Saturday, December 31, 2011

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times is a series of seven boxes, of three different heights, designed to have interchangeable frames, which celebrate all occasions of the year.

Each box is cut from a 12x12 piece of .30 chipboard.

This shows the measurements for the largest box.  Begin with a 1/2 inch tab on the left, then mark at
2 1/2 inches, then 5 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches and 10 1/2 inches.  These marks are the same for all three box sizes.

Rotate so the top is at the left edge of your scoring board, and mark 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches, 9 1/2 inches, and 10 inches.  This is for the large 5 inch tall box.

For the middle size box:  mark 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inches, 6 1/2 inches, 8 1/2 inches and 9 inches.
For the small box: mark 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches and 8 inches.
Cut out the box, and trim the 1/2 inch tabs as shown. 

Using a craft knife and a metal ruler, carefully score the marked lines, creating folding lines. 

Fold the box.  Add strong double sided tape to the tabs.  Close two of the tabs.
Add a few smooth stones to the box to weight it for home decor convenience, then close the last tab.

Wrap your box in paper of your choice.

Using metal flashing tape, which has been embossed with a design of your choice, wrap the outside edges of the box, creating a decorative edging.  This could also be done with punched paper, ribbon, or other decorative treatment, if desired.

Add a spot of adhesive backed hook and loop tape to the front of the box. 

Mats for the boxes are:

5" box = 4 1/2 x 2 1/2
4 " box = 3 1/2 x 2 1/2
3 " box = 2 1/2 x 2 1/2

inside mats are

Embellish and have fun!
Watch for lots of project ideas here throughout the year!!
Please come back and share what you have created!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bless You Box Tutorial

 So, when is a tissue box not a tissue box????
 When it's a BLESS YOU BOX!!!
 How about creating a gorgeous floral and fairy inspired BLESS YOU BOX, with a spray of roses on top?
You can have a unique opening, and rich, elegant papers....

... themes, like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in the exact colors for a young man's room...

or the perfect pink for her room  
And don't forget decorating for the holidays, too!
Many more suggestions and ideas to come, as well as a
Send me pictures of your Bless You Boxes, and I'll put them in the gallery!

The instructions, along with photographs and printables, is available now!
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Happy creating ~

Monday, November 14, 2011

Finger Puppets from Digital Images!

One of the most creative playthings for children is a puppet. It brings out their imagination, and allows them to develop their creativity from a very young age. It is the most basic of story telling, and evolves into very elaborate imaginative tales of wonderment and character development. The simplest of these are finger puppets. Today's Tuesday Tutorial will show how to print digital images from a Word Document, through your printer, onto fabric. Then these images are sewn into darling little puppets. Then turn an old picture frame into a Playhouse Theater for showing the next Speilberg's masterpieces!
Here's the video:

I hope you enjoyed the show, and will be checking out the Digital Delights images and creating some imaginative puppets for storytelling with your little people! (You might want to keep the video camera ready, because "Kids DO say the Darnedest Things")!
Happy creating ~

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Celebration Station

Celebration Station is a desk or counter top sitting folio, created just for keeping all of the dates, lists, and pertinent information about birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions right at your fingertips.  Along with the information, it also has pockets for keeping stamps and cards ready to send to celebrate these very special people in your lives!

The Celebration Station is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 flip over folio that sits on an easel, so you can enjoy the beauty of the gorgeous papers that it is made from!  It also features four pages, and several functional pockets, as well as lists to help keep information about these important events in one central location.

The tutorial and printables only are $12.95

The complete kit, which includes:
36 Sheets of Designer Cardstock
12 Sheets of Solid Designer Cardstock
15 Sheets of 12 x 12 Cream Cardstock
40 Sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 Cream Cardstock
Binder Rings
48 Eyelets
12 Montly Tabs
12 page photo laden Tutorial
Three Printable Downloads
Only $49.95 plus shipping! 
 (US Shipping is included on PayPal button, but International Fees will be invoiced separately before shipping)

Suggest: Additional ATG Tape Option... 3 Rolls for $5.00 at no additional postage with kit purchase