Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday Tutorial - No Glue Gift Boxes with Pax the Penguin

Yes its my (lilacanglia's) turn to do the Tuesday Tutorial over at The Character Cafe today,
so I chose something that might be handy with us all doing Christmas things.
I learnt this from the nice lady at my local craft shop.

It is a no glue required box, the materials you will need for this are -
2 sheets of paper, one is 11" x 11" for the base and the other is 11.5" x 11.5" this is the lid,
a bone folder would be helpful but not totally necessary, and Character Cafe digi images to decorate with. (these measurements will make a 4" finished box)
The folds on both lid and bottom of the box are the same.
fold the piece of paper in half, then undo and fold in half the other way as well,
so you have a cross in the centre.
Then take one corner and fold so it meets the middle,
repeat this for all 4 corners.
Leave these folded in, then take one side and fold that to the middle like shown below.
and then the opposite side,
unfold these two, and repeat the same on the other two sides.
Unfold all, should look like the photo below.
then fold two side in like show in this photo below,
and after that fold the edges in and one of the triangles to look like picture below,

do this to the other end as well and your finished result should look like this box below.

Do exactly same for the lid, but remember the lid needs to be 11.5" x 11.5" so when folded it is slightly bigger hence why it is the lid.
I then coloured Pax The Penguin digi image from The Character Cafe 4 times in all for these two boxes, and stuck (this is the only time you need glue) on the lids and inside the bases of the boxes. I think these will make great gift boxes for all kinds of goodies for Christmas.

Please leave a link here on The Character Cafe, look forward to seeing your boxes.
You can also do different size as long as you start with a square and remember to add half a inch to the lid square.
Thank you for stopping by, have fun creating,
have a happy day,
x X x

Friday, November 27, 2009

TCCFF#7 ~ Color Challenge

Hello Everyone!!!

Angie here and I am super excited to be your Host for this week's Feature Friday challenge. This week I have a color challenge for you!

The colors I used for my inspiration were PTI's Spring Rain, Spring Moss and Melon Berry. You are free to use any brand just try to get as close to the colors as possible.

My fabulous DT sisters have whipped up some great cards to inspire you...

Me (Angie C.)





Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's wonderful work too...






When you are uploading your card into SCS, PCP or other stamping community, please be sure to use TCCFF7 for this challenge. Thanks for playing along with this week's Feature Friday!

This weeks' winner will receive the Santa's List and Bernard Bear images AND a coupon for 15% off at The Character Cafe store!

Can't wait to see your creation..

Thanks for stopping by..


Angie C.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Winner TCCFF#6 - Sketch with Maria Bell

Happy Thanksgiving to all you American Friends who are celebrating!!!! I hope that this post finds you all full of feast and fond memories of family and friends :)

The winner of last weeks' Sketch Challenge posted by the wonderful Maria Bell is
MacKenzie, the Midnight "Scramper" with this cute as can be card...
Congrats MacKenzie! If you want to see more of her fabulous creations or details of this card, visit her blog and leave some love.

So, MacKenzie, I will be contacting you with the Pax Penguin and Santa's List images from The Character Cafe, as well as a 15% off Discount Coupon for your entire purchase at the store... a blog badge if you wish to use it, and your card will go in our Specials of the Week at the Store for all to see and use for inspiration! If you haven't heard from me and you're reading this, feel free to e-mail me just in case I can't get in touch with you. Thanks!

If you haven't already seen it, the Tek Tuesday post this week is for the cutest, easiest little tote, which would be great for little gifts this time of year! Also, don't forget, if you manage to incorporate any of the Tek Tuesday projects into an entry for Feature Friday Challenge, we'll send you a TCC Image for FREE!!!!!

Happy crafting!

P.S. If you haven't checked out Maria's blog, you really should, she's got the cutest little acetate window taggie, gifty thingies and a tut to boot ;)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tek Tuesday - 3x3 Note Card Tote

Hi Everyone!!

If you're looking for the Feature Friday Challenge featuring Maria Bell go HERE. But wait! Why not incorporate a Tek Tuesday project into your challenge entry to win a FREE image from The Cafe? Yep, that's right, FREE!

Welcome to another fabulous Tek-Tuesday!!! I have to tell you...I LOVE researching for these projects!!! I find THE coolest things to bring to you!! This week we're going to create a 3x3 Note Card tote. It would make a GREAT gift (SO EASY TO MAKE!!) for a teacher, neighbor, co-worker, anyone really!!!
I've started with a pic of the basic supplies necessary. One piece of cardstock (or 2 if you prefer a solid tote) and one piece of DP. I chose to have Designer Paper as my tote base but you could easily use the same color cardstock or choose another solid color. That is entirely up to you!!

You'll also need a the following:
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • trimmer
  • scoring blade
  • 1/16" punch or piercing tool
  • 2 brads of any kind
  • whatever image you'd like to use
And I's EASY!!! And making 3"X3" note cards just COULDN'T be any simpler!! =)
Here I've cut my tote base at 7 1/2" x 3 1/4". (I'm just showing you both sides of my tote base with the DP)
I then cut what will become my tote sides (where the handle will attach) at 8 1/2" x 2 1/4".
I then take my card base - the designer paper piece and SCORE 3 1/4" from either end.
So your card base will now look like this:
I then worked on the tote handle. This is cut at 8" x 1". If you wanted to use a decorative border punch for the sides of the handle then cut this at 8" x 1 1/4" to give yourself a little extra room. I simply wanted to distress and sew my handle so I cut it a tad smaller.
I distressed the edges lightly and using chocolate brown thread, zig zag stitched the entire perimeter of the handle. It looks pretty and adds extra stability.
I used a textured, champagne colored cardstock.
The next step is to score the sides of the tote which is the orange piece of cardstock referenced above at 8 1/2" x 2 1/4". You will score this at the following measurements:

1 5/8", 2 5/8" then at
5 7/8" and 6 7/8" (yes I had to mark this on my trimmer because I'm TERRIBLE with measurements!!!)
Here is what your finished tote sides will look like.
The next step is to find the center of each 1" section on your scored cardstock and measure 1/2" down and make a mark where you will then...
punch the 1/16" or piercing tool through.
Add adhesive as shown (I'd definitely use something like red-liner or sticky-strip)
You then want to peel off the backing of the sticky strip and wrap your tote sides (the orange paper) around the base (the designer paper).
You'll end up with this.
Now attach the handle with any brads you like.
One side...
Then the other...and VOILA!!! We have a tote!!! don't HAVE to use 3x3 notecards in could fill it with a favorite tea, small candies, a gift card, the possibilities are endless!!
So cute, right??
Now decorate!!! I kept mine very simple in terms of decor because I love this fall paper and really wanted it to stand out. But the second I decided to do this project I knew I wanted to use Timid Tulip. I've ALWAYS loved this image.
Here are some basic 3" x 3" notecards that I made to go with this ensemble.
I colored her with my Copics and gold paint pen, trimmed her out and added her to the chocolate ribbon that I tied around my tote. She is just TOO cute!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!!! Please don't hesitate to leave any questions in the comment section about how to make this and I'll be happy to answer!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday week if you're celebrating!!!


p.s. My research for this project came from an SCS tutorial by Regina Andari. (thank you!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Feature Friday "Sketch" Challenge #6's FRIDAY!! We have a special treat for you this week, a Guest Designer for this weeks challenge. We are very honoured to have Maria Bell host our Feature Friday "Sketch" challenge.

A word from Maria...

Hi my name is Maria and I'm so excited to be a guest designer for the Character Cafe. How fun!! I've been making handmade cards for 5 years. I love anything paper crafting from stamping & scrapbooking, to altered art. Digital stamps are such a great addition to the world of paper crafting. My favorite coloring medium is Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils. I have a lot of hobbies including blogging and photography. Thank you Kendra for giving me this opportunity to create with your fabulous digital stamps!!! I'm honored to be this week's guest designer! Happy stamping everyone!!

Here's her sketch.

and her awesome card...

Stamps: the Character Cafe Gift Giver Kitt-E
Paper: SU Designer paper, SU Shara Sand, True Thyme

Ink: Copic Markers

Accessories: JoAnn Brads, Organdy Ribbon, Nestabilities, Marvy 1 3/4" punch, Fiskar Scallop Scissors, Jolee's Boutique Snow Flake

So for this weeks challenge 5 of the Design Team girls worked on some inspiration for you. They did a fantastic job on their creations. The rest of the team is to find a challenge in Blogville using TCC images, so don't forget to checkout their blogs too and see what crafty things they have been up to this week.

Here is Lola's adorable creation!

Here is Sara's adorable Christmas card!

Here is Billie's fabulous boy card!

Here is Fink's fabulous creation!

Here is Diane's fabulous creation!

As always, you ladies have outdone yourselves again this week with these amazing creations!

The rest of the TEAM:

Deanne, Heather, Piali, Angie C, Rachel

Our Tek Team:

Meredith, Angie E

We want to thank Maria for joining us this week as our Guest Designer. Please pop by her blog and check out her fabulous creations and sketches, you won't be sorry!

Please don't forget to save your entry as "TCCFF6" if you upload to galleries like SCS, PCP or SNR.

And last but not least for the prize... The Winner will receive Pax Penguin and Santa's List images, a 15% off Discount Coupon for your entire purchase at The Cafe Store, your card featured on our blog (and in the winners section of the store!), as well as a winner's badge for your blog.

Also, if you incorporate any Tek Tuesday tut/template with your challenge entry, we'll send you a FREE image for your efforts (just let us know)!

We can't wait to see your creations, so get busy and add your name to Mr. Linky!!

Kendra & Kelly