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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Who Wants Some Chocolate???

I was asked by friends to come up with some holiday gift giving ideas and to post them on my blog. Well, I am all for handmade gifts but don't have a huge amount of time on my hands. Here is a wonderful little treat box that is easy to make. With Christmas looming on the horizon, I am going to make a bunch of these to give to co-workers and other people on my list who deserve a little more than just a card.
Here are my directions along with photos (based on Beate John's tutorial).

You will need the following materials for this project:
cardstock measuring 4 1/4" X 8"
scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade (Or Scor-pal), strong adhesive/red-line tape,stamps, ink, white cardstock for your image, bone folder
additional embellishments--optional ( stickles, patterned paper, brads etc).

1.Score the short side of cardstock strip at 1" and 3 3/4"

2. Score the long side at 2", 3", 5" and 6"

3. Cut off the outer strip 3" up on one end. This will become the flap to close your box.

4. Use a bone folder to sharpen the creases

5. Cut the 1" scoreline on both sides

6.Adhere glue or red-line tape to both 1" and 2" flaps as shown in the above photo

7.Flip cardstock over and add glue or red-line tape to the 1" tabs.

8.Fold the tabs up to begin forming your box. Once you are comfortable with your folds, push together so that the adhesive will bond. I like to use a glue that gives me some time to line up my sides and does not bond immediately (Zip Dry for example).

9. Once the box is assembled, I like to trim the flap closure by about 1" and round the corners. To me, this makes it look more finished.

10. To check that you measured properly, you should be able to fit 3 squares of ghirardelli chocolate into your box.

11. Stamp your image onto white cardstock and color it in. I chose an image of Fluffles the Cat from Stampendous. I did not need the entire image, or the sentiment so I trimmed it to fit the front of my box. Wait to add stickles until the image has been placed onto the box. This will help avoid smudging.
Here is the stamped image (minus the wording)

And here is the finished box:

Hope you enjoy making some ghirardelli treat holders for the holiday season, birthday parties, showers, or whatever occasion you think of!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday from Changito!

Happy Birthday from Changito!

Today I am going to show you how to create one of my favorite cards, the criss-cross card. I created this one today using materials from October's KNK scrapbook kit (yes, they make great card kits too!).

You will need the following materials for this project:

two 4 1/4" X 11" pieces of cardstock for the card base
One 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper (double sided is best, or else 2 pieces of complementing patterned paper works too)
One 3 3/4" X 5 1/4" piece of cardstock for insert
One 3 1/2" X 4 3/4" piece of cardstock for insert
ink, stamps, adhesive, scraps for accents, corner rounder and embellishments

1. Score both pieces of 4 1/4x 11 cardstock at 5 1/2"

2. Take each scored piece andcut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left

3. Now add adhesive to the rectangular back of one of the cardstock pieces and glue as shown below

4. Assemble the card base as shown in the following photos....make sure you put your adhesive close to the edge so that you have a pocket for your insert.

5. Once you fold over the left side, cut your patterned paper in half diagonally and adhere it to the card front.

6, Repeat with the right side, and your card base should look like this

7. Now you are ready to assemble your insert. Take both pieces of cardstock that you cut for the insert and round only the top 2 corners. The bottom should be straight. Tape the smaller one on top of the larger one and decorate.

8. Stamp and color your image for the front of the card, mat if you desire.

9. Attach to your card and embellish as desired.

This card will fit in a standard size envelope. I first saw this card done by Beate Johns

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Believe it, or NOT!

OK, some say that boys choose their mates by looking for someone that reminds them of their mom. With my boy Dave, this proves to be eerily interesting! Peter and I just came home from 6 days in San Diego on an adventure to "Meet the Parents" (Jenna's parents that is). The first time Dave met Anne, he called me and said "OMG--there are two of you!" During the past few days, we think that Jenna repeated the same thing numerous times. Anne and I had not met face to face, only exchanged e-mail and phone calls until now. Put us together in the same room, and it is obvious that we are soul sisters, 2 peas in a pod or whatever the saying could be. Poor Dave and Jenna, they have twin East Coast Mom and a West Coast Mom. Anne and I could not be happier!!!!
Here we are with our new friend at Old Towne

Here we are at the country club where the kids will be married in July 2010

Here we are with Jenna and Harvey in the ballroom of the country club

And finally, here we are having fun at the San Diego Zoo!


Peter, the consumate animal lover not only bonded with Anne, Harvey and Jenna, he also bonded with their adorable golden~doodle named Abby.

Abby, being part golden retriever simply adores her toy ducks!

Having fun at the Aquarium

While in San Diego, we spent a lovely afternoon at the Scripp's Aquarium. We saw some amazing creatures there!
Here is a huge sun~star,which is a starfish that looks like a beautiful sunflower.

We also saw this recreation of a reef habitat that reminded us of Finding Nemo

And Peter was totally blown away by it's location...

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