Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Show Me The Love: Valentine Surprise Box

I love the boxes I made for the holidays so much, that I had make them for Valentine's day, but filled with a love note.  I love this bunny set from Mama Elephant and got it for Christmas from my son.  Yes!  I had to use it for Valentine's day.  
I created this box in Silhouette Studio and cut it out since I had to make so many, but you can create this by hand.   If you would like the Silhouette Studio file for this, click here.

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I created a video to show you how to make it by hand.  I have to say that I have great respect for people who make videos.  They are so time consuming to edit, especially for a newbie like me.  Maybe one day, it would not be a big deal once I get the hang of it.  Cheers to the crafty video makers!

  To make this box by hand, take a 8"x8 1/2" cardstock and score on the 8" side at 1 1/2", 3 1/2", 5", and 7".  On the 8 1/2" side, score at 1/2", 2", 6 1/2" and 8".  Cut out the parts show in above picture.  Then cut a 3 1/4 x 1/4" slot on the top flap.  The box should look like the picture below.  

After the base box is made, I used pattern paper from Recollections to decorate it.  The pattern paper used are 2(1.25"x4.25") and 2(1.75"x1.25") for the side of the box and 2(4.25"x0.5") for the top of the box, above and below the slot.

I created a tag by folding a 6"x3" in half and cut the corners.  Then I stamped the bunnies and sentiment from Mama Elephant set and color in the tails.
I took 3"x8 1/2"printer paper and stamped some hearts from Hero Arts on it before attaching it to the inside of the tag.

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It Moose Be Love

I have to admit that the first time I went to Vermont, I was so excited to see moose crossing signs.  I was expecting to see them left and right.  Guess what?  In all the years, I have gone to Vermont, I have yet to see one.  I love Vermont so I have gone a lot.  Maybe, one day.  For now, I will have to settle for them on paper.  This stamp set from Lawn Fawn, Critters In the Arctic, was on my wish list as soon as I saw the moose and owl.  When I was making this card, I had to Google images of moose so I got a female and male moose since I wasn't sure if males are the only ones with a horn rack.  :-D  I just thought it was funny that I actually research this for a card.  Anyway, love this moose from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is right up my alley of cutesy play on words.

For the background, after I drew some light pencil lines, I lined up XO letters from Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC set and stamped it over and over again.  I erased the pencil marks before running the heart die from Lil' Inker die set through the Fiskars Fuse.  Then I glue acetate onto the heart window before I stamped the sentiment on pink cardstock.  I added confetti that I die cut from Mama Elephant confetti die and gold and red foil cardstock, before layering it onto the cardbase with foam tape to create the shaker.  I stamped and colored the moose before fussy-cutting them out and adding them to the card.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Date Nights

I have been wanting to make a card with these cats from Mama Elephant's Purrfect Pair set since I got it for Christmas. They are just so adorable!  Recently, Honey and I were lucky enough to go out for dinner and I got this awesome noodle dish that I can't wait to get again.  Ever since then I have been on a noodle kick.  I love noodles and Asian noodle soup is just perfect for this weather.  So inspired again by real life event, I create this card for Honey.  Hope he is not reading this.  ;-)  
I decided to create a shaker card since I love this heart die set that came with Papertrey Ink's Shaker and Sprinkles kit and thought it was perfect for a Valentine's card.  I love the classic pairing of a red heart with white scallops around it so I had to recreate it.  First, I layered a white cardstock with red pattern paper from Martha Stewarts Christmas paper pad.  I love that I can still use my Christmas paper.  Then I die cut the scallop heart with white cardstock and stamped my scene with the cats and noodle bowl before coloring them with my Copic markers.  I die cut a sheet of clear acetate with the scallop heart die.  Then I die cut a red heart with stitched lines and glue the inner heart of the clear acetate on it.  I then die cut 3 foam stitched hearts and glue them together to the top heart to create height for the shaker.  The Papertrey Ink's dies made it easy to layer up and create the shakers.  I added sequins before gluing the hearts together.

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One Design, Three Occassions

I have been wanting to make a card with banners for the longest time.  I always love how festive it looks.  I like to hang up banners and festive decorations around the house during different holidays and birthdays so it was a matter of time that I make a card that is festive too.  Well, I made three.  I kept it simple and pull out my much neglected punches for this project.  I have to admit that ever since the major reorganization of my craft room, I have been more conscious of the stuff I have and have been using them as much as possible.
First, I layered a white card base with red card stock that was die cut from My Favorite Things Blueprint 13.  Then I stamped the lines with Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine set and the sentiment from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set on white cardstock.  For the birthday card, I cut strips of different color card stock and used a square punch to create banner tails before cutting it to size.  For the Valentines and New Year's card, I punched out hearts and 1/2" circle respectively.  I glued them on all the banners.
I stamped a cupcake from Inkadinkadoo set inside.

For the inside, I stamped the birds from Inkadinkadoo set.  Love these birds.  They crack me up.

I stamped on each circle with an apple blossom stamp in gold ink before gluing them.  I felt that I needed to add some more gold, so I adhered some gold sequins.  On the inside, I stamped a sheep for the year of sheep for 2015.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Love You!

I love the whole Birdie Brown collection from My Favorite Things and this girl from Sweet Birthday Wishes is one of my favorites.  I love coloring her dress, it reminds me of a phase my niece went through when she was a little girl.  She would insist on wearing a dress even when the weather was 10 below with the wind.  Getting tights on her was an event in itself.  Thank goodness, they got on her since she had to walk about 5 blocks to daycare/preschool.  I have to admit that she looked so adorable in her dress and tights.   Anyway, I color this Birdie Brown girl in purple and carrying a box of chocolate since I have Valentine on my mind.

Using the sketch from the MFT sketch challenge, I layered a white cardbase with pink and red cardstock.  Then I die cut a rounded stitched rectangle on pattern paper with Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die before placing it on the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle Lots of Love set in red and cut ribbon tails on the strip of cardstock before adhering it onto the card with foam tape.  
 Then I stamped the Birdie Brown girl from My Favorite Things Sweet Birthday Wishes set and fussy-cut and color her before adding a punched out heart that I heat embossed a sentiment stamped with the same Avery Elle set.  I adhered her onto the card with foam tape before adding some hearts die cut with Mama Elephant's confetti die and red mirror cardstock.  I felt something was missing so I added some pink Distress ink on the edges of the pink cardstock.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thanks So Much

This year, I shamelessly asked for craft supplies for Christmas, because though, my family knows how much I love papercrafting, I do not receive any gifts related to it, not even a gift card to a craft store.  My husband just chimed in that he did surprised me with my ATG gun a couple of years ago.  Okay, I will give him credit for that, but that was it.  Anyway, this year I decided to be more assertive about what I want because dropping hints just doesn't work.  LOL!  I'm so excited by my huge stash and found myself just staring at them in their shiny new packages with pure joy.  :-D  Yup, just like a kid in a candy store.  I am savouring them nice and slowly.  So here is one of my new stamps I got, called Rounded Diamonds, and it is from Avery Elle.  I've never gotten a stamp from them but after taking the Stretch Your Stamp 2 online card class, I saw so many fun uses for this set and had to get it to experiment with the different designs.  They also have other awesome potopolymer stamps and product, but I thought I wet my feet with this set first.  If you don't know them, they have a cool website and challenge blog you can check out.  Anyway, since this is for the Avery Elle paper piecing challenge, I thought I try making this into a flower.  I was inspired by my son reading to me about moonflowers, a couple of days ago.  How fascinating that they bloom at night to attract moths to pollinate them.  The things you learn with kids.  Love it!

I am still very much enamored with the pattern papers from the Simon Says Stamp January 2015 card kit and decided to use it along with trying something new; stamping a sentiment with versamark ink and placing Perfect Pearl over it.  First, I layered the white cardbase with pattern paper and purple cardstock.  Then I die cut a circle on the aqua cardstock before stamping the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set with versamark ink and adding Perfect Pearl Grape Fizz over it.  It added a nice little shimmer to the sentiment and I was surprised how well it came out.  Might have to use this technique more often for sentiments.  I adhered this panel to the card.
 I stamped one of the rounded diamond shapes on pattern paper from the same card kit and fussy-cut it out small enough for it to fit the circle.  I arranged the "petals" on the card and punched out a 1/2" circle from a different pattern paper for the center before adhering them to the card with foam tape.  I finished the card with sequins and curling up the petals.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Show Me The Money!

Just a quick share of what I gave out for the holidays.  I'm catching up with blogging what I made over the holiday season.  Anyway, I originally saw the idea of a money box on Pinterest using a tissue box and I wondered if anybody made a box to do the same thing.  I have to say, "I love You Tube"!  You can find almost any tutorial on there.  This was the video that I watched to get the measurements for the box.  I made these for my neices and nephews since I thought it would be fun to watch them pulling loads of money out.  I got a lot of dollar bills from the bank after I made these boxes.
 These were easy and fun to make.  I did draw this out on my Silhouette Studio so it was a breeze to put together but you can do it all by hand.  I will give you quick directions with measurements.  Take a 8"x8 1/2" cardstock and score on the 8" side at 1 1/2", 3 1/2", 5", and 7".  On the 8 1/2" side, score at 1/2", 2", 6 1/2" and 8".  Cut on part of the score lines to get this shape.  I follow the video to do this.  It should look like the photo below which is future glimpse of my Valentine project.

After the base box was made, I used pattern paper from Recollections to decorate it.  The pattern paper used are 2(1.25"x4.25") and 2(1.75"x1.25") for the sides of the box.  For the Christmas boxes, I used my Silhouette to cut the slit on pattern paper for me, but you can use your craft knife to do this.

I taped money to the tag with ribbon that I stamped with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Peace On Earth set.
I rolled the bills before placing it into the box.
This is what it looks like when you pull on the ribbon.  I had to make them for our boys too.  They were thrilled too.
Below is a video of me pulling it all out, unedited, and no helper on hand.  They're too busy playing with their Christmas goodies.  Can't say I blame them.  :-)

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snow Much Thanks

I'm still on my kick using my Simon Says Stamp January 2015 card kit since I am so enamored with it.  I thought with all the snow theme in this card that I should add a snowman.  I got this set from Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted Winter Friends and couldn't wait to color them which I promptly did.  Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to put them on cards.  I have been stamping up images to color when I am waiting for the boys or just needed to do something crafty quickly.  I found that it really helps with the stress level and it's very freeing to just color with no project in mind.  So I found this snowman in my stashed of color images to use.  Isn't he adorable?!  
First, I layered the white card base with pattern paper from the card kit.  Then I die cut a pierced tag from My Favorite Things Pierced Tag die set on pattern paper from the card kit and stamped the sentiment before placing it onto the card with foam tape.  I stamped the snowman and color him in before placing him on the card.  To finish the card, I die cut some snowflakes on American Crafts glitter paper.  The dies are from Lawn Fawn's stitched snowflakes die set.  I love these snowflakes and you probably noticed that I have been using them a lot with this card kit.  They go together for me.

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Thanks For Everything You Do

I have to admit that this is one of my favorite pattern paper from the Simon Says Stamp January 2015 card kit.  I wanted to use the whole sheet but 6x6 would not work with the cuties I wanted to put on the card.  The cuties I have in mind are from Penny Black.  I have Penny Black stamps from way back when I started stamping, but one thing I don't have are their "transparent" stamps.  I thought I give them a try, especially since I love their Mimi and Friends collection among other things.  I have been purchasing only photopolymer stamps, unless it is a background stamp, then I will get them in cling.  I have been mindful of the space in my craft room since my stamp collection have grown quite a bit this past two years.  Anyway, the Penny Black stamps did work okay with Memento ink since I was using my Copics to color them.  The funny thing was my 9 year old son used these stamps before me.  He couldn't wait to ink them up and was quite happy with his coloring job.  Anyway, I love the way Mimi turned out and have been waiting for the right background to put her in.  This BoBunny pattern paper was perfect and absolutely beautiful.  I have to see if I can recreate this with my Distress ink, I just love the colors in this.

First, I layered the pattern paper onto a white cardbase and added snow hills with hand cut white cardstock.  Then I stamped and cut Mimi and her cat before coloring them both in.  I used them as guides to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set.  Then I adhered Mimi and her cat with glue and foam tape before adding the snowflakes die cuts from Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes dies. 

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