Monday, August 18, 2014

Spring and Autumn Girl (Free Images)

Hi, there!   Keren (Free PrettyThings for You) and I teamed up again to bring you a couple of oh, so sweet free images!

Couldn't you make some cute things with this darling girl and her deer?  I found the original card up some time ago and had tucked it away.  Luckily, I remembered that I had it and Keren cleaned her up and even changed her colors to autumn, so that I could use her in a fall project, as well! 

It's so cool, how Keren can change it up!

I used the Spring version to make a "You're such a dear" card - giving a little nod to that adorable deer.

I added the Autumn version to a small gift bag  - adorable for fall or a Thanksgiving hostess gift.

Some punched leaves made a pretty decoration on the top (over to the side, so they wouldn't interfere with the bag closure).  The sentiment stamps are from Paper Sweeties.

Love the shape of this bag!  You can find it HERE.

Click on over to Free Pretty Things for You to download the autumn version and click HERE for the spring version.  Hope you enjoy this sweet image as much as I have!

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Panda (Packaging) Love

Okay, here we go - I've got a couple more panda cuties!

First up is this adorable panda stamp from Kitty Bee Design.  I just ordered three more stamp sets when I went to get the link for her store!  They are too cute to resist!  (Hint:  Check out the raccoon.)

Hmmm...what should I put inside?  

Isn't this a cute panda box?  It's very easy - you can just print it, cut it out, and put it together.  You can get it from Jinjerup.  You'll see a lot of other cuties in her shop, too. Check out the oh, so sweet stationery!

Still in panda love, how about you?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Agnes Richardson Free Image

Black cats are everywhere and it's not even Halloween!  Well, I might be exaggerating a bit.  You probably know that my sweet Kitty is a black cat.  We also have a stray black cat that's been hanging around for several months now.  It looks just like Kitty, at least from a distance.  I  haven't been able to get very close, it's very skittish - don't even know if it's a boy or a girl.  I'm beginning to feel like I need to feed it.  I've resisted so far, didn't think it would stay.  But it's just like Kitty in another way:  Kitty was a stray and would not leave.  That was 13 years ago. I'm sure my husband is thinking "Oh, no!"  (Although lately, I've caught him acting like he rather likes Kitty.  Maybe it's just familiarity?)

Often when I find Agnes Richardson postcards with black cats, they often say something about good luck.  I was surprised to discover that in England, black cats are considered good luck!  Isn't this just the cutest, sweetest image?  

You can download the image HERE.  Or click on the image above.

This is actually an embellished string envelope and I've made a tag that will fit inside.
The tag is cut with a digital download set from Stampin' Up called Cool Like That.

I need to dress Kitty with a big orange bow - although it wouldn't take him two seconds to get if off.  (Yes, Kitty is a boy - terrible name, I know.)  

So glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Still in (Panda) Love!

Well, what can I say?  Still in (Panda) love here.  And might be for awhile longer!  Pandas are furry and chubby and as cute as can be.  I remember how fun it was to teach my first graders that contrary to popular belief Pandas are NOT bears.  One little guy got really big eyes and said, "But, my mommy always says where's your panda bear?"   Hard to say that Mommy is wrong, right? 

First up is this adorable Felt Panda case.  It's perfect for lip gloss, coins or even a gift card.  The dies from Papertrey Ink make this super easy!

See how the die cuts the sewing holes?  Amazing!  The case can be turned the other way as well, making a long case.   The zipper can also be moved to a different location.

It's also amazing how easy it is to put in a zipper.  Put it in place, unzip it and sew around the opening.  Take time to poke out all the little holes that are still intact.  For a details on how this little coin purse goes together, Papertrey Ink has a video HERE.

First step in creating the felt panda face, is to adhere Heat N Bond to it.  The Heat N Bond makes the felt very stable, easy to cut and adhere to the purse.

If you use a Silhouette to cut the panda face, remove the paper backing before placing it on the cutting mat.  I started with THIS file and modified it.  I made the eyes bigger and used black brads for the pupil.  I die cut black circles and cut away a little at the bottom to create the ears.  I also added a little top knot right on top of her head and a line of embroidery to her nose.

Next up is some really cute Panda stationery.  The sweet pink panda image is free from Wild Olive.  I printed 6 pandas large:  they are about 6 3/4" x 8 1/4" on 80lb paper.  That feels nice for stationery and is still easy to fold to put in the envelope.

My envelope punch board came in handy to whip up the envelopes.  The envelopes are sized to fix a 4 x 5 card.  I folded in the panda's arms and then folded him in half.  That worked perfectly.  I printed the pandas a lot smaller onto sticker paper to create envelope seals.

For giving, I stacked the pandas on top of the envelopes and tucked in a couple of bonus pandas.  You can tell in the photo above that I popped the seals in a small glassine bag and tied it to the front.  

Hope you enjoyed two more panda projects and you're not running for the door, I'll probably have at least a couple more!

I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you that have signed up for the Choux Box Kits Club.  If you're interested, click here or on the link at the top of the page.

And one last quick note, I really want to respond to SPPRCRFTER (who asked me to send an email).  Your email isn't on your profile.  Please email me (click on the link in the right sidebar) and I'll email you.  Thank you!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paper Sweeties Birthday Hop

Happy Second Birthday to Paper Sweeties!  Welcome to the Paper Sweeties Birthday Hop.  So glad you're here!

To celebrate, I've put together a Strawberry set using the Thanks Berry Much stamp set from Paper Sweeties.  It's so berry sweet!

The gift card holder also uses the You Are The Most Wonderful stamp set.  The cut file is from Silhouette.

The strawberry box is put together much like THESE heart boxes. I used a cut file from Silhouette to cut the hearts.  Here's what you need:

The bottom hearts are slightly smaller than the top hearts.  Glue 3 hearts together to make a nice thickness on which to adhere the sides.  You'll use the scallop heart after the sides are adhered to the bottom hearts.  The plaid should show inside the box.

The scallop and red dotted heart will be used after the sides are adhered to the top hearts.  

Here's  a couple of tips for adhering the sides:

Cut 4 side panels that are 1 1/2" wide by 10.  Score the top of the panels at 1/2".    Use a pen or bone folder to put a curve into the side panels.  Run glue along the edge of the hearts matching the points.  When you reach the bottom point - stop.  Score the panel from the point to the edge of the panel.  Cut off the panel leaving 1/2" for a tab.

Start the second side panel at the top gluing it to the first panel's tab.  Bring it around to the point and cut it off right at the point.  Now you can glue it to the scallop.  Do the top exactly the same.

Cut one more heart to match the red polka dot heart.  I used a mixture of brown fine glitter and brown tinsel glitter to make the chocolate.  Cut along the wavy line and glitter.  Let it dry and glue it to the polka dot heart.  Round the bottom of the heart to look more like a strawberry.

Make an inner heart - just like the liner in a real box of chocolates.

I used a flower punch and some washi covered paper to make the leaves.

And then just add some goodies!  In this case, chocolate covered strawberries (which you can see are getting a little melty)!  I think they need to be eaten - quickly!

Congratulations, Debbie!  You've had an exciting couple of years.  Here's wishing you many more...

Be sure to visit the Paper Sweeties Blog for all the festivities and giveaways to celebrate the 2nd birthday.  Now go visit Colleen Dietrich for more Paper Sweeties fun!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm in (Panda) Love!

What a week!  I've been so busy.  Well, wait a minute.  Have I really?  It seems like I was going every moment.  And yes, we did go to Lyric to see Spamalot on Thursday evening and to see Begin Again at the movies on Friday night, but what about the rest of the week?  I seriously don't know where the week went.  But, it certainly got away from me!

One thing is for sure, I've been in Panda Love this week.  Pandas are adorable - real ones, especially!  Since I'm not going to be adopting a panda anytime soon, I'll just make do with these darling Panda images that I found at  Miss Tina on Etsy.

I put together a note card set and had to have something cute to contain it all.  I settled on a matchbook type box.  This pretty paper is from Below Blink.  I printed the paper on 110 lb. paper so my box would be really sturdy.

You could use one of the die sets out there to make this box, but you don't need to.  If you have a cutter and a bone folder, you can make it easily.  (I used my scoring pad to score my box - it does make nice scores.)  A matchbook box is easy to make:

These dimensions are for a box that will hold cards that are 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 and envelopes that are 3 3/4 x 5.  Use double sided paper for your box so that the inside is finished.  I chose two different patterns to print.  For this size box, you will need to cut two pieces of patterned paper.

Cut one paper to 6 1/2 x 9" and one paper to
 4 x 4 3/4". 

Score the 6 1/2 x 9" paper -  this will form the back and the holder for the cards.

1.  Turn paper horizontally (long side is at top) and score 2 1/2" from right and 3 1/4" from right.  Also score 3/4" from the left.

2.  Turn paper vertically and score 1 1/4" from each side.  Score 1/2" from each side.

3.  Cut off sections marked above and make the 4 cuts from edge of paper to the 1 1/4" score.

Score the 4 x 4 3/4 paper. 
1.   Turn the paper horizontally and score 3/4" from left side.

Your papers will look like this:

Hint:  You really want to punch the holes for the ribbon now.  It is much harder when the bottom is glued.  

Lay the front piece on top of the back matching the edges.  I've used scrap paper so that you can see the front and back.  Punch through both pieces at the same time.  That way you will have mactching holes.  After punching the holes, you are ready to fold the box.

Glue the front to the back at the 3/4" fold.  Glue the front 3/4" fold on top of the back 3/4" fold.  Thread the ribbon.

Let's talk envelopes.  I used  my Envelope Punch Board to make my matching envelopes.  I printed the paper on one side of a 28 lb. Hammermill copy paper - which makes lovely envelopes.  

I printed one of the panda images on white sticker paper to make envelope seals.  I also die cut blank sticker paper for the front of the envelopes.

I just love this panda card set!  The box will hold 6 cards, 6 envelopes and the glassine bag with the envelope seals.

I've got some more Panda cuties on the way.  Happy Panda Love!

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