Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine Truck Treat Box

Valentine Truck Side View

Valentine Truck Side View #2

Valentine Truck Back View

Valentine Truck Front Viiew

Last year I made a Valentine wagon, so I decided to make a Valentine truck this year. Finished size is approximately 4-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches and is big enough to hold a few chocolate candy hearts, etc.  I made the truck using the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, some circle punches, and a simple box construction.

  • Cut 2 trucks found on p. 71 of Everyday Paper Dolls at 2-1/2 inches to get a 5 inch long truck. (The 2-1/2 inches represents the height of the truck.) I cut the truck front away from the truck bed by hand just behind where the door ends at the window frame and shortened the bed by about 1/4 inch on each truck. The truck in the cartridge is a safari truck and I wanted more of a pickup. Attach the two pieces back together, overlapping the pieces by approximately 1/4 inch to get a 4-1/2 inch truck. (Make sure you do both truck pieces the same.) This also gives it a more realistic look because it looks like the door could open, though it doesn't.  
  • To make the box to attach the truck pieces to, start with a piece of matching cardstock cut at 3-1/2 x 6 inches. Score at 1 inch on all 4 sides. Cut up to the score line on the 2 long sides, fold in the tabs to create the box. Secure with heavy duty adhesive, score tape, etc. Attach truck pieces to each long side of box, keeping them even so the truck will be freestanding. 
  • For the tires, I punched out four 1 inch circles in black. For the insides of the wheels, I punched out four 1/4 inch circles in gray.  
  • For the fenders, I punched out 2 more 1 inch circles in red, cut them in half, and attached them onto the truck above the wheels to resemble fenders. I added them with dimensional dots. 
  • For the "metal" trim pieces on the truck, I used a silver striped washi tape, but you could also use strips of silver paper or gray cardstock. 
  • I added two 1/4 inch punched out red circles for the taillights and two 1/4 inch gray circles for the headlights. 
  • I used a gray marker to color the edges of the truck where it looks like the headlights are and added a small mark on each truck door to resemble handles. 
  • In order for the candy to only go inside the bed of the truck, I added a piece of cardstock inside the truck. I cut a piece of red cardstock 1-1/2 x 4 inches, scored it on the short ends at 1 inch, folded it, and placed it loosely inside the truck. You could attach it if you want to, but it actually fits inside and stays in place without doing so. That way you could hide another little goodie under this piece of cardstock. I added some punched out hearts on top of this piece. 
  • I added a few punched out hearts onto the side of the truck on both sides, along with a Valentine greeting on one side. I made the greeting on my computer and printed it out.
  • Add some paper shred and candy to the truck bed. 
There are a lot of steps involved, but it isn't really that hard to make. I think any little boy would love it, maybe even a husband! Instead of red, you could make it the color of his truck!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sending Love Valentine Cards

"Sending Love"

My first Valentine card is made with Stampin' Up supplies from the "Sending Love Suite." That then led me to create the "Mailbox Sending Love" card below using a Cricut cut and paper from the "mint to be fab" 12 x 12 paper pack from the Paper Studio. The supplies I used are detailed below.

Mailbox Sending Love

Valentine Card #1 - Sending Love:
White Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
White Stitched Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches, cut using "Bundle of Stitched Shapes" by Simon Says Stamp
Red Square Layer: 3 x 3 inches
White Square layer: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches
Patterned Paper Layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches, cut using "Stitched Framelits" by Stampin' Up. Paper is "Sending Love DSP" by Stampin' Up.
Mini-envelope and liner - "Love Notes Framelit Dies" by Stampin' Up.
Greeting: "Sealed with Love" by Stampin' Up.
Red Heart: Stampin' Up punch

Valentine Card #2 - Mailbox Sending Love:
Black Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
Black & White Heart Layer - 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio 
Black & White Love Layer - 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio
Mailbox - Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 67, cut at 1-1/2 inches. I cut the shadow layer, the mailbox layer, and layer 1, cutting away the smiley face. I also cut the red flag (Layer 2). The post is a handcut 1/4 inch strip. I attached the flag to the mailbox with a small brad so it actually moves up and down. I added a small punched red heart to the front of the mailbox. I layered the Layer 1 cut on top of the mailbox cut, and then attached those layers to the shadow layer with dimensional dots.
"Love" die cut: Set of word dies from Momenta - Hobby Lobby
Mini Red Envelope - hand cut using a 1-inch strip of paper, folded and trimmed to resemble an envelope. I added a small punched out black heart as a seal.

Stay tuned until Valentine's Day for more Valentine projects and cards!

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Coffee Solves Everything" Card

Coffee may not really solve everything, but it sure helps! I love my coffee! Today's card is a reflection of that. The coffee stamps are from Sugar Pea Designs called "Caffeine Addict" and the "Happy Place" stamp is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set called "Celebrate Everything."

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" in crumb cake. I added a white layer and then a layer of patterned paper from the "Serene Scenery" collection by Stampin' Up. The coffee cup is from a die set by Sugar Pea Designs that matches the "Caffeine Addict" stamp set. It is called "Sugar Cut - Coffee to Go Cup." I've used these stamps and dies several times. They are a great set!

I added a brown layer of cardstock (Early Espresso) across the bottom and stamped "Coffee" onto a strip of the patterned paper. I stamped "solves everything" onto white cardstock and banner cut it to go across the bottom. I also added a couple of enamel dots in Early Espresso.

 I hope you enjoyed this coffee card. It's going to be an icy weekend where I live so as long as the electricity stays on, I'm going to stay warm with a cup of coffee, or two or three!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffee Card - "For You"

Today it's 10 degrees where I live and it's coffee drinking weather! I love my coffee but especially enjoy it when it's cold outside. Today's card is a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card in black, with a layer of patterned craft cardstock and other embellishments.

The patterned cardstock comes from a 6 x 6 cardstock pad from Hobby Lobby by Canvas Corp, Canvas Home Basics. I found a swirly cut on the Accent Essentials cartridge by Cricut, p. 50, cut at 3-1/2 inches that mimics the swirl in the patterned layer.

I cut a 2 x 3-1/2 inch tag from the same cardstock pad and added the "for you" die cut from the Stampin' Up Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Dies. The coffee cup stamp is from a darling coffee stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs. I punched it out with a 1-3/4 inch circle punch and layered it onto a 2 inch circle punched in black. I added some sheer black ribbon to the hole in the tag. I love black on cards and think this turned out rather sophisticated looking!

I have another coffee card planned for next week's post from the same Sugar Pea stamp set, so I hope you will come back then! I'm also planning a Valentine card using the same set. Stay warm!