Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Box Tutorial

Hello! As promised, I am back with a quick picture tutorial on how to create the little apple treat box. It's easy! Let's go--

What you will need (what I used in parenthesis):
Patterned paper of your choice (Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class")
Scoring device (Scor-Pal)
Double sided tape (Scor-Tape)
foam tape (Scotch)
scissors (Tim Holtz)
Accessories to decorate it. (SRM stickers, Cricut cartridge-Plantin Schoolbook, Twinery ribbon-Cappuccino)
Step 1: Start with a piece of patterned paper that is 6" by 6" and score at the 2" and 4" marks. Turn paper once and score again at same measurements:

Your paper should look like this:

Step 2: Cut the flaps on opposite sides like shown. Note- You should be making four cuts, that's it!

Step 3: Apply double sided tape to the flaps as shown:

Step 4: Remove adhesive liner and fold up one side to adhere over the middle section and press:

Step 5: Do the same with the other side:

Step 6: Repeat on the other side so that you end up with this:

Step 7: Cut a strip for the handle whatever thickness you would like. I made mine .5":

Step 8: Apply double stick tape to the ends of the handle and adhere to the inside of box:

The box is finished. Decorate as you wish! I am including the directions to decorate it with the same design I posted on Monday for those who asked for it.

Using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (Cricut), I cut two apple designs (3") and one shadow for the apple. I used the red for the top part on this example, stitching it over the blue base. I used a chipboard pencil (Little Yellow Bicycle) and added an SRM sticker "thanks" over it.

I tied the pencil to the apple using some Twinery ribbon (Cappuccino).

I used some foam mounting tape to attach the apple to the front of the box and then I used some dimensional stickers (Little Yellow Bicycle) to place over the handle edges:

Here is the finished product:

Hope this explained it!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Teacher Kisses

Happy Monday! We had a fabulous weekend...hanging out and enjoying the outdoors. Yesterday we spent the day at a farm---picking apples and pumpkins. It was so much fun. The kids had a great time and so did I!

Speaking of apples........Today I have a project that features one! I had this idea in my head for a bit and was glad to finally create it: I created this project with Little Yellow Bicycle: Head of the Class patterned paper and a chipboard shape (pencil) from Little Yellow Bicycle. I created the box using my Scor-pal (Easily done by scoring a 6" by 6" paper on 2", 4" measurements and then rotating the paper and scoring at the same increments again. Cut and tape. Might post a quick picture of the cut lines to make it more clear.)

I used Plantin SchoolBook (Cricut Cartridge) to cut the apple design. To give it a bit of dimension, I stitched the blue apple over the red one and then pulled the sides of the blue up. I added an SRM sticker "Thanks" (from Shine Your Light) on the pencil and a bit of Twinery ribbon to tie it to the apple.

I added a handle and some Hershey's kisses to finish off the treat. I am thinking this might be an fun way to present gift cards to the teachers at Christmas :)

Supplies: Patterned paper- Head of the Class: Back to School, Penmanship Blue, Principal Gray, Red Study Hall (Little Yellow Bicycle); chipboard shape (Little Yellow Bicycle); die cutting machine- Cricut Expression, Plantin SchoolBook cartridge; ribbon- the Twinery; sticker- "Thanks" Shine Your Light (SRM Stickers); Scor-Pal.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Baseball Mini Album

Hello and happy Friday (aka, the-only-day-my-youngest-goes-to-school-with-a-smile-on-her-face :)
This morning I finished up an album I started yesterday. I had all of these ideas in my head---I wanted to create an album for my son using pictures from his old baseball team. He was asked to play select ball this time last year and he played with most of these kids for the past year (some were on his little league team the year before.)
Because of the travel and time commitment, we became pretty close to the team and the other families. It was so hard to leave them when we had to move. But I have a TON of pictures and I thought it would be nice to get some of them together for him.
The problem---I couldn't find the pictures. We had tucked them in a plastic bin right before we moved and after tearing the house apart----I just found the bin this morning!! Woohoo!

I received my very first Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper this week. I am seriously impressed with the quality of this paper. It is beautiful, thick and the designs are exceptional. You will definitely be seeing more of it on this blog (now that I have come out from under the large rock I was living under!) This album was created with their Get Your Game On collection. They feature lots of sports but I got the baseball and football since that is what my son plays. is the album cover: Pages 1-2:

Pages 3-4:

Pages 5-6:

Back cover:

This came together in no time because this collection has fabulous embellishments that coordinate with the papers.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Merry Christmoose!

Hello! Today I have a card to share that uses Our Craft Lounge Merry Moose and some Echo Park paper scraps.
I colored the moose with Copic markers and cut the tree shape free hand. The sign and moose are popped up on dimensionals.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Witch Hat (times 2!)

All finished! Lauren finished up her witch's hat this morning so we took pictures of them and here they are:
Here is my hat: I painted the hat with black paint and then covered the rim with patterned paper from Echo Park Paper- the Apothecary Emporium. I added some folded paper around the rim and then attached a strip of patterned paper around the cone part and used a label, with a fan behind it. I added some bling on the label, some ribbon and glitter. I layered another label behind it for a shadow effect.

Here is Lauren's Hat (It is pretty tall with all the fun stuff she shoved in the top of it. lol!)

I think she did a great job. Her hat is sitting in the middle of our kitchen island. I love that she picked this project. So fun!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Hi! Life has been going too fast these days. We are in week three of school and the kids are doing well. Activities and sports are picking up and we are pretty busy running around. Lauren is in afternoon kindergarten so she is my sidekick for most of the day. Today we had to run to Michael's to pick up a plain white tee shirt for school and we saw these paper machie witch hats. Lauren was adamant that we get one to decorate.....then, she paused and said,
"Well, you better get me one and you one because I want to do mine myself." Love that!

We worked on them today and I will hopefully get a picture of them tomorrow and post them. Mine is already finished and Lauren assured me (gently) that hers was going to be waayyy better! I love that she loves doing this stuff. Not really sure what we will do with two decorated witch hats......but we are having fun!!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tag Calendar

Hello! Well...I alluded to this project I was working on in my post yesterday. I finished it (finally!) and am so excited to have something I created as a functional piece in my home.

I recently got the new calendar stickers from SRM stickers and I was inspired to make a calendar with them. But, I thought it would be fun to make a calendar that would also be a display piece. I used a bird cage to clip the month's calendar tags on it. (You could also just use each tag to create a tag book using the title piece for the cover.)
I designed each tag individually to reflect either a holiday or an event in that month or just the season in general. Here is the calendar hanging in my house: Since it is difficult to see all the detail on the pieces in that picture, I took individual pictures of each month and the title.













Supply list:

Mini calendar stickers and sticker sentiments by SRM stickers.

Patterned paper- Echo Park Paper (Jan, Feb, March, April, June, July, August, Oct, Dec.); October Afternoon (May, September); Recollections (November).

Dies- My Favorite Things Dienamics (scalloped scallop, banner day, homespun birdhouse, open scallop, stacking stars, fresh cut grass ); Cricut (leaves, apple, bunny); Spellbinders (Ice cream cone)

Ribbon (assorted); buttons (assorted); rhinestones (assorted)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Treat Ideas

Hi there! Sorry for the long absence. I have been spending a lot of time with the kids, getting them acclimated to school here. They started last week and it has been a rough first week.
I am sure they will all be fine but it was an exhausting week!

Today, I am blogging over at the OCL blog. I have a few Halloween treat ideas posted to help jump start your treat making. Hope you will head on over there to check it out! Be back here soon with a project I have been working on for awhile. Almost done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Top 15 at 15

Hello!! Hope you had a great Labor Day! My kids all started school today so I could not sleep last night---
I decided to go into my craft room and create--Here is the page I came up with: I love documenting Cara's music lists at different ages. Someday she will get a laugh at her favorite songs. This one features her Top 15 at 15.

I used Echo Park's Happy Days collection for most of this page. It was perfect for the theme!

I used the jute box sticker as a focus for the page...changing it up a bit by adding the fan behind it and adding a button and a rhinestone stickers for buttons:

I added a lot of machine stitching and some SRM stickers (the large numbers and the sticker stitching on the photo) to complete the page:

Supplies: Patterned paper- Happy Days (Echo Park Paper Co.); element stickers- Happy Days (Echo Park); buttons; SRM stickers (We've Got Your Stickers plus- Sweet, We've Got Your Number, Extra Large); rhinetones (Recollections, Michael's); sewing machine; ink-pink (Stampin' Up!); ribbon (The Paper Studio)

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