Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Idea #6

I love to give gift cards over the holidays - just way easier sometimes than racking my brain to find that perfect something for someone!

When I get a gift card I always love to dress it up special - so this year, I used special tins that I have had in the back of my closet for what seems like decades!

You can use any size tin and your imagination and you too can accomplish a beautiful gift card holder.

There are so many great gift card holder ideas out there - why not share yours?

You can see full details as well as another sample on my blog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Idea #5

So, for many of us, next week will bring a big dinner table filled with family and friends. So, why not dress it up? For this Holiday Idea, I'd love to share some quick and simple decor ideas for your dinner table.

I used very little supplies but kept with a specific colour palette to be in keeping with the holidays. In this photo you'll see I've made:

  • candle votive holder
  • napkin ring
  • place card
  • wine charms
Now, the place card photo piece can be made into a gift tag or tree ornament simply by adding a piece of ribbon to the back!

To get more explanation on any of these projects, please check out my blog! Happy Dining!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Idea #4 Match Book

Time for another holiday treat idea...a cocoa match book.  Another very simple packaging idea for a sweet little treat. I took the cocoa packet as a guide for the match book and cut my card stock to 7 1/2" x 5". I scored the card stock at 1" and 4 1/4" (along the long side) then wrapped it around the cocoa packet. I stapled the edge of the packet inside the small flap, which also allows the top flap to tuck inside and stay shut. I added some pattern paper from Stampin' UP!, a bow and little matching tag and voila! Try this out with any filler, such as tea, bag of M&M's, even a gift card (just tape the gift card inside to secure).  Lets see some of your ideas!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Idea #3

A fun little box you create from a simple 6"x 6" square of card. This box is so easy and quick and can be filled with candy or a small ornament. You can make them for your girlfriends or make it masculine for a secret santa gift. Check out the directions here and make some yourself. Carrie and I would love to see your creations! 
Daily Window Products is giving us a couple of goodies to give away this month, so show us what you are making. We will draw two names at the end of the month.  What are you waiting for??

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Idea #2

Well I'm back! Thankfully this is not an audio post - I've got a horrible cold and sound terrible. But, nonetheless, here is a fun craft to get you in the holiday mood!

This cute purse is made using my Sizzix Big Shot and the Scallop Envelope Die! Really quick and simple and these can be made for any occasion.

How about a little Advent tree with 25 little purses hanging...can't you just see it?

Check out my blog for full instructions as well as a cut Valentine's sample!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Holiday Idea #1

Pam and I have both been super busy lately and have made an "executive decision" about December. As we know you are all busy as well, we are going to just post some great quick and simple holiday 3D ideas over the next couple of weeks every few days. You are more than welcome to make a sample of the idea and link back into the comments section or just take the idea and run with it!

For our first idea, I decided to show something that I'd done at a local demo meeting as well as I've used recently at some workshops. This is a great way to dress up some simple treats for any occasion!

All I did here was take a few nuggets (but you can use any candy) and put them into a cello bag with a bit of filler. Then I took a 1" x 12" strip of textured cardstock, folded it over and added a brad. I then used punches and various stamps to make a top.

These would be great for a classroom or on the table for Christmas dinner filled with holiday candy!

Have a great day,

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Papertrey Ink winner

Our fabulous November sponsor, Papertrey Ink  sent Carrie and myself one of their egg boxes to decorate. My plan was to cut some of the holly with red berries off of the bush we have in the yard and make the box into a holiday center piece. The holes in the top of the box make a great divider and will hold up bunches of flowers or branches very well. SO, it started snowing yesterday and hasn't stopped, that means my bush is covered! So imagine this little box filled with bright green leaves and vibrant red berries. I stamped some of the trees from  "Merry & Bright" one of Papertrey Ink's wonderful stamp sets. I stamped the images and cut them out, decorated them with a white gel pen, added some ribbon and rhinestones to finish.  These egg boxes are great and can be used in so many different ways.  Thank you once again to our generous sponsor this month, Papertrey Ink for supporting our 3D challenge blog!

The lucky winner of a gift from Papertrey Ink is... Heidi Van Laar, congratulations! 

Here is your gallery: 

Thank you everyone for playing along with us. As always we appreciate your creativity and willing to share with us.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BackTrack Challenge

This week, we challenged you to go back and use a past challenge!

For Carrie's project this week, she went WAY back to challenge one - the 2468 box. With the holidays coming, we all have lots of events to attend with lots of bottles of wine to bring along. How do you distinguish yours from everyone elses? Well, you top it off! Carrie used the Rustic Snowflakes set from Papertrey Ink as well as their Merry & Bright set. This is sure to be a hit at any party!

Due to some family health issues, Pam will be posting our winner of the Papertrey Ink gift and her Egg Box as promised this Sunday, November 30th. SO that extends the challenge a bit for all of you as well. Keep creating and see you on Sunday!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This Weeks Challenge

We have changed things up a bit, just to keep you on your toes. For our challenge this week please create a project using one of our past templates. How simple is that? We can't wait to see what you will create! The winner from this challenge will receive a gift from the month's sponsor Papertrey Ink! We will post our gallery next Wednesday along with our "Egg Box" creations which you can find over at Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In The Spotlight - Nov 18/08

Today's spotlighted blog is Frances at Stamp Owl Studio.

Frances is from Australia and probably enjoying some great weather right now as we are all experiencing some not so great weather - but we won't hold that against her, will we.....

Here are some fabulous projects to check out:

Coaster Book

Stair Step Card

Treat Bag

Passport Book

Keep watching next month for another installment of great blogs!

Monday, November 17, 2008

In The Spotlight - Nov 17/08

Today's Spotlight Blog is Sharon's Blog, Roaming Stamper.

Sharon is not only a lovely gal but an awesome stamper! Here are a few recent highlights to check out:

Christmas Giftables

Photo Wallet

Celebrate Book

Big Shot Birthday Book

Remember - if you have a blog or know of a blog that we just have to highlight - please forward the information on and we'd love to add it on!

Friday, November 14, 2008

In The Spotlight - Nov 14/08

This is a personal fave blog of mine - not only because this lady is rockin' talented but she is my friend and once a year "booth buddy" at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Seattle, WA.

Jennifer at RubberSoulMate has such a great eye for detail and colour and is sure to amaze. Just check out some of these great projects:

6x6 Album

Country Living Decor

Calendar Clipboard

Lollipop Tree

I encourage you to check out Jennifer's work and enjoy all there is to see!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In The Spotlight - Nov 13, 2008

Today, our spotlighted blog is Marie's Blog, "Stamp Things". She has had some uber-amazing Sizzix ideas lately and here are some of those (and others) that you'll just HAVE to check out....

Punch Shapes

Holiday Center Piece

Little Birdie

Make sure you check out her site. Not only has she got some fantastic ideas - she puts up some great tutorials!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Open Top Box Gallery

Lots of great samples this week! We hope you found this project easy yet enjoyable.

For my second sample I was inspired by the Merry & Bright set from Papertrey Ink. I just loved the shape of these holiday trees. I used a 12x12 sheet of cardstock and made each side 4x4. I used my Coluzzle to round the tops of each side and nestled them together on top. I was inspired by Kristina Werner's Challenge for the colours and of course, I glittered the pants off it (not that you can tell from the photos, however).

For Pam's second sample....

She went for a faux metal basket. This little box was made with gold card stock and embossed with gold embossing powder. The little snowflake stamp is from the set "Rustic Snowflakes" from Papertrey Ink. A simple 6" x 1" strip of paper makes the handle for this little basket. A scalloped punch for the tops and threading some organdy ribbon through the side holes finishes off this project.

Now for our winner this week. Congratulations to ...


We loved the bold colours and fun trees on your project. It is just perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

You have won a bag from our fabulous sponsor Daily Window Products! We will be in contact.

And now, for the rest of the gallery this week....

Open Box Gallery







Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Open Top Box

Here is a very simple box for you to make this week. We hope you will have fun making a bunch of these easy boxes and post the link here on our blog. You can make these any size you want. In the template, each square is 2 1/4" on each side but you can increase or decrease the size as you'd like.

Don't forget we have a wonderful bag from Daily Window Products to give to one winner for this week's challenge.

Open top box template

This is the box that I made decorated using our "Sponsor OF The Month", Paper Trey Ink's wonderful stamp set called "Rustic Snowflakes". I stamped the image using white craft ink and embossed with White EP (both from Stampin' UP!). Super simple and a great little treat box, which would be great for a Secret Santa gift. I can't wait to see what you will come up with!

For my box I used "Polka Dot Basics" from Paper Trey Ink - these stamps ROCK! I was able to make a great dotted background for this box.

I used a 9" x 9" piece of heavy cardboard (the kind that comes with a pack of designer paper) for my box and added a dotted butterfly from Stampin' Up!'s Flight of the Butterfly to keep with the dotted theme. These are super fun and easy and I'm hoping to see lots of entries this week in our gallery this week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And the winner is...

OK the moment you have been waiting for...the winner of the Penguin Pants gift certificate is...Crystal Daniels. Crystal sent us this picture, because she has yet to start a blog and is new to stamping and 3D work. Who would have guessed, because this is adorable and so "out of the box"! Great job Crystal and to everyone who made those crazy nugget boxes.
Thank you!
Pam & Carrie

The Final Nugget Box Gallery

So happy to see more creations this week with these awesome boxes! Here is a compilation of the gallery over the past two weeks:






Our winner of the Penguin Pants Gift Certificate is..... coming soon! Ha ha tricked you! Carrie and I will have a special post tonight with the winner so check back!!

Thank you so much to all of you for playing along with us! Look for a new template and samples next Wednesday. Be sure to come back!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nugget Box Gallery

Where are all the nuggets? Yes, we understand that these are hard to find but how could you all resist making these boxes? They are just adorable!

So, we've decided
to extend this challenge for one more week and encourage you all to try to make one and fill it with whatever! Remember there is a gift certificate for Penguin Pants Stamps up for grabs!!

For my second
sample, I thought I'd do something fun and unexpected. However, I decided to play it "safe".

I used the 1 x 2 nugget template and made three drawers inside. I used brads as handles and you can see I used my Penguin Pants stamps to bar code the "money".

For my box I decided to use the template which holds ten nuggets. I didn't have any nuggets so I filled my box with Peanut Butter M&M's in
fun Halloween colors. I also used Penguin Pants stamps to decorate my box.

I can't wait to see what you creations you come up with. Just beca
use we call this a nugget box doesn't mean you have to fill it with nuggets! Let your creative juices flow!! See you next week with our gallery and the lucky winner of the Penguin Pants Stamps Gift Certificate.

Nugget Box Gallery:



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nugget Box Challenge

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all sneaking up on us, Pam and I tried to figure out what to challenge you with that could be used for all three of these occasions. We also love chocolate and needed to put that into the challenge as well.

So, this week's challenge is Nugget Boxes. We found a great link on SCS posted by Chris Simon and were thrilled as she's given various shapes and sizes so you all can decide which size you'd like to do!

Nugget Boxes of Many Sizes

For my sample, I went with the 4 x 2 size (meaning you can get 2 rows of 4 nuggets) and used my Penguin Pants stamp sets Halloween Hang Ups and Spooky Spooks to make a great Halloween candy treat perfect for a neighbor, babysitter or teacher.

I usually don't like the look of "wacky" ribbon but for Halloween, I think its okay. I used the "frayed ribbon" technique on some black grosgrain. I used some great Halloween designer paper from Stampin' Up! and covered the nuggets inside with paper to match.

Unfortunately Pam has had to call in sick this week. As soon as she is feeling better she will post her sample.

In The Spotlight- October 14/08

One more fabulous designer for this month's "In The Spotlight" series.

Today we are thrilled to bring to your attention, DeeDee from "Scrappin' with DeeDee".
DeeDee has an eye for detail that we just love. Her designs are whimsical and refreshing. Here are a few of the many from DeeDee's blog:

"Spooky Treats"

"Cute Back Pack"

"Candy Corn Anyone"

Thank you to all of our Designers this past week for sharing your inspiring work with all of us. Don't forget to email us if you have a project or two you would like to share. Or if you know of someone who makes your jaw hit the floor, please bring them to our attention!

We will see you here tomorrow with a new challenge and samples!

Monday, October 13, 2008

In The Spotlight October 13/08

We hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready to be inspired by our next "In The Spotlight" designer.

Today we are pleased to bring you Becca from "Amazing Paper Grace"

Becca's work is simply beautiful and so elegant. We love the soft feel to her projects and the amazing use of embellishments. Here are just a few of Becca's gorgeous pieces:

"Victorian Fan"

"Get Ghoulish"

We hope you have fun "oohing and aahing" over Becca's gorgeous work. We will be back tomorrow with our last "In The Spotlight" designer for October. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2008

In The Spotlight- October 10/08

Todays "In the Spotlight" designer is a very talented crafter and was our very first winner here at 3D Design Challenge.

Jennifer Beason from " Learn, Create, Inspire".

Jennifer has such a gift for transforming 3D items in to works of art. Here are just a few items of her many fabulous creations that will make your jaw drop:

" 4 U Girlie"

"Dottie About Polka Dots"

"Time To Call"

Have fun looking at Jen's blog and we will see you back here on Monday with another "In the Spotlight" designer!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

In the Spotlight - Oct 9/08

Today's spotlight artist is Elizabeth from Animal Scraps.

We were really pleased to receive her email and are happy to share some of her great projects with you. Take note: you will be taken to both her blog and here SCS gallery - don't be alarmed, just enjoy!

Birthday Purse

Gift Box

Wooden Purse

Soldered Charms

Remember, if you want to be "In the Spotlight", just email us with your blog link and a few great project links and it could be YOU!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mini Book Gallery & Great News!

Great work everyone!

I did something a little silly for my second try at this book. I got an idea and got it done but didn't use the absolutely fabulous Penguin Pants stamp sets that were sitting on my craft desk. Therefore, I'll be treating you to a very cool card I made wit
h them after my second sample of the One Little Book.

I started with designer paper this time and adhered some of the pages together to end up with two pockets in the centre in which I put two tea bags. I adhered the outer edges to a piece
of chipboard to make a cover and topped it with a die cut Top Note from my Sizzix. I punched two holes in the bottom and tied them loosely so it stays together as a book.

I added two little envelopes to add sugar or whatnot and adhered them inside. I then printed off "Teas I Love" and some lines on my printer and stamped a great big teapot and there you have it. A great little gift for someone who loves their tea!

Now, for my card - this was a fun one! Granted it was a little hard to take a photo due to the clear front, I think you get the idea! I
used Spooky Spooks and Halloween Hang Ups for this card and made a clear front that is attached with a "faux fence" hinge. I used my arrow punch from SU to make this fence which is very similar to the fence in the Penguin Pants stamp set. The lower piece of green is part of the card itself and the clear cover is just a front attached on the inside. Make sense? Then putting all the great stamps in behind it
make the ghost look like its flying. So much fun!

For Pam's mini album she used the Penguin Pants stamp set called "Altered Labels" inked with Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder on pattern paper. For the inside the two sections that are open at the top she cut about a half an inch short then adhered the sides so that a tag can fit inside. The rest of the pages are for pictures and the very last page has a pocket for a gift card. This will make a fun brag book with the bonus of a little gift as well! Instead of a belly band or piece of ribbon to keep this book shut Pam used a giant paper clip to go with the kind of funky industrial look.

SO...for some great news! Daily Window Products has decided to stay on board with us and is giving us an additional *3 products to give away per month. How fabulous is that for all of you!!

This is how it will work:

*One prize will go to our Guest Designer each month

*For the next two prizes we will take all entries from our first gallery round up as well as our four "In The Spotlight" designer's names. We will toss all of those names in a hat and draw one winner from each catagory each month. The more you play and post entries in our gallery the more chances you have to win as well! Want one more chance to throw your name in the hat? Contact us with suggestions for our "In the Spotlight Designer" series and or a fun and easy 3D project and we will add your name in the drawing as well!

Don't forget we will also have our FABULOUS "Sponsor Of The Month" prize to give away at the end of each month as well!! This month of course is Penguin Pants Stamps and the prize up for grabs at the end of this month is a gift certificate to their online store!! Check them out, the quality of these stamps is fantastic!

Now that you have heard all of the great news here is your gallery for this week's Mini Album challenge and the lucky winner chosen randomly (you were all fabulous) this week is.... KARI!

One Little Book Gallery






Thanks once again for playing along with us and for spreading the word of our challenge blog! Join us tomorrow for the beginning of our "In the Spotlight Designer" series!

Monday, October 6, 2008

One Little Book Video Tutorial

Okay, this is me putting together the One Little Book. Don't forget to print out the template from a few days ago and give it a try!

Friday, October 3, 2008

One Little Book Update

A couple of you have said you're having a time with this - I'll post a video in the next day or so. Sometimes a visual is better!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Penguin Pants Mini Book

Can you believe it is October already?! Boy how time flies when you are having fun and boy are we having fun with our Penguin Pants stamps! Penguin Pants is 3D Design Challenge's "October Sponsor" and Carrie and I have had a blast making this their fabulous clear stamps.

For this weeks challenge Carrie has a great mini album template for you. Download the template, create your version of this album and post it to your blog or other online gallery. Leave us a comm
ent here on this post with a link to your creation, you have until October 7, 2008 9PM MST (-7GST).

One Little Book Template

For Carrie's mini album she used the "Altered Labels" set from Penguin Pants. Her daughter recently went away to Brownie camp and she wanted to make a great little keepsake album so she could remember this very momentous first camping trip. She used the colours that are in keeping with the Brownies (orange, brown, navy) and used the pattern pretty much to the letter. You'll see from the inside photo that most pages are blank - some are stamped with the... stamps but most pages are left for her daughter to write stories and add pictures.

For my album I used "Halloween Hang ups" from
Penguin Pants to decorate the cover of this mini album. After I stamped the images the scene reminded me of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painting. So when I colored the sky, moon and tree I tried to imitate the pattern that Van Gogh used. Of course my little creation isn't anywhere near as brilliant as the famous artist, but I like the way it turned out. I left the pages inside blank so that I can add photos that will be taken this Halloween. This little book will be a great gift to relatives out of town who don't see our family often.

As you know, we like to put blogs In The Spotlight mid-month and we've seen a ton of different blogs.
We were so impressed with one that we asked her to be a Guest 3D Designer this month - introducing Melissa McCarthy!

Melissa was given the template of the month to work with and boy did she come up with something super fantastic!

Here is a brief write up on her project in her own words:

It's hard to believe that a sheet of 12x12 cardstock (with an 8 4.5 inch cover) can turn into a whole little book, but it works with the "One Little Book!" I knew I wanted to make a little button book gift set. (It's for keeping track of the extra buttons & fixtures that come with clothes.) This book was perfect for a button book, because the pages are nice & sturdy when you make it from cardstock, so it holds the buttons really well.

If you want an amazing blog experience, please go and take a look at Melissa's blog, MelStampz.

Thanks in advance to all of our faithful readers and players. We appreciate all of you spreading the word of our fun little challenge blog and look forward to seeing all of your great designs this week! Don't forget to check out our AWESOME sponsor this month Penguin Pants. They have high quality clear stamps that you won't want to miss out on! We will see you next week with our Top 3D's and a fabulous gallery of ideas created by YOU!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Daily Window Bag Winner

Thanks to everyone who played along, it was tough picking just one person. You all had fabulous ideas!! We surely don't want to forget our FABULOUS sponsor this month Daily Window Products for the wonder Urban Tote that will be given to one of our lucky winners today!

Pam's idea for this bag is similar to many of our players this week. A note book with just the right measurements to fit in the clear pocket of our wonderful Urban Tote bag. Pam decorated the cover of this notebook, which also includes a matching pen, using rub-ons and felt letters. This notebook will be used for inspirational notes, such as color combos and layouts that she comes across in everyday settings. It is never a bad time to jot down that great color combo you might see at Starbucks or Target, inspiration is all around us. Oh and this great little notebook was found at Target for $2.49...what a bargain!

My idea was slow in coming but once I figured it out in my head, I was good to go! My mom (who is not a crafter) found these great little frames at a store recently and purchased them for me (thanks mom). I cut out a backing with a piece of scrap cardboard and covered it with some cardstock. I drew out the tree on my own (really the most drawing ability I have) and added different colour scallop circles for the tree. I made little inserts for the frames and added a little robin as they usually reside in trees.

This front is not just pretty - but is hides something very special - a grandma brag book! The is the cover and I've used my Zutter to bind a bunch of pages together for a grandparent (not saying which one) to bring out and share!

The talented winner of the Daily Window "Urban Tote" is...drum roll.....


and here is your gallery:






Thank you all so much for playing this week. Stay tuned for next week's template, its fantastic and we have a guest 3D designer who will knock your socks off!

We'd like to ask of you one more thing. Share our blog. We have a great time doing it but can't do it without you! Add our blinkie to your site or refer your friends to our challenges. The more that participate, the better we'll all be!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Daily Window Bag "The Challenge"

Time for another challenge, this one is a little different though. Design anything 3D style that
will fit into the pocket of this bag. The measurements of this pocket is 8" tall x 5 1/4" wide. The best part about this challenge is whomever comes up with the most unique creation will win a brand new Urban Tote Bag just like the ones here.

I can not say enough wonderful things about our sponsor this month, Daily Window Products. Both of my boys own their backpack, which they designed a page of their own to put in the pocket. I have their "Very Necessary Tote" which I use as a purse and keep a Mini Catalog in for advertising. I also have the Urban Sport tote bag, which I am using for my portable 8X8 scrapbook pages.

What is a portable scrapbook page you ask, well here is my sample. It is a scrapbook page measuring 8"x8" when flat and when folded up is 8"x 5 1/4"ish. Here is how you do it, take a piece of 8"x8" paper score at 5" and again at 6 1/2". All I did was accordion fold the score lines so I could move the side over, so I have a decorative side and my photo showing. When I flatten my page I can pull my journaling out from behind my photo (which I made into a pocket) and voila a layout that I can put flat into my scrapbook. Super easy!!

Carrie used a much loved craft item for her project - chipboard. These are the chipboard pieces from the
U catalogue that she has had for quite some time now and has finally pulled them out of her craft cupboard and has decided to use them for this challenge. Nice thing is they totally fit the pocket of her Urban Sport Tote bag. At first thought, she thought this would make a great gift for a new mom to tote around all the necessities that come with a new baby. And, once you're done with this little gem in the pocket, add another piece to the back and punch holes in the top with your crop-a-dile and you've got a great desktop picture for any office or on a shelf adorning a little ones room at home.

We can't wait to see what you will create! You have until next Tuesday night at 9PM MAT (-7GST) to leave a comment here with a link to your creation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In the Spotlight - Sept 16/08

Today's spotlight blog is Amy from amystaats.

Amy has a bunch of great 3D projects and three of our faves are listed below. But, don't just go to Amy's site to check out her 3Ds (ooohhh, that may sound bad) she has an amazing gift - scrapbooking. Her pages are all beautiful and we encourage you to check them out also.

Here are some great projects to check out:

Bride and Groom Collage

Tooth Fairy Box

Birthday Cake

Remember, if you want to be "In the Spotlight", just email us with your blog link and a few great project links and it could be YOU!

Monday, September 15, 2008

In the Spotlight - Sept 15/08

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend! I know on the West Coast of Canada the weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

Speaking of beautiful, have we got a great blog to spotlight today....

Deb Neerman at Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps

She found our site from a blog friend and we are certainly glad she did. Here are some projects we really enjoyed but there are lots of more gems to be found on her blog. What I love so much about Deb's blog is she shares with us the "art" of tag art. She has amazing tags - this is a type of project that we sometimes forget about but can be stunning.

Check these out:

Christmas Tree

Holiday Door Tag

Paper Bag Card

Remember, if you want to be "In the Spotlight", just email us with your blog link and a few great project links and it could be YOU!

Friday, September 12, 2008

In The Spotlight - Sept 12/08

Most of you probably know of our next designer "In The Spotlight", Melanie Muenchinger. Melanie designs rubber stamps for Gina K and was also one of the original Dirty Dozen over at Splitcoast Stampers. Melanie always has fabulous "out side of the box" creations with great tutorials to boot. Here is one of Melanie's recent 3D item, a Haunted Tealight holder , just in time for Halloween. Go check it out!

Here are a few other projects that you won't want to miss from Melanie:

Summer Songs- Perfect Match

Tiny Treasures

Whats In Your Wallet?

Jewelry & Wristy

A Totally Hip Tin

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In The Spotlight - Sept 11/08

This is so exciting and we are thrilled to spotlight a very talented crafter this week....

MacKenzie Bruckler from Midnight Scramper

MacKenzie has such talent and we are super pleased to share her talents with you today. We are pleased to take this opportunity to direct you to a few specific projects that we extra-specially liked:

Photo Brag Book

Backpack Tag

Candy Package

Decorated Glass Block

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

One Sheet Gallery and Our Top 3Ds!

Wowza look at you guys create! Like Carrie said, the first time we met IRL I made a "One Sheet Box" for her as a special swap. Look at where that little box has brought us... together on this blog...awwww bunny!

Here is my altered sample of the "One Sheet Box". I absolutely love this fun little box, because you can do so much with it! For my piece I just changed the score mark on the longer sides to 1 1/2". This made the box much wider and will fit A2 size cards as a gift. Instead of folding the sides in I cut the 4 1/2" & 6 1/2" score lines up to the 1 1/2" score mark and folded that little square up. I then took the two left over flaps and adhered them together on top of the small square giving a nice clean side.

Carrie was a bit of a keener this week and made two variation samples of the one sheet box. For the first one, she in addition to scoring the 41/2 and 6 1/2 on the 11" side, she also scored 1" and 2" in from each end. This way, she could fold the tops in to close the box. She finished it with a belly band made of ribbon.

For her second sample, Carrie cut her initial piece of cardstock down to 10" x 7 1/2". She used the same measurements and made a smaller box. Like her first sample, she scored in on each side and made a small gable box. She punched two holes on the top with her Crop-A-Dile and threaded the ribbon through to close the box. On this and the previous sample, she also adhered the sides together on the inside to keep things together a bit better. I will be the first to say it, both of Carrie's projects gorgeous!

Thanks to everyone who played this week. You all did such an amazing job! Don't forget to stop by daily starting tomorrow to see who is in our Spotlight. Remember if you have or see a great 3D project email us so we can get it here in our Spotlight section.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

One Sheet Box Folding Video a la Carrie

Hey everyone - just a reminder that you only have a few days left to submit your one sheet box!

Now, as promised, here is the video I promised on how I easily fold my own one sheet box:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

One Sheet Box Challenge

UPDATE: You are more then welcome to use ANY products you like to make your creations. We are thrilled to see what you will inspire us with here at 3DDC.
Ready for more? I know you are! This week's challenge is the One Sheet Box! Now, what do you need to do this? Well, the free template below and one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper or cardstock. I know you've got that!

Pam and I have been playing with this template for a while now and, actually, when we first met, she made one of these for me and I still have it so, I think that'll be my sample this week (cheeky and lazy of me, but its so darn cute!).

This first box to the left is Pam's creation. She stuck to the original template, zig zag cut the top of the box and added 4 holes to both the front and back sides to lace ribbon through. Another wonderful box for small goodies.

For mine, I decided to try a few things that I had on hand and just have not been wanting to use, for various reasons. I used a great pocket slider and made a tag that can be pulled out. Along the side, I used some letter brads but cut the backings off of them and just added them on with glue dots. I also closed the box using a belly band versus tying it like Pam did. This little box is extremely versatile!

One Sheet Box Template

One little tip, on the template you'll see those little diagonal score lines. I didn't use them, I just folded the side inside centre fold down to the outer edge - hard to describe and I'll try to come up with some photos or a video in the next day or so.

We can't wait to see what you all come up with! Remember, all you have to do to play along is to post to the comments section of this post with a link to where we can view your work of art! You have until Tuesday,September 9th by 9PM MST (GST-7) here on this post.