Thursday, April 28, 2011

Numbered Double Flap Card Box How To

Double Fold Card Box Well, I am glad that you liked the double flap Cherry Cheesecake inspired card box that I created last week!  I made this card box with simplicity in mind.  Numbers are all the rage right now, so I figured what a great way to make an any occasion card set!  This set contains 6 cards with envelopes.  These 6 cards took all of 10 minutesCard Box 016 to create and I even used a Stamp-a-ma-jig!

How did I make that card box? You’ll need the following supplies to get started: Paper Snips, a paper cutter with a scoring blade, sticky strip and cardstock or Designer Series Paper.  Tip: Designer Series Paper is great to work with when you want to create a completely decorated card box, however, the text-weight paper is thinner and creates for a weaker box. Using Stampin’ Up! heavier weight cardstock 80lb or greater will make for a sturdier card box.  Think about the recipient when choosing the type of paper you select.

You’ll need to start with a piece of cardstock that is 6” x 11”.  Place your paper into the Paper cutter with the 11” side on the horizontal or at the top.  You’ll be scoring at the following measurements (Do not remove the paper until you score each of these lines):  3”, 3-3/4”, 8-1/4. and 9”.  Lines are drawn in pencil so that you can visually see where you will need to score. Click on any photo for a larger version. Tip: The more accurate you are with your score lines the better the box will connect together. Step 1: Score lines as shownNow turn your paper so that the 6” side is on the horizontal or at the top.  You’ll be scoring at 3/4” and 5-1/4” OR if it is easier for you, you’ll want to make sure you have 3/4” score line on each of the vertical edges.  Step 1: Score lines as shownNext, you’ll want to make eight,  3/4” snips to the score lines as shown in the photo to create 4 tabs. Fold in tabs only.Step 2: Create tabs I  suggest using sticky strip, as it creates a good strong hold when creating boxes.  Place two strips on each tab.Step 4: Apply Sticky Strip to TabsFold along all remaining score lines.  You’ll be able to see how your box will be coming together.  You’ll be creating your bottom fold by securing the tab to the bottom sides  of the box.  Step 5: Create bottom foldDo the same to the top, by securing the tabs to the top section of the box.  You’ll have two pieces of scored pieces in the middle section of the box that are not connected to anything.  These form the sides and stabilize the box when closed.Step 6: Create top flapDecorate as desired.  Create a belly band or secure with ribbon, twine or any other materials you may have.  The smaller flap was the top of the box and the larger flap was the bottom.  As the box is square you can use the double-flaps as sides too!  You’ll have about 1/2” of overlap between the flaps.  I secured mine with Completed Card Box with Card Close Upa ribbon and a 1” circle glass fragment that uses the same numbering as the cards. The cardstock image was secured to the glass fragment with crystal effects.  I used Jet black stazon to prevent smearing of the ink.  A piece of retired hodgepodge hardware was secured to the back of the element with Tombow multipurpose adhesive so that it would “hang” from the ribbon.  The element can be used as a charm for a Simply Adorned bracelet or a necklace.  A great reusable piece.  I love gifts that keep on giving don’t you?

Stamps:   Clearly For You
Papers:   Sweat Pea Paper Pack (Retired), Whisper White 
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories:  5/8” Organza Ribbon, Round Glass Fragment, 1” Circle Punch, Hodgepodge Hardware(Retired)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig,  Paper Cutter with Scoring Tool, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Sticky Strip 
Techniques Used: n/a

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Alter Envelopes for Unique Sized Cards

The Nature Walk stamp set is definitely my favorite from the Occassions Mini Catalog!  I’m sure those of you that have been following the projects I’ve created can tell by now! *smile* Just a reminder that April 30th will be the last day to order from the Occasions Mini.  Nature Walk CutsFor this project, I used just a sweet and simple layout.  I’ve used this card size in the past and I really love it…It is rather unique and we don’t always tend to think of changing the size of our cards from the standard greeting card or A2.  These are small notes to show your appreciation. Of course, you can change the phrasing and these would be great for any occasion.  I sent some of these out a couple of weeks ago.  Were you on my list to receive one?  

2-3/4" x 5-1/2" Card with Matching Envelope The finished card size is 2-3/4” x 5-1/2”.  You are able to make 3 card bases from one piece of cardstock. Now the problem that some of you might encounter is what kind of envelope can you put this in.  Well the answer is quite simple…you can place it in a standard A2 envelope if you’d like…but I thought I would show you how to alter that A2 envelope so it looks like it was made for the unique card size!  **I actually mailed one of these cards to a special friend in the accompanying envelope.  It cost a bit more to send but she received it! On a side note, remember hand delivery is FREE!

How did I  make that envelope? Gather the following tools: a standard A2 envelope, Paper snips and a bone folder, and a paper cutter with a scoring blade.  Step 1: Cut Bottom First you’ll be cutting the bottom edge off your envelope.  Place the envelope into the cutter and line up the top edge to the 4” mark and cut off the bottom or 3/8” off the bottom.   Next, you will move the envelope to the 3” mark and score along the bottom edge this will create a 1” score along the bottom edge of your envelope. Step 2: Score Take your paper snips and snip a small triangle from the bottom edge to the score mark on each bottom edge as shown.  Step 3: Cut Triangle Lower Edge to Score Line With the back flap of the envelope facing you, cut along the  1” score line along the bottom.  CUT ONLY the top section…NOT the bottom section.Step 4: Remove top flap from Bottom Edge The bottom will be your new bottom flap.  Flap Removed Punch the bottom flap with a scallop punch and fold up  to create your bottom flap.  It is easier to fold after you punch the edge.Step 5: Use Punch to Decorate Edge Secure with your desired adhesive. 

Challenges 010My finished project includes 6 cards with the custom envelopes in a mini lunch bag with a card front on the bag so you know what is inside.  The scallop on the envelopes was intended to match the scallops on the bag so change your envelope edges to meet your needs.  A cute gift project for anyone!  The bag can be used as a mini gift bag when all the cards are used up.  Nice, right? The gift that keeps on giving!

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Stamps:   Nature Walk, Fresh Cuts
Papers:   Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Jet Black Stazon
Accessories:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Mini Lunch Sacks (Retired)
Tools: Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Scallop Border Punch, Rounded Corner Punch
Techniques Used: Altered Envelope

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Power of Love

I wrote the title and immediately started humming the Huey Lewis and the News song. I wonder if that was played at my Wedding Card wedding?!  Well, this card was created for a wedding that has yet to be.  I’ll probably keep it in my stash of cards for that next special day in someone’s lives.  Of course, this would be perfect for an anniversary card too! I have more of those in my life now than weddings.

It didn’t take me much time to make because I used a sketch layout and some color combinations already Heart Close Upsuggested by both Splitcoaststampers and Stampin’ Addicts.  I added all the elements and I was done.  That beautiful seam binding rosette heart I created last month when I was playing around trying to figure out how to make those gorgeous ribbon roses that I’ve been seeing around.  So, yes, I created the heart element with all 19 of those individual ribbon roses out of Side View Kraft Seam Binding (SU retired).  When you have a special event it's nice to have a special card, right? And that heart actually is the icing on this card. 

Stamps:   Wedding Sweet, Tiny Tags
Papers:   Concord Crush, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake 
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Concord Crush
Accessories:  Concord Crush 1/2” Ribbon, Kraft Seam Binding (Retired), Antique Brads, Vintage Trinkets
Tools: Full Heart Punch, Rounded Corner Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Snail
Techniques Used: Ribbon Rosettes made with Seam Binding

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The details for how to create the double fold box will be coming this week!  So be on the look out for it!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cherry Cheesecake

I know I’ve been away for awhile…my Mom is visiting so the projects will be coming when I have a few minutes to “sneak” away and take a couple of pictures of what I’ve been working on! 

cheesecakeThis project was inspired by Outlawz Color Challenge (Vanilla, Brown Sugar and Red).  I used my own SU color combination of Cream Confetti (Retired SU Color), Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler) Doesn’t that look just delicious!  Yum!

Cherry Cheesecake Gift Set My project is a gift set of 6 cards in a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square unique opening box.  I altered some standard A2 envelopes and made them fit my 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” cards.  I feel like I’m in school, but because my awesome Auggie Doggie ate my Greeting Glue (Retired Stampin’ Up Envelope Glue) one Sunday afternoon, I had to improvise and create a unique closing for my envelopes.  I am so proud of this…I created  stickers to keep the envelopes closed.  I just love that!!!!!  I’ll share how I made them a bit later in this post.  Now these cards will not stand up to mailing Altered Envelope and Butterfly Stickerin the traditional sense, so hand delivery or on top of a gift is probably the best travel option for this simple little card! If you decide to mail something like this…I would omit the sticker and use a tape closure….not the best solution…but it will work.  Now because it is square and probably not the perfect size for mailing through the USPS…extra postage may be required.

Cards Displayed in Open Box How did I do that? My card features a simple layout that works beautifully with the Nature Walk set.  Now picture me really excited…because that is how I felt when I discovered the “Sepia” look.  Okay…so maybe someone did it before…but I didn’t see it before…so I’m still excited about it…and so excited to share it with you!  I like to say discovered because it sounds so much better than mistake, right?!  First, stamp your images in Soft Suede ink.  Next, punch the images with a 1-1/4” square punch.  Then take an Aquapainter filled with water and brush the image starting with the dark portion and running the brush over the entire image.  Tada…cool watercolored images that look like Sepia!  Allow to dry and the squares will flatten. I was able to color on top of the images after they dried.  So what do you think? 

The envelope stickers were created the same way as the above images, but I also punched a square from the Big Shot Glassine Envelope Contains Envelope StickersMultipurpose Adhesive Sheets!  How cool that you are able to punch through the adhesive sheets too!  I removed one layer of the adhesive sheet and attached to the dried punched water colored images.  The back of the images still has a backing that can be removed when ready to use as the envelope closure!  Did you see that cute little  glassine envelope that holds the envelope stickers in place until ready for use?

Box Side ViewIs anyone interested in how I made the box?  If you let me know, I’ll post the measurements for you. Too much info already for one day.


Stamps:   Nature Walk
Papers:   Cream Confetti (Retired) 
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Hemp Twine, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aquapainter, Paper Cutter with Scoring Tool, Snail, Sticky Strip 
Techniques Used: Sepia Watercolor

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The project is made using the Nature Walk stamp set out of the Occasions Mini Catalog page 27.  If you are in love with this set…it will be around only until April 30. You can visit my online store or contact me directly for purchase.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Scrapped Cards

Scrapbooking and cardmaking walk hand in hand in this Spring Break inspired thank you card.  Every other year we take a vacation with my in laws.  This year we visited Cancun.  It was a first for both me and my son.  The Riviera Maya area was so beautiful and the water so blue and the sun so hot!  This card was created for Nana and Papa for sharing this wonderful time with us where dreams are made true.

Vacation Thank You 001 The card is meant to be kept as a remembrance of our precious time together.  The layout of this card followed the Mojo Monday Sketch Layout for the week.  

Stamps:   Fabulous Phrases
Papers:   Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal Holiday Print Designer Series Paper (Retired), Whisper White, Photos 
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker 
Accessories:  Hemp Twine, Build a Brad
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Spritzer Tool
Techniques Used: None

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Little Something called Gratitude

Hello!  I am back from our Spring Break vacation, I’ve washed all the laundry, picked up the dogs and I finally had a chance to get to my stamp room to create again!  I want to thank Heather over at Craft Gossip for posting my tutorial for my Cupcake Cash Card and Envelope while I was enjoying Mexico.  I also want to welcome all my new followers and readers over these past months!  I want to thank you all for the comments and/or emails that you have sent my way.  It is definitely encouraging and welcome since my move away from my stamping gems in the Midwest!

I’m sure there are many times in CAS113 017your life that you want to give  a little something to someone to express your gratitude.  Well, this project is just that.  It is a little tote bag that contains a matchbox (that WILL contain some chocolate nuggets) with a matching thank you card.  This would also be nice for a thinking of you, get well or here’s some chocolate because I like you gift!

How I did that: When creating 3D items it is not always Mini Tote Bag necessary to recreate the wheel.  The tote bag tutorial can be found here. I changed my tote bag up a wee bit, so mine won’t look exactly like the one featured. 

The matchbox was created using the Stampin’ Up Matchbox Bigz XL die (114890)

The cards I used were precut and pre-scored Stampin’ UP! note cards with matching envelopes (107311). They make thank you cards easy and they fit perfectly in the tote bag!

All items were scored on the wrong side with a ruler and a boneMatchbox folder.  I used the flourish from the Friends 24-7 set and stamped off to give a lighter image.  En Francais was used with full ink over the Friends 24-7 image.  I double sponged all the hearts with Baha Breeze and then with the Soft Suede.  The Newsprint Designer Series Paper was sponged with Soft Suede only and slightly distressed.  If you keep little scraps of your Designer Papers this is why you keep them for these types of projects!  The hemp twine was twisted to create loops and then tied inThank You Card the center under the button. 

Stamps:   Friends 24-7, En Francais, Tiny Tags
Papers:   Whisper White, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, So Saffron (Matchbox Button)
Ink:  Baha Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Designer Buttons – So Saffron (Retired), Linen Thread
Tools: Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder, Ruler, Full Heart Extra-Large Punch, Heart to Heart Extra-Large Punch, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Sponges, Matchbox Bigz XL Die, Big Shot, Craft and Paper Scissors, Sticky Strip, Crop-a-dile
Techniques Used: Sponging
 Card Element Close Up

You can whip up some of these and put them up on a shelf so that you have them handy next time you need a little something to express your gratitude!

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