Today is Tuesday and it is time for another Utah Diva’s Color Challenge. Here is our inspiration for this week:

These colors were easy for me to work with – in fact I had already a made a project on Saturday that used three of these four colors for my swap at the demonstrator meeting I had at my house Saturday.  I had the best time Saturday night – there were 17 demonstrators at my house (well one isn’t official yet but will be signing up with the new promotion that started on Monday – see more about it by clicking the special on my right hand side bar – an Amazing Offer from Stampin’ Up!).  Since I basically had something already created with these colors I just made a slight modification to add the missing color for the challenge.  And wah-lah (is that how you would spell that?)…..

For the meeting we had a Cookie Swap – and the cookies had to be packaged in a Stampin’ Up! style container – bag, box, or whatever creative idea everyone could come up with.  And let me tell you the ideas that everyone brought were awesome and the cookies look good – I’ve tried a couple already – Yum! Yum!  I’ll be sharing all the ideas with you so check back.

But to start with here was my idea (well slightly modified).  It is the new little paper sacks from the Holiday Mini – I ran the bags through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It you don’t want the impression to be too deep (as in you don’t want it to tear your bag) then open the Multi-Purpose Platform so there are no tabs – just the platform – it still leaves the embossed impression but not quite as deep.  Then I used a sponge dauber and the Frost White Shimmer Paint to add some shimmer to the snowflakes.

At the bottom of the bag I added a piece of the Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series paper.  I used the Baja Breeze print with the snow flakes.  Then I stamped the snowman tag from Tags til Christmas stamp set – I used Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  It is punched out with the 1-3/4″ Circle punch and sponged on the edges with Soft Suede ink.  I used the Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write marker to color in his scarf and hat.  For the UDI Color Challenge I added the large Scallop Circle punched out of Not Quite Navy card stock to the back of the snowman circle.  I didn’t have that on my original bags for the Cookie swap.

At the top of the bag I punched two holes with my Crop-A-Dile and tied some Very Vanilla Seam Binding through it to hold the bag shut.  I added a tag from the Tags til Christmas stamp set.  I inked the whole thing with Baja Breeze ink and then used Stampin’ Write Markers in Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy to color in some of the words.  It is stamped on Very Vanilla card stock – punched out with the Scallop Square punch and the edges are lightly sponged.  Add a hole in the corner with the 1/16″ circle punch and some crochet thread to tie the tag to the bag.

Here are my original bags for the Cookie Swap – just slightly different.  These bags are similar to the one I made for the Royal Blog Tour – I just used a different stamp set for these.

Oh – do you want to know what I had in my bags for the cookie exchange?

They are called Homemade Heath Bars – here is the recipe:

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Cover bottom with saltine crackers.  Melt 2 sticks real butter and 1 cup brown sugar.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Pour over crackers.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.  Cover top with milk chocolate morsels (about 12 oz). When softened, spread with knife and allow to cool and harden; break into pieces.  A Note: soak butter/sugar pot immediately (or suffer the consequences!)

Now it is your turn to play with these colors – then go to the UDI blog and add your creation to the linky section.  These are perfect winter colors or spa colors!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy
  • Stamp sets: Tags til Christmas
  • Accessories: Mini Lunch Sacks, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Crop-A-Dile, 1/16″ Circle punch, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4″ circle punch, Scallop Square punch, Stampin’ Sponge, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Frost White Shimmer Paint

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 6 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I have now filled group 7 and won’t be taking any more names right now – I”ll be taking a Bingo break after group 7 plays – I may play again in the future so I hope you will continue to visit my blog.   See this POST for more details on how to play and the previous winners.

And now for today’s piece – Here is piece #13 –the cupcake block from Cute by the Inch stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip). 

Anybody have Bingo?  Make sure you send me an email when you get your 5 in a row.