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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bi-Challenge Chipboard Version

We all love the new Challenge Carol has put up from Liz Walker from Splitcoaststampers.
It is a perfect little box to use for a gift, but I was a bit worried it would get damaged when just made out of paper so I made a chipboard version. A few other people mentioned they would like it to be a bit more sturdy so I made another one and will walk you trough all the steps. Enjoy and please share your projects with us :)

 Step 1. the chipboard pieces:
2 covers 6" x 6"
1 spine 3"x 6"
4 box pieces 2 7/8" x 4"

Step 2. pick out your paper, ribbon and some embellishments

 Step 3. Take two pieces of ribbon ( I cut mine a bit longer to be safe) and attach them half way up the chipboard and about 2"in from the edge. Make sure you got them mirrored as shown.

Step 4. Attach the paper you picked out for the covers, and make sure they are not upside down and of course mirrored as shown  ( I almost had balloons floating the wrong way haha )

 Step 5. Take a piece of either pattern paper or as in this case black card stock and cut it down
 to 4 3/4" x 6". Attach your spine in the center as shown.

Step 6. attach your covers on each side of the spine leaving about an 1/8" between your spine and your cover as you will have be able to make it bend. 

 Step 7. take a second piece of either pattern paper or card stock and place it over the inside of the spine and covers as shown.

Step 8. Cover the inside of the covers with the pattern paper of your choice and the outside of your box is now done.

 Step 9. Take your 4 box pieces and line them up. You can but them up and attach them together using construction strips. Don't forget to ad some construction strips to the bottom as shown.

Step 10. Close the ring and you should have a bottomless box with strips on the inside as shown.

 Step 11. Attach the ring on the right side of the cover piece you made earlier placing it in the center which is roughly 1" in from each edge.

Step 12. Cover the inside with the pattern paper of your choice. 
The center is about 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" and the sides are about 2 3/4" x 3 7/8" but always measure to be safe.

 Step 13. Cover the outside of the ring with pattern paper.
I used 4 pieces of 2 7/8" x 4"

Step 14. Go nuts on the embellishments and make this the best gift box ever!!!

I hope this was clear enough for all you lovely people if not just ask and i will do my best to help you all out :)
If you will excuse me know i got a few more to make as I have decided to give some away with Christmas filled with cookies;)

Have fun... and scrap on.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SILENT NIGHT by Patti Sylvia

Halloween’s over, time to put the Jack O’ Lanterns away…there’s a cold breeze in the air and I can’t think of anything better than pouring a hot cup of coffee and pulling up to my craft desk to make some Christmas cards.  So in the spirit of the season, I present to you SILENT NIGHT.
I used this beautiful stamp by Stampendous that can be found here at Scrapadabadoo
I started with cutting the card base to 4.25 x 11”, then scoring on the 11” side at 5.5” to create a side folded horizontal card.  I used Paper Accents, smooth white, 100lb cardstock in the 8.5 x 11 pack  I really like this paper for card making.  The size is perfect as you can get 2 card bases out of one sheet of paper and the weight is perfect because it’s very sturdy to support whatever you decide to put on the front of the card. 
I then stamped my focal image using the Silent Night stamp in Ranger Archival ink in black  I like this ink because it creates a beautiful, crisp image and it’s waterproof which is important when you plan to use Distress Inks over it.  The Distress inks are a water based product and if the image was stamped with a non-waterproof ink then the beautiful image would smear and we don’t want that now do we.
Next, it was time to add some color over the image.  For that I chose Stormy Sky as the base color being sure to be light handed over the verse.  Next I blended some Faded Jeans Distress Ink being  extremely light handed around the verse.  The next color I added very lightly is Dusty Concord just around the edges being sure to blend well, then finally a very light tapping of Black Soot.   I have linked all of the colors below.
Next it’s time to add the snowy effect which not only adds to the theme, but also helps to brighten up the colors.  First step is to be sure the Distress inks are dry then I randomly sprinkled some white embossing powder over the card being sure not to get any over the verse. Now here’s what makes this embossing a little different…I did not use any watermarking ink so you cannot heat set this from above, you have to heat set it from underneath so you don’t blow the embossing powder off your paper.  You can add as much or as little as you want.
I then wanted to double mat my stamped image so I cut the image down to 4.75 x 3.75”.  I mounted it to a piece of black cardstock cut to 4 7/8’s x 3 7/8’s.  I then added foam tape to the back and mounted it to a piece of silver glittered paper cut to 5 3/8’s x 4 1/8 to give the final piece a festive yet elegant feel
This card came together very quickly which makes it great for mass production.  You could just get all of your pieces cut, inked and embossed then assembled and in no time you've got all of your cards done ready for mailing.
Thank you very much for looking ~Patti~