Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Month of Christmas Crafting 2017 - Suzanne's Large Explosion Box

Hello Crafty Friends!
Wow the days are flying by! It's only a week till Christmas so get ready for a whole lot of Christmas craft!! And hopefully you'll have some time to join in the crafty fun!
Today Suzanne creates a brilliant explosion box with the sweetest surprise in the centre....

Well, what an amazing year it has been. I have had a wonderful time being a part of the talented and beautiful creative team for Aunty Vera. The December kit is beautiful and just a pleasure to craft with.

The project that I am doing for December is a large explosion box that measures 6 x 6 inches and inside that it has another box at 5 x 5 inches and then inside that a special little surprise.  I hope you enjoy having a look at this project.

This beautiful BoBunny paper forms the basis of these boxes.  For each box I have used 3 pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock for the box bases and then another 3 pieces of cream cardstock for the layers of the cover panels.

The 12 x 12 cardstock is cut into 2 pieces of 12 x 6 cardstock and scored at 6 inches for the 6 x 6 box.
For the 5 x 5 inch box, the cardstock needs to be cut at 5 x 10 inches and scored at 5 inches and you need 4 of these.

You will need 4 pieces of this

These four pieces are glued together on the base so that the base is four layers thick.

The lid uses the other piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.

This is the instructions for the lid of the 6 x 6 box. For a 6 x 6 inch box you need to measure a piece of cardstock at 8 1/8 inches square and score at 1 inch all the way around.  This works for any size box.  For the 5 inch box, I measure a lid that was 7 1/8 inch square and scored at 1 inch to form the sides of the lid.  The 1/8 of an inch is added on because there have been 8 more layers of paper and cardstock added to the outside of the box and this 1/8 inch gives enough room for the lid to fix snugly.

For each cover panel of the box, I cut a piece of cream cardstock at 5 7/8 inch (9 of them) 4 for the outside panels and 5 for the inside panel including the inside base of the box.  You also need to cut one for the lid.  This will measure 6 x 6 because the lid is a little bigger than the side panels.
For the 5 x 5 inch box, just adjust your measurement accordingly.

Because the cream cardstock panel is 1/8 inch smaller than the box sides, you are left with a small border all around the panel. 

 I then cut the paper I wanted to use at 5 6/8 inch square
I used the carousel horse

and the deer images from the gorgeous paper

 and two of the 4 x 6 cut-a-parts for the outside of the box

I chose the blue with cream polka dots paper for the inside panels

The outside panels

The inside panels
For the inside panels, I used some of my dies to decorate.

 For the lid I made a large rosette which I have glittered up and added a store bought decoration.

5 x 5 inch box
 This is the lid of the inside 5 x 5 inch box.  I have used the lovely stampingbella stamp and then used some diecuts to form the top of the tree.  I also used the wink of stella pen to add sparkle to the lid.  Unfortunately, my pictures don't do it justice.  It looks really pretty.  I also add panels to the side of the lid to give it strength.  Just use measurements 1/8 of an inch smaller than the piece that needs to be covered.

The outside panels for the 5 x 5 inch box have been covered with one of the beautiful papers and then I used the cut-a-parts page to do a collage of the elements.

For the inside panels of the 5 x 5 inch box I used some more of my dies to decorate. 

Inside the 5 x 5 inch box, I decorated a cloche with one of the gorgeous trees that were in the December kit and then used a santa rubber and some Christmas buttons to make a cute little Christmas scene.

 Here are the pictures of the finished box.

Here you can see that I used some of the lucky dip wood elements that were in the December kit.

 I hope you enjoyed having a look at my explosion box. 

You can watch a video of me putting this explosion box together HERE.

You can get the kit from Aunty Vera HERE.

Thank you for joining me today
xx Suzanne xx

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Month of Christmas Craft - Road Test Friday - Shaker fun with Rianna

Hello Crafty Friends!
Welcome to another Road Test Friday.
Today Ri joins us with some Christmas shaker fun, testing Clear Scraps shaker shapes and the fun 28 Lilac Lane 'Deck the Halls' shaker mix.....

Hi everyone, My name is Rianna and this is my first time posting on the blog for Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft, I am so honoured to have been asked to be a Road Tester. If you would like to know more about me, feel free to CLICK HERE. When I received these products in the mail from Aunty Vera I was very excited to create with them as I had never heard of these brands before or even heard of such a thing to create awesome shakers with the already cut out shapes! As soon as I saw the shaker mix and the star I was like, "YES! I can create something awesome for Christmas!"

I have a video process of how I constructed the cute star shaker, which you can watch HERE

Now lets get to the "nitty gritty"... Overall I was super happy with both products but each had their own pros and cons, so let's start with the star shall we? 

Clear Scraps Star Pros:  • Good quality • Comes with everything pre-cut, even the acetate sheet so you're ready to decorate and create it however you'd like! 
Clear Scraps Star Cons:  • A bit too thick and bulky to put onto a card, you could maybe make it work onto a card using 2 layers instead of the 3, but it might be too heavy for the card and the card may not be able to hold it upright 
28 Lilac Lane Shaker Mix Pros:  • Great colour mix! • Cute transparent storage container 
28 Lilac Lane Shaker Mix Cons:  • The larger buttons are way too thick to put into a regular shaker, they might work well with a thicker foam tape or a double foam tape thickness though I decided to make the shaker an ornament for the Christmas tree! You could definitely make some for friends and family and even pop a photo inside the star or whichever shape you prefer!

~Products Used~ Accessories: • 28 Lilac Lane Shaker Mix: Deck The Halls • Clear Scraps: Mini Shaker Star • Tim Holtz Stamp Platform •Memento Pen: Tuxedo Black • X-Press It Blending Card • Copic Ciao markers: E21, E47, E51, E59, R29, YG41 and RV23 • Brother Scan N Cut • Paintbrush • EK Success powder tool • EK Success non-stick precision scissors • White Gesso • Wink of Stella brush pen: Clear • Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner • Viva Decor Inka-Gold: Gold • Mod Podge Matte • Palette Knife • Ink: • Memento: Tuxedo Black • Stamps: • Lawn Fawn: Holiday Party Animal and Fairy Friends •

I hope you all enjoyed my first Road Test project for Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft. Thank you for visiting my blog and feel free to let me know what you think of this project in the comments below.
- Ri

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Month of Christmas Craft - Lolly's Envelope Card

Hello Crafty Friends!
Lolly joins us today with a really clever Envelope Card featuring that beautiful BoBuuny Carousel Christmas paper from our December Kit.
I love secret compartments and cards that open and open to show their magic. So I totally swooned when I saw Lolly's creation! Enjoy.....

It's time for another Crafty Dream!   I was dream-crafting about making a card out of envelopes, so this is what I came up with.  This is the cover:

And when you pull the left and right envelopes aside, it looks like this:

And when you pull aside the top and bottom envelopes, you get this:

I made a tutorial using green envelopes and bright paper.  To make the project, you'll need four envelopes of identical size, which are slightly wider than their height.   Mine are A2 size envelopes.

You also need to cut a SQUARE base of card stock.  It should measure 1/8" wider than the width of the envelope. I cut mine out of green card stock.  You will also need a decorative square for the inside center of the card, and that should be 1/8" shorter than the width of the envelope.  The two squares are here, stacked up, for comparison:

Next, apply your adhesive of choice to the flap of an envelope.

Turn it over, and adhere the flap to the top of the square base, centering it left to right, since the square is slightly wider than the envelope.

Then attach the other three envelopes in the same manner, to the other three edges of the square base. Once you have all four envelopes attached, glue your decorative square in the center to cover the flaps.

Now you are done with construction and can add decorative mats to both sides of all four envelopes.

This green color is nowhere near as fun as the beautiful papers in the December "Magical Christmas" kit.  And of course I made a video tutorial, which you can see HERE.
Don't forget to check out Aunty Vera's website HERE

Thanks for stopping by!
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