My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pretty as a Peacock!

Melody and Amanda
Melody, my daughter's best friend, celebrated a milestone birthday yesterday.  I created an Exploding Box and Notecard Portfolio (with 18 cards) to celebrate!
Top of Exploding Box
The peacock and embossed surface are from the Cuttlebug embossing folder and matching cutting die "Persia"
The Exploding Box is created using DCWV Handmade Paper Stack.
I found this fabulous stack on clearance at Michael's Craft Store.
The paper has a beautiful color and wonderful texture and it was on clearance!
Open!
A cake embellishment pressed into a piece of dry foam is used in the center.  Small silk flowers are pushed into the foam with liquid adhesive.  Little gift embellishments are added.
Every side of the box is decorated with embellishments and/or sentiments.  DCWV Handmade Paper Stack is used for all layers.  Edges were rounded with a paper punch and inked with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink.  "Happy Birthday" is a Cuttlebug cutting die.  "50" is from a Sizzix alphabet/number set.
Notecard Portfolio
This is a notecard portfolio that I created to hold 18 cards.  I enlarged the original size and made a 'book' binding to hold the bulky cards and envelopes.  The top decorations are made using the Cuttlebug embossing folder/cutting die set "Persia", "Happy Birthday" is a Cuttlebug cutting die, and the name is made from Cuttlebug alphabet cutting die set "Olivia".
Open Notebook Portfolio
Back of Notebook Portfolio
Happy Birthday, Melody!


Follow the links for photos and step-by-step directions to both projects...



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handmade Notecard Box

These handmade boxes were created using a project in CardMaker magazine.
The boxes are inspired by Noelle McAdams
"CardMaker Magazine", Autumn 2014, pages 44-45

The original measurements in Noelle McAdams project were too small for A2 cards with embellishments and envelopes.  I adjusted the measurements and added a step.  I enlarged the measurements to create a second box that will hold a Card-in-a-Box and a Cascading Card...with lots of embellishments!
This is a box with 4 A2 cards with embellishments and envelopes.

Directions for creating the Notecard Box...

Step one--Cut a 12 inch x 7 1/2 inch piece of card stock (the heavier the better).  For thin paper, I add a piece of card stock on the inside to make the box more substantial.
The paper is laying on a score board.
Step two--Score the paper at 2 1/2 inches, 3 5/8 inches, 8 3/8 inches, 9 1/2 inches.  Must be accurate! I have used a black marker to show the score marks for demonstration purposes only.   Tip--Make all score marks on the 'wrong' side of paper.  This will help to create the box with the desired side on the outside.
Step three--Turn the paper vertically.  Score at 1 inch on the left side (this is the bottom of the box).  Score the paper on the right side at 1/2 inch.  This is the top of the box.  I added this step to create a finished opening at the top.
Step four--Add a strip of 1/2 inch adhesive to the top of the box.
Step five--Cut along the score lines from bottom edge stopping at the 1-inch score.
Step six--add adhesive to the edge of the bottom flap of box
Step seven--turn the paper to the 'outside' and add adhesive to the two bottom flaps and along one edge of the back of the box (as shown)
Step eight--fold all score lines.  Be sure to fold the top score line, too.  I forgot to do it for the picture.
Step nine--remove the adhesive backing and fold the top down to form a 'finished' top.  Tip..I find it is easier to do this step at Step four.
Step ten--Create both sides of the box by adhering the pieces together as shown.

Step eleven--Bring the back pieces together.  Overlap the edges and press to adhere the double-sided tape.
Step twelve--Remove the backing and adhere the bottom flap to box.
The box is finished and ready to be embellished as desire!  Tip--If you wish to use thin paper, it is possible to make the box stronger by adhering reinforcement paper on the inside of the box. Measurements-(cut two) 4 5/8 inches x 5 7/8 inches.
The box is large enough for 4 heavily embellished cards and envelopes.
A set of A2 cards with envelopes and a Notecard Box to match!

TO CREATE A BOX TO HOLD A 'CASCADING CARD'...

Measurements for creating a Box that will hold a Cascading Card.  There is enough space to add lots of embellishments.

Step one--cut a strip of card stock at 18 inches x 10 inches.
Step two--score at 4 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 12 1/2 inches, 14 inches.
Step three--score 1 1/2 inches at left (bottom) and 1/2 inch at right (top)
Inside reinforcement for thin paper....(cut two) 6 7/8 inches x 7 5/8 inches

TO CREATE A BOX TO HOLD A 'POP-UP CARD'...
Step one--cut a strip of card stock at 16 inches x 9 inches
Step two--score at 3 5/8 inches, 4 7/8 inches, 11 inches, and 12 1/4 inches
Step three-score at 1 1/4 inches at left (bottom) and 1/2 inch at right (top)