Post#65 ‘Made With Love’ Rectangular Gift Box

Coming up with dimensions for a gift box is not as easy as it seems…I took a pretty long time to get things right with this box…..So hats off to anyone and everyone who has managed to create a box or a gift bag from scratch with their own dimensions…
The aim was to make a long rectangular box to fit in a good amount of goodies inside…and so after a lot of tries I finally came up with dimensions for this box…The final box is about 7″ long and 2″ wide and 2″ tall..
Since I chose a printed cardstock for the box, I wanted the print to be seen and not covered up by decorations and paper bands…so I chose a small gold doily as the only decoration and closed the box using a gold stretchy string….
There is also a stamped tag on the box which has been die cut out of acetate and stamped with StazOn white pigment ink…
Hope you liked this box…
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Post#64 ‘Believe’ Encouragement Card

I haven’t made many encouragement cards,and I wanted to try one where the sentiment is the focal point and the stamping or embellishments do not overshadow it…
I chose a lime green card base and a plain white top layer….and on the white paper I stamped a leaf stamp with electric lime dye ink…then stamped again on top of the stamped image with Twinkling h2o watercolours…this was my first try with these watercolours…they did not stick on the stamp very well but once that colour was transferred onto the paper they looked really nice and shiny while giving the overall stamped image a great effect…
I then stamped the sentiment near the base of the card with Memento Ink called Rhubarb Stalk…
Hope you liked this card…
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Post#63 Gift Wrapped with Newspaper and Coloured Paper Snowflakes

From time to time I like to share something on my blog that non-crafters can try easily….this is one of them…
I really don’t like how we waste wrapping paper and keep thinking of alternative gift wrapping ideas….using a newspaper tops that list…….and here I have used coloured paper snowflakes to decorate …simple but effective as it takes the focus away from the newspaper…
This idea took shape when I was making paper snowflakes with my daughters for Christmas decorations last year…we used white copy paper for those…there were a few extras which I attached to one of the presents…and it did look good…so this time I tried the same with three 6″x 6″ coloured paper…they look like flowers in coloured paper so it’s good for any occasion…
I stuck these flowers/snowflakes on the newspaper using a basic glue stick…and tied a couple of coloured strings around the package…
Hope you will try these out and have a lot of fun making them…
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Post#62 Circle Tag

Now this is one of those projects where I was trying out something and it turned out to be something else….happens with me a lot somehow… 🙂
Anyways….I was trying to use the clear acetate sheet, that came with one of my newly purchased stamp set, and create a circle shaker tag…..but turns out that the acetate was too thick to use with the fuse tool…and by then I had already stamped the acetate with white pigment ink …embossed it with a stitched circle die….and die cut it with a larger circle die…
So this is where I cancelled the shaker tag idea and went ahead with creating a see through tag…
I die cut two circle frames from kraft cardstock…and then attached the stamped aceate sheet between the two frames…punched a hole at the top of the tag and threaded a brown string through it…
Hope you liked it….
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Post#61 Pink Butterflies Card

I think that adding a butterfly element to any card or craft project makes it a little bit more cheerful….Here I have done that by using stamps and dies…
On a light pink card base,the plain white top layer has been stamped with butterfly stamps in bubblegum dye ink…In the middle of the card I have attached three die cut butterflies…the top layer is in deep pink,the middle layer in embossed vellum paper and the bottom one from the same cardstock as the card base….
The sentiment is stamped and attached using adhesive squares….and just a few pink sequins have been added as embellishments..
Hope you liked this card…
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Post#60 Huge Giftbag

Thanks to the tutorial by box making/designing queen Sam Donald,this bag turns out perfect every single time I make it….I stopped buying giftbags from stores long back…and this one is a great size – 9″ height 7″ width & 3″depth…and since it is made from cardstock,it is very reliable and sturdy….
I chose grey textured cardstock(2 sheets) to make the bag….then I used the WRMK Flower Punch board to make 2 large flowers for decorating the bag….A stamped and clear embossed sentiment was adhered to the center of the flower….
Instead of using one ribbon for the handles I used two…I think that makes it look a bit more fancy…. 🙂
The one thing I added to this box were the two circle punched pieces 1/2″ and 1″ to the spot from where the ribbons are threaded…that is because if the things inside the bag are a bit heavy then there is a chance that the ribbons might not hold the weight and rip the paper…
Hope you liked this bag….
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Post#59 Colours Of The Rainbow

I am not sure whether this technique is called the sunburst or starburst but it has been very popular for a while…it is an excellent way to use your scrap paper too…and that is exactly what I did…and luckily I had scrap papers in all the colours of the rainbow…. 🙂
I started with eight bits of paper 1&1/2′ x 4″ and cut them all diagonally from top left point to bottom right point….these were perfect for making two cards….for making one card I would’ve used just four strips….
I then adhered the triangular sections to a piece of card and cut off all the extra bits…this was glued to the top layer of the card….added a ribbon or paper strip to hide the section where it meets the top layer….attached the die cuts and sentiments…put on some sequins to decorate and the cards were ready…
Hope you liked these cards…
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Post#58 Notepad Cover

Today I’m sharing a simple notepad cover with you….these notepads are usually sold three or four in a pack in most stores that sell stationery and even dollar stores and are very handy for making those all important ‘lists’…..I am a ‘to do list-maker’ myself…..so I have quite a few notepads for my own use…what I don’t like is that they look very ordinary and anyone can see what you have been writing on them…so it is a good idea to put on a cover and make them look beautiful and private at the same time…
Sam Donald on Pootles.co.uk  has a tutorial on how to measure and cover any notebook and its a great tutorial to understand the basics….but now after making quite a few notepad covers,I don’t do too many calculations etc….I just measure the length and width of the notepad before starting out…
The length of the paper has to be a good few inches longer than the notepad…then I just pinch the sides and crease them to accommodate the thickness/height of the pad…the leftover flap of paper at the back has to be glued to the back cardboard of the notepad…
I have used a Kraft cardstock for the base and a printed Kraft cardstock for the top layer….and to decorate I’ve simply cut a square peice of plain kraft cardstock and rounded the corners…layered another square and stamped that with black ink….then added a banner with ‘Just a note…’ stamped on it….
Even if you are not a crafter,you can easily try covering notepads with whatever paper and/or decorations you have…
Hope you liked my notepad…
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Post#57 Square 4×4 Card

I remember when I bought my first few packs of cardstock…..they were all printed ones….and I loved making cards from them….but I slowly moved on to plain cardstock when I realised that my designs stood out better on them…but still every now and then I keep trying out printed cardstock for a card base….
This card has a very nice geometrical pattern in grey white and black and also has silver glitter lines on it…..so I went with the theme and punched out four squares from silver cardstock and rounded two sides only….then I stamped and heat embossed three of those squares with silver embossing powder….the fourth one I left blank and put sentiment ‘Hello’ embossed with black embossing powder…
Hope you liked it..
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