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Birthday Bonanza

I’m so excited about my birthday bonanza projects I’m sharing today.  I love the Party Animal Suite and have 3 projects to share.

Get ready for a great blog hop with the Creation Station team with inspiring birthday projects today!

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Are You a Party Animal?

No doubt I love a good party, and while I’m not so much the party animal, I’m all about having fun.

I do love celebrating birthday’s and funny enough Russ, and I called my uncle on Friday to wish him a happy birthday.  We both struggle with remembering someone’s big day.   As soon as he picked up the phone, we were singing happy birthday.  Unfortunately, we were about five days too early.  Whoops! We all laughed, and we’ll be making the phone call again next week.

The Party Animal Suite is perfect for any age and so many great coordinating products to choose from.

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I pulled out one my favorite cardstock colors, Crumb Cake.  I love how Whisper White Craft ink looks on this cardstock.

Then I pulled some of the colors from the Party Animal Designer Series Papers.

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Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • One of my favorite coordinating products in this suite is the Washi Tape.  I love the SKINNY tape.  This was perfect to place along the edge of the card base.
  • Whisper White Craft ink is a pigment ink which takes a little longer to dry.  I use the heat tool to make the drying times faster when I’m impatient.
  • The Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was a perfect addition to this card.

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The Perfect Box

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Excuse me; I’m a little giddy over this box.  It’s perfect for a birthday bonanza! The colors, ribbon, banner and a peek of doily fit perfectly together.

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You can find the Window Box Thinlits Dies on page 43 in the new Occasions catalog.  I love this box for it’s unique design.

Tips & Tricks

  •  The box was created using Kraft Cardstock.  Kraft cardstock is a fantastic heavy cardstock that keeps shape when creating boxes.  I love the weight of this cardstock, especially when creating boxes.
  • The Party Animal Designer Series Paper was used to create the belly band around the box.
  • I added the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim with a flowing tail on each side of the box.  I love the small glimmer of gold in this beautiful ribbon.

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YAY, Time to Celebrate!

Because of my love for vintage and fonts, I am completely drawn to the Super Duper stamp set.  I love the marquee look to the fonts and it was perfect for this next card.

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Once again, I relied on my Party Animal Designer Series Paper to pull my color combinations together.  These bright colors are beautiful together.

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Tips & Tricks

  • The ribbons were folded like an accordion, then stapled to the Designer Series Paper to keep in place.
  • While I used the coordinating inks with the cardstock (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango) don’t forget you can get a similar look using a VersaMark pad.  The tone on tone looks beautiful!
  • I couldn’t get away without using a doily.  I found a perfect place…

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Find all of the products used today in the clickable links below.  

 

Get Your Party Started!

If you are planning a party, Stampin’ Up! has everything you need to create the perfect cards and favors for the perfect party.

Now lets’s see what the other Creation Station designers have up their sleeve for a birthday bonanza.  Your first blog is Dena and she never disappoints.  Simply click the NEXT button below and be inspired.

 

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Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

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Love Everywhere-Spread Kindness

Love Everywhere-Spread Kindness

Every year around this time frame as I share Valentines love I can’t help but think of our ability to share love and kindness all through the year.

It reminds me of why I’m a paper crafter.  Love is everywhere and as paper crafters, we can spread kindness ALL year long.

Isn’t that exciting?

Today I have a fantastic project that is perfect to spread love and kindness.  Even better, a blog hop with my Creation Station friends to share more love.  Love is everywhere.

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Perfect Chocolate Box

I was browsing Pinterest trying to get some inspiration for a “love” project.  I love to create treat boxes for valentines so that was on my list to hunt.  The box was originally created by a UK demonstrator named Ann Melvin.

Then I created a fun card to go with the boxes.  Chocolate and a card… YES!

 

Let’s Create!

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This box is super easy to create.  Below you will find a simple template that’s easy to follow and grab the following supplies!

  • Early Espresso cardstock 10″ x 7-1/2″.
  • Designer Series Paper 1″ x 9-1/2
  • Embellishments of your choice.
  • You will see a complete list of what I used for this project in my tips & tricks and at the bottom of the post in clickable links.

 

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This box opens up so you can place a few chocolates inside or even a few love notes.

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Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

Here is a simple template you can follow to create the box.

 

Spread Kindness, Valentines, Stampin' Up!

  • The scribbled black lines are areas you will CUT out.
  • Make sure you score each fold very well.  This makes a box nice and crisp.
  • I added an extra score line on the lid so that the lid would tuck into the box.  You can see this in red on the template.
  • Stamp hearts on the box front using the Sealed with Love stamp set and Early Espresso ink.
  • The belly band was created using the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.

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  • Die cut the heart using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits using Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  Then Texture emboss the heart die cut using the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The Lace Doilies in the Occasions catalog on page 51 are delicate and perfect for any project.  I simply added underneath the belly band.
  • Lastly, die cut the word Love using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and add to the heart using a few Mini Glue Dots.

 

Spread Kindness in the Mail

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I couldn’t help but create a card using the same theme as the box.  Let us not forget that sending love in the mail is the BEST.  We need to send more of it.

 

Be Inspired

One last thing before I go, I was so inspired by the holiday season because of random acts of kindness.  Not once, but TWICE I was in the Starbucks drive thru and my drink order was paid for by the person in front of me.  Honestly, it blew me away.  It’s only happened once before in my life.  This inspired me to keep the random act of kindness continuing.  It feels SO good.

While the holidays may be over, let’s continue to spread the love and continue to spread kindness.  Think big and the entire YEAR, not just Valentines.

Now be inspired by the other great designers from the Creation Station Team.

Simply click the buttons below and hop along and see more LOVE spread.

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New Exclusive Tutorial Available!

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Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
  2. Purchase the tutorial HERE for $15.  You will automatically receive the tutorial download after purchasing.

If you are a tutorial subscriber, this tutorial was emailed yesterday to you.  Please email me directly if you did not receive it.  

 

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Christmas Tags Wrapped In Warmth

Christmas Tags 

Here I am, last minute nelly trying to wrap up the last of my Christmas to do list.

Christmas tags are something I always create and they are ALWAYS last minute.

Its possible I’m ahead of the game right now.  I’ve been known to make the tags on Christmas Eve.

Today I’m sharing the tags I’ve created this year.

 

 

Wrapped in Warmth

I started these Christmas tags using 4 main products:

  • Wrapped in Warmth stamp set
  • Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper
  • Bakers Twine Trio
  • Lots of Labels Framelits

 

Christmas Tags, Stampin' Up!, Wrapped in Warmth

 

Of course with very little time to create I needed to keep the Christmas tags very simple.

The tag base was created using the largest die cut from the Lots of Labels framelits and I simply die cut only one end of your cardstock.

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Adding Variety To Each Christmas Tag

To add variety to the greetings I used a few different framelits dies such as the Layering Squares Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits (these will be back in stock mid January).

 

Christmas Tags, Stampin' Up!, Wrapped in Warmth

 

The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper was perfect to add to the bottom of each tag for variety.

Christmas Tags, Stampin' Up!, Wrapped in Warmth

 

Another perfect product for the Christmas tags was the Bakers Twine Trio Pack. The colors coordinated beautifully and the gold twine gave the tag that extra pop of color.

 

 

 

Christmas Tags, Stampin' Up!, Wrapped in Warmth

 

Creating Backgrounds with VersaMark

Rather than using a lot of color on my Christmas tag backgrounds, I opted to use VersaMark ink.  VersaMark provides a tone on tone color and creates a soft subtle look on any cardstock color.

In addition, you may note that the stamp images and designer series paper coordinate beautifully together.  When products coordinate, this takes a lot of the guess work from you and crafting easier.

 

Make sure to see this idea using the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set and coordinating designer series paper HERE.

I also have a card created using this stamp set on a popular post I created  HERE.

 

 

Christmas Tags, Stampin' Up!, Wrapped in Warmth

Find all of the products used for these tags in the clickable links below.

 

Christmas Ready!

While I’m still not 100% ready for Christmas my wrapped gifts can now have a pretty tag hanging from it instead of the folded over wrapping paper with the recipients name.

 

Lastly, are you ready? What are the last minute things you are trying to finish up this week?

This week prior to Christmas can bring on panic for many with so many things not finished on the to do list.  I can totally relate to that feeling, but I’m not giving in.  I’ve found it’s not worth it and I lose site of what’s important during this beautiful season.

I encourage you to not give in.  Enjoy this season and all of the beautiful things that come with it.  Eat lots of cookies and simply ENJOY!!

I hope you can make time to find the joy in creating as well.  Let’s face it… as crafters that is where we find JOY.  Why not enJOY it?

 

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End of Year Close Out Sale 

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It’s AMAZING!!

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Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

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Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.

 

Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!

 

 

Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

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How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

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I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

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Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.

 

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The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

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  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

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What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.

 

Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

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Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

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New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

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Document Your December 

 

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Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

 

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts

Do you need a quick and simple Halloween party idea?

Today I’m sharing a simple Halloween card and fun treat bag.

You will just die over the cuteness the Jar of Haunts creates with the Everyday Jar Framelits.

Another huge bonus…

Today is a fantastic blog hop with the Creation Station…. our theme is “To Die For!”

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Creating a Mesh for Mr. Mummy!

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts, Stampin' Up!

 

This mummy image in the Jar of Haunts is definitely a favorite for many.

I had a fleeting idea to create mesh background to coordinate with the mummy.

This was a simple task using Stampin’ Up!’s Ghoulish Grunge stamp set.

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Create It!

To create the layered mesh background for the mummies to layer onto, follow these steps:

  • Begin by stamping the mesh background image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures (3-1/2 x 4-3/4) using Sahara Sand ink.
  • Tear cardstock into 4-5 strips.  Crumble and fold each of the strips of cardstock into your hands until they are a ball.
  • In addition, unfold each strip, sponge Sahara Sand ink over each of the strips to add emphasis to the wrinkles in the paper.
  • Layer and overlap each of the cardstock strips onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 using dimensionals.  Leave a small amount of the Whisper White cardstock showing at the top and do not adhere the top layer completely.

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  • Layer the Whisper White cardstock onto Sahara Sand cardstock measuring 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 using Fast Fuse Adhesive.
  • Wrap a piece of Very Vanilla Thick Bakers Twine around the layers, tie in a knot and then another knot towards the bottom. Tip: Separate the Thick Bakers Twine so the twine is not as bulky around the card.
  • Using dimensionals, add this layer to a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock 3-3/4 x 5.
  • Create tag for the top of the card by die cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Tags & Labels Framelits.  Sponge ink over the entire tag using Delightful Dijon ink.  Stamp happy halloween at the top of the tag using the Spooky Fun stamp set.  Place the tag behind the top layer of mesh using Fast Fuse Adhesive.

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Add the Finishing Touches

  • Stamp mummy images using Archival Black ink onto Watercolor Paper and Sahara Sand cardstock.  Die cut images using Everyday Jar Framelits.  Watercolor the image on Watercolor Paper using Sahara Sand ink and an Aqua Painter.  Attach to the card front.  Add googlie eyes to mummies.
  • Finally, attach card front to Sahara Sand cardstock 4 x 5-1/4.  Layer onto Whisper white cardstock base  4-1/4 x 11.
  • Optional: add a little splatter to the card.  These mummy’s might be cute, but they need to be a little dirty.

 

 

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Create a Coordinating Halloween Treat

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts, Stampin' Up!

 

In addition create a Halloween party idea using die cuts that can be quick and simple.

Stampin’ Up!’s Gusseted Cellophane Bags measure 3 x 6 and they are food safe.

By adding a simple tag topper using the largest die from the Lots of  Labels Framelits you can have a quick halloween treat in minutes.

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, a simple treat added to the Gusseted Cellophane Bag completes this halloween party favor.

If you are in a crunch to create a fun halloween party idea, remember that die cuts can simplify your creating time with the Big Shot.  Choose a die cut that’s versatile and you will get more mileage from its use and create fun treats at the same time.  WIN!

Halloween Party Idea Using Die Cuts, Stampin' Up!

Find all supplies for these projects listed at the end of the post.  

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World Card Making Day Promotion

World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up!

A fun promotion from Stampin’ Up! arrives in time for World Card Making Day on Saturday, October 1st -5th.

Click HERE to see the products you can save and stock up on.  It’s one NOT to miss.

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Check out these fun ideas and card templates using Designer Series Paper HERE.

Don’t forget! When you spend $50 in my Online Store, you will receive my September Tutorial FREE.