Sunday, 3 January 2010

OK, it's back to the blog.....

Well, Christmas & New Year is behind us once again.  Hope you are ready for a brand new year of exciting craft opportunities and fun fun fun!    Before I get started, I wish you a very healthy, happy & productive 2010.
That said, I've been playing with the sweet treat cups (#116802 on page 8 of the Summer Mini Catalogue), and here's what I've done....

The first card is for baby - cute eh?   I've used the rattle image from Something Sweet #117699 on page 9 of the Summer Mini.   It's part of a set of 14 stamps that coordinate beautifully with the Sweet Treat Cups & the 1-3/4' Circle Punch (#112004 on page 8 of the Summer Mini).  The colours are Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Metallic Silver and Whisper White.   The stars are made by punching out card stock with the small star punch from the IB&C.  Here's a close up.  I've used the Scallop Edge Punch to do the white border and the tiny holes were made with the paper piercer and mat from the Crafter's Tool Kit.

I've used the Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and tied it in a simple knot.   I made two holes about 1-1/2cm apart using the Cropadile.

The next card also uses stamps from the same set, and I found some chocolate coins that fit perfectly into the Sweet Treat Cups - it holds 3 coins.   I kept this one fairly simple with the Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White colour scheme.
The Black & White Gingham Ribbon is threaded through the Whisper White Cardstock using the Double Rectangle Punch (#105088 in the current IB&C).   That's one punch you didn't know you needed till you used it!   To get your rectangles an equal distance apart, simply make the first punch, then line up one of the rectangles on the punch with one of the holes you've already punched and punch again.....duh that's confusing!  Call me if you can't figure it out...hahaha.   I stamped and cut out a couple of extra hearts and used the trusty Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430 $7.50 for 300....that's a no-brainer because they're the right size for just about everything) to give some extra interest.

Lastly, the yummy Smartie card.   Love the colours because they work for little boys too.   There's never enough for the boys in my view, and I always gravitate to the girlie things (maybe because I've got girls, and I am one!!).  Anyway, the colours are all Bold Brights and I've used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper for the layer.   I LOVE THAT PAPER!   But  be quick, it's in the Summer Mini and it will not stay past 31 March!

In closing, I would like to add that you should use the perforating tool on the Cutter Kit (#106958 page 155 of the IB&C) to make perforations in the cardstock behind the Sweet Treat Cup.   I make a cross shape.  That way, the contents of the cup can be gotten out for munching without destroying the card.   You should also note, that each Sweet Treat Cup has a sticky edge that you can use to attach to the cardstock - yes, that's what the white paper is for, pull it off to reveal the sticky....yep, you guessed it, I overlooked that on the first attempt and all the smarties fell out and I HAD to eat them.....tut tut tut!
Happy stampin 2010.

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