Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Favorites from Display at SU meeting

The SU meeting I attended this past weekend had lots of beautiful ideas. Here are a few of my favorites.

I love how the focal flower here is popped out but on the inside of the card. This card has lots going on but is not too much. There is stamping, embossing, die cuts, just an overall beauty. I am not sure who made this card. It being my first ever meeting I rushed to get pictures and forgot to get any other information. I will do better another time.

I LOVE this card, The rose looks stunning. The sponging and layers adds so much to this card.

This is another wow card. I love cards with lots of dimension and this card has lots.

This is a very simple card but it works. It caught my attention right away.

This was one that use a stamp image over and over again to achieve a wreath. At first I thought it was not a SU stamp, but it is. It is from Autum Days. Not sure what set the holly is from - perhaps Christmas Classics. I love this card.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween Fun

This card was made using a spinner technique. The two bats that are together on top of the large circle both will move back and forth around a part of the circle.

And here is a mini treat holder using the same technique I used in my Sunflower Kitchen Organizer tutorial with the die cut from Baskets and Blooms die for the basket. It is so simple and quick.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Christmas Swap card

Here is the card I made to swap at my first ever SU meeting. I am still not a demonstrator, but my friend who is, invited me to go along this year as her guest. Thanks Irene! I had a lot of fun and met some great people. I will post more about it another time but thought I would get this up for today.

Just a close up of the snowflake. This card went together fairly quickly and I made way too many. Just a note...the red ink takes forever to dry and smudges way too easily. Oh, I have a new way to recycles the edge trimmed off the inside Top Note die cutout that I think you will enjoy. I will also be posting next week a brief tutorial for that.
Thanks everyone at the Truro meeting for making me feel welcome and thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. I will definitely be casing some of your work.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Santa Pillow Box

Splitcoast has a fun new tutorial this week and I could not help but give it a try. The ideas already made are adorable. This goes together quite quickly and is a good size for a medium sized treat.

I decided to make mine into a Santa box. I messed up a bit on my box. I accidentally made the top the bottom...but it is okay, I covered it up well. Here is a close up of the front buttons and belt.

I added a dangling tag on one of my ribbon handles. I used black for a matt, but if I chose red, I could have added a stamped to & from.

Here is how I attached my ribbon handles to the box base. I have wanted to do this for sometime and this seemed like the perfect chance to use this.

Go on over and give this tutorial a try and post your projects, we all love seeing what everyone comes up with.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last One! ...The Pilgrim.

And for my last character box for this year...a Pilgrim. Wow, I made 10 different characters this fall. I hope you have enjoyed them. Anyway, on to the tutorial.

Here are the supplies you will need, two Top Note die cuts, one box as made in the Frankie tutorial, two 1" white circle, two 3/4" black circles, one 1" circle in face color-cut in half, A partial black Top Note die cut, two corner pieces of Top Note die cut in a brown color, one curly label punch in a Crushed Curry-with two slots punched out to run paper ribbon through, two narrow blue paper strips for ribbon, one center section of Top Note die cut in brown, one black 4 1/2" x 2 3/4", and one black 1" x 5 1/4", two white 3/4" x 4 1/4".

Prepare face as in the Frankie tutorial.

Measure in 1/2" from each end on the long side of your larger,black, rectangle piece and then trim off on an angle. this will be your hat base. Apply adhesive to longer bottom edge.

Attach remaining black long rectangle piece to bottom of hat base.

Thread one of your narrow blue strips through the curly label slots as shown. This is the buckle for the hat.

Apply adhesive to the back of your blue strip.
Then attach to hat so blue strip runs along the longer narrow black edge and so that the buckle is out over this edge as shown in the image below.

Then attach hat to top of face just above the eyes.

Apply adhesive to your Top Note, brown corner pieces as shown below.

Attach to the back of the sides of your face piece. This is the hair.

Cut a "V" shaped notch out of the center of one of your narrow white pieces and then angle the ends as shown below. Apply adhesive to the upper long edge.

Attach this piece to the back of the bottom of the face as shown below.

Attach your Top Note die cut middle section in brown, to the center of your other flesh tone, Top Note die cut.

Then attach the partial black Top Note die cut to the top part over the brown piece.

Then attach the other thin blue strip to the lower third of your black partial Top Note die cut as shown below.

Angle the ends on your remaining white piece of paper and apply adhesive to the shorter top edge.

Attach to the back side of the bottom of your die cut as shown below. Then attach to your box. Box assemble is as also shown in the Frankie tutorial.

Attach the face front to the other side of your box. Then add wire as in Frankie tutorial.

Here he is all finished, and from the side.

and from the back.

I have had a couple more request, but I have other projects I really need to move on to, so perhaps next year. Thank you all again for your terrific positive response to these fun boxes. Please let me know what you create with them even if they are different characters, creativity shared is a great blessing to us all.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Witchy Treat box....Just Look!

Oh stampers, just look at this. Isn't this the best witch box ever? I wish I could take credit for it, but a fellow crofter's daughter has made this. You can see all the details in this post on her blog.

I was thinking of trying a witch but now I don't need to, you can use this example, as I could never create one as fabulous as this. WOW!

If you love this, go over and give some love and tell her how adorable it is.


And Here's the ELF

So here is my version of an Elf. Some of these characters were a challenge as I have not made too many character anythings before this fall. I have the last one cut and will put him together today and post tomorrow or the next day.

Here are the supplies all cut and ready to go. I also sponged all my edges except for the eyeball pieces. Most pieces are similar to the previous character boxes. I would say this one is most like the Santa box. The hat is done almost the same. The brim on this hat is a piece made from the Top Note die, cutting the paper twice, on the long edge.(this piece would make a good propeller I think...hmmmm).

His ears are cut from 3/4 of the wide oval punch from SU.

The face is assembled exactly the same as Santa.

The hat brim is then attached to the bottom edge of the hat base.

Apply adhesive on the bottom back of the hat and attached, slightly tilted to the face, just above the eyes.

Curve the hat point down towards the face and then add a dimensional to the tip, underneath.

Attach to the face to the side of one eye. Then attach with another dimensional one of the punched snowflakes to the tip. I then added several other snowflakes over the hat. These could easily be stamped or you could use a stripped double sided paper for the hat. You can get quite creative with his hat.

I then attached his ears so they were behind his face but in front of his hat.

I like to have some sort of finish on the back of my boxes so I cut part of a Top Note out of the same green for his hat as the front and then a second brim. Attached to the back and then added one more snowflake punch.

Then attach front and back pieces to your box and then added wire, which you can see how it is made in the Frankie tutorial.

So what do you think...did he turn out alright?

The last request is next. Thank you all for you great, and positive response to these fun boxes. I would love to see what you have done with them or been inspired to do from seeing them. The possibilities for these boxes are limited only by your imagination, as any character can be turned into a box.