Tuesday, August 21, 2018

DCWV | Fall Explosion Box...

Hello Friends! It seems I've been non existent here on the blog for a very. long. time... But I will skip all the unnecessary excuses and just jump straight into this tutorial for an explosion box!


I created one of these boxes, ages ago for a friend. It was her project and she just didn't know how to go about finishing. All her pieces were cut to size as it came in a pre-made kit. I have always wanted to follow through and make one for myself. So her goes! Through a little bit of trial and error, I have managed to create a box full of memories. Something I am very grateful for. 

The first step was to gather my supplies. This was super easy with the new DCWV Inc Fall Basics Premium Stack. It has 32 gorgeous 12"x12" printed cardstock sheets with a touch of champagne foil thrown in! Being a little bit thicker than the standard patterned paper sheets, this stack is perfect for creating mini albums such as the explosion box.


Choose three base cardstock pieces and create a tic-tac-toe grid by trimming the corner pieces from each square. I have used American Craft cardstock in white 12"x12", warm brown (11.75"x11.75") and cream (11.5"x11.5"). To create the grid, simply score a line down each edge at 4". Rotate the cardstock until you have two lines going both vertically and horizontally. 


Round the corners on each piece if you want a softer look.

Creating the lid..

To build the lid of the box, trim a 6.25" square from coordinating cardstock or patterned paper. Score a fold line 1" in from each edge. Using a pair of sharp scissors, follow the score line and cut only one side of the corner. Rotate the cardstock and make the same cut in each corner square. Fold the corner piece back onto itself to create a flap.

Fold the score lines while being aware of the patterned paper that will be on the outside of the box. Add adhesive to the flap that has just been cut and fold it now onto the inside of the fold next to it, forming the box lid.


Embellish with die-cut flowers, leaves and any other images you may want to follow with your box theme. I have also used free silhouette cut files and a wooden arrow from Pebbles Inc.


For the inside layer of my explosion box, I have used the champagne foil scallop patterned paper and trimmed it to 10.5"x10.5". Using the same method as above, scored and trimmed the excess pieces to allow it to fit snuggly into the centre of my box.

Assembling the box..


Layer the cardstock pieces, largest to smallest but add adhesive only the centre square of the grid. For the patterned paper layer, notch out a half circle from each section. This creates interest and accessibility to any journaling on tags.

Shaker card in the centre..

For something a little bit different, I wanted to add a shaker card to the bottom of the explosion box. Using the WeRMemoryKeepers Frame punch board, I cut a 4"x4" square and lined it with an off-cut of plastic packaging. Recycling at its best! The rest is easy. Add a handful of sequins, wood veneers and die-cut shapes to the middle of the grid patterned paper. Line the reverse side of the frame with foam tape and carefully secure it over the bits and pieces you want to display inside the shaker.


To complete the box, embellish with coordinating products such as Pebbles Inc Patio Party. Don't forget to include your favourite photos and some special memorabilia.




Happy Crafting! Thanks for visiting the blog today after a very long absence from yours truly!! 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

DCWV + Spotlight | Christmas Village & Gingerbread House...

Hey Everyone!! Check out this amazingly, cute paper village


How cool is it! It's a new Paper Project Kit from DCWV who've teamed up with Spotlight Australia.  It comes with six building, one being a pretty awesome looking church, plenty of mini trees and... a family of reindeer!! I'm so excited! LOL! 


They are actually so cute! All glittery with gold highlights. The buildings themselves have a frosted white glitter, which is unfortunately hard to see in these photos. The kit also provides a copper wire, battery operated lighting system.  This really sets your display apart from the norm, especially at night.

But I wanted to take this project one step further. Let's transform this house...


to this..


Each Christmastime, it's a family tradition to bake Gingerbread Houses... from scratch! Not an easy task. But this! So much easier and a lot less gooey! LOL

To start, create the chosen house as per the instructions in the kit. I would recommend painting the house a toasty gingerbread brown colour before assembling. This way you wont get paint on the gold trimmings!

I've also started to gather my supplies, such as white cardstock borders from simple scallop punches and Christmas Patterned Papers from DCWV.


If you haven't already painted your house, now is the time to do it, allowing it to dry. Add paint to the underside of the eaves as well.



Trim some candy canes from the DCWV Holiday Paper Lace Mat Stack. Mount it onto some white cardstock and carefully trim around the outside.




Add some candy canes to the front entrance of the gingerbread house with foam dots. Glue a scallop border to the front and back eaves of the roofline as well.


The rest of the gingerbread house has been decorated using the DCWV Holiday Jewel and Very Merry Mat Stacks.


Simple shapes have been used to create the snowman and trees on the side of the house and more scallop border punches have been added above the door. These borders have wrapped around the outside of the house to recreate the look of iced decorations.

Using a white gel Pen or paint, decorate the windows with lines and dots. Frame the window s with fussy cut branches - images found in the DCWV Very Merry Mat Stack.

Complete the look with gumdrops - flower punched shapes overlapped with each other. The DCWV Holiday Jewel Patterns Mat Stack provides plenty of beautiful colours to choose from.


Finally, light up you house using the supplied copper light system. This gingerbread house can be used as a stand alone feature or add it to your scene to create some fun and interest!

Thanks for visiting and please don't forget to check out the DCWV blog for more fun ideas..x

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jillibean Soup | Stamping & Diecut Tutorial...

Hello Friends! I just wanted to share a tutorial posted on the Jillibean Soup blog recently. They've released a lot of fun new products including stamps and coordinating metal dies! 



Of course I couldn't resist playing with these goodies!! *grin*


products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew; other: JBS Farmhouse Stew: pea pod parts, puffy stickers, clear stamps & dies; embroidery floss, ink; tools - typewriter.



Head on over and check out the full tutorial. Thanks so much for visiting..x

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DCWV + Spotlight...

Hello Friends! A few months ago I was approached by American Crafts to see if I'd like to play along with Diecuts With A View and an introductory collection of products that will go into Spotlight Stores Australia. There was no way I was going to refuse their generous offer simply because I am a huge fan of DCWV! *grin*

What they sent me was Christmas in a box! And I am so excited!!!


Today I am sharing my first little project using the Gold Foil Very Merry Mat Stack, Holiday Jewel Patterns Mat Stack and Poinsettias Paper Project.


These stacks are so cute, I had a hard time deciding on which patterned papers to start with. So I thought I'd try to use as many as I could on a 4"x6" card.


After trimming some cardstock to size,  I selected a main patterned paper to feature as my background and trim on my card. The background patterned paper has been cut to 4"x2", while the small trim piece has been sized to 4"x0.75". The following step was to punch out multiple 1" circles from both the DCWV paper stacks.


Adhere the background patterned paper to the lower edge of the card base. Carefully align four (4)circles on top of the paper and glue/tape down.


**tip: Use a piece of washi tape, 1/2" wide, to help guide the placement of the next row of circles. Be mindful of the colour and patterns as you place them on your card.


Continue adding circles until you have six (6) rows. Add the trip to hide the edges and start to assemble your Poinsettia flower.



Stamp a simple sentiment just above the trim on the right hand side.


Add a few splashes of black paint, allow to dry...


.. and then attach the poinsettia flower to the from of the card.


On a side note, the Poinsettia flower above, has not been made to full size. I have only used three of the petal cut outs - two (2) small and one (1) medium. This size suits the card without overcrowding.


If you'd like to get your hands on these products and more, head to your nearest Spotlight Store Australia and check out what is available for the coming season!

Thanks for visiting today..x




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pebbles Inc | October Sketch...

Hey Friends! There's a new challenge up on the Pebbles Inc blog. We have started to introduce a few sketch challenges! Have a look at our very first inspiration sketch..



My layout has stayed pretty true to the overall positioning of elements on the page. However, I simply replaced the hexagon shapes with fussy cut butterflies from the new Midnight Haunting collection.
supplies: cs - American Crafts; pp - Pebbles Inc Midnight Haunting; other - Simple Life Embossed Stickers.




Head on over to the blog and seek out the inspiration shared from the amazing DT. Two winners will be chosen from the submissions sent in. Good luck!



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pebbles Inc | Father's Day mini bag...

Hey There Friends! Father's Day is soon approaching and I thought I might share these super cute mini bags I created for the Pebbles Inc blog.

You can find all the steps you need to make both the shirt front and star tag bag here.


Thanks for visiting..x

 




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bella Blvd | Keys...

Hello Friends! Today I have a bold and bright share using the Bella Blvd Addison collection. 

I created this layout with the idea of using all or most of my leftover scraps pieces that were sitting on my desk. The Addison collection is such a happy grouping of patterns and colours that I knew I wanted to use it in a celebratory way.


My daughter has recently passed her Learner's driving test which is quite a big deal for her! And I love that in this collection there was a die cut key!


I kept the photo black and white to allow the patterned paper to have a starring role. The strips of paper were also shaped to represent a city skyline with varying heights to create interest.


"Keys"
products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd Addison; Alphas - Bella Blvd; embellishments - Bella Blvd: puffy stickers, paper pieces, stickers. other - staples, typewriter, paint.

The rest of the leftover paper strips have been layered with fussy cut images, stickers, puffy hearts or die cut paper pieces. My journaling was simply stapled to the bottom of the page and a few drops of paint complete the look of my layout. I am so glad to have now documented this milestone! Thanks so much for visiting..x