Tiddly Inks Blog hop

Spring has sprung!  Truth be told, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen this year.  Today, we are outside riding out bikes and there isn’t any snow in sight.  Ahhhhhhh!

So today is the perfect day to share a spring inspired card for the Tiddly Inks Blog Hop!  And given that I can actually see green outside, I was inspired to bring some of it inside onto this little card I created!

I love this little stamp!  Called “Changing Chameleon” , he’s a fun little character for any theme!  I actually added in the tongue and heart with some extras that Christy includes in the set, but he is just as cute without!  And with a slew of masculine cards coming down the pipes for me in the next couple of months, I love having a more masculine image in my collection!

Now, if the weather is beautiful where you are, I know you are anxious to get out and spend some time outside.  But when you come in, get those colouring tools out and join us on this hop.  Christy has got the blog all set up so you can link up and we can see your beautiful creations.  It’s a fun way for you to join right in!

Well, I heading back out – the rain is coming tomorrow so I need to make the most of it today!  Thanks for stopping by, and for more information on the hop, click here!

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Magical Day

I am sure that it comes as no surprise that I love stamps!  If you have ever seen a post here at SCS, you will notice that colouring up a cute image is a way that I decompress, and putting them onto fun cards is the icing on the cake.  I don’t play favourites – give me an image I can colour and I am a happy crafter.

But every once and awhile, I come across a stamp that just steals my heart.  This new stamp from Tiddly Inks called Magical Day is just one of those stamps!

This stamp features one of Christy’s main characters – Wryn – dressed up for a day of imagination.  And together with her little frog prince and cute butterfly, I would argue that it can hardly get cuter than this!

I coloured up Wryn to match some new Doodlebug paper that I have kicking around the crafty table.  It features Copics mostly in the Red family (R81/83/85 for the top of her dress) and just a few colours as embellishments.

I hand lettered a little sentiment just to finish things off, finishing off the card with one of my favourite ribbons from May Arts.  I am not sure what occasion this card will be for, but it may just make its way onto a shelf in my crafty space in the meantime!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Abigail Fun

I have a confession to make – I love making little treat containers.  And it’s not just because I have an excuse to snack on some chocolate as I craft (because really, do I need an excuse?!) but also because they are a simple little craft that goes a long way to showing someone just how special they are to you, especially when you personalize them with Abigail letters!

With Easter coming up around then bend, I thought it might be great to make some treat containers that could be used on the dinner table as both a little marker for each guest’s spot as well as a little party favor for them to take home (or, well, eat right then and there as I might do…there is no shame in loving chocolate, right?).

These cute little boxes, featuring a “box in box” design and one of my favourite collections – Easter Express – pack a little bit of a “wow” punch when you open them up.

And given that Doodlebug collections coordinate so well, if you tend to hoard your patterned papers a bit, you could mix and match with other papers like Petite Prints or even solid cardstocks!

And can we just talk about these Abigail letters?!  They are a perfect addition to these 2″x 2″ boxes.  In fact, you could even do first and last initials depending on your guests!

I can’t wait to have a table full of these cuties (the containers, not the chocolate, although…)

Anyway, just in case you wanted to whip up a few of these for those that you celebrate with, I thought I would put together a step-by-step for you.  Measure and cut as precisely as you can so it all comes together well!

OUTER BOX
1. Cut a piece of double sided patterned paper – 6″ x 8.5″.  Place the pattern you would like on the outside of your box facing down (so you are looking and working on the “wrong” side of the pattern).

2. With the 8″ edge across the top of your scoring board, score at 0.5″, 2.5″, 4.5″ and 6.5″.

3. Turn your paper 90 degrees so the 6.5″ edge is across the top.  Score all the way down the paper at the 2″ and 4″ marks.

4. Now score at the 1.5″ mark, skipping every second section.  Repeat at the 4.5″ mark.  Your paper should look like the one above.

5. With the 8″ edge across the top, cut up along the 0.5″, 2.5″, 4.5″ and 6.5″ stopping at the score mark that runs all the way across your paper.  Turn your paper around 180 degrees and repeat on the other side.  The top and bottom edges will now have 4 tabs.

6. Snip off the 3 sections on the top and bottom edges that you created with the interrupted score lines (the ones that did not go all the way across the paper at 1.5″ and 4.5″). Your paper will look like the one 7. above.    

7. With the smallest section on the left, draw diagonal lines across each of the four sections the extend out on the top and bottom edges.  These will form the sides of your box.

8. Snip off these sections that were drawn.

9. Apply your favourite adhesive to each of the 0.5″  sections that you have.   10. Starting with the smallest flap, fold it inward, adhering the 0.5″ tabs on the inside of the larger diagonal pieces.  Take that section and fold it up 90 degrees, adhering these diagonal pieces to the next set of flaps.

11.  Repeat this process on the other end of the box (you will have one less flap to work with on this end).

12. Snip off the triangular pieces that stick up with a pair of scissors.

13.  You are now finished the outside of the box.

INNER BOX:

1. Cut a coordinating piece of paper to 5 15/16″ x 5 15/16″. Place it with the pattern you would like to show on the outside facing down. Score at the 2″ mark.

2. Turn the paper 90 degrees and score again at the 2″ mark.  Repeat on the remaining two sides. 

3. Snip up along the score lines stopping at the first score line you come across.

4. On each of the 4 outside tabs, trim off about half of the section and then angle cut each edge.  This will remove the bulk of your box as you are folding it.

5. Fold in the tabs that you just cut, and run adhesive along each edge.  

6. Fold these adhesive tabs up 90 degree and then pull up the long side to complete your box. 

7. Slip the smaller box into the larger one, and you are set to have some fun embellishing, decorating and filling!

So there you have it – a cute little treat box that would be perfect for any dinner table!  tell me what you think – would you love these on your table, or would the temptation to empty them before hand be to great?!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,
Karen 

 

 

Molly fun in March

Good morning craft peeps!  It may be a snowy day here in Calgary, but I swear that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  It may be Canada, but it can’t keep snowing forever, can it?

Just in case, I decided to create a card that was as springy as it could be!  This cutie is a stamp from Tiddly Inks called Molly Shares This month, we are hosting a challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog that features this adorable character named Molly.  There are a bunch of darling Molly images in the store, so make sure you check her out!

I grabbed my trusty Copics and decided you colour Molly up as a bit a redhead.  I worked with a base colour of E31, and layered my E11/E13/E15 combination on top. It’s not a high contrast look, but I really like the colour on here!  Her dress features the BG11/13 combination.

To finish off the card, I used some Doodlebug paper scraps matted on some textured cardstock and then topped off the card with some ribbon from May Arts.  I think it’s a fun multi-use card that’s great for the season (or the one I am hoping for anyway)

Make sure you pop on over to the challenge blog to check out the great inspiration from the DT members, and see all the cute Molly goodness.

Thanks for stopping by!