Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Box with a Lid

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop - this month we are doing hinged lidded boxes. It's going to be a great hop!
I am starting off this month's hop so lets jump straight in. . . This is my hinged lidded box:
It's quite a sturdy little box and measures about 41/2" tall and is 23/4" square.
And here are the instructions:

1. Score the base sheet of A4 card stock as follows -
The base is a full sheet of A4 card stock (29.8cm x 21cm or 113/4" x 81/4"), I made mine with Crumb Cake card. The sheet is scored landscape at - 7cm or 23/4", 14cm or 51/2", 21cm or 81/4" and 28cm or 11".

Turn the card portrait and score the following - 7cm or 23/4" and 14.2cm or 55/8". Cut between the scored lines as per the red lines and remove the pink hatched strips at the right end.

Burnish all score lines

2. Score the "lid" card stock as follows -
This piece of card is 29.8cm or 113/4" x 15.2cm or 6". Score the card landscape at the following - 7cm or 23/4", 14cm or 51/2", 21cm or 81/4" and 28cm or 11".  And score the card portrait - 4.1cm or 15/8" and 8.2cm or 31/4". Trim the card per the red lines and remove the pink hatched areas.

Burnish all score lines

3. There is an insert inside the box which helps to hold the box firm. I made this with Whisper White card. The piece measures - 28cm or 11" x 18.4cm or 71/4".
Score the piece landscape - 6.6cm or 25/8", 13.2cm or 51/4", 20cm or 77/8" and 26.6cm or 101/2". Then score at portrait at 9.2cm or 35/8". Cut along the red lines and remove the pink hatched area.

Burnish all score lines.

4. Stamp or decorate your base card. I have used the Woodgrain Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the squares 2mm or 1/16" smaller than the spaces I wanted to place them in.
5. For the lid I have used the same DSP and you will see that I have included a larger square which will be the top layer of the lid.
6. This is what the insert looks like once you have scored and trimmed it.
7. This is what the base card looks like scored, trimmed and decorated.
8. This is what the lid looks like scored, trimmed and decorated.
To stick the box together simply place adhesive on all of the tabs and fold together making sure that you keep all angles square and neat.

9. To insert a ribbon at the top of the lid before you adhere the lid's top layer punch a small hole with the 1.6mm or 1/16" hand held circle punch. Insert the ribbon (I have used the 1/2" finely woven ribbon in Berry Burst) and adhere it with two pieces of double sided tape. Also place tape all around the perimeter of the lid.

10. This is how the pieces will appear once you have folded and adhered the base and lid sections.

11. This is how you want them to hinge. I always place the corner seam edges together.

12. Using the Label Punch, cut out another piece of card stock to act as the hinge. Score the punched shape horizontally. Burnish the score line.

13. Adhere the hinge device to the base of the box.

14. Adhere the top half to the inside of the lid. You will see how smooth the secure the hinge is.

15. The insert should fit snugly into the box. I suggest using a glue dot on each side just to ensure that the insert stays flush agains the bottom of the box.

16. Next finish decorating the exterior of the box. I have used a very simple approach.
I also stamped directly to the DSP on the box using the leaf stamp from the same set in Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I heat embossed the rose stamp from the Petal Palette Set in White Stampin' Emboss and then coloured the image using Melon Mambo and Berry Burst for the roses and Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves. I fussy cut the roses and adhered them with dimensionals.

17. Despite the fact that the pattern sits over the join on the box it still opens and closes smoothly.

18. The roses serendipitously fit around the ribbon on the lid of the box.

19. I added a few rhinestone jewels to make the whole layout pop.

20. You can see how flush the lid sits against the base.

So I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you don't leave us too quickly. We have so many great projects planned for you today.  Next is Tanja Kolar's amazing blog

Thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx
Order of the Blog Hop for March
1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
3. ZoĆ« Tant (United Kingdom) 
4. Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 
5. Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand) 
6. Dena Rekow (USA) 
7. Beate Wacker (Austria) 
8. Aude Barbara (France) 
9. Barb Stewart ( Canada)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fancy Folds - Double Z Fold Cards

So great to be back for another Fancy Folds Design Team hop. Happy March and it's the last month of Sale-a-Bration so the last opportunity to get a bargain or two!

Satomi's card this month is so beautiful. I hope you enjoyed her ideas. I am always inspired by Satomi's style.

This is my card:
I followed Dawn Griffith's easy YouTube tutorial but changed the measurements out so that the base or back card is square and the top layer was adjusted to be 41/2" x 11" with co-ordinating score lines at half and a quarter.

The base card is Basic Black card mounted with squares of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. I love the black and white papers and think that they complement any occasion. You will see that the feature panel on the front or the small "z" is Basic Black also but has been mounted with Whisper White panels.

I stamped the roses image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured the roses in Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark Pink Pirouette and Light Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends. The leaves were coloured in Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut the images. I stamped the images 3-4 times. I cut leaves off and separated the flowers to make them look a little more individual.

Depth and layers on card fronts are one of my favourite things so I cut a Cherry Cobbler circle using the Stitched Edge Framelit Circle and then mounted it with a slightly smaller circle in Whisper White. I dimensionalised this aspect and stuck the roses on with glue dots and kind of draped them over the edges.  I added the remaining roses to the next two panels.
To add texture and interest I also cut a few Silver Glimmer Paper and Basic Black leaves and buds from the Sweet Cake Framelit Dies. I also used some of the silver embossed vellum features from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.
The sentiments are from the Petal Passion stamp set simply stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the card direct and on a piece of Vellum Card and punched out using a label punch. I wanted the suggestion of shadow and texture.
I hope you have enjoyed the project and that you continue on the hop! Check out Tanja's amazing project ~ I love this woman's style!

Until next month! Sparkle like a star!
Shanni xx

Order of the March Blog Hop 
1.Gina Connor (UK) 
2.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
3.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
4. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
5.Aude Barbara (France) 
6.Miranda Mols (Netherland) 
7. Astrid Hofman (Austria) 
8.Connie Stewart (USA)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Totally Techniques - Eclipse Technique

Welcome back to our first blog hop of 2018 - the Totally Techniques Design team have some amazing projects planned for you this year. If you want to see us feature a technique of your choice, simply comment and tell me what it is. . .

This month we are doing the very popular Eclipse Technique!

I hope you enjoyed Nadine's incredible project, she is just soooo talented. It's always hard to follow in her footsteps. Because there are a number of ways to incorporate the eclipse technique I have done three projects this month:
The first is a square card, incorporating the Sale-a-Bration set, Amazing You and an eclipse using the Layering Oval Framelits.
The base card is thick Whisper White, Mounted with a square of Pool Party card stock and the top stamping layer is a square of standard Whisper White card. I also "framed the card" with a further square of Pool Party card stock at the rear.
The flower stamp from Amazing You is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured using Stampin' Blends - I got inspiration for the colour scheme from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Papers. The Stampin' Blends are - Dark and Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark and Light Daffodil Delight and light Pool Party. I used the Colour Lifter a fair bit to blend the colours.
The flowers on the left were stamped directly onto the card whilst the flower on the bottom right has been stamped on a scrap of Whisper White card and fussy cut. I mounted it over the oval eclipse feature. I also stamped extra leaves and arranged them around the bottom of the left flower and above and below the right flower.
The ovals cut into the card are the largest from the Layering Ovals Framelits and the largest oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits, I have mounted the frame with dimensionals cut into threes. The amazing sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration Celebrate You Thinlits, cut in Pumpkin Pie. The sentiments "you are simply" are stamps in the Amazing You set.
I like the shape eclipse because it's really subtle and can be used on cards for any occasions.

The next card I created used the word "celebrate" from the Celebrate You thinlits and the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Papers:
This project highlights using designer series paper in the eclipse technique and you will see that I have dimensionalised the negative when the opposite has been popular in projects across Pinterest and the internet.
I call this pattern the raining confetti from the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP.  I have mounted it on a rectangle of Silver Foil Paper and the base card is thick Whisper White card stock. The only stamping is literally the "you" from the Amazing You stamp set which is just so versatile. I have stamped it in Smokey Slate ink.  I haven't decided if this will be a birthday card or a congratulatory card.
I glued the "celebrate" sentiment directly to the Silver Foil and then stuck dimensionals all over the back of the DSP and the larger negative cut outs from the sentiment.
I added the thin strip of Silver Glimmer Paper as an afterthought as I hoped it would make the card pop a little more. It's a very plain and simple card but I think that the recipient will think it's fabulous!

My final project incorporates what we are used to seeing from the incredible card makers of the world - its an eclipse of the framelit sentiment:
The "you" has been eclipsed. The card base is thick Whisper White, mounted with a rectangle of Calypso Coral and then mounted with Whisper White card. I have stamped the rose outline from the Cake Soiree stamp set in Marina Mist ink and the sentiment "celebrate" from Amazing You in Calypso Coral directly onto the card stock. 
I wanted the flowers to look like a bouquet so I cut out the coloured image from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and mounted it directly onto the card stock, I positioned it the way that I did because of the print of the flowers and wanted it to lead naturally into the sentiment.
I love the leaves framelit from the Sweet Cake Framelit set that matches the Sweet Soiree DSP and Cake Soiree stamp set. I cut several of them in Old Olive and also some in Silver Glimmer Paper for some bling and nestled these under the DSP image. I wanted to keep the floral feature flat so that the dimensionalised words popped further.
I love how the Calypso Coral back mount peeps through around the sentiment "you" from the Celebrate You Framelits. Again I glued the centre of the "o" to the background and used dimensionals to pop the word.
I hope you can see how well it all marries in!

So - did you get some inspiration from this hop? I hope so, the next Design Team member is Annette who makes the most wonderful projects! I know you are going to be so excited to see her card this month!
Until next month, stay crafty!
Shanni xx

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