Assembling a Storage Box by Jamie Cripps from A4 card

Since getting my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine I have been very busy making storage solutions for some of the things in my craft room.

I purchased one of the subscription options from the Silhouette Store, which meant that the individual files were VERY cheap.  And then Black Friday happened and everything was half price!  So I ended up buying loads of great cutting files!

I particularly love the great storage ideas from designed Jamie Cripps.  She helpfully says whether the design is suitable for both the Cameo and smaller Portrait… but… whilst the biggest part of the file does indeed fit on the Portrait mat, it is still bigger than either A4 or US letter card!

Whilst the two sizes are very similar and often interchangeable, they are not identical.  A4 is slightly slimmer and longer than its American cousin.  Therefore sometimes the files ARE Portrait compatible, but not really A4 compatible.

In this case the component is longer than either of the two standard card sizes.  So…

Solving the Size Problem

I have found 4 ways to get around this problem:

1 – reduce the size of the cutting file (well, doh!)  Make sure you resize ALL the bits at once so the end result will still fit together properly.  Whilst this is the easiest solution for many projects, for some it means that the end result would not function as intended, for example if you were making a storage box for a particular sized item.

2 – Use card that is slightly bigger than A4, or cut down A3 or 12″ card to fit.  You can put paper up to nearly 11 inches in width through the Portrait machine, by the way, but it will only cut up to 8.5″ across.

3 – And with many files you can overlap a little where there are tabs – as long as you have enough left to stick it together.  This may require a bit of rotating and wiggling.  The Portrait will only ever cut within the area designated on the cutting mat, so don’t worry, doing this will not encourage it to cut your mat up or anything

4 – Cut the file up into smaller pieces.  So where there is a side and back piece in one, cut it up so the two pieces are separate and fit onto one piece of A4 card.  This is the most time consuming way, and if you can do this easily then you probably will be creating your own cutting file anyway!  But if just a couple of bits don’t fit on your card then this could be the solution to being able to use it.

Making the Storage Box with A4 Card

I wanted to make up Jamie’s 3d stamp and 5×7 card storage box.  But when I opened it in Sihouette Studio, argh, the biggest part was just a tad too large for the A4 sized kraft card I wanted to use.

Fitting onto A4 Card in Silhouette Studio

Here is a screen shot of the file, open in Silhouette Studio, ready to cut the largest component.  You will notice I have done four things to the files.

1 – I have ungrouped them so I can manipulate them individually.

2 – I have rotated two pieces so that they can fit on my Portrait cutting mat.

3- I have added a pattern fill to the four decorative panels, just so I know which they are when cutting things out.  I usually colour code the cutting files like this as it prevents any confusion and cutting any pieces out of the wrong colour/pattern/type of card.  I will be cutting the panels out of preprinted scrapbook paper, the fill I have used here is just to make them stand out.

I have also coloured the main box components with “kraft card colour”.  Nice and clear now 🙂

4 – The biggest component (one side and the back panel combined) is on the cutting mat, and is slightly hanging over the ends of where the paper will be.  The overhang is within the area of the two tabs on this piece so they will just be a little thinner on mine.

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Once I have set everything up like this I save it to the Library so next time I want to make it I am all ready to go.  This preparation really can make things easier for complicated files and it is well worth taking the time to work out what everything is and where it goes before wasting card by cutting things out wrong.

I cut out the three main box components from the kraft card, then the four panel parts from some pretty scrapbook paper.  I put Brushed Courduroy Distress ink all around the sides and folds of the kraft card components, and Distress Ink all around the panel edges in a colour to match the patterned paper.

Next I fixed the panels to the card base with a tape roller.  I did this before I assembled the box as it is much easier to line things up and press them down when the box is flat.  If I were making this as a gift or I thought it would be handled a lot then I would fix the panels on with matte medium gel instead to ensure they could not accidentally be peeled off.

I glued the box together with Collall Tacky Glue.

The project took 3 sheets of A4 kraft card and 2 sheets of A4 scrapbook paper (there were oddments left over for the scrap box).

Finally I cut out a label from another Silhouette file and fixed it on the spine of the box.  I try to make sure to label boxes as soon as possible as it really does help keep the craft room tidy.

Jamie has a tutorial for assembling this storage box on her blog.

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Friday Freebie 146 – Happy blue lamb

This cute little blue lamb is the Friday Freebie clip art image for this week.

Wouldn’t he look cute on a birthday card?  Or how about printed on fabric for a pillow case?

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There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 29th January.

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Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 146 Happy Blue Lamb

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Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

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Cheap and Simple Stamp Storage Video

TTStorageBoxOver the years I have tried many different ways to store my rather large collection of stamps.  I have put them in drawers, and albums.  I have stuck them on sheets and hung them on racks.  But I was just never really happy with the systems and found that I was not using many of my stamps because I had forgotten what I actually had and could not remember where things were stored.

Early last year I moved over to a new way of storing the bulk of my stamps.  Most of my collection are small sheets of stamps.

Here is a short video showing the storage box I use and how I keep my stamps safe and to hand in it.

My wooden backed stamps are still in drawers, awaiting a better solution.  I also have a few A4 sized sheets of stamps, these are in a magazine file.  I have cut up a few bigger sheets to enable them to fit in the CD holders though.

After about 8 months of using this system I have to say I am very happy with it.  My stamps are divided by make and theme and I can easily find what I want when I want it.  I also can easily look through my collection when I want some inspiration.  Plus I know my stamps are safe and I am not going to lose odd ones that may come off their backing plastic.

I purchased my collapsible CD holders from a local discount store.  I have seen them in many different shops so they seem very easily available.  One could of course use a fancier CD box instead but I have found the collapsible ones to be very sturdy and despite my pulling them on and off the shelf every day, they are showing no signs of damage or wear.

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Friday Freebie 145 – pink flamingo

This week’s Friday Freebie is a pretty, pink flamingo.

Add a little bit of exotic colour to your next crafting project.

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Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 145 Pink Flamingo

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Tin Teddy Vintage is now.. Antique Dog Prints – Etsy shop name change

After two years of trading as Tin Teddy Vintage, I have now rebranded my Etsy vintage prints shop with the new name of Antique Dog Prints.AntiqueDogPrintsCard

I already owned the dot com for this name, and as I sell over 90% vintage dog prints, it made sense to change the shop name.  I will still stock a few other animal prints now and then but it will definitely be mainly dogs, as before.

I currently have 53 original, antique and vintage dog prints on offer in the shop and will continue to add more.  I have a very large collection of prints as I have been collecting for many years.  My house, however, is very tiny so I am only able to display a few.  Hence the decision to sell my significant surplus prints so they can go to new homes where they can be enjoyed.

If you are looking for a particular breed, do let me know as I may have it, waiting to be listed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Tin Teddy Vintage in 2015 and I hope that Antique Dog Prints continues to thrive in 2016.

Christmas Wreath Tag Tutorial – Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, December

TTLongXmasTagGosh, this year has gone by so fast.  Already it is time to make the final tag for 2015. I have been creating tags most months for the 12 Tags of 2015 game that Tim Holtz runs on his great blog.  As with previous tags, here is a little tutorial of how I made my version of the December tag.

As with my previous tags, I started by diecutting a tag shape from mount board using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates Die by Sizzix.  I took an old tumble dryer sheet and glued it to the tag using Ranger Multi Matt Medium glue.  Then I used the Holiday Knit stencil, also by Tim Holtz, and laid it over the tag.  I pounced Fired Brick Distress Ink through the stencil.  I loved this effect.  It is not too easy to see in the pictures, but in real life it looks like a snuggly fleece Christmas sweater.

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Friday Freebie 144 – Christmas Wreath

The Friday Freebie for this week is a beautiful Christmas wreath.

Ideal for last minute Christmas cards and other projects.

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Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week (but there are bonus ones throughout December as part of the Christmas Cracker!).

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There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 1st January.

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 144 Christmas Wreath

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Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

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Eight Unusual Christmas Gifts from Etsy Sellers

Wondering what to get that difficult-to-buy-for Uncle for Christmas this year?  How about awkward Auntie Agnes?  And as for cousin “I have everything I want already” Clara?!?

Let’s face it, some people are much harder to buy for than others.  So here are eight unusual, but cool! present ideas from the amazing sellers on Etsy.  Check out their full shops for even more great pressie ideas. (more…)

Simple Stamped Reindeer Christmas Card Tutorial

I used a 6″ x 4″ white side-folding card blank from my stash.  I used the stacking rectangles die set by Presscut and chose the die that most closely fit the front of my card, and the one smaller than that.

I cut out a panel of patterned paper with the larger die, and applied Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges.  This paper is from the “12 Days of Christmas” 6″ stack by Dovecraft.

I then used the smaller of the two dies to cut out a panel of white 300 gsm Sheena Douglass Stamping Card.  I ran this piece of card back through the die cutting machine with the Lattice Flourish Edge’ables die from DieSire (Crafter’s Companion) on the bottom edge.

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I stamped the “nosey reindeer” stamp from the “Christmas Creations” stamp set by Spellbinders.  I stamped him in  Azure Seas permanent dye ink, from Whispers.  I then went around the edge with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

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I stamped a sentiment onto some white card.  The “Holiday hugs” stamp is from Crafter’s Companion and was one of the included stamps in the 2014 Christmas issue of their Inspirations magazine.  I stamped it with black Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   Then I cut it out using one of the smaller dies from my stacking rectangles, as before.DieCutSentiment

I then applied Brushed Corduroy distress ink all around the edges to give it a nice vintage feel.

I coloured in the reindeer with a Light Ultramarine Faber Castell Polychromos pencil.  I used a Pthalo Blue pencil to add a bit more emphasis to the deer’s flank markings and nose.  The pencil colouring has not shown up very well in my photos, it looks better in real life (honest!).

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I glued the two panels together, then added them to the card blank.  I fixed the sentiment on with some foam tape to give it a bit of dimension.  Then I finished it with two sticky faux pearls from Sticker Mania.

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If you want some hints and tips to help with last minute Christmas Card making, check out my blog post from earlier this week.

Hints and Tips for Last Minute Christmas Card Making

Argh! Christmas is so nearly here and you haven’t finished making all those lovely handmade Christmas cards you promised yourself you would do this year!  Don’t panic.  There is still some time, and these handy hints and tips could help to save you time (and money too!).

1 – Make Multiples at Once

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Making 6 copies of a card does not take 6 times as long a making one would.. it is much faster than that.  Making small batches of each card design can save a lot of time.  Get all your equipment and materials ready, pop a good movie or nice album on.. and go for it.

It can also help to group tasks, for example do all your stamping at once, then later on do your colouring (I like to colour whilst watching tv).  Again this saves time as you don’t have to keep getting your gear out over and over. (more…)