Saturday, May 14, 2011

2-4-6-8 Father's Day favor box

Needing a quick and easy favor?  Try this 2-4-6-8 box.  Simply take a 6 x 8 1/2" of card stock, score horizontally at 2, 4, 6, and 8 inches -- you should have a 1/2" tab sticking left on edge.  Now rotate 180 degrees and score at 2" on one long side.  Then, cut on the short score lines -- up to the long one -- so you can fold those tabs in at the bottom to form your box.  Next, crease on all score lines with bone folder.  Stamp design on outside of box -- here I used the Circle Circus stamp set.  Finally, take the scallop square punch and punch out a window on one side.  Adhere a 2x2 pc of Light Window sheets behind the window.  Fold the box together -- adhering the walls first, then fold up the bottom tabs, and glue all together with the Tombow Multi glue.  Fill with your Dad's favorite treats, fold together like a milk carton, punch two holes in the top with the Crop-o-dile, and thread a red 1/4" grossgrain ribbon through.  Add the little Happy Father's Day tag -- using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, the large oval, and scalloped oval punches.  Add the star with a silver brad in the center, to finish it off.

This is a great little box that can be adapted for any occasion.

Here are all three projects we will be doing at my upcoming Father's Day/Masculine cards Class.

A birthday card he'll love!

The next time you feel challenged trying to come up with a masculine card, try this Inlaid Embossing technique using just a bunch of circle punches and the square lattice embossing folder!  I punched a variety of circles out of More Mustard, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze and Early Esspresso and arranged them in a random pattern on an Early Esspresso panel.  After gluing them all in place, I embossed the panel in my Big Shot using the Square lattice embossing folder.  The result is so unique and interesting!  I then mounted this panel onto a folded Soft Suede card and added the Happy Birthday sentiment (from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) -- punched out with the Word Window punch, and then mounted onto the Modern Label punch out.  For the final embellishment, I added Basic Rhinestones to the sentiment -- coloring them with my colored sharpies, to match.

My inspiration for this card, came from this ( card I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  I think this card could be easily adapted to a graduation card -- using the colors of the school -- or a baby girl card using a variety of shades of chocolate and pink.

We will be making this card at my upcoming Father's Day class on June 12th.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Simple Friendship" #2

Another card show casing the "Simple Friendship" stamp set that's 30% off this month -- only $18.95 for this $25.95 set!
For this card, I embossed the small flowers on shimmery white cardstock, misted it with water and colored with an aqua painter and Real Red reinker.  (This is a water coloring technique I've been wanting to try for a while.  Not completely satisfied with the result -- need to play some more with it.) I then cut them out and mounted them with dimensionals.  Used the little flourish stamp for the flower stems.  I also watercolored the little flowers on the "friend" label.  The colors used here are Real Red, Basic Black, whisper white, Shimmery White card stocks.  In hind sight, the little flowers would have looked better embossed in black, but no time to re-make this baby, so this is it for now!

Enjoy! Happy Stamping!

"Simple Friendship" ideas

The stamp set, "Simple Friendship", had been on my wish list for a while, now, and when I realized it was 30% off this month (click on the "shop now" button to view the special -- sorry my sidebar button doesn't work), I just had to get it!  I challenged myself to use Concord Crush -- one of our current In Colors.  I really do like this color, just never seem to use it.  The butterfly in this set is lovely.  I haven't had time to play yet, but I also envision a card stamping this butterfly in Poppy Parade and layering black and poppy butterflies on top using the Beautiful Wings embosslit.  It would make a really elegant red and black card...  When I have some time to play, I'll give it a try. :)  Until then, these will have to suffice.  The colors used here are Concord Crush, Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi.  I colored some of the Basic Rhinestones black for the butterfly's body, and purple for the flower centers.  A little paper piercing in the corner to add interest, and plenty of Dazzling Diamonds glitter accents -- applied with the two way glue pen.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Father's Day folded shirt card

Here is a Father's Day card we will be making at my next class on June 12th -- Masculine Cards class.  It is a folded shirt card -- and guests can choose between a tie or buttons for their shirt.  For the shirt, I used a 3 1/2 x 5" pc of DSP from the Love Letter's collection.  I will attempt to attach the PDF for how to fold it into a shirt.  Such a cute, fun idea.
Supplies list:
Card Stock -- Riding Hood red, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Love Letters DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Punches: Itty Bitty punch pack, 1" round, Designer Label, scallop trim border
Accessories: Big Shot plus polka dotted and square lattice embossing folders, black embossing powder, basic rhinestones colored with black and red sharpies
Stamps: Sanded and En Francias background stamps, Elements of Style
Note: I got this shirt pattern off splitcoaststampers several years ago and have no idea who I got it from, so if you see this and it was you, email me and I will give you credit! :)
Here's the pdf:
Shirt Folding Instructions

"Love Letter" FAMILY

For several years, now, I have been creating custom letters/names for everyone else EXCEPT ME!  So, I decided it was high time I made my very own letters for my mantel that I've been envisioning in my mind ever since I saw the designer paper, "Love Letters".  I absolutely LOVE that paper -- everything you create with it is simply gorgeous!
Without further ado, here they are!  Tell me what you think! :)

The gorgeous 3-D flower on the top of the "I", is made with another favorite -- the Fun Flowers die (from the Occasions mini -- but I'm sure it will carry over to the new catalog).  That die makes the trendiest, coolest flowers ever!  Here, I cut the flowers out in Very Vanilla, and sponged the tips with Crumb Cake ink, then spritzed them liberally with Vanilla Smooch.  They are so soft and pearly and vintage in real life!  I also used some Basic pearls, retired hodgepodge hardware, and various ribbons to embellish them.  I did use the sheet music designer paper from the Newsprint series, but otherwise it is the Love Letters DSP.

Enjoy, and happy crafting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pink and Chocolate -- Oh My!

I've been wanting to make custom letters for my darling daughter's nursery, in pink and chocolate to match her crib set -- and I finally had time to play!!! I LOVE how they turned out! :)  and I think they match her bedding perfectly.  Yeah!

I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit to make the sweet little butterflies, and the Cherry Blossom embosslit for the flower.  The leaves are the "little leaves" sizzlit.  I then spritzed them all with my homemade shimmer mist, so they're super sparkly.  The papers are retired SU designer paper.  I also stamped the word, "adorable" and put it in a vanilla hodgepodge hardware frame on the last "A".