This Mini Album Explosion Box Tutorial is my Design Team Project for KS4U. For this Mini Album Explosion Box, I’ve used papers from the Artisan Collection by Graphic 45. I’ve used metals, trims, flowers, and bling from KS4U. This tutorial is pretty lengthy so you may want to bookmark this page or add it to your personal list if you are subscribed to my YouTube channel.
Items used from KS4U are the following:
Bronze Emblem Filigree – a194 Flower Charm – a958 Bronze Filigrees – a420 Black Butterflies – a249 Black Fabric Roses – a1047 Blue Roses – a222 Black Lace b900 Please visit KS4U at the following: http://www.ks4u.net/store/
Color Crush Planner Review. It’s actually my Petals & Bloom planner.
This past week was my birthday and my son treated me to a shopping trip at Hobby Lobby, and as it turns out they were running a sale on all items under their house brand, Paper Studio. For several weeks, I’ve been keeping an eye out for their new planners to go on sale; and even though they have more expensive planners like Heidi Swapp, Webster Pages, Happy Planner and Carpe Diem to name a few, I like the way their house brand planner was put together.
The Petals and Blooms planner collection by Paper Studio closely resembles the best of the best. The covers rival Webster Pages Color Crush, the binding system is just like the Heidi Swapp planner binders, and the paper layout is exactly what I need. They also have amazing paper pads, stickers, and accessories to go with their new planners; but what’s even more amazing is the low price! Planners are expensive! And rightly so! They give you so much to work with, but sometimes it’s just a little bit much. I know of some planner only companies, that after placing an order you’re out a couple of hundred bucks! If that is the route you choose to go, more power to you! But to me… na-ah. Not even on my best day!
The binder – I LOVE how the binder works! It’s a smooth open and close and I really like that! It seems sturdy enough but only time will tell. The binder I chose comes in a gold color. I’ve had silver planner binders in the past, and I really wanted to try out the gold for a change. I’m glad I did. It adds a touch of elegance to your planner. There’s also a magnetic planner closure! Gotta love that!
The planner sheets – The set up is perfect! I can not stand planners that give you a tiny little box for writing space. I have full days each and every day and I really, REALLY need as much writing space as I can get!
The planner accessories – Hobby Lobby can use a bit more in this department. Granted that as a crafter I can create my own dashboards and pocket pages; but it would be nice to have the option to buy these as sometimes time is a precious commodity to me.
All in all the Petals & Blooms planner collection by Hobby Lobby is a great buy, and at $20 you get a lot of bang for your buck!
The following are some pics of my new planner set up. I have some handmade planner embellishments that I’ll soon do a tutorial on. I have used some stickers from different collections; and I have also used my project life cards for sentiments and notes postings. Let me know what you think of my new planner. Enjoy!
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Step 1 – Cut four pieces of the basket sides, plus the one bottom side. I used strong double sided scrapbook paper to cut my pieces for this project. Because I enjoy using intricate dies, I have found that the Spellbinders Tool n’ One is a must-have in my die-cutting arsenal. It is easy to use and it’s a time saver!
Step 2 – For a nice and elegant contrast to your gift basket, you may want to consider using gold foil card stock as I have done here. Notice how I used the gold-foil card stock on the handle and open flower pieces and regular card stock on the closed flower pieces. I have cut a total of ten large flowers and sixteen small flowers. The open flowers are then glued down to their enclosed counterparts. Just a drop of glue at the center is all you will need.
Step 3 – I recommend that you use double sided tape to adhere the basket sides together. Also when you are adhering your sides, go right up to the edge of the following side, but not right on the edge. This will ensure that you are able to fold your sides when enclosing your basket.
Step 4 – Once you have enclosed your last side, it is time to add the bottom die-cut to your basket. Then add your flowers on each of the hanging flaps. In my case I added one large paper flower, and the two smaller ones on either side. This die set also includes the dies for the leaves. One large and one small. However, I chose not to use them on this particular project. I also added a large flower at the center of the handle, then adhered the handle to the inside of the basket. I finished the embellishments off with a flatback pearl centered on every flower.
So what do you think of my Elegant Gift basket? Don’t let the number of dies in the Spellbinders Garden Party die set intimidate you. There are a total of eleven pieces. However, I was able to complete this project in one morning, while streaming some of my favorite shows! It goes by quick! Especially when you have the right tools to help you along. Thank you for following me along. Please leave me a comment below and tell me what kinds of projects you would like to see. I have a couple of other Spellbinders projects I will be posting soon. So keep an eye out for those! My next two projects are in conjunction with this basket you see below….. kind of …. a Mother’s Day Gift Set I’m creating…. (hint! hint!) LOL Until next time! Bye!
Shabby Chic Shadow Box Tutorial | Design Team Project for KS4U
I must admit, writing out a tutorial is not my forte. However I’ll do my best to jot down all the steps I took in the making of this shabby chic shadow box.
I begin with a 6 ½ x 6 ½ shadow box. I then cut 4 pieces of pretty paper according to the dimensions of the box openings, and distress them a bit with gesso around the edges. Just a light sweep with a dry brush will do. I then use glue to adhere the paper to the openings. This will serve as the backdrop to my shadow box.
On the top row I adhere pink roses from the shop. The foam pink rose is secured on a metal filigree; and the metal filigree is hot-glued to the center of the paper.
For the lower half opening, I glued down the backdrop paper. I then cut a smaller piece to add as a frame for what I’m about to add to the lower half. This “frame” is distressed around the edges for that shabby effect. I then cut two smaller squares of paper, distress around the edges, adhere one to the “frame” at an angle, cut a piece of lace and adhere it to the square, add foam squares to the other square piece and with hot glue, adhere it on to the lace.
I then fussy cut a flower bush from the paper collection, score about half an inch at the bottom, fold along the score line and glue this piece to the bottom of the shadow box. I then cut a piece of applique from one of the laces and adhere that to the upper ledge so that it freely dangles over the flower bush.
I make a rose “vase” by wrapping a pink rose, some pink bead spray and white pearl spray, with some pink trim. I then hot glue this vase on the bottom left corner.
To adorn the edges of the shadow box, I apply several trims; and run some flat back pearls to adorn the laces. I then use a die-cut butterfly to add on top of the pink laces.
On top of the shadow box, I added a white-painted wooden filigree. I then adorned that filigree with a rhinestone crown.
At the bottom of the shadow box, I hot glued two silver-tone metal filigrees and topped them with one singular pink flower right in the middle!
If you would like to see more of this Shabby Chic Shadow Box, check out my video. For more crafty goodness, follow my blog, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, and click on the links to the side to follow my social media for the behind the scenes stuff!
Gift Basket Tutorial | Spellbinders Shapeabilities Amazing Paper Grace Flourish Framed Pocket Dies
Hello friends! Today I bring to you an easy, DIY, Elegant Gift Basket Tutorial. In this tutorial I will share with you a super easy way for you to make Gift Baskets for just about any occasion, using your Spellbinders dies!
They’re perfect for sending snail mail goodies. They make cute wedding treat baskets. They are perfect for wedding showers, elegant baby showers, quinceaneras, you name it!