Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Cards 2011

I worked on my Christmas cards for 3 days and finally done with them.  This is the first year that I got them done well in advance.  I hate rushing more than anything.

Recollection ready made cards for the base.
Recollection Christmas stamp set.
Watercolor pencils (cant remember which brand)
Watercolor paper
Red ink
Green ink
Diamond stickles
Green cardstock
Red cardstock
Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder

First start by cutting mats to fit card base.  Embossed mat with Cuttlebug Snowflake folder.  Stamp Santa Clause onto watercolor paper.  Color with watercolor pencils.  I used Diamond Stickles on all white areas to give them substance.  They looked awesome.  The pictures really dont do them justice.  They may have taken 3 days but are well worth it.  Thanks for looking :-)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Explosion Box

This weekend my Mom & Dad came in for a visit.  I dont get to see them as much any more because they moved 8 hours away from me.  I am not liking that !!  Anyway when my mother & I get together we have to make at least one full day of crafting.  We spent Monday making an Explosion Box, Earring holder, and Frame.  We also had planned to start on our Christmas cards but didn't make it that far.  LOL  Anyway here is the Explosion Box I made....

This is the first layer (bottom). This layer was 12x12 paper scored at 4 inches all the way around.  cutting out all four corners.  I placed mats, then picture corners.  Do not embellish the center as you will glue the second layer to it. 

2nd layer

Here is the second layer.  It is cut at 11x11.  Scored at 3 3/4" all the way around cutting out the corners.  Again place picture mats and corners to each one.  Do not embellish the center as you will glue the final layer to it.

3rd layer

Here is the third layer.  It is cut at 10x10 and scored at 3 1/2" all the way around cutting out the corners.  Again place picture mats and corners to each one.  This is the final layer so go ahead and decorate the center.

Finished w/lid

For the lid cut an 8x8 piece of paper and score at 2".  I think next time I may score at 1 1/2" as the lid fit very tightly and hard to get on.  Decorate the outside.  Adhere 12 photos to the layers.   Fold all layers up to form the sides of the box and place lid on. 

There you are.  All finished.  I loved this project.  It was very easy and fun to make and will make a wonderful gift.  My grandmother is always wanting pictures so I developed 13 pics to add.    I thought this would make a great gift for her.  Thanks for checking it out.  :-)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dad's Birthday Card

Here is a Birthday card I made my dad.  They are coming in this weekend. I am so excited!  His birthday is the first week of November but I never get to spend it with him.  They usually come up in September or October. We usually go down for a visit either at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  So I decided I was going to have him a surprise birthday party.  He is a cowboy at heart so I thought he would love this stamp set.  It is from Stampin' Up. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tri-Shutter Baby Album for baby boy

Here is a Tri-Shutter album I made for a friend that had her baby boy over the weekend. I had so much fun making it. I had been intimidated by these albums thinking I was not capable of making one. I seen a tutorial online and let me tell was very simple!! It holds 3 4x6 photos and can be displayed on a shelf or dresser. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it. :-)
Outside cover.
Open view. It can be displayed on a shelf or dresser.
Left side closeup
Right side closeup

Center of card - closeup of doors closed
View with doors open. Inside there is a place to add a photo and journaling on the sides.