Ava’s Window Box Treat

A week or so ago I showed you a treat box I made with the Window Box Thinlits and Creep It Real stamp set. (Check it out here.) This week I decided that I’d give that to my goddaughter’s son and make something else for her older daughter, Ava. At one point I looked at the first treat box and realized it had a pumpkinish shape. (Yes, use your imagination.)  What did I come up with? A Window Box treat that looks like a jack-o-lantern!

Window Box treat, Window Box Thinlits, Halloween, treat box, Seaside Embossing folder

See, it is pumpkinish!

Design Notes for Window Box Treat:

The Thinlits for the Window Box make the box itself pretty easy. I used some shapes from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the eyes and nose. The mouth was pretty much guess work. I wanted it to have that “I carved it myself!” look. To get the pumpkin texture, I ran the pieces through the Big Shot with the Seaside Embossing Folder before I assembled it. For the stem, I just rolled a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock. It was easier to work with after curling it with my Bone Folder. The leaves were made with the Leaf Punch.

Here’s a picture to show you the stem and leaves. You can also see that I sponged the card stock a bit with some Crumb Cake ink.

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Supply List for Window Box Treat:

Notice, no stamps!

 

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Dianne

International Blog Hop – Teacher Gifts

Kylie Bertucci Internatinal Blog Hop,

Thanks to all of you who voted for my project a few weeks ago. Now I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. Pretty Exciting. Our task was to create a teacher gift. Turns out this was well timed. My goddaughter, Anne Marie, asked me to make some cards for her daughter Lia’s new pre-school teachers. What makes a card better? Candy! I got a chance to use the new Acetate Card Boxes. The boxes hold eight pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolate nicely!

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Here’s a peek at the goodies!

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Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

These box fronts were really pretty easy to create. I wanted to make something that looked like a chalk board. (Does anyone use chalk boards anymore?) So I stamped the Thank you with White Craft Ink and wrote the names with A Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

I’ll bet you have already figured out where the apples came from. I used petals from one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set. Carefully cut out one and you have an apple for the teacher. May sure you’ve shined your apples with a little Wink of Stella.

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More Stops on the International Blog Hop!

There are other fabulous stampers on this hop. Be sure to check them out. The hop goes live at 6 PM (EDT).

Hurricane Harvey Help:

Remember, for all orders placed in September, I will contribute 20% of that order to the Houston Food Bank. On-line orders or any order will count! Thanks so much!

Dianne

No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

Eastern Palace Designer paper, Eastern Bauty stamp set, #GDP100

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Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

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Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

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Supply List for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.

 

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Dianne

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Time for Teacher Gifts!

The beginning of the school year is always a time of mixed emotions, especially for teachers – excitement to start a new year paired with a bit of regret that the summer has come to an end. I loved teaching and especially  loved my years as a 4th grade teacher (one of MANY jobs I held!) Occasionally I would receive a note, card, letter or even a little gift from a student or family at the beginning of the year. Nice! Perhaps you live in a part of the world where the school year is coming to a close. That’s another good time for a thoughtful gift. Today I am participating in Kylie’s Blog Highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts. I know that when I was a teacher, I never had enough note cards. So I thought some note cards and a little box would be a good gift for either the start or finish of the year.

Teacher Gift, Note Cards, Climbing Orchid, Foil Frenzy specialty DSPOrchid

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

I made two each of the cards for a total of four.

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

The box was pretty easy. To be honest, I think I have a pattern somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So, I just made this one by measuring and folding and a little hit and miss. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made It pretty quick to prepare. I loved working with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is definitely sturdy enough to hold the cards. I decorated the box with some of the orchids from Climbing Orchids and some of the lovely Copper Trim.

 

Card box, Teacher Gifts, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Can you guess where I got the sentiment for the front? It from a new set from the Holiday catalog called Merry Little Labels. The stamp I used coordinates with the Everyday Label Punch. You can’t be without that punch. Fortunately, the stamp set and punch are a bundle. You can save 10% when you purchase them together. You just have to wait a few more days.

Supply List for Teacher Gifts (the Box)

Tomorrow I will focus on the cards I made. This list is for the box, thought many materials for the cards are the same.

 

Please….

If you are reading this after 6PM on Tuesday, August 15, I would appreciate it if you would go to this web site and vote for my card (#18). I’d like to be part of a blog hop and need to be in the group of the top ten vote getters. In the upper right hand corner of my picture you will see a little heart. Just click there. You can only vote for my card one time. I know you will see other wonderful projects there. You will have five votes so you can vote for 4 others,

Thanks!

Dianne

Pretty Kitty Gift Bag for Ava

Ava was here last week. During the day she was at horse back riding camp. After camp, one day we picked berries, another day we visited Rehoboth and Browseabout Book Store. One day we did crafts (of course!). One morning she cooked us breakfast. Everything is so much fun with Ava. I know that one day, she won’t want to spend a week with Auntie Di, time with friends and other activities will take precedence. I’ll understand, but I’ll be sad.

I made a little gift bag for her room, filled with a bit of candy. Since she loves every animal that walks the earth,  I had to add an animal. I used one of the kittens from Pretty Kitty stamp set to add a special touch to her gift bag.

 

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Design Notes for Pretty Kitty Gift Bag:

Do you love how the kitty is sitting up on the bag? I fussy cut the kitty and then put him on a tag I punched with the Circle Tab Punch.

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The bag itself is made with the Gift Bag Punch Board and some Elegant Eggplant card stock since purple is Ava’s favorite color. It looks so nice with the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I punched out three daisies from the same Designer Series Paper and added a Gold Faceted Gem in the middle. Finally, I added a little Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon to mimic leaves.

Supply List for Pretty Kitty Gift Bag:

 

If your like to purchase any of these items to make a special gift bag yourself, all you need to do is to click on the picture of the item. That will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. If you are placing an order greater than $150, you will earn Host Rewards – Terrific!  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the Host Code to your order so that I can bundle your order with others. August Host Code: 2GSFK4E6. At the end of the month, someone will receive the Host Rewards.

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Remember, if your earned a coupon in July, now is the time to redeem them. Let me know if you have any questions about the redemption process.

 

Here are some pictures of Ava’s visit.

Ava at Winswept, Aug. 2017

Ava makes breakfast, August , 2017

 Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Thanks,

Dianne