3D Thursday: Chocolate Square Holder

Happy Thursday! My post is late today due to my 5 year old being sick. He’s been running a temp for two days now, and is absolutely miserable. I HATE when my kids are sick. I apologize for not having this up earlier!

Sarah Wills is this week’s designer and she has created this super cute chocolate square holder. It is designed to perfectly hold three Ghiardelli chocolate squares (my favorite!) She designed her project using items for Valentine’s Day, but this could very easily be used for any occasion just by switching up the colors, papers, and sentiment!

Isn’t this such a sweet project? It would make a perfect little gift for school kids, coworkers, or anyone you just want to wish a sweet Happy Valentine’s Day to! You can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE (or click on the image below)!

Sorry for the super short post today, but I’ve got my hands fiull with my little guy. I will be back soon with a new project and post!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Valentine’s Mini Pizza Box

It’s Thursday again (already!), and that means it’s time for another 3D Thursday project! This week, it was my turn to create, and since we’ve all been sick in my house (even the cat), I needed something relatively quick and easy to make for my post. So I came up with this decorated Mini Pizza Box! Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to go with a Valentine’s theme, but it can easily be adapted for any occasion, just by switching up papers, images , and sentiments!

Here are step by step instructions for creating this cute little treat box:

1. Assemble the Mini Pizza Box. Cut two pieces of 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 inch pieces of From My Heart Specialty DSP. (One will be used on the top of the Mini Pizza Box and the other will be used to line the bottom of the inside of the box.) Use Snail Adhesive to attach one to the top of the box and one to the inside.

2. Place 5 foil wrapped chocolate hearts (or other treat of your choice) in the box.

3. Close the box and wrap a piece of ribbon around the box so that it wraps around all four sides and closes the box tight. Attach the ends of the ribbon to the top of the box using mini glue dots. Attach a Heart Doily to the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

4. Stamp the sentiment in Real Red and the arrow in Flirty Flamingo onto Shimmery White cardstock. Punch the heart with the small heart from the Heart Punch Pack. Fussy cut the arrow using Paper Snips.

5. Lay the arrow over the doily and adhere with glue dots. Then, attach the heart sentiment over it with dimensionals.

6. Apply three small epoxy hearts to the sentiment piece and color them with Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends to add a little more color and detail. Attach the full completed heart to the top of the box using dimensionals, and the project is complete!

Here’s a quick peek at the inside of the box:

You can download a FREE printable project sheet with complete instructions and a full supply list HERE, or click on the image below:

Thanks for checking in today! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: A Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Treat Holder

Happy New Year! It’s time for another 3D Thursday project. This week, we have Trayce Bauer joining us, and she has created this adorable treat holder for Valentine’s Day!

These are such a perfect way to let someone know you’re thinking of them! You can download a FREE project sheet for Trayce’s project HERE, or by clicking the image below. The printable sheet includes step by step instructions, as well as a complete supply list:

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

A Brusho Love You Card

My card today was made with the Large Letters Framelits and Brusho Crystal Color. I wanted to make a card that said LOVE with the color showing from underneath. I used Shimmery White card stock for the base and top layer, as well as Lovely Lipstick card stock for the middle layer and “YOU” piece. I also embellished with two NEW items from the All My Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog: the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and the Heart Epoxy Droplets!

To make the colored portion of this card, I used a piece of Shimmery White card stock that was slightly smaller than my top layer. I tapped some of the Brilliant Red Brusho crystals onto the paper, spritzed it with a Stampin’ Spritzer, and then swirled it around a bit with an Aqua Painter. Once that was done, I set it aside to dry. While it was drying, I cut out the letters for “LOVE” on my Big Shot, as well as the “YOU” piece with the Celebrate You Thinlits. Once the colored layer was completely dry, I assembled the card using Snail adhesive and Dimensionals.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card stock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Lovely Lipstick middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Shimmery White under layer: 3-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (approximate)

Shimmery White top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Lovely Lipstick “YOU” die cut: 3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

There is no stamping on this card as of now, however, when I eventually send it to someone, I will probably stamp a sentiment on the inside! Hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Simple Stamping Sunday: A Little Twinkle Valentine’s Day Card

For this week’s Simple Stamping card, I used the Little Twinkle stamp set to make a Valentine’s Day card! The Little Twinkle set has been used primarily for new baby cards and projects…and up until this point, I had only used it for that as well. But for January’s Simple Stamping Challenge from Stampin’ Up!, we were asked to make a Valentine’s Day card, and I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I figured I would try using the set for that instead!

Normally, a Simple Stamping card uses only a card base, one stamp set, and ink. But for this month’s challenge, we were allowed to use a punch too. So for this card, I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make the little hearts. Using the punched hearts adds just a tiny bit of extra detail that really makes the card pop!

Here are step by step instructions for this card:

  1. Use an Aqua Painter to add a few drops of water to one drop of Pool Party ink. Swirl to mix and then brush on a light watercolor wash on the front of the card. Let dry.
  2. Stamp the heart image from the Little Twinkle set in Smoky Slate ink.
  3. Stamp the sentiment below the heart in Lovely Lipstick ink.
  4. Punch out four tiny hearts from Lovely Lipstick card stock using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Apply to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  5. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

While this card is definitely different for Valentine’s Day, I like it! I hope you do too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

#simplestamping

Nicolle

Hey Love Narrow Notecards for Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day crafting! I have two boys and each year they need Valentines cards for their classmates. As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I knew it was perfect for their class Valentines this year! So today, I put these together as samples. I LOVE the way they came out!

Check out the full stamp set below:

Seriously, how cute is this set?

Each of these cards used the same basic supplies. The card bases are the Whisper White Narrow Notecards & Envelopes. Each one measures 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches in size, and comes in a pack of 20 cards with 20 envelopes! Perfect for cute little notes for loved ones!

Here’s a close up of each card:

Basic measurements for each of the cards are as follows:

Narrow Notecard base (pre cut/pre-scored at 2-1/2 inches): 5 x 4-1/2 inches

DSP background layers: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Vellum scalloped circle layer*: 2-3/4 inches in diameter

Whisper White Circle for each animal*: 2 inches in diameter

Sentiment pieces and embellishments vary by card.

*The pieces used on the crocodile are slightly larger!

I hope you like these cards as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

Next Up: Valentine’s Day!

Today’s project uses products from the new All My Love Suite from the Occasions Catalog! It also features some of my 10 favorite new products, as mentioned in my post from yesterday! The main products featured on this card are the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Meant to Be Bundle. The whole suite can be found on pages 4-6 of the Occasions Catalog.

The All My Love Designer Series Paper is my FAVORITE paper from the new catalog! I just love the patterns and colors…it is so perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can see the whole assortment of designs below:

All My Love Designer Series Paper

I used five different designs from this paper to make the background, and matched them with Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Shimmery White Cardstock. The card was finished with some Flirty Flamingo Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, and Heart Epoxy Droplets.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Flirty Flamingo middle layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Shimmery White cardstock layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8 inches

DSP strips: 3-5/8 x 3/4 inches each

Flirty Flamingo Stitched Heart: 2-3/4 inches x 3-1/2 inches

Shimmery White cardstock sentiment piece: 2-7/16 x 3-1/8 inches

This is my first Valentine’s project of the year, and I really love the way it came out! If you love the traditional colors of pinks, reds, and whites for Valentine’s Day, as well as hearts and flowers, you will absolutely LOVE this new suite! Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

2018 Valentine’s Day Round Up

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you all have a fantastic day filled with LOVE!  (And maybe some flowers and chocolate too!)  For today, I thought I would recap all of the Valentine’s Day projects I made this year.  Details on any of these projects can be found right here on my blog.  Just click on each picture to visit the original post that featured that project!

3 x 3 Mini Note Card Set

 

Coffee Cup Valentine’s Card

 

Painted Love Meets Sunshine Wishes

 

Swirly Bird and Sunshine Wishes Love Card

 

Rustic 3 x 3 Mini Valentine’s Note Cards

 

Bee Mine Mini Pizza Box

 

Party Pandas Preschool Valentine’s Cards

And there you have it!  Another year of Valentine’s Day crafting has come to an end!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects this year!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Max’s Party Pandas Valentine’s Day Cards

I love that I live in a small town that still allows holidays to be celebrated at school!  My older son, Luca, goes to kindergarten all day, and not only is his class celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, they are also celebrating the 100th day of school!  My little one, Max, goes to preschool and they are also having a little Valentine’s Day party.  His teachers have been making all sorts of fun stuff with them the past couple of weeks to get ready!  They made little mailboxes and mailbags with the kids, and they have asked the parents to send in Valentine’s cards for each student.  They will each get to put their cards in their mailbags and hand deliver their cards to their friends’ mailboxes.  Max, who is 3, is pretty excited about his mailbox and bag!  He has dragged me over to show me pretty much every day for the last week when I pick him up!  Then he gets upset because we can’t take them home yet.  But again, he’s 3!  🙂

Anyway, I needed some Valentine’s cards for both of my boys’ classes.  Luca wanted Minions cards and he has a much bigger class, so we went with store bought ones.  (I know, gasp!)  I probably could’ve made punch art Minions, but that would’ve been really time consuming, and I just didn’t have time.  So for his class, store bought ones will have to do!

For my little one though, I definitely wanted to make cards!  But since they are being given to a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds, I also didn’t want to spend too much time or money on them!  Chances are, they’re going to get eaten not going to last too long anyway!  So I needed to come up with something cute, but very simple and easy to put together.  I hadn’t used my Party Pandas set, so I decided to go with that!

The cards I made are note card size, so they measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size.  They are one flat panel, so they don’t open and close.  The base layer is Basic Black, the middle layer is Real Red, and the top is Whisper White.  I stamped the panda in Basic Black Archival Ink, and the sentiment in Real Red.  For these, I cut a heart with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and placed it over the balloon to make it look like a heart shaped balloon instead of the regular stamped one.  The hearts were cut out of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Also, the sentiment stamp is from a retired Valentine’s themed Paper Pumpkin kit.

 

I was originally going to make a few different ones so that I could use all three of the pandas in the set, but then I decided to just make them all the same.  I only had to make 10, so making them all the same allowed me to make them very quickly.  I think it only took me about 45 minutes to make all ten, start to finish!  I think they came out super cute, and are perfect for little ones!

The Party Pandas set can be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping), but only until March 31st!  It is one of the $50 item choices from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  To learn more about Sale-a-Bration, and see all the free item choices, please click HERE!

UPDATED TO ADD:  After I dropped off my kids at school this morning, I ran to Target to try to find envelopes that would fit these cards.  Not only did I find a pack of 50 envelopes in the correct size on clearance for $0.86 (yes, 86 CENTS!), I also came upon a package of 14 sheets each of these adorable panda stickers and heart stickers!  How cute are these?  And what are the odds of finding PANDA stickers to match the cards?  So I bought them and slipped a sheet of each into each envelope with the cards for Max’s classmates!  I also decided at the last second to stamp each envelope with some hearts from the Heart Happiness set!  Now I am waiting for Luca to get home so I can do his cards with him!  But since his cards are store bought, they’re not going to be as fun!  I’ll still at least stamp the envelope though!  😉

Contact me with questions!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

“Bee Mine” Mini Pizza Box for Valentine’s Day

Each month, the Stampin’ Up! team that I am part of does a Facebook hop where a bunch of us create projects based on a theme and then all post them to our Facebook pages.  We each post instructions to see the next project by “hopping” to the each person’s page with the links to get from page to page.  You go through each page until you get back to the first project you started with.  When you have gotten back to where you started, then you have seen all the projects and the hop is complete!

We are having a Facebook hop tonight that features gift bags and boxes.  Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I made this little bee themed Valentine’s Day box!  I used all different sized punches and cutting dies to make the bee, which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.  I used stamps from the Heart Happiness stamp set for the background hearts and the stripes on the bee’s body, as well as a stamp from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set for the sentiment.

The inside holds four small chocolate hearts.  I was given a small box of Divine Milk & Dark Chocolate Belgian Caramel Hearts as a gift, and when I opened the box, my first thought was that the tray inside would probably fit perfectly inside the mini pizza boxes!  Turns out it didn’t, but there was very little I had to do to make it fit.  I just had to trim a very thin strip all around the edge of the tray and then it fit perfectly!

This is the brand of chocolate that I am referring to:

And here’s what the inside of the finished mini pizza box looks like with the tray trimmed to fit:

Don’t the hearts look yummy?  Now that I have finished the project and taken pictures, I can finally eat the chocolate!

This was a really fun project to make! I love punch art, though I don’t do it as often as I would like to!  It takes a lot of time and a lot of different products, but the end result is so worth it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little bee Valentine’s box!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle