Saturday, March 31, 2007

Spring Trifold

I wanted to make another of those adorable Trifold Cards-Cami Style. I just think they're so cute. I used the stickers that I received from Mary when we swapped cards. I thought the stickers were adorable, and perfect for this time of year! The sentiment is from one of the Studio G $1 clear stamp sets from Michael's. The stamp actually says "Have a Great Day", but I had to omit the "Have" because it wouldn't fit. I added a little doodling on the left side of the image. The flower on the frame was another sticker from the set I received. In order to get the "double-sided" patterned paper, I cut two pieces (the same size) of different patterns from the DCWV Spring Stack and adhered them back to back. It worked pretty well! I love all these cute little cards that have been the fad lately. They're different, and just so cute! If you haven't made any yet, BEWARE. . .you'll become addicted! :) SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Studio G clear stamp; Ink- Charcoal Fluid Chalk ink; Paper- DCWV Spring Stack, light green, SU Whisper White; Accessories- scalloped oval punch, coluzzle oval template, black marker, Jolee's Boutique stickers, paper piercer, white gel pen, gingham ribbon, slit punch, Aquapainter.

Friday, March 30, 2007

A Beautiful Day!

I thought I'd share a little piece of our "beautiful day" with you. As I told you in a previous post, Savannah LOVES to get outside, so today I took them for a walk in their wagon. It was tough to take the picture and walk backwards at the same time, but when I would actually stop to take a picture, the girls would both sit there and stare at me blankly. In order to get smiles and laughs, we had to be moving! :) Arwen was so funny. She was thrilled with her voice and how the bumps in the road would make it sound. So, she would just sing "aaahhhh" and listen to her voice rumble, and then she and Savannah would laugh hysterically. It was pretty cute. Hopefully these beautiful days will just keep coming! No more snow and rain! :)

Small Square Pocket Card

I finally got a chance to try Dawn's Small Square Pocket Card. They are SO CUTE, so you'll really want to give them a try! Dawn posted a tutorial on them that is wonderful! Follow the link above and make one for yourself! Thanks, Dawn, for the directions and for sharing! I love it! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Polka Dots and Paisley, $1 Michael's stamp; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive; Paper- Oriental Trading patterned paper, DCWV olive, brown, SU Whisper White; Accessories- slit punch, May Arts ribbon, Making Memories brads, word window punch, Old Olive marker.

More Basic Grey

Here is another card I made with my Basic Grey papers, except I used the Perhaps line. Again, I got these at Doodliedoo. I thought this would make a nice birthday card. I used That's Nice for the sentiment and Fancy Flexible Phrases for the "wishes" on the tab. I don't do a lot of cards in which the sentiment is the focal point, but a couple of challenges lately were to use sentiments as focal points, so I thought I would keep practicing! :) What do you think of this card? Too plain? Too busy? I'd love your feedback! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- That's Nice, Fancy Flexible Phrases; Ink- Chocolate Chip; Paper- Basic Grey Perhaps, Whisper White; Accessories- slit punch, May Arts ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, Making Memories eyelets, round tab punch, word window punch, paper piercer.

It's supposed to be another beautiful day, here, so hopefully we'll get outside to play a bit. Savannah has been dying to get outside since the weather's been nicer. Everyday she wakes up, and if the sun is shining, she looks out the window and says "Mommy, it's a BEAUTIFUL day!" That's her way of saying "let's go outside and play!" :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

An Image With Punch

Today's Ways To Use It Challenge on SCS was called An Image With Punch. We were supposed to use punches in a creative way. This was a challenge for me because since I've seen lots of flowers made with the oval punches, that's all I could think of. . .and looking at the other submissions made it worse because other people made these adorable bunnies and penguins, etc. I had no idea what to do. Then it hit me. . .what about the things I absolutely LOVE? Yes, you guessed it. . .Ladybugs! I used different sized circle punches for each ladybug. The spots on the little ladybugs are hand drawn since trying to attach punched circles that small would have been nearly impossible! :) I added some piercings for ladybug trails, and also as an accent in the upper right hand corner to frame the focal point. The sentiment I thought perfect since it looked like the ladybugs were "convening". The red circles that I cut in half for the wings have little dimensionals underneath so the wings look like they're ready for flight. Now that I've made this, I might have to make a few more of them! It was pretty easy and perfect for friends you haven't seen in a while! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Fiskars Clear stamps, Girlfriends; Ink- Charcoal Fluid Chalk ink; Paper- DCWV olive, red, black; Accessories- various circle punches, black marker, scissors, dimensionals, paper piercer, Offray ribbon.

Basic Grey

Don't you just LOVE this patterned paper? I sure do. It's Basic Grey's Stella Ruby. This card was made for Sketch Challenge 117 on SCS. It was a simple sketch, but I LOVE simple. I started with the Big Blooms set and stamped the big flower in More Mustard. Then I stamped the center of the flower in Old Olive and Ruby Red and attached them on top of the More Mustard center. I added "bling" that I found at Walmart to the center. I don't know how well you can see it in the picture, but the red flower center is 3-D. I attached little pieces of dimensionals behind it so it would stay raised. Then I arranged the words from the Paper Tray stamp set (from Paper Trey Ink) on the acrylic block in a curve to fit the curve of the flower. The finishing touch was the paper piercing around the flower and on the word window tab, as well as the little flower from the Butterfly Kisses stamp set (also from Paper Trey Ink) stamped on the word window tab. Thanks for stopping by! Oh, I forgot to add that I bought my Basic Grey paper from Doodliedoo! Julie has some great stuff, so be sure and check it out! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Big Blooms, Paper Tray, Butterfly Kisses; Ink- Basic Black, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Old Olive; Paper- Basic Grey Stella Ruby; Accessories- paper piercer, word window punch, bling from Walmart, dimensionals.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Notepad Holder Tutorial

I found directions for this notepad holder on Chi Chi Allen's blog. I couldn't post a direct link to that particular post of hers, so I made my own tutorial for you to follow. Thanks, Chi Chi, for this CUTE idea!

Supplies Needed:
-paper trimmer with scoring blade
-sticky strip
-5.25"x 7 5/8" sheet of cardstock
-3"x5" notepad
-Bic Round Stick pen
-4.25"x1.25" piece of paper to wrap pen
-stamps of choice
Step 1
Take your 5.25"x7 5/8" sheet of cardstock and score the long side at 3.25", 3 5/8" and 4". (second picture shows what score lines should look like)

Step 2
Fold cardstock in half (on the 3 5/8" score line).
Step 3
Cut small slits about an inch from each end. (lines marked in white in picture)

Step 4
Open up holder, reverse the fold of the two ends (that you made with the slits) so that they fold toward the inside of the holder, and place sticky strip on the right side of them as shown in picture.

Step 5

Peel off backing of sticky strip and fold over the front cover so that the two ends (that fold in toward the inside of the folder) adhere to the back cover of the holder. (the third picture in this group shows what the front of the holder will look like when closed) Decorate the front of holder how you choose.

Step 6

Take your 4.25"x1.25" piece of paper and stamp if you choose. (or just use patterned paper)

Step 7

Turn stamped piece of paper over and apply sticky strip.

Step 8

Remove backing and attach to pen.

Step 9

Attach sticky strip to the back of the 3"x5" notepad , peel off backing and adhere notepad inside holder.

Step 10

Insert pen in holder and there you have it. . .your very own notepad holder complete with pen!

Kitty Notes

I made this notepad holder a little while back, but I wanted to post a tutorial to go with it, so I held off on posting it until now. The tutorial is almost finished, so if you're interested, check back later today!

This holds a 3"x5" notepad, and even has a slot to hold a pen on the side! When I saw these, I thought they were so cute, but looked a little complicated. It really wasn't once I actually did it. Hopefully, you will find the tutorial helpful. I don't think the picture shows it very well, but there is a shadow of glitter around the kitty. It's really pretty when the light hits it!

The girls and I are taking my grandma shopping today (our weekly ritual), so I'll finish up the tutorial when we get back. Remember to check back later! Have a great day! SUPPLIES: Stamps- Pink Cat Studio, Cat Plate #1, alphabet; Ink- Black Fluid Chalk Ink; Paper- DCWV black, pink, olive, lime, watercolor paper; Accessories- Making Memories brads, word window punch, horizontal slot punch, Aquapainter and classic ink pads, Bic pen, ribbon from Michael's, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Cool Mustard

This was for today's Color Challenge, Cool Mustard. . .to use More Mustard, Cool Caribbean , Cranberry Crisp and Old Olive (optional). I decided to use another new bella. . . well, since she's new! I wanted to try the paper piecing technique as well. . .where you stamp your image on the patterned paper and cut out just one portion (on this card, just the dress) and adhere it over top of the stamped image on Whisper White. Since the dress already had the flower pattern on it, I decided to just darken the flowers with my Old Olive marker. I love the way her dress turned out though! Once I colored in Walkabella and her dog, the upper right hand portion of the white cardstock looked empty, so I stamped "girl" in Cool Caribbean on Cool Caribbean paper. (That sentiment is from one of the Studio G clear $1 stamp sets that I found at Michael's). I then punched the sentiment out with the large oval punch and attached it to the white cardstock. Finally, I added the piercing around the edge of the oval and punched it with the horizontal slot punch to add the May Arts ribbon. The More Mustard photo corner and brads were last minute add-ons. I really love this patterned paper. It's from DCWV. Who would have known it would match a color challenge so well?! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Walkabella, Stamping Bella, Studio G clear stamp set, A Muse large oval; Paper- DCWV patterned paper, olive and mustard, SU Whisper White and Cranberry Crisp; Ink- Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive; Accessories- More Mustard, Blush Blossom markers, blender pen, Making Memories brads, large oval punch, May Arts ribbon.
Well, we ended up having a wonderful day outdoors. After Savannah's dental appointment (which, by the way, she got a big A+ for) we stopped by my MIL's for a delicious lunch. On the way home, it did rain quite a bit, but it stopped and we were able to go for a nice long walk. When we got back from our walk, we cooked on the grill and ate dinner on the back deck. It was such a nice finish to a beautiful day!


I made this card yesterday for a very good friend of mine who hasn't been feeling well lately. Hopefully it will make her smile! I used my new Prismacolor markers to color her in. . .and even for the "wallpaper"! LOL The velvet ric rac and ribbon I found at Michael's on the little wooden spools. I also dotted the brads with my white gel pen. . .one of my favorite things to do! :) SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Feelabella, Stamping Bella; Ink- Basic Black; Paper- DCWV, Whisper White; Accessories- Prismacolor markers, Making Memories brads, velvet ribbon and ric rac from Michael's, Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder.
Today is going to be a BEAUTIFUL day, here. Woo hoo! I'm hoping to enjoy most of it outside with my girls. . . after Savannah's dentist appointment, that is. Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Home Decor

Since I usually make cards and a few (very few as of late) scrapbook pages, I thought I would branch out and try some "home decor". I purchased these wooden letters at Joann a little while back with the intention of altering them for my girls' bedroom wall. "S" for Savannah, "A" for Arwen. I covered each letter with Mod Podge, then placed them face down on the back side of the patterned paper. I traced each letter with a craft knife to cut away the excess paper, turned the letters back over and sanded the edges to blend the paper into the wood. The sides were then painted with acrylic paint. I really didn't know what to do with the embellishments, so I kept them simple. . . a flower, a few ribbons and, most importantly, a picture of each of the girls. The pictures are attached with the clips so that I can change them as the girls get older. I saw this idea in a scrapbook magazine a while back. Now to actually put the letters on the wall! :) SUPPLIES USED: Paper-Oriental Trading patterned paper, olive and pink; Accessories- Making Memories clips and brads, May Arts ribbon, Prima flowers, Americana acrylic paints in White and Antique Mauve.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Great Mail Day!

Yesterday, Saturday, was a great mail day for me! I got TWO cards! The first was from Beate. . . how very sweet of her! I was so touched that she took the time to send me a card. She is just the SWEETEST! The card is absolutely beautiful! Thank you, Beate, for making my day!

The second card was from Mary (breeze7 on SCS). Mary liked a card that I posted in my gallery and pm'ed me asking if I would swap with her. I was really flattered. I said "SURE!" This is the wonderful card she sent me! Plus those adorable stickers! What a fun surprise! Thank you, Mary! I love your card and the stickers are just the cutest!

Super Sketch Sunday #8

For those of you who have never visited Amy Westerman's blog, you really must! She makes some BEAUTIFUL cards and does some really neat things, like her Super Sketch Sunday Challenge. She posts a card sketch for you to try every Sunday! How cool is that? This is my card based on her sketch. I made it for my cousin who is going to be 10 years old soon. I think she'll really like all the "girly" colors and sentiments. So, go check out Amy's blog and try her sketch challenge! Have a beautiful Sunday! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Think Big, A Muse sentiment; Ink- Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore; Paper- DCWV brown, SU Whisper White, Oriental Trading patterned paper; Accessories- Prima flower, Making Memories brad, Oriental Trading ribbon, sponge.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Virtual Stamp Night (Part Two)

This was for the Kids Travel Pouch Challenge, to create a travel game for your kids. I really enjoyed this challenge, although I wish I would have had more time to color better and make more cards! Old Crab is my version of Old Maid, except nobody wants the Crabby Crab. I used 4.25"x3" pieces of Whisper White to make the game cards. I colored using the Bold Brights ink pads and an Aquapainter. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Fishy Friends, Silly Sealife, Fintastic, Classic Alphabet, Big Deal Alphabet, Spunky Alphabet; Paper- Whisper White, DCWV Red, Basic Black; Ink- Basic Black, Bold Brights ink pads for watercoloring; Accessories- 6x6 page protector, gingham ribbon for handle, Aquapainter.

The Room with a View Challenge was very interesting. I had never made anything like this before, but it was A LOT of fun! You had to create a 3D world that you'd like to escape to. I chose an undersea world. To make one of these, all you have to do is start with an 8.5"x8.5" piece of cardstock. Score at 4.25" on both sides so you end up with four equal squares. Then you cut on the score line between two of the squares and when you fold it up, the one bottom side tucks under the other. I hope that made sense. You should try one, and even look at the submissions to this challenge. There are some AMAZING 3D worlds! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Silly Sealife, Fintastic, Shore Thing; Ink- Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun; Paper- turquoise, Whisper White; Accessories- Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, stump.
My last one was for the Survivor Altered Tin Challenge. It was to create an altered tin survival kit for a special getaway. I chose to alter this CD tin. When driving long distances, I find it necessary to have CDs, DVDs (for passengers) and Books on CD. They help to make the trip shorter! :) (especially those books on CD) This was a fun challenge because I don't alter things too often, so it got me out of usual card mode. Hope you were able to play along a bit on Virtual Stamp Night. If not, maybe next time? It really is a lot of fun, and you only have to do as much as you CAN do. No rules that say you have to do every challenge. . .so try it next time! :) Thanks for visiting and have a great rest of your weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Spunky Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery; Paper- DCWV Spring Stack, Certainly Celery; Accessories- CD tin, Prima flowers, Making Memories brad, May Arts ribbon, Oriental Trading ribbon, Crop-a-Dile.

Virtual Stamp Night (Part One)

Well, I thought I'd share some of my cards for the Virtual Stamp Night challenges with you. This one was for the Piercing Even Your Mother Would Approve Of Challenge. I have the Love It brass template and thought I'd use it for this challenge. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Think Big; Paper- DCWV, Certainly Celery; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- horizontal slot punch, Love It brass template, Offray ribbon.
This next card was for em-BOSS Resist Challenge, to use the Emboss Resist Technique. I took it a step further and added the Emerging color technique to it. Basically what that means is that you stamp a pattern on the cardstock BEFORE you emboss resist, and that will show through the resisted image (rather than just plain cardstock that you started with). I used a sponge for all of the ink coverage rather than a brayer. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Butterfly Kisses; Ink- Versamark, Basic Black, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise; Accessories- Word window punch, Making Memories brads, Offray ribbon, clear embossing powder.
The last in this post was for the Wish You Were Here Challenge, to make a postcard. I had no idea what to do with this. You only have 45 minutes to complete each challenge, so all the thinking and planning have to happen fast. . .especially if you want time to play around with layouts or other ideas. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Wild About You, Riveting, Be Happy, Tagger's Dozen; Paper- Whisper White, DCWV Red; Ink- Basic Black, Old Olive, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Ruby Red; Accessories- black marker.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Limited Supplies Challenge

This card was for today's Limited Supplies Challenge, Bundle of Joy, on SCS. It was to make a neutral baby card that could be for either a boy or a girl. This card is pretty simple. The only different thing I did was pulled out my Fiskars Texture plates and used the Critters plate. I ran it through my Cuttlebug. You couldn't see the "critters" very well, so I sanded the paper to make them pop out of little more. The heart is a Sizzix die that I doodled on. I cut around the bear's hand with a craft knife so that I could tuck the heart under his hand to give the appearance that he is holding it. The bear was colored with Prismacolor pencils, gamsol and a stump. The sentiment is actually from a Studio G $1 clear stamp set that I got at Michael's. I used the ticket corner punch on the celery piece of cardstock, attached it to a piece of dark brown with dimensionals, then added the aged copper brads at the corners. So, do you think this card is neutral? I thought the pink heart and the "ruffled" ribbon gave it a little feminine flair. :) Well, I'm going to try to do some of the challenges on VSN. Hopefully I'll be able to post them here. . .but maybe not until tomorrow. Have a good night! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Bundle of Joy, Studio G $1 stamp; Ink- Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel; Paper- DCWV cream, dark brown, SU Certainly Celery; Accessories- aged copper brads, ticket corner punch, horizontal slot punch, Fiskars Critters Texture plate, Cuttlebug, Sizzix die, craft knife, Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, stump, sanding block, May Arts ribbon.

More Gorgeous Ribbon

I made this card a while ago, but it was very plain, so I decided to add this beautiful ribbon to it to dress it up. This is more of the May Arts ribbon that came in my wonderful package! I love it! I just can't get enough of this ribbon. At least I'm actually USING it instead of hoarding it, right?! This is a set I haven't used for a while, Natural Beauty. The word background is stamped in Versamark on three different colors of cardstock. The butterfly is cut out, wire antennae added and mounted on dimensionals. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Natural Beauty, Everyday Flexible Phrases; Ink- Versamark, Basic Black, Old Olive, Baroque Burgundy; Paper- Basic Black, DCWV Olive, Burgundy, Cream, Brown; Accessories- wire, dimensionals, May Arts Ribbon, Aquapainter.

For anyone that's interested, tonight starts Virtual Stamp Night over at Splitcoast! It begins tonight at 7pm, and continues again tomorrow from 12pm until 11pm. If you're interested, check it out and come join the fun! I'm hoping my girls will let me participate! :) I participated in my first VSN last month and had a BLAST! You will too! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

My Heart Always

This was for today's Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS, Glossy Rerun. I just did the regular old Emboss Resist Technique, then I sponged Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue ink over top. The heart is a Heidi Swapp ghost heart. I stamped "My heart" from the Small Sayings set on the patterned paper, then coated the back of the ghost heart with Mod Podge and put it on the patterned paper. Once it dried, I cut the heart out, punched it using the horizontal slot punch and tied some May Arts ribbon and navy grosgrain on it. The patterned paper along the right edge is actually on the inside of the card. I tied the card closed using some blue organdy ribbon. The last touch was the tab with "always" stamped on it. Now that I have the glossy cardstock out, I'd like to try a couple more things. . .hopefully tomorrow! Have a great night and thanks for visiting! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Small Sayings, Doodle That, Karen Foster snap stamps tiny casual; Ink- Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy; Paper- Night of Navy, Glossy White, Certainly Celery, DCWV patterned paper; Accessories- Heidi Swapp ghost heart, horizontal slot punch, round tab punch, May Art polka dot ribbon, navy grosgrain, blue organdy, sponge.

Start Everyday With a Smile

I got my GORGEOUS blog candy package from Beate yesterday! I was so excited! I couldn't believe how much wonderful stuff was in there! It was VERY hard to part with any of it, let alone actually cut the ribbon. . .oh my! The beautiful dance card that was in the package inspired me to dig out my long-neglected Edgy Eloquence set. I really love that set, but once it got put away I kinda forgot I had it. In order to get the sentiment in one line (rather than 3 lines on the actual stamp), I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect positioning. Even though I cleaned the stamp in between each stamping, I still got a little bit of left over ink where the previously inked portion of the stamp touched the cardstock, so that's why the skinny piece of pink scrapbooking tape by Heidi Swapp appeared on the card! :) I thought it matched perfectly with the big Prima Jamaican flower and pink polka dot May Arts ribbon, which were both part of my package. I added the black piece of cardstock with the ribbon, and a punched circle of it behind the flower to balance the sentiment. I also thought the black brads added a nice touch. Hope you started today with a smile! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Edgy Eloquence; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories- May Arts ribbon, Prima Jamaican flower from the Caribbean Collection, Making Memories brads and small flower, Heidi Swapp scrapbooking tape, circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sketch Challenge

This was for Sketch Challenge 116 on SCS. I really liked this sketch. It was simple and clean. I decided to use cardstock other than Whisper White. I always seem to use Whisper White for the main image, so I used Kraft instead with some Craft White ink and some VersaMagic Aloe Vera and Wheat. You can't see it very well in the picture, but the center of the circle has the "Smile" stamp from Be Happy stamped in Wheat VersaMagic on Certainly Celery cardstock. It's subtle in real life, but you CAN see it unlike in this picture. I also used the VersaMagic Wheat to stamp the smaller flower (from the set of three in the Big Blooms set) on the background. I LOVE the VersaMagic inks! They show up very well on darker cardstock, and they come in 36 beautiful colors! Well, thank you for visiting and have a great night! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Big Blooms, Be Happy; Ink- SU Craft White,VersaMagic Dew Drops in Aloe Vera and Wheat; Paper- SU Kraft, Certainly Celery; Accessories- circle punches, ribbon on wooden spool from Michael's, white gel pen, paper piercer, horizontal slot punch.

Butterfly Kisses

I have wanted to try this trifold card since Beate's tutorial. I just LOVE the look of it, and it's just so darn cute! Once I got the one in the mail from Beate, I just knew I was going to be addicted to making these! They are pretty quick and relatively simple. . .and did I mention they're just so darn cute? I used my new Butterfly Kisses stamp set from Paper Trey Ink. I loved this set before I got it, but the more I play with it, I love it even more! I got this color combo from a card that Julie Ebersole did a little while ago that was just so crisp and cool. The colors just make me think of Spring! Hope you have a wonderful first day of Spring! Thanks for visiting! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Butterfly Kisses, Paper Trey Ink; Ink- Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Black Fluid Chalk Ink; Paper- Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, DCWV Patterned Paper; Accessories- blue organdy ribbon, navy grosgrain, paper piercer, blender pen

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another for the Color Challenge

So I did get to try another for the color challenge. I just got my Butterfly Kisses set from Paper Trey Ink. I LOVE it! I can't wait to really play with these stamps. I didn't get too much time tonight. My girls have been really wound up today. Speaking of my girls, I took my baby for her 9 month check up this morning. . .I can't believe my baby's 9 months old already! Of course I can't believe her big sister is 3! I just had both of them yesterday! :) LOL I'm sure all of you moms know exactly what I'm talking about! Well, thanks for stopping by and have a good night! I know I will when my head is resting on my pillow! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Butterfly Kisses, Paper Trey Ink; Ink- Really Rust, Marigold Morning, Basic Black; Paper- Really Rust, Marigold Morning, Brocade Blue, Whisper White; Accessories- black marker, Offray polka dot ribbon, Making Memories brads, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, horizontal slot punch.

Ever Not Like Your Card?

Well, I REALLY don't like this one. I think it's because the faux stitching looks sloppy to me, I don't know. Anyway, this card was for today's Color Challenge, Rusty Marigolds. . .to use Really Rust, Brocade Blue and Marigold Morning. I LOVE this color combo. I stamped the biggest flower in the Big Blooms set on shrink plastic, then stamped the sentiments from Sweet Shapes in the centers of the flowers. I cut them out, then put the heat gun to them. I had such a problem getting them to shrink evenly or without a petal sticking to the middle. It was a cute idea in my head, but unfortunately it didn't make it to the paper that way. Oh well, ya can't like them all, right? Maybe I'll have time to try another one later? SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Big Blooms, Big Pieces, Little Pieces, Sweet Shapes, Linen; Ink- Basic Black, Really Rust, Brocade Blue, Marigold Morning, Versamark, Black StazOn; Paper- Really Rust, Brocade Blue, Marigold Morning, Whisper White; Accessories- Making Memories black brad, black marker, shrink plastic, paper piercer, horizontal slot punch, gold grosgrain, large oval punch.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Nugget Box Tutorial for 8 pieces (2x4)

I wanted to make this tutorial as part of the Oodagoodie set, so that you can make both a Stationery Folder and an 8-piece Nugget Box as shown in the set. There is a Nugget Box Tutorial posted on Splitcoast by Lori Craig for a box that holds 3 nuggets. Chris Simon (cdjksss) has created patterns for nugget boxes in any size you can imagine, which is where I got these directions. You can check out her patterns in this thread. My tutorial is walking you through the "nugget box 8 short" for which she has a pdf file attached in post #4 of this thread. You can print out her patterns, as well, if they are more helpful to you.

-5"x6.25" piece of cardstock for the box
-4 1/16"x7 3/8" piece of cardstock for the sliding cover
-paper cutter with scoring blade
-sticky strip
-8 nuggets
-8 pieces of cardstock measuring 1"x3.25" for the candy wrappers

Step 1 (the box)
Take your 5"x6.25" piece of cardstock and score both 5" sides at 5 1/8" and 5.75". Turn the cardstock and score both 6.25" sides at 3 7/8" and 4.5". (I've traced the score lines with a white gel pen so you can see what your score lines should look like when you're finished).

Step 2
Use your scissors to cut and remove the 3 small boxes that make an "L" shape at each corner.

Step 3
On the 6.25" sides, cut along the score line to create the little tabs as shown in photo.

Step 4
Apply sticky strip as shown in photo.

Step 5
Put the tabs along the longer side of the "box" and then fold that side over the tabs. Repeat on other long side.
Step 6
Fold over the two short sides to form the box.
Step 7 (the sliding cover)
Take your 4 1/16"x7 3/8" piece of cardstock and score the 4 1/16" side at 3.25", 3 15/16", and 6.75". (I've traced the score lines with a white gel pen so you can see what they should look like when finished). You would also want to stamp this piece now if you choose.

Step 8
Turn this piece over and apply sticky strip to the 3/8" section of the paper as shown in photo.

Step 9
Flip the cardstock back over and fold down the 3/8" section with the sticky strip, peel off the backing and fold over the rest of the cardstock, lining up the ends and attaching it to the sticky strip. Now you have your sliding cover.

Step 10 (the wrappers)
Take your eight 1"x3.25" pieces of cardstock and stamp them if you choose.

Step 11
Flip them over and apply sticky strip to both ends.

Step 12
Peel off backing and apply one end to the bottom of the nugget, wrap the cardstock around and apply the other end on top of where you applied the first end, completely wrapping the nugget.
Step 13
Put nuggets in box and slide box into cover. Decorate cover as desired.


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