Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paradise on a Bottle

I hope you're enjoying your tour of Paradise so far! If you've just left Pam at APeeling Paper Crafts, you're on the trail. This whole thing started at Club Scrap.

Do you ever find that sometimes you are your own source of inspiration? I wanted to create something for celebrations with this happy collection. I took a stroll through my past blog entries and saw my formula to make these clever bottle toppers!

All you need are four pieces of paper to get things started. (I used Paradise Blue/Green and Orange Pineapple/Pink for Papers A and B, and Green Leaf/Blue and Orange/Pink for Papers C and D.)

Here is the original formula:

Score 8.5x11 Papers A and B vertically at 5.75". Trim horizontally at 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75". Use a die, punch or craft knife to remove a 2" circle or square from the center of the 2.75" scored area. 

Trim 8.5x11 Papers C and D vertically at 7.25, 5 and 2.5". Cut each 2.5x11 horizontally at 5.5". Trim the 2.25x11 horizontally at 9, 6.75, 4.5 and 2.25". (If you plan to use die cuts, cut vertically at 5 and 2.5" and trim each 2.5x11 horizontally at 5.5". The rest of the sheets can be used as you wish.)

Since I occasionally succumb to my thinlit die addiction, I couldn't resist purchasing a tropical set of dies to coordinate with Paradise. I combined them with a fun "birthday" die and various sentiments from the Paradise rubber stamp sheets and before I knew it, my craft area looked like it had been hit by a tornado! (This ever happen to you?)

For die cuts that may be too large for the topper, simply adhere the element and trim the edges.

I couldn't resist slinging this retirement-themed topper on a bottle of vodka. It really works for someone who is no longer working.

I'll keep my stash of bottle toppers near my gift wrapping supplies so I'm always ready to treat a hostess or bring a last-minute gift.

Your next stop will take you to Ink Stains with Roni.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Matchbook Christmas Ornament with Video

Welcome to my stop on the Club Scrap Christmas Thyme blog hop! (Click HERE to go to the beginning of the hop.) Riding the wave of inspiration from my Literature blog hop, I decided to create a holiday version of the Mini Maze in a Matchbook.

We released a hybrid digital kit with the Christmas Thyme theme, and I used it to design a small sheet of "cutaparts" to help decorate the outside of the matchbook sleeve and the tiny book inside. (Click HERE to download the .pdf of the artwork I created for this project; print at 100%. Bonus!)

Create a "drawer handle" for the matchbook with a copper mini brad and a loop for hanging with a piece of waxed linen thread.

I designed a miniature book title for the spine of the maze book.

 The adorable tin stars are perfectly sized for the inside of the book.

Add a few miniature holiday photos to the book, and you'll have an ornament to enjoy year after year!

Click HERE to download the detailed book assembly instructions.

And check out this helpful how-to video!

Your next stop on the hop is with Julie Heyer, my favorite crafter on the Cape!