Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gratitude Container

I have another 'fall' themed project to share with you today.  :-)  This is also a project that I actually made awhile ago but never posted on my blog.  It's a simple sour cream container style pouch.  If you aren't familiar with how to make these, you can check out THIS tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.  They really are quick and easy to make! 

Although you can vary the size of the container, I did start with a 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" piece of card stock  because it is the perfect size to get 4 containers per one sheet of 8 1/2" by 11.  :-)  I started by running the Soft Suede card stock through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder

The tag was made by using the Day of Gratitude stamp set.  The leaf is hand-cut and the sentiment was punched out using (part) of the Word Window punch.  I used the Color Spritzer Tool and a Soft Suede marker to add the 'splatter' look to the tag. 

The tag was added to the container with Linen Thread and a piece of Spice Cake Designer Fabric.  The Fabric also provided the color inspiration for the entire project.  Last year I used these as little gifts to send with my kids to their school and church teachers and various other 'little gifts'.  I think they could also make fun party favors or add a nice touch to a table setting. 

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude
Ink:  More Mustard, Soft Suede (and marker)
Paper:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories:  Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, Tag punch, Word Window punch, Linen Thread, Spice Cake Designer Fabric, candy

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gently Bleached

Although it has been cooling down a bit here in Houston, we are still solidly in the upper 80's. . . not exactly ideal fall weather, but better than it has been.  :-)  But it does still feel a little like fall, although I think that is mostly because the kids are back in school. 
Anyway, this is a card we made last year at a club meeting.  It uses the set Gently Falling from the main catalog and bleach instead of a stamp pad.  To do the bleach technique, take a paper towel and fold it onto a little plate or dish and then gently pour a bit of bleach on the paper towel.  'Ink' your stamp by gently pressing it on the wet paper towel and then stamp as you usually would.  It takes a minute for the bleach to work it's magic, so be patient as the image 'appears'. 
Notes:  Make sure your clothes and work surface are covered.  I haven't had any bleach accidents yet, but I try to always be prepared, just in case.  :-)  Also, bleach is light sensitive.  Meaning, that once it is exposed to light, over time it breaks down and becomes less effective.  If you are stamping multiple projects at once, you may notice after awhile that the bleach doesn't seem to be working as well.  That just means it is time for a new paper towel and new bleach. 
The finished card size is 3" by 6".  The sentiment is from the Tiny Tags set and is punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch
Stamps:  Gently Falling, Tiny Tags
Ink:  bleach, Early Espresso
Paper:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Confetti White
Accessories:  Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Jewelry Tag Punch, Hemp Twine, Mini Clothes Pin, Cutter Kit, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ghoulish Page

Today I have a fun 12x12 scrapbook page to share!  I had fun using the new Googly Ghouls stamp set to create this page.   The only 'trick' to this page is that I placed the mummy, witch, and Frankenstein stamps all on the "I" block together (I have this set in clear-mount).  I inked them all up with Versamark and stamped the Tangerine Tango card stock.  Having them all on one block together makes it very quick to stamp a large area. 

A close up of a few of the cute little ghouls from the Googly Ghouls stamp set with their googly eyes.  The eyes are adhesive-backed making them very easy to add to your project. 

This tag actually comes from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit

Hope you enjoyed! 

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
Ink:  Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum and Basic Black
Paper:  Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Going Gray and Basic Black
Accessories:  Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Googlies, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall-ish cookies

It's already the 15th of September!  So, I'm here with a reminder to join us over at Stampin' Celebration!  (And remember we've moved to a new site.) 
I made up a few of these little treat packs to take to some ladies from church that I visit each month.  They came together so quickly that it definitely took longer to make the cookies.  :-)  The cello bag is the 6" x 8" size and easily fit 6 cookies. 

The band is Early Espresso that I ran through the Big Shot with the new Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  The leaves are from the new Autumn Accents Die, and the Brushed Bronze Designer Button is also new.  (All of these items are found in the Holiday Catalog).  The leaf colors are More Mustard, Old Olive, and Cajun Craze. 

To create the 'leaf' look, I used a trick that I saw at Convention.  I sponged the edges, crumpled the leaf, un-crumpled it and then put in down on my work space.  I took the coordinating stamp pad and face-planted it over the leaf several times (ie smashed the leaf under the pad with the ink side down).  This gives you a little more of that distressed leaf look.   

You have this awesome inspiration piece put together by Rochelle, and a few more days to be inspired to create a project.  Link your creation to the Stampin' Celebration so we can see your project. We will choose the "Pick of the Party" at the end of the month. We can't wait to see what Stampin' Celebration inspires you to create!
If you missed the original September Blog Hop of the Design Team, you can see it here:
Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions (you are here)
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monster Munchies


Isn't this a cute little Halloween treat?  This was an idea that was shown on stage at Convention, and I thought it was too cute to pass up.  :-)  This box is fun because it actually uses the Petite Purse die.  So you are use the purse die, but upside down. 

For the 'tag' part it's basically just layering the punched pieces.  I thought the idea of using the black brads for the screws on Frankenstein's head was such a cute idea!  I also used some of the new 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon

I added some M&Ms since the Halloween candy wasn't in stores yet (when I was looking before our club meeting in August).  I have to say I'm actually a little relieved--it seems like stores are usually so far ahead in putting out holiday merchandise!   

Stamps:  Monster Munchies
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Gumball Green, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, black brads, Petite Purse die, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Square punch, 1 1/4" Square punch, dimensional

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Stampin' Celebration #58

Well I'm not sure exactly what happened to all of August, :-) but it's good to be back in blog land and a Stampin' Celebration challenge is the perfect way to get going again!  

Please note that the challenge blog has moved to a new location--  http://www.stampincelebrationblog.blogspot.com/  Make sure to check it out and bookmark, subscribe or follow us.  Cori and Rochelle are taking charge and have started some fun new things like sneak peeks of the Design Team projects. 

And here is the inspiration piece for September--isn't it gorgeous?  I took the jar theme as well as the colors from the inspiration piece to create my card.  I also used this card as one of our August Stampers Club projects.  

The stamp set I used in one you can find the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It is called Perfectly Preserved and even has a coordinating framelits set to go with it!  I wasn't initially drawn to this stamp set, but after seeing so many awesome projects and swaps at convention using this set I changed my mind--and I'm glad I did.  

This card is pretty straight forward, but just a note about the 'jar'.  I used the jar framelit to cut out a piece of Window Sheet.  This gives the jar a shiny 'glass' look.  There are two things keeping the window frame piece in place.  First, there is a glue dot between the card stock and window sheet under where I added the linen thread bow (with a second glue dot) and second, the brad also helps keep the 'jar' in place.  

The colors are Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Going Gray.  The sponging was done with Crumb Cake.  The ribbon is also new from the Holiday Catalog--it is the 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (you can stamp on it too!)

Now it's your turn to be inspired and play along with us this month at Stampin' Celebration! You have until September 25th to create a card, 3D item, digital item, scrapbook layout, etc. using the inspiration piece above. Link your creation to the Stampin' Celebration blog so we can see your project. We will choose the "Pick of the Party" at the end of the month. We can't wait to see what Stampin' Celebration inspires you to create! 

To see what the other DT members have created:  

Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style