Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cheerful tags Loaf Wrap for an "un-Christmas" present

I love this new Cheerful Tags and Here's to Cheers set – but it’s too early for Christmas!  We made loaf gift bags at my class on Sunday and here's mine in the new 6 x 17 cello bags.

So instead of Christmas ribbon choose 2 contrasting washi tape patterns and put 3 stripes of washi tape on the bag while it’s flat. Put the tape about 2/3 of the way up (so it’s not on the end part that is tied together.  I used Affectionately Yours washi tape and just the green and flowered navy and real red patterns.

Make your tag by using a marker instead of ink and color in the part you want on the tag. I wanted the Scrumptious and the swirls and I used Night of Navy. 
After you’ve colored in the part you want stamped, breathe on the stamp to moisten it then stamp.  Ta da… just the scrumptious!   Cut the tag out with the dies and the swirl (I used Emerald Envy).  Put a matching strip of washi on the tag, tie up the loaf (I used the real read twine) and give it away and make someone’s day special.

This really is a fun fast way to wrap a zucchini (or other) loaf – it took me longer to write up this instruction sheet vs make the tag!

Mom's Zucchini loaf is a never fail recipe!
3 eggs, 1 cup veggie oil, 2 1/4 cups sugar, 3 teaspoons vanilla: beat
3 cups flour and 1 teaspoon of salt, baking power, baking soda
3 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Stir the dry ingredients and add the wet. 
Add 2 cups of zucchini (drained) to the mixture, and if you wish 1 cup of walnuts.  Put into 2 loaf pans, bake at 350 for 50-60 min until the skewer comes out clean.  Never fail.  Don't half the recipe - give a loaf away :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Jar of Love Card with Flowers and a Gift Card Holder

I can’t say this is a fast card, but it’s really pretty.  Sometimes you need a special birthday or thank you card and this one has room for a gift card and it stands up like an easel. I like the summer look of fresh white.  I think if I do this for the holidays, I’d put on a few more layers of designer paper.  

I stamp all the images first (Jar of Love set) and then cut them all out with the big shot and play with arranging them.  Tip:  for 2 step stamping look for the “arrow” on the stamp to help you with lining it up for the second stamp. 

I then stamp the jar, the water and the stamped bow, and the stems.   Then I add flowers with white glue and a few dimensions.  When I stamped I used the same ink but stamped off so I’d get a lighter and then a darker color (with stamping off you always have more colors that you first think!).  Then I added in stems with a marker. If I was clever I would haves stamped the stems first!  If you have extra flowers why not put them inside your card, or have one “falling” down next to your jar.

When your front is finished adhere to a Mint Macaron piece. Score the base at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ fold it so the jar can “stand up” like an easel.  Adhere the front jar piece to the base of the card.  Take the small mint piece and punch part of the circle (to make it easy to retrieve the gift card) and with Tear N Tape adhere to the inside front of the card (so it’s hidden til it’s opened).

I like that this card stands up like an easel and the gift card is a surprise when you open the card.

There's an instruction sheet in the tab Ideas, Project and Free Things.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Bride’s Own Colors – A Floral Wedding Congratulations

I love wedding stationery.  Thank goodness we don’t get wedding invitations by Facebook :) .  Isn’t this one stunning?  I thought I’d match the invitation to our congratulations card.

I used a piece of watercolor shimmer paper 4 1/8 x 5 3/8, got it very wet, and lightly stamped with the Timeless Texture “grunge” stamp in Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie.  I used the Floral dies to cut the front of the card (don’t forget to use a precision plate), stamped with Smokey Slate to match their font color and then layered it.  I have to say I was nervous before I layered it up – it looked such a mess!

Inside I used the sentiment from the same set, and n the very back I put on a “stamped with love”, from the new I Stamped This” set.  

When I see this with their invitation, I think it turned out so pretty! 
Products:  Floral Phrases and Thinlets, Shimmer Cardstock and Timeless Textures stamp set

The Thank You Jar of Love Box

Sometimes you need a quick thank you and this is a fast box.  
Whisper White 8 ½ x 5, score at 1, 4, 5, 8, and then 1” along the bottom (yup I made sure you can get 2 boxes to 1 piece of cardstock!).  Remove the little piece on the bottom right that is ½ x 1”.  Trim the tabs with “notches” so there’s no bulk.   

Stamp the jar on the front (the 2nd panel) and cut out the jar with the liner framelit.  Then add sticky strip the edge and make into a box.  Stamp the jar lid and the thank you (Thoughtful Banners and matching punch) and add the lid to the jar and the thank you banner.  I added a little twine bow since I had the matching Melon Mambo twine.  Put some M&Ms in a medium bag, tie it up and pop into the box.  So cute. 
Products: Jar of Love Bundle of Stamps and Dies, Thoughtful Banner Stamps and Punch, Melon Mambo Twine or Ribbon

A Petite Purse - perfect for a gift card

How cute is this little purse? I think perfect for a gift card and a few small goodies. It’s about 4” high and I like the “open” look, or you can add a closure if you wish.  My mini 3x3 card is made from the Project Life “lovely” card set with Cottage Greetings for the "thanks".  I love everything EOS so I had to put in a lip balm as well.

My husband gave me this big handbag (fits my laptop and iPad) so I picked the same colors and silver trim to make my own petite purse.  

I used the “lots of labels” framelits to make the tag and the silver piece is 2 ½ x 1/2 .   This is a Becky Roberts design and she’s sharing the pattern, so message me or email me at MaryKateScott@gmail and I’ll send the pattern and instructions
Products:  Island Indigo Cardstock, Silver Foil Paper, Silver 1/8" ribbon, Project Life Cards 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A lovely Affectionately Yours card for a lovely friend

A pretty card for a truly lovely friend. I love the simplicity of white embossing on white and the hint of copper in this designer paper Affectionately Yours and this set Love & Affection. Feels like a summer card to me.

The other thing I like is that this set has matching embossing folders; you get 2 smaller embossing folders. Lots of possibilities here.

Dimensions:  card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, the 2 designer pieces of paper are 3 3/4 x 5 and the small embossed piece is 3 x 4, and the watermelon wonder is 1 1/4 x 4 trimmed with the banner punch.

I hope my friend is feeling as lovely as I know she is.