Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sweets, Stamps and Tea

This is the last day of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, featuring Sizzix dies created by multi-talented designers Brenda Pinnik, Eileen Hull and Karen Burniston. This has been so much fun and has made me push the creative envelope. These dies have been so easy to work with and, in a time of year that is extremely hectic, they have made me slow down and relax with the thing I enjoy most, creating art.

This final die, by Eileen Hull, is one that truly stretches the imagination. It is designed as a baggie topper, but the elements can be used for so many other items. The embellishment pieces alone (hearts, scallops, nameplates) conjure up a variety of ideas for future projects.

I used three toppers and one embellishment, all cut from mat board, to create a traditional bag topper, a book and a little storage space for stray postage stamps.

Here's how I made them:



Valentine Bag Topper
You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day. Show your love anytime!
Supplies
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Frame, Easel
Sizzix Mat Board
Patterned paper, 1 sheet 12 X 12
White card stock scrap
Border Punch (Stampin'Up!®)
Smooch Spritz, Cosmic Pink (Clearsnap)
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Stickles Glitter Glue, Gold (Ranger)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive (Beacon)
Brads, 3
Be Creative Double-stick tape
Wide wired ribbon (Designer Trimmings, Sam's Club)

Directions

1. Adhere paper to both sides of one sheet of Sizzix matboard (6" X 13"), being sure to align paper front and back. Cut frame/easel. Spray Smooch Spritz on a paper towel or sponge and color edges and folds. Paint outside and window edges and draw swirls with Krylon Pen. Paint swirls and open heart embellishment with Stickles Gold Glitter Glue and set all aside to dry.
3. Cut topper from Sizzix matboard and color with Smooch Spritz. Punch border from white card stock and adhere to underside of topper front and back.

Assembly
1. Fold Frame/Easel along score lines and use brads to secure.
2. Place candy pouch inside and secure with double-stick tape.
3. Add topper to Frame/Easel using double-stick tape.
4. Adhere heart embellishment with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive.
5. Insert ribbon in punched holes and tie into bow.





Tea Time Book

This is the perfect gift for the tea lover on the go. It fits easily in a brief case or handbag, so the recipient can always have their favorite tea on hand, no matter where they are.

Supplies
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Chipboard, two pieces 3" X 6"
Coordinating patterned paper, 2 3/4" X 5 3/4"
Textured Card Stock, two sheets with coordinating textures (Bazzill)
White Card Stock scraps
Alcohol Ink, Espresso (Ranger)
Distress Inks, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Black Soot, Marigold and Fired Brick (Ranger)
Felt ink applicators (Ranger)
Stamps, Afternoon Tea (Oxford Impressions)
Satin Ribbon, Brown (Stampin'Up!®)
Glassine Envelopes, three 2 3/4" X 5"
Tea Bags
Be Creative Double Stick Tape
Glue Dots


Directions

1.Attach one piece of textured paper to mat board and cut die. Using the handle topper, ink with alcohol ink and wipe off excess.
2. Cover two pieces of chipboard with second sheet of textured paper for covers. Line inside with patterned paper.
3.With inside of covers together, attach topper with double-stick tape. Tie satin bow in handle loop.
4. Color white cardstock with distress inks and stamp cup and tag with Black Soot. Trim images and ink edges with Vintage Photo ink. Attach to book front with glue dots.
5. Insert two tea bags into each envelope and clip envelopes closed with circle paper clip. Use double-stick tape to adhere opposite ends together so that the paper clips are on the right hand edge. Apply double-stick to front and back left hand edges and press between covers. Your envelopes should swing free except at the left side.




Stamp Caddy
This last one fits right in my wallet and will save me a lot of money when I need an extra 1¢ stamp.

Supplies
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Colorbox Chalk Queue, Sand Dunes (Clearsnap)
Stazon Ink, Fuschia, Mustard and Black
Flourish and Word Stamps (unknown manufacturers)
Small glassine envelope or waxed paper
beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Glue Dot

Directions
1. Cut die from matboard. Ink small scalloped topper front and back, blending colors.
2. With Black Stazon, stamp words randomly on topper
3. Tint glassine envelope with Mustard Stazon and tint edges with Fuschia. Stamp image with black Stazon.
4. Attach top to envelope, gluing front and back with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive. Attach glue dot to inside of envelope flap and close.If glue dot is extremely sticky, tap it a couple of times on your clothing and adhere the stickiest side to the flap. The side that is less sticky should open and close easily.

Be sure to click the box on the left to hop forward or back and see what 60 other designers have done with this die. You will be amazed. I know I always am!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Triple Play Blog Hop, Week #6


I can't believe we are almost through with this blog hop. Each week has been an adventure in creativity! Be sure to click on the Sizzix button on the left side of this page to see what 60 other amazing designers did with this die!

Between this event, my 3X weekly posts at the Memory Keepers blog, and Christmas shopping, I am just about created out. When I took Brenda Pinnick's lovely fabric and Sizzix diecuts out of the bag, my brain malfunctioned. There were so many possibilities, but also 60 other designers using the same materials. I always like to push the envelope, but how could I top what I had done in the past few weeks without spending days on the project?

I read somewhere that when you are writing a novel and you get your hero stuck in one of your mind blocks, you should turn him around and go in the opposite direction. If it works for writers, it should work for crafters, so I turned backwards and went to my crafting beginnings, which was scrapbooking.

Brenda's fabric and shape designs were perfect for a scrapbook page about our recent visit to the Memphis Zoo. The fabric lent itself well to the subject, and the shapes were perfect for my photos.

Here's how I did it:

Supplies
Sizzix Die (656053, Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Album, Brackets)
Fabric (Henry Glass, Couleur Vie #7270-74, tan solid, and blue felt)
Clearsnap Inks, Prussian Blue and Bronze
Patterned cardstock, Holly Jolly 12 X 12 (My Mind's Eye)
Dark Brown cardstock, 12 X 12 (Bazzill)
White cardstock
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Kraft and black cardstock strips, 11" X 2"
1/8" Hole Punch
Hemp scraps, 6"
Computer-generated title and journaling

Directions
1. Trim 1/2" off two adjacent sides of patterned cardstock. Ink edges with blue and brown inks and adhere to dark brown cardstock. Set aside.
2. Cut two large frames from tan fabric and one each from felt and white paper. Cut one small frame center from printed fabric. Ink all edges with brown ink.
3. Cut photos with large frame then trim 3/8" from each. Ink edges and adhere to frames. Print journaling, cut from small frame center and trim 1/4". Ink edges and adhere to small frame center.
4. Adhere all photos and journaling tag to page, keeping elements lower to the bottom to allow for the title at the top.
5. Cut kraft paper to 11" X 1 3/4" and ink edges with brown ink. Punch three holes on each side and run hemp through, wrapping around edges and adhering in back with tape. Tear black cardstock to fit on kraft strip. Trim out each word of title and ink edges. Adhere to title strip and add photo at end.

That's it.

Now I have a page to remember our lovely day at the Memphis zoo. I also added a pocket to the back with the cd of the rest of our visit, so I''ll always know where to find it.

Have a fun-filled rest of the week! Be sure to stop by next Thursday for another round of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop.

Only sixteen days 'til Christmas! WhooHoo!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From pop-out card to pop-out book title

Welcome to this week's edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! Today, the featured die is Karen Burniston's Sizzix Pop-up Gift Card Holder Die (#656740).

Sometimes gift cards are the only way to to make sure you give what the giver wants, but when it comes to presentation, we are limited to a gift card envelope or pay way too much for a special holder. This die comes with the holder and several extra pieces, and when assembled, your gift card will pop out of the greeting card enclosure as a little extra surprise for the recipient.

I chose to make the pop-out portion a book title rather than a card holder by just placing the extra little label cutout portion over the words to create a permanent title page for my 2010 Christmas album.


























Supplies
Sizzix Pop-up Gift Card Holder Die, #656740
Christmas Cardstock, 2 sheets 12" X 12"
Chipboard, 3 sheets 5 1/2" X 6 1/2"
Green Card stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded to 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
Black Card stock, 5 1/4" X 6 1/4
German Die-cut Santa (Paper Dreams Factory)
Snow Marker (Marvy Uchida)
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Krylon Spray Paint, Burgundy (This is optional if your card stock is already the color desired.)
Be Creative double stick tape
Smooch Spritz, Green Olive (Clearsnap)
Color Box Chalk Ink, Dark Moss (Clearsnap)
Designer Trimmings Wired Ribbon (Sam's Club, a real bargain at $7.98 for 50 yards!)
Zutter Bind-it-all and Bronze O Rings (Zutter)
Computer-generated sentiment, printed on parchment

Note: All paper edges were sponged with Dark Moss Chalk ink.

Directions
1. Spray paint both sides of gift card pop-out and 5" strip if desired. Apply Smooch Spritz to card cover and extra label cutout portion.

2. Assemble card according to die instructions. Glue label cutout over words, apply vintage Santa and sentiment. Add Snow Marker to base of Santa, allow to dry and heat to pop up.

3. Cover chipboard front and back covers with Christmas Cardstock inside and out.

4. Assemble black inside pages between covers and punch and bind with Zutter Bind-it-all and O Rings. Cut ribbon into twelve 8" pieces , tie through rings (two pieces per ring) and trim ends into fish-tails.

5. Trim a portion of leftover Christmas card stock to cover card.

That's it.

Be sure to click the Sizzix box on the left to hop forward and see lots of other beautiful creations using this die, and don't forget to join us for another round next week!

We're having a marathon candy-making party with out-of-town guests at our house this weekend! Hope you have as much fun as we will!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Three from one

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!

Today, I am thankful for my friends and family, my freedom, especially my freedom to worship God as I please, and the talented designers, Eileen Hull, Brenda Pinnick and Karen Burniston, and the people at Sizzix who made this blog hop possible.

This week's die is the Frame Die, designed by Eileen Hull. This die has so many great components that I took several days just to decide what I wanted to do with it. I ended up with not one, but three projects with only one cut from this die (except the additional backing sheet for the book): a candy box with see-through top, a recipe book with a framed cover and a tiny little frame to hold a picture of one of my all-time favorite guys.

Be sure to click on the Sizzix icon to the left to continue through the blog hop to see what other designers have done with this die.


Candy Box Supplies
Square Box
Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Scallop Frame and Heart)
Krylon Red Spray Paint
Stazon Black ink
Swirl stamp (Stampin'up!®)
Gold Cord
Bead trim
Ivory bead and crochet trim
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Taffy
Black ribbon scrap
Acetate Sheet
Viva Decor Gold Glitter Pen
Marvy Marker, Red

1. Cut a 2 1/2" square from box top. Color inside edges with Marvy Marker. Attach acetate to inside of lid.
2. On lid, draw swirls with Glitter Pen and allow to dry.
3. Spray Paint scallop frame red and stamp with black Stazon. Glue to top of box and add gold braid trim around edge/
4. Glue bead trim around edge of lid and cover ribbon edge with ivory trim.
5. Paint heart with Smooch colors and allow to dry. Write sentiment with Sharpie pen and attach ribbon to back of heart. Adhere to top.
6. Fill with your favorite candy.



Recipe Book Supplies
Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Smooth edge Frame, Backing(2) and Flowers)
Krylon Espresso Spray Paint
Patterned paper, four 6"squares
Ribbon Scraps to match paper
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Siren and Taffy
Viva Decor Copper Glitter Pen
Viva Decor Pearl Paper Pen
Computer-generated title
Cropadile
Binder rings
Chestnut Roan ink pad (Clearsnap)

1. Adhere paper to front and back of covers.Use Pearl Paint Pen to accent paper design on outer edge only. When dry, lightly sponge edges with brown ink.
2. Spray frame with Espresso paint. Allow to dry then draw swirls with copper Glitter Pen.
3. Punch binding holes across top approximately 3/8" from the edge.
4. Adhere sentiment to center of cover and adhere frame.
5. Color flowers with Smooch inks. Sponge edges with brown ink and add accents with Pearl paper Pen and Copper Glitter Pen. Adhere to cover when dry.
6. Add binder rings and tie ribbon scraps to cover.




Tiny Frame Supplies


Sizzix Bigz Die, Frame (Small Frame)
Patterned card stock and ivory scraps
Stazon Black ink
Beacon Quick Grip
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Siren, green and gold
Santa stamp
Red ribbon scrap
Chestnut Roan ink (Clearsnap)
Charm

1. Stamp image on ivory card stock, color and set aside.
2. Cover frame with paper, trim and sponge all edges with Chestnut Roan ink.
3. Cover back with extra cardstock, leaving the top open. Insert stamped and colored image and attach frame easel to back.
3. Tie bow through charm jump ring and adhere to frame.


There you go. Three gifts, one die. I had so much fun with this project...and I still have a bag of pieces left that I will have to use for something else.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flower Power

Welcome to week #3 of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week we are using Brenda Pinnick's Beauty Bloom Flower die. This versatile die has large flowers, small flowers and some in between. You can cut them from paper, fabric, cork or whatever you like.

I have to confess, I looked at these long and hard trying to decide what I wanted to use them for. My first thought was to decorate a frame or shadowbox, then a recipe card box, then little ducks. That's right. Little ducks. The selection of diecuts I received had several yellow felt flowers that looked just like...you guessed it...duck feet. If I could felt like Debra Quartermain (also participating in this blog hop), you'd be viewing a collection of fuzzy little yellow ducks with big flower petal feet.


I had to visit the physical therapist office Monday, and while I waited for my tri-weekly dose of pain, I thumbed through a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There was an ad that had a mask in it, and it hit me: I just had to make a Flower Power Mardi Gras mask.

Here's how I did it:

1. I first traced the flower petals on to four pieces of iron-on interfacing, attached it to four different fabrics, and cut 12-15 flower petals of each fabric. I used a Viva Decor Gold Glitter Pen and Citrus Green Stickles to highlight the edges of the petals and add dots to a few.

2. Using a plain purchased mask as the base, I glued on the petals with Beacon Fabri-Tac adhesive, beginning on the outer edges and working toward the middle. I carefully trimmed the eyeholes and outlined them with Green Stickles.

3. I used the Sizzix Elegant Flourishes die by Tim Holtz to cut swirls from vanilla cardstock, glued them to the mask and added more gold Glitter Pen, arranging some of the paper flowers I received from Sizzix on the swirls.

4. I added ribbon on the upper left side and attached a dowel rod handle that had been painted gold.

That's it. This entire project took less than two hours, and most of that time was waiting for the glue to dry.

Now I just need to find a party to attend!

To see all the projects using this die, click on the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop box on the left.

I know next week is Thanksgiving, but be sure to log in Thursday for another great die project. Remember, you are what you eat!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Actually, it started looking like Christmas in September, at least in our local discount stores.

Today is the second round of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, featuring Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull, Karen Burniston and Brenda Pinnick. Each Thursday for the next few weeks, you can start here at my blog and click on the Triple Play Blog Hop button on the left to see more than 50 projects using the same die each week.

Today's die is by Karen Burniston and is designed to be a pop-up box inside a card. This clever design folds flat and pops up when the card is opened, so your card will be remembered way past Christmas.

I chose to make my diecut into an ornament, rather than a pop-up. All designers were sent the diecut in black cardstock. I toyed with the idea of covering the black in a patterned paper, but then remembered the cool new Marvy Uchida snowflake punch in my punch stash. This punch gives you a large (approx. 1 1/2") snowflake as well as a tiny one (approx. 1/2").

Here's how to make it:

Supplies

Bigz XL Twist Cube die (Sizzix)
Black and white Cardstock
Vellum
Rockcandy Stickles (Ranger)
Snowflake Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Just Glitter Glitter Pen, Silver (Marvy Uchida)
Crystal Fire Bejeweler Heat Tool
Hot-Fix Crystals
Tear drop Swarovski crystal and assorted small crystals.
Silver eye pin and jump ring
Blue and Silver 3" wired ribbon
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Be Creative Double-stick tape


Directions
1. Assemble Twist Cube according to instructions. Where instructions call for brad to be inserted in card, replace with eye pin that has been strung with small crystals. Add tear drop Swarovski crystal with silver jump ring.
2. Punch snowflakes from white cardstock and vellum. Save the large vellum snowflakes and the small white snowflakes for another project.
3. Highlight white snowflakes with Rockcandy Stickles and allow to dry.
4. Adhere large snowflakes with Zip Dry adhesive. For small vellum snowflakes, use only a small dot of glue in the center.
5. Draw swirls randomly with Just Glitter pen.
6. Apply hot-fix crystals to small snowflake centers (this covers the glue spot)and randomly on black box.
7. Add Just Glitter pen dots to fill in blank spots.
8. Tie wired ribbon onto ribbon loop on top of ornament.

This could be given as a gift and you could probably find a way to tuck another gift inside this one by adhering the last flaps with temporary adhesive.

Be sure to come back next Thursday for another exciting Triple Play Blog Hop project!
I know I will!









I received product from Marvy-Uchida and Beacon Adhesives.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Little Wickedness

It's time for another round of the Sizzix Blog Hop with a little twist. There will be a different die each Thursday for several weeks, each by one of three different designers, and there will be more than 60 designs each week using the same die, so you'll get a huge variety of possibilities. Just click on the Sizzix button on my blog and you'll be on your way!

Since I went to see Wicked Halloween night, you know what mode I have been in all week. I had actually started my design, which would have been just a simple little house using patterned papers and some lace to create a charming cottage. Well, THAT didn't happen.

I started ripping the thing apart bright and early Monday morning and this is what I came up with: a perfectly wicked little house, deserving of Elphaba, who you can see peeping out the upper window.


Supplies

Sizzix Scoreboard Pro house die by Eileen Hull(Product #656836)
Mat board, 6" x 13"
Patterned paper, two coordinating sheets
Smooch Spritz (Splash and Citrus Tickle)
Smooch Pearlized Color(Carrot)
Brown Cardstock
Hole Punches ( 1/2" and 1/4")
Krylon Fusion Paint, Brown
Black Glitter Pen (Viva Decor)
Dowel
Makin's Air-Dry Clay, black
Brass wire, 8"
Letter dies, 1 1/2" tall
Grungeboard arrow and swirls (Ranger)
Metal embellishments (Ranger)
Collage image (RockCandy Studios' Girly Girls CD)
Black Feathers (Bass Pro Shop)
Be Creative Tape
Beacon Quick Grip Adhesive
Krylon Copper Leafing Pen
Paper Soft Color (Moss Green) and sponge applicator
Decocolor Acrylic Paint Marker, Green (Marvy-Uchida)


Directions

1. Spray all die pieces, Grungeboard and brown cardstock with Krylon Fusion. Color doorway and window trims with Krylon Copper Leafing Pen.
2. Cover each piece of house base with patterned paper. Spritz randomly with Smooch colors. Before assembling, color female collage image with moss green Paper Soft Color and insert into window. Assemble house base using double-stick tape.
3. Cut enough 1/2" circles for the larger roof and 1/4" circles for the smaller roof from brown painted cardstock. Adhere to roof, beginning at the bottom of each side, with Quick Grip. Allow to dry and apply Smooch Carrot paint randomly, rubbing excess off to just highlight "shingles."
3. Paint dowel with black paint, pierce top of roof, add glue and insert dowel into hole. Glue Grungeboard arrow to dowel. Color any white spaces on the roof top with black glitter pen.
4. Form witch's hat from black clay and highlight with black glitter pen. Place on top of dowel and allow to dry. Remove hat, apply glue and re-attach to dowel.
5. Apply Grungeboard swirls and metal hardware with Quick Grip. Highlight swirls with green acrylic paint pen.
6. Shape wire into arc and curl ends.
7. Cut letters from painted cardstock and adhere to wire with Quick Grip, then to house.
8. Add black maribou feathers around base of house with Quick Grip.

That's it. I now have a wonderful little tribute to one of the best musicals I've seen and I have friends fighting over it. It just doesn't get much better than this.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for another edition of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. I know I will!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's been a long time....


I can't believe I haven't posted anything on this blog for more than a month. Of course, that's better than when I began blogging and updated once a year, whether I needed to or not!

My friend Karen Gaulke and her hubby recently had a precious baby girl, Katherine Marie Gaulke. There are several designers who contribute to the Memory Makers blog and we all wanted to send Karen gifts, but since we are scattered all over the country, getting together all at once was a little bit of a problem.

Our solution was to have a surprise online shower for Karen. Today at 11 a.m. EST, Karen, who is on maternity leave, will be notified that there is a problem with the website and asked to log on to see if she can solve it. That's when she will see a post from the participating designers with the handmade gifts that will be coming her way.

My gift is a decorated one gallon paint can, designed to hold memories from Baby Katherine's first year which will not fit in a scrapbook, such as her tiny brush, shoes,teething ring, a rattle and a cd with a copy of the virtual shower for her to enjoy when she's older.

Here's how I made it:

Supplies


One gallon paint can
Patterned Paper, three sheets 12 x 12" (Making Memories, Pitter Patter)
Cardstock, pink (one light, one a little darker), white, green (Bazzil)
Flower punch
1" and 1/4" hole punches
Rose and Teal chalk ink pads (Clearsnap)
Elegant Flourishes, Key Holes and Paper Rosette dies (Sizzix' Tim Holtz line)
Ribbon (Offray)
Pink Spray Paint (Krylon, Ballet Slipper)
Beacon 3-in-1 and Zip Dry adhesives
Pink French trim (RockCandy Studios)

Directions


1. Spray paint can and lid inside and out.

2. Measure height of can and trim two pieces of paper to fit. Measure the distance between the center holes of the paint can handle, add 1" and cut one piece of paper that width. Measure from top of can down to center of handle holder and mark on back side of paper. Center your 1" hole punch with the edge of the punch on edge of the paper and punch. Repeat for other side. Glue to can with 3-in-1 adhesive. Repeat for second piece of paper.

3. Cut a circle to fit top of lid and adhere.

4. Add pink trim to top and bottom of can.

5. Punch flourishes (three sets or more if you like) and flowers. Ink swirls and flower edges with teal and rose inks. Punch 1/4" circles and glue to flower centers with Zip Dry. Adhere swirls and flowers to can.

6. Create flowers with white cardstock and the Paper Rosette die, following directions on die package. Adhere a flower cut from the pink cardstock to center circle.

7. Print sentiment on pale pink cardstock, ink edges and adhere to top of can. Add flowers.

8. Tie pink ribbons on each side of can.

This project looks intricate, but the hardest part is making the papers fit around the handle, and even that can be disguised with lots of ribbon if there is an error.

I hope this becomes a family keepsake for the Gaulkes. I had so much fun making it and now know what to give all my new mom friends when the time comes.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back from CHA

I returned from the Craft and Hobby Convention and Tradeshow Sunday after a week of getting my art fix with people who understand my way of thinking. You know the one: when you see a box or bottle or some unusual packing materials in the trash, you immediately see all the possibilities of an artistic creation, and the desire to take it home overcomes the embarrassment of diving head-first into a trash can that you would never touch when in your right mind.

My friends Laurie and Barbara went with me, and we had a blast checking out new products, taking classes and eating yummy Chicago food.

This time, I saw a lot of new products. Maybe they aren't new, but are at least new to me. Check out my CHA report at www.memorykeepingcollection.com/blog_candicewindham

No, go hug someone you love, but not too long because it's hot. The heat index in Memphis was 121° yesterday with more expected today. I think I'll make sweet tea and chill.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Blog

I have been posting on a new blog site for a month or so, and just realized that I should have let everyone know. There are several designers posting projects, tips and general info on the site, so even if you don't like my tutorials, you might be interested in those of someone else. This doesn't mean that I won't be posting on this site, so don't forget about me here.

Check it out the new blog at www.memorykeepingcollection.com/blog_candicewindham


I will be posting several times a week, so come back often. Today's post (see photo) is about using up your old blurry or unwanted photos rather than chunking them in the landfill, which reminds me of a saying I heard this week: Crafters were the original recyclers." And that reminds me of another: "Adam was the original rough draft."

This thought train is going nowhere. Guess I'd better get out of here before I say something really stupid.

Go hug someone you love!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree....


Today is the last round of the Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop. I must say I'm sorry to see it come to a close, because these dies definitely challenge me to think outside the box. To learn more about the Sizzix ScoreBoards, visit Eileen Hull, designer.
Today's die is a bow, consisting of several sizes of strips and buttons. I cut six of each size and probably could have added at least three more of each.

Supplies
Green Cardstock (Stampin'Up@!)
Versamark Ink
Platinum Embossing Powder
Swirl stamp (Inkadinkado)
Wooden Skewer
Sharpie (green)
Makin's Air-Dry Clay
Rhinestone Bling
Angel Pin
Cropadile

Directions

1. Stamp and emboss a full sheet of cardstock (8 1/2" X 11"). Cut six of each size strip.
2. Punch hole on each end with largest hole on the Cropadile if needed. You can also use a regular hole punch, but test it first to make sure the hole isn't too big to fit snugly on your skewer. Loop the cardstock strips and add a touch of glue to hold the ends together.
3. Color wooden skewer with Sharpie. Begin adding loops to skewer, largest at the bottom.
4. Add bling to loops and attach angel pin to top.
5. Push bottom of skewer into clay base to make a stand.

This is a very easy project and could be fun for kids, in which case I would stamp and emboss the cardstock ahead of time. (We all know that kids, embossing powder and heat don't mix!)
For more fun ways to use this die, check out the blogs of the talented designers below. Leave a comment on any of the blogs for a chance to win your own Sizzix ScoreBoard die from the first collection.

Ann Butler

Sparkle's Bow Bracelet

Bonnie Bruns

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Debra Quartermain

Eileen Hull

JGoode Designs

Just a Thought or Two

Life in the Craft Lane

Lolly Chops

Michelle Cummings

Marisa Pawelko

Roxi Phillips

Veronica Goff

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cake X 2


Another round of the Sizzix ScoreBoard blog hop is upon us. This time, we're using the cake die. This die is great alone, but I added part of the ScoreBoard Cupcake (hence the title, Cake X 2) die as well. Check out all the other ideas from designers listed below. Eileen Hull is the designer of these great dies.

The theme this time was to use our favorite....color, technique, etc. I love the chocolate and peach combo as well as Cuttlebug textures, so that's what I used. I also used up supplies from my embellishment collection, so don't know all of the manufacturers.

The pearls were from my stash, given to me by a dear friend whose mother owned a bead store in the '70s. I wrapped the beads around the cake base, adhering with Be Creative® double stick tape. I draped white pearls around the edge to simulate icing trim. The inside was lined with Bohemia paper which had been spritzed with Tattered Angels Golden Autumn to get the proper color. All edges were inked with Chestnut Roan Colorbox ink.

I painted the scalloped base with Making Memories copper paint then added bling to the scallops as well as the dangled bead trim. The bling was colored with Ginger alcohol ink from Ranger. The base was added to the box with Beacon 527 adhesive.

I tried a lot of different treatments for the top and was just about at my wits end when I remembered the cupcake die Sizzix premiered back at the end of 2009. I cut two pieces from thin metal printing plates (Thanks, Ronnie Goff!) but you could use purchased metal or soda cans as well. I sprayed the metal with Krylon Copper paint, then ran it through the Cuttlebug. I cut the pieces apart, trimmed 1/4" off the straight ends and arranged them in a flower pattern on the top. I glued it down with Beacon 527 adhesive to make sure it stayed put. Additional bling colored with Ginger alcohol ink on the top finished off the outside. The handle was made with a few beads, glued in with Beacon 527 and the bottom of the lid covered with Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin'Up!®.

To finish the inside, I made a ball of fiber fill and covered it with brown taffeta fabric then tied it up with copper cord.

This would make a great gift box which could be used later as a place to keep precious jewelry.

Check out the following blogs for more ideas and be sure to leave a comment on at least one for a chance at winning your own Sizzix ScoreBoard die.

Ann Butler
Bonnie Bruns
Craftside_ A Behind-the-scenes-look at a Crafty World
Debra Quartermain
Eileen Hull
Einat Kessler
Just a Thought or Two
Karen Burniston
Laura Bray
Julie McGuffee
Lisa Rojas
Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko
Niki Meiners
Roann Mathias
Sandy Laipply
Ronnie Goff
Jen Goode - JGoode Designs
Michelle Cummings



Now, go hug someone you love!




I received products from Sizzix, Be Creative and Clearsnap.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clip Joint





Here is the latest in the Sizzix ScoreBoard Blog Hop. This cute little rectangular box is perfect for those great things that come in small packages. Fill it with kisses, small embellishments or anything tiny you want to put in it. Be sure to check out what other designers have done and vote for your favorite on ScoreBoard Designer Eileen Hull's blog.
I don't know about you, but I always have trouble keeping up with small pieces and I hate clutter. I turned my box into a clip joint to hold my paper clips. It adds a cheery note to my desktop too!

Supplies:
Big Shot
Rectangular box die
Matboard
Graphic 45 paper
Brads
Gingham ribbon
3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
Krylon Totally Tangerine Spray Paint
Be Creative® Adhesive
Velcro Dots

Directions:
1. Cut and assemble box bottom with double-stick tape. Spray both pieces with Krylon paint. Allow to dry.
2. Cover box bottom with paper using Super 77.
3. Cover box top with reverse side of paper using Super 77. Attach top to bottom with brads.
4. Tie ribbon around box top, threading on paper clips before tying bow.
5. Add Velcro dots and fill with clips.
6. Enjoy or give as a gift.

For more great ideas, check out the blogs below:

Ann Butler
Carla Schauer
Cindi Bisson
Eileen Hull
Einat Kessler
Jen Goode
Julie McGuffee
Ronnie Goff
Karen Burniston
Laura Bray
Lorine Mason

Madeline Arendt
Melony Bradley
Marisa Pawelko
Niki Meiners
Roxi Phillips
Sandy Laipply
Sparkle's Studio
Lisa Rojas


Be sure to leave comments! Designers love attention!

Now, go hug someone you love.






I received product from Sizzix and Be Creative® Adhesive.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tea for Two, Two for Tea...




It's time for another Blog Hop featuring Eileen Hull's fabulous ScoreBoards from Sizzix. Our die for this round is the gorgeous Teacup die. The blog hop will begin April 14th at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, so if you want to see all the projects, you might want to wait until then to view it.

Being the think-outside-the-box-even-if-it's-goofy artist that I am, I turned it upside down and made a party hat place card and tea bag-holding party favor for a tea party. We have a Ladies' Tea at Trinity Baptist every couple of months, and I'm thinking these would be a hit!

Once again, the designer of the project receiving the most votes will be given the Teacup die as a prize and one person leaving a comment on one of the blogs will receive a die from the first ScoreBoard collection, a $40 value! Leave your comment here and go to Eileen's blog to vote!

Supplies:
Prima paper, Indeed Collection,Enchanted

Colorbox Chestnut Roan and Peacock Inks

Prima Flowers

Pale Pink Feather

RockCandy Studios' Dresden Foil
Scalloped border and butterfly

Krylon Spray Paint, Watermelon and Ivory

Memory Makers Clear Pebbles

Stampin'Up!® Baroque Swirl Stamp,
Trapezoid, 1/2" circle and 3/4" circle punches
and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker

Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive

3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive

Clear embossing powder

Versamark ink pad

Heat Tool

Before beginning:
1. Add Peacock and Chestnut Roan ink to flowers to coordinate if necessary.
2. Spray Scalloped Border and butterfly with Watermelon paint and then lightly with Ivory paint. Allow to dry.
3. Stamp and emboss swirls with Versamark and clear embossing powder on 1/2 sheet of the patterned paper. Apply Peacock ink directly to paper and wipe with paper towel to remove excess and reveal embossed swirls.

Hat Place Card
1. Adhere swirl-embossed patterned paper to front and back of teacup pieces using Super 77 Adhesive. Trim and sponge edges with Chestnut Roan.
2. Adhere border, flowers and feather to hat. Write name on scrap of print paper with Chocolate Chip marker and punch with 3/4" circle punch. Adhere to center of larger flower and add pebble.
3. Write event name inside place card with Chocolate Chip marker.

Tea Bag Party Favor
1. Apply plain patterned paper (2" X 9")to front and back of rectangular separator die cut using Super 77 Adhesive, allowing the 2" excess piece to extend past top edge. Trim this edge with scalloped scissors. Trim and sponge edges with Peacock and Chestnut Roan inks.
2. Fold along horizontal score lines (vertical score lines will remain as-is.) and fold scalloped flap over top.
3. Print custom tags with inkjet printer and punch with trapezoid punch. Sponge scrap of patterned paper and use to layer tags. Attach to tea bags with staples.
4. Place teabags inside box and fold over top, adhering with Velcro dot.
5. Layer flowers. Write Tea for Two with Chocolate Chip marker, punch with 3/4" punch and adhere to flower center. Apply pebble.

Saucer
1. Adhere swirl-embossed paper to oval. Cut scalloped border between each scallop, leaving top edge attached and adhere to oval edge with Beacon Zip Dry. Add flower and 1/2' circle cut from patterned paper.

Here are links to other blogs so you can see the creativity that flows from this talented group! Remember, some are set to post AFTER 11 a.m. EST on the 14th.

Craftside

Madeline's Thoughts

Marisa Pawelko

Eileen Hull

Ronnie Goff


Roann Mathias

Melony Bradley

Sparkle's Tea Cup

Bonnie Bruns

Julie McGuffey

Jen Goode

Sandy Laipply

Niki Meiners

Ann Butler

Laura Bray

Lisa Rojas

Debra Quartermain

Michelle Cummings




Have fun creating and go hug someone you love!






I received product from Sizzix and Colorbox and am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The doctor is in...

Time for a new blog hop! This is the first of my projects made with the new soon-to-be-released Sizzix ScoreBoard dies, designed by Eileen Hull. I'll be posting projects cut from mat board every other Wednesday for the next few weeks, and here's a bonus: Vote for your favorite project (Trust me: All are amazing!) on Eileen's blog and leave a comment on any participating designer's blog and you could be a winner!
The ScoreBoard die used in the project will be given to the designer whose project gets the most votes, and one viewer who leaves a comment will receive a ScoreBoard die from the first Sizzix ScordBoard collection. To qualify to win, you must write a comment on any of the participating designers' sites. Voting ends the Monday following the Wednesday hop at 6 PM.

Our die for this week is the Sizzix ScoreBoard Scalloped Box and the theme is office supplies. I don't know about you, but a first-aid kit is definitely a staple in my office. Between burning-the-midnight-oil headaches, upset tummies from pressing deadlines, heartburn from fast-food dinners and those pesky craft blade and paper cuts, I am constantly refilling! This little kit could be used as a desk accessory or tucked in a purse or travel bag as well.

I wanted it to have the look and feel of an old-fashioned doctor's bag. I began by spray-painting the entire die cut with Krylon Glossy Black paint. This helps cover the edges as well as those crevices in the scallops and folds and gives you a good clean base. It also covers any marks or scratches on your mat board, so you can use up all those old scraps and discolored mats - think green!

I used a Cuttlebug plate to add the leather texture to the black cardstock, adhered it with 3M Super 77 adhesive, trimmed around everything with a craft knife and sanded the edges where they were a little rough from my trimming. I rubbed black Metallic Rub-ons over the surface for highlight. The arched shrine trinket and angel charm were highlighted with bronze Metallic Rub-ons. (The Metallic Rub-ons and arched shrine trinket are available from www.rockcandystudios.com.) I printed the Rx on my inkjet printer and aged the paper with Colorbox Burnt Sienna dye ink, then adhered it to the arched shrine trinket and both to the box with Beacon Quick Grip. A Velcro dot completes the project.

To see other gorgeous projects made with this die as well as vote for your favorite, go to www.eileenhull.blogspot.com

To register for a chance to win a Scoreboard die (a $40 value!), leave a comment on my blog or any of the following:

Ann Butler

Bonnie Bruns

Cindi Bisson

Craftside

Roxi Phillips

JGoode Designs

Jennifer Ellefson

Just a Thought or Two

Karen Burniston

Laura Bray

Veronica (Ronnie) Goff

Melony Bradley

Michelle Cummings

Marisa Pawelko

Niki Meiners

Pink Lemonade


Julie McGuffee


Sandy Laipply

Sparkle's Studio

Stampin' Queen Creations

Carla Schauer

Brenda Pinnick


Now go hug someone you love then make them their own office first-aid kit!






I received product from Sizzix, Beacon and Clearsnap for this project and am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

In Stitches...


As promised, this is the wall hanging I made yesterday at our River City Stampers monthly meeting. Roxi Phillips and Shelly Hickox led the project, selecting some beautiful vintage prints, felt, and textures for us to use. I particularly love the fabric at the top with the tiny cherries. It reminds me of my grandmother.
Everything on here has been altered in some way. Most of the fabric is either tea-dyed or spritzed with walnut ink. I also used some Stazon in black and brown for aging and stamping. The large piece of white felt, second layer from the bottom, was heated with a heat tool to create the lacy look.
Most of the assembly was machine stitched, but I added another piece after I got home and didn't want to drag out the machine.
I topped it off with a french laundry hanger and a scrap of red rayon ribbon, both from from RockCandy Studios
Go hug someone you love and dig through your scrap basket to see what you can come up with!




I am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Paris Exposition


This is my swap ATC for our River City Stampers stamp club swap tomorrow.
I used Midwest Products cork and gold Styrene for the base. The styrene was stamped with purple Stazon ink using a Stamping Up!® French words background stamp.
I sponged on Stazon iris, magenta azure and mustard inks to the cork background to give a sunset/twilight effect.The remaining stamps are from ArtistiOutpost, one of my favorite companies.
I added gold pinpoint dots to the Eiffel Tower and balloon with a Zig Painty pen and highlighted the balloon basket and top with tiny half-pearls from Prima.
The lock and key (The collections in the Paris art museums are the key to my heart!) are from Explorer Traditions. I punched the hole with the Cropadile and used one of Tim Holtz's large jump rings for the attachment.
I finished off the title with ink jet printing on parchment, sponged the edges with Colorbox Chestnut Roan and edged the title with RockCandy Studios' mini-french borders. I added just a touch of RockCandy Studios' yellow label wax rub-ons.
Oohlala!

Go hug someone you love!








I received Styrene and cork from Midwest Products and am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Blast from My Past


I just love this little shrine. The 3 1/2" tall base is new at RockCandy StudiosTM, and I wish I had more of them to create little family memories. This particular one is from the dark side of our family history. That photo includes two of my uncles with our family still in the background. That's right. This good Baptist girl came from a long line of moonshiners. Now you know my secret.

The photo, which also includes two more men, one of which is my paternal grandfather, is on our Manly Men Collage Images CD (You get 120+ images, and all are scanned at 300 dpi so you can resize and print as many as you need for your projects.). I also used our Dresden Foil Leaf and Flower border and one of our corked glass bottles. The faux moonshine is sorghum molasses. I sealed the cork with Beacon Quick Grip so I wouldn't have to worry about it coming loose and having molasses everywhere. All wording was done on an inkjet printer and the XXX on the bottle was just hand lettered with a Sharpie. The box was painted on the inside with Krylon spray paint and patterned paper was added to the outside. A few twigs from my River Birch Tree completed the project.

I'll be posting several more projects over the next few days, so come back often.

Now, I know valentine's Day is over, but go hug someone you love. You can never give too many hugs.








I am a partner in RockCandy Studios.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Who says you can't mix metallic colors?


I finished this little shelf shrine tonight and just had to post it. It's a mere 3 1/2" tall, but it has a lot of impact. I love these Dresden butterflies, and the tiny copper trim is the perfect size for finishing off the edges of this shrine. The shrine, one of our new structure pieces at RockCandy StudiosTM, is masonite, which has been laser-cut and scored for perfect hinges, and all of the embellishments (except the Prima flower, feather and brad) and trim are from RockCandy StudiosTM (www.rockcandystudios.com), but the paper is from Webster's Pages (www.websterspages.ning.com), which I recently discovered at Eclectica Scrapbooks and Stamps in Memphis, Tennessee. Webster's Pages' art is simply beautiful with lots of subtleties and quotes and it's all double sided. I used the "Grow, live honestly and creatively" quote from one of their line (can't tell you which one because I cut off the manufacturer's strip and chunked it before I went to CHA!), then added some tissue paper which I had spritzed with Smooch Mist. I also drew in some swirls with gold Smooch ink, which I love, love, love, and added some Pumpkin highlights.

Those tiny watch parts are usually a bear to handle, but I found a product at CHA that really tamed them. It's from my friend Amy at ScraPerfect (makers of the Perfect Printing Pouch-www.scraperfect.com) and is called Embellie Jellie. Go ahead. Say it out loud. It will make you giggle. You place a tiny amount of this material on the end of a skewer or orange stick and pick up even the tiniest watch part or the largest button, add your adhesive and drop it in precisely where you want it. When it gets dusty or glue-covered, just knead it a little and reuse it. Trust me. A little goes a long way. You will eventually have to throw it out and get a new piece, but I have made several projects with my first tiny bit, and it's still going strong. This package, which is about 2" X 1", will probably last me several years.

There's a new Sizzix Scoreboard Blog Hop starting soon, so come back and visit.

Now go hug someone you love.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A New Idea



I'm back from the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow and want to share this little book that I had in my Designer Showcase. It's made from Eleen Hull's Sizzix Frame Scoreboard and this is how I made it:
1. Adhere paper to both sides of the mat board or chipboard using 3M Super 77 adhesive. Use a brayer to make sure you get good adhesion. Die cut the matboard using a Big Shot.
2. Fold the frame in place and adhere with heavy duty double stick tape.
3. Cut the frame with an Xacto knife at the point fold, sand the cut edges and sponge all around with ink that coordinates with your paper.
4. Add bookbinding tape on the spine, folding it to the inside top and bottom.
5. Add a strip of Dresden foil trim (www.rockcandystudios.com) along the bookbinding tape on front and back to cover the match point.
6. Cut 15 sheets of black cardstock 8" X 3 3/4". Fold to 4" X 3 3/4" . Make signatures of three sheets and tie each signature to book spine using heavy-duty embroidery cording. Leave the ends longer and attach a bead to finish it off. Add a drop of Beacon Fabri-Tac to each knot to secure. Note: I used a bead topper on this sample, but it isn't necessary. The Fabri-tac, hover, IS!
7. Print "Memories" on patterned cardstock and adhere behind window.

This makes a great book for photos. I plan to use it for all my photos from previous trips to the CHA shows.

I saw some really cool items at the show, including new metallic inks from Stazon, Makin's Clay air-dry polymer clay, lots of new Sizzix dies, new Smooch colors, new punches, ton of buttons in all colors of the rainbow from Blumenthal-Lansing and about a bazillion other things.

I want to offer special thanks to PaperDreamsFactory, Graphic 45 Papers, Beacon Adhesives, Clearsnap Inks and Zutter Bind-It-All for donating their wonderful products for the class I taught there, especially Andreas Hamm of PaperDreamsFactory who was the class sponsor. I also want to thank my friends Roxi Phillips, Cheryl Nelson and Ronnie Goff who helped me with the class (as well as my little train-wreck crisis). I could never have done it without them!

Now, go hug someone you love and remember to watch this space for more projects in the coming weeks.





I received items from Beacon Adhesives, PaperDreamsFactory, Zutter, Clearsnap and Graphic 45 Papers.
I am a partner in RockCandyStudios.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sizzix Scoreboard Blog Hop - the end of a beautiful thing.



This is the last post on the Sizzix Scoreboards Blog Hop. I hope everyone has had a chance to visit all the blogs to see the creativity in this group of designers. Elieen Hull's Scoreboards are being premiered at the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow in Anaheim in just a few days. She really has a hit on her hands. I can't stop thinking of ways to use these dies!

This little gift box is very simple to make, but is as much a gift as the gift it it is designed to hold. The recipient can recycle it to hold mundane items such as paper clips or safety pins while adding beauty to a desktop or dresser.

Supplies

Stamp-It Australia paper (which I've been hoarding for almost two years!)
Velveteen and Crimped ribbons from Stampin'Up!® (not sure if they carry this anymore-it came from my stash.)
Prima flowers
1" brad
Beacon Quick Grip Adhesive (my all-time favorite adhesive)

Directions
Cover box and base with paper. Glue ribbon around top and bottom, being careful to keep the ribbon on the box bottom below the lid line so you don't create excess thickness.

Attach flowers to box top with brad. Line box lid with additional paper to hide brad shank.

Check out the rest of the Blog Hop by going to www.eileenhull.blogspot.com. You'll be glad you did!

I'm off to CHA Thursday and will try to post info on any hot new items I see. I'm already planning to check out Fuseworks' new ink jet transparency film that can be attached to glass to create some cool projects. I'll let you know what I think.

Go hug someone you love!






I received product from Sizzix and Beacon Adhesives for this blog hop event.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Class at CHA























This is a pic of the Nature Journal Mini-Album I will be teaching at the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow January 26. This book is loaded with vintage German diecuts and golden foil trims, all available at www.RockCandyStudios.com. Our wonderful sponsor is PaperDreamsFactory.

The papers I used are from Graphic 45, which has some absolutely gorgeous materials. The inks are from Clearsnap, adhesive from Beacon, and we're going to bind it all with...what else? ...a Bind-It-All from Zutter Bind-It-All! Gorgeous sheer ribbons from Offray and hand-dyed tags from RockCandy Studios complete the package.

If you are attending the convention, please check us out. There is still time to register. Just go to www.chashow.org to sign up.


Go hug someone you love.



I am a partner in RockCandy Studios®.

I received materials for this class from the following:
PaperDreamsFactory
Graphic 45
Zutter
Beacon Adhesives
Clearsnap

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

OOPS!!!

I know you will find this very hard to believe, but I made a mistake :)

There is actually one more project in this Blog Hop series, so be sure to check back on Wednesday, January 20.

In the meantime, I'll be posting some new items with materials from RockCandy Studios in the next few days, so visit often!

Go hug someone you love.





I am a partner in RockCandy Studios®.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Grand Finale: Sizzix Scoreboard Blog Hop Memo Holder




With the new year comes then end of Eileen Hull's Blog Hop with the Sizzix Scoreboards she designed. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these materials and have a new spark of creativity as a result. These new dies cut matboard, giving you a sturdier base for your projects.

The final project for this round of the Blog Hop is the memo holder. This great little piece is designed to hold a post-it notepad, but you know me. I can't leave anything the way it is originally designed (although I think Eileen's designs are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS) and have to push the envelope a bit, so I added accordion folds on each side and turned it into a travel sewing kit.

Supplies
Memo Holder Die cut (Sizzix Scoreboard)
Graphic 45 cardstock
Vintage Button (RockCandy Studios®)
Black Dye Ink Pad (Stampin'Up!®)
Hemp
Beacon Zip Dry and Quick Grip adhesives
Velcro Dot
Sewing Paraphenalia
Xacto knife
Emery board or sandpaper
Hole Punch

Adhere cardstock to memo holder diecut using Zip Dry. Trim excess paper with Xacto knife and sand edges with emery board or sand paper. Sponge edges with black ink.

Cut two pieces of cardstock 3" X 6". Score the 6" length every 1/2" on both pieces and accordion fold. Adhere to front and back inside of memo holder with Zip Dry. Close and clip with clothespins until dry.

Tie hemp through button holes and adhere button to flap with Quick Grip adhesive. Add Velcro dot to underside of flap to hold box shut.

Cut a small scrap of cardstock to cover inside top fold to cover holes in diecut and adhere with Zip Dry

Trim a scrap of cardstock to 1 1/2" X 3" and use punch to punch three holes at edge on each side, aligning holes across from each other to hold thread. Insert needles and safety pin into cardstock. Place buttons in small jewelry bag and make a small topper from scrap cardstock. Note: I placed an Xacto blade in the kit, but it is big enough to hold a small manicure scissor if you prefer.

To see additional ideas from other designers, go to www.eileenhull.blogspot.com.

Now, go hug someone you love.





I am a partner in RockCandy Studios® and also received products from the following manufacturers:
Sizzix
Beacon Adhesives