Here is my latest work in progress. What am I making, you ask? I’ll give you a hint – I’m working with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and some of Liz Holloway’s cut files that we’ll be using in our Make The Rounds Event in April. Stop back on Saturday and take the Creative Circle Blog Hop to see my finished project(s)!
Want more info on Make The Rounds? See the sticky post at the top of this page…
Welcome to the Creative Circle December Blog Hop – I’m so glad you are here! So tell me, are you completely in love with Sandy’s project? I know I always am!!!
This month we are working with a very unique box that Liz has created. It’s both a box and a gift card holder – great timing with the Holidays upon us! Traditionally, we make three cards to be enclosed in the boxes we work with. This month, however, I decided to turn my box into a hostess gift with an accompanying card. Here’s my project:
A little background on my choice of color schemes. Last week we had a doozy of a snow storm blow through. We got about a foot of heavy, wet snow that piled high on everything that wasn’t shoveled. That night, the temps dropped and hard froze everything. As severe as mother nature sometimes is with us, she also shows us some pretty beautiful stuff, and the next morning the sky was impossibly blue and all the hard frozen snow was glistening in the sunlight. White sparkle with blue sky is one of my favorite things about winter, and served as the inspiration of my project. My box is made from Pool Party cardstock and has a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, another layer of Pool Party cardstock, and a top layer of the snowflake motif from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. It’s accented with Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Silver Cording Trim, a Tea Lace Paper Doily, and a white-embossed Snowflake Element.
Here’s a closer look at the box:
And then when you open it – not only does it have a place for a gift card, mine also contains some sweet treats!! Perfect to bring with to one of the many holiday parties I will be attending this month. The greeting on the inside is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set and the stamped snowflakes are from the Project Life Hello December 2015 set. The corners were done with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch with some Rhinestones for bling.
The pattern for this box is available in Liz’ online store, and the video tutorial for assembly can be found here. The cut files are just $3.99 and you can use them with your e-cutter, or you can get them in a .pdf format to use as a template for manual cutting. Why not make some lovely gifts for your hostesses!
Oh! One last bit of eye candy… Liz gifted each of us with a cut file for some miniature boxes, and I built my own Advent Calendar with them. Of course, the Blue Snowflake theme was carried through this project. The DSP I used is, unfortunately, retired, but I thought it went well with today’s post!
I didn’t give you much of a look at the matching card for today’s project, but if you’ll stop back next week, I’ll have more details for you! Now, off you go to see what awaits you at Fran’s blog. I hope you have a great weekend, and don’t forget to take some time off from all the holiday preparations to create something. You’d be surprised at how much more productive you can be when you have a little mental vacation!!
In case you get off track, here is the order of this month’s hop:
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It’s the first of the month and that means another blog hop with Di’s Country INKers! This month we are featuring Christmas and Holiday projects. How about that project that Di had for you? Did you like it or what…
From the moment the Holiday catalog was released, I just fell in love with both the Cozy Christmas stamp set and the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper pack. It only seemed fitting that I should work with them for this month’s project! I just can’t seem to get enough of this DSP – each time I look at it, it makes me think of Christmas celebrations at my Grandparent’s house when I was little. My Grandma had a little sitting room at the front of the house that was decorated in shades of deep olive greens with gold accents, much like the mistletoe pattern I used here.
For this card, I began with a base of Mossy Meadow which was layered with Very Vanilla and an additional piece of Mossy Meadow. A strip of Gold Glitter ribbon was adhered with Fast Fuse. Next, I created a 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 panel of Mossy Meadow which was topped with a 2 x 4 panel of the mistletoe DSP. The top layer started with a piece of Mossy Meadow cut with the Circle Framelits and the greeting was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Very Vanilla and punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch. The greeting was accented with a bow made from 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and a bit of Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.
I hate to stamp and run, but I’ve got a wish list to make for the upcoming spring mini catalog! It goes live on January 5th, but one of the best perks of being a demonstrator is being able to see the new catalogs AND order from it as early as December 3rd! Wanna see it now and get your hands on some gorgeous product ahead of everyone else? Get in touch and lets talk about signing you up!
It’s time to send you off to see what Crystal has to show you. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Remember to take some time away from holiday preparations and stamp a little – its therapeutic!
In case you get lost, here are this month’s hoppers:
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Welcome to the November edition of the Creative Circle Blog Hop! You may have arrived from seeing Fran’s lovely ensemble or you may be just joining us – either way, we have some great stuff to show you!
This month we are working with Liz’ Simple Box pattern, and I chose a Fall/Thanksgiving theme for my project. I’m really finding it difficult to put the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set down, and it pairs so well with the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper! The first card in my set picks up the Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow colors in the DSP. The leaf was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White, die cut with the Leaflets Framelits and then Mossy Meadow ink was sponged overall. The “Thankful” sentiment from Six Sayings Hostess Set was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink onto Whisper White, then the corners were punched with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch – love it! The second card echoes the cover of my box and uses the lovely floral pattern from the Into the Woods DSP as it’s focal point. My third card went a bit rogue – I wondered if I could heat emboss the gold foil paper – turns out you can, but it’s a little tricky. It takes a steady hand to stamp onto the foil. The surface is so smooth and shiny that the inked stamp wants to slide around a bit, but I think the result is worth the extra effort. Black embossing over the Gold Foil is simply elegant!
The box to hold all these cards in is super simple to cut and assemble. It’s not your ordinary box, however – the front half of the box lid flips open so you can access your cards without having to remove the lid. Would you like to make one (or several) of your own? Liz is offering this pattern as a freebie! All you need to do is head over here
and download it! How cool is that?
I do hope you have time to hop along with us – Liz is next on our hop, and I’m sure her set is wonderful, as always!! Thanks for stopping by today. With the Holiday season nearing, please remember to take some time out for yourself and create – it’s a wonderful stress reliever!
Just in case you get off track, here is the order of our hop this month:
Wow! November 1st already – can you believe that?! Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. Being that it was on a Saturday this year, we really thought we’d have lots more trick-or-treaters. Not so however. The weather in our neck of the woods was positively dreadful. Mid 40’s and rain from the moment we woke up. It stopped long enough for us to take my Granddaughter for her very first trick-or-treating. That lasted for all of a total of 7 houses and about 20 minutes. It’s ok, though – she really didn’t get the hang of it. As we are prone to saying in Chicagoland – “Wait ’til next year!”
There’s no waiting for a Di’s Country INKers blog hop though! This month we’ve chosen to celebrate all things Fall and Thanksgiving, and you’ve most likely arrived from seeing what Di had for you.
The card I have to show was ‘actually’ a birthday card I made for my dear friend Laurie. She loves anything to do with trees and leaves, so when I saw the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I knew I would be using them for her birthday. I began with a base of Very Vanilla and added layers of Soft Suede, and Gold Foil. Another layer of Very Vanilla was embossed with the Woodland TIF and I used a Soft Suede marker to add the detail to the tree trunks. The two smaller leaves were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black. I then used reinkers to watercolor them and cut them out with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits. The large leaf was heat embossed in gold and also watercolored and cut with the framelits. The quote by Emily Bronte was heat embossed in gold on vellum cardstock and cut with the Deco Labels Framelits. The large leaf was accented with a sweet little bow made from Gold Cording Trim. I am in love with this stamp set! The color combinations you can use on it are endless!!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today – now it’s time to send you off to see what Crystal has in store for you. With all the hustle and bustle of the coming Holiday season, I do hope you take a little bit of time out for yourself to sit down and create – it’s a wonderful stress reliever!
If you find you get lost along the way, here’s a list of our hoppers:
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