Friday, February 24, 2017

Elegant Hand Stamped "Love" Card and Matching Gift Boxes

Last week I participated in a blog hop challenge using black and white, (If you missed it, see it here.) I decided to do something similar this week using navy and white. I think navy and white are just as elegant as black and white.

My card is a standard A2 size card measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, and is top folding. I hand stamped the white layer in navy ink using a stamp from Deep Red Stamps called "Flourish with Leaves." I cut it down to 4 x 5-1/4 inches, tied a piece of sheer navy ribbon around it, and attached it to the navy card base. (Hint: When you are stamping your own design on paper, it is easiest to stamp on a larger piece and then cut it down to the size you want.)

I then die cut some hearts using Die-namics dies from My Favorite Things (the large navy stitched heart) and I cut the smaller hearts using Momenta dies that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. The word "love" is also from a Momenta die cut set. I added some rhinestone embellishments to finish the card.

For the boxes, I used the same method of stamping out my white cardstock using the same stamp as the card, and cutting it to the size needed for the boxes. I used the Stampin' Up sweetheart punch for the hearts on the boxes. I again used navy cardstock for the box base and tied sheer navy ribbon around the boxes, tying on the hearts with silver thread.

The boxes are constructed using directions from Sam Hammond Donald, a/k/a Pootles Papercraft. She gives fantastic tutorials on box construction. Rather than me trying to repeat those directions here, I will link you to her video on You Tube. She is a great crafter to follow! She taught me everything I know about box construction. Once you know the basics, you can make simple boxes in a lot of varying sizes! I made the original box she shows and one a bit smaller. You may become addicted to box making!

I hope you enjoyed these projects. I will be back next week starting some spring cards and projects! Thanks for taking the time to visit today!

Link to Video from Pootles Papercraft
Link to Written Directions with Pictures from Pootles
Link to Deep Red Stamps Flourish with Leaves Rubber Stamp
Link to Die-namics Stitched Heart dies from My Favorite Things

Other Products Used:
Night of Navy cardstock - Stampin' Up
Whisper White cardstock - Stampin' Up
Night of Navy ink - Stampin' Up
Sweetheart Punch - Stampin' Up
Heart dies and word die - Momenta from Hobby Lobby
Sheer navy ribbon - Walmart
Rhinestones and Silver Thread - Stampin' Up

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stampin Friends February Blog Hop - Black, White & Whatever You Like

Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a guest hopper! This month's theme is "Black, White, and Whatever You Like." We could also use gold or silver as an accent. If you're following along the hop, you've arrived from Lynn Streifert's blog.

With black and white as the theme this month, I immediately thought "elegant." That led me to think of weddings! So, I created this card for the newlyweds using black and white, with pink as my accent color, and a touch of gold. What says love more than hearts? The card is A2 size in black, layered with pink, black, and then black and white heart patterned paper. The hearts are die cut using stitched hearts from MFT Stamps. The heart stamped inside the white heart is from the You're So Sweet stamp set by Stampin' Up.  The "For the Newlyweds" stamp is from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up. 

For my 3-D project, I decided to decorate a pre-made favor box. You can buy these at a very reasonable price, or there are a lot of dies available to make your own. The styles of boxes vary and are simple to decorate as little thank you favors. I layered black cardstock and the same heart patterned paper to the front of the box and used die cut ovals from Stampin' Up stitched shapes, the small oval punch, amd some hearts die cut using the same MFT Stamps dies. I added a little gold thread for accent and tied a bow using some black sheer ribbon. The "thank you" sentiment is from Endless Thanks by Stampin' Up. 

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to click the "Next" button below to continue on the hop with Raquelle Clifton's blog.

Blogger List:
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  3. Kathie Rotti -
  4. Lynn Streifert:
  5. Lana Staab (You are here) -
  6. Raquelle Clifton -
  7. Steph Jandrow -
  8. Twila Davis -
  9. Melissa Thomas-
  10. Kirsteen Gill -
  11. Cindy Slack Waldroff-
  12. Maria Willis -
  13. Kim Lamos
  14. Bibi Cameron
  15. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You Warm My Heart Valentine Card

I have an extra post this week because it's Valentine's Day! This is the card I made for my husband. We have a weekend routine of sitting and having our hot drinks together in the morning. I have coffee and he has hot cocoa or tea. Even though he doesn't drink coffee, he still sits and drinks with me!

The directions are the basic 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card with a black card base, a white layer and a red layer using last year's DSP Valentine stack from Stampin' Up. I also cut the cups with papers from that stack. The cups are die cut using dies from My Favorite Things (Hot Cocoa Cups). The "You Warm My Heart" is stamped with a My Favorite Things stamp set that coordinates with the Hot Cocoa Cups. The coffee bean heart and "steam hearts" are stamped from a set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeine Addict. I cut the coffee bean heart out using a stitched heart die from My Favorite Things, and I punched out the steam hearts using a Martha Stewart heart punch.

"I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)"
From Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Monster Hugs Valentine Cards

These cute little monster cards were inspired by Angie Juda of Chic 'n Scratch. Click here to see her card. I don't have the stamp set she used, but I do have some monster cuts in my Cricut cartridges. These are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.

I used the Stampin' Up Have a Cuppa DSP stack from last year, using Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay as my coordinating colors. For the monsters I used some Martha Stewart Valentine paper I've had for a long time. I also used a Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder and a "hugs" cut from a Momenta word die set from Hobby Lobby. Monsters don't have to be just for Halloween, especially cute ones!

  • Card Base is 4 x 5-1/2 inches in white.
  • Heart layer is from Have a Cuppa, cut to 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.
  • Melon Mambo layer is cut to 2-7/8 x 4-1/2 inches.
  • White embossed layer is cut to 2-5/8 x 4-1/4 inches.
  • Monster is found on p. 70 of the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge and is cut at 3-1/4 inches. The antennae are cut at 4 inches and layered together. Feet can be found on p. 41, blackout feature, also cut at 3-1/4 inches. I used pink for one monster and blue for the other one. I added some blue colored eyes and a pink nose on each. 
  • The foam heart was purchased in a package at Dollar Tree and was added with a dimensional dot.
  • The "hugs" is a die cut word from a set by Momenta that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
  • Before adding the layered monster piece to the card, I punched a small hole through the white and Melon Manbo layers and added some Bermuda Bay ribbon.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Last fall I shared a Little Fox Treat Box that I created.  This time, I changed up the colors, added some hearts, and created these Valentine versions! Here is the link to the previous box with all the directions: Click here

Finished size is 4 x 5 inches and is 1-1/2 inches deep (at the bottom, tapering up). The face acts as the flap to open the box, and is held closed with either a magnet or Velcro dot under the nose.  If you are giving these to children, you will want to use the self-adhesive Velcro dots instead of magnets. The Velcro dots are easier to attach, but the flap is a little harder to open than using magnets.

Which little Valentine fox is your favorite, pink or blue?!