Saturday, November 14, 2009

2 kinds of Hacking! & Caardvarks Challenge

A couple of Caardvarks projects made with Clear and Simple stamps:

a matchbox with a sugar shaker:
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and an invitation tin with an eensy place setting:

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a personal note (where on earth have i been?)

1...Caardvarks latest Challenge to make the place setting to make the matchbox (sugar shaker)
4...New matchbox template

a little personal note:
(M.I.A. me--the saga continues, LOL)

Well, it's been a crazy week--with two kinds of hacking, if you'll pardon the expression. ;o)

Stuff that's been up: Cleaning turned into carpet cleaning which did in my lungs & made breathing a struggle. Cough cough hack hack! I'm allergic to even mild hand soaps lately, so the carpet cleaning chemicals were a stretch--ugh, but it needed to be done & looks so much better now. Wish I had the energy to better balance the work around the home--that I have to do--with the work on the blog--that I'd rather do, hehehe.

The major thing that kept me away, though, was a computer virus and a hacker that kept trying to access our computers (starting with Charles's), so I couldn't even turn mine on for fear they'd try to get into it as well. Nastiness! That's all fixed up now though--I hope. Who does these creepy things & why, hey?

Anywho, enough blabbing about why I've been missing. Let's just say, Thank You for your patience, yet again.

xox mel

The team has made some stunning circular
projects for the latest...


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I used this sweet Clear and Simple set
to make both these projects...

click the pic if you'd like to go
peek at Bon Appétit


...make the place setting:

Please click these photos, if you'd like a closer view:

This is a whole lot of recyled bits. It was a fun way to use scraps...

Step 1) Stamp the silverware & cut it out (These are embossed in silver & then coloured in with a silver gel pen)

Step 2) Cut a piece of paper to make your placemat (this was a scrap of gesso resist paper made by covering a wooden batique block in gesso, stamping on paper, & inking the paper with grey reinker.)

Step 3) Embellish the placemat: Pierce & stitch around the placemat. Darken the outside edge if you like (I used a dark grey Copic maker)

Step 4) To make the plate:

A) Cut a circle out of paper (This is Smoothie lustre cardstock from Paper Temptress. Looks like pearly ceramic.)

B) Punch out a smaller circle of any heavy cardstock & use it as a guide to deboss the plate. I just went round & round the punched circle pressing into the plate with a stylus. Then added lines radiating out (by freehand.)

Step 5) To make the napkin/serviette & napkin ring:

A) Cut a wee square of paper towel or cloth
B) Fold it like a napkin & add dots of marker, if you like
C) Make a napkin ring: Cut a short length of wire about 2 inches. Slide buggle beads onto it to make a ring & then twist it closed. Slide over the paper towel & hide the twisted wire when you adhere the napkin to the plate.

Step 6) Emboss the sentiment (also from the Clear and Simple Bon Appétit set) & add it to the top of the placemat.

Step 7) Cut another circle of patterned paper for the table cloth & mount that onto a tin (this used to be a tin for margarita salt) :o)

...make the sugar shaker

The spoon in Bon Appétit wanted to be a wooden one
and then I just had to gp cheesy kitch for mon coeur en sucre
Warning high caloric intake! ;0)

Please click these photos, if you'd like a closer view:

Open with some goodies in it:

(my Sweetie likes sweets) ;o)

Detail of the sugar shaker:

To make the sugar shaker:

Step 1) Cut a piece of patterned paper (this is a little section gleaned from Cosmo Cricket's Summer 2009 catalogue.)

Step 2) Cut a cardstock mat to match (this is Wild Cherry cardstock from Paper Temptress)

Step 3) Die cut a label shape out of acetate (this is recycled plastic packaging.)

Step 4) Add a little pile of sugar (in the center of your patterned paper)

Step 5) Glue around the edge of your acetate label & adhere it to your cardstock (Just applying glue around the edges of the acetate & taking care to not disturb the sugar as you adhere it)

Step 6) Pierce around the template edge, following the shape (piercing through the cardstock too)

Step 7) Stitch around the acetate label shape & add beads, if you like.

Step 8) Embellish with stamped images & sentiments. The Spoons are from the Clear and Simple Bon Appétit set. I just embossed them on kraft paper to make wooden spoons & drew faces on them:

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The word "spoon" is from Bon Appétit as well & the black text is embossed on vellum, straight out of the printer.


This matchbox measures 2 and 3-4inches x 3 and 3-4 inches
(and it's 1 and 1/8 inch tall)

Took a while to get the fit of the lid for this, just right so it slides free nicely. (I've never made a matchbox before) But now I'm quite happy with how it sits, so hopefully you will be too!

the matchbox inside:

Templates for direct printing (no dotted line "mess"
but there are tick marks for easy scoring):

Matchbook template INSIDE JPG
Matchbook template INSIDE PDF

Score guides: (with dotted lines):

Matchbook Score Guide INSIDE JPG
Matchbook Score Guide INSIDE PDF

the matchbox outside:
Templates for direct printing (no dotted line "mess"
but there are tick marks for easy scoring):
Score guides: (with dotted lines):

Thank You so much for visiting!
If you have any questions about how to assemble the matchbox,
please don't hesitate to ask,


Dawn said...

well, it's good to see you back=)

sorry bout that hacker (both of them)

your matchbox sugar shaker is just too cute! wanna spoon...teehee... oozing with creativity as usual!

and that teensy tiny place setting!!

you take care kiddo!!!

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Thanks for the PDFs for the matchbox. Hope the hacking (both of them)goes away for good.

Kim Etherington said...

Cute sugar shaker! Cute little sentiment too! Hope you are feeling better!!!

Lisa Foster said...

Fabulous projects! Glad you are back! Sorry you weren't feeling so hot! And hackers...yeah, tell me about it! First off why be so mean? Second...who the heck has THAT much time on their hands????
Glad everything is running smoothly now!

Kathlene said...

I miss you when you're gone :( but am happy to hear you're feeling better and your carpet is cleaned. :) Both these little gems are terrific and thanks for sharing your templates. Have a great weekend!

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Tammy said...

Glad to see you are back, I love visiting your blog. I have empathy with the breathing problems, I have asthma and we had forest fires here for a month! Enough said.

Great project, as all of them are. Keep up the great work!

Mandorla said...

Nice that you are back, hope you are feeling better. Thanks so much for the template, it's so cute :)

Gabriele said...

I am happy to read something from you again :)
Hackers... oh my goodness... don`t know why people cannot have hobbies without annoying somebody else... but, well... annoying somebody definitely IS their hobby...

Thanks for sharing all the templates and for showing the box and the card! Fabulous!

AimeeInOhio said...

This is so stinking cute! I'm so thankful for your tutorials. you rock, sister!!

Lora said...

Both projects are fab! I love your tutorials:)
Hope the hacker buisness is solved, I don't understand why peole would want to do that. They obviously don't have a life as interesting as yours :)
Great to see you back though! I love visiting your blog. Always leave here with a hundred ideas spinning around in my head lol

Lora x