Friday, April 8, 2016

Bee Happy Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Bee Happy Blog Hop

We are buzzing with joy!! It's Spring, the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing! So happy you decided to join us in this fun bee themed blog hop today!

You should have buzzed on over from MIRANDA's bee hive. If not the Queen bee is Connie Can Crop and she is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

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A Card-in-a-Box - My First
A special card making pal was recently singing the joys of a card-in-a-box; she saw this on Pinterest.  I decided to try this style of card so I watched a ton of video tutorials and discovered that each one had different card element measurements so I had to decide which was going to be right for me.  I have to say before I actually made one I was very timid about creating the "Z" bands for the inside.  Not to worry - that was easy-peasy!!

After I made this I decided to try cutting out the elements with my Cameo - another great idea as there are many, many cards-in-a-box at the Silhouette store.  Thirdly, I purchased a Sizzix die set for a c-i-a-b and tried it out last night.  I personally like cutting these out with my Cameo but if I had to pick from the other two choices I would rather do the measuring and cutting myself.  I normally love Sizzix dies but this one was not a great investment.

  So - bottom line, one can cut this using a paper trimmer, scissors, and a score board OR let the Cameo do your cutting OR use a die set - three choices, but first you need to determine if this style of card is something you'd like to make (again and again).  I loved it!! You can fit it in a regular envelope for mailing and it is not some simple (a third-grader could make) card so it shows creativity, time-spent, and skill .  Give it a try if you've never made one.

A great visual c-i-a-b tutorial I found is HERE.  I will post the specifics and steps at the end of this blog if anyone wants to cut and paste the instructions.

Now onto Bees!! You Are Sweet As Honey!
So I made my C-i-a-b and I had to be mindful of bee colors so my card base was Stampin Up "so saffron" and my designer panels were black Graphic 45. My recommendation for this card style is use a nice sturdy card stock for the base - the idea of the card is to be displayed so you want something that will stand up, not pucker or fall down on the job!

I have one set of bee stamps from CTMH so I inked them on watercolor paper, colored them with alcohol-ink markers, cut them out, inked the edges, used the sentiment that came with the set, and adhered them to the three panels for interest.  My two focal bees (those adhered to the Z panels of the card) were from Paper Piecing by Nikki.  This is a delightful set of bears disguised as bees - too cute!!  Liquid Pearls also add dimension, color, and interest.

I had to show off my Cutter Bee scissors - my go-to pair for anything I need to fussy cut!

 Up next is LISA

Here's our line up in case you get lost.

A set of instructions for a Card-in-a-Box:
1 piece of card stock cut at 9 x 5 ½”.  Score along 9” side at 2 1/8", 4 ¼", 6 3/8", and 8 ½".  Turn a quarter turn and score at 2 ¾”. 

1 piece of card stock cut at 3 1/8 x 3 1/8”.  Score at ½” and 2 5/8”, then cut in half so you have 2 pieces of card stock with score lines on either end.  These pieces will act as the “bridges” to hold up your elements.

7 pieces of card stock for the panel layers cut at 1 7/8 x 2 ½” and 7 pieces of Designer Series Paper cut at 1 5/8 x 2 ¼”.  Cut 3 pieces from one pattern and 4 pieces from another pattern.  1 piece of card stock for back panel cut at 1 7/8 x 5 ¼” and 1 piece of Whisper White/Very Vanilla card stock for back panel layer cut at 1 5/8 x 5”.  You can stamp a greeting on this or sign your name.  Coordinate either Whisper White or Very Vanilla based on the color scheme of the Designer Series Paper.

Step 1:  Cut on the 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8", and 8 1/2" score lines up to the 2 5/8" horizontal score line.  Remove piece as shown to create tab to make the box.  Angle corners of tab for easy assembly.

Step 2:  Add Sticky Strip to the tab and form box.  Attach back panel to back of card, closest to the seam.  The back panel does NOT get folded.

Step 3:  Gently fold the 3 panels down.  

Step 4:  Use Sticky Strip on the tabs of the bridge or Z pieces, and attach to the inside of the box.  Make sure the bridges are inside the box and divide the space into thirds.  These bridges are what you will use to attach stamped elements to the card.

Step 5:  Attach panels to the card -- the 3 with one pattern of Designer Series Paper go along the bottom of the card, and the remaining 4 go on the remaining panels.



Christi Steinbeck said...

This is simply adorable! Wonderful work!

ike said...

OMGoodness - your box card is just divine !!!! For your first one it is amazing and your colouring totally rocks.:-D
I prefer to measure and cut them by hand - much less of a fiddle for me than using my cutting machine :-)

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Denise S. said...

Great job on your first one. I love making box cards because they pack so much wow factor.

Angela Corcoran said...

WOW!!! you rocked this card! it is amazing!

Katydid Cards said...

Wonderful, wonderful card! It definitely warms my hear! So fun hopping with you, as always!

Sharon ~ A Piece Of Heart said...

I love it! Such attention to detail and the outcome is fantastic. These box cards always intimidate me but you've done a great job!

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Claudia Henderson said...

Box cards are so trendy right now and your's is simply marvelous. Lot's of detail. Thank you for sharing

Theresa Knopf said...

Amazing box card!

Jennifer Earley said...

wow, what a box! love all of the details!

Golden Goddess Designs said...

your details are amazing!

great job!


Amanda Rhodes said...

I love the sleeping bee and all the bright colors!

Veronica Tovar said...

Wow, amazing surprise box. All cuts are adorable. great job. TFS and good luck in the draw. Thank you for hopping along.

M Samuelson said...

Super Ah-Dorbz!! TFS

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your box is super adorable! I love it!!

Connie Wallenbrock said...

This is wonderful! I can't believe it's your first ciab. So pretty! I love it! Especially the bears and those bee stamps. Great choices!

Rebecca said...

So cute

Miranda said...

What an awesome box card!!!! TFS

Daphne/Scrapsofstuff said...

LOVE this. I saw a couple of ladies making these at the last crop I attended. They are so adorable. I love the cute bees on yours. TFS

Sunflower Holli said...

This is beautiful!

Lisa Frederick said...

Super CIAB!!! I "might" try one... They look delightful. I love yours and all the detail. Fabulous! It was great buzzing with you!

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