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A Final Goodbye (Inkspirations #100)

Today I say a final farewell to the Inkspirations Team. I am sad to no longer be playing along with the gals on the Design Team but I’m sure I’ll see them all around blogland!

 

For this final challenge (#100), we were to create a holiday project. And boy did I do that. This past weekend we hosted my brother-in-law’s wedding and I made the most gorgeous cake topper. I’d love to show it to you all in good form but unfortunately our camera went a’walking and I have no idea where it is! For now, I’ll show you a poor photo from my hubby’s phone….

 

 

 

I really should have took a photo prior to sticking this on the cake but it was a pretty rushed request to get it done! I made a large Cherry Cobbler Flower using the Fun Folds and Flower Fancy dies, there are little rolled Very Vanilla roses and in the back, I made my own paper pinecones.

 

I hope to find my camera very soon so you can see this in all it’s glory but for now, here you go!

 

Please head on over to the Inkspirations blog and join in the fun this week! Check out what the rest of the DT has done!

 

 

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 


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Sailing Away (FMS9)

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, there is a wonderful sketch that could be interpreted in so many ways. For my take, I decided to make a little gift package. (and with most sketch challenges, I did take a little bit of creative license as I progressed through my project).

 

I used the Uncharted Territory stamp set and watercoloured using coordinating colours (listed below). I added a little strip of Lucky Limeade which was scallop punched and stamped with a birthday sentiment. Over the seam, I tied on some Twill Tape.

 

 

…and then on the inside I used my Simply Scored tool to make a little pocket.

 

I used my Word Window punch to make a little slit for some candy to slide into – makes it a “sweet” little package!

 

Hope you have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:
Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point, Confetti White.


Ink:
StazOn, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Real Red, River Rock, Chocolate Chip.


Stamps:
Uncharted Territory, On Your Birthday.


Accessories:
Scallop Edge Punch, Twill Tape, Aquapainter, Simply Scored.


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Bold and Bright (Inkspirations 94)

 

Inkspirations has a great new colour challenge this week – one with purple! I do struggle with purple!

 

 

What I decided to make is a super cool and simple gift card holder. I started with some Melon Mambo designer paper, a 3″ x 12″ strip. I then scored it at 2″ and 8″. So this is 3″ x 6″ finished.

 

I then used my Fun Flowers die, scallop circle punch and 1″ circle punch using the challenge colours for some details as well as a few flowers from the Bitty Punch pack. I used 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta loops as leaves.

 

On the inside:

 

 

I added a strip of Concord Crush with some mini silver brads and a little flag which is embossed with a image from Curly Cute.

 

What a great fun way to give someone a thoughtful gift – give it a try!

 

Or, check out what the rest of the DT has come up with:

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:  
Old Olive, Whisper White, Concord Crush, Melon Mambo.


Ink:
Versamark.


Stamps:
Curly Cute.


Accessories:
White Embossing Powder, Mini Silver Brads, Bolds Designer Paper, Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta, Neutral Buttons, Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ circle punch, Bitty Punch Pack.


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Bag-A-Lope Duo

If you’re a follower of my blog you know that I’m absolutely LOVING my new Simply Scored tool. At a recent workshop, I showed the guests how easy it is to make cute favours using that and just plain envelopes (also called a bagalope).

 

All you do is the following:

 

  • Seal your envelope.
  • Score in 1″ on both short sides and one long side.
  • Cut the end of the envelope off on the side you did not score.
  • Fold back and forth a few times and then make into a bag shape.
  • Decorate as you please.

 

I made the above Halloween treat bag with a fun velcro closure (the strip of Rich Razzleberry folds all the way around and there is a velcro closure behind the circle. I decided to also make a fun fall themed one:

 

For this one I used the Gently Falling stamp set and the top closure is a folded over scallop circle from the Pennant Die which was punched through twice with the Crop-A-Dile and tied with some Spice Cake Designer Fabric.

 

For an even extra little punch, I took a square of Soft Suede cardstock, scored it around the bottom of the box and made it into a little resting box for the gift bag.

 

There are so many quick and easy projects you can make with your Simply Scored – just get out and try it!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:
Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pool Party.


Ink:
Basic Black, More Mustard, Soft Suede.


Stamps:
Wicked Cool, Gently Falling, Tiny Tags.


Accessories:
Simply Scored, Medium Envelopes, Big Shot, Circle Die, Decorative Label Punch, Dotted Ribbon Punch, Glimmer Brads, Pennant Die, Scallop Punch, Spice Cake Fabric, Trinkets, Medium Jewelry Tag.


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All Boxed Up (SSC227)

Today brings my last project as a Guest Designer on Stamping 411 – their challenges were such fun and I hope you all found my creations inspiring.

 

For today, I again went with a different spin and made a box. But not just any box!

 

This super special box was made out of just one sheet of cardstock and my Simply Scored Tool (which I LOVE)! Take an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and score as follows:

 

On the 8 1/2″ side score at 1 1/2″, 4 3/4″, 6 1/4″ and 9 1/2″. On the 11″ side, score at 1 1/2″ on either side. Then fold in and voila (you will need to cut in to the 1 1/2″ on either 11″ side to make the box come together).

 

Then, I used the sketch to finish my outer design. I used the Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper as my colour palette. In the background you’ll see I stamped an image from Pines and Poinsettias. The centre is one of the best parts too!

 

I made a larger rosette which is layered with a 1 3/4″ scalloped circle and some images from Pines and Poinsettias. I also added a bunch of Dazzling Details to the outside of this.

 

Lastly, the open/closure (another favourite part):

 

Thank you one and all for your support and kind comments this month on my Stamping 411 projects. Now make sure you play along with our sketch this week!

 

Products used on today’s project:


Cardstock:
Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.


Ink:
Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Real Red.


Stamps:
Pines and Poinsettias.


Accessories:
Simply Scored, 1 3/4″ scallop circle, Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper, 1 3/8″ circle punch, Dazzling Details, Bitty Punch Pack, Early Espresso quilted ribbon, Neutral Brads.


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It’s all in the Pocket (SSC226)

It’s another day and another edition of Stamping 411! This time, I decided to play around with a packaging idea so I rotated the sketch a bit:

This is a great package for multiple little gifts or it could also be the base for a scrapbook. Here is what I did.

  • Take four (4)  Stampin’ Up! Medium envelopes.
  • Turn the flap to the outside, moisten the closure or use adhesive and stick to the front of the next envelope (photos to come!).
  • You end up with four envelopes stuck together.
  • Take a large piece of designer series paper and wrap around the envelopes. I suggest putting the gift items inside FIRST as not to make it too tight that they won’t fit. Alternatively, you you could just add 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 pieces of cardstock and then make this a mini scrapbook.
  • Embellish as you see fit!

This particular one is wrapped in Pool Party designer series paper. On both ends I added some Soft Suede/Very vanilla details (I love this combo).

In keeping with the sketch, I added a scallop punched fold over flap of Soft Suede and then layered it with Very Vanilla. To make it look like there are eyelets, I added punched circles of Soft Suede.

Some Pool Party ruffled ribbon ties it all together.

The tag is made of Soft Suede and is layered with some Very Vanilla. The vanilla layer was stamped first with the Always Elegant flourish and then with the sentiment from Word Play. Next, it was run through the Big Shot with the Embellished Frames embossing folder and sponged with Soft Suede.

To get the rounded top, I inserted the tag pieces into my 2 1/2″ circle punch and punched out the edge.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out the creations of the rest of the team at Stamping 411!

Products used on today’s project :


Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party.
Stamps: Word Play, Always Elegant.
Accessories: Big Shot, Embellished Frames Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge punch, In Colour Designer Series Paper, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Bitty Punch Pack, 1/2″ circle punch, Basic pearls.


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Say Hello to Cello!

It seems as though I’ve been away a lot lately (although it’s only been a few days since I posted). Working full time has really taken a bite out of my blogging time and my hubby has been away a lot these past couple of weeks so by the time the kids are in bed, I’m beat! But, luckily I’ve got a few great little projects stored up to share….

 

This is a project that was used as a make and take at a few recent workshops. I just thought it was SO cute (if I do say so myself). I used the super cute new long cello bags and put two pencils in them – fit perfectly.

 

The top is made using the Two Big Tags die (I used a strip of 5 1/2″ x 2″ More Mustard Cardstock) and it is stamped with the A to Z stamp. I looped some 3/8″ Twill through the hole and closed it up with a More Mustard brad.

 

The little owl is made using Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze cardstock. Most of the pieces were punched out of cardstock that has Sizzix Multipurpose Adhesive sheets adhered to the back. With such small pieces, it just makes this owl that much easier to put together.

 

We then added a branch and leaves from the 2-Step bird punch (Pear Pizzazz cardstock) and voila!

 

Another idea I had with these cello bags was to make a holiday wreath:

 

I added Christmas coloured candies inside the cello bag and then adhered together in a circular fashion. I then tied on some Whisper White Organza and made a little bit of holly (using my large oval punch with 1/2″ circle cut outs) and berries. The little tag is from Tiny Tags punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.

 

These cello bags are a steal at $3.25 for 50 (in Canada) so try out different ways of using them and have fun!

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:

Cardstock: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White.


Ink:
More Mustard, Real Red.

Stamps:  A to Z, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: Cello Bags, Owl punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Big Shot, Two Big Tags die, Large Oval punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Medium Jewelry tag punch, Whisper White organza, 3/8″ twill, Regals brads.


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I’m Simply Scorin’ Somethin’ (CCMC170)

Do you have a Simply Scored tool yet? Well, you need one of these babies – they are AWESOME! I just can’t get enough of it. So when I saw the sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week, although I had some great card ideas, I just had to make a 3D item!

 

You’ll notice that the front of the box is in keeping with the sketch (sort of) and I had such fun making this project! Here is what I did (oh, by the way, this box is 3 1/2″ cubed).

 

Start with a 12″ x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock. Score at 3 1/2″, 7″, 10 1/2″. Then take a another piece that is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. I scored this at 1″ on the 5 1/2″ side and then 1/2″ on the 4 1/2″ side. This is the last panel as a 3 1/2″ cubed box takes a bit of a longer sheet of cardstock that 12″ x 12″. You know? Gettin’ all these numbers straight yet?

 

For the top lid, I took a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock and scored it 1″ in all around. Here is how the box looks before it’s assembled:

 

You can see from the drawing that I cut in on the top flap edges and also notched out a bit. I then took my 2 1/2″ circle punch and punched through the front panel. Yes, the bottom is also punched but that is okay because once you are done, you’ll place the whole box on a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square.

 

I used Island Indigo for this box and stamped it with the large flower from Raining Flowers. I then made a fun floral embellishment.

 

I used my Fun Flowers die and cut out three Cherry Cobbler large flowers. I spritzed them with water and crumpled them and then they are adhered together. The centre is More Mustard cardstock punched with the 1″ circle punch, spritzed and scrunched and then adhered in place. I used my 2 Step Bird Punch and punched out leaves from Lucky Limeade.

 

To finish, I added a bow of Heirloom Designer Fabric and a banner stamped with a sentiment from Flight of the Butterfly.

 

As you can see, there are so many options with this week’s sketch at Create with Connie and Mary. Head on over and give it a try!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:
Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Whisper White.


Ink:
Island Indigo, Basic Black.


Stamps: 
Raining Flowers, Flight of the Butterfly.


Accessories: 
Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, 2 1/2″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch, 2-Step Bird punch.


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Lots of Tags Book (Inkspirations #88)

Time for another Inkspirations challenge! This time it’s all about the colour!

 

Pretty bold colour palette, huh? When I was trying to work ahead I got a phone call from my sister wanting me to come up with a design for her wedding shower gift for my brother and his fiancee. I know this is not a typical wedding combo but for what I had to wrap, this was the perfect combo.

 

I used the Best Friends Forever stamp set to make a cute belly band that keeps this little tag book closed.

 

For the book itself, I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Melon Mambo. I scored and folded it at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side and then every 2 1/4″. I then accordian folded it to make a little book.

 

What I did next was use the remainder of the challenge colours to decorate each “pocket”. I used my Simple Alphabet numbers and made little tags with My Digital Studio.

 

In the first pocket is the “instruction” sheet for a perfect “date day”. Then, each pocket housed various steps to make a special day extra special (each tag has a gift card attached to the back).

 

Of course I had to put this cute little book in a cute box too! So here is what I did:

 

I have a tutorial for this box coming soon!

 

Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you enjoyed what I made for this latest Inkspirations challenge. Check out what the rest of the design team came up with by checking out their blogs too!

 

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Whisper White.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point.

Stamps: Best Friends Forever.

Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Numbers die, Bitty Punch Pack, Heart to Heart Punch, Dotted Ribbon Border punch.


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A Wonderful Wedding

So you’ve heard me talk about this wedding I’d had over the summer – my Brother’s wedding actually. I was honoured to be asked to look after table decor. Usually the grooms family is not asked to be all that helpful so, since this is my only brother, I jumped at the chance to help.

 

I thought I’d share a few photos of the wedding set up and table place settings with you. This is the head table. The wedding was very small (less than 40 people) and took place on Galiano Island, BC. It is an absolutely lovely spot. So, because this was a destination wedding, we had to plan and pack every little item (including all the tables, flowers, decor, etc). If you forgot one thing, you were hooped!

 

And here is a side view. Don’t you love those paper flowers that are holding up the swag on the front?

 

 

And a couple of close ups of the table settings. Everyone got their own “chair” with their name and relationship to the bride/groom. In addition, there is a different love-themed quote on each and every napkin. My mom did wonders with the flowers which are all in teapots and teacups. Lastly, we made little sweet treat mason jars with candy sticks on each table.

 

 

 

And a couple of close ups of the venue. The wedding ceremony took place in a different are of the resort, this is just the reception area.

 

 

Thank you so much for sticking around and checking out these photos! Still some great wedding projects to share in the days and weeks to come.