Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From Butterfly to Bat

I made the coolest bat using the Elegant Butterfly and 1/2" Circle Punches.  Just punch the butterfly first, then fold it in half, and last take some "bites" out of the bottom of the wings using the circle punch.

Do you like that large banner?  Can you guess where it's from?  It's a leftover piece from the Chalkboard Banner Kit.  The Halloween greeting comes from the Mingle All the Way stamp set.
This simple 4" x 4" card used up some scraps that were on my stamp table.  A bit from Paper Pumpkin and retired washi tape.  The thick Bakers Twine is fabulous if you hadn't tried it.  I recommend the olive--it's perfect for tying up Thanksgiving and Christmas packaging.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

It Once Was a Faceted Box

I mentioned earlier last week that I made some rescue efforts to save what I could from a cool box I had made.  This is the cool faceted box I made.  After spending some time making just the right embellishments and twine ties for the top I quickly set to taking a picture of my masterpiece.  Not more than seconds after taking the photo I dropped the box on the floor and stepped right on it.  I mean I squashed it like a bug!  I saved what was worth saving and set out to make something else.  Since then I have made a couple new faceted boxes--they are kind of addicting.

To make these:
  • Cut two 6" square pieces of cardstock or DSP. 
  • Using an Envelope Punch Board, punch and score at the 3" mark of each side. 
  • Using a Simple Score Tool, score all four sides of both 6" square pieces at 3/8". 
  • To one of the 6" square pieces add Sticky Strip to the four edges. 
  • Fold inward on all scorelines.
  • Peel backin on Sticky Strip and assemble the box.

To Julie Warnick
From Dara Gloden

Friday, October 24, 2014

Box in a Bag

This type of treat holder is SUPER easy!  I made my "Box in a Bag" treats using the Envelope Punch Board.  You heard me right--the Envelope Punch Board.  It makes everything so easy.  Go ahead and try it.
All you do is:

  • Cut a 3 1/2" square piece of card stock.
  • Punch the first side at 1 1/2" and then score.
  • Rotate to the second side and align the "foot" in the scoreline, punch, and then score.
  • Rotate and repeat for the remaining to sides.
  • Fold the corners upward on all four scorelines to form a funky/pointy box bottom. Wrap Sticky Strip around to hold the box like shape.
  • Cut a piece of 4" x 8 1/2" DSP and add Sticky Strip one of the short ends.  Be sure to put the tape on what will be the inside of the bag.
  • Remove the backing on the folded box bottom.
  • Align long edge on exposed Sticky Strip and wrap all the way around.  Remove backing on short edge of DSP to secure and finish the bag.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Slanted Sketch

Check out this slanted sketch challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  It's a bit different and refreshing.  I paired the sketch with the Flashback pack of Designer Series Paper and the Big News stamp set.  Is it any surprise that I inked up the birthday greeting image with three Stampin' Write Markers?  No, it's no surprise because if you know me you know that is my "go to" technique. I love markers and adding multiple colors for a fast cool look.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Rescue Efforts

Rescue efforts you ask?  Yes, you see I made this super cool box that I will show in a few days, that got photographed and the demolished.  Right after taking a picture of the box I dropped it on the floor and then managed to step on it and squish the life right out of it.  The box was beyond repair, so I yanked the embellishments off of the mangled mess and added them to a card front.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Feathers

Do you ever make cards or projects that just really appeal to you?  I don't know what it is about this card in particular, but I really REALLY love how it turned out.  Maybe it's the soft blue feathers stamped cleanly in a row.  Or, it's the single glimmering feather or maybe the light touch to the linen thread that adds a dainty finish.  One last thought, it could be the vanilla card base with it's no fuss of extra layers of cardstock.  I'm not sure, but what a do know is that I hope you all have an enjoyable time preparing for the upcoming holiday season and love everything you create!  Smiles, Elizabeth

From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Colors of October Make Me Happy

I love to stamp and create things for Halloween.  There is room for smudges and crookedness and minor tweaks all because they enhance the style and appearance of what is being crafted.  Hand Stamped Sentiments has a perfect color challenge for October and these hues make me smile.  These gave me the green light to make a little something for Halloween that also includes a funky technique I have used in the past.  I call it "bleeding images."  Pretty gruesome, but perfect for the time of year.

All you do is stamp your image using a dye based ink marker or pad.  Then, spritz it with water and allow the image to bleed and wick then wait for the paper to dry completely.  Next, clean your stamp and reink with a permanent ink like Jet Black Staz On.  Align the image directly over the spritzed image and stamp again.  It's a cool effect--try it! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Style Crush

You know there are some cards that just scream out to you to copy and make.  Well, for this card this was one of those moments.  In fact I have many of those when I see cards made by Amy O'Neill.  She made this card you can see here for a swap this past summer at Convention.  I have to say I have a total "style crush" on Amy's work.  I just love her layouts, combinations of prints and patterns, color palettes, and well everything.  This card is not the first nor the last one I know I will case!  Thanks Amy for being such a BIG INSPIRATION.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Envelope Punch Board is a Must Have Tool

I cannot believe how many fabulous tricks and techniques you can do with the Envelope Punch Board.  Not only can you make envelopes in a bazillion sizes, but you can make boxes, pouches, bows, rick rack, zig zag edges and more and more!  (I just made some bag boxes that are a new spin on an old pattern using the Punch Board.  I will be showing those in a few days).  For now check out these cuties.
I saw this fabulous pouch on Pinterest made by Diane Barnes.  She has a super handy tutorial on her blog on which I based my tutorial.  Below you can see my list of steps to make your very own pouches.  A bit different from Diane's tutorial, I added a few scoring steps in my instructions to make the gussets and top fold.  I really put the Punch Board to the test as I wanted to make the entire pouch without getting out any other tool.  Besides a pair of scissors I succeeded. These little treats are the perfect size for Ghirardelli chocolate squares, gift cards, or any small present.
· Cut a 6” x 6” piece of card stock or DSP.
· Side One: punch and score at 2 ¼”, score at 2 ¾”, punch and score at 3 ¼”.
· Side Two: line up first score from the left edge with the ‘score guide’ then punch and score.  Next, line up the third score with score guide and punch but DO NOT SCORE.
· Side Three: same as “side one.”
· Side Four: line up first score from the left edge with the ‘score guide’ then punch and score.  Next, line up second score with score guide and SCORE ONLY, last line up the third score with score guide and punch.  This will form the top of the pouch.
· Round all points with the corner rounder.
· Using paper snips cut out all the inner corners.
· Accordion fold on the “side one” and “side three” sides, align flaps to form front of pouch and adhere.
· Fold “side two” up and adhere.
· Fold the scores of “side four” inward to form top flap closure.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick