Friday 1 August 2008

Seed Packet Holder

by Vicki Hook

Cardstock Base:
4 1/2” x 11”

Patterned Cardstock:
2 3/4” x 3 3/8”
1 5/8” x 3 3/8”
Giga Scalloped Circle (punch one)

White Cardstock:
1 1/4” x 3”
Mega Circle (punch one)

Other Supplies:
1” circle punch, corner rounder, Scor-Pal, Coluzzle Nested Circle and Companion circle templates, stamps, ink, brad, glue


1. With the long side across the top of the Scor-Pal, place the left end of the Cardstock Base on the 2 1/2” score line. The right end will be hanging off the side of the Scor-Pal. Score at 4 1/4” and 9”.

2. Turn it so the short side is across the top. Score at 1/2” and 4”.

3. Cut the 1/2” section off on both sides from the left end all the way down to the 9” score line.

4. Round the corners on the left end using the corner rounder.

5. Miter the corners on the remaining ½” sections on both sides.

6. Using the Coluzzle Nested Circle Template, cut a circle in the section that still has 1/2” sides. Use the “3rd from center” groove on the template and place the circle 1/2” up from the score line and centered side-to-side.

7. Using the Coluzzle Companion Circle Template, cut a circle in the 2 3/4” x 3 3/8” patterned cardstock. Use the “4th from center” groove on the template and cut a circle in the 2 3/4” x 3 3/8” patterned cardstock. Center it in both directions. Adhere it over the opening in the cardstock base.

8. Round two of the corners on the small white and patterned cardstocks. Stamp sentiment or image on the white, then adhere them to what will be the flap.

9. Stamp image or sentiment on the white Mega circle, then adhere it to the patterned Giga Scalloped Circle.

10. Attach the circles over the window with a brad at the top.

11. Fold on the score lines. Adhere the 1/2” sides to the back.

12. Place a packet of flower seeds inside the pocket.

13. And the scallop circle slides around for a peek through the window so you can see the flowers!

This makes a very cute birthday card/gift that is easy to mail! ENJOY!

A note from Julie
Thanks for another wonderful tutorial Vicki
To visit Vicki's brilliant Blog click HERE

Tuesday 29 July 2008

For the Doctor Who Fans, The Tardis

Hi, and a huge thanks to Julie who has asked me to contribute to this wonderful Blog. I was asked to feature my Tardis card i recently made for my sons birthday. Now don't look at this and think it is too hard because its not. so here we go.....

I used almost a whole 12x12 sheet of card for this. So select a blue that looks closest to the tardis and first fold a 4 1/2 by 6 3/4 " card. This is your base card. From the left over cut 2 side sections at 6 3/4 " x 1/2 "and a middle strip at 6 3/4 x 1/4" add foam tape to the back edge in black ink and mount these down either side and the middle of the card.
The roof has 3 sections the biggest at 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 " edge in black ink and foam tape this level with the top of the card.
the middle roof section is 4 1/2 x 1 1/4 " add foam tape to the back edge in black ink and mount this a little higher.
the top roof section is 3 3/4 x 1 1/4" add foam tape to the back edge in black ink and mount this a little higher than the middle.
The light on top is a 3/4 ' circle punch cut in half and using a small peice of white card for the light and blue for the light base edge all in black ink....mount this on with foam tape.
The base is 5 x 1 1/2 "add foam tape to the back edge in black ink and mount along the base of the card.
Now cut 8 squares 1 x 1.1" edge them all in black ink but more on 2 side to give depth to each section. Mount these on with double sided tape adding the six smaller white windows in each of the top squares and the message in the next one down also edged in black ink.
Top finish add 2 door handles which were off cuts from a punch and a brad for the lock. For the sign i used small letter punches and hand writing.....i hope ive explained this ok ....heres the measurements have fun with it.....Valita

A note from Julie

Thank you so much Valita I love love love the Tardis and I know all Dr Who fans will

I'm so happy that you agreed to contribute to this blog :)

Everybody go and check out Valita's brilliant blog HERE

Sunday 27 July 2008

Note Card Gift Box Tutorial

This box is very simple to make, and can be made either square or rectangular. The lid and base are constructed in exactly the same way. The first part of the instructions covering how to calculate the size of card to cut, takes far longer to explain than to do! Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

First of all, you need to measure the envelopes for the cards you will be putting into the box. Add on 0.5 or 1 cm to both the length and width of the measurement, depending on how thick the card is, and how much space you want around the envelopes. This box was made from Stampin' Up Whisper White, which is a thinner card, and I added on 0.5cm. For thicker card I would use an extra 1cm. Then you need to decide how deep you want the box to be. To do this, I stacked up the cards and envelopes and measured the height of the pile, rounding up to the nearest half cm. So now you have the measurements you need to calculate the size of the piece of card to work with.

My envelopes measure 8cm x 8cm, and the stack measured a little under 3cm. This is the calculation I did:

In the diagram below A = width of the envelope + 0.5cm i.e. 8 + 0.5 = 8.5cm
B = length of the envelope + 0.5cm i.e. 8 + 0.5 = 8.5cm
C = height of the stack of cards and envelopes rounded up to next half cm i.e. 3cm

So to calculate the size of the piece of card needed for the base of the box I did

Width C +C + A + C + C or 3 + 3 + 8.5 + 3 + 3 = 20.5cm
Length C + C + B + C + C or 3 + 3 + 8.5 + 3 + 3 = 20.5cm

Then the size of card for the lid just needs to be an extra half cm overall ie

Width 20.5 + 0.5 = 21cm
Length 20.5 + 0.5 = 21cm

So once you have done your calculations, cut out the two pieces of card to those measurements. In my case one piece 20.5cm x 20.5cm and the other 21cm x 21cm. Do the following with both pieces of card.

Measure in from each corner the height of the box (3cm for my box) and then the same amount again. Do this on all sides. Score at these measurements as shown in the photo. The extra half cm for the lid will end up allocated to the centre, which is where you need it to be.
Cut along the score lines to remove each corner as shown.

Fold and crease along each scoreline. Flatten the card back out, then score diagonally across all of the small corner squares as in the picture below.
Put double sided tape on the four edges - here I have used Stampin' Up's tape as it is a nice strong one.
Remove the covering strip from the tape, and fold in the flaps on two opposite sides, sticking them down. Doesn't matter which sides, as long as they are opposite each other.
Take one of the corners and fold in as shown.
Now fold back along the diagonal score line and press along the fold to crease well. Make sure as you do this that the fold is falling so that the corner will be nice and square. Now is the time to make any adjustments to the folds to ensure squareness. Worth taking some time here to get a good finished result.
Do the same on the other side of that edge. You need to end up with two triangles pointing towards each other on the side like this.
Remove the cover strip from the tape, and fold the flap over to cover the triangles. Press down firmly to stick in place. Do the same on the other side of the base.
Will look like this when it's finished - nice and neat.Nice and neat on the outside too - with no 'raw' edges.
Repeat with the piece for the lid. The double thickness on the sides gives a nice sturdy finish to the box, even when thinner card is used.

Decorate the outside of the box to match the cards within.

A note from Julie
Thank you so much Joanne for another wonderful tutorial this is fantastic!!
Everybody go and visit Joanne's Mainly Flowers blog HERE she is so talented!