Saturday, October 26, 2013

Swirlydoos and eP stacked boxes tissue cozy when I hear the word cozy...I get a little gaggy. Isn't that something that your grandmother crocheted for every kitchen appliance she had? Don't forget the crocheted flowers too ;)

So when I saw a cozy and the words "that's a great idea" came out of my mouth...I felt like perhaps I had been possessed. (this is the part where my head spins around)

Wait...let me explain. I love pinterest (don't we all) and I was just sitting there when this cozy came across my feed. This lady had created the cutest (but a little plain) tissue box cozy that looked like a nice neat stack of books. What a great present for my twins' teacher!

Now I KNOW that I could do something like that Andiepants style so I found another image of altered stacked boxes/drawers that looked like random stacked books with lots of shabby and lots of chic. 


I was going to make a tissue box cozy that looked like random stacked books. I was going to take the main idea from each and combine them to altered box!!!!


*pausing for applause* how did I make this adorably shabby piece of art?!

Here's a step by step video

and here are printed instructions with photos. 

First I started with poster board. Cut a strip that is about 7" tall x 21.5" long. Starting at one end score at every 5.25" inches. This should leave a 1/2" strip at the end. *Crafty Andie's hot tip: Instead of 7" tall you can make it a tad shorter which will allow you to cover the box using one piece of 12x12 cut in half. Just measure your tissue box.

1. Along each score line measure 1/2" down from the top. Use a ruler/yard stick to connect the bottoms fo these 1/2" lines and then score along this line.  Cut down on each 1/2" line. These you will fold in to make the top of the box.

2. Fold your box together and apply glue to the 1/2" flap. Fold each one of the small 1/2" flaps and glue them to one another. You should now have a box that will cover a tissue box.

3. Decide what sizes you would like your "books". I chose 7"x5.75", 7"x8", and 8x8.5" *Crafty Andie's hot tip! Don't make the top book too small. I ended up with a very small edge to work with which made it very difficult. Next time I would make it a little larger.

4.Once you have figured your sizes, go ahead and cut 2 pieces of posterboard for each size. One piece for the top and one piece for the bottom. You can use a thicker chipboard for this step if you wish your "books" to be a tad sturdier.

5. Organize your "books" starting with the largest on the bottom. figure how you would like them skewed (or lined up straight). Place your tissue box on top to make sure that 1. the "books" will fit around the tissue box and 2. nothing is hanging off the edge. Use a pencil and trace the tissue box on the top book, trace the top book onto the center, and trace the center book onto the last book. *hot tip: because the posterboard bowed outward on the box, I used the box to mark my corners then used a ruler, measured the actual length of the box, and use my ruler and measurements to draw out the shape on the top "book".

6. Use reposition-able adhesive and adhere your book tops to the bottoms. (so when you cut out the square they won't wiggle)

7. Use an exacto knife and cut out the hole for each book set.

8. Now it's time to cover your books. I only had 1 piece of each paper so I had to try to cover both sides of my book. GET 2 SHEETS OF EACH PAPER!!! Trust me on this one.

10. Once all the pieces of your books have been covered, edge them with ink for a semi-distresssed look.

11. Use Mod Podge or Matte medium to wrap your tissue box.

12. Cut the pieces for your book bindings. I did 3 inches for the large one and 2" each for the smaller. Make sure you add an inch overlay for each cover. binding for my big book would be 8.5" long by 5" wide. Punch the corners for a decorative look.

13. Adhere the bindings with the 1" overlap. If the binding pieces overlap into the hole for the box, use and exacto knife to cut them out. 

14. Slide your finished books onto your box and adhere them bottom to top. Then them to the edges of the tissue box. Use a bullet level to make sure they are straight.

15. Adhere your top 

16. Embellish with gorgeous eP embellishments and Swirlydoos flowers and bling and you're done!!!

Papers are by Jillibean soup. You can get some adorable Jillibean embellies from the eP store! Just click on the link under Enabling your obsession to view the full store!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and I hope you decide to try one for yourself.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Mixed Media Layout

As my time on the Swirlydoos team winds to a close, the fall weather blows in to Michigan. Warm days mixed with cold morning, frost on the grass and car in the morning, a biting wind blowing through your ears, and gorgeous colors all over the trees and blowing to the ground. 

I had the honor of hosting a most welcomed house guest last weekend. Of course she was one of my swirly girlies and what would a swirly get together be without pictures. She took this gorgeous picture of my daughter and me walking down by the creek...and it was beautiful.

Of course I used the October Swirlydoos kit with those gorgeous papers by Bo Bunny. The chipboard is Dusty Attic and the banner is from the coordinating but outs through Bo Bunny. The flowers are by Prima and were not included in the kit but were a part of my stash. 

I started by printing the photo on transparency and blending the photo into the paper. I then used my Donna Downey stencil from eclectic Paperie and my Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to add the damask over the photo and blended area. The blue texture is Shimmerz 3D paint.

This gorgeous chipboard piece is treated with the Stampendous embossing enamel in aged black.

Here you can see the title I added with my Silhouette Cameo.

Hope you enjoyed this layout as much as I did making it. I hope it inspires you to go something messy;)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Swirlydoos Round Robin

Who doesn't love a good round robin challenge?

I've posted previous submissions and this month I got to follow the wonderful Kathi. This woman has more talent in her big toe than I have in my entire body!!!

The twist for the round robin this month was shadows....however you interpret that. So...I scrapped my sweet shadow Buddy.

I titled it Wonderful because Buddy is most definitely a wonderful dog. 

I used the leftover papers from the Swirlydoos tech kit this month in addition to one piece of the Base Coat II line.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Swirlydoos is Proud to Present The Sweetest Thing

Welcome to Swirlydoos' October Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from Angelica's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

 I never thought in a million years that I would be designing for Swirlydoos and now my time has come to an end. It has been a whirlwind.  This is my farewell blog hop. Thank you all for the support and lovely comments left on my blog during the hops. If you want to become a follower just click the link over to the right. This is definitely not the last you've heard from Andiepants!

And what a gorgeous kit as my send off from Swirlydoos.This kit is over the top yummy this month! The pinks, and blues, and teal greens, and mustard yellows, all blend into this wonderful harmonious melody of scrappiness that just sings to the senses. 

Of course what Swirlydoos kit would be complete without our lovely sketch:

And my take on the sketch
The title of this one is "I love you"

And of course let's not forget the tech kit!!! This month I had the pleasure of altering the mini tall boy from Kaisercraft. Be warned...this is picture heavy!!! Lol

These super yummy Prima flowers and Melissa Frances frames made the perfect focal point for the top.

Here I have painted the wood piece in spicy tomato silks glaze. Yes, I adhered it upside down. I liked it better this way ;)

Here is a photo of the side and back. That stamp is from the Swirlydoos kit March 2013. See what you are missing?!

a better view of the back

Another view of the top. The frame and flower collage had to be three dimensional so it looked good from all sides.

And after all that here is a step by step video on how I altered this piece.

If you missed out this month make sure you subscribe so you never have to miss another kit! Thanks for stopping by, for the lovely comments, and keep some paint on your elbows. 


You have until midnight, eastern time, on 10/5 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Sunday 10/6. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : THE

The party continues over at Irene's blog. Have fun!

Here is the order and blog addresses:

Swirlydoos: CLICK HERE
Angelica: CLICK HERE 
Luminarte: CLICK HERE