Thursday, September 19, 2019

Amazing Exploding Gift Card Box!

Ohhhh my goodness you guys! This is BY FAR the best project I've EVER designed!!! It's so much fun to open! I can't wait to send these to everyone I know! Maybe I'll even make these as Christmas cards!!! (yeah, when I win the free-time lottery! LOL!)

I've made my project today using the Monster Bash Suite, and I'm also going to make several Christmas versions with some of our beautiful Designer Series Paper so stay tuned for those!

Because this is an interactive project, you've got to experience it through video...



SO MUCH FUN right??? I'm making these for everyone I know!!! The first time I showed my son he was literally speechless for a minute and then with wide eyes finally said "You've got to sell those!!!" Mind blown!


Here are all the details so you can join in with my box making obsession!

Supplies needed: 
* 3 sheets of cardstock
* strong adhesive (Tear & Tape, glue dots or multipurpose liquid adhesive are all great!)
* 4 rubber bands (not sure how to size those, but that fill the palm of your hand)

Box Tutorial:
1. Cut 1 piece of cardstock in half at 5 1/2"
2. Trim one piece to 5 1/2" x 6" for the box.
3. Score each of the 4 sides at 1" and slightly under 1/2"
4. Trim each corner as shown here:
5. Fold each side and crease with bone folder. (Very important for a nice sharp box!)
6. Add adhesive to each side and corner tab.
7. Fold each side over, being sure the corner tab is in between the two layers and adhere!

Band Tutorial:
1. With the other half of the cardstock you used to make the box, trim it down to 4" x 8 1/2".
2. Score along the 8 1/2" side at 1 3/4", 2 1/4", 5 3/4" & 6 1/4".
3. Decorate as desired.
4. Crease all score lines with bone folder.
5. Wrap around box - make sure it's not too tight or it will be difficult to open! - and adhere overlapping edge.

Exploding Cube Tutorial:
1. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock in half at 5 1/2". Repeat the following instructions for each half sheet.
2. Score along the 5 1/2" side at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", and 5 1/4" (you could trim at 5 1/4")
3. Score along the 8 1/2" side at 1 3/4", 2", 2 1/4", 4", 5 3/4", 6", 6 1/4", & 8".

      That's a lot of numbers... here's a visual:

4. Trim as shown in template below:




5. Score each triangle side in the center as shown with dotted line above.

6. Crease each fold with bone folder.

7. Place rubber band in accordian fold, twist once and loop around to the other accordian fold. (See why I made a video??)

8. Adhere all tabs with strong adhesive and fold into box.

9. Pinch to fold flat and lay inside box (on top of gift card of course!)

10. Close box with band, give to a friend and wait for giggles to explode!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I had a BLAST coming up with it!!! Any occasion that deserves a gift card deserves a fun gift card holder and is there anything more fun than this??? (No. No, there is not.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Halloween Countdown Calendar

On today's Facebook Live tutorial, I showed you a fun Halloween countdown calendar (and an AMAZING exploding box - more on that tomorrow!) Using our Christmas Countdown Calendar Kit you can decorate it for Halloween on one side, and Christmas on the other!


You can purchase the Christmas Countdown kit by clicking on the image below. Use hostess code USWRG3D3 at checkout and I will send you the cardstock and die-cut pieces needed to complete the Halloween side! (I can't send pre-stamped images, so you WILL need to purchase the stamp sets or use something similar.)

Must have product List for Halloween/Christmas Countdown Calendar:
Optional products for Halloween Countdown Calendar:
I love using countdown calendars to build excitement throughout the holiday season! The kit comes with everything you need for the Christmas countdown (besides the stamps), and I've made a Halloween side, but you could also use it for birthdays, the end of school, a countdown to a special vacation or ANY event that deserves to be celebrated all month long! Thanks for joining me today! Come back tomorrow for that AMAZING exploding gift card box! You won't want to miss it!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Wonderfully Wicked TGIF Challenge

Today I have a "Wonderfully Wicked" card for you! I'm joining in the weekly TGIF Challenges and played with the sketch they have created for this week!



I started with the sketch, and ended up creating it in mirror image, which shows you that a sketch is a great place to START! Creativity may take over and you'll end up with something a little different than originally planned, and that's OK!


Here is the inside of my card...

The Wonderfully Wicked stamp set has some classic Halloween images and it pairs perfectly with the Christmas Countdown set! Christmas? Yes indeed! It has some GREAT background images that work for both Christmas AND Halloween!  Come join me for a Facebook Live featuring these 2 stamp sets this Wednesday at 2PM Central time!


I'm also offering a free add-on kit if you purchase the Christmas Countdown Kit and coordinating stamp sets (or if you already have these products, feel free to substitute it with supplies you need!) Click on the images below and use hostess code USWRG3D3 when you checkout!

Product List for today's card:
Must have product List for Halloween/Christmas Countdown Calendar:
Optional products for Halloween Countdown Calendar:
I'll see you LIVE on Wednesday with more details on the Halloween Countdown calendar! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

6x6 DSP Card Sketch

On today's Facebook Live, I showed you 3 different ways to use your Designer Series Paper to make super quick and easy cards! With one package of 6x6 paper, you could make 48 different cards in just one afternoon!

Here are 2 of the card sketches, and the third was just a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of DSP adhered to a card base with a die-cut frame added to give it a focal point (but you don't have to!) You can right click and save this picture to print out as a reference while you craft!
Here is the finished set I made using the Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper:


and the Night Before Christmas DSP set.


I would love to have you share what you come up with over in our Facebook group! Whether you use Holiday paper, birthday paper, or whatever you use, we would love to see!

If you would like to have a stack of cards on hand at all times, use these sketches with any of the Designer Series Paper that is on sale now: buy 3 get 1 free!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Coordinating Colors

Here is a graphic you can right click and save that includes all the Designer Series Papers from the 2019 Holiday Catalog and their Coordinating Colors.
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You can use this for quick reference while you are creating cards, AND if you are planning on including a family picture with your handmade cards, I thought this would come in handy for coordinating outfits! Just print and bring along while you shop! I hope it helps to make your holiday prep a little easier!