Saturday, March 15, 2014

CCMC 294 Color Challenge Card

This card is an entry in the CCMC 294 Color Challenge.
I really love this color combination!

 Flower Shop tends to be one of my go-to sets.
It is doubly useful because the bundle includes the punch!
Given the different flower, you can get lots of 
different looks.  I also liked the way the Off the Grid set
provides a lattice like background.

Simply Celebrate (p 30 in the Occasions Mini)

Other:  Pansy Punch, Rhinestones

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Wacky Watercooler Hop

Welcome to our March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

I know that you enjoyed looking at  
Deborah's delightful hop projects.
Didn't she do a great job!  If you missed her site, please
hop on back so that you can see her samples.
I have a couple of projects, including a set of directions,
for your hopping pleasure!

I decided to try using Spiral Flower Originals Die,
 for another different purposes.  In this example, it forms 
a card closure.  One suggestion: I doubled the Spiral Flower,
 because of the "stress" on the element, esp after
it was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
Otherwise, it is too flimsy to act as a closure.
SetChalk Talk
Colors:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive,
Here is a view with the card partially open.

 My next project is a technique that I saw years ago,
but have not seen on the internet.  This is a 4x6 cello bag  (p 160)
(cut down to 4x4), attached to the front of a gift bag.
It makes for easy goody bags, as you can quickly drop a card or
tag into the cello bag.  It's another way to decorate
a gift bag, but really lends itself to mass production.

SetSimply Celebrate (p 30 of the Occasions Mini)
Colors:  Whisper White, Crisp Cantalope,
2013-2015 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Rhinestones,
Tag a Bag Gift Bags (p 158)
4x6 Cellophane Bags
You can also use the same technique to decorate
store-bought bags.  In this sample, I used Lovely As a Tree
with the Simply Celebrate Set stamped in Metallic Gold.

 My final project is a "Rose Purse-Box", again featuring
the Spiral Flower Original Die.  This is a good sized
box, with room for 4-6 nuggets or several Reeses Cups.
I mean really, it's a waste of effort if a box only
has room for one chocolate!!

ProductsCore'dinations Paper (Gumball Green
and Primrose Petals), Very Vanilla c/s,
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder,
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies,
Spiral Flower Originals Die (p 32 in Occasions),
Antique Brads (p 170), Bone Folder, Stampin Sponge,
Tombo Multipurpose, Glue Gun

1.  Score 9x9 c/s or paper at 3" and 6" on both sides.
You can change the dimensions of this box, as long as
the square is divisible by 3.

2. To form corners, squeeze 2 center panels together,
forcing a diagonal score in the corner,
pointing towards the inside of the box.
Repeat at each corner.

3. Use Tombo to glue the corner points together,
and then fold 2 corners into each (opposite) end of the box.
You want the corners positioned at opposite ends 
of the box, so that the sides will remain 1 layer thick,
so that they easily fold inwards when you close the box. 
4. For the box flap/closure, take a piece of c/s or DSP
approximately 3x6 inches.  Position it in the 
Scallop Tag Topper Punch as shown below,
wiggling it to force the strip into the punch opening.

5. The resulting punched end will have straight edges,
where the width of the card stock exceeded the punch size.
In order to round out these straight edges, position
the 4th oval framelit from the Ovals Collection Framelits
as shown and run only the forward portion of this
strip through your Big Shot (back it out after the end is cut).

6.  Emboss the top flap as desired.  I used the 
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder to add
texture to my Core'Dinations flap.
I then sanded the paper with Stampin Sanding System (p 157).
In the photo below, you can see how the
box sides "fold" in when the box is closed.

7.  I wound TWO vanilla c/s Spiral Flowers together, 
to ensure fullness.  They were initially
"softened" with a Bone Folder and then sponged
with Primrose Petals ink.
I cut the prongs off of an Antique Brad and used a
dimensional to fasten it inside of the rose.

 8.  I used velcro for the Rose Box closure.
The photo above shows the ample space within
for your stash of Chocolate... yum, YUM

So I hope that you enjoy my projects.
Now hop on over to Susan's blog.
She does a spectacular job and I 
know that you will enjoy her amazing projects!

Or hop to our Home Page to go through sites
as you wish.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Blog hop coming

BIG Blog Hop coming tomorrow evening.
Please check in and see the fun!

 Just a quick post, using FREE SAB Sweet Sorbet paper
On Film Framelits (Occasions p 18) and the
Just Saying Set with coordinating
Word Bubbles Framelit Dies (Occasions p 36).
The little banners were punched with the FREE
SAB Banner Punch.
 Finally, I used the Arrows Embossing Folder to
create the texture on the card base. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Heart Flowers

I love the work of Brigit Biggan.  She is a 
spectacular paper artist and I sometimes try to CASE 
her technique.
I had a hard time getting a reasonable picture of
this card.  The colors are subtle, so that reduces contrast.

Colors:  Watercolor Paper, Pistachio Pudding,
Crisp Cranberry, Rose Red

Other:  Small Heart Punch, Baker's Twin

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Watercolor with Sweet Sorbet

Happy Watercolor (p 22 of the Occasions Mini),
 is a really elegant set.  It is designed to coordinate with
the Watercolor Wonder DSP on page 23 of the Mini.
In this sample, I've used the 

Colors:  Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding,
Crisp Cantalope, SAB Sweet Sorbet DSP


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