Another Thought About the Subtle Tile Background

Polynesian Village Tile Floor 2

I had another thought about the Subtle Tile Background from a second visit and different light.  I described how to replicate it previously in my article, “A Subtle Tile Background”.

In the changed light, the grout looks brown… and there are flecks of glitter in it!  So I changed my “grout recipe”.

Mix Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with a little Real Red Glitter or Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (very little of your glitter powder).  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool. 

To finish the look, mix a drop or two of Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (119789) with a drop of alcohol.  Apply the mixture with a cotton swab to coat the “grout”.  Be careful to not stain the “tiles.”

Tip:  Cut big scraps for a Scrapbook Page and leave a little more space in between.  You can cover the page fully, or make a border.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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A Subtle Tile Background

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I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something different this trip and found this soft & subtle tike pattern covering a bathroom floor.  It immediately reminded me of making a paper version.  I’ve cut scraps like that!

If you want to replicate this, sponge Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ PadThen cut all three colors of card stock into random pieces.

Coat a layer of Sahara Sand Card Stock the size you want with Fast Fuse AdhesiveDon’t leave any gaps!  Place your card stock pieces in a random pattern, leaving at least 1/8” space between each one.  You can make the spaces different sizes, too.  Let the scraps over hang the layer, you can trim them later.

Mix Black Embossing Powder with a little bit of Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then sprinkle all over the exposed Fast Fuse.  Tap off the excess and save it in a separate container for another project if you like.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool and you’re all set!  Trim off the overhanging Card Stock and attach your background to your project.

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Subtle Tile Background.

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Puffy Bow for Metallic Ribbon Pack

Puffy Bow with Metallic Ribbon Pack

There are several projects with Puffy Bows featured in all the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  This box is wrapped with ribbon from the 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration free accessories you may select with a $50 purchase.

I found a video that shows you how to make a Puffy Bow.  The tutorial is for a hair ornament, but you can easily use the method for wrapping a box as you can see in the photo above.  Personally, I would sew the completed bow to the felt circles and tie it to the ribbon rather than using hot glue because you want the box to be openable.  If you decide to use hot glue as in the video, be sure to use a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) to glue everything together and to attach the bow to the ribbon wrap-around.

Loopy Puffy Bow Tutorial Video

If you need an answer to any question about the Puffy Bow or any other technique. product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Puffy Bow.

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Stamping on Velvet

Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set

I was going through my files and came across this article about Velvet Stamping I thought this would be a great technique to share with you for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions (like weddings and anniversaries).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my examples or my velvet, so I’ll just tell you how to do it.  The picture shows the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set (141531-w, 141534-c), one of the sets that would work very well for Stamping on Velvet.

Here are the main things you need to know about Stamping on Velvet:

1- Rayon velvet fabric.  Do not use nylon velvet as it will melt.  Cotton velvet won’t hold the image well.

2- An iron without steamholes on the soleplate, heated to Cotton/Linen temperature.

3- An image or word/phrase stamp that’s molded (or burned) deep into the rubber and can be completely covered by the soleplate of the iron.

4.- Use a solid silhouette or thick line art image for the best effect.  Detailed designs can get lost in the nap of the fabric.

You want to use the red rubber stamps, preferably on wood blocks.  Stampin’ Up!® red rubber stamps are all deeply burned, so the images work perfectly for Stamping on Velvet.  If you use a Clear-Mount Stamp, mount it on a piece of wood or place it on a silicone cooking mat.  The Clear-Mount Block may get damaged by the heat.

Once you’ve decided what you want to stamp, place your stamp rubber-side up on a flat, heat-resistant surface.  Place your Velvet piece face down on top of it and lightly spray with water.  Cover the whole image with your iron and press down.  Hold in place for about 30 seconds, then lift up without moving it.  Your fabric should be stamped beautifully.

Mount your Stamped Velvet by wrapping it around a piece of Card StockFast Fuse Adhesive (129026) works well to hold it.  You can also cover it with an open “window” layer, then trim the Velvet to fit behind the window layer.  It’s easier to attach to your project.  Either Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive will keep the Velvet secure.

I will do a sample for you when I find my Velvet and post it here.  If I don’t find my Velvet, I will buy some more just for your enjoyment.

If you need an answer to any question about a Technique such as Stamping on Velvet, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the technique, such as Stamping on Velvet.

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Enjoy Paper Pumpkin Surprises

November Paper Pumpkin Kit

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription that gives you a box of surprises every month.  Even I don’t know what’s coming until after it gets here!  The crafting kit contains everything you need, including directions, to make the project of the month.  Sometimes it’s a set of greeting cards (with envelopes, of course), sometimes it’s a set of treat bags or boxes, sometimes it’s an item of home décor.  In any case, you can be assured that the projects are adorable! 

The kit contents shown in the photo are from November.  You can see that Paper Pumpkin is a great creativity tool, with easy-to-make projects and photo directions!

You can also get Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscriptions and instantly solve last-minute gift needs.  You receive the codes electronically and can pass them along to your recipients!  You can use one for yourself, too.

To try Paper Pumpkin, just click the link right hereYou’ll be taken to my Paper Pumpkin page and can join right there.  I can’t wait until you receive your first box of surprises to enjoy!

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Bonus Tags You Missed

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I thought I’d share the Bonus Tags you missed by not attending the Tin of Tags Class last week.  We had fun making them and I think they came out really cute.

I was most excited to find out that the Tin can hold up to 3-1/2” square cards, with envelopes.  Use the Envelope Punch Board to make envelopes in coordinating Envelope Paper or Designer Series Paper.  The envelope for the card gift tag I made with This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I also put a square on the inside to cover the stitching (as I noted yesterday in my article about Stitching with Metallic Thread).

The card gift tag is a simple 3-1/2” x 7” piece of Garden Green Card Stock, folded in half and creased well.  You’ll need to open it out to punch the tree shape hole pattern with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine and the Festive Stitching Thinlits™ Dies.

I added Mini Jingle Bells as I threaded Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine through the holes.  The gift tag card on the right shows the bells attached with a Running Stitch.  I was worried that a bell on each tip would be too busy, but the second sample came out just fine!  It’s the one on the left and I also used the Backstitch to embroider the tree with Gold Baker’s Twine.  The Running Stitch uses about 12” of Baker’s Twine, where the Backstitch uses about 36”.

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The remaining Bonus Tags were made with the Cheerful Tags Framelits™ Dies.  Each of the larger tags can be cut from a 4” x 6” piece of paper or Card Stock.

The Cherry Cobbler gift tag (on the left) was a struggle.  We made it with the ribbon going over the phrase at first.  The cover part of the tag just wouldn’t stay put.  I finally decided to run the ribbon through the back and secure the cover with two Bow Paper Clips.  The Christmas Trinket Embellishment is tied on with Metallic Thread.

Afterwards, I was looking up something else in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and discovered that the gift tag I was struggling with was supposed to be a tag for bottles!  That version certainly wouldn’t need paper clips!  Just turn the phrase upside down and attach it to the other side.  The ribbon can stay the same or be changed.  I’d add a Glue Dot to secure the trinket.

The Emerald Envy gift tag on the left is a simple die-cut tag with a Silver Foil greeting inside and a die-cut embellishment on the cover.  I could have attached another Christmas Trinket Embellishment to the front, but we ran out of time.  Making thirty-three gift tags isn’t quite as simple as it sounds!  The three Bonus Tags were first on the class agenda.  Then we stamped all the tags from the Tin, and embellished them with the time left.  The Tin made a great carrying case for the extras!  The directions included make it easy to finish them at home.

You may have to read the directions through a couple of times to understand them, but you can make your own Tin of Tags by purchasing the Project Kit along with the Tin of Tags Stamp Set.  You will also need Island Indigo, Real Red, Old Olive and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pads.

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Stitching With Metallic Thread

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A few weeks ago, I did an article on Metallic Thread.  I promised to see how many strands of the thin, shiny stuff could fit into the eye of a regular hand-sewing needle and let you know.  I don’t know what size needle I used (maybe 10), because I don’t have the original package any more.  Besides, can you imagine how long it’s been since I threaded a needle?

Anyway, I easily fit all 6 colors of Metallic Thread through the eye.  I also tried 8 strands and still had room.  I would stop at 10 for the size of needle I used.  I used a needle threader to put all the strands through at once.  This may not be the best idea because the threader could break if you’re not careful.  The best way to thread is one strand at a time and leave the free end long enough so you can hold onto it while you thread the others.  The rascally strands will try to escape or tangle up on you.

I tried out one of the Festive Stitching Thinlits™ Dies on a scrap of So Saffron Card Stock.  I wanted to give all six colors the best chance of being visible.  You can use a Running Stitch and leave spaces between the holes, but I like the way the Back Stitch fills out the shape better.  Use about a yard of thread for each strand so you can go all the way around the shape without having to re-thread.  You will have to straighten out the thread every so often (every stitch for me), but it comes out looking good and I think it’s more convenient.  This is against everything your Home Ec teacher ever told you, but… I didn’t want a bunch of knots on the back – the shape will be bumpy enough without them.

The star shape will fit inside one of the Stars Framelits™ Dies, if I’d centered the shape.  I will have to fussy cut the stitched star and adhere it to a larger die-cut star mat.  I always recommend hiding the evidence… I mean, covering up the back side of the stitching with a mat or layer, unless you’re going to adhere it directly to a card or page.  I’m going to layer this shape on a larger star in a contrasting color and put it on a card.  You’ll see it later.

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Last Day to Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin BOGO Offer

Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Contents

Today is the last full day to take advantage of the BOGO at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and Tomorrow, October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!

I’ve photographed the contents of the September 2016 kit to show you an example.  I propped up the Classic Stampin’ Spot so you could see it, too!

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the September 2016 example, you got to make eight each of test tube-style treat holders in two designs.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin here.  You’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before Tomorrow, October 10th!

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Make a Witches’ Hat Treat Box

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The Witches’ Hat Treat Box was another of my creations from last year that I just loved making with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies.  Click the link to get the directions.

However, I forgot to list the products used in the original article, so I’m making the list with only the current products for you here.  One thing I noticed is that we now have Layering Squares Framelits™ Dies, which will give you a better “buckle” than the retired Squares Collection Dies.

Check out the article, then try your own.  Some of the products listed are retired, but there are plenty of substitutes available!  I’m thinking the Burlap Ribbon would work – or the Satin Ribbon.  Double the band to get it wide enough.

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Hallowe’en Candy Corn Treat Box

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I made a Hallowe’en Candy Corn Treat Box using the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies last year.  I’ve gone into my vault to bring up the article so you can see the details.

Scary Candy Corn Treat Box

Take a look, then try your own.  Some of the products listed are retired, but there are plenty of substitutes available!

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or to order what you need to make your own Candy Corn Treat Box.

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Need a Bunch of Gift Tags?

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Do you need a bunch of Gift Tags for your Holiday giving?  What about having some on hand for birthdays or other occasions?  In my new Tin of Tags Class, we will create thirty gift tags along with a tin to store them.  The photo shows the tin and tag samples: 3 each of 10 designs.  They are quick and easy and can be attached to a card or gift card holder if you prefer.

We will also make a couple of bonus tags that I just had to include because they’re so cool!  I will add a photo to the class description as soon as the bonus tags are ready!

The gift tags are predominately holiday themed, but I’ll show you how to change them to Birthday or other gift-giving occasions.  You will take home a full tin that’s ready to go!

Date:  11/05/2016

Time:  2:00 to 4:00pm

Place:  2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $39

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 10/15/2016

Register now for the Early Bird Discount!



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Paper Pumpkin BOGO Offer is Running Out

Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Contents

Time is running out to take advantage of the BOGO at Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!®.  This means you start your subscription between now and October 10, 2016, and your second month is FREE!  You must subscribe for two months minimum to get this offer, naturally!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.  With 1 to 4 projects in each kit, it’s perfect for Family Craft Night (or Family Fun Night) or as a gift to children, teenagers or college students!  Directions are included, so it’s also perfect for your friends just getting started with rubber stamping!

I’ve photographed the contents of the September 2016 kit to show you an example.  I propped up the Classic Stampin’ Spot so you could see it, too!

Each project takes about thirty minutes to complete.  In the September 2016 example, you got to make eight each of test tube-style treat holders in two designs.  Your kit includes the stamps and ink you’ll need plus all the materials and directions.

It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program by clicking this link.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!  You can see more details here:

Introducing Paper Pumpkin

Sign up ASAP for your monthly Paper Pumpkin here.  You’ll be taken to my page and can automatically select Mary Varley as your Demonstrator!  You’ll also take advantage of the BOGO if you sign up before October 10th!

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Holiday Village Tealight Houses

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Let’s make a Holiday Village filled with Tealight Houses!  In this class, you’ll make three Tealight Houses for Fall Holiday Decorating.  You may choose Hallowe’en, Fall or Christmas designs.  You may make one of each, two of one and one of the other, or three of one.  You’ll also receive battery-operated tealights for each one!

Note: the photo shows idea samples, yours will be different… and larger.

By the way, the date has been changed from the original announcement… so has the time.

Date:  10/01/2016

Time: 10:00am to Noon

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $45

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 9/16/2016

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Popcorn Box Desk Organizer

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My studio tool holder is trying to fall apart, so I thought I’d use the Popcorn Box Thinlits™ Dies and make a pencil cup desk organizer.  I ended up with a Pens Plus Organizer that holds a variety of Markers, Aqua Painters, Pens and Paper Snips.  I forgot to put my Bone Folder in for the photo, but there’s plenty of room!

I decorated the outside with panels of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  To do this, I die-cut two of the box pieces, then cut them down by 1/8” all around.  It’s easiest to adhere the panels to the box pieces before you assemble, but be sure to crease the score lines well (with the Bone Folder) so you have plenty of visibility to line them up!

To support the Popcorn Box, I cut it from Thick Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, then inserted a 1-3/4” square after the box was assembled.  The Bone Folder came in handy again to push the square into all the corners at the bottom.  The supporting square is easy enough to remove if you want to fold up the box for storage.

Note on assembly – you can adhere one side together while it’s lying flat, but you will need to adhere the remaining side when you’ve got it folded.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to line up the edges correctly.  If this happens, you won’t be able to collapse the box for storage without tearing it.

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Ready to Pop Mini Popcorn Box

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As I promised in my previous articles, Popcorn Mini Treat Box and Lined Mini Popcorn Box, here is a Mini Popcorn Box adorned with images from the Ready to Pop Stamp Set.  I decided to use the Thick Whisper White Card Stock for the box and the embellishments… just for fun!  (Also since the box folds for storage, the Thick Whisper White will let it last longer-it’s more sturdy!!)

I decided to use regular Whisper White Card Stock for the stripes as the striped stamp image is a bit large for the box.  You could do an all-over pattern with the stamp, instead of die-cuts.  I stamped ten images with the Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad, then die-cut the tapered stripes and adhered them to the box.  The stamp image just fits on Clear Block H.

The popcorn images fit well in the opposite corners of Clear Block B, so you can stamp two at once.  Be sure to leave room for the die-cutting when you stamp a second set.  I stamped twelve so there would be three popcorns on each side of the box.  Note:  Even if you use the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, you should secure the dies over the images with Post-It™ Notes or other removable tape.  To get the best results, use good light to position and secure the dies, then take the card stock or paper to the Big Shot for cutting.

I put popcorn into a 6” x 8” Cellophane Bag and tied it closed.  You get about a quarter cup (or less) of popped corn in the bag – just a taste.  The 2” x 8” Cellophane Bag may work better.  You could also make a plain bag from Glassine Sheets using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DiesOr you could just make single-use boxes from Card Stock, Designer Series Paper or Butcher Paper and then throw them out after you have your popcorn.  The box might hold a half-cup of popcorn without the bags.  Lining with a bag is just for keeping the boxes clean enough to fold up and put away, then reuse.

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Designer Series Paper Stacks as a Tool

Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comYou know I’ve been doing a lot of projects with the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (141657).  The most recent one was the Simple Rose Thank You Card.  I find it’s a great tool to use for both cardmaking and pagemaking!  I like this particular DSP Stack mainly because the patterns use three out of the five new 2016-2018 In Colors (Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach) and the other two (Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo) coordinate with the various designs as well.

Designer Series Paper Stacks are pads of 6” x 6” square sheets of double-sided paper.  Each pad contains 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 different double-sided designs.  This gives you 24 different patterns and enough of each to create stacks of cards and pages!

The advantage to the 6” square size is that you can make mats for your typical 4” x 6” photos (you may want to trim the photos a bit), as well as use a whole sheet for color-blocking on scrapbook pages.  Here is a page idea I did a while back: Whirligig Scrapbook Page Fun to Make article.  The color blocks are smaller than 6” x 6”, but you get the idea.  The excess paper after you trim the sheet is good for everything from paper ribbon to smaller color blocks.

I made a list of suggestions for using Designer Series Paper Stacks back when the Stacks were 4-1/2” x 6-1/2”.  I’ve updated it somewhat for 6” x 6”.

Card Maker Uses:

  • Patterned Background for 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, 3″ x 3″ or other size cards, trimmed or not.
  • Paper “ribbons”.
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.
  • Envelope Linings.

Scrapbooker Uses:

  • Photo mats for standard 4″ x 6″ photos, trim the photos.
  • Color block or Crazy Quilt backgrounds, trimmed or not.
  • Paper “ribbons” & strips (easy to piece together).
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.

Other Paper Crafting Uses:

  • Lined/Reversible treat boxes.
  • Lined/Reversible treat bags.
  • Paper “ribbons” & strips (easy to piece together).
  • Patterned Die Cuts.
  • Patterned Punches.
  • Fancy Folds/Origami.
  • Handmade Paper (use up your scraps).

I’m sure you’ve got more ideas to add.  Please email me or add your suggestions in comments below.

If you need an answer to any question about Designer Series Paper Stacks or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Designer Series Paper Stacks.

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Popcorn Mini Treat Box

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The new Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies make a simply adorable Mini Treat Box!  I tried out the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack to create it and found that, yes, you do need two of the 6” x 6” sheets.  When I try it with Card Stock, I’m going to see if I can save some paper.  (Check back next week to see.)

This box is made with the dies by themselves.  I didn’t get the Ready to Pop Stamp Set yet.  When I do, I’ll be sure to make another Popcorn Box(By the way, the stamp set and dies also come in a bundle!)

When you assemble the box, be sure to use Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps.  If the Tear & Tape is wider than the flap, remove the liner and curl the excess tape back on itself so nothing sticks outside the flap.  Like the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies, the Popcorn Box has overlapping bottom flaps.  You can adhere them or not, depending upon the weight of the contents of the box.

Here’s a video from one of my favorite people at Stampin’ Up!®She’s going to show you just how to assemble the Popcorn Box.

Note that the box can fold flat for storage!  That’s one of my favorite benefits to the box!

I also used Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape instead of cutting out tapered strips.  The popcorn is die-cut from Whisper White Card Stock and sponged with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and a Sponge Dauber I liked one of the phrases from the Jar of Love Stamp Set, so I edited it with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and a Project Life® Journaling PenThe tag is attached with another pattern from the Washi Tape.

When you fill the box, especially with unwrapped food items, it’s a good idea to put the treats in a food-safe bag like the 2” x 8” Cellophane Bag or a waxed paper sandwich bag.  You can also adhere waxed paper to the Designer Series Paper or Card Stock before you die-cut it.  tams# 7472

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Watermelon Party Favor

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Have fun making this Watermelon Party Favor with the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies.  You know I like to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits in different ways, such as the New Year’s Party HatYou’ve also seen a traditional use of the Cake Slice Box in my Icing Cover for the Cutie Pie Cake Slice Box article.  So here’s another way to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits: a watermelon wedge!

Start with Emerald Envy Card Stock and die-cut two pie pieces.  I used a 6” x 12” piece from the 2016-2018 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock AssortmentYou can fit both sections on the one piece by putting them face-to-face and keeping them close to the edge.

Add the watermelon markings with a Sponge Dauber and a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad.  You just need to smear stripes on the top and bottom wedges, plus the end flaps.  I went over the stripes with a cotton swab afterwards to bring up the paler green.  This also dries the ink quicker.  To get the stripes to line up, I put the outer flaps edge to edge facing each other to get the starting places.  Note that I left the pieces flat without folding until I was ready to assemble.

The inside watermelon pieces were made from Watermelon Wonder Card Stock and cut to fit the rectangles on the die.  I used the solid drops (or leaves) from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set to stamp the seeds with an Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad.

I cut the “rind” from Whisper White Card Stock and left a 1/2” margin on three sides.  To get a rounded inside corner, I punched a small bit of the corner with the now-retired 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch.  Then I trimmed the edges to smooth out the rounded inside corner.

I recommend adhering the watermelon “meat” and “rind” before you complete the box.  You can use SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesives for this step, but you’ll get best results from Tear & Tape Adhesive when you go to assemble the box itself.  This will let the box hold up when you fill it and use it for Summer Barbecues & Parties!

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Cotton Paper Flower Fry Box

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The companion project to the Hamburger Box is the Fry Box.  I used the remaining half of the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the die-cut.  I also had plenty of Cotton Paper flower pieces left and decided to show a different floral configuration.

The flower for the Fry Box is made from the 5-petal blossoms and two different colors of the small leaves.  I curled the petals, including the Watermelon Wonder leaves, with the Bone Folder, then lightly crumpled them to give the blossom some lift and dimension.  I attached the Cucumber Crush leaves, pinching them down the center, then adhered the whole blossom to the front of the Fry Box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The final touch was the large Iced Rhinestone Embellishment in the flower center.

So, between the two projects, you could make a matching set of boxes.  Both boxes would look great with either flower.  They would be perfect to package, say, a matching bracelet and earrings set for Mother’s Day!

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Confession: Box for the Cotton Paper Flower

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I have to make a confession.  This is the box I’d originally planned to use with the Cotton Paper Flower I talked about earlier this week.  Fortunately, the Bouquet Bigz L Die makes a lot of different sizes of flowers, especially when you cut 8 sheets at a time!  I had plenty to make a smaller flower for the box from the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die, which is so cute!

I chose the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the box itself.  The pattern with silver jewels randomly placed seemed good to use.  The Iced Rhinestone Embellishments dressed it up well and created a sparkly center for the smaller Cotton Paper flower.

The flower-making how-to is laid out in the Cotton Paper Flower article.  I changed up a bit for this flower, because I was worried about it sticking to the box.  I made the petals by overlapping the bases and pinching them together with a Glue Dot.  Then, I started with the 5-petal flower in Cucumber Crush for the “leaves” and glued it to the center of the box lid with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I laid down a ring of glue on the “leaves” and lined up the larger Watermelon Wonder petals with the gaps between them and pressed with a Bone Folder to glue them down.  I repeated with the smaller Crushed Curry petals, overlapping them with the breaks between the Watermelon Wonder petals.

To finish off the flower, I glued a Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center, then added a large Iced Rhinestone.  This tied the Iced Rhinestones around the edge of the top together.  This box is perfect to hold a Celebration surprise!

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