Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Milk Box Carrier

Busy month this month, new Annual Catalogue, exciting colour overhaul and lots of gorgeous goodies coming up but today you get to hop with the Design Team from Thinking Outside the Box. . . and this month we are sharing Milk Box Carrier or Caddies.
This was a tough project in that we no longer carry the milk carton framelits so whilst that template might be available else where I didn't want to make a carrier box that wasn't practical. I have opted for a tool caddy; something that I can use on my craft table with my supplies for a particular project or perhaps take to a class with the card kit tools and other essentials in the storage trays. . .

Here is my project:

These are materials and tools that I used:

Petal Palette Stamp Set
Petals & More Thinlit Dies
Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies
Petal Passion Designer Series Paper
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stamp Pad
Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad
Aqua painter
Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Blends
Light and Dark Pink Pirouette  Stampin' Blends
Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends
Light and Dark Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends
Whisper White Thick card stock
Basic Black card stock
Old Olive card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder
Heat Tool

Here are the instructions:

1. Trim two pieces of Whisper White Thick A4 card stock to measure 26.8cm x 21cm (10 9/16" x 85/16") and score 6cm (23/8") from each of the four sides. Cut on the horizontal score lines on each landscape end as per the shaded area on the photo below.

2. This is what each of these pages will look like:

3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White Thick card stock to measure 17.5cm x 14.8cm (67/8" x 56/8") and cut out the tag shape from the Petals & More Thinlit Dies set. Should you decide to mount this base with DSP as I have done, you should also cut out the co-ordinating shape on the DSP.
4. Adhere the two pieces together - they create a sturdy back board and handle. This piece is then adhered between the two boxes bases to form a central feature. I mounted Petal Passion DSP on each side before adhering the base boxes.

5. Cut some contrasting DSP to highlight the base panels. On my project I chose the Petal Passion DSP. You will see that I cut four larger lengths and four shorter pieces. I didn't focus on the fact that I was going to stick two sides of the boxes together. I coloured these with the Stampin' Blends.
6. To reinforce the box base I stuck Basic Black card stock on all four sides. I cut the black card stock just a small amount smaller than the Whisper White card base. I also reinforced the central panel that adhered to the back board handle area.

7. Finally I adhered the coloured DSP to the black back ground.


I wanted to have a small gap between the panels on the sides to break up the pattern and the colours.

8. Finally I decorated the back panel of the caddie/carrier box. I stamped the rose stamp out of the Petal Palette set in Memento Ink and embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder six times on Whisper White cardstock. I coloured the images using an aqua painter and Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ink. I then fussy cut each image out.
To create the images on the left hand side I simply cut one of the roses out of the full stamped image. I used the remaining stamped images on the right hand corner. The roses are mounted on top of leaves cut using the Petals & More Thinlit Dies and the Eclectic Layer Thinlits. I daubered the edges of the larger leaves for contrast.


I hope that you are inspired by the project.  This is what I have used it for already:

Please don't leave us yet because you are going to be blown away by the incredible projects this month.  Next up is my good friend Tanja Kolar - you are going to love her project!

Until next time, squeeze in some craft!
Shanni xx
Order of the April Blog Hop

Shannean Moncrieff Australia - that's me!
Tanja Kolar Germany
Yoshiko Endo Japan
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Annette Elias Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer New Zealand
Beate Wacker  Austria
Aude Barbara France
Barb Stewart Canada

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Totally Techniques - Crinkled Background

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team hop! This month we are doing scrunched backgrounds and its a lot of fun, so don't rule it out until you give it a try.  If you have just arrived from Annette's blog you will already know what to expect! How awesome was Annette's project - she is so talented!

These are my creations this month:

I couldn't decide which card to run with and they both have a slightly different approach using the same technique so I decided to go with both.  I followed the simple YouTube video from the Scrappy Blogger - it has universal application and I find that the pigment is really rich in the Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' Ink Pads so they work a treat.

Card #1
Square card - base card Real Red, mounted with a square of Basic Black to pop the crinkled background which started as a piece of Whisper White card stock which I spritzed and then scrunched. I then added Brusho Crystal Colour - Red, Orange and Yellow. I then spritzed the card a little more to get the colours to blend and left it to dry. The distressed edges happened naturally.  YOu will see that there are veins of colour which are darker than some areas and the Brusho crystals faded out in less distressed areas. 
The stamped images are from Crafting Forever, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and again on the terracotta toned wood paper from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I coloured the brushes Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out, along with the pots stamped on the DSP.  
I also love texture so it was my goal to bring in different elements to layer up the card. I am giving it to an artistic person so I want for there to be lots of elements that appeal - colour, texture, design. . .
I adore the Copper Trim that can be unravelled to make netted features. I thought it went well with the colours and the concept of "artiness". I married this textural aspect in with the Copper Foil swirls cut with the Swirly Scribble Thinlits.
I wanted the sentiment to pop so heat embossed the words in white on Basic Black card and simply cut around the image at a reasonable distance. The Gold Glitter Flakes are from the Occasions Mini Painted with Love Suite. The flakes reflect copper because of the red tones of the card.
I used two separate copper foil swirls in the top left corner. They fit perfectly together. The hardest part of making this card was getting everything stuck down - with all the different elements I reverted to Tombow glue. Interestingly the background card is not quite square either by the time it has been crinkled, dampened and dried.
This photo gives you a closer look at the webbing created by crinkling the paper. The photos don't do the technique justice but I hope that it has inspired you somewhat to give it a go. I think my favourite aspect is the coper trim lol.

Card #2
Very simple square card! Base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Basic Black. The crinkled card is Very Vanilla and I have highlighted the distressed areas with Crumb Cake ink.
Stamped images are from Love You Still and Petal Palette in the Occasions Mini. Stamped the floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I inked up the stamp but didn't go all the way to the edge of the pergola posts. I then stamped again from the opposite direction to create a rectangle frame. I fussy cut the frame out including the central area. 
The flowers and leaves were then coloured in Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Pool party ink using an aqua painter. I dimensionalised the frame away from the sentiment card using foam adhesive strips. I had stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette on a rectangle of Very Vanilla card that was roughly the same size as the frame. 
I coated the flowers in a layer of the Fine Tip Glue to give a glossy appearance. I added pearls to pop the flowers.
I also cut our some filigree flowers using the Petals and More Thinlit Dies from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Mini. I used Soft Sky card and daubered the edges with Pool Party to tie in the blue theme. These flowers are nestled at adjacent corners of the frame. The final touch to add a little more bling was to add some light pink sequins from Iridescent Sequin Assortment embellishment pack.

I hope that you have gotten some inspiration and enjoyed my projects. I think I will definitely use the technique again for some masculine cards.

Don't leave us just yet! Zoe has got the most adorable Easter card! 

See you next time!

Stay crafty,
Shanni xx


Order of the Hop for March
Annette Elias Netherlands
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!) 
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Paula Dobson New Zealand
Barbara Meyer Austria
Kelly Acheson United States

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Box with a Lid

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop - this month we are doing hinged lidded boxes. It's going to be a great hop!
I am starting off this month's hop so lets jump straight in. . . This is my hinged lidded box:
It's quite a sturdy little box and measures about 41/2" tall and is 23/4" square.
And here are the instructions:

1. Score the base sheet of A4 card stock as follows -
The base is a full sheet of A4 card stock (29.8cm x 21cm or 113/4" x 81/4"), I made mine with Crumb Cake card. The sheet is scored landscape at - 7cm or 23/4", 14cm or 51/2", 21cm or 81/4" and 28cm or 11".

Turn the card portrait and score the following - 7cm or 23/4" and 14.2cm or 55/8". Cut between the scored lines as per the red lines and remove the pink hatched strips at the right end.

Burnish all score lines

2. Score the "lid" card stock as follows -
This piece of card is 29.8cm or 113/4" x 15.2cm or 6". Score the card landscape at the following - 7cm or 23/4", 14cm or 51/2", 21cm or 81/4" and 28cm or 11".  And score the card portrait - 4.1cm or 15/8" and 8.2cm or 31/4". Trim the card per the red lines and remove the pink hatched areas.

Burnish all score lines

3. There is an insert inside the box which helps to hold the box firm. I made this with Whisper White card. The piece measures - 28cm or 11" x 18.4cm or 71/4".
Score the piece landscape - 6.6cm or 25/8", 13.2cm or 51/4", 20cm or 77/8" and 26.6cm or 101/2". Then score at portrait at 9.2cm or 35/8". Cut along the red lines and remove the pink hatched area.

Burnish all score lines.

4. Stamp or decorate your base card. I have used the Woodgrain Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the squares 2mm or 1/16" smaller than the spaces I wanted to place them in.
5. For the lid I have used the same DSP and you will see that I have included a larger square which will be the top layer of the lid.
6. This is what the insert looks like once you have scored and trimmed it.
7. This is what the base card looks like scored, trimmed and decorated.
8. This is what the lid looks like scored, trimmed and decorated.
To stick the box together simply place adhesive on all of the tabs and fold together making sure that you keep all angles square and neat.

9. To insert a ribbon at the top of the lid before you adhere the lid's top layer punch a small hole with the 1.6mm or 1/16" hand held circle punch. Insert the ribbon (I have used the 1/2" finely woven ribbon in Berry Burst) and adhere it with two pieces of double sided tape. Also place tape all around the perimeter of the lid.

10. This is how the pieces will appear once you have folded and adhered the base and lid sections.

11. This is how you want them to hinge. I always place the corner seam edges together.

12. Using the Label Punch, cut out another piece of card stock to act as the hinge. Score the punched shape horizontally. Burnish the score line.

13. Adhere the hinge device to the base of the box.

14. Adhere the top half to the inside of the lid. You will see how smooth the secure the hinge is.

15. The insert should fit snugly into the box. I suggest using a glue dot on each side just to ensure that the insert stays flush agains the bottom of the box.

16. Next finish decorating the exterior of the box. I have used a very simple approach.
I also stamped directly to the DSP on the box using the leaf stamp from the same set in Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I heat embossed the rose stamp from the Petal Palette Set in White Stampin' Emboss and then coloured the image using Melon Mambo and Berry Burst for the roses and Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves. I fussy cut the roses and adhered them with dimensionals.

17. Despite the fact that the pattern sits over the join on the box it still opens and closes smoothly.

18. The roses serendipitously fit around the ribbon on the lid of the box.


19. I added a few rhinestone jewels to make the whole layout pop.

20. You can see how flush the lid sits against the base.

So I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you don't leave us too quickly. We have so many great projects planned for you today.  Next is Tanja Kolar's amazing blog


Thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx
Order of the Blog Hop for March
1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
3. ZoĆ« Tant (United Kingdom) 
4. Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 
5. Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand) 
6. Dena Rekow (USA) 
7. Beate Wacker (Austria) 
8. Aude Barbara (France) 
9. Barb Stewart ( Canada)