Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Back To School Basket

I made a little gift basket for my sister.  This year she is teaching World History and Costuming.  The tag was made from using one of my new stamps that I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo.  I found the basket at the Dollar Tree and filled it with little goodies to help her day go a little smoother.

Stamps:  Paper Nest-Back to School Ellie
Ink:  Momento
Paper:  Echo Park, Bazzill
Misc:  Letter stickers, basket, pop up dots, black tulle, Copics, Diamond Glaze, basket

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Another Explosion Box & Tutorial

I recently joined the JOANN Loves Papercrafters on Facebook.  I've been in awe of the creations that all of those talented people have, so I decided to be brave and post something I made.  I posted the Baby Exploding Box and I received so many wonderful compliments, it just made my heart full.  I also received requests for the directions, and since I had another one to make for another lady at work, I decided to get to work on it.

First, take a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and score at 3 1/2 inches on each side.

Then, cut out the corner pieces.

Here comes the fun part, time to decorate and embellish!  One thing that I do that I think gives the box a bit more stability is to make double panels (or layers) of paper on the sides of the box.  Here you can see how I decorated the outside of the box.

Next, flip it over and decorate the inside.  I did the two layers of cardstock and then added some die cut doilies.  Since this is for a baby girl, I wanted to give it a lacey girly look.

Next, I made the lid.  Math is not my strong point, so I tend to do things the hard way.  My Dad is a retired Chemical Engineer, my Brother is CFO/CPA, my Sister is a Teacher, and my Mom can figure anything out!  So the technical gene, skipped me!  So, to make the lid I used a piece of white card stock and scored at 1 1/2 inches on two sides.  Now, if you measure the bottom of the box, you will find that it is 5 inches x 5 inches.  At the 1 1/2 score line, I measured 5 inches plus two little lines on the ruler, and then scored on that line.  Then I measured 1 1/2 inches and cut the paper.  Rotate the paper and do the same thing.  Clear as mud?!  You can also try cutting a piece of cardstock 8 1/8 inches and score it on each side at 1 1/2 inches.  You will want to notch the corners on lid so that it will fit inside with showing.

I decorated the top of the box, but forgot to take a picture of it before I put it all together!

I embellished the inside with some paper flowers, butterflies, and two cute babies I cut using my Cricut.  I put a tiny bit of adhesive on the bottom of the shoes to hold them in place.

I put the lid on the box, tied it with a tulle bow and put it next to my purse to bring to work tomorrow.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Baby Button Bits
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Bazzill, The Paper Studio, Recollections, Pebbles
Misc:  Tulle, Scor-pal, paper punches, half pearls, pop up dots, My Favorite Things Oval Doily Die, Mama Elephant Mini Bow Die, baby shoes, Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die

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Teacher Tissues

Tomorrow is the first day of school here in Orange County.  In the event of a few tears or "achoos", I made this box for Ms. Kelly to put on her desk.

I constructed the box with red cardstock and then added two layer panels with coordinating papers.  My little teachers were made using Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge.  The original cut file has the teacher holding a book, but I substituted it with an apple die cut covered in Diamond Glaze.
I also added a little Diamond Glaze to her shoes.  The pointer is a toothpick that I stained with brown ink.  The chalk board is just kraft cardstock with a layer of black cardstock on the top.  With a little white ink, the sentiment was stamped.

The apple is from one of my favorite Cricut Cartridges, Preserves.  The pencil was made using a variety of paper punches, googly eyes and some glasses brads.  All four sides are decorated, so from any angle you can see the designs.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Petite Places School
Ink:  CTMH, Stamps by Judith, Momento
Paper:  Authentique, Bazzill, The Paper Studio
Misc:  Googly eyes, glasses brads, paper punches, pop dots, Cricut Create A Friend & Preserves Cartridges, tissue box, toothpick, Diamond Glaze, Papertrey Ink Apple Die,  Mama Elephant Mini Bow Die

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Exploding Baby Box

One of the lovely ladies I work with is having a baby, any day now.  I haven't made an explosion box in awhile, so I thought this would be the perfect time.  The pictures are kind of hard to see because the base of the paper is white and my background is white.  But, its this super cute grey and blue fox paper by Echo Park.

The box is made with two layers of panels on  both the outside and the inside of the box.  The lid held it together, but I have some white tulle and I love the way it looks when use it for a bow.

Are you ready for the big reveal to see what's inside of the box?

Tiny sneakers!!!!!  I just love baby shoes.  I know they don't get to wear them for very long, but I think that they are super cute.

I embellished the inside of the box with some Quickutz Fox die cuts, My Favorite Things Die-namics stars and sentiments from Papertrey Ink Baby Button Bits.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Baby Button Bits
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Echo Park, The Paper Studio
Misc:  Scor-pal, buttons, My Favorite Things Stars Die-namics, Quickutz Fox Die, white tulle, pop up dots, tiny sneakers

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Teacher Banner

We have a new teacher in our family.  My nephew, Joe, has a lovely girlfriend who is starting her first teaching job this year as a first grade teacher.  We are so proud of her and I just know that she is going to be amazing.

I thought she needed a banner for her classroom.  So, I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Create A Friend and made a few teachers.  The letters are adhered to "chalkboards".  My sister, who is the model in the picture, informed me that they don't use chalkboards in classrooms anymore.  I have fond memories of clapping erasers outside and making huge flumes of chalk smoke.  I can only imagine what inhaling all of that dust can do you to your respiratory system, but it was a great fun, and an honor to be picked by the teacher.

I've made a few more things for Miss Kelly, so make sure you check back tomorrow.

Ink:  Stamps by Judith
Paper:  EchoPark, Authentique, Bazzill
Misc:  Ribbon, pop up dots, toothpicks, Cricut, Create A Friend Cartridge

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