Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Have You been Naughty or Nice? ;O) (& a virtual pearl scallop box--with template)

Oh, have I missed you guys!!! I'm sorry I haven't been able to post the last couple of days. I've been so migraine-y that it should be illegal. I am starting to feel a little better now though. Thank goodness, 'cause i don't wanna miss my two-year blogoversary today! Thank You so much for being such absolute Sweethearts. Your emails and comments make me all happily teary eyed.

This card is very late for Allison's naughty challenge, but it was inspired by her nonetheless. :O) I love Allison's challenges. I am challenge challenged though. I can never ever do them on time. Better late than never?

Card Deets:

This images for this have been on my mind all year & just waiting for the holidays. The angel wings are from my first S.U. hostess set ever: Fashion Statements. (I spent 800.00 bucks to get it, LOL. Back when I wasn't broke; wonder how i got broke, hehehe.) The set has an empty hanger stamp too, so I just drew the devil's tail onto it & embossed it....

Remember glue pen embossing? Some of you Peeps who've been here a while may recall my obsession with drawing with a glue pen, sprinkling embossing powder on it & heating it. Well, it works with gel pens or inkssentials pens too (if you sprinkle quickly while the ink is still wet.) I found an amazingly smooth silver embossing powder by Ranger. I will never use any other icky lumpy e.p. ever again, lol.

Cardstock: Blue Bayou, & the red dotted dp is Basic Grey's Dasher Snowfall/Cranberry. Image stamped on Naturals Ivory that's been printed with vintage "Merry Christmas" text (available here); The image & Blue Bayou mat are cut with my label templates....

The inside of the card:

The mat inside the card is actually a secret pocket for a naughty note, heehee. :O)

And now for today's template:

First things first, (Enabler Alert): This sturdy little box is made with the world's most incredible paper from Paper Temptress; it's called Virtual Pearl!!! It's in the Iridescent family & I am madly in LOVE!!! See that lovely blue tinge on the creamy cardstock up there?

I wish you could see the cardstock in person. It is subtle & classy but SO funky and mesmerizing. It really looks like pearl. The weight is dreamy (just the right heaviness to make the nicest boxes!) But you can get it in text weight too. I need a gazillion pieces of it! Good thing their shipping is so fantastic. :O) Who knew paper could be so intoxicating???

To make the beaded liner:

Working while the box is unassembled seems to be the easiest route...

1) Print template for liner on to cardstock & cut it out.
2) Trace it 3 times on to patterned paper.
3) Fit to box & score where the fold should be
4) Crease the fold
5) Pierce holes along the fold (just above)
6) Thread needle (making sure that your beads slide over it first) :O)
7) Adhere thread end to the back of the liner
8) Stitch and just slide a bead onto each stitch

It sounds like a lot, but it actually goes pretty quickly & it looks kinda nifty when it's done.

Thank you for bein' You!


Unknown said...

awesome card, Mel!! Love it!

Kim Etherington said...

Very pretty. I'm a little naughty and a little nice. ;o) I like the little matching box.

Michelle Pearson said...

hope you get to feeling better soon...migranes are no fun! Love the little box...and the card is funny! Thanks for more need to post some time, Mel....I need more of that!!

Unknown said...

OMGoodness I love your card!!

Sorry to hear you have a migraine, I hate those things!! Hope you get to feeling better soon

Anonymous said...

Love it! Great job! I might have to check that paper company out!!!

Paula's ponderings said...

Happy blogversary Mel!! Glad you are feeling better as well. Ill call you sometime soon for a chat ok? Take care of yourself honey! XX

Barb said...

"Kinda nifty"? How about very nifty! Both of these are just great!! Love 'em.

Maria said...

Hey Mel! Happy Blog Anniversary! Believe it or not but my 2 year anniversary is on Friday! We started at about the same time. Whoohoo!

I'm glad to see you back blogging again and especially that you feel better!

Okay. . did you actually pay $800 for that stamp set. Is it in American dollars? Please tell me no. LOL!! The most I've ever bought a stamp set is $40 and that's at the regular price brand new. Well, I guess you will keep that set forever, huh.

Well I love the card you made with that set and you're right that dp is mesmerizing! I never had a paper mesmerize me before. Your box, wow. . .too cool. It's the kind of box that you keep in a curio with all the other collectibles, like maybe your stamp set! LOL!! As always, your projects are just gorgeous.


Donna Coffman said...

I love your blog, thank you so much for continuing to create even with a headache.
I sometimes dream of paper, my family just laughs at me. But it is mesmerizing, especially when I see all the wonderful things I can make with it.
Happy anniverary. If you have tips on how to set up a blog I would love you even more.

Cathrine StClair said...

Glad to see you back Mel! I was starting to worry. Cute projects. I love the box! That paper does look yummy!

Elena said...

Hello Mel1 Glad you are feeling better! Your card is absolutely fantastic! Love the wings and the tail! Ideas with the beads is awesome! Wow! You did an amazing job with the beads on the box!

Lydia Fiedler said...

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!

Debra said...

Wow, you've been blogging for two years! Congratulations! Your blog is a real treat and thanks for posting so many templates, I love them!

Allison Rankin said...

A gorgeous card...I am loving this color combo esp. with that "wordy" BG! Nice box too (but I am sure you hear that all the time!)...

Karinn said...

Wow! Your card and box are soooo gorgeous!! I've already clicked on the links for that paper - wow again!!

And happy anniversary! I get so excited when I see your new posts pop up in my inbox!!

SCS Arinka

Libby Dyson said...

this is wonderful. thanks so much Mel

Candy said...

Hi Mel,
Oh how I lusted for the angle wings stamp!! i believe it was a Hostess Set and I couldn't spend enough by myself to get it. Not knowing anyone in my new city I couldn't have a party. I still want it!!!!
You have made another delightful card - so pretty! Love the fact that you have a place for a note inside.
This is just darling!!

Candy said...

Gosh Mel.
I wanted to wish you a Happy Blog Annivesary too.
And also to say I hope your migraines are on their way out. I suffer from them also and they are debilitating! Get well soon.

Karen from Ontario said...

Hey Mel,
So glad to hear you are feeling better. I wondered if you had been sick when I visited your blog. You are so faithful about maintaining it and offering all of us such inspiration.
take care and love your projects,

Janine said...

Mel I hope you are feeling better better better !!!Love this little box...

Anonymous said...

That card is hot! That's my Paris Hilton impression. hehehe. I hope your migraine lets up soon! Thank YOU for being YOU! We all love ya~!

Joani McDonald said...

Mel Mel Mel. Just when I think you can't top yourself you have.
Thanks for th great inspiration!

C said...

Gorgeous box!! Thanks for the template. So sorry you're still dealing with that nasty migraine. Are you getting enough sleep or are you stampin'?

Laurie in MN said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better.

The card is cute and it is so nice to be given templets.

Take care and get rest.

Laurie in MN said...

Oops! Meant to add:

Happy Blogaversary.

Catherine said...

I absolutely LOVE this card!!!! (And I'm naughty, too....mostly!)

I have an award for you! Please pop by for a visit to collect! And please share the love!


Jessica Diedrich said...

LOVe it, Mel! Love the inside of the card too LOL!

Etha said...

love the virtual pearl, I use it all the time and its so sturdy! the red scalloped interior of your box is great!!

Unknown said...

I swear that there is never a post you do that I don't learn something new! Where in the world do you come up with so many inventive ways to do things?! Love the tip on the gel-pen embossing, and those beads on the box are fabulous!!
hugs, Jami

Shirley said...

What a really clever card and pretty too~ The box is just perfect with the card ~! How Christmas~

Erum Tasneem said...

love the look you gave to this card!
I will be coming back to read the instructions properly!