Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quick Quotes Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2017 fall hop

Today I am participating in the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop with Quick Quotes design team.

Good morning,  smell the coffee yet?  Alicia with you today serving up some coffee, lattes and frappacinos!  I created a couple of cards in a box for your sipping pleasure.  Cards in a box are really super easy, I was intimidated at first but after you do one the rest are a breeze.  I always suggest creating a sample using white card stock because making a mistake on the initial try on any special fold card is likely.  You can find several templates and tutorials with the measurements on Pinterest.  

I die cut several of the coffee images out of vanilla card stock.  I cut the pieces and parts out of various Quick Quotes papers.  I used acetate to attach my coffee cuts to the inside of the box.  I have also seen vellum used, both provide a relatively transparent way to attach the cuts and images that will "pop" out of the box.

I stamped the images with Mocha Mama PowderPuff Chalking Ink and a stamping tool.  I was able to stamp in the exact position twice to insure a clean image.  I used the same chalking ink to ink all the edges of the box and various parts.  I finished off the card with a ribbon tied in a bow around the base.

Here's my second card using the same images but in different positions.  I also used a few different papers.  I love them both and have already sent them to deserving recipients. 

Quick Quotes products:

other ingredients:

Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed strip stamps
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Fresh Brew dies
Fiskars Latte Love stamps
TPC Studio Coffee Cafe stamps
vanilla card stock

https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-challenge.html until 9/30

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out all my photos of my two projects today.  Enjoy your coffee!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quick Quotes and Atlantic Heart Challenge sketch

Good morning, today I am showing off my inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I used some Quick Quotes papers, a few die cuts and some nice ribbon and a resin flower.  

Here's the sketch:

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Quick Quotes papers:   Chiffon 100Chiffon 101, Chiffon 102 
Spellbinders labels dies
Karen Burniston sentiment die
Leaf dies
Resin flower
Stampin Up banner punch

Don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Altered Altoid Tin with Graphic 45 Come Away with me

Happy Saturday dear readers!  I have for you an altered object today.  I created this beauty for a swap.  I loved the way it turned out and plan on another one real soon.

Here it is open and inside expanded.  The first page is a tag with the recipients name and address on it, so I covered it up for the photos.  Since it was a "tag" I punched a whole and used a piece of ribbon and a charm for the pull tab to open the tin, it works like a charm (pun intended).

To begin this project I first dripped a few drops of alcohol ink in and on the tin and smeared it around.  This provided a bit of coverage but not entirely.  I was going for the shabby chic look so this worked fine.  A warning I can give you is most paints won't stick to the metal, you can try to sand down the metal to get some paint adhesion.  I prefer to just cover most of it with paper anyway.

I ran the front and back pieces for the inside and out through my Xyron to get complete coverage and adhesion to the metal.  It is really hard to get the perfect size and corner cut, these pieces need to be slightly larger than the insert.   I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on the corners but it helped but was still not a perfect fit, so I sanded the edges a bit. The corner rounder works fine for the mini album inside.

You can find the measurements for the papers to fit a standard Altoid Tin here. I did not use these measurements, I usually just wing it as I have completed a few of these now.  I cut a 12" piece of card stock (not paper as this will be the base of your mini) down to the length that will fit inside the tin and scored it at a width that would fit inside the tin for the length of the paper and trimmed the excess.  I used red lined tape in a very thick width to adhere sections of ribbon to hold my mini in the tin.  I used this tape on both side to ensure stability.  The adhesive one uses is crucial without a proper adhesion your project will start falling apart the more wear it gets.  I sandwich the ribbon between the mini base and the decorative papers.

I decorated the inside lid with flowers and embellishments including a foreign stamp from my stash.

And now I will bore you with lots of snapshots of the inside showing closer details. I cut the decorative papers just a tad smaller than the card stock base.  I inked all the edges, it was time consuming but the look you get is so worth it.

Thanks so much for bearing with all the photos of this project.  The funniest part is my swap partner sent me a travel themed mini as well!  We did not discuss a theme at all but we both are known travelers so it was perfect.

Graphic 45 Come away with Me paper
Jolee's embellishments
misc flowers, pins and embellishments
American Craft sheer ribbon

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Little Bit Country...Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck scene

Good morning Alicia with some inspiration today.  I love finding new uses for older dies.  I recently ordered Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck and as I was designing my card, I remembered one of the very first dies I purchased from Dies R Us was this Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country die.  I have previously paired it with a boot image in a card for my niece which was precious.  Here I have made a great little card with a die cut scene.

Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck die is so user friendly, since the truck is one die and the accessories are another.  I was able to cut the truck just once in my blue paper.  I cut the bumper in the same blue paper. I then cut the accessories twice once in black and once in metallic silver, the accessories are tiny so this made for very little wasted paper.  After using a precision glue pen to adhere the accessories and a thin piece of acetate for the window, I distressed the old truck up with black chalking ink. 

I cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border twice as I did the last time I used it.  Once in the green "grass" and once in brown to give the trees "trunks".  One of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border and the  Lawn Fawn Road Border actually follow the same curvature for a perfect tree lined road but I used the other tree border to provide more of a background of grass and trees.  I am making a note of that fact to use in the future.

Dies R Us Products:
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Tree Borders Dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border
Lawn Fawn - Road Border Dies
Lawn Fawn Road Border
Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country
Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Large Bob's Old Truck
Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck

other ingredients:
Avery Elle pierced cloud die
Broken China Distress ink
Quick Quotes Midnight Confessions chalking ink
Echo Park blue/white paper
Creative Memories printed paper
Stampin Up Gumball Green card stock
white, black, grey, and metallic silver card stock

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . . 

Happy Cutting!


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.ca/2017/09/challenge-23.html until 9/16 x

http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com/2017/09/challenge-411-distress-it.html  until 9/19

https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-challenge.html until 9/30

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Everything grows with love...Close to My Heart Stuck on You

Good morning!  I have created a cacti garden card using Close to My Heart Stuck on You stamp and die set.  I purchased this a while ago but just now got around to playing with it. 

This close up has truer colors.

Here is another version.  I used the new Distress Oxide inks in Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio with a water brush to color the cacti.  I stamped and embossed the image with a color called storm to keep a soft look without comprimising the definition of the lines.  I am fond of this ink and embosses great.

Close to My Heart Stuck on You stamp and die set
Distress Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber
Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangle dies
Stampin Up punch
Colorbox Mix'd Media ink Storm
Clear embossing powder
Quick Quotes paper and Midnight Confessions chalking ink
Pink Shimmer paper, white and black card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quick Quotes September Club Q Explosion Boxes

Good morning Quick Quotes readers,  Alicia  here today with a collection of explosion boxes made with September's Club Q.  I received the September Ultimate Combo but my version does NOT come with instructions.  I could tell by the cuts these projects were meant to be boxes. I searched the internet for standard explosion box cuts and followed the directions.  There were so many pieces and parts I ended up with three explosion boxes from the kits. The kits came with two die cut lids and I created the third lid.  Other than that,  I only added a bit of extra ribbon and some brads and of course, coordinating Powderpuff Chalking inks

This first box is my Spring version.  Here I added some yellow floral brads from my stash.  I inked the white die cut flowers with Lemon Sorbet and Plum PowderPuff Chalking Ink and the leaves with Green Leaf.  I used several folded pieces and some of the "flaps".  Basically, I used all the blue and striped papers on this box.

Here are some of the details like the tags and fold outs.  I added the ribbon as a pull for the top.  I have made several explosion boxes prior to this, but just happened to find a tutorial this time that described how to cut a half inch or so slit in the center of the lid.  Then simply thread the ribbon through, adhering firmly and place a square piece of paper on the inside of the lid to cover the underside of the ribbon and adhesive. It is a nifty little trick, I used on two of these boxes and will be repeating it on more boxes.

The second box I used the gorgeous black paper with lots of the red inside.  I used up the remainder of the flowers and leaves with the included pearl brads.

I die cut some borders and used the smallest "pocket" box included with the kit. Die cuts were included to cover the pockets perfectly.  There were also appropriately sized inserts for the pockets.  I backed the framed tag and added a folded piece or two!

I used various shaped die cut pieces from the kit, circles and squares are placed here and there for matting and journaling.  There were so many great die cut flowers in this month's kit, they made for some great floral boxes.

And the final box has a Christmas theme.  I just love the reds and greens in the latest collection, these papers lend themselves to a great Christmas box.  I used up lots of scraps die cutting the poinsettias, cardinals and trees. The chipboard "believe" was inked in two different colors and backed with a scrap of white dotted paper.

I used the larger of the "pocket" boxes included for the outside of this box.  I cut the traditional explosion base from a 12x12 sheet and it fit perfectly on the outside.  I did have to cut out the half circle area so the inserts could be pulled out.  I added a another paper layer to the inside with pockets and tags.

I hope you have enjoyed my photo heavy post of explosion boxes made with this month's Club Q kits.

Quick Quotes Products:
Powderpuff Chalking inks:  Midnight ConfessionsWarm GrayLemon Sorbet   Lipstick, Plum and Green Leaf

other ingredients:
Tim Holtz dies
border punches

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cricut Apple Thank You card

Good morning!  I managed to crank this card out this weekend on top of going to a wonderful music festival!  I had a blast but I was worn out yesterday.

Here's the sketch I used:

Cricut cart Recess
Creative Memories printed paper and brown pen
Stampin Up Gumball Green paper and ink
Stampin Up scallop punch and Sassy Salutations stamp
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangle dies
corrugated kraft
white, red and brown card stock
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!