Friday, September 30, 2016

Halloween Treats and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Original Pin HERE

The FREE printable files to make these Tic Tac treats are from a site called Somewhat Simple and can be found HEREThe pin above is from a site called Cupcakes and Bling --- now that's a great name for a blog! 

I used an envelope punch board to create these cute little treat boxes from Pinterest. They measure 2 1/4" wide by 3 1/4" tall and result in the perfect paper project for Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

The Hershey Miniature chocolates nestled in the boxes already come in fall colors and prints, so they're the perfect candy to use for this fall treat box! 

Four boxes can be created from one piece of 12"x12" DSP and using double-sided DSP gives a nice contrast to the finished mini totes if you adhere the side flaps to the outer side panels. Here is the wonderful video tutorial:

Original Pin HERE

The only thing I changed was the diameter of the hole punch at the top. I preferred a 3/4" punch instead of the 1". You can see the difference in the two punch sizes on my completed boxes in the first pic of the totes above.

....and one last Halloween treat box that is very cute and clever from Chick N' Scratch:

She created a terrific video, too:

Original Pin HERE

My Version:

Enjoy this fall season with some paper-crafted treats for friends and family!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Garden Gate and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I follow the Papertrey Inc. blog and discovered the release of this complete set of dies, stamps, printed sheets, stencils and a brass gate lock called GARDEN GATE and a video showing off the kit possibilities HERE:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

You know how you see a card and then you immediately say to yourself: I MUST have this set?! That's what happened to me! Plus, my dear friend, Alice, was having a birthday and she loves all things all the more reason I had to have it! 

It took a bit of practice to line up the stamps with each die cut, but here is my first card using this wonderful set:

Here's a thank you card I made:

There are loads of project ideas on the GARDEN GATE Make It Market Kit release page HERE. I can't wait to make more cards and tags with this kit (so I can justify my purchase)! For more pins related to this kit, click HERE.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tim Holtz Dies and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I use the backs of photos when I cut out intricate dies. Simply make the following sandwich: BASE CUTTING PLATE, DIE CUTTING PLATE, PHOTO with back facing up or down, PAPER TO BE CUT, DIE, FINAL PLATE then place into your machine. I have a Cuttlebug so my sandwich is: A plate, C plate, photo facing down, cardstock, die, B plate....and here is the result:

...and another card made with the die above:

This die is from a set of three: Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlet dies #661185:

Here are the rest of the dies in this set:

When I saw this Pinterest pin...

I went straight to and ordered this set of dies!
They are quick and easy cards but look
fancy and impressive in MHO!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Photo Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I use the back of old photos instead of waxed paper to run dies through my Cuttlebug for perfect cutting every time. (My next blog post will detail this technique!) In my box of discarded photos, I came across the flower photo above that I took eons ago. It's been quite awhile that I've used my own photography to make cards, so I had to stop what I was doing and create this photo card! 

Here are a few more photo paper craft ideas on Pinterest that might inspire future creativity:

 Original Pin HERE

LOVE this gift wrapping idea:
 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pin

One of my VERY best friends just became a grandma to her second grandson, so I made this card to congratulate her:

Here was my inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

These cards use the label punch from SU.

....and another dear friend moved to a new
house in Arkansas, set up a wonderful shop
in his garage and is also having surgery soon...
so here's the card I made him:

It's a variation of a card-in-box and this
was my inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

Friday, July 29, 2016

Huge Flowers and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I did a really BIG happy dance when I saw these really BIG flowers from Becky Robert's Inkin' Idaho blog which also included a video tutorial that was super helpful:

Original Pin HERE

This pic from her blog will give you a size perspective:

...and here is my version:

Becky provides the FREE petal templates and a wonderful how-to video to make this flower using 5 each of the large, medium and small petals.

Instead of using 10 sheets of 8.5" x 11", I was able to make one out of 7.5 sheets by using this layout of traced templates:

To make the leaves, I took a 8.5" x 11" sheet of green card stock, scored it down the middle, folded it in half then traced a leaf that went the entire length of the card stock. 

After curling the leaves just as Becky shows for the petals, I put a slit in the bottom of the leaf as well and used hot glue just like Becky shows for the petals in her video. I gave this mega flower to my dear MIL and she loved it! 

Using a different petal shape, I recently made a nesting of three flowers in 3 shades of complimentary blues for my dining room table:

Since I know I'll be making more of these flowers, I imported the templates into my Cricut to make the cutting of the petals so much faster and easier! For more huge paper flower ideas and templates, check out these ideas on Pinterest.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Gift Idea and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

LOVE this quick & easy money/gift card wallet idea:

Unfotunately, Pinterest wouldn't let me pin the pics
due to concerns about spam, so to view the
wonderful tutorial and video go to the blog called
genstampin4fun or click HERE.

To make, start with a piece of cardstock that measures
4 1/4" x 11"

Score along the 11" side at 3 5/8" from both
the right and left sides.

Along the 4 1/4" side, score at 3"
then follow the video.

I'm been having loads of fun with some beautiful stamp sets from Rubbernecker that creates the look of watercolor painting. This is one of my new favorites called POPPY TRIO #869:

The MISTI allows me to get a dense black image
over the colored flowers. Best money every spent!

I used a clear Wink of Stella brush to apply a micro fine
glitter and sparkle effect on all of the flowers -
and in person, the card pops!

Here's one more new stamp set from Rubbernecker
that I borrowed from my friend, Mel - then had to buy
for myself  because I loved it!

This set is called:

I used water-based markers directly on the stamp, spritzed it with a lot of water then stamped on watercolor paper. While the ink was still wet, I then added more paint directly to the stamped image using a kids' watercolor paint set! This allowed me to intensify and blend colors as needed. A watercolor pad that I recently discovered from another site is Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper. It's ideal for stamping because it does not have pronounced ridges in it. Affordable, too! Check it out HERE.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Birthday Cakes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I had a chance to make another tea pot and tea cup set last week plus I added a birthday cake idea I saw on Pinterest:

The tea pot and cup with the measurements and
video was shown in my post HERE...
then...I started seeing these adorable Hershey Nugget
cakes all over Pinterest and decided to create some
color coordinated trios!

(Happy Birthday die from Stampin' Up)

The directions on one of the Pinterest cakes
used a styrofoam ball cut in half, but that seemed like
a lot of I came up with a much easier solution.

I adhered the Nuggets to a 1" x 8" strip of black card stock - using red sticky tape to attach the Nuggets side-by-side to the strip while I curved it to form a circle. I trimmed the strip and left a tab to attach the last Nugget to the first Nugget. I simply hot glued the Nuggets to the heavy card stock small scalloped circle bases (made with Nesties). I also applied yellow Stickles paint to the candle tips to make them stand out. My formula for the construction was 7 Nuggets for the base, 6 for the middle layer and 5 for the top layer.

Here are a few more Pinterest pins of Hershey Nugget cakes:

 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

...and some with a tea light for the top layer:

 Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

The creativity incorporated into these cakes
really makes me smile ^_^
BTW: My Safeway sells a huge bag of Nuggets
and it seems that they have a new customer
since I discovered how to make no-bake cakes!

I can tell you first-hand that these cakes
will bring your friends and family
a lot of happiness!