Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Wacky Watercooler Hop

Welcome to our March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

I know that you enjoyed looking at  
Deborah's delightful hop projects.
Didn't she do a great job!  If you missed her site, please
hop on back so that you can see her samples.
I have a couple of projects, including a set of directions,
for your hopping pleasure!

I decided to try using Spiral Flower Originals Die,
 for another different purposes.  In this example, it forms 
a card closure.  One suggestion: I doubled the Spiral Flower,
 because of the "stress" on the element, esp after
it was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
Otherwise, it is too flimsy to act as a closure.
SetChalk Talk
Colors:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive,
Here is a view with the card partially open.

 My next project is a technique that I saw years ago,
but have not seen on the internet.  This is a 4x6 cello bag  (p 160)
(cut down to 4x4), attached to the front of a gift bag.
It makes for easy goody bags, as you can quickly drop a card or
tag into the cello bag.  It's another way to decorate
a gift bag, but really lends itself to mass production.

SetSimply Celebrate (p 30 of the Occasions Mini)
Colors:  Whisper White, Crisp Cantalope,
2013-2015 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Rhinestones,
Tag a Bag Gift Bags (p 158)
4x6 Cellophane Bags
You can also use the same technique to decorate
store-bought bags.  In this sample, I used Lovely As a Tree
with the Simply Celebrate Set stamped in Metallic Gold.

 My final project is a "Rose Purse-Box", again featuring
the Spiral Flower Original Die.  This is a good sized
box, with room for 4-6 nuggets or several Reeses Cups.
I mean really, it's a waste of effort if a box only
has room for one chocolate!!

ProductsCore'dinations Paper (Gumball Green
and Primrose Petals), Very Vanilla c/s,
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder,
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies,
Spiral Flower Originals Die (p 32 in Occasions),
Antique Brads (p 170), Bone Folder, Stampin Sponge,
Tombo Multipurpose, Glue Gun

1.  Score 9x9 c/s or paper at 3" and 6" on both sides.
You can change the dimensions of this box, as long as
the square is divisible by 3.

2. To form corners, squeeze 2 center panels together,
forcing a diagonal score in the corner,
pointing towards the inside of the box.
Repeat at each corner.

3. Use Tombo to glue the corner points together,
and then fold 2 corners into each (opposite) end of the box.
You want the corners positioned at opposite ends 
of the box, so that the sides will remain 1 layer thick,
so that they easily fold inwards when you close the box. 
4. For the box flap/closure, take a piece of c/s or DSP
approximately 3x6 inches.  Position it in the 
Scallop Tag Topper Punch as shown below,
wiggling it to force the strip into the punch opening.

5. The resulting punched end will have straight edges,
where the width of the card stock exceeded the punch size.
In order to round out these straight edges, position
the 4th oval framelit from the Ovals Collection Framelits
as shown and run only the forward portion of this
strip through your Big Shot (back it out after the end is cut).

6.  Emboss the top flap as desired.  I used the 
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder to add
texture to my Core'Dinations flap.
I then sanded the paper with Stampin Sanding System (p 157).
In the photo below, you can see how the
box sides "fold" in when the box is closed.

7.  I wound TWO vanilla c/s Spiral Flowers together, 
to ensure fullness.  They were initially
"softened" with a Bone Folder and then sponged
with Primrose Petals ink.
I cut the prongs off of an Antique Brad and used a
dimensional to fasten it inside of the rose.

 8.  I used velcro for the Rose Box closure.
The photo above shows the ample space within
for your stash of Chocolate... yum, YUM

So I hope that you enjoy my projects.
Now hop on over to Susan's blog.
She does a spectacular job and I 
know that you will enjoy her amazing projects!

Or hop to our Home Page to go through sites
as you wish.


Deborah Smart said...

Jackie, your projects are just stunning!! OMGosh - how will I find the time to 'case' them all? LOL I am absolutely going to try out using the spiral as you did, as a closure. Thanks so much for sharing!

Buffy said...

Such a clever use of the spiral flower die!! Cute card - and I love the gift bag tag pouches. Your purse is GORGEOUS! I love the double flower - and it's such a pretty color. Awesome, as always, Jackie!

Terri said...

Jackie, thank you so much for sharing your awesome creations. I like your idea of the cello bag to create a little pocket for a card on a gift bag. How unique!! Thanks again and I look forward to hopping with you some more! :)

Christine said...

Love your projects, Jackie. I especially like that little box. Thanks for the tutorial. I will be using it.

Gail said...

Very creative ideas for different ways to use things. The little rose box is spectacular! Thanks for a great tutorial.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Stunning projects!!! Your creativity is amazing!!! I never would have thought to use the spiral flower die that way! I will definitely be CASEing these very soon.

Marsha Reed said...

Great projects, Jackie. Love how you used the Spiral Flower Die.

Crafty Medic said...

I love all the little detail in your projects, fantastic!

Debbie Martin said...

Great idea using the cello envelope on front of bags, I'll be using this in the future! Love the rose bag and thanks for the instructions.

KatheD said...

wonderful projects, Jackie - your unique closure is so creative!

Anonymous said...

Unique ways to use Stampin Up tools and supplies. Thanks for the great inspiration and generous tutorial! --Doris

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Wonderful projects Jackie...truly inspiring. So good of you too providing a tutorial for your very cool purse.
You've convinced me I need that spiral flower die for sure. The use you made of it for the bird card is amazing. You've got me rethinking next Saturday's Stamp a Stack project now! It's a great gender neutral design and very, very clever. Kudos my friend.

Heidi Weaver said...

What a surprise, Jackie! More projects that can be made using the Spiral Flower die. I love it when a die or punch prove to be really versatile! And how versatile is it for that first card! I would never have thought to use the spiral flower to make a closure for a card. Yet, seeing the way you've used it I wonder why it didn't occur to me. Expect to be CASEd. I love it! I also love that very adorable purse. Again, a fresh new look and perfect with the Antique brad in the centre. Love the inspiration you've shared. Thanks so much.