Monday, October 20, 2014

Seizing the Birthday

I haven't played along with the Seize the Birthday challenge in a while. I should play more often because I always need birthday cards, right? This challenge doesn't have a topping--and extra element.  It's an "anything goes" challenge! 

Sometimes having a blank slate is more challenging than having a specific "recipe," but I got an idea as soon as I grabbed the "You're Amazing" set and the "Moonlight" designer series paper pack. I wanted the feeling of banners and streamers because it's a party!! How'd I do?

(Stamp Set: You're Amazing; Inks: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Basic Gray; Card Stock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon; DSP: Moonlight DSP Pack; Accessories: Banners Framelits, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creation Station: Gift Box Punch Board Lighted Banner

Welcome to Creation Station! The design team has come up with some awesome projects for you! The featured stamp set is "Wondrous Wreath" and the theme is wreath-themed home decor projects. Our accessory is the Gift Box Punch Board.

I'm having trouble thinking outside the Wondrous Wreath and matching framelits box. There are so many cute projects out there on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers that I'm afraid anything I'd come up with would be redundant and derivative. So I'm going to skip the stamp set and the wreath theme and go right to the Gift Box Punch Board and home decor project. OK? OK, then.

I've had this idea brewing in my mind for quite a while and I've even made some origami boxes in an attempt to bring my idea to life. But the origami boxes were too bulky and took too much paper and the light didn't shine through. But then the new catalog came out with the Typeset Specialty Series paper and then the Gift Box Punch Board came out in the holiday mini and I knew that I'd have to sit down and make my idea come to life!

Here's my banner of lighted boxes! I used the book pages from the Typeset Specialty Series Paper because I wanted this banner to hang on my daughter's bookshelf. She's an avid reader and I knew this would be just the thing for her!

Banner with room lights off
Banner with room lights on

(If you're viewing this blog on a mobile device, you might be missing the short video of the blinking lights in action!)

If you want to make your own, I've included a picture tutorial after the "Next" and "Back" buttons. But if you can't wait to continue along the blog hop, go ahead and use the "Next" and "Back" buttons. I know you'll LOVE the design team's projects (and I know they have some awesome ideas for the "Wondrous Wreath" stamp set for you)!!

Gift Box Punch Board Lighted Banner Tutorial

Start with a 6" x 6" piece of Typeset Specialty Series Paper. Align the left side of the paper against the S on the Gift Box Punch Board. Follow the instructions on the punch board--punching and scoring all 4 sides of the paper. Turn it over, as directed, and punch all four sides again. DO NOT make the tabs on the corners; you will not need them for this project. PRO TIP: Don't press too hard when you score, or you'll cut the paper. A light touch is all that's needed. (Ask me how I know.)


Use your bone folder to fold all the scored lines so they're easier to manipulate when forming the box.

Normally, you don't need any adhesive at all when making the gift box, but for the banner, we want all the sides sealed tight. So, put a line of snail (or Tombo) down one side of the inner corner....

....and adhere to form the corner of the box. Repeat for all for corners.

Put a bit of adhesive on the underside of the box tops and adhere THREE to form the top of the box. You can still get your fingers inside to squeeze to make sure they're adhered well.

Flip the last flap out so that you can mark the center. You'll punch here. I made a smaller punch on the outside flap so the light didn't pull through.

After you punch the flap, fold it onto the top of the cube, but DON'T adhere yet! Use the punched hole as a guide to mark where you need to punch the inside flaps. I used a larger hole punch for the inside flaps.

Next, place 3 glue dots around the top flap--but DON'T adhere yet!

Insert the light through the top flap and then through the bottom flaps. NOW you can adhere the top flap!!

Here's the finished cube.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October's Paper Pumpkin is as "Sweet As Pie"

My, oh my! This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is so sweet. It's so sweet that it's as sweet as pie! Ha! That's the name of the kit: "Sweet As Pie." The kit comes with everything you need to make 8 food-safe pie-wedge-shaped boxes that you can send home with your Thanksgiving guests filled with pie...or as the Stampin' Up! video shows, with candies or other treats. The kit even has 8 mini skeins of yarn to make pom-poms. How long has it been since YOU made a pom-pom??!!

Here are two boxes that I made with the kit. I think they're so cute, don't you?

(Stamp Set: Sweet As Pie; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: October 2014 Paper Pumpkin)
(Stamp Set: Sweet As Pie; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: October 2014 Paper Pumpkin)

There are other ideas on the Stampin' Up! Pinterest page for using the kit's parts to make cards, scrapbook pages, and a Thankful banner. I'm going to make the banner because it's totes adorbs! (And because I think it's time to take down the Fourth of July banner.)

Here's the You Tube video that shows you how to put together the kit and all the parts that come with it! I know you're going to love these stepped up Paper Pumpkin kits. (The next one will probably be something wonderful for Christmas!!) Sign up for a subscription to get your very own kit and spend 30 minutes in creative heaven. Just click the link over there on the left of my blog!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stencils and Stripes, Oh My!

The Addicted to Clean and Simple codeword for this fortnight is "stencil." I had so much fun using the "Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask" when making my BFF's birthday card that I thought I'd try that again.

I was lazy resourceful and I decided to use daubers that had already been inked up. I had a weird variety of colors and I wasn't sure which would go together. I chose Island Indigo, Hello Honey, and Rose Red. I think they look pretty cool together. I mounted my striped panel onto a Hello Honey panel for an extra pop of color. It was only then that I had to decide what was going to go on top. Since this is a clean and simple challenge and the stripes are definitely a bold CAS choice, I needed a simple image. One of my go-to sets is "Really Good Greetings," so out it came! I hadn't used my "Word Bubble" Framelits yet, so I thought I'd give them a whirl. I think I like the finished product. This card was made using the go-with-the-flow creative technique that I use when I only have a short creative window between driving my kids to and from their various activities!!

(Stamp Set: Really Good Greetings; Inks: Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Rose Red; Card Stock: Whisper White, Hello Honey; Accessories: Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask, Sponge Daubers, Word Bubbles Framelits)

I'm a Create with Connie & Mary Top 3 Pick!

BREAKING NEWS: I'm so stoked! My card was chosen as a Top 3 Pick in this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!! I'm so honored!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boo To You!!

Today's card just sort of "came" to me. I saw the wonderful sketch over at this week's Retro Sketches challenge and knew it would be fun to use one of the label punches. I toyed around with some ideas and then inspiration struck me like a bolt of lightening. I love it when that happens!

I've said it before: I don't really "do" Halloween cards, but I was inspired to make some cute little ghosts on a pitch black tag. And I've been using the heck out of this sheet of Tangerine Tango DSP from the "Flowerpot" DSP pack. Good thing there are two of each design in each DSP pack!

(Stamp Set: Good Greetings (Hostess); Ink: Tangelo Twist; Card Stock: Tangelo Twist; Basic Black, Whisper White; DSP: Flowerpot; Accessories: Owl Builder Punch; Angled Top Tag Punch, Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Snowflake Card Die--banner framelits)
The multiple ribbon wraps on the sketch reminded me of mummy wrapping and the punched label reminds me of a tombstone. I know I'm late to the "using the Owl Builder punch to make ghosts" but they were just what this card needed! And it all came to me in a flash!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

For All Things Fall Card

This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.

These colors are perfect for Christmas cards, so I decided to do something a little different with them and make a fall card! I knew I had a scrap of Garden Green DSP from the "Flowerpot" collection, so I went hunting in my scrap box and found it! I coupled that with the yummy Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon from the Holiday mini catalog. I embossed a Baked Brown Sugar panel with the Argyle Embossing Folder and layered that right on top of a Baked Brown Sugar base card. Great. Now how to make this a fall card?

I grabbed the "For All Things" stamp set and stamped the acorn stamp in Baked Brown Sugar and the "Grateful For You" greeting in Garden Green. I cut this out with an Oval Framelit. Et voila! A fall card using "traditional" Christmas colors!

(Stamp Set: For All Things; Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green; Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla; DSP: Flowerpot; Accessories: Argyle Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon, Ovals Framelits Collection)

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