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I Brake For…..Apple Blossom!

Hello friends and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps!  I have two cards to show you today, both featuring the pretty Apple Blossom – Large stamp.   Here is the first.


I’ve been wanting to do this technique for awhile now – where you use part of a die or cut file to create  the look of a trellis with some flowers climbing on it.  I started with a Silhouette cut file called lattice placemat and using the Silhouette knife tool cut out most of it so that it would fit on a card front.  Here is the original file (which is a 12 x 12 design)  and how I used it on the card front.

I stamped the Apple Blossom image to overlap the cut out area.  This was done intentionally.  I stamped the image again on a separate piece of paper, colored the larger blossom, cut it out and popped it up on the main panel  I sponged some memento ink around the edges.

I found some pretty green organza ribbon along with a stash of silver thank you charms that I have had for ages and added them to the card.

The Apple Blossom image was colored with copics.  It can be found on the IBFS store here.

I decided to do another card with the same stamp but really had nothing in mind.  So I first stamped the image several times in versamark and embossed the images….

Then I took several shades of blue ink and just covered the card with the ink.

Loved the color scheme and decided to make a few tags…

I figured I had the makings of a card at this point so I stamped the bottom of a card base with the same stamp and ink and placed the tags on the front.  Here is the final version.

The “thanks” is a cut file.

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tag it!

It’s never too early to start your holiday cards and tags and I’ve been working on both for a class I am teaching in a couple of weeks at my local scrapbook store.  Here is one that came together quickly.

I started with a wonderful sentiment from PTI – from their just released Stylish Sentiment – Holiday collection.   This set has some great holiday sentiments that would work well on cards and gift tags.  It was stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves on  letterpress paper and the corners rounded with a corner chomper.

Underneath the sentiment is patterned paper from Making Memories  – Mistletoe collection.  It was cut using a PTI die and mounted on SU’s Cherry Cobbler red.  Here is a closer look at the shape.

Everything was mounted on a tag made from kraft cardstock.  The overall tag measures 5.5″ x 3″ – large enough for a gift basket. 

The poinsettia spray was created using Flourishes Poinsettia image and Martha Stewart punches for the foliage.  I want to thank Kittie Caracciolo for her tutorials on how to make this and other wonderful floral sprays using punches and die cuts.  Check out her fabulous blog HERE.

I’ll be sharing some more holiday items soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

christmas gift tag

I set out to use this cute North Pole postage stamp on a card, and ended up with a holiday tag instead!  The image itself is large enough to be used as a focal point on a card, and I may just make one to match the tag!

The stamp in from Auntie Amy Stamp, which just sold their line to I Brake For Stamps, you’ll probably have to look on that site for this particular image.  It measures about 2.5 x 1.5.

The tag was created first with a tag template from Red Castle software.  If you don’t know about Red Castle, it is a great resource.  They offer alot of free and inexpensive templates that you can just print off of your computer.  This particular tag template offers 10 different tag types and you can chose the size you want from about .25″ all the way to a full size sheet.  Depending on how large or small your tag is it will print out as many on a sheet of paper that will fit.  Also you can select what color you want the outline to be.  I my case I covered most of the tag with paper, so it did not matter.  The template also has a little circle at the top to show you where to punch the hole.

The background papers are from Basic Grey – Eskimo Kisses line.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and colored with copic markers, then popped it up on some cherry cobbler red cardstock (I love this new red from SU!).  You really can’t tell from the photo but I used a stardust gel pen to highlight the rectangle of the image, the stars on the trees and the icicles.  It looks very festive irl!!

The snowflake punch is a Martha Stewart and the red brad is from The Paper Studio Spare Parts.  I used an EK Sucess scalloped punch and some light blue cardstock on the bottom.  The “to” and “from” sentiments are from Flourishes and were stamped in Memento Rhubarb ink.  The satin ribbon is from May Arts.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

holiday gift box – a learning experience

Did you see the Moxie Fab World Blog last week?  It was all about holiday crafts – they had some wonderful designers showcasing great projects and everyone was invited to join in on the challenges.

One of the challenges was the All Wrapped Up Challenge  which called for creating a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. for the holiday season.  Several of the designers made gift boxes using a template that was provided by Leslie Webster (found here).  I’ve seen these types of boxes but have never actually made one, so I thought I would give it a try.  I found out that the template was just a tad off – I’ll explain a little later.  Here’s my box and matching tag.

I created the box with the template and paper from a My Minds Eye Christmas paper pack called called O Christmas Tree – it contains 54 sheets of 12″ glittered cardstock and is just beautiful!  And the best part is that I picked it up for 50% off at my local Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago.  I used a pretty pointsettia pattern for the top and a coordinated swiss dot print for the bottom.  Once I made the box I edged the top  with some burgundy satin ribbon from Michaels, because it was  a nice match for the paper.   The tag was cut from nestabilities and the sentiment is from Flurishes.   Here’s a look at the  side.

The tag was created using scraps left over from the paper – I cut out two pointsettias from a leftover piece of the box top and layered them onto the dot paper and mounted that onto some burgundy paper. 

When I went to place the top onto the bottom it really did not fit well and  I realized what had been nagging me in the back of my mind the whole time. 

We all know that when you have a box the top has so be just ever so slightly larger than the bottom so that it can fit over it, right?    Well, the way the template and instructions for this box reads is that you end up with two pieces that are each 4″ square.  When I put the top on the bottom… I kind of had to force it on and the bottom ended up a bit squished in each corner.  You can’t see this from the photo because I made one side look good to take the picture.

So – I will need to redo one of the pieces – probably the bottom since the top is already decorated.  But if I was doing this from scratch I would take the top and instead of scoring at 1.5″ on each side as the instructions call for, I would score at slightly less than that – perhaps a 1/8th inch smaller on each side which will allow the top to be slightly larger than the 4″ bottom.

Live and learn!!

Anyway,  when  I looked at the cost of the paper and ribbon I realized that this box and tag ended up costing me about 60 cents – what a bargain!  You can’t get a nice gift bag around here for less than $1!!   

Thanks for stopping by today!