Quick Spring Easter Treat Bag Tutorial with Punch Art Daffodil!

Happy Easter weekend! I don’t know about you, but we still need to do a lot of our prep for Easter.  Today we’ll be spending time coloring Easter eggs – and I’ll be making sure I have everything I need for Easter baskets and Easter dinner! 

(PS – don’t forget to enter the Retirement List Prediction Contest!  It is free to play along and you could win up to $30 in free Stampin’ Up products!)

So, back to Easter treats!  I thought I would share a quick spring or Easter treat idea that you can pull together at the last minute!  This was created by my Mom, Kathy Thisted, for our Fun n’ Crafty team Stamp & Share a few weeks ago and I just love it.

Scallop Tag Topper & Punch Art Treat Bag

There are lots of fun elements to this treat bag, but the nice thing is that with a few punches, it is super quick to make!

Start with a 2”x8” piece of cardstock (this is Chocolate Chip) and score at 3-1/2” x 4-1/2” to help it stand up on it’s own.  Then, grab the Designer Frames Embossing Folders and use the oval to one to emboss your frame. 

Use the Extra Wide Oval Punch to punch out the center of your oval.  LOVE that it is an almost perfect match!

Punch both ends of the strip of cardstock with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch to give you that pretty finished look!

Then grab your Petite Petals punch  and the four petal flower punch from the Bitty Punch Pack to make your Daffodil.  I punched one of each shape out of Daffodil Delight cardstock.

In the sample, the flower is stamped first using the Petite Petals stamp set – and I think it definitely adds something to it.  But for the sake of this tutorial, I didn’t end up stamping.  I hope you don’t mind. Smile 

Fold up the small punched flower and adhere it to the center of your larger flower with liquid glue or a glue dot!  I love how my mom colored in the center of the little flower with the White Gel pen for a little extra definition!

Add a scrap of cardstock for the stem and grass at the bottom.  Want to hear a fun trick?  Stamp out one of the flower heads from the Too Kind stamp set and then cut it out and use the backside for your grass!  Neat huh?


Add some candy, tie it with a ribbon and you are done!  Easy Peasy!

  Reminder! Get your guesses emailed in!

  If you haven’t gotten in your guesses for my Retirement List prediction contest, don’t forget to get those in!  You have until tomorrow afternoon but since I know many folks will be busy with Easter activities, you may want to send them in today. Smile 

Pick 10 stamp sets from the annual catalog that you think will be retiring and email me your list to jennifer@nwstamper.com.  If you have the most guesses correct when the list is posted Monday morning, you will win a shopping spree from me!  See all the details here.

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It’s Time for the 2014 Retirement List Contest!

Are You Up for a Guessing Game?

I can’t believe it is that time already, but Monday (April 21st) the Retirement List for the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog will be released!  I’ll be posting the list monday morning of all the stamps and accessories that will be discontinuing – and in a first, BOTH stamps & accessories will be while supplies last.  (In the past, stamps were always guaranteed until the end of the catalog period)

So, to keep us entertained while we wait for the list to come out –
I’m running a Stampin’ Up! Retirement List prediction game!

2014 retirement list promotion

All you have to do is pick 10 stamps or stamp sets that are in the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and send your predictions to me in an email.  Whoever gets the most right, wins a prize from me!

What are you playing for?
Win $25 to spend on your favorites from the Retirement List!
Guess all 10 correctly and win $30 off your order instead!

How to Play
  1. Grab your copy of the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog and start flipping, or check out the catalog online here.
  2. Write down the 10 stamp sets or single stamps that are in the catalog that you think will be retired this year (not including hostess sets)
  3. Email me your list of predictions to jennifer@nwstamper.com by April 20th at 3pm PST
  4. Watch on April 21st for the Retirement List to be released!

If you are on my mailing list – I will email out the full list of everything that is retiring on the 21st and announce a winner for this game (I’ll also be posting this information here on the blog too, but watch for a special bonus in my newsletter Winking smile).

In the event of a tie, I will name the winner based on the earliest timestamp on the emails I receive.

A few rules:

  • Anyone may send me their predictions but only non-demonstrators can win my prize.  If you are currently a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, enjoy the demo community chatter and sneak peeks from Stampin’ Success and other demo events. :)
  • If the retirement list leaks out early, I reserve the right to shut down the contest part of the game early.

So, get flippin and enjoy the guessing game of what will stay and what will go!  I can’t wait to see what everyone predicts!

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Lovely Lattices with the Chevron Border Punch

Today is my day to share some ideas over on the Stampin’ Stylin’ Inkspiration blog and I thought I would share with them and you a technique that has been around for a while but I only recently gave it a try myself – making lattices with the Chevron punch!  If you haven’t tried it yet, this is an easy technique that has lots of possibilities.

To get started, here is the card that was my first attempt with this idea:

It was my chance to play with a few of the fun new tools from the Occasion catalog including:

So, when I would see that lattice or similar looks on other cards, I always thought it was really hard and complicated.  I wasn’t sure that I could make it myself, but I finally figured that since I had the Chevron Punch I ought to at least give it a try. 

Turns out it is easier than I thought!  Wanna see how to do it yourself?

Start out with two 1.25″ x 5.5″ strips of cardstock.  Punch the chevron pattern on each one.  Here is where I lined up the first edge of my cardstock to get started punching so that I had the right amount of spacing.

Now, after you punch the first set of chevrons, slide the paper over and continue punching along the paper strip.  Make sure you only see silver through the punched chevrons as you go!  Otherwise your chevrons will be uneven and won’t braid together very well.

Once you are done, you should have two strips of cardstock that look about the same.  Lay them next to each other on the table so the chevrons are pointed in the opposite directions.

Now, start “braiding” the paper.  That is lay the two strips on top of each other in this orientation and start tucking the chevron tips so that the top layer chevron tips are *behind* the chevron tips of the back piece of paper.  I know that is a little confusing to read in text, but if you look up close, this next picture might help!

Wha-bam!  You have a handy dandy snazzy lattice to use in your projects. :)  Now, because you braided them together, your final piece is actually a little bit longer than 5-1/2″.  So you can position it how you’d like on the front of your card and trim off the extra – so, no worries if your ends look a little strange.

Tuck in some flowers… add some butterflies… stamp your background with the Hardwood stamp set and you have a really fun card!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  I highly recommend giving it a shot.  There are so many fun things you can do with this technique.  For example, check out another idea for something you can do if you make this lattice with two different colored strips of cardstock!

In this case, I used Melon Mambo and Whisper White, then I glued it over a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock for bright look on white.  What do you think?  Pretty right?  Smile  So give it a shot and get creative and you may just love what comes out!

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Big News! Exclusive Project Life Products by Becky Higgins are Coming Soon!

I’m bouncing in my seat here at my computer as I just have learned that Stampin’ Up and Becky Higgins have been working on a partnership to create a new line specifically for Stampin’ Up!  Yay!

Project Life promo pic

Why am I so stinkin’ excited?

  1. New scrapbooking products that make my scrapbooking quick, easy, and cute!
  2. Project Life items that coordinate with the supplies I have at home – all my inks, cardstock, papers, tools, and accessories!
  3. Get free stuff in the form of hostess benefits when you get your supplies for your scrapbooks!  Have a scrapbooking get together with friends and everyone can get their pocket pages and cards and work on everything together!
  4. Demonstrators get a discount too!  I had just started exploring Project Life and now I can save money too.  Got to love that!


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Some additional details about Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

If you aren’t familiar with Project Life, it is a simple idea of having an easy way to take all those photos you’ve taken and print them at out the standard 4×6 size and have a cute way to preserve and journal them without needing to figure out a full page layout for them.  Becky Higgins actually started the idea and it has grown to be an incredibly popular style of scrapbooking .  You can learn lots more by visiting Becky’s site and her thoughts on Project Life.

This Project Life line looks like it will be a little different than some of the other lines she has released, for example:

  • All of the journaling cards are going to have square corners.  There will be a corner rounder punch to match with other Project Life cards you may have if you want the rounded corners.
  • The core kits will still contain 100 cards, but you will NOT have duplicates in the pack.  I know I’m actually happy about that because I’ve found I don’t know what to do with the many duplicates of the same card since I like to use the front in one place, the back in another place, and then don’t want duplicates of the same sentiments. 
  • We will offer Pocket Pages in a variety pack so you can easily have somewhere to put your photos and cards.  Smile  And it sounds like Albums will be coming too!  I can’t wait until I can get a sneak peek of the new catalog in 2 weeks.  I’ll be able to give you more of a scoop then!
  • Did you see?  There will be an accessory pack with specialty cards, wood accents, stickers, arrow paper clips, and WASHI TAPE!

Here is the scoop on when you can get your hands on it!

You can get everything in the picture above starting May 1st

You can email me in advance if you know what you want and want me to have everything ready to order on your behalf (I’ll do a group order for anyone who is local to me to help save on shipping)

or stop by my online store on May 1st to shop online.

If you are a demonstrator by April 21st, you will be able to start ordering them early!  Yup, we can start ordering on April 21st.  And you know I’ll be getting mine and can’t wait to start putting together some pages and sharing them with you! 

Have questions?  Leave a comment or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’d be happy to chat more with you about this exciting new line of products!

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The Wow Factor of Coloring on Natural Composition Specialty Paper!

Have you experienced the coolness of the Natural Composition Speciality Paper?  Once again, I have another project that I can’t believe I haven’t shared yet and my favorite part of it is how the Natural Composition paper makes it look!

I created this card for a class last month and was playing with a few of my favorite things:

  • Core’dinations cardstock – I used the Pool Party core’dintations cardstock and ran it through my BigShot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Then I sanded off the top of the dots to help them pop a little bit more.
  • Petite Petals stamps & punch – I have to admit I’m totally falling in love with these little flowers!  And the fact that they are so easy to punch out is just awesome!
  • Gold Baker’s Twine – Turns out it just always is the perfect touch of subtle sparkle on your projects.  It took me months to start using it but now I LOVE using it!
  • Perfect Pennants stamp set - the sentiment is my favorite sentiment from the Occasions catalog!
  • and finally – Natural Composition Paper!

The Natural Composition Specialty designer paper does not look very special in the main catalog and in fact, just about everyone I have in class that uses it tells me that they didn’t think it looked interesting in the catalog but they love it once they try it.  Because you can do things like this:

So, the thing it it is a stiffer cardstock that looks a bit like cardboard or a stiff kraft cardstock.  But then on one side of the paper there is a clear embossed pattern.  So you can do cool stuff like sponging or coloring!

In this case, we colored over the flower images with a Real Red marker and after it starts soaking in a little bit to the paper, it will wipe off the embossed image and you get a really cool defined image.  Don’t you think?’

You can do this with any color or ink (if you want to sponge it) and it is pretty fool proof.  You can’t really mess it up.  Got to love that!

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps – Perfect Pennants, Petite Petals
Ink – Markers (Real Red, Basic Black), Real Red
Paper –Pool Party cord’inations cardstock, Whisper White, Basic Black, Naturals Composition specialty designer paper
Accessories – Big Shot, Pennants Framelits, Petite Petals punch, Gold Baker’s twine, Candy Dots (Subtles), Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, sanding block

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