Swee-Tea Bag Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a fun idea for a different kind of treat holder! Tea Bags! They’re cute, small, and can give you a glimpse into what’s inside. And the best part is they’re really easy to make! Read on for a quick tutorial on how to make your own Swee-Tea bags.

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You will need:

– Vellum or creped filter Paper
– washi tape or liquid adhesive
– baker’s twine
– stapler
– candy

Instructions:

1. Cut a rectangle from your vellum or filter paper. For the bigger size bag, I cut a 2.5″ x 7″ piece. For the smaller bag I cut a 2″ x 6″ piece. You can always start with an even larger piece of paper to create whatever size tea bag you need/want.

2. Fold the rectangle in half and adhere the two long sides to create a pouch. I used washi tape to adhere the vellum and liquid adhesive for the filter paper bags. Use what you think will look best.

3. Make a point at the top (open) end by folding the top corners in towards the center. Then fold the point over one or two times. Do this before you fill the bags with treats as this will make the bags easier to close once you have added some candy.

4. Unfold and open the bags. Add some candy, then re – fold the bag to close.

5. Staple a piece of baker’s twine to the top of the bag. Make sure to staple where the top has been folded over to keep the bag closed.

6. Add a little something to the free end of the baker’s twine for some extra cuteness. I used the Banner Blast image and Banner Punch (both from the Sale-a-bration catalog) to create a little string topper. I also used last year’s Pretty Petites set and the coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch (still available).

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These little tea bags aren’t too time consuming to make. So if you need a last minute treat idea, this is a good one to keep in mind! And these are easily customized to coordinate with any theme or occasion. Plus, these are a great way to use some vellum or that creped filter paper, in case you needed a new idea. I’ve had vellum and filter paper sitting in my craft room for ages, and now I have a fun way to use up that stash! I really love how the creped filter paper looks for this project. It really looks and feels like a tea bag. Plus you can stamp on the filter paper, for even more customization options!

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and tutorial. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew Luminary Garland

Can you believe it’s already the end of the week? And time for my final Witches’ Brew Workshop project!

Witches' Brew Luminary Garland

This luminary garland has quickly become my favorite project of this workshop. Mainly because it turned out almost exactly the way I pictured it in my head. But also because it’s a great home decor project! And the entire garland was made using only those 6 small squares of DSP we’ve been focusing on all week, plus a little vellum and card stock. Read on for instructions on how to make your own!

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You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One sheet of each double-sided design, for a total of 6 sheets)
– 6 pieces of 6″ x 3-1/2″ Vellum in whatever colors you want or have
– Gumball Green card stock
Halloween Bash stamp set
Tags 4 You stamp set
– Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
– Crop-a-dile or small hole punch
– 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
– Brads
– Ribbon and mini clothespins for hanging
– Battery-operated tea lights

Instructions:
Pumpkins:
1. Cut sheet of DSP into 3/4″ strips.
2. Stack strips and punch a hole at each end of the strips. Put a brad through each hole to hold the stack together.
3. Fan out the strips to form the ball shape, making sure to put even spacing between each strip.
4. Create a stem for the pumpkin using a strip of Gumball Green cardstock, rolled into a short tube. I wrapped a strip of card stock around a sponge dauber to get the proper width for the stem. Then just adhere the stem to the top of the pumpkin using liquid adhesive.
5. Repeat to create 2 more pumpkins.

Luminaries:
1. Take your 6″ x 3-1/2″ piece of vellum and stamp a Halloween image in the center, making sure that the long sides of the vellum are on the top and bottom when you stamp (landscape orientation).
2. Create a tube with the vellum, adhering the ends together using sticky strip or another strong adhesive.
3. Cut two 1″ x 6″ strips from a sheet of DSP. Adhere these strips to the top and bottom of the vellum tube. I used glue dots in a few spots to hold the DSP strips in place, then adhered the ends of the DSP strips together with liquid adhesive.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 to create 5 more luminary tubes. You should be able to create two matching luminaries from one sheet of DSP, with some DSP still left over from each sheet.
5. To create the bottoms for each luminary (so the candle has something to sit on when hanging), use the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch circles from the leftover DSP.
6. Cut 1″ x 1/2″ strips from card stock or any remaining DSP and fold each one in half. You will need four of these little strips for each luminary.
7. Adhere four small strips along the bottom inside of each luminary. Then adhere the 1-3/4″ Circles on top of those little tabs to create the platform for your tea lights to rest on. See photo below for illustration.

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8. Use hole punch to punch two holes on the top of each luminary. String with ribbon.
9. Hang your luminaries and pumpkins onto a ribbon using mini clothespins. Or use them however you desire to decorate your home.
10. Turn on tea lights and place into luminaries for a beautiful, flickering garland.

And there you have it! A fabulous home decor project that is sure to catch the eyes of everyone who enters your home!

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Design Alternatives:
– Again, this is the kind of project you can make for any occasion. Just switch up the DSP, stamp sets, and vellum colors to create a pretty garland for other seasons or holidays.
– Don’t want a hanging garland? No worries! Place the pumpkins in a decorative bowl on your mantle and surround it with your glowing luminaries for a fabulous mantle display. Or hang the individual lanterns on trees or other areas around your house. There are so many ways you can use these luminaries to decorate your home.
– If you prefer to use real tea lights for your luminaries, just leave off the base portion of the project and make only the tubes. Then carefully place the luminary tube over a lit tealight. But be sure to keep a careful eye on your luminaries since they are flammable! I highly recommend using only battery-operated tea lights.

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Well, that completes this workshop! I hope you enjoyed the projects I presented. And I hope you took on my little challenge and tried to see what you can make with just a few small sheets of DSP.

Now, I’m not going to guarantee that there will be a new Webbie Workshop for the next few months. My Etsy shops have been getting a lot of business (woohoo!) so they are keeping me really busy. Not to mention I’ve got a lot of family stuff coming up soon! My parents will be visiting in October and then the new Baby Moose will be arriving in November! So I will do my best to come up with a new Webbie Workshop or two for the rest of the year. But no promises! Sorry! But as always, you can see what I’m up to on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve always got crafty photos getting posted on those sites as I work on random projects for Etsy and for my customers.

If I don’t get to blog again until the new year, then I hope you all have a fabulous rest of 2013! Enjoy the holidays, have fun with your family, and craft your heart out! But if I do get the chance to blog again, well…

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew Library Pocket Treats

Ready for Day 3 of my Witches’ Brew Webbie Workshop Challenge? I know you’ll like today’s project!

Witches' Brew Library Pocket Treat Holders

I took my stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper and my Witches’ Brew Washi Tape and made these fun little treat holders! I combined my DSP with the Halloween Bash and Tags 4 You stamp sets to create these cuties. They resemble those little pockets in library books where the due date cards would be held. They make the perfect little pockets for some fun and tasty Halloween treats! And with 6 sheets of DSP, I was able to make 12 of them. Not to shabby, huh?

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You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One sheet of each double-sided design, for a total of 6 sheets)
Witches’ Brew Washi Tape
– Whisper White card stock for stamping
– Pumpkin Pie card stock for stamping
Tags 4 You stamp set
Halloween Bash stamp set
Decorative Label Punch
Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Label Bracket Punch
– Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad and/or Marker
– Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad and/or Marker
– Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad and/or Marker
3/16″ Corner Punch

Instructions:
1. Cut your 6″ x 6″ sheets of DSP in half so that they now measure 3″ x 6″.2. Score each piece of DSP at 2-1/2″ and fold along score line.
3. Use washi tape to hold the sides of the pockets closed.
4. Round the top corners of each pocket using the 3/16″ Corner Punch
5. Decorate the pockets using the Halloween Bash and Tags 4 You stamp sets and their coordinating punches/dies and adhere with foam/dimensional tape.

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Design Alternatives:
– If you’re not looking to buy any new stamp sets, just decorate these pockets with whatever Halloween stamps you have on hand! You really can’t go wrong decorating these little treat holders.
– Switch up holidays or occasions by using different DSP and stamp sets! You can make these for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or these could even make great wedding favors too!
– If you like a little more embellishment, try punching a hole in the top of the pouch and adding some ribbon! Turn these pockets into gift tags with storage for a little note, a treat, or even a gift card.

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This project is ALMOST my favorite of this workshop. You’ll see my real favorite project tomorrow! But I still love these quick and simple treat holders. You can make 12 of them with just 6 small sheets of DSP, so imagine how many you can make using whole sheets! You’ll be able to have enough for class treats, office gifts, or to handout to the neighborhood kids on Halloween night! And with the fabulous designs in the Witches’ Brew DSP pack, they are sure to catch everyone’s eye!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying this Webbie Workshop! It’s fun seeing what you can make with certain supplies and challenging your creativity. Remember to share any of your challenge projects online if you’ve been joining in! Just be sure to use the hashtag #MPMWB6x6Challenge so everyone can see what you’ve made! And make sure to be back tomorrow for a fun home decor project!

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew Card Set with Envelopes

Welcome to Day 2 of my Witches’ Brew 6×6 Challenge Workshop! Ready to create? Let’s go!

Witches' Brew Card Set with Envelopes

Today’s project is this super fun and really simple card set, complete with matching envelopes! Remember that the basis for each project this week is a set of 6″ x 6″ sheets of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper. I wanted to use as much of each sheet of DSP as I could without it overwhelming this project. So I got a little creative with negative space and came up with these cards. And since every card needs an envelope, I used the rest of my DSP to create nice little envelope liners. Now it’s your turn!

You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One sheet of each double-sided design, for a total of 6 sheets)
– Three pieces of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Whisper White card stock scored at 4-1/4″
– One piece of 3-3/4″ x 5″ Pumpkin Pie card stock
– Two pieces of 3-3/4″ x 5″ Basic Black card stock
– Whisper White card stock for stamping
– Additional Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card stock for adding trim
– Three Whisper White envelopes
Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
Circle Card Thinlits Die Set or a star punch
Halloween Bash Stamp Set
– Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
– Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad
– Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad

Instructions:
1. Pick one sheet of 6″ x 6″ Witches’ Brew DSP and trim it to 4″ x 5-1/4″. Adhere to card base.
2. Using the star die from the Circle Card Thinlits Die set, or a star punch if preferred, die cut or punch stars from upper left area of 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of card stock (choose whichever color contrasts the most with the DSP sheet you picked in step 1). Adhere over DSP panel.
3. Cut a 3/4″ x 3-3/4″ strip from the same DSP you used for the card panel. Adhere to card stock panel near the bottom.
4. Cut a 3/8″ x 3-3/4″ strip from matching card stock and adhere over DSP strip like shown.
5. Stamp sentiment in coordinating ink color onto white card stock. Trim and adhere using foam/dimensional tape.
6. Repeat Steps 1-5 to create 2 additional cards.
7. Using the envelopes, die cut or punch the star shape from the center of the envelope flap.
8. With the remaining three sheets of DSP, die cut three envelope liners using the Envelope Liners Framelits Die. Adhere liners to envelopes.

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Now you have an eye-catching set of Halloween cards, ready to give or send! And if you don’t want to waste those little stars you die cut from the colored card stock, just adhere them to the inside bottom corner of the cards, like I did below. It just adds a fun little touch to the inside of the cards instead of leaving them blank!

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Design Alternatives:
– Use a different stamp image or stamp set for the sentiment panel. Pretty much any option would work great!
– Try adding a little ribbon instead of the DSP and card stock strips I used on these cards.
– Instead of a star, try using other shapes to punch or die cut for your negative space. Maybe you have a bat punch or some other fun design. Try it out!

So, are you surprised yet by how much you can create with just 6 sheets of 6″ DSP squares? It goes a lot further than you would think! And we’ve only covered two projects so far! See how much more you can make tomorrow with some adorably spooky treat holders.

And if you are participating in this 6×6 Challenge, make sure to share your challenge projects online! Just use the hashtag #MPMWB6x6Challenge so others can see what you’ve created! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew Mini Album

Witches' Brew 6x6 Mini Album

Our first project for my Witches’ Brew 6×6 Challenge Workshop is this fun and extremely simple mini album. There is practically no prep time needed for this project and all you need are two items! Doesn’t get any easier than that, right? Let’s get started!

You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One  6″ x 6″ sheet of each of the 6 double-sided designs)
Witches’ Brew Washi Tape

Instructions:
1. Decide what order you would like your pages to be in, then lay out the first two pages of the album side by side. Attach the pages together using a strip of washi tape, making sure that the edges of the pages touch, but don’t overlap. Trim any excess tape.
2. Fold over the page, like you’re turning the page in a book. Then lay the next page of your album down and adhere using washi tape. Trim excess tape as you go. Refer to the photo below for a visual, since I’m probably not explaining this well 😛

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3. Repeat Step 2 until all your pages have been adhered/bound together.
4. Once all your pages are bound together, close the album and use a strip of washi tape to the spine to create the outer binding. Add additional washi tape as desired to decorate spine area.

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I kept my album to the bare minimum since I really just wanted to show you what you can make with the challenge items. But this is a project that you can grow and customize in so many different ways. Use it like a little smashbook and start cramming photos and journaling into the pages to record a special Halloween party or event. Add embellishments and photos to make a nice little scrapbook or gift album. Do what you want with it! I’m just getting you started!

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This is also a great simple project to do for other holidays or occasions. Just use whatever DSP you have on hand! It’s a great destash project, too! I know I have TONS of DSP that I could turn into fun little mini albums in a heartbeat. So have fun with this project. Change it up. Add to it. Go crazy with it! Just be creative and you’re sure to create something amazing!

I hope you enjoyed this first project for my special challenge workshop! Remember, if you decide to join the Witches’ Brew 6×6 Challenge and create something using your 6×6 stack of Witches’ Brew DSP, make sure to tag it with #MPMWB6x6Challenge so that others can see your creation(s). You may even get an invite to pin your project on my Special Group Board on Pinterest, too! And make sure to be back tomorrow for another fun project!

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew 6×6 Challenge

August is coming to a close, and that means it’s time for my next Webbie Workshop! Woohoo! This workshop was particularly fun for me to plan. At first, I was just trying to make some Halloween projects. But then I decided to try something a little different and came up with the idea of giving myself a little challenge. I knew I wanted to focus on using the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape for this workshop. So I took one sheet of each design from the DSP pack, cut them up into four 6″ x 6″ squares, and challenged myself to create different projects using those 6×6 stacks of DSP and the Washi Tape. Turns out you can make a lot from 6 sheets of 6″ x 6″ paper! Just take a look at what we’ll be making this week!

Witches' Brew 6x6 Challenge

This week’s projects are going to be fun and simple! And each day’s project uses only 6 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Witches’ Brew DSP, some Witches’ Brew Washi Tape, and a few other items. As we go, you can try recreating the projects I present. Or you can challenge yourself to see what you can create with some 6″ x 6″ sheets of DSP. Be inspired and get creative! And just have some fun along the way!

If you feel like taking on the Witches’ Brew 6×6 Challenge, you can purchase the essentials in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store. All you really need is some Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper and the Witches’ Brew Washi Tape. Combine that with what you have on hand and be creative! Or if you already have the materials on hand, share what you create and make sure to tag it with #MPMWB6x6Challenge so everyone can find it in their social media or in online galleries. And if you share your projects on Pinterest using that hashtag, I may just invite you to pin your challenge projects on my special challenge group board! So make sure to join in on the fun and get creating!

We’ll start this challenge week off with a ridiculously simple mini album. So be here tomorrow for step by step instructions and some project photos!

Until next time…

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