Matchbook Treats — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

For this blog hop, we were asked to focus our projects on the Shine On Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper because it has the same thickness as card stock, and has cool silver foil designs on one side and bright, fun colored patterns on the other side.

My daughters’ school had a teacher appreciation day last month, and I like to make little treats to give to all of their teachers.  They have a lot of teachers between the two of them, so I wanted to make something cute but easy and quick.  I hadn’t made little matchbook treats in a long time, so I decided that would be perfect for what I needed.

Matchbook treatsI cut the Shine On dsp to a size of 2-1/2″ x 6″ for each treat, and scored at the 1/2″, 3-1/4″, and 3-1/2″ marks.  This was based on the size of the treats I wanted to include.  I put a small sized York Peppermint Patty in each matchbook, securing them with a staple, which also helps with the closure of the matchbook.  You can easily adjust the size of these matchbooks based on the size of your treats.

Matchbook treats close up inside On the outside cover, I cut some Silver Glimmer Paper stars with the Stars Framelits Dies.  I added a Cucumber Crush banner punched with the Banner punch, some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and a Silver Basic Metal Button threaded with White Baker’s Twine.

The “You’re the Best” sentiment was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink using a stamp from Sunburst Sayings.  All of this was placed on some loops of Silver Metallic Thread.

Matchbook treats close up outsideEven though this is just a little piece of candy, it’s fun to dress it up.  I think this shows the recipient they are special and loved.  At least that’s what was intended.  Teachers deserve lots of love!  And something sweet!

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunburst Sayings
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder
Paper:  Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cucumber Crush and Whisper White card stock, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Stars Framelits Dies, Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Basic Metal Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Banner Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Stapler

Howl-o-Ween Gift Bag Treats — Monday Montage #53

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We have another Monday Montage Blog Hop for you this evening!  There are ten of us stampers who love to share our creations, and all you have to do to follow along is to click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I’m trying to get ahead of the game a little bit when it comes to Halloween, so I made some cute little treat bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Happy Haunting dsp, and the Howl-o-Ween Treat stamp set and coordinating framelits.

Howl-o-ween Treat Punch Board BagsI tucked some candy in each bag and tied them up with some Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  Maybe I’ll be less tempted to raid the candy in them before Halloween since they’re tied up with a pretty bow.  Ha!

Hat Treat Owl Treat Bag Skull Treat BagThese were super easy to make, and my daughter is excited to hand these out to friends and teachers at school.

You’re ready hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog for some crafty inspiration.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s awesome blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Autumn Box Cheer — Monday Montage #50

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We have ten  stampers who love to share what we create, and every other Monday we get together for a blog hop.  All you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I have some sneak peeks for you tonight.  One of the items I was most excited to see in the new Holiday Catalog is a Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die.  It comes with all sorts of cute embellishment dies and even comes with some cute window dies.

I decided to make another Fall-themed project because I LOVE Fall.  So I decorated it with some Fall-themed products from the Holiday Catalog.

Autumn BoxI started by cutting some Tip top Taupe card stock with the Square Pillow Box die and then embossing it with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I then sponged on a little White Craft ink to highlight the trees.  I thought they reminded me of some of the beautiful Birch trees we saw while in Alaska last summer.

I added a square of window sheet behind the window, which I cut out with one of the dies in the pillow box framelits set.

Autumn Box Close UpThe feathers, acorn and sentiment were stamped using a super cute new set in the Holiday Catalog called Cheer All Year.  I love every image and sentiment in this set.  I used Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso ink for my color combination.

Next time I go to the store I’ll need to pick up some Fall themed M&Ms and fill the box with them.  It will make a cute surprise for a teacher or one of my kids.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  She is amazing and you will love what she has to share.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s blog for a dose of stamping inspiration.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Easter Jellybeans Treats

I made some little treats for my kids and put them in their lunches for school yesterday.  I kept them really simple, as I know that though they may appreciate the packaging, it’s what’s inside that they really care about.

Easter JellybeansI stamped the cute eggs with a stamp from the For Peep’s Sake set and colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers before stamping.  It is stamped on some Whisper White card stock cut with a die from the Label Collection framelits dies.  I folded a doily in half and placed that under it.  I just picked colors that matched the jellybeans. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Easter Jellybeans close upSince I didn’t think my 16 year-old son would necessarily appreciate the doily, I left it off of his.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones.  I always love the Easter service at church, and my youngest still likes to hunt for Easter eggs.  Even though it is supposed to rain here on Sunday, I know it will be a special day.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Car Pool Gifts

At the school which my girls attend, the same teachers have car pool duty each morning.  There are three teachers who are there rain or shine with smiles on their pretty faces every morning.  It seems like it has been especially cold this month, and I always feel bad as I drive through in my nice, warm and cozy car and wave at them.

I decided they could use a little “thank you” and a little something to warm them up.  Since everyone has such different preferences as to coffee or tea, I didn’t want to do that.  Can you guess what’s in the bags?

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Hand warmers are in the bags.

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I stuck a couple of packages in each bag and used some of the pretty new Sale-a-Bration dsp, Irresistibly Yours, and ribbon.  The sentiment comes from a Sale-a-Bration set, Simply Wonderful.

IMG_0286 copyI hope you have a warm Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Gift Ensemble

Our church is blessed to have a really active youth group with great youth pastors on staff.  The head youth pastor recently went on a much earned six-week sabbatical, and with one assistant youth pastor short, the other assistant youth pastor found herself in charge (with very capable help) for that time period.  Of course, she did a fabulous job and we wanted to let her know that we think she is pretty special.

Gift Ensemble

I made a card so that we could write her a note of thanks and encouragement and a coordinating little gift box.  I love how this hobby allows us to make little ensembles like this that perfectly coordinate.

Gift Ensemble Card

I thought this stamp from Big News would be perfect for her card.  She is pretty awesome and we thought she should know.

Gift Ensemble BoxI used one of the super cute Tiny Treat Boxes for her gift.  We found a necklace that represents the theme of an upcoming event, and we immediately thought of her when we saw it.  I love it when I can find a perfect gift for someone!  I wish that would happen more often.  I usually struggle with that.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Box of Thanks

I have another Convention display project to share with you today.  Since Fall is right around the corner, I thought this project would be appropriate.

SS 3d 1I think it’s so fun to decorate the Kraft Gift Boxes.  They come in two sizes in the annual catalog, and there will be a cute small size in the Holiday catalog too.

I started by stamping this box with the Hardwood background stamp before assembling the box.  I then die cut the leaves using the Autumn Accents Bigz die and embossed them with the Woodgrain embossing folder.

SS 3d 1 Close upI used a sponge dauber to apply the Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, and Early Espresso inks to the Seasonally Scattered stamp and stamped it on Very Vanilla card stock.  I used a die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set to cut out the “thanks.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

An Eclectic Frame

KE 3d 1Here’s a picture frame I decorated using the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the convention display boards.  I bought a plain wood frame from a big box store for $1.  I painted it white with some acrylic paint.  After it dried, I spritzed it with a mixture of Pool Party ink and rubbing alcohol a few times, until the color was as dark as I desired.

KE 3d 1 Close Up 1Once that was dry, I stamped on the frame and added some embellishments for decoration.

KE 3d 1 Close Up 2This was an easy project.  Now I need to make another one that I can keep.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


A Bag and a Box

I have two more convention display board projects for you today.  One is a sack and the other is a box.  They both feature the Amazing Birthday stamp set.

AB 3d 2I used one of the Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags and then added a fun banner and embellishments.  I finally made a spiral flower using the Spiral Flower Originals die out of Hello Honey card stock.  I hot glued it on with some ribbon and sequin trim.

AB 3d 2 Close UpI also decorated one of the fry boxes, which I created with the Fry Box Bigz L die.  It is so easy to assemble, and it’s so fun to decorate.

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I put some marbles in the cellophane bag, which of course coordinated with the fun Gold Soiree dsp. My daughter had a great time playing with the extra marbles.

AB 3d close upI love how versatile this stamp set is.  Even though it has birthday in its title, this set can really be used for so much more than birthdays.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.


Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Fond Farewell to Beautiful Butterflies — Mother’s Day Box

I am going with a theme over the next week — A Fond Farewell to ______.  I’ll show projects that use retiring products that I love.  I don’t mind it when Stampin’ Up! retires products because it forces me to remove them from my craft space to make room for fun new products.  However, there are always a few things that make me a little sad to see on the retiring list.

I’m featuring one of those products today — the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die.

I decided that rather than make another decorated bag for one of our moms for Mother’s Day, I could fit a gift into one of the Kraft Gift Boxes. Now, I’ll have a gift bag and a box for my mom and my dh’s mom.  I love the size of these boxes, and they are so fun to decorate.

Mother's Day BoxI used some other retiring products on this gift bag –  the 5/8″ Victoria Crochet Trim (Why does this have to retire???  I love this stuff!), the 3/8″ Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, a Pistachio Pudding Boutique Detail, and the 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon.  The dsp I used, Venetian Romance is also retiring.

Mother's Day Box Top ViewI used a sponge dauber to add a little bit of Crumb Cake ink to the Tea Lace Paper Doily to tone down the bright white look of it.  I embossed the Mother sentiment from Amazing Family (also retiring) with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Mother's Day Box Side ViewBecause I wanted the recipient to be able to open the box without having to mess up any of the decorations, I just draped a piece of the 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon down over the front of the box and sewed a Vintage Faceted Designer Button on with some Linen Thread.  This piece is only attached on the top of the box and hangs over the front of the box.

So what things are you sad to see on the retiring list?  Are you trying to use them again before they retire next month, too?  Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!