Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rustic Wedding Table Decor

Rustic wedding themes are all the rage right now, and these three projects would make wonderful rustic decorations for it. Learn how to make a mason jar rustic-looking, to tint a mason jar, and make two different types of roses with punches.


This gorgeous project was designed by Christy! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Christy a comment on her project! 

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More August projects that you may have missed: 



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sea Street Summer Fun Ensemble

This fun summer time ensemble is just what you need to celebrate the last few weeks of summer vacation! The darling bucket filled with beachy friends is a perfect centerpiece for an end of summer party! And if it’s a birthday you are celebrating, the port hole birthday card is just what you need! The Summer Memories Journal/Album will help you document all of the fun you have had over the summer months.


This adorable project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Julie a comment on her project! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Elegant Greeting Card Set and Box

Nothing makes a better present than a set of hand-made greeting cards. Make this elegant set with a matching carrying ‘case’ and your present will be a hit! Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.


This beautiful project was designed by Monika! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Monika a comment on her project! 


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flashback Envelope Mini Album

This fun mini album is made out of envelopes! These mini albums are easy to put together and a perfect way to show off your photos! Or you could pair it up with the coordinating greeting card and give away as a great gift!


This fun project was designed by Laurie! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Laurie a comment on her project! 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gift

We all know how fun and intimidating the start of a new school year can be for both the student and the teacher. Why not start off on a good note with your child’s teacher and present them with a Start of School Gift Box full of fun things for the teacher to use for herself! Add a handmade card and you are done.


This wonderful project was designed by Judi! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Judi a comment on her project!

More August projects that you may have missed: 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School Writing Set

This is writing set is the perfect Back to School gift for any teacher’s desk! The Covered Junior Legal Pad is all set up with a convenient little spot to hold your special pencil along its edge. The Open Top Card Box holds 50 easy-to-reach-for Grid Cards for a quick note. And top off the gift with the coordinating card and wrapped up extra pencil.


This fun project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Julie a comment on her project! 

More August projects that you may have missed: 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Open Sea Ensemble

This set is perfect way to celebrate the man in your life. Whether that’s your spouse or a teen, he’ll love the nautical theme. This set includes a gift box, card, and banner. The pillow box has a window view of a ship at sea and there’s room for a gift card or small gift. Continue the theme with the coordinating banner.


This adorable project was designed by Bev! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Bev a comment on her project!

More August projects that you may have missed: 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Purse Gift Bag and Top Dog Dies Giveaway!

Here is the final Top Dog Dies post using the Purse Card Die Set. This is my favorite project of them all! 


You can find a complete tutorial for this project on the Top Dog Dies Blog.


I really did have a lot of fun playing with these dies. So just to recap, here are all the projects that I made. 






To enter for a chance to win free dies just click HERE. You can enter anytime between now and August 31st. One winner will be selected on September 5th to win $50 in exclusive wafer-thin dies!


A Bag From a Purse?

Don't want a purse shape? Well you can use the Purse Card Die set from Top Dog Dies to create a fun little bag too! How you ask? Well I'm about to show you!


  • Stamps: Cycle Celebration
  • Card Stock: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Smoky Slate
  • DSP: Moonlight
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Purse Card Die, Silver Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Dimensionals, Brights Candy Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, Decorative Label Punch


To make this adorable little bag start off by cutting a piece of Crushed Curry card stock 4-1/4" x 11" and run it through the Big Shot on the Purse Card Die. Now line up the score line on your card with the a grove on your scoring tool. I have taken a fine point permanent marker and colored in the 6" score line just for this kind of project where I need to line up two points. Now score 3/4" from the center on both sides of the score line. 


Now rotate your card 90 degrees and line up the edge of the handle with the grove and add a score line there. It's difficult to see in the picture so I've indicated the score lines with white lines. Now take your Paper Snips and cut where you see the red lines. Use a craft knife and a ruler to cut off the flap inside the handle. Fold on all the score lines except the very middle one!


Next cut two pieces of Bermuda Bay card stock 1-1/2" x 2-3/4". Apply liquid glue on the angled flaps. Glue the side pieces onto the side flaps. 


Then use liquid glue to glue the bottom flap up onto the sides. Yay! Now you have a bag!


Now it's time to decorate the bag. Grab a couple scraps of Bermuda Bay card stock and run them through the Big Shot on the Purse Card Die to cut out a couple of the handles that do not have the flap. Trim off any card stock extending past the bottom of the handles. Now glue the Bermuda Bay handles onto the bag. Cut a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper 1/8" wide and glue it onto the bottom of the handles. Trim off the Glimmer Paper where it extends past the edge of the handle. Repeat until all your handles have a glimmery band. 


Next cut a piece of Moonlight DSP 2-3/8" x 2-1/2" and cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock 2-1/2" x 2-5/8". Glue the two pieces together then stick it onto the front of the bag with a few Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp the greeting from Cycle Celebration onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock in Bermuda Bay ink. Punch out the greeting with the Decorative Label Punch. Add a couple Brights Candy Dots onto the label then stick it on the front of the bag with a Stampin' Dimensional. 


Now your bag is done! I really love the decorative detail on the sides that the purse die creates!


Take a look at some of the other projects I made using this wonderful die set!




Love This Card

Even if you don't want to make a purse card the Purse Card Finishers set from Top Dog Dies can be used to create a regular card! I absolutely love the butterfly and lace trim die!



  • Stamps: Hardwood
  • Card Stock: Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Old Olive
  • Ink: Coastal Cabana
  • Markers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive Blendabilities
  • Accessories: Purse Card Finishers Dies, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals 2-Way Glue Pen


For this card I started off by cutting a piece of Pool Party card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored it at 4-1/4". I stamped the Hardwood background image on the card front in Coastal Cabana ink. The retired DSP was cut at 1-1/2" x 4-1/4" and glued on. Then I cut some scraps of Blackberry Bliss card stock with the lace trim die and glued them on with 2-Way Glue Pen. Then the card had to have some glimmer so I cut some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 1/4" x 4-1/4" and glued it on either side of the DSP.

Some scraps of Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White card stock were die cut for the butterfly then some rhinestones were added to the center and it was glued onto the card front with a Glue Dot.


For the greeting I die cut the word "love" from Blackberry Bliss card stock and glued it into the lower right hand corner with some 2-Way Glue Pen. The flower pieces were die cut from Old Olive and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock. I added some shading and detail with the markers and glued the flower onto the card with 2-Way Glue Pen and Stampin' Dimensionals.


Finally I added three little rhinestones to the left of the greeting just for some more sparkle! So pretty, sparkly and fun! 

Take a look at some of the other projects I made using this wonderful die set!




Purse Gift Card Holder Tutorial

After using the Purse Card Die from Top Dog Dies to make a regular card I started trying to find other ways that this die could be used to create other useful things. Thinking outside the box if you will... So the next natural thing that came to mind was a gift card holder. So here it is!


  • Stamps: Label Love
  • Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
  • DSP: Moonlight
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories: Purse Card Die, Purse Card Finishers Die, Artisan Label Punch, Rhinestones, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots


So I started off by cutting the Blackberry Bliss card stock 4-1/4" x 11" and running it through the Big Shot on the Purse Card Die. I cut some Moonlight DSP for both the front and the inside. I die cut the lace border from Bermuda Bay card stock and glued it on with some 2-Way Glue Pen. 

I wanted to add a bright band of color across the middle so I cut a piece of Crushed Curry card stock 1/2" x 4-1/4". I glued it on then used Paper Snips to trim the edges even with the sides of the card. I stamped the greeting from Label Love onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock in Bermuda Bay ink and punched it out with the Artisan Label Punch. I used the Artisan Label Punch again on a scrap of Blackberry Bliss card stock. Paper Snips were used to cut the Blackberry Bliss label in half and the two halves were glued behind the stamped label to create a frame. This was stuck onto the front of the card with a Stampin' Dimensional and a couple rhinestones were added to give it some sparkle. 


For the flap I ran a scrap of Bermuda Bay card stock through the Big Shot on the Purse Card Die just to cut out the handle with the flap. Then I used a ruler and craft knife to cut just the flap off. The flap was glued onto the flap of my purse card and trimmed even with the edge. I took some Whisper White Baker's Twine, threaded it through a retired button, tied a bow, then stuck the button onto the card with a Glue Dot.

I wanted to add a butterfly onto the handle so I cut the large butterfly from Bermuda Bay card stock and the small butterfly from Whisper White card stock. I folded the butterflies up on the score lines and glued them together with 2-Way Glue Pen. I added some rhinestones into the center of the butterfly then glued the layered butterfly onto the handle of the card with a glue stick.

Now onto the inside! I glued down the DSP just like I did for the front. For the pocket I took a scrap of Crushed Curry card stock and ran it through the Big Shot so it was cutting out the bottom section of one of the purse sides.


Next I used a ruler and craft knife to cut on the score line. Then I cut again 1-1/2" away from the score line.


Add Sticky Strip in the locations shown below.


Remove the Sticky Strip liner and stick this piece inside the card to create the pocket. Cut a scrap of Bermuda Bay card stock with the lace trim die and glue the trim onto the card pocket.


Now you're done and have an adorable gift card holder!


Take a look at some of the other projects I made using this wonderful die set!




Just Because Purse Card

 

Today I would like to share with you a great place where you can get a variety of dies that are easy and fun to use. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my Stampin' Up! dies, but sometimes you want more variety than what they offer. So when I need to find some other dies for my project I head on over to Top Dog Dies.

It is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies as well as many other brands that you already know and trust. Some of the other brands that you can find on the Top Dog Dies site are; Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps, and Cheery Lynn Designs. They are also a leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace which is a new line of dies with intricate designs that were designed by Stephanie Weightman.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Top Dog Dies. I received two dies to use and play with so I could share some fabulous projects with you! The two die sets they sent me are the Purse Card Finishers Set. This includes the Purse Card die as well as the Purse Card Finishers wafer thin dies.



I had so much fun playing around with these dies that I actually created 5 projects to share with you today! So make sure you keep coming back every few hours to see a variety of uses for these two wonderful dies! Without further adieu here is my first project. A greeting card using the die exactly as it was intended. 


  • Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts
  • Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush
  • Accessories: Champagne Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Sponge, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
This is exactly how the finishers die came in the package. My only complaint about this die is that all the pieces are held together and not separate. I didn't want to have to use them all together and it did not come with any instructions. So I just did what I wanted to. I used some side cutters to cut the die pieces apart and a file bit on my dremel to get rid of the sharp edges. 



I started off by cutting a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock 4-1/4" x 11". You have to either be very careful positioning this piece on the die or use 12" x 12" card stock cut at 4-1/2" x 12". But since I only keep 8-1/2" x 11" card stock on hand I was just careful with my placement and didn't have any issues. The cut and scored the purse shape for me. I used the purse outline die from the finishers set to cut some retired DSP and glued it onto the front of the card with some Glue Stick. I used a craft knife from the inside of the card to cut the slit through the DSP that holds the purse closed.


Next I took a scrap of Whisper White card stock that was 1/2" wide and stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts in Strawberry Slush ink. I stuck this onto the bottom of the card front with some Stampin' Dimensionals and used Paper Snips to trim the edges even with the DSP. I colored a few rhinestones with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker and stuck two of them on either side of the greeting.

I wanted to add some sparkle to the card front so I cut some 1/4" wide strips of Champagne Glimmer Paper and glued it on with some 2-Way Glue Pen then used Paper Snips to trim the ends even with the edge of the DSP.

I honestly thought that the detailed pieces were going to be a pain to clean all the little pieces out of. Previous dies I used that had a lot of detail required poking at with a needle tool to clean out every single itty bitty shape. So imagine my surprise and delight when the die popped right off the card stock totally clean and the die cut shape was cut cleanly through! You could almost hear angels singing! In case you are wondering that is one of my very well loved Big Shot plates in the background. 


Anyway... back to the card. I glued the little flower onto the flap with some 2-Way Glue Pen and added another colored rhinestone into the center of the flower. I took a piece of Melon Mambo ribbon and tied a little bow on the front handle.


On the inside I cut some more DSP and another strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper and glued it on the inside.


That's it! A cute and simple card ready for sending! 

Take a look at some of the other projects I made using this wonderful die set!