Thursday, December 14, 2017

Candy Cane Ornament Wreath

Hello & Merry Christmas friends!

Well, after a failed attempt yesterday to find just the "right" products from the Dollar Tree to recreate a candy cane ornament wreath that I watched a tutorial on Youtube for, I was determined to go back and grab some things to improvise and guess what?  I love the outcome!

SO, here's a link to the tutorial.  I didn't find this tutorial early enough in the season.  So our Dollar Tree only had ONE tube left of 7 all red ornaments (no stripes or fancy, but some were glittered, some matte, and some shiny) so I bought that, and then I bought 2 tubes of 15 small all reds, and 2 tubes of 15 small all silver ornaments.  They also had the metal candy cane forms to make the wreaths.


Then here's the kicker... I headed over to Bi-Mart and bought one set of 12 ( 4 each; white solid matte, red/white striped, and red solid shiny)  for $6.00.  So this project total, cost me about $9 - $10  (I had 2 tubes of small ornaments left over, but I also used almost a whole bag of glue sticks!)


Unlike the video where she put 2 larger ornaments side-by-side all the way down and filled in gaps with the smaller ornaments, (I didn't have enough of the larger ones to do that) I glued just one row of the larger down the middle (I didn't use mesh like she does, I just hot-glued it right to the metal frame and to the other ornament next to it) and then I glued the smaller ornaments down both sides.  This did leave quite a few gaps that I could have used more small ornaments to fill it, however I decided to get out our silver & white garland we've used on our Christmas tree for the past several years and I cut not much, maybe like 8" off the end of it.  Then I cut it into tiny pieces and hot-glued those in to fill the gaps.

What do you think??  Turned out pretty cute for improvising huh?

*Note to self:
Start shopping Christmas ornaments at Dollar Tree right after Halloween!!

Also try these wreaths...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Staircase Z-Fold Christmas Card

Happy Crafty Saturday!  I set a personal goal to TRY each of the "Fancy Fold Cards" on our recent blog hops.  Today I made my first Z-Fold card using this tutorial on Amanda's blog.  I fell in love with her card - so pretty in red and white and I loved her window, but I had to get creative since I don't have a window die cut yet (on my wishlist!)  

For the garland, I cut out one of the border strips from the "Deck the Halls" digi paper pack HERE.  And for the window scene, I used the "Sweet Deer" HERE and the trees are from "Gingerbread Scene" HERE.  For both sentiments, I just typed them out in dark red.  :)

I went over select petals of the poinsettia with a red sparkly gellyroll pen, select holly leaves with a green sparkly gellyroll pen and the flower centers with a gold sparkly pen.  The last photo shows an up-close view of the sparkle.  :)

*Note to self:  Pay attention to Amanda's note about the staircase triangle BEFORE you start cutting your slats!  I had my triangle going the long way and didn't realize it until I had all my slats glued onto the stair base :(  Had to rip them off and start over with the other triangle.


Thanks for visiting! *Ü*


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Crackers - Treat Box

This is my 2nd project on the Fancy Fold Blog hop, I made a Christmas Cracker box.  For the tag, (sorry it's a bit blurry) I used the new Scallop Circle Sentiments.     

 I got 4 of these mini candybars inside this li'l gift box :)  SWEET!
EDITED TO ADD:
I have to apologize to my teammies as when I first posted this at TCP and FB, I mentioned that I used my Envelope Punch Board for this.... but I had quickly forgotten that I had not. I searched for Envelope Punch Board tutorials for treat boxes and this other one tutorial came up and I followed it. I was having so much fun making it that I didn't even realize I wasn't using the punch board at all! LOL. Which in hindsight would have made it so much quicker to make!! So, I found a very similar tutorial that actually uses the Envelope Punch Board HERE and I made quite a few more following that tutorial. I made one for each guest at our Thanksgiving table this year....

Thanks for visiting! :) 


Pop Up Book Card

My first project for our Fancy Fold Blog Hop is a Pop Up Book Card using this month's Featured Set, Reindeer Carols (FREE to those who link up using any "Imagine That Digistamp") for the front, and I used a sentiment from White Christmas on the inside.

 This looks like a regular square card, but the surprise is on the inside...


Inside pops up like a book!

digi sets used....
         

for more inspiration, hop on over to The Creative Playground to start this hop!

Fancy Fold Blog Hop with Imagine That Digistamp



Hello hoppers!!  I hope you're here via our blog hop, but if you found me aside from that than I invite you to start at the beginning and join my teammies on a Fancy Fold Blog Hop today!  I have provided the whole hop list at the end of my post *Ü*

I started the hop with a pop out book card & a Christmas cracker treat box over at The Creative Playground.  Now I'd like to share some fun li'l treat bags with you as well as a Tutorial & Free Downloads to make the Christmas set...

I saw these similar (Hershey) Nugget Wrapper Treat Bags on Pinterest last week and thought they'd be so easy and quick to make up using my own digis and papers.  I also made them to print onto the Avery Address Labels 5160 so it's as simple as printing, peeling and sticking around the nuggets!


Nugget Wrapper Tutorial

Supplies:
  • Nugget Wrappers (download here)
  • Nugget Toppers (download here)
  • Avery Address Labels 5160 (or compatible) for the quick & easy way ... OR if you don't already have those, you can print them onto cardstock and cut them out and use tape to adhere
  • Cardstock in coordinating color for the tray, 5.75"x 2.5"
  • White Cardstock for the topper, 8.5x11"
  • Pretzel cello bags
  • Bag of Hershey Nuggets candies
  • Baker's Twine, or ribbon, raffia, etc. enough to tie
  • Hole Punch

Instructions:
  1. Print Nugget Wrappers onto Avery 5160 labels (or white lightweight cardstock) There will be 5 sets of 6 on a sheet (so you can make 5 treat bags with one sheet!)  Wrap 6 nuggets with one each of the 6 designs of labels
  2.  With your coordinating cardstock cut to 5.75"x 2.5", score the two long sides at 1/2" and fold in.  Add your nuggets to the tray and slide tray & nuggets into the pretzel bag.
  3. Print Toppers onto white cardstock, cut apart.  Score & fold in half at 2.5"
  4. Fold the top of pretzel bag over and slip the Topper over excess bag.  Punch 2 small holes near bottom of Topper & run twine through the holes and tie small bow.

Now on to the rest of our BLOG HOP!!

Julie 
                         Kris ------ You are here



Saturday, October 07, 2017

Pop Out Swing Card with Ellie's Pumpkin Costume

Happy Saturday!  I'm excited about the new 3D decoupage (paper tole) kits in my shop!  Hazel Braimbridge is now creating these using my digi sets!  Some of the kits also include extra elements not available in my regular digi stamp sets.

Here is my first time trying the paper tole kits.   I used "Ellie's Pumpkin 3d"


These pieces would be super quick and easy to cut with a cutting machine (ie. Cricut, Cameo, Silhouette, Scan n' Cut etc) which I do not have, so I opted to hand cut each piece with scissors. 

When cutting them out, I also put the # by it so I know which order they are meant to be layered. 


Here she is all layered with pop dots!

TIP: 
 it's BEST to go around every piece with a black felt marker (alcohol based) which I could not find my Memento marker, prolly still in a box somewhere!  But here, you can see all the white edges.... the black would just give it a much nicer finished edge.  

Next, I made my card base with the swing out mechanism.... I followed Amanda's tutorial here.
I used textured white cardstock for all the 3d pieces, front layer and clouds, and designer paper for grass and border.  I sponged the front white panel with teal so the clouds would pop :)  I also added dimensional tape to the back of Ellie's Pumpkin Costume for "extra" dimension (like she needed it right?) 


I ♥ this card fold - so cute and different.

I'm normally the type to put out all the dies and add flourishes and flowers, but since the border on front was so thin, and I couldn't have anything hanging over towards the middle opening, or it would get in the way of the swinging panel.... I let the Ellie be the focus :) 

You can find this 3d kit and more at my shop HERE.  This is a brand new category, so check back as we'll be adding more kits in the near future!  :)  


Gift Box-in-a-Card

Just had to try this style of card - fancy folds are my faves, but this one takes the cake.  Of course, you can't fold and stick it in an envelope to mail, but is great to give in person :)  Panda digi set is one I made - you can find it in my shop Here.