Exploding Birthday Box

My daughter turned 16 over the summer and I knew that not just any card would do. She has a fantastic sarcastic personality and not a fan of bright colors. I had a fun exploding Box Die Set from Pink and Main that I wanted to use. I made the first one in a traditional fashion:

It turned out great and I had a blast making it, but it ended up better suited for one of her best friends. So, I ordered Fired Up! stamp set because she likes dragons!  I also picked up the Celebration Pack from Pink and Main and die cut out each piece twice.

 I adhered the edges:

 And added the panels:

 Making sure I kept the back one up and not folded down.

 I added the sentiment and a few gloss dots from Pink and Main to what would be the front of the box.

 Next I lined up the inside pieces so they touched each other to create even spacing.

 I got my poppers ready!

 And adhered them to the inside of the box.

 This was the final box!

 But it was to young for her. It was cute, but not perfect for her. So I thought outside of the box and created this:

Here is a great video I did on the entire process:

Here is where you can find all the Tim Holtz products used in the video.

It looks like three is the lucky number! It took that many attemps to get the perfect Birthday Box for her.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Father’s Day Cards

It is almost here — Father’s Day! Do you struggle with finding the perfect gift for Dad? I know I certainly did! Now, I encourage the kiddos to make cards for their Dad served up with a homemade breakfast and a new lego set (really aren’t men all into legos?) . I’m obsessed with Brutus Monroe’s Stamp of the Month and thought it would pair nicely with a mustache embossed sheet of Rinea Foiled Paper in Copper.

 For the first card I ran a piece of Rinea Foiled Paper through my Cuddlebug with a mustache embossing folder I had in my stash. I adhered it to black cardtock, punched some stars out of Ruby Rinea Foiled Paper and assembled the card. I used some mesh from my stash to add a bit more texture to the card making sure it stayed flat so I could mail it.

 For the next card, I embossed copper foiled paper again. Only this time I used a white card base and assembled the card.

These cards are so much fun to make! They are easy enough the a kiddo can put it together for their Dad.

Make sure you check out the Rinea Blog for more inspiration!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Technique

I could not wait to get my hands on the new Distress Oxide ink by Tim Holtz. I saw him demo these at CHA and knew I had to have them as well as the Hipster Stamp set. After stalking all of my favorite stores they finally were made available to purchase. Normally I would wait until they come out in the 1 inch blocks, but given the unique ink mixture they will only be available in the larger form. I decided on 8 of the 12 colors because I knew I would get a lot of use out of them. Once they finally were delivered I started playing with them. 
I had a hard time with them at first. I found them to be messy, time consuming, and not easy to cover the corners of my project. They also were very dying for my fingers. Though I did love the results once I finally got lotion on my hands and the corners covered, I knew there had to be a better way for me to use them. I created this card with my technique: 

 These are the first five tags I made with the oxide ink using it the way Tim demonstrated at CHA.

Granted, I like a more vibrant colorful outcome than most I was still pleased with them. To learn my technique please visit my  Tutorial .
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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz