Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Place Card Box Tutorial

I received an email this past week for the directions for the place card box from THIS post. I quickly read the email, but I accidently deleted it...ugh! I think it was from someone named Phyllis. So if Phyllis is out there...this is for you. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. The good news is that these little boxes are quick and easy to make, so you still have time before the holidays! Here goes my first tutorial with pictures. (Just click on the photograph for a better view.)

1. Start with a piece of 11" x 6" card stock.
2. Score the longer side at 4-1/2" and 6-1/2".

3. Score the shorter side at 1-1/4" and 4-3/4".

If you are using a Scor-Pal, line the card stock up with the arrow between the 3" and 4" mark and then score at 5", turn your card stock, line it up at the arrow again and score at 5" again.

4. Now, with scissors or your paper trimmer, cut the 4 score lines 4-1/2" up at each 1-1/4" mark.

5. Cut 2-1/2" off each of the four 1-1/4" strips.

6. This is what your cardstock should look like now (fingers crossed).

7. Fold the side flaps in and then secure. I used Provo Craft's Terrifically Tacky Tape.

8. Fold the front and back flaps up and hold, punch a hole in both, and then tie together with ribbon.

Clear as mud...right?! I do hope this helps. This box idea came from my friend Lauren Salzberg. Let me know how your creations come out if you try these. I'd love to see them! I mounted a front panel with Storage Units, Ink and More's Indian Maiden on my original one, but I bet these would look wonderful with randomly stamped images on the card stock even before you begin scoring and cutting. I think I'll use this sample one for Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles! :D

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm a lucky girl!!!

Last week, Her Royal Rubberness, Julie Ebersole, and Linda Carnell, the founder of A Muse Artstamps came to New England for a visit!!! I have had the pleasure of meeting Linda before. What a wonderful lady she is! This time around, I was fortunate enough to finally meet JULIE EBERSOLE!!! Yahoo! She is such a fun and happy person! Such a talent! Here I am with Julie! (Yes, I am even shorter than she!) Because I was finishing up my teaching re-certification classes this past weekend, I didn't have the opportunity to take one of their classes, but I made sure I drove out to the stamp store just so I could visit with them for a moment.

Being around all of this talent, I was inspired to use my A Muse stamps, and make some holiday ornaments for my mother-in-law. Her church was having their annual holiday craft fair. These little tins are actually wedding favor tins from Wilton. I got them in a package of 30 from Michaels. Julie told me that she uses watchmaker tins from to make her ornaments. I stamped all of my A Muse images on circles and then I adhered them to the inside of the tin. I made two little holes with my paper piercer for the silver cord. Next, I added a little bit of imitation snow (next time I'll try cotton...this was a bit messy for!), put the clear, metal rimmed, lid on and then ran red line tape around the outer edge of the tin. Over the tape, I added my gingham ribbon. Then I added a bow to the top to finish it off.

I'm sorry that the pictures are a bit all over the place. I had a little trouble in the editting and resizing department! I hope that you are warm and cozy where you are...Old Man Winter has arrived here and brought the cold weather with him! Thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles! :D

Friday, November 14, 2008

Oh Happy Friday!

I'm thrilled that it is finally Friday! We had Tuesday off from school, but for some reason, that seems to make the week feel even longer...ugh! This week's Blogger's Challenge is a color challenge. We needed to use Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, and White or Vanilla. I've had this card in my head all week long, but I just didn't have a moment to put it all together until last night during Grey's Anatomy. Along with all of the required colors, I used Stampin' Up's Priceless set, a little bit of paper piercing, and a touch of Star Dust Stickles on each of the centers of the flowers. For more inspiration with these beautiful colors, just click on the Blogger's Challenge logo on the right side of my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by...Toodles! :D

Friday, November 7, 2008

Blogger's Challenge and Taylor's Cupcake Challenge!

This week's Blogger's Challenge is called, "Same, but different". We could do two cards using the same layout or two cards using the same stamps. As you can see, I went with the same stamps. I just got Stampin' Up's Crazy For Cupcakes this week and I've already used it three times!!! That's a record for me! The first card uses one of my favorite layouts and some of my favorite retired Stampin' Up Designer Paper (Petals and Paisleys) along with Stampin' Up's Cool Caribbean (retired) and Pretty in Pink. The buttons are from Doodlebug Designs and the ribbon is from American Crafts. I also used Star Dust Stickles on the candle flame, the sprinkles, and the cupcake wrapper. For the second card, I decided to give Taylor's Cupcake Challenge a try. Don't ask me why I've yet to try one of her challenges, but this is my first one! I used the sketch that she posted for today's challenge, but I had to change it up just a little bit. The sketch called for the sentiment to be on the bottom of the card, but that just wasn't working for this creation, so I moved it over to the side. I'm much happier with the results.
This card uses some more retired Stampin' Up Designer Paper (Dots and Dashes), Cool Caribbean card stock, and Tangerine Tango card stock. I made the "Happy Birthday to You" circle by stamping the sentiment right side up, turning it around, lining it up, and then stamping it again. A Doodlebug Designs button fit perfectly in the middle. The scallop circle is punched from a scrap of Cool Caribbean and I used my paper piercer for the tiny holes. More Doodlebug button are in each corner of the card. I added Star Dust Stickles to this card as well. I'm off to check out what the other ladies have come up with. If you'd like to as well, just click on the "Blogger's Challenge" logo on the right side of my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend...Toodles! :D

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Splitcoaststampers Challenges!!!

I have wanted to find the time to stamp since Sunday morning when I saw the Featured Stamper Challenge over on SCS, but the cards were stacked against me! (No pun!) Becca is one talented card maker! Then Monday's SCS Technique Challenge intrigued me (more inspiration from Becca), but I didn't have the correct kind of punch for the technique. I fixed that problem last night when I went to the new Michaels that just opened in the area. I was able to get this punch and it worked like a charm to create Becca's circle medallion. My Stampin' Up order came today along with some of the new In-Colors (and Crazy for Cupcakes) that were in today's SCS Color Challenge so I had to give that a try too. However, I was so excited about using my new colors that after I finished the card, I realized that I was to use Pretty in Pink and I accidently went with Pink Pirourette...oops! I'm still happy with the way it all came together though. My inspiration was this card from Becca and the video to make Becca's medallion can be found here. My details include a Riding Hood Red faux button with a paper thread of Kiwi Kiss. The three little Riding Hood Red faux brads were made from a hole punch. My Swiss Dots embossing folder and a piece of white grosgrain ribbon complete this card. Thanks so much for stopping by this evening...Toodles! :D