Welcome back to my Blog Hop Post – below you will find more photographs, details and how to’s for my items featured this past weekend. The fabulous brand new Holiday Mini is now available – you can order from it now and you can view the online catalog by clicking HERE – you can also place an order directly online by clicking on my 24 Hour Shopping button to the right.
The stamp set from the Holiday Mini that I used for the Blog Hop was Pumpkin Patch – it is a set of 11 stamps and you can find it on pg 9 of the Holiday Mini Catalog –
I love versatile sets that I can use for more than one occasion and when I first saw this set I knew it had potential…if you are on a budget this coming Holiday season then this is the set for you – out of one stamp set costing just $22.95 you have all the stamps you need to produce projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas…my little creations are below :-)
Elegant Halloween Treats…
I wanted to create ‘grown up’ Halloween treats that would be perfect for teachers, work colleagues & friends and came up with a gift set containing Cocoa and Hershey’s Nuggets – can you tell I like chocolate? :-)
The Nugget Box is sooo easy to make and is made completely out of Cast-a-Spell DSP – the little drawer slides out to reveal 3 nuggets – what a yummy treat in a cute holder :-)
I used the same DSP and jack-o-lantern to decorate the top of the box to continue the theme of my card as I am giving them together as a gift package, and I used 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain. I stamped the faces onto bits of DSP measuring 1″ x 3 1/4″ and using Sticky Strip adhered them to the nuggets. You can find the tutorial to make the Nugget Box by clicking HERE – you need to use a strong adhesive to stick the box flaps down – I would definitely recommend Sticky Strip :-)
The Cocoa Card – take a piece of Basic Black cardstock and cut lengthways in half to give 2 pieces that each measure 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″ and again at 10″ and fold along the score lines. Use a very strong adhesive tape – I used Sticky Strip – to tape down both sides to create the pouch which holds the cocoa sachet and tape the little flap down, then decorate – I used Cast-a-Spell DSP and 1/4″ Black Grosgrain ribbon – and I also used a little piece of purple DSP to cover the top of the cocoa pouch which looks much cuter than just popping the white sachet in there. I used my Paper Snips to trim the edge of green DSP to create ‘grass’. I stamped the jack-o-lantern faces onto orange DSP and punched them out using my 3/4″ Circle Punch – I punched out a black 1″ Circle and adhered the pumpkin face to it with a dimensional so that it pops off of the card front – it turned out sooo cute :-)
The two sentiment stamps I used on this card are from the fabulous set ‘Teeny Tiny Wishes’ that you can find on pg 145 of the catalog – I LOVE this set – there are 24 sentiments in there which cover almost all occasions during the year – it is just fabulous value for money and since purchasing it, I have used it for almost every card I have made.
The Flower Pot – I painted a pot that I found at the craft store using orange acrylic paint and used Black Stazon Ink to stamp the face. I took a treat bag and put a twist into the end of it and secured it using tape. I then filled the bag with candy and sealed it at the bottom. I placed this into the pot and twisted a pipe cleaner around my taped twist at the top, attached leaves and used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes that I made into a tag using my Circle Punches which I then tied on with raffia. I will also attach a pumpkin seed in a decorated envelope so that once the candy has been eaten, the child can fill the pot with soil and see how their seed grows :-)
Jelly Bean Sweet Treats – I think this would be perfect for kids and adults alike – isn’t it cool? The clear container that you see on the front is a brand new product – Sweet Treats Cups that you can find on pg 7 of the Holiday Mini Catalog – there is a co-ordinating stamp set – Sweet Centers – that you can use with them for projects all year round as it contains stamps for valentines, halloween, Christmas and also stamps to make a hot air balloon and flower petal and leaf stamps – how versatile is that?!
Fall Colors Flower Birthday Card…
So on to something a wee bit different – as soon as I saw this set I had lots of ideas of how it could be used for other occasions – Pumpkin Patch comes with 3 stamps that you can use to make pumpkin shapes – I figured that the ovals would make great flower petals :-)
I stamped the ovals using Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and More Mustard inks and cut them out, adding a Corduroy Button for the center. I adhered them to a piece of Very Vanilla that I distressed the edges of by using my scissors. I attached this to a piece of patterned orange DSP that is from a brand new pack that you can find on pg 36 in the Holiday Mini called Pawsitively Prints.
I then ran a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock through the Big Shot using the Perfect Details Texturz Plate and cut the frame to size using my craft knife and mat – I used dimensionals to mount this over the flower image to create a framed window effect and I then mounted this onto a piece of Creamy Caramel on which I used my Paper Piercing Tool around the edge and layered it into on to two more pieces of cardstock. Finally I stamped my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (again, how versatile is this set? Love it!) and punched it out with my Word Window punch and adhered it to the card adding a piece of Very Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon for a finishing touch – and there is a card using those beautiful Fall colors :-)
I love how it turned out and thinking more about how to use those oval and circle stamps for another occasion I came up with a…
Sparkling Christmas card…
I stamped the circle and oval stamps using Versamark Ink onto White cardstock – for perfect circles, I punched them out and then stamped the Versamark onto them (punches dont like to go through glitter too much!!!) and used Heat & Stick Powder, my Heat Tool and Stampin’ Up’s fabulous fine glitters to create these very sparkly ornaments – you simply stamp your shape using Versmark, sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder on, shake off the excess and heat with your Heat Tool until it melts. Then sprinkle on glitter, shake off the excess and give it a quick heat again to make sure it is well adhered.