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Desktop Organizer DIY

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Are you always looking for organization ideas for your craft room? You have came to the right place! I created this desktop organizer for my son because we have limited space and all his color pencils, crayons, markers are always scattered all over the table (not to mention my craft stuffs too!). As soon as I finished this project, I know I definitely could use another one. So yeah more project and this time my son will help me out (he offered help when I made this first one but since I was at the stage gluing them together with hot glue I didn't let him). 

So here are pictures for the finished project:

What you will need:
- Card boards
- Craft Knife
- Ruler
- Scissor
- Strong adhesives
- Hot Glue Gun
- Patterned Papers
- Craftwell Cut 'n' Boss Machine
- Craftwell eBrush Machine
- Craftwell Teresa Collins Metal Dies - A girl's best friend
- Hazel and Ruby Stencils
- Sharpie Color Markers (Gold)
- Gold Foil Card Stock

Step 1: Cut cardboard into following sizes and wrap and glue pattern papers around each of them.

Step 2: Cut cardboard dividers, two of 4 3/4 x 2 1/8" and three of 3 1/4 x 2 1/4". Same thing, wrap and glue pattern paper around each ones.

Step 3: Assemble cardboard pieces from Step 1 and Step 2 together with hot glue gun, arrange the space you prefer with the cardboard dividers. After that trace the shape of the sides (that looks like a staircase design) and cut the shape out.

Spacing details:
- Second cardboard from the back is 1 1/2" apart from the tallest cardboard (draw spacing on base cardboard)
- Third cardboard from the back is 3 3/4" apart from the tallest cardboard
- Glue front and back card boards to the base cardboard

Step 4: Use H&R stencil 'BELIEVE' and mask out the unwanted area for air-brushing. Remove masks and let dry completely.

Step 5: Die-cut with Cut 'n' Boss the word SPARKLE and star shapes in gold foil card stock. Embellish the organizer.

Here, you save some bucks by DIY this organizer and you can personalize it to the way you want it! Don't forget, you also help saving the environment by reusing those cardboard boxes you have. :) More importantly, you will have fun making it and if you make it for your little one they will appreciate your effort. My son loves it so much he keeps thanking me whenever he uses it. It's all worth it. 

That's all for today, I hope you like the project and see you next time. Have a wonderful day! -Alexia 

Friendship and Flowers Card

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Just popping in to share this card I created for Crafter's Companion DT. Have you tried their Create-A-Card dies? They are fabulous. look how elegant it can be on your card! The size of the die is 6 x 6 but you can trim the cut-out into smaller size and make it into standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

The 3D flower die is also great for creating a feminine card, I love the vine that comes with it too.

Crafter's Companion Products used:
- Die'Sire Create-A-Card 6 x 6 Metal Die
- Die'Sire Classiques 3D Delicate Flower Die
- CC Shimmering Card Stock - Rose Pearl
- Die'Sire Sentimentals EZ-Mount Stamps - Nature

That's it from today, I hope you like the card and decide to explore the endless possibilities of these amazing dies! I'm off to make another card with them now... **wink**

I will be back soon! Thank you for sticking around....!! Hugss...

Upcycled THANK YOU Gift Box

Friday, November 20, 2015
Hi all! Today I want to share with you on how to upcycle a recyclable item into something useful! I had this clear packaging box that I turned into a gift box which I then used to store handmade cards and sent it to my son's school teacher. So instead of sorting it away for recycling, have a makeover and use it again! Besides, I think it looks pretty good for a gift wrap. What do you think? Now you can tell that I'm a hoarder..... ***blushed*** 

Here is the clear packaging that I had...

And I turned it into this....

To make this, you will need:

- A reusable box packaging
- Fall Patterned Papers
- Gold and Foil Card Stock (Optional - you can replace with other color card stock)
- Couture Creations Doilies Die
- Sharpie Markers (Fall Colors)

First die-cut all the embellishments using the dies and Cut 'n' Boss, as shown in following picture. Also, prepare strips of patterned papers and glue around the clear box. Place and adhere doilies on top of the patterned paper and then emboss + adhere the THANKFUL shimmering gold card stock over the doilies.

Lastly, air brush the Layered 3D flower die from Teresa Collins, and assemble it. 

Decorate the box with the layered flower and you have this brand new box...

I hope you enjoy the walk through of this project, it doesn't involve many steps and it's always worth it to make something for someone who you know will make a good use of it. :) Happy crafting folks and have a memorable Happy Thanksgiving!! - Alexia

Merry and Bright Gift Box

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Have you ever need a nice size gift box just big enough to fit in some small gift but can't find the perfect one? With Crafter's Companion Ultimate tool you can achieve any size of boxes you like! Of course, I need to show you the magic. I created this medium size box that measures 3 x 3 5/8" with ultimate tool and it's effortless! If you need bigger size, all you need is a little tweak on the paper size. 

To create this box you will need:
- 6 x 6 Card Stock (for the lid)
- 9 3/4 x 9 3/4" Card Stock (for the base)
- Doilies
- Candied Paper Flowers
- Blings 

Now for the original measurement on the ultimate tool, the height for the base is designed to be slightly larger than the box lid but I changed a little for my version. I prefer a box with taller base. You can follow the guidelines below to create the box.

Step 1: Place your 6 x 6 card stock against the panel that labeled "box lid" and score at the second score line, score all four sides.

Cut the score card stock as follow to form tabs

Step 2: Place your 9 3/4 x 9 3/4" card stock against the panel that labeled "box base" and score at the second line from the bottom. Score all four sides. Cut the ones marked in red below to form tabs (so we can glue them together to form a box). 

Step 3: I decorated my box with doilies, such as following (this step is optional)

Step 4: I colored a stamped Christmas image using Spectrum Noir markers and use it to embellish the top of my box lid. I also stamped a sentiment "Bright and Merry" and make it into a tag for the gift box.

Step 5: Embellish with paper flowers and blings. 

There, you got all the steps to make this gift box, I hope you'll have fun making it and filled it up with treats crafty goodies and send to someone you love! I actually sent mine to a "secret sister exchange" friend, I filled it up with washi tapes. My favorite ones! :) If you are interested in this game you might want to check it out on my FB, it's kinda fun to send a gift to someone you don't know. Everyone needs a littke RAK once in awhile. :)

I hope you enjoy the tutorial today, have a great time creating! Hugs and <3 nbsp="" p="">

Festive Christmas Card

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Happy Sunday! I'm back today to have a quick share with you of this card that I created yesterday. You can see I got a "little" inky this time. lol. I love playing with inks and I like certain level of messiness. There are times when it gets overly messy and it just can't pass me then I will have to recreate until I'm satisfy with it. 

I consider it lucky this time, got it just the way I wanted it to be. ***phew*** The background stamped image is from Crafter's Companion Falling Snowflake stamp set, so are the main sentiment piece and holly berries they are both from CC too. 

You'll need the following to create this card:

Spectrum Noir Markers (JG5, JG3, JG1)
- Falling Snowflake Stamp Set
- Christmas Happiness Stamp Set
- Sheena Little Bit Festive Stamp Set
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads (Festive Berries, Broken China, Mowed Lawn)
- Ribbon, Blings, Gold Foil

Tell me how you feel about this card, I would love to hear your opinion! Thank you again for checking my post today, will be back to share more crafty inspiration with you soon! Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting! 

One Layer Water Colored Card

Monday, November 9, 2015
Happy Monday! I'm back today to share another card with you. It's a water colored card and to be honest with you I have not been water coloring for awhile now so it was really fun to play with my new Spectrum Aqua water color markers from Crafter's Companion. 

I also have been playing with the Ultimate Tool from CC, it's a 10 in 1 tool which allows you to emboss, make bows, boxes, envelopes, paper trimming, to name a few. I made a gift boxes with it and I will share with you soon in a few days! It's very convenient tool and I'm thankful to get it for free for being part of the DT. I can make so many things with it! You can take a look at the details about the tool here --> Ultimate Tool. I can't wait to show you what I make with you with it!

For now, lets take a look at the water colored... for those of you who haven't try out the Aqua markers, it's something you might want to consider. I love it, you can color it right on the water color paper, add water or you can scribble on a non-stick craft mat and add water to it (that's how I like to do it). The maple leaf is from a cut out washi sheet and used as masking sticker. The background is colored first, let dry then peel off the masking sticker and color the leaf. 

I hope you like the card, try it out and who knows you might like it. :) I like the effect of the water color, smooth transition from one color to another. Here is the list of products I used for the card.

Products Used: 
- Crafter’s Companion Water Colour Card Stock- Die’Sire Sentimental EZMount Stamp Set- Nature- Spectrum Aqua Markers (Gold, Olive, Yellow, Burgundy, Orange, Moss)- Ribbon- Butterfly wood veneer

Thank you again for your time! I hope you have a wonderful day, happy crafty day too! 

- Alexia

Christmas is in the Air

Friday, November 6, 2015
Christmas is less than two months away and I'm already feeling the spirit! To show how enthusiastic I am I made my first Christmas card this year with Crafter's Companion products.

I have been using Spectrum Noir markers for many years now and they are my favorite alcohol markers. However, this is my first experience using their shimmering card stock and conceivably, the quality is good and it's beautiful! They have several colors you can choose from, my favorite is the Coastal Pearl. Oh and I also used the Ultimate Tool to create the bow, isn't perfect? Not to mention it's super easy to make!

Here is my second project this month.

Products Used:
- Party Paws Stamp
- Spectrum Noir Markers (TN7, TN5, TN3, TN2, DR7, DR5, DR3, DR1, CT4, JG4)

I hope you like the card, look forward to sharing more project ideas soon! Thank you for stopping in! -Alexia

Crafter's Companion DT Announcement!!

Monday, November 2, 2015
Hello all my crafty friends!! I have a very exciting news to announce today! That's I'm now officially part of Crafter's Company DT family! I'm so grateful to be selected to design for this amazing company, check out their products HERE. I have been coloring using their Spectrum Alcohol markers since I was introduced to inking and stamping, so I can tell you how much I really love these markers. 

Here is my first project created with Crafter's Companion products, it's an gate fold invitation card!

Stay tune because more projects coming up soon! Thank you for checking out my blog today, I hope you are as excited as I am. I'm super impressed by how creative my other team members are, awesome projects and ideas! Here is the link to the design team announcement if you are eager to know who's on the team! :)

I'll be back soon!

Crafter's Companion Products Used:
- 8"x 8" Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Regency Frame
- Die'Sire Classique 3D Flower Die - Delicate Flower

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