Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

While Supplies Last!

Some cool new items up for clearance on my website, some 75% off and lots already running out. Several $1.00 and $2.00 items. Don't be the last to take a look. HERE'S WHERE TO CLICK.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Memory Box Directions

I had such fun making these two memory boxes. One could be yours if you put in an order on my website this week before Wednesday evening. One lucky person will win the completed memory box! See post below this one for more details.

I got the idea for this particular box off from the Roxie Workshop on the Go bonus project. Even though I decorated a bit differently the basic directions are the same as you see right HERE. Use the cutting instructions for the paper that decorates the box and the inside coasters.

The Memory Game box is a low-cost way to do some creative papercrafting. We all have leftover paper and embellishments that we'd love to turn into some special gift or even something for ourselves. I loved the idea of making a bucket list as I've recently turned 50 and have some more things I want to do before I "kick the bucket."

I've decorated my boxes differently than the ones in the bonus project instructions but the sizes are the same so go ahead and cut your paper as shown in the cutting instructions and then do the following.

Since I made two boxes I cut a lot and the best thing about cutting these papers this time is that I was able to do almost all of it on my Cricut using the new Art Philosophy cartridge. Just use the rounded square button to cut all the paper for the coasters. I also added background paper (3 x 3) and mats on the back side that measure 2 1/2 by 2 1/2.

Two of the 3 1/2 by 3 1/4 pieces need to be distressed (I used black on this Roxie paper) and attached to the side. I recommend using both Tombow adhesive and glue dots to attach firmly as these will be handled.

The top also needs to be 3 1/2 by 3 1/4 and distressed. Isn't this paper beautiful?

To cut the front of the box, trace around the flap's curve on another of your 3 1/2 by 3 1/4 paper and cut it out. I did cut out a piece for the inside of the top cover, it's up to you (3 1/2 by 3 1/4).

Distress and attach it to the front. I trimmed a bit to get it to look the way I wanted.

Here's the top of the second box, it was fun making two at a time.

Trace around the 1 3/4 by 3 1/4 piece around the front flap and trim to make it fit. Don't forget to distress.

Here is the background papers, distressed and attached to the 24 coasters. You can also add 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 mats. (not shown) Imagine all the things you could so with these memory boxes. I have a list I'm going to give you soon.

For the bucket list side, distress your 3 x 3 papers and attach. Add 2 x 2 and 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 as shown. If you do not want to use this box for a bucket list, you might want larger squares.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how to decorate your box and don't forget to place your order HERE to be entered into the drawing for the memory box!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Memory Box Directions - How to Decorate

Don't forget that you can win one of these boxes by placing an order on my website before Wednesday at midnight. All person placing order will go into a drawing for a box (I'm leaving the bucket list cards empty for your own bucket list).

I'm not a big fan of stickers on my scrapbook pages. I don't even use them on my cards but I sure do find them super convenient and perfect for my paper crafting! I took the Roxie Stickease and decorated both the outside of the box and the inside with them. Remember I'm making two boxes so you're going to see two different looks here. I love the vine on the stickease and it fit perfectly on the top of both boxes as a background for my 3-d flowers.

The rhinestone designer brads are perfect to make a little "clasp" on the front of each box.

Since it's a brad I was able to punch a hole in the lower center of the front and attach it. The boxes close magnetically so no velcro or anything else is necessary.

There are adorable little corner decorations on the stickease that were very nice for this box, just two attached down at the bottom.

Here's the second box with the vine on top.

Now, using your Art Philosophy cartridge for your cricut, cut the 3 -d flowers in sizes 3 and 4 inches. Distress the edges then roll towards the color you want to show. Once you have it fluffed up a bit, use either a glue dot or liquid glass to attach to the base of the flower. Let dry then attach a rhinestone if you like and use a glue dot to attach to top of box.

I added self-adhesive sparkles to the vine to bling it up even more.

On the side I wanted to fill up some space on this particular box. I used a strip of plaid paper cut one inch shorter than the base background paper.

Add stickers from the set as you like.

Here's the paper added to the second box. I also added some sparkles instead of stickease to this one.
On the back I added buttons with waxy flax tied to them. I love this look.

Here are the completed boxes. I can't wait to make another one. Next up will probably be a Christmas countdown box!!! Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Memory Game Box - Bucket List

Tomorrow I will be putting up directions for how to make these cute boxes. Inside are 24 cards which I have turned into a "portable" bucket list. If you haven't heard, a bucket list are the things you'd like to do before you "kick the bucket." You might win the box on the left with 24 cards left blank for your own bucket list (or whatever you like) by placing an order on my website before Wednesday night (Sept. 14) at midnight. Everyone who places an order will be put in a drawing for the box. Place your order RIGHT HERE!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Studio J layouts from my Galapagos Islands trip

My family went to the Galapagos Islands this past summer. On Wednesday I sat down for about 6 hours and did 23 layouts. I still have more to go but I love how fast I was able to do these on Studio J.