Card Service Project – Week #3

Now it’s week three of my Card Service Project. Here are the new cards I made this past week to add to my giveaway stash yesterday:

And this greeting:

First, I cut the card from one of my custom AccuCut die sets, in Bazzill Basics Hillary. The coordinating mat is cut from my favorite cardstock, French Papers Speckletone True White, which you can read about on this blog post. Then, I used a few old Stampin’ Up! ink pads, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa. The stamp set used is Unity Stamp Company JS-989A Country Pumpkin Chowder, the “just saying hello” greeting is from Hero Arts CL380 Truly Appreciated set and the “thank you” greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! Wonderful words set.

This is one of my favorite A2 card dies, so simple to make a card! It’s AccuCut’s A2-Gift Card NC215 die. Now, I have a little secret. Shhhh, don’t tell. I altered my die! Yes, I know it voided my warranty, but to me it was totally worth it. This is what I did:

I took my scrollsaw and cut the gift card shape out of the card die. I made it the Series 3 Convertible size, so that I could insert it in other A2 card and mat dies. Now I can use this die as a regular card die (LOVE a fold-and-tuck card shape!!), as well as a gift card die, and also make gift card mats for all my other A2 cards! Awesome, right?! I thought so, too. But if you don’t want to alter your die, just cover up the gift card slots with a mat.

For this card, I used BoBunny patterned paper, Ocean color Double Dot Double-Sided Textured Cardstock 12″X12″ (not pictured, but is the same color as the Journal line), and the Ocean color Journal Double-Sided Textured Cardstock 12″X12″. The Double Dot paper line is still available and going strong. Love this stuff, go get some. I also used AccuCut’s Nameplates #12 N1056 die to stamp the greeting on French Papers Speckletone True White cardstock, and also Flowers #19 F1028 die to make the pink flowers. I used a plain circle punch for the flower centers. The ribbon is one I ordered from JKM Ribbon. The greeting is stamped from the Stampin’ Up! set Simple Sayings II. The inside mat is also cut from the French Papers Speckletone True White cardstock and is from a custom die I had AccuCut make for me.

I die cut this one from my custom AccuCut A2 Pocket Card die, which I had made for me several years ago because I loved AccuCut’s A7 Pocket Card. AccuCut now has a nearly identical one in their catalog, the A2 Card-Easel. I love the pocket card shape! It’s totally a staple in my card-making. I cut this from Bazzill Basics Granny Smith cardstock, used the A2 Card-Bands NC223 die to cut the card band from Doodlebug 4129 Colorful Kites patterened paper. The flower was cut from AccuCut’s CR632 Frames-Scalloped Circle die, in Bazzill Basics Pinata cardstock. The insert tab, cut from Bazzill Basics Lagoon cardstock, is from a custom shape I had done, but you could improvise with a 3″ circle shape, by placing a folded piece of cardstock about 5/8″ over the inside of the circle, and it would give you that rounded circle wedge/moon shape. AccuCut has two 3″ circle dies, either the Circle Convertibles Insert (Series 1) CV109 die or the Circle CR200S die. The greeting is stamped from the Hero Arts CL434 Just Find Me set, using an old Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion ink pad.

Week #3 is done, let’s do some more for next week!

Card Service Project – Week #2

Now it’s week two of my Card Service Project. Here are the new cards I made this past week to add to my giveaway stash yesterday:

First, I cut the card from the AccuCut A7 Jacket Card #1 die in a smooth navy blue cardstock. Then, I cut the center mat from the AccuCut Vintage die. Then I embossed it with the Darice Woodgrain 5″x7″ Embossing Folder Background. The light blue cardstock is Via Periwinkle. The center white mat is cut from a custom mat die I had made by AccuCut, measures 2-1/2″ square. But you could substitute a die cut from the AccuCut Accents-Antique die, the inside shape of the 3″ frame is 2-3/8″. The tab is cut from the AccuCut Tabs die and I decorated it with a Creative Impressions silver medium heart brad. The white card liner is cut from the AccuCut A7 Pocket Card die. I trimmed it a bit short so it wouldn’t be taller than the card with the tab added on. The ribbon is Morex 5/8″ Sheer Organdy ribbon, French Blue. The stamp set used is Stampin’ Up! Elegant Greetings and the ink is an old Stampin’ Up! pad, Night of Navy.

I love the simplicity of this card! I can see I’ll be making a ton of these, as well as adapting the design with a variety of stamp sets. Easy to make one-layer card, yet it is still pretty and elegant. I die cut it from the AccuCut A2 Card-Scalloped #3 die. The cardstock is French Papers Speckletone Cover – True White. I love this cardstock! I use it in almost all my cards. It’s a fiber-flecked smooth cardstock, a visually pleasing texture that is just the perfect off-white color, just barely neutral. It stamps well and works with both bright and neutral color inks. I buy it directly from French Papers online, though I wish Bazzill Basics or American Crafts would add it to their collection so I could get it in 12×12″. I should see what it would cost to have French Papers custom-cut a batch of 12×12″ for me. Might be worth it. Seriously, you need to have some of this! For this card, I stamped the butterflies from the Stampin’ Up! set Flight of the Butterfly, in an old Stampin’ Up! pad, Lovely Lilac. I sponged the scallops in the same ink color. The greeting is from the Hero Arts Clear stamp set CL380 Truly Appreciated.

I handcut this card, just cut a regular 8.5×11″ piece of cardstock in half, 8.5×5.5″, then scor and fold in half. I rounded the corners with the Large Corner Rounder Punch I sell in my eBay store. Again, this is the French Papers True White cardstock. The stamps used are Hero Arts CL351 Friends greeting set, Hero Arts CG526 Large Notebook Paper stamp, and the Stampin’ Up! Flower Factory set. I used old Stampin’ Up! Ink pads, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, and Rose Romance. The ribbon is Morex 3/8″ Sheer Organdy Dusty Rose and the brown twine is from Creative Impressions.

Can’t wait to see what I come up with this week ahead!

Card Service Project Beginning – Week #1

I was sitting in church on Sunday, February 23, a few weeks ago, and just listening to the speaker. My mind was kind of wandering, and an idea occurred to me that lit up my brain and percolated for a few weeks. I’d become disconnected from my love of crafting and making cards, and it occurred to me that what would really make it fun again would be to make and give away cards for other people to use in their daily lives. It would be a great way to give back, to be of service to other people, to show my gratitude for the gifts of my creativity and the material possessions that I have. Plus, there’s all that paper that needs to be used up so I can buy pretty new paper! Paper crafters, you know what I’m talking about.

So, yesterday was the first day I brought my stash of cards to church and passed a box of them around for ladies to take. They can use them to give to other women in our ward/church that they visit (it’s call Visiting Teaching in the LDS church), to use as a greeting, birthday, or pick-me-up card. Or, take one to give to a neighbor, friend, or family member. I was glad to see nearly all of them taken. Part of the stash were ones I’d received in a card swap years ago. I’m glad that’s not collecting dust anymore. It felt great to give them away, and it made me energized to make more for the next week. My crafter’s brain is coming alive again!

Here are pics of some of the cards I’ve made, that were part of the giveaway yesterday:

In case you don’t get the pun of the card, it’s a play on words. All the missing letters are the letter “u”, for “missing you”. I totally copied the idea from a pin I found on Pinterest. Here is the original link to the listing in the etsy store Beside The Willow Tree. I stamped it on a tan fiber-flecked cardstock, which I think originally comes from French Paper, called Oatmeal cardstock. Bazzill Basics calls it Kraft and American Crafts has a shade lighter called Kraft. I cut a regular 8.5×11″ piece of cardstock longways into 2 pieces that were 4.25×11″, then scored them in half. I used a 1/2″ corner rounder punch on the corners. I sell this punch in my store: Large Corner Rounder Punch. I also carry the Small Corner Rounder Punch. The stamp set I used is Hero Arts LL931 Signature Lowercase Letters. The ribbon comes from Creative Impressions, 1/4″ Black with Magenta Stitch.


I die cut this one from my custom AccuCut A2 Pocket Card die, which I had made for me several years ago because I loved AccuCut’s A7 Pocket Card. AccuCut now has a nearly identical one in their catalog, the A2 Card-Easel. I love the pocket card shape! It’s totally a staple in my card-making. I cut the card from Bazzill Basics Beeswax. The green scalloped circle was cut using the EK Success 2″ Scalloped Circle punch, and the cardstock is Bazzill Basics Hillary. The inner circle was cut using the EK Success 1.5″ Circle punch. Both the inner circle and the pull-out insert were cut from French Paper’s Speckletone True White. It a subtle off-white fiber-flecked cardstock. It’s my favorite off-white cardstock! I use it on nearly all my cards. Go get some! I bought it directly from French Papers, though I wish Bazzill Basics or American Crafts would add it to their collection so I could get it in 12×12″. I should see what it would cost to have French Papers custom-cut a batch of 12×12″ for me. Might be worth it. Seriously, you need to have some of this! The green ribbon on this card is unknown, but you might find something similar from Morex.


This is another one of my custom AccuCut card die sets. It’s made from a long-cut A2 card, with a jeans-pocket shaped flap that is idential back and front, and glues on the back, and then is tacked down on the front with a self-adhesive velcro-dot closure, which is also sold in my eBay store, Becky’s Craftroom. Do a search for velcro and you will see several options. While not strong enough for office or industrial applications, they work beautifully for cards! The cardstock is Bazzill Basics Tangy Taffy, which unfortunately is discontinued. It pairs so well with the ribbon, which I think is Creative Impressions. A good paper substitution would be American Craft’s Geranium. It’s a shade lighter, but also workds well with the ribbon. The front white mat, also from my custom die set, is stamped with the Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Words set and the Stampin’ Up! Small Sayings set. Then I chalked around the edges of the white mat, a magenta color from an old Decorating Chalks set.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards for this week. I hope this is a tradition that continues for a long time to come!

World Card Making Day – OWH Love Card

Wow! Long time, no see. As usually happens over the summer, I got busy with the kids and was kind of burned out on crafting, but I’m back to blogging and kicking things off with World Card Making Day. I did a card for the OWH (Operation Write Home) Stars and Stamps Blog, with a love theme:


A2 Pocket Card, one of my all-time favorites!


As I usually like to do for OWH cards, the pull-out is a double-folded insert to give lots of room for writing a long note or letter.

Materials:

Bazzill Basics cardstock (pomegranate, blossom, raven), French Paper Speckletone Cover cardstock (True White), black ink, Creative Impressions medium gold heart brad, Morex Organdy ribbon (ivory), Stampin’ Up! stamp sets (By Definition, Wonderful Words)

Dies Used:

AccuCut H1234LC Hearts, custom AccuCut die A2 Pocket Card (resized from their A7 Pocket Card die), custom AccuCut die folded curved tab, custom AccuCut die 3/4″ Photo Corner (resized from their Photo Corner #1 die)

Please also note the OWH update Operation Rolling Tape Gun as the needs of heroes abroad is changing.

And in the spirit of World Card Making Day, I’m giving out a freebie for anyone who would like. See it below on my blog at WCMD Freebie and Specials

Thanks for stopping by!

WCMD Freebie and Special

Today is World Card Making Day, and I have some special offers. I will keep the special running until Monday evening, October 6.

FREEBIE – Here’s how it will work. I will mail a nice card die cut (better than just a folded rectangle) to you in an envelope if you will give me an address to ship to. You can leave it in the comments section (which I moderate, so you can comment and request I delete it after I copy it down so that no one else can see it), or send me an email or text (click on the About Me tab above for contact info). And I promise not to share your info with anyone, you don’t even have to leave a name, just an address. The only thing I ask in return for the freebie is that you visit my eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/Beckys-Craftroom. This is just honor system, and you certainly don’t have to purchase anything. Just spreading the word about my eBay store. Thanks for looking!! Becky

A2 CARD GRAB BAG – I am offering a great deal on a grab bag of A2 Cards, all of them are non-standard shapes beyond the basic A2 rectangle, but measure 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ at their widest points. It’s on sale for $9.95 and includes the envelopes and free shipping. You can find it in my eBay store – Item # 141428934111 A2 Card Grab Bag:

2014 AccuCut Craft Grandemark Challenge

Hold on to your britches! This is a long post. Whew! I just made my entry into the 2014 AccuCut Craft GrandeMARK Challenge by the skin of my teeth. There were literally seconds to go before the contest was closed on May 4th. But I finished!!

Envelope & Pocket Explosion Box


The Story

Having seen contest entries from previous years, I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to be sure and enter the GrandeMARK challenge this year. So when I received the AccuCut Craft email on April 1st, officially opening the contest, I mulled over ideas for a few days, and then started plotting out what I wanted to use to make a unique explosion box:


I started by going through my dies and writing down a list of envelope, card, and pocket dies that could be incorporated into an explosion box. I measured, considered, and wrote a prototype list (white paper above) of how the box could go together. At about that point, I got the highly-anticipated email from AccuCut Craft announcing their spring 50%-off-all-dies sale that I live for every year. Eureka! I just knew I could get some great dies (particularly the flowers) to accent and build the box layers. Also, I planned out a few custom dies and submitted an order to AccuCut’s Custom Shape Pros department to help me build the box. I knew I’d be cutting it close!! I received my shipment of AccuCut dies on Thursday, May 1st, and the custom dies on Friday, May 2nd. By the time I assembled the parts of my project in one place, I had just two days to decide on paper and exact construction for all the layers, and plotted out a second paper for each layer (peach paper above.) My family didn’t see much of me for those two days. Thanks to my husband for keeping the kids fed and occupied! My craft room was a war zone of stacked dies and paper scraps by the time I was finished. It was dangerous to walk in there.

I chose Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace paper collection and selected coordinating cardstock colors in my project:

Additional Bazzill Basics cardstock colors used:
Berry Blush, Piglet, Passionate, Berrylicious, Marigold, Palm (retired color, Pear could be used as a substitute,) Parakeet, Hillary, Aqua, Lagoon, Sawdust, and Kraft. Both Sawdust and Kraft have the wonderful fiber flecks in them.

Cream cardstock with tiny fiber flecks – French Paper Co. Speckletone True White. This is absolutely my FAVORITE cardstock for doing mats in cards and for tag projects. It’s similar to Bazzill Basics Sawdust and Kraft (which are probably also made by French Paper Co, but I’m not sure), but True White is a wonderful off-white color and bridges both bold saturated colors and neutral tones. I would LOVE it if Bazzill Basics would add True White to their paper line (hint, hint!)

Now let’s analyze the project layer by layer:

Outside


Dies used:
Box lid & base – custom die designed by me and made by Custom Shape Pros. The measurements are – square base is 5-7/16″ square, flaps are 5-7/16″ x 1-1/2″. To understand how a box lid generally goes together, take a look at one of AccuCut’s box lids – Box #6. For the box lid for this project, cut a square that is 8-7/16″ square, make score marks at 1-1/2″ and at 6-15/16″. Turn it 90 degrees, and make those score marks again. You will have four 1-1/2″ squares at each corner. Using AccuCut’s Box #6 as a quide, make little notched flaps out of those four corners. You have the large center square, the little notched folding flaps, and the four long rectangular side flaps. You can cut a decorative edge out of the four long side flaps, or leave them with a straight edge. If you do cut a decorative edge, you’ll notice that you lose some of the little folding flaps. They do get shorter, but be careful not to cut them completely off. You can see how the little folding flaps on a box lid with a decorative edge looks unfolded by looking at AccuCut’s Box #26 or AccuCut’s Box #21 Tops #3. I highly recommend you do a test-run of the design on cheap paper before using your final cardstock or patterned paper. The box base is just like the lid, except you will completely cut off the little flaps, then glue the envelopes to the inside of each rectangular side flap. Glue them very close the the fold line of the center square, but leave a scant 1/16″ distance from the bottom of the envelope to the fold line.
A7 Envelope #4 – sides of the outer box layer
Border – Flourish – decorative scrollwork on the lid & base
Pocket Window & Tag #1 – green pocket & tag on the sides
Flourishes #1 – dark pink flourishes on the sides of the pockets

Top of Lid


Dies used:
Polka Dots Texture Plate – I embossed the outer mat and one of the pink layers of flowers with the dots plate
Square Card Mats – the printed word mat
Holiday Flowers – I used this shape to make the leaves. I also used an embossing stylus and drew veins on the leaves.
Flowers #6 – Largest flower layers, medium pink
Flowers #29 – dark pink flowers
The next few layers are also Flowers #6
Flowers #21 – the green polka dot flower
Spiral Flowers – the 3d rosebud in the middle

Layer 1


This layer has many sublayers. Dies used:
A7 Envelope #4 – sides of the outer box layer and is also the first inside layer
Square Card Mats – the cream-colored mat
Antique Accents – the antique frame and inside mat
A7 Cards Frame – the medium pink mat on the back side of the A7 bag sleeve
I hinged the sublayer on the right to the A7 envelope with solid mat/frame from the Nameplates #12 die.


A7 Jacket Card #3 – inside the A7 envelope is a pullout card.
A7 Cards Victorian – mat inside the A7 Jacket Card
Photo Corners #1 – accents on the mat
Nameplates #12 – decorative frame on the front of the A7 jacket card


A2 Card Mats Rounded – on the backside of the A7 victorian mat is a journaling/photo card, stamped with Hero Arts CG526 Large Notebook Paper stamp.
Border Ribbon – decorates the bottom of the mat/card


On the backside of the A7 jacket card is a 4×6 journaling card. In the explosion box, there are four sides, which means four different journaling cards.

Bag Sleeve – the light pink pocket
A7 Cards Victorian – mat inside the A7 bag sleeve
A2 Card Convertibles – mounted on the front of the A7 bag sleeve
The front of the card has a trimmed 4×6 journaling card, each side of the box layer has a different card.


A2 Card Pocket Tag – The inside pockets of the card. I only die cut the pocket portion, then glued it to the A2 card.
A2 Card Mats – cute ribbon-edged pullout mats on the inside of the card
3×4 journaling cards on the front of the pockets

Layer 2


Dies used:
Notecard Petal #1 – this is the box base for Layer 2, the half-circles also make a pocket for a pullout tag
A7 Convertibles Pocket Card – this is the main card attached to the petal card base, the pullout card is also part of the die set
Convertibles Frame Insert – this goes inside of the A7 pocket card die, so that it makes a window when the card is cut out.
Border – Flourish – decorative scrollwork on the front of the card


A2 Card Mats Rounded – the pullout tag at the back of the card
Leaf Texture Plate – the embossed texture on the pullout tag
AccuCut Zip’e Slim Tabs 42114 – retired die, has the tab shape that is at the top of the pullout tag
Flowers #26 – The little pink flower at the top of the tag
Antique Accents – the little green antique frame on the half-circle shape of the petal card base

Layer 3


Layer 3 box base – I hand-cut this with my Scor-Pal Scor board. First I cut a square 7-3/8″, then scored it at 1-1/2″ and at 5-7/8″, turned it 90 degrees and scored it at the same measurements. Then with scissors I cut out the four corners. This will give you an explosion box base that is 4-3/8″ (matches the A2 envelope width), and the four flaps are 1-1/2″ x 4-3/8″.
A2 Envelope #4 – this is the main shape glued to the Layer 3 box base. Cut from tan kraft cardstock, it is sandwiched in the middle of the A2 card shapes and almost disappears. I cut off one of the flaps to create an open pocket
A2 Card Foldout #3 – this is the dark pink (Bazzill Basics Berrylicious) card on the front of the envelope


A view of the opened card. I LOVE, LOVE the velcro dot closure, and use it a lot on my cards and other projects. You can find them in my eBay store – Becky’s Craftroom


A2 Card Mats – the cream pullout mat. The retired AccuCut Zip’e Slim Tabs shape is on top.


A2 Card Pocket & Tag – on the backside of the tan/kraft A2 envelope is mounted this card shape with the pullout tag
Border Crown #2 – decorative edge on the pocket

Layer 4


Explosion Box – Outer Bottom – This is the Layer 4 box base. I die cut the box bottom, then die cut the 3-7/8″ square sides to form the pockets for the front and back of each side of the box. The front pocket was trimmed 1/4″ off the top, the back pocket was left full-sized. I glued down the squares with 1/8″ Scor Tape (also sold in my eBay Store) right at edges to give me the most room in the pockets.
A7 Card Mats Frame #2 – I took a 3-1/8″ x about 6″ strip of cardstock and placed the top edge just over this die shape. That gave me a tag with a decorative edge at the top. “treasured memories” twill ribbon is by Creative Impressions. Many of the ribbons used in this project are from Creative Impressions.
Border Scallops – Decorative edge for the pocket


This is the back side of the layer.
Library Pocket & Card #3 – This is the pullout tag for the back pocket

Layer 5


Album Envelopes – Hinged to the outside of Layer 5, is this cute little pocket envelope. I used a simple rectangle, scored in the middle, then glued to the front of the pocket envelope, then to the underside of the layer box base.
Border Scallops – Decorative edge for the medium green hinge


The back side of the pocket envelope, each one has a different 3×4 journaling card


Album Explosion Box – Inner Bottom – This is the main orange base of Layer 5. Pockets were created using the Clear Cuts Mat dies of the set
Gift Tag #3 Large – The green pullout tag
Border Interlocking #1 – decorative rick rack strip at the top of the tag


The back side of the orange box layer, another Gift Tag #3 is used at the pullout tag

Layer 6


Layer 6 box base – I hand-cut this with my Scor-Pal Scor board. First I cut a square 5-1/2″, then scored it at 1-1/2″ and at 4″, turned it 90 degrees and scored it at the same measurements. Then with scissors I cut out the four corners, but left about 3/8″ strip attached to each side of the fold line so that when I folded in the 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ flaps, those strips would help create a pocket on the back side of the box/layer sides. This will give you an explosion box base that is 2-1/2″ wide (matches the Pocket Notch & Tag width), and the four flaps are 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.
Pocket Notch & Tag #1 – glued to the inside of the layer box base, this helps for the sides of the box layer
Antique Accents – I place a folded piece of patterened paper right on the inside line of the smallest frame shape, and the gave me a foldout mini card


A view of the back side. You can see the pocket created by the box base and the pocket die cut.
Border Scallops Decorative – decorative edge on the back pocket

Layer 7


Layer 7 box base – I hand-cut this with my Scor-Pal Scor board. First I cut a square 7-5/8″, then scored it at 3″ and at 4-5/8″, turned it 90 degrees and scored it at the same measurements. Then with scissors I cut out the four corners. This will give you an explosion box base that is 1-5/8″ wide (matches the Pocket shape from the album die set), and the four flaps are 1-5/8″ x 3″.
Album 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ #2 – The pocket shape from this set forms the back and front of this layer.
Gift Tag #3 Small – the pullout tags for the pockets
Spiral Flowers – the 3d rose in the middle
Holiday Flowers – I used this shape to make the leaves.

The back sides of the layer, used different patterned papers on each side.

Whew! That does it, a full description of the dies used in this project. Please leave a comment if you liked my project or if you have any questions. Thanks so much for looking!
Becky

FMS132 – Snowflake Card

Today I’m participating in the online blog, Freshly Made Sketches, sketch #132. I had this great Bazzill Bling teal cardstock lying around, and had been playing with some of my AccuCut snowflake dies, so this is what I came up with this morning:

The swirls background was done with the AccuCut Swirls Texture Plate. I also used an old Stampin’ Up! Taken With Teal ink pad to sponge the snowflakes and enhance the swirls on the white background. The greeting is from Hero Arts CL342 Everyday Sayings.

Pyramid Box Samples

I needed to make some sample projects of what could be done with blue pyramid box die cuts. Shirley, these are for you!


For the star box, I embossed the red stars and white mat on top with the AccuCut Swirls embossing plate. I drew silver spirals on the red stars with Silver Stickles. And I lightly inked the white swirled mat from a blue stamp pad.


A close-up of the top of the snowflake box. I embossed the lighter blue mats with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, added some snowflake die cuts on top, and wrapped the box with some silver-edged sheer ribbon.


Also, here’s an idea for a little graduation favor box, the Treat Wrap Bag. Granted, it needs different candy, but today all I had in the house was Easter-themed chocolate. Still tasty, though!

Pyramid Box Projects

I just got my new shipment of custom dies from AccuCut, and made these really cute boxes from the pyramid box die set. Basically, it’s a resizing of AccuCut’s Box Pyramid #3 BX925. I wanted a box that was as large as possible, but not too large for 12×12 paper. The base is 4-7/8″ square when folded, the top opening is 3-3/8″ square, and the box stands about 3-3/8″ high. I made three different samples:

Here is a spring or Easter box. Cardstock is Bazzill Bling Feather Boa and the striped patterned paper is Hippity Stripe from Echo Park Paper Co.’s Hippity Hoppity line. The daisy on the side is also new from my custom layering daisies dies, sizes 1.5″ up to 5″, in 1/2″ increments. The handle was also cut from a new custom die shape, a resizing of AccuCut’s Borders #2 die BR571, the scalloped shape. Their shape is 3/4″ wide, and mine is 1″ wide. I attached the handle with a 1/4″ circle gold brad and then covered the brad tails on the inside of the box with 1″ circle cut with a circle punch.


Here is the box filled with Easter grass and mini plastic eggs.


Here is the pyramid box, purse style. I used the AccuCut Borders #2 die BR571, 3/4″ wide, for the handle and blinged it up with Hero Arts 7mm Gems. Cardstock was Bazzill Basics Bling Feather Boa for the handle, Granny Smith for box top, and Chablis for the box bottom. Also used was AccuCut die CV210 Convertibles frame for the top mat and I used my new layering daisies dies to make the flower on the top, inking the edges with an old Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion ink pad.


Here is the graduation favor box. I cut a box bottom and box top from Bazzill Basics Raven, then added a 6″ square for the top. The circle is cut from a 3/4″ circle punch. And I handmade the mini tassel. You can see the instructions on my How to Make Tassels post.

A view of the inside of the box. Fill it with goodies for the lucky graduate!

How to Make Tassels

Here’s a brief overview of how to make tassels, then we’ll look at it in detailed steps:

Okay, let’s take it step by step:

First, take your string or yarn and wrap it around a flat object or card. Here, I’m using DMC Floss, size 5, Topaz 725, 25m or 27.3yards, and I’m wrapping it around a piece of chipboard that is 2.5″ tall. I chose to make a fatter tassel, so I wrapped it 50 times around. 40 wrappings is more typical, but you can adjust it according to how fat you want it. Also, be sure to not wrap too tightly or you will have a hard time getting your tassel off the card. Plus, you have to be able to get a loop underneath all those wraps.


Next, take a piece of string and make a loop. I used a 12″ piece of string. Slide the loop under the wraps.


Now put the tail of your string through the loop.


Pull the tail tight


Now slide your wrapped tassel off the card.


Next take a long piece of string (I used 16″), and place it under the tassel, one side longer than the other for wrapping around the tassel.


Tie the two ends of the string around the tassel once, but don’t knot it.


Take the long end of the string and wrap it about six times around the tassel. The end of the string is lying on top of the tassel.


Now bring the end/tail of the string around to the back and then through the middle of the eye, or hole, of the tassel.


Take a pair of needle-nose tweezers, a small crochet hook, or make a tiny hook with a paper clip, and slip it under the wrapped string. Hook that tail you just brought through the eye/hole.


Now pull that tail down and through the wrapping.


Pull the tail tight, then push the wrapping up towards the top of the tassel, adjusting any loose strings as needed.


Now cut all the loops at the bottom.


Trim the ends as needed. My tassel is now about 2-1/8″ to 2-1/4″ long and ready to be attached to my project. You can knot the top two strings or leave the ends loose, depending on how you are going to use the tassel. What length of string was needed to make this tassel? I guesstimate it was 290″, or about 8 yards. I purchased this skein of string for $1.69 at JoAnn’s Fabrics, and I should be able to get 3 of these mini tassels out of that. That makes each tassel about $0.56 each, plus tax. I think once you get the hang of it, you will probably be able to make a tassel in under 10 min. Here is a sample of how I used mine to decorate a graduation favor box:


I tucked the ends under the top circle (which has a Glue Dots Pop Dot underneath, very sticky) and trimmed off the extra string.

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