Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge

Well, it is Friday and that means it is time for our challenge.  I would like to introduce my newly named timer, Lil T.  (See last night's post for details HERE)
Lil T, what are you doing in the ribbon basket?
Oh, now that you have a name, you want an outfit!
Yep, just like Mr. Nasty and Madame Vilaine.
OK, we will work on that, but not today.  We have a challenge to post!
The Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge this week is for a 3-D project, anything but a card, in 30 minutes or less.  Here is my sample:
Some kind visitor left me a comment that my tutorial last week was tooooo long, so today I will try to keep it shorter.  I posted the finished project first for those of you who just want the "meat." I really appreciate comments that tell me what you think works and what doesn't.  So please let me know if you find the tutorials helpful, what you think about the length, and what parts I should leave out or add.

Anyway, here is the story:

Lil T is ready to go, and the materials are gathered.
I chose Almost Amethyst–another one of my favorite colors 
that will be retiring at the end of June.
I added Pretty in Pink, 
and the Designer Series Paper is Tea Party.
This is a mini pizza box.  I found the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.
It is great–you can get 2 boxes out of a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock.
The box is made from a piece 6" x 11."
I first saw the idea for the scallop circle cones in a wreath that a friend made.

First I scored the fold lines.
With the short side at the top,
I scored at 1" and 5."
Then I turned it so the long side was at the top,
and scored at 1" 5" 6" and 10."
I used a bone folder to get good clean folds on all the score lines.
Next I cut  the score lines along the long sides
as you can see in the above photo.

Lil T seems to have gotten shy.
Maybe he doesn't know what to do with a whole 30 minutes for this project.

Next I ran some Pretty in Pink through the Big Shot
with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
The piece for the top measures 3 1/4" square
and the side pieces are 3/4" x 3 3/4."

I also cut some Pretty in Pink
with the Scallop Circle #2 die
to use as a base for the top decoration.

After adhering the Pretty in Pink pieces to the top and sides

I used Sticky Strip to put the box together.
As usual with a 3-D project
it is easier to decorate most of it while it is still flat.
Guess how I know this. ­čśÇ

OK, Lil T, give me a sign here.  How am I doing?

12 minutes, and I have the box together already.
Now for the decoration.

If you don't make it too complicated, Sage,
you could actually get this done on time.

Ah, Lil T.
You know I have to add all those little touches
that make me smile.

First I used the Scallop Circle Punch
on some of the Designer Series Paper.

Then I used the bone folder to help me curl them
in to little cones and fastened them into shape with a glue dot.

I found that cones with a wide opening worked better than ones with a narrow opening.

Next I adhered the cones
to the Pretty in Pink scallop circle.

Lil T is starting to jump around a little.
(It's been 20 minutes already.
Are you done yet?  Your doohickey looks great.
Just put it on the top of the box and you'll make your time.)

No, T.  Not yet.
This is still too plain.
(Groan, says T.  You always say that.)

How about some curlies?  Some bling?  Some butterflies?
(more groans)

I cut some butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit,
then brushed them and the cones with the 2-Way Glue Pen,
and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds.

Then I took some 1/4" strips of Tea Party Paper
and curled them with the bone folder–
just like curling ribbon at Christmas time.

I attached the curly strips with a glue dot on one end
to the center of the circle,
and attached the butterflies to the curlies with glue dots as well.

Look at that, T.
We made it!

I never thought you would do it, Sage.
You made it fancy AND got it done in time.
See my happy dance?
Happy happy Lil T.  Woo Hoo.

Thanks Lil T.  I couldn't have done it without you.

 That's it for this Friday's challenge.  To see the other Design Team samples, go to to Carole'Anne's blog HERE.  Then after getting totally inspired by all these samples, go make one of your own and link it to her blog with Mr. Linky.  And don't worry about the time (groan, groan says T.)  The only way I can get my projects done on time is to get the design pretty well worked out before I let Lil T loose.  It is fun to see how quickly I can put something together.  Won't you come play with us?

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11 Responses to Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge

  1. Cynthia May 14, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I Love This!!! Such a pretty box – you rocked this one!Cynthia

  2. sandi maciver May 14, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Wow Sage, what a great project, I love it, so bright and cheery. I think all your posts are just right and if you have a long one, it is because you are being so kind to us readers to take the extra time and effort to explain the technique, and we thank you for that.

  3. Always Playing with Paper May 14, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Love this Sage! Your tutorial was awesome, I need to try that flower technique! It is really a cool idea!!!Smiles,Lesley ­čÖé

  4. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway May 14, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    whow look at you rock and roll this challenge!I love your design and the little cones on the top of you boxvery very smart thinkingDid you love doing a 3D? or what??I just think they are so much fun!thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job on our design teamI am so proud of you girls!

  5. lisa808 May 14, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    You and Lil T did a great job! So pretty. Almost Amethyst Tea Party are on my list of favorites.

  6. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) May 14, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    What is this?! Time to spare! Maybe you should have added some ribbon or something. Just kidding. Good job, Sage, and good job Lil T! It is beautiful, and I love the scallop cone flower. TFS!

  7. delysc May 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    wow Sage this is the topper for your box and the colours are lovely!

  8. Mitzi Luttrull May 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    What a pretty little box! And I love how you decorated the top with those scalloped circles.Way to go! Very nice project. Mitzi

  9. A Touch of SOL May 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    OMG. The conversation between you and Lil T has me laughing hysterical as my hubby thinks I am crazy laughing to myself. I love the topper.

  10. Kitty A. May 15, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Wonderful project. Love having a px of the completed project first, and the step-by-step is terrific! Thanks.

  11. Stephanie Pezolet May 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Very cute project ;D

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