Cupcake Boxes

Yesterday I went to visit my parents and my brother and his family.  We were trying to get together to celebrate 4 birthdays.  My sister-in-law, Tammy’s was in late January, my nephew’s was last week, my mom’s is tomorrow and my niece’s is next week.  Tyler and Ryan are out of school this week for winter break so they came with me and we took Haley.  Kyle had to go to school and Greg went to work.  As it turned out my brother was going out of town for business so I only got to say hi for a minute and I briefly saw Tammy because she was sick.

So for the 4 birthday’s I decided to make them each a cupcake box to go along with their gifts.  I got my niece and nephew Build-a-Bear gift cards so their boxes were decorated with the Stampin’ Up! Build-a-Bear die cuts.

Ally’s has the girl bears and a pink lid.  Noah has the boy bears and a blue lid.

I changed the boxes slightly from how I made them last year.  The other design seemed to be hard to get the cupcake out because you had to reach down into the box.  So I made these like an exploding box – so when you lift up the lid the sides fall down and you are left with the cupcake in the center sitting in the little stand.  For these Build-A-Bear boxes the bottom of the bears are attached to the outside of the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That left room for the lid to tuck behind their heads and arms.

For Tammy I made one using the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.  The colors actually matched the sweater and top I bought her – they were Cameo Coral and Summer Sun.

Cupcake box when it is open

I decided to wrap the cupcake in baggies and tie them with ribbon.  It was good that I did that since 3 year olds don’t really understand the concept of keeping the box upright.  Yummy, Yummy cupcakes!

All Supplies were Stampin’ Up! – the Build-A-Bear boxes used the Pawsitiviely Prints Designer Series Paper and the colors come from it – Pretty in Pink, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron.  The base of the boxes are Sahara Sand.  The bears are Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa and they are cut the with Big Shot and the dies along with the clothes.

Tammy’s box is Real Red and Summer Sun and I used the Whimsical Words stamp set for the tag.  Punch with the Wide Oval and then layered with two Tempting Turquoise Wide ovals.

I had one more for my mom – it was actually one I made last year and hadn’t given away – it used the Tall Tales DSP with the colors Old Olive, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.  It has the owl on the tag and birds on the sides.

It wasn’t a big celebration but we had it.

Late in the afternoon we had a real life version of Police Chases right in front of my parents house and we watched from the porch.  There house is almost at the end of a dead end street – it ends at a camp ground that is gated shut right now for the winter and then there is the lake.  Apparently the police were chasing a couple that made a bad decision when they picked this road to come down – when they got to the gate they got out of the car and ran into the park on foot.  A police car was chasing them and somehow at the same instant he came in this big truck was trying to turn out of the road before the house and to do that they had to swing wide across both lanes blocking the police car – who pulled into the ditch jumped out of the car and ran down the street after these people.  Apparently the girl wasn’t fast as he quickly caught her, cuffed her and brought her back up to his car.  After yelling a lot at the tucker he told them to “get out of here”.  Then more police came and eventually a K-9 unit came and they went on a search for the missing guy.  They finally found him, cuffed him and took him away.  By the time it was done I think we had 7 or 8 police/sheriff cars, an ambulance, an emergency truck from the fire station and a tow truck all lineup on the small road in front of my parents house.  It made for an exciting afternoon – and I’m just glad they caught who ever it was.  We were calling all the neighbors to tell them to lock their doors and stay inside – many of the people walk in the park including my parents – luckily we were there so they didn’t go for their afternoon walk.    Now I wonder what those people did wrong…

Anyway…..enough rambling from me.  Have a nice day!


Build-a-Bear Box

It is time for another challenge at Create with Connie & Julie.  This week our challenge was to create Kids Packaging.  The items we are featuring this week from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini and Sale-a-Bration brochure include – Something Sweet, Fox & Friends, and Picnic Parade stamp sets, and the Build-A-Bear collection.  I chose to create something with the Build-A-Bears – I have had lots of fun with them on other projects and this idea has been bouncing around in my head for a few weeks.

I think it really turned out cute…are you ready to see it?  It is a real WOW in person.  I wish you could see it in person.

The box is a nice size and you could use it for many different things.  Dress the bears in baby colors and use it for a baby shower.  Add the die-cut pieces for Easter and make them into Easter baskets, or some other holiday.  Use it for a teacher gift – cut top notes and have each student write a note to the teacher and put them all in the box – give it to her for teacher appreciation day or her birthday (or his).  Decorate the bears – like cheerleaders and football players or whatever sport your child is in for a coaches gift.  This could be lots of fun – just dress up the bears the way you need them.

Do you love it?  I have a tutorial for the members of Create with Connie & Julie.  It is available only on the Create site!  If you haven’t joined the class it is not to late – all the past projects are still there for you to see and we still have lots more to go.  Have fun and I hope you play along with the challenge on Create with Connie & Julie – remember to add your link to the post on the site so you can win prizes!!!  Every week we choose two winners from all the winners that play.  Good Luck!

A BIG congratulations to Sandra Hansen who took 1st place in last week’s sketch challenge and Lisa Martz who got 2nd place!  Congratulations ladies!

And here is a look at the rest of the Create team – 3 of us have tutorials this week but you have to me a class member to have access to them:





If you haven’t checked out the Create with Connie and Julie site yet now is the time to do it! We feature new Occasions Mini product every week.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our sites stay up long after the session is done so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit the Create with Connie and Julie site.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!

I Love You Beary Much – boy

I made another version of my Build-A-Bear card from yesterday – this one is my “boy” version – it uses the little boy bear.

My Build-a-Bear, Bella is modeling again.  The supplies are the same as yesterdays card.  I tried to use more Real Red and Chocolate Chip instead of the Pretty in Pink.

The shirt and shoes are paper-pieced.  I stamped the bear image using black stazon ink onto the patterned paper and then cut out the pieces that I wanted to use.  In this case the shirt and then the shoes.

I used my aquapainter to color my bear – using the classic ink.

He is holding a hand full of hearts to give to someone he loves!

I have another post coming right behind this one showing a scrapbook page I made last night with My Digital Studio.

Thanks for checking in today.

I Love You Beary Much

Finally I sat down to work on a challenge card – I had intended to do it earlier in the week but the week is getting away from me.  I haven’t used my Build-A-Bear set recently so I decided to pull that out and make a card that fit two different challenges again.  First is the sketch challenge from the Card Positioning Blog and second the Late Night Stampers group challenge – which was to create a Valentine (I forgot about the masculine twist – so I’ll try to make a boy card to match it a little bit later).

The sketch looks like this

And here is my card – Bella my bear is showcasing it for you!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used:

  • Real Red card stock and ink and marker
  • Chocolate Chip card stock and ink
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Close to Cocoa ink
  • Creamy Carmel ink
  • Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Beary Best Friends stamp set
  • Beary Nice Wishes stamp set
  • I {Heart} Hearts stamp set
  • Full Heart Punch
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Aqua painter
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

This also fits the Challenge on the Create with Connie & Julie class for this week.  If you are part of the class remember to leave a link to your Valentine creation on the Challenge post so you can have a chance to win a prize this week.  If you aren’t part of the class yet its not too late to join – Click Here for more details.  We have lots of great projects to share with you.

And I have some exciting news to share!!!

I got an email this morning from Stampin’ Up! – and this is what it said:

Good morning—and Congratulations!

I work in Shelli Gardner’s office at Stampin’ Up! and she has asked me to notify you that she has selected you as a SoShelli Creative Challenge winner, for the Neighbor Gift Challenge.

How exciting is that?!?  The project I entered were the tile coasters I made before the holidays – click here to see them.  If you want to go to Shelli’s blog (she’s the owner of Stampin’ Up! in case you didn’t know) and see all the challenge entries click here.  Here contest is open to anyone you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so check out her latest challenge and enter your creation.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Build-a-Bear 3×3 Thanks Yous

I made more 3×3 tags last night – quick and fun.  You can cut one sheet of 12×12 card stock into 16 3×3 pieces and make 16 quick tags.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Ballet Blue card stock
  • Confetti White card stock
  • Beary Best Friends stamp set
  • Beary Nice Wishes stamp set
  • Jet Black StazOn ink
  • Aqua-painter
  • Classic Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ballet Blue, So Saffron
  • 1/8″ hole punch

Have a Beary Fun Day!!

Build-a-Bear Color Match Game

Today is the day that the December issue of the Stampin’ Success magazine will be online and begin mailing.  I can’t wait to see it – why?  Because I should be in it! If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you will receive the magazine so look for me!  I can only think of one other time I was in a publication and it was our Annual Report for the company that I last worked for – but my picture showed the back of my head because the photographer liked my hair – so you couldn’t even tell it was me…anyway…..

I sent in my Build-a-Bear idea for thecmg-bears October contest (so I think I sent in actually in September) and it is getting published in the December issue as the winning entry for the Kidding Around contest.  I took my sleeping bag idea and turnecmg-instructionsd it into a Color Match Game for kids.  I made a sleeping bag using each of the colors in the Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper – “Green”, “Orange”, “Pink”, “Blue”, and “Yellow”.  Then I made a Build-a-Bear with matching pajamas for each sleeping bag.  I decorated one of the skinny tins that Stampin’ Up! has for sale in the clearance section of the online store.  The sleeping bags and bears fit inside.  I used My Digital Studio to create the instruction sheet that I attached inside the lid.   I don’t know what photos they will have in the magazine but here are the ones I took before I mailed it away.

I’m working on writing the instructions for the project.  So I’ll post that when I have those ready.  It was very exciting to win the contest and then have a phone interview.  I was very nervous and I think I babbled on about who knows what.  I’ll try to post the article here…

Ok I think I figured out how to get it copied out of the magazine so I can include here.

Here is the little article:

And in the same issue is a write-up on my upline Wendy Randall – a full page article!   And we got our first peek at the new Occasions Mini catalog – with NEW products!! And the new Sale-A-Bration catalog – you’ll want them all! And new Decor Elements too!  Oh my goodness I can’t believe they keep coming up with all these new things that I just have to have.

The dates for the Occasions Mini catalog are Jan 5, 2010 – April 30, 2010 and Sale-A-Bration will be Jan 5, 2010 – March 31, 2010.

Thanks for stopping by today – this is so exciting!


Build-a-Bear Tag Boxes

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share another project with you today using the Build-a-Bear product line.  And I wanted to let you know that my contest entry that I sent to Stampin’ Up! last month was a winner!  I got the email yesterday.  I took the little sleeping bag idea and turned it into a 3-d project by creating a kids Color-Match Game.  I’m not sure if I can show the project so I’ll wait on that for now.  It will be published in the December issue of Stampin’ Success Magazine – which is our demonstrator monthly magazine.  I’m having a phone interview next week – I’m excited and nervous too.  Anyway onto the project I’m sharing today.

Last weekend I participated in a Holiday Bazaar and this was one of the items that  I created to sell – it was one of the more popular items.  The idea came from one they showed us on stage at convention.  But the idea was just a little coloring kit and it was in a canvas bag.  I couldn’t find little canvas bags so I decided to use what I had here at home – card stock.  And when I went to the store to buy the little 8 packs of crayons – I discovered a 24 pack was only 25cents and the 8 pack was 3 time mores – so I bought the bigger boxes for less money.

BAB-tag-boxesThe box of crayons fits nicely in the Fancy Favor box Big Shot die so I cut those out of Old Olive card stock.  Assembled them and added a strip of card stock as a handle.  I attached the handle with brads.

My concept was a tag kit for kids.  I stamped the bears – Beary Best Friends- with various accessories – hat, balloon, flower, etc. on pieces of Whisper White card stock – I cut 2 sheet into 8 pieces each – so there were 16 tags for each box.  I added a greeting on each one using the matching set in the mini catalog – Beary Nice Wishes.  Punched a hole with the Crop-a-Dile and put them on a ring.  I tied a piece of ribbon on the ring.  The idea is that they can pick one that they need off of the ring – color it and then tie it onto a gift – they can add the to/from on the back and they’ll be set.

The front panel is stamped on the natural white card stock and water colored with the aquapainter and classic inks.  I layered each on a coordinating piece of card stock and put on the front of the box with dimensionals.

BAB-tag-box-sideI tied another piece of ribbon on each handle.  I thought they really turned out cute.  I plan to send one to my niece and nephew.  Too bad my kids have already outgrown the Build-a-Bears.  But I sure am having fun with them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have a Beary nice day!