Monday, November 17, 2014

Studio 5: Christmas Configurations Keepsake Houses



I got to do something I've been wanting to do for a few years now... play with Tim Holtz's Configuration boxes!

Now I get to share it with you here and on Studio 5.  And I'm doing something I've never done before, sharing a slideshow (go to PDF file tab) of the project.  There were just too many photos and information to put all in a blog post.  So, I hope you take a moment to download it here.


Create a one-of-a-kind Christmas Keepsake for your family using Tim Holtz's clever Configuration boxes and his collection of ideology bits & pieces to really make it come to life; mini Christmas trees, gorgeous metal embellishments and a working hanging lantern.


 If you can make a card or scrapbook your photos, you can make this.  You just need a hot glue gun and your favorite paper adhesive (mine is ATG).



This project can seem a bit difficult to create, so I broke it down into 5 easy steps.



1.  Collect your elements

2.  Figure your configurations

3.  Cover

4.  Adhere

5.  Fill & embellish


To make it even easier, I've kitted this project!  Yup, it's all in a box that you'll receive in the mail.  It will include everything you need to make this project except adhesive and a few other items.  Use the free download to create this keepsake in just a few hours!  Limited availability.

Well, I'm happy to report I was able to procure more hard-to-find product (In Idaho no less!) so I still have complete kits available.

You can however, purchase a Tim Holtz Base Set (which will include both Configuration box sizes, Box Feet, Box Corners, 2 Metal frame (with brads), one lantern and one mini bristle brush tree. You'll just need to add your own paper and embellishments.)

OR just the 2 Tim Holtz Configuration boxes (both sizes).  Shipping is included in all three options.

Shipping will be the first week of December.  


Christmas Configurations Keepsake House

1.  Collect your elements

Small items that can fit into boxes and/or photos that you want to use in your project.  You would be surprised how much you can find in your stash, but craft stores are great places to find tiny items to fit.

Found objects.



2.  Figure your configuration! 

Play around with the shapes until you like the shape and you have places for all your elements. 

Remove boxes to create more space for larger elements.

Turn a box around and use it as a secret hiding place for treats or photos. 

Move smaller boxes outside the main box to create a larger more interesting shaped house.





3.  Cover

BEFORE: Some pieces you will want to cover before you adhere everything together, like your rooftops. 



AFTER:  For the most part, to keep things easy & fast I do not cover everything.  The boxes have a nice neutral color and goes with most paper/colors.  I cover things I think will be noticeable, like the outside edges, rooftops and some of the inside of each box.

You can, however, cover it all!  Tim Holtz has some tissue tape that is great for covering up the edges.



Cover with  paper or fabric, old book paper or you can paint or ink it up or a combination of all of those styles.



I use double sided tape to adhere paper to my box, but you could use liquid glue as well.



4.  Adhere

Before you adhere all your boxes together, attach/adhere any pieces that might need to go on before, such as metal corners.



Adhere boxes/rooftops with a hot glue gun, hold in place until glue has cooled and is set.



5.  Fill & embellish

The best part!  Hot glue will make this part quick and easy. 

Tuck or hang items from each box. 

Layer pieces over the outside of several boxes for added interest.







It starts with the Configuration boxes, but from there, you can choose colors, paper, themes etc...  My family room downstairs is all white and metallics, so I made this photo focused house.  You can also search the internet, there are so many inspiring ideas!


































More photos, More of everything on the slideshow...so download and save!

Q's Creative Kit: Ornamental Cards


*sale*  
$15 a kit or two kits for $25!

I combined my love of Christmas & winter with this pretty class; using some fun techniques for extra glitter and softness. 

4 cards; two of which are pocket cards, a window card and a ornament/tag topper.

Every kit purchased comes with a step-by-step photo slideshow which makes putting these cards together super easy and fun!




Ornamentals Card Kit
I used this new product by Ranger, called Dylusions Ink Spray for the 'snowy' effect. I have a few left to sell if you don't have one.

 
What you'll need:  

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, as well as foam squares, scotch tape, dotto (or glue pen for delicate die-cuts), 1/8" tacky tape (or similar, will have some in class to sell) and most importantly, Ranger Glossy Accents (or similar clear-drying thick glue).

Tools: Scissors. 1/8" and micro hole punch.  Trimmer & Bone Folder (or something to score with).  Mini spatula (that comes with Cricut) and or tweezers.  Paper Piercer.
Ink:  Distress ink pad (Frayed Burlap) with distressing sponge. will have a few in class to sell.
Misc: Fine Clear Glitter and large serving fork (for tying bows).  Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray.  Apron (if you want to avoid being 'glitterized' and some wipes for your fingers.
 

Q's Creative Class: Birthday Wishes Cards & Book

I know it's cliche, but for me, January is all about getting focused and organized.

I'm hibernating anyway, so I might as well do something constructive, right?

It's also been a while since I've designed a birthday card class and I've gotten many requests... so here we go!

Fun shapes & colors... five cards; one with a pocket & insert and one with a sentiment on the inside.

The Birthday book is a great way to stay on top of birthdays you want to remember, as well as one large pocket (to store cards) and a smaller pocket for envelopes and stamps.  This is a sturdy 11 1/2" x 7 1/2" book with a chipboard spine and a Velcro closing.

You can buy both or just cards.  The whole project makes a lovely gift!

Class schedule is below or have them mailed to you.  All my kits include a photo step-by-step slideshow making it very easy to put together.  You can upload the slideshow to your phone or tablet for portability.


Kits will begin shipping December 29th (possibly earlier).  Please add shipping costs from the drop-down menu.


Birthday Wishes Cards & Book


 Class Schedule

Monday, Jan. 5th       Sandy Hobby Lobby                2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 6th      South Jordan Hobby Lobby      5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Jan. 7th           South Jordan Hobby Lobby     10am - noon
Wed., Jan. 7th           West Valley Hires Big H          6 - 8 pm
Thurs., Jan. 8th         American Fork Senior Center   6 - 8 pm
Friday, Jan. 9th         Layton Hobby Lobby               10am - noon
Friday, Jan. 9th         Layton Hobby Lobby               2 - 4pm
Friday, Jan. 9th         Layton Hobby Lobby               5:30 - 7:30 pm


What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares and glue dots (mini & medium), 1/8" wonder tape (or other brand) and 1/4" Crafty Foam Tape (by Scrapbook Adhesives).  I also like to use Dotto brand adhesive for some of the delicate die-cut piece, but you could use a glue pen as well.

 
Tools: Scissors (long & fine-tipped), micro hole punch and paper piercer. Circle punch (1 3/4" or 2").


Misc: Distress "Frayed Burlap" (or any light brown or sand colored) Ink pad & Sponge.  Craft Mat (to work on), lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  















































































Thursday, October 30, 2014

Q's Creative Class: Christmas Village BONUS Home decor.

Who doesn't love to multi-purpose?  Christmas Village Card Class does just that with easy to transform card fronts into a Christmas banner or 3D Christmas village.  

String village and banners together with a sparkly trim and deck your mantle, window or wall.

Or mount card fronts on boxes for a handmade Christmas village!
 You can learn more about Christmas Village Class here.



 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Q's Creative Classes: Christmas Village Cards

I've turned all your favorite Christmas village buildings (Churches, homes and toy store) into five shaped cards.

Brimming over with delightful Christmas details; poinsettias, holly berries, bells, wreaths and snowflakes.  Plus techniques that add a snowy, glittery feel. 

After your done making cards, why not turn your attention to home decor?  This Christmas Village can be hung from a garland to decorate your mantle, a window, wall or even a Christmas tree.  And if you're feeling super creative and have the time, you could create your own 3-D boxes to mount the card fronts on with chipboard (cereal boxes work well).  Will get pictures of home decor items a little later, but instructions will be included in the slideshow.

Kits will begin shipping Oct. 30th.  (Please add shipping from the drop-down menu.)
If you're attending a class, I will bring kit to class. 


Christmas Village Cards

Class Schedule

Monday, Nov. 3rd       Sandy Hobby Lobby               2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 4th      South Jordan Hobby Lobby     10am - noon
Tuesday, Nov. 4th      South Jordan Hobby Lobby     5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Nov. 5th           South Jordan Hobby Lobby     10am - noon
Thurs., Nov. 6th         American Fork Senior Center   6 - 8 pm
Friday, Nov. 7th         Layton Hobby Lobby               10am - noon
Friday, Nov. 7th         Layton Hobby Lobby               2 - 4pm
Friday, Nov. 7th         Layton Hobby Lobby               5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Nov. 12th        West Valley Hires Big H         6 - 8 pm

*Note West Jordan Hires location will meet Nov. 12th, a week later than normal.


What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares and glue dots (mini, micro and craft) and scotch tape.

 
Tools: Scissors (long & fine-tipped), micro hole punch and Corner Rounder.  Paper piercer. 


Misc: Distress "Frayed Burlap" Ink pad & Sponge.  Craft Mat (to work on), lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.
Technique Products: Christmas Red Ice Stickles (from Ranger), Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray (from Ranger).  Also, fine glitter (I like Martha Stewart) and a clear-drying thick liquid glue like Diamond Glaze, Glossy Accents (from Ranger) or other brands.  I recommend that you finish these additions at home, after class, so they have plenty of time to dry without being moved.
But wait...there's more!
Who doesn't love to multi-purpose?  Christmas Village Card Class does just that with easy to transform card fronts into a Christmas banner or 3D Christmas village.  

String village and banners together with a sparkly trim and deck your mantle, window or wall.

Or mount card fronts on boxes for a handmade Christmas village!










 

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