Wow! What an amazing project! I got this idea from my stampin' buddy, Dawn Olchefske, and I copied it exactly like hers! I've seen so many of these mini milk cartons held in little totes, but I loved the idea of putting them into a gift box! Each mini milk carton is filled with chocolate Easter eggs! Thanks for such a great idea, Dawn! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except for the Hershey's chocolate! Recipe: Paper: (For the bottom of the box) Certainly Celery - 5-1/2 X 3-7/8; scored at 1" on all four sides. (For the top of the box) Pale Plum - 8-7/8 X 7-1/4; scored at 2-5/8" on all four sides. On each corner, cut off a diagonal going from one score line to the other to create an octagon shape, as shown above. Very Vanilla scrap for the tags. (For the mini milk cartons) Certainly Celery - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2 (2); Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper - 7 X 3/4" Stamps: Eggcoutrements (P. 22 of the Occasions Mini Catalog) Inks: Pale Plum; Certainly Celery Miscellaneous: Mini Milk Carton Die; Big Shot; Sticky Strip; Bone Folder; Paper Cutter; Paper Snips; Stampin' Dimensionals; Large Tag Punch; 1" Circle Punch; 1/16" Hole Punch; Linen Thread - 4" long; Old Olive Wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - 20" long; Mini Clips; Hershey's Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Easter Eggs
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We made a box like this at Christmas and I've adapted it to Easter. It's filled with Hershey's foil-wrapped Easter eggs! I love the bright spring colors - it makes you feel happy to just hold it in your hand! To see a tutorial on how to make the flower, you can visit http://www.kreateskards.blogspot.com/! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except for the Hershey's chocolate eggs! Recipe: Paper: Crushed Curry Textured - 8-1/2 X 5-3/4; Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper - 12 X 2 (for the flower on top); Very Vanilla scrap; Textured scrap for the butterfly Stamps: Tiny Tags (P. 28 of the Occasions Mini Catalog) Inks: Melon Mambo Marker; Crushed Curry Marker Miscellaneous: Itty Bitty Box Die; Big Shot; Sticky Strip; Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon - 12" long; Linen Thread - 5" long; Medium Jewelry Tag Punch; Paper Piercer with Mat; Beautiful Wings Embosslits; Mini Glue Dots; 5/16" Neutrals Brad; Stampin' Dimensionals; Scallop Circle Punch; Hershey's Foil-Wrapped Easter Eggs
Anything that holds candy is ALWAYS a popular project! I love how you can take the Petal Card Die and fold up the sides and bottom to hold a square of Ghirardelli chocolate! The possibilities are endless: Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas, birthday - it can be used for any occasion! I got this idea from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/. The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except for the Ghirardelli chocolate! Recipe: Paper: Pretty in Pink - 5-3/4 X 5-1/2; Sending Love Designer Series Paper - 6 X 1-1/2; Very Vanilla - 2-1/2 X 1/2; Pretty in Pink - 4-1/4 X 4 Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (P. 145 of the catalog) Ink: Chocolate Chip Miscellaneous: Petal Card Die; Big Shot; Sticky Strip; 3/4" Square Punch; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Stampin' Sponge; Flower Layers Die; Ghirardelli Chocolate Square; Pretties Kit Half-Back Pearl; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots
You know I love simple and clean cards, so this is one of my favorites! All you need are a couple of ink colors, a piece of white card stock, a punch, and you can make a GREAT card! I got this idea from Andrea Walford's blog - I just added some White Satin Ribbon to mine. I could just EAT this card - it's as good as candy! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! Recipe: Paper: Whisper White - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Whisper White scrap Stamps: Eggcoutrements (P. 22 of the Occasions Mini Catalog); Teeny Tiny Wishes (P. 145 of the catalog) Inks: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink; Lavender Lace; Basic Black; Basic Black Marker Miscellaneous: Stamp-a-ma-jig; 1" Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; White Satin Ribbon - 17" long; Ruler (I used this to line up the three greetings)
Isn't this card FABULOUS? It's similar to the one in the Occasions Mini Catalog, but I found this sample on http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/. I can just see this card sitting next to an Easter basket brimming with chocolates - it's so Eastery and fun! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! Recipe: Paper: Bashful Blue - 11 X 4-1/4; Whisper White - 3-1/4 X 2-1/2; Bashful Blue scrap; Close to Cocoa - 3-1/2 X 2-1/2; Certainly Celery - 2-1/2 X 2-1/4 Stamps: Chocolate Bunny (P. 43 of the Occasions Mini Catalog); Well Scripted (P. 19 of the Occasions Mini Catalog) Ink: Chocolate Chip Miscellaneous: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Ovals Die; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Trio Flower Punch; Paper Piercer with Mat; Silver Brad; Mini Glue Dots; Paper Snips; Stampin' Dimensionals; Little Leaves Sizzlits; Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon - 15-1/2" long
Boy, I've really gotten into Blush Blossom lately! It's such an elegant color and so RIGHT for Easter! This is one of the cards we made at my Simple and Sweet Easter Camp Wannastamp! I was inspired by a card I saw on http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ and then changed some things to make it my own and good for Easter! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! Recipe: Paper: Blush Blossom - 6-1/2 X 6-1/2; Very Vanilla - 3-1/4 X 2-1/4; Blush Blossom - 3-1/4 X 2-1/4; Very Vanilla - 3-1/4 X 1-5/8; Blush Blossom scrap Stamps: All Holidays (P. 43 of the catalog) Ink: Basic Black Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Scallop Trim Border Punch; Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder; Big Shot; 3/4" Circle Punch; Filigree Brad; Paper Piercer with Mat; Mini Glue Dots; Stamp-a-ma-jig
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I've had the "Perfect Setting" Big Shot die sitting around forever and have never used it - until now - and I LOVE IT! We have a cool boutique in Katy called Ooh La La where you can purchase gourmet cupcakes, so I ran by there this morning and picked these babies up! Actually, the gourmet cupcakes are rather large, so I had to kind of squish them into the cupcake holders, but if you made regular cupcakes at home, they would fit perfectly into these little holders! Now I'm ready to have a party - just gotta show off how cute the cupcake holders are! In case you're interested, you can see this Big Shot die on Page 200 of our catalog - Item #115961 - and the "Perfect Setting" die also has a napkin ring holder, too! Fun, fun! It's $42.95 and you can order it right now from my website, http://www.pennythomas.stampinup.net/! This kind of stuff makes my world go round!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My family flew to Puerto Rico, where we boarded a Royal Caribbean ship and headed out to Tortula, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and Grenada! It was HOT and I came back with a very sunburned forehead (which is now peeling), but the scenery was absolutely breathtaking! We had a fabulous trip and I immensely enjoyed the time spent with my family! This trip is very similar to the trip I would be taking with Stampin' Up! in April, but this year I took the cash option and booked a similar trip when my kids would be on Spring Break so we could all enjoy it together! I'm so glad I did that because we have wonderful memories from our trip, but I know it will absolutely kill me next month when all of my Stampin' Up! buddies will be enjoying the cruise! One thing I learned from this trip is that you can travel to amazing and spectacular places all over the world, but nothing is quite as inviting or beautiful as walking through your own front door! Thank you, Stampin' Up!, for a fabulous trip!
Tortula - which was absolutely beautiful!
I could live here!
More beautiful scenery!
My new Rasta friend! I thought he was giving me the peace sign, but I learned later he was asking me for 2 bucks since I took his picture! OOPS!
The Piton Mountains
100% pure cocoa being made! I came home with three of these logs! They're mine, all mine!
Coconuts everywhere you look - and they were so good!
So many fresh fruits and nuts!
Haley just had to have her picture taken with this monkey! Haley's the one in blue!
This is my favorite thing to do on the ship! The picture doesn't show that I have a lime Mojito in my hand! Ahhhhhhh!