Monday, May 16, 2016

Graduation Cap Curvy Treat Box

Celebrate Grads!

Do you have someone in your circle of friends or family who is celebrating a graduation soon? These little boxes are perfect decorations to hold a small treat for the party! 

Curvy Keepsake Box Graduation Caps

  • They are made with the Stampin' Up! Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die and the Big Shot. Simply use the die twice to cut two pieces of cardstock in black, or the color of your choice. 
  • The stamps used here are from the March 2016 Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit. Each kit always contains exclusive stamps available only to subscribers, and the March set is perfect for the graduation boxes! Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are available as either a monthly subscription, or a prepaid 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription. Click the Paper Pumpkin kit link above for the prepaid subscriptions, or find information on the monthly subscription option here.
  • Cut a piece of 2-3/4" square Basic Black cardstock for the mortarboard. Using an Xacto knife, or your Paper Piercer, and the Curvy Keepsake box die, line up the slit with two of the corners and cut it. You may need to use a paper snips to cut a sliver of cardstock away so that the opening is large enough to fit the box handles through, but not too loose.

    Cut a slit for the tassel

  • Stamp the year with Whisper White Craft ink and the Back to Basics Alphabet stamps for the white box. For the black boxes, the year was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Of the two samples, the Craft ink method was quicker, but the embossed dates stand out more.
  • The Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set is retiring and will only be available until May 22, or while supplies last. So if you like the size of this alphabet set, order it soon!
  • On the black boxes, stamp the Hooray Grad! greeting in Versamark ink, sprinkle it with Heat and Stick powder, heat it with the Heat tool, then sprinkle it with gold glitter.
  • To create a tassel, cut a 1-1/4" square of cardstock, either in black, or a color that coordinates with the box. (Perhaps the grad's school colors.) I scored one side at 1/4", then used the Fringe scissors to cut from the opposite side to the score line. Use Tear and Tape adhesive on the scored edge, and roll the tassel around a piece of Thick White Baker's Twine. Knot the other end of the Baker's twine and pull it through the slit in the mortarboard. 
  • There are Hershey Kisses inside, but you could substitute your grad's favorite small treat. 
  • See my Curvy Keepsake Box Pinterest board for more ideas using this versatile Thinlit die.
Happy Graduation Celebration!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day

Painted Blooms for Mom

May will be here soon, the temperatures are climbing, and flowers are bloomin'! So it's Mother's Day in my craft room. This Stampin' Up! Painted Blooms paper (sadly retired) is one of my favorites for Mother's Day cards. Good thing I still have some in my paper stash!

Stampin' Up! Products to make this card:

Strawberry Slush Cardstock (retired); recommend Rose Red
Painted Blooms DSP(retired)
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (retiring soon) *
Ovals Framelits (retiring soon!)*
Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring soon!)*
April 2014 Paper Pumpkin Stamp set
Blackberry Bliss Ink (retiring soon) *

Visit my online store to purchase *retiring products (some discounted up to 50%)! Stamps are available until the end of May, but all other items are while supplies last.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Butterflies for Mom

Mother's Day Butterflies

Mother's Day card with glimmery Butterflies Thinlits Dies

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. When I go out in the yard and see the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils blooming, I'm in my happy place! So naturally, my spring card creations often feature flowers and butterflies. They're a great combination for celebrating both spring and mothers!

To create this card: