Friday, May 22, 2015

Let's Make a Magnificent Mailing Box!!!

Are you ready to make a magnificent mailing box with me? Let's get started! I am using supplies available from Crafter's Companion.  You will need a Big Score and some two sided patterned paper. I used the 12x18 Elegance cardstock (coming soon!).

Before I get started, I just want to explain what a Big Score is! It's a huge, awesome, amazing scoreboard! Sometimes I have projects that seem to be a little too big for even my Ultimate Tool. This is where the Big Score comes in handy! It's wayyyy bigger than your standard scoreboard.  You can score 12 x 18 cardstock with no problem.  As soon as I saw this come out, I knew it would work perfectly for me!

Now, onto the tutorial! There are a decent amount of steps, but it's not that hard.  Really, you are just turning your paper over and over again, doing pretty much the same (or similar) scores at each turn. Stick with me and you'll love the result!

Place your paper horizontally (short edge), and on the BOX BASE, score at 1 1/5, 8 1/4 and 9 3/4.

Flip your paper 90 degrees clockwise and then score at 1 1/2.  Make sure you stop at the farthest score that is already there (you did in step 1).

Rotate 180 degrees and score the 1 1/2 inch line to that same horizontal line on the other side.  You may want to place your scoring tool at the 1 1/2 inch line and score upwards, otherwise it's hard to see where you're scoring.  :)

Now, at the LID end - place the edge of the UNSCORED half (still landscape/short edge) against the BOX LID side.  Score at 1 1/2 inches.

Rotate 90 degrees clockwise.  Score at the 1 1/2 inch line until it meets the first horizontal line there.

Rotate 180 degrees and score at the 1 1/2 inch line again.  Stop at that first horizontal line.  Just like before, place the tool in the groove and score downwards (last time we did upwards) so you can see where you're scoring!

If you see that the scored lines are slightly off where they intersect, that is OK.  This is to make sure the lid fits.

Now, trim out the areas and make notches where the lines intersect:

Now, we're going to cut a window.  This is optional, but it really adds to the box! Score the area where you want the window cut.  The size is up to you.  For this box, I measured a 1/2 inch from the score lines, then scored where I wanted the window to be.

Then cut your window.  I just cut into the center and went around the edges with scissors.  You can use a blade/XActo, etc.  Whatever works for you.  If the edges are a bit rough, use an emery board to file them down.

See the beautiful window?? Yay!

I cut some heat resistant acetate and then glued in onto the inside.

I always use Collall's Tacky Glue for my 3D projects.  Always. It holds REALLY well and dries clear, which is what we want!!!

Now it's time to fold up and glue together all of the edges.  I'd recommend the same glue.  You will have to hold them together for about a minute each.  Or you can glue them and then paperclip them while they dry.

Now, also glue the tabs you've cut in the center to the box.  Use the same process - add glue and then hold it together so it sticks!

While the box dries, it's time to embellish! I stamped this awesome birthday image from the Sentimentals Imagine EZ Mount Stamp set in Memento Black ink.  Then I stamped some leaves and flowers from Sheena's Floral Fantasy Wild Rose & Hibiscus EZ Mount Stamp set in Staz On Jet Black Midi on watercolor paper.

I grabbed my Spectrum Aquas (Red Violet, Rose Pink, Sunflower, Moss, Bud Green) and used them to color in the flowers and leaves. I colored them onto an acrylic block and then added some water and painted them in.

I simply fussy cut them out and then adhered them to the top of the box lid.

And here is the finished piece:

Now, you don't have to use that 2 sided paper, but it's it SO pretty with a pattern inside, too??? Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll give it a try!

All supplies available on the Crafter's Companion website and linked above!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sweet New {May} Release

Hi! You are going to want to head on over to the Sweet Stamp Website today!

Why, you ask???

Because it's new release day! Some of the cutest sets to date are out today and they are going to go... fast!!!

Here are a few peeks of the cards I created using a few of the newest sets:

Oh, how I love my morning java.  I can't live without that one little cup of coffee! The newest set, Cuppa Coffee is one of my favorites, ever!

I added the heart is from Plan to Eat (use those planner sets in other ways!) to share my love of coffee.  And to make the whipped cream look real, I added some embossing paste to the image with a small paintbrush.

So... I know it SEEMS like July 4th is way off in the future, but it will be here before we know it! Summer always flies by, right?!?!? I used the new Girl Power and Super Boy in a non-superhero way! I LOVE it when I can stretch my stamps and use them in a gazillion ways! The little kiddos on these sets are too adorable for words!

To create that sentiment, I used Outline Lower Alpha and Holiday Sentiments.  I added some dots and stripes with a white gel pen to finish everything off and give more of that Independence Day spirit! :)

So, this card = truth! Right?!?!?! I'm so normal and boring until that coffee hits and BAM! Superhero time! Well, maybe not superhero.  But I'm up and moving, so that's good! LOL!

I created the + and = signs from Outline Lower Alpha and added lines are from This Means War. As always, all of my Sweet Stamps work perfectly together!!! LOVE!

So... what do you think of the new release? I think it's crazy fun! To shop, go here.  To see more projects and get info, go here.  Oh, and to see sneaks of upcoming releases, find out about discounts and other awesome things, like Sweet on Facebook here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Pencils: Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Stars: Um Wow
Sequins: Studio Calico
Stencil: Memory Box
Paste: Dreamweaver
Paper: Recollections, Lawn Fawn

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge 106: Sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi and welcome back to another Lawnscaping Challenge! This time, we are all trying a new technique!

We are sponsored by the always amazing Lawn Fawn! They are sponsoring this challenge with a free stamp set of the winner's choice!We just heart them!

I decided to to try to color directly onto a stamp using my Spectrum Aqua markers.  Normally, I scribble on a block and add water to color in an image.  I've never colored directly onto the stamp! I love the results. I just used a water brush to blend the colors a bit and correct what didn't stamp perfectly.

I used the Stuck on You set and the coordinating Lawn Cut.  I placed the pot into the card as an inlaid die cut and I popped up the succulent using foam adhesives.  

I hope you'll play along with us and give a new technique a try! 

Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Dies: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Staz On Jet Black
Markers: Spectrum Aqua
Other: Canson Watercolor paper, Water brush

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mix it Up!

I'm playing along in the Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge!

The challenge this time around was to combine Essentials by Ellen and Avery Elle! No problem there! I've had this adorable What's Up set for quite some time and I've barely used it, so this gave me a great excuse to ink it up! I paired it up with the Mini Windows dies by Julie Ebersole.

I colored everything in using my Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils and blending solution.  I think those windows are too fun! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Avery Elle
Die: Ellen Hutson
Pencils: Spectrum Noir
Ink: Memento
Sequins: Studio Calico
Paper: 80# Cougar Cover, Recollections
Other: Washi tape

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Create A Card Dies!

Hi! The brand new, awesomely fun Create A Card die collection is finally here!!!!

These dies are seriously a blast to work with! There are so many options to create a fast, but amazing card. I used the Birthday Celebration die along with some Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade) to whip up this card.  Fun, right? I can't wait to get my hands on some more of these!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies available and linked above in the Crafter's Companion store unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Coloring on Vellum!

Hi! I'm up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today, sharing how I created this card by coloring on vellum.  Pop on over and check it out!!!

Sweet Stamps: Perfect Panda, Across the Miles, Cheese Please
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Lawn Fawn (grey)
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Embossing Powder: Ranger White
Cardstock: Recollections (black), 80# Cougar (white)

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