Friday, January 25, 2013

Altered matchboxes are easy and fun to make!

Altered matchboxes are easy and fun to make!matchboxes
These little boxes are approximately the size of standard, store-bought, 32-count matchboxes (1.5″ x 2″ x .5″). They make lovely mini gift boxes, and are also fun to swap! Here you can download the PDF template I created and use for creating these matchboxes from scratch using heavy card stock. (Make sure to download the full-size document using the link below. Do not use the below .gif image.) You can also print the template onto any type of paper and then trace it onto light cardboard, such as cereal box cardboard, to make more sturdy boxes.

Download Rachel’s matchbox template.
  1. Print out template on card stock at 100%. Do not “fit to paper size” in your printer settings or your matchbox will not be the correct size.
  2. Cut along all black lines; score and fold along all grey lines.
  3. Apply glue to the light grey areas of the inside drawer.
  4. Fold the sides of the inside drawer in on themselves (they will be end up being double thick) while tucking the tabs into the folds of the shorter sides of the drawer.
  5. Fold the outside wrap around the inside drawer and glue it in place.
  6. Decorate your matchbox!
Optional: Want to include a little card or mini zine in your matchbox? Download the matchbox enclosures template here!

Want even more matchbox fun?!
Here is a newer Envelope-style matchbox template:
The inner drawer of this matchbox is exactly the same as my original Matchbox Template above, but the outer wrap differs significantly. The final matchbox constructed with this template will be about the same size as a standard, store-bought, 32-count matchbox – approximately 1.5 x 2 x .5 inches.
Download the Envelope-style Matchbox Template PDF here.
Here are the basic instructions which are also printed on the template:
  1. Print out template on card stock at 100%. Do not “fit to paper size” or your matchbox will not be the correct size.
  2. Cut along all black lines; score and fold along all grey lines.
  3. Apply glue to the light grey areas of the inside drawer.
  4. Fold the sides of the inside drawer in on themselves (they will be end up being double thick) while tucking the tabs into the folds of the shorter sides of the drawer.
  5. Fold the outside wrap around the inside drawer while folding in its bottom and tucking in the tabs. (I suggest test folding the outer wrap around the inner drawer at first, then removing the inside drawer and doing the final fold with glue. This fold is a little tricky as you must tuck in the tabs and the final side.) Glue it in place.
  6. The flap on the right side of the outside wrap template is the matchbox’s envelope closure. Fold it over the top of the box and secure it with a seal or ribbon.
  7. Decorate your matchbox!
Writing the instructions is the most difficult part of making these templates. I know they are confusing, but try printing the template on regular paper and practicing a few times before tackling the real deal in card stock. Let me know if you have any questions.
Two of your fellow swappers have generously offered to share some free downloadable templates with you. Check ‘em out!
This matchbox template was created by Swap-bot user, HelenJoy. It is for the larger, 250-count matchbox (approximately 4.75 x 2.75 x1.2 inches in size). Click on the image to go to the correct (larger) image size for the template. Then, save it to your computer and print it out – make sure to print it at 100%, not “scale to fit page.” (The template with both parts won’t fit on a single 8.5 x 11 piece of paper so you will either need cut it apart in an image editing program or download the two parts here and here.) The larger matchboxes need to be constructed from something stiffer than card stock, like a cereal box or light cardboard. Let us know if you have any tips or suggestions for constructing them successfully.
Another great download comes from user, IlonaH. She has created an ATC basics kit which is free for download on her personal website. Click here to be taken to “My other life,” Ilona’s blog and the place where you can download her kit. Her kit has an ATC template, plus some digital papers that she has created to get you started making Artist Trading Cards on the computer. A very cool freebie for those interested in trying out some digital crafting!
Thank you, Helen and Ilona, for your nice work and generosity! If there is anyone else out there who would like to share any free templates, patterns, or tutorials, please let me know (email rachel [at] I would love to share your projects on the blog.

Cards and The Craft Class!!!!!!!


This is one word I can use to describe last night's card making night at my home. I was over-joyed to have 24 stampers come stamp with me at my first event since the beginning of October. I was so happy to have such an awesome turn out to start off the New Year with gusto! My biggest group of stampers before this was 18 in attendance. I thought most of my friends who came just wanted to see my house! ;)

I had 9 new stampers who hadn't been to one of my card making events before and the enthusiasm in the room was contagious. Crafting nights are always so thrilling and enjoyable when there are so many stampers having such a great time! It was a tight fit, but we made it work. If the attendance continues like this (or if it grows!), I will need to find another location, but for now I like the coziness of having it in my home. We'll see as time moves on...

I designed and prepared supplies for everyone to make three cards each. Some stampers requested two sets, and I also had an "add on" project that I am offering, which is new this year! It was a lot to prepare, but with my New Year's goal of having things planned ahead of time, I felt pretty good about it when the day came. It also helped that my Husband watched the kids for the day, so I could focus on my "class" and be 100% ready for the evening...snacks, treats, drinks, and all!

Enough jibber-jabber... Stay Updated For the cards we made!

Diaper Fold Pouch

Diaper Fold Pouch

Create a cute little pouch out of one piece of paper.


  • One square piece of lightweight card stock or double-sided patterned paper

  • Scoring tool

  • Embellishments (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Fold paper in half diagonally.
  2. Step 2

    Take one of the lower corners of your triangle and fold it over to the middle of the other triangle side.
  3. Step 3

    Take the other lower corner of the triangle and fold it over to the middle of the opposite side.
  4. Step 4

    Take one layer of your top corner and fold it down to create your pouch.
  5. Step 5

    Decorate and fill your pouch.




    Change the filling
    Add little note cards instead of candy.
    Make it an envelope for an invitation.

    Change the size
    Make it smaller to add it to a card front.
    Make it big to hold a lot of goodies.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Diaper Fold Pouch. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!
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Happy Birthday Corey!!!!

Happy Birthday Corey Paul!!!!! My Sons 19th Birthday, Boy, how fast time gos by! I Love You Kids!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Baby Shower Decor! You have to see this

How Pretty this is, isn't it? I am going to my second baby shower and yes, this I will make for her. I still yet have another shower to attend and I have gone to one already this week! I can't believe that 3 girls in the family are going to 1 time mommies or mother for the second time. All three gals all  at almost the same freak-in time.  I will keep you all updated on how every thing is going so far. Thankz bloggetts!! Until next time I am signing out for now! later...

Baby Shower Card Ideas

Welcome Friends & Family to my Stampin Up! Make and Take Class. I am so excited to be here today to be making this evening, that I totally had a hard time remembering what is was we were going to be crafting tonight.I remember lol now! I know its only because, I am so excited to be here with all of you find fokes tonight. I have so many creative Stampin Up! projects that we will be creating together. The possibilities are forever. I like to thank you for stopping in. I will be chatting with you soon.  

Purse Box

Hello Welcome back friends, I wanted to say that If you have loved ones on your list who'd like purse boxes, but you wanna switch it up a little & make a variety, there are 151 purses templates & tuts here.
P.S. I have to take a day off (Friday) but if you're bored they should have a
new video on Scrapbook lounge TV (every Friday) :O)

Here's where the beaded sunflower from Melanie's beautiful A Year of Flowers stamp set ended up. I wanted to turn it into a note card gift set. I love how the sunflower stamp looks natural but still so perfectly round that you can make a round tag from it. To see how to make the sunflower please see this tutorial.

About the Box Template:

There are 5 templates altogether

3 Box templates that you can
click to download here are for:

A) Three templates for a box that's a bucket styled purse or handbag.
Finished, the box measures almost 4 1/2 inches high, 3" wide at the bottom 4 2/8" wide at the top and 1 1/2" deep.

Two templates for accessories that you can

click to download here...

They are intended to save papers, so you can make the box from cardstock, but use more expensive (and thinner) designer papers to create a decorative front panel piece with donut-like circles for handles. (Or stamped pieces of course)

The templates are generally designed to work with any hole punch that is 1 1/4 inch or bigger (but you can use any means to cut the holes for the handles, even scissors, and there is a template with no holes linked up too.)

I was inspired by Jody's gorgeous work to try this microbeaded finish. I wanted to try it with a template & make a tutorial for that, since I don't have the die cut & I know many of you don't either. :O) I was also inspired by Lauren's great tutorial, and I wanted to make a template similar to it that you could just print out. :O)


Step 1)
Create decorative panels for the front & back of the purse.

Two ways to approach it:
A) Print template, cut it to create a pattern & trace it onto patterned or stamped paper
B) Print directly onto designer paper & cut the decorative pieces (I've used Basic Grey's Ambrosia paper)

If you'd like info about making the clear template guide, pictured above, to use with this, please see this post.

Step 2)
Stick the pattern to the sticky paper
(Take a sticky piece of paper (double-sided) The stuff I used is called "Peel & Stick" by Therm O Web; I just got it at my local craft store. To use it this way, peel off one side part way, enough to stick the decorative pieces of paper good side down on the sticky paper)

Step 3) Replace the protective backing sheet
(press it down around the edges of the patterned paper)

Step 4)
Trim away excess sticky paper
(having the protective backing sheet stuck back down makes it easier to trim)

Step 5)
Print, cut & score the box template

Step 6) Peel off the protective backing sheet
& Stick the patterned paper onto the template

Step 7) Pour microbeads or glitter onto a flat surface
(a dinner plate works nicely. You'll want enough beads or glitter in the plate to ensure that the sticky paper doesn't stick to the plate. These are microbeads from Stampin' Up!)

Step 8) Peel the 2nd protective sheet off of box
(it's very sticky and wee bits will stick like mad to it)

Step 9) Place it on the microbeads (or glitter)
(I found a circular motion worked well to get the beads stuck on)

Step 10)
Press all of the different areas into the beads

Step 11)
Get your whole hand in there to press the beads on :O)

Step 12) Press the beads firmly in place
(if there are any holes in the beading you can add a pinch at a time and press them into place)

The microbeads are heavy together so I like to do the front & back. If you'd like to, you can enlarge the template by photocopying & then you can get different sizes.

To make the rim around the handle (in black on here):
  1. Punch a circle from cardstock slightly smaller than your handle (I had a 1 1/4" circle for this handle, so I punched a 1 inch circle for the black piece.
  2. Use a circle punch larger than your handle hole; I used a 1 3/8 inch circle punch to punch around the 1" circle.
  3. Mount it behind the handle. I used Tombow Monomulti Adhesive

To create the tag:
  1. Create the sunflower (tutorial here)
  2. Adhere it to a metal edged tag
  3. Pierce a hole for the ribbon
  4. Thread a ribbon into a glass bead
  5. Tie a couple of knots
  6. Tie onto the handle of the box
You can check out a stunning card by Melanie with this sunflower here & and loveliness by Theresa here & here

Happy Stamping you Lovely Lovely People! :O)

P.S. I wish someone would invent a Stamper/Scrappers printer-scanner-photocopier with a 12x12 scanner bed and printer. Ok, can have the idea to run with. Just send me a free one, LOL. :O)


Okay, my posts have been kind of sucky lately & I am sadly MIA in blogland. Sorry, it breaks my heart, but I've been so awfully burnt out. Hopefully this big fat purse tutorial & template will make up for it a little. :O)

This is a flat topped version of this ol' purse template. I tried to improve on the old one, so that it prints better & is easier to score (and hopefully this Tut. will make it easier for anyone who wanted to try it but wasn't sure how it went together.

There are two sizes (Medium & Small), so that the label templates (square & rectangle) can be used as purse flaps. The fun part about the flap is that it lets you dress it up a little more. These ones are embossed and stitched and lined and stuff...

I love the funkiness of the Basic Grey Urban Prairie against white.

See that stripey texture? Well, I'm bursting with excitement about that amazing paper company--aptly named Paper Temptress. The paper I used for this project is called Classic Columns. It's got the texture of fancy smooth watercolour paper but with these columns of stripes. The weight of it made it the nicest paper I've ever built a box with, sighhhh.

Templates are all linked here:

Small purse & stuff
Medium purse, Score Guide & stuff

The Small Purse Templates

The Medium Purse Templates

Cardstock: White Classic Columns cardstock
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Cuttlebug Folders:
Swiss Dots, Floral Fantasy, Textile
Embroidery thread (turquoise, Hot Pink, Apple Green); Basic Grey Urban Prairie Brads, Filigree embellishments from SU
Scor-Pal, Paper piercer, Needle & thread, Oh So Sticky tape

Putting' it all together:
  • Building the Box

Step 1) Print template directly onto the column cardstock (speeeedy Baby!)

Step 2) One way to make scoring this really easy is to cut strategically:A) cut roughly (leaving the score marks at the top of the purse (marked in blue below)
B) Then cut right to the template line in the Vs of the purse marked in red bellow

Step 3) After cutting strategically, you can line up the top line & the V on your Scor-Pal, or use whatever scoring method you like.

Step 4) Score the box where the dotted lines on the Score Guide indicate & crease the folds.

Step 5) Assemble the box. Line up the top of the flaps for tidiness.

Here's where I like to put the adhesive:

...looks a lot like a diaper, heehee. But it is a purse. :O) Having the two side flaps on the outside make a nice triangle. Alternatively, you could have the rounded flap (small middle one) on the outside. [For an example of the flap on the outside, please see this post.]

  • Makin' a Lined, Embossed & Stitched Purse Flap:

Step 1 ) Trace the label template onto the back of patterned paper

Step 2) Stick the patterned paper down to the white column cardstock

Step 3) Use the patterned paper as a guide to cut the white cardstock away

Step 4) Pierce around the edges of the label shape

Step 5 ) Cuttlebug both the layers

Step 6) Adhere the thread end where it'll be hidden (on the patterned side at one of the pointier points) :O) The Cuttlebug embossing hides the stitches a little which gives a nice look, but you can still sew 'em.

Step 7) Stitch around the label shape

  • Adding the Purse Flap:

Step 1) Score from point to point (the smaller points) and fold it

Step 2) Place the flap onto the box & mark where the back is (being sure to leave enough room for the middle section will make the fit nice) :O)

Step 3) Use those markings to score the second line (blue dotted line markings above) and fold it

Step 4) Pierce three holes in the back small section for brads
(makes it much stronger)

Step 5) Mark the holes onto the box with a pencil

Step 6) Pierce three holes. [Depending on your comfort level with piercing you may wanna do this with a hole punch, or you can use a needle to create a pilot hole for piercing (less chance of buckling)]

Step 7) Add brads

To make the lined handle, I did this schtuff...
  1. Cut a piece of Classic Columns cardstock (1 inch by 8 inches)
  2. Cut a piece of Urban Prairie paper (also 1 inch by 8 inches)
  3. Pierce holes along both sides of the handle.
  4. To get tidy stitching on both sides of the handle, thread a needle & put it through the handle piercing so that the thread end is adhered where it will be hidden when you attach the handle to the purse.
  5. Stitch it up with thread
  6. Use Oh So Sticky tape to stick the handle on.
And that's it..

Happy Craftin' You Crafty Peoples You!