Monday, January 26, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Punny Love Valentine Treat Bags

Hey there, crafty friends! Every year I set a goal to complete Valentine treats anytime before the 'day before Valentine's Day' and yet every year I find myself in my studio on February 13th. Well, this year I'm proud to say my girls' Valentine treats are complete and it's not even February yet! I can't wait to share them with you in hopes that you'll be inspired to create something special for your coworkers, friends, and family!

I started with paper bags that I found at our local dollar store (Dollar Tree in case you have one near you). They came in a pack of three for a $1 and they're large enough to hold lots of treats. They came in several cute prints, but of course I couldn't leave them plain.

I was inspired by the cute scene that Kim created recently on this card and I decided to use the 3x4 Part of my Heart die to house my Little Bits scenes. I cut out several in both Strawberry Milkshake and Sugar Cube cardstock and then reversed the heart and the inner portion so each die cut was a mix of pink and white.

I hand cut the green grass using a polka dot patterned paper from the Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack. The fox was cut out using Sugar Cube and Pumpkin cardstock. I'll admit, I added the nose with a marker instead of die cutting since I was making a bunch of these. To finish it off I stamped the sentiment from Punny Love in the bottom corner.

I followed the same basic steps for the 'bee bag'. The yellow polka dot pattern of the bee's body is also from the Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack and the sentiment from Punny Love as well.

And last but not least, the pretty fawn. I cut her from Toffee Crunch cardstock. I cut the eye from Sugar Cube, adhered it to the fawn, and colored the front portion with black marker.

The bags came with some really horrible satin bows on them (that didn't match) so I ripped them off and replaced them with a die cut bow from Mix & Match Bows and a Doodlebug Sprinkle in the middle.

I must say the best part of this whole process was having Madi help me put all the treats inside each bag! She had a big smile on her face as she dropped chocolate hearts, fruit snacks, tattoos, and more inside. The only disappointment for her is that she has to wait before she can give them to her friends!

So what are you planning to do for your Valentine treats this year? I'd love to hear about it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Design Team: Mmmmmm, Donuts!

Has it been one of those TGIF kind of weeks for you? If it has, treat yourself to your favorite comfort sweet and a steaming mug of your favorite cozy beverage and check out the adorable card Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess created to send us off into the weekend...

Wanda's NotesSo when Taylor showed me this Little Bits Donut die, I fell in love right away! I mean, isn't it the cutest thing ever? I combined three Little Bits dies to make a fun card to share today. 

Wanda's NotesI kept my color palette clean and simple with pink, kraft and cream. 

Wanda's NotesFirst I embossed the Diagonal Embossing Folder to give my background some dimension.

Wanda's Notes:  Next, I went to town making cute donuts with pink frosting! 

Wanda's Notes: I added more Little Bits (Silverware and Coffee Cup) -- super cute, too!

Wanda's Notes: I finished things off with a sentiment from Perfect Blend and used the set Hug in a Mug to stamp a bit of steam over my cup.

Thanks so much, Wanda, for ending our week on such a sweet note! Visit Wanda at A Blog Called Wanda to see more of her fabulous work. Have a wonderful weekend, crafty friends!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blog Design Team: Hearts Two Ways

Hi there, crafty friends! We're strolling our way toward February and love is in the air. Today, Amy Kolling is sharing two beautiful Valentines using the same products and our Hearts Cutting Plate never looked so good!

Amy's Notes: I don't know about you, but I love being able to use a product more than one way. Enter the Hearts Cutting Plate! I designed two cards, both using this cutting plate and a sponging technique, but different in their own way. 

Amy's NotesLet me share my shaker card first. These are just so much fun to create and to receive and the Hearts Cutting Plate makes a really unique shaker. I began masking off my white card base and sponging ink from the bottom to the top, going from dark at the bottom to light at the top until I had the blended look I wanted.  

Amy's NotesI die-cut the Hearts Cutting Plate from white cardstock and adhered it onto clear acetate to begin assembling my shaker. Onto the back perimeter, small strips of foam adhesive were added. I arranged an assortment of white and clear sequins within the sponged card base adhering random ones so that when you stand the card up, some of the sequins will stay put. 

Amy's NotesI layered my Hearts Cutting die-cut panel (the one with the acetate) over the sequins to form my shaker.  My sentiment, from Punny Love, was stamped onto a circle with two heart "leftovers" from the cutting plate colored and adhered at the sides.

Amy's Notes:  Next up, I created a simpler card, but one that I think is just as pretty. Using the Hearts Cutting Plate, I die-cut a stencil from cardstock.  

Amy's Notes: Using the stencil, I sponged on ink in a gradient pattern over white cardstock, dark at the bottom and lighter toward the top. When done sponging, I trimmed this panel down and spritzed some fine glitter mist over the top.  

Amy's Notes: Keeping with the same products from the first card, I stamped my sentiment from Hugs & Kisses onto a die-cut circle. I tried my hand at layering the circle over some silver thread and added some sponged hearts under the sentiment.  

Thanks so much, Amy, for showing us how to get creative with our Hearts Cutting Plate! You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise. Check back in tomorrow as Wanda Guess sends us off into the weekend!