Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Furry Folk Swivel Card

I made this Swivel Card for a friend’s birthday. She loves trees and leaves, so I thought this card would be perfect for her. The acorn swivels between the raccoon and porcupine by turning the scallop circle on the side. If you would like to make your own swivel card, please see my Swivel Card Tutorial from an earlier blog entry.

Here are the details specific to this card. The card size is 4-¼” x 5-½”, a little larger than my original swivel card. The trunk piece is 1-½” x 5-½”. The grass was hand cut. The critters and acorn were embossed with black embossing powder on Crumb Cake card stock.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Furry Folk, Lovely as a Tree, Woodgrain, Happiest Birthday Wishes; Card Stock: Marina Mist, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake; Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi; Window Sheet; Crumb Cake Marker; Punches: 1-¾” Circle, 1-¾” Scallop, Word Window; Heat Tool; Black and White Embossing Powder; Piercer, Sticky Strip.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cardinal Birdfeeder Card

This birthday card is for my dear friend and fellow birdwatcher. She has a bird feeder in her backyard, so I thought she would appreciate the scene I have created. I earned the Language of Friendship stamp set during Sale-a-bration, but while I was eager to work with the bird stamp, I found the eye and eye patch of the bird unrealistic and they didn’t match up with any bird that I could recognize. After playing with the stamp for a while. I realized that the eye patch could easily be omitted if I inked the stamp with a marker, leaving a great outline for any bird and adding detail that made the bird look realistic.

For the cardinal’s eye patch, I inked the bird image with black marker (omitting the eye and eye patch area). I then punched the image with the bird punch. Next, I drew in the cardinal’s eye patch freehand also with a black marker. The tuft is a wing piece that has been stamped, punched out and adhered behind the head. A little touching up with the fine tip side of the marker between the bird head and the tuft gives the head a more unified look. The bird’s eye is a pearl jewel darkened with a black Sharpie. For the sunflower seeds, I punched the branch out of white cardstock and striped the leaves with a Basic Black Marker. Then I cut the leaves off the stem. The yellow seeds, are the largest punch of the crop-a-dile.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Language of Friendship, Woodgrain; Card Stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, More Mustard; Window Sheets; Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz; Black Marker; Bird Punch, Crop-a-dile; Big Shot; Embossing Folders: Elegant Lines, Houndstooth. Designer Frames; Ovals Die; Scallop Circle #2 Die; Island Indigo Designer Printed Brad; Sponge Daubers.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Blossom Punch Basket Tutorial

I created this basket for the Creative Crew color challenge. The challenge colors were: Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Blushing Bride with any neutral. Of course, I couldn’t just make one basket and that’s why I have added a few other color combos.

I came up with the idea for this basket after playing with the punched pieces of the Blossom Punch one evening. I just love how when this basket comes together it looks like a flower. It would be great for Easter, for showers, party favors or even as a place card holder.

If you would like to make your own Blossom Punch Basket just watch my Youtube video below.

The main body of the basket requires 7 blossom punch pieces: 1 Lucky Limeade, 3 So Saffron, 3 Blushing Bride (or Marina Mist or Wisteria Wonder). I stamped the pieces with the Mixed Bunch stamp and matching ink and then punched them out. The stamp gives the blossoms extra detail. I punched the handle from an 8-1/2" x 1" strip of Lucky Limeade and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. The assembly of these pieces is shown in the video.

Stampin’ Up Supplies: Stamp Set: Mixed Bunch (WM 125535, CM 125537); Card Stock: So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder; Ink: So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder; Daffodil Delight 1/8” Taffeta (119254); Punches: Blossom (125603), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275); Tombow Mono Multi Glue (110755). Other Supplies: Hershey's Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Eggs, 3" x 4" Cello Bags.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Scored Coffee Cup Tutorial

I created this project for the “something you’ve been wanting to do” CreativeCrew challenge. I have been wanting to create a 3D coffee project for sometime now. This uniquely shaped coffee mug is made with the simply scored (body) the labels framelits die (handle) and the blossom and eyelet border punch (bottom & rim).

This project is perfect for the coffee lover. Without the handle it could also be an interesting container that could be filled with small treats. If you would like to make your own, just follow my tutorial below.

Want to play along with the Creative Crew challenges? Here are the challenge Deets: CCREW0312HF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Holiday focus: Let's celebrate national crafting month! Pull that idea you've been "wanting to do" out and create it. You can use any theme, maybe you have an Easter project, maybe you have a decor or centerpiece idea, maybe you've been wanting to do something with fabric? Any theme is okay, but show us your artistic, creative, involved crafty side. Use the first attached photo to inspire your creativity.


Scored Coffee Cup Tutorial
Step One:

1. Start with a piece of 5-½” x 12” designer series paper. Designer paper is easier to work with for the main body of this project. On the long side, score at 2”, 4”, 6” 8” and 10”. Make sure the pattern that you want to face outwards is facing down for this step. Please note: Use the SMALL ball on your stylus to ensure precise scoring for all scoring on this piece. Be careful not to press too hard or the paper will tear.


Step Two

2. Flip the paper over so that the pattern that you want to have facing outward is up. Make a pencil mark at 5/8”, 1-3/8”, 2-5/8”, 3-3/8”, 4-5/8”, 5-3/8”, 6-5/8”, 7-3/8”, 8-5/8”, 9-3/8”, 10-5/8” and 11-3/8”.


Step Three

3. Turn the paper 180 degrees so that the other long side is facing up. Still with the outside pattern facing up, mark a pencil mark at 1/8”, 1-7/8”, 2-1/8”, 3-7/8”, 4-1/8”, 5-7/8”, 6-1/8”, 7-7/8”, 8-1/8”, 9-7/8”, 10-1/8” and 11-7/8”.


Step Four

4. Align the 1/8” mark from the long side to the mark 5/8” in on the opposite side along the 6” score groove. Use your stylus tool to score between the two marks. Note: Darken the 6” groove of your scoring tool with a Sharpie to make alignment easier.


Step Five

5. Next score from the 1-7/8” mark to the 1-3/8” mark and so on. Please note: The yellow dotted line shows the line that is being scored. The red dotted line shows the score mark from step 4. None of the score lines will cross each other and each pencil mark will only be aligned and scored once.


Step Six

6. Continue to score all the diagonals along the length of the paper (12 total, including the two from steps 4 & 5). Here is how your scored piece should look when you have finished scoring all the diagonals. The red lines show the diagonal scores. The blue lines show the straight scores.


Step Seven

7. Fold along the score lines making 5 valleys in the pattern that will be on the outside of the cup.


Step Eight

8. Glue each of the five valleys together using tombo mono multi glue. Press down along each seam to make sure the folds are adhered together well.


Step Nine

9. Here is what the piece looks like with all the valleys glued together.


Step Ten

10. Cut a label with the 4th largest label Framelits die. Score this piece in half lengthwise.


Step Eleven:

11. Fold the label piece in half along the score line. Use a bone folder to flatten the fold. Take the short side of the same labels framelit and run it through on the folded label piece.


Step Twelve

12. Glue the halves of the handle piece together.


Step Thirteen

13. Flip the coffee cup piece over so that the inside is facing up. Glue the handle onto one of the end tabs.


Step Fourteen

14. Put glue all along the end tab.


Step Fifteen

15. Bring together the end tabs to form cup. Hold together the seam until it has sealed.


Step Sixteen

16. Punch a bottom for the cup out of the blossom punch (item# 125603). Score each petal of the blossom by lining up the end of one of the petals with the side rail of the simply scored. Score along the 1” mark (or four score grooves in). Repeat for each petal.


Step Seventeen

17. Bend each petal along the score line. Put a piece of double-sided adhesive on each of the petals.


Step Eighteen

18. Remove adhesive liner. Adhere to the bottom of coffee cup. You will need to put your hand inside the cup to give the sides support when you are pressing down on each petal.


Step Nineteen

19. Here is what the bottom of the coffee cup looks like when the petals are adhered.


Step Twenty

20. Punch six Eyelet Border Punch segments, starting with a piece of card stock ¾” wide. Angle cut each of the 3 scallop long sections.


Step Twenty-one

21. Adhere each Eyelet Border piece to the rim of the coffee cup.


Step Twenty-two

22. Fill the coffee cup with K-cups or other small treats. Decorate as desired.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Set: Morning Cup; Paper: Well Worn; Card Stock: Early Espresso; Ink: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede,Pink Pirouette; Early Espresso; Punches: Blossom, Eyelet Border, Decorative Label, Modern Label; Soft Suede 3/8” Taffeta; Victoria Lace Crochet Trim; Pearl Jewels; Black Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Big Shot; Labels Collection Framelits; Simply Scored; Crop-a-dile. Other Supplies: K-cups, Cello Bags

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Everybunny Long Clear Top Candy Box Tutorial

I created this box for the Creative Crew materials challenge. I chose to work with window sheets. Stampin' Up! makes great window sheets. They are thicker than transparencies and therefore make sturdy box tops. This box is a longer version of my Clear Top Candy Box. The insert keeps different colored eggs in separate compartments to give it a more upscale feel. This would be a cheerful gift to give at Easter time and with its polished look, everyone will think you bought it at a high-end candy store.

If you would like to make your own Clear Top Easter Box, please see my tutorial below.
Happy Easter!


Long Clear Top Candy Box Tutorial
Step One: Box Bottom

1. Start with a piece of 8” x 4” cardstock. On the long side, score at the 1” and 7” mark.


Step Two

2. On the short side, score at 1” and 3”.


Step Three

3. Cut along the score lines to create tabs.. Place a piece of double sided adhesive on each tab.


Step Four

4. Flip over. Fold piece inwards along all the score lines.


Step Five

5. Remove adhesive liner and bring sides together to form box.


Step Six: Insert Piece

6. Start with a piece of card stock 9-½” x 1-15/16”. On the long side score at: 2”, 2-7/8”, 3-¾”, 5-¾”, 6-5/8” and 7-½”.


Step Seven

7. Place double-sided adhesive on piece as shown.


Step Eight

8. Fold along score lines as shown.


Step Nine

9. Remove the two straight pieces of adhesive liner. Adhere together.


Step Ten

10. Remove the remaining adhesive liner. Place the insert piece inside box.


Step Eleven: Clear Lid

11. Start with a piece of 7-15/16” x 3-15/16” piece of window sheet. Score in 1” on all four sides.


Step Twelve

12. Cut off all four corners along the score lines.


Step Thirteen

13. Fold piece along all score lines.


Step Fourteen

14. Place candy in the box base. Nest the clear lid with its sides tucked into the inside of the box.


Step Fifteen

15. Tie box with an 11” length of pretty ribbon. Note: The box will stay closed without the ribbon.


Step Sixteen

16. Decorate the rest of the box as desired.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Everybunny; Paper: Flirtatious, Watercolor; Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade; Ink: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder; Aquapainter; Black Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval; Wisteria Wonder 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon. Other Supplies: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs

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