Thursday, January 29, 2015

January ProjectPea Blog Hop

Welcome to the January ProjectPea Blog Hop!

I'm so glad you stopped to take a look at the fun project I have for you on the Hop!  Since Valentine's Day is coming quickly, I thought I'd show you something that is cute, easy to make, and holds a small treat.

Last November, ProjectPea teamie, Lisa Lara was a brilliant enabler by creating such a cute project using an envelope punch board that I needed to buy one immediately!  I had such good intentions of using it, but it sat untouched, in my craft room until today!

It's a fun tool to use and there are so many fabulous projects folks have made.  One of my favorites was created by Sam Hammond Donald.  So let's get started with making the treat box!

Start with a 6 x 6" piece of paper.
Line up your paper at 1 3/4". Punch & score.
Slide your paper over to 3 1/8". Punch & score.
Slide paper over to 4 1/2".  Punch & score.

Turn your paper to the next side and line up the first score line with the the little arrow-tip, punch & score.  Do this on each score line on this side and the remaining two sides.

(The picture above shows one side finished with the second side almost complete.)

Here's what the paper looks like when it's all punched and scored.

As with most boxes, there are sections you will cut off.  I've marked the spots you'll cut with an "X".  On the long side, you'll cut one more square to the score line.

(*On my first couple of trials, my next step was cutting off the tabs I didn't need, which seemed logical but I messed up the stamping and had to start again!  Eventually, I wised-up and stamped before I cut.)

My model box with all of the tabs cut off.

The punched and scored 6 x 6 paper for my box is stamped and ready to be trimmed.  I masked the shovels to stamp the bottom border and the mini heart stamps on the sides.  Doesn't the striped border look like Washi tape?!?

The picture below is the box after I trimmed it and the two end flaps have the corners rounded with the Envelope Punch Board.

 Fold on the score lines and tape the marked flaps.  Your box is ready to be assembled. . .

  . . . and your treats added.  This box is the perfect size for two of the tiny one bite candy bars.  Enough to take care of a sweet tooth, but not go crazy!

 I used the Special Delivery stamp set to create my border and for the heart background.  The shovel is from Classroom Cupids, and I pulled out the SugarCuts Heart Border die to make the string of five little hearts.  If you have an eagle eye, you'll also notice the tiny heart from the SugarCuts Heart Journal Card.

Once you get the knack, this little box is super-quick to make and goes perfectly with the SugarPea stamps!

Thanks for stopping by on the January Project Pea Blog Hop!  Remember to comment and win on each of the stops for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to spend in the SugarPea Boutique.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SugarPea Designs - SweetTalk Feature!

A short post to let you know that I am being featured at the SugarPea Designs Blog with a tutorial about using the Inlaid Die Technique.  I hope you will head over and take a peek!

Monday, January 26, 2015

SugarPea Designs - Sugar Sketch #19

We have another great Sugar Sketch for you today.  I love sketches challenges and let the sketch "speak to me" when deciding on which SugarPea products to use.

With Valentines Day coming up and grandchildren losing teeth almost monthly, the Fairy Sweet stamp was my choice.  I'm not sure which occasion I'll use it for.  I pulled out the SugarCuts Notched Heart Journal Card die and inset it and the Tooth Fairy circle die cut into the background paper.

Do you see the zigzag behind the image and Heart Journal Card die cut?  I made it using the 2 cuts from the Heart Border die (and used some of the leftover hearts for my card)!  Here's a picture of how I figured it out.  One of the hearts from the Heart Journal Card die, some glitter glue, and a two enamel dots finished off the card.

So now it's your turn!  Ink up your favorite stamps or break out your favorite digi and use it in our sketch.  There's a prize for the challenge winner to the SugarPea Designs online shoppe.
Play along with any stamp set you like, but if you use a Sugar Pea Designs Set, we'll increase your voucher to $15!  Upload to your blog or any other gallery using keyword:  SPDSS19 so we may check out your beautiful work.  
Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog.  
You'll find our current challenges on our side bar.

Over the next two weeks we will be featuring YOUR cards and projects with our sketch.  Share them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #sugarpeadesigns.
YOU could be our next SWEET FIND!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #345

Happy Saturday, Sketch fans!  We have a great new sketch from Alex with a fabulous NEW sponsor for you this week.  Sami Siemers Ratliff is the artist behind the Etsy shop, Sami Stamps. I've used her image, Wildflower Beauty to create a birthday card for my granddaughter's 4th birthday.

As is the case with most little girls in the U.S., she is all-about anything having to do with Elsa and the Disney movie Frozen!  This image reminded me of Elsa so much when I saw my pal, Marilyn use it last June, it was a no-brainer of choice for me.  I love how this card came out!  The sketch was a perfect way to keep this beauty the focal point while adding a bit of little girl princess paper as one of my paper choices.  I inlaid my Lil' Inkers stitched circle mats and used sparkly glitter paper for the snowflakes and the band across the bottom.  Elsa's hair is fussy cut at the bottom, so I could crop the image a little closer to the left side.

I sampled around with my Copics for her hair colors, starting with the E50s, but found them too golden as a base.  Elsa's hair is the white blond, so then I moved to the E40s because they are a taupe-brown.  My colors are a bit all over the place - but I loved the combination.  In the end I used E41, 42, 50, with bits of 000 and 33. Her skin uses my favorite combination for caucasian skin - E00, 21.  I added just a touch of 11 and some R11 on her cheeks.  I usually use more Ell and R20 on the cheeks, but Elsa is more fair than that; she's a queen after all!  I planned to use rhinestones as an accent for the snowflakes, but surprisingly, pearls looked better.  The shimmering dress is achieved by heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds.

Take a look at the rest of the DT's work on the Sketch Saturday blog and then join us for this week's challenge.  If you have an Elsa-lover in your house - you'll find the image at Sami's Etsy shop, here.

Challenges Entered:
Creative Inspirations #297/ - Pretty Pearls
Creative Moments #60 /- AG
Cute Card Thursday #57/ - Colorful
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #83 - Color inspiration
Crafter's Cafe #100/ - Stitching
Craft Your Passion #245/ - AG
Sister Act Challenge #90/ - AG
Creative Fingers #63 /- AG
Naughty or Nice January - New (digi & glitter paper)
Sami Stamps Challenge (#21- Jan.) - A Touch of Glitter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SugarPea Designs - First Birthday-Bash Blog Hop!

SugarPea Designs is so excited to be celebrating our 1st Birthday - and what an amazing year it has been!  We are celebrating this momentous occasion with a Blog Hop featuring our AMAZING SugarPea Design Team and some very talented special guests!

My Birthday Bash card uses two of our newest release stamp sets - Special Delivery and Happy Mail. The background is built with January's Sweet Incentive stamp set - Build-A-Background Basics (which you can receive free before it's released).  I also used four Sugar Cuts dies on my card:  Heart Border, Special Delivery Accents, and one part of the Heart Journal Card  and Gift Tag dies.  

 ColourQ's Challenge #276  guided my card design.

Now you can’t have a Birthday Bash without prizes and there are lots of prizes to be won along the way! A few of our blog hop participants will be giving away a SugarPea Designs stamp set so please leave some love on your travels. In addition to this, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments left and that winner will receive a:
But that’s not all…we also want YOU to be part of the party by sharing a card with us.  Once you have completed the Hop, we'd love it if you'd keep the celebration going by creating a birthday card or project and linking it up HERE for a chance to WIN a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Online Store.

•Hop and LinkUp end at midnight, January 28th and winners will be announced in a post on the SugarPea Blog on February 1st.

•Finally, one last Birthday-Bash present for you - enter coupon code BDAY01 at checkout to receive 10% off of all orders - valid until January 24th.

Now it's time to start hopping!!  Take a look at this list of insanely talented designers.  How lucky are we?!?!

SugarPea Designers

SugarPea Designs Blog
Lesley Croghan
Anita Madden
Jenny Peterson
Kim O'Connell
Mary Johnson
Wendy Bond
Tracy Valure
Simonne Clay
Stacey Schafer
Wendy McGaffey
Vera Yates
Kerri Michaud
Lisa Lara
Cathy Preissing **You are here**
Shanna Shands
Cibele Glazer

Our Special Guests

Tracy MacDonald
Danielle Lounds
Tara Godfrey
Veronica Zalis
Angel Rivera
Jen Shults
Isha Gupta
Amy Tsuruta
Dina Kowal
Chaitali Narla
Brianna Loeffelbein
Lisa Henke
Piali Biswas

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #2

Welcome to my blog!  You've landed on my post for the second-ever  Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends card challenge!
If you are looking for my Sketch Saturday Post, you'll find it here.  
My SugarPea Sweet 2 Repeat post is here.

My Lil' Patch card features Bugaboo's Morning Coffee digital image.  I've had a couple of these kind of mornings lately, so I can relate!! I generated the sentiment with my computer and doodled the boxes around the words before I cut them out.  Inside the card uses the same word format and says . . . I have a problem without it!

Lil' Patch Of Crafty Friends is an anything goes challenge posting at 9:00 a.m. AEST (Brisbane) on the first and third Sundays of the month.  Denise and Amy have spent a lot of time and energy getting the blog off of the ground!  It's a great DT and each challenge has THREE sponsors!  That's three times the number of winners!!  Stop by the blog and take a look at what the DT did with images from all three sponsors.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Sponsorship Details for Challenge #2:

 Bugaboo Stamps

Bugaboo Stamps - Prize: 7 digis

Kith and Kat - Prize:  3 images

Star in My Pocket - Prize:  2 digis

Challenges Entered:
Cute Card Thursday #356 /- Just for Laughs