Thursday, 30 January 2014

WOW! How? - Card into Treat Box Tutorial

Hello Hello!
As promised on Sunday here is the treat box tutorial for you. I have used the Good as Gold Sale-A-Bration Kit, but you could use any card blank that measures 3.5" x 5" when folded and swap out an envelope liner for some pretty patterned Designer Series Paper. I have done this tutorial in lots of detail so it is suitable for complete beginners. If you have any questions please ask in the comments section and I will do my best to answer!

Here is what we are aiming for:
You should allow approximately 20 minutes for this make.

Gather up tools and materials

You will need:
Paper snips
Scoring tool
Adhesives (I used multipurpose liquid glue, sticky strip and dimensionals)
1/4 sheet of A4 Whisper White card
1 set of materials from "Good as Gold" card kit

Window sheet (or scrap of acetate)
Punch or die measuring a maximum of 1-3/4" across.
Bone Folder
Step 1: Gather tools and materials

If using Good of Gold kit: Trim 1/8" off your opened out card blank so it measures 4-7/8" x 7"
If using own card blank, trim your patterned paper lining to the same size as your base card.
Step 2: trim off 1/8" from the long side

Mount your envelope liner / patterned paper centrally onto your card blank. Once dry, trim off any overhanging edges.
Step 3: Mount and trim off excess.

Carefully score at 1/2", 1.5", 2.5" and 3.5". If using envelope liner make sure to score the end without the foil! I scored both sides to make the folds crisp.
Step 4: Score 4 lines at 1" intervals, starting at 1/2"

Add sticky strip the the end tab (if using the Good as Gold kit, put the tape on the spotty side!)
Step 5: Add tape to tab

STEP 6 (optional - if not proceed to step 8):
Die cut or punch a window in your box. Circle punches work well such as in the first photo, or here I am using a die. Make sure that any punching is in the first 2 inches (marked by scores) after the line of tape (shown in red in the picture).
Step 6: Create window or aperture

Cut a small piece of window sheet or acetate to cover the shaped hole. Fix in place with tape or glue dots.
Step 7: Cover aperture with window sheet

Crease the scores you have made and stick the tab to the back of the box to make a 1" square tube.
Step 8: Stick into square tube.

Cut two 2" x 2" squares from your piece of Whisper White card.
Step 9: Cut 2 squares, each 2" x 2"

STEP 10:
Score each of the small squares at 1/2" and 1-1/2" in both directions
Step 10: Score tabs onto squares

STEP 11:
Cut the corners off, fold along the score lines, then add a dab of glue to the flaps before inserting ONE of the squares. Keep the second square to put in AFTER you have inserted any treats :)
Step 11: Add one end-square to box, keeping other end reserved until after box filled with yumminess!

STEP 12:
Trim your remaining Whisper white piece to 2-3/4" x 4-1/8", then mount onto the back of your box.
Step 12: Trim white card to size and mount.

STEP 13:
Embellish front and back of the box with the lovely pre-cut tags. I have used dimensionals to mount the sentiment and add impact.
Step 13: Embellish box as desired.

STEP 14:
Last but not least use the two strands of twine to tie a bow around the box. If you are careful and tie the box towards one end of the twine, you may have enough twine left over to tie a second mini bow on the opposite side!
Step 14: Tie a bow - front
Step 14: Tie a bow - back (using leftover twine)

Here are two of the finished boxes, just using different windows. I think the 'I Love U' is my favourite. Which is yours? Let me know and leave a comment!

If you have enjoyed this tutorial then please leave me a comment, or share it on Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter!
Happy Crafting!

I work hard to produce these materials, so if you are a demo and would like to use this idea for a class then please email me first to gain my consent - I am happy to share :) I just don't appreciate people claiming my work as their own! Thanks for your understanding.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek Blog Hop!

Hello, Hello and Welcome!

With any luck you will have hopped on over from Debbie's blog and it is a pleasure to meet you.
If you haven't come over from Debbie's blog that is just fine - you can start the blog hop here with me! There are links at the bottom of the post that will take you to the next blog post automatically so join in, have fun and be inspired... (Oh and please excuse all the exclamation marks - I'm excited!!)

Today I am sharing some brilliant sneak peeks from the NEW Sale-A-Bration catalogue that comes out this Tuesday (28th January 2014)! The best thing about the catalogue is that the items we are using are FREE with EVERY £45 order, be it on-line or in person.

I have used the "Good as Gold" card kit for my makes. This one is easy to overlook in the brochure but I urge you to take another look. Firstly, I want to show you how quick and easy it is to create thank you cards in gorgeous Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango with rich gold accents. This is the design that comes with the instructions in the pack. There are enough products in the pack to create 8 cards of this design, all you add is the adhesive. Each of these cards took me less then 1 minute to make!

**TOP TIP: Stampin' Up! are really generous with their kits - the envelope liners that come with the kit are beautiful gold foil, but 1/2 of that loveliness is hidden away inside the envelope where no-one will see it. I cut off the bottom 2" of my liners to re-purpose for other projects. Yay! More materials to play with!**

Next up, we have a variation on the basic design simply by turning the card 90 degrees:

Now it gets even more fun! I want to show you just how versatile these kits can be so for the next project I have ONLY used the materials allocated for one card included in the kit, a scrap of acetate and 1/4 of a sheet of A4 white card!

What do you think of this cute treat holder? You could pop all sorts into this dinky box from lip balm to chocolates like I did. A certain brand of hazelnut chocolates packaged in gold foil also fit rather well - and coordinate too! On the back I have mounted a panel of white card so you can add a personal message. You could even use these as favours / name places for a wedding or special event!

Finally we have this sweet little flip book, again made using the materials for just one card with the tiny addition of card scraps (none of which measured more than 3") in a couple of matching colours.

I will be putting up further posts during the week to show you how to make the treat box in a "Wow! How?" tutorial as well as the individual pages of the little flip book. Make sure to click on my 'Follow' button on the right hand side so you don't miss out on those! Below are the supplies I have used - products from the Spring/Summer Catalogue will be listed from TUESDAY as I am not allowed to show you before then!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop and Happy Crafting!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Wine Anybody?

Hello there! 

Well it's been a long time but I am back and determined to get this blog rolling again. To kick off I thought I would show you one of my favourite makes that is the perfect way to dress up a bottle of something drinkable to give as a gift. We all resort to bottle bags in a hurry, but lets be honest now - how boring and unimaginative are they! No one ever saw a bottle bag and wondered "what could it be?!".
Well my make doesn't do that either really, but what it DOES do is make them stop and say wow! How pretty! Did you make this yourself? 

 **Please note I do not condone the giving of empty wine bottles! While pretty, it rather of misses the point.**

I love the tag - It's so fun and could be made in any number of colours! Check out the hand embossed detailing along the bottom border - that matches our scallop punch! This could also be a great idea for labelling up home made jam and cordials - A bit more adventurous than the little sticker that usually appears - you can still write all the details on the back, or instead of the stamped sentiment perhaps.

And finally a close up of the flower for you - I have used three layers of paper, but given them more omph by running them through the big shot first with the lattice embossing folder. Fished off with a vintage button for sparkles, but not too over-the-top - bringing back the gingham country vibe with a linen thread bow. 

Best dressed wine (bottles) around in our house! Although the drink itself seems to disappear very quickly when we have friends round!

That's all from me, except to say PLEASE come back on Sunday to check out the most amazing Blog Hop I am participating in to celebrate the launch of Sale-A-Bration! Eeeek! So excited!

SUNDAY 26th January 2014

Happy Crafting,
Becky x

PS: What do you think of my new product table below? Lovely hubby designed me a bit of code so that you can see exactly what I have used on the project! Cool huh?