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Archive for May, 2008

We had a wonderful time and the rain held off long enough to be able to dine outside 🙂 She turned 78 yesterday and I hope I am in such fine shape when I hit that age someday (ok, IF I hit that age)

I had a few free moments and decided I wanted to make her a cupcake box (even though we already had a had a b-day cake for her) as I was dying to use my cupcake AccuCut die. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes even try to invent occasions to give someone a little goody ~ ” Just thinking of you” always fits 🙂 My mother was such a cutie pie when she was little so I can never resist putting one of her childhood photographs on what I make for her (I think she likes it too!) I printed her photo on SU! winter white card stock. The paper is so nice and smooth and is perfect for print jobs where the photo might get damaged or discarded (and OMG who would think of doing THAT!?!)

I used the new Accucut Cupcake Box die and small bracket frame die, My Minds Eye designer paper (so very beautiful and their paper is nice and thick and double sided and perfectly matched for all kinds of boxes and bags- to put it simply.. it can make life easy!), half back pearl from K&C and the Spellbinders embossed butterfly.

The bracket frame was adhered to a medium weight blank coaster and cut. I also used the EK Success light green corner rounder to scallop the edge on the box top. Note: I have not adhered the acetate window to avoid camera glare.

Close up:

View from the top:

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Catching Up!

Where does the time go? I’ve been working on an assignment that had to go out and life in general (plus a whopping headache for 2 days- which I don’t usually get) has kept me busy…

I said I had some great news and I do- I was the winner of the Mother’s Day challenge over at the AccuCut Blog and the prize was a $50.00 gift certificate! YAY! I am toying with the scalloped border die or the Maya Road lunch box tin die although I am loving some of the new releases too~ That’s why I haven’t ordered yet… I can’t make up my mind. The dies I am looking forward to owning one day are too numerous to mention… (and I have a nice little library of them now) I totally admit to a die cutting addiction. I have most if not all of the die cutting equipment out there but the AccuCut is my favorite, especially for cutting boxes and bags. The other smaller personal systems are nice for making chipboard alphabets and embellishments etc.. But when I am making 1-250 pieces, nothing beats the AccuCut. (plus their variety of dies and not worrying if the paper is too thick and what setting to put it on and so on and so on.) An example of how my AccuCut aids in my crafting follows:

My mother’s birthday is tomorrow. The plan is lunch on Tuesday as she doesn’t like crowds but I will go over to her home tomorrow and hang out and have some tea with her and want to give her something because it’s her actual birthday and I always like to have something for her that I have made myself. I’ve been busy but had seen on various websites a really neat purse mini scrapbook and when I followed the links I found the creator, Jan Tinklenburg and her blog, Stamps, Paper, Scissors (I linked directly to her Carousel Notes Purse Book Tutorial) Aside from being fabulous, Jan’s tutorial is also very funny! (It makes me want to mail her 10 pounds of chocolate!)  I wanted to make one for my mother’s birthday but I didn’t have any other those cute carousel notes or square chocolate envelopes or double stitched ribbon but I did have the AccuCut 5 1/4″ scalloped circle and the 5 1/2″ square envelope dies, and the SU! Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and some “in color” inks – I was in business!! Since I needed this gift for my Mom immediately I decided to do an absolute CASE (copy and share everything or copy and steal everything) of Jan’s project. (Lord knows if I had tried a different rendition it may have ended up in the trash and my Mom empty handed (well almost empty handed 🙂 The project is smaller due to the variation in the materials but I think I did pretty good considering I didn’t have the Carousel set. I made the handle out of card stock instead of ribbon and used a piece of designer paper for the ribbon at the bottom of the front. The inside will be original and I need to get that done before tomorrow afternoon 🙂 The only thing I would have done differently is to have made slits in the top seam of the scalloped note and stuck the straps inside and secured instead of using the large eyelets as the paper gave me a little trouble in that area. Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone and Thanks Jan Tink for a great tutorial!

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An Oddity

Andy loves Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and about 3  weeks ago found a giant puff in his box of cereal.  I have long been a lover of strange food things and kept it around until I thought, what if there’s a small mouse inside that layer of peanut goodness?? Well I had to break it apart to check and all was well~ no cute little mouse was smothered by Captain Crunch! I had to take a quick photo after piecing it together again next to an avg sized puff. I’ll also post a shot of it before I broke it apart just so you know I don’t sit at home getting weird with my cereal. Tomorrow I’ll have some great news to post along with another project 🙂

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Memories Tin

I’ve finished the tin for my niece and now I need to make the 3D envelopes to go inside to hold all the wonderful mementos of three beautiful girls! I found this Paper Loft patterned paper named Grandma’s House and the coordinating Storybook Pages which include one image and 2 phrases. This paper is just beautiful! I used my AccuCut on the tin wrap, baby dress, tag and brackets. I’ve also included a close up of a bracket to show how the paper just wraps itself around the chipboard when cut~ You would think I purchased this as a matching embellishment. I just simply adhere paper to the chipboard and cut- so simple! The crocheted blossom is from Bazzill Basics.

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Recipe Tin Time…

I’m working on special gift for my niece right now but thought you might like to see yet another decorated tin. This one reminds me of those old fashioned ones that the men used to carry that had a “real” manly lunch inside. You know what I mean! I find decorating / altering tins rewarding as they serve as a great gift package or stand alone as the gift itself.

Todays tin features the “reds” in the Creative Memories Primary Palette. Very festive!! You can see loads of great projects in their new project center here: Creative Memories Project Center

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I’ve had this K&Company paper for quite a while and just love it. It’s the Baily line and I thought this would be wonderful for making a mother’s day project. The photo is my mother when she was young and inside the cascading album I will put in other photo’s from her childhood. (she was such a cutie back then….not that she’s not today 😉

I used the AccuCut lunch box die for the tin- I used the Provocraft Lunch Box standard sized tin. The flowers were made with AccuCut Flowers #16 and I used a medium weight coaster instead of chipboard. (I covered the front only with patterned paper) I love the way the paper grips around the corners of the flowers when cut with the AccuCut- nice and clean. I layered 2 of the die cut flowers and added a 3d K&C embellishment in the center. (perfect fit!) For the tag album I simply covered my chipboard with patterned paper and cut out at 4″, 5″, and 6 1/4″. I couldn’t resist adding a little floral punched edge to coordinate with the tag on the tin which was also cut with the AccuCut tag die only I cut down the sides to better fit the size of the lunch box. This was fun and I hope my Mom enjoys it 🙂 She’s already received the chocolates I ordered (man they ship too fast!) and I KNOW she enjoyed those!


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MIA!

WOW! Where does the time go?? Between PT/Chiropractor appointments and an assignment I’m working on I think I’ve lost over a week! I’ve been working off and on for the past few days on a Mother’s Day Tin and my take on a cascading tag book. Here is a sneak peak of the book- I used a 6 inch AccuCut Tag die and simply cut tags at the 4″,5″ and 6 1/4″. I’ll give a full product list tomorrow 🙂 I need some good daylight to take some new photos.

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