Wednesday, February 14, 2018

a little valentine's treats for my office coworkers

 Remember these?  I had bought these for my kids but I had a bunch I bought and they are not now too " grown up to take these to their friends so they are going to my Gorwn up friends at work.  Easy to make and it was well appreciated.

 These were some treats made by my friends, Diedre, Hermelinda and Mercedes- I always want to document these before I eat them because they are precious to me and I want to be able to look back and remember in case I want to case them for future treats.

Boy and Girl versions iwht different types of chocolates for people to choose

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Super Bowl LII

 A little cake from my MIL Anne for our annual Superbowl Party- My DH makes his dirty rice and beans with sausages- so yummy and the usual party fare of grilled meats, chips dips, cheese and all sorts of not so good for you goodies!

During the first half it was sort of boring so I went into my craft space to Zone and make a card and this is what I made.

 The base card is whisper white. I took another whisper white and diecut HUGS with Large Letter Framelets. I stamped a bunch of flowers with Versamark with flowers from Cake Soiree set and heat set with clear embossing powder onto the base cardstock front.  Colored it in with Melom Mambo, calypso coral and some wisteria to mix the colors.  I then stamped a bunch of leaves in pear pizazz. I kept putting the Hugs diecut piece on top to make sure the flowers and leaves were going to show through. After I did it though the flowers did not pop enough so I daubered some soft sky onto the base card so it would contrast with the diecut piece and it looked better.  I then took a gold marker to out-
line the diecut words- it was a bit messy and I used an old marker that I had and I was not completely happy with it but it was ok-  but it was better than not having the outline.

I cut another piece of flower and some leaves as shown on the left and stamped the sentiment from Lovely Inside & out set in Melon Mambo onto a scrap of paper into a banner and mounted with dimensionals.  The diecut words were also mounted with dimensiionals and the whole card reminded me of those chintz fabric -   Not so overly lovey dovey but still lovely.

Friday, February 2, 2018

mailable toolbench pop-up card

 I have been making popup box cards for a long time. I love adding embellishments to make the box -"pop" .  I wanted to make a birthday card for Patrick and my sister Chrissy told me that he loves tinkering so I wanted to make him a toolbox card but when I made the tool box card the top was open and did not feel like a toolbox.

I put a top attached from the back but it kept popping up but when I turned it around and attached it from the front, VOILA! It worked.
The pattern is my basic rectangular popup box with the side and front panel cut off.  The basic pattern is below.

Take a 4 1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock and place longside across the top and score at 3 1/2 inches.

 Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 2 1/4 inches.  Cut out the 2 1/4x 8 1/2 inch panel and reserve for the table top and front drawer panels.

Turn the panel so that the first panel you scored is on the right and the panel you cut out is in on the bottom. 
(The picture on the left does not have the panel on the bottom cut out but it is best if you cut it out first )  Score at 1/2 inch then 2 1/4, then 5 3/4 inches. and adhere tape to the 1/2 inch tab and adhere to the other side  to complete the popup box base.

Take the piece of 2 1/4 x 8 1/2 inch panel you cut out and cut a piece 2 1/4x 3 1/2 and score this along the 2 1/4 inch side at 1/2 inch - this is the table top and you need to attach this to the FRONT of the box - !?4 inch scoring made it a bit too big - 1/2 inch seem better but you may need to play with it to fit perfectly.
The left over piece of Real Red cardstock is cut into 3/8 inch strips to make the panels in the front to mimic drawers. 

The top drawer piece was 3 1/4 inch long, the bottom three drawers were 2 1/4 inches and the little drawers on the right were only 3/4 inch wide.  I cut little 1/8 inch strips of silver cardstock to mimic handles on the drawers. 

I put a panel in the back  (Soft Suede CS with Chicken Scratch Cover plate die from Papertrey)  to "hang" the tools (dies from Memory Box and Taylored Expressions).  The panel in the back holds the toolbox top in place when you click it closed.

The tools were diecut using Silver cardstock from Stampin up (retired)- and used a black sharpie to make the handles and mounted using thin slices of dimensionals.  Some tools were lifted with dimensionals to give some depth and the signs can be changed to fit your need.