Monday, September 8, 2014

Origami Box

 I love this little gift box! The belly band is what keeps it closed. A flower and some ribbon dress up the belly band quite nicely:) We made these today at the St. John's Card Ministry. They will be used as gift boxes in the jewelry booth at this year's Apple Fest. Mark your calendar for Nov. 1 it's going to be awesome!!

1.   One sheet of 12x12 designer series paper.

2.  Score at 1 ½ , 3, 3 ¾,  8 ¼, 9 and 10 ½ 

3.  Rotate your paper and score at 3, 4 ½, 7 ½, and 9

4.  Use a bone folder to reinforce all the folds, folding in toward the pattern you want on the inside of the completed box.

5.  Place the side of the paper that has five spaces (3, 4 ½, 7 ½, and 9 inch score marks) across top in front of you. Locate the score mark that is 4 ½ inch from the edge. Make a diagonal fold from the corners to that 4 ½ inch score line. Do this on all four sides.

6.  Locate the score line that is 1 ½ inch from the edge of the paper and fold that in toward the center. You can see it done on the right and left sides of the photo to the right.

7.  Rotate the paper one quarter turn to the rights. Now you want to reverse the 4 folds shown in the previous photo. Place your finger in the triangle on your left and you will see a flap pop up. Fold the flap you just opened to your left. The photo to the right shows the end results after you do this to all four corners.

8.  Rotate the paper one quarter turn to the right. Fold the left and right sides to the center. At this point reinforce all the score lines with your bone folder.
9.  Reinforce the score marks that are 3 and 4 ½ inches from the ends (short sides). This will make a big difference on how sharp and crisp your finished box looks.

10.   Here comes the fun, magical part! See the score line that is ¾ of an inch for the edge of each long side? This will become a lip beside the box. Begin with the one on the left side. Put your left index finger just outside the edge of the score line. Bend it up and to the left.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Architecture Art

The roof on this Tea Shoppe lifts off  to reveal a hollow interior which will hold a mini album. As soon as I make it! I had so much fun making it that I cant stop to make the mini album yet. I just started the next building which is a Dress Shoppe. Both buildings are made of chip board, card stock and scrap book paper. In this case the paper is Graphic 45. The Botanical Tea collection.  The pattern is from Laura Denison at

In progress here. The mansard roof was not difficult, but the window sure was!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Mini Album

I love thiz design!! It's called "The All Occasion Mini Album" and the directions came from Kathy Orta. The paper I used is from Hobby Lobby. One of the things I love about this design is that it allows full size 4 x 6 photos. No cropping!!
Spine full of charms. Tim Holtz fasteners.

The pocket on the left holds a folder with more pockets and photo mats.
Inside folder

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Card Ministry

What a nice day working with a great bunch of ladies! Thank  you all so much for your effort to St. John's members! These are birthday cards for our senior members. We also make thank yous, sympathy, praying for you and blank cards to be used as needed by the Church staff.

Project Details
Tap Tap Tap
Card Stock & Papers
Basic Black: cut 8 ½ x 5 ½ score at 4 ¼
Very Vanilla: 4 x 5 ¼, and banner framelit
Whisper White: stamp typewriter on
Typeset DSP: cut strips for the background
Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Blendabilities, and Basic Black water based marker to highlight the keys. 
Gold Baker's Twine
Banner Framelits

Project Details
The Open Sea, World Map
Card Stock & Papers
Chocolate Chip: card base cut 8 ½ x 5 ½ score at 4 ¼
7th smallest circle
strip embossed with woodgrain
Crumb Cake: 4 x 5 ¼
Very Vanilla: ship - 6th smallest circle, banner bday and anchor
Lost Lagoon: compass rose and spiral border punch ½ inch strip
Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Brads, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Sponges
Baja breeze and midnight muse markers, Circle Framelits, Banner Framelits, and Spiral Border punch

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Is it REALLY a Camera?

Nope, it's a mini album! I got the directions from Laura Denison. I wanted to make something for my son. A regular mini album would simply not do. It had to be special and unique. He is a photography buff and this seems perfect for a guy.

A work in progress

There are photo mats inside the bellows.
Space for 4 photos in each of 8 mats for a total of 32 photos in the bellows portion.

The gears, key, etc are all Tim Holtz or Spare Parts from Hobby Lobby.
Constucted with cardstock and chip board.
The "glass" in the door is acetate with crackle medium applied to it.
Inside the back of the camera is a box for 7 photo mat folders that hold 4 each for a total of 28 photos.

The metal file tabs and film strip are Tim Holtz.
The map papers are from Hobby Lobby.