Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chapstick Gift Holder

This is in answer to the comment that Anonymous (Pam) made asking for a picture of what the holder looks like on the front with the ribbon threaded through.  The bottom open holder is my first sample and I used the wrong punch for the hole so instead of throwing it away I just glued some paper over the hole and redid with correct punch.  So sorry it looks so sloppy, this one is just a sample not for resale.  But this is the correct punch now, the double rectangle punch.

Pam was having trouble understanding how I threaded the ribbon around.  Start in the center two slots with the holder facing you as it is on the bottom of my picture here.  Divide your ribbon in half and thread it DOWNWARDS, one end, in each slot.  Pull the ribbon all the way through but leave just enough to hold the chapstick in place.  See other picture below of finished holder. Now you will be threading each end of your ribbon in two different directions around your holder. Make sure you leave extra ribbon for each handle when you get to the top edge of each holder. You will continue all the way around till you reach the other side in the middle two slots. This time you will be coming UP with the ribbon.  These two ends of your ribbon will make the bow that you will tie around the other end of the chapstick. I hope this helps make it clearer for everyone.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Chapstick Gift Holder

Don't you just love it?  I wish I could tell you that I came up with the idea but I cannot.  I seen this on-line by Cindy Major.  She made it up and did not have any direction so I had to make up my own so I guess I could take some of the credit.  But you just have to give them a try they are about the fastest gift idea to make very very quick and easy.  The longest thing in the whole deal is threading the ribbon, really!


Paper:           Yoyo Yellow CS, Real Red CS, Rockabilly DSP
Ink:               Basic Black
Stamps:         Best Yet

Double Rectangle Punch, 3/18" Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Punch, Piercing Tool, Push Pad, 3/8" Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Snail Adhesive, Gold Brad, Dimentional, Chapstick

1) Cut Real Red CS 7 1/4" X 3 1/2" , score 3 1/4" from each of the long 7 1/4" ends inwards.

2) Cut DSP 7 1/4" X 2 7/8", score 3 1/4" from each of the long 7 1/4" ends inwards.

3) Use Corner Rounder Punch and round all corners of both CS and DSP. Use snail adhesive and glue DSP on top of Real Red CS centering and lining up score lines.

4) Take double rectangle punch pushing in ALL the way , make six punches. ONE in each corner and ONE  on each side of center score area.

5) Stamp Yoyo Yellow CS with "To You From Me" stampin up stamp set. Center and punch out saying with Scallop Punch.  Add dimentional to LOWER bottom of scallop 3/4 of way down and place on front of holder  .  It should just fit between your ribbon hole punches if you punched them correctly.

6) Fold holder up.  Punch from Yoyo Yellow CS a Key Tag punch.  Take the punch and snail one small edge.  With holder folded, line up punch on back Real Red CS with adhesive side up, centered under scallop.  Press to stick in place,  Turn over to front place on push pad.  Using piercing tool pierce a hole where you will be placing brad.  Insert gold brad.  Bend tag over and insert end between scallop and Real Red CS on front.  This is your closure for the holder.

7) Cut 3/8" Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon 35" long.  Starting on INSIDE in CENTER scored slots thread both ends of ribbon DOWN through two slots on one side to make a loop.  Insert chapstick and pull tight.  Continue with one string around leaving loop for handle to other side where you will connect the chapstick. You should end with the ribbon coming up on the inside of holder in the middle scored area. Now pick up other end of ribbon and continue other way around and end at other side.  I applied some snail adhesive to my chapstick to keep it secure before tieing bow.  Now take the two ends of ribbon and tie a bow.

Fold the tab under the scallop in front and the purse is closed and should stand up.  Enjoy.

Christmas Matchbox Treat Boxes

I just love using the matchbox die to make these boxes.  Here are some pictures of some of the Christmas boxes that I made this last week. I ended up making 31 total boxes with a total of 14 different designs. Some of my customers  are going to use them to put money in for gifts, I think they are just the right size for jewelry such as earrings or necklaces.  But I am offering mine with candy inside.

I used a double tag on the top left box here to give it a little more zing.

The deer box is done using the new in color Soft Suede and it is so sweet.  It is hard to see but I used the Dec 25 post it stamp from Winter Post as my background stamp with Gold Metalic Ink.  I did not have any matching ribbon so I used chocolate chip.

Mostly the directions for these boxes are follow the directions on the die cut.  Except when it comes to folding down the sides ONLY fold down the two short sides. I used sticky strip to hold mine down. Leave the two long sides open to glue your tag to. When I glued on the tag I used anywhere glue because you can reposition it over an over.  When matching up the window sometimes you need to tweak it a few times before you get it centered just right. I also glued a matching tag to the back of each tag to give it more support. The slider window has packing tape with dazzling diamonds sprinkled sparingly.  I tapped off as much as I could then scrapped off even more with my fingernail.  Less is best this way you get a very clear image shinning through the window.

Supplies: Anywhere Glue, Sticky Strip, punches, Big XL Matchbox Die, BigShot, Packing Tape, Dizzling Diamonds, Powder Pal, Paper Cutter-Scorer, Cardstock, assorted stamps, assorted inks, assorted ribbon

Stacey's Birthday Card

This is another card using tin from a pop can and the big shot die cut machine.  Top photo is of the outside of the card the bottom open photo is of the inside of the card.

This is a picture of the birthday card I made for my darling daughter Stacey's 29th birthday. She is not a frilly kind of girl but she does like black and wine colors so the new razzleberry I think will fit her just right.

My sister just did a scrapbook page display using the tin from coke cans and the bigshot to cut the dies out. I could not wait to try out the idea using it with a card so this is my idea. All the flowers and centers on the front of the card are made using tin from a pop can ran through the bigshot dies. The leaf twigs are also cut from a die using cardstock and that is ribbon behind the leaves.

On the inside I used stampes with matching inks then smaller buttons. The wording on the inside is special to me because it took me a while before I got pregnant for Stacey and when I did it was a wish come true for me.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mariah's 13th Birthday Card

I was busy this weekend getting caught up on some back orders.  I had made this card for my granddaughter this past June then a friend of mine needed a 13th birthday card for her granddaughter so of course I thought of this.  I made up another twelve so I would have some on hand.  The left  picture is of the front of the card and the right is of the inside of the card.  It was a little time consuming to make but sometimes I feel that you need a little extra special card for that special person.

Here are the supplies:  cardstock: whisper white, perfect plum, pale plum, lavender lace, assorted print sheets for the purse details.  Ink: basic black, and perfect plum.  Stamps: It's Your Birthday, and Yummy.  Punches:  Scallop Oval, Key tag, Large Oval, Designer label, scallop circle, 1" & 3/4" sq. punch, 1" & 3/4" round punch, hand held small heart punch, Full Heart Punch.  Accessories: ice sq. rinestone brads, (versa mark, clear embossing powder, heating gun-for the patten leather look to the top note purse on the front), Circle Scallop #2 die, Top Note die, piercing tool. ribbon, dimentionals, 2-way glue, black ink pen, silver brads, silver hodgepodge.

I also have been busy for the last week with a bake sale here at my apartment building so had some time off from stamping.  We did super at the sale.  I made six different kinds of breads, three different cakes and some muffins.  We ran it for two days. I was in charge and beat when it was over.  Now I seem to have this kink in my back that I cannot get rid of so have to limit my time at the stamping table and take breaks. Have a full week coming up with two doctor appointment hopefull one of them will be able to tell me what to do about my back.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friend Card 090309

Here is the new card that I have been working on this week.  The left picture is of the outside and the right back picture is of the inside of the card. I had the idea for a while and just kept adding to it.  I wanted to make it extra special because I am making it for two special friends of mine by best friend Cheryl and my doctor who is leaving.  Whom I have known both for over 20 years.
I used stampin ups background sizzix Friend background plate.  I copied the whole plate onto Blush Blossom cardstock then sponged inked Always Artichoke, Basic Black, and Bravo Burgundy to make the writing more visable.  The vertical strip is the Friendly Words jumbo wheel done on vellum cardstock with versamark ink then Ruby embossing powder and heat set.  The flowers are cut using  sizzix die cut Flower Daisies #2 using Blush Blossom cardstock, Bravo Burgundy ink on edges. I glued two flowers together to make it fuller on each set. Then I used my stencil brush and flicked splatter drops in center with Always Artichoke and Bravo Burgundy ink.  The large flower has a corderoy Kiwi Kiss brad button in center.  Since the kiwi did not match my colors I tapped it into my Always Aritchoke ink pad which turned it BLACK, go figure that one out.  The other two flowers I used the 1/2" circle punch with black cardstock and applied using 3-D pop dots.  The curved leaves are made using the wide oval punch cut in half then sliceing thin cuts. This allowed me to arch it some before glueing it with my 2-way glue.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Blog

Well here I am just starting off with this blog thing.  I have been working on this all day and with the help from my sisters I think maybe I can fake it enough to fool ya, somewhat I think.  It is a little bit much for me because I am not very good at computers but maybe with time.

I had an interesting day.  I also did my first conference call today with my up-line, Ronda Wade head of RubberQueens.  She is so much help and gave us so much to work with this week on getting organized.  Now it is Tuesday and I have to go to doctors tomorrow so I am going to have to work double time to get everything done she wants us to do. 

Thanks girls.

Isaac's Birthday Card August 27, 2009

This is the birthday card that I made for my grandson Issac this year he turned seven.  He just loves Star Wars and when stampinup came out with this new stamp I just had to do something for him out of the set.  I used an old floppy disk to create this card.  The large black circle is the inside of the floppy where your data is stored on the disk.  The small piece of wire was also inside. The small black horseshoe thingy below the ribbon on the right is the right protector thingy.  The metal rectangle was on the outside and made for a perfect frame for "Happy Birthday Human" saying.  I used pop can strips run through a textured background on the bigshot. Then punched them out with a circle punch and cut to fit corners.  I glued them down with crystal effects but was not sure if it would hold forever. Just to be on the safe side I included an eyelet in each corner.  I could not find any bolts or nuts around in my toolbox but the large grommet worked fine from stampinup.  The top picture is of the outside of my card and the bottom open card is of the inside.

Matchbox Treat Boxes

Here is 27 matchboxes that I just made aren't they cute?  I had so much fun making them and had lots of stamps to choose from.  I used stampin ups matchbox die cut but did the directions differently.  On the inside slider insted of folding down all four sides I only folded the two short sides.  I left the two longer sides open.  An open box is in the second row from the bottom up on the far left side.  I put lifesaver candy inside but I think these would also make a nice box for either a pair of earrings, necklace, or a nice pin for someone. I used the packing tape method for the front with glitter then matched the ribbon to the ink that I used.  I took them down to bingo Monday and sold two right away.