Monday, May 31, 2010

Card Size Gift Bags

Starting a few year end teacher gifts for the boys teachers.

These gift bags are card size, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and the box is about 1-1/2" wide.

I cut slits in the card (box) front and slid a ribbon through to tie in a bow.

I used the now discontinued Day & Night Specialty DSP and Black Satin Ribbon. I hope we get some new black and white paper in the new catalog!
Tomorrow I will post the discontinued list in preparation for the NEW Idea Book & favorite time of the year!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Girl Tools & Purses

For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know my friend Lorri Heiling that I took to convention on a Popsicle stick last summer (and Nancy Riley too) because her son was getting married and she couldn't go. That was fun!

Lorri has released her first tutorial, the Tool Box/ Flower Box Tutorial.
So I bought her tutorial and made my own tool box...the Girls Tool Box

Super easy and so tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand and is perfect gift card size!

Stampin' Up! Tool Box, Punch Tool Box, whatever you want to call's cute!
You can get a pattern for yourself HERE.
Although that is super cute, that really wasn't what I asked you to come back today and see. I want you to see what she did to her Purse-onally Perfect Purses. She added the perfect accessory for the Hawaiian Tropics...SUNGLASSES! Oh how I wish I had come up with that idea, but I am happy to celebrate her genius!
Now I KNOW you all want sunglasses for your purses, right??? She has the .pdf all ready for you with 5 pair of sunglasses on one page, ready to print on cardstock. You can find it on her blog, Confessions of a Stamping Addict.

Here is her Hawaiian purse complete with the cards she and her group made this week.

Lorri also shared with me two more purses she made for her sons teachers.

She stuffed them with little gifts and a gift card and wrapped them in Stampin' Up! bags for a darling presentation. Wouldn't it just make your day if someone handed you one?! So cute!
Once again, the Purse can be found HERE.
The Sunglasses and the Tool Box Tutorial can be found HERE.
Thank you Lorri for sharing your work with all of us! Love ya and can't wait to see you this year at convention!

Friday, May 28, 2010

You've Got A Friend

Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette
Stamp Set: Cheap Talk
Accessories: Lattice Embossing Folder and the Big Shot (you need one of these!!), Top Note die-cut, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Bitty Flower Punch, Bold Brights Brads, various Stampin' Write Markers

All week long I've been sharing with you photos of Purse-onally Perfect Purses that I've received. I hope you have been enjoying them! Tomorrow I have one more, ok... three more, to share that you. They are so darling that you are going to GASP when you see them. They have the added accessory that I soooo wish I would have come up with. However, when you see who did them, you will NOT be surprised as to who came up with that creativity! I can't wait to share them with all of you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Nicest Thing

Remember the Royal Blog Tour where I introduced the Cardstock Cabinet?

Well the nicest thing ever happened to me yesterday. I opened the mail to find this nice thank you from the Royal Blog Tour!

They sent this Simply Adorned Charm and lovely purple card as a thank you for being an Honorary Queen. Wasn't that just the nicest thing ever?

Melissa and Gayla from MeGa Stampin' Studio sent over this photo of their purses. I just love them!! I miss that Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper so much! Thank you ladies for sharing your photo with us!
I can't believe how many great Purse-onally Pefect purses there are out there...I love seeing them ALL! Later in the week I have another AWESOME one to share with you then I'll quit for a while. Ü

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

D Is For Dog

If you are visiting for the first time from the Paper Crafts newsletter, hello and welcome! I hope you spend a few minutes looking around! Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions,

Not my favorite reason to make a card, but dang this turned out cute if I do say so myself! One of my stamp club girls & I share a love for our Golden Retrievers...and well...

I'll show you how to make a file folder card probably later in the week.

Lucia Dawe of Ink Me Baby One More Time (great blog name!!) sent me pictures of her Purse-onally Purse.

Beth Fesperson of Sweet Sentiments made this purse from Raspberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper.
You can order the tutorial on how to make one for yourself on my tutorials page HERE.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Something bright and cheery for all the gloomy rain and clouds we've been having here!
Cardstock: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive, Sweet Peas DSP Pack
Stamp Set: Hello, A Flower For All Seasons
Accessories: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch, Old Olive Ribbon, Top Note, Big Shot(you need this!!!, you know you want one!!!), various Stampin' Up! Markers, 5-Flower Punch for leaves.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cake Mix Class Directions

These measurements are for a Betty Crocker cake mix. All cake mixes are slightly different in size, so if using another brand, you may need slight adjustments.

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock to 5-5/8” x 10-3/4”. Score each end at 1-1/2”. Apply Sticky Strip and attach end to end. Slide cake mix inside.

Outside of box (front cover) is a piece of cardstock cut 5-5/8” x 9-1/4”. Score at 1/2” and 1-1/2”. Attach at the bottom of the box with Sticky Strip.

The box closure is a piece of cardstock cut 1-1/2” x 5”. The layering designer series paper (DSP) is 3-3/4” x 1-1/4”. It only covers the front and top and does not reach all the way to the back. Secure to the back of the box with Sticky Strip. The front will be secured with a sticky Velcro circle.


Ribbon handles. You’ll need approx. 52“of ribbon. Place Sticky Strip all the way around the box and the front piece about an inch or so from the edges. Start on the bottom, come all the way up the back, leave excess for a handle, go back down the other side of the back and under the bottom, up on the front side, leave room for a handle (make sure they are the same length) and down the other side of the front to the bottom of the box. Cut off excess ribbon. If you are using Sticky Strip, it is slightly repositionable, so you can straighten anything that may need it.

The front pocket is a piece of cardstock cut 5-1/4” x 7”. Score 3 sides at 1/2” and 1”. Use the Scallop Edge Punch to make a decorative edge along the top. Cut off the corner pieces as shown in the photo.

Use a Mini Glue Dot to pull the corners together. Then place a line of Sticky Strip along all 3 sides, peel and attach to the front of the cover.

This is how the pocket looks when attached.

Cut cardstock 1” x 10-1/4”. Score at 1”,1-3/4”, 2-1/2”, 3-1/4”, 4”,4-3/4”, 5-1/2”, 6-1/4”, 7”, 7-3/4”, 8-1/2”, 9-1/4”. Fold on score line as shown in the photo above.
Test Tubes: I bought mine from SKS Bottling because #1, they are my favorite source for fun things to decorate, but #2 because I need to buy a large quantity. The tubes I used are 3/4” x 6”, order number 0890-17, 48/in a bag for $21.12. You can order smaller quantities from Papertrey Ink.

Hold the strip of cardstock you just made up to the project. Insert the test tubes making sure the bottom of the test tubes are on the bottom of the project. Adjust the height of the cardstock so it is about in the middle of the tubes and adhere with either Sticky Strip or Mini Glue Dots. Attach to the inside of the box with either Sticky Strip or Mini Glue Dots. Fill the tubes with a variety of cake decorating sprinkles.

Add embellishments to the closure and the Velcro circle underneath the closure.

Fill the glassine bag with flat backed type sugar cake decorations and tie with a ribbon. Place in the pocket. Stamp a cupcake, color it in with markers, cut out and attach to a clothespin with Mini Glue Dots. Clip to the pocket for decoration.

I had each guest make 2 little favors. I used the Bigz Two Tag die-cut. Fold on the score line then add an additional score line between that line and the top, about 1/2” above the die-cut line. Punch a handle by first punching a 1-3/8” Circle then centering over top of it, punch the scallop circle punch. Fold and secure with a brad. Add a strip of DSP across the front. Embellish as desired. Insert snack size Hershey bar.
The favors were inspired by Barb Mullikin.

Cut card base cardstock to 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (Regal Rose). Cut layering piece of Old Olive 4” x 5-1/4” and run through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot Embossing folder.
Stamp image once on Whisper White and once on coordinating color cardstock (Regal Rose). Use the 1/2” circle punch to punch out images. Layer on top with adhesive.
Mount on a Top Note die-cut, cut from DSP, trimmed on the perforation line and mounted on another one of cardstock. Tie with ribbon.
The image design with the cut out circles was inspired by Dawn Griffith

This is a tub of Pillsbury frosting; they all seem to be about the same size. Cut DSP 3-1/3” x 11” and secure with Sticky Strip. Decorate the lid as desired.

Since the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt are discontinued, I made all the flowers for embellishments out of various felts and Big Shot die-cuts.

The cake mix idea was originally created by Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink. I adapted the project using Stampin’ Up! products for my class. I thank Nichole for her creativity and willingness to share with the blogosphere so we can all enjoy this project.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Birthday Extravaganza Class Photos

What a blast we had a last night's Birthday Extravaganza Class making all these darling cake mix ensembles! There were 14 of us and I actually remembered to take a few photos to show you their work!

Pretty in Pink and Old Olive
Regal Rose and Old Olive
Taken With Teal and Pumpkin Pie

Bashful Blue and Old Olive

Regal Rose and Old Olive

Pretty in Pink and Old Olive

Regal Rose and Old Olive
Bashful Blue and Old Olive

Pretty in Pink and Old Olive
We had lots more but you get the picture...get it, the picture...oh I crack myself up!
All papers were from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack and since the coordinating Sweet Pea Stitched Felt embellishments are now out of stock, I made all the flower out of various felts and die-cuts with the Big Shot. This weekend I'll post the directions and cutting measurements for the class.