Making Rectangles from Stitched Shape Framelits using Seasoned with Love Set

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I made a couple of sweet little cards today while I was playing around with the new Host set, Seasoned With Love. I love gardening and plants, and I especially like something about the rustic little cans these plants are sitting in. Adorable. I really like trying to come up with a new way to use stamps and framelits. It’s always beautiful and easy to use a set in a way similar to the catalog sample, but it’s fun and exciting to create something totally new!

  • On the first card, I think the stamped Seasoned with Love plants on the background add a lot of interest to an otherwise pretty simple and classic card, and I love the rectangle cut-outs! More on how I made those in a minute.
  • The 2nd card I made using the retired Hearth and Home framelit to cut out the window, and the retired Brick Embossing Folder for the background.
  • On the 3rd card, I decided to pull out every blue ink pad I own (pens would work well too!) and I combined stamps from the Timeless Textures set and the plants to make a fun background. I used a sentiment from Colorful Seasons on the front and the inside of my card. I love stamping backgrounds… I always feel like I’m creating wallpaper, and I like throwing out the most obvious color scheme and trying something fresh, too!

After I played around for a while with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits, I now think turning the squares into rectangles is pretty easy! Here’s how I did it… Continue reading

Card Box Tutorial

I’m so excited to share a little paper “book box” tutorial with you all today! I love making cards. Lots of cards. And I especially love putting them together in darling little bundles tied up with a ribbon to give as gift sets! But, I’m always struggling to find a good box lying around to wrap them in. The answer… make my own, of course! I found a design similar to this one, but it was just too narrow.  I like to do sets of 10 cards with envelopes, so I tweaked it a couple of times, and this is what I’ve come up with. Hope you and the recipients of your boxes of cards enjoy them as much as I do!

For my box today, I basically made a card front using the Jar of Love and Wood Words stamp sets and Everyday Jars thinlit dies by Stampin’ Up! In the past I’ve used pretty designer paper, or card stock that I’ve just stamped all over and cut up (Like my Oh So Succulent box above!)  Let your imagination run wild!

Written down, this might seem like a lot of steps, but I promise that if you make one, you’ll see how easy it is!

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Paper sizes for the box:

  • Cut 1 piece 11 1/2″ x 7″ inches long in the card stock color of your choice- I used Soft sky. This will be the “cover” of your book.
  • Cut 1 piece 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ inches long in the same card stock color as cover. (Or mix it up. Far be it from me to give you a rule when it comes to creative crafting! Ha!)

Paper sizes I used to decorate my box:

  • Box front: Whisper White Cardstock 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ inches
  • (Cut 2 pieces) Front side of box and the outside spine of book  6 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ in Whisper White Cardstock
  • (Cut 2 pieces) Short sides of box 4 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Ribbon: I cut mine about 28 inches long, and then trimmed about an inch off of each end once I’d tied my bow and made sure it was long enough.

First, make the “book cover”

  • Using the longest piece of card stock, (11 1/2″ x 7″) score along the long side at 5″ and again at 6 1/2″. This has just created your book cover.

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Cute little book cover, just like that!

  • Next I took a ruler and marked a light pencil line halfway (3 1/2″) through my card stock (so I know where my glue for the ribbon will be going) I didn’t want my ribbon stuck down all the way to the edge of my book, so I stopped short with the pencil mark and the glue about 1/2 and inch from each edge.

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  • Add a thin line of Multipurpose Glue along the pencil line and glue down the ribbon. Set that aside to dry.

Make the box that will hold the cards:

  • Using the 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 card stock, score along all four sides at 1 1/2 inches.

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  • Starting on one of the long sides, snip up the score line to the next score line, and cut out a tiny “V slit” of paper. This step of cutting the “v’s” is not absolutely necessary, but it will make your box fit together better when you’re gluing and forming the box.

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  • Turn the paper so you’re working on the other long side, and cut the tabs the same way. See picture above. I marked the lower left corner with pencil dash lines to give a better idea of where to cut the “v”. I did cut it after I took that picture. You should have 4 slits in your piece of paper now.

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  • Fold and burnish your creases with a bone folder
  • Before we glue the box together, it’s easier to add whatever paper you’ll be decorating the sides with, so set the box aside for now.

I used stamps from the Jar of Love set (one of my all-time favorites) I random stamped leaves and and then glued on die cut flowers. At first, I let the flowers hang over the edges, (paper in the lower right corner) but when I went to glue them on the box, they hung out too far, so I sliced them off, and I think I like it even better that way!

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One strip of paper didn’t make it in the picture. I made 4 of these for the 3 sides of the box and the “spine” of the book cover.

  • Glue your strips onto 3 sides of your box. The side without decoration will be glued inside the cover, leave it blank.

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  •  Put some glue on 2 of the cut tabs and adhere them to the long sides of the box.
  • Repeat the glue on the other 2 tabs and you have your box!

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  • Decorate and attach whatever you’re adding to the front of your book cover. I stamped my jar, burlap, string and some stems and leaves first. I used the die to cut the jar out. I popped it up with dimensionals onto my Whisper White card stock that was already stamped with flowers from the Wood Words set. Next I added leaves and flowers behind the jar, and covered up any stems that didn’t line up perfectly on my jar by hiding them with the flowers in front (also on dimensionals). I wrapped the twine around the top a couple of times, slid my tag on, (cut from Wood Crate Framelit Die set) tied a bow, and glued it onto my box book cover.
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How am I ever going to give this one away? I adore it!

  • Add the last long strip of paper to the middle spine of your cover.

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  • Flip the little box over and add some Multipurpose glue to the bottom and back side. Center it on the back inside of the book cover (lay it right against the score line so the spine fits flat against the back side).

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If you used Multipurpose glue, you’ll have to pinch the spine together with the back box side for a few seconds to really make sure it adheres well and will withstand opening and closing.

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Ta-da! So cute, right?!

 

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Standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch cards fit perfectly inside.

 

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A test box I made when I was figuring out the dimensions. I stamped pages with Oh So Succulent stamps and cut up the pages for the box and a whole set of cards. I really like this stamp set.

 

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Another box made with Crumb Cake card stock, white embossing powder and the Falling Flowers stamp set.

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My favorite little boxes for gifting card sets!

 

That’s it, go have some fun and make a box to store some of your cards in! I’d love to see the boxes you create! All of the items listed above can be purchased from my online store, and I would be honored to be your demonstrator! Or, if you’re like me, and you love stamping AND a discount… let’s connect and you could get 20% off all your future orders and up to $125 worth of product for $99 when you sign up to join my HappyStampin team!

Here’s a link to my store! Erin’s Happy Stampin’ Store

Petal Palette & Watercolor Pencils

I am crazy about Stampin’ Up! Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating Thinlit Dies. I really like a set to be versatile, and this one has so many options!

I started out wanting to make a card with this set in Calypso Coral and Pool Party (I LOVE that color combo)… but as sometimes happens, I ended up with something completely different!

I started out with the Memento Ink, and then colored in my flowers with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. You can see in the picture it was a pretty quick color job, which really works well with the pencils. I like leaving some white spaces because it adds a lot of dimension once it’s blended with the Blender Pen.

These watercolor pencils are SO fun! Fast and rich, and practically magic when you combine them with a swipe of the Blender Pen. They just blend together so beautifully and make any card look professional!

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Prior to the Blender Pen

Because I decided that I didn’t love the black branches, I cut out the roses with the coordinating Petals And More thinlit dies, and glued them to a new card front in Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped the branches in Pear Pizzazz, and stamped and cut my sentiment using Calypso Coral, the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies, and Calypso Coral paper and a 2″ punch for the base.

I felt like it was still missing something, so I cut apart a Pear Pizzaz thinlit branch and glued that onto the card front with a little Multi Purpose Glue. (Tip: add a dab of glue to a silicone sheet and use a cut up sponge to dab the glue on the back of detailed dies.)

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Love this glue, I use it for almost everything!

 

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The finished product!

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The inside with a sweet little bird to accompany my “Thank You”

Card dimensions:

Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base in Calypso Coral scored or folded in half. Card Front: 4×5 1/4 in Whisper White.

You can purchase any of the items used to make this card in my online shop! I’d be honored to be your demonstrator, and to help you with any card or paper crafting needs you may have! Thanks for stopping by to take a look! Erin’s Happy Stampin Store

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I’ve decided to join the world of blogging by sharing my love of stamping and card making. As a stay at home mother of 3 boys, I love having a creative outlet that’s all mine. I spend many a quiet evenings creating cards when little ones are finally asleep! So whether you have all the time in the world for crafts, or if you’re snagging nap times like I am, welcome and thanks for joining me! I hope you find something useful or inspirational as you look around my blog! Happy stamping! -Erin

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton