Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Stampin Dreams Blog Hop - January - Case A Card

Welcome to our January Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - this month's theme is to
Case A Card.  I am Ann Krucek from the United States bringing you my version of a card I saw on Pinterest.
"Case" means copy and share everything - which is something I rarely do so I was a little nervous about doing copying someone else work.  It is important that when you do so, you give the original artist credit for their ideas and creativity.  So first things first - I have to give credit to Jenni Pauli from Pauline's Papier.  Jenni was on the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! when she shared this card on her blog.  
There was something soft and cute about this card that made me want to take a look to see how she had made it.  When I read her instructions, it seemed easier than when I had first imagined so I gave it a shot.  Here is my take on Jenni's whimsical card.
Since my new FREE Small Bloom Punch from Sale-A-Bration had just come in, I thought I would use that as some bigger flowers on the card.  The rest of the die cuts are from Wiggly Bugs Dies from the Annual Catalog.   This was a very easy card to make - it consists of two pieces of Whisper white card stock.  One colored with different Stampin Blends and the other with die cut pieces randomly cut as you can see in this photo:
I ran the die cut piece through the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give it just a little texture.  I added a few embellishments  - several of the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins and a couple of Heart Epoxy Droplets colored with my Stampin Blends and even a few of the die cuts were added back in.  I also just added a few random dots with my Stampin Blends - keeping it all very simple to do.
I cut down the colored paper to just a hair smaller that the die cut paper and adhered the die cut piece to the colored piece using quite a few dimensionals.  Then I adhered that combination to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 " Whisper White cardstock card base. I cut the sentiment with the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies and adhered that with dimensionals as well. 

My colors are a bit bolder and my flowers are a bit larger - but I am happy with the way it came out!  I hope you get a chance to try this because it was a pretty quick card and fun to do.

As I mentioned above - my Small Blooms Punch was FREE from the Sale-A-Bration event that is happening through March 31st.  This punch is free with a $100 purchase.  There are several items that you can receive free with a $50 purchase as well.  You can check out all of the details of this sale on the Sale-A-Bration tab on the right column on my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  On to the next blog to enjoy the hop!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dressed to Impress Cards and Purse

I have been playing with the Dressed to Impress Bundle from the new Stampin' Up! January-June Mini Catalog to start off the new year.
There are so many cute things in this new catalog!! So this is just the first of many cute things to follow!  Plus- Salabration is happening!!  Which means free items with every $50 purchase!!
This Best Dressed Suite of products has some beautiful Designer series paper with soft florals and some stylish accessories.
 I paired up Petal Pink and Pear Pizzaz Card stock with this pretty floral paper from the Best Dressed 6X6 DSP for this first card. Running the Pear Pizzaaz layer thru the big shot with the  Tufted 3D Embossing folder gave that layer a little dimension. A piece of vellum cut with the Stitched Nested Label Dies softens the back ground of the Petal Pink Die cuts of the shoe, perfume bottle and the little rose. I used Dimensionals to pop up both my vellum layer and my die cuts.


 If you follow me, you know that I am a fan of the 3D favor type dies and I could not resist this adorable purse die that comes in the Dressed to Impress Bundle - it is the All Dressed Up Dies.  The purse goes together pretty easily with out much instructions needed.  I have seen several different variations on how to attach the handles.  Just remember to use your bone folder to condition the cardstock so that it can bend easier. I used Heather Heather cardstock, cut with the dies and then I ran it through the same Tufted 3d Embossing folder as the card above. I used Silver Foil for the buckles and buttons. I just tucked some small scrap pieces in the pocket for some contrast, so you could see the pocket better in the photos.
For the perfume card:
  • the base is Basic Black Cardstock measures  7 3/4" X  5 1/2"  and scored at  3 1/2"  so that the back of the card is longer than the front forming column down the side of the card 
  •  layer of the pretty purple floral DSP measures 3 1/4" X 5 1/4 " 
  •  silver square from the Silver Foil Sheets with the 2nd largest square Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies  
  • I stamped the perfume bottle , several roses and the sentiment  on Purple Posey CardStock with black ink and cut them with the dies in the bundle.
  • I stamped several roses on Highland Heather with black ink and cut them with the dies.
  • Inside the card is a   3 1/4" X  5 1/4" piece of Whisper White Card stock for stamping any sentiment on.
  • Once I adhered the white inside of the card in - I lined up the die cut roses along the edge that shows when the card is closed and adhered them with liquid glue.
  • I used the newWhisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon which is found on page 25 in the new Mini Catalog (with the Poppies Suite) Placing this across the purple layer before I adhered it to the black layer so that I could tuck the ends under the purple layer.  I tied a double bow and adhered that with a glue dot. 
  • the perfume bottle and the sentiment were popped up with Dimensionals.
  • added a few Basic Rhinestones just for a bit of extra glam
I hope you like these two cards and the adorable purse!
I have a retreat coming up in which I need to do a favor for each of the girls - So I think I will be making more of these purses! I feel some lipstick cards in my future as well!
As I mentioned in the top of this post - Stampin' Up! is celebrating their best sale of the year - Sale -a Bration.  I have links to both the new Mini Catalog and the Sale-A Bration catalog on my side bar.
Click on these to delve into all of the new offerings in the Mini Catalog.  Then when you are done drooling over that catalog - click on the Sale-A Bration Catalog to see what you can get for free with every $50 order - there are also a few dies and bunches that are free with a $100 order.  This is truly the best time to shop.  These Sale-a -Bration items sometimes sell out - so be sure to order early.
In fact, I am predicting that the cute Bee paper in will go quickly!!!

You can shop in my online store 24/7 by just clicking on the store front.  If you order more that $35 worth of products and you use my January Hostess Code - I will send you a sampler of some of the new Designer Series papers from the Mini Catalog in the form of 6X6 pieces. 
Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December Blog Hop - SAB/New Catalog Sneak Peak

Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams December Blog Hop!
I am Ann Krucek, coming to you from the United States.
We are showing off our sneak peaks into the Saleabration and Mini Catalog coming out in January.
For the blog hop I decided to share some stocking stuffers I made up for the golfers in my family this Christmas.  

I am a bit behind in my Christmas preparations  - making something from the new catalog that I could use as gifts was the idea here, so I worked with the Country Club Suite - Stamp set, Die set and Designer Series Paper.
 The Clear Tiny Treat  box is  the perfect size for a golf ball - then I just embellished it with some of the fabulous argyle paper from the Country Club Designer Series Paper.  I stamp the ball and tee from the Clubhouse stamp set and colored it with my Stampin' blends.

The bigger acetate box holds six golf tees all dressed up to make a cute gift.  I cut one Acetate Card Box in half to make this.  I cannot give you exact sizes for this because each box I cut in half came out just a little different - I cut them quickly with a large paper cutter - not thinking that I should have lined them up a little more precisely.  But I will give you approximate measurements and you can tweak from there. 

Back and flap closure piece is approx 5" x 4 3/4"
Depending on how big you want the closer flap - I scored mine at 3/4" and again at 1 1/4" - again you may have to adjust these measurements.

The tee holder piece is 3 X 4 3/4"
It is scored at 1/2", 1" , 2 " and 2 1/2" .  Then I used a standard hole punch to punch six holes on each side - see photo above for placement.
I put tape on the the two outside edges that do not have holes punched and folded the flaps under and attached those flaps to the piece that slides into the acrylic box. 
Hopefully you can tell by these photos how this goes!! dress up the holder with some strips of DSP - then stick your golf tees in with the points down into the tray and slide your insert with the tee tops into the closed end of the acrylic box.  The flap goes on the outside of the acrylic and secured with some tear and tape.    

I didn't leave out the female golfers.  Even though this Country Club Suite found on page 46 is predominately male with a Father's Day sentiment - I was able to put my spin on it to make a more feminine version for my sister.
I love all the paper in this collection, it will be fun to play with some more after Christmas!
By the way - on the top of my Christmas list is a new 5 Iron!!!
We golf a lot - so this set was a must for me!!

Make sure you check out all of the other previews to the new catalog by visiting all the other bloggers listed here:

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Tablescape Toile and Tin

Christmas is coming!  Fast this year!
Since Thanksgiving was so late.  We have officially put away all the pumpkins and started our Christmas Decorating.  I was excited to start with this table for Chloe Crabtree's Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop.  This hop starts today and runs through Friday, featuring 23 different Christmas Tables throughout the week.  I will have the links to all of the wonderful bloggers that are participating at the end of this post.
My table is full of Toile inspiration and galvanized metal pieces.  I decided to just call it tin, even though my Metallurgical husband says it technically isn't tin - it is probably more zinc! and my table cloth and dishes are technically not Toile but it reminded me of a toile pattern -  but I used all this just for a nice title to my post!!
 The base of my table is an April Cornell print Tablecloth.  I had just been working with some Toile paper - as you can see in my last post here - so this tablecloth just called out to me in HomeGoods.
That same trip into HomeGoods, these three galvanized trees were screaming- take me home -too! 
I started visualizing this table at that moment when the tablecloth met the trees in my cart.
They were now on their way home to see if the dishes I had purchased at Marshall's several weeks prior would all go together.  I knew I would need a bit of a buffer between the busy tablecloth and the patterned rimmed dishes - so that is where the red stitched edge placemats and the wide rimmed galvanized chargers came into play.
A bell tops off the placesetting with a big red bow and some sprigs of greenery.
Some candles and greenery flanking my trees to make a runner as my centerpiece finished off the table.
Here are the links to all of the blogs participating in this weeks hop.  I hope you get a chance
to visit these wonderful bloggers for more inspiration. 


The Painted Apron | Calypso in the Country | Life and Linda | White Arrows Home



I will be updating these links each day as their post comes up, so check back each day.
Now, It is on to putting up the trees!
I hope you enjoy decorating for this Christmas Season as much as I do!

tablecloth & napkins - April Cornell- HomeGoods
red placemats & galvanized trees - Homegoods
galvanized chargers - Joann Fabrics several years ago
dishes - Marshalls 
bells - Hobby Lobby
flatware - quite a few years ago - World Market
napkin rings - Target
stemware - years ago at Marshalls

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Toile Tidings with Boughs and Bells

I am participating in the Stampin' Dreams Blog hop with some pretty packages adored with Christmas boughs and bells today!
 Coming to you from the United States, I am sharing this collection of packages and a card made with the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper.
I love this toile paper and (in case you can't tell) I am in love with this Real Red 1" rushed ribbon! This ribbon makes such a pretty full bow, it will make any gift look gorgeous.
 I have used the Toile Tidings Wrapping paper, Bells are Ringing Bundle and that beautiful rouched ribbon on the first package.  You can barely see the details on these bells but the green parts were stamped with Garden Green and the grey parts are colored with my Stampin' Blends.
For the second package -  it is the Toile Tidings Wrapping paper again, the Detailed Bells Dies and then added some boughs form the Beautiful Boughs Dies.
 These two little packages are fun to make.  The taller one in the back is an Acetate Box cut in half.  I filled it with assorted chocolates and added a flap with the Toile Tidings DSP to close up the open end. Then tied it up with a pretty red bow, added some boughs and the large gold jingle bell from the Detailed Bells Dies.

The  Mini Curvey Keepsake Box die has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is just big enough to fit 3 Dove chocolates inside. The check paper is again from the Toile Tidings DSP and I embellished this mini package with the small gold jingle bell from eh Detailed Bells Dies and the Gold Ribbon from the Christmas Time is here Suite that is not in the Holiday Catalog but can be found here.
Lastly, is my Christmas Card made with the Toile Tidings DSP, Beautiful Boughs Dies, the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D Embossing Folders and the Garden Green 3/8" Double Stitched Ribbon.
I did this all just for one of our team members - Bonnie.  She did not like this Toile Tidings Suite because it featured the big Cardinal - She has a thing against birds!!  No worries, Bonnie - I didn't use the bird!! and I think even she will agree that this paper has an old fashioned Christmas vibe to it that takes you back in time.
I hope you enjoyed these packages as much as I enjoyed putting them together!

Please take a look at all of the other Christmas ideas that the rest of the Hop has to offer!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thanksgiving Tablescape, Gather Together

I truly have a lot to be thankful for as we come upon this Thanksgiving holiday.
I am joining a wonderful group of table stylist for a Thanksgiving Tablescape Hop this week.  Chloe Crabtree, from Celebrate & Decorate, has gathered 24 talented women together to show off our versions of a Thanksgiving Table.  I hope you enjoy taking a peek at all the tables, the links will be at the end of my post and will be updated throughout the week.

We will not be having our family Thanksgiving feast at our house,
That is one thing I am thankful for!!!  I don't have to do all of the cooking and cleaning!
We will be celebrating at my sister's house.  
So I just set a small table for us to enjoy.
This is a bit of a departure from my usual pattern ridden tables.  I opted for something a bit simpler for Thanksgiving.
But did you notice - I still managed to get just a tiny
 bit of plaid in on this one?
I had a hard time with the lighting on this table - it wasn't the brightest day outside, plus now the daylight hours are so short. But on the flip side - Hallmark movies are in full swing!
I am addicted to them - yes, I play the Hallmark fantasy game!!   Everyone else in my family is talking football.  I enjoy my fantasy Hallmark league much better than my fantasy football team.
As promised - here are the links to all of the other bloggers participating in the hop this week.



I look forward to gathering with my family to celebrate all of the years blessings this Thanksgiving.

Placemats and Wheat Plates - Pier 1,  two weeks ago
Chargers - Michaels a couple weeks ago
Round Wood serving pieces - Target two weeks ago
 Napkins - on clearance last year after Christmas at Dutch Valley Barn in Sugar Creek 
Flatware - Ikea several years ago
Stemware - Marshals - many years ago
Ribbon, check paper and stamp - Stampin' Up! 
and yep- that is real bread!!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wine Bottle Wrap - Stampin' Up! 3-D Project Hop

Welcome to October Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop,  I am Ann Krucek, happy to be blogging from the United States of America.  This month's theme is 3-D Stampin' Up! projects.
I am sharing my Wine Bottle Wraps as my project for this hop! 
Those of you who saw my last post, saw the table I did for Halloween with the Eat, Drink and be Scary bottle.  I did up two more in Christmas themes, but these are super simple and can be done for any occasion and bottle of liquor!!  
The lacing on these bottle wraps is what sets them apart a bit from just a bottle tag.

For the Halloween wrap - I used 
Whisper White cardstock -  4 1/2"  X  9"
Basic Black cardstock -   3 strips    3/4" X 9"  
I spaced out the black cardstock as stripes and adhered it to the white cardstock with liquid glue.
The Spooktacular Bash bundle was used make the little Eat, Drink and Be Scary - with a basic black scroll frame cut from the Ornate Frames Dies and a Whisper White sentiment stamped with black ink and adhered with liquid glue.  I wrapped this around the bottle as the glue was drying, holding the sentiment in place with the edges down to fit the rounded shape of the bottle. Once that was dry - it doesn't take to long, I punched three holes on each side in the black stripe and then laced it up with approximately 30" of Basic Black 3/8" scalloped edge Ribbon.

Each of these vary just slightly depending on the size of the bottle.  I like it two wrap around so that it covers the labels but still leaves a small gap for your lacing.

For the Wine Bottle Wrap with Eat, Drink and Have a Merry Christmas - I used:
Sahara Sand cardstock -   4 3/4"  X 9 1/2" 
Merry Merlot cardstock   4 1/2 "  X  9 1/2"
30" of Ribbon
From the Sip Sip Hooray Bundle I used the dotted die along both edges of the Merry Merlot piece and then adhered it with liquid glue to the Sahara Sand piece with a small border on both top and bottom.  I cut a circle of Sahara Sand - stamped it with the Swirly Frames just to give a little border to the circle, the sentiment is from the Cheers To That stamp set -   and also randomly stamped some of the dots  the Sip Sip Hooray Stamp - All in Merry Merlot ink.  With black ink I stamped two wine glasses and cut with them out with the coordinating dies.  I used my Stampin' Blends to color in a little wine in the glasses.  All this was adhered with liquid glue and again, held by cupping my hand around the curve of the bottle so that the edges stick down.  I three holes on each side making sure that they were punched in deep enough on the sections that there were two layers of cardstock.
The ribbon I used was  the Crumb Cake ribbon with a satin edge from the Come To Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, it is gorgeous ribbon to work with.

My big tip for these wraps is that you have two layers of paper at the point of where you lace up your wrap, one layer being cardstock.  This is so that the laces don't just pull out of the holes you have punched.  Also, make sure your holes are approximately 3/8" from the edge, again- so that the holes don't just rip out.

The Cheers Bottle I used:
Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper
The navy and copper geometric design paper - 5 1/4" X 9 1/4"
The navy and copper star paper - 2 1/2" X 9 1/4"
A scrap of Night of Navy to cut rectangle of 1 5/8" X 3 1/2"
and 2 strips of Night of Navy cardstock - 5 1/4 X 1"
a small piece of the Copper Foil paper to cut the word Cheers
30" of Ribbon
I adhered the two pieces of DSP with liquid glue centering the smaller piece on the bigger piece - on this wrap - since it was two pieces of DSP - I added the two strips of card stock to the back - so that when I punched the holes in the edge it would not rip out.  This photo shows the back and the 1" card stock strips added to the edges.

Then I adhered the rectangle, and finally the word Cheers with liquid glue and cupped it with my hand around the bottle until the edges were good and stuck.
I laced this up with the 1/2" Classic Weave Ribbon with the words Merry Christmas printed in copper that is in the Christmas Gleaming Suite.
I think this one is my favorite so far!!

As you can see in the photos - I used a bottle of liquor for the last  one, you can do this to just about any bottle and with lacing it up - it is a bit forgiving if the bottle is slightly tapered.
These wraps look great if you want to try to match the bottle up with your table setting as well as giving them as a gift.
We have sentiments and paper for every holiday!
I will be making one for Thanksgiving when I head over to my sister's house.  How about one for a new neighbor as a welcome to the neighborhood using the From Our House to Yours stamp set.
The possibilities are endless!!

I hope you enjoyed this simple project and get some use out of the idea for the upcoming holidays!