Would you like a bag that turned into a box? Well this is it. The Stampin’ Up! Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die created yesterday’s bag and today’s box. I do have a couple more shares later in the week using this same Thinlit Die. 20150125_172514

This is an idea from Create With Connie and Mary where you can get a free tutorial. The thinlit is easy to turn into a box and over the next couple of days I’ll show you more ways of using the Thinlit Die. Now the lid isn’t meant to be closed yet as I haven’t placed any goodies inside. You could fill it with all sorts of things as it’s about 2″ x 4″ in dimension as it’s a rectangular prism. You could pop one of our Stampin’ Up! Cello bags inside chock full of goodies and tied with some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine and then close the lid.

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Have you ever needed a quick note card to sincerely express a wish? You want it to be personal as well. Look no further than Stampin’ Up! Note Cards with Envelopes. They make the perfect note card and team them with the Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure and your needs are met. Below are my ‘blues’ using the Lotus Blossom set. Just love them and so easy to do. lotus_blossomAll

This stamp set is only available through the Sale-A-Bration Brochure when you make an A$90 purchase from either the Annual or Occasions Catalogues. Contact me to find out more or to get your hands on the catalogues and brochure.

lotus_blossom1 I will show you the cards in sets of 2 and then tell you the colours I used. The stamps are numbered and the numbers correspond to the colours and the order in which they were stamped.

Card on the left is stamped:

1. Coastal Cabana   2. Pool Party   3. Soft Sky

Card on the right is stamped:

1. Night of Navy   2. Island Indigo  3. Pool Party

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Card on the left is stamped:

1. Lost Lagoon   2. Pool Party   3. Soft Sky

Card on the right is stamped:

1. Pacific Point   2. Tempting Turquoise  3. Soft Sky

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Card on the left is stamped:

1. Island Indigo   2. Marina Mist   3. Soft Sky

Card on the right is stamped:

1. Island Indigo   2. Bermuda Bay  3. Pool Party

Each time I inked my stamp I stamped off first onto some scrap paper. I find the darker,richer or deeper the colour the more I need to stamp off.

I just love this stamp and will be back to share more colour combinations with you at a later time.

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I have another Mini Treat Bag to share today and a short tutorial on how to make it a little bigger so it holds 3 of out Note Cards and Envelopes all at once. It makes a lovely gift. Here’s the completed Mini Treat Bag with 3 Note Cards and Envelopes inside. I’ve decorated the outside using the Bow Builder Punch in Tempting Turquoise.

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 In order to fit 3 or more Note Cards with Envelopes inside the Mini Treat Bag you need to alter it a little as you put it together.

I used the brown paper packaging we get in our Big Brown Boxes with orders. I’ve flattened it out and folded it on the serrated lines that come marked on it and used 2 pieces joined together for this project tutorial.

1. Cut the brown paper packaging to 6″ wide so it will fit through the Big Shot.

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2. Fold it in half and place in your Big Shot using a cutting plate and magnetic platform. I did this so I could cut 4 pieces at a time as I need some for another project.

mini_treat_bag2 3. Place the larger of the thinlit dies on top jutting it as close to the edge of the brown paper as possible

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4. Place the other cutting mat on top and run this sandwich through your Big Shot a couple of times to ensure a good cut.

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5. This gave me 4 of the larger pieces and I then opened up what was left of the brown paper and placed the thinner of the 2 dies down and cut that

mini_treat_bag5 6. When it comes out of the Big Shot the fold lines are quite evident. However, I chose to fold about 1/8″ to the left of the fold line and burnished it with my bone folder.

mini_treat_bag6 7. I did the same with the thinner piece. This gives me about 1/4″ increase in the width of the bag which helps when wanting to place more than 1 Note Card and Envelope inside.

mini_treat_bag7 8. Add your adhesive of choice – I use Tombow as it gives me wriggle room and when dry is as permanent as you’re going to get.

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9. Adhere the thinner piece to the wider piece and again you’re going to ease the join out just a small amount

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10. Add adhesive to one of the edges so you can adhere the bag at the back. You can see below how the fold doesn’t quite meet up at the bottom but as you’re not putting anything in the bag that will fall through, this doesn’t matter.

mini_treat_bag10 11. Finish adhering the pieces of the bag. The photo below shows you how much ‘extra’ room I have created by just fiddling with the folds.

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So that’s how I made my bag a little bigger. I have chosen 3 of the following Note Cards to place in the bag as a ‘Thank You Gift’.

lotus_blossomAll Pop back tomorrow to get a closer look at these Note Cards and learn the colour combinations I have used with them.

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Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop – the Blog Hop that’s a little different from a regular Blog Hop.  I was nominated by my dear friend Leonie Schroder here in Australia and I’m to share one or two projects, answer some questions and nominate a couple of friends.  You may wish to grab a cup of your favourite beverage as this is a bit of a long post.

As Leonie mentioned in her post last week we’ve been friends for quite a number of years, at first online and now in person and our friendship has deepened over that time and I’m truly blessed to have Leonie as a friend. Leonie got me started with Stampin’ Up!® and I have loved every minute of being an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator. I have met so many people from all around the world through Stampin’ Up!® and every one of them has been very caring and freely sharing of their ideas and talent. I have met many women in particular who have told me they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies and they have gone on to create some beautiful projects and increase their self-esteem at the same time. It’s such a wonderful business to be a part of.

The products are fantastic and all co-ordinate. If you have a photo or a piece of card, you can find stamps, ribbon, embellishments and Project Life products that will all co-ordinate all in the one convenient location.  If you’re new to the craft Stampin’ Up!® have kits which are all-inclusive, so you can get started in a small way or if you see an idea that you like you can purchase a few products to help bring that idea to fruition.

Now onto my projects. I truly believe we should be thankful and one way we can demonstrate that is through sending cards or making small inexpensive gifts. My projects today focus on the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and our Notecards and Envelopes.

As an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, we receive an enormous amount of brown paper packaging in our Big Brown Boxes which come with all our product orders. Now, I no longer have children at home or that link to schools and preschools, however, I have come up with a use for that wonderful brown paper. My first project uses the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Brown Paper Packaging to make a Mini Treat Bag.
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I’ve used the Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set which is available through the Sale-A-Bration Brochure free with an A$90 spend. I’ve combined this with one of Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes and stamped in Blackberry Bliss Ink. By cutting the heart out as you roll the thinlit through the Big Shot, you can give the recipient a sneak peek at the card inside. It’s an easy way of saying “Thank You” in many different ways and just expressing your gratitude.

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Now onto those questions …. which I’m never good at answering …
1. What are you working on now?   

I’m currently working on projects which reflect all the wonderful new products in the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Stampin’ Up! never cease to amaze me with all the wonderful products they come out with one of which is the Perpetual Calendar which I am currently working on for an upcoming class. I bought a few kits to make from this catalogue as everything is included and it makes it easy to create beautiful projects. My next projects will be the Build A Bouquet Project Kit and the Hello Life Project Kit.

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?  

Well this is a difficult one. I guess all our projects end up different from other people’s work as we put our individual stamp on it. I like to try different techniques and add little extras here and there. I’ve just started Project Life for Memory Keeping however, I will still mix in some traditional pages as well in my albums and I guess there I have a shabby chic style. I also like to ‘teach’ others through videos and tutorials.

3. Why do you create what you do?  

 I’ve always done some crafting and it makes me part of who I am. I have been a stamper long before I was a Scrapbooker/Memory Keeper and got into Stampin’ Up! through my dear friend Leonie Schroder. I did it to start with as an outlet for my then, stressful job and creating took me to a whole other place. I developed a real passion for the products, don’t we all? I guess the bottom line is I do it because I love it. I love to sit in my studio with music on and ‘play’ and create. I love to have friends around and we create over a cuppa and yummy food. It’s just a great thing to do.

I have met so many lovely people I now call my friends and I have seen so many women grow in self-confidence when they stamp.

Making beautifully hand-made items and sharing them with others makes my heart ‘sing’ and I hope it makes theirs sing too.

4. How does your creative process work? 

I work with products that ‘speak to me’. If you look back over the past couple of weeks you’ll notice I have made a lot of projects with Sheltering Tree from the Occasions Catalogue. As a set it has just inspired me. I CASED a couple of projects from the catalogue itself and others have just developed as I fiddled with different colours and techniques. Sometimes I just see something somewhere and think I could replicate a similar thing with a particular product. I don’t really have a process, I don’t think. One thing I do have is 5 minutes at the end of every session to tidy up so I can start with a tidy desk the next time. I got sick and tired of never having any room to create or inability to find what I needed so I make myself clean up.

Now it’s my turn to nominate two more people to participate in the Creative Blog Hop for next Monday. It’s my great pleasure to nominate Amity Knight who does awesome scrapbooking and Project Life pages as well as other wonderful projects. Amity and I know each other via online forums. I’d also like to nominate the wonderful Ann Craig. Ann and I met through Leonie. Ann has a very generous heart and shares freely all her stamping knowledge and techniques. She also has a fantastic studio space. I’m sure you will enjoy what these two ladies have to share.

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Do you ever find yourself in need of a quick card? Sheltering Tree may just be your answer. I know I have shared many projects using this stamp set recently however, I’m sure you’ll find all the projects have produced very different results. Sheltering Tree is a very versatile stamp set and may be used for varying occasions. I have two more cards to share with you today using this great stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue.

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The above card uses Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana for the flowers on Whisper White card base with a Strawberry Slush mat. There’s also Silver and Gold embossing and a sentiment from the Sheltering Tree set.

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This card is a CASE from a card I saw at the recent Sydney Party Time Event which was run by Stampin’ Up!. I love the shady park effect and a warm summer’s day.

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I’ve also used Kinda Eclectic Clear-Mount Stamp Set for the sun and butterfly. The butterfly adorns the inside of the card as well as the envelope. This is the card for a free make and take in a workshop tonight.

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Do you need a card with a bit of a difference? You can’t go past handmade for that special person or a specific purpose. Sheltering Tree is a set that is very versatile and because it’s made from photopolymer, you can pop the elements anywhere on the card and easily see where you’re putting things.

Here’s today’s card:

20150115_150749 I’ve also made a video to show you how I make this type of card. I did, however, forget to use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat under my stamping project today. As photopolymer stamps have no cushioning the Stampin’ Pierce mat gives you that and ensures a nice crisp image.


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I hope you’re not sick of this stamp set yet as I have 2 more shares for you today using this same stamp set. The cards are quite different and use different techniques. This card is a CASE from the Occasions Catalogue.
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For this card I have inked up the stamp and stamped the image and then stamped again without inking. It’s called stamping off and is a great technique for cards such as this. The ground is made up of three different inks and some more stamping off. For the banner I inked up the portion of the stamp I needed and then used a wet wipe to remove any ink from the other parts of the stamp.
20150109_171859 I’ve used the Handheld Stapler to adhere the banner and ribbon to the card. This type of card would be great for a man I think. Now onto my next card which could double as a Valentine’s Card if you wanted it to.
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Black on black and the tree is quite stark looking however, the bits of colour for the bicycle and heart tend to lift it a bit. So my Embossing Buddy and Heat Tool got a work out with this card. I’ve used Silver Embossing Powder for the trees and I stamped and embossed them first.
20150110_145032 Now, the stamp that looks like a shadow is a great stamp I’ve discovered. You could do so much with it and my mind is full of ideas to share with you using that image. However, for todays card I have just inked up the edge with Versamark and wiped off any excess with a wet wipe. Makes great ground doesn’t it? The sentiment I wanted  to shape and with photopolymer stamps you can do that. Just place it on the block the way you want it to stamp out.
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I decided the card needed a bit of colour so added the bicycle in Pool Party Embossing Powder and the Heart is from Something For Baby and embossed in Cherry Cobbler.

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