Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketches #178 - Anything Goes!

Do we ever have something crazy for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!  Anything Goes. Sort of. We really want you to challenge yourselves - try something you haven't before, like a new technique or a new kind of project. The design team has pulled out all kinds of crazy stops, and I know I'm pretty excited to share mine with you. Melissa, our fearless leader, has assembled a fabulous prize package for the winner of this week's challenge, so show us what you've got! A few weeks ago Theresa was the kind sponsor of the TMS challenge, and my package was busy hitch-hiking to get to Canada. My stamps came JUST in time for this challenge, so I want to thank Theresa for her generosity - and the perfect stamps she chose for me!

For my something new, I tried a Side Step card  using the Splitcoast tutorial. I made two, for kids whose awesome parents get me to make them cards every year. Trouble is, I made my layers kind of chunky, so I couldn't fit them in envelopes. Enter my moment of brilliance: I figured out a box. On my own. (I'm still VERY excited about that!)

First, the picture you may have seen on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog - this card is my favourite, since I do have a soft spot for the girly ;)

Supplies: Close to my Heart stamps - Flakey Friends; Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam- blizzard; Glimmer Mist - blue skies; Aleene's Glitter Snow; Stampendous Shabby Blue embossing powder (on the tree); AC fabric thickers - pink; Jolee's by You lights; EAD Designs rub-ons for the sentiments

I painted the Glimmer Glam & Glimmer Mist on a full piece of cardstock with a paintbrush. LOVE that stuff! It is perfect as a watercolour paint. The Glimmer Glam has some glitter in it as well as a fine shimmer. The snow paint is done the same way - it's very thick & messy, so I spread it on with my fingers over the whole sheet (of glossy paper) & let it dry. It's VERY sturdy, though, and after it's dry you can tear or die cut the paper without the snow paint flaking/chunking off. 

So, to make the card (after following the scoring/cutting instructions at Splitcoast), I cut the blue painted cardstock into the sizes I needed to cover JUST the front-facing panels. This allows the card to fold shut. Then I embossed & added the lights to the  tree die (from Barb's stash - love that girlie!) 
and attached it. Then cut out & coloured the snowgal, layered 2 strips of snow paper, glued the Thickers on with some Tombow Mono-Multi (and using baby powder as an adhesive neutralizer on the top parts of the letters that extend above the first fold). The EAD rub-ons are the perfect little something to add without overpowering the background.

The card folds shut, but it's chunky, like I said. Probably about a centimetre thick when folded, plus I let the tree hang over the top fold. So, what now? Make a box!

Here are the directions for the box, using a piece of cardstock 8.5" by 11" :
on the short side, score at 5/8" and 7 7/8"
on the long side, score at 5/8", 5 2/8", 5 7/8", 10 3/8"
on the long sides, snip along the score lines (4 of them) UP TO the short side score lines, for creating the folding tabs. Secure the folding tabs with some scor-tape, and ta-da! The box will need to be secured shut in some way, and twine is the perfect re-usable way to do that. I stamped a little tag to go on top with each recipient's name.

Supplies: Close to my Heart stamps - Flakey FriendsTattered Angels Glimmer Glam- blizzard; Glimmer Mist - blue skies; Aleene's Glitter Snow; Doodlebug letter stickers; Salty Ocean distress ink; PTI snowball lettering, hand-drawn sign; 3/4" punch for snowballs; Dollarama bells; trees cut from Fancy Pants paper (from the sweet JEN!)

Since the construction is the same, I'll leave it there!

I really hope you find time to play along with us this week - push yourself to try something new, perhaps with some new presents?? We are maintaining a regular challenge schedule at Tuesday Morning Sketches, so this linky will be open until Sunday, December 30th, and a new special challenge will be announced on the 1st! 

Make sure to hop over to the design blog and see the amazing creations by all my teamies: 

Lee, the Best of the Best designer

Merry Christmas!


Angela said...

Darling cards, Jessi...and great presentation with the boxes! Merry Christmas to you!

jimlynn said...

Wonderful card, Jessi! Love the boxes too. So very pretty.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

yyam said...

Sooooo cute. Love the ornaments! :)
Merry X'mas!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, this is so cute, Jessi! I love the colored jingle bells on the tree. Merry Christmas, and a Happy, blessed 2013 to you!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness! This is so cute Jessi! The snowmen are so adorable! Hope you had a great holiday!

Nance said...

Cute, cute cards! I haven't tried this kind of fold yet. Very fun! Hope you are feeling better today. Happy New Year!

Emily Leiphart said...

These are so fun! I've never made one of these before. The boxes look fabulous, too. I bet the recipients loved them!

lostinpaper said...

Fantastic! LOVE those matching boxes!

Patti said...

Cute cards Jesse, makes me want to make a step card, love your embellishments on the trees and the twine on your boxes...great idea!

Debbie said...

These cards are both so cute!! I like step cards! Three cheers for you for making the awesome boxes for them, too!!

Allison Rankin said...

Those are awesome...I gotta break out of my rut and create something different like this!

Unknown said...

lurve...love you too girlie!!! xx

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my goodness gracious!!! These are amazing!!! Your boxes are fabulous!

Melissa Craig said...

Super cute card and a great custom box!