Friday, January 22, 2010

2 Tier Desk Caddy

P1160003bI was hoping to get details for this project posted sooner, somehow this week has totally gotten away from me and I've found it's Friday already!  

Most of you guessed correctly that the larger piece of this desk caddy was made using the Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor Box Bigz Die.  What no one figured out was that the border edging I created on the bottom box was NOT. 


boxedgesWhat I discovered was that using the Curly Label punch continuously on the edge of cardstock gave this interesting border very similar to the Fancy Favor box but not an exact duplicate! 

This is how I achieved that pretty border on the bottom tier of my desk caddy: 

I aligned the very edge of the paper with the edge of the punch, but not quite going all the way to the end of the punch.  In the first image see how you can see the edge of the paper still showing in the punch window? 


I inserted the paper into the punch again, this time aligning the punched out curve at about the mid point of the left end curve on the punch.  I continued doing this across my entire piece of cardstock - then scored and assembled my box.  I was thrilled and very surprised with the end result!

Here is a close up picture of the "grass" I made on the bottom edge of the box, just below the houses.  I cut off the edging on frayed ribbonone side of a piece of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to give it a frayed appearance, then used tombow glue to adhere it to the box.  SU says the color in this paper is Old Olive, but I chose to use Always Artichoke ribbon - the color truly was a better match for this!

To create my flowers I took a piece of each color cardstock I was using and ran it through the big shot with the Daisies #2 Bigz die; layered and glued them all down and spritzed several times with a mixture of Champagne Mist shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol.  There really isn't a magic formula for this, I use a small spray bottle filled about halfway with alcohol and add 8-10 drops of the shimmer paint.  Shake it up well and spray away!  I let it dry and sprayed again - repeating this process 3 times.  My photos still don't show how shimmery these flowers really are.  I also popped out a few rhinestones from the SU rhinestone brads and glued them on the center of Stampin' Up's flower brads, for a bit more color and interest. 


Project Recipe:

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad (SAB)
Punches:  Curly Label, 1/2" circle
Big Shot:  Fancy Favor Box Bigz, Daisies #2 Bigz
Accessories:  1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, flower designer brads, circle ice rhinestone brads, shimmer paint, sticky strip, tombow multi purpose adhesive, 2-way glue pen

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the details on this cute little desk caddy.  Check back again, I'm hoping to get details for my bitty card box up this weekend!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop - Stop #5


Welcome to Stampin' Addicts SU! Sale-A-Bration Blog Tour.  All participants in this tour are featuring creations they made with items you can earn for FREE during Stampin' Up's SAB period (January 5 - March 31).  For every $50 purchase of Stampin' Up! merchandise you get to choose one item from the SAB catalog free.  It doesn't get much better than that!

If you started this tour from the beginning you came upon my blog after visiting Sarah.  Didn't you love the wonderful projects she made using the Good Neighbors stamp set?  If you're starting the tour at my website, just follow the link at the bottom of this post to continue on your journey.  If you get lost along the way, you can always jump back on the tour bus by visiting Stampin' Addicts for the complete list of participants.  This tour will run through Monday evening ... so sit back, relax and enjoy!!!

I am showcasing the "Welcome Neighbor" designer series paper pad.  I'm tellin' ya, this pad is HUGE and the selection is fantastic!  72 total sheets of 6" square papers ... 3 sheets each of 24 different designs ... I had such a tough time deciding which designs I wanted to use, I love them all!  I'm not going to go into too many details, don't want to hold the bus up ... check back next week, I'll be posting more details on these projects.

My first project is a magnetic post-it note holder.  This cute little heart design makes a great background paper, the colors are so vibrant and fun yet not overpowering.  The bird is punched using the brand new Two-Step Bird punch from the reverse side of the heart paper.  I added one of SU's rhinestone brads, a bit of ribbon and a magnet on the back. 


This next project was super fun to design and make, an idea I've had in my head for quite some time. I've been looking for something cute and small to keep my notepapers and writing utensils in, which seem to always be hiding from me when I need them.  You could use this for almost anything - I found a few bottles of SU ink refills fit perfectly in the bottom section! 


My last item is a set of mini gift cards and envelopes in a matching box - perfect for a quick and easy last minute gift!  Once again, all these cute designer prints can be found in the SAB Welcome Neighbor paper pack.  Can you spot the two discoveries I found when making these?  They might not be new ideas to you, but they sure were to me.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting, I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I did creating them.  Please continue on the tour by visiting Sharon who will be showcasing the Whimsical Words stamp set.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stampin' Addicts presents: 2010 Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


It's almost Sale-A-Bration time, one of my favorite times of the year!  Mark your calendars for yet another wonderful blog tour presented by Stampin' Addicts!  The tour opens at noon on Saturday Jan. 16 and will run through midnight Monday, January 18.

23 SA forum members will be showcasing items from the Stampin' Up 2010 Sale-A-Bration mini catalog - giving you some great project ideas to use with these items that you can earn FREE (one item free with each $50 SU purchase)! 

Dedicated to all things Stampin’ Up, Stampin’ Addicts offers SU-oriented galleries, challenges and special events. Membership is free of charge, and is open to Stampin’ Up! fans everywhere. Click here to check it out (tell 'em Joyce sent you!), it's a great place to hang out!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Occasions Mini Blog Tour, Stop #15

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts SU! Occasions Mini Blog Tour. We're kicking off the year in grand style, showcasing many of the products in Stampin' Up!'s newly released Occasions Mini brochure. These items will all be available from your demo on January 5.

You may have arrived here after visiting Dawnmarie's site, didn't you just love all the wonderful creations she made using the gorgeous Shades of Spring designer series paper! If you are starting the tour at my blog, you can continue on to visit all 23 participants via the link at the end of my post. If you get lost anywhere along the way, you can find links to all the participants on Stampin' Addicts website. All links will remain live until Sunday evening, so sit back, take your time, visit often and ENJOY!

I am showcasing the stamp set Vintage Vogue, available in wood mount and NEW clear mount. I decided to be brave and try the clear mount set, must admit I was totally thrilled with how easy they are to work with.

The first project I'm sharing is a stamped picture frame. I purchased this several months ago with the intention of altering it - this stamp set seemed perfect for this project. I used Brocade Blue and Soft Suede inks, and the "rock and roll" technique to get some variation in coloring; then stamped randomly all over the frame. Since these were the clear mount stamps, I was able to eyeball the placement. What a super easy project and I love how it turned out!



Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Bashful Blue
Ink: Brocade Blue, Soft Suede






Next I chose to try my hand at stamping on a tumbled tile. This was totally new to me and a fun learning experience. The distressed look of these tiles just seemed to go wonderfully with this stamp set.


Stamps: En Francais, Vintage Vogue
Ink: Pale Plum, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Mellow Moss




For my last project I decided to make a stair step card. This was once again my very first attempt at this so please excuse my imperfections! I discovered (by mistake!) that the new Beautiful Wings butterfly embosslit layers PERFECTLY with the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies diecuts. I had so much fun making this card and it seemed to continue to grow with each and every step. I finally had to call it quits before it became too busy.

Vintage Vogue
Bravo Burgundy, Pretty In Pink, Mellow Moss, Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Pretty In Pink, Versamark
White EP, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pretty In Pink Corduroy Button, Regal Rose brads, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, hemp twine

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting, I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I did creating them. Please continue on the tour by visiting Marie who will be showcasing the brand new stamp set "Tiny Tags".

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