Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Watermelon Sweets Gift Boxes

Everyone loves watermelon and candy especially my grandkids! I made these candy boxes for them that look just like sweet pieces of watermelon, and am sharing how you can make them too using Tonic Studio’s Cake Slice Box Die and Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops.

Supplies used to make this card:

Other: Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks, Tim Holtz Blending Tools, black checked ribbon, small glue dots, 1/8” red liner tape, paper towel, candy 

Here are the steps to make these watermelon sweets gift boxes:

1. Die cut two main cake slice box pieces out of thick white cardstock. (As you can see from the die set picture above, there are 16 pieces in this cake slice die set with lovely floral layers, but I am using the main cake slice and the round tag pieces only for this project.) Fold all scored lines on both pieces and apply very thin red liner tape to the thin side folds. Remove the cover on one of the skinny tape pieces and attach the two cake slice pieces together as shown:

2. Create the watermelon seeds by shaping them with Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops on release paper. These could be done directly on the finished boxes, but it is easier to make a bunch of the watermelon seeds on release paper, let them dry and then apply your favorites to the completed boxes with a glue dot. The crystal drops seeds are larger than a typical crystal drop embellishment and take at least an hour to dry.

3. Sponge green Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink along the top of the two attached box pieces and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink along the bottom of the box pieces. Fill in with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink blending with the red and leaving a little white under the green.

4. Spray the sponged pieces with water in Nuvo’s Light Mist Spray Bottle and blot with a paper towel. The water creates spots on the Distress Oxide inks as shown here:

5. Remove the last thin line tape piece and fold together to form the watermelon slice box. Seal the bottom of the box with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

6. Attach the watermelon seeds with small glue dots.

7. Slide the tabs on the top of the box to close and tie a black checked ribbon bow through the holes after filling the box with candy.

8. The Dimensions Cake Slice Box Die Set includes a cute “Eat Me” tag that you can choose whether or not to include on your watermelon sweets gift box. I sponged a couple scraps of white cardstock with Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks and die cut the scalloped stitched circle, the regular circle and the “eat me” sentiment out of a black scrap in my Tonic Tangerine die cutting machine. My orange die cutting plate is worn with thousands of cuts but it never bends and still cuts beautifully every time.

9. Attach the black sentiment circle to the red circle and then to the green scalloped circle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and then attach to one of the watermelon slice boxes. Fill the boxes with candy and the sweet watermelon treat boxes are done.

My grandchildren are going to love these sweet candy filled watermelon boxes. I hope they will think “they are the juice!” I was inspired to make them by the watermelon box shared on this blogpost using a different box die.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Favorite of the Altenew Layered Floral Cards

I love this set of layered flower dies from Altenew and made one more card with it. The top layer was cut out of a pretty sparkly blue cardstock that is even prettier IRL. The second layer is a light blue subtle patterned paper and the card base is a bright yellow. Here is another look:

I die cut a pretty Happy Birthday using a new sentiment die from Memory Box for the inside of the card:
I am busy working on some deadlines and a new creative adventure along with some family visits, so there will not enough time to blog regularly. But I will be back soon so check back for more new cards, techniques and tips.

I am entering this card in the Altenew Facebook Anything Goes Challenge. If you like this card, please click on the link and give it a thumbs up. Thanks!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas in July 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas holiday card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Little Blue Button Stamps is giving their winner a $10 gift certificate! And the winner from Die-Versions receives a $15 gift certificate! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

I printed a colored digi from Little Blue Button Stamps called Santa Bottlecaps for the featured image on my Christmas card. I started with a white A2 cardbase and embossed two shades of green cardstock in a Sizzix Christmas words embossing folder. I layered the vintage Santa scene on a scalloped red rectangle cut out with Tonic Studio's Mixed Rectanges. I attached a pretty snowflake ribbon die cut with a die from Poppy Stamps and added a gem to complete the card. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Prayers Duo of Thoughtful Cards

I watched a video of Jennifer McGuire's recently and was fascinated with her idea of stamping on word dies and behind them so the image continues flawlessly. I do not have any alphabet dies like the ones she used, but tried the technique with a lovely "prayers" die and stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and a gorgeous stamp from Visible Image and love how the cards turned out.

I stamped the feather and birds stamp on 2 pieces of white cardstock using my stamp platform so the image was stamped in exactly the same place both times. I die cut "prayers" out of one of them and also out of white fun foam and glued them together. I stamped the prayers sentiment and attached the raised "prayers" in exactly the place where the stamped image was. Here is another example of this lovely technique:

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Butterfly Hello

I have been fascinated lately with cards that feature alphabet letter dies that are cut out of the same designer paper and attached so the pattern continues on the letters and on the background. Does that make sense? Jennifer McGuire showed this technique in a recent blog post with a video tutorial here. I cannot afford the set of alphabet dies she used, but searched through my dies and found a block letter "hello" die from Kaisercraft that worked great. 

 I started with two identical pieces of pink floral designer paper from The Paper Studio. I die cut "hello" out of one of them and also out of black fun foam. I used my favorite glue from Nuvo (Deluxe Adhesive with the fine tip) to attach the pink floral hello to the black fun foam and then onto the card front so the flower pattern continues on both. I attached that piece to a black cardbase. Then I added some pink punched butterflies decorated with Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops. Here is a close up look showing the dimension and a look at the inside where I attached another piece of the gorgeous floral dp with gold foil:

I am entering this card in the Layers challenge at Dies R Us and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. (The "hello" die is from Kaisercraft.)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

I Am Back and All Shook Up

Yeah- my blog issues have been solved thanks to my computer whiz friends, Michael and Sara! I have been very busy working on a new adventure in my creative life. Stay tuned here for my big announcement. But in the meantime, I am sharing a fun shaker card featuring Tonic Studios lovely Floral Blooms Patterned Panels Die Set and the perfect stamp set for shaker cards from Studio Calico. I simply cut out the Floral Blooms background out of a purple polka dotted cardstock, attached a layer of acetate behind it and two thin layers of mounting tape all around the back. I dumped in a bunch of chunky glitter and floral sequins and attached to an eggplant colored card base. I stamped "shake it" with purple ink and "you know you wanna" with black ink on a vellum strip and attached it with glue dots. The glue dots were covered up with gold floral sequins and I added a couple pink floral sequins for fun. Here's a peak of the card all shook up: 

I am entering this card in the Layers challenge at Dies R Us and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Floral Hello Shaker Card on the Tonic Studios USA Blog

I have been wanting to try a tulle shaker card ever since I saw Jennifer McGuire do it in a video a while back. I created this see through shaker card with tulle and red, green and gold mirror card using Tonic Studios dies, stamps and embossing folders as well as their Christmas mirror card pack. Christmas colors now? Why not? For complete instructions and more pictures, please visit the Tonic Studios USA blog here. 

I love comments- especially when they are on the blogs I am designing for or guest dt for or on the AllFreePaperCrafts.com articles I have written.  So thanks so much for taking the time to leave some joy when you can.

I am entering this card in the Layers challenge at Dies R Us and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land, as well as the Win & Tonic Challenge.

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!