Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hopping Through the Holidays Blog Hop, Day 2

Welcome to the "Hopping Through The Holidays" Blog Hop. Come hop along with the design team members of Creative Kuts and Scrapping Bug Designs November 19th and 20th. You will see some awesome projects using both Creative Kuts and Scrapping Bug Designs paper piecing patterns. We’re super excited to be doing this hop together! Our design team members will be showcasing their amazing creations they have created especially for this hop. This hop will feature projects for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our intentions of doing this hop is to show each and everyone of you all the wonderful projects you can create using Creative Kuts and Scrapping Bug Designs paper piecings. We hope to give you some great ideas and inspiration through out this amazing blog hop.

Creative Kuts and Scrapping Bug Designs are offering an AMAZING couple of grand prizes also. Creative Kuts will be awarding one lucky winner a $100.00 Cash for their grand prize. Scrapping Bug Designs will be offering one lucky winner a $100.00 in free files. How about that?? Isn’t that awesome!!

To be eligible to win these wonderful grand prizes you MUST:

1) Go through the entire blog hop (both days) and leave a comment on EVERYONE'S post.

2) Become a FOLLOWER of everyone's blog (both days).

3) Visit Creative Kuts Store (you will need to do this to meet the last requirement)

4) Visit Scrapping Bug Designs Store (you will need to do this to meet the last requirement)

5.) At the end of each day you will end at Creative Kuts and Scrapping Bug Designs blogs. You will need to leave them a comment stating you have made it through the entire hop and you will also need to leave in your comment what is your favorite pattern set in their store.

Be sure to hop through the entire hop both days to be eligible for the grand prizes, as well as all the other blog candy throughout! We hope you all enjoy this hop and find a lot of great ideas, inspiration, and most of all have loads of fun!! Here is the link to day one in case you missed hopping on day one.(link Linn's blog
Remember you have to hop through both days to be eligible for the grand prizes.
Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way.

1.Kandice: ~
2.Michelle Sheehan ~
3.Tammy Luiz ~
4.Lisa Peters ~
5.Fabiola ~
6. Tracey Geneau ~
7. Lisa Pontious ~
8.Lisa Lamer Rhodes ~
9.Anna Zuniga~
10. Ginny ~
11.Gaby B ~
12.Jamie L.~
13. Liz Hagag~
14.Janet Royer ~
15.Creative Kuts Blog ~
16.Scrapping Bug Designs Blog ~

Project number one is a fall themed explosion box using SBD "Fall Scarecrow" and "Fabulous Fall" files.  It really was simple to figure out.

Explosion Box Directions


The basic bones of this album is only 4 12x12 sheets of cardstock + embellishments as you desire.
§  4 Sheets of `12x12 cardstock (the thicker the card the sturdier the box)
§  Paper trimmer or craft knife and metal ruler
§   bone folder
§  Adhesive
§  Pretties...

The box

1. Take your 3 sheets of cardstock and trim them to size as per below:
  • Bottom layer (box) - 12" x 12" (thick card stock like bazzill linens are preferable for strenth)
  • 2nd layer - 11" x 11" (Ok to use patterned scrapbook cardstock for these 2 layers)
  • 3rd layer - 10" x 10"
2. Now score 4 folds on each card layer as per the measurements and diagram below.
  • Score the Bottom Layer 4" in from the sides
  • Score the 2nd layer 3 ¾" in from the sides
  • Score the 3rd layer 3 ½" in from the sides
3. Cut out the corners from all 3 sheets. They should look like this when they are layered on top of each other.

4. Embellish each of the four side panels on all three sheets as you wish. You may embellish both sides of each panel or just the top sides. Create pockets for tags, photo matts, use quotes, ribbon, brads etc. Adhere the bases together when you have finished embellishing the box.
The Lid

 Trim the last piece of cardstock for the lid to 8"x8". Score folds similar to the first sheet above at 2" from each side. Do not cut the corner squares at this stage.

Score four more diagonal folds as marked in the diagram below. Fold each corner up and adhere to the side to form the lid. Embellish as desired.
**The directions were taken from
*I used a lid cut file that I had gotten from Lori Whitlock instead of this one, because I wanted a shorter top (1”) and liked the way the lid folded better than this one.

Project number two is a gift basket with a tin, cookie jar, apron and a recipe booklet. 
I used SBD "A Taste of Christmas"  and the peppermint candy on the gift tag is from the "Gingerbread House".  I used vinyl on the jar and tin; on the tea towel apron, I used fusible web and fabric to make the gingerbread man pocket.  The frosting on this gingerbread man only is puffy paint.  I found the most adorable recipe cards to put on the inside of this mini "recipe" album that I picked up for a dollar at Walmart. 

Thank you all so much for looking at my projects.  Be sure to check out my blog to see more altered projects in the week to come.  As an incentive to come back, I will offer your choice of a fall (Fall Favorites) or Christmas themed recipe album like the one above. 

To be eligible, you must
1.  Become a follower only if you want to.
2. Visit my blog  again 1 time and leave a comment.
3.  Like my Facebook page and let me know you've stopped by. 

 I will draw for my blog candy on Wednesday of next week.

Now hop on over to Lisa's blog:


  1. adorable projects the basket is a great gift idea

  2. Lovely projects!! Love your gingerbread gift basket. Greetings from Swakopmund Namibia AFRICA :-)

  3. Tammy I love the explosion box. You have great detail in it. I also love how you explained in depth how you did the projects. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop. It has been a lot of fun.

  4. Great projects! Love the gift basket! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. nice work

    I have become a follower

  6. Fabulous projects. They would both make great gifts. Great job!

  7. Tammy I love the gingerbread projects. Very cute!

  8. Great Projects. Love the Cookie Basket idea, so cute. Glad to be hopping with you. New fan on FB.

    Eva :0)

  9. I love the gingy's! They are all so cute =)

    New follower and will be back to see more of your cute creations!

  10. New follower. I think your gift basket is fabulous. I will have to keep that one on my mind when I am thinking of a gift. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Your projects look amazing!!!

  12. I love your projects! Explosion boxes are one of my favorite things to make these days! And the gingerbread people are adorable! new follower here and also on Facebook.

  13. New follower here and facebook. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing the directions and for a chance to win.

  14. adorable projects enjoy hoping with you

  15. Adorable projects...TFS!


  16. very cute projects, your ingers are sweet! new follower

  17. What amazing projects! Thanks for sharing! I love your explosion box, but your gingerbread collection is super cute, too!! I am a new follower on your blog and on FB!

  18. cute projects!!!!TFS

  19. I love both of your projects, but Love the halloween LO on your blog...tooo cute

  20. Love your explosion box but my fave is the gift basket. TFs I am a new follower.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  21. Your projects are so cute. TFS. I am a new follower of both your facebook page and blog page.

  22. Great blog hop thanks for sharing your gifts.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  23. What cute ideas. Thanks for all your hard work. I love the box and the Christmas gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

  24. very cute projects. thanks for sharing and being part of the blog hop.

  25. Great job on your explosion box, Lisa. My favorite, though, is your holiday recipe and tine and everything else gift set. This gift will be so appreciated. I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  26. I love your explosion box --and thank you for the instructions!!!!! (much appreciated!!)
    I also love the the gingerbread projects ---beautiful!!!

  27. I just love explosion boxes and your second project was just as fabulous!

  28. both terrific projects.. ive never heard of an explosion box;;.:) Happy Thanksgiving ,,,lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

  29. Love the gingerbread set. I would have never thought to try vinyl, but it turned out really cute. I am also a follower of your blog and liked your facebook. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  30. Explosion boxes are so great! Thanks for sharing yours! New follower :)

  31. Super cute Thanksgiving projects you have done a great job. I just hit the follower button to.
    DIANA L.

  32. I LOVE all the gingerbread boy items you created!! They are so cute and have always been my favs.

    I visited your facebook page.