Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Well, we didn't have very many participants in the challenge this week, which is a bit of a drag, however, we're glad for the participants we did have, thank you both.
Congrats Rachael! You have won Christmas Scamp, Christmas Eve, a winners badge for your blog and a 15% off Discount Coupon for The Character Cafe digi store!
If you haven't heard from us soon, and you see this post, please send us an e-mail and we'll get you your goodies :)
So, we've added additional incentive for you...
Well, that's it for now, be sure to check back soon for this weeks' Witches Brew of a challenge... it's sure to be tantalizing *insert cackle here*!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Welcome to another Tek Tuesday at TCC!!
I've ALWAYS wanted to make one of these Photo / Inspiration Boxes but was always too chicken to try it!! Or maybe too lazy to figure it out? Maybe a combo of both? =) In any case I have overcome my fear and have done one to show you!!!
There are quite a bit of steps but it is SO SUPER easy!! And it would make an AMAZINGLY meaningful gift to someone.
- images from the STORE!!!
- 4 sheets of solid 12"x12" cardstock (one for the lid and 3 for the box which encompasses all panels)
- as many coordinating designer papers that you'd like to use
- coordinating embellishments and ribbon and/or photos
- bone folder
- paper trimmer
- trimmer with scoring blade or a scoring matte
Cardstock Sheet 1 (L1)- 12"x12" - this will be the outside of your box as well as your first layer - score 4" on each side and trim out the 4 corner panelsCardstock Sheet 2 (L2) - Trim your cardstock down to 11 1/2" x 11 1/2". This will be your second layer in the box - score 4" on each side and trim out the 4 corner panels.
Cardstock Sheet 3 (L3) - Trim your cardstock down to 11"x11". This will be your third and final layer in the box - score 4" on each side and trim out the 4 corner panels.
Fold and score on each scored line.
At this point you will have 3 decorating panels. L3 will fit inside L2. L2 will fit inside L1 which is your final layer the outside of which is the outside of your box.
I chose to decorate my panels first before adhering them together in the center. I think that each can be decorated as it's own separate entity or all tying in together but either way you want to work with one layer at a time.
I also chose to decorate both sides of each panel. That way you have twice the surface area to play with and have fun!!
The panels measure as follows:
L1 - Panels all measure at 4". Depending on how you want to decorate the interior, you could start by going down incrementally by 1/4 " or more depending on the look you want. The same goes for all layers.
L2 - Panels all measure at 3 1/2" x 4".
L3 - Panels all measure at 3" x 4".
Once all panels have been decorated you will now start with L3. Put a strong adhesive on the bottom of the center panel, I used "red liner" tape and press it firmly into the center of L2. Repeat this process when putting L2 and L1 together.
If you pick the box up now you will be able to fold all 4 sides upwards and your box will be formed!! Now all we need is a lid!!
- Trim this down to 6 1/8" x 6 1/8"
- Score 1" on each side
- Trim off triangle on corners where score lines meet
- Fold lid on score lines
- "Pinch" the corners inward
- Using adhesive adhere the corners together. Hold overnight with binder or bulldog clips.
- Decorate top and sides of lid
I've chosen to "alter" an elastic headband (I buy them in packages of 6 at CVS) and wear them when I run) to use as a mechanism to secure the box a little more when people pick it up to look at it. This isn't at all necessary because the top holds it all together nicely but the band gives it a bit more sturdiness if you think it's going to be handled a lot.
I took the band and slipped it around the exterior of the box. I pinched the extra fabric in my fingers not that it was so tight that it now bent the paper but just snug enough to hold it. I put a stick pin into the fabric and slid it off the box. I ran the section that I had pinned through my sewing machine and then snipped off the excess. Where the seam showed I added this cutie little button detail with my hot glue gun.
I chose to use CUTIE PATOOTIE Blossom to decorate the lid!! I fell in love with her the minute I laid eyes on her!!! I colored her with a combination of my Copics and colored pencil. I added a cute rhinestone detail to her adorable dress and totally glittered up her hair!! I'd totally wear my hair that way AND that color!! So stinkin' cute!!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!! If you have ANY questions don't hesitate to leave them in the comment section and I'll check back to answer them!!
**I had to research how to do this before writing/photographing this tutorial. I found my information HERE. I used this tutorial to come up with my own interpretation and explaination but I used her measurements. I just wanted to give credit where credit was due! =)
P.S. Don't forget to play along with our Feature Friday Challenge #3, you only have until Thursday night at 10pm EST to get in on the action!!! This week is a colour challenge... maybe you could use the tut to make the box and incorporate the colours and voila!!! Anyone who does will receive a free image of their choice just because :) Happy crafting! Kendra
Friday, October 23, 2009
The colors i used here are Tulip, Creme Brulee, Juniper, (Ctmh) and pink. If you have these colors Great!! if not, use anything you have close to these colors. Remember, it's all about FUN here!! My fabulous DT sisters who are working with me this week have made some wonderful cards to inspire you:
For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the design team's wonderful creations:
Please be sure when you are uploading your card into SCS, PCP, or other stamping community that you use TCCFF3 for this challenge. Thanks for playing along with this week's Feature Friday!!
This weeks' winner will receive Scamp, Christmas Eve and a Discount Coupon for 15% off your entire purchase at The Character Cafe Store! Can't wait to see your creations...
P.S. The winner post for last weeks' challenge, can be found HERE
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We've been providing you with a ton of inspiration lately (thanks to our beyond fabulous Design Team!) as well as a Tek Tuesday post which gives you step by step instructions on some tektacular projects, so work with us, play with us and HAVE FUN with us will ya?!
Sassy, you have won both the Stewie Snowman set as well as the Christmas Eve Set AND on top of that, you will receive a Discount Coupon for 15% off your entire purchase at The Character Cafe Digi Shop!!!! Give us a shout and we'll also get you a winner badge for your blog :)