Friday, September 28, 2012

Autumn Candy Treats

What a wonderful stamping week I've had!  Last Saturday I was able to stamp with a group of close demonstrator friends, Monday I was able to spend almost the whole day in my stamp room organizing and stamping, I attended my upline's meeting on Tuesday evening, yesterday a friend and I took a trip to stamp with another demonstrator, and today I had one of my downline members come over to make a holiday ornament!  If that's not a great week, I don't know what is!
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Today I'm mostly focusing on "candy holders".  Of course, you know that I LOVE chocolate.  But I also love the different colors of M&M candies and the seasonal colors that snack bars are wrapped in.  It's part of my decorating theme!  (The chocolate, that is!)  Plus, you can eat it when the season is over, so it's not going to waste!  (It's just going to "waist" - my waist!)
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I just recently found out about Push-Pops.  Guess I'm a little behind the loop (it wouldn't be the first time).  I went onto Pinterest and found all of these adorable ideas for Push-Pops with cake, cookies, pudding, etc. in the container.  I just got my containers last week and wanted to make a little something for the gals I was stamping with last Saturday, so I filled mine with Peanut M&M's and made a wrapper/label in colors that coordinated with the M&M's.

Here is a close-up of one of the Push-Pops.  The label is from Apothecary Art.  I inked it up with my More Mustard dye ink, then rock-n-rolled it in Cajun Craze.  I took my Chocolate Chip marker and went over the "For You" so it stood out.  After I stamped it, I cut the label out and used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock to go behind it.
It's finished off with some DSP from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks and Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon and some Basic Pearls.  Of course, while I was making these there were a few M&M's that escaped that I had to "rescue" (and eat!).  

Speaking of escaped M&M's, I almost had a bag of M&M's destroyed.  Oh, the horror! Smiley from  That would have been a catastrophe (and I don't use that word lightly!).
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When I bought the Peanut M&M's, I had also gotten some plain M&M's since I wasn't sure which one would fit in the Push-Pop container better.  Yesterday when my friend Debra and I went to stamp, I brought along a bag to share.  It was sitting on the table in front of me when Debra asked who had already gotten into the M&M's.  I had no idea what she was talking about until I inspected the bag a little closer...
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Here's a close up:
We have two male cats - one of whom likes to EAT plastic.  He will eat the handles off the bags from the grocery store, etc. so we have to be very careful what we leave lying around.  I think one of the cats found my M&M's and decided that the bag was quite to his liking.  Fortunately, he didn't make it through the actual bag - just the edge.  Good thing I didn't catch the cat "in the act", or he might have lost one of his nine lives!

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Another cute way to wrap candy is using our . . . (wait for it) . . . Candy Wrapper Die!  Diane Kipp made this adorable container and embellished it with the Mixed Medley Hostess Set, some Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, and 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.

Here's another cute idea from Diane.  She stamped on some of our skinny Cellophane Bags (1"x8") using Toxic Treats stamp set and black StazOn ink.  She then carefully slid some candy corn into the bag and tied it closed.  Cute, huh?
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Can you stand to see one more thing?  It's not a candy holder, but it's another ornament made with the Ornament Keepsakes and Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  But I made this one to have a more fall-like feel.  Here's the finished creation:

And here's a close-up of the center.  I think it looks like some kind of flower, don't you? 
The center medallion is made with some DSP from the Comfort Cafe collection and topped with a More Mustard Designer Button and an Antique Brad.  I was so pleased with how it turned out!

Here is a picture taken without a flash so you can get a better idea of what it looks like in real life.
So I'm up to four ornaments that I've made so far and I'll be making another one next Tuesday when some friends come over to stamp.  I'm thinking about making that one in reds and pinks for Valentine's Day, but I may change my mind between now and Tuesday evening.  If you have any ideas, I'm open to suggestions!
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Triple Fold Cards

I absolutely love today's card!  We made one at our Chalk-a-holics meeting this month; when I got together with some friends to stamp a week ago, I showed them how to make it; and last night at my upline's meeting, I demonstrated how to make it!
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So, would you like to see this wonderful card?  Here's a sample (actually two!):
 (Friendship Preserves stamp set, Window Frames Collection Framelits, and Orchard Harvest DSP)

It's a triple fold card, or accordion fold card, or who knows what someone else has called it card.  
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Here are some additional samples...
 (Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Festival of Prints DSP Paper Stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper)

 (World Treasures stamp set and Comfort Cafe DSP - made by Debra Daam)

(Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper)
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What was that?  You adore these cards and you'd like to make one for yourself?  Well, have no fear.  Thanks to my friend Emma Fewkes, you can get all of the measurements for the cardstock, scoring, and the size of the DSP HERE.  She had originally seen this card made from 12"x12" cardstock, but Emma figured out how to make it from 8-1/2"x11" cardstock.  The only adjustment I made to her measurements was to make the belly band 9" long by 1-1/2".  That way I could overlap the ends just a bit.  Thanks, Emma!  I know I'll be making more of these cards and showing others how to make them.

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom 
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Watercolor Winter

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It's definitely got the feel of fall in the air, which means that winter will be nipping at our heels before we know it! (Aren't I just a bundle of joy and happiness?)  Actually I enjoy fall and winter.  I love to snuggle up under an afghan with a good book and a cup of coffee.  Or just snuggle with my Bella Rose.
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So in anticipation of winter coming soon, I have a card to share that I made with a winter set, but it doesn't really look all that "winter-y".

Watercolor Winter stamp set
Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake dye inks
Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla card stocks
Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks
Core'dinations Card Stock in Early Espresso with the Lacy Brocade TIEF, and the Stampin' Sanding System
Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L, Delicate Designs Folders, Large Scallop Edgelits
1-3/4" Circle Punch
Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details
Brayer and Dimensionals

So even if you're not quite ready for winter, you can break out those "winter-type" stamps and do some creating!  It's the best way to enjoy the upcoming months!

Until next time...
 Jayne Stenstrom 
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Three Calendar Months

If you've been reading my blog for the past year, you may remember that some friends and I stamped calendar pages for a desktop calendar.  I have three more months to show you today.

I guess it's a sign of getting older, but I'm not sure that I remember who created each of these.
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I think Cindy Westerink came up with August's design.
 (Inspired by Nature - which is now retired)

 I do remember that Sara Bolz came up with this one.  
I love the "wise owl" for back-to-school and the CREATE on the "blackboard".  Clever idea!
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I'm pretty sure this one was created by Lou Ann Cruttenden.
It uses the Got Treats stamp set and the Stripes TIEF.  
The extra layers of colored cardstock really make this a standout!
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I'm getting together with the same group of ladies tomorrow to have another day of stamping fun!  Can't wait!
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Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom 
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ten for 20 Cards

A few weeks ago I had one of my regular classes called a 10 for 20 class.  Those who come get to make 10 cards (personalized how they would like) for $20.  I love this class - and by the attendance, I think those who come like it too!
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Here are the cards we made at our last class:

 Even though the Owl Occasions stamp set is in the Holiday Mini, it can be used for so much more.  I will definitely be keeping this stamp set close at hand - my daughter is nuts for owls!
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 Serene Silhouettes - simple, masculine card in Always Artichoke (accented with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla).

Blue Ribbon stamp set in More Mustard and Elegant Eggplant.  So versatile!!  There are stamps for Birthday, Graduation, #1, Winner, and Best.  Plus any stamp that is 1-3/8" round will fit in the center of the "ribbon".  You can also leave the ribbon tails off and just make a flower - - - I told you it was versatile!

 Flowering Flourishes in Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, and Midnight Muse.  This card would also be good as a "Thinking of You" or "Sympathy" card.

Friendship Preserves - bright, cheery - who wouldn't want to get a card like this?

Maybe the next time I hold a class like this, you can come!  I'd love to have you!  Until next time...

 Jayne Stenstrom 
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