Birthday Favor Boxes

It seems I’ve been taking a bit of a break from blogging. Not intentionally I assure you. I just hadn’t been doing a good job of documenting my projects as I was completing them.

With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up I hope to get started on a holiday project for my son’s class. In the mean time enjoy these favor boxes I made for his 7th birthday. He loves Legos and superheroes, so I combined them both. The inside contained a birthday Lego figure and an official Lego Builder license.

Lawn Fawn had just release their scalloped treat box die and I thought that would be great for party favors. I did a sample mock up using the scalloped treat box you can check out here. Unfortunately it wasn’t large enough for the treats I’d purchased so I started looking for other options. I found a great milk carton box on the Stamparadise blog. These boxes were a great size, and since she included dimensions I didn’t have to spend any extra money for another die.

I started by creating 20, (yes 20) milk carton bases. Cutting each sheet to size was no problem, but I will tell you, scoring each piece, especially the diagonal lines was a chore. How I went about doing the diagonal lines was to use the fold out arm of my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board. Lastly I die cut a small stitched circle on the back flap of each box so I could have a milk straw sticking out of the back.

After all of the boxes were cut and scored I used my MISTI to stamp out the city background from the Avery Elle Super stamp set in Fog Grey ink. I then stamped 40 of the same background on black cardstock in white ink, again using my MISTI, which made things go pretty quickly. Next up were 80 word bubbles (4 for each box). After everything was stamped and had a chance to dry I die cut the city backgrounds and word bubbles. I also die cut a bunch of clouds that I didn’t end up using. Finally for the word signal that read “Happy Birthday” I hand drew the shape (there is a die included in the Super Elle-ments die set, but it wasnt long enough for what I needed), and cut 20 of them out with my Scan-n-Cut. I then stamped Happy Birthday on each of them with my MISTI.



After all of my individual pieces were complete it was time to assembly everything. This actually went pretty quickly! I offset the cityscape  die cuts from the stamped background to give the illusion of depth. After they were assembled, I punched 2 holes in each box, filled them with goodies and tied them closed.

I had so much fun putting this all together and they went over well at the party. Word of advice… when undertaking a task like this I recommending binge watching something to help the time pass. 🙂

Until next time… go forth and create!

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Back to School – Lightbox Slides


I recently purchased a Heidi Swapp Lightbox from Michael’s. No, I didn’t use a 40% off coupon. What? Me? Not use a coupon? Nope… Because it was already 50% off in store! What?!?! Win/Win!

I’ve been watching the Lightbox for some time, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $40 on something with a non-replaceable light bulb. Yep. You read that right. Once the lights burn out that’s it! But nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool accessory that I wanted, and for 1/2 off? Why not!

There are a bunch of accessories to go along with the Lightbox that you can take a look at here. If you choose to purchase, definitely look around. There are a couple of online stores (like Scrapbook.com) as well as Michael’s and JoAnn’s that have the accessories priced cheaper than they are on the American Crafts website.

School is starting next week (ah, where did summer go?!), so along with the “Class of …” t-shirt I talked about last week, I also take the mandatory “First Day of…” photos. I thought it would be fun to use the Lightbox this year, but there was no way I’d be able to fit the message I wanted on it. Cue the DIY music…

The slides you can purchase for the Lightbox are 12.5 x 3. I decided to use transparency film sheets  (you know, the ones the teachers used in class with the projector a LONGGGGGG time ago) for my DIY, but they were 8.5 x 11. This meant I wouldn’t be able to recreate the slides  exactly. I had to decide if I just wanted to go with a smaller size (11 x 3)* or if I wanted to cut each word individually and be able to space them out accordingly. In the end I decided to just do a full slide in a smaller size. (1) less pieces for me to keep up with, and (2) I figured I could use some of the cute icon slides to fill in the open space.

I pulled out my trusty Scan and Cut and cut the words, “First Day of” and “Last Day of” out of black vinyl. Of course you could use any color, but I just wanted mine to be pretty simple. I then transferred the vinyl to a transparency sheet laid out horizontally. I cut that down a three inch height. I was able to get both slides, “First Day of” and “Last Day of” out of my 12 x 12 piece of vinyl. Hey! Waste not, want not! I rounded the corners of the slides with my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board to give it a finished look.  (It’s a great little tool that does a ton of things. I love this blog that showcases some of them). Rounding the corners could have been done with a lot of different tools, but I used what I had. (Note: The  1-2-3 punch board did NOT like the transparently sheets. I think the plastic kept getting stuck, so we won’t be doing that again.)

That’s about it! Now I need to figure out how to store these slides until the end of the school year!

Go forth and create!


*I had the hardest time trying to get my vinyl to be perfectly centered. In the future I plan to put the vinyl on the slide first, then cut it down to size. Instead of trying to line everything up on an 11 x 3 slide. 

 

 

Back to School – C/O 2028 Shirt

Raise your hand if you’re ready for school to start! Because I know I am! Honestly it’s not that big of a deal because I’m at work all day while the kids are at summer camp, but still…

Anyway, last year my baby started Kindergarten and I thought I would be fun to have some way to be able to watch him grow over the years. I saw a photo advertisement for a local photographer of a little kid in a t-shirt that read “Class of 2030”. I thought it was sooooo cute, so I headed over to Pinterest. Of course there were tons of similar ideas on there too. The plan is to take a photo of him in this shirt every year until his Senior year in high school.

Rather than try to find a shirt to purchase, I just decided to make it myself. I purchased a large white t-shirt (to give my kiddo lots of room to grow) and some black HTV (heat transfer vinyl). I wanted to make this as simple as possible. I created a file with the words CLASS of 2028 in ScanNCutCanvas then cut them out with my Scan N Cut. Don’t forgot to reverse the wording before printing it! You don’t want it on the shirt backwards!

It’s also important to remember with HTV is to make sure when you cut it you do not cut through the vinyl and the backing. You want what is called a “kiss cut”. So set your blade depth to 2 or 2.5. As long as you don’t remove your mat from the machine, you should be able to cut along the same lines with a deeper blade depth if the first cut didn’t do the job. Now if you do cut through the vinyl it’s not the end of the word… but it is going to make your job a bit more difficult.

Set your iron to a high setting with NO steam. After it’s nice and hot, place your vinyl on the shirt, letter facing down, put something over the vinyl (an old tshirt, pillowcase, usually whatever is in arms reach for me) and get to ironing! I hold it down for about 7-10 seconds for each area. After you’ve gone over the vinyl, give it a chance to cool, then run your hand over it to make sure you got everything transferred completely. And that’s it!

Go forth and create!

 

 

 

Father’s Day Canvas Bag

*Yes, I know Father’s Day has past. This post was written before Father’s Day, but since my Dad reads my blog (thanks Daddy!) I had to hold it. Enjoy!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but I started planning my Father’s Day gift BEFORE I even gave Mother’s Day a second thought. That’s rare for me! My dad enjoys buying fresh fruits and vegetable for meals on a daily basis, so I thought a cool grocery tote would be a fun gift. The thing is, my dad could care less about labels and trends. So I knew a tote from West Elm or World Market wouldn’t do.

I found a fun saying about Dads and Grandpas, and thought it would be nice to turn that into a grocery tote. As long as it wasn’t wildly colored, I figured Dad would be on board. I designed the saying using ScanNCutCanvas and cut it out of stencil  plastic with my ScanNCut. Next I painted the saying on the canvas with fabric paint. I was worried the paint would find a way to leak under the stencil, but the Silhouette stencil material comes with an adhesive back. Score! I let that dry overnight, then applied another coat of paint. I let the second coat dry for about four hours, removed the stencil and viola!

Finally I got all of my siblings, nieces and nephew to write a little note (or a scribble for the little ones), and now have I a custom one of a kind grocery tote.

I think my dad is gonna love it!

Playing catch-up…

I’ve been incredibly busy lately and haven’t had much time for crafting. Yes. Very sad. I’ve gotten a little Copic coloring in here and there (check out this new class being offered by Sandy Allnock in May) and done some playing with my new Distressed Crayons, but not much else. I hadn’t posted in a while and just wanted to say “Hi”, and give you a little sneak peek at my next project.

The plan is to get started on this next week, but you know how life is. So far I got the layout done in ScanandCut Canvas (to use with my Brother Scan and Cut). Simple lettering and found the Batman logo through a Google search. I don’t know if I’m going to do this on canvas or wood, but probably canvas since I already have it. This is going to either be a belated birthday gift for my nephew who just celebrated his 1st birthday, (he’s a huge Batman fan… as big as a fan a 1 year old can be), or I’m getting his Christmas gift done REALLY early.

Until next time…

batman screenshot

30 Second Stamping

Okay… 30 seconds may be a bit of an exaggeration, but this did not take very long at all. The rule at my house is: if you forget your lunch bag at school you take a paper bag until you bring it home. I have a 6 year old that takes his lunch, so this happens probably once a week.

I felt sad when I saw this boring paper bag lunch sitting on the counter this morning. Yesterday was party day at school, we all wore Valentine’s Day inspired clothing, decorated mailboxes… and now… blah.  Then inspiration struck! I grabbed this Valentine’s Day stamp set and some Hero Arts ink and jazzed that boring bag up in a matter of minutes.

Now my little guy will have a sweet surprise come lunch time.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!  

Christmas Advent Calendar

Last year I came across an advent calendar made from a muffin tin from Parents magazine. I pinned it to my Christmas Pinterest board and went about my day. I purchased the Lego Star Wars advent calendar this year and wanted a different way to present it other than the box it came in… Cut back to the muffin tin advent calendar.

The key is to purchase a muffin tin (or find one in your kitchen) that will be large enough to hold whatever gifts your will be giving. For me, that meant I needed a larger tin to hold the Lego pieces, which I found at Wal-Mart for about $10. The remaining materials needs are:

  • magnetic adhesive sheet (Quantity depends on the size of your muffin tin. 1 roll should be enough for a mini muffin tin. I needed two rolls for my project).
  • The Paper Studio’s All Seasons Three paper pack (or whatever paper you’d like to use for your background).
  • Time and patience.
  • * I used my Scan and Cut to cut my magnetic and paper circles, but it can also easily be cut by hand.
  • * I used an easel to display my calendar. If you find a muffin tin with holes at the top you could loop a ribbon through it and hang it from a wall.

Begin by cutting circles out of the magnetic adhesive sheet that will fit over the openings. I drew my circles in Scan and Cut Canvas (the design program for Scan and Cut for those of you that aren’t familiar with the program). They were 3.31 inches and then they were cut with the Scan and Cut, blade setting 7. This could have easily been done with scissors, but I am a perfectionist and wanted perfectly round circles. Since the magnetic adhesive I used came on a roll, my magnets weren’t flat so I stuck them in a book and under my ottoman for an hour or so to flatten them. 

Next cut out your circles from your patterned paper. I also used my Scan and Cut for this, blade setting 2.

Now you are ready to attach your magnets and your paper.

Once complete, you can number your circles with a marker, craft stickers, vinyl adhesive, whatever! I actually cut the numbers out of the center of the paper circles with my Scan and Cut.  I also decided I didn’t want the sticky exposed under the number cut out, so I stuck some back card beneath the numbers. (See photos for a better explanation).

And that’s it! You’re all done! This was a pretty quick project. It should have only taken a few hours to complete but I ran out of the magnetic adhesive, and the stores were already closed for the evening. After a quick run to Michaels the next morning I was able to get the finished product knocked out pretty quickly. Now the hard part was waiting until December 1st!