Milk cartons

I am on my way home from the craft show/flea market at the steam engine/tractor show. It was not what we expected but we definitely had a fun family adventure. Lainy placed 2nd and Micah 4th in their divisions in the pedal tractor pulls. We all won at bingo and the kids found a bunch of treasure in the saw dust pile. We also survived a hail storm with out too much damage to anything. I also managed to get my 3-D project finished enough that I can share it with you.

I started with the Big Shot and the mini milk carton XL die. I have used this die in the past for Christmas and Valentines favors. They are great filled with any kind of candy. What has made today’s project so much fun is the stamp set. It is called Got Treats and is designed to work with the mini milk cartons. I have attempted to use every one of the stamps included in the set and have included options for both male and females. I will admit that I used left over milk cartons from past projects and that is why all the cartons are red or some shade of pink. I did have one white one so that was the lucky carton for St. Patrick’s Day. I am missing the Halloween one. I will get that one finished at some point and time and share that one as well. I am just going to post the pictures and let them speak for themselves.


This is one side the other side has the words you will see in the next picture.


The other side of each color is the same as the side you see on the other one. Each carton has an image and the words. The other two sides are blank.


Notice the different open stamps on the cartons to come.


This set only uses the words on two sides. I didn’t want to tie these to a specific holiday. In my life people can use a treat most when there is no holiday near by.


I purposely kept these very simple because I envision these being made for a classroom and a lot of embellishment would be lost on the kids.


These do not have the words they have the cupcake on two sides opposite each other. The stamp has a top to the cupcake but I used the Cupcake punch and Stampin’ dimensionals to pop the top which is the best part in our house. Also notice the tops are embossed using the big shot and embossing folders.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the possibilities of the Got Treats stamp set as much as I enjoyed making them. See you tomorrow.



Happy Birthday Flower Card

What a great day, it started with worship,then an afternoon visiting my Grandma and ended with making a card with my daughter.  I needed a quick birthday card for one of my sister’s colleagues at work and had seen a design similar to this in a back issue of Stampin’ Success.  I also wanted to try making a flower using the crumpling method.  This card was super easy to make and yet anyone that receives it will feel like a million bucks.

My colors for this are Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  I started by punching 3 flowers using a flower punch.  I then spritzed each flower with water before attaching all 3 flowers together with the brad in the middle.  I then crumpled and formed my flower once I was happy with the flower I set it aside to dry.  I used the petals-a-plenty embossing folder and embossed the chocolate chip card stock.  I then cut the Daffodil Delight and used the scallop trim border punch on each side.  I then layered a piece of chocolate chip and then a piece of Daffodil Delight DSP from the Brights Stack.  The ribbon is the the Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon you can get free with a $40 order in September.  I used my scallop oval punch and my small oval punch for the happy birthday which is from the create a cupcake stamp set.  Attack the flower once it is dry and the card is finished.
I did go ahead and add some more whisper white trimmed with the scallop trim border punch to the inside.  I stamped another phrase from the create a cupcake stamp set inside along with a cupcake to match the sentiment. Once I had the cupcake top stamped in the Calypso Coral, I re-stamped the top in Versa Mark ink and added the vanilla scented heat embossing powder. This made the top of the cupcake shinny and it smells like a real cupcake. The final touch is the string of pearls on the cupcake. This card is beautiful on the outside and has a fun surprise on the inside.
This is not a card that you can mail but hand delivered along with a cake at work the design works.  If you need to mail it a non crumpled flower with just the brad in the center would still be a beautiful card (I am feeling a followup post already.)

I hope you enjoyed this crumpled flower card.  See you tomorrow.


3-D Happy Birthday Card

Well it worked I managed to successfully schedule yesterday’s post so I am at it again writing the night before. In fact, I am writing this as I am settling my daughter down for bed. She thinks mom’s blog is a bedtime story.

Today’s card is one I used for a workshop I did back in June. I got the idea for the card from a swap made by my upline Donna Pelon. It is not your traditional side or top fold card. It is a 3-D card that is a kind of shadow box. I used the Four Seasons Hostess stamp set.  Of course, I couldn’t make a card without using my Big shot machine and both the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder.  The colors for this card are Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla.  I also used several punches.  I again finished the butterfly with a couple of the small pearl jewels.

The design inside the circle is stamped in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla and is then mounted on a circle of Riding Hood Red.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in Pretty in Pink on Very Vanilla and then mounted on Riding Hood Red.  I made another version of this card using two smaller circles instead of the one large circle and that can be seen on my blog post Vintage Vogue Class Preview.

I hope you can see how this card is 3-D and how it is constructed from two pieces of card stock that are scored at the ends adhered together and then folded to make the card stand up.  You can write on the back of the card instead of on the inside.  I have flattened and puffed my card a number of times and it stands every time.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Four Seasons Hostess Set Wood #126830 — Clear #126832 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink: Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #126968, Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad #126955

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty in Pink #100459, Riding Hood Red #111348

Tools/Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439,Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Pearls Basic Jewels #119247, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 1″ Circle Punch #119868

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this 3-D card.  See you again tomorrow.


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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

My kid’s school has a teacher appreciation week and the kids and parents are given the opportunity to let the teachers know how much we have appreciated all they have done over the last year. My kids have a number of teachers even though they are only in elementary school because they have separate gym, art, spanish, music, resource center, library, and of course you can’t forget the principal and school secretary.  So we had a number of teachers to thank so we needed a simple project my 2nd grader and kindergartener could help with, something mommy could finish without pulling an all nighter, and something that would not break the bank.  I thought of the matchbook sticky note projects that were in the May Stampin’ Success Magazine were the perfect project.

I actually ended up creating two versions one for the female teachers and one for the male teachers.  I used a combination of current paper colors and accesories and retired paper colors.  My daughter was able to use the Stampin’ Wheel to apply the background design to the card stock.  She was also able to help punch the flowers and circles out.  I chose the For All You Do stamp set as I thought the sentiment was just perfect to give to their teachers.  The baker’s twine in the 2011-2012 color was a fun addition.       The version for the guys we used the school colors and the school logo.  We wanted to give them something they would be willing to have on their desk and not feel awkward and I think this design achieved that.

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