Owl Always Love You!

I was so excited to be asked to be a guest designer this month for CropChocolate.com.  Those of you who have stopped by SCS before will know that CropChocolate is one of my favourite online stops for scrappy supplies and for great conversation with my crafty pals.   It is also the first company that took a chance on me and invited me to be a part of their design team about 2 years ago.  So needless to say, an invitation from Amber this month was a reason to celebrate!

So, I decided to dust off an idea I had a while back to create a fun treat package for those that I love!  Using some adorable MME Fine and Dandy paper and my trusty Cricut, these little love birds were born:

French-Fry-Owl-flowerI actually modified a french fry container template on the Art Philosophy cartridge to create these cuties.  Here’s how you can too:

French-Fry-Owl-greenMaterials (for one owl):
- 2 sheets – 12×12 double-sided patterned paper (I used MME Alphabet Soup).  You will want one pattern for the body/wings, and the other for the beak/feet.  Try to choose ones with good contrast for the best effect.
- pencil
- dry adhesive – get some strong stuff like Snake tape!
- scissors
- black pen
- Glossy Accents
- French fry container template or cut file (I used the one from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, but any template or cut file will work.  Google away!)

- scrap of white cardstock for the eyes

Instructions:
(click here for stepped out pictures and instructions over at Instructagram)

  1. Owl-InstructagramUsing a template for a french fry container (here’s one to try), trace and cut out onto one sheet of patterned paper or cut out using a personal cutting machine (I cut mine out at 9″ so it would be 4″ once assembled).
  2. Before assembling your template, we need to make a change to give our owl , well…an owl shape!  Take the front concave side and press it down on top of the back side.  Trace the concave shape onto the back side of your container template.
  3. Using your scissors, cut along the line you just traced.  Hang on to the piece of paper you cut off – you will need it later!
  4. Run some adhesive along the side of the container and assemble your container.
  5. Using the piece you cut and saved from step 3, draw a line across the section in which the two semi-circles meet.  Cut across the line forming a small semi-circle and a large one.
  6. Take the small semi-circle and cut it in half.  These will become the wings on the side of your container.
  7. Punch 2 – 1″ circles from white cardstock.  Punch 2 more 1″ circles form the patterned paper (I punched them out of the large semi-circles I have left over to save paper).
  8. Using a black, permanent pen, draw circles inside the eye.  Size isn’t too important, and the circles don’t even need to be matched.  You may also want to leave a small circle uncoloured to add a bit of dimension to the pupil.
  9. In a second patterned paper, cut out a small triangle shape for a beak and two heart shapes for feet.  Again, don’t worry too much about size – your owl will appear to have different personalities depending on the size you choose.
  10. Place your container on top of the left-over patterned paper approx. 1″ up from the bottom edge of the patter.  Trace the concave shape onto the paper.  This will help you create the owl’s belly.
  11. Cut along the line you drew in step 10 and adhere to the front of your container.  I used the “back-side” of the patterned paper for more contrast.
  12. This is fun part because your owl will start to come to life!  Glue on the beak at the top of the belly.  Glue the eyes over top, slightly overlapping for a “googly” look.
  13. Turn your owl to the side and glue the wings in place, using the cut edge as the top or shoulder of the wing and placing at a slight angle so the wings stick out in front of the body.
  14. Apply a small strip of adhesive across the point of each heart, and adhere to the bottom of your owl.  These feet will also help the container stand up on its own.
  15. Lay your owl on it’s back on a flat surface and apply a generous amount of Glossy Accents to the pupils.  Leave to dry.  If you want a more rounded look, apply a second layer once the first is completely dry.
  16. Have some fun dressing them up!  I placed a coordinating bow on one, gave another a little toothpick flag to hold, and gave another a bow “barrette”.  I also doodled some faux stitching along the edges, and added sentiments across the top of the belly: Owl love you forever, Owl always love you, Guess whooo loves you?
  17. Fill with candy or sticky notes or other fun treats and serve!French-Fry-Owl-pink

Cropchocolate, thanks for the invitation this month!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Farewell CC DT!

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since I joined my first design team here at CropChocolate!  I have met so many supportive and amazing ladies through the CC community, and it has be an honour to represent such a great company!  Although my time on the team has come to an end, I look forward to continued sharing and laughing with all of you here at CC, and can’t wait to be inspired by the new team.

I have to admit that I really struggled to come up with an idea for my farewell project.  Somehow, it felt like it should be some amazing, “over-the-top” showstopper!  Oh, the pressure!  But one of the really neat things I have learned about myself this last year is that I am really not an “over-the-top” crafter!  In fact, it is simple details that I have come to enjoy sharing with all of you, in the hopes that they will be beautiful enough for you to want to try, but simple enough that even a novice crafter would consider giving it a go!
So today, I thought I would share with you a project that was inspired by a recent pin I can across on Pinterest in which the crafter used a tuna tin and some clothes pins for a planter.  I added some beautiful Echo Park Times and Seasons paper, some MM Paper Reverie bling, a bunch of Distress Ink and Stain, and changed the purpose of my little creation.  By day, it’s a great little container for some of my tools, but by night, it’s the perfect candle holder!  Functional and sexy – what’s not to love!  Here’s how you can create one too!
Materials:
- Short container such as a tuna tin – I actually used a tea canister that I cut down to 1″ tall.  Just make sure that the container does not flair out.
- Wooden clothes pins – I needed 19 to complete my project, but the number will depend on the circumference of your container. See the tutorial for information on how to determine how many you will need.
- Paper – this is a great project to use scraps as you will only need thin strips.  I used Echo Park Times and Seasons
- Liquid adhesive
- Optional products for embellishment including Distress Stain in Picket Fence, Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, twine or jute, bling such as the MM Paper Reverie gems and brads (Metallique)
Instructions:
Step 1
If needed, cut your container down to approximately 1″ high.

Step 2
Place the clothes pins all the way around your container to determine the number you will need.  Take them off the container, and set the container aside.

Step 3
Optional – I applied two coats of Distress Stain in Picket Fence to the front and back of each pin for a whitewashed effect.

Step 4
Cut strips of paper to match the long side of each of your pins (2 per pin as you will see the inside as well).  These measured 5/8″ X 2 6/8″ for my project, allowing a border around each side so the Picket Fence Stain could be seen.

Step 5 
Making sure that the Distress Stain is dry, use a liquid adhesive to apply the paper strips onto your pins.

Step 6
Cut a 1 1/4″ strip of paper that is long enough to cover the circumference of your container.  Use a liquid adhesive to apply to your container.

Step 7 
Use one of your pins to clamp the overlap of your paper closed until it has had time to dry.  

Step 8
Apply the rest of your clothes pins and embellish as desired!

Thank-you to CropChocolate for giving me the opportunity to craft with and for you this last year!  I hope you will continue to stop by http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com every now and again to see what I messes I continue to conjure up in my crafty space!  Take care everyone and thanks for stopping by!

A Board Book tutorial!

Okay, I am not quite sure how this happened, but I am two months behind cross-posting my CropChocolate tutorials here at Scrappy Canuck Studios.  While you can always find them over on The Crop, I like to have them here as well for all my crafty friends who don’t make it over to CropChocolate.  So, it is time to get the rear in gear and get them posted for you (before the May project is posted and I am three months behind).

First up – A Board Book Tutorial

A top view of the completed book - binding and all!

When Amber posted this month’s challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.  With the Christmas season behind us, and many empty boxes to show for it, I thought it would be great to put all that fantastic chipboard to good use and create a board book for my girls.  I headed straight to Pinterest to check out the board book tutorial I had pinned back in the fall, but was shocked to see that the website that once held the tutorial was now lost in cyberspace somewhere. So, out came the trusty ruler, paper and glue, and after three attempts, here’s what I have to share with you!

Materials:

  • Approximately 7 sheets of chipboard cut from old boxes (5 ½” X 5 ½”) – This will depend on the number of pages you would like for your book.  I wanted a total of 5 pages on the inside, so I cut 7 squares for the pages and the cover (front and back)
  • 1 piece of chipboard cut at ½” X 5 ½” (this will be the spine of your book)
  • 10 pieces of plain coloured cardstock cut to 5 ½” X 5 ½” (to cover each page)
  • 4 pieces of patterned paper cut to 3”X 5 ½” – I used my favourite MME collection Fine and Dandy for all patterned paper.
  • 1 piece of patterned paper cut to 12” X 6”
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper cut to 5 ½” X 7”
  • Liquid adhesive (such as Modge Podge)
  • Brush to apply adhesive
  • Optional – Distress Inks (BrokenChina, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick)

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper and chipboard to the listed specifications.

To create the pages:

2.  Start by taking your 10 sheets of plain cardstock and apply them onto 5 pieces of cut chipboard – front and back.  Be generous when applying the adhesive, and place under a heavy book to dry flat.  I also added a bit of extra adhesive to the edges of each finished page to ensure that the little finger that will soon love the pages will not be able to peel off the paper from the chipboard.

3.  Take the four pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned paper and score them at the 1 ½” mark.  Fold in half.

Steps 4 and 5 - Connecting your pages together

4.  Apply adhesive to the wrong side of one of the four pieces and glue to the inside edge of one of your pages- being careful to line up the fold with the inside edge of your page.  These four pieces of paper will be what binds one page to the next.

5. Once you are confident with the placement of the paper, apply adhesive to the second side of the folded paper and glue this to the next page of your book.  You should now have two pages that are attached to each other on the inside edge.

6. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned cardstock and the 3 pages.

7. Lay everything under a heavy book to dry. The inside pages of your book are now complete.

 To create the cover:

1.  Lay out your piece of 12” X 6” paper with the wrong side facing up.

2. Place your last two pieces of 5 ½” X 5 ½” chipboard on top, evenly spacing with the chipboard spine in between.  Each of your chipboard squares should be lined up with the left and right edge of your paper

Steps 2 and 3 - Creating the cover

3. Before gluing down, fold over your completed pages to make sure the cover is a good fit. Depending on the thickness of your chipboard pages and the number of pages you use, you may need to modify the width of the spine.  This is the time to do it!

4.  Glue all three pieces down onto the patterned paper.

5.  Fold down and glue the top and bottom edges of the paper over the chipboard.

To attach the cover to the pages:

1.  Take a both pieces of your 5 ½” X 7” and score 1 ½” from one edge (on the long side).  Fold.

Step 2 - Connecting the cover to your first page.

2.  Using your liquid adhesive, glue the 5 ½” x 5 ½” square that was created by the fold into the inside cover – there will be a 1 ½” flap not attached to anything.
3.  Take the loose flap and apply adhesive.  Careful line up this flap with the first completed page.  The first page should now be attached to your cover.
4.  Repeat with the final piece of paper and the last page of your book.

Your board book is now ready to decorate and embellish with a story, photos, letters, numbers – whatever you would like to share with the little people in your lives!

Owl Always Love You – A Candy Bar Slider tutorial

Project Title: Owl Always Love You – Candy Bar Slider
Before I started scrapbooking and chatting with crafters all over the world, I had no idea there were so many owl fans!  I agree that there is something endearing about these little creatures, and their cute sound is full of sentiment potential!  So this month, in honour of all of my CropChocolate friends who are fans of owls, I decided to team up owls and chocolate! Oh, and few hearts too!

Materials:
  1. 1 candy bar (Ritter Sport used in this project)
  2. 1 piece of plain colored cardstock for body
  3. Scraps of black and white cardstock for eyes
  4. Adhesive
  5. At least 1 piece of patterned cardstock for feathers / beak / feet
  • Blue Owl – MME Good Day Sunshine collection
  • Pink Owl – MME Quite Contrary
Instructions:
Slider:
1. Cut a piece of cardstock that is 4″ high by 9 1/8″ long.  If you are using a different candy bar, measure the wrapper to determine the height and length you will need to cover your bar (see video for description of included measurements)
2. On the front, top edge of your wrapper (the widest section), cut out a half moon shape that runs from one side to the other.  This will give your wrapper an “owl shaped” head.
3. On the same top edge, find the middle and measure down about 1/4″.
4. Press the front section down so that it lines up with the back section and punch a hole at the marked location, making sure the hole goes through both sections.
5. Measure out a piece of ribbon that is 4X the height of your wrapper. If you are using a Ritter Sport bar, your ribbon would need to be 12″ in length.
6. Thread the ribbon from the front section through to the back section.  Center the ribbon so there are equal amounts sticking out the front and the back.
7. Place your candy bar in the wrapper, pushing the ribbon down as you insert it into the wrapper.  Tie a bow at the top. Your candy bar should now slide up and down into the wrapper when you pull up on the ribbon.
To embellish:
1. Cut out at least 15 1/2″ hearts.  Apply the hearts upside down with adhesive starting at the bottom edge of the wrapper and working your way up  - 3 rows of 5 hearts.  Adjust according to your candy bar dimensions.
2. Cut out 2 hearts that are at least 2″ in height.  Apply upside down on the side edges of your wrapper for wings.
3. Cut out 2 – 1″ hearts and attach to the bottom edge for feet.
4. Cut out 1 – 1/2″ heart and attach as a beak.
5. Using overlapping circles, cut out eyes and adhere to wrapper.
6. If desired, add a message to the back of the wrapper.