January 29, 2011

Desktop Calendar

One of my favorite places to get ideas from is the wonderful world of Splitcoaststampers.  Created by a Stampin'Up! demonstrator who was looking to share ideas.  It turned into such a huge success that almost everyone I know knows about it and goes there pretty regularly for ideas and to share as well.

Anyhow, I have a favorite person I got to for calendar ideas and templates.  She is wonderfully generous and has shared her templates with us fans.

This is my version of a Desktop Calendar originally created by: Cami or Cambria Turnbow (one of my favorite crafty ladies) and using CAT's desktop calendar template for 2011.  I love how it came out and that it's the size of a regular greeting card 4.25x5.5.  I could fold it and mail it to a special friend if I wanted to, but this time it's mine.  I need it.  LOL.

Hope you like it as much as I do. Each section is a Season Quarter.. so I started with Winter.. Jan-Mar and tried to encompass colors and Designer papers and punched embellies that may represent the season and each months Holiday if any....

New Years-Valentine's Day -St. Patty's Day

 Side view

Easter-Mother's Day-Father's Day

 Side view 

4th of July-Harvest-Labor Day

 Side view and more true to color... 

Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-Hannukah or Kwanza

 Side view... Can you feel the changes in the air?  Love to play with the dies

 this shows the middle band holding the card upright.. tucks behind first layer on card.

Supplies used are all Stampin'Up! products unless otherwise stated:

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White, Garden Green, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Designer Papers:  Play Date, Springtime Vintage, and from retired ones: Sweet Pea and a couple of Past Holiday ones.
Other: Punches: Scallop Circle, Window Word, Modern Label, Two step bird, large Heart,1 3/8", 1 1/4", 1" circle punches, New Snowflake die, Leaves #2 die, swirly die, sponges for color, rhinestones, button from Brights collection.
Dimensionals (pop up sticky dots), glue dots, snail tape.
Stamps: An old favorite: Everyday Flexible Phrases

Thanks for looking.

January 13, 2011

A "Sucker" for Valentine's

With Valentine's quickly approaching.. I thought I'd take my time to make little treats for my baby's friends at school.  I bought some cherry flavored heart pops at CVS and wrapped them up.

What do you think?  I love them and they were so easy to make.

You can make these too!  All products are from Stampin'Up! and can be ordered from me 24/7 here.

I used:
Cardstock in: Real Red, Melon Mambo and Regal Rose.  Fronts are Whisper white.
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Sweetheart, Jolly ol St Nick, and Got Treats
Other: Heart punch, 1/4" grosgrain ribbons in Real Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White, crop a dile for hole on bottom for sucker to go through.
I mounted the white cardstock on the Melon Mambo and closed the box with one glue dot in the front...

Here are some pics for reference.

From one sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock you can make 4.. well, 5 if you don't mind a bit narrower one.

Measurements are 2.75x5.75, so if you cut first on the 8.5 side... cut a strip at 2.75 inches off, then you end up with a sheet of 5.75 x 11 and then cut 4 strips at 2.75" along the 11 inch side... you get 4 exactly.  If you cut the long strip to 5.5, now you have 5 sucker covers.
This pic shows the strip scored at 2.5, 5" and 5.5.  So, the back is the side with the 2 smaller flaps, the first small flap (1/2") is the bottom of the sucker where the stick goes through and the 1/4" flap at the end... that tucks neatly under the front part where you will glue dot them in the center.

Here is what it starts to look like when you fold it... see the flaps... it all tucks under...

This pic shows the front white cover stamped and adhered to the front.  Whisper white Cardstock was cut to 2.5x2.25 to fit the pink square perfectly center.  I stamped the Heart saying first, then punched out a scrap heart with my punch and adhered it to the center of the stamped heart saying... again, I took the heart punch aligned it over the heart (now stuck to the white) and punched it ... see next pic.
The back I stamped a saying from Got Treats stamp set  and the "From" from Jolly Ol St Nick and signed my baby's name.  Here you can see the hole I punched with the  Crop-a-dile to slide the sucker stick through.

Here you can see both layers punched through now... ready to assemble
 Push stick through... and add a glue dot to flap on bottom so you can bring the top front cover down and close the box. Easy for kids to open if you only have one glue dot.

Add a cute ribbon in a bow to the front... and viola!! Make a bunch.

Hope you found this easy to follow. 
Til next project.