Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christmas Bags Too!

Well I hope you survived your day of Trick or Treating and you aren't too tired! Did you get some of your favorite candy or were you the one handing it out to all f the kiddos?  Kind of a sad year for us, with Rachel being a senior and off to college, it'll just be us old folks for several years (until some day way far down the road in the future when we will enjoy it all over again with grandkids - but like I said WAY FAR down the road!).

Today is a quick one to share the last of the Bags with you!  Way back when I was making these in September, the gals being pampered at Founders Circle (Top 100 in the company) received a little gem like this first one I'm sharing, and it inspired me to make my own version of the bag they received!  There's was all in kraft and green but I knew I wanted to use glimmer and add white paper and the new lush red ribbon!  Tah-dah, here's my version

And this one features our Cafe Bags and the Tag Kit which includes the smaller tag to stamp, the larger backing tag, the colored Clothespins and the awesome Craft Baker's Twine, I am seriously in love with this twine and how QUICK these come together!  I also stamped a little bit on the tag to decorate it up a touch and bring in the Early Espresso from the clothespin!

There ya have it!  Moving on starting tomorrow!  Which vignette is next??


Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of you!  I hope you have a fun and safe day filled with lots of treats and very few tricks!

Here are the couple of quick and cute Halloween bags that I made up for my displays!  I'm so glad that we offer so many cute options for gift packaging!!  It's really fun to grab a couple of stamps, a few punches and just see what happens!  Oh and some crafting tulle since I had that handy too!

Again the cute striped bag from the Celebrations Kit

Same bag, same Black White DSP and now add a Fun Fall Framelit Ghost and Greeting!
This one features the Polka Dot Bags, Motley Monsters DSP and same Oh My Goodies greeting set!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Now, it's on to the Bags

Hope you are enjoying all of the displays and the close ups of what I put together in my vignettes.  The next few posts will wrap up the Bags & Boxes collection and then I will move along to share a different vignette with you!

I had so much fun just creating for these and this one was one of my absolute FAVORITE ones!  It's just so darn cheery and it fit my color scheme and theme so wonderfully!  LOVE IT when that happens, and it is a Rhonda Original!  Happy to provide and feel free to CASE away if you like it!

These cool kraft & white striped gift sacks come in the Celebration Kit

My Lil Owl creation made with several punches

And tied off with some ribbon & twine and fun tags too!

Well there's one for today, check back tomorrow for a couple of Halloween Treat Bags - seems fitting an all!

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Back to the Boxes!

Today I will share the close ups of the boxes from my Bags & Boxes Vignette from INKstravaganza if you're still following along!  These were all made with the awesome new GIFT BOX PUNCH BOARD tool and the UNDER THE TREE Specialty DSP paper, and a variety of trims and ribbons for embellishments along with the GOLD SHIMMER PAPER!  Yum, yum, so much prettier in person (yes, I really do think so!).

These are addicting and should be attempted by everyone because they will make you feel good!  And then you have a reason to go shopping for special little somethings to stick inside!  Which will make others feel good, so there ya have it!  It feels good and you're spreading happiness all around!

I think this idea or inspiration came from Michelle L in the UK

one of my favorites, love the color combination and size

a larger version of the shape of the red For You box
close up of my tag
trying different sizes and tags

I think this was the largest but I cannot recall which measurements
Close up of this my tag for this one, new Note Tag punch and LOTS of trims!

Well there ya have the boxes, please enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was tagged by one of my sweet downline members, Kathya to participate in a one time, one post Creative Blog Hop!  Well darn it all, I got busy and missed my due date - so sorry but I'm doing it anyway!  That tends to happen with too much going on, turning 50 and not writing things down where I can see them!  Check out her work by clicking on her name and it should take you to her blog where she is a design team member for Sunday Stamps and Nacho Average Challenges.

So let's get started with the Creative Blog Hop:

What am I working on now?
I'm working on several things of course!  I have a card class to prepare for featuring the Making Spirits Bright stamp set!  I'm working on a intro to Project Life December Daily class!  And I'm working on designing swaps for my November team meeting, which happens to be a shoe box swap!

How does my work differ from others on my genre?
I tend to like clean and classy.  I love all things vintage too and of course I love layers and texture and everything blingy or sparkley!  But I have found that clean and classy and going back to the basics is what everyone likes.  It's a bit simpler, quicker and easier to mail - everyone at my classes love the masterpiece cards once in awhile but focusing on ones they can duplicate and mail has been fitting in better with the busy schedules we all live these days.

Why do I create what I do?
Well about 20 years ago it was all about a 'release' for me from my corporate day and to have a hobby because my hubby loved to read, which is a silent one person activity.  Then once I had our children, it was still an evening therapy session as I used to say, to just calm me and let me feel creative.  As I shared it and developed my team, I found I love to teach and inspire others, so it's become more about the sharing.

How does my creative process go?
This one depends on my mood for sure.  If I'm in a great mood with lots of time, I just pick a stamp set, snag some designer series paper and coordinating ink pads and embellishments, toss them all into one of my vintage trays because then as I look at all of "it" sitting there, it kind of comes to life!  There's no greater feeling for me than to create an original.
But then again in our crazy busy world of today, time isn't always on our side so we find ourselves needing to be a little quicker in our creative process.  With inspiration at our fingertips, I will often turn to Pinterest or a few fellow bloggers to get me started, sometimes making their beautiful creation as is, and most other times starting out to make it but changing it up here or there along the way.  And I love sketches but don't often post back to the challenge itself, but I'm thankful for the layouts to start from.

Tag You're It!I was tagged by Kathya and I tag friend and fellow SU! demonstrator, Monika Davis to continue on the Creative Blog Hop.  Stop by her blog to check out her awesome artwork, both stamping and digital with MDS, and then stop back on Mon Nov 3rd for when she posts her answers and reveals her tag to keep the Creative Blog Hop going!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Combined Meeting!

Yesterday I co-hosted an "AZ INKers" team event with my downline and Bestie Diana, it was so much fun I think we will do it again!  Stampin' Up! announced a bit ago that they would be sending staff members to various team meetings, so we applied but sadly we were not chosen for them to attend (they missed out! ha, jk!). But the girls and us wanted to meet anyway, heck I had already paid for the hotel conference room so might as well have some fun stamping, right?

So we invited our girls and charged just enough to cover the rent and then we provided the rest!  We started out with some games focusing on Team Building and getting to know one another.  First up, I made up a MUSIC game (Must Uncover Something in Common) with each person that was not stamping or related to Stampin' Up!.  Gave them 30 minutes to mingle and then we shared our findings, it was quite fun to learn a little bit about each other.
Sorry catching them mid-chat!  
 Then we played a couple more Challenge Games that involved Product Knowledge ... gosh the room got so quiet and both Di and I admit they were a little harder to complete than we thought - SORRY girls!  But they were champs and played along.  For those wondering, one was a color name game using synonyms and the other was a word scramble of stamp set names.  Had to award some prizes to make things fun again!!

We used the cute little Cafe Bags and the popular Chevron & Polka Dot Bags and added some Doily's along with the Tag Kit (banners, tags, & clothespins) to create some cute - reusable - gift packaging!  Congrats to those lucky gals, we hope you enjoy your prize!

Then it was time to do our Product Demonstrations and my lovely friend Debbie (a sideline, now adopted by me!) offered to demo a cute little bag!  Diana's downline Kathya was called into work to cover for an emergency so we missed out on what she had planned to share.

If I remember correctly it is a 5"x10" piece of DSP, score at 1.25" each side on the long vertical edge, then turn horizontally, score at 4" from each edge.  Fold vertical edges in and then fold on horizontal folds, only apply adhesive to the top portion of vertical skinny folds

The to finish off our morning, we had planned two make-n-takes for everyone!  The cute little "have-to-have-it" Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit and a coordinating card featuring the Stars Framelits & Star Border Punch, both projects using the fantastic Under the Tree DSP specialty paper!

Then we broke for lunch and the girls could do what they wanted, together or on their own.  A bunch of us went to the PERFECT PEAR at their new location in Chandler and it was so delish again, as always!

We had a great day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

And there's more, BOXES galore!

Here's a little bit more from Door #1.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the NEW Gift Box Punch Board Box (say that 5 times fast, I dare ya) and our NEW cardstock from the Holiday Mini that is designed to be the perfect weight to use with this great new tool!  I just want to warn you ahead of time, these are highly ADDICTIVE!  You make one and smile and shove it to the side to move on to the next one, and the next and the next ... then you start to feel bad about it, so you come back to each one to decorate and finish them off in style!

Here's a few that I chose to decorate holiday themed from my Boxes & Bags Vignette!  Enjoy!

I will take some individual pictures and add those in if you're interested in any close ups, let me know!

Have a great day!