Monday, January 31, 2011

Candle Box Tutorial

Today I have a great tutorial for you that is being featured on The Pink Elephant! I thought I would share it here for you as well!

I was visiting my favorite Bath and Body Works last week when I stumbled across these little candles. My first thought was, those look like SU colors. Then, I thought "And I bet the would fit inside a 1 3/4" circle punch!" Yea, I know, I'm a little crazy. This is how I think these days! The best part was that they were 3/$5. So I scooped some up and brought them home!

I came up with a cute little box to hold them!

They were too big for the circle punch, but perfect for the scallop punch!

So, I came up with a tutorial because I knew you would want to know how to make them! And, they are super simple!

You will need:

CS 6 1/2" X 10 3/4"

CS 3" X 5"

Pattern Paper

Pom Pom Trim (or whatever you have)

Score Tool

Large Scallop Punch

Scallop Edge Punch

Sticky Strip

Stamps I used: Bring on the Cake, Build a Cupcake
Ink I used: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo

Score your large CS piece:

Long side- 1 3/4", 4 3/4", 6 1/2", 9 1/2"

Short Side- 1 3/4", 4 3/4"

Fold all the lines so you have crisp edges. Cut off the pieces as shown above. The end on the right is the side with the 1 1/4" edge.

Snip the fold lines up to the other fold line as shown above.

Fold up the sides and adhere with sticky strip.

Once you have folded the sides up, this is what it will look like.

Score your smaller piece of CS at 1" and 4 ". Make some tick marks to show the middle points so you can line up your punch.

Using the large Scallop Circle Punch, punch out a center circle.

Fold the sides down so that it looks like a little table. place Sticky Strip on the side pieces.

Slide it down into your box.

Cut a piece of DSP 2 7/8" X 2 7/8". Also, cut two pieces of DSP 3"X 1". Scallop on long side of the two smaller pieces and fold in half.

Adhere your smaller pieces to the inside of the lid. These will be hanging over the edge when the box is closed. Adhere the other piece on top of these to make the inside look pretty. I also stamped a sentiment, punched it out and placed it here.

Decorate the outside with DSP. I also placed a scalloped piece on the bottom edge of the lid. I also place this fun pom pom trim to cover up the edge.

Decorate your lid! Tie a ribbon around the box to keep it closed. You could also use Velcro or a glue dot here if you didn't want to use ribbon.

And there you have it! The possibilities are endless! There are many choices when it comes to the candles. You could decorate your box according to the candle's flavor. I thought these would make nice coworker gifts, party favors, or maybe even hold a small cupcake!

Here are some of the ones I made! I used Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

This candle was Mojito flavor so I had to use this cute little drink glass!

The cupcake punch and the new birthday set called Bring on the Cake, are also perfect for the candles!

So, run over to BBW! Scoop up some of their new candles and then make sure you come back here and show me what you come up with! Have fun!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

How to Make a Card... (cqc69 & ISC55)

While I sat at my desk, in the beginning stages of creating this card, I though I would document my thought process. I have lots of friends make comments about not know where to start and "I can't think of anything." So, I thought I would show you all today what steps I take when creating a card.

Here is the finished product... But, let's back up a little....

I rarely create a card from scratch, or with out some kind of inspiration. That is difficult for me. I need some direction. So, I have lots of challenge web sights that I check to get new color or sketch ideas. Today's card was created using the colors from Color Q and the sketch from Inkspirations.

Once I choose my direction, I pull out the ink in the colors I am going to use. Now, if I don't have a challenge for the colors, I pull out my color coach and flip through till I see a combo I like. I lay my ink out and see which one I like the most. Or which one I think should be the "Daddy."
I explained a little bit last week about the "Family" concept my mother, The Artist, taught me. When creating a piece of art, you should have a Daddy, a Mommy and the rest should be babies. The Daddy is my color I will use the most. Here, I chose Cajun Craze. For the Mommy, or secondary color, I chose Peach Prfait. The babies then are Rich Razzleberryand Crumb Cake.

Once I have my color set, I focus on design. One rule of thumb I find is the more layers the better. I think a card with lots of layers always looks more exciting. So, I added several layers here rather than the simple squares. I added the circles in the same color to give it some texture. I forgot to mention my card size. I use 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" most of the time because this is a piece of 8X11 cardstock cut in half!

Now, I use lots of scraps. I have a very hard time throwing away paper. You can see the paper that went into creating this card has been used many times! I stamped the puppy on white and then again on Peach Parfait. I cut the second one out and glued it to the first. This is called paper piecing.

Now, for fun, I want to show you my work space. I have a huge table, but I always seem to work in a 6 " square! Ha! I hate when my desk looks like this, which is most of the time! You can see I have the computer right next to me so I can look at the sketch.

Oh, and don't forget the TV... LOL. Gotta have my TV going....

Once I'm done, I take my card out to the front porch for better light. It sits on a little red stool against the brick wall. Look how dirty that stool is!
And there you have it! Pretty simple. I have lots of comments on my bows, and I owe it all to a great tutorial I found HERE.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scrapbook Saturday!

I'm playing along with this week's Sketchy Thursday. I always like their sketches. They are my style!

I have had these pictures for a year and couldn't find the right paper. So, when I got Stampin' Up's new Springtime Vintage DSP, I was excited to see it matched nicely.
I don't know what those spots on the bottom are. But, I would bet they were greasy two year old finger prints on my lens. Sigh.....

I also bought the Designer Fabric that matches. I love integrating fabric on a LO, but don't ever have the right stuff laying around. And, I never go buy it! This fat quarters are perfect for small projects like SB pages. And, the fact that it matches perfectly is awesome!

Ok, and these buttons. Where have I been??? They are HUGE! And CHUNKY. And AWESOME! They are called. Springtime Vintage Designer Buttons. Don't miss out on these. I didn't realize how big they were. I'm in love...

A little title from Fabulous Phrases.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

This week's inspiration photo at Stampin' Celebration is so sweet! It is a little Valentine's, a little bit spring!

I chose to focus on the wreath and the bird! So cute!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny WIshes
Ink and Paper_ Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso, Filled WIth Love DSP, Very Vanilla
Other: Chipboard Bird (can't remember the name, but they are reitred,) twine, basic pearls, Two Step Bird Punch,
Now, you have to play along with us! Hop on over to Stampin' Celebration for even more inspiration!

CCMC 135- Circle-icious

What a fun cake today over at Create With Connie and Mary! I decided to focus on the middle layer with all those circles!

Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink and Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
Other: Circle Punches ( 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4"), Scallop Square Punch, Big SHot, Scallop Squares Duo, Basic Rhinestone, Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Now, run on over and get inspired at Create with Connie and Mary!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CCCC66- That cute little Owl!

I just love the owl punch, but it can be tedious! For a quick take on the owl, there is a new stamp in the SAB set called Punch Bunch. I am featuring the little owl today as well as the colors from the Curtain Call Color Challenge.

And this week's colors were a challenge for me! When I first looked at them I though easy peasy! Yea right! I struggled! But, I like the end result.

As a rule, when you are doing a card, think about the colors as family members. My mom (The Artist) told me that a piece of art should have a Daddy, a Mommy and babies. So, I try to make one color the Daddy (main color), one the Mommy (the secondary color, although we know all Mommy's are the MAIN color in any house! Ha!!) and the rest are just sprinkled in, or little babies.
Daddy: Cherry Cobbler, Mommy: Pretty in Pink, Babies: Lavender Lace and Bravo Burgandy. Make sense? I have had a much easier time doing these multi color challenges since she taught me this! Thanks Mom!

A little owl inside too!

Stamps: Smarty Pants, Punch Bunch
Ink and Paper; See above, DSP Stack
Other: Owl Punch, Designer Buttons, Large Oval Punch, Small Scallop Oval Punch, Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, thread
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Bliss- Sale A Bration Week continues!

I'm a little late posting today! Yikes, so sorry! All this week I will be featuring stamps you can get for FREE during Sale A Bration! That begins tomorrow! Yay!

Today's card features stamps from Bliss. A beautiful set!
Stamps: Bliss
Ink and Paper: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Whisper White Craft
Other: Whit Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, 1" circle punch, Large Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

I was inspired by the "3 Musketeers Color Challenge" at Our Creative Corner. I went with the three shades of blue!

And this fabulous sketch from Card Patterns

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