Friday, April 17, 2015

Avery Elle–Homemade & Treat Topper!

Happy Friday, friends!!

I’m back today to share another of the projects that I created for the most recent Avery Elle release.  It features the Homemade Stamp Set and coordinating Elle-Ments, as well as the Treat Topper Elle-Ment.  Check it!

4-17-15 Homemade and Treat Topper

Okay, so I knew exactly what I wanted to create when I saw the new Homemade Stamp Set and coordinating Homemade Elle-Ments!!!  I thought it would be super fun to create some chocolate dipped spoons as a special treat for someone who loves to dip a little chocolate in their coffee, tea or warm milk!  Or wouldn’t they be so cute as party favors?  I mean the possibilities are endless!!  And those stamps and dies made this project uber easy!!  I had the bamboo spoons in my stash.  I melted some chocolate that I picked up from the grocery store and then scooped some up into each of the spoons.  Before the chocolate set, I sprinkled some sprinkles onto each spoon, and then placed them onto some wax paper – it took about 20 minutes for them to fully set up.

I stamped one of the sentiments from Homemade onto each of the spoons – some using Lemon Grass Ink and some using Raspberry Ink.  They stamped onto the wood like a dream!  I wrapped each of the dipped spoons into a plastic bag, wrapped a twistie to seal them, and die cut the bow from the Homemade Elle-Ments and adhered it to each spoon package with a glue dot.

I thought it’d be fun to create a little gift bag for the chocolate dipped spoons, so I die cut a Treat Topper from some Lemon Grass cardstock.  This thing is GENIUS, I tell you!  It cuts the little handle, scores it automatically so you know where to fold it, and it’s so stinkin’ cute!!! I die cut the tag using Gift Tags Elle-Ments from some Pixie cardstock, and stamped another of the sentiments from Homemade.  I embellised it with some of flowers and leaves using the Laurels Stamp Set and coordinating Elle-Ments.  I slid two of the chocolate spoons into a plastic bag, folded the top over and stapled the closed bag to the back of the Treat Topper die cut using my Tiny Attacher.  I used some double sided adhesive tape to adhere the front of the Treat Topper die cut to the bag.  Here’s a close up of the whole set:

4-17-15 Homemade and Treat Topper Closeup

I hope this project has given you some ideas as to ways that you can use the Homemade Stamp Set and Elle-Ments, as well as the Treat Topper Elle-Ment!  These items will make you the hostess with the mostest and should be included in any party-giver’s arsenal!!!

That’s it for me today, friends.  Our kids and grandkids are heading back to Seattle tomorrow.  I know my house will be very quiet after they leave.  It’s been a great visit, and I will miss them desperately.  But we’ll be together again in June . . . and thankfully there’s always Face Time.  In  the meantime, I have some huge deadlines to catch up on in my craft room this weekend!  How about you?  I hope you have some awesome plans in store for your weekend, too!!!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paper Crafter’s Library – Designer Spotlight!

Hola peeps!!

I’m thrilled to let you know that today I’m being featured over at the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!!  If you’re new to the Paper Crafter's Library, you have to check them out! Their site is full of useful information, ranging from companies to techniques and beyond! I created a couple of cutie-patootie projects featuring some of the recently released products from My Favorite Things.  Here are some sneak peeks:

4-15-15 Papercrafters Library Hydrant Close Up

4-15-15 Papercrafters Library Puppy Love Close Up

I’d love for you to click on through to the Paper Crafter’s Library blog to see my complete projects, step-by-step instructions, and product lists.

I’d like to thank the sweet folks over at the Paper Crafter’s Library for having me back!
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Thanks for stopping by today – I’m so happy that you did!!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another Avery Elle Design Team project!!  In the meantime, I hope you have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Avery Elle–Hoppy Birthday to You!

Hola peeps!!

It’s been pretty quiet around here, huh?!!!  Lots of things going on behind the scenes, but nothing that I can share with you just yet . . . *wink*  But I wanted to pop in quickly to share another of the projects I created using products from the current Avery Elle New Release!!  Check it!

4-10-15 Party Bunny

I am OBSESSED with rainbows of late!!  I find it to be such a happy trend that I hope never goes away!!  And I’m also kind of obsessed with ink blending.  Truth be told, there was a time when I thought ink blending was “of the devil.”  But now that I kind of have the hang of it, I’m really digging it!!  So this project features the new stamp set called Party Bunny – another adorable party balloon (the Party Animal stamp set is one of Avery Elle’s biggest sellers!) that I love!!  Here’s how I created it!

  1. Trim an A2 top-folding card base from white cardstock; score at 5.5” and crease with Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Trim a 2” x 5.5” strip of black and white striped paper from the Neutral Collection Paper Pad.  Adhere it to the left edge of the card base.
  3. Trim an A2 image panel from white cardstock; using the Dotted Borders straight edge Elle-Ment, die cut an inch off the left side of the image panel.  Adhere it to the card base, right side, with foam squares.
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, blend Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks with an ink blending tool, overlapping the colors to create a blended rainbow.
  5. Using Avery’s Alphas Elle-Ments, die cut an H, two P’s, and a Y from the ink blended scrap.  Die cut the same letters three more times from white cardstock; adhere the layers together, putting the colored letter on top.
  6. Stamp the Party Bunny image onto the ink blended panel using VersaMark and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.  Using the Party Bunny Elle-Ments, die cut the bunny balloon.
  7. Doing a bit of stamp surgery, trim off the word “Happy” from the “Happy Birthday to You” sentiment – this is from the Handwritten Notes stamp set.  Ink up the sentiment with VersaMark and stamp it onto some New Moon cardstock; heat emboss it with white embossing powder.  Trim it into a strip, angling the left corner.
  8. Adhere the sentiment strip to the card base with foam squares; adhere the letters above the sentiment strip, leaving room between the H and the first P for the Party Bunny.
  9. Attach a string of crochet thread to the back of the Party Bunny with some tape, and tie another scrap into a bow; adhere the bow to the bunny with a glue dot.  Adhere the Party Bunny balloon to the card base with foam squares, sliding the string underneath the sentiment strip.
There ya have it, friends!!  I think this would bring a smile to  any birthday girl or boy, don’t you?!  I’d love for you to click on through to the Avery Elle Design Team Blog to check out another fabulous project from Katie Gehring!

That’s it for me today!  I’ll be scurrying around like a mad woman today as our kids and grandkids are arriving tomorrow for a visit!!!  We are so excited!!  I’ll be back next week with more goodies – and maybe even a little giveaway!  Please stop by soon to check it out!  Have a great weekend!!

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