Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quick & Easy Crafting - Creating A Treat Box

Big Shot Projects Box #2 Easy Treat Box

Yesterday, I promised the details on this darling treat box I created using my free Sale-a-bration reward products. The box is created in a snap using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Box #2 Bigz XL Die. Just one zip through the machine scores and cuts the box pattern. All that's left to do is fold the box into shape and decorate as desired. How easy is THAT?

I used Pink Pirouette card stock to create the box, then adorned it using the coordinating Ice Cream Parlor Accessories. The Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper has a cute scallop print along one edge, so I made sure to include that portion when cutting the paper.

TIP: Scoring the patterned paper before adhering it to the box, ensures crisp corners and a professional look. To do this quickly, wrap the paper around the box and press at the corners almost "pinching" the paper. Pull it away and use the fold lines as a guide to correctly score the paper (using a bone folder or your paper trimmer's scoring blade). Adhere paper to the box with Snail or Sticky Strip.

Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch stamp set and Ice Cream Parlor Quick Accents

The Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon sits atop the printed scallop design. (I used Sticky Strip to adhere the ribbon. It's the exact same width as the ribbon!) I chose one of the self-adhesive die-cut scallops from the Ice Cream Parlor Quick Accents and just snipped in-between each scallop allowing me to slightly bend the edges.

For the scallop center, I turned once again to the Punch Bunch stamp set and the "For you" scallop image. To ink the stamp with different colors, I used markers directly on the rubber stamp. TIP: When you use this technique, don't forget to huff (breathe) onto the stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping on paper. I punched out the image using a 1-1/4" Circle punch.

I stamped the image a second time, hand cut the flowers and popped them on the original image with Dimensionals. The circle was layered on a larger Old Olive circle and adhered to the scallop die-cut with dimensionals. The top of the box is decorated with a strip of the Melon Mambo paper and a coordinating die-cut strip.

Mini Card & Treat Box Easy Paper Craft Projects

For quick and easy treats for the box, simply wrap a few nugget candy's with strips of Designer Paper. The little flower is another one of the die-cut accents. With or without the box, this is a fabulous way to jazz up candy treats that will elicit ooh's and aah's from the crowd. Seriously. People will think you are a genious when you do this. Hee!

Happy National Craft Month!


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Stamps: Punch Bunch (Wood Mount 121847, Clear Mount 123211)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (120969), Old Olive (100079), and Melon Mambo (121074) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Pink Pirouette (111351), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702), Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack (122242)
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Box #2 Bigz XL Die (114518), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack (123529), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quick Crafting Ideas Worth Sale-a-brating!

Stampin' Up! Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack

Happy National Craft Month! Isn't it handy that Stampin' Up! has Sale-a-bration going on right now? I love getting free products along with my regular crafting purchases. Are you planning to craft up a storm this month, like me? Now is a great time to stock up on essentials and get freebies for doing it.

Mini card and treat box easy paper crafting ideas
In my last post I teased with a cute mini card and treat box combo and promised details to come, sooooo . . .

Let's get the ball rolling!

Creating this mini 3x3 card was a snap using my new sale-a-bration products. And I don't mind saying that I copied  was inspired by a card in the sale-a-bration brochure (page 2). I just changed it up a bit so I could use the awesome Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack.

The card base is a 3" x 6" piece of Pink Pirouette card stock, scored and folded in half. The Melon Mambo patterned paper is so sweet and makes the perfect backdrop for my images. I cut 1" squares of textured Whisper White card stock and then chose a few of the self-adhesive die-cut accents for two of the squares.

Mini card using Sale-a-bration products by Stampin' Up!

I thought the "true friend" image from the Punch Bunch stamp set (another free sale-a-bration option) would be perfect here. I stamped it once using Melon Mambo ink on Pink Pirouette card stock, then punched out just the center with a 1/2" circle punch. This was layered on a Melon Mambo heart punched using one of the hearts from the Heart to Heart punch.

I stamped the image a second time directly on a Whisper White square, but used a Pacific Point marker to ink just the outer portion of the stamp. In the center, I added a Pacific Point button from the Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack - tied with a snip of white embroidery thread.

It's so stinkin' cute in person and goes perfectly with the coordinating treat box I created. Be sure to check back tomorrow for details on the treat box.

Get Your Craft On During National Craft Month!

Are you already a crafting diva? If so, give yourself a challenge this month and try something new. It could be trying a new technique, entering a challenge or contest or it could be trying something completely outside your usual "crafting comfort zone".  As they say ... JUST DO IT!

Still lurking on the sidelines thinking "maybe one of these days"? Today is THE day. The day you get started doing something for YOU.  Jump right in - the water is FINE. (*Warning: Crafting is a known stress reliever and may become habit forming. Drama Queens have turned into Crafting Queens overnight!) ;-)

Need help to get your craft on? I'm happy to assist. Leave me a comment with your question or contact me directly.  Ready to place an order? CLICK HERE to order your Stampin' Up! products online or contact me for personal assistance. I'd LOVE to help YOU!



Stamps: Punch Bunch (Wood Mount 121847, Clear Mount 123211)
Ink: Melon Mambo (115656), Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker (120968)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (111351), Whisper White 12" x 12" Combo Pack (119952)
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch (119881), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack (122242), Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack (123529)