Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin Kit

It’s Valentine’s Day! And as a mother of a school-age child, I know that a holiday like today means a class treat exchange. Some moms love putting together fun treats for their child to share. Other moms dread having to create a bunch of treats for a class. So they keep it simple and go with store-bought treats and cards. Me? I’m a good mix of both! As a creative type, I love making unique and eye-catching treat holders. But as a typical busy mom who loves to procrastinate, I tend to leave myself very little time to come up with something cute, let alone time to actually make anything. So what do I do? Do I scramble and whip something up while losing sleep and part of my sanity? Or do I go against my creative instincts and just buy something?

The answer is, NEITHER! You see, there’s this thing from Stampin’ Up! called Paper Pumpkin. I’ve mentioned Paper Pumpkin before on my Instagram. It’s an amazing monthly subscription box that brings a little creativity to your mailbox every month. And January’s Paper Pumpkin kit made the PERFECT class exchange treats for my Mini Moose.

These beautiful treat bags were all made using the Paper Pumpkin kit I received in the mail last month. The kit had everything I needed to make 24 bags, which was more than enough for Mini Moose’s class.

No creative detail is missed with any Paper Pumpkin project kit. These treat bags feature gold foil heart details, vellum banners, the cutest little arrows, and even gold threading embellishments. The kit even comes with the stamp set, ink, and adhesives to stamp and assemble everything.

I love these monthly project kits. And they have saved my lazy mom butt on more than one occasion when it came to class exchange treats! Each month is a surprise as I never know what each kit will be until I open it. But I’m never disappointed. And this kit was exactly what I needed for this Valentine’s Day.

I didn’t need to scramble and lose sleep creating last minute treat bags or cards, but I still got to be creative and make something with my hands. It was the perfect compromise. I stamped, assembled, filled with candy, and sent them on their way. I didn’t have to hurt my brain designing and implementing anything. Which was a much appreciated time saver for me! Hopefully for the next holiday, I’ll be a little more prepared. But if not, I’ll just hope Paper Pumpkin has my back once again.

 

 

 

 

Want to receive a creative surprise in your mailbox each month? Then start your own Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. Choose to go with a month-to-month subscription, or prepay for a set amount of months. And be excited to receive a new project kit each and every month, delivered right to your door!

Tiny Notes, Big Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I couldn’t NOT do at least one Valentine’s Day project. Thankfully, Stampin’ Up! released their new Occasions Catalog just in time for me to order some new goodies and make these cute cards!

In case you’ve forgotten, I love to keep my designs clean and simple. I don’t see the point in cluttering up a card with too much embellishment and design. Plus I’m just too lazy to put in that much effort *insert hysterical laughter emoji here*. And these cards stay true to my super simple style.

I utilized the new Sealed with Love stamp set, Love Notes Framelits Dies, and some Sending Love designer series paper to create these fun cards. I love love LOVE the adorable mini envelopes and tiny notes that you can put inside of them! So cute! I had to make them the focal point of my cards. And I think they really do steal all the attention.

I can’t wait to pop these in the mail to some unsuspecting friends and family to let them know they are loved this Valentine’s Day. And I have a few more ideas on how to use those uber cute tiny envelopes! They’re just too fun!

Are you making your own Valentines cards this year? Or do you stick with store bought? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the new Occasions Catalog and see some other great ways to use the Love Notes Framelits Dies. And check out some of the other amazing new crafting products from Stampin’ Up!

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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Simple Last Minute Valentines

Today’s project seriously couldn’t be any easier. If you’re determined to have some handmade Valentines to hand out this year but don’t have time to get fancy, try out these super simple Valentines Mini Cards. All you need for this project are some pieces of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock and your Hearts A Flutter stamp set.

All you’ll need to do is stamp the solid heart image in the bottom right corner. Then stamp the outline image on top of the solid heart image. Voila! Cute and simple Valentine in about a minute! Customize these by using different ink colors, or try stamping on some colored card stock instead of plain white. Think it needs a little something more? Try drawing a black line border around the card front free hand! A great way to add some more flair without getting too fancy or complicated.

Just tuck these 3×3 flat cards into some Mini Square Envelopes and they are ready to hand out to whomever you please. No need to sacrifice going handmade due to time constraints. There are always simple solutions in a time crunch. Just think single layer and a single image and that’s often all you need for a stunning and cute card anyone can appreciate!

Coming up: Sale-a-bration cards as easy as pie!

Until next time…

 

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Hearts A Flutter (Spring Catalog)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store

 

Moose News:

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Last Minute Tags for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly drawing near. And here are a couple of quick tag ideas that you can use to attach to treat bags or Valentine’s Day gifts.

This first tag design uses the heart image from the Pretty Petites Sale-a-bration stamp set. This stamp set, and the coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch, can be yours for FREE as part of Sale-a-bration!

Making these tags was really simple. I just stamped the image in Primrose Petals ink, then punched out the image using the Petite Curly Label Punch. I adhered the tiny labels to some tags I had cut out using one of the banner shapes from the Hearts A Flutter Framelites Dies Set. I cut the tags from Pool Party cardstock, then inked the edges with Primrose Petals ink using a sponge dauber. The labels were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little extra pop. The tags are strung on some Pool Party Baker’s Twine.

This next tag design is even easier! It’s as simple as stamp and cut.

To create these tags, I stamped the solid heart image from the Hearts A Flutter stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock in Primrose Petals ink. I then stamped the outline image using Basic Black ink. I love the look of the outline being a little off from the solid image, so I didn’t bother to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the outline image. I just eyeballed the stamp placement for that imperfect look. Once the image was stamped, I used another banner shape from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies Set to cut out the tag. I positioned the die so that the image was a little tilted instead of being perfectly centered and straight on the tag. Makes for a fun-looking tag.

These tags can be made in little to no time at all. So if you need a quick embellishment to some Valentine’s Day packaging, try out these quick, simple, and easy tags. You can make multiples in just minutes and are a great way to add just a little handmade touch to your Valentine’s Day treats and gifts. And of course, these little tags can easily be adapted for nearly any occasion.

Coming Up: Last minute Valentine’s Day cards made easier than ever!

Until next time…

 

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Hearts A Flutter (Spring Catalog), Pretty Petites (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Whisper White
Tools: Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies (Spring Catalog), Petite Curly Label Punch (Sale-a-bration)
Extras: Baker’s Twine in Pool Party and Whisper White
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store

 

Moose News:

  • Celebrate good times with FREE product during Sale-a-bration! Earn free Stampin’ Up! products for every $50 you spend in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Start earning your free products today!
  • The new Idea Book & Catalog is now Live! Get your copy for FREE, just pay $5 for priority shipping! To order your copy of the catalog, simply Email Me!
  • The New Spring Catalog is now available! To get a FREE copy, simply email me your address and I’ll send one to you right away! Or you can CLICK HERE to download it now.
  • Starter Kit Now Only $99! The new Starter Kits are now more affordable…and COMPLETELY customizable! You pick up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product all for only $99! What a great way to start your own creative career! Visit My Stampin’ Up! Site for details!
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Candy Wraps and Bag Tops from the Heart

I’ve got some more fun Valentine’s Day treat packaging for you today! I took a cue from my popular Halloween Treats packaging and made some simple candy wraps and bag toppers using the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper and Hearts A Flutter Bundle (stamp set and Framelits Dies).

The toppers were made using some Pool Party card stock. I fancy-fied them using the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies and Embossing Folders. One topper was edged using the scallop edgelit and embossed with the cute, and appropriate, heart pattern. The other topper was edged using the bracket edgelit (I can’t think of another word for it!) and the coordinating embossing folder.

For the final touch, I added some heart decorations to the toppers. The larger hearts are cut from the laser cut sheets in the More Amore DSP pack. The smaller hearts are stamped from the Hearts A Flutter set and cut out using the matching Framelits die.

To create the candy wraps, I use 1-1/2″ x 3″ pieces of DSP. It’s the perfect size to wrap around a Hershey’s Miniature. I almost left the candies with just the DSP wrapping. But I couldn’t resist using the Pretty Petites stamp set and Petite Curly Label Punch from Sale-a-bration to jazz things up a bit.

I used the heart and “YUM” images from the Pretty Petites set and stamped them on Very Vanilla card stock using Pool Party and Primrose Petals ink. The uber cute Petite Curly Label Punch was used to punch out each image. I adhered the tiny labels using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Everything was tucked into 4″ x 6″ cello bags and closed with the bag toppers.

This is really a no muss, no fuss project. To really simplify it, keep the bag toppers plain instead of edging and embossing them to save yourself a little more time. I guarantee you can put together tons of these in little time. I will be putting together more of these for neighbor gifts!

Love the Pretty Petites stamp set and Petite Curly Label Punch that I used in this project? You can get them for FREE as part of Sale-a-bration! CLICK HERE to learn more!

Coming up: Super simple gift tags you can attach to anything!

Until next time…

 

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Hearts A Flutter (Spring Catalog), Pretty Petites (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper (Spring Catalog)
Tools: Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies (Spring Catalog), Petite Curly Label Punch (Sale-a-bration), Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
Extras: 4″ x 6″ Cello Bags
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store

 

Moose News:

  • Celebrate good times with FREE product during Sale-a-bration! Earn free Stampin’ Up! products for every $50 you spend in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Start earning your free products today!
  • The new Idea Book & Catalog is now Live! Get your copy for FREE, just pay $5 for priority shipping! To order your copy of the catalog, simply Email Me!
  • The New Spring Catalog is now available! To get a FREE copy, simply email me your address and I’ll send one to you right away! Or you can CLICK HERE to download it now.
  • Starter Kit Now Only $99! The new Starter Kits are now more affordable…and COMPLETELY customizable! You pick up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product all for only $99! What a great way to start your own creative career! Visit My Stampin’ Up! Site for details!
  • Make sure to Follow Me On Facebook and Instagram (@jnimrichter) for exclusive photos and sneak peeks at my newest works-in-progress, and the latest news and promotions from Stampin’ Up!