Monday, January 30, 2017

Decorated Candy Bars

Hello and welcome. Today I'm sharing a quick gift giving idea for Valentine's Day...

Decorated Candy Bars! I started with an XL candy bar that I found at Target...
and wrapped it in a piece of patterned paper. I used some older Doodlebug Paper that I had on hand, but you could use any patterned paper in your stash or even stamp a design! 
 I used THIS die-cut to add the scalloped border to the edges and used THIS foiled cardstock to die-cut THIS sentiment from. I added matching foiled hearts using THIS die. Applying THIS adhesive to the back of the paper before die-cutting was a time saver. 
I made these decorated candy bars for the secretary and principal at my son's preschool. I hope I've inspired you to create a simple Valentine's treat like this one. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day! 

*NOTE: The patterned papers I used are no longer available. However, THIS kit includes paper that would be a great substitute. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Repeating Stamped Images

Hi there. Today's card uses THIS adorable stamp set from the February Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit sold out so fast, but the products are available for individual purchase.

I stamped the coffee cup image several times on THIS cardstock and THIS patterned paper. After cutting out the images and paper piecing the patterned pieces on, I colored the lids using my Copic markers and stamped the faces from the stamp set on each cup. I adhered each cup on to a strip of black cardstock cut with THIS die. It's a banner die but the coffee cup covers the angle portion at one of the ends. I used it to get the stitching detail on the top and bottom. It's a great way to stretch your dies. I added THIS to the top of the cups for some shine.

For the background, I used THIS die since it reminded me of bubbles. I adhered all the pieces on to a white card base. For the inside...

I wanted to continue the design to the inside since I was giving a gift card. I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the stamp set on a piece of acetate, creating a window to see that a gift card was inside. I used THIS die to create the slit for the gift card to slide into.

I hope this inspires you to try stamping an image multiple times. Before I go, I have more inspiration for you...

I also wanted to share a card from my 13 year old niece using the same stamp set. (If you're new to my blog, click HERE to learn more about Taylor's Take.)

She was also inspired by the stamp set to create a cup card....

She stamped a sentiment from the stamp set on the inside...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Simple Handmade Valentines

Hello there. Today's project shares how to create simple handmade valentines....

I started with a few sheets of THIS watercolor cardstock. I applied several different colors of distress ink on to a piece of acetate (I used a piece of recycled packaging). I spritzed with water and smooshed the ink on to the cardstock. To get intense color on the first application, I used the acetate like a squeegee and pulled the color across the cardstock. I went back and forth until all the ink was used up. Once dry, I die-cut each one using THIS die. 

For the first valentine...

I used Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, and Seedless Preserves. (You may recognize this color combo from Instagram HERE.)I sprayed it with THIS sprayer to add some texture. 

For the second valentine...

I went with a rainbow color combo. Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Shaded Lilac. 

While experimenting, I found something fun! I used THIS gift card holder die and partially die-cut one end of it to create the hole for the sucker to go through. After die-cutting, I snipped the cuts a little more to avoid the cardstock bending from the weight of the sucker. Here's a closer look...

You can die-cut the entire die if you had a larger sucker and then there would be a holder at the top and bottom but I had smaller suckers on hand. I also added the same distress ink color to the cardstock on the back so it would blend in seamlessly. 

To finish off the valentines, I stamped the sentiment and hearts from THIS stamp set in black. I also wanted to create a spot to write the recipient's name so I die-cut a few hearts using THIS die from THIS patterned paper and stamped the "to" and "love" from THIS stamp set...

These would make great valentines for kids to pass out at school. You could also get them involved in creating the inky backgrounds! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.