Friday, December 30, 2011

Advent Calendar Wreath

I got a new Accucut die called Box-Bon Bon. Shortly after it arrived Accucut posted a contest and Amanda suggested i use it to make something for the contest. It is a pinnovation die and there aren't many videos in that section yet. But I never used it that way. I created 25 boxes and turned them into a wreath that is used as an advent calendar. I used Graphics 45 Christmas paper and feel it turned out awesome!
Graphics 45 thought so too and it won a Randon Crafts of Christmas prize from them. I haven't received the prize yet but will let you kow what it was when it arrives....thank you Graphics 45, I love your products.
I won't know if it has won the Accucut contest until the New Year but I will let you know if it does.
You can view the video below.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December Daily

I decided to make this album to record our Christmas this year. I have wnated to make a December Daily for a couple of years now but just never took the time. I hope you enjoy it. I have since added my photos and journalling and will try to get a video of the finished album up as well.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hoping you all have had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you the Happiest New Year!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gift Card Holder Tutorial

This tutorial is image This is an Accucut die I have that makes a gift card holder the size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

First I die cut the base out of Early Expresso cardstock. The fold on the score lines.

Then I cut a matt for the outside out of Designer Paper. I used retired paper, but any paper will work. It is cut to 4" x 5 1/4". Then I rounded the corners and sponged the edges. You could also use an embossing folder to emboss your paper. I think I used Snow Burst by Stampin Up, available in the current mini.

Apply adhesive to the back. Be careful to apply only to outside edges or you will interfere with the part that actually holds the cift card.

Attach to the outside of the part that will hold the card.

Cut a strip of cardstock 1" x 12". Gently wrap around you base as shown creasing at the folds. This works better if it is not too snug, so don't pull it too tight or belly band will be difficult to remove and even more difficult to put back on.

Apply adhesive to the overlap and adhere.

To embellish my belly band I die cut a mini baroque shape from cardstock.

I like to add dimension, so I add dimensional tape on top of the belly band. You can add to the back of the die cut but if it gets on the base the belly band might not be able to be removed without destroying your holder.

Attach the die cut to the foam tape.

Die cut another shape from very vanilla cardstock, to hold your sentiment on top of the previous die cut. I am using a Nestie. The largest oval from Classic Oval small set.

Without removing my cardstock, I sponge around the edges.

Then after stamping off the image once on scratch paper I then stamp the second time onto the oval in the center.I beleive the skaters are from Winter Post by Stampin Up.

Then using Cherry Cobler ink, a nice deep red, I stamped my sentiment on top of the previous image.

Add dimensionals to the back of the die cut oval and adhere to the center of the baroque die cut.

I then used something I haven't used for a very long time, Dew Drops. I attached one to either side using glue dots.

The gift card die comes with a matt piece. I die cut it using very vanilla cardstock to make my sentiment piece for the inside of the holder.

I sponged the edges.

Then stamped an image and my sentiment. I stamped the image off once on scratch paper first.

Then adhere to the inside of the holder. To the part that is not where the gift card goes.

I die cut two tiny tabs.

sponged the edges.

Using a small To, From stamp I used a marker to ink each work and stamped one on each of my two tags.

Using a small hole punch, I put a hole in the edge of the baroque die cut.

I then cut about 8" of bakers twine to attach the tags.

Thread the twine through the hole and the tags to attach to the holder.

I then tied a bow.

The finished holder!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. This is a really nice way to dress up your gift cards.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tim Holtz Mini

I was lucky enough to be one of the few to purchase, at quite an expense, a Tim Holtz mini kit from his Etsy shop. It arrived and I have completed putting it together. Above is the contents before assembly. It does come with extra supplies that do not get used in the album. There is extra tissue tape and letters.

Here is the finished album. It is quite small but adorable. It took just over an hour to assemble and aside from the tissue tape, I had no difficulty with it. The tissue tape was quite difficult to get started, it kept tearing to the side. Once I got it going it worked great. I recommend making sure it is going good before starting to use it on your projects.

There are several pockets inside with an assortment of pages. There are tabs with labels.

The pockets open from the top and are sealed on the bottom and sides using the tissue tape included in the kit.

I love this little project but definitley feel it was way overpriced.
Did I enjoy it: YES!

Would I purchase another from his Etsy: Tot Sure!

Only because I feel it was way overpriced for what it included. $55.00 for the above materials. Shipping was also expensive.

Tutorial: Fair, was only typed instructions. No pictures except on the cover page. It does include the measurement so you can easily recreate additional books.

I am a Tim Holtz fan and hope this doesn't come across otherwise.

It is an adorable mini album.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Say Cheese!

After seeing the amazing camera album made by Anna, I knew I had to make one. Mine is not as detailed as hers but I still love how it turned out.
The album base is made from an Accucut die and you can buy them from me here under die cuts.

I had lots of die shapes that I could use for this album - several filmstrip pieces, one from Sizzix, one from Tim Holtz and one from My Favorite Things.

The front of each page is embellished so that the opening can still be seen. On this page the filmstrip acts as a pocket.

The back of each page has a flap that opens, like an old fashioned camera, where there is a photo matt for a picture.

The back of the flap is also embellished so they will still open. This one has a doily die cut as a pocket that holds a folder insert.

And I love I Am Roses flowers so I used them throughout this project.

I was able to stamp several of this BINGO cards when I was at a friends house scrapbooking. It is so adorable. I may need to search for this one and buy it. I added dangling tags and charms to each of the pages.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project. I will try to get a video done, but may not be until the new year as I am working a lot and have to still get ready for Christmas.