Thursday, March 31, 2011

Create your own Gift Bag Tag or Topper!

Carouse through the gift wrap aisle of a Hallmark store and see the gift tag 'toppers' - you know the decorative tags that just stick on the front of a bag or on a wrapped parcel?  They are more for " decoration " than for tags.
Anyways....they were all cute in one way or another, but I was thinking, for that price - we sooooo could to-ta-lly do ones ourselves!!!!

So there I am last night - looking at the last of my ICE CREAM PARLOR paper [see SU!'s 2011 Sale-A-Bration].
  1. I had paper - I had buttons - I had ribbon. All co-ordinating, hmmmm....then it struck me to use my  Ornament Punch to create a vase...
  2. use my buttons as flowers...
  3. and use the ribbon as a gift bag handle!!!           
 I was done in no time! [well, okay, 30 mins!]           

Ta da!  I give you my GIFT TAG/TOPPER!  

It's a little gift bag itself, ha ha!  Ain't it cute! 
CLICK on picture for a closer view.  
Here is what I did:
  •  Cut 2 squares of pretty paper in the size you like. 
  •  Embellish the corners with scraps of co-ordinating papers.  
  •  Use the ORNAMENT PUNCH {and co-ordinating paper}. TRIM OFF THE POINT and instant vase! 
  • Attach the vase to the front square and plan out your button flowers. 
  •  Use a piercer to create holes and stitch with floss to create ' stems '. An optional method would be to 'draw' stitched stems using a marker.  
  •  attach flower buttons above stems securely with a knot.
  •  attach a length of ribbon to act as a handle inside the back square, then attach squares around the sides and bottom.
  • Using a decorative border punch, create a border and adhere to the top edges front and back.
  •  Sandwiched some tissue paper in the bag. 
  •  Leave the back side blank for writing a message or to attach to a real gift bag.

Mine is going on my ' TAG TREE' for now.... this really is a fun and quick project .

Bye- bye!

For those who think they can't be creative!

 the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, 
but the bumblebee doesn't know that 
so it goes on flying anyway.

Stamping is one easy sport - with a minimum of supplies, you can do the most remarkable creations - the sport comes in the trying, and the learning you acquire over time....sooner or later, you will create more fantastic projects than you ever thought you would!  But even the most naive efforts look wonderful in their own right - there is a beauty in the hand-made, and a special feeling that dwells there. Make time to create - you will be greatly rewarded for it!

If I can help you in any way, large or small, to start you on your way, I'd be pleased to!

Thanks for reading my blog! 

 Beverly :)

Cards featuring Stampin' Up! 2011 Occasions Catalogue.

 SALE-A-BRATION 2011 -  I have a few projects to show you featuring some SAB and Occasions Mini Catalogue products.

TAKE A SPIN Stamp Set Card
featuring: Game Spinner Hands, Designer Paper ' Sweet Stitches ', Pom Pom Trim
There are 4 different Spin stamps to choose from including 2 Birthday themes!

I inked over the embossed Presto Paper with Melon Mambo Ink and a sponge, then quickly swiped off the ink with a tissue to reveal the beautiful foliage pattern once more - very elegant. 

3 punched circles as an accent!

Speaking of accents, look at this....

The new FUN FLOWERS Big Shot die - fab isn't it?

The single ELIZABETH stamp - beautiful!

As a Father's Day Card  when you combine it with a NEWSPAPER PRINT - a Designer Series Paper  called " FIRST EDITION "

While the paper is black and white - here I have sponged it with Bashful Blue ink! 

So popular is the owl punch that it is on back-order right now!  It's cuteness is paired with the Button, Button Stamp Set which has 17 buttons to play with. Neat!  Buttons are a running theme right now so there is the new Embosslits, SWEET BUTTONS that moi is dying to get! It matches this button stamp set - sweet!  I've seen people using these button designs as 'flower' posies....awww.

Check out OWL up close!
 new Scalloped Circle punch .

Now find the time... make a variety of cards to put in your card "bank", and you'll have them when you need them! 

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of the 2011 Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalogue.
Also featuring delicious colours for spring shown here:

Ice Cream Parlour Paper and Quick Accents Pack
Fun Flowers Bigz Die
Scalloped Circle Punch
2-step Owl Punch
Button, Button Stamp Set
Sweet Buttons Embosslit
Sweet Stitches, Newsprint, Presto Designer Paper

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Create a Personalized DVD Sleeve!

Excellent DIY Project - for my Stampin' Up! Friends or YOU if you are new to rubberstamping and or die-cutting!  Excellent Gift Idea - Storage Solutions - FUN TIME! 

I have a student in the family who has some educational DVDs which come in flimsy paper covers and sometimes un-attractive cases. So....I thought it would be a cool project to make some DVD sleeves that they can leave out on their desk and maybe they'll even be happy when they look at their homework - ok, I can dream!

Now you can also make your own sleeves for home-made DVDs .....or how about these for Weddings?  Any gift involving a DVD or CD would certainly benefit from this project - so here is how we do it!!!!


Supplies:  cardstock 8.5x11   cardstock scraps   pattern/designer paper 
punch of choice ( here we use Beautiful Butterflies Big SHot Die and 1-3/4 in. and 1/2 in. Circle Punches)

SLEEVE:  CUT your cardstock for the sleeve at 5.5 x 10 inches
SCORE in the middle at 5 inch mark - short side
TURN the cardstock 1/4 turn and SCORE 1/4 in along both long sides
TRIM OFF the 1/4 border to the 5 inch mark on one half, both sides.
FOLD and SCORE the remaining 1/4 in "tabs" on the opposite side toward center
FOLD at the 5 inch mark (half-way) and adhere the folded 1/4 in tabs to the opposite side. 
PUNCH 1/2 circles with your large punch - do one side, and then the other if cardstock is thick (can do this step ahead of time before gluing together as well). 
Decorate your sleeve! 

all views of cardstock cut, scored and folding....5-1/2 x 10 inch, folded in half at the 5 inch mark.
Score the long sides a 1/4 inch and cut off one pair to the half-way mark, leaving the other pair as tabs to glue the sleeve together (allows for room to slide the DVD/CD in and out)

Folded and Glued!   Now Decorate it!
ideA+s = 
-  a large Monogram Initial (Sans Serif Die Set), with a Woodgrain background with our large STAMPIN' UP! Background Stamps- great for a guy! Or make it feminine with ribbon tied to the initial and a delicate print from the selection of Background Stamps
- emboss the paper before you start using one of our Textured Impressions Folders!
- add a Chipboard Accent
- stamp, stamp, stamp - thousands of images!
- need lots?.. churn them out with our MY DIGITAL STUDIO software program to help you!

Colours I am working with are Delightful Daffodil and Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and multi-coloured pattern.
Dies I used: Bigz Die, Beautiful Butterflies - a Shelli Signature product; a 1-3/4 and 1 inch Circle Punches,
Other: bone folder, adhesive

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What's This?

Another round of 'What's This' today!  Tomorrow I will reveal what it really is - and a tutorial on how to make one!

See you soon!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Creative-Sketch CS25H Holidays and Celebrations


Inside Greeting ' Happy Easter '

Hello, today I am entering a challenge!  I have not entered one here before, but over at Creative-Sketches there is a challenge today called CS25H Holidays and Celebrations and I have chosen to make an Easter Card for a friend!

To do this, I have chosen my INSPIRED BY NATURE stamp - using the floral image (it's a double-mounted stamp - opposite side has grass!) because it feels like Spring to me and I wanted my card to not be over-the-top Easter, but something more simplier and relaxed.

I have made the focal piece using our SCALLOP CIRCLE Bigz Die (the scallop red circle) and then layered it with Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White cardstock, followed naturally,  nestled in the center,  my stamped image!

My ribbon is a thin strip of paper cardstock (Whisper White )  run through our Crimper tool, and sponged ever-so-gently with PEACH PARFAIT ink.

The two tiny tags (say that 10 times!) tied on are made with our MEDIUM JEWELLERY TAG punch - and decorated with co-ordinating stamps, TINY TAGS and one little sequin for good luck, lol.

My Easter Greeting is on the inside - stamped in a row - kinda different, but simple too.

I also had fun trying a new thing - using GLUE DOTS and GLITTER!  How cool!  I found this idea from my friend Dee over in Australia, and another fantastic Stampin' Up! Demo!!

So head on over to check out Creative-Sketch's online site for more ideas - or if you have time, to try a challenge!

Baby Shower DIY Gift Basket - ta da!

Here are the rest of my BABY SHOWER GIFT BASKET pictures that I wish to share.  I can't say enough, how much fun it was to make this :)  Some beautiful hats, mitty's, and socks make up the gift (as well as a tucked in package of scrapbooking bits)....but the creative options we have for packaging is what makes this feel like you really are part of the experience.

Sadly, it was late at night by the time I wrapped it up, so my pictures of the basket before it was wrapped did not turn out so well. Our indoor lighting requires my camera to use its flash - which always creates poor photos for blogging.

But I did manage a couple featuring the basket tags shown here along with the wrapped results and I am sure you can see some of why I enjoyed the whole process!


Features Stampin' Up!'s Two Tags and Big Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot Dies
plus retired stamp set, Cute as a Bug

The dollar store penny candy jar decorated with another butterfly
from the same die, and Three Flowers Punch.  I really felt that the design looked 
good 'off-set' - just a little different :)

Here's the side view showing how we filled the jar with baby socks! Since I took off the 
large stickers and labels from the socks, I made little circle tags with our 1" circle punch to 
show the sizes as we included 2 different sizes.

Of course, had to do the inside lid!  Same Cute as a Bug set! 

Now here is another nifty thing - I coated the cardstock with a protective top coat of artist's medium gloss - that way, Mom can wipe the jar lid to keep things clean! 

Here is the basket and the jar - all ready to go! 

Butterflies decorate the basket handle inside, and so it was natural to use a butterfly as my outside tag! 
It reads " Expecting Love" 

I hope you have a chance to make someone a gift basket AND with some humble items to create your DYI packaging - your gift assemble can look really top notch!  

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Create a Baby Shower Basket

Hi - I am going to start with this close-up shot of the way in which I tied our BABY SHOWER BASKET in clear cellophane wrap - straight from the dollar store!   This is where simple materials come together and make a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift that will leave your  Mom-to-Be gushing over such thoughtfullness! 

I tied my cellophane up and around the basket handle with some regular scotch tape. Then I wrapped some white sheer ribbon around and around in a loose fashion and stapled it closed.  I created a "flower" accent with a STAMPIN' UP! crocheted white Fleurette topped by a flower button and bead. This was attached  to the pink ribbon which I had stitched together to form its own flowery shape. I created the pink ribbon flower with a series of loops - just back and forth, one loop after another until I finished the roll of ribbon. I absolutely had no instructions - I just looped away!  Besides,it was a short roll, lol!  

All of the ribbon, the cellophane and the basket itself came from the Dollar Store! Can't be simplier than that!

Tomorrow I will go into the basket creation!  Ta for now!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Ernest

          My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best           and simplest way. 

                                                                                              -  Ernest Hemingway 

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What is more is that The FOUR FRAMES Stamp Set co-ordinates with our new DECORATIVE LABEL PUNCH - which means layering !!!! }  And the PAISLEY PETALS cardstock is absolutely beautiful - gorgeous colours including Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler (although Bravo Burgandy is just as close), Always Artichoke.....and for all those colours - it works, really, really well!  

To see a just lovely card made with Paisley Petals  and the Four Frames set using the Decorative Label Punch- CLICK ON  " PROJECT OF THE MONTH"  at the TOP of this BLOG!  Beautiful - stunning project !!! 

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This is really terrific news because I have been patiently waiting for the day when we had more, easy, convenient method to LAYER!  So together - the frames set and the punch - whoo-wee!

Here is our  order info for - and if anyone was quick to notice- the BABY BLOSSOMS stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalogue  also has a co-ordinating stamp - aaaahhh! 

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

My 'specially-created' SAKURA Flower using the Island Floral Bigz Die and Squash Card!

Yes helloooo to all out in craft-cyber world!

I feel really accomplished this week!  I have finished a set of gift bags for a baby shower AND a nice card in SQUASH BOOK style - both are ready to fly out the door!!!

To decorate the chipboard cover, I created my very own stylized "Sakura Flower" using  Stampin' Up!'s FLORAL ISLAND BIGZ DIE (retired). It's quite the size. 

 I chose the Sakura flower which is adored on a national level in Japan!  It can also be referred to as the Cherry Blossom Flower. The trees are stunning when in full bloom - and its hard for the eye to take in all the beauty of a grouping of trees, its awesome!

  So here it is!

Sorry but the camera created a reddish hue! 

I love ROSE RED in all its forms (cardstock, ribbon, ink, etc.) and it goes nicely with the GARDEN GREEN cardstock and the softer pink accents. 
The patterned paper is part of a 8x8" Cardstock Pad from Stampin' Up! - they come out with a new one every year featuring a range of colours. 

Meanwhile, I will show you the size of the SQUASH BOOK! Imagine receiving this! Lol!

Inside of the ' Front '

....beginning to ' OPEN ' !!!

Build-A-Brad  customize your brads!

The 1rst extended section ...

Look at its length!!!!  3 pages were joined together - lots of creative journalling or adding pictures! 
You could also use this for a card where many, many signatures are involved - right? 
I have to say - it's FUN to open these!!!   Brings out the kid in you!

And close 'er back up again! 

Well, I hope I've inspired you now! 
Have a great week-end! 

(Note Squash Book tutorials can be found on the internet)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Storage - Recycle Tin Cans, Boxes

Ahhh, my storage issues continue.  

I wish I could go into my craft room and it would magically 
extend it's walls each and every time I need more storage, but alas, that is not going to happen.
So I dream up my own solutions. I think I have a natural compulsion to cover up things - so the two things go hand in hand, my recycling jars, tins, boxes, etc. and more craft supplies finding their way into my craft room! 

I also am not a fan of 'too' matchy-match components, which is why I decorate my craft room trying to balance purchasing items from collections, and found objects like the tin above. 

Anyways, I made a rough effort by sanding the edges of the paper I glued to the tins, there are 2 of them, and adding plain twine as an accent - my 'bow'.  I also just cut out the scallop trim from a packaging -it was pretty packaging - so why not! 

I recommend using STICKY TAPE for most of this project. 
TIP - use an old nail file to sand the tin (just a smidge) so the glue can BITE into the surface. The fat wide foam cosmetic nail files work great - the coarse side. Save your nice Sanding Blocks for cardstock. 


SUPPLIES = STAMPIN' UP!  Patterned Paper: So Saffron and Bermuda Bay(lid) and Basic Gray (body)
Sticky Tape, Sanding Block

Fat Page Swap - Part 2

Good Morning!

As I promised, here are two more examples of FAT PAGES that were part of my swap!  These are really fun to make because it allows you  such freedom to play with your embellishments ... whereas with a card, you might have to worry about proportion, balance, etc.; here you can just mish-mash your ideas with good results!

Our swap this time has the theme of 'About Me'

I found this a bit harder than I imagined - finding what I wanted to say about myself took 2 tries. But I was happy in the end, and here it is. 

Click on pictures to enlarge....

Sorry - pic is a bit hard to see the details.....but this is the COVER.
I incorporated "gathered" ribbon, and several pieces of cardstock involving orange and green, and a hint of pink!  I added a natural fiber for the left edge where my friend can add holes to bind it with other pages. 

But it meant I needed to add 'About Me" details, so I added a couple of sections - so technically, its a little FAT PAGE booklet.  

So I went from pics of myself as a child about to devour her birthday cake to my 'grown' self shown on vacation!  A few comments about my childhood and a small list of my characteristics now-a-days nearly finishes my effort, but....

...just had to add a little philosophical sentiment on the back!! 

It reads: 

Said the butterfly, "one needs sunshine, freedom, and a little flower" 

and I added " and friends like you!"  

I also wanted to use a DVD Case to send it in - perfect size for a 4x4 inch project!  I bought a tin DVD case from HMV for $2.49 and wrapped my Fat Page in the canvas fabric and ribbon I included as a RAK; and decorated the case with a plain textured cardstock.  That way my friend can choose to use the case to keep the Fat Page in or for some other purpose, and decorate it herself. 

OK - enough about mine. ...on to my friend's FAT PAGE!

Sofia has sent me this little 'jewel' with co-ordinating cardstock in black, white and red!  She regularly uses folding techniques very well and here is no exception....

I have altered the area where her family photo was included, for privacy sake, so just imagine a photo there which would make for a very nice-looking Fat Page cover!  

Now below is the back and shows the folded layer which can be untied, opened and reveals...

....details regarding her "About Me"  (also shown altered)  - how nifty!

Well, I am really excited about our Fat Pages and I hope to have more soon to create a lovely collection - and I find this is especially nice to create a collection for as many friends and family as you can talk to participate - they are just 'fun'!

Hope it inspires you to create your own FAT PAGE !!!!