Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sneak Peek at 2009

For several years now, I've been making these calendars for family and friends...last year being the exception...just didn't get them finished. When you figure I do about 25 times 12 months...well, you get the idea. I'm not going to post every month...yet...because these are gifts and I don't want to spoil it, but this one is going to be donated for an auction so thought I'd give you a sneak because I also made

this box to put it in.
Don't you just love it?

This is the first box I've constructed for a specific project. I must admit, the bottom was easy peasy. It's just an 81/2 x 11 piece of SU Real Red. I laid it on my Scor-Pal, laid the calendar on top, measured my ends, then flipped the CS and did it again. I cut the flaps, folded and secured with Scor-Tape and done.

The top, however, gave me fits. I've made lots of boxes so I'm not sure what in the world the issue was, (maybe because it was 11:00 p.m. and the brain was already asleep?) but it took 4 trys before I got it right.

I am thrilled with the way it turned out. If you're interested in seeing how I did it, let me know and I'll post a photo tutorial.

The cardstock is Martha Stewart Gingerbread collection,(Michael's) tag is from Papertrey's Holiday Tag Collection, stamped in SU Garden Green, cut with Spellbinders Circle dies.

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Kicked Up Serenity and Hot Cocoa

Remember this Cocoa card? Well, I wasn't really happy with the plain look of it, so I decided to "kick it up a notch"...

First, an apology for the photo...not sure what's with my a new battery but it still occasionally takes a grainy photo...and in this one, the brads are blindingly bright and I couldn't dull them....Oh, well.
This is the exact same hot cocoa gift card but here are the changes I made:
  1. I added a strip of the patterend paper that I used on the chipboard flower.
  2. I moved the flower a bit to the right.
  3. I added the sentiment, cut with Spellbinders die, stamped first in Really Rust, then Versamark and clear heat embossed.
  4. Sponged the edges of the sentiment panel and added a smaller brad (SU) and ribbon.
  5. Used a rust/copper colored gel pen to add dots to the sentiment panel as well as to both sides of the tan border strip although you can't see them well in this photo.
  6. Used a Basic Grey magnetic dot as the closure instead of the ribbon...
What do you think?
Blessings and Happy Stamping,
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