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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Vanilla Extract on: November 28, 2017 08:19:02 AM
Great labels! I'm sure everyone will love using their homemade extract this year.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Autumn Harvest Buffet w Flower Tute on: November 27, 2017 09:23:57 AM
Oh my gosh, those tiny flowers are just adorable!
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holly Jolly Christmas House on: November 27, 2017 07:53:40 AM
Thanks, craftylittlemonkey, for helping to find the brick paper!  Smiley
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled sweater quilt with some instructions on: November 21, 2017 11:22:16 AM
Love, love, love this! I want to snuggle up in it.

I am seriously thinking about trying one of my own. May never happen, but a girl can dream, no?  Cheesy
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Diorama in Faux Vintage Box, with Tutorial on: November 17, 2017 07:35:19 AM
What a great project!  Are you making these for yourself or to gift to someone else?  That would be a hard choice!

Thanks! I think I'm keeping this. It's so small it would almost be lost on its own. It needs to be in a grouping for maximum impact. Cheesy
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kindness cards - cards to abandon... on: November 16, 2017 09:03:29 AM
I love this idea, and the cards are gorgeous!
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Happiness Journals... on: November 16, 2017 07:41:07 AM
Those are lovely! If I can get my act together, I may steal this idea for a Christmas gift.
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Diorama in Faux Vintage Box, with Tutorial on: November 16, 2017 06:56:31 AM
I'll admit it: I have a love for vintage packaging, and vintage Christmas ornament boxes hold a special place in my heart. You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but you can make a pretty convincing fake. I used paper from the "A Very Merry Christmas" paper pad for the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements from the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.


Here they are stacked up. I used a nice golden brown ink pad to dirty up the imposter a bit.


The diorama box I used is cardboard, so even though it's a one piece box, I left the bottom "as is", and only glued the decorated sides at the corners so it looks like a box with a lid. (Check out those staples; I love that little detail. More about those later.)


The interior of the box features a wee little elf admiring the decorated Christmas tree.


Here's how it was done: glue the paper on the top of the box, and cut out the opening with an x-acto knife. The paper in the pad I used was not big enough to cover the four sides of the box, so I used red stripey paper around the bottom edge of each side. Glue in your patterned background paper. Glue beads and a star onto a bottle brush tree, and make a cardboard ledge to raise up the floor of the display area so the elf and tree are easily visible. The tree I used was a little too tall, so I cut a hole in this new false floor to sit the wooden base of the tree into.


Use Snow-tex to create "snow" for the bottom. Once the snow is good and dry, glue the elf in place and set the tree down into its hole.


Glue the cardboard base to the back of the wall, and put a line of glue on its front cardboard flap to adhere it to the box front when the box is closed. My floor is slightly tilted toward the front, so you can see the elf a little better. *Plan ahead! If you want some tinsel around the opening, now's the time to glue that in. Trust me, it's not easy to add tinsel if your box is already sealed. My problem: it wasn't until my box was "finished" that I felt adding the tinsel was necessary.* Now would be a good time to put the wreath up, too. Once your interior is finished, tuck the flap of the box lid on the inside the of box, leaving the decorative paper outside, and glue the flap in place.


I was so happy how real my little box was looking, that I just had to add staples on the ends just like my two actual vintage boxes had. I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the box, and pushed the staples in with my fingers.


There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog, should you care to make one of your own. Look how tiny and cute!


39  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Photo Boards -- Monsters and Harry Potter on: November 15, 2017 02:19:25 PM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
40  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Printing with regular stamps, flamingos, globes with a bonus of daleks and bees on: November 15, 2017 02:18:58 PM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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