WCMD2017 – Make-and-Takes

Yesterday I was excited to share pictures from the World Card Making Day event I hosted with Pam Morris, my Stampin’ up! upline this past weekend.  If you missed this summary of the day, please check it out here.

Today I want to share the Make-and-Takes we shared with this awesome group of demonstrators.  Each participant received a handout with full details on each project, including measurements (so I’m not sharing all of that publicly).  I am, though, sharing the projects as inspiration – and to show off our awesome make-and-takes.  These are the projects our participants made:

Gift Card Gift Bag

Gift cards are becoming more and more common.  In order to help make gift cards a little more special, we created this gift card holder that fits perfectly in a Gold Striped bag.  The gorgeous banner that’s clipped to the front just makes it more special.  Your friends and family will be BEGGING you to just give them a gift card next year.

Merry Little Labels, Gift Card Holder, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:  Merry Little Labels  Inks:  Old Olive, Archival Basic Black  Papers:  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White, Gold Foil, Basic Black  Accessories:  Gold Striped Bags, Leaf Punch, Everyday Label Punch, 7/8″ Striped Ribbon, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 1″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Good Tidings Baby Wipes Card

Participants used three greens (Emerald Envy, Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist) and a baby wipe to make this beautiful card:

Good Tidings, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Set:  Good Tidings  Inks:  Emerald Envy, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Archival Basic Black  Papers:  Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Shimmery White  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Basic Jewels Embellishments

Cocoa and Marshmallows Pocket

Each of the participants in our event received the Hug in a Mug stamp set – it’s an adorable stamp set that hasn’t received the level of recognition it deserves.  With a half-sheet of cardstock, Julie DiMatteo helped design these cute pouches to hold a pack of cocoa and a test tube filled with dehydrated marshmallows.  What a sweet gift!

Hug in a Mug, Cocoa treat holder, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:  Hug in a Mug  Papers:  Be Merry Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green or Cherry Cobbler  Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Starburst Punch, 2″ Circle punch, Treat Tubes, Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals

3″ x 3″ Card Gift Box

There’s nothing sweeter than a little gift box of cards.  It’s final – there’s no arguing that.  Here’s a sweet box and four cards we made with the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack:

3" x 3" cards gift box, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up!

Each card features Garden Green, Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist (such fun!), a variety of punches/dies and a sweet sentiment.Hang Your Stocking, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up! Smitten Mittens, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up! Hearts Come Home, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up! Santa's Suit, WCMD2017 Make-and-Take, Stampin' Up!

Smitten Mittens Penguins

We were fortunate to have Donna Griffith present at our event.  This is the third time Donna has come to World Card Making Day in Atlanta – and she brought lots of great ideas for how to showcase Smitten Mittens.  Inspiring!

Squeal alert – I’m thrilled to share just one of the ideas Donna shared – transforming mittens into penguins.  If you are in a place where you can’t squeal out loud, then shut down the browser right now:

Smitten Mittens Penguins, Stampin' Up!How adorable is that!?!

We were excited to share all of these projects with the participants at our event – and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about them with you.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. What fun projects! Wish I could have been there.

    • Thanks, Robin! We had fun pulling these projects together – and figuring out how we could keep the crowd moving along during the make-and-takes. Wish you could have been there, too!

  2. Awesome ideas! These holders really dress up a gift card!

  3. Sweet little treasures, every one of them!

  4. The Smitten Mitten to penguin transformation is REALLY squeal worthy! Adorbs! The cocoa holder is also really cute. Dehydrated marshmallows? Really? Love all the projects. Wish I had been there!

  5. Simple and classic designs. What fun to create. You DID get a squeal out of me over the penguin mittens!

  6. Woo hoo! Love all of these projects!

  7. Wonderful projects all. Thanks again for a great World Card Making Day!

  8. MargaretAnn Hammond

    Brian you do this to me all the time, I now have to purchase the mitten stamp set. What a clever idea .using them and the punch. Thank you for sharing with us all the great project

  9. Wow!! These are all fantastic projects! You guys are awesome!!

  10. Every project was fabulous! I can’t even pick a favorite although those sweet little penguins really did steal my heart! What a wonderful weekend that must have been. I must admit that I wish we had people in this area that would plan an event like that or even just a card making retreat. You and Pam are both amazing. I cannot even begin to imagine how many hours it took to plan this event. Thanks for sharing Brian.

    • Thanks, Grace! Lots and lots of hours – so much work to prep all these projects and plan out the other details of the event. It was worth it, though. Such a fun day with a fun group!

  11. Each and every one is simply sweet. I enjoyed putting all of them together and so enjoyed the event. Thank you and Pam for giving us all the opportunity to meet and share. So much fun.

  12. Squeal in deed! What a fun idea!

  13. Such great projects! I love the gift card holder and cocoa packets especially ? The dehydrated marshmallows were always my favorite part of cocoa
    Hopefully I’ll be able to join in next years event!

    • So glad you like them, Nina! They were fun to create and fun to share with the group. We had a great time – wish you could have been there to share the day with us.

  14. Those are really fun, cute projects. Love the marshmallows in the test tube. All are great! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love your projects especially the treat packets! Hello from Canada,love your blog Brian!thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for your comment, Eileen McClean! I love your name – I’d never be able to just call you by your first name. πŸ™‚ <3 So glad you like them, and thanks for your kind words. <3

  16. Chris R. from Iowa

    Great creations! I bet everyone had a great time as well.

    I had to laugh at your liking Eileen’s name. My maiden name, egads that sounds so weird, was High. My mom’s name was Marjorie Eileen High. One year I got them all personalized license plates. My mom’s was ME HIGH and she made the newspaper with that license plate!

  17. where do you find dehydrated marshmellows?

  18. Hi Brian. Cute projects!!! What a sweet surprise to discover that the cocoa and mini marshmallow item I was pinning was from one of your WCMD events. You and Pam always do such a great job with those. So fun! I hope all is well with you!

    • Hey Amy! Julie DiMatteo helped me with this project. It was great fun! I still remember your coloring book project as one of the best presentations ever. Ever. Hope you are doing well. β™₯β™₯β™₯

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