Delicate Die-cut Wedding Lanterns

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Because I love my Mother-in-law very much (she is a really great lady), I offered to make 50 paper lanterns for her wedding this past May.  I knew she was going for a “festive and handmade” look, and I had spied this gorgeous and delicate die from Taylored Expressions a few months back.

mr_mrscuttingplateSince the design had a frame surrounding it, I thought it would be perfect for creating something three-dimensional.

You might be wondering how I went from die to lantern…Well, I had previously made some striking Halloween lanterns (here is my version), from directions found here. I figured I could apply the same idea to make table decorations in royal blue and white, my Mother-in-law’s wedding colors.

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So once the bride-to-be had told me the number of tables at the reception (25), and the number of lanterns she wanted per table (two), I realized that 50 lanterns would mean making 150 panels! Of a very intricate die-cut, on card stock substantial enough to hold its structure.  Oh boy!
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Mini Easter Bunny Boxes

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I was inspired by an amazing diorama on Kittie Kraft to make these sweet little treats for Easter. As I was mass-producing and mailing these, I made my scenes a little simpler but you can go as detailed as you like.

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I die-cut a small gable box as my base (specifically the Sizzix Carry-all Bigz XL, but Papertrey Ink, Clear & Simple Stamps and I sure other companies have similar dies), but the Treat Bag or the Candy Box from Lawn Fawn would look totally cute decorated in this way as well.

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I cut out and assembled my boxes before decorating, using different pastel shades of 12 x 12″ Bazzil paper. I found that Sookwang tape (aka Scor-Tape) was the best adhesive for assembling these boxes: no mess and holds tight!

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Next, I got to die cutting: bunnies, grass, flowers, eggs, butterflies and birds.  I used dies from Impression Obsession, Lawn Fawn, and a tiny EK success punch for the eggs.

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Glitter paper made for sparkly chocolate bunnies. Patterened paper became already-decorated easter eggs.

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I glued the components of each scene onto the sides of the boxes, and trimmed any overhanging grass or leaves.  I found that Glossy Accents held well, and even the tiny flowers stayed on through the mail. For tiny pieces, I applied the glue with a toothpick.

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The large tags were cut from the Lawn Fawn Tag You’re It die, and attached with vintage seam binding. The stamp is from my LSS Paper Tales.

Dies Used:
Impression Obsession: Rabbit set, Stems & leaves, Tiny flowers, Small bird set, Butterfly set, Grass border, Hollyhocks, Tall grass
Lawn Fawn: Grassy border

Shaker Valentines with My Favorite Things

4 valentines I made a bunch of shaker-card valentines, using a new die from My Favorite Things. As soon as I saw Love Centerpieces from MFT, I knew that I had to have it, and that I wanted to dig out my stash of sequins and make some fun cards. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 50 PM Usually, when I make shaker cards, I use foam tape for the center layer.  This time, I tried something new by running the die through with some fun foam, and then used scissors to expand the spaces a bit for more bling room. This let me keep each letter separated, without having to build structure with foam tape. I just used Scrappy Glue to adhere the layers together. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 56 PMI wandered through my local paper crafting store to find patterned paper that would coordinate with the different solid colors I chose. Red valentineI have quite an accumulation of sequins from Doodle Bug, Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn, but I have to give a shout out to the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. They add such a nice silvery shimmer, without being too distracting, especially if you have other colors in your mix! Photo Feb 07, 1 29 46 PM Here’s what the back of the cards look like: Photo Feb 07, 1 30 11 PM FYI: I made custom square envelopes for these cards (5″ a side), which meant extra USPS First Class postage ($0.70 to $0.91). I’ve pinned a reference sheet on First Class Postage here, but I have had good luck using two “Forever” stamps for my shaker cards and/or square envelopes. Photo Feb 07, 1 30 37 PM Supplies not mentioned in the post:

Solid Paper: Paper Source and Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Doodlebug, Authentique, Crate Paper

Clear Plastic: Dura-Lar .005

What are you making for Valentines Day?

Camelia Tags and a Gift Bag

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I’m back with some more tags. Previously, the Power Poppy blog has inspired me to deconstruct those gorgeous floral images, and it may be my favorite twist on the usual stamped and colored card.  This time, I printed and colored the Camellias digi stamp.  I was experimenting with shading some acid green leaves, and the finished image turned out *really* vivid!

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I decided that maybe the flowers would be most effective in small doses, so I die cut a slew of tags. I backed all of them with lavender card stock, and then stamped and heat-embossed small sentiments on each. Several of the Power Poppy stamp sets have a perfect, tiny “For You” that’s just perfect for a gift tag.

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My newly-crafted tags inspired me to make this little gift bag for my friend Dani, who gifted me a couple of ink pads.

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I cut the bag pieces from card stock that is a much brighter light green in real life! Then I die cut a butterfly, outlined the shape with stickles, added some acetate for backing, and assembled the bag.

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I filled it with some Speculoos-filled chocolate cups from Trader Joes, and tied the top with some lavender seam binding.  I tied my tags together with twine and then attached them to the bag. I think it looks very springy!

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Supplies:

Power Poppy Camellias digital stamp
Copic Markers
Avery Elle tag die: Simply Tags
Simon Says Stamp tag die: Tiny Tags
Lawn Fawn Treat Bag die
Hero Arts butterfly die: Antique Butterflies & Flowers Framelits
Paper Source Lavender card stock and twine

Festive Thanksgiving Treat Bags

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It seems like I just finished making Halloween candy boxes, and now I’m making these darling little treat bags for my in-laws’ Thanksgiving open house.  They’re relatively simple to make: just a couple of dies, patterned paper and some foiled Dresden turkeys. And hot glue – can’t forget the hot glue!

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I chose double-sided paper from Basic Grey’s Persimmon collection.  This might be my very favorite autumnal collection of papers, as I find navy and orange to be such a sharp color combination, and I love that the prints range from vintage flowers, to bold stripes and tribal designs.

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I happily mixed and matched patterns, and really like that the design of the die allows for a glimpse of the inside paper pattern at the top of the bag.

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I’m using the Deco Bag Dies by Paper Smooches for my base. I recommend using Scor-tape to hold it together, as you’ll want a strong adhesive.  Be sure to line up the edges of the bags carefully, because the die is designed to make a slightly roomier shape than a flat pocket.

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The medallions are cut from the Sizzix Brenda Walton Medallions Decorative Strip Die  and the Sizzix Mini Paper Rosettes die. If you choose to use the lacier Brenda Walton medallion, don’t bother punching out all of the little holes.  Just start folding along the score lines and most (if not all) of the little bits should fall right out.  You’ll need hot glue to assemble the rosettes, and you can adjust the size depending on how tight you make the centers.

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I found my foiled turkeys on etsy, but blumchen.com is a great source for all sorts of Dresden trims and shapes.  The turkeys were hot glued to the medallions and then the medallions were hot glued to the bags. Each bag will hold one Ghiradelli square, my favorite kind of treat!

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Instead of turkeys, you can die-cut label shapes for the center of the medallions to create fun place cards.  I bet gold heat-embossed leaf or feather designs would look wonderful too.

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Spooky Halloween Matchbook Candy Holders

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I’ve made an exciting discovery:  the Sizzix Matchbook Notebook die makes a box that’s the perfect fit for a Ghirardelli square! I immediately gathered halloween papers and trims and set to creating.

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I really got a lot of use out of my Tim Holtz rub-ons.  I like adding some spooky words and phrases to make sure the recipient knows that this is a scary treat.

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To close the boxes, I attached eyelets and then tied a bow with some Lawn Fawn twine.

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Glitter!

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I’ve been waiting for a reason to use this 3D eyeball!

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I actually hate siders, but put fear aside to decorate one box.  Maybe the “Poison” box will provide the bug spray??

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Here’s a wicked witch, stamped and heat-embossed on plain card stock. Stamps are by Waltzingmouse.

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My favorite “inside” decoration. The background is Distress ink.

 Ghirardelli makes a Pumpkin Spice Caramel square (delicious, btw) that would be seasonally appropriate, but any flavor square would make a nice “grown-up” treat for a friend.

Box-making Fun with the WRMK Envelope Punch Board

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I was very interested to read the post on Ellen Hutson’s The CLASSroom blog, all about the WRMK Gift Box Punch Board (which I don’t yet own), because there were also instructions for creating a little gift box using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board (which I do own). I made my own gift box and was delighted by the possibilities.

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