Monday, December 2, 2013

Sweet Stamps- Red and Green

  We're crafting in Red and Green this week at Sweet Stamps . Let's have some creative fun!
  The new Technique Junkies Newsletter is out : )  And, we have a Technique of the week for inspiration, so I gave it a go!  This technique is called Circle Strips. I used Authentique DSP and colored the image with Copics. I have microbeads close at hand- and remember they are our Monthly Challenge this month here at Sweet Stamps : )  so I added a few to the center of the flower along with a sprinkle of glitter.

  The card is 4.25" X 6", so a perfect time to go through my stash for DP to make my own envelope.  I found a 12x12 piece of Authentique DP that is the exact line of the DP I used, so made an envelope, and then thought I would give the 'Poppers' I have been seeing a try.

 The envelope punch board is not just for envelopes : )
***I am going to post directions for making these poppers.  You can adjust the size by doing a little math..... ****

I cut the DP 4 1/2 x 6
Score at 1", 2", 3", AND 4"
(To make the Popper larger, just increase your measurements for the sides, eg for a side that is 1 1/2", you would multiply by 4 - so 6" plus the 1/2" border= 6 1/2 X however long you want it to be).

Score at 1 1/4" on each end (on the 4 1/2" side). If you look closely in the picture above, I made lines with a pen- score along those lines. Make your marks in pencil, and save the scraps for future use : )

 I punched at 1 1/4 from each end (on the 6" side) along the score lines.
You can see the paper goes up to the 1 1/4" mark on the score board. Repeat the punching on each score line at 1 1'4" across each side.

Turn and repeat on the other end.
You will also need to punch the edges in the 1/2" section

Score-carefully- on either side of the punched hole- you will fold on these lines:
 Next, decide which side will be on the outside. I choose the patterned side.  Place score tape along the 1/2" section just at the very end section of the popper and in the center section. (You will not place Score Tape in the areas of the open sections). I decided to use the patterned side of the DP, so I placed the score tape on the patterned side of the 1/2" section. place that up to the edge of the opposite side - and attach to the first section.

 Fold in the poppers- push in at the score line-where the center of the punched section is, and the end of the popper folds in.  I added ribbons and a DP band- from the tops of the DP I used. Next I colored and added a holly sprig- it would be fun to add tags as well, don't you think?

Here are the SweetStamps products I used to make the card and poppers:

 As always,  I hope you will join us in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by so everyone has a chance to win!

 The monthly challenge-Microbeads- can be found HERE- it runs from 11/15-12/14. Another chance to WIN- winners drawn by

  Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the weekly Challenge. We have an awesome variety in our DT- from CAS to Shabby Chic and all things in between!

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create- AG with an optional twist- gift packaging
Creative Inspirations Paint- Merry Christmas
Dream Valley- Anything but a card- Paper Poppers
Pile it On- P is for...... Poinesttia, Paper Poppers
Sentimental Sundays- Traditional Christmas Colors
Corrosive Challenge- Happy Holidays
The Ribbon Girls- Ho Ho Ho Christmas-Use Ribbon- Paper Poppers
Totally Papercrafts- Ho Ho Holiday

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!


kiwimeskreations said...

Lovely card Shelly - and thanks for the tutorial for the poppers :-)

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS project and card. Love your technique and all those fun colors.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Shelly, your card is gorgeous - love how you used the variety of DP's! And the tutorial for the crackers is amazing!

Roxie said...

Great projects, the poinsettia looks great in this layout. The poppers are so cute and colorful.

Anne Temple said...

Love all the patterned papers you used on your card and the stitching. What a great idea to make the poppers with the envelope board - love multi-uses. Thanks for the tutorial too.

*Vicki* said...

I most definitely need to check this out as I just got my punch board not too long ago! :) Love the festive papers!! So pretty! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Marlene Atkinson said...

Gorgeous crackers. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley Challenge. Marlene Dt

jimlynn said...

As soon as my envelope punch gets here I'll have to try these!!! VERY cute!
Love your card too. That design is just wonderful. VERY PRETTY!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love that card with the pretty and festive papers and those poppers are so cute that I must try them. Thanks so much for joining us htis week at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Penny said...

Beautiful card, Shelly! Love the different DP together, the stitching, and that gorgeous flower! :^)
And thanks for the tutorial on the poppers. I may just give that a try! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Anonymous said...

The card is so beautifully, I really do like the addition of the stitching and the poppers (that is what we possibly call Christmas crackers) are fabulous.

Pat K said...

Beautiful card and how you stitched the strips together.
The poppers are fabulous...think I might need an envelope maker! Thank you so much for joining us at TPC this week. Pat K xx

Donna K said...

Love your card, Shelly! That stitching is marvelous and the poppers are so fun, thanks for sharing your directions!! Happy Holidays!

Terry said...

Red and green are such wonderful color combinations for Christmas! Fabulous projects and love that touch of stitching!

Nathalie said...

So cute projects. I love your paper poppers. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valey challenge.
Nathalie DT

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! This is amazing!!! Look at all you've done!

Michele said...

the circle strips piece rocks! wow. and how cool you made christmas crackers! you are the crafty queen today. all fab. xo

Chana Malkah said...

Both your card and your poppers are fabulous! Thanks so much for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
Chana, Owner

NanaConnie said...

Love all the papers you chose for both the card and the poppers, Shelly! Great stitching and thanks for the tutorial. :-D

Laura said...

Love the Layers of your DSP!! And Thanks for the Tutorial, its awesome! TFS

Denise said...

Shelly This is so lovely! Thank you for the instructions an all those lovely photo's. Your creations is just wonderful!
Sweet Hugs

Pia S said...

Your card is so beautiful with the strips of patterned papers and stitching! Lovely! And thanks for the tutorial on making those fab crackers!
I'm glad I hopped over from MIM to have a closer look at your work!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Such a beautiful card, I envy the lovely stitching, such nice added touch! Beautiful envelope and love those cracker boxes!!

Unknown said...

Amazing inspiration, love your Christmas card and the poppers are a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday.

Annette said...

What a gorgeous Christmas set you have made! Beautiful card, fab envelope and stunning poppers! It's just amazing! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
uUgs Annette

Annette said...

Lol... I meant Hugs! :)

Ribbon Girl said...

I made crackers with my punch board too, and yesterday I got the pillow pack punch board - very clever ideas! Your projects are lovely. Thank you for joining in with The Ribbon Girl Ho Ho Ho Christmas Challenge – please check back on 15th December to find out who won! Mary x

Margaret said...

Your card is just fantastic. Love all the dp that you used on it.

Those poppers are so cute too. Thanks for the great tutorial on how to make them. I need to give this a try.

Sandy Fredrick said...

Beautiful design, love the circle strips in the variety of patterns, stitching and the beads on the poinsettia. Love the ideas of the poppers and the wonderful directions.

simply monica said...

Absolutely gorgeous Shelly - miss card queen lol

Deanne Saunders said...

Wow! So cool!! Thanks so much for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper