VIDEO: How to Wow – Quick Treat Box

It’s Thursday, and lots of you already know it’s time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! The “O”s are in the house, and I’ve got a fun little treat box project that you’ll be able to make in just a few minutes with my How to Wow video.

I was intrigued by the box for “gift” (Lower left corner), so, I knew that’s where this week’s project would start. A while back, I saw an ad on Facebook for these cute gift boxes that unfolded into a card, and were big enough to hold a small gift. I watched the video quite a few times, then decided that I could probably make the same thing if I tried. So, with that little idea, and a nudge from TTTC to come up with a “gift”, I started experimenting.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not always successful with an idea on the first try. BUT, this time, I was able to create this box in one go. Woo hoo! That really tells you how easy this little box is. It will be one of those quick projects that you come back to over and over.

Let’s take a few minutes to learn how to make the box itself. Then, I’ll give you some other tips for this specific project.

Are you making these little boxes already?! They can’t be any easier!!

Here’s a few other tips about this specific box

  • I stamped the balloons and stars on the tag in a random way – stamping off to get some different shades of Berry Burst. Then, to soften it all, I did a little sponging with a sponge dauber. Remember – not a lot of ink! We want hints of shading, not big swirls.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the tag, and inside of the box with Basic Black Archival Ink. It’s a deep black and will give you crisp lines, which is perfect for this graphic stamp set. I do like to set my Archival stamped images aside for an extra minute to make sure they’re completely dry. Or if I’m in a hurry, I’ll use my Heat Tool.
  • Have fun with the inside! This would make a great group card as there’s lots of room for people to sign. Add pictures and stamping – anything goes!

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Simple Packaging for PPA279

On Monday I attended a holiday dinner with some other local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. It was a small group, but we had a lot of fun, and a holiday gift exchange. I just happened to use the same colors in my gift packaging that we’re featuring at Pals Paper Arts this week!

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Here’s the cute gift box I made:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA279): Lots of Joy, Gold Sequins Trim, Thick Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #packaging

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From Scrap to Spectacular!

I had two bins full of retired product – lots of it was holiday stuff. So, this year, for my 2nd annual Tag-a-Palooza, I used it all to create gift tag kits. Today’s gift tag was one of them, so if the paper doesn’t look familiar, that’s because it’s retired. BUT, the stamp set, Lots of Joy, is current and in our Annual Catalog.

My Favorite Box Tool

I DO have the Box Punch Board, but there’s lots of times that I need a different size than what it allows. That’s where the Box Buster online tool comes in real handy! You can make hundreds of different sized boxes using the ENVELOPE Punch Board and the instructions from the site. Just put in your desired length, width and height and you’ll get the right size paper to cut, along with the punch and score measurements. I’ve been using the tool for a few years, and thought I really need to share with you. Here’s the link:

A Little Bling for a Lot of Wow!

So, I decided against using “Gold Foil” like the color challenge indicated, and instead, added some pops of shimmer with a tiny gold glimmer paper punch, but more importantly, a swath of gold sequins trim. I love adding a few inches to a bow or knot to add some instant elegance. How do I keep the sequins from falling off the ends? I use a lighter to melt the threads together so the sequins stay securely in place.

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Throwback to Celebrate the Big Buckeye WIN!

Hi everyone! I didn’t have a lot of time to post today, but I wanted to get this out there… I was up super late last night watching the Ohio State / Alabama football game, and I’m just so thrilled that my Buckeyes won!

I thought it would be the perfect time to share a little project I did few years back, but never posted. I have a fellow papercrafter friend who is talking about getting her husband tickets for the National Championship game – maybe this souped-up gift tin would work for her!

By Nicole Watt; 1/2" Circle Punch, Hello, Lovely, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die; For more details, click through to my blog! @PMRetreat #stampinup #gobucks

By Nicole Watt; 1/2" Circle Punch, Hello, Lovely, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die; For more details, click through to my blog! @PMRetreat #stampinup #gobucks


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Unleash Your Creativity! I love these little metal tins! They retired from Stampin’ Up! a few years ago, and I hoarded a whole bunch of them 🙂 And, they’re a great way to think outside of the box, or a gift card envelope! I go totally overboard with these and make pop-up creations. This time it was a total pop-up stadium.

The Internet is your friend… I went online and got a nice outline of Ohio Stadium and even printed out a Block O. It was easy to trace and cut the stadium, and just cut out the “O” That certainly saved a lot of time and added that personalized touch.

Symbolize: The little circle people are just 1/2″ circle punches. The arrows (from Hello, Lovely) were used to denote where we’d be sitting for the game. Lastly, I used some Coord’nations paper to mimic the field and the Typeset Bigz letters to represent those huge flags the cheerleaders run around with. The whole thing folds flat with the help of some tabs, so it’s a total surprise! Of course, the tickets are tucked away behind the stadium for safe-keeping…

That’s just the inside…. Of course, I couldn’t just hand over a plain silver tin… I did decorate the outside too…

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This part was definitely a lot of fun too – I hinted at what might be inside with some little buckeyes in the corner 😉

Of course, if it’s not a Christmas gift you’re after, I did some punch art of Brutus Buckeye many years ago…

stampinup stampin up Stampin' Up! Nicole Watt Ohio State Buckeye Brutus 2011


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Pals Blog Hop: Spring Has Sprung!

2014marhop_badgeWelcome to the Pals March Blog Hop. This month we are excited to kick-off Spring with our creative projects. We hope enjoy these creations and we hope Spring finds you soon!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards, number 29 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

As I shared in my quick Facebook comment yesterday, I’ve got a spectacular project for you today!

By Nicole Watt; For the March 2014 Pals Blog Hop. Get a FREE .svg cut file download to make your own 3D bunnies! @NMWatt #stampinup #pixelmaven

Holy Moly!!! Would you look at this cute Spring/Easter spread! It was all easy to do with Stampin’ Up! products, and my e-cutter!IMG_2465

The flowers were made with the Petite Petals Punch (glued onto a base of circle die cuts), the Spiral Flower Die and my new Fringe Scissors!

IMG_2461The card was easy peasy with a Crisp Cantaloupe base, Sweet Sorbet DSP (a Sale-a-Bration exclusive), and some white-embossed flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set (bundled with the Pansy Punch and get 15% off!!). The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.


Last but not least, let’s talk about these cutie patootie bunnies! My mom was looking for something like this, but cheaper. She’d seen some made out of wood, and knew that I’d be able to come up with something using my Silhouette. She was right! I found two rabbit JPEGs and was able to doctor them up in my Silhouette software to make them into a 3D design! AAANNNDDD, if you have an e-cutter, I have the file for you to use FREE!!

All you do is cut the file three times. First, cut out a piece of cardstock. Then cut out two more pattern sets using your favorite DSP. If you want all the sides to be the same color, you’ll want to flip your DSP over before cutting so you get a mirror image to cover the back.

Once you have all the pieces cut, then glue the DSP to the cardstock, and fit the two pieces together. I used some pieces of Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape to keep the two pieces together correctly. And, voila! A 3D bunny just perfect for your Spring decorating needs!

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The next stop is Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine, number 31 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

  1. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  2. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  3. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  4. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  5. Martie Pollard at Crafty Bandit
  6. Goldie Shaul at Punch and Stamp with Goldie
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  12. Christine Winslow at Grandma’s Stamping Corner
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  16. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  17. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  18. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  19. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  22. Amy Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  23. Maria Flores at Maria’s Sandbox
  24. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  25. Christie Crosby at Stampin’ Creativity
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  30. Nicole Watt  at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  31. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine

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Success from Project Failures (but no video) :(

Woo Hoo!! Three-day weekends are FANTASTIC! I hope you get to enjoy some extra time off today too!

I have some bad news, and some good news. The bad news is that I’ve spent the last week testing out my bisque tile project, and discovered that my process was fatally flawed! I tried six different ways to use gesso and our classic ink reinkers to make bisque tiles that didn’t have to be sealed, so they could be “thirsty stones” and absorb the condensation from any drink placed on them. All six ways yielded slightly different results, but in general, when the stones were thoroughly soaked and scrubbed, the images were rubbed off! OH NO!!!


See how the flower images are super faded? They’re just ghosts of their former selves…. epic fail!

But, like Edison said about his lightbulb journey; “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I, too, have found many ways that won’t work…. I HAVE found ONE way that WILL!!!

So, here’s my newest attempt – and I must say it’s easier than the way I was trying (with the gesso) – BUT, it also means that I can’t do a video until Stampin’ Up! makes its new products – Blendabilities – available. (read about them here)

"Thirstystone" bisque tile using alcohol-based inks @NMWatt #pixelmave #stampinup

That’s right! This beautiful tile was created using alcohol-based markers. It is NOT sealed, and I can run it under water and scrub away — the image remains intact! Since we don’t have them from Stampin’ Up! yet, I’m going to wait on doing a video. BUT – I hope it totally piques your interest in all the cool things that we’re going to be able to do with this new product – besides that they match our current color line, which is a total bonus over the markers I had to hunt through, not only to find ones that matched some of our colors, but also worked well together from light to dark.

Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities will come in color sets of three – so, for example, Cherry Cobbler in light, medium and dark, so that blending and shading is effortless – you’ll never have to guess what three markers will match best together!

Blendabilities will debut sometime in the next two months (we were told 1st quarter at Leadership, so that means no later than the end of March) – but I’m hoping for the next few weeks – what a great way to start off Sale-a-Bration!

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my creative process – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it just takes a lot of trial and error to get there!


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