Another Box with the Envelope Punch Board

After looking around this evening I found the measurements for the taller box that I used for two gifts last Christmas and thought I would add them here since we are discussing boxes today.

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The directions to create this box are exactly the same as the box in my Let’s Make a Box post; however you will need two (2) pieces of 12” x 12” cardstock to get the extra height.

To create the base of the box, punch and score at the following measurements:

5”

3 ¾”

5”

3 ¾”

Punch the corresponding score lines to complete the base.

To create the top of the box, punch and score at the following measurements:

5 1/8”

3 7/8”

5 1/8”

3 7/8”

Punch the corresponding score lines to complete.

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Assemble the box base and lid in the same manner as described in the Let’s Make a Box post. Again, if you would like to add the inside panels for a more finished look you will need to cut two pieces of cardstock to the following dimensions:

Base – 6 3/8” x 4 5/8”

Top – 6 ½” x 4 7/8”

Remember to dry fit them to ensure a proper fit before adding your adhesive of choice to secure it.

The finished size of this box is 6 ¾” x 5” x 2 ¼” with the base alone measuring 2 inches deep.

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I didn’t do any extra decoration on the lid of this box, but if you want to do that keep in mind it’s easier to decorate before the lid is assembled.

 

 

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Let’s Make a Box!

What happens when you need a smallish box for Christmas gifts? Do you run around to different stores looking for something that will sorta work?? You certainly could if you live in a large enough town with lots of options, but if you’re 50 miles from everywhere and the crafty sort, you just make your own!

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As with everything, there are a number of different ways to make a box, but my new favorite way is with the help of the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. This handy little tool is made specifically to create envelopes, hence the name, but with a little tweaking, you can make the perfect size box for any occasion.

To make this adorable little box you will need two (2) sheets of heavy card stock measuring 10” x 10”, the envelope punch board, score tape or a similar type of double sided tape or wet glue, and some additional cardstock to compete the presentation on the inside of the base and cover.

Let’s start by creating the base of the box.

Begin by placing your 10” x 10” cardstock in your envelope punch board aligning the edge at the 4 ¾” mark, punch and score.

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Make a quarter turn and align the cardstock at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.

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Rotate a quarter turn; align at 4 ¾” mark, punch and score. Rotate a quarter turn; align at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.

Now we need to add the dimension to the box base. After the last punch and score, move the cardstock to the left to align the previous score line with the indicator on the punch. This will give you the next position to punch and score.

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If the previous score line doesn’t extend far enough to make an accurate placement, you can always line up the punch on the right side with the score line on the board as shown in the next image. (sorry it’s a bit blurry)

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Continue around the next three sides until you have a final piece that looks like this:

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Give each score line a good crease with the bone folder. Before we continue we need to cut from the punch up to the score line on two sides as shown below.

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At this point we need to create one more fold to create the sides of our box. With the triangle facing us, fold to the first score line, then crease the triangle at the second line as shown below.

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When you are finished the base should look like this:

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Add your score tape, or wet glue if you prefer and finish you box base.

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To hide the messy looking inside you can add a piece of cardstock cut to approximately 6 1/8 x 4 3/8”. Give it a dry fit to see if you need to shave off just a touch more for a smooth fit, then add just some tape or glue to hold it in place.

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To create the top of your box you will follow the same procedure as above with only a slight increase in the measurements: Begin with your cardstock aligned at 4 7/8”, punch and score.

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Quarter turn align at 3 5/8” punch and score.

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Quarter turn align at 4 7/8” punch and score and quarter turn to align at 3 5/8” punch and score. Follow the same directions as above to complete your box lid and finish it with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 ¼” x 4 ½”. Again give it a dry fit to assure it fits properly before adhering it with you favorite adhesive.

To give this year’s box a little added decoration, I decided to add some stamped snowflakes to the lid before taping it all together. I wanted to keep everything in the same color family so I chose to use Frayed Burlap distress ink. I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but when stamping the snowflakes I used a piece of scrap paper to cover the corners that would have the adhesive on them, just to be sure nothing would come apart on me.

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This finished box measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾” x 1 ¼” with the base alone measuring 1” deep.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope the instructions for using the envelope punch board to make a box were clear enough. If not, please let me know!

 

Hard Lotion Bar & Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve been here on the old blog, but let’s hope this is the first post of 2017 with many more to come. (Fingers crossed for that one!! LOL)

Every year I try to create something special for the women of my family, and this year was no exception. After thinking long and hard and trying to come up with something new, different, and hopefully useful I decided to try my hand at two different things; hard lotion bars and making soap from scratch. Tonight let’s start with the lotion bars.

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Who here as ever heard of a hard lotion bar before?? I know I sure didn’t until I started prowling around my favorite site, Pinterest. There are many different recipes out there, but they are all fairly similar in nature, oils (olive, coconut, almond) or butters (cocoa or shea), beeswax and an optional fragrance or two. You will also need some sort of heat resistant container to melt everything in, some form of weighing or measuring your ingredients and some sort of mold to pour your melted mixture into.

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The recipe I chose to try called for equal weights of coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax. There was no exact number to shoot for in this particular recipe, just make what you need, so, since the magic number for me was 9 bars including myself, I chose 2 ounces of each item. Using my handy dandy scale I weighed out each of my ingredients and placed the 2 oz. of coconut oil and 2 oz. of beeswax pellets into my Pyrex measuring cup set into a sauce pan with some simmering water. The 2 oz. of sweet almond oil was set aside until the hard ingredients had melted.

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As you can see in the following image, it will take the beeswax a lot longer to melt than the coconut oil, but it will happen.

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After everything has liquefied, I added the sweet almond oil. Since it was a chilly morning here when I added the almond oil it solidified just a bit, but melted again rather quickly.

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Being very careful, pour the hot mixture into your mold. I am using a cute silicone mold that I picked up at Michael’s. It didn’t take long for the mixture to begin to cool and harden in the mold as you can see in the picture.

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I let the bars sit in the molds most of the day, but in reality about an hour in our chilly house would have been fine.

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Pop them out of the mold, place in a cute little tin and there you have it! I like to use my lotion bar right before bed, but you could use them any time of the day.

If you give this recipe a try, let me know how you like them!

 

A Goodbye Card

A friend of mine is moving on in her career and to let her know how happy I am for her and yet how sad I am to see her go, I made her this card.

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To create this A2 size card, I started with Kraft card stock from Recollections. The brick wall layer was created with the Tim Holtz Alterations “Bricked” embossing folder. To add some interest to the embossing, I sponged on a bit of Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.

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I made the flowers with Ivory Recollections paper and three sizes of the EK Success Retro Flower Punch, the medium, small, and tiny. Before the flowers were shaped with my new McGill Paper Blossoms Toolkit and Molding Mat, the individual layers were inked with more of the Aged Mahogany Distress ink. To add a bit more interest a few of the tiny flowers were left without any ink and I also used my Sizzix Foliage dies with three different shades of green card stock.

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The finishing touch comes with the matching envelope.

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I’m really pleased with how this card turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Envelope for 3D Cards

I do love creating paper flowers, and seeing some of the most amazing cards online just blows my mind. However the problem remains how do you put a 3D flower in a regular envelope and still have it look pretty when the recipient opens it?????  The answer is simple really, create your own envelope!

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The flowers that I have been creating aren’t as thick as some that I’ve seen, so I only need about an extra quarter of an inch, which is what I get with this envelope. For an A5 card, with a finished measurement of 5 ½” x 4 ¼”, start with a piece of card stock 8 ½” x 8 ½”, I used a cream colored card stock by Recollections for this envelope. In my estimation the heavier the card stock the better.

Using the scoring device of your choice, mine is the Martha Stewart score board, score on the diagonal at 2 5/8” and then at 3”. Rotate the square 180 degrees and repeat the scores at 2 5/8” and 3”.

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On the next side, score at 3 ¼” and 3 5/8”. Rotate 180 degrees and score again at 3 ¼” and 3 5/8”.

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In the following picture, I have highlighted the area where the score lines form a triangle. Using a pair of scissors, remove this triangle on all four sides.

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This is what it will look like.

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From this point you will notice there are two longer sides that will form the top and bottom flaps. On each of these points, if you like, use a corner rounder to add interest to your envelope. To secure the envelope into shape, you can use either a quick dry wet glue or a strong double sided tape, no wider than a quarter of an inch.

After inserting your beautifully created 3D card, the next problem is securing the flap. My first attempt was to use repositionable tape, but it wasn’t near sticky enough to hold the flap down. What I ended up using were small strips of 1/8” score tape just at the tip of the flap. It was enough to hold it closed, but still easy enough for the recipient to open the envelope.

There are a number of other ways to secure the flap of these envelopes, but I’m curious what ideas you may come up with. Share them in the comments below.

 

Another Sunflower Card

I just absolutely love my Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die set! There are so many possibilities with this and I’ve just scratched the surface.

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The stamp creates an entire background image that can be used as is, or use the die to cut out the individual flowers, small leaves, and ladybugs. After stamping the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and embossing it with clear embossing powder, I colored the flowers with my Koh-I-Noor woodless color pencils and used a blender pen to smooth out the color.

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After cutting out the flowers with the die, I did a bit of fussy cutting to clean up the petals a bit more before shaping and gluing them together. Right now I have such a HUGE mess on my scrap desk that I cannot for the life of me locate my flower shaping tools. So, I went back to basics and used the end of a pen and my small embossing stylist. I also wanted to add a bit more texture to the petals of the flowers, so I went back over them with the colored pencil without blending out the lines.

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This card is made with all the same dimensions as the Vellum Sunflower card I showed you all last night. To change it up a bit I used the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder and changed the orientation to the more traditional vertical fashion.

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And here is a nice close-up of both flowers and the embossing folder.

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Vellum Sunflower

Ever since I bought the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die, I have wanted to try using them with vellum paper, and I finally did!

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After stamping the flowers with Versa Mark ink I embossed it with white embossing power and then cut out the image with the die. On the Heartfelt Creations web site, they colored the flowers with chalk ink; however I wanted to try this same technique with my Copic Markers. Each flower was first colored on the reverse side with the lightest color, R32 Peach. Then using the flicking technique I added the medium, R35 Coral and the darkest color, R37 Carmine. Finally using E18 Copper, I colored in the center of the flowers.

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In the following picture, you may notice I didn’t get the die set correctly before cutting out the flowers. That’s something I need to work on to ensure it’s a straight cut. You can also see that I added more of the dark color to the largest flower and much lighter on the smaller.

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Here’s a close-up of the finished flower.

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A2 card base – 5 ½” x 4 ¼”

Green mat – 5” x 3 ¾”

White embossed layer – 4 ¾” x 3 ½”

Cuttlebug Embossing folder – Victoria

Happy Birthday Stamp – From my stash

Sunflower – Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die