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!