Sunday, March 31, 2019

Make It Monday: Bluebonnets Gable Box

I just love spring in Texas! The weather is perfect and bluebonnets can be seen practically everywhere. They seem to pop up overnight then they are gone just as quickly. While we still have a few more weeks of these flowering beauties, I wanted to capture their essence one more time in a project.

I added punched out butterflies from the Butterfly Duet punch (yay! back in stock!) and Gingham Gala sequins for accent. 

To create the varied pattern, I used a technique called "stamping off". This involves stamping your image fully inked, then stamping again next to it so the resulting second image is lighter. 

In the picture below, I stamped fully with Granny Apple Green ink then "stamped off" next to it for a lighter green color. For the bluebonnets, I used the same "stamping off" technique but opposite--full Night of Navy on light leaves, and "stamped off" Night of Navy on dark leaves. 

Tip: Stamp and adhere your panels on each side before assembling box. This will allow you to put enough pressure on the panels to ensure proper adhesion. 

Now It's Your Turn!
  1. Cut 2 panels measuring 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" and 2 panels measuring 1-7/8" x 3-7/8" in Night of Navy cardstock.
  2. Cut 2 panels measuring 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" and 2 panels measuring 1-3/4" x 3-3/4" in Whisper White cardstock. 
  3. On the Whisper White panels, Stamp leaf stalks from Incredible Like You stamp set in Granny Apple Green using "stamping off" technique (described above). 
  4. Stamp flowers from Incredible Like You stamp set in Night of Navy Ink using "stamping off" technique with opposite dark/light pattern on leaf stalks.
  5. Adhere stamped panels to Night of Navy panels, then adhere assembled panels onto Mini Gable Box. 
  6. Stamp sentiment  on the left side of a 3/4" x 3-3/4" strip of Whisper White cardstock. (I used the Thank You sentiment from Flourishing Phrases). Adhere strip to front panel. 
  7. Assemble gable box.
  8. Punch out large and small butterfly with Butterfly Duet punch in Night of Navy cardstock.
  9. Adhere large butterfly to right side of sentiment strip and small butterfly randomly on slanted top of box. 
  10. Add adhesive Gingham Gala sequins. 
  11. Add Granny Apple Green ribbon bow to box handle with Glue Dots. 
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Party

Last night some of the ladies from our Paper Pumpkin Club got together to visit and work on our March birthday card kits while we enjoyed cake and pastries. Each lady had a party favor waiting for them at their work area.

Paper Pumpkin Club not only gives us the opportunity to work on our kits (so they don't become furniture over time--lol), but also explore alternative ways to use the components in the kit. Here are several alternate projects using this month's kit.

This wedding card was inspired by Crafty Cat on YouTube. You can watch her video tutorial HERE.

Monday, March 25, 2019

March 2019 Paper Pumpkin: Birthday

Our Paper Pumpkin group will be getting together this Thursday for a Birthday Party to celebrate Paper Pumpkin's 6th year. In preparation, I've been working on a special treat for my guests as well as some alternate ideas using components of the kit.

Every birthday party needs party favors, so each guest will receive a fun-size Jelly Belly treat and votive candle box. 

Kit components used: balloon stamp

The treat box and bow were made using the Envelope Punch Board. The idea for the treat box came from Sam Hammond @ You can access her original tutorial here.

For one of my alternate projects, I thought it would be fun to make a "pop-up" box.

Kit components used: balloon/string confetti/sentiment stamps, confetti card base, Daffodil Delight banner, white label, bow die-cut, pop-up cake.

To get the pop-up cake to fit in the box, I snipped the top and bottom score line of the pop-up and overlapped the pieces so the base would sit flat in the box, allowing the cake to pop up. 

The birthday candles inside the box are accented with Wink of Stella glitter brush.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Make It Monday: Tropical Chic Card

This weekend I worked on my monthly swap cards. April's theme is a sketch challenge. Here is my swap card using the Tropical Chic bundle and Tropical Escape DSP.

(After going through the pictures, be sure to check below to learn how to make this card for yourself!)

I used the Tropical Escape DSP for 2 of the panels; however, I didn't have enough DSP in a black and white print, so I just created my own!

And, of course, no naked card interiors here! I added some stamped leaves inside to tie in the colors from the front of the card. 

I hope you enjoyed this tropical-themed swap card and are inspired to create one of your own. 

Now, It's Your Turn!
  1. Score and fold in half a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Basic Black cardstock to form card base.
  2. Adhere a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Blushing Bride cardstock to front of card base.
  3. Adhere 3 panels of black/white print Tropical Escape DSP (or make your own) each measuring 1-1/2" x 3-3/4" to Blushing Bride layer.
  4. Using Big Shot, die-cut a large scalloped circle from Layering Circles framelits (3rd largest) in Basic Black cardstock. Adhere to right side of card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Stamp sentiment on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in black Memento ink.
  6. Using Big Shot, die-cut sentiment with large circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits (2nd largest) in Whisper White cardstock. Adhere sentiment circle to scalloped Basic Black circle. (TIP: Place sentiment slightly toward top of framelit circle to leave room for floral die-cuts later on.)
  7. Using Big Shot, die-cut a palm leaf in Basic Black cardstock and a Philodendron leaf in Blushing Bride cardstock. Adhere at angles in lower left of sentiment circle.
  8. Stamp Hibiscus flower from Tropical Chic stamp set on Whisper White cardstock in Smoky Slate ink. Using Big Shot, die-cut flower with Tropical framelits. Adhere flower at corner where the leaves meet with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  9. Add a rhinestone to the center of the flower for accent.
  10. For the card inside...stamp the lower right corner of a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White piece of cardstock with a Philodendron leaf in Blushing Bride ink and a palm leaf in Smoky Slate ink from the Tropical Chic stamp set. Adhere to inside of card.
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