Thinking Outside The Box – Bottle Carousel Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:


So it’s been a long time between posts huh?  3 months in fact…life just keeps getting in the way! But I am here for this months Thinking Outside the Box project and it is a super cute project that makes me smile every time I look at it!

I actually have to be honest and tell you that my 11 year old daughter did most of the work on this project so lets call her this months Guest Designer 😉

How cute is this bottle carousel?!  The boxes are actually the perfect size for Ferrero Rocher chocolates (or similar) but I forgot to get some when I was at the shops so had to use what I had on hand!  Miss 11 kept her design deliberately simple with just some DSP and strips of cardstock – I do like how she alternated the colours of box though – just like a ferris wheel she said.

The great thing about this carousel is that it is super easy to create and because it is small and really novel, it doesn’t really need much decorating or embellishing!

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BOTTLE CAROUSEL:

For the boxes cut 4 pieces of cardstock measuring 8.5cm x 11.5cm
Score the Long Side at 1cm, 4.5cm and 9cm
Score the Short Side at 2.5cm and 6cm
Fold along score lines and then cut as shown below:

If decorating with Designer Series Paper, cut your DSP to 3cm x 2cm (you will need 12 pieces for all 4 boxes)
Adhere DSP to box
Add adhesive to tabs and outermost flaps and assemble box.

For the neck piece, cut 1 piece of cardstock measuring 6cm x 6cm
Measure 1.2cm down from each corner and mark with pencil
Cut along the diagonal between your pencil marks
Punch a circle in the centre

Decorate the centre circle any way you wish, then adhere your 4 boxes to each side.

 

Materials
Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Balmy Blue, All Is Bright DSP
Other: Layering Circles Thinlits, Big Shot

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!

 

 


Tanja Kolar – Germany
Carrie Bates – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France

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Thinking Outside of the Box Luggage Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:


I am pumped to be back joining the team for this months Suitcase theme project!  I missed last month’s hop due to having just started a new job and not having time to stamp – the blog has been a little sporadic the last month but I think I have life a little more sorted and balanced now so hopefully a little more crafting & blogging will happen!

As soon as I saw the leopard print in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper pack, I knew my suitcase was going to be for the ultimate fashionista!  No fashion conscious girls luggage is complete without a leopard print & hot pink suitcase right?

The suitcase itself is actually 2 boxes fitted together and then it slides into the decorative outer.  It’s a great size box to fit all kinds of things – a beautiful silk scarf, jewellery or just sweet treats!

There are so many options for decorating your suitcase but I kept mine very simple with just the straps and handle – how awesome is that Lovely Lipstick colour!  I added sponging to all my elements to give the case that well-travelled look!

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SUITCASE:

For the lid of your box you will need cardstock measuring 9 5/8″ x 8 1/4″
Score the Long Side at 1 1/8″, 2 1/4″, 7 1/4″ & 8 3/8″
Score the Short Side at 1 1/8″, 2 1/4″, 6″ & 7 1/8″
Fold along score lines and then cut as shown.
Add adhesive to tabs and outermost flaps and assemble box.

For the base of your box you will need cardstock measuring 9 1/8″ x 7 3/4″
Score the Long Side at 1″, 2″, 7 1/8″ & 8 1/8″
Score the Short Side at 1″, 2″, 5 3/4″ & 6 3/4″
Fold along score lines and then cut as shown.
Add adhesive to tabs and outermost flaps and assemble box.

Once assembled your boxes will look like this:


Burnish the folded edges of your boxes well and then slip the small box inside the larger one.


Cut designer series paper to the width of your completed box and then wrap it around the box before adhering the ends – the DSP will create a sleeve to slide your box in and out from.
Decorate your suitcase as you wish!

Materials
Ink: Crumb Cake, Lovely Lipstick
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Lovely Lipstick, Animal Expedition DSP
Other: Simply Scored, Paper Piercer, Sponge Daubers

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!

 

 

Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Dena Rekow – USA
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada

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Early Release Bundles Available NOW!


The Share What You Love Suite has been designed especially to celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Anniversary!  With gorgeous images, a beautiful colour combination (including NEW colours) and touches of Pearl (to signify 30 years!), this suite covers all the bases.  You can get a quick fix with the Just Getting Started Bundle, step it up with the A Little More, Please Bundle, or the aptly named Gotta Have It All Bundle! Each bundle includes FREE PRODUCT/S and the bundles are EXCLUSIVE to this promotion (the individual items will be available in the Annual Catalogue but not bundled with free product).

Last but not least is the 2018-2020 In-Colour Classic Stampin’ Pad Bundle – all 5 new In-Colors at a great 10% discount– what a great head start on the new Annual Catalogue!


See all of these products in a little more detail in this great video

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Share What You Love – Try It Tuesday

Whew, I have managed to catch up with myself after getting the girls back to school – it was fun to spend time with them over the holidays and we had some really fun adventures, but it’s also good to get back to routine 🙂

I went LIVE on Facebook yesterday to share a quick & pretty card using the newly released Share What You Love Suite!  This gorgeous suite has been designed especially to mark Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary and so it features touches of pearl that add a lovely touch to the wonderful images and sentiments!

I layered up the colours on the flower image for a subtle tone on tone look – a combination of Fresh Fig and Rich Razzleberry, sometimes stamping off on scrap paper and sometimes stamping with the full intensity of colour.  I also got to use a brand new inkpad for the first time – the lovely Mint Macaron, so happy to have that colour returning.


You can’t see it in the images but the Designer Series Paper in the background and the doily both feature a gorgeous pearlised finish that is just stunning – you will see it in the video.  The card is then topped off with the lovely soft Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon and the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (I can see myself using a TON of these!)

Check out the video to see how to create this card yourself!

Materials
Stamps: Love What You Do
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake
Other: Pearlized Doilies, Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

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Thinking Outside the Box – Carrier Caddy Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:


This months project is a Milk Carton Carrier – designed to carry 4 little Milk Carton Boxes.  As you will soon see, I took a slightly different path with my caddy and instead of milk cartons I turned mine into a stationery caddy to sit on a desk.  Once again this box could easily be upscaled to make a bigger version, in fact I made very large versions of this project several years ago and filled it with treats for a Quiet Night In Pack to give as Christmas gifts.


On one side of the carrier I created a longer rectangular box to hold bigger items like Sticky Note, or it would fit the sheets of rhinestones, pearls or enamel shapes that we have.


On the other side I created 2 smaller square boxes (just like cut down milk cartons really) which are just the perfect size to fit paper clips, library clips or loose embellishments!


You could easily mix up the sizes of the boxes to fit what you need – even create taller ones to hold pens, scissors etc – so many options!

I decorated my box using the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The little paper clips were created using the Tabs for Everything stamp set and the Circle Tab punch (I have had this stamp set for over a year and I think this is the first time I have used it – I will definitely be using it again now, it’s so cute and has so many options!)

TUTORIAL
To create the Milk Carrier base itself you will need:

2 pieces of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
Score each piece at 1″ on all 4 sides
Cut tabs, apply adhesive and assemble.  You will have 2 identical shallow boxes.

For the handle, cut 1 piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
Round the top 2 corners
Punch or diecut the oval handle

Adhere one of the boxes to each side of the handle piece lining them up with the bottom.

To decorate with Designer Series Paper:
Cut 2 pieces measuring 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and round corners and punch/diecut handle.  Adhere to carrier handle – the DSP will go inside the boxes at the bottom.
Cut one piece 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and wrap around the sides of the boxes adhering as you go.

To Create the Inner Boxes
Rectangular box – Cut cardstock measuring 12cm x 16.6cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Square box – Cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 12cm x 12cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Well that’s it from me this month – I hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a go yourself!  Be sure to hop around the globe to see what the rest of the team have created for you – remember we each have a tutorial for you to try!  You can start with Beate in Austria!

Materials
Stamps: Tabs for Everything
Ink: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP
Other: Circle Tab Punch, Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies

 

 

 

Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar
 – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada

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Guest Artist Notebook – Leigh Bourne

I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous notebook from my team member Leigh at On Stage a couple of weekends ago.  It is so gorgeous and so much work has gone into it that I totally needed to share it with you all

I love the colour combination Leigh chose and the way she has layered up all the different layers and elements – Doilies, Vellum, stamped images, Glimmer Paper and Glitter Enamel Dots, then finished off with the beautiful Burlap Ribbon and Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon along the rings!

Isn’t it amazing how something quite plain and mundane like a notebook can become something so sensational!  Thank you so much for the gorgeous gift Leigh – it is absolutely treasured!

Materials
Stamps: Falling Flowers
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Basic Black, Wood Textures DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Vellum, Delicate White Doilies
Ink: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Other: Big Shot, May Flowers Framelit Dies, Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, 5/8″ Peek-a-Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, 5/8″ Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon


The gorgeous Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is NOT carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue so if you love this ribbon as much as I do get in quick and stock up before it is sold out – you can find it here!

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Letterpress Sunshine

I taught the Letterpress Technique in this months technique class and this is the card we created.  This is a great way to stamp & emboss with any of your dies or punches and gives a lovely subtle embossed look!


Have you heard about our Colour Revamp and new style Ink Pad cases?  Do you have questions about how it all fits together?  Get all the answers in this video and start making your wishlist!  Remember if you want to stock up on any of the retiring colours – reinker/cardstock etc – then order as soon as possible as they will be the first things to sell out!

Materials
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey
Other: Big Shot, Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, Silicon Mat, Glitter Epoxy Shapes, Subtles Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents

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Monday Make – Watercolouring Bird Banter

I completely missed pre-scheduling a post for today SO you get this weeks Monday Make video on the actual Monday!  It’s the school holidays here in NZ and my girls have enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games the last couple weeks, so today they decided to create a LEGO Commonwealth Games!  They have recreated most of the venues and now are holding competitions – such great imaginations!  Their happy creativity has allowed me to still create a video for you!

I decided to feature the Bird Banter stamp set today because it is so cute and it will be disappearing in just a few weeks time – yes it is on the Last Chance list so if you love this set as much as I do you will need to get in quick to order it!

I realised in the weekend that since the Stampin’ Blends were introduced I haven’t really done any watercolouring!  I LOVE watercolouring so it was time to bring it back!  The combination of Watercolour Paper, Aquapainter and Ink Pads is definitely one of my most favourite things – I love the amount of control I can achieve with the colour, and the way it kind of just glides over the card!

I deliberately let my balloon head over the edge of the card base – it adds an extra dimension to the card and is just fun.  Don’t forget that you can also use the small images in this set as embellishments by colouring and cutting them out – popped up on dimensionals they add great coordinated detail!  The Designer Series Paper I have used is the Tutti Frutti Stack from the Occasions Catalogue and this is also on the Last Chance list so don’t miss out on it’s bright, fun sheets!

Watch how I do my colouring in this weeks video:

Materials
Stamps: Bird Banter
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Tutti Frutti DSP Stack
Ink: Pool party, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Stazon Black
Other: Aquapainter, Glitter Epoxy Shapes

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Beautifully Simple – Guest Artist Angie McKenzie

Today’s card is another stunner I received all the way from the United States – this time from Angie McKenzie.  I love how beautifully simple this card is – just embossing and a watercolour wash on lovely textured Watercolour Paper.  I shows just how effective a simple card can be – no fuss, no layers, no embellishments – just texture and colour!

Thanks so much for the lovely card and the warm wishes Angie!

Materials
Stamps: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Watercolour Paper
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party
Other: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter

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Colouring on Crumb Cake Video

For this weeks Monday Make I shared a great technique for colouring on Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink and Watercolour Pencils.  I love this technique as it lends the images an almost 3D effect:


This is such an easy card but I just love the combination of the bright images and the Daffodil Delight & Night of Navy together – it looks so dynamic and fun!  And of course it features my very favourite ribbon – Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon!

How cool does the colouring look in the Crumb Cake?  You could layer up a whole heap more flowers if you wanted an even more botanical look.  Have you noticed how much I have been using the Enamel Shapes lately?  I just love them and haven’t used them nearly as much as I should have so I am making up for lost time 🙂

Check out the video here

Both of the stamp sets I used on this project are on the Last Chance List so make sure you get them before they are gone!  You can find the full Last Chance List here

Materials
Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Orange Blossom
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft
Other: Watercolour Pencils, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Brights & Regals Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents

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