Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2019

Easter Place Card Treat Boxes

All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team will be posting creations using Eileen's Sizzix Dies with a Spring Things theme.

This was the perfect opportunity for me to make place card treat boxes for my grandnieces and grandnephews to have at their seats at the Easter Sunday table!

I used Eileen's Stacking Drawer die and her Place Card and Flowers die.

Landon is 8 and his sister Mila is 6 - children of my niece Katie
James is 7 and his sister Madelyn is 4 - children of my niece Christie
Here are a few photos showing how I put these together.

I cut out the pieces of each die from mat board
I used just the drawer piece from the stacking drawer die
(not the wrap around piece shown at the bottom of the photo)
as I wanted an open box to put treats in.
I cut apart the place card die-cut at the score line in the center so I could make two place cards from one die-cut (since I didn't need to have the place card stand up on its own) - the patterned paper and the egg cover up both the extended flower and the negative cut-out of the flower.  I die cut a piece of patterned paper - placing the paper just over the bottom half of the place card die - and adhered the paper to the mat board die cut.
I stamped the dotted eggs on watercolor paper and die cut them with a Nestability Egg die.  I sponged the flowers from the place card die in spring colors, stamped their name on the egg and added enamel dots to the centers of the flowers.
I adhered the egg onto the place card piece and layered the flowers over the egg.
I cut pieces of patterned paper to fit 3 sides of the drawer (one 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" and two pieces 2" x 1 1/2"), leaving the notched side plain as it would be glued to the back of the place card piece.  After gluing the sides together, I glued the bottom onto the drawer.  Then I glued the plain front of the drawer to the back of the place card.
I added paper grass to each box.  Here's the side view.
and the view from the back.
I placed a Kinder Joy egg in each box.
(the kids LOVE these and I was happy to see new Easter ones in the stores as they seem to already have all of the toys in the older eggs!)
They love to have things personalized with their names.


These will be a festive addition to the table at Easter Dinner!  
I'm already thinking about what I could put on them instead of an egg for other holidays!  

Here's a photo of me and the kids last Easter when I had brought Easter mazes I found on line and chick and bunny head pens that lit up like strobe lights when you tapped them on the table!!
Madelyn, Mila, Landon and James.
Please check out Eileen's blog during the month of March where you will see all of the Inspiration Teams Spring Things  projects gathered!


Stamps:  Spring Baskets, Nestie Eggs - Waltzingmouse (retired, no longer in business), Alphabet stamps - Karen Foster (retired)
Paper:  Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Wood Grain Paper Pad - Joann,  watercolor paper - Canson.
Ink:  Limeade Ice, Lovely Lady, Vintage Jadeite, Lavender Moon, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Rain, True Black - PTI.
Accessories:  Box Stacking Drawers die, Place Card and Flowers Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Nested Eggs die - Nestabilities/Spellbinders, enamel dots - Altenew, Tombow Glue.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Magical Unicorn Birthday

I always see things (dies, stamps, inks) that I want.   And then I purchase them.  They arrive, I put them in a drawer for another day - and often forget to get them out and use them.

Case in point -  the wonderful Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel dies and stamps and the Neat & Tangled Magical Day stamps and dies which I purchased months ago thinking I'd use them to make a card for my unicorn-loving youngest grand niece.
So yesterday was the day I got them out -  inspired by two challenges.

And here is the fun card I made for Madelyn -  who will be 5 in April 
(shhh - don't tell her about the card!)

I personalized the top of her card using my Brother Label Maker.   
And the birthday sentiment stamp really says "wishing you a wonderful birthday", but I only inked the Wishing You A and the Birthday and then stamped the MAGICAL in the space that happened to be just big enough!

I took 4 pictures to show you the 4 words from the sentiment set that I stamped on the wheel so you see each one as you turn the wheel.    FABULOUS  AMAZING  AWESOME  MAGICAL
I colored the unicorn using Tombow Markers pushing the color around the area with a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella -  below you can hopefully see the wonderful glittery shine!  
Jennifer McGuire has a YouTube Video on this coloring technique here.

My inspiration from the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge was this unicorn from the web store Accessorize

Make an interactive card.

Stamps:  Reveal Wheel Sentiments - Lawn Fawn, Neat & Tangled Magical Day.
Paper:  white, Hibiscus Burst, DP Bitty Big Pale Peony - PTI, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Accessories: Reveal Wheel Die Set - Lawn Fawn, Magical Day Dies - Neat & Tangle, foam dots, Brother Label Maker, Tombow Markers, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, tiny brad.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Spooky Side of the Pick Up!

So, you may have seen my sweet little Farm Fresh Pickup I posted on Monday.  Well, today, I spent all day making two spooky Pickups for Halloween! 
(It always takes longer to make the first one, as I kind of design it as I go along and think of things or find 'stuff' to use on it!)
They look sort of like pumped up racing trucks at first glance -  and then you notice the skulls!
It's the same Dashing in the Snow: Pickup die from PTI as my first trucks - but this time I used some fun DP's on the wheels fenders and windows.   Michaels had their Halloween stuff 40% off already and the bat paper came from A Moonlit Manor Paper Pad.  The spider web paper I used for the tires came from an old Authentique paper pad - Collection/Enchanted.
 The die cut cat and raven are Movers and Shapers dies by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  The 'Wicked' and 'Boo'  are wooden Amuse stamps.  I added rhinestones to the tire hubs and in the eyes of the big skull lurking in the truck bed!
 Here's the skull out of the truck - pretty big and frightful, right!?
The 'Open if You Dare' stamp is yet another from Amuse.
How cool are these shadow skeletons gazing out the window.  This paper is from the same paper pad from Michaels that I used for the fenders.
And even more of them gazing out the front windshield!!  
On the roof, the two skeletons on the ends are 
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Skulls.  The one in the center came in a package of really big skulls (like the one in the bed of the trucks) and several  little ones.  I got them at JoAnn last year.  I added orange rhinestones to their wicked eye sockets!  I glued them to the roof with Tombow Glue.
I added a different die cut cat to my 2nd truck (someone gave me this one so I don't know what die was used.)  The sign sentiment is from Midnight Feast by Waltzingmouse (retired). I glued it to a wooden coffee stirrer from Starbucks.  I sponged all the edges of the sentiment pieces with Soft Stone Ink from PTI.
The same three skulls lined up on the roof!
The spider web on this side was also sent to me so I don't know the die.
For my second truck I used a DP with bones on it for the fenders.
The Boo Stamp is another wooden stamp from Amuse.
And finally, a flying bat (a Movers and Shapers die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix) was added to the grill on a foam dot and given orange rhinestone eyes!
Cute in a spooky way, right??!  
These little pickups measure about 4 1/2" long x 2 1/8" tall at the cab and 1 3/4" wide. 
My next project with this fun Pickup Die will probably be for Christmas!  Stay Tuned!!

Stamps:  Wicked, Open if You Dare, Boo! - Amuse, Midnight Feast - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  True Black, Soft Stone - PTI, Kraft Metalics - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, DP - Collection:enchanted - Authentique, Moonlit Manor Paper Pad - Michaels.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Soft Stone - PTI, 
Accessories:  Dashing Through the Snow: Pickup Die - PTI, Mini Cat and Raven Dies - Movers and Shapers Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Bat die - Bat and Skull Movers and Shapers Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Skulls - JoAnn, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Orange Rhinestones, Kaiser Craft, Tombow Glue, foam dots.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Shark Explosion Box!

My grandnephew, Landon, is turning 8 on Friday.  His current love is sharks and so I made him a special Explosion Box card for his birthday!
Here it is all closed up and innocent looking 
 (accept for that ominous looking shark!)
Then you take off the cover and the box sides 'explode' open and the shark and whale wiggle on their acetate strips that hold them up!  I added the acetate tags to the whale and shark stickers, folding the acetate strips on the bottom edge, attaching that folded edge to the center square with glue.
I also added glue to the bottom of the layered flora sticker between them - the sticker is 3 layers so it held enough glue to allow it to stand up by itself when the glue dried.  I used Tombow glue which dries quickly.
I decorated each sqaure of the sides of the box as well.  
The sentiments in the punched circles are from Salt Air Sentiments by PTI
I used a Numbers Die set from PTI for the 8 -  I stamped 'Landon is' using small alphabet stamps from Karen Foster (retired) and layered it over the 8.
The white coral on this panel is from Reef Builder Die set from PTI.

 All of the stickers came from a Michaels Recollections Sticker set.  They turned out to be the perfect scale for my little Explosion Box!
Here are the measurements I used for the box and cover to create this 2 1/2" square "Explosion Box".
You can make any size box just by changing the measurements.
The Box:  
cut a square 7 1/8" x 7 1/8".  
Score at 2 3/8" and 4 3/4" on one edge, turn the panel and score that edge at 2 3/8" x 4 3/4" - that creates a grid of 9 squares.    
Cut off the squares in the corners.  
(You can trim these cut out corner squares and layer them onto the panels inside your box before decorating.) 
Decorate the panels and center square however you wish.
The Cover: 
Cut a square 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Score 1" on all sides,  
Cut in 1" on one side of each corner - being sure there is a tab left on the end of each edge of the cover.  Fold the cover edges down and adhere the tabs to the sides to form the cover. 

When everything is done -  fold up the 4 sides and fit the cover over the top!

I used watercolor paper for my box and cover.  Coloring it by smooshing the panels into Ranger Distress Inks spritzed with water.  I used Twisted Cintron, Mermaid Lagoon and Hickory Smoke, doing one color at a time and drying in between colors.

I think Landon will be surprised with this little Shark Explosion Box when he opens the cover and sees what is inside!  



Monday, July 23, 2018

Birthday Journal Trinket Box using Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies and Color Box Blends Ink

My grandniece, Mila, turns 6 in August  - and I always make special personalized cards for each of the grands. 
For Mila's card this year, I used Eileen Hull's  Sizzix dies to make a Wrapped Journal Trinket Box!  Here it is closed up.   I die cut 2 labels from Bookplate Hinges and Labels  and added 'Mila is 6' using my Brother Label maker.
I know Mila will be opening and closing this box a lot - so I wanted an easy but durable clasp, so I screwed a Hitch Fastener in the binding area and looped a piece of elastic cord through the cover.  
I was afraid Velcro would eventually rip off the paper and she doesn't know how to tie yet if I bound it with a ribbon!

I adhered washi tape along the top and bottom of the binding and front cover - to hide the holes in the binding that would have been used to attach the signature pages inside the journal.
The Journal cover opens to reveal a Trinket Box inside - where I again used the Hitch Fastener and elastic cording for the clasp.
I glued some rhinestones over the holes in the cover that would have been used to tie the signatures into the journal. 
Inside the Trinket Box, I placed several photos of Mila from this past year as well as a Happy Birthday Balloon!  
And Mila can add her own 'little' things like bracelets and figurines!
I added die cut balloons and sentiment circle on this panel.  The hearts come from the Journaling Cards die
I added my salutation on this panel - using a die cut from Credit Card Sleeve and Tags die.  I cut out the small flower from Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies out of the panel and then out of a lighter pink and inserted the lighter flower into the space!

I adhered a panel cut from Journaling Cards - Hearts into the bottom of the trinket box adding some heart rhinestones.  A 6 year old can never have enough bling right??!!
Here are the photos of Mila from this past year that I placed inside the Trinket Box - held together with a key chain so she can just pull out the all the photos at once.  I cut all the photos to 3" x 4" size and rounded the corners.
To cover the Wrapped Journal with patterned paper - I die cut two pieces, one of dots (this has large dots on one side and small dots on the other - the same with the plaid.
I find it is easier to use 2 or 3 panels rather than one big piece - as the paper can pull away from the folds.  I used two panels here - and I creased the paper at the folds before gluing them onto the matboard.
I inked the sides of the box and the box binding with Tutu Color Box Blends Ink.  It's so easy to do with the foam applicator on the ink container.
I also inked the inside of the Wrapped Journal on the places I didn't put patterned paper.
To keep the black elastic cord from pulling through the hole I punched -  I cut a circle from Eileen's Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies out of White Paper Leather and made two holes to tie the elastic through (like those old hole protectors you could stick on notebook paper!)  I did the same thing on the Trinket Box clasp.
I'm pretty sure Mila will love her little box card!
 During the month of July, Eileen's Inspiration Team will be posting creative projects using Eileen's Book Club 2 dies and Color Box Blends Ink.  
Each week the projects will be gathered and posted on Eileen's blog so be sure to check it out!

Also linking my birthday 'card' to:

Stamps:  Party Time - Stamplorations
Paper:  White Little Stizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, White Leather Paper - Sizzix, Hibiscut Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony,  Bitty Big Pale Peony Patterned Paper Collection - PTI.
Ink:  Tutu Color Box Blends Ink, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Wrapped Journal Die, Trinket Box & Frame Dies, Journaling Cards Dies, Credit Card Sleeve & Tag Dies, Bookplate Hinges & Label Dies, Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, Floral Arch and Words dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Numbers Die, Balloon Die - PTI,  Happy Birthday Die - Ali Express, washi tape, key chain, rhinestones, Blossom Bakers Twine - The Twinery, Zutter Corner Rounder, black round elastic cord -  Joann, Hitch Fasterners - Idea-ology, P touch Brother Label Maker, photos, Crop a Dile punch, ScorTape, Tombow Glue.