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.

Criss-Cross Leaf Card

Yep, took my new AccuCut NC228 A2 Criss-Cross Card die set to Mary’s on Saturday, and we cut a bunch of cards with her big paper stash. I added the cream strip to the card band and some leaves I cut with my Pazzles (Maple Leaf 2 from CD03 collection) then embossed with a stylus and my stamping mat. I don’t know what brand the paper is, but the greeting comes from the Hero Arts CL434 Just Find Me stamp set.

Local Crop for April & My Pinterest Boards

Okay, this is almost redundant, since I’ve put a link to it in my permanent column on the right, but I’m kind of excited about the boards I’m creating on Pinterest. In particular, my Dies I Have board will be great for giving people an idea of the shapes I can cut for kits and special orders. Plus, it will give my local crafting buddies a place to see what I can bring to crops or what they can pop on over to my house to cut.

It’s time for another local crop. Here is the info:
Saturday April 12, 2014
10am to 5pm
LDS Church on White Mountain Blvd in Rock Springs

Hi ladies! Let’s get together for a special crop in April. I’m calling it the Spring Cleaning Swap Challenge. It will be like the usual crop, just sitting, talking, and working on whatever projects you want to bring. But we’re going to add something fun to the mix with a swap challenge! Let’s all make a dent in our paper stashes by bringing patterned paper to swap. Everyone who wants to participate in this portion of the day needs to contribute 10 sheets of patterned paper. Then you get to take out 10 sheets from the big pile of paper, but we’ll take turns picking one at a time until it’s all gone. Anyone who has more paper to swap can have another round of swapping. We can have as many rounds as you want, just as long as everyone puts in and takes out the same number of sheets of paper each round. I’ll have 10 samples of things you can quickly do with a 12×12 sheet of paper featuring the dies I will bring that day. If you want, we can even vote on who makes the cutest project with their swapped paper. Should be fun, hope to see you there!

P.S. As usual, feel free to bring a treat or snack to share. Thanks!

Friend Card Band

I had some scraps left from yesterday’s card, so I used them to add bands to this A2 custom card shape I had AccuCut make for me last year. It’s based off their VC102 Shadow Box-Landscape die set. Also used was Bazzill Basics Bling cardstock (thus the shiny surface), a 2-1/4″ scalloped circle punch and a 1-3/4″ circle punch, both by EK Success. The friend stamp on the front is from the Stampin’ Up! set Lexicon of Love, and the interior friendship saying is from the Hero Arts CL434 Just Find Me set.

Flower Smile Criss-Cross Card

Here’s today’s little project. Just got a shipment of AccuCut dies, and did a little card today with the A2 Card-Criss Cross NC228 die. Lois, Sheila, and I were at Mary’s last Friday for our weekly get-together and I peeled the wrapper off the die for the first time. It was so fun to raid Mary’s stash and pop out some cards really quick. The design of the card shape and how it has the great mat for the front, plus the card band, make it easy to decorate. And I love the rounded top of the insert as well. It’s all about the details.

The pink cardstock is Bazzill Basics Bling and the patterned paper is an old Imaginisce line, Baby Powder, #000736 Tiny Tantrum (dots are one side, stripes are the other.) The stamped “smile” greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! set Wonderful Words II. The flowers are part of my custom AccuCut die set, layered daisies, coming soon! I will have sizes of this eight-petal daisy in 1.5″,2″,2.5″,3″,3.5″,4″,4.5″, and 5″, plus a great 5.5″ square daisy card that will double as an album page. Can’t wait till it arrives, probably about April 4th.

Where have I been for nearly six months? Well, as seems to happen every year around November-ish, I just get overwhelmed and burned out and it takes me a while to get back on my feet. Since I run my own small one-woman business and want my blog to feature all the fun things I like to do with my dies and all the wonderful paper that is out there, I don’t want my blog to turn into a place where I ramble on in detail about my personal issues. But I’d like to briefly mention that I struggle with depression/anxiety and want anyone out there who also struggles to maybe get some inspiration or ideas on coping with their “crazy”, as I like to call it.

So, one of the things I’m learning to make myself do is to take things in smaller pieces, and try to remember the things I do accomplish and not get so upset about all the things I can think to do, but can’t get done. Just like so many others, whenever I get on Pinterest (my boards) I can start pinning and reading about various projects, and then blink to see that several hours have gone by. Not very productive being an idea-collector sometimes, but I did find something useful – a simple blog that I kind of found inspiring. It’s called Krafting With Karen and it seems like she does a simple little post every day. I’d like to do the same, just enjoy simple crafting without trying to make myself accomplish Mt. Everest every day. So here goes, my first post this year, and hopefully there will be many more.

OWH – Glitter & Dimensionals

Well,it’s always good to be reminded of OWH card standards. Here’s a good discussion of glitter and OWH cards: Glitter is dangerous to heroes abroad, because it easily rubs off on them and makes them visible to night vision goggles. I’d made these cards, thinking Stickles was okay, but I wasn’t sure so I posted a question on the OWH Facebook page. Stickles is still too “leaky” when it comes to glitter, but it turns out I could fix it with Diamond Glaze (Glossy Accents is the same thing) and I put it on liberally then rubbed the cards when it was dried to be sure. Here’s my fixed card that I made at Mary’s:

I cut this with my custom AccuCut A2 die, one of my new ones. Love it!!

There’s also a great OWH video on dimensionals, made me rethink some of the cards I’ve done. I’ll have to fix a couple, the brads and layers are too thick:

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