Archive for April, 2009

Summer time is here!

Wow! I can’t believe how hot is it here and it’s still April! Just last weekend it was still a bit chilly 🙂

Speaking of last weekend… we had our Spring Retreat and as usual we had the best guests ever! (we always do!!)  I am always amazed that Sunday come so quickly and get a little depressed  as the weekend fades away.

I thought I would show you a quick photo of a couple goodie boxes I made for the retreat.

Box 1: One of my favorite Accucut box dies paired with Stampin Up! Chocolate chip cardstock and topped off with a tag (SU! punch) with a water colored frog -using markers (SU! Unfrogettable) Inside were my favorite Gummy Frogs 🙂 Did you know that they are apple flavored with a passion fruit tummy?


The 2nd box is a Scalloped Box die made by Sizzix for Stampin Up! (I didn’t use the sides) but I did emboss  the front only using the cuttlebug and one of their embossing folders (I can’t remember the name) This box was made from Pacific Point SU! cardstock and the flowers is stamped, trimmed out, layered and popped up with a Kaiser Craft rhinestone in the center. The stamp set used is called Petal Pizazz from SU! Inspiration for this flower came from this card by Laurie F.  Unfortunately I never took a pic of the box standing alone- Inside were 2 Raffaello Almond Coconut treats. (one of my favorites but alas… I was a really good girl and never sampled any!


After dinner Friday night we always put out chocolates and for this retreat we chose L.A. Burdicks from Walpole NH- just a stones throw from Bellows Falls, VT where our class instructor Tammy Mellish resides. (Isn’t she lucky to visit their cafe’?) Note the adorable truffle filled mouse! YUM!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll post some more goodies from the retreat this week 🙂



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As stated before I am not the inventor of this box- we just put our own twist on things.

Materials: The Box portion has been edited

2 Rectangle Coasters,Patterned Paper of choice, coordinating Ribbon, Cardstock, Embellishment, Adhesive, Stampin Up  Exclusive Top note die, Stampin UP! Exclusive Butterfly die, Cuttlebug or Big Shot.

1) Adhere adhesive to one side of your coaster- I run them through my Xyron 900, 2 coasters at a time OR I use my ATG.

2. Apply your patterned paper wrong side down on one of the coasters, trim and cut out your top note die.  Do the same to your second coaster- Optional:  I also like to adhere patterned paper to the back side as well which gives your project a nice finished look.

NOTE~ You don’t need to use these larger coasters – you may use chipboard if you choose or cannot find the larger coasters- I prefer them as they are thicker and more pliable plus the edge has a cleaner look.

3. Attach your ribbon if desired.

4. Box- With coordinating cardstock cut one piece 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 and the second piece cut between 4 7/16  and 4 1/4 and 5 7/16 and 5 1/4- you may want to play around at this point to assure a good fit.  Score in one inch on all 4 sides. With the long side facing you, cut up on the outer vertical score lines up till it meets the horizontal score line. Do this on both long sides. I like to make a half circle notch in the very middle of each long side (only on the top part of the box) as finger holes to help ease the box apart.These measurements allow for a nice tight fit.

5.  To put the box together, apply adhesive to the top and attach the top- top note piece and repeat with the bottom

6. Attach your embellishment- In this case I used the Stampin Up! Sizzix exclusive Butterfly die, ( I adore this die!) and added some rhinestones.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

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