Thursday, April 30, 2009

Matchbox Week: What's in the Oven?

This Matchbox Oven holds 2 Small chocolate chip cookies.

Here's a close-up:

  • "Bake" is using the SU Exclusive billboard alphabet die. Adhere with Tombow Adhesive.
  • To make the back of the stove, cut (1) CS 2-3/4" x 2-5/8", punch two corners with a 3/16 Corner Rounder punch.
  • The rolling pin is made by using the Word Window Punch, lightly sponged using Close to Cocoa ink, then attached to (2) Real Red Horizontal Slot punched handles. The rolling pin (finished size 1-3/4") is then adhered to the back of the stove using dimensionals. Love it.
  • For the stove top, a small square 1-3/8"x 5/8" is finished by using the 3/16" corner punch. There are (4) 1/4" circles on each side.

Here is a photo showing the Matchbox pulled out:
Oven front: (1) 3/16" x 2" for Oven bar. See below how to make Oven opening.

Below photo showing what is needed to make this stove.

To make the oven opening, use the 1-1/4" Square Punch twice. Punch 3/8" away from each side of the Matchbox edge. Below photo shows to move 1-1/4" Square Punch over to make 2nd square. Clear Acetate is adhered on the inside opening.


  • Stamps: none
  • CS: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Brushed Silver, Close to Cocoa
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Matchbox Bigz XL Die, SU Exclusive Billboard Alphabet Die, Word Window Punch, Horizontal Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape, Clear Acetate (non SU)

Thanks so much for stopping by................see more tom.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Matchbox Week: It's a Bug!

This was a fun matchbox to make! Yes, it's a plastic bug inside. I didn't have smaller bugs and this large spider worked out fine. I wanted to put in chocolate ladybugs but I guess it's not this time of the year and I just couldn't find any. A handle is added at the top of the Matchbox.

Here's a better photo of the box. The lady bug is attached by using a dimensional. The word "bugs" is made by using the Sizzix SU exclusive Billboard die. I'm lovin' this alphabet die. The acetate: I found that around the house - it is attached to the Matchbox cover with adhesive inside.

Here are the "ingredients" to make this box. Missing is the Acetate in the photo. This photo shows the Large Dot Texturz Plate used for the cover.

How did I make the window for the Matchbox cover? The Scallop Square Punch is used by punching twice. Punch once and then align the scallops (see photo below) and punch again.

How is the handle made? Cut (1) piece CS 3/8" wide x 2-3/4" long. Score @1/2", 7/8", 1-7/8", 2-1/4". Be sure to position the handle and apply brads BEFORE completing the Matchbox. The inside Matchbox fold will cover the unsightly brad "legs"

Completed Handle should look like this:

Here is the lady bug: Punch (1) 1/2" Black Circle, (1) 1/4" Black Circle, (1) 1/2" Real Red Circle. Cut the Real Red Circle in half, make "dots" and make eyes using the White Gel Pen. Position on to front of Matchbox cover with a dimensional.


  • Stamps: none
  • CS: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Black
  • Ink: none
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Matchbox Bigz XL Die, SU Exclusive Billboard Alphabet Die, SU Exclusive Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch or Crop-o-Dile, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Write Black Pen, White Gel Pen, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape, Gold Brads, Piercer, Clear Acetate (non SU).

Thank you for stopping by today...........a girly matchbox stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Matchbox Week: Beer for Him

Would a DH (Darling husband) or DB (Darling Boyfriend) like this? Front of the matchbox shown below. I was really tempted to apply Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the edge of the beer suds but used Crystal Effects in it's place. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up in the photo.

This is the back of the matchbox:

Inside matchbox contents for too much beer!

Here is a side view showing the handle and how it is positioned. Note the suds have dimensionals behind them. "Cheers" is applied using Tombow Adhesive.

Some tips on how to make this: After using the Matchbox die, use a Crimper to provide the texture. Then use craft White ink to lightly sponge the cover.

Apply the sticky tape. Position the handle. See below how to make the handle.

Using the Tag punch, first use small tag punch. See 2nd photo how to complete handle.

  • Stamps: None
  • CS: More Mustard, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa
  • Ink: Craft White
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Matchbox Bigz XL Die, SU Exclusive Bill Board Alphabets Die, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, Crimper, Crystal Effects, Tombow Glue, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape

Thank you for stopping by today.........stay tuned for tomarrow's matchbox.......

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tutorial Request: Slider Card

As an update: the tutorial for the slider card (posted on April 22, 2008) will be posted next week after Matchbox week. So stay tuned..............thank you in advance for your patience.

Matchbox Week: Teapot Matchbox

Using the Exclusive Stampin-Up Matchbox Bigz XL Die, the tea pot was a snap to make. Matchbox Messages was used from the Occasions Mini catalogue for the cover . Love the white embossing powder! The tea bag will fit into the box if the packaging is removed. This is my monthly swap that has been sent out: are you one of the lucky girls?

Below is the un-assembled Teapot Matchbox. To make the lid:
-punch (2) large ovals + (1) 1/4" circle.
-The width of the box is a maximum of 3/4" so each large oval needs to be scored 3/8" (lengthwise)
-Apply adhesive to large ovals, sandwiching 1/4" circle in between at the "top".
-Position completed lid on top of "tea pot".

Below is how the "handle" and "spout" are positioned. The "spout" is hand drawn. The handles are made by using two oval punches: Small and large oval punch.

Here is a close-up of how the lid is to be positioned.

Supplies used:
  • Stamps: Matchbox Messages
  • CS: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accys: Matchbox Bigz XL Die, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch or Crop-o-dile, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Round Tab Punch, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape.

Thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned for more matchboxes this week............your comments are appreciated.

Friday, April 24, 2009

RAKs Received

4/24: edited - see below correction for "Happy Spring" Card from Yvonne
It is always so nice to receive Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs). This is a Thank You card from Kimmie. She is an amazing scrapper and makes awesome cards and invitations. I am lucky to get one of these! The back of her envelope reflects the card inside. She knows Red and Black are my very favorite colors. This is a "keeper". Love the washi paper she used at the bottom of the card.

Below is a Thank You card received from Frances. The watercoloring is way cool and there's a little bit of glitter on the flowers, too. I love the embossed swirl background and co-ordinating ribbon.
This is a card made by Carol. She is a fellow Demonstrator (Yippee). Love her card layout and color combination. Hey, I don't have this stamp set!

Here's a card I received from a monthly swapper: Yvonne. You can visit her blog site at She does amazing watercoloring!

Thank you for stopping by today............have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

March Swaps

These are some great swaps I had received but am just posting now.
Sharon made this cool card with some glitter across the message and on the flowers. Susan made this silver embossed card using the Embrace Life stamp set.

OK- This is a mysterious stamper - who made this? The Pink floral card is from Vickie

Manhatten impression floral is from Donna and Soft Summer Floral is from Ginger. Note the cool way to use ribbons for both cards:
The floral card is from Desiree and the Koala is from Denise:
Thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Slider Card Swap

COOL slider card: this is MY version of it. The original version below is using the Boatload of Love stamp set (which I did not have). Below photo of card "closed".
After pulling the slider, message revealed:

Close-up of card below:

Below is the original swap I received from a fabulous friend: Denise. Way COOL! The size of this card is 6" X 3". Note the cool brad used to thread the ribbon pull! Love how she made the "waves".

Pull the slider and message revealed:

Here's a close-up of the "pull":
Supplies (for my version):
  • Stamps: Great Friend, Sweet Little Sentiments (Level 1 Hostess)
  • CS: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
  • Accys: Big Shot Matchbox Die, Stamp-a-mahjig, 1" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Tombow Adhesive, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Like it? I LOVE it! Hope you do, too. Swapping provides great inspiration. Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Birthday Cake Card

Here's the cake card that was made for a guy friend. Inside: doesn't it look like a chocolate cake? The card front is "guy friendly":

Close up of cake details: LOVE those Naturally Serif Alphabet dies to be able to spell out his name. i kept the "center of the cake solid chocolate chip and the outside Pattern Design paper.

Card message at top:

Card message:

Top view of the cake card unfolded:

  • Stamps: Seeing Spots, Outlined for Fun, Big Bold Birthday, Celebrate Everything
  • CS: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Papers, Whisper White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
  • Accys: Big Shot Pop-Up Cake Die, Big Shot Naturally Serif Die, Stampin' Write Yo Yo Yellow Pen, Dimensionals , Sticky Tape

Thank you for stopping by today............RAKS and swaps being posted tom.........stay tuned...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Cake Card

This is a birthday cake I had sent to a dear friend last week - it should have blow her away! I kept the front of the card simple:

Below shows the card unfolding to reveal the surprise:

Here is the cake completely unfolded:

The back of the card:

Message for my dear friend:

Close-up of the cake details: The candles are using the Stampin' Write Yo Yo Yellow Pen and the Alphabets from the Big Shot Naturally Serif die to spell her name.


  • stamps: Happy Everything, Big Bold Birthday
  • CS: Walk in the Park Designer Paper, Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
  • Ink: Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze
  • Accys: Big Shot Pop-Up Cake Die, Big Shot Naturally Serif Die, Eyelet Boarder Punch, Designer Label Punch, Yo Yo Yellow Stampin' Write Pen, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape, 5/8" Organdy Ribbon (non SU)

Thank you for stopping by today......................