Friday, November 26, 2021

Tiny Gift Card Box and Cards Using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Curio Box Bigz Die and Vintage Christmas Carols Booklet

I would like to thank Zoe Hillman (Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook Group Creator) for the wonderful idea of using the Sizzix Curio Box Bigz Die as a tiny card box!  I've had so much fun making different box tops and cards to go inside, but this one, by far, is my favorite.  This one was so fun, I thought I'd share the graphics in case someone else wants to create one. Please note:  This is not a step by step tutorial, it's just a share of the graphics and what I used to make my box and cards.

Several years ago, I found a booklet that was published in 1958 titled "The Voice of Firestone, Favorite Christmas Carols".  I scanned the sheet music and shared it on Pinterest for other paper crafters to use if they'd like.  Over the years, I've used the sheet music copies quite a bit but it dawned on me this year to use the sheet music for my tiny Curio Box cards!  I used the scanned cover of the booklet and sheet music within, resized them and made my little gift card box. I also scanned the back cover of the booklet and used that on the back of my box.  The scanned photos are shared here:

To create the gift card boxes, you'll need:
Sizzix Bigz Die - Curio Box
140 lb. Heavy Cardstock or Watercolor Paper for the box
110 lb Watercolor Paper for the Cards (measure 2-1/4" x 3-1/4")
90 lb Mixed Media Paper for the Envelopes (measure 2-1/2" x 3-1/2")
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make the envelopes
The graphics provided here (just right click the photos above, save or copy and use).
Any dies you have that you'd like to use to decorate the box top and cards. 
I used Heartfelt Creations Poinsettias and Tim Holtz's Sizzix Holiday Greens and Holiday Greens Mini.
I also used the distress splatter brush and white gesso afterwards to make light snowy splatters.

Also included inside the box was a scanned copy of the first inside page of this little booklet.
If you're interested, there are uploaded YouTube videos of the old Voice of Firestone radio/tv program!

If you decide to make one of these little boxes, I'd love to see a photo.

Have fun creating!

Hugs & Blessings,

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Tim Holtz Retro tv and Curio Box Make

Oh wow!  It's been well over a year (again) since I last posted anything on my blog!  

I've received several questions as to how I made these little curio candy boxes, so here goes ...

Hope this helps!

The photos used for the retro tv dome screen were downloaded from Pinterest, resized and printed.

Inside the curio box, a gift bag of candy is hidden!

Below are photos of the supplies I've used to create these boxes. For the boxes, Tim Holtz's Sizzix Curio Box die, cut with 140 lb. watercolor paper was used.  A couple different backgrounds were used by cutting just the top part of the curio box from the background paper (one Tim Holtz's worn wallpaper and one Ranger Distress Woodgrain Cardstock, to mimic paneling). The backgrounds were glued to the 140 lb. watercolor die cut.

The woodgrain cardstock was stained with Distress Paint (Walnut Stain) and
Distress Stain (Crushed Corduroy). Then it's glued to the initial 140 lb. watercolor paper cut - so you actually have two curio box tops glued together making it very sturdy.

To secure the corners of the bottom portion of the box, Tim Holtz's rosette die centers were used.

 For the tv, Tim Holtz's Sizzix Retro tv die was used.  The tv was cut from 140 lb. watercolor paper. Then, just the main part of the tv was cut in wood veneer paper, while the speaker was cut from burlap. The tv screen dome is by Sizzix and it's called Shaker Domes Rounded Square. 

The photos used inside the screens were downloaded from Pinterest
and resized (2-3/8" x 2-3/8") to fit within the dome screen. 
I've included a photo of the knobs (also from Pinterest).
They need to be resized (1-3/4" x 1-1/4"), as well.

After resizing and printing the knobs, fussy cut and use Glossy Accents to make them 3-D

Time to put the tv together by using the photo as a sample -
Once that's done, you can add a snippet of fuzzy fabric to duplicate vintage shag carpet!

The poinsettia was created using Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia die and 3D Shaping Mold.
The Poinsettia petals were cut from distress inked 110 lb. watercolor paper, 
A pot was created to house the poinsettia using Tim Holtz's Funky Cactus die.

The Poinsettia stamens were created using
Glossy Accents and Prills.

Hope this helps answer some of the questions
I've received on Instagram and Facebook as to how
these little Curio Box, Retro tv Candy Boxes were made!

Hugs & Blessings,

Friday, August 28, 2020

A joyous reunion ...

Another year has passed with only one blog post.  This post isn't about crafting with paper or fabric, it's about my lovely, beautiful, sweet Mom and precious Dad.  On Christmas Eve, 2009, I lost my Mother. The overwhelming loneliness I felt without her, led me to creating this blog.  I used to share every creative endeavor with her and she was a gracious listener.  No matter how trivial my ideas, she met them with enthusiasm, encouragement and love.  Her encouraging words were the driving force behind my desire to create and her unconditional love helped complete me.  After Mom passed, I turned to Dad, and met a man I barely knew before.  I knew my Dad was hard working, responsible, kind, funny and was loved by his friends, but I didn't know much more than that.  When I called, prior to losing Mom, he would say a few words and then turn the phone over to Mom.  I freely shared my world with Mom and she shared hers (and Dad's) with me.  What I knew of my Dad, was mostly through the eyes of my Mom.  She dearly loved him and I learned why.  Wrapped in a riotous sense of humor was a man who was brimming with kindness, sincerity, gentleness, integrity, intelligence and an unconditional love that fiercely matched my Mother's.   Earlier this month, Dad took up his place by Mom's side. I'll never forget her saying of my Dad, as she was lying in her hospital bed ... "there's my husband of 60 years, he will never leave my side".  I can only imagine the joyous reunion, and to be honest, it's the only thing that helps, as I wade through the tides of grief.  💕

Hummingbirds Photo Above by Chris Jimenez Nature Photo on flickr

Photo by Janice Woodard taken at my parents cottage on the lake in Custer, MI