Gift Card Envelopes You Can Make In A Batch

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As I mentioned in my post last week, you can make Gift Card Envelopes from card stock. The Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies die-cut the envelope, complete with scoring lines, equally as well as paper. These envelopes can stand alone, in addition to being attached to greeting cards. You can easily make a batch of them to have on hand.

The card stock envelopes would be sturdy enough to close with a Velcro® dot if you want them reusable. I tried Velcro on a Designer Series Paper Gift Card Envelope, but it was too easy to tear off. The Belly Band that slides on and off works just as well to make a reusable envelope. I wrapped an 8” x 1-1/2” strip around the Gift Card Envelope and adhered it together so it was slightly loose. I also like to cover the join with some kind of label or image. The 8” x 1-1/2” belly band works very well for the size of the envelope.

If you like the layered look for your Gift Card Envelopes, die-cut one from card stock and one from a coordinating patterned paper. Crease all the folds, then open out the envelopes. Trim each section of the paper envelope by 1/8” all the way around. Then layer each section on the card stock envelope.

I layered a 1/1-4” x 8” strip of paper around the belly band after the card stock band was adhered together. This allows enough give for the layering. If you layer first, you run the risk of the paper puckering or detaching.

The flat design of the embellishment on the belly band allows you to stack or file a whole batch of gift card holders. That way, you’re ready to pop in a gift card and give or send your gift at a moment’s notice!

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Get Ready to Party for 2016

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I love the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies, but I haven’t been making cake-and pie-slice treat boxes with them. Instead, I’ve been making hats! I did a Witches’ Hat Box for Hallowe’en and a Santa Hat (which only my subscribers saw – so sign up now – box at right!) for Christmas. So, this Party Hat Box is just in time for a New Year’s Eve Party to welcome in 2016. You can do up a whole bunch in a jiffy!

Die-cut the cake slices from Silver Foil Sheets. Cut away one of the flaps at the “nose” of the box. Adhere the box together with Tear & Tape Adhesive on one side so the whole thing lays flat. It’s easier to work with that way.

Cut 2-0-1-6 from Gold Foil Sheets with the Little Numbers Thinlits Dies. I cut four of each so there was one group on each side. Attach the numbers at jaunty angles to each other with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Let dry. If the numbers start curling up, flatten them by covering with a Silicone Craft Sheet, then the weight. The Craft Sheet won’t stick!

I don’t recommend using Glimmer Paper for the box. It’s very hard to stick together unless you use Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Even then, you have to hold it together while it dries and I don’t have the patience for that. So, I avoid Glimmer Paper for the box. The Numbers, however, are a different story!

To finish, adhere the box together on the remaining side and nose. Punch holes across the nose with the 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch. Thread two pieces of 1/8” Metallic Ribbon (one Silver, one Gold) through the hole and tie into a floppy bow. You can try curling the ends of the ribbon with scissors or a Bone Folder, but I didn’t find it worked too well. The curls came out very soft and gentle.

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Ornamented Baker’s Box

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The thing I like best about the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies is that the box can be folded flat until you need to use it. You don’t have to tape down the bottom unless you’re using the box for a heavy gift. Otherwise, just folding it closed works very well.

I decorated the box front and back with Gold Foil Sheets, Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and Metal-Rimmed Pearls. The Pearls are colored with a mixture of alcohol and Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. See how in yesterday’s article, More Red & Green for Christmas. I would have decorated the two sides with the smallest Delicate Ornament Die, but I didn’t have room on any of my Gold Foil scraps.

To die-cut the handle, line the die up on the handle area of the box and cut with the Big Shot. Then trace the opening on the other handle, line up the die and cut. The two openings will match perfectly. Do the handle cut-outs before you start assembling the box. I tied a bow with Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon dyed with Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. Be sure to follow the directions in yesterday’s article as above.

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Treat Bag Greeting Card

Mini Treat Bag Card

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies make bags that are small enough to fit on a card front. You can tuck in gift cards (or cash or checks) for a gift and card in one.

When you die-cut your Mini Treat Bag, make sure the pinked edges of both dies are headed in the same direction, if your paper has a directional pattern. You don’t have to worry about this if you have an all-over omnidirectional pattern or no pattern. I avoid plaid designs because you really need to match them.

The bag Thinlits only need to go through the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine once. The words, bow and other fine-detailed dies really need 3 or 4 trips through. Place your die and paper in the middle of the cutting pad and on top of the Big Shot Magnetic Platform to make cutting easier. With the die in the middle, you can easily roll it back and forth without having to take your cutting sandwich out of the Big Shot.

One thing I noticed about the Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is that it’s larger than the front of a card. I centered the 5-1/4” x 4” layer from side to side and covered the top. When I placed the Treat Bag on the card front, I centered it on the sides and bottom of the layer so the embossed top border would show. You could use the long edge to emboss a border on the envelope flap.

I scored and folded little over 1/2” of the bag top to form a closure. A Glue Dot secured it closed, but it will still open without much problem. The bow is attached to the flap with a folded-over Glue Dot.

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Sleigh Ride Pillow Box

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Since my area is going through a heat wave, I’ve been thinking about snow! I thought of doing something with the Square Pillow Box Thinlits™ Dies and decided to try them with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits™ Dies. This is the result!

I made a Pillow Box in my Gift Packaging Class but my first sample didn’t turn out well. For today’s article, I decided to cover it up with Island Indigo paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. The box was already assembled, so I cut off the side flaps of the paper panels and glued one to each side. This works better than trying to assemble the Pillow Box pieces and then gluing them to the underneath box. The original box was made from Kraft 12” x 12” Card Stock, so the finished covered box is nice and strong.

Note on gluing with the Stampin’ Glue Sticks: coat the covering in stages because the glue comes undone if you coat the paper all at once and then have to move it into place. It is quick-drying.

I wanted a ribbon-like strip made from the Edgelits, so I die-cut the sleigh and horse image from a 5-1/2” x 6” piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. As I finished each die-cut, I lined it up with the 1” mark on the Stampin’ Trimmer and cut off the excess. This gave a thin strip with the sleigh and horse on it. I adhered each trim piece with SNAIL Adhesive on the bottom and Glue Stick on the sleigh and horse. Instead of wrapping the ends around the box, I trimmed them at the sides. This keeps it neat because the ends don’t match.

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The Square Pillow Box is a lot of fun to make and works even better if you don’t have to camouflage your mistakes! By the way, the Square Pillow Box Thinlits™ Dies and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits™ Dies are due to be retired on or before January 4th. See the details here.

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A Forest of Christmas Trees

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You’re going to need your Math Hat on to make these Christmas Tree boxes with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies! Or maybe it’s Engineering… I tend to lump them all together. I made three in different sizes, but you could make more!

One Tip you might want to use: when you’ve got your medium and small trees perfected, you might want to create a template for them so you don’t have to go through the measurements again! This means fussy cutting with scissors instead of using your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine, but it will take less time.

Note: If you order the Sweet Stack Project Kit (139645) from me, you’ll receive a free template for the medium-sized box along with a tip sheet for making the centerpiece. If you just want the tip sheet and template for $7.95US, you can order it separately – just click this link.

Back to creating your forest:

Die-cut 6 Cutie Pie Slices, 2 for each tree from Card Stock. I used Garden Green. On one pair, draw a line 1/2” from the bottom fold. On the second pair, draw a line 1” from the bottom fold. I didn’t measure how long the closure flaps needed to be for the medium tree, but mark 1-1/4” from the bottom fold on both closure flaps for the small tree. Trace the closure by lining up the bottom of the flap with the mark, then cut away the excess. You can trim the side flaps as you like. Try using 1-3/8” for the medium tree – you want the closure to fit the box. You don’t need to do anything for the third pair – that’s the large tree.

I used the back of the Spider Web Doilies, which is white, to place the trees on for a centerpiece. If you want to make a centerpiece without using the trees as boxes, you can trace the base on a piece of card stock, cut it out with Paper Snips or a craft knife, then pull the flaps through the opening and adhere them to the bottom side.

I decorated the trees with Snowflake Elements on two sides of the top and scattered Winter Wonderland Embellishments over the rest. I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the Elements – the hole is just too unfinished for me! You could use sequins or Real Red Pompom Trim, or whatever you like!

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Hallowe’en Wreath Good for Fall

This wreath is done in oranges and reds, and Browns, of course, and hangs in the gift shop of The Grand Californian Hotel next to Disney’s California Adventure. The stack of pumpkin cookies (only the top one has a Jack O’Lantern face) could be replaced with leaf or turkey cookies for Thanksgiving. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Scary Candy Corn Treat Box

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While I was taking pictures of my Witches’ Hat Treat Box, I got a few more ideas, but the Candy Corn Treat Box wasn’t one of them. Instead, I got this idea as one of my 3am-middle-of-the-night inspirations… at 3am, of course! What says Hallowe’en better than Candy Corn?

This starts with my new best friends, the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine and the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies. I use the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform to keep the pie pieces aligned nose to nose. This makes sure they both fit on a 6” x 12” piece of card stock. I cut the body of the candy corn from Tangelo Twist in the 2014-2016 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment.

I also used the Cutie Pie Thinlits to cut the “nose” and “base” pieces for the candy corn from Neutrals Envelope Paper. This is a way to use the extra Envelope Paper pieces, which I’ll discuss in Tuesday’s Tool Time feature. I cut two from the “nose” section and two from the “base” section, not needing complete die-cuts since I’ll be trimming them anyway.

The base needed to be yellow, so I brayered those pieces with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and let them dry really well. I measured 1-1/4” for each section and cut away the flaps and the excess. You may want to leave the flaps in place and adhere them to the Tangelo Twist flaps. I cut them away to eliminate excess thickness, but since I used Envelope Paper, that probably wasn’t necessary. I would only leave the side flaps and the tip flaps in place to camouflage the base card stock. Before you start assembling, be sure to re-score the die-cut so the extra layer will fold well.

A nice, plain Candy Corn is fine, but… I’ve got this great Big Shot and all these really cool dies, and I needed the camouflage! I cut the Wizard’s Hat from Black Glimmer Paper, die-cutting one from the front and one from the back so they’ll be mirror image. I punched the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack star from Gold Glimmer Paper, one for each side. I joined the hats to each other by adhering the top third with Fast Fuse Adhesive. Then I straddled the top, securing the brims on each side with Fast Fuse. Mini Glue Dots did the trick for the “Boo!” and the stars.

I couldn’t resist photographing the finished Candy Corn Box on a Spider Web Doily. If you want to have the doily as part of your box, adhere it to the top part of one of the closure flaps with Glue Dots or either type of Liquid Glue. If you use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, be sure it dries thoroughly. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue takes longer because it remains flexible.

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Witches’ Hat Treat Box

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I’ve been hanging on to this idea for a Witches’ Hat Treat Box ever since I got my first set of Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies. Today’s version has the ribbon and buckle posed at a jaunty angle. First Tip if you want the buckle centered on a side: apply your adhesive to the box, not to the ribbon. I used too much of the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the ribbon and had a very sticky time getting the knot to tie! When you put the adhesive on the box, don’t put any on the side you want the buckle and knot!

Start by making a 5-1/2” to 6” circle. If you don’t have a circle cutter, trace around a small paper plate or use a compass and a white pencil. After the circle is cut out, find the center. I use the Stampin’ Up!® Grid Paper and line up the circle, then draw lines with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

The base of the box is 2” x 2-3/4”, so I mark each line and draw a box. After, I snip from the center to the corners and fold the tabs to the unmarked side. The completed box will slide through this opening and leave the flaps free for you to fill with treats. I snip the tabs to about 1/2” so they’ll be covered by the ribbon. The hat brim gets adhered to the outside of the box so you can easily use the box for goodies.

Second Tip: Use a 6” x 12” piece of Basic Black 12” x 12” Card Stock to die-cut the Cutie Pie box. You will need to cut the second piece nose-to-nose with the first piece in order to save paper.

I used Gold Glimmer Paper and Squares Collection Framelits™ Dies to make the buckle. It’s better to die-cut Glimmer Paper because punches will dull from trying to cut it. The first and third dies from the center make a good size buckle for the hat. You may have to hold the dies in place with Post-It™ Notes, even with the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform.

Since I love Hallowe’en, I may make some other Witches’ Hats. Be sure to check back. In the meantime, try out this Basic Black one. I’ve listed everything I used except the circle cutter.

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Seasonal Wreath You Can Use All Year Long

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Fall Baker’s Box

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I always have so much fun making a Baker’s Box! Today I wanted to do something for Fall, so I decorated the Baker’s Box with a cluster of leaves. Originally, I left the Kraft Card Stock unstamped, but when I’d finished the box, I thought it looked too plain. I stamped leaves over the rest of the panels, but with the irregular surface from the attached cluster, not all the images came through clearly.

Tip: Stamp the box while it’s open out flat.

I noted some basic tips about making the Baker’s Box in my “Dinosaur Baker’s Box in Cheerful Melon Mambo Triad” article. For this box, stamp all over either before or after you make the folds but before you adhere the second set of flaps. Then while the box is open, attach the cluster of leaves. If you’re closing the box with cord or ribbon and you didn’t mark the top and use the Thinlits™ for the second time, you can punch the second set of holes before putting the box together. I used the retired Crop-A-Dile with the 3/16” hole punch, which are the same size as the Thinlits.

Tip: Stamping the leaves is a great way to use up scraps! It’s a snap to do with the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform!

Note: Use the Archival Stampin’ Pads to stamp on foil. They won’t smear while you wait for the foil to dry.

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Can You Make An Apple Pie?

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Instead of messing up your kitchen, why not make an apple pie with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies? I’ve been thinking about using the favor/treat box to represent a pie rather than the adorable Cake Slice Boxes I’ve been making before. Of course the pie would have to be deep-dish (very deep dish) and the crust would have to be thick enough to hold the filling.

I used Kraft 12” x 12” Card Stock for the pie slice box and Cajun Craze scraps for the “pie crust bow” and scalloped trim that represents the fluted edges. The bow and the fluting are, of course, well-coated with cinnamon, sugar and butter to get that nice deep color!

To make it easy on yourself, die-cut the two halves of the box with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Magnetic Platform, then adhere one half to the other so that the box lays flat. Use 3” x 3” or larger Post-It™ Notes or other removable notes and cover the sides and end of the rectangular areas so that you have about 1/4” or less unstamped. Make sure you turn the box around when you stamp inside the notes so your “filling” will be going the same direction on both sides.

I stamped the filling with the Work of Art Stamp Set and the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad. A border stamp from the Sweet Stack Stamp Set created rows of “slices” with the Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad. I used the Work of Art Set again to add Cajun Craze zig-zags to the top pie crust.

Wouldn’t this make a fun gift box for your favorite pie-lover?

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An Apple for the Teacher

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While I was playing with ideas for my Rose Red Complementary Color Scheme this week, I came across my Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits™ Dies and thought it would make a great apple treat box! Rose Red, from the Red-Violet Color Group, would form the box and I could tie it with ribbon dyed Pear Pizzazz, from the Green-Yellow Color Group, to represent leaves. The box could be filled with paper clips, push pins, or, of course, chocolate as a quick treat for the teacher! If you’re making the box for paper clips, push pins, etc. punch a hole in one of the sides (3/4” or 1”) near the top so the teacher can use them without having to take apart the box.

Use a 6” x 12” piece of card stock to cut both pieces of the box. They will fit nicely overlapped and you’ll have about 2-1/2” extra card stock. A 6” x 6” piece of card stock is too small.

After I die-cut the box with my Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine and the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform, I creased the folds with my Bone Folder, then opened the box back out. I sponged ink from the Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad along each panel, starting with the bottom fold and spreading the ink until it gave out. Afterward, I spritzed it with the Stampin’ Spritzer to help the ink run and give the box apple-like streaks.

There are a number of Complements in the Green-Yellow Color Group. I used one of them with Rose Red as the Complement in an article about Cucumber Crush. Rose Red and Pear Pizzazz make a nice contrast which is a light and a Summer-On-The-Edge-of-Autumn combination.

This color combination is good for (dare I say it) Christmas cards, Thank You cards, Thinking of You Cards and other Friendship cards. It would be a fun combination for a color-blocked scrapbook page, too.

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Envelopes That Match-A Surprise!

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We’ve talked before about various ways to create envelopes that match or coordinate with your greeting cards. The first method is to stamp one of the images on the envelope left side and flap in a paler ink or by stamping off first. This week, we’ll talk about creating an envelope that matches or coordinates, but it’s a surprise!

It’s really easy to make an envelope that matches or coordinates with your card, but there are a few tricks. I’m talking about using the Envelope Liners Framelits™ Dies with your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine! The liners come in three sizes: for the Medium Envelope, for the Note Card Envelope and for the Mini Square Envelope. Typically, you die-cut the full Framelit and insert it in the envelope. However, you can use scraps of about 6” x 2” or 3” for the larger envelope liners. You do not have to cover the whole inside, just cover the flap and enough of the envelope inside that it doesn’t show above the opening.

Whether you use the full liner or just the flap and a portion to insert, you will need to adhere the liner just to the flap. This makes the liner and the envelope lie smoothly. After you’ve die-cut the liner, fold and crease the flap. You’ll crease the flap so that it folds over the pattern that matches the card. Insert the part below the flap into the envelope, then adhere the liner flap to the outer flap with a row or two of adhesive. You want a lot of give. Your envelope is ready to become a surprise!

For your reference, other methods we’ve talked about for making matching or coordinating envelopes were included in these articles:

Easy Coordinated Envelopes

Envelopes to Mix & Match – Quick & Easy!

By the way, I do recommend using the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform to make sure the pattern on the paper is going the way you want it. I don’t think you really want to make your envelope liner upside down!

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Icing Cover for Cutie Pie Cake-Slice Box

Cucumber Crush Cake Slice Box - Visit http://www.3amstamper.comWhile I was playing with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies for the birthday scrapbook page I talked about two days ago, I decided to make a cake-slice box with a removable cover to suggest icing. I used the Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week, Cucumber Crush from the Green-Yellow Color Group, for the Cake-Slice Box and selected a coordinating pattern for the icing cover. I tried two methods to make the cover:

I tried two methods to make the cover:

  1. Die cut an extra box from contrasting paper and trim away the parts I didn’t need. This was a great idea, but it made the cover too tight to fit over the full box.
  2. Trace the shape of the full box on another sheet of paper. Trim about 1/2” margins all around the pie shape and create flaps to adhere the cover together. This fit much better, but be careful not to trace around the box too tightly. If you do, you’ll end up with the same problem as in method #1. Decorate the lid as you wish, then fill the box before putting it on.

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  1. Only use one flap to adhere the point of the cover. You really don’t want the extra bulk.
  2. Angle the flaps you create so they won’t show beyond the edge of the trim.
  3. Use Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the cover together, just like on the full cake-slice box.
  4. You’ll have plenty of scraps to use for die-cutting the decorations. When making the bow, as shown, use small pieces of Tear & Tape to stick it together.

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The Cucumber Crush polka dot pattern from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack went well with a pattern that includes an Analogous Plus Color Scheme for the cover. Analogous Color Schemes are made up of adjacent colors on the color wheel. I skipped over the Primary and Secondary colors to use adjacent Tertiary Colors. I decided to call it Analogous Plus.

Besides Cucumber Crush, the colors in the pattern of the cover include Watermelon Wonder from the Red-Orange Color Group, Hello Honey from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Bermuda Bay and Pool Party from the Blue-Green Color Group. As I’ve said before, if the color combination doesn’t fit in one of the established schemes, I make up my own! The big advantage we all have is that Stampin’ Up!® Exclusive Colors pretty much all coordinate with each other, so it’s really hard to go wrong!

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Brick Oven Baker’s Box

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You read about how excited I was to try out the Baker’s Box Thinlits™ Dies. Well, I was also excited to try out the Brick Wall Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder. I wanted to put the two together, so I came up with this “brick oven” Baker’s Box. It’s very easy and quick to do, too.

Die-cut the Baker’s Box with the Big Shot, including the window on one side. You may need the Magnetic Platform to hold them in place, otherwise use Post-It™ Notes or painter’s tape. After you’ve cut two of the boxes, emboss them one at a time with the Brick Wall folder. Make sure they face the same direction. You can flatten the embossing on the flaps with the Bone Folder before you assemble. You can also use the Bone Folder to crease the other folds, but do it gently so you don’t flatten the rest of the embossing.

I just use the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps to assemble the box. I like boxes you can store flat and if you don’t adhere the bottom flaps together, you can do that. Be careful what you put the box as if the contents are heavy, the bottom will come open. A bit of masking or painter’s tape would hold it closed and still let you remove the tape to store the box. If you’re sending filled boxes home with someone, adhere the bottom flaps.

The window is covered with a Window Sheet piece 2” square. Cut the Tear & Tape Adhesive into strips, then in half the long way to adhere the Window Sheet over the window.

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Useful Tips Free With Sweet Stack Project Kit

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We had a lot of fun at my Sweet Stack Centerpiece class last Saturday. What’s more, we discovered a whole bunch of highly useful tips to help with making your centerpiece go smoothly.

If you missed the class, you can make up for it in part. I’ve compiled the tips we discovered into a special Tip Sheet that is free when you purchase the Sweet Stack Project Kit (138812). The tip sheet comes with a Bonus Template as well. The total value is $9.95, but it’s yours at no extra charge when you order the kit.

To order your Sweet Stack Project Kit and receive the Tip Sheet for FREE, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on the Sweet Stack Project Kit link above. You’ll receive your free Tip Sheet and Bonus Template in your inbox.

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Dinosaur Baker’s Box in Cheerful Melon Mambo Triad

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I couldn’t wait to try the Baker’s Box Thinlits™ Dies (138279) with my Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439), so I folded the project into my Real Life Color Coach articles! Okay, I’ll confess, I also needed another Color Scheme item for this week’s Sizzix on Saturday.

Melon Mambo, from the Red-Violet Color Group, has a nice selection of Triadic Colors! For example, take a look at the Green-Blue Color Group in the Real Life Color Coach Charts! Triads are four spaces apart on the Color Charts, as I alluded to in my Bermuda Bay in a Triad article. I frequently use only two colors from the Triad and today is no exception. Today’s Triadic combination includes Pool Party from the Green-Blue Color Group. The combination is cheerful without being overwhelming.

The Baker’s Box is made from a half-sheet of Melon Mambo from the Brights Collections 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment (131186). If you place the box Thinlit card stock very close to one end of the card stock, you will have enough room to die-cut the second piece. I also highly recommend using the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) to hold your dies in place. If you want to use the dual holes die or the handle space die, you can place and die cut them at the same time. Use Post-It™ Notes or similar to hold everything in place if needed. Roll your die through the Big Shot two or three times if your Cutting Pads (113475) are warped.

I would NOT cut the holes on the second box piece. It’s very difficult to line them up. Instead, put your boxes pieces together and trace the holes on the inside of the uncut piece. Align the Thinlit and cut. This way, you’re sure you have the right placement.

Other Supplies Used: No Bones About It Stamp Set (138756-p); Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126948); Pool Party 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (122924); Decorative Label Punch (120907); 1/16” Circle Handheld Punch (134363); Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995); Whisper White 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (134573); Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (122933); Linen Thread (104199); Alcohol

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Real Life Color Coach LogoIn addition, if you have questions about color, your color combinations, the content of these articles, or other color-related issues, you can ask them through the Hotline. I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. Just contact the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Celebrate the Fourth with a Box of Stars

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today’s project features a Fry Box of Stars made with the Fry Box Bigz™ L Die (132966), the Stars Framelits™ Dies (133723) and the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I wanted sparkly stars, so I used the nested Framelits, which cut Glimmer Paper better than punches.

The third smallest Star Framelit worked best for the front of the Fry Box. I used Red Glimmer Paper (121790) to cut it out and to cut out ten of the smallest Star Framelits. I also used the smallest Star Framelit to die-cut five each from Silver (135314) and Dazzling Diamonds (135315) Glimmer Paper. Because the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper looks white, I used it with the second smallest Star Framelit to nest on top of the Red Glimmer Paper star.

The box is full of stars adhered to coffee stirrers with Mini Glue Dots (103683), Red stars on one side and Silver or Dazzling Diamonds stars on the other. You can make these to use as picks if you can get long enough toothpicks or cut down some thin skewers. By the way, the picks can be reusable if you use bamboo. Clean off the skewer part and let dry before storing. Glimmer Paper isn’t washable.

Other Supplies Used: And Many More Stamp Set (134273-w; 134276-c); Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949); Pacific Point (111350) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Washi Label (138296) & Word Window (119857) Punches; Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Tear & Tape Adhesive (1338995)

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Bermuda Bay in a Triad-A Bright Summer Combo

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Bright colors have always said “Summer” to me and today’s Bermuda Bay combo uses a Triad of bright colors to represent Summer! The Triad is composed of Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Melon Mambo from the Red-Violet Color Group and Hello Honey from the YellowOrange Color Group. These colors are equidistant from each other on the Color Chart. This makes for energetic combinations.

The energy of a Triadic Combination will vary, depending upon the intensity of the three colors. Three pale pastels (or Tints) would set a more relaxed mood. The colors used here are bright and have a high intensity. I would use them for birthday cards, party invitations, having fun or celebration scrapbook pages, or even a “Cheer Up” card!

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Real Life Color Coach LogoIf you have questions about color, your color combinations, etc., you can reach me through the Hotline. I will answer them directly via e-mail and will post the answers here, in addition. Just contact the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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