Shadow Box Frame

May 31, 2017

Good Morning,

About a year or so ago I came across this fantastic Boys Collection called “So Rad” by Simple Stories. I know I have written about it before but it has been a while. What I loved most about this collection was the positive messages in the cut apart sheets (4×4, 3×4) many of which seemed frameable.  I thought it would be a fun project to get one of the inexpensive frames at the craft store, customize it with the collection papers then put in the sentiment, but I can’t seem to find the frames at said craft store.  Thus, this project has been on the back burner for a while, until now.

As you know I have been using my Silhouette a lot lately and of course, my favorite designer has not let me down. Lori Whitlock has come out with different size shadow boxes complete with holes to string ribbon through for wall hanging.  I thought I would give this a try on her 4×4 frame and some old Bo Bunny paper from my stash.

 

This frame could not be easier to cut and put together, the issue is figuring out the inside cuts versus the outside cut that make up the frame and interior walls. Lori does have a video that gives some helpful tips on assembly.  For example, I would not have thought to adhere all the inside sides in a line then attach the ends to make the frame.  I like these frames and will be making more of them, maybe next time I will try it with the ribbon so I hang it. This one will be going on a hallway shelf.

If you wondering why I choose this saying, please keep in mind I have 3 sons (one of which is a teenager and another about to become one) a husband and an Australian Shepherd who loves to play hide and seek with socks.  Long story short, given I am usually subconsciously keeping track of everyone, if I can’t find it, it is lost!  I am sure I might have a reader or two who can relate to my situation. 🙂

Anyways, I am off on sock hunting adventure!

Until next time…..

 

P.S. If you like the “So Rad” Collection you can also find it now at Scrapbooking For Less at a considerable discount. Again just sharing no compensation from anyone.

A Book Box of Treats for Book Club

May 29, 2017

Good Morning,

I am in the middle of my kid’s school year wrapping up along with my parent classroom job, book club.  I love it, it’s a great excuse to indulge into kids books while getting to know the kids in my son’s class.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I enthusiastically arrived to talk about our book only to be met with exhausted kids. The end of the school year has brought State testing as well as deadlines for a number of projects, by the time they see me after lunch they are exhausted.  Wanting our time to be enlighting but fun, I asked what I could do to help pep them up, cookies were promptly requested. To which, I was given various options given allergies and preferences.

With the cookie idea percolating in the back in of my mind, I came home to work on the more pressing need of family graduation cards. In looking for a caps and gowns, I came across these fun Book Boxes. I thought, what a cute idea to bring cookies to book club.

Of course having more luck figuring out the book club solution, I abandoned graduation for this cute cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I used an older Basic Grey  “hipster” collection to make all three “books” and the sticker sheet but for the bases, I used a Kraft paper. The cut file breaks down pretty easy with opportunities to do multiple pieces on one mat. The boxes do take a bit of folding on score lines as the spine is meant to be rounded, but overall it is easy to assemble.   The opening and depth of the boxes are pretty generous so I am sure I will have enough to make five happy, cookie-eating, book club kids.

Oh but wait, it’s for school, I have to share to with the whole class, I better get baking.

Untile next time…..

If you’re interested here is my supply list based on doing all three books:

  • For the Box and cover base – 4 sheets of Kraft Cardstock (or black, white or cream)
  • The Spine, Front and Back Panel – 3 different 12×12 double sided pattern paper (One sheet for each book)
  • Decoration accessories:  alphabets, flowers, sticker sheets etc.

 

 

**While I seem to be on a Lori Whitlock cut file kick lately I am not affiliated with her just love her designs and file set ups.

3D BBQ Card for Memeorial Day

May 28, 2017

To everyone here in the United States I hope you have great weather to pay tribute and enjoy your Memorial Day. To my friends in the UK while we remeber our fallen, I can’t help but think of you and your families dealing with the aftermath of Manchester.  I have no words that can begin to do justice to your feelings other than to say I stand with you in your grief and outrage! We are all affected by it! 

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Good Morning,

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Memeorial Day brings back memories of BBQ, picnics and flags, so today I am sharing a  3D BBQ Box Card designed by Lori Whitlock  created on my Silhouette Cameo. Traditionally Memorial Day kicks off the Summer Season, I still have fun memories of the beach, parks and being at home with family but alwasy a BBQ was involved.

To create this card, It took me about 45 minutes to cut and put together. Lori took the guess work out of the layers by adding the shadow cut and numbers to each tab. One of the things I love about these kinds of cards is how it helps use up scraps. Using your scraps also cuts down in cutting time. I was able to put all the colors other than greay and black on one mat using scraps.  I smiled the whole time it cut.

After making a couple of these cards I do recommend a heavy cardstock for the base pieces to keep the shape and the extra layers. The grey paper on here is 80 lbs card stock, the color scraps vary from 65 to 80 lb. I used a textured dot for the oven mit. What is great is you can make it any color or even add some foil to really dress it up.

TIP: The BBQ “knobs” cut as one group. To keep the spacing correct I used washi tape to pick it up from the mat then transfer it to the project. I liked the width of the washi it fit perfectly for the small knobs.

This card also folds down to fit into an evnvelope, I would suggest a 6×6 as this measure approx. 5.75 x 5.75.

The Supply list for this one:

  • BBQ Grill Box Card –  Lori Whitlock  can be found on her site or the Silhouette Studio
  • Grey / Silver /Foil Card Stock –  card base, front panels and inside tab layers
  • Black Card Stock – knobs, front panel strip, grates, strip across “lid”
  • Red Card Stock – ketchup bottle, utensil handles, tomato on burger, oven mitt
  • Yellow Card Stock – flame, cheese (burger), mustard bottle and lid
  • Green Card stock – lettuce (burger)
  • Brown tone on tone Card Stock – meat of the burger
  • Light brown Card Stock – the hanburger bun
  • Orange Card Stock – Flame
  • White Card Stock – Ketchup bottle cap/ label and Mustard label

I always love hearing from everyone so if you like these cards or have question please leave a comment.

I wish for all of you a happy and safe Monday.

Until next time…..

 

 

 

Prize Pack from NSD challenge at Scrapbook.com

May 27, 2017


Good Moring,

Today I am excited to share that I won a National Scrapbook Day Challenge for Die Cuts at Scrapbook.com . This is the layout that won it for it me  and you can find more about it here: Easter Egg Die Cuts…..

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Today I received my prize pack that encompassed a $25.00 gift certificate to their store along with $100 worth of product from Lawn Fawn, Waffle Flower, Technique Tuesday and Art Impressions.  I thought I would share a quick video so others could see how generous the prize packs are from Scrapbook.com

 

If you have not been on Scrapbook.com I suggest taking a stroll through their site. They have an extensive gallery of many different styles and interests along with forums (under the “more” tab), free classes, a store and much more.

Again I share about them just because I think their site would be of benefit.

Thanks you for following along with me.

Until next time….

 

3D Card for Teacher Appreciation​

May 11, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a quick share for today of this Pop-up Teacher Appreciation Card. If you follow me you know, I love interactive projects such a mini albums, cards or folios. Sizzix makes a die like this, but this one came from the Silhouette Design Store. I want to give credit to the designer, Snapdragon Snippets, this is one of their older designs (circa 2014) but a very well thought out cut file.

My biggest issue is picking pattern papers and colors, just takes me forever. I did finally settle on an old collection from Authentique called “Playful.”  Taking my paper-picking time into consideration, all totaled it took me close to 3 hours to pick paper, cut and piece everything and adhere it. The pictures do not show our teacher’s name on the placard, but I did cut it out of the navy color (same as the star) to tie things together.  This card will fit into a larger envelope as it folds down flat.

Thanks for stopping by, I am dashing to take kids to school and stop at the Coffeehouse for the teacher while picking up flowers along the way. I hope everyone enjoys their Thursday.

Until next time……

 

 

 

 

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