Thursday, April 17, 2014

Repurposed Box for Card Set

My Mom has a dear friend that she wanted to give a gift to for Easter. She approached me and asked if I would make some cards in a box for this friend. She requested that the box be beautiful, but simple, and that the cards would have flowers on them. The cards also had to be easily mailed, with little bulk and weight to them.

I ended up going to my personal hoarded stash for things I wanted to use for myself in the future. I was just hoarding it all, and when would I really have the chance to use them when there are always more and more gorgeous papers piling onto my hoarded pile.

I began by making 10 A7 cards. The paper I used was given to me by a friend as individual sheets pulled out of a 12 x 12 pad. So I couldn't say where the designer paper came from. But It is gorgeous paper! Since the floral pattern was quite large I had to go with making the bigger cards. I made two of each, one in a landscape format and one in a portrait format.

Here they are.

Some of the flowers, or parts of the flowers had glitter already on them, but for the ones I framed, I covered entirely with sparkle by using Star Dust Stickles on them. This would help to bring out that one flower from the others. The only exception was the hydrangeas, as they were already all covered with glitter.

I took this box that you see here below, and originally had some chocolate goodies in it from last Christmas, and recovered it and re purposed the box. Here is the box before I covered it.

And, here it is after I covered it.

Secret Garden is one of my favorite collections, and it really changed the look of the box. I next created a divider for inside the box to have a section for the cards and envelopes, and a section for writing utensils, stamp envelope and a little box for rolls of stamps, or white out, or something else.

In this next photo you can better see the stamp envelope and the little box.

More of the little box and the envelope. I thought that the box could hold a couple of stamp rolls or some 'white-out', treats for when writing those lovely long letters to go in the card, or things to include in the card, like confetti, etc.

So that's it for this project that I made for my Mom to give to her best friend.

Hope you where inspired to try re purposing a box, too.

Happy papercrafting!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gift or Treat Box & Wallet Mini Gift Set

I'm so excited that I finally allowed myself to work with Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper!! I still have Sweet Sentiments, but I realized I'll never get to Botanical Tea before the new lines start to  come out!

This project is actually a set. A hexagonal treat or gift box, a matching wallet mini, and a beautiful A7 card (5 X 7). I had so much fun making this set! And because it's a set with three items, that means a longer post and I hope you don't mind. I'll try to keep the photos to a minimum. There's a walk-through video at the end of the post, too!

Let's begin with showing off the hexagonal box. It is made up by using Graphic 45's Regular Tags Album! All six tags!

Here is a collage of photos of this box.

Next, we'll have a look at the Wallet Mini, shall we.

This Wallet-Mini was so fun to make, I want to make more! It's perfect for carrying around in your purse as a brag book!

Here is the outside when unfolded.

And now for the card. I made this using the 8 x 8 pad and some scraps for the fussy cutting.

Here you can see more details as I walk you through the projects in this video.

Isn't this G45 Botanical Tea paper gorgeous? I look forward to making more with this paper. Tell me what you'd like to see me make using more of Botanical Tea.  Another mini, another box, another card, or perhaps a layout?

Thank you for joining me today. If you are interested in the instructions to the Hexagonal Box and Wallet-Mini hop on over to my other blog, Paper Architecture with Sabrina.

Till next time, Happy papercrafting!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Card #5 - Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments

I meant to schedule this for early this morning! And now that I'm home for the day, I see that it wasn't. So here it is.

It's wonderful to have such beautiful Spring weather! Hope you are enjoying your Spring weather!

I'm back with Easter Card #5 made using Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments leftover bits and pieces! This one is a little fussy cutting, lol! And, it's more mailable too. Easter is fast approaching, and I have a few more I need to make! Yikes!

For this card I used the frame of a cut-a-part where I had cut out the image of and fussy cut for a different project. It helped to make the floral scrap fit the size of the card better.

And I decided to use some pearls on the pattern of the frame. I popped up one of the tags from the "Tags & Pockets" package, and created another tag to go on top with my circle punch. Put Glossy Accents on the circle cut from the scraps and circle it with pearls as well.

Here are photos showing the layers better.

So that's it for this card. A nice short posting! Enjoy your Spring!

Happy papercrafting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Step By Step Tutorial "Thank You"

I'm going to share with you a "Thank you" gift! "Thank you" for your sweet comments; "Thank you" for following this blog; "Thank you" for sharing this blog with your friends; and "Thank you" for your support and encouragement!

Recently I made a layout, and having intended a different posting for it, needed to take step by step photos on how to put the layout together. However, things changed and I posted it for a challenge instead. Since I had all the photos I decided to give them to you. So if you are interested in making a similar layout to the one you've recently seen, here it is. Oh, and it's the one that won the prize at Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog for their 4th challenge! You can see it two different ways, too.

I used Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments, and of course you can use whatever paper you'd like.

Start with a 12 x 12 and ink the edges if you wish.

With the next layer cut to 9 7/8 x 9 7/8, round the corners and ink the edges.

Then you need a piece 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and a Martha Stewart Around the page set of punches. Ink around the edges.

Then with a 6 x 6 piece Punch around it using one of the We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 Punches and ink the edges.

Cut a strip to 1 1/2 x 10, fish-tail or notch one end and ink the edges. The second strip (the top one) I ended up not using.

Next you'll need a piece 6 3/4 x 10 1/2. If you wish to stitch as I did, you'll need the Martha Stewart "Cherished" Around the Page Punch set, an embroidery needle and embroidery floss to stitch using the holes this punch set makes.

I used metal filigree embellishments from Monique's Zibbet Store "ButterBee Scraps" and painted them white with acrylic paint. I ended up using only the square on you see at the bottom of this next photo.

In this next photo you see the embellishments I used from the paper; fussy cut flowers, a cut-a-part from the 12 x 12 paper pad, 4 smaller cut-a-parts from the 8 x 8 paper pad, and three chipboard pieces from the Sweet Sentiments package. And again, the edges are inked.

The net photos show how I layered it all together.

The next you tuck in, glue and pop up your fussy cut flowers, add your bling flourishes, metal filigree, chipboard pieces, and the rest of your cut-a-parts. Then you end up with your completed layout.

I decided to also make a video slide presentation using these photos.

Again, thank you, and Happy Papercrafting!

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