Monday, October 12, 2009

Hip To Be Square Blog Hop



This evening I have two projects to show you.  Melanie Muenchinger asked me to participate in the Gina K Blog Hop tonight. We are featuring Melanie's new stamp set "Hip To Be Square".   I was very happy to accept this invitation. Below I will have links to all the Gina K designers so you can see lots of beautiful cards and projects made with this set.

My first project is a fun candy container.  Everyone loves chocolate, right!   This little pouch holds a Hershey bar.  When you untie the bow,  you just pull up on the ends of the ribbon and it pulls out your chocolate bar.  Several years ago, I made a bunch of these for a  party favor.   This one would make a perfect stocking stuffer. 



All supplies are from Gina K Designs.  The snowman is from Melanie's "Hip To Be Square" set.    I stamped the snowman head and punched it out with a 1 1/4" round punch.  The hat was stamped separately, cut out and glued to the top of the head. 

To create the pouch, you cut a piece of card stock  6" x 7" and score it on the 6" side, at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".  You then cut a green band to go around it which is 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" and score it the same as the pouch.  I used the snowflakes from Gina's "Holiday Cheer" stamp set (this is the new StampTV  kit) and white embossed two different sizes of flakes randomly around on both the front and back. 

I used a MS punch to add a border on each side of the band.  A petite scalloped  rectangle Nestability was used to cut white CS and was  mounted on a piece of red CS.  The greeting is from "Hip to Be Square" and was cut out with a petite oval nestability.  I used a paper piercing tool to punch holes in the scallops on both die cut pieces. 

To seal the pouch, I added some Scor-Tape along one long side and the bottom of the pouch.  This is a very strong tape and you don't have to worry about it pulling apart. A slot punch was used to create the hole for the ribbon.  The band is also secured with Scor-Tape.  Before securing the band, I like to put the candy bar in the pouch,  wrap the band around  and then secure it. 

The snowman was  attached with dimensional tape.  I tied a bow with ribbon from Gina's StampTV Kit and placed it under the snowman's face.  I cut a narrow strip from this ribbon and added it to the hat for a band.  Holly from Theresa's "A Very Merry Christmas" was stamped in green and cut out to attach to his hat.  Red rhinestones were added for berries.  The white ribbon is also from the StampTV kit and was inserted through both holes  punched  at the top. There is one yard of ribbon.   As you insert the candy bar, the ribbon will go down and become shorter.  Once the candy bar is all the way in,  tie the ends into a bow at the top.

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  Partridge In a Pear Tree

The following card does not show up as pretty in the photo as I had hoped.  It does have a very elegant sheen.  I stamped the window frame from "Hip To Be Square" on a piece of silky looking designer paper and cut it out along the outside edges.  It is kind of funny how the  partridge image turned it.  It is a stamp from Gina's "Holiday Cheer" StampTV kit.  To stamp the partridge,  I inked it with VersaMark then tapped it on a Always Artichoke ink pad then clear embossed it.  I was surprised that it turned out almost transparent.  At first I was very disappointed but decided I really like how it turned out.  It does show up darker on the card.   I went on to complete the card.  The design was layered onto a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock that was embossed with one of the newer Cuttlebug border embossing folders.  The verse is from Gina's "Holiday Greetings" set, which is also in the StampTV kit.  Both the greeting and design were mounted on black card stock.  Some black rhinestones were added to finish the card. 



For even more ideas with Melanie Muenchinger's "Hip to be Square" stamp set, visit her blog link below as well as the GinaK Idea Center here: Hip to Square.   Her tip sheet has been added to the Idea Center as a PDF so you can print out all the tips and suggestions for a handy reference tool!

Here's all the Designer's Blog Links to check out tonight:

Giovana Smith
Kay Simmons
Linda Payne

and finally, Melanie's Guest Designer for Hip to be Square:


and Special guests:


26 comments:

redwasher1 said...

Selma, your first card is so cute and the is so beautiful! Fantastic!

Giovana said...

Beautiful!!!
God bless
Giovana

Payne Holler Cards said...

Love the candy pouch! great details..will be doing this for stocking stuffers TFS!!!!

the second card! awesome! I enlarged it and its gorgeous!!!
I love elegant cards and this one is also so "new vintage"...hope that made sense!!!

Theresa Momber said...

Wow, Selma! These are awesome! What a great idea with the candy bar.

Carolyn King said...

Love that candy holder and the bird with the window is awesome--so elegant!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Just gorgeous!!! Who can resist a snowman with chocolate!!!!

Betty Benton said...

Beautiful card, Selma and the candy bar cover is just precious!!

Jamie said...

Great ideas. I love the candy bar wrap. I may have to try this.

Thanks for sharing.

Jamie

Ravengirl said...

Your card is gorgeous, I wish I could see it in real life!

Deebi27 said...

Love that candy wrapper. creative and your second card. the Hip-to-be-Square stamp looks like a real tile set... Beautiful is the best thought!

NinaB said...

This are beautiful. What is that flourish emboss on the second card? It's just the perfect touch.

joy said...

your candy holder card is beautiful. The white snowflakes just pop against that red. Well done job! Your second card is so elegant!

Terri E. said...

In a cute and an elegant card. Super fun!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Donna VW said...

Love both your ideas. The card is stunning!

catdidit said...

Oh love that candy holder, what a neat idea, and that card rocks!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

One elegant and one sweet.... the perfect balance!

Patti said...

Amazing Selma!I will definitely be using the candy pouch! The card is gorgeous..... I bet it's over the top in person!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Wonderful projects, Selma! I love the cute candy bar holder! Your second card is so gorgeous - soft and very elegant!

Melanie said...

love the details on your snowman that treat holder is just too cute!! the bird card is SO elegant, i must try this with a vinatge feel, love the cuttlebug flourish oh my!! the muted colors are beautiful!

Piali said...

Cute Candy bar holder...& wonderful card.

JessicaK said...

Sweet treats!

Jennie said...

What a cute candy bar holder you made! And love the stamping on it! Your card is so elegant as well. Love these :o)

Jessica said...

Selma! How great are all your projects for the hop! I LOVE that they show off you talents so well - you do cutesy and elegant perfectly!

Thanks for joining in on the hop tonight!

Donna said...

cute candy slider! pretty partridge in a pear tree

Janice M said...

Beautiful card!! Love the candy bar wrapper!!

Melissa Cash said...

Beautiful card and your candy pouch is adorable too!

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