Friday, November 10, 2017

Advent Wreath With Tiny Milk Cartons

I wanted to make an advent calendar for my granddaughter this year. After I made the little milk carton for Halloween, I decided to see if I could make an even smaller version and this is what I came up with! They are tiny little milk cartons that measure 1 inch wide by 2 inches high. My granddaughter loves things in miniature, so I think this will be a hit! I am putting small candies and trinkets inside. They will also hold coins, folded up notes with activities to do, etc.

Here they are all finished and lined up. I printed out the numbers on my computer, then punched them out. I layered them with a slightly larger scalloped circle and then another circle, coordinating the circles with the colors of the papers. The papers I used are from Stampin' Up (2013). It's a good way to use up your scraps.

Directions for Mini-Milk Cartons:
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 x 4-1/4 inches
  • On long side, score at 1,2,3, and 4 inches
  • On short side, score at 1,2 and 2-3/4 inches
  • Cut away small squares on top and bottom, right side
  • Cut up vertical score lines on bottom up to first horizontal score line
  • Fold on all score lines
  • Apply adhesive tape to the tab and fold box together
  • Fold up bottom tabs and adhere
  • Pinch top closed
  • Insert goodie or note and close with mini clothespin
  • Clip to a wreath or small tree or just put in a basket
After you make a few cartons they go faster and really don't take that long to make. Besides it's fun! Instead of putting them on a little tree, I decided to use a wreath that I can hang on her door! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Christmas Planner

I wanted to share my Christmas Planner with you. I actually made this Christmas Planner last year and really liked it, so I updated it this year using sheets I purchased from Polka Dot Posie Prints on Etsy (see link below). I wanted to share it with you in case you are looking for a simple and cute way to make a Christmas Planner.

I removed my sheets from last year and added a section in the back of the planner for prior years. This way I can always look back and see what I did the previous year. The rest of my planner is the same as last year with the same dividers I made using Christmas scrapbook paper cut to size and adding handmade tabs. (I decorated both sides of the divider pages.)

This is my planner open. There is a pocket inside the binder cover for a post-it-note pad, lists, etc. I decorated the inside cover page using scrapbook paper, die cuts, stickers, and stamps.

The first section I added was a To-Do List (a printable from the Etsy Shop):

I took an undated Avery calender insert and added the dates for December and inserted it into my planner behind the To-Do List, adding a tab so I can flip to it easily.

 Next comes the Gift List section. I decorated the divider with washi tape and stickers.

This is one of the printable lists from Etsy:

My next section is for on-line orders. I do a lot of on-line ordering and want to keep track of the orders, the recipient, when they are expected to arrive, date of arrival, etc.

There is a printable for this section as well:

The next section is my Christmas Card List:
And again, another printable:

There is also a menu section:
 and another cute printable:

Finally, I used a premade Avery pocket that I decorated to keep all my receipts in:

Products Used:
The Avery Binder (7 x 9 inches), pockets and accessories can be purchased almost anywhere, including Walmart. I purchased the printable inserts from Polka Dot Posie Print Etsy Shop and I absolutely LOVE them! They come in X-Small, Small and Large (8-1/2 x 11). I purchased the Small which prints 2 pages on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and fits my Avery notebook perfectly. The categories also fit in perfectly with what I had already set up last year, but in a much cuter presentation!

I'm ready for the season! Now back to card making and projects!

Note: I also made a personal planner using another Avery notebook in the same way. Click here to see that planner.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Coffee Treat Holders for Halloween

Want to make some cute little treat holders for the grown-ups in your life? Here are a few coffee treat holders I made this year.

This little Witches Brew K-cup holder is just a 2 x 2 inch square box covered in DSP and wrapped in orange, black and white twine. I used paper and stamps from Stampin' Up, added some black crinkle paper, and a K-cup! (To make a 2 x 2 inch box, cut a piece of cardstock to 6 x 6 inches and score at 2 inches on all 4 sides, cut on score lines and assemble.)

This treat holder is a small milk carton made with directions from (click here). I made the carton using orange cardstock and covered it with panels of  Halloween Night DSP from Stampin Up (2016). I mixed a couple stamp sets to get the stamped "Everything pumpkin", die cut it out using a stitched oval shape, then hand cut and added a little pumpkin from the same DSP. I tied some black twine around the carton. This little carton will also hold a K-cup or some small pumpkin candies, tea light candles, etc. The carton is held closed with a gold library clip.

I made this small treat bag using orange and white polka dot paper. You can use a die to create the bag or make your own. (To make your own, start with a piece of paper cut to 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches, scoring at 1-3/4" and 5-1/4 inches on the long side, then turning the paper and scoring at 1/2 inch on the side that will be the bottom, which is important if it's directional paper. Fold on score lines, trimming away all but the middle section on the bottom. Adhere the bag together. You can use decorative scissors to cut a small strip from the top of the bag.)

I added a tag cut from a calendar page (see my post dated October 6, 2018 where I turned calendar pages into cards and projects), added some twine, a stamped and cut out image of a coffee cup, a witch's hat, and a greeting from the same Stampin' Up stamp set. I attached the tag to the bag using a heart shaped black paper clip. Inside the treat bag is a packet of mocha latte coffee.

Here is another idea. You may have seen these cute little coffee cup candles at Dollar Tree. I removed the label it came with, traced out a new one in kraft cardstock, and attached it instead. Then I added the greeting, cup and witch's hat. Very little effort for a cute effect!

Halloween doesn't have to just be for kids you know!

Supplies Used:
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock from Stampin' Up
Kraft Cardstock from Hobby Lobby
Polka Dot paper from Stampin' Up (retired)
Spooky Night DSP from Stampin' Up (for witch's hats)
Halloween Night DSP (Stampin' Up - 2016)
Merry Cafe Stamp Set from Stampin' Up
Celebrate Everything Stamp Set from Paper Pumpkin (April 2016)
Stitched Shapes Framelits from Stampin' Up (oval)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grateful for You - Stampin' Friends Blog Hop 2017

Welcome to Stampin' Friends Blog Hop for October. This month we are creating giving thanks or Thanksgiving cards and projects.

I created this card by embossing some Early Espresso Cardstock with a fall leaf embossing folder, adding a small border at the bottom using a borders die, and making a pumpkin using several layered ovals cut with stitched dies. I added some die cut leaves, the "grateful" word die, and stamped "for you" onto a small hand cut white banner. For the picket fencce, I cut some strips from wood textures paper, dog-eared the tops, and laid them out in a picket fence pattern.

Supplies Used:
Early Espresso Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Crumb Cake Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Wood Textures DSP Stack - Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Paper Studio
Hello Fall Paper Pad - Carta Bella
"Grateful" die cut - Taylored Expressions
Leaf Diecuts - Lawn Fawn
Stitched Hillside Borders - Lawn Fawn
Stitched  Shapes Framelits - Stampin Up

I also made a little "wooden crate" to go along with my card. These would make perfect table favors for Thanksgiving!

I made the same oval layered pumpkin, added some die cut leaves and a "thankful" banner. I added some crinkle paper to the inside of the crate, and tied some twine around it. You can use a die cut for the crate or hand make one with a 6 x 6 piece of wood textures paper, scored at 1-1/2" and 4-1/2" on one side and at 2" and 4" on the other side. Either way, it creates a darling little "wooden crate".

Supplies Used:
Wood Textures DSP Stack - Stampin' Up
Hello Fall Paper Pad - Carta Bella
Leaf Diecuts - Lawn Fawn
Endless Thanks Stamp Set (retired) - Stampin' Up
Stitched  Shapes Framelits - Stampin Up

There is a Giveaway this month! Comment on the blogs with the hashtag as shown below and have a chance to win this super kit!

Now come follow along with the other hoppers to see what they have created for you this month!

Friday, October 13, 2017

"I Have My Eyes on You" - Halloween Card & Treat Box

I was shopping at Dollar Treat a while back and saw a cute Halloween decoration featuring a jar full of eyeballs with the words "I have my eyes on you!" The cardmaker in me saw a card in the making!

My card is the standard A2 size card, top folding, using black cardstock. I then added a layer of white, then lime green, and then a piece of striped cardstock in Halloween colors.

I stamped and cut out a Mason jar image and added the googly eyeballs purchased at Dollar Tree. I tied some black twine around the jar top and added it to a stitched die cut purple circle with dimensional adhesive. That circle was then added on top of a lime green circle, and then onto a black one.

I attached two more stitched circles in smaller sizes behind the circles the Mason jar is attached to. I added two larger colored googly eyes to the orange circle. All the circles are cut using Stampin' Up's Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I made the word sentiment on my computer using the BaaBookHmk font in Word (size 20), printed it out on white cardstock, and then cut it down, flagging one end. I added a small scrap of orange patterned cardstock at the bottom edge of the flagged piece.

I then created a small Halloween treat box using the same image, googly eyes and stitched circles. It is a gable box purchased at a craft store. It has been in my stash for awhile so I can't really tell you where it came from, but you can use any treat boxes you may have. I used the same striped paper to decorate the all white box and made the same sentiment on my computer, just making the font smaller (size 16). The box is held closed with a small gold binder clip.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cards and Gift Packaging Using Calendar Pages

I have been collecting my used Lang Coffee Calendars by Lisa Kaus for years! I just can't bring myself to throw them away. I have used them before for several flipbooks, but otherwise they have sat idle in my craft room waiting to be brought back to life!

While I was cleaning out my papers a few weeks ago, I came across the stack of calendars dating back to 2011 and decided I had to put them to use! I love the artwork so much and have framed a few over the years, but I wanted to do something different. I decided to see if I could make some cards. That then led to a notepad cover, gift packaging and bookmarks! The possibilities are endless!

To make a card, I took a piece of clear plastic (window sheet material, heavyweight cellophane bag, etc.) cut to about 4 x 6 and placed it on various areas of the calendar page. When I found an area that would make a good card, I marked it and cut it out. From there, I found cardstock to coordinate with the prints, trimmed down the image where needed, and made a card! I even used scraps to stamp the greetings on.

 After I made the cards, I went on to gift packaging. I had this plain kraft gable box that I hadn't used in years and started finding pieces to cover it.  I cut out the letters for "coffee" to add to the top and other words for the front of the box. I plan to put packages of coffee or K-cups inside.

Then I took one of my fold top kraft bags and decorated it. I cut out the coffee cup image and then hand cut the J, A, V and A to add on top of the image. I wrapped some twine around the bag and added a small corrugated tag to complete the bag!

I also made a notepad cover. (I am not including directions because there are a lot out there already.) I stamped on the front and made a small pocket for the inside. I covered the white part of the notepad with another piece of the calendar page. You can cut and piece and decorate to your heart's content! 

This is what the notepade looks like open, from the back.

I also made a matching bookmark. I just glued a piece of the calendar onto a tag I cut from kraft cardstock. 

As you can tell, this can become addictive! I spent an entire weekend creating cards and projects and I still have plenty of calendar pages left! It is a really fun project. Don't throw this year's calendar away! Put it to good use and see what you can create!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dinosaur Scrapbook Page

Since I am a scrapbooker as well as a cardmaker, I thought I would share this dinosaur birthday scrapbook page I made for my granddaughter recently. Her birthday party was dinosaur themed.

I used papers from Stampin' Up called It's My Party from last year's catalog, along with coordinating solid colors in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron.

The dinosuar is a Cricut cut from the Create a Critter Cartridge on p. 50, along with the "DinoMite" phrase on p. 51. I cut the layers in the same Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron cardstock. I also die cut some balloons using dies in various shapes in the same coordinating colors and papers. The "DinoMite" is cut in Melon Mambo and layered onto a white circle, and then onto a larger stitched circle in Crushed Curry using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up. 

The balloons were added to a striped tag I had in my stash.

I matted the photos in Melon Mambo and other patterned papers from the stack.

I will try to share more scrapbook pages in the future. Next week I have a cool project for you. I will be recycling some old calendars! I hope you will come back then!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hello Fall - Pumpkin Spice Latte Card

Even though the weather where I live is hot today, it is still the first day of fall, my favorite season! I am celebrating with this Hello Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte card!

The card is made using a crumb cake card base, top folding. I added the pumpkin pie layer that I embossed with a fall leaves embossing folder from Darice. The coffee cup and greeting are from the new Merry Cafe stamp set by Stampin' Up! The  patterned paper for the cup is from the new Painted Autumn DSP by Stampin' Up. I hand cut a band from a piece of crumb cake cardstock that I ran through my crinkling tool, tied some linen thread around the cup, and added some stamped and cut out orange leaves and a small crinkle cut heart.  The circles and ovals are from dies and punches.

Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! I know I will!

Note: All colors used for this card are from Stampin' Up - Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Nuts About You" Fall Card

This "Nuts About You" squirrel card was made for my 5-year-old granddaughter. She loves the squirrels in our backyard and collecting the acorns that fall from the neighbor's oak tree. She also likes jokes, so I thought this would be a fun card for her!

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, top folding, in kraft cardstock. I added a layer of pumpkin pie colored cardstock and then a layer of fall trees patterned paper from the Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Paper Pad. This is such a versatile pad, all double-sided papers, and a nice weight!

The squirrel is from the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 32, cut at 2 inches. I also cut the coordinating acorns on the same page, inking the edges with brown ink. I also inked around the cut squirrel and added some small googly eyes. The squirrel was then added onto a scalloped die cut circle using another paper from the same Carta Bella paper pad, and that was layered onto a pumpkin pie colored circle, and then onto a burnt orange colored circle.

I chose not to use the "nuts about you" cut out from the same cartridge and instead printed it out on my computer. I cut it out using stitched framelits from Stampin' Up, first in white, and then in the pumpkin pie color. I added another cut acorn and two small orange enamel dots. I flagged it with a small strip of paper from the same Carta Bella paper pad.

I think my granddaughter is going to love this card! She is a cardmaker and stamper as well. She even asked for her own stamp set for her birthday!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Truck and Card

Some of you may remember when I made a Christmas card featuring this little truck and then a Valentine free-standing truck similar to this one. Well, I had to do it again! I was inspired by the patterned paper by Carta Bella called "Hello Fall."

My card is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, top folding, with a black card base. The Cherry Cobbler layer is cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches and embossed with a fall leaf embossing folder by Darice. I cut a piece of the truck patterned paper at 2-1/2 x 4 inches and then cut a black mat slightly larger.

The truck is from the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge, on p. 71, cut at 1-3/4 inches in real dial size. The truck is a safari truck and is a little too long, so I cut the truck bed away from the truck behind the cab and trimmed off a small sliver. I inked all the edges of the two pieces in Cherry Cobbler ink and then reattached the two pieces together, overlapping the cab a bit onto the truck bed. I added 1/2 inch black circles for the tires and a 1/4 inch white circle for the wheel center, adding a small dot of ink to the centers. For the fenders, I cut a 1 inch circle in half, inked the edges, and attached them over the wheels, aligning with the bottom of the truck. I used a black marker to add a small black handle.

I attached the truck to the card using dimensionals and then layered my pumpkins behind the truck bed. I used the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 70, on shadow setting, to cut the pumpkins, ranging in size from 1/2 to 1 inch, and inked the edges, coloring the stems with a brown marker.

I didn't have a "Happy Fall" or "Pumpkin Patch" stamp, so I created these on my computer in Word. I used the BaaBookHmk font. The greetings are both die cut using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up and layered onto the card. I added a hand cut banner behind the "Hello Fall" stitched shapes.

The directions for the truck can be found in my previous Valentine truck post. (See the link below.)  It measures 1-1/2 inches wide and approximately 4-3/4 inches long. I didn't add all the extras like I did on the Valentine truck, I just kept it simple. I added some little marshmallow creme pumpkins (one of my fall favorites!) to the truck bed. As long as you use a heavyweight cardstock, it will hold the pumpkins okay. Just don't put in too many. I also added the "Pumpkin Patch" words printed from my computer and cut them out.

I hope you enjoy both of these first fall projects! I will have more to come in the following weeks. Fall is my absolute favorite season!

Here are the links to both previous posts with detailed directions if you missed them: