Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grateful for You - Stampin' Friends Blog Hop 2017

Welcome to Stampin' Friends Blog Hop for October. This month we are creating giving thanks or Thanksgiving cards and projects.

I created this card by embossing some Early Espresso Cardstock with a fall leaf embossing folder, adding a small border at the bottom using a borders die, and making a pumpkin using several layered ovals cut with stitched dies. I added some die cut leaves, the "grateful" word die, and stamped "for you" onto a small hand cut white banner. For the picket fencce, I cut some strips from wood textures paper, dog-eared the tops, and laid them out in a picket fence pattern.

Supplies Used:
Early Espresso Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Crumb Cake Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Wood Textures DSP Stack - Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Paper Studio
Hello Fall Paper Pad - Carta Bella
"Grateful" die cut - Taylored Expressions
Leaf Diecuts - Lawn Fawn
Stitched Hillside Borders - Lawn Fawn
Stitched  Shapes Framelits - Stampin Up

I also made a little "wooden crate" to go along with my card. These would make perfect table favors for Thanksgiving!

I made the same oval layered pumpkin, added some die cut leaves and a "thankful" banner. I added some crinkle paper to the inside of the crate, and tied some twine around it. You can use a die cut for the crate or hand make one with a 6 x 6 piece of wood textures paper, scored at 1-1/2" and 4-1/2" on one side and at 2" and 4" on the other side. Either way, it creates a darling little "wooden crate".

Supplies Used:
Wood Textures DSP Stack - Stampin' Up
Hello Fall Paper Pad - Carta Bella
Leaf Diecuts - Lawn Fawn
Endless Thanks Stamp Set (retired) - Stampin' Up
Stitched  Shapes Framelits - Stampin Up

There is a Giveaway this month! Comment on the blogs with the hashtag as shown below and have a chance to win this super kit!

Now come follow along with the other hoppers to see what they have created for you this month!

Friday, October 13, 2017

"I Have My Eyes on You" - Halloween Card & Treat Box

I was shopping at Dollar Treat a while back and saw a cute Halloween decoration featuring a jar full of eyeballs with the words "I have my eyes on you!" The cardmaker in me saw a card in the making!

My card is the standard A2 size card, top folding, using black cardstock. I then added a layer of white, then lime green, and then a piece of striped cardstock in Halloween colors.

I stamped and cut out a Mason jar image and added the googly eyeballs purchased at Dollar Tree. I tied some black twine around the jar top and added it to a stitched die cut purple circle with dimensional adhesive. That circle was then added on top of a lime green circle, and then onto a black one.

I attached two more stitched circles in smaller sizes behind the circles the Mason jar is attached to. I added two larger colored googly eyes to the orange circle. All the circles are cut using Stampin' Up's Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I made the word sentiment on my computer using the BaaBookHmk font in Word (size 20), printed it out on white cardstock, and then cut it down, flagging one end. I added a small scrap of orange patterned cardstock at the bottom edge of the flagged piece.

I then created a small Halloween treat box using the same image, googly eyes and stitched circles. It is a gable box purchased at a craft store. It has been in my stash for awhile so I can't really tell you where it came from, but you can use any treat boxes you may have. I used the same striped paper to decorate the all white box and made the same sentiment on my computer, just making the font smaller (size 16). The box is held closed with a small gold binder clip.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cards and Gift Packaging Using Calendar Pages

I have been collecting my used Lang Coffee Calendars by Lisa Kaus for years! I just can't bring myself to throw them away. I have used them before for several flipbooks, but otherwise they have sat idle in my craft room waiting to be brought back to life!

While I was cleaning out my papers a few weeks ago, I came across the stack of calendars dating back to 2011 and decided I had to put them to use! I love the artwork so much and have framed a few over the years, but I wanted to do something different. I decided to see if I could make some cards. That then led to a notepad cover, gift packaging and bookmarks! The possibilities are endless!

To make a card, I took a piece of clear plastic (window sheet material, heavyweight cellophane bag, etc.) cut to about 4 x 6 and placed it on various areas of the calendar page. When I found an area that would make a good card, I marked it and cut it out. From there, I found cardstock to coordinate with the prints, trimmed down the image where needed, and made a card! I even used scraps to stamp the greetings on.

 After I made the cards, I went on to gift packaging. I had this plain kraft gable box that I hadn't used in years and started finding pieces to cover it.  I cut out the letters for "coffee" to add to the top and other words for the front of the box. I plan to put packages of coffee or K-cups inside.

Then I took one of my fold top kraft bags and decorated it. I cut out the coffee cup image and then hand cut the J, A, V and A to add on top of the image. I wrapped some twine around the bag and added a small corrugated tag to complete the bag!

I also made a notepad cover. (I am not including directions because there are a lot out there already.) I stamped on the front and made a small pocket for the inside. I covered the white part of the notepad with another piece of the calendar page. You can cut and piece and decorate to your heart's content! 

This is what the notepade looks like open, from the back.

I also made a matching bookmark. I just glued a piece of the calendar onto a tag I cut from kraft cardstock. 

As you can tell, this can become addictive! I spent an entire weekend creating cards and projects and I still have plenty of calendar pages left! It is a really fun project. Don't throw this year's calendar away! Put it to good use and see what you can create!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dinosaur Scrapbook Page

Since I am a scrapbooker as well as a cardmaker, I thought I would share this dinosaur birthday scrapbook page I made for my granddaughter recently. Her birthday party was dinosaur themed.

I used papers from Stampin' Up called It's My Party from last year's catalog, along with coordinating solid colors in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron.

The dinosuar is a Cricut cut from the Create a Critter Cartridge on p. 50, along with the "DinoMite" phrase on p. 51. I cut the layers in the same Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron cardstock. I also die cut some balloons using dies in various shapes in the same coordinating colors and papers. The "DinoMite" is cut in Melon Mambo and layered onto a white circle, and then onto a larger stitched circle in Crushed Curry using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up. 

The balloons were added to a striped tag I had in my stash.

I matted the photos in Melon Mambo and other patterned papers from the stack.

I will try to share more scrapbook pages in the future. Next week I have a cool project for you. I will be recycling some old calendars! I hope you will come back then!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hello Fall - Pumpkin Spice Latte Card

Even though the weather where I live is hot today, it is still the first day of fall, my favorite season! I am celebrating with this Hello Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte card!

The card is made using a crumb cake card base, top folding. I added the pumpkin pie layer that I embossed with a fall leaves embossing folder from Darice. The coffee cup and greeting are from the new Merry Cafe stamp set by Stampin' Up! The  patterned paper for the cup is from the new Painted Autumn DSP by Stampin' Up. I hand cut a band from a piece of crumb cake cardstock that I ran through my crinkling tool, tied some linen thread around the cup, and added some stamped and cut out orange leaves and a small crinkle cut heart.  The circles and ovals are from dies and punches.

Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! I know I will!

Note: All colors used for this card are from Stampin' Up - Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Nuts About You" Fall Card

This "Nuts About You" squirrel card was made for my 5-year-old granddaughter. She loves the squirrels in our backyard and collecting the acorns that fall from the neighbor's oak tree. She also likes jokes, so I thought this would be a fun card for her!

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, top folding, in kraft cardstock. I added a layer of pumpkin pie colored cardstock and then a layer of fall trees patterned paper from the Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Paper Pad. This is such a versatile pad, all double-sided papers, and a nice weight!

The squirrel is from the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 32, cut at 2 inches. I also cut the coordinating acorns on the same page, inking the edges with brown ink. I also inked around the cut squirrel and added some small googly eyes. The squirrel was then added onto a scalloped die cut circle using another paper from the same Carta Bella paper pad, and that was layered onto a pumpkin pie colored circle, and then onto a burnt orange colored circle.

I chose not to use the "nuts about you" cut out from the same cartridge and instead printed it out on my computer. I cut it out using stitched framelits from Stampin' Up, first in white, and then in the pumpkin pie color. I added another cut acorn and two small orange enamel dots. I flagged it with a small strip of paper from the same Carta Bella paper pad.

I think my granddaughter is going to love this card! She is a cardmaker and stamper as well. She even asked for her own stamp set for her birthday!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Truck and Card

Some of you may remember when I made a Christmas card featuring this little truck and then a Valentine free-standing truck similar to this one. Well, I had to do it again! I was inspired by the patterned paper by Carta Bella called "Hello Fall."

My card is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, top folding, with a black card base. The Cherry Cobbler layer is cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches and embossed with a fall leaf embossing folder by Darice. I cut a piece of the truck patterned paper at 2-1/2 x 4 inches and then cut a black mat slightly larger.

The truck is from the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge, on p. 71, cut at 1-3/4 inches in real dial size. The truck is a safari truck and is a little too long, so I cut the truck bed away from the truck behind the cab and trimmed off a small sliver. I inked all the edges of the two pieces in Cherry Cobbler ink and then reattached the two pieces together, overlapping the cab a bit onto the truck bed. I added 1/2 inch black circles for the tires and a 1/4 inch white circle for the wheel center, adding a small dot of ink to the centers. For the fenders, I cut a 1 inch circle in half, inked the edges, and attached them over the wheels, aligning with the bottom of the truck. I used a black marker to add a small black handle.

I attached the truck to the card using dimensionals and then layered my pumpkins behind the truck bed. I used the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 70, on shadow setting, to cut the pumpkins, ranging in size from 1/2 to 1 inch, and inked the edges, coloring the stems with a brown marker.

I didn't have a "Happy Fall" or "Pumpkin Patch" stamp, so I created these on my computer in Word. I used the BaaBookHmk font. The greetings are both die cut using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up and layered onto the card. I added a hand cut banner behind the "Hello Fall" stitched shapes.

The directions for the truck can be found in my previous Valentine truck post. (See the link below.)  It measures 1-1/2 inches wide and approximately 4-3/4 inches long. I didn't add all the extras like I did on the Valentine truck, I just kept it simple. I added some little marshmallow creme pumpkins (one of my fall favorites!) to the truck bed. As long as you use a heavyweight cardstock, it will hold the pumpkins okay. Just don't put in too many. I also added the "Pumpkin Patch" words printed from my computer and cut them out.

I hope you enjoy both of these first fall projects! I will have more to come in the following weeks. Fall is my absolute favorite season!

Here are the links to both previous posts with detailed directions if you missed them:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pretty as a Daisy Birthday Card

For this card, I let the Delightful Daisy DSP from Stampin' Up be the star of the show! I matted the DSP onto a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock cut using the largest die from the Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn. I then layered that onto the card base of So Saffron colored cardstock. Finished card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.

I combined several different stamps for this card. I love doing this! I used the "happy" from one stamp and the "birthday" from another.

When I was going through my stamps the other day, I came across a retired Stampin' Up stamp set called Send a Celebration from 2006. I hadn't used this set very much, so it was more or less a "new find" for me! I liked how the daisies in the stamp coordinated with the daisies in the DSP. I stamped it in black and then colored the flowers using the Wisteria Wonder and So Saffron Stampin' Write Markers. I cut it out using the Stampin Up Stitched Framelits and then added that onto a piece of So Saffron cardstock cut just a big larger.

The birthday greeting is die cut from the same Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn that I used to cut the larger scalloped layer on the card, and then layered onto a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock cut just a bit larger.

Stamp sets used for the greeting were Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs and Endless Birthday Wishes by Stampin' Up.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Toolbelt Birthday Card & Matching Treat Box

My Dad is a retired carpenter, so I thought this toolbelt card and matching "wooden crate" treat box were fitting for his birthday!

The card base is 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches, top folding, in dark brown (Stampin' Up Early Expresso). The layer on top is cut to 5-1/4 x 4 inches, using one of the papers in the Stampin' Up Wood Textures DSP Stack.

For the toolbelt, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock at 5 x 2-1/2 inches, rounding the corners with a 1/2 inch corner rounder. For the pockets, I cut two pieces 2 x 2-1/4 inches, and rounded those corners as well. I used a 1-3/8 inch circle punch to punch out a small portion of the top on the 2 x 2-1/4 inch pocket pieces. I attached the pockets to the toolbelt using a very thin bead of glue around the two sides and along the bottom, leaving the top open.

I added two small belt loops on the side and in the middle between the two pockets. I used a 2-inch strip of kraft cardstock, lightly curling it with a pencil or bone folder. Just make it large enough to go around whatever you want to insert in the loop.

I used a dark brown marker (Stampin' Up Early Espresso) to make the faux stitching around the toolbelt and the pockets. I added some silver brads to the bottom corners of the pockets and the two top edges of the toolbelt.  I attached the toolbelt to the card using dimensional adhesive tape.

I used some yellow washi tape that looks like measuring tape. I can't remember where I got it, but I checked on Etsy and there are several different ones available. I wrapped the washi tape around the wood DSP before attaching that layer to the brown card base.

If you have a tool die cut set, you can make a fast job of cutting out the tools you want to use. I didn't have any, so I looked on line for tool clip art, resized them,  printed and cut them out. For the ruler, I just added some of the same measuring tape washi to a piece of cardstock.

The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set by Stampin' Up. I used some letter stamps I had to stamp out "dad" and cut those out with a 1/2 inch circle punch, and added the letters to the bottom left pocket on the toolbelt.

The "wooden crate" treat box is created with a simple box construction. Finished box measures 2 inches high, 3 inches long, and 2 inches wide.

Start with a piece of kraft cardstock cut to 7 x 6 inches. Score at 2 inches on all 4 sides. On the 6 inch side, cut up to the score lines to form the sides of the box. Fold together and attach with glue or other adhesive. My punch wouldn't cut through all the layers of the sides, and I forgot to punch each layer first, so I simply punched out a small "handle" using a slot punch and glued it on each side of the crate.

To make the box look more like wood, I used a sponge and dark brown ink (early espresso) and sponged in streaks along all four sides of the box until I got the color and look I wanted. I added a piece of the yellow ruler washi tape around the box at the bottom.

Add any greeting you would like. I used a greeting from the Framed Love April 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit. I cut it out using the Tags & Labels Framelits from Stampin' Up.  I added some kraft colored crinkle paper and small candy bars (Hersheys and Twix).

I have seen other toolbelt type cards on Pinterest, but this design and measurements are what I came up with. It is not complicated. The most time-consuming part is making the tools.

I hope you enjoy these projects and will give them a try next time you need a masculine card or gift!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pocket Birthday Cards

These pocket birthday cards were created using several Stampin' Up papers and cardstock. The pocket is hand cut and open at the top to insert a message, gift card, money, etc.

Each card is 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. To make the pocket, I cut a piece of blue cardstock to 2-3/4" wide by 2-5/8" tall. At the bottom of the cut piece of cardstock, find the middle. Using a ruler, measure up diagonally on each side approximately 1/2 inch, mark and cut off the corners. I used a white gel pen to make the faux stitching, and added some punched out colored circles for "rivets." For the pocket tabs, I used the top of a die cut tag for the striped card and a small banner for the blue and red one. Attach the pockets to the card using a thin bead of glue or a thin strip of double sided tape to the two sides and along the bottom, leaving the top open.

Stamp and punch/cut out your greetings as desired. I added a die cut star to each card for embellishment. I also inserted a "To You" stitched tag inside the pocket on the striped card and a folded piece of lightweight red paper inside the blue and red card to look like a handkerchief. You could also insert a gift card or money!

Products Used:

  • Stampin' Up Cardstock in Real Red for both cards.
  • Stampin' Up Birthday Memories DSP for the first card, along with Pacific Point Cardstock for the pocket and partial front piece. 
  • Stampin' Up Color Theory DSP for the second card, along with Night of Navy cardstock for the pocket. 
  • Stampin' Up Tin of Cards stamp set for birthday greeting.
  • Stampin' Up Perfect Pairings stamp set for the "To You."
  • Stampin' Up Perfectly Wrapped stamp set for the dotted circle around the greeting on the striped card. 
  • Various die cuts and punches to cut out greetings, stars, banner for pocket, and tag top for pocket. 
I plan on giving these cards to several teenage boys for their birthdays! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer "Beach Bag"

Here is a fun little bag for a summer gift! I made these type of paper bags back in 2015 (See that post here.) After I saw the darling papers in the PhotoPlay Summer Day Dreams Collection, I knew I had to make a summer version of the bag!

I used the flip-flops and sunglasses stickers from the pack to add to the front of the bag, attaching them with tiny white clothespins. (I adhered the stickers to cardstock and then cut them out.) The straps and base of the bag were made with a lime green cardstock from Stampin' Up called Lemon Lime Twist. Just choose any bright colored cardstock that coordinates with the paper. Both of the striped papers used for the bands of the bag are from the Summer Day Dreams collection.

The bag will hold a Post-It Notepad and pen, candy treats, small lotions, etc. I am going to add some pedicure supplies. Finished size of bag is 4-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. With the handles, it stands approximately 8 inches tall.

This bag varies slightly from the bags in the post mentioned above in that I increased the height of the bag to 4-1/2 inches and made the handles a little taller. The base of the bag remains the same. There is a You Tube video by Ophelia Crafts that shows how to put the bag together. Click here for that video link.

Here are the directions for my Summer Beach Bag:

1. Make the base of the bag starting with a piece of colored heavyweight cardstock cut to 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches. Score at 1/2 inch on all 4 sides. On the long side, cut on the score lines up to the horizontal score line, fold and glue tabs to form the bag base.

2. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4-1/2 x 12 inches. (Note: Double-sided paper works best so that the inside of your bag is pretty too.) Add sticky tape to the bottom and along one side of the 12-inch piece. Starting in the middle of one long side of the bag base, wrap this 12 inch piece around the base, starting with the side that does not have the vertical sticky tape attached. It will overlap slightly in the back when wrapped around. Remove the vertical sticky strip and attach to the rest of the wrapped piece.

3. For the bottom band on the bag, cut a strip of patterned or colored paper at 3/4 x 12 inches and wrap it around the bottom of the bag. Glue works best for this step.

4. For the handles, cut 2 strips of colored cardstock at 3/4 x 10 inches and attach on the front and back of the bag from the inside. Glue dots works best for this step. (Note: The handles won't show on the inside of bag because they will be hidden by the inside band.)

5. For the top band, cut 2 strips of patterned or colored paper at 1 x 12 inches and attach around the top of the bag, one on the outside and one on the inside. Glue works best for this step.

6. Decorate as desired!

Friday, August 4, 2017

"You're So Sweet" Summertime Popsicle Card

This is a popsicle card I made recently for an anniversary.  It could easily be turned into a birthday or thank you card.

I used the Summer Daydreams Collection from PhotoPlay #thinktoremember. I used the Multi Dot and Popsicles paper from the collection. I cut the twin popsicles using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge, p. 43, cut at 2 inches. I inked around the edges in a darker pink color to add some shading. I layered the popsicles onto a 2 inch polka dot circle, then onto a 2-1/2 inch circle.  I added two die cut circles in pink and peach behind the larger circles, and added dimensionals behind the popsicles to attach them to the card.

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock colors for the card, layering pieces, and circles in Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Lemon Lime Twist. For the die cut circles, I used the new Dotted Circles Dies from Catherine Pooler Designs, plus a 1-1/2 inch punch to cut out the greeting.

I stamped the "you're so sweet" greeting using markers to ink the stamp from the You're So Sweet stamp set by Stampin' Up! and stamped the "together" in lemon lime twist from the stamp set Crazy About You from Stampin' Up!(now retired).

Finished card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding, with each of the colored and patterned paper layers cut 1/4 inch smaller than the previous layer. I added a couple brads from my stash that matched the colors pretty well! You could also use enamel dots or sequins, whatever you have on hand.

This makes a perfect summertime card for a lot of occasions with all the sherbet like colors!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy Fold Gift Card Holders

I am always on the lookout for a gift card holder! I found this particular fold from Rachel Tessman (Stamp Your Art Out) that is super easy to make! You start with a piece of cardstock cut to 4-1/4 x 11 inches. On the 11 inch side, score at 4-3/4 inches on one end and 1-1/2 inches on the other end. Fold the card in half at the 4-3/4" score line and then fold up the bottom at the 1-1/2" score mark. This is the card holder. Use thin tape or glue dots to hold the gift card holder flap shut, only attaching at the very edges of the cardstock. It's that easy!

I added a piece of patterned paper cut to 1 x 4 inches to the flap. This is optional.

Now, here is a masculine toolbox version, made horizontally. I made a Toolbox Treat Holder for Father's Day and this is a card version. (Click here to go to that post.)

This card starts with a piece of cardstock cut at 4 x 11 inches. Other than being 1/4 inch narrower,  it is made the same as the coffee cup card above. I added the faux drawers on the front of the card the same way I did in my previous Toolbox Treat Holder (see that post I linked above). I cut three strips of red cardstock at 1 x 4-1/2 inches, the black strips at 1/2 x 4 inches, and the silver strips at 1/4 x 4 inches. I glued all the pieces for each drawer together and then attached them to the card front with dimensional tape. I added a brad at the top to resemble the lock mechanism on a toolbox.

You can decorate the inside of the card anyway you want. I layered a birthday greeting onto white, black, and white cardstock. I also added another strip of black and silver cardstock to the fold-up flap for the gift card. The gift card can be added either vertically or horizontally.

Products Used:

Coffee Cup Card:

  • Caffeiene Addict Stamp Set by Sugar Pea Designs
  • Coordinating Coffee to Go Dies by Sugar Pea Designs
  • Celebrate Everything Stamp Set by Paper Pumpkin (April 2016)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock and Coffee Break DSP by Stampin' Up
  • Corrugated Elements by Stampin' Up (small oval)
  • Small scalloped circle punch by Stampin' Up

Toolbox Card:

  • Real Red and Basic Black Cardstock by Stampin' Up
  • Silver paper - brand unknown
  • Greeting from Perfect Pairings by Stampin' Up (a Sale-a-Bration stamp set)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampin Friends "No Rules" July Blog Hop - Coffee Break!

Welcome to Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop. This month we could create whatever we wanted - no rules! Since I am a coffee lover,  I decided to make a card and project featuring the new Stampin' Up Coffee Break DSP and a stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeiene Addict and the matching Coffee to Go dies.  (Note: Stampin' Up has a great Coffee Cups stamp and die set too that coordinates with the DSP. I used the one I already had from Sugar Pea Designs.) 

Grab a cup of coffee and come along with us for a coffee break!

Coffee Break!

Here is the coffee cup birthday card I made.

It is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, top folding. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base, adding Early Espresso and a piece of DSP from the Coffee Break DSP pack. I then die cut some circles using Stampin' Up's Layering Stitched Framelits in Soft Sky, Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso. I die cut my coffee cup in Crumb Cake, the lid in Early Espresso, and the wrap in Soft Sky. I added one of the heart embellishments from the coordinating Corrugated Elements from Stampin' Up, and a small bow tied with linen thread.

I cut a 3/4 inch strip of the coffee bean DSP to go across the bottom behind my greeting, which was stamped using the Seriously Amazing stamp set from the August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

For my project,  I made a simple 2-inch square, top opening box, that holds a Keurig K-Cup just perfectly! I fashioned the box after the small kraft treat box Stampin' Up used to carry. Directions for my version of the box are below. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the box, added some DSP from the Coffee Break DSP, cut out one of the cups from the DSP, and added it on with a dimensional. I added a linen thread bow and stamped "coffee" from the Caffeiene Addict stamp set onto a small stitched shaped oval. You could use whatever stamp set you have. I wrapped some more linen thread around the bottom of the box.

Below are photos with directions for making the box. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 x 8-1/2 inches. On the 8 inch long side, score at 1/2 inch, 2-1/2 inches, 4-1/2 inches, and 6-1/2 inches. Turn, and on the 6 inch long side, score at 1-1/2 inches, 3-1/2 inches, and 5-1/2 inches. Fold on score lines and cut as shown below. The small piece remaining on the lefthand side is the flap to attach the box together.

Fold the box together, attaching at the flap shown above.  At this point, the box will fold flat until ready to use.

Fold in the bottom flaps to form the bottom of the box and adhere. Use a corner rounder to round the top flap of the box closure. Use a small circle punch to punch out a partial circle on the front of the box to make it easier to remove the flap closure.

Decorate as desired and insert your K-Cup!

If you are interested in how I made the other card shown in the top photo, I will feature it in next week's blog. It is a gift card holder. I will also be using the same fold for a masculine gift card holder.

Please follow along now with the other talented hoppers listed below. Just click each name and you will be taken to their blog. Happy hopping! I hope you are enjoying your "coffee break!"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Echo Park Summer Dreams - Ferris Wheel Birthday Card

Again I have reached for my Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 paper pad. This card uses the ferris wheel paper along with the ferris wheel tag in the ephemera pack. I'm finding that the colors in this paper pad match almost perfectly my Stampin' Up colored cardstock. On this card I used Basic Gray and Strawberry Slush (a retired color).

The card is A2, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. The card base is in Basic Gray and the layer under the patterned paper is in Strawberry Slush and cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches. The ferris wheel paper is cut to 3-3/4 x 5 inches. I folded down the righthand corner of the ferris wheel paper to show the polka dot pattern on the other side. To this corner, I added a stamped greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up) in Basic Gray, and used a die from Simon Says Stamp called Bundle of Stitched Shapes (one of my favorites!)

I punched out the ferris wheel from the ephemera tag and added it back into the tag using dimensionals. That tag was layered onto a tag I die cut using the Chalk Talk Framelet set from Stampin' Up! (another favorite!) I added some enamel dots to the lower righthand side in bright yellow, hot pink and light blue.

Who doesn't love a ferris wheel? I think this card could also be a masculine card with the deep gray color.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mason Jar Birthday Card in Red, White & Blue

In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, here is the most recent birthday card I made using the Doodlebug Design Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad. There is not one sheet of paper in the entire pad that I don't love!

My card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2", top folding, in royal blue. I used several different papers in the Yankee Doodle pad. I love the red check. I cut a strip and added a piece of lacy scalloped white cardstock beneath it to resemble a red and white checked tablecloth with a lace border. The mason jar is stamped on the star paper and then cut out. I stamped the jar lid onto gray cardstock and cut it out. I tied a bow around the jar with red and white baker's twine, and attached the jar to a die cut stitched white oval using dimensionals. I punched out some stars in red, white and silver and added them to the left of the jar.

The birthday greeting is stamped onto white cardstock, cut and attached diagonally across the mason jar. I cut a strip of coordinating paper from the pad and added it to the top of the card as a border.

This card went together fairly quickly and I like the end result!

Supplies Used:
Doodlebug Design, Inc. Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad
Bright Blue Cardstock - unknown brand
Mason Jar stamp from a 2004 Stampin' Up set called "All Wrapped Up"
Red and White Baker's twine - Dollar Tree
Martha Stewart Scallop Lace Border Punch
Stampin' Up star punch
Greeting is from the "And Many More" stamp set by Stampin' Up
Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up