Saturday, March 24, 2012

A simple hint for puches......

Just in case some of you are not aware of this..I learnt it ages ago at a Stampin Up night. I use the long narrow tag punch a lot but often need it shorter for smaller words etc.
I took a snap of how to do this.

Just stick a pice of narrow scrap card to the back, insert the precut shape into one end of the punch shape from above, position where desired and punch out.
I stamp first, cut the full size punch and position the writing to one end, then insert and trim off the other end, it will be rounded the same and look perfect.

Please let me know if you do not understand and I will try and simplify.
I am hoping this pic will make it clear!

Hapy crafting


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tutorial for Shabby hexagon box with teapots.....

Tutorial hexagon shabby style gift box as seen on blog

1. Cardstock
Main box colour (white)
4” X 12” and 4” X 7”
2. Lining
Alternative print eg soft stripes
4” X 12” and 4” X 7”
3. Side panels cardstock
6 panels (dark pink)
3 ¾ X 2 ¾ (6 pieces)
4. Side panels cardstock
6 pieces – 3 of each colour to match small print paper
3 ¾ X 2 ¾ NB Trim to fit between step 3 and step 5 sizes
5. Background print (two different small prints)
3 ½ X 2 ½ (6 pieces – 3 of each)
6. Base Cardstock (white)
Hexagon X 2 cut with my gypsy
One to fit inside as base liner
The other (larger) trim corners as per picture (3), score and fold to make box sides.
Also need
Assorted trims, lace, flowers, ribbons, bling, brads
Adhesive tape, glue or glue gun
Scorpal ideal
· Score long piece of cardstock at every 3 inches
Score shorter piece of cardstock at 1/2inch, 3 ½ inch, 7 inch
Join together at one edge with overlap neatly on foldline, (as per picture 1.)

· Adhere first layer of cardstock (dark pink) panel to each of the six sides
· Adhere floral small print paper panels to matching base cardstock, (Alternate as per picture 2.)
· Adhere each set together
· Prepare and decorate chosen embellishments for each panel (eg teapot). Remember to add some bling and also emboss or ink as desired.
· Layer and adhere panels to sides of box (not joined at this stage)
· Adhere edging lace to top and bottom of box sides, make sure to fold edges as placing lace so its bends and sits neatly, overlap edge pieces (picure 4.)
· Adhere liner paper
· Join side pieces
· Place adhesive on underneath of folded hexagon edges and carefully glue into place (Picture 5.)
· Cut ribbon for hanging if desired, ensure length is adequate to glue ribbon across base of box for extra support. Glue ribbon in place up inside of box
· I added a brad at the base and top to further secure ribbon in place.
· Decorate sides where ribbon attached with flowers, ribbons etc as desired.
· I made a matching gift card and love the effect of the Tsukineko sparkle spritz I applied to all the pots!
· I like the idea of filling this with special teabags for a nice gift. Also would make a great Easter basket.

Please feedback, I would love to hear if this tutorial was helpfull or needs I said its my first!!

Tutorial - Bows with Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge

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I love these bows so thought I would post how I make them.
It is so simple and they are so cute!!

1. This is the bow post cut at 5 inches. The measurement is from tip to tip of the main bow piece
2. I inked the edges and ran the pieces through the cuttlebug for some dimension and texture
Then I placed a piece of double sided tape in the centre at the back of the main piece
3. I folded the side pieces to the back and stuck them onto the tape with the tips meeting in the centre, for extra stick I placed another small piece of tape on top..glue if fine though, what ever you prefer.
4. I stuck some dimensional tape on (I find depending on the use for the bow it does look nice being raised a little from the bow ends.
5. I then stick the bow end piece on the back in the centre and just below the top of the bow. Then I puff it up a bit by pushing the edges of the bowinwards evenly on both sides. I also curled the bow ends a little on this one.

Now for the biggest decision of all......which button to use??? They all looked my solution will be......make more bows!! 
I hope this was helpfull, please provide feedback either way.