Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Becky's Tote-ally Awesome Tote is Now Available For Orders

Becky's Tote-ally Awesome Tote Tutorial is now available for purchase!


The tutorial contains 26 pages of step by step cutting instructions and color photos for completing the tote, 4 cards, Post It note pad, pen and bookmarks shown in the photo above. The tutorial will be e-mailed to you within 12 hours of ordering.

If only ordering this tutorial, select the Buy Now button from the side bar. If ordering this tutorial with others, you can go to the 'order tutorials' page and use the Shopping Cart option.

Remember that ordering through PayPal does not mean you have to have a PayPal account, you can use a regular credit or debit card there too. If you would like to send me a personal check, please e-mail me.

A Name Has Been Selected!!

I'm so overwhelmed by your enthusiasm...I had no idea that many people would take the time to comment! Thank you! I've selected a name and the tutorial will be released tonight!!!
Your excitement has been exhilariting and sometimes hilarious.
I'd like to share a few comments with you that made me laugh.
Shelly said...
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this bag was Mary Poppins. You know, her carpet bag that had all these magical things in it. You could call it the magic carpet bag.
Ellie said...
Monique said...
You can call it the GOTTA HAVE IT BAG! Because this is a bag THAT I HAVE TO HAVE!!!! Love it! Great Job!!!!!!!!
Karen B said...
What an amazing collection. The paper is perfect and I love your added dimension to the flower pots and plants. Well here goes....Call it"Sisterhood of the travelling plants"
Anonymous said...
I can't really say anything that the others haven't.....I LOVE it too! I'm kind-of a DORK.....I thought about a name.... BOB (Becky's Original Box) "Um, yes, I'd like to buy the instructions for BOB."You could host a BOB Swap. Be sure to tell everyone BYOB, Bring Your Own BOB!!Told ya I was a DORK! *Ü*Beverly C.
Tandra said...
"Have Cardcase-Will Travel"What a totally fabulous tutorial! Gorgeous projects!
Anonymous said...
What a cute box/tote/bag etc!!Let's see..B square (except maybe with the 2 in upper r corner of the "B") Here a Box, there a box, everywhere box! Box ETC "Tote"ally Yours So cute!!Hope J
These imaginations were on overdrive!
A couple of others that I really like were:
Studio 52 said...
Becky this is so cute and i love the paper...."Suited for the Occasion" is my name....
Diane said...
Too Cute! I would call it "A "TOTE" OF MANY COLORS"..that way it could be used for year round and all occasions....great project! I want!I want.....LOL!
Anonymous said...
even better - 'Becky's Boxabilities' i think the title should include your name! Erin
Kendra said...
I think you should call this adorable item the "FabYOUlous Bag" (or Tote, etc.) That way YOU can design it to be whatever YOU would like it to be....diaper bag, purse, garden tote etc. It's up to YOU! How fun! Can't wait to get this in my hot little hands! You have such a gift! Kendra
On the short list was Tote-ally Chic Notes & Tote, Tote-ally Me!, Tote-ally Chic Designer Bag, but my final decision is.......
Becky's Tote-ally Awesome Tote
As always,
this is an e-mail tutorial
available tonight (check back for the Buy Now button and further instruction) cost is $3.95
all orders will be sent within 12 hours of ordering
Thank you all for your input, that was fun!
I'll be sending a free copy to Paula!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ready For Another Tutorial?

This is a sneak preview of my newest tutorial I will be releasing mid week.!!
I have to figure out what to call it. Any suggestions? If you would like to give me a few ideas, I'll choose the one I love and send you a complimentary copy!
I designed this around the Gardner's Bag idea with all the pockets for 'tools'. I thought this would make a lovely Mother's Day gift. As I play with it more, I'm finding it would make a darling diaper bag , kids travel bag, birthday party in a bag, etc. I'm so excited every time I get another use for it! I'll be posting some of those photos as soon as I get them made. The possibilities are endless!
The tutorial will be the same $3.95 price.
It will include instructions and step by step photos for making the bag with three pockets on the front and one pocket on the back. Instructions for the post it note book, pen, and all 4 cards are included too.
Back side

Open view

Sound like something you would like to make for a special gift? It is surprisingly VERY easy...I hate complicated things with crazy measurements and if you have ordered from me before, you know the directions will be clear and easy to follow.

OK, I'm off to finish the tutorial for a mid week release.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Big Shot Purse

I made this little purse as a hostess gift. It has Stampin' Up! paper clips and an incentive stamp inside as a thank you for hosting a show.
Thank you nuznanny on SCS for the great idea! You can see her purse here.
Cut 2 Top Note die cuts with the Big Shot and one large Scallop Circle. I used my Coluzzle circle cutter to cut the circle inside the scallop because my brand new fancy circle cutter from SU! is on back order, hmmmph! Cut off a slight bit of the Top Note on the bottom so it stands up on it's own. Sandwich them between a box. I think this one was about 3 1/4" x 1" x 2 1/2" tall. Score the scallop die to fit over the top and adhere with Sticky Strip. I used Velcro for a closure and added a button from Button Bouquet.

Bottles of Stampin' Mist for each guest that made a purchase. Bottles are from www.sks-bottle.com. Order number 0028-26 and they hold 1 oz.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Perlene's Show

These are the projects I'll be demonstrating at Perlene's show Friday night.

Three cards and a box.

Sale-A-Bration set Botanical Blooms

Shadowing with Upsy Daisy

Paper piecing and creative folding with Humor In High Heels

This will be one of the make-n-takes.

Four Hershey Nugget box with transparency paper slider.

This is a make-n-take too!

Monday, February 16, 2009

When Do The Kids Go Back To School??

It's been a long President's weekend having the kids home Friday and Monday...and dad too. I'm trying to get some stamping done for my show this Friday and they just won't cooperate with me. They keep wanting to go places and and have friends over and eat, eat, eat!

Botanical Blooms Sale-A-Bration set. I used Always Artichoke, So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant
I'm not complaining about my favorite Branch Out set, but they are starting to all look alike. I think I need to branch out a bit...ha, ha!

This is what happens when you go to the mall and leave dad in charge. Dad was upstairs working on taxes and Nicholas was a little bored!! Pardon the mess, Ben was working on homework & I was doing laundry.

I knew when I got a phone call asking me to pick up more string cuz he used it all, I was in trouble. There was this elaborate trap set for me at the door when I came in. He has been perfecting this technique for years...at least string is cheap :o)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sip By Sip

Why oh why oh why did I buy this set? I love the coffee cups and so want a decent SU! coffee set, but this one isn't cutting it for me! Talk about hard to work with...sheesh!
This chick need some serious help. You either get an all black ink image or you have to paper piece and marker it. Way more work that it's worth. Yeah, I'm complaining.... But I do love her blinged out diamond ring ;)

Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, Rockabilly Specialty DSP
Stamp Set: Sip By Sip
Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pen, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and Scallop Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Stamp Set: Sip By Sip
Accessories: Top Note Die Cut, Big Shot, Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain, Stampin' Sponges, 1/4" Circle Punch, Crystal Effects

The idea for this card came from a beautiful card I found on SCS here.

Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Sip By Sip
Accessories: Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Button Bouquet Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pens

Thank you Ruthie B. for this wonderful award.


Straight from the Netherlands...a Valentine's Milk Carton by Eveline

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Few More Valentine's Gifts

I'm making a few Valentine's Days gifts for the kids teachers. The bottles are from SKS. Their website is http://www.sks-bottle.com/ . They are called 4 oz Flint Glass French Squares w/ aluminum lined caps. Order # is 4055-07 The are about 4 1/2" tall and about 1 1/2" wide.

I've had them for a really long time and forgot about them until I saw a cool project done with them the other day. I thought individual bottles of candy might be a fun change from what I usually do.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Candy Lane DSP.
Stamp Set: Happy Heart Day
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Coluzzle Oval Cutter, Trio Flowers and Boho Punches, Rhinestone Brads

These little boxes perfectly hold 4 Hershey Nuggets.

The box bottom cardstock size is 3 1/4" x 3 7/8", score at 5/8" all around. The slider top is transparency paper cut to 5 3/4" x 2 3/4". I don't remember the exact measurements for scoring it but this is my twisted logic as to how I got the score measurements. Score at 5/8", slide that score mark to 2 1/16", slide that score mark to 5/8" and that score mark to 2 1/16". It leaves you with about 1/4" left over to put Sticky Strip on.

Don't ask me if that doesn't make sense, I could have been delirious in my quest to finish Valentine's Day! ;)
Thank you
Shirley at http://ditzydaisystampin.blogspot.com/ for this award. I was also awarded this same award again by Tammy at http://serendipitysisters.blogspot.com/
Thank you ladies!

More creative and cute Milk Cartons to share!

Dayanna Donng's blog

Kerry Schwenneker's blog

Two by Sharon Maranich. Here is the link to her blog

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Crazy Husband!

I do have a nice card to share with you before I show you my crazy family!

Once again, playing with my Branch Out stamp set. This one uses flowers from the Trio Flower punch and the kitty from All In The Family. I REALLY love this set!!


OK, now on to my crazy family...well mostly my husband!
Years ago when the boys first started playing baseball, George thought it would be funny to pitch the pumpkins to them at the end of the fall season. Needless to say it has become a bit of a season-end tradition. This year, living in Idaho, the pumpkins froze and it snowed before we had the chance to play pumpkin baseball so we kept them in the garage until a nice day came along.

Dad lined them up and the boys went crazy with excitement

Benjamin hit it right on!

Nicholas blasted the pumpkin to smitherines!!!

After smashing 4 pumpkins each, you would not believe the mess in the backyard. Somehow cleaning up the mess wasn't as fun as making it :)
Now did I tell you I have a crazy husband?!! Gotta love him!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dear Friend Stationary Packet

A little something for a special 18th birthday. I used Lauren Meader's Timeless Template Tag Along Tote to create this little gift package. It is the same template I used on the front of the Cupcake Take Along I posted earlier.

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: All Holidays, Thank You Kindly

Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Pink Pirouette & Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, New 5/8" Brads in Chocolate Chip, Painterly Petals flowers from Craft Warehouse, Bella Rose DSP, Basic Gray Magnets

You can add pockets to the outside or inside or both for a fun carry along. I used a note pad and pen inside and only one pocket. This is such a versatile little pattern, I can think of lots of ideas with this one...you may see it again ;)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Gable Box

I wanted to make Valentines' Boxes using these cute little test tubes, so I took the original pattern and idea posted on SCS here and changed it a bit to accommodate what I put inside.

I filled my boxes with 3 small Trendy tubes from Papertrey Ink stuffed with Valentine candy on one side and four 3x3 notes and envelopes on the other side.

I used the little lamb from Pun Fun for the cards and the tags. Candy Lane DSP on the cards. The hearts on the tubes are made using the Heart to Heart punch and silver elastic cord.

I used my new favorite stamp set, Branch Out for the cover of some of the boxes.

On others, I cut a rectangle leaving a 1/2" border out of the front and put a piece of transparency paper inside for a see-through look.

Here's how I made it...

Start with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock. Score along the 11" side at 1/2", 4", 5 3/4" and 9 1/4". Rotate cardstock and score the 8 1/2" side at 1 3/4" and 6".

Cut on the score lines up to the intersecting score lines as shown. Instead of just cutting a straight line up the score, I take a small 'v' shape out to remove some of the bulk in folding it up. Also, cut out the extra part as shown on the photo for the little flap on the left side of this photo.

Cut cardstock 3 3/8" x 2 1/4". Score on the two long sides at 1/2". This is the holder for the tubes. Punch 3 holes with the 1" circle punch. I used prepunched shapes as a pattern for even spacing.

Cut cardstock 5 1/4" x 3". Score at 1/2" and 1" on both short sides and one long side. Trim excess from corners as shown in the photo. Fold on score lines, assemble as shown and add Sticky Strip to the back side. This is the pocket for the 3x3 cards and envelopes.

Peel Sticky Strip and attach the pocket for the 3x3 cards and envelopes to one side of the INSIDE of the box. Peel Sticky Strip from ONE side only of the tube holder and attach to the other side of the box, again, remember you are working on the inside.

Apply Sticky Strip to the little closing flap, add test tubes and 3x3 cards & envelopes. Peel the tape on the remaining side of the test tube holder and close the box. Now peel the tape on the closing flap and seal the box closed...forever and forever so make sure it's straight ;)

I decorated the outside of the box with a 2 1/2" wide strip of Bella Rose polka dot paper before adding the Branch Out tree. You can decorate them anyway you want...have fun!