Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blossom Box Accordion Flower Tutorial

Another discovery of a great way to use the Blossom Box Die!  And it is easy as can be! Just adhere three pleated box sections and you have a beautiful accordion flower.   This is 8 inches in diameter so it is a great size for decorating.   Lots of possibilities with this one!
1. Die cut three pieces with the Blossom Box Die from Designer Series Paper.
2.  Mountain fold on the solid lines (very easy as they are pre-scored.)  And valley fold on the dotted lines (again very easy because you can line up the notches.)
3.  Clip the bottom flap in the center up to the score line.  (Ignore the cut piece in the above picture)
4.  Example of the mountain folds on the score lines.
5.  Examples of the valley folds matching the notches.

6.  Adhere three sections together on the outside flaps.
7.  I punched a hole in a small styrofoam plate, threaded a ribbon through and applied sticky strip to the back.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blossom Box Bowls Tutorials

The Blossom Box Die can be used to make bowls!  When the paper is run through Big Shot machine, this die not only cuts the shape it scores the paper so it can be folded into a box.  Well,  if you cut on some of those score lines and then reassemble it you can make these two bowls.  Pretty nifty!!

To make the Milk Duds Bowl:
1. Die cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper with the Blossom Box Die.   Cut away the two bottom flaps.  Cut on the lines as shown.  (Just follow the pre-scored lines on the die cut.)  Fold on the lines shown.  (Again these are pre-scored.)
 2. Adhere the two die cut sections together.
 3.  Locate the score lines indicated by the dashed lines.
 4.  Apply adhesive to the back right hand edge of each petal.  Overlap up to the score line and adhere firmly.
 5.  Continue around the bowl, overlapping each petal.
6.  Fill with yummy treats!

To make the M&M bowl:
1.  Die cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper with the Blossom Box Die.   Cut away the two bottom flaps.  Cut on the lines as shown.   (The lines are pre-scored.)
 2.  Adhere the two die cut sections together.  Place Scotch tape on each side where the sections meet.
 3. Fold on the lines marked "Fold".
 4. Apply adhesive to the back right hand edge of the flap marked "A".
 5. Overlap so that point "A" meets point "B".  Continue around the circle to form the bowl.
6.  Outside view of the overlap.
7.  Keep filling and refilling the bowl... the M&Ms seem to disappear magically!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blossom Box Turkey Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed the Big Shot Blog Hop over the weekend.  Today I have the details of how to make this adorable little turkey.
Here are a couple side views to give an idea of the shaping and construction.
I made a little box with the Double Petal Card Punch and filled it with dried beans to give it weight so it stands up.


Spice Cake Designer Series Paper,  Pool Party, More Mustard, Early Expresso, Pear Pizzazz,  Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock

Blossom Box Big Shot Die,  Punches:  Double Petal Card, 1-3/4" Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, Owl Builder, Bird Builder, 5 Petal Flower, Boho Blossom and Itty Bitty Punch pack.

1. From the paisley printed paper, die cut the tail using the Blossom Box Die.
2.  Cut the two flaps off the bottom as shown.  Snip between the notches, following the score lines, up to the first set of horizontal score line to form the feathers.  
3. Snip the bottom flap in the center and fold on the score lines.  
4.  Crease on the lower score lines that form a half circle.  
 5.  Adhere the tail section to a 1-3/4" circle of Early Espresso.
 6.  Make a box using two double petal card punches, fill with dried beans and wrap with a strip of cardstock.  (I have a tutorial for the little boxes HERE.)
 7.  Adhere the box to the circle base and to the indented section of the tail

 8.  Make a body with a 2-1/2" circle and the head with a 1-3/4" circle punched from Early Espresso.
 9.  Cut the beak from a More Mustard 5 Petal Flower as shown.  Cut the waddle from the paisley print DSP.
 10.  The feet are cut from the largest flower of the Boho Blossom punch.
11.  The hat is a 1-3/4 X 1-3/4" square of Pool Party cardstock with two sides cut at a slight angle.  The brim is a thin strip 2-1/2" long.  
12.  The hat is decorated with a 1/2" wide strip of DSP and 3/4" X 3/4" More Mustard square.  The stem is punched with the leaf of the bird punch and the flowers are punched from the Spice Cake DSP with the smallest flower of the Boho Blossom punch and the flower from the Itty Bitty punch pack.  The eyes are punched with the Owl Builder punch.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stampin' Addicts 2011 Big Shot Blog Hop

Welcome to stop #9 on the Stampin" Addicts Big Shot Blog Hop.  If you have been hopping in order you just saw Paula's Positively Perfect Pennant Projects.  Personally, I am particularly partial to the pretty princess pennant.  (I couldn't resist the alliteration!)   Cute, cute, cute projects!!!

Each stop on the hop features a different Big Shot product.   For my portion, I am showcasing the Blossom Box Die found on page 221 of the 2011-2012 Stampin" Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  This die is designed to make a sweet little box that folds together to make a flower design on the top.  There are many wonderful examples of the die used in this manner on blogs and forums.  For my projects, I experimented with different ways to use it; the result was a set of Thanksgiving decorations.  
First is a happy little turkey--
The tail section is made with the Blossom Box die.  It is cut on the score lines to form feathers which are curled slightly to give dimension.   Although you can not see it from the front, the tail section behind the body is bent to give it depth.  (I will have a tutorial next week with more pictures).  

The body is made with various punches and the waddle is a little paisley flourish cut from the DSP.  I just love the expression!

Next I made two candy dishes--
Both of these are very simple to make.  Just a few cuts on the score lines, adhere the sections together again and you are ready for Holiday entertaining.   Mmm!  

Lastly, a pretty wall decoration to match--
Accordion flowers are very popular right now.  It is SUPER easy to make a larger one with the Blossom Die and NO scoring is required!  Just simple folding!  

I will have tutorials for all these projects next week after the blog hop ends so stop back then!  

Now it is time to hop, skip and jump over to Carmen's Blog to see what great projects she has made with the Candy Wrapper Die!  

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

99th Birthday!!

My Grandma celebrated her 99th birthday this weekend.  It is amazing to think of all the changes she has experienced in that time.  I made a few small things for her.
I wrote down 99 memories I have of things I recall about her and put them in a little scrapbook.  Because we lived only a few miles apart, many of my childhood activities included things we did together.  Things like gathering huckleberries and hickory nuts in the woods.  Family dinners with special foods- frosted gingerbread cookies for Christmas, turkey and dressing for Thanksgiving, and custard eggs for Easter.  Sewing and cooking together.  Her singing and playing the piano.  And always flowers-- she grew all kinds of flowers: gladiolas, roses, cannas, calla lilies, and even gardenias.  She made corsages to wear to church, and made my wedding bouquet.
This little box has 99 M&Ms in it (chocolate is her favorite).
The card has flowers of course.
Spending time recalling all the things we have done was very special.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Petite Pocket Sleigh Tutorial

The Petite Pocket is turning out to be even more versatile than I first thought.  It can even make a Christmas sleigh!
As I was making another project I started to see the possibilities for a sleigh.   I really wanted to use the candy canes from the Stocking Accents die as runners.  It took some manipulating and some advice from my art student son to get the arched base right but I think the end result is pretty cute.  The sides of the sleigh took some thought too but I came up with way to use the Top Note die to make them.

Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso cardstock
Petite Pocket Die
Stocking Accents Die
Top Note Die
2-1/2" Circle Punch
Petal Card Double Punch
Winter Wishes Stitched Felt
Mini Jingle Bells

1. Fold the Petite Pocket die cut on score lines.  Curve the front and back sections over a pencil or marker to shape.
 2. Cut a Top Note in half.
3. Slide it into the 2-1/2" Circle punch as shown and punch.
4. It will look like this.
5. Use sticky strip to adhere inside of sleigh.  Cut a small strip of matching DSP to wrap from side-to-side across the back to hold the back in place.
6.  Cut two 1/2" X 8"strips of Early Espresso cardstock.  Score at 2" and 6".  Fold on score lines.
7. Adhere the two short sections together to form an arch.
8. Cut four candy canes from Cherry Cobbler.  Trim as shown.  Overlap and adhere to form the runners.
9.  Attach the runners to the arch and using multiple mini glue dots attach the arch to the bottom of the sleigh.

10.  For each tiny Christmas present, punch two shapes with the Petal Card Double punch.  Overlap two petals.
11.  Adhere the other side.
 12. And the ends.
 13. Wrap a strip of DSP around the box.
 14.  It will look so cute!
15.  Adhere jingle bells to wreath and decorate the sleigh with Winter Wishes Stitches Felt pieces.