Janette Kausen

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Janette Kausen

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Sweet Favor Boxes

Sweet Favor Boxes

Easter is just around the corner. I know, right?!? Yes, already! This year I have crafted up these sweet favor boxes courtesy of the Spellbinders Large Die of the Month club. They are perfect for trinkets and candy, and will be nestled among the paper grass in my girls Easter baskets.

The only eggs our big girls will hunt are of the golden variety and filled with cash. We hide one each, hide them well, and are purely entertained watching them hunt. No matter how old they are (19 & 20), I still can’t get beyond filling a basket for them. Some items in their baskets have changed over the years and some, like chocolate, have stayed the same. I have a couple of delicate little items to include this year (of which I can’t reveal, because peepers!) and these favor boxes will be the perfect pretty packaging.

The March Large Die of the Month kit includes dies to create 8 elements. The favor box die, 2 tags, 2 leaves. 2 flowers and a flourish. The favor box die fits perfectly onto 6x6 paper.

I hoard paper pads, but don’t often use patterned on cards. I was delighted to use my Wildflower paper by Kaisercraft for a coordinating set of favors. There is no glue holding the box together. The die cuts perfectly sized slits for the flap to tuck into and scores the fold lines. So easy, so quick.

I used two layers of paper for a finished interior. I did not adhere them together, just tucked the flap and they were secure. Double sided paper would be perfect!

I created the three dimensional flowers by first die cutting them into colored card stock. I then shaped each petal and whole flower into a cup shape with a dotting tool on top of a fun foam sheet (a mouse pad or Misti mat would work, as well). I created a fuller flower by layering two cup shaped large flowers and one small. A compact, more bud like, flower by using three of the cup shaped smaller flower die cuts. I adhered the layers with Ranger Collage Medium. A drop at the base of the flower was just right. I then added a stamen by cutting the top off of a yellow disposable mascara wand and adhering with Collage Medium. Liquid glue, or even hot glue, the buds in place on the package. Tuck in a few foil cardstock leaves and flourishes to finish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and are inspired to create your own treat boxes for, perhaps, a wedding, a shower, Easter Sunday place cards or even class treats. Thank you for popping in and I’ll see you soon!

xo, Janette

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Large Die of the Month Membership -...
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Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing...
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Main Attraction
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Wildflower 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad
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Gold Foil Card Stock
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Coral Crush Prestige Card Stock
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Lawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock -...
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Ranger TDA58076 Tim Holtz Distress...
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Dotting 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting...
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L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands,...
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Launching MFT’s Super Girl

Launching MFT’s Super Girl

Whoot, whoot, I’m guesting for My Favorite Things stamp company today! I’m featuring the You’re Super stamp set with an interactive Copic colored card. I hope you have a few minutes to check it out. Watch the teaser above for a 45 second overview and then you can find the blog post and full length video over at MFT Stamps! Be sure to like and subscribe to both channels for more paper crafting goodness from us!

I hope your Christmas was filled with laughter and cherished memories. May those carry you through the New Year.

xo, Janette

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C9 Dotty Turnabout

C9 Dotty Turnabout

It is Fri-yay, my friends! And one that leads into a 3 day weekend, YAAAS! The unofficial kick off to summer is here. We’ve been in the pool all week, so I’m sure this weekend will bring more of the same. While we all are celebrating, or even just relaxing this weekend, be sure to remember the true reason for this long weekend, the people who have died while serving in our great country’s armed forces. For without them, chances are, we wouldn’t be sitting here today enjoying our vast freedoms.

In that sentiment, I’m sharing more Concord & 9th love with this week’s installment of #C9FeatureFriday. I’ve got a light up “Celebrate You” card and a “Thank you” card, both in honor of those whom continue to serve. They feature the Dotty Turnabout stamp and the Celebrate You dies.

You can find the products from these cards linked up at the bottom of this post when viewing on my website. As always, there is no cost to you to click through the affiliate links. They simply provide a small revenue stream that helps to support the expenses of this blog, and I could not be more grateful. I’ll only ever link you to products I actually use and love. <3

Dotty Turnabout… ah, yes please! I love the addition of the included add-on circles and accents. Its theme is generic enough to use for any occasion and unique enough to stand out. I first stamped in True Navy ink and then, after a 1/4 turn, in Grand Fuchsia ink. I then heat embossed in gold with the add-on accents. I die cut the All About You Dies in smooth gold glitter self adhesive paper and into the True Navy inked cardstock. Yep, I didn’t have the particular shade of navy I wanted, so I inked the whole chunk by rubbing it down with the ink pad itself.

I like to use a Misti when stamping with the Turnabouts, but with the Dotty you really don’t have to. You can see a C9 video on the process here with the Misti, tips here and a template here.

I hid the light up LED mechanism behind the heart in “You” and vellum. I also used an effect sticker (tucked behind the navy panel in the upper right corner) in order to achieve the twinkling light. Without the effect sticker, the light stays on solid as long as the connection with the battery is made. I added a little pull strip so that the battery wouldn’t inadvertently light and discharge while scrunched in a mailbox somewhere.

The Chibitronics site has a wealth of schematics and videos. The effects diagram I used is here.

How better to Celebrate You than with the Dotty Turnabout stamp, All About You dies and a twinkling light to show you the star you are?

The Dotty Turnabout background was created similarly here. This time I did not use any of the accents, but did stamp it 3x. The first was in Butter ink, 1/4 turn and stamped in Narwhal, and a last 1/4 turn and stamped in White Shimmer.

You can find links to tips and tricks in the Celebrate You card description above.

“Thank” is die cut in black glitter paper. “You” is die cut with the interchangable inner O stacked hearts and layered… a lot. The “You” stack is 3/8″ thick and I love it! If I mail it, it will need a bit of padding, but it is oh so fun! I did 3 layers of Sticky Note cardstock, 2 of Narwhal and repeated until I had 2 sets of grey sandwiched between 3 sets of yellow.

I enjoy a touch of unexpected delight in a card, and these layers bring that in spades. Add a few sequins and you’ve got a thank you card that will surely brighten the recipients day!

Long live snail mail! Really folks, don’t just make them – mail them!

Click the pics below to check out week 1 and 2 projects for Concord & 9th’s May release #C9FeatureFriday posts.

Thanks to you all who have made it this far down my ramblings. I value your time too! I’m saying thanks today with a giveaway over on my Instagram here. Comment there with a friends name tagged and I’ll send you both a Chibitronics Circuit Sticker Intro Kit w/card. I’ll have it up by 9am pst, May 26th.

Thank you for visiting today. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

<3, Janette

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