Tuesday, July 31, 2012

With Love from Me to You!

Hello and welcome!!  Stacy here on this lovely Tuesday to share with you a fun project I made using my Ultimate Tool.  I'm not sure what I am calling it.  I saw something similar in a magazine and thought it was so cute.  So I just basically tried to come up with my own version of it.  Here is a photo of it.   What do you think?

It kind of looks like a box doesn't it??  Well it's not a box and it isn't a card but a hybrid of the two.  Sort of...lol  It folds open and has a place on the inside that holds some mini envelopes.  I thought that you could easily put gift cards, bath beads, cocoa or some other fun goodies in the envelopes.
Here's how I made it.  First I pulled out my Ultimate Tool because I pretty much use this puppy with every project I make!! ha 

I cut a piece of card stock to the measurements of 4" x 12".  Working on the inches side of the board I butted the short end of my card stock up to the handle side of the board and scored the paper at 3 1/2 inches, folded and burnished and then butted up the folded edge to the handle side of the board again and scored at 1 inch.  Repeat this process, scoring at 3 1/2" and then at 1 inch.  This gives you the base of your project.

Next I cut a piece of matching patterned paper 7 inches long by a little over a half an inch wide.  I just eyeballed it.  I scored it at 1/2 inch and then at 1 1/2 inches after butting the short side to the handle side of the board.  Then I flipped it and did the same thing to the other side of the strip of paper.  This paper is going to be glued down to hold your envelopes inside.  It should look like this (this one isn't glued down yet.)  I adhered it inside to the middle 3 1/2" section.  (again eyeballing where I thought it should go)

(Please ignore the double score lines in the photo.   I initially scored on the wrong line and didn't want to waste card stock making another example.)

I flipped my Ultimate Tool over to the envelope making side and made 3 envelopes.  I started with a square piece of paper and scored it on all 4 sides making sure that my score lines crossed over one another. 

Then I cut a triangle of paper off where the lines cross.  As you can see in the photo, I curved the edges on the top flap. (the one on the bottom in the photo)  It just makes for a prettier finished envelope.  Next you just fold in the two side pieces and glue them together.  Then you fold up the bottom bit and adhere it to the two pieces you just glued. 

The Ultimate Tool has several dry emboss designs on it and a few are specifically for using on envelope flaps.  I lined up inside of the top flap of my envelopes over the design I wanted to use and then embossed. 

Here is what it looked like after I was done.  I could have used the heart design but I thought the design I picked looked a bit like the pattern in my patterned paper.

All that was left to do was embellish the base inside and out.  I picked complementary patterned paper and card stock and covered all the panels.  This strengthens the project and makes it prettier!! lol  

I pulled some ribbon from my stash and glued it down on the middle of the back panel then I adhered my patterned paper over it.  I pulled it over the top of the "box" and glued it down to the front of the base and again added the patterned paper over it.  You can now pull the ribbon around to the bottom of the front and tie it together in a bow.  This will hold your "box" together.

I finished it off by cutting some hearts out of patterned paper and gluing then on the front and inside.  I pulled out my Humphrey's Corner stamp set - Chocolate Box and stamped out the sentiment on white card stock.  I trimmed it to fit into the metal frame, glued it to the back of the frame and used brads to attach it to the card.

And there you have it....all done.  It is cute in person and would be a fun little present to give especially if you filled those envelopes with goodies!! lol

I hope you are inspired to pull out your Ultimate Tool and make something fun!!  And if you don't have an Ultimate Tool of your own, hop on over to the Crafter's Companion Store and pick one up!! 

Don't forget that today is the last day to enter the Anything Goes challenge on the Crafter's Companion USA Challenge blog!!  You know you want to win that $30 gift card to the Crafter's Companion online store!!!  SHOPPING, SHOPPING, SHOPPING!! 

Until next time...happy scrapping!!


Trena in Naperville said...

Awesome idea Stacy! A really nice gift for someone. Love the embossed touch on envelopes!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is adorable and such a great gift as a gift...lol
Wonderful directions sweetie

MadeByKarla said...

I need to get out my boards! This is beautiful!

Aliya said...

Very cute idea. My mother-in-law gave me an Ultimate Tool a few years ago and it has just been sitting because I didn't really know how to use it. Now I think it's time to dig it out and have some fun!!!! Thanks for the inspiration! It's just what I needed!

Cheryl said...

This is amazing and SO inspiring!!!

Kathy said...

Stacy this is awesome!! Now I want to get my tool out and create something! The tutorial is wonderful, and I love the design you came up with. The colors are great!! Excellent job!!

{Chrissie} said...

Holy cow! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barb Turpin said...

Very, very cute!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super project and great tutorial! Carri ~abusybee

KYCrafter said...

This is a great project!! Will have to do this one for sure.