January 21, 2018

Painted With Love Gift Bag

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!



Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for January 2018. This month our theme is Valentines!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Ellen Vargo at ellenvargodesigns.com or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. 



Today, we'll be creating an adorable little gift bag using the Painted With Love designer series paper (DSP).  The finished dimensions are 3" wide x 4" tall x 1.5" deep, and it holds three Lindor truffles perfectly!


Start by cutting a piece of Melon Mambo card stock to 9.5" x 5.5".  The use your Simply Scored scoring board to score as follows:

On the long side:  Score at 3", 4 1/2", 7 1/2" and 9".  Turn 90 degree clockwise and
On the short side:  Score at 1 1/2"

Fold and burnish all score lines.

Cut from the bottom up to the 1 1/2" score line on each of the vertical score lines, and then cut away the smallest rectangle in the lower right corner, and cut small notches at the end of the long skinny tab on the right.  Your finished result should look like this:


Apply Fast Fuse on the right side of the long skinny rectangle (far right above), turn the project over, and fold one end over to overlap the skinny rectangle with adhesive on it.  Then fold in the two sides of the bottom, fold the back tab next, and then apply adhesive to the inside of the final flap and adhere it to the bottom of the bag.  Your bag is now complete - time to decorate!


Cut a piece of the Painted With Love DSP to 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and adhere it to the front of the bag, centering it so there is an even border on all sides.

Once again, I chose a sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (I'm telling you... this stamp set ROCKS!).  Use the 1 1/2" circle punch to cut out the sentiment, and then punch out two flowers using the Pansy Punch.  Because the circle is too big to show a single pansy punch underneath it, I cut the pansy into sections and adhered them to the bag in sections, as follows:


Then, apply some Fast Fuse to the back of the pansies and apply some gold thread in "loop-de-loops" (technical term!).  Adhere the first end to some fast fuse, let the thread do a loose loop, and adhere the center in the fast fuse again... repeat until your happy with the number of loops and place the final end back in the fast fuse.  Put some dimensionals on the back and adhere to the front of your bag.



I pinched the sides of the bag together and clipped it closed using a Gold Library Clip.  An elegant and yummy Valentine's treat for a friend or loved one.  Super easy and quick to make!

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently, you are on my blog – Ellen Vargo at www.ellenvargodesign.com so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next on the list.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x




January 19, 2018

FREE Mixed Medallions Card Kit

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share the Mixed Medallions Card Kit from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  This kit is perfect for crafters who want to keep things quick, simple and beautiful all at the same time.


The kit comes with all the supplies you'll need to create 8 beautiful trifold gate cards:

- 8 card bases with intricate die cut gate fronts 
- 8 white envelopes
- 1 sheet of die cut embellishments and sentiments (4 Thank You's and 4 Congratulations) that you can add to the card fronts
- 1 sheet with 75 mini glue dots


Of course you can add your own additional embellishments if you want to.  I added a few rhinestones to my cards for a touch of bling and sparkle, and used some dimensional foam squares to pop things up and give some depth/dimension.  Here are 5 of my 8 cards:


So whether you're new to the world of card making, or you're an experienced crafter who is just running short on time or inspiration, this card kit would be perfect for you, and you can earn it for FREE by spending just $50.00 on any other products from the Spring or Annual catalog. 

For example - this gorgeous stamp set called Eastern Beauty would coordinate perfectly with this kit.  It contains all the building blocks to create the same style of mandala in the card kit.  So you could stamp some little matching accents on the inside of your cards, or on your envelopes for a perfect match.



Here is one possible $50.00 combination of coordinating and basic products which would compliment the FREE card kit:

- Eastern Beauty Stamp Set  $21.00
- Berry Burst Ink Pad            $  6.50
- Clear Block (Size D)          $  8.50
- Rhinestone Basic Jewels    $  5.00
- Pearl Basic Jewels              $  5.00
- Stampin' Dimensionals       $  4.00
       TOTAL                           $50.00

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x

January 17, 2018

Waterfront Happy Memories

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I had so much fun playing with the Waterfront Stamp set from the Spring Occasions catalog.  The stamps were made to create a watercolor / brush-stroke look, and I love it!


You'll do all your stamping on a panel of Whisper White Thick card stock.  Start by "smooshing" some Bermuda Bay onto the lid of the ink pad, and then pick up a good amount of ink with a watercolor brush and blend it onto the bottom half of the panel to give a nice base color for the water stamping.  Then use Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, and Pacific Point to stamp the water brush stroke stamps, layering one over the other, and using some 2nd generation stamping for lighter tones if desired.  The photos don't show it well, but I also added some horizontal brushstrokes with the Wink of Stella glitter pen - beautiful in real life!


Use Pacific Point ink to "watercolor" some brushstrokes above the horizon to create a blue sky.  Leave some white areas to look like clouds.  Then, stamp the "sun" image using Daffodil Delight, and blend some of the same ink into the water directly under the sun to create a reflection.  (I was a little concerned it would turn the water bright green, but I think it turned out OK!)  Next stamp the "land" with Sahara Sand, and add some 1st and 2nd generation stamping of the three tree stamp using Old Olive ink.


I chose to use a sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (NOTE: I have been using these sentiments A TON!! Very versatile set!).  I stamped it in Bermuda Bay ink and used the Everyday Label to punch it out and ink around the edges with a sponge dauber, and added some clear faceted gems on top and bottom of the label.

After matting and mounting the panel over some DSP from the Naturally Eclectic collection, the final touch was to add some Bermuda Bay ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration item - Level 1 - 3 ribbons for FREE with $50 purchase).


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

~ ellen. x

January 16, 2018

Party Pandas Birthday Card

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I'm using one of the free stamp sets from the Sale-a-Bration brochure to create this adorable panda birthday card!  I hope you'll give it a try.  Let's get started.

I started by using the Seaside embossing folder on the front of my card base using my Big Shot die cutting machine.  Embossing folders are a great way to get instant texture and interest on a card without distracting from your focal point. 


Then I cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock to 2" wide by 5 1/4" tall and layered a strip of DSP from the Petal Passion collection leaving a 1/8" border.  I created the tag by inserting the 2" end into the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  I added some Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon to the top of the tag for a perfect match to both the lemon lime color and the stripes in the embossed background.


I stamped the panda image with a stamp positioning tool (more to come on that soon!) using basic black ink first, and then stamped again using Versamark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to create a shiny finish.  I cut out the panda, plus two additional layers, using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies, layered them on top of the tag with dimensionals, and finished up the card with some enamel dots in a complementary shade of turquoise blue.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I created the fishtail ends using the Banner Triple Punch.


I love the black and white with a pop of lime green (my favorite color combo!).  The Petal Passion DSP collection is ALL black and white with lots of opportunities to add your own coloring - check it out in the Spring catalog.

To get the Party Panda stamp set for FREE during Sale-a-Bration:

Petal Passion DSP                   $11.00
Layering Ovals Framelits        $35.00
Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon     $  8.00
   Total                                      $54.00

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x


January 15, 2018

Picture Perfect Party Gift Box

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I'll be sharing how to make an adorable tiny gift box using the Picture Perfect Party DSP stack from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  This little box would be great for some sweet treats, a couple of tea lights, or some jewelry!  I've got two birthdays in my family in January --- these will be just perfect!



Start by cutting a piece of the DSP and matching card stock to 4" x 4".  Then use your Simply Scored and stylus to score at the 1" mark on all four sides.   Fold and burnish all score lines using your bone folder.  Finished dimensions are 2" x 2" x 1".


Then, use your paper snips to cut and notch the square sections at each corner, rotating after each snip... you'll end up with this shape after trimming.  (I apologize for the rustic sketch below... hopefully it makes sense.)




You'll do this for both the DSP (box lid) and the card stock (box base):




Use your Fast Fuse to place adhesive on the corner squares (put the adhesive on the side that will be facing OUT when the box is complete... trust me on this... I learned the hard way if you put adhesive on the wrong side, you won't get the pattern you want on the top of your box....


Then, tuck each corner flap under the adjacent side to form the box lid and base, and voila!  Your box is done!  The fit will be a little snug, so use your 1/2" circle punch to cut out some notches on two opposite sides of the lid so the recipient doesn't have to struggle to get in to their gift!

I used the Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack from the Sale-A-Bration catalog to wrap around each box with a nice bow on top.  Silver Baker's Twine would also be a nice, shimmery option.


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

 ~ ellen. x