Friday, November 10, 2017

Inky Friends Presenting the Gifts Blog Hop: Snowflake Sentiments

Welcome to my stop for the My Inky Friends Presenting the Gifts Blog Hop. Have you ever just wanted to make your packages look amazing? Especially, using stuff you already have on hand? Well, this is the blog hop for you! Each of us have created some pretty amazing projects meant to making your gift giving beautiful. You may have come from Betty's use of Santa Paws, traveling backwards via Shelley's Hang Your Stocking projects, or you may be starting here. Any which way works! 

I like to make my gift wrapping easy. I hate wrapping gifts. Everyone in my life would get gifts Bubba-style (a plastic or kraft bag directly from the store), if I didn't know how important the packaging is. As a kid, looking at the paper, and the bows, and the ornaments attached to the gifts, helped ease my excitement waiting for those darn dishes to be done so we could dive in. So, today, I have some repurposed items and some quick and easy ways to spruce them up.

First up, a gift box:

I save the box from the Soft Sayings Card kit, thinking how awesome it would be to use it for a gift. It's the perfect size for a photo book. Just sayin'. I made it lovely with a homemade bow out of the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper. It's pretty easy. I added a few strands of the Silver Sequins and on the bottom, I added two strips of the Snowflake die cuts. I snipped the middles so I could curve the snowflakes around. That work, never shows!  For the tag, I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and a 2" strip of cardstock. I stamped in Basic Black and Pool Party for some details and texture. My final touch was adding the ribbon so that it only went around the lid. Easy off lid! 

My next projects coordinate:

I had an empty tea container that I wrapped in the Merry Music Designer Series Speciality Paper, I added a little band around the middle and used the 2" Circle Punch for a layer and the Everyday Label Punch was perfect for the sentiment, "Merry Christmas from my our family to yours." My sister and I make a lot of treats to give away. I can picture this one full of peanut brittle. 

On the top, I added a bow made from the Bow Builder Punch. 

The little Pool Party parts are from the die cut tag topper from the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle. I use everything I can when I am creating. For that tag, I used the Die cut that comes with the framelits and then added a Whisper White piece to extend it. That way, the snowflake negative space could be seen better. Easy, quick and fun.

The other item above is a sour cream container. No, I didn't reuse one, I made my own with a piece of 6x6 paper. I added some washi tape at the top and a scalloped snowflake piece on the bottom. I also used a little Swirl and a easy tag using the Pretty Label Punch. Easy and cute. I gave these out at  my last event filled with candy corn. I made a dozen in less than 2 hours, designing time included.

Well, that's what I have to show. You can now click Next to go to Shelley's Hang Your Stockings projects or you can go backwards to Betty's Santa Paws project. Either way, you won't be disappointed!


Happy Stamping!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cuppa Joe Birthday Card

I love coffee. I drink it daily, but I really love it. When I'm stressed out in my classroom, I often stop and take a drink. It pauses me and I can regroup. Plus, caffeine. What coffee lover wouldn't appreciate this card?

This card was created so that you could slip a little instant coffee pouch behind the cup, but I didn't have any to use in this photo.

I love layering the graphic nature of this paper with blocks of color. Visually appealing, I think. I stamped the sentiment on Pool Party and cut it with the framelits. The cup lid is out of glossy, so in real life, it looks shiny. The rest was just adhering layers. Easy and cute. 

My Stampin' Group created these cards this month:

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Easy and Cute Pumpkin Favors

I'm sitting here eating fresh from the oven roasted pumpkin seeds on my first day off all school year and am ticking items off my to do list one by one. One of those items is to share some of the projects I've made recently with you all. So, CHECK! another thing off my list!

For those of us who get very few trick or treaters, a little gift is often more fun to hand out. I had a bunch of little test tubes from a school project that I thought would make great tic tac holders:

However, I haven't bought any tic tac's yet! I used a little strip of the Autumn Harvest Designer Series Paper as a band around the middle, a little Crushed Curry Mini-Chevron Ribbon tied in a knot and a Pumpkin tag from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. I used my Many Marvelous Markers to color a fun Jack-o-lantern and Voila! a cute and easy treat container.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inking Up the Season Smitten Mitten Recap

Wasn't that a great hop? I love My Inky Friends!

I have the supply lists and details for the projects I made using Smitten Mittens for today's post. Enjoy!

My mitten card is one of the favorites I have ever made. I just want to hug it. 

There is no surprise or hard work here. Just embossing, big shot cutting, and stamping. All fun and all easy. But WOW does it look glamorous!

The Tags and Pizza Box are the cutest! It was fun to mix and match the cut mittens and embellishments.

Each mitten was created with two layers- one Whisper White and one out of the Designer Series paper. I added some pearls, some facet gems and layers of stamped and die cut images. I had no plan, just a bunch of stuff on my table and I put it all together. 

I hope you had fun! Happy Stamping! Sara


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