24 December 2006

More fun with Tall Thin Tins

I created two more gift card holders yesterday for my two cousins. The one pictured above is for Tom who just graduated from Army basic training late this summer. He is also an avid hunter. So his gift card is for hunting supplies of his choice. I decorated his tin around the 'camo theme' but had to add the 'Make Merry' Christmas theme in there somewhere too! *lol* The tag is gold embossed on the brushed gold card stock. I tied it on with a piece of regular twine and gold cord. I made the name tag on top with the window word punch and carried the twine and gold cord theme to the top of the tin as well. I just hot glued a piece of our stitched grosgrain ribbon around the rim of the lid as well. Another simple tin completed!!

This is is for my cousin Annie who absolutely loves Starbucks! So trying to go with the chocolate or coffee theme I used printed papers from the Spring Flowers Designer Series double sided paper collection. I tore a piece of the paper for the 'top of the bottom portion' of the tin (because I was trying to hide the fact that I cut the brown flower print a bit shorter than I had hoped!!) so this covered up my mistake!! *lol* I also used the same 'Make Merry' tag as well as the stitched grosgrain ribbon and window word punch for her name tag just as I did on Toms tin. I did use a mini gold bow to decorate the top of her tin. For a little more 'floof' I cut a few pieces of the chocolate grosgrain ribbon and folded them over and tucked them under the bow. I did use a hot glue gun to adhere the bow, ribbon and window word tag to the top of the tin ~ just to be sure all would stay!

We will be on our way to a Christmas Eve celebration here in a few minutes to celebrate with family ~ it's just a short 3 mile drive to the farm I grew up on. I always look forward to this time of year. I hope you do too. A time for joy and happiness ~ a special time of year ~ nothing could be better.

Blessings and Cheers!

~TFL & Enjoy~

21 December 2006

Bandage tins are not just for band aids...

.....they are for creating on too!!! Here is a very quick project I did tonight. I purchased these from OrientalTrading.com The product number is 65/90065 and they are called 'tall thin tins'. 3 come in a package for $4.95. They measure2 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/8".

I started out by cutting a piece of SU! Slumber Party designer paper and I just taped it to the tin using sticky strip tape. Then I just simply cut a piece of the 'Flirty' ribbon (from the Winter Mini) and hot glued that ~ gathering it in the front to glue it. I ran a piece of the sliver cord around the top of that, gathering and glueing that in the front too. Then I silver embossed a S is for Smile tag and used my tag punch to punch that out very easily and quicky ;o) (I loooovveee my tag punches!) I punched a hole in the top of the tag and ran a small piece of light pink narrow organdy ribbon thru it and gathered it with a small pice of silver cord. Then to mount the tag to the tin --- I had to double up on my dimensionals --- I just stacked one on top of another to get the 'height' I needed and then simply attached it to the tin.

I enclosed a gift card for the recipient ~ perfect size for that!!! I think I am going to make some different versions for gift cards for christmas presents ~ rather than just handing them an envelope these would be fun tins to open and certainly not expected!!

~TFL & Enjoy~

20 December 2006

Female Frapp Attacks!!!

Here is what kept me busy tonight!! I made up two female frapp gifts tonight and they were pretty much identical---but one was for a birthday gift Friday and one was for our hairdresser ~ just a little thank you for a Christmas gift but without the Christmas theme. Really no reason for that other than to say it was easier to make them almost the same rather than different!! *lol* I have a hair appointment Friday morning so I'll deliver it then.
As always, everything is SU! The ribbon is from the Winter mini ~ Flirty. The chocolate chip ribbon was fun to use in this project....I just hot glued it as I went around the bottle. The pink ribbon was fun to use too but it is not soo 'forgiving' when it came to finishing it off on the back of the bottle...the chocolate chip kinda all flowed together where the pink did not. The chocolate chip ribbon is more gathered where the pink is not....make sense? I wanted to add something more around the pink ribbon but when you insert the bottles back into the carton they get to be too 'bulky' so I was not able to add anymore without runnning into problems there. I also used the hot glue gun and attached grosgrain ribbons around the bottle caps too.
The paper is from the recollections designers series ~ that stuff is sooo pretty! I was able to cover both of the frapp boxes with just one sheet! Then of course pieces of the coordinating paper for the bottles and box sides with tons of that left over for the next projects *smiles*
The tops of the bottles were covered using the two circle punches and the 'riveting' stamp set. This is the only spot where the theme differed ---'enjoy your day' to 'thanks so much'.
The tag on the front of the box was done by gold embossing on the brushed gold card stock ~ I just love that look!! I then attached a piece of my *hoarded* hodge podge hardware and attached that to the wide organdy ribbon with a piece of gold cord.
Then the best part ~ I filled each bottle up with yummies!!! M&M's, Hersheys Kisses, Milk Duds and Jelly Beans
I hope they enjoy them ~ I enjoyed making them!
~TFL & Enjoy~

19 December 2006

So Very --- 2007 SAB

Here is the other group of cards that I completed this weekend for a SAB card swap over on SCS---same hostess just a different group. This is using the 'So Very' SAB stamp set. I just didnt use the 'so very' in the set!!! *lol* I thought I could show how to use the set in other ways too....not necessarily using the so very in each design. This would be a great card for many occassions.

It's hard to see but I did apply Crystal Effects to a portion of the Wild Roses just to give it a bit if dimension. In the picutre it would be the deeper colors of purple on the flower is where the CE was applied. They are really quite pretty IRL :o)

The elegant eggplant cs is is stamped with the Adia Background using elegant eggplant ink. I stamped the roses and then used creamy caramel and a sponge to go over the top of them --- just to give them a worn look or antiqued look. I then used the new SU! distressing tool to distress the three sides and tore the bottom .

I stamped 'loved' in elegant eggplant and then punched that out using the window word punch and added two gold eyelets to each side. I applied a dimensional to the back of that and attached it to the front of the card and then added the gold cord around the EE card stock.

Here is a list of all of the ingredients used:

Stamps: So Very (SAB 2007), Wild Rose, Adia Cloth Background
Cardstock: From the Color Coach—Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Stampin' Pads: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Gold Brads, Window Word Punch, Crystal Effects, Gold Cord, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Cutter Kit (distressing tool), Crafters’ Tool Kit

~TFL & Enjoy~

Big Blossom & So Very Mix --- 2007 SAB

Here is a card I finished up this weekend for a swap that I am participating in over on SCS ~

It's hard to see in the pic but I embossed the flower doing the 'kissing' technique and I mixed together before embossing:
Stampin Emboss Detail White
Stampin Emboss Detail Gold
Stampin’ Glitter Romantic Red
It sparkles IRL ;o) If I were to do it again I would probably leave out the gold and just do the white and red glitter and give that a try for a different look....

I started by stamping the Vintage Violet cs with the linen BG using Vingage Violet ink, then I did the Big Blossom on top of that so it has a bit of a texture look under the embossing. Then once the embossing was done I cut each Big Blossom out. Also, the Marigold Morning cs background is stamped with the Linen Background stamp using Marigold Morning ink as well.

The 'So Very' was stamped off once before being stamped on the MM cs. I played around with this for a bit before deciding to do it this way--just so the 'happy' would so up a bit better.

As always, here is my list of ingredients:

Stamps: Big Blossom (SAB 2007), So Very (SAB 2007), Happy Everything, Linen Background, Wild Hearts Background
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Marigold Morning, Vintage Violet
Stampin' Pads: Vintage Violet, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Mixed together for the BB flower before embossing– Stampin Emboss Detail White, Stampin Emboss Detail Gold & Stampin’ Glitter Romantic Red. Linen thread, Mini glue dots, Rich Regals buttons, Ticket Corner Punch
Techniques: Embossing

~TFL & Enjoy~

16 December 2006

Find Joy In The Little Things

FREE & FUN!!! Now what could be better than that??? This Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set was such a fun and pleasant serendipity to receive in the mail ~ ~ a package from Shelli and Stampin' UP! How awesome to feel appreciated by such an neat company!

I had a second Thursday night to play with my fun new (& free!!) stamp set that I received Tuesday in the mail!! So here is what I created ~ ~ sorry for the shadow off to the left side of the picture but I was running late getting ready for work---I would have rather just sat and stamped all night ~ lol!

I must give SCS'er Miss Beate credit for the layout of this card --- one of my all time faves that I have cased over and over again for different occassions --- just changing the colors and stamp sets --- I just love doing this with ribbon now and the 'happy' was just screaming at me to becoming an oval tag!! *wink wink*

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley
Cardstock: All from the 2006 In Colors --- Marigold Morning, Vintage Violet, Cranberry Crisp

Stampin' Pads: Marigold Morning, Vintage Violet, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Ivory Wide Organdy Ribbon, Stitched Gingham, Gold Cord, 1/16" Punch, Large Oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, The Tearing Edge

~ Enjoy & TFL~

15 December 2006

Tea 4U

These went out in the mail tonight ~ ~ en route to my 2006 secret sisters that I have had over on SCS thru a group called DDSS (dabblin demos secret sisters is what I think it stands for anyway!! lol) Christmas tea! I hope they enjoy them!! I am also being sneaky and putting one in the mail to my current DDSS too...humm...we will see if she catches on...this could be fun....she would just find out a weee bit early is all!! I can't believe January is already reveal month for this current round! Time flies when you are have fun, eh?

I received one similar to this last year just before the holidays from my Sista' Michaeleen (aka 'missmike' on SCS) and have been thinking alllllllll year as I look at it on my board: "I am going to make some of these next season and send them out" I also made up bunches and gave them to my Mom to hand out to her friends as well ;o)

Here is what the inside poem says:
On Christmas Day, at half past three,
Pour yourself a cup of tea.
I’ll think of you, you’ll think of me,
Sitting around the Christmas tree.

These bags are smaller than the typical bags so to give you an idea the front of these measure 4" by 4" and they are really easy to complete! Bascially you just fold the bag in half and start to decorate!!

Here is a list of the 'ingredients':

Stamps: Everyday Flex Phrases, Bold Shapes, Year Round Fun II
Paper: Four Seasons, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Ink: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Accessories: Flirty Ribbon, Caramel Gingham Ribbon, Narrow Organdy Light Pink Ribbon, Gold Cord, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Heart Punch (for hole in tea tag for ribbon) Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags, Pop Up Glue Dots (to hold tea bags on tea tags), extra small brown bags

~TFL & Enjoy~

14 December 2006

Magic Reindeer Dust

This was a super fun project --- I made it for the kids --- really!!! *lol* I came up with a list of names of friends & family that had kids around the age that would still enjoy something like this and then I called my Mom and asked for her list too! Her list had friends that have grandkids that will think this is fun too! I then got busy in my creative space. Thanks to craftqueen for her inspiration on this project!!

This was another project where there was really no stamping involved --- just the compuer for the little sayings. I typed the saying in Word once and then just 'cut and pasted it' 8 times doing it in two columns printing it out on whisper white card stock. I used my Cricut (aka: Jiminy) machine to cut out the reindeers ~ I chose the 2" setting. The reindeers are cut out of Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel cardstock. It's kinda hard to see but the li' reindeers really do have some features to them---the Circut does all of that work for you as it cuts them out. It thought about adding a red nose or adding some of the fun eyeballs to them but I didnt have enough on hand to do all 25 bags...then how do you decide which child gets which bag?! So I just left them plain! The Cricut cartridge that has this reindeer I think is from Animal Kingdom...I am trying to recall this part from memory and am not home right now to run up and look!! If I am wrong, please just post a note here to correct me *wink* The toppers are Real Red cardstock just scored and folded over.

The 'magic reindeer dust' is a very secret potion of oatmeal and glitter!! I just used the large gusset cello bags and cut down the tops to 6" and folded them over (basically because that is what I had on hand) I put about 3 heaping tablespoons of oatmeal into each bag with a few good shakes of glitter ~ I just used a combination of glitter as I made the bags -- they are all a bit different.

Incase the picture is too hard to read here is the saying:

Magic Reindeer Dust
On Christmas Eve when the moon is out,
Clap three times and stomp about.
Sprinkle the reindeer dust on the ground,
Shout Santa two times and turn around.
The sparkle of glitter and the smell of the oats
will guide Santa’s sleigh straight to your house!

I truly hope this finds you enjoying the magic of the holiday season!!

~TFL & Enjoy~

07 December 2006

Fun Frapp Attack

Here is my first attempt at the recycled Frapp containers!! Hardly no stamping involved in this project--boy does that seem different!!

I picked these yummy Mocha treats up last week (first time trying these too!! mmm!) and have been pondering what I would do with the bottles once they came out of the dishwasher---then I flipped the December calendar over and realized there were December birthdays!! So I quickly made these up tonight as a gift for my boss. His birthday is Friday but I wanted to take it into work on Thursday incase he takes Friday off!! I did stop at the store on my way to work tonight and pick up some goodies and filled each one with different kinds of candy he likes---M&M's, Jelly Beans, Hot Tamales & Maple Nut Goodies. --Of course I took the calories out of each and every one of them....lol!

I tried to make it a 'guyish' kind of gift---not too 'girlish' looking! I do have a few other birthdays this month and am going to repeat this same project again as these were soo fun to do! It took me about a hour and a half to do this one from start to finish and being the first one ever I figure that is not too bad. The other two this month are for girls so they will be more 'frills' so they will be fun too!!

Here is the list of 'ingredients' I used to create:
Stamps: Terrific Tags, Too Terrific Tags
Paper: Sentimental Journey Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Pad: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Grosgrain Ribbons, Gold Cord, Word Window Punch

~Enjoy & TFL~

01 December 2006

Oldie' But A Goodie!

Welcome to December!!

This is one of my favorite Holiday cards from a few years ago...and with it being the 1st of December I thought I'd post it today being in the holiday spirit!!! *hummin' holiday tunes as I type this*

I stamped this one shortly after I signed up to become a SU! Demo and after I found SCS!! The inspiration comes from Karen Beiermann ~ ~ Thanks Karen!!

Funny how you look at things that you stamped a few years back and you think, 'if I were to do that again today this is what I would do different' ---- well I'd probably do a bit more with background stamps for sure!!! I'd have to say I have a few more (ok, alot more!) stamps today than I did back then too!! lol

As always, here is the recipe of ingredients:
Stamps: Holiday Woodcuts
Card Stock: YoYo Yellow, Real Red, Whisper White
Stampin' Pad: Basic Black,
Stampin' Write Markers: Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, YoYo Yellow Stampin' Write Marker, Going Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Real Red eyelets, Gold Cord, Star Punch, 1/16" hole punch

I hope you enjoy your holiday season this year with your family and friends~

~Enjoy & TFL~