Friday, October 26, 2012

It's about all recycling & Christmas Stockings, Stamp Simply Style!

I am linked in the above Party!!!

Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have had a great week!  I've been thinking Christmas!  How about you?  Actually, ever since I saved cardboard Christmas stocking inserts last year, I have been thinking specifically about how I was going to use them this Christmas!  Sigh, I know they say it's a sickness, but I disagree!  I prefer to call it frugal, fun, and well, maybe, just maybe a tiny bit creative!
These are what I'm talking about! How could I throw these away?  They take up little room, great weight as far as cardboard inserts go, and such a great size!  And that would be approximately 14 1/2" long and 7" wide at the top.  I think if there would have been only one or two, they would've been thrown into the garbage file.  But, I purchased nine stockings!  So, it just was not right to throw any of these away!

The first step was to decide which one of these gorgeous Girl Land Papers were going to become stocking fronts. Once decided, I traced around the insert and cut two out. Next step was to machine stitch the front and back together.  Then onto embellishing! The Webster's Pages Girl Land Kit is fabulous, you can create beautiful cards, scrapbook pages and other paper craft projects, like recycled stocking inserts! It includes the finest heavy weight paper and quality embellishments. Here are some details:
  • 12 12x12 Double-sided Papers
  • 1 12x12 Die cut Paper Sheet
  • 1 Storyteller Alpha Sticker Sheet (I used these on this pencil tree HERE)
  • 2 6" Bling Strips
  • 2 12" Bloomer Trims (The kit purple bloomers are what I used on one of the stockings)
For this particular stocking, the pink bloomers come from Webster's Pages Trim Pack. (next picture)  For the top of this stocking I chose to stamp on one of the stockings using SU Craft Ink with the JustRite Background Stamp, Embroidered.  I distressed the edges with my MM paper distress tool. There was enough stamped left to punch circles out and place those onto the circle patterns of the paper!  Do you see them now?  I stamped my sentiments with VersaFine Black ink onto scraps of the Girl Land papers.  These papers are two sided designed so you have lots of options here! Sentiments are found in Justrite's Large Fancy Holiday Set.  I cut the sentiments out using my Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave Die!(also used one of these dies on a Halloween Treat tag, HERE

Pictured is the Girl Land Trim Card that I used for the pink bloomers.  The trims match and coordinate all the Girl Land papers!  The loop for each stocking was made with 1/8" Velvet Ribbon.  And the loopy ribbons on each stocking are all created with assorted Seam Binding. What did we ever do without Seam Binding?  Loops of Seam Binding are tied with Silver Metallic String before being glued to stocking front. 

Melissa Frances two layer silk ribbon ruffles is what is used on each stocking too, applying it with ScorTape. The bloomers are attached with ScorTape as well.  This embellishment is pure fabulous!  All other embellishments are adhered with Aleene's Tacky Glue.
I love how these turned out, I will use them to gift light weight items, most likely gift cards, candy, desk supplies, those type of things!  If anything, I would hang these as home decor!  But they are not for me, as I give almost everything I create away!  And I love doing that! Thanks for stopping by,  I hope this inspires you to start thinking Christmas, after all, it is only two months away!

For more gift inspiration, check this out HERE, a candle gift idea from Sharon Johnson!  I think I need some of that burlap now!  LOVE this Sharon!  

Throughout my posts, I try to highlight products by changing them into colored fonts and bolding.  If you click onto the bolded, colored words, it will take you to the item in the store!  There you will find more info and product details. Please email me, Barb ( or Sharon Johnson ( if you have any questions! Thank YOU!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

JustRite meets Petaloo for Holiday Hair Clips!

Welcome!  Hope this Tuesday finds you terrific! All this week JustRite is partnering with Petaloo!  That's right every day of this week, JR designers will be using Petaloo products on their creations!  Yesterday, JR featured designers were Michele and Marisa, click on their names to take you to each blog and peek their creativity! Today it's me and Debbie Olsen.  

My share is two hair clips I made for holiday gift giving.  I clipped them on the top of these chipboard trees.  The trees have been hanging at my desk for over a year and I thought it was about time to use them. You could use any die cut you chose to attach your clips to!  It makes it easier to package if they are attached to something for sturdiness.    

When I first saw the Petaloo flowers, I knew what I would be making first!  Yes, hair clips for those sweet granddaughters!  Girls never have enough hair accessories, right?  Right! Here are a few of my Petaloo packages.  You can see the rich colors, oh my!  My ribbon covered metal hair clips were bought at Michaels.  I then decided to try a Spellbinder Die cut, to create more of a base to secure my flowers and embellishments to.  This is how I started, laying out all the embellishment pieces. On the red hair clip I added sheer ribbon and a leaf to the mix.  All pieces are glued with Aleene's Tacky Glue.  
Here is a peek at the back of the green clip.  The die cut did create the perfect base!  About the stamping on the chipboard, my sentiment comes from JustRite's Clear Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments Set. I stamped with SU Craft White Ink.  That is one of the nicest features regarding clear stamps, you can see exactly where you are stamping!  So much easier!  

JustRite's Merry Christmas background stamp was perfect for an inset to my clear box package.  A neat feature of this stamp is the room allowance around the center design, making room to easily ink in two colors.  So, that is exactly what I did!  The Merry Christmas font of this stamp center coordinates with the Large Fancy Sentiment I used on the trees too! 

Wanted you to get a peek at the back of the packaging!  I love clear boxes.  I get mine at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  They are shipped flat, so before I opened it, I trimmed it on my cutter to four inches.  Then proceeded to score my stamped trimmed background insert.  I punched two tiny holes through all layers, allowing the threading of the metallic silver string of the bow embellishment.  It also holds everything together nicely!  Finished!   

A little more on the package bow, I will start with the bottom layer which is tulle, next is a red silk ribbon bow, green seam binding, then featuring all Petaloo products, velvet leaf, white hydrangea, small poinsettia, and topped off with a red flower.  There are two glass decorative pins glued in the upper left of the bow arrangement!   All pieces are glued atop one another using Aleene's Tacky glue.  Be sure to join JustRite Designers and Petaloo for a week long adventure!  Thanks for stopping by!

You will want to check the Petaloo BLOG for more petal goodness!  Visit Debbie Olsen to see what she created today with Petaloo Products!  Then be sure to check everyday, JustRite BLOG to see what featured designers will be revealing creations every day this week!

STAMPS: Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments (JustRite), Merry Christmas Background (JustRite)
INK: Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves, SU White Craft, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink (Stamp Simply Store)
PAPER: White (Papertreyink)
DIES: Decorative Labels One Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
OTHER: Seam Binding, Silk Ribbon, Metallic Silver String, Tulle & Clear Box (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Velvet Hydrangeas, Small Poinsettia, Assorted Blooms, and Decorative Pins (Petaloo)

Friday, October 19, 2012

A New Day

A New Day with Amazing Paper Grace.  Becca Feeken has done it again, and JustRite Designers are showcasing her new November Kit today and tomorrow!  

When I first received Becca's new dies and stamp set, I played with the JustRite Custom corner dies.  I wish I could say this tree was a thought out plan upon seeing the dies, but I cannot lie!  After cutting a few smaller corner filigree pieces, I stacked each upon one another to put aside as I checked out the stamp set, and YES!  I saw a tree.  A simple card, and a really happy accident.  The bottom two tree layers are two die cuts glued together with most of the underlying cut away! All paper is from Kasiercraft Twig & Berry paper pad found at The Stamp Simply Store. If you have not use Kaisercraft designer papers, check this out!  Their paper pads include punch out pages, flocked pages, some with foil look features!  And it all coordinates! See the tree trunk?  It really is one of the punch outs, an arrow, we are talking easy today! 

I used the amazing sets above for my card.  A New Day stamp set is a JustRite Clear set featuring 27 stamps.  I stamped my sentiment with VersFine Black Onyx and the decorative stamp used Memento Rhubarb Stalk. For all the kit info, click HERE

The card inside is using the same Kaisercraft Designer paper pad.  The stamped sentiment tag was already in tag form, I just punched it off the paper pad page!  A few words about the tree topper, it is created using the smallest die from Spellbinders Exquisite Circles and JustRite Custom Spellbinders Nested Medallion Dies.

Becca creates amazing projects and you will get paper, embellishments along with the dies & stamps to create the above projects in November's Kit!  So pretty!

For more Amazing Paper Grace inspiration, check out the following blogs! Click on name to take you to each respective blog. Enjoy!

Marisa Job
Michele Kovack 
Barb Schram

STAMPS: JustRite Clear A New Day (Amazing Paper Grace) 
INK:  VersFine black onyx (Stamp Simply RIBBON Store)
PAPER:  Kaisercraft Twig & Berry (Stamp Simply RIBBON Store)
DIES:  Spellbinders Custom JustRite Filigree Corners (Amazing Paper Grace), Exquisite Circles (Spellbinders), Nested Medallion Spellbinders Dies (JustRite)
OTHER:  Gold Leaf Krylon Pen, Burlap String (Stamp Simply RIBBON Store), Recycled netted bag

Friday, October 12, 2012

Microscope Slide Ornaments, JustRite!

Good Morning!  Here we are on Day Three of JustRite's October Release Previews!  Have you enjoyed the sets so far?  Today I created two microscope slide ornaments.  Another super simple creation that looks fabulous on a lighted tree! The twinkling just dances off the glass slides and silver frames!

For my first stamping, I used the new Embroidered Background Stamp with white craft ink on a lightweight scrap paper. (More about where the scrap paper came from in my next post)  I laid one of the glass slides onto the dried stamp area and lightly outlined before cutting out.  Easy!  Gotta love that! 

The red stamping is on Webster's Pages Girl Land Designer Paper using images from another new JustRite set, Friends Antique Labels One.  I trimmed those images and cut them again to fit the slide size.  The stamped images are sandwiched between the slides and held together with the silver frames I purchased at Michaels.  Atop the silver frame is ring that allows the easy attachment of ribbon bows and silver string.  Simple embellishing and there you have it!  More of these ornaments are in my future! 

Thank you for stopping by today!  Here are the JustRite Designers who have terrific inspiration for you today!  Click on each name to take you to their respective BLOGS! Enjoy!

STAMPS: Friends Antique Labels One (JustRite), Embroidered Background (JustRite)
INK:  White Craft (SU), Tim Holtz Distress Barn Door Red & Tea Dye (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER:  Webster's Pages Girl Land Designer Paper (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
OTHER:  Clear Glass Microscope Slides & Silver Slide Frames (Michaels), K&CO Metal Snowflake Brads (Scrapbook Needs), Kasiercraft Adhesive Pearls (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Silk Red Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Silver Metallic String (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Velvet Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Merry Christmas Border Pencil Tree!

Welcome to Day One of JustRite's October Release Previews!  

I have a pencil tree treat to share with you!  My husband and I volunteer every Tuesday with an after school program at our church.  This year I have been helping a little girl each week with her homework.  We are not allowed to give "presents" but I always give her a pencil to do her homework.  So, I thought it would be a good idea to have a holiday one ready for her around Christmas!  This is such a super simple project!  The stamped die cut tree trim holds the pencil in place!    

Classic Sentiments Edges One is a JustRite Clear Set featuring four crazy wonderful borders!  I so love the sentiment message that each border conveys!  Thank you Amy Tedder Designs, this is brilliant!  And it coordinates with Spellbinders E8-007 Classic Edges Dies.  So easy when it all coordinates! 

My border is stamped and trimmed using the Spellbinders coordinating edge die.  All designer paper comes from Webster's Pages  Girl Land Collection Kit.  I did add the silver metallic string, 1/2"green wrinkle ribbon, along with a tiny bit of Copic coloring!  The trim on the bottom of the die cut scallops is from Webster's Pages Girl Land Designer Trim Card and is attached with Scor Tape. The adhesive letters and the tree topper rose are in the Collection Kit as well!  This Girl Land design is Awesome, yes, with a capital A!  And simple, but makes WOW pencil presentation!  Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow with a creation for Day Two!

STAMPS:  Classic Sentiments Edges One (JustRite)
INK:  VersaFine Black Onyx (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER:  Webster's Pages Girl Land Collection Kit (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
DIES: Spellbinders Classic Edges One Die Set (JustRite), Nested Pennants Dies (Spellbinders) 
OTHER:  Pencil (Walgreens), Copic Markers, R22, R24, Tiny Twinkle Gems (Taylored Expressions), Webster's Pages Girl Land Designer Trims (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Silver Metallic String (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Green Wrinkle Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Scor Tape (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Take a look at all the goodness these JustRite designers have for us today!  You will be inspired!  Enjoy!
Michele Kovack