Super Special Saturday Gift Idea # 12 Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Gift Bag and Card Set

This Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise card set with bag uses punches and dies. It  is a super special project that can easily be completed in one evening for a quick  holiday or hostess gift. Here are the directions to make this super gift.

BAG

  1. Cut a piece of white card stock 8 inches by 4 inches. Score on the 8 inches side at 1 inch and 7 inches. On the 4 inches side score at 1 inch and 3 inches. On the 8 inches side snip the score lines inward just to the opposing score lines creating four small short tabs.
  2. Crease all the score lines in mountain folds and glue with strong adhesive on the outer edges of the four short tabs. Fold the long sides upward and then fold the short ends upward. Tuck the small short tabs to the inside and attach to the long sides. It will create a shallow box which becomes the bottom for the bag. Place strong adhesive of choice around the outer sides of the box along the lower edge on all four sides.
  3. Cut  an 8 inches by 6 inches and 9 inches by 6 inches Heartfelt Creations designer paper. It is important that they are the same pattern because these papers form the bag. Beginning at one end of the box with the 8 inches by 6 inches paper, place the long edge over the tape in alignment with the box’s lower edge. Continue wrapping the paper around the long side of the box, making sure the lower edges stay aligned and finish at the opposite short side.
  4. Place strong adhesive on the inside short ends of the remaining paper. Overlapping the end of the first paper, press one long edge of the paper onto the adhesive on the box and continue around the box aligning the lower ends. Press this paper over the ends of the first paper which will create the bag.

HANDLES

  1. Cut two 1 1/2 inches by 11 inches paper and score each one in half lengthwise. Fold the strips and secure with strong adhesive along the long edges. Use a bone folder to gently curl the strips.
  2. Use a strong adhesive to 1 inch of both ends of a strip to the bag front, placing them about 3 inches apart, centered on the front and back of the bag.
  3. Cut two 1 inch by 8 inches designer paper to secure around the upper edge of the bag and cover the handle ends for a more finsihed look.
  4. Cut a tag out of the designer paper, punch a hole in the top of the tag and tie on the front handle with ribbon.

CARDS WITH DIE CUT HEARTFELT CREATIONS TROPICAL PARADISE BIRDS

  1. Cut two pieces of Stampin Up Night of Navy card stock 4 1/4 inches by 11 inches. Score this card stock on the 11 inches side at 2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches and 9 inches. Make valley folds on the outer score lines and mountain folds on the inner score lines to create a stand up card.
  2. Cut two pieces of Stampin Up Melon Mambo card stock 3 3/4 inches by 4 inches and four pieces 1 3/4 inches by 4 inches. Adhere these panels to the three card flaps.
  3.  Cut two pieces of white card stock 3 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches and center on the middle panel of each card base.
  4. Cut four pieces of Heartfelt Creations designer paper at 1 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches and adhere to the side panels of each card.
  5. Stamp, die cut and color the tropical paradise birds. Center the birds on the white card stock center panels.

CARDS WITH HEARTFELT CREATIONS PUNCH OUT SECTIONS

  1. Cut and fold two white card stock 5 inches by 11 inches and fold each card at 7 inches. Cut out two white card stock panels at 2 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches for the lower flaps of the front of the cards.
  2. Cut designer paper for one card and blue card stock for the other card at 2 inches by 4 inches and 2 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches. Adhere the designer papers to the white card stock.
  3. For the panel on the blue card cut card stock at 2 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches and the designer paper at 2 inches by 4 inches. For the second card punch out a two inch circle of paper with the flamingos.
  4. Adhere the panel and circle to the card to align the lower panel and upper panel with an opening in the middle of the cards.

I am entering this to Crafty Friends Challenge using ides and punches.

I would love to know what you think of this holiday or hostess gift. Would you like to see more projects and directions for holiday and hostess gifts?

Tutorial Thursday Holiday Gift Idea # 10 Hexagon Box

This hexagon box is tremendous fun project that can easily be completed in one evening for a quick  holiday or hostess gift. Here are the directions to make this terrific box.

  1. Die cut on white card stock the Stampin Up Window box die twice and assemble box.
  2. Die cut the decorative top window from Stampin Up Window box with gold paper.
  3. Stamp, die cut, and color seven holly swags with the Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly stamp set and die set.
  4. Attach the holly swags to each side and top of the box.

I am entering this to the Anything Goes Challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge.

I would love to know what you think of this simple holiday or hostess gift. Would you like to see more projects and directions for holiday and hostess gifts?

Summer Stamping Fun

Anyone craving a sip of a refreshing stamping technique?  Today here is b a behind-the-scenes look at the technique  used to create this cool drink of summer.
Here’s what you’ll need to mix up this cooler:

• B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer
• Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z1091 Finishing Files

Ready? Let’s get stamping!

Step 1: Using Pixie ink, stamp bottle image on pad so the top ¾” of the image is not inked. Once inked, achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the bottle first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your tag.

Step 2: Next, use a sponge dauber to lightly ink the edges of the bottle stamp with Whisper ink. Use another sponge dauber to ink the top of the bottle stamp with Glacier ink. Now stamp this image over the original Pixie bottle image on the tag.

Step 3: Using Whisper ink and a sponge dauber, lightly apply a small amount of ink to the bottom of the bottle stamp in an oval shape. Stamp bottle image again over previous image.

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Step 4: Using Thistle ink, stamp straw image onto the bottle, allowing it to rest at the bottom left of the Whisper oval and exit through the top of the bottle.

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Step 5: Use a sanding file to softly rub away a line to the right of the straw. This will give the bottle a highlight, creating a more glasslike appearance.

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Voila! You have now stamped one delicious beverage. Enjoy! We hope your artistic thirst has been quenched. 🙂

Close to my Heart Taste of Summer Stamp Set

I love the citrus images on the Taste of Summer stamp set. This page allows them to shine by using them to create an entire background!

Seamless Spring Stamping

There’s something unmistakable in the air this time of year. Besides the stuff that tickles the sinuses, the stuff that tickles the artistic soul is in full bloom. When you’re ready to relieve that tickle, pick up your Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book to see the crisp, new spring stamp sets bursting out all over!

One of the Close to my Heart flowering sets holds a place  not just because it’s adorable, but also because it’s incredibly utilitarian. The Botanical Backgrounds stamp set, found on page 16 of Seasonal Expressions 2, is your secret to seamless stamping.

You & I Layout

The springy designs of this set are made to be stamped in succession without any evidence of overlap. Applied to pages and cards, these stamps turn blank cardstock into patterned paper, straight off the press.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp set

How does it work? First, ink your stamp with an Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ pad. Press it to your cardstock, allowing the edges of the stamp to overlap onto your protected surface.

Re-ink your stamp and place it under the first impression, making sure to align the designs. Once you pull away you’ll see how your second stamp took over exactly where the first left off. Cool, no?

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Continue to stamp your cardstock to your liking, re-inking your stamp with every repetition.

When you’ve finished stamping the pattern outline, pull out  ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to splash some color onto those pretty petals.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Ahh, the thrill of spring!

Small Stamps, Big Impact

The stamp sets featured in the cards above perfectly fit inside the circle of the Doodled Designs stamp set. Add the star, heart, dots, or arrow for a hand drawn effect inspired by an artist’s sketchbook. It is the perfect doodled touch!