Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Candy Wrappers

I told you a while back that I would post some info on assembling Advent Candy Wrappers, so here it comes!


CLICK HERE to download a PDF Tutorial.

In the tutorial, you will find reference to a YouTube video on folding these little treasures. I just want to thank Kirsteen for taking the time to make a video of the process. She uses almost exactly the same method I use, so there was no need for me to reinvent the wheel...plus, I LOVE listening to her accent and I'm sure you will, too ;-)

String 24 of these together in a garland and hang on a tree, or down a banister. Or, put magnets on the back and display them on a magnetic surface in the shape of a tree or wreath. Or, attach them to another project, like the frame of a Christmas Countdown.  Put treats in them, and/or little gifts or scripture verses for each day.

They are reusable, and they store flat, so once you've made them, they'll be around for a while. Be Warned: when your kids see these they might force you to make a separate set for each of them!!! Seriously, my son is 17 and not at all into my paper crafting, but he thinks these are SO cool.

Here is another shot of the Advent Candy Wrappers, without numbers, and blinged up a bit as favors.


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~Kimberley Morris
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Some Santa Samples

Sorry my posting seems so sporadic...I've been getting distracted with pesky stuff that I must do, but that I really don't want to do, and it gets a little overwhelming at times. Anyway, I made these cards a few weeks ago and totally forgot to take and post pictures. I realized I have a number of projects I've made and haven't yet posted, so I'll try to catch up so you can use the ideas for the holiday season.




Oh yeah, and you'll get a special treat from me if you're the first person to correctly guess why my sample table is covered with aluminum foil! Leave your guess in a comment, and don't forget to include your email address within the comment field--otherwise I won't be able to contact you.  I'll post the winner as soon as we have one!

Stampin' Supplies: Jolly Old St. Nick stamp set, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Whisper White card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Basic Black ink (waterproof), Cherry Cobbler card stock & ink, Old Olive card stock & ink, Sahara Sand marker, Basic Gray marker, Cherry Cobbler marker, Soft Suede marker, Pink Pirouette marker (cheeks), Blender Pen, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Sponge, Modern Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Very Vanilla 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon,  White Gel Pen, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Decorative Label Punch Layers

Some of you have asked me how I layer the XL Decorative Label Punch, as seen on the card below:


Both the "dec. 25" stamped layer, and the surrounding Crumb Cake layer use the same Decorative Label Punch. I've seen this done other ways, but I prefer to do it my way because I don't like having spaces, or overlapping bumps, and I don't have to cut at precise angles with my method!

The first thing I did was stamp the image I wanted, and then I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch.


To get the layers, punch two more of the Decorative Label Punch out of coordinating card stock.


Cut each of the two labels in half, one of them lengthwise, the other widthwise. Check out the pictures below to see what I mean. On the long pieces, trim away the little pointy tips from each end. This will keep them from sticking out from under the backing layer.


On the shorter pieces, trim away each side.  This will rid you of bulky overlapping bumps. Again, see the pictures below to see what I mean.


Put adhesive on the back of the stamped and punched label, then turn over the stamped piece so that it's face up, and line up each long side over each of the long pieces of the backing layer as shown below.


Finally, put a little adhesive on each short end of the back of the stamped and punched label. Then turn the piece back over so that it is again face up, and line up over the shorter pieces of the backing layer on the top and bottom.


Once you get the concept, it's super fast and easy, and you end up with a fashionable layered look.


Stampin' Supplies: Tags Til Christmas Bundle (Tags Til Christmas stamp set + Decorative Label Punch), Crumb Cake card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Baja Breeze card stock & ink, Cherry Cobbler card stock & ink, Northern Flurry embossing folder (used with Big Shot), Stampin' Sponge, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread.

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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Friday, November 19, 2010

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While specific details will not be released until November 22nd, here are just a few of the things I'm told you can expect:

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~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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~Kimberley Morris
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Another Stampin' Monday

Just wanted to share another couple of cards we made yesterday at my Stampin' Mondays event. These are also the two cards we made at Beth's workshop last week! They feature items in two of the Handmade Holidays promotional bundles--you can get them at 20% OFF through December 16th!


I did make some slight changes to the ornament card after taking the picture above, and before the events...so the card below is the card guests actually made. I like it a lot better--there is a subtle background, and I turned the Designer Series Paper around so the pattern on the ornament punch is a little brighter.



~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, November 8, 2010

2010 Fall Royal Blog Tour

Welcome to my Castle on the Royal Blog Tour running November 5th through November 8th, 2010! 

The stamp set I am featuring this blog tour is Jolly Bingo Bits, from the Holiday Mini Catalog. My first project is a set of Candy Wrapper Advent Boxes, which Jolly Bingo Bits is just perfect for, since there are 24 different holiday images in there! You could put velcro on the back of each one and put them around a Christmas Countdown frame, and/or put numbers on them to count up to Christmas Day. Make sure you scroll down through the projects to enter my BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY at the end!

The idea is to use just 4 colors of coordinating card stock (Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi & Soft Suede), plus Whisper White, and rotate through that color scheme six times. Please come back on November 9th and I'll go into all the details for you. Punches you'll want to have in order to recreate these gems are: 1" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, and Scallop Oval Punch. Two fabulous features of these great boxes: they are reusable, and they fold flat for storage! [TIP: Click on project pictures to view them full-size.]




And now I have a few simple cards for you featuring the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set.  You'll notice I'm sticking close to the same color scheme throughout my projects. I did add some Crumb Cake card stock to the mix because its neutrality works with almost any layout where you want to add depth and an earthy, warm feel. Also notice how the Glass Glitter and the Rhinestone Jewels really give these projects a festive sparkle! They both are definite must-haves for holiday crafting.


I added sayings from the Bright Christmas stamp set to each of these three cards. This stamp set can also be found in the Holiday Mini Catalog, and is versatile throughout the winter because only one of the three sayings actually mentions Christmas.


Wow, check out the pretty, full bow that Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding makes on the wreath! I just stamped the holly image, and the wreath image, from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set in a circle for the focal point of this card. The Glass Glitter border was a last minute afterthought, but it really takes the card up a notch.


I could not feature this set without using the penguins--they are SO darling! I did sneak in some more colors by using a couple of markers on the penguins: Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie. Can you see how the top background of the penguin card sparkles? I sprayed that with Shimmer Mist (Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol in a spray bottle)...which I love because I have an awful time and make a terrible mess with loose ultrafine glitter.

BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY:
For a Stampin' Up! Customer/Fan - 24 Die Cut Candy Wrappers (6 in each of 4 colors)
For a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Class Instructions for Candy Wrapper Advent Boxes

BLOG CANDY ENTRY RULES:
1) Leave a comment on this blog post with your name (at least first name, last initial) and email address IN THE TEXT OF THE COMMENT no later than 11:55pm Mountain Time November 8th. (I will hide all comments after a winner is chosen, and you can type out your email address in long form if you'd like an extra measure of privacy, like this: stamper at gmail dot com)
2) Indicate in your email whether or not you are a Stampin' Up! Customer/Fan, or Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
3) One entry per name, email address, or household, please. Any entries not meeting all requirements will be disqualified. Offer valid only in the U.S.

UPDATE: COMMENTS AND BLOG CANDY CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED--THANK YOU!

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Just a Couple of Poops

I ordered some 1" x 8" treat bags from a third party source and I've been having fun with them. I made "snowman poop" with the white candies from a package of Good 'n Plenty, and I made the "reindeer poop" with Milk Duds. [Click on any picture to see it full size.]



See THIS POST for more "poop" ideas, and to download PDF files to print out the tags from your own computer.

Stampin' Supplies: Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set, Whisper White card stock, Marina Mist card stock, Bashful Blue card stock, Basic Black ink, Bashful Blue marker, Marina Mist marker, Sahara Sand card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Real Red card stock, Basic Black card stock, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Wide Oval Punch, Snowflake Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch (Crop-a-Dile), 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread.

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Stampin' Mondays

Well, I guess everyone got sugar-wasted last night on Halloween candy...I thought at least 4 folks had put me on their calendar to come play stamps with me again today, but I ended up stamping all alone! Oh well, I made a couple cute things I'll just share with everyone:



They're both very simple projects that you could bling the daylights out of if you wanted, but I like fast and easy for my Stampin' Mondays. The one at the top is a standard sized card, and the one on the bottom is making use of some little snack size Hershey bars leftover from trick-or-treaters last night! I always try to buy treats I know I can make cute favors with...though I have to hide the candy from the rest of the family or it disappears.

Stampin' Supplies: Thankful For stamp set, Soft Suede card stock and ink, Sahara Sand card stock, Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel, VersaMark ink pad and marker, Peach Parfait card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Pumpkin Pie ink, Old Olive ink, Stampin' Sponge, Wide Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Flower Brads (Brights-Pumpkin Pie), Rhinestone Brads (Clear-Large), 1/8" Punch, Two Tagz Die, Stampin' Dimensionals.

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
procrastistamper@gmail.com
http://kimberley.stampinup.net (SHOP ONLINE)
BECOME A DEMONSTRATOR (my Recruiting Auth. Password is newdemonstrator)