Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Small Things Tag- OAK Tree Stamps- Design Team Post

I have a friend who is expecting and I just wanted to give her a tiny something. I didn't have a small enough gift bag, so I made one. It was very plain so I created a tag to go on the front of it. I had the idea that I wanted to have my stamped image match the papers but wasn't sure how to do that. Here is what I came up with. 

1.  I cut out a piece of the lightest part of the paper I could find it was hard because there where flowers everywhere. I then stamped an image from the OAK Tree-Baby Bumps Stamp set. 
2.  I colored her in using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I love how it turned out. 
3. Cut her out leaving a tiny border

4.  I cut out flowers from the paper, and used the same Spectrum Noirs to add a bit more color and pull it all together. I also cut out a small banner and stamped the "Good things come in small packages" sentiment.  

 5. I cut out the tag at 4 1/2in X 3in. and distressed it a bit.  I used a Tim Holtz Distress tool on the edges, then inked it with Black Soot Distress Ink. I wrinkled it a bit and added a few splashes of Perfect Pearl Mists. I cropped the edges and rounded the bottom. I also punched a small hole with my crop-a-dile. 
6. I adhered all the pieces to the tag. I popped a few of them up on dimensional tape.  
7. To finish off the tag I added a a few yellow rhinestones to the flowers. I ran tulle thru the whole and stapled it to make sure it stayed in place. 

I added all the tag to the front of the bag with dimensional tape and used the same tulle to stuff in the bag. I really love how it all came out.

What I used:
OAK Tree Stamp Set-Baby Bumps 
Fancy Pants Papers- Item #758 In Love  & Item #862 Fairytale
Spectrum Noir Markers 
Tim Holtz Distress Tool 
Black Soot- Distress Ink 
Perfect Pearls Mist- Turquoise & Interference Red
Yellow Rhinestones
Turquoise Tulle
Dimensional Foam Tape 

Thanks for looking, hope this inspired you to pull out your stamps and create!!!! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

3D Pumpkin Kit For Halloween Pocket Letters

 I'm excited to share with you all what I include in my Build 3D Pumpkin Kit for my Halloween Pocket Letter, and how to put the pumpkins together. This is a great way to make your Halloween Pocket Letters more interactive. The photo above is the card I made for front of the kit pocket.

This is what you will find in my Build A 3D Pumpkin Kits*:
(And what you can include in yours)
12- Pre-cut, Strips are 1/2in. X 3in, punched with a small hole on each end.
2- Pre-cut, 1in. leaves punched with a small hole. (cut leaves with die-cut machine or punch)
4- Brads(2 will be holding the pre-cut stips together)
10-12in. of twine or ribbon
I've also included a QR to scan and direct my PL Pal to find my blog and also my blog address so they can find this post on how to make their pumpkins.

*Believe it or not this all fits in one 3 1/2in. X 2 1/2in. pockets.


1. Make sure your brad is on the wrong side of the strips. The side you want to show on the out side should have the back of the brad. If you put it the other way it may not sit flat. I've already done this on my kits because it's a bit confusing to explain. 

2. Spread out all the strips. Lay it out so that all you can see is the back side of the strips and the top of that first brad. 

3. Add a brad to the leaf, then pull up opposite strips and add them to the brad like in the photo below. Complete this until you have all 6 strips on the brad and then close the brad.   

4. Press gently on the top to get a great pumpkin shape. 

5. You should have something similar to this, add ribbon or twine on the top for a nice finished touch.

These are so fun and super easy to make. You can make them bigger and stuff them with candy for trick or treaters. This is great kid friendly craft too. I hope you enjoyed this idea for your Halloween  Pocket Letters. If you are visiting my blog because you received a pocket letter from me with this kit, I hope you enjoyed your Pocket Letter and making your pumpkins. 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Many Thanks Bags- Brutus|Monroe DT Post

Happy Friday!!! I'm dropping in to share a few cute bags I made using  the Many Thanks Stamps sets.  Many Thanks was the first Brutus|Monroe Set I used and I loved it because you can say "Thank You" for just about anything with this set. I wanted to show you that you don't have to use this set just for cards.

What you will need:
  • Brutus|Monroe Stamps Set-Many Thanks                                                                        
  • Brutus|Monroe-Premium Chalk Inks                                                                                         
  • Cardstock cut to 41/2in. X 6 1/2in                                                                                                      
  • Scoreboard                                                                                                                                                 
  • Adhesive Tape                                                                                                                                          
  • Scissors 

First you will need to score your 4 1/2in. X 6 1/2in. piece of cardstock 5 times. On the 6 1/2 in. side score at 2in. , 3in, 5in, and 6in.  Turn to the 4 1/2 in side and score at 1in.  Once you have it scored you are going to cut out the little rectangle on the corner(see photo). Cut along the score line to the 1in. line, make sure you don't go any further than the 1in. line.
Fold along all the score lines. Fold over each side and find the side you would like to be the front of your bag. Grab your favorite icon from the set, your favorite Brutus|Monroe Premium Chalk Ink. I like to use a color that is similar to the paper. Fold over the sides, so that just the front is showing and stamp the image randomly. You can also use washi or masking tape to mask off the front, this is just easier and faster.
To add the Thank You without the circle use masking tape to cover what you don't want to ink. On this sized bag the Thank You fits perfectly.   Now to put the bag together, run your favorite adhesive tape along the tab above the cut out rectangle.  Fold over to the other side and pres firmly making sure the edges all line up.
All you have left to is fold in the bottom tabs and adhere them closed. There are lots of ways to close these bags at the top. You can use ribbon, tulle, clips, staples, anything really or you can leave them open.  You can't fit a lot in these bags, but its a great way to say Thank You with a little treat.

Thanks for stopping by and  have a great weekend.  -Chris 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

OITNB Pocket Letter & ID Badge

I recently did an Orange Is the New Black themed Pocket Letter swap with my Facebook BFF Jennifer Laging. I had so much fun creating all the cards and adding the extra goodies. I used my Cricut Explore to create the ID badge and I knew everyone would want to know how it was done. It was very easy to do.  Keep reading to see how....

Upload the above image into Cricut Design Space, with a square photo of your favorite inmate. Make sure you do a Basic Upload, and click complex image. Insert both images into a new project. Resize the square photo of your inmate to fit in the square on the badge. Then using a simple font add your inmates name. If you want it like the show, do it like I did Jen's.  Once you have everything sized and in it's spot select everything and click Attach. I always check to make sure everything is going to Print Then Cut and not just Cut, to check this there will be a printer icon next to your images and text.  Once you've got everything ready to go you can size it to fit in a Pocket Letter, or how fun would these be for a OITNB Viewing Party. If you need more instruction or help please feel free to let me know via FB or in the comments. 

   Jennifer told me she loved all the inmates but her favs are Red and Crazy Eyes, which is why I used them on the front. I know you can't see it but on the back Crazy Eyes Pocket I put a I'd Throw my Pie For You sign, and filled the pocket with die cute dandelions and chocolate and vanilla swirl die cuts.  In the Red pocket I added her Chicken Quote and a bunch of die cute orange chickens. Yes! I did buy Top Ramen, just to steal the flavor packets lol... They fit and tied in so well with the theme. The other goodies don't really tie in with the theme I just used them to stay with the color scheme and send Jen some other crafty goodies.

Thanks for stopping by my blog please click Follow and Leave a Comment...  -Chris


What is a Pocket Letter? How it got started:

OITNB- Opening Credits-You've Got Time

OITNB- Red's Chicken Quote

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Baby Bumps Shoe~OAK Tree Stamps

Created For OAK Tree Stamps- Design Team

I'm excited to share my first project for OAK Tree Stamps. I really wanted to make a card but figured why not try a Baby Shower party favor. The Baby Bumps Set had my head filled with thousands of ideas. 

How I Created The Shoe:

1.  I made the shoe with a file from SVGcuts.com's set Bundle Of Joy, cut with my Cricut Explore. It's only four pieces and goes together very easily. I added a button brad to the top strap, for a nice finished touch. 

2.  After stamping the baby from the Baby Bumps Set, onto  Stampin' Up!-Whisper White Cardstock,  I colored her in with 3 Spectrum Noir Markers( See photo or Supply list for colors). 
If you lay on several layers you get different colors from one marker, Oak Tree Offers a great coordinating SVG file for all their stamps.  I didn't use it I fussy cut my image because I need it a bit smaller.  

3. Using Foam Tape I adhered the baby and Welcome! flag on the top of the shoe. 

4.  To finish it all of, I used leftover paper and crimped it with a paper crimper and curled it with a thin marker. I made about 20, and stuffed them in the shoe with pink and white jelly beans. 
Fun easy way to make coordinating  filler for boxes, bags, in this case shoe.

This is my first post and can't wait to do more. I  want to try and not just make cards, this line is so versatile the possibilities are endless.

What I Used:  

OAK Tree Stamps Set- Baby Bumps 
Momento Ink- Tuxedo Black 
Spectrum Noir Markers- FS3, CG1, PP1
Imaginisce- Baby Powder- Queen of the Crib Cardstock 
Paper Crimper 
TomBow Glue 
SVG Cuts.com- Baby Shoe file - Bundles Of Joy Set 
Coastal Bay Jelly Beans 
Dollar Tree- Foam Tape 

Thanks for looking !!!! -Chris