Monday, January 19, 2009

Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast

On SCS this last weekend they had an inspiration challenge; make a card inspired by the Pottery Barn Teen catalog. This is the picture I chose and my card follows. I hope you like it.

Supplies: SU!-Fabulous Flowers stamp set, the sentiment "you're on my mind" is a $ stamp from somewhere :o); creamy caramel, whisper white, pretty in pink card stock; versamark ink, chocolate chip and soft sky ink. 1/2" and 3/4" circle punch. Ribbon from "Michaels", the darker pink paper is from "AC Moore" an arts and crafts store.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Basket of Berries

I saw this absolutely fabulous basket on Laura Canale's Blog, "Wish you were here." Check out her tutorial for this basket here. I added some strawberries that I saw on SCS, by Sunshineb8s here. I had previously downloaded the template for one of these berries and my template said Sherry Brickley. Sunshineb8s has the link to the templates as well if you click on the above link to her card on SCS.

I have a friend whose birthday is this month so I think I'll fill these little berries up with some candy and give it to her. I just love the basket. It took me a bit of manuvering to get the small strips on the bottom to turn out just right, but it finally did. The only thing that took long was sponging the edges of the strips, but I'm glad I did. I think it really made a difference.

Supplies: DP-Olive Persian Flower from Chatter Box, Red, brown and Green Paper from somewhere :o), Apple Green 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. swiss dots embossing folder for cuttlebug,
white large brads, and some ribbon from a present :o) (yes, I save ribbon from gifts given to me, but it looks great with this paper. Who cares if I've had it for 2 years!)
Thanks for stopping by! Have a nice holiday weekend.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For a Friend

I like the colors in Kristina Werner's color inspiration challenge this week. My card below is going to a dear friend and mentor of mine that was just diagnosed with cancer. She has been on my mind and in my prayers. I hope she'll like what I've made for her and feel of my love and concern. It's hard to be so far away from family and friends, especially at times like this.

Supplies: SU! Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White card stock; Same ink plus ruby red craft in for embossing "faith", Pretty in Pink paper from paper pack, white grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, circle cutter, dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Candy Heart Box Tutorial

Many have asked me for instructions on making my Valentine Heart Box. I know there are quite a few pictures here, but I just wanted everything to be clear. I really hope this all makes sense. I've never written a tutorial before and so if there are any questions you can post them here and I will answer you. It may look complicated, but it is actually quite simple. I would love to see what you create with this. For SCS user, upload your picture with the key word VHB, if that does not work use "Valentine Candy Heart Box", then we can all see. I decided for this tutorial to make another box with not-so-traditional Valentine Colors. I just love Basic Grey's paper. Thanks for stopping by.

You will need:

Template for hearts A, B, and C (I can't get my template to print correctly from my blog, so give me your e-mail address and I will send it to you. Sorry. If anyone knows how to put an image into Adobe, then I can put it here. I just don't have that knowledge base.)
Adhesive (I used my ATG tape gun)
Paper Cutter
Decorative papers and/or accessories

For Box Lid:
-Template B- one heart (I used Very Vanilla)
-Two Strips of cardstock= 9"x 1-1/2" scored down the length at 1/2" (cranberry crisp, as these sides will show when the box is closed)
-One strip of cardstock=11" long x 7/8"wide scored down the width at 1/2"(vanilla lining)
-One strip of cardstock= 6-1/2" long x 7/8" wide (vanilla lining)
-Template C- one heart (I used Chocolate Chip)
-To decorate the top of the lid I used another Template A heart, the 1/2" circle punch for the green scallop, vanilla ribbon, build a brad (SU!), 'Maya Road Chipboard Heart', Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Crisp Ink. The Decorative Paper was Basic Grey's 'Sugared'.

For the bottom half of the box:
-Template A- one heart (I used Very Vanilla)
-Two strips of cardstock= 8-1/8" x 1-7/16" scored the length at 1/2" (these are for the sides, I used very vanilla)
-Two strips of cardstock or decorative paper= 8-1/4" x 7/8" (lining, I used decorative paper)
-Template C- one heart (I used Chocolate Chip)

It's best to cut everything out and then sort them into two piles, your box lid and the bottom half of the box.
Here are my supplies organized: the top pile is for my lid, and the bottom pile is for the bottom half of my box.

*Start with the bottom half of the box.

Take your 2 strips that are cut to 8-1/8"x 1-7/16" for the sides, and with the Valley of the scored line facing you and starting about 1-1/2" from the end, make cuts every 1/8"-1/4" to the score line. DO NOT CUT INTO THE SCORED LINE AT ALL.

NOTE: You have 2 strips of paper used to make the sides for each half of the box. Cut at the left side of one strip and then start at the right side of your second strip. With the valley fold facing you this will give you 2 opposite strips. See second picture below for a more detailed look.

Put adhesive on the backside of Heart A, just on the edge.

Take the strip of cardstock (with the valley fold of the score line facing you) that has the 1-1/2" section on the left side.

With Heart A, adhesive side down, line up the left side of the strip with the tip of the heart. Keep the edge of the heart nestled into the score line and press the flaps of the strip under to the adhesive.

This shows the backside of attaching your side strips to the heart.

Go slowly around the curves. Press under the flaps a little at a time.

This is how the backside should look after one strip. Some of the tiny flaps don't get adhered but it won't matter in the end. Cut away any excess paper at the apex so the other side strip with lie flush with the edge of the heart.

Score the strip with the 1-1/2" section on the right at 1/2". This will fold around the tip of the heart. Cut the score line you just made, but again, cut it only to the longer score line, not through it. See picture below for a more detailed look.

Adhere the strip in the same way as the first, except wrap the 1/2" section you just scored around the tip of the heart. Apply adhesive to it so it will stay in place. See picture below.

Put adhesive on the back of the heart paying close attention to the edges and attach to Heart C, making sure to center it. See picture below.

For the decorative strips place adhesive every 1-2 inches as that gives you wiggle room when adhering it to the inside of your heart. I started at the apex of the heart and worked my way around.

This is the bottom half of the box finished.

Now repeat the steps above for the lid of the box. Using Heart B and the wider strips.

Cut away any excess paper at the apex of the heart as it will interfere with the next strip.

The inside strips for the bottom heart I scored at 1/2". I don't remember why I did this one differently than the bottom half. But at least it shows you a couple of ways to do the lining! :o)

IMPORTANT: Before attaching your lid to Template C heart, you need to decorate the top of your box so that ribbon and accessories can be hidden and not sticking through to the inside of your box lid. Does that make sense?

Once you have made the top of your box using Heart C (see below picture) you can attach it to the lid of the box you just made above.

This is the finished box. I put a small heart inside using a cuttlebug die. It is stamped with "A little something."

That's All Folks! :o)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Color Inspiration Challenge

I am a daily visitor to Kristina Werner's Stamping Blog. I love to see what she creates and find constant inspiration from her work. She hosts a weekly Color Inspiration Challenge and since I needed to make some birthday cards, and my babies are sleeping, I thought I give this a go. I really wanted to make something that was clean. I feel I achieved that with this card. It will go to my Aunt back east. On the inside it reads "Happy Birthday from across the sea." I thought about putting the sentiment on the front, but I didn't want to mess up the card. :o) The photo is a touch gray, so I'll try to take another in the morning light.

Supplies: All SU! except the ribbon. Whisper white cardstock; orange ribbon from Michaels; Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, stazon black inks; Blender Pens for coloring

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Loving these colors

I saw these colors put together on a card and just loved them. They are so soft. I haven't used much of blush blossom, but having been shown this combo I will probably look to it more. I made these for one of my best friends that has just been through a crazy and very scary birth of her baby boy. (Michelle, don't look at the cards) I had her in mind, as I have been making her baby's announcements. Her recovery will be quite a while as she was in ICU following her delivery. There have been many people helping her and her family out and so I made these for her to give away.

Supplies: (All SU!) Basket Full of Love, canvas, and Thank you by Card Maker's Dream stamps; Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, Naturals white, Chocolate Chip paper and ink; Stazon black ink; linen thread; dimensionals; word window, large oval, small oval, corner rounder and spring bouquet flower punches; blender pen for coloring flowers and pail

Supplies: (All SU!) All About U, canvas, stamps; Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip paper and ink; white grosgrain ribbon; dimensionals; word window, large oval, corner rounder and spring bouquet flower punches;

Friday, January 2, 2009

Valentine Candy Heart Box and One More Journal

I made this valentine's candy box for a Stampin' Up! contest, they hold several monthly. I didn't win :o( but that's ok. I love this box anyway, it looks so cute with candy kisses inside. I came up with a template and had a lot of fun decorating it with some new die cut flowers from sizzix. When I saw that SU! wanted Valentine's Day projects, my first thought was to make a candy heart box. The small scallop circle card came at the end. It is one of my favorite parts of this project. The small envelope came from the Mini Envelope Template. I hope you like it. It was truly a labor of love. I used the 1/2" circle punch to create the white border on the top of the box.

The small hearts are cut from the trio flower punch.

Supplies: All SU!- Big Deal Alphabet and Happy Everything stamp sets; Pink Pirouette(textured and regular), Riding Hood Red(textured and regular), Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Kraft Papers; Black craft ink, Riding Hood Red classic ink; Kraft taffeta ribbon, linen thread; Scallop Circle, trio flower, 1/2" circle, 1-3/8" circle punches; Birds and Blooms Sizzlits Die 4-pack.

I sell my Journals at a store here in Kailua called Under a Hula Moon. Bonnie, the owner is so nice, you feel like you are family when you walk in. She mentioned the need for a sign-in book for memorial services and I really struggled with it. I saved it for last because I wanted it to be perfect. I really like the way it finally came together. The lei is exactly what I wanted it to be and the new In-color from SU!, Baja Breeze, was perfect with the So Saffron, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive. When I visited with Bonnie a week later, this book was the first one to be sold. I'm not glad someone needed it, but more pleased that it could be used to remember a loved one. I kept thinking as I was making it, "What would I want if I lost someone I loved here?" Somehow my hands were able to make what my heart wanted to express.
Supplies: All SU! Typeset Alphabet and Beautiful Batik stamp sets; So Saffron, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White papers and ink; Trio Flower punch, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon; Lined thread; corner rounder; Old Olive brads; Bind-It-All