You might be getting ready to make Valentine Treat Bags of some sort for Valentine’s Day perhaps for your child’s classroom or their teachers or your friends, neighbors, co-workers or maybe your family! Maybe this tag will inspire you. Put the treat in a Cello Bag and make a tag from your scraps! You know you’ve got ‘em! I punched the tag with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and then used scraps to decorate it. Now the tag is pretty narrow, only 2″ wide, as is, but for my small bag I wanted it even smaller. You can trim your strip of paper narrower than 2″ and just be sure to center it when you put it in the punch so it will be even on both sides. But since I had already punched it at 2″, I just trimmed off both sides, trying to make the top scalloped edge look symmetrical. And it doesn’t have to be perfect! Then I rounded off the bottom edges of the tag to match the scallops at the top. It really gives the tag a nicer look. The layer on top of the Real Red tag is from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The “XOXO” is from the Oh, Goodie! Stamp Set, a carryover from the Holiday 2013 Catalog. That means you can still order it! And then I grabbed some die-cut hearts from the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the Hearts A Flutter Framelits and even the Small Heart Punch. Use whatever you have! Or even just cut some hearts by hand! They can be whimsical odd-shaped hearts! Tie on your tag with a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.
Here’s a tip for cutting a narrow banner. If the strip is narrow enough, stick the end in the new Banner Punch, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration! You only want it to cut the one end, that”s why you don’t slide the strip in the regular way. This will punch just the end and that will make you little “flags” at the ends.
Have fun making your Valentine Treat Bags and don’t forget to check your pile of scraps!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and who doesn’t like handmade Valentines?! I think Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays, especially for children, because everyone is included. Remember the boxes we used to decorate for Valentine’s Day and how we often made our own valentines to hand out with red construction paper and doilies and maybe some glitter?
Here are some easy and cute Valentines you and/or your children can make! Just order from me through my Stampin’ Up! Online Store by January 27th, if not sooner! Monsters are so popular right now and these are adorable ones. It’s a kit! Get 18 monsters, 18 googly eyes and 18 adhesive hearts. Make them as you see with a small piece of candy tucked under the monster’s hands or a lollipop or even stick the monster on a card front.
Here is another idea I saw someone from Stampin’ Up! make on stage with the Monster Hugs Valentines. She made a box and attached it to the front of the monster, wrapped his arms around the sides and filled with candy.
If you would like to purchase cute Monster Hugs Valentines, you can find them in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store along with some other Valentine products! They do have to be ordered by January 27 so don’t hesitate! As we get closer to Valentine’s Day and the deadline for ordering, these Monster Hugs could go quickly. You will also find other Valentine ideas and stamp sets in the new Occasions Catalog.
Go to my Online Store now and order your Monster Hugs Valentines! Or if you prefer, just contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and I can help you with your order.
It’s been a busy few days getting ready for Christmas and my work isn’t done yet! But I did take time the other day to make these cute little Ghirardelli chocolate holders mixing old and new Stampin’ Up! products! Can you guess what is what? The holder is made out of the brand new, upcoming Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, which will be in the new Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2014. The old is the bit of designer paper I used on the tag. It is left over from the pretty Christmas box I finally made last Christmas, which, for awhile was on the Clearance Rack. The kit started as some kind of incentive from Stampin’ Up!, then was sold, and then the remaining ones were in the Clearance Rack. Shelli Gardner and her daughter Sara even made a video as they assembled their own boxes.
I got the idea for the chocolate holders from another demonstrator, Mary Fish, although I used a different punch. There is another one with an angled top! Of course I also used the Christmas Ornament Punch in the Holiday Catalog to punch my stamped ornaments from the Christmas Collectibles Stamp Set.
To make the Ghirardelli Chocolate Holders, cut a piece of card stock 5 1/2″ x 2″. Score at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. I stuck each end of my paper into the new tag punch to get the fancy scallop and then folded on the scored lines. I folded back the Ghirardelli Chocolate foil and adhered with a Mini Glue Dot on each side to hold it onto the tag. Then I folded up the front part of the tag and tied with Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine. And then I decorated the front with the old designer paper (can’t think of the name right now!). Of course you could use any scrap paper and for any season or occasion.
And this is what the inside looks like:
And here are some matching tags I made. All these things plus a store-bought ornament went inside the box I was sending someone.
You can visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Be on the lookout, my regular customers, for your copy of the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalog coming in your mail! Don’t let them get lost amongst the Christmas mail and hubbub!
Yes, it is almost Halloween!! Here is a Halloween treat bag idea that you could easily do! Just grab a 4″ x 6″ Medium Cello Bag, decorate the outside, and fill with delicious Halloween candy! I applied some strips of Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape (so fun!) to the front of the bag and added a tag to the front. The stamp is from the Halloween Bash stamp set. To get the multi-colors on the stamp, I inked up the border with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker and the words with Basic Black. Breathe on the stamp before you stamp on Very Vanilla card stock to remoisten. I cut out around the edge with my Paper Snips (on sale on the Weekly Deals this week until Monday!). The black background is easy to cut out with the smallest of the Labels Collection Framelit Dies. Just adhere with Mini Glue Dots. Tie the bag with some 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon and you are all set! Easy to make for class parties, neighbor gifts, treats for your kids, etc.
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Use the new Stampin’ Up! Modern Medley Designer Series Paper to make a stylish purse with the Big Shot and Petite Purse Die! This is one of the new designer papers in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I added an edging of the new Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Ribbon. This is really pretty ribbon in one of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors and SO easy to work with because of the stretch. You will love it! Before I added the ribbon, I snipped off the little tab that would insert into the slit in the front of the purse in order to fit the ribbon. I also added an embellishment from the In Color Boutique Details package. These look like buttons without the holes! This one is a Strawberry Slush color. I adhered it with a couple of Mini Glue Dots. In order to hold the purse flap closed, I adhered a small piece of velcro on the flap and on the purse so that it can be opened and closed.
This purse is very small but can be used decoratively or to hold a few little favors, perhaps a couple of chocolate nuggets or candies or some other little gift. The die is easy to use. The paper is scored and easy to fold into the purse shape. The little handle is a separate piece on the same die that cuts out at the same time. I have attached it to the purse on the sides with Silver Mini Brads. When designer paper is used, it may be difficult to see the score lines but using the die as a guide as to where the score lines are, you can easily feel them and then fold them. It all works quite nicely.
If you are looking for a way to make cute little gift containers or party favors, this Petite Purse Die will make your job easy and fun!
You can find the Big Shot and all the dies, etc. to use with it as well as beautiful designer series paper at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Don’t forget to take advantage of the special offer on Designer Series Paper this month!
If you want to make an Easter Chick, or an Easter Duck I suppose, it’s easy to make one with the Stampin’ Up! Petal Cone Die. It makes a great treat holder. Just die cut two shapes of the Petal Cone Die with the Big Shot and adhere them together. Cut off all but one of the flaps. Use the same die to cut the orange scalloped tuft for the top of his/her head. The other scalloped pieces of yellow that were cut out with the original cone can be folded in half and made into wings on the side of the body. Make a face and beak using some punches and scraps of card stock and you’ve got a cute little chick!
Punch holes in the sides if you want to add a ribbon hanger. Add some Easter grass and some candy treats! You can use the Petal Cone Die to make all sorts of treat holders for any occasion!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Would you like to receive a little treat bag of candy with a leprechaun made from Stampin’ Up! punches? Yesterday on the Stampin’ Up! home page I saw a leprechaun like this one but made digitally in My Digital Studio. I decided to make it the traditional way using my punches. I can tell you it is easier to do in My Digital Studio because you can make everything the perfect size you want…make a punch shape larger or smaller, change things to any color, whatever you want!
I just experimented with my punches until I got some things a reasonable size to fit. The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set comes in handy for almost any occasion for the greeting. And don’t you love the Champagne Glimmer Paper?!
This is a little of what History.com says about St. Patrick’s Day:
St. Patrick’s Day takes place each year on March 17, the traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick.
In 2013, St. Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in theUnited States.
- Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
- Lime green chrysanthemums are often requested for St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations.
Have a fun and happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wearing my little shamrock necklace my husband brought me from Ireland last year!
Valentines are sometimes all "mushy" but here is a cute idea for valentines for boys! Not that they can't be for girls, too, of course…but in the craft world, it's often more difficult to find "boy" things. Anybody who loves robots will like these valentines…and not just for Valentine's Day either! They would be just as cute for birthday cards or some kind of birthday party favors. The only bad thing is that the chocolate candy making up the body is pretty tempting and then the robot is kind of destroyed! But that's okay…we have to remember, it is only paper!
Of course I copied the idea from a couple I saw online a long time ago and then made them up my own way. On two, I embossed aluminum foil (the heavy duty kitchen kind) in an embossing folder in the Big Shot.
Here are close-ups of the robot valentines. The glare of the foil makes it a little difficult to take photos!
Here you can see the two chocolate nuggets forming the body (stuck together with one mini glue dot near the bottom of the candy and some Sticky Strip on the back.
Use your imagination and make some fun valentines like these! Once you get started, it is hard to stop!
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The Day of Gratitude stamp set by Stampin' Up! can also make a great turkey favor for Thanksgiving! If you need a little something for your Thanksgiving table, class favors for the kids, or just some fun little decorations for Thanksgiving these will fill the bill. Of course there are many variations you could do after you get started. I often think I am going to copy something exactly and end up with my own version.
Instead of the "Happy Thanksgiving" from the must-have stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes (and I do recommend for these small stamps that you spend the extra money and get the wood-mount) you could write a person's name for a place card at the table. The body is punched with the 1 3/4" circle and the head with the 1/4" circle punch. You could stamp a little texture on the circles or run one or both through the Big Shot with an embossing folder like I did on the body. I used the Lacy Brocade folder in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. The gobble-thing is half of the Modern Label Punch. The beak is just cut by hand. The thing on top of the head is from the Boho Blossom Punch. The tail feathers are the medallion in the Day of Gratitude stamp set. I tried to get them each multi-colored but I don't think the colors contrasted enough. You could also color each section with a different color of Stampin' Write Markers. The feathers are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the turkey.
I would probably use some candy like Hershey Nuggets for the back, but I don't have any (amazingly!) so I used some Hershey Kisses. It worked just as well. If I used a Nugget, I would cover it with a strip of designer paper first.
For the eyes, you can just punch out black and white circles, or since I had some Googly Eyes left over from Halloween, I used those. You probably have some in your craft stash, too!
Just a fun little Thanksgiving treat! Hope you enjoy!
Halloween Candy Bars….Before!
Trick-or-Treat! It's almost time to hand out Halloween treats, so why not make your Halloween candy bars something special? There are SO many fun Halloween ideas out there, but this is something easy to do for the kids' Halloween treats.
Trick-or-Treat Halloween Candy Bars…After!!
Just take your candy bars and wrap some paper around them! Designer series paper makes it easy, but you could also use card stock. Then stamp a Halloween image and punch out with a circle punch or scallop punch and glue on. If you are looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with your kids, this might be an idea. This is especially good for those special trick-or-treaters, maybe class treats at Halloween parties at school, or your own Halloween parties.
I used my Googly Ghouls stamp set for the images and the Houndstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, both in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I colored in a bit with Stampin' Write Markers. It's just something fun to do, and why not have some fun at Halloween?!
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It's time to start thinking about Halloween craft ideas so here is a Halloween Fancy Favor Googly Ghouls Gift Bag made with the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Bigz Die. It's perfect for holding a little cello bag of Halloween candy or a little gift! Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a little stamping with the doctors and staff of West U Wellness during their inservice meeting and this was one of our projects! I love seeing new stampers add their own creative touches to their project and many of them did! I think the Googly Ghouls stamp set and the Googlies googly eyes make any Halloween stamping project fun!
Here's how to make this project:
- Die cut the Fancy Favor Bag and assemble….you'll need a 12" x 5 1/2" piece of paper.
- Punch a 1 3/4" Circle in the front of the bag.
- Add a small strip of Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper at the bottom.
- Stamp one of the Googly Ghouls (you've GOT to have this stamp set!!) with Stazon ink and color in if you want. Stamp and punch the "Boooo" greeting and oval scallop.
- Cut out your ghoul and adhere to the front of the bag, also adhering the googly eyes.
- Add a cello bag of Halloween candy or a gift.
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If you need just a simple little cute Easter treat with a bunny on it, this is it! I saw this on Pinterest and remade it with Stampin' Up! supplies, of course! I think it would be cuter with little white marshmallows in the bag, but I didn't have any in the pantry so I used little white robin's egg Easter candy instead.
There is still time to make some Easter treats while you are waiting for the bunny to come! Get out some punches and Whisper White card stock and punch away! It's really fun to make little Easter favors like this!
The top of the treat bag is die cut with the Big Shot Top Note die and folded in half. The words are just hand-written with a Stampin' Write Marker and the little stitching accents are made with the Signo Gel Pen (just highlighting what is already scored on there from the Top Note Die).
I'm sure children would think it was fun to find a little treat bag made for them in their Easter Baskets!
The next day after the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference ended, Stampin' Up! held a Regional Event for a day. One of my favorite projects (and there were many!) was this Teabag and Cookie Holder demonstrated by Debi Pippin, a very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. We could wander from one demonstrator booth to another watching a new project or idea and taking pictures of their samples on display.
Don't you just love this project made with the cute Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper #125408 plus the Sweet Shop Designer Stickers #125584?!
By the way, the cookies I put in the holder are Girl Scout Thin Mints, in honor of the Girl Scout 100th Birthday today! The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Low in 1912.
The way I saw it demonstrated, she put the bag of cookies in the middle area of the bag with a tea bag on each side in the pouches. You could do it however you like….maybe a bag of candy in the center?!
I just thought it was the cutest idea with so many possibilites! What a nice little gift for someone!
Are you looking for a St. Patrick's Day shamrock treat bag idea? This one was easy to make with the new Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits Dies #125598 and the Small Heart Punch #117193. I used the Framelits Die to cut the Pear Pizzazz label and folded it in half to cover the small cello bag. Then I used the next smaller size Framelit Die to cut the Whisper White card stock and stamped with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
The shamrock is made with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies #125599, the smallest heart, cut out of the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125406 and then smaller hearts from the Small Heart Punch. The Designer Printed Brad #122940 adds a cute decorative touch!
If you need any of these new fun dies to use with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for future projects, you can order online at my Stampin' Up! Store.
The Petal Cone Die #121810 can make a beautiful Valentine gift, holding candy or whatever treat you want to put in it. I felt like a school girl decorating this one for Valentine's Day! I just kept sticking on more stuff and hoping I would know when to stop! Isn't that what you remember when you were little and decorating a valentine shoebox for school or making your own valentines? We had our scissors, probably that school paste stuff, construction paper, doilies, and maybe some stickers or those little stars that teachers would put on your paper. Aren't those some of the best memories, making our own cards and gifts for our parents and family?!
I hope you will take some time to have some old-fashioned Valentine fun! Make a Valentine or gift for someone.
This is one of my all-time favorite things for Thanksgiving, even though it is not made out of paper! I'm not sure where I learned to make these, but probably in a magazine, could be about twenty years ago. I know I have made LOTS of these turkeys for class parties for my children in preschool and probably elementary school and they were always a hit! There are lots of similar turkeys out there made with Oreos or more pieces of candy corn involving frosting and all kinds of stuff. I always thought these were the easiest and still darn cute!
Supplies: Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies, Hershey Kisses, candy corn, Kraft Caramels
Directions: Take a Kraft caramel and microwave it just a few seconds until it is slightly soft. Not melting or anything! Just a little soft. Have a Hershey's Kiss unwrapped and sitting on the plate or napkin and a cookie and candy corn ready. When the caramel comes out of the microwave, plop it on top of the Hershey's Kiss. Immediately "smoosh" the cookie against the backside of the caramel until it sticks. Take the candy corn on edge and stick it into the caramel. Voila! You have a turkey!
These turkeys are so fun to make for Thanksgiving! To make multiples, just have your ingredients ready to go. You can soften several caramels at a time on a paper plate in the microwave, maybe about six. You want to be able to work quickly when the caramels come out of the microwave so you can stick everything together. Have extras on hand because there will be some broken cookies!
Need a little something green for St. Patrick's Day March 17th? This is a little Stampin' Up! cello bag stuffed with some green shred, a gold coin, a peppermint patty decorated with the shamrock scallop, and several pieces of green-wrapped candies. The tag is made with the "Define Your Life" stamp set (#114950), the definition for "lucky"! I stamped the little shamrock on it with three small hearts from the set "Tiny Tags" (#118091, #118592) and just drew in the little stem with a Stampin' Write Marker. Want to get the "Define Your Life" stamp set free? Just sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration and choose a free stamp set, up to a value of $47.95 (which includes this one!) PLUS get the Starter Kit 15% off! Contact me soon!
This was a very easy little Valentine treat bag to make and you can fancy it up as little or as much as you want! I went back to an older technique of using an envelope! Take a Stampin' Up! envelope (#107301) (once you use a Stampin' Up! envelope you won't want to go back to those plain ones!!), seal it, then punch down the sides with the Tag Punch (#105934) to form the handle. Wheel the envelope (or stamp) to decorate. I used the I "Love" Love Jumbo Wheel (#117084) in the Occasions Mini. I decorated with some ribbon, a punched out heart and a little border with the new Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402) in the Sale-A-Bration Mini (get the punch FREE with a $50 order!) Fill with some candy and you've got yourself a nice little Valentine treat!
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Splitcoaststampers puts out a tutorial every week and this treat bag cover was from last week. It's very easy and you could vary the dimensions according to whatever your own treat is. I cut the Real Red card stock at 3 3/8" x 10 1/2" and scored at 4", 4 1/2", 5", and 9". Then just accordion-fold what will be the base of the treat holder and fold the top flap over. Fill your cello bag with your treat, attach with a little SNAIL to the inside, punch some holes for some ribbon to tie through if you want, decorate the front and you are done!
To decorate the front of my Treat Bag I used the I "Heart" Hearts Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. If you want to know you are doing some good while you are stamping, purchase this stamp set and Stampin' Up! will donate $2.00 to the American Red Cross for Haitian Relief. Already 6694 stamp sets have been sold as of a couple days ago.
Here's the first mini milk carton I made. So cute for Valentine's Day in red or any time! You can add any kind of decorations to them that you like! I used the beautiful Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Butterfly Punch, some flower stems from the Pretties Kit for its antennae and a Library Clip to hold the box closed. Check out the Mini Milk Carton Die (#117310) in the Occasions Mini Catalog!