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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.

too early for Christmas?

It’s still hitting 90 degrees here in Florida but Hobby Lobby has had their Christmas merchandise up since August 1st so I will be bold and post this Christmas box and tag.  It was created for the Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge for September – details can be found here.

The box and bow are Silhouette designs and were very easy to put together.  I love the combination of kraft cardstock with the light blue.  The pieces of the bow were run through a cuttlebug folder before assembling them together.  The tag is a stamp from Power Poppy’s Bottlebrush Holiday set and was colored with copic markers.  The box top has scalloped edges – here is a view of the side.  It’s sized to fit a gift card.

box side


Thanks for stopping by today!!

it’s the holiday season

Yes, it has been awhile since I posted here.  I’ve been busy with many things – some traveling as well as crafting.    I just have not had the time to update the blog – but we are in full swing for Christmas and I thought I would post a thing or two.

I’m participating in an ornament swap this season and wanted to show the quick and easy way I packaged it.  Here is a photo.

The ornament came with its own box.  I wrapped it in simple white linen wrapping paper.  I purchased a large roll of the wrapping paper at a local supply store that is open to the public but sells bulk paper goods to stores and restaurants.  I love the clean look of white – and I can use it for any occasion so there is no need to purchase separate paper for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, etc.  The green ribbon is from the $1 ribbon bin from Michael’s.  If you dig around in these bins you can generally find “regular” colors – green, red, blue, etc.  The decoration on top was purchased for $1 at Michael’s during their after Christmas sale.

The sentiment is from Papertrey’s Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday set.  I’ve used the sentiments on this set so many times – it has become my “go-to” set because it is so perfect not just for cards but for tags as well.  I embossed it in gold to coordinate with the decoration on top.  Here is a closer look.

So – with just a little work I ended up with a pretty package!!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope your holiday season is going well!

ornament gift box

Over the years I’ve given many ornaments to friends and family members for Christmas, and usually I just package it by placing it inside a gift bag.    I decided to look for something other than a bag that would accommodate a small ornament and found an easy template on the Scor-Pal project web site.

This box was made using the “one cupcake box”  tutorial found {here} – but I made few adjustments for this box that I will list below.

The box was made with SU textured Pomegranate paper and Bazzill White Swiss Dot paper.  I followed the directions on the Scor-Pal site with two exceptions.

-First the instructions call for cutting a circle on the front side of the box to create a window – I decided not to put a window on the side so I just skipped this step.

-Second, the instructions have the top being a 5″ square piece of paper, scored at 1″ in on each side.  Since I need the top to hang down a little farther to accommodate the satin ribbon, I started with a 6″ square and scored about 1.5″ in on each side.

I used an SU border punch to edge the top and used SU Pomagranate ribbon around it. 

To top it off I punched two Martha Stewart snowflakes and ran some gold thread with a bead to keep everything together.

The inside of the top I lined with more pomegranate paper – just to give it a more finished look and to hide where the gold cord was punched through the top.


So – now I am all ready to package up that special ornament!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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!