Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Box and Lid with Window

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team Blog Hop! It's great to have you with us!  This month we are doing boxes that have lids with windows. . .
This is my project:
The box is very simplistic and easy to create - the "wow" factor with my lid with a window is that I made it into a shaker lid.
Here are the steps:

1.  The template is quite straight forward and the box can be made using one and half pieces of A4 card stock.
The dimensions of the box are 6cm x 6cm (23/8" x 23/8") and the lid is 6.2cm (21/2") square with a 2cm (3/4") lip with the folds and seams the lid ends up being a snug fit.

2. This is what the base looks like once its been measured, scored and cut out. I used thick Whisper White card stock:

3. I stamped the flower from the Lots of Happy Card Kit in Calypso Coral ink. I stamped off each stamp before stamping the images. This is what the base looks like once it's stamped and before its constructed. Make sure you burnish all of the score lines to make assembly easy.
4. The lid looks like this once it has been measured up, scored and cut out. I do all cutting and scoring with the Paper Trimmer. I only trim the edges of the flaps with my scissors.
5. I wanted to keep the lid relatively plain because of the shaker feature. I selected the best fitting scalloped edged square framelit from the Layering Square framelits. It fits perfectly with a 2mm (1/8") border.
The void is perfect. Make sure you burnish all score lines before running the card and framelit through the Big Shot.
6. You can just see that I have cut a square of Window Sheet to the lid measurement of 6.2cm (21/2") square. I also cut another square of Whisper White card stock to the same size. I lined the perimeter of the card stock with foam adhesive strips.
I glued the Window Sheet on the inside of the lid prior to construction using Tombow Glue. I constructed the shaker part before assembling the lid.
This is what the inside of the lid looks like once the shaker feature has been created.
And this is the reverse side - the outside and top of the shaker before the assembly and before added the stamped features.
7. I added a piece of ribbon from the card kit to tie in the green in the coloured image on the top of the lid and the beads in the shaker feature.
The sentiment is from the stamp set that comes with the Lots of Happy Card Kit. I used the smallest plain square from the Layering Squares Framelits to cut a small square of Whisper White card. I stamped the sentiment after cutting to ensure that I had the right placement.
I daubered the edges with Calypso Coral ink, stamped the floral stamp from the stamp set from the kit in Smoky Slate (stamped off a little) and then placed the square on the right angle on the punched Calypso Coral card, punched with the Pretty Label punch. These are adhered directly onto the box as you will see that the lip of the punch/sentiment fit just under the lid. The pearls are to tie in with the pearls on the stamped and coloured images on the lid and the pearls in the shaker feature.
I thought that a different angle would give you a perspective on how pretty this little box is!
8. I stamped the floral image from the same stamp set that comes in the Lots of Happy Card Kit in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink on Whisper White card stock and coloured the images using the following Stampin' Blends:

Light Calypso Coral
Dark Pink Pirouette
Light Pumpkin Pie
Light Old Olive
Light Pool Party
I fussy cut the images once they were coloured and adhered them to the Window Sheet with glue dots. You will see that I added some small pearl jewels to the stamped and coloured images.
I love how the Iridescent Sequin Assortment embellishments glisten and sparkle and add a real wow feature to the lid.
You can see how the colours all work in perfectly together. It was a fun project to make and so simple. The hardest part is keeping all the sequins in the lid until you have the shaker feature assembled lol!

I hope you like the project and are inspired to check out the rest of the blog. There are so many different takes on this project and I am sure that something will catch you eye!
Next up is the incredibly talented Tanja Kolar from Germany my good friend and stamping sister, she will blow you away with her amazing project.

Have fun and see you next time.


Big Hugs
Shanni xx

This month's Blog Hop Order
1.Shannen Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
2.Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
3.Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 
4. Zoe Tant ( United Kingdom) 
5.Annette Elias (Neterlands) 
6.Dena Rekow (USA) 
7.Beate Wacker (Austria) 
8.Aude Barbara (France)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Milk Box Carrier

Busy month this month, new Annual Catalogue, exciting colour overhaul and lots of gorgeous goodies coming up but today you get to hop with the Design Team from Thinking Outside the Box. . . and this month we are sharing Milk Box Carrier or Caddies.
This was a tough project in that we no longer carry the milk carton framelits so whilst that template might be available else where I didn't want to make a carrier box that wasn't practical. I have opted for a tool caddy; something that I can use on my craft table with my supplies for a particular project or perhaps take to a class with the card kit tools and other essentials in the storage trays. . .

Here is my project:

These are materials and tools that I used:

Petal Palette Stamp Set
Petals & More Thinlit Dies
Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies
Petal Passion Designer Series Paper
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stamp Pad
Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad
Aqua painter
Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Blends
Light and Dark Pink Pirouette  Stampin' Blends
Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends
Whisper White Thick card stock
Basic Black card stock
Old Olive card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder
Heat Tool

Here are the instructions:

1. Trim two pieces of Whisper White Thick A4 card stock to measure 26.8cm x 21cm (10 9/16" x 85/16") and score 6cm (23/8") from each of the four sides. Cut on the horizontal score lines on each landscape end as per the shaded area on the photo below.

2. This is what each of these pages will look like:

3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White Thick card stock to measure 17.5cm x 14.8cm (67/8" x 56/8") and cut out the tag shape from the Petals & More Thinlit Dies set. Should you decide to mount this base with DSP as I have done, you should also cut out the co-ordinating shape on the DSP.
4. Adhere the two pieces together - they create a sturdy back board and handle. This piece is then adhered between the two boxes bases to form a central feature. I mounted Petal Passion DSP on each side before adhering the base boxes.

5. Cut some contrasting DSP to highlight the base panels. On my project I chose the Petal Passion DSP. You will see that I cut four larger lengths and four shorter pieces. I didn't focus on the fact that I was going to stick two sides of the boxes together. I coloured these with the Stampin' Blends.
6. To reinforce the box base I stuck Basic Black card stock on all four sides. I cut the black card stock just a small amount smaller than the Whisper White card base. I also reinforced the central panel that adhered to the back board handle area.

7. Finally I adhered the coloured DSP to the black back ground.

I wanted to have a small gap between the panels on the sides to break up the pattern and the colours.

8. Finally I decorated the back panel of the caddie/carrier box. I stamped the rose stamp out of the Petal Palette set in Memento Ink and embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder six times on Whisper White cardstock. I coloured the images using an aqua painter and Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ink. I then fussy cut each image out.
To create the images on the left hand side I simply cut one of the roses out of the full stamped image. I used the remaining stamped images on the right hand corner. The roses are mounted on top of leaves cut using the Petals & More Thinlit Dies and the Eclectic Layer Thinlits. I daubered the edges of the larger leaves for contrast.

I hope that you are inspired by the project.  This is what I have used it for already:

Please don't leave us yet because you are going to be blown away by the incredible projects this month.  Next up is my good friend Tanja Kolar - you are going to love her project!

Until next time, squeeze in some craft!
Shanni xx
Order of the April Blog Hop

Shannean Moncrieff Australia - that's me!
Tanja Kolar Germany
Yoshiko Endo Japan
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Annette Elias Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer New Zealand
Beate Wacker  Austria
Aude Barbara France
Barb Stewart Canada

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Totally Techniques - Crinkled Background

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team hop! This month we are doing scrunched backgrounds and its a lot of fun, so don't rule it out until you give it a try.  If you have just arrived from Annette's blog you will already know what to expect! How awesome was Annette's project - she is so talented!

These are my creations this month:

I couldn't decide which card to run with and they both have a slightly different approach using the same technique so I decided to go with both.  I followed the simple YouTube video from the Scrappy Blogger - it has universal application and I find that the pigment is really rich in the Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' Ink Pads so they work a treat.

Card #1
Square card - base card Real Red, mounted with a square of Basic Black to pop the crinkled background which started as a piece of Whisper White card stock which I spritzed and then scrunched. I then added Brusho Crystal Colour - Red, Orange and Yellow. I then spritzed the card a little more to get the colours to blend and left it to dry. The distressed edges happened naturally.  YOu will see that there are veins of colour which are darker than some areas and the Brusho crystals faded out in less distressed areas. 
The stamped images are from Crafting Forever, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and again on the terracotta toned wood paper from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I coloured the brushes Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out, along with the pots stamped on the DSP.  
I also love texture so it was my goal to bring in different elements to layer up the card. I am giving it to an artistic person so I want for there to be lots of elements that appeal - colour, texture, design. . .
I adore the Copper Trim that can be unravelled to make netted features. I thought it went well with the colours and the concept of "artiness". I married this textural aspect in with the Copper Foil swirls cut with the Swirly Scribble Thinlits.
I wanted the sentiment to pop so heat embossed the words in white on Basic Black card and simply cut around the image at a reasonable distance. The Gold Glitter Flakes are from the Occasions Mini Painted with Love Suite. The flakes reflect copper because of the red tones of the card.
I used two separate copper foil swirls in the top left corner. They fit perfectly together. The hardest part of making this card was getting everything stuck down - with all the different elements I reverted to Tombow glue. Interestingly the background card is not quite square either by the time it has been crinkled, dampened and dried.
This photo gives you a closer look at the webbing created by crinkling the paper. The photos don't do the technique justice but I hope that it has inspired you somewhat to give it a go. I think my favourite aspect is the coper trim lol.

Card #2
Very simple square card! Base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Basic Black. The crinkled card is Very Vanilla and I have highlighted the distressed areas with Crumb Cake ink.
Stamped images are from Love You Still and Petal Palette in the Occasions Mini. Stamped the floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I inked up the stamp but didn't go all the way to the edge of the pergola posts. I then stamped again from the opposite direction to create a rectangle frame. I fussy cut the frame out including the central area. 
The flowers and leaves were then coloured in Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Pool party ink using an aqua painter. I dimensionalised the frame away from the sentiment card using foam adhesive strips. I had stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette on a rectangle of Very Vanilla card that was roughly the same size as the frame. 
I coated the flowers in a layer of the Fine Tip Glue to give a glossy appearance. I added pearls to pop the flowers.
I also cut our some filigree flowers using the Petals and More Thinlit Dies from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Mini. I used Soft Sky card and daubered the edges with Pool Party to tie in the blue theme. These flowers are nestled at adjacent corners of the frame. The final touch to add a little more bling was to add some light pink sequins from Iridescent Sequin Assortment embellishment pack.

I hope that you have gotten some inspiration and enjoyed my projects. I think I will definitely use the technique again for some masculine cards.

Don't leave us just yet! Zoe has got the most adorable Easter card! 

See you next time!

Stay crafty,
Shanni xx

Order of the Hop for March
Annette Elias Netherlands
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!) 
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Paula Dobson New Zealand
Barbara Meyer Austria
Kelly Acheson United States