Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Popcorn Box Party Favors

Hey Crafty Friends!! Today I'm going to show you part what I've been working on... that's right, I said part! LOL In order to see all the rest you'll just have to follow along with and stay tuned!!

If you know me and my family then you know that my oldest daughter, Kyan, has a birthday coming up real soon! And you would also know that she shares my love for everything Hello Kitty!!! So, can you guess what she chose for her birthday party this year?? You guessed it... Hello Kitty!!

But I decided it wasn't just going to be a HK themed kiddie party... nope, we're gonna have us a little hoity-toity, prim & proper, tea party... with a Hello Kitty twist of course!

Here are a few of  the party favors I am making!

Supplies Used
Hello Kitty Plushies
Favor Boxes Stack (DCWV) for gold patterned paper, box template. & bow template
Teresa Collins Cabbage Rose Embossing folder (Craftwell)
Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Metallic Gold Cardstock (Grafix)
Paper Doilies (Wilton)
Xyron Creative Station (with 9" & 5" permanent adhesive refills)
Xyron Mega Runner
Craft plastic (Grafix) or stencil film
Iridescent Shreds (Voila)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
Self Adhesive Rhinestones(optional)

To get started I used one of DCWV's new project stacks. These are awesome! And this sack in particular contains enough material; to make 100 projects!! EEeeek!!! 

For my project I used this fabulous popcorn box! But not to hold popcorn.
I'm going to use it as little dwelling for cute little kitties!!

Instead of cutting out my template, I'm going to trace my templates out onto craft plastic. This material is like a thick plastic film similar to stencil film. My stack contain several templates but I want to make sure I can use them over and over again with out the worry of them ripping or falling apart.

I layed the film directly over my template and traced over the lines with my blue Sharpie. 

Then I cut them out using my scissors.

I used my finished template and cut out my box.

I creased and folded my flaps and then used my Xyron Mega Runner to glue down the flaps.

I repeated the previous steps with my bow template on to gold cardstock.

I embossed my bow cut outs...

and folded a glued down the flaps using Diamond Glaze as my adhesive.

Next, I cut contrasting paper into 2"x12" strips.

I then ran those strips though my Xyron Creative Station using my 9"permanent adhesive refill.

I peeled and stuck the strips to my box, one side at a time and trimmed off the excess as I went around.

My doilies weren't so big so I switched out my cartridges. I took out my 9" permanent cartridge with my Xyron 5" a\permanent adhesive refill.

Then I quickly ran my doilies through.

Peeled the protective film off then adhered it to the front of my project

Then I glued my bow down using more Diamond Glaze. Wait for your adhesive to dry first before attempting to fill your boxes. For a filler I used  iridescent shreds at the bottom of the boxes before adding my plush doll.

Not the typical party favor... but way better!! At least I'd like to think so!!

Here are few close-up

left-hand side

 right hands side

And a TRIO of Kitties!!

I hope you enjoyed today project!! Stay tuned for more projects (for this party) real soon!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a super crafty day!!

~ Mitsy

Monday, July 27, 2015


Hi Crafty Friends... or should I say "hello"?! 

I've got an awesome card today that says just that! It's part 3 dimensional and part see-through, and all over fun!!

Supplies Used
Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Teresa Collins Pocket Dies (Butterfly-Memory Collection, Flower- Thankful Collection)
Teresa Collins Woodgrain Cottage Embossing Folder (Craftwell)
eBrush (Craftwell)
Spectrum Noir FS8
Sharpie Markers- light green, orange, brown
Leaf - Flowers, Branches, & Leaves Sizzlit (Sizzix)
Flower rhinestones (Hero Arts- Sparkle Gems)
Patterned paper (My Minds Eye- Happy Day)
Cardstock- Lt green and Lt brown (Bazzill Basics- Monochromatics Browns and Greens)
Acetate (Graffix)

I started my dimensional journey by embossing a piece of light brown cardstock through my Cut'n'boss machine using my Teresa Collins Woodgrain Cottage embossing folder. Then I cut my embossed cardstock down to a 4"x4" and 1"x4" pieces and set aside.

To emboss I used the following plate combo...

From bottom to top:

I then cut my Teresa Collins Pocket dies also using my Cut'n'boss machine.

This time I used the following plate combo to cut my dies:


Did you know the Cut'n'boss also cuts other brand dies?? I used my Cut'n'boss to cut sizzlits using the same combo as the embossing folder combo... but instead of a embossing folder I put the sizzlit die and paper in it's place.

Here is the combo to cut sizzlits:


With a paper trimmer I cut a  4" x 6" piece of  patterned paper  and a 4" x 12" piece of Acetate. I folded my acetate in half to create a 4" x 6" card base. 

I ran my 1" x 4" embossed panel , one butterfly , and 4" x 6" panel all through my Xyron Creative Station with my 9" refill. I sure can fit lots of material on here at once!! 

I still had a small 4"x4" embossed piece that needed some strong adhesive...

So I took out the 9" cartridge, flip up the green divider, and inserted my 5" Permanent Adhesive Cartridge...

and ran my last panel through... 

Peeled and stick time!! I attached the 1" wide strip along the bottom of my card. Then did the same to my 4" piece. This leaves a 1" gap ad a window between the two pieces.
I wanted my embossing to look a little more rustic so I distressed it with brown chalk in and dauber and I taped off the window with painter's tape to keep it clean.
Then I ebrushed my leaves to add more depth to my leaves. I used my sharpies first in green, then lightly with orange, and along the stems in brown.
Then attached my leaves with Diamond Glaze. I then peeled and attached my butterfly to my card front. I also attached my patterned paper onto the inside of my card.

For my second butterfly, I folded the wings back and added diamond glaze to just the body.

 I attached the two butterflies together just at the bodies and flipped the wings up to make it dimensional.

I shaped my flowers using a stylus and rubbed the backs of my flowers gently in a circular motion. I couldn't find my trusty mouse pad I usually use so I found a quick solution... fun foam!! LOL Worked like a charm!

Glued my flowers down with more Diamond Glaze and added my bling in the center of my flowers. And lasty I ebrushed the bottom of my "hello" using Spectrum Noir in FS8. Then I attached it onto my acetate.

And here is my finished card!!

I hope you enjoyed today's project...

I loved being able to stop and say HELLO but now it's time for me to say GOODBYE...
See you all next time!!

~ Mitsy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Belated Birthday with Brutus/ Monroe

Hey Crafty Friends...

I have a super simple card for you today using Brutus/Monroe's Brain Freeze stamp set!!
Supplies Used
Stephanie Barnard -Card, Flip-Its #2 (Sizzix)
Personal Die-cut Machine
Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye)
Cardstock- pink, white, aqua
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Noir Markers -PP4, PP5, IB1, IB3
Blue Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon
Canson 150lb Illustration Paper

There's one thing you should know about me... I love interactive cards!! And I absolutely adore flip cards! I love flip cards! And before companies started making dies they were super complicated and time consuming to make. There was just so much measuring,cutting, and folding involved. And if your measurments are wrong, can get super complicated really fast. But since the release of such dies they are now super quick, easy, and headache free! And all you really need is some awesome stamps and paper and you're set!!

I started by first stamping my little slushy with Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto Canson 150lb Illustration paper.
I then colored my image using my Spectrum Noir Markers in PP4, PP5, IB1, and IB2. Used My PP4 and PP5 for the stripes and straw, and my IB1 and IB2 for the slush and for shading the cup and dome.
I also Stamped my sentiment using my momento ink pad. And then cut out my image and sentiment with a pierced circle die that came with my flip-its set.
Let's not forget to cut out our base card...
And fold....

The front flap is the front of the card... So the folds go MOUNTAIN (FOLD AT TOP) then VALLEY (FOLD AT BOTTOM).
Cut your decorative panels (panels also included in this die set). I used blue painters tape so my dies wouldn't shift out of place. This tape  I bought from my local dollar store and it is awesome it peels nice and clean off my paper without taking off the top layer.
I also cut out coordinating scalloped circles to layer my pierced ones.
I made for more easy work by running my panels , pierced circles and even my strip of ribbon and bow through my Xyron Creative Station all at the same time!! 
Whoops I forgot to put my scalloped circles through too... but I don't need all 9" of adhesive real estate. So I took out the 9" Permanent Adhesive cartridge, lifted up the green divide tab, and inserted my 5" Permanent Adhesive Refill, No need to waste all that awesome sticker making goodness!
 They were about 2 1/2" wide each so they 2 fit perfectly into the 5" cartridge.
I then peeled and adhered to my base card.

My bow and strip of ribbon were already pre-measured and cut. So after they were run through my Xyron Creative Station it was ready to be attached to my card.
I also stamped my "Sorry I missed your birthday" and used the size smaller pierced circle die in my set to cut out it out. I also ran my IB2 Spectrum Noir marker around the edge. then added a 3D dot behind it and attached it to the bottom right of my card.
Now the card is all done and the scallop circles can flip to reveal the inside message.

And here's my finished card...
Hope you enjoyed this super sweet, super quick , and super easy flip card!!

See you all next time!

Happy Crafting, Friends!!