Saturday, May 30, 2015

3D Glitter Star Ornaments + Free Image

Oh, my I have glitter everywhere!!  (Kitty is looking a little sparkly.)  But it doesn't seem to matter - I love these stars!  The glitter is so very pretty and that little girl is cute and sweet.  These glittery 3D stars are pretty darn easy and I think I need several more to decorate for this 4th of July.  Good thing they don't take that long to make...  Here's how:

To make these, you can use a star die or use a file for an electronic cutter (this one is from Cricut) or even hand cut stars.  My star is about 4 inches wide.  You'll need two stars per ornament - that way they'll be nice and sturdy.  I used 110 lb. cardstock.  

Fold stars on the scores.

Stack and adhere two stars together.  You'll have a nice heavy base for the glitter.

If you're going to hang them, punch a hole at the top of one of the points.  I like to use plain old Elmer's and a paintbrush when I glitter.  Let the stars dry for a bit.  Then you are ready to decorate.

If you would like to decorate with this little cutie, you can download her HERE.

Thank you so much for all your emails and concerns about the flooding here.  We have been safe and I'm so sad for those who have not been.  They have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pillow Box Packaging + Free Image

Rain, rain go away....come back again some other day!  We've had a record 18+" for May!   In one way, that 's wonderful because we were in the midst of a horrible drought.  But, we've also had so much dangerous flooding.  Too bad it takes a monsoon to break a drought!  We're due for some more rain over the next couple of days and probably more tornadoes as it is also warming up.   Got to stay weather aware!

We did manage to make it to Wichita for a couple of days to see Lauren, Paul and the huge dog, Percy.   We had a wonderful time even though it rained from lunchtime on Saturday continuously until we got home around 5:00 on Sunday. 

I'm still trying to remember to use some older goodies that I've been hording.  Here you can see the blue fabric button and the green safety pin.  Had both for years!   That blue ribbon has probably been around even longer!

Love pillow boxes for quick packaging and love it even more when I have a darling image to add.   If you like her, you can download her HERE.  Just right click and download.

For the background, I started with an old piece of ledger paper and stamped it with a background words stamp  Hey, it's really old, too!   Used a paintbrush to throw some pink and blue watercolor "dots" and spread on some yellow watercolor for good measure.  Then just used a circle die that fit my doily die.

Well, back to work tomorrow!  Wonder how many more inches of rain we'll get?

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Black Cat Treat Box

You know how I love black cats!  My kitty was whining around wanting some milk.  He always gets a little treat when I have my tea.  I suddenly had the idea of making a little cat box.  I decided to make one for my craft room to keep my reading glasses in - I never can figure out where they are (and I have at least 6 pairs floating around)!  These kitty boxes  are so easy and so cute that I had to  make a treat box, too.  And then I had to have a tag...

Cut a piece of heavy black cardstock to 8 1/4 x 8 1/4".  Score on each side at 2 3/4".  Make 3/4" tabs as shown above and cut off the corners.

Angle the tabs so they don't show above the top of the box.  I used a Signo pen to draw the face.   I really like this pen!  You could free hand the whole face, but I used a guide for the eyes.  You could use a die cut circle, a small lid, a button...  I used the inside of the circle die.  I practiced the face a couple of times before I drew it on my box.  One little tip:  Draw the middle line of the eyelashes first.  

Make the ears:  there  may be an easier way, but I wanted a big area to glue the ears to the box.  If the triangles stick out on the side, just trim them off.  

I like the addition of a little pink to the ears and cheeks.  You can do this before or after you glue the box together.  I did it both ways and it didn't matter.

Now for the cute little tag:

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 1" x 1 3/4".  I free handed the face - it's so small that it was way too hard to use a guide.  If  you're little dip to create the ears is slightly lopsided, all the better!  You could draw hearts or whatever you wish instead of lines on the body.  

Do you think I'll remember to put my glasses back in the container?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rose Buds + Free Image

Oh, roses...we have some gorgeous ones this year and I think they've bloomed earlier than before, too.  As I was having my afternoon tea this weekend, I watched a beautiful huge bee flitting from one rose to the other. Wish I'd had my camera.  This pretty girl's roses remind me of our roses out front.

Here they are!  Aren't they pretty with the early Sunday morning sun lighting up the ones on the top?  I took this picture right as Lauren and Paul (and Percy) were leaving the house heading back to Wichita.  So sad when they go, but so happy when they're here!

Just a sweet little bag (it has roses, too) all dressed up with some chocolates and a matching tag inside.  (Cute stamps by the way from Lawn Fawn:  Flirty Frames.) 

And just in case, you would like to create a little sweet something with Rose Bud (an Agnes Richardson image)  you can download her HERE.  Right click and download.

It's almost Friday - have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

A lot of years ago, I remember reading a book by Erma Bombeck.  (Don't remember which one, but all of her books are funny if you get a chance to pick one up.)   She wrote a letter to each of her children and the first line of each was:  "You're my favorite child because..."  Her goal was for all her children to feel like the favorite.   I haven't had to worry much about favorites:  I'm an only!   That didn't stop my mom making me feel like a favorite, though!  

I designed this card for Charlotte's mommy.  You might remember that she is my daughter's niece.  My daughter and Charlotte are also only children.   Are you an only child?   I loved being an only child and neither Lauren or I ever asked for a brother or sister.  Maybe we just don't know what we're missing!

Isn't this Mama Cat and Kitten image adorable?  You can find it at The Bunny Cloud, where cuteness abounds.

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Make It A Card, Please! + Free Image

I can do that!  It's kind of fun to take a creation and change it up just a little to make something new.   I had a request to change a gift bag (I created earlier) into a card.

You can see I made only a couple of changes.  The 110 lb cardstock is perfectly capable of standing up to a bit of watercolor.  

Sequins made a pretty addition.  The vivid green of the butterfly is lovely against the white.

I'm happy and my customer is happy - can't beat that!!

If you would like to create a little something with the vivid green butterfly, you can download it HERE.

Hope you're having a lovely week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ice Cream Sandwich Box

What is it about ice cream sandwiches?  People love them...round, rectangle, vanilla, chocolate chip, neapolitan.   Doesn't seem to matter what kind - doesn't even matter when it drips down your arm.  Or did you learn from your Mom to wrap the wrapper around the end?  
When I saw this fun chubby pen at Michaels covered in neapolitan ice cream sandwiches, I thought I would love an ice cream sandwich box!  I was just thinking paper, but then I came across chocolate colored craft foam - perfect!

An ice cream sandwich box turned out to be super easy to make.  

First I used a Spellbinder die to cut the chocolate wafer pieces.  This one is 3 1/4 x 6 1/4".  If you don't have a die, you can cut the foam with scissors or a craft knife.  I used the end of a paintbrush to make the indentions and I had to push pretty hard to get them to stay!   But it looks just like the chocolate wafers on an ice cream sandwich.  

Next you'll need to size the box to fit your chocolate wafers.  Make it about a 1/4" smaller than the outer edge of your box.  For this scallop die, the finished box size is 2 3/4 x 5 3/4".  The top needs to be 1/8" larger to go over the bottom.  For this box, I cut one piece of 110 lb. cardstock to 4 3/4 x 7 3/4" for the bottom and one piece to 4 7/8 x 7 7/8" for the top.   Both top and bottom are scored at 1" on all sides.

Create the tabs.  Fold on scores and glue tabs. 

Glue the chocolate wafers to the top and bottom of the box.  I used Aleene's tacky glue.  Only the sides of the top need the neapolitan pieces.

I also created a notepad to fit inside the ice cream sandwich box.  I printed a neapolitan colored pattern (from Gemmed Snail) onto 22 lb. copy paper and covered an entire sheet front and back of 110 lb. cardstock with the same pattern.  I stacked 65 pieces and one cardstock piece on the bottom for sturdiness.  Clamp all together.  To turn the papers into a notepad, I covered the end with PVA glue.  Use an old paint brush - one reserved for glue.  
  When the glue dries, the pages will easily rip off.  Very cool.

I just love this ice cream sandwich box!  I'm going to take it to work.  And I'm going to smile every time I see it!

New Choux Box Kits are on the way today!  If you would like to receive an email about the limited edition kits, you can join the Choux Box Kits Club.

Have a wonderful week!

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