Inspiration from Disneyland – Leaf Tile

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Inspiration from DisneylandLeaf Tile I found – the 2nd idea from my trip this month.  (See Background Inspiration from Anywhere article.)  I’ve been working on a design for a “Winter Leaves” card to use the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set and the Leaflets Framelits™ Dies.  I found this tile and Voila! my design just fell into place.  I will be posting the completed project in a few days.

I will not be replicating this tile, but using the elements as inspiration for the card I’ll be making.  I won’t be using the same Color Scheme as the tile because I’ve had my own in mind for several weeks.

I plan to use the tile’s Color Scheme to inspire a Watercolor project with the Brusho® Crystal Colours.  We won’t be playing with this idea in my Make a Mess with Watercolor class on Saturday, but I may use it in a future class.  This depends upon how well it turns out, of course.

If I wanted to replicate the tile’s Color Scheme, I would start with a Whisper White background and wash it with Tranquil TideIsland Indigo would also work, but there is more Green in Tranquil Tide.  I would keep the wash to shadow under the leaves when they’re applied.

The wave border looks like Powder Pink accented with Calypso Coral.  To simulate, stamp a wave image in Powder Pink, then sponge parts of it with Calypso Coral.  Use the Tranquil Tide wash to add shadows to the image.

Very Vanilla should work well for the leaves.  Cut them out and sponge the edges and ends lightly with Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze for the Brown edges and Garden Green with Tranquil Tide for the Green edges.

Do you have a technique, such as replicating a design like the Inspiration from Disneyland – Leaf Tile, you’d like to know more about?  E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com and I’ll write about it in an upcoming article, complete with sample.  If you’re having a problem and need help quickly, please feel free to contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you right away.

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Greeting Card Gift Box

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This Greeting Card Gift Box was designed for cards with envelopes about 1/4” larger than the usual envelopes for 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” handmade cards.  I discovered I needed one when the envelopes from the Color Me Happy Project Kit didn’t fit inside the Acetate Card BoxesI’ve faced envelope frustration before and conquered it as you can see in my articles, Long Note Card Box-Completed and Easy Long Note with Fall Flair.

The Oh, Hello Greeting Card Gift Box has the same 1” depth for the lid and the box bottom.  You can add 1/2” to the dimensions of the box bottom and get a 1-1/4” depth for the with 1” for the lid.  This will make it a bit easier to open the box.

Instead of giving you the exact dimensions for the box, I’m going to give you the steps to make a Greeting Card Gift Box for your own envelope size.

  1. Measure your envelope. Write down the dimensions, leaving room to add.
  2. Add 1-1/2” both ways for the box bottom.
  3. Add 1-3/16” to 1-3/8” both ways for the box top, depending upon the thickness of the box material.
  4. Score the box bottom at 1-1/4” on all sides. Create flaps by snipping from the outer edge to the score line of the longest sides.
  5. Score the box top at 1” on all sides. Create flaps by snipping from the outer edge to the score line of the shortest sides.
  6. Decorate your box top as you wish. I recommend keeping the embellishments flat so you can stack multiple boxes.
  7. Crease all the score lines and adhere the flaps to the box sides. Use strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.

Tip: If you have to piece together your box material to get the size you want, you can adhere a piece of the box material between the join and the bottom edge to get the box to stand flat.  The box top doesn’t really need piecing, just decorate the lower side or cover the join.

My newsletter, 3am Thoughts, is filled with tutorials and tips with even more details than the Greeting Card Gift Box instructions.  You can receive a selection every week for FREE if you join my Mailing ListTo join, fill out the form at right.  You’ll collect 2 free tutorials (valued at $7.95 each) as soon as you sign up!

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Pumpkin Mickey Idea

The Pumpkin Mickey decoration at the main entrance to Disneyland gave me the idea to recreate it as a paper-crafting project.  This photo is from a few years ago and I took it with my phone.  Not too bad!

Since my calendar is pretty full right now, I offer the idea to you.  My retired pumpkin stamps would work to stamp out the parts, but I think that punches will work better.  Circle Punches with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to draw the lines would make pumpkin Punch Art.  The Gourd Goodness Stamp Set has stem images, and you can use smaller circles for the nose and eyes.

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See the Circle Punches on Page 207 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

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Would you like to try out Punch Art techniques yourself with a group of your friends?   Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!).  You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.    Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at mary@3amstamper.com and let’s chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!  If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Facebook PlayShops.

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Wood Crate Candy Box

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The Wood Crate Candy Box pictured features the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: a whole pile of Neutral wood-look backgrounds!  Neutrals go with anything, so you’ll have an almost unlimited number of Color Combinations to play with!!

The sliced trees pattern caught my eye for my original plan to fill the Crate with Reese’s Peanut Butter CupsThen I realized that, since I keep the Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer, I would run the risk of getting my Crate wet when the candy thawed.  I changed to room-temperature Starburst Fruit Chews to avoid unsightly spots.

Incidental TipIf you want to fill the box with unwrapped candies, as a place setting favor for example, cut two or three Scalloped Circles from waxed paper with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits™ DiesLine the Crate with the Circles first, then put in your candy.

The Wood Crate box is easy to assemble.  Die-cut two of the box pieces, then fold along all score lines.  If you find the score lines are too faint, shim with a piece of paper or use a Stylus and ruler to define them.  You may also use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to define the lines.  Crease well with a Bone Folder.

Open out the flaps and apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the “outside” of each one on both box pieces.  Also apply Tear & Tape around the edges of one box bottom, again on the “outside”.  Remove the backing on the box bottom adhesive and lay the non-adhesived piece on top with the box sides facing away from each other.  The overlapping box bottoms add strength so the box holds up when filled.  Remove the backing on the flaps and finish assembling the box.

The Wood Crate Framelits Dies include several shapes you can use for embellishments.  The Rooster is shown in the photo.  There is also a Tag DieYou can use it for a gift tag or as a place card for my party favor suggestion.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Wood Crate Candy Boxes.

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Cloud Template You Make Yourself

I was working on a project for my newsletter and realized how handy my DIY Cloud Template was.  I also realized I hadn’t talked about you making one yourself in quite some time!  Like, 2008Part 2 was also in 2008, but part 3 was in 2009I think it’s time I put them all together for you.

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Making a Cloud Template is very easy.  Grab your Card Stock scraps and your circle punches and start making cut-outs!  I had the most scraps in my Whisper White bag, but any color will do.  If you prefer, you can use the Layering Circles Framelits™ Dies (141705) with your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (143263) and cut out a bunch at once.

I used these sizes of Circle Punches, making 1 of the largest and 2 each of the others:

Stroke adhesive along one edge of each circle with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), then let the glue dry.  The circles are repositionable, so you can adhere them together to make your Cloud Template, then separate each one to make circle masks.

I adhered the circles together in random order like this:

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Now your cloud template is ready to use.  I am going for a sunrise effect here, so I used different colors.  The retired Stipple Brush is shown, but you can use Stamping Sponges (141337) to get a similar effect.  Another trick you might try is to use the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731) on colored Card Stock.

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If you need an answer to any question about making your own Cloud Template or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Cloud Template.

 

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It’s National Crafter’s Month!

50th Anniversary Dessert Art

The month of March is National Crafter’s Month and I’m celebrating by sharing a crafter’s work that is not paper!

Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Chocolatiers are artists, too, and I enjoyed a sample of their crafting for my 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner.  These artisans are from the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Beast’s Castle of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Of course, you’re familiar with the animated “Beauty and the Beast” film and surely remember Lumiere singing about the castle cuisine to Belle, their hungry guest.  He told her to “try the gray stuff, it’s delicious… don’t believe me, ask the dishes!”

The photo shows a blossom of Gray Stuff in one corner of the plate and the edge of another blossom of Gray Stuff peeking out from under the Rose dish lid.  It was indeed delicious… and my husband and I ate it all!

The rose dish was made from molded crafter’s chocolate.  The rose flower lid was painted with a colored chocolate wash that looked very close to Rose Red.  The leaves of the bowl part were almost Garden Green.  A Complementary Color Scheme, of course.

This month, celebrate your crafting and that of your friends, no matter what type they do!  You card-makers could make a card or two to send to your fellow crafters.

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Another Thought About the Subtle Tile Background

Polynesian Village Tile Floor 2

I had another thought about the Subtle Tile Background from a second visit and different light.  I described how to replicate it previously in my article, “A Subtle Tile Background”.

In the changed light, the grout looks brown… and there are flecks of glitter in it!  So I changed my “grout recipe”.

Mix Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with a little Real Red Glitter or Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (very little of your glitter powder).  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool. 

To finish the look, mix a drop or two of Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (119789) with a drop of alcohol.  Apply the mixture with a cotton swab to coat the “grout”.  Be careful to not stain the “tiles.”

Tip:  Cut big scraps for a Scrapbook Page and leave a little more space in between.  You can cover the page fully, or make a border.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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A Subtle Tile Background

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I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something different this trip and found this soft & subtle tike pattern covering a bathroom floor.  It immediately reminded me of making a paper version.  I’ve cut scraps like that!

If you want to replicate this, sponge Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ PadThen cut all three colors of card stock into random pieces.

Coat a layer of Sahara Sand Card Stock the size you want with Fast Fuse AdhesiveDon’t leave any gaps!  Place your card stock pieces in a random pattern, leaving at least 1/8” space between each one.  You can make the spaces different sizes, too.  Let the scraps over hang the layer, you can trim them later.

Mix Black Embossing Powder with a little bit of Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then sprinkle all over the exposed Fast Fuse.  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool and you’re all set!  Trim off the overhanging Card Stock and attach your background to your project.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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Puffy Bow for Metallic Ribbon Pack

Puffy Bow with Metallic Ribbon Pack

There are several projects with Puffy Bows featured in all the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  This box is wrapped with ribbon from the 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration free accessories you may select with a $50 purchase.

I found a video that shows you how to make a Puffy Bow.  The tutorial is for a hair ornament, but you can easily use the method for wrapping a box as you can see in the photo above.  Personally, I would sew the completed bow to the felt circles and tie it to the ribbon rather than using hot glue because you want the box to be openable.  If you decide to use hot glue as in the video, be sure to use a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) to glue everything together and to attach the bow to the ribbon wrap-around.

Loopy Puffy Bow Tutorial Video

If you need an answer to any question about the Puffy Bow or any other technique. product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Puffy Bow.

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Stamping on Velvet

Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set

I was going through my files and came across this article about Velvet Stamping I thought this would be a great technique to share with you for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions (like weddings and anniversaries).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my examples or my velvet, so I’ll just tell you how to do it.  The picture shows the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set (141531-w, 141534-c), one of the sets that would work very well for Stamping on Velvet.

Here are the main things you need to know about Stamping on Velvet:

1- Rayon velvet fabric.  Do not use nylon velvet as it will melt.  Cotton velvet won’t hold the image well.

2- An iron without steamholes on the soleplate, heated to Cotton/Linen temperature.

3- An image or word/phrase stamp that’s molded (or burned) deep into the rubber and can be completely covered by the soleplate of the iron.

4.- Use a solid silhouette or thick line art image for the best effect.  Detailed designs can get lost in the nap of the fabric.

You want to use the red rubber stamps, preferably on wood blocks.  Stampin’ Up!® red rubber stamps are all deeply burned, so the images work perfectly for Stamping on Velvet.  If you use a Clear-Mount Stamp, mount it on a piece of wood or place it on a silicone cooking mat.  The Clear-Mount Block may get damaged by the heat.

Once you’ve decided what you want to stamp, place your stamp rubber-side up on a flat, heat-resistant surface.  Place your Velvet piece face down on top of it and lightly spray with water.  Cover the whole image with your iron and press down.  Hold in place for about 30 seconds, then lift up without moving it.  Your fabric should be stamped beautifully.

Mount your Stamped Velvet by wrapping it around a piece of Card StockFast Fuse Adhesive (129026) works well to hold it.  You can also cover it with an open “window” layer, then trim the Velvet to fit behind the window layer.  It’s easier to attach to your project.  Either Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive will keep the Velvet secure.

I will do a sample for you when I find my Velvet and post it here.  If I don’t find my Velvet, I will buy some more just for your enjoyment.

If you need an answer to any question about a Technique such as Stamping on Velvet, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the technique, such as Stamping on Velvet.

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Enjoy Paper Pumpkin Surprises

November Paper Pumpkin Kit

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription that gives you a box of surprises every month.  Even I don’t know what’s coming until after it gets here!  The crafting kit contains everything you need, including directions, to make the project of the month.  Sometimes it’s a set of greeting cards (with envelopes, of course), sometimes it’s a set of treat bags or boxes, sometimes it’s an item of home décor.  In any case, you can be assured that the projects are adorable! 

The kit contents shown in the photo are from November.  You can see that Paper Pumpkin is a great creativity tool, with easy-to-make projects and photo directions!

You can also get Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscriptions and instantly solve last-minute gift needs.  You receive the codes electronically and can pass them along to your recipients!  You can use one for yourself, too.

To try Paper Pumpkin, just click the link right hereYou’ll be taken to my Paper Pumpkin page and can join right there.  I can’t wait until you receive your first box of surprises to enjoy!

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Bonus Tags You Missed

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I thought I’d share the Bonus Tags you missed by not attending the Tin of Tags Class last week.  We had fun making them and I think they came out really cute.

I was most excited to find out that the Tin can hold up to 3-1/2” square cards, with envelopes.  Use the Envelope Punch Board to make envelopes in coordinating Envelope Paper or Designer Series Paper.  The envelope for the card gift tag I made with This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I also put a square on the inside to cover the stitching (as I noted yesterday in my article about Stitching with Metallic Thread).

The card gift tag is a simple 3-1/2” x 7” piece of Garden Green Card Stock, folded in half and creased well.  You’ll need to open it out to punch the tree shape hole pattern with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine and the Festive Stitching Thinlits™ Dies.

I added Mini Jingle Bells as I threaded Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine through the holes.  The gift tag card on the right shows the bells attached with a Running Stitch.  I was worried that a bell on each tip would be too busy, but the second sample came out just fine!  It’s the one on the left and I also used the Backstitch to embroider the tree with Gold Baker’s Twine.  The Running Stitch uses about 12” of Baker’s Twine, where the Backstitch uses about 36”.

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The remaining Bonus Tags were made with the Cheerful Tags Framelits™ Dies.  Each of the larger tags can be cut from a 4” x 6” piece of paper or Card Stock.

The Cherry Cobbler gift tag (on the left) was a struggle.  We made it with the ribbon going over the phrase at first.  The cover part of the tag just wouldn’t stay put.  I finally decided to run the ribbon through the back and secure the cover with two Bow Paper Clips.  The Christmas Trinket Embellishment is tied on with Metallic Thread.

Afterwards, I was looking up something else in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and discovered that the gift tag I was struggling with was supposed to be a tag for bottles!  That version certainly wouldn’t need paper clips!  Just turn the phrase upside down and attach it to the other side.  The ribbon can stay the same or be changed.  I’d add a Glue Dot to secure the trinket.

The Emerald Envy gift tag on the left is a simple die-cut tag with a Silver Foil greeting inside and a die-cut embellishment on the cover.  I could have attached another Christmas Trinket Embellishment to the front, but we ran out of time.  Making thirty-three gift tags isn’t quite as simple as it sounds!  The three Bonus Tags were first on the class agenda.  Then we stamped all the tags from the Tin, and embellished them with the time left.  The Tin made a great carrying case for the extras!  The directions included make it easy to finish them at home.

You may have to read the directions through a couple of times to understand them, but you can make your own Tin of Tags by purchasing the Project Kit along with the Tin of Tags Stamp Set.  You will also need Island Indigo, Real Red, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pads.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Tin of Tags.

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Stitching With Metallic Thread

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A few weeks ago, I did an article on Metallic Thread.  I promised to see how many strands of the thin, shiny stuff could fit into the eye of a regular hand-sewing needle and let you know.  I don’t know what size needle I used (maybe 10), because I don’t have the original package any more.  Besides, can you imagine how long it’s been since I threaded a needle?

Anyway, I easily fit all 6 colors of Metallic Thread through the eye.  I also tried 8 strands and still had room.  I would stop at 10 for the size of needle I used.  I used a needle threader to put all the strands through at once.  This may not be the best idea because the threader could break if you’re not careful.  The best way to thread is one strand at a time and leave the free end long enough so you can hold onto it while you thread the others.  The rascally strands will try to escape or tangle up on you.

I tried out one of the Festive Stitching Thinlits™ Dies on a scrap of So Saffron Card Stock.  I wanted to give all six colors the best chance of being visible.  You can use a Running Stitch and leave spaces between the holes, but I like the way the Back Stitch fills out the shape better.  Use about a yard of thread for each strand so you can go all the way around the shape without having to re-thread.  You will have to straighten out the thread every so often (every stitch for me), but it comes out looking good and I think it’s more convenient.  This is against everything your Home Ec teacher ever told you, but… I didn’t want a bunch of knots on the back – the shape will be bumpy enough without them.

The star shape will fit inside one of the Stars Framelits™ Dies, if I’d centered the shape.  I will have to fussy cut the stitched star and adhere it to a larger die-cut star mat.  I always recommend hiding the evidence… I mean, covering up the back side of the stitching with a mat or layer, unless you’re going to adhere it directly to a card or page.  I’m going to layer this shape on a larger star in a contrasting color and put it on a card.  You’ll see it later.

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If you need an answer to any question about Metallic Thread or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Metallic Thread.

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Last Day to Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin BOGO Offer

Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Contents

Today is the last full day to take advantage of the BOGO at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and Tomorrow, October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!

I’ve photographed the contents of the September 2016 kit to show you an example.  I propped up the Classic Stampin’ Spot so you could see it, too!

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the September 2016 example, you got to make eight each of test tube-style treat holders in two designs.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin here.  You’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before Tomorrow, October 10th!

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Make a Witches’ Hat Treat Box

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The Witches’ Hat Treat Box was another of my creations from last year that I just loved making with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies.  Click the link to get the directions.

However, I forgot to list the products used in the original article, so I’m making the list with only the current products for you here.  One thing I noticed is that we now have Layering Squares Framelits™ Dies, which will give you a better “buckle” than the retired Squares Collection Dies.

Check out the article, then try your own.  Some of the products listed are retired, but there are plenty of substitutes available!  I’m thinking the Burlap Ribbon would work – or the Satin Ribbon.  Double the band to get it wide enough.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Witches’ Hat Treat Boxes.

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Hallowe’en Candy Corn Treat Box

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I made a Hallowe’en Candy Corn Treat Box using the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies last year.  I’ve gone into my vault to bring up the article so you can see the details.

Scary Candy Corn Treat Box

Take a look, then try your own.  Some of the products listed are retired, but there are plenty of substitutes available!

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or to order what you need to make your own Candy Corn Treat Box.

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Need a Bunch of Gift Tags?

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Do you need a bunch of Gift Tags for your Holiday giving?  What about having some on hand for birthdays or other occasions?  In my new Tin of Tags Class, we will create thirty gift tags along with a tin to store them.  The photo shows the tin and tag samples: 3 each of 10 designs.  They are quick and easy and can be attached to a card or gift card holder if you prefer.

We will also make a couple of bonus tags that I just had to include because they’re so cool!  I will add a photo to the class description as soon as the bonus tags are ready!

The gift tags are predominately holiday themed, but I’ll show you how to change them to Birthday or other gift-giving occasions.  You will take home a full tin that’s ready to go!

Date:  11/05/2016

Time:  2:00 to 4:00pm

Place:  2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 10/15/2016

Register now for the Early Bird Discount!



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Paper Pumpkin BOGO Offer is Running Out

Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Contents

Time is running out to take advantage of the BOGO at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!

I’ve photographed the contents of the September 2016 kit to show you an example.  I propped up the Classic Stampin’ Spot so you could see it, too!

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the September 2016 example, you got to make eight each of test tube-style treat holders in two designs.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin here.  You’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before October 10th!

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Holiday Village Tealight Houses

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Let’s make a Holiday Village filled with Tealight Houses!  In this class, you’ll make three Tealight Houses for Fall Holiday Decorating.  You may choose Hallowe’en, Fall or Christmas designs.  You may make one of each, two of one and one of the other, or three of one.  You’ll also receive battery-operated tealights for each one!

Note: the photo shows idea samples, yours will be different… and larger.

By the way, the date has been changed from the original announcement… so has the time.

Date:  10/01/2016

Time: 10:00am to Noon

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $45

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 9/16/2016

Register now for the Early Bird Discount!




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Popcorn Box Desk Organizer

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My studio tool holder is trying to fall apart, so I thought I’d use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies and make a pencil cup desk organizer.  I ended up with a Pens Plus Organizer that holds a variety of Markers, Aqua Painters, Pens and Paper Snips.  I forgot to put my Bone Folder in for the photo, but there’s plenty of room!

I decorated the outside with panels of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  To do this, I die-cut two of the box pieces, then cut them down by 1/8” all around.  It’s easiest to adhere the panels to the box pieces before you assemble, but be sure to crease the score lines well (with the Bone Folder) so you have plenty of visibility to line them up!

To support the Popcorn Box, I cut it from Thick Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, then inserted a 1-3/4” square after the box was assembled.  The Bone Folder came in handy again to push the square into all the corners at the bottom.  The supporting square is easy enough to remove if you want to fold up the box for storage.

Note on assembly – you can adhere one side together while it’s lying flat, but you will need to adhere the remaining side when you’ve got it folded.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to line up the edges correctly.  If this happens, you won’t be able to collapse the box for storage without tearing it.

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Ink

Card Stock

Tools & Adhesive

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.   Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Popcorn Box Desk Organizers.

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