Twitawoo – Stampin’ Up! Owl

Twitawoo – Stampin’ Up! Owl created using the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die.

 

I think I may have mentioned once or a multitude of times, that my youngest son has now started school. And I’ve probably mentioned even more times, that he is now full time! I do miss him, but he’s loving it and it’s calming him down so all’s well really! It was a staggered introduction to Reception though, and he didn’t even start part time until 11th September. He was a tad upset the day my eldest son started back at school, on the first day of term, as he thought he would be starting that day too (despite being reminded frequently he wasn’t bless). He wandered into my craft room and started playing with things lying on my desk, so I asked if he wanted to make something. An owl, he said, and not just a little owl (like the owl punch I showed him) but a bigger owl because he is in Owl Class and a big boy now! Don’t you know?Mummy!!!!

So I grabbed for the Square Pillbox Thinlits die from the Autumn/Winter catalogue to create my Stampin’ Up! Owl. What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Owl Square Pillbox Die by Tracy May

My son insisted the owl have feet! So I stuck two hearts to the underside of the box, which was a bit tricky and they were a bit flimsy. Needless to say, they came off fairly quickly when my son was “flying” the owl around my craft room (n.b. “flying” consisted off him jumping off the sofa and throwing the owl in to the air to crash first into the ceiling (owl only) and then on to the floor (both of them) 😁 ). Ouch!

Hope you like it. It’s a cutie – even if it’s now a teeny bit bedraggled and bashed, it’s still in one piece (minus the feet of course).

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Anyone for BBQ? Stampin’ Up! Hamburger box BBQ invite

Yay! I have another sneak peek for you today from the projects, that I made for Regional training back in May. I love this one (even if I do say so myself)!

And even more exciting, I am being featured as a guest, on the lovely Lisa’s blog Vintage Celebrations.

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When I was growing up, my parents always held a BBQ around my birthday. I don’t know if its just fuzzy childhood recollection, but we seemed to be able to guarantee the weather back then! Those thoughts inspired this novel BBQ invitation.
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Here’s the invite from inside – a little burger complete with a slice of tomato, plastic cheese slice and gherkin!
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Unfortunately we’re not having a bbq tomorrow – we’re off to another kids party! The boys do have better social lives than their parents lol! Maybe Sunday, though if the weather is nice! Sausage anyone? 
For this project I used:
Stamp Set: Just Sayin wood or clear, Hardwood wood or clear
Card stock: Crumb Cake (Hamburger box and bun), Early Espresso (burger), Real Red (tomato slice), Daffodil Delight (plastic cheese slice), Old Olive (gherkins), Basic Black (word bubbles), 
Tools: Hamburger Box Bigz Die (available July 1st), Circles Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits, 1″ Circle punch, Chalk Marker Pen
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100th Blog post giveaway & Gift box ideas with Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning, everyone. I hope you are having a great bank holiday (UK), long weekend elsewhere.

Well this is my 100th post – woohoo. Soooo if you live in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands or the UK, leave me a comment for the chance to win a packet of Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.

The winner will be picked at random. The draw will close at 10pm BST Tuesday 27th May 2014. I will contact the winner by email to get their delivery address details.

Well we’ve been super busy again with parties both the boys own party and their friends, so I thought I would share some gift wrapping ideas with you. These are the actual gifts for the parties the boys were invited to.

The first gift box is for a little girl made with the Envelope Punch Board. I used a fantastic spreadsheet by a super talented fellow pinkie, Caroline – Crafty Hallet, which you can find here. It’s very simple to use, all you need to do is enter the measurements (length, width and depth) in centimetres, of the box you want to make, and the spreadsheet works out what size card stock or DSP you need to start with and where your first and second punch and score points are on the board.

Stampin up uk birthday basics dsp envelope punch board gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The second gift box is an oversized lego brick. I saw a fantastic little matchbox size lego brick box on Pinterest a little while ago (click here to see it), which gave me the idea of making a large one for the lego kits I buy for my elder son’s friends, when he is invited to their birthdays. I don’t think you can go far wrong with lego as far as kids are concerned really. 
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I made a personalised tag and slipped it inside the box.
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The box is so easy to make. You simply measure the width, length and depth of the lego box that you want to go inside (or any other boxed gift), then add 2 x the depth to the length and width to get the size of the bottom of the box.
e.g. the lego box I used measured 19cm long, 14cm wide and was 4.5cm deep so I added 9cm to the length and width meaning I cut 2 pieces of 12×12″ Real Red card stock to 23cm x 23cm. I then scored it on all 4 sides at 4.5cm using my Stampin’ Trimmer, snipped up the score lines on one side of all 4 corners and stuck together using sticky strip (double sided sticky tape). For the top I simply adjusted the score line down to 4.4 cm all the way around
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I punched out two thumb hole semi-circles so the lid could be removed more easily. Then I punched out 6 1 3/4″ circles of Real Red and adhered them to the lid, with Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise them up.
Simples! 
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Check out the list of “ingredients” below:
Girl’s Envelope Punch Board Gift Box
Card Stock: Whisper White & Crisp Cantaloupe (Tag), Bermuda Bay (Flower)
Embellishment: Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (from SAB)
Lego Gift Box:
Card Stock: Real RedWhisper White (Tag)
Have a good day, thanks for stopping by! Remember if you would like more information about joining Stampin’ Up! or hosting a party please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat.