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Little Treats Bundle – Packaging for Every Occasion!

I’ve always loved creating special packaging for gifts so when I saw this new bundle in the Aug – Dec 2020 Mini Catalog, I knew I’d be buying it.  These little treat containers can be used for every occasion imaginable!  And there are stamps provided for several holidays as well as general events.  I spent some time creating a few samples and wanted to share them with you.

I started with what I think is my favorite from the bunch.  This could be used for a bridal shower or as a wedding favor.  The colors could be coordinated with the bride’s selections for a perfect match.   I used Vellum paper for the container and then used Silver Foil Paper, Peony Garden DSP, Petal Pink cardstock, and Silver Metallic Edged ribbon to pull it all together.

Next, I focused on Halloween.  I haven’t purchased any specific Halloween Designer Series Paper from the new mini catalog yet, but I did have a package of the new Plaid Tidings 6 x 6 DSP.  It had a perfectly appropriate plaid for Halloween!  This project also uses Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Ink, Black Organdy Glitter Ribbon, and Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to that spider.  A quick, fun Halloween treat!

Take a look at all the beautiful color combinations you’ll find in the Plaid Tidings DSP.  Plaid is popular again and SU! is right on trend with this awesome selection of papers!

Then I moved on to Christmas.  The DSP I used for this project is Tis’ The Season  It has the traditional Christmas colors and there’s plenty of patterns to pick from.  I used Whisper White and Real Red cardstock, Real Red Ink, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce Markers, Dark Shaded Spruce Blends, and my favorite, Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon.  This ribbon is so versatile for 2 very important reasons, the weight of the ribbon makes it a breeze to tie AND, you can use our Blends to color the ribbon!  That’s right, you can match this ribbon to any of your projects by using a coordinating color of Blends.  And because our Blends are alcohol-based, they dry almost immediately.  You could also use our regular Markers, but they take much, much longer to dry.   To achieve the 2 different colors on the sentiment, I used the Real Red and Shaded Spruce markers to color directly on to the stamp and then stamped on to Whisper White cardstock.  I love the flexibility this gives you with sentiments, they don’t have to be all one color!

NOTE! – I inadvertently used a retired product when I made this project.  I used the Snow Accents Puff Paint from last year’s mini Holiday catalog, thinking that it had been carried over to this year.  I apologize for the oversight!  But if you still have any in your stash, it really does finish off the Santa hat 😉

Tis’ The Season 6 x 6 Designer Series Papers

And my last project using this bundle is to show you that you do have some options when creating the treat container itself.   You can see this much better in the video, but to create this one, I cut off the front top of the container.  I took the piece that I cut off and then adhered it to the back, covering the contrasting DSP pattern that was showing.  I could have just left it off but I didn’t care for the contrast of the opposite side of the DSP.  For the stamped image, I did the same thing I did on the Christmas tag, I used different colors of our markers to color directly on to the stamp.  I love how it turned out.  I used some coordinating shades of Blends and colored a few of our Basic Pearls to add a little bit of bling to the image.

The opening for the treats is 2 x 2 x 3/4″ and I’ve found there are all sorts of treats that would fit in there.  I practiced with individually wrapped York Peppermint Patties. Mini Twix bars, and individually wrapped Dove chocolates.  And I’m certain Hershey’s Nuggets would work as well, I just didn’t have any in my stash to try.

Here’s my video, which gives a few little tips about die cutting the container, as well as showing you how the projects go together.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Measurements for the projects created – Little Treats Bundle Projects – Toni Mari’s Creations

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Dove of Hope Bundle – My 1st Christmas card of 2020!

Yes, it’s hard to believe but I’ve actually made a Christmas card already!  And for someone who has perfected the art of procrastination, I shocked myself by even thinking of Christmas at this point in time 🙂  I recently participated in a swap with other Stampin’ UP! demonstrators and this was the card I submitted for my swap.  Swaps allow us to receive several cards using lots of different stamp sets so that we can build our collection to share with customers.  They are also great sources of inspiration!

Here’s a picture of the bundle that I used.  The level of detail in the dies is just amazing!  And I used our Shimmer White Cardstock which really makes them stand out even more.

 

Here’s a few more pics of the card.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out and hope you enjoy it as well!

You can purchase all the products I used for this card by clicking HERE, or by clicking on the individual pictures below.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

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Peony Gardens – Subscribe to my newsletter for tutorials!

The Annual Catalog Inspiration

Peony Garden Suite

Some images are timeless and endure through the changes of years and styles. The Peony Garden Suite is a perfect example of timeless elegance. From simple stamping to over-the-top, this suite covers all the bases. Use traditional colors, stamping and die-cutting to create a peony that looks like it came right out of grandma’s garden or create a simple modern, monochrome look with the flower stamped in a neutral color on Whisper White. I think you’ll find yourself reaching for this suite for many occasions.

This lovely tutorial includes two ways to watercolor and uses the Peony Dies to build a gorgeous 3-D flower. Let’s make something beautiful!

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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Watercolored Peony Card

Watercolored Peony Card

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STAMPS
Prized Peony (#152504)

PAPER
Whisper White (#100730)
Whisper White Thick (#140272)
Gorgeous Grape (#146987)
Soft Sea Foam (#146988)
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (#149612)
Neutrals 6 X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper (#152485)

INK
Jet Black StazOn (#101406)
Old Olive (#147090)
Gorgeous Grape (#147099)

TOOLS
Blender Pens (#102845)
Water Painters (#151298)
Peony Dies (#152701)

EMBELLISHMENTS
Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (#153620)

ADHESIVES:
Stampin’ SEAL (#152813)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
Stampin’ SEAL+ (#149699)
Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

TIPS:
Create depth and shading in water coloring by painting on a light wash layer and then adding light layers of color to the area you want darker. Allow the paper to dry a bit between layers so it can absorb more ink, but not completely to avoid harsh lines.

Coordinating Products


Peony Garden Suite Collection
Prized Peony Bundle Prized Peony Cling Stamp Set Peony Garden Designer Series Paper
Square Vellum Doilies
Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder Elegant Faceted Gems https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/152463/gray-granite-1-4-6-4-mm-shimmer-ribbon

Peony Garden Suite

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Celebrate Sunflowers – Fun Fold Gift Card Holder

Hello, and thanks for popping by today 🙂  I wanted to share with you a card I recently made as part of our NC Demonstrators Stamp Along day.  This is our second time doing this on our FB page and it’s been a lot of fun!  Several demonstrators volunteer to do either a live video, a pre-recorded video, or share a PDF of a project they’ve made.  I chose to make a card that can double as a gift cardholder.  And I used our Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP and several of the new 2020-2022 In Colors (that coordinate with the DSP).

This card can be made with the pocket for a gift card/cash, or without.  You can also dress up the inside of the card a little more by adding additional DSP panels to cover the white inside the card, it’s entirely up to you!

Take a look at the video for additional tips for making this card 🙂

 

And here’s a PDF for the project – Celebrate Sunflowers Fun Fold Gift Card Holder – Toni Mari’s Creations

Thanks for taking a look today!  Follow my blog to see more fun projects 🙂

 

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

Sometimes in life, the best-laid plans just get blown away.  I was supposed to be attending one of our NC Demo Quarterly events in Hendersonville, NC.  And as you might have guessed, that event was canceled due to Corona Virus restrictions.  BUT, one of our amazing demonstrations, Martinette Horner,  coordinated an event that allowed us to still get together virtually, and share some wonderful live videos, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials.  I did a pre-recorded video to share with our NC Demo group and thought I would share it with you as well.

One of my favorite suites in the new Annual catalog is the Peony Garden Suite.  There’s so much about it that caught my attention, the beautiful images in the stamps set, the dies, the DSP, and I especially love the color combination it uses, Petal Pink, Gray Granite, Basic Gray, and White.  I’ve always been a fan of the pink and gray combo.

I was initially intimidated when I saw the dies for the flowers.  I just felt it was going to be complicated, but I was so wrong!  The assembly of the flower was incredibly easy, as you’ll see when you watch the video.  I really love how the Peony looks cut from our beautiful Champagne Foil paper.  The possibilities are endless with what you can make.  I’ve included a tutorial for this card as well.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

 

Printable Tutorial – Peony Garden – Toni Mari’s Creations

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

 

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Birds and Branches

 

Happy Sunday, Everyone!  Today I wanted to show you a card I recently created for an NC Demonstrator Swap.  The swap requirements were to use new products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.  And if you aren’t familiar with what a swap is, it’s when a group of people sign up to create a card based on specific criteria.  We are told the total number of cards to make and they are mailed to the person who is hosting the swap.  Once they’ve collected all the cards from the participants, they sort all the cards and mail one design each back to everyone.  So we end up with a variety of card samples to share at our classes or use for blog posts.  It’s a really fun way to add cards to our collections without us each making them ourselves.

My card featured the new Birds and Branches set and some other products from the new catalog (you can see all the products below).  I used the circle die first on a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ paper.  Then I used my Blends to color the leaves and berries.  Once that was done, I took that layer of card stock and ran it through my embossing machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I just love the look that the texture gives to the branches and berries!

I then laid that layer over the front of my Thick Whisper White card stock (4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″), and using a pencil, I placed a small dot at the bottom of the circle.  This was to give me guidance as to where to stamp the nest.  I stamped the nest using Crumb Cake ink on the front of the folder Thick Whisper White base.  Next, I took a length of the White Crinkle Ribbon and wrapped it around the die-cut and embossed layer and tied a bow, then attached that layer to the card front using dimensionals.  The bird was stamped with Rococo Rose ink on Blushing Bride card stock and then die cut and also attached with dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped using the Many Mates stamp set and then die cut using the Tasteful Labels die.  That was attached to the front with dimensionals as well.  The final step was to add some Wink of Stella to the berries and that was my finished card!

I hope you enjoyed my card 🙂

Happy Stamping!

Toni

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Quick and Easy Stamping

If you are a new stamper, it can be very overwhelming knowing exactly what you need to get started.  Well, I’m here to help you with that!  Well, actually, Stampin’ UP! has made it very easy for me to help 🙂  If you aren’t aware, we have a brochure that is targeted to new stampers.  It’s called Experience Creativity, and you can download a copy HERE.  In this brochure, you’ll find the basics – kits, stamps, ink, paper, and a few additional items that will help get you started.

One of the bundles featured is called Celebrate with Cake.  It’s perfect for birthdays, of course, but there’s an assortment of stamps and sentiments that can be used for much more!  It comes with stamps, 2 full-size ink pads, an acrylic block, and a package of our Note Cards & Envelopes.

And if you aren’t sure where to start with designing your cards, there are samples that you can follow!  Don’t delay in ordering this bundle as it is scheduled to retire on June 2nd, or while supplies last.  Click on the image below to place your order!

 

I’ve created a how-to video for this bundle and have shared a few of my own tips, learned from years of experience, lol!  Please subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel to stay up to date with news about special offers, tutorials, and just general stamping fun!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

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So Grateful

We are definitely all going through a very strange and possibly stressful time with the current health crisis.  And even though a lot of us are inconvenienced and impacted in different ways, those who are on the front lines are definitely feeling the brunt of things, in my humble opinion.  The medical professionals are doing all they can possibly do given the ever-changing parameters.  And those in the service industry – grocery clerks, delivery persons, restaurant owners, and anyone whose business is deemed essential are facing day to day challenges to try to help us with everyday needs.  These folks are true heroes in my eyes.  And they have my heartfelt gratitude.

So, I wanted to create a card that honors them.  I created the card using our new Ornate Gardens Bundle Suite.  This is a bit of a sneak peek, because this suite is going to be featured in our 2020-2021 Annual Catalog!  And YOU can actually purchase it now.  No need to wait until the catalog goes live in June, isn’t that great 🙂

I decided to take a different route than to focus primarily on the floral aspects of the suite, although they are quite beautiful!  I decided to create my own background using the small border stamp featured in the Ornate Style stamp set.

I stamped this image on a diagonal and just filled the card layer with it using Early Espresso ink.  Then I went back and colored some of the swirls using Light Mint Macaron Blends.  And to finish off the background, I used Wink of Stella over the Mint Macaron.

Next, I used the dies from the Ornate Style Bundle.  I used Early Espresso card stock and then I cut so I’d just have a top and bottom piece.  I stamped the greeting, So Grateful on Mint Macaron cardstock using Early Espresso Ink and then adhered to the top and bottom pieces of the cut frame pieces to the greeting.

Next, I stamped the small daisy on Whisper White using Early Espresso Ink, and added some color with Light Mint Macaron Blend, and then a little more Wink of Stella over the petals.  I fussy cut the image and added one of the Gilded Gems for the center of the daisy.

To finish the card, I wrapped a piece of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the stamped panel and tied a small bow on the right-hand side.  The greeting and daisy were added with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed my card and remember to thank those who are so instrumental in helping us through these trying times!

Measurements:

Card Base – Early Espresso, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″

Early Espresso Border – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Mint Macaron – 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″

Mint Macaron Greeting – 4 1/4″ x 1 1/2″

Whisper White Panel – 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″

Whisper White for Daisy – 3″ x 1 1/2″

 

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Sneak Peek! Ornate Gardens in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog

Don’t you just love it when you can be ahead of the game?  I know I do, and Stampin’ UP! is giving you that opportunity starting on April 1st.  And no, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke!  This beautiful collection of stamps, dies and accessories are going to be featured in our upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and you can get your hands on it BEFORE the catalog goes live.  And I’ll share another tip, there’s a way you can get it NOW!  I’ll explain more on that a little further down this post 🙂

Take a look at some of the amazing ideas from Stampin’ UP!

You can see all the details of what comes with the Ornate Garden Suite and download it by clicking here.  And remember, you can order just the items you want, but honestly, who can resist them all!

I mentioned above that there was a way to get these items BEFORE April 1st.  If you join SU! before March 31st, you can pick items from this suite as part of your Starter Kit!  How awesome is that?  And because we are still in the Sale-a-Bration time frame, as part of that offering you can pick ONE FREE STAMP SET, which can be either of the stamp sets featured in this collection.  This is an amazing opportunity to become a demonstrator and start off with products that you know will be in the new catalog.  It’s truly a great investment!  You can find out more about joining by clicking here.

In light of the current situation we are all facing with the worldwide health concerns, I will be spending more time in my craft room creating, so stay tuned for more samples using this beautiful suite!

Happy Stamping!

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Someone Special Card

When I polled my January class attendees about ideas for February’s class, quite a few weren’t interested in traditional Valentine’s cards.  And I understand that.  Not everyone celebrates the holiday.  And to be perfectly honest, my husband and I don’t really do anything special ourselves.  We’re not unromantic by any means, but the holiday has become so commercialized (as are MOST holiday it seems) that we just decided a few years ago to not make a big deal of it.  I get flowers randomly throughout the year, which I enjoy much more than a specific day of the year.  And we tend to eat out a lot, so going for a “special” meal isn’t that enticing either.  So, I wanted to design something that could be used for Valentine’s Day, if necessary,  but could also be used just to celebrate friendship as well.  And when I saw our new Someone Special stamp set in the Mini catalog, I knew it would be perfect!  And we’ve just introduced coordinating dies to go with this set!  See my previous post concerning the new coordination products 🙂  This card also uses products from the From My Heart Suite, which has a very traditional Valentine’s feel to it.

Here are the instructions for creating this card for yourself, and all the products used are listed below the instructions.  I hope you enjoy this little guy with his bouquet of balloons!

Materials and measurements:

Real Red Cardstock
4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″

Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Scrap for Nested Die – 3″ x 5 1/4″
Scrap for Racoon – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

DSP
1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Real Red Ribbon
2 pieces – 7 1/2″ and 4″

Card Front:

Fold Real Red in half and burnish score

Wrap 7′ piece of ribbon longways around the strip of DSP. Fasten ends to the backside of DSP with snail adhesive.

Attach ribbon-wrapped DSP to the front of the Real Red card front, leaving about 1/8″ of red card stock showing on the left-hand side. Press firmly to make sure it lies flat.

Take 4″ piece of ribbon and slip it under the 7″ length and tie it in a knot. Just tie it once so that it doesn’t add too much bulk to the card front.

Racoon:

On the 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ of white scrap, stamp the Racoon Detail stamp using the Black Memento ink.

Ink the solid Racoon image with Smoky Slate ink and stamp it over the black detail image. You should be able to line this up perfectly since the stamps are photopolymer, which are clear. I started lining up with the top of his ears and adjusted where needed before firmly pressing the solid image to paper.

Using the Racoon die, cut the image out using a die cutting machine. Set the image aside.

White Die Cut:

Take the 5 1/4 x 3 piece of white cardstock and the Nested Die that measures 4 7/8 x 2 5/8, cut out,

Using the sentiment “For A Very Special Someone” and Memento Ink, stamp the sentiment as far down on the die-cut as you can.

Take the solid heart stamp from the Special Someone stamp set and stamp 3 hearts using Real Red ink. Position them so that they are near the top, righthand side of the die-cut card stock. I laid my Racoon image on the die-cut just to get an idea of the positioning for the balloons.

Using the Real Red marker, brush end, flick the brush against the marker cap to allow the ink to lightly splatter on the white area of the die-cut. You only want a little subtle color added, so don’t overdo it.

Apply dimensionals to the back of the Racoon and attach him to the left and above the sentiment. I used a black marker to hand draw the balloon strings.

Inside Card:

On the bottom right of the 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock, tamp just a bit of the top portion of the Racoon using the detail stamp and Memento ink. Use the solid image and Smoky Slate ink to fill in the detailed image.

Add the sentiment of your choice. Attach the cardstock to the inside of the card.

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