Author: saundralparker

Cute Suitcase Gift Box 3 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ x 1 3/8″

I saw a video made by Linda Barker for a similar box…here’s the link.

I bought a cute bracelet for my girlfriend’s retirement from Etsy and needed packaging for it.

Etsy shop for Morse Code bracelet:

I used pink scrapbook paper from American Crafts link: that I use for all 3d projects. I really like this paper.

Bottom of box: Cardstock measuring 10 1/8 x 8 3/4″ on the 10 1/8″ length, score at 1 3/8″, 2 3/4″, 7 3/8″, and 8 3/4″ turn to the 8 3/4″ side and score at 1 3/8″, 2 3/4″, 6″, 7 3/8″

Top of box : 9 5/8 x 8 3/8″ score on 9 5/8″ length at 1 1/4″, 2 1/2, 7 1/8″ and 8 3/8″ then turn to the 8 3/8″ length and score at 1 1/4, 2 1/2″, 5 7/8, 7 1/8″.

Handle: 5 3/4 x 1 1/2″ Scoring: on the 1 1/2″ length score at 3/4″ on 5 3/4″ length, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ and then turn it around to the other end and score at 3/4 and 1 1/2″. Fold in half on the 1 1/2″ length and then put tear tape inside close the the edge and glue the fold shut. Fold the two outer scores up and fold the two inner scores, down, so it looks like a handle, then take your corner rounder and round the ends.

Decorator Paper Cover for box: 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Four circles punched to either 1 1/4 each or 1 1/2″ — if you use the 1 1/2″ circles they will probably meet each other on the top and bottom of the box…but are easy to score at 3/4″ and then turn so that score is horizontal and score again at 3/4″…when you use the 1 1/4 punch, you’ll need to hand fold them in the center as it’s almost impossible to score them in half. Once you fold them in half once, burnish them, and then the second fold going the opposite direction, you’ll fold and then cut them in half, so you’ll have left, 1/2 of a circle with a fold in the center of it.

Fold and burnish all score lines on top and bottom of box, then on each corner there are four boxes that are scored. On the 10 1/8″ length of the bottom of the box, you want to cut on the first score lines up to the second score line and the second score line beside the first one you cut, cut up to the second score line. Cut out the first set of boxes (from the first cut you made) and then cut out the bottom box (from the second cut you made) and cut an angle on each side of the one box that’s left behind and you’ll do this to all four corners, making sure to cut the long center piece that’s left behind on an angle on both ends (only up to the first score line). Do the same cuts to the top of the box on the 9 5/8″ length. Put tear tape on the back of the small tab on each corner and put tear tape on the front of the long center box near the edge of the paper. Remove the backing to the tear tape and fold in one corner flap making sure the corners are even, and once both sides of the box are folded, you can go to the other end of the box and do the same thing, then fold in all of the longer center sections. If your tear tape doesn’t hold, add some wet glue. If you have any places where you can’t easily fold your flaps in, that means you didn’t cut out either the sides on an angle and you’ll need to do that so the box is put together properly. After the box is done, rub inside with a bone folder to ensure the sides are as flat as possible. Fold the top of the box exactly like you did the bottom.

Put the box together. Then take the decorated paper you have for the cover of the box, and lay it right above the spot where the top and bottom meet and then slowly wrap the paper around the box, making sure to fold it tight on each corner. I turned the paper over and scored on those folds, and then it fits the box better. Before removing the paper, put tear tape near the end of the paper on the underside, and adhere the paper to itself, but not to the box…this way the box can be reused.

I took the four circles I cut in half and using Tombox Mono Aqua glue, glued them to the corners of the box, making sure the straight side of the circle lines up with the edge of the decorated paper. Take the handle and using a hole punch, punch holes on either end of the handle and then place it where you want it on the box and make a mark through the holes you made, then remove the decorated paper from the box, and punch holes over the marks you made. I took a 5 3/4″ x 1″ piece of copier paper and used a long scallop punch and punched both sides of it then used Tombow Mono Aqua glue and adhered it to the handle. I added tear tape to the back of the two end flaps of the handle and put matching brads through the holes I made and then removed the backing of the tear tape, adhered the end flaps to the decorator paper. I made sure the backs of the brads were flat and then put the paper around the box. I added a decoration to the front of the box link:

Chalkola Acrylic Painting Wood Buoy

The nice people at Chalkola sent me this set of 32 acrylic paints. They came with a plastic palette, a palette knife, 16 different brushes, and a sponge.

I bought this wooden buoy and decided I didn’t like the faded colors. I really like orange and navy blue, and thought it would be fun to repaint the buoy. I used a 3/4″ brush by Robert Simmons and mixed Indian Yellow and Vermillion Red to create the orange color, and to make navy blue, I used Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black, Paynes Gray and white. The set came with a navy blue, but I had already used the entire tube on a lamp.

The paints are really nice, cover with one coat and look great. I have been using these to repaint bird houses, lamps, and the back of a large periwinkle painted stand. I wanted to share a video of Lake Erie at sunset, as I find it so relaxing and it’s truly helping me not think about my arthritis. I hope you enjoy it too.

What’s Up With Darice Studio 71 Alcohol Markers?

I’ve stored these Darice Studio 71 Alcohol markets on their sides, and the tips fray and the ink seems to almost bubble on the tip. If any of you know what would cause this issue, I’d love to know what I’ve done wrong. I have not added alcohol to them, they’ve done whatever this is, all on their own.


Hippie Crafter Watercolor Cards + Discount

The kind people at Hippie Crafter sent me a set of 36 watercolors that come in a metal palette and are offering my viewers a 10% discount on Amazon using the code hippiecrafter10.

To make the cards, I used a #5 Grace Art brush from Amazon link: to paint the cards on Arteza watercolor 5 x 7″ cards link: The stamp I used is from Simon Says Stamp Orchid Rose Bouquet link: that was in their February 2022 card kit. I stamped it in Gina K Amalgam Ink in Black and then covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set the design. The first card, I painted the background in an orange color and after I finished the background, I took a bib that I keep on the arm of my chair, made it wet with water and then dabbed the background orange color so it isn’t so vibrant. Don’t try this with regular cardstock, since I’m using watercolor paper, it holds up to this technique and doesn’t pill.

I finished painting the cards, then made a sentiment strip with black ink embossed with clear embossing powder then heat set, and layering it on foam tape onto the cards. I really liked the way they turned out, and these watercolors are nice…they blend well and are really vibrant.

Remember, to get the 10% discount, you need to go through Amazon and type in hippiecrafter10 for the 10% discount on hippie crafter products.

DIY Embossing Folder Storage

I made this video a long time ago and Rich just got around to editing it. I’m sorry I’ve been so slow at uploading new videos, but I haven’t been really healthy, and not up to crafting. I do apologize and will try to put up one video a week this summer.

Part of this design was made by Sam Calcott in this video

To make storage for 6 x 4 1’/2″ embossing folders: This box should hold 15 embossing folders.

Cardstock (the same color) : 1 measures 8 3/4 x 5″ score on the 8 3/4″ side at 2″ and 6 3/4 and on the 5″ length, score at 2″.

The second sheet is 8 3/4″ x 8 1/4″. Score this piece on the 8 3/4 length, at 2″ and 6 3/4″ then turn to the 8 1/4″ length, score at 2″.

Cutting the papers: 8 3/4 x 8 1/4″ piece .You want it so the 2″ and 6 3/4″ scores are vertical and the 2″ score is horizontal and near the bottom. Snip up to the 2″ score near the bottom of the paper on both vertical score lines and then cut across the horizontal 2″ scores to cut out the corner boxes, making sure you cut out the score lines. Fold and burnish the score lines. 8 3/4″ x 5″ piece, holding it the same way you held the first paper, cut up to the 2″ horizontal score line on the 2″ and 6 3/4″ vertical scores, cutting away both score lines so you have what looks like a thin upside down “v”. Glue the pattern piece that is 4 5/8 x 2 7/8″ onto the section that isn’t cut. I used Bearly Art Glue to glue this paper in place.. Fold and burnish the scores and then with the designer paper facing up, put glue on the two boxes we cut out and then fold the ends in so the scores create a 90 degree angle. I add clothespins to the corners where I folded in the glued pieces until the glue has taken hold. Take the 8 3/4 x 8 1/4″ piece and add wet glue to the underside of the flap you cut out and lay this into the bottom of the box we just made with the other sheet. Once it’s glued together, add glue to the outside of the sides of the box and lay the long side to it and lining up the bottom of the side piece with the bottom of the box. Use a ruler to rub the sides and bottom to ensure they’re well glued together.

You need decorated paper. I used Graphic 45 Blossoms link: one piece 4 5/8 x 2 7/8″ If the pattern has a direction, make sure it is face up on the 4 5/8″ length.

Top Closure Lid: I adjusted these measurements so the lid is wider and should work better than mine. Use same color cardstock as you used for the box above.

8 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ score on the 8 1/’2″ length at 1 1/2 and 3 1/2″. Round the two corners that are farthest away from the score lines . I used the Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder.

Designer paper for top 1 3/4 x 4 5/8″ with pattern facing the corner rounds on the 4 5/8″ length. I used tear tape and wet glue to adhere this piece between the two score lines.

Two pieces for the sides that are 6″ by 1 1/4″ glue to sides of the box with the pattern facing the top of the 6″ length.

Designer paper for front 4 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ Pattern should face up and you need to round the two bottom corners. Put magnets about 1″ from bottom (where corner rounds are) and 1″ from sides on back of designer paper then glue the designer paper to the front of the flap. Glue the top of the back of the lid to the back of the box up to the first score line….also use tear tape for more durability. Then add the back of the magnets inside the box so they line up with the magnets on the lid.

I added another piece of plain colored cardstock inside the box for more stability. The dimensions are 1 3/4 x 5 ” and for under the top 5″ x 4 3/4″ and two pieces for the sides 6 1/4 x 2″ and one piece for inside the front of the box 4 5/8″ x 2 7/8″.

I added some embellishments from the Graphic 45 pack to the front.

Great Nephew Finn’s Lighted Door Wreath

I wanted to make a wreath for our new great nephew’s bedroom door. The theme of his room is galaxy, and it was so much fun finding space themed items.

Products used:

Hot glue gun:

Dollar Tree wreath form:

Astronaut (for center of wreath) link:

Space themed cupcake toppers (glued around outside edge of wreath):

Battery operated light string link:

More Space Themed Cupcake Toppers:

a popsicle stick

Scrabble Letters to spell name: I used an old Scrabble game for my letters, but if you don’t have an old game, here’s a link to places you can buy them.

Shooting star navy blue fabric with gold stars 1/2 yard (I bought it at Joanns, but couldn’t find the same pattern in their online store. This is the closest I could find)

Arteza rotary trimmer–out of stock…go to a fabric store and ask which rotary trimmer they recommend or try this one from Dollar Tree

Cutting mat for rotary trimmer (to save money if you’re only using it for this project, buy cutting mats from Dollar Tree:

I cut the fabric with the rotary trimmer in widths of 1″ to 1 1/2″ and found the 1″ width worked best. After they were cut, I hot glued the fabric to the wreath form, making sure to add hot glue to the wreath form to start and laying the fabric onto the hot glue on an angle. Whichever side you start your gluing is what I call the “inside”, and it’s where your going to make sure you glue on this side only, so your other side is clean and flat (no glue bumps.)

Once the wreath is covered with fabric, I used a craft knife to jab a hole in the inside of the wreath….near the top so I have room for the astronaut at the bottom. I took a popsicle stick and trimmed one side to a point and pushed the stick into the hole I made in the inside of the wreath. I added hot glue to the end of the stick to make sure it stays inside the wreath and waited for it to dry. Once it was dry, I glued Scrabble letters that spelled Finn onto the popsicle stick and had Rich cut off the excess popsicle stick before I glued down the “F” so there was no stick showing. I bought astronaut cake toppers and chose the standing astronaut to glue into the center bottom of the wreath. They’re really lightweight, so no need for more than hot glue to hold it in place.

I took the cupcake toppers I bought and removed the sticks from them and layers some with foam tape in between to give them some dimension then laid them around the wreath until I was happy with the way it looked, then hot glued them in place. I wrapped the light string around the wreath and FINN and then took a small piece of the same fabric I covered the wreath with, and wrapped it around the battery pack, then hot glued the fabric to the back of the wreath. I wanted to make sure you could pull out the battery pack if necessary, so basically made a loop out of the fabric, large enough to hold the battery pack and hot glued it together at the top then hot glued the fabric loop to the back of the wreath behind the word Finn.

Unveiling the Album for Baby Finn

I used a pre-made album that I bought from I’m sorry the video is so shaky, but I didn’t have my tripod with me on the trip, so had to hold the camera and did the best job I could, but it wasn’t great…

The theme for Finn’s room is space/galaxy and the room colors are navy blue and gray. I bought a gray album and then lined a lot of the photos with a navy blue layer. Since the album was 6″ wide, and photos are normally 6″ wide, I had to cut down the photos to fit….I added a layer of color beneath each photo, so cut the photos to 3 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide and then the colored layer under, was 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ ….sometimes I had to cut the photos smaller to fit the space.

Album: 49th and Market 6 x 8″ gray album link:

White waterfall for “from beginning to Finn” photos: I used watercolors and painted each piece navy blue 1″ in on all four sides so it matched the album colors.×8-white

Embellishments for Album:

Papers used: I used mostly these papers including the 1-12 month recap tags..this pack also includes a bunch of stickers and I placed those throughout the album and made sure to add glue to the backs to ensure the stickers didn’t come off over time–Simple Stories Boho Baby link:×12-boho-baby-collection-kit?_pos=1&_sid=0e842ca8d&_ss=r

First Edition, It’s a Boy:×12-paper-pad-its-a-boy/17240482.html

The metal letters that spell his name I had in my stash and don’t know where I bought them, sorry.

The die I used for creating the navy blue ornate pockets came from Aliexpress and is no longer available, but any large corner die will work for that. After I cut the navy blue ornate corner die, I laid it onto a gray piece of cardstock so two sides of the pocket were on the edges of the cardstock, then I traced the wavy edge with a pencil and fussy cut the entire piece out and then glued them together so you can’t see through the pocket. I put tear tape on the bottom edge and the straight side edge and then glued it into the album so I had a good place for the month by month info. I punched a hole in each of the month tags and ran ribbon through the hole and then put a circle paper clip on it to attach a photo if they wanted. link: I cut the patterned papers for the back and front covers to 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ and then laid them on a navy blue layer that is 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″

I used white Thickers anywhere I wanted raised foam letters like “from beginning to Finn” link:

Although this is a pre-made album, you still have to glue it together. I chose to decorate the pages first, and then glue them into the album. I put tear tape on the tabs inside the album and then glued the pages over the tabs. I show the unboxing of the album in this video and hopefully, you can see how you glue the pages inside.

Nursing Graduation Card, Scrubs for our Great Niece!

Our great niece, Ashtin, graduated from nursing school in December and is now an RN in an Intensive Care Unit, and we could not be more proud of her. We were able to spend an evening catching up with her on our way through Virginia to North Carolina to meet Finn, our newest great nephew.

Ashtin is an amazing woman and I wanted her card to be all about her. I found the scrub dies on Aliexpress, link:

Start with a cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ wide scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ to make an A2 sized card base. I used a pink cardstock. Put the large scrub piece onto the front of the card base, making sure the top of the die is about 1/16th of an inch below the top of the card, so when it cuts, there is still enough paper to create a fold for the card. You could also just cut the scrub out of a scrap of cardstock and glue it onto a card base, but I wanted my scrub to be the entire card. I cut all of the rest of the die pieces out of the same pink cardstock and then cut the stethoscope cord from black cardstock and the heart shaped end of the stethoscope out of silver mirror cardstock. You could have cut everything from the same color cardstock and then using alcohol markers, color the different pieces to whatever color you chose (except anything that needs to be from mirrored paper, like the stethoscope)..

After cutting all of the pieces, I took a pink alcohol marker that was darker than the cardstock pink, and colored what would be the ends of the sleeves, the bottom of the scrubs, the V neck and the pockets so they all stood out from the back ground. I used sentiment stamps from Simon Says Stamp called Hats Off, link: and used Gina K Amalgam Black Ink to stamp on the inside of the card graduation praise words. I glued all of the pieces together and then decided I wanted to personalize the scrubs, so used an alphabet set I got from Michaels in the bins at the front of the store that are red rubber and create small letters. I stamped her initials on the breast pocket, then found some Thickers in my stash that were white link: and glued an R and an N to the bottom pockets. I didn’t like how pale they appeared, so using a black alcohol marker (Sharpie) colored them black.

This is a simple card to make, but given to a nurse or doctor, it’s so personalized, Ashtin really loved it.

At the end of the video, I shared the diamond painting I made for Finn as his room is a galaxy theme and the diamond painting turned out great with a professional frame I found at a garage sale for $3. I loved it and hope you do too.

New Great Nephew Finn’s 1st Easter Card

I am making this card for my new great nephew, Finn’s, first Easter.

I found this stamp at and loved it…here’s the link to the Hare stamp:

I started by taking rabbit die cuts from a die from Kokorosa Studios and glued them to the back of the envelope.

They’re giving my viewers a 25% discount and the link is below.

25% Kokorosa Studio Discount Code: L17637

Kokorosa Studio Rabbit Die:

I used an A2 sized light blue card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ scored on 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″ I used a purple layer cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and using a Simon Says Stamp dot adhesive runner, adhered the purple layer to the blue layer, and put the hare onto the purple layer.

I stamped the hare on watercolor paper with Gina K’s black ink and then used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I used Arteza alcohol markers to color the hare.

The sentiments I got in my Simon Says Stamp March card kit..I cut them to adhere to the front and inside the card. The front sentiment I glued to foam squares and cut it in a banner shape before adhering it to the card. The other sentiment I cut to a rectangular shape and then glued it inside the card.

It’s not a typical baby’s first Easter card, but I still thought it was cute. He did get his card before Easter, but I’m just slow at getting videos uploaded….sorry.