End of Year Cafeteria Worker Gifts

Here’s another one of the end of year gifts I made for staff at my son’s school.  This time, they were made for the cafeteria workers!  They are mini lunch bags filled with candy and decorated with a tag that reads “Thank you bunches for the lunches!”  I got the idea from Pinterest, of course, and just modified it a bit to put my own spin on it!

Not all products used on this project are from Stampin’ Up!  More specifically, the bags and the apple paper are not.  The bags were purchased at a local craft store, and the paper was purchased on Amazon.  If you would like specifics, please contact me and I will be happy to share the links with you!

As for the products that ARE Stampin’ Up!, I used a few!  I used the scalloped tag topper to make the tag, as well as the NEW Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners.  I also used the Layering Squares Framelits to frame the sentiment, which was typed and printed on my computer, and of course, I used the Big Shot as well to cut them out!  The tag is tied on with 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  I also used Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the tag.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Fill the bag with the gift/treat of your choice (I used individually wrapped Godiva chocolates from Target.)
  2. Fold the top of the bag over twice and staple on each side.
  3. Trim the apple paper to 2 x 4 inches and punch one end with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, and round the corners of the other end with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  4. Print out the sentiment and cut out using the Layering Square Framelits and the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the sentiment to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Punch a hole in between the two staples, and attach the tag with the 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in a bow.

And that’s it!  This one was quick and easy to make!

I got to hand deliver these to the cafeteria workers myself, and they seemed really pleased with them!  I love how they came out!

If you have any questions about how these were made, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

End of Year Bus Driver Gifts

As I mentioned at the end of last week, I have spent the last few days working on end of year treats/gifts for school personnel at my son’s school!  I have finished the bus driver gifts, so I thought I would share!

These little Hershey Nugget treats were fun and easy to make!  Each one has five school bus themed nuggets in a red tray.  The tray is slipped into a 2 x 8 inch cello bag, and is topped with a printed thank you message.

I found these cute school bus nugget wrappers on Etsy.  It was $2.99 for a digital download (PDF form) with 16 wrappers on it.  I printed them out, then cut them with my paper cutter.  Each one was wrapped around a nugget and secured with a small piece of scotch tape underneath.  The wrappers were specifically designed for Hershey Nuggets, so they fit them perfectly!  You can find the wrappers HERE.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Purchase, print, and cut out wrappers.
  2. Wrap each Hershey Nugget, securing the wrapper underneath with a small piece of scotch tape (or your adhesive of choice).
  3. Cut a 2-1/2 x 5 inch piece of Real Red cardstock.
  4. Score the Real Red piece lengthwise at 1/4 inch and 2-1/4 inches.
  5. Fold the Real Red cardstock up along the score lines to form a tray.
  6. Attach each nugget to the tray using a Mini Glue Dot.
  7. Slip the tray and nuggets into a 2 x 8 inch cellophane bag.
  8. Type and print the thank you message on Whisper White cardstock.
  9. Cut out the thank you message with the Layering Squares Framelits using the Big Shot. (The scalloped square I used measures approximately 2 inches).
  10. Stamp Daffodil Delight stars using the star stamp from the Pick a Pennant stamp set.
  11. Cut a 2-1/4 x 4-1/2 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Score it at 2-1/4 inches.  Fold in half.
  12. Trim 1 to 1-1/2 inches from the top of the cellophane bag.
  13. Place the trimmed end of the cello bag into the folded black piece and staple.
  14. Adhere the thank you message to the front of the black topper with Snail Adhesive.

I’m pretty pleased with how these came out!  I hope the bus drivers like them, and I hope you do too!  🙂

Please check back this week for more school personnel gifts!  I still need to make some for secretaries, custodians, cafeteria works, and the school nurse.  I’ll post what I come up with!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Artisan Design Team June 2018 Showcase: Abstract Impressions Bundle

Please check out the gorgeous projects created this month by the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team!  All of them feature the NEW Abstract Impressions Bundle.  There’s so much inspiration here!  These demonstrators are truly artists!  Here’s three examples to give you a sneak peek:

Created by Cathy Caines

 

Created by Lauren Alarid

 

Created by Jessica Winter

To see ALL of the projects created this month, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Nicolle

It’s Crunch Time!

Max finishes preschool tomorrow for the year and Luca finishes Kindergarten next Thursday!  I will probably not be posting too much for the next few days as I volunteered to make a bunch of end of year treats for school staff.  Between that, my sister coming from New Mexico for the weekend, and Father’s Day on Sunday, I don’t know if I’ll have too much time to post!  I’ll try to get on if I can, and I will definitely post what I come up with for the different gifts when I have them all done!  I have to make them for bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, plus a few more!  (And I have to get them all done and to the school by Monday!)  YIKES!  🙂

I’ll be back ASAP!

Nicolle

 

Meet the NEW Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads

By now, you may have heard (or even seen) that the Stampin’ Up! ink pad case has been redesigned with the release of the new catalog.  The new case was redesigned with some great new features, and is sure to be a hit with customers!  Let’s take a look at some of these features, as well as a comparison of the old vs. the new case!

A side by side comparison of the old vs. new case

Here are two Flirty Flamingo cases.  The one on the left is the old style case, and the one on the right is the new style.  You will notice that the new case has been streamlined a bit.  It is slightly smaller, and has cleaner, straighter lines.  The label has also been changed to reflect the new packaging style, and is consistent with all other new products in the catalog!

Here’s an end view of each of the two cases shown above.  Again, the new case is smaller and sleeker, with much straighter edges.  The label is now along the bottom edge of the case rather than the top, and the case is completely flat, rather than rounded, as the old style case was.  Which leads to my next point…

Here are five pads of each style, stacked one on top of the other.  You’ll notice that the new pads stack much more neatly and compactly than the old style pads.  The old pads slide around quite a bit and don’t stack neatly, due to the rounded edges of the top and bottom of the case.  Compare this with the new cases, which stack really nicely due to them being flat.   Another great feature that goes along with this is that there are also little bumps built into the bottom of the new cases that fit into indentations on the top of the cases.  So not only do the new cases stack better, they also “nest” inside one another so that they stay put and don’t slide around!  Check out this feature in the two pictures below:

 

 

Additional features of the new pads

There are two additional features of the new pads that I think are fantastic!  First, the new pad comes with an extra solid color strip that can be placed on the INSIDE of the ink pad, so that when it is opened and in use, you can easily see what color pad it is!  I can’t tell you how many times I have almost messed up pads because I thought it was a different color!  This extra feature will make it much easier to keep track of which pad is which, especially when you’re working on a project and have multiple pads open at once!  Here’s a peek at this new feature:

Another great new feature is how the pads open.  With the old style pad, you used to have to push the lid forward a bit and then lift it to open.  These new pads just open straight up, almost like a compact.  So no more struggling with pads to open them.  The new pads simply open straight up and back, and then slide right into the lid!  So easy!

If you would like to learn more about the new pads, as well as see them in action, you can watch a short video that was released by Stampin’ Up! below.  There are lots of additional tips and tricks to using the new pads.  I hope you’ll find it helpful and informative!

And of course, the new ink pads also have a full line of new refills as well!  You absolutely can use the old refills for returning colors (except Basic Gray!  You DO NOT want to use the Archival Basic Gray to refill the new pads!)  However, all of the new refills moving forward contain a de-foaming agent, which cuts down on the bubbling that some demonstrators have reported with the older refills.

You can shop the entire line of new pads and ink in the online store.  Please click the image below to shop!

If you have any questions regarding the new pads, please feel free to ask!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

 

 

 

Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and Abstract Impressions Card

My project today was inspired by my upline, Stella MacKay!  She sent me a gorgeous thank you card made with very similar colors and products, and I just love it!  For my version, I used the Garden Impressions 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper as the background, along with the Abstract Impressions stamp set for the sentiment!  I love the color combination of this card!  The main colors are So Saffron, Night of Navy, and Whisper White. The color combo of the full Garden Impressions DSP is as follows:

I just love the bold brights and regals used in this paper!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

So Saffron cardstock card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Night of Navy middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

So Saffron layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Garden Impressions DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

So Saffron scalloped piece:  2-9/16 in diameter

Whisper White sentiment piece:  2-3/8 inches

Night of Navy Stiched heart:  1/2 x 1/2 inch

 

I also used various embellishments to finish off this card.  Some are brand new and others are returning favorites!  To see the compete list of products used on this project, please see below!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

June Facebook Hop: Masculine Themed Thank You Card

Thanks for checking in tonight!  If you are here to check out the team Facebook hop I mentioned in my earlier post from today, you can click HERE to visit my Facebook page!  From there, you can just click the links provided in each post to get to the next project.  When you get back to mine, you will have completed the hop!

I am planning to come back later and write a full post here about this card as well!  I had planned to preschedule one, but I ran out of time before I was able to post it!  So I will do it later tonight.  Please check back tomorrow if you would like more details or a product list on this card!  Thanks!

4-1/2 hours later…

So now that soccer practice is over, dinner is done, kids are in bed, and the husband is watching the hockey game, I can write my full post for this card!  🙂

This card was made for a Facebook hop, but it was more specifically made to be given to the head custodian at my son’s school.  The PTO will be giving him a gift card to thank him for all he’s done this year, and they asked me to make a card to put it in.  He is truly one of the most kind, hardworking men I have ever met!

For this card, I used the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle, along with the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Another new product I used was the Metallic Brads.  I was super excited to see brads in the new catalog!  I haven’t used them in a long time, but now that they’re back, I realize how much I’ve missed them!  Other products used include Layering Ovals Framelits, Thankful Thoughts stamp set, Classic Label Punch, and Linen Thread.  Colors are Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, and Soft Suede!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Crumb Cake cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Very Vanilla middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Wood Textures DSP layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Crumb Cake strip:  3/4 inch x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla oval:  3-9/16 x 2-5/8 inches

Tree:  3-1/2 x 2-1/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  3/8 x 2-1/8 inches

 

The Rooted in Nature Bundle is available in the new catalog as part of the Nature’s Poem Suite.  It is probably my favorite suite in the whole catalog!  I just love anything to do with leaves, trees, flowers, and nature!  I love the colors of this card too, as this color palette is very close to what I had for my wedding ten years ago!

Also, purchasing the Rooted in Nature Bundle will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately, but of course, you can get them individually if you want only one or the other!  If you would like to take a look at the full Nature’s Poem Suite, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you will take a few minutes to visit our Facebook hop and see what my teammates have created!  If you have any questions about anything, please let me know!

Nicolle

 

Quick and Easy In Color Cards

Recently, I needed to make a bunch of cards I could send as customer thank yous, as well as for customers who won prizes in their new catalogs.  So I needed something quick and easy!  I came up with these, using all new products from the new Annual Catalog!  Each card is virtually identical to the next, with the exception of the color.  I used the new In Colors and made a few of each color.  They were perfect for what I needed, and I was able to make a bunch in a very short amount of time!

Lovely Lipstick

 

Grapefruit Grove

 

Pineapple Punch

 

Call Me Clover

 

Blueberry Bushel

 

Products used on these cards include:

  • 2018-2020 In Color Cardstock and Ink Pads
  • 2018-2020 In Color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper
  • 2018-2020 In Color 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Stitched Label Framelits
  • Love What You Do Stamp Set

 

 

Measurements for these cards are as follows:

In Color cardstock bases: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Whisper White middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

In Color DSP layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Whisper White sentiment piece:  3-3/8 x 2-3/4 inches

In Color stitched heart:  1/2 x 1/2 inch

 

All of the products used on these cards are now available in the online store!  These cards can very easily be switched up for ANY occasion, just by switching the sentiment!  Click the image below to shop the online store today!  (Or click the individual product images at the bottom of this post for specific items!)

 

 

Tonight, I will also be posting a bonus post here at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.  I will be participating in a team Facebook hop, and all of our projects will be Father’s Day/Masculine themed!  I hope you’ll check back in to see all of our creations!  I will post a link here on my blog so that you can start on my page and just hop through the rest!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

June’s Paper Pumpkin Kit and Coordinating Catalog Suite

In a Paper Pumpkin first, June’s kit will coordinate perfectly with the BROADWAY BOUND suite in the new Annual Catalog!  One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! is their perfect coordination!  This is one of the things I love most, as I am super picky about making sure things match.  I can’t tell you how many times in my pre-demonstrator days I would stand in the local craft store with some paper or cardstock and try to find just the right color ink pad to go with it…only to get home and find out it really didn’t match.  So when Stampin’ Up! came along, and I realized just how many products coordinate, I was hooked!

Anyway, getting back to this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit…it will perfectly match with products from the Broadway Bound suite!  You can find this suite on pages 68-69 of the new catalog.  I love the bold, bright colors against the black!  And I am not usually a fan of gold (I definitely prefer silver most of the time), in this suite, I think the gold looks amazing with all of the other colors!  While I have no idea exactly what the Paper Pumpkin kit itself will look like until it is released, I can show you what the catalog suite looks like:

While these are not the products themselves, but projects made with them, you can still get a pretty good idea of what’s available in the suite!  If you would like to take a look at all of the products available as part of the Broadway Bound suite, please click HERE.

This is definitely going to be a bright and fun kit!  I’m excited to see it!  So how can you get yours?

There are two ways to get the June kit: 

1.   Visit www.paperpumpkin.com to subscribe as a month to month customer.  The cost is $19.95 per month, and includes shipping right to your mailbox.  Selecting this option will result in new kits being shipped to you automatically each month until you say otherwise.  You also can skip a month if you need to!  Visiting the Paper Pumpkin website will also give you all the info you need about what Paper Pumpkin is and what you get when you subscribe.  There are also lots of examples of past kits for you to take a look at!  Oh, and another great perk of being a month to month subscriber is that you have the option of purchasing refill for each kit.  So if you really, really love a certain kit, you can buy extra materials to make more of it!  Why not check it out?  Click the image below to go directly to the Paper Pumpkin website!

2.  If you would rather just get THIS month’s kit, you can go to the Paper Pumpkin section of the online store and purchase a one month prepaid subscription.  You just add it to your shopping bag and complete your purchase like any other order!  Stampin’ Up! will email you a code that will need to be entered on the Paper Pumpkin site to activate the kit.  This code does not expire, but it MUST be entered no later than June 10th to be redeemed for the June kit.  Click HERE to go to the Paper Pumpkin section of the online store to check out the prepaid subscription options.

If you have been considering trying Paper Pumpkin, this is a great month to do so, as having access to additional coordinating products greatly expands what you can do with the kit!   But again, you must order or subscribe by June 10th!  If you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin or the Broadway Bound suite, please feel free to contact me!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Real Life Color Inspiration: My New Beach Towel!

Last week, I went shopping for pool chemicals and toys, and bought some new beach towels as well.  The one I bought for myself has different shades of blues and greens, with bold white flowers.  I loved it the second I saw it!  When I got it home and opened it up, I immediately thought of all the Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with it, and I knew I wanted to make a card based on the design!  Here’s a pic of the towel:

Isn’t it pretty?  Figuring out which colors I needed to use was pretty easy!  The only color I couldn’t use an exact match for was the middle stripe.  My first thought was to use Tempting Turquoise, but since it just retired last week, I didn’t want to use it.  So I substituted Bermuda Bay instead!  Here is the color palette I used:

Since I do not have dies that are the same type of flower on the towel, I just substituted the large flourish from the Flourish Thinlits Dies instead.  The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set, and the die that frames the sentiment is from the Petals & More Thinlits set.  Finally, I embellished the card with a few iridescent sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment!

 

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:
Whisper White Thick Cardstock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Basic Black Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
Color Strips: 1 x 3-3/4 inches each
Whisper White flourish piece:  3 x 4-3/4 inches
Whisper White sentiment piece:  5/8 x 2-7/8 inches

 

 
This card layout is easy to replicate and can be used with any colors and dies you wish! Designer Series Paper strips could be substituted as well for added details and design options!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle