Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gina K. Designs & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Gina K. Designs and Cardmaker Blog Hop!  If you have reached my blog from Susie Moore's blog, welcome!  You've reached the next stop.  Thanks for hopping with us today.

The design teams from Gina K. Designs and CardMaker have teamed up to bring you some new inspiration using the Gina K. Designs Home For The Holidays StampTV Kit.

This amazing jam-packed holiday themed kit is available now from Gina K. Designs.

Today, I am sharing some fun gift packaging featuring the gift tags using the cute little snowman and some various paper scraps.  I'm a paper hoarder.  I hate to waste paper, so I have plastic drawers that I toss my various scraps of patterned papers and card stock in.  This project is a good way to use up some of those scraps!  

I started my project by first die-cutting a few of the snowmen from Gina K. Heavy Weight Base White card stock.  I saved the negative piece from my die cutting, and used that as a guide for stamping my image.  To do this, I used my MISTI.  I first stamped once on a scrap paper, leaving my stamp in place on the lid.  Then I centered my die cut negative over that stamped image and secured the negative in place.

Next, I popped the die cut back into the negative hole.  I know that it will stamp exactly as I want it to, because I know it is lined up correctly.

It does.  And I removed the die cut and continued stamping the remainder of my die cuts.

I then very quickly added a bit of color to my snowmen and their scarves with Copic Markers.

I chose to snip off the inked pom-pom from my die cut, because I would be adding a tiny craft pom-pom instead.

My "tags" were made from a 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of patterned paper.  To create the ribbon tail edge, I  marked the center point and measured 1/2' from the bottom, and marked a dot with pencil on the reverse side.  And just cut from the edge to that centered dot with scissors.   I used scraps of coordinating patterned paper and cardstock to create a contrasting bands on my tag.  I stamped the To:/From: in Gina K Black Onyx ink and added my snowman, adding the pom-pom with Glossy Accents last.

My packaging for my popcorn is a lined Kraft window coffee bag.  I love giving homemade treats for the holidays, and this is always a nice simple way to gift a gift.  I filled mine with homemade Caramel Corn.  I make many, many batches of this popcorn each year for easy holiday gifts.

Just for fun, I'm including my secret recipe in case you'd like to try it for yourself.

Caramel Popcorn

18-20 cups of air-popped corn (plain. don't add oil/salt)

1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in brown sugar, syrup and salt.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly.  Boil 5 minutes, no longer stirring.  Remove from heat.  Add soda and vanilla.  Stir until foamy.  Pour over popped corn, mixing well.  Place into two large baking pans.  Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the hop should be Juliana Michaels.
If you get lost, here is the complete list of blog hop participants:

CardMaker Blog 
Susie Moore 
Chris Dayton - you are here!
Juliana Michaels 

Karen Hightower 
Cathy Tidwell 
Kelly Gettelfinger 
Silke Ledlow 
Jeanne Streiff 
Kendra Wietstock 
Melanie Muenchinger 
Daniela Dobson 
Sheri Gilson 
Donna Idlet 
Sean Fetterman 
Gina K. Designs Blog