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!
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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!
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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!
Aren't these the cutest guys for Thanksgiving?! The idea was in our Stampin' Up! demonstrator magazine (I've mentioned before how we all can't WAIT to get it in the mail every month!), Stampin' Success, last October. I added the Hershey's Nugget candy wrapped in our Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper. First I thought I would put the turkey feathers at the back of the nugget but I like them right behind the turkey. Then the nugget makes a good stand for the turkey and would great at each place setting of your Thanksgiving table! See directions below.
Here are the easy directions for the turkey feathers. You can use either Designer Series Paper (DSP) or card stock. The DSP is easier to fold since it is thinner.
- Punch three scallop circles with the Scallop Circle Punch.
- On each scallop circle, count five scallops and fold that area down. (Count 5 scallops, draw a real or imaginary line from the edge of scallop 1 to the edge of scallop 5 and fold down on that line.)
- Now fold the scallop in half to form a crease in the middle for reference, then unfold.
- Fold the flat edge of the scallop circle down from each side so the folded edges line up with the middle crease on the scallop circle. (You're bringing the flat ends up to the center fold line to get the shape you see on the turkey below.)
To complete the turkey, you'll need some punches.
- 1 3/8" circle for the body
- 3/4" circle for the head
- Two 1/4" circles for the buttons (punch is retired)
- Boho Blossoms Punch for the feet, cutting off one petal from one of the flowers for his little beak!
Color in two black dots for the eyes.
Cut a 3/4" square for the hat. Trim off a little strip for the hat brim. Perhaps trim a bit more to make the hat the right size.
It's really very easy and you can put your own custom touch to the project. Or just make the turkey without the nugget and adhere him to the front of a Thanksgiving card or bag!
Always love these quick and easy Peppermint Patties made with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and the ever-popular Scallop Circle Punch! Stamp a Serene Snowflake (in the Holiday Mini) on Whisper White with Bashful Blue ink. Punch out with the Circle Punch. Punch two Bashful Blue Scallop Circles for the top and bottom of the Peppermint Patty. Adhere the snowflake to one Scallop Circle. Attach to the candy with Mini Glue Dots. Cute!!
It's been awhile since I have made one of these, but they sure are fun little things to make for party favors or little gifts. You can use card stock or stamped card stock or designer series paper. You might want to use the heavier weight designer series paper, but I think this one will be fine. I used the Thoroughly Modern DSP, but of course you could use anything. A Hershey's Nugget is what I used for the candy on the inside, hence the name, Nugget Purse!
Cut a 1 1/4" x 3" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to wrap around the nugget. Just put adhesive on both ends of the "wrong side" of the DSP, sticking one end to the bottom of the nugget and wrapping the other around.
For the purse: DSP 1 3/8" x 4 1/4"
Score at 3/4", 1", 2 1/4", 3 1/4" Put a piece of Sticky Strip in between the 3/4 and 1" score lines. Fold on all the score lines and see how the purse will go together. If you want, use your Tag Corner Punch or your Corner Rounder Punch on what will be the front flap of the purse to cut off the corners. Take a 4 1/4" piece of grosgrain ribbon to match or just a strip of card stock for the purse handle. Remove the red liner of the Sticky Strip and attach the ends of the ribbon (or card stock) together over the Sticky Strip, forming the handle of the purse.
For the little decoration on the purse flap, in a coordinating color of card stock, use the 1/16" punch to punch a hole and then punch out with the Trio Flower Punch (or the 1/2" Circle Punch). (It is pretty hard to punch the flower first and then add the hole, unless you use your paper piercer….so punch the little hole first, then center in your flower punch). Hold your purse together (without the flower decoration) as if it were assembled and use the 1/16" punch to punch through both the flap and the purse. Now insert a brad into your punched flower and then into the purse to hold together. Reach inside to spread the legs of the brad. You could always use a little piece of velcro or even just glue the flap down with a mini glue dot. Now insert your wrapped Nugget into the purse, perhaps using a bit of SNAIL or a mini glue dot on the bottom to hold it in the purse.
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I wish I had more Hershey's Nuggets! I'm in a Nugget Purse kind of mood!