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Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Hamster - May your Holiday Sparkle!!

Hello Happy Friday!!!  Today is the last Friday of the month and the last day you have to enter your project into this months Christmas Challenge over at One Crazy Stamper!  Today I have a cute little Hamster Christmas card to show you...
 Do you see that fancy bow at the top of the card?  You will never guess how I made it!  The whole bow was made using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board!!!  If you do not have this tool it is a MUST and should be added to your Christmas List!!!  There is so many other projects you can make using this amazing tool and I will share some of these ideas with you soon on my blog and some of my Friday posts here at OCS!  Are you intrigued?  Keep checking in so you don't miss out on some of these fabulous ideas =)

Supplies used: 
* Image: Whimsy Wee Stamps, Xmas Hamster 
* Prima - Chalk Edger Ladybug 
* Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black & Cottage Ivy 
* Gelly Roll Clear Glaze Pen 
* 3D Pop Dots 
* Copic Xpress It Cardstock 
* Copic Sketch Markers 
* WR Memory Keepers - Envelope Punch Board
* Patterned Paper: Wild Rose 6x6 Paper Pack, Annabelle's Christmas
* Green Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Garden Green
* Spellbinders:  Classic Ovals & Scalloped Ovals
* Sentiment: Poppy Cling, Holiday Sparkle

Here is a close up look at the adorable little Hamster on the ornament to see the Copic colours used....
 Copic Colours used: 
* Hamster: E13, E11, E00, E000 + E49, E47, E44, E42 
* Inside Ears:  R20, E00 
* Nose: E47, E44 
* Red: R46,R29, R24, R22 
* Greens: G46, G43, G40 
* Whites: N2, N0 
* Silver: Silver Metallic Pen 
* Glaze Pen on: Eyes, Nose, Inside Ears, Ornament Topper, Green Stripes on Ornament

I hope that you enjoyed today's post and will submit your project today into this month's Christmas Challenge at One Crazy Stamper =)

Until Next Time, Keep Crafting & Merry Christmas!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy 50th Birthday to my DH

Hello and Happy Friday!!!  On November 17th my husband turned 50!!  Today I am going to share with you the special card I made for him =) 

You know when someone celebrates the 50th Wedding Anniversary it is called their "Golden" Anniversary, well I played off that and came up with this....

 Here is a look at the inside of the card....
 Supplies Used: 
* Copic Xpress It Cardstock 
* Copic Sketch Markers 
* Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa & Cantaloupe 
* Image: High Hopes Stamps - Birthday Fish 
* Papers: Three Bugs in a Rug 6x6 "Frisky" Paper Pad
* Glossy Accents 
* 3D Pop Dots 
* Happy Sentiment: My Favorite Things, Piggy Bank 
* Inside Sentiments:  High Hopes Stamps -  Bold Happy Birthday & Growing Old 
* 50th Sentiment:  My Favorite Things, Banner Day Alphabet
* Your Golden Sentiment:  My Favorite Things, Goldfish Girl
* Bubbles:  Dress It Up Craft Buttons from Michaels
* My Favorite Things Die-Namics: Fishtail Flag Stax, Fishtail Layer Flag Stax
All Links listed above are for products available to purchase at One Crazy Stamper

 Here is a look at the 3D effect on the card....

Here is a close up of the fun image to see the Copic colours used....
Copic Colours Used: 
* Fish: YG27,YG24, YG23, YG21 
* Hat: B16, B14, B12 
* Bubbles: B12, 0 
* Balloon: BG34, BG32, BG11, BG10 
* Water: BG11, BG10

I hope that you enjoyed today's post, I would love to hear your thoughts=)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
High Hopes Stamps - Challenge 195: Circles (my bubbles on my card are circles!!)

Until Next Time, Keep Crafting!!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Anniversary to my Husband

Happy Friday!!!! I sure hope that you enjoyed the special Tutorial that I posted last Friday (November 8th). If you did not get a chance to check it out I hope you will go back and take a look see - I would love to hear your thoughts =)

On to today's post - On the 12th of November my husband and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary and today I would like to share with you the card I made for my honey...I made a 6x6 card and made a perfect fit envelope using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Here is a look at the front of the card....

I decided to make an easel card, here is a look at the card in full....
Supplies Used: 
* Copic Xpress It Cardstock 
* Copic Sketch Markers 
* High Hopes Rubber Stamps: Monkey Mates 
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear 
Memento Inks: Nautical Blue & Tuxedo Black 
* Versa Mark  
* Squishy Scissors (Love Love Love these scissors!!!) 
* 3D Pop Dots 
* Fab Scraps12x12 Patterned Paper: Rustic Dreams 
* Bazzill 12x12 Kraft Cardstock 
* Admiral 12x12 Bazzill Cardstock 
* Glossy Accents 
* We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board 
* Slate Blue 8.5x11 Cardstock from Michaels 
* Outside Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo Wedding Set 
* Inside main Sentiment:  My Favorite Things, About Audrey Hepburn
* With Love sentiment:  Inkadinkadoo Everyday Sentiments 
* Heart Dies: Heart Framelets from Stampin' Up 
* Embossing Buddy from Stampin' Up  
All Links Listed Above are for products available to purchase at One Crazy Stamper

Here is a close up of the adorable image to see the Copic colours used....
 Copic Colours Used: 
* Boy Fur: E49, E47,
* Boy Belly, Hands, Feet, Face & Girl Fur: E44, E43, E42, E41 
* Girl Hands, Feet, Face & Belly: E43, E42, E41, E40 
* Boy Nose: E49, E44 
* Girl Nose: E47, E43 
* Girl Bow: B93, B91, G000 
* Ears: E02, E00, E41
+ Glossy Accents on the eyes, noses and the Girl's bow.

And that is my Husbands Anniversary card, here is a top view to see the card a little better =)  Hope you enjoyed today's post.

Until Next Time, Keep Crafting!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tutorial Time! Exploding Christmas Tree Box/Card

Hello and welcome to my exciting Friday Tutorial Post for my One Crazy Stamper Design Team. 

Today I would like to show you how to create an EXPLODING CHRISTMAS TREE BOX/CARD.  I am going to warn you that this post is very picture heavy but well worth the look.  Please take the time to read all the way through and let me know what you think =)

If you have never heard of an exploding box/card you are in for a special treat.

Don't let the list of supplies needed to scare you off as most of the items listed are items you will already have in your craft tool box along with some special pieces that I used =)

Supplies Needed: 
* 2 pieces of matching 12x12 Bazzill Cardstock  (1 for the box at 12x12 and 1 for the lid at 6-1/8x6-1/8) 
* Paper Trimmer
* Scor-Pal 
* Scor-Tape 
* Squishy Scissors (+craft knife and ruler if desired) 
* 6" Circle Die Cutter (cut 1 using scrap from lid) 
* Scotch tape
* Dee's Distinctively Snow-covered Tree Die Large 
* 2 6x6 pieces of patterned paper to cut out your tree shapes from 
* 1 6x6 pieces of patterned paper for inside of the box and cut 4 squares at 3x3 each 
* Coordinating cardstock to mount your 3x3 patterned paper squares - cut 2 pieces at 3-1/2"x3-1/2" and cut 1 piece at 3-1/2"x7-1/2"
* High Hopes Stamps Sentiments: Holiday All Year & Magic of Christmas (you can use up to 3 sentiments on the inside if you wish depending on your patterned paper choice.  My paper allowed for 2 sentiments and with the last square I left it blank to put my "To & From" and special Christmas message for the recipient.
* Memento Ink:  Rhubarb Stalk
* Tape Runner
* Best Glue Ever! (love love love this glue!!)
* 1" Sheer Ribbon to wrap around the box and lid twice plus a little to decorate the top of the box as well
* Marianne Design Poinsettia Die
* Red & Green cardstock to make the Poinsettia
* Glue Dots
* 1 Yellow Gem (Rhinestone)
* Embellishments if desired for inside the box

So lets get started now that you have your supplies......

Step 1)  Build your Box Base:  Using your 12x12 cardstock piece and your Scor-Pal, score at 4" and 8".  Turn your paper once and score again at 4" and 8" again.  You should see 9 squares on your 12x12 cardstock - see photo below....

Step 2)  Cut out using either scissors or your craft knife and ruler, the 4 outside corners of your scored 12x12 cardstock - see photo below....

Step 3)  Build the Box Lid:  Using your 6-1/8"x6-1/8" cardstock and your Scor-Pal, score each side at 1" all around the square - see photo below....

Step 4)  On 2 ends of the scored 6-1/8"x6-1/8" cardstock, cut to the cross score lines, then score over.  Add Scor-Tape to the ends of the long cut areas and to the scored over short pieces at the bottom, this step will secure your lid - see photo below....

Here is a look at the completed lid (upside down)....

Step 5)  Making your tree:  Take your 6" circle and fold in half.  Cut along the folded line with either your paper trimmer or scissors so that you have a half circle.  Then take your half circle and form into a cone and secure with Scotch tape - see photo below....

Step 6)  Using your 4 sets of Dee's Distinctively Snow-covered Tree, starting with the larges pieces of the cut outs put tape runner or Best Glue Ever! on the backside and stick evenly around the bottom of the cone.  Be sure to have some of the tree "boughs" extend past the cone as this will be how you will stick your tree to your box.  Continue this step with each layer of the tree till you reach the top - see photo below with the die, patterned paper I used and also the covered cone (tree)....

Here is a closer look at the completed tree....
Step 7)  Decorating the outside of the box & lid:  Attach ribbon to the box on the outside and secure on the inside with Scotch tape.  Be sure to match up the ribbon lines on both the lid and box so that when the box is assembled it looks like the ribbon is all in a line and has a "wrapped" look.  The reason this step is completed now is so that when you complete the inside of the box your 3x3 mounted squares will cover up the ends of the ribbon and Scotch tape.
Step 8)  Poinsettia:  Cut and create your poinsettia for the top of the lid.  I used glue dots to layer the petals of the flower then I added a gem to the center of the flower.  Add Ribbon strips or loops to decorate under the flower if desired and attach to the top of the lid using Best Glue Ever! - see photos below of the top view....

Side view of the Poinsettia....

Step 9)   Decorating the inside of the box:  Stamp all your sentiments on your decorative 3x3 paper as desired - see photo below....

Step 10)  Attach the 3x3 squares to the mounting cardstock - see photo below....

Step 11)  Attach the mounting cardstock with your decorative paper to the back part of the inside of the box.  I decided to create a "wall" for my box, then attach the two remaining squares to the inside of the box - see photo below....

Step 12)  Attach the tree to the center of the box base:  Using Best Glue Ever! put glue to the rim of the cone inside the tree and on the over hanging boughs of the tree and attach to the center of the box base.  Embellish the base around the tree if desired with presents, snowflakes, etc.

And here is your Exploding Christmas Tree Box/Card all wrapped up to give away....

See completed project below....

Thank you for sticking with me till the end and I hope that you enjoyed today's tutorial and will give it a try. I would love to hear what you thought of this project!

Until Next Time, Keep Crafting & Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 1, 2013

OCS November Challenge - Christmas!

Hello and Happy 1st of November!  Since it is the 1st of the month that means we are starting a new challenge over at One Crazy Stamper!  This month the challenge is to creative a project based on the theme - CHRISTMAS!!!  How easy is that with Christmas less then two months away!!!

Here is my card I made to show you to hopefully inspire you to join in this months challenge....
Here is a look at the inside of the card....
 Supplies Used:
* Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black & Olive Grove 
* Paper:  Carta Bella 6x6 Paper Pad, Christmas Day
* Cardstock:  Michaels 8.5x11 Paper Pack
* Spellbinders:  Standard Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
* My Favorite Things Die-Namics: Fishtail Flags Stax & Fishtail Flag Layer Stax
* Hemp:  AC Primo - Olive Green
(All links listed above are for products available for purchase at One Crazy Stamper!)
Here is a close up of the Elegant Santa for you to see the Copic colours used....
 Copic Colours Used:
* Skin:  E11, E00, E000
* Hat:  T10, R89, R39, R37, E53, E51, E50
* Holly Leaves & Ribbon:  BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90
* Holly Berries:  R46, R29, R24, R22 + Glossy Accents
* Bell:  YR24, YR23, YR21 + Glossy Accents
* Hair:  T2, T0

I hope that you enjoyed today's card and that I may have inspired you to create a project to enter into this months Christmas theme over at One Crazy Stamper for your chance to win a fabulous Stamp prize pack.

Until Next Time, Keep Crafting!
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