Sunday, October 2, 2022

Creation Station: Tweets & Treats

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Hey there! I'm back this month after successful knee replacement surgery and ready to get my craft on! This month the Creation Station Design Team will wow you with our "not a card" projects! Our assignment is to create a cute and clever 3D project or goodie. I know October is the time to get ready for Halloween, but since my kiddos are grown, I don't do much for that holiday, so I decided to do a Christmas project--it's not too soon to start, is it?

I made this cute stack of boxes that provides such a sweet way to "wrap" a few small gifts. These boxes are so easy to make and I know you'll want to make oodles!

The box bottoms are made from card stock. I used Mossy Meadow for the largest box, Evening Evergreen for the middle box, and Real Red for the smallest box. Each sheet is cut in a square 8" by 8" for the large; 7" by 7" for the middle; and 6" by 6" for the smallest. For ALL sizes score at 2 inches on ALL sides.

To form the box bottom, snip as shown below.

The lids are made from Designer Series Paper. I used Painted Christmas and Boughs of Holly DSP. Add 1/16" to the size of the bottoms, or 8-1/16" by 8-1/16" for the large; 7-1/16" by     7-1/16" for the medium; and 6-1/16" by 6-1/16" for the small. Then you'll score ALL three sizes at 1/2" and 1-1/2" on ALL sides, as below.

Then, snip your scored DSP as below.

I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to assemble my boxes--that gives me a bit of wiggle room to make sure I have the sides aligned just right. But you can use Seal+ or Tear and Tape, if you prefer.

After I assembled the boxes, I tied them up with a length of White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.

For the tag, I cut a Basic White tag using one of the Painted Labels Dies and stamped two of the tree images from the "Peaceful Deer" stamp set in Mossy Meadow. I stamped the leaping deer in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a Basic White scrap and colored it with Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends. Then I punched him out with the Deer Builder Punch. I adhered the deer to the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped "Merry Christmas" in Real Red Ink onto a Basic White Scrap and fussy cut the sentiment before adhering it as a banner across the deer. I added a few Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the tag and tied it onto the packages with a length of silver cord from the Simply Elegant Trim duo.

I hope you don't feel "tricked" by having a Christmas package offering instead of Halloween. And I hope you'll try out these boxes. They're quick and easy and make a big impact!

Next up on our hop is our newest Creation Station Design Team member, Rachel Traudt, who blogs at the wonderfully named "Naptime is Stamp Time" blog! And please join us on our Instagram hop and please follow our design team members. You'll be glad you did!!

Mikaela Titheridge   @thecraftyoinkpen
Elizabeth Price   @seeinginkspots
Rachel Traudt   @naptimeisstamptime
Yvonne Spikmans-Van Bruggen   @thecreativeteacup
Barb Pfeffer   @justBstamping
Denita Wright-Smee   @denitawritghtsmee
Martin Stone   @martinmayhem
Vicki Boucher   @vickiboucher
Julie Mercer Beltramo   @juliebstampin
Kathy Kartak   @kkstamper

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Creation Station: Embossing Tricks & Tips


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Hello and welcome to another Creation Station blog hop! This month our talented design team will be showing you some embossing tips and tricks. I've made four cards using the Fern 3D Embossing Folder--each is along the same theme, but each uses a different embossing trick.  I actually made these cards to enter into the Howard County (Maryland) Fair. It's my first time entering anything into the fair (I've also entered some knitted items) and I'm super excited to see what happens. I don't expect to win anything, but I think it will be a fun experience. I'll let you know how it goes! (ETA:  Alas, I didn't get a ribbon for my cards--but I know what the judges are looking for, so next year, I'll wow them. Oh! I won 3 blue ribbons and one white (3rd place) ribbon for my knitting. Not a bad first year!)

First up is my Bermuda Bay card. I used the Fern 3D Embossing Folder to emboss a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic White panel. I adhered a 1-1/2" by 4" strip of Pretty Prints Designer Series Paper and wrapped a length of White Glittered Organdy Ribbon around before adhering the panel to a Bermuda Bay Card Stock card base. Next, I stamped the leaf spray from the "Nature's Prints" stamp set in Bermuda Bay Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and cut it out with the matching Natural Prints Die. I also cut the wreath image from Bermuda Bay Card stock with one of the Natural Prints Dies and cut a few sprays of leaves from it. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the stamped image to the card and Mini Glue Dots to adhere the card stock leaves.

To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the "Nature's Prints" set in Bermuda Bay Ink onto Basic White and cut it out with a Natural Prints Die. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I added some Soft Succulent In Color Opal Rounds for the bling factor!

For the next card, I used the Fern 3D Embossing Folder to emboss a 2" by 3" rectangle of Vellum Cardstock. 

I used strategically placed Mini Glue Dots to adhere this to a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of  Pretty Prints DSP and then onto a Calypso Coral Card Stock card base. I cut a wreath from Calypso Coral Card Stock and used Mini Glue Dots to adhere it to the card. I stamped the same leaf spray image in Calypso Coral Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and cut it out with its matching die. I also stamped the image in Calypso Coral onto Basic White and cut it out with the label die in the Natural Prints Die set. I adhered both of these to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish, I added some Opal Rounds.

For my Starry Sky card, I stuck to the blue and white "theme" of the Sun Prints Suite. That's what drew me to the suite in the first place! 

I embossed a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic White Panel with the 3D Embossing Folder and then I tore off a corner and roughed it up a bit. I adhered a corner of the Sun Prints DSP to a Starry Sky Card Stock card base and then adhered the embossed panel so that the DSP peeks out. Again, I cut the wreath from Starry Sky Card Stock and then cut some leaf sprays. The stamped leaf spray is in Starry Sky Ink, as is the sentiment. I used one of the circle dies from the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut out the sentiment. I looped some Starry Sky Metallic Woven Ribbon behind the sentiment piece and frayed the ends. This card uses Iridescent Rhinestones for the bling factor.

For the last card, I embossed a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Blackberry Bliss Pretty Prints DSP and stamped the image and sentiment in Blackberry Bliss Ink. I adhered the embossed DSP to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic White panel and wrapped a length of Organdy Glimmered Ribbon around before using Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the panel to a Thick Basic White Card Base. I finished the card by added some Opal Rounds.

Next up is the fabulous Barb Pfeffer at Just B Stamping. I can't wait to see what she's created for us! 

If you hop on over to Instagram, you can follow me @kkstamper and you can follow Barb @justBstamping. The whole Creation Station Design Team would love a follow from you!

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