Thursday, February 26, 2015

Curvy Keepsake-Here comes Peter Cottontail

 I'm getting ready for Easter even though the snow covers the ground here in Kentucky and the high temperature today is 25 degrees.  

This cute little critter is made using the Curvy Keepsake Die and is cut from Whisper White Card-stock sponged in Pixie Pink (retired)
The ears were made using the oval punch an a retired flower builder punch.
Eyes were made using the Owl Punch as were the "cheeks".
The nose is made using the Itty Bitty Accents heart Punch.
His feet are made using the Modern Label.

I added a fluffy sparkly pom-pom for his tail

And a Happy Easter Tag stamped using Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Fill this with Jelly Beans and nest in an Easter Basket or as a Place Setting for you Easter Table.

Happy Stampin'

Curvy Keepsake-Just Ducky

I am in love with the Curvy Keepsake die.  You can make so many cute things with it...for every season and occasion.  Since we are getting ready for Easter and have a huge egg hunt I thought these treat boxes would be perfect for the event.  

Cut 2 set (of 2) of the Curvy Keepsake in Daffodil Delight
Make the eyes using the 2 step bird punch (black) and the Owl punch (white, black and white)
Cut 2 ovals (Calypso Coral).  I sponged these with Calypso Coral ink for some added dimension and used a dimensional to set one on top of the other (slightly offset)
I also cut feet and a "top knot" from a flower punch in Calypso Coral. 
Wings were cut using the Scallop punch and embossed then sponged with Calypso Coral and attached with a dimensional 

Fill with your favorite candy treats.
Pretty Cute huh?

Happy Stampin'

Altered Altoid: Mini-Birthday Album

Here is the Newest Altered Altoid Mini-Journal--Birthday Greetings

 It's easy to make these albums and they have become the newest addiction of mine.  You'll cut 9 bases of 2 1/4 x 3 1/2.  Adhere the bases to 12 inches of ribbon at the top and bottom of 5 bases and then cover the exposed ribbon with the remaining base pages.  One base page will remain uncovered as you will adhere this to the inside of the container bottom.

Decorate the base pages with tags and embellishments.  This is a great way to use up small scraps of designer series paper.  And you can use all of your stamp sets to get a great variety.


I sell these for $10 each.  If that seems expensive just remind your customers 
how much a Hallmark Card runs now a days!

These take me about 1 hour to create.

Happy Stampin'

Altered Altoid: Mini-Prayer Journal Album

The glitter glue on the front of this altered box is still wet, but I loved the 
finished product SO Much I had to publish today,

I accidentally stumbled on this Altoid mini-album. If you follow me at all you now how much I love altered tins and boxes.  I never throw small containers away and 
I've even taken to asking people to save their containers for me!

I decided this would be a pocket prayer journal.  Start with a clean empty Altoid container or a container of your choice.  Trace the top of the continer on the WRONG side of you DSP so no pencil lines show.  Cut out 3 of these.  

Next, Cut 11 2 x 3.5 base "cards" which will be the foundation pages of your mini-album, I rounded the corners using the corner punch.  Any coordinating color will work.  I used Very Vanilla but you could use colored card-stock or alternating colors.

Lay them our with about 1/8 inch between 5 cards and 2 1/4 inch between the last card.

Cut 2 lengths of 15 inches of coordinating ribbon.

Lay out 6 cards and adhere the ribbon to the top and bottom of the cards.  I used sticky strips AND stapled alternating top and bottom ribbons for additional security.  You will have to cover the staples IF you don't want them to show or you could incorporate them into your page.  You could also sew the ribbon to the card-stock for some added interest.
Repeat with the 2nd ribbon

Next adhere the other cards to cover the ribbon.  I used tombow to assure a good seal.

Note that ONE card was NOT covered.  This will be placed ribbon side down on the interior of the container.  This example shows 6 plus one (but it was too thick with all my embellishments so I recommend you use only 11 cards--5 sets and one base)

Begin decorating the cards-both sides.  I used leftover pieces of Designer Series Paper.  This was a great project to use up small pieces of DSP since I NEVER throw anything away.  I used a flower punch from Michael's, the Banner punch, glitter glue (also from Michael's) and buttons.
I made 11  cards.

Scallop and Oval Punch

Banner Punch

This is what is seen when you open the box

Fold the pages accordion style 

I used assorted stamp sets I had on hand and suggest that you COULD use Blessed by God, Trust God, Chalk Talk, Label Love, Perfect Pennants, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Four Frames, And Many More, That's the Ticket, Really Good Greetings, Thoughts and Prayers, For your Country  or Petite Pairs,   Stamps sets used are dependant on the type of box you are making...

This could be altered for Birthday, New Baby, Weddings, Sympathy Graduations, Military etc.  The idea is limited only by your imagination!  Check back for other samples

 Here's the finished product.  

This was my inspiration.  I have altered the dimensions as they did not fit my Altiod container properly.

Check back for more altered Boxes.  
Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Adventure Awaits--A Calm Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor

We made this card using the Adventure Awaits Stamp set  at a recent Stamp Camp.  
The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White and  cut using the circle framelits.  

This one uses the banner punch.  I think this would make a good graduation card 
or for our service men and women in the Navy.  
Embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.

These large stamps make easy cards FAST!

Altered Laughing Cow Cheese Box

I never throw any container away because I might get inspired to make something with it!  I'm so thankful I saved this Laughing Cow box because I made a beautiful gift set with it.  

I used the Stampin' Up Framelit circle dies that best matched the top and bottom of the container and cut from some heavy duty (non SU) card stock.  
This box is very lightweight/flimsy so I felt a stiffer card-stock was in order.  

I attached the card-stock to the top and bottom using my Tombow glue.  Set aside and allow to dry.

Next I used the remaining card-stock to cut out leaves to give a 3D appearance to the top of my box.  You could cut leaves out of any card-stock you have laying around.  
THe paper flowers were made by tearing a circle from coordinating card stock and then starting at the outer edge, tear into a spiral. Toll the spiral around a pencil tip and secure with glue.  Add a pearl embellishment or glitter glue.  

This is the Top of the finished box.  Leaves were "curled around a pencil to give some height 
and attached using dimensionals.  I just kept adding leaves until I liked the look.  

Add ribbon to decorate the side

Then I used the largest scalloped Circle framelits to create the cards.  Use 1/2 sheet of card stock, folded in half and cut the card base.  
Then use a smaller circle to cut 4 circles from your decorative paper.

THIS CARD ends up being TOO large to fit in the box but I wanted the SCALLOPED edge for my cards and I will use the box to hold a pair of earrings made with coordinating beads.  The next card set I make will fit in the box!  

Decorate each card with embellishments of your choice.
I cut leaves and flowers from the card stock.,  I dyed the flowers by rubbing them on a stamp pad to change them from ecru to lavender.  

Viola!  A beautiful Gift Set 

Happy Stampin!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sophisticated Serifs-J

I made this set of 4 note cards for my friend Julies-January Birthday.  
Everyone can use a set of monogrammed Note cards,  
The floral pattern allowed me to use several colors 
(Crisp Cantaloupe, Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky) 
and brought a much needed touch of spring to this winter birthday celebration

Here is a closeup of the Monogram, which I stamped in Chocolate Chip.  
The floral embellishment was colored using Calypso Coral and Old Olive Markers.

These are packaged in a cellphone sleeve and tied with coordinating ribbon.  Add a pretty pen and some stamps for an extra special gift for an elderly neighbor or nursing home resident.

The envelopes (not shown here) were stamped with the same monogram as above
 in the return address area. 
I liked these so much I am making a set for myself, as Christmas and Wedding Shower Gifts.

Happy Stampin!