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!

 

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.

 

2015 Christmas Cards

Back in October my sister and I attended the Scrapbook Expo down in Denver and while wandering around drooling over all of the fun items I fell in love with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Metal Die Ornament Sets 2 & 3. Once I had the dies in my crafty little hands, I had to figure out what to do with them, so it was off to Pinterest to get some ideas. Here are two examples that started the wheels turning…

After thinking about it for a while, I decided to go with a clean and simple design.

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Each die set has two different overlay patterns. Since I couldn’t decide which I liked better, I used them all. The glitter paper is from a Paper Studio pack, and the Merry Christmas stamp is from Tim Holtz stamped with black Memento ink and embossed with a clear embossing powder.

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The most difficult part of these cards was trying to glue the top layer to the base design. I wanted a little more “wiggle room” than my xyron would allow, but when I tried to add some Scotch brand Quick Dry Adhesive with a toothpick, it globbed on and was just Yuck! It took a few days to remember my unused Zig 2 Way Glue Pen that offered much greater control.

I’m curious, how do you come up with your card designs? Do you already have a plan in mind or do you find a stamp or die set and look for ideas elsewhere? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, thanks for dropping by the Craftroom!

2014 Christmas Card

It took me a while to figure out what our Christmas cards were going to look like this year. One idea after another was discarded for one reason or another. Finally I decided it was time to make a decision and I ordered Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Die. Then the question of how to go about using this pretty die and I finally decided on the card design below…

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In October while spending the day with my sister, I found a pack of 6×6 metallic papers by Die Cuts With a View, and decided that was going to be my flower. As you can see below I had a bunch of shiny pretty flowers to work with.

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My stamp collection does not include a small enough “Merry Christmas” so I printed this greeting on the computer and then cut them from this pretty Shapeabilities Fancy Tags set.

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I’ve gotten nothing but compliments from these cards! And even though they have a “gem” in the center of each flower, (and where a bear to get into the envelopes!) they successfully made it through the mail to each destination!

Mini Album

This cute little mini album is the result of my endless hours on Pinterest! The pages follow a video tutorial from Ginger at mysisitersscrapper and the binding idea on the spine is from a video by Suzy at creativecafegirl.

When making my pages, I changed the dimensions just a bit from the original. Using an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of cardstock I cut six (6) sheets down to 8 ½” x 10”. The score lines were as follows: On the 10” side score the sheet in half at 5”. Turn the sheet over and on the 8 ½” side score at 2 ½”. After pre-folding each sheet I then cut a decorative edge with my Martha Stewart edge punch for the top of each pocket. The pages are bound with Laura Denison’s Stack the Deck system.

One of the reasons it took so long to complete this book was I wanted to figure out how to add the paper to the spine and not have it crack, because that really bugs me. I tried a new technique that I found on Pinterest by Suzy at creativecafegirl. Rather than using just a piece of cardstock to connect the front, back and spine of the books, she used a piece of sticky back canvas attached to the cardstock to help create the binding. My stash of stuff only had regular canvas, so I glued some to my cardstock with Gel Medium. As you can see in my example below, I cut the canvas larger than needed before attaching my cardstock. When it was dry, I cut it the desired size. Like Suzy, I colored the canvas where it would show between the cover and spine, although I just used some black craft paint. What I did neglect to do was run the finished cardstock through my cuttlebug to emboss the cardstock. I’ll do that next time!

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Creating the spine this way means that, for me, I had to pre-wrap my chipboard covers for a finished edge. I use thinner chipboard, so to ensure a sturdy cover I always glue two pieces together, so leaving these edges exposed was not an option for me. Here is a close-up of the inside of the front cover. You can see that each piece of chipboard is individually wrapped and you can also see in the gap between the cover and spine, the painted canvas.

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The pages and tags are decorated with the Paper Studio’s Bella Bohemia paper pack and the edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The finished book measures 6 ¾” x 5 ¼” x 2”. Let’s get on with the show!

I tried my hand at adding something to the front covers, which for me, seems to be very difficult to do! The flower was made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and Pure Luxury 80 lb. layering weight card stock in Ivory, while the greenery was made with a spellbinders die and scraps of green cardstock from my stash.

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As you can see, there are a TON of tags in this book, 22 in all! That should give anyone plenty of room to document the important times in their lives. There are a total of 6 large tags that slide into the top of each page and measure 4” wide x 5 ½” tall. Eight of the pages have tags that measure 3 ½” wide by 5” tall and four of the pages hold two tags each that measure 3” wide by 5” tall.

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Thank you all for stopping in to see my handiwork. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Leave a comment is you see something you like.

Flowers – Copic Marker

Oh My Goodness…I LOVE Pintrest! There are so many amazing ideas out there just begging to be tried, and today I found a great idea I just had to play around with. We have all seen how to use inks and sprays to color 3-D paper flowers, but not once did I even consider using my Copic markers for that purpose. Kate Palmer from the Copic OZ blog did consider this and with amazing results! Follow the link below to see her post and watch the three videos showing the different techniques.

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Now, here is my try at this fun technique. I made my own flowers using the Tim Holtz die and Georgia Pacific cardstock.

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The first flower I made is this pretty yellow and red “rose”. To create the flower, I used two medium and three small flowers from the die. I spritzed them with water before scrunching them up with my fingers to shape them. The layers are glued together with Quick Dry adhesive from Scotch. After the glue dried, I colored about half of each petal with Y17 Golden Yellow and then edged the petals with R27 Cadmium Red. I don’t have any of the Copic blending solution, but another option that Kate gave was the alcohol inks blending solution, so I used that. As you can see, the colors bled together nicely. To speed up the drying and to intensify the colors, I dried each flower with the heat gun.

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The next flower I tried was a bigger one using only two layers, the middle flower and the daisy type flower. This time I did not add any water to the layers before I started, I just scrunched the petals with my fingernails, being very careful with the delicate daisy. The petals were colored first with RV13 Tender Pink and then with RV14 Begonia Pink. As an after thought I went around the very edge of each petal with the darker RV69 Peony. Again I used the Alcohol Blending solution to and then dried it with the head gun. 

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The last flower I made used two of the large petals, and then one each of the daisy petal and the medium petal. Again no water was used, just my fingers to scrunch and shape the petals. The colors used for this flower were BV01 Viola, BV02 Prune, and BV04 Blue Berry. The colors look different online, it’s much to blue on here. In person the flower has more of the violet color to it.

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The centers of the two bigger flowers are from a bag of gems purchased from Wal-Mart, and as you can see, I was too excited to wait till the glue dried to take the pictures! LOL

These are going to be so pretty on any project, and can be made any color you like, in fact the only limitation you have is the colors of Copic Markers that you own.

Thank you for stopping by. If you like what you see or have any questions, please leave me a message!

Flowers – cardstock and coffee filters

Late last year I was trying to create my own flowers rather than buying them. Here are a couple more attempts at a few different types.

I started with the only dedicated flower die that I own, the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. Just using the three similar shaped petals I tried different ways to create a flower, starting with the rose shape. All of the flowers were created with scrap paper that I had laying around the craft table, so I’m not sure what it was (and it doesn’t help that I made these last December).

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Flower #1 I tried using Tim’s directions to create the rose. The center looks ok, and the bottom petals look all right, but together, in my eyes, it looks like there is a piece missing. To add color, I just dabbed at the finished flower with a sponge dauber with (I believe) fired brick distress ink. It’s pretty, but not perfect in my eyes.

Flower #2 I used a round bottomed pen to add dimension to each of the petals. I placed the shapes on my mouse pad and with the bottom of the pen, went in a circular motion to add shape to the petals. To attach them, I turned every other one upside down and added a Copic colored button to the center.

Flower #3 is just the two smallest petals shaped with the pen technique described above. Simple, but pretty.

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Next are two flowers that are just a little more labor intensive and use something other than cardstock.

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Flowers #1 & #2 were created with…wait for it…coffee filters. 🙂 Once again, I found the instructions for this on Pintrest, but after spending two days trying to find the link, I sadly cannot. If I remember correctly to create these flowers, you cut an odd number of petals, in my case it was the large flower from the Tattered Florals die. After coloring each piece with Distress inks and drying with the heat gun you fold each piece in half. Starting with a small circle of cardstock, you glue the first petal to half of that circle. Turning the base a quarter turn you glue the next folded petal. Continue turning a quarter turn and gluing the petals down until you have the fullness you desire. Add a center and fluff.

To finish Flower #1 I added a few of the medium sized flowers and then a pearl center that I made with some extra small pearl beads. And for Flower #2, I added a small scrunched flower made from cardstock. I just wanted something to add in there, so I grabbed this small flower.

Here’s a better picture of the flower with the pearl center.

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Flower #3 was created with tissue paper. I cut perhaps 8 layers of tissue paper with a scallop spellbinder die. The layers are then stacked and a small brad is used to attach the layers together. You then take each layer starting with the top and scrunch it up. When all the layers are scrunched together, begin “messing” with it to get the look you want.