Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa Dog and Cat

When I saw Holly McMillen’s cute cat on Splitcoaststampers, I just knew I would have to make one for my friend who is in recovering from surgery. My friend is mom to a black cat, so it’s absolutely perfect. Holly made her cat with cat treats inside the body and head. Mine is for a two-legs who can’t eat chocolate, so it has gummy bears inside (I managed to fold a bag of Haribo Gummy Bears to fit inside the body). I left the head empty and I think it looks fine this way. To see Holly’s original cat, check HERE.

Then because I just couldn’t help myself, I had to keep going and make another critter. I had extra black sacs, so I decided to make a black lab. I hope you him. I think this sac idea is very versatile and I’ll probably create more critters in the future. Thanks Holly for your inspiration!

Body for cat and dog

  • Body: Black Paper Sacs 3-½” x 2” x 6-¾”
  • Opening: Labels Collection Framelits. Run smallest label through Big shot inside the sac with the cutting side facing outwards about 1” from the bottom. Cut a Real Red frame with the smallest and next smallest labels.
  • Window: Window Sheet rectangle cut slightly larger than opening. Adhere to the inside of the sac.
  • Scarf: 1/8” red taffeta, ¼” Silver Jingle Bells. Fill sac with desired treat. Tie Taffeta around sac tightly to create neck. Slide on Jingle Bells.
  • Santa Hat: Real Red card stock, Perfect Pennant Die
  • Santa Hat Trim: Whisper White card stock, Scallop Edge Border Punch
  • Santa Pompom: Whisper White card stock, Boho Blossoms Punch
  • Feet: Basic Black card stock, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, cut in wedges

    Cat Pieces

  • Nose: 5/16” White Brad
  • Eyes: Lucky Limeade card stock, Stocking Builder Punch
  • Pupils: Basic Black card stock, Owl Builder Punch
  • Whiskers: Basic Black card stock, 4” strips hand cut on cutter
  • Ears: Basic Black card stock, hand-cut triangles
  • Feet: Basic Black card stock, Scallop Circle Punch
  • Tail: Basic Black card stock, hand-cut tapered strip and curled

    Dog pieces

  • Snout: Basic Black card stock, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, See tutorial below
  • Nose: 5/16” White Brad, colored black with a Sharpie
  • Eyes: Crumb Cake card stock, Stocking Builder Punch
  • Pupils: Basic Black card stock, Owl Builder Punch, White Gel Pen
  • Whiskers: Basic Black card stock, 2-½” strips hand cut on cutter
  • Ears: Basic Black card stock, Blossom Petals Builder Punch
  • Tongue: Real Red card stock, Stocking Builder Punch
  • Tail: Basic Black card stock; hand-cut tapered strip

    Snout Tutorial


    Step One

    1. Punch a 2-3/8 Scallop Circle from Basic Black card stock. Score two lines on the simply scored two scallops apart.


    Step Two

    2. Cut four ½” slits along the score lines.


    Step Three

    3. Put mono glue on one of the wedges with two scallops.


    Step Four

    4. Pull the adjacent sides over to the glue. Repeat for the other side.


    Step Five

    5. This is what the snout looks like with both sides glued.


    Step Six

    6. Fold the Scallops under


    Step Seven

    7. Place double-sided adhesive on the scallops.


    Step Eight

    8. Add the brad nose and whiskers before adhering to the body.


    Stampin’ Up Supplies: Card Stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake; Window Sheets; Punches: Stocking Builder, Owl Builder, Blossom Petals Builder, Scallop Edge Border, Boho Blosoms, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle; Big Shot; Perfect Pennants Die, Labels Collection Framelits (avail. Jan 4 2012), 1/8” Real Red Taffeta; 5/16” Brads; White Gel Pen, Mono Adhesive
    Other Supplies: Black Paper Sacs 3-½” x 2” x 6-¾”, Hershey’s Kisses, Haribo Gummy Bears, ¼” Silver Jingle Bells

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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    3D Hershey's Kisses Christmas Tree

    I had a flash of inspiration while buying Hershey’s kisses for a small get together this week. I envisioned Hershey’s kisses stacked up to make a Christmas tree and while my first idea failed miserably, I kept working at it and came up with this even better design. The scallop edges on the circles keep the kisses from sliding off. If you want to give this as a gift, you will want to adhere the kisses to the tree. However, they would make really cute edible party decorations if you don’t adhere them on. My friends loved the idea so much they made me promise that I would post a quick tutorial on my blog. So here you go….
    Step 1

    1. Cut TWO of each of the following Scallop Circles in Garden Green:

    • 4-3/8” Scallop Circle Die
    • 3-3/8” Scallop Circle #2 Die
    • 2-3/4” Scallop Circle from Perfect Pennants Die
    • 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch
    • 1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch

    Step 2
    2. Glue each pair of scallop circles together. I used a double layer of scallop circles to increase the sturdiness of the tree.
    Step 3
    3. Bend up the scallop circles on each of the 5 scallop circle bases.
    Step 4
    4. Your bases should like this now. Set aside.
    Step 5
    5. Cut and score the following pieces:
    • Trunk Base (will be hexagon shaped)
      Cut a piece of 3-3/8” x 7-1/8” in Early Espresso.
      On the short side, score at 1-½” and 3”.
      On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.
      Cut away the end square and the skinny rectangle next to it as shown.
    • 1st Pedestal (will be hexagon shaped)
      Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 7-1/8” in Garden Green.
      On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
      On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.
      Cut away the two end squares as shown.
    • 2nd Pedestal: (will be pentagon shaped)
      Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 4-1/8” in Garden Green.
      On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
      On the long side, score at ¾”, 1-½”, 2-¼”, 3” and 3-¾”.
      Cut away the two end squares as shown.
    • 3rd Pedestal: (will be square shaped)
      Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 2-3/8” in Garden Green.
      On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
      On the long side, score at ½”, 1”, 1-½” and 2”.
      Cut away the two end squares as shown.
    • 4th Pedestal: (will be square shaped)
      Cut a piece of 1-¾”” x 1–¼”” in Garden Green.
      On the long side (1-¾”), score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
      On the short side (1-¼”), score at ¼”, ½”, ¾” and 1”.
      Cut away the two end squares as shown.

    Step 6
    6. Place a strong double-sided adhesive on all the pieces as shown. On the long edges with adhesive on them, cut along the score lines 3/8” in to create tabs.
    Step 7
    7. For the trunk piece, remove the adhesive liner from the far right tab and the two middle pieces (leave the six edge liners alone). Fold the trunk piece in half lengthwise and then bring the strip together to form an open-ended hexagon. Note: on my picture you may notice a slight bulging of the card stock inside the trunk. This will be hidden when the tree is put together. Bend the tab pieces to the outside.

    For all the pedestal pieces, remove the adhesive liner from the far right tab and bring the strips together to form open-ended shapes. Bend the tab pieces to the outside.


    Step 8
    8. Working with the green pedestal pieces only (put the brown trunk piece aside) and the scallop circles, start adhering the largest pedestal to the center of the largest scallop circle. Try to get the pedestal as close to the center as possible. Do this for all four pedestals. You will have one small scallop circle leftover (this is the top piece).
    Step 9
    9. Working from largest to smallest, remove the remaining adhesive liner off each of the pedestals and adhere the layers together to form the tree.
    Step 10
    10. Remove the adhesive liner from the trunk piece and adhere it to the underside of the tree. You can also make this tree without a trunk OR you can put the tree on top of a candlestick (without a candle in it of course).
    Step 11
    11. Here is the tree put together without kisses on it. It looks pretty strange like this, but once the kisses are on it, it looks fabulous!!
    Step 12
    12. I changed the top of the tree a little before adding the kisses. I cut in about ¼” on each scallop valley and pushed up the scallops to make the top a little smaller and more decorative.

    Supplies: Stamp Set: Four the Holidays; Card Stock: Early Espresso, Garden Green; Punches: 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch; Real Red Satin Ribbon; Simply Scored; Big Shot; Dies: Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle #2, Perfect Pennants.

    Other Supplies: Hershey Kisses

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    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Large Christmas Tag Wallet Tutorial

    I am honored to be part of Splitcoaststamper's Holiday Tutorial Blitz again this year. Thanks Beate for asking me back. For my contribution this year, I'm featuring a larger version of last year's Christmas Tag Wallet. Both a video and complete step-by-step photo tutorial, can be found here: Large Christmas Tag Wallet Tutorial.

    The Christmas Tag Wallet would make a great handmade Christmas gift. The wallet has six pockets and holds approximately two tags per pocket (depending on the thickness of the tag). You could also slip a gift card into one of the pockets, if you would like to give a little something extra.


    Supplies:
    Stamp Sets: Jolly Bingo Bits (#121187), Fabulous Phrases (#120501), Warmest of Wishes (hostess); Cardstock: Early Espresso (#119686), Real Red (#102482), Old Olive (100702), Marina Mist (#119682); Designer Paper: Letters to Santa (#122349); Ink: Early Espresso (#119670), Real Red (#103133), Old Olive (#102277), Marina Mist (#119668), Crumb Cake (#121030); Ribbon: Real Red (#109034), Old Olive (#111368) & Marina Mist (#120929) 1/4" Grosgrain, Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481); Punches: Decorative Label (#120907), 1-3/4” Circle (#119850), Ticket Corner (#119867); Other: Simply Scored (#122334), Scor-Tape, Rhinestone Jewels (#119246), Big Shot (#113439), Perfect Pennants Die (#123126), Sponge Dauber (#102892)

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    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Inch Box Advent Calendar Tutorial


    I’m so happy to finally have this tutorial ready to share with you. I came up with the idea for this project two years ago. At the time, Stampin’ Up! didn’t have the petal card punch and the 25 & Counting advent calendar set to make this project feasible. So it sat in my notebook just waiting for the day when the stars would align and make it possible.


    I named this calendar an “Inch Box Advent Calendar”, because that is the size of treat that will fit in each box. The easiest things to put inside are Hershey’s kisses, but other small wrapped candies will fit in the boxes as well. If you would like to give bigger gifts, you can always put a note in each box with a clue to the gift’s hiding spot.


    The dimensions for the finished calendar (without topper and feet) are: 5-3/4" W x 5-3/4" H x 1-1/8" D. I have created both a step-by-step photo tutorial and a video tutorial for this project.


    Step 1: Calendar Base
    1. Start with a piece of 10-1/8” x 10-1/8” piece of card stock.
    Score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8”, 6-¾”, 7-7/8” and 9”.


    Step 2
    2. Turn one quarter turn and score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8”, 6-¾”, 7-7/8” and 9”.


    Step 3
    3. Cut off the corner squares and the two adjacent squares. (you will be cutting off 3 squares from each corner. Also, cut along the 4 score lines as shown to create 4 inner tabs.


    Step 4
    4. On the outer strip, cut slots 1-1/8” inch down (to the first score line) on each of the four sides (4 slots per side). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This will ensure that there will be enough room for the dividers to fit properly.


    Step 5
    5. Fold ONLY the outer two score lines on each side. The middle score lines will NOT be folded.


    Step 6
    6. Put a piece of score tape on the outer five tabs of each side (20 total). Also place a piece of score tape on the square opposite the inner tabs (4 total).


    Step 7
    7. Remove the score tape liner on the four inner tabs. Pull the tabs over to the scor-tape to form a box. Bend back the remaining 20 outer tabs. Set aside.


    Step 8*: Calendar Dividers (make 8)
    8. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 6-5/8” piece of card stock. On the 2-¼” side, score at 1-1/8”.


    Step 9*
    9. On the 6-5/8” side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾”, 3-7/8”, 5", 6-1/8”.


    Step 10
    10. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.


    Step 11
    11. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.


    Step 12
    12. Before proceeding, make sure you have all 8 strips made to this point. Split the strips into two groups of four.


    Step 13: Horizontal strips (use 4 strips)
    13. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle four score lines halfway up from the open side of the strip. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This creates slots that are large enough for the strips to form a grid without bending.


    Step 14
    14. Here are the four finished horizontal strips.


    Step 15: Vertical strips (use the other 4 strips)
    15. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle four score lines halfway down from the scored side of the strip.


    Step 16
    16. Here are the four finished vertical strips.


    Step 17: Interlocking the strips
    17. Take the eight strips and form an inter-locking grid pattern.


    Step 18
    18. Bend the outside tabs along the score lines.


    Step 19: Assembly
    19. Place the grid in the middle of the calendar base.


    Step 20
    20. Start removing the scor-tape liner from the tabs one at a time. Fold down each tab to adhere. This photo shows four of the top tabs folded down and adhered.


    Step 21
    21. Finish removing the scor-tape liner and folding down the tabs.


    Step 22: Box Fronts
    22. Punch a Petal Card Punch piece out of card stock. Please Note: The Petal Card Punch requires a lot of pressure, in order for the piece to be punched properly. I usually load my card stock into the punch, push down and rock back and forth from the lever end to the opposite end. This will ensure all parts of the piece get punched out and that all four score lines show up.


    Step 23
    23. Place scor-tape on one of the petals.


    Step 24
    24. Stamp your advent calendar image and punch out with the 1” square punch. Layer the image on the square part of the Petal Card piece with the scor-tape towards the bottom.


    Step 25
    25. Repeat steps 22 to 24 until you have 25 cupboard fronts created.


    Step 26
    26. Remove the sticky strip liner from the first cupboard front and adhere to the top left corner of your calendar grid. Please Note: Look at your grid before adhering your first cupboard front. Orient your box so that the rows with the grid cuts on the back are horizontal and the rows with the grid cuts to the front are vertical To close the cupboard just tuck the top and side tabs into the box opening.


    Step 27
    27. Add the rest of the drawer fronts to complete the calendar grid.


    Step 28
    28. Decorate the rest of the advent calendar as desired.


    Notes:
    *Step 8 & 9 Shortcut: Cut two pieces of 9” x 6-5/8” card stock. On the 6-5/8” sides, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾”, 3-7/8”, 5", 6-1/8”. Then on the 9” sides, cut into four 2-1/4” strips. Then score the 8 pieces on the 2-¼” side, score at 1-1/8”.
    **The “Letters to Santa” designer series paper is also available as a digital download (item# 123140).


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    Please Note: Since I posted this tutorial several of the products I have used to make the advent calendar are no longer available. The first three items on my supply list are only available as digital downloads. These images can be downloaded, colored digitally and printed out to be used in place of the stamped images. The petal card punch retired, but is currently on the clearance rack (nov 2014).

    Petal Card Double Punch
    Petal Card Double Punch
    [119273]

    Retired Items: Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon** (124105), Silver Brads** (104336)

    *now only available as digital downloads
    **no longer available

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