Thursday, September 20, 2007

And here's another one...

I still have a lot of my Crop Addict kit left so I'm still trying to crank out projects! I'm done with my requirements so maybe this weekend I can actually start playing with the September kit. I had a lot of fun with this layout. I normally don't play with decorative scissors much or use letter stickers and here they both are! I made the backgrounds on the two big pictures black and white using Photoshop Elements. Since Ali was working at the kitchen counter, the picture ended up with a very busy background. I hope you enjoy it!!

Extra supplies (not in kit): pinking shears (Fiskars); buttons, letter stickers (Making Memories); flowers (Darice); large orange brad (Close to My Heart); pumpkin and boo brad buddies (Hot Off of the Press); Scrapper's Floss (Karen Foster Design); and journaling pen (EK Success).

Chipboard Treat Box

I found this project on awhile back and just adapted it. Taylor Van Bruggen (Taylored Expressions) did the tutorial on there. It's a fun box to make!

You will need the following items to make it:

5 chipboard squares (the same size). I used Bazzill for mine.
Patterned paper--here, BasicGrey's Stella Ruby from Crop Addict's Oct kit
paint that coordinates with paper--Making Memories
Mod Podge
sanding block
distress ink
eyelet/paper piercing template from Stampin' Up!
coordinating ribbon--Stampin' Up!
glue for box bottom--used Crystal Effects from SU! but can used E-6000 or your favorite adhesive

1. Paint the outside and edges of your chipboard with a color that coordinates with your patterned paper. Let dry and apply a second coat if needed. Chipboard doesn't take very long to dry so this is a short process.

2. Cut patterned paper to the same size as your chipboard square. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to naked part of chipboard and a thin layer to the back of the paper. Make sure to go edge to edge on the chipboard. Don't worry about it with the don't want your paper to warp. Adhere paper to chipboard and let dry.

3. Sand edges of squares until paper is flush with the edges of the chipboard. Apply distress ink to edges.

4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of paper and let dry. This will seal it.

5. Decide which square you want to be the bottom and set aside.

6. You will need to punch holes in the other four squares to make the sides. On this one, I used 2-inch squares. I lined it up on the template in the part that says "For Small Eyelet Placement"--it fits perfectly. You will need to adjust for bigger squares. Then, along 2 edges, mark your holes. I started mine with the 2nd hole on the template giving me 3 holes on each side. Mark your holes on all 4 squares.

7. Punch holes using the Crop-a-Dile. You can use an anywhere hole punch but the Crop-a-Dile punches through a lot faster and easier.

8. Tie squares together. You can even sew them together with ribbon or other fiber.

9. Glue bottom of box on with Crystal Effects or E-6000. Let dry.

10. Finish by embellishing if you want, fill with a treat, and give away (or keep!).