Friday, November 30, 2012

DIY Gratitude Journal Tutorial

Although Thanksgiving has passed, there is still much to be grateful for this holiday season.  This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Simple Stories and I am excited to share an easy gratitude journal tutorial with you. 

I used this tutorial as my inspiration for my gratitude journal. 

1. Start by making the binding of the journal by scoring a 4"x6" piece of paper every 1/2".   Fold into an accordion. 

2. Sew journal pages to the accordion starting with the back page.  Continue sewing pages until you get to the first page.  My journal has 6 pages, but you could easily do more or less. 

After all of the pages are sewn in, your journal will look like this:

3. Apply adhesive to the back of the accordion folds to create the binding. 

After you have applied adhesive, your binding will look like this:

4. Make a cover for your journal by sewing a 1 1/2" strip of paper between two 4"x6" pieces of paper.

5. Score the center of the cover and fold.

6. Adhere the cover to the journal pages.  Now your journal is ready to decorate!

I used the EC Pennant 25 tool to create a little banner for the journal cover. 

The EC Button 20 tool makes the cutest little custom buttons.  This gingham button is my favorite!

And how 'bout that little stamp made with the EC Square 25 tool?  

Below are a few sample pages from my gratitude journal. 


I am thankful for you!  Happy Holidays!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Pennant 25
Shape Studio Accessories Pennant 25 bubble cap
Shape Studio Tool Square 25
Shape Studio Accessories Square 25 bubble cap
Button Studio Tool Button Round 20
Button Studio Buttons Round 20

Other Supplies
Harvest Lane collection (Simple Stories)
Jute twine (May Arts)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Knotty and Nice Die Gift Sets

I am a huge fan of shopping for myself.  I know exactly what I want and exactly where to get it.  There is no guessing and no surprises.  And the clothes always fit.  

You may want to join me in treating yourself to Lifestyle Crafts new Knotty & Nice Gift Sets.  They are so perfect and pretty for the holidays!  
 Aren't those bows delish?   Easy to assemble and perfect for holiday gift giving!

Remember to use Coupon Code POPPERMIMI when checking out at Lifestyle Crafts for a 20% discount on your entire purchase! 

Have a happy day! 

Amanda

Monday, November 26, 2012

Paper Butterfly Specimen Shadowbox

As if you haven't heard enough about it already, I have yet another post about Die Cutting for Paper Crafters

This issue is pretty special to me on a personal level.  Not only did I have eight projects published, but I also have a project on the cover!  (The houndstooth purse box)  Now that the issue is officially on sale, I am able to share a project that is published in this issue. 


It was hard to pick just one project to share, but this project was a labor of love.  I experienced a lot of crafting firsts with this butterfly specimen shadowbox.  It was the first time I had used my Silhouette Cameo to create an entire project and it was the first time I had used watercolor paints.  There was lots of trial and error in getting this project just right.   Here are a couple of things I learned along the way: 
  • When doing really intricate cuts, start with a brand new cutting mat so the entire piece of paper sticks to the mat.  Bonus tip: If you have some little tears in the paper, fill in the blanks with a fine tipped Sharpie. 
  • Look at photos of real butterflies and moths as your watercolor inspiration.  
  • Use lots of water when painting.  And for you other Type A personalities, learn to embrace the subtle imperfections that come with watercolor painting.  :)
Wanna see the rest of my projects PLUS a TON of other fantastic die cutting inspiration?  Pick up your copy today! 

Always glad to have you here!  Come again soon!

Amanda

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Die Cutting for Paper Crafters Blog Hop WINNER!

The winner of last Friday's Die Cutting for Paper Crafters blog hop is....

Barbara!

Barbara said...
What an adorable card! And a great idea! 
November 16, 2012 10:10 AM


Congratulations Barbara!!!  Please email your mailing address to popperandmimi at gmail dot com and I'll send your copy of Die Cutting for Paper Crafters just in time for your Black Friday impulse shopping!

Thanks again to everyone for hopping along!

Amanda

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Decor: Rolled Paper Frame

This week over at Epiphany Crafts the design team is sharing ideas for fall decor.    I created a fun and easy DIY project for you to try.  Check it:

This cute fall frame was super easy to create.  I simply hot glued rolled paper to a sheet of chipboard and cut away the excess.   I hot glued a bit of twisted rope to the back to create a hanger. 


Each paper tube is rolled from a 3"x4" piece of paper.  I recommend using hot glue to keep the paper rolls secure.  The dimensions could easily be altered to create a larger or smaller frame, or even one that is rectangular.  The finished size of this frame is approx 5.25" square.  The picture opening is approximately 2.75" square.


Add a few leaves, some twine, and a custom EC embellishment to make a pretty accent. 
 
You could easily swap out the graphic for a picture.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day! 

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble cap
Vintage Settings Tea Room

Other Supplies
Patterned Paper (Crate Paper Acorn Ave. 6x6)
Stickers (Simple Stories Harvest Lane collection)
Jute twine (May Arts)
Twisted hemp rope (Canvas Corp)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rustic Christmas Door Card with Pine Swag

I am super excited to be participating in the Paper Crafts Magazine Die Cutting for Paper Crafters blog hop today!   This issue is so fantastic and inspiring it makes me want to die cut all day and all night!  

For today's hop we were asked to create card die cutting something other than paper.   While it may not be totally new to the paper crafting scene, I am crazy for wood veneer!  Plus, it die cuts like a dream! 


I die cut cherry wood veneer from Creative Imaginations using my Sihouette Cameo.  I set the blade depth at 7, cut speed at 1, with the thickness set at 33.  I used the card Christmas door file from Samantha Walker/Silhouette Online Store.  Although I used a pre-designed cutting file, this door would be really easy to design using any die cutting software.


Rather than the more traditional wreath, I created a pine swag to go on the front of the door.  I just got a Martha Stewart branch punch and couldn't wait to use it!


I dolled up the swag with some plaid ribbon, jute twine, jingle bells and a hemlock cone from my mom's yard. 

The next stop on the hop is Angeline Yong Jeet Leen.

Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance win your very own copy of Die Cutting for Paper Crafters!  You have until November 20 to comment.  Be sure to check back here on Nov. 21 to see if you are the big winner!  


Remember to head over to the Paper Crafts Connection blog when you are all done hopping and comment to win a fantastic prize!  

Happy Crafting!

Amanda

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giveaway WINNER!!!

The lucky winner of my giveaway last week is:
1. Nina Yang
Congrats Nina!  Please email me at popperandmimi at gmail dot com with your mailing address and I'll send your package right away!

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and helpful tips!  Be sure to stop by again on Friday for a blog hop and ANOTHER giveaway!

Amanda

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Card IQ Test

Early one morning as I woke up well before my alarm went off (don't you hate that?), I had a brilliant idea for a clever Christmas card.  With my idea in mind, I knew it would be a perfect fit for the Alphabet Sticker Challenge over at Moxie Fab World.  The challenge ends Nov. 19 so there is still plenty of time for you to play along!  

While solving this card won't qualify you for membership in Mensa, it does make you think a little bit.  Noel = No L.  Get it?  ;)  Plus, this is one of those rare occasions when you can not only use a Q, X, or Z on your card, but all three at the same time. 

I used some glittery Thickers that I have had for-ev-er.  They are so old the adhesive wasn't very sticky anymore.  :)  The gray stripe paper is from Doodlebug's North Pole 6x6 pad. 

I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added a little bouquet of green jingle bells.  I love the little burst of color they add to the card! 

Thanks for coming by to take a look!

Amanda

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gingerbread House Gift Box

**Click HERE for my current giveaway!**

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Amanda here today with a super cute gingerbread gift box that is perfect for holiday gift giving!
I started by die cutting a house shaped gift box (Silhouette) The gingerbread house box measures approximately 4"x 3 1/2"x 4 3/4".  I decorated the outside of the box not unlike I would a real gingerbread house, only instead of using candy, I used bits of paper that had a candy-like feel. 



The roof opens up so you can fill the house with a small gift or goodies.  For an extra wintry effect, I lined the windows with vellum. 



The candy dots are made with a regular ol' paper punch.  The door knob is made from a brad.  I rolled up striped paper to make the candy cane sticks on the corners of the house. 

I added scalloped trim to the roof and some peppermint striped molding around the windows (complete with mitered corners!). 


The roof is composed of several scallop punched layers accented with iridescent glitter. 


May your days be merry and bright!

Supplies: Zigzag 1687 (Splendor collection); Super Star 1511, Weekend Fun 1515 (Country Charm collection); vellum, white cardstock, scallop punches, brad, glitter.



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hexagon Gift Box

**Scroll down or click HERE for my current GIVEAWAY!**

Happy Thursday to you!  This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with My Little Shoebox which means tons of fun and cute inspiration for you!  



I made a bright and cheery hexagon gift box using My Little Shoebox's Cherry Delight collection.  

Using my Epiphany Crafts button flower tool, I punched a cherry blossom to make my own custom cherry blossom button.  I threaded a stamen through the button holes to give it added dimension.


I affixed the cherry blossom button to the flap that holds the box closed.  A quick lift with a finger and the box opens right up!



I used die cut flowers and leaves from the Cherry Delight collection to doll up the top of the box.   I added a dab of glue to the center of each flower and added the stamens.  Aren't they brilliant?  I found the stamens in the cake decorating section of the craft store. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Amanda

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

Other Supplies
Cherry Delight collection (My Little Shoebox)
Scallop border punch (Fiskars)
Stamens (Wilton)
Hexagon box cutting file (Silhouette)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Journaling Card Mini Book + A GIVEAWAY!!!

I was playing around with some paper goodies the other day and created a little mini book created from a single 12"x12" sheet of Simple Stories journaling cards.   I thought this would be a fitting entry for the Journaling Cards Challenge in the Moxie Fab World .  There's still plenty of time to play along, so get out your journaling cards and get crafty!
How fun is that?  Just cut a page of journaling cards into strips, score, fold and adhere to make one long zigzag.  Easy peasy.  My 6 y.o. daughter is a huge fan of these pocket-sized books because they are cute and little.  She likes to draw pictures and write stories in her little books.
Since these mini books are a bit springy, a cute button and some twine holds them together really well.  


Cutest button ever, right?  This is a custom button made using Epiphany Crafts Button Studio tool.  I now have a thing for gingham buttons.  

I dolled up the pages with some embellishments and stickers.  Have a look: 
OH!  One idea I just had would be to pass a mini book like this one around the Thanksgiving table and have family and guests write down their thoughts on gratitude.  Or, if you are in the middle of moving (like we will be around Thanksgiving), pass it around your local buffet and collect the thoughts of random strangers.  ;)

Whether this book is filled with thoughts of gratitude or the drawings of a little one, it will be forever cherished.  

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!  I have a fresh, new copy of Paper Crafts magazine Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks that is looking for a new home.  And I have some paper crafting goodies to go with it!**  Check it: 
You'll get this 
 Plus all of this:
The Goods: DCWV dots, stripes & plaids stick, SEI scrapbook album kit and coordinating die cut borders, Pink Paislee 3D stickers, rhinestones and jewels, two Hero Arts wooden stamps, ColorBox ink pad, Studio G ink pad, one roll Studio Calico washi tape, 6 12x12 sheets of Studio Calico paper, one 12x12 alpha sheet, and a couple of other things.
How can you win all of this goodness?  Leave me a comment on this post telling me YOUR favorite crafting tip or trick!  Comments must be received before 10:00pm MST Tuesday, November 13.  The winner will be announced on my blog Wednesday, November 14, so be sure to come back!

**I can only afford to ship the box to US addresses, but I WILL ship the magazine anywhere around the world!**  This way everyone can play!

Good luck and have a great weekend! 
 

Amanda