Elements of Style

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Secret Elements

My creation today is for the Dynamic Duos Challenge #46.

I’ve chosen the combination of Primrose Petals with Summer Starfruit and used Whisper White as my neutral.

The stamp set I selected is a recent purchase from the current Seasonal Catalogue called ‘Secret Garden’. I love that there is a coordinating set of Framelits for this set.

Here’s my creation.

Here’s another view.

I’ve mounted the tips of the end leaves on dimensionals along with the flower. I have also added some Dazzling Details to the centre of the flower but it doesn’t show up real well in this photo.

Stamp sets: Secret Garden, Elements of Style
Card: Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, In Color 2012 – 2014 Patterns Stack (Summer Starfruit print)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

July Workshop Items

These are the items I demonstrated during my July Workshops. The card shown was also the Make & Take that all guests & Hostesses made, which is from a previous class.

This month I demonstrated a different use for the Petal Cone Die, how to create gift boxes and make a perfect size lid every time, and how to use the Labels Collection Framelits to not only layer onto cards but to create a frame and see through window for your boxes.

Here’s a closer look at the Takeout box made using the Petal Cone Die. My regular group of ladies love dies and I always try to show them other ways to use them aside from the traditional use.

I’ve used and image from the Elements of Style stamp set and Versamark Ink to add some interest to the Takeout box. I’ve then finished off the top with the Fun Flowers Die cut out of Baja Breeze and Beau Chateau DSP which is held together with an Antique Brad. I’ve also daubered Soft Suede ink onto the edges of the Flower pieces. The little ribbon tag is from the Petal Cone Die. I’ve stamped a sentiment from Clearly For You, trimmed off the end I didn’t need and daubered in Soft Suede to complete.

I also took along this sample to show them another great use for the die.

This would make a great Party Favour at a child’s birthday party. It’s made using window sheets, some Real Red cardstock, some Big Top Birthday DSP, 2 3/8” Circle Punch and some sherbet lollies. My youngest daughters love the top on this which is just some strips of coordinated cardstock slightly curled and held together with a brad.

The second item I demonstrated was the box made using the new Simply Scored Tool. The trick to making the perfect lid is to create a shim. Check out the online video by Connie Stewart here to make your own shim for the Simply Scored Tool and never worry about your lid not fitting perfectly ever again.

If you watch the tutorial Connie shows you how to make a box & lid using the same size pieces of cardstock. However I like my lids to not come down the whole side of my box so a little of the base shows around the sides.

My base is a piece of cardstock 7” x 7” and I’ve scored all 4 sides at 1 1/2”.

My lid is a pieces of DSP 6” x 6” which I’ve scored at 1” an all for sides using the shim on the edge of the Simply Scored.

This means I have a 4” x 4” box with a 1 1/2” depth with 1/2” of the base showing at the sides.

To make the frame and window in the lid, after I have scored all 4 sides I have them marked my centre spot (so in this case the 3” mark across and down), I’ve then placed the smallest Labels Collection Framelit onto the DSP and centred over my centre mark. Run through the Big Shot. I’ve then adhered a piece of Window Sheet onto the inside just bigger than the window. Next up I placed the smallest Labels Collection Framelit onto some Riding Hood Red cardstock and then added the next sized frame, which is then run through the Big Shot to create the frame. This has been attached using the 2-Way Glue Pen.

I’d made some other boxes while at my July Craft Market which I took along to show the ladies also. These ones I’ve scallop edged.

This trio of boxes is made using the Cheerful Treat DSP which is a Hostess item in the current IB&C. Each box has been made 1” smaller than the previous one and I’ve also decreased the depth measurements too. Normally when I make boxes I have the gift or item to go inside already and my measurements come from that but these were made just to show how easy the Simply Scored Tool makes it to create lovely boxes in minutes. You can dress them up with scalloped edges or another edge punch or leave them plain. You can also add embellishments to the top, ribbon ties, etc. The possibilities are endless.

The final item of course was the Make & Take.

More info on this card can be seen in this post.

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Till next time…..


Paisley Petals Card Box

I ended up with 4 extra kits left from the workshop last week so rather than have them just sit around I made them up on Friday night at our fortnightly stamp night. The only change I made was a different word stamp for each. I didn’t photograph the 4 cards as the layout is the same but here’s the original photo again in case you didn’t ready my previous post and are not sure what I’m talking about.

4 extra kit cards + my demonstration card meant I had 5 cards so I decided I’d make them into a gift set complete with a box and envelopes of course. Well that was until my daughter went to a party last minute on Saturday and needed a card. That’s what we make them for though. So I was back down to the standard 4 cards for the set now.

I was tempted to go back and recreate the box in this previous post (revamped with Paisley Petals DSP though) but decided I wanted something different. I browsed through some of my purchase tutorials and came across an old My Timeless Templates tutorial by Lauren Meader called ‘All Boxed Up’. I liked the idea of this one but wanted it to fit my cards and envelopes but only have one side compartment so I used the general concept given in the tutorial but made up my own.

I’ve decorated the outside like the card fronts and used the sentiment ‘with Love’ from the Elements of Style stamp set.

Here’s what the inside looks like. I’ve used the other sentiment from the Elements of Style stamp set here.

This will make a great gift for someone special.

I hope you like what I’ve been sharing lately. I’m not sure how many of you are still visiting my blog after such a long non-creative show from me but if you do visit I’d love to hear what you think or just say hello so I know someone is out there still.

Stamp sets: Paisley Petals, Elements of Style, Short & Sweet, On Your Birthday, Petite Pairs
Card: River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Crimper, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Till next time….