Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ColourQ Challenge 30


Another Tuesday, another ColourQ Challenge! Check out this cool inspiration from Arielle:


Mmm, this is so yummy….looks like candy! I thought I would make a little box of cards using this as my inspiration, since the JUGS challenge this week is to use a template! So what do you think:


Here’s a closeup of the front of my little box:


and the back:


and the little cards and envelopes:


The flower is the SU Daisies 2 diecut; the centers on the flowers on the cards are from a new set called Itty Bitty Bits, and they coordinate with a set of three new little punches….SO cute! I decorated the box with assorted circle punch-outs, and added a satin ribbon handle.

This Cutesy Cover box is a free download available on Lauren Meader’s My Time blog (sorry, but I cannot link it due to restrictions), but the size of it is too small for these cards. So I altered it a bit to make it a better fit. Here’s a quick tutorial on how I did that:

Here I have printed out my pattern. Sorry, I printed it on the back of a finished NY Times crossword puzzle (I’m so green!):


I measured and found the center of the front of the box and the center of the back of the box and folded my pattern lengthwise on the centers. I then cut each section on the fold. I took a piece of scrap paper and taped it to each cut, widening the box by 1/2” on each section. You can see where I taped below; I connected the cutting lines with pencil marks.


Here’s a closer look. My scrap piece has the printing on it; you can see how the pattern was separated at the top of the photo:


And here’s a look at the front decorative piece, which I also had to enlarge. I hadn’t drawn the lines on this piece yet:


If you have ever made a dress pattern longer or wider, it’s the same principle. So then I paper-clipped my pattern to my cardstock and cut and scored it:


Once it’s all cut and scored, it’s ready to be decorated and assembled:



Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Color Throwdown challenge! If you have any questions about products used here, just shoot me an email!


Kristin Bueter said...

OMG, this is such an adorable set, LeAnne! I LOVE that bloom on the front of your box and the cards and envelopes are adorable! FAB job with the color AND the JUGS template challenge!

Great tutorial on how to enlarge the Cutesy Cover template for those who use the pdf version! I swear though, I'm bringing you my old Cricut!! WAIT until you see how easy it is to cut templates :] LOL That or you could come visit me and go site seeing around DC while we're not crafting ;] Oh, and you could give me hands on lessons for my sewing machine. Win-win situation, girly! Ha ha

Butternut Sage Designs said...

OH MY GOSH, first you are so resourceful using the times lol, then you are so sweet to send the template out to us, and WOW those colors are to die for what a pretty pretty color combo!!! I have never used this combination and it is AWESOME......hugs Donna

Barbara said...

How stinkin' clever of you to enlarge the template!! You go, girl! What a gorgeous color combo and I love those SWEET little note cards!

Always Playing with Paper said...

Sute cards and box LeAnne! I love it! You have inspired me to go 3D, now I have to find sometime this week to create!!!

Lesley :)

Always Playing with Paper said...

"Cute" Cards!!! Not "Sute" Cards. Obviously can't type first thing in the morn!!! LOL!

Sue Lelli said...

What a FAB project! Of course I LOVE the flowers but I LOVE the polka dots on the box as well!

Caryl P said...

This is adorable LeAnne, I love the card set and the box is just too cute with all the polka dots! Great work, and thanks for the tips on making the box!

Juliana said...

Hi LeAnne,

I nominated you for a Sunshine Award! Thanks for all the hard work you do and share on your blog!!


Harriet Skelly said...

Wow what a gorgeous set - those colors are awesome together - I need to try them!

Shawn said...

LeAnne, this is fantabulous!! You amaze me continually!! We need to schedule a stamp afternoon ASAP! I have lots of contraband. ;o)

Renée said...

Very very cute, LeAnne! Love the set, love everything!

simplyfairies said...

This is fabulous,I love it... and thankyou for haring how to enlarge a template very useful indeedy!!

Love To Ink said...

Hi Leanne,

You have been awarded the Sunshine Award for showing what Stampin' Up's Statement of the Heart truly is...
see my blog post at

Juanita said...

Love this card set! Those fun little polka dots all over it are too cute. Great work on this color combo AND the challenge.

Stampin' Pam said...

Well this is just da bomb! I love the way you enlarged your template - and the whole set is fabulous - what a great gift for a cherished friend! THanks for playing along with Just Us Girls this week. :-)

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awesome box!!

Michelle-Jersey Girl said...

Wowsers! This is so great! I'm really gonna have to get stamping more often...I'm missing a lot of challenges I want to do!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a cute box LeAnne! Love all the polka dots & the BIG blossom :) Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls

Elaine M said...

Well look at you!!! What a fantastic tutorial on altering a pattern. And the cards are wonderful - great color and designs. Ya knocked another one out of the ballpark kiddo!

Sam said...

Thanks for the handy tutorial LeAnne. I use Lauren's Cutesy Cover often as it is such a quick one to make up and I have more than once thought it would be great if it were just a little bigger. Love the idea of the cards in it. It is altogether such an awesome project. TFS. Sam.

Dana Gustafson said...

I think BEAUTIFUL! What a super cute card set in one lovely box! Thanks so much for playing with Just Us Girls this week!

Tammy Hershberger said...

LeAnne, this is FABULOUS! And how clever of you to make the box a little bigger! LOVE those notecards, and the fantastic designs on the box!