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.

Here are your Top 3 Designers or what we like to call our...
Top 3D's:
























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.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Would you like to be in our "Spotlight"?
Between the 2nd and 3rd week of each month (from Thursday to the following Tuesday) we would like to put one of YOU in our spotlight for the day! We are looking for outstanding, inspiring & "WOW" 3D items. If you or someone you know of has created some wonderful 3D pieces please email either Carrie or myself at: 3ddesignchallengeATgmailDOTcom
We would love to show off your work and put you "In The Spotlight"!
Pam & Carrie