Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

When I opened my Studio Calico creative team box this month, there was this adorable french fry stamp set and an idea popped up in my head immediately: Let's make and use it on a fry box! I couldn't make it in time for reveal but the good thing is that it's finished now and I took a few extra photos so you guys can follow along with the process and make your own.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 1 - Gather your supplies! I changed out a few items as I was going but that's roughly what you need.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 2 - You have different options to create your fry box. For example, you can use an actual fry box, disassemble it and use that as a template. In this case, just trace your pattern onto cardstock and cut it out. If you don't have or want to use that but you have a Silhouette cutter - hooray! You can download the Fry Box template I made for the Silhouette Cameo.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 3 - Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment on the front of the box pattern. Haven't done it before? It's fairly simple: Stamp the sentiment with Versamark ink, pour embossing powder over it, then flick off the excess powder by tapping on the back. Lastly, use a heat gun to melt the powder into the paper. Done!

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 4 - Flip the pattern around, so you can work on the "inside" of the box. I clustered a few sentiments from the french fry stamp set on an acrylic block and stamped them as a repeat pattern.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 5 - Assemble the box. First, fold the curve at the bottom of the box. If you use my Silhouette template, it's fairly easy since the bottom will be perforated. Apply a thin strip of adhesive tape on the inside flaps of the front and on the triangular side flaps. Fold triangle flaps up, then the front flaps over the back flaps and line them all up on the bottom edge.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

Step 6 - Fill your box! I used Maoam sticks since the are fairly "fry shaped". Also, you can take this a step further and decorate the box more or package the sweets in clear foil.

Sweet Treats | The Fry Box - tutorial by @pixnglue

… and basically that's it! An easy peasy and fast way to give a little something just because. Let me know what you think or how you plan to use it. Happy fright night, everyone!


Reminder: You still have until midnight (EST) to comment on my #SCinspires blog post for a chance to win a Studio Calico card kit!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Studio Calico Walden Kits

Hey, hey it's reveal day! This month's Studio Calico Kit Walden is already live for shopping so it's high time to show you my gallery cards on the old blog :) Just so that you know what I'm talking about, I'll show you the main card kit first.

Studio Calico Walden Card Kit


I loved to work with the big stamp images in the card main. You barely need anything else to finish a card. For the first card I made, I had created a half-tone effect with my card base and a yellow patterned paper, then layered my stamped and embossed apple on top.

Apple of My Eye | Handmade Card by @pixnglue
Gallery: Apple of My Eye Card | Kits: Walden Card Kit

And of course there had to be some stitching and the tiny stitches from last month's projects also carried over (it's Mister Huey Inky Black this time).

Celebrate | Handmade holiday card by @pixnglue
Gallery: Celebrate Card | Kits: Walden Card KitHoliday & New Year's Stamp Set
Then, there were these yellow deer charms… quite honestly they were my least favorite item at first until I challenged my self to make it work for me. The longer I looked at them, I found they called to be painted gold for the season and it paired so well with the pastel elements in the end. I matted one of the deers on the doily from the kit and a die-cut tag (I used these dies) from patterned paper. Oh, and there's a sentiment stamped on the inside for good measure. You can see it in the SC gallery detail images.

Magic is for the Making | Handmade Christmas Card with Deer Charm by @pixnglue
Gallery: Magic is for the Making Card | Kits: Walden Card Kit, Holiday & New Year's Stamp Set
As for the second deer charm, I wanted to pair it with something more neutral to give it an elegant touch. Again, I pulled the tag dies, then layered a glassine bag from the kit packaging filled with the wood veneer hearts and gold sequins. Marcy Penner's Holiday & New Year's Stamp Set was a nice way to add a sentiment in between the layers.

Nuts about You | Handmade fall card by @pixnglue with stamped and embossed acorn image
Gallery: Nuts about You Card | Kits: Walden Card Kit
I know, man cards are not everyone's strong suite so maybe you will like my last card for today. Combining stamping and watercolors seems to be one of my favorite techniques right now. You just stamp your image (here it's the acorn) first, e.g., with Color Theory inks, then use Neocolor crayons on top. Since both are water soluble, they blend really well. Lastly, I heat-embossed over the colored image with Zing gold metallic.

That's it for today. I'm working on a fun project with the adorable French Fry stamp and hope to have this up over the next few days. Stay tuned!


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Studio Calico is an online community and curator of designer kits and coordinating add-ons containing the latest papercrafting supplies. They offer three different types of crafting kits every month. One is designed for scrapbooking, one for card making, and a third for Project Life®. Click here to learn more and receive monthly kit deliveries created just for you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

#SCneaks | Walden Kit

Gold! There's gold in every single one of my card sneaks for Studio Calico's November Kit Walden. How's that for a surprise?  Walden is a great kit for this time of the year. It has items far fall in there but you can easily take it to make some holiday cards. Also, don't let the pastels in my sneaks fool you - there's also a few bolder colors and lots of "Calico" aka neutrals to pair with everything.

Studio Calico Walden Kit Sneaks by @pixnglue

If you want to see a little more of the kits, the Studio Calico blog gives you an overview at what's coming for reveal later today. See you there!

PS: You can still comment on my #SCinspires blog post to win a Studio Calico card kit!


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Studio Calico is an online community and curator of designer kits and coordinating add-ons containing the latest papercrafting supplies. They offer three different types of crafting kits every month. One is designed for scrapbooking, one for card making, and a third for Project Life®. Click here to learn more and receive monthly kit deliveries created just for you!
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