Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Toonie Tuesday - Totally Terrific Projects

Two great projects for you today!

Sample One: Advent Boxes for your Mantle

I have a project I've been working on for a few days that I'm really proud of. I have a brand new toy, a Scor It Tool that I've been playing with. It's been so fun, so I've been thinking up all kinds of projects that are possible with the embossing/creasing ability you have with it.

Here is an Advent Decoration I came up with. It was designed for my children for the 12 day's before Christmas. Like and Advent Calendar, in each special little box will be little surprises and I think verses that will remind them of the truth of what Christmas means. They are so excited about using it this Christmas. I think I will hang it on our mantle. It's such a difficult project to photograph because it is so long, but I'll show you numerous shots.

Each box measures 2.75 x 2.75 x 2.75, and each box can fit on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I made my own template and then used the Scor It to make all the creases. Perfectly sharp for a box, and all the attachment pieces. Sticky strip is used to hold it together, and my husband suggested using eyelets to run the fishing line through each box so that it will be long lasting. (smart man).

Here I've used the reverse image of the letters for Joy, just adding the center of the O too.

Sorry this picture is a little blurry I was playing with the size....I'll try and fix it later!
I ran the Scandanavian Wheel with each box's color ink over the bottom and the lid of the boxes and then decorated each of the three sets with Advent words of truth, HOPE, JOY and PEACE (12 letters - get it?). I used old SU chipboard letters, punches and new Ski Slope DSP to decorate and new ribbons to give it some festive but simple embellishment.

To link the boxes I used old clear beads I had bought in bulk from Michaels, 3 between each box and 14 between each word with a Felt Flurries Snowflake threaded over top. The Felt Flurries were my idea from the beginning but I had the hardest time trying to figure out how to have them between the words without them crushing in on each other when the boxes were hung. With all the clear beads in between now, and the snowflake threaded overtop it holds the boxes apart firmly. Here you can also se the H box slightly open.

I seriously LOVE it. Is it Christmas yet? Can I hang it yet???? Any thoughts on some of the surprises I should put into each box? They can't be too heavy....and it needs to work for 3 kids each day - they do know how to share so it can be one thing too. But I want it to be special and symbolic of the celebration of Jesus' Birth.

Project Two: Bella's Vanilla Kiss

Mmmmm, doesn't that sound yummy??? I have a thing for Vanilla. In fact I wear Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace lotion every day, sorry too much information??

This is for today's color challenge hosted by Cindy today, Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze. I know Cindy loves this Baja Color. I didn't to start with, but paired with the right colors and it's totally growing on me.

I used my Hat pins in my Pretties Kit for the first time (can you believe it?!) It sure makes it over the top elegant - but you wouldn't be able to mail it in a regular envelope.

Here Bella's Bloom is inked in both Baja and Kiwi (carefully) and stamped on Vanilla, as well as the sentiment. I stamped the main bloom a 2nd time and popped it on top. I cut it out with my Coluzzle, used my Scor It to score some lines around the sentiment (a row over and under the sentiment) and added piercing. Then I punched out several of the large ovals and layered them behind the main image oval as accent.

I also used the Scor It for the embossing along the edges of the card base (isn't that snazzy?) and added Urban Garden DSP inside the embossed area. The pretty hat pin is embellished with the pearls and beads and the gorgeous Kiwi Satin ribbon.

So pretty. Stamping just makes me happy.

Hope your day is filled with Vanilla Kisses too !
Project One: Advent Boxes: Stamps: Scandanavian Wheel Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP Accessories: Oval Punches, Chipboard Letters, Sanding Block, Scor-it Tool, Alpine Felt Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Grossgrain, Double Stitched Riding Hood Red Grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Double Stitched Ribbon, Felt Flurries Snowflakes, Clear Beads, Fishing Line, Silver Eyelets, Mono Multi Adhesive, Sticky Tape
Project Two: Bella's Vanilla Kiss: Stamps: Bella's Bloom Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Urban Garden DSP Accessories: Colluzzle, Scor-it Tool, Piercer, Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Pretties Kit, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon


Anouk said...

What a great project! Would you be willing to share your template with me? anoukm12000@yahoo.com


Jerri Kay said...

Christine, your project is spectacular! Oh my gosh, I love it! So perfect for the holiday. It looks like it was so much fun to create. I know the kids will enjoy it for years to come and you'll also be creating wonderful memories with them.

Your card is beautiful! Cindy chose beautiful colors for today's challenge.

Shirley said...

What wonderful projects. The first one is just so pretty, practical and so creative! The second one is just too beautiful for words!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

WOW Christine! The advent calendar must have been a labour of love! Gorgeous and so beautifully detailed as everything you do is! Your colour combo card is stunning...love all layered ovals!

Olena said...

Wonderful projects! Nice job!