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Boxes and Drawers

Hello my fellow crafters.  This week my mojo for card making got lost somewhere watching reruns on TV and praying for something new. So I decided to attend YouTube University for new ideas or techniques and I saw folks making some lovely boxes, easel cards with drawers and all kinds of stuff.  Altered art and textured background...I tell you there was lots to learn.

So I decided to start with a tutorial I saw and thought was relatively easy.  The only thing is I have gotten into the mindset that boxes, drawers and stuff like that should be structured from chipboard or something of similar strength, but definitely not straight from cardstock.  I think this comes from making too many mini albums (thanks Kathy, Jim, Claire, Ginger, and the list goes on and on).

But nonetheless I thought if I made these cute little gift boxes I would figure out how to transform the concept to one that would be great with chipboard, but until I do here is what I have to share.

Two delightful tea light holders made from card stock. From the tutorial if you use the standard tealight you can actually get 12 inside these boxes but I guess I didn't get the standard ones because I could only fit 5 of my tealights...which is plenty as a small gift or stocking stuffer.

Sorry about the lighting but I lost a bulb and don't have a replacement on hand.  Anyway the colors are: left one: black, cream and green and the right one: red/black/cream.  I tried to match the tealight with the mat.

I used my oval nestabilities to create the window, and I had to use a piece of acetate although leaving the window opened allowed the scent to come through. I used Prima Stationer's Desk paper for both boxes.

Here are the two boxes open to show the five tea lights...maybe I'll use the smaller ones next time so I can fit 12 inside.  The tutorial doesn't ask you to mat the inside but I think it gives the box a nicer and cleaner look and since it is all card stock it helps keep the structure from being compromised.

One not attempt to mat your top and then cut the window..too thick unless you're using really thin paper.  Additionally, I had to use a craft knife to add the little thumb notch because again it was to thick for my punch.  I learned a lot of little don'ts doing this project.

Below is the basic template for constructing these little boxes. .

You can find the tutorial here and the video below.

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by and if you could take a minute to leave a comment I would be really pleased.

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Levels of Friendships

 Hello my fellow crafters.  I thought  I would take some time to chat about friendships.  You know there are different levels of friendships and they come at different times in your life and they each serve a purpose.  At least that is my opinion of friendships.

I am one of those individuals that have lots of acquaintances, which are your first level friendships.  You know the ones; your co-workers that you hang out with at the office or sit with at the office get together and even the folks you see at church on Sunday or in the hair salon on Saturday.  This level of friends has a really large membership.

Then we move up to the folks you know from being introduced by your closer friends.  These are your second-level friends.  Friends that if you spotted in the mall you might catch-up and chat with or even decide to go to the Food Court for gossip catch-up time.  These friends may have been to your home or you might have visited them once or twice but its not something habitual or anything.  You don't exchange gifts on Christmas and you'll most likely never share a vacation, but they are friends nonetheless. This group has a pretty big membership.

The next two level of friendships are the ones where we remember birthdays, go to concerts with and invite to all the parties.  These are the friends who might even get a phone call from time to time.  Yep, these are your high level friends.

And one of my high level friends had a birthday, and will soon be getting one of these cards which is already in the mail.

Both cards were made using items already in my stash. The only thing new was the technique I used to ink up the embossing folder with some distress ink and then run it through the Big Shot.  Love how they turned out!

But there is yet another level.  The "TOP LEVEL" is is the final level of friendship.  There aren't very many members in this level. Maybe one or two are in this group.  These are the friends that you would ride with on a dangerous joy ride and laugh about it later.  These are the friends that would search every store in the Metroplex for that one newspaper you were dying to get your hands on and then proceed to awaken you at 4 am without fear to share this great treasure they found for you.

These are the one or two friends that even though you're angry with them and don't plan on speaking to them anytime soon, you don't forget its your turn to get the donuts and they remember to put the coffee on because they know you're on your way over for breakfast.  These folks are the ones that earn the title BEST FRIEND.  The highest level of friendship and therefore has the smallest number of members.

At this level you share car keys, house codes and sometimes if you're sick you trust them with your debit card.  These friends feed your dog when you're out of town or on vacation.  These are the friends that you take shopping to cheer them up or you ask them to bake you your favorite cake and they complain but they manage to bake the cake anyway and you end up giving them a card like this one.

I thought about the many folks that have been in my life and those that are still part of my life and everything I have learned from each of them regardless to how long they were in my life or at what level.  I do believe that each of them had a purpose and there was a learning opportunity to me so to all my friends at whatever level I say "thank you for being there" and I hope I received whatever message you were directed to provide me.  

So that's my thoughts for today...

I plan to enter the following challenges:

Inky Chick - Challenge #35 Photo Inspiration (8/14)
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes (8/16)
Creative Card Crew - #68 Embossing Wet or Dry (8/21)
Clear It Out Challenge - Embossing Stash Wet or Dry (8/15)

Boxed Mini Album

Hello everyone. While the challenges are up and running I decided to try my hand at yet another interesting tutorial rightly titled the "Boxed Mini Album."  It is quite interesting how it seems to be an exploding Mini Album but that is not its name.

This is the front of the box. As you can see I used very little embellishments because I thought the Designer Paper was gorgeous and didn't need much of anything else. I love the Corset and I added the flowers and the cog wheels.

When you lift the lid of the box off it falls to the back and the sides fall down just like the exploding card.  Here in the middle you see a non-removable mini album.  This one has 6 pages but using the tutorial you can go up to 14 pages, I think.

Now on to sharing a few of the pages with you.  All the pages have the flip out tab shown on the left side of the page. This can be used as a journaling note or turned into a pocket for a tag.  The pages are all sized to accommodate a 4x6 photo.  And the album itself can hold up to 54 photos easily.

Here is an example of another page. I added the 3D balloon on the left flap but the paper is just to pretty for much else. This page alone can accommodate 6 photos and 2 spots for notes.

Continue to open the page completely by removing the two inserts and you'll see that there is room for 4 photos on each insert.  Now that's a lot of photos.

Here is another page with just a little twist. Not only does it have the flap on the left it also has a lift up flap on the right side. I added the corset using a die from Cherry Lynn Designs.

Now let me share the same page with both flaps lifted to show a pocket that has space for two tickets for journaling or adding a cute quote or maybe a hand-written note of some kind.

We're almost done so stay with me. On this page I create a half pocket to hold a insert for a standard photo and a place for journaling (we all know that journaling is not a word, right?).

Here I opened the flap and pulled out the insert.  The light pole was another Cheery Lynn die.

I didn't show you all the pages or the inserts but I think you got the idea of what the mini is all about.  IF you want to see more just go to YouTube and search for "Boxed Mini Album" and you'll see some really gorgeous ones.

Below is a YouTube video link to "Christi" the original designer "Paper Hoarder Disorder" showcasing her Steampunk Spells Boxed Mini.

DP: Bo Bunny "Somewhere In Time"
Chipboard: Medium Weight "Marco Paper"
Black Soot Distress Inks
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies
Bo Bunny Embellishments

Purchase the Tutorial here: Paper Hoarder Disorder

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with us.  I hope you've enjoyed your stay and will come again real soon.

Don't forget to join in our challenges by clicking on the tabs above and tell me what you think. I love reading your comments.


Recipes and Gift Card Holder

Hello All

Here we go with another month that has five weeks (Fridays & Saturdays) so at Mema's Crafts that simply means more winners and more prizes.  We are giving away 5 prizes this month! Our monthly challenge will soon open for entries where we will select two winners; 15th and 30th. And remember if you enter early you double your chances of winning and you can enter three times; so click the tab above and join us for our "ANYTHING GOES" Challenge!

Then hop over to our bonus challenge where entering your name gives you the chance of being the first winner to win a prize from the Grab Bag.  A second winner will be selected based on a random number selected by our first winner. So there you have two more winners! Then our 5th and final winner will be determined by your vote. Cast your vote for one of the DT projects and that project will win a token of appreciation making August a 5 winners month. Click the tabs above to join in both challenges!

Now to share my projects for the "Anything Goes" challenge using images donated by our sponsors.

To create my first project I followed a really easy tutorial to make a recipe holder that will hold up to 20 recipe cards. If I can find the link I'll share it with you.

After making the recipe holder I decided to create a matching card to give as a set
to a friend that is always asking for my recipes.

My image is "Chef Angelina" from The Paper Nest Dolls. I colored her using Prismacolor pencils and the paper is from the Graphic 45 Typography Collection. Other tools included Stampin Up tab punch, Tim Holtz Buttons, Wild Orchid Flowers and the stamp collection "Cook It" from Hero Arts.

My second image is "Melody" from Make It Crafty.  This image reminded me of someone just happy being alive or either a "flower child" from the hippie days.

I thought she would be great as the holder on a belly ban that keeps a Gatefold Card closed.

Here I have removed the belly band and opened the card to reveal the greeting of the day.

Its a wonderful world so why not go out and live the life you've imagined.  There is nothing stopping you from living your dreams other than yourself.

Lastly you lift the center tab and behind the tab is a pocket that can hold a gift card or if you prefer it will accommodate a few dollars as well.

The designer paper is a mix of Glitz, MME and Bo Bunny and the card-stock is all Recollections.  My image was colored using copics and my sentiments were both

computer generated.  I added a few recollections pearls and may go back later to add a few flowers in the left corner.

Now to figure out what challenges I can enter these cards in.  I hope my creations have somehow inspired you to join in our challenges which are open now!

Thanks for stopping and I'd love to hear what you think.

Be safe, happy and well where ever you are
Hugs ~Lesia~

sneak peek: one item in the grab bag bonus challenge is a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board...shhhhhh don't tell I spilled the beans!
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