My friend Cindy and I were playing with the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlit die a few weeks ago creating projects for the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat that we are hosting this month. With that on my mind I came up with the idea to make an apple! With school just starting and apple picking season upon us wouldn’t that little box be a perfect apple. A few weeks have passed by and I’ve been busy traveling as you may have noticed so I didn’t get to try to make an apple until this week. I decided to use it for one of my Stamper’s Club projects for Friday night. Look at how cute it turned out -
Here is how I made it:
- I cut the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit die out of Real Red card stock. You cut two pieces and glue the bottoms together – I used the new Fast Fuse adhesive – its sticky.
- Then I sponged all the edges with Cherry Cobbler ink and a Stampin’ Sponge. I wanted it to have some darker areas around the edges on the apple.
- I filled the inside of the box with caramels – of course.
- On the handle I tied some Pear Pizzazz ribbon.
- Stamped “hello Sweet Friend” in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White card stock and cut it with the oval shaped tag that comes with the box thinlits.
- I cut a leaf from Pear Pizzazz card stock using the small leaf die in the Fall Fest Framelits. Glued that to the base of my tag.
- I wanted to add just a little something else to the tag so I pulled out a Real Red candy dot and put that on it. But it made me think of a lady bug – so I decided sure – it can be a lady bug – I pulled out one of my Project Life journaling pens and added dots to the dot and two little antenna for the lady bug. Cute!
- I tied on my tag with some Real Red Bakers’ Twine.
It’s a quick project and super cute!
This was our longest day that we had – up early to board the train and didn’t finish the day and get to our next hotel until almost 11 pm at night. Another busy day so this one will be in more than one post too. We woke early to go board the Wilderness Express train. We took the train from Fairbanks to Denali. But it goes further than that too. It is a double decker train and the top is a dome so you can see out. The lower level was a restaurant – since we left early in the morning we ate breakfast on the train. The trains are privately owned but pulled by the Alaska Railroad. Each train car eats about 80 people on the upper level – we only had our group of 34 so there was plenty of room – and if we wanted everyone could even have their own window seat. The restaurant level seats 36 people – so that worked out that we could all eat together too!
Breakfast included Reindeer Sausage – which we were a bit unsure about but it was good. Also Blueberry Pancakes and birch syrup. Plus a bar upstairs for fancy coffee drinks and your morning alcohol. I opted for some yummy hot chocolate during the trip. And there was a host guide that talked and shared information with us along the trip.
The views were amazing. Since our car was the caboose I was able to go outside on the back of the train. It was great for taking photos. I spent much of my time out there watching Alaska go by. We traveled through the forests, past lakes, along the mountains, along the river, over bridges and through some really small towns.
That’s the whole train – I was standing outside on the back while we went around the curve so I could get the whole train. The last two cars are Wilderness Express cars.
I didn’t want to drop my cell phone – but I was able to get a selfie on the back of the caboose!
We found rafters out on the river. I bet they were cold.
Almost to our destination at Denali. The train station was right across the street from the park visitors center.
We arrived in Denali and all tell you about the rest of the days adventures in another post.
i would highly recommend this train ride. If we ever get to go again I’ll try to schedule us on a different section of the route.
Enjoy your weekend.
I created this fun surprise box using the new Stampin’ Up! Hamburger Box die. I used the Sea Street Designer Paper and coordinating stamp set. So it’s a summer themed box – perfect for say Red Lobster lovers…
This is the closed box tied with some ribbon and a little lobster tag on the top. Just slide the ribbon off to open the box and see the surprise inside.
I strung a piece of Baker’s Twine from the lid to the base and thread little banner pieces on it punched from the Sea Street Designer Paper. They are like little nautical flags. Here is another view
Put something fun inside your surprise box and give to someone you love!
The Hamburger Box is a bit awkward to assemble as the instructions indicate on the die. Each of the little corners is supposed to get folded in toward the inside of the box. i found it much easier – to snip one side of the corner and glue the piece to the inside of the box. I’ll try to get some photos of that to show you the difference. It was just much easier to assemble and I think it made for a more stable box.
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To finish up our first full day in Alaska we left the Riverboat and got on our tour bus. There were 34 people in our group. We drove out to see the Alaska Pipeline or the Alyeska Pipeline. Greg was tall enough to touch the pipe – me not so much. The things that go through the pipe are called pigs – they help improve the flow of oil through the pipeline.
This photo shows what the pig looks like inside the pipe. On the far left of the photo is an old retired pig – it was a scraper pig that they used when they first open the pipeline. Now they use the other one to help smooth the oil as it flows through.
We got back on our bus – her name was Sable. I thought it was odd to name the bus – but then you go somewhere and you see a whole line of buses and they all look the same and then you are glad that you know the name of your bus.
We headed to downtown Fairbanks for lunch and then a visit to the Cultural & Visitors Center. We found a BBQ restaurant – the northern most southern BBQ – it was good!
And then we ended our evening at a Salmon Bake. The weather was nice while we were in the city and at the Salmon Bake we even sat outside to eat dinner.
A busy day for us. And that was just the first day!
The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog which went live on August 28th has a brand new Gift Box Punch Board. One day I played around with it and made every size listed on the board – there are 15 different ones -
Then I decided to play around with it to create a little project for my August team meeting and I wanted to do the closure a little different. I used the Sea Street Designer Series Paper for these.
One one side I folded the flaps outward and then stapled them to the inside folds using our new Stampin’ Up! Stapler! Also in the Holiday Catalog – I’ve been using it a lot already.
The other two flaps were pulled up, hole punched, and ribbon pulled through. It could be like a hanger – you could make smaller boxes and they could be little tree ornaments or hang them on a garland for a countdown to Halloween or Christmas – fill them with something fun.
I decorated these boxes with the stamps from the Amazing Birthday stamp set. Check back tomorrow I hope to have another Alaska post and another stamping post. See you then.
I’m going to share some about our Alaska trip – some of what we did and what we saw and experienced. I would definitely recommend this trip and if you go to Alaska make sure to include the land portion of the trip – doing just the cruise you really don’t see Alaska.
We flew into Fairbanks – and they have a tiny airport – we are from Atlanta, Georgia area and we have a HUGE airport. So seeing the one tiny building and just 6 gates when we landed – I guess we weren’t getting lost in there! It was rainy when we arrived and transferred to our hotel. Even though we arrived late in the evening (later than planned) our tour guide – Megan – was still at the hotel waiting to meet us and give us the agenda and info for our first day. We stayed at the Sophie Station hotel which was nice and had gorgeous flowers outside.
On our first day we headed to the Riverboat Discovery Tour on the Chena River. This is the exert from their website and is exactly what we did – “Your three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. The Binkley family invites you to experience a slice of Alaskan life!”
Here are some photos -
We learned about the smoked salmon, the Iditarod , and how the Athabascan’s lived in the village. They even served smoked salmon dip on the riverboat – yum! The young girl – Laura Allaway – talking to us about the Iditarod will be a rookie – racing for the first time – she has already qualified to race. The race is in March 2015 – and it will be something that we will try to follow this time. This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it if you are in Fairbanks.
The other thing we did in the landing area was go into the 40Below room! If you look at the thermometer it was colder than 40 below – more like 50 below!
after we came out our glasses fogged up and took forever to clear so we could see again. So that was just our morning! I think I’ll save the rest of the day for another post.
I’ll also have a stamping related post in a little while – but thought you might like the Alaska stuff too.