Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tag a Bag

There is a new product in the new 2013/14 catalog that I really like, and the price is great!  It is called Tag a Bag Gift Boxes.  There are  8 kraft boxes PLUS clear acetate sleeves in a package for only $6.95.  That is less than a buck each!  We used one of these boxes for a project Saturday and I love how it turned out. 
The boxes don't come with dividers but it was simple to take a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock and score it and adhere to the bottom of the box to make the dividers.  The filling is shredded packing paper so that part was free. 

We decorated a tag which we clipped onto the new 3/4" Chevron Ribbon with the adorable mini clothes pins that came in the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.  The pieces for the outside tag came in that accessory kit too. 

The cute little tags inside were punched from the new In-Colors.  Adding the acetate sleeve finishes it off so nicely.  What a great size box for many gifts, cookies, jewelry, lotions, etc would be perfect in these. 
There are also cute little kraft bags with chevrons in white that are so cute too.  10 in a pack for $3.95.  These will be fun to decorate and present also.  They look great with some of the popular Baker's Twine wrapped around them too.  You can save a bit if you get the bags or boxes combined with the accessory kit and they go so well together!
I have my monthly Bunco game coming up, I need to come up with something fabulous to fill a box with for my gift.  Sometimes I end up taking something in a plastic grocery bag - is that any way for a Stampin' Up demonstrator to treat a gift???  You know what they say about presentation.  Needless to say, the months when my gift is "wrapped" in a plastic bag it isn't the first one chosen!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spring (Summer???) Retreat!

Today was a wonderful day at the Stampin' Sisters Spring Retreat.  We did 3 beautiful projects in the morning, ate a nice catered lunch and did 4 cards in the afternoon.  Every project was so nice and I loved the stamps, paper and colors we used.

The DSP we used on all the projects is called Gingham Garden.  It is a bright, pretty set of papers and they made the projects cheery.  The colors we used to match the paper are Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo Melon Mambo, Night of Navy and Pear Pizzaz.  I love the combination!

The first project we did was this beautiful paper wreath.  1 1/2 X 12 inch strips of paper were clipped in v shape at the ends and then we put them around a Styrofoam wreath.  It didn't take very long to complete each wreath, including the flowers.  When I showed it to my husband he was very impressed and we decided to hang it on the front door.  It sure cheers up the living room!
Another project we did this morning was this sampler.  It used lots of scraps of the Gingham Garden paper and stamps from the Wildflower Garden large stamp and the Kind & Cozy stamp set that we got today with our class kit.  I love this stamp set!  We had fun creating with it today.  I need to get a nice frame to put this cute sampler in.
One last thing, here is my swap card.  I ordered the Tape It stamp set on my last order and had fun playing with it to make a background for the sentiment.  It is like having a supply of washi tape that never runs out! 
I have been neglecting my blog lately, I need to post more but I stay so busy that when I actually manage to find some stamp time I don't seem to get things posted.  I have a good supply of things to post now with the rest of the projects and all the wonderful swaps I got today, I reckon

 I'll see you again Monday if I manage to squeeze in a little blog time then!  I'm getting ready to drive to Colorado to see the new grandbaby and then on to Utah for the Stampin' Up convention in the middle of July, then back to see the new grandbaby a little bit longer before heading back home.   It will be a long drive but very worth it!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Scrapbook Page!

The new Stampin' Up catalog is live!  I love the new catalog, so many new stamps, dies, products and ideas for cards and gift giving.  I'm going to place another order next week so let me know if you want something.  You can view the new catalog here!

I haven't done a scrapbook page in so long!  I am kind of excited that I created this one, it seems like a huge accomplishment after so long.  I really should get back into scrapbooking regularly again.  Actually, I should get back into blogging again.  I have really slacked off the last couple of months. 

For the layout I used the new, and very cool This and That paper and Washi Tape.  I really like this paper, I had a hard time deciding which papers from the pack to use.  I might just make a whole scrapbook with it!  I like the Washi Tape and plan to use it all up.  It is a great design element and a flat option to ribbon.  Much more manly in case I decide to put pictures of  my husband, sons or grandsons on the page.  Speaking of grandsons, I got a brand new grandson Tuesday!  I'm excited about little Caleb and am looking forward to going and visiting him on my way to the Stampin' Up convention.  And on the way home from convention too.  He is adorable and I'm so thankful he and my daughter are doing well.  Caleb's 5 year old sister wants to hold him all the time.  She might do a pretty good job of getting him spoiled before I even get there to start spoiling him! 
OK, back to the layout.  I feel like my brain is playing ping pong tonight!  I love the paper but I was uncertain how I would like the colors together.  For some reason that I can't explain, I can't stand to look at things that are the oh so popular colors of red and light teal.  That color combination seems to be everywhere and it drives me nuts.  To my eyes, they just DON'T MATCH!  Anyway, I was afraid that the Pool Party and Calypso  would have the same effect on my eyes but they didn't.  I found myself wanting to add more of the Calypso Coral.  That was one of the 2011-2013 In Colors.  Most of the In Colors from that collection were added into the colors so only Lucky Limeade is gone from Stampin' Up's colors now.

I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the new Wildflower Meadow onto the Very Vanilla 12X12 background paper.  I also used the Mixed Bunch stamp set to stamp the flower onto the same color cardstock for a tone-on-tone look and punched them out with the Blossom stamp.  On this layout I inked all of the Very Vanilla cardstocks on the whole page and the mats.  I'm going to teach a class on this layout on June 18th at 6:30 if you are interested.  I'm going to do another layout without the inking and with a different piece of the DSP for people who don't like the distressed, ink around the edges of everything look.  It will be interesting to see the difference between the 2 pages.

It's time for bed!  I've had a long day and I'm starting to have trouble keeping my eyes open.  I'm not going to absolutely promise that I am going to post more often but I reckon I'll sure try!  Hopefully I'll see you online again soon!