Friday, September 30, 2011

Petite Pocket Luminary/Diorama

One project often leads to another.....  As I was making the five-sided box with the Petite Pocket die I thought the base would make a nice Diorama frame.  
I placed the frame (which you can see the tutorial for HERE) on a piece of vellum cardstock and traced around it.
For the tree I cut slivers of black cardstock with the Tabletop cutter and adhered them to the vellum.
You can either place a battery operated light behind it or just the daylight shine through.
I have another tutorial in the works for the Petite Pocket Die so check back in a few days!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Petite Pocket Five-Sided Box Tutorial

I have been experimenting with the Petite Pocket Die again and I have several projects to share over the next few days.  Today's project is a pentagon-shaped box that makes a nice candy bowl or gift container.
The Petite Pocket die makes this a breeze to put together because the cutting and scoring is done in one step.  Then decorating is easy peasy with the Frostwood Lodge product suite in the Holiday Mini.   I put some hot chocolate packets in the bottom and a cello bag filled with marshmallows and chocolate to make a hostess gift.

       2 sheets Garden Green Cardstock
       2 strips Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper - 1-5/8" X 12"
       Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die
       Cardboard backing from DSP pack
       3/8" Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon
       Winter Wishes Stitched Felt
       4" X 6" Cello Bag
       Sticky Strip
       Mini Glue dots

1. Cut 5 Petite Pocket pieces from Garden Green cardstock.
2. Trim a thin sliver from each side of the tab as shown.  Fold on score lines.
3. Apply sticky strip to the tab and adhere to second die cut.
4.  Adhere all five die cuts together to form pentagon.
5. Lay pentagon on cardboard backing from the DSP and trace around it.
6. Cut out the cardboard backing.  Put sticky strip around outside edges and adhere on the inside to the flaps of the petite pocket.  If desired cut a second pentagon from colored cardstock to cover the cardboard backing.
7. Adhere the top flaps to inside of the box.
8.  Decorate the outside with 1-5/8" X 12" strips of DSP trimming as needed.
9. Add ribbon border and stitched felt.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Basket

We are off to a flying start on the current session of UStamp Paper Parade!  Every single current paper in the US catalogs (the main one and the Holiday mini) will be used and let me tell you there are some TERRIFIC projects already posted and many more are yet to come.
For my first project I used the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper.   The notebook lined paper fit this school themed basket to a "T".  The basket uses both the petite pocket die and the petal cone die and could be decorated to fit any occasion.  For info about Paper Parade click HERE! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Focus on Flirtatious #3

Today's card couples the soft lavender of Wisteria Wonder with the rich dark purple Concord Crush.
A very simple layout with multiple layers makes this one super quick to cut and put together.
Just add a tiny tag sentiment and a scrap of Wisteria ruffled ribbon and it is ready to send.

Card Base: 4" X 8" -Concord Crush, scored at 4"
Scallop Square die cut- Concord Crush
3-3/4" X 3-3/4" Wisteria Wonder
3-1/2" X 3-1/2" Flirtatious DSP
3-1/4" diameter circle Concord Crush
Doily cut from Flirtatious DSP

Friday, September 16, 2011

Focus on Flirtatious #2

These fall flowers in my garden were the inspiration for today's card that uses the Flirtatious Speciality Paper.
You may need to click on the picture to enlarge it to see some the detail on this.
The background paper is dry embossed with the Square Lattice folder giving it an old fashioned fabric-like texture which goes nicely with the doily print strip of DSP.  Circles of Early Espresso cardstock peek out from the centers of the brown-eyed susan flowers.  This makes me think of the flower arrangements  my grandma made for the dining room table from her garden.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Focus on Flirtatious #1

The Flirtatious Specialty paper pack is amazingly versatile.   Delicate pinks and purples were my first impression of this paper pack but as you can see today's card is pretty bold.
Layering black with the orange really made it pop. 
Several elements on this card stray over the edge of the rectangular base: the large die cut doily,  a piece cut with the scallop trim border punch and the "get well soon" sentiment from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.
The Focus on Flirtatious paper will continue as I have more cards in the works all with very different styles so stop back for more!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Strength and Hope Digital Hybrid Card

The wonderful thing about making hybrid cards is you can use the digital portion over and over easily.  The focal image is one that I created last March for this gift set.  At that time, I resized the images and copy and pasted to fill a page.  Now I whenever I need it I can print a sheet.
If you would like to reproduce this, the image sizes are as follows:

All are Basic Black:
"H" HOPE:   width-1.106
Flourish:       width- 1.985 (reduce opacity to 20)
Words:          width- 1.999

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Birthday to...

ME!  Today is my birthday and my family brought me gorgeous red roses.  I am not the only one who thinks they are delightful....
Just smelling...
Checking out the foliage.  That is OK.

Sampling the greens.  Not too bad.

Chomping the flowers!!!

They have decided I should get roses more often.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Peekaboo Frames Project Details

Finally, I am getting a chance to post the details of my remaining Peekaboo Frames projects from last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop.  This has been a whirlwind week with both boys heading back to college and Leah and I getting back to homeschool.  All in all a very productive week just not in the craft room!  Earlier in the week I posted the tutorial for the Pop-Up Beach Chair which you can see in this post.

Now for the other project specs:
For this petite pumpkin luminary:
1. Die cut two scallop square frames from DSP with the Peekaboo Frames die.
2. Bend the center flap to the side and score 1/4" from the edge.
3. Stamp the pumpkin face from the Jack of All Trades stamp set on vellum cardstock with versamark ink and heat emboss with black powder. Adhere behind opening.

4. Adhere the two pieces together.
For the mini art pieces:
Cut frames from DSP and bend the center flaps down to form a stand. These use the Charming stamp set.
The image is stamped in Night of Navy on watercolor paper, punched and decorated with pearls.
For this one the background was done with wash of diluted Night of Navy and Bravo Burgundy reinkers on watercolor paper.  Once dry the images where stamped with the inks in the same colors.
On the last one, the floral image is stamped tone-on-tone with Bravo Burgundy ink on the matching color cardstock.  The ribbon is white taffeta dyed with re-inker which is then twisted and stuck to a large glue dot.  The leaves and stem are coated with Dazzling Details glitter glue.
And for the Boo Day card:
Base is 4-1/4" X 11, scored at 5-1/2"
Old Olive layer is 3-3/4" X 5-1/4"
Whisper White layer is 3-5/8" X 5"
DSP is 5/8" X 3-5/8"

The font for the "happy boo day!" is called Cracked and size is 44.  I printed this on Whisper White before cutting the layer to size.

The little ghost is from the Holiday Blitz digital stamp set.  It is resized to a width of 1.319-- (Leave the Keep Proportions box checked so you will have the correct height.)  This pixelated slightly but not enough to bother me.  Punch the image and adhere to the back of a black circle peekaboo frame.
Well I hope you are inspired to try the Peekaboo Frames die!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Flower Folds Halloween Candy Collection

It is time for bonus projects on UStamp "I ♥ the Holidays!"  I am tickled pink that my Halloween project has just been posted as a bonus!
This super yummy collection features projects made with the Flower Folds Big Shot die.  Just look at all the goodies-- clear tubes of M&M and mini peanut butter cups, a boxed set of Hershey Kisses and a hanging Rolo candy ball.   Even the tarantula is made with the Flower Fold die!

Now you have three good reasons (my three tutorials!) to join I ♥ the Holidays.  And if that isn't enough (LOL) there are more than 40 other great tutorials as well.  All the info can be found HERE!