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NU Demos Monthly Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

It’s that time again!  Here we are at the end of July, and my head is spinning that we are already past the halfway point of 2020!!  You may have just hopped over from Tracie Evans Langley‘s blog and I know her project was amazing, they always are!  If so, you know that our topic for this months hop is Summertime!  So here is how my brain works…Summertime=hot=tropics=pineapples, lol!  So since I had pineapples on my mind this is what I came up with.  I knew I wanted to change up my normal routine of posting a card so I went with a 3D home decor type project this month.  I’ve had these Tiny Treat Boxes in my stash for a while and they needed to come out of hiding!  And since I always have a fairly substantial assortment of paper bags, I decided to just stamp one of those to make a coordinating gift bag.

This project is super easy and quick!  I’ve included instructions and a video at the bottom of this post.  But the pic below shows you the pieces you’ll need to make the tealight.  And I used Adhesive Sheets to make it easier to attach the 2 pieces for the pineapple top, that’s why the top die cut is showing a white side instead of Just Jade. Those sheets are now a required tool in my craft room!

To decorate the gift bag, I just used an old technique of coloring directly on to the stamp so that I could get both colors I wanted for the pineapple.  I tend to forget about this technique, but it’s a great use of our markers!

Here’s an important tip on die-cutting the pineapple bottom.  You are going to cut your DSP slightly shorter than the length of the die.  This is because the die is a tiny bit larger than the 2″ area you will be covering on the treat box.  So you will want to work with a 2″ strip of your DSP of choice when cutting the 4 pieces of the pineapple bottom.  You can only cut 2 bottoms from the 2″ x 6″ piece of DSP so you will need 2 of those strips.

The other tip is for the pineapple top.  I wanted to adhere 2 of them back to back, with a strip of DSP in the center to stabilize it and give me a base to attach it to the top of the treat box.  In order to do this, you need to cut one top using the pattern you want to show, and then cut another from the BACK design of that DSP.  This allows you to flip it over and match up your first die cut.  I did use the adhesive sheets on the back of the DSP that I wanted showing

Here’s a picture of the tea lights while on 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my project.  It was a lot of fun to make 🙂  Now please continue through our hop to see the other amazing projects shared!  Amy Kinler is next up and she always has such fun projects 🙂

Instructions: Pineapple Tea Lights using Tiny Treat Boxes! – Toni Mari’s Creations

 

 

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NC Demo’s December Blog Hop – Pick Three!

Welcome to the last blog hop for 2019!!  How is this even possible?  I swear that once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just flies by.  By the time we publish this blog, Christmas will be over and hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday.  Now for that few days of precious peace and quiet before we gear up for the new year.  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, and I  know she had some great projects to share 🙂

Our theme this month is Pick Three!  We were to pick one stamp set and use it in three ways.  I choose to extend this challenge and used a suite in 3 ways.  It’s always nice to see how to incorporate the wonderful items that coordinate within a suite.   I chose to make a card and two 3D projects for this month’s hop.  And because there are 3 projects, it may be a little picture heavy!                                                                                                           

Project 1 was the card I recently submitted for a card swap in the Stampin’ UP! Leaders group.  I really love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate.  I think they compliment each other very well.  And I added a bit of pink with the Flirty Flamingo Light Blend marker on the perfume bottle.  I added few little embellishments with the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and Silver Metallic Thread.  There’s also Wink of Stella on the perfume bottle but it never photographs well.  I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Mint Macaron layer.  This is one of my very favorite embossing folders.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, add a subtle bit of texture to your card.  I added one of the stamp images from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and a sentiment from Peaceful Moments.

                   

 

The 2nd project is a holder for a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer.     

I found the pattern from a post by Twila Davis (she does the most amazing 3D items!) and just made a couple of my own adjustments.  And this project only uses the 6×6 DSP from the Best Dressed Suite.  One of my favorite patterns in this DSP package is the perfume bottles.  They are just too cute!  I also used the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding that goes with the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  This ribbon is so versatile!  This is a must-have accessory from the Mini Catalog in my opinion.  You can color the ribbon using our Blends so it virtually can be any color you need!  I used the Dark Mint Macaron to color the ribbon for this project.  You just have to give it a minute to completely dry and then you are good to go!

                                   

Holder Measurements:

Holder base – 8.5″ x 2″ – score @ 3.75″ and 4.75″.  Using Delightful Tag punch, punch both ends of the base

Holder Band – 6.5″ x 1.75″ – score @ 1.25″, 2.25″, 4.25″ and 5.25″.  Place adhesive on the back of this band (just the piece that will be on the front and back of the holder, not the side pieces) and wrap around the folded base.  This helps keep it secure.

DSP band – 6″ x 1.5″.  I didn’t score this piece, I simply added some adhesive to the backside and wrapped it around the card stock band.  Since I used a 6×6 piece of DSP, it didn’t completely meet at the back of the card stock band.  If you are using 12 x 12 DSP, you will cut it at 6.5″ x 1.5″ and it will completely wrap around the cardstock band.

 

And last but not least, my 3rd project is a treat box that Erica Cerwin shared.

I loved the unique shape of it and thought it was going to be a little challenging to make.  But it’s actually just a basic lidded box with an added topper of a piece of cardstock cut using our Stitched Nested Dies!  It totally changes the look.  I used the Scripty Embossing Folder to give it a more feminine look, a small piece of the Best Dressed DSP cut with a smaller Stitched Nested die, some Pink Petal Metallic Edged Ribbon (from the Parisian Blossoms Suite) and a pink tassel from the Best Dressed Suite.  I attached the ribbon and tassel with a couple of glue dots. This is a great way to show that we can coordinate items from other suite offerings as well!  I tucked a small square soap that I purchased at a boutique in VA a few months ago.

                                                                      

The box base is 7.5″ x 5.25″

– score on long side at 1″, 3.25″, 4.25″ and 6.5″

– score on short side at 1″ and 4.25″

– trim each of the square tabs at an angle

– Place strong adhesive on the outside of all the square tabs.  Fold up the tabs on the left and in the center into the left side rectangles

– then fold the right-hand squares into the other rectangles (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of these last 2 steps 😦 )

                             

I had a great time working on the projects this month, and while I tried to keep everything within one suite, I’m really glad that we have so many products that coordinate so well across the board.  This is a great selling point for our customers, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and please continue through the hop.  Frances Wagner is next and I know she has some wonderful projects to share!

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NC Demos November Blog Hop

 

Hello everyone!  And welcome to our NC Demos Monthly Blog Hop.  This month’s theme was to share our favorite crafty gifts, gift wrap, decor items, tags or a REALLY fancy card!  I am finding it really hard to realize that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in just 4 days and Christmas in a  month!  I say it every year but once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just seems to be on fast forward!

My projects this month are two Home Decor items.  I love the Ride With Me Bundle but I haven’t used it much.  But I had been thinking of ways to use that cute little truck and I came up with this idea.  I created this garland using several truck images and lots of our Holiday catalog ribbon selections.  The only problem was that it was hard to really get a good photograph of the full length of the garland.

Ride With Me Christmas Garland

I started out stamping 6 trucks on Whisper White cards stock, coloring them with blends and then fussy cut them.  Then I stamped the trees, colored them and used the coordinating die to cut them. I also stamped the wheels and used the matching die and attached them with dimensionals to make them stand out a little more.  Then I stamped 6 more trucks and cut them, but I didn’t color them.  I wanted them for additional backing to make the trucks a little more sturdy on the garland.

Once everything was stamped, colored and cut, I added the trees to the truck.  Then I started making the garland.  I started going from right to left.  The base of the garland is the Real Red Curly Ribbon.  I didn’t really measure out any particular length, I just worked with the ribbon still on the roll since I didn’t know how long I wanted it to be.  I tied a loop about 3- 4″ in,  leaving a little bit of a tail hanging.  Then I just started tying the pieces of the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Cotton Ribbon, spacing them out a bit.   I used 3 pieces of ribbon, alternating the colors.  You could do all one color if you wanted to, I just liked the contrast.  Then I added a truck.  To attach the truck, I simply ran a bit of double-sided tape on the back of the truck and laid it over the ribbon.  Then I flipped the truck over and attached the 2nd non-colored truck layer to the back of the colored truck, which added stability and helped keep the ribbon in place.  And by placing the Red Curly Ribbon near the top section of the truck image (over the “cab” portion), it helped keep the truck in place without flipping backward.  Then I added 3 more pieces of ribbon, spaced them out and added another truck after that. I continued this pattern until I got to the length I wanted.  I ended the garland by tying a loop at the end and left 3-4″ of ribbon hanging after the loop, then I cut it off the roll.  I actually only used 5 of the 6 trucks that I had colored.  There’s a LOT of Wink of Stella on the trucks, it’s just always a little challenge to have it show up well in photos.

Since I had an extra truck left over, I decided to make a little tea light holder.  I combined the truck image with the trees from Merry Moose.  The tea holder panel is 9″ x 2 1/8″, scored at 1″, 4 1/2″ and 8″ on the 9″ side.  Using the tree stamps from Merry Moose and Shaded Spruce Ink, randomly stamp trees just above the 1″ score line and below the 4 1/2″ score.  Stamp off on some of the trees so you have a variation of colors.  I used the  2nd from the smallest solid circle die from the Layering Circles set for the front of the holder (make sure to position the punch high enough that you can place the truck on the front without covering the entire opening). I cut a 2″ x 2 1/4″ piece of clear acetate to place behind the circle.  I actually wanted to use a piece of vellum but I couldn’t find where I’ve stored my vellum stock in my craft room…sad but true :(.  The Christmas Cheer sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas was stamped in Black Memento Ink.  Then I folded and burnished the score lines.

Using double-sided tape, attach the bottom pieces together to make the base, being sure to leave enough room to place the tea light inside the folded tent.  And lastly, attach the truck image using double-sided tape.  This would be a perfect little decoration for a side table, or on a mantle.  Or even as Holiday Dinner place setting.

Just a reminder, you can click on any of the project pictures and you will be directed to the shopping list of the products I used to make it.  You can add all the items to a shopping cart or only the items you don’t already have!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Home Decor projects this month!  The list of supplies used is below.  Please continue on to see what Jo Anne Hewins has made for us this month.  I know you will love it, her projects are always amazing!

Thanks for visiting our blog hop and please consider joining us for next month’s hop!  We’d love to have you hop along with us 😊

 

 

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NC Demos February Blog Hop – Keeping it in the Lines

Hello!  Welcome to our monthly NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just visited Frances Wagner’s blog and seen her amazing project! Thank you for continuing on through the rest of this month’s hop participants. 

Our theme for this month is ‘Keeping it in the Lines’. We were challenged with using our favorite line stamp set (how do you pick just one!) and then using our favorite coloring method.  SU! provides a LOT of options for that.  I find that I always forget how much I like coloring until I sit down and do it.  I will say, I definitely have to be in the mood for it, but once I start it is so relaxing to me.

The stamp set I chose was one that I received as a gift at last April’s On Stage event.  And I’m slightly embarrassed to say that this is the first time I’ve used it surprise.  It is such a pretty set of images, I just felt like they were so small and I wasn’t quite sure what I’d want to create with them.  So the poor stamp set sat on the shelf, just waiting to be loved! (Click on the image if you’d like to add this to YOUR stamp collection!) In Every Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I knew I wanted to do something other than a card this month, and I have quite a few shadow boxes in my craft room inventory so I started to think of a project using one of them.  And since I am anxiously waiting for some signs of Spring, this stamp set immediately came to mind.

I chose 3 images, stamped them using Memento Ink and picked the colors of Stampin’ Blends I wanted to use and then I got busy.  And just an added note, when you are coloring with our Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) you must use Memento ink so that the outline doesn’t bleed.  After I finished coloring, I felt like the images looked a little too plain, so I grabbed my Light Soft Sea Foam Blends and created a background for the images.  I really like how it made the images pop.  After I finished coloring everything, I mounted the images on to Basic Black squares.

                   

I tried several different colors of cardstock to use as the background of my 5×7 shadow box, but I just couldn’t find a color that really made the images stand out.  So, I just went with white.  And to give it a little texture, I scored lines vertically every 1/2″.  It’s hard to see in the finished project unless you are holding it close.  And a little bonus of having the vertical lines, it made lining up my squares a LOT easier!
And this is the finished project.  A nice, clean home decor item that can be displayed pretty much all year!  I do apologize for the quality of the photo, it’s difficult to get a good image when you are trying to photograph something with a glass front.  All the supplies used are at the bottom of my post.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Please continue hopping along with us this month and visit the extremely talented  Jo Anne Hewins.  I know she has another fabulous project for us!

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NC Demo’s November Blog Hop – Holiday Happenings!

Welcome to our NC Demo’s November Blog Hop!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.  And I’m sure many of you are already off and running into Christmas, lol!  I’m always one of those people who just have to wait until Thanksgiving is over before doing anything Christmas related.  So, now I’m ready to jump in. 

I’m glad to be able to get back to sharing with you all.  It has been several months and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in this one.  But, luckily I had a little time to whip something up.  I held my monthly stamp class yesterday and we made this card using the Dashing Deer stamp set.  This set can be found in our 2018 Holiday CatalogI was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, made by Quinn Decamera.  I changed the color scheme and used different ribbon on my version.  I love Navy and Silver, I think it’s one of my favorite combos!

I stamped the trees from Winter Woods across the width of the WW cardstock, using the Stamparatus to ensure I had even spacing.  Then the sentiment was stamped at the bottom.  I ran the stamped cardstock through the Softly Falling embossing folder to give the impression of snow falling.  WW Polka Dot Tulle ribbon was wrapped around the cardstock and tied in a knot, then that was adhered to a piece of Gray Granite CS and everything was attached to the Night of Navy card base.  I cut the deer on Silver Foil and used Dimensionals to mount it to the card front.  And for a little extra bling, I added the Basic Rhinestones.

I wanted to also create a little gift box to go along with the card so I grabbed a Mini Pizza box and carried the same design over to that.  I love these boxes, they are so versatile and fun to work with.  Once I stamped the trees, I also embossed the box using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I really gives added texture to the top of the box.  I used one of the smaller deer thinlets and adhered him (or her!) to the tied Polka Dot Tulle using a glue dot.  You can fill the box with a gift card, candies, jewelry, the possibilities are endless!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my projects!  All supplies used can be found below.  And now I hope you continue hopping along with us and check out the very talented Jo Anne Hewins.  She always has some amazing projects to share with us!

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NC Demos July Blog Hop – All Things Summer!

Frances Wagner’s blog and I’m sure you enjoyed her project.  It’s great to see what each of us used as a topic for this theme.  There are so many great things associated with Summer, so I knew we’d have a lot of variety.

I have many fond memories of past summers as a child.  We were very fortunate to have a boat, so we spent a lot of summers on the water.  Of course, being younger and not understanding how fortunate we were, my siblings and I sometimes felt annoyed that every weekend we had to go to the marina where we had our boat docked.  And of course, NOW, I would love to have that opportunity again!  But I can create cards and projects that remind me of those times in the past.

And for the first time since I joined this great blog hop, I am doing something other than a card!  There are several stamp sets featured in my project.  I used Lilypad Lake, High Tide and Colorful Seasons.   I love that it’s so easy to pull images from several different sets.  They all play nicely together, don’t you think?  We didn’t have a sailboat, it was a powerboat but I thought this still conveyed what I remember from those days. 

I tend to purchase random picture frames from thrift shops because I love the variety you can find, and I really love the prices!  So, I pulled this frame from my stash, but it was navy blue and that wasn’t going to work with the color scheme I had in my mind.  I found a lovely shade of green (similar to our Mint Macron) in my assortment of acrylic paints and painted the frame.  After it dried I scuffed up the edges a bit with sandpaper.  Then I started working on my scene. 

I started by sponging So Saffron on a 4×4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, then sponged Mint Macron on the bottom.  I then cut out the “waves” using the die from the Lakeside Framelits and Mint Macron cardstock.  Next, I stamped the sailboats using Black Stazon on WW cardstock and colored them using our Aqua Painters and the ink from So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.  They were cut out using the sailboat die.  Using a piece of scrap Crumbcake cardstock, I randomly stamped the sand image from High Tide, using Soft Suede (stamped off once) and tore a rough edge around the stamped image.  I used Soft Suede for the sea grass pieces and used the cute little sand dollar die from the Under The Sea framelits.  The chair (Calypso Coral) and beverage (So Saffron) were cut using the Colorful Seasons dies.  I used Wink of Stella on the chair to make it stand out a little more.  The seagulls, from High Tide, were stamped in Soft Suede and the sun was cut out of WW cardstock and sponged with Calypso Coral. I also used dimensionals to lift the chair.  And last but not least, I stamped the Just Breathe sentiment in Soft Suede.  Then I assembled everything.  The seagrass pieces are actually on the outside of the glass.  I thought it gave a little more dimension to the picture. 

     

 

I hope you enjoyed my Summer memory. I REALLY had fun putting this together!  I love doing home decor pieces and hope to create a few more since I have a pretty good supply of thrift store frames in my stash cheeky Thanks for visiting me and please continue on to Tamra Davis and through the rest of the blog hop participants.  Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

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