Monday, April 30, 2012

Ribbon Carousel Spotlight Tutorial Design Team

I have a secret to share!!

A couple of months back I received an invitation from Corinna at Ribbon Carousel asking me if I would be part of a new tutorial team.  My answer?  Heck yeah!  I would be crazy to pass up an opportunity to share my ideas with other crafters all while creating with ribbon!  

My Spotlight Tutorial Design Team teammates are: 

So, starting this Thursday, keep your eye out both here and on the Ribbon Carousel Blog for my tutorials and that of the other design team members.  There will be a fresh tutorial for you to view each Thursday!  

If you haven't checked out the Ribbon Carousel Blog already, be sure to stop by!  There are always fun ideas and challenges, too!   And while you're at it, check out the Ribbon Carousel store and take advantage of the current 15% off coupon! 

Happy Monday to you!

-Amanda

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Butterflies in a Jar Mother's Day Card

This week's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger was a watercolor butterfly print dress.  While butterflies are all but a gold standard in paper crafting, I was intimidated by the watercolor as I lack a certain ability with water and ink.  Nevertheless, I was able to find some fantastic components to make it work. 


As I composed this card, I thought it would be perfect for Mother's Day.  The watercolor print in the jar (Dear Lizzy Neapolitan) was just perfect for this challenge.  I love using these jars as specimen jars!  I added the gold embossed butterflies (DCWV Coral Couture).  I also used coral hued cardstock and embellishments so the card would have a monochromatic feel.  I added a bit of sass by adding a metallic gold panel behind the coral damask print and heat embossing the sentiment in metallic gold. 
Tuesday Trigger image
There is also an Anything Goes challenge over at Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog.  There is still time for you to throw your crafty hat in the ring!

Happy day to you!

-Amanda

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Truck Card

Cute little bugger of a card, huh?   I used the new Cricut Craft Room City Transportation digital cartridge to make this little truck.   This card would have been perfect when my son was a truck-obsessed toddler.  Nevertheless, this little ditty was going to a three year old for his birthday.

I am sharing this card with the folks at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge for challenge 108-On The Go.

Keep on truckin',

-Amanda

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fabric Flower Brooch Tutorial with Epiphany Crafts

You know that big chunky Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo yarn that you always want to buy but have no idea what you would do with it?   Well, I figured out at least one idea--a very quick and easy chunky necklace with a removable fabric flower brooch!  Add a customizable flower button from Epiphany Crafts, and you'll have a perfect gift for mom this Mother's Day!

How to make a fabric flower brooch:

1. Cut three strips of fabric in the following sizes: 4"x16", 3"x11", and 2"x7". 

2. Fold each piece in half and stitch across the bottom. 

3. Gather fabric to create a rosette, securing with a stitch at the end.  Glue or stitch the ends of the rosette together.  Repeat with each piece of fabric. 

4. Stack the rosettes together and stitch together at the center.  Add an Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Flower to the center of the rosette. 

5. Stitch a large basting pin to the back of the rosette.  Attach a small felt circle with fabric glue. (I used Fabri-Tac)

6. To make the necklace, twist and wrap an entire skein of Mambo yarn (5 yards) to your desired length.  Slightly overlap the ends and whip stitch together with white thread.  Attach the brooch and you're done!

Epiphany Crafts Supplies: 
Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Tool Flower 20
Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Accessories Button Flower 20

Other Supplies
Martha Stewart mambo yarn in flamingo
Brass basting pin
White cotton thread
Fabri-Tac adhesive
Scrap fabric
Felt

Happy crafting to you!

-Amanda

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Oven Cupcake Box Tutorial

When I posted my oven cupcake gift box HERE, I had a few requests for more detailed instructions on how to make the box.  I put this oven cupcake box tutorial together so you can make your own oven cupcake boxes, too!


Supplies: (links below)
12"x12" sheet of white cardstock or a sheet that is printed on only one side
Scraps of gray, black, red, and white cardstock
Cellophane (packaging works great)

TIP: Use supplies you have on hand to create the stove burners and knobs.  Get creative!


Oven Cupcake Box Tutorial

1. Cut a piece of 10"x12" paper. 

2. Along the 12" side, score the paper at 3", 6", and 9" (I have drawn them in black for better photographs only.  Ignore the squiggle where I messed up.)  :)

3. Along the 10" side, score the paper at .5", 3.5", 6.5", and 9.5"

4. Using a craft knife, cut out the areas marked with an X, making sure to cut out tabs. 
This is what the paper will look like after you have finished cutting.

5. Add a paper tab to the inside of the oven door. Round the corners. 

6. Make a window in the oven door by tracing a 1.25"x2" window template onto the oven door.  Cut out the window with a craft knife.

7. Apply adhesive around the window and adhere a sheet of cellophane.  TIP: Use more cellophane than you need.  It is really easy to trim. 
Apply adhesive
Add cellophane and trim.

8.  Assemble box by adding adhesive to the white side of the tabs.  Trim the side tabs so they do not show when the oven door is closed.  Round the corners. 

9. Make a door handle by cutting a 1/4" wide strip of gray paper.  Round the corners and adhere with foam adhesive.  

10. To make the oven control panel, cut a piece of 3"x3" white cardstock.  Starting at one end, score at .25" and 1.25". 

11. Punch 5 small holes in the 1" section of the control panel piece.  Add brads.  (Click HERE for a video on how to use the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tools)

 12. Apply adhesive to the 1/4" section of the control panel and adhere to top of the oven opposite the door. 

13. Adhere the remaining part of the control panel piece to the back of the oven. 

14. Punch 4 1" circles from gray paper and attach buttons to the top.  Adhere to the top of the oven and you're done!  (Click HERE for a video to see how the Epiphany Crafts button tool works)


You can add a fun tag or sentiment to the oven and fill with a cupcake or other goodies!  If you have any questions or need any clarification on this tutorial, please do not hesitate to send me a quick email!

Happy "baking"!

Amanda

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers

It is entirely fitting that spring and Mother's Day go hand in hand.  My new favorite crafting technique is making rolled paper flowers.  They are super easy to make and the end result is stunning! 


The pearls in the center of the flowers are quilters pins.  I stick the pins through the flowers and  trim the excess with wire snips.  I did manage to poke a few holes in my fingers, too.  Ouch!   I created the lattice in Cricut Craft Room by arranging a bunch of squares at a 45 degree angle. 

I love having you here!

-Amanda

I am sharing this card with the gals over at Lily Pad Cards

Supplies: 
Yellow cardstock (DCWV)
Green paper (GCD Studios)
Woodgrain print (MME)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Are You Sketchy?

I'm sketchy, but not in a creepy-douchebag-guy kind of way.   This week's challenge over at Create: blog is to create a card using the sketch below.   I was in a flower kind of mood so this is what I came up with:
 
I can't help but smile when I look at this card!  I used the brand-spankin-new Flower Child collection from GCD Studios.  The bright colors and patterns are down-right irresistible! 

GCD Papers: 
Flower Child 1640
Swirling 1648
Flowery 1641
Flower Child Plaid 1639
American Crafts flair button
May Arts jute twine


Steering clear of sketchy douchebags,

-Amanda

Monday, April 9, 2012

Crafting with Trash

Okay, not the gross kind of trash, but the remnants of packaging, etc.  Not only is upcycling hip, it is smart, too!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, packaging materials have made their way into my craft room as supplies and I couldn't resist the graph paper inserts from my latest Jillibean Soup stamps.   Another challenge over at Moxie Fab World is to create a craft with something you would normally throw away.  I have had this idea for an anniversary/love card forever and finally decided to put it together: 

I also used the sketch from DCWV's April Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge for this card. 

-Amanda

Supplies: 
Stamps (Jillibean Soup, Hero Arts)
VersaMark watermark ink
Zing! embossing powder
Sharpie fine tip pen
Paper and cardstock from DCWV
Twine from The Twinery

Using Household Items on Cards

If you make crafts for long enough, soon everything starts looking like a viable craft supply.  I look at my kitchen supplies differently, and scraps and packaging becomes infinitely more interesting.  I love to throw stuff away and declutter, but if a scrap has the slightest bit of visual or textural interest, it gets thrown into a pile of stuff to craft with "later". 

One of the current challenges over at Moxie Fab World is to use common household supplies in a paper craft.  I have been hanging on to some colored paper reinforcers forever knowing that one day they would make a fun craft or card.  Here is what I came up with: 

The repeated geometric pattern on this card is also on trend.  Not only did I create the pattern on the card with the circles, but I used them to create a scallop border around the sentiment.  Fun, huh? 

Go on, dive into your stash of office goodies and make a craft!

-Amanda

DIY Oven Cupcake Gift Box

At first glance, this little oven box appears unassuming, but there's a party happening on the inside!  This little oven cupcake box is now even easier to make with my FREE oven cupcake box cut file created especially for you!  

(Click HERE for a tutorial on how to make this box)
(NEW!  Click HERE for a free oven cupcake box cut file and free mini clock printable)

DIY Oven Cupcake Gift Box

DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file.  So cute!
 
Looks delish!  Use a piece of patterned cardstock to cut the oven box to reveal a fun surprise when the box is opened.  The updated cut file includes a cupcake holder so the cupcake won't slide around in the box.

DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. | popperandmimi.com
I used one 12"x12" sheet of patterned cardstock, scored it, cut it, and turned it into a box.  I wanted the oven to be white, so I folded the print to the inside.  I cut out a window and added cellophane to create the oven glass.  The box measures 3"x3"x3" (not including the control panel) which is the perfect size for a gourmet cupcake.

DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. Use brads and buttons to create the dials and burners.
The control panel is made with 4 small brads and a custom Epiphany Crafts brad and Round 14 bubble cap.  You can download a FREE mini clock printable available on my Freebies tab.  You can punch the mini clocks with a standard 1/2" or 3/4" circle punch and they look just fabulous on their own.

DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. Use brads and buttons to create the burners.  So cute!
The stove burners are made with Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Tool Round 20 and buttons.  Each burner sits on top of a 1" gray circle.

While this gift box is all dolled up for a birthday, you could just as easily turn it into a "Bun in the Oven" gift for someone who is expecting a baby. :)  Or, for those of you with young children, it could also be a play oven.  The tea kettle fits on the stovetop quite nicely! 

DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. | popperandmimi.com

Lastly, here is a photo of what the box looked like before I put it all together.  I had to add one extra tab to the top of the oven door.  (Click HERE for a more detailed tutorial on how to make the oven box.)
DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. | popperandmimi.com


DIY Oven Cupcake box with FREE cut file. How cute is this?

If you make an oven cupcake gift box, I'd love for you to share it with me on my Popper & Mimi Facebook page.

Have fun creating!

Amanda


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