Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pretty Little Madam's Stepper Card

Hi everyone, it's Holley. Here's a cute little project that I created called a Stepper Card. It's a fun project using Crafter's Companion's Ultimate Tool, the Boxer/Envelobox Creator, an adorable SWALK stamp, and there's wonderful video instruction on the basic creation of this card on the "Advanced Construction Techniques DVD."
First you create the card base using your Ultimate Tool and the Boxer template. The video shows you each step and gives wonderful directions. Size for the base on the shown image is 6"x9". Here's a great side view of the project to show you how all the pieces have been assembled together.
My image on this card is from SWALK and is called Pretty Little Madam. I colored her with Copic Markers and trimmed her using Spellbinders. I also used some Stazon ink in white to add floral stamping onto the clear sheet. The flower I choose to add to the clear sheet comes from a stamp set of Popcorn Bear's Thanks a Bunch.

Once stamped, I used some clear dots to adhere to clear sheet to my black cardstock. Here's an image of the black cardstock with everything attached to it before I add the clear sheet:
Once I added the clear sheet (which is sized at 6" x 11.5") I wanted to cover the glue dots that I used to adhere it to my card. To do this I used some Sky blue crepe paper. Seems like a tiny piece of paper to need, but I keep ALL scraps from every project. When a project like this comes along, I go through all my scraps by length and found this wonderful ruche paper which fit perfectly! So save all your paper scraps for projects just like this!! I needed a 1.5" size of Ruche and an even tinier sliver of silver! (Sliver of silver...now say that 5 times fast!) Here's a much better image that shows the Sky Blue crepe paper:

This image also shows how wonderfully the clear paper takes the white stazon ink. Finally, here's an image of one of the embellishment butterflies.

Cheers, Holley

Crafter's Companion product's Used for this project:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Explosion Box Invitations

First let me say Happy Memorial Day to all our service men and women, past and present. We all have tremendous pride for you and if it wasn't for your service to the USA we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank You!!

Hi, This is Bindy and I am going to show you what I made using our new Boxer and Envelobox boards that recently came out. My inspiration came from one of our own Designers with Crafter's Companion and her name is Jinky. The boxes she makes are amazing and gave me the idea to make my daughters wedding shower invitations using an explosion box. I got the pattern from the internet and the one I used was very simple but beautiful.

The bottom of the box is a 7 1/2" X 7 1/2" piece of card stock. The lid of the box is 4 3/8" X 4 3/8" piece of cardstock. On the bottom of the box I scored lines at 2 1/2 " and 5" and then turned the cardstock 1/4 turn and repeated the scoring at 2 1/2" and 5 ". I did both the cutting and the scoring with the the CleverCut 5 in 1 paper trimmer. You then flip the carstock over and in each corner you score a diagonal line from the outer corner point to where the lines intersect towards the center. I did this with the new Envelobox Board by lining up the inside corner of the box on one of the lines and then place the outside corner on the same line. Since you can't see the line on the board at the inside corner I would take the stylus, place it in the inside corner and then move it with the cardstock until I could feel a depression. Then I lined up the outside corner on the same line and scored from corner to corner at a diagonal.

On the lid I scored around each side at 7/8". Clip the corners like the photo below shows and form the lid by gluing the corners together. I used the extra strong permanent tape runner to form the lid corners. On top of the lid I just glued a few leaves and a flower about 3/4" back from one of the edges of the box so I could leave room for tying the box together. Even though the lid stays on pretty well by itself by using the ribbon it stays together and adds to the overall design.

I mailed these little invitations in a 4" X 4" X 4" corrugated box and they all got to the recipients with no problem. Have fun!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

You are treasured

I wanted to share a treasure chest that I made using Crafter’s Companion new boards for the Ultimate Tool.  I have a pirate loving 4 year old and he spotted this treasure chest while I was making this and I couldn’t keep him away. He was so excited.  My daughter has requested a treasure chest of his own.  The new Envelobox is so fun and versatile to use.  I can’t wait to try more of these fun projects! Go Here to see some examples of all the things you can do with the Ultimate tool and the new boards.
Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Basket Project featuring the Boxer Board

Good morning! I am pleased to be making my first post for Crafter's Companion, in my opinion the most innovative company in the crafting industry. Yes, there are a lot of nifty papercrafting gadgets out there these days, but I feel the Ultimate Crafter's Companion is the most versatile tool for the money. With all of the add-ons available, the sky's the limit!

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Khristen, and I am from East Rochester, NH. I have a wonderfully supportive husband, Eryk, and three of the best scrapbook subjects (a.k.a. children): Andraia is 11, Rileigh is 9, and Patryk is 3. If I'm not here in the craft room designing my little heart out, I enjoy spending time with these crazy people. I stay home with the kids while hubby works his little 3rd shift tushie off, which means I do EVERYTHING around here...including carting them to and from practices/recitals/concerts all over the city. I also make some crafty money writing for a GPS device news blog (strange, I know, but it's nice to buy scrappy goodies without robbing hubby's wallet!) I am an avid gardener, both flower and veggie, and make much more than home decor. We make all of our own bread products, granola bars, and even goldfish crackers, and grow veggies to enjoy year-round. I guess I'm stuck back in the golden age of the home maker. Oh how I wish the world was like this!

After playing around with the Ultimate tool and making a couple of practice boxes, I felt ready to pop in the Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and try something new. This pretty basket tutorial caught my eye, as it's quite the versatile little gift container. You can fill it with anything you'd like...candy, baked goods, votive candle holders or candles, tealights, etc. I plan to purchase a votive candle holder set for a friend's birthday that is coming up to place inside. Such a great way to receive a gift!
The instructions provided on the DVD were so simple to follow along with, and this basket came together in a matter of minutes. I think when all was said and done, 20 minutes had passed (and most of the time was spent selecting paper and watching what Sara Davies was doing in the tutorial. Easy as pie!
I chose this beautiful double sided paper, and a coordinating paper for the inserts. Seam binding tape finishes it off nicely, as well as a gorgeous satin bow made using the bow tying feature of the Ultimate tool. I love this thing, as I am HORRIBLE at tying bows. This perfectionist is now in heaven! My bows will come out perfectly every time.
If you love giving handmade gifts to people and have the Ultimate Crafter's Companion, why don't you take it one step further and get yourself the Advanced Construction Techniques DVD along with the Boxer and Enveloboxer boards? When the gift is handmade as well as the container that holds the gift, isn't it so much more special?

Hope you all have a great day, I'm off to make a special gift container for hubby's father's day gift. Can't wait to share it with you all!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The New Ultimate DVD and Boards!

Hi everyone.  This is Carmi posting again!
I could not be prouder of these three new cards.
To make these cards I started by unpacking The Boxer and Envelobox Creator Bundle with Advanced Techniques DVD for the Ultimate.  I have been using my Ultimate (the purple case you see on my table) from Crafter's Companion for a year now so these boards were a nice new challenge.  I had a wonderful afternoon watching the new DVD with a pot of tea.  I could not wait to start a project and like a few of the other members of this design team I just loved the Tea Light card.
You would not believe that a three dimensional card could be created from one piece of card stock!  The extra cutting allows you to add a small piece of acetate to make the window.  All this then folds and becomes the card you see in my sample photo.  The DVD instructions are easy to follow. 
I also brought my Fairyopolis papers and Card making kit to this project.
With this first card I was able to add a decoupage fairy to the front.
I chose velvet leaves and berries to add in the window box.
For the second card I attached another decoupaged fairy.  I also added some of the Fairyopolis rub ons to the card front. 
Ordinarily these flowers would be too thick for a card front.  They worked perfectly for this 3d card!
The tea lights fit perfectly into the box part of this card.  There really are endless possibilities for a card that is also a box!
Since the cards were so great I needed matching card stock enveloboxes for them.  The new board (shown in photo above) is excellent.  Making these took only a few minutes.  They make the cards even more special!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boxer Board Project From Ann

Hi All. Ann here. As you can see, this week we are sharing projects with you that are made with the new Boxer and Envelobox Boards for The Ultimate Crafters Companion. For my project I decided to make the little suitcase box and I chose to put a few pieces of stationery in it. The pretty paper I used was from the Fairyopolis Line of products. I used the Ultimate Crafters Companion for cutting and for creating the little bows on my cards in the box. I also decorated the box with some pretty daisies that I painted with the Paint Fusion Supplies.  Let me just say that this project came together in no time thanks to the super easy and detailed directions that Sara gives on the Advanced Construction Techniques DVD. I have made box projects in the past and none of them EVER came out as perfect as this box did. All my corners were always off a tad but with the Boxer Board your dimensions come out PERFECT!!! You will love the results of all your projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying the projects that the rest of the girls have been bringing you. They are all amazing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fairyopolis Tealight Card

Hi everyone. Its Amy again...I made this beautiful tealight holder card using The Boxer board from Crafter's Companion. The paper that I used for the card was the Fairyopolis Paper Pad.

I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment on the front of the card using the Autumn  Fairyopolis stamp set from Crafter's Companion.

I used the Fairyopolis Triple disc CD set.  There are so many things you can do with this CD and so many ideas and beautiful Fairy's. I love this CD. 

The new boards for The Ultimate Crafter's Companion are awesome. The Advanced Construction Techniques DVD gives you step by step instructions for so many projects.  

This envelope was so easy to make for this card using The Envelobox Creator. The tealight card fits perfectly into this envelope.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fairy tea light card

Good morning,

I can't wait to show you my project for today.  I used both our brand new Boxer and Envelobox boards for my Ultimate Crafters Companion Tool, as well as the The Ultimate Crafter's Companion Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.  This amazing video allows you to take your cards and envelopes to a whole new level.  

I decided to start off by making one of the beginner projects on the DVD, the Tea Light Card.  On the DVD Sara Davies, the creator of these amazing tools, takes you through each step.  It was so each to follow her directions as she made each project.  Look what I was able to make for my very first project:

Is that a wicked cool card, or what?  I used paper from our Fairyopolis 12x12 Paper Pad to create the card.  The entire card is made from one piece of paper.  I then used a yellow sheet of paper from the same paper pad to create the border on the front of the card.  The images are rub-ons from the Fairyopolis Complete Cardmaking Kit.  I absolutely love these rub-ons!  They always go on perfectly.  I can't stand when pieces of rub-ons won't come off their sheet.  I also applied two Fairyopolis rub-ons inside the card as well.

Next, I followed along with the DVD and made a perfect Envelobox to fit my Tea Card.  I applied a couple more rub-ons the front of the Envelobox and back flap of it.  Now it's ready to be addressed and mailed off.  

Wouldn't these be perfect for Christmas time with some Tree or Cinnamon scented candles?  Or perhaps for a teacher or someone who isn't feeling well?  I plan on making lots of these this year.  I love how easy and amazingly beautiful they are.  And this is only the first project I've created.  There are so many fabulous idea on the DVD, I am looking forward to making them all:)

Have a wonderful week,


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Treat Box + Treat Bag + Card ( 3-IN-ONE)

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and you have some time to do crafts. I have a very cool project I would like to share with you. It is a 3-IN-ONE project that only uses ONE 12" x 12" piece of cardstock + embellishments. Also, I will be sharing a Pin-Wheel Rosette Tutorial, using the newly launched Boxer boards for the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool. I have made a Pin Wheel Tutorial in the past using the Ultimate Tool. I was happy with the Ultimate Tool before, but I was hoping they would come up with some new boards with equal interval grooves. So, I was ecstatic when I learned that they would be releasing 2 new boards - The Boxer and Envelobox Creator. Yay!

My project is a combination of a Treat Box + Treat Bag + Card in one. I discovered this by accident. I made a mistake in cutting one of my cardstocks and didn't want to throw it away.  So I came up with the idea of making a Treat Bag and combining it with the Treat Box and Card. It worked! Don't you just love it when you try to cover a mistake and you come up with a totally unexpected and awesome end result. I love it!

I love making boxes, and not only ordinary boxes. I always want to challenge myself to think outside the box (excuse the pun), and to experiment. The goal? To make an ordinary box, extraordinary. Having the right tool is the key. And if you love making perfect boxes like me, the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool + The BOXER and ENVELOBOX boards should be on your MUST HAVE list.

I adorned my Treat Box with 3D Die-cut Decoupage and Rub-Ons stickers from the Fairyopolis Card Making Kit. I filled it with Dove Chocolates and some Mini Rose flowers. Sometimes every little detail counts.

I then put some Ghirardelli chocolates in a clear plastic Treat Bag. I tied a ribbon as a handle  between the Card and the Treat Box. 

I decorated my Card with Pin-Wheel Rosettes that I made with the new BOXER board. Please see below for the tutorial on how I made them. 

Click image to enlarge.

There are lots of cool ideas and techniques available on the newly launched Crafter's Companion DVD - The Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques. Please check it out.

Thanks a lot for stopping by ! Happy Crafting!  - Jinky

Friday, May 20, 2011

SWALK Stepper Card using the Envelobox Creator (Holley 5/20)

Hello everyone!! I recently received some great items from Crafter's Companion- two new boards for my Ultimate Tool, a Boxer and Envelobox creator boards and a great video called "Advanced Construction Techniques." Here's a quick and easy project I made using these tools with the wonderful instructions straight from the video. They call this card a "stepper card". Here is what the card will look like when the recipient opens it and removes it from the envelope.

When it opens up, it's a fold out card that will look like this:

This card uses an adorable stamp set from SWALK called Best Friends. I colored the image using Copic markers and cut it out to adhere it onto the card. The card directions are given in the video. The paper I used for the card base comes from a beautiful Fairyopolis paper set. I used a large punch to create the background with a grey metallic paper to look like an elegant fence. I added a few purple flowers on the green grass as cute accents.

If you peek inside the card, you will see the message for the recipient:

I can't wait to show you some of the other great projects I can make with this tool that the video has taught me. Stay tuned!!

Cheers all, Holley

Brand New Boxer and Envelobox Creator!

This fantastic bundle package comes complete with the Boxer, Envelobox Creator, the Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and two free scoring tools!
Use these tools and DVD in conjuction with our Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool to create hundreds of different sized dimensional or flat envelopes, boxes and one-of-a-kind projects. The DVD is over 2 1/2 hours long and is divided into three sections - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Projects include stepper cards, accordian file box, swing cards, mini desk organizer, treasure chest, hinged box, set of drawers and more!
These new boards are a wonderful addition to our original box and envelope makers. More projects mean more fun!!!
Look at some of the projects you can do with our new Boxer and Envelobox Creator Boards. Do you have a favorite?
This is a BONUS project that you can download.
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