should meet up perfectly.)
  3. Insert the smaller piece of designer series paper into Scalloped Tag Topper punch and punch out.
  4. Stamp thank you in Mint Macaron ink onto the middle of Whisper White and glue to the front.
  5. Cut out a set of three flowers from designer series paper and use dimensional to adhere to top right of Whisper White.  Add three pearls in each centre.  (TIP3:  There are several flowers to choose from in this pretty paper, pick the one you like best.)
  6. Fold baker’s twine in half and insert folded end through the front of tag hole.  Open the folded loop and pull ends of twine through from the front.  (TIP4:  For a more finished look, knot your twine.  I did this with mine in two places.  Right here where it goes through the loop and at the ends.)
  7. Place a few dimensionals on back of tag and affix to box with a slight diagonal orientation.  (TIP5: Put your dimensionals in a line down the middle and adhere to the paper.  The paper is lightweight enough to stay put with just a few.)

Your decorated box will take only about 10-15 minutes to make.  (It’s that flower fussy cutting that holds you up!) But think how your family and friends’ eyes will light up when they see it!  Here’s everything you need.

Say a Special Thank You with Silver Mini Gable Treat Boxes

So I’d love to know. Leave me a comment and tell me how will YOU use the sweet little gift boxes?  

Then pick some up today so you’re never without quick ways to say a special thank you with silver mini gable treat boxes.

Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder | VIDEO

Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder | VIDEO

Make a right angle fold gift card holder with my new video.  Last week I shared this gift card holder I designed with the Tropical Escape designer series paper.  I was asked if I had a video for it and I thought, well, sure why not?  

But if you’re going to do a video, you might as well do something just a smidge different, right?  So here’s my updated birthday gift card holder made with the awesome Broadway Bound speciality designer paper. 

Can you take a guess where it’s different?  (If you can’t wait and need to know now, check out the video now😄)

New VIDEO to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

This paper is awesome!  Seeing as it has my latest, greatest, favourite colours, it was a must to grab a package.  Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, set off with Basic Black and Whisper White.   Cheerful, cute and perfect for just about anyone’s birthday…maybe even a guy?

But before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going  to need if you’re going to follow along and make it with me.

I’ve got two more designs in the video you’re going to want to catch too.  So let’s get right to it.

 

Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

 

Now, don’t you think it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is?  Which version did you like the best?

Here are the measurements so you can make your own:

  • Lovely Lipstick 1 full sheet 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock, scored at 4 1/4”, then turned 90 degrees and scored at 5 1/2”
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces 3 3/4” x 5”, 1 cut on the diagonal
  • Basic Black – 1 piece 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Broadway Bound Designer Series paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, cut on the diagonal

Happy Birthday Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

 

The Special Celebrations stamp set works fabulously with this paper.  It has a matched outside and inside greeting, something I really miss in some of our sets.  

right angle fold gift card holder

 

This one set covers so many different occasions.: baby, wedding, birthday, thank you, thinking of you and friend…  I predict it’s one you’ll use forever!

 

Who Wouldn't Want this Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

 

With this right angle fold gift card holder, don’t you love how that card fits in the pocket?  It has a bit of an unexpected orientation standing on its short edge.  But if you had a slightly smaller inside greeting, the card will easily fit the other way too and peek out to the left.

 

Quick & EASY to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

 

Well, now you’ve seen four different versions of this fun and quick right angle fold gift card holder, you’ve got lots of ideas to get started creating your own!

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Let’s get started on some handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers! And why not use the limited edition Blended Season stamp set which is so versatile? 

Have you got yours ordered – and delivered yet?  You don’t want to wait.  These beautiful stamps and dies are only available in August, and only while supplies last.  

I introduced you to the Blended Season stamp set with this pretty flower greeting a couple weeks ago, which incidentally was also made with our alcohol markers.  But now I want to show you how awesome this set is.  All by itself.  And even though I LUV me those label dies, this time they stayed in the package!  

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

This is one quick and easy card.  And even though it’s August right now, if you happen to run out of time nearer the holidays (like I ALWAYS do), no worries. 

It’s one you can pull out of your hat in a wink to impress your friends and family.

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Traditional festive colours of red, green and white with a touch of yellow.  They’re my favourite seasonal colours.  Just like you see on this other fast and fun patterned paper holiday greeting, nothing says Christmas quite like it.

Add our new Red Rhinestones for a cheery match to our Real Red I know you’re going to love!

So let’s get to the details so you can make it yourself!

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Ingredients

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Under the Mistletoe designer series paper – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Old Olive sheer ribbon 18”

 

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Recipe

  1. Stamp holly into top middle of folded Whisper White card with Memento ink.  Let dry.  (TIP1: Speed up your drying time with a little shot of your heat tool.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Real Red Ink under holly.
  3. Colour leaves with light, then dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  Add Dark Daffodil Delight to the fronds.  (TIP2: Check out my video for a quick introduction to the Blends.)
  4. Glue piece of patterned paper to bottom of card.  (TIP4: If you happen to have any patterned paper overlapping your card edges, turn your card over and cut off any excess with a pair of Paper Snips.  It’s easier to see where you need to cut.)
  5. Wrap ribbon around card aligning with the top of the patterned paper and tie a bow.  Add a glue dot to the back middle to affix to the paper.  (TIP5: Add two more glue dots at the left and right side under the ribbon to hold in place if desired.)
  6. Add red rhinestones in the middle of holly berries. (TIP6: You could also just colour the berries with your Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blends if you wish.)

How about we ALL get to our stamped Christmas cards well before the stroke of midnight on December 24th?  It’s easy to do with these supplies all available in the Annual Catalogue.  

Pick yours up now by simply clicking on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store to get holiday crafting now.

 

 

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

There are fewer ways I know of to make quick cards than with some patterned paper and my Stampin Blends. 

So now you’d better start planning.  Planning what you ask What you’re going to do with all that time left over after you’ve got your handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers done and in the bag!

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

My friend Marilyn shared this special card at our team stamping party and I thought you might like to see it too. It shows just how beautiful cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits can be for heartfelt sympathy cards.

Marilyn used both the stamp set and thinlits to create a detailed background window with pretty hand-coloured butterflies.  She says this was one of the first new sets she purchased and she took advantage of bundled pricing to save 10% off the total.  Really when you can get seamless and stress-free crafting at a reduced cost, why wouldn’t you?

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Isn’t it pretty?  And isn’t the colour combination just a bit different?  Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze and Basic Black cardstock.  Then her butterflies are coloured with the Stampin’ Write markers in Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler with just a touch of Flirty flamingo.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

The sentiments in this stamp set are a different script from our usual style.  Being a calligrapher, I was immediately attracted to the bold gothic style letters.  They’re solid, expressive and beautiful.  Plus, they’re an ideal complement to the stained glass effect and have an almost cathedral-like feel.  

But there’s more than just a stamp set and thinlits.  In fact, there’s an entire suite of products for coordinated crafting.  Gorgeous stamped vellum, faceted buttons and shiny black cord round out the supplies.  

You can see it all on page 164-165 of the Annual Catalogue. But you can also see it in action right here in Stampin’ Up!’s video.  (Pssst.   You won’t want to miss Brian’s great tips for different colouring techniques on vellum.)

 

Look how spectacular these designs are when our 2018-20 In Colors spice things up a bit. Which one is your favourite?

 

cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits

Have you ever gone all-out and purchased everything in one of our suites?

Why would you want to?

  • Three words:  coordination, coordination, coordination.  In paper, colours, embellishments, tools, stamps, ribbons and dies.
  • Paper crafting at its absolute quickest and easiest with stamped images you can cut out fast with framelits and punches.
  • Loads of ideas you can CASE (Copy And Share Everything) directly from the catalogue.
  • And let’s not forget cost savings.

There are 14 suites in our Annual Catalogue.  And every single suite has a bundle of some kind.  Whether it’s stamps and dies or stamps and a punch, or stamps and an embossing folder, you’ll save 10%.

So maybe going “all out” is a pretty great thing!

Let’s get back to how Marilyn made her card.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Top Tips to Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

  • Stamp the three butterflies, colour them with your Stampin’ Writes then cut out with your Big Shot and framelit.
  • Use your Precision Base Plate to make quick work of the detailed thinlit cutting.
  • Use your silicone craft sheet, a sponge and multipurpose liquid glue to add adhesive to the back of your detailed thinlits.  See exactly how in this cool “VersaWink” YouTube project.
  • Stamp your label outline first then your words inside for easier placement.  Alternatively, use your Stamparatus to get your words aligned precisely.  See how in my short video here.
  • Have each butterfly face a slightly different direction for more natural feel.

Wanna make this card?  Here’s everything Marilyn used. Make sure to take advantage of the bundled savings on this classic, conservative and beautiful suite.

 

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

This suite has something for everyone.  Go classic and conservative like Marilyn’s sympathy card.  Or you can fun it up like I did with this “little bit wild” card where I featured the vellum and cord.  

Either way, you’ll be cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits, and this gorgeous suite for years to come.

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

Want to see a bright and cheerful tropical escape gift card holder?  It’s perfect for this summery weather we’re having right now.  But also ideal for bon voyage gifts to tropical isles.  

And with cardstock packs and our 6”x6” designer series paper combos, they’re a super way to give your paper crafting projects some fresh colours and designs at a great price.

Let’s take a peek.

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

 

I just love this Tropical Escape paper. The piece I’ve chosen has bold leaves with a bright green background, a darker fern and sweet pink berries. (Well, I’m not really sure those are berries but that’s what I’m going with. What do you think they are?)

Another super simple idea you might like also features the tropical leaf but with a much softer palette.

 

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

 

You can see there’s plenty of less dramatic designs too for a more subtle message, even black and white ones.  Nice and neat.  Already cut to 6”x6” and you get 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.  They work out to only 31 cents a sheet!

Granny Apple Green is my current go-to colour.  So fresh and happy.  And paired with the Shaded Spruce and Blushing Bride?  Fab-YOU-lous! 

One of the great things about our designer papers is the cardstock pack accompanying them.  Have you noticed these in the catalogue?  Stampin’ Up! created packs of 24 sheets of coordinating cardstock for each DSP.  This is a gosh-darn great way to build your cardstock colours without having to buy a full package all the same colour.  (Well unless you want to 😊.) 

Just think.  More colours. Less cost to you.  Sign me up!

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

This card looks a bit deceiving.  Sort of normal on the outside, but there’s a cool folded front along that diagonal that opens up.  

tropical escape gift card holder idea

 

And inside, the bottom diagonal fold is glued along the edges so a gift card fits in there just like a snuggly little bug in a rug!

 

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

 

I knew I wanted a small greeting and thought this one from the A Big Thank You set fit really well with the tropical garden paper.  To mimic the paper style, I stamped the flourish first on a piece of scrap paper then on my Whisper White.  Next, I stamped the greeting in Granny Apple Green right over top.  

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

Then I pulled out my 1 1/2” circle punch which was the perfect fit and matted it onto a 1 3/8” scallop circle punch.  These punches are staples in my crafting closet. I use them almost every day!  The larger Shaded Spruce circle is actually from the Stitched Shapes framelits but you can’t see the stitching line.  Since I wanted a narrow matting, I chose this size rather than the next size up of circle punch for a more delicate look.

A single clear rhinestone to accent the flourish and some silver metallic edged ribbon in behind and voila!  Done!

My list of supplies might look a tad long, but I’ve included the full sized packages of the cardstock in case you’d like a few more sheets.   Remember with every $60 order you place with me right now you’ll get a free coupon with Stampin’ Up! for $6.  And I’m also offering a free stamp pad in any colour you choose with an $85 online order in August when you use hostess code XNVWWRZU.

Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me. 

Like to make another cool gift card holder?  Try out this easy twist fold design in my short video.  

 

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

 

The Tropical Escapes designer series paper is one you’ll want to add to your stash of crafting supplies.  Fresh and clean, with lovely details to help transport you to a place with cool tropical breezes.  Plus there are so many designs and options to use for all your crafting and scrapbooking. (Think how great your vacation pics will look with these shades and designs!)

But maybe get started with my tropical escape gift card holder and see where your imagination takes off from there!

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

It’s video day – how to nest framelits with your Big Shot in less than ten minutes.  That’s how long it will take to view it – and make a gosh darn super cute card you could give to anyone.

But a warning.  We’re going minimalist today.  If you love bits and baubles, glitter and glam, ribbons and bows, you might go into shock!  (I did when I realized I didn’t have one itty bitty Stampin’ Dimensional on this card anywhere. Nada!😲)  And just wait until you see just how little paper we’re using!  

I’ve turned to my trusty Layering Squares framelits for this cheery peek through greeting.  But you could easily use any other nested framelit shapes once you see how easy it is! 

Let’s take a peek.

 

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

I love, love, love this stamp set.   I think it should have been called “Versatile” Varied Vases.  There’s so much you can do with it!  

Now I didn’t pull out the Vase Builder punch today like I did with this simple thank you. And in this adorable one, I combined the punch, the stamp and an embossing folder.  And just the other day, this sweet watercolour one was calling my name. 

But no matter what YOUR paper crafting style is, this bundle is one super duper way to get crafting – and producing – quickly.

Now before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going to want to pull out so you can make it along with me.

 

Or if you’d rather a leisurely view, grab your popcorn and let’s get to it!

 

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

Did you get the – almost non-existent 😋 – measurements?

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scrap about 2” x 3”
  • Basic Black – 2 1/2” x 5”

And yes, that’s it!  

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

 

Is your mind whirling?  Got all kinds of ideas clamouring to get out onto card stock?  

Why not shoot me an email or leave me a comment with your design ideas?  I’d love to hear – and see – your creations on how to nest framelits with YOUR Big Shot on your next card.

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

It’s always a good time to express gratitude to someone.  Gratitude for a kindness shared, a gift received, a helping hand.  As card makers, we always have the perfect opportunity to make quick and simple thank you’s just like this one.

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Isn’t it sweet?  The Varied Vases stamp set with the Vases Builder punch have become staples in my paper crafting.  Not only because they’re beautiful, but also because they’re so easy to use.  The adorable little vase takes just a few minutes to whip up and no scissors are required!  How easy is that?

The greeting itself is from a lovely new set called Kindness and Compassion.  If you find yourself sending more sympathy and thank you’s, this set is a must-have in your supplies.  The script is just beautiful.  Take a peek.

What's Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

If you’ve got a long list of folks who are due thanks from you, quick and easy is where it’s at.  You also want low cost so you’re going to LOVE this!

  • Pre-folded and scored notecards, with matching envelopes.  (This is ultra LOW COST. Only 28 cents for card AND envelope.)
  • Designer series paper – this is the Tea Room Specialty paper.  (For this size [1 1/2” x 3 1/2”] it’s only about 4 cents a card.  That includes the strip for the envelope!)
  • A punch makes short work of the two banners. (With a cost of only about 2 cents.)
  • Builder punch for the flower.  (You can make this vase and flower for about 2 cents each.)
  • Watercolouring with your Aqua Painter.  (This is practically free for the amount of ink you will use to colour your water.)

So total cost to make these cards?  About 36 cents!  There is no way you can get thank you cards as pretty or inexpensive ANYwhere else.  

And the fun you will have in your craft room playing?  Priceless!

Let’s Get Creative

 

Ingredients

  • Designer Series Paper 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” for the card and 1/2” x 5 1/8” for the envelope
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock – 1” x 3 3/4”
  • Scraps – Shimmery White, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade cardstock

Recipe

  1. Stamp greeting in Coastal Cabana ink in the top middle of the card. (TIP1: For a more whimsical look like on mine, stamp your greeting slightly on a diagonal.  Or if you wish to aim for a straighter placement.)
  2. Insert one end of designer paper into Banner Triple punch and punch.  Repeat for the strip of Coastal Cabana.  Starting with the Coastal Cabana banner, align and glue both banners to bottom left of the card leaving about 1/2” white showing along the bottom. (TIP2: The points of the Coastal Cabana banner will go beyond the edge of the card very slightly.  It will still fit in the envelope.)
  3. Stamp vase onto Shimmery White cardstock with Memento ink.  Let dry.  (TIP3: Dry it with a heat tool to “set” the ink a bit more since we are watercolouring.)Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?
  4. Pick up a small amount of Coastal Cabana ink with your Aqua Painter and watercolour your vase, filling the vase as high as you wish.  (TIP4:  Leave some white space at the top for more realism.)
  5. Punch out the vase with the Vase Builder punch, then punch out the tulip form Poppy Parade and three leaves from Granny Apple Green cardstock.
  6. Assemble vase: Turn vase over and apply a little liquid glue to back.  Arrange leaves so they extend to the left, top and right of the vase top.  (TIP5: Make sure leaves extend from the top and not sides of the vase.)
  7. Then attach mini dimensionals to the back of vase and adhere on top of the banner.
  8. Add tulip with one mini dimensional.  (TIP6: The dimensional will adhere to the leaves, rather than the card for a 3D look.)

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

So whats your reason to send a thank you card? 

Were you away on vacation and had a house or dog sitter? 

Did your hair stylist create an especially gorgeous “do” for you for your daughter’s wedding?

Or just maybe your friendly UPS driver would love a handmade thank you card when he delivers your new stamping supplies directly to your house!  Whichever your reason is, here is everything I used when you want to send your thanks.

And remember it’s Bonus Days so for every $60 you spend, you’ll get a $6 coupon emailed directly from Stampin’ Up! to use in September!  

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

For another simple thank you card idea, you may also like this pretty watercoloured one. 

When you use notecards to make sweet little cards, your words of gratitude are especially welcome.  And you don’t have to break the bank. 

I bet it won’t take you long to think up lots of people who you could send your thanks to.  Why not take a moment and ask yourself, whats your reason to send a thank you card? – then get busy crafting!

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