Jan 28

Party Pandas Birthday Box

This Party Pandas birthday box is such a fun project.  Don’t you know the recipient of this sweet bear is going to smile?  I love how it looks like he is barely able to stay grounded while holding on to those balloons!  Here’s our project for today…

Party Pandas Birthday Box!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

The additional balloons that I added to this image are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set.  To stamp them “behind” the original balloon I simply created a mask of that balloon by stamping it on a post-it note and cutting it out.  Then I was able to stick that mask on the balloon image before I stamped the extra balloons.  I sometimes shy away from masking because of the time involved, however, sticky notes are great for making quick and easy masks for smaller images.  Plus, I always have sticky notes ready to use.  And don’t forget to save the masks that you create.  They can be used for other projects too.  I simply store them in the box with the stamp set so they are easy to access next time.

The box is just a simple gable box.  I think with all the tools we have available to us for box making (box dies, gift box punch, etc) we sometimes overlook the tried and true box making method of cutting and scoring paper by hand.  Try not to overlook it though, because it opens up so many box styles to us!

This ends our week of sharing these cute Party Pandas with you.  I hope our samples have given you an idea of whether or not this stamp set is one you would like to add to your collection.  Remember, it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Next week we will be sharing another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Be sure to check back to see which one it is!


Mar 03

Birthday Card In A Box

I have seen a few Card In A Box ideas lately and wanted to try it out.  My dear dad celebrated his birthday in February.  I would love to have been in Indiana to celebrate with him. Since that wasn’t an option, I sent a little celebration to him…my Birthday Card In A Box!

Birthday Card In A Box

One of the best parts of this little Card In A Box is that it folds up flat  so I was able to mail it in a regular card envelope to my dad.

Card In A Box

This was the perfect item to send to my dad on his special day.  How could opening that cute little Card In A Box not brighten your day?!  There are so many options for “filling” this little box – flowers, snowflakes, hearts, butterflies, etc, etc, etc.  What fun!  There is even a panel on the back of the card that I used to write a note to my dad and sign my little artwork 😉

This project did take me an entire morning to complete, so you don’t want to wait until the last minute with this one.  But you do want to give it a try!  The assembly is not difficult, it just takes a while to add all the little box fillers and place them where you want.  I hope you will make a Card In A Box for someone special to you!

Feb 06

Birthday Blessing #2

Offering a birthday blessing seems only natural, and fortunately I know a lot of people with birthdays in February!  Today I made a card for one of my dearest friends who is celebrating her birthday.  She is a fellow stamper and so I wanted the card to be extra special.

birthday blessing

Basic black, basic gray, daffodil delight and whisper white.

Again, this card was in my card box ready to give.  (I am determined to use my stash of cards & supplies this year), but I needed to jazz it up a little.  I began by adding some rhinestones to one corner because we girls love our bling.  I also used the banner punch from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and created several banners to go across the top of the card.  After attaching them with snail adhesive, I decided it needed additional detail, so I sewed the banners on using my sewing machine and some bright yellow thread.  Actually, I think the best thing about this card is the sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set.  “I’m so grateful there’s you in the world” is exactly how I feel about this friend!  (I also really like the yellow, gray and black color combo.)

Do you have a favorite color combo right now?  If so, please leave it in the comment section.  I am always looking for fun and challenging color combos!  Have a blessed day!