April Round Challenge

Okay, I don’t know about the weather where you are, but I am just about done with it here.  No, scratch that.  I AM done with it here.  We just celebrated Easter with the coldest one on history since 1940 and I couldn’t be more ready for warmth and green!

So what’s a girl to do – create a craft that screams spring!  And given that it is challenge time over at Tiddly Inks, it seemed like a good time to get on that!  So I grabbed one of the cute new images from Christy called Light Up My Life and got down to it!

I coloured up the image with Copics to match some new Doodlebug paper I have from the Down on the Farm collection.  The warm, rich colours seemed like a great fit with these cute fireflies.  Would you believe I have never seen a firefly before – it’s actually on my bucket list.  But I did a quick search and then coloured away.  I think this will be an image I go back to again and again.

If you are looking for some crafty inspiration,. drop by the challenge blog and see what all the DT members have been up to.  And then, get your crafty on!  The theme of this month’s challenge is all about the “round”, so this time around, don’t be square!  Tiddly Inks Challenge

If it’s nice where you are, enjoy the weather and send some my way if you can!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Down on the Farm!

You know, sometimes I have to admit that I have favourites.  I know it’s not right, but if I am being honest, I can’t help myself.  And the truth is that this new Down on the Farm collection is already on the top of my list.  I mean really, does it get cuter than this?

I was given the task of putting together a card set to showcase this collection – I know, tough job, right?  So immediately set to work putting all the cute Odds and Ends die cuts out on the table together with the clever chit Chat sentiments.

Why start here?  Well, the truth is that when I am making cards, the Odds and Ends packs are always my favourite go-to!  There are always so many cute shapes and characters to work with, and more than enough to create cute scene after cute scene!

And now that I can pair them up with the awesome Chit Chat sentiments, card making has never been so fun!

And this collection in particular is about as cute as it gets!  From big die cuts like barns, farm houses, animals, and background features (there is a mud puddle!!!!)…

…to the cutest little cuts like these flies…

…and the best little worm ever!  Add these to any card and your recipient will be smiling at all the details for days!

And since we are talking favourites, I have to admit that I am a sucker for a great interactive card!  And when I saw this denim jean pocket paper and the bandanna paper in the 12×12 collection, I knew exactly what needed to happen!  

That’s right, the bandanna pulls out for a little hidden message.  And while I chose to add some more pieces from the Chit Chat pack, a personal sentiment here would also work really well!

Oh, and as for my favourite part on this little card – it’s the little heart tag on the side of the pocket.  Doodlebug knows how to get the details right!

So, just between you and me, while I promise to love and cherish all my collections, Down on the Farm is going to be getting some serious extra love on my crafty table.  Because, yup – it’s a new favourite!  I bet it will be one of yours too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Karen 

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