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.

You + Me = Love

It’s been an amazing month working as an Echo Park Fresh Face Designer!  Here is my fourth and final post filled with a fun character, a slider tutorial and chocolate.  Does it get better than that?  Click here to view the post on the Echo Park blog, or continue reading right here at Scrappy Canuck Studios!

What might he be hiding behind those wings?

In this, my last post as an Echo Park Fresh Face Designer, I wanted to share with you a project that incorporates something I absolutely love – chocolate!  After all, the only thing that could possibly be better than chocolate would be chocolate wrapped up in Echo Park paper. So, when I saw the beautiful Yours Truly collection and started thinking about all the wonderful things about Valentine’s Day – like sharing love and sharing chocolate – I was pretty sure I could come up with a match made in heaven!

This little penguin, supported by an easel card structure, was made simply by layering basic shapes – an oval for his body, hearts for his face/tummy, wings, beak and feet, and circles for his eyes.  Although I cut each of the shapes freehand, die cuts or punches could be used to create this little guy in no time at all! And by using the Smitten paper, this penguin has a texture that is a bit unexpected but so fun and playful!

Could that be a little gift?

For me, the most playful part of this card design is actually revealed when you open up this little penguin’s wings.  Hidden behind the wrapped package you find in his arms is a little chocolate treat!  I happen to be a huge fan of interactive elements on cards, so I created a small candy bar slider that, when pulled, reveals a little treat.  Here’s how you can create one too:

Once your penguin and slider are in place, you can have some fun using the Element Stickers to enhance your card.

The embellishments are straight from the elements stickers in this cute collection

The ticket shapes and great text you can find in this collection are a fun and trendy way to add interest to the open spaces on your card.  Layered heart stickers attached with foam squares add the dimension needed to create the easel aspect of the card. Just think  – the recipient will have so many fun things to look at, they might even forget about the chocolate!

I hope you have found some inspiration here today that will help you share your love with the special people in your life!  Thank-you so much for the opportunity to share my project ideas with you over this last month – I had a fantastic time creating and sharing with all my fellow Echo Park fans!  I’m hoping you will come back and visit me here at Scrappy Canuck Studios in the future – there will be so many more Echo Park projects in this crafters future!

Stepping Out in Style (Essentials)

In week 3 of my time as an Echo Park Fresh Face Designer, I wanted to share a unique project that was inspired by the Style Essentials Collection.  To see the post on the Echo Park blog, click here, or simply keep reading!

I have a confession to make. There are days when I would like nothing better than to stay in my comfortable (and only somewhat stylish) pajamas all day long.  But when I first saw the very fashionable Style Essentials Upscale collection from Echo Park, my mind was immediately filled with crafts project ideas highlighted by amazing textures and material – like patterns. Instead of slumming in my pajamas, I was wishing I could head out for night on the town decked out in, well, paper!  And while I didn’t manage to get a little black dress made for today’s post (an idea that only last a fraction of a second in my mind), I did manage to use this amazing paper to create an accessory that I think captures the stylish and fun nature of this collection.

Can you tell what the base shape of the purse might be?

Created by altering an old book cover, this little black purse was a simple way for me to make sure that even when I am not at home crafting, I still have some paper with me!

Who wouldn’t want to head out on the town with some Echo Park paper in hand?  Here’s how you can too:

Materials:
-At least 4 sheets of Echo Park Style Essentials 12X12 collection – for this particular design, I substituted one sheet of Style Essentials with the fun Rose Blossom paper from Yours Truly.
– Liquid adhesive such as Modge Podge.
– Ribbon or other fibers for embellishment
– Embossing Ink
– Embossing powder
– Magnet or alternative for closure

To create the purse form, simple remove the pages from a hardcover book on the inside binding.  Carefully measure the dimensions of the outside cover and cut your patterned paper accordingly.  For this design, I chose to use Black Flourish for 2/3 or the cover and and the b side of Black Quatrefoil for the binding or bottom edge of the purse. Generously apply an even coat of your liquid adhesive to the bare cover and apply your paper.  Press down firmly and allow to dry.  Using the same adhesive, apply ribbon to cover the joint created by the two paper, making sure that the ribbon folds over the cover and into the inside edge of your purse (this will help t make sure it stays in place)

The inside is as pretty as the outside!

Once the outside cover is complete, the next step is simply to create the v-fold for the side of your purse.  The important point to consider at this stage is how far you would like your purse to open.  Keep in mind that the wider you would like the opening, the more paper will be needed, and the thicker your accordion fold will be.  Because the dimensions of each book will be different, consider creating a template out of scrap paper to experiment with the size and shape that will work best for you.  Finally, at this stage, add ribbon loops the inside of the purse to attach your handles, and then cover the entire inside with a piece of patterned paper, such as the b side of Grey Flourish

These flowers are interchangeable!

I had a lot of fun creating some beautiful paper flowers to embellish the purse a little further.  By using a snap to attach the flower to the ribbon one one side of the purse, I was able to use some of the other fun colors from this collection to create a flower that can be changed depending on the event or outfit.  The coordinating patterns in this collection make this a fun way to add a few coordinated options to the project!  Just think of all the fun colored flowers or shaped embellishments you could create if you added the Style Essentials Runway collection to your lineup as well!
Finally, I made some really simple paper beads to use for the handles of the purse. Here’s how:

Together with some ribbon tied together with the beads to  create a fringed look, you could use this same technique to create a matching necklace, bracelet or even earrings.  How much fun would it be to head to your next event decked out in paper! Talk about being serious about paper crafting – now if I could just figure out a way to glam up my pajamas with paper, I would be all set!  Thanks for stopping by today – I would love to hear what you think!
This post was featured at CraftGossip!

The Bold and the Beautiful!

It’s my second posting as a Fresh Face Designer for Echo Park Paper Co., and I thought I would share a bit of a funny story with you!  Click here to view this post on the Echo Park blog.  

I am not sure if any of you have ever had a craft project that seems like it is out to get you!  Well, this week, I wanted to share with you a project of mine that is out to get me – but not in the way you might think!

A colorful and bright wreath for my colorful little girls!

This beautiful wreath, made with some simple paper cones, was designed to adorn the room of my two adorable daughters. And every day, as I walk in and out of their room, I inevitably catch the edge of this wreath on my shoulder!  In fact, I am beginning to think that the only way it would be physically possible for me to run into this wreath as much as I do is if it was actually jumping off of the door and bumping into me as I walked past!  I think the real problem is that the wreath knows how pretty it is, and just wants to make sure it gets noticed every time I come by. I love it – I really do, but who knew a little paper wreath could be so high maintenance!

A tiny bit of twine to add a little bit of texture

Actually, it really is no wonder that the vanity bug has bitten this wreath. You would be vain too if you were made with the amazingly bold and beautiful Summer Days collection by Echo Park. This paper just makes me smile every time I see it, and it was the perfect collection to use for my two daughters who happen to be just as bright and beautiful!

And with some many amazing paper collections from Echo Park, this wreath could easily find a place in your home too (wouldn’t it be so cute with the new A Boy’s Life collection)!  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Here’s how:

 Materials:

  • Echo Park Summer Days collection – you will need 6-8 sheets of 12X12 paper to complete your wreath.
  • Wire floral wreath form
  • Hot glue
  • 5” of ribbon
  • Approximately 25 crayons for embellishment

To embellish the wreath, I added playful floral shapes (inspired by the Summer Days Element stickers) to the inside edge of the cones.  This also helped to finish of the inside edge of the wreath and cover any gaps that formed as I was placing all of the cones. The banner shapes were cute freehand and adorned with letters from the Alpha Stickers sheet.

A simple bow and some colorful crayons help highlight this playful paper!

So, even though I need to listen to the snickers of my husband as he hears yet another altercation between Karen and the wreath (I’m not sure if it is the banging of the wreath base or my cursing that gives it away), this bright and beautiful project is sure to be a part of family memories for years to come!