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I Brake For….Sunflowers!

Hello my creative friends.  It’s Wednesday and time for another look at stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  Today I have a card and little gift box with a sunflower theme to show you – first the card.

I have several sunflower stamps – just can’t seem to get enough of them!  I suppose it reminds me of the place I grew up – down the street our neighbors had a small patch of sunflowers in their front yard. They looked enormous to me, probably because I was just a little thing. I’ve always love the big bold blooms.  This sunflower  image from IBFS can be found HERE.

Usually when I do a sunflower card I use darker colors – mustard yellows and browns.  This time I wanted to go a little brighter and found some digital paper in my computer files that worked well.  It has yellow and browns but cooled down with blue.  Love it!  I stamped the image on copic x-press it cardstock in memento tuxedo black ink.  The stitched design on the panel (hard to see in the photo) was created using my silhouette. Copic markers were used for coloring.  The vellum panel with the word “sunflower” was computer generated. It originated as a silhouette cut file but I could not get my machine to cut the intricate design in a small enough scale to fit on the card.

Tell me about your coloring process.  I’ve evolved over the years – I’ve been stamping since the late 1990’s.  In using copics I’ve found that it helps me to have a practice piece to work out the right mix of colors.  I usually take a small piece of cardstock and stamp the image – it doesn’t have to be the full image – and test my colors.  It’s what I did with the sunflowers in this card.  I worked out a few different shades in the copic color Y and YR ranges on my practice piece first and was able to color the final version quickly.  It may seem like an extra step but it helps me get the right blend of colors.

Now for the little box.  I had enough of the digital paper left over and decided to put it to use by making a small coordinating gift box.

The box was created using an easy origami fold and two pieces of paper.  To top it off I cut a circle with a spellbinders die and stamped one of the sunflower blooms .  The box is about 2.5 inches.

I have a short video on how I created the box – I hope you find it useful:

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store – I know you will find something there to love!  Remember you can get 10% off your order by used code SAVE10NANCY.

Mark’s Finest Papers January Release Day 3!

Hello! Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Company’s January Blog Hop!
This month’s New Stamp Set Releases are
Love Remains Featured January 17
Cowgirls Rule Featured January 18
Sending Happy Thoughts Featured January 19
You Are Cherished Featured January 20


Today’s blog hop features a wonderful postal set called Sending Happy Thoughts.  Instead of a card I chose to do a cute treat box – since next month is filled with events (Valentines Day, Mardi Gras, my husbands birthday) there will be plenty of opportunities to give out treats!

I made the box using a beautiful green linen cardstock from MFP called  August Greens Linen.   I love the look of linen  cardstock and the color went perfectly with the yellows of the black eyed susan image. 

The image was stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and colored with copics, sponged with memento sky around the edges.   The “hello” sentiment is from the same set and stamped in black.  The background leaf image is from the Love Remains set released earlier this week and was stamped with memento new sprout ink.  The gorgeous yellow satin ribbon is called Bright Sunrise and is also available from Mark’s Finest papers.


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don’t forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!)We will announce all four winners on January 21, 2012 on the Mark’s Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!) The winners will be chosen at 11PM EST on Friday January 20, 2012.

Pat G.
Karen H.
Patty P.
Dawn M.
Karen K.
Nancy – you are here!
Mark’s Finest Papers

tri fold treat box

I’ve always liked tri fold cards and started thinking about doing a tri fold box for holiday treats or gifts.  Playing around with some 12 x 12 holiday paper I worked on a couple of scenarios and finally came up with this box:

It measures about  3.25 wide, 8.25 long and 1.25 high and is perfect for homemade fudge or other specialty candies or  you may even be able to fit a tie inside.  If you have crafty friends you can fill it with buttons and other embellishments.  

Supplies used:

  • One 12″ sheet of double sided holiday cardstock (Little Yellow Bicycle’s Winter Wishes used here). 
  • One 8.5 x 11 sheet of kraft cardstock
  • red cardstock for scalloped edge, white cardstock for sentiment
  • Sentiment stamp (Papertrey stamp used here), label die (Spellbinders used here),   red ink (Memento Rhubarb Stalk)  ribbon, scallop border punch, scoring tool, adhesive

Take your holiday cardstock and cut it down to 8.25 x 12.  (Note:  shown here is the reverse side of the cardstock).  Save the leftover strip – you will be using that later.  Score the cut paper at 3″ and 4 3/8″, turn paper and score again at 3: ad 4 3/8″.  Fold on score lines and set aside.

Take your kraft cardstock and cut it down to 10.5 x 5 6/8.  Score at 1.25″ on each side.  Fold at score lines and cut tabs as shown. 

Cut down the leftover strip  of holiday cardstock to fit inside the kraft box.  Adhere to the bottom of the box, tape side flaps to create the box.  Set aside.

Use a scallop border punch on a strip of red cardstock (about 7.5″ long and roughly 3″ wide.  This strip will be taped to the top panel on the inside.  Also cut a strip of red cardstock the same length and about 1/2″ wide – this will be used on the front just to give a finished edge.



Tape the kraft box to the inside center panel of the holiday paper. 

To finish it off I wrapped  a red ribbon around the box – I used a little double sided tape on the back to hold the ribbon in place. 

Cut out a label from white cardstock with the spellbinders die and stamp the sentiment on it.  Attach to the front of the box with foam mounting tape or other pop dots.

Add fudge or other holiday treats and your gift is ready for giving!  You may want to line your box with parchment paper if you are giving edible items, unless they are already wrapped.

Thanks for stopping by today!

matching card and box

Hello friends!    My regular internet service has been down since Friday – can’t believe how much I needed it!  Doing blog posts via the smartphone is too difficult for me at this time!!!  Anyway – I am back in business!

 Are you starting to get into the holiday spirit?  I’ve completed a number of my Christmas cards and am working on little gift boxes and gift card holders.   Here is a matching card and box I made for the “free for all” challenge on SCS this past week. 


The card is made with cryogen white cardstock along with solid and patterned paper from the SEI Winter Song pack.  The poinsettia was made with the same cryogen cardstock using Spellbinders Poinsettia die and a leaf from their Foliage die set.  This was mounted on a Lacey Circle die, also from Spellbinders.  A clear rhinestone was colored with a copic marker and placed in the center of the poinsettia.  The cryogen paper is heavyweight but soft enough to allow a nice deep embossing.  It also has a wonderful shimmer to it – perfect for holiday cards!  The sentiment is from Flourishes and was stamped with Memento Rhubarb stalk.    Here is a closer look at the card.


The box uses the same paper as the card.  For the front I used only 3 of the 4 blooms of the poinsettia die along with a leaf die from Sizzix.  You can tell fron this photo how nice this die embosses.  The ribbon is actually seam binding.  Here is a close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by today – join me tomorrow and I’ll show you some fabric covered ornaments I finished yesterday!

holiday gift box – a learning experience

Did you see the Moxie Fab World Blog last week?  It was all about holiday crafts – they had some wonderful designers showcasing great projects and everyone was invited to join in on the challenges.

One of the challenges was the All Wrapped Up Challenge  which called for creating a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. for the holiday season.  Several of the designers made gift boxes using a template that was provided by Leslie Webster (found here).  I’ve seen these types of boxes but have never actually made one, so I thought I would give it a try.  I found out that the template was just a tad off – I’ll explain a little later.  Here’s my box and matching tag.

I created the box with the template and paper from a My Minds Eye Christmas paper pack called called O Christmas Tree – it contains 54 sheets of 12″ glittered cardstock and is just beautiful!  And the best part is that I picked it up for 50% off at my local Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago.  I used a pretty pointsettia pattern for the top and a coordinated swiss dot print for the bottom.  Once I made the box I edged the top  with some burgundy satin ribbon from Michaels, because it was  a nice match for the paper.   The tag was cut from nestabilities and the sentiment is from Flurishes.   Here’s a look at the  side.

The tag was created using scraps left over from the paper – I cut out two pointsettias from a leftover piece of the box top and layered them onto the dot paper and mounted that onto some burgundy paper. 

When I went to place the top onto the bottom it really did not fit well and  I realized what had been nagging me in the back of my mind the whole time. 

We all know that when you have a box the top has so be just ever so slightly larger than the bottom so that it can fit over it, right?    Well, the way the template and instructions for this box reads is that you end up with two pieces that are each 4″ square.  When I put the top on the bottom… I kind of had to force it on and the bottom ended up a bit squished in each corner.  You can’t see this from the photo because I made one side look good to take the picture.

So – I will need to redo one of the pieces – probably the bottom since the top is already decorated.  But if I was doing this from scratch I would take the top and instead of scoring at 1.5″ on each side as the instructions call for, I would score at slightly less than that – perhaps a 1/8th inch smaller on each side which will allow the top to be slightly larger than the 4″ bottom.

Live and learn!!

Anyway,  when  I looked at the cost of the paper and ribbon I realized that this box and tag ended up costing me about 60 cents – what a bargain!  You can’t get a nice gift bag around here for less than $1!!   

Thanks for stopping by today!