Sharing Some Christmas in July for GDP096

Hello!  Welcome to my creative blog, One Crafty Sister.  Today I am taking part in the Global Design Project challenge GDP096.  The challenge this week was to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) the talented Tanja Kolar:

You could choose to use the same stamp set, the colors, or the layout, whatever inspired you from this beautiful card of Tanja’s.  I loved the layout and it immediately made me think of a new stamp set that I needed to play with!

The Carols of Christmas bundle, which will be in our Holiday catalog coming September 1st, is going to be released one month early, making it available on August 1st!!  It is wonderful for stunning simple or elaborate Christmas cards.  My favorite part is that it has nice, large sentiments for the front of your card.

The large sentiment, Deck the Halls, was stamped in Tranquil Tide.  I thought it had just enough green in it to make for a fun and modern color combo, paired with Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment was cut out on the Big Shot with the largest of the stitched square dies and layered with a Cherry Cobbler scalloped square.

How did I get that little banner on top?  I stamped the sentiment again on a scrap, with Cherry Cobbler.  Then I trimmed away the Deck and the Halls.  I was left with a little strip.  I then used the Classic Label punch to create the flagged ends!

Everything was popped up on dimensionals, including those adorable little ornaments hanging down from the sentiment.  Best part about these ornaments?  They are just one stamp and one die cut, to stamp and cut all three at the same time!  Super easy and hassle free!  They were finished off with tiny pears.

So what do you think?  Do you just love that big bold sentiment?  You can get that stamp set for FREE through the end of the month by purchasing the Starter Kit!  Not just that but $72 of bonus product in addition to selecting $125 for just $99 plus tax (no shipping).  Your Starter Kit gets you a minimum 20% discount on anything and everything through the end of the year!

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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment so I know you were here!

Happy Stampin’,

Jennifer xoxo

Want to know what I used for the project shared today?  Here is a list of each item:

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OSAT Blog Hop – Very Vintage

Hi there.  Welcome to the July OSAT Blog Hop!  If you started at my blog, or made it here by way of the talented Jenny Hall’s blog, I am glad to have you.  For our Very Vintage theme this month I did a little bit of research.  Read on below to see where my research took me.

I have been wanting to work with the Pocketful of Sunshine set since it was delivered by my trusty UPS man.  I kept staring at it and even picked it up a couple times when it just didn’t feel right. So, back on my shelf it went.

When it was time to work on the Very Vintage project I picked it up again because the curvy font used for the sentiments strike me as very vintage.  But just using a vintage font wasn’t enough for a vintage project.  I decided to start researching denim.  Specifically Levi’s.

Did you know that you can generally date many Levis based on their wash, the color of the threading and the colors of the little tab on the pocket?  There is also the pocket style, zipper or button fly and the number of belt loops that can help date a pair of Levis!

For the life of me I can’t find the article that educated me on all things Levi’s history 🙁 but I can tell you that the Orange Tab Levi’s were launched in 1969.  They were the first line of Levi’s that were more trendy and hip, made for style as much as functionality.  Ironically they just relaunched the Orange Tab line this year!  Check them out HERE.

So I can’t say that my project is 100% accurate, I added some copper rivets to the pocket that are a stretch.  But that wash and tiny orange tag are spot on!  To get your perfect denim wash, use the large background image stamp that come’s with the You’ve Got This stamp set:

I saw several projects where the pocket was used to make an open top bag but I thought I would try and make it into a box.  So instead of threading some ribbon or making a cardstock strap, I added a little lid that could fold into the top.

In that little box are some Starburst candies.  They were introduced in the US the year after Orange Tab Levi’s, in 1970!  A perfect little treat to go with a totally cool and vintage pair of paper denim pockets!

To make the box, I simply stamped and cut out two pockets.  I then cut a strip of cardstock that was 1 1/2″ by 7 1/2″ which I stamped then scored at 2 1/4″, 3 3/4″ and 5 1/4″.  You could easily make this box more narrow or thick by adjusting the width of this strip!  When all scored I glued the tabs from the pocket onto the inside of the strip.  The top for the pocket box measures 2 1/16″ by 2 1/2″, scored at 1/2″ and 2″.  One end was glued to the inside back of the pocket box, the other functioned as the tab closure.

I hope you enjoyed this trip back to 1969-1970!  Now it’s time to see where Melissa Davies is taking us on the rest of the Vintage tour!

If you missed anyone on the hop, here is the full lineup:

  1. Kelly Acheson
  2. Jessie Holton
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Jennifer Hill – you are here!
  5. Melissa Davies
 Thanks for stopping by and happy stampin’


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A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop – One in a Melon

Happy Thursday!  This is one of my favorite days of the month – A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop. As someone who see’s most of my stamps and crafty supplies being used in their very literal terms, I am always amazed at what people come up with, using the same supplies as me. That is what is so fun about this hop. These paper artists, including me (ooh, I don’t think I ever included myself in the artist category before 🙄 ) have taken the Stampin’ Up! monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, and turned it into something other than it was designed for. even when it’s a challenge for this girl.  If you want more details about the subscription, you can check it out here.

Maybe you came here by way of my friend, Andrea Tracy-Tucker, or you just started here.  Either way, all of us hope that you enjoy the projects and make some of them yourself.  So sit back, enjoy, and make sure you visit all of the blogs to check out what the other artists made for you!

This month’s kit is a totally adorable summer fruits theme! Having grown up in part of Florida that grows tons, and I mean TONS, of watermelon, it was a super fun kit to open. My childhood town, Newberry, FL, actually has a Watermelon Festival each year and the best part is getting to snack on tasty, free watermelon! We have a Watermelon Queen and even a parade!  My niece was even the local, Florida and National Watermelon Queen!

Ok, now on to the kit, I am sure you are ready for me to get there! The kit makes 6 adorable watermelon and pineapple cards plus 4 of the sweetest little gift bags:

You can’t deny the adorableness of those little watermelon tags and the array of cheery colors in this kit. I thought that the cards, all together, would make a great gift set. And then my brain said, “Jennifer, every gift set needs a holder.” Duh.  So, I looked at the gift bag and thought, this could work:

To create the cute open topped box to hold all of the adorable cards, I simply cut three inches off of the top of the box. I cut a 1.5 inch strip of the “I can’t get enough of this” watermelon tissue paper – that is part of the kit. I took my retired fringe scissors to it, which you can get the same look by snipping 5,000 times with your paper snips.

The only thing I added that was not part of the kit is the white, tiny scalloped border and the strip of Daffodil Delight on the bag. To make that cute little scalloped border, I used the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  It gives you two great trim design options!  Makes it a versatile punch!  Finally I added a strip, about 1/4 inch.

I put the cards, made just like the kit was designed, into a cellophane bag and tied it up with the Melon Mambo baker’s twine, also included in the kit. Then I just clipped on the cute tag.

Do you like to package card sets as gifts? This kind of packaging is one of my favorites to make.  Well, now it’s time to hop on over to Dena Rekow’s blog and see what she cooked up for us today.  Click the next button to see her creation:

Just in case you missed someone, here is the full hop list:

  1. Sara Levin
  2. Kimberley Morris
  3. Maria Willis
  4. Melissa Davies
  5. Audra Monk
  6. Carolynn Sander
  7. Lori Mueller
  8. Megan Thompson
  9. Rachel Tessman
  10. Kelly Acheson
  11. Rick Adkins
  12. Cindee Wilkinson
  13. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  14. Jennifer Hill  — you are here!
  15. Dena Rekow
  16. Monika Davis

Supplies used in addition to the May 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock
  • Decorative Ribbon Border punch

Thanks for stopping by!




OSAT Blog Hop – All About Men

Hello and welcome to the June OSAT Blog Hop.  If you started at my blog, or made it here by way of Melissa Davie’s blog, I am glad to have you.  Our theme this month is All About Men.  With Father’s Day right around the corner, men may be on your mind!

This is not going to be a happy blog post, but I hope when you read, you will feel just how much love I have for what my project is for and this post is about.  Today is a particularly tough day.  Many of the days over the past few months have been.  You see, today is exactly 5 months since I watched my daddy take his very last breath here on this earth.

I don’t want anyone to be sad reading this…I want anyone reading this to know just how much my daddy meant to me.  He was possibly my favorite person in my life.  He was a simple man with a simple life and simple dreams.  That is why the project for today’s hop are simple.  They aren’t fancy, flashy or overly detailed, because neither was he.

I miss the man I called Daddy.  I spoke to him regularly, sometimes every day.  He didn’t always have lots to say, but neither did I.  Mostly I just wanted to hear his voice.

I have a few voicemails on my phone that I will keep as long as I can.  Maybe I will save them onto my computer so that when I want to hear his voice I can just press play.

As a carpenter, since his teenage years, I knew that I had to use some of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The heart was stamped using the Wood Words set, which was also used for the die cut hearts and that adorable wood crate.  The first thing my daddy had to build, to prove that he could be a carpenter, was a tool crate.  I have that tool crate that he built sometime around 1955.  There is not enough wood in the world to build a crate that would fit the love I have for my daddy.

I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the man I knew as Daddy.  We all have special people in our lives.  He was one very special person in my life.

Next up on the Hop is Claudia Perry, make sure you visit her, by clicking the Next button below to see what she has to share today.

If you missed anyone on the hop, here is the full line up:

  1. Melissa Davies
  2. Jennifer Hill – you are here!
  3. Claudia Perry
  4. Kelly Acheson
  5. Lori Mueller
  6. Pam Staples
  7. Maria Willis
  8. Sue Plote
  9. Renee Ondrajka
  10. Jeanna Bohanon
  11. Rick D. Adkins
  12. Marisa Gunn
  13. Dena Rekow
  14. Jessie Holton
  15. Justin Krieger
  16. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Sprinkled with Love Kit

Hello and happy Thursday!  Today is the second installment of a fun blog hop sharing alternative projects made with the Paper Pumpkin monthly kit supplies.  Paper Pumpkin is an awesome surprise in a box – and it’s delivered to your mailbox every month!  If you are new to Paper Pumpkin, you can find all of the details HERE.

Maybe you came here by way of my friend, Pam Staples, or you just started here.  Either way, we all hope that you enjoy the projects and make some of them yourself.  So sit back, enjoy, and make sure you visit all of the blogs to check out what the other artists made for you!

This month’s kit is titled “Sprinkled with Love”.  If you are in to donuts…oh my sweetness!  This kit is so adorable and if I am being honest, I was stumped a little on coming up with an alternate project.  I didn’t want to just make another card…so I decided to make something that could actually hold a donut so you could give it as a sweet treat to someone special!  My friend Martine, one of my favorite demonstrator friends, and I had a little brainstorming session about the things you could make with this kit.  She loves donuts so she had some great ideas!

I made a box that was approximately 1 1/2″ tall and 4 1/2″ square.  I used this great video from Stampin’ Up to figure out my box dimensions:

After using the formula that Donna shared in the video, my bottom cardstock piece was 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.

I used our new In Color, Powder Pink, as it seemed to match the donut icing PERFECTLY!

I made the top a little shorter than the box bottom so you could see the box base.  I wanted a 3/4″ lid height so my designer series paper (DSP) was cut to 6″ square.  I used a piece of the “Falling in Love” DSP which was so popular, it sold out!  But who knows, you may already have some on your shelf!

The rest of the packaging details were completed using the kit contents!  I cut one card base in half to create my donut topper.  I popped up the donut icing on dimensionals – because I love when things aren’t FLAT!  I cut apart one of the super adorable envelopes in the kit, making two 2″ strips, and used these to create a belly band for the box.  It all came together with a few wraps of the lovely gold twine that came in the kit.

The best part, this box is READY to put a donut inside!  I lined the inside of the box with a piece of the Sending Love Glassine sheets (on SALE right now!  check it out HERE!).

What do you think?  Could you give away a sweet treat along with your card?  I know a couple friends who would LOVE getting a donut, especially a Krispy Kreme one (a locals favorite in our town!).  It’s time to go see what my craft friend, Andrea, has planned for you.  Click the next button to see her creation now!

Just in case you missed someone, here is the full Hop list:

  1. Kimberly Morris
  2. Melissa Davies
  3. Sara Levin
  4. Carolynn Sander
  5. Tina Rackley Riddle
  6. Rachel Tessman
  7. Rick D. Adkins
  8. Megan Thompson
  9. Lori Mueller
  10. Audra Monk
  11. Cathy Caines
  12. Pam Staples
  13. Jennifer Hill – That’s me!  You are here.
  14. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  15. Dena Rekow
  16. Monika Davis

Supplies used in addition to the May 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit:
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Powder Pink cardstock (Available June 1st)
  • So In Love Designer Series Paper

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Thanks for stopping by!



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