Sunday, April 20, 2014

A quick Easter post!

Good Morning Everyone! and a VERY Happy Easter to each of you! :)  Just a quick Easter post before this busy day gets underway....

At my last Stampers' Hostess club, I wanted to show a treat holder that was NOT made using a die and the Big Shot, so I showed them how to make this easy 2-4-6-8 box.  You simply take an 8 1/2 x 6" piece of card stock -- score it at 2, 4, 6, and 8" on the 8 1/2" side.  Then rotate the card stock 90 degrees, and score it at 2" on the long side.  Cut up to that 2" score line -- those will be the flaps you will fold up to make the base of your box.  The little 1/2" flap on the circumference of the box, will be adhered to the inside of the opposite edge of the box.  That's pretty much it!  Fold in the top of your box like a milk carton, punch holes for ribbon, and tie your box together -- AFTER filling it with yummy treats, of course!  For this one, I punched an oval in the front panel first, so the treats could show through, and put a window sheet inside to keep the treats from falling out.

That lovely rosette is made using the spiral flower die from the Occasions mini catalog.  I cut it from Very Vanilla card stock and sponged the edges with Primrose Petals ink, then rolled up the rosette and used hot glue to adhere it together and to the box.  The easiest, most beautiful rosette to make! I have a non-SU (gasp!) rosette die, and have found that this SU one works much better because only the top edge of the die cut is scalloped and the bottom edge (that will become the base of your flower) is flat -- whereas the bottom edge of the non-SU die cut is also scalloped, making it hard to get a flat-based flower that sits straight.  Of course, I can't resist the urge to add sparkle, so I used my two way glue pen and outlined the edges of the petals with glue, then dumped dazzling diamonds glitter over it and dumped off the excess.

To make your rose more vintage and shabby chick, spritz your die cut rosette with rubbing alcohol.  Then wad up the whole thing in your hand to make it all wrinkled up.  Next smooth it out and roll it up into your rose.  The rubbing alcohol works better than water because it dries quickly.  Your rose will look more weathered and vintage rather than crisp like this one.  You can also vary the size of your rose, by using two die cut rosettes layered together.  You get a larger rose this way.

Stay tuned for BIG SU NEWS tomorrow!!!!  FREE SHIPPING April 21st through the 25th!  ALSO, the retiring list will post, so you can see what stamp sets and accessories will be going away.  An important change this year -- retiring stamp sets (as well as accessories as in years past) will only be available while supplies last.  In other words, SU will not be making more of the retiring stamp sets once their current supply has run out, so if there is a retiring stamp set you want, DON'T WAIT! to order it as you may miss out.  If any of you ordered the 2012-2014 In Colors, make sure to order whatever card stock or reinkers you may need.  The Raspberry Ripple reinker is already sold out, so don't delay if there are others that you want.

Have a happy and blessed Easter!

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