Monday, March 24, 2014

Four Drawer Boxed Treats Tutorial

One idea I had some time ago was to make pull-out drawers to go inside the Tag-a-Bag Gift Boxes.  As I started to play around with this I realized the Milk Carton Die could be modified for the drawers making this a really easy project!
The four drawers are perfect for four types of candy or other small gifts.  I made mine with Sale-a-Bration products but there are so many papers that would look just adorable.    If you make a version of this I would love to see it.   Leave me a comment in the comment section so I can check it out!

Here's the scoop on making them.

For the Boxes:
1.  Die cut milk cartons from four different patterns of DSP .
2.  Line up the bottom of each die cut with the 3-3/4” mark on the trimmer and trim.
Place the bottom of the die cut on the 3-3/4" mark of the trimmer

Top portion trimmed away
3.  Die cut four small hearts with the Hearts a Flutter Framelits from Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party and Pistachio Pudding cardstock.
4.  Adhere a heart to the front panel of each box.
Placement of the heart diecut
5. Punch two holes in each heart with a small (1/16th inch) hole punch or make holes with the paper piercer.
6.  Thread a 5” length of twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack through each hole.  Knot the end of the twine.
7.  Assemble the boxes with Sticky Strip.
Assembled boxes

Decorate the outer box:

1.  Lay the Tag a Bag box on its side.
2.  Adhere a 2” X 6-1/2” piece of DSP to the top and two 2” X 2-1/8” strips to the sides.
3.  Starting on the bottom, wrap a length of Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon around the box.  Adhere with tape on bottom.
4.  For tag, die cut the scalloped heart from the Hearts a Flutter Framelit set from a 2-1/2" X 4-1/4" piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  (Reserve the outer portion for the card.)
5.  Punch a hole in the top of the heart.  Thread twine through hole.  Tie two extra pieces of twine on first piece.
6.  Here is one idea for decorating the tag.

Love Ya Card:

1.  Cut a 4-1/4” X 11” Pool Party cardbase.  Score at 5-1/2”
2.  Layer with a 4” X 5-1/4” piece of DSP
3.  Stamp the heart image from the Peachy Keen set with Pool Party ink on Whisper White cardstock.
4.  Layer behind the reserved Crisp Cantaloupe piece from Step 4 above.
5.  Add a ½” X 4” strip of DSP on top.
6.  Ink just the "Love" portion of the Love Ya stamp with a Strawberry Slush marker and stamp on DSP.   Die cut with the small heart from the Heart’s a Flutter Framelits.   Ink the "Ya" with the marker and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Punch with the 3/4" circle punch and layer with black punched Boho Blossom piece. 
7.  Die cut the small heart from the Heart's a Flutter Framelits from Strawberry Slush.  Layer several pieces of twine under the heart and place in the upper left corner. 

Stamps: Just Sayin',  Peachy Keen
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit, Sweet Sorbet DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Basic Black
Accessories: Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon, Strawberry Slush Marker, Sticky Strip
Punches: 3/4" Circle, Boho Blossom, Banner, Word Window, Full Heart
Big Shot:  Milk Carton Bigz Die, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits
Non SU:  small hole punch

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: The Open Sea Edition

Welcome to the newest edition of the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring the popular nautical set The Open Sea.   Sail along as the Crew shares fresh ideas for these rugged images.

With several family birthdays in March, I chose this set for the guy cards.   The first has a very worn look.  I tore a few edges and burned others. 
Once I had all the layers adhered to the card front, I closed the card and burned some areas making the front and back symmetrical.
Stamping inside finished card
Burning the edges can be a bit messy.  I did this near a sink so the ashes could fall in the basin and I could put out the flames if it got out of control.  (It didn't but it does burn quickly so it is good to be safe!)   I let the fire continue to smolder in some areas so it burned deeper giving the irregular shape.

The next card (I think) is pretty cool mostly because I learned something new!  I wanted to make a ship in a bottle but could not find an image on the internet that was just right. So I made one with My Digital Studio!  I did it by editing a tag punch and combining it with several other simple shapes.
This was my first attempt to edit a punch and I have to say it is easy and fun!
Original shape
I stretched the top and added curved sides to make the neck of the bottle.
Large Oval Punch, Square Punch, Edited Tag Punch, Small Oval 
Once that punch was edited I overlapped it with other basic punches to make the rest of the bottle.  The ship is stamped on top as I only own the physical version of this set but if you had the MDS version of The Open Sea it would be easy peasy to add the digital stamp!

Time to sail on the next port of call!  Click on the buttons below to be on yer way!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Slatted Basket Tutorial

A while ago I saw the cutest paper basket on Pinterest created by Wenche.  (Click HERE to see it... it is really really wonderful!)

Since seeing it, I have been mulling over in my mind a way to simplify it.  The original basket has a separate rim and each slat is individually cut.  My idea was to use just one piece of paper for the basket and rim and also to make the slats in long strips so there is less cutting.   Today I experimented and am happy to say it worked very nicely.

The base can be made with either DSP or cardstock... both work well.   The base of the basket on the left is made with two sided Designer Series Paper so the patterned paper peeks through.  The one on the right is made with solid color cardstock.

Here is how I made them:
1.  Score a 12" X 12" piece of DSP or cardstock at 3/4", 4", 8" and 11-1/4".  Turn paper 90 degrees and repeat.
 2.  Cutting on the score lines, cut away the sections shown.  Trim the tabs just a little on an angle.
 3.  Assemble into a box.  Bend the top flaps down.
 4.  Cut six strips of DSP 1" X 11'.  Score 3-1/2" from each end.  Apply adhesive to the center of three strips and adhere to the bottom of the box spacing them evenly. 
 5.  Adhere the remaining three perpendicular to the first three as shown.
 6. Apply adhesive to top of each strip and adhere them just under the scoreline under the flap.
7.  Repeat on all sides.
8.  Apply adhesive to the underside of the top flaps and secure.  Cut a 1-1/2" X 12" piece of DSP for the handle and attach to the inside of the basket.
9. Optional step:   For a finished look cover the bottom of the basket with a 4" X 4" piece of DSP or cardstock.

I used goodies from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack and the Heartfelt Banner to decorate the handles.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I do appreciate comments so I know that someone is actually reading this!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Florets Edition

Welcome to the Fabulous Florets edition of the Stamp Review Crew's semi-monthly blog hop.   Every first and third Monday of the month members of the Stamp Review Crew host a hop featuring our ideas for one Stampin' Up stamp set.    We hope you enjoy seeing all our variations using the lovely Fabulous Florets images.

While grocery shopping this week I spotted a set of Lindt chocolate chicks and thought they would be adorable to decorate.  I had fun dressing each one up in their Sunday best with ties, jewelry and hair bows.
The picket fence is covered with Fabulous Floret vines and flower images cut from stamped Watercolor Wonder DSP.  I also stamped the vine image on the bottom of the grass (cut with the oh-so-fun fringe scissors).
Now that I have them done I think these little guys may be too cute to eat!

Here are a few more details if you would like to make one:
  • The undecorated candy comes in a package like this.  I adhered the fence and grass directly to the packaging.

  • The fence is 3-1/2" x 8-1/4".  It is stamped with the hardwood image (Smoky Slate ink on Smoky Slate card stock) and die cut with the Rosette Designer Die.  The vines are stamped on top with Gumball Green ink.
  • The grass layers are 7/8" X 8-1/4" and 1-1/4" X 8-1/4" snipped with the Fringe Scissors.  The outer layer is stamped with the Fabulous Florets vine image. (Gumball Green ink on Gumball Green card stock.)
  • The flowers are stamped with Smoky Slate ink on Watercolor Wonder DSP and cut out.
  • The sign is stamped with the Happy Easter image from the Delightful Dozen stamp set, die cut with the Bitty Banner Framelits and looped over a picket.
  • The hair flowers are punched with the Itty Bitty Punch pack and the bow tie is hand cut.  (Marina Mist and Pumpkin Pie card stock.)
  • The neck ribbons are Marina Mist and Pumpkin pie 1/8" Taffeta ribbon. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Please click on the links below to go either forward or backward to continue the hop. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shaped Lava Lamp Card Tutorial

My husband's birthday was yesterday.  He loves everything retro.   I have been planning this birthday set for a while and finally got to give it him.  He got a kick out it!
This is made with the Crazy Mixed Up Love digital stamp set and My Digital Studio.  I had this professionally printed through Stampin' Up; I find the colors are truer and more vibrant than I can do on my home printer.  Because I wanted this to be a shaped card I needed to choose the 6"X6" card style which has the fold at the top.    

Also I used retro-looking Green Galore which is a retired color.  The nice thing about My Digital Studio is it has all the retired colors so you have a large color palette.  Notice I have a punched heart in Green Galore on the candy bar to match?  Here is a nifty little trick.... use the extra space at the side to add swatches of color for punching!  

Here are step-by-step directions: 
Finished layout
1.  Start with a blank 6 X 6 square card.
2.  Add the lava lamp stamp and stretch it so it touches the top and bottom of the page. 
3.  Use the coloring tool to "paint" the elements.  (I used Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore.)
4.  Add the sentiment at the side and color.
5.  Add two square punches at the side.  Fill with Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise to be used for punching.
Showing the card on the fold
6.  With the card folded, cut through both layers along the side outlines. (I left a tiny border of white.)
Cut card open
The finished card: 

I cut the sentiment with the Paper Trimmer and put it on a candy bar wrapped with Wisteria Wonder card stock and a bit of Melon Mambo taffeta ribbon.    I used the retired Hearts Trio punch for the hearts.