Friday, February 16, 2018

Mardi Gras Card

Howdy folks,
Just popping in to share a quick card I made for Mardi Gras.  I’m posting a little late.  I made the card on Mardi Gras Day (St. Valentine’s Day).  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 for all the elements, including the “Happy”.  I just love my Cricut and highly recommend that if you don’t have one and you are planning to get one; either get the Air 2 or the Cricut Maker.  The only other supplies I used is purple, yellow, green, and white cardstock and my Tombow Mono Adhesive.  This was a super simple and super quick card.  Well, that’s it for tonight.   Until next time, have a blessed Lent.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Simple Valentine's Day Card

Hello everyone,
Here is a really quick and simple tent fold Valentine's Day Card.  I made this card using scraps and test die cuts.  The supplies are: White CS from Michael's (Recollection brand #65), Red CS (Christmas Red #65) from Hobby Lobby , Avery Elle Postage Stamp Die, Stampin' Up Love Notes Framelits Dies.  The finished card is 3 and  7/16 x 4 and  11/16.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant called "Sweetest Greetings". 

Joyce aka the Duchess of the Glenn


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

St. Valentine's Day Shaker Tag

Hello Everyone,

It is the first challenge of 2018 at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month’s challenge is “Anything Goes”.   This month has a lot inspiration such as St. Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Lent, the Olympics, Black History Month, the Superbowl and so on.  For my project I chose to make a St. Valentine’s Day Shaker Tag.   I used some Kraft, Red, Pink, Black, and White cardstock.  The Pink, Red, and White cardstock are from Stampin’ UP!   The black cardstock is from Michael’s Recollection, and the Kraft is from Hobby Lobby Paper Studios.  I used some red and white Baker’s Twine, some glitter cardstock from JoAnn’s, acetate sheets from Michael’s, some black foam tape, Spellbinder’s ATC Die D-Lites, Tim Holtz Side Kick and the Side Order that comes with the machine.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and touch of Walnut Stain.  I filled the tag with little hearts cut from my Momenta heart die.    Can’t wait to see what you create this month!  
close up of the little hearts

Monday, January 29, 2018

Popcorn Treat Boxes

Oooh wee y'all, 
 I am cutting it close with this post.  My goal is to do one post per month in addition to the design team post.  By-the-way you still have a couple of days to participate in the Eclectic Ellapu December challenge.  The theme is Christmas-can be a gift or anything festive.    And now on to my January post.  I held my 1st of 4 in-office meetings for my team this month.  I have 16 employees and I wanted to give them a little something that wasn’t too expensive, fun, and practical.    I found these adorable little popcorn treat boxes at Tuesday Morning.  They were perfect, they came 8 in a pack and they were $2.49 each.   I also found some perfectly matched napkins with the gold strips at Walmart (party section).    I filled each treat box with 2 packs of Orchard Valley  snacks packs, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Soft Peppermints, a small Hand Sanitizer, and the individual packs of Kleenex.   I put each one in the large Celebrate-It Clear Treat bags.  I made the rosette using the Tim Holtz die, 2 Stampin’ UP! Circle punches, some WE R Memory Keepers ACC 3x5 Pad Metal Foil cardstock (one of the circles and the flag pennant), and some black and white straws from Walmart (party section).  I used an old JustRite Cling stamp set called Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty for the greeting and finished the treats boxes off with some black balloon ribbon.   I did 16 altogether it took me 7 hours in total over 2 days.  I prepped the boxes and rosettes the day before and everything else I did the next day. 


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hershey's Nugget Treats and Impossible Christmas Treat Box

Season’s Greeting to all my crafty peeps out there! 

With the Grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s blessing we will enter a new and exciting new year!  This has truly been a challenging year for pretty much everyone.  This year has also been a year of giving and blessing one another.  The natural disasters brought out the best in all of us as a whole. It is everyday proof that God is always in the mix and there is always hope.  So before we say goodbye to 2017’s Christmas Holiday I wanted to get a couple more projects in; after all it's the 12 days of Christmas.   The first project is the ever popular Hershey’s Nugget treat tray (not sure if that is the real name).  This little holder is sooo cute and so much fun to make.  It’s quick, very easy, can be made for ANY occasion, and of course my number one thing in's cost effective!  I did five Hershey Nuggets but you can easily adjust the measurements to accommodate more.   I got the idea from Tmika from Scrapdaworld, check out her tutorial on YouTube here .

Instead of cutting patterned paper I used some peel-n-stick Christmas labels from Wal-Mart, they worked out perfectly.  You can also use holiday mailing labels.  Other supplies for this project are: patterned paper for the tray-Recollections’ Sugar Plums 6x6 pad, Recollections Celebrate-It treat bags, some balloon ribbon (the kind you coil with the scissors), Spellbinders A2 Card Basic A (the long rectangle at the top), and the sentiment is a stamp from Hobby Lobby (clearance section).   Here's a Tmika Tip: after you have the tray made and the Nuggets wrapped use a dry adhesive to keep the Nuggets in place in the tray.  I also rounded the corners of my trays for a cleaner appearance.   I made borders for my trays (this is optional).  Some of the tutorials I watched did not make borders.  They just attached the Nuggets to a strip of patterned cardstock and slip them in the treat bag.  The borders make the tray a little more sturdy.  I used Stampin’ UP! Real Red classic ink to stamp my sentiment.    The measurements for my tray: 2 ½ “ x 5 1/8 “(5 Nuggets).   The first time I tried this I did not have any Nuggets so I used Hershey Kisses.  The measurements I used for the Kisses:  a piece of cardstock cut to 2 7/8” x 5”, score at 1” and 1 7/8”, round the corners and there you have it!  I think that holds 6 Kisses.

Okay…project number two is a cute little box, called the “Impossible Gift Box”.  I saw this on The Paper Pixie’s YouTube channel, here is the tutorial.

It’s not really that hard but it is a little time intensive, at least until you get familiar with it.   I made an uncut template, a cut template, a demo, and a finished project in about 2- 2 1/2hrs, all of this was my first attempt at the box, so the name is a little’s not impossible.   The supplies I used for my box are: Recollections 65# white cardstock for the box (it’s even better if you make it using heavier cardstock like 80-100#). I used some old cranberry coloured heavy cardstock from the first mat and some Christmas PAPER I had in my stash from Hobby Lobby.  The sentiment/greeting is from a Hero Arts stamp and die set called “Merry”.  I used Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler classic ink to stamp the sentiment and the Stampin’ UP! Window punch to create the shadow for the sentiment.   I had about 7-8 Hershey’s Nuggets in the box and then I tried 4 Ghirardelli Squares both fit very well.
And with that I will say to you and yours have a Happy, Prosperous, Safe, and absolutely blessed New Year!!!

This little box is made with the lid attached


The Duchess of the Glenn
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