Festive Friday: Make a Halftone Card Set

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

How about another quick & simple card idea?

If you saw my project yesterday – I’m 2 for 2 on quick and simple this week. What? I never do quick and simple. Well, maybe I just needed some instant gratification from all of the more detailed designs I’ve been doing lately (wait until you see tomorrow’s project!). Well, it’s craft month so we just had to use that as a festivity for our latest Festive Friday challenge!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • This is really an ANYTHING GOES theme since we’re all doing handmade stuff! So, submit anything you like – it fits the challenge!

Here’s my take:

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Sentiments for Every Day (Scrapbook.com)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 5″ x 6″ Black Licorice (Lawn Fawn), 3/4″ x 5″ and/or 7/8″ x 5″ colored cardstock strips
Inks: Versafine Clair – Nocturne (Tsukineko)
Accessories: none
Other: Halftone Cover Die (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Die Brush (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic)

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0030 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Treat Bag from a Notecard

Looking for a quick way to make some small, but sturdy treat bags for your next dinner party or event? Today’s project is your answer. You can make treat bags from Stampin’ Up! notecards and your bag punch board, lickety-split!

You probably know that I don’t share 3D or packaging projects very often, but this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge really had me thinking. Of course, it would be MY board that would flex my creativity! I was determined to use that “anything but a card” box…

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

And, I’m currently featuring the Tabs for Anything stamp set – which is waaayyy versatile! So, I wanted to show off the set, along with the Color Theory DSP in a fun, new way!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC010). Featuring, Tabs for Everything stamp set, Color Theory DSP, Notecards & Envelopes, Gift Bag Punch Board. For more details and a video on making the treat bag, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #packaging #treatbag #handstamped

What’s more, it’s easy to whip up a batch of these, store them flat (and un-decorated) and then pull them out for whenever you need one. Stampin’ Up! Notecards are the perfect base for these beauties, and come in a pack of 20 for only $6. Leave ’em plain, stamp them, or cover them… you’ll be reaching for these bags every time you want to add some sparkle to your luncheon, dinner event, or even as a parting gift displayed all on a table.

Here’s a video on how to make them:

How about that? Here’s some more tips to make this card a success!

  • Leave the bags flat until you’re ready to use them. That makes for easier storage and keeps the folds nice and crisp.
  • Leave the top of the bag open! Fill the inside with some paper shred or tissue and let it peek out the top. Just use a decorative paperclips to attach the tag.
  • Cover it (piece should be 7″ x 3 3/4″ to make it all the way around), stamp it, or leave it plain. This bag works any way you want!

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It’s in the bag! Here’s what you need…

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Quick Treat Box

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

It’s Thursday, and lots of you already know it’s time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! The “O”s are in the house, and I’ve got a fun little treat box project that you’ll be able to make in just a few minutes with my How to Wow video.

I was intrigued by the box for “gift” (Lower left corner), so, I knew that’s where this week’s project would start. A while back, I saw an ad on Facebook for these cute gift boxes that unfolded into a card, and were big enough to hold a small gift. I watched the video quite a few times, then decided that I could probably make the same thing if I tried. So, with that little idea, and a nudge from TTTC to come up with a “gift”, I started experimenting.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not always successful with an idea on the first try. BUT, this time, I was able to create this box in one go. Woo hoo! That really tells you how easy this little box is. It will be one of those quick projects that you come back to over and over.

Let’s take a few minutes to learn how to make the box itself. Then, I’ll give you some other tips for this specific project.

Are you making these little boxes already?! They can’t be any easier!!

Here’s a few other tips about this specific box

  • I stamped the balloons and stars on the tag in a random way – stamping off to get some different shades of Berry Burst. Then, to soften it all, I did a little sponging with a sponge dauber. Remember – not a lot of ink! We want hints of shading, not big swirls.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the tag, and inside of the box with Basic Black Archival Ink. It’s a deep black and will give you crisp lines, which is perfect for this graphic stamp set. I do like to set my Archival stamped images aside for an extra minute to make sure they’re completely dry. Or if I’m in a hurry, I’ll use my Heat Tool.
  • Have fun with the inside! This would make a great group card as there’s lots of room for people to sign. Add pictures and stamping – anything goes!

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If you’re in love with this project and my How to Wow Series, please do share!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.

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Simple Packaging for PPA279

On Monday I attended a holiday dinner with some other local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. It was a small group, but we had a lot of fun, and a holiday gift exchange. I just happened to use the same colors in my gift packaging that we’re featuring at Pals Paper Arts this week!

Pals Paper Arts 279 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

Here’s the cute gift box I made:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA279): Lots of Joy, Gold Sequins Trim, Thick Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #packaging

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From Scrap to Spectacular!

I had two bins full of retired product – lots of it was holiday stuff. So, this year, for my 2nd annual Tag-a-Palooza, I used it all to create gift tag kits. Today’s gift tag was one of them, so if the paper doesn’t look familiar, that’s because it’s retired. BUT, the stamp set, Lots of Joy, is current and in our Annual Catalog.

My Favorite Box Tool

I DO have the Box Punch Board, but there’s lots of times that I need a different size than what it allows. That’s where the Box Buster online tool comes in real handy! You can make hundreds of different sized boxes using the ENVELOPE Punch Board and the instructions from the site. Just put in your desired length, width and height and you’ll get the right size paper to cut, along with the punch and score measurements. I’ve been using the tool for a few years, and thought I really need to share with you. Here’s the link: http://www.thecraftyowl.co.uk/boxbuster/

A Little Bling for a Lot of Wow!

So, I decided against using “Gold Foil” like the color challenge indicated, and instead, added some pops of shimmer with a tiny gold glimmer paper punch, but more importantly, a swath of gold sequins trim. I love adding a few inches to a bow or knot to add some instant elegance. How do I keep the sequins from falling off the ends? I use a lighter to melt the threads together so the sequins stay securely in place.

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Now it’s your chance to use this week’s Pals Paper Arts colors to create something great – and share with us! As you can see, it doesn’t need to be a card – it can be a scrapbook page, packaging or a home decor project. What will you make? Share with us over at PPA!

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Throwback to Celebrate the Big Buckeye WIN!

Hi everyone! I didn’t have a lot of time to post today, but I wanted to get this out there… I was up super late last night watching the Ohio State / Alabama football game, and I’m just so thrilled that my Buckeyes won!

I thought it would be the perfect time to share a little project I did few years back, but never posted. I have a fellow papercrafter friend who is talking about getting her husband tickets for the National Championship game – maybe this souped-up gift tin would work for her!

By Nicole Watt; 1/2" Circle Punch, Hello, Lovely, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die; For more details, click through to my blog! @PMRetreat #stampinup #gobucks

By Nicole Watt; 1/2" Circle Punch, Hello, Lovely, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die; For more details, click through to my blog! @PMRetreat #stampinup #gobucks

 

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Unleash Your Creativity! I love these little metal tins! They retired from Stampin’ Up! a few years ago, and I hoarded a whole bunch of them 🙂 And, they’re a great way to think outside of the box, or a gift card envelope! I go totally overboard with these and make pop-up creations. This time it was a total pop-up stadium.

The Internet is your friend… I went online and got a nice outline of Ohio Stadium and even printed out a Block O. It was easy to trace and cut the stadium, and just cut out the “O” That certainly saved a lot of time and added that personalized touch.

Symbolize: The little circle people are just 1/2″ circle punches. The arrows (from Hello, Lovely) were used to denote where we’d be sitting for the game. Lastly, I used some Coord’nations paper to mimic the field and the Typeset Bigz letters to represent those huge flags the cheerleaders run around with. The whole thing folds flat with the help of some tabs, so it’s a total surprise! Of course, the tickets are tucked away behind the stadium for safe-keeping…

That’s just the inside…. Of course, I couldn’t just hand over a plain silver tin… I did decorate the outside too…

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This part was definitely a lot of fun too – I hinted at what might be inside with some little buckeyes in the corner 😉

Of course, if it’s not a Christmas gift you’re after, I did some punch art of Brutus Buckeye many years ago…

stampinup stampin up Stampin' Up! Nicole Watt Ohio State Buckeye Brutus 2011

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