Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hey Everyone! Great news! Tim is finally home from his year long deployment to Afghanistan! We are sooooo happy to be together again! More tutorials and stuff later.....


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Treat Bag Topper Tutorial 1

Red Cardstock
Turquoise Cardstock
White cardstock
Two brads
Mega Scalloped Circle Punch 2 1/2" (TAC item #D700 $18.50)
Giga Scalloped Circle Punch 3" (TAC item #D701 $22.95)
Super Jumbo Circle 2" Punch (TAC item #D73 $13.95)
Sweet Goodies stamp set (TAC item #T2990 $19.95)
Simply Christmas Stamp set (TAC item #R2721 $16.95)
L'Amore Palette Ink Pad (TAC item #TT195 $6.00)
Cote d' Azure Palette Ink Pad (TAC item #TT206 $6.00)
Brilliance Platinum Ink Pad (Part of the Planetarium Dew Drop Set - TAC item #S-7006 $10.95)
Christmas Red Stickles (TAC item #F514 $2.25)
Turquoise Stickles (TAC item #F528 $2.25)
Paper Piercer (TAC item #G702 $2.95)
Paper trimmer or scissors
Bone folder or Scor-pal


Cut your red cardstock to the width of your bag. I based mine on clear bags I bought at the 100 yen store. I cut mine to 6" x 4 1/2". Fold in half. lengthwise.

Cut two strips of white cardstock to match the length of the red cardstock. My dimensions are 6" x 1 1/2". Using the Brilliance ink pad and the snowflake from the Simply Christmas set, stamp a random pattern on the white cardstock strips. Then, using the poinsettia stamp from the same stamp set, randomly stamp on the white cardstock, alternating the L'Amore red and the Cote d' Azure blue inks. Adhere one strip to center of half of the red base.

Cut about 7" of ribbon and wrap it around one of the white cardstock strips, adhering the ends on the back of the cardstock. Using your paper piercer (or you can use a Cropadile or paper punch if you want) punch a hole for the brads through the ribbon and cardstock. Place and fasten brads. Adhere this strip to the other half of the red base. This will be the front of your treat bag topper.

Now, Punch a large scallop circle in blue using the Giga scallop circle punch. Punch a smaller scallop circle in red, using the Mega scallop circle punch. Take your paper piercer and poke holes in each of the scallops on the red circle. Adhere the two circles together.

Using one of the large circles stamps in the Sweet Goodies set and the Cote d' Azure ink pad, stamp an image on a piece of white cardstock. Stamp another poinsettia using the L' Amore ink pad in the center of the circle. Punch out circle image using the Super Jumbo 2" circle punch. Adhere this to the center of the scalloped circles. Place adhesive on the back (center or bottom half only!) of the layered circle and center on the front of your treat bag topper.

Last, but not least, stickle your heart out, using the Christmas red and the turquoise blue stickles for the center of the poinsettia flowers! I love stickles (Thanks, Kendra!)!

When attaching this topper to a bag, fold and staple top of bag, then, using strong adhesive (I used Kokuyo adhesive (the red kind), or you can use wonder tape) adhere it to the bag. Done!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Altoid tin gift card holder

Empty "altoid" type tin (bought from store, or you can purchase a plain one from TAC - item #H108 for $3.00)
Sanding blocks or fine sand paper (TAC item #F103 $2.95 for a pkg. of 2)
Patterned Paper (I used "Reece", TAC item #V846 $6.95)
Solid color paper ("Reece" again!)
Ribbon ("Reece" coordinating ribbon -TAC item B228 $4.95)
Brad, rivet or other embellishment for flower center
Corner Rounder (TAC item #F490 $7.95)
Cropadile or 1/8" hole punch
Red ink (I used L'Amore Pallette Ink - TAC item #TT195 $6.00)
Sentiment Stamp (I used "Just For You" from our TAC hostess set)

If you are using a store bought Altoid tin, use the sanding block and sand off the label and any color, until it is simply a plain tin. Wipe with a dry cloth to remove any dust.

Cut a 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece of patterned paper. (Note - size is approximate and varies with tin size!) This will be your bottom layer for the lid. Round corners and adhere to lid.

Next, cut a 3 1/8" x 1 3/4" piece of your solid paper. Round the corners. Adhere ribbon to this by cutting the ribbon slightly longer than the paper and tucking it around to the back. Be sure to add a little extra (strong) adhesive to the ends of the ribbon to hold it down once the entire thing is adhered to the lid.

Once you have the ribbon in place, tack the flowers to the solid paper with a bit of adhesive. When they are situated where you want them, use the Cropadile or paper punch to punch a hole for the brad or rivet. Place your brad (or set your rivet - that is what I used - with the cropadile) through the flowers and paper.

Adhere the entire solid paper top onto the lid. Stamp your sentiment.

Add liners to the inside if desired. If you choose to do this, you would cut out paper the same size as you did for the patterned paper. Then round corners and adhere.

Fill with confetti, candy, gift cards, whatever!

Acetate box template and tutorial

Supplies need:
1 sheet of 7" x 9" clear Acetate (Tac item #F47 - $3.95
for 6 sheets)
1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" colored cardstock
scrap of white cardstock
1/4" Wonder Tape (TAC item #F241 - $3.50 for a 15' roll)
pop dots (TAC item #289 - $3.50)
Scor-pal (TAC item #F358 - $41.95)
scissors and paper trimmer
colored pencils or markers
Stamp of your choice (stamp used here is "In Bloom" - AACK! This stamp is retired! Another great choice would be "Simply Devine" - TAC R-2702 $16.95. If you simply MUST have this set, email me and I will search it out for you!)
Noir Palette ink (TAC item #TT220 $6.00)
Cropadile (TAC item #K100 $29.95) or a 3/16" hole punch
Ribbon of choice (I used ribbon from the Penelope set - TAC item #B226 $4.95)


Cut acetate sheet to 8 1/2"x 3 1/2" and score using your scor-pal according to template (top picture) below: (click on template to see entire thing!)

Then cut two 3" x 3" squares from your colored cardstock and score using template below (bottom picture):

Cut on the red lines.

Fold the acetate into a box shape and adhere it with a strip of Wonder tape along the outside of the 1/2" section. Set aside.

Fold the two cardstock squares along the scored lines to create your box top and bottom. Adhere flaps with small pieces of Wonder tape. On the box bottom, place strips of Wonder tape around the inside lip. Set acetate box into the bottom.

Punch a hole in the middle of two of the sides of the box top. Place top on acetate box and use a pen to mark the acetate where the holes are to be punched. Punch a hole in the acetate. This is where you are going to thread your ribbon through. Cut enough ribbon to thread through and form a bow.

Stamp your image on the white cardstock scrap. Color as desired and then cut out. Adhere to acetate with adhesive and pop dot.

Fill your box with treats and enjoy!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November Stamp Camp

Well ladies, I've finally got my act together and am ready to do another Stamp Camp!
This month will be featuring "Bags, Tags & Gifties". We will be making:

1) Three gift tags - Experiment with liquid applique (puff paint) & embossing powder!
2) Two gift bag toppers - One large treat bag topper and one smaller one. Great for dressing up those Christmas cookies or Thanksgiving treats!

3) Gift card tin - Alter an Altoid tin to make a beautiful gift card holder. Please bring your own altoid tin!!!
4) Acetate Treat box - Use that Scor-Pal to create an adorable treat box out of acetate and cardstock. We will also be experimenting with Prisma pencils and Gamasol.
TIME: 6:30-9PM
Cost is $10, and you need to bring your own empty Altoid tin! Please RSVP so I can plan on how many kits to make!

Kits are available for purchase and tutorials will be available on this blog following the class.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My First Blog Post

So here it goes! My first blog ever! My daughter, Emily, will be so proud of my technological advancement. Now if I would ever do something with my MySpace........

Welcome to my Padded Room! My life is pretty crazy at the moment, so this is where I truly belong! I hope to post all sorts of info on my life (you can skip that part if you really want to!) and current projects. Hopefully, I can get some tutorials on here as well, so that you can duplicate my Stamp Camp projects at home. That would be nice, wouldn't it? Keep watching and feel free to kick me in the behind to get me bloggin'!