Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tall [but small] Candy/Favor/Goodie Boxes

These are SO easy to make. You get two boxes from one 8.5x11 inch cardstock. I hope I made the templates easy to follow because it does look more complicated than it is. I made these Christmas boxes for my husband to give at work. I used sheets from a DCWV Multi Stack Premium Cardstock pad but first printed the watermark on the sheets before beginning. I trimmed the template off 1" so they would be a little shorter .. four chocolate covered cherries in mini wrappers fit perfectly in each box. I tied a 10-inch piece of raffia on the fronts and BAM ... very easy, inexpensive gifts.

(click on the pictures to enlarge)

These were made on a whim, experimenting with the embellishing. I used paper from a DCWV Luxury Stack. The flowers are three different size daisy punch-outs from leftover paper, glued and stacked. I wanted to see which ribbon looks best. I used a circle and square Coluzzle template to cut out the front piece(s) and covered with a pieces of scrap acetate.

The template is below. Use a 5.5x8.5 inch sheet of heavy cardstock. If you use a Scor-Pal, put the edge at the 3 inch and you have an exact 1-1/4 inch score mark at 4.25. Move your first score line back to the 3 and score again three more times. It doesn't matter which side of the template the 1/2" flap is located, either side will work. The flap is the first thing glued to the inside of the opposite edge when assembling the box. The only other piece to adhere is the bottom, and BAM .. your box is finished! How easy is that?

I'm a visual person, but if you like instructions here is a short version.  Score the 5.5x8.5 sheet vertically, four times 1-1/4" apart with each score. Turn the sheet sideways and score 1-1/4" from one end and 1/2" (and 1-1/4" from that scoreline) on the other end.  The blue lines on the template are cut lines. The red dots indicate the pieces of the template that you will cut off and discard. I used a corner rounder punch for the top flap piece.

Your unassembled box piece should look like this.

Glue the 1/2" flap to the inside of the opposite side. I use a tape runner, it is easy to get the flap lined up with the edge. Glue the bottom flaps down and you have a box! The cutout in the front is optional. These boxes are a perfect size for a handful of candy, small toys, money, notes .. just about anything you would like to gift and want a cute presentation you can even personalize.

As I did in the first bunch, you can make a shorter box (less area to fill with candy :) by trimming 1" and using a 5.5x7.5 inch piece. I have also made a wider size box substituting 2" scores for the 1-1/4" measurements (again using the 1/2" flap scores). Use a 8.5x10 inch sheet for the larger size.

It is easier than it looks, I promise. Let me know if you make any and what you use them for. I'm already thinking Valentine's Day with quilled hearts in addition to the ribbon. Have fun and enjoy!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Few New Year's Links

This is my all-time favorite quote for the end of the year!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Find more New Year quotes at The Quote Garden.

And Google's list of free ecards and other New Year related links.

And my favorite Earth WebCam to watch, especially on New Year's Eve ~ Times Square, New York City !


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quilling Supplies 20% Off Sale

Only two more days to get 20% off store wide at Whimsiquills! Take advantage of this offer and stock up on everything!

Whimsiquills, the mega quilling store carries quilling papers, tools, kits, books, plus, a gazillion American, English and specialty papers. Order online, the eBay Store or via a toll-free phone call. Patricia Caputo, owner of Whimsiquills has been quilling for more than 35 years! My source for everything quilling and I can guarantee the service and products.

This is the week to go shopping! :o)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quick, Last Minute Decorations ...

Details for these cute trees were found via Paper Crave at this fantastical blog. Thank you, kind over matter!
(I covered my t-p rolls with paper :o)

And here are the instructions for my easy little totes.

click to enlarge


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
~ Carl Gustav Jung

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
~ Frank Capra

The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.
~ Charles Dickens

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
~ Charles Mingu

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
~ Mary Lou Cook

Have a very creative day!

Christmas Tree in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paper Trees by Carol Heppner

I saw these cute paper trees on Carol Heppner's blog. She has shared instructions and a template in her newsletter. Thank you, Carol!

Quick and easy, all you do is trace, cut and fold! My kind of project :o) I made a few to place in the center of a big round table my mother decorates-- in lieu of a tree. She loved them and friends that stopped by noticed them immediately. The trees are stylish and very unique!

I embellished with some cute painted red and green brads I found on sale at Michaels. After I took this picture, I inked the edges and white core showing on the folds with Ranger Old Paper distress ink. As with any picture, they look much more festive in person :)

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quilled Paisley Ornament

I needed a red paisley item for a recent Etsy Treasury, so I quickly made this Christmas ornament.

It is an altered version of the crimped and quilled paisley mobile project in my book. Made with 3/8" wide paper strips, two paisley shapes are glued together back to back. A single strip is glued completely around the paisley to hide the seam. I added the green vintage sequins and Austrian rhinestones.

I used 33 feet (10 meters) of paper strips. It hangs so nicely on a tree because it weighs only 1/4 ounce (7 grams). The ornament measures 2.5" (6.35cm) long, 1.5" (3.8cm) tall and .75" (1.9cm) wide.

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy, Easy Tote Box

This box is SO easy and you can use it for anything! It is two inches deep, four inches tall and three inches wide. To make these I trimmed a 12"x12" sheet down to an 11" square and used the one-inch scraps for handles. Refer to the template for measurements, scoring and cutting (click to enlarge). I used the following tools and materials.

paper trimmer
paper crimper
permanent tape runner
hole punch
corner rounder

To make the box, start by scoring vertically at 2, 5, 7, and 10 inches. Turn (either way) and score horizontally at 1.5 inches. Refer to the template; fold on the solid lines and cut on the dash lines. I fold in all bottom flaps except the piece closest to the side flap and add my tape runner to those two pieces only. Line up, adhere and presto! you have a tote box! Attach a handle and embellish a bit if you like.

I embellished with Distress Ink (brushed corduroy), pink rhinestones, clear sticker, quilled flower, word stamp, brass brads.

If you need to put something in the box taller than the handle, attach the handle with brads so you can move it back and forth out of the way. And below, I used a piece of the handle for a matching tag.

Have a safe, delicious and wonderful Thanksgiving Day and long weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Finds

A little self-promotion today. Trust me I need it, we all need it :)

These quilled snowflake ornaments were featured last year in Today’s Creative Home Arts magazine. It is a subscription only publication with over 300k subscribers [actually a membership club where you get more for your money].

I hate that the rating is low because the picture is too small for readers to see the details. Click on the Project Photo at the right on the web page and it will be enlarged. Or click on my picture for a gigantic close up.

And Whimsiquills is having a Pre Christmas Sale with 20% Off Storewide 11/19/2009 through 11/29/09. This is a great time to stock up on supplies!

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Coffee Break

My favorite coffee is freshly brewed, strong, with a splash of Half & Half. I always like to experiment and change up our coffees during the holidays.

Starbucks is not a favorite. Too many years of having to go buy it (this was before there was a store on every corner and no drive-through), get it freshly ground and bring it back to the office. We finally got a coffee service and they delivered it in cute little one-pot packages. Much more convenient but I swear that was not Starbucks regular coffee in those packets. Another reason is I can't afford it ... (except for the Vanilla Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee for my four hour road trips :o)

I went through a stage of loving chicory coffee by the truck load. Knowing now that chicory is bad for you, I hope it was a chicory blend. I drink very strong coffee, so I believe that was when I started adding a bit of milk to it.

The flavored coffee was short lived too, along with coffee after supper, flavored creamers and coffee with Baileys. Oh, I still love all of these but in moderation now. And I like the free bottles of hazelnut and cinnamon syrup they have at the convenience store coffee stations. Guess was Starbucks charges for a splash of that in your cup?!?

The following are related Real Simple links.

The Best Coffee
Keeping Tabs on your Caffeine Intake
9 Energy Boosters

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Preparations

I know it is early, Thanksgiving is two weeks away, but if time is flying by for you like it is for me it is not that early to be thinking about the Thanksgiving fixings. Here are a few of my favorites links for money-saving, time-saving tips, yummy but easy recipes and fabulous ideas; Real Simple always being on top of the list.

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~ Erma Bombeck


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Taking time to honor the more than 19 million living war veterans who have served our country and fought for our freedom. My Dad served in World War II and my husband fought in Vietnam.

I did several Veterans Day quiz's last night. This is the best and shortest one if you want to spend a few minutes with your family (to see who knows what :o)

Happy Veterans Day to all of our brave men and women and to their families. You are the best of America!!
(Tweet by Senator John McCain, 11.11.09)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Many quillers are also quilters, not me ...

Unfortunately, I cannot sew on a button much less quilt. If I could, this would definitely be on the top of my wish list. This product would make a great Christmas gift for friends who quilt. What a fun game to play at a sewing circle or quilting group.

My talented friend and designer, Phyllis Dobbs, had a lot to do with the whimsical and fun design of the game board. Read Phyllis' take on it here.

Google for locations to buy, check your local quilt, needlework or craft store or you can get it directly from the creator DMC, here.

Happy November! :o)

Monday, October 19, 2009

I {heart} Debbie Mumm

Inspiring artist Debbie Mumm shares many examples of her graphic collections as free desktop backgrounds. I use them and change out with each season or holiday. They match many of her graphic sets I have purchased from here!

I love her new Autumn backgrounds.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A tisket, a tasket ..

quilled eyeballs in a basket!

  • 6" black for the pupil
  • 12" any color for the iris
  • 72" of bright white Lake City paper - yes, three strips of paper. If you use another brand and the paper is thick, use less (60")
I shaped the tightroll on a 1/2" round dowel (wooden, marble, hard foam) and brushed tacky craft glue inside first. When that dried I brushed a coat of Beacon Liquid Laminate on the top. A red Sharpie ultra fine point works best for the squiggles.

Credit for this eyeball pattern goes to Patricia, the owner of Whimsiquills. Thank you, Pat!

Do you like the tiny box? I think these would be perfect for any holiday and it takes so little to fill them up. I am not an illustrator by any means, but I did make this quick template to show how easy the box is to make with a 4"x4" piece of cardstock. The bottom is 1" wide so score in at 1-1/2" on two sides first. I forgot to indicate that on the template but most people would figure it out.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mellow Yellow

This week started out ... well, it wasn't pretty. Elegant Bride magazine was dumped by its owner along with Modern Bride, Cookie and Gourmet magazines. So there went my big opportunity in the Elegant Bride winter issue. However, I did meet and converse with two amazingly kind and professional people in NY during the process; the freelance writer in Brooklyn and the magazine's senior editor. I thank them and wish them the best!

I started making a few paper mum novelty rings. So far I have 20 colors that I will list next week. This ring is part of an Etsy Treasury I have listed. They've been a delightful diversion while recouping from this horrific cold-mild flu crud that I cannot seem to shake. Everyone be well!


(My Etsy Treasury has expired. I am working on another for this week.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Autumn ~ Mini Maze Book Album

This is my favorite time of year!

I made this little maze book a while back for a gift. I designed the covers using graphics from one of my favorite artists, Carolee Jones. At the time, I was starting to make paper beads so I added a matching removable paper bead bookmark.

I watched
this video to learn how to fold-cut-fold the twelve 3" x 3" maze pages from only one piece of scrapbook paper. Tricia Morris from Club Scrap makes the difficult-looking folds and cutting very easy.

Enjoy the season!

Link to Carolee Jones'

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Denim Paper Cha-Cha Ring

I need to be doing something crafty with my hands while watching TV, sitting with my mother, in a waiting room, flying. Recently on a flight from Texas to CHA in Orlando, I sneaked on a needle tool in my carry-on and made some tiny denim bullet and barrel beads using 1/8" by 6" strips of denim paper.

This is my cha-cha ring. It is full but lightweight and matches a cha-cha bracelet I made to wear at the
2010 NAQGCON next year.

Have a crafty September!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Magnificent Magnets

I am again making magnets from recycled 2" wood-like vinyl blinds. EASY! I have detailed how they are made here. These are covered with gold Ranger acrylic matte paint, no clear coat.

The graphics are from Carolee Jones' Gratefall Critters Collection at pcCrafter.



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