Monday, January 21, 2013

Hershey’s Shamrock Tutorial

When I first heard that some of you wanted me to design a Hershey’s shamrock, I thought you were kidding. I have always loved creating things for ALL holidays, but I thought I was one of the only ones that liked creating for St. Patrick’s Day. Well now that I know that you were serious in your requests, I have designed a Hershey’s shamrock just for all of YOU who asked.

I was told that shamrocks are traditionally 3-leaf clovers, so I have stuck with that concept. However, I know what the next request will be: Can you design a 4-leaf clover too? No worries! I’ve got you covered. Just scroll down to Step 15 and I will show you how to make a 4-leaf clover too!!

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Hershey’s Shamrock Step-by-Step Tutorial
(a VIDEO TUTORIAL is available HERE)


Step One

1. Cut a piece of 9-½” x 1” Lucky Limeade card stock. At the 1-½” and 8” marks cut a thin slot halfway up the card stock. On the 4- ¾” mark cut a slightly bigger slot halfway down the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.


Step Two

2. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock slightly on both sides from the middle slot to the side slots on either side.


Step Three

3. Bend one side of the card stock around so that it fits into the middle slot.


Step Four

4. Now bend the other side around so that it also fits into the middle slot. Set aside.


Step Five

5. Next cut a piece of 6- ¼” x 1” Lucky Limeade card stock. At the 1-½” and 4- ¾” cut two thin slots halfway up the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.


Step Six

6. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock from slot to slot.


Step Seven

7. Make a loop with the strip, making sure that the slots line up. Insert the loop between the loops on the first piece.


Step Eight

8. Adhere the stem pieces together. There will be three places for you to put adhesive to make sure the stem pieces stay together.


Step Nine

9. Cut a piece of 4” x 3” Certainly Celery card stock. On the 4” side, score at the 1”, 2” and 3” marks.


Step Ten

10. On the 3” side, cut into one inch strips.


Step Eleven

11. Fold all three strips into triangles as shown.


Step Twelve

12. Insert one triangle into each of the three loops.


Step Thirteen

13. Pop a Hershey’s kiss into each space.


Step Fourteen

14. Decorate the rest of the shamrock as desired. I added a 10” length of Lucky Limeade baker’s twine and embossed “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” in white on the stem piece.


Step Fifteen: 4-leaf Clover

15. To make a four leaf clover, Cut TWO pieces of 9-½” x 1” Gumball Green card stock. At the 1-½” and 8” marks cut a thin slot halfway up the card stock. On the 4- ¾” mark cut a slightly bigger slot halfway down the card stock. Tip: Draw your slots with a pencil first.


Step Sixteen

16. Use your bone folder to curl the card stock slightly on both sides from the middle slot to the side slots on either side. Line up both pieces together, so that the slots face the same way.


Step Seventeen

17. Bend one end around and fit it into the middle slot.


Step Eighteen

18. Take another end and bend it into the middle slot.


Step Nineteen

19. Then take one of the remaining outside ends and bend it around and fit it into the middle slot.


Step Twenty

20. Bend the remaining end and fit it into the middle slot. Also, adhere the stem pieces together (for a photo see step eight).


Step Twenty-one

21. For the insert pieces, start with a 4” x 4” piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock. On one of the sides, score at 1”, 2” and 3”.


Step Twenty-two

22. On the other side, cut into one-inch strips.


Step Twenty-three

23. Fold the four strips into triangles as shown in step eleven. Insert the triangles into the loops.


Step Twenty-four

24. Pop in four Hershey’s kisses into the spaces and finish off with a 10” length of Baker’s Twine.



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Shamrock Color Suggestions*
  • Traditional Green Combo: Garden Green with Wild Wasabi
  • Yellow Green Combo: Old Olive with Pear Pizzazz
  • Blue Green Combo: Emerald Envy with Mint Macaron
*The colors that I originally used for this tutorial retired. The above color combinations would make great alternatives.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Heart Shaped Box Tutorial

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is less than one month away. This is the project I designed for my stamp club members for January. I wanted to create an easy-to-make box that could hold candy of different sizes. Instead of following the curvature of the heart, I made the box a basic triangular shape. The ribbon on the box holds the lid closed and also keeps the flaps from bending in too far. The ribbon also adds a little pizzazz at the top of the heart, which makes the box look less triangular. If you would like to make your own heart-shaped box, just follow my step-by-step tutorial below.

Heart Shaped Box Tutorial


Step One

1. Start with an 11” x 2” strip of Pretty in Pink CS. On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-5/8”


Step Two

2. On the long side, score at 2-¾”, 5-½” and 8-¼”.


Step Three

3. With the Big Shot, emboss the middle of the scored piece with the Hearts Adorning Accents Folder. You will need to run through the embossing folder twice, once for each side.


Step Four

4. Cut off the four end tabs.


Step Five

5. Place sticky strip all along the middle tabs.


Step Six

6. Cut a wide ‘V’ in the middle tab and angle cut the tab ends.


Step Seven

7. Punch a hole near the end score marks, indicated by the blue dots.


Step Eight

8. Cut two of the 3rd largest framelit hearts in Raspberry Ripple CS. Pierce one of the hearts with the Occasions Paper-piercing pack.


Step Nine

9. Remove one of the sticky strip liners from the Pretty in Pink scored piece. Attach it the to the first Heart by lining up the middle score line with the bottom point of the heart and the other score line with the edge of the heart.


Step Ten

10. Repeat step nine for the other side. Then attach the second heart in the same manner.


Step Eleven

11. Feed an 18” length of Rose Red Seam Binding through the holes so that it spans the top of the heart.


Step Twelve

12. Close the flaps at the top of the box and tie closed with the ribbon.


Step Thirteen

13. Finish the rest of the box as desired. I used:
• the 4th largest framelit heart in Basic Gray DSP
• a Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit out of Primrose Petals Cored’inations CS and sanded
• “Happy Valentine’s Day” embossed with Pewter Embossing Powder and cut out with the largest Itty Bitty Banners Framelit.
• One of the roses from the vanilla flower trim dyed with Raspberry Ripple ink.


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  • Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp (W 115370, C 127802)
  • Card Stock: Raspberry Ripple (126842), Pretty in Pink (100459), Primrose Petals Cored’ination (129322), Neutrals DSP stack (117157)
  • Ink: Primrose Petals (126858), Versamark (102283)
  • Tools: Big Shot (113439), Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (125601), Hearts Collection Framelits (125599), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit (117332), Simply Scored (122334); Occasions Paper-piercing Pack (129387), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Stampin’ Sanding Block (129367), Stampin’ Spritzer (126185), Aquapainter (103954); Heat Tool (129053), Embossing Buddy (103083); Pewter Embossing Powder (124114)
  • Embellishments: Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon (121884), 5/8” Vanilla Flower Trim (126869)
  • Adhesive: Sticky Strip (104294); Dimensionals (104430)

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