Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snowfall Plaque

Design Team member Rachella just turned in her project for this month and boy is it fabulous!  This wood make such a great gift and not just for Christmas....It's great to display all throughout the winter! Instructions and supplies appear below....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Medallion Christmas Tree by Alexandra

Alexandra whipped this gorgeous tree up last week and shared the instructions with us!  This would make a great last minute gift or table decoration!
For the tree, you will need 5 sheets of paper. Cut the papers to the following sizes and then score at 1/2" increments. After they are scored, cut again into the corresponding widths.
12" x 11-1/2" Cut into 3" widths (x2) and 2-3/4" widths (x2)~~ Total of 4 pieces
12" x 9-1/2" Cut into 2-1/2" widths (x2) and 2-1/4" widths (x2)~~ Total of 4 pieces
12" x 7-1/2" Cut into 2" widths (x2) and 1-3/4" widths (x2)~~ Total of 4 pieces
12" x 5-1/2" Cut into 1-1/2" widths (x2) and 1-1/4"widths (x2)~~ Total of 4 pieces
12" x 3-1/2" Cut into 1" widths (x2) and 3/4" (x2) ~~ Total of 4 pieces
Punch 1-3/4" Circles (x8) and 1" Circles (x2) out of sturdy chipboard. (We suggest coloring the circles to blend with the paper.) Then, fan fold the pieces and adhere ends together, making fan-fold medallions. You should have 10 total medallions when done. Using a strong adhesive (Alexandra used a glue gun), start with a 1-3/4" circle and adhere the largest medallion to it. Then, adhere another 1-3/4" circle on top of the medallion. Repeat this process and as you stack, the medallions should decrease in size. The last 2 circles used between the medallions should be 1" in diameter.
For the top of the tree, diecut 2 stars, adhering them to each other. Decorate the stars with Stickles, metallic markers, or glitter.
For an added decorative touch, use a border punch on the paper strips before folding them. Or try making the tree out of dark green cardstock and using white paint or stickles to create snow on the edges! The possibilities with this project are endless!
Tim Holtz even has a version of this tree on his blog this week. Check out his trick for ornaments here: Tim Holtz Blog.   His little ornaments for the rosette tree are too cute!
Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free Project! Sunshine & Silver Tissue Box Cover

Sunshine & Silver Tissue Box Cover
by Joy Blevins, Design Team Member at the Scrapbook Outlet

Materials List: 

  1. Paint entire outside of tissue box and let dry completely. (Americana "Golden straw") (Paintbrush)
  2. Top - cut 9-3/4" x 4-/8" rectangle (A) (this allows 1/8" of the box to show)
  3. Holding this rectangle on the top of the box, flip the whole thing over.
  4. Using a pencil, trace the center hole and cut out 1/8" LARGER than the hole you traced.
  5. Long sides (B) cut two 9-5/8" x 2-1/2"
  6. Short sides (C) cut two 5" x 2-1/2"
  7. Chalk or ink all edges in brown, including the inside hole.
  8. Using glue runner (cover fairly completely, especially the edges) or tacky glue. Use a thin layer of this, being sure to glue clear to the edges. Use your bone folder to smooth the paper as you put it on the box, working out the center to avoid bubbles. Glue top (A) and sides (B and C) to the box, leaving about 1/8" of the box showing around all edges.
  9. Using a stiletto or large needle, punch holes in both top comers of all four sides.
  10. Apply a strip of glue on the upper edge of the paper.
  11. Begin placing the stretch lace 3/4" from the left side and wrap around the box, stretching slightly and pressing it into the glue as you go. When you get to the end, cut lace 3/4" longer than needed, fold it under and glue it.
  12. Place a brad through the lace into each hole. Open them on the inside and press them flat with your bone folder.
  13. Using "Walk in my Garden" Cricut cartridge, page 90, create the flower blackout making one flower each in sizes: 3-1/2", 3", 2-1/2", 2", 1-1/2" and 1". Chalk or ink the edges of each flower.
  14. Using something round (I used the ball end of my small hammer, the end of my Cricut spatula and the end of an ink pin), and a 3" or larger square of stiff foam, place each flower upside down on the foam and press the round object on each petal, using a rotating motion.
  15. After you've done each petal, turn it over and do the middle in the same way.
  16. On the top right of the box, using 1/2" glue dots or tacky glue, layer 4" silk flower and the flowers you just made beginning with the largest one, shifting each layer so that you can see the petals on the layer below. Place the 2-1/2" shimmery flower between the layers of flowers.
  17. When you have all the flowers glued down, put some tacky glue in the center of the flower and drop ten red seed beads in a circle.
  18. Using "Plantin School Book" Cricut cartridge, page 76, use the flower to make two flowers each in sizes: 1-1/2" and 1-1/4" and one flower in size 1". Chalk or ink the edges of each flower.
  19. As in step 14, round the flower petals all on the right side and the center of the flower so that they form a cup.
  20. Use tacky glue in the center of the flowers, beginning with the largest one, shifting each layer so that you can see the petals on the layer below. They will form a cupped flower.
  21. When you have all the flowers glued down, put some tacky glue in the center of the flower and drop eight gold seed beads in a circle.
  22. Using "Plantin School Book" Cricut cartridge, page 76, use the shift to make three leaves in size 2-1/2" and two leaves in size 1-1/2".
  23. Using your swirl stamp and the olive green ink, stamp each leaf and then chalk or ink the edges.
  24. As in step 14, round the front side of the leaves and pull the tool toward the point to elongate the circle so it looks like a leaf.
  25. Nestle them into the edge of the large flower and glue them down with tacky glue.
  26. Glue the leaves on using tacky glue or glue runner.
  27. To make the butterfly, use two 1-7/8" x 1" scraps of paper. Use a punch, decorative scissors, or freehand the decorative edge of the wings. 
  28. Cut at an angle leaving 7/8" in the middle. Fold up 1/8" of the middle. 
  29. Glue these two 1/8" pieces together, one on top of the other. Cut a 1-1/8" x 1/4" tube for the body and a 1/4" circle for the head. 
  30. Chalk wings, body and head. Using tacky glue, glue the wings to the box at the middle section only. 
  31. Glue the body onto the middle section. Draw two antenna on the box and then glue the head on.