Friday, August 31, 2012

Mini Summer Tote Gift Bag Tutorial

It's Amanda!  School may be in full swing for some of you, but summer is hardly over!   Like many women, I have an ever-growing collection of purses and totes.  When summer rolls around, I just can't resist the iconic L.L. Bean canvas totes.  I wish I had one in all sizes and in all colors.  So, rather than draining my bank account, I made a mini summer tote gift bag reminiscent of an L.L. Bean tote.  This little ditty would be perfect for a summer gift!

Mini Summer Tote Gift Bag Tutorial
Cute, right?   It may look big in the picture, but the bag (not including the handles) is just 3.5" tall.  It's so wee!  It is just the perfect size to fill with candy or other fun goodies.  

Here is how I made the tiny tote (inspired by this tutorial).  Lucky for you, I have already worked out the kinks.  :)

1. Start by making a small box from a 3.25"x4.5" piece of paper.  Score at 1/2" all the way around, trim tabs and adhere.  

2. Cut a 3.5"x12"strip of paper.  Add two stitches across the top of the paper.  Make 3/4" long scores at 1 3/8", 5", 7 1/4", and 10 7/8" at the bottom of the paper.  You don't want to score all the way up if you want your bag to look round. 

3. Cut two 1/2"x12" strips of paper for the handles and one 3/4"x 12" strip of paper for the bottom.  Stitch handles and then stitch the bottom piece. 

4.  Using the scores as a guide, adhere bag top to box using strong adhesive (I used Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power Tape).  

5. Add a decorative flower and you're done! 

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

From the Flower Child Collection: Wondering Geo 1683, Groovy 1642, Flower Child Plaid 1639, Swirling 1648.  Pearl brad (American Crafts), thread (Coats & Clark)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Epiphany Crafts & Maya Road: Inked Hexagon Tutorial

This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Maya Road to bring you a ton of fun crafty inspiration!   The chipboard hexagons from Maya Road and custom embellishments from Epiphany Crafts allow you to customize your embellishments to make the perfect card or project.

Supplies needed
  • Pigment ink
  • Fun patterned paper
  • Epiphany Crafts Square 25 tool
  • Maya Road chipboard hexagons

1. Place chipboard hexagons on scrap paper.  Dab repeatedly with ink pad until completely saturated.  Let dry completely and do a second coat if necessary.   Repeat with different colors on other hexagons.

 2. Make hexagon frames by adhering hexagons to patterned paper and trimming excess. 

3. Make custom Epiphany Crafts square 25 embellishments.

4. Make card, adhering hexagons and custom embellishments.  Wrap card with jute twine.

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Studio Shape Tool Square 25
Studio Shape Accessory Square 25 bubble caps

Other Supplies
Chipboard hexagons (Maya Road)
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx
Patterned paper (Echo Park Everyday Eclectic)
Jute twine (May Arts

Have a lovely day!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Spotlight Tutorial with Amanda Coleman: How to Make Spiral Corkscrew Ribbons

I'm baaaaaack!  Amanda here with you today!  I am super excited to start a second term on the Ribbon Carousel Spotlight Tutorial DT!  Today I will show you a couple of fun ways to alter your ribbon.  
If you have little girls you have probably seen hair accessories made from a bunch of tightly wound spiral ribbons.  Did you know it is super easy to make spiral ribbons?  The most common method is to make them using an oven, but as I was experimenting, I found an easier and faster way.  Here's how!  

1. Wind a length of ribbon (or twine, etc.) in a spiral around a wooden dowel, securing the ends with wooden clothes pins.

2. Hold heat embossing gun approx 1/2" away from dowel, moving side to side at a rate of about 1" per second.  Repeat on all sides of dowel.  

3. Set aside let cool completely (a few minutes).  Trim to your desired length and you're done!  

Here are a few other things I learned along the way: 
  • Smaller dowels are generally better than large dowels.  Your spiral will stretch and unwind a little.   
  • If you mess up or change your mind, you can start over! 
  • Cotton twill ribbon and cotton twine do not hold a curl very well.  It looks good initially, but the curls quickly fall out.  Seam binding curls nicely but the curl doesn't hold very well. 
  • Jute twine will scorch if the heat is left in one place for too long.  Be careful!

Corkscrew ribbons and twine make fantastic embellishments on cards or other crafty projects! 
I used pink jute twine for the corkscrews on this card.  The fun paper is American Crafts Shoreline 6x6.  Both are available in the Ribbon Carousel store

For this card I made corkscrews with 5/8" coral satin grosgrain double band ribbon.  The paper is American Crafts Shoreline 6x6.  I used navy jute twine for the bow and a homemade wooden buttons also available in the store.  The rosette embellishments are from LYB.

Give corkscrew ribbons a try!  If you come up with a different combination and great result, be sure let us know on our FB page! 

Have fun experimenting!


Rosette Medallions with Epiphany Crafts

Although we live in a small town in eastern Idaho, my hubby and I are city folk at heart.  I was raised in Denver, he in Baltimore.  We are having a fun time embracing the country lifestyle and picking up some new hobbies along the way.  A few years ago we decided to raise chickens in the backyard.  It has been a phenomenal success and fun for everyone in the family! 

So, long story short, both of my kids won ribbons for their chicken entries at this year's county fair (grand champion and first place!) and I thought that the Epiphany Crafts round 25 tool would be perfect for a medallion in the center of an award ribbon. 

My daughter turned 6 this past Monday so I made this cute little badge for her to wear around all day.  I'll show you how to attach a pin below. 

I made a rosette from two 1 1/4"x12" strips of paper scored every 1/2".  I embellished the center with scallop and circle punches and an Epiphany Crafts round 25 embellishment. 

Here's how to attach a pin to the medallion: 

1. Layer banner flags to the back of the rosette, starting with the shorter flags in the front and the long flags in the back.

2. Apply a strip of hot glue to the back of a circle and attach safety pin.

3. Hot glue  the circle with pin to the back of the medallion and you're done!  

Inspired by the rosettes, I made a fun sunshine card with a rosette and EC round 25 tool.  

I made the custom embellishment with a sunshine print and made the rosette from two 3/4"x6" strips of paper scored every 1/4".  Cute! 

With the school year about to commence, these medallions would come in handy for awards all year long, especially for those of you who are teachers and/or classroom volunteers. 

Thanks for stopping by!!


Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25
Shape Studio Accessory Round 25 bubble caps

Other Supplies
Printed paper (Echo Park Sweet Day collection, American Crafts Shoreline collection)
Yellow cardstock (Bazzill Card Shoppe
Sentiment Stamp (Green Grass Stamps

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Just Keep Swimming with Epiphany Crafts and Little Yellow Bicycle

Do you ever freak out a little bit when you see a print that you just love?  Well, that's what happened to me when I saw the chubby, graphic fish in LYB's Splash collection.  It was as though they were just screaming, "Fussy cut me!".  So, that's what I did.  

The same print that had the fish also had bubbles which look just perfect as a custom EC embellishment. 

And how about that seaweed?  It's as though the fat, little fishies are swimming right through it.  I free-hand cut a green chevron LYB vellum tape strip.  You know you think it is pretty awesome. 

Just keep swimming!


Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps

Other Supplies
Little Yellow Bicycle Splash collection papers
Little Yellow Bicycle vellum tape strips
Jillibean Soup alpha stickers

Monday, August 6, 2012

Water Week with GCD Studios

Hi!  Amanda here today.  I was so inspired by Heidi Van Laar's watercolor post in May, I couldn't wait to give watercolors a try!  Her tutorial made it seem so doable, even for a painting novice like me.  You see, I don't consider myself the least bit artsy, especially when it comes to painting.   I think the last time I picked up paints was in my middle school art class, and that was only because I had to.   

I thought I would try a little emboss-resist with watercolor paints.  I heat embossed butterflies onto watercolor paper and then used butterfly punch to cut out the shapes.  I wanted the watercolors to remain bright, so I didn't use too much water.  After most of the paint had soaked into the paper, I lightly dabbed the excess with a tissue.

The end result is a bright array of rainbow colored butterflies. 

Since this was one of my early attempts at watercolor painting, I decided to keep it simple.  For my next card I painted the body of a ladybug and dolled her up with some spots. 

I cut watercolor paper circle and painted it with varying shades of red.  After the red paint was dry, I painted on black dots.  I cut the painted circle in half and layered it over black circles.  I drew on some antennae and added some tiny black rhinestones to the top.  Ladybugs are often considered a symbol of luck so I added an appropriate sentiment.   I also stitched around the patterned paper panels.  This is a great way to add some visual dimension to a card. 

Next time you break out your crafting supplies, give watercolors a try!  You won't be disappointed and may surprise yourself!

Oh Happy Day collection: Mira's Pearls 1764, Hailey 1767, Mariah, 1771, Amber's Avenue 1774, alpha stickers (BasicGrey), rhinestones (Kaisercraft), butterfly stamps and punches (Martha Stewart Crafts), just because stamp (Jillibean Soup), Zing! white embossing powder, watercolor paints and paper (Nicole Crafts)

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Paper Cut August Issue is Now Available!

And it's fantastic!   When I first saw the cover layout by Heidi Sonboul I freaked out!  I love the splashes and the tabs and the colors.  It is so perfect for summer! 

Take a peek inside and you'll see a couple of my fun, summer projects, including a clock that is now in my kitchen.  And you will just fall in love with Nina Yang's pretty toilet paper box!  Trust me, this will quickly move to the top of your crafty to-do list.  

Be sure to visit GCD Studios blog and comment to win the entire Flower Child collection!

Happy reading!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bricks and Vines: Epiphany Crafts Button Flower Tool

I am not much of a journal writer, but when I go on vacation, I do like to have a small notebook where I can store keepsakes and make little notes about the things we do.
I also have this thing for bricks and vines lately.  :)  I altered a kraft notebook cover by adding a brick print and a climbing vine with flowers.  I kept the cover fairly low-profile knowing that this would eventually be stuffed in a suitcase.  Maybe I can add some doodles or graffiti to the cover, too. 

The EC Button flower tool makes the cutest little embellishments!  Slide in your paper, punch, and voila! you have a perfect little flower. 

Have a happy summer!


Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Button Studio Tool Flower 20
Button Studio Accessory Flower 20

Other Supplies
Satin cutout ribbon (May Arts)
Foam Thickers (American Crafts)
Pink dot paper (GCD Studios Splendor collection)
Brick patterned paper (Jillibean Soup)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Unique Crafters Challenge #6: Sparkle & Shine

Welcome back to Unique Crafters Challenge sponsored by Scrapbooking Unique!  This month's challenge is to use buttons somewhere in your paper crafted creation.  Challenge #6: Sparkle & Shine,  begins on August 1 and ends at midnight (CST) on August 31.  You can link up three different projects for your chance to win a fantastic prize package!  A winner and two runners up will be announced on September 5.  Be sure to read all of the fine print on the Unique Crafters Challenge blog homepage. 

For this challenge I created a clean and simple card using silver glitter paper as the lining for clouds.  The raindrops are clear rhinestones.   I also added a strip of silver glitter paper on the edge of the card to really make it pop.  This card would be perfect for a friend who needs a little pick-me-up.

Be sure to join in on the fun for your chance to win some fun prizes!  I can't wait to see your sparkly creations!

Have a crafty day!