Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A "Window Shaker Box" Tutorial Is Up On YouTube

Hello dear friends!

In today's post I would like to give you an update on the tutorial for creating the Window Shaker Box and let you know that I finally did it!!! It is up on my channel, you are welcome to view it and make this kind of box together with me :)

Below you can find the measurements for the chipboard pieces used for creating the box:

The Base
The Lid
6” X 6” (1 pc )
6 1/4” X 6 1/4” (1 pc )
6” X 3” ( 2pc )
6 1/4" X 2” ( 2pc )
6 1/8” X 3” ( 2pc )
6 3/8" X 2” ( 2pc )

I've used the following dies from La-La Land Crafts for embellishing this box:

If you have any questions, please drop me a line in the e-mail. Use the "Contact Form" toolbox on the right panel of the blog here.

Thanks for watching!

A tiny sewing organizer

Hello people!

Yeah, I know that the most of you here might be following my blog for the paper projects and tutorials, and I can promise you that even that I am currently having fun (from time to time) with sewing, I am not letting go of the paper and scrapbooking, so more tutorials are about to follow real soon. Bare with me! LOL

For those of you, though, who also enjoy seeing other things than paper, I would like to show a tiny sewing organizer that I've made following a tutorial from a super talented girl Tatyana Maximenko. She has some free tutorials on her blog as well as the paid ones, and I must say that all of them are amazing - very clear and so inspiring!

Without further ado, here is my version of the sewing organizer:

Measuring only 2 5/8" X 4 3/4" when folded (and 2 5/8" X 11 3/4" when unfolded) it feels so nice to get a hold of, it also has everything needed to take along when traveling somewhere - a pair of small scissors, a safety pin, a needle, a pocket for extra threads/needles and even a pair of buttons that you can cut off and replace on the clothes if needed.

Vechernie posidelki sewing organizer, вечерние посиделки швейный органайзер

The original organizer by Tatyana did not have any closure, but I decided to add a plastic snap and set it using the Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers

I can't express how much I enjoy creating these little handy sewing projects, which definitely allow me to learn new things and explore new kinds of crafts. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Dress Molli - A card for the La-La Land Crafts

Hello again!

As for paper projects, I have a card to share today, which was created for the La-La Land Crafts Monday Inspiration theme "Sailboats and Sunsets":

Here is the list of the LLLC products that I used:
Summer Dress Molli
Water Ripples
Bubbles (Sea Critters)
Sea Shells
Ship in a bottle
Fishing net
Sea Bubbles Border
Nested Frames Large
Nested Frames Small

The stamped image of Molli was colored with Copics:
Skin; E04, E11, E01, E000
Hair: E29, E27, E23, E21
Outfit: T6, E09, E07, R24

Thanks for your attention!
Have a good week.

A Couple Of My Sewing Projects


Stopping by the blog today to share a couple of the sewing projects that I've finished lately, which incorporate cross stitched designs as well.

The first is a needle pillow of a hexagon shape and a design by Veronique Enginger from the "Creation Point De Croix" magazine July-August 2011.
The inspiration for the shape came from a tutorial that I've found on You Tube.


There are 3 additional designs in this series and I hope that one day I'll cross stitch them too.

Here is a process shot of the fabric pieces that I used to put the needle pillow together:

The second is a scissors' case, which was created based on the tutorial from @larissa.cernovskaja account on Instagram. You can view the results by other crafters who took part in the joint project for creating the case according to one of the hash tags:
Mine looks like this:

The cross stitched design is also by Veronique Enginger and is taken from the magazine called Les Brodeuses Parisiennes "La grande histoire de l'ouvrage". I was lucky enough to find and purchase it on Ebay.

These are my current sewing adventures and I hope you like the results as much as I do :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Let's Be Mermaids - Inspiration for the La-La Land Crafts

Hello everyone!

The recent release of the stamps and dies from La-La Land Crafts has all been about the see and sun. This Monday we start a new "Let's Be Mermaids" inspiration week.

Here is my card:

Here is the list of the LLLC products that I used for creating my card:
Sitting Mermaid Baby Marci
Fishing Net
Long Flags
Ship’s Wheel
Sea Horses
Sea Critters

Baby Marci was colored with Copics:

You can have a look at the cards by the rest of the team here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Marci with Rose on a Gift Card Box - La-La Land Crafts Tutorial

Hello dear visitors!

I am here today with a Thursday Tutorial which was created for the La-La Land Crafts design team.

We will be making a gift card box using some of the La-La Land Crafts stamps, dies stencils.

Marci with rose stamp
Wood Planks stamp
Water Ripples Stencil
Scalloped Rectangles Die
Nested Frames Small Die
Nested Frames Large Die
Double Stitched Circles
Cherry Blossom Fan Die
Stitched Slots Die
Spring Flourish Die
Shabby Flourished Die
Key Holes Die
Heart Handles Die

Before we begin, I would lie to suggest using heavyweight watercolor paper (140 lb) for the base of the box, and card stock which is not less than 65 lb for the rest of the parts.

For creating the base of the box, you will need two pieces of heavyweight watercolor paper measuring 7.5" X 7.5". You will score each of those at 1" from all the four sides, cut the score lines out as shown at the picture below, as well as cut off two little squares on of the paper pieces (see the pic below for the reference), and apply double sided adhesive to the square flaps and to the long flap of one of the paper bases.

With the "x" I've marked the places which will be embellished with the designer paper further on.

As you can notice, I've rounded the corners on one of the flaps of the squares, it is an optional step. But I think that once our box is assembled, its lid will look nicer this way.

Next, measure each one of the panels and embellish with the designer paper of your choice as follows. If you are using a directional paper, please mind how you glue it down. You can enlarge the picture below, to see where the pattern of the paper should be facing.

For easier opening of the box in future, I wanted to create a notch on the lid. I've used the smallest circle from the set of the Double Stitched Circles dies.

Now we are ready to connect together both of the large square parts. Remove the backing from the double sided tape, and glue the part with the notch on top of the other piece, making sure that you don't overlap the score line, otherwise your box will not close properly:

Reinforce now all the score lines, especially those of the small square flaps on the sides:

Remove the backing off the score tape on the pair of square flaps which is closer to the lid. And glue them down to the longer flaps on the sides as shown below.

Try to form square angles to get the aligned and nice looking sides like these:

Repeat the step for the second pair of the little square flaps:

Now, let's assemble the lid. To make sure that it will close properly on top of the box's base, I suggest that at the current stage you already close your box, and while holding the corner with your fingers, remove the backing off the score tape and glue it down to the longer side flap of the lid, kinda wrapping it around the shaping the corner of the lid:

The box is now ready and should look like this:

Let's make the insert for the gift card now. I started with a piece of a card stock, measuring 5 3/8" X 11" and scored it at 3.5" >> 4.5"  and 6" on the long side. each one of the resulting panels was embellished them with the designer paper (on one side only):

For cutting the slot for the gift card I used the die which is now one of my favorites - the Stitched Slot die. Make sure that you cut the slot on the wider middle section. Use a piece of a washi tape or a post-it note paper to secure the die in place while running it through your die cutting machine:

Apply scor tape to the back of insert as shown:

Take the backing off the scor tape from the smaller panel of the insert and glue it down to the box's base like so:

Then do the same with the second panel, gluing it down to the lid:

And now you can start to have even more fun, embellishing your ready made box. I suggest that you embellish the inside first. And as far as the embellishment on the inside of the lid are concerned, don't glue them down any lower than about 3" from the top with the notch, as when the box will be closed and the gift card will be inside, they might be smashed by the card, as it will be moving there :))

This is how I embellished the inside of the lid on my box:

I decided to use one of my favorite stamps with Marci - Marci With Rose. She is colored with Copics:
Skin: E04, E11, E00, E000
Hair: E39, E37, E35, E31
Outfit: C3, C2, C1, C0
            RV09, RV04, RV02, RV00

I've made a little message card for the inside of the box too, and for creating a background on the inside of the card (rather than keeping it plain), I've used the "Water Ripples" stencil and the flowers and sentiment from the "Wood Planks" stamp set:

And here is what I've got as a result of this tutorial:

If you have any questions, let me know.
Thanks for watching and have a great Thursday!