Friday, October 30, 2009

October Project Share/ Holiday Boutique

This is the photo frame I made from the last Stamp Camp. I used the D is for Dog stamp set. It makes a beautiful frame and matte for your pet's photo. I just love how it looks like the dog is wagging his/her tail. I took this item to the meeting to share as an idea with my fellow demonstrators. This makes another very economical gift as the frame was purchased for a $1 at the dollar store.

The idea of the Holiday Boutique was to get ideas for projects customers can make at a Holiday Stamp Camp. Customer would preview items to be made at an earlier event, then sign up to make x amount of each item the day of the camp. Items could be money holders, gift card holders, teacher gifts, etc. Anything that one might need for holiday gift giving. This box was my creation. It holds a small 1 oz hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works and would make a great junior high/high school teacher gift, stocking stuffer or even Secret Santa gift. The box is made with real red card stock and decorated with chocolate chip card stock and Merry Moments designer paper. I used the Merry and Bright stamp set to stamp Rudolph. Here are my directions:

Stocking Stuffer / Teacher Gift 3 1/4” x 1 ½” Box with Mini Bow by Diane Burns

1. Cut cardstock 6-½” w by 5 ¼” h. You are able to get 2 boxes from 1 piece of cardstock.

2. Score the 6 ½ “ side every 1 ½”, which will leave a ½” piece at the edge.

3. Score the 5-¼” side at 1 “ at each end.

4. Fold along all score lines.

5. Cut the 2 small rectangles off from the 6 ½” side on the ½’ edge. This will leave a flap to stick the box together. Apply sticky tape to this edge.

6. Decorate the sides of the box with cardstock and designer paper. Cardstock cut at 1 1/4” w by 3” h and Designer paper cut to 1”w by 2 ¾”h.

7. Assemble the box by adhering 2 opposite flaps from the bottom together with sticky tape. (Choose the 2 flaps that aren’t attached to the side with the ½” flap) Then adhere the ½’ flap to the other side. Next adhere the other 2 bottom flaps with sticky tape. Place gift inside and close top flaps. Regular adhesive can be used on top.

8. Finish decorating box, make punch tag and mini bow. Mini bow instructions and dimensions on Splitcoaststampers under resources Paper Bow. ( 1 strip @ ½” x 2”, 8 strips @ ½” x 3” and 4 strips @ ½” by 2 ½”)

Cost to make

I figured my cost from the 15 boxes I made supplies for.

4 sheets Designer Paper = 4 x .83 = $3.32

8 sheets Real Red cardstock = 8 x .22 = $1.76

4 sheets Chocolate Chip cardstock = 4 x .22 = .88

1 sheet Whisper White cardstock = 1 x .22 = .22

½ roll sticky strip = ½ x 6.95 = $3.47

Mini Pop Dots = 90 x .02 = $1.80

Brads = 45 x .03 = 1.35

Total Cost = $12.80/15 = 85 cents each for box and mini bow.

Birthday Bash Stamp Camp

Well I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of cards made at my last Stamp Camp. We made 4 cards and photo frame. (I'll be sharing the frame later) The above card is made with the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. Glitter was added to the cupcakes and cherries covered with crystal effects to make them glossy.

I love this card because it is just so feminine and dainty looking. The designer paper I believe is Bella Rose. Butterfly was stamped in versa mark, then embossed with opaque white and cut out. Adhered to card with dimensionals on the body of the butterfly. Wings are then folded up to give a 3D look.

We also make 2 cards for men, the clock card and the origami shirt card from previous posts with birthday sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoying beautiful fall weather here today. More to come later!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stampin' with Leetah

Just a quick post, while waiting on the pizza man and watching Nascar, of what I made today. I had my friend Leetah over this afternoon and we worked on some Halloween sour cream containers for her made from the Cast a Spell designer paper. Anyway, while she was here I told her we should make a baby card for a baby shower she was going to next weekend. I have been wanting to try the quilting technique with the Top Note die for the Big Shot. We chose some designer paper and then used the square punch to punch out 12 squares. Those squares were then adhered to a piece of paper and run through the Big Shot with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder, then again through the Big Shot with the Top Note die. And voila, a baby quilt perfect for a baby card!

Hope you had a great Saturday,

Friday, October 16, 2009

Boss's Day Card

I made the above card for my Banking Center manager, Raul, in celebration of Boss's Day. This was my first attempt at the origami shirt and tie and after watching videos, I finally found a blog with step by step photos. If you are interested in trying this technique, check out the instructions at I used kraft cardstock, with both Manchester and To the Nines designer paper. The sentiment was self made with non Stampin' Up materials. The card edges are sponged with soft suede.

The card went along with a dozen gourmet (gigantic) cookies from a local bakery in Katy. Mmmm, my husband said they were delicious! Of course I had to buy samples for him also. :)

More stamping tomorrow after the daily chores. I hope to have more for you then.

Have a blessed night,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cards for Pam

We have visitors today from Indiana, my mom's cousins Pam and Larry. We have enjoyed the day and spent part of the afternoon making some small gift card holders for Pam. She is actually going to use them as invitations for a Christmas Tea for her co-workers. In the spot the gift card would normally go, she'll write details for the Christmas Tea. The first item we made was this paper bag gift card holder. Stamp sets used were Sparkly and Bright and Patterned Pines. Other items used (non Stampin' Up) are the red gem for Rudolph's nose and 2 types ribbon layered on top of each other. Rudolph is popped up on the old olive cardstock with dimensionals and then the old olive is popped up on the bag.

The second gift card holder uses the same stamp sets as the first, but this card is held shut with a belly band. The trees from Patterned Pines were embossed on Bella Rose DP. The middle tree is adorned with a gem at the top. The inside says "You are invited".

Tomorrow afternoon hopefully I will get my area cleaned up and then start cutting paper for cards to be made at my Birthday Bash Stamp Camp for Saturday. Have a great night!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

One of my weekend projects

All the credit for this project goes to Angie Juda . I literally watched her u-tube tutorial (which is awesome, her whole site is) and then sat down and made this. If you would like to check out her projects go to Chic'n Scratch Live at .
This particular project was called designer paper box. It is a stationary card box which holds 4-8 cards. I made 4 matching cards with mine.

The box I made used 1 sheet designer paper (paper used was the heavier DP, I think Parisian Breeze, but I don't know for sure), 2 sheets basic white, and scraps of blue, brown and tan. I am bad with colors as I had a bunch of paper stockpiled before becoming a demonstrator and just sorted by general colors. I wanted to give the cards a little more detail, so I embossed them with cuttlebug folders in the Big Shot.

This is the finished product with cards and envelopes inside the box. Overall this makes a very cute and economical gift.

Sweet dreams!

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Cardmaking Day October 3rd

Tomorrow is World Cardmaking Day, so after work, grocery shopping and the usual Saturday events, I am planning to sit down and make a few cards. I got some new stamp sets in and want to ink them up! Also just an FYI, Stampin' Up! has added a clearance section on the website that has items up to 80% off regular price. They also have reintroduced weekly specials and have 3 great punches this week at a reduced rate. Just click on the link to my website and choose the box at the top below my name that says "shop now". Then on the next screen on the left it will have links to clearance items and weekly specials. Browse to see what they have or place your order right then online. Enjoy your weekend, I'll post pictures tomorrow.