Friday, December 8, 2017

Gift boxes - DT project for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas gift idea that you can create in little time if you have a die cutting machine. 

I wanted to create some gift boxes for friends and family that I can fill with little things. I found this cut file at the Silhouette Design Store and instantly fell in love with it!

I used the wonderful Holiday Hustle collection from Fancy Pants Designs - I mean have you seen the red foiling in this line?! So unbelievably gorgeous! You'd better believe me because red is my least favorite color and even I find this one amazing! Perfect for all your Christmas projects!

First I sized the cut file to the biggest size that fit on a 12x12 paper, then cut the tray from a black polka dot paper and all 3 boxes from different patterned papers. I also chose papers for the little plaques that read JOY. I did change the font to the Back this Font from Paige Evans, however I only used the outlines of it for my letters. 

The tray was very flimsy for my taste so I cut the same size again from white heavyweight card stock, cut apart the black one and adhered the pieces to all 4 sides but not the bottom.

I folded the boxes and started decorating. I went through the embellishments and picked out ones that matched my chosen colors. I ended up with several tags for each box because I just couldn't choose one! I used gold eyelets to attach all tags for each box, then added some twine. I also went through my ribbon stash which I never actually use, so this was the perfect moment to bust them out! Of course I would normally only do these last steps once I filled my boxes, but I am not sure yet what I will put in each. One will surely be filled with Lindor balls! 

I glued some die cut pieces to the front as well just to add a bit of interest. And of course the buttons! I just had to! They are my most favorite pieces in the last 3 collections! They are cute as a button - see what I just did there?! :)

And that's pretty much all I've done! Easy peasy but I find them so adorable!

I hope you like them and give these boxes a try!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Until next time X

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Wonderland - #moodboardgirls

Hey there scrappy friends,

December! I know I say this every month, but seriously, where did time go?!

We are back today with a new mood board and lots of inspiration! And a very special guest!!! But first things first!

Our gorgeous, festive December mood board was created by Julia. I love how she incorporated traditional as well as non-traditional elements, and the result is still harmonious and inspiring! I hope you guys agree and get crafty! Please check out all the inspiration we have for you this month!

Here's our mood board:

And here's my layout inspired by this mood board! It turned out to be one of my favorite layouts ever. I hope you like it too!

You probably can tell which photo inspired me to create this one ha! I thought I'd create a chalk art kind of look on my layouts and when my idea worked, I kind of jumped around with joy. Yes! The little things :).

I used a font from the Silhouette store and curved my title. Then I cut it out from stencil material that I got from my dear Eri last Christmas but never tried before! I forgot to use anti-static powder on my paper, seriously I always do...Learn from my mistake and always use it when you plan on embossing! Anyway, I used some washi tape to hold my stencils in place and started stamping the cut outs with Versamark embossing ink. I did one at a time because the images were so large. I had to repeat the embossing process because it was hard to cover such a large area at once, but I was so happy with the results! Sure, there's the odd embossing powder here and there but not as much as I expected! Plus, embrace imperfection am I right?!

Then to create a chalk art look, I drew an offset with a white pencil first and colored in the shadows. I didn't quite like it so I drew around the offset with white pen too. Then I used a sponge to spread  some white pigment ink here and there. It was so simple!

For the middle of my page I wanted to use some snowflake background, so I took several single snowflakes from the Silhouette Store and welded them together in a way they fit in between the bottom and top part of the title. I also added a couple of single ones around the page.

I mostly used the Falala collection from Crate paper on this layout (except for the background paper which is an old one from Fancy Pants and the chalk brad from My Mind's Eye). I wrote my journaling with white pen - I love how that looks against the dark background!

Now for the fun part!

Here's our line up this month (in no particular order):

And guess who joined us with a stunning layout this month?!
None other than the uber talented PAIGE EVANS!!! Whoop whoop! Awesome right?!

Check out all the amazing creations on instagram and/or blogs!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December Daily Album Cover - DT project for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hi there crafty friends,

After sharing the first bunch of filler pages for my December Daily album, I'm back today showing you my DD album cover!

Since I love wreaths, I wanted to create one on the cover and Paige was kind enough to listen to my wish! I've used the Holly Wreath cut file (Silhouette ID: 230976). Isn't it just fabulous?

I picked one of my favorite Christmas collections (in traditional colours anyway!), Christmas on Market Street from My Mind's Eye. I'm quite bummed that I hardly have any papers left :(.  

I sized down the cut file to fit onto my cover, then started backing the holly berries and leaves. I fussy cut some poinsettias from one of the 12x12 papers, as well as some smaller flowers.

I then glued down my cut file in the middle of my cover. Apropos glue...The topic is driving me insane. I've tried soooo many types of glue. Glue that some folks state can hold floor boards in place. NOTHING works on slick surfaces for me. So typically I can't glue anything onto a page protector, I can't glue any small metal embellies or sequins onto my layouts. Yeah sequins stay on with glue dots but if I wanted to I could totally remove them. Anyway back to topic. I used tacky glue to glue the cut file to the cover. Once it dried, I could peel it off without damaging anything. With ease. The horror! Then I used glossy accents and now I don't dare to touch that thing!

I chose some big cork numbers from my stash and some small ones from this year's Ali Edwards December Daily main kit to create the year.  I picked a couple more embellishments for the center, a chipboard banner from the MME Christmas on Market Street collection, a gold foiled wood veneer from the Pinkfresh Studio December Days, a tassel and an arrow I found at Michael's earlier this year.

I glued everything down and added the little charms with a piece of twine. 

As a last step, I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops to the holly berries. I'm obsessed with any kind of drops but this one is my favorite!

And done! This wasn't a complex project but I really like how it tuned out.

That's all for today guys!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day you guys!