Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sometimes, it's all about Presentation...

Good Sunday everyone! 
I wanted to share something for all my Stampin' Up! demo friends today.
This week I had an order arrive that included a set of 12 finger tip sponge daubers.  I have to admit, while I love these little tools, the package they came in, well, let's just say it just wasn't going to cut it for me to present to someone.  So I came up with a much better presentation box.

Here is the "before" image of the little bag of sponges:

The little plastic bag of 12 sponges, while functional, looks just too "messy" for me.  Fortunately, as many of you crafters know, that presentation problem can be easily solved by making a little box.  The base of my box is made of cardstock and the top is made of a clear window sheet.  Some simple "how to" tips on making this box are listed below... (it's really very simple!).

Here's what you need to make a similar 3x3 inch clear lid box:

5" x 5" square cardstock, scored at 1" on all sides, fold, snip tabs, & adhere tabs to create a box base
3" x 7" cardstock, scored at 1" increments, accordion fold to create 2 center dividers, adhere to base
5" x 5" window sheet, scored at 1" on all sides, fold, snip tabs, & shape unadhered as a lid
(I did adhere one side of my clear lid to the inside edge of the box, then added ribbon to the opposite side to show the person how to open the lid)

1" x 11" patterned paper for the paper band, fold paper around finished box.
Do not ahere paper band to box.  It is used to slide on/off.
Embellishments of your choice

I didn't want to bog this post down with the images of each step, as I think most of you experienced crafters will understand as soon as you start the assembly of the basic box pieces.  If you are reading this post & would like me to post more detailed photos, just let me know by leaving a comment.

Here's the view of the completed box: 

Now, doesn't that look prettier?  I thought so. 
I used some retired cardstock & paper, but my Calypso Coral stamped image is a flower stamp from the new SU! set "Papaya Collage", the sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" and little butterfly (sponged a bit of course!) is from the Sizzlet "Beautiful Wings."

Happy crafting everyone.  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

In stitches...

The Craft-a-torium is in a bit of an organizing overhaul this weekend.  I have stuff everywhere, scraps, bits & pieces strewn about... It's a good thing I have a lot of things in the closet... so I can close that door & hide it all away!  It takes me a long time to get my stuff organized as I get easily distracted.

Take for instance this weekend's card... I found the image from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic patterned paper already cut out, just waiting to be added to a card... that stopped the re-organization for awhile.  I got out my paper piercer and stitched away to sew up two sides of my main layer to add to the stitch theme of the card.  Chilling out in front of the tv in the AC while hand sewing on a card is a nice way to relax, too.

I saw the sentiment on-line on another person's card, so I just got out the computer and printed it myself in fonts I selected... then of course, I had to add a few more stitch embellishments, and what else does a sewing theme card need but a little button!

Well, back to the re-organization madness.  Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July everyone! 
 Over the weekend I made a few red, white & blue cards & decorations using some current and retired Stampin' Up! supplies.

I think of my grandmother when I put out my little 4th of July decorations and American flags around our house.  She always loved this holiday and even would make a cake in the shape of the United States!  The cake was never iced to perfection, but I have such fond memories of her joy and love of this holiday. We never really were into fireworks much, just a sparkler or two, but we really enjoyed 4th of July TREATS!  Yum! I think my sister may still have the cake pan... hmmmm...yum, cake...  I digress...

Here is the simple wreath I made for my door- yep, all stars & stripes!

I stamped in Midnight Muse ink the "Happy" from the Happy Birthday SU! builder wheel (I took the stamp off the wheel & cut the "Happy" & the "Birthday" into two stamps and now use separately as cling stamps). The 4 is die cut from Sizzix Go Go Boots alpha set. The "th" is from retired Rough Type stamp set, and various Tehnique Tuesday USA stamps were used to decorate several of the stars.

Enjoy your holiday and I hope you can celebrate freedom no matter where you are...

Now, where are those hotdogs...? 
hee hee hee

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!