Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finished Frankies

Well, I finally finished (I think!) embellishing Bride of Frankie and Frankie. I originally posted them on 9/10 and 9/03 respectively (please see those posts for more details).
I am really pleased with how the coffin turned out. It was a SU template that I found on SCS. I had to shrink it in size and re-work it to be an open coffin because the original template was actually a closed coffin that opened on the bottom to put candy in.
The bats were made with the new Martha Stewart punch and I accented them with a white gel pen. I just love the bats coming out of the coffin. The 'spring' or 'pop' idea for the bats I got from Raissa (RaissaStamps). She had posted a 'drink' card using this technique. You can view her tutorial here:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a minute to leave me your feedback on my Finished Frankies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Exploding Box From July

Hello Fellow Crafters,

I finally got a chance to start embellishing the Exploding Box I made as a sample for the class I ran back in July.

This is a gift for friends of mine that have a West Highland Terrier. Their first WHT, Flocki, passed a few years ago and they immediately got Perry. So, I have included pictures of both pets. I am sure you cannot see it in the photo, but the written words on one side say, 'Pets leave paw prints in our hearts.' On the other side is a German translation of the saying. I typed it in a pawprint font I downloaded free! The patterned paper is from Joanne's. I couldn't find WHT paper, but I thought the Scottish Terrier paper was nice--same dog, different color. The little WHT statue was a challenge to find. I looked in many stores, including specialty china shops. No luck. I walk into a CVS/Walgreens type store and voila! Who would have thought?

Well, that's all for today. Hope you check back soon--I finally got to embellish my Exploding Frankie and I will be posting him again.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Hello Crafters,
I made this adorable backpack for a friend's daughter who was just starting school this year.
I saw the backpacks posted on a few blogs, but they were all smaller in size. I wanted a larger one so I could put more chocolate in it! The finished size is 5 x 3. This is basically a 2, 5, 7, 10 box that I altered a bit. So, you can make it with one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock!
Here are the directions:
Box: cardstock cut at 6 1/2 x 11 and scored at 2, 5, 7, 10, turn and score at 1 1/2
cut on the score lines up to the 1 1/2 score and cut off corner at the 10" score line
Top flap: cardstock cut at 3 x 2 and scored on one long side at 1/4
Small front pocket: cardstock cut at 2 1/2 x 2 and scored at 1/4 & 1/2 on both short sides and
one long side. Cut off two corners where 1/2 scores meet.
Small pocket flap: cardstock cut at 2 x 1 1/2 and scored at 1/4 & 1/2 on one long side
Patterned paper and embellishments to your liking
Set your eyelets and insert ribbon for backpack straps. Knot the ribbon on the inside so it stays in the eyelets.
Apply red line tape on the outer edge of 10" score mark and assemble box. Fold in two small bottom pieces and then the two bigger pieces. Apply red line tape on one longer side and adhere. Now, pinch the top of the box together and push in the sides.
Round bottom corners of flap and punch two holes in score mark. Insert ribbon for handle and knot inside. Apply red line tape along 1/4" and adhere flap.
Round bottom corners of small flap. Using red line tape, assemble small pocket, attach flap, and adhere to backpack.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have fun making your backpacks!

Friday, September 12, 2008

I Won Blog Candy!

I can't believe it--I won blog candy! How pretty is this notebook? When I posted Katy's candy I told you since it was purple it would be mine! I didn't really believe at the time though that I would win something.

You can check-out Katy's blog here: Let me warn you in advance, in addition to great crafts, she also has delicious recipes posted. I like sweets just as much as I like purple!

Thank you Katy for the gorgeous notebook and for sharing so much in your blog.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Here Comes The...Exploding Bride of Frankie

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I just love the Frankie craze. Of course Exploding Frankie needed a mate, so here is my Exploding Bride of Frankie.

The only differences between Frankie and Bride of Frankie are that I made pink hair rather than purple, I put eyelashes on the eyelids, and I made veils with tulle and ribbon. Please note, tulle is a pain to attach.

Since I wasn't as rushed making this one, I did start to embellish it. Isn't the door with the ghost peeking out adorable? The 'door handle' is a pumpkin eyelet. I also made two pull-outs (or slide-outs). It is probably hard to see in the picture, but the green and orange ribbons are for the pulls. Journaling or additional photos can be added to the pull-outs. If you were giving this as a gift, gift cards would be a neat idea on the pull-outs.

Well, I sure hope you like my Bride of Frankie. I think she's cute!

Until next time, happy crafting.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Exploding Frankie

Have you joined the Frankie craze yet? If not, there's still time--Halloween is more than eight weeks away!
Monday evening I saw Dawn's Frankies
and decided right away that I had to make an Exploding Box Frankie.
The first picture shows the exploding box closed with the cover. The second picture is a close-up of the cover. The third picture shows how the box looks when it is opened. The little Frankie inside the box has a face on both sides. I thought it was a cute idea to lift the cover and have a Frankie inside too. (See July posting for instructions on making an exploding box.)
As I wanted to get him posted ASAP, I didn't get a chance to decorate the flaps. I have a lot of Halloween patterned paper and embellishments, but as usual I have to pick out the photos I want to use. By using both sides of the flaps, I can put up to 20 photos.
Frankies are so cute and easy to make. Next I think I may make an Exploding Bride of Frankie.
I hope you liked my version of Frankie. Thanks for stoppping by and don't forget, if you haven't joined the craze yet, we would still love to see your Frankies.
p.s. Don't forget to check out Dawn's Frankies and the links she has to other Frankies!