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The Chicken or the Egg Chocolate Box - How to....

Happy Valentine's Day....

As promised, I am back today to share with you the Chocolate Egg Box we made at yesterday's class.  It is made from just one sheet of card with a contrasting strip for the belly band so a cost effective Easter gift.  You can make individual ones by simply following the instructions but for just one strip, instead of the three or why not make it for six eggs by making two and joining them at the bottom?  The possibilities are endless.

Cut a piece of Hello Honey cardstock to measure its full A4 length x 15cm.
Score down from the long edge at 1cm, 5cm, 11cm, 14.75cm, 18.5cm, 24.5cm and 28.5cm.

Mark and draw feint lines down from the short edge at 5cm and 10cm.

On the reverse of the 1 ½ circle punch, mark, in pencil, its 90o angles, they are just a guide so you can do it by eye.

Starting at one end of your card, line up the side marks on the punch with the first score line and central in each marked box and punch three part circles across, as shown.
 Repeat at the other end of your card.

Next punch full circles in the central panel, lining up the central score line with the lines marked on your punch.  NB You cannot reach the central panel so you will need to draw around one of your punched circles and cut this out by hand – don’t panic you will not see this circle when put together.

Rub out the pencil marks.

Using the large oval punch, extend one set of the circles on one end, as shown.  NB Again you will need to mark and cut out the central one by hand as the punch cannot reach!


Starting at one end, fold on the score lines, as shown.

Trim the end ‘tabs’ on each end, as shown, so the tabs are straight.

Stick red tape on to the tabs and stick in place, as shown.

Repeat for the other side.  You can now insert your eggs.
Cut two strips of Old Olive cardstock to measure 15cm x 2cm.  Cut a wobbly edge with normal scissors and then cut a fringe with the fringe scissors and stick to your box.


Cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock to measure 23cm x 5cm.  Score at 1cm, 7cm, 12cm and 18cm.  Wrap around your egg box and glue in place.  NB not too tight as it needs to slide on and off.
Cut a piece of DSP to measure 9.5cm x 2cm and cut or punch banners in each end.

Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock to measure 4.5cm2, Blackberry Bliss to measure 4.25cm2 and Whisper White 4cm2.

Colour a part of the Watercolor Wash stamp in Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey and Old Olive stripe and press the Whisper White square on to it.  Stamp the Happy Easter in Blackberry Bliss, as shown.

Cover the square in Versamark ink and then heat and stick powder, heat and add glitter and then briefly heat again to set the glitter.

Mount all pieces, as shown, on to the belly band.

Punch a Hello Honey Petite Flower punch and one Pumpkin Pie little flower.  Shape the flower and middle piece and sponge the edges of the flower in Hello Honey ink.  Add this to the belly band and add some glitter to the centre of the flower.

Stamp two of the chicks in Basic Black onto Whisper White cardstock and paint using Hello Honey ink.  Allow to dry and then add Pumpkin Pie to the feet and beak.  Cut out and stick to either side of your belly band, as shown.
Happy Stampin' folks, I would love to see your own creation.

The Chicken or the Egg Chocolate Box...

Hi all
I am here today to share with you the project and cards we made at this month's class.  As Easter is quickly approaching and we are beginning to see eggs in the shops, I thought it was time to have a go at a little Easter project.  I love creme eggs and wanted to make a little box to hold three eggs which I could give as a little gift.  I wanted the eggs to be on show so embarked on a little research for egg packaging, well what a minefield, you would not believe the amount of packaging available for eggs (albeit not of the chocolate variety!).  I found a box I quite liked then set about creating it, this is what I came up with.

I love the selection of stamps and papers in this year's Sale-a-Bration promotion and I wanted to hold a class which showboated a few of these lovely stamps, starting with What I Love.  I love the three step stamping sets, they are so easy to use but so pretty at the same time.
Can you see the wrinkles in the background?  This was done using the tissue paper technique.
The next stamp set I wanted to use was the Flowering Fields stamp set but in a subtle way. 
Finally we made this swing card from the brilliant Kirsteen Gill.  I resized it to a 12cm square but it was made in exactly the same way.

I hope you liked this month's offerings.
Happy Stampin!
PS If you drop by tomorrow I will have the instructions for the egg box for you.

Stampin' Sanctuary - A Very Useful Box...


Laura and I held our first Stampin' Sanctuary for 2016 last Saturday.  We had another wonderful day and the ladies each made a box we named a 'very useful box'.  We designed the box with a recipe box in mind and used the Farmer's Market DSP by Stampin' Up!.  However, we were conscious that not everyone likes to cook so we made it at a size that the box could be used for greetings cards, address cards, photographs and embossing folders, to name just a few.

Here is the box.

Made by Laura
One of the things I love about these days is that the ladies receive a full pack of DSP so although our samples are made for inspiration, it never fails to amaze me the creative mind of a crafter and we had some lovely combinations of papers, I especially loved the pears paper and am annoyed that I didn't snap a picture to show you (maybe I will make another one another day!).
We also prepare a display to showcase the DSP and stamp set or stamps we have chosen for the day.  We were actually spoilt for choice this time as we decided to showcase the SAB stamp sets - all of them lol!!
Here are the items from our display.
Made by Laura
Made by Laura

Made by Laura
Made by Laura
Made by Laura

Made by Laura


Made by Laura

Made by Laura

I hope you have taken some inspiration from our display.  I would love to hear what you think and if you like what you see, why not join us for the next one on 23rd April where we will be making a home d├ęcor piece!!!