Monday, December 31, 2012

Card Base Pop 'n Cuts Purse

Both today and tomorrow I will be sharing the details of the All Dressed Up Bundle projects from this weekend's Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog 2013 Blog Hop.  

I used just the Card Base Pop 'n Cuts die without the insert to make this little very simple (and quick!) purse.  
1.  Die cut a card base from Designer Series Paper.
2.  Lay it vertically on the Simply Scored board and score at 5 inches and 6 inches.  Fold on scorelines.
3.  Punch a hole with the Itty Bitty Circle Punch in the two corners of the front.
4.  Thread Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon through the front hole, the two back slits and through the remaining front hole.
5. Tie a bow in the ribbon.
6.  On the inside you can attach a cello bag or, as I did, use Sticky Strip to attach chocolates and a greeting.  I also added a flower snipped from the 5/8" Ribbon Trim.
7.  For the outside, stamp the dress in Pool Party on Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut with the Dress Up Framelit.  Also diecut the dress form from Very Vanilla.
 8.  Add two roses in the bottom corners to complete.

Tomorrow I will have the tutorial for the castle pop-up card.  See you then!

Friday, December 28, 2012

All Dressed Up for the Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the last stop on the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop!   If you have been following the hop from the beginning you have just had a tour of the new Spring catalog from the  beginning.  Now if you are one of those who prefer to start at the back of the catalog you are in the right place as the stamp bundle I am featuring is the one of the last ones in the catalog.  No matter where you have joined the hop, you can click through all the projects as we are all linked in a circle.

The All Dressed Up suite has four coordinating products:  A stamp set, a Framelits collection and two Big Shot dies.   For my first simple project I used just the stamp set and Framelits.
The petite little designs of the new More Amore Designer Series Paper reminded me of dress material from the 50's and worked so well with the retro-style dress framelit.  Paired with the "Change of address" stamp this would be a cute way letting your friends know you have moved.   This is an extra-large card that will fit in a business size envelope.  The base is 8" X 9", scored to make a 4" X 9" inch card.

My second project uses the stamp set, the framelits and the Pop 'n Cuts Card Base die.
This is a little gift purse made from the card base.   Inside are two Ghirrardelli chocolate squares.   On Monday I will have the directions and more pictures of this.  Oh and I almost forgot... the flowers in the corners are the new 5/8" Flower Trim.  So soft and delicate!

And my final project uses all four products.  I altered the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts to make a pop-up castle card.  Here is the front with the sentiment from the stamp set and a princess dress cut with the framelits:
And inside... the castle which also uses several new accessories: the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder for the sky and the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the doorway.
Tuesday I will have a full tutorial for making this.    Thanks for hopping by!

You can click on the buttons below to go forward or backward to visit each blog.  The Previous Button will take you to Yapha's blog where she has adorable projects featuring the Oh Whale stamp set.  The Next Button will take you to the first stop on the hop to Tanya's blog with fun Oh Hello projects.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chocolate Santa Hat

While shopping this week I found a big Hershey Kiss wrapped like a Santa hat.   I thought it would be a fun challenge to make a Santa box to fit the hat:

The Santa head is made from two petal cone diecuts that are scored and cut off as shown then adhered together.  Three rounded flaps are tucked inside and the remainder has a white half scalloped circle (also cut with the petal cone die) adhered to it for his beard.

I used the Itty Bitty Circle Punch for his nose and mouth, the Bird Builder Punch for his mustache and the 1/4' Circle Punch for his eyes.

The body is made from four petite pocket diecuts that have the longer flaps cut down to two inches.    All four are adhered side by side then joined into a box.
The box portion holds a generous amount of regular size Hershey Kisses so this is a super chocolate lovers gift!
FYI:  Here is what the Santa hat packaging looks like if you are shopping for one.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Money Holder Tutorial

A simple project and tutorial today that can be used for many occasions:  a decorated money holder.
I made this one using the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin" Kit. Designer Series Paper is nice for this project because it has designs on two sides making the inside just as pretty as the outside.

To make the money holder: 
1.  Cut Designer Series Paper 7" X 8-1/2".
2.  Score the 8-1/2" side at 1-1/2" and 5"

3.  Fold on the score lines.  Round the top corners with the 3/16" Corner Punch. On the inside,  place Sticky Strip on the bottom section near the edges.

4.  Adhere the bottom flap up to create a pocket.
5.  Decorate the flap with diecuts from the Simply Scrappin' Kit.  Cut a 1" X 9-1/2" strip of cardstock and fold around the holder to make a belly band.  Add a diecut strip to the belly band.

These work well with Designer Series Paper with large designs as well.  Here are several holders that I made two years ago where I placed the designs in the corner or at the sides.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hanukkah Kisses Box

Leah was invited to her friend's house tonight for festivities for the last night of Hanukkah.  We made a card and small hostess gift for her to take.
Though it does not show in the photo, this is stamped on Shimmery White paper so it has a soft sparkle that really dresses it up.  The sentiment is stamped with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark ink so it sparkles too.
The box is made with two 8" X 8" pieces of Midnight Muse cardstock. The bottom is scored 2 inches from each side then cut and assembled.
The top is also scored 2 inches from each side but with a homemade shim in place to make it the perfect size.  The shim bumps the paper over just a tad. If you have not seen Connie Stewart's video on making a shim to fit your score board you can check it out HERE.

The stamping on the sides is easiest to do while the box top is flat.  I scored it first then used the scorelines to help with the placement of the sentiment.  Clear mounted stamps really come in handy making it easy to get them straight!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Divided Fancy Favor Boxes

It is time to wrap up the Wrap the Holidays session of UStamp.  My final project is this set of divided boxes.
It uses very minimal supplies making it perfect for a class.  One Simply Scrappin' Kit, the Fancy Favor Big Shot die and some Sticky Strip are all you need.  Two, three or four Fancy Favor boxes are combined to make the dividers.  

Because the Fancy Favor Box requires 12 x 12 paper, the Simply Scrappin' Kits are great for this.  Also any Simply Scrappin' Kit will work so it could be be made in many different themes.  The complete tutorial is available on the Wrapping Up the Holidays site.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Little Black Dress Pop 'n Cuts

Christmas came a bit early at my house; my box of preorder goodies from the new Spring catalog arrived!  Though it was hard to choose, the first thing I tried was the new Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts die and the coordinating All Dressed Up Framelits and stamp set.
Oh my is this set going to be fun!  Pop-ups have never been so easy (or so cute!)

The dress is glammed up with a string of pearls.  And see the delicate medallion trim?  That is the new Delicate Details Lace Tape.  It is self-adhesive so it is a dream to apply.
This is the inner pop-up portion of the card cut with the card base die with the Dress Form insert in place.
And this is the base which is generic and can be used alone or as the card base for the pop-up.
There are two slits at the bottom that are for holding the card closed.  I slid a piece of cardstock into the slits before adhering the pop up to the base.
 Isn't this the cutest little dress!!!
 The All Dressed Up stamp set has "dress" related sentiments.
On the front, I used more new things.  The banners were diecut with the Hearts A Flutter Framelits -the middle banner was stamped with the coordinating stamp set.  And the new Designer Series Paper is called More Amore-soft and sweet!   You can see how the card is held closed by the slits in the corners.

I have a couple of other ideas for variations of the pop-up so stop back soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scalloped Envelope Box Tutorial

I am getting this little box of mini Hershey's Chocolate bars ready to send to my Grandma who celebrated her 100th birthday in October.
This simple box is made with the Scalloped Envelope die.  I have made this many times but have never written a tutorial.   A couple of past posts that show different ideas for decorating it can be found HERE and HERE.  

Scalloped Envelope Box:

1.  Die cut two Scalloped Envelopes.  Overlap the bottom flaps and adhere them together.
2.  Fold on the scorelines and place Sticky Strip on the side flaps.
3.  Cut two pieces of cardstock 1-1/2" X 2-1/4".  Adhere the flaps with the Sticky Strip to form the sides.
4.  Cut two Scalloped Envelopes from Designer Series Paper and cut off the scalloped flap.  Adhere to the box and glue the flaps to the side of the box.  Decorate with more DSP, punched shapes, etc.
Supplies used:  Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scalloped Envelope Big Shot Die.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Glitter Paper Framelit Ornaments

With our middle son in Florida for college I was trying to come up with some mailable ornaments for his small apartment Christmas tree.
I used the Red and Gold Shimmer paper and die cut it with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits and the Snow Flurry Big Shot Die.
It was tempting to add more embellishments but to keep these flat for mailing I refrained and just added Gold Elastic Cord (retired).

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Swatchbook Gift Bag Tutorial

Family recipes are special treasures.   I have been working on several projects to collect family recipes from both sides of our family and make recipe books.  
The Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Digital Template was a huge timesaver for this.  All the graphic layouts were in place and I just added the recipes.  And to make it extra special I came up with a custom-sized gift bag made out the of the coordinating Orchard Harvest Designer Series paper.

One version of the recipe book is of my mom's desert recipes.
On some of them I added notes about the origin or special ways Mom makes the recipe.  This cake recipe is from a cookbook that came with her Sunbeam mixer in 1957.  Still a favorite today!
I made another version of recipes from Tom's mother.
Lots of traditional Polish recipes.
I made one for all of Tom's siblings and our nieces and nephews.  It was so fun when we gave them to to everyone at a recent family gathering to hear the comments reminiscing about the foods.    

To make the gift bag:
1. Cut a piece of DSP 11" X 12".  If there is a directional print on one side you will need to pay attention to which way the pattern will go.
2.  On the 11" side, score at 1", 5", 6" and 10".
3. Turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 1" and 9".
4.  Fold on all score lines.
5.  Clip the corners of the tabs at the bottom.

6. Fold the top 3 inches down on the scoreline.
7.  Use Sticky Strip on the sides and bottom to assemble the box.

8.  Punch two holes about one inch from the top on each side of the box.  Thread a knotted length of ribbon through one hole and out the other.  Fold a 2" X 4" piece of DSP in half and punch a hole in the corner.  Thread this one the ribbon and tie another knot.
9.  Pull the ribbon until the knots are snug against the box.  Add a second ribbon to the back in the same manner.