Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teapot Box (from a Tiny Take out template)

POD tea set by melstampz

Hmmmm Creativi-tea, sounds good for low mojo...Not sure what happened to the me that could breathe easy and had copious amounts of crafting energy, but I sure miss that version of myself. Maybe some more tea will help??? (A little caffeine, anyone?) This little set made a wee pick-me-up gift for my BFF Kimmy who loves a London Fog (earl grey vanilla tea misto) & who also needed a boost. (LOVE ya Darlin'!)

1...the Caardvarks Challenge (windows!)
2...make a tea pot from a take-out box
3...make speedy vellum flowers
4...make a vellum layered tag

--The stamps used to make little set are from Purple Onion Design Stamps for the Caardvarks Challenge they're kindly sponsoring. (The stamps I played with for this are Antique Ledger Background & the flower from Celebitties.)

--The Creativi-tea mug looks like this inside (no affiliation with that store, just thought someone might like to see it inside) My mug was a Christmas gift from my sweet aunt & uncle. Cool, huh? Now I just hafta get one for Kim too! ;O)

...make a tea pot from a take-out box

Click to Download the
Box Template on SCS here

(or click these pics if you prefer the JPG versions):

This is a good ol' SU template for a tiny take out box,
but I needed a teapot. Beads to the rescue! :O)

ETA: The middle template is fixed now. It was wee, since I had added the small version of it here (the ones I use in the SCS post for the PDFs...) It's to scale now though. (so many details so little brain space, ynuk ynuk)

The decorative panel (the band) may only fit the template with no dotted lines, since that's the one I made it to scale with. I like to hide the dotted score lines on the inside, of course (adhered to the tea pot.) Hope it works nicely for you.

Step 1) Print cut & score tiny take out box

Step 2)
Pierce holes inside template circles for the handle

Step 3) Shape the handle out of wire & affix one end of the wire handle

Step 4) Bead wire handle

Step 5) Adhere feet onto the bottom

Altered beads: sounds fancy smancy, but these were some "ugly" dollar store beads with gold splatters on them; however, since they were plastic, it meant I could sand off the offending pattern. (<---That's me: cheap & sneaky. Ouuuu, does that sounds bad or what? LOL)

Step 6) Glue bead to the top of the tea pot (this is a large bead with a seed bead stuck in the hole to finish it off)

I stuck a pearly seed bead in the hole of the
large white bead to finish it off:

it makes a nice pull on the top :O)

Step 7) Print the decorative band template & cut it out. Stamp score & embellish it.

Step 8) Embellish the panel or band however you like. I added stamping & piercing & stitching. The stamp here is a funky Antique ledger background stamp from Purple Onion Designs. (It's embossed in clear e.p.) :O)

Step 9) Add crochet ribbon to the decorative panel

Step 10) Fold a piece of cardstock in half & cut a spout shape (mine kind of looks like an elephant trunk, but what do ya do?) ;o)

Step 11) Cut the spout in half

Step 12) Adhere the top half of the spout together (leaving the bottom free for adding to the box)

Step 13) Cut a slit for the spout in the side of the box that you'd like it.

Step 14) Slide tea spout into the slot in the box

Step 15) Fold end of the spout back and adhere it

Step 16) Assemble the box...

...then add some embellishment, if you like:

...make speedy vellum flowers:

  • Flower stamp from Purple Onion Designs (Celebitties)
  • Vellum Cardstock
  • White Craft (Pigment) ink
  • Winter White embossing powder
  • Copic marker Dark Bark E-49
  • Tombow Monomulti

Emboss POD flowers onto vellum cardstock (this is SU's Winter White embossing powder)

Cut flowers out & Colour backs of leaves with Copic.

(This is Dark Bark E-49) I like to cheat by colouring with Copics this way since it makes spreedy soft pretty colouring and I don't have to stay in the lines. ;O)

C) Cut some out without leaves.

D) Glue smaller flower on top.


...make the vellum layered tag:

The look of vellum over top of patterned paper was a happy surprise with this teabag tag. I never realized how nifty it looks. :O)

  • Basic Grey Porcelain paper
  • White twine from the "I want it white kit"
  • Birch tone Prism cardstock
  • Vellum Cardstock
  • Tombow Monomulti
Step 1) Punch a small tag from the Birch tone cardstock
Step 2) Punch a large tag around it (makes the thin frame)
Step 3) Punch a large tag of vellum, patterned paper, & Birch tone c.s.
Step 4) Glue them all together & add the vellum flower
Step 5) Pierce a hole & add the twine

and that's it...

and tomorrow....

Hope there was a little something in this
to revitalize your creativi-tea! :O)

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Katie Cupcake Recipe Card (a.k.a. self-standing pocket card tutorial) :O)

Finally, that recipe card tutorial. (Sorry for the wait; I just couldn't get the energy up to get the photos done before going to the Island.)

I just LOVE a pocket card but want one that can stand up on its own
(so this one is self-standy-uppy.) :O)

1...cheap tricks: free standing recipe
2...create a recipe card pocket
3...add a vellum card insert (with hidden stitches)
4...cheap tricks: make sprinkles with beads
5...protect projects with Microglaze
6...glue pen emboss your handwriting (or trace fonts)

Stamps used are from the set {Katie Cupcake}

She's chillin' at the Little Paper Shop here.


(Free standing recipe card)

Me thinks I'll have to make more cards in this pocket style, since I really like the look of pocket cards but I want them to stand up on their own for display. It's super easy to do:
  1. Make a pocket bigger than your card (1/8" or 2/8" ideally)
  2. Assemble it by sliding only the front of the card into the pocket
  3. You can create a belly band to go over the pocket (or just embellish). :O)

This recipe card is on a folded card, so it stands up by itself. You can make cards really special by printing photos of the treats & having them on the front of the card. Recipe ingredients & directions are easy to print on the front & back.


...create a recipe card pocket

The stitching on this is optional, of course.
I just really love that the pocket will never fall apart.

  • Scor-Pal (or scoring method you like)
  • Double sided paper (this is "trendy" #AV192 Crate Avenue Collection (by Crate Paper)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper piercer & (plus Tim Holtz ruler and pins)
  • Needle & thread
  • Seed Beads
Step 1) Cut a piece of standard cardstock in half (to measure 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches)

Step 2) Score at 1/2 inch, 4 1/4 inch, & 8 inch marks.
(With the paper placed so that the long side (8 1/2 inch side) is along the top of the scor-pal)

Have a longer recipe? You can make this any size you want by just scoring in the middle & 1/2 inch in on either side.

Step 3) Fold the cardstock in half and fold the ends out so that they make flaps (perfect for showing off double-sided papers.)

Step 4) Pierce along the edge of the flaps & along the sides.

Step 5) Sew sides together (adhere & hide end under flap; then go through both layers)

Step 6) Stitch the sides (makes for a super hold on the pocket on top of being decorative.) Adhere the end of the thread under the flap, where the adhesive will be hidden.

Step 7) Stitch along the tops (hiding adhesive for thread ends under the flap.) Add beads if you like. :O)

Step 8) Adhere the flaps down.


...add a vellum card insert
(with hidden stitches)

Here's how I stuck the recipe into the card (more stitching) so it can stand up while you bake. (I didn't bake for y'all--cause I do not need to eat all those cupcakes, LOL.)

  • Cardstock for the recipe card base (Cool Caribbean SU retired)
  • Vellum cardstock for printing recipe
  • Needle & Thread
  • Tombow Monomulti

Step 1)
Make card, print vellum insert, & paper pierce both:

A-fold a card (4 and 2-8 by 5 inches)
B-Print Recipe on vellum & fold to fit card
C-pierce along the recipe fold to stitch it in

Step 2)
Hide your stitches: to stitch things in cards with a tidy finish, glue the thread ends on the inside fold (back of recipe) Tombow monomulti is speedy!

Step 3)
Knot when finished stitching

Step 4)
Hide the end of your last stitch after knotting: trim thread with scissors & adhere with more tombow (or glue of choice.)


(Beaded Cupcake Sprinkles)

Of course, you can glue the beads on, but I like the contrast of the coloured thread. Plus, they'll never fall off this way. To stitch beads on so they lie on their sides:

1-Pierce a hole & thread needle in from the back (adhering thread end to back of cardstock)
2-Add bead to the thread
3-Create another hole (with your needle) a little ways away from the one you came up &
4-Stitch with your needle back down that new hole...

...et Volia you have beads that will lay flat:

If you want a variety (some beads flat on their side & some so the hole shows) then you only need one hole per bead. (In other words, you can thread your needle back down the same initial hole that you pierced to get the bead's hole to show.) It's really easy, I just make it sound tricksy, LOL. ;O)


(Mess-proof recipe cards)

Rub the whole recipe card with Microglaze to kitchen proof it (It makes it waterproof. Have never tested it with butter cream icing though.) ;o)


Glue pen embossing
(to emboss handwriting)

Gotta love that Quickie glue pen (by Sakura) You can write with it & sprinkle on embossing powder on your handwriting (then heat, of course). :O)

Hope this was useful to somebody :o)

P.S. Recipe & photo of cupcakes are both borrowed from the Repressed Pastry chef (what an amazing blog!) here: the mint chocolate cake & the buttercream icing