Good to the Last Bite

Stampin’ Up! is going to be so helpful when the holidays roll around.  Although they are officially “kicked off” with Halloween, I don’t really think of Halloween as a big holiday for sending cards.  Sure, there will inevitably be Halloween party invitations, right?  But the bulk of our Halloween crafting comes with fun packaging for kids’ treats or decorations for our Halloween parties.  Here’s bag of cookies, all dressed up for Halloween:

Merry Everything, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bag it Up!  The new Holiday Catalog is jam-packed with great packaging ideas (take-out boxes, gift card holders, and curvy keepsake boxes).  On of my favorites, though, is the Petite Cafe Gift Bags.  These food safe bags are poly-lined so they have a waxy interior that’s perfect for homemade treats.  The bags measure approximately 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 8″.  With two tin tie closures, the bags can easily be resized and resealed.
  • Top it!  These bags are super-cute, but I wanted to create a fun and lively topper.  The topper is a piece of Basic Black card stock that’s scored and covered with a piece of Back to Black Designer Series paper.  I colored the entire panel of paper with a Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Marker.  The topper is glued to the front of the bag and loose on the back of the bag.  I heat embossed this super-fun “good to the last bite” image from Merry Everything and punched it with the Note Tag punch.  I added two banners to the side and some Pumpkin Pie Fringe.    Merry Everything, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Don’t Forget About the Back.  While I didn’t decorate the back of the bag, I did add another tag from the same set to identify the special friend who is receiving these cookies.  Everyone likes to see their name in print, right Sonny?  That little touch on the back of the gift makes the gift all that more special.    Merry Everything, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Merry Everything  Papers:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Back to Black Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pumpkin Pie)  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Note Tag punch, Banner Framelits, Fringe Scissors, Petite Cafe Gift Bag, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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New Video: Crystal Effects

Your best friend emailed me last night to let me know that your cards are best when they include a small element of surprise.  If you want that surprise element to be a lacquered shine, then Crystal Effects is for you.  Whether it’s a large, shiny element or a few small dollops of shine, this product can add that element of surprise your friend looks for in your awesome paper crafts.

Features of and Uses for Crystal Effects:

  • The pointed applicator tip allows for control when applying Crystal Effects to a project.
  • The product is water-based for easy cleanup.
  • A thin application of Crystal Effects can dry in an hour.  Thicker applications can dry inside 24 hours.
  • For a multicolored, glossy finish, add a couple of drops of Classic Ink refills to Crystal Effects.
  • Crystal Effects can be used as an adhesive for buttons and other large objects.
  • Remove bubbles in Crystal Effects by swirling a toothpick around the freshly applied liquid.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a card on which I applied Crystal Effects to a circle of card stock to add a glossy effect to the center of the button.  Here’s the card I shared:

Bloom for You, Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP207I also used Crystal Effects to make the koala’s nose shiny:

Kind Koala, Sketched Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Here’s my new video about this Stampin’ Up!-exclusive product:

Brian

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Has Your Demonstrator Disappeared?  I’ve received several messages over the past couple of weeks from avid stampers who’ve lost their demonstrator.  If your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator won’t return your calls (possible reasons: on an indefinitely extended vacation, simply closed-up shop, mysteriously abducted by aliens), please reach out to me at stampwithbrian@gmail.com.  I would LOVE to be your demonstrator and earn your business.  :)

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