Welcome to my blog! I had started a new blog to encompass my husband's and my journeys, but did not like the platform we were using, so I have reactivated this blog. I am currently pursuing my Master's of Education, so I will not be posting much, but will display the few crafts I have been able to complete. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you find something to inspire you!


Friday, November 23, 2018

Piano jewelry box

A few years ago, I made a pirate's chest as a graduation gift for one of my nieces.  This year her sister graduated and because of her love of music, I made her a piano box.

As you can see the top raises to disclose a place for jewelry or whatever.

At the front of the piano is a drawer with a chain pull.

On the side of the piano and under it there are 3 drawers.

To make this box, I drew the shape that I wanted for the piano and cut out 2 heavy chipboard pieces in this shape.  I cut a few pieces of 2 inch strip from lightweight chipboard and using construction strips attached the chipboard to one piano shape.  I sectioned off a rectangle with heavy chipboard on the inside of the piano to form the drawer box.  Next I added the top of the drawer box.  I attached the other heavy chipboard to the top with construction strips.  Next, I built the drawer boxes to fit under the piano.  After that I built the 4 drawers.  Finally, I decorated everything with designer paper...the part that is very difficult for me to do and takes me the longest to complete.  Congratulations, Krista on your graduation and taking the next steps in your musical career.

Monday, December 28, 2015

O Christmas Card

Note:  I have duplicated this post on my new website:  JSS Journeys

I am always looking for ways to motivate me to start making my Christmas cards early so that I am not mailing them out on Christmas Eve as I have done so many times in the past!  So as an incentive to start early, I asked my Sunday School class  in August if they would like to have a Christmas Card workshop to make cards.  They thought it would be a great idea, especially as a lot of them had never made their own cards.  We set up a date in November and so my task began.  I had two criteria in making card kits for the workshop...
              1. I wanted to use up my Christmas paper scraps and
              2. I wanted them simple enough to make in bulk

My first stop was Pinterest.  Wow, there are a lot of talented people who love to share their ideas!!  I set up a Christmas Board to house my finds and if you would like to see it, you can find it here.

The trouble that I had was picking just a few cards to make, I think I ended up with about 10 different cards to make, more or less!!  I made around 20 kits per card to make sure the ladies could make more than one of the same card if they wanted.  Each card set was put in a sandwich baggy and all of them put in gallon zip lock bags with a sample.  I tried to stick with cards that used paper strips, but there were a few that I just could not resist that did not use strips.

A great benefit of making these kits up is I was able to make my cards from the leftover kits...a win - win for me.  This would be a great project to start now for next year.

All of the card bases are 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches.

Card #1:  
                   Black cardstock:   1 - 4.25" x 5.5"
                                                 2 - 1.25" x 4.5"
                                                 1 - 2.25" x 5.25"
                                                 1 - 4.25" x width of sentiment plus .25"
                   Christmas b&t:     1 - 4" x 5.25"
                                                 2 - 1" x 4.25"
                                                 1 - 2" x 5"
                   White cardstock:   1 sentiment - 4" x width of sentiment

Card #2:                                                
                   Christmas b&t:    4 - 1" x 4"
                   Berry colored cardstock:  1.25" x 4.25"

                   For this Poinsettia I used leaves cut out from red paper using my cricut.  For the kits, I    used my spellbinder poinsettia die.  If you have a leaf punch, that would work also.  I used a stylus to add texture to the leaves and then arranged into the poinsettia shape.  I added bling for the center of the poinsettia.

Card #3 and #4:        

These 2 cards are made the same way, the only difference is the buckle and holly leaves.
              Red b&t:    4 - 1" x 5"    Note:  I trimmed these strips a little bit to fit the paper
              Black or patterned paper:   1.25" x 4.25"

              Card 3:    Silver metallic paper cut in square 1.5" x 2" or a punch for shape
                              Black cardstock:  1.25" x 1.75" (add inside silver for belt piece)

               Card 4:    Stamp and cut out or die cut holly leaves 3 - 5 as desired
                               Bling or punched circles for holly berries

Card #5:
                 Blue b&t:     4" x 5.25"
                 White cardstock:   1 -  1 11/16" circle
                                                   1 -  1 1/4" circle            
                                                   1 - 2" circle
                                                   1 - oval for sentiment
                 Brown cardstock:  MS branch punch - trimmed to twigs for hands
                 Orange cardstock:  small triangle for nose
                 Black marker for eyes, mouth and buttons
                 red ribbon
                 foam tape or pop dots to pop up the circle for the head to tie ribbon
         Note:  I used my cricut to multi cut the circles...much faster.

Card #6:
               Red cardstock:  4.25" x 5.5"
               White cardstock:  4" x 5.25"  - embossed with Candy Cane embossing folder
               Christmas b&t:  1 - 1' x 4"
                                          1 - 1" x 2.75"
                                          1 - 1" x 3.25"
               White cardstock:  stamped with sentiment and punched
               Green cardstock:  option to punch MS branch punch with red bling

Card #7:
               Green cardstock:  1 - 4.25" x 5.5"
                                            1 - 3" x 4.5"
               White cardstock:  1 - 4" x 5.25" embossed with swiss dots embossing
                                            1 - 2.75" x 4.25"  embossed with Intricate swirl or preferred
                                                                          embossing folder
                                            1 - oval punched sentiment
               Green ribbon

Card #8:
              Red cardstock or b&t:  4.25" x 5.5" embossed with holly ribbon embossing
              White cardstock:    Option to stamp and punch the letters "J" "O" "Y"
                                                           or chipboard letters
                                              Poinsettia die cut or white leaves to make poinsettia  

Card #9:
               Green cardstock:  4.25" x 5.5"
                                             tag with white cardstock sentiment
               White cardstock:  3.75" x 5.25" embossed with sheet music embossing
                                                               folder cut into 3 strips about 1 1/8" wide
               Green ribbon

Card #10:
               Red cardstock:  4.25" x 5.58"
               White cardstock:  4" x 5.25" embossed with Lattice Squares embossing
                                            small tag with sentiment
               Christmas b&t:  1.5" x 2"
                                          1.5" x 1.5"
                                          1.75" x 3"
               Green cardstock:  scrap piece cut with decorative scissors
               Red Ribbon

Products used on cards:
                Paper:  Close to My Heart, The Paper Studio, Michael's
                Stamps and Stamp Pads:  Close to My Heart
                Punches:  We R Memory Keepers, Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up
                Embossing Folders:  Darice, Sizzix, Cuttlebug
                Dies and Die Cuts:  Spellbinders, Cricut
                Ribbon:  Joann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby
                Bling:  Want2Scrap

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Anniversary Gift

Some wonderful people that I know are celebrating 60 years of Marriage.  Their children and grandchildren hosted an anniversary party for them.  They requested no gifts, but as I was making this card for them,

I realized that they would be receiving a lot of cards from family and friends to acknowledge this Wonderful Anniversary.  That gave me the idea to make what I am calling a "card book".  I took a hardback book that I had for altering and cut out the pages.  I next made a hidden hinge base that I backed with lightweight chipboard for stability and attached to the spine area of the book cover.
I used the measurements of the book pages to cut decorative pages to cover the edges of the hinge and inside of the book.  Next I covered the outside of the book cover with paper, flowers, lace and beading.  After that was done, I attached cardstock to the hinges and then added four hinges to each page to attach cards to so there will be one place to see all of the Anniversary cards they received.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Graduation Gift!

My niece, Kayla, graduated from High School this year.  I knew her favorite color was purple and I wanted to make a keepsake chest or at least somewhere to put items in.  She can use the chest on her desk for office supplies or use it as a jewelry chest or whatever she wants it for.  I talked to my Sister and she said Kayla likes Pirate Chests, so that was the shape I used to make it.

The idea for this chest was inspired by projects designed by Laura Denison and Kathy Orta.

Cutting dimensions for chipboard:

Bottom Box:        2 pieces - 8.5" x 11"
                             1 piece  -   2" x 11"
                             2 pieces -  2" x 8.5"

Bottom Drawer:   1 piece - 8.5" x 10 15/16"
                              1 piece - 11" x 1 7/8"
                              2 pieces - 8.5" x 1 7/8"

Middle Box:        4 pieces - 8.5" x 5.5"
                             4 pieces - 2" x 5.5"
                             1 piece  -  8.5" x 2"

Middle Drawer:   2 pieces - 8.25" x 5.25"
                             2 pieces - 8.5" x  2"
                             4 pieces - 8.25" x 1 5/8"
                             4 pieces - 5.25" x 1 5/8"

Top Section:       2 pieces - 4.25" x 11"
                            2 pieces - 4.25" x 8.5"
                            1 piece  -  8.5" x 11"

Lid:                     2 pieces - 8.5" x 2"
                            2 pieces - 11" x  2"
                            2 pieces - 8 3/8" x  2.25"   - interior pieces to fit into top section
                            2 pieces - 10 7/8" x 2.25"  - interior pieces to fit into top section

Hidden Boxes in Lid:  2 pieces - 8 3/8" x 2"
                                     2 pieces - 8 3/8" x 1.5"

Slats on chest lid:      11 - 12 pieces:  1" x 11 5/16" (approximately) - verify length after lid is built

Pirate chest shape:  Cut 3 pieces.  Picture with dimensions below.

I used construction strips from kraft colored cardstock.  I cut several pages of strips measuring 3/4" x 11" scored at 3/8".  I then used 1/4" score tape to adhere the strips to the chipboard to hold everything together.

The following pictures are what I took as I made the chest:

The first 2 pictures are of the bottom layer of the chest.

The next 5 pictures are how I made the middle layer of the chest.

The next pictures are when I added the bottom 2 layers of the chest to the top layer.

Lining in the bottom drawer, measure for dimensions of patterened paper.  I used Barnyard paper from The Paper Studio.

Starting the "Pirate Chest" lid:

On the lid slats, I covered both sides with patterned paper before adhering to lid.
I started with just the ends in the shape I wanted, but found that the
length was too long for the "wooden slats" across the top, so I added
a middle support.
I also added additional support at the ends that included a
"hidden compartment" of sorts!

Inside view:
For a finishing touch, I cut metallic paper 2.5" x 1.5" (adjust these measurements to your style) scored in the center and then used a corner punch for a bracket look and put 2 brads in each piece.  This idea was Laura Denison's from her
"In Flight" pattern. 

My niece with her Graduation present!  

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