Tuesday, November 28, 2017

quick and easy party favors...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

I don't know about you, but for me, the holidays can get a bit crazy...  I wanted to make party favors that where fun and festive, and most importantly, I could easily and quickly make as many as needed...


Paper: Georgia Pacific; Ranger Foil Cardstock; DCWV Holiday Glitzy Gliter
Stamps: LDRS Creative North Pole
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sharpie
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents; lollypop stick, treat bag, candy, ribbon

These treat bags are adorable as decoration, place cards, and party favors! 

They are simple to make, and don't take much time to put together (especially if you use a hot glue gun!)

I wanted this to be festive, and sturdy, so I chose some glitter card stock for the rosette part. It cut BEAUTIFULLY! 
You'll want to have something for the center... I used the Holly Wreath Circle set to cut several layers of the wreath, and one of the inner circle...

Then, cut your card stock into 4 strips of 6 inches by 2.5 inch and use the Petal Wishes Accordion die to cut and score each strip. Fan fold on the score lines, and glue the 4 strips into one long strip... then glue the ends of the long strip together to form a ring. When you push the ring flat, you end up with an accordion circle. 

Cover the back of your front panel with hot glue and stick it on top of the rosette to secure it.... Hold that in place until it cools.

If you are having trouble with this, check out the video on the LDRS Creative website HERE


 Now comes the fun part... Decorating! 

I wanted to keep things simple so making a bunch would be easy... So I used this cute little polar bear from the North Pole stamp set (there's a cut penguin on that set too!!) with only a little coloring to add dimension, and I made a banner using foil card stock, and the Snowy Day border die.  I wanted to write the name in white, but all my white markers that would dry on the foiled surface were too thick, so I used a Sharpie.

 I hot glued a long lollypop stick onto the back, and finished it off with a plain circle from the Holly Wreath Circle die set... You could write a message there if you want... I would suggest writing/stamping your message BEFORE gluing the circle on because of the dimension of the accordion fold it's sitting on. 

Slip the stick into a bag of treats, little gifts, or whatever you want... Tie a bow and you're ready to go! Simple!

And the best part? 
This isn't just a Christmas idea... Just change the colors and image to match whatever theme you want!   Birthdays, holidays, teacher gifts... Whatever you want! 


Enjoy!
~Kassi

Saturday, November 18, 2017

getting ready for the holidays...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Happy weekend!!

Sorry I've been so quiet lately... I've been busy with a new team and working on some super awesome things that I can't share until January.... But I'm SO excited to be working on CHA stuff! 

While I get my mind wrapped round CHA, I wanted to share a couple of cards...
They are both super simple, with the main focus being on the stamped image, then matted on some glimmer paper  then embellished simply...

This adorable image comes from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. Isn't it adorable???

I was pretty stressed out the night that I made this, and I really needed to just relax, so I pulled out my Copics.... For some reason, Copic coloring is the most relaxing form of coloring I've found so far. (though I still love my Zig Clean Color markers!!!)


This card is actually for my brother's birthday.... I struggle with masculine cards, but this little boy eating cookies is PERFECT! And the penguins steals my heart! They both come from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. The sentiment is from LDRS Creative Just Because.

As we get into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, what helps you relax the most? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

playing with textures...

Hello my fabulous friends!

It's my turn again to post on the LDRS Creative blog, and I wanted to see what I could do with mixing various textures (while still keeping things simple and elegant)...

Paper: Polkadoodles Winter Land; Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glitter Glam
Ink: Copic RV99; Adirondack Alcohol ink Currant
Other: twine; angelina fibers Gold Iris


Using texture creates visual intrest... I love this glitter paper because it has the shimmer of fine glitter without any of the mess! It also adds a nice textural contrast to the smooth card stock. Mixing in some twine adds another level of contrast... a little more towards the earthy/natural side. 

I wanted my twine to match my papers, so I dyed it using a little alcohol ink... 



I knew I wanted to pop up my blue panel with some foam, but it just felt like it needed a little something extra... So I added a bit more texture and sparkle with some Angelina Fibers.

These beautiful metallic threads are like a super fine tinsel... You can do all sorts of things with them from fiber arts to fusing them into fabric to making fishing lures.. and SO much more!

I like to use them to add some elegant sparkle that isn't the typical glitter or sequins.

Because I knew I wanted it poking out from behind my panel, adhering it was simple. I just used some double sided tape and pressed the fibers on. I then glued the panel over top to hide the messy part. 

I love these fibers!

So... What fun textures do you like to use in your projects? What unexpected things do you use that you don't really see others using? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!
~Kassi