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Friday, January 22, 2010

A Seamless, Treat Filled, Sweetheart Flower

I was playing with my Sweetheart stamp set and heart shaped treat cups and wanted to make the heart flower that I had seen on this card in the Stampin' Up! Heart Treat Cup Flyer. I like this card, but I don't like the seam in the middle where the piece of card stock with the heart meets the piece with the stem.

Only one problem, I couldn't figure out how to punch out the center of the heart with a larger piece of card stock because the punch only punches from the bottom up and wouldn't reach the center of the stamped heart.

So I did some experimenting and discovered that the adhesive lip on the treat cups is clear and can be adhered over the stamped image.  I really didn't need to use the heart punch at all for this project.

Attaching the filled treat cup to the card was a little tricky.  I had to hold it over my head so I could see to line up the treat cup with stamped image without the candy falling out. I wouldn't want to make too many of these using this method but I achieved the look I wanted:

A Seamless, Treat Filled, Sweetheart Flower.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine Treat Cups

Stampin' Up! Valentine Treat Cups

OK, here's the scoop on the heart treat cups. I LOVE them! They are the perfect size to include on a 3"x3" card which makes them great for children's valentines. It took me a while to figure out how to fill and attach them to the cards but after trying several different methods this is the one I like the best.
  1. Stamp one of the heart images from the Sweetheart stamp set onto a piece of 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch out the center of the heart with the large heart punch and insert the treat cup through the hole from the back.
  2. Cut a piece another piece  2 3/4" x 2 3/4" Whisper White card stock and use the 1" circle punch to punch a hole in the center. 
  3. Peel the covering off of the adhesive on the treat cup. Apply adhesive to the piece of card stock with the 1" hole. With the treat cup still inserted into the stamped piece of card stock align and attach the two pieces of card stock together.
  4. Fill the treat cup through the hole then cover the hole with a 1 3/8" circle punched from a piece of Whisper White card stock.
  5. Now you can attach the the treat cup assembly to your card without the candy falling out.

Materials


  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Pink Passion, Real Red
  • Ink:  Real Red Classic Stamp Pad
  • Stamp Set:  Sweetheart Stamp Set (120780)
  • Accessories:  Large Heart Punch (113693), Small Heart Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch (SAB 118402), Heart Treat Cups (120435),

      Tuesday, January 19, 2010

      Valentine's Day Centerpiece


      My most recent Stampin' Up! order was delivered last night and I've been having lots of fun playing with all my goodies!


      Heart Shaped Treat Cups

      The heart shaped treat cups are amazing. They make such cute candy filled valentines. In fact, They are so adorable that I ordered 6 more sets for myself and 5 more sets for a customer that stopped by to pick up an order and couldn't believe how cute they were!

      Stampin' Up! Heart Punches

      Also in my latest order were large and small heart punches. These are perfect for layering and I used them to make a quick and easy Valentine's Day centerpiece. (shown above)

      Stampin' Up! Acrylic Stamping Blocks

      And lastly, I ordered the clear mount Sweetheart stamp set. I love the clear mount stamps! And although they will cling to any acrylic stamping block, I would recommend getting the ones from Stampin' Up!.  Their shape and thickness make the Stampin' Up! blocks much more comfortable and easier to hold onto. They are definitely worth purchasing!


      Materials used for today's project:
      • Card Stock:  Real Red, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White.
      • Accessories:  Small Heart Punch, Large Heart Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Snail Adhesive
      • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
      • Ink:  Real Red
      • Non Stampin' Up!:  hurricane glass from The Dollar Store, four drinking straws, red and pink ribbon, Valentine M&M's from Target ;-)

      Wednesday, January 13, 2010

      Valentine Treat Bags

      DIY Valentine Treat Bags

      These Valentine treat bags are easy to make and sure to please every Valentine in your life. Just fill the cello bag with your favorite candy and attach a bag topper.

      For this example I filled the bags with strawberry and banana Laffy Taffy and used paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer paper pack — they coordinate perfectly with each other.

       Instructions:

      1. Cut a piece of card stock 4" x 3 1/8".
      2. Fold in half to end up with a folded piece that is 2" x 3 1/8"
      3. Fill a Stampin' Up! small cello bag with treats of your choice.
      4. Staple folded  bag topper over filled bag.
      5. Attach piece of designer paper (3" x 1 7/8") to front and back of bag topper.  This will hide the staples.
      6. Embellish as desired.

      Materials:


      • Paper:  Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper.  Pink Passion and Whisper White card stock.
      • Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Ink:  Pink Passion
      • Accessories:  Small Cello Bags, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch.

      Tuesday, January 12, 2010

      Nerdy Valentine Instructions



      I've had several requests for instructions for the Nerdy Valentine box so here you go:   I can also make up kits for anyone who's interested. See my ETSY shop for more info on this option.

      1. Cut card stock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  (You will be able to make 4 boxes from one 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock)

      2. Score the long way 3/4" in on both sides then score the short way at 3/4", 2 1/2", 3 1/4" and 5".

      3. Using the template for reference, cut in from the edge to the first score where indicated.  Cut and remove the areas that are shaded in gray.

      4.  Cut and attach designer paper.
      • TOP: 1 5/8" x 2 5/8"
      • SIDES: (2) 5/8" x 1 5/8 and (2) 5/8" x 2 5/8"
      5. Fold and glue decorated card stock to create box.

      6.  Fill with 2 boxes of Nerds and embellish as desired.

      Sunday, January 10, 2010

      DIY Nerdy Valentine Treats

      DIY Valentine Treats

      Now that the craft room is all organized I'm ready to work on some Valentine's Day projects. This little box makes the perfect Valentine's treat.  The box measures 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 3/4" and is just the right size to hold two boxes of nerds.





      Instructions: (added 2/14/10)

      • Cut card stock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". (You will be able to make 4 boxes from one 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock) 
      • Score the long way 3/4" in on both sides then score the short way at 3/4", 2 1/2", 3 1/4" and 5". 
      • Using the template for reference, cut in from the edge to the first score where indicated. Cut and remove the areas that are shaded in gray. 
      • Cut and attach designer paper. 
      • TOP: 1 5/8" x 2 5/8" 
      • SIDES: (2) 5/8" x 1 5/8 and (2) 5/8" x 2 5/8" 
      • Fold and glue decorated card stock to create box. 
      • Fill with 2 boxes of Nerds and embellish as desired.



      Supplies:

      • Paper: Pink Passion and Whisper White card stock, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper 
      • Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Ink: Pink Passion 
      • Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Modern Lable Punch

      Craft Room Redo

      Hope everyone had a good Holiday season. I took a little stamping break after finishing my Christmas cards and gifts. And now I'm refreshed and ready to get back to it!

      While I as on break I took the opportunity to redo the craft room.  For those of you who have seen it you'll be happy to know that the blue walls with the pepto pink test swatch have been replaced with a color I like to call Green Slate. I've also purged and organized the craft supplies and rearranged the furniture.  I forgot to take some before photos (probably a good thing) but here are the after shots.


      This is my main crafting area. I use a Pampered Chef kitchen tool caddy to hold all of my markers and colored pencils. It is the perfect size and rotates keeping everything accessible.

      I made this little counter area with to closet organizers from Target and a shelf we had out in the garage. It is the perfect surface to hold my paper trimmer and my circle cutter. The two drawer units fit under the shelf and store my ink pads, envelopes and various other supplies.

      My punches fit perfectly on my windowsill keeping the visible and easy to reach.



      Here is another view of my crafting area. I have the recliner in the corner but I don't think it is staying—it's a little to big. Although I wouldn't mind having a comfy chair in here.


      This is my computer area - perfect for paperwork and bill paying.