Monday, February 23, 2015

Little Boxes, Big Fun!

Who doesn't love little boxes?  Here are a couple of cuties that I found while searching the internet for ideas!  The first is a teeny, tiny box made with the envelope punch board:

It starts with a 4 1/2 inch square of paper--you score and punch at 1 1/2 inches, then flip and score and punch at 1 1/2 inches again on the same side.  You do this on all 4 sides.   The cutting is a tad tricky, but not too hard.  I'll try and post a picture of cutting directions tomorrow.

The other box I made is a smaller version of the triangle box that was shown at Leadership this year (I saw it on the live feed).  I found the directions for the smaller version here on Mary Brown's blog.  This is my first try at this box--there are some things I would change, but it is really cute and it holds more than you'd think (unlike the above box which holds about 3 kisses).  The original was designed by Pootles, I believe.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sheltering Tree x 2

Love, love, love Sheltering Tree and I've barely scratched the surface playing with it!  I haven't even done the seasonal tree thing!  It makes such a striking card and the photopolymer stamps make it super easy!!

Here's my first card--

C--ute...right?  Another favorite of mine?  The mini stapler--yep--it's a keeper!

Don't want to do only the tree thing?  Here's an idea of something you can do with the tree leaves to create a "frame" around any saying that you like:

I got this idea on Brian King's blog.  The colors used were soft suede and crisp cantaloupe--and the stamping was first with blushing bride then crisp cantaloupe closer to the edge of the oval for some color variation.  I certainly would not have put these two colors together left to my own devices!  I really like having an alternate idea for this stamp set!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bow Builder Punch -- Quick Tip

I have been on the fence about getting the bigz die for building bows....I saw so many cute creations using it, but just didn't see myself getting my money's worth out of it, however the minute I saw the Bow Builder Punch in the Occasions catalog I knew I had to have it!  So cute (as anything little tends to be).  Here's a quick tip, since you do have to punch this twice to get a bow---cut your paper to

You will have one extra little rectangle that you don't need.  The only other thing to watch for is if you have a design on your paper that needs to be right side up--but if you punch like should work.  I used glue dots to put my bow together and used a bone folder on my bow pieces to get them 
to curve a bit.  

Then you can use those bows to create cute stuff like this:

If you'd like to order one of these cute punches let me know or visit here!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Butterflies to Die For....

Although I'm not much of a collage-y stamper I like the look---I'm just not great at creating it....but I'm REALLY good at case-ing!  Ha!

Are you as in love with Butterfly Basics and the matching thinlits as I am?  So beautiful and the ensemble makes beautiful cards with hardly any effort!  Here's what we did at the party:

This little beauty was a case of a card made by Shelli Gardner with Dawn Griffith--easy to do and oh so cute!  Love the wisteria wonder butterfly ....and see that little bit of doily at the bottom?  I never would've thought to do that!  I'm not sure what size the card was that they did, but I made it into a notecard size--I'm telling you--those notecards and envelopes--one of the best deals in our catalog!

Then we "messed around" with the butterfly framelits....I shared an idea that I saw on Mercedes Weber's blog (love those weekly ideas from the Artisans) 

And then our make and take was this card that I cased (with a few minor changes) from Mary Fish's blog:

See that sentiment?  It's from a new photopolymer set called "Lovely Amazing You" which is going to be one of the sets I use for my next Stamp Set of the Month!

***I also shared the tip of using THIS sandwich when you cut out your butterfly thinlits  (the 2 intricate ones)--or for that matter any intricate frame lit.  Here it is--1. Platform; 2. Cutting Plate; 3. Unscented Dryer Sheet; 4. Cardstock; 5. Wax Paper and 6.  The thinlit.
I only use one dryer sheet folded in half--your Big Shot may be looser than mine and need another--you can use the same dryer sheets about 4 times by flipping and turning them.  Here's how you can tell if you are using too many---if you see polka dots on your butterfly's body.  Also--don't try with scented sheets--they will leave a residue on your card stock.

If you use this sandwich--the pieces will just fall out or stick to the dryer sheet!  It's so slick and easy!

I'll be back tomorrow with some more things that we did at the party!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Fun

Woo Hoo!  I finally got to do some stamping!  We had our February get together last night at my house---and oh my!  I had so much I wanted to was hard to decide what to do first!

How to make little envelopes with the hexagon punch and your scoreboard....

Then I did some sponging and created this cute little card using basic gray and pink pirouette and the hearts embossing folder in the new occasions catalog.  I really like how it turned out!

Thanks to Mercedes Weber for the cute idea!

Then I shared a cute idea for the Irresistably Yours designer series paper that you can get for free with a $50 purchase from SU during Sale-a-Bration!  I really bypassed this paper until I saw what other demonstrators were doing with it!

I burnished with my sponge dauber in calypso coral, pool party and daffodil delight--and then added a tag with a few flowers punched with the flower punch from the itty bitty punch pack and the adorable hello from the set of thinlits in the occasions catalog called Hello You!  See that cute ribbon--also free during Sale-a-Bration!  

Wait until you see the butterfly cards that we did--you are going to love them!