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
Die Cuttin Divas
As You See It Challenges
Pause Dream Enjoy
I am always looking for new ways to use the products that I already own, so I watch a lot of videos and visit a lot of blogs to soak in as many new techniques and new ideas as possible. Every once in a while, I come across something that just wows me, and this technique did. I love it!!! As soon as I was finished watching the video, I pulled out my supplies and made these Thank You cards. My mind is full of other ways to use this technique and the supplies, that I already have, that I can use to make them.
I believe in giving credit to those I learn from. I found this video: Faux Textured Metal Paper on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog (the link will take you to this specific video). She has some great stuff, so check it out.
The general steps to make these cards are:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch
Perfect Pearls: Forever Blue
Stamps of Life: "Thank You" die, silver twine, silver sequins
My Favorite Things: Stitched Stackable Circles
Pause Dream Enjoy
Glitter 'N' Sparkle
Come and Get It
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends
Pile it On
Crafting by Designs
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
I hope you enjoy looking at our crafty goodness. Please leave us a comment to tell us what you think. My son, Dallas, especially likes to read the comments...so send him some love.
Lawn Fawn: Milk and Cookies Stamp Set, Stitched Circle Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Staz On Black, Stamps of Life Strawberry Ink
Paper: Forever in Time, Perfect Prints (Stars & Fruit) 6X6 paper pad; Kraft Cardstock, white cardstock
Other: Spectrum Noir Markers, Ranger Alcohol Inks, White Gelly Roll Pen, Clear Wink of Stella Pen, The stamp sets on the eggs were just a mixture of old stamps I had around my craft room, sorry I can't tell you the maker.
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie
Cute Card Thursday
Cards 4 Galz
I got the inspiration for this card off of another site. I would link it here, but I can't remember which one it was. I knew when I saw this quilting technique that I had to try it. I started by cutting out small squares using my stitched squares dies from Lawn Fawn, then cut each square in half making smaller triangles. Next I arranged them in the quilt pattern. I found this one online just by googling "quilt patterns" Next, I cut out a square big enough to fit my quilted pattern on, and glued all the pieces down in the correct order. I matted the quilt on another stitched square and then again on the bigger grey, stitched rectangle. The stamped image and the "Together" die cut are both from the Stamps of Life, and I thought they were fantastic and a perfect fit for this card.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Squares and Rectangle Dies
Stamps of Life - Puzzle Sayings Stamp Set and "Together" word die (I believe this was from the Feb. 2016 Card Kit), Black ink, Grey and white cardstock
Paper - Scraps from my stash
Craftyhazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge
PDE Linky Party
Sisters of Craft
Dream Valley Challenges
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 haven't posted much lately, as I have just not been in the crafting mood. I have had a lot of changes in my life over the past 2 months, and just could not find the time or inspiration to create anything. Yesterday, I made myself sit down in my craft room and make something. To be honest, I tossed the first couple of things I made because they were, lets just say, less than pretty. After that, I decided to open up one of the card kits from the Stamps of Life. I thought this would make creating something nice a little easier. I love Stephanie's products and everything in her card kits coordinate so well. It makes it really, really easy. Hopefully this pulled me out of my crafting funk, and the ideas will start to flow a bit easier.
I made 7 cards from the October 2014, Stamps of Life Card Kit, titled "Hearts that Love." This kit came with some really great products, including: pattern paper, "Beautiful" word die with shadow, a mid-size stamp set, ribbon, twine, cardstock, exclusive embellishments & washi tape, tags, and envelopes. Hope you like what I made :)
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