Thinking Outside the Box – Carrier Caddy Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This months project is a Milk Carton Carrier – designed to carry 4 little Milk Carton Boxes.  As you will soon see, I took a slightly different path with my caddy and instead of milk cartons I turned mine into a stationery caddy to sit on a desk.  Once again this box could easily be upscaled to make a bigger version, in fact I made very large versions of this project several years ago and filled it with treats for a Quiet Night In Pack to give as Christmas gifts.

On one side of the carrier I created a longer rectangular box to hold bigger items like Sticky Note, or it would fit the sheets of rhinestones, pearls or enamel shapes that we have.

On the other side I created 2 smaller square boxes (just like cut down milk cartons really) which are just the perfect size to fit paper clips, library clips or loose embellishments!

You could easily mix up the sizes of the boxes to fit what you need – even create taller ones to hold pens, scissors etc – so many options!

I decorated my box using the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The little paper clips were created using the Tabs for Everything stamp set and the Circle Tab punch (I have had this stamp set for over a year and I think this is the first time I have used it – I will definitely be using it again now, it’s so cute and has so many options!)

To create the Milk Carrier base itself you will need:

2 pieces of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
Score each piece at 1″ on all 4 sides
Cut tabs, apply adhesive and assemble.  You will have 2 identical shallow boxes.

For the handle, cut 1 piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″
Round the top 2 corners
Punch or diecut the oval handle

Adhere one of the boxes to each side of the handle piece lining them up with the bottom.

To decorate with Designer Series Paper:
Cut 2 pieces measuring 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and round corners and punch/diecut handle.  Adhere to carrier handle – the DSP will go inside the boxes at the bottom.
Cut one piece 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and wrap around the sides of the boxes adhering as you go.

To Create the Inner Boxes
Rectangular box – Cut cardstock measuring 12cm x 16.6cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Square box – Cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 12cm x 12cm.
Score at 4cm on all 4 sides.
Cut tabs, fold and adhere

Well that’s it from me this month – I hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a go yourself!  Be sure to hop around the globe to see what the rest of the team have created for you – remember we each have a tutorial for you to try!  You can start with Beate in Austria!

Stamps: Tabs for Everything
Ink: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP
Other: Circle Tab Punch, Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies




Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar
 – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada



Guest Artist Notebook – Leigh Bourne

I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous notebook from my team member Leigh at On Stage a couple of weekends ago.  It is so gorgeous and so much work has gone into it that I totally needed to share it with you all

I love the colour combination Leigh chose and the way she has layered up all the different layers and elements – Doilies, Vellum, stamped images, Glimmer Paper and Glitter Enamel Dots, then finished off with the beautiful Burlap Ribbon and Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon along the rings!

Isn’t it amazing how something quite plain and mundane like a notebook can become something so sensational!  Thank you so much for the gorgeous gift Leigh – it is absolutely treasured!

Stamps: Falling Flowers
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Basic Black, Wood Textures DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Vellum, Delicate White Doilies
Ink: Berry Burst, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Other: Big Shot, May Flowers Framelit Dies, Celebrate You Thinlit Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, 5/8″ Peek-a-Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, 5/8″ Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

The gorgeous Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is NOT carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue so if you love this ribbon as much as I do get in quick and stock up before it is sold out – you can find it here!



Letterpress Sunshine

I taught the Letterpress Technique in this months technique class and this is the card we created.  This is a great way to stamp & emboss with any of your dies or punches and gives a lovely subtle embossed look!

Have you heard about our Colour Revamp and new style Ink Pad cases?  Do you have questions about how it all fits together?  Get all the answers in this video and start making your wishlist!  Remember if you want to stock up on any of the retiring colours – reinker/cardstock etc – then order as soon as possible as they will be the first things to sell out!

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey
Other: Big Shot, Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, Silicon Mat, Glitter Epoxy Shapes, Subtles Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents



Monday Make – Watercolouring Bird Banter

I completely missed pre-scheduling a post for today SO you get this weeks Monday Make video on the actual Monday!  It’s the school holidays here in NZ and my girls have enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games the last couple weeks, so today they decided to create a LEGO Commonwealth Games!  They have recreated most of the venues and now are holding competitions – such great imaginations!  Their happy creativity has allowed me to still create a video for you!

I decided to feature the Bird Banter stamp set today because it is so cute and it will be disappearing in just a few weeks time – yes it is on the Last Chance list so if you love this set as much as I do you will need to get in quick to order it!

I realised in the weekend that since the Stampin’ Blends were introduced I haven’t really done any watercolouring!  I LOVE watercolouring so it was time to bring it back!  The combination of Watercolour Paper, Aquapainter and Ink Pads is definitely one of my most favourite things – I love the amount of control I can achieve with the colour, and the way it kind of just glides over the card!

I deliberately let my balloon head over the edge of the card base – it adds an extra dimension to the card and is just fun.  Don’t forget that you can also use the small images in this set as embellishments by colouring and cutting them out – popped up on dimensionals they add great coordinated detail!  The Designer Series Paper I have used is the Tutti Frutti Stack from the Occasions Catalogue and this is also on the Last Chance list so don’t miss out on it’s bright, fun sheets!

Watch how I do my colouring in this weeks video:

Stamps: Bird Banter
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Tutti Frutti DSP Stack
Ink: Pool party, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Stazon Black
Other: Aquapainter, Glitter Epoxy Shapes




Beautifully Simple – Guest Artist Angie McKenzie

Today’s card is another stunner I received all the way from the United States – this time from Angie McKenzie.  I love how beautifully simple this card is – just embossing and a watercolour wash on lovely textured Watercolour Paper.  I shows just how effective a simple card can be – no fuss, no layers, no embellishments – just texture and colour!

Thanks so much for the lovely card and the warm wishes Angie!

Stamps: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Watercolour Paper
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party
Other: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter