Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thanks a Latte

I have to start by telling you I am a total tea drinker. I never drink coffee. But, when I saw the 'Thanks a Latte' stamp I couldn't resist it. I thought, "how cute will this be for thank you cards?" It goes perfectly with the 'stack of cups' stamp. So, I made six of these cards in slightly different color variations (I have already sent two of them for thank yous). The remaining four I'll either keep on hand or put them together in a pretty bag and give as a gift. I didn't photograph the envelopes, but I stamped them with one coffee cup on the bottom left corner.

Hope you enjoyed my quick post today. I know I had promised to post the new Exploding Box, but I haven't finished choosing all the pictures for it yet (it will be a gift for a friend). I will post it when it is finished.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nugget Purses & Flowers

Look at the beautiful flowers I received!

Last evening I ran an Exploding Box class at an adorable scrapbooking shop, Compendium ( , in the Black Forest in Germany. We had a lovely evening despite the fact that I am not fluent in German and only three of the nine ladies there spoke English. Of course my directions were in English and my measurements were in inches. We all got through the obstacles and everyone made very nice boxes that were beautifully embellished.

So, back to the flowers. The bouquet was a 'thank you' from everyone and the shop owner made the pretty card to go along with the flowers. How nice was that?!?!? I sure was surprised.

Now to the Nugget Purses. I made these as thank you gifts for everyone that attended the class. I just love to make these 'sweet' gifts. They are so quick and easy to whip up. Here is the recipe:

4 1/2" x 1 3/8" patterned paper (you can also use cardstock & stamp it)
score at 3/4", 1", 2 1/4", & 3 1/4"
round the corners of the front flap of the purse
attach (w/red sticky strip) 6" length of ribbon between the 3/4" & 1" scores
add small embellishment to front & secure with a brad
best part--add a Hershey Nugget inside purse, secure with a small glue dot

I make these throughout the year in paper for the different holidays. I also use them for a booking game at my Princess House parties. They are always a big hit.

As I have been making these for quite a long time, I do not remember who to credit with the original idea.

I also was making an Exploding Box along with everyone else last evening. Unfortunately, I did not get to finish assembling and embellishing mine since I was assisting everyone. I should have it finished this week and will post it next Wednesday.

Until then, happy crafting!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Faux Carousel Notes Purse & Accessories

Well, how's that for a title?!?!?

Let's begin with the 'faux' part. I wanted to be able to continue making Carousel Note Purses w/o Carousel Notes. So, I made a template from an original Carousel Note. This way I can also make them in any color. For the box, I cut cardstock 8 1/4 x 9 and scored all around at 2 1/2. I then scored from each corner point in to meet the first score line. I put the box together with red sticky tape. This also makes a sturdier base than using the envelopes. The ribbon for the handles was cut at 10 inches each. Of course I used my Crop-a-dile to set the eyelets!

The album in the left of the picture is a pull-out coaster scrapbook. You can view Roxy's tutorial here:

I also cased Roxy for the gift card holder. Here is the link for that tutorial:

Things to note: The coasters I used were 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 (rather than 4 x 4) so I cut my cardstock & patterned paper at 3 1/2 x 9 (rather than 4 x 10).

I used 22 inch lengths of ribbon (rather than 18 inches). That makes it easier to tie nicer bows.

Also, if you use 4 x 4 coasters and want to put the album in a Faux Carousel Note Purse like I did, you will need to cut your box base 8 1/4 x 10 (rather than my 8 1/4 x 9). The scores would still be 2 1/2 all around. Otherwise, you can use my original measurements and stand the album upright so that it will fit in.

So, what am I going to do with this gift set? I am going to put a sheet of pink tissue paper in the purse and put the album, gift card holder (with a gift card of course!) and some loose chocolates inside and give it to my niece, Samantha, for her birthday.

I hope you enjoyed my posting today. I'll be back next Wednesday with another project. In the meantime, as I come across blog candy, I'll continue to post the links.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Barbeque Time

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

So, have you been invited to any barbeques lately? I made this card as a thank you. Perhaps you plan on hosting a barbeque--it would be cute as invitations.

I bought this barbeque scrap stack at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes you can find some nice things in their craft aisle. The same day I got a bunch of eyelets on clearance at A. C. Moore!

Anyway, I trimmed one of the barbeque papers and matted it to the green cardstock. For the apron, I cut a piece of the same green cardstock 4" x 3". To make the 'arm cutouts' I used my round coluzzle (3rd circle from the center) and then trimmed straight down from the top to meet the curved part. (Hope that makes sense!) The pocket is 1" x 1 1/2". I cut the 'Grillin' and the 'grill tools' from the excess patterned paper. I finished it off by adding the eyelets (I just love my Crop-a-Dile) and ribbon.

The grill on the envelope was stamped from a set I have from A. C. Moore.

Since it is barbeque season, I better get busy and make some more of these with the other papers from the scrap stack!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Exploding Box

I made this exploding box back in February for my mother's birthday. I devoted the 'sets of flaps' as follows: myself, my brother Richard, my brother Kevin, and my nieces.

The exploding boxes really are quite easy to make. When you give one as a gift, it is a real WOW when the recipient lifts the cover.

To view my list of materials, directions, & drawings, click here:
You will need to double click on the document icon to download the PDF file.

Feel free to leave a comment--I'd love to hear from you. If you make one yourself, post a link for me so I can see it too!

Until next time, happy crafting!