Saturday, June 11, 2011

VC Rocks - Big Shot Hop

Welcome to the second Blog Hop of the summer for VC Rocks. If you don't know what VC Rocks is, please check out the VC Rocks Blog for more info and to see the entire list of blog hop participants in case of broken links. There is some wonderful additional art work on the site as well.

(Blog Candy has been added-see details below)

If you have been following the hop from the beginning, you should have arrived here from Jackie's blog Creative Designs By Jackie. She has some great cards and sketches on her blog.

The theme for this hop was to make items featuring the Big Shot and Sizzix Dies offered by Stampin' Up!

For the gift box below, I used a project design that I saw on this blog, with a little tweak. I used the new Nautical Expedition DSP for this project as I needed a masculine gift box.

The tweak I made to the design was to make the box lid a bit longer than in the original design and to have the fancy edge from the die on the lid as well as the box. To do this I simply used a wider strip of paper, 3.75" x 12" and ran it through the Big Shot twice. You could make it any length that you like!

After running the DSP through to cut the shape, I simply moved the paper up over the fancy cutting edge a bit, making sure the end edges matched up with the steel blades, and then ran it through again. Here is a sample pic before the first run through.

When prepping your paper to run through the Big Shot the second time, make sure that the bottom of your cut-out is lined up with the score lines on the die (purple lines) and that the sides of the cut-out are lined up with the metal cutting blades (turquoise lines). This will ensure that you do not cut off edges that you don't want cut, and that the fancy edge cut will be straight across the top.

Once you run it through the second time, simply assemble it as you would the Fancy favor Box and decorate as desired.

Stamps: The Open Sea
Early Espresso
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Nautical Expedition DSP
Misc.: Fancy Favor Bigz, XL die, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Antique Brads
, 2" Circle Punch, Coluzzle Cutting System, Sponges

For this card I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone, color wise. I am not at all a fan of the peach/orange color family, but I am trying to make a deliberate effort this year to use items that are just hanging around and taking up space in my craft room - at least once anyway. :) The color combo I used can be found on Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach and is Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz and Concord Crush. All current In-Colors.

In keeping with the Hop theme I used the Fun Flowers Bigz L die; and for the sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Matchbox Bigz XL die. All the patterned paper is from the In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack (Hostess Level 1).

For the design element in the top right corner and behind the sentiment, I used the "&" stamp from Together Forever and Peach Parfait ink to randomly stamp the paper. I am not sure that I am totally thrilled with this card, but I can live with it. Maybe the colors will eventually grow on me. :)

Stamps: All Holidays, Together Forever
Ink: Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Concord Crush, In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack (Hostess Level 1)
Misc.: Fun Flowers Bigz L die, Matchbox, Bigz XL die, Antique Brads
, Spiral Punch, Sponges

The next stop on your hopping journey is Heather's blog Stamp and scrapbook with me! She has some darling layouts on her site.

Edited 6/11: Due to the wonderful and encouraging comments I have received so far, I have decided to give the box and card, on this post, away as blog candy, along with an additional gift box in the winner's color choice. Just leave a comment by midnight June 12th to this post and your name will be added to the drawing. Those who have already left comments will be included too. :)

Hope you have a good time on your hopping journey this weekend and find a little inspiration for your own projects along the way.



Carey said...

OK please email me on the VC_R site and I will give you my address. I want you to send me the box so I can give it a place of extreme honor in my stamp Tree House. These creations are fantabulous!!

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Carol Matthews said...

I LOVE this box and top - what a great idea and super DSP to use for it. Thanks so much for sharing - I'm off to CASE, hope you don't mind!:0)

Mary said...

That box was just great and using the DSP was excellent.

Nice work with the oranges and stepping out of your comfort zone- it was very cute

Brenda said...

Your box is great -- I would never have thought of that --that's why these hops are so fantastic. Loved your flowers too.

MJ said...

Love the box. I also love the peach color combo on your card. Great job with a color out of your comfort zone.

Stace said...

Love how you did the box. Super cute ideas.

Shari said...

LOVE the box - love that color combo, too! Very attractive.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

What a clever, clever box--you rocked it, Kym!

Anonymous said...

Love that box, great job....I have that die, just need to find it and put it to work...

lisa808 said...

Wow, awesome box!

inkedx2 said...

Great card and box. How clever to use the die to make a bottom and top.


Jayne Stenstrom said...

Love your creations, Kym! I agree - very clever to use the die to make a bottom AND a top for the box. (Duh!)
I actually love orange and peach - and I really love your card! I think it looks great!
p.s. I'm also in this blog hop. It's my first ever and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. Now off to finish some work before I continue "hopping"!

Debbie Flattum said...

WOW! This is an amazing project. I love the box and colors. Nice job. I would love to be the new owner of this project! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

I'm subbing to your blog so I can remember how you made this nifty box. I like everything about it and I already have the die, so I'm all set to try it out. Thank you for sharing this fun and fancy idea!

Cynthia Ferenz said...

I love my Fancy Favor box, will have to try to make one like this with lid. Loved it with this DSP and stamp set! TFS!

Cindy Ferenz
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

WOW I love the box!!!!! What a awesome idea!!! I love your card too beautiful!!

A Touch of SOL said...

SUPER! I dont have this DSP or stamp so its great to see different ways to use it...Great for Father's Day! TFS! and for the tutorial! Yummy Candy TOO!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Kym, this is absolutely awesome! Such a gorgeous box and one I would never have thought of making. thanks so much for sharing

Anonymous said...

Awesome job! You are so creative. I even love the card you made that isn't your fave. The lucky recipient of that card, whenever it may be, will love it!

Ria Blackwell

Lorita said...

Love the box! Thanks for sharing the tutorial

Carol Smith said...

I simply adore the box.Thanks so much for the tutorial, I will definitely have to make one of these soon. Having a sample can never hurt! Thanks for the opportunity to win this. i think the colors on the card are quite striking as well.

Joan said...

Thanks for the detailed directions; I can't wait to try out this idea!

Stamper Shirley said...

Love your box and card -- and love the tips and tricks you added!! Anyone would be thrilled to add these items to brighten up (my) stamp cave!

CLOcards said...

Using the Spiral Punch on the lined DSP - now why didn't I think of that?! Thanks for the simple idea. Both projects are beautiful!

Kristi said...

Love these...TFS!

Alicia TW said...

Love what you did!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jayne Stenstrom said...

Oh my gosh! I just saw that I was the winner of your blog candy!! I am SO excited!!!! I don't think I've ever won blog candy before! How much fun! (Have I used enough exclamation points yet to let you know how excited I am?) :D

Amanda Mertz said...

Totally cool box and I love the globe accent on the lid. The card is super pretty too....great summer colors. TFS!