Each year, I make Halloween treat bags for my son and a few of his friends. I like giving gifts and Halloween is just another reason and way for me to spoil my son and the neighborhood kids that I love so much. This year, I have been a little short on time, but that is no excuse. I still found time to make clean and simple treat bags, which took me about an hour from start to finish to complete.
I made the bags using my We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board. I start with a full sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock, which gives me a large, tall bag. Next I cut the black base for the front design using the Sizzix Dotted Rectangle dies. I got them from the Stamps of Life website, and I love them because it cuts out the rectangle with a series of small holes along the edges. I then used some Pumpkin twine from the Stamps of Life to sew around the edges, to give it a little more detail. The sewing is the part that took the longest, but was really easy since the holes were already punched.
Next I started stamping. All the stamps came from Lawn Fawn. The frame from Sweater Weather, the sentiment, Halloween bag, and candy corn from the Spooktacular set, and the font is Violet's ABC's. After I stamped it all out, I colored the frame and shaded under the bag and candy corn, using my Spectrum Nior alcohol ink markers. Next I used my Sakura Glaze pens to color the Halloween bag and candy corn. Then all that was left was to put it all together. I love that these were so easy to make and quick as well. I filled them with some Halloween goodies and some candy, that I am sure the kids are going to love.
Lawn Fawn: Sweater Weather, Spooktacular, & Violet's ABC's Stamp Sets
We R Memory Keepers: Gift Bag Punch Board
Stamps of Life: Pumpkin Twine, & Dotted Rectangle Dies
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, OR2, GG1, Blender Pen
Sakura: Glaze Pen in Yellow, Orange, and Clear
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It's that time of the year, no not Halloween. It's time to start making my Christmas Cards. I have a huge family and it takes me a while to make enough to be able to give one to each part of my family and still have enough left over to give out to friends as well. On average, I make 60 Christmas cards each year, so I typically start in September or October to give myself time to get them all finished.
This year, I was having trouble finding inspiration and didn't like any of the 1st cards that I made, then I remembered that I had the Simon Says Stamp Merry and Bright (December 2016 release) card kit, which I received last year after I had finished making all my cards. This was a great opportunity to use it, so I got it out and immediately got to work. I love that Simon includes a page of examples and inspiration. I was drawn to 2 of the cards right away and decided to scraplift them. Once I made a few cards, I couldn't stop. I made 13 cards from this kit, and still have material leftover to make more.
I LOVE this card so much. I wish I could take complete credit for this card, but I can't. I got the idea from someone else, a year ago (sorry, I can't remember which blog I found it on), but just now had the chance to blog about it. I used 3 different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, some foam tape, a transparency sheet, Distress Inks, Spectrum Noir Markers, and cardstock to make this fantastic box card.
To make the card, I used the same method that you would use to make a traditional box card. The difference is that I cut out the front of the box, replacing it with a transparency sheet, then used brown cardstock, to make the "middle insert" piece. Then it was as easy as stamping my little fish friends, coloring them, an setting the scene. To put the "box card" in an envelope, you just press it down, and it folds over, just like a traditional box card. I will admit, I tried to make an A2 size card at first, but all the pieces just didn't fit very well, so I increased the size. When flattened, this card fits in to a 5X7 envelope perfectly, though it does have a little bulk to it. You can see the thickness of the project, in the images below.
I hope you enjoy and that this inspires you to create something fantastic!
Blog Update: May 22, 2016
My "Best Fishes" box/aquarium card was chosen as a Party Pick on the PDE Linky Party Blog.
Lawn Fawn: Float my boat stamp & die set; Spring Showers die set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir: PL3, LV3, IG4, CT4, CR8, DR4, Blender
Chalks: Craft-T Productions
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
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Blog Update - April 28, 2016
My job has been keeping me really busy the past year. Though I have loved working for TSHA, I am sad to say that my time there is over. The organization moved from Denton to Austin, and it was not a move that I was able to make. So, I am on the hunt for a new job. The good news is that over the past couple of weeks, I have had the time to catch up on some scrapbooking and card making.
I wanted to feature some of the best pictures of my son, at his age 7 photo shoot, which I took way back in October 2014. We went up to the Denton County Courthouse and I feel that we got some really great shots. I had recently got a Photo frame die from the Stamps of Life and was looking for a reason to use it. I also used 3 different pattern papers, the first is a text paper under the 3 images on the left hand side, then the other two are the same pattern, but in different colors. I love that it makes the whole page feel cohesive.
Paper: Everyday Moments pack by Recollections and Recollections Cardstock
Stamps of Life: Photo Frame Die
Lawn Fawn: Tag your it Die & Violet's ABCs stamps
American Crafts: Wood shapes & "Smile" Word Die
Spectrum Noir: CT2, CT4, & TB7 (To color the wood shapes)
Other: Memento Tuxedo black ink, Ribbon from stash
Cut it Up
I am a bit sad, for I am going to miss Halloween with my family. I will be in Galveston, Texas for the Texas Council for the Social Studies meeting. Though I see the value of attending the event, for work, I am missing Halloween with my now 7 year old son, and our neighbors. At least it gives my son and husband some father-son time and I know that they will have a great time. I decided that since I will not be able to be there, that I was going to make all the kids that we usually go trick-or-treating with a little goody bag.
I have been working so much lately, that I haven't had time to do much crafting. If feels so good to be able to spend just a couple of hours in my craft room, and to just relax and do something I love. Just because I have not had time to craft, doesn't mean that I have stopped buying new product. (Scrapbook hording at it's best!). So, I wanted to use some of the new products that I have purchased.
I started by making the bags, using my new We R Memory Keepers gift bag punch board. It was a bit confusing at first, and I totally messed up the first one, but I got it after that, and it was really easy to use, once I learned the correct pattern. Next I used some of my new Lawn Fawn stamps and coordinating dies. All the rectangles were cut using the Large and Small Stitched rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn. Then I cut out the tree from the Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather die set, and stamped and cut the tombstone and cute little ghost using the Spooktacular Stamp and die set.
To make the background I used my Stamps of Life ink pads in Plum and Cornflower. I just used a blending tool to put the color on, layering it over and over, until I got the look I wanted. I used the same technique to make the black hills, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I was able to make the top darker than the bottom, to make it look like it was further away.
To cut out the hill, I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die. I think this might be my favorite new die. I have so many ideas of cards to make using this set. I love the stitched detail on all of the dies, I think it really adds a little something to my projects.
I stamped the sentiment, from the Spooktacular Stamp set, using versa mark ink, then heat embossed it using white embossing power. It really pops off the black cardstock, and I love it. I think the kids will really love the gift bags. I filled them with some Halloween treats and glow bracelets, so they can all glow and be safe while they are out trick-or-treating.
Lawn Fawn: Large and Small Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Hillside Border Dies, Sweater Weather Dies, Spooktacular Stamps and Dies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Stamps of Life Plum & Cornflower inks
Bag: We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board
Paper: Recollections cardstock and The Paper Studio All Seasons II Pack
Spectrum Noir: IG1, IG2, IG3, IG4, & Blender Pen
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My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Forney, Texas with my son, Dallas. I am a High School teacher and Cheerleading Coach. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
Former Design Team Member for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog